The Council invited voluntary groups to apply for grants last month to help boost tourism, trade and morale after the Boxing Day floods.
Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Service Support, said:
“We are delighted to award grants of up to £2,500 to support local events and festivals. They are one of the many things that make Calderdale a fantastic place to visit, and are further proof that our towns and villages are well and truly open for business.
“Four months on from the Boxing Day floods, we want to keep bringing enjoyment and trade to the area. We’re certain that the exciting range of events will showcase local people’s great strength and community spirit, whilst bringing in visitors from miles around and boosting the economy.”
Last weekend’s 1960s themed event in Brighouse kicked off the series of grant-funded festivals. Organised by Brighouse Business Initiative, a £2,500 grant helped towards music and dance, memorabilia, street performances and a street market on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April. The event was a great success, with thousands of visitors.
‘A Reet Royd Waater Do’ in Mytholmroyd will bring music, sports, a market, food and information on flood protection from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May. The local consortium organising the event received £2,500 towards the cost.
The ninth annual Handmade Parade, part of Yorkshire Festival 2016, will take place on Sunday 26 June and will include an international dimension when a Russian-based arts organisation will open the first Cardbordia Embassy in Hebden Bridge in the build up to the Parade. As ever, there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved, with community workshops over the weeks running up to the event. A £2,375 grant has helped to make this happen.
Elland Carnival received £1,500 to put on its annual event on Saturday 9 July. This year it will target young people with lots of activities to demonstrate opportunities for art and culture, including a music tent, street entertainers and a climbing wall.
Mytholmroyd Arts Festival received a £2,500 grant towards organising a weekend of art and culture from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October. The aim is to encourage local involvement in arts and cultural activities and show strong community spirit.
Kathleen McGrath, Executive Director of Handmade Parade, said:
“Hebden Bridge is in for a treat this summer when the town centre will be taken over by the ninth Handmade Parade. Organisers are delighted to announce the theme will be ‘Muck In’. Having received valuable support from Calderdale Council’s flood-related festivals fund we will be using this generous grant to support us in providing the town with a celebration of their fantastic resilience and community spirit. The carnival will highlight the renewed vibrancy of the town after the floods, shining a light on the community and claiming back the right to dance down their streets again.”
Jade Smith, Coordinator of A Reet Royd Waater Do, added:
“Following the devastating flood on Boxing Day the village of Mytholmroyd plans to cheer itself up with four days of fun. Thanks to the grant from Calderdale Council we are able to put on an event that will be fun for all the family. It will include an indoor market, face painting, a beer festival and even a dog competition. There will also be an exhibit which aims to build flood resilience, where children can make their own sandbags and learn where to put them.”
Calderdale Council is offering grants of up to £5000 for local voluntary and community groups organising festivals or events after the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business.
The new fund is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale.
Cllr Steve Sweeney, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“Local people are already doing an amazing job of raising spirits since the Boxing Day floods. The Council is extremely pleased to be able to offer this new fund to support festivals in our towns and villages. It will be loud and clear that Calderdale is a vibrant place to visit. We know that one of the many reasons visitors come to our towns is to see amazing events put on by our communities, and this brings much needed trade to the area.
“We’re in no doubt that the exciting array of events will highlight the strength of character and sense of community of the people who live and trade here, providing enjoyment at the same time.
“I encourage anyone organising an event to apply for a grant, and for people to come along and support our businesses and neighbourhoods.”
Calderdale has a proud track record of hosting fantastic events. After the flooding in summer 2012, the Council supported Totally Locally to create the ‘Valley of Lights’ in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. The remarkable spectacle saw thousands of people enjoying a lantern parade which celebrated everything the towns have to offer and provided a real boost to trade and tourism.
It is hoped that the upcoming events and festivals will attract a similar high turnout and be just as successful.
The deadline for grant applications is Friday 1 April 2016. Successful applicants could have the money in their accounts as soon as Friday 22 April 2016. Application details can be found at Community festival and event fund. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 392317.
FUNDRAISING FOR CALDER VALLEY FLOOD RELIEF
SQUARE CHAPEL, HALIFAX
WEDNESDAY 30th MARCH, 7.30pm
AN ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH A SLIDESHOW EXHIBITION OF THE MOST EMBARRASSING AND HILARIOUS SIGNS SPOTTED BY
Some signs open to ‘x-rated’ interpretation – so bring an open mind!
Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)
Available from the Square Chapel Box Office: 01422 349422