History in the making – The Piece Hall grand reopening next week…

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When The Piece Hall reopens at 9.30am on Yorkshire Day, 1 August; the fascinating history of the monumental Grade I Listed structure will be brought to life with an imaginative range of FREE activities.

Launch into action with a special heritage challenge that will take you on a journey of discovery around Britain’s last surviving cloth hall, meet the characters of Mr and Mrs Caygill who played a vital role in the building of The Piece Hall in 1779 and try your hand at weaving on the giant loom.

Other activities will encourage you to tap into your creative side with hand-printed plaques and the debut of the brand new activity cart and family trail.

For more information go to http://www.thepiecehall.co.uk/whats-on

Views on 20mph speed limit in Sowerby Bridge: Follow up results published

Aim  and objectives of consultation:

  • To assess if views on 20mph have changed a year on since implementation.
  • To see if there are changes in the levels of active travel.
  • The interviews will be carried out by Enventure Research on behalf of the council.


Opinion of the 20mph scheme has improved between baseline and follow up with the vast majority of residents in support of the scheme (over 80%).

An increase in the percentage of people who travel by foot

Significant increase in the percentage of respondents who felt that traffic speeds were about right in their local area, although there was a significant increase in the percentage of respondents who felt that traffic speeds were too slow on busier roads.

Significantly more residents feel that the 20mph limits are beneficial to residents, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers and there was a significant decrease in perceived disadvantages of the 20mph speed limits. Child safety is still a main concern for parents when considering whether to allow children to play out or walk to leisure facilities

Bike ownership or usage has not increased with the main barrier being – do not want a bike.

For more information contact: Paula Holden
Tel: 01422 266159
e-mail: paula.holden@calderdale.gov.uk

The Great Get Together at Crow Wood Park

Friends of Crow Wood Park & Memory Lane Cafe organised The Great Get Together in Crow Wood Park as part of the series of events taking place up & down the country in memory of Jo Cox.

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One of Jo’s friends, Halifax MP Holly Lynch got proceedings underway where families took part in lots of traditional games such as “Hook-a-Duck”, “Tin-Can-Alley”, “Lucky Lolly”, Play Your Cards Right”, “Sack Race”, ” Hula Hoops”, with one brave man agreeing to have wet sponges thrown at him! In glorious sunshine hundreds of people brought their own picnics and those who didn’t were lucky as local Tesco stores provided some food for them free of charge as well as supplying free tea/coffee/juice all afternoon! Live music was provided by the Bradford Ukulele band and it’s a long time since the park has seen an event of this size.

The organisers would like to thank all those who helped in any way including our Halifax Central Community Wardens, Jonny & Zameer.