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The First World War affected cities, towns and villages all over the country, and Calderdale is no exception. Many people who were not in active service found new ways to help the war effort, and many buildings were used for different purposes.
There are sites all over Calderdale that played a key part in World War One. Throughout the centenary period, there’ll be small displays popping up at significant sites, supplementing the extensive new exhibition ‘For King and Country’ which opened on Saturday 1 August at Bankfield Museum, Halifax.
One of the buildings which will feature a display is Spring Hall Mansion, near Halifax. Today the Mansion is known as being a magnificent setting for a wedding, civil ceremony or naming ceremony, but you might not know that during the First World War, Spring Hall was used as a convalescent and auxiliary hospital for servicemen.
Spring Hall opened as a hospital on the 1 February 1916. Initially it had 84 beds, until nearby Shaw Lodge was added and by 1 April 1917 220 beds were available. The hospital was run by Dr Shaw and his wife Mrs W. Shaw, who was in charge of administration. It was staffed by War and Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses.
Before its closure on the 28 February 1919 the hospital had treated 3619 patients. Mrs Shaw received an award from the Royal Red Cross for her work and another 20 to 30 nurses from the region were also given honours in 1919.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said:
“There are landmarks relating to the First World War all over Calderdale, some are obvious, such as the war memorials which we are carefully restoring for the centenary, but others are less clear, such as Spring Hall’s story.
“Many people living in Calderdale today will have ancestors who gave their lives for their country, or were injured in the line of duty and may even have been treated at Spring Hall. It’s a fitting tribute that stories like this one will soon be commemorated with displays, revealing the forgotten history of their contribution to the War.”
To mark the centenary, Calderdale Council has a number displays planned, which will be installed at landmark sites throughout Calderdale during centenary period. The For King and Country exhibition at Bankfield Museum in Halifax explores the region’s involvement in the war and the impact on the area, and will be open until December 2018.
For more information about the exhibition visit http://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/king-and-country or call 01422 352334. Bankfield Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and is free to attend
Free Advice Session for Not for Profit Organisations & Voluntary & Community Groups, Tuesday 17th June, 10.00-14.00, Mytholmroyd Community Centre Sector Support Calderdale is holding a free advice session where you can get support on a wide range of issues affecting your group or organisation, including:
- Setting up a new organisation
- Governance & legal structures
- Business & project planning
- Funding sources & bid writing
- Community engagement and consultation
- Community Asset Transfer
Also if you have recently been turned down for a CMBC Small Grant we can review the feedback with you and help you to improve future applications. For further details, or to book a place, please contact: Jo Budgen, 01422 345174/ 07791 060614, email@example.com Venue: Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 5AF
Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. In Calderdale the Volunteer Centre has organised a ‘Volunteering Roadshow’ with promotional stalls at a number of locations across the Borough. On Monday/Tuesday 2nd/3rd June 10-3.30pm it will have a promotional stall next to Marks & Spencer in The Woolshops, Halifax. To find out more about the volunteer opportunities available locally (over 500) head to our stalls on these dates. Chat to our friendly staff and pick up your free guide to volunteering in Calderdale.
The roadshow is at Elland Market on 6th June (10-2pm) and Todmorden Market on Thursday 12th June 830-230pm
Contact Steve Blackman – 01422 356758 / firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
There’s two great events planned for June – hope to see you there!
Cornholme & Portsmouth Open Gardens Day 15th June 12:00 until 5:00
The Open Gardens Day has 16 gardens/plots/growing spaces open to view this year... Some people have entered again for the 2nd year running so it will be interesting to revisit them a year on….There’s some really interesting new ones as well including a market garden and a hillside garden designed along Himalayan hill farming lines. There will be refreshments at The Old Library where you can pick up a map of where the gardens are and also pick up some bargain plants from the plant stall, chat with other gardeners and swap hints and tips.
COMMUNICYCLE June 28th Portsmouth Rec 12:00 til 8:00
Fantastical Family event to be held on Portsmouth Recreation ground, for all the community – there will be local acts, food , face painting, stalls and games. There will be bike time trials and expert bike know how from Dirt Trax. It’s going to be a fabulous day, so put it in the diary.