Help to build a map of Calderdale’s historic water infrastructure

Request for help to build a map of Calderdale’s historic water infrastructure (26 August)

The Environment Agency is appealing for help from historians, landowners and communities in the Calder Valley to help produce a detailed map of old land drains, goits and mill ponds to determine whether they could be brought back into use to aid the fight against flooding.

As well as identifying the locations of the old water control structures and drains, the Environment Agency is seeking details of their depth, size and condition.

People with information can post this on the Calderdale heritage website.

You can post information on the Calderdale heritage website. Alternatively, contact Lewys Forsey on 0113 394 3583 or at


Sowerby Bridge annual Rush-Bearing festival this September…

Brilliant weekend for the whole family, especially if the weather is good.

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Rushbearing Festival is held on the following dates:

Come along for two days of Rush-related tradition and tomfoolery! The Rushbearing Festival is the only one of its kind in Yorkshire. sowerby_bridge_rushbearing_700

Over the course of the weekend, the festival sees the progress of the Rushbearing procession around seven towns and villages, visiting many churches and local hostelries along the way. the focal point of the procession is the sixteen feet high, two-wheeled handsomely decorated and thatched rushcart.

A team of young ladies take turns to ride on top of the cart as it is pulled by sixty local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs. Accompanying them are a group of supporters in Edwardian dress along with some of the region’s finest musicians and morris dancing teams to provide entertainment for the crowds.

For more information and the timetable click

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Open Day at Calderdale Adult Learning Heath Campus

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Open Day Event at Heath Campus, Saturday 3 September 2016 10am-3pm.

Information, advice and guidance on courses throughout the day; fun interaccaltive computer workshops and demos in our IT Suite; a taste of Spain & Italy through food and language; cupcake decorating; art, craft & sewing activities; have a go at bookbinding or sewing; visit our Holistic Therapies room. All activities are FREE plus free refreshments – delicious cream teas and cupcakes served in the learner Coffee Bar. Also balloon modelling, face painting, games, card and mask making. 15% EARLY ENROLMENT DISCOUNT ON MOST COURSES! Plus, enrol on the day and be in with a chance to win your course for free!

Plus Gain a skill and meet new friends…Adult Learning Courses

There has never been a more important time to gain new skills and qualifications. By joining one of our many courses we hope that you…

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Game of Thrones fans: Winter is Coming to Bankfield Museum

This new addition to Bankfield Museum coincides with their Exquisite Threads embroidery exhibition and is on display throughout the summer holiday until 10th September.

The Embroiderers’ Guild led the design and production including contributors from The Royal School of Needlework, Hand & Lock and Fine Cell Work.

The work is making its first Northern debut in Halifax. It has only been displayed for one weekend in central London so far, and Bankfield Museum are thrilled to be able to display it for their visitors.

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Don’t miss the stunning Game of Thrones White Walker embroidery at Bankfield Museum. Featuring a formidable White Walker, the work is over 17 feet wide and was originally got_for_webcreated for HBO as a backdrop to mark the eagerly awaited release of Games of Thrones series five on DVD. The highly detailed work features imagery from one of the most intense battle scenes in TV series history – the massacre of Hardhome (Series 5 episode 8). The embroidery took over 5,000 hours to complete using a wide range of textile and mixed media materials, creating a one-off piece that showcases the artistry of hand embroidery and textile design in an impressive and imposing way. The embroidery is on display until 10 September.

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Halifax Heritage Festival 8th – 11th September 2016

Don’t forget that other Heritage buildings in the Upper and Lower Calder Valley will also be open to visitors.

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Halifax Heritage Festival 2016: 8 September 2016 – 11 September 2016

A series of exciting events running alongside the UK English Heritage Open Days.1795635_721660381220615_882862755402673372_n

For more information go to: or like their page Halifax Heritage Festival 2016|External link

Mix of free and paid events in various locations across Halifax, including:

Hidden Churchyard Tales 

Barry’s Masterpiece

Lister Lane Cemetery Open Day

Phyllis Bentley Halifax Civic Trust

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The Costumes of Yorkshire at Bankfield Museum this weekend…

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For Yorkshire Day 2016 Bankfield Museum will present an illustrated talk on George Walker’s “The Costumes of Yorkshire”.

In 1814 George Walker produced a book of 40 colour plates entitled “The Costumes of Yorkshire” showing occupational clothing of the working classes throughout the region.

“The county of York, from its great extent, maritime situation, natural productions, fisheries, manufactures, trade, and immense population, offers perhaps a greater variety and peculiarity of manners and dress than any other in the Kingdom.”

People wearing reproductions of the costume will bring this work to life in this illustrated talk.

For more information click here

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‘Do Something Different’ and win a day out!

Calderdale Lower Valley

‘DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!’  is for all parents/carers who have children and young people with disabilities.

We would love you to help us make the resource as diverse as we are.

Tell us about your favourite place – somewhere quirky, somewhere quiet, or a larger well known venue. It could be a special walk, a family friendly hotel, a museum with a quiet space or a very accessible park.

With the information we will create a useful accessible resource that will help you plan a day out or a short break.

We want to make sure that it will meet each of our families’ needs.

We want you to find enough information, easily and quickly, to give you choice when thinking of somewhere to go.  Families are the biggest source of information, that is why we appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer the survey questions.

Tell us about your…

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