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Calderdale Local Plan. If you want a say into how our local greenbelt land is used – read this!!
Early engagement workshops. The Council is starting work on Part 2 of the Local Plan, which is the Land Allocations and Designations Plan. This identifies sites proposed to be developed and areas that will be protected. The Council is keen to understand what site allocations and designations people think should be included in the Plan, and a series of ‘early engagement’ workshops with local communities have been arranged. The events will give local people the opportunity to suggest possible new sites, and comment on potential sites which have already been put forward. Please contact / 01422 392206 if you plan to attend (places are limited). Your local workshops: Ryburn, Ripponden Community Centre, St Bartholomew’s Church, Old Bank on Tues 11th March 7-9pm; Sowerby Bridge, St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Mon 3rd Feb 7-9pm. More details on the Council website.

Calderdale Big Band New members wanted for our brass section. The 20-piece jazz ensemble, based in Ripponden, has a full complement of saxophonists but currently has vacancies in its trombone and trumpet sections. The band consists of musicians aged 13 to 70 and performs a repertoire of jazz, swing, blues and Latin tunes. The band already has numerous bookings for the coming year. Any trombonists or trumpeters are invited to call band chairman Geoff Atherton on 01422 824242 for an initial chat.

Le Tour Street Party. Stones Methodist Church is looking to organise a street party for residents of Rochdale Road, Moorland Heights and Stones Drive on Sunday July 6th. If you live in this area then why not attend an Open Meeting on Sunday Feb 2nd at 2.30pm in the room below Stones Church. Otherwise contact David Wilkinson on 823514/ or Melvyn Cross 822720, email:

Hair 19 goes red for charity! Hair 19 at King Cross Street in Halifax will be having a “red” day on Friday 14th Feb. We will be wearing Red, holding a raffle to win a red hamper, and colouring all clients’ hair red! All proceeds to the British Heart Foundation.

Holme and Calder Association (National Trust) Thurs 6th Feb. A talk on ‘Lady Randy’ Winston Churchill’s Mother by Pat Osborne at 9:45 for 10:30am at Halifax Central Library. Second talk on Thurs 20th Feb. at Blackley Baptist Church on ‘National Trust in Pembrokeshire’ by Trevor Moody, 7pm. All welcome Members £3, non-Members £4 Contact 01422 822464.

MP Surgery dates Craig Whittaker, Calder Valley MP
Next local Surgery dates: (by appointment-call the Constituency Office on 01484 711260): Fri 7th Feb, Greetland 2-4pm; Fri 21st Feb Ripponden 10am-12pm; Fri 21st Feb, Halifax 2-4pm.

Give blood. Mon 17th Feb. St Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ. 2:15pm-3:45pm & 16:45-19:30pm. Walk-in & appointments available.
Inspiring Fundraising & Philanthropy in the 21st Century, run by Community Foundation for Calderdale March 11th 9am Dean Clough Halifax.. The event will introduce some of the digital platforms available and also cover topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility, social investment & why giving things other than money is just as important to the Third Sector. For tickets and details contact:

Stones Methodist Church events. Fri 28th Feb 2.30pm Friday Get Together meets. Speaker Michael Newton on "Krakow". Afternoon tea will be served. Wed 5th March 7.30pm Quiz Night. Tickets £5 including pie & peas supper.

Ryburn Valley History Society
Now meeting on the SECOND Monday of the month, still at Ripponden Conservative Club. Meetings commence at 7.30pm, non-members charged £2.
Feb 10th - Talk on -'A Week in May: Lord Cavendish and the Phoenix Park Murders' by Chris Helme.
March 10th - Talk on - 'There and Back again: Cottonstones to Kebroyd' by Anne Kirker.