Living Wage Week in Calderdale

It’s Living Wage Week (5 – 11 November 2017) and the Living Wage Foundation has announced a new UK living wage of  £8.75 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour. There are around 20 accredited Living Wage employers in Calderdale, so this is good news for all their employees.

Calderdale Council, as an accredited Living Wage employer, says it welcomes the increase in UK and London rates. Continue reading

Santa in Heptonstall 25th November

Father Christmas is coming to the annual Christmas fair in Heptonstall for the first time ever! This is on Saturday 25th November, 11.30am-3pm. We hope he pays the elves the living wage!

He has been invited by the new friends of the chapel group, so if you have any children or grandchildren who would like to meet him, that’s the place to be. Continue reading

Great line up for Calder Valley Welcomes Refugees Festival, Saturday October 29th in Hebden Bridge

On Saturday 29th October, Calderdale Freedom from Torture and Together We Grow are hosting a Welcome Festival at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, for Calder Valley to welcome refugees.  The Festival is from 1.30pm to 4pm.

The organisers would be very grateful for sponsorship towards covering transport costs for asylum seekers and refugees to come to this event, and providing them with a free lunch and refreshments.  Around 80 refugees and asylum seekers are expected, from Halifax, Rochdale, Leeds and Sheffield. Continue reading

Phat Bollard brings busking joy to Calder Valley

Cornish busking band Phat Bollard – who caught the zeitgeist at the 2015 General Election with their sardonic song Millionaires – played in St Georges Square, Hebden Bridge yesterday. Earlier in the week they played at the open mic at the Golden Lion in Todmorden  and busked in Halifax and Hebden Bridge. Continue reading

Butterfly count – here is a nice thing to do in 15 minutes

If you are in a sunny place outdoors for 15 minutes, you can count how many of these butterflies you see, then enter the numbers in the chart and submit the info together with the date and your location, at Continue reading

Hebden Bridge Republic Ministry of Propaganda Directive 1: Be excellent with one another and party on

Hebden Bridge Ministry of Propaganda Directive 1:

Hebden Bridge Alternative Christmas, Saturday 25th June

Time to decorate the tree. And celebrate the strength and generosity of everyone, near and far, who pulled us all through the last disaster we experienced – the Boxing Day floods.

The timetable keeps changing as new things get added, but basically, the Hebden event starts in St George’s square with Hebden Bridge Junior Band doing carols round the christmas tree at 11am followed by Calder Valley Voices (we think) joining in at 11.30. Continue reading

George Monbiot in the pulpit – rewilding is a source of hope and a challenge to the 1%

Joking that he felt like an old-time hell-fire preacher speaking from the pulpit of Hope Baptist Church, George Monbiot instead brought a vision of hope to the packed audience yesterday at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Launching a national rewilding group – [ now launched, one year on] – he extolled the delights of an environment where biodiverse plants, insects and animals flourish thanks to the reintroduction of keystone species at the top of the food chain – such as beavers, pine martins and wolves.

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