Thanks to everyone who’s read, contributed to or commented on Plain Speaker in 2015

Here’s a report on around 34,000 visits to this website in 2015, the most popular posts and other stuff about Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker readers.

Many thanks to everyone for supporting hyper local news reporting for Upper Calder Valley, by reading, contributing or commenting on it.

I hope 2016 is a good year for all of us and that this news website helps to voice what matters to people when it comes to social and environmental justice, freedom of speech, fully democratic decision making about public issues and general public spiritedness.

Todmorden News and Hebden Bridge Times merge as Johnston Press strips journalistic resources in pursuit of profits

The Chair and Secretary of the Calderdale branch of the National Union of Journalists have issued the following statement:

Calderdale branch of the National Union of Journalists has condemned the merger of two once-proud local papers, the Todmorden News and the Hebden Bridge Times.  The end of a dedicated local paper for each town breaks a tradition which goes back a century, and is another sign of the way that the local media in Britain is being starved of resources and professional skills. Continue reading

Parts Per Million shortlisted for climate change arts award

At the reopening of Tate Britain, Liberate Tate traced the chronology of the exhibition “BP Walk Through British Art” to mark the increase in carbon in the atmosphere over each decade.

This performance, Parts Per Million, is one of four pieces short-listed in the “Best Artistic Response” category of the Climate Week awards.
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Amy Binns’ new local history book celebrates rebels, pioneers & reformers

Heptonstall writer and journalism lecturer Amy Binns has just published Valley of a Hundred Chapels. This local history reveals how centuries of interwoven religious and political dissent sprang from people’s refusal to worship in the way the government told them to.
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Journalists and the Greenpeace Arctic 30 – Calderdale NUJ Public Meeting 5th Dec

Reporting Environmental Protest:  Journalists and the Greenpeace Arctic 30

Photographer Steve Morgan & Greenpeace staff member Paul Morozzo will discuss this topic at a public meeting at 7.30pm, Thurs Dec 5th in the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

All are welcome.
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Catalan & Armenian poets at Crown Inn this evening!

Arc Publications warmly invites you to a reading by 2 Catalan poets, Manuel Forcano & Josep-Lluís  Aguiló  and 2 Armenian poets Violet Grigorian & Hasmik Simonian on Monday 14 October 2013 at 7 pm at the Crown Inn, Crown Street,  Hebden Bridge.

Poet Violet Gregorian

Price of admission is £4 / £2 (concessions) on the door.

Food is available until 8 pm
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“Growing Change” – A Remarkable Good News Film

Myra James,  a member of Incredible Edible Mytholm’s management committee, reviews Simon Cunich’s film Growing Change: a journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution. Venezuela is one of only a handful of countries that have made food sovereignty a national policy.

The screening in the Unitarian Church, Todmorden on Sunday 1st September 2013 was jointly hosted by Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) and the recently re-launched Calderdale branch of the World Development Movement (WDM).
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Make Your Local News Work support UCV Plain Speaker!

Make Your Local News Work, a project run by Coops UK and Carnegie UK Trust, have just emailed to say that Changing More Than Lightbulbs’ (the former name for UCV Plain Speaker) application for support has been successful, and that this is a “tremendous achievement”!

Very happy about this 🙂 🙂 🙂

This is some of what the letter said,

” Thank you for applying to the Make Your Local News Work project which aims to support communities to take control of their local media and news and create more sustainable and accountable business models that draw on co-operative values and principles.


I am delighted to advise that you have been successful in your application to receive free specialist follow-up support. We had an outstanding range of quality applications so this is a tremendous achievement.”
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