The real story of the Calder Valley floods: restored communities and faith in humanity

One week on from devastating Boxing Day floods that swamped Calder Valley, the real story is that people galvanized together to save themselves and have been magnificently supported by a wide range of groups from all backgrounds, some of whom have travelled long distances to help.

Throughout Calder Valley, flood relief hubs sprang up immediately in the string of towns and villages, to match volunteer support with requests for help. Continue reading

#Hebden Bridge independent retailers invited to Phlok to Shop Local event this evening

Phlok, a company that runs a digital loyalty scheme via its social media website, invites all local independent retailers and business owners to attend a Shop Local event in Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 6pm to 8pm.

The event, which is fully owned by Phlok, is an open public meeting to give independent businesses a chance to find out more about Phlok’s digital loyalty scheme that aims to encourage people to ‘shop local’.

The Phlok website shows that business starter packages for low customer volumes or a business with low purchase incentive points start at €49/month.  The small business package starts at €69/month and the premium business package at €99/month. Continue reading

Opportunity to raise Ban the Burn position at free Natural England workshop, Tuesday 29th Jan

Ban the Burn! members and supporters might like to attend the free South Pennines National Character Area Profiles Workshop. This Pennine Prospects/Natural England workshop is about how the South Pennines Watershed Landscape Project has been influenced by Natural England’s update of the South Pennines National Character Area (NCA) profile.

The workshop takes place on Tuesday 29th January, 10am-2pm, at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. It is free, with lunch provided, and open to all, but you need to book in advance by emailing or phoning 01422 847612, or 07582 101319.

Speakers include Nancy Stedman, Natural England Senior Adviser and Robin Gray, Watershed Landscape Project Manager Continue reading