11th August rally to ban grouse shooting, St George’s Sq, #HebdenBridge 11.30am

The moors above Hebden Bridge are some of Yorkshire’s most iconic beauty spots – and also a vital source of biodiversity, a huge natural carbon sink and a natural means of slowing the flow of pluvial flooding into the Upper Calder Valley – if not mismanaged for grouse shooting.

Yorkshire Water has put them in jeopardy. The company lets out uplands to grouse shooters who decimate the wildlife for sport by trap and gun. Not only this – large sections of heather are deliberately burnt to increase game bird numbers, destroying blanket bog and contributing to flooding in the valley and other sections of the county. By leasing out land for grouse shooting, Yorkshire Water is damaging wildlife, habitat, visitor experiences and the regional economy.

What shall we do? Saturday 11 August is the day before the start of the grouse shooting season. We will hold a respectful protest in Hebden Bridge’s Town Square to urge Yorkshire Water to stop leasing land above the town for grouse shooting. Continue reading

Moorland picnics and fun days

Hebden Bridge people will gather in St Georges Square at 9am on 12th and 13th August to protest the not-so-glorious 12th August, traditionally the start of the grouse shooting season.

It is widely accepted that mismanagement of the Walshaw Moor blanket bogs for intensive grouse rearing has contributed to three severe floods in Hebden Bridge over the last four years, and downstream in the Calder Valley.

Some households and businesses have still not recovered from the terrible Boxing Day flood last year, when the town centre was under up to five feet of filthy water. 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

Grouse shooting: environmentally destructive big business

Grouse moor owners, supported by millions of pounds of taxpayer subsidies, brutally kill and maim a huge number of wild animals and leave vast swathes of precious peatland drained burnt dry and scarred with vehicle tracks. This is all so that unnaturally large populations of red grouse can be nurtured as live targets for ‘guns’. Here are some Animal Aid videos about the intensively-managed grouse moor on Walshaw Moor Estate above Hebden Bridge, ahead of the Inglorious 12th August.

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All welcome at Hiroshima Day memorial event, Hebden Bridge on 6th August

Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in an event to remember those who died when the nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and those who still suffer from radiation poisoning, and say Never Again! 

Calder Valley CND for Peace and Justice is hosting an hour-long programme of poetry, readings, songs and reflection, starting at 3pm by the Packhorse Bridge in Hebden Bridge. 

At a time when our government has just voted to renew the UK’s weapons of mass destruction, it is even more important to remember the horror of nuclear weapons.

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Hospital cuts consultation drop in, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 2-8pm Tuesday 5th April

There is a hospital cuts consultation drop in at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from 2pm-8pm on Tuesday 5th April.

Save our A&Es campaigners from Calderdale 38 Degrees NHS campaign and Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS are recommending that members of the public wait until the “Have Your Say” hospital cuts Consultation Document is fit for purpose, before responding to hospital cuts consultation survey

They say the Clinical Commissioning Groups behind the proposals need to fix the errors and omissions in their “Have Your Say” Consultation Document. Continue reading

Global Justice Calderdale Meeting Tuesday 11th November in #HebdenBridge

The next meeting of Global Justice Calderdale (fka World Development Movement) will be on Tuesday 11th November at 7.30pm in the White Lion, Hebden Bridge.

All are welcome.

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Free Treesponsibility Autumn Gathering in #HebdenBridge, Oct 31st-Nov 2nd!

Come and celebrate the beginning of the 2014/15 tree planting season with Treesponsibility at their Autumn gathering Friday 31st October – Sunday 2nd November.

Bookings are still open for two nights’ free accommodation at the beautiful, green, 17th century Height Gate farmhouse, great food, fun, tree planting and workshops. Continue reading

#Halifax and #Hebden Bridge take part in Europe-wide day of action to stop Big Bad Treaty

On Saturday October 11th, scores of local people staffed information stalls in Halifax Town Centre and Hebden Bridge, to alert the public to the corporate power grab disguised as a transatlantic trade and investment treaty, that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the USA. Continue reading