Watermark Gin Tasting

watermark gin tasting

As the wind down for Christmas took hold the new Watermark office opened it’s doors to let people savour the flavour of the eagerly awaited Watermark gin. With nibbles, ice, lemon and tonic we wasted no time in cracking open the bottle and experiencing the exceptional flavours of the gin.

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The Story So Far …

hebden in colour coloring book

Since the launch of Watermark Flood Fund in April it’s been non stop, the response to the project has been huge, we have eighteen businesses and over twenty-five products supporting the Watermark Flood Fund. New products and services are added weekly , it’s really popular,we have lamps,memberships,events,concerts, coffee, books, art work to mention a few. It’s all about businesses and communities working together to look after each other.

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Just giving – Just loads!

sowerby bridge west yorkshire flooded

By Steve Duncan – Community Foundation For Calderdale

The Calder Valley Flood Appeal – Time to Reflect Boxing Day

As a new year approached and I was tucking into some tasty Boxing Day fayre with my wife Alex and parents in Thirsk, the BBC News came on showing unbelievable scenes of flooding in Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd and in numerous places across Calderdale. The images that most struck me showed floating cars in front of the new Sowerby Bridge swimming pool; this was my home town under water. It was shocking and unreal!

I turned to Alex and my parents and told them that this would be the end of the Christmas holiday for me. I needed to get to the office and co-ordinate our response to the unfolding disaster.

My colleague at the Community Foundation for Calderdale, Emma Woods-Bolger, also had her Boxing day festivities rudely interrupted – and she quickly uploaded an appeal page onto our website (www.cffc.co.uk) and started posting about the floods and our appeal across our social media accounts.

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Curried away with pies & peace

curried away with pies and peace

Written by Shirley Kumar

(Yes we are going for the cheesiest headline prize!)

Boxing Day 2015: Some 2,720 households and 1,250 businesses watched helplessly as up to 6ft of water engulfed their homes and premises.

Cold, wet and in shock, the last thing the valley folk thought they needed was comfort food. But with chefs bringing curry to the little old lady serving tea and biscuits from a wicker basket – clearly others thought differently. Food was to become a symbol of unity.

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