The two year Anniversary of the Boxing Day floods has passed us by and what a productive two years it has been. The achievements made in Flood recovery in Calderdale have been quite amazing. A huge collective effort from major players to individuals in the community.
Over the years Calderdale has been hit with catastrophic flooding causing major disruption and heartache for households and businesses, particularly in the Calder Valley (Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd & Sowerby Bridge) but also stretching to Elland & Brighouse.
Community Flood Action groups are a group of volunteers from the local area who provide the eyes and ears on the ground for the Environment Agency and other connected organisations such as Calderdale Council and Calder Valley Search and Rescue. There are currently eight groups dotted along the Calder Valley, eight recognised areas where regular flooding occurs.
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.
Luddenden Mayor Gill Radford ran her first fundraising event of the 2016-2017 season at Hebden Bridge Golf Club on 30th September 2016. The event was a very successful fashion show which saw Gill play a starring role as a model for the evening.
June popped into the hub to see us last week with her trusty companion, a friendly face with a story to tell. June had initially come to see if we could arrange for some of her furniture to be recycled. It actually turned into an hour of lovely conversation where we found out how the floods had ruined June’s home on Boxing Day 2015.
Heart Gallery is located in the heart of Hebden Bridge on Market Street, a gem occupying a former Baptist Chapel in its own grounds. Alison Bartram owner of Heart Gallery has lovingly restored the building and is proud to be celebrating 10 years on Market Street.
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.
Squidshock Tattoo Co are based in the heart of Sowerby Bridge.
Jonny and his team at Squidshock were badly affected by the Boxing day 2015 floods, the shop was destroyed along with all the tattoo equipment and furniture. Jonny wasted no time in clearing and re-fitting the shop along with many volunteers and helpers and managed to get back to business as soon as possible.
Pennine-Pack is a family run environmental consultancy, specialising in ‘the packaging regs’
Pennine-Pack was set up to meet the needs of businesses in West Yorkshire who want to be members of a compliance scheme where they know who they are dealing with and where their individual needs can be met with practical face-to-face support at a sensible price.
The Watermark Community Hub opened it’s doors on the 24th June 2016, Christmas Eve in the Calder Valley, it marked the beginning of a festive weekend. You may be wondering why we had Christmas in June, people here didn’t get a Christmas last year due to the floods so we celebrated 6 months late.
Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) came to visit Hebden Bridge and find out all about Watermark Flood Fund back in April, we had a great time showing him the delights of Calderdale.