Love Your Local Markets Fortnight

Where shopping comes to life… at your local markets.

Calderdale is a place where there is a real buzz in the air. People talking, shopping, meeting friends and buying from local people they trust.

Calderdale markets are not like typical supermarkets where you get what you need and go, they are bursting at the seams with energy and friendliness. The traders are always looking out for new products to bring to our markets and many cook, bake and sew themselves, so you know you’re getting local quality at great prices.

From Friday 17 to Friday 31 May, markets across the world will be getting involved with the National Association of British Market Authorities’ (NABMA) Love Your Local Market campaign.

Now in its eighth year, the campaign celebrates markets being at the heart of local communities, with the theme ‘Markets – Close to your heart’.

Throughout the fortnight there will be an artist in residence at Halifax Borough Market, in association with Halifax Business Improvement District (BID) and Artworks, Halifax. Visitors will be able to see illustrator Louis Benoit at work, producing sketches and drawings inspired by the unique sights, sounds and atmosphere of the magnificent Victorian market. Shoppers are encouraged to come and watch, ask questions and chat.

Louis’ residency will be followed by a second artist and a poet, with the resulting pieces forming part of an exhibition in the summer.

Also at Halifax Borough Market will be a Record Fair on Saturday 25 May in the Albany Arcade and on Thursday 30 May the Arcade also hosts a Food Mixer Market, celebrating great local food and including a pop up from Halifax-based Darkland Brewery.

Todmorden will be hosting a ‘Foodie Fryday’ event on Friday 31 May, 9:00am-7:00pm, which will be a feast for the senses with a great selection of delicious food on offer, including fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, fine cheeses, jams and preserves, freshly made pizza,  vegan treats, Indian street food, sweet treats and much more.

There’ll also be special offers and tastings at other Calderdale Markets, including Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse and Elland.

Calderdale Council’s Markets Manager, John Walker, said:
“Love Your Local Market fortnight is always a special time at Calderdale markets. It’s a great time to visit, as in addition to the existing great stalls, there are lots of special events showcasing our wonderful markets.
“If you’re a young entrepreneur it’s also the perfect time to test out your ideas, with free stalls for young traders at our Open Markets.
“There are also lots of other incentives available, including free weeks and ‘trade for a fiver’ options. Get in touch to find out more!”

For more information about trader incentives, or if you’re interested in trading on any of Calderdale markets email

Spring Bank Holiday Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

Please remember your Waste and Recycling Collections will be a day later through bank holiday weeks.

Usual collection day:                                          Collection will be on:

Monday 27 May                                                     Tuesday 28 May
Tuesday 28 May                                                     Wednesday 29 May
Wednesday 29 May                                             Thursday 30 May
Thursday 30 May                                                   Friday 31 May
Friday 31 May                                                          Saturday 1 June

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 3 June. 

We prefer flat plastic!
Please remember also to squash your cans and plastics before placing them in the white bag; they will take up less room so you can fit more in the sack and it will help the items to stay more securely inside the sack on a windy day.




Have Your Say! Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum – Monday 3 June 2019

Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum is on Monday 3 June 2019, 6:00pm at Belgrave Social Club277 Claremount Road, Halifax HX3 6AW.

5:30pm refreshments and signing in. 6:00pm meeting begins.

With the new General Data Protection Regulations, we have not been able to contact some of the regular attendees who have not opted into our email list to remind them of the next Ward Forum meetings. Please remind any friends and neighbours that this is your chance to give your views and have a say what matters to you.

Up for discussion:

  • Councillor update
  • Policing priorities and update
  • Open forum.
  • Ward Forum Grants

To find out the latest from the Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum held on Thursday 7 March, you can download the minutes here.

Take part in the first Northowrun Races – 02 June 2019

Take part in the 2019 Northowrun Races with a 2 mile junior road run and a 5 mile adult road run which take place in the picturesque village of Northowram.

Start at the Northowram Pumas Running Club, Westercroft Lane, HX3 7EN

On Sunday 2nd June 2019

  • Junior Race – 9.30am
  • Adult Race – 10.30am

Entry fees are as follows:

  • Junior race (upto 15 years) – £5
  • Adults affiliated with a running club – £11
  • Non affiliated adult runners – £13

With prizes to the winner and age categories as well as medals and refreshments for all participants. The courses suit beginners and more experienced runners alike, so come along, be part of history and run the first Northowrun!

Entry can be bought at

Art Classes in Northowram & Shelf, Hipperholme, Lee Mount and Illingworth

Annette Duncan, the award winning local artist,  has been holding art classes in Northowram & Shelf in a friendly and fun environment for a number of years. The classes are now held in a number of different venues as follows;

  • Tuesdays, 1:15pm-3:15pm – Christ Church, Wakefield Road, Hipperholme  HX3 8AA
  • Wednesdays, 10:15am-12:15pm – Lee Mount Baptist Church, Melbourne Street, Halifax HX3 5BQ
  • Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm – Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Road, Illingworth HX2 9LL
  • Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm – Northowram Library, Lydgate, Northowram HX3 7EJ

Classes cost £5 and all materials are provided.

For further information call Annette on 07484 370310

What would you do to improve health and social care?

The #NHS has released it’s Long Term Plan. Make sure you have your say on how it is used to shape #Calderdale

Please fill in the survey!



Northowram Scarecrow Festival May Bank Holiday Weekend

Northowram Scarecrow Festival is a FREE family event that takes place this year on the May Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 4 -Monday 6 May.

There’s fun for all the family at Northowram Village, Halifax, where in addition to the Scarecrow Trail there’s a Fun Dog Show, Bake Off, BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Games, Raffle and Tombola.

Please can you help the Scarecrow Event to support the local community. The organisers are asking residents and local businesses alike to donate raffle and tombola prizes. To help us please we have 2 drop off points – The Club on Northowram Green and The Shoulder of Mutton on Towngate.

If you would prefer someone to collect donations please contact us through the Facebook page (northowram scarecrow event) or email on

To enter the competition please register your Scarecrow.​

This year there will be 2 “categories” to enter​

  1. Traditional – usually a single item (using straw, dried grass etc as the main component)
  2. Display – those with an idea on a grand scale (as it says, something bigger than your average scarecrow)

Each category winner and runner-up will receive a rosette and certificate.

The ‘Helen Silson’ trophy will be awarded to the scarecrow voted best by the Judges from all those entered. Also as usual there will be an award for the scarecrow voted top in the ‘People’s vote’.