Work on the development of The Neighbourhood Plan is continuing and the draft version is beginning to take shape. It was hoped that the first draft would be completed by the end of this year, but the recently announced delay in the production of Calderdale’s draft Local Plan has pushed back the draft Neighbourhood Plan until the spring of 2017.

It would seem pertinent to at least have some broad outline of  what will be contained within the Local Plan before issuing a draft Neighbourhood Plan, hence the delay. What has however become clear is that the Local Plan is likely to place a heavier burden to satisfy the Government requirement for more housing on the eastern end of Calderdale; i.e. Brighouse and Elland, and a lesser requirement on the Upper Calder Valley. This means that our neighbourhood plan area will be required to provide less new housing stock than originally thought. The consultation process, which has been a combination of a study of completed questionnaires and face-to-face contact at consultation events in each of the parishes involved, has resulted in several hundred responses from local residents. The overwhelming majority of people who have expressed opinions on how they want to see our local area developed in the future favour the use of brown field sites over green field sites. This preference will be reflected in the Neighbourhood Plan that will encourage the use of existing brown field sites wherever possible. As well as laying down a generic framework for planning conditions the Neighbourhood Plan will also have the flexibility to include specific sites within each parish for individual consideration and planning stipulations.  Old Town Mill has recently been put up for sale, and during a walkabout around Old Town to look at possible development sites that was part of the consultation process, a number of residents suggested that Old Town Mill might be an appropriate  ‘specific site’ to include within the Neighbourhood Plan for Wadsworth. This suggestion was discussed at the last meeting of Wadsworth Parish Council and councillors voted unanimously to include it as a specific site. This means that it would be possible to exert some degree of control over how Old Town Mill should be developed; for instance stipulating that a proportion of the mill is set over for small business units and not exclusively for residential.


Although the planning consultant employed by the Neighbourhood Planning Committee is in the process of writing the first draft of the plan, it is not too late to have your say and pass on any comments before it is made publicly available. There will also be further consultations within the parish about the draft report to further consider any comments before a final version of the Neighbourhood Plan is produced for submission. Once the plan is approved by the relevant authorities there will be a local referendum held to decide if the plan should be accepted. Every parishioner of voting age will then be able to vote in this referendum.

Councillor Jon Kimber



New Book Group at WCC

The group meets on the first Tuesday of  every month at 9.30am. (doors open at 9.15, come early if you’re dropping off at school) in WCC. We are an informal group reading all types of book, a bit of analysis, then coffee and a chat. New members are very welcome. Contact Catherine on 847272.


Wadsworth Bee Group Award

Earlier this year, the Bee Group was awarded a grant from the Calder Ward Forum Grant Scheme to help purchase equipment and clothing. This included adult and children’s bee suits, and shelving/storage for the bee shed. The purpose of the application was to enable us to organise our bee equipment and to be able to provide clothing so that we can encourage more people to get involved with the group in a hands-on capacity. In addition, we have already been to visit Old Town School and gave a talk and demonstration about bee keeping where the children could dress up and look at live bees. We are very grateful for the generosity of the Ward Forum and hope that their support will highlight the activities of the Bee Group and tempt people to come along and see what we do. Please contact David Holmes on 843486 or 07503 570568 for more information.

Sue Day


Wadsworth Community Centre Gigs

This year has seen a series of successful gigs at WCC. The gigs have been very well supported and 2017 looks to be another good year with several dates already earmarked. 

Friday 7th. April-Megson

Friday 5th. May-Willie Porter

Thursday 2nd. November-Gigspanner

More details will be available later on  WCC’s page on the community website or from Derek Williamson on 07890 205980 


Cricket Cafe Closes

After five years Old Town Cricket cafe has closed it’s doors. The cafe, run by Ann and Chris , was started to help raise funds for the Cricket Club and has been a great success, becoming popular with both locals and visitors from farther afield. Chris and Ann wish to thank customers for their support, with all proceeds going to help the local club.


Wadsworth WI Programme  for 2017

January 4th. Wadsworth Local history. Diana Monahan (illustrated)

February 1st. The life of the Honeybee. David Holmes

March  1st. The Inca Trail. Nigel Smith (illustrated)

April 5th. Mindfulness. A representative of Calderdale NHS Trust

Meetings at Old Town Cricket Pavilion

Refreshments from 7.15pm. Visitors welcome, £4. Up to 3 visits per year. Further details: Kathryn Ogden. 01422 883080


Community Website

The community website run by Kate Drury has had an upgrade recently. The site can be found at: http:/ where you can find lots of information and events going on in the parish. The Parish Council publish their minutes, agendas, accounts and updates regularly, and events at the Community Centre can be found in the events diary or on their home page.

For Facebook see-Wadsworth festival and Wadsworth Parish Council. If you have a group who would like to be published on the website or you represent a group already on the site and could help in managing their page please get in touch-

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Sad Tales of Cockhill Moor

With the approach of winter, motorists using the A6033 between Hebden Bridge and Oxenhope are well advised to take extra care as they travel over this wild and desolate stretch of road. In modern times accidents along this winding road are not uncommon, and it can be especially dangerous in bad weather. The  present road, built by Napoleonic prisoners of war and opened around 1816, replaced the even more treacherous route over Haworth Old Road, which was the scene of a tragedy in February 1801. 

A farmer named Thomas Helliwell who lived at Enfieldside Farm, Haworth, set off for Pecket Well along the old road over the moor. What he did not  realise was that his young son Joseph had followed him on the journey but had been unable to find his father and had become lost. The two year old was found frozen to death the next morning at Harbour Lodge. The sad event was the subject of a poem written by Emily Bronte called ‘Redbreast in the Morning.’

Fifty years later, in 1851, a similar tragedy occurred to another little boy, a four year old who shared the same name as the first child. The body of missing Joseph Helliwell from Intake Farm was not found for three days. John Kitson, a Baptist minister and mill worker who found him, also wrote a poem about this tragedy, ‘The Dead Boy.’

Twenty years before this tragedy, in 1831, another death occurred on Cockhill Moor. Twenty-two year old Benjamin Foster, a textile manufacturer from Denholme, had delivered some pieces to Crimsworth to be woven by hand loom weavers who lived there. In spite of  the fact that it was nearly dark and that a blizzard had set in, he set off  for home across the moor. In the heavy snow he took a wrong turn, and his horse and cart became stuck. Taking his dog Shep with him he set off to find help but fell into a bog and was unable to get out. His body was discovered, with Shep still alive and stretched over his master, and the horse, Juniper also survived. Man, dog and horse were taken to a nearby inn, but the weather was so bad that it was three days before Benjamin’s body could be brought home.

Another tragic event occurred in 1920 when a char-a-banc (motor coach) carrying thirty two passengers ran out of control and crashed near the sharp bend above St. Mary’s church, Oxenhope, killing five people. Two years later a similar accident happened at the same place when a waggonette overturned killing a woman and injuring five other passengers.


What's On


Mondays –WCC Karate, 7-8.30pm. Contact Paul on 07931 803572


Tuesdays - WCC  Dancercise-Children’s dance/exercise 5.45-6.45pm. Contact Laura on 07852 971044

League Table Tennis 7-9.30pm. Contact Derek on 843088


Wednesdays - WCC Lunch Club, 12-1.30pm. £3. Contact Mavis on 842009.

Improver table Tennis, alternate weeks 6.30-8.30pm.


Thursdays– WCC Dancercise-Adult dance/exercise 6.30-9.30pm.

African Drumming workshop 8-9.30pm. Contact Iya Sako on 07930 872089


Fridays -  WCC Table Tennis Practice 6.45-9pm. Old Town School. (Term time only) 

Old Town Playgroup 9-11.30am.


To book Wadsworth Community Centre please contact Derek on 07890 205980


WADSWORTH WI - For details contact Marianne on 01422 882819


Local Directory


Post Office, Old Town (846967): 

Shop: Mon.-Fri 7-1, 2-5.30. Sat 7-12.30. PO: Mon-Fri 8-1, 2-5.30. Sat 8-12.30


Hare & Hounds, Old Town (842671)

Mon.-Thurs. 6pm.-close, Fri. 5pm.-close, Sat. and Sun. 12 noon-close

Also B&B. Curry and a pint of Timothy Taylors -Tues £7, Pie and a pintWeds. £9. Quiz-Thurs. 9.30pm. Live music-last Saturday every month

New vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu now available


Robin Hood Inn, Pecket Well (842593)

Mon-Thurs. 12-3pm, 6-11pm..Fri and Sat.12noon-11pm.  Sun 12-10.30pm. Also B&B. Quiz –Thurs.9.30pm. (Free supper.) Home made food : Sunday roasts. Steak night  Friday (£30 per couple + wine) Kids eat free on Tuesday nights! (  Accompanied by adult diner. )


Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre (844021): Riding lessons, hacking, birthday parties, Full livery available


MJ Dean Electrical (07912859115): Local, registered electrician. All electrical work undertaken and guaranteed-industrial, commercial, domestic