Category Archives: Conservation

Two new summer rangers have been taken on by Calderdale Council’s Countryside Service to help keep people safe and manage Yorkshire Water’s facilities such as reservoirs and moorland during the peak tourist season. Working over weekends and busy periods, the two new rangers, Jeff Platts and Helen Mariott, will have a wide-reaching remit. They will… read more … about Rangers hired to patrol Calderdale’s countryside>>

Countryside rangers

On 1 August, The Piece Hall in Halifax – one of the most iconic heritage buildings in Britain – will re-open its gates following a multi-million-pound transformation. This heralds a new era for the monumental Georgian structure – which was once the centre of the global woollen trade – as a contemporary leisure, retail, cultural… read more … about Reopening of landmark building The Piece Hall>>

Piece Hall weather vane - credit Sandy Young

The new Copley Bridge will be named Wilson Bridge, after Mr Graham Wilson who lived at the adjacent toll house for many years until his recent death. The name was chosen by children from Copley Primary School and the local community. Calderdale Council is rebuilding the 185-year-old bridge after it was destroyed by the 2015… read more … about A new name for Copley Bridge>>

Copley School visit

Roger Marsh OBE has been appointed to the role of Chair of The Piece Hall Trust, leading the independent charity tasked with operating the transformed Grade I Listed building into a dynamic new chapter. The Piece Hall will reopen on Yorkshire Day (1st August 2017), following an extensive multi-million pound renovation. Roger Marsh will help… read more … about New Chair announced for The Piece Hall Trust as transformation nears completion>>

L to R Roger Marsh, Nicky Chance Thompson, Cllr Tim Swift HI RES

A new heritage centre, which will tell the story of The Piece Hall and Halifax, will be one of the key attractions when The Piece Hall re-opens on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Preparations at ‘The Piece Hall Story’, in the south arcade of The Piece Hall, are well underway, and a range of artefacts has… read more … about Piecing together the history of Halifax>>

Conductors Badge

The latest edition of Wildside – the walks and events programme produced by Calderdale Council, is out now.  Available in local tourist information centres, libraries, Ogden Water visitor centre and sports centres, the Wildside guide brings together all the walks and events run by the Council’s Countryside and Woodland team and their partners.   Calderdale Council’s… read more … about Go wild this spring and summer>>

Cromwell Bottom

The Piece Hall bell and weather vane, including the historic sheep, have returned to Halifax after being lovingly restored as part of Calderdale Council’s £19 million transformation programme. Housed within a wooden cupola above the Piece Hall’s West Gate, the weather vane displays the points of the compass, an arrow indicating the wind direction, plus… read more … about The Piece Hall sheep is baaaaaack!>>

Piece Hall weather vane - credit Sandy Young

The Square Church rose window is being painstakingly repaired as part of Calderdale Council’s new Central Library and Archive building in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  The Square Church first opened in 1857 but closed in 1969 after congregations dwindled.  Disaster struck in 1971 when the roof and interior were destroyed by fire.  Most of the remaining… read more … about Bloom returns to Square Church rose window>>

Rose jpeg

The newly rebuilt Elland Bridge is expected to be open to pedestrians and cyclists by the end of next week – a key milestone in the final stage of construction before the expected full reopening of the bridge to traffic later this month. Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said: “This is good news for… read more … about Elland Bridge due to open to pedestrians and cyclists next week>>

Elland Bridge infographic