Celebrating the past and looking to the future of the Upper Calder Valley

Calderdale Council

Residents in the Upper Valley of Calderdale, have the chance to discuss future plans for the area, at the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance 10th anniversary exhibition and conference. 

The Upper Calder Valley Renaissance (UCVR) was the first project anywhere in the UK to tackle the challenging and complex job of transforming an entire valley. Since the original publication of the UCVR Vision document in 2004, a wide variety of projects and initiatives have been successfully delivered under the UCVR banner, including the regeneration of Fielden Wharf in Todmorden, the pedestrianisation of Hebden Bridge, and improvements along the length of the Rochdale canal between Littleborough and Sowerby Bridge. 

On Friday 21 November, from 2pm – 5pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall will host an anniversary conference and exhibition, entitled ‘Taking stock and looking forward’, celebrating the achievements of the scheme, and looking to the next phase of this unique community led initiative. 

The free event will include talks with high profile speakers, including former UCVR chair James Allison, who will reflect on the UCVR story so far. In addition to this, workshops will focus on the future of community-led regeneration in the Upper Calder Valley, and what role UCVR will play in this.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Asset and Facilities Management, Housing and Environment, Cllr Scott Benton, said:

“Over the ten years of the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance, the initiative has had a transformative effect on the area.

“This conference and exhibition is not only an opportunity to celebrate some of the successes of the projects, but also a chance to keep the momentum of the Renaissance going, and look to future regeneration schemes across the Upper Calder Valley.” 

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