Mill Bank School needs your help!

Mill Bank School are looking to raise money to refit their Year 6 classroom. The full story can be found here and there is a link to donate at the bottom of the story:

 
Alternatively If you would like to help the school the just giving campaign is here:
 

Spring Update

Hi All,

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Spring is staring to stir! After such a wet and cold winter we deserve some warmth? However it does mean that we have much work to do around the village to get it ready for the Spring Judging of Yorkshire in Bloom. Any help you can give will be gratefully received. Can you let me know if you have some time available to help. The areas where we will need some help are in the following areas; Graveyard, behind the Mill Bank Stone, the snicket down to the Graveyard, the triangle of ground opposite the Old Coop, Nathan Lane Car Park plus Nathan Lane, By the stream going into Fiddlewood and by the stream on the Calderdale Way ( a tree which blew down in the gales needs to be removed). Please try and help.
There is also some repairs needed around the village;- the Calderdale Way sign has been knocked  down in the gales; the raised beds on the playing field need to be replaced/repaired. If anyone is handy with sort of work please let me know.
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School Quiet Area;

As part of work with the school children we are helping build a contemplation/quiet area for them. We are clearing and area near to the school but we need some help clearing out a lot of old roots. If anyone has the use of a rotavator or other mechanical device that would be very helpful.

History Boards;

Gary McCall has produced a prototype of one of the Boards and we are currently looking at this to ensure we have the correct balance between map, images and copy. Once we have this agreed Gary will go ahead with producing the Boards for us.

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Website;

The new Village Website has been hacked over the Winter. Chris has agreed to sort this out for us. However we do need an Administrator for the Website. I do not have the IT knowledge required to do this but I am confident that there will be that expertise available in the village. Basic Knowledge of Word Press is the requirement. Time will not be too taxing. Main Duties will be;-  Getting rid of unwanted messages; Periodic updating; Adding latest news and photographs. If any villager has new photographs or suggestions please let me have these to be put onto the Site. IF ANYONE CAN HELP please contact me in the first instance.

Mill Bank Calendar; Sales of the 2016 Calendar have been excellent. The total profit realised from the sales was £988-10, which will help us enormously. Our thanks go to Sam and Joanne for organising the Calendar; to Bruce for his great photographs; to the Alma, Triangle Post Office and Toll House Jewellers for helping us sell so many calendars and finally to our sponsors who helped us with the printing costs. Thank you to all of you. Sam has volunteered to organise the 2017 Calendar. We are thinking of new ideas for the calendar but if you have any new photographs or indeed old ones that have not been seen before please let me have them.

Dog Poo;

I have reported this to Calderdale and they have kindly cleared the mess. They have indicated that anyone caught causing this is liable to an £80 fine. I believe that my last message has got home because there is certainly less new deposits occurring? We do propose to put some bags available at the notice boards for villagers to use and then to deposit them in the two bins, made available for them – by side of the Broadband Box above the graveyard and by the stream as one goes into Fiddlewood.

Developments at Triangle Inn;

A developer has bought the Inn subject to planning permission to demolish the semi derelict building at the back of the Inn. This area will be made into a car park to service planned apartments that will be built on the upper two floors of the Inn. It is planned to open a bistro and bar on the ground floor.

Newsletter Articles;

We are hoping to produce our Spring Newsletter for April. We urgently require material for this. If you have any interesting stories or news to be used in this please let me have copy as soon as possible.

Book Club;

If you would like to attend the Mill Bank Book Club please contact John Anderson johnanderson48@icloud.com The Club meets monthly on the last Thursday of each month at the Alma at 7.30pm.

Finally

if you know of villagers, current or those that may have left the village and who would like to keep in contact please let me have their e mail addresses so that I can add them to the regular email Newsletter.

Keep Fit Group

Stretch and Tone – A body conditioning class – Upstairs at Cottonstones Church Wednesdays at 7.30 – 8.30pm £3 per session ( please bring your own mat). Also Gentle Stretch and Tone – no floor work – at Sowerby Bridge Youth Centre (Foundry St) on Thursdays at 10.30 – 11.30 am. £2 per session.
Contact Julia Anderson 01422 823589 julia@gledhillfarm.co.uk  for further details.

Cottonstones pre-school, playgroup

Cottonstones pre-school, playgroup has been running since 1989 and we’re still going.
We offer funded and non-funded places for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years.
Staffs are highly qualified and committed to deliver a diversified curriculum to all children of all stages of development.
We currently open Tuesday- Friday between the hours of 9 – 3 offering lunch time covers.
We also cater for toddlers on a Tuesday and Thursday mornings opening between 9.30  – 11.30.
Our upcoming social and fundraising events are

The Mill Bank Group

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Mill Bank in Bloom achievements 2002 – 2014

Gold award and ’Best small village in Yorkshire’ 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the Yorkshire in Bloom Competition.

The Mill Bank Group

In 2002 the village felt neglected and there was little community activity. The Mill Bank Group was formed to rescue and renovate public areas and undertake activities to improve the quality of life for local people. The first project was to create a community garden from the Methodist graveyard which had been neglected for over forty years. This is now an attractive quiet spot in the heart of the village featuring a village poem by the late Glyn Hughes who used to live in Mill Bank.

The Group is a non profit making organisation run by volunteers and is open to everybody living in and around Mill Bank. Every attempt is made to conserve the best of the past and ensure that developments are sympathetic to the environment and culture of the area.

Mill Bank Group activities and achievements 2002 – 2013

Creation of a Community Garden in the Methodist graveyard
Creation of a kitchen garden for St Mary’s school
Creation of bog and wild flower gardens
Maintenance of Plant boxes around the Village.
Herb Planters in village for use by all villagers
Village name stone erected
Thousands of bulbs planted
Commissioned community poem erected in garden
Area behind name stone re landscaped and maintained
Benches installed in garden and beside stream
Renovation of walls, railings and gates
New rubbish bins installed and maintained
Litter and dog pollution addressed
Christmas lights lit in tree annually
Repairs to banks of stream and wild flowers planted
Bird feeders, bird, bat and butterfly boxes constructed
Mini orchard and soft fruit area planted
Raised veg. beds installed for those without gardens
Maintenance to grit bins, street furniture and phone box
Contact e-mail network of local people set up
Mill Bank Facebook page established
Two books, annual calendars, walks leaflets and newsletters published
A happy working relationship established with St Mary’s School
A bug haven built on the playing fields
Sympathetic and sustainable planting throughout the village.
Coordination of the “Save the bus” Campaign
Work started on establishing the Mill Bank Website.

Social awareness

The experience of people getting together to enhance the environment generates a sense of pride in the local community. The Group also promotes an appreciation of past history and an awareness of place in time. To this end we have produced three social history publications and a ‘Walks about Mill Bank’ leaflet published in 2009. A number of recently established social groups are now flourishing. The group supported a villager with her exhibition at local libraries on the Triangle Women’s Hostel by applying for a grant on her behalf. The exhibition has been a huge success.

Organisation and communication

The group has a management committee and holds an AGM in the autumn. Each year there is a consultation exercise, usually a spring ‘walk-about’ to identify priorities. This year we have undertaken a more detailed consultation exercise. The village notice board is well used and newsletters are circulated quarterly. The two notice boards will be replaced this year by local volunteers. There is an active e mail network for regular volunteers. The Halifax Courier publishes stories of our achievements and the newsletters are available on our Facebook page.

Recent Projects

In 2011 the Group completed a community planting project. This was particularly popular and aimed at people who do not have gardens. Raised vegetable beds were installed and a mini orchard was planted. Herb tubs and the soft fruit area for use by all villagers are also popular. Volunteers continue run the school gardening club on Fridays. We plan to establish a History Board in the village tracing the history of the village. This will be supported by the School children and other interested villagers. If you would like to coordinate this project please contact Peter Walker.

Fundraising

Our core work is funded through the sale of the annual village calendar and other merchandise. We need £1,500 p.a. for base activities and grants for special projects are obtained from a variety of sources. We aim to be as self sufficient as possible.

Impact

The work of The Group has had a noticeable impact on the village and the local estate agent claims our work has increased the value of properties in the village. People tell us they appreciate our work and we have been rewarded with top awards from Yorkshire in Bloom.