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.