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Festive Fun at the Lights Switch On

Ripponden was certainly a hive of activity on Saturday night for the Christmas Lights Switch On. The evening started with a lovely Carol Service at St Bartholomew's Church led by Rev Carol Hirst. For the Lights Switch On itself, Oldham Road was once again temporarily closed to allow everyone to stand in the road for [...]

By | November 29th, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018

I was so proud to see the number of residents and visitors who turned out on a very wet day for the Remembrance Sunday Services this year. Thank you to everyone who supported the Parish Council in making this such a special day in particular for the marking of centenary of the end of the [...]

By | November 13th, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Civic Service and the Falling Poppies – 28th October 2018

Yesterday I had quite a busy day Civic duty wise, firstly I attended the Parish Council's Civic Service, which was beautifully hosted by Christ Church, Barkisland. The Service was led by Reverend Geoff Spedding and music played by Friendly Brass Band, the special arrangement of 'Abide with Me' was most poignant. Afterwards refreshments were served [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Michaelmas Show 2018

Last Saturday, together with the Vice-Chairman I had the pleasure of presenting the Shields and Certificates to the winners of the Michaelmas Show and Annual Garden Competition. Its great to see how talented our local community is! It was a very busy day but I had the opportunity to meet with the judges and learn what they [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Rushbearing 2018

On Sunday 2nd September I had the pleasure of meeting the Rushbearing cart at the boundary of the Parish with the Mayor of Calderdale and marched with the procession down to St Bartholomew's Church for the service to receive the rushes. Prior to this was the annual duck race which we started off from the [...]

By | September 7th, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Presentation of the Good Citizen Award 2017

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of presenting Brian Sofield with the Good Citizens Award for 2017. For many years Brian has worked tirelessly and can be seen in all weathers making Barkisland bloom and keeping it well cared for.  Brian was delighted to receive the award and asked that a special mention be [...]

By | June 22nd, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Final Message from outgoing Chairman – Cllr Andrew Naylor

I have had a  lovely year representing the Parish Council & residents and thank councillors for all their support and hard work. I look forward to working with the new chairman Cllr Craig Johnson in 2018/19 and wish him all the best. I raised £750 for my chosen voluntary groups in the parish and will pass [...]

By | May 22nd, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Ripponden Civic Ball – 10th March 2018

Over 80 guests joined Rachel and me at the annual Civic Ball.  The ambiance, layout and design of The Venue made for a wonderful evening. We had visiting Mayors and Chairmen from across the region as well as the Deputy Lieutenant and the Mayor of Calderdale.   The raffle raised over £700 thanks to all the [...]

By | March 16th, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

100th Birthday Celebration

On Saturday 13th January, together with my Consort Rachel, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Thurlow of Barkisland who was celebrating his 100th birthday! Mr Thurlow was an avid golfer until his late 80's and this certainly helped him to stay young at heart!

By | January 16th, 2018|Chairman's Blog|

Barkisland ‘Get Together’ Club Christmas party – 13th December 2017

Last Wednesday, together with my Consort, Rachel, I was invited to meet with residents at the Barkisland 'Get Together' club and share in their Christmas party festivities. There was a great atmosphere, lots of chat and super entertainment. I would like to thank the group for their kind invitation to what was a lovely afternoon.

By | December 18th, 2017|Chairman's Blog|