Annual Parish Meeting (Annual Assembly)

This year’s Annual Assembly will be held on Thursday 30th March 2017 at Ripponden Community Centre 7.00pm for 7.30pm. This is a public meeting which anyone from the parish of Ripponden can attend. Community groups are encouraged to come along and give a short presentation of the work of their group during 2016/17 and residents are asked to come and speak to the Parish Council regarding issues they feel should be a priority for the Council’s attention during the coming year. For the Agenda please go to Miscellaneous Documents at

Civic Ball 2017

The Parish Council held its annual Civic Ball at The Venue, Bowers Mill, Barkisland on Saturday 11th March 2017. 133 guests enjoyed a drinks reception, four course dinner, dancing to a live band, and a raffle. Proceeds this year are for the Chairman’s Charity – Local Youth Groups within the Parish’ and together with donations the evening raised an amazing sum of £990. The winner of the 2016 Good Citizen Award, Mrs Sue Bell, was presented with her award during the evening. The Chairman and Councillors would like to thank everyone who supported the event whether through donations or attending the evening.

Good Citizens Award 2017

The Parish Council is pleased to announce the winner of its Good Citizens Award for 2016 as Mrs Sue Bell.
Sue has for many years provided a service called First Responder, a voluntary life-saving scheme which provides assistance prior to the ambulance service arriving at an emergency.
She also does voluntary work for the British Heart Foundation training people to use defibrillators and organises First Aid Courses.
In addition Sue co-produces the local pantomime.

Civic Ball 2017

The Parish Council is once again hosting its Annual Civic Ball, on Saturday 11th March 2017 at The Venue in Barkisland. After a sophisticated drinks reception and a fantastic four course meal, guests will be entertained by ‘Jump. Jive & Wail’ and as always there will be a raffle prize-draw with a variety of high quality prizes on offer! 

Tickets are £35 per head and details are available to download or contact the Clerk on 01422 823245.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Chairman’s charity which this year is ‘Local Youth Groups within the Parish’.   

To download the Civic Ball invitation please go to Miscellaneous Documents (

Remembrance Sunday 2016

This years Remembrance Sunday commenced with a service at Rishworth War Memorial before processing to Ripponden War Memorial and Ripponden Church for services.   Luckily the weather was bright and sunny and not too cold for the many people who marched with the parade and gathered at each service to remember the fallen.  Diggle B band once again led the procession and the cornet players sounding of the last post was atmospheric. After the service in St Bartholomew’s Ripponden the procession reassembled at Barkisland for a short march and a final ceremony for the day.

Parish Council wishes to thank the Police and members of the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge for their attendance and making the event run so safely and smoothly.

Remembrance Sunday Services 2016

The Remembrance Sunday services will take place as usual at Rishworth, Ripponden and Barkisland on 13th November.

This year, in consultation with the Police and Calderdale Council, the Parish Council has been successful in obtaining a temporary rolling road closure. Which, among other things, will for the first time enable people to congregate on the road for the duration of the service at each War Memorial.

Yet again Diggle B Band will be in attendance and will be leading the procession to each memorial. See below for the times at each War Memorial:

09.00am  Assemble at Rishworth War Memorial

09.15am Service of Remembrance at the Rishworth War Memorial

10.00am Assemble at Ripponden War Memorial

10.10am Service of Remembrance at the Ripponden War Memorial

10.30am Service of Remembrance at St. Bartholomew’s Church

12.15pm Service of Remembrance at Barkisland War Memorial

Charity Fundraising Hoedown 4th November 2016

 The Chairman, Cllr Jayne Smith is to host a Hoedown on Friday 4th November 2016 in aid of her chosen charity ‘Parish Youth Groups’. The event will take place at Victoria Hall, Ripponden starting at 7.00pm and dancing will be to John Wilson and the ‘World Famous Rakish Paddy’. Tickets are £10 (which includes a pie and peas supper) and available from the Parish Council office, Central Hall, The Conservative Club, Graceful Lily’s and Toll House Jewellers. Come down and join the fun! (cowboy outfits are optional).

Michaelmas Show 2016

On Saturday 24th September the Parish Council yet again held another very successful Michaelmas Show. Congratulations to all those who entered, the baking category being especially popular. Shields and certificates were presented by the Mayor of Calderdale and our Vice-Chairman Cllr Craig Johnson. The winners of the best exhibits were:

Flower Arranging – Mrs G Carter; Home Grown Flowers – Mrs A Merrifield; Home Grown Produce – Mrs A Merrifield; Baking – Mrs A Merrifield; Preserves – Mrs A Merrifield; Art & Handicraft – Mrs S Rawlinson; Photography – Mrs S Rawlinson; Children’s up to 11 years – Eli Murray and Young People 12 – 16 Years – 3rd Ripponden Scouts

Michaelmas Show 2016

The Parish Council will yet again hold its annual show of local vegetables, flowers, baking, photographic and craft produce at the Conservative Club on Saturday 24th September. The Chairman, Cllr Jayne Smith said, ‘We were heartened last year by the increase in entries from our creative bakers which were of a very high standard. This year we are looking forward to more of our junior citizens joining our more experienced entrants to make this a year to remember.’

The picturesque villages of Barkisland, Ripponden, Rishworth and Soyland which make up this thriving West Yorkshire Parish contain many award winning gardens. The hedgerows and surrounding photogenic moorlands host many of the basic ingredients for home produced jams, chutneys and craft displays.

So come on residents of Ripponden get your spades working, hone your berry picking fingers, put your creative skills into gear and join in the fun on the 24thSeptember.

For an entry form and details of the categories, please go to Document Archive – Miscellaneous Documents (

Results of the Annual Garden Competition 2016

Best in Competition – General Garden Floral – Mr Stievenard;
General Garden Fruit & Vegetables – Mr & Mrs Finch;
Containers & Hanging Baskets Floral – Mrs Bradley;
Containers & Hanging Baskets Fruit & Vegetables – Mrs Danby;
Businesses, Shops & Public Houses – The Silk Mill.

Winner of the Good Citizens Award 2015

In March the Parish Council was delighted to announce that Mr Mark Shelton had been chosen as the recipient of the Good Citizen Award 2015. For over 20 years Mark has worked in the community getting involved in local  issues and supporting local organisations and events. Alongside his involvement with the
Ryburn United AFC Mark is also Chairman of the Ripponden Children’s Day and works tirelessly with others to ensure the continuing success of this popular
community event. Mark was presented with  his award at the Parish Council’s Civic Ball.

The closing date for nominations for the 2016 award is 30th November 2016.

Civic Ball 2016

The Parish Council held its annual Civic Ball at The Venue, Bowers Mill, Barkisland on Saturday 12th March 2016. 226 guests enjoyed a drinks reception, four course dinner, dancing to a live band, tombola, raffle and auction. Proceeds this year are for the Chairman’s Charity – Overgate and the evening raised an amazing sum of £2608.30. The winner of the 2015 Good Citizen Award, Mr Mark Shelton, was presented with his award during the evening. The Chairman and Councillors would like to thank everyone who supported the event whether through donations or attending the evening.

Changes to Local Bus Services

The Parish Council has been informed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority that there are changes to two of the services that serve the Parish, E7 and E8 with effect from Monday 20th July 2015 as follows:

Service E7
This service will be replaced by service 564 between Barkisland – Elland – Brighouse (Apart from the morning journey at 0725 from Greetland which will be retained).
Hullenedge will be served by the new E3 service.
Krumlin and Ripponden will no longer be served by these Elland Local services. Passengers can use services 561/562 to connect in West Vale for services into Elland (See service 564 for revised route description and timetable).

Service E8
This service will be replaced by service 564 (See service 564 for revised route description and timetable).

Service 564
This new service will operate between Barkisland – Elland – Brighouse via the old E8 route. This will provide passengers quicker direct links.
This service will operate hourly Monday – Friday and two hourly on Saturdays.
At peak times this service will be enhanced between Brighouse and Elland to operate every 30 minutes.
Between Elland and Greetland this service will coordinate with the new E3 to provide a 30 minute frequency

For the full timetable changes, please go to Document Archive – Miscellaneous Documents (

Ripponden Community Market – 22nd March 2015

Ripponden Community Market, was held on Sunday 22nd March at its usual site on the car park at Brig Royd Surgery, Halifax Road.

Stalls sold s selection of handcrafted gifts, cards, jewellery, driftwood sculptures, artwork, wooden novelties and accessories for the home. Visitors also had the opportunity to buy fresh flowers and locally produced artisan foods including pork pies, cakes, farmhouse cheeses, and speciality biscuits.

New for this market was the sale of venison and shoppers at the market were able to enjoy freshly cooked venison burgers and sausages.

New Bus Timetable

There are major changes to bus services from Sunday 25th January 2015. Once again the Parish Council has published a comprehensive local timetable including all the changes and it is now available, free for you to pick up at:

The Parish Council Office, Ripponden Library, Barkisland Po, Ripponden Po and Brig Royd Surgery.

Click link for timetable (