Civic Ball 2018

The Parish Council is once again hosting its Annual Civic Ball, on Saturday 10th March 2018 at The Venue in Barkisland. After a sophisticated drinks reception After a sophisticated drinks reception listening to singer, Steve Symon and a fantastic four course meal, guests will be entertained by ‘Alison Jane’s Chequers’ 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 (

Ripponden Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

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 Chris Ball. The Chairman and his Consort handed out chocolates and glow stick bracelets to the children as they left the church to walk up to the village just in time to greet Father Christmas, who arrived spectacularly on a lovely vintage tractor.

For the Lights Switch On itself, Oldham Road was temporarily closed to allow spectators to stand in the road for the count down. The switch on was performed by our Chairman, Cllr Andrew Naylor.

Afterwards Father Christmas was kept very busy meeting with children at Central Hall and was joined by his Scout helpers and members of Ripponden in Bloom who had organised a Christmas Hamper raffle. Some of the Local shops also held open houses, serving amongst other things mulled wine, mince pies and christmas cake.

A big Thank You to all who came along to assist and support the event.

Remembrance Sunday Services 2017

The Remembrance Sunday services will take place as usual at Rishworth, Ripponden and Barkisland on 12th November.

Once again, 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 enable people to congregate on the road for the duration of the service at each War Memorial.

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

Michaelmas Show 2017

On Saturday 23rd 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 Chairman Cllr Andrew Naylor. The winners of the best exhibits were:

Flower Arranging – Mrs G Carter; Home Grown Flowers – Mrs S Rawlinson; Home Grown Produce – Mrs S Rawlinson; Baking – Mrs P Morse; Preserves – Miss A Watson; Art & Handicraft – Mrs R Marns; Photography – Mrs A Merrifield; Children’s up to 11 years – Eli Murray and Young People 12 – 16 Years – Adam Hornsby

Michaelmas Show 2017

The Parish Council will be holding its annual show of local vegetables, flowers, baking, photographic and craft produce at the Conservative Club on Saturday 23rd September at Ripponden Conservative Club.

The Show is an opportunity to view prize-winning floral displays and locally grown fruit and vegetables along with home baking, preserves and craft exhibits. For the keen photographers the theme this year is ‘Summer time’. So why not come along and join in the fun.

Show categories and full presentation rules and regulations, including timings for entries prior to judging, are available on this website, please go to Documents (Miscellaneous). Alternatively contact the Clerk on 01422 823245 for further details.

Results of the Annual Garden Competition 2017

Best in Competition – General Garden Floral – Mrs Marklow;
General Garden Fruit & Vegetables – Mr & Mrs Finch;
Containers & Hanging Baskets Floral – Mrs Marklow;
Containers & Hanging Baskets Fruit & Vegetables – Mrs Morse;
Businesses, Shops & Public Houses – The Old Bridge Inn.

Neighbourhood Planning Workshop at Rishworth

As part of the Consultation process to develop a Neighbourhood Plan, the Parish Council is hosting a second workshop At St John’s Primary School, Rishworth on Wednesday 14th June 2017 6.15pm to 8.30pm. Come along and have your say on the future of our parish.

RNP Flyer Rishworth consultation

Garden Competition 2017

Ripponden Parish Council is launching its Annual Garden Competition 2017. The competition is open to anyone within the Ripponden parish and to all ages – the Parish Council would love entries from youngsters who are gardeners of the future, to those who have gardened all their lives and are passionate about plants.

As well as entries for individual and residential gardens, entries are welcomed from businesses, schools, sheltered housing, community groups and any type of communal garden. Don’t forget, although the first impression of each entry – for example the overall impact of the combination of colours and plants – is important, the judges will also award marks for maintenance and condition of the entry.

You have plenty of time to plan and execute your projects as judging doesn’t begin until the first week of July!

For further details and an application form please go to Miscellaneous Documents 

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 2016

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.

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 (