Ward Forums

What? Ward Forums are for YOU to get involved in what happens in your local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together we can talk about local issues and plan for the future.

Why? We want to improve what we do for local people so it’s important to understand what you want by getting your views directly – through open meetings.

Who? Ward Forums are open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale. It is your chance to tell us what you think and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

When? Meetings take place four times a year in all Calderdale Wards. Meetings start at 6.45pm until approximately 8.30pm, unless otherwise stated.

How? The meetings are a great place to meet your local councillors, Council staff, Police and other services we work with.

The evenings start with refreshments and a chance to network and chat informally.

The agenda includes contributions from the Council, Neighbourhood Policing Team and other services, and specific items of concern/interest in your area that have been raised by local people at previous meetings.

The open forum is where anyone can have their say – we want to hear from you. If we cannot answer you in full on the evening then we commit to providing you with an answer after the meeting.

The meetings are a great place to meet your local councillors, Calderdale Council staff, police and other services we work with. The evenings start with refreshments and a chance to network and chat informally.

To find out the date and location of your next Ward Forum go here.

Help shape the future of Todmorden

In November 2019, the Government announced that Todmorden would be invited to bid for funding as part of its brand new multi-million pound ‘Town Deals’ funding initiative.

To support the bids, a new Town Deals Board is being created which include representatives from Calderdale Council, the local Member of Parliament and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Representatives from local businesses and those from the local community or voluntary sector are invited to apply for positions on the board to help draw up ambitious plans to transform Todmorden town’s economic growth prospects with a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

There is also the position of Co-Chair available for a private sector representative from a local business.

 Applications for the positions on the Todmorden Towns Deal Board and for the role of private sector Co-Chair are now open. For more information about the roles or to apply, visit

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications for the positions close on Sunday 12th July.

Board members will be required to attend Town Deal Board meetings. These will normally be held every four to six weeks and take place early in the evening, usually lasting up to two hours. Board members should commit themselves to a minimum Board membership of two years.





Calderdale markets opening hours and services

We are pleased to announce that all of our indoor and outdoor markets are now almost fully open. The exceptions are hairdressers, barbers and beauticians, which will remain closed until the government gives further guidance. Cafés are also open, but only for takeaways at present – we will update you here if this changes. Social distancing measures are in place in all of the markets and traders will be following government guidance on hygiene and operating in a safe manner to ensure everybody’s safety.

Council live information about market openings

Car boot sales remain closed until further notice. Halifax Farmers Market is not currently open.

The markets are open as follows: 

Brighouse Open Market (Weds, Sat, 8am-3pm)
For more details, visit: Brighouse Open Market (Facebook)

Elland Charter Market (Fri, 8am-4pm)

Halifax Borough Market (Mon-Sat, 8am-3pm until further notice)
For more details, visit: Halifax Borough Market (Facebook).

Hebden Bridge (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, 8am-4pm)

Sowerby Bridge (Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8am-4pm)
For more details, visit: Sowerby Bridge Market (Facebook)

Todmorden Outdoor (Weds, Fri, Sat, 8.30am-3pm)

Todmorden Market Hall (Mon-Sat, 8.30am-2pm)

Please note that the Market Tavern (Ale bar) is closed until further notice.
Market Barber is also closed and will be by appointment only on return.
For more details, visit: Todmorden markets (Facebook)

Todmorden Market traders are also now offering delivery through
For details visit: – Todmorden. All orders made before 12 noon go out for delivery the same day.

Have your say on West Yorkshire Devolution July 19th

We are really keen on your views. We would especially like to hear from the younger members of the community and people from BAME groups.

The West Yorkshire Devolution deal will give our region more powers and funding to address the issues that people really care about, like transport improvements, skills and education, housing and regeneration, and creating good quality jobs that give people a decent standard of living.

The devolution deal with Government has been secured by the five West Yorkshire councils (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) which will see an historic transfer of powers and investment from Whitehall to our region. It will give local control of at least £1.8 billion of funding to spend on things that matter to West Yorkshire’s people.

The deal means decisions will be taken in West Yorkshire by people who know and understand the region. It will bring benefits for rural and urban communities. People’s quality of life will be Improved by developing key areas including transport, skills, the economy, housing and regeneration. It also means that West Yorkshire will have a mayor and elections will be held in May 2021.

Have your say now on this deal and the proposals for a directly elected mayor.

Closing date is 19 July 2020. Find out more and access the survey here.

For more details on the transport aspects of the devolution deal please click here.

A public consultation has now launched and will run until 19 July 2020 on the deal and proposals for a directly elected mayor.

Please take part and share your views as part of this. There are a number of ways to engage:

By post using the freepost address: Freepost WY Devolution Consultation (no stamp needed).

Ward Forum Grants in 2020

The Council has made a total of £5,000 available for each ward to be spent by March 2021.

The fund must be spent on grants for activities and projects that benefit the Ward.

It must be a group that applies and that group must have a constitution (or rules) with a dissolution clause, a bank account in the name of the organisation, and a policy describing how you will safeguard children, young people or vulnerable adults.

The maximum grant per application is £500.

Your local Neighbourhood Team is running the scheme for your ward, and eligible applications will be decided upon by Ward Councillors and the Neighbourhood Team; decisions will be reported back to Ward Forums. In the future when Ward Forums are back in place, residents attending will be more involved in the decision making process and will be able to influence priorities and projects.

Your application form should be sent to the Neighbourhood Team for the panel to consider and it must meet one of the following priorities: Improve the health and well-being of local people or improving the Environment in the Ward 

Community Celebrations and events bringing people together will not be considered during the Covid emergency.

It is essential that any activities planned during the current emergency observe Government guidelines to keep safe and contain the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the Government’s web page for the social distancing guidance.

In the absence of associated Government guidance and a date when gatherings may be permitted the Council is currently advising organisers against entering into any commitment, financial or otherwise, that may later become an issue if for any reason an event cannot take place.

Application form for Calder or Luddendenfoot Wards can be obtained by emailing

Application forms for Todmorden or Ryburn Wards can be obtained by emailing

Deadline for this round is Friday 31st July at noon

Important Information for Visitors to Police Stations / COVID – 19 / Coronavirus

We would like to assure members of the public that West Yorkshire Police is operating as normal.

However, we ask for your support in helping to minimise the risk of COVID – 19 transmission.

If you have an emergency please dial 999, for all other enquiries and to report a crime please dial 101.
If you still need to enter the building, please consider the following:

If you have:

Visited any of the Group 1 countries/areas within the last 14 days

Any of the following symptoms:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

Self-isolate and contact NHS 111 for advice.

For more information go to or NHS website and search Coronavirus

We would like to reassure you that this is a measure to reduce the risk of transmission; early data suggests that those who develop an illness, the great majority, will have mild-to moderate, but self-limiting illness – similar to seasonal flu. These measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission and further spread of the virus.


Ward Forums cancelled until further notice

Please be aware that all planned Ward Forums are hereby cancelled until further notice. Please could you pass this on to anyone who usually attends but does not use email?

As the situation regarding Coronavirus continues to develop we understand that for lots of people this is a worrying time especially if you are or know someone who is elderly, or has a health condition. From this week the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Team will be suspending all non-essential meetings and activities.  Instead we will be monitoring community issues and offering advice and support to communities where we can, in partnership with the Police, the voluntary sector and our Staying Well colleagues.

To report a community issue, or if you know someone who is isolated or vulnerable, or if you are a community groups and would like some advice please email us at or

Staying Well and the Coronavirus

As the situation regarding Coronavirus continues to develop we understand that for lots of people this is a worrying time especially if you are or know someone who is elderly, or has a health condition.

From this week Staying Well won’t be offering home visits or accompanying clients to activities. Instead we are focusing on contacting all our clients to offer help and support to plan for the next few months.

We’ll also be checking in with community groups around their immediate plans and offering support where we can.

If you know someone who is isolated or vulnerable, or if you are a community group and would like some advice, call Staying Well on 01422 392767, or email or message us on Facebook @StayingWellCalderdale

For further information on the Council’s 10 point plan for Calderdale in response to COVID-19, click here to read a statement from Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council.

Flood grant and Council Tax Exemption application for residents

Please complete this online form if you wish to apply for a flooding grant and 3 months Council Tax Exemption. The maximum amount that each application can claim is £500, this is in addition to any money received from the Community Foundation For Calderdale. (Go to to claim separately)

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • The inside of your home was flooded during February 2020, this includes damage to basements and integrated garages.
  • You are the tenant or the owner and occupier (Including those living in park homes and caravans).

One payment per household. Second homes and empty homes are not eligible for the payment.

Businesses email about what financial assiatance may be available.