The Cross pub update, by Nic Corrigan

Approximately 40 people attended a meeting at The Cross to share information and discuss the proposed sale of the pub.

Nic Corrigan was point of contact for the group who previously worked on listing the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and explained the implications this now had on any future sale of the pub.  A flow diagram is attached which summarises the options that are now available to the local community and supporters and the key critical deadlines.

Terry, the current Landlord, advised that the owner was due to retire and is therefore selling several of his properties.  The likely sale value of the pub is offers over £200k.  He is planning to sell it as a going concern to be run as a pub.  Terry and Andrew are currently investigating the option of purchasing it themselves which was widely supported within the meeting.

A question and answer session followed and it was generally agreed that a Steering Group needed to be formed to investigate the levels of support within the local area for the pub and whether there was a need for a Community Group to be formed to bid for the pub to be owned and run as a community enterprise.  The deadline to make this decision is 23rd December. Some people have offered to take part in this Steering Group but ideally a few more volunteers are needed due to the very tight deadlines we are working towards.  A volunteer to lead this first stage of the process is also being sought.

A provisional meeting date was set for Tuesday 15th December for the Steering Group to present their findings and proposal regarding the intention to bid.

Time is now very tight but there is still time to be involved and any help would be greatly appreciated.  At this stage, it would only mean a commitment to being involved until 23rd December.  If you think you could help, please contact Nic Corrigan on 01422 843397 or by email to




The Council is preparing a new Local Plan and a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The Local Plan will set out a framework for how the District should grow, over the next 15 years, to meet the need for new homes and jobs, and will also identify sites for proposed development, and areas that will be protected.

Consultation starts at 12 noon on 6 November 2015 and runs for 6 weeks until 5pm 18 December 2015. Residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on potential sites, and other aspects of the Local Plan, and the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for CIL.

Mapping will be available on the Council’s website, at a series of drop-in sessions and in due course in all Calderdale’s libraries. You will be able to view the location of possible development sites and consider information from detailed site assessments. There will also be the opportunity to comment on a document which presents other aspects of the Plan, including an explanation of how the future housing requirement has been assessed.

To make your comments, please use the links below:

Potential Sites and other aspects of the Local Plan
Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (CIL)

Seven drop-in events will be held around Calderdale and each will provide information covering the whole of the District. There is no need to register for these events; you can come along to the venue that is the most convenient for you.

The timetable of the drop-in events is given below.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s Street – 16th November 4 – 7 pm
Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street – 17th November 4 – 7 pm
Todmorden Town Hall, Halifax Road – 19th November 4 – 7 pm
Elland Library, Coronation Street – 21st November 12 – 3 pm
Sowerby Bridge Youth and Community Centre, Foundry Street -,24th November 4 – 7 pm
Brighouse Mulberry Suite, Parsonage Lane – 26th November 4 – 7 pm
Halifax ThreeWays (formerly the Ridings School), Nursery Lane – 8th December 4 – 7 pm

Spanish Menu at the Cross

A Taste of the Mediterranean event featuring Spanish food will be held at the Cross Inn on Friday 30 October from 6pm onwards.

The event follows their last successful Greek evening. It costs £15 per person including a set starter, choice of main and dessert courses. Spanish wines and beers are available. Call in to the Cross for a menu and to book a table or telephone 843284.

Set starter of typical Spanish aperitivos (selection of snacks and dips to whet your appetite), including olives, artichoke hearts, Manchego cheese, crusty bread, salted almonds, etc
Main courses (all served with paella-inspired vegetable rice, mini roast potatoes and mixed salad)
Bacalao con tomate Fresh cod cooked with tomatoes, onions and red peppers
Cordero en Rioja Rich and flavoursome, slow-cooked braised lamb in Rioja, with chorizo and baby carrots
Pollo al pimentón Chicken cooked in creamy paprika sauce
Pimientos y tomates rellenos A Spanish twist on stuffed peppers and tomatoes, using paella-inspired vegetable rice and typical Spanish herbs
Desserts (served with fresh cream or ice cream)
Dulce de leche cheesecake – A favourite Spanish confection combined with cheesecake
Pastél de naranja y almendras – Orange and almond cake

Busy Autumn Ahead

The nights may be drawing in but there’s plenty of fun events happening in the next couple of months, all listed on our Events page. A few highlights include:

A beer and cider festival at the White Lion on the weekend of 2 – 4 October, with an apple pie competition on the Sunday.

A service of blessing for pets at St Thomas’ Church on Sunday 4 October, followed by a peal of bells.

A concert at St Thomas’ by Hebden Bridge Brass Band on Saturday 17 October.

And then the village gears up for a busy season of Hallowe’en events at the Bowling Club, Christmas fairs at both church and chapel, and much more.


Lunch at the Shoulder of Mutton…

New Lunch Club VenueOur first lunch hosted by The Shoulder of Mutton was well attended and enjoyed by all.

Here are the dates for our next events.

Owen and Lisa will be back from Ireland for these dates and are looking forwards to welcoming us in person

Please contact Mel or Rachel if you need assistance with transport.

01422 847979