Notes from our meetings

Notes of meeting  24th November 2020 (On Zoom)

1) Election of officers

The following people will continue in their current roles: Chair – Ian Vickridge, Vice Chair – Suzy Hesselden, Treasurer – Pete Thomasson, Secretary – Mo Ludlam and Vital Member – Richard Peters.

2) MWA – HBWA Merger

Due to people leaving the Mytholmroyd area we agreed to merge Mytholmroyd Walkers Action and Hebden Bridge Walkers Action. The two web sites will be merged in

3) Treasurers Report


4) Loop the Loop Memorial Walk

Agreed to try to organise Loop the Loop memorial walk for Dave Brooks in April 2021. The walk had to be cancelled this year.

5) Distribution of Walk Leaflets

We have a large number of leaflets and a reduction in outlets. It is likely that the Visitor Centre in Hebden will not reopen. Discussed the possibility of a stall either in the town hall or in the market.

Agreed to reduce prices, offer special deals both to customers and shop owners. Agreed to look at Huddersfield bus station to distribute 901 booklets free. Ditto The Robin Hood pub in Cragg Vale. Agreed to visit Howarth and offer very cheap deal to shop owners. The tourist information centre in Howarth is now closed, our main seller of Hebden Bridge to Howarth booklet. Agreed to offer a free selection of leaflets to Mountain Wild. Mo to do. Agreed to target universities and possibly Calder High School. Jean to distribute Children’s Walks to primary schools in Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale in the New Year.

Discussed the large number of Northern Rail Heart of the Pennines leaflets that were printed but never distributed as agreed by Northern Rail. Andrew Williams is the new head of stations and trains for east region. Nina will raise with him the distribution.

6) Display Boards

The Hebden Bridge boards have been done and all agreed they look good. The Mytholmroyd boards are almost done. A couple of photos are needed with a better resolution.

7) Japanese Visitors

All the planned visits both by a Misato delegation in April and 20 students visiting in September with Hiroshi Sakai were cancelled. Agreed Mo to email Christmas Greetings to them.

8) Walkers are Welcome

Jean to write to them telling them of the merger with HBWA.

Previous Minutes

Date: 2nd March 2020

1) The website has been updated

2) Loop the Loop walk in memory of Dave Brooks: Agreed to put adverts in social media. Start from St George’s square 10.30am 18th April. [Note: Now postponed due to Coronavirus]

3) Display Boards: New boards are in development

4) Japanese Visitors: Agreed to e mail them advising them not to visit in the light of the coronavirus. [Note: Visit suspended]

5) ‘Three Walks’ leaflet: 2,000 printed, paid for, collected and in storage.

6) Walk and Ride Festival 12th – 27th September: Planned to go ahead this year. Discussed holding an exhibition of walking, walks leaflets etc during the festival. Agreed to explore St Michael’s in Mytholmroyd. Rowena to seek info re display racks. Agreed to lead one walk on a Saturday during the festival – part of the Calderdale Way that goes through Hebden and Mytholmroyd – Blackshawhead to Pecket Well – people can join and drop off at several points on the walk.

7) Walkers are Welcome and HebdenRoyd Litterpick: We planned to participate but it is now suspended due to Coronavirus

Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 21st April 2020 2pm Birchcliffe Centre

Visitors from Misato

On Wednesday, 15th buy tramadol us October 2019 we were visited by seven representatives of the town council of Misato  in Japan. They came to Britain to find out about Walkers are Welcome towns as they are planning to set up something similar in their home town.

At the weekend they attended the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ conference in Kirby Stephen and stayed in Otley before coming to visit us in Hebden Bridge. They came here because Hebden Bridge was the first Walkers are Welcome town. They were welcomed by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of our local Town Council, HebdenRoyd. There was a discussion and an exchange of ideas followed by coffee and cake.

Walkers Action then accompanied the visitors on the bus up to Heptonstall. After a quick look around the historic village we walked back down to Hebden Bridge for Lunch in the White Lion.

Hebden Bridge Walkers Action have signed a Memorandum of Friendship with Misato in which we agree to support each other to:

  • Encourage towns and villages in our respective countries to be “Welcoming to Walkers”.
  • Offer local people and visitors excellent walking opportunities.
  • Promote the health benefits of walking.
  • Increase participation in walking.
  • Encourage the use of local transport.
  • Ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted.
  • Encourage appreciation of the local countryside, landscape, cultural heritage, and ecology

It was wonderful to meet people from Japan who are as enthusiastic as we are about these objectives and we wish them well.

Walkers are Welcome Annual Get Together Kirkby Stephen 11th and 12th  October 2019

The secretary of HBWA Mo Ludlam and Jean Williams from Mytholmroyd Walkers action attended the Get Together. We all met in the Masonic Hall and spent the morning with speeches and welcome to our Japanese visitors. After lunch there were a couple of short walks to go on and then the afternoon was spent in workshops. Mo attended the Red Squirrels workshop and a talk on ‘The Pennine Journey’. It was about a route originally devised by Wainwright in the 1930’s but recently adapted following existing footpaths. As for the squirrels workshop, the reason that red squirrels have been driven out by grey squirrels is that the grey squirrels carry squirrel pox, they are immune but the red squirrels are not. The grey squirrel is also bigger and when competing for food, they win. Red squirrels are hanging on in Cumbria and Northumberland assisted by squirrel wardens who ‘dispose of’ grey squirrels in areas known to contain red squirrels. Interesting eh?. And — red squirrels were seen in Hardcastle Crags as late as the 70’s .

Bridestones photo

New Postcard

This is the image on our new postcard. 5,000 have been printed and are being distributed around walking shops for them to send out with their internet orders. Hopefully this will encourage walkers to come to this fantastic walking area

Tenth anniversary Walkers are Welcome national conference comes to the Valley in October

The Walkers are welcome initiative started in Hebden bridge and now has over 100 towns signed up. The three walkers are welcome groups and friends are organising the conference.

Canal towpath re-open The Canal and River Trust are working hard to repair the flood damage to the canal towpath,and the route from Todmorden to Hebden Bridge is now open again.

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