The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge is an active service club based around the South Pennine market town of Hebden Bridge in the upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. Within its area are the villages of Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall, Colden, Cragg Vale, Midgley, Blackshaw Head and Luddenden, as well as numerous small settlements in the Calder Valley between Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.
Club members are committed to high ethical standards: helping others by giving freely of their time and talents to serve communities at home and overseas.
The club was founded in 1951 and for over 60 years it has been serving the local community and beyond. The club supports many local, national and international charities and good causes through funds raised at a number of popular events, throughout the year.
The club would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2015 show. It was a great success with a record number of entries and visitors. The profits from the event will enable the club to distribute much needed funds to a wide variety of charities and good causes across the Calder valley and beyond.
The event is a fun day out for all the family with lots for everyone to enjoy. As well as a fabulous display of vintage, veteran and classic cars, motorcycles, commercials, kit & replica cars and lots more, there are craft, auto jumble and produce stalls, a wide range of on site catering, entertainment for children and live music from a jazz band.
The show, on Calder Holmes Park, in Hebden Bridge, attracts up to 600 vehicles, covering the history of British motoring. For more details, including entry forms, please visit the event's own, dedicated website at:
Many thanks to the nearly 200 walkers who braved the weather and completed the walk on Sunday 31st May
The date of the 2016 walk will be announced here, in due course.
Despite the rain providing an extra challenge for walkers and runners, everyone seemed to enjoy the walk.
A spectacular, way marked, walk through some of the most beautiful country in the South Pennines, with options for both the serious walker and, shorter, stand alone sections for the leisure rambler and families.
More information on the 2015 Walk is available on the
Boundary Walk page →
Winning numbers and details of the winners of the decorated duck competition and the Business Duck Race can be found via the Duck Race page
SCHOOL VISIT ENDS RECORD ROTARY YEAR
Woodbank Special School
Following our donation to Woodbank Special School we received an invitation to visit the school to see for ourselves what had been done with the money. The school used the donation of £1300 to buy a special camera (do you know name) and 3 i pads. Headteacher Richard Pawson gave myself and last year’s president Roger Moore an insight into how the special camera could be used in capturing special moments to record each child’s development, also how it had been used in a recent inclusion initiative with mainstream schools in the area in the use of sign language. The i pads have also been well used. Richard also gave us an insight into the tremendous work undertaken by the staff and specialists in the school. He outlined the problems that exist in a special school that are taken for granted in mainstream, such as physically getting some of the children into class by hoisting them from wheelchair to other equipment, or the great emphasis on space requirements with so much special equipment needing to be stored. Space is really a tremendous problem for school particularly as pupil numbers have risen to ?, in a building originally designed to house just ? pupils. Roger and I were humbled by the sheer dedication and commitment shown by the staff in the face of such adversity, but then felt the sheer joy inherent within the school when Richard gave us a short tour of the classes and facilities. Finally we got to meet some of the children when we had our photograph taken outside the school along with the i pads and camera. Both Roger and I left with a feeling of tremendous admiration for the dedication of the staff, an appreciation of how the children always had a smile even when faced with their own disability and some pride in that even our relatively small donation would have some impact on the future development of the children at Woodbank. Woodbank has not been the only local school to benefit during Roger’s term as President of Hebden Bridge Rotary. A total of over £21,000 was donated to local schools during the Rotary year 2014-15, representing almost 50% of the total of £44,000 donated to good causes, local, national and international during the year. Total donations over the past 7 years have reached a staggering £225,000.