New Click-and-collect Farmers Market for Calderdale.

Calderdale has its own click-and-collect farmers market – Calderdale Food Mixer – thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

The Food Mixer is a web portal showcasing local food businesses, hosted online by the Open Food Network and in Calderdale by Halifax Opportunities Trust.

It has received £10,000 from the foundation to develop its webshop and for a series of free taster events in Halifax and Hebden Bridge. The grant will also support weekly ‘mixers’ and fund work to reduce food waste.

Food Mixer host Marie-Claire Kidd explains: “The Food Mixer enables consumers in Calderdale to shop for local food online just as they would shop at a supermarket’s website. They can browse from hundreds of products – from Saker fruit buns to Yorkshire Dama cheese – then pick up their shopping at one of our weekly mixers.

“Our mixers are a chance for producers and customers to meet and mingle. Producers are already finding ways to work together via the mixers.”
In time, Calderdale Food Mixer will also sell good quality surplus food online, to reduce both prices and food waste. Marie-Claire says: “There’s a lot of work to do on food waste in Calderdale and we hope to be part of the solution to that.
“The Food Mixer already works in that respect because producers have confirmed orders, so there’s no waste. Producers of fresh food can harvest/bake exactly to order. For shoppers, it means their produce is as fresh as it can be.”

A mixer has been up and running at the Queen Hotel, opposite Todmorden Railway Station, since November 2018. Starting this month, a second mixer will take place at the Egg Factory every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

A free Hebden Bridge launch event at the Egg Factory this Thursday (March 28) between 5-7pm will feature Ferret Down the Trousers and Stoodley Hoopla games. There will be lots of tasters including organic cheeses from Pextenement of Eastwood, vegan delicacies from Sacred Lotus of Cornholme, cakes featuring parsnips and beetroots from organic veg bag scheme Pennine Crop share and a range of fresh produce from Incredible Farm, Lumbutts.

The Food Mixer is inviting local producers, however small, to come along and find out more. It is also inviting prospective hosts to come forward to run the food mixer in Halifax.
Marie-Claire says: “We’re looking for someone to build on the success of the Halifax Food Assembly, which had over one thousand members and traded well. We know Calderdale residents want to buy local food and that our local food scene is thriving. Getting involved in the Food Mixer, as a host, producer or shopper, is a great way to be part of Calderdale’s local food network.”

Emma Woods-Bolger, Assistant Director of Community Foundation for Calderdale, says: “Independent businesses and shops are the bedrock of our communities, and when they thrive they create real jobs, cohesive towns and strong economies. For example, if every adult in Hebden Bridge diverted just £5 of their weekly spend from the supermarket to local suppliers, it would bring in an extra £2.6 million into the local economy over 12 months. Which is probably enough to make a difference to whether a town thrives or not.”

Foundation Funds App

Thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Calderdale 21st-century technology is bringing Shakespeare’s 16th-century drama to life in an exciting new project launched by Northern Broadsides and its partners.

A brand new mobile app provides background information, learning resources and even drama exercises based on Shakespeare’s language and stagecraft. The app runs alongside the current touring co-production of Much Ado About Nothing by Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre. By scanning a map of Messina, where the action is based, students, audiences and lovers of the Bard can “lean in and listen” to the play’s backstories, immersing themselves in an interactive, augmented reality tour of key locations from the play.

As they move around the city through the screen of their mobile device, they can watch videos and listen to music, enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of the production, which is set in the 1940s after World War II. The app, which is available at the Apple and Android App Stores, and augmented reality content are the result of a collaboration between Northern Broadsides, Filament Projects, Stute Theatre and augmented reality specialists ooh-AR.

Further to the new app, actress Sophia Hatfield, who is playing Margaret and a member of the Watch in the show, has written A Muddle In Messina, a new storytelling piece aimed at school children aged 4 – 11, which will play in libraries alongside the tour. The interactive map and performance work in tandem to create a world of music, language and so much more. Everyone who attends A Muddle In Messina will receive a printed map so they can enjoy the Augmented Reality content on their very own devices. A pdf of the map is also available at Download the Much Ado About Nothing AR app, print out the map and put it flat in front of you before scanning it.

Northern Broadsides Artistic Director Conrad Nelson said

This Spring we tour our critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s, Much Ado about Nothing. It’s been my desire to explore the effective marriage between digital content and the live theatre experience and I am delighted to be working with Filament Projects, Stute Theatre and Ooh-AR in launching our first interactive, augmented reality app. This will run in conjunction with the excellent Northern Broadsides on-line education pack written by award-winning playwright, Deborah McAndrew and a new live show, Muddle in Messina, written by Sophia Hatfield. This production for 4-11 year olds will tour to libraries across the UK. It is an ambitious project that has received support from ACE and generous donations from trusts and individuals for which, many thanks.

We have funded the Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team.

In November 2016, Community Foundation for Calderdale shocked the whole of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team by presenting them with a cheque for £60,000. This unparalleled donation has enabled them to achieve great things.

Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team have a brand new state-of-the-art Incident Control Vehicle, affectionately known as ‘Calder Mobile 4’.

Not long after taking delivery of the vehicle, Calder Mobile 4 was called into action on a large multi-team incident last November, where it was used to coordinate 11 different Mountain Rescue Teams, Police and Coastguard personnel, vehicles and helicopters in the successful search for a missing person in Haworth. The new vehicle performed admirably and the latest communication technology included in the conversion was fully utilised.

CVSRT will also use the vehicle to coordinate their Flood Response Team when they deploy to help those who are in need due to flooding.

In January 2019 CVSRT members attended the CFFC AGM with the new Calder Mobile 4 to show how the grant has helped the team, CVSRT are now better prepared and equipped than ever for any eventuality.

Here’s a short video about the vehicle that we prepared for the AGM:

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6C Energy Fund

This fund has been set up by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) as equal funders, to support local environmental projects.

CMBC’s contribution is generated by activities of the 6C Energy Purchasing Club.

The fund has a specific focus on providing support to a wide variety of community groups to make energy savings and carbon reductions.

Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund

The Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund is being managed by Community Foundation for Calderdale on behalf of Yorkshire Wind Power Ltd (YWPL), a joint venture between Energy Power Resources Ltd (EPRL) and E.ON Climate and Renewables (E.ON). Grants of up to £10,000 are available for general charitable purposes to groups operating or delivering within a 5km radius of the Ovenden Moor Wind Farm.

#iWill Fund

Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Community Foundation for Calderdale is acting as a match funder adding £30,000 to the fund locally and is awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.