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Award from the Co-op



On 19th April we celebrated receiving an award of £3,846.64 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. This was the amount raised by Co-op members nominating the Honley Village Trust as their chosen charity to receive 1% of their purchases of Co-op brand goods. A big THANK YOU to you all. On top of that the wonderful staff at Honley Co-op decided to hold a raffle to raise the total to over £4,000 !

The money will be spent on enhancing the look of the Village with flower baskets, planters and street furniture.


(L – R) Sylvia Sellen (Friends of Honley), Marcia Murray (Honley Village Community Trust), Josh Turner, Matt Hull (Manager Co-op Food & Petrol), Sharon Weilgus,(who made the yummy caskes and buns on offer)Bob Bates, (Manager Honley Westgate Co-op). The basket of goodies in front is the raffle prize.


The Magdale Fields Project
New Bridge Completed!

Restoring the ancient drystone bridge to the 'Island Field'

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The new Bridge at Magdale was opened by Tom Jordan on 9th October 2016.
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The Magdale Fields Project -
We got £10,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme has seen three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
The public voted in store to decide which local groups should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards, and we came second and will recveive a whole £10,000 to help towards the Magdale Field Project.

Many thanks to Tesco, Groundworks and especially to those of you who voted for us

The following work was made possible with the help of the Tesco grant of £10,000 and a generous legacy from
Jim Whitby Pearson a founder member and fervent supporter of the Honley Village Trust

The Magdale Fields Project.

The aim was to restore the dry-stone pack-horse / pedestrian bridge, and associated pathways and dry stone walling, linking two pieces of land owned by the Trust.
The plan was to reinstate this bridge as close as possible to how it would been originally built in the late 18th / early 19th century, with a low parapet wall and cobble stone surface.

The progress so far-
The current bridge linking two pieces of land owned by the Trust comprised railway sleepers installed over the foundations of the original stone archway. These sleepers have been re-used to border the approaches to the new bridge and border a proposed wild flower area there. Adjoining pathways have been constructed, and the placing of a bench overlooking the area is planned.
Much of the original stone has been removed over decades, but was replaced with stone of a similar vintage.

Renewing Footpaths to/from the bridge
Improvement to pathways leading to and from the bridge, opening up a new area of conservation and recreation for the public has now been created.

We have a lot of work still to do -
Restoring / repairing all the drystone walls bounding Stones Wood, and others
also re-laying the hedging
Many of the existing walls have collapsed and need rebuilding. We aim to build additional dry-stone walling, and hedge replanting works in this same conservation area

Re-seeding and developing the fields into a flourishing wildflower meadow
Operation Pollinator, to reseed and cultivate a wild flower meadow, to attract more bees and pollinating insects, by providing a continual supply of pollen and nectar for pollinators through the seasons