Challenge aims to transform town

A MANUFACTURER has announced the launch of a community challenge that is set to transform an area of Todmorden this summer.

Weir Minerals Europe Ltd, based on Halifax Road, Todmorden, has pledged to donate £2,012 to makeover an area of the town which benefits members of the local community.

Weir Minerals has created the initiative in conjunction with Joblink Solutions, a community interest company which supports enterprise and employability, and will work closely with Todmorden High School to deliver the project.

The first stage of the challenge will see the two companies work closely with members of the community to identify two local areas which would benefit from improvements.

Weir representatives will present the two options to year nine pupils selected by Todmorden High School headteacher Helen Plaice.

They will work in groups of four with a mentor to respond to the challenge of their choice.

The plans developed by each group will go on display in Todmorden Library to allow members of the public to see the proposals.

A panel of judges including Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, Todmorden News editor Tim Robinson and Tony Locke, managing director UK for Weir Minerals Europe, will vote for the best response to the challenge.

The winner will be announced in an awards ceremony in July.

The work will then be carried out over the school holidays.

Brunella Stefanelli, regional marketing manager at Weir, said the key aims of the project were to improve areas of enjoyment for local people and increase the participating pupils’ skills and confidence.