From beacons to bouncy castles, we celebrated!

Queen's Diamond Jubilee party at Dodnaze Community Centre
Queen's Diamond Jubilee party at Dodnaze Community Centre

HERE are some more of the events Calder Valley people were enjoying over jubilee weekend - most getting the best of the weather.

For example, jubilee teas were served at a special party at Gibson Mill in the heart of picturesque Hardcastle Crags on Monday, where the waiters donned period dress to serve up tea and cakes.

Todmorden Market traders spent Saturday morning offering shoppers some jubilee tasting treats while up in Walsden some care had been taken to mark part of the Ramsden Wood hillside with the Queen’s “ER” in stone. Up at Blackshaw Head, residents enjoyed a street party at Dorothy’s Field, Old Shaw Lane.

On Saturday Cornholme residents were treated to a sumptuous Mad Hatters Tea Party hosted by Cornholme Community Project.

Guests enjoyed music from local swing band Lunar Coup, strolling street theatre performances and played some enthusiastic games. Volunteers pulled together to serve mountains of tea, sandwiches and cake at the high tea table. Proceedings were over seen by the Queen of Hearts, played superbly by actress Mary O’Neill. Generous prizes for the Best Hat competition were donated by Porcus Rare Breed Pork, The Bear Co-operative Trading Co, the Bread Man and local jam and honey makers.

As dusk fell local architect and planner Ivor Dibble treated his neighbours to a unique illumination display. “The Cornholme Beacon” and fireworks were a fitting spectacle to finish the day’s celebrations.

The whole event was cooked up by CCP volunteer, Sonya Moorhead who said: “I am so pleased, the afternoon was a real team effort. “I can’t thank everyone enough who chipped in their time, skills and enthusiasm. The food was lovely, the decorations were beautiful and dispite the cool weather there was a great party atmosphere. Cornholmers are entrepreneurial, talented and incredibly generous.”

Special thanks must go to Vale Baptist Church for accommodating the event, and The Diamond Jubilee Fund.

At Dodnaze, Hebden Bridge, the community celebrated with a party in the community centre and games on the park. Over 70 people enjoyed some brilliant sunshine, delicious food and convivial atmosphere.

Children old and young worked up their appetites on the bouncy castle while others appreciated the chance to catch up with their neighbours and have their say in what happens in their community. Many people brought home made cakes and buns to supplement the magnificent spread bought with the generous gift of £200 provided by the Community Foundation For Calderdale.

Steve Duncan, chief executive of the Community Foundation For Calderdale joined in for some fun, incluiding a game of football on the grass.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better day,” said Phyllis Scully, and thanks were given to Mr Duncan and Glenda Gibson and Caroline Scott for all their behind the scenes organisation, and to all those who helped prepare the feast.

For more about Dodnaze Community Association, events held at the community centre, or to rent the centre, please contact Caroline at or 07913162452.