We Mean business

Todmorden Market is one of the organisations gearing up for a busy weekend
Todmorden Market is one of the organisations gearing up for a busy weekend

It’s said that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence - but this weekend Todmorden is out to prove the saying wrong.

In the case of one part of town that will be literally so as Todmorden Market, Todmorden Business Association, Incredible Edible Todmorden, supported by Todmordren Pride, Todmorden Town Council and Calderdale Council, have prepared a weekend to show it is a great town to do business in.

Activities will taking place at Todmorden Market all day and into the evening on Saturday, May 18, as part of a national Love Your Market campaign. The same day sees Incredible Edible Todmorden run events to complement the campaign, in Water Street and at Central Methodist Church, including the laying of some real turf at the former. And Saturday is day one of the Made In Tod exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall.

The market is the hub of events promoting Todmorden as an “incredible” town and it will stage things both informative, including food tastings and cookery demonstrations, and entertaining, with “street food” on sale and music ranging from a smaba band, oompah from Ski and an Elvis Presley tribute.

Entertainment will be through the day and things step up after 4.30pm when more street food stalls join those already serving up, such as local pork producer Porcus, offering everything from cakes to curries.

Visitors will include Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, who recently held a constituents’ surgery on the outdoor market. Things will start to wrap up around 7pm.

Nationally the campaign is to highlight the importance of local markets, which offer choice and a first step for entrepreneurs wishing to start a new retail business. Calderdale Council’s markets manager John Walker says: “Todmorden Market has it all.”

Made In Tod runs at Todmorden Town Hall from 10.30pm to 4pm on Satuday and Sunday. Todmorden Business Association chairman Michael Uren said entry was free with businesses exhibiting in the ballroom and craft stalls and decorations filling the hall’s committee rooms. Refreshments will also be available with scouts serving up tea and coffee.

“Numerous local businesses will be advertising their products with the chance to sample and buy. It brings in people from a wider area and usually attracts 2,000 people over the two days,” he said.

Pam Warhurst of Incedible Edible said contractors Volker Stevin will be laying the turf at either end of Water Street and there will be some deck chairs and children’s games there. For more details of the variety of things on offer all throuigh the town at the weekend, see Incredible Edible’s column on page 10 of this week’s edition of the newspaper.

One item is a “dream wall” on Water Street where you can place your wishes for Todmorden, said Pam, but there will also be the opportunity at Central Methodist Church on Saturday to discuss what you want to see developed on some of the key vacant sites around town, including the Halifax Road.

“This builds on work we have done in the past, for example offering a food based proposition for the Halifax Road site, which means we would like to see some small homes on there with land to grow on, or maybe some market garden space, or a small processing development. But we want you to come and tell us what you want,” she said.