Calderdale Council’s Newsthread Newsletter

Extra testing makes a difference

  • Calderdale now has the highest testing rate in the Yorkshire and Humber region, with about 1,200 people being tested each day. This is 200 people more per day than the next highest testing council area. Extra testing is currently taking place in Illingworth, Mixenden, Park, Rastrick, Ryburn, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden and Warley. There are indications that this is making a difference. The increase in COVID-19 cases (the majority of which are the Delta variant) has started to slow down in recent days, suggesting that the additional testing is helping, and is starting to fall in some of those areas. However, we all need to keep up the good work by getting tested and doing the five big things in the image above, to protect ourselves and each other. Read more at Extra testing makes a difference
  • The annual ‘We Are Calderdale’ event took to Facebook and YouTube this year with a new name to capture the borough’s amazing resilience and ambition to rebuild – ‘We Are Still Calderdale’. After some of the toughest months on record, this message of hope and optimism inspired over 150 people at one of Calderdale’s most important events of the year. Read more about the event which showcased the borough’s grit, energy and togetherness and united commitment to rebuild from the pandemic, at Flagship event shows that We Are Still Calderdale  or watch the event online at
  • Brighouse is set to receive £19.1 million of investment to fund improvements in the town, as part of the Government’s Towns Fund. This massive investment will fund projects to be delivered over the next four years. It will be used to deliver proposed improvements which have been shaped by local knowledge using feedback from consultation work last year. Find out more about the funding and exciting plans for the town at Huge investment boost for Brighouse
  • 78 people were vaccinated at Calderdale’s latest pop-up clinic, as part of the drive to increase uptake of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to minimise harm from new variants. The recent pop-up clinic at Ainley Industrial Estate in Elland was a partnership between Calderdale Council, NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and the 14 businesses at the industrial estate. All employees working on the estate were invited to have their first or second dose of the vaccine. The walk-in clinic was also available to anyone in Calderdale aged 18 or over who hadn’t yet received their first vaccination, or who had their first dose at least eight weeks ago. Find out more at Pop-up vaccine clinic helps get the jab done
  • Award for innovation and heritage in Halifax Two innovative landmarks in Halifax have been honoured with the top prize in the Halifax Civic Trust Awards. The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Memorial and Trinity Sixth Form Academy were announced as the winning projects at the Halifax Civic Trust’s recent virtual annual general meeting. The awards recognise high-quality design and craftsmanship in schemes in Halifax and the surrounding countryside. Read more about the awards and more information about these key landmarks at Awards for innovation and heritage in Halifax


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