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Northowram & Shelf Ward Forum next meeting.
Wednesday 14th June 2017.Salterlee Primary School, Kell Lane, HX3 7AY. 5.30pm for 6.00pm start.

Minutes of Northowram & Shelf Ward Forum.
Meeting held at Northowram Community Sports and Activity Club, Westercroft Lane. Monday 1st March 2017.

1. Updates given on Recycling. 2. Tour De Yorkshire expected through the village between 2.00pm and 2.45pm on Sunday, April 30th. 3. Local Development. An application to put 42 houses on Green Lane in Shelf has been submitted. Ravenscliffe High School wants to build a unit with staff for young people at Hall Lane, Northowram. Objections have been received. Local Development Plan. 3000 housing units are intended for Northowram and Shelf. A public meeting in Northowram and Shelf will definitely be held. Details to be confirmed.4. Police Update. PCSO Naomi Bunney presented crime statistics. Period 05/12/16 to 27/02/17. Burglary dwelling 20. Burglary other 9. Theft from vehicle 23. Theft of vehicle 4. Robbery 3. Criminal damage 17. ASB 17. Other Issues discussed - Speed Results. Residents were asking when 20mph would be enforced in Northowram and Shelf. Council Tax expected to increase by 4.86%. Fly Tipping, call 101 to report details.

Northowram Village Society update.
Committee Meeting held at Northowram Club. 24th August Committee members met to discuss the present situation of the society. It was felt that another members meeting wasn't required due to there being no matters of immediate importance to be discussed at this point in time. The only issues concerning planning within the village are still to be placed with the Planning Department as these are only hear-say at the moment. Another committe meeting will be organised in the early part of 2017 to discuss any of these issues that may arise. Anyone wanting to join the society may email nvs@northowram.org for more details. Please forward any concerns that affect the village also.

Notes form the meeting for the formation of a Local Development Forum group.
Held on the 6th March at Shelf Club. This meeting was organised by Peter Caffery, a local councillor and was backed by some of the Calderdale Council representatives who had background knowledge of what was required. There was a good turnout of residents from both Shelf and Northowram. A group was required with a minimum of 21 people to be able influence future development in both areas of the Ward Forum. This would mean that developers could not over run the agreed plans of the elected Local Development Forum group. The audience had a chance to voice any concerns and to understand the situation in more detail, there was a show of hands to find out how many were interested in supporting the formation of a group. The conclusion of the meeting allowed people to register an interest. More people are still needed. CAN YOU BE INVOLVED? Please contact Peter Caffery email: councillor.PCaffrey@calderdale.gov.uk

Historical Society AGM and Presentation report. Held 17th March 2016.
Read the notes concerning the fourth AGM of the Northowram Historical Society and presentations - History page.

Northowram Historical Society research group summer meetings now available for new members.
These meetings are held at Heywood Church lower meeting room on Wednesday evenings, start time is 7.30pm. The next evening research group sessions are scheduled from 13th April to 22nd June 2016. Everyone welcome. £3 per session includes tea/coffee and biscuits. There is FREE access to the internet.

Notes from the Northowram Village Society Meeting held 24th November 2015.
This meeting was a 'make or break' for the society. A new chairman was needed to be able to carry on in its current format, otherwise changes had to be made. READ MORE

Ward Forum notes from meeting held 7th December 2015.
A very good turn out of residents from both Northowram and Shelf. A presentation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards informed everyone of the types of 'scams' that they could be taken in by. Policing matters were covered by Shawn Hartley, speed gun results were explained. Still issues over speeding in certain areas that need to be addressed. The Local Plan was discussed with a map of proposed development areas marked on it. This is available to see at Halifax townhall 17th November. Other details are on Calderdale web site. Next meeting 23rd March Northowram Community Centre, Westercroft Lane.


Why not come along and join us. Whether you're an experienced bowler or a beginner and just fancy giving it a try, all are welcome! It's a great game and enjoyed by people of all ages, both male and female. If you are interested just give us a call.
Peter Hendry
Secretary - Northowram BC

Meeting notes from Ward & Northowram Village Society - 10th March 2015. Northowram Village Society incorporated in this meeting.
Held at Northowram Community Sports and Activity Club, Westercroft Lane, Northowram. Read more.

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This site was funded by the Northowram Village Society and the Northowram Historical Society to help in promoting the activities and issues that affect village life. As it has grown it was felt that other activities and businesses could use this site to direct people to their own site or just to advertise their presence.

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SHELF AND NORTHOWRAM LOCAL PLAN FORUM Inform that 2000 new houses are being proposed for both areas. The effect to the villages will be catastrophic. Read more and find out what you can do...

Wednesday 12th April 2017 at Shelf Village Hall. 7.00pm start. Meet three of your Ward Councillors to discuss and express your thoughts on the proposed Local Development Plan that affects Northowram and Shelf villages.

Local Development Planning Issues. 2000 houses are proposed to be built in Northowram and Shelf..

Residents should be aware of current plans to build 500 houses in Northowram and 1,500 in Shelf. This plan will cover a period of time from now until 2032. Certainly in Northowram there is little space left, which now points to green belt being targeted. Combine this with the congestion of the roads and the overloading of local services it all points to a massive problem.
The eastern side of Halifax is having to bear the strain of excessive development, where other areas with brown field sites, are escaping development. It is now time for those who want to protect their village from excessive and over development to fight these plans.

More information available on Village Society page

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New History research sessions every Wednesday at 7.30pm.
If you enjoy taking part in researching the history of Northowram why not come along to or research group who meet every Wednesday from 7th September through to wednesday 7th December. The group is currently reseatching the history of the village and surrounding areas from 1900 through to current times.

Tea/coffee and biscuits and a friendly group, only £3 per evening session. Email: history@northowram.org and we'll tell you more, or just drop in to see us at Heywood Church lower meeting room. 7.30pm start.

Latest news from the Scarecrow event.
Available to read on the Scarecrow page. Your latest updates from this years event.

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A Question of Railways in the 1830s..new history story

Canals or railways, which is the best investment in the1830s. READ THE FULL STORY

Volunteers help with a big clean up at Heywood Church graveyard .

heywood church graveyard cleanup
George Bowers and Alan Rushworth are two of the volunteers shown in the picture below, who took time out on one Saturday in June to help with a full tidy up of the Heywood Church graveyard. All those who helped were treated to a bacon butty and a cuppa. Help is still required so please look out for the next clean up event!

HISTORY STORIES....see the history page

Instigation of the Halifax Council in 1848 and its relationship to Northowram Township.
A new history story on the History page.

Highway robbery in the nineteenth centuryCrimes of different type seem to features quite a few regularly in the nineteenth century newspaper articles. Certainly the ones that stand out are where they can be easily imagined, as they took place in places close to our village in a place most of us travel through regularly today, Godley Lane.
The following are some extracts of reports from various newspapers that illustrate the difficulties travellers faced on the road in these earlier times. Read more.

NSPCC its work in the past in Northowram.
Here are two stories published in the Halifax Guardian at the turn of the 20th century.Read more

Old Pictures of specific places in Northowram wanted. Yew Tree Inn & Godley Bridge
We have had a request for some places of interest in the old Northowram township. Do you know of any old and early pictures of the Yew Tree Inn on Northowram Green? Or do you have an image of the old bridge at the top to Godley. The bridge in place is dated 1901, we would like to know if anyone has a picture of the previous bridge? Please let Mike Beecham know by email to: history@northowram.org








































































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