Inside the Council: Howard Blagbrough, Mayor of Calderdale

Mayor of Calderdale Howard Balgbrough at the homecoming ceremony for Calderdale's paralympians
Mayor of Calderdale Howard Balgbrough at the homecoming ceremony for Calderdale's paralympians

Last week we were honoured with hosting our very own welcome home civic reception at the Shay Stadium in Halifax where we presented special certificates to Hannah Cockroft, Harry Brown, Karen Darke, Steve Bate.

This followed a similar event in Leeds to honour Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Mayors charity event Last Night of the Proms held at St. Martins Parish Church.

Mayors charity event Last Night of the Proms held at St. Martins Parish Church.

They are truly amazing individuals with fantastic personalities.

They certainly entertained the crowds at The Shay despite the weather. Prior to the event, I had found out that Hannah Cockroft had been awarded the position of Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire – in Hannah’s words she is invited when the queen’s main representative cannot be there – you could not ask for a more worthy ambassador – I would like to wish her all the very best in this role.

Green Flag Awards

Last week I attended Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park and Wellholme Park in Brighouse to raise the Green Flags awarded to Calderdale Council for their maintenance these areas. Whilst I was in Wellholme Park, I realised that over the past month I have launched the Parkrun – an event held every week to encourage those to take up or continue to improve their personal fitness. I was also in the park when work started with the new Skateboard Park – so we have

The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale at the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards celebrations

The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale at the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards celebrations

a great deal to celebrate in Brighouse. I am delighted that we have two very beautiful but different parks in Brighouse.

Celebration of Young People

Over the last few months the Mayoress and I have been to various events to help celebrate success – The National Citizens Service Awards recognised 222 young people who had been through this scheme. This involved one week residential course out of area and one week staying in accommodation at Huddersfield University. I have to say, I was extremely impressed with the young people – not only in terms of achievement, but the benefit they brought to the community. Each young person had carried out over 30 hours of voluntary work. The other day we saw the fruits of their hard work at a local day centre. Last week we

were pleased to have been invited to attend an awards celebration evening at Brighouse High School – it is just amazing to hear just some of the success stories. I would like to thank Brighouse High School for inviting us, providing us hospitality and sharing in their achievement at their school.

Blooming marvellous

Last month, we were invited to the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards celebrations. Calderdale achieved several of these awards, and included a number of railway station. Friends of Brighouse Railway Station were at the event to receive two of these awards – deservedly so. I would like to thank all those people who volunteer and help to make Brighouse Railway Station extremely beautiful and very welcoming.

Fundraising dinner

I would like to thank all those who attended the launch of my Mayor’s charity event – ‘Last Night of the Proms’ held at St. Martins Parish Church on September 9. The event was extremely successful and raised over £1000 for the three charities I am supporting this year:

TLC – Together for Looked-after Children, The forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and The Brighouse Rest Centre.

A group of dedicated helpers have a host of further fundraising events planned, including Dinner with the Mayor at the Halifax Town Hall on November 18 – our guest speaker will be Harry Gration. On December 9 we shall be having Carols and Brass at The Halifax Town Hall – our special guest choir will be from St

John’s Clifton – I know that they working very hard with rehearsals shortly – so thank you in advance. Tickets for both these events can be obtained from Susan Hanson (01422 393022).