Lets all make our cemetery cleaner

Couns Scott Benton, left, and Howard Blagbrough at the entrance to Brighouse Wood Lane
Couns Scott Benton, left, and Howard Blagbrough at the entrance to Brighouse Wood Lane

Over the course of the last few months I have been working with Councillor Scott Benton on a number of different issues.

I have to say that we have received a large number of complaints about the state of the Brighouse Cemetery on Lightcliffe Road.

The other week we both met officers at the site to try and evaluate the situation and try to find some longer term plan to try and tidy up the area.

The first thing we noticed was a large number of bags full of general garden waste which had been taken and dumped next to the bin.

Alongside this waste, there was also evidence of an old computer. I am shocked that people think that it is okay to leave these things here and expect the council to have to clear this up.

A group of hard working volunteers have already started some work with the cleaning of moss from some of the gravestone in the remembrance part of the grounds – their tool kits have been wallpaper scrapers, brushes and shovels and bin bags! 

Impressed eh! – Well I was certainly impressed by their commitment and hard work and I would like to thank these residents.

Clearly having seen the site, we appreciate that the task in hand is large, however with some additional volunteers on a regular basis, both Scott and I believe it may be possible to gain some control and make it a pleasant environment for those visiting.

On August 30 2014, we shall be leading from the front and will be spending time being directed by officers as to how we can help and improve the area.

Anybody willing to volunteer can contact me on 07903 321459 or twitter @h4brighouse2014 or e-mail me at Councillor.hblagbrough@calderdale.gov.uk. Alternatively you can just turn up on the day from approximately 10.00am.

Members of St Martin’s Church and volunteers in the community have been working tirelessly over the last year to make up jigsaw puzzles in preparation for their third annual Jigsaw Festival, which will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, August 22, through until the end of Monday, August 25.

I would like to thank the organisers for their efforts and hard work to make these events successful and for placing Brighouse well and truly on the map.

Each year the organisers of the Jigsaw Festival have donated some of their proceeds to local charities.

This year they have nominated TLC – “Together for Looked-after Children”, a local charity set up to help improve opportunities and outcomes for looked-after children in Calderdale.

Volunteers from TLC will be at the event to answer any questions you may have about the charity and how you may wish to become involved in helping it further.

The funds raised by TLC with their supporters go towards projects developed in partnership with the local authority, schools and carers.

The challenge is to identify needs and aspirations among looked-after children and care leavers who would not find funding without our support.

As a trustee of TLC and as a corporate parent (within my role as a councillor), I would like to wish the organisers every success for the event and I look forward to working with members of St Martin’s in the future to benefit children in care.

By Councillor Howard Blagbrough (Brighouse, Con)