Welcome to Midgley – West Yorkshire
Midgley is a traditional Pennine village sitting in a beautiful moorland-edge location on the hillside above the Calder valley, near to Hebden Bridge and Halifax. Midgley Community Forum operates this website and is the focus of the many strands of community activity taking place in the village.
Midgley has lost its industrial economy but is a vibrant residential community with plenty going on. It has a thriving community room hosting a range of events and activities, and a renowned village shop, owned by the community and entirely run by volunteers.
Midgley School is a successful and popular primary school with over a hundred pupils.
Floods and How to Prepare for Them
GoCompare have asked us to link to their article about how to prepare for floods, an increasingly high risk nowadays.
Not sure that their suggestion of using sandbags to protect buildings is a good one: sandbags are good for diverting flow away, but in front of your door they don't stop the water; they just make the flood water more dirty.
Midgley Community Forum
Midgley Community Forum oversees the running of the shop and community room, along with the residential flat on the first floor of the building.
It organises social and community events to help raise funds to improve village facilities, including the eagerly-anticipated biennial Midgley Fete and the popular Open Gardens weekend.
The Forum compiles and distributes a regular village newsletter to around 600 homes in and around Midgley. You can read the latest edition and some back issues on the Newsletter page.
20 mph Limit
Midgley has a 20mph speed limit. It runs from the top of Midgley Road through Midgley, including Oats Royd, and Luddenden, down to to Luddenden Lane beyond the Kershaw junction.
Weeds and Bees - Don't Spray!
Lots of people in Midgley are enthusiastic gardeners. We have had a Himalayan Balsam problem in parts of the village. PLEASE don't use weedkiller to treat it. This does not work, and it damages bees and other pollinators (the herbicide makers are not telling the truth when they say it does not harm bees). Just keep pulling the balsalm out.
Your flowers and fruits depend on the bees. The bees depend on a healthy environment. Pull the balsalm out before it seeds and you will halt it. Spraying does no good at all, and does a lot of harm to pollinators.