#Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

Every day, 20 people die as a result of their drinking. But alcohol harm is not inevitable. This Alcohol Awareness Week communities across the country call for change. Find us at Halifax market all week and at Todmorden market on Thursday.

Incredible Edible Birthday Bash

Posted on behalf of Incredible Edible to share these great events:

We kick off tomorrow (21st June 2018) with our birthday bash. 10 years of actions. Please share this post.


Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Incredible Festival of Ideas! On 21st June why not join us for an exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall from 3 pm – Todmorden – the place we made, and the place that made us! Mary Clear, co-founder of IET is talking at 5.30pm in the Ballroom about Kindness – come and be inspired! She is followed by 3 Valleys Gospel Choir at 6.15pm – their songs are uplifting and joyous to welcome the Summer Solstice and then carry on with a Summer Celebration, meeting at Pollination Street at 6.45pm processing with the Oakenhoof Cloggers and the 3 Valleys Gospel Choir to the Unitarian Church for a Solstice ceremony followed by a picnic in the evening sun. At 7.30pm you could join the Philosophy Walk, leaving from outside the Unitarian Church doors and arriving sometime later in Todmorden for some Philosophy in The Pub. Or you could gather with walkers who are also singers (that means all of you) to Sing the Solstice from the Tops – meet at 9.00pm at the bottom of the Calderdale Way opposite Lumbutts chapel. Go early, on the T6 or T8 bus (leaving at 13 minutes past the hour from Todmorden Bus Station) and fit in a visit to the Top Brink Inn or The Incredible Farm or walk up from the Unitarian picnic if you are able. Wear something yellow or orange – and an animal, flower or sun mask if you like…..



it would be brilliant if you could join in with Friday’s conference, it’s about new ways of looking at places, you are most welcome to call in to the town hall for as little or as long as you like, starts at ten on Friday. Really great speakers are lined up, no need to book just turn up…
…good coffee and buns!

Friday Evening

is with Andy Kershaw at the golden lion £7… Q and A plus African beats:


Saturday is a fabulous food day at the community college, very family friendly:

plus a healing day in the old coop:


Saturday Evening

Saturday evening is radical ideas, our version of Ted talks with pie and peas in the wonderful setting of the Unitarian all welcome!


Sunday we have the fabulous feast, Joe Cox’s sister and dad will come to feel the love. The venue is stunning and we have the most amazing line up of cooks, all is free, bring a bag as we have lots of food to take home. We will highlight the food system and share out intercepted food. Things for children, great music and dancers. We will take our new kindness sign 30 feet long because we are from Todmorden.

Mary Clear
Incredible Edible Todmorden
A Community Benefit Society – Registration number 7230
075 572 759 71
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Thank you to our community 2017

TBRP New Year Message for 2018

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank our communities for their support throughout the previous year. Here is a copy of the letter for 2017 published today:

Dear Editor

It’s the time of year that many of us reflect on the year passing, and look forward to what’s in store for the one ahead. It’s also a time that we at The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) say thank you to all those who have helped us over the last 12 months to support people who are affected by the illness of addiction. In years past, we have also spoken about the climate that we work in, which has been both positive and negative over the years. However, this year, we would like to comment on the theme of ‘homes’ and what that means to each of us.

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Recovering addict produces video to raise awareness

Recovering addict, Vickie Lee, has produced a video featuring people in recovery from Calderdale and Kirklees, to raise awareness of addiction:

“I made a conscious decision in making this short film as it is something I wish I had been able to access and see a few years ago. I believe education is the key to alerting individuals to the risks associated with substance use and abuse and being able to recognise the signs, in both yourself and in others in your life. This should be done earlier in people’s lives to help reduce the risk of active addiction taking over and robbing you and your family of years of absence and pain.

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Recovering addicts to cycle 170 miles coast to coast

On Friday 15th September 2017, 14 members of the local recovery community will be coming together to cycle 170 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington over the course of four days. Those taking part have been training for a number of months; prior to which they had little or no experience of cycling any significant distance…

Fundraising for a Town Centre Defibrillator

Calderdale in Recovery meet with Holly Lynch MP to discuss fundraising for a new defibrillator for Halifax

Calderdale in Recovery meet with Holly Lynch MP to discuss fundraising for a new defibrillator for Halifax

Within the past week or so we have started promoting a new project within Calderdale in Recovery. The hope is that we will raise enough funds to purchase a defibrillator that will be accessible in Halifax Town Centre 24 hours a day. If someone suffers a heart attack then quick access to this equipment can literally mean life or death.

I’m told that, currently, there are at least 6 accessible defibs in Sowerby Bridge and three in Todmorden (purchased through some impressive fundraising in those local communities) so I find it shocking that we do not have one in Halifax town centre that can be accessed by anyone who needs it at any time of day.

Many of the members of Calderdale in Recovery feel compelled to give something back to our community – something that we already do by supporting local projects such as Incredible Edible and Slow the Flow project. Many people who have seen their lives consumed by drug addiction and alcoholism appreciate the assistance, support and kindness that has helped them to come out the other side. It is also no secret that when in the grip of this horrible illness, individuals can have somewhat negative effects on those closest to them and the wider community – so once abstinent many are keen to give something back and make amends.

We have a few ideas up our sleeves for fundraising and raising awareness and we would really appreciate any donation through the JustGiving page – you never know, it maybe you or a loved one that benefits from a defibrillator in the future!

This week we met with Holly Lynch MP who was thrilled to hear about this project and the work of Calderdale in Recovery – she also gave us some good ideas for how to reach our goals.

If anyone wants to get involved or support this project in any way then they should definitely speak to a Calderdale in Recovery Builder via their Facebook Page! Let’s do this!


Donate via the JustGiving Page

Great to be around like-minded people

I’m really grateful that I was given the opportunity to be part of a wonderful and educational weekend – attending a mutual aid convention in London. It was great to be around like-minded people – many living their clean journey and others wanting and working towards that.

We had quite an amusing journey to London. I think we might have been the loudest people on the train. We were laughing, joking and playing cards all the way there. Someone joked that we were probably ‘the cleanest’ on the train as well! Just goes to show that you don’t need a substance to have fun!

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Thank you to our community 2016

TBRP New Year Message for 2017

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank the people of Calderdale for their support throughout the previous year. Here is a copy of the letter for 2016:

Dear Editor

Thanks to your continued support over the years, our success in Calderdale has been recognised at a national level. We are now part of an overall integrated system of care in Calderdale – Calderdale Recovery Steps, and this past year we were able to extend our services into Kirklees through two new hubs in Huddersfield and Dewsbury. Read more

Volunteer Presentation Ceremony

In recognition of all those who volunteer within DISC and The Basement Recovery Project, Christina Howard and Andy Bryant planned and produced a special Volunteer Appreciation Presentation Ceremony held at the Basement on Wednesday 1st June 2016, which coincided nicely with National Volunteers Week. A local celebrity, in the form of the recently elected Mayor of Halifax, was cordially invited to hand out the ‘Certificates of Appreciation’ to all those who were able to attend, which was roughly about seventy five percent of us and, when all sat together, we made a rather large group of particularly attractive people.

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Magical Music Recovery Evening

Calderdale Recovery Steps Music Event


Calderdale Recovery Steps held its debut gig on Saturday 21st May to raise money for Home-Start Calderdale, a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. The musical evening took place in the Gothic splendor of Todmorden Unitarian Church, which was acquired by the Historic Chapels Trust after the church closed in 1987 and restored, and is now a regular meeting place for Incredible Edible Project Todmorden.

For many people music provides solace, inspiration and healing. Tom Petty described it as;

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