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This is the Local Notice Board for local notices for local people.

If you want to post a notice on this board please fill out the contact us form and tick the box for Local Notice, we'll post it up as soon as we can.

  • Milnsbridge Climbing Boulder Grand Opening 01/11/14

    Local Huddersfield volunteers Milnsbridge Enhancement Group [MEG] are delighted to announce the opening event of the Milnsbridge Climbing Boulder on Saturday 1st November.

    Situated on Crow Lane Recreation Ground in Milnsbridge, the boulder is the only one of its kind in Kirklees and will be free for all to use.

    The culmination of more than three years’ planning by the group, the project was primarily funded by the Colne Valley Area Committee and SITA Trust, with additional grants from the By & Buy Community Shop and Kirklees Common Good Trust.

    Unlike indoor climbing walls, the Milnsbridge Climbing Boulder will be outdoors and available for all to use in Crow Lane Recreation Ground which is conveniently situated on two bus routes, making it a real asset to the village and to young climbers who live nearby. The nearest similar boulders are sited across the border in Oldham and Rochdale, and there are a number in Sheffield, the climbers' Mecca.

    Designed and constructed by specialist manufacturers Bendcrete Leisure, the boulder is made from concrete sprayed onto a bespoke mesh-covered metal frame, with shapes and holds carved into the surface. Measuring approximately 10 metres in length by 3 metres width and 3 metres in height, it is designed to be durable and is of natural stone colour to fit in with the surrounding area.

    Having previously secured funding for the improvement of the children’s playground in Crow Lane Recreation Ground, MEG felt that older children and teenagers were lacking in facilities in the area. When proposing the boulder project, the group found that the idea was received with enthusiasm by local Scout groups and high schools, indicating that the boulder will be well-used, attracting climbers to the village whilst also providing young people with a constructive outlet for their energies.

    Installation is due to be completed during the half-term holiday and the grand opening event for the boulder takes place on Saturday 1st November from 2pm at Crow Lane Recreation Ground. With music, climbing instructors on hand for advice and climbing gear for sale, the event offers an ideal opportunity for keen climbers, beginners and the merely curious to come along and try out this new and unique facility.

    For more information about this story or Milnsbridge Enhancement Group and its activities, please contact Alex Thompson on milnsbridgeenhancementgroup@gmail.com or Dr Polly McGrail on 01484 641981 or polly@polly48.plus.com

    Here are some images of the boulder being manufactured off site:


    On Sunday 30th March 2014 Huddersfield Sports Centre will be the venue for this year’s Seven Summits Challenge.

    This sponsored climbing event will involve teams of climbers attempting to scale the height of seven famous mountains from around the world by using the various routes of the Sports Centre’s Climbing Wall.

    Running from 8am until 8pm participants can take part for the whole day, or just a part of it. All that is required is a commitment to raise at least £50 in sponsorship for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

    As well as an enjoyable day and friendly competition, participants will get a free week of climbing at Huddersfield Sports Centre, with the wall being open from Friday March 21st to Saturday March 29th to enable people to get some last minute training in. Climbers raising £50 or more will also get a free Seven Summits Challenge T-shirt, being generously provided by Xamax clothing. Spot prizes will also be on offer throughout the Challenge.

    For more details contact Steve Hayes on stevengeorgehayes@ntlworld.com

  • Evolv Demo and FREE Coaching @ ROKT

    The Crag Station are running an Evolv rock shoe demo, or “try before you buy” session over at ROKT tonight, Wednesday, 6th Feb, from 6pm.

    There will be special promo prices on Evolv that evening, but only at the venue.

    Also, Evolv team climber, Matt Birch, will be running an informal, friendly, fun, FREE, 1hr coaching session for climbers operating in the V1, V2, V3 area, for which there are still a few places remaining.

    Call ROKT reception to sign up….. 01484 717444.

  • The Crag Station - Lecture 3 - Ben Bransby

    The 3rd Lecture this winter is by Ben Bransby. He will focus on his Grit heritage, his most challenging routes, and also his recent Big Wall trips.

    Tickets bought in advance will give entry ito a raffle to win some Evolv shoes, prAna clothes and DMM goodies – all kindly provided by Ben’s sponsors.

    Tickets are available from The Crag Station, Kinders Lane, off Chew Valley Rd, Greenfield, Saddleworth, OL3 7BW.

    Tel: 07880 197 721

    Venue: Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane, Greenfield, OL3 7EW.
    Doors and bar open at 7.00pm.

  • The Crag Station - Lecture 2 - Pete Whittaker

    The 2nd Crag Station Winter lecture is by Pete Whittaker – covering his Wide Boyz tour of the US and his development and recent first ascents on local Moorland Grit. Tickets are £8.
    Tickets bought in advance will provide entry into the raffle on the night to win lovely 5.10 goodies and a copy if the Wide Boyz DVD!

    Tickets are available from The Crag Station, Kinders Lane, off Chew Valley Rd, Greenfield, Saddleworth, OL3 7BW. Tel: 07880 197 721

    Venue: Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane, Greenfield, OL3 7EW.
    Doors and bar open at 7.00pm.

  • The Cragstation - Winter Lecture Series

    The Crag Station is running a schedule of 4 monthly lectures through the 2012 /13 winter.

    The aim of these is to bring folk together each month to see some fantastic climbing images and hear some epic stories, while catching up with friends over a drink. The venue is the Boarshurst Band Club in Greenfield. Doors & bar open at 7pm, lectures start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.

    The next lecture is on Friday 7th December 2012 – Andy Turner: his move into climbing from pro-cycling, modern mixed and winter climbing and the Long Hope Route.

    Click on the below image for a bigger version

  • Sunday School?

    We've been kindly offered what we think is a great deal for a parent and kids session each Sunday morning across at Manchester Climbing Center (MCC). Each adult bringing a child gets reduced entry at £4 for themselves. Any gear hire is free and they will throw in free centre membership for anyone not already registered. [Adults can only sign in max of 2 kids each]. Start around 11ish and identify yourself as being with the Chew Valley Cragsmen or The Crag Station.

    Nobody needs to commit to going every week but once we get a decent average number going there should be scope for alternating kid belaying with a few parents getting an extra sneaky few routes in, or a spot of bouldering. MCC may even provide an instructor if it becomes a regular event and enough people go.

    There is scope for car sharing again to make it even more cost effective. Its about 25 mins to MCC from Saddleworth on a Sunday morning.

    Please share with as many friends as possible in the local area, who may be interested in this.

  • Slacklining

    That's a pretty amazing photo.....puts some of us mere climbers to shame!!!!!! There has been a few posts about Chew Valley local slackliners trying to get together - either post here or use the shop notice to meet up......awesome!!!!!!

  • Crag Restoration Day – Upperwood Quarry, Sunday 11th November

    The Crag Station is supporting a series of crag restoration days over the winter, with the grand aim of getting some of the local crags into a better state for 2013. The first of these days is at Upperwood Quarry on Sunday 11th November and will be co-ordinated by Martin Kocsis, and in conjunction with the BMC.

    Meet at the shop from 10am , where there will be free brews and lifts to the quarry between 10.30am and 11am.

    The shop has some communal tools to lend out, but if you have your own, please bring them too. You will need waterproofs, a helmet, gloves, tools (e.g. spades, forks, trowels, patio knives) as well as abseiling kit, and some decent butties to keep you going.

    The Crag Station will be supplying tea and cakes throughout the day up at the crag to keep us all as happy and enthusiastic as these 3 chaps!

    Everyone is welcome, and if you have any questions, please contact us via the shop, by phone or email.



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