|Ribbon Circus following the flood|
I went along to support the event. I hadn't been in Calderdale since before Christmas, and it was shocking to see the aftermath of the floods. There are still clusters of sandbags everywhere - not much use against water that's several feet deep. Everywhere there are signs of repair work going on, and stacks of ruined materials outside buildings.
The fund-raiser was mainly a yarn sale - several spinners had donated yarn, and local knitters had cleared out their stashes. A lot had already been sold by the time I got there, but there was plenty left.
The Hebden Bridge W.I. had baked cakes, and were offering tea, coffee and cake all day. (The cakes all looked delicious, and I can confirm that the two I sampled definitely were.) Several of the W.I. members visited Lee Mills last November to see some of the collection (I wrote about the visit here) , so it was great to see them again and meet Helen and Caroline of Ribbon Circus. I'm told that the day raised £2000 towards the cost of repairing the flood damage.
I walked around the town, and saw that businesses are gradually re-opening. A rather damp experience, as it rained all day - a completely unnecessary reminder of the reason for the fund-raiser. The Hebden Beck, which flows through the town and into the Calder, was looking very full again.