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.
Advent Windows Adventure – Midgley Advent Windows
As the nights close in and the restrictions of Covid continue to limit our lives, it's time to think about bringing some light and cheer to Midgley and to celebrate Advent by bringing the community together in a novel and safe way.
Midgley Advent Windows works like an Advent calendar and will provide a little light relief to our walks through the village, and is something to share with friends and family across the whole of December.
Day by day from the 1st to the 24th of December, a new window throughout Midgley will be decorated and illuminated in a pre-set order.
The windows are concentrated in the village centre, and are illustrated on a map that is available from the village shop.
Once revealed, each window will stay illuminated from 4.00pm every day until after Christmas.
We are so grateful to everyone that has kindly offered to host a window. The response has been so good that some days may have more than one window revealed!
We hope you enjoy the windows and that you will encourage others to view them. Please remember to follow current Covid regulations, avoiding close contact with other households.
If you would like to make a donation to Overgate Hospice to show your appreciation of the windows, there will be a collecting box on the counter in Midgley shop.
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.
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.