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5 years ago

nThe wraps are set to come off Somerset House, Halifax, as the first tenants move into the restored former Georgian mansion. An estate agent, florist and Calderdale Register Office have reserved space and a major restaurant chain is set to move in. There will be eight luxury apartments on the top floor, offices on the first floor and shops and offices on the ground floor.

nThe Hebden Bridge Partnership has been refused £800,000 in funding from the Government’s Community Assets Programme to transform the town’s council offices into community space. But the group has promised not to give up on its plans to turn the building into a public hall and function room with offices for community groups and a new staircase and lift.

25 years ago

nDetectives are trying to trace six people who may hold vital clues to a blaze which gutted St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge. Parishioners wept when they arrived for an Easter Day service to find a blackened shell. The church was so badly damaged that the remains had to be demolished. Six people were seen near the church before the flames were spotted.

nAn environmental group which helped pioneer Calderdale’s regeneration as a tourist centre is in danger of collapse. Calder Civic Trust says it may fold unless more people take an active role. The group was formed in 1965 and helped to steer places like Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Heptonstall to their status as beauty spots.

50 years ago

nMagistrates have fined Halifax Corporation £250 for offences in relation to scaffolding erected in the conservatory at Belle Vue Mansion for painting work. Seven painters were at work on the 20 ft-high wooden scaffolding when there was a loud crack and a pole broke, Two painters crashed to the ground and another was left hanging on to the scaffolding. No one was seriously injured.

nAn arts association to extend and encourage cultural activities in Halifax may be formed following a meeting of 80 representatives of local arts groups at the Lit and Phil Rooms in Harrison Road. The aim is to give local talent, amateur and professional, more opportunities.