New Year Message from HRBF

Looking ahead and keeping our eyes on the horizon – together. 

The continual disruption brought by the pandemic, made 2021 yet another  very challenging year for our businesses, despite the ongoing success of the  Covid vaccine helping to bring us a wee glimpse of some sort of normality. 

Heading towards Christmas we really did feel as if there was still a sense of the  unknown … would locals support our businesses, would visitors return, would  businesses be short staffed due to rising cases of Omicron and isolation rules  and would this lead to temporary closures, or worse permanent ones? Lots of  questions and not many answers but I think we all got through it relatively  unscathed, although rather exhausted, so well done all; you’ve been bloody  brilliant! 

The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge are collating all the feedback received from  the Light Up The Valley events we ran with them from the 3rd-12th December  and we will publish the results in due course. What fantastic events these were  for our HX7 community, and I do hope that you managed to get to one nearby. 

It’s now a new year and time to look ahead and keep our eyes on the horizon  looking for fabulous new opportunities which will present themselves. I have  stepped down as Chair of HRBF after 3 years although I will still be playing an  active part as I do believe there is still so much we can be involved with and  

achieve for HX7. Our collaboration with the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge  proved that we are better together, with some serious elbow grease! 

There is a committee reshuffle, and we are looking for new members to join  us. I am a firm believer that to see change you must be part of that change, so  if you think that you have determination and focus that you feel can help to  shape HRBF in 2022 and beyond please do get in touch with us at

Warm wishes to you all and here’s hoping we do have a kinder 2022.

Alison Bartram