The latest news from The Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station





The Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station are holding a weekend event over 3/4/5 October 2015 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the railway coming to Sowerby Bridge and extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to come along and join in.

The Group has also invited a number of local schools and youth groups to take part in a painting/poster competition, focussing on the railway/transport that would have been around in Sowerby Bridge in 1840. These paintings/posters will be on display over the Saturday/Sunday. Each entrant will receive a souvenir gift and prizes will be awarded, with one of the winning entries being selected for a Northern Rail poster.

How to enter: Entrants must be aged 18 or below and can be part of a school/youth group submission as well as an individual entry. Maximum size A3 please and the name of the artist along with contact details for parent/guardian to be included on the reverse. Entries need to be handed in at the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms (at the station) by 2nd October so that they can be displayed on 3rd and 4th for viewing. Judging will take place on Monday 5th and the winner notified within 7 days. For more information please contact Chris on 07850 822590.

What's on over 3rd/4th/5th October:

The station will be decorated with Victorian themed bunting and flags to recreate scenes from 175 years ago with some of the Group's volunteers in Victorian costume. A number of local businesses and traders are also decorating their windows during the weekend.

Northern Rail are arranging to fix a headboard to the front of one of their trains which will read 'The Calder Valley Line 1840 - 2015' and this will run all day on Monday 5th October between Leeds and Manchester to support the event.

Guided tours of the station – including the Bronte Garden and new information boards (on Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th October between 2pm-4pm). With complimentary souvenir replica 1840 platform ticket. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.

Specially commissioned painting depicting an 1840s scene will also be on display in the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms over the weekend to be viewed by visitors.

Railway themed film screenings in the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms on Sunday 4th October from 12 noon onwards.

Breakaway Brass Band will be performing two sessions of 30-40 minutes at 2pm on and 3pm on Saturday 3rd October, display/Morris Dancing (subject to confirmation) - on Monday 5th October between 2pm-4pm and official unveiling of the Station Information Boards, and judging of the poster/painting competition.

Complimentary catering (cake, buns and scones) will be available in the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms from 2pm on both Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th October.

Victorian Transport display - on show at Sowerby Bridge library until 2nd October depicting transport images and local Victorian scenes.

Saturday, 30 August 2014. 

Patricia Allen, the Mayor of Calderdale officially opened the garden with other guests such as member Austin Mitchell and many people in attendance


Guests enjoyed a cake featuring the blue ‘Branwell Bronte’ plaque.


Friendly Band provided the musical accompaniment 


This quarter sees us reaching out to you, our local residents and businesses for help to take our gardening initiatives to the next level.  With the upcoming annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition and the planned launch of the station's Bronte Garden, we are looking for new 'friends' to join us and realise our ambitions over the coming months.

Our regular 'work together' sessions provide a great opportunity to get involved in your local community.  Perhaps you’re retired and have a few hours to spare, or you could be a local business looking to motivate your staff with a community support event, whatever your story, WE WANT YOU!

To find out how you can get involved, just contact Chris at the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms (648285), or come along to our next "Work Together Session" at the Station from 6.30pm on Wednesday, 18 June 2014. 

Another year and it just gets better. Congratulations to all members


Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station PLATINUM 
Areas of Commendation; 
1. This is a really well organised group with everything in place that will make it sustainable for 
years to come. The care taken that their many sponsors as happy and well cared for is very 
impressive. The social side of the group with organised trips sounds lovely. 
2. They work with other local groups and work with local school children in a variety of ways was 
good to hear about. 
3. The group have really well managed compost heaps and are making tremendous efforts, 
including working with local firms, to harvest water. Bird boxes have been installed and bat boxes 
considered. Many recycled materials are used around the station. The group have built up a good 
relationship with the railway authorities 
4. The group are making tremendous efforts to make the public aware of their work and to recruits 
5. The gardens and planters around the station are certainly colourful and bright. 

This website went live on 12th November 2013, coinciding with the Group's third Annual General Meeting.

A great start to getting the Group online and reaching out to the wider community.  Our community partner ACoRP also supported us with tweeting our address via their social media and we're hoping visitors will find this site both useful and interesting.

Here is information about the Group and its members; current news and updates on our initiatives; membership details and also  a sponsors page which promotes local businesses who have supported us since we started in November 2010. 

We'd welcome any constructive feedback via the contact form.