About Us

In order to obtain the £1million funding, a partnership group needed to be set up of people living and working in the area.

In March 2013, the Rastrick Big Local Partnership (RBLP) was formally established to guide the overall direction of Big Local in our area. 

One of its key responsibilities was to produce a plan for the area about what people in Rastrick wanted and what could be done that would make a real difference over the years ahead. Without this plan, funding would not be released by Local Trust.

The Partnership Group therefore embarked upon various stages of consultation and drew up a plan that set out a longer term vision of what the lottery funding might achieve for the community, as well as coming up with some shorter term proposals for the initial use of funding.

This Plan was accepted by Local Trust in March 2014 and the plan is now being implemented.

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Amanda Caldwell – Chair and resident

Amanda has lived in Rastrick for the past 15 years and her daughers have attended local primary schools.  She is qualified as an accountant and currently works as a Finance Director for a local manufacturing company in Brighouse.  Previous to that she worked for Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and Humber.  She is proud to be a local employer and see manufactured goods pass out of the gates on a daily basis.  She is passionate about improving the local environment and open spaces for Rastrick residents and has been involved in a number of projects clearing up the river and canal basin.  In her spare time she enjoys walking, running and travelling.

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Peter Edwards – Vice Chair and resident

Peter has been a resident of Rastrick for the last 48 years apart from a 5 year business break that took him to North Yorkshire.  He is a former pupil of of Rastrick Grammar School .  He has had many long connections with the people of Rastrick and became a founder member of Rastrick Big Local and currently holds the position of vice-chairman.   He has been married to his wife, Judy, for 50 years and has two daughters who both reside in Rastrick and a son, seven grandchildren and one great grandson.  He is now retired after over 54 years in the carpet industry  having worked for Kosset at Brookfoot and Northallerton,  Carpets International at  the Elizabeth shed and Interface at Shelf.  He has recently retired from the Brighouse Charity Gala after almost 50 years.  He is  a supporter of Huddersfield Town. 

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Angela Peaker – Secretary/Treasurer and Resident

Angela  has lived in Rastrick with her husband for the last 20 years.  She retired from full time employment in 2013 having worked as senior secretary to Craig Whittaker MP since 2010 and prior to that as a secretary for a local company for 27 years. She is a member of Carr Green and Crowtrees Community Action Group and Friends of Rastrick Cemetery and is confident that with the work being undertaken by Rastrick Big Local and participation by the wider Community, Rastrick will continue to prosper for the future generation.  In her spare time she enjoys knitting, gardening, baking and supporting animal charities.

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Christine Beal – resident and Ward Councillor

Christine has lived in Rastrick for over 30 years and has raised a family here.    She is passionate about  the community and believes the best results can be achieved by people and authorities working together.   She became Rastrick Ward Councillor in 2010 and also works for Craig Whittaker MP.  Christine is thrilled that Rastrick was given the opportunity for the community to invest £1m to help improve the area and wanted to be a part of it.

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Pauline Eastham – resident

Pauline has lived in Rastrick for 16 years.  She has two sons and one grandchild.  She was made redundant from the NHS where she ran GP surgeries.  She also worked as a care worker and has recently retired to look after her family.  In her spare time she enjoys various crafts, decorating, gardening and travel.  She decided to join the partnership as she believes that they are doing a great job for the people of HD63. 

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Rich Richardson – resident

Rich has lived in Rastrick since 2003 and got involved with RBL after he retired, as it offered an opportunity to put something back into the community.  Previously, he had worked in the public sector for over 30 years, the last fifteen of which were with Calderdale MBC.  He is keen on gardening, music, cooking and crosswords.

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Craig Weston – resident

Craig has lived in Rastrick for 20 years with his wife, Hilary, having previously lived in the Midlands.  He was educated in Bradford and is now retired and has 25 years’ experience as Property and Estates Manager working for a number of Plcs.  His interests include sport, and in particular motor, snooker, tennis and travel.  He also enjoys walking, gardening and D.I.Y.  He is involved with a number of local clubs and the third age group.

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Darren Burton – ASB & Interventions Manager, Pennine Housing 2000

Darren has responsibility for the delivery of Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention and Family Support services on behalf of the Together Housing Group. He takes a strategic lead on tenancy enforcement, community safety and early intervention projects. He has extensive experience of working for a number of Registered Providers and Local Authorities throughout the UK. Much of Darren’s work focuses upon identifying and supporting vulnerable people within a housing environment. He has a proven track record of consulting with Tenants & Residents Groups to ensure that they are actively involved in neighbourhood-based projects, decision making and policy development. Darren sits on the Policy Advisory Group for RESOLVE-ASB, is a Board Member at Action Housing (South Yorkshire & Derbyshire) and an independent Advisor for Hull City Council’s Neighbourhood Network. 

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Mags Bryson – Calderdale Council Neighbourhood Coordinator Lower Valley (non-voting member)

Mags has been involved with RBL since the start in 2012 providing support to establish and develop the programme in Rastrick.  Her role with RBL includes facilitating the Community Small Grants scheme, contact for groups and organisations wishing to apply, receiving and checking applications, working with the panel on making decisions and follow up monitoring.  Mags has worked for Calderdale Council since 2000 in a community development role working with communities on things that matter to them to find solutions.  She works with groups and organisations offering advice, guidance and support to achieve their goals.  If you think Mags can help or you would like any other information please get in touch with her on mags.bryson@calderdale.gov.uk or telephone 01422 288017. 

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Danny Leech – Engagement Worker (non voting member)

Danny is the community engagement worker for the Rastrick Big Local partnership.  He has worked across many sectors including charities, specialist organisations, public sector and social enterprises.  He is available to support and advise any agency or group wanting to become involved with Rastrick Big Local.

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Helen Thompson – Big Local Representative (non-voting member)

Helen is the Big Local Rep for Rastrick HD6 3.  She provides light touch support and advice for the RBL partnership and helps to share information from Local Trust and other Big Local areas.  Any Rastrick residents can find out more about projects nationwide, through free visits, events and on-line, so get in touch, or check out localtrust.org.uk for more information.  Helen brings extensive experience of working in neighbourhoods; with residents groups, Housing Associations, through voluntary sector support and public health projects.  She focuses on training and developing initiatives  to get people’s voices heard and give volunteers more skills to get things done in their communities.  She works free-lance in training and development and supports two Big Local areas.  After 20 years working in the West Midlands, Helen has returned to Yorkshire, with her partner and two girls and is based in Sheffield. 

 Steve Duncan – Community Foundation for Calderdale
(representative from our locally trusted organisation – non-voting member)



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