The 2018 Blackstone Edge Gathering is on Sunday 6th May.
Meet in the car-park below the White House pub at midday or at the gathering site around 12.30. Or join one of the walks up from the valley, from Todmorden or from Hebden Bridge.
WARNING – Please be aware that the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race will be going through Halifax – Mytholmroyd – Hebden Bridge – Oxenhope – Oakworth that day, so access to Blackstone Edge via the Calder Valley (Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale) will be restricted. On 6th May the race starts from Halifax at midday. Timings for the race show that it should reach Hebden Bridge around 12.30 and Oakworth (via Oxenhope and Haworth) about 13.00. According to Welcome to Yorkshire, this stretch of road will be closed from about 12.15 until 40 minutes after the race has gone through.
More information about the route of the race.
Who’ll be there?
The poet Ian Parks and his songwriting partner MIck Jenkinson plan to join the 2018 Gathering. They have a song about Holberry and the Sheffield Rising called For Liberty and the Charter.
A related event at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford
Chartism drop-in day
On Saturday 7 April WCML hosted a drop-in day on the theme of Chartism, with a focus on honorary Mancunian Ernest Jones.
They said: “As part of our Voting for Change project with the People’s History Museum, you can come and see some of the exciting newly acquired objects that help both organisations better tell the history of the fight for the vote. The focus will be Chartism and its demands for political reform – and one of the movement’s later leaders, the lawyer and poet Ernest Jones.”