During the Christmas holiday period we all followed in angst the news of the flooding in the North of England. Leeds (luckily no one in the office was directly affected) and many other neighbouring places that are close to our heart being affected.
One of these places was Hebden Bridge. During the entire project life of the refurbishment and extension of the Town Hall we really got to know the local community. We were devastated to see the images of Hebden Bridge under water.
But this morning we received a truly uplifting email sent to us by an original Trustees who told us this about the Town Hall:
“You may have seen the recent floods in Hebden in the media, and how the Town Hall, as the only public building not to be affected, became the hub of the relief operations. Although no longer a trustee I was down helping and there were thousands of people throughout the building receiving help in all aspects of their lives. An amazing response from the community.
Without the Town Hall there would have been incredible suffering in the town and even though the building has been extremely successful since it opened, this must have been its finest hour.
So I just wanted to say thanks for making it so flood proof – it worked!!”
We are so happy not only to hear that the Town Hall was not flooded but above all how it is very much perceived and used as a real community asset, as the photo below (credit) show!
“The Town Hall, hub for flood management response” Image and text by Craig Shaw