Welland began in 2018 in response to conversations with local residents and small business owners in the community – many commented on a lack of opportunities available in the town, and the need for new, positive activity that helps to strengthen community spirit and improve wellbeing.
So, in June 2018 we piloted a one day micro-festival, bringing together local wellbeing practitioners, artists, and organisations to provide a range of new activities the community could get involved in for free!
It was a huge success, and so in 2019 we extended the main event to a full weekend, and also ran a series of individual opportunities, including community walks, a workplace wellbeing networking event, and a series of ‘spark meetings‘ where the community could give us their ideas. We received lots of positive feedback from local people, and many of them were keen to access activities on a regular basis.
2020 changed how we work in so many ways but we kept Welland going and it continues to develop.
Elland is a Yorkshire market town with a fascinating heritage – it celebrated it’s 700th birthday in 2017! Elland was recorded as Elant in the Domesday Book. The town’s name is derived from the Old English meaning ‘land by the water, river or land partly or wholly surrounded by water’ (wikipedia).
Excitingly, there’s lots of development planned for Elland over the next decade, including a new train station and redevelopment of the town centre.
You can find out more about Elland on Visit Calderdale.