broadcasting to both valleys at once
Exciting times ahead….from 19th December 2012, Two Valleys Radio will be moving into the Barn at Honley Junior School. The Barn is a fantastic space, which hasn’t been used as much as it could have in the past few years. So we’ve joined forces with the school to turn the place into a buzzing activity venue, with the usual Two Valleys Radio broadcasting and training courses carrying on as normal from our new home.
We will be setting up our radio studio over the holidays, and will begin broadcasting again on the 7th January 2013.
Heads Together Productions (the company that oversees Two Valleys Radio) will also be moving its offices to the new location in Honley, meaning that most of the time there will be somebody in the Barn to answer your telephone calls, even when there is no activity taking place.
For details of exactly how to find us at Honley Junior School, click here.
Two Valleys Radio grew out of a pilot project, Colne Valley Radio, which broadcast as part of the Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival in February 2009 – with support from ELFM, Heads Together Productions and Satellite Arts.
The local people who put it together wanted to promote good things happening locally; get people of different ages talking together; and to have some fun.
Launching in the autumn of 2009, we had a flying start with broadcasts from the Marsden Jazz Festival; the Pigs Might Fly Festival and our first 4-day broadcast from Honley in December 2009. We had 1523 listeners over the weekend and over 200 people involved in broadcasting themselves. Thanks to all at Honley Scout Hut for their support and letting us set up in the Scout Leaders’ office!
Since then, we’ve broadcast live from locations all over the Holme and Colne valleys, including community centres, church halls, youth clubs, parks and seven local schools. With our Caravan of Love, we can broadcast from just about anywhere, which is why you’ll see us at events and festivals, galas and concerts all over the place!
Since we moved into our base in the Carlile Institute in Meltham, we’ve been able to broadcast much more frequently, and our volunteers have been able to meet weekly to prepare for all their exciting programmes on air at regular times each month. Have a look at our What’s On schedule to find out when we’re broadcasting in the next couple of months.
Two Valleys Radio is run by volunteers of all ages and is always looking for new people to get involved. See below for more information. And we couldn’t do the work without fantastic support from a range of funders.
Two Valleys Radio is a volunteer-led community radio station which broadcasts over the internet. It is a Heads Together production.
Based in the Colne and Holme Valleys near Huddersfield, it is driven by a strong sense of purpose and strives to fulfil the following aims:
To encourage active communication between people of all ages and backgrounds in the communities of the Colne and Holme Valleys and surrounding areas.
To produce a wide range of quality radio broadcasting which is assessible and interesting to local people and those listening from further afield.
To showcase local talent in the creative arts – writing, music, visual art etc.
To encourage discussion and debate in an open and positive environment
To support other local cultural events and projects by giving a voice to people and organisations who are making a difference to the area.
To have some fun
These key aims will underpin all our programming.
We ask all our programme makers and presenters to ensure that what they create relates to the Two Valleys. We also ask that all those connected with the radio station be respectful of their position and relationship with the listeners – to treat all listeners and participants as respected guests. Two Valleys Radio will strive to include a range of opinion and representation from all sections of our communities.
Two Valleys Radio aims to produce high quality programming which is appropriate to the aims set out above. At the same time we encourage people to participate regardless of their previous experience (or lack of). We will strive to provide the necessary support and training that they need and to find a role in which they can learn and develop.
Two Valleys Radio can broadcast from just about anywhere in the world. As well as being able to set up a radio studio in various community venues, we use this beautiful 1980s caravan to broadcast when were out and about. Known as the Caravan of Love it allows Two Valleys Radio and East Leeds FM to visit many different events and festivals.
A big ‘thank you’ goes to Peter Roberts Caravans of Honley, who kindly donated the Caravan to the radio station after our previous caravan became too old.
The interior of the Caravan of Love has been specially customised to be used as a radio studio and lots of different people have visited Two Valleys Radio in the Caravan (it’s even had 6 ladies Morris Dancing inside it). The Caravan of Love has already visited Slaithwaite Community Centre and Holmfirth Festival of Folk and it is looking forward to visiting various events in the Two Valleys over the summer.
We love the design on the outside which has been done by Leeds artist Women158 – it’s defiantely worth a look so if you see us out and about, why not come and say ‘hello’.
We believe that the Two Valleys Radio project is a fantastic way to get lots of people in the community to have their say, showcase their talents, learn new skills and have some fun! But all of this costs money and we are extremely grateful to the following funders – without whom, none of this would be possible…
Two Valleys Radio is a Heads Together production. Heads Together is a community arts organisation based in Huddersfield and we would like to acknowledge ongoing support from the Arts Council of England as well as 3-year support from the Tudor Trust towards our development of Community Radio in both urban and rural settings.
In 2013 we were delighted to become a Creative Partner under the Kirklees Creative Investment Programme. This three year grant will enable us to develop the Two Valleys Radio project, as well as projects within North Kirklees and our work in education across the authority.
We recently received a grant from the BIG Lottery Fund towards our community journalism training and broadcasting, which will help us to get out and about to as many local community events as possible, and support our volunteers to report on a wide range of local issues with Two Valleys Radio.
We are also grateful for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a new project called ‘Music in the Two Valleys’ – an investigation of the history of musical groups in the Holme and Colne valleys.
We are excited to have been awarded a grant from Youth Music in 2012-14, to support our music activities for young people in Kirklees, as well as over in East Leeds, with our sister station East Leeds FM.
And we are grateful for continuing support from Kirklees Council through the Arts in the Neighbourhood scheme; and from the Colne Valley Area Committee who started the ball rolling in the first place. They were joined by the Holme Valley South and Holme Valley North committees, followed by the Valleys Town and Valley committee, in committing financial support in 2010-12.
We have also received funding through the Integrated Youth Support Services for our activities for young people during school holidays.
The big break-through for us in the development of Two Valleys Radio was a grant from the LEADER fund for the South Pennines (which came as part of the European Commission’s Rural Development Policy), from 2009 – 2012.
In 2011 we received support from Meltham Crossroads charity, thank you!
In October 2009 we were proud to be part of the Learning Revolution: