Hebden Bridge Post Office : Kate Lycett

A blog by Kate Lycett a well known artist who lives near Totally Locally HQ (ie a tiny office) in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The thing is, if there was ever a thriving, resilient town full of fantastic independent shops which people actively choose to support, Hebden is it!

But even here something seems to be changing. It’s echoed across the U.K. it seems that even those towns who look solid and robust are starting to waver a bit.

And that’s scary, because our towns are more than just places to shop – they are community!

There’s never been more of a time when businesses need to support each other and work together than now.

Kate has set out her model for working here. More power to you Kate.

What do you think?

Not a very inspiring title? Here’s the thing… Hebden Bridge is an awesome little town. But like all little towns it’s fighting its battles. There’s the traffic (flood prevention works continue to strangle us). There’s the parking. There’s the rail strikes. Like all small towns – actually even big cities – the high street is…

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Community is everything.

I have said “buzzing” far too often over the past week. But what a fantastic week volunteering in our Prestatyn community. With something for all ages happening. Great feedback from council leaders and the offer of community support from a new business to Prestatyn.

Feedback from local council leaders.

I presented at Denbighshire County Council’s Community Planning Event on Friday 26th October.

Here is the feedback from attendees at the event who were mainly local council leaders from across Denbighshire, I am quite pleased with this.

After the presentation each table was asked to write comments on the content in 3 categories.  Below is the feedback for Artisans Collective.


  • They do only what people ask for rather than chasing pots of funding without knowing the level of need.
  • Actively engaged with community, have a presence in the building all week
  • Collaborative approach working with others (health, police etc.)
  • Have good links, they work with others so that people know where to get help – knowledge is power
  • Commitment and enthusiasm of those involved
  • Population size of Prestatyn (though it may also be a challenge)
  • Premises and location of premises
  • Good IT skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Reputation – can do attitude – approachable
  • Started fairly small and grew from there.

Further Suggestions

  • Explore more ways in which experience can be shared with other communities
  • More publicity
  • Developing and Finding new volunteers to take it forward – looking at long term sustainability

What will you take away?

  • The importance of focusing on what people actually want rather than trying to fill a none existent need
  • The positive impact the work of the Artisans Collective have on the local community
  • How we might help an ageing population
  • How we might involve young people
  • The potential associated with art therapy
  • The importance of succession planning
  • Thoughts on how to adapt these ideas into a more rural setting – similar challenges faced by communities throughout Denbighshire are the solutions similar.

My new love of lounging

Loungers are supporting Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community. As chair of the steering group I am very pleased to be working alongside Loungers.

We are always looking for innovative ways our raising awareness of Dementia and the enthusiasm of the loungers team is fantastic.

Loungers – the West Country based restaurant/café/bar group is opening a brand-new site in Prestatyn on Wednesday 14th November 2018. 

Torello Lounge will open on the High Street, creating 25 jobs for local people.

Community loungers

Loungers have spent £650k transforming the site into a family-friendly retro-inspired cosy retreat.

Where eclectic artwork and quirky curios sit next to oversized vintage sofas and old school benches. Strikingly painted table tops and statement lighting, in Loungers’ eclectic style.

Loungers in the community

The team will all undergo awareness sessions to become Dementia Friendly, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

They will also raise funds for the cause by donating 50p from every burger and 10p from every coffee sold during the first month of trading.

I am so looking forward to working with them.

Can I say Buzzing again?

Prestatyn Community Spooktacular

What can I say? It was fantastic all day long. The Old Library was extremely busy from 11am to 3pm. Our 6th consecutive event at Halloween in Prestatyn. 

the community loved the spooky bus
It was like this from start to finish for the spooky bus. (Pictures by Steve Fenner)

OP BANG is such a great idea and we were so pleased to be working with our local policing team in Prestatyn and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Alongside Prestatyn Town Council. During the Spooktacular town event on Wednesday 31st October 2018.

Artisans Collective  provided a puppet show, Dr Who exhibition and lots more at The Old Library on Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn.

Whilst the witch hunt, spooky bus, and lots of other things were going on across the town,

Spooky kids in our community.
Some of our friends in the community enjoying themselves (Pictures by Steve Fenner)

We reckon there was close to 500 witch hunt sheets given out to children to complete by visiting the businesses community across our town centre.

I love it that all sections of our community benefit from town events like this.

All of this was in addition to our normal weekly activities.

Mens Shed Prestatyn, Coffee Pod bereavement group, Aimee’s Friday art group, Morfa Gateway project, Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community drop in and Jaynes Saturday junior artisans.

Can I say “buzzing” One more time please?

It has been a long time since I last updated my website

In fact the last time I did was March.

We really have been that busy with lots of community based activities and working hard to improve our gardens at home in any spare time.

So I am going to commit a short while each week to keep this site updated.

Mainly with personal things but also including highlights from the fantastic community centric activities we organise and take part in.
Pete Steve Aimee in Rhyl Journal

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