For our latest personal profile, Our Huddersfield has caught up with Rebecca Clacher, founder of Birth & Baby Hub and currently also running The Nest, a non-profit parenting space.

Holmfirth-based Rebecca is passionate about providing the support needed during pregnancy and that all-important first year of parenting. Her business focuses on nurturing, parent-centred hypnobirthing and antenatal courses, as well as breastfeeding and postnatal support.

Rebecca also runs The Nest, a non-profit parenting space in Holmfirth, and enjoys supporting families from pregnancy right through to preschool age. Rebecca has supported hundreds of families in Yorkshire and beyond with breast and bottle feeding and runs her own community breastfeeding group at The Nest.

So, Rebecca, tell us more about what your business does?
We are a not-for-profit parenting space for parents and carers with children under five. We offer lots of different classes, sessions, and workshops to support parent wellbeing and early years development. This ranges from stay and plays, feeding support, art and craft, music sessions and Dads-only play sessions.

What attracted you to start/operate your business in Huddersfield?
I was brought up in Holmfirth and strongly feel a part of this lovely community. When I had my daughter, I lived in Leeds. There was so much happening being part of a city, but I still felt quite lonely parenting a baby without family being around. I wanted to strengthen the parenting community within Holmfirth.

What advice would you give to someone looking to set up or relocate their business in Huddersfield?
Check out what else is going on here and contact some local business owners so that you might be able to help each other. If you connect with the local business community in a genuine way, it will help you!

What are your hopes for Huddersfield 10 years from now?
That the planned investment projects take place, and Huddersfield town centre becomes a thriving place to work and visit. Halifax has experienced a great revival, and it would be so great for Huddersfield to experience the same… Oh, and that trains across the Pennines are sorted out and we can get to Leeds, Manchester, and York again…!

On a personal level, what do you love most about the town?
As a resident of Holmfirth, I’m always very proud of our festivals and events like the Folk Festival, Arts Festival and Summer Wine Festival. I love the Holmfirth Picturedrome with all the brilliant music events happening. It’s such a great place to live, work and visit!

Do you have a favourite local shop?
I have so many favourite shops and shop local whenever I can. I think my all-time favourite has to be Kayes Hardware Store in the centre of Holmfirth. It’s such a traditional shop and has been around for decades – probably longer. I actually worked there in my teens and I loved it!

What is still on your “to do” list in Huddersfield? 
I want to do a long walk exploring along the canal, particularly out to around Slaithwaite and Marsden. All this time I’ve lived here, and I have never really done that yet, so it is definitely on my list.

What’s your idea of the perfect day, or a perfect weekend in Huddersfield
I’d walk around Yateholme Reservoir, followed by a pub lunch in the Fleece Pub, then head to Holmfirth for a bit of shopping and a pint in the Nook, and finally onto the Picturedrome for a concert!

Are there any recommendations or local knowledge you would like to share with a visitor? 
Yes! Have a look at the events taking place in Huddersfield and the surrounding areas. There are so many fantastic things happening throughout the year. Visit places like Holmfirth and Slaithwaite as well and speak to the locals about the best places to eat and drink – there’s so much choice!

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