Ovenden Phoenix… Against all odds!

Op BadgeIt’s been 15 months since Ovenden Phoenix Fc was established after a group of 40 teenagers and young men from Ovenden, Mixenden and Illingworth; found themselves playing regular informal football matches and often finding themselves being frowned upon or getting into scrapes of trouble away from the pitch… Who would have thought that against all the odds, a group of young men from 3 different communities would come so far in such a short space of time?

It started off as just a bit of fun but with the help of Karen Scanlon things started to take off for the lads and at a rapid rate. It’s been a whirlwind 15 months and the team has really progressed as a whole, inspiring partnership working in North Halifax whilst capturing the hearts and minds of their communities along the way.

Op v PH2kThe team has received incredible support from services such as the West Yorkshire Fire Service and West Yorkshire Police and even had the opportunity to play a pre-season game against the Fire Service to mark the start of their journey into open age football and also be presented with their official kit. This fixture will now be an annual event and this year it will take place in July 2015 at Trinity Academy so be sure to go along and show your support; not only for the lads of Ovenden Phoenix but also for the Fire Service.

Op Grove Fun DayOvenden Phoenix have just finished their first full season and having initially underestimated the standard of open age football it proved to be a real learning curb which saw the team pick up just 11 points with 3 wins and 2 draws, however the lads battled on to the very end showing good sportsmanship and determination for the game which has left them raring to go and wanting to improve ready for the 2015/2016 season.

Team Captain Dan Marham said:

“It’s been brilliant in my opinion and a real eye opener for some of the lads, of course we would have liked to have picked up more points over the course of the season but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. It’s been a privilege to play alongside a great set of lads who I only met just over a year ago and the fact I was made captain of the team after losing some of our key players was an honor in itself considering the amount of candidates that we have within the team.

Hopefully we can take what we’ve learnt so far and improve on it for next season to repay our manager Ade and chairlady Karen for the effort that they put in to helping us; we’ve got some talented players in the squad and with a bit of hard work, who knows what we can achieve next year!”

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Look out for the team over the course of the next few months as they go out and about raising vital funds to go towards the cost of re-entering the league next season. Starting with a Hand Car Wash this weekend at Illingworth Fire Station where the lads will be there armed with bucket and sponge from 11am… Go along and show your support by having your car washed, it’s for a good cause.

Everyone at Ovenden Phoenix would like to express a big thank you to all who are associated with the Halifax Sunday League; Teams, Match Officials, Sponsors and those who work in the background to keep it going, Neil Ross of OSCA foundation for taking the time to train the team weekly and a special thank you to Dom Furby of the West Yorkshire Fire Service for his continued support and help throughout.

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Noah’s Ark Centre – March 2015 Newsletter


Click here for the latest news from Noah’s Ark Centre.

The Noah’s Ark Centre, 322—326 Ovenden Road is a place of welcome, where all may find the space to gain the confidence and skills to overcome life’s problems.

They offer non-judgmental counselling, debt advice and support at every stage of life.


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New Funding Opportunity for Calderdale – Go Walking Initiative

Go Walking is funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and runs from April 2015 to March 2016. Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) organisations based in local authority wards across West Yorkshire are invited to tender to deliver walking activities in their areas.

The target wards In Calderdale are:

  • Park
  • Elland
  • Ovenden
  • Illingworth and Mixenden
  • Town

Ward profiles can be found here and Tenders must be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday 22 April 2015

For more information and support with applying for this tender, please contact Gary Byrnes, Sports Services Director on Gary.Byrnes@calderdale.gov.uk

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Lead the Way – sports activities at Threeways

As part of the Lead the way project, Threeways is running weekly sports sessions which are ‘inclusive to all abilities’ every Saturday at Threeways Centre from 11am to 12pm with extra time afterwards to stick around for a chat and refreshments which will be provided.

The cost is just £2.50 per session and carers can join in for FREE so go along and try a new activity whilst making friends along the way.

Receive a FREE drinks bottle on your first visit.

If you would like further information, please contact Threeways on 01422 321155 or by email info@3ways.org.uk

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Funkside Soul Band at Victoria Theatre

Funkside-Soul-Band---detailLooking for something to do this weekend?

If so, why not go along to Victoria Theatre on Saturday 4 April to see The Funkside Soul Band from 8pm in the Main Auditorium.

The Funkside Soul Band play songs you can’t help but dance to with tracks by the likes of James Brown, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and more.. This group will be sure to get you off your feet

Tickets cost £15 or £16.10* and you can book online at www.calderdale.gov.uk/victoria

* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online.

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Ovenden Ward Grants awarded for local groups and events

The latest round of grants from the Ovenden Ward have now been approved and various groups have been awarded up to £500 each for ongoing or upcoming projects ranging from sports, clean ups and other community events, groups and activities.

Details of each grant that has been awarded can be seen in the table below

Ovenden Grants Awarded Table

There will be 2 x £2,500 grant rounds from April 2015 to March 2016 and the next round opens Wednesday 1 April with the deadline for applications being Friday 31 July.

For further information or details on how you can apply for the next round contact Tony King at Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk

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Your invite to Ash Green Easter event

ash green logoEverybody is welcome to go along to a family Easter event at Ash Green Primary School – Lower site.

The event will be at the school hall on Thursday 2 April 2015 from 2pm to 3.30pm and will be packed with fun Easter activities for all the family.

If you would like further information, please call 01422 243941

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£6,000 up for grabs in Council competition

One lucky Calderdale resident could scoop £6,000 simply by changing the way they pay their Council tax.

Calderdale Council has teamed-up with Bacs Payment Schemes Limited, the not-for-profit organisation behind Direct Debit in the UK to offer a cash prize for those residents who choose to pay their Council tax by this method… read more here

To be in with a chance of winning the £6,000 prize, Calderdale residents must register to pay their council tax bill by Direct Debit before 5pm on Friday 31 July 2015.

For more information on the free prize draw and how to sign up to Direct Debit visit www.directdebit.co.uk/yorkshirecounciltax or contact your local council.

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Easter fun at the Pellon Network Centre

Easter Egg HuntGo along to the Pellon Network Centre on Tuesday 7 April 2015 from 12 to 3pm for an Easter fun day packed with activities.

There will be fun for all the family including arts and crafts and much more.

Why not go along and see if you will be lucky enough to win a large Easter egg in the egg hunt which will be taking place from 2pm on the day.

If you require further information, find the Pellon Network Centre on Facebook.

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Acting classes are coming to Halifax

Acting SchoolThe Yorkshire School of Acting offers affordable, professional acting tuition and they are opening classes at Lightcliffe Scout Headquarters, Coach Road, Halifax, HX3 8SU on Sunday afternoons starting Sunday 5 April 2015 from 4.45pm to 5.45pm and at the cost of just £6 per class.

The classes are for young people aged 7 to 17 and are open to all abilities even if you have never acted before. Whether you’re the next big star or would just like to improve your confidence, these classes are fun and friendly.

Places are limited so to secure yours today or for further information contact Neil on 07764 745049 or email Neil@theyorkshireschoolofacting.co.uk.

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Football shirt Friday in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund

bobby moore fundMake sure you get involved in #FootballShirtFriday on Friday 17 April 2015 in aid of The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK!

World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore died of bowel cancer in 1993. His widow and founder of the Bobby Moore Fund Stephanie Moore said,

“We have made enormous progress in the fight against bowel cancer, but more than 44 people still die from bowel cancer every day in the UK. Football Shirt Friday will enable us to raise more funds and awareness which will help beat this disease sooner.”

So on Friday 17 April, make sure you wear your favourite football shirt or team colours with pride to work, school or wherever you are and donate to help beat bowel cancer sooner.

Put the date in your diary and find out more here.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 27 March – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

  • Neighbourhood and Community Awards 2015 – Only 4 days to nominate
  • Fun activities for all the family this Easter! 
  • Latest jobs, local News and more!

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think

Have a great weekend!

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Volunteers clean up West View Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Saturday 21 March, 13 voluntary members of Friends of West View Park Group, and council employees, carried out a clean-up in the West View Park and Highroad Well area.

The volunteers were supplied with hi visibility vests, brooms, shovels, gloves, and plenty of refuse sacks before they set off to do their good deed for the community and after two hours work the Council’s caged van was filled with rubbish sacks, and other  items such as stereo speakers and traffic cones!

The Group had applied for and been awarded the sum of £250 from the Ward Grant scheme, which enabled the purchase of the clean-up equipment, and this will remain in the Group’s possession to be used for regular monthly clean-up sessions in the Park.

After the session the volunteers retired to the Horse & Jockey for well-earned refreshments after a job well done.

Unfortunately, sometime during the night of Tuesday 24 March, several bin bags full of waste from a take-away business were dumped in the Park Grounds… very disappointing for those members of the group who had done such a sterling job the previous week.

Please note that from Monday 6 April 2015 Fly-tippers could face tougher penalties when the Council introduces its new powers to stop, search and seize vehicles suspected of waste crime… you can read more on the new legislation here.

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Changes to bin collection days throughout Easter

Please note that your waste and recycling collections will be one day later over the Easter week – see table below –

easter bin collection

Friday 3 April to Good Friday all waste collection crews will be working as normal.

Make a note of your collection day and place your containers out by 7am on that day.

For more information please www.calderdale.gov.uk/bank-holiday

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Your invite to a Whizz-Kidz Taster Day!

NEW1whizz-logo-110Whizz-Kidz is a children’s charity with the largest network of young disabled people in the UK and they will be holding a taster day on Wednesday 8 April 2015 at Brighouse Sports Club from 10am to 1pm.

You can take part in fun activities at the youth club, enjoy  the challenge of Wheelchair Skills activities, hear about how Whizz-Kidz can help you gain work experience and meet staff who can tell you more about what Whizz-Kidz has to offer or relax with the Parents Coffee Group!

To book your place contact 01422 343090 or email hello@yhchampion.org.uk

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Holy Trinity Planting and Growing Day – Volunteers required

Holy Trinity Planting & Growing DayCould you spare an hour or so to help out at the Holy Trinity Primary School Planting and Growing Day on Saturday 25 April 2015?

The school is currently looking for volunteers to join staff, parents and children to plant and grow fruit and vegetables in the school grounds.

The school will also welcome donations of seedlings, vegetable plants or compost so if you feel you could help or donate, please don’t hesitate to contact the school on 01422 367161

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Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training at Calderdale College

calderdale_college_block_logo_strap[1]This qualification gives learners the knowledge and skills to work with individual and groups of client in a personal training setting  and successful achievement of the qualification will allow the learner to gain employment within an organisational setting, or alternatively in a self-employed environment or to enhance their own knowledge.

The qualification also provides access onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3

If you would be interested in taking this course or for further information, please register your interest by emailing admissions@calderdale.ac.uk or call on 01422 399316

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Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction at Calderdale College

calderdale_college_block_logo_strap[1]This qualification provides the knowledge and skills to enable learners to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective gym or studio sessions and will also provide entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 2 and can be achieved in the context of gym or exercise to music.

Course details:

  • Course – Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Start date – Saturday 2 May 2015
  • Length of course – Every Saturday & Sunday for 6 weeks
  • Course cost – £650

If you would be interested in taking this course then please register your interest by emailing admissions@calderdale.ac.uk or call on 01422 399316

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WomenCentre, Calderdale – Freedom Programme

women centreThe Freedom programme is a weekly support group and there will be 2 groups starting on Monday 13 April 2015 where each week you will look at different types of abuse. The Freedom programme is for women who have been affected by or would like to learn more about domestic abuse.

The daytime group starts on Monday 13 April 2015 from 10am to 12noon and will run every Monday until Monday 13 July 2015.

The evening group starts on Tuesday 14 April 2015 from 6pm to 8opm and will run every Tuesday until Tuesday 7 July 2015.

Please Note – There will be no group on Monday 4 May, Monday 25 May or Tuesday 26 May 2015 due to bank holiday and the spring bank half term school holiday week.

Self & agency referrals are accepted however the referred woman must have given consent for the referral to be made. For more detailed information about the programme click here or to make a referral, please complete the programme referral form.

Completed referral forms can be returned by fax to 01422 330210 or  by Post to: WomenCentre, Calderdale, 23 Silver Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1JN.

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Keeping it clean at the Lee Mount Clean Up

DIGITAL CAMERAStaff from Ovenden Initiative, Calderdale Council and Volunteers from the St George Project got together in Lee Mount on Tuesday 24 March 2015 for a community clean-up which saw local residents clearing out plenty of unwanted waste.

The volunteers from the St George Project were on hand to tackle the streets and went around Lee Mount in pairs clearing any litter they came across along the way whilst workers from the Calderdale Council drove around clearing bulky waste from gardens.

DIGITAL CAMERAMeanwhile, Tony King, Daniel Marham and David McGhee of Ovenden Initiative along with the help of volunteers; filled skips provided by Calder Valley Skip Hire with a mountain of furniture and other unwanted items which had been stacked up prior to the skips arrival.

In total there were 3 x 5 tonne skips filled as well as 4 council cage vans that were filled with dozens of bags of litter and a number of bulky waste items.

A big thank you to all volunteers who helped out on the day and to the residents that got involved and had a good clear out and also a thank you to Calderdale Council and Calder Valley Skip Hire for their support… A little care in the community goes a real long way!


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