Volunteers required for Halloween Walk at Shibden Park

Last year over 4,000 people attended the Halloween Walk at Shibden Park.

Volunteers are required to help out this year and as museum staff you will be in the area around Shibden Hall within a safe environment and a fence separating you from the public – Costumes are limited but face paints will be provided.

Note – This is purely a voluntary event as all proceeds raised will go Overgate Hospice.

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information email Chris.Southwell@calderdale.gov.uk

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Take a FREE tour of The Piece Hall

Take a 20 minute tour including a talk and preview inside the Piece Hall walls, a chance to find out about the work being undertaken by Graham Construction and the history of our once great wool market.

Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September – 10am, 1pm and 4pm (no tour 4pm Sunday)

Tours are FREE but Pre-bookings accepted only by calling 01422 360035.

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Traditional Crafts at Shibden Hall

Go along to Shibden Hall for demonstrations of traditional crafts including pole lathing, wood turning, blacksmithing, rag-rugging and knitting.

Sunday 27 September 2015 – open all day

The cost is included in admission price to the hall or free to annual pass holders.

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A Tour with Anne Lister at Shibden Hall

Tour with Anne ListerAs part of the Halifax Heritage Festival 2015 there will be a tour of Shibden Hall focusing on its most famous resident and intrepid traveller, Anne Lister (1791-1840) on the following dates:

  • Thursday 10 September 2015 – 2pm
  • Saturday 12 September 2015 – 2pm
  • Sunday 13 September 2015 – 2pm

Admission is FREE and there is no need to book.

For more events taking place in Halifax during Heritage Weekend click here.

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Halifax Heritage Festival – Lister Lane Cemetery

Something is happening at Lister Lane Cemetery… View the new garden, collection of square chapel tombstones and learn about Halifax’s 19th century citizens including a workhouse master, an inventor, a singer, a murder victim and more.

Sunday 13 September 2015 at 1.15pm and 2.45pm

This is a FREE event with refreshments, brass band ensemble and a FREE bus service from Halifax Town Centre.

For more events happening on Heritage Weekend visit: www.calderdale.gov.uk/leisure/activities/whatson/event46626.html

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FREE Curry Night at Grace Baptist Church this weekend

Go along and enjoy an event for the local community with FREE food, friendship and a talk based on the Bible to make you think!

Saturday 5 September 2015 – 6pm for 6.30pm start
Grace Baptist Church, Norton Tower, Roils Head Road, HX2 0LH

All curry is Halal and non spicy options are also available.

For further information call 01422 348550 or 01422 361291

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Age UK, Information & Advice Volunteer wanted

Age UKAge UK are looking for volunteer support for at least half a day per week to assist older people with their health and care needs and help them complete the Attendance Allowance claim form.

Age UK provide training and ongoing support for this role so if this is something you would like to do please read on……………

Key responsibilities:

  • Interview older people and their carers/ family about their health and care needs.
  • Complete the Attendance Allowance claim form for clients where appropriate
  • Keep the client informed of the ‘next steps’ once the form is complete.
  • Signpost older people to other services that may help them, whether other Age UKCK departments or external providers where appropriate
  • Update a record of your visit on our electronic database, and liaise with Age UKCK staff in the office.
  • Arrange visits to clients in their own homes keeping office staff informed and aware of your visits.
  • Attend training and support sessions and provide at least one form filing session per week (approximately 2-3 hours).

Person requirements: – Any potential volunteer would need to be able to demonstrate:

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills, and the ability to update information onto a computerised system
  • The ability to explain things clearly and simply in an appropriate manner
  • The ability to write clear and accurate notes and records
  • Open minded, non-judgemental approach to everyone, with patience, empathy and understanding

For volunteers visiting an older person at home you will need your own transport (your mileage will be paid), and you must be willing to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

If you would like to make a difference within your community and feel that you are the right person for this role, please phone 01422 252040 and ask for Alison, or e mail enquiry@ageukck.org.uk – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Have Your Say! Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum – 22 Sept 2015

N and S PosterJoin us in Northowram on Tuesday 22 September for the Northowram & Shelf Ward Forum, and tell us what matters to you where you live.

Covering the areas: Claremount, Shibden, Northowram Village, Coley, Stone Chair and Shelf

Venue: Northowram Community Sport & Activity Club, Westercroft Lane, HX3 7EN

Refreshments and signing in from 6pm. Meeting starts at 6.30pm.

Up for discussion:

  • £5k Ward Forum Grants update
  • Police updates
  • Calderdale Council Budget Consultation

Click here for the full agenda…

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Adult Open Day at Calderdale College – This weekend!

calderdale_college_block_logo_strap[1]Go along to an Adult Open Day at Calderdale College and speak to careers advisors if you would like to find out how you can still apply for courses starting this month.

Saturday 5 September 2015 – From 10am to 2pm
Inspire Centre, Francis Street, Halifax, HX1 5JY

For FREE impartial advice on courses, careers and funding drop in or call 01422 399367

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Chris Helme Autumn Talks – The Road to Publication

Chris HelmeJoin Chris Helme at various Calderdale Libraries as he takes you on his journey from what in 1985 seemed a good but on the other hand daft idea that he could put a book together.

  • Tuesday 15 September – From 1.30pm to 3pm
    Northowram Library – Tel 01422 202997
  • Monday 2 November – From 7.30pm to 9pm
    Sowerby Bridge Library – Tel 01422 831627)

Now eight books later culminating with his latest ‘All in a Day’s Work’ which is based on 30 years in the police service the publication story is brought right up to date.

Please leave your contact details at individual libraries to reserve your place.

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Take the Norland Moor Visitor Survey

Norland MoorCalderdale Countryside and Woodlands Service are conducting a visitor survey on Norland Moor over the summer and autumn to find out what people do on Norland Moor, how often they visit and what (if any) things they would like to alter about the way the moor is managed.

Click here to take the short survey today!

The information gathered will be used to help decide how best to manage the moor in the future. The survey is the first stage, followed by a series of focus groups to zoom in on issues faced by different user groups.

After all this has been completed, a management plan will be produced for the moor taking to account people’s views before the final document goes out to consultation during spring/summer 2016.


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Autumn Science Talk – Fascinating Birds – 8 Sept

hummingbirdOn Tuesday 8 September join Ann and Gary Skinner for a Science Talk all about birds.

Find out about the world’s biggest bird, the commonest bird and its rarest.

Which are the only birds that can fly backwards?

7pm – 8.30pm

£5 per talk (£2.50 for students) to include light refreshments. Proceeds in aid of the Church.

Please email annskinner@blueyonder.co.uk or ask in church for further details

Ann and Gary Skinner are retired science teachers with a keen interest in sharing their enthusiasm with others and raising money for the St Andrews Church.

Venue: St. Andrew’s Church, Beechwood Rd, Holmfield, HX2 9AR

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RSPCA’s Big Walkies in Halifax

Dogs and their owners are invited to join in for the ultimate sponsored dog walk. Treat your pet to more trees, more fun and more reasons to slobber.

On Sunday 27 September 2015 – From 11am to 3pm
North Dean Woods, Stainland Road, Greetland, HX4 8AN

There are two routes available for this event, a 3km and a 5km and you can register your dog online at a cost of just £10 for one dog and then £5 for any additional pooches.

For further information or to book a place on the walk, please click here.

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Launch of Calderdale Volunteering Kite Mark

We have a healthy VCS in Calderdale with 100s of people coming forward every year to volunteer.

However, the quality of their voluntary experience can vary dramatically so Sector Support Calderdale’s Volunteer Centre has developed a Volunteering Kite Mark based on IIV and drawing on the experience of other local Volunteer Centre’s (Leeds and Kirklees) who are running similar schemes.

  • Opening Address from Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Lisa Lambert
  • Keynote Speakers from both the Voluntary & Community Sector and Local Authority
  • Free Kite Mark information pack for all attendees
  • Volunteering quiz (with prizes)

Launching on Thursday 17 September from 10am-12pm,
Halifax Town Hall, Halifax, HX1 1ZS

A national quality accreditation system (Investing in Volunteers, IIV) for Volunteer-Involving Organisations (VIOs) was launched in 2003 by Volunteering England. Whilst popular amongst national and well-funded groups the cost has proved prohibitive for small/medium sized, local organisations.

Anyone who has a responsibility for managing / supervising or recruiting volunteers within their organisation should attend?

There is limited capacity so please email steveb@nbforum.org.uk to confirm your attendance.

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Sure Start Courses in North Halifax

There are a number of Sure Start courses taking place from September to November in North Halifax; from Fun with phonics to Paediatric First Aid… see table’s below for course details.

Further information can be found online at surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk and you can book onto Sure Start courses online here or if you require further information call now on 01422 251090.

Surestart Courses North Halifax

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 28 August – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

  • Have your say on how the Council spends its Budget!
  • Have your say at the North Halifax Ward Forum’s!
  • Enjoy live music at Northowram Sports and Activity Club tonight!

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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Emergency Services Day at Halifax Fire Station

Go along to Halifax Fire Station and enjoy a fun filled day with the Emergency Services, with Children’s Rides, Bouncy Castle, Fire Service Band, RTC Demonstration and Fire Service Demonstration.

Sunday 13 September 2015 – from 10.30am to 4pm
At Halifax Fire Station, Skircoat Moor Road,King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3JF.

Entry costs £1 for adults and children go FREE.

For further information please call 01422 386820

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Support Overgate Hospice at Bradshaw Fun Day

Bradshaw Fun DayBradshaw Cricket Club and AMEY Calderdale invite you to a jam packed fun day in support of Overgate Hospice with stalls, childrens attractions, BBQ, live music and more.

Saturday 19 September 2015 – 12.30pm to 11pm
Bradshaw Cricket Club, Bradshaw Ln, Halifax, HX2 9XB

Entry costs just £3 or £5 for two people and children go FREE.

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Learning Disability Awareness Training at Voluntary Action Calderdale

Voluntary Action CalderdaleLearn more about Learning Disabilities and how you can improve your communication skills and learn how to develop a personalised approach to Learning Disabilities in this training session Delivered by Cloverleaf.

Tuesday 22 September 2015 – 1pm to 4pm
Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Steet, Halifax, HX1 5AY

For a booking form contact choice@cvac.org.uk or nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk

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The Illingworth Messenger… Read yours today!

There are lots of things going on in and around Illingworth and you can find it all in one place!

The Illingworth messenger provides information of upcoming events, activities, local news, adverts and much more… read your copy here…

If you would like something advertised in the October edition of the Illingworth Messenger the last day for contributions to be included will be Sunday 13 September 2015.

Items can be handed in to your church representative, dropped off at Illingworth Moor Good-As-New Shop or emailed direct to Irene Mulhall at irene.mu@blueyonder.co.uk

Illingworth Messenger

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