Anti-social riders will be prosecuted

WestyorkspoliceDue to an increase in calls to the West Yorkshire Police Service reporting anti-social use of quads and off road bikes in Mixenden, police patrols have been increased in the Clough Lane and Hambleton areas.

As a result of information received and observations by officers on patrol, three local males have been identified as being responsible for riding the vehicles in such a manner.

In the first instance all three have been issued with written section 59 warnings and the next step will result in their vehicles being seized as well as themselves being reported for driving/traffic offences.

Please continue to report any matters relating to this issue by contacting West Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

Can we also ask that you be sure to report names of riders, the vehicles they are using and where it is believed the vehicles are being kept.

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Put your pets first this November!

rspcaAs a pet owner you may already be aware of the risk involving your pets around this time of year with bonfire night and firework displays fast approaching.

Please see below some advice on keeping your pets safe this November.

Whether you have guinea pigs or horses… there is something for everyone.


  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • Close all windows and curtains and switch on music or the television to drown out the noise.
  • Leave your cat to take refuge in a corner if it wishes. Do not try to tempt it out as this could cause more stress.
  • Make sure your cat is microchipped to ensure it can be returned to you if it escapes and becomes lost.


  • Exercise your dog during the day.
  • Never walk your dog while fireworks are being let off.
  • As with cats, keep your dog indoors, close the curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the noise.
  • Let your dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag and is microchipped in case it bolts and becomes lost.

Small animals
Small animals – such as rabbits and guinea pigs – living outside should not be forgotten. They can also become very stressed from loud noise. Bring small animals indoors or into an outhouse or garden shed to give them extra protection.

Horses often bolt from firework noise and become injured. Always make sure horses, ponies and donkeys are stabled while fireworks are being let off. Make sure fireworks are not in view by closing the stable door.

REMEMBER – never let off fireworks near animals and always clear up after a fireworks party – litter is hazardous to domestic and wild animals.

Bonfires can be fatal for wildlife such as hedgehogs, which often crawl in to them to sleep. Build bonfires as late as possible to reduce this risk and make sure you disturb the foundations of the bonfire to give any wildlife a chance to escape before it is lit.

Click here to visit the RSPCA website if you would like to find out more about your pets and fireworks.

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Bonfire Night at CASA

casa brighouseLooking for something to do this bonfire night?

Go along to Casa, Brighouse on Wednesday 5 November for an evening of entertainment featuring live DJ’s, B-Boy and Dale Castell as well as guests.

If that isn’t enough for you then there is always the huge firework display, laser show and a terrace party for you to enjoy.

The price is just £5 on the door so come along… It would be a shame to miss out.

For more information about Casa please visit our website or find us on facebook and twitter.

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Council Tax drop in session in Mixenden

Calderdale Council CMBCAre you struggling to pay your Council Tax, or do you know somebody who is?

Then go along to the Council Tax drop in session on Thursday 23 October being held by Calderdale Council at the Mixenden Parents Resource Centre between 11am and 3pm.

Advice and support on managing your money is on offer, all you need to do is turn up.

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Get started with Health and Fitness

If you are 16-25, live in Calderdale and not in education, training or employment then Get Started to achieve your goals at Fax Fit, Shay Lane, Ovenden HX3 6RL.

There will be a taster session held on Wednesday 12 November, and the FREE course runs Monday 17 – Friday 21 November.

ALL are welcome to join our free Health & Fitness programme at Fax Fit where you will:

  • Learn about training and nutrition and design your own training session
  • Gain a First Aid certificate
  • Learn how to be a successful leader
  • Meet new people and build your confidence
  • Receive three months support after completing the programme to help you move into education, training or employment.

Travel expenses and lunch will be provided everyday so all you need to do is attend.

To register your interest or for more information, contact Jan Bradley on 07506692154, email or text ‘FITNESS’ to 07506 692154.

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Sparks 2014 – Half term fun

Need something to do with the family this half term? Why not go along to Bankfield Museum on Wednesday 29 October and Thursday 30 October to investigate objects from the First World War and make yourself either a hat from that period or a soldier puppet.

£3.50 per child or £2.50 for Passport to Leisure card holders (note – must be accompanied by a parent / carer)

  • Wednesday 29 October – 11am – 12noon, 1pm – 2pm or 2pm – 3pm.
  • Thursday 30 October – 11am – 12noon, 1pm – 2pm or 3pm – 4pm.

Join us to create your own soldier puppet to link with the Thingumajig theatre performance of A November Day which takes place on Thursday 30 October.

Booking for Sparks! Half Term fun activities is essential and you can click here to book online.

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Take a walk on the dark side of Halifax

chwCalderdale Heritage Walks are generally two hours of fairly easy walking and are suitable for accompanied children over the age of thirteen.

Meet with John Billingsley on Sunday 26 October 2014 at 2.15pm to learn some of the darker and stranger incidents in Halifax’s long, eventful history, from severed heads to ghostly revenants and much more for just £3.00 per person.

There is no need to book, just meet by the West Gate (top gate) of Halifax Piece Hall and pay on the day.

For more information on Calderdale Heritage walks or to see any upcoming events, please click here.

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First World War family open day at Bankfield Museum

Flanders-poppies-for-commercial-useCome along to Bankfield Museum on Saturday 25 October 2014 from 10am to 4pm for a First World War themed day packed with activities, music and tours.

This event is FREE and considered suitable for all ages.

For further information call 01422 352334

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Let us spread the word for you

fireworkThe N&E Halifax Blog and Friday Flyer is a great way to let people know about your Christmas Fairs, Halloween Discos and Fireworks Displays!

Email us:, or phone: 01422 255402

Did you know… Between October and December last year the Blog had over 17,000 visits, and our weekly Friday Flyer email currently reaches over 3000 people, with even more people accessing it online.

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Join witches, ghosts and ghouls for a week of Halloween fun!

Eureka HalloweenGet out and have some fun this Halloween from Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November 2014 with Eureka.

Step into the Enchanted Forest to join our witches as they brew up a potion or two and help them conjure up an interactive story at Eureka, Halifax.

Visitors can transfigure themselves by creating a Halloween mask and dressing up in our creepy costumes and any brave souls can step outside to explore the graveyard with our resident Grave Robbers and help them expel a few ghosts and spirits.

Visitors and zombies can time warp over to the Town Square for some spooky dancing which is sure to be a thrilling performance, while little pumpkins under the age of five can get their creative juices flowing in the Creativity Space.

FREE with standard admission or your Eureka! Annual Pass.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 17 October – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer..

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 good weekend!

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OSCA Foundation are launching Walking football sessions

Walking Football Sessions will run every Tuesday Morning OSCA logofrom 10am to 12noon at OSCArena, Four Fields, Ovenden, HX2 8AD.

Walking Football has become increasingly popular and is suitable for people who may have mobility problems which stop them playing faster paced games.

Benefits of Walking football include:

  • Psychological reward and satisfaction
  • Membership of a group
  • Balanced Levels of stress and exertion
  • Promotes long-term enthusiasm for exercise

The sessions will be held as an informal drop in session, meaning anybody can turn up and put a team together so if you have a team of 5 players then great, if not don’t worry.

Walking Football has no age limit and as a Mixed Gender sport it is available to all people as physical attributes are equal and played in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

The rules are the same as regular football with the exception of no running or physical contact.

Each team will have maximum squad size of 8 people which includes, 5 players and 3 subs.

For more information please contact Neil Ross on 07974077143 or alternatively on

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OSCA Foundation Orienteering for Over 50’s

OSCA logoOrienteering sessions will be held every Monday from 1pm to 3pm and will be based at OSCArena, Four Fields, Ovenden, HX2 8AD

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.

The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

Or to simplify…..Orienteering is navigating around a course using basic map work skills which will be taught on the start of the session.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It’s a great sport for socialising and team building and learning new skills.

This is a chance for senior citizens to take part in orienteering sessions at Four Fields progressing weekly through expert guidance.

For more information please contact Neil Ross on 07974077143 or

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Family Archery lessons at OSCArena

OSCAArchery is a particularly accessible sport and is a very worthwhile addition at the OSCArena that offers many opportunities across all age ranges and abilities.

This is a social sport and provides the opportunity for communities to come together at OSCA’s Archery, where you will find seniors and juniors, young and old, able and disabled all shooting and competing together in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

Members can be as young as 9 years old up to 85. OSCA will cater sessions for wheelchair users and partially-sighted people, all of whom can participate fully.

All session will be held at OSCArena, Four Fields, Ovenden, HX2 8AD….

If you are interested in Booking Archery lessons please contact Neil Ross on or 07974077143 for further information.

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FREE Microchipping and Basic Health Check for Dogs

microchipping eventAs you may be aware as of April 6 2016 the law is changing and you must have your dog microchipped.

Working in partnership with Calderdale Council Dog Warden Service and Shelf and District Community Group, the Dogs Trust are holding a FREE microchipping event on Friday 7 November 2014 from 12pm till 3pm at Shelf Village Hall, Wade House Road, Shelf, Halifax, HX3 7NT.

As well as being microchipped your dog will also undergo a basic health checkup, also FREE.

So come along and get your dog chipped, it will benefit you and your dog in the long run.

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Safeguarding Adults at Risk – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoSafeguarding is everybody’s business; therefore it is extremely important that anyone who comes into contact with vulnerable groups, either by volunteering or paid work, is aware of their responsibilities.

This 3 hour session is delivered by Tracey McWhire, Health Connections Team, VACaims to raise awareness of abuse and to ensure that all staff & volunteers working with adults at risk respond in an appropriate and consistent manner.

The objectives of the course are:

  • Be aware of the safeguarding procedures within your organisation
  • Recognise an adult who potentially needs safeguarding
  • Recognise types and indicators of abuse
  • Know the process for making a safeguarding alert/referral
  • An understanding of relevant policy & legislation that underpins safeguarding
  • To promote good practice that is underpinned by respect and dignity

The course will take place on Thursday 6th November 2014 from 5pm to 8.30pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

If you would like to book your place please call 01422 431095 or email

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How the NHS works in Calderdale – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoThis session is a must for any organisation who would like to engage with the NHS.

The session will be Delivered by Dawn Pearson, West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw CSU and will cover:

  • An overview of the NHS National and local structures
  • How responsibilities for health services are divided across the National Commissioning Board, The Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Authority
  • How these link in together and how the VCS can engage with the NHS
  • The role and function of the Commissioning Support Unit (CSU)

The course will take place on Friday 31st October 2014 from 9.30am to 11.30am at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

If you would like to book your place please call 01422 431095 or email

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FREE! To a good home

horizon magnifierThe Horizon Ash technology desktop video magnifier is a piece of high tech equipment which assists those with impaired vision to read documents and files more easily.

Eureka! has one to give away to a deserving home.

Please contact Trizia Wells on 01422 398474 if you are interested.

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Find out how to reduce energy costs and stay warm this Winter

energy saving networkSince 2004 energy bills have risen on average by 151% pushing more people into fuel poverty. To help tackle this growing problem Groundwork is running a series of free and impartial advice sessions as part of the “Big Energy saving network”.

Front Line Training Sessions will take place at the Groundwork Office in Leeds on Tuesday 11 November from 10am to 11am and Monday 1 December from 3pm to 4pm.

If you have a team of 8+ front line workers and would like to host an hour session, get in touch for one of our Community Group Sessions and we can visit community groups or attend sessions to provide similar advice directly to attendees.

The sessions would be a half hour talk and discussion followed by a session on switching suppliers where our advisor can talk attendees through the process on a 1 to 1 basis.

There will be Ipads available so we can help attendees look at comparing suppliers online but in order for us to calculate your possible savings by switching energy supplier you would need to bring an annual energy statement.

If you wish to arrange a training or community group session, please contact Mat Roberts at or call 0113 238 0601

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Do you want to learn sign language?

Voluntary Action CalderdaleFrom Monday 3 November 2014 there will be a FREE 6 week long course to help individuals learn sign language.

Whether you are just beginning or looking to improve on any sign language you already know, everybody is welcome to attend.

The course will begin on  Monday 3 November at Calderdale College Cafe from 2pm till 3pm

This is a great opportunity to practise signing with deaf students and those currently on the BSL college courses.

If you are interested please contact Audrey Smith by email at or call 01422 438727

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