Best Foot Forward walk at Shibden Park tomorrow

Get involved in a best foot forward walk with breast cancer care on Tuesday 7 July around Shibden Park from 10.45am.

Best Foot Forward walks are FREE, low impact, volunteer led local walks lasting between 30 minutes and an hour and provide a supportive and sociable environment for people who’ve been affected by breast cancer (including family and friends).

There is no need to register, people can turn up on the day and a Walk Leader will be there to welcome them.

For more details call 0345 0771893 or e-mail bestfootforward@breastcancercare.org.uk or visit: Breast Cancer Care – Best Foot Forward

Meet at the bottom car park near Mereside cafe, Shibden Estate, Halifax, HX3 6XG

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Do you need some help with a small project ?

Calderdale Council CMBCThe Council’s Economy & Environment Directorate are having a ‘Just Do It’ day on Thursday 17 September 2015 and are looking for projects within communities that staff can assist with.

A ‘Just Do It ‘ day is a team building event, with an emphasis on giving back to the community, whether it is planting in parks, tidying up sites, improving buildings, assisting a community group with I.T. skills, helping people with interview skills or visiting / giving talks in sheltered schemes etc.

Whatever your idea is for a small project, which can be delivered in a day , please let us know by completing the attached form by Noon on Friday 10 July 2015 and emailing it to Mark.broadbent@calderdale.gov.uk

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Help provide FREE holiday lunches for children

Hungry in the holidays is an initiative run by St John’s Church Warley and St Hilda’s Church to provide FREE lunches in the school holidays, to children currently in receipt of free school meals.

The project, plans to feed up to 40 children daily with a hot meal 3 days a week and a cold/packed lunch for the remaining 2 days.

Can you help?

  • The project needs volunteers to help run the sessions
  • Donations of food eg. Crisps, Packets of pasta, Wrapped chocolate biscuits, Pasta sauce, Baked beans, Tinned tuna, Orange / blackcurrant squash
  • Donate – £15 will feed 1 child for the whole holidays

To get involved please contact Angela Ashton 01422 353539, or to make a donation contact Graham Pearson 01422 344362.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 03 July – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

  • Have fun at the RSPCA K9 Party in the Park This Weekend!
  • Dance with the Warley Community Association!
  • Help your CV pack a punch with a brand new Skills course 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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Making Advice Work – July Newsletter

The July edition of the Making Advice Work newsletter is now available to read.

Bringing you ideas for summer activities, money saving tips and reminders of some of the fantastic services available to you in Calderdale.

Click here and read it today

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Central Library and Archive summer newsletter

The summer edition of the Central Library and Archive newsletter is now available.

Keep up to date with progress on the development of the new Library and Archive, find out more about what is happening and keep in touch with this exciting project.

Click here to read the summer newsletter

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Get active and enjoy fun guided walks this Summer

The guided walks programme includes everything from health walks, longer more challenging walks and family walks as well as some fun activities along the way.

Everyone benefits from the outdoors and there is something for everyone whether you want to:

  • improve your health and fitness
  • learn about local woods, trees, plants and other countryside features
  • meander through historic villages
  • or simply enjoy breathtaking views and scenery throughout Calderdale

From July to August there will be a number of guided walks taking place and further information on each walk can be found on the links below:

If you have any queries about these walks, contact Julie Swift on 01422 284415 or email julie.swift@calderdale.gov.uk

There are a few guidelines you should be aware of before participating in any of the walks listed above which can be viewed on the Council website here.

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Big Fun in the Sun! (and the not so sunny)

Food, face painting, fire engines and fun were just some of the ingredients of Big Lunch tea parties in Illingworth and Ovenden this month.

More than 300 residents of all ages, tempted by home-cooked burgers and snacks got together with their neighbours to enjoy teatime at the Grove Estate on 17th  June and Natty Lane playing fields on 1st July.

On hand at both events were West Yorkshire Fire Service, West Yorkshire Police, Pennine Housing 2000, Sure Start Children’s Centres, North Halifax Staying Well Project, Calderdale Councils Recycling Team and Safer Cleaner Greener Team, OSCA and CI Adventures to talk to residents about what matters to them in their areas.

As the temperature soared to 26 degrees on Wednesday people enjoyed a game of rounders with the Mayor of Calderdale Lisa Lambert but even the wetter and windier Grove did not deter 47 adults and young people having a go at archery!

Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative said,

“Both days were fantastic! Obviously we couldn’t have asked for better weather this week but even in the wind and rain on the Grove everyone enjoyed themselves getting to know each other over a lovely tea from Uncle Sam”.

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Heritage Walk: The Wainhouse Trail

Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15pm by the base of Wainhouse Tower for a 2 hour walk through the area where John Edward Wainhouse operated. Looking at his life, his properties and his famous feud with Sir Henry Edwards.

On Monday 31 August 2015

This is a Calderdale Heritage Walk and there is a charge of £3 (all ages) – no booking needed.

Access on foot from Wakefield Gate (off Skircoat Moor Road), Halifax.

(If you plan to ascend the Tower and walk the trail on the same afternoon, you’ll need to do the ascent first starting around 1.15pm as the Tower will have closed by the time the walk ends!).

  • Easy walk on level paths
  • Bus available to near starting point
  • Walk – please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
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3 mile walk: Rocks and Fossils on Todmorden Moor

Meet Alison Tymon from West Yorkshire Geology Trust at 1pm at Sourhall Cottages, Sourhall Road, Todmorden for a walk along the geological trail, looking at the different rocks, old mines and quarries and hopefully finding some fossils!

On Saturday 15 August 2015

Todmorden Moor is high and exposed so bring waterproofs, wear good shoes or boots and warm clothing and bring a magnifying glass if you have one to see fossils clearly as well as a snack and a drink.

Walk ends around 4pm (earlier if weather is poor).

For more information, please contact the walk leaders on either 01289 305842 or 07831 637634.

  • Moderate walk for anyone reasonably active
  • Particularly suitable for families (strictly no unaccompanied children)
  • Walk – please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
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All A-Buzz walk in Shibden – Bee Hunt in the Shibden Valley

Meet outside Mereside Cafe in Shibden Park at 2pm and join Steve from Halifax Scientific Society and Hugh Firman on a 3 mile walk through the upper Shibden valley to hunt for some of our busiest insects – Bumblebees.

On Friday 7 August 2015

Bumblebee numbers are declining nationwide so come along and find out more about them and what you can do to help and we’ll also be looking for the flowers that bumblebees and other insects love and maybe even spot a few butterflies.

The walk will finish at Dove Cottage, a local plant nursery and show garden where you can buy bumblebee-friendly plants.

Entry fee is £3 to the show garden, entry to the nursery is free. (Car Parking costs £1)

Refreshments usually available so please bring some money with you if you want to purchase anything.

  • Moderate walk for anyone reasonably active
  • Bus available to near starting point
  • Train available to near starting point
  • Sorry no dogs with the exception of guide or hearing dogs.
  • Walk visits Local Nature Reserve
  • Green Flag award winning site
  • Walk – please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
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5 mile walk: Paddling Upstream!

Meet at Hebden Bridge railway station at 10am to explore the waterways from Hebden Bridge to Hardcastle Crags with the Countryside Service and Viki Hirst, an aquatic specialist from water@leeds.

 on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Includes water testing and stream dipping for mini-beasts with the opportunity to head off and explore the Crags independently, or head back after lunch with the walk leaders.

  • Bring lunch and sturdy footwear
  • Suitable for families with children aged 8+ if used to walking.

Contact Robin Dalton 07712 867619 for further information.

  • Easy walk, some climbing
  • Bus available to near starting point
  • Train available to near starting point
  • Bring lunch
  • Particularly suitable for families (strictly no unaccompanied children) – only for children aged 8+
  • Walk – please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
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Walk: Ashday Lane and Red Beck Valley

Meet Chris Sutcliffe outside Southowram Library, Law Lane, Southowram at 11am for a 5.5 mile walk through the surrounding countryside.

On Thursday 23 July 2015

  • Moderate walk for anyone reasonably active
  • Bus available to near starting point
  • Bring lunch
  • Sorry no dogs with the exception of guide or hearing dogs
  • Walk – please wear appropriate footwear and clothing
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Crack down on fly-tippers after 4 tonnes dumped in Shelf

Fly-tipping-before-the-clean-up-e1435065554490Calderdale Council is stepping up the fight against fly-tippers and appealing for residents to help catch the culprits.

It comes after the Council cleared 60 illegally dumped tyres and four tonnes of rubbish and rubble from a track in Shelf last week following concerns raised by local people… read more here…

In all cases, having as much information as possible helps to bring successful prosecutions, so the Council is urging people to come forward if they witness any fly-tipping and to provide the following details:

  • The day, date, time and location of the fly-tipping
  • A description of any people involved
  • What was fly-tipped and how much
  • Details of any vehicle involved, including registration number, colour, make and model

There are five household waste recycling sites across the borough where residents can dispose of their waste correctly, and you can ask to have bulky household waste collected at www.calderdale.gov.uk, by email customer.first@calderdale.gov.uk or by calling 01422 288002.

If you would like to report a fly-tipping incident online please click here to complete the Councils online form, providing as much information as possible.

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FOUND! Bus Pass – Sorted!!

We found a Metro Young Person’s Photocard on Forest Green, Ovenden.

Facebook helped us track this person down.

Pass and owner reunited! Sorted.

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Open Day at Mount Zion Heritage Chapel

mount zionGo along to Mount Zion Heritage Chapel on Saturday 11 July for a holiday themed open day.

Join from 11.30am for a FREE Walk/Ramble from Mt Zion before enjoying refreshments at the Open Afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Candoart will be holding a workshop for adults and children alike. Creating fantastic holiday mosaics using shells, sea glass, tiles, jewels and found objects. – There will be a small charge to attend the workshop, but you will have a masterpiece to take home.

Wind down the day after and join in with a Songs of Praise Service on Sunday 12 July from 2.45pm in Irene’s Garden- Weather permitting.

For information on Mount Zion Heritage Chapel visit www.mountzionhalifax.org.uk

Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel, Per Lane, Ogden, Halifax HX2 8XG

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Eureka! Summer fun

From messy fun to imaginative play, from tinkering with tech to learning about nature, we’ll have something different every day to fill your summer holiday.

The fun begins 18 July 2015 – 4 September 2015

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is open daily 10am – 5pm at weekends, during half-terms and holidays. During term time Eureka! is open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

The museum is closed term-time Mondays.

Admission: Adults & child aged 3+ £11.95,Child aged 1-2 £4.25,Under 1’s free

The standard Eureka! Ticket is now an Annual Pass which entitles all of the party paid for on the day of the first visit to come back free of charge as many times as they like over the next twelve months.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE

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Beechwood Park practical day

On Tuesday 7 July, meet members of Calderdale Countryside and Woodlands Service for a session of practical work in Beechwood Park, North Halifax.

10 am – 3 pm

Please contact 07769 954956 for more details and meeting point.

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Walk It Together: Ovenden health walk

Meet Mike Barnett at 1pm at Beechwood Medical Centre, Keighley Road for a walk around Ovenden.

On 6 and 20 July and 3 and 17 August 2015

Routes vary depending on ability of those taking part but will be between 1 and 4 miles long and will often visit Beechwood Park and Shroggs Park.

Some routes are accessible with pushchairs and wheelchairs. Contact the leader on 01422 244302 for further information.

Admission: FREE

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Walk: Start of the Calderdale Way

bootsMeet Diane Hall of the Calderdale Ramblers for this 4 miles leisurely walk on Sunday 5 July 2015, 2pm.

Meet Copley Village (GR SE 084227)

Telephone 01422 823440 for more information

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