North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 19 December – OUT NOW!!

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To all our readers, residents and partners

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

The Friday Flyer elves will be busy in the North Pole for a while but we will return on Friday 9th January 2015!

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Mixenden drivers make SID smile!

16 Junior Wardens from Ash Green Community Prmary School in Mixenden were out with the Council’s SID (Speed Indicator Device) and PC Ian Harris monitoring the speed of traffic on the roads outside their school last week.

Junior Wardens were happy to report that most drivers were within the 20mph speed limit, with only one or two just over.

Over the last month PC Ian Harris has been working in school with the children on a speed awareness project. The children have been designing posters and leaflets that the Police can now issue speeding drivers in the area, alongside other enforcement action.

Mixenden is one of 7 areas of Calderdale that are now 20mph and 20mph speed limits will be introduced over 3 years across other areas of Calderdale from 2015 to 2017. Changes in speed limits are subject to statutory consultation as part of the Speed Limits Order legal process.  The Calderdale website will have details of the maps and public notices.   You can formally comment on the 20mph proposals in your area by submitting this in writing before the consultation end date.

Please give your feedback by emailing the 20mph team at

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Staying Well in North Halifax – January Event for local groups

North Halifax Partnership and Threeways have joined together to launch an exciting new project in North Halifax that will link lonely and isolated older people with groups and activities in the area.

It has been estimated that 4 million people will be lonely this Christmas. We know that loneliness and social isolation can have serious health impacts and lacking social connections is said to be as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

But there’s also lots of evidence that shows that friendships and taking part in social activity keeps people healthier for longer and reduces the risk of developing certain diseases.

SW in NHXStaying Well Ageing Better is a project that recognises that that the people living and working in our local communities are the best placed to know what is already available, where any gaps are, and the most qualifies to say where we should be focusing services in the future.

A steering group made up of local people and organisations will oversee the project in North Halifax, and will be able to commission new services and activities from a local commissioning pot starting at £50,000 – this could mean money for your group!

If you are involved in a group or organisation providing a service or activity in North Halifax, or if just want to find out more about the project, please join us at Threeways Centre on Thursday 15 January to see how you can get involved. Everyone welcome!

We think that together we can make a real difference for older people in North Halifax.


In the meantime, if you would like to talk to someone about some of the activities going on in your local area and how you can get involved, or you think you know someone who might benefit from the project, please ring Helen Enevoldson, the Staying Well Worker for North Halifax on 01422 255402 or email

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All about SOBS…

The SOBS team work with 16-24 year olds who live in Calderdale and are either; existing Pennine Housing tenants, about to become Pennine Housing tenants or are registered on the Keychoice system. They are based at Pennine Housing and are funded by The Big Lottery.

What’s the aim?

  • To make sure that young people have the support they need to get a tenancy and to settle down in their tenancy
  • To reduce the number of young people who get in to debt and end up losing their tenancy
  • To give young people the confidence to manage their own money for the rest of their lives

For more information you can contact SOBS in one of the following ways:

Tel: 0300 555 5574

We also have a new Facebook page where we will be sharing what the team have been up to, as well as useful money saving tips and videos. Just search for ‘Sick of Being Skint’ and click like. Please also encourage your friends to like our page as well.

You can also find us on Twitter @SOBS_UK

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Start Your Own Business this New Year

Can’t find a job and are you considering starting your own business but don’t know where to start or who to contact?  Why not check out the FREE monthly drop in sessions run by the Calderdale Council’s Business Support Team.

You are welcome to attend any sessions at any location but if you can’t make it to any of the sessions, please contact us to arrange a 1 to 1 advice meeting on 01422 392222.   Evening appointments are available by arrangement only.

More info here:

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All I want for Christmas is a healthier you!

The best present you can give yourself and your family this Christmas is a smokefree you! With the right support you’re up to 4 times more likely to quit successfully.

Free support here >


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One step closer for Illingworth Gaol plans

The North Halifax Historic Buildings Preservation Trust is delighted to learn that its request for an Asset Transfer of the Illingworth Gaol and Stocks has been approved by the Cabinet of Calderdale Council at their meeting on Monday 15 December 2014.

This will allow the Trustees to proceed with their plans to apply for grants in order to reinstate the building and stocks to their original condition.

GaolThere are 108 village Lock up’s included on the National Heritage list for England and of those only five, including Illingworth Gaol, are Grade II* listed. This sets Illingworth Gaol in its national context in a very elite group and is the only one in the North of England.

It is the intention of the Trust to create an Educational Heritage Centre which will allow visits from educational establishments to study and learn about “Crime and Punishment” in Victorian times as well as learning about the Co-operative movement in the nineteenth century and what impact it made on peoples lives.Visits by groups and members of the public are to be encouraged as this is a local Heritage site which should be preserved and maintained, not only for the residents of North Halifax, but also for everyone in Calderdale and beyond.

The group has been extremely pleased with the tremendous support from many local residents and organisations who have given their continued support towards the creation of an Educational Heritage Centre.

The Trustees believe it is important that all historic buildings such as this should be preserved and maintained for future generations. It is our duty as temporary, custodial guardians to ensure our local heritage is readily available and preserved as living history for our children and grandchildren.

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Merry Xmas from St Augustine’s!

St Augustine’s would like to say thank you so much for all the support they have received this year. Click here… for their latest newsletter!

If you would like any  more information, or would like to visit the centre, please contact Vicky on 01422 342719 or visit the website:

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What do you think about Emergency Dental Care?

Healthwatch Calderdale wants to know what you think about Out of Hours/Emergency Dental Care in Calderdale.

Please click here to complete a quick survey…

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Ovenden Christmas hamper scheme 2014 winners

The Christmas hamper scheme in Ovenden proved to be a hit once again, most notably with Cardelium a local balloon and party outlet which produced 4 of the winning raffle tickets. Other winning tickets came from Bank Top Fishery, Kel’s Cafe, Cost Cutters, Bank Edge Fishery, Deb ‘n’ Hair, Med’s Express, Moorside Cafe and Mac’s Bar.

26 shops within the Ovenden area of Halifax took place in total handing out a raffle ticket to customers for every £5 they spent in store. There were 14 winners announced, some of which attended the Ovenden Ward Forum to be presented with their prize.

We would like to thank each and every individual that took part whether you were a customer in the stores, one of the store owners or even if you just spread the word of the Hamper Scheme, It all went towards helping to boost your local economy in Ovenden.

Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!!

hamper presentation

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A Heart warming end to the year for Dean Field Junior Wardens

Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School were on hand to spread joy and put smiles on the faces of residents from Blackburn House last week.

Together with Community Warden Jonny Cato and Ward Link Worker Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative, the Junior Wardens attended Blackburn House on Wednesday 10 December where they sang Christmas Carols and read poems for the residents before making festive cards and sharing mince pies and biscuits.

That wasn’t the end of the Junior Wardens Christmas celebrations as they held a Christmas lunch and carol service for elderly residents of Ovenden on Friday 12 December.

The residents were treat to a turkey dinner and afterwards got to sing along to a mixture of Old and New Carols to bring a truly heart warming end to what has been a fantastic year with the Junior Wardens from Dean Field School.


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SCG rediscover lost path hidden by growth and litter

The Safer Cleaner Greener Team of North and East Halifax have rediscovered a lost path after years of growth and littering kept it hidden away.

hidden path beforeThe site pictured to the right, has been used as a regular hotspot for parked cars dropping litter and over a period of time became somewhat untidy and a bit of an eyesore.

Some of you will be familiar with the location just below the main entrance of Shroggs Park and the state that it was in prior to the work  being carried out.

Now thanks to the work and dedication of the SCG Team, at first glance you would assume that the picture below was taken at a different location all together… A job well done!

hidden path after

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Your invite to the Disability Partnership Calderdale’s Christmas Party

Disability Partnership Calderdale is holding a Christmas party at The Shay Stadium, Halifax on Tuesday 16 December and you are invited!

The party will get under-way from 3pm with games and fun activities throughout including a quiz, Christmas buffet before ending at 7.30pm following a Dragons Den.

Book your place by e-mailing or by calling on 07831 380160 (voice or sms text) as we need to know if you are coming in order to reserve a meal for you.

We do hope that you can join us!  Please note – (If you just turn up on the night we cannot guarantee that there will be food for you)

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Christingle service at Holy Nativity

Go along to Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden on Saturday 20 December from 4pm for great fun for all ages as we really start to feel like Christmas is upon us!

Christingle is a fantastic service for all ages as everyone comes together from the local area to celebrate Christmas and help raise money for the Children’s Society.

This event is open to everyone, even bring your friends!

christingle holy nativity pic

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Beer and Carols at Holy Nativity Church

Beer and Carols is an event for the whole community and people of all ages as Christmas is brought to life on Tuesday 23 December 2014 from 6pm to 9pm

As the name suggests, there will be singing and laughter with affordable drinks available to buy from a licensed bar.

With a barrel of beer, bottles of wine, soft drinks for the kids and a selection of song sheets we’re good to go! There will also be nibbles available!!

There will be sections of traditional carol singing and a section for the children and to finish off there will be Rock Band Metanoia with special guests finishing the evening with a bang!

This is a festive opportunity not to be missed and everyone is welcome!

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Rock Mass Christmas at Holy Nativity Church

rock mass picChristmas may be upon us but it won’t be a Silent Night as The Rock Mass takes place.

Go along to Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden on Sunday 21 December at 6pm for a unique service for people who like it LOUD!!

Fr Tony Macpherson will be there to lead the service as we share bread and wine together and celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas!

Expect some re-imagined carols and perhaps even a bit of Slade!


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See in the New Year as a non-smoker!

yorksmokefreeDid you know… You are four times more likely to succeed on your journey to becoming a non-smoker with help and support?

Yorkshire Smokefree can help you online, on the phone, face to face or some of their quitters prefer a mixture of all three. Whatever you decide, they tailor support to suit you!

To talk to a specialist advisor who understands, call 01422 397372, Freephone 0800 612 0011 or 0330 6601166. You can also visit

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Carol Singing at King Cross

Join carol singers at King Cross from St Paul’s church as they sing around the Christmas tree as well as something different from Sambalifax too on Friday 19 December at 4pm.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided and local company’s will be promoting business by providing food samples.

So go along and get involved in this wonderful festive event!!!

For more information contact Halifax Central Initiative 01422 365 948.

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Children’s Christmas Party at Threeways

threeways children xmas partyGo along to Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane on Sunday 20 December 2014 for a children’s Christmas party packed with fun.

The party will be on from 5pm till 7pm and entrance can be gained with a ticket only. There will be a Kids Food Box, Adult Buffet, Refreshments and a Present from Santa.

Tickets cost just £3 per child, £1 per adult and children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

If you would like further information or to book tickets, please call 01422 321155.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 12 December – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer..

Including a list of local Festive events and activities to keep you and your family entertained over the Christmas period!

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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