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

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Have a good weekend!

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Women Centre Volunteer Recruitment Event

Have you ever thought about volunteering?

Would you like to:

  • Meet new people
  • Be part of a vibrant team
  • Give something back
  • Build your confidence
  • Help make a difference to women’s lives

Why not come along to our volunteer recruitment event – Tuesday 30 September 2014 – 10am-12pm

For more information or to book a place please contact Jackie or Sobiya – 01422 386500

23 Silver Street

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Panto Fever Hotting Up at the Victoria Theatre

Yesterday the Victoria Theatre of Halifax was swamped by over 100 children from all over Yorkshire and Lancashire, eager to be part of our Christmas pantomime.

panto fever

The Victoria Theatre in Halifax got a little taste of panto fever when they held their auditions to find young performers for the junior chorus of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Over 100 children between the ages of nine and sixteen attended the audition. Of these, Producers Imagine Theatre selected twenty children to make up the two teams who will get to perform in the pantomime, along with another ten children who are reserves.

“We were delighted by the high standard of all the children who auditioned for us and it was really hard to whittle it down to just twenty children.”   - Sarah Boden from Imagine Theatre

The children will be starring alongside Halifax’s favourite comic, Neil Hurst as Simple Simon,  Steve Fortune as Dame Trot, Huddersfield based Ann Micklethwaite as Fairy, Jamie Sheerman as Fleshcreep, Jamie Anderson as the King, Katriona Perrett as the Princess with Yorkshire’s Felicity Skiera making her Imagine Theatre pantomime debut as Jack.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs from Saturday 13 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.

Tickets are already on sale and due the popularity of the pantomime in the last few years it is advised that you book early to ensure you can secure the performance times and seats that you would prefer.

For more information or to book tickets please contact the Victoria Theatre box office on 01422 351158 or visit

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The Halifax PLayhouse Heritage Open Day

hx playhouse logoThe Halifax Playhouse is a Grade 2 listed building owned by the Halifax Thespians, It was bought and rejuvenated from the original 1836 Methodist Chapel into a thriving member owned theatre, first opening its doors in 1949.

The Heritage Open Day will run on Saturday 13 September from 10am to 4pm to provide visitors the chance to see behind the scenes; discovering places where the general public would not normally go. It’s a chance to see what it’s like to stand on a stage, how the high tech sound and lighting equipment is used to enhance performances and understand the huge amount of work and fun that goes into putting on shows and running a vibrant theatre.

No need to book – just pop in and meet the friendly members of this lovely theatre.

If you would like to know what shows are coming to the Halifax Playhouse then why not check out our online brochure here.

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Your photos wanted!

Do you have any photographs of flooding in Calderdale?

The Calder Valley Flood Programme partnership is looking for images of Calderdale during flooding incidents to use as part of a display.

They are particularly interested in images taken prior to the year 2000.

If you have any photographs you would be happy to share please contact Frances Lister on

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Just Beat It! – FREE Musical Extravaganza

beat it music workshopFrom Monday 27 to Friday 31 October 2014 there will be a free daily music workshop held from 9am to 3pm for young people aged 11 to 16 at Unit 1, princess court, Halifax.

We have a number of things for you to come along and enjoy, such as:

•Guitar, Bass, Drums, Singing
•Write your own song
•Your future in the music industry
•Perform like the best
•How to promote your own music or event
•Understand different styles of music
•Being in a band
•Lyric writing

If you would like to come to our Autumn half term musical extravaganza

Dont hesitate!  To book yourself a place now call us on 01422 363817 or drop us an email at

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SEN Careers and further education advice

Join us at The Shay Stadium on Thursday 16 October 2014 from 1 – 7pm, where there will be a transition event held for young people aged 14 to 25 with a statement of special educational needs.

The event will include workshops and presentations with an opportunity to produce your own one page profile.

There will be stalls and displays providing information on a number of things including:

  • careers advice
  • 6th form providers
  • local colleges
  • support providers and much more!!

For more information visit our Social care and wellbeing hub

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New programme starting at Orangebox

A new programme of activities for members aged 13 to 19 will start this Thursday 11 September with longer opening hours & more to do.

You can now come over for longer!orangebox-logo

New opening times:

Thursdays 4pm – 9pm
Fridays 4pm – 9pm
Saturdays 10am – 6pm

Click Here for more information about orangebox young peoples centre

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Start your own business sessions

Do you know someone who’s struggling to find a job? Perhaps you know someone who is considering starting their own business, but doesn’t know where to start or who to contact.

Why not let them know about the free monthly drop in sessions run by the Calderdale Council’s Business Support Team.

They are welcome to attend sessions at any location, but if they can’t make it to any, please ask them to contact us to arrange a one-to-one advice meeting on 01422 392222.

Evening appointments are available by arrangement only.
For more information visit Start your own business.

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Calderdale Open Art Exhibition

From Saturday 4 October until Saturday 15 November professional and amateur artists are invited to exhibit 2D work in any medium for the Calderdale Open Art Exhibition.

The event will be held at Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax.

The handling fee is £20 or £15 for Passport to Leisure holders/students or retired people, for up to three artworks.

Entry forms and conditions are available from any Calderdale museum or art gallery.

Alternatively you can visit, email or call 01422 352334.

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Upcoming entertainment at the Victoria Theatre

Here are just a few of the performances and events taking place at the Victoria Theatre over the coming months. Click the links to check any event in more detail.

Joe Brown – 12 September. Only a few tickets remaining!
Roger Davies – 25 September. Yorkshire’s own songwriter.
Colin Fry – 4 October. The People’s Medium hits Halifax with his popular Voices of Heaven tour.
Phoenix Dance Theatre – 22 October. Cutting edge contemporary dance from one of the UK’s leading companies.
Paul Hollywood – 2 December. In British Baking Live, Paul will demo his favourite regional recipes, from Cornish pasties to Bakewell tarts. Which Yorkshire specialities will he choose? Book now to make sure you find out!

For more information about other theatre events, visit or call the box office on 01422 351158.

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Skyride in Calderdale

Only are only a few weekends of Calderdale skyrides left this year so make sure you get out on your bike and release your inner cyclist.

This Sunday you could try the challenging Bear MountainBike Challenge, or go Up and Down Dale around the Calder Valley.

All skyrides are free and guided by a skilled skyride instructor.

For more information on these and future rides visit and don’t forget to follow @innercyclist on twitter for all things cycling in Calderdale.


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West Yorkshire Police Explorers Programme 2015

The West Yorkshire Police Explorer Programme provides the opportunity for 16-18 year olds to learn about different aspects of policing, whilst supporting their community through volunteering.

The programme is delivered over a 25 week period between January and July, commencing with an Induction Day.

Explorers attend weekly sessions on a Wednesday evening at Police Stations across West Yorkshire.

There are also a number of other sessions where Explorer groups come together for combined sessions, or that take place at specialist locations across the Force. In addition to these sessions, Explorers are also able to get involved in a variety of volunteering opportunities within Districts and at a Force level.

Details of how to apply are available at and supporting documents can be found below.Westyorkspolice

Closing date for applications is Friday 24 October 2014

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SID Operation in Illingworth – Did you see us?

Illingworth speed checks

Karen Scanlon from Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative and PC Dave Illingworth

Following resident reports about speeding traffic, local Police and the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative conducted a traffic operation in the Illingworth area on Tuesday 2 September.

They used SID (Speed Indicator Device) to monitor the speeds of 223 vehicles using Illingworth Road (towards Bradshaw) and Riley Lane (toward Bradshaw from Holdsworth Road)

The speed limit on both roads is 30mph. Average speeds monitored on this occasion were 22.5mph on Illingworth Road, and 27mph on Riley Lane.

9 vehicles were stopped and spoken to about speed and safety, including the use of seatbelts.

Lots of residents came out to find out what was happening, and many confirmed that both roads do suffer from traffic issues especially at evening times. Similar operations will be carried out in the future.

Residents were invited to come along to see the SID results at the joint Illingworth Ward Forum and Neighbourhood Watch on Thursday 11 September at Illingworth St Mary’s Cricket Club, Alloe Field View.

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click to view the SID monitor results


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Homes in North Halifax available right now!

Pennine HousingPennine Housing have properties waiting in North Halifax. Various property types and sizes available now.

Don’t delay! Call today on 0300 555 5557 or visit and see if they have a property for you to make your new home.

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Band new for 2014: Dam ‘ard Tri

Dam ard TriSwim, bike and run through breath-taking Pennine countryside on Sunday 28 September.

A partnership event between Halifax Calder Rotary and The Fire Fighters Charity.


More info at

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Apprenticeship Recruitment Drive

Calderdale Council is holding its first ever Apprenticeship Recruitment Drive, to advertise their latest apprenticeship opportunities.

This recruitment drive will be held on Thursday 11 September, allowing those interested in becoming an apprentice to meet managers and staff and discover the apprenticeships available within the Council.

Apprentices at the Shay StadiumThe event will be held at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax from 4pm until 7pm. At this event all new apprentice jobs will be advertised, with information about the roles and how to apply.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 4 September, over 40 of the Council’s current apprentices came together to meet Calderdale Councillors and Senior Management, and learnt about the benefits of being an apprentice and how the apprentice scheme benefits the Council.

The opportunities for apprentices in the Council are increasing as we continue with our ‘Double 2020′ strategy, which seeks to create 4040 completed apprenticeships in the Calderdale borough by 2020 for people who require training, experience and qualifications to secure meaningful, long-term jobs.

The Council’s aim is to recruit 50 apprentices a year, and we are offering apprenticeships for anyone aged 16 to 64 years. This reflects the demographic of Calderdale, and helps residents gain experience in a work based environment, with opportunities right across the Council.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Change, Cllr Geraldine Carter, said:

“It is absolutely essential that as a Council we do all we can to tackle unemployment. By continuously working to recruit new apprentices we can help people into employment in their chosen field which will hopefully lead to permanent employment.

“Calderdale Council is also committed to paying the Living Wage to all apprentices giving them a real start to their working life with the Council.”

For more information about Calderdale apprenticeships,, all vacancies will be live from 11 September to 26 September email or call 01422 288477.

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Increased space to extend Food bank support

The Calderdale Food and Support Drop-In Centre at New Ebenezer Church, Halifax, helps to feed some of our most vulnerable members of society through handing-out around 150 food parcels, each week.

The Church has been used as a food bank and crisis centre since 2009, and is run by Christians Together Calderdale.  It has been supported by individuals and local churches, as well as donations from organisations and small business to provide a weekly drop-in service of food parcels and support to people and families struggling to cope.

Since then, Christian Together Calderdale estimate that about £946,000 worth of practical and volunteer support has been given to the people of Calderdale, through food parcels, shelter and advice.

On Monday 15 September, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet is discussing how the Council can help the group extend what they do at the centre by offering them a licence at a‘peppercorn rent’ at Ebenezer Centre adjacent to the Church, which has become vacant.

The Centre is owned by Calderdale Council, and was previously used as Council offices. The Council has been in talks with the Christians Together Calderdale group for some time, discussing how the Centre could help meet the increase in demand for food parcels and also provide other support to their visitors which will help them turn their lives around, like money advice and skills, supporting people with mental health or other health issues, kitchen and cooking skills.

They are also looking into operating a not for profit café and a night shelter from the building during January and February.

Members will discuss the plans for the Centre at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 15 September, from 6pm at Halifax Town Hall.

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Removal of pay and display and evening charges

Pay and display charges at ten Calderdale car parks have been removed as of Monday 8 September 2014. This is following the decision made by Cabinet on 18 August 2014. The car parks affected are:

  • Bank Street, Mill Lane and Church Lane, Brighouse
  • Brig Royd, West Vale
  • Royd Lane, Ripponden
  • Haugh Shaw and Queens Road, King Cross
  • Dale Street, Oxford Street, and Dalton Street, Todmorden

All car parks will remain long stay parking, apart from Mill Lane car park in Brighouse which will be changed to 4 hours maximum stay. All other terms and conditions of the car parks will remain the same.

In addition, there will be no evening parking charges in Halifax after 6.00pm as of Monday 8 September 2014.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Stephen Baines said:

“From Monday 8 September 2014, drivers should be aware that the pay and display charges for ten car parks in Calderdale have been removed. This means there will be no charges to park in selected car parks in Brighouse, West Vale, Ripponden, King Cross and Todmorden. Evening parking charges in Halifax Town Centre from 6.00pm have also been removed as of Monday 8 September 2014.”

For more information, visit Calderdale Council’s parking web pages or call 01422 288001.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 5 September – OUT NOW!!

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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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