Football shirt Friday in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund

bobby moore fundMake sure you get involved in #FootballShirtFriday on Friday 17 April 2015 in aid of The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK!

World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore died of bowel cancer in 1993. His widow and founder of the Bobby Moore Fund Stephanie Moore said,

“We have made enormous progress in the fight against bowel cancer, but more than 44 people still die from bowel cancer every day in the UK. Football Shirt Friday will enable us to raise more funds and awareness which will help beat this disease sooner.”

So on Friday 17 April, make sure you wear your favourite football shirt or team colours with pride to work, school or wherever you are and donate to help beat bowel cancer sooner.

Put the date in your diary and find out more here.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 27 March – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

  • Neighbourhood and Community Awards 2015 – Only 4 days to nominate
  • Fun activities for all the family this Easter! 
  • Latest jobs, local News 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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Volunteers clean up West View Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Saturday 21 March, 13 voluntary members of Friends of West View Park Group, and council employees, carried out a clean-up in the West View Park and Highroad Well area.

The volunteers were supplied with hi visibility vests, brooms, shovels, gloves, and plenty of refuse sacks before they set off to do their good deed for the community and after two hours work the Council’s caged van was filled with rubbish sacks, and other  items such as stereo speakers and traffic cones!

The Group had applied for and been awarded the sum of £250 from the Ward Grant scheme, which enabled the purchase of the clean-up equipment, and this will remain in the Group’s possession to be used for regular monthly clean-up sessions in the Park.

After the session the volunteers retired to the Horse & Jockey for well-earned refreshments after a job well done.

Unfortunately, sometime during the night of Tuesday 24 March, several bin bags full of waste from a take-away business were dumped in the Park Grounds… very disappointing for those members of the group who had done such a sterling job the previous week.

Please note that from Monday 6 April 2015 Fly-tippers could face tougher penalties when the Council introduces its new powers to stop, search and seize vehicles suspected of waste crime… you can read more on the new legislation here.

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Changes to bin collection days throughout Easter

Please note that your waste and recycling collections will be one day later over the Easter week – see table below –

easter bin collection

Friday 3 April to Good Friday all waste collection crews will be working as normal.

Make a note of your collection day and place your containers out by 7am on that day.

For more information please

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Your invite to a Whizz-Kidz Taster Day!

NEW1whizz-logo-110Whizz-Kidz is a children’s charity with the largest network of young disabled people in the UK and they will be holding a taster day on Wednesday 8 April 2015 at Brighouse Sports Club from 10am to 1pm.

You can take part in fun activities at the youth club, enjoy  the challenge of Wheelchair Skills activities, hear about how Whizz-Kidz can help you gain work experience and meet staff who can tell you more about what Whizz-Kidz has to offer or relax with the Parents Coffee Group!

To book your place contact 01422 343090 or email

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Holy Trinity Planting and Growing Day – Volunteers required

Holy Trinity Planting & Growing DayCould you spare an hour or so to help out at the Holy Trinity Primary School Planting and Growing Day on Saturday 25 April 2015?

The school is currently looking for volunteers to join staff, parents and children to plant and grow fruit and vegetables in the school grounds.

The school will also welcome donations of seedlings, vegetable plants or compost so if you feel you could help or donate, please don’t hesitate to contact the school on 01422 367161

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Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training at Calderdale College

calderdale_college_block_logo_strap[1]This qualification gives learners the knowledge and skills to work with individual and groups of client in a personal training setting  and successful achievement of the qualification will allow the learner to gain employment within an organisational setting, or alternatively in a self-employed environment or to enhance their own knowledge.

The qualification also provides access onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3

If you would be interested in taking this course or for further information, please register your interest by emailing or call on 01422 399316

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Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction at Calderdale College

calderdale_college_block_logo_strap[1]This qualification provides the knowledge and skills to enable learners to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective gym or studio sessions and will also provide entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 2 and can be achieved in the context of gym or exercise to music.

Course details:

  • Course – Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Start date – Saturday 2 May 2015
  • Length of course – Every Saturday & Sunday for 6 weeks
  • Course cost – £650

If you would be interested in taking this course then please register your interest by emailing or call on 01422 399316

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WomenCentre, Calderdale – Freedom Programme

women centreThe Freedom programme is a weekly support group and there will be 2 groups starting on Monday 13 April 2015 where each week you will look at different types of abuse. The Freedom programme is for women who have been affected by or would like to learn more about domestic abuse.

The daytime group starts on Monday 13 April 2015 from 10am to 12noon and will run every Monday until Monday 13 July 2015.

The evening group starts on Tuesday 14 April 2015 from 6pm to 8opm and will run every Tuesday until Tuesday 7 July 2015.

Please Note – There will be no group on Monday 4 May, Monday 25 May or Tuesday 26 May 2015 due to bank holiday and the spring bank half term school holiday week.

Self & agency referrals are accepted however the referred woman must have given consent for the referral to be made. For more detailed information about the programme click here or to make a referral, please complete the programme referral form.

Completed referral forms can be returned by fax to 01422 330210 or  by Post to: WomenCentre, Calderdale, 23 Silver Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1JN.

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Keeping it clean at the Lee Mount Clean Up

DIGITAL CAMERAStaff from Ovenden Initiative, Calderdale Council and Volunteers from the St George Project got together in Lee Mount on Tuesday 24 March 2015 for a community clean-up which saw local residents clearing out plenty of unwanted waste.

The volunteers from the St George Project were on hand to tackle the streets and went around Lee Mount in pairs clearing any litter they came across along the way whilst workers from the Calderdale Council drove around clearing bulky waste from gardens.

DIGITAL CAMERAMeanwhile, Tony King, Daniel Marham and David McGhee of Ovenden Initiative along with the help of volunteers; filled skips provided by Calder Valley Skip Hire with a mountain of furniture and other unwanted items which had been stacked up prior to the skips arrival.

In total there were 3 x 5 tonne skips filled as well as 4 council cage vans that were filled with dozens of bags of litter and a number of bulky waste items.

A big thank you to all volunteers who helped out on the day and to the residents that got involved and had a good clear out and also a thank you to Calderdale Council and Calder Valley Skip Hire for their support… A little care in the community goes a real long way!


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Sponsor or donate to the 2015 Shantstock event

The Shant Pub at Holmfield will be holding their annual Shantstock event on Saturday 23 May 2015 and all proceeds will be donated to local charity ‘Yorkshire Childrens Trust’ based at holmfield Mills.

They Shant is currently looking for local firms and businesses that may be interested in sponsoring the event or donating a raffle prize.

If you would like to get involved, contact The Shant on Facebook for further information.

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Calderdale Libraries – Spring activities

world book nightPlease find below news of some events coming soon in Calderdale Libraries:

Free book give away at Todmorden Library
Go along to Todmorden Library on Saturday 25 April 2015 from 10am to 2pm for a FREE book giveaway where you can pick up a copy of books such as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle and Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden.

Meet the author – Jennifer Klinec
Come and meet author Jennifer Klinec for FREE on Thursday 30 April 2015 from 7.30pm at Hebden Bridge Library to hear about her book The Temporary Bride, a memoir of love and food in Iran. reserve your place in advance by calling on (01422) 288040 or email

Readers’ Saturday at Square Chapel
Go along to Square Chapel, Halifax on Saturday 28 March 2015 from 11am to 3pm to share your favourite books or even find some new ones in the company of some great authors – Sophie Hannah, Jenn Ashworth and Jonathan Taylor, with James Nash hosting the day. Tickets cost £20 which includes a buffet lunch, call the box office on 01422 349422 to book a place today or click here for further information.

For details of future events, be sure to visit

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NHx Staying Well Development Fund

NEW LOGOS3Members of the North Halifax Hub (anyone who lives, works or volunteers in North Halifax) are invited to apply to a local Staying Well Development Fund to help them to develop opportunities that support the aims and objectives of the Staying Well project in North Halifax:

For example we’re looking for activities or projects that:

  • Create or increase social opportunities for lonely or isolated people in North Halifax
  • Address barriers to participation for older people, especially around personal care, transport
  • Provide a health or wellbeing service for lonely or isolated older people (for example befriending)
  • Increase volunteering capacity in North Halifax

The local Staying Well Steering Group will be responsible for ensuring all activities and projects commissioned are based in need, are sustainable and avoid unnecessary duplication.

Helen Enenvoldson, the Staying Well worker, and Tony King, Ward Coordinator are available to work alongside groups to develop their idea and promote partnerships between organisations.

The Neighbourhood Team  can also support groups with publicity and marketing, and monitoring of projects.

Click here to access the application form online…

Don’t be put off by the application form! If you’ve got a good idea for a project, ring us on 01422 255402 and we can help you.

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Little Terrors at the Square Chapel

little_terrors_web_2__153f155Go along to Square Chapel, Halifax on Thursday 26 March at 8pm as Madeline Shann takes you in disquieting detail through her deepest, darkest fears in search of some kind of bravery.

Little Terrors is a look at our unpredictable world through the eyes of someone who is afraid of pretty much everything and it also uses movement, storytelling, experimental sound design and any other means necessary to explain why life is terrifying.

Tickets cost £13 per person and £11 for concessions which includes a £1 voluntary donation & £1 online booking fee.

Click here to book yours online today and enjoy this amazing performance.

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Clinical based Pilates at The Dance Mill

Go along to the Dance Mill, Holmfield for clinical based Pilates sessions aimed at both men and women starting on Saturday 18 April 2015 from 4pm to 5pm and just £4 per session.

Taking a whole body approach and working for mobility in joints and strength in the core, pelvic floor and also catering for common back problems, these sessions are suitable for almost anybody and beginners are more than welcome.

For further information contact Rachel Hargreaves on 07944 360594.

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Help needed for Shroggs Party in the Park 2015

The 2015 Shroggs Party in the Park will take place on Saturday 20 June 2015 from 12noon to 4pm and after the success of last year you can volunteer to help out with the following roles and ensure this year is just as successful.

  • Help to steward the event
  • Help to set up or dismantle stalls at the event.
  • Community and charity groups are needed and more than welcome to advertise themselves or raise money for their cause. There is a small charge to cover the hire of tables for groups wishing to raise money.

If you can help or wish to join us please contact Glenn Roper on 07969 062005 or email for more details.

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Community is key in tackling loneliness

Ann-McAllister-Head-and-Shoulders-Preferred-Pic-Mar12-e1423039435188Calderdale Council has welcomed a national report launched today, looking at how building a strong sense of community in neighbourhoods can encourage people to socialise, look out for each other and feel comfortable asking each other for help when needed… read more here…

The report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is based on research carried out in Hebden Bridge, and includes looking into the ways in which kindness and mutual help can be developed in communities to reduce isolation. The report was launched on Thursday 19 March at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation works for social change in the UK by researching the root causes of social problems and developing solutions. Read the report here.

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Calderdale crackdown on fly-tipping

flytippingFly-tippers in Calderdale could face tougher penalties when the Council introduces its new powers to stop, search and seize vehicles suspected of waste crime.

New legislation from Monday 6 April 2015 will make it easier for enforcement officers across the country to crack down on fly-tipping… read the full story here…

Calderdale Council continues to take action to prevent fly-tipping. For example, fences are put up on Council-owned land to deter fly-tippers; and inspections are carried out at suspect premises to check waste disposal arrangements. The Council provides sufficient facilities so that residents can dispose of their waste correctly.

You can ask to have bulky household waste collected at by email to or by calling 01422 288002.

To report fly-tipping, please complete the online form here or contact the Council confidentially on 01422 288001.

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Lee Mount Clean Up – Reminder

lee mount clean upIf you live in the Lee Mount area then you may have had a leaflet posted through your door today advertising the community clean up taking place in Lee Mount from 11am to 1pm tomorrow morning.

There will be skips in place at the grass verged area on Wheatley Road (opposite Johal Convenience Store) so if you have a build up of waste you would like to get rid of such as rubbish, wood and furniture, please take the opportunity to bring it to one of the provided skips FREE of charge.

Please note that white goods such as fridges, freezers and ovens will not be accepted.

There will also be a street clean in the area involving volunteers and staff from Calderdale MBC, Ovenden & Mixenden Initiative and the Lee Mount St George Project and the council’s street cleaning vehicle will also be in the area.

Be sure to get involved and help keep Lee Mount clean!!

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Overgate Hospice – Giving in Celebration

overgateWould you like your celebration to be more meaningful and rewarding?

If so, you could ask your friends and family to make a donation to Overgate Hospice in lieu of receiving a gift.

For more information on how they can help you call the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or e-mail alternatively you can visit

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