Celebrate National Libraries Day with the Crafty Ladies

Northowram Library’s Crafty Ladies celebrate National Libraries Day on Thursday 5 February 2015 from 10am to 5pm

The crafty ladies will be creating a rag rug at the library where there will be home made cakes, coffee and refreshments all day and we would love lots of people to come along as there will be fundraising for local charities.

You will be able to join in or watch the progress and process of ‘prodding’ a traditional rag rug.

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The Idle Hands – This Weekend at Square Chapel

idle hands logoJoin the Idle Hands, 4 hugely talented musicians championed as “Britain’s best unsigned blues-rockers” by Classic Rock Blues magazine for a mesmerising passion-fuelled show promoting their new CD ‘Feeding the Machine’on Saturday 31 January at 7.30pm.

With 6 high quality cd’s under their belts they present passionate, captivating live performances of raw original blues rock, but with their own uniquely distinctive style and sound which is heavily influenced by the iconic Blues based bands and players within them; Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher and Hendrix to name a few.

Tickets cost £13 or £11 for concessions which Includes £1 voluntary donation & £1 online booking fee.

Click here to book yours online today.

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The Trials of Galileo at the Square Chapel

trial of galileoGo along to Square Chapel, Halifax on Friday 30 January 2015 to see a performance of ‘The Trials of Galileo’, given a 4 star rating by the British Theatre Guide who also described the show as a Joy to watch.

Galileo understood the science better than any man alive, but never grasped the politics until it was too late. This one-man roller-coaster focuses on the events surrounding his trial for heresy in 1633.

Written by Emmy Award winner Nic Young and starring Tim Hardy (professor at RADA, veteran of the RSC and star of major European tours).

Recommended for ages 11+

Tickets cost £13 or £11 for concessions which includes £1 voluntary donation & £1 online booking fee.

If you would like to book tickets to this show, please click here.

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Support the future… Take the Big Advice Survey

big ad surveyWe’re going through a big period of change in the UK. From welfare reform to the payday lending market, the cost of housing to rising energy bills, life is getting increasingly complicated. This means it’s even more important that you can access relevant, impartial advice and get help when you need it to make the complex decisions in your life

The Big Advice Survey has been set up by front-line services such as individual Citizens Advice Bureaux, Law Centres and an incredibly diverse range of other organisations including solicitor firms, community groups, local businesses, foodbanks, housing associations and more. The Big Advice Survey is open right now until Tuesday 31 March

If you feel you could help and spare approximately 5 minutes of your time to take the survey, please click here

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Reach for the Stars at Eureka!

space eurekaWe asked our visitors what events they’d like to see in 2015, and the result was clear: SPACE!

Join us from Saturday 14 February to Sunday 22 February (half term) as we explore the wonders of the universe and find out what life in space is really like.

All February Half Term space related activities are listed below:

Space Station Eureka!
Come aboard our space station to have a go at dressing up as an astronaut and find out what life is like for real astronauts on board the International Space Station.

Space Science Busking
Help our crew investigate the planets, and even try your hand at a bit of rocket science with our fun science demonstrations. Various times and locations throughout the day.

Mission to Mars
Older children can find out more about our nearest planetary neighbour, Mars, learning all about the red Planet and missions to it, and taking part in a few science experiments!

Gyroscope - Monday 16 to Friday 20 February only
Experience the thrill of being spun in different directions at variable speeds and get a taste of how NASA astronauts prepare for zero gravity.

Please note that height restrictions apply: As a general guide children must be at least 4 feet tall to have a go, however we may need to turn children away for safety reasons, for example if their legs aren’t long enough for the leg supports.

For a full 2015 calendar of events at Eureka, visit www.eureka.org.uk

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The Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents Rigoletto

rigolettaWith an impressive cast list and live orchestra, Rigoletto is an opera in three acts set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, and based on the play Le Roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo and it is coming to the Victoria Theatre, Halifax on Saturday 28 February 2015 at 7.30pm.

Its tragic story revolves around the hunchbacked court jester, Rigoletto, his beautiful daughter Gilda he loves and the Duke of Mantua he serves.

Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s best-loved masterpieces, and is considered as standard repertoire. The opera includes the Duke’s much loved cynical aria ‘La donna e mobile’.

Tickets cost £34 to £35.10*, £32 to £33.10* or £25 to £26.10* with concessions available

Prices marked with * are inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online.

Please click here if you would like to book a ticket to this spectacular show.

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Give something back to your community!

sure startBored and in need of a new challenge?

Join us at Halifax Central library on Friday 20 February 2015 from 9.30am to 11.30am for a session to provide you with information about becoming a volunteer.

Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided on the day.

If you are interested and would like to find out more about volunteering and the work we do within Sure Start North Halifax Partnership, call now to book on 01422 251090.

To find out more about Sure Start, be sure to follow us on Facebook or visit nehalifaxchildrenscentres.org.uk

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FREE 6 Week Newground training sessions

newgroundWould you like to learn how to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers?

Then grab your FREE space on the community growing project to get on board and start growing your own now!

This FREE program is funded by New-Ground Together, part of the Together Housing Group.

For details or to book a place, please contact Deborah Ash, Project Officer on 07947 567711 or by emailing Deborah.ash@newground.co.uk.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 23 January – 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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Interactive open evening at Calderdale College

calderdale_college_block_logo_strap[1]Calderdale College is hosting an interactive open evening on Tuesday 27 January 2015 between 4.30pm and 7pm at its main campus on Francis Street in Halifax for all students considering vocational courses, higher education and professional courses and apprenticeships.

Go along and have a go at over 30 interactive hands on taster sessions across a wide range of courses. Learn from industry specialists and try out your chosen course – practice a dance routine, try your hand at hairdressing, meet the animals in animal care, record a live performance or cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Take advantage of the fast track Open Evening registration by visiting calderdale.ac.uk for a chance to win some high street vouchers or just turn up on the night.

For more information about the courses on offer please call the Admissions Team on 01422 399 316 or find the College on Facebook or Twitter.

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Want to Sing? – Then get Singspired!

Simply Singing_logo-1The Choir ‘Singspiration’ with members of mixed ages, gender and experience is run by Simply Singing at Halifax Golf Club in Ogden on Monday nights.

The Simply Singing leaders, believe everyone can sing!
There is no need to audition or read music. They don’t believe in tone deaf and aim to excite and enthuse anyone who has been told previously by their teacher, family or friends that they can’t sing!

One new Singspiration member said‘;

‘I really enjoy Simply Singing….I have only been coming for a few weeks, but already I have made new friends, and it has given me a new confidence to sing and speak to people. We have so much fun, and yet we learn such a lot in the 2 hours’

Sessions cost just £5 and are held on Monday nights from 6pm to 8pm at Halifax Golf Club, Union Lane, Ogden, Halifax HX2 8XR.

Any queries and or to check our term dates contact Louise Johnston 07834242588 / Alice Wrigley on 07973686393 or email louise.h.johnston@googlemail.com

For more information about Simply Singing, please visit www.simplysinging.org.uk

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Get active with the OSCA Foundation

The OSCA Foundation runs weekly activities both sport and none sport that cater for various age groups from tots to seniors… click here to view the details of each activity…

Now with open age competitive games in the new version of the beautiful game, Walking Football as well as the introduction of orienteering, geo-cashing, archery, mountain biking and bush-craft!!

Neil Ross is the Community Sports Development Officer for OSCA and is always on hand to help you with getting involved.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Neil on 07974077143 or by email neil.ross@oscafoundation.co.uk

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Start Your Own Business drop in sessions

Can’t find a job and 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.

start ur own biz

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.

For further information, please click here or contact Eric Binns on 01422 392222 or by email to eric.binns@calderdale.gov.uk

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Data Protection – Health Connections Course

Health connections logo

What do organisations need to do to comply with the 1998 Data Protection Act?

We will look at the principles of good Data Protection practice; what you need to know, what steps you must take to collect, keep and dispose of data.

This course will help you to:

  • Understand the principles of good data protection practice
  • Understand the key risk areas that all organisations need to manage
  • Identify areas where organisations need to change their policies or procedures
  • Devise solutions to problems that Data Protection raises for an organisation

The course will be delivered by Voluntary Action Sheffield, on Tuesday 10 February 2015 from 10.30am – 3.30pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

If you would like to book your place please call 01422 431095 or email emma.worsley@cvac.org.uk

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Health & Safety in the Workplace – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoThe course will be delivered by Voluntary Action Sheffield, on Monday 9 February 2015 from 1pm to 4.30pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

The session is suitable for all managers and workers and helps you to understand:

  • Your responsibilities and consider the key Health and Safety issues in your workplace
  • Learn straightforward ways to assess them
  • Consider how risks to workers and service users can be minimised.

If you would like to book your place please call 01422 431095 or email emma.worsley@cvac.org.uk

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Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoThis session aims to raise awareness for staff, volunteers and trustees of Voluntary and Community Sector organisations around the serious issue of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

We will look at some of the issues that can arise when working with vulnerable young people who are, or at risk of, being sexually exploited.

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the signs and indicators of CSE
  • Know how to raise concerns about a child at risk
  • Look at the importance of a Multi Agency response
  • Look at the law relating to CSE and human trafficking

The course will be delivered by DC Angie Barr, on Wednesday 4 February 2015 from 10am to 1pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

If you would like to book your place please call 01422 431095 or email emma.worsley@cvac.org.uk

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Creative Writing classes for Over 50’s

Ever wanted to try your hand at poetry or have yo got a great idea for a short story?

Then this workshop could be just what you’re looking for!

Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of experience, this group welcomes anyone wanting to develop their writing skills in this fun, non-academic class.

The workshop will run at Square Chapel from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 3 February 2015
Tuesday 10 February 2015
Tuesday 24 February 2015

Tuesday 3 March 2015
Tuesday 10 March 2015
Tuesday 24 March 2015

Tuesday 14 April 2015
Tuesday 21 April 2015
Tuesday 28 April 2015

Tuesday 12 May 2015
Tuesday 19 May 2015

The cost is just £4 Per session or £2.50 concessions (limited concessions apply, please enquire when booking) and refreshments are included in the price and places limited so please contact us to check availability.

For more information visit www.squarechapel.co.uk or ring 01422 349422

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Dick and Liddy’s Comedy Club at the Victoria Theatre

Dick and Liddy's Comedy Club detailLaugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club on Friday 30 January 2015 at 8.30pm in the Green Room Bar.

Dick and Liddy’s hosts the cream of the stand-up crop; John Bishop, Alan Carr, Ross Noble, Michael McIntyre and Kevin Bridges early in their career.

So come on down to our laid-back Green Room bar for your chance to see the comedy stars of today and tomorrow.

Tickets cost £11 – 12.10* and you can book yours online here.

* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee if booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online

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5-A-Side Football League – Teams Needed

OSCAThe OSCA Foundation of Ovenden are looking for 5-A-Side teams to join a football league held on their ground breaking, state of the art 3G pitch… so dust off your boots, grab your mates and join now!

The league will run on Monday evenings at the OSCA foundation sports centre, Four fields on Cousin Lane, Ovenden and the price is only £20 per team per game.

If you are interested in joining the league please call now on 07974 077143 or email Neil Ross at neil.ross@oscafoundation.co.uk

For more information on the OSCA foundation click here to visit their facebook page.
Give them a follow on twitter for the latest news and updates @FoundationOSCA

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Tour de France brings £12.5m boost to Calderdale

Tour de franceA report commissioned by Calderdale Council has revealed that last year’s Tour de France brought an extra £12.5 million into the area.

The research by Welcome to Yorkshire examined the economic and social impact of the Tour and found that £2.8 million was spent on accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs, whilst a further £9.3 million was spent by visitors during the event… read the full story here…

Calderdale is developing a long term plan to get more people cycling more often which will include extra coaches, leaders and volunteers; increasing the number of places to cycle; building skills and confidence and holding more cycling events and activities in the area.

The full report is available on the Visit Calderdale website.

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