Until Saturday 29 June, First Bus is offering a weekly bus ticket valid in the Halifax area for just £10. Travel anywhere within the boundary for seven days – includes Sowerby
Bridge, Ovenden, Mixenden, Illingworth, Southowram, West Vale, Pellon, Boothtown, Siddal and Friendly!
For more information, visit the
First HalifaxWeek webpage.
Remember your waste and recycling collections will be one day later than usual during Spring Bank week – Monday 27 May to Saturday 1 June.
For details of your collection day, visit
Waste and recycling collection day finder.
All recycling is collected every week – please recycle as much as you can.
Household Waste Recycling Centres will be operating Sunday opening hours on bank holiday Monday.
2 hours ago near Ovenden via Facebook
There has been an operation in the Ovenden area of Calderdale which involved specialist firearms officers.
The officers are working under the direction of the Metropolitan Police Service and this is not linked to the recent incident in Woolwich.
Neighbourhood Policing officers are patrolling the area and will have a highly visible presence and residents are more than welcome to speak to one of those officers.
Click here to view…
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!
Free admission to the historic Shibden Hall for this delicious weekend event, 1 - 2 June 2013.
Sample and buy your favourite chutneys and cheeses, lots of activities for children and grown-ups. All local produce, from cakes and cheeses to jams and jewellery. Come and support your local growers and producers and have a great day out in the park!
Parking charges apply, £1 all day or 30p per hour. For more information call Shibden Hall, 01422 352246.
Event times: 10am – 4pm
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Public meeting on Wednesday 29 May, 7pm at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church.
To discuss preserving the historic gaol and stocks and working towards them becoming a community asset.
Facebook: Illingworth Gaol and Stocks Preservation Group
Phone: 01422 249070
Also, the next North Halifax Planning Group meeting is on Thursday 23 May at Illingworth Community Fire Station.
Doors open 6.30pm, meeting starts at 7pm
Open to anyone who lives or works in or near Illingworth, Mixenden, and Ovenden.
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Climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase and take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate, 77 metres (253 feet) high Victorian chimney.
Monday 27 May, 11 am – 4 pm (last ascent 3.30 pm)
Admission: Adults £2, Child and Passport to Leisure Holders £1.50. Family ticket £6.
Private ascents available for up to one hour with a maximum of 4 people £70 plus VAT. Please contact P. Oddy on 0845 245 6000 for further information or to book a private visit.
Come and meet up-and-coming author Fletcher Moss and find out about his debut novel ‘Poison Boy’.
On Wednesday 29 May, 6pm – 7.30pm at King Cross Library
Poison Boy beat over 1000 other entries to win The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition and is published in April 2013. Fletcher’s books will be on sale throughout the evening.
For age 9 years +
Presented by Discover in partnership with the Kirklees and Calderdale Children’s Book Group. For more information contact Ben Lawrence on 01422 392620.
Pennine Housing have a new phone number for all your housing enquiries:
0300 555 5557
And, there are many things you can do online:
- Pay your rent
- Report a non-urgent repair
- Report neighbour nuisance
- Find a home
This Half Term join Peter Pan in Neverland at Eureka!
On Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June, explore Neverland with fun and games that bring J. M. Barrie’s story to life.
Free with standard admission or your Eureka! Annual Pass.
Whatever the weather this May half term, the National Media Museum invites you to come and experience a fun-packed and free array of family festivities!
Every day from 25 May to 2 June, the Museum will be continuing to celebrate 100 years of Bollywood in style with FREE activities for all the family.From Lego to puppets, dance to adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this half term!
To find out more, please visit the Museum website
Do you fancy getting involved in this year’s Festival?
One of the things that makes Halifax Festival such a success is the volunteers and this year is no exception with lots of ways to get involved. The Festival is looking for volunteers to help with everything from marketing and distribution to stewarding and serving refreshments.
Every event in the Halifax Festival is run in some way by volunteers; volunteer stewards are at each event and venue to collect tickets on the door, usher audience into seats, give directions, act as an information point about the Festival, look after artists and performers and generally be the happy smiling face of the Festival.
Even before the Festival, the brochure, flyers, posters and banners are distributed throughout Halifax and Yorkshire and the Festival always needs volunteers to help get these out into their local area. There are also opportunities to get involved on the e-marketing side.
So whatever your interest, Halifax Festival would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved and make it another great success.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lauren Day, Halifax Festival Assistant, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01422 353073.
Falls Awareness Week (17 June to 21 June 2013) is an annual event which aims to highlight things you can do to reduce your risk of falling and the local services available to help you to do this.
This year’s Falls Awareness Week will focus on healthy feet. Keeping feet healthy is fundamental to maintaining mobility and independence.
Further information is available from the Calderdale Falls Prevention Team
The SOBS (Sick of Being Skint) Road Show is going to be at Mixenden Parents Resource Centre on Wednesday 22 May and Thursday 23 May, 1-30pm – 3.30pm
SOBS is a Together Housing project aimed at improving financial confidence in people under the age of 24. They offer practical money advice and budgeting workshops (e.g. cooking on a budget; furnishing a flat).
Why not drop in and meet the team? There will also be a selection of food try.
Do you have a child with severe learning needs, challenging behaviours or Autism?
The Insider’s Guide is a FREE course that parents have really valued, helping them build their long-term strength and find ways to get the best out of the people who work with their children.
The course has also helped parents review their own personal journey so far and gain new skills and confidence to look ahead and look after their own needs.
The course starts on Wednesday 5 June, for five sessions, with time for a break and a cuppa. The first four sessions will run from 10am to 1.30pm. The longer final session is on 3 July from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
This course is most useful to parents who have children with learning difficulties, challenging behaviours and/or Autism.
Calderdale Parents and Carers are able to pay any additional childcare or travel expenses if this enables parents to attend who would otherwise find it difficult.
Click here for more information on course content
To book your place, please contact Karen Bull on 01422 343090 or email Karen.email@example.com
A Mental Health First Aid course will teach you to:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
- Provide help on a first aid basis
- Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
- Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
- Help someone recover faster
- Guide someone towards the right support
This is a 2 day workshop open to anyone who lives or works in Calderdale but may be particularly useful for anyone who comes into contact with vulnerable people.
On Thursday 1 August and Monday 5 August, 9.30am – 4.30pm
More information is available to download here or contact: Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for more information about Shelf Gala 2013 and to download application forms for stalls, to take part in the procession and fairground forms.
Shelf Gala is organised by Shelf Gala Committee who meet on the second Monday in the month at Stone Chair Club, Shelf.
The committee are always on the lookout for new members to keep this Gala going for the next half century and to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to Shelf Gala. Interested – please contact Trevor Priestley on 01274 600601/07711 394993 or email email@example.com
On Saturday 6 July from 12pm-4pm at Dean Field Community Primary School, Ovenden.
Admission is FREE.
Activities include: donkey rides, Zorbs, the country’s largest penalty shootout, dance mats, plus lots of lovely stalls, bouncy castles, refreshments and lot lots more…
If your organisation would like to have an information stall on the day, please contact Kelly on 07413 763156.
Round 1 Community First is now open for applications and there’s ££s in the pot!
Community First money can only be used to fund activities and projects that benefit Ovenden ward or Warley ward.
Each grant must be no smaller than £250 and no bigger than £2,500 and must be match funded by volunteer time, gifts in kind, or cash donations.
- OVENDEN: Click here>> to apply before the closing date Monday 24 June 2013.
- WARLEY: Click here>> to apply before the closing date Sunday 30 June 2013.
What is Community First?
The government commissioned the Community Development Foundation (CDF) to manage the Community First Budget. Not all wards within Calderdale were allocated this money, which were based on a combination of need and what impact the recession has had on employment.
The Community First programme in North and East Halifax provides small amounts of funds to voluntary and community groups in Ovenden and Warley wards, to improve their local area.
Not in Ovenden or Warley?
There is a wide variety of grants to support people and communities.
- Click here for details on the Council’s website of other the funding opportunities that may be available to you.
- Click here for Community Foundation grants and funding
If you can show that your activity or project has direct benefit for Ovenden or Warley communities, then you may still be eligible to apply for Community First. Call us to discuss on 01422 255402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org