Sometimes you just want a brew and something to do…

People who lead happy and active social lives tend to enjoy better health than those who do not.

There are loads of local groups in North Halifax offering all kinds of social activities and things to get involved in.

And there are people who can help you get involved even if you’re nervous about taking that first step out of the door.

NHXteapotSometimes the solutions are simple and already exist.

Sometimes it’ll take more than one conversation, and you might need some extra support like befriending or personal care to help you get to an activity.

Sometimes what you want to do won’t exist yet and we’ll need to work with you to develop something new.

If you are feeling a bit fed up and want something to do, contact us on 01422 255402 or email

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

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

Including the upcoming Neighbourhood and Community awards of North Halifax, Park and Warley… Nominate your local heroes today!!!

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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FREE! Rugby League training for 11 – 16’s – Girls Only

illy girls rugby badgeThe Illingworth Girls Rugby League team are currently looking for players and are holding FREE training sessions for girls aged 11 to 16.

The training sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 6pm at Trinity Academy Sports Hall and Sunday mornings from 10.15am to 11.30pm at Illingworth Sports and Social Club.

For more information contact Steve Stead on 07840 722213 or email

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Scams and Frauds Education for over 55’s

wytsScams and frauds education is made up of FREE Interactive Workshops for Over 55’s to help raise awareness and offer guidance on the following:

  • Doorstep Crime
  • Scams and Frauds
  • Benefits for Older People

The workshops also offer information, advice and support on dealing with:

  • Nuisance calls
  • Scam mail
  • Bogus/doorstep callers
  • Financial health checks

For further information on how you can get involved please contact Rebecca on 0113 393 9814 or by email to

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Have your say on the future of health and social care services

health improvementTodmorden Town Hall will hold a workshop from 2.30pm to 5pm on Wednesday 4 March 2015 to look at how services in Calderdale could work differently in order to help local people living in the Upper Valley to stay healthy and live independently for longer.

The workshop offers the opportunity to discuss feedback received from patients, carers and local people and to give your views to identify how you think we can work together to deliver services differently.

Places are limited and the last day for registrations is Friday 27 February 2015 so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to attend, please click here to complete an online registration form.

For more information or to register your interest for future events please email

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Remembering the forgotten army of the Great War

On Saturday 7 March 2015  at 1pm and 1.30pm, the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during the First World War will be remembered in a special dance at Bankfield Museum.

Shantha Rao, artistic director /storyteller and dancer from Annapurna Indian Dance will use traditional Indian dance to pay homage to Indian soldiers.

Don’t miss this FREE event which is part of the Calderdale Museums First World War centenary at Bankfield Museum.

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On line live chat with Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council CMBCDid you know that Calderdale Council now have a Live Chat facility in the contact centre – this is an instant messaging service providing customers with support with online services. Since its launch six months ago, the contact centre team have dealt with around 3000 enquiries, without the need for a phone call or email, meaning quicker responses for everyone!

Live Chat is available for lots of things from help setting up a Direct Debit for Council Tax to advice on how a resident can order a replacement recycling container online and feedback showss that 90% of users were happy with the service they received and it’s easy to see why; the average wait time for a customer to be answered on chat is 9 seconds and over 80% of enquiries are resolved at the first point of contact.

If you are interested in using Live Chat, go on line today!

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Thursday screenings at Rex Cinema, Elland

Rex CinemaThe Rex Cinema in Elland is one of the oldest purpose built cinemas in the UK and was recently refitted with new seats throughout.

Go along every Thursday morning for the opportunity to see the latest films as well as the chance to meet up and chat in a friendly environment which harks back to an earlier era of cinema going.

Admission costs just £4 per person which includes FREE tea and biscuits and screenings start at 10.30am with doors opening at 10am.

For updates on the latest screenings visit or call Rex Cinema on 01422 372140 for further information.

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Easter themed Messy Church at Lee Mount

chick-painting-easter-egg-10077846Go along to St George’s Church Hall, Lee Mount on Saturday 21 February 2015 from 2pm to 3.30pm and enjoy an Easter themed Messy Church.

With story telling, parachute games, singing, arts and crafts plus food there will be plenty of activities going on to keep your child entertained and not to mention it’s all for FREE.

Just turn up on the day and enjoy yourself.

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Trinity Academy Admissions Policy – Consultation

Trinity Academy’s Admissions Policy is under consultation for the 2016 intake; please click here to download a copy of the proposed policy.

Supplementary guidance is available to download here. If you require a hard copy of these documents please contact the academy on 01422 244890.

Any comments relating to the proposed policy must be forwarded to Mrs D Alcock, or by post to the academy before the end of the consultation period which is 28 February 2015.

Please click here for frequently asked questions in relation to the consultation.

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Affordable homes with Places for People

places for peoplePlaces for people, voted landlord of the year 2014 are one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK and currently have homes available to rent so why not visit and take a look at what they have to offer… you may even find your forever home!

The benefits of renting a home with places for people are:

  • Long-term lets with no deposit or bond needed and rent below the market value.
  • Wide choice of homes to suit individuals, couples and growing families.
  • Customer support available 24/7 so report a repair, make a payment or ask a question at any time, day or night.

For further information or to enquire call now on 0113 285 8962 or visit to find a new home today.

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Wednesday Time Out

Because sometimes you just fancy a brew and something to do…

Picture2A new men’s group at Halifax Rugby Union Club starting on Wednesday 22 April 2015

Dominoes, Indoor Kurling, Cards, Indoor Golf, Jenga, Board Games and good company!

Wednesdays, 10am — 12noon

At Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden, HX2 8AR

Picture1(Entrance on Keighley Rd next to Moorside Garage)

£2 a week and first session is FREE! Includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

Open poster…      Open A5 leaflet…


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FREE Messy Church sessions at Christ Church, Pellon – This Weekend

messy churchGo along to Christ Church, Pellon on the last Saturday of every month and take part in messy church where you can enjoy crafts, games and singing before enjoying a meal together and all for FREE.

So why not get involved in the fun on the following dates from 2pm to 4pm:

  • Saturday 28 February 2015
  • Saturday 28 March 2015
  • Saturday 25 April 2015
  • Saturday 23 May 2015
  • Saturday 27 June 2015
  • Saturday 26 September 2015
  • Saturday 31 October 2015
  • Saturday 28 November 2015
  • Saturday 19 December 2015

For further information visit the Christ Church, Messy Church Facebook page.

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Pay your Council tax by direct debit for a chance to win £6000

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning £6000 then switch to paying your council by direct debit. It’s fast, It’s easy and you can pay on a date to suit you.

Not only that but as a way to say thank you for choosing this option, you will be automatically entered into a prize draw with the chance to win £6,000.

If you already pay your council tax by direct debit, you will be automatically entered into the prize draw, as long as you are still paying by direct debit at the close of the competition.

To switch to Direct Debit, view Prize Draw terms and conditions and the Direct Debit Guarantee visit

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Open day for Growing Project at Threeways

growing project open day2015 is set to be a good year for the community as Threeways launches new initiatives for local people and one of these will be the ‘Totally Organic’ project. The new project will convert part of the current playing field on site into a place where people can come and get involved in growing fruit and vegetables.

On Thursday 26 February 2015 at Threeways, there will be a drop-in open day where residents and groups are invited to visit the centre any time between 1pm and 7pm to contribute their views on the planned project.

Threeways will also be asking people if they would like to get involved in the project at the same time. This will be a great opportunity for people to be heard from day one, and throughout this project.

All you have to do is drop in! We look forward to seeing you…

For further information on the growing project please visit

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Dig It programme for Calderdale gardeners

A series of free outdoor gardening activities are being offered to people living in Calderdale.

The Dig It programme is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and aims to help people get more active through gardening.

Based at the Trust’s own plot at the Pellon Allotments the sessions give local people the opportunity to get active outdoors, improve their diet and meet new people.

The sessions on offer include:

  • Gardening for wellbeing – Mondays (morning or afternoon sessions available)
    One off session on allotment growing and provides a free start up home gardening kit
  • Growing healthy – Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm (every week starting 17 March)
    Topics include growing fruit, vegetables and herbs and you can even take home your own share of the produce
  • Get growing – 4 week course with dates throughout April, May, June and July
    Aimed at beginners and teaches the basics of growing your own fruit and vegetables

To find out how you can get involved in the Dig It project call the Calderdale health improvement service on 01422 255542 or email

You can find out more about the project by liking the team’s Facebook page or by visiting the team’s service directory entry.


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A Calderdale Family Needs You!

home start logoHome-Start Calderdale is a registered Charity supporting Families with at least one child under the age of 5 and volunteers visit a family once a week for a couple of hours to offer them support according to their needs.

Your skills as a parent could make a huge difference to the lives of children.

By giving 2 to 3 hours of your time for Home-Start you could be making a real difference to children right here in Calderdale and a young parent could really benefit from your experience!

For Further information please call 01422 340819 or visit

You can also take part in the next 10 week preparation course held from April 2015 at Southowram Children Centre.

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Celebrate Women’s Day with the Annapurna Indian Dance Company

indian danceVisit the Orangebox on Sunday 8 March 2015 from 2pm to 4pm and celebrate International Women’s Day with the Annapurna Indian Dance company as they launch their forthcoming project ‘The Unknown Becomes Known’ which commemorates the centenary of India’s service in the First World War.

This vibrant community afternoon is open to all to enjoy and participate in activities they plan to offer.

For more information please contact Shantha Rao on 07737 759783.

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Charity Race night at Halifax Boxing Club

race nightGo along to Halifax Boxing Club on Saturday 18 April 2015 for a charity race night complete with a pie and pea supper for just £8 per person.

The doors open at 6.30pm on the night and tickets can be purchased from Illingworth Fire Station, Halifax Boxing Club or by calling 07935 913927.

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‘Inn the pursuit of Happiness’ fundraising event

Go along to the John Crossley bar on Friday 20 March 2015 for ‘Inn the pursuit of Happiness’.  An event to help raise vital funding for the Calderdale Inn Churches Winter Shelter and Happydays UK charity.

The event will take place from 7.30pm at the John Crossley Bar and tickets cost just £10 per person which includes food and 1 entry into a luxury raffle draw.

For further information or to book call 01422 399520 or email

Inn pusuit of Happiness poster

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