Remember to fall back this weekend

In the UK Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am Sunday 26 October 2014. 

The clocks go back 1 hour at this time.

So don’t forget to change your alarm clocks and enjoy the extra hour in bed!

You’re welcome :)

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How the NHS works in Calderdale – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoThis session is a must for any organisation who would like to engage with the NHS.

The session will be Delivered by Dawn Pearson, West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw CSU and will cover:

  • An overview of the NHS National and local structures
  • How responsibilities for health services are divided across the National Commissioning Board, The Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Authority
  • How these link in together and how the VCS can engage with the NHS
  • The role and function of the Commissioning Support Unit (CSU)

The course will take place on Friday 31st October 2014 from 9.30am to 11.30am at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

If you would like to book your place please call 01422 431095 or email

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Recognising and Responding to Neglect – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoThis course considers different types of neglect and the tools to explore what this may look like in practice.

Participants will be introduced to the Multi Agency Assessment tool to collate and analyse evidence of neglect.  It will consider why assessing and working with neglect can be difficult for staff, volunteers and trustees and how to overcome difficulties.

The session will be delivered by Allison Waddell, Multi Agency Safeguarding Trainer and offers the learning outcomes below:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of neglect
  • Use the Neglect Toolkit to gather evidence of neglect and promote analysis
  • Working in partnership with parents

The course will take place on Tuesday 11th November 2014 from 9.30am 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

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Safeguarding Children and Young People – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoThis 3 hour session aims to raise awareness about child  protection and identify the steps to follow when there are concerns.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business; therefore it is extremely important that anyone who comes into contact with vulnerable groups, either by volunteering or paid work, is aware of their responsibilities.

The session will be delivered by Tracy McWhire from the Health Connections Team and the its objectives are:

  • Be aware of the child protection procedures within your organisation
  • Recognise a child who potentially needs safeguarding
  • Recognise types and indicators of abuse
  • Know the process for making a safeguarding referral
  • Have an understanding of relevant policy and legislation that underpins safeguarding

The session will take place on Wednesday 19 November 2014 from 9.30am 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

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Top 10 tips for a safe bonfire night.

wyf fire serviceBonfire night is just around the corner, and to make sure it is as safe as possible for you and your family, please see the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s top 10 safety tips below.

  1. Attend an official organised bonfire rather than celebrate at home or round a friends. – Please visit your local council website for details of official organised events.
  2. Keep bonfires small and manageable, ensuring they are away from houses, garages, fences, overhead cables and trees.
  3. Never use flammable liquids Paraffin or Petrol to light a bonfire.
  4. Keep everyone, especially children, away from the bonfire.
  5. Avoid drinking alcohol whilst in charge of a bonfire or fireworks.
  6. Keep buckets of water, a hose or fire extinguisher ready in case of emergency.
  7. Make sure fireworks conform to British Standards BS7114, EN14035 or EN15947.
  8. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  9. Light fireworks at arms length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back.
  10. Never give sparklers to a child under the age of 5.

If you suspect a retailer is selling fireworks to under age children you can report it to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

To see the law on fireworks please visit

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Celebrate Bonfire Night with the Greetland Allrounders

greetland allroundersWe are pleased to announce that our legendary family friendly bonfire and firework display will be held on Sunday 2 November at the club.

Please click here to view the clubs location on a map or to get directions.

The bonfire will be lit at 5.30pm and our fireworks display (sponsored by Direct Discounts) will follow on from that.

Admission costs just £3 for adults, £2 for U16s or £9 for a family ticket.

Halifax’ own Oats Brewery (from our successful beer festival) will be back to join us with an outside bar, plus food, music & a great atmosphere.

We hope you can all make it and look forward to seeing you there.

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Trick or treaters welcome poster

trick or treat welcomeAs Halloween is just one week away, please see attached a useful poster that you may want to have printed to display in your window if you are happy for trick or treaters to visit your home.

Parents, please ask your children to only visit houses on the estate where it’s obvious that they are welcome e.g. where this poster is displayed, where the outside light is on, and/or where residents have decorated or put a pumpkin outside.

Please click here if you would like to save or print your free poster.

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Elland Round Table Charity Bonfire And Firework Display 2014

Come to Hullen Edge Park on Saturday 1 November from 5.30pm till 8pm to see the Elland Round Table public Bonfire and Firework Display, Now in its 44th year and the Biggest and Best in the area!

Our annual bonfire with two firework displays, fairground and stalls is a well known charity event that promises fun for all the family with activities including:

  • hullen edgeFire Dance Display Team Show
  • Food Stalls
  • Hot Drinks and Cakes
  • Novelties and Sweets
  • Fairground Rides
  • Games Stalls
  • Washroom facilities
  • Music and PA

Its a night that promises to bring enjoyment to you and your family with a fun schedule as listed below:

  • hullen edge 25.30 pm – Gates Open
  • 6 pm Children’s Fireworks Display
  • 6.10 pm Hellfyre Magpies – Fire Dance Display Team
  • 6.30 pm Lighting of the Bonfire
  • 7.15 pm Main Fireworks Display

Admission price is £5 for Adults and £2.50 for Children and it is a pay on entry by cash only event. Note – Tickets are not sold in advance for this event.

This event is organised and run by Elland Round Table volunteers; all funds raised from entry ticket sales go to local good causes .

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Do you want to learn sign language?

Voluntary Action CalderdaleFrom Monday 3 November 2014 there will be a FREE 6 week long course to help individuals learn sign language at Calderdale College Cafe from 2pm till 3pm.

Whether you are just beginning or looking to improve on any sign language you already know, you are more than welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to practise signing with deaf students and those currently on the BSL college courses.

If you are interested please contact Audrey Smith by email at or call now on 01422 438727.

bsl signing course

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The Moorlands Inn Marque Firework Party

MoorlandsJoin us at The Moorlands Inn for our best Firework display ever on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

There will be Pie and Peas served and a Live Band to provide entertainment Doors Open at 6pm.

Doors open at 6pm and the entry fee is £5 or £2.50 for under 12’s.

Restaurant bookings for our 3 – 6pm early bird menu are now being taken and proceeds are donated to the NSPCC.

Please call 01422 248943 for bookings and further information.

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The Annual Heath Bonfire Night

heathCome along to the Heath Bonfire on Sunday 9 November for a great family night not to be missed.

We have fireworks of every kind and we warmly welcome public contributions of parkin and toffee.

We have food and an outdoor bar available but understandably this is weather dependent.

Our Bars will open from 4pm with festivities kicking off outside around 6 and the great fire lighting at approx 7pm.

We hope to see you there for this super occasion!

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October Holidays Sports Camps

inspireSports camps will be running at the Inspire Centre, Calderdale College from Monday 27 to Friday 31 October for children aged 5-7 and aged 7-11.

There is a sport mix camp available for 5-7’s on Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday £25.

There are sport specific camps available for children aged 7-11 years which include:

  • Rugby or football — 1 week camp £45
  • Dance & performing arts — Monday-Wednesday £30
  • Boxing — Thursday & Friday £20

If you require any further information or wish to make a booking please contact the Inspire team on 01422 399331.

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Sports coaching lessons at North Bridge Leisure Centre

The North Bridge Leisure Centre is holding coaching sessions in various sports and activities for ages 5 and over.

North Bridge CoachingAll sessions cost £4.95 or £3.75 for Passport to Leisure holders and advanced booking is required.

For further details and a booking form, please ask at reception or contact North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax on 01422 341527.

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The New Hobbit double Bonfire and Firework display

Skyblazers Firework displayThe New Hobbit Inn will be holding two bonfire and firework displays on Saturday 1 and Wednesday 5 November.

Both days will see the bonfire lit at 6.30pm followed at 7.30pm by a spectacular firework display by Skyblazers Ltd.

There will be an outdoor bar, barbecue and mulled wine available.

Admission costs just £3 and entry is FREE for under 16’s with profits being donated to Overgate Hospice.

For more information please call 01422 316231, email or visit our website at

We look forward to seeing you!

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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 a regular and hugely popular comedy club at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

Scheduled to take place on Friday 31 October at 8.30pm and Friday 21 November also 8.30pm, 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 which includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee (Discounts available)

Click here to ensure that you’ve got your tickets for one of the hottest comedy events in town.

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Would you like a FREE stall at The Christmas Market?

hx academyThe Halifax Academy (formerly Halifax High) are holding a Community Christmas Market on Saturday 6 December between 11am and 3pm.

If you would like to hold a free stall at the market, please contact Christine Lawton on 01422 301080 or email her on

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FREE Messy church Light Party

st georges churchGo along on Saturday 1 November for a FREE event at St George’s Church Hall.

Be there from 2pm to 3.30pm to sing songs, listen to stories, make arts and crafts and even tuck in to a tasty supper.

please visit for information on St George’s Church Hall.

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Planning for Remembrance Sunday

PoppiesOn Sunday 9 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and employees at Calderdale Council are working hard to make sure events in the borough act as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

There’s the obvious, but important work of cleaning and tidying up the war memorials across the borough. Funeral services make sure that all of the memorials are safe and clean, in time for Remembrance Sunday.

This year they have also been involved in a restoration project with the War Memorials Trust, maintaining all 28 memorials in Calderdale for the 100th anniversary of the start of First World War which has seen 21 memorials have restored since the project began.

At Bankfield Museum, the ‘For King and Country’ First World War exhibition has been put together as a tribute to all those who served and experienced the War. On the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday, 200 scouts, clubs and beavers will be visiting the museum to learn about the war, using artefacts from the exhibition to explore what life was like 100 years ago.

Remembrance Sunday is on Sunday 9 November and will see a parade leaving Halifax Town Hall at 10.20am.

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OSCA launches ‘Bringing Back The Heart’ project.

OSCAThe OSCA foundation is launching its England supported three year community sports development project ‘Bringing Back the Heart’ which will add new sport and physical activities to the well developed football and rugby league.

There is both ‘sport’ and ‘none sport’ activities for all ages to enjoy from tots to Open Age, including the new version of the beautiful game ‘Walking Football’.

With the introduction of orienteering, geo-cashing, archery, mountain biking and bush-craft, OSCA Foundation has ensured there’s something for everyone – See Schedule Below

OSCA Schedule Table

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

Don’t delay!.. Get Inspired!.. Get Involved!.. Join Today!

Other projects supported by the OSCA Foundation are as follows:

  • Club HQ – Ovenden Amateur Rugby League Fc
  • Club HQ – Ovenden West Riding Juniors and Girls
  • Junior Development Programmes – Football and Rugby League
  • Training Venue – Ovenden ARLFC and West Riding Fc Juniors
  • Training Venue – Ovenden Phoenix Fc
  • Bringing Back The Heart – Community Sports Project
  • Floodlit Multi-Use 3g Games Area For Hire – Cheapest in town hourly rates
  • North Halifax 5 A Side League -Teams Needed – Contact Neil Ross for information

OSCA are looking to introduce new activities through 2014 and 2015 but you can get involved now by contacting Neil Ross on 07974077143

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Bonfire Night At Long Can Hall

long canLong Can Hall will be holding a bonfire on Friday 7 November.

The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and there will be a fireworks display to follow with pork pie and peas served throughout.

Children’s rides will be available as well as an outdoor bottle bar which will serve late into the night.

Click here to watch a short video for further information.

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