Merry Xmas from St Augustine’s!

St Augustine’s would like to say thank you so much for all the support they have received this year. Click here… for their latest newsletter!

If you would like any  more information, or would like to visit the centre, please contact Vicky on 01422 342719 or visit the website:

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What do you think about Emergency Dental Care?

Healthwatch Calderdale wants to know what you think about Out of Hours/Emergency Dental Care in Calderdale.

Please click here to complete a quick survey…

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Ovenden Christmas hamper scheme 2014 winners

The Christmas hamper scheme in Ovenden proved to be a hit once again, most notably with Cardelium a local balloon and party outlet which produced 4 of the winning raffle tickets. Other winning tickets came from Bank Top Fishery, Kel’s Cafe, Cost Cutters, Bank Edge Fishery, Deb ‘n’ Hair, Med’s Express, Moorside Cafe and Mac’s Bar.

26 shops within the Ovenden area of Halifax took place in total handing out a raffle ticket to customers for every £5 they spent in store. There were 14 winners announced, some of which attended the Ovenden Ward Forum to be presented with their prize.

We would like to thank each and every individual that took part whether you were a customer in the stores, one of the store owners or even if you just spread the word of the Hamper Scheme, It all went towards helping to boost your local economy in Ovenden.

Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!!

hamper presentation

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A Heart warming end to the year for Dean Field Junior Wardens

Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School were on hand to spread joy and put smiles on the faces of residents from Blackburn House last week.

Together with Community Warden Jonny Cato and Ward Link Worker Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative, the Junior Wardens attended Blackburn House on Wednesday 10 December where they sang Christmas Carols and read poems for the residents before making festive cards and sharing mince pies and biscuits.

That wasn’t the end of the Junior Wardens Christmas celebrations as they held a Christmas lunch and carol service for elderly residents of Ovenden on Friday 12 December.

The residents were treat to a turkey dinner and afterwards got to sing along to a mixture of Old and New Carols to bring a truly heart warming end to what has been a fantastic year with the Junior Wardens from Dean Field School.


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SCG rediscover lost path hidden by growth and litter

The Safer Cleaner Greener Team of North and East Halifax have rediscovered a lost path after years of growth and littering kept it hidden away.

hidden path beforeThe site pictured to the right, has been used as a regular hotspot for parked cars dropping litter and over a period of time became somewhat untidy and a bit of an eyesore.

Some of you will be familiar with the location just below the main entrance of Shroggs Park and the state that it was in prior to the work  being carried out.

Now thanks to the work and dedication of the SCG Team, at first glance you would assume that the picture below was taken at a different location all together… A job well done!

hidden path after

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Your invite to the Disability Partnership Calderdale’s Christmas Party

Disability Partnership Calderdale is holding a Christmas party at The Shay Stadium, Halifax on Tuesday 16 December and you are invited!

The party will get under-way from 3pm with games and fun activities throughout including a quiz, Christmas buffet before ending at 7.30pm following a Dragons Den.

Book your place by e-mailing or by calling on 07831 380160 (voice or sms text) as we need to know if you are coming in order to reserve a meal for you.

We do hope that you can join us!  Please note – (If you just turn up on the night we cannot guarantee that there will be food for you)

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Christingle service at Holy Nativity

Go along to Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden on Saturday 20 December from 4pm for great fun for all ages as we really start to feel like Christmas is upon us!

Christingle is a fantastic service for all ages as everyone comes together from the local area to celebrate Christmas and help raise money for the Children’s Society.

This event is open to everyone, even bring your friends!

christingle holy nativity pic

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Beer and Carols at Holy Nativity Church

Beer and Carols is an event for the whole community and people of all ages as Christmas is brought to life on Tuesday 23 December 2014 from 6pm to 9pm

As the name suggests, there will be singing and laughter with affordable drinks available to buy from a licensed bar.

With a barrel of beer, bottles of wine, soft drinks for the kids and a selection of song sheets we’re good to go! There will also be nibbles available!!

There will be sections of traditional carol singing and a section for the children and to finish off there will be Rock Band Metanoia with special guests finishing the evening with a bang!

This is a festive opportunity not to be missed and everyone is welcome!

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Rock Mass Christmas at Holy Nativity Church

rock mass picChristmas may be upon us but it won’t be a Silent Night as The Rock Mass takes place.

Go along to Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden on Sunday 21 December at 6pm for a unique service for people who like it LOUD!!

Fr Tony Macpherson will be there to lead the service as we share bread and wine together and celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas!

Expect some re-imagined carols and perhaps even a bit of Slade!


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See in the New Year as a non-smoker!

yorksmokefreeDid you know… You are four times more likely to succeed on your journey to becoming a non-smoker with help and support?

Yorkshire Smokefree can help you online, on the phone, face to face or some of their quitters prefer a mixture of all three. Whatever you decide, they tailor support to suit you!

To talk to a specialist advisor who understands, call 01422 397372, Freephone 0800 612 0011 or 0330 6601166. You can also visit

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Carol Singing at King Cross

Join carol singers at King Cross from St Paul’s church as they sing around the Christmas tree as well as something different from Sambalifax too on Friday 19 December at 4pm.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided and local company’s will be promoting business by providing food samples.

So go along and get involved in this wonderful festive event!!!

For more information contact Halifax Central Initiative 01422 365 948.

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Children’s Christmas Party at Threeways

threeways children xmas partyGo along to Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane on Sunday 20 December 2014 for a children’s Christmas party packed with fun.

The party will be on from 5pm till 7pm and entrance can be gained with a ticket only. There will be a Kids Food Box, Adult Buffet, Refreshments and a Present from Santa.

Tickets cost just £3 per child, £1 per adult and children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

If you would like further information or to book tickets, please call 01422 321155.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 12 December – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer..

Including a list of local Festive events and activities to keep you and your family entertained over the Christmas period!

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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Putting the Equality Act into Action – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoThis one day workshop will help organisations to identify how to use key principles from the Equality Act 2010 to not only protect themselves fromal challenges but also to help them identify how to improve their service provision.

The workshop will cover:

  • The Evolution of UK Equality Legislation, The Equality Act 2010, obligation under the Act and protected characteristics as defined by the Act
  • Direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation and service delivery, public functions and associations
  • Discrimination in relation to service and public functions, positive action and reasonable adjustments, general and public sector equality duties and equality impact assessments

The course will be delivered by Delivered by Terry Perkin, NAVCA on Thursday 22 January 2015 from 9.30am to 4.00pm 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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Assigning a Designated Officer – Health Connections Course

Health connections logoAll organisations need to appoint an appropriate person that is responsible for dealing with any safeguarding issues that may arise.  This is usually the Designated Officer, however some organisations may use a Safeguarding Officer or Safeguarding lead.

This training course is designed to ensure attendees gain an understanding of statutory requirements and methodology to promote best practice. The topics will be delivered through a combination of presentation and interactive group activities.

Topics include:

  • Types of abuse; Child Protection, Policy and Procedures; when a child confides – techniques on appropriate response; reporting /documentation
  • Role of the designated named person; developing a team collective responsibility
  • Service Level Agreements – meeting multi-agency requirements
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board objectives, functions and outputs

The course will be delivered by Delivered by Sam Preston, Multi Agency Safeguarding Specialist on Thursday 15 January 2015 from 9.30am to 4.30pm 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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Worship together for Advent

Worship together is a monthly service for people of all ages. It will be a bit less formal than usual and has quite lively music.

Come along to the Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden on Sunday 14 December at 10am as we make preparations for Christmas with a service for Advent!

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Christmas Fayre at Threeways

Go along to the Threeways Centre this weekend on Saturday 13 December for a Christmas Fayre packed with stalls and games.

The Fayre will be open from 4pm till 7pm and offers lots of stalls selling items from Jewellery and Avon goods to Cakes, Crafts and Candles.

If you require further information, please call 01422 321155

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Noah’s Ark Centre – December 2014 Newsletter

noahsAt any time of the year, but especially at Christmas and in the cold winter months, there are a lot of vulnerable people who need to know they are not forgotten and have a worth.

Noah’s Ark Centre and New Horizons can offer some comfort and as you will see from this months Newsletter they are growing and hoping to continue to deliver a valuable and important service to the people of Calderdale.

Read the Newsletter for December 2014 here..

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Staying Well in North Halifax Partnership Event

SW in NHXThursday 15 January 2015 from 9.30am to 12pm
At Threeways Centre, 93 Nursery Lane, Ovenden, HX3 5SW


North Halifax Partnership and Threeways have joined together to launch an exciting new pilot project in North Halifax.

The Staying Well Ageing Better project seeks to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for older people in the community who are lonely or isolated.

We know that loneliness and social isolation can have serious health impacts. It has been estimated that lonely people have a 64% increased chance of developing clinical dementia. Lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

But there’s also lots of evidence that shows that friendships and taking part in social activity reduces the risk of developing certain diseases, and can help individuals to recover when they fall ill.

Staying Well Ageing Better is a project that recognises that that the people living and working in our local communities are the best placed to know what is already available and where we might need to focus services in the future.

A steering group made up of local people and organisations will oversee the project in North Halifax, and will be able to commission new services and activities. This could mean your group! We think that together we can make a real difference for older people in North Halifax. Why not join us at Threeways on Thursday 15 January to see how you can get involved.

Refreshments and signing in from 9.30am.


For more information please contact Vicky McGhee on 01422 255402 or email

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Waste and Recycling collection dates over Christmas

Calderdale Council CMBCThis Christmas your waste and recycling collections will take place on different dates.

Please make a note of your collection day from below and place your containers out by 7am on that day:

waste collectio flyer

The waste and recycling crews do their best to complete collections in poor weather, but experience with recent winters has shown that some crews will fall behind on their rounds and sometimes unavoidable disruptions to service due to the weather and road conditions will occur.

Keep up to date with any disruptions by checking Disruptions and closures and following us on twitter @recycle_waste.

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