RugbyForce comes to Halifax RUFCBid to improve Ovenden Park facilities

Halifax RUFC needs YOUR help this SUNDAY as we take part in the RFU and NatWest RugbyForce initiative.

A group of England rugby legends have joined The Rugby Force, a team of rugby internationals offering grassroots clubs the chance to receive support and advice at their NatWest RugbyForce weekend celebration on 24 and 25 June.

Now in its fifth year, the community initiative run in partnership between NatWest and England Rugby aims to help clubs across country attract new members and to become stronger and more sustainable businesses.

Lunch will be served for volunteers who help with various tasks to ensure the grounds, clubhouse and changing rooms are in great shape for the new season.
There are a whole host of jobs that we need your help with, including:

  • Strimming
  • Fixing fence poles
  • Plastering
  • Painting
  • Grouting
  • Tidying up

This is a crucial day for the club to help us ensure the facilities are well maintained for the season ahead, so any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated.
Even if you can only spare an hour, please come along and help. The club will be open from 9am for volunteers to come along.
For more information, please speak to director of rugby Tony Curtis on 07554 013307 or chairman Darren Emmerson on 07979 186021.

Summer Festival at Halifax Minster – 29 June to 9 July

Enjoy art, entertainment and more from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 9 July at the Summer Festival at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL with the following events.

Click here for detailed information on each event…

Thursday 29th June – 7pm to 9pm
Preview evening for Trinity Academy Art Exhibition

Friday 30 June – 7.30pm
Sans Illuminaire – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Saturday 1 July – 7.30pm
Minster Choir in Concert – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Tuesday 4 July – 9.30am to 2.30pm
Schools Poetry Day – Schools should register interest through the Minister on 01422 355436

Thursday 6 July – 1pm
Organ recital from Greg Abrahams – Lunch available for just £4

Thursday 6 July – 7.30pm
Black Dyke Band Concert – Tickets £14 available from Harveys or call 01422 355436

Friday 7 July – 10.30am
Senior Citizens Orchestra – FREE event

Friday 7 July – 7.30pm
A Musical Kaleidoscope – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Saturday 8 July – 7.30pm
The Suitcase Dwellers – Tickets £5 available from the Minster Shop or call 01422 355436

Sunday 9 July – 4pm
Come and sing along Choral Evening – £5 donation on the door


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Mixenden Activity Centre – Way of the Roses Road Trip

Starting on 27 May the Mixenden Activity Centre Peer mentors completed a 170 mile cycle trip from Morecombe to Bridlington going from Lancashire to Yorkshire – the Way of the Roses rather than the wars of the roses.

The group have learnt so much over the past few weeks and throughout this journey… The group raised around £1000 towards there summer expedition to the Czech Republic and have already completed national accreditations in First aid and are working on young navigators award, food hygiene and health and safety awards… as well as being involved in stop and search scrutiny panel and working on the community cohesion and the prevent agenda in the local area. Each individual has developed themselves personally in different ways from believing in themselves and their ability, patience and tolerance of each other, team work and supporting each other in difficult times as well as achieving something that will live with them forever….

Here is the story of their road trip as told by themselves!

Day 1 Morecombe ⇒ Settle 36 miles

5.30am we all met at MAC to begin our journey to Morecombe to start the way of the roses……. We arrived; got set up and set off on the 170 miles to Bridlington….. via settle, Pateley bridge and Stamford Bridge.

The start was nice and flat heading out on cycle paths towards Lancaster. After heading under the M6 motorway the group started to feel the hills of the Yorkshire Dales… just before we arrived in Clapham we heard the Thunder in the distance and the skies start to darken…. As we headed towards Austwick the heavens opened… torrential rain and hail stones….  We got battered for about 5 mins before meeting the van and hiding for cover…. The group sat for about 20 mins while the downpour continued with only about 5 miles of the day remaining… Once the weather had slowed we headed out only to be caught again by the torrential rain Helwith bridge… this time to roads turned to rivers but the group were in high spirits as the end of the day was in sight…..

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C3 Healthy Communities at Beechwood Big Picnic Saturday 1 July

C3 Healthy Communities is coming to the Staying Well tent at the Beechwood Big Picnic on Saturday 1 July looking at diet and physical activity.  Anyone can talk to Lisa about what issues they have re: healthier eating or where to go for indoor/outdoor physical activity within the area.

They will be having fun with a human fruit machine where people fill in a questionnaire and then have an opportunity to press a buzzer and if they match 3 fruit or veg, then that is what they will win.  There will also be a glitter tattooist – she is working for free but will have a donations tin for Illingworth Rugby club and Ovenden Park to help them both out.

C3’s name comes from their belief that preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors before people fall sick or need care requires Collaboration between all of society to focus on the 3 risk factors that impact NCDs:

  1. Unhealthy eating and drinking
  2. Lack of physical activity
  3. Tobacco use

This includes addressing both the individual and environmental barriers to leading a healthier life.


Ovenden CAP Nighttime Walkabout and Youth Outreach in Ovenden and Lee Mount 23 June

FRIDAY 23 JUNE – Nighttime Walkabout and Youth Outreach in Ovenden and Lee Mount. Debrief from 5.30pm at Forest Cottage and then walkabout 6pm – 9pm.

The Ovenden Community Alcohol Partnership’s Week of Action is a series of activities planned to raise awareness and tackle underage drinking between Monday 19 June  –Saturday 24 June 2017.

Education is key the CAP and part of the activity will be to go in to Trinity Academy to talk directly to young people as well as visiting retailers to raise awareness about the law around alcohol sales and the impact of underage alcohol consumption on individuals and the community.

Over 100 CAPs have now been set up across the UK as a way to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

For more information on any of the activities in the Week of Action, contact Karen Scanlon on  01422 255402 or email at or Pc Kim McCloskey, Ovenden Ward Officer for West Yorkshire Police on

If there is no CAP in your area but you would like to talk about setting up a CAP, the CAP team will be able to give help and advice. Contact Karen above and she’ll help put you in touch.

Guided Walk: Halifax Music Heritage Trail Sunday 25 June

Halifax has a surprising and quite amazing music history. From Dusty Springfield, Rod Stewart, Iggy Pop to Joy Division, Pulp, The Cure, The Jacksons, the list of artists who have played the town is long and diverse. The brand new Halifax Music Heritage Trail, created by Michael Ainsworth and Trevor Simpson, celebrates this important cultural history of our town.

Meet at the Grayston Unity (by the Town Hall steps) at 2pm On Sunday 25 June for this guided walk which tells the story of Halifax’s wonderful and surprising music history, visiting some of the now long gone venues in the company of Michael Ainsworth and Trevor Simpson, author of Small Town Saturday Night.