Easter fun: Egg Hunt at People’s Park

Join the Easter fun with your family and take part in an Easter egg hunt at People’s Park for children (must be accompanied by an adult).

Sunday 2 April – 11am to 1pm
At People’s Park, King Cross Rd, Halifax

For further information call Halifax Central Initiative on 01422 365948

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West Yorkshire Police Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme

The Stop and Search Ride Along scheme is an opportunity to gain a real insight into the work of West Yorkshire Police, which goes on 24/7, and speak to officers and staff about what goes on in your neighbourhood.

You may be interested in joining an officer on the beat, finding out how the police conduct a ‘Stop and Search’, or attending a community meeting.

Get involved

To be considered for a place on the Ride Along Scheme, complete the application form at the bottom of this web page. This should then be emailed to the email address for the area you reside in. Applicants will be contacted by a member of staff from one of the teams, and if your application is successful they will arrange the observation directly with you. It takes time to make these arrangements and your patience is appreciated.

If you want to find out more about the scheme, you can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

Participants in the scheme must:

  • Be aged 18 years or above (younger people of 16 or above may take part under certain circumstances).
  • Criminal record checks will be made beforehand. Previous convictions will not automatically prevent a Ride Along – each case will be considered individually.
  • You will have to read and agree to the Confidentiality Agreement and Observer Briefing Sheet (which will be provided before attending).
  • Follow any instructions given to you by your accompanying staff member at all times during the Ride Along. For example, if observing incidents you may be asked to leave or remain in a police vehicle to ensure your safety.
  • West Yorkshire Police reserves the right to refuse participation in this scheme and to terminate the Ride Along, if it is necessary for the officer or member of staff to carry out their work effectively, efficiently and safely.

Find out more and apply online here

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Skate Competition at the Orange Box this weekend

Do you want to compete against other skateboarders to become King (or Queen) of the Box? For one afternoon Orange Box’s rooftop Skate Park will be turned into a competition arena for skateboarders competing to take the crown.

Saturday 25 March – 1pm to 5.30pm
At Orange Box Young People’s Centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF

Knockout rounds will start at 2pm so if you are entering please turn up at 1pm to register, collect your wristband and have a skate before the competition starts.

Prizes generously donated by Welcome Skate Store and Endemic Skate Store
Tickets: £2 (includes entry to Sports Box activities Zorbing & Bouldering)

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Crossley Heath School facilities available to hire

crossley heathThe Crossley Heath School facilities are available to hire!

Available spaces are great for sport, drama, martial arts, business meetings, events and much more.

The school can also accommodate private functions, birthday parties, conferences and events at affordable, low cost prices.

To enquire contact 01422 861160 or visit:  

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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

“An unprecedented global health and healing event unfolding around the planet & Yorkshire!”

On Saturday 29 April 2017
Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX at 11am.
Just turn up and join in the tutor-led session…

What is World Tai Chi & Qigong Day?
It is a global celebration of Health and Happiness

Beginning in New Zealand, World Tai Chi Day unfolds across the time zones of the world spanning 60 countries and 6 continents. In a world often dominated by negativity, the ancient Chinese arts and medicines of Tai Chi and Qigong present a spectacular visual event promoting calm and wellness both locally and worldwide.

View a short video of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Dean Clough in 2015

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Dementia event with the Calderdale Women’s Interfaith Group

The next event with the Calderdale Women’s Interfaith Group is a joint meeting with another group who are carrying out a project on Dementia this year.

Wednesday 5 April – 10am
At St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, Halifax, HX3 0AT

You will hear from Jayne O’Connell about dementia and how we can all help to improve the quality of life for people in our town who live with dementia.

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Ash Green pupils meet West Yorkshire Fire Service

Heather Stout from the Mixenden Initiative and pupils from Ash Green Community Primary School, received a visit in school from Blue Watch, from Illingworth Fire Station on Friday 3rd March.

Fire fighters, Barney, Adam, Andy and Fraser, came to meet the lads for the first time, after the boys decided they wanted Blue Watch to be their chosen watch.

It just so happened it was World Book Day in school on the day of their visit, so the boys took Blue Watch by surprise when they were met by Where’s Wally, Batman, The Joker, Al Capone, Iron Man, a footballer, a Ninja Turtle, a pirate and a knight in shining armour!

After asking lots of questions of the fire fighters, Blue Watch invited the boys to visit Illingworth Fire Station on Friday 10th March to have a look around.

The boys were shown around the upstairs of the fire station, where the firemen train and relax whilst waiting to go on a ‘shout’. Watch Commander Andy explained that even if they are asleep, they only have a couple of minutes from getting the call to getting in the fire engine, with all their equipment on, and leaving to attend the call out.

When the group went back downstairs, the boys were shown the room where the fireman’s pole is and where they keep their protective clothing and boots that they wear when attending a fire.

Mrs Bowers and Mr Munday from Ash Green decided to hold a competition to see who could get the firefighters protective clothing on first. They were both very quick but Mr Munday just pipped Mrs Bowers and was the winner!

The group then went outside to the car park where the boys were shown the crashed cars that the fire fighters use to practise having to cut people out of cars. They also showed them some of the equipment they carry on the fire engine. The firemen then got the hoses out and let the boys have a go with them.

The boys really enjoyed the afternoon and ended their visit by thanking Blue Watch for a fantastic tour of Illingworth fire station.

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NHP Sure Start Children’s Centres recruiting now!

We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:

  • Senior Early Years Practitioner
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Administrator
  • Cleaners x 2
  • Cook

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 31st March 2017

For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply, please visit our website at surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/jobs-2/

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Celebrate the stars of Park and Warley – Our Communities Awards 2017

OCA ButtonThe Our Communities Awards are fast approaching and we’re ready to recognise and celebrate those individuals and groups whose work and commitment has had a positive impact on the communities within the Warley and Park wards of Halifax.

Do you know of an individual or maybe a group that has made a difference in your area who you think is deserving of one of the below awards?… Nominate today!

There are 10 awards categories: 

  • Good Neighbour – New Category
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Contribution to Sport & Play
  • Contribution to Work & Training
  • Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment
  • Contribution to Children & Young People
  • Contribution to the Older Generation
  • Outstanding Individual
  • Community Involvement
  • Young People of the Year

How to Nominate

Follow us @hxnorthandeast using #ocawards17 for announcements.


The deadline for nominations is Friday 31 March 2017

There is no limit to the number nominations you can make.

Nominations must be for an individual, group or organisation that lives or works in or for the benefit of the North Halifax community.

As hosts of the awards, staff from the North Halifax Partnership or Halifax Central Initiative cannot be nominated for the work they do for these organisations.

For more information or help completing the nomination forms please give us a call on 01422 255402.

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Still time to nominate your stars for the 2017 North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards

It’s that time of year again… cheer up the dark nights of freezing gloom with warm thoughts about the people who light up our communities. Could this year be the best awards night yet?

Find out more at https://halifaxnorthandeast.com/north-halifax-neighbourhood-awards/

Paper nomination forms are available from Mixenden Library or Ovenden Initiative / Pennine Housing Furness Office, email: team@halifaxnorthandeast.com or phone: 01422 255402

You can also make your nomination online now!

twitter bulletFollow us @hxnorthandeast using #nhna2017 for announcements.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 31 March 2017

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 17 March – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

Due to staff training the Friday Flyer has been sent out early this week!

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to any articles or adverts being sent to us today. These will be added at the earliest opportunity next week.

Have a great weekend!

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.

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New facilities for local schoolchildren

Calderdale Council is investing £8.6 million to rebuild Copley Primary School and Moorside Community Primary School in Ovenden, to provide an even better learning experience for local young people.

The Council’s Cabinet approved the funding and identified these two schools as a priority for investment.

Local people will soon be able to see the exciting designs for both new schools and details of a drop-in session to see the plans for Moorside School will be confirmed soon.

People will be able to give feedback on the plans for both Copley and Moorside schools via the planning process in the coming weeks.

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Pick up your Calderdale Events and Festivals guide

Visitors to Calderdale this spring and summer can now start to plan their trip, with the release of the annual Calderdale Events and Festivals guide.

The colourful guide is crammed with over 30 entries of indoor and outdoor events taking place right across Calderdale, between April and September.

Calderdale Events and Festivals guide is available in Calderdale libraries, visitor centres and museums. Also keep an eye out for it in visitor attractions across West Yorkshire.

For details of events and festivals in Calderdale all year around visit www.visitcalderdale.com

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Men United enjoy an active morning at Ovenden Park

The Men United at Ovenden Park group is thriving once again with 15 members of the group getting together this morning to enjoy a variety of activities including Walking Football, Indoor golf and Kurling.

The group really enjoyed the Walking Football which saw two teams of three go head to head in a very close and competitive game, won in the late stages following a well placed goal from Grayham Smith.

There were close encounters elsewhere as the remaining members took part in indoor golf and indoor kurling with every member getting involved in at least one of the activities.

There are now plans in place for a number of guest speakers and trips out over the coming months including a guided tour of Bankfield Museum in the near future which you too could be part of.

What do you do on Wednesday mornings? Get up at the usual time, stroll downstairs, have a bite to eat, switch the television on…. every week, just like every other day?

For just £2 per session (First one FREE!) you can be part of this fantastic group for older men and meet like minded people, make new friends and enjoy group discussions over a hot drink and a biscuit… and even the occasional bacon sandwich!

The group meets every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon at Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR

If you would like more details, please ring either Joe 01422 246980, or Dennis on 01422 248734 or email daniel.marham@calderdale.gov.uk who will be more than happy to tell you all about the group.

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Football for Fun! Female only football sessions at OSCA

‘Football for Fun’ sessions (Female only football) for anyone aged 16+

Every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm.

Just £2.50 per session at the 3G pitch at Four Fields

Contact Simon at OSCA Foundation on 07974 077143 or email book@oscafoundation.co.uk for information and to get involved.


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High Intensity Interval Training at Threeways for ages 14+

HIIT sessions, (High Intensity Interval Training) for  anyone aged 14 and over

Just £2.50 per session and sessions will run from 6 – 7pm at Threeways gym (LA Wellbeing Centre)

For information contact Simon at OSCA Foundation on 07974 077143, email book@oscafoundation.co.uk or call Threeways on 01422 728050 or email gym@3ways.org.uk

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It’s an ‘Outstanding’ for Ash Green from Ofsted!

Ash Green Nursery recently had their Ofsted inspection and were awarded Outstanding in all areas for both sites.

The nursery celebrated maintaining this amazing outcome with children and their families at a Mad Hatters Tea Party. A great time was had by all.

The report reflects the amazing relationships that the nursery staff have with the children and their families, Ash Green Community Primary School, health and educational professionals.

You can read the report online here

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Halifax celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight!

Halifax Minster opened its doors to 100 school children from across Halifax on Friday 10th March, to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight at a fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference.

The event is part of the campaign, spearheaded by Holly Lynch MP, to achieve Fairtrade Town status for Halifax;

Holly Lynch MP explained

“The campaign to make Halifax a Fairtrade town includes our schools. The conference is a great way to start conversations with our young people about Fairtrade and how we can give a helping hand, through trade rather than aid, to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

The conference brought together 12 primary schools from across Calderdale, to celebrate and learn about Fairtrade; it is a unique conference, combining Fairtrade and the arts, offering innovative learning for students. The 96 school children attending the event enjoyed a range of interactive workshops with leading practitioners Fair Grounds, Pockets Theatre, Tom Palmer and fairandfunky, using Fairtrade as a tool for learning, integrating with curriculum subjects such as drama, art and literacy.

The Conference will create a sense of belonging to a Fairtrade community across Halifax, bringing together children from a range of schools, creating new connections and friendships. Funding from The Community Foundation for Calderdale has created an opportunity for children from across Calderdale to learn about each other, discover citizenship learning and gain literacy skills, in a relaxed, creative environment.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale believe in thinking differently, and their grant aid is helping to eradicate inequality and provide fairer life chances to everyone in Calderdale, irrespective of race, gender, financial position or disability. They do this by annually conducting in-depth research across ten core themes; identifying areas of concern and prioritising them for funding. They work with individual donors and business supporters to fund meaningful, sustainable and vital change across Calderdale.

They award over £500,000 worth of grants each year locally. Grants range from £500 – £10,000 each. They support charitable organisations that can make a real and lasting difference in challenge inequality across all 17 Wards in Calderdale.

Empowering people of all backgrounds to take little steps to change the world is core to fairandfunky’s interactive and creative workshops on global themes to schools and community groups.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in Halifax,” Helen Robinson, fairandfunky director told us, “the conference at Halifax Minster is a wonderful opportunity for Fairtrade to become alive and real to the children of Calderdale and inspire the next generation to make change.”

The conference also links local businesses with Fairtrade, welcoming Suma Wholefoods to present certificates at the event, “We strongly believe in Fairtrade at Suma and we’re keen to help spread the word so were delighted with the opportunity to support the fairandfunky conference and educate the young of Calderdale.” Nigel Kaye, Co-op member at Suma Wholefoods.

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Medal success for Threeways based North Halifax Taekwondo

Sunday 5 March 2017 saw 15 members of Threeways Sports Centre based North Halifax Taekwondo attend the Northern Taekwondo Championships, hosted by the Great Britain Taekwondo Federation, in Oldham.  During the competition, the club took 21 medals including 5 Golds, 8 Silvers and 7 Bronze.

This was the first time the G.B.T.F. has hosted such a prominent competition, and the first-time North Halifax Taekwondo, who is a member of the G.B.T.F. has sent fighters, however, the results were fantastic.

Instructor Neil Capper said – “ What a fantastic result for the students who competed in the competition.  Coming just a month after the grading, which put some fighters into new categories, and for them to still win medals is testament to the student’s determination and commitment.  This is something they should all be proud of.”

Amongst the medal winners this time were two adults, Nicola Blay and Stacey Rhodes.  Nicola won Gold in the individual Lightweight Adult Point Stop Sparing, and Silver in the individual Continuous Sparing categories, while Stacey Rhodes won Bronze in the Individual Patterns, Bronze in the Individual Patterns, Individual Heavy Weight Point Stop and Silver in the Individual Heavyweight Continuous categories.  With several of the adults unable to attend due to other commitments or injuries, the medal haul could have been higher.

Pictured Left to Right – Back Row: Sarah Duffin, Nicola Blay, Kallum Rhodes, Adam Hoyle-Capper, Stacey Rhodes, Neil Capper, Nik Lon, Franciszek Sienkiewicz, Jamie Beck, Armandus Zakaras, Olivia Avery-Sheil – Front Row: Chloe Rutherford, Shantelle Rhodes, Kianna Pearce, Reece Pearce, Bart Lon, Natasha Rhodes, Isaac Blay

In the Junior division, the medal take was led by Kallum Rhodes who took Gold in both Patterns and Red Belt Light Heavyweight Point Stop Sparing, and silver in the Continuous, closely followed by Adam Hoyle-Capper who took Silver in the Red Belt Middleweight Point Stop and Continuous categories.

Other medal winners included Nikodem Lon, Bronze in Boys, Middleweight Green Belt, Point Stop Sparing, Issac Blay, Bronze in both Boys, Red Belt, Middleweight, Point Stop and Continuous Sparing, Kianna Pearce, Gold in Girls Yellow Belt Pee Wee Point Stop Sparing, Shantelle Rhodes, Gold in Girls Red Belt, Light Heavy Weight Point Stop Sparing, and Bronze in Girls, Red Belt, Light Heavy Weight Continuous Sparing, Reece Pearce, Silver, Boys,  Lightweight Point Stop Sparing, Chloe Rutherford, Silver, Girls Yellow Belt patterns, and Bronze in girls Lightweight Point Stop Sparing, Armandus Zakaras, Boys, Yellow Belt Heavyweight Point Stop Sparing and Natasha Rhodes, silver, Red Belt Patterns Categories.

Just outside of the medals were Franciszek Sienkiewicz who finished 4th in the boys Yellow Belt, Light Middleweight Point Stop Sparing, Jamie Beck, 4th in the Boys Yellow Belt Middleweight Point Stop Sparing and Bart Lon, 4th Boys Green Belt, lightweight Point Stop Sparing.

Neil Capper said – “Both Jamie and Franciszek were both unlucky to finish just outside of the medals, both fighting in the semi-finals the eventual category winners.  As an instructor, I am just as proud of Jamie, Franciszek and Bart, if not more so, as I am of the medal winners.  There were some very tough fights for the fighters, yet every one of them stepped up to the mark and did themselves proud.

If I had to pick a fighter of the day from the club, it would have to be Isaac Blay.  Despite fighting the current reigning G.B.T.F. Red Belt Continuous sparing champion, he showed fantastic determination and pushed his opponent to the edge of his abilities, eventually losing by just one point.  This despite being rocked early on in the fight.  He picked himself up, and went back, pushing hard all the time, forcing his opponent onto the back foot and not letting him back in, showing the true meaning of one of the Tenents of Taekwondo, Perseverance, the ability to keep going despite the odds and barriers put up in front of him.”

In addition to the fighters, the club also sent along Neil Capper to referee and umpire along with Sarah Duffin and Olivia Avery-Sheil as officials.

For more information on North Halifax Taekwondo, contact Neil on 07530 874 386 or come along to a class on either a Monday, 6 till 7.30, Tuesday 6 till 7 or Wednesday, 5.30 till 7 then 7 till 8.30, at Threeways Sports centre, Nursery lane, Halifax, HX3 5SW.

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This Thursday! St Patrick’s Day Luncheon Club for over 55’s

Enjoy on stage entertainment from Sean Kelly on St Patrick’s Day with a buffet lunch, raffle, bingo and more for just £4 at the Halifax & District Irish Society Luncheon Club for over 55’s.

Thursday 16 March – 12noon to 3pm
At The Pellon Social Club, Moor End Road, Halifax, HX2 0HF

For Further Information Contact Maurice Kidney by email to maurice.kidney@sky.com or call 01422 343483

Click here for a full list of dates and entertainers for 2017

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