North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 14 June 2019 – OUT NOW!

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  • Angels Corner Dementia Friendly Cafe this Weekend
  • Scams Awareness Campaign
  • Harvey’s Army Pawsome Pooch Party
  • Loneliness Awareness Week 17-21 June
  • Handmade Parade Open Workshops
  • Coffee Morning at St. Hilda’s Church
  • Have Your Say! Illingworth Ward Forum Next Week
  • Learn the Story of ‘Beauty’ the Rocking Horse! 

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Handmade Parade and Workshops

The 12th annual Handmade Parade will be held in Hebden Bridge on Sunday 30 June and this year’s theme is ‘Once upon a time’, with elements of European folklore, myth, ritual and design. The Parade this year will bring fantastical creatures and imaginary worlds to the streets of Hebden Bridge – so come along to our open workshops to create a parade costume and be a part of this very special community event.

Dates for open workshops in June are as follows:

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16       10am–12 noon and 2–4pm
Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20     4–6pm
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23       10am–12 noon and 2–4pm
Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27      4–6pm and 7–9pm (later session adults only)

No experience is necessary but under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult. Entry is by a suggested donation of £5 per person for the first session and £1 per person for further visits.

Sunday 30 June at 11.30am followed by a Picnic in the Park 12.30–3.30pm

If you would like to help out come and volunteer with us – it’s a lot of fun and a great way to contribute to the community – please email for more information.  There a lots of things to help with either on the day or in advance, if you’re creative why not come and help the artists with the big makes or help with face painting on parade day.  If your more of an organiser you can help with meet and greet at workshops, stewarding on parade day.  If you shy away from the limelight there are all sorts of things that you can help with – sewing, basic carpentry, pushing the giant fantastical creations on the day, helping out at the park and many many more.

This year’s Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is supported by Arts Council England, Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Council and Community Foundation for Calderdale.

For more information about this year’s parade please go to:  or our Facebook page

Angels Corner Dementia Friendly Cafe at St. Columba’s Church

The next Angels Corner Cafe (Dementia Friendly) will be on Sunday 16 June, 12:00pm – 2:30pm at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Highroad Well Lane, HX2 OQF.

Refreshments will be available also: £2.00.

This Cafe caters for vulnerable, isolated people and people with dementia with their carers, friends and/or families and anybody else wishing to attend. People are invited to attend by simply ‘popping in’ to relax, enjoy, have fun with different activities, listen to Music, ‘sing a long’ or chat and make new friends in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Activities include some or all of the following:
Arts, Crafts, Games, Quizzes, Word searches, Bingo. Through the various activities and informal and social environment in which new skills may be learnt, will also be catered for. The Cafe also provides a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.

The Story of Beauty the Rocking Horse

From Grandma’s redundant upright piano, ‘Beauty’ the rocking horse, was made by a lady called Pearl Howarth around 28 years ago, but was never finished.

The horse never rocked, but was fitted to a wooden frame and many children enjoyed just sitting on her back.

And then something rather magic happened!

At a Staying Well ‘Bring Your Neighbour’ event last November, Pearl was introduced to Chris Freeman from The Phoenix Shed, Halifax. “Can you make a rocking horse rock?” Pearl asked, and Chris said that he would love to take on the challenge.

So on 12 December ‘Beauty’ arrived at The Shed and work started. Well, not so much as start, but first the research as to where to source all of the necessary kit.

Then Chris struck gold and found that Yorkshire Rocking Horses were based in Hebden Bridge, with a workshop in Sowerby Bridge. The proprietor, Steve Bulcock, was more than willing to give valuable advice and supply the necessary ‘Restoration Kit’, which would be needed to complete the project.

Pear came along to The Shed to finish off the paintwork one Saturday in January and Chris then set about the restoration of some of the 28 years of wear and tear, before starting to ‘dress’ the horse.

Slowly, over the next few months, Chris was able to get The stand built up, varnished and then mount ‘Beauty’ on the stand using the special hangers and brackets, supplied by Steve.

Then finally on Monday 28th May the day had finally come to deliver ‘Beauty’. Thanks to Paul from Green Homes for the help with the move, using his van.

As you can see from the photo, ‘Beauty’ is now complete with what every good rocking horse should have, a bucket and shovel. However, due to the rarity of ‘rocking-horse-droppings, the bucket is empty!

Challenge complete!

Have Your Say! Mixenden Ward Forum – Tuesday 25 June 2019

Meet the Services at the Mixenden Ward Forum on Tuesday 25 June 2019, 6:30pm  at Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden HX2 8RX.

6:30pm refreshments and signing in and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.

Up for discussion:

  • North Halifax Transformation – David Greenfield
  • West Yorkshire Police Update
  • Councillor Updates

Click here to view the full agenda…

Minutes of the last meeting held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 can be viewed here.

With the new General Data Protection Regulations, we have not been able to contact some of the regular attendees who have not opted into our email list to remind them of the next Ward Forum meetings. Please remind any friends and neighbours that this is your chance to give your views and have a say what matters to you.

Project_Twelve:31 Learn More About LGBTQ+

Well before the Happy Valley Pride Festival in Hebden Bridge – July 22-28 2019, Project_Twelve:31 had a fantastic session at Illingworth Methodist Church on Thursday 6 June learning more about LGBTQ+.

If you are girl aged between 12 and 18 years of age and you live in the North Halifax area and are looking for something different and exciting to do in 2019 then join Project_Twelve:31 on Thursday evenings. Call 0300 555 0266 and ask for Karen or email to find out more.


Happy Valley Pride all started in response to a piece of homophobic graffiti in the Hebden Bridge Town Centre during 2016, now it’s a annual festival bringing people together. It was a stark reminder that there’s still work to be done – a casual phrase, that has been knocking around school playgrounds for decades, it was none-the-less shocking, simply because it is still in use in a seemingly, tolerant and open-minded community.

The mission statement outlining the fundamental purpose of the organisation reads

“To celebrate LGBTQ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Promoting equality and diversity to eradicate discrimination, based on sexual orientation and gender identity, through education and engagement.”

Our Communities Award 2019: Lifetime Achievement Award – WINNER ANNOUNCED! #oca2019

WINNER: Saraj Uddin

Mr Saraj Uddin is your 2019 winner of the lifetime achievement award and deservedly so having being regarded a pillar within the community for the last 45 Years.

He has been involved with community groups for many years this includes the Dil ( a
group for older men in the community) he has contributed to many residents groups
including becoming the Chair of Horn Street Surgery patients group, he is a walk leader and has been involved in community projects (voices from the past) and is well known in the Community.

Mr Saraj is a person that people to turn to when they are having issues within the community, he is involved with the Council of Mosques and is able to advise the community on a range of matters.

Considered a caring, active member of the community who is never one to shy away from helping those around him.

He has been instrumental in building good relationships between different communities, young and old and men and women in the community where he has lived for the last 60 years.

He is a very modest and humble man who deservedly wins this award for all his time and dedication over the years to community of park Ward.