CREW Heart Support Group Exercise Classes

Need to get fitter and have fun?

CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation through Exercise and Walking) have lots of exercise classes you can join. You can mix and match the classes to try and find something that suits you.

Classes are taught by highly qualified tutors and cost £3 (or £4 for the Leisure Centre and Elland classes).

Further information can be found at the CREW Website.

Volunteer to Work with Rainbows Children for Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark are currently looking for volunteers who can spare 2-3 hours a week to work alongside children from the ages of 4 – 11. As well as the main Community Café and Counselling Centre in Ovenden they also have outreach projects in Elland, Brighouse, Beech Hill (Pellon Lane) and Hebden Bridge.

They will provide full in-house training and continued support.

  • The aim of RAINBOWS is to help children who have faced loss to believe in their own goodness and the value of their family.
  • Rainbows is a structured programme to help children talk through their feelings with other children who are experiencing loss in their family.
  • The Rainbows programme helps by providing a safe setting. They use adult facilitators and materials, journals, storybooks, games and creative activities to help lead them gently through the grieving process.
  • The children learn to develop trust, express their feelings, be heard and valued and work together as part of a group.

If you are interested and would like to have a chat please contact Andrea Turpin on 01422 300457 or email

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 23 June – OUT NOW!!

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  • Get ready for the Beechwood Big Picnic 1 July
  • Routes Festival
  • Summer Fair at Ash Green Community Primary School
  • Calderdale Adult Learning ‘Have a go’ drop-in
  • Weekly message from the NHP Energy Levels Project!

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 great weekend!

Visit by Arthur Mayua from Tanzania to Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden 25 June

On Sunday 25 June morning, Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden are having a guest from thousands of miles away! Arthur Mayua is coming from the link diocese of Mara to share news of the parish they are linked with in the village of Guta. Afterwards there will be a faith lunch from 12pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear what life is like at the Equator!

NHP Energy Levels Weekly Message – Don’t skip breakfast!

ENERGY BOOSTING TIP! Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast gives you the energy you need to face the day. Despite this, up to one-third of us regularly skip breakfast, according to the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

Go for healthier options, such as porridge with fruit, vegetable omelette, or wholemeal toast with a scraping of low-fat spread or jam. Here are five healthy breakfasts,

If you can’t face eating as soon as you get up, take a high-fibre snack to eat on the run, rather than snacking on high-sugar or high-fat foods.

Schools take on the 2017 MixMatch Challenges!

The 2017 MixMatch and Mini MixMatch challenges took place at Mixenden Activity Centre last week. The MixMatch Challenge, held on Tuesday 13th June saw pupils from Trinity Academy and Park Lane go head to head whilst the MiniMixmatch Challenge on Thursday 15th June had teams from Dean Field Community Primary School, Ash Green Community Primary School, Whitehill Community Academy, Moorside Community Primary School and Mount Pellon Academy battling it out in a series of team building tasks to be crowned winners of the 2017 challenges.

Both events began with a Tag Collection warm up task in which all participating teams headed into Mixenden Reservoir Woods to find and collect any tags matching their teams colour within a time limit and all the teams taking part worked well together.

Following the Tag Collection the teams were then split up ready to take part in separate challenges in which they were marked for their overall efforts within each challenge focusing on teamwork, timing, communication, leadership skills and initiative.

The challenges consisted of:

  • Rock Climbing – Teams took part in rock climbing to build communication and teamwork skills.
  • Blindfold Obstacle Course – One team member was blindfolded and had to carry a ball through an obstacle course with the guidance of remaining team members.
  • Shark Challenge – Teams had to carry equipment to build a hose using a ladder and crates to get from a starting point to the other side of the course before assembling the hose. Teams then had to dismantle the hose and make their way back to the starting point leaving equipment exactly as they found it. All without stepping off the crates or ladder.
  • Bench Challenge – Team members were stood on a narrow bench with a pool of water either side, teams had to follow instructions to order themselves in different categories such as age or height without falling in.
  • Police Relay – Teams dribbled a football around cones before working in 3’s on a set of wooden skis to get to the finish line where they then dressed in a Police Uniform and hit a riot shield with a baton.
  • Fire Drain Challenge – Teams worked together to spray water from a fire hose, over the fire engine and into a large bucket.
  • Tent Challenge – Team leaders were shown how to erect and dismantle a tent before leading and helping their team mates put up and take down another with no assistance.
  • Bike Challenge – Teams raced round a preset course with a slalom, ramps and a see saw in order to accumulate as many laps as possible within a time limit.

At the end of the challenges, semifinalists were decided by teams who had accumulated the most points throughout the day before they went head to head in the final challenge which involved running to collect water from a paddling pool before filling a large barrel repeatedly until time ran out.

The barrel challenge came with a twist as they had a number of holes drilled around the sides which meant the teams had to work together to keep holes plugged up whilst continuing to fill up the barrels. Measuring sticks were

then used at the end to decide the teams who would head into the final, decided by the same challenge.

There was some great teamwork displayed throughout the semifinals and all teams taking part on both days were fantastic but unfortunately only 2 teams could progress to the Finals.

Whitehill Community Academy were eventually crowned winners of the 2017 Mini MixMatch Challenge after a great final between themselves and Ash Green Community Primary School, whilst Trinity Academy were the victors against Park Lane in a very closely contested final.


The theory behind the MixMatch challenges is to get young people working with uniformed services to cut down barriers between them. As a result of this and similar youth engagement work, the police and fire service have confirmed that youth ASB and deliberate fires, especially in the Mixenden area, has been drastically reduced.

Services who took part in the 2017 MixMatch Challenges were West Yorkshire Fire Service, West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Council Community Wardens, who happily give their services for free each year.

Special thanks to Clive Ingham and his staff at Mixenden Activity centre for their continual support of this event.

Funding for the event was supplied by grants from the Safer Communities Fund and the Ward Forum Grants scheme and refreshments were provided by the Morrisons store in Illingworth.

If you would like further information on the MixMatch Challenge Event please contact Heather Stout by email to or call 01422 255402

Ovenden CAP Information  Stall at Shroggs Party In The Park 24 June

SATURDAY 24 JUNE –  Information  stall at Shrogg’s Party In The Park, 12pm – 4pm, Shrogg’s Park, Lee Mount.

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.