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

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

You can also make your nomination online now!

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Yorkshire & the Humber Cyber Protect Conference

This event is FREE to attend

Tuesday 28 February 2017 – 9am to 3.30pm
At Leeds Bridge Conference Centre, Rider Street, Leeds LS9 7DP

The aims and objectives of this conference is to raise cyber awareness built around the 10 steps to cyber security and guest speakers include NatWest, United States Secret Service, National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and more.

Cyber-crime is a growing threat to UK public, business and government with claims for data breaches by business being made at a rate of more than one per day as reported by the CFC.

Click here to register your place on this FREE event

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Sharing Stories Event for groups in North Halifax

This event is for anyone who runs a community group or activity in North Halifax, giving an opportunity for you to share stories and connect with other groups in the area.

Thursday 9 March 2017 – 11am to 2pm
At Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, HX2 8AR

Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To book or for an informal chat please RSVP by Friday 3 March by calling Amanda on 07764 329259 or email

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Local RSPCA delighted with Valentines support

16730632_247690772343321_2921676189263606853_nThe RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are thanking their supporters who joined in with their ‘Valentails appeal’ this year. The local branch which is entirely self funded, recently called upon the public to choose an animal at their centre to send a ‘Valentails’ card to to put a little love in their lives!

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said

“Everyone here at the centre has been truly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cards received for our Valentails appeal. Every single animal received a card and we’ve had some incredibly generous donations too, it’s been very,very heart warming. We would like to thank every individual or organisation that has donated to this appeal, without your generosity we simply couldn’t continue the work we do for so many local animals in need.”

fullsizerenderThe branch received a total of 172 Valentines cards and raised a total of £400. Local after school club ‘Harlequins’ also got involved by making their own cards and even doing a bake sale to raise funds. Calder High School and the Upperthong Brownies also made cards and kindly donated to the appeal.

The branch hopes to continue with the appeal next year due to it’s success and would like to thank everyone who supported the appeal.

To find out more about the RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield you can visit their website: or to donate please Text RSPC40 £2 to 70070 or visit

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a completely self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.


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This Friday – Brass Band Concert at the Vandals Clubhouse

Enjoy a Brass Band Concert with pie & pea supper and a raffle in Warley for just £5 per person.

Friday 24 February 2017 – 7pm to 9pm
At The Vandals Clubhouse, Warley Town Lane, HX2 7SL

To purchase tickets contact / John – 01422 367979 / Eli – 01422 839458 / June – 01422 833824

brass-band-warley-vandalsThis Friday – Friendly Brass Band Concert at the Vandals Clubhouse

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Drop in sessions for creative individuals and groups

Could you bring out someone’s inner Ginger Rogers, help discover the next Ted Hughes or inspire a budding Picasso?

VAC is looking for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest in creative activities to help deliver an exciting new project working with local residential care homes and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The project will make a difference to the lives of people in later life or those that have recently left hospital through:

  • A creative activity and entertainment programme across the venues
  • Support from volunteer befrienders
  • Access to community resources

Attend one the upcoming Molly and Bill drop in events for information:

  • Tuesday 28 February at Todmorden Fire Station, OL14 5DL – 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 1 March at VAC, Hall Street, HX1 5AY – 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 2 March at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY – 2pm to 4pm

Or to find out more call 01422 348777 or email


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LGBT Rugby taster day for ages 18+

Halifax RUFC ShieldLGBT rugby taster day in a fun and friendly environment for ages 18+ with special guests Leeds Hunters and RFU accredited coaches.

Saturday 4 March – 11am Meet & Greet
At Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, HX2 8AR

For further information please email

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The Illingworth Messenger – March 2017

There’s lots going on in and around Illingworth and you can find it all in one place!

The Illingworth messenger provides information of upcoming events, activities, local news, adverts and much more… read the March edition here…

If you would like something advertised in the Illingworth Messenger, items can be handed in to your church representative, dropped off at Illingworth Moor Good-As-New Shop or emailed direct to Irene Mulhall at

Illingworth Messenger

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

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…


  • Events with Dads R’ Us, Join now for just £5!
  • This Girl Can: Women & Girls Kayak Taster Session!
  • Have your say on how Calderdale can become more active!

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!

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Friends of Beechwood Park in the final 3 for ‘Bags of Help’

Joan Tillotson, treasurer of the Friends of Beechwood Park Group recently applied to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grants scheme for funding to help pay for essential maintenance and repair work in Beechwood Park and her application has now made it into the final three.

There are 3 grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 up for grabs and it’s now down to shoppers to decide which groups get 1st 2nd or 3rd by placing a disc into a tank for their group of choice which means the Friends of Beechwood Park group are guaranteed at least £1,000 to carry out the necessary work.

So if you’re out shopping at Tesco stores and would like to support the Friends of Beechwood Park, be sure to put your green disc in their tank.

If you would like to get involved with the Friends of Beechwood Park group please contact Ward Coordinator Tony King on 01422 255402 or by email to

bags-of-help-friends-of-beechwood-parkPictured: Ward Coordinator Tony King who helped develop the Friends of Beechwood Park and Group Treasurer Joan Tillotson


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This Girl Can: Women & Girls Kayak Taster Session

Try kayaking with Halifax Canoe Club who offer a fun, friendly and supportive team of female coaches and a nice warm swimming poolfor just £5 per person including boat and equipment hire.

Thursday 23 February – 8pm to 9pm
At Salendine Nook High School Pool, New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4GN

Whether it’s your first time in a boat, you are coming back to the sport after a time out or you just want to work on a specific skill, we can help.

To book please email: or for more events and information about the Halifax Canoe Club visit


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Half term activities at the Addy, Mixenden

Community Support Services is providing activities this half term including Baking and Wood Crafts at just £5 per session or £10 for the full day.

Tuesday 21 February
10am to 12.30pm – Creative Kitchen / Sweet & Savoury Baking
12.30pm to 3pm – Arts & Crafts / Outdoor Adventures

Thursday 23 February
10am to 12.30pm – Mini Growers
12.30pm to 3pm – Wood Crafts / Music

Places are limited so booking is essential by calling 01422 241450

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2017 events with Dads R’ Us – Join now for just £5

DadsRus_LogoDads R’ Us is a group in the North & East Halifax area, providing a fun and safe environment for dads/male carers to spend quality time with their children, with the added bonus of a FREE breakfast.

Membership costs just £5 for the year and all events start at 9.30am unless specified otherwise.

Click here for the full list of events for 2017…

The group runs monthly with themed activities and events and various annual outbound trips.

For further information please visit or contact Nathan Watts on 07943 486333 or by email to

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Have Your Say! Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum – 1 Mar 2017

ns-posterJoin us on Wednesday 1 March for the Northowram & Shelf Ward Forum, and tell us what matters to you where you live.

Venue: Northowram Community Sports and Activity Club, Westercroft Lane, HX3 7EN

Refreshments and signing in from 5.30pm. Meeting starts at 6pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Planning Applications Updates
  • Local Authority Care Homes
  • Police update

Click here for the full agenda…

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Have Your Say! Warley Ward Forum – 1 Mar 2017

warley-ward-forum-posterThis March we’ll be talking to people about what matters to them in their area.

Come along to the Warley Ward Forum on Wednesday 1 March.

Venue: Asquith House, Sandhall Green, Halifax, HX2 0DU

Refreshments and signing in from 6.30pm. Meeting starts at 7pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Ward Forum Grants Review
  • Police updates.
  • Community updates
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How can we make Calderdale more active? Have your say!

We know activity plays a huge part to promote good physical and mental health and wellbeing in people of all ages.

Last year IBM worked with the Council to identify how to encourage more active, healthy and longer lives in the borough. Their recommendations included working with local organisations and people to create even more activities, and giving residents more information about how healthy they currently are to inspire them to make healthy choices.

On the back of that partnership, a new physical activity strategy, Active Calderdale, has been developed that sets out a range of measures to help us become the most active borough in the north of England by 2021.

Now we urgently need your input to make sure the strategy is right. Join us on the journey to a more active Calderdale by giving your thoughts and feedback by Sunday 5 March.

Read the strategy and complete the survey to have your say at and you can also join the conversation on social media using #ActiveCdale

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Orange Box gets in the carnival mood with activities for ages 11+

february-half-term-at-orange-boxOrange Box young people’s centre will be creating a party atmosphere over half term with free Carnival activities for ages 11+.

Activities run from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February 2pm – 4pm and Friday 24 February 2pm – 9pm.

Participants can make their own Carnival masks, play Bamboo Tamboo, cook some Mardi Gras treats, take part in the Only Academy Film School, sing their favourite karaoke tunes or climb to new heights in the bouldering tunnel, all finished off with a Mardi Gras Carnival Party.

Half Term at Orange Box organiser Jamie Eagleton says,

“We came up with the Carnival idea as it is Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro on 24th February and Mardi Gras in New Orleans on 28th February, so we thought we’d create our own Carnival vibe at Orange Box to celebrate these events”

Another new addition is a Film School run by Only Academy, which will be a great opportunity to experience acting on camera and see what goes on behind the scenes. The young people will get a chance to make up characters and dialogue for a scene they will shoot in one afternoon.

And finally, they can also pop into one of the ukulele drop-in sessions running over the course of the week.

Click here for more information and a full timetable of activities.

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Wildside Walk – Ovenden Health Walk

Health walk provided by CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation through Exercise and Walking), but open to all on the following dates.

Meet at Beechwood Medical Centre at 1pm for all walks

  • Monday 20 February 2017
  • Monday 6 March 2017
  • Monday 20 March 2017

Routes vary depending on weather and the ability of those taking part but will be between 2 and 5 miles and will often visit Beechwood Park and Shroggs Park.

For further information please contact the walk leader on 01422 244302

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Staying Well in Siddal – St Mark’s Community Open Day

Fancy taking up a new interest in the community or want to meet new people? Then come along to the Staying Well Community Open Day at St Mark’s Church with taster sessions and more.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 – 10am to 2pm
At St Mark’s Church, Whitegate Road, Siddal, HX3 9AD

Call Carol Oswin on 07834 047135 for further details or just turn up on the day.


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Staying Well in Boothtown – Community Open Day

Meet groups, try some taster sessions, and tell us what you want to see more of such as exercise, crafts, coffee mornings, gardening and much more at the Staying Well Boothtown Community Open Day.

Thursday 30 March 2017 – 10am to 2pm
At Boothtown Methodist Church, Boothtown Road, HX3 6EU

Call Andrew Mitchell on 01422 356365 for further details or just turn up on the day


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