Festive Memory Lane Cafe at The Woolshops

Enjoy hot drinks, home-made cakes, children’s crafts, tombola, Santa, live music and much more.

Monday 19 to Saturday 24 December 2016
At The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, HX1 1RU

For further details contact June on 01422 706373 or email contactmemorylanecafe@gmail.com


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Join the Healthy Minds Art Group and create your own story

The Healthy Minds Art Group is a twelve week project which will offer a series of free workshops to explore a range of visual art techniques from drawing, collage, printmaking, painting to create your own story.

You need not have any previous experience of art as this project is open to people of all abilities and each 3 hour session will take place at The Artworks at Shaw Lodge, Halifax. The sessions will take place on Friday afternoons from February through to April.

Places on the course will be limited, therefore booking is essential – but we are seeking people who would be willing to commit themselves to the whole course.

For more information & to book call Dianne on 01422 345154 or email Dianne@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

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Sure Start Children’s Centres final newsletter for 2016

The final Sure Start newsletter for 2016 includes details of a planned event taking place in Spring 2017 with the theme of celebrating our community to showcase the great work that every generation brings to the community.

As well as the event, the newsletter also includes dates for Sure Start training courses taking place in both Lower Valley and North & East Halifax from January to April 2017.

Click here to read the newsletter online

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November Health News from Voluntary Action Calderdale

Each month Voluntary Action Calderdale put together a brief round-up of news and events in health.

The aim of the newsletter is to help you keep up-to-date with information and developments in health; by collating health related news from a range of local, regional and national organisations.

Click here for a copy of the November Health News

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Residents enjoy Carols at the Illingworth Ward Forum

img_4147The Illingworth Ward Forum took place on Thursday 1 December at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church and local residents were in attendance along with Ward Councillors and officers from West Yorkshire Police.

Ward Forums are held for residents to attend in order to have their say on what matters to them in the area they live in but with Christmas so near this was a Ward Forum with a festive difference.

fullsizerender-2‘Hymns and Hers’ choir were on hand to perform Christmas carols for those attending to enjoy and take part in and the video can be seen on our Facebook page here.

fullsizerenderA raffle was also held in which 5 residents each won a FREE voucher worth £20 to spend in local shops and businesses as part of our Christmas Cracker Scheme for 2016.

It was a great evening enjoyed by all those who attended and provided a perfect end to yet another great year.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 02 December – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…


  • Get involved with a new Friends of Victoria Theatre Group
  • This weekend! Santa’s Polka Dot Pirate comes to Victoria Theatre
  • Come along and have your say at our Ward Forum Meetings next week!

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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Get involved with a new Friends of Victoria Theatre Group

The Victoria Theatre is looking for like-minded, creative and passionate people to form a ‘Friends of the Victoria Theatre’ Group.

The group’s focus areas will be on preserving the heritage of the building, leading on and supporting key fundraising efforts, raising the profile of the venue and supporting the theatre’s cultural programme.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in becoming a friend of the Victoria Theatre, we are hosting an open day on Saturday 28 January 2017.

please email VTFriends@calderdale.gov.uk for more details.

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Have you considered reviewing your energy supplier?

As the temperature plummets and the initial cold weather starts to become a long term reality, it may be time to consider reviewing your energy supplier.

Citizens Advice Calderdale has an Energy Champion ready to support you with this process and want everyone in Calderdale to be on the cheapest energy tariff and to have a warm home and keep healthy this winter.

What can we do?
Citizens Advice will train all your volunteers and front line workers on how to use comparison websites and give them the tips of the trade to saving their clients money.

We also take referrals for clients who need us to help them get some cheaper options for their utilities. This can be done over the phone.

For further information contact susan.thorpe@calderdalecab.org.uk

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Santa Claus is coming to Shibden

There are still available time slots for a special visit from Father Christmas at Shibden Park this year.

Saturday 10 December
At The Mereside Cafe, Shibden Park, Halifax

Tickets cost just £5 per child which includes a special Gift from Santa.

Pop into the cafe to get booked or contact Coffee Culture Halifax on Facebook for more information.

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Bags of Help Programme Offers Monthly Grants to Community Groups

The Tesco’s Bags of Help grants programme invites customers to vote for their favourite community project every month.

Until now the awards programme has been run every nine months. The new monthly format is expected to result in more than 7,000 community projects across England, Scotland and Wales receiving funding each year.

Tesco offers grants through its Bags of Help Programme which is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.

Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded and three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. In each region, the project that receives the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000.

The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces.

A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply. This includes voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, community interest companies, friends of groups with a constitution, schools, health bodies, parish, town and community councils.

Click here for further information or to apply for a grant

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Calderdale armed forces veteran network is up and running

“Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.

That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.

The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.

The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.

Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”

“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”

“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”

The network meets every Wednesday at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm – Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited.

Those interested in the group can call 07464 496490 for more information.

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Fire Service Car Boot Sale Birkenshaw

Go and grab yourself a bargain at the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service at the Birkenshaw Headquarters.

Sunday 11 December 2016 – 9.30am to 1pm
At West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ. Bradford Road, Birkenshaw , BD11 2DY

Gates open to traders at 9am – For more information or to book a pitch call 01274 682311

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Lee Mount Junior Wardens clean up Shroggs Park

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s been 10 years since Lee Mount Primary School worked to create the Somewhere Over the Rainbow project in Shroggs Park, Lee Mount and following interviews there’s now a new Junior Warden’s scheme in place at the school.

The Lee Mount Junior Wardens are proud of where they live and work together to identify environmental and safety problems in order to make our neighbourhood a better place to live.

lee-mount-junior-wardens-30112016-jpg1-jpg2-jpg4-jpg5On Wednesday 30 November the Wardens joined together with Pete Oddy area manager for Calderdale Safer Cleaner Greener Team ,Pc Kim McCloskey & PCSO Trevor Lovelock West Yorkshire Police and Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative to litter pick in Shroggs Park.

lee-mount-junior-wardens-30112016The Junior Wardens have also worked on a speed initiative on Shroggs Road and Wheatley Lane to check the speeds of passing traffic along with PC McCloskey, PCSO Leeman & PCSO Foster.

The majority of vehicles checked were travelling under or at the required speed limit, however a few drivers were advised regarding the recent changes to the speed limits that came into force in the North Halifax area in October 2016.

Look out for more exciting activities including bird box and feeder making from the new Lee Mount Junior Wardens over the coming months.

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Vote Weekend Care for the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

From 7 November 2016 until 26 February 2017, the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund seeks to award a total of seventy, £300 donations to help community groups and people across UK and Ireland.

Five donations will be awarded each week, four by a panel of judges and one through the People’s Choice award to the organisation with the most weekly votes.

What is Weekend Care?

Weekend Care is an organisation providing a safe stimulating space and wellbeing sessions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for people over 50. We help people with dementia, people who are lonely or isolated, people who need encouragement with social interaction and elderly who just need a little company at the weekend.

How will Weekend Care use the prize?

We will put the £300 towards our “wish list” project, This project is aimed at helping our guests do things they have never done, things they wish they had done when younger or things they would like to do before its too late.

For example one lady wants to swim with sharks, so we want to go to a Sealife Centre and go through the shark tunnel and one gent would like to go to Wimbledon, so we would like to hold a Wimbledon day, with tennis players and strawberries and cream. £300 from galaxy would make a lot of these wishes a reality.

To vote for Weekend Care visit www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/fund/profiles/weekend-care

You can register one vote per week for Weekend Care and voting closes on February 26th 2017

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Lee Mount Social Club Christmas Fayre

Support local groups and traders at the Lee Mount Christmas Fayre.

Saturday 10 December 2016 – 12pm to 2pm
At Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax, HX3 5EQ

This event is open to anyone so be sure to go along and grab yourself a bargain.

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Mum 2 Mum Market in Sowerby Bridge

Over 30 stalls selling excellent condition baby and children’s goods at bargain prices. Well-known brands at a fraction of high street prices.

Saturday 4 March 2017 – 1.15pm to 3.15pm
At Sowerby Bridge High School, Albert Rd, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2NW

Everything imaginable for your little ones including:

  • Buggies & Travel Systems
  • Stairgates, Toddler Furniture
  • Home & Safety Equipment
  • Baby Carriers & Harnesses
  • Moses Baskets, Cots & Travel Cots
  • Growbags, Bed Guards
  • Sterilisers and Feeding Equipment
  • Highchair’s, Bumbos
  • Trikes, Balance Bikes, Bikes and Outdoor Toys
  • Baby Walkers, Bouncers, Jumperoo’s & Activity Centres

Join the event on Facebook for previews of sale items.

£2 entry per adult (kids are free) also the last half hour of the sale is free Ensure you come early to bag all the best bargains. (2 4 1 voucher available on Mum2mum website)

If you would like to make some money and declutter you can book a stall here

For further information please email halifaxandhuddersfield@mum2mummarket.co.uk

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Start thinking about your 2017 North Halifax Stars!

It’s that time again and early preparations are already in place to celebrate the individuals and groups who strengthen and improve our communities and the lives of the people who live within them.

Help us as we get set to host the annual North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards by nominating your North Halifax Stars and give them the recognition that they deserve by Friday 31 March 2017.

The North Halifax Neighbourhood awards are all about celebrating the local talent, hard work and community spirit that goes on within Illingworth, Mixenden and Ovenden.

For rules and details on how to nominate email Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk

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Calderdale Community Grants Schemes

The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.

Community Small Grants Scheme

The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.

Community Festivals and Events

The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.

There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale

To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:

  • Be a voluntary, community or faith group
  • Be properly constituted
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
  • Be open and accessible to the community you serve
  • Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Wednesday 1 February 2017. The Small Grants Panel will meet to consider eligible applications on Thursday 16 February 2017.

For further details visit the Grants pages here or email grants@calderdale.gov.uk.

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Sessions for parents expecting a new baby – Feb 2017

These sessions, organised by your Health Visiting Team, Children’s Centre Team and Midwives will run for 4 weeks on Tuesday’s 7, 14, 21 and 28 February from 6pm to 8pm and will cover the following:

  • Week 1 – Giving your baby the best start
  • Week 2 – Labour and delivery
  • Week 3 – Getting to know your baby
  • Week 4 – Keeping your baby safe

To be held at Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden HX2 8DQ

For information or to book a place call Innovations Children’s Centre on 01422 248222

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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:

  • Family Support Worker
  • Domestic
  • Cleaner x 2

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 9th December 2016 

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

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