Local RSPCA to Host First Ever Bank Holiday Fun Dog Show at Roberts Park, Saltaire!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch are inviting all two-legged and four-legged supporters to join them for their first ever Roberts Park Fun Dog Show! The brand new family event will take place in the beautiful grounds of world-heritage site; Roberts Park, Saltaire, Bradford on May bank holiday – Sunday 26th May, 12:00pm-3:00pm.

The event boasts a 10 class fun dog show, with classes for dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and capabilities, including ‘waggiest tail’, ‘puppy love’ and ‘eyes that will melt your heart’! There will also be fun stalls and games for all the family to join in with and the local rehoming centre hope that it will provide the Bradford and surrounding community with a fun day out, whilst helping them to raise the vital funds they need in order to maintain their animal welfare work and keep the doors of the centre open.

Community Fundraiser Fay Gibbons said “We’re so excited to be able to bring our popular fun dog show over to Bradford. It was a very sad time when the original RSPCA Centre on Mount Street had to close it’s doors due to lack of funding – but we’re delighted to have now taken on care of the Bradford area, meaning the city still has a local RSPCA! We’re looking forward to getting out in to the community and engaging with our wonderful supporters. We hope to see lots of humans and pooches join us, for what is certain to be a woofing great day of bank holiday fun!”.

Classes are just £1.50 to enter on the day and all entrants are in the with the chance of winning a prestigious RSPCA rosette and dog-related prize. All proceeds raised on the day will go directly towards the branches centre and the animals in their care. With special thanks to Avenue Vets of Bingley & Shipley who are kindly sponsoring the event. You can find out more on Facebook or by following this link: www.facebook.com/events/577569522734866/.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a 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. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and successfully rehomed 39 dogs, 77 cats and 26 small animals in 2018. To find out more about Charlies Challenge and work the branch do visit their website: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk.

New App – 50 Things to do Before You’re 5!

NHP Children’s Centres are excited to let you all know about the new 50 things to do before your 5 app that Calderdale Council have developed in conjunction with the Children’s Centres and lots of other local partners.

It gives you 50 different, low cost and no cost activities that you can do with children aged under 5. There are lots of ideas for resources and children’s learning and it gives examples of where you can do the activities in Calderdale. You can download it from your app store today.

All the NHP Children’s Centres will be delivering 50 things to do before your 5 activities in the stay and play sessions this week and staff in these sessions will be able to show you how to download the app.

Why not pop along to one of the Centres groups this week and join in the fun and download the app.

Dads ‘R’ Us are at Innovations on Saturday 1 June

Dads ‘R’ Us are at Innovations Children’s Centre,  Cousin Lane, Ovenden HX2 8DQ on Saturday 1 June, 9:30am-11:30am.

Places are limited so please call 01422 248222 to book a place

Enjoy a cooked breakfast along with Children’s Centre staff then have fun in the allotment and do some planting that can be taken home.

Dads ‘R’ Us is a group run by volunteers in North Halifax. It is there to support men caring for children in the area; dads, uncles, grandads, any other male carers.

The group holds a regular meeting at different venues within North Halifax, on the 1st Saturday of every month. The session includes dads getting together having a full cooked breakfast with the kids and getting involved in all kinds of activities. Throughout the year Dads ‘R’ Us arrange trips out to farms, museums, camping trips and dads social evenings out.

If you need any more information please visit the website http://dadsareus.co.uk/

Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, Halifax HX2 8DQ

Circus Berlin at Savile Park

Continental Circus Berlin with an amalgamation of brilliant Circus acts, music & real youthful energy, incorporating fantastic performers from all over the world is being held in Savile Park, Halifax from Wednesday 22- Monday 27 May.

In an age where so much entertainment is unreal, made up of special effects, CGI and has a virtual reality, being pre-recorded, multi-tracked, digitally enhanced or in some other way electronically created – the sheer reality of a live show is a breath of fresh air and the feats and skills seen at Continental Circus Berlin are often so amazing that the Circus-goer literally can not believe their eyes.

Clown Angelo will guide you through this super show which also includes beautiful Aerialist’s, whirlwind jugglers, a laser duo sending laser beams from their fingers and the sensational wheel of death, rotating into the roof of the Big Top. An amazing array of acts twisting an age-old tradition for a modern family audience.

The motorcycle stunt riding team will be performing the Globe of Steel. The most death-defying act ever completed, watch as the group speed around at up to 70mph, experiencing G-force similar to that of an astronaut. Witness them loop vertically and horizontally while enclosed in a steel sphere. This really is one to get the adrenaline going!

On top of this there will be amazing high wire walkers , rola rola balancing on a motorbike and lightning fast quick change all performing their acts with their unique style.

Housed in a climate controlled Theatre style big top is sure to impress, this magical production is brimming with an international cast of breathtaking artistes featuring an unrivalled mix of genuine circus talent from every corner of the Globe.

This Circus is the finest show to come to town under The Continental Circus Berlin banner and this famous name has always been your guarantee of a great show, a rare treat, great fun & with something for all ages.

Tickets vary in price from £12 to £36 depending upon the seating position and can be bought online via Ticketmaster, Eventbrite or by phoning the box office on 07494 774008.


Tea Dance at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church

Illingworth Moor Methodist Church will be holding a Tea Dance on Saturday 25 May, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Entrance is just £5 which includes refreshments.

For more information contact Jean M at the church or email Paula at paulaprosser@blueyonder.co.uk

Walk to School Week 20-24 May 2019

Living Streets has created the greatest national Walk to School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

Each year a new five-day walking challenge is developed aimed at primary schools – the perfect activity to take part in during Walk to School Week.

This year, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Living Streets, the challenge will get to the heart of walking and how it can benefit the whole community as well as improve individual wellbeing.

This Year’s Theme and Activity

Living Streets will take pupils on a special walking journey re-tracing the steps of their greatest achievements over the course of the last 90 years.

The classrooms packs and activities are built to make the pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better: they’ll experience first hand the importance of walking to school.

Through the fun wall charts and stickers, children will work collaboratively to transform an unwelcoming and cluttered walking environment into the most walkable street imaginable.

For more information go to


Walsden: Calderdale Heritage Walks



The summer programme has fortnightly walks plus extra ones including Bank Holiday Mondays.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages).

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.

The next Heritage Walk is on;

Monday 27 May, 2:15pm – Walsden.

A walk at one of our westernmost extremities. Looking at the area and local transport systems back to pack horse tracks and toll roads.

Plus the stories of local chapels, mills and a Nobel Prize winner.

Meet Anne Mealia at 2:15pm outside the Walsden train station, OL14 7QQ.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page to see any late alterations.

The complete Summer Walks Programme as shown below can be downloaded here.