FREE half term activities at Orange Box for ages 11+

Get all arty in our arts and crafts sessions; beat your friends at table tennis; sing your favourite tunes with karaoke in the atrium; climb to new heights in our bouldering tunnel; see what you can do wearing a bumper ball in our zorbing sessions; and come help us celebrate the half term break with an end of week DJ party.

Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June – 2pm to 4pm

Click here for a full list of activities taking place in the May half term

No need to book, just turn up

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Crafts at Mount Zion every Tuesday – June to August

From June to August 2017, Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel will be open every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.

Cream Teas will be served for £3 and on selected Tuesdays there will be craft demonstrations.

There will be craft activities for children every Tuesday in August as well as a short service on 27th June, 25th July and 29th August.

For more information on Mount Zion visit

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Get involved with Volunteers Week 2017

Volunteers Week (1-7 June) is a great time to celebrate the brilliant work of volunteers across Calderdale and there’ll be lots of opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer at one of the events below

  • Thursday 8 June – VAC Volunteer Open Day
  • Thursday 8 June – Countryside Volunteering (Shibden Park)
  • Tuesday 13 June – Volunteering Fayre (Bradford)
  • Wednesday 14 June – The Changing Face of Volunteering

Click here for detailed information on each event…

Visit Sector Support Calderdale and Voluntary Action Calderdale to find out more.

If you’re looking for more about events visit and take a look at their events map or if you have any questions or comments about Volunteers Week 2017 or volunteering in general please contact

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How to talk to children about the Manchester attack

18581523_10156164210969951_1706289496868063529_nThe Ariana Grande Manchester bombing that left 22 dead and many injured is in all out thoughts at the moment. There were 21,000 people at the concert that was targeted by a suicide bomber yesterday evening and a large proportion were children and teenagers.

It can be really hard and upsetting to try to explain to children what is happening in the world and why. This incident is all the more shocking because it appears to have been a deliberate attack against children and young people.

Here are 8 things to remind someone who is scared:

1.     It’s really important the you don’t cover up your feelings if you are scared. Don’t worry quietly inside. Talk to someone you love and trust if you are worried about frightening news events.

2.     When there is a big event in the news, lots of inaccurate information ends up on the internet, so try to avoid it. Make sure you get your news from a trusted place like the BBC, Channel 4 or Sky news. Things that happen in the news will be talked about in the school playground or lunch hall, or in online chats. Better that you know the real facts, rather than hearing exaggerated or confused versions from other people. You need correct information, not misinformation.

3.     Remember that terrorism has always been there – as far back as Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot in 1605. There were seven assassination attempts on Queen Victoria during her 63-year reign in the 1800s. For 30 years, Britain lived with bomb attacks from the IRA over the Northern Ireland troubles. But there is always a solution. Right now, Islamic State (known as IS or Daesh) and other terror groups are trying to frighten the world into doing what they want. But, they will be defeated. There will be a solution. In the meantime, children will continue going to school, parents will continue to go to work, families will continue to go to sports events, concerts and on holiday

4.     Life continues.

5.     Remember that events like the Manchester attack are extremely rare, which is why they are in the news. We haven’t seen a big explosive attack like this in Britain since the London bombings in 2005 – some children today won’t even have been born then! The likelihood of being caught up in an event like this is so, so small, you can’t even do the sum to calculate the risk.

6.    The police are doing all they can to make sure that you are safe. More than 400 police officers were working through the night after the attack. Thousands more are working to try to stop events like this happening again.

7.     Remember, too, that there is much more good news than bad news happening. And that there are many more good people than bad people.

8.     Love is stronger than hate. Hug your family and friends a little bit closer and for a little bit longer.

Source: FirstNewsUK



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Memory Lane Cafe in Sowerby Bridge

Memory Lane Café was established in early 2016 and aims to support people living with memory loss including their family, carers and friends by providing information, emotional support, as well as the opportunity to share experiences with others, and ultimately help to reduce isolation.  The café also provides an informal and social environment in which to learn new skills, enjoy activities, listen to guest speakers and make new friends.

The Memory Lane Café is a not for profit organisation and is run by volunteers.  Local funding enabled the café to launch in February 2016 and runs from 1:30 pm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (see dates below).  Entry to the café costs £2 per person.  This includes all refreshments (tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits, cakes), materials and equipment (craft materials, games, memory puzzles, reminiscence aids), and helps to provide for guest speakers / entertainers.

The cafe is open to anyone living with dementia, other memory loss, or isolation. This includes carers, family and friends and is held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ. For further information contact June Harvey on 01422 706373 or email 

Remaining dates for 2017 are:

May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, October 14 and 28, November 11 and 25 and December 9.


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Castle Carr Fountain Walk 2017 – Tickets available!

This July in the estate of Castle Carr, their famous gravity fed fountain will once again rise magnificently into the sky.

Sunday 2 July 2017  A picturesque walk, 2.5 miles each way will commence from the Cat I’th Well Inn at 12noon prompt.

The estate will be open from noon until 3. Suitable footwear should be worn as parts of the walk are wet and muddy and uneven.

The fountain itself will play from 2pm for just over 15 minutes.

Organised again by the Rotary Club of Halifax, and with permission granted by Yorkshire Water and the land owner, it is again hoped the fountain will reach a height of over 100 feet.

This is strictly a ticket only event. Tickets costing £5 each can be purchased from the Crossroad Inn, the Cat ith Well Inn, Woodlesford Newsagents near Mount Tabor and Harvey’s of Halifax ( 3rd Floor Customer Services).

For families, a ticket enabling entry for two adults and up to three children is available for £15. Children under 5 have free entry. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead. Tickets can also be booked online here

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UPDATE! Illingworth and Warley Ward Forum date changes

Due to the upcoming general election, the dates for the Warley and Illingworth Ward Forum Meetings have now been changed.

Warley Ward Forum will now take place on Tuesday 13 June 2017 from 6.30pm at Grace Baptist Church, Roils Head Road, Norton Tower, HX2 0LH.

Illingworth Ward Forum will now take place on Wednesday 28 June 2017 from 6pm at Illingworth Fire Station, Keighley Rd, Illingworth, HX2 9LL

Come along to your local Ward Forum Meeting to have your say on what matters to you in your area.

For all Ward Forum dates please visit

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Volunteer at Shroggs Party in the Park 2017

The 10th annual Shroggs Party in the Park takes place at Shroggs Park, Lee Mount on Saturday 24 June 2017.

Could you spare some time to help volunteer in one of the following roles…

  • Set up – mainly between 6 am and 11:00 am on Saturday morning.
  • Steward – collect money at activities, pick up litter or help in the lost children’s tent
  • Clean up after the event – from 4pm onwards

Please note – a valid DBS is required for the Steward Role

If you are able to help please contact Glenn Roper on 07969062005 or by e-mail to

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WAC and Calderdale Forum 50+ Diabetes Management Programme

In partnership with the Women’s’ Activity Centre (WAC). Calderdale Forum 50 Plus is running a diabetes self-management programme to members of the Urdu/Punjabi speaking BME community who are suffering from Diabetes. The programme is aimed specifically at Diabetic patients and their carers and will be delivered at WAC by Diabetic Educators.

The programme is unique, providing person-centred educational support to older Asian community members who are suffering from Diabetes. Prevalence rates of Type 2 diabetes are much higher in the South Asian population but it is difficult for this group to access appropriate services.

Research has shown that this group is particularly at risk of not receiving on-going support to manage Diabetes, as one-to-one support at local Diabetic clinics can be difficult to access due to language barriers. The local NHS DESMOND programme is delivered in English and does not meet the different cultural needs and traditional diet South Asian population.

However, the joint Calderdale Forum 50 Plus & WAC programme is aimed at the local South Asian community and will be delivered solely to Urdu/Punjabi speaking South Asian population.

The Women’s’ Activity Centre has a great deal of experience in exploring and meeting the different needs of the local BME community: last year WAC delivered a Diabetes Educational Programme.

Our new project has been amended and improved to closely fit the needs of the BME community. We will provide a new Diabetes self-management programme, which will incorporate activities that reinforce the messages of Education: namely healthy eating, weight management and coping with stress.

The programme will include a support programme with structured activities, such as one-to-one support, monthly male and female support group, weekly exercise and cooking class. A Diabetes Educator will be employed on part-time basis to deliver the programme and monitor progress over a 12-month period.

The programme aims to improve overall health outcomes of clients through the following: reduced blood glucose levels, fewer visits to GP, weight loss, reduced waist size, reduction in diabetes medication, adopting a healthy diet whilst still enjoying your food, reduction in stress/depression and improved quality of life.

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Lloyds Enable: Settled Futures Project

The Lloyds Bank Foundation has awarded DART (Disability Advice Resource Team) a grant to run a small pilot project. From June 2017 they will provide a holistic support service for people over the age of 65 who are facing upheaval in their lives due to deteriorating health and/or changes of circumstances which threaten their independence. The Project will reach out to those who are isolated and have health problems. DART will work with health and social care providers to identify those recently hospitalised or those with a self-identified crisis and concerns about their future.

They will Work with clients face to face over several sessions to develop trust and confidence so that their concerns and issues can be successfully identified and addressed. The clients can then be supported to access appropriate services e.g. housing aids adaptations, access to social activities in order to help them maintain independence and dignity.

For further information about the service contact Ruth Booth on 01422 346040 or email

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FREE May Half Term Activities at Orange Box

FREE half term activities for ages 11+ return to Orange Box Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June between 2 pm and 4 pm. Get all arty in our arts and crafts sessions; beat your friends at table tennis; sing your favourite tunes with karaoke in the atrium; climb to new heights in our bouldering tunnel; see what you can do wearing a bumper ball in our zorbing sessions; and come help us celebrate the half term break with an end-of-week DJ party.

No need to book, just turn up (you will need to register when you arrive, if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come) For more information call 01422 433200 or email

Orange Box young people’s centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF (next to the Piece Hall)

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Halifax Sailing Club Open Day

Halifax Sailing Club invites you and your family to try out sailing or windsurfing for free at our club open day. On May 21st 2017 the club will be providing free taster sessions as part of the RYA’s national Push the Boat Out campaign.

Push the Boat Out is a nine day nationwide event that will see hundreds of sailing clubs and centres across the country opening their gates for local people to come and ‘have a go’ at sailing and windsurfing. Whether you’re completely new to the sport, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, you are welcome to come along and have some fun.

Starting at midday, visitors can get out on the water and try out sailing or windsurfing. All you’ll need is suitable footwear and a towel.

Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flatts) in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Formed in 1959, it is a friendly club, affiliated to the RYA, owned and run by the members. The reservoir covers 90 acres and, being the highest sailing club in England at an altitude of 410 meters, enjoys clear winds which provides top quality sailing.

Club Commodore Graham Norton says “We are delighted to be taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out, inviting the local community to come down to the club, have a go at sailing and windsurfing, see what the club has to offer and get involved. Who knows if your visit might just get you hooked!”

Visit our website at

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Donate and Volunteer at the Food and Support Drop-in

While they need everything on the list below, the Food and Support Drop-In are currently very short of tins of every kind, cereals, instant noodles, cakes, biscuits, and fillings to put into sandwiches. Sandwich fillings and instant meals such as noodles are vital for people who may have a kettle but no cooker or microwave.

Tinned meat, corned beef, ham etc, rice, toilet rolls, pies, e.g. Fray Bentos, breakfast cereals, roll on deodorant, tinned soup/Cup a Soup, curry sauce/pasta sauce, soap, tinned meals – Irish stew etc., shampoo, tinned fish, tinned puddings, shower gel, tinned potatoes, toothpaste, tinned vegetables (peas/carrots/sweetcorn etc), coffee, washing up liquid, tinned baked beans, sugar, washing powder, instant mash potato, fruit squashes, instant noodles/Pot Noodles etc., biscuits/crackers, complete dog food, meat pastes, peanut butter & other savoury sandwich spreads, sweets (individually wrapped if possible), complete cat food, jam/marmalade/lemon curd/chocolate spread etc., UHT milk, tin openers, small bars of chocolate or other individual treats, instant hot chocolate, bakery and fresh items for use in the free cafe.

They are also short of shoes, socks and trainers, bath towels and double size bedding including; double sheets, double quilts, quilt covers, and pillows.

The Drop-In is open for deliveries on Thursday and Saturday Mornings between 8.30am and 12 noon. They also need volunteers on these days – regularly or occasionally – and they also need people to help clean up after the doors close at 11.45am on Saturdays.

If you wish to help at all, please get in touch or visit them:

The Food and Support Drop In, C/o The Gathering Place, 1 St James Road, Halifax, HX1 1YS.


Telephone: 01422 647390


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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 19 May – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…


  • Youth Scrutiny Panel – Mixenden and Ovenden
  • Free Advice and Help from Citizens Advice Calderdale
  • This weekend! West Yorkshire Police Band Concert

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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Halifax is a Fairtrade Town

Halifax has become the latest town in a growing list of over 600 in the United Kingdom to gain Fairtrade Town status.

In April 2017 the Fairtrade Foundation granted Fairtrade status to Halifax. Fairtrade is all about helping the growers and producers of the products we love obtain a decent price. Halifax has committed to supporting Fairtrade and using licenced products with the FAIRTRADE mark.

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

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FREE School Holiday Activities at Mixenden Activity Centre

FREE Spring Bank holiday activities will once again take place at Mixenden Activity Centre on the following dates during the holidays:

  • Tuesday 30th May
  • Thursday 1st June

Meet Heather Stout at the Activity Centre at 2pm for a FREE 1 hour session on both days or  meet Heather at 1.45pm at Mixenden Library to walk up.

Please note that booking is essential as numbers are limited. All young people taking part must have a consent form completed by their parent or guardian.

To book please telephone Heather on 01422 255402 or telephone the centre directly on 01422 245006

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Sports Camps Over Half Term

A number of events are being held at the Inspire Sports and Fitness Centre at Calderdale College over the half term holiday.

From Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June there will be a 4 day Mixed Sport Camp led by Damian Gibson – a professional coach and former Rugby League Player for Leeds Rhinos.

The sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For further details call 01422 399331 or visit


Sports Camps Over Half Term From Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June also there will be a 4 day Football Camp led by qualified teaching staff and specialist coaches.

Again the sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For further details call 01422 399331 or visit


The Rugby Camp is for 1 day only on Wednesday 31 May led by Halifax Rugby League Players.

The session will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For further details call 01422 399331 or visit

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Junior Fun and Fitness Cricket Sessions

Illingworth CC has joined with the English Cricket Board to run All Stars Cricket over the next eight weeks starting Friday 19th May – 6.30 – 7.30pm. to run All Stars Cricket sessions on Friday evenings aimed at girls and boys aged five to eight.

Using safe equipment and specially trained coaches the sessions will allow children to make new friends, learn skills such as catching, throwing, batting, bowling and hand to eye coordination all whilst having fun in a safe family environment.

To register for this parents need to sign up through and there is an initial fee of £40 – Illingworth will give a cashback of £30 to the first 20 who sign up as a thank you for supporting this new venture. This bargain offer has been made possible thanks to the generosity of a local charity. Help will be on hand to register in the clubhouse on Friday evening if needed.

If you are still not convinced you can come along for the first two weeks and try before you buy. Don’t miss out. We can’t guarantee the offer will still be available if you delay.

Included in the £40 children will get:

  • 8 Friday evening fun sessions
  • A bat
  • Ball
  • Personalised t-shirt
  • Cap
  • Bag
  • Water bottle
  • Junior membership of Illingworth CC

Please ring or message Andrew Smith on 07979-645379 or email

Illingworth Cricket Club, Alloe Field View, Illingworth HX2 9EP

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Youth Scrutiny Panel – Mixenden and Ovenden

Young people from The Mixenden Activity Centre have set up a Youth Scrutiny Panel to try and understand some of the issues young people face in these present times.

Heather Stout, from the Mixenden Initiative, was approached by PC Jonny Ramsden from the Youth Offending Team and asked if she knew of any young people who would be willing to sit on such a group.

After discussions with Marcus Irving from the centre, it was agreed to invite a group of young people, who are already acting as peer mentors, to sit on the panel.

In total 14 young people, aged from 13 to 17, agreed to the task in hand.

The group was originally set up in March and their first task was to meet with PC Ramsden to try and understand why the police carry out Stop and Searches on young people and to gain their insight as to whether they feel they are justifiable or not.

The group met with PC Ramsden (Jonny) at the Youth Offending Team offices where Jonny gave them some examples of real life stop and searches and asked them their thoughts. He also explained about GOWISELY, the mnemonic police officers use before any search of a person takes place. Continue reading

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Volunteer with the Halifax Street Angels


Want to become a Street Angel and help make Halifax and Sowerby Bridge a better and safer place to have a night out? Or maybe you just want to help out behind the scenes?

Why volunteer

  • Full basic first aid training provided
  • Enjoy various social activities with a close knit team
  • make an immediate difference to the safety and well-being of the public
  • be part of a positive difference for the people of Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

If you are interested in volunteering with the Halifax Street Angels visit and fill in the application form.

Please note:

Filling in the form only indicates your interest. Upon submitting the form you will be contacted by a member of the Street Angels team to discuss it further.

All volunteers will be required to provide at least two references and will be subject to a DBS check before being allowed to join.

More detailed information is in the FAQ section under the title Volunteer Information, here.

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