20mph in North Halifax – have your say!

20mph is coming to North Halifax this year – have your say on where it should be introduced and tell Calderdale Council by 27 May.

Following the approval by Calderdale Council’s cabinet of the roll out of 20mph speed limits on residential streets and roads we can now give you full details of the next phase of the scheme which is planned for October 2016.

20mph speed limits will be introduced in Illingworth, Ovenden, Bradshaw, Fountainhead and Wheatley areas.  A modification is also proposed which will extend the length of Mill Lane, Mixenden, to which the 20mph speed limit applies.

Other areas of Calderdale will be phased in over 2017.

The introduction of 20mph is seen as a positive way forward in our battle to reduce the number of vulnerable road users seriously injured in collisions and to help make our streets safe and pleasant for all children and adults however they travel or wherever they live.

Detailed plans outlining the streets involved in the speed limit changes in the area are now available on the Calderdale Council website at www.calderdale.gov.uk/20mph.

You can register your support or formally comment by writing to us at 20mph, Public Health, 3rd Floor, Northgate House, Halifax HX1 1UN or by emailing 20mph@calderdale.gov.uk by 27 May 2016.

If you require copies of the maps or any additional information please call 01422 392141/392814 or email 20mph@calderdale.gov.uk

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 29 April – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…


  • Northowram Scarecrow Festival this weekend
  • Calderdale Local and PCC Elections 5 May
  • Drop-in sessions about the changes to Calderdale Hospital Services
  • Singing for the Brain! Halifax Alzheimer’s Society looking for a volunteer singer

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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Clean for the Queen on Gibralter Road

People from St Hilda’s Church, Gibraltar Road, the local Mosque,  members of the Cubs and Scouts and our friends and neighbours will  be ‘cleaning for the Queen’ on Saturday 7 May 7th from 9.45am.

All necessary equipment to be provided by Calderdale Council and light refreshments will be available. Meet at St Hilda’s Church, Gibraltar Road, HX1 4HE

All welcome to join in!   Clean for the Queen logo

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Changes to hospital services 2 Drop-in sessions

  • Tuesday 3 May, 2pm – 8pm at Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Halifax, HX3 5SW
  • Wednesday 18 May, 2pm – 8pm at OrangeboxThomas Street, Halifax, HX1 1AF

These Information Sessions will give you a chance to learn more about the proposed changes and for the Health Service to listen to your views.

You will be able to obtain a hard-copy of the Consultation Document and survey or even complete the survey online.

There will be local clinicians and health managers on hand to discuss the plans with you.

The sessions are arranged on different days and different times to give as many people as possible the chance to attend.

All the Information Session venues are disabled access friendly.

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Northowram Burner 2016

Great news! You can now register for the Northowram Burner which takes place on Sunday 12 June! 2.5k Family Fun Run, 10k Run and fantastic Summer Fayre.
Register and pay directly through the website www.runtheburner.co.uk or contact Northowram School.
Northowram Burner
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Book Sale at Central Library

Find a bargain this Spring Bank at Halifax Central library on Saturday 28 May, 9.30am-4pm.

Sale includes DVDs, children’s books and information books.

More information telephone 01422 392631

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Halifax Marathon & Half Marathon this July

Taking place on Sunday 3 July, the 2016 Halifax Marathon is going to be a great way to bring your summer to an exciting and fulfilling start.

Incorporating a full Marathon, a Half Marathon and Fun Run, plus lots of other activities at the event’s HQ, this event should definitely be on your to-do list this year!

The route: is certainly a bit different. With a single lap for Half-Marathon runners and two for the Marathon, its a hilly opening few miles before a kinder run in to the finish. It’s challenging, it’s hilly and it’s very much a taste of Halifax, with urban, upland, woodland and industrial heritage all mixed together!

The Event Ethos: This is no ordinary marathon.  It is a unique, bespoke, family event with the option of a half marathon

The Food: Local Street vendors will be providing you with a selection of race recovery foods, perfect for celebrating your running achievements. plenty of different foods to choose from!

The Entertainment: On the well marked course you will be supported by a whole host of people, local running groups and charities etc. The fuel and drink station will have snacks & drinks ready for you as you pass by.

The Charities: Our charity partners for 2016  Overgate Hospice & TBC they will be handing you out your finishers bags containing your t-shirt + medal. www.overgatehospice.org.uk

How to Enter The Event: In order to keep this marathon special, entries are restricted to 500 for the 2016 Marathon / Half  Marathon.
– Marathon £35  – Half Marathon £30.00

To apply and for more information click here
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Get involved with Calderdale Neighbours Day 2016

This year’s event will take place on Saturday 9 July 2016 at People’s Park,Neighbours Day - Digital Halifax and will follow a similar format to previous years with a community market, main stage showcasing the best local talent plus lots of interactive activities for everyone. This year’s event is a joint event with Refugee Week Calderdale.

If you’d like to book a stall on the community market please complete and return the attached form. Please do not book via the neighbours day website. For those of you unfamiliar with the day please see the links below for a flavour of previous events. It’s a fantastic opportunity to promote your organisation, recruit volunteers or fund raise.

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No One Should Have No One

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are participating in the No one should have No one campaign!

Aiming to reduce loneliness in older people. And we need your help and support.

This can be done as easily as you like. You can:

  • Volunteer as an Age UK C&K befriender and visit an older person in their home once a week. It’ll just take up an hour of your time and it might just be the highlight of the week for a lonely older person. Find out more by contacting our Befriending Coordinator on 01422 252 040 and see the Befriending page on this site.
  • Be a good neighbour! Visit our ‘Be a Good Neighbour’ page  and and make a pledge to support an older neighbour in some small way. You will find plenty of suggestions from sharing a cuppa to taking out the bins.
  • Make a one off donation of £3 just text ‘AUCK15 £3’ to 70070 to help us support local people.
  • Make a regular donation via our online giving page.

How about fundraising for our charity. For information on how you can help stop loneliness in older people, contact Judith Churley on 01484 535 994 or email jchurley@ageukck.org.uk

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Internation flavour at Halifax Continental Market

bratwurst_700From Thursday 5 May to Sunday 8 May 2016, Halifax will be playing host to over 30 different traders who have come from all over the world, bringing an array of tastes and unique crafts!

The town centre is going to be swamped with a fantastic atmosphere for this four-day event which is sure to offer something for the whole family. There will be a fantastic range of Spanish tapas, a Traditional German Schwenkgrill which will be offering a number of Bratwurst and Currywurst sausages. Minot Markets will also be in Halifax with authentic French crepes and a range of toppings as Meats of the World will have a selection of exotic meats including Ostrich, Crocodile and Wild Boar!

There will be a fantastic selection of South American Jewellery and Knitwear, beautiful Amber jewellery as well as the ever popular Dutch Flower market which will provide bulbs, plants, flowers and unique garden accessories, all transported from Holland.

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Ye Woolshops Town Crier Competition

Oyez, Oyez, Woolshops to host second Town Crier Competition!

On Saturday 7 May Woolshops will host its second town crier competition in conjunction with Halifax town crier, Les Cutts.

town_crier_competition_700From 11am – 3pm, criers from across the UK will compete to be crowned the Woolshops Champion Town Crier 2016.

Criers will participate in two rounds throughout the day and will be judged on their confidence, bearing, diction, inflection, accuracy, volume and clarity.

Shoppers will also be able to visit a pop-up vintage café which is being run in conjunction with Pass It On and the Imperial Crown hotel, and street food from Ispice

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Singing for the Brain –Halifax, Alzheimer’s Society

In Halifax we are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our volunteer team to support a rapidly growing, lively group of singers. No experience of singing necessary, just a willingness to join in and enjoy the music.

Singing for the Brain is musical activity that provides stimulation and enjoyment through song and social interaction for people with dementia and people supporting them. It helps to reduce isolation and music and singing are known to improve wellbeing.

If you have 3 hours to spare, twice a month on a Tuesday morning then please get in touch with us.

For further information please contact Dennis Ward, Volunteering Officer, West Yorkshire. Tel; 07703607308 email: volswestyorkshire@alzheimers.org.uk Volunteers will need to provide 2 references and complete a DBS check as well as attend a short induction in our Halifax office.

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Bank Holiday Information

Whatever the weather, there’s lots happening across Calderdale this May Day Bank Holiday.

Find out more at our Visit Calderdale website and don’t forget about our excellent film trail – copies at tourist information centres or on the Visit Calerdale website.

For changes in Council services, including sports timetables and recycle and waste collections this Bank Holiday visit Calderdale Council website. Many services are available online 24/7.

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Learning How to Die

Luca Rutherford, ARC Stockton and Ovalhouse presents

Thursday 12 May, 8pm
Approx Running Time: 55mins

Age: 14+

Tickets: £13 (£11 Concessions)
(Includes £1 online booking fee)

This is a show about death. It’s not a show about being sad. Or about grief. Or pity. This is a show about the actuality of dying and how an acceptance of mortality can drive a passion for life.

Learning How To Die asks what scares us about dying, and how can we use that fear to drive our living actions. Can we stop being scared of talking about dying? Can we find new ways to talk about death now, not just when we are faced with it, or have to deal with someone else’s? It won’t make it any less painful but it might just make things easier.


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Death Cafe at Square Chapel

death cafe

On the Thursday 12 May, 1-3pm go along to a special ‘Death Cafe’ at Square Chapel, Halifax.

Drink tea and eat cake and talk about the beauty of life and any concerns you have about death.

The aim of death cafes is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their lives.

Come on, it won’t kill you!

Find out more here



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Calderdale Local elections 5 May

Elections are being held on Thursday 5 May 2016 for local borough councillors and the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

How to vote 

First of all, you must be on the electoral register.  The deadline to register to vote in the 5 May elections was 18 April 2016 so if you weren’t registered before this date, you won’t be able to vote.

Every person who is registered to vote will be sent a polling card, which will tell you at which polling station you are able to vote. Polling stations will be open between 7am-10pm on 5 May.  You don’t need to take your polling card with you to the polling station.

If you are unable to go to the polling station yourself you should have applied to vote by proxy by 5pm on 26 April 2016, or to apply for a postal vote by 19 April 2016.

You can read the statement of the persons nominated for the local election in your Ward at nominations.

Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

The candidate statements for the West Yorkshire PCC elections have now been published – information on candidates standing at Choose my PCC.

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Activities to keep you active and well in Shelf

Come along, try out new activities and make new friends at Shelf Library every Tuesday from 5 April – 27 September 2016 (excluding 12 April, 24 May, 12 July, 2 August and 20 September)

Activities include:

  • Relaxation Therapy/Meditation – achieve calmness of mind and body (2-3pm)
  • Kurling – just like curling but without the ice (2-3pm)
  • Tai Chi – gentle exercise and good for balance. (3.30-4.30pm)

Includes a break for tea/coffee and chat

Please wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable footwear.


Prior to any form of new physical activity it is advised that you consult with your doctor.

For more information please contact: Hayley Conlon on 01422 393956 or email hayley.conlon@calderdale.gov.uk

Shelf Library, Shelf Village Hall, Halifax HX3 7NE

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Do you need some help using your computer, laptop or tablet?

Book a FREE 1-1 session with a volunteer at Halifax Central Library.

Help includes: • Getting started • Using the Internet • Emails and attachments • Job searching • Apps • Social media tips • Family history• File organisation.

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Book your session in the Reference Library 01422 392631

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Dinosaur Park ‘relaxed performance’ at Square Chapel

Beyond Ramps is a collaboration between Square Chapel and Purple Patch Arts supported by Calderdale Adults, Health and Social Care, focusing on understanding how to make performing arts and theatre accessible, relevant and appealing to people with learning disabilities.

As part of the spring/summer programme a relaxed performance of Dinosaur Park will take place on Thursday 18 May at 2.30pm. Relaxed performances are designed for the comfort of those who require additional access and support.

Find out more and book a place here



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Heath Stroke Club news and events

HSC.pngClick here for the Spring 2016 newsletter from Heath Stroke Club Care Services.


  • Leeds and Liverpool Canal sponsored walk
  • 1960s Summer Music event
  • Lunch Club dates coming up
  • May closures
  • Fundraising and appeals news

Facebook Check out the Facebook page – Heath Stroke Club Care Services



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