The Beechwood Big Picnic 2019 – a great big fun day for all the family

event header A4Pack your bucket and spade because the Beechwood Big Picnic is back!

Saturday 7 September, 12 noon –  4pm, Beechwood Park, Holmfield.

Lots of free activities for children, young people and grown-ups.

Traditional seaside attractions including a real beach, deckchairs and children’s entertainment. Bring your own picnic or choose from various food stalls.

  • Dog Show Competition and Family Fun Run.
  • Tug-of-War, Egg and Spoon, Knobbly Knees, Hook-a-duck.
  • Have-a-go Pilates, Mountain Biking, Football, Rugby skills, Tai-Chi, Petanque, Croquet.
  • Mad-Hatter’s Tea Party and DadsRUs in the Stocks!
  • Phoenix Shed woodwork displays, Bowling Club demo
  • Fire Engine and West Yorkshire Police.
  • Community stalls and entertainment from Threeways Gymnastics, the Magpie Movers, Phoenix Radio.

FREE entry.

Limited parking will be available at Trinity Academy Halifax, HX2 9TZ

Dogs welcome but please keep on a lead.

Event contact: 0300 555 0266

Board not Bored at Mixenden Library

board-not-bored-e1562766082362.jpgDo you love playing board games?

Why not come along to the Mixenden Library Board Games Club!

We have lots of new, exciting and unusual games recommended for ages 8 -14 years.

It’s completely FREE!

Mixenden Library

  • Monday 22nd and 29th July
  • Monday 5th and 19th August

Time: 1.30pm – 3pm

For more information, please contact Gillian Rice from Discover at Calderdale Libraries Service on 01422 392638



Furness Avenue new homes consultation

furness new homes consulation

Home Group is preparing a planning application for new homes on the land around
Furness Avenue. These will include 2, 3 and 4 bed homes and an extra care apartment block for older people.

Home Group will be in Morrisons, Keighley Road, on Thursday 11 July between 12 and
6pm and would love to see you there if you’d like to know more about it.

To find out more if you can’t make it, please contact Clare Walker on 07391 017164 or email

Or check out these FAQs


Home Group Limited (charitable registered society No. 22981R)

2019 West View Park Family Fun Day – Sat 13 July

Family Fun Day at West View Park on Saturday 13 July 2019, 12pm – 4pm. Lots of activities for you and your family and FREE entry!


Training – Setting Up a New Organisation

Thursday 11 July 2019VSI Alliance.png, 1.15pm – 4.45pm

Venue: VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY

The structure you choose for your group or organisation has an impact on governance, funding, and issues e.g. employing staff and managing assets.

This session explores common structures in the voluntary and community sector, including charitable and non-charitable. It will be useful for anyone starting a new group, as well as those that want to find out if their current structure is the best option.

Book your place here…

Aloha from Moorside – school fair this afternoon!

Friday 5 July 2019 at Moorside Community Primary School from 3.15pm (straight after school)

Featuring: DADS R US BBQ, Tombolas, Hook-a-duck, Face painting, Snacks, cakes and drinks


MixMatch Challenge goes from strength to strength

The MixMatch challenge just keeps getting better. Never mind that the sun stayed away for the sixth year running because nothing was going to dampen the spirits of Trinity Academy Halifax and Park Lane Academy pupils.


Proud 2019 winners – Park Lane Academy

The school teams went head to head in a series of mental and physical challenges devised by local services including Mixenden Activity Centre, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service and Calderdale Council community wardens.

A total of 48 young people from Trinity and Park Lane Academies took part throughout the morning starting with a tag collection in the woods in which participants had to collect as many of their teams coloured tags within 5 minutes.

The rest of the challenges included a mountain bike time trial, blindfold obstacle course,  bench and ducking pool, road safety investigation, tent building, fire hose obstacle course and indoor climbing. The teams were scored on their performances throughout the morning based on their team work, leadership, communication and initiative in order to decide the final teams.

The final water dash challenge saw Park Lane Academy take the trophy this year and as an extra prize this year both finalists will be invited to take part in an activity day at Mixenden Activity Centre.

Dan Marham, who runs the event said,

” It was a fantastic event and all the young people involved tried really hard… a favourite activity this year was the bench and ducking pool challenge in which teams had to stand on a bench with a pool on either side and had to rearrange their order based on a series of different requests such as height, age, number of siblings and pet size.

The finals were once again great to watch and as competitive as they are they were completed in great spirits as usual. Park Lane may have triumphed this year but both schools absolutely smashed it and can all be proud of their efforts! “

Vicky McGhee, Neighbourhood Manager said;

“It’s such a fabulous partnership event and its a great outcome seeing everyone working together across agencies. Seeing the kids actively talking part, talking to officers and just having a good laugh – I don’t think there’s another event quite like this for breaking down barriers between young people and uniformed services.”

Special thanks goes to all the partner services who got involved on the day to provide fun challenges for the young people to take part in, school staff who continue to support the event and of course the young people who make events such as the Mix Match Challenge worthwhile.

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