Bookstart Busy Babies at Central Library – Ages 0 to 2

Songs and rhymes are the best introduction to the magical world of language and literature.

Come along to Bookstart Busy Babies at Halifax Central Library for 40 minutes of songs and rhymes led by our Early Years Librarian and Early Childhood Music Specialist, Ben Lawrence.

You and your baby will explore traditional songs and rhymes and add new ones to your repertoire.

Sessions run from 10 -10.40am and 11-11.40am on the following dates;

  • Thursday 27 February 2020
  • Thursday 5, 12, 19, 26 March 2020
  • Thursday 2, 9, 23, 30 April 2020

Just £2 per child or FREE with a passport to leisure

All children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Booking is not required, please pay on the day. For more information please contact Ben Lawrence on 01422 392620.

Daisy Chain Cafe new opening days Feb – May 2020

The Daisy Chain Cafe is open on the second Wednesday of each month fro 1.00 to 3.00pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.

The days from February to May 2020 are

  • Wednesday 12 February – 1.00 to 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 March – 1.00 to 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 April – 1.00 to 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 May – 1.00 to 3.00pm

at Blackburn House, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, HX3 5LT

Working Towards a Dementia
Friendly North Halifax

For more information contact Peter Robinson on 07763 747 032

Daisy Chain Cafe – Linking People Together

Dementia Friendly Film screening at Square Chapel *January 28*

Square Chapel Arts Centre are showcasing a selection of classic films as part of the Dementia Friendly films project.

The films are screened with low lighting and sound to create a comfortable atmosphere.

Screenings happen on the last Tuesday of every month.

Schedule for January to April 2020:

January 28: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers | U | 1954
February 25: Casablanca | U | 1942
March 31: That Night in Rio | U | 1941
Tuesday 28: Funny Face | U | 1957

For information and to book, visit:

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, HX1 1QG
www.squarechapel.co.uk
Call: 01422 349 422

Eureka! – 2020 Clubs dates – Access All Areas!


 

Acces All Areas clubs – 2020 dates!

We’re excited to be introducing new club activities in 2020 – Sensory Play and new seasonal activities.

Our clubs are free, include some time exploring the museum before getting crafty and creative with our trained Enablers, and the whole family is invited!

Remember: Places MUST be booked in advance, and clubs do tend to fill up. So give us a call on 01422 330069 to book your places. You can read more about each creative theme on our website.

 

  • Sunday 2nd February
    Tie-Dye
  • Sunday 1st March
    Clay Play
  • Tuesday 7th April
    Easter Fun
  • Tuesday 14th April
    Sensory Play (Down syndrome)
  • Sunday 26th April
    Print Making (Autism)
  • Sunday 10th May
    Stop Motion
  • Sunday 21st June
    Tie-Dye
  • Sunday 12th July
    Clay Play
  • Tuesday 21st July
    Summer Fun
  • Tuesday 28th July
    Print Making

Accessible Santa’s Grotto

Two years ago, we launched our autism-friendly grotto sessions – opening Santa’s Grotto an hour earlier, with bookable timeslots available, and lots of ways to tailor the grotto experience for all children.

We work hard to ensure that our grotto is always accessible, with trained staff and adjustable lighting and sounds. We know, though, that many families with disabled children find it beneficial to be able to book specific timeslots on arrival rather than having to join the grotto queue, and especially so when we open the grotto doors earlier at during a time when the museum is quieter.

An accessible grotto for children with any additional needs
Last Christmas, a few families of disabled children told us that it’s not just children with sensory conditions that would benefit from being able to come to these extra sessions – that children with any disabilities would. So this year we’ve changed things up by introducing our Accessible Grotto Sessions for disabled children and their families!

Our Grotto is always accessible: just let our elves know what changes or support you need and they’ll be happy to accommodate. However, if your child is disabled and would benefit specifically from being able to book a specific slot, during our quietest periods, come along on Grotto Days when we open at 10am and book a visit to the Accessible Grotto on arrival.

Accessible support in ALL grotto sessions:

  • All staff trained in disability awareness
  • Lighting can be subdued, and music turned off if required
  • Adjustments to outfits, e.g. Santa’s Beard

Additional options during Accessible Grotto sessions:

  • Book on arrival and get assigned a time slot so no need to queue. Just come to the grotto at your time!
  • Scheduled when the museum is quieter

To visit the grotto for either session-type, pay at the tills on arrival. Grotto visits are charged in addition to museum admission (remember – essential carers visit free) and cost £4 per child, including a small gift.

Visit the Eureka! website for grotto dates.

Beauty and the Beast at Victoria Theatre
– Signed & Relaxed Performances

It’s panto season again (oh no it isn’t!) for our friends up at the Victoria Theatre and their festive family show will include signed and relaxed performances:

Integrated Signed Performance
Sunday 29 December, 5:30pm & Monday 30 December, 1pm

With British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters involved in the action on-stage and taking part in the performances!

Relaxed Performance, Friday 3 January, 10:30am

Designed to be welcoming to everyone, especially adults and children who may feel unable to access theatre performances for a variety of reasons, for example: parents/carers with noisy infants, people who need or want to move around and/or vocalise during the performance, people with dementia, autism or with other complex access and inclusion needs.

Visit the Victoria Theatre for more information and to book your tickets.

Access all Areas are regular free clubs at Eureka! for children with additional needs and their families.

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.

Moorside School Adds to Initiative on Speeding Motorists

Residents in the area have raised concerns about traffic speeding in the vicinity of schools.

Children from Moorside Community Primary School have made a dedicated effort to make people aware of motorists ignoring the speed limit in their area.

Moorside Junior Wardens conducted speed checks on Keighley Road ,Ovenden on Tuesday 30 April 2019

Karen Scanlon, from the Ovenden Initiative, arranged for Junior Wardens from Moorside Community Primary School to go out with the speed camera to get an idea of how road users are driving in the local area around our local schools.

Joined by Dan Marham, Ovenden Initiative and Calderdale Council Community Warden Lee Ackroyd, the session began with Junior Wardens  using the camera on Keighley Road outside of Moorside Club where the responsible drivers received a thumbs up as they passed, and the not so responsible drivers getting a thumbs down!

From the 374 cars recorded,6 were driving in excess of the 30mph speed limit however the top speed recorded was 46 mph

Future speed checks will continue to take place throughout North and East Halifax with both Junior Warden Groups and in partnership with West Yorkshire Police in ongoing work to tackle nuisance vehicles in the area.

Cleaning up Our Neighbourhood and Community Involvement

Following concerns from residents in recent Ward Forum meetings, on Wednesday 1st May 2019 members of the North East Halifax Safer Cleaner Greener partnership took part in a clean-up of the Lee Mount area. Also involved were several members of the friends of Shroggs Park community group.

The Lee Mount community were informed of the clean-up through flyers that were delivered to 500 properties in the area and local residents certainly took advantage by filling the skip within 1 hour.

Apart from several tonnes of bulky waste that was removed, partners and volunteers carried out a litter pick of the estate and helped to remove 50 bin liners full of general litter.

Well done to everyone who took part!

Littering, bulky waste and fly-tipping is a problem in the Lee Mount area, if you need to have any waste removed or have any information about fly-tipping then please contact the customer first desk on  01422 288002.

Remember also that this is a project that is throughout Calderdale so any concerns in the Lower Valley can be addressed to the same number.