Whitehill Junior Wardens Learn More About Recycling

Calderdale Council’s’ Recycling Team Adviser, Chris Crossley, visited Whitehill Community Academy’s Junior Wardens on Wednesday 25 April to explain the importance of recycling and the negative effect it can have on our environment and wildlife if we fail to do so.

In the session, organised by Heather Stout from the Ovenden Initiative, Chris showed the junior wardens the kind of things they can recycle. There was a good discussion about recycling other things from home and how a lot of containers can be reused around the house.

A number of junior wardens talked about the things they reused at home and nearly all said their mums and dad used reusable shopping bags. She also explained that all councils now have targets to meet and that Calderdale no longer sends any rubbish to go to landfill.

The session included a brief history lesson on how some of our ideas for how we recycle today came about years ago and what things were recycled when Heather and Chris were the same age as the Junior Wardens.

Most of the Junior Wardens said that their households recycle, and those that don’t promised to ask their mums and dads to make more of an effort.

FREE Activity Week at Orange Box Young People’s Centre

Orange Box young people’s centre are hosting a FREE Activity week at in celebration of Tour de Yorkshire!

Monday 29 of April to Friday 4 of May 3pm – 6pm.

In celebration of Tour de Yorkshire Orange Box and Calderdale Young People’s Service want you to get ACTIVE!

A whole host of activities including Skating, Climbing, Ping Pong and Pool.
Need a rest after all that? Then let your hair down and Perform on our Acoustic Stage!

There will also be access to Youth Works drop-in which is a safe space for young people aged 13-25 to come along, ‘chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew.

The drop-in is always staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance on the whole range of issues that affect young people.

The drop in is open weekdays from 3:30pm to 5:45pm.

No need to book, just turn up – you will need to register when you arrive (with parent or carer if under 16) 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 jamie@orangeboxhalifax.org

Here is what’s happening each day:

  • Skating/Scootering – practise your tricks or have a go for the first time in the rooftop skate park 3pm – 6pm
  • Ping Pong/Pool – challenge a friend to a game or learn to play with a member of staff 3pm – 6pm
  • Bouldering – climb your way around the bouldering tunnel 3pm – 6pm
  • Open Mic/ Karaoke – bring your instruments, plug in and perform live on our Acoustic Stage. If you don’t play an instrument then why not sing along to our many backing tracks on Karaoke 3pm – 6pm
  • Youth Works drop-in – ‘Chill out’, listen to music, access the internet or have a brew.

Staffed by youth workers who can offer advice, information, support or guidance 3.30pm – 5:45pm (ages 13-25)

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 27 April – OUT NOW!

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  • Nominate for Park and Warley – Our Communities Awards 2018
  • World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Event
  • Dr Simpo’s Print-making Masterclass
  • Closures to Shibden Hall due to Filming ‘Gentleman Jack’
  • Not Long to Tour de Yorkshire – Times and Routes

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Have a great weekend!

Community Warden at St. Michael’s and All Angels School

CMBC Community Warden, Lee Ackroyd and Heather Stout from the Ovenden Initiative, visited St. Michael and All Angels school to give a talk on the work that Community Wardens do on a daily basis.

Lee gave details of what being the eyes and ears of the community involves, including some of the issues he faces such as having to report areas on dog fouling, littering, fly tipping as well as other problems such as uneven paths, fire hazards and anti-social behaviour. He also helps out with crowd control and safety at big events such as the Tour de Yorkshire.

As well as all the above, he told the Junior Wardens how he often helps Ward Link Workers with tasks such as door to door walkabouts to ask residents what they think of the area they live in, giving the community a chance to raise any concerns.
Lee also explained how he has the right to hand out fines for littering and dog fouling should such a situation arise.

The junior Wardens took a keen interest in the session and asked some great questions throughout; particularly upon learning that Lee also gets to work with the police and other service providers whenever they may need help.


Friends of West View Park Community Litter Pick

On the morning of Tuesday 24 April, a partnership of 15 people took part in a litter pick in and around West View Park, off Warley Road. Halifax.

In 1 hour the group filled 10 bags of rubbish from the park, Warley Road and Trimmingham Lane, in the park a number of used syringes were found and removed by officers from the Calderdale Council.

Pictured are members of the friends of West View Park Group together with officers from the North East Halifax Neighbourhood team, not in picture are staff from the councils SCG team.

If you have an interest in keeping a park clean and tidy by you then email tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk who can help you get involved.

West View Park has quite a history. The land was given to the town by local mill-owners Henry Charles McCrea (Mayor of Halifax 1869-1871) and Enoch Robinson (Mayor of Halifax 1904-1905). The park was opened in 1897.


The war memorial to 73 soldiers who fell in the South African or Boer Wars was unveiled in 1904. An elaborate stone structure with bronze tablets, it has a circular upper stage of polished granite supporting a standing bronze figure of a soldier.

In 1937, the statue was blown over in a storm. A balustrade from the eastern side of Halifax Town Hall was removed and placed around the memorial sometime in the 20th century.

Three field guns stood by the statue until 1937 when the supporting woodwork was found to be rotten. The memorial is a grade II listed monument.


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Event at Dean Clough

To celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Tai Chi Tigers will be holding a FREE event for all age groups on Saturday 28 April, 10:30am – 11:30am at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax (go to Dean Mills main reception).

This is a free event for all age groups and there is wheelchair access to the venue, the event will include mindfulness and movement.

For further information please ring Marsha on 07810 094395 or go to the following website taichitigers.co.uk look under classes or contact info@taichitigers.co.uk.

North Halifax Partnership and Andys Man Club in 13 goal thriller

The North Halifax Partnership and Andys Man Club FC went head to head in a charity football match on Sunday 22 April 2018 in memory of former Ovenden Phoenix Player Jordan Sheils and to raise awareness around Mens Mental Health and mark the start of CAP week.

The North Halifax Partnership Team eventually ran out 8-5 winners in what was a closely contested affair for most part.

After a well worked move between midfield pair Reece Griffiths and former Ovenden Phoenix player Ash Scully the Ball was picked up by North Halifax Partnership Captain and Centre Forward Dan Marham who stayed on his feet following a mistimed challenge in the penalty area before placing a shot into the bottom corner to open the scoring.

Andys Man Club F.C. equalized shortly after following a fast counter attack catching the partnership out at the back and with the score tied at 1-1 Ash Scully produced some fantastic footwork in midfield once again before playing  a defence splitting pass for Dan Marham to grab his second goal of the game.

The lead was short lived as Andys Man Club found yet another equaliser bringing the score level at 2-2.

Chances for both teams were coming fast and frequently with both goalkeepers making some fantastic saves,  Brandon Wilkinson being kept out by the woodwork and Dan Marham coming agonisingly close to a first half hat trick when his overhead attempt went narrowly wide of the post.

Brandon soon topped his first effort when finding himself in space on the edge of the area and after seeing the opposing keeper off his line he found the back of the net with an audacious lob to give the Partnership a 3-2 lead.

Two unanswered goals from Andys Man Club F.C. saw them take a well deserved 4-3 lead into half time which included the best goal of the game when a shot from around 30 yards out found the top corner after partnership goal keeper Jonathan Spencer managed to get the slightest of touches to try keep it out.

The second half provided more of the same with Brandon Wilkinson adding his second goal with a driven effort to bring the scores level. The North Halifax Partnership team took a 5-4 lead through Ash Scully who produced a fine solo effort dribbling round a number of players before curling a shot into the back of the net.

Patrick Hellowell got on the score sheet twice with one being a fantastic effort from range after he won the ball back in Midfield.  Andys Man Club grabbed a 5th goal on the break whilst the 8th and final goal for North Halifax Partnership came from the spot after Jorden Scanlon who produced a solid second half display was unlucky to give away a penalty. Left Back Jack Gaunt stepped up and remained calm to secure an 8-5 win for the North Halifax Partnership and bring an end to yet another great community event.

Dan Marham, Ward Link Worker for the North Halifax Partnership said;

“It’s been a fantastic event as usual and it’s always a pleasure to take part in these games for such a great cause. All the lads have enjoyed themselves today and I think I speak for the whole team when I say thank you to Andy’s Man Club FC for being a part of it once again.”

As well as Andy’s Man Club, The North Halifax Partnership would also like to thank West Yorkshire Police who came along to show their support, Calderdale Council Community Wardens, OSCA Foundation for allowing the use of the pitch, Project_Twelve:31 Girls Group, members of the public who came to spectate and also the players of both teams who all put in 100% effort from start to finish.