Project_Twelve:31 team up with Handmade Parade making Koinobori

Young people from Project_Twelve:31 worked with Handmade Parade artist Bee Jasko and writer Emma Decent to create work as part of Fly Project  throughout the Summer holidays.

Three sessions were held throughout the summer programme. Handmade Parade had approached and  arranged with Project _Twelve;31 to deliver the sessions where a total of 20 young people attended across the three sessions, creating  very detailed and imaginative wind socks.

They created designs on silk using dye to make wind socks called Koinobori by drawing patterns & dying fabric.

They were then allowed to flutter in the wind in Shibden Park. The custom is followed in Japan on Children’s Day, which takes place on May 5, the last day of Golden Week, the largest break for workers and also a week in which businesses usually close for up to 9–10 days. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honour of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

The fantastic work was displayed on Saturday 9 September 2017 at Shibden Hall, Halifax, as part of the Heritage Open Day

Fly! is a community engagement project in partnership with Handmade Parade, Yorkshire Water and Pennine Prospects that aims to use the arts and kite making to encourage local people to access the South Pennine landscape.

Look for us on or handmade parade

Grayston Unity’s 1st Outdoor Music Festival

August Bank Holiday FREE weekend music festival in the back beer yard of the Grayston Unity, Halifax (by the town hall) headlined by Nervous Twitch. Also appearing, Fold, Jessica Thristan, The Tragics, Keiron Higgins,From the Hills & Violet Disguise.

Nervous Twitch are a three-piece from Leeds UK described as “A winning, fuzzy blend of garage-punk and pop hooks” mixing bands like The Ramones, Au Pairs, The Cramps, Blondie and Thee Headcoats, pumping out “Catchy songs full of hooky heartbreak, rumbling twang, post-punk-ish attitude and warm bouncy rock n’ roll”. 2016 has seenTwitch perform a live session for Marc Riley and live acoustic tracks for Mary Anne Hobbs’, both on BBC Radio 6 Music. Since 2013, Twitch have played gigs with some familiar names including Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, The Lovely Eggs, Shopping, Flamin’ Groovies, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds. Recent
releases include two albums on Odd Box Records, “Get Back In Line” (2015) and “Don’t Take My TV” (2016) and two 7” singles on Punk Fox Records. The band recently returned from a successful tour of Europe. Continue reading

Albesila Luminarium – Architects of Air at The Piece Hall

FREE entry 25-28 August 2017.

  • Friday 12:00-1900
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00-19:00
  • Monday 10:00-1900

Taking inspiration from Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals, founder, designer and artistic director, Alan Parkinson, has created a series of structures that guide you into a sense of wonder.

Albesila is their latest creation and marks the company’s 25th year. The Piece Hall’s glorious central courtyard will be one of the first locations to showcase this new labyrinth of geometric forms. It will invite audiences to move in a medium of subtle hues as vivid reflections of liquid colour spills across the curved walls, creating a world apart from the normal and everyday.

“What motivates me to design is the fact that I continue to be struck by the beauty of light and colour found in the luminaria. These structures nurture an awareness of a pure phenomena that gently cuts through everyday conditioned perceptions…” Alan Parkinson, designer and founder of Architects of Air.

After dark the luminarium will be lit from the inside bringing the architecture to life for visitors in contrast to the surrounding Grade I listed building.

The event is not ticketed so just drop in but please note capacity is limited inside so you may be expected to queue.

It is also important that you read the Essential Information with regard to avoiding bringing bags (to enter the luminarium you must take off your shoes and have no bulky items). Checking this information will avoid disappointment.

Canoeing at Mixenden Activity Centre

Tuesday’s FREE ACTIVITY at Mixenden Activity Centre was canoeing and MAC is grateful to Yorkshire Water for allowing this activity on Mixenden Reservoir. The water bailiffs from Yorkshire Water are responsible for controlling any activities on the reservoir including preventing unauthorised fishing, ensuring that people remain safe by stopping swimming etc.

Tom Jennings, Specialist Tutor at the Centre,  took a group of 6 local young people out on the reservoir, behind the centre, for a canoeing lesson.

The group were absolutely brilliant. Within minutes Tom had taught them how to paddle a canoe, and they were soon canoeing across the reservoir on their own, whilst Tom followed separately.

To get them used to the cold water, and to give them confidence, Tom also taught them to jump off the side of the canoe into the water.

The centre provides FREE activities for local children during the school holidays on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other activities include, rock climbing, archery, mountain biking and camp craft

If you would like further details of these free activity days, please contact Heather Stout at The Mixenden Initiative on 01422 255402 – booking is essential as places are limited.

Halifax RUFC men set for 1st friendly

Halifax RUFC‘s men will look to put all their hard work during pre-season into practice when they tackle Heath on Thursday August 24. The match, which kicks off at 7pm at Heath RUFC, will be the first game under the new coaching team of Gaz Matthews, Matt Bradley, Phil Gallagher and Dean Cotton.
The quartet have drilled the Halifax squad hard since the start of July – with the players responding brilliantly to the challenges.
Training numbers have remained good throughout, with the clash against Heath a big step towards the club’s challenges in Yorkshire Four (NW) and the Merit League.
The match will be split over four 20-minute quarters, with Halifax set to give all available players a chance to shine ahead of the new season.

All support is welcome, although our wonderful Ladies will be continuing their own preparations for the new season at Ovenden Park with training.

Phoenix FM Community Station Licence Renewed

OFCOM has awarded another 5 years licence to Phoenix 96.7 FM, Calderdale’s only full time community radio station. In December this year the station will have been broadcasting for 10 years.
Over this time the station has reached a monthly audience of over 80,000 listeners with an additional 3.2K listening via the Tune In Radio App. The Online broadcast has also reached audiences as far away as the USA, Canada, Switzerland and China.
Over the past 10 years the station has broadcast live from several venues around Calderdale including the Halifax Minster, The Piece Hall, The Victoria Theatre, Hebden Bridge Market Square, Halifax Gala as well as presenting events such as the Hebden Bridge Duck Race and Neighbours Day.
The station has gained a strong reputation for supporting people through our training programmes; linking diverse communities and working with volunteers of all ages and abilities. We have also promoted local charities, businesses, sports clubs and musicians, as well as offering placements to local and regional schools, colleges and Universities.
More recently we have developed a Youth Show which involves working with young people in care, care leavers and young carers. We also work with people with Parkinson’s and older people to support those showing early signs of Dementia, as well as combating isolation by meeting with people and recording their memories of growing up in Calderdale. Our aim is to create an audio history of Calderdale, told through the voices of people who have lived and worked here.
Our new chapter begins with a move to Fletcher’s Mill, Dean Clough where, from our new studios, we will continue to serve the people of Calderdale.

Elves & Fairies at Ogden Water

Tuesday 22 August 2017  at Ogden Water starting at either 10:30 or 13:30 go along to Ogden Water to make elves and fairies from natural materials.

Booking is essential (limited places available) and prices are £3.80 (£2.80 with a Passport to Leisure).
Suitable for ages 3+ (no unaccompanied children) and unfortunately not suitable for dogs.