Young Leaders Course With Lead the Way

Lead the Way currently has spaces on the Young Leaders Course July/August for people aged 16/17 yrs who have a learning disability, autism or both.

This is a  great opportunity to be involved and find out about what is happening in Calderdale.

If interested in learning more about this opportunity, email Karen on

Countryside News – Spring Edition Out Now!

The latest edition of Countryside News from Calderdale Council with a programme of  walks and events which covers the period 1 April to 30 September 2018 is now available.

The council were expecting to only have information online this time but thanks to support from Public Health, they have been able to produce a printed leaflet for Spring and Summer this year.

The printed leaflet can be found in local Tourist Information Centres, Sports Centres, Libraries and Ogden Water Visitor Centre.

In the leaflet you will find a brief description of walks, events and practical days; to find out more details you will need to visit the Council’s website and search for Countryside Events or you can go direct to the web and browse through the listings.

If you do not have access to a computer at home, free access is available in local libraries or you can ring 01422 284415 to find out the information you need (answerphone available for out of hours calls but please leave your name and number so they can call you back).

There are a wide range of walks, events and activities on offer again this spring and summer including bat walks, stream dipping, practical conservation days, moth trapping and a number of opportunities to improve your gardening skills at Manor Heath Park.

Go Up Wainhouse Tower on Easter Monday!

On Easter Monday, 2 April, why not climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase of Wainhouse Tower to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian chimney!

Wainhouse Tower is open from 11am to 4pm (last ascent 3.30pm) on the following dates in 2018:

  • Easter Monday 2 April
  • May Day Monday 7 May
  • Spring Bank Monday 28 May
  • August Bank Monday 27 August

Prices are Adult £3; Children & Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £2.50; Child PPL £2; Family ticket ( 2 Adult & 2 Children ) £10.

For further information please contact Dawn Mitchell on 07540 674307 or email

For more on the history of the Tower, see: History of Wainhouse Tower.  A 360° view from Wainhouse Tower by Joby Catto from Anti Limited. This gives a preview of the views from the top of the tower.

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.