Next Daisy Chain Cafe at Halifax Rugby Union Club

Just to remind you that the next Daisy Chain Café will be held on Wednesday 14 November, 1:00pm-3:00pm at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road.

For  more information contact Karen Scanlon on 0300 555 0266.

Daisy Chain Café is a new community run, monthly meeting place in Ovenden run by volunteers and partners from the North Halifax Staying Well Steering Group who are working towards a Dementia Friendly North Halifax.

Funded by the ‘North Halifax Community Fund’ Daisy Chain Café is open to anybody especially people and living with or affected by dementia. The mission of the cafe is to provide friendship, support, activities and cake!

Future events for this year and the beginning of next are Wednesday 12 December, 1:00pm-3:00pm and Wednesday 9 January, , 1:00pm-3:00pm.



New Beginnings Christian Centre Christmas Fair

The New Beginnings Christian Centre on Nursery Lane, Ovenden will be holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 1 December, 11:00am-3:00pm. 

Entry is FREE to visit the Christmas stalls selling gifts and candles and with refreshments available at the cafe. For the children there will be face painting, colouring and much more.

Santa will be there and children 0-11 years can visit him for £5 by booking in advance on 01422 385207 (on Wednesday afternoons) or by emailing

Being Faithful Neighbours in Interfaith Week

The Holy Nativity Church continues to strengthen the relationship with Hopwood Lane Mosque and have been invited to visit during Interfaith Week on Thursday 15 November, 12:00pm-2:00pm.

During the visit, you will be able to tour the mosque, have refreshments and get to know the neighbours. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the Islamic faith.

Holy Nativity are also inviting the community at Hopwood Lane to join them for a visit on the morning of the 20 December.

Everyone continues to encourage interfaith dialogue and awareness by uniting people of different faiths and no faith in conversation over tea and coffee.

Staying Well at St. Columba’s and New Website

Look over your shoulder (comp 9)Find out more about what’s happening at the newly refurbished St Columba’s Church Hall by visiting the new website at

Join in and have a Brew & A Chat on Monday 12 November, 10:30am-12:30pm organised in conjunction with Calderdale Staying Well.

Have a brew and a cake then try a Kurling taster session .. join in with a craft group, check the library of books .. plenty to do .. and lots of great company. £2 entrance fee – unlimited tea/coffee.

Following that there is an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Awareness Session on Wednesday 14 November, 6:30pm. This session in the hall will last about 1.5 hours and will introduce people to how to use the new AED recently installed in the Church Hall.

Every Thursday, 10:30am there is a ‘Walk Away the Pounds’ session in the Community Hall. A DVD is shown detailing the walking moves and with the music. This is open to all ages, men and women and is just £3 per session. Comfortable clothes and non-slip shoes will be needed.

The Angels Corner Cafe will be open Sunday 18 November, 12:00pm-3:00pm. (The cafe will also be open at the same times on Sunday 9 November).

St Columba’s Church Hall have received funding from the Warley Staying Well Steering Group and Community Foundation for Calderdale, as well as from Calderdale Council’s Ward Forum Grants. 

Different Strokes Calderdale Moves to Halifax

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Different Strokes Calderdale is moving to Halifax. This is a UK charity providing active, self-help and mutual support to working age and younger stroke survivors.

The Calderdale group is a place for younger stroke survivors to meet other people affected by stroke  and take part in activities to aid rehabilitation.

The group will be meeting at Cafe Nero, Southgate, Halifax, 12:30pm-2:00pm on;

  • Thursday 8 November
  • Thursday 6 December
  • Thursday 10 January

For further information email or call 07434 958024.

Christmas Fair at the Piece Hall

From Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December there will be a specially curated Christmas Fair, showcasing some of the region’s favourite independent craft stalls, artisan makers and pop-up food and drink traders in the stunning surroundings of The Piece Hall.

Entry is FREE on Friday 12:00pm–6:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am–6:00pm.

A seasonally decorated stretch tent housing the hand-picked stalls will take pride of place in the central courtyard, sitting alongside a cosy Nordic Tipi that offers the perfect place to warm-up by a roaring fire.

The surrounding independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants will be open too, making this an unmissable festive shopping weekend.

Applying for a School Place for September 2019

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 are due to start primary school in September 2019.

To apply for a school place you must apply online by 15 January 2019 at The application process opens on 19 November 2018.

If you do not have internet access at home, facilities will be available at Calderdale’s Customer First Offices in Halifax and also at Calderdale libraries. Assistance with the process can also be sought at the Customer First Offices or on 01422 392617.

If you would like a leaflet about applying for a primary school place please contact your preferred school and register your child’s name. The leaflet will then be distributed by the primary school at the end of November 2018.

The Admission to Primary School Booklet 2019 will be available electronically on the Calderdale Council website at the end of September 2018. Copies will also be available for you to view at your local library and primary school.

The application process opens on 19 November 2018 and the close date is 15 January 2019.
Offers of school places will be made on 16 April 2019.