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 3, 24, 31 October 2019
  • Thursday 7, 14, 28 November 2019
  • Thursday 5, 12, 19 December 2019
  • Thursday 16, 30 January 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.

Do Something Oct 19 – Jan 20

The Do Something Booklet for Oct 19 – Jan 20 is now available & so are tickets for events & activities.

Booking is essential via www.ticketsource.co.uk/discover

Calderdale has some fantastic events planned from Busy Babies to make your own Roving Spacecraft. Dear Zoo, make a stop-Motion video, design your own Bloxels video game or learn to code with a micro bit, we have something for everyone CMBC #TakeALook #BookYourTickets

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Sign up for #electricvalley to Petition for Electrification of the Calder Valley Rail Line

A petition calling for the electrification of the Calder Valley line has been launched by Calderdale Council as part of its campaign for greater investment in the service.

After months of misery, the Council is asking commuters to pledge their support for change by signing the online petition at www.calderdale.gov.uk/electricvalley. Find out more about the campaign at Sign up for #electricvalley.

Commuters, businesses and visitors can also back the campaign through social media by demanding change using the hashtag #electricvalley on Twitter and Facebook.

The Calder Valley line is consistently one of the poorest performers across the West Yorkshire network.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:
“Improving the service, its reliability, capacity and quality, is a priority because of the economic, social and environmental benefits which it would bring. Regular commuters have suffered delays and cancellations for months as a result of the timetable changes in May 2018.  We need everyone to sign the petition to express their frustration and really demonstrate the weight of public opinion. It’s time for change.”

The Calder Valley line links Leeds and Manchester via Bradford, Halifax and Rochdale, plus several other towns in the Upper Calder Valley.

It also provides a connection between York and Blackpool and Huddersfield via Brighouse.

Full electrification of the line would improve journey times; make train services more reliable, cheaper to run and less costly for passengers; help cut congestion on the roads, leading to better air quality and fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
The Council also wants faster, more frequent trains; better access for walkers, cyclists and buses; and improved station car parking, especially in the growth area of Brighouse.

Staying Well – ‘Bring Your Neighbour’ Event at Halifax Academy

The Staying Well Team held another successful event at Halifax Academy Primary School.

The ‘Bring Your Neighbour‘ event was attended by over 80 local residents, there were demonstrations by Tai Chi Tigers, Line Dancing  and the ‘ Ryburn Ringers’ and Fuel Poverty also attended to talk about the benefits of affordable warmth.

Amongst the other agencies who attended were Victim Support, Better Living Team, Macmillan and Citizens Advice, who were also on hand to offer advice and information regarding their services.

The highlight of the day finished with the very popular singer Julianna, who managed to entice the attendees to show off their dancing skills! The Staying Well project works one to one, with people who are isolated or lonely to link them to social activities in their area. Staying Well is about helping you to stay healthy and improve wellbeing. Referrals are for anyone 18+ and can include a chat with a Staying Well worker, a home visit and information and support to attend activities in your area.

If you know someone who could benefit from our service in the Warley Ward, please contact Hayley Conlon 01422 393956 or email hayley.conlon@calderdale.gov.uk

Age UK Winter Newsletter

Age UK have published the Winter Newsletter which can be downloaded here discussing their Advice and Information Services (I&A), Tackling Isolation in Calderdale and much more.

You can also make use of their free energy saving help and many other local services.

Call into the shop at 4-6 Woolshops, Halifax HX1 1RJ phone 01422 252040 or
email enquiries@ageukck.org.uk

Pellon High Five Line Dancing with Cindy’s Silver Stompers

Pellon High Five invites you to join Cindy’s Silver Stompers Line Dancing at
Highgate Methodist Church, Stretchgate Lane, Pellon HX2 0EU every Monday, 1:30 -2:30.

Usually it is £3 per class but the first class is free.
We would ask new members to come at 1:15pm to register.

More information can be found by calling 07960 736937, email pellonhighfive@gmail.com or visit the website at www.pellonhighfivehub.wordpress.

Pellon High Five Winter Newsletter and Timetable of Activities

Pellon High Five has published the Winter 2019 newsletter, which can be downloaded  here.

Thanks to Jenny Garner for preparing the Christmas Quiz. This year’s Christmas party was voted a resounding success and the food was delicious.

2019 Membership renewal is due now. Happily once again, no membership fee but please make sure you complete the form (available from your tutor) with your up-to-date details. Pass them to the committee and they will be passed onto Angela, the Membership Secretary. Please put on which class/es you attend otherwise there is difficulty uniting you with your membership cards.

In March High Five will be 8 years old! The AGM has been arranged for Friday 29 March, 2:00pm at Highgate. It’s later this year so that the Treasurer can present a more accurate full year’s accounts for the financial year-end in February. A plea here once again for new Committee members. High Five can only keep going if  there is an active Committee. If you can’t join, maybe you know someone else who would?

Below is shown the timetable of activities as at October 2018.

Using our Chi ballsRun by Pellon High Five 50+ Community Group, every shape and size is right for these classes, it doesn’t matter how much, or how little, you can do. High Five caters for different levels of fitness and laugh with each other sometimes at our inability to master some moves! Most people will admit to being nervous about going to a “Keep Fit” class, so if you’re worried about coming to your first class on your own, call to arrange for someone to meet you as you arrive. All our new members say what a friendly bunch of folk they are and how welcome they were made. So what are you waiting for? Your first class is free & subsequent classes £3.

Exercise does so many brilliant things for your body & brain. If doctors could put it in pill form & bottle it we would all be rushing to get a prescription. How about a new year’s resolution to spend less time on the settee & more moving.

High Five Pilates
Pilates can be gentle for those who have injuries but strenuous for those who need a challenge. Our clinical Pilates classes cost £3 for an hour session. Again your first class is free. You will strengthen the muscles that support your body. These muscles could also help to reduce wear & tear on joints & keep them functioning. Good posture is important in helping to reduce back pain.

The classes do not run every week so please email before going.

More information can be found by calling 07960 736937 or for pilates, gentle exercise and Scottish dancing from the tutor Sue Watson on 07964 713927 or email pellonhighfive@gmail.com or visit the website at www.pellonhighfivehub.wordpress.