Pennine Magpie recruiting new Trustees – various roles

Pennine Magpie is a charity based in Halifax that offers a wide range of activities, experiences and training to adults with learning disabilities.

We are at an extremely exciting time of development and are looking for new Trustees to help us achieve our strategic aims.

We are particularly looking to recruit new Trustees who have experience in the fields of:

  • Finance
  • Employment Law
  • Governance
  • Health and Social Care
  • Project management
  • Adult Education
  • Learning Disabilities

You do not have to have a particular professional background to become a Trustee. You may know someone with a learning disability, or care or have cared for someone, you may be someone who believes strongly that all people no matter what their disability deserve to be respected and valued by society. If this describes you, you could have a lot to offer.

Pennine Magpie is committed to promoting equality and diversity opportunities and we welcome applications from all aspects of society.

If you feel you have the experience skills and drive to help us deliver our strategy, please contact or phone 01422 383550 in the first instance.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Join the Calderdale Heritage Walks every fortnight until March 2020

Even walks in Brighouse attract walkers from further afield so why not join in a fun activity that combines gentle exercise with fascinating insight into the history of Calderdale?

Walks take place every second Sunday on a fortnightly basis. Each walk has its own topic of interest and takes place in a different part of Calderdale. All welcome to join, all levels of fitness welcome.
Walks that are wheelchair accessible are marked as such.

December walks:

  • December 1st: Big ‘Cs’ IN RIPPONDEN:  Church, catastrophe, conflict, cooperation, Chartism and more. Ripponden had them all!
  • December 15th: Brighouse Extends Northwards: In the 1800s Brighouse expanded rapidly particularly to the north. Many buildings from that period are still in use, some with rich histories. Wheelchair accessible.
  • December 29th: How Hebden Bridge: The story behind the growth of the town and the changes that have taken place. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information, take a look at the Calderdale Walks or visit

A Busy Couple of Weeks Ahead for Macmillan!

There is lots going on with Macmillan over the next fortnight, which you are very welcome to get involved in.

  • Christmas Singing group December 12 at 4.30pm
  • Health and Wellbeing Event December 3rd at 10am
  • Thinking Ahead Course, last session December 5 at 9.30am
  • Macmillan Health Walk December 5 at 12.45 pm
  • First Steps Cancer Programme December 6th at 9.30am
  • Christmas Special Macmillan Coffee time support group December 11 at 2pm

Our Christmas special singing group is in two weeks on election day, 12th December, at 4.30pm in the chapel, HRI. Why not warm up those vocal chords and come and join us?

Tuesday December 3rd is our all day Health and Wellbeing Event for people at the end of treatment at the Southwood Club Halifax from 10am until 2.30pm.  If you are at the end of treatment, please contact us to book on and come and find out how you can support yourself moving forward.

Thursday December 5th is our final session of the Thinking Ahead Course for people with incurable cancer – which is going really well and people seem to be benefiting from the course. Course starts at 9.30am.

We also have our Macmillan Health Walk round Greenhead Park on Thursday December 5th, meeting at 12.45pm and then having a coffee in the cafe afterwards.

On Friday December 6th we have our First Steps Cancer Programme, 9.30 til 12pm for people who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last few months, as well as family members. You need to phone Heather Milner on 01484 343490 to book a place for that please.

Lastly we have our Christmas special Macmillan Coffee time support group for anyone affected by cancer and family/friends meeting at the Watermill Pub, Halifax, 2pm til 3.30pm on Wednesday 11th December. Join us for a coffee and food if you would like to order anything.

For further details please read our newsletter.

Macmillan Cancer Information Service
Macmillan Unit CRH – 01422 222709
Greenlea Unit HRI – 01484 343614
Mobile – 07554415564

FREE Support & Advice for community, voluntary and not-for-profit groups in Calderdale

VSI Alliance are running an advice surgery on January 23rd 2020 10am-1pm, aimed at community, voluntary and not-for-profit groups based in Calderdale.

This session is free and offers one-to-one support & advice. Whether it’s project planning, legal structures, policies & procedures or social enterprise development, our team can help!

For more information and/or to book a timeslot, please email

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

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



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 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.