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.

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

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

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 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 or visit the website at www.pellonhighfivehub.wordpress.

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 25 January 2019 – OUT NOW!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…


  • Have Your Say on Calderdale Council Budget Proposals
  • Sculpture Season Launch at the Piece Hall
  • Holocaust Memorial Day Events
  • Peter Pan at Halifax YMCA
  • Big Sleep Out to Support the Homeless 
  • British Signing Language Services at Christ Church, Pellon
  • Befriending Volunteers Required at Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees
  • Understanding Dementia online  MOOC Course
  • Latest in Entertainment at the Over 50s Luncheon Club

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

Healthy Mums Calderdale Group Starting in Calderdale

The website Calderdale Mumbler set up by Charlotte Gonzalez for the local parenting community to compile the wonderful things happening to connect families in Calderdale. They have highlighted the new group Healthy Mums Calderdale and have described the work of the new group as follows.

It’s one of the happiest times of your life, but becoming a mum can also be the loneliest, scariest and most isolating.

While we all like to think we are a shoulder to cry on for our family and friends, the reality is that many women are afraid to speak up, don’t want to admit they are struggling, and don’t know how to get help.

Now Calderdale mum-of-two Erran Taylor – who had to wait two years for postnatal mental health care herself – wants to help by launching a healthy mums peer support group.

Healthy Mums Calderdale will hold weekly meetings – the first is on Wednesday 8 February 2019, 7:00pm at The Basement Project, Basement House, 10 Carlton Street, Halifax HX1 2AL with monthly wellness workshops. The group is for women at any stage of motherhood, who might be suffering from anxiety, postnatal depression, need extra support or just want to connect.

“The group was born out of my own personal need for a support network,” shares Erran, 30.

“When pregnant with my firstborn, I was the first out of my friendship group to have children and, as my pregnancy progressed, I felt more and more isolated”.

“When I had my son, I had issues from the start; he seemed to never sleep, breastfeeding wasn’t successful and I felt like I was some sort of failure for not getting what seemed like the basics right”.

“I was so desperate to succeed and do what every other mum appeared to be total naturals at and felt like I would be criticised and looked down upon for being so rubbish at what I was ‘made to do’. Very quickly I developed PND and anxiety but was afraid to speak out. It wasn’t until I became really poorly and started getting intrusive thoughts that I eventually spoke to my health visitor.”

Erran started counselling and as she recovered, realised many other women had similar experiences.

“People don’t openly share their struggles”, she says, “and pregnant women aren’t fully prepared for what might lie ahead”.

“We’re not told about post natal depression, the possibility of not being able to breastfeed, the lack of sleep, real post pregnancy body images. All you hear about are either the fluffy and lovely bits of having a baby or what you and baby ‘should be doing’.

“There’s no possibility of contingency planning because you aren’t made aware of the possibility of things not going to plan. If the information isn’t there and if people don’t speak truthfully about their own experiences, especially for those of us with little or no support group, how are we meant to know?”

Erran made it her mission to reduce stigma and normalise mental health issues, connect isolated mums and try to find something to bridge the gap between services and ridiculous waiting times.

She trained as a peer group counsellor, and undertook training with mental health charity Mind.

When Andy’s Man Club came about, she realised a similar group could be successful for mums.

There will be weekly meetings, with one wellness workshop each month to equip members with tools to help themselves stay mentally well, through exercise, meditation and nutrition.

Erran will invite speakers from external services such as yoga, massage, meditation, Sure Start, the midwifery debriefing team, health visitors and counselling service to let mums know which services are available and how they can access them.

She is also exploring mother and children networking sessions so those without childcare won’t miss out.

“We need to bring people from behind those closed doors and show them they’re not alone” she adds.

Healthy Mums Calderdale is open to mums with children of any age. You might be pregnant, have a baby, school-age children or older teenagers and grown up children. Whatever your circumstance, you can come along and be supported by like-minded peers.

[ Article written by Charlotte Gonzalez, Calderdale Mumbler ]