Staying Well at St. Columba’s Refurbished Church Hall

The newly refurbished St Columba’s Church Hall hosted our Staying Well event on the 19 July, with safety and security being the main theme of the day. There were talks providing preventative measures regarding home safety, scams and keeping safe and secure, from PSCO Lyndsay Whitwam, The SAFER Team Calderdale Council and the District Fire Prevention Officer; Victim Support and Newground were also present to raise awareness and offering valued advice, which was well received by over 50 local residents who had attended the event. After a tasty lunch, the group were treated to Local historian David Glover who gave an informative and amusing illustrated talk ‘Buried Alive’. Following on from the ‘Look over your Shoulder’ event, Staying Well is continuing to move throughout the Warley district with the view to working alongside existing community groups/churches and planning another community ‘Brought to your Knees’ event in the late summer, with the theme of staying healthy and well. 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 the Hayley Conlon Staying Well Worker on 01422 393956 or email

Former Halifax Inspector Canoes Around Britain for Charity

On Monday 24 July 2017, together with his nephew Davis Gould-Duff, former Halifax Police Inspector Colin Skeath completed a circumnavigation of the mainland UK by Open Canoe which has never been done before.

Starting in Strontian on the west coast of Scotland on the 30 April the 2 men covered a total of 2064 miles over 86 days with several challenging sea crossings including Wales to Northern Ireland.

The pair were raising money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield.

Since taking the amazing journey with his nephew, Mr Skeath has said;

“I have had the privilege of seeing our stunning coastline at close quarters. I have paddled with dolphins and basking sharks and seen so many spectacular seabirds from puffins to eagles. One of the things that will remain as a high point are some wonderful people who have gone out of their way to help us on our journey. These random acts of kindness will stay with me for a long time

“The journey was as difficult as anything I have undertaken and tested my leadership, courage and determination.  I found the daily decision making of embarking on a voyage stressful, with dire consequences if we got it wrong!

“In so many ways It has been a massive learning experience for me. At the forefront of this is my conviction that the most important thing we have is other people.

“During this adventure, I became very focused on the task and whilst I was aware of some of the social media activity (mainly facebook). I didn’t realise the scale of support I was receiving from ex colleagues and friends in Calderdale

“Now, as I am at home reviewing communications and not as engrossed,  I have been “blown away” by everyone’s messages of congratulations. I have been stunned by some of the activities that were on going in the Police and Council to welcome me home. I know that people have worked really hard and given themselves, to raise money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

“So thank you so much for being such and important part of my journey.”

Visit Canoe Around Britain on Facebook for videos and more.

Summer Reading Challenge

Aged 4-12? Head to your local library this summer and join The Summer Reading Challenge. It started Saturday 8 July and is available in all Calderdale Libraries. It’s still not too late to catch up! Sign up to receive your special agent collector folder. Read at least 6 books over the holidays. Collect stickers for each book you read. The stickers will help you to crack the case and catch the crook!

Calderdale Women’s Cancer Support Network

The Calderdale Women’s Cancer Support Network meet on the last Saturday of the month (except August, so the next meeting is Saturday 30 July) from 9.45am – 2pm at Central Methodist Church, Bramsche Square, Todmorden OL14 5AW .


This is a very attractive, ground floor accessible premises which include an accessible toilet and a lift.

Living Well is for women from Calderdale and all surrounding areas with, or who have had cancer. If you want to bring a close friend, partner or carer with you then they too will be able to take part in activities and talk with others in a similar situation.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 28 July – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…


  • Project_Twelve:31 Complete the 5k Pretty Mudder Race for Life
  • Piece Hall Grand Re-opening on Yorkshire Day
  • FREE summer holiday activities for young people at Orange Box
  • Weekly message from the NHP Energy Levels Project!

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!

Film at Square Chapel 28 July – 3 August 2017 and the Autumn What’s On

Square Chapel Arts Centre is a thriving venue bringing you the best in film, theatre, live music, comedy, family shows, workshops and more. To see what’s on in Film in July & August 2017 click on what’s on in film…

You can also download the brochure of all the events from September to December including details of the launch weekend of the NEW Square Chapel Arts Centre here ….

Families Class at North Bridge Leisure Centre

Families Classes are starting on 31 July at North Bridge Leisure Centre, every Monday 4pm – 5pm. Fun activities with your family and join in with the healthy lifestyle sessions. Ages are 4-16, adults must stay with the children.

These classes are FREE!! Go along and find out more about our Service. They are also holding some free activity days throughout the summer holidays and free family clubs start in September.


No booking needed for the family class on Mondays. If you call 01422 230230, the team can book you on to the summer activity days/family club.

For more details contact the Better Living Team on 01422 230230 or email