Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Newsletter April 2019

Volunteering makes a world of difference

Nia started volunteering as a befriender in 2018. “I started to volunteer as I work shifts and had some spare time and being there for someone who may be lonely and in need of someone to talk to seemed like a good option. I work with infants and children so volunteering with the elderly was a good contrast”. 

Hopefully I’m there to provide some additional support when they feel alone.  Older people may have little family around, or  suffering with illness or may have lost a beloved lifelong partner which must be very challenging and difficult, so being able to help at all seemed just the right thing to do.” said Nia.

She was introduced to Ann and they hit it off from their first meeting, sharing interests and values including volunteering!

Ann is in her 80’s and is now housebound, not strong enough to go out without support.
She was – and still is – a free, caring and creative spirit who cares about other people and the environment. She has volunteered in UK and abroad and has been vegan all her adult life.

She lives in a lovely cottage which she shared with her husband who has sadly passed away. But his death, after 59 years of marriage, was devastating and she still misses him deeply.

She was visited by Age UK C&K to see if we could help her situation and after refusing a befriender at first, changed her mind “And I’m so glad I did” she said. She and Nia have lots in common – they both love gardening and animals – dogs in particular – and obviously volunteering! “She has changed my life” says Ann “I really look forward to her visits and we are so well matched it really does make a world of difference”.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender, call 01422 252 040 or 01484 535994.

You can download the full newsletter here.

Find Out More About Transport at The Jubilee Refreshment Rooms

Jubilee Refreshment Rooms on Sowerby Bridge Railway Station HX6 3AB hold a number of transport related events through the year.

The next will be on Monday 15 April, 7:00pm where John Myddelton will be speaking about Tramways and a swinging railway.

See below for other events;

Beechwood Park Practical Dates

Join in with activities to improve your local park on Tuesday 7 May, 4 June,  2 July, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November and 3 December all sessions beginning at 9:45am.

Activities include ditching, drainage, tree work, walling, fencing, hedge laying, cutting back vegetation, litter clearance, pond work and surveying. All tools and training provided on the day along with the chance to work alongside like-minded volunteers.

Sessions are run by Calderdale Countryside Service. Please dress for the weather and bring your own gardening gloves, drinks, lunch and snacks for those who are wanting to stay all day.

Contact Chris on 07769 954956 for further information or email

And don’t forget to put Saturday 7 Sept 2019 in your diaries for a great big fun day for all the family at the Beechwood Big Picnic.

Easter and May Bank Holidays Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

Please remember your Waste and Recycling Collections will be a day later through Easter and bank holiday weeks. The Waste and Recycling Easter eZine can be downloaded as the  Waste and Recycling eZine Easter 2019.

Usual collection day:                                          Collection will be on:

Monday 22 April                                                   Tuesday 23 April
Tuesday 23 April                                                   Wednesday 24 April
Wednesday 24 April                                           Thursday 25 April
Thursday 25 April                                                 Friday 26 April
Friday 26 April                                                        Saturday 27 April

Monday 6 May                                                      Tuesday 7 May
Tuesday 7 May                                                      Wednesday 8 May
Wednesday 8 May                                              Thursday 9 May
Thursday 9 May                                                    Friday 10 May
Friday 10 May                                                        Saturday 11 May

Monday 27 May                                                     Tuesday 28 May
Tuesday 28 May                                                     Wednesday 29 May
Wednesday 29 May                                             Thursday 30 May
Thursday 30 May                                                   Friday 31 May
Friday 31 May                                                          Saturday 1 June

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 3 June. 

We prefer flat plastic!
Please remember also to squash your cans and plastics before placing them in the white bag; they will take up less room so you can fit more in the sack and it will help the items to stay more securely inside the sack on a windy day.


Pellon High Five Spring Newsletter and Timetable of Activities

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

Soon you will be getting messages from Karen to select individuals to receive a star award. Are there folk who deserve recognising for their service. There are lots of  categories, good neighbour, outstanding individual, work with young or old people.

Most classes close for 2 weeks over Easter. The singers are carrying on because they are going to delight congregations, in services during the period. Check with your

Your lymphatic system is very important to your health. It clears poisons & debris from your system…and you don’t want those building up. BUT it doesn’t have a pump like your blood. It is dependent on bodily movement. So, keep moving during the vacation & come back to your class glowing with health….or as near as you can make it.

I bet we have all known someone vulnerable who has got lost. We have been given a copy of the “Herbert Protocol”. It’s a form to fill in if you are caring for someone who may wander off. It contains questions which might be asked by the police so that missing person can be found quickly, safe & well. Some questions can be filled in immediately & a photo added. Others would need to be completed if someone had gone missing. They are probably available to download or you can ask if you would like one.

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

Run 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 736938 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.

Over 50’s Luncheon Club – Dates April to June 2019

The Halifax and District Irish Society organise the “Over 50’s Luncheon Club” which takes place at The Pellon Social Club, Moor End Road, Halifax. Meetings are usually held every 2 weeks but keep an eye out for the entertainment listings to confirm this.

The Luncheon Club usually operates from 12 noon to about 3pm. (Open from 11.15am).

Live entertainment, dancing, free door entry ticket raffle, main raffle, bingo, domino card and full buffet meal; all this for only £5.00 per member.

All members are issued with a membership card. There is no annual subscription. Members are advised to have this card with them when attending any Luncheon Club meeting. Any lost cards will be replaced without charge.

Dated and numbered tickets are provided and entered into separate free door entry ticket raffle for a £10.00 prize.

Members are asked to advise the committee if bringing a guest. Guests will also pay a charge of £5.00 but they are not entered into the free door entry ticket raffle.

Below are the listings for April to June 2019;

  • Thursday 11 April – Dermot Doyle
  • Thursday 25 April – Nicky James
  • Thursday 9 May – Peter Mylette
  • Saturday 18 May – Pat Jordan (Dance Social 8:00pm-Late) (doors open 7:30pm)   Tickets and prices available soon.
  • Thursday 23 May – Sally Glennon
  • Thursday 6 June – Nicky James (open until 4:00pm)
  • Thursday 20 June – Joe McShane

For further information contact Maurice Kidney email: or call 01422 343483.


Celebrate the stars of Park and Warley – Our Communities Awards 2019

The Our Communities Awards are fast approaching and we’re ready to recognise and celebrate those individuals and groups whose work and commitment has had a positive impact on the communities within the Warley and Park wards of Halifax.OCA Button

Do you know of an individual or maybe a group that has made a difference in your area who you think is deserving of one of the below awards?… Nominate today!

There are 11 awards categories: 

  • Good Neighbour
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Contribution to Sport & Play
  • Contribution to Work & Training
  • Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment
  • Contribution to Children & Young People
  • Contribution to the Older Generation
  • Outstanding Individual
  • Community Involvement
  • Young People of the Year
  • *NEW for 2019* Contribution to Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation

How to Nominate

Follow us @hxnorthandeast using #ocawards19 for announcements.


The deadline for nominations is Friday 17 May 2019.

There is no limit to the number nominations you can make.

Nominations must be for an individual, group or organisation that lives or works in or for the benefit of the North Halifax community.

As hosts of the awards, staff from the North Halifax Partnership or Halifax Central Initiative cannot be nominated for the work they do for these organisations.

For more information or help completing the nomination forms please give us a call on 0300 555 0266.