Have Your Say! Ovenden Ward Forum – 11 September 2018

Come along to the Ovenden Ward Forum and have your say on what matters to you.

On Tuesday 11 September 2018 at Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden HX3 5SW.

Please meet at the front entrance off Nursery Lane, Ovenden.

Refreshments and signing in from 6pm. Meeting starts at 6:15pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Local ward updates
  • Police updates

2018 Mini Mixmatch and Mixmatch Challenges at Mixenden Activity Centre

The 2018 Mini MixMatch and MixMatch challenges recently took place at Mixenden Activity Centre.

The theory behind the MixMatch challenges is to get young people working with uniformed services to cut down barriers between them. As a result of this and similar youth engagement work, the police and fire service have confirmed that youth ASB and deliberate fires, especially in the Mixenden area, has been drastically reduced.

The Mini MixMatch Challenge, held on Wednesday 20 June, had teams from Dean Field Community Primary School, Ash Green Community Primary School, Whitehill Community Academy, Moorside Community Primary School and Cross Lane Primary School, Elland going head to head whilst the Mixmatch Challenge on Tuesday 10 July saw pupils from Trinity Academy and Park Lane battling it out in a series of team building tasks.

Both events began with a Tag Collection warm up task in which all participating teams headed into Mixenden Reservoir Woods to find and collect any tags matching their teams colour within a time limit and all the teams taking part worked well together.

Following the Tag Collection the teams were then split up ready to take part in separate challenges in which they were marked for their overall efforts within each challenge focusing on teamwork, timing, communication, leadership skills and initiative.

The challenges consisted of:

  • Rock Climbing – Teams took part in rock climbing to build communication and teamwork skills.
  • Bench Challenge – Team members were stood on a narrow bench with a pool of water either side, teams had to follow instructions to order themselves in different categories such as age or height without falling in.
  • Drainpipe Challenge – Teams had to guide a ball down a series of short drainpipes working as a team and using communicating and timing skills
  • Tent Challenge – Team leaders were shown how to erect and dismantle a tent before leading and helping their team mates put up and take down another with no assistance.
  • Bike Challenge – Teams raced round a preset course with a slalom, ramps and a see saw in order to accumulate as many laps as possible within a time limit.
  • Spiders Web Challenge– Teams had to negotiate a way through the web without touching the ropes
  • Road Safety Challenge – Teams had to work out the clues from the crash to work out what happened
  • Fire Engine Challenge – Teams had to guide team mates using hoses on one side of the fire engine to direct the water into a receptacle on the other side of the engine. Communication and team work skills where a huge advantage!
  • Public Health Assault on Numbers Challenge – Teams had to work through an assault course before answering questions to get the correct numbers

At the end of the challenges, semifinalists were decided by teams who had accumulated the most points throughout the day before they went head to head in the final challenge which involved running to collect water from a paddling pool before filling a large barrel repeatedly until time ran out.

The barrel challenge came with a twist as a number of holes had been drilled around the sides of the barrels which meant the teams had to work together to keep holes plugged up whilst continuing to fill up the barrels.

Measuring sticks were then used at the end to decide the teams who would go head to head in the final water barrel challenge.

Ash Green Community Primary School were eventually crowned winners of the 2018 Mini MixMatch Challenge,

whilst Trinity Academy were the victors against Park Lane in a very closely contested final.

Services who took part in the 2018 MixMatch Challenges were West Yorkshire Fire Service, West Yorkshire Police, CMBC Young Peoples Service, CMBC Public Health, CMBC Community Wardens, CMBC Community Safety Wardens and the Ovenden Initiative, who happily give their services for free each year.

Special thanks to Clive Ingham and his staff at Mixenden Activity centre for their continual support of this event.

Funding for the event was supplied by the Ward Forum Grants scheme and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

If you would like further information on the MixMatch Challenge event please contact Heather Stout on 0300 555 0266 or Heather.stout@ovenden-initiative.org.uk  or Oli Crosland at  Oliver.Crosland01@westyorksfire.gov.uk


North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 29 June – OUT NOW!

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  • Ward Forum Grants now Open for Applications
  • This Weekend – Halifax Food Festival 
  • FREE Senior Citizens Orchestra Performance
  • Halifax Minster Summer Festival
  • Music Heritage Trail Guided Walk
  • Antiques Roadshow Coming Soon
  • Don’t Lose it All for Football. World Cup Domestic Abuse Campaign

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65th Bradford Scout Group use Ward Forum Grant for Shelters and Tents

The 65th Bradford South (Shelf) Scout Group recently went on their district camp activity, the group received a Northowram and Shelf ward forum grant of £500 which they put towards purchasing Coleman Shelters and tents.

If you want to know more about how your child can get involved in the scout group please contact Andrew Walker on 07474 155560.

If your group has an idea for a project and it needs a ward forum grant and you want more information please email tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

20th Bradford Rainbows Keeping Shelf Park Clean and Tidy with Ward Forum Grant!

On the evening of Monday 25 June the 20th Bradford Rainbows (Shelf) and their families were in Shelf Park carrying out a litter pick, well done to you all for helping to keep the park clean and tidy, the litter pickers they used were purchased using a £500 Northowram and Shelf ward forum grant. Keep up the good work!!!

If you want to know how your child can get involved with the Rainbows email natlyons@hotmail.co.uk

If you want more information on the ward forum grants contact tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

A friends of Shelf Park group is being developed if you are interested in becoming a member of the group and want to know more contact tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

Calderdale F.H.S – Stories of the Waterhouse Family

David Glover will be giving a talk to the Calderdale Family History Society on Thursday 28 June, 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Shibden Room of North Bridge Leisure Centre, HX3 6TE.

In this fascinating talk, David Glover outlines the many interesting characters of the Waterhouse family. This ranges from the 15th century, to the family owning Well Head Mansion a century ago.

Along the way you will hear about the owners of Shibden Hall:

  • Nathaniel “The Great Benefactor of Halifax”;
  • John the noted 19th century scientist and inventor;
  • and Catherine, the very last of the line. She mysteriously separated from her husband, but endowed several local churches.

For more about this, visit: Calderdale Family History Society.

Halifax Food and Drink Festival 2018

The Halifax Food & Drink Festival runs across the weekend of Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July bringing together the very best of the regions home grown local produce along with a taste of Yorkshire and the rest of the world.

The festival will take over a number of town centre streets (Southgate, Cornmarket, Russell Street and the Woolshops) with around 100 stalls and exhibitors promoting a vast offering of both food and drink.

Plus a live demonstration kitchen with local chefs and regional food producers onstage, showcasing talents and tricks in the kitchen.

For more information, visit the Facebook Event page.