Join up for Crossley Juniors AFC Under 12 Swifts

Crossley Juniors AFC is an Illingworth, Ovenden and Holmfield based club football club that is needing a few extra players for the u12s Swifts (school year 7).

All abilities welcome to come along and start training which is held every Tuesday, 7:00pm at Moorside Primary School.

Training is provided by FA Level 1 qualified Coaches.

For further information contact Lee on 07922 889967.

For further information visit the Facebook page.

EUREKA! 2019 Super Sunday Clubs for Disabled Children

Free clubs for disabled children and their families will be running again in 2019, and bookings are open for the first half of the year!

Clubs are completely free, LOADS of fun, and the whole family is welcome! For lots of info about the clubs visit the Eureka! website, or call on 01422 330069 to book!

You MUST book in advance and places are limited!

2019 clubs are running on;

  • Sunday 3 February – Clay play
  • Sunday 3 March – Digi art
  • Tuesday 16 April – Tie-dye
  • Tuesday 23 April – Clay play
  • Sunday 19 May – Print making
  • Sunday 16 June – Mosaics
  • Sunday 14 July – Sculpture
  • Tuesday 30 July – Tie-dye

Upcoming Dates for the Daisy Chain Cafe in Ovenden

The future dates for the Daisy Chain Cafe held at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden are as follows;

Wednesday 13 February 2019 1.00-3.00pm

Wednesday 13 March 2019 1.00-3.00pm

Wednesday 10 April 2019 1.00-3.00pm

Wednesday 08 May 2019 1.00-3.00pm

Wednesday 12 June 2019 1.00-3.00pm

Wednesday 10 July 2019 1.00-3.00pm

Small Grants Available from Children in Need

The Children in Need Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply and that you meet the minimum standards for grant-making. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK?

They’ve changed the way the Small Grants programme is delivered:

  • You can now apply for up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years – a total request of £30,000
  • An eligibility checklist has been added to the form, to help you make sure you are able to apply for the funding
  • The form has been updated, so please read carefully and follow the guidance provided in the application pages
  • CIN will still be calling many applicants to gather additional information, but this call will be shorter
  • CIN will use the minimum standards for grant-making to assess whether organisations are eligible. Please read these. If you do not meet these they will be unable to progress your application.

Children in Need want to encourage all applicants, whether new or returning – to carefully read the new application form and all the guidance within to ensure you submit all the information they need to process your application as quickly and effectively as possible.

The deadlines this year so far are 3 March 2019, 11:59pm and 2 June 2019, 11:59pm.

For more information and to apply go to the Small Grants Information Page.

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  or Oli Crosland at


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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