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.

Halifax Minster Summer Festival

Halifax Minster will be holding the Summer Festival from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 8 July with a variety of music, art, poetry and tours. Starting with an organ recital by Dr Simon Lindley on Thursday 28 June, 1:00pm, the full program can be downloaded here.


North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 22 June – OUT NOW!

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  • Ward Forum Grants now Open for Applications
  • RugbyForce at Ovenden Park
  • Armed Forces Event in Halifax
  • Handmade Parade and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
  • Great Get Together at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church
  • Don’t Lose it All for Football. World Cup Domestic Abuse Campaign

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Handmade Parade – Hebden Bridge Sunday 24 June 2018

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of funkiness, the art of the handmade and is just a lot of fun! The magic happens in two weeks of workshops, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, parade art or help create giant puppets. With a crack team of local professional carnival artists, volunteers, guest artists and some killer street bands, we create just the occasion for up to 1000 people to dance down the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.

The parade will set off at 11:30am – note this is half an hour earlier than last year!- from the Handmade Parade workshops on Victoria Road and head down Valley Road, through St George’s Square and Bridge Gate to finish in Calder Holmes Park, where there will be mini festival of live music, dance, street theatre and picnic in the park with fabulous food stalls from local vendors until 4.30 pm.

Please note that the roads in the centre of Hebden Bridge are due to close between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

Parking is very limited in our narrow valley so if possible, please arrive by bus or train (we’ve made it easy: the parade ends right next to the train station!) If you must drive, please give yourself plenty of time (lots of great cafes and shops in Hebden Bridge!)

(Hint: best views of parade, especially if you have little ones, is on Valley Rd and Holme St–it’s very crowded near St George’s Square and on Bridge Gate!)

Love Shroggs park? Help shape its future!

Do you use Shroggs Park?  Why not help shape its future and become part of the Friends of Shroggs Park Group

Come along to the next meeting and get involved on Wednesday 27th June 2018 – 6.30pm at St George House, Lee Mount, HX3 5BT

Find out what’s happening in the park.

For further information contact Tony King, Ward Coordinator North East Halifax Neighbourhood team on 0300 555 0266 or email



Get into Teaching – Drop in Information Session at the Piece Hall

Are you a graduate or about to complete your degree?

Do you want to find out more about teaching as a career?

There will be a drop-in session about training to teach in schools with practising teachers as your tutors!

The Learning Studio, The Piece Hall, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Saturday 23 June 10:00am-12:00pm; drop in at any time between the start and the end.

This organisation runs a School Centred Initial Teacher training (SCITT) programme with partners across West Yorkshire working in both primary and secondary teacher training. There are salaried and unsalaried places on the programmes and both QTS and a PGCE are offered. The programmes are exactly like a University programme except that they are entirely taught in schools by current teachers.

There are placements in schools across West Yorkshire which take trainees from recent graduates up to career changers in their 50’s and beyond.

The session will help you to:

  • find out how to apply
  • see what an ITT programme in a SCITT involves
  • understand student finance and student bursaries for Initial Teacher Training
  • look at different areas of the region and where you might choose to train