Pond Life as Part of the Up North Film and Television Festival at Square Chapel

Pond Life (15) will be shown Friday 3 May-Thursday 9 May at various times in the Copper & Red Brick Auditorium at Square Chapel Arts Centre.

It’s summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village in Yorkshire. Trevor is treading on everyone’s toes at home as misfit Pogo is trying to make sense of the world. Lovesick Malcolm is trying to mend his broken heart and best friends Shane and David have nothing better to do. When rumours of a giant carp at the local ponds begin to swirl about town, this young community, led by Trevor, embark on a fishing expedition they will never forget.

With breakout performances by a cast of rising stars, and an evocative original score by Richard Hawley, this bittersweet debut feature sits alongside Billy Elliott and Brassed Off in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities.

This event is part of the Square Chapel Up North: Film & Television Festival.

For more information and to book tickets at £7-£5 visit https://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/pond-life/

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.

Family Fun Day at Threeways Sports Centre

Stillbirth Awareness group is holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 4 May, 2:30pm-6:00pm at Threeways Sports Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden.

There will be a bouncy castle as well as face painting, stalls, raffles and refreshments.

Stallholders/Bands/Artists wanted for Halifax Festival & Funfair

hxrufc-fair.jpgHalifax RUFC are holding a fundraiser in conjunction with Heartbeat of Sport to raise money for a defibrillator and to improve facilities for our Mixed Ability Rugby Team 😃

We are looking for any individuals or bands interested in performing or anyone interested in hosting a stall 👍

Bands/Artists can have up to a 45 minute slot. You will be sound checked with our sound man before performing our stage equipped with full lighting rig, Drum kit, PA system & microphones.

The club will provide food & drinks vouchers for all artists.

We are expecting a massive turn out as it’s a free event.

There will be funfair rides & stalls throughout the day 🥁🎤🍺🎹

For more information contact us through our facebook page or via http://www.raptureeventsyorkshire.co.uk/apply

Push the boat out! Try Sailing in May

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On Sunday 19th May HALIFAX SAILING CLUB invite you to visit the highest sailing club in England for their annual open day Push the Boat Out. 

Try out sailing or windsurfing for FREE on 90 acres of water at 1350ft above sea level here in Calderdale!

Whether you’re completely new to the sport, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, you are welcome to come along and have some fun.

Starting at midday visitors can get out on the water and try out sailing or windsurfing. All you’ll need is suitable footwear but a change of clothes would always be a good idea – just in case.

Club Commodore Graham Norton said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting the local community to come down to the club, have a go at sailing and windsurfing, see what the club has to offer and get involved. Who knows, if you visit you might just get hooked!”

Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flatts) in Calderdale. Find out more, and contact details, visit www.halifaxsailingclub.org.uk

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;

Northowram Scarecrow Festival May Bank Holiday Weekend

Northowram Scarecrow Festival is a FREE family event that takes place this year on the May Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 4 -Monday 6 May.

There’s fun for all the family at Northowram Village, Halifax, where in addition to the Scarecrow Trail there’s a Fun Dog Show, Bake Off, BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Games, Raffle and Tombola.

Please can you help the Scarecrow Event to support the local community. The organisers are asking residents and local businesses alike to donate raffle and tombola prizes. To help us please we have 2 drop off points – The Club on Northowram Green and The Shoulder of Mutton on Towngate.

If you would prefer someone to collect donations please contact us through the Facebook page (northowram scarecrow event) or email on northowramscarecrows@hotmail.co.uk

To enter the competition please register your Scarecrow.​

This year there will be 2 “categories” to enter​

  1. Traditional – usually a single item (using straw, dried grass etc as the main component)
  2. Display – those with an idea on a grand scale (as it says, something bigger than your average scarecrow)

Each category winner and runner-up will receive a rosette and certificate.

The ‘Helen Silson’ trophy will be awarded to the scarecrow voted best by the Judges from all those entered. Also as usual there will be an award for the scarecrow voted top in the ‘People’s vote’.