Activities at Forest Cottage from July to September

Please see the attached activities that are taking place at Forest Cottage from July to September.

Note also that the workers at Forest Cottage offer Information, Advice and Guidance on;

  • Sexual Health
  • 1; 1 Support
  • Employability Skills
  • CV Writing
  • Life Skills

Within the youth sessions we food and drinks are supplied at no cost to young people and there is music and a great atmosphere.

To find out more, speak to the Senior Worker,  Andrea Fawthrop, Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, Halifax HX2 8AD, Phone: 01422 254220, mobile; 07789271125

The centre is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Moorside Junior Wardens conduct speed checks on Keighley Road

Karen Scanlon, from the Ovenden Initiative, arranged for Junior Wardens from Moorside Community Primary School’s to go out with the speed camera to get an idea of how road users are driving in the area of our local schools.

Joined by Dan Marham, Ovenden Initiative and Calderdale Council Community Warden Lee Ackroyd, the session began with Junior Wardens  using the camera on Keighley Road where the responsible drivers received a thumbs up as they passed, and the not so responsible drivers getting a thumbs down!

From the 289 cars recorded, only two of those were driving in excess of the 30mph speed limit and one of which was an emergency vehicle much to the Wardens amusement.

Future speed checks will continue to take place throughout North and East Halifax with both Junior Warden Groups and in partnership with West Yorkshire Police in ongoing work to tackle nuisance vehicles in the area.


West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert

This year’s West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert will take place on Monday 18 June, 7:30pm-10:00pm at Halifax Minster.

Chief Constable, Dee Collins, is delighted to invite you to enjoy music from the West Yorkshire Police Brass Band, alongside other local performers.

The event is FREE but places are limited so to reserve a ticket please go to Eventbrite. Tickets will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis and are restricted to 4 tickets per request.

If you are unable to attend and no longer require tickets for this event could you please contact Jennifer Foster via email at

Project_Twelve:31- Photography Project

Project_Twelve:31 are continuing with the 3 week Photography Project with Aim High West Yorkshire looking at producing ‘Our Own Book in Pictures‘ on what we like and don’t like in Ovenden.

All the girls took some amazing creative pictures of Ovenden using smartphones.

The aim of the second session with Calderdale College was to use the pictures and images that the group had previously taken and mount them onto wood.


Let’s Go Make a Kite! Todmorden

Join Dave Wilson and Julie Swift on Thursday 31 May anytime between 10:00am and 2:00pm (allow around 1 hour to make your kite) to construct a kite then fly your kite in the park.

Meet at the marquee near the play area. Cost £3.90 (£2.90 for Passport to Leisure holders) per kite.

Getting Arty in Wade Wood

Join Phil Singh and Julie Swift at Jerusalem Farm near Booth on Wednesday 30 May for a morning creating artwork in the woods.

Bring a camera to photograph your finished work.

Meet in the car park at 10.00am.

No booking required. Session ends around 12:00pm.

£3.90 per child (£2.90 for Passport to Leisure holders)

Sparks! Half Term Fun at Bankfield Museum

Various activities are taking place at Bankfield Museum over the half term holidays.

Tickets for all activities at £3.50 per child (£2.50 with Passport to Leisure) can be obtained online by clicking the relevant link.

Making a soldier/nurse puppet

Find out about the Crimea War and meet Florence Nightingale and make a soldier or nurse puppet.

Tuesday 29 May 2018 – 11:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday 29 May 2018 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Tuesday 29 May 2018 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Book with Eventbrite.

Half Term Fun – Making clipped coins
Learn about the coiners and make your own clipped coins.

Wednesday 30 May – 11:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday 30 May – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday 30 May – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Book with Eventbrite.

Tudor Pastimes and making a ruff

Explore Tudor costume and make your own Tudor ruff.

Thursday 31 May – 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday 31 May – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday 31 May – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Book with Eventbrite.