Mixenden Activity Centre – Way of the Roses Road Trip

Starting on 27 May the Mixenden Activity Centre Peer mentors completed a 170 mile cycle trip from Morecombe to Bridlington going from Lancashire to Yorkshire – the Way of the Roses rather than the wars of the roses.

The group have learnt so much over the past few weeks and throughout this journey… The group raised around £1000 towards there summer expedition to the Czech Republic and have already completed national accreditations in First aid and are working on young navigators award, food hygiene and health and safety awards… as well as being involved in stop and search scrutiny panel and working on the community cohesion and the prevent agenda in the local area. Each individual has developed themselves personally in different ways from believing in themselves and their ability, patience and tolerance of each other, team work and supporting each other in difficult times as well as achieving something that will live with them forever….

Here is the story of their road trip as told by themselves!

Day 1 Morecombe ⇒ Settle 36 miles

5.30am we all met at MAC to begin our journey to Morecombe to start the way of the roses……. We arrived; got set up and set off on the 170 miles to Bridlington….. via settle, Pateley bridge and Stamford Bridge.

The start was nice and flat heading out on cycle paths towards Lancaster. After heading under the M6 motorway the group started to feel the hills of the Yorkshire Dales… just before we arrived in Clapham we heard the Thunder in the distance and the skies start to darken…. As we headed towards Austwick the heavens opened… torrential rain and hail stones….  We got battered for about 5 mins before meeting the van and hiding for cover…. The group sat for about 20 mins while the downpour continued with only about 5 miles of the day remaining… Once the weather had slowed we headed out only to be caught again by the torrential rain Helwith bridge… this time to roads turned to rivers but the group were in high spirits as the end of the day was in sight…..

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 26 May – OUT NOW!!

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  • Weekly message from the NHP Energy levels Project!
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Calderdale’s response to the raising of the UK’s terror threat level to critical

Statement from the Calderdale Community Safety Partnership

Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrendous incident in Manchester on Monday 22 May.

In response to the incident, the Prime Minister has raised the UK’s terror threat level to critical, which means that a further attack may be imminent.

Due to this threat level, across the country people may see additional armed response police officers and armed military personnel. This is a precaution to keep the public safe.

Don’t be alarmed if you see them here in Calderdale – this is a national response as part of a pre-arranged plan and there is no intelligence to suggest that there is a specific threat to us here.

There may also be increased police presence at events that would not usually require this – again, this is precautionary only.

We have robust partnership arrangements in place and continue do everything we can to keep people safe and provide community reassurance.

For example, the Council is supporting schools, and its neighbourhood coordinators are out in the community offering reassurance and are ready to discuss any local concerns.

You can help by staying calm, being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.

FREE half term activities at Orange Box for ages 11+

Get all arty in our arts and crafts sessions; beat your friends at table tennis; sing your favourite tunes with karaoke in the atrium; climb to new heights in our bouldering tunnel; see what you can do wearing a bumper ball in our zorbing sessions; and come help us celebrate the half term break with an end of week DJ party.

Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June – 2pm to 4pm

Click here for a full list of activities taking place in the May half term

No need to book, just turn up

How to talk to children about the Manchester attack

18581523_10156164210969951_1706289496868063529_nThe Ariana Grande Manchester bombing that left 22 dead and many injured is in all out thoughts at the moment. There were 21,000 people at the concert that was targeted by a suicide bomber yesterday evening and a large proportion were children and teenagers.

It can be really hard and upsetting to try to explain to children what is happening in the world and why. This incident is all the more shocking because it appears to have been a deliberate attack against children and young people.

Here are 8 things to remind someone who is scared:

1.     It’s really important the you don’t cover up your feelings if you are scared. Don’t worry quietly inside. Talk to someone you love and trust if you are worried about frightening news events.

2.     When there is a big event in the news, lots of inaccurate information ends up on the internet, so try to avoid it. Make sure you get your news from a trusted place like the BBC, Channel 4 or Sky news. Things that happen in the news will be talked about in the school playground or lunch hall, or in online chats. Better that you know the real facts, rather than hearing exaggerated or confused versions from other people. You need correct information, not misinformation.

3.     Remember that terrorism has always been there – as far back as Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot in 1605. There were seven assassination attempts on Queen Victoria during her 63-year reign in the 1800s. For 30 years, Britain lived with bomb attacks from the IRA over the Northern Ireland troubles. But there is always a solution. Right now, Islamic State (known as IS or Daesh) and other terror groups are trying to frighten the world into doing what they want. But, they will be defeated. There will be a solution. In the meantime, children will continue going to school, parents will continue to go to work, families will continue to go to sports events, concerts and on holiday

4.     Life continues.

5.     Remember that events like the Manchester attack are extremely rare, which is why they are in the news. We haven’t seen a big explosive attack like this in Britain since the London bombings in 2005 – some children today won’t even have been born then! The likelihood of being caught up in an event like this is so, so small, you can’t even do the sum to calculate the risk.

6.    The police are doing all they can to make sure that you are safe. More than 400 police officers were working through the night after the attack. Thousands more are working to try to stop events like this happening again.

7.     Remember, too, that there is much more good news than bad news happening. And that there are many more good people than bad people.

8.     Love is stronger than hate. Hug your family and friends a little bit closer and for a little bit longer.

Source: FirstNewsUK

 

 

FREE May Half Term Activities at Orange Box

FREE half term activities for ages 11+ return to Orange Box Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June between 2 pm and 4 pm. Get all arty in our arts and crafts sessions; beat your friends at table tennis; sing your favourite tunes with karaoke in the atrium; climb to new heights in our bouldering tunnel; see what you can do wearing a bumper ball in our zorbing sessions; and come help us celebrate the half term break with an end-of-week DJ party.

No need to book, just turn up (you will need to register when you arrive, if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come) For more information call 01422 433200 or email hello@orangeboxhalifax.org

Orange Box young people’s centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF (next to the Piece Hall)

Halifax Sailing Club Open Day

Halifax Sailing Club invites you and your family to try out sailing or windsurfing for free at our club open day. On May 21st 2017 the club will be providing free taster sessions as part of the RYA’s national Push the Boat Out campaign.

Push the Boat Out is a nine day nationwide event that will see hundreds of sailing clubs and centres across the country opening their gates for local people to come and ‘have a go’ at sailing and windsurfing. 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 and a towel.

Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flatts) in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Formed in 1959, it is a friendly club, affiliated to the RYA, owned and run by the members. The reservoir covers 90 acres and, being the highest sailing club in England at an altitude of 410 meters, enjoys clear winds which provides top quality sailing.

Club Commodore Graham Norton says “We are delighted to be taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out, 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 your visit might just get you hooked!”

Visit our website at http://www.halifaxsailingclub.org.uk/