Great British Bake Off

Love to bake? Take up the challenge for a bit of lighthearted fun for a very good cause .

Five Food Bistro in Holmfield is hosting their very own version of The Great British Bake Off with a competition open to male or female , professionals or novices , young and old.

The cost to register is £5 and you can enter a choice of cake of either Banana, Carrot or Lemon Drizzle Cake.

On Saturday 25 November members of the public will be invited to attend Five Vintage Bistro and score the cakes on presentation and taste .

The winner of the best cake will receive £50 prize money and the opportunity to bake more cakes to order .

Entrants need to register before the end of October and they make the cake at home .

The money raised from the event will go towards vet fees for ‘Missy’ an assistance dog.

St Augustine’s Volunteer Training Programme October/November

St Augustine’s has advertised the October and November Volunteer Training Sessions.

In 1968 St. Augustine’s Church began running a parent and toddler group. They soon extended this to community lunches, ESOL classes and social activities in response to local need. The work grew over the years, and when Calderdale became a dispersal area for the asylum process in the early 2000s the outreach extended to people who needed help to settle into life in the UK.

St. Augustine’s Centre became an independent charity in 2009, and provision continues to expand. We are a community centre for anyone who needs help, advice or support, still rooted in the Christian values founded by St. Augustine’s Church. We welcome the vulnerable and care for all, regardless of faith, ethnicity, background or any other factors. People access support and advice in a warm and welcoming environment, and find community.

More information can be obtained by emailing

Halloween at Eureka!

Ghostly goings-on at Eureka!

There’s a gathering of ghosts, ghouls and other grisly spirits at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum this Halloween, from 21 October through to 5 November 2017.

If you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost, join the Eureka! team on ghastly tour of the museum to track down (and hopefully capture) some ghouls. Visit the Haunted Mansion to explore your spookier side and listen to scary(ish) stories plus loads more Halloween-themed activities.

All blood-curdling activities are included in the price of admission and free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders

#MAD17 Fun Sports and Activities at Mixenden Activity Centre

Mixenden Activity Centre will be holding #MAD17 with fun sports and activities on Wednesday 1 November at 11am-3pm. 

Mixenden Activity Centre (MAC) work with individuals and groups across Calderdale and beyond offering educational and personal programmes for young people and staff that are bespoke, affordable, and flexible.

Mixenden Activity Centre has been in operation for over 23 years, providing outdoor education and outdoor management training both in Calderdale and further afield.

For further information email

Colin Skeath talks Canoeing Around Britain

In April 2017 retired Halifax Police Inspector Colin Skeath set off with his nephew, Davis, to circumnavigate the UK mainland in an open Canadian canoe.
86 days later the journey of around 2500 miles was complete.

On Wednesday 15 November from 7pm to 9pm at Mixenden Activity Centre (HX2 8SH) you can catch up with Colin and hear the story of how this massive feat of endurance was planned and executed, taking the fearless pair though many dangerous tide races, over falls and whirlpools, not to mention having to contend with the British weather!

“A fantastic, entertaining, serious, enjoyable, informative talk. Anyone with an interest in canoeing or adventure travel ought to hear the story.” Andy Carden, Newcastle.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL through Eventbrite.

Tickets are FREE but there is a suggested donation of £5 for adults which will go towards Colin and Davis’ chosen charity, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and the evening also includes a buffet supper.

The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life shortening conditions and their families. They currently support more than 185 families and could support many more if they had the funds. They need to raise £3.8 million each year to continue this support with almost all of their funding coming from the community.

The evening will be hosted by Halifax North & East and Halifax Canoe Club.

Shelf Pre-School Fashion Fair

Shelf Pre-School will be holding a Fashion Fair on Friday 10 November starting at 6:30pm at the Pre-School which is behind Shelf Village Hall, Halifax Road HX3 7NT (behind the village hall, turn left and head down the path to the green gate).

Tickets are £3 (or 2 for £5) which includes a raffle ticket and nibbles.

Tickets can be booked in advance by emailing 
or by calling 01274 676661. 


Half Term Activities in the Park Ward Heritage Festival

On Monday 30 October there will be free tours up the 403 steps of Wainhouse Tower. Entry is free but ensure that you have suitable footwear.

Wednesday 1 November there will be a free Park Heritage Tour starting from Lister Lane Cemetery at 2pm.

Details of these and other activities such as guided walks, films etc. can be found in the Park Heritage Festival brochure.