New Defibrillator at St. Columba’s Church Hall

On Wednesday 14 November,  St. Columba’s Church and Community Hall Group launched the use of their recently installed Defibrillator in conjunction with a visit from Neil Marsay from the Ambulance Service. Neil held a Defibrillator Awareness Session.

Trish Coyle, Chairman of the Community Hall Group, started the fundraising to purchase the Defibrillator by doing a sponsored slim. Warley Trust and The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund both gave a grant and Clif by Works (Mohammad) kindly gave a donation. James Haley (A and H Electrical) did the electrical work at a reduced price. James played rugby with the late Danny Jones – Lizzie’s late husband. Lizzie’s family attend St. Columba’s Church.

The defibrillator has been positioned outside St Columba’s Church and is registered with the Ambulance Service and available for use for anyone in the area.

Roy Stout has been appointed the Guardian of the Defibrillator and is the contact for the Ambulance Service.

More details about St Columba’s can be found on

The Illingworth Messenger – December 2018 and January 2019

There’s lots going on in and around Illingworth and the December / January edition of the Illingworth Messenger which contains details of events, activities, local news and much more!

The messenger is advertising the Christmas services at Mount Zion Heritage Chapel, Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Holy Nativity Church, St. John the Evangelist and St. Malachy’s Catholic Church. It also tells us about the Boxing Day lunch at Illingworth Moor Church for those who will be alone through the festive season.

As usual lots of local services are advertised and there are updates of local teams etc.

Read the latest messenger here …

If you would like something advertised in the Illingworth Messenger, items can be handed in to your church representative, dropped off at Illingworth Moor Good-As-New Shop or emailed direct to Irene Mulhall at

White Ribbon Day – 25 November

The White Ribbon Campaign works with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. The Council will be supporting White Ribbon Day on Sunday 25 November 2018, followed by the 16 days of action to the 10 December 2018. Please help mark this period with a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why men must take a stand against violence towards women. Further information is available here.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

On this day until 10th December is the 16 Days Of Action. During this time we ask men to wear a white ribbon, and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Of course this issue is present all year round, and we never stop campaigning. But it is important to mark this period with events, presentations and a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why men must take a stand against violence towards women. Join the campaign today and find out how you can do more in your community to mark White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days Of Action.

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 23 November – OUT NOW!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

  • Causey Hall Launch by The Creative Learning Guild
  • Halifax Minster Tree Festival
  • Still Time to Apply for Ward Forum Grants!
  • Changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Christmas Fairs and Concerts

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – Road Safety Campaign Week

Wednesday 21st November saw Community wardens  Lee Ackroyd and Zoe Davis attend St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School as part of the road safety campaign which involved taking a group of children aged between 5yrs to 8yrs outside the school gates with posters they had designed to deter drivers parking on the school zigzags and lines to make the school a safer place at finishing time and to highlight and educate drivers to the dangers of parking outside schools.


Overall it was a success as 8 vehicles were moved off the school zigzags and restricted lines  and dozens more parked elsewhere once seeing the children and wardens presence outside the school.

Community wardens will continue to work with the school on safer parking with another  planned visit in the next few weeks being arranged  with Civil Enforcement officers from Apcoa Parking to also attend.

Have Your Say! Ovenden Ward Forum – 27 November 2018

Come along to the Ovenden Ward Forum and have your say on what matters to you.

On Tuesday 27 November 2018 at Moorside Community Primary School (new building!), Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.

Refreshments and signing in from 6:00pm. Meeting starts at 6:15pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Local ward updates
  • Police updates

Fundraising Ideas for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

Christmas is a very special time for our families. A time to share magical moments and make precious memories that will last forever.

That’s why Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice wants to make Christmas as magical as possible – but they need your help.

Luckily, they have 12 festive and fun ways you can get involved. From donating to our shops, playing the raffle, volunteering or cycling to Lapland (well, sort of), there’s something for everyone!