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.

A New Era for Disabled Adults in Calderdale- Shaping the Future

The Disability Partnership Calderdale  is a member led group of physically and/ or sensory impaired people in Calderdale. They received the Duke of York Community Initiative Award from Prince Andrew in 2014. ( photo shows Chair Marion Spruce receiving the award from Prince Andrew ) when the following was said of them at the time,

“….. An enthusiastic, experienced organisation, extremely professional in the way it conducts its business, Calderdale would be a poorer place, particularly for disabled people, if this partnership did not exist “.  Following the appointment of some new trustees, the group is undergoing a resurgence of activity in delivering its aims to improve the quality of life of disabled people in Calderdale. It wants more disabled people in Calderdale to join the group and become involved in developing future work.

Malcolm Kielty MBE, DPC Secretary, says…. “it is all about disabled people having a voice, being listened to and respected and able to make a difference. By bringing disabled people together with service providers and commissioners, mainly in local authority, health and transport sectors, we can have a big impact on decision makers and are able to influence the way services are delivered. By removing barriers to access that prevent disabled people participating fully in society we see a better future for disabled people in Calderdale. We want to hear new ideas on how to ‘Shape the Future’ of the DPC and what it will look like over the coming years, and how best to work for its members.”

”To do this we are inviting people eighteen and over with physical and/or sensory impairments, to this special event funded by the Duke of York Community Initiative at the Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax from 5pm till 7.45pm on Tuesday  31 October 2017.  There will be light refreshments available from 5pm. Attendees who need taxi support can claim their expenses on arrival. The Kings Centre is fully accessible with, sign language interpreters and speech to text projected on large screens to assist people with hearing impairments. This special event will be facilitated by North Bank Forum sector support Calderdale.

For further details visit    phone or text to 07716 122897

or email

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

Grayston Voices Presents Spooky Tales For Halloween

On Tuesday 24 October the last of local historian David Glover’s Grayston Voices talks for 2017 is specially chosen for the Halloween period. David’s talks usually sell out so advance tickets (£3) are recommended. He will be giving the talk at The Grayston Unity (by the Town Hall) at 7.30pm and 9pm.


Spooky Tales for Hallowe’en
David tells the story of how a curse on a Halifax pedlar helped convict a “Pendle Witch” in 1612; the 18th Century tale of Mrs Haigh of Shaw Hill, almost buried alive in Halifax Parish Church around 1770; and the apparent contemporary cases of human combustion involving sisters less than a mile apart, near Sowerby Bridge in 1899. David will also describe two non-local ancestral curses – The Headless Horseman of Chavenage, and the Monk’s Curse of Cowdray.

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

Digging up Square Roots – Illustrated Talk

David Glover will be giving an illustrated talk at the new Central Library on Square Road on Tuesday 31 October 6:30pm – 8pm.

He will look at buildings north and east of The Piece Hall, including Caygill’s Square, Square Chapel, Square Church and Blakey & Emmott’s factory.

FREE tickets are available from Eventbrite Calderdale Libraries or contact Central Library and Archive .

For more information call 01422 392630 or email

Christopher Nibble (and how to save dandelions) at Square Chapel

On Sunday 29 October at 2:30pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre hear the story of Christopher Nibble. For ages 2+ and written and illustrated by Charlotte Middleton and adapted for the stage by Claire Alizon Hills, Topsy Turvy Theatre, the company who brought you Ruby Flew Too! and Isabel’s Well, proudly present the charming Christopher Nibble in a tale of dandelion daring-do!

The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much that slowly but surely dandelions are disappearing from all over town.

Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left – but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day?

Written especially for children aged 2-7 (and their big people too) and told with Topsy Turvy Theatre’s own blend of energetic storytelling, handmade puppets, original music and stunning scenery, Christopher Nibble is an uplifting story of one guinea pig’s selfless undertaking to help halt the disappearance of the delicious dandelion forever!

Tickets: £8  available by going to the Square Chapel website and following the link for book now.

For more information call 01422 349422 or visit