North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards 2019 – OPEN NOW FOR NOMINATIONS

Button 2019Celebrating the stars of our local communities in Illingworth, Mixenden and Ovenden.

Do you know a stand-out star or an amazing community group in North Halifax? Then give them the recognition that they deserve by nominating them for a North Halifax Neighbourhood award.

Since 2009 North Halifax Partnership has recognised over 350 individuals and groups at our annual awards event – Night of the North Halifax Stars!

The categories for nomination are:

  • Contribution to Children & Young People
  • Contribution to Sport & Play #ActiveNorthHalifax
  • Contribution to Work & Training
  • Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment
  • Contribution to the Older Generation
  • Outstanding Individual
  • Community Involvement
  • Young People of the Year
  • Good Neighbour
  • Lifetime Achievement

You can nominate online, or call us on 0300 555 0266 to do it over the phone.

Nominations close at midnight on Friday 18 October 2019

Find out more at

An opportunity to have your say at Ovenden Ward Forum! – 17 Sept

Ovenden flyer poster Wednesday 5 June 2019

Just a reminder that the next Ovenden Ward Forum meeting is on Tuesday 17 September 2019, at Moorside Community Primary School, Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.

From 6.15pm (doors open at 6pm).

If you have a neighbourhood issue you want to talk to the police or Councillor about,  or if you are interested in what’s going on in the ward, then please come along to the meeting or contact



Halifax Heritage Trail Listing 2019

‘TIME & PLACE’ at All Souls, Haley Hill, HX3 6DR

  • Sat 14 Sept – 11am – 3pm
  • Sun 15 Sept – 11am – 3pm
  • Sat 21 Sept – 11am – 3pm
  • Sun 22 Sept – 11am – 3pm

There is always something new to discover year on year.

Come and visit this extraordinary Grade 1 listed Gothic church commissioned by the local industrialist Edward Akroyd 160 years ago. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and considered to be his finest church with exceptional stained glass.

Scott also designed the model village Akroydon for Edward Akroyd’s mill workers and the old manor house was later donated to become Bankfield Museum.

As part of the anniversary celebrations of The Churches Conservation Trust and the building itself the dedicated volunteer team are working to bring this generally unused building back into the community, to be an exceptional venue for events and exploring the history of the area.

 ‘TIME & PLACE’ solo art exhibition by Jane Austin

The local watercolour artist Jane Austin is holding a third solo exhibition of paintings, this year reflecting the rich heritage of the church, the Akroydon model village and Halifax itself, rooted firmly in the Industrial Revolution. The drawings from several workshops during the year will inspire to take a closer look. Meet the artist and see how she develops her work, as seen on BBC 1 series ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’.

Once a thriving church it fell into disrepair and was no longer used for regular worship by 1979. However many people still have fond memories of family celebrations and connections with the church which are being gathered into a community project of stories and images, ‘People of All Souls’. Dates for video filming of stories at the church and recording of photographic memories at Bankfield Museum will be published soon.

Guided Walk

A knowledgeable guided walk of the area, with Jackie Butterfield, will leave the church on Sunday 15 September at 11am and Sunday 22 September at 11am taking approximately an hour, inviting a donation of £3.00, bookable through the Halifax Visitor Information Centre, 01422 368725.

Sunday Service

A service will be held on Sunday 15 September at 4pm by Reverend Hilary Barber from the Halifax Minster.

Information regarding accessibility please contact the Churches Conservation Trust or email

BSL Lessons at Calderdale SmartMove!

Starting Thursday 19 September at 5pm. This course is an introduction to sign language and basic conversation skills.

The sessions are £5 each, last for one hour and the course runs for 8 weeks.

There are 10 places available. Please book yours fast to avoid disappointment as they will go quickly.

To book, either comment below, message @CalderdaleSmartMove on Facebook, or email BSL

Win a prize every time with RSPCA at Beechwood Big Picnic

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Meet Fay and Ray from the RSPCA at their Teddy Tombola at Beechwood Big Picnic on Saturday!

RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch is a self-funding branch of the RSPCA responsible for raising money locally to support their animal welfare work.

Their main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes.

Fay will also be selling RSPCA merchandise and talking about the work of the charity, their animals for adoption and any welfare enquiries you may have.

We’re really looking forward to meeting the local community, so please come and say hello! It’ll be just pawsome to meet you 🙂

Beechwood Big Picnic, Holmfield – Saturday 7 September 2019, 12pm – 4pm.

The Illingworth Messenger – September 2019

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

The messenger is advertising Sequence Dancing and Ballroom at Forest Cottage, Tai Chi Classes and much more!

A reminder also that award winning, Bradford-born playwright, Alan Stockdill of Talking Stock Productions, will be bringing one of his most
poignant, powerful dramas, ‘The Last Memory’ to Illingworth Moor Methodist Church on Saturday 28th September, 7:00pm – £3 including refreshments (Pay on the door)

As usual lots of local services are advertised and there are updates of local sports 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

What gets you moving? There’s plenty to choose from at the Beechwood Big Picnic:

Jmedalsoin us at for our 1K Beechwood Family Fun Run at 3pm, with more emphasis on fun than running. Walk, shuffle, push or skip.  This could be your first step to a Park Run or just a spot of sporting silliness. Every finisher gets an Active North Halifax medal.

Lose your head at the Mad Hatters’ Staying Well Tea Party and get into the swing with croquet – no flamingos or hedgehogs will be harmed!  Or visit the NHP Forest School for family Bear Hunting – oh my!

Wheelie Bored? You won’t be!  If you’re aged 3 up, there’s a bike and track to fit (grown ups too!). Don’t cycle? We want to hear from you.  Cycle training is available to book for all ages in the area through Bikeability.  Don’t have a bike? Speak to the Bikeability team about the Active Calderdale Bike Library.  Mixenden Activity Centre will have the bigger bikes on the park bike track and can advise on local routes and guided rides.

After something more gentle?  Men United invite you to try their walking ruby or explore boccia (it’s like boules) an “intriguing tactics and nail biting tension game”.  New skills and new friends to be had at Beechwood Bowling Club, pop in for a cuppa. Or have-a-go at our Tai Chi and Yoga – sessions all day.

Come along and be part of the fun!