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.

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 20 October – OUT NOW!!

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  • Shibden Spooktacular
  • Halloween at Eureka!
  • Consultation on Cohesion and Integration Strategy
  • Ward Forum Grants Open to Applications
  • Have your say on GP Services in Calderdale
  • Advice on Hate Crime, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage
  • Advertise your Halloween and Bonfire Events with us

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!

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

Buy a Park a Tree

Nature lovers in Calderdale now have the chance to buy a new tree to be planted in a Calderdale park or green space.

Calderdale Council’s new ‘buy a park a tree’ scheme gives individuals, groups or businesses the chance to sponsor a tree of their choice.

The trees in many of Calderdale’s parks are getting to the end of their natural lifespan. Some have also been damaged in storms or have had to be removed due to disease or for safety reasons. Over fifty new trees have been planted in one of Calderdale’s parks in a previous scheme started six years ago but with the help of sponsors, Calderdale Council is aiming to extend the scheme to the rest of the borough with a target of 100 trees to be planted between November 2017 and February 2018.

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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

Hate Crime and Mate Crime in Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 takes place from 14 to 21 October.

Hate Crime

West Yorkshire Police are working with Calderdale Hate Crime Partnership and Calderdale Metropolitan Council. Together they have set up Hate Incident Reporting Centres to encourage victims of racist, homophobic, disability and faith based abuse to report any incidents. There are centres all around Calderdale so that people can go to a location of their choice.

The reporting centres provide alternative venues (in addition to Police Stations), for the reporting and recording of hate incidents. The service is provided by trained staff.

If you would like further information please contact the Council’s Hate Crime Co-coordinator on 01422 392869.

The Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime is a national helpline for reporting, support and information – as well as for support from other agencies, such as the police and housing providers. The helpline is available 24 hours a day for anyone in England and Wales who is affected by Learning Disability Hate Crime or knows someone who is.

Talk to the Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime helpline on 0808 802 1155.

Mate Crime

Mate crime is a form of hate crime and happens when people befriend someone with learning disabilities in order to rip them off, abuse or exploit them.

There is an organisation called safety net that helps local agencies develop systems to tackle Mate crime. It will raise awareness and deliver publicity campaigns and training for people with learning disabilities and the people who work with them.

Safety Net is a national project, with pilot sites in Calderdale and North Devon. You can find out more at the Arc Safety website.

Hate incident reporting centres in Calderdale

Alternatively you can report hate crime online.

If you would like any further information contact Sail Suleman email or phone 01422 392869 

#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