New Defibrillators in Halifax

Whilst the website that shows the locations of AEDs (http://www.heartsafe.org.uk/AED-Locations) isn’t quite up-to-date, Halifax BID have recently installed defibrillators in the Woolshops by Marks and Spencers and outside Harveys.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life.

 

Not Long Now for Le Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Millions of spectators will line the route for the four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race which run between Thursday 3 May – Sunday 6 May.

The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online now at letour.yorkshire.com/timings

Over 2.2 million people stood roadside last year to cheer on these two wheeled titans. Yorkshire knows how to support a bike race and Welcome to Yorkshire as an organisation strongly promotes these events. This kind of support just isn’t seen in most races in the cycling calendar. Secondly, the terrain. Yorkshire is as beautiful as it is brutal and the riders know that taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire will be rough and rewarding in equal measure.

Cyclists want a challenge and Yorkshire provides that in abundance. As Aqua Blue Sport rider Matt Brammeier summed up quite perfectly; “Without pain and suffering we would be nothing and life would get pretty boring. [The Tour de Yorkshire] provided a fair share for me this weekend but I bloody loved every minute.

For the women taking part in the two-day Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, there are other aspects of huge significance. Most important of all is the parity that the race brings. The race takes place on the same roads that the men tackle. The race has one of the largest prize pots in women’s cycling and it gets the same, full television coverage that the men’s race does – exposure that is crucial for riders, teams and sponsors alike.

The 2017 event was particularly enthralling viewing as a world class field including Olympic Road Race champion, Anna van der Breggen, lit up the roads from Tadcaster, through the Yorkshire Dales. The finishing podium was made up of a two-time World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini and American pocket rocket Coryn Rivera. However, the top spot was reserved for someone much closer to home. The Yorkshire flags in Harrogate were waved all that bit more vigorously than usual as the county’s very own hero, Lizzie Deignan, spectacularly sprung a solo attack with 15km to go and powered her way to victory.

“The finish was so special and so surreal and it meant so much to me to receive such great support,” Deignan said afterwards. “It was incredible and I’m struggling to get my head around it. This is up there with the biggest wins of my career, definitely.”

This year sees both races move into new ground; as the Asda Women’s race doubles in length to become a two-day race and the men’s race also gains an extra day, taking it from three to four.

From a racing perspective, this is exciting as it gives both races more time to develop and it presents the stage planners with more chances to create truly spectacular stages.

From a fans perspective, it gives more people more opportunities to see their cycling heroes and allows for more of Yorkshire’s remarkable scenery and brutal climbs to be showcased too. On top of this, 50 per cent of the host towns for this year are first time hosts, with Barnsley, Halifax, Ilkley and Richmond joining Beverley, Doncaster, Leeds and Scarborough in welcoming this year’s race.

Threeways Luncheon Club

Threeways are working in partnership with the Mixenden Parents Resource Centre to offer a reasonably priced 2 course meal and a drink for just £3.00.

The luncheon club is held every Monday at 12:30pm at Threeways, Nursery Lane, Ovenden.

For further information and to confirm your attendance, please call Steph on 01422 728050 (option 5).

Pennine Magpie Receives Duke of Edinburgh Awards Licence

Pennine Magpie is excited to announce that it has received the Duke Of Edinburgh Licence.

This means that they are now registered as a licenced organisation to provide Duke Of Edinburgh Awards for Bronze, Silver and Gold.

“To complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, young people volunteer in their communities, learn a skill, get fit and plan and undertake an expedition, fulfilling six to 18 months of challenging activity. Through this sustained, meaningful activity, young people develop key life and employability skills, such as self-management, problem solving, team working, communication and confidence.”

For more information or to show your interest, please email admin@penninemagpie.co.uk

Voluntary Action Calderdale AGM

VAC (Voluntary Action Calderdale) invite you to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting which is to be held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Wednesday 2 May, 4:00pm-6:00pm.

There have been some major changes to the Voluntary and Community Sector over the past year and this meeting will allow you to find out more about the new Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance which is a partnership between six organisations, made up of four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale:

  • Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC)
  • Sector Support Calderdale (North Bank Forum)
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group & Calderdale Council

To confirm attendance, please email info@cvac.org.uk of visit the Eventbrite page.

 

Line Dancing and More with SOFA!

Have you got an inner John Wayne or Calamity Jane? SOFA runs Line Dancing sessions in St. Anne’s church hall on Thursdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm. You don’t need a partner and the first 2 sessions are FREE.

SOFA‘s  aim is to offer people primarily in the 50 plus age group within the community of Southowram and surrounding areas, a range of fun activities to help promote their health and well-being.

Sessions cost £3 which is payable on the day – so you only need pay for the sessions you attend.

If you’re not sure whether an activity is for you, come along and give it a try, or just sit and watch.  The first two weeks ‘taster’ sessions are free!  (Please note that this concession does not apply to those sessions which are planned to run for a limited number of weeks.)

Worried about coming on your own?  Call 01422 346204 to arrange to meet someone when you arrive, or just to find out more.

Membership is currently £5 a year.

We’re all about keeping active, having fun and making friends!

Find out more….www.southowram50.btck.co.uk

Beat It Night at the Salvation, Halifax

Beat It Night is a regular monthly social event for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health conditions to get together and just have some fun and where anyone would feel welcome.

On the 3rd Thursday each month, people can sit and chat or get up and have a boogie – or listen to live music. This is a place where people can meet old friends and make new ones.

Artists have an opportunity to showcase their talents, musicians, dancers and poets.

This month, the Blame it on the Boogie Beat It Night is on Thursday 19 April, 7:00pm-10:00pm at The Salvation, Bull Green, Halifax and will feature music from a DJ as well as there being an Open Mic.

To book tickets call 01422 363817 or book online at http://beatitnight.co.uk/tickets/

£5.00 if pre-booked or £6 on the door (Staff and support £2.50).

For more information email info@beat-it-nightclub.co.uk