Do you want to be part of positive change in Calderdale?

Do you want to be part of positive change in Calderdale?  


An exciting opportunity has arisen at Halifax Opportunities Trust to join our Board of Trustees and make a difference to hundreds of people’s lives throughout Calderdale.

Halifax Opportunities Trust is an award-winning charity dedicated to making vibrant, multi-cultural and self-sustaining communities across Calderdale and has being doing so for over 20 years. Our work includes the delivery of children centres services and nurseries to helping community members find meaningful, quality work, and the provision of learning programmes that allow people to reach their full potential. In addition to that we run two thriving social enterprise business centres that support small and micro enterprises in the borough. On a typical day we work with over 1,700 people across Calderdale – many people refer to us as Calderdale’s best kept secret!

We are proud of the diversity and inclusivity of both our staff and our Board and are looking to recruit new members to the Board who can bring experience and/or expertise in the following areas: Living or working in Park or Warley wards Running a social enterprise or dealing with social finance Property development, particularly housing development Nutrition and/or food security Charity or company law. As well as being part of one of the largest social enterprise charities in the region, our Trustees are given regular opportunities to further their skills and knowledge through training, onsite visits and attendance at national conferences and events. We are active members of the development trust association, Locality, and Trustees regularly take advantage of our membership benefits to further their professional skillset and their understanding of place-based community action.

Our Board currently meets 4 times a year with some sub-groups meeting more often particularly in respect to finance. We are seeking individuals who have both the time and desire to commit to attending our quarterly meetings. If you are ready to become part of our growing charity please contact Alison Haskins on 01422 399401 or email for an informal discussion about the role.

Applications for the role of Trustee will close on Friday 14th August 2020.

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The Youth System – Summer Holiday Club for boys and girls aged 5-13

The Youth club is a holiday club based at Forest Cottage in Ovenden, in association with the OSCA foundation, running through the Summer 2020 break, for children aged 5 – 13 years of age.

The Youth System dates are from 20th July to 7th of August.

Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 16.00, open to both girls and boys at a competitive rate of £13 per day.

Due to the Government Coronavirus guidelines, the numbers are strictly limited so apply early.



Venue: Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden HX2 8AD
Enquiries and bookings: or 07568 263435

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter July 2020


Welcome to the latest Newsletter from the Calderdale 50+ forum. Calderdale Forum 50 Plus aims to represent and promote the collective voice of people over the age of 50 in Calderdale by: Communication, Campaigning, Influencing, Encouraging and Empowering.


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OSCA Foundation Pub and function suite weekend opening hours

OSCA Foundation (Forest cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden) are pleased to announce the re-opening of their Public Bar and function suite.

The pub’s opening hours are:

Saturday 12pm – 6pm

Sunday 12pm – 9pm

All old and new customers are welcome to join us to enjoy drinks at the most competitive prices in Calderdale.

Watch this space for extra opening times during the Summer months.

Regular classes will not be resuming for the time being.

The venue is not taking any bookings for events either at present.

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 03 July 2020 – OUT NOW!

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New this week:

  • Can You Help Deliver Physical Activities in Our Local Parks?
  • Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched
  • Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan from Calderdale Council June 2020
  • I Clap For: PieceHall commemorates the NHS 72nd birthday on July 5th

 Have a great weekend!

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Can You Help Deliver Physical Activities in Our Local Parks?

Lots more people have been telling us that they don’t feel like they have the opportunity to be active during COVID19. As a response to this we’d like to work with local communities to develop free activities in local parks and open spaces over the summer into September/October as a way of providing more opportunities for our residents to be move more. This is a similar scheme already established in Birmingham.

If you deliver sports or activity sessions that get people moving, it could be hula hooping, dancing, gardening or tai chi that can be transferred to an outdoor setting, and are interested in the opportunity to get involved in Active Parks please get in touch for more details. Activities will have to be delivered in accordance with the latest government guidance on physical distancing.

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CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin – Walk around Hebden Bridge

This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5.5 mile walk starting at Hebden Bridge – Lower Colden – Mill Walk. The walk is marked as Grade 2** and should last approximately 3 hours.

There are several places to park in Hebden Bridge, the walk starts from the turning circle, where there is a lay-by opposite.

You will pass several ruins of old mills along the walk; it is very difficult to imagine how big some of them were. They operated in the early 1800’s and spun cotton or were die houses, using the water from the river and streams.

You will walk towards Hebden Bridge, on the left is Church Lane, pass the church and the school and continue up the steep road. The road turns sharp left but carry on to the right along a track, Colden Road. Carry along this road, after passing a block of houses the road forks, take the right-hand fork and continue until you reach the first mill site – Lower Lumb Mill – which spanned the river.

At the bridge keep to the left, as you walk forward on to another old mill site, you will see to your right a low arch and pits in the far-right corner. Go up the steps, then forward rising a little. You will join the old mill dam embankment about 100 meters ahead. Follow it along the left-hand side of the dams.

At the end of the old dam, you go down one step to the riverside, forward only for 6 meters, then turn right up the side of more mill ruins. Turn right at the top of this path, then left on to a path along the hillside, this then becomes a wide track.

Where the track doubles back to the right, go straight forward on to a woodland path, which rises steadily. When it forks, take the right-hand path up to the far top corner of this wood.

Continue forward on the causey path to Hebden Hole Bridge; you will walk past the Praying Hole; John Wesley addressed many hundreds of people here on his travels. Crossing the bridge, the path takes you up the steps on to a lane. Turn right and follow the lane for about 300 meters, turn into the first lane on the left.

Follow the lane past the end of the house and straight uphill, following the walled path over the high point and descending to the road.

Turn left, about 50 meters on the right is Marsh Lane and then right again on to a grassy lane. Follow this down the slope to pass between two farmsteads, continue straight ahead.

At the next style, turn right along the wall side, which bears left and leads to another style. Forward in the same line across the next open field aiming at the stile and signpost. Alternately you can carry straight forward to the hill side and turn right to bring you to the stile and signpost, if animals are in the field.

From the wall stile, turn half left and descend the slope. A path line soon emerges leading to a bridge and the Jumble Hole Beck. Over the bridge, turn left and follow the path to the ruins of Staups Mill. Veer slightly right up an old track and after 20 meters, go through the stile on the left.

This path is narrow initially on the steep hillside but widens as it descends the clough. At a ‘z’ bend you come to Cow Bridge, the site of another former mill. The lane is now quite substantial and continues down the streamside, you will pass the site of Spa Mill on to Underbank Mill. You will approach the railway bridge, turn left and walk along Underbank Avenue.

Walk along the avenue to the other railway bridge and on to the main road; turn right for 80 meters and cross the road, going over the river bridge. Just before the canal bridge, turn left and join the towpath. Follow this back to Hebden Bridge. You can leave the towpath just after the Stubbings Wharf PH our continue under the bridge ahead and take the next left, to bring you out opposite Church Lane.

We would love you to try this walk and send us your photos so we can pop it in the newsletter.

It doesn’t have to be this walk, we would love to feature your scenic photos in the newsletters.


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