Community Warden Lee Speaks to Whitehill Junior Wardens

Heather Stout, from the Ovenden Initiative, arranged for CMBC Community Warden, Lee Ackroyd, to visit the Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens to talk about his role in the community.

Lee told the Junior Wardens about the various aspects of his role and how he helps to keep the community of Illingworth, as well as other parts of North Halifax, a nicer place to live.

Amongst other things, Lee told them his role includes reporting dog fouling, fly tipping, build-up of rubbish likely to cause a fire risk, helping the police when required, checking on vulnerable residents, reporting graffiti and anti-social behaviour.

Lee can also issue Fixed Penalty Notices for dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs.

When he is not doing any of the above (!) he will also be found at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, where he will be helping out with marshalling to keep the crowds safe.

The Junior Wardens were very interested in Lee’s role in the community, with some telling him of their own experiences of some of the issues he deals with.

Police and Fire Service Visit Whitehill Junior Wardens

Heather Stout, from the Ovenden Initiative, arranged for some of our local uniformed services to meet the new Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens recently.

Police Community Support Officer, Megan Boothroyd, from West Yorkshire Police, visited Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens to tell them all about her role as an officer in Illingworth on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Megan spoke about some of her day to day duties before showing the Wardens some of the equipment she carries whilst explaining what it is used for.

PCSO Boothroyd also told the Wardens about some of the more unusual aspects of her job including some of the funny things that have happened, before some very good questions were asked by the Junior Wardens, who all seemed very keen to know everything about life in the Police Force.

Following up from that exciting session, on the 28 March Fire Prevention Officer, Dave Manning, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, also made a visit to tell the wardens about his role in the community.

Dave, until recently a Fire Fighter based in Halifax, invited some of the Junior Wardens take part in a role play to show them how dangerous it can be in a car if you are not wearing a seatbelt and the driver is distracted.

Through the role play, Dave managed to get the message across of how easily drivers can be distracted by children in the back of the car. He also had one volunteer to help him show the rest of the group how to put someone in the recovery position.

Lots of good and interesting questions were asked by the Junior Wardens, who seemed to appreciate the serious message Dave was promoting.

Nominate your 2018 North Halifax Stars!

Celebrating the stars of our local communities in Illingworth, Mixenden and Ovenden since 2009…

Yes, it’s that time again for us to celebrate the individuals and groups who strengthen and improve our communities and the lives of the people who live within them at the North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards.

The North Halifax Neighbourhood awards are all about celebrating the local talent, hard work and community spirit that goes on within our neighbourhoods of North Halifax.

Is there a group or individual you feel makes a positive difference in your local area?… Then give them the recognition that they deserve… Nominate today!

Keep an eye on our blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #nhna2018 for updates.

Wedding Fayre at Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel are holding the very first Wedding Fayre on Sunday 10 June, 11:00am-4:00pm with FREE entry.

If you are in the process of planning a wedding or are newly engaged, this is the perfect opportunity to view the historic building all dressed up and set for a wedding.

There will be a selection of wedding related vendors in attendance from florists to cake makers. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding bookings and the cottage will be open for refreshments.

For more information email

What does your local library mean to you?

Library Service Delivery Review

Local people are being asked to have their say on the future of community libraries in Calderdale. This is to ensure they meet their needs.

Calderdale Council is holding a public consultation to drive a review of its 15 community libraries. This will take place from Monday 5 March until 30 April 2018.

The way that people use libraries is changing. The Council is looking at what is best for each individual library and community now and in the future. This is to ensure a modern, relevant service which is able to thrive in the 21st century.

You can have your say by using the: Library Consultation form.

Or click below to access information about YOUR local library in North and East Halifax.

You have the chance to give your opinion. This will be used to shape proposals which are due to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet in summer 2018.

Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, said:

We know how much libraries mean to local people. We are committed to maintaining high-quality services that meet their needs. We are reviewing our community libraries to ensure we continue to provide the best possible libraries service to residents. In a cost-effective way to meet the service’s challenging requirement to save £160,000 by 2020. We urge people in each part of Calderdale to share their views.

Free Advice at Mixenden Parents Resource Centre

Amongst the many things that are available at Mixenden Parents Resource Centre (MPRC) is the Free Advice & Support that Carol can give you. 

Don’t despair, help is just a call away. Please ring 01422 240043 Monday to Thursday to book an appointment.

Want to Sing? – Then get Singspired!

Singspiration Choir are a friendly, fun choir who enjoy singing and the benefits singing can have. They believe singing promotes a sense of well being, builds confidence and is good for both our physical and mental health.

They meet on Mondays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (with a little break for a cuppa and a chit chat).

The first session after Easter will be Monday 9 April, 6:00pm and will meet at Halifax Golf Club, Union Lane, Ogden, HX2 8XR.

There are no auditions, no music to read, and they sing a variety of music styles. They try not to use musical terms and refer to each section as tops, middles and bottoms. Choir members are free to decide which part they want to sing in.

Anyone over 16 yrs welcome.

The first session is a Taster Evening free of charge. Then £6.00 a session paid monthly in advance.

For more information please call either Linda 07739397892, or Pat on 01422 244854 or 07940293578 or look them up on Facebook.

The choir are very friendly and always look forward to meeting new people interested in singing in the choir and having fun.