RSPCA annual Shibden dog show with a Gentlemen Jack twist


The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch are holding their annual Shibden Dog Day.

This Saturday 27 July – running from 12-4pm,  in the beautiful settings of Shibden Park.

All families and four-legged companions are invited to take part in their 12 class fun dog show, enjoy doggy ‘pawty’ games and peruse a wonderful variety of stalls and games to suit all!

This year the branch are excited to introduce a brand new dog show class – ‘Top Hat Top Dog!”. In celebration of the recent success of the Halifax-based drama Gentleman Jack, the branch hope to see which dog will look best in an Anne Lister-esque top hat, with top hats provided on the day!

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said “We’re really excited to be back at Shibden Park once again with our annual fun dog show and we think the ‘Top Hat – Top Dog’ class will be a really fun element for our attendees and a great celebration of this beautiful Halifax park and it’s incredible history’.

Classes cost just £1.50 and the schedule includes other favourite classes such as ‘waggiest tail’, ‘puppy love’ and ‘best junior handler’ – meaning there is something to suit all breeds and ages.

The local RSPCA branch, which is self funded, is hoping to raise crucial funds for their Wade Street Animal Centre and all of the animals in their care, whilst also raising awareness of the welfare work they do in the Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and district areas.

To find out more about Shibden Dog Day please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch website here: You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘Shibden Dog Day 2019’ in events.

Have you visited Shelf Park recently?

Group photoHave you visited Shelf Park recently? There’s loads going on to get involved in and active. What do you think of our local park?

Friends of Shelf Hall Park – This newly formed group has been busy identifying potential projects for the development of the Park.  They would like to hear new ideas from people. Public consultation will take place over the summer months.

Green Events

  • Friday 26 July 2019 meet in the Bridle Stile car park at 10.00 am please bring gloves and appropriate footwear – all ages welcome to improve this local amenity
  •  Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.  Meeting at the Stone Chair Variety Club, Brighouse and Denholme Gate Rd, Halifax HX3 7LB all welcome.

Get Active!

Shelf Bowls – Open to anyone over 14 years playing from April until the end of September.  If you have never played, contact Bryan on 07840 70759 for information.

Bowls can be provided free of charge whilst you learn and you just need some flat shoes. The group plays on the green at the bottom end of the park; they are active in a number of local leagues and would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in playing or learning to play.

Walks in the Park – Several walks start from the Park and at Bridle Stile there is access to the Calderdale Way.  There is a link on “From Weaver to Web” and a pamphlet with four walks produced by Calderdale Council.

Meanwhile if you have an hour to spare a stroll around this local park it could be part of your 10,000 steps each day.  Further information can be found on the Facebook link:  or contact: tel 01274602429 or


Ward Forum Grants Now Open to Applications for up to £500

It’s Back!

The ever popular ward forum grants scheme for 2019/2020 is back, if you have an idea for a project that is going to benefit your local community and need a small grant of up to £500 then please apply. The criteria for the grant is quite varied but it must benefit the community, it is preferred that your group has a constitution and bank account, but if you haven’t you still may get funding.

If you have an idea for a project in your area and want some advice then please contact Tony King on 0300 555 0266 or email

One thing you must do is make sure you put as much information on the application form, many projects will not be funded due to poor application forms.

The deadline for the first round of grants is 31st August 2019.

The deadline for the second round of grants is 30th November 2018.

However if you would like a grant before the deadlines please submit your application and include why you need the grant before the deadline.

Good Luck!

To apply for the grant please open the link below;

Northowram Community Sports & Activity Club Invites New Committee Members

Northowram Community Sports & Activity Club (NCSAC), Westercroft Lane, Northowram HX3 7EN will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 25 June, and is looking to fill some of the committee positions.

The club needs new support to help to drive things forward, ensuring that they can develop what they do and continue to be a superb facility in the local community. Are you someone who could play a part in the next chapter of development and wants to be part of exciting developments at the heart of the community? If so, NCSAC want to hear from you!

Any skills are welcome, but at the AGM (where all are welcome to attend), all the committee positions are available for election. The main roles include Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Facilities Manager, Events Secretary and Development Officer. They are also looking for volunteers who are willing to offer a few hours week for simple day to day tasks to ensure the club runs smoothly.

If you’d like to know more about the club, committee positions or to find out a bit more about it’s future, please contact

NE Ward Forum Review – feedback

Thank you to everyone who completed our questionnaire. Please find below the findings.


Bacon Butties and Book Sale on the Saturday 8 June at St. Michael’s Church, Shelf

St. Michael’s Church, Shelf  will be holding a Bacon Butties and Book Sale on the Saturday 8 June,  10:00am-12:00pm at the Church, Shelf (opposite Lidl).

For more information visit the website on

As well as this event, don’t forget that on Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm with coffee, biscuits, chat and more!

Mum2Mum Market at Lightcliffe Academy

Over 35 stalls selling excellent condition baby and children’s goods at bargain prices. Well-known brands at a fraction of high street prices.

Sunday 9 June – 1.15pm to 3.15pm at LIghtcliffe Academy Sports Centre, Stoney Lane, Halifax HX3 8TL.

Everything imaginable for your little ones including:

  • Buggies & Travel Systems
  • Stairgates, Toddler Furniture
  • Home & Safety Equipment
  • Baby Carriers & Harnesses
  • Moses Baskets, Cots & Travel Cots
  • Growbags, Bed Guards
  • Sterilisers and Feeding Equipment
  • Highchair’s, Bumbos
  • Trikes, Balance Bikes, Bikes and Outdoor Toys
  • Baby Walkers, Bouncers, Jumperoo’s & Activity Centres

Join the event on Facebook for previews of sale items.

£2 entry per adult (kids are free) also the last half hour of the sale is free Ensure you come early to bag all the best bargains.

If you would like to make some money and declutter you can book a stall here

For further information please email