RSPCA Big Walkies at Shibden Park

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their third Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for both 2 legged and 4 legged supporters to help raise funds for their local RSPCA Centre.

The 3k walk will take place in the beautiful grounds of Shibden Park, Halifax on Sunday 24 September at 11am. All sponsorship raised will go towards providing care, training and rehabilitation to the current – and future – animals looking for their forever homes in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome and there’s even more to experience on the day with fun stalls and games for the whole family and their pooches to enjoy.

This year Fay Gibbons (RSPCA Events Coordinator) will be taking on the role of lead walker along with one of the centre’s lucky pooches! Fay said “I can’t wait for the return of the Big Walkies to Shibden Park this year. We always have such fun with the local community and it’s an event that really helps us raise awareness of the amazing animal welfare work our branch does and gives us the opportunity to raise vital funds to support this work too.”

It really is a beautiful, scenic walk and it’s great to see so many excited pooches flock to Shibden Park for the best walk ever! I couldn’t help but get involved with the walk myself and I hope this will give us the opportunity to show off some of our current doggy residents looking for their forever homes. We hope to see lots of people and pooches there but if you can’t make it and still want to support us, you can donate through our justgiving page too.”

To register please visit It’s only £5 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack and Big Walkies wristband. All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funded branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.

For more information or any enquiries please contact Fay on 07399 587618 or

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 15 September – OUT NOW!!

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  • Update on new Hub for Mixenden
  • Get Involved in the Calderdale Local Plan
  • Metal Matters in Calderdale
  • Grow with the Flow in Todmorden
  • Opening Queensbury Community Managed Library
  • Upcoming Energy Levels Cooking Sessions

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Have a great weekend!

Ward Forum Grant Used to Install Play Train at Shibden Park

The Friends of Shibden Park have now completed the play train project which is proving to be a great success with visitors to the park both young and old, the group were successful in securing a £500 Northowram and Shelf ward forum grant, which was used for the carved seats and perimeter fencing.

After mending the footbridge the Friends of Shibden Park moved onto creating the play train next to the Mereside cafe and this was unveiled by the Mayor of Calderdale in July.

Get Involved to Turn your Street into a Hedgehog Friendly Street

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society would like you to get involved to turn your street into a hedgehog friendly street.

In the 1950s, there were an estimated 30 million hedgehogs in Britain, but they are disappearing fast, with only 1.5 million recorded in the 1990s and numbers falling since.

On 8 September 2017 the Daily Mail ran an article by Victoria Allen stating that experts are saying not to feed hedgehogs in autumn, see

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has made it very clear that there is NO evidence to suggest this is the correct course of action and no new research has been carried out in this area. Their advice remains to offer hedgehog food, meaty cat or dog food, cat biscuits and water for hedgehogs up until they hibernate. This food can literally be a lifesaver, helping them build the fat reserves they need for hibernation.

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of BHPS said “I was alarmed to read this misleading article. There is no evidence to suggest this is the right course of action, I feed hedgehogs in my own garden and will continue to do so right up until the food is no longer taken. Providing supplementary food for hedgehogs at a time when it is critical for them to gain weight in preparation for hibernation is to be encouraged. Should future science prove robustly that this is not the correct thing to do then of course our advice would change, but there is no such evidence or indeed any such research being carried out.”

Opening of Queensbury Community Managed Library

Queensbury Community Managed Library will open the doors on Monday 18 September 2017 at 10am.

Usual opening hours will be;

  • Monday 10am – 4pm
  • Wednesday 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Saturday 10am-1pm


They are also holding a children’s competition ‘Your Favourite Book Character’ . The competition is split into different age groups as follows;

Under 5s – colour in a pre-printed picture of your favourite book character.

Reception and Years 1 & 2 – create a book cover featuring your favourite book character.

Years 3-6 – create a book cover featuring an imaginary character and write a short description of that character.

11 Years and over – design your own cartoon character and storyline.

All entries, no larger than A4, should clearly state the child’s name, DOB, school and contact details and should be handed in at the library. Closing date for entries is Monday 16 October at 4pm.

Vote for your favourite Calderdale park!

Seven parks in Calderdale are in the running for the Green Flag People’s Choice Award.

To help your favourite Calderdale park to make the UK’s top 10, simply cast your vote by visiting, select your country/region on the interactive map to find your park and click the ‘vote for this park’ button.

You can vote anytime from 1-30 September 2017. All the UK’s 1,797 award winning Green Flag Award parks are eligible and voting is simple.

Simply use the map to find to your favourite park and click the vote button. It’s really that simple. Once you’ve voted, don’t forget to encourage others to get involved too.

Bat Evening on the Shibden Estate

On Wednesday 13 September 2017 Meet Batman and Robin at the Meerside cafe/meeting room at 7.30pm for a talk followed by a walk around Shibden Park looking for bats and other creatures of the night. Parking available in Shibden Park car park. Bring a torch and warm clothes. Contact Robin Dalton on 07712 867619 for further details.