Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

National Neighbourhood Watch Week is back for 2018!

NNWW18 runs from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 24 June – where the national organisation will be asking members how the movement will continue to help build safer and stronger communities over the next three years and beyond.

These are exciting times for Neighbourhood Watch as they look to the future of this fantastic movement and how we can make the most positive impact on communities across England and Wales over the next three years.

The national scheme is hosting a series of six seminars in June and July to give members to help develop NW’s Strategy for the next three years.

Members of the Board of Trustees will be attending each seminar to present and facilitate the Strategy discussion and to meet NW members. The Board know how vital it is to liaise and consult with local NW members and is committed to doing this in order to build a strong Strategy with shared commitment from all stakeholders.

This will be a great opportunity to meet members of the Board, the staff team and to network with each other to see what has been happening in other areas and to have YOUR voice in the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

There will also be the launch of new Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits at these seminars.

Crime in England and Wales is changing and NW is providing new practical information and help for members to support the police in the detection and reduction of these crimes. The network of 2.3 million member households is a force to be reckoned with.

So NW are finding more practical ways to empower members to look at some of the crimes that cause such significant harm to victims and communities. A simple example of this would be that if you regularly see different people going into a nearby house or minibuses turning up this may be a sign of Human Trafficking or if you are aware of an elderly neighbour regularly getting people knocking on their door they may well be being targeted for scams.

This summer NW are going to develop a group of 100+ local NW Champions from across England and Wales at the Seminars. The Champions will then be able to share their knowledge in their local area so even more people can get the important information they need and act as a local resource to other coordinators and members. This may simply mean sharing the information contained within the toolkits, developing a local focus on one or more of the areas or running a local project if they or local coordinators want to.

Anyone – member, coordinator or Association lead – with an interest in gaining information, additional knowledge and the chance to share this within their area with other members and coordinators will be the perfect participants for the seminars.

The toolkits provide information on and cover the following areas:
• Domestic Abuse – which as we know affects all communities
• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
• Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
• Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

The closest seminars to our area are;

  • Tuesday 26 June – Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish North Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BG.  9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.
  • Wednesday 27 June – Royal Hull Hotel, Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF, 9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.

More information about the seminars can be found at

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

It’s Back!

The ever popular ward forum grants scheme for 2018/19 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 2018.

The deadline for the second round of grants is 16th 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;

Have Your Say! Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum – 6 June 2018

Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum on Wednesday 6 June 2018, 5:30pm at Salterlee Primary School, Kell Lane, Shibden, Halifax, HX3 7AY

5.30pm refreshments and signing in. 6pm meeting starts.

With the new General Data Protection Regulations, we have not been able to contact some of the regular attendees who have not opted into our email list to remind them of the next Ward Forum meetings. Please remind any friends and neighbours that this is your chance to give your views and have a say what matters to you.

Up for discussion:

  • Councillor update
  • Policing priorities and update
  • Open forum.
  • Ward Forum Grants



New Tennis Club at Northowram

Are you interested in playing tennis in Northowram?

A meeting concerning a new tennis club to be formed at Northowram Community Centre, (next to St. Matthew’s Church on Bradford Road) will be taking place on Tuesday 12 June, 7:00pm.

All are welcome to attend whether you immediately wish to add your name to the list of players or just find out a little more about what’s going on and all the other things happening at the centre.

If you are interested but unable to attend the meeting on the night, please email for more information.


Have Your Say! Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum – 6 June 2018

Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum on Wednesday 6 June 2018

at Salterlee Primary School, Kell Lane, Shibden, Halifax, HX3 7AY

5.30pm refreshments and signing in. 6pm meeting starts.

Up for discussion:

  • Councillor update
  • Policing priorities and update
  • Open forum.
  • Ward Forum Grants



Have a Chat with Staying Well at Heywood Church

Calderdale Council and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a ground- breaking new project called Staying Well to help tackle loneliness.

In Northowram Staying Well are starting a meeting point at Heywood Church, on Tuesday 22 May and every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Join them for a coffee, bun and a chat and talk about what you would like to do to stay well. You might like to learn how to use an iPad to stay in touch with your family and make new friends. At least you would be keeping up with the ‘young ones’!

You could have a longing to do something you have never had the courage to attempt but together we would have some idea of what to do. So let’s talk about your difficulties and see what we can do.

Let us listen to each other and see what we can do together! Staying Well will be on Tuesday 5, 12, 19  and 26 June. If you want more information ring Jean on 201475 or 07887 854153. We may be able to fix a lift if it is difficult to get to Heywood. Please talk about it to those you meet.

May Spring Bank Holiday Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

Please remember your Waste and Recycling Collections will be a day later through bank holiday week

Usual collection day:                                          Collection will be on:

Monday 28 May                                                     Tuesday 29 May
Tuesday 29 May                                                     Wednesday 30 May
Wednesday 30 May                                             Thursday 31 May
Thursday 31 May                                                   Friday 1 June
Friday 1 June                                                            Saturday 2 June

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 4 June. 

We prefer flat plastic!
Please remember also to squash your cans and plastics before placing them in the white bag; they will take up less room so you can fit more in the sack and it will help the items to stay more securely inside the sack on a windy day.