What would you do to improve health and social care?

The #NHS has released it’s Long Term Plan. Make sure you have your say on how it is used to shape #Calderdale

Please fill in the survey! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHSwhatwouldyoudo



Northowram Scarecrow Festival May Bank Holiday Weekend

Northowram Scarecrow Festival is a FREE family event that takes place this year on the May Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 4 -Monday 6 May.

There’s fun for all the family at Northowram Village, Halifax, where in addition to the Scarecrow Trail there’s a Fun Dog Show, Bake Off, BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Games, Raffle and Tombola.

Please can you help the Scarecrow Event to support the local community. The organisers are asking residents and local businesses alike to donate raffle and tombola prizes. To help us please we have 2 drop off points – The Club on Northowram Green and The Shoulder of Mutton on Towngate.

If you would prefer someone to collect donations please contact us through the Facebook page (northowram scarecrow event) or email on northowramscarecrows@hotmail.co.uk

To enter the competition please register your Scarecrow.​

This year there will be 2 “categories” to enter​

  1. Traditional – usually a single item (using straw, dried grass etc as the main component)
  2. Display – those with an idea on a grand scale (as it says, something bigger than your average scarecrow)

Each category winner and runner-up will receive a rosette and certificate.

The ‘Helen Silson’ trophy will be awarded to the scarecrow voted best by the Judges from all those entered. Also as usual there will be an award for the scarecrow voted top in the ‘People’s vote’.

Easter and May Bank Holidays Waste and Recycling Collection Dates

Please remember your Waste and Recycling Collections will be a day later through Easter and bank holiday weeks. The Waste and Recycling Easter eZine can be downloaded as the  Waste and Recycling eZine Easter 2019.

Usual collection day:                                          Collection will be on:

Monday 22 April                                                   Tuesday 23 April
Tuesday 23 April                                                   Wednesday 24 April
Wednesday 24 April                                           Thursday 25 April
Thursday 25 April                                                 Friday 26 April
Friday 26 April                                                        Saturday 27 April

Monday 6 May                                                      Tuesday 7 May
Tuesday 7 May                                                      Wednesday 8 May
Wednesday 8 May                                              Thursday 9 May
Thursday 9 May                                                    Friday 10 May
Friday 10 May                                                        Saturday 11 May

Monday 27 May                                                     Tuesday 28 May
Tuesday 28 May                                                     Wednesday 29 May
Wednesday 29 May                                             Thursday 30 May
Thursday 30 May                                                   Friday 31 May
Friday 31 May                                                          Saturday 1 June

Collections should be back to your usual scheduled day by Monday 3 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.


Boothtown and Southowram Church Easter Fair

Boothtown and Southowram Methodist Church,  Akroydon, Halifax HX3 6LR  will be holding a Easter Fair on Saturday 6 April, 11:00am-2:00pm.

Enter via the main Church Door (opposite the Post Office) and entrance is FREE.

There will be lots of craft stalls along with hot food (including a vegetarian options) and fun games stalls for all the family.

Proceeds will be split between a homeless charity and the church.

Friends of Shibden Park AGM

The Friends of Shibden Park and Estate invite you to the AGM on Monday 8 April, 1:30pm at Shibden Hall to find out what being in a Friends Group at Shibden involves.


Find out what they have been up to and hear about the funding and their plans.

All friends are welcome to attend, so please share with your fellow friends.

Latest from Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum

To find out the latest from the Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum held on Thursday 7 March, you can download the minutes here.

Date:    Thursday 7th March 2019
Venue: Northowram Methodist Church, Northowram Green. Northowram. Halifax.

Meeting Notes
Present: Cllr S Baines; Cllr R Taylor; Cliff Organ (Chair); Tony King Ward Coordinator (OMI); 19 Residents.
Apologies: Cllr P Caffrey

1. Welcome and introductions

1.1 Cliff Organ began by thanking everyone for attending the meeting and introducing the officers and councillors present.

2. Minutes and Matters arising.

3 Police Updates – Police did not attend. An email was received from the police giving their apologies stating that the officers who were on route to the ward forum were called away to deal with a police matter. The following crime figures for N&S were received;

3.1 Total Crimes recorded 438 this was up 12.3% on the same time last year (390)
3.2 Burglary Dwelling down to 39 offences from 68 a decrease of 42.6%
3.3 Theft of motor Vehicle up from 10 to 12 offences a rise of 20%
3.4 Theft from motor vehicle up from 31 to 36 offences a rise of 16.1%
3.5 Assault with injury up from 21 to 29 offences a rise of 38.1%
3.6 ASB incidents down to 164 from 165 offences a decrease of 0.6%
3.7 Environmental Nuisance down from 152 to 109 offences a decrease of 28.3%
3.8 Deliberate fires no change from last year with 11 offences being committed.

4 Residents Feedback on Neighbourhood Issues

4.1 Several residents raised concerns about the mini roundabout junction of Cooper lane – Carr House lane, where some drivers travel at speed towards the roundabout don’t stop and go straight over the roundabout. It was stated there have been several minor collisions and a lot more near misses and residents were concerned about the safety of pedestrians. The police are aware of the problems concerning this roundabout, it is unlikely that there will be any work undertaken to improve the roundabout.
4.2 Residents raised some concern about a planning application that has been
submitted to build 10 homes on a piece of land off Upper Lane, Northowram,
residents said that the land is in a conservation area and asked how properties
can be built on it? No decision has been made on this planning application but
a major reason for it to be refused is the fact that it is in a conservation area.
Action; Cllrs to feed back at next ward forum
4.3 A resident complained about the amount of traffic around Northowram junior
School during drop off and pick up times and how people park anywhere with
no respect for others. Action; Tony to pass on to police and parking
enforcement officer.
4.4 Residents complained about the amount of dog fouling in the area especially
around Hall Lane and Upper lane. Action; TK to forward information to CMBC.
4.5 Flytipping was discussed which can be a big problem in the ward, council
charges re removal are now 8 items for £25.
4.6 A resident asked when the council’s street cleaning vehicle was due in the
ward. Action; TK to speak to SCG manager and find out.
4.7 A resident raised concern about speeding traffic on Bradford Road close to the junction with Joseph Avenue, this was mainly in an evening, vehicles appeared
to be travelling at speeds well in excess of 30mph. Action; TK to pass details
onto the Police’s operation Hawmill.
4.8 A resident complained about the parking around the Northowram Green
Doctors Surgery and asked if anything can be done about it. Action; TK to pass
onto parking enforcement officer.
4.9 Youth ASB in the bushes behind the Northowram Doctors surgery where
youths have been gathering in an evening from 7pm – 10pm drinking alcohol,
lighting fires, being abusive and leaving the area in a mess. Action; TK to pass
onto the police and community safety wardens, TK to contact the estate
management company and ask if bushes can be cut back and rubbish removed.
4.10 No update on the future of the Yew Tree public house.
4.11 Youth ASB in Claremount Park, youths congregating on the park from 7pm up to early hours of the morning, drinking alcohol, being abusive and leaving area
in a mess. A Resident said he witnessed youths having sex in the park. Action;
TK to pass onto police and community safety wardens.

5 Neighbour Hood Watch

5.1 TK explained that both Northowram and Shelf have community and
neighbourhood watch facebook pages which are an excellent source of information for what’s going on in the ward area. Also he asked if there was any interest in residents wanting to set up a neighbourhood watch group in their area, no response from residents.

6 Staying Well Update

6.1 TK explained that there was now an active Staying Well committee for the
Northowram and Shelf ward involving 9 residents, at a recent meeting he
explained how the group are looking to develop new activities to help tackle
isolation and loneliness. Two ideas that came from the meeting was a gentle
exercise class followed by a brew and chat session and an afternoon tea dance,
these ideas will be developed further. TK said that if any person would like to
be part of the committee meetings will be advertised on the OMI blog and

7 Friends of Shelf Park Update

7.1 TK explained that there is now a new friends of Shelf Hall Park group in
existence and their next meeting is 6.30pm 20th March 2019 at the Stone Chair
variety club, Shelf. Any person wishing to become a member of the group
please contact the groups secretary Mr Wager on davidwager@btinternet.com

8. Local Development Plan

8.1 There is no update on the LDP.

9. Ward Forum Grants

9a TK explained that the most recent grant applications had been received from the friends of Shelf Hall Park, for £500 to erect a new ‘Welcome to Shelf Hall Park’ sign and from Shelf Hall Park Bowls Group for new gutter boarding for around the green.
9b TK explained that there was approx.; £1,400 left in the N&S ward forum grant
pot, which needs to be spent before 31st March 2019 or it will be returned to the
9c TK explained that the ward forum grants panel is made up of the 3 elected
members for the ward and 2 local residents, he asked if people were happy for the
panel members to continue making decisions on grant applications and if anyone
would like to be on the grants panel. No one was interested in becoming a member of the grants panel and were happy for the panel to continue as is.

10. A.O.B

10.1 The Shibden Village Society is looking for new members anyone wanting more information please check out the www.Northowram.org website.

11. Next Meeting 5.30pm doors open for a 6pm start. Monday 3rd June 2019 at
Belgrave Social Club, Claremount Road. Claremount. Halifax.

Unveiling Blue Plaque in Tribute to Anne Lister

The fascinating life of Anne Lister will be honoured by a blue plaque at Shibden Hall, Halifax.

The plaque will be unveiled on a very special day – Wednesday 3 April 2019 – which is the diarist’s 229th birthday.

A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between the location and a famous person, event or former building on the site.
Anne Lister (1791 – 1840) lived at and eventually owned and managed Shibden Hall and Estate. She recorded her life in great detail from 1806 to 1840 in diaries consisting of over five million words, some of which are in secret code.

The story of this remarkable scholar, traveller, business woman, landowner and lesbian, along with the distinctive Shibden Hall and surrounding areas, will be showcased in the BBC and HBO drama, Gentleman Jack, which is coming soon.

Calderdale Council will jointly host a blue plaque unveiling and celebration event with Halifax Civic Trust, who organised the plaque and its wording. Everyone is welcome and attendees will include the Mayor of Calderdale, the Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and biographers Helena Whitbread and Jill Liddington.

Helena Whitbread – historian, biographer and editor of Anne Lister’s diaries – began studying the journals over 30 years ago. She published the first volume in 1988 and the second volume in 1993. Jill Liddington, Honorary Research Fellow at Leeds University, wrote the books Female Fortune and Nature’s Domain, which inspired the Gentleman Jack series.

On Wednesday 3 April, 3:30pm the event will start with a free talk by Helena and Jill in Shibden Hall’s Aisled Barn. Places are limited so advance booking is essential through Eventbrite.
At 4.30pm the blue plaque unveiling will take place outside the front entrance to the Hall by the lawn. This is also free to attend. The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Marcus Thompson, will officially unveil the plaque.

Richard Macfarlane, Calderdale Council’s Museums Manager, said:
“Anne Lister left a remarkable legacy and played a key role in shaping the Shibden Hall and Estate that we know and love today. Having a blue plaque there is a fitting tribute. It’s especially poignant that the unveiling takes place on Anne’s birthday and in the run-up to the new Gentleman Jack series going on air. We look forward to welcoming people to this exciting event, and it’s also the perfect chance to visit the museum before it appears on our TV screens.”

Halifax Civic Trust’s blue plaques co-ordinator, David Hanson, said:
“The Trust was delighted to promote a blue plaque commemorating Anne Lister in her home town. As businesswoman, landowner, international traveller and famously as ‘the first modern lesbian’, Anne Lister was ahead of her time. With the rediscovery of her diaries and current interest, home and abroad, she is set to become perhaps Halifax’s best known personality.”

Shibden Hall will be open as normal on Wednesday 3 April, from 10am to 5pm, and the usual entry charges apply.

The Hall hosts regular Anne Lister based tours and for the third year, will hold private guided tours of Shibden Hall on Anne’s birthday. Always popular, this year’s birthday tours are now fully booked, but look out for more events at www.calderdale.gov.uk/museums