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;

RugbyForce Comes to Halifax RUFC Bid to Improve Ovenden Park Facilities

Halifax RUFC needs YOUR help on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June to take part in the RFU and NatWest RugbyForce initiative at Ovenden Park ( behind Moorside School ) from 9:00am each day.

Once again the Club has been awarded funding by the Bank for the work planned by the Club and aimed at sprucing up the facilities in time for the new season .

Players , committee members and other Club members will be attending throughout each day to help in the vital work of cleaning , carrying out repairs and renewal around the extensive estate .

The Club looks to expand further its growing “ Community profile “ by making the Club a hub for sporting and social activities and members of the public will be most welcome to see what is going on and hopefully lend a hand .

These are crucial days for the club to help us ensure the facilities are well maintained for the season ahead, so any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated.
Even if you can only spare an hour, please come along and help. The club will be open from 9:00am for volunteers to come along.

Tree Planting at Beechwood Park

Members of the Friends of Beechwood Park group together with other park volunteers and staff from Calderdale MBC and North Halifax Partnership spent an enjoyable few hours planting saplings in Beechwood Park. There are a lot of fantastic residents who give up their time to do litter picking, dredging the pond and keeping the park clean and tidy. If this is something you would like to get involved with and want further information please contact Tony King on 0300 555 0266 or email him on

If you use the park you will have noticed that improvements have been made to footpaths in the park, new steps have been installed, new benches also installed and repairs to the footbridge just below the pond. This work was carried out by the councils gardening team (who do a great job keeping your park in good order) but paid for through funds raised by the friends of Beechwood Park group.

If you are in the park and see any issues such as damage, flytipping, off road motor bikes please don’t hesitate to report it to the council or the police.


Join up for Crossley Juniors AFC

Crossley Juniors AFC is an Illingworth, Ovenden and Holmfield based club football club that is needing a few extra players for next season’s u15s (school year 10 in September).

The manager Andy Rutherford is FA qualified and the team is formed from a great bunch of lads who play and train on Beechwood Park in the summer or Trinity Academy in winter supported by enthusiastic parents.

For further information visit the Facebook page or email

Mothershare Fashion Show at Threeways

On Thursday 21 June, 6:00pm  at Lee Mount Social Club, Mothershare will be holding a fashion show with a sale of women’s and children’s clothing as well as running a raffle and tombola.

All funds raised will be going towards purchasing essential equipment and maintenance costs to keep the service running.

Tickets are £5 including supper and can be bought by contacting Mothershare either via the Facebook page or by emailing

The regular baby and toddler sales are still on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 9:30am. The sale will be held at the Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane,  Ovenden. There will be lots of baby bargains on offer so pop in to see what’s on offer.

Project_Twelve:31- Photography Project

Project_Twelve:31 are continuing with the 3 week Photography Project with Aim High West Yorkshire looking at producing ‘Our Own Book in Pictures‘ on what we like and don’t like in Ovenden.

All the girls took some amazing creative pictures of Ovenden using smartphones.

The aim of the second session with Calderdale College was to use the pictures and images that the group had previously taken and mount them onto wood.