Have Your Say! Ovenden Ward Forum – 27 March 2018

Come along to the Ovenden Ward Forum and have your say on what matters to you.

On Tuesday 27 March 2018

At Moorside Community Primary School, HX2 8AP

Refreshments and signing in from 6pm. Meeting starts at 6.30pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Local ward updates
  • Police updates
  • Staying Well update
  • Library Reviews

Have you considered reviewing your energy provider?

Have you thought about switching your energy provider, but not found the time to do it?

Ofgem and Calderdale Citizen’s Advice give really easy to follow support with Energy Best Deal and www.goenergyshopping.co.uk.

Come to one of our drop in sessions in March 2018 (see below for dates and venues), and we’ll help you find your options there and then, using an impartial tool.

You’ll  need to bring this information with you :

  • The name of your supplier and the tariff you are on
  • How much energy you used in the last year
  • How you currently pay for your energy
  • Your postcode

This information is on your bill and annual statement from your energy supplier – ring us if you’re not sure how to find it.

If you are on a pre-payment meter, you may not save as much by switching , but it may still be worth your while coming to the drop in.

If you’re not sure whether the drop in is for you , or want to know more please contact Liz Broadley on 07852 173723  or email Liz.broadley@nhpltd.org.uk

Time Date Venue
10am -12noon Thursday 8 March Northowram & Shelf  Children’s Centre Hub, Northowram Library, Lydgate HX3 7EJ



Monday 12 March Creations  Community Children’s

Centre HX2 0QD


1pm –3pm


Wednesday 14 March  

Field Lane Children’s Centre HD6 3JT


New Benchmark for The Phoenix Shed

From bench making to wood carving, the guys at The Phoenix Shed are setting new standards.

Dave has been tackling the gargantuan task of carving an elephant, for a walking stick handle. There’s some way to go yet, but the carving is beginning to look really great.

Woodbank Special School Project

The guys at the Shed are working hard to complete the Bench and Planter Project and are well on with the job. The three benches and two planters are for the Sensory Garden at the school and the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge are funding the project.
Project leader, Chris Freeman says that everything should be completed by the end of February and hopefully everything can be delivered by early March in time for, we hope, some nice Spring weather.

Meanwhile – The Saw Job

The two Johns are busy fixing a table saw that was literally found on the street. It was being thrown away, so John managed to salvage it and is busy refurbishing it for his own workshop.


And no job is too SMALL. The question was, “Can you please put my teddy into a cage?

For further information about joining The Phoenix Shed please contact Chris 07930 207537 or Eddie 07481 543881

Ward Forum Grants – Still Time to Apply!

There is still time to apply for the latest round of Ward Forum Grants!

If you have a new or existing project that is ongoing and require additional funds; be sure to get your application to us with grants of up to £500 available to community groups and projects in the following wards of North Halifax:

  • Northowram & Shelf
  • Park & Warley
  • Illingworth & Mixenden
  • Ovenden

Email Tony King at Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk or call 0300 555 0266 if you require any help.

Community-led Social Housing Development at Threeways Centre

Exciting plans to deliver new housing in the north Halifax area have been revealed by the Threeways Centre.

The next Community Led Steering Group meeting will be Monday 26 February, 6pm at Trios Neighbourhood Cafe in the Threeways Centre. These Community Led Steering group meetings are to be held for all residents, friends and tenants where your ideas, comments and feedback will be welcomed. Proposals for this new development will be discussed with the aim of producing a community led plan encompassing your ideas.

Threeways Centre is a community hub based in Ovenden, North Halifax, at the former Ridings School. The running of the building was handed over to local people in 2012 as part of an asset transfer deal with Calderdale Council. Since then, the centre has flourished and is making a big difference to the local community.

Over the past five years, a relatively small group of people working at the Centre have worked extremely hard alongside the local community, to deliver a full range of community projects, services and activities. The Centre has newly refurbished sports facilities, impressive business and conferencing facilities and office space – with Calderdale Council being one of the main tenants. The Centre also runs a successful volunteering programme for people in the area and beyond who are out of work, and a large area of the site has recently been refurbished (aided mainly by community volunteers) to include the creation of a brand-new community café and restaurant.

These successes have demonstrated what a difference the centre can make to the community – but work hasn’t finished yet. A community-led social housing development project is planned, which will:

● Develop part of the site to accommodate between 60-80 affordable one and two bedroom homes, primarily aimed at young families

● Build a supported housing residence for young adults and/or those with additional needs

● Construct a small apartment block

● Include new outdoor sports facilities to complement the newly refurbished sports centre

A commitment to community-led working is at the heart of these plans. As such, a local steering group has been set up to guide the appointed team of consultants, and to ensure that:

● The maximum number of local employment and training opportunities are built into every stage of planning and development. As with the recent refurbishment works on site, we want members of our own community to benefit from any jobs, work placements, and gain work experience available as part of this project

● The use of all renewable energy sources is maximised, and that these cost-saving benefits are passed on to those residents on site and to local people. We are committed to a long-term, sustainable energy-efficient strategy as part of the planned works going forward

February Half Term Gymnastics Coaching at Threeways Sports & Leisure

Threeways Sports & Leisure are now are taking bookings for the February Half Term Gymnastics Coaching starting Monday 19 February, 9am-12pm.

This session represents great value at £7.50 per person but places are limited so act quickly.


For more information call 01422 728 080 (option 1).

One of the most popular aspects of the Sports and Fitness Centre at Threeways is the Gymnastics Programme. There are children’s gymnastics classes for families throughout Halifax starting right from beginners’ classes to more advanced.

The classes are run by trained and qualified staff and Threeways is a registered member of British Gymnastics.

The gymnastics sessions run throughout the week in short sessions. Parents love to hang around and watch as well as enjoy a cuppa in our lounge area while the kids enjoy themselves in their class.

For more information about our Gymnastics classes at Threeways email hailey@3ways.org.uk.

The classes are very popular and whilst Threeways do their very best to accommodate new members, the quicker you contact them the more likely you are to get a place for your child.

Nominate your stars for the 2018 North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards

Celebrating the stars of our local communities in Illingworth, Mixenden and Ovenden since 2009…

Yes, it’s that time again for us to celebrate the individuals and groups who strengthen and improve our communities and the lives of the people who live within them at the North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards.

The North Halifax Neighbourhood awards are all about celebrating the local talent, hard work and community spirit that goes on within our neighbourhoods of North Halifax.

Keep an eye on our blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #nhna2018 for future updates.

Nominate online today on our 2018 North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards Page here