Chair Pilates Classes at Threeways Sports and Leisure Centre

All the benefits of Pilates minus the floor work on Mondays, 11:00am-12:00pm at Threeways Sports and Leisure Centre are starting Monday 4 March.

Exercises are performed using the aid of bands, balls and chairs and are just £3.50 per class.

For more information call 07548 126656.

Great News from the Phoenix Shed

Thanks to kind donations, The Phoenix Shed now has sufficient wood carving and wood turning tools to be able to offer more older men (over 55s) the chance to take up either, or both, wood turning and wood carving.

Sticky George (of Ogden fame) runs walking stick making and wood carving on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Several members are now doing wood turning and one member has made two lovely wood carving mallets for the Shed.

If you, or someone you know, would like to come along and try out walking stick making, wood carving, or wood turning, please ring Chris Freeman 07930 207537 to book a place. Price is £2.00 per session for members and £5 for non members. Membership is just £20 per year.

They are a really friendly bunch and we can assure everyone that they will receive a warm and hearty welcome.

FREE Cycle Maintenance Training

CityConnect is offering free cycle maintenance courses on Saturday 23 February and Saturday 9 March, 10:00am-4:00pm at the OSCA Site, Forest Cottage Community Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8AD. The course includes,

  • Safety check, clean & lubricate
  • Wheel, tyre & Tube removal, mending punctures
  • Brake adjust cables & blocks
  • Gear adjustment

Bring your own bike or bikes will be available. The course is catering for an age group 16 or above.

Just turn up on the day or more information ring 01274 753556 or visit .

Cllr Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “To date, more than 1,200 people have benefitted from our cycle training. Whether you cycle every day or whether you haven’t been on a bike in years, our free maintenance sessions will give you the skills to carry out basic checks and repairs, as well as the confidence to tackle roadside issues, such as fixing a puncture.
“We know encouraging more of us to travel by bike or on foot not only boosts people’s health and saves individuals money, it also brings wider environmental and economic benefits, which is why we want to make cycling and walking a natural choice for short, everyday journeys across West Yorkshire.”

Cllr Bryan Smith, OSCA Foundation Community Sports Hub Board Member and Ward Member for Ovenden, said: “OSCA Foundation Community Sports Hub is delighted to continue its partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to provide free maintenance, basic bike checks and repairs at our community sports hub along Cousin Lane, Ovenden.
“Making cycling and walking the natural choice for short, everyday journeys around North Halifax to boost health and wellbeing is part of the five year development plan to start local community cycling and walking clubs meeting at the community sports hub.’’

Through the CityConnect programme and in partnership with others, the Combined Authority is not only building new cycling and walking routes and improving existing infrastructure, it also offers a range of free services, including free adult cycle training, online challenges and support for businesses.

Have Your Say! Ovenden Ward Forum – 26 March 2019

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

On Tuesday 26 March 2019 at Moorside Community Primary School (new building), Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8AP.

Refreshments and signing in from 6:00pm. Meeting starts at 6:15pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Local ward updates
  • Police updates

The minutes of the last meeting held on Tuesday 27 November 2018 can be downloaded here.

For more information email

Dean Field Junior Wardens Help to Identify Unsafe Parking

On Monday 11 February 2019, Dean Field Junior Wardens worked in partnership with PCSO Nicola Shephard West Yorkshire Police, Lee Ackroyd Community Warden and Parking Services from Calderdale Council.

They all took part in a parking initiative tackling unsafe parking in and around the school area.

Unfortunately a lot of parents and grandparents picking children up from the school do NOT STICK TO PARKING ZONES and laws putting their child at RISK !!!

Watch out for more enforcement in this area!

Mothershare is Looking for New Volunteers as they Get Busier

#Challenge19 is a new scheme that Mothershare is running to encourage people to join them and build up a bigger volunteer base, as they get busier we need more help.

They aim to get 19 hours of voluntary hours each week.

Lasts weeks total thanks to Caravan Guard helping as well was 205!!

Why not join them?  It is a great team of committed individuals men and women, and there are a variety of roles to suit all skills.

Go to the Mothershare Facebook Page and DM if interested with a contact number and they will call you back.

Join up for Crossley Juniors AFC Under 12 Swifts

Crossley Juniors AFC is an Illingworth, Ovenden and Holmfield based club football club that is needing a few extra players for the u12s Swifts (school year 7).

All abilities welcome to come along and start training which is held every Tuesday, 7:00pm at Moorside Primary School.

Training is provided by FA Level 1 qualified Coaches.

For further information contact Lee on 07922 889967.

For further information visit the Facebook page.