Latest from the Staying Well Team

The latest Staying Well newsletter is now out, filled with usual good news stories, advice and information! Grab a cuppa and have a flick through here.

As usual – please pass along to those you know!

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Active North Halifax launch at Beechwood Big Picnic – 7 Sept

Picture2Active North Halifax is all about finding out what is and isn’t helping people of North Halifax get moving, then working together to make things happen.

Moving is anything that gets your heart beating faster; it could be dancing, gardening, brisk walks to school, volunteering, or a kick about in the park. Anything that makes your cheeks rosy and your body sweaty!

This can’t be done without YOU. We need to know what your views are if you’re already a mover or not. By understanding we can all work together to ensure everyone has the ability to make their heart skip as well as sing! Tell us if your park paths are overgrown, how good walking locally makes you feel and what your ideas and dreams are.

Ideas can be just that and we’re building an Active North Halifax Community Network to help form and support them into reality, and help with advice and funding. We’re particularly interested in how we can make the best of existing assets.

If you live or work in the area, or are part of a club, charity, school or organisation, come along and see us at the Beechwood Big Picnic on Saturday 7 September, 12 – 4pm and share your thoughts. Or email

Let’s make North Halifax an even better place to live and play!

What gets you moving?  There’s plenty to choose from at the Beechwood Big Picnic:

Join us at for our 1K Beechwood Family Fun Run, with more emphasis on fun than running. Walk, shuffle, push or skip.  This could be your first step to a Park Run or just a spot of sporting silliness. Every finisher gets an Active North Halifax medal.

Lose your head at the Mad Hatters’ Staying Well Tea Party and get into the swing with croquet – no flamingos or hedgehogs will be harmed!  Or visit the NHP Forest School for family Bear Hunting – oh my!  

Wheelie Bored? You won’t be!  If you’re aged 3 up, there’s a bike and track to fit (grown ups too!). Don’t cycle? We want to hear from you.  Cycle training is available to book for all ages in the area through Bikeability.  Don’t have a bike? Speak to the Bikeability team about the Active Calderdale Bike Library.  Mixenden Activity Centre will have the bigger bikes on the park bike track and can advise on local routes and guided rides.

After something more gentle?  Men United invite you to try their walking ruby or explore boccia (it’s like boules) an “intriguing tactics and nail biting tension game”.  New skills and new friends to be had at Beechwood Bowling Club, pop in for a cuppa. Or have-a-go at our Tai Chi and Yoga – sessions all day.

Come along and be part of the fun!

Social Prescribing Wellness at Beechwood Big Picnic


There’s nothing like a day in the park to improve wellbeing and the Beechwood Big Picnic is full of activities for all the family to help you stay well and active.

Check out our Event Programme

With such a wide variety local organisations and groups it can be confusing to know where to start.

Why not visit our Staying Well Social Prescribers in the Wellbeing Tent and get your prescription of who to talk to first!

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Beechwood Big Picnic – BIG programme announced!

With just over a week to go, cast your eyes over our fun-packed event programme.

Lots of free activities for children, young people and grow-ups too! From 12pm – 4pm. FREE entry. Limited parking available at Trinity Academy Halifax.

Beechwood Big Picnic – for grown-ups too!

The Beechwood Big Picnic is back on Saturday 7 September, 12 noon –  4pm.

It’s a great day out for all the family with lots of activities to keep kids and grown-ups entertained all day. And there’s nothing like a day in the park to improve wellbeing!

Join us in the Wellbeing Tent for a brew at our Madhatters’ Tea Party. Paint your own teapot that can be used as a pot for your favourite flower or to hang in your garden and fill with birds seed and watch the robins visit.

Try Tai Chi or try Boccia (boules) with the Men United Group. Have a chat with the Better Living Team or Alzheimer’s SocietyThe North Halifax Community Wellbeing Partnership wants to hear from you what being mentally healthy in North Halifax looks like – let them know what you think.

Have you ever thought about doing a Park Run but not sure what to expect?  Join our Active North Halifax Coordinator for our Beechwood Fun Run at 3pm.  The course is only 1km long and you don’t have to run, walk it! crawl it! or be pushed in a wheelchair or pram! There will be people at the back making sure NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND – no matter how slow you go.

Interested in Bowling? The Beechwood Bowling Club is running demos all day on the bowling green. They’ll be more than happy to talk to you about the sport and the social side of the club over a cuppa.

Or, join us on the Listening Sofa for a #bigcalderdaleconversation – a place to talk about whatever you want! #letsgetsociallyactive



With such a wide variety of activities from local organisations and groups that can help you stay well and active, it can be confusing to know where to start.

Why not visit our Staying Well Social Prescribers in the Wellbeing Tent for a social prescribing conversation and get advice about who to talk to first?


New Art Class with Pellon High Five

Pellon High Five invites you to join a new art class starting in September at New Hope URC Church, Warley Road, Halifax HX2 0AD every Monday, 1:30pm -3:30pm.

Learn, practise and most of all enjoy the company. Usually it is £3 per class but the first class is free.
It would be useful if new members got there at 1:15pm to register.

More information can be found by calling 07960 736937, email or visit the website at www.pellonhighfivehub.wordpress.

Please note the corrected phone number above (the last digit may be wrong if you have stored it previously).

Have you visited Shelf Park recently?

Group photoHave you visited Shelf Park recently? There’s loads going on to get involved in and active. What do you think of our local park?

Friends of Shelf Hall Park – This newly formed group has been busy identifying potential projects for the development of the Park.  They would like to hear new ideas from people. Public consultation will take place over the summer months.

Green Events

  • Friday 26 July 2019 meet in the Bridle Stile car park at 10.00 am please bring gloves and appropriate footwear – all ages welcome to improve this local amenity
  •  Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.  Meeting at the Stone Chair Variety Club, Brighouse and Denholme Gate Rd, Halifax HX3 7LB all welcome.

Get Active!

Shelf Bowls – Open to anyone over 14 years playing from April until the end of September.  If you have never played, contact Bryan on 07840 70759 for information.

Bowls can be provided free of charge whilst you learn and you just need some flat shoes. The group plays on the green at the bottom end of the park; they are active in a number of local leagues and would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in playing or learning to play.

Walks in the Park – Several walks start from the Park and at Bridle Stile there is access to the Calderdale Way.  There is a link on “From Weaver to Web” and a pamphlet with four walks produced by Calderdale Council.

Meanwhile if you have an hour to spare a stroll around this local park it could be part of your 10,000 steps each day.  Further information can be found on the Facebook link:  or contact: tel 01274602429 or