Sure Start Children’s Centre Supporting Lighthouse Project

Period poverty hit the public consciousness in December 2016 following the release of Ken Loach’s hard-hitting film I, Daniel Blake’.

One scene, where a struggling single mother is caught stealing sanitary towels, particularly caught the imagination, and food banks were flooded with donations of menstrual products.

Recently a  car load of toiletries have kindly been donated by Children’s Centre staff ready to be dropped off at Calderdale Lighthouse Project – and still more to drop off.

#FreePeriods is a national campaign calling for free menstrual products for children in receipt of free school meals

In March, the media were full of reports of schoolgirls in Leeds routinely missing school because they were unable to afford menstrual products.

Children as young as 10 were choosing to stay at home to avoid the embarrassment of bleeding on their school uniform in front of their peers, because they weren’t adequately protected. They miss school every month because they cannot face the shame and fear of going to school using socks stuffed with tissues, old torn T-shirts or newspaper. In these families, menstrual products are an unattainable luxury.


Christmas at Illingworth Community Children’s Centre

Illingworth Community Children’s Centre will be holding a special FREE Christmas event on Saturday 15 December, 11:00am-1:00pm.

BOOKING is essential if you want to see Santa so please ring the centre on 01422 243633 to secure your place! Once your place is secured they will send you a unique reference by text that you will need to provide on the day.

There will be Christmas crafts (including making Reindeer Food, a magic show, lunch and refreshments.

Kidocracy at the Piece Hall

Kidocracy is an interactive show on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, 12:00pm-1:00pm  (doors open 11:30am) at the Piece Hall. It is hosted by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), appearing as Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all who gives children an island to rule.

They must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t all fun, fun, fun – there’s stuff to be done as well.

This is a seated show and will take place this Christmas in the circus-style Spiegeltent – a spectacular round wooden structure from the Netherlands measuring 20 meters in diameter, lavishly decorated inside with mirrors, glass and velvet.

Tickets, Adult £11, Children £8.50 are available from the Piece Hall website.

Christingle Service at Illingworth Children’s Centre

The Illingworth Challengers are holding this year’s Christingle Service on Sunday 6 December, 4:30pm at Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, Occupation Lane, Illingworth.

For those of you who don’t know Challengers kids club is held every Thursday, 6:00pm-7:30pm (term time only) at Whitehill Community Academy, Occupation Lane, Illingworth, and is for all children aged 5 to 11.

Challengers Xtra for children aged 4 to 11 years meets on Sundays, 2:00pm-3:30pm​.

Special events are held including discos, showcases, sleepovers and roadshows.

Lots of fun is had at Challengers every week including fun games, dancing, singing, winning prizes and lots more.

There is a weekly subscription charge of 50p.

The Out of Darkness Street Dance Team meet every Saturday, 11:00am-12:30pm at Halifax Elim Church.

50p per person for children aged 6 years upwards.

Everyone welcome

Christmas at Eureka! Children’s Museum

Eureka! children’s museum has been preparing for Christmas with a number of events coming up.

The Eureka! elves have been beavering away to get the museum more Christmassy than ever before, and the big guy in red himself arrived this weekend, ready to meet children in the snuggly grotto!

The Eureka! grotto has been named one of the UK’s best places to see Santa by NetMums, for three years running.

Elves open the doors from 11:00am every weekend, and then daily from Wednesday 19 December. Grotto visits cost just £4 per child, and include a small gift!

Autism-only sessions
The grotto is opened an hour earlier at 10:00am just for visitors with autism, and the Eureka! team can do all kinds of things to tailor your visit, such as changing the lighting and music, or even removing Santa’s beard (he’s magic, so it doesn’t hurt).

Festive Toddler Days
The next Toddler Days will be on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 December, when the museum is open the museum JUST for our youngest visitors.

There are no school bookings for either day but there will be grotto visits with Santa, extra early years activities, plus a brand new festive show ‘A Place for Winter’ all about a hedgehog and dormouse trying to find somewhere safe and warm to hibernate.

Christmas Fayre at St. Malachy’s School

St. Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Furness Place, Illingworth, Halifax, HX2 8JY will be holding a Christmas Fayre on Friday 14 December, 2:15pm-4:00pm. 

For just £1 per family entrance fee you can visit Santa’s Grotto and there will be a toy stall, raffles and tombola with hot and cold refreshments available.

Everyone is welcome.

Father Christmas’s Grotto in the Jungle!

Father Christmas will be in his grotto on Saturday 8 December, 09:30am–11:45am and 12:15pm–3:30pm at the Jungle Experience at  Manor Heath Park, Halifax HX3 0EB.

Take part in a Christmas crafts session (crafts aimed at children aged 3+) then visit Santa in his grotto and receive an early Christmas gift.

All ages (no unaccompanied children) – crafts aimed at 3+.

Tickets are £8.50 or £7.50 (Passport to Leisure holders) available from Ticketmaster.