Children in Need (and Pudsey) come to the Piece Hall

The famous mascot made an early “in person” appearance at a Halifax nursery this week and in spirit he is likely to be with BBC Look North presenters Harry Gration and Paul Hudson as – strapped together, three-legged style – they make their way through Elland, Rastrick, Brighouse and Hipperholme today en route from Huddersfield to their finishing line 15 miles later at Halifax Piece Hall!

After conquering the hills, including venturing over the infamous Shibden Wall, they aim to reach the Piece Hall at 5pm.

This week Pudsey popped in to see all at Shining Stars Day Nursery, Illingworth, where events included crazy hair day, a nursery bake off and dressing up. Pudsey visited with Amanda Clegg, ASDA Halifax’s community champion. Nursery manager Victoria Wilson said: “The children love getting involved in a range of activities and parents have been extremely supportive in making sure we had such a fun-filled week.”

Also at the Piece Hall, Look North presenters Amy Garcia and Owain Wyn Evans will be joined by 163 pupils from schools including Salterhebble, Old Town and Luddenden Foot, to form part of a national choir singing a beautiful jazz rendition of Over The Rainbow.

Are you doing something for Children In Need this weekend? Why not send us your pictures and a few details about what you were doing?

Ovenden Community Alcohol Partnership 1st Year Survey

This week is Alcohol Awareness Week and West Yorkshire Police & Project_Twelve:31 are supporting Alcohol Concern by increasing the awareness of the impact of alcohol on Young People.

We are asking You to spare 5 minutes to fill in the Ovenden Community Alcohol Partnership 1st Year Survey on your thoughts and if you think the scheme has made significant impact to the area

To take part in this important survey, please click on the link below.

Services and Events at Mixenden Parents Resource Centre

Mixenden Parents Resource Centre Nursery have a few half day places left for over 2’s
Open Monday – Thursday 9am-4pm
Sessional 9am-11.30am or 1pm-3.30pm £5.00 1 healthy snack and drinks provided.
Times can be negotiable. Please phone 01422 240043 for more information and to speak with one of our fully qualified Early Years Practitioners.

Lunch Club
We run a lunch club every Wednesday from 12 pm at Flat 3 Mixenden Court for a small cost of £1.50 where you will receive a meal all from fresh ingredients includes main, pudding and cup of tea/coffee. Everyone welcome just turn up at 12 noon.

Free Advice & Support
They have on site Monday – Thursday 9am – 4pm their own advice and support workers who can help you with the Universal Credit claim any Benefit problems, form filling, debt, housing, household goods or just a general chat to off load a problem.
There are on site computers FREE to use for all your online accounts.
Don’t despair help is just a call away please ring 01422 249343 or 01422 240043 to book an appointment.
Child care available in our Nursery (up to the age of 5) if required when seeing the advice workers.


MPRC now have an excellent counsellor on a Monday morning so if you feel this is something that would help you, we have a spare session for self-referral please phone MPRC on 01422 240043 this is a FREE service.
Child care is available if required in our Nursery up to the age of 5 when seeing the counsellor.

Ash Green Primary School Christmas Fair

On Saturday 25 November 2017 at 11.00am until 1.00pm.  Join staff and volunteers at the Ash Green, Lower Site, Mixenden Road, Mixenden for a fun packed Christmas Fair with traditional stalls of tombola, toys, sweets, popcorn and games and a surprise guest in the Grotto along with lots of other fun activities. Sit and chat in the ‘Cafe’ where refreshments will be available.  Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets to be in with a chance to win some super prizes of Christmas vouchers of your choice with a first prize of £100.00 , a second prize of £50.00 and a third prize of £25.00 and many more other prizes.
Everyone at Ash Green looks forward to seeing you all!

To find out more, contact the school on 01422 244613 or 01422 244274 or email


Pupils Performance for Children in Need at the Piece Hall

Pupils from schools in Calderdale will take centre stage as they sing live from the Piece Hall for the BBC’s Children in Need. Now in its seventh year, the Children’s Choir is regarded as one of the highlights of the annual appeal show which will be held on Friday November 17. A total of 1500 school children from eight different locations around the UK will join together for a beautiful jazz rendition of Over the Rainbow. One of the locations is Halifax’s Piece Hall, where BBC Look North presenter’s Amy Garcia and Owain Wyn Evans will be joined by 163 pupils from schools across Calderdale and Bradford. The schools include Feversham Primary Academy, Sandal Primary, Salterhebble Junior School, Old Town Primary and Luddendenfoot Academy. The choir will be led by Choir Master Janine MacGregor from Bradford Music Services. All the schools have already started their rehearsals ready for their live performance during the appeal show.

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Bradshaw Primary School Christmas Fair

Bradshaw Primary School, Ingham Lane HX2 9PF will be holding a Christmas Fair on Thursday 30 November in the Main Hall between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. With stalls and games, festive food and drink, Santa’s Grotto and much more, all are welcome.

For more information complete the contact form at or email


FREE Boccia Taster Session at North Bridge Leisure Centre

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‘FREE’ Boccia (target sport played with rubber or soft leather balls) Taster Session at North Bridge Leisure Centre. Thursday 16 November 4-6pm – for children 6+. Have a go at this exciting Paralympic sport email: for more info!

Boccia is a sport designed for athletes with high support needs and has no Olympic equivalent. It is a target sport played indoors with soft leather balls. It is a sport of intriguing tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension. Once you see it or play it you will be hooked!