From the Waste Not Want Not Halloween event (October 30th)

A Halloween Event with a Difference – Waste Not, Want Not 30th October 2021

This Halloween, NHP staff, in collaboration with the Ovenden Ward councillors, Todmorden Climate College and All 1 Collective and Lab hosted a Halloween event with a difference! With COP26 getting underway on the same day, we held a spooky fun day all across Lee Mount to get people thinking about their environmental impact, involving the community in conversations around climate change and action, as well as providing simple ideas to tackle plastic waste in our homes.

In the main venue, Lee Mount Baptist Church, Paint Me Parties was there to paint faces and the Artworks artist provided a workshop making pencil holders out of recycled fabric and waste.

Dan nearly ran out of his piggy planters, made from recycled materials, and encouraging people to grow something of their own. Natalie was there talking about litter picking, demonstrating the Vintage litter Museum which contains all types of litter from the last century and letting people have a go at litter picking themselves – taking the collected litter to St. George’s House to win a prize! And also speaking to people about the green spaces in Lee Mount and asking for their ideas on how these can be better used to the benefit of the community.

Peter and the Pavilion group were there to promote the Pavilion project and gather more signatures for the petition. Hilary from All 1 Collective was there talking to people about Doughnut Economics and Calderdale green New Deal ran an environmental quiz and highlighting the work they are doing to bring about a green jobs revolution. We also had the recycling team from Calderdale Council handing out recycling containers for those that need them as well as advice on recycling. Andrew from Noah’s Arc was on hand to talk to people about their service and ways they can help save money on bills.

Last but not least, Danielle Durrans, the ward councillor, welcomed people to the event and handed out goodie bags with free samples of things we can use to reduce out plastic consumption – bar shampoo and conditioner, bamboo toothbrushes, cellulose sponges and sisal soap bags with soap that can replace shower gel bottles, plastic body puffs and plastic sponges. Finally, people were encouraged to pledge one change and we had some brilliant ideas that demonstrated people had really taken the message to heart.

Over at St. George’s House, Lisa and her team opened up the St. George’s charity shop, spoke to people about what they’d like to see happening in Shroggs Park with Friends of Shroggs Park and provided homemade cake and refreshments. We also had Libbi from NHP help man the smoothie bike using fresh fruit provided for free from Morrison’s.

Up at Shroggs Park, Leah of Positive Impact Sports hosted a Recycling Olympics assault course that aimed to test people’s knowledge on recycling.

The event was very well attended with over 100 people of all ages turning up, some having travelled from other areas of Halifax. It felt like a hugely successful day with lots of people having fun, learning something new and introducing an element of collaboration between local services and people on this crucial issue. There was always a nervousness that such an event might not be appreciated and we worked hard to make sure we were not preaching but allowing space for curiosity, solution finding and collaboration. This felt like a truly community effort!

As a result, we feel confident that despite so far being left out of these conversations, our communities are ready and willing to think about their part in the solutions, make changes however small, and above all, recognise that now is the time to work together to tackle climate change. Our group are now planning further events with an environmental theme so please watch out for those next year. And if you have an idea or would like to be involved, please get in touch as we’d love to hear them!

To discuss any of the aspects of this article, please contact Natalie

12 Days of Christmas Shopping Window Trail: First clue

Any luck spotting the image yet? Here’s the same image with a clue:

If you’re not getting warmer, go inside, they are bound to have a sweater, or a fleece, or a coat… or even a blanket!

St John’s Church Bradshaw Christmas Fayre on Saturday 11th December

You’re invited to St John the Evangelist church in Bradshaw for a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 11th of December from 11am to 2pm.

There will be a Santa’s Grotto, handmade gifts, sweet treats and much more!

From 12 o’clock onwards there will be homemade lunch and refreshments on offer.

 

 

Visit St John the Evangelist for more Christmas events
w: https://www.stjohnsbradshaw.co.uk/

Magpies receive Best Marketing Campaign Award

Congratulations to the Magpies who have swooped the Best Marketing Campaign Award at this year’s Community Spirit Awards, held on November 27th at The Venue!

While presenting the award, one the judges commented, “A sign of a brilliant rebrand is if people call the organisation by the new name, rather than the old one. Magpies have done just that. Initially set up as Pennine Magpie over 20 years ago, they recognised that the charity has evolved and their marketing needed to as well. They run an outreach service, a focus on independent living, and activities at the centre such as art, dance, music, and sports.

 

Read all about it at the Magpies website!

 

Magpies win Community Spirit Award for ‘Best Marketing Campaign’ in recognition of new brand

We’re joining the 12 Days of Christmas Shopping Window Trail!

Happy Advent month everyone as the countdown to Christmas has officially begun!

This year, Halifax North and East blog (and the Calderdale Lower Valley blog) will be doing the 12 days of Christmas Shopping Window trail and we hope you join us! It will be fun and actually… we haven’t found them all, so we need your help!

For the third year in a row, several shop windows in the town centre have had a little festive makeover, thanks to the very talented Jenny Tribillon.

This Shopping Window Trail features 12 Christmas full window paintings of colourful wintery themes and Christmas celebrations.

The blog will embark in this festive treasure hunt, starting December 1st with one picture going live every other day leading to December 24th.

Join us and see if you can spot them all!

Today’s Image:

Can you guess where it is? Have you seen it? Let us know!

Come back tomorrow for a clue!

OSCA Foundation Christmas Fayre December 11

You are invited to our Christmas Fayre at Forest Cottage in the Enderby Hall.

Saturday 11th of December from 1pm to 4pm

Our Pub will be open from 1pm onwards.

Hot drinks, cakes  and festive treats will be available.

We will be holding a raffle and tombola with lucky prizes!

There will be stalls where you can buy Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

You can even have your own table to sell your goods or promote your organisation. Tables can be purchased at £5 each.

 

For more information ring Lynne on 07711 262464 or
Steve on 07727860731 or email
enquiries@oscafoundation.org

OSCA foundation
Forest Cottage Community Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, Halifax, HX2 8AD

Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter schedule

After 2 years, the Calderdale Heritage Walks can now recommence.

These walks take place on most Sundays and last 2-2 1/2 hours.

You can find the full walk schedule and advisory below.

The walks are open to all. Please note which walks have restrictions.

You can also download full information here

For more information visit Calderdale Heritage Walks