North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 07 August 2020 – OUT NOW!

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New this week:

  • Council’s message to beat COVID-19 in Urdu and other languages
  • Ward Forum Grants taking applications in North and East Halifax
  • Shibden Hall open again to visitors
  • Staying Well Telephone Befriending Service for adults in Calderdale

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Council’s message to beat COVID-19 in Urdu and other languages

To ensure the message reaches as many members of our community, Calderdale council have released the guidelines in Urdu and other languages.

Please download below:

Help beat Covid-19 in Urdu

Help beat Covid-19 in English with contacts for other languages

Find out more on

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Walk your way to wellbeing

There are many benefits in taking a brisk walk, even if only for ten minutes. Active Calderdale bring you the details for Local Groups and Inspiration in your way to better health. After all, even the biggest journey starts with a first step!

Walking – Benefits, Local Groups and Inspiration

 A Starter for 10

A brisk ten minute walk each day can make a huge difference to your health and happiness:

  • It gets the heart pumping faster,
  • Can make you feel better, more energetic, improve your mood and meet new friends,
  • Over time, walking can improve your fitness and make it easier to do everyday activities, like food shopping or gardening,
  • and it helps to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

It’s recommended that we should be aiming for 150 minutes of activity each week but 10 minutes a day can help, or try 10 minutes 2 or 3 times each day.

If you don’t feel up to a brisk walk then just getting out for a stroll is a great start. Whether you’re walking to work, getting out with the kids, walking to the shops or taking the dog to the park, walking can be simple to fit into your everyday life.

Walking Apps

Doing 10 minutes of brisk walking is a simple, achievable way to add more activity into your day. Start small and build up from there with the NHS Active10 App.

If you want something more advanced, the British Heart Foundation have together pulled 11 free walking apps for you to explore.

Local Walking Groups
Mixy Marchers are a local resident lead walk and talk group in Mixenden, who walk twice a week from Ash Green Lower Children’s Centre, meeting 5.50 for 6pm start. Check out Mixy Marchers FaceBook page for more details.

CREW usually offer free and friendly guided walks around Calderdale, including weekly walks from Keighly Road and Beechwood medical surgeries and Illingworth Moor Methodist Church. These are currently postponed but CREW are sharing  self-guided walks  –  The Mount Tabor route could be started in Mixenden.

St Malachy’s Walk Group are not currently meeting but as restrictions lift , will be walking again from St Malachys Church on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30 and walk 3-5 miles with an option of a meal at the end. Contact Philip on 01422 259761 for more details.


 Zoom Walk
Bored of walking on your own, but not ready to walk with others? Or want to help friends or family get outdoors more? Combine a walk and a catch up with a Zoom chat.

If you have a smartphone, download the Zoom App and set up a call with family or friends. For more help see Zoom FAQ’s.  Make sure cameras are on.

In the top left of the screen is a switch camera icon  which changes the screen from selfie mode (where it shows your face) to normal camera mode so you’ll all be able to see where you and everyone else is walking. This way you can all share interesting things on your stroll, it may be plants in your garden, views across the valley, or places which spark memories.  Before you know it you’ll have had a nice walk and chat and probably learnt some things along the way.


Still need a bit of inspiration?

Living Streets #Try20Tips is for people working from home, workers still heading to their workplace and anyone else wanting to get a bit more active. #Try20 tips can help you find new ways to fit 20 minutes of walking to your day. Go on, spin the wheel and see you’re challenge for the day.


Or check out Walking in Calderdale and see the benefits and ideas Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College have got from walking.


Stay Safe
Where ever you walk, please remember to keep yourself and others safe by following the local government restrictions.

Pension Credit and Free TV License to over 75

From August 1st 2020 the BBC has issued new rules regarding the provision of free TV license to those over 75.

In order to receive the free TV license, you need to be over 75 AND you or your partner must be in receipt of pension credit.

Those aged 75 or over are encouraged to check if they are eligible for pension credit. You can do so via the DWP website ( You can find links for the Pension credit calculators below.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions:

New rules will be introduced limiting free TV licences to over-75s receiving Pension Credit on 1 August 2020. Pensioners are being urged to check if they’re eligible for Pension Credit.

The Pension Credit toolkit is an online tool for agencies and welfare rights organisations to use to help older people understand how they could get Pension Credit. More information is also available on GOV.UK as well as a free online calculator.

There is more information on the TV licensing website:

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Ward Forum Grants taking applications in North and East Halifax

Calderdale Council has made a total of £ 5,000 available for each ward to be spent by 31 March 2021. We welcome community groups and individuals to apply for funding to spend on eligible activities and projects that benefit the ward.

The maximum grant per application is £500.

Your application should meet one of the 3 following priorities:

Priority 1 – Community Celebrations and bringing people together (not during Covid emergency)
Priority 2 – Improve the health and well-being of local people
Priority 3 – Improving the Environment in the Ward

To find out more read the FAQs on our website.

Don’t be put off by the application form! If you’ve got a good idea for a project, ring us on 0300 555 0266 and we can help you.

Harmony Hub, a new radio segment on Phoenix FM by Awakening Arts

Awakening Arts are launching Harmony Hub, a radio segment for people with dementia and older people self-isolating.

Before the Covid lockdown they ran a creative group at the Town Hall. They hope Harmony Hub will help bring back some of the sweet and simple human connections that are much missed.

The show will air on Phoenix Fm, our local community radio station on 96.7 FM. It will be on every Monday at 1pm, starting on the 17th of August. We also plan to release the episode as a podcast on our website to increase accessibility.

The show will include some guided movement, listen to some poems and play some memorable songs, do an interview with an inspiring elder and have a guest slot with a local musician. We’ll be supplying a supporting handout which would provide a basis for conversation, memory sharing and some ideas and materials for a related art activity.

Here’s a link to some more information about the project on the Awakening Hearts website:

They  will be having regular check-ins with listeners, both individuals and care home residents, who will help guide and refine the show; making sure that it will best serve older residents at this time.

Awakening Arts  are really keen to reach individuals self-isolating at home and have creativity and reflection packs to send out to people in their homes. If you would like to receive one of their art packs, please get in touch.

Contact Awakening Arts

Shibden Hall open again to visitors

Since Monday 3rd of August, Shibden Hall was opened its doors to visitors. The beautiful estate, home to Anne Lister, has been closed since March due to the Covid-19 restrictions but it is accepting visitors once again.

To ensure the safety of all visitors, it is requested that you book your tickets in advance online before visiting.

There are new safety features in place including signage, hand sanitiser stations and a one-way system. Staff from across the council have worked hard to ensure the site could open on time and safely.

Thanks are due to all those involved in achieving this.

Some customer comments from the first day:

  • ” Still as beautiful as ever. It is great to be back. “
  • ” We really enjoyed our visit. “
  • ” We felt really safe, thank you. “