From Calderdale Big Band Tea Dance May 14th

On Saturday 14th May 2022, we held our Calderdale Big Band Tea Dance Event at Arden Road Social Club. The purpose of the event was to bring people together who had experienced social isolation and loneliness over the last few years of the pandemic and to relive a classic 1940’s event.

This was an opportunity for people to socialise, dust off them old dancing shoes and have a good time. Coming together through musical nostalgia, the event offered the chance to forget about the worries, struggles and challenges we have all faced in recent years. Instead, everyone was able to experience a sense of normality as our community came together.

The event started at 1.15pm with people from across Calderdale arriving with their families, friends, and carers. Everyone was seated with the help of volunteers and staff, who then provided teas and coffees as everyone began to mingle.


Live music was performed by 18 members of the Calderdale Big Band who played a variety of songs and tracks from the 1940’s through the event. We were very happy to have our friends from Active Rainbow (Sophie, Eve, and Heidi) come along dressed in traditional 1940’s attire and deliver a live dance sequence for everyone to follow. This brought many people up from their chairs to join the dance instructors on the dance floor. This was a chance for people to shake them shoulders, show them jazz hands and have a great time dancing front of stage.


Midway through the event, afternoon tea was served by staff and volunteers which consisted of a selection of sandwiches, cakes and other nibbles. Whilst everyone was eating, our very own Rachel Swaby (Communities Programme Manager at North Halifax Partnership) introduced Staying Well. Rachel explained more about the service and presented the Staying Well Awards film on a projector screen for everyone to watch.

Once the film had finished, the Calderdale Big Band took to the stage and resumed playing their second set of songs. This brought more people to the dance floor, to enjoy another round of great hits from the 1940’s. The dance instructors led another live dance set for everyone to follow. As the event came to a close at 4.30pm, everyone left with beaming smiles, full stomachs, new friendships, and possibly slightly sore feet from all that dancing! The general feel of the event was very positive with lots of amazing feedback:

“It has made my weekend!”

“Wonderful event, thanks for organising it!”

“Keep doing what you’re doing!”



We want to take this opportunity to thank the Calderdale Big Band, Active Rainbow, NPT Team One (local PSCO’s in Calderdale), Ebonnie and James from Archway Project & Arden Road Social Club and their volunteers, our fellow Staying Well workers and North Halifax Partnership for funding the event.

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Calderdale Big Band Tea Dance Saturday May 14

You are invited to the Big Band Tea Dance in the Arden Road Social Club on Saturday May 14th.

Event is 2pm to 4:30 pm, doors open at 1:15.

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Admission is free but booking is essential.

Please contact the Staying Well team on
t : 01422 392 767
e :

The Arch-Way Project accepting new referrals as of June 22nd

The Arch-way project within Arden Road Social Club will be accepting new referrals once again.

Please take a look at their Night Out on a Monday Afternoon and the Tuesday Back to Being Me project.


We are still unsure of when Past Times will start up again, we depend on the social club (where the project is hosted) to let us know.

We also run the Pilates on a Thursday morning at a limited capacity of four people per session, with two half hour sessions.

(Contact details at the end of post)

We are still running at a capacity, with a maximum of 15 guests in the building at one time, so please contact in advance. This will ensure that upon arrival we won’t have to turn anyone away.

We are now open from 10am-3:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are unsure of which groups/projects we have running, please contact us.

We are following social distancing guidelines; we have had measures in place since reopening towards the end of last year.

We ask that upon entering the building, a mask is worn (unless exempt) and hands are sanitised.

All windows and doors inside the building are open to allow good airflow throughout the building.

When walking throughout the building a mask should be worn, but can be removed once seated.

Our outdoor area is open for guests to sit out; due to being outdoors there isn’t a mask rule.

Most of our team have been vaccinated, as well as our guests. The staff who have not had their vaccine as yet undertake lateral flow tests twice a week. Those who have been vaccinated also do these tests to ensure everyone who enters and leaves our building are as safe as possible.

We look forward hearing from you, if you have any questions please contact us.


The Arch-Way Project
within Arden Social Club, Arden Road, Halifax, HX1 3AG
www :
tel : 01422 251613
email: Ebonie Greene

Get an introduction to street theatre with Bradshaw Mummers

Bradshaw Mummers are holding two open evenings to introduce newcomers to their form of historical style street theatre.

Wednesdays 11 and 18 January 2017 from 8.30pm
At the Arch-Way Project, Arden Road Social Club, Halifax HX1 3AG

The nationally renowned team perform short plays for laughs at a variety of festivals and events on several weekends throughout the spring and summer.

They will soon be casting and rehearsing for this year’s play, so this is a great opportunity to meet the team and see how you might be part of it.

For information find Bradshaw Mummers on Facebook or visit

Mind Your Head… Free Mental Health Awareness Event for 16 to 24 year olds

Go along to a free event where you will hear loads of tips & tricks for looking after your mental health.

Wednesday 12 October – 5.30pm to 8pm
At Archway, Arden Road, Halifax, HX1 3AE

Hear from Healthy Minds about mental health awareness and learn the early warning signs and triggers including how social media and smartphones can impact our mental health.

Insight Healthcare Calderdale will also show you different management techniques on how to cope with mental health issues and there will also be a marketplace of local organisations working around mental health.

The event is FREE to attend but spaces are limited so please book early at

The Arch-Way Project is looking for 3 trustees

Arch-Way Project is a charity based in Halifax specialising in using music, art and theatre to engage with people in local communities, especially those who have mental health issues.

The charity was established in August 2014 and has now reached a stage where experienced trustees would help us move forward to the next level.

They are especially interested in people who have knowledge around employment law, finances and grant applications/fundraising.

If you would like to be considered please email your CV and cover letter to:
Ian Binks at

Or post to: Ian Binks, Chair, Arch-Way Project, Arden Road, Halifax HX1 3AG

For more information about us please view: