Your invite to Ash Green Easter event

ash green logoEverybody is welcome to go along to a family Easter event at Ash Green Primary School – Lower site.

The event will be at the school hall on Thursday 2 April 2015 from 2pm to 3.30pm and will be packed with fun Easter activities for all the family.

If you would like further information, please call 01422 243941

Mixenden drivers make SID smile!

16 Junior Wardens from Ash Green Community Prmary School in Mixenden were out with the Council’s SID (Speed Indicator Device) and PC Ian Harris monitoring the speed of traffic on the roads outside their school last week.

Junior Wardens were happy to report that most drivers were within the 20mph speed limit, with only one or two just over.

Over the last month PC Ian Harris has been working in school with the children on a speed awareness project. The children have been designing posters and leaflets that the Police can now issue speeding drivers in the area, alongside other enforcement action.

Mixenden is one of 7 areas of Calderdale that are now 20mph and 20mph speed limits will be introduced over 3 years across other areas of Calderdale from 2015 to 2017. Changes in speed limits are subject to statutory consultation as part of the Speed Limits Order legal process.  The Calderdale website will have details of the maps and public notices.   You can formally comment on the 20mph proposals in your area by submitting this in writing before the consultation end date.

Please give your feedback by emailing the 20mph team at

Mixenden youngsters attend Bonfire for MixMatch Winter event

Following on from the MixMatch summer event in July, the MixMatch Winter event proved to be just as successful as eleven young people aged between 14 and 17 from Mixenden were taken to the Firework and Bonfire extravaganza held at Birkenshaw Fire Station by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

20141107_201153_LLSMixMatch is a scheme that was set up in order to help cut down barriers between young people and uniformed services such as the police and fire service and help reduce youth related anti-social behaviour within the North Halifax area and there is evidence to
suggest that the scheme is working.

The young people who took part in the 20141107_202927_LLSevent were a real credit to themselves, Mixenden and to the service providers who took part in helping to organise the trip.

Special mention must go to Dom Furby, Jemma Thacker and Oli Crosland from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for coming up with the event idea and for allowing us free entry to the event and a special thanks to Ash Green Community Primary School for allowing us to borrow their school mini buses on the night.

The service providers who took part in the event were from Mixenden Initiative, Pennine Housing, Mixenden Youth Centre, Mixenden Outdoor Centre and West Yorkshire Police.

Huge success for Public Services Day 2014

Organised by Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, the Public Services Day 2014 took place at Shibden Park on Tuesday 30 September and proved to be a big hit for the second year running.

fire serviceJunior Wardens from 4 schools in North and East Halifax were given the chance to get involved and witness first-hand the work that the public services around Calderdale do on a daily basis.

The schools taking part were Ash Green Community Primary School, Mount Pellon Primary Academy, St. Michael and All Angels CE Primary School and Dean Field Primary School.

Public service officers took part from the following services:

  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Calderdale Council officers from the Recycling Team, Anti-social Behaviour Team, Community Wardens, Safer Cleaner Greener Team, Countryside Service and Environmental Health
  • Pennine Housing 2000

police van

It proved to be an enjoyable day for the youngsters involved and teachers alike as they buckled up in the driver’s seat of a motionless police van before experiencing what it would be like to have to sit inside the back of one.

There were many more activities and things on display throughout the day including demonstrations of firefighting equipment, a ride on a road sweeper and questions and answer sessions inside the Mereside Centre.

A special mention and thank you goes to Mark Brazil and his team for organising the use of the Mereside Centre at Shibden Park, and for helping to set up the venue and make the outside area secure for the children.

It turned out to be a great day overall and everybody involved played their part in making the event as successful as it was.

Brian Parker, Calderdale Council Anti-social Behavior Officer said,

“What a great day we’ve had, the children were really well behaved and everybody involved played their part in making the event as successful as it was.

“I think these Public Services Days are unique to Calderdale. The whole event is about making the Junior Wardens aware of the people working in their communities every day to make Calderdale a better place for them to live.”

Goodbye Year 6 – Hello new Junior Wardens!

We’re always sad to say goodbye but it’s been another fantastic year working with our local schools to improve the environment for everyone to live in and enjoy.

Over the  last week Junior Wardens from four local schools have received their achievement certificates to recognise their hard work in the community.

Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, Community Wardens and local Police officers, presented the children at Leavers’ Assemblies at Mount Pellon Primary Academy, Dean Field Community Primary, St. Michael and All Angels and Ash Green Community School.

And they have worked hard! – What with multiple clean-ups, litter picks, speed checks, gardening, and being fantastic ambassadors for the school and their local areas.

To our old Junior Wardens, thank you for your support, and we wish you all the best in year 7 and at your new high schools!

To our new year 6, we can’t wait to meet you next term! There’s lots to do!! Starting off with a public services day in Shibden Park in September, and this year will see a big anniversary for the Junior Warden programme, which started 10 years ago in North Halifax.