Not Long Now for Le Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Millions of spectators will line the route for the four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race which run between Thursday 3 May – Sunday 6 May.

The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online now at letour.yorkshire.com/timings

Over 2.2 million people stood roadside last year to cheer on these two wheeled titans. Yorkshire knows how to support a bike race and Welcome to Yorkshire as an organisation strongly promotes these events. This kind of support just isn’t seen in most races in the cycling calendar. Secondly, the terrain. Yorkshire is as beautiful as it is brutal and the riders know that taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire will be rough and rewarding in equal measure.

Cyclists want a challenge and Yorkshire provides that in abundance. As Aqua Blue Sport rider Matt Brammeier summed up quite perfectly; “Without pain and suffering we would be nothing and life would get pretty boring. [The Tour de Yorkshire] provided a fair share for me this weekend but I bloody loved every minute.

For the women taking part in the two-day Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, there are other aspects of huge significance. Most important of all is the parity that the race brings. The race takes place on the same roads that the men tackle. The race has one of the largest prize pots in women’s cycling and it gets the same, full television coverage that the men’s race does – exposure that is crucial for riders, teams and sponsors alike.

The 2017 event was particularly enthralling viewing as a world class field including Olympic Road Race champion, Anna van der Breggen, lit up the roads from Tadcaster, through the Yorkshire Dales. The finishing podium was made up of a two-time World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini and American pocket rocket Coryn Rivera. However, the top spot was reserved for someone much closer to home. The Yorkshire flags in Harrogate were waved all that bit more vigorously than usual as the county’s very own hero, Lizzie Deignan, spectacularly sprung a solo attack with 15km to go and powered her way to victory.

“The finish was so special and so surreal and it meant so much to me to receive such great support,” Deignan said afterwards. “It was incredible and I’m struggling to get my head around it. This is up there with the biggest wins of my career, definitely.”

This year sees both races move into new ground; as the Asda Women’s race doubles in length to become a two-day race and the men’s race also gains an extra day, taking it from three to four.

From a racing perspective, this is exciting as it gives both races more time to develop and it presents the stage planners with more chances to create truly spectacular stages.

From a fans perspective, it gives more people more opportunities to see their cycling heroes and allows for more of Yorkshire’s remarkable scenery and brutal climbs to be showcased too. On top of this, 50 per cent of the host towns for this year are first time hosts, with Barnsley, Halifax, Ilkley and Richmond joining Beverley, Doncaster, Leeds and Scarborough in welcoming this year’s race.

Players wanted at Crossley Juniors AFC

Crossley Juniors AFC are looking for players.

Become part of Calderdales largest community football club!

Find out more about Crossley Juniors at crossleyjuniorsafc.org.uk

for more information about joining contact Development Officer: Mick Gavan on 07891 074026 by email to gavan726@outlook.com or Belles/Girls Secretary: Rosie Freeman on 07946 674914

Calderdale Industrial Museum – Easter opening times

Calderdale Industrial Museum will be open throughout Easter on the following dates

Open 10am to 4pm (Last entry 3.30pm)
Tuesday 3, Thursday 5 , Saturday 7 and Thursday 12 April 2018

Admission costs £5 Adults/£4 Concessions – Accompanied Children (up to aged 16) and CIMA members go FREE

For information visit calderdaleindustrial.co.uk, call 01422 384 721 or email info@calderdaleindustrial.co.uk

Family activities with Calderdale Do Something!

The Do Something guide is packed with all sorts of fun activities for children and families all year round.

There are sport and leisure activities, including: cycling courses, football events and lots of different things to do at our pools. There’s also organised walks and events in the countryside, activities for children of all ages at Calderdale libraries and museums as well as sessions at play schemes and children centres, plus lots more!

Click here and find something to do between now and April

Ward Forum Grants – Still Time to Apply!

There is still time to apply for the latest round of Ward Forum Grants!

If you have a new or existing project that is ongoing and require additional funds; be sure to get your application to us with grants of up to £500 available to community groups and projects in the following wards of North Halifax:

  • Northowram & Shelf
  • Park & Warley
  • Illingworth & Mixenden
  • Ovenden

Email Tony King at Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk or call 0300 555 0266 if you require any help.

Ward Forum Grants – Still Time to Apply!

There is still time to apply for the latest round of Ward Forum Grants!

If you have a new or existing project that is ongoing and require additional funds; be sure to get your application to us with grants of up to £500 available to community groups and projects in the following wards of North Halifax:

  • Northowram & Shelf
  • Park & Warley
  • Illingworth & Mixenden
  • Ovenden

Email Tony King at Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk or call 0300 555 0266 if you require any help.

Halifax Christmas Lights Switch On and Night Market

Halifax will be bustling with activity on Saturday 25 November for this free event with a day of entertainment and activity across the town centre.

Pulse Radio will be broadcasting live from Halifax from 2pm with entertainment on stage from 4pm. Stilt walkers and fire breathers can be found at Woolshops Shopping Centre, face painters and balloon modellers in Halifax Borough Market and a whole host of entertainers across our town centre.

The light switch on will take place at 5:30pm at the top of Woolshops.

Starting on the same evening, the Night Market: Enchanting Window Displays will be on show from dusk until the close of the Piece Hall each night until 10 December. 

Inspired by The Night Market animation and characters created by artists Chris Mould and Matt Howarth in 2016, a series of bespoke window displays have been crafted by local schools and community groups led by artist Frank Darnley.

Explore The Piece Hall at dusk as the artworks light up and come to life.

Free. No need to book.