Our 12 Days of Christmas trail progress: 7 out of 12

The seventh and last image we were able to spot is now up.

Our hunt for the 12 shopping window paintings by Jenny Tribillon is now complete. You can find out how we did by following  this link!

Did you do any better? We’d love to hear from you!

We hope you enjoyed this mini game!

Santa-gram campaign brings Christmas cheer once more to Calderdale!

Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale’s second Santa-gram campaign has been a great success, spreading Christmas cheer to elderly people across the local area.

Launched in November, Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign reached out to primary schools across Calderdale to ask school children to create a special Christmas card or letter for an elderly person this Christmas.

Most of our elderly population have experienced isolation and loneliness this year due to COVID-19, with many continuing to isolate over the Christmas period.

The home care company, which provides companionship, housekeeping and personal care to people in their own homes was overwhelmed by the result. They had seventeen local schools and one after school club sign up to the campaign, receiving 1452 Christmas cards which were all decorated, or hand drawn by children from ages four to 11.

They also received a further 389 items including bookmarks, letters, pictures, decorations and riddles, to be distributed along with their cards.

Morrison’s supermarket in Elland, Halifax and Kershaws Garden Centre in Brighouse also got involved, with customers donating presents to the campaign.

The Santa-grams were packed into envelopes and delivered along with the presents to assisted living facilities, churches and community groups including Memory Lane and Riverside Dementia Cafés, Age UK, Halifax Blind Society, the Royal British Legion and Making Space – the carer’s wellbeing service.

The company also teamed up with local pharmacies who helped to distribute the Santa-grams to their network of customers that receive home delivery of their medication.

A local resident phoned in after receiving her Santa-gram to say:

“Thank you for our lovely Christmas surprise.  It was so kind of you to take the time making them for us. I am sending you a photo of your decorations in house they are lovely.”

“Lovely Christmas card delivered by my local pharmacy.  It was beautiful and really made my day.”

Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:

“Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted.  We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”

John and Margaret Avison receiving their Santa-gram from Home Instead.

Arthur Butler, aged 100 receiving his Santa-gram from Home Instead

Santa-Grams ready to be packed

  To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the home care services they provide, including live-in care, please call 01422 292424 or visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/calderdale/.

Don’t forget your bin this Christmas!

It’s a time of year when we all have more waste and recycling which needs to be collected.

Waste and recycling collections will be on the usual day throughout Christmas week (December 27 to 31).

On the first week in January collections will be a day later than usual due to the Bank Holiday on Monday, January 3 (as New Year’s Day falls at weekend).

The Christmas and New Year waste collection dates are as follows:

Usual collection day:      

Monday 27 December

Tuesday 28 December

Wednesday 29 December

Thursday 30 December

Friday 31 December

Collection will be on:

Same day

Same day

Same day

Same day

Same day

New Year’s week

Usual collection day:     

Monday 3 January

Tuesday 4 January

Wednesday 5 January

Thursday 6 January

Friday 7 January

Collection will be on:      

Tuesday 4 January

Wednesday 5 January

Thursday 6 January

Friday 7 January

Saturday 8 January


Collections should be back to the usual by Monday 10th January.

For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/waste/recycling.

Christmas deadline reminder for Friday Flyer submissions

Before you put your feet up and enjoy a well earned mince pie with a glass of sherry, or tuck into a tub of celebrations (save me some Bounty!) we’d like to remind you of the final Friday Flyer of the year.

The Friday Flyer of this week will be out on Thursday 23rd December 2021.

The deadline for submissions of that week is

Wednesday 22nd December 2021 at 1pm

The next Friday Flyer will be circulated in the New Year on Friday 7th of January 2022.

From us all, to each and everyone of you,

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Let’s not make this the Most Wasteful Time of the Year

As the festive season is well underway, we would like to urge you to be mindful of waste and consider the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. And maybe Rudolph 🙂

As we are all in the Christmas season rush to get everything ready for the big day, it is more important than ever to be mindful of the waste this spree is producing.

There will be cards, wrapping paper, packaging made of plastic or cardboard. Most of this can be recycled. In fact most of the day to day household waste is recyclable.

Calderdale Council runs weekly collections of household waste that can be recycled where you can dispose of glass, plastic, metal and card or paper as well as several other items such as fabrics, small electricals and food waste.

Your local Household Waste Recycling Centre can take bulkier items.
Calderdale Council’s bulky waste recycling is still a little backed up, bear with us.

For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/waste/recycling.

Even the Christmas Tree can be recycled. Overgate run a Treecycling programme that for a small donation of £10 will collect your tree at the end of the season.

This service covers certain Halifax Postcodes so check with Overgate. The page has other recycling options for you to choose from.

For more information on the Overgate Treecycling Campaign please contact the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or email fundraising@overgatehospice.nhs.uk

The office of national statistics has concluded that 3 out of 4 adults in the UK are concerned about climate change and they are more likely to change their habits in order to take action. Recycling is one of the easiest actions that can be taken to reduce our negative impact on the Planet.

Three-quarters of adults in Great Britain worry about climate change – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

So let’s all do our bit and keep green, before and after Christmas!

Pimp my Pellon Christmas fun filled weekend December 18-19

Season’s greetings!

Pimp My Pellon invite you to the planting ceremony of Pellon’s first community Christmas tree at 3pm Sunday 19th December on the green on Pellon New Road, next to Peckish. There will be carols and mince pies, a guest performance by Pellon’s own punk poet, Keiron Higgins, and the opportunity to dedicate a tree decoration to someone you love or have sadly lost. The event will be outdoors and will follow COVID safety precautions.

And to get us in the Christmas mood, we will be running a free decoration making workshop on Saturday 18th 10am – 12 noon at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Highroad Well Lane. Come along and make some decorations to take home or to hang on the community Christmas tree.


After a difficult couple of years, we hope to bring the community together to celebrate and give thanks to our lovely community. Please share this event with your contacts and on social media.
We have some printed versions if you’d be happy to display on your premises – please get in touch if you’d like us to drop off some off for you.

We hope to see you there!

Best Wishes,


Senior Community Organiser

Mob: 07881952542

Office: 01422 252209

Time Out Christmas Fun Days at the Orange Box

The weather outside is frightful, but our festive kid’s activities are so delightful!

We are back at Orange Box on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st December with lots of fun, FREE activities!
Check out the full schedule of activities for our festive fun days, and book for individual workshops via the link: https://bit.ly/3rNMjZx
Or find out more about individual workshops at our website: https://www.timeoutcalderdale.co.uk/timetable.html