Dean Field Junior Wardens tackle a very smelly problem

Dean Field Junior Wardens have got a message for flytippers and litter bugs everywhere – You Stink! 

In just 30 minutes this team of young people collected six very smelly and very full large bags of discarded rubbish mostly made up of plastic and cans from the area surrounding their school. 

“It feels good to be able to do something to make my community better but I just don’t understand why people can’t just find a bin, or take their rubbish home”, said Josh aged 10.


To follow on from the clean up the Junior Wardens will be visiting a local SUEZ Recycling and Recovery site to hear more about their vision for a society where there is no more waste. 

Over the course of a year,  Suez handle over 10 million tonnes of waste in the UK. They believe waste is a resource and have a goal to help create a circular economy in which nearly all waste materials are given a second life and reused, recycled or recovered for their energy content.

Waste left on the ground, especially plastic waste causes pollution, looks unsightly and the value from these recyclable materials is never recovered.  For more information about Suez, visit the website here…

Dean Field Junior Wardens Join in Speed Initiative

Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School conducted a speed initiative on Tuesday 2 April with help from Community Warden Lee Ackroyd and Dan Marham on Cousin Lane, Ovenden to see if drivers are sticking to the 20mph speed limit outside their School.

Junior Wardens took turns holding the speed gun to find out the travelling speeds of passing vehicles. Although the group were at the roadside for only an hour, a total of 344 drivers had passed in that time.

A lot of those drivers were travelling either at or below the 20mph speed limit with an average speed of 22mph overall, but astonishingly, over 71 drivers were above the 20mph speed limit with one driver recorded at a speed of 32mph!

The junior wardens were in plain sight of all drivers and gave a thumbs up to those who drove within the speed limit and a thumbs down to those who didn’t. The majority of the Junior Wardens live in the Ovenden area and were shocked to find drivers breaking the speed limit in their community.

For more information about Junior Wardens contact Karen by email on or phone 0300 555 0266.

Dean Field Junior Wardens Help to Identify Unsafe Parking

On Monday 11 February 2019, Dean Field Junior Wardens worked in partnership with PCSO Nicola Shephard West Yorkshire Police, Lee Ackroyd Community Warden and Parking Services from Calderdale Council.

They all took part in a parking initiative tackling unsafe parking in and around the school area.

Unfortunately a lot of parents and grandparents picking children up from the school do NOT STICK TO PARKING ZONES and laws putting their child at RISK !!!

Watch out for more enforcement in this area!

Dean Field School Junior Wardens at Illingworth Fire Station

Our firefighters have one of the most respected jobs within the community: responding to incidents, preventing them from happening and protecting people and property in West Yorkshire. Junior Wardens from Dean Field Primary School Ovenden were given the opportunity to visit Illingworth Fire Station to  find out more about what they do, how they promotion opportunities and technical areas they specialise within the daily role of a Firefighter

The Fire Fighters gave the Junior Wardens a fantastic and very informative tour of the Illingworth Station , explaining some of the jobs the fire fighters are called out to and even let them try on some of the fire fighters protective clothing and use the fire hose of the engine ,they even gave a call out for the Junior Wardens with the blues and twos

Thank you to Illingworth Fire Station at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for a brilliant afternoon of fun for more information look at

Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School Learn Fire Safety

Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School learnt a very valuable thought provoking and interesting life lesson on Tuesday 6 November 2018. Fire House is a fantastic visual tool used and demonstrated by Andy Greenwood West Yorkshire Fire Prevention Officer who showed the Junior Wardens the impact of danger within your home.

Andy Greenwood discussed how to help alleviate those dangers by taking extra care and attention by discussing fire safety and offering advice to eliminate or reduce the risk of a fire happening in their home. Also discussed was a practical fire escape plan to make sure that if the worst does happen, occupants can escape safely with their families.

Andy Greenwood explained to the Wardens about the services that the West Yorkshire Fire Service offer including the Safe and Well visits to members of the public on those who are most at risk of fire.

Andy explained that during a Safe and Well visit, West Yorkshire Fire Service will accompany you to assess fire safety in every room in your property, identify and make you aware of the potential fire risks in your home, make sure you know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks and discuss with you, a bed-time routine that will help keep you safe at night. They will help you put together an escape plan in case a fire breaks out in the future and ensure you have a working smoke alarm, and ensure you know how to test and maintain it

On discussion with the Junior Wardens afterwards we received the following quotes;

“We learnt not to keep electrical items plugged in overnight as this is the main cause of fires in the home”

“It is very important to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors fitted into your home”

32 young people take on the first Mini MixMatch School Challenge

20160621_14051232 pupils from Dean Field Community Primary School, Ash Green Community Primary School, Whitehill Community Academy and Mount Pellon Academy got together at Mixenden Activity Centre on Tuesday 21 June with a team of 8 pupils from each school going head to head in a series of team building tasks to be crowned winners of the first ever Mini MixMatch Challenge.

20160621_101926The event began with a Tag Collection warm up task in which the four teams headed into Mixenden Reservoir Woods to find and collect tags matching their teams colour within a time limit. All four teams worked extremely well together and had fun doing so but it was Dean Field who came out on top with 71 tags found in the end, followed by Mount Pellon with 65 and one single tag splitting 3rd and 4th placed with Whitehill finding 54 and Ash Green 53.

Following the Tag Collection the groups split to take part in separate challenges in which they were marked for their overall efforts within each challenge.

The four challenges consisted of:

  • Rock Climbing – Teams took part in rock climbing to build communication and teamwork skills.
  • Blindfold Obstacle Course – One team member was blindfolded and had to carry a ball through an obstacle course with the guidance of remaining team members.
  • Shark Challenge – Teams had to carry equipment to build a hose using a ladder and crates to get from a starting point to the other side of the course before assembling the hose. Teams then had to dismantle the hose and make their way back to the starting point leaving equipment exactly as they found it. All without stepping off the crates or ladder.
  • Bench Challenge – Team members were stood on a narrow bench with a pool of water either side, teams had to follow instructions to order themselves in different categories such as age or height without falling in.

The teams enjoyed a game of football in the sunshine before it was time to announce which teams would face off in the semi-finals and the Barrel Fill Challenge in which teams had to run the length of the course to collect water before running back to fill a large barrel which unknown to them at first had been pre drilled with holes.

The semi-finals took place between Whitehill vs Mount Pellon and Dean Field vs Ash Green. Both semi-finals were closely contested and with great team work displayed throughout with a couple from each running to collect water whilst the remaining members stayed by the barrels using their fingers to plug the holes and slow down the loss of any water.

The Semi-final winners were decided by a wooden stick dipped into each barrel to measure the amount of water collected and with a really close call in both semi-finals it was Whitehill Community Academy and Ash Green Primary School who just edged it and were set to meet in the final.

The Barrel Fill final between Ash Green and Whitehill was a competitive one with the support from spectating teams great to see.

After a fantastic day enjoyed by all the pupils, teachers and services involved it was Ash Green Community Primary School who won the final to become the very first Mini MixMatch School Challenge Champions of 2016.

A big thank you goes to the services involved, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,  Calderdale Council Community Wardens, Mixenden Activity Centre and of course the teachers and pupils who came along to take part.

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Dean Field Junior Wardens take part in Community Street Audit

Dean Field Junior Wardens25 Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School Joined North Halifax Go Walking with Simon Duckenfield from OSCA Foundation, Matthew Scott Thompson & Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative; Ovenden Police Ward Officer PC Karen Robinson and Ced Oakley Community Warden to carry out a community street audit around Club Lane and Forest Green area’s of Ovenden on Wednesday 13 January 2016

A  Street Audit is simply completing a survey as you walk between two points, for example from home to school or even your regular trip to the shops. It’s your chance to tell The Go Walking Team  if the streets in your neighbourhood are clean, safe and well lit, or need looking at by your local services.

Dean Field Junior Wardens with surveyThe Junior Wardens recorded Graffiti, Litter, Uneven paths and Overhanging vegetation on the streets of Ovenden and received a FREE goodie bag which included a pedometer, reflective strips and water bottles.

Matt Scott Thompson for the Ovenden Initiative led the group and will complete an official Go Walking Community Street Audit report which will be sent to the charity Living Streets (

The report will be kept on file for a time when local/central government announce funding for the regeneration of an area, then the report (along with others already done in the area) will be used as evidence in an application to draw funding to Ovenden.

If you would like to get involved call Simon Duckenfield Community Sports Development Officer on 07974 077143 or email

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Dean Field Junior Wardens and North Halifax Go Walking