Ovenden Junior Wardens meet The SCG Partnership 

The newly formed Junior Wardens at Dean Field Community Primary School had the opportunity to meet the Safer Cleaner Greener Partnership on Wednesday 13 October 2021

A Q&A session was held with SCG partners including the CMBC Recycling Team, West Yorkshire Police, Together Housing, Ward Councillors and The North Halifax Partnership who spoke to the Junior Wardens  to give them an insight of their day to day job roles and discussed how the Junior Wardens can work in partnership with them and be involved in small scale activities throughout the year to help make a difference to their local community.

Karen Scanlon said 

“The Junior warden scheme is a team of children and young people who are dedicated to helping clean their environment and assist in helping to improve their community’s overall quality of life.”

“As a team we will work to identify environmental and safety problems within our area and report them. Encourage friends, family and our community to look after the environment and the safety of others and be proud of where we live and help make our neighbourhood a better place to live.”

The Junior Warden scheme has been set up again at Dean Field Community Primary School to look at tackling issues within the Ovenden community so be sure to keep an eye out for any future work being done.

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 Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk 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  https://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/your-safety/

Early Christmas Celebrations at Dean Field School

What a wonderful start to the festive season!

On Tuesday 4 December, Junior Wardens from Dean Field Community Primary School hosted an afternoon of Christmas festivities for older members of the of the Ovenden community.

Musical bingo was provided by Staying Well Daisy Chain Cafe and Afternoon Tea was served by the Junior Wardens sparing some time for pulling crackers and eating mince pies. To add to the festivities the Dean Field school choir sang a variety of Christmas songs.

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”