Have Your Say! Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum – 1 Mar 2017

ns-posterJoin us on Wednesday 1 March for the Northowram & Shelf Ward Forum, and tell us what matters to you where you live.

Venue: Northowram Community Sports and Activity Club, Westercroft Lane, HX3 7EN

Refreshments and signing in from 5.30pm. Meeting starts at 6pm.

Up for discussion:

  • Planning Applications Updates
  • Local Authority Care Homes
  • Police update

Click here for the full agenda…

Cracker Scheme delivers boost in North Halifax

fullsizerenderFunded through Calderdale Council’s Economic Task Fund, the 2016 Christmas Cracker Scheme delivered Christmas treats to residents in the North Halifax wards of Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden.

The scheme saw Christmas crackers distributed to various local community groups across North Halifax to raffle off as prizes at their Christmas events. Each cracker was accompanied by a voucher to the value of £20 which can be spent at a local store and some offered membership to local community groups such as Men in Sheds at Threeways and Men United at Ovenden Park.

img_1255Crackers were also raffled off at Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden Ward Forums where residents and local services got together to enjoy Christmas Carols.

Attendees of the North Halifax Work Support Groups also enjoyed festive celebrations with light refreshments and each received a cracker with voucher to spend at a store local to them.

FORGET me Not Trust raised raised £757.07 on the day held at Morrison’s

Karen Scanlon, Ovenden Initiative said

“This is a wonderful seasonal scheme in its 2nd year helping all the wards to benefit, including Community Groups, Schools and Voluntary Organisations in the Ovenden,  Illingworth and Mixenden Wards of North Halifax with a boost in trade for the three areas funded through Calderdale Council’s Economic Task Fund.”

A big thank you to all who got involved with the Christmas Cracker Scheme this year; businesses, community groups and local residents who make ideas such as these worth it!


Staying Well moves into Warley

dscn0736On the 7th December, Halifax Academy Primary School, High Five and the Staying Well project held an over 50s event with over 80 local residents and local community groups to talk about how we can all work together to help lonely and socially isolated people living in the Warley ward.

The event also included a number of taster sessions including kurling and gentle exercise and entertainment that was provided by both primary and secondary pupils from the school and High Five’s own ‘Singing for Fun’ group.

dscn0810Many thanks to NHS Falls Prevention team, Age UK, Community Connections Befriending Service, Better Living Team and West Yorkshire Police who were on hand to offer advice and information regarding their services.

The project works one to one with people who were isolated or lonely to link them to social activities in their area.

dscn0740It is estimated in Calderdale there are 11,520 people aged over 65 and that 1 in 5 are mildly lonely (over 2300)  and another 1 in 10 are intensely lonely (over 1152). If these trends continue than by 2029, people aged 75 and over who are lonely will reach over 25,000.

So far a total of 779 people have been referred to the programme. And we estimate between 2500 – 3000 people benefited from Staying Well activities over the pilot period.

“Didn’t we have a wonderful time at the Staying Well event at the beginning of Dec! High Five singers provided some of the entertainment. Lots of people attended the Gentle exercise sessions and seemed to enjoy themselves. Let’s hope that they are inspired to keep up the exercise and  even to join us for a class in the future.” – Sue Watson High Five

“What a fantastic afternoon I’ve had, I really lovely day out! “ Local resident

“The event was a great success! There’s plenty of work to do to address some of the barriers people face in accessing activities but I’m really confident that in Warley there are loads of people willing to promote and support the project” – Hayley Conlon, Staying Well Worker

dscn0718Staying Well is about helping you to stay healthy and improve wellbeing. Referrals are for anyone 18+ and can include a chat with a Staying Well worker, a home visit and information and support to attend activities in your area.

If you know someone who could benefit from our service, please contact the Staying Well Team on 01422 392767 or email stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk

Christmas Waste and Recycling collection dates

Christmas and New Year Waste and Recycling Collection Dates. Collections will be a day later than usual due to bank holidays:

  • Usual collection day                               Changed collection day
  • Monday 26th December 2016                     Tuesday 27th December 2016
  • Tuesday 27th December 2016                     Wednesday 28th December 2016
  • Wednesday 28th December 2016               Thursday 29th December 2016
  • Thursday 29th December 2016                    Friday 30th December 2016
  • Friday 30th December 2016                         Saturday 31st December 2016
  • Monday 2nd January 2017                           Tuesday 3rd January 2017
  • Tuesday 3rd January 2017                            Wednesday 4th January 2017
  • Wednesday 4th January 2017                      Thursday 5th January 2017
  • Thursday 5th January 2017                           Friday 6th January 2017
  • Friday 6th January 2017                                Saturday 7th January 2017

All collections should be back to your usual collection day by Monday 9 January 2017.

Please recycle all that you can, every week.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open throughout, operating Sunday opening hours on bank holidays.

Love your local market?… Put it on the map!

Help put your local market on the map by voting for it as Britain’s favourite market by the voting deadline on Tuesday 10 January 2017

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • Online voting will only be recorded via the Britain’s Favourite Market tab on the NABMA website at http://www.nabma.com
  • There is no restriction on voting but the judges will monitor voting and they have discretion to deal with any situation where they feel the voting system is being abused.
  • No information will be provided on the individual number of votes given in respect of a particular Market.
  • No votes cast after the closing date will be counted.
  • The judges decision on the result is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the result

To add your market and vote visit www.nabma.com/britainsfavouritemarket/


Cinderella Magic Wand Workshop at Shibden Hall this weekend

CinderellaMeet Cinderella and Buttons in this magical costumed workshop. Help Cinderella with her chores and discover old toys before you create your own magic wand and cast a spell to send Cinderella to the ball.

Saturday 17 December – 11.15am to 1pm
At Shibden Hall, Lister’s Road, Halifax, HX3 6XG

The cost is £3.50 for adults and £7 for children – Click here to book online

Only 14 tickets left!

Write a story, get it published and even made into a film!

‘Screen Your Story’ is a wonderful opportunity for all young storytellers to get their book published and even have it made into a film!

This years theme is horror but it doesn’t need to be blood and gore – probably better not.

Write one of the best stories and your prize will be to see it published in a superb, fully illustrated collection ‘Stories From the Young’. You will also get the chance to work with professional film makers to make your story into a film and see your film shown at the Barnes Film Festival in September 2017.

There are 7 groups for entries:

  • Up to and including Reception
  • Years 1 and 2
  • Years 3 and 4
  • Years 5 and 6
  • Years 7 and 8
  • Year 9 and over
  • Red Letter entries for students with special educational needs

Competition ends Tuesday 28 February 2016

Click here for further information or to enter