International Day of Older Persons 01 October

Calderdale is a wonderful borough in which to live and work. However, we are also aspiring to be a supportive and inclusive place to grow old.

There are wonderful things going on all over Calderdale to help people age well and stay healthy and happy for longer.

Join those who have celebrated the International Day of Older Persons by tweeting a photo of you holding up a statement to say, “I support the International Day of Older People’ and using the #agefriendlyCdale.

Some helpful resources for older people in Calderdale

Staying Well Hub

Calderdale Forum 50+

CREW Heart support

Home Instead


Yorkshire Water introduce Priority Service Register

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus in association with Yorkshire Water want to inform you of a new project, Priority Service Plus which can benefit older people and the most vulnerable in Calderdale.

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus has received grant funding from Yorkshire Water to help raise awareness of their priority services for the elderly and the vulnerable.

These priority services help customers who may be significantly impacted if they can’t access water for a short period of time, or people who would benefit from communication tailored to their specific needs.

For example customers who have sight problems, are hard of hearing, have home dialysis, use a wheelchair, have mobility concerns, or are concerned about unwanted callers, or would just like someone else to manage their account.  

It also means that in the event of planned work, or an emergency repair, they can make sure the most vulnerable people get the assistance they need as soon as possible.

The Priority Services Register is free to sign up and open to anyone over the age of 65 or with a specific disability or in vulnerable circumstances. Evidence of eligibility is not required on the sign-up form. Please think about friend and relatives who may benefit.

Customers can sign up online at or by calling 0800 138 78 78 

The benefits and more details can be found on the Calderdale Forum 50 website at: 



Men United enjoy an active morning at Ovenden Park

The Men United at Ovenden Park group is thriving once again with 15 members of the group getting together this morning to enjoy a variety of activities including Walking Football, Indoor golf and Kurling.

The group really enjoyed the Walking Football which saw two teams of three go head to head in a very close and competitive game, won in the late stages following a well placed goal from Grayham Smith.

There were close encounters elsewhere as the remaining members took part in indoor golf and indoor kurling with every member getting involved in at least one of the activities.

There are now plans in place for a number of guest speakers and trips out over the coming months including a guided tour of Bankfield Museum in the near future which you too could be part of.

What do you do on Wednesday mornings? Get up at the usual time, stroll downstairs, have a bite to eat, switch the television on…. every week, just like every other day?

For just £2 per session (First one FREE!) you can be part of this fantastic group for older men and meet like minded people, make new friends and enjoy group discussions over a hot drink and a biscuit… and even the occasional bacon sandwich!

The group meets every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon at Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR

If you would like more details, please ring either Joe 01422 246980, or Dennis on 01422 248734 or email who will be more than happy to tell you all about the group.

Activities for over 50’s in Southowram

Over 50 and looking for something to do? why not go along and enjoy weekly activities with SOFA (Southowram Over Fifties Activities) including scrabble, art workshops, line dancing, table tennis, singing and more.

Every week at St Anne’s Community Rooms, HX3 9TD and Southowram Community Centre (Off Law Lane).

It is advised that you consult your doctor prior to any form of physical activity. If you have any enquiries please contact Peter on 01422 346204



Get a Metro Senior Pass for FREE off-peak travel

If you are at or above pensionable age did you know you can get a Metro Senior English National Concessionary Pass which gives holders FREE off-peak bus travel throughout West Yorkshire and England as well as half fare off-peak rail travel in West Yorkshire.

For internet users or those whose family or friends can get online on your behalf, the quick, free and easy way to apply or renew a Senior Pass can be found online here.

If you don’t have access to the internet you can apply for or renew your Senior Pass at Bus Station Travel Centres… Find your nearest here…

NEW Walking football session for over 50’s

Are you over 50 and looking for a fun and easy way to stay active? Get involved with new walking football for over 50’s – Just £4 per person including refreshments.

Every Wednesday (from 5th October) – 6pm to 7pm
At 3gi Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mill, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET

For further information or to sign up, contact Chris Mitchell on 07947 827627


Triumphant Phoenix Shed!

Eddie Moss at The Phoenix Shed with a completed ruddderWhat a triumph of teamwork and sheer determination from the guys at The Phoenix Shed to produce 18 new rowing boat rudders for the St. Gemma’s Hospice 35th Windermere Row, that took place over the weekend of 25th and 26th June.

St Gemma’s fundraising lady, Nicola Harkess, asked Phoenix Shed member and trustee, Chris Freeman, if he could help with new rudders for this year’s row and Chris promised to help in any way he could.

Chris roped in fellow Shed trustee Eddie Moss to help and the two of them tried to source a sponsor for the traditional material, 12mm marine plywood, but without any success.  Then a chance telephone call for help from a close friend of Chris’s sparked a chain of events that led to that friend, Dave Elliss, sponsoring some rather special uPVC sheet.

Chris Freeman at the Phoenix Shed with the 18 rudders packed to go to St. Gemma's HospiceDave is working on a project to replace kitchens in the flooded properties in the Calder Valley and he agreed to donate enough sheet uPVC to make 18 new rudders.  This is a first for this type of material; no one has ever used it in a marine environment and working with it proved a challenge for both Chris and Eddie, but they succeeded and got the job done.  Helping along the way were fellow Shed members Geoff and Hugh.

After three weeks of working on the rudders nearly every day at the Phoenix Shed, the project was completed at the stroke of 5pm on Friday 24th June, just in time for delivery Saturday 25th at Windermere.  Along the way there was some brilliant thinking and innovation to make the whole project come together.

Chris Freeman handing over the rudders to St. Gemma's Hospice at WindermereWhen Chris arrived at Waterhead, Windermere, on the Saturday morning just after 8am, the rudders were quickly whisked away to be fitted to the rowing boats.  In fact they all went out at least twice on Saturday, with an afternoon row as well as the morning row and then again twice on Sunday.

Chris had previously made 12 rudders in marine plywood in 2014 and they were also pressed into use many times over the weekend; much appreciated by the crews who borrowed them.

The rudders were made to an original design that Chris produced for his own team’s rudder, way back in 1997 and modified to work with the uPVC material.  That original rudder is still going strong and proved it’s worth again this year when the John Mercer and friends team that Chris has been part of since 1995 won the 10 miles Men’s row on Saturday 25th in a staggering 1hr 44mins, a full 28mins ahead of their rivals.

Not content with that, the team went out again on Sunday 26th and undertook the 21 miles row, which they completed in a fantastic time of 4hrs 48mins in quite atrocious, windy weather and nearly an hour in front of the next best team.  Not bad for a team whose average age is 64¼ yrs.

The Phoenix Shed is more than about projects like this though, with a wonderful social area where guys over 55yrs can relax with like minded others.

Social membership is only £20 a year and that covers full access to the social area that has comfy seating and a fully fitted kitchen, so tea and coffee are always on the go, but something hearty can be cooked up as well.  We are currently open Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am to 4.30pm.  Why not drop in and have a look, you’ll be impressed.

The workshop area is available to any member, subject to a health and safety check and community projects, like this one for St. Gemma’s will always be needed. (We already have another in the wings, to help the rugby union club at Ovenden Park) Even if chaps are not overly handy with tools, but want to make something or just help out, there are plenty of other guys more than willing to teach the required skills.

But there’s even more than that, with loads of other ideas on the go.  Computer skills, photography, chess, draughts, jigsaws, and even using a sowing machine.  Yes guys, we have it all – well most of it anyway.

The Phoenix Shed is easy to find, as we are in the Threeways Centre off Nursery Lane.  Turn into the Meadow Dale Medical Practice entrance and follow the driveway around to the back car park. The shed faces you as you enter the back car park and we have signs in the windows.  We are in the unit on the far left as you look at the building.  There is disabled access direct from Nursery Lane, via the green gate about 15yds above the Meadow Dale entrance.