VIRSA – A celebration of South Asian Heritage Month 2022

Calderdale’s South Asian Heritage Festival begins with a Weekend of Celebration at Square Chapel Arts Centre and The Piece Hall.

The festival, commissioned by Calderdale Council, promises a month of events and activities to celebrate the long and rich history of British Asians and the positive impact they have within the borough. It will bring together leading British Pakistani and Indian writers and performers plus local businesses and community groups at venues across Calderdale.

Download Flyer here

The Piece Hall

The Piece Hall event begins at midday and will feature Indian drumming, henna painting, calligraphy arts, face painting, antique Pakistani jewellery, handmade bags and free, fun, family activities in the main courtyard. There will also be music and writing workshops and performance events at Square Chapel Arts Centre over that weekend. All activities are FREE! And there will be a real community market feel in the courtyard … a chance to celebrate the friendship and generosity of South Asian culture …

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Brilliant FREE workshops for women and girls, not just of South Asian heritage. This is an invitation to all women interested in culture, identity, sense of place and empowerment.

Booking is essential. You can book workshops and events at Square Chapel Arts Centre here: squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/

Saturday 16th July @ 1.30 pm
” I Belong Here ” – Talk & Writing Workshop with Award Winning author Anita Sethi
A two-hour session with Anita Sethi. Short talk after which Anita will explore themes of place, nature, journeying – both geographical and emotional journeys – and how nature and writing can bring a sense of belonging.

Saturday 16th July @ 4 pm
Into the Wilds – New South Asian Writing
Fox & Windmill is the UK’s first independent book publishing company for British South Asian writers. They are dedicated to bridging the gap in the industry for writers from underrepresented backgrounds and sharing their unique stories and perspectives.

Sunday 17th July @ 2pm

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Free Workshop & Performance Event
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. In 2019 she published Postcolonial Banter, an anthology of poetry critiquing racism, Islamophobia and notions of national identity. The collection includes poems which have had millions of online views and been featured across TV and radio.

Saturday July 23rd
Square Chapel will host a screening of acclaimed film ‘Lakeer’ followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer

Victoria Theatre

Saturday July 23rd – South Asian Comedy Club

Comedy club with some of the best South Asian comedians on the comedy circuit.Calderdale’s museums and libraries will feature a number of displays and events to complement the celebrations.This is an opportunity for all communities to come together and share the best South Asian culture has to offer – please let your friends and colleagues know and help make this a regular feature of Calderdale’s Cultural Calendar!The full programme of events and activities can be found at:

issuu.com/verddegris/docs/programme

 

Flavourfest Community Market 25-26th June at the Inspire Centre car park

This weekend come to the #FLAVOURFEST Market at the Inspire Centre Car Park and explore street food and stalls – Afghan, South Asian, Italian, French, Iranian, Nigerian, organic produce, healthy snacks, cakes and sweets – all Calderdale-based providers.

There will be Cooking demonstrations, Entertainment, Children’s Activities, Henna and face painting.

Free entry and Free parking available.

For more information:

www : https://www.flavourfest.org/
Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/Flavourfest22

Venue: Inspire Centre car park, Calderdale College,  Francis St, Halifax HX1 3UZ

Stalls will be on display on Saturday 26th from 12pm to 7pm and Sunday 27th from 12pm to 4pm.

 


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Flavourfest : People’s Park Multi-Sports Fun Day June 1st

Flavourfest, with the help of Healthy Holidays Calderdale, starts with an afternoon of outdoor fun at People’s Park, bringing you the opportunity to try out various sporty activities and enjoy a great day out at your local park!

Join us at People’s Park on Wednesday the 1st of June for an afternoon of fun for local children, young people and families.

You can try the Climbing Wall, Caving, Archery, Zorbing, Relay races, Squash, Penalty Shoot Out, Mini Olympics and more.

There will also be arts and crafts and face painting.

The event is free, open to everyone, just drop in.

Please Note : People’s Park with its ponds, nature area and playgrounds is open to everyone and people use it at their own risk. The park will be particularly busy on 1st June. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Please keep dogs on a lead and observe the dog control orders in place in this park.

From the Discover Brackenbed Park Event May 7th

The pandemic highlighted, in an unprecedented way, the importance of having local and accessible green spaces in our communities. Now, more than ever, we understand the interconnection between wellbeing, good mental health and being active in and around nature. As we are bombarded with news of climate events and the destruction of biodiversity, we are called to work together to reverse some of the damage and give nature a helping hand to recover. And so it has never been a more important time to treasure our local green spaces.

  

Some people may know Brackenbed park by its other names – Shroggs Tip, the Ash Tips or Shroggs Valley. Others may remember it from its previous uses as a municipal waste site, or latterly as a recreation sports site which was unfortunately demolished due to the threat of methane. Or perhaps you didn’t know about this hidden gem nestled in the Shroggs valley, sitting discreetly behind the high walls in Pellon and Park ward and the dense tree line in Warley and Central Halifax, a large and beautiful green space, brimming with nature and steeped in history.

Despite its obvious potential and some previous work to install benches and paths five years ago, many areas of Brackenbed Park remain neglected, suffering from heavy littering and fly tipping as well as attracting anti-social behaviour. More recently, community groups have removed over 250 bags of litter from the area, repaired a bench at one of the entrances and cleared years of mud and leaves that had rendered another entrance difficult to navigate. Now the methane has been vented and the area is safe, it would seem an opportune time to begin the work of restoring Brackenbed Park in line with the community’s vision and reclaiming it for community use.

Discover Brackenbed Park event, organised by colleagues from North Halifax Partnership and Halifax Opportunities Trust, aimed to bring people into the space who might not have known about it, or encourage people to come back, and together, imagine a new future and identity for this wonderful asset sitting at the heart of several of our communities.

We were fortunate to have David Glover host a fascinating history walk that led participants from an already well known and loved People’s Park to show just how close it is to Brackenbed Park, and to find out about the history of the surrounding area as well as the history of Brackenbed Park itself. It couldn’t have been a better way to provide a grand entrance to the park, as when turning the corner from the snicket on Pellon Lane across from James Chambers, the group gasped an audible ‘wow’ as the full park came into view.

When the walking party arrived, they were greeted by artist Frank Darnley (and his giant penguin sculpture!) to have a go at creating art from the things found on site such as packets, plastic and cans, highlighting both the issues with littering and reimagining a use for the things that would otherwise go to waste.

Alison Jones, from Halifax Opportunities Trust, offered kite making for families from colourful recycled things. Dan Marham, from North Halifax Partnership hosted a bug finding activity – it was wonderful to see the children really engage with this, excitedly sharing the wide array of different insects they found on site. Dan also brought Tommy and Shellby the Horsefield Tortoises which both the adults and children in attendance enjoyed holding and learning a little bit about the species. Natalie Ratner, also from North Halifax Partnership, was on hand to record people’s thoughts and ideas for the space, helping to imagine how it could be in future.

Leah Greig, from Positive Impact Sports, brought music and sports with lots of people having a go at archery which hinted at the possibilities of bringing sports facilities back to the park. Along with Leah, Charley, from CLT Creations, helped to create a fun party atmosphere with face painting.

 

 

To see families engaging in different activities and taking part in this sporting opportunity, utilising the green space it was lovely to see.

Leah says: ‘The potential power of archery in communities to support wellbeing is massive. Archery is not only one of the most inclusive sports, it is also the perfect activity in our socially distant times and there are many benefits to Archery:

  • Improves your focus : For mental health, archery provides active meditation, which can improve your mood, and ease anxiety and depression. Because archery requires focus, archers with post-traumatic stress disorder often find relief by practicing. It quiets the mind and helps them focus on something they can control.
  • Improves your hand-eye coordination.
  • Improves your upper strength.
  • Improves your social skills.
  • Improves your confidence.

From speaking to the families who attend they showed a key interest of getting the space back in use with different active opportunities such as a park, MUGGA, courts for juniors session such as Netball and Basketball. Additionally, on the back hand of this the Archery session went down a treat as one child in particular mentioned they didn’t like sport however they “really enjoyed the Archery”.

From a sport perspective I believe it’s a matter of urgency to get this space in use again with sporting opportunities for families in the local community. This would have such a positive impact to the local community activity levels. To progress in the right direction, we need to build on the awareness and a clear up of the area (litter pick) before we can formally put sporting activities on for the community to engage with. There are many benefits of Urban green spaces, such as parks, playgrounds, and residential greenery, as they can promote mental and physical health, and reduce morbidity and mortality in urban residents by providing psychological relaxation and stress alleviation, stimulating social cohesion, supporting physical activity, and reducing exposure to air. But most importantly it’s the active element that brings the community together.’

It was fantastic to see people really enjoying the activities and using the space in a different way, helping us all to imagine a different future for Brackenbed Park as place to play, have fun, engage with nature and connect with neighbours and our communities.

Liz Kenny described discovering Brackenbed Park for the first time at the event in an article for the Halifax Directory: ‘Last month, I attended an event that took me to a beautiful, green open space in Halifax that’s steeped in history and full of potential for our wider and local community.

I joined a Saturday morning walking tour that led me from People’s Park, across Park Ward via Queens road and over to a surprising part of the town that I’ve never seen before. I walked down a snicket, just off Pellon Lane opposite Queens road and was rewarded with a WOW moment view over the top of what was Shroggs Tip. It is now open land with park benches and paths.

I returned the next day with my family, we walked the dog there and it was still so lovely.’

Zain Ghani from Staying Well reflected on the event: ‘I attended the Heritage Walk led by David from Calderdale Heritage Walks who was incredibly proficient and detailed in leading the walk. I attended the event at Brackenbed Park which seemed to have gone really well and with lots of people attending. The event had a lovely community feel to it, and of course snacks and treats on offer went down well! It was great to see a range of ages present and an active listening project in capturing local voices on their thoughts about the space. I think the space at Brackenbed Park can be used for various things such as events, physical activity, orienteering, a place of expression and discovery, and more! From a Staying Well perspective, I believe this space can encourage adults to access green spaces to move more, socialise, learn about wildlife and feel part of their local community. There is lots of interesting history about this place and bringing people to share history and displaying this could be a purposeful and mindful activity.’

Some of the ideas imagined for Brackenbed Park included an enclosed dog park, wild flowers and butterflies, cycling tracks, orienteering, sports facilities, a playground or adventure park and a large festival type event.

If you would like to join with other members of the community as part of a group to create a vision for the space and oversee its development, please join the Whatsapp group here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/FMUk1ewhFLdAOeo6mSw3wq or scan the QR code. You can also follow the Facebook page ‘Brackenbed Park’ to keep up to date with developments. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please contact Natalie.ratner@nhpltd.org.uk or alison.jones@regen.org.uk.

We hope this is just the beginning and look forward to everyone being involved in the next chapter!



Elim Church Jubilee Street Party on Sunday 5th June

Halifax Elim Church invite you to their Platinum Jubilee Street Party at Illingworth Children’s Centre on Sunday the 5th of June.

The event is free, starting at 2pm. There will be Live Entertainment, Cream tea, dancing, lots of fun and games, including face painting and child friendly crafts.

Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

For information, contact Carol on 07780778257

Halifax Elim Church run 2 children’s clubs in the area once a month in Whitehill school and the Challengers every Sunday in the Illingworth Children’s centre.

The Jubilee celebration is funded by their charity shop on Illingworth road Charity 1st.

Venue: Illingworth Children’s Centre, Occupation lane, Halifax, HX2 9RL

Warley Queen’s Jubilee Event Saturday June 4th

Warley Community Association invite you to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee picnic at The Vandals Rugby Club

on Saturday 4th June between 2.00 and 5.00pm

Everyone is welcome to come along on the day and have some fun.

Read the Warley Lantern Queen Jubilee special

There will be lots of games to suit all ages such as a Coconut Shy, Tin Can Alley, Bat the rat, Hook a Duck, a Bran Tub and Face Painting  for the little ones and lots more.

A Fancy Dress competition will be held for the best dressed adult and child wearing a Crown and they will be invited to sit on a throne and have their photograph taken.

There will be various stalls, one from The Allotments, a Cake Stall and two Tombola tables, one for children and one for everyone, there will be a Fire Engine, live music, ice cream van and The Roady Coffee van selling lots of different coffees, teas and cakes and lots more, so please come along.

“Bring a picnic” have some fun and a great afternoon out!!!

Halifax Police Station Open Day 5 August 2017

Enjoy demonstrations, tours, food, rides, children’s entertainment, dance displays and much more at the 2017 Halifax Police Station Open Day.

Saturday 5 August 2017 – 10.30am to 3pm
At Halifax Police Station, Richmond Close, Halifax, HX1 5TW

Please note – There is no onsite parking for this event and members of the public are advised to use public transport.

If you would like to advertise this event in your premises, you could download the Halifax Police Station Open Day 2017 Poster