North Halifax community launch the Daisy Chain Café

Local services, ward councilors, residents, school children and even dogs came to Halifax Rugby Union Club this week to support the launch of the Daisy Chain Café.

 

Daisy Chain Café is a new community run, monthly meeting place in Ovenden run by volunteers and partners from the North Halifax Staying Well Steering Group who are working towards a Dementia Friendly North Halifax.

Funded by the ‘North Halifax Community Fund’ Daisy Chain Café is open to anybody especially people and living with or affected by dementia. The mission of the cafe is to provide friendship, support, activities and cake!

Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Chris Pillai opened  the event by thanking the hard work of volunteers in working to set the cafe up.  Some of the volunteers have personal experience of dementia and understand how a café of this nature can really make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia.

Councillor Anne Collins who welcomed everyone to the event said,

How exciting this is for the North Halifax to host a Dementia Café that will run once a month working towards making North Halifax Dementia Friendly

Based at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park  the cafe will open from 1pm – 3pm every second Wednesday of the month and will include activities such as quizzes, visiting entertainers, chair exercises, Bocha (a type of boules), singing and bingo.

The next opening will be Wednesday 14 November.

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The North Halifax Community Fund includes funding from the Community Foundation for Calderdale Isolation Fund and Staying Well funding. Read more about the fund here.

Hayley Conlon, Staying Well Worker said,

“The North Halifax Steering Group, which is made up of local people and community groups decided that  Daisy Chain Café was well deserving of  the funding from Community Foundation for Calderdale and Staying Well as it supports our aims to develop activities that improve social opportunity and prevent loneliness and isolation in adults in Calderdale”

For more information, please ring Karen on 0300 555 0266 or email Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk

Special thank you to Community Foundation for Calderdale, North Halifax Partnership, Illingworth Moor Church, Halifax Rugby Union Club, Memory Lane Café Sowerby Bridge, Illingworth and Bradshaw Local Activity Group, Men United at Ovenden Park, Phoenix Shed, Calderdale Council, Age Uk, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire Service, Together Housing, Savile Park Care Home, the Junior Wardens of Dean Field Community Primary School, Alzheimer’s Society, Angels Corner Café Pellon and everyone who came along to support the launch!

Join Halifax RUFC on a Trip to Eden Camp

Halifax RUFC still have places for a trip to Eden Camp on Wednesday 12 September. Transport is FREE and the admission charge for the camp is just £7.50.

Eden Camp opened as a museum over 30 years ago in 1987. Since then it has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.

There’s a café there for people to buy lunch. Departure time TBC anyone interested in going can contact Graham Smith on 01422 202253 or email grayhampsmith@hotmail.com

 

Halifax RUFC Ladies Competition and Open Day at Ovenden Park

On Saturday 4 August 2018, 2:00pm onward there will be a Ladies seven a side competition at Ovenden Park , the home of Halifax RUFC.

There will be a feast of female rugby union football on the above date when local ladies seven a side teams will come together to celebrate over 20 years of Ladies rugby at the Club .

The Rugby Football Union is intent upon the expansion of the ladies game nationwide and Halifax RUFC can rightfully claim to have been a significant local force in this trend having instituted their team in 1996 .

Last season ( 2017/8 ) saw the Club , very creditably , finishing mid table in the Northern Counties League 1 and the target is to put a second development “Warrior“ fifteen out on a regular , friendly basis in next season . With the numbers currently training and committed, that target looks eminently attainable .

The invitation is open to all to visit Ovenden Park, inspect the facilities , watch the rugby and experience the ready welcome.

Admission is FREE .

Club players and RFU officials will be easily identifiable—to talk about the game ,the Club , the opportunities for new friendships and plans for the coming season .

Try Junior Rugby at Halifax RUFC

Halifax RUFC are holding a FREE session for 6-8 year old boys and girls to try out junior rugby on Sunday 15 July, 10:30am-11:30pm.

There will be free food and refreshments at the Halifax RUFC ground on Keighley Road behind Moorside School.

For further information call 07577 751656.

RugbyForce Comes to Halifax RUFC Bid to Improve Ovenden Park Facilities

Halifax RUFC needs YOUR help on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June to take part in the RFU and NatWest RugbyForce initiative at Ovenden Park ( behind Moorside School ) from 9:00am each day.

Once again the Club has been awarded funding by the Bank for the work planned by the Club and aimed at sprucing up the facilities in time for the new season .

Players , committee members and other Club members will be attending throughout each day to help in the vital work of cleaning , carrying out repairs and renewal around the extensive estate .

The Club looks to expand further its growing “ Community profile “ by making the Club a hub for sporting and social activities and members of the public will be most welcome to see what is going on and hopefully lend a hand .

These are crucial days for the club to help us ensure the facilities are well maintained for the season ahead, so any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated.
Even if you can only spare an hour, please come along and help. The club will be open from 9:00am for volunteers to come along.

Pennine Magpie joins Halifax Magpies Mixed Ability Rugby Taster Day

Halifax Magpies hosted a Mixed Ability Rugby Taster Day at their club on Sunday 19 November. The taster day was to host mixed abilities and the sessions were run by the RFU and Yorkshire Carnegie.

It was a great opportunity to learn more about what is involved in the game and how it benefits people in different ways.
Pennine Magpie is a sponsor and some of the students play for the team.
If you would like information on how to get involved or join the team, please contact Halifax Rufc.

Halifax RUFC men set for 1st friendly

Halifax RUFC‘s men will look to put all their hard work during pre-season into practice when they tackle Heath on Thursday August 24. The match, which kicks off at 7pm at Heath RUFC, will be the first game under the new coaching team of Gaz Matthews, Matt Bradley, Phil Gallagher and Dean Cotton.
The quartet have drilled the Halifax squad hard since the start of July – with the players responding brilliantly to the challenges.
Training numbers have remained good throughout, with the clash against Heath a big step towards the club’s challenges in Yorkshire Four (NW) and the Merit League.
The match will be split over four 20-minute quarters, with Halifax set to give all available players a chance to shine ahead of the new season.

All support is welcome, although our wonderful Ladies will be continuing their own preparations for the new season at Ovenden Park with training.