Former Halifax Inspector Canoes Around Britain for Charity

On Monday 24 July 2017, together with his nephew Davis Gould-Duff, former Halifax Police Inspector Colin Skeath completed a circumnavigation of the mainland UK by Open Canoe which has never been done before.

Starting in Strontian on the west coast of Scotland on the 30 April the 2 men covered a total of 2064 miles over 86 days with several challenging sea crossings including Wales to Northern Ireland.

The pair were raising money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield.

Since taking the amazing journey with his nephew, Mr Skeath has said;

“I have had the privilege of seeing our stunning coastline at close quarters. I have paddled with dolphins and basking sharks and seen so many spectacular seabirds from puffins to eagles. One of the things that will remain as a high point are some wonderful people who have gone out of their way to help us on our journey. These random acts of kindness will stay with me for a long time

“The journey was as difficult as anything I have undertaken and tested my leadership, courage and determination.  I found the daily decision making of embarking on a voyage stressful, with dire consequences if we got it wrong!

“In so many ways It has been a massive learning experience for me. At the forefront of this is my conviction that the most important thing we have is other people.

“During this adventure, I became very focused on the task and whilst I was aware of some of the social media activity (mainly facebook). I didn’t realise the scale of support I was receiving from ex colleagues and friends in Calderdale

“Now, as I am at home reviewing communications and not as engrossed,  I have been “blown away” by everyone’s messages of congratulations. I have been stunned by some of the activities that were on going in the Police and Council to welcome me home. I know that people have worked really hard and given themselves, to raise money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

“So thank you so much for being such and important part of my journey.”

Visit Canoe Around Britain on Facebook for videos and more.

Kites Day at Roils Head Moor – Wednesday 26 July 2017

Join Chris Sutcliffe and Robin Dalton on Roils Head Moor in the marquee (in the middle of the moor) to build and fly your own kite!

There are two sessions taking place on Wednesday 26 July 2017 which you can drop into anytime; 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.15pm to 3.15pm.

It costs just £3.80 per kite made (£2.80 Passport to Leisure holders).

For further information please contact Chris Sutcliffe on 07769 954956

K9 Party in the Park at Monor Heath this weekend

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are inviting all two legged and four legged friends to their annual K9 Party In The Park this weekend.

Sunday 2 July 2017 – 12noon to 5pm
At Manor Heath Park, Halifax HX3 0EB

The self funded branch is hoping to raise crucial funds for the animals in their care, whilst having some fun in the sun and partying with local supporters and their canines!

The event is free but donations are greatly received and all party-goers will receive a free goodie bag! The dog show can be entered from 11.30am on the day and is just £1.50 per class. ‘Best Rescue’, ‘Puppy Love’, ‘Best Junior Handler’ and ‘Celebrity Dog Look-a-like’ are just a few examples of some of the classes that will be running on the day.

To find out more about K9 Party visit the RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield branches website here: You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘K9 Party In The Park 2017’ in local events.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

Mum2mum Market Baby & Childrens Nearly New Sale

Over 30 stalls selling excellent condition baby and children’s goods at bargain prices. Well-known brands at a fraction of high street prices. Everything imaginable for your little ones.

Saturday 15 July 2017 – 1.15pm to 3.15pm
At Halifax Academy, Spring Hall Lane, Halifax HX1 4TW

  • Buggies & Travel Systems ** Stairgates, Toddler Furniture
  • Home & Safety Equipment ** Baby Carriers & Harnesses
  • Moses Baskets, Cots & Travel Cots ** Growbags, Bed Guards
  • Sterilisers and Feeding Equipment ** Highchair’s, Bumbos
  • Trikes, Balance Bikes, Bikes and Outdoor Toys
  • Baby Walkers, Bouncers, Jumperoo’s & Activity Centres

£2 entry per adult (kids are free) also the last half hour of the sale is free Ensure you come early to bag all the best bargains.

For more information please contact

Upcoming Parenting Support Courses

Being a parent is not always easy but there is support available and practical, friendly advice to help you deal with any aspect of family life.

NHP Sure Start Children’s Centres and the Family Intervention Team are running ‘Mellow Babies’, ‘Mellow Bumps’ and ‘Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities’ courses for families.

Upcoming courses available locally in Halifax, Pellon, Ovenden, Northowram, and Illingworth from July 2017 – April 2018.

Details of all upcoming courses available can be found in the Parenting Support Provision Leaflet.


Hold an activity or stall at the Beechwood Big Picnic

The Beechwood Big Picnic is going to be on Saturday 1 July 2017 in Beechwood Park, Illingworth, 12-4pm

It’s a double celebration. We’ll be celebrating North Halifax culture with performance, exhibition and activities – with an emphasis on families of all ages. We’ll also be celebrating the unique community asset of Beechwood Park, including the wildlife which lives in this local nature reserve; and the opportunities in and around it.

We are inviting all local schools, community groups, local businesses and services to come along on the day and hold a stall, run an activity or provide entertainment

Stalls are FREE unless you are proposing to sell items or raise money, then there is a small fee.

If you would like to get involved, please complete the attached form and return to by 21 April 2017. Or call on 07852 173723. Once we have your proforma, we wll contact you to discuss details.

Pick up your Calderdale Events and Festivals guide

Visitors to Calderdale this spring and summer can now start to plan their trip, with the release of the annual Calderdale Events and Festivals guide.

The colourful guide is crammed with over 30 entries of indoor and outdoor events taking place right across Calderdale, between April and September.

Calderdale Events and Festivals guide is available in Calderdale libraries, visitor centres and museums. Also keep an eye out for it in visitor attractions across West Yorkshire.

For details of events and festivals in Calderdale all year around visit