Give Walking a Go and Pledge to Try20 this Month

Dis you know that this month is National Walking Month. Living Streets is asking the nation to give walking a go and pledge to #Try20. They’re challenging you to see if you can walk 20 minutes every day throughout the month.

There are lots of easy ways to fit walking into your day – at work, once you clock off, with your family and at the weekend so you can walk your way to happiness this May.

Feel-good reasons to #Try20

  • Feel the burn – burn calories and increase your metabolism
  • Feel fitter – improve heart health and blood pressure
  • Feel brighter – a 20 minute walk can boost your mood
  • Feel connected – discover new things in your community

Living Streets offers 20 tips for keeping you on track that you can find here.

As part of NWM, 21 – 25 May is Walk to School Week. A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. We want to reverse this decline. We want children to be energised and empowered, and to make walking to school their natural choice.


Our Communities Award 2017: Contribution to the Older Generation – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: Maurice Kidney and the Halifax & District Irish Society

Maurice Kidney is the Membership Secretary of the Halifax Irish Luncheon Club.  He provides a great service to the Luncheon Club – recording each member’s unique membership number, address, telephone number, next of kin etc. in case of an emergency whilst attending the Luncheon Club.

Maurice greets everyone as they arrive giving each person a ticket telling of the day’s entertainment, the date of the next Luncheon Club and the entertainment for that date.  The ticket has a tear off slip and after entering their membership number this is put into a draw which if drawn during the Luncheon Club receives a £10 prize.

Maurice is the hub of the Luncheon Club as he greets every member on arrival and always has a little chat with each member on arrival.

The Halifax Luncheon Society provides an excellent social event twice a month (once a month in Summer and December) for the 50s and over.

There is a two course lunch, live music entertainment (different entertainment each time), bingo, raffle and domino card and everyone can attend whether they are Irish or not with  a small cover charge of £4.  The Committee is approx 18 people who work tirelessly to provide a fabulous afternoon 12 – 3pm.

Anyone with mobility problems is looked after and the atmosphere is first class.  There are usually up to 80 people attending each Luncheon Club and the majority dance when the live singer is on. Couples attend and many widows and widowers and the camaraderie is simply first class.

For information visit

Our Communities Award 2017: Contribution to Work and Training – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

18767496_1728425887173558_1669759587221803297_n.jpgWINNER: Shabnam Khan

Shabnam Khan, along with her husband Qamar runs the Halifax Centre for Learning and those who know her say that her passion for education and  supporting young people reach their full potential is apparent.

The active mum who lives with her husband Qamar and three young children works to support the young people of Halifax in meeting their potential.

Founded by Shabnam and her husband, the centre was officially opened back in 2011 with the vision of providing a centre in the heart of Halifax, and almost 5 years later the centre is still going strong, offering learning opportunities to all members of the community as well as tuition, support and guidance to students of all ages whilst enabling them to fulfil and exceed their potential.

Many of the young people who have attended Halifax Centre for learning over the years have now progressed to university which is down to the hard work and determination of Shabnam and her husband.

Find the Halifax Centre for Learning on Facebook here.

North Halifax Star 2017: Contribution to Children and Young People – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: Gillian Bolton

Gillian Bolton has served Lee Mount Girls Brigade for around 50 years where she started out as a young girl attending the brigade before eventually going up through the stages to become Captain, then District Commandant.

She has worked with the national Girls Brigade and is still a Captain at Lee Mount Baptist church.

She has served many girls throughout her time, not only helping them on the nights they attend but becoming firm friends with them as they have grown up and many still often find themselves turning to her for help.

She has always put the girls first when in her care and always gone that extra mile to help them grow up into well rounded young ladies.

Over the years thousands of young girls and young ladies have attended the girls brigade at Lee Mount and have benefited from Gillian’s guidance and love.

Gillian has also worked at district and national level giving her all for the benefit of youngsters.

Power Calderdale – Free event at Square Chapel

How can our economy thrive when we also need to reduce our fossil fuel use? How do we reduce inequality against a backdrop of austerity?

Calderdale needs a strong, balanced, economy. How can we work together to empower people
and promote fair and equal opportunities?

Hear more about our projects, be inspired by best practice from elsewhere and help plan for a sustainable future in Calderdale.

Wednesday 3 May 2017 – 9.30am to 4pm
At Square Chapel, 10 Square Rd, Halifax HX1 1QG

Places are limited so be sure to book yours online at  where you will also find further information on the days events.

Celebrate the stars of Park and Warley – Our Communities Awards 2017

OCA ButtonThe Our Communities Awards are fast approaching and we’re ready to recognise and celebrate those individuals and groups whose work and commitment has had a positive impact on the communities within the Warley and Park wards of Halifax.

Do you know of an individual or maybe a group that has made a difference in your area who you think is deserving of one of the below awards?… Nominate today!

There are 10 awards categories: 

  • Good Neighbour – New Category
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Contribution to Sport & Play
  • Contribution to Work & Training
  • Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment
  • Contribution to Children & Young People
  • Contribution to the Older Generation
  • Outstanding Individual
  • Community Involvement
  • Young People of the Year

How to Nominate

Follow us @hxnorthandeast using #ocawards17 for announcements.


The deadline for nominations is Friday 31 March 2017

There is no limit to the number nominations you can make.

Nominations must be for an individual, group or organisation that lives or works in or for the benefit of the North Halifax community.

As hosts of the awards, staff from the North Halifax Partnership or Halifax Central Initiative cannot be nominated for the work they do for these organisations.

For more information or help completing the nomination forms please give us a call on 01422 255402.

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