Men United take a tour of Bankfield Museum


Men United, a local group for older gentlemen got together for an enjoyable visit to Bankfield Museum on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

The group were given a guided tour and a talk on Calderdale at War between 1939 to 1945 where they heard how Calderdale was directly affected with many workers taking on Civil Defence and Home Guard duties.

They were also told how a German V1 Flying Bomb (commonly known as ‘Doodlebugs’) landed in a field at Little Tooting Farm, Hubberton, Sowerby and extensive blast damage made a farmhouse uninhabitable for some time whilst breaking windows a mile away.


Following the talk, the gents split up into smaller groups and headed off to check out the many other exhibitions on display at the museum.

To end the morning the group met back up on the ground floor for hot drinks, snacks and a bit of chat among themselves.

Men United meet every Wednesday morning 10am to 12noon at Ovenden Park, Halifax RUFC Clubhouse where they enjoy group discussions, games and much more. £2 per session (First one FREE)

The group started with just a handful of members and having gathered momentum over the last couple of years, now sees anywhere between 15 to 25 gents coming through the doors every week.

For further information call Peter Robinson on 07763 747032 or email Dan Marham at or simply turn up on a Wednesday morning where you will be made most welcome.

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.

Take a look back at some of the things we’ve done this year!

Xmas N&E facebook profileJoin us as we take a look back at some of the things we have done this year as we prepare ourselves for 2017!

With so much to look back on it wasn’t easy to choose our highlights at all and with new groups, celebratory events and so much more going on in 2016 it’s been yet another fantastic year to be part of.

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

View some of our highlights from 2016!

Friends of St Matthew’s Chairman gives talk at Men United Group

20160914_1019311Ian Philp, Chairman of the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard (Hipperholme & Lightcliffe) visited the Men United at Ovenden Park Group on Wednesday 14 September to give a talk and presentation about the continued work carried out by himself and the Friends of Group who volunteer in order to restore the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to its original state.

The group was first set up in 2012 with the aims of ensuring the churchyard is cared for in a way which makes it a place in keeping with the function of burials, with an atmosphere of respect and commemoration for the departed, a pleasant, attractive place for all visitors, a haven for wildlife and a place that values and protects local heritage.

After 3 years of hard work there are now records for 11,279 burials on the site which can be searched through at where you can also keep up to date with the latest news from the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard or make a donation to support their continued work if you wish to do so.

20160914_1019351The Group were intrigued to hear about some of the people buried there, particularly the chest tomb of Mary Guest whose son Lieutenant General Joshua Guest 1660 – 1747 is buried in Westminster Abbey where a monument was erected to him by his widow Sarah who is also buried near her husband in the Abbey.

Lieutenant General Joshua Guest was in Scotland in 1715 – 16, and commanded a party of dragoons which pursued and overthrew Jacobite fugitives at Perth 21 January 1716. The Lockhart Papers give a story, claimed to be direct from Guest, relating to the period of the Spanish invasion of Scotland in 1719… read more here…

Men United would like to thank Ian Philp for visiting to give such a captivating talk and the group are now planning on visiting the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to have a look around and hear some more of the history surrounding the grounds.

Join Men United every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon at Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR – Just £2 per week (First session FREE)… Find out more here…

You can also message the group on Facebook here

Community Matron talks health with Men United

20160615_111748Members of the Men United at Ovenden Park Group were paid a visit by Community Matron, Sheila Kalanovic as part of Mens Health Week 2016.

Sheila’s presence was well received by the group and following introductions she began by talking about her role of Community Matron for Calderdale for 16 years and how she has had a focus on men’s health for 15 of those 16 years.

She explained how the monitoring of men and women’s health differs with men rarely monitored and only when already Ill or showing signs of becoming ill (also down to individual choice, masculinity etc.) as opposed to women who seem to be monitored more frequently with a number of tests available.

Following on from the talk it was over to the group members who then took part in a quiz based on Men’s Health with a fair few surprises when it came to revealing the answers.

Men United and Halifax RUFC member, Grayham Smith said:

“The group was set up to attract men who may be lonely, depressed and in need of company to get together with like minded people and the visit from Community Matron Sheila Kalanovic was thoroughly enjoyed by a receptive & fully involved audience.

She spoke in compelling terms about the merits of maintaining a healthy diet and social contact as well as the benefits of proper healthcare.”

As well as a quiz and informative talk, Sheila offered advice on eating healthy whilst the group tucked in to a varied selection of fruits and snacks and she also shared techniques for sleeping better in order to gain a good amount of sleep per 24 hours.

The group gained some valuable information from the session and not only that but the talk has also inspired the idea of starting walking rugby and walking football amongst other ideas.

Find Men United at Ovenden Park on Facebook for more information.


Men United at Ovenden Park are now on Facebook

Find the Men United Group on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s going on and get involved if you wish.

If you know of a man who may benefit from 2 hours out on a Wednesday morning then be sure to pass on the message.

Whether that be your husband, father or grandfather rest assured they will be made to feel welcome.

This week will see Community Matron, Sheila Kolanovic pay a visit to the group as part of Mens Health Week 2016.

Find more upcoming at

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North Halifax Star 2016: Contribution to the Older Generation – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

WINNER: Men United at Ovenden Park

Ovenden Park situated just behind Moorside School is more than just the home of Halifax RUFC these days, now it’s also playing a part in tackling the issue of loneliness in older men.

The Men United group is run by volunteers from the rugby club and offers the opportunity to local men to get out of the house and socialise with a few new friends every week on a Wednesday morning.

Meal at Heeds Hall Hotel

Good friendships have certainly been formed through Men United and some members having recently experienced problems have expressed their appreciation of the genuine support and help they’ve been given from within the group.

The group currently has about 15 regular attenders but they are always keen to welcome new members.

Find out more about the Men United group online here