Men United at Ovenden Park – Join Today (First session FREE)

logoWhat 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. Sound familiar?

Go along today and join the Men United Group for Guest Speakers, fun, laughs and more.

This morning from 10am to 12 noon
At Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR

Each session costs just £2 but the first one is FREE. So what are you waiting for?  We hope to greet you at 10am.

If you would like more details, please ring either Joe 01422 246980, or Dennis on 01422 248734 who will be more than happy to tell you all about the group.

You can even drop the group a message on Facebook here where you can also take a look at some of the things they’ve been up to.

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Men United make memories to cherish at the Royal Armouries

March the 4th was the day Calderdale was hit by snow and daily routines were disrupted, but for the Men United Group at Ovenden Park it meant disappointment that their planned trip to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds had to be cancelled at the last minute.

Group on minibusThe trip finally went ahead on Wednesday 13 April after re planning and saw 11 regular group members get together at Halifax RUFC’s Ovenden Park Ground where they boarded a minibus provided by Community Transport Calderdale.

With laughter ringing out and the sun brightly shining, the group set off on their travels singing some of their favourite songs from the past including a Men United rendition of My Bonnie lies over the ocean led by Graham Smith which set the tone for a fantastic day out, marked with the groups ease of each other and their ready humour.

Group outside ArmouriesOn arrival the men gathered together in front of the Armouries for a group photograph before splitting from each other and venturing on inside.

Phil Marrion and Chriss FreemanWith an array of armour and weapons from various generations on display and the military backgrounds of some of the group members it was quite clear to see why the Royal Armouries was the place of choice for a day trip.

Graham Smith, Chair of HXRUFC and volunteer said:

“The venue was very impressive, packed with exhibits too great in numbers to be seen and considered in the allotted time but the armoury from the days of Henry VIII, the Civil War, the battles of Agincourt and Waterloo were very fascinating and a return is vital”

 

Ray and Tiger Hunt ExhibitRoy Hulme, Member of the Men United group, speaking of his experience said:

“The Hunting Gallery was absolutely brilliant with some unbelievably lifelike exhibits. My personal favourite was the ‘Tiger Hunt’ which captured all the action of a close encounter with my favourite animal and you can only imagine what kind of feelings you would have in that situation”

Bill Stafford, also a member of the Men United Group, described the day as “Intriguing” and pointed out that he specifically enjoyed the ‘wearing of armour and its full purpose’ demonstration.

The group gave off the overall impression that the trip was a real success considering the time spent there and with memories brought back for some or the learning of new things for others it is certainly a day that added one more memory to be cherished.

To end the day the group got back on the minibus and headed to Heeds Hall Hotel where they all sat down together and enjoyed an astounding meal, talked over the day’s events, shared stories, laughs and fond memories in great company… Simply perfect!

Meal at Heeds Hall Hotel

Prison Visitor gives talk at Ovenden Men’s Group

Wednesday 27 January offered up yet another rare treat for the Men United Group at Ovenden Park, home of Halifax RUFC when a prison visitor attended to talk to the group about some of his experiences to date.

A prison visitor is a person who visits prisons to befriend and monitor the welfare of prisoners in general, as distinct from a person who visits a specific prisoner to whom they have a connection. Many prisons have a visiting committee.

This week’s guest spoke about the change in security in the time since he first started visiting to what it is now, as well as mentioning how there is a low amount of violence and considering the environment all prison visitors feel completely safe.

He also told how there is only 14 prison visitors, 8 female and 6 male with 1100 prisoners in total but they only see a handful each. The talk was well received by group members who were really intrigued throughout.

The Men United group is increasing in numbers by the week and offers a place where men can get together for a chat over a hot drink as well as the occasional treat, so be sure you don’t miss out and join in every Wednesday morning from 10am to 12noon at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, HX2 8AR.

The first session is FREE and then it’s just £2 per week thereafter.

Bradford Bulls veteran Jon Hamer visits Mens Group at Ovenden Park

Jon HamerA veteran of 12 seasons with Bradford Northern (now Bradford Bulls), and a two-time Yorkshire Cup winner, Jon Hamer paid a visit and gave a captivating talk to the Men United group at Halifax RUFC about his playing days, his time with the police force and much more.

In his playing days, Jon lined up alongside the likes of Brian McDermott, Steve McNamara and Brian Noble, also featuring in the 95th staging of the Challenge Cup final on Saturday 26 April 1996 when Bradford Bulls and St Helens went head to head.

It was all eyes on Jon as he told the men’s group how he strived to be the best he could be after being told that he wasn’t strong enough, fast enough and good enough to make it, which made him even more determined to succeed and ultimately helped him along on his journey.

The talk wasn’t all about rugby though, with Jon going on to tell the group about his time with the West Yorkshire Police as a Community Officer for Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden as well as undergoing training for the Diving Squad and what the role involves.

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Questions were openly asked throughout and a number of members took the chance to speak about some of the interesting things they had done themselves before Jon joined them for a group photo to end a very memorable and enjoyable morning.

Daniel Marham, Ovenden Initiative said:

This was my first time working alongside the men’s group and what a great way it was to be introduced. I was instantly made to feel part of the group and I could have chatted to them and listened to Jon all day.

I’m certainly looking forward to working with the group in the future and would highly recommend it to any men who enjoy a chat over a hot drink with like-minded people or just want something to do on a Wednesday morning.

The group meets every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, HX2 8AR and sessions cost just £2 with the first one being FREE.

Whether you like to play Dominoes, Cards and Board Games or enjoy more active based activities such as Indoor Kurling, Indoor Golf or even if you just want to chat you’re sure to enjoy it so what are you waiting for?

If you would like more details, please ring either Joe on 01422 246980, or Dennis on 01422 248734 who will be more than happy to tell you all about the group.

Neighbourhood Officers visit Ovenden Men’s Group

Ovenden Neighbourhood Officers, PC Kim McCloskey and PCSO Trevor Lovelock, along with Council Warden Dave Pickard, attended a local Men’s group at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park on Wednesday 4 November to speak to members about the current Autumn/Winter Burglary Campaign and how to get a free Crime Prevention Survey.

The group were very interested in the partnership working that the officers are involved in around the area, including projects with Youth Services for the younger generation, up-coming Community work and becoming a Special Constable.

Helen Enevoldson, North Halifax Staying Well Worker said:

“It’s great to see this new group for men in North Halifax taking off and getting involved in the local community.”

The Men’s Group runs every Wednesday at Halifax RUFC and is always looking for new members to join the very welcoming and friendly bunch.

Click here for information about the group.

FREE Healthy Minds Men’s Group

healthy mindsChallenge myths about men and mental health, talk, listen and get support at an Informal and relaxed group where you can chat with like minded people.

Wednesday 28 October – From 12.30pm to 2.30pm
At the Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax, HX1 1BP

For further information call 01422 345154 or just turn up on the day.

Men United at Ovenden Park

Halifax RUFC ShieldWhat 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. Sound familiar?

One of the real problems around today is that of loneliness, particularly for men of retirement age and who may be single (again).  Hardly ever leaving your home and not much contact with other people are very easy ruts to get into and they can lead to all sorts of problems.

Halifax RUFC, popularly known Ovenden Park and situated just behind Moorside School, is addressing this issue and every Wednesday morning from 10am to 12pm we open our club to men who would like to “get out of the house” and socialise with a few new friends.

At the moment there are about a dozen regulars, all looking forward to Wednesday mornings and keen to share the experience and more men are needed to join us and we hope and believe that if you give us a try it will brighten up your life. Not only will you make some new friends but you will become part of the group.

There are no committee meetings, agendas and so on but what we do is enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit, talk to one another, sometimes play a few games and sometimes have a talk from a group member or an invited friend.

Each session costs just £2 but the first one is FREE. So what are you waiting for?  We hope to greet you Next Wednesday at 10am.

If you would like more details, please ring either Joe 01422 246980, or Dennis on 01422 248734 who will be more than happy to tell you all about the group

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