Ash Green Children’s Centre rated Outstanding by OFSTED !

Ash Green, a Sure Start Children’s Centre provided by North Halifax Partnership, is celebrating a “Outstanding” ofsted report. The centre is based across two sites which means they receive two separate Ofsted inspections– on this occasion it was the 2-3 room based on the site of Ash Green Community Primary school.

Ofsted visited the centre on 1st November 2022. The inspector spent time taking to staff, children, parents and observing the room.

The inspector stated “That children strive in this stimulating environment and clearly enjoy their time in the setting, they happily enter the setting and quickly become engrossed in a range of activities. Children make rapid progress from their original starting points on entry and teaching is of a high quality”

The report goes on to say “staff have high expectations of what the children can achieve and are extremely proactive in getting any professional support in place quickly.”

Nicola Earnshaw Children’s Centre Manager said “I am very proud of all the staff at Ash Green Children’s Centre, their passion and hard work has paid off –  we just need to wait for the other site at Ash Green to be inspected now!”

 


Ash Green Sure Start Children’s Centre
Mixenden Rd, Halifax HX2 8QD
t : 01422 244613

 

The Daffodil Club, a new social group for Mixenden at the Addy

You heard it here first, there is a new social café with a brew, cakes and games at the Addy. A club for the young at heart who would like to get out and have fun!

Join us at the Addy Café in Mixenden every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Launch Meeting will be

11th October 12.30pm to 2.30pm

No booking needed, just come along!

£3 for a warm drink and cake and if you feel lucky, £1 for bingo!

For more info, contact The Addy on 01422 241450 or Craig from the Staying Well Team on 07759 364916.

We look forward to meeting you!

Venue : The Addy Mixenden 8QD, Slippy Ln, Halifax

f: Mixenden Addy on Facebook
t: 01422 241450

From RE:Mixy Party in the Park June 2022

When you hear the words ‘climate change’, what comes to mind? As more and more of us are waking up to the urgency of climate breakdown and ecological collapse, we perhaps find ourselves feeling powerless and unsure of where we, as communities, fit into the solutions. For others it may not yet be on their radar, but what is for sure is that we need to be able to have these conversations and more importantly, work together towards the solutions in our local area.

North Halifax Partnership have been working with the new Climate College in Todmorden and All 1 Collective and Lab to think about ways we can involve local people and communities in climate conversations and action.

Following the success of Waste Not, Want Not event in Lee Mount for Halloween 2021, we were keen to host a similar event in Mixenden. Working in collaboration with local partners in Mixenden, together we held the Re:Mixy event on the site of Mixenden Urban Park on Saturday 18th June 2022.

Local public green spaces are key to our communities meeting the challenges of climate change – whether that’s through connecting with nature or having space to grow food – we were keen to hold the event in Mixenden Urban Park to promote it as a place where activity can happen and get people thinking about how this space could be used better to suit people’s needs. Mixenden Urban Park, a large green space tucked away in the Mixenden Valley, may be remembered by local people as a multiuse sports site, with its own bowling pavilion and green, tennis courts and basketball court, but latterly has been a little neglected. Although the bowling pavilion has long since gone, the site can still be enjoyed for its beautiful walks, natural environment and nature and the Hebble Brook flowing through. Although in need of some repair, the tennis and basketball courts are still in useable condition, and being fairly unusual facilities in North Halifax, are crying out to be used once again.

With huge thanks to the team and volunteers at Newground’s Greener Together Programme, who carried out a clean-up and groundworks to the park in preparation for the event, this is now possible. We were also incredibly grateful to Jodie from Community Support Services for helping plan the event but also in allowing use of the Addy kitchen and facilities.

The event was a great success with around 250 people attending throughout the day. It was also lovely to see people travelling to Mixenden for the event and hints at the possibilities of making MUP a destination to visit in Calderdale.

People were able to enjoy a free meal made from food that was otherwise destined for landfill, give their views on what they’d like to see happening at the park, take part in arts and crafts activities, meet local organisation, go on a bug hunt or a story telling adventure, try their hands at different sports and have their faces painted before leaving with a sunflower growing kit and a choice of plastic free products such as wooden toothbrushes, cellulose sponges or solid shampoo to see if this was a change they could make in their households. The feedback showed that everyone enjoyed the day and would like to see more events like this happening in Mixenden, with some ideas for how we could make it better next time. It was fantastic to hear people’s ideas – a community growing and cooking project coming out strongly – but also local organisations committing to make better use of this brilliant space for sports and recreation.

Here’s what our partners had to say about the event, their activity and the future of MUP:

All 1 Collective and Lab talked to the local community about what they would like to see in MUP and what would help them to use the space more often. Families were very keen to see more activities for kids held there ranging from football, arts and crafts, outdoor gym sessions and nature walks. Many would also like to see a play area for smaller kids and for the existing zip line to be fixed. There was also an agreement from many that the paths into the space aren’t currently accessible for wheelchairs and buggies and that building paths for wheels would enable lots more people to enjoy the park. Some local residents would like to see MUP as a focus of community action and think that this would really help with local people feeling more ownership of the park. Ideas for community action ranged from litter picks, wildflower planting, building paths and picnic benches. It was brilliant to hear so many ideas and enthusiasm for returning MUP to a space which people from Mixenden can make use of and enjoy.

Laura, a previous student from the Climate Challenge Course at Tod College and Paula, teaching assistant and outreach talked to people about the exciting free, yearlong course at the College which is focused on developing practical skills for the green economy. The course has 4 modules: sustainable building, food and land, understanding the climate challenge and Energy. If you would like to find out about this course starting in September 2022, please contact: climatechallenge@tlchub.org.uk or call 01706 318 133.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying the outdoors and using the Mixenden Urban Park. This is a special spot in the heart of a fantastic community and it would be great to see this used more often. We will definitely consider how we can use the space for the young people who attend our Mixenden Youth Club” – Sam Harrison – Youth Work Coordinator, Newground

If you would like to get involved to influence the future of MUP, have an idea that you’d like to share or an activity you’d like to start, please get in touch with Natalie at Natalie.ratner@nhpltd.org.uk or call 07881952542 for advice, support and funding.

   

RE:Mixy Party in the Park Mixenden Saturday 18th June from 12 noon

Following on from the success of the Waste Not, Want Not event in Lee Mount last year, we are pleased to invite you to the next free environmental themed fun day, RE:Mixy Party in the Park, in Mixenden on Saturday 18th June, 12 noon – 3pm. The event has been organised in collaboration with NHP, All 1 Collective and Lab, local councillors and Positive Impact Sports and as well as other local partners.

The event promises to be a good day, with the opportunity to try something new, enjoy sports such as tennis, basketball and rounders, meet local organisations, get creative with art and story telling as well as find out ways of doing things differently and getting involved in developing local green spaces such as Mixenden Urban Park and much more!

There will also be a free lunch provided and everyone can take away a free goody bag. Everyone is welcome!

Next Chapter Discussion at Ash Green Community Primary School (lower site) Thursday 19 May


As part of the consultation for the development of Mixenden and Ash Green you are invited to join us at Ash Green Community Primary School (lower site) on Thursday 19 May 2022, 2 – 6 pm to meet our team and discuss the proposals.

If you live in, work around, or visit Ash Green Community Primary School and Mixenden, we would like to hear from you.We are consulting on the latest proposals for the Community Streets Mixenden – Ash Green project, which is at the concept stage.There is a short survey to complete. Please take a moment to give us your feedback and any comments you would like to make on the proposals.You can also:

If you or someone you know would prefer to give feedback by post please call our contact centre on 01422 288 002 and ask for a printed copy of the Ash Green consultation pack.Your views are important so please let us know what you think.

The consultation runs Friday 6 May to midnight on Sunday 5 June 2022.

Construction underwayWork on the A629 Calder and Hebble junction (phase 1b) project is progressing well.Completion of the scheme is planned for spring 2023. recent works included the demolition of the former Punchbowl pub as part of the ongoing work to widen the carriageway.

We’re listening. Help shape plans in Mixenden.

Live in, work around, or visit Ash Green Community Primary School and Mixenden?We are consulting on the latest proposals for the Community Streets Mixenden – Ash Green project, which is at the concept stage.There is a short survey to complete. Please take a moment to give us your feedback and any comments you would like to make on the proposals.You can:

If you or someone you know would prefer to give feedback by post please call our contact centre on 01422 288 002 and ask for a printed copy of the Ash Green consultation pack.Your views are important so please let us know what you think.

The consultation runs Friday 6 May to midnight on Sunday 5 June 2022.

Construction underwayWork on the A629 Calder and Hebble junction (phase 1b) project is progressing well.Completion of the scheme is planned for spring 2023. recent works included the demolition of the former Punchbowl pub as part of the ongoing work to widen the carriageway.

Dads R Us May the 4th be with you on Saturday 7th of May

Sure Start Children Centres join forces with Dads R Us to celebrate May the 4th also known as Star Wars Day with a Star Wars themed event, not in a galaxy far far away but at Holy Nativity Church in Mixenden.

What a better say to tell your young ones “I’m your father” than joining Dads R Us for a Star Wars themed event! Yes, it can be possible and it’s doubtful you will be answered with a resounding No!

Join us to make your very own lightsaber and your inner Jedi release you will… or will you join the Dark Side?

To book a place, please contact Allan Lawson on 07856 341 552

Venue: Holy Nativity Church, Sunny Bank Rd, Mixenden, HX2 8RX

…and May the 4th be with you… (fine, I’ll chop my wrist off now!)