Behind the Mask – Women only event

As a woman, as a girl do you feel you have to wear a mask? to your family, to partners, to your children, to ‘society’? And have you done this so long its hard to remember who the real ‘you’ is?

You are invited to join in for a celebration of the women’s words, their art works and photographs on Friday 15 January 2016 at Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.

This creative presentation will be led by Sharon Marsden from verd de gris who will be joined by some of the women themselves, speaking their words, leading singing with strength and pride.

This is a women only event so if you would like to go email or call 07598 387772.

Take advantage of Calderdale Council’s Sports offer

We all know it can be easy to over indulge at Christmas, but to get a head start on that New Year’s Resolution, why not take advantage of Calderdale Council’s December sports offer?

If you join one of the five Council sports centres this December then you pay no membership fees (just a £10 joining fee) until February 2016 – that’s 12 months membership for the price of 10.

The membership covers five sites across Calderdale; Halifax Pool, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Sowerby Bridge Pool and Fitness Centre, Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre and Todmorden Sports Centre and it also includes the use of four swimming pools, over 150 fitness classes across all the sites each week and full use of state of the art gym equipment.

What’s more, if you have a specific fitness goal, fully qualified staff are with you all the way, to provide support and expert advice.

For more information or to sign up, visit or call in to any of our fitness centres throughout December.

Don’t forget your bin collection this Christmas

There’s so much to remember over the festive season, but Calderdale residents are being reminded about the changes to their waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period.

The Christmas and New Year waste collection dates are as follows:

Usual collection day            –            Collection will be on
Monday 21 December               –             Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December               –            Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December         –            Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December            –             Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December                  –             Thursday 24 December
Friday 1 January 2016              –             Saturday 2 January 2016

Also, remember that by recycling weekly you can win great prizes, as part of the ‘Do it Weekly’ scheme which runs until July 2016.

For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit:

A new you with Slimming World this New Year

Lose weight, feel good and begin your journey to weight loss success by joining a new slimming group and find out how you can still eat wholesome foods like jacket potatoes, spaghetti bolognese, fish and chips or a curry whilst still shedding the pounds.

Starting Thursday 31 December – 5.30pm
Then every Thursday after at Pellon Baptist Church, HX1 4UA

For more information contact Amraze Khan on 07925 522061 who will be sharing his secrets to the success of losing 6st 10lbs since May 2015.

Cinderella Christmas Panto starts this weekend!

Cinderella dreams of escaping the life she has fallen into. With the arrival of invitations to Prince Charming’s grand ball, it seems she may get her wish. However, the Ugliest Sisters in pantoland are determined to keep her as their servant.

Cinderella is at Victoria Theatre from Saturday 12 December to Sunday 3 January.

The spectacular scenery, breathtaking costumes, fabulous songs and hilarious knock-about comedy make this one of the best traditional family pantomimes around.

Click here to see details of all performance times or to book your tickets online.

Do Something – Oct 15 to Jan 16, activities in Calderdale

do something logoThe October 2015 to January 2016 edition of Calderdale ‘Do Something’ is now available and can be viewed online here.

Packed full of activities for you and your children to get involved in from now and into the New Year… Take a look and see if there’s anything you fancy!

To find more local events in your area visit Calderdale – do-something

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum… A Giant Panto Full of Fun

J&B-DetailOn their farm in Merrydale our hero Jack, his mother Dame Trot, and his brother Simon haven’t a bean to their name! Their friendly cow, Daisy, has gone dry and worse still the village is being destroyed by the evil giant Blunderbore.

His wicked henchman Fleshcreep steals the magic harp of Merrydale and kidnaps the beautiful Princess Tamara.

Join us from Saturday 13 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015 to see if Jack can save the day, retrieve the harp and win the heart of the princess.

With spectacular scenery, stupendous costumes, hilarious slapstick and bags of audience participation, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a treat for all the family!

Ticket prices are as follows:
Green performances – £16.95 all seats which includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee.
Yellow Performances – £13 all seats which includse a £1 Theatre Support Fee.
Schools Offer – £9.95 for school groups or £15 for coach and ticket offer.

For a list of all performances and to book your ticket to this unmissable show, click here.