Cancelled : Northowram & Shelf Next Ward forum March 2nd

This Ward Forum meeting has had to be cancelled.

A new time and date later in March will soon be announced.


Northowram : Look for your invitation for your Breast Screening appointment

Registered females aged 51-70 will be receiving invitations through the post to attend the Pennine Breast Screening Unit in Tesco Brighouse for a free breast screening.

This NHS service is free and available to all GP registered females between 51-70 years of age.

This time the unit will be screening the women in the Brighouse, Northowram and Rastrick areas.

Please wait to receive your letter in the post before contacting the unit.

Full information about this service including contact details, useful links if you are concerned about the health of your breasts or pecks.

Download here

St Matthew’s Church coffee morning: Where spirituality meets life

[Please note, the views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of North Halifax Partnership]

I do love my job. I mean, having a coffee, a slice of cake and several wonderful conversations in a place that is both calm and buzzing? Join me as I spend a too short time getting to know more about the Church of St Matthews in Northowram, about the amazing things they do, the coffee morning being just one of these then find out how to become part of this!

Our very own Zain Ghani from Staying Well made me aware of this coffee morning club and after a little deliberation and eventually finding the time, I paid a visit today.

The church itself is very serene, with beautifully tended grounds that must be a pleasure to be in on a dry day!

I was met with a very warm welcome and found out a little more about this vibrant community hub which brings together the residents of Northowram every Friday morning for the last five years!

After the hiatus of the Covid Era, the coffee mornings have recommenced, giving people from near and far the opportunity to meet up and have relaxing, light conversations with a brew and a biscuit.

The coffee morning takes place inside the church (in the Vestibule). The Church is accessible and offers the opportunity to those who want some quiet reflection or have a more involved, private conversation. Canon James Allison is there for those who may need his help.

The club was described to me (from Zain’s apt words!) as somewhere where spirituality meets the material everyday (loosely transcribed) and it really felt like that. There is strong emphasis on having open, engaging, meaningful contact with one another and I found it occurs naturally.

What caught my attention as I walked around was a mural featured at the Altar, reading “We are still here”, decorated with 2,000 (or more?) ribbons.

From Yorkshire Festival: 2,000+ conversations!

This had been at the Church’s Pavillion at the 2022 Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and each ribbon represents a conversation that took place during the four day long event. It is a ‘memorial’ to those who are still here, those who have overcome Covid and are still around, a testament to the triumph of each and every one of us. It was raining on the day of my visit but I was told this feature looks lovely with the wind blowing through each colourful ribbon and who knows, may be sending its positivity to the rest of the world…

The coffee morning is held every Friday from 10:30 am, following from the short communion service. It is then open to both church goers and anyone who may want to walk in.

Children and even pets are welcome!

There is a small charge of £1.50 for the coffee morning. You are welcome to a warm brew, some coffee and cakes!

Friday morning communion service: 10am – 10:30 am
Followed by the Coffee Morning 10:30am – 11:30am (or longer!)

Wednesday: Knitting club from 2pm – 3pm

Many thanks to everyone for being very welcoming and looking after me, thank you for all the laughs, sorry for nearly demolishing the table(!), most importantly, thank you for the heartfelt conversations.

Keep it going, you are what makes this club amazing!

More information on St Matthew’s Northowram Church here

Tea and cake always make things better!

Save the date for the Northowram Gala on July 16th!

The Northowram Gala has been announced and there is already confirmed entertainment with displays from local drama groups, children’s rides, bouncy castles, funfair attractions and food stalls.

Various local businesses and charities will also be attending.

Keep an eye out, as further surprises will be announced!

The Northowram Gala will be held at the Northowram Recreation Ground, Hough Top, HX3 7DE on Saturday 16th July from 11am to 6pm.

Entrance is Free!

For further enquiries please contact:

Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum 16th June at 6pm

Join the Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum. Take part in the discussion about what matters in your local area and how it can be improved. Your Ward Forum, have your say.

The Northowram and Shelf Ward Forum will take place on

Thursday 16th June 2022

At the Stone Chair Variety Club, Shelf Roundabout. Shelf.

Doors open from 6.00pm. Meeting starts at 6.30pm.

Come and tell us what matters to you. Share your thoughts on what can be done to improve your local area.

On the Agenda:

  • Crime & Community Safety (Police Updates)
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Waste/litter/flytipping
  • Have your say
  • Meet your new Councillor

Venue: Stone Chair Variety Club, Brighouse and Denholme Gate Rd, Shelf, Halifax HX3 7LB


Northowram Scarecrow Event 2022. And the winners are…

The Northowram Scarecrow Event took place at its usual time, in the first bank holiday of May, back after two years of covid imposed lockdowns and the residents stepped up to impress!



The scarecrows featured traditional outfits, a few biblical characters, styles old and new with crucially, some beloved fairytale and cartoon characters, super heroes and even… political personas!



The winner of the event was, fittingly considering the upcoming Queen’s Jubilee, Princess Peppa Pig!

Congratulations to the makers and to all participants for making this event a huge success!

Councillor Roger Taylor commentedSo great to see so many people coming along after what has been a long three years.

Well done to the committee, supporters, volunteers, scarecrow designers and builders, backroom people organising extra bins and their subsequent emptying throughout the event. Thank you to those providing hospitality, refreshments and the entertainers. The brass band on Monday is always my favourite.

Looking forward to it all again in 2023!


For additional pictures, to view the winners of the raffle and information of upcoming events based around Northowram, visit

Northowram Scarecrow Event on Facebook

Northowram Scarecrow Event is an annual Scarecrow Festival, held on May Bank holiday weekend each year. The money it raises is used to enhance the village and benefit the community.
Any local community-based group, Church, or village improving project can apply to receive funding, provided certain criteria are met.

For help and more information, please refer to the facebook page:

Northowram Scarecrow Event on Facebook

You can contact the team at with your questions.

Last Tango in Northowram dance fitness for over 60 starting April 29

A new gentle dance and fitness class, supported by Staying Well, aimed at adults aged 60 and over starts in Northowram Community Club. This is a 10 week course, taking place every Friday from 11:30 – 12:30 and is free to attend.

Download Flyer here

First session is on the 29th of April.

This is a gentle way to exercise and socialise, experiencing a variety of dance styles from a chair or standing.

Refreshments will be available and donations are welcome.

Contact Ren on 07776 073 142 to confirm your place

Venue: Northowram Community Sports Club, Westercroft Ln, Northowram, Halifax  HX3 7EN