New Central Library and Archives Opening 5 September

Readers young and old will have the chance to explore the new Central Library and Archives in Halifax, when it opens to the public for the first time at 9.30am on Tuesday 5 September.

This is the next stage of the remarkable transformation of Halifax Town Centre, with the new library opening next to the Piece Hall and Square Chapel creating a vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter.

Visitors will be able to admire the beautifully restored Square Church rose window and enjoy upward views of the tower and spire from the staircase as they tour the building, from the local studies section and the West Yorkshire Archives’ room on the lower ground floor to the adult non-fiction collections on the second floor.

Alongside a host of exciting activities to mark the opening a self-guided Heritage Trail has been put together to highlight the preserved historic features.

The old Central Library and Archives at Northgate, including the Halifax Visitor Information Centre, will close for the final time at 5.30pm on Tuesday 29 August to allow staff the time to transfer the remaining stock and equipment to the new building and do the final preparations for opening.

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Have Your Say! Warley Ward Forum – 6 September 2017

Come along to the Warley Ward Forum and have your say on what matters to you in the area.

Wednesday 6 September from 6.30pm
Meeting starts at 7pm

Venue: Highgate Methodist Church, Stretchgate Lane, Pellon, Halifax, HX2 0EU

Up for discussion:

  • Ward Forum Grants Review
  • Local Development Plan
  • Community updates
  • Police updates

Click here for the full agenda…

Get Involved in the Calderdale Local Plan – what issues are important to you?

Want to help change Calderdale for the better? Then Have your say on the Local Plan consultation.

The consultation on the initial draft of the Calderdale Local Plan is now open and information on the plan is available at www.calderdale.gov.uk/localplan and comments can be submitted using the Council’s Consultation Portal.

A Planning Officer will also  be in attendance at the following locations to assist you in making comments online.

Pick up your Calderdale Events and Festivals guide

Visitors to Calderdale this spring and summer can now start to plan their trip, with the release of the annual Calderdale Events and Festivals guide.

The colourful guide is crammed with over 30 entries of indoor and outdoor events taking place right across Calderdale, between April and September.

Calderdale Events and Festivals guide is available in Calderdale libraries, visitor centres and museums. Also keep an eye out for it in visitor attractions across West Yorkshire.

For details of events and festivals in Calderdale all year around visit www.visitcalderdale.com

Friends of Shroggs Park Group – Notes of last meeting

The Friends of Shroggs Park Group held a meeting on Tuesday 6 September 2016 where they discussed topics such as ASB in the area, feedback from local residents and the idea of the group adopting a constitution.

Click here to read the full minutes from the meeting

The next meeting will be held at St Georges House, Lee Mount Road on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 6.30pm.

North Halifax Partnership achieves Volunteering Kite Mark

Logo documentThis summer, North Halifax Partnership achieved The Calderdale Volunteering Kite mark for demonstrating consistent quality as a volunteering – involving organisation.

The kite mark covers all aspects of our practice from how we recruit volunteers to the one to one supervision and supported next-steps for volunteers.

The kite mark is awarded by North Bank Forum (Nbf), the organisation which provides support to the voluntary sector on behalf of Calderdale Council, and is known locally as Calderdale Sector Support.

Together with our other awards and accreditations like Quality for Health; Bronze Award for Environmental  Business Pledge; and CHAS accreditation,  the Volunteering Kite mark shows that people outside NHP have looked at our work across the organisation  and confirmed it meets a high standard.

Moorside School receives cheque towards new play area

Friends of Moorside School attended the Ovenden Ward Forum on Thursday 22 September where they received a cheque for £500 which was handed over by Ovenden Ward Councillors Anne Collins and Bryan Smith.

The money will go towards the cost of a new play area as part of its redevelopment for 2018.

ovenden-ward-forum-chequePictured – Ovenden Ward Councillors Anne Collins and Bryan Smith, Inspector Colin Skeath and PC Kim McCloskey of West Yorkshire Police, Moorside Community Primary School Head Teacher Dani Worthington and School Business Manager Sue Frankland.

Ward Forum Grants are still open to applications so if you have an upcoming or ongoing project that benefits the ward to which it applies to, you can apply for upto £500 before the deadline on Wednesday 30 November.