From the Waste Not Want Not Halloween event (October 30th)

A Halloween Event with a Difference – Waste Not, Want Not 30th October 2021

This Halloween, NHP staff, in collaboration with the Ovenden Ward councillors, Todmorden Climate College and All 1 Collective and Lab hosted a Halloween event with a difference! With COP26 getting underway on the same day, we held a spooky fun day all across Lee Mount to get people thinking about their environmental impact, involving the community in conversations around climate change and action, as well as providing simple ideas to tackle plastic waste in our homes.

In the main venue, Lee Mount Baptist Church, Paint Me Parties was there to paint faces and the Artworks artist provided a workshop making pencil holders out of recycled fabric and waste.

Dan nearly ran out of his piggy planters, made from recycled materials, and encouraging people to grow something of their own. Natalie was there talking about litter picking, demonstrating the Vintage litter Museum which contains all types of litter from the last century and letting people have a go at litter picking themselves – taking the collected litter to St. George’s House to win a prize! And also speaking to people about the green spaces in Lee Mount and asking for their ideas on how these can be better used to the benefit of the community.

Peter and the Pavilion group were there to promote the Pavilion project and gather more signatures for the petition. Hilary from All 1 Collective was there talking to people about Doughnut Economics and Calderdale green New Deal ran an environmental quiz and highlighting the work they are doing to bring about a green jobs revolution. We also had the recycling team from Calderdale Council handing out recycling containers for those that need them as well as advice on recycling. Andrew from Noah’s Arc was on hand to talk to people about their service and ways they can help save money on bills.

Last but not least, Danielle Durrans, the ward councillor, welcomed people to the event and handed out goodie bags with free samples of things we can use to reduce out plastic consumption – bar shampoo and conditioner, bamboo toothbrushes, cellulose sponges and sisal soap bags with soap that can replace shower gel bottles, plastic body puffs and plastic sponges. Finally, people were encouraged to pledge one change and we had some brilliant ideas that demonstrated people had really taken the message to heart.

Over at St. George’s House, Lisa and her team opened up the St. George’s charity shop, spoke to people about what they’d like to see happening in Shroggs Park with Friends of Shroggs Park and provided homemade cake and refreshments. We also had Libbi from NHP help man the smoothie bike using fresh fruit provided for free from Morrison’s.

Up at Shroggs Park, Leah of Positive Impact Sports hosted a Recycling Olympics assault course that aimed to test people’s knowledge on recycling.

The event was very well attended with over 100 people of all ages turning up, some having travelled from other areas of Halifax. It felt like a hugely successful day with lots of people having fun, learning something new and introducing an element of collaboration between local services and people on this crucial issue. There was always a nervousness that such an event might not be appreciated and we worked hard to make sure we were not preaching but allowing space for curiosity, solution finding and collaboration. This felt like a truly community effort!

As a result, we feel confident that despite so far being left out of these conversations, our communities are ready and willing to think about their part in the solutions, make changes however small, and above all, recognise that now is the time to work together to tackle climate change. Our group are now planning further events with an environmental theme so please watch out for those next year. And if you have an idea or would like to be involved, please get in touch as we’d love to hear them!

To discuss any of the aspects of this article, please contact Natalie

Money In Your Pocket with St George’s Community Trust – FREE Training

FREE training delivered by experienced IT trainer, Anna Hyams including setting up an e-mail account, searching the internet, on-line banking, an introduction to the use of on–line services and more.

Every Thursday at St George’s House, Lee Mount – Each session starts at 9.30am with refreshments and will run for 2 hours

Call Lisa on 01422 353616 or text 07903 859595 to book yourself a place.



Shroggs Park Consultation – Have your say

If you have any issues or concerns about Shroggs park, an idea on how to improve it or you would like to be part of a ‘friends of Shroggs Park’ group to be involved in shaping the future of the park then come along to a consultation event and have your say.

Saturday 7 May – 10am to 12noon
At St Georges House, Lee Mount Road, Halifax

For information contact Tony King, Ward Coordinator, North East Halifax Neighbourhood team on 01422 255402 or email

shroggs park consultation poster

Befriending/Listening Project – FREE training

St George’s Community Trust are looking to set up a local community befriending scheme in North Halifax to promote neighbourliness and help tackle the growing issues regarding isolation and loneliness.

Do you have a couple of hours to spare where you could visit someone in their own home or take them along to an activity or group near you or could you listen for an hour a week to someone just off loading any issues they have?

If yes, we are holding FREE training throughout March 2015 to teach you how to listen effectively to what people are actually saying.

  • Tuesday 10 March – 5pm to 6.30pm or 6.30pm to 8pm – listening skills
  • Saturday 14 March – 10.00am to 12pm (Breakfast included) – Listening training
  • Tuesday 24 March  – 5.00pm to 6.30 pm or 6.30pm to 8pm – listening skills

If you are interested contact Lisa on 01422 353613 or text 07903859595 or email

Youth Groups at St George’s Church Hall

Please see below a number of weekly groups that run at St George’s Church Hall, Lee Mount between Monday and Friday where both boys and girls are welcome.

Weekly Activities:

  • Monday – 6pm to 7pm – Beavers
  • Monday – 7pm to 9pm – Explorers
  • Tuesday – 6.30pm to 7.45pm – Cubs
  • Friday – 6.30pm to 7.45pm – Cubs
  • Friday – 7.45pm to 9.45pm – Scouts

Also every Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 6pm is the Ninja Stars youth drop in at St George’s House and at a cost of just 50p per person, per session for young people aged 7 to 12.