64 Young people go head to head in 3rd Mix Match Challenge

Dolphin RidePark Lane and Trinity Academy went head to head at Mixenden Activity Centre on Wednesday 29 June as Park Lane looked to retain the title taken from their opponents in last year’s Mix Match School Challenge.

This year marked the 3rd year of the Mix Match School Challenge and just over a week since the very first Mini Mix Match Challenge took place, won by Ash Green Community Primary School.

Although the weather had its own ideas, it was never going to dampen the spirits and competitiveness of this year’s challenge.

Blindfold Assault CourseA number of challenges took place throughout the morning and into the afternoon and some proved more testing than others in gruelling conditions, but every young person taking part did themselves proud and dug deep to give their teams the best chance of coming out on top.

Rock ClimbingWith both schools looking to take home the crown for a second time, it was a closely contested day with some outstanding teamwork shown in challenges such as the Police Challenge in which a large tent had to be assembled based on an identical one displayed out of sight, a challenge which tested competitor’s memory as well as their team work and communication.

Other challenges included the Tag Collection, Shark Challenge, Cycle Course, Fireman’s Obstacle Challenge, Blindfold Assault Course, Ghost Street Video & Quiz, Rock Climbing and of course the Bucket Fill Challenge used in the semi-final and final.

After a day filled with laughs, dolphin rides, mud slides and plenty of fun, it was Park Lane Learning Trust who managed to edge their way to victory for a second consecutive year and retain their title of Mix Match School Challenge Champions.

Park Lane Winners 2016The event is designed in conjunction with local and uniformed service providers, with the aim of the day to cut down on perceived barriers between unformed services, such as the police and the fire service, and the young people.

A big thank you goes to the services involved, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,  Mixenden Activity Centre, the Mixenden Initiative and of course the teachers and pupils who once again came along to take part even with the testing weather conditions.

Funding and refreshments for the event was supplied by Pennine Housing 2000, Ward Forum Grants and Wm. Morrison’s Supermarkets.

llingworth Girls RLFC are looking new players aged 11 – 16

illy girls rugby badgellingworth Girls RLFC are looking new players aged 11 – 16.

No experience necessary and training takes place Tuesday evenings at Trinity Academy and Thursday evenings at Illingworth Sports and Social Club at the following times.

  • 11 to 14 year olds – 5pm to 6pm
  • 15 to 17 year olds – 6pm to 7pm

If you are interested or would like further information please contact Steve Stead on 07840 722213, via email at illingworthgirls@gmail.com or on twitter @IllyGirlsRugby.

Check out the Illingworth Girls Rugby League website here.

We need to talk about Beechwood Park…

On a mild Saturday morning back in February 40 people came along to St Andrews Church on Beechwood Road to talk about current issues in their area. From the conversation a number of issues were raised about Beechwood Park and the surrounding streets, including:

  • Speeding traffic on Shay Lane, Beechwood Road, Watkinson Road
  • Parking around Moorside school
  • Litter and rubbish being dumped in the in the area, and people using the compost site at the park for general rubbish
  • Damaged footbridges in the park
  • A lack of dog poo bins
  • Poor street lighting on Beechwood Drive/Park car park
  • Suspected drug dealing in the Beechwood Drive car park

Fortunately it’s not all bad news because on Tuesday 29 March, 20 local residents attended a meeting to discuss forming a Friends of Beechwood Park group and taking matters into their own hands to keep Beechwood Park one of the nicest parks in Calderdale.

And Calderdale Council’s Safer Cleaner Greener Team have been out and removed the reported rubbish, PC Dave Illingworth has conducted a speed check on Beechwood Road and Tony King from the Ovenden Initiative spoke to Trinity Academy about their pupils dropping litter on the way to school.

As a result there are a number of events coming up over the next 6 months that you too can get involved in:

  • Wednesday 13 April, 10am – Park Clean-Up with Moorside School Junior Wardens
  • Saturday 23 April at 10am  Park Walkabout with the Friends of Beechwood Park
  • Tuesday 31 May at 6.30pm – Friends of Beechwood Park Meeting at St Andrews Church, Beechwood Road
  • Wednesday 13 July at 10am  – Park Clean-Up with Trinity Academy students
  • Wednesday 12 October at 10am – Park Clean-Up with Trinity Academy students

Anyone is welcome to join in these events. For clean-ups – litter pickers and bags will be provided but please remember to wear strong shoes and bring protective gloves.

In the meantime, please continue to report dumped rubbish, litter and dog fouling to Calderdale Council. You can do this online here, or ring the Customer First Contact Centre on 01422 288002

For suspected drug dealing please try to record any times/descriptions of vehicles/persons and ring the information through to West Yorkshire Police on 101.

Illingworth Cricket Club – Junior players wanted

Illingworth Cricket Club logoDo you want to crash a ball to the boundary, bowl fast, bowl spin, take great catches and play in a great team?

Illingworth Cricket Club is looking for 2016 players for under 9’s, 11’s, 13’s and under 15’s teams playing in the Halifax Junior League and cup competitions.

Winter training starts at Trinity Academy, Holmfield on Tuesday evenings – 5.30pm to 7pm from Tuesday 19 January.

For further information visit www.illingworthcc.co.uk or call Andrew on 01422 823988 or 07979 645379

Dance for Imogen’s Dream – Fundraising Event

Join Mandy Zumba for 2 hours of Dance Fitness to raise money for Imogen and fulfil her dream of seeing all the Disney Characters at Disney World.

On Sunday 26 July at Trinity Academy Halifax from 1pm

The cost is £10 per person on the day for those taking part and Friends/Family are all welcome to spectate

All funds raised at the event will go to the families fundraising page where you can read Imogens story and make a donation if you wish.


Title changes hands as youngsters take on the challenge

20150708_103250The MixMatch School Challenge was held for its second year at Mixenden Activity Centre on Wednesday 8 July and saw reigning champions, Trinity Academy, determined to defend the trophy as they went head to head with Park Lane Learning Trust.

Over 60 youngsters, aged between 12 and 15-years-old, took part in a variety of fun and challenging activities at the event organised by Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative and were joined by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and Calderdale Council’s Children and Young People’s Services.

The challenges included orienteering, a ‘bikeability’ obstacle course, sponge and stocks, a water bucket challenge involving WYFRS hose reels, an assault course and after a great competition and undeterred by the changing weather, Park Lane Learning Trust evened the playing field for next year after being hailed the champions for 2015.


Karina Gonzalez, WYFRS Calderdale District Prevention Assistant, said:

“The aim of these sorts of events is to foster a respect for the emergency services and to show kids that the fire service is a great organisation they should feel an admiration for.

“Ultimately these events are aimed at reducing arson and anti-social behaviour by engaging with youngsters at an early stage before they get involved in this kind of activity.”

In the build up to the MixMatch Challenge, a number of young people from Mixenden have attended various events and sessions on crimes and the consequences to educate them and help to break down barriers between themselves and uniformed services.

Community Worker Heather Stout from Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative said:

“As well as today’s fantastic event young people have been learning about the consequences of crime, visited the Houses of Parliament and since the sessions began we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in fires and antisocial behaviour in Mixenden.”

The sessions have included educating the young people on the consequences of car crime, what prison is really like and the consequences of other crimes; such as bullying, car theft, Anti Social Behaviour and more.

Chloe Sullivan aged 16 gave her view on a session about deliberate fires, saying:

“This was the best session out of the whole lot. The staff who visited were really friendly and they were all interacting with us, which was good because we got to see it from different points of view.

As a result I would never start a fire with friends to show off because I feel strongly about the way people treat the firemen and I think it is utterly disgraceful. I would like to thank them for coming to talk to us and we really appreciate them for doing their job!”

Due to their willingness and the commitment shown since the start of the MixMatch Scheme, the youngsters have found themselves being rewarded for their efforts through activities such as entry to the Birkenshaw Bonfire & Firework Extravaganza back in November 2014, a paint-ball trip, a London visit to see the houses of parliament and of course the 2015 MixMatch Challenge.

Services the who took part and supported the 2015 MixMatch Challenge were The Mixenden Initiative, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police, Mixenden Activity Centre, Pennine Housing, CMBC Community Wardens, Chris Mitchell from Calderdale Community Coaching Trust (CCCT), Morrisons who donated refreshments and Halifax Young Farmers supplied The Tug of War Rope for the final.

Ovenden Phoenix Fc vs West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

Go along and show your support as Ovenden Phoenix and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service go head to head in an annual charity football match.

On Saturday 18 July at Trinity Academy 3GI Pitch Holdsworth Road – 2pm kickoff

Ovenden Phoenix ran out 8-1 winners last year to mark the start of their journey into open age football but this year the Fire Service are well prepared for what should be yet another great occasion.

Phoenix vs WYFS

And don’t forget that this Saturday is the Emergency Services show at Birkenshaw where you will find the lads from Phoenix manning the ducking stool along with lots of fun family activities going on throughout the day.

Be sure to go along, have some fun and hopefully enjoy some nice sunshine at the same time!