Local RSPCA delighted with Valentines support

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16730632_247690772343321_2921676189263606853_nThe RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are thanking their supporters who joined in with their ‘Valentails appeal’ this year. The local branch which is entirely self funded, recently called upon the public to choose an animal at their centre to send a ‘Valentails’ card to to put a little love in their lives!

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said

“Everyone here at the centre has been truly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cards received for our Valentails appeal. Every single animal received a card and we’ve had some incredibly generous donations too, it’s been very,very heart warming. We would like to thank every individual or organisation that has donated to this appeal, without your generosity we simply couldn’t continue the work we do for so many local animals in need.”

fullsizerenderThe branch received a total of 172 Valentines cards and raised a total of £400. Local after school club ‘Harlequins’ also got involved by making their own cards and even doing a bake sale to raise funds. Calder High School and the Upperthong Brownies also made cards and kindly donated to the appeal.

The branch hopes to continue with the appeal next year due to it’s success and would like to thank everyone who supported the appeal.

To find out more about the RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield you can visit their website: www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk or to donate please Text RSPC40 £2 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/rspcahalifax.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a completely self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

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Celebrate the anniversary of Elland being granted a Royal Charter

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To celebrate the 700 year anniversary of Elland being granted a Royal Charter, St Mary’s Church is holding a special Celebration Weekend from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February 2017.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February – 10am to 3pm
The church will be open to visitors to look around the oldest building in Elland.

Saturday 25 February – 2pm
There will be a history talk giving a unique insight into the history of the church

Sunday 26 February – 4pm
Come along and join a special service led by the Bishop of Leeds

At The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Elland, HX5 0RU

Drop in sessions for creative individuals and groups

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Could you bring out someone’s inner Ginger Rogers, help discover the next Ted Hughes or inspire a budding Picasso?

VAC is looking for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest in creative activities to help deliver an exciting new project working with local residential care homes and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The project will make a difference to the lives of people in later life or those that have recently left hospital through:

  • A creative activity and entertainment programme across the venues
  • Support from volunteer befrienders
  • Access to community resources

Attend one the upcoming Molly and Bill drop in events for information:

  • Tuesday 28 February at Todmorden Fire Station, OL14 5DL – 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 1 March at VAC, Hall Street, HX1 5AY – 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 2 March at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY – 2pm to 4pm

Or to find out more call 01422 348777 or email mollyandbill@cvac.org.uk

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Be a part of Project Elland

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Do you live or have you worked in Elland or know someone who does or has? Perhaps you have stories about factories, mills, shops or have some old photos of Elland!

If so then you could be a part of Project Elland.

If you would like to contribute to this project please contact Rachel Lumb on 01422 374791 or by email to rlumb@bbs.calderdale.sch.uk

Orange Box gets in the carnival mood with activities for ages 11+

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february-half-term-at-orange-boxOrange Box young people’s centre will be creating a party atmosphere over half term with free Carnival activities for ages 11+.

Activities run from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February 2pm – 4pm and Friday 24 February 2pm – 9pm.

Participants can make their own Carnival masks, play Bamboo Tamboo, cook some Mardi Gras treats, take part in the Only Academy Film School, sing their favourite karaoke tunes or climb to new heights in the bouldering tunnel, all finished off with a Mardi Gras Carnival Party.

Half Term at Orange Box organiser Jamie Eagleton says,

“We came up with the Carnival idea as it is Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro on 24th February and Mardi Gras in New Orleans on 28th February, so we thought we’d create our own Carnival vibe at Orange Box to celebrate these events”

Another new addition is a Film School run by Only Academy, which will be a great opportunity to experience acting on camera and see what goes on behind the scenes. The young people will get a chance to make up characters and dialogue for a scene they will shoot in one afternoon.

And finally, they can also pop into one of the ukulele drop-in sessions running over the course of the week.

Click here for more information and a full timetable of activities.