5-a-Side Football Tournament in Aid of Overgate Hospice

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Overgate Hospice invites teams from local companies and businesses to enter the 5-a-Side Football Tournament on Thursday 29 March, 5:30pm (kick-off 6pm) taking place at 3GI Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax. The tournament usually lasts around 3 hours.

This event is a great networking opportunity as well as a team building activity that raises money for Overgate from the entry fee of £100 per team.

Is your team up for the challenge? 

For further information, e-mail sam.bromwich@overgatehospice.nhs.uk or alternatively call 01422 387122.

Check on Crime Statistics in Your Area

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Following a comment made at recent Neighbourhood Watch meeting, we can now share the link required to check crime figures in your area. The data is updated as regularly as possible but may be a couple of months behind.

Opening the link here will bring up the screen where you can enter your postcode to see the figures in your area.



It’s also good to know that non-emergency crimes can now be reported online at https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it

Calderdale Rocks!

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A new Calderdale Rock and Decorating Workshop at Happy Days Cycles and Cafe on Thursday 5 April, 1:00pm-3:30pm. 

Create your own design on a rock. Write Calderdale rocks on the back. Take a picture of it then take it away and hide it.

Join Calderdale Rock Facebook and keep checking to see if it has been found. Check out Calderdale Rocks Facebook page for more detail. Link it in with Easter and make Easter designs.

Great way to get kids to go for a walk. All ages welcome.

Happy Days Cycles is a social enterprise raising money to support our Community Living schemes, which provide supported accommodation for people who have been homeless or are at risk. They sell, repair and service bikes and run a super cafe.


Calderdale Heritage Walk: When Panic Seized the Town

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In the summer of 1892, Brighouse became a ghost town. Streets were deserted, schools were closed and church attendances plummeted. The reason for the panic was an epidemic of smallpox, the most dreaded of contagious diseases which struck fear into people living across the district.

Starting in Clifton in April, the disease quickly spread to Brighouse, Rastrick, Hipperholme and Southowram throughout the summer months. Twenty-six people died during the 1892 outbreak and many more were infected. The outbreak was considered so serious that a new isolation hospital was built in Clifton.

Join John Brooke on Sunday 25 March, 2:00pm for a guided walk around the key sites in Clifton.

To check if a walk has been cancelled please check Facebook

For more information on this and future walks visit www.calderdaleheritagewalks.org.uk/current.html

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2018 – Sunday 18 March

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The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

NWG are committed to the fight against CSE and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to child sexual exploitation. But they cannot succeed without the support of people like you.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. Safeguarding children is everybody’s business. Any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, whether a boy or a girl from any background.

Together, we can work to inform, educate and prevent this form of child sexual abuse within the UK.

Will Your Child Lose Their Free School Meals?

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All families on Universal Credit are currently entitled to free school meals but from April 1 that will no longer be the case.
A new means test will be introduced and new Universal Credit claimants who earn more than £7,400 through work will no longer be eligible.

Will my child lose their free school meals in two weeks?
The first thing to note is that the changes only apply to NEW claimants. That means that if you already receive Universal Credit before April 1 and therefore qualify for free school meals, you will continue to do so. This will still be the case even if your earnings rise above £7,400 and your child will continue to receive free school meals until 31 March 2022 or “the end of their phase of education”, whichever is later.

If you start to receive Universal Credit after the April 1 deadline, the earnings threshold will apply.
The means cap for free school meals will apply to families earning more than £7,400 but this applies only to earnings through work and other taxable earnings like investments.
Families earning £7,399 will still qualify for free school meals for all eligible children all year while those earning £7,401 will not qualify for anything.
The government points out that the cap applies only to earnings from work and says that a family earning this much would usually be taking home between £18,000 and £24,000 including their Universal Credit.

Rastrick SJ Scouts Group Fund Raising Pub Quiz

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On Friday 23 March, 7:30pm Rastrick St. John’s Scout Group will be holding a Pub Quiz to raise funds to keep the group running at St. John’s Community Hall, St John’s Street, Rastrick.

£3 per team member includes a Pie ‘n’ Peas Supper can be paid on the day or before.

You are free to bring along your own drinks, alcoholic or otherwise.

If you would like to come please email connor.michaels@btinternet.com to ensure there are enough pies!

Illustrated Historical Talk: More Calderdale Murders 1556-1964

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On Tuesday 20 March, 7:30pm at Carlton United Reformed Church, Halifax, David Glover will give an illustrated lecture for Halifax Antiquarian Society.

Who killed the Vicar of Halifax in his home? Why was the Excise Collector slain in Savile Park Road? Who went mad and killed his boss in the newspaper office? Who was guilty of infanticide at Rhodesia Avenue?

Hear also about the tragic death of Mary Hackett in 1953 and the unsolved slaughter of Vicky Williamson at Barkisland in 1964. A wide selection of grisly tales.

Not for the faint-hearted!

Print of the Halifax Gibbet in use, from Thomas Allen’s A New and Complete History of the County of York (1829)

A Celebration of Square Chapel – Ensemble 360 & The Hepton Singers

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On Saturday 24 March, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium of Square Chapel Arts Centre, there will be a Celebration of Square Chapel by Ensemble 360 & The Hepton Singers.

Commissioned by the Centre, composer Paul Robinson has written an entirely new piece of music setting excerpts of a verse by the over 50’s Creative Writing group and the original poem written by the founder of the Chapel, Titus Knight.

This concert weaves the history of Square Chapel, the important role it plays in the community and where it is today. Ensemble 360 will also perform Debussy’s dreamy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune and a vibrant selection of Shostakovich’s ‘jazz’ music.

The commission was sponsored by Robin and Jessica Sutcliffe (Founders and patrons of Square Chapel Arts Centre).

Tickets: £18 (£15 concessions) can be obtained from the Square Chapel website.