Support WomenCentre by Becoming a Member

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One of the many ways you can support WomenCentre is by becoming a member

Membership is open to all women (subject to approval by the board of directors) and entitles you to the following:

  • WomenCentre newsletter by post or email
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting
  • The option of becoming a board member

Membership costs £10 per year, or £2.50 for women on low incomes. If you’re already a member, why not  let a sister, mother, daughter or friend know you care by giving them the gift of WomenCentre Membership?

How to become a member of Womencentre

If you would like to apply to become a member of Womencentre you can do so by setting up an annual direct debit.

To set up a direct debit securely using CAF click here.

They will be in touch once your membership application has been considered by the Board.

The Big Yorkshire COTE Fundraiser

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Children on the Edge (COTE) working with The Body Shop exists to help marginalised and forgotten children who are living on the edge of their societies.

These are children without parental care, neglected or persecuted by their governments, ignored by international media and missed by large overseas agencies. They are children on the edge of society.

Forgotten – but not by us. Everyone deserves a childhood.

This fundraising event will be on Saturday 13 July, 6:00pm onwards at The Arches, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX. There will be entertainment including a magician, live music and a DJ. Dress code is Evening Wear.

Tickets are £32 by contacting Maria Bouckley on 07827 339746 or email mariabouckley@hotmail.com

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 21 June 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyerClick here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

Featuring:-

  • Armed Forces Event This Weekend
  • Routes Festival at Square Chapel Arts Centre
  • Exciting Plans for Elland
  • Uniformed Day at Eureka! for Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies and Cubs
  • New App – 50 Things to do Before You’re 5
  • Halifax Minster Summer Festival Coming Soon
  • Sign up for Overgate Colour Run 2019 
  • Get Involved with Elland Carnival

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

It may be that one of your friends or colleagues may have forgotten to re-subscribe and is missing their Friday Flyer but no need to worry. They can easily see the Flyer on this blog or subscribe to our mailing  list again by clicking to stay in touch

Tea in the Garden with Friends of Rishworth Mill Dam

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The Friends of Rishworth Mill Dam invite you to Tea in the Garden on Sunday 23 June, 1:30pm-3:30pm at The Gatehouse, Rishworth HX6 4QE (opposite Rishworth Palace).

Have tea, coffee and cake and learn about the project and plans for the future.

Tickets are £3 and are available from Geoff on 07912 079999, from the Malthouse Hotel in Rishworth, Ripponden library and from Hair Care in Ripponden.

If you are going by car, can you please use Heathfield school car park.

Routes Festival 2019 at Square Chapel Arts

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Routes Festival is a family friendly event that provides a platform for young musicians aged 12-24 to showcase their talents on an open and accessible stage. This year on Saturday 22 June, 1:00pm-7:45pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre,  there will be live music across two stages throughout the day, encompassing a wide range of musical styles – from pop to indie, metal to acoustic.

See some of Calderdale’s most talented young people! Plus there’ll be a special festival food offer available from the Square Chapel café bar throughout the day.

Tickets at just £4 can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 01422 349422 open
Mon – Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 12pm – 8pm

Overgate Colour Run 2019

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If you haven’t heard of a Colour Run get ready to be amazed! This year, this fun family event will be held on Saturday 13 July at Savile Park, Halifax. It consists of a 5km route with runners being doused in coloured intervals culminating in a ‘Colour Party’ at the finish line.

The Overgate Colour Run celebrates its sixth year in 2019 and they are looking forward to making it the most colourful yet! Since it began in 2014 the Overgate Colour Run has seen more than 5,000 supporters take on the 5km course raising over £180,000 for the Hospice.

Registration for this year’s event is now open and you could be on the start line as we get colourful for Overgate.

Click here to register online or call the Overgate team on 01422 387121.

Halifax Food and Drink Festival Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2019

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The Halifax Food & Drink Festival runs across the weekend of Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm bringing together the very best of the regions home grown local produce along with a taste of Yorkshire and the rest of the world.

The festival will take over a number of town centre streets (Southgate, Cornmarket, Russell Street and the Woolshops) with around 100 stalls and exhibitors promoting a vast offering of both food and drink.

Plus a live demonstration kitchen with local chefs and regional food producers onstage, showcasing talents and tricks in the kitchen.

Freephone Helpline from Cruse Bereavement Care Charity

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The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Alternatively you can email helpline@cruse.org.uk.

The volunteers help you to talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and useful sources of information.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when it’s open until 8pm.

Cruse Bereavement Care has been helping bereaved people for 60 years being registered as a charity (No. 208078) in 1959.

The world was a difficult place for widows in 1959. A ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude to grief had developed across two world wars, replacing Victorian public mourning rituals and strong working class traditions. Widows also faced brutal economic hardship, and a society which didn’t prepare women to take on the roles of breadwinner or head of the family. The support which the new Cruse Clubs provided was desperately needed.

Margaret Torrie

Margaret Torrie became concerned with the plight of widows during her work as a social worker and while working with the Citizen’s Advice Service. She saw that the loss of a husband was often a major emotional, social and economic crisis, for the woman and for any children, and she decided to act. Margaret Torrie’s husband, Dr Alfred Torrie, was a psychiatrist and Quaker and served as chairman of Cruse.

In March 2017 Prince William and Prince Harry spoke out about the impact of bereavement on their lives, as they approached the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Rio Ferdinand also shared his story of bereavement in a TV documentary, and the two events lead to an increase in men calling the helpline to speak about their experiences of bereavement.

Cruse’s Life President Colin Murray Parkes has called grief the price we pay for love. We can’t hope for a world without grief, but the chatrity continues to strive to meet the vision that everyone who needs support after someone dies will be able to find the help they need.

In a changing and uncertain world Cruse will be there to help people understand their feelings, develop coping strategies, and return to everyday life, while remembering and celebrating the lives of those they have lost.

For more information about 60 years of Cruse visit https://www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/60-years-of-cruse

More locally the Calderdale Help In Bereavement Service (CHIBS) can be reached on 0845 0099 220 or 0845 0099 221.

This is a unique, free, befriending service that provides emotional support to bereaved adults living in the Calderdale area. Adult support is offered on a one-to-one basis in your own home or at a mutually agreed venue if preferred. All Befrienders are volunteers who have undergone professional training which is updated regularly. Most have suffered bereavement themselves and can empathise with the many thoughts and feelings that grief can bring. They have also undertaken an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS).

They are not a counselling service but if you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like someone to listen and help you in your loss, then please contact them. You can contact the service yourself or ask another person to do so on your behalf.

Neighbourhood Watch Week 17-23 June 2019

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This week is Neighbourhood Watch Week 2019 where we’ll be celebrating the amazing work our volunteers do in their communities. We’ll be looking at areas where you expect Neighbourhood Watch to operate in and around (burglary) as well as some more unexpected ones (knife violence and social isolation).

Our message this year is that when it comes to Neighbourhood Watch, there is #MoreThanYouExpect.

To kick start the week we have today the national neighbourhood watch organisation has launched Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration, a collection of the most innovative work being undertaken by our volunteers across England and Wales.

The database contains examples of how Neighbourhood Watch groups are changing their communities for the better. In each case, volunteers explain how they developed their project, the impact it had on their community and how they overcame any challenges.

Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration allows users to contact the author of each example with the hope of generating fruitful conversations between members.

We’re encouraging members to tell their stories on social media. How has Neighbourhood Watch helped your community? Why should people start their own schemes? Be sure to use the hashtag #MoreThanYouExpect when you post!