RSPCA Christmas Meal Appeal

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This December the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are calling on their supporters to help them give the animals in their centre the best Christmas possible.

When most of us think of Christmas we imagine family, food and love, but the reality is quite different for animals spending the festive period alone in a rescue centre. Although the RSPCA staff work really hard to make the animals feel comfortable, happy and loved all year round, Christmas is always hard as nothing can compare to the surroundings of a loving home and lots of treats.

This year your local RSPCA hope to give the animals in their care the best Christmas possible, which is why they need your help by donating a festive feast in the form of a Christmas Meal Ticket!

The tickets can be a personal donation or make ideal gifts and stocking fillers for family and friends.

Meal tickets can be purchased for £1, £2 or £5 at all of the RSPCA Charity Shops in Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford or at the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.

You can also donate online if you just wish to give the animals a special Christmas gift. To donate to the Christmas Meal Appeal online, please visit:

So far this year the branch has successfully found homes for 111 dogs, 281 cats and 73 small animals and they hope that with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible.

To find out more about the branch and their appeal, please visit their website:

Everyday Activism – Local Campaign Training

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Campaign Bootcamp’s Everyday Activism project is a new local training programme that supports people to learn how to campaign on issues that matter to them. Problems such as budget cuts, discrimination, inequality and lack of good jobs are making the daily lives of people across the UK increasingly precarious, unstable and stressful.

Campaigning is a critical tool communities can use to fight back against these injustices. Through face-to-face training, online resources and coaching, Everyday Activism supports people to develop and improve their campaigning skills.

Campaign Bootcamp has been running residential training programmes since 2013. Through their work they have found that lots of people across the country are eager to learn how to campaign, but not everyone is able to participate in a residential programme.

Everyday Activism brings this training to local communities, starting in Yorkshire. Led by locally-based facilitators, these training sessions are tailored to the needs of each group with a focus on several key skills including: planning, researching, organising and getting support for a campaign.

Everyday Activism works with groups of people who share a common concern and who are ready to act together to improve life for themselves and their communities. In particular, they are interested in supporting people from the following groups:

  • Refugees and migrants
  • Mental health service users

Learn more at:

Festive Fun Workshop with LEGO Bricks

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This workshop is open to all children aged 5+.

This Festive Fun workshop on Sunday 2 December, 10:30am-12:00pm at Southowram Community Centre HX3 9QJ will provide children with plenty of themed model building during the exciting run-up to Christmas.

Bricks4Kidz will be building using Technic LEGO bricks, imaginative colour boxes, and Christmas mosaics.

The activities are also suitable for children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or awaiting a diagnosis. In addition, their siblings and peers are welcome to join in the activities. Check the event listing on for the earlier start providing a quiet time.

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council.

The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick-based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session, the children will be provided with a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.


– Parents/Carers of children with autism must remain at the venue.

– A simple form must be completed by all parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.

Booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Santa Visits Kershaw’s Garden Centre on Saturday 17 November

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On Saturday 17 November, 11:00am, Santa will arrive on a sleigh pulled by Rudolph the vintage tractor at Kershaw’s Garden Shopping Centre launching the family Fun day.

There will be free face painting & mince pies, fun and games, competitions, balloon magic, Christmas crafts and special offers for mums and dads, with music from Hipperholme community choir

Santa will be at the garden centre until Christmas and children can visit Santa’s Grotto at just £7.99 per child. See the website for booking details at

Women Traveller’s Exhibition Opening

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A new exhibition called Women Travellers will be opening on Saturday 24 November, 11:00am at Bankfield Museum.

Speeches and refreshments will be in the North Gallery at 11:00am, followed by the official opening of the new exhibition in the Link Gallery.

Focusing on the lives of four extraordinary women; Anne Lister, Edith Durham, Liz Humphries and Gertrude Bell. This exhibition will tell the story of the journeys they took, the objects they collected and the many people they met along the way. Objects displayed will include some of the outfits they wore to travel in, notebooks, photographs and the many fascinating items they brought back. You will discover stories of happiness, loss and amazing achievements!

On Saturday 24th there is also the final For King and Country event. Feel free to extend your visit when at 2:00pm there will be an event on the top floor to mark the end of the 2014-2018 For King and Country project. There will be speeches and thanks for all those involved in the project, attended by the Mayor of Calderdale. This will be followed by live music and refreshments in the North Gallery on the ground floor at 2:15pm.

FREE Dad’s Event at The Edge Play Gym

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Field Lane Children’s Centre will be holding a FREE Dad’s event on Saturday 24 November 2018, 9:30am-11:15am at The Edge Play Gym, Church Lane, Brighouse, HD6 1AT.

This event, suitable for children 0-8 years of age will give free access to the gym as well as party games, snacks and other activities.

Whilst the event is free, places are limited so please call Field Lane Children’s Centre on 01484 386621 to book a place.

No Nonsense Networking featuring Google Digital Garage

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Are you slightly confused by social media or tempted by Twitter? Overwhelmed by the virtual world, yet wishing you could understand more about how to attract new customers?

If you’d like to learn new digital skills for your business, then No Nonsense Networking in partnership with UCVR* are bringing Google experts to the Calder Valley. So join us in Brighouse on Tuesday 13 November 2018 where our Google partners will be presenting some of the innovative ways to get noticed online.

Who is this for?

We are supporting businesses in Calder Valley affected by the ongoing economic impact of the 2015 floods. We are prioritising businesses in Brighouse, Elland and Sowerby Bridge at this event.


  • 7.30 Registration, Refreshments & pastries
  • 8.00 Introduction to Digital Advertising shows small businesses how to attract new customers by optimising their presence on Google, gathering consumer insights and online advertising
  • 9.00 Social Media Strategy explores how to create a business strategy based on your business goals
  • 10.30 Writing for Social media is great for small business owners, looking to develop interesting content, headlines and ad copy. You’ll also develop a tone of voice that reflects you and your business.

There are limited places so book your ticket now! Click here – eventbrite.png

We look forward to meeting you all.

Kate, No Nonsense Networking, Alison and Stephen, *Upper Calder Valley Renaissance


Christmas Fair at the Piece Hall

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From Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December there will be a specially curated Christmas Fair, showcasing some of the region’s favourite independent craft stalls, artisan makers and pop-up food and drink traders in the stunning surroundings of The Piece Hall.

Entry is FREE on Friday 12:00pm–6:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am–6:00pm.

A seasonally decorated stretch tent housing the hand-picked stalls will take pride of place in the central courtyard, sitting alongside a cosy Nordic Tipi that offers the perfect place to warm-up by a roaring fire.

The surrounding independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants will be open too, making this an unmissable festive shopping weekend.

St. Andrew’s Church, Stainland – Christmas Fayre and Concert

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St. Andrew’s Church, Stainland will be holding a Christmas Fayre at the Church on Saturday 17 November, 10:00am-2:00pm with a variety of stalls and games from Church and community.

FREE children’s activities and a visit from Santa at 12:00pm.

Light refreshments available and hot lunches available from 12:00pm.

Entry by donation with a free draw.

Also on Saturday 17 November,7:00pm 

the Hepton Singers will be performing. Entry is by donation in aid of Overgate Hospice and St. Andrew’s Church.