Time Out Sports Club at North Bridge Leisure Centre – Find Your Thing

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Try something new and socialise with friends aged 11-16 on Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm at North Bridge Leisure Centre with Time Out Calderdale for a quid- loads of fun.

Time Out sessions are just £1 per session to play 5-a-side, table tennis or badminton.

Kick about sessions, its up to you to decide! The courts will be hired for 5-a-side, but there will also be volunteers on hand who can run warm ups and teach skills.

For more information either message from the Time Out Facebook page or drop Annie an email for more information at annie@healthymindscalderdale or call 01422 345154.

Or just simply show up on the day! Anyone aged 11-16 is welcome.



The Return of Orange Box Rock School

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Following the summer break, Rock School has returned to Orange Box at Blackledge, Halifax and will be running on Monday 24 September, 6:30pm-8:00pm then on 1, 8, 15, 22 October, 12, 19, 26 November
and 3 December.

These exciting workshops for aspiring songwriters and musicians aged 11 to 16 – from beginners to those with some experience.

Working with professional musicians, you can explore all aspects of music-making, from the nuts and bolts of song-writing to chord progressions, composition and recording.

Meet like-minded people, form a band, share your ideas and learn new skills!

Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Sessions take place on Monday evenings, with additional opportunities to perform to the public.

The Rock School is delivered in partnership by Square Chapel and Orange Box – to find out more please telephone Square Chapel’s Box Office on 01422 349422, or email info@squarechapel.co.uk.

Orange Box Rock School is supported by Youth Music using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Chit Chat Group at Canon Winter Centre, Elland

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The Chit Chat group at the Canon Winter Centre, at All Saint’s Church, Elland HX5 0JF was started in March 2012, with 2 members at the first afternoon meeting. A dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers greatly outnumbered members on this occasion.​​

Numbers at meetings grew and because of the popularity of the group a morning session was introduced in January 2014.

The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 10:00am to 12:00pm then 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Meetings always start with Tea, Coffee, cakes and biscuits, along with a chat, both with new found friends, and friendships renewed.

Activities at meetings range from board games to Beethoven. Other sessions include Quiz’s, Crafts, Entertainers (including a Christmas Panto), and speakers on a variety of topics. Local schools have been in to entertain and interact with our members, bridging the generations.

A small charge is made on the day to cover running costs, and once a month a raffle is held with proceeds going to group funds.

What is provided

The aim is to provide:
– Meaningful Activities – Improved Wellbeing
– A connection to the community – Help to maximise the day
– A more fulfilling and enjoyable life

In all cases the aim is to encourage a healthier lifestyle for older people.

Community Transport

Should members require transport to attend meetings, this can be arranged through the Community Transport Calderdale car service. A small charge is made for this service.

For further information call 01422 256570 or email theaker@blueyonder.co.uk


World Homeless Week 7-14 October

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World Homeless Week this year is 7-14 October 2018 and includes World Homeless Day on Wednesday 10 October.

The concept of ‘World Homeless Day‘ emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world.

The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10 October 2010.

Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries.

Use of the idea of ‘World Homeless Day’ is open for all to use… anywhere in the world.


The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

What can we do?

Calderdale Council’s Empty Homes Strategy can be found on the Council website here. It describes how empty homes are a wasted resource as they could be used to house homeless or vulnerably housed. Also they can attract vandalism etc. or just fall into disrepair because of lack of use.

The Council is currently carrying out an Empty Homes Review.

In support of the government’s national initiative to tackle the shortfall in housing, Calderdale Council is currently undertaking a review of all empty homes in the area that are currently listed as long term empty premises. The review is being undertaken in conjunction with a company called Capacitygrid.

If your property is currently classified as empty, then Capacitygrid may contact you to confirm whether the property is still vacant. If you receive correspondence from Capacitygrid regarding your property, please would you update the property records for your address. You will need the information provided on the letter sent to you to do this.

To try to reduce the possibility of empty homes, Social Housing groups generally have a clause in the tenancy agreement that requires that they be informed in writing if the property is expected to be vacant for more than 28 days.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 14 September – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…


  • Rock and Roll with Dementia Friends
  • QUEST Video Game Music and Dance at Victoria Theatre
  • Advertise Your Halloween and Bonfire Event
  • Northowram Gin Festival
  • Get Ready for Brighouse Arts Festival
  • Advertise Your Macmillan Coffee Morning

Have a great weekend!

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Northowram Gin Festival

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Northowram Primary School PTFA is pleased to announce that in association with pop up gin festival (as seen at Brodstock and Hipperholme gin festival), Northowram will be holding their very own gin festival on Friday 28 September, 8:00pm-11:30pm at Northowram Community Centre, Black Clough, Northowram HX3 7HF.

Live music will be from ‘The Good Citizens‘, a three piece band bringing their own acoustic twist to cover songs and showcasing a wide range of locally sourced gins as well as worldwide favourites.

Tickets are available at £10 which includes your first gin and a gin glass for you to keep!

Tickets are limited so get yours ASAP as all previous events run by this company have been a sell out.

This event is open to anyone and everyone and you do not need to have any links with the school. You just need to like gin, good music and also having a good time! (and be 18 or over).

For further information contact Natalie on 07971 625735 or visit the PTFA Facebook page.

Let Us Promote Your 2018 Halloween and Bonfire Events

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Are you holding a public Halloween or Bonfire event this year? Let us know and we will advertise it for you.

Last year we received thousands of blog views in October and November as people started to look for local Halloween and Bonfire Night events to attend.

If you are holding a Halloween or Bonfire event this year and would like us to advertise for you, please email us here to have it featured in our Friday Flyer.

Note – The email subject is pre-written to ensure your event isn’t lost or overlooked!


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan at Elland Christian Centre

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There will be a coffee morning in the Elland Christian Centre (ECC)Newcombe Street, Elland HX5 0EG on Friday 28 September, 9:00am-6:00pm.

In addition to all donations for coffee and cake going directly to Macmillan, all profit from other sales at the Centre Cafe on that day will also be donated to Macmillan.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK are asked to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.


‘Over the Rainbow’ at St. Matthew’s, Lightcliffe

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On Saturday 20 October 2018, 7:30pm at St. Matthew’s, Lightcliffe will once again play host to a feast of outstanding music when Royal Northern College of Music graduates, Aidan Edwards and Juliet Montgomery , return to sing ‘Over The Rainbow’, an evening of well-known songs from films.

They will be supported by The Northowram Singers, and accompanied by a talented musical ensemble, led by musical director Rob Paxman.

Producer and narrator, John Brooke, said “We are so lucky to be able to welcome Aidan and Juliet back to Lightcliffe for our sixth annual fundraising concert, and feel honoured to have the support of such outstanding, professional singers. Every year seems to get better, and ‘Over The Rainbow’ promises once again to be the highlight of the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe calendar”.

Tickets cost £8.00 and are available from the ticket office at St. Matthew’s from 10.00am-12.00 noon on the following Fridays: 28 September, and 5, 12 and 19 October, or from Colin’s News, Hipperholme and the Lightcliffe Tea Rooms, or by emailing lightcliffechurchyard@gmail.com.

All proceeds go to The Friends of St. Matthew’s Churchyard – www.lightcliffechurchyard.org.