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

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 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.

Lates at Eureka! – Explore the Museum Without the Little Ones

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Ever wanted to explore Eureka! without the little ones? Here’s another chance with Eureka running another Lates evening!

On Thursday 22 March, 6:30pm–9:30pm join an adults-only (but not entirely grown up) evening.


Join in with adult-sized explosive science demos (possibly involving setting fire to people).

Explore the museum – at your pace and with no pesky kids hogging the exhibits.

Your last chance to check out digiPlaySpace – it’s just as cool for grown up kids.

Free car parking included.

Plus there’ll be a bar in the museum for your favourite tipple and nibbles available from the café.

Tickets are just £8 but are limited so book NOW on Eventbrite Lates at Eureka!

For more information, visit What’s On at Eureka!

Spring/Summer Fashion Show with Overgate Hospice

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This year the Overgate Hospice Spring/Summer Fashion Show 2018 is on Thursday 22 March – from 6.30pm at The Shay Stadium, Halifax, HX3 0AQ.

Doors open at 6.30pm so arrive early to shop before the show which starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 each and can be purchased in Overgate shops, from the hospice or online from the Overgate website.



Anne Lister Day at Shibden Hall

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Anne Lister’s birthday falls on 3 April.

There will be a celebration of Anne’s life (1791-1840) on Tuesday 3 April, 10am to 5pm at Shibden Hall.

Hear from biographer Helena Whitbread and writer Sally Wainwright about her forthcoming TV series ‘Gentleman Jack.’


The day will include a guided tour and behind the scenes access to the Hall and collections relating to Anne, and a guided walk around the estate.

£35 per person. Includes lunch and birthday cake.

Please book in advance as places are limited by calling 01422 352334 during museum opening hours or book online at Eventbrite.