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Lower Valley Friday Flyer 20 April – OUT NOW!!

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Featuring

  • RSPCA Poochfest Comes to Stainland
  • Dr Simpo’s Print-making Class
  • Not Long to Tour de Yorkshire
  • What Sure Start Children’s Centres Can Do for You
  • Start Training for the Rough Ride Gravel Challenge
  • Staying Well Funding Opportunities

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Not Long Now for Le Tour de Yorkshire 2018

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Millions of spectators will line the route for the four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race which run between Thursday 3 May – Sunday 6 May.

The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online now at letour.yorkshire.com/timings

Over 2.2 million people stood roadside last year to cheer on these two wheeled titans. Yorkshire knows how to support a bike race and Welcome to Yorkshire as an organisation strongly promotes these events. This kind of support just isn’t seen in most races in the cycling calendar. Secondly, the terrain. Yorkshire is as beautiful as it is brutal and the riders know that taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire will be rough and rewarding in equal measure.

Cyclists want a challenge and Yorkshire provides that in abundance. As Aqua Blue Sport rider Matt Brammeier summed up quite perfectly; “Without pain and suffering we would be nothing and life would get pretty boring. [The Tour de Yorkshire] provided a fair share for me this weekend but I bloody loved every minute.

For the women taking part in the two-day Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, there are other aspects of huge significance. Most important of all is the parity that the race brings. The race takes place on the same roads that the men tackle. The race has one of the largest prize pots in women’s cycling and it gets the same, full television coverage that the men’s race does – exposure that is crucial for riders, teams and sponsors alike.

The 2017 event was particularly enthralling viewing as a world class field including Olympic Road Race champion, Anna van der Breggen, lit up the roads from Tadcaster, through the Yorkshire Dales. The finishing podium was made up of a two-time World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini and American pocket rocket Coryn Rivera. However, the top spot was reserved for someone much closer to home. The Yorkshire flags in Harrogate were waved all that bit more vigorously than usual as the county’s very own hero, Lizzie Deignan, spectacularly sprung a solo attack with 15km to go and powered her way to victory.

“The finish was so special and so surreal and it meant so much to me to receive such great support,” Deignan said afterwards. “It was incredible and I’m struggling to get my head around it. This is up there with the biggest wins of my career, definitely.”

This year sees both races move into new ground; as the Asda Women’s race doubles in length to become a two-day race and the men’s race also gains an extra day, taking it from three to four.

From a racing perspective, this is exciting as it gives both races more time to develop and it presents the stage planners with more chances to create truly spectacular stages.

From a fans perspective, it gives more people more opportunities to see their cycling heroes and allows for more of Yorkshire’s remarkable scenery and brutal climbs to be showcased too. On top of this, 50 per cent of the host towns for this year are first time hosts, with Barnsley, Halifax, Ilkley and Richmond joining Beverley, Doncaster, Leeds and Scarborough in welcoming this year’s race.

Voluntary Action Calderdale AGM

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VAC (Voluntary Action Calderdale) invite you to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting which is to be held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Wednesday 2 May, 4:00pm-6:00pm.

There have been some major changes to the Voluntary and Community Sector over the past year and this meeting will allow you to find out more about the new Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance which is a partnership between six organisations, made up of four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale:

  • Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC)
  • Sector Support Calderdale (North Bank Forum)
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Calderdale Council

To confirm attendance, please email info@cvac.org.uk of visit the Eventbrite page.

fairandfunky Fair Trade Conference for Primary Schools

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On Friday 18 May at Halifax Minster will be the fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Primary schools.

The fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference brings together Primary Schools from across Calderdale to celebrate World Fair Trade Day. The conference will ignite enthusiasm and interest in both pupils and teachers to maintain awareness and understanding of Fairtrade and how it can be taught within busy classrooms.

Interactive workshops involving creative arts, drama, and real life stories, from fairandfunky, Fair Grounds, Fair Connections and Suma Wholefoods will take delegates on a Fairtrade Adventure around the world and discover how to take a break with Fairtrade!

The conference is supported by The Fairtrade Foundation and Eco-Schools, and will help schools progress on both the Fairtrade Schools Award and ‘Eco-Schools’ journey. During lunch delegates will be able to enjoy networking opportunity with sponsors and workshop providers and shop in the ethical marketplace. The event will close with certificate presentations from Holly Lynch MP.

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Tickets Selling Fast for Dr Simpo’s Print-making Masterclass

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New! For Teens!

Brush up your art skills!

Develop your artistic side in the inspiring new Imaginarium at Central Library & Archives on Saturday 28 April. (Two sessions, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm) This is your opportunity to learn with top artists and explore a variety of artistic mediums.

Interested in comic books and how illustrations were traditionally created? Learn fantastic new skills and get creative in this print making masterclass and meet the wackily amazing cartoonist and visual artist Doctor Simpo, you will produce some amazing keepsakes in this lino- cut, collograph and etching print workshop. Places limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Places limited so book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FFEKFD

Ages 12-18.

Bird Walk and Survey at Cromwell Bottom

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Join Mike Henshaw and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group (CBWG) outside the cabin at Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve on Saturday 21 April, 9.45am for a 2-hour walk (about 2 miles on easy paths) to observe and identify birds on the Reserve.

The walk is FREE, but donations to CBWG would be welcome. Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.

Contact cromwellbottom@gmail.com for further information.

There will also be similar walks on Saturday 19 May, Saturday 16 June, Saturday 21 July and Saturday 18 August.

Also NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 1st Annual General Meeting of Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group will be held at the Mulberry Suite, Brighouse Sixth Form College HD6 1AY at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

RSPCA Pooch Fest Comes to Stainland

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A festival of fun for our four legged friends!

 

Join RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford and  and Calderdale Council on Saturday 21 April, 11:00am-3:00pm as they celebrate our pooches and promote responsible dog ownership! There will be stalls, games, food and drink, a have-a-go-agility and of course, a fun dog show!

It’s Free Entry but donations are welcome through Eventbrite and on the day! The event will be held at Stainland Recreational Park, Stainland Road (Next to the 1885 Pub).

Go down with the family for lots of fun and wagging tails!?

See you there!

For more info or any enquiries please contact: faygibbons@rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk

Stress Awareness Month: Take Care Of Your Mental Health

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Stress. It’s a common part of life but can often leave us feeling upset, burnt out and overloaded. In a fast-paced modern world with many responsibilities it can be easy to forget to look after ourselves properly and fall prone to the effects of stress.

Stress can affect you both physically and mentally from health complaints like chronic headaches to putting a strain on your relationships with others. Whilst stress can impact your life significantly if left unchecked, there are a range of long and short-term steps you can put in place to help look after your mental health.

How much is too much? Take the quiz on the Anxiety UK website to see if you are exhibiting any of the common symptoms of stress.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, there are also ways on the website to Get Help.

Stress Awareness Month takes place every April and has since it first launched in 1992. Throughout this period of time, teams of experts aim to increase public awareness about stress. This includes highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body, and how to relieve stress.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 13 April – OUT NOW!!

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  • Better Living Service Spring Newsletter
  • Upcoming Ward Forums
  • Have Your Say on the Libraries Review
  • Start Training for the Rough Ride Gravel Challenge
  • Staying Well Funding Opportunities

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