Cleaning up Our Neighbourhood and Community Involvement

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Following concerns from residents in recent Ward Forum meetings, on Wednesday 1st May 2019 members of the North East Halifax Safer Cleaner Greener partnership took part in a clean-up of the Lee Mount area. Also involved were several members of the friends of Shroggs Park community group.

The Lee Mount community were informed of the clean-up through flyers that were delivered to 500 properties in the area and local residents certainly took advantage by filling the skip within 1 hour.

Apart from several tonnes of bulky waste that was removed, partners and volunteers carried out a litter pick of the estate and helped to remove 50 bin liners full of general litter.

Well done to everyone who took part!

Littering, bulky waste and fly-tipping is a problem in the Lee Mount area, if you need to have any waste removed or have any information about fly-tipping then please contact the customer first desk on  01422 288002.

Remember also that this is a project that is throughout Calderdale so any concerns in the Lower Valley can be addressed to the same number.

Rosa – Voices from the Frontline Grants

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The Voices from the Frontline grants programme offers one-off grants of between £500 and £5,000 to voluntary and community organisations in the UK to pay for increasing the skills, capacity, credibility and effectiveness of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

Grants will be awarded for projects that:

  • Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.
  • Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars (leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice)
  • Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.
  • Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.

Throughout history, every single advance for women’s rights and gender equality – including property ownership, access to education, equal pay and reproductive rights – has only ever been achieved by bold, brave women becoming informed, getting organised, mobilising others and taking action to tackle injustice and inequality head-on. Rosa wants to fund this work!

Change comes about when women who have lived experience of injustice and inequality get heard, especially women facing intersecting disadvantages including race, class, sexuality, disability, poverty or migration status.

This programme offers grants of £500 to £5,000 to support charitable campaigning work across Rosa’s four pillars (leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice). They are looking for new voices to stand up and take action.

Together, we can make change happen faster. Apply now…

To date, Voices from the Frontline has supported more than 60 grassroots and national women’s organisations across the UK, tackling issues that have a wider impact on women beyond the direct recipients of grants. Take a look at some of the organisations supported through this programme in the video below.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 26 April 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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  • International Market Returns to Halifax
  • Wellbeing and Community Event at the Piece Hall
  • Steampunk Science at Eureka
  • Get Ready for the Brighouse 1940s Weekend

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

Award-winning International Market Returns to Halifax

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A fantastic selection of global traders will be returning to Halifax from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 April as part of Market Place’s award-winning International Market.

Shoppers will be spoilt for choice with tasty treats and unique crafts and gifts from all over the world at Corn Market, Russell Street and Southgate in Halifax town centre.

Some of the returning favourites will be Greek Taste who will be offering the famous and authentic flavours of Greece, including souvlaki and gyros; Island Spice Grill offering their authentic Jamaican food; whilst Minot will be cooking fresh French crepes and galettes with a range of tasty toppings such as fruit, chocolate and other sweet and savoury goodies.

Other delicious flavours to arrive in Halifax will include Asian-twist chicken skewers, spicy ramen noodles, Korean and Chinese BBQ chicken and for those wanting to take the flavours of the world home with them, there will be a great selection of fresh foods including cheeses, olives, salami, breads and cakes.
There will also be UK based traders, with the Little Red Pizza Shop selling wood-fired pizza, all individually made, as well as family-run business, The Crusty Pie Company bringing their homemade pies and chutneys.

It’s not all about food though, as Market Place will be bringing a fantastic range of crafts and gifts from a number of countries, with jewellery, coasters, mugs, keyrings, magnets and much more.

Taking advantage of the lighter nights, keen gardeners can liven up their outdoor space with some unique garden ornaments, or create the perfect place to relax with some beautiful garden furniture.
Calderdale Council’s Markets Manager, John Walker, said:
“The International Market is always a popular event, with food, drink and unique gifts from around the world lining the streets of the town. 
“Whether it’s a delicious lunch, a perfect present, or food and drink to take home, there’s something on offer for everyone. And of course our historic Borough Market is just around the corner, with our friendly traders always happy to help.” 

The International Market will be open in Halifax from 9am to 6pm Thursday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

See What’s Happening at the Refurbished Courts at Park Tennis Club

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The tennis season has officially started at Park Tennis Club, Brighouse after the opening of their newly refurbished courts.  Members, prospective members and visitors were welcomed to the club with refreshments provided throughout the day.

The new ‘no nails’ lines were proclaimed by all to be a fantastic investment, looking smart, feeling level under foot, and providing a consistent bounce when the ball strikes them; all a major improvement on the old plastic tapes. General opinion was that the Italian clay courts, which had over a ton of new clay laid on them in the pre-season, will improve when they have been ‘played-in’ to help bed them down.

Pictured are some of the members who put in hours of work to implement these improvements.  They are celebrating the work being over!

The event also saw the members’ Wimbledon Ballot take place, where 3 lucky members won the chance to buy tickets for the show courts at the Wimbledon Championships in July.  With the Public Ballot vastly over-subscribed, joining an affiliated club is a great way of increasing your chances of buying a pair of these much sought after tickets.

The club is now open for play, and anyone who is interested in membership is invited to get in touch; eMail infoparktennisclub@gmail.com or visit the Park Tennis Club website for further information.

Wellbeing and Community Festival at The Piece Hall on 27 and 28 April

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The Piece Hall will host its first ever Wellbeing & Community Festival this April; a free two-day event which will help the local community get active and creative, as well as offering much-needed support services.

The Courtyard will host four different ‘zones’ for visitors to explore themed around Active, Creative, Support and Wellbeing. From fitness fanatics to first timers, anyone looking to get moving can try their hand at a whole host of sports including all-adapted cycling, kurling, dance, tai chi, wheelchair basketball and yoga, and also pick up some tips from Sport For All and Threeways Sports Centre. Visitors with a creative flair can try their hand at mindful colouring and stone carving, amongst other calming artistic activities.

An array of Support services will be on offer across the courtyard from charities Basement Recovery Project, Healthy Minds and Samaritans, and there will be food pop-ups and music from community choirs and local musicians. Inspired by the contours and undulations of the local landscape, the public will be invited to collaboratively weave yarns and threads onto an interactive loom structure, building up natural elements through colour and texture. Visitors can add their own message of hope for Calderdale onto a range of surfaces, which will be incorporated into the structure as it grows.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 12 April 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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  • Have Your Say! Upcoming Ward Forums
  • Bring ya Butties for Riding for the Disabled Brunch
  • Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers Open Day at Ravenspring Park
  • Spamalot at the Victoria Theatre
  • Buy Your Bird Boxes from The Phoenix Shed

Have a great weekend!

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Universal Credit Help to Claim Service

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Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.

They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.

Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content (www.citizensadvice.org.uk). This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.

The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.

Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.

If any partners would like further information about the Help to Claim service or any other services available at Citizens Advice Calderdale, please contact Caroline Jones on 01422 340303 or caroline.jones@calderdalecab.org.uk

RSPCA Snip and Chip in Elland

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rspcaAn RSPCA Snip & Chip event in Elland is fast approaching!

If you receive any of the listed benefits, you qualify for snipping and chipping (pets only 😄)

Also available is neutering vouchers, flea and worm treatments

And a FREE goodie bag.

Appointments only on Tuesday 30 April 2019, 11am – 3:30pm

To make an appointment, please call the RSPCA Animal Centre on 01422 365628.

Dirty Dancing at the Victoria Theatre

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Dirty Dancing is coming to the Victoria Theatre Halifax this April!

The classic story will be performed on stage, Wednesday 17–Saturday 20 April, 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

Don’t miss your chance to see this sensational new production.

To book tickets from £31.75 go to https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/dirty-dancing-classic-story-stage or call the Box Office on 01422 351158.