Sure Start Children’s Centres final newsletter for 2016

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The final Sure Start newsletter for 2016 includes details of a planned event taking place in Spring 2017 with the theme of celebrating our community to showcase the great work that every generation brings to the community.

As well as the event, the newsletter also includes dates for Sure Start training courses taking place in both Lower Valley and North & East Halifax from January to April 2017.

Click here to read the newsletter online

Funding boost helps festivals flourish

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Calderdale Council has awarded over £11,000 to five local community groups to help them put on events and festivals to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale.

The Council invited voluntary groups to apply for grants last month to help boost tourism, trade and morale after the Boxing Day floods.

Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Service Support, said:

“We are delighted to award grants of up to £2,500 to support local events and festivals. They are one of the many things that make Calderdale a fantastic place to visit, and are further proof that our towns and villages are well and truly open for business.

“Four months on from the Boxing Day floods, we want to keep bringing enjoyment and trade to the area. We’re certain that the exciting range of events will showcase local people’s great strength and community spirit, whilst bringing in visitors from miles around and boosting the economy.”

Last weekend’s 1960s themed event in Brighouse kicked off the series of grant-funded festivals. Organised by Brighouse Business Initiative, a £2,500 grant helped towards music and dance, memorabilia, street performances and a street market on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April. The event was a great success, with thousands of visitors.

‘A Reet Royd Waater Do’ in Mytholmroyd will bring music, sports, a market, food and information on flood protection from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May. The local consortium organising the event received £2,500 towards the cost.

The ninth annual Handmade Parade, part of Yorkshire Festival 2016, will take place on Sunday 26 June and will include an international dimension when a Russian-based arts organisation will open the first Cardbordia Embassy in Hebden Bridge in the build up to the Parade. As ever, there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved, with community workshops over the weeks running up to the event. A £2,375 grant has helped to make this happen.

Elland Carnival received £1,500 to put on its annual event on Saturday 9 July. This year it will target young people with lots of activities to demonstrate opportunities for art and culture, including a music tent, street entertainers and a climbing wall.

Mytholmroyd Arts Festival received a £2,500 grant towards organising a weekend of art and culture from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October. The aim is to encourage local involvement in arts and cultural activities and show strong community spirit.

Kathleen McGrath, Executive Director of Handmade Parade, said:

“Hebden Bridge is in for a treat this summer when the town centre will be taken over by the ninth Handmade Parade. Organisers are delighted to announce the theme will be ‘Muck In’. Having received valuable support from Calderdale Council’s flood-related festivals fund we will be using this generous grant to support us in providing the town with a celebration of their fantastic resilience and community spirit. The carnival will highlight the renewed vibrancy of the town after the floods, shining a light on the community and claiming back the right to dance down their streets again.”

Jade Smith, Coordinator of A Reet Royd Waater Do, added:

“Following the devastating flood on Boxing Day the village of Mytholmroyd plans to cheer itself up with four days of fun. Thanks to the grant from Calderdale Council we are able to put on an event that will be fun for all the family. It will include an indoor market, face painting, a beer festival and even a dog competition. There will also be an exhibit which aims to build flood resilience, where children can make their own sandbags and learn where to put them.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 29 April – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…
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  • Northowram Scarecrow Festival this weekend
  • Calderdale Local and PCC Elections 5 May
  • Drop-in sessions about the changes to Calderdale Hospital Services
  • Singing for the Brain! Halifax Alzheimer’s Society looking for a volunteer singer

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

Changes to hospital services – Brighouse

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Saturday 30 April, 10am – 4pm at Brighouse Civic Hall, Bradford Road, HD6 1RW

This Information Session at the Brighouse Civic Hall will give you a chance to learn more about the proposed changes and for us to listen to your views.  You will be able to obtain a hard-copy of the Consultation Document and survey or even complete the survey online.

There will be local clinicians and health managers on hand to discuss the plans with you.

The sessions are arranged on different days and different times to give as many people as possible the chance to attend.

All the Information Session venues are disabled access friendly.

Activities to keep you active and well in Shelf

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Come along, try out new activities and make new friends at Shelf Library every Tuesday from 5 April – 27 September 2016 (excluding 12 April, 24 May, 12 July, 2 August and 20 September)

Activities include:

  • Relaxation Therapy/Meditation – achieve calmness of mind and body (2-3pm)
  • Kurling – just like curling but without the ice (2-3pm)
  • Tai Chi – gentle exercise and good for balance. (3.30-4.30pm)

Includes a break for tea/coffee and chat

Please wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable footwear.

Prior to any form of new physical activity it is advised that you consult with your doctor.

For more information please contact: Hayley Conlon on 01422 393956 or email hayley.conlon@calderdale.gov.uk

Shelf Library, Shelf Village Hall, Halifax HX3 7NE

Art Exhibition and Sale at All Saints’ Church this weekend

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Go along to an Art Exhibition and Sale with organ music and craft stalls this weekend at All Saints’ Church, Savile Road, Elland, HX5 0NH on the following dates.

Preview evening – Admission £5
Friday 29 April – 7pm to 9.30pm

Other opening times – Admission £2 (Under 11’s go FREE)
Saturday 30 April – 10.30am to 5pm
Sunday 1 May – 12noon to 5pm
Monday 2 May – 10.30am to 5pm

For further information, ring 01422 256259