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Staying Well Newsletter!

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Golly – it hardly feels like 5 minutes since we had the last Staying Well newsletter but a lot has happened since then! We also need to keep you up to date with what is happening over the Christmas period and give you a chance to look at the full newsletter here.

There will be the Brew and a Chat Christmas party at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Pellon on Monday 10 December, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Tesco, Sowerby Bridge are sponsoring a Christmas party at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ on Tuesday 11 December, 2:00pm. 

Following that we have the Memory Lane Christmas Party at the Maurice Jagger Centre on Monday 17 December, 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Not everyone has the best time at Christmas and Todmorden Central Methodist Church will be holding a short, reflective service / contemplation on Saturday 22 December, 2:30pm for those who struggle over the festive period.

 

Snow White at Victoria Theatre

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After the Magic Mirror declares Snow White to be the fairest in all the land the Wicked Queen is sent into a jealous rage. Will her friends be able to save Snow White from the Queen’s rage and will they all be able to live happily ever after?

Once again, the Victoria Theatre will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well as spectacular sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances and bags of slapstick fun!

Neil Hurst is returning to Halifax for his tenth pantomime season, this year as Jingles the Jester and he is being joined by Jolyon Dixon as Dame Dolly Mixture and Felicity Skiera as the Wicked Queen.

Snow White runs at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, West Yorkshire from Thursday 13 December 2018 until Saturday 5 January 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices vary by date or seating position but Adult and Child tickets are the same price.

Did you know Victoria Theatre also offers an integrated signed performance and a relaxed performance of Snow White.

Snow White Integrated Signed Performance, Saturday 29 December, 5:30pm & Sunday 30 December, 1:00pm.

For this integrated performance, the British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters will be involved in the action on stage and take part in the performances!

Snow White Relaxed Performance, Friday 4 January, 10:30am

This performance is designed to be welcoming to everyone, and especially to adults and children who may feel unable to access theatre performances for a variety of reasons, for example: parents/carers with noisy infants, people who need or want to move around and/or vocalise during the performance, people with dementia, autism or with other complex access and inclusion needs.

Kidocracy at the Piece Hall

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Kidocracy is an interactive show on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, 12:00pm-1:00pm (doors open 11:30am) at the Piece Hall. It is hosted by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), appearing as Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all who gives children an island to rule.

They must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t all fun, fun, fun – there’s stuff to be done as well.

This is a seated show and will take place this Christmas in the circus-style Spiegeltent – a spectacular round wooden structure from the Netherlands measuring 20 meters in diameter, lavishly decorated inside with mirrors, glass and velvet.

Tickets, Adult £11, Children £8.50 are available from the Piece Hall website.

Domestic Abuse – in Whatever Language at Whatever Time

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Have you or a family member been affected by Domestic Abuse?
Do you need some support or someone to talk to about the abuse?
Are you struggling to cope with the effects of family violence?

Christmas, for some families is a time of celebration, but unfortunately for some the expectations of being there to provide and support can make Christmas a challenging time. Don’t forget the Samaritans are always there to help you and can be contacted though our link.

Calderdale Staying Safe has published a series of guides to in different languages to support those who may not know what services are available in UrduCzech and Polish.

Calderdale Staying Safe, the Domestic Abuse Support Service has released a flyer that can be downloaded here and printed to give the latest information on how to contact them, 01422 323339 Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. The leaflet also includes the out of hours number.

There are also leaflets in different languages

In an emergency, call 999 or to report an incident to the Police, please call 101.

Staying Safe has a skilled, experienced and diverse staff team who speak other languages or will make every effort to find language support through interpreters.

This is a free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
Support is also available for children 5 years and above, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
There are dedicated male and female support workers.

The latest outreach sessions are;

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX

(1st & 3rd Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

06/12/18, 20/12/18

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Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8DQ

(2nd & 4th Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

13/12/18 (No drop in 27/12/18)

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Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, HX1 4NE

                Monthly drop-in on 1st Tues of the month 9:30am–11:30am (No drop in 01/01/2019)

Download the Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer.

Christmas at Eureka! Children’s Museum

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Eureka! children’s museum has been preparing for Christmas with a number of events coming up.

The Eureka! elves have been beavering away to get the museum more Christmassy than ever before, and the big guy in red himself arrived this weekend, ready to meet children in the snuggly grotto!

The Eureka! grotto has been named one of the UK’s best places to see Santa by NetMums, for three years running.

Elves open the doors from 11:00am every weekend, and then daily from Wednesday 19 December. Grotto visits cost just £4 per child, and include a small gift!

Autism-only sessions
The grotto is opened an hour earlier at 10:00am just for visitors with autism, and the Eureka! team can do all kinds of things to tailor your visit, such as changing the lighting and music, or even removing Santa’s beard (he’s magic, so it doesn’t hurt).

Festive Toddler Days
The next Toddler Days will be on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 December, when the museum is open the museum JUST for our youngest visitors.

There are no school bookings for either day but there will be grotto visits with Santa, extra early years activities, plus a brand new festive show ‘A Place for Winter’ all about a hedgehog and dormouse trying to find somewhere safe and warm to hibernate.

Clifton Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival

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Clifton Methodist Church, Towngate, Clifton, Brighouse. HD6 4HX will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival with 28 real trees. The opening service will be on Friday 30 November, 6:00pm with viewings and refreshments 6:00pm-9:00pm on Friday, Saturday 1 December, 12:00pm-5:00pm with a final service of celebration and award on Sunday 2 December, 4:00pm.

I Can Only Imagine at the Rex Cinema, Elland

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Update: The Rex cinema in Elland has just added a 10:30am morning showing for the Christian film I CAN ONLY IMAGINE (PG) next Thursday 6 December as well as the 7:45pm evening showing which has already been announced.

The morning showing will be preceded by the theatre organist playing the cinema’s concert organ from 10:00am.

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

The story is told in ‘I Can Only Imagine’(PG) showing at The Rex Cinema, Elland for one night only on Thursday 6 December, 7:45pm.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favourite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.

A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness,the inspiring Christian film ‘I Can Only Imagine’ beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.

Christmas Tree Festival at St. Andrew’s Church, Stainland

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St. Andrew’s Church, Stainland will be holding a Community Christmas Tree Festival Friday 7 December, 7:00pm-9:00pm and on Saturday 8 December, 11:00am-3:00pm. 

Admission on the Friday is £6 and includes light refreshments. On the Saturday admission is by donation.

There will be star themed trees decorated by local groups, a children’s art competition and a quiz along with the usual stalls and live music.

This event is supported by Stainland and District Parish Council and will raise funds for the Church.

 

RSPCA Open Day in Halifax

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are inviting the local community to join them at their Christmas Open Day & Fair on Sunday 2 December, 12:00pm-3:00pm, taking place at their Wade Street Animal Centre in Halifax (HX1 1SN). The annual festive fundraiser promises lots of fun for all the family, whilst helping to raise vital funds for the animals in their care and the running of the centre.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator, says

“Our annual Christmas Open Day is always a huge hit with our supporters and the local public. You can meet some of our animals, pop in to see Father Christmas in his grotto, enjoy our stalls and games and even grab a nice glass of mulled wine for the adults! It’s a great way to get in to the festive spirit, whilst also helping local animals in need and making their Christmas special too.”

The branch will have refreshments available, a raffle, a Christmas Quiz and the chance to drop gifts in to ‘Animal Stockings’, to treat the animals currently in the centres care.

So far this year, the branch has successfully found homes for 111 dogs, 281 cats and 73 small animals and they hope that with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible. For more information about the event and the branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

The Bowie Experience at the Victoria Theatre

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Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. Performed on Saturday 1 December, 7:30pm at the Victoria TheatreHalifax this is a must see for all Bowie fans.

Bowie Experience is the world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke and continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail.

For the authentic Bowie Experience with all the hits from A to Ziggy – this show is a must-see for all Bowie fans and those absolute beginners out there.

The world’s number 1 celebration of David Bowie features songs including Space Oddity, Starman, Fashion, Life on Mars, China Girl, Rebel Rebel, Golden Years, Modern Love, All the Young Dudes, Lets Dance and Heroes. Visit www.bowieexperience.com to find out more.

Tickets are available at the Box Office, on or on the Victoria Theatre website.