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.
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!
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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 Theatre, Halifax 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.
Halifax Minster has published the programme of services for December as follows;
- Advent Carol Service – Sunday 2 December, 6:30pm
- Carols at All Souls, Haley Hill – Sunday 9 December, 4:00pm
- Christmas Carol Service – Sunday 23 December, 6:30pm
- Christingle Services – Monday 24 December, 1:45pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm
- Midnight Mass – Monday 24 December, 11:30pm
- Christmas Day – Christmas Day, 9:00am, 10:30am
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
WHY IS WORLD AIDS DAY IMPORTANT?
Over 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Advances in medicine mean that people on effective HIV treatment cannot pass the virus on, but late diagnoses remain high and worryingly, only 45% of people can identify all the ways in which HIV is transmitted.
Stigma and discrimination can be a daily issue for people living with HIV. A recent stigma survey showed that 13 per cent report avoiding visiting the GP because they feared being treated differently and 21 per cent of gay men living with HIV report they have been discriminated against in work.
Troublingly 18 per cent of those surveyed report they’d had suicidal thoughts in the past year.
We’ve come a long way – but there’s still much work to do! Join us to raise vital funds so we can continue to fight discrimination, raise awareness and improve the lives of people living with HIV.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 5,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
WHAT SHOULD I DO ON WORLD AIDS DAY?
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can order a red ribbon through our online shop, or pick one up in a MAC Cosmetics shop and selected branches of Morrisons.
You can also order a free pack of 100 ribbons to fundraise for the National AIDS Trust. World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise money for NAT, which will help to champion the rights of people living with HIV in the UK. Visit our fundraising pages for ideas, or contact someone in the fundraising team for more information.