Feb

A celebration of Shakespeare at Square Chapel, Halifax

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This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and to celebrate the legacy of this remarkable poet and playwright, Square Chapel has a few ‘wherefore art thou’s’ and ‘to be or not to be’s’ coming up on the following dates.

Friday 22 January – 8pm – The Second Best Bed
This superb one-woman play has received great critical acclaim since its premier at the Swan Theatre Worcester in 2012. Tickets cost £14 (£12 Concs) – Book now

Sunday 14 February – 6pm – Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet 
Prices start from £21 per person, with dinner and weekend packages available too. To book call the box office on 01422 349422 or visit squarechapel.co.uk to start creating the perfect Valentine’s day for you and your beloved.

There’s so much more going on at Square Chapel at the moment and in the future, why not take a look for yourself at www.squarechapel.co.uk/

Would you like to help give away £70,000 to voluntary and community groups in Calderdale?

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Calderdale Council’s Small Grants scheme gives away small grants of up to £3,000 to voluntary and community groups all over Calderdale. This year we are giving away £70,000 to a range of community initiatives and voluntary sector projects.

These grants are awarded through a Small Grants Panel, made up of Calderdale Councillors and representatives from voluntary groups, community groups and groups which represent communities of interest.

These voluntary and community sector representatives are appointed for two years, and we are now inviting nominations for representatives to serve on the Community Grants Panel from April 2016 to March 2018. Each organisation can nominate one person as a representative.

If you feel that you or someone else in your organisation would like to be a member of the Small Grants Panel, and you have not already received a nomination form, please contact the Grants team via email to grants@calderdale.gov.uk

Deadline for nominations is Monday 22 February, following this if more than three nominations are received we will go to a ballot, with the successful new Panel members announced in April 2016.

If you have any questions around the Small Grants Panel or Small Grants Scheme please contact Steve Martin on 01422 392317.

February Half Term Events at Kershaw’s Garden Centre

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Do something this February half term with a variety of activities taking place at Kershaw’s Garden Centre – Drop in any time between 10am and 12pm on the following dates.

  • Monday 15 February – Pain a Pot
  • Tuesday 16 February – Feathered friends
  • Wednesday 17 February – Minion crafts
  • Thursday 18 February – Frog crafts
  • Friday 19 February – Little Monsters

There will be a £1 charge for materials and don’t miss the 3 for 2 offer on all toys in the toy shop.

For further information contact Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Road, Brighouse on 01484 713435 or visit www.kershawgardencentre.co.uk

Storm Eva Flood Relief Appeals: Government Match Funding – Deadline Extended

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Registered charities in areas affected by Storm Eva now have until Friday 5 February 2016 to apply for match funding to be used towards flood relief efforts.

Any registered charity currently running a fundraising appeal to help communities affected by the storm can apply to the match funding scheme administered by the DCLG.

As part of its commitment to supporting those in England who have been worst affected by the two winter storms, the Government has agreed to provide £2 million in match funding to charities that have already begun fundraising activities to support flood victims. The money will go towards the recovery costs involved in restoring affected areas and communities as quickly as possible.

Donations eligible for match funding are:

  • Individual donations.
  • Community group donations.
  • Trust fund donations.
  • Philanthropic organisations (eg rotary clubs).
  • Corporate donations.

Gift Aid elements of donations are not eligible for match funding, and any funding paid is to be restricted and used by the charity in line with their appeal to help support the response to Storm Eva.

To apply, please complete an expression of interest form and follow the instructions set out on page 5 of the Storm Eva flood relief appeals: government match-funding prospectus.

Please note – The last date by which Expressions of Interest will be accepted is by midnight on Friday 5 February 2016 via email.

Become an Engagement Champion and give local people a say

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You could earn money for your community by becoming an Engagement Champion.  You could reach out to people in your community that may not otherwise get to have a say.  If you enjoy talking to people and getting involved this could be for you.

The NHS wants to talk to people about its plans for local health services.  There is FREE training for local people to become Engagement Champions and talk to their communities.

The next training programme begins in the third week in February.  If you are interested in finding out more; contact Megan.vickery@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 431094.

Click here to view upcoming Engagement Champions training dates

The Engagement Champions programme is run by Voluntary Action Calderdale and funded by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for planning and buying local health services in hospital and in the community.

Wring out the Clowns – Calder Valley Flood Relief Comedy Gala

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Wring Out The ClownsSarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Justin Moorhouse, Rory Bremner, Jack Carroll and a mystery guest are set to bring you laugh out loud comedy and all for a great cause!

Monday 8 February 2016 – 7.30pm
At Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax, HX1 1BP

All comedians are performing for free and Calderdale Council have kindly waived all costs meaning every single penny will be going to Community Foundation For Calderdale and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance to help people and local businesses who have been affected by the recent flooding.

Tickets cost £20/£15 and can be booked online here.

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016

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Get your organic goods at the Calder Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2016; with children’s activities, information displays, stalls including cheese, compost CVOG plant and sundries, refreshments and more.

Saturday 27 February – 9.30am to 2.30pm
At Mytholmroyd Cricket Club, Moderna Way, Burnley Rd, HX7 5PZ.

Admission costs just £1 and includes entry to Potato Raffle – For further information, catalogue and order form for postal pre-orders for collection at the event call 01422 846173, email info@cvog.org.uk or visit www.cvog.org

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners

Take advantage of Calderdale Council’s Sports offer

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We all know it can be easy to over indulge at Christmas, but to get a head start on that New Year’s Resolution, why not take advantage of Calderdale Council’s December sports offer?

If you join one of the five Council sports centres this December then you pay no membership fees (just a £10 joining fee) until February 2016 – that’s 12 months membership for the price of 10.

The membership covers five sites across Calderdale; Halifax Pool, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Sowerby Bridge Pool and Fitness Centre, Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre and Todmorden Sports Centre and it also includes the use of four swimming pools, over 150 fitness classes across all the sites each week and full use of state of the art gym equipment.

What’s more, if you have a specific fitness goal, fully qualified staff are with you all the way, to provide support and expert advice.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/sportoffer or call in to any of our fitness centres throughout December.

FREE Cooking Club at The Orangebox

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obx cooking clubThe Orangebox Cooking Club is due to start in the next couple of weeks, so if you enjoy cooking and would like to expand your skills or just wanting to try something different, the Cooking Club may be just what you’re looking for.

What is the Cooking Club?
It’s an 8 week course for young people aged 15 or over, taking place in
the Orangebox kitchen and cafe every Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm.

What’s in it for me?
Lots of fun learning how to cook. A Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Award and a Level 2 Food Hygiene Qualification. You’ll also have the chance to get some paid work in the cafe at other times, and put your learning into action.

What does it cost?
It’s free, all you need is your time and commitment – It could be the start of something delicious!

If you are interested and would like to find out more call Linda on 01422 353073 or email linda@squarechapel.co.uk or Greg at gabroadbent@gmail.com