There are several reports of suspicious phone calls, to both personal and work phones.
Here are some examples of reports received:
“I’ve had several spam phone calls on our landline claiming to be from both BT about my wi-fi as they say I’m having problems and they will cut me off if I don’t give them my IP address details etc! (I don’t have wi-fi with BT!!) and also from Amazon about my card being used for a purchase over £1000 (not true either) but they are all very believable in the moment you answer the phone if you haven’t got your brain in gear!”
“I have just taken a call on my work mobile from an automated caller alleging to be from the National Crime Agency saying my NI number is being suspended due to illegal activity and if I don’t proceed with the call by pressing ‘4’ I will be arrested!”
“I have personally, on my own mobile phone, received a scam phone call and also a text both yesterday claiming to be from HMRC advising me that I am entitled to a COVID-19 Support Grant. I ended the phone call before it got to the point where I was asked for my bank details and I’ve reported the phone call to HMRC through their official website.”
“Just had an automated message from ‘HMRC’ saying that there is a fraud case against me (!) and a warrant would be issued if I didn’t press 1 to connect (which I didn’t!).“
All these types of phone calls are scams. Criminals seeking to defraud people out of money use emails, phone calls and text scams to try to trick people, by using scare tactics.
By “pressing 1” or “pressing 4” you could potentially be connected to a premium rate number with extortionate rates.
HMRC will never contact you in this way. If you are at all concerned, then our advice would be to go directly to the HMRC website and look for genuine contact numbers.
Please do take care if you receive calls from your Internet Service Provider. If you are at all suspicious, end the call, go to their official website and find the correct number to call back.
If you receive any such call, disconnect immediately and ensure the line clears. It is advisable to block the number too.
If you have any concerns, please do get in touch.
Video needs the Radio star, as a local TV station is interested in doing a piece on the Harmony Hub radio show.
The project is still in its concept and all listeners of Harmony Hub are invited to take part!
They TV station would like to talk to someone who listens to the show and benefits from it.
We would love to hear from Iisteners who would like to talk in an interview.
The form of this has not been decided yet, it could just be a quote or maybe someone would come with a camera to interview, adhering to the Covid guidelines and every effort will be made to work around the needs of anyone who has interest in talking to them about the show.
If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please ring 0759 1157841
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Harmony Hub – Live every Monday 1pm on Phoenix FM 96.7 FM
Central Library – Tuesday to Saturday (closed Mondays)
Brighouse Library – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Wednesdays)
Hebden Bridge Library – Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Tuesdays)
King Cross Library – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Wednesdays)
Sowerby Bridge Library (from 23rd Feb) – Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Mondays & Wednesdays)
Todmorden Library – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat (closed Thursdays)
All these libraries are open 10am – 4pm
As before, masks are required to be worn, social distancing to be maintained & there are hand sanitising stations available within each library.
All items currently on loan are due back on the 31st March, 2021 and will be extended if necessary.
It would be lovely if you could start to return any items that you have had out since before lockdown started last March. You can return them to any of our open libraries as per the list above! If you are not sure how many you have or even if you have any you can contact one of the above libraries and they will be able to let you know.
We are open for Phase one usage, which means you can return items, collect anything that you reserved & for limited IT usage (must be pre-booked).
You can, of course still access our online facilities as below:
- Access e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and comics. All are available to download free from https://calderdale.rbdigitalglobal.com/ (until 24th February)
- Next Wednesday, the 24th, we will move from Rbdigital to Libby/Overdrive, for eBooks and eAudio only. Magazines and comics will remain within RBDigital.
- Calderdale Libraries are not yet live on the Libby app, so whilst you can download it, you will not be able to register until next Wednesday.
- Any item on loan from RBDigital, will be available until the loan period expires. Once it is available on Libby, customers will be notified and able to switch to continue reading without interruption
- Holds/Wishlist’s and loan history will not move over to Libby. It might be a good idea to keep a record of these, especially holds, so you can then place them on Libby. You can do this in the My account/profile section, where you can export a list
- If you have previously registered with Libby (through a different library service), you will be able to reset the account to Calderdale from next Wednesday.
Any problems or queries – please contact email@example.com
An additional eAudio book service called uLIBRARY is also available. In order to use this service on a phone or tablet, you will need to download the uLIBRARY app from either the Google Play store or the Apple / iOS App Store. Alternatively, users can access the service on their PC’s or laptops by visiting:
As with our existing eBook service, you will need your CMBC Library card number (remembering to include a capital R at the beginning) and your PIN number, in order to join up to this service.
Access 24-hour reference resources from the Digital Library at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/digital-library
Enjoy story time and craft sessions at facebook.com/Calderdale Libraries
Use the Home Library Service. E-mail: HomeLibraryService@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 288062
Reading Friends chat, share stories and have fun
Do you enjoy a good book? Like looking at magazines or reading the paper? Would you like to chat over the phone about what you read? Or do you know someone else who would?
If so Calderdale Libraries would love to hear from you. We are starting a Reading Friends Chat and Natter scheme and are looking for anyone who would like to take part.
Please contact us on 01422 288028 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Reading Friends for more information
SITA (Something in the Air)
The launch event, “Every Breath you Take”, will be on Zoom at 7pm on Weds March 3rd. You can sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/every-breath-you-take-tickets-138932010383
Dr Mark Broomfield has written a captivating and readable book and it will be fascinating to hear what he has to say in person.
If you live in or around Sowerby Bridge, you may also be interested in borrowing & experimenting with an air quality monitor. These will be available in a few weeks’ time.
If you’d like to be kept updated about the project, further events & opportunities, please join our mailing list. Just send us an email at: email@example.com
And don’t forget our Something in the Air? Facebook group.
Reading Well For Children
Calderdale Libraries has recently launched the Reading Well for Children book collection.
These books are specially chosen to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. Here is a video of one of our Children’s Librarians, Ben, introducing the collection. https://fb.watch/3K3aiZ_hyg/
The collection can be found and borrowed from Halifax Central Library, Brighouse Library, Hebden Bridge Library, King Cross Library, Sowerby Bridge Library, Todmorden Library and from the Home Library Service. Titles can be ordered via select and collect, all you have to do is phone, email or reserve via your library account on the Calderdale Libraries site https://calderdale.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/LOGINB
Children Coping With Covid Collection
Calderdale Libraries are delighted to announce a new collection of books that help children and families stay safe, calm, connected and hopeful. Some are available as free downloads, but many of the titles can be borrowed by Select and Collect, and are marked with a rainbow sticker.
Titles can be ordered via select and collect; all you have to do is phone, email or reserve via your library account on the Calderdale Libraries site https://calderdale.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/LOGINB
Here is a video of Ben introducing the Reading Well books which includes the titles.
On World Book Day March 4th look out for all our exciting activities and author readings for children on our social media sites– Facebook @Calderdale Libraries and Twitter @CMBClibraries.
Calling all family historians
Would you like some help with your family history? Perhaps you are looking to start but don’t know where to begin. Or maybe you’ve been doing it for a while and have hit a dead end. Our virtual one to one Ancestry sessions could be just the thing that you are looking for. To find out more information, or to book a place, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia Plath Visits Heptonstall
We hope you’ll enjoy our latest Local Studies short film. It’s all about Sylvia Plath and her connection with Heptonstall: https://youtu.be/kXC9GTr_3Tw
This is just a quick reminder of our Virtual Support Groups that are taking place from February – April 2021 via Microsoft Teams.
Virtual Health Walk
Thursday 4th Feb 1pm-2pm
Thursday 4th March 1pm-2pm
Thursday 1st April 1pm-2pm
Virtual Coffee Support Group
Wednesday 17th Feb 2pm-3pm
Wednesday 17th March 2pm-3pm
Wednesday 21st April 2pm-3pm
To book – contact us on01422 222709 / 01484 343614or email us email@example.com
If you require any technical support, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can support you!
Helen, Mandy and Holly
Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
Macmillan Unit – Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 222709
Greenlea Unit – Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – 01484 343614
Mobile – 07554415564
Website – cht.nhs.uk/services/clinical-services/oncology/macmillan-information-and-support/
Find us on Facebook facebook.com/Macmillan-Information-Support-Service-at-Calderdale-Huddersfield-2384220825159295
Great news! #COVID19 vaccination appointments can now be booked online for anyone who is:
💚 Aged 65 or over.
💚 Clinically extremely vulnerable.
💚 A frontline health or social care worker.
Find out more and book on the NHS website 👉 crowd.in/nycMBK
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) is offering a not-to-be missed opportunity to the health and care workforce of a rotational trainee nursing associate course in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, Health Education England and West Yorkshire and Harrogate’s Urgent and Emergency Care Programme.
The course builds on the highly successful nursing associate course ran by the University, with the addition of a rotational work-based element designed to promote collaborative working and the movement of skills and experience across the health and care system.
The course, originally due to start in December 2020, was put on hold due to COVID-19. The course is now being re-launched with a start date of 7 June 2021, and health and care employers are being asked for expressions of interest by 28 February 2021 if not given already.
Following a successful bid, additional funding has been made available to provide support to employers to release staff for teaching and placements and all health and care employers are invited to apply for this additional funding of up to £4000 per annum.
In addition, with the adding of the nursing associate role to the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme, general practices can now apply for full reimbursement of trainee and qualified nursing associate salaries.
Another exciting development to this new and innovative programme is the appointment of a clinical nurse educator whose work will focus on ensuring that learners have the skills and training to succeed in their individual nursing placements.
Dr David Tatham, Bradford GP and joint clinical lead for the Urgent and Emergency Care Programme at the WY&H HCP said “We understand that pressures are still very high owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and supporting trainees in the work place may not be a current priority. However, we urge employers to take advantage now of this heavily supported initiative as a way to grow and develop your existing workforce in order to build resilience and reduce workforce pressures of the future”.
Clair White registered nurse and clinical nurse educator for the rotational trainee nursing associate course said “I’m really looking forward to working with a brand new cohort of enthusiastic learners on this new and innovative course. My role will be to work alongside and mentor the learners to ensure they have the skills, training and support to succeed in their individual placements. There will be lots of support available and I would urge anyone interested to speak with their employer. It will be a real privilege to work alongside each and every individual along their journey to becoming fully qualified nursing associates and as we continue to build on the skills and capabilities of our workforce”.
Visit our website for all further information.
This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5 miles walk through Park Wood, Elland. The walk is marked as Grade 2+ or Grade 2++ and estimated to take 3 hours to complete.
We start our walk from Marsh Lane, Southowram, when you turn from Bank Top, there is on-road parking a few meters down the lane.
Cross the road at Bank Top and walk up along the footpath, cross over the junction of Battinson Street, until you reach a path on your right, marked Dog Kennel Lane. This will bring you onto a wide access track, with the children’s playground on your left. Continue along the track to meet Higgin Lane.
Turn right and walk down Higgin Lane, you will pass the TV booster mast, turn left at the bottom and walk past the derelict house. Continue straight forward, passing the farm buildings, you will see the path taking you along the fields in front of you.
When you pass the red brick tower, look at the front and a memorial to a Southowram ex-police officer. Once in the next field, keep the broken wall to your left and head to the far left-hand corner, where you will find a style onto a wide track. Turn left and follow the track, you will pass a quarry on your right and eventually the track will bring you onto Pinnar Lane.
Turn right and continue along Pinnar Lane to the junction with Cain Lane and Town Gate, turn right and continue along Town Gate to the junction with West Lane. Cross the road onto Ashday Lane, follow the lane down to the cricket ground. Take the path straight forward, passing the cricket ground to your left. The path will soon narrow as it becomes Binns Top Lane.
This path will bring you to Binns Wood, keep left and follow the old cart track down. The track will make a sharp left-hand turn, in front of you, you will see a yellow topped marker post, turn right here and follow the path into the woodland. This is Park Wood, Elland.
The path follows the wood, don’t take a path that drops you down but try to keep in a ‘straightish’ line! At one point there is a hill in front of you with many cycle paths, take the path around the left-hand side. There are some yellow topped marker posts to guide you along.
The path will eventually bring you onto a red brick road.
Route ‘A’ – grade 2++ – you will see another marker post on your right, taking you up into the woodland, this path will come out into a field, follow the path towards the cottages and farm buildings at Park Nook. Continue along the farm track, passing the various houses along the way, you will reach Change Lane / West Lane. Cross the road to meet with Siddal Top Lane opposite.
Route ‘B’ – grade 2+ – turn right and follow the red brick road until you reach a path on your left taking you down to cross over a stream. Go through the gap style into the field, diagonally right, the path heads towards a tree, go into the next field and keep left, you will reach a wide track, follow this track to meet with Park Lane / Change Lane. Turn right and follow the footpath until you reach Siddal Top Lane on your left.
Continue along Siddal Top Lane, at the top of Phoebe Lane, go straight forward onto Whitegate. You will see the row of houses to your right, take the stone path, which will bring you to the front of the houses and a wide rough road. Keep right and walk up this road, it will soon become a track. This is a steep track, so take your time. Near to the top, take the right-hand path, this will bring you to the bottom of Higgin Lane.
Walk back up Higgin Lane to the TV booster mast, turn left on the path, this will bring you to Trooper Lane, with Blaithroyd Lane straight forward. Turn right and walk-up Trooper Lane. Just before it levels off, on your right are some steps, these lead you onto Battinson Street. Continue along Battinson Street to meet Bank Top, with Marsh Lane to your left.
We would love you to try this walk and send us your photos so we can pop it in the newsletter.
It doesn’t have to be this walk, we would love to feature your scenic photos in the newsletters.