Calderdale Heritage Walks Winter Programme 2018-2019

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The winter programme has fortnightly walks plus an extra one at Christmas. The majority are on Sundays, with 2 Saturdays and 2 on Bank Holidays. All start at 1:30pm.
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages)

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.

Saturday 3 November 2018 Murder Site to Gibbet

A look at the rich and varied heritage of west central Halifax, including People’s Park, the Workhouse, the Hanson Lane Bomb site, West Hill Park Model Village, and many Crossley connections. Hear about the tragic deaths of Mary Hackett and Emily Pye, view the location of a fatal boiler explosion, and see one of Mackintosh’s early warehouses. Finally – the story of The Gibbet. Duration: just over two hours.
Meet David Glover at Lister Lane Cemetery Gates, Lister Lane HX1 5JL at 1:30pm

The complete Winter Walks Programme as shown below can be downloaded here.

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Lower Valley Friday Flyer 26 January – OUT NOW!!

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  • Community Grants Scheme Deadline Approaching
  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2018
  • Halifax Stories at the Piece Hall
  • Healthy Minds ‘Well Aware’ Course at Brighouse Library
  • Volunteer for Disability Support Calderdale

Have a great weekend!

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Special Marriage Deals at Clay House up to 28 February

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Are you planning on getting married?

Did you know a wedding ceremony in the Calderdale Register Office is just £120, Monday–Friday.

See the Calderdale website for more details.

There are also a wide range of wedding venues in the Council, including Todmorden Town Hall and Clay House.

Between 1 October and 28 February, Clay House is available for hire at a special rate of £1,000.

Clay House is a Jacobean building, and is a fine example of seventeenth century vernacular architecture. It is within a beautiful rural park in the village of West Vale, less than three miles from Halifax. It contains a main hall, ante room and bar lounge, and the hall is hired as a whole venue.

For further details email  ceremonies.team@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 288080.

Disability Partnership Calderdale: Open Meeting

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The next Disability Partnership Calderdale Open Main Meeting will be held on
Tuesday 30 January, 5.30 pm-7.45 pm at the Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax.

Buffet refreshments will be available from 5 pm.

The DPC new mobile number; 07716 122897
Malcolm Kielty ( sec ) 07946 510900
email info@disabilitypartnershipcalderdale.org

The agenda is as follows;

5:30pm. Chair opens meeting. Welcome and Housekeeping, and reminder of best practice in question and answering.

5:35pm Kirsty McLeod ; Taxi Licencing authority.

6:05pm Trevor Lylles- Together Housing

6:35pm Comfort break. Attendee/member FREE raffle draw. Shopping voucher.

6:50pm re convene

6:55pm Hanif Mohamed ; Affordable heating

7:05pm Sail Suleman and Jo Richmond attending to consult on the Council’s budget for 2019/20, 20/21 and 21/22. The aim is to provide an overview of the savings the Council is proposing to achieve and which areas might be affected by the savings and services proposed with a growth. The plan is to consult on the budget proposal, we would then feedback in to the final consultation that will be tabled at full Council meeting.

7:35pm –  Thanks from Chair

Chair closes meeting at 7:45pm

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22-28 January 2018

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Just a reminder that this week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22-28 January 2018.

The theme for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018 is “Reduce your risk”.

Cervical cancer can be prevented. With your help we can ensure every woman knows how they can reduce their risk of the disease and the steps they can take to look after their health.

This means:

  • Attending cervical screening when invited
  • Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
  • Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
  • Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
  • Knowing where to find support and further information

We want to see the day when cervical cancer is a disease of the past. Join us this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week to get closer to that day.

There are lots of ways you can get involved including:

  • Hold an awareness day in your office, business, university, GP surgery or community centre: You can order free materials to display and hand out.
  • Check out some tips on raising awareness locally
  • Share your story: If you have been personally affected by cervical cancer or abnormalities and would like to talk about your experience to raise awareness then please get in touch
  • Use social media: Share the below images on social media to help us spread the word about cervical cancer prevention
  • Write a blog or create a news story, contact your local newspaper to let them know about the campaign
  • Contact your MP to raise awareness of the issues surrounding cervical cancer and prevention in your local area
  • Get your workplace to sign up to Time to Test, a campaign which raises awareness of cervical cancer in the workplace and ensures female employees can have the time to attend cervical screening if they are unable to get an appointment outside of working hours
  • Join the #SmearForSmear campaign to help us spread the word about the importance of smear tests in preventing cervical cancer.

For any extra information about the campaign, please email media@jostrust.org.uk or phone the helpline on 0808 802 8000

Emotional Health & Wellbeing – Survey for Parents, Carers and Family Members

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Calderdale Council are consulting with parents, carers and family members to inform the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan. If you are a parent/carer or family member then please complete the anonymous survey using the link below. On average the survey takes less than 5 minutes, which I hope encourages you to fill it out.  If you wish to make any general comments about the survey or want to know more about the Local Transformation Plan, please contact Joanna.marshall@calderdale.gov.uk  

Survey Link:   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CMBC-EHWB

Have Your Say! Rastrick Ward Forum – Monday 22 January 2018

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Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Monday 22 January – Community Hub Technology Centre, Rastrick High School, Field Top Road, 6.30pm for 7:00pm start.

For more information, see: Lower Valley Forum

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 12 January – OUT NOW!!

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  • Retro Games Drop-in at Halifax Central Library
  • Baby and Pre-loved Market at Baliff Bridge
  • Relaxation Workshop from Insight Healthcare
  • Healthy Minds ‘Well Aware’ Course at Brighouse Library
  • Volunteer for Disability Support Calderdale

Have a great weekend!

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Congratulations to Colin Skeath on Receiving his MBE

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We would like to congratulate Colin Skeath, a retired police inspector from Halifax who has been recognised in the New Year Honours for his services to policing the communities of Calderdale and his charity work with an MBE.

You may remember that last year Colin gave a talk at Mixenden Activity Centre about his trip around the UK . He set off with his nephew, Davis, to circumnavigate the UK mainland in an open Canadian canoe and 86 days later the journey of around 2500 miles was complete.

Colin was the Halifax Town Centre Inspector since 2012 and retired after 27 years as a police officer in January 2017.

During his career, Colin was posted in a number of different roles across West Yorkshire, as both neighbourhood and response officer based at Holbeck and Milgarth, custody sergeant at Pudsey and response officer at Weetwood.

The last ten years of his career was spent in Calderdale where he was a response Sergeant before becoming the Inspector for Halifax. Through this role Colin met and worked with numerous partners to deliver the best service possible to the communities he served.

Colin was also the Inspector on duty during the Boxing day floods of 2015 and remembers the day as one of the toughest 18 hours in his career, as he and colleagues across the district pulled together to come to the aid of people across the Calder Valley.

It is Colin’s time working in Calderdale that he remembers most fondly, and where he felt his biggest achievements have been; “I loved every minute of my time working in the district and was absolutely overwhelmed to receive the notification of this recognition. I am incredibly humbled to be recognised at such a level. I look back on my time within the police service with fond memories and was fortunate to meet and work with many brilliant and dedicated people. Without a doubt, my favourite role was working as Inspector for Halifax and I am delighted that this award highlights to work I did for those communities in my professional capacity and the work I have done in my personal time to support the charities closest to my heart.”

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “I am delighted that Colin and Diane have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours and congratulate them both.

Their respective commitment to serving our communities for many years is commendable and typifies the selfless approach to helping others that I see daily from West Yorkshire Police officers, staff and volunteers.”

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “This recognition is very well deserved and these honours pay testament to the dedication and professionalism shown day in day out by people like Colin and Diane, who are committed to serving our communities.

“This is a valued and key part in the continued work by West Yorkshire Police in helping to keep our communities safe and feeling safe and I would like to warmly congratulate them both on this great news.”