July

Family fun day at Rastrick Bowling Club

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A family fun day in Rastrick has been arranged and all residents of the HD6 3 area can enter their names for either a snooker or  bowling competition with a prize for each winner.

Sunday 17 July 2016 – From 12pm
At Rastrick Bowling club, Toothill Bank, Brighouse, HD6 3EZ

For the younger members there will be a bouncy castle, penalty shoot out , face painting and a barbeque with pie and peas and sandwiches available as well as produce stalls.

The  event will finish with live band, Manhatten Project on stage from 5pm.

Big Latch On aims to break record

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Big Latch On 2015 logo

New mums in Calderdale are being asked to get together for a world record attempt to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

In a bid to get as many babies breastfeeding as possible, all at the same time in the same place, Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network and Elland Children’s Centre are hosting a ‘Big Latch On’ event on Friday 31 July at the centre from 10am to 11am.

The event is part of The Big Latch On 2015 – an international event organised as part of World Breastfeeding Week (1 – 7 August) by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

The aim is to encourage new mums to gather and nurse their newborns in public, all around the world, to raise awareness of the breastfeeding support available and to help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.

During the global latch-on, mums will need to breastfeed their babies for one minute from 10.30am on either Friday 31 July or Saturday 1 August, and the number of women doing this will be officially counted at each venue. The current record was set in 2013, when 14,536 children were breastfed simultaneously.

During the event at Elland Children’s Centre, people will be on hand to answer questions about breastfeeding and how to sign up to become part of a team offering support to other mums.

Calderdale Council set up and continues to fund Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network to promote breastfeeding in the borough. It is made up of local women who have breastfed their own children and work as volunteers to support other mothers. They are specially trained and supported in their role by a team of coordinators who work with health professionals. There are currently 35 peer supporters.

Mums can get advice from peer supporters over the phone and at locations across Calderdale, including antenatal and health visitor clinics, Calderdale Royal Hospital and support groups and drop-ins at children’s centres.

Cllr Megan Swift, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“The Big Latch On is a great way to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. I urge local mums to get involved and help send out a strong message that breastfeeding is a normal part of day-to-day life and support is available.

“Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. We created the Peer Support Network to boost the number of mums starting and continuing to breastfeed. In Calderdale about 80% of women breastfeed their newborns in the first 48 hours after birth, but this drops off to about 40% by the time the baby is six to eight weeks old. The longer you do it, the greater the benefits – including healthy growth and less chance of diarrhoea, vomiting, ear infections and obesity for children, plus reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mums.”

Bridget Hall, Calderdale Council’s Breastfeeding Peer Support Network Lead Coordinator, added:

“We encourage more people to come forward to join our Peer Support Network. It’s really rewarding. Mums who receive support from our volunteers tell us it helps them to overcome breastfeeding difficulties because they have someone to listen to their worries and answer questions; offer practical solutions; give local knowledge about where to go for more specialised help; and offer reassurance.”

If you would like support from the network, please contactpeersupporters@calderdale.gov.uk or 07920 466660. If you are interested in volunteering to be a peer supporter, please contact bridget.hall@calderdale.gov.uk or 01422 393480.

For more information visit the Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network Facebook page or follow @breastfeedpeers on Twitter.

Chit Chat Success!

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The Chit Chat group from Elland was recognised for its hard work on Thursday 9 July at the Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 ceremony where they picked the Supporting Older People in Calderdale award (sponsored by The Leo Group)

Chit Chat provides fun activities and friendly social interaction over a cuppa!

The night, hosted by Clare Frisby and held in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, was a well-deserved showcase for the people who make Calderdale the caring, creative and conscientious place we all know and love… read more about the awards…

Chit Chat runs every second and fourth Wednesday in the month from 1.30pm until 3.30pm at All Saints Church, Charles Street, Elland, HX5 0JF

Whinney Hill Park Community Action Day

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Whinney Hill

Calderdale Council is holding a Community Action Day in Whinney Hill on Thursday 30 July 2015. 

The day will begin at 10am. Residents will be invited to carry out a community clean-up and bring out any household rubbish and bulky unwanted items for a one off pick up and removal FREE skips will be available for you – perfect excuse to have a good sort out!

In the afternoon there will be a number of activities available at the community centre for everyone to enjoy including:

Face painting, Sure Start Arts and Crafts, Community Garden Makers, Mobile Internet Bus, Recycling Team, Sick Of Being Skint , Employment Advisor, Working Wonders, Maltings College, Tombola, a chance to speak with the local PCSO’s, and Fire Service display.

Fishing Fun on Riley’s Pond, Brighouse

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fishSummer fun for Juniors with Brighouse Angling Association every Wednesday afternoon on Riley’s Pond from 22 July to 31 August 2015, 1pm – 4pm.

Limited places so book early to avoid disappointment on 01274 875968 or 07954 582135

Other coaching available at other times – FREE to beginners.

 Riley’s Pond, Brookfoot Fishery, Brighouse, HD6 2RW.

St Matthew’s Churchyard – can you help?

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Friends of St Matthews
Visitors from Salford finding a family grave from early 19C

The Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard are holding a working party for St Matthew’s Churchyard restoration project on Sunday 19 July, 2pm – 4pm.

Jobs will include clearing around graves, cutting grass and generally tidying up!… Any help will be much appreciated.

The group will provide equipment but gloves are advisable.

St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax , HX3 8TH (opposite the Sun Inn)

Calling all workers – Elland Hub network meeting

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Elland teapotShopkeepers, plumbers, milkmen, librarians, florists, butchers, publicans, bakers…

We think the people working in Elland know the people living in Elland best and since the Staying Well in Elland project is all about linking older people with social activities in the community, we feel your knowledge is invaluable to us and we would like your ideas.

Come along to the Elland Hub network meeting on Thursday 16 July to give us your thoughts and enjoy a FREE Buffet.

From 3pm to 5pm at The Canon Winter Centre, All Saint’s Church, Charles Street, Elland, HX5 0JF.

Please let us know if you can come and if you have any special dietary needs by calling 07938 115515 or email matthew.thompson@calderdale.gov.uk

Sure Start Summer Activities in Elland

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ellandlogoAt Elland Children’s Centre

– Tiny Treasures – Wednesdays, 1pm – 2.30pm

– Parent Link Drop In – Fridays, 9.30am – 11.30am

– Story Time – Thursday 6 August, 9.30am – 11.30am

– Seaside themed Fun Day – Friday 14 August 2015, 10.30am – 1pm

Please note there will be no activities running week commencing 31/8/15

Sure Start Summer Activities in HolyWell Green

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At Holywell Green Children’s Centreholywell, situated in the grounds of Holywell Green Primary School:

– Tiny Treasures – Tuesdays, 1pm – 2.30pm

– Messy Monkeys – Thursdays, 1pm – 2.30pm

– Story Time – Friday 7 August, 1pm – 3pm

 

Come and join the Party Bus on Thursday 23 July 2015 at Fall Spring Gardens, 1pm – 2pm then at West View, 2pm – 3pm

Please note there will be no activities running week commencing 31/8/15

Fun Swims at Brighouse Pool

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A wild and wacky time at Brighouse Pool for children 14 years and under, with giant floats available.

No adults unless accompanying children 14 years of age and under.

Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday – Friday 1.45-3pm,  Saturday and Sunday 1-2.15pm (throughout the holidays except Bank Holiday Monday

Booking not required.

Teaching Pool: Weeks 1-6 Monday to Friday 1.30-2.45pm (excluding Bank Holiday Monday) Sunday 12noon-2.45pm.  Weeks 1-4 Saturday 10am-1.15pm and 1.30-2.45pm

Cost:

  • £4.35 or £3.35 for passport leisure cardholders per session – adult
  • £3.00 or £2.75 for PTL cardholders per session – child
  • Under 3s free

Booking not required.