May

Halifax is a Start or Finish Location for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

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Halifax has been chosen as one of the eight host locations for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, meaning a stage of the race will start or finish in the town!

The stages for the newly expanded fourth edition will begin or end in:

Barnsley (South Yorkshire)

Beverley (East Yorkshire)

Doncaster (South Yorkshire)

Halifax (Calderdale)

Ilkley (Bradford)

Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Richmond (North Yorkshire)

Scarborough (North Yorkshire)

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) revealed  that the newly expanded four-day men’s race will take place between 3-6  May. The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire – which is doubling in size from one to two days – will be held over 3-4 May.

The third edition of the Tour de Yorkshire took place this April and saw the race go from strength to strength once again. A record 2.2 million spectators lined the route and generated £64 million for the Yorkshire economy. The action was also beamed live in 180 countries and attracted 9.7 million global TV viewers on Eurosport and ITV alone.

Next year’s Tour will once again see the return of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive and give the chance for Tour Makers to volunteer on the race route and help welcome the millions of spectators.

The full 2018 race route will be unveiled on Tuesday 5 December 2017 – this announcement will include exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of each stage.

Classic Bike and Scooter Show in Sowerby Bridge

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The Rotary club of Sowerby Bridge (RCoSB) 4th annual Classic Bike and Scooter Show promises to be bigger and better than before.

Pre 1980 scooter and bikes can be entered into the show with 16 categories – there is a new one this year: post 1980 modern classics and custom bikes.

Please see our website www.rotarysowerbybridge.org for details on how to enter. The pre entry fee is £5 and on the day is £6. Bikes and scooters need to arrive on the day between 8am – 10am. Winners will be announced in the afternoon.

One of the star exhibits will be the Russian Ice Speedway Bike formally owned by a runner up in the 1994-2002 world championships. This 2 valve Jawa engine bike specially built for the sport has 28mm spikes in the tyres (350 in total) to ensure a grip on the ice. It is a spectacle in itself and is not to be misses as this is suspected to be the only one in the country in its current form. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you dare? This weekend.

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Climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase of Wainhouse Tower to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian chimney! Or is it a chimney – rumours abound.

Opening Times:

11am to 4pm (last ascent 3.30pm) on the following dates:

Spring Bank Monday May 29th
Father’s Day Sunday 18th June
August Bank Monday August 28th

Adults £2.50
Children £2
Family Ticket £8

For further information please contact Dawn Mitchell on 07540 674307

Animal Adventure – Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

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Hop, fly or gallop to Eureka! for an Animal Adventure

Animal lovers will be furry-ous if they miss half term at Eureka! They are welcoming a bevy of beasts for an Animal Adventure from 27 May through to 4 June 2017.

Paws, trotters or wings – whatever your mode of transport – make sure you don’t miss out as it’ll be paw-some…

Event Highlights

FREE Half Term Activities for Ages 11+ at Orange Box

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FREE half term activities for ages 11+ return to Orange Box Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June between 2 pm and 4 pm. Get all arty in our arts and crafts sessions; beat your friends at table tennis; sing your favourite tunes with karaoke in the atrium; climb to new heights in our bouldering tunnel; see what you can do wearing a bumper ball in our zorbing sessions; and come help us celebrate the half term break with an end-of-week DJ party.

No need to book, just turn up (you will need to register when you arrive, if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come) For more information call 01422 433200 or email hello@orangeboxhalifax.org

Orange Box young people’s centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF (next to the Piece Hall)

FREE arts activities at the Craft Locker next week

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As part of the celebrations for Elland’s 700th birthday Square Chapel is working with artists from Two Destination Language to collect and share the stories of the people who remember Elland’s past, make it what it is today, and have dreams for its future.

The project is called LANDED, and as part of it two artists will be based in CraftLocker (77 Southgate) in Elland next week so if you’re passing, drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat, or come to one of their drop-in sessions with an arts activity:

  • Monday 22 May – 2pm to 4pm: Drawing
  • Tuesday 23 May – 10 to 12noon: Poetry
  • Wednesday 24 May 2pm to 4pm: Origami birds
  • Thursday 25 May – 2pm to 4pm: Creative writing
  • Friday 26 May – 10am to 12noon: Painting

At other times, just pause for a chat, or give Alister a call on 07786 911954 to set up an appointment if you want to be sure to meet us!

All sessions (and the tea) are free!

Junior Wardens Clean-up in Shelf

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Junior Wardens from St. Michael and All Angels CE Primary School in Shelf took part in a clean-up of the snicket leading from the school to Halifax Road recently.

The Junior Wardens were accompanied by Heather Stout from the Ovenden Initiative and David Holmes from CMBC’s Neighbourhoods Team.

The Junior Wardens took it upon themselves to suggest a litter pick as most of them have to walk that way to and from school.

 

Although initially it looked as though the snicket was already clean, they soon found that by looking under hedges and behind walls there was actually still a lot of litter to be had!

As you can see, these intrepid wardens were pleased with their final haul!

Terrifying tower becomes UK’s highest climbing wall

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A terrifying tower has been created as the UK’s highest man-made outdoor climbing wall prepares to open.

Higher than both the Tower of London and the Angel of the North, the towering ROKTFACE wall at ROKT climbing centre in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, will now see people climb routes up to 36m.

The climbing wall – roughly equivalent to a 12 storey building or seven double decker buses stacked on top of each other – has been grafted on to the face of a sky-scraping disused flour silo just months after climbing was finally confirmed as a sport in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Read the full press release here or to find out more about ROKT and details on pricing visit www.rokt.co.uk

Volunteer with the Halifax Street Angels

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Want to become a Street Angel and help make Halifax and Sowerby Bridge a better and safer place to have a night out? Or maybe you just want to help out behind the scenes?

Why volunteer

  • Full basic first aid training provided
  • Enjoy various social activities with a close knit team
  • make an immediate difference to the safety and well-being of the public
  • be part of a positive difference for the people of Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

If you are interested in volunteering with the Halifax Street Angels visit halifaxstreetangels.org.uk/volunteers and fill in the application form.

Please note:

Filling in the form only indicates your interest. Upon submitting the form you will be contacted by a member of the Street Angels team to discuss it further.

All volunteers will be required to provide at least two references and will be subject to a DBS check before being allowed to join.

More detailed information is in the FAQ section under the title Volunteer Information, here.