The true cost of burglary campaign

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Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing – that is the message being highlighted by West Yorkshire Police as part of their latest burglary campaign.

The campaign aims to make people think about the true cost of burglary, as this can be both emotional and financial.

Being burgled can be devastating for victims, not only is it upsetting and inconvenient to lose the items that you have worked hard to pay for, but it can also lead to sleepless nights, feelings of anger and the loss of treasured memories and personal items.

Following crime prevention tips can help to secure your home and deter burglars. Find them at

For more information about home security call 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer or follow on Twitter using #wypburglary.


Care for your pets this November!

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rspcaAs a pet owner you may already be aware of the risk involving your pets around this time of year with bonfire night and firework displays fast approaching.

Please see below some advice on keeping your pets safe this November.

Whether you have guinea pigs or horses… there is something for everyone.


  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • Close all windows and curtains and switch on music or the television to drown out the noise.
  • Leave your cat to take refuge in a corner if it wishes. Do not try to tempt it out as this could cause more stress.
  • Make sure your cat is microchipped to ensure it can be returned to you if it escapes and becomes lost.


  • Exercise your dog during the day.
  • Never walk your dog while fireworks are being let off.
  • As with cats, keep your dog indoors, close the curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the noise.
  • Let your dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag and is microchipped in case it bolts and becomes lost.

Small animals
Small animals – such as rabbits and guinea pigs – living outside should not be forgotten. They can also become very stressed from loud noise. Bring small animals indoors or into an outhouse or garden shed to give them extra protection.

Horses often bolt from firework noise and become injured. Always make sure horses, ponies and donkeys are stabled while fireworks are being let off. Make sure fireworks are not in view by closing the stable door.

REMEMBER – never let off fireworks near animals and always clear up after a fireworks party – litter is hazardous to domestic and wild animals.

Bonfires can be fatal for wildlife such as hedgehogs, which often crawl in to them to sleep. Build bonfires as late as possible to reduce this risk and make sure you disturb the foundations of the bonfire to give any wildlife a chance to escape before it is lit.


Care Act update training session

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An introduction to the Care Act 2014 with a focus on what this means for people who are in receipt of social care support.

Thursday 5 November – 9.30am to 4.30pm
At Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George St, Todmorden, OL14 5RN

People who attend the training will gain a greater understanding of the changes that will be introduced as a result of the new Care Act including:

  • When they would be eligible for social care support
  • The social care assessment process
  • Personal Budgets – promoting choice and control
  • What is expected regarding advocacy within a local area.
  • Charging for services
  • The changes for carers and how they would be assessed and when they would be eligible for support / a budget

This training session is aimed at organisations and members of the public who want to find out more about the Care Act 2014 – click here to book

Saturday Art Clubs at Smith Art Gallery

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A variety of arts and crafts activities for ages 8 to 14 at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse from 10.30am to
art club12.30pm on the following dates:

Saturday 31 October 2015

Saturday 14 November 2015
Saturday 28 November 2015

Saturday 12 December 2015

Saturday 16 January 2016
Saturday 30 January 2016

The cost is £5 per session and places can be booked by calling Jeffrey on 01422 352334 or by email to

Festive Family Fun at the Victoria Theatre

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Enjoy festive shows for all the family at Victoria Theatre this year with The Nutcracker, The Snowman, Santa’s Rusty Robot and Cinderella.

Sunday 15 November at 7.30pm – The Nutcracker
Presented by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House, this high quality ballet is performed to a large live orchestra and is an inspiring introduction to classical ballet for the whole family – Tickets cost £34 to £35.10* – Book Now

Wednesday 2 December at 2pm and 7pm – The Snowman
Rated No. 2 in The Guardian’s top 10 things to do with the family over Christmas, this classic story is shown on a large screen accompanied by a professional orchestra – Tickets cost £9.90* to £24.10* – Book Now

Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 December – Pre-School Special: Santa’s Rusty Robot
In response to the success of Santa’s Dizzy Day last Christmas, Iain Lauchlan and Imagine Theatre have come up with a brand new Santa show for 2 to 6yr olds – Tickets cost £7* to £11.10* – Book Now

Saturday 12 December to Sunday 3 January – Cinderella
Schools’ performances run w/c 14th December and tickets are selling fast for all performances of our fun and popular panto – Tickets cost £14 to £19.05* – Book Now

For more performances and entertainment coming up at the Victoria Theatre visit

Russian State Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’

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Nut-detailLast year they brought you Swan Lake, this year its ‘The Nutcracker’… Presented by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House, this high quality ballet is performed to a large live orchestra and is an inspiring introduction to classical ballet for the whole family.

Sunday 15 November – 7.30pm
At Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax, HX1 1BP

Tickets cost £34 – £35.10* and can be booked online here.

* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online

Click here to watch the official trailer

Start your own business drop in sessions – November / December 2015

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Can’t find a job or ever wondered how you could become self-employed/ start your own business but don’t know where to start or who to contact?

Why not check out the FREE monthly drop in sessions run by Eric Binns from Calderdale Council’s Business Support Team.

Click here for details of upcoming sessions and further information.

Whether you are unemployed or employed, you are welcome to attend any session at any location and if you can’t make it to any of the sessions, please contact Eric to arrange a 1 to 1 advice meeting on 01422 392222 or 07702 925493.

The Greetland Academy Evening Classes – Nov 2015

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Greetland Academy has confirmed evening classes starting in November for 7 weeks.

Wednesday evenings from 4 November – 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Ukulele group – £4 per session with the opportunity to hire an instrument for the 7 weeks

Thursday evenings from 5 November – 6.45pm to 7.45pm
Latin American Dancing – £4 per session

If you would like to enrol for any of the courses or require any further information please contact Jayne Firth at The Greetland Academy for further details on 01422 372893 or by email to

Children’s Book Festival at Rastrick Library

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Go along to Rastrick Library for a Children’s Book Festival with author Philip Caveney and illustrator Lynne Chapman.

Friday 13 November – Author Philip Caveney

  • 1.30pm to 3pm – Schools workshop (schools only)
  • 6pm to 7.30pm – Philip will talk, read from his books, answer questions and sign copies of his books as required (suitable for 8+ years)

Saturday 14 November – Illustrator Lynne Chapman
Talk followed by a practical session of drawing & illustrations.

  • 10.30am to 12.30pm – Storytelling Session (4 to 7 years)
  • 2pm to 4pm – Illustration Workshop (7 to 14 years)

Booking is essential for all these sessions, please book by contacting Rastrick Library on 01484 714858 or email or visit

Brighouse Victorian Christmas Market

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brighouse xmasBrighouse town steps back to the Victorian era with carol singers, street entertainers, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and a horse drawn carriage.

Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 November

It is the perfect opportunity for Christmas shopping with over 80 stalls of locally produced food and crafts at the Christmas Market.

For further details visit