Message for Bonfire Night 2021 from West Yorkshire Fire Services

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With a smaller number of events taking place in West Yorkshire over the Bonfire weekend please attend organised events where possible, or follow the important Bonfire and Firework safety advice if hosting an event at home.

While most of us are excited about the fireworks spectacular that comes with Bonfire Night and some may be preparing for it, the risk potential should not be overlooked.

The West Yorkshire Fire and rescue service would like to remind everyone that carelessness with fireworks can result in severe injury or death.

  • Be careful when using fireworks. Only buy fireworks from reputable sellers and check the certificate is appropriate for use.
  • If hosting your own bonfire event, be considerate to your neighbours.
  • If you plan on having an open fire on your property, it is worth informing the West Yorkshire fire service, so they are aware.
  • Hoax calls to the emergency services can result in a £1000 fine.

Let’s not remember Bonfire Night for the wrong reasons.

Visit West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for more on Bonfire Night.



Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 29 October 2021 – OUT NOW!!

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This week:

  • Community Transport Calderdale Out and About Trips
  • Patient and carer group highlights importance of World Stroke Day
  • Waste Not Want Not Halloween Free Fun Day Event
  • Neighbourhood Watch Launches Say No To ASB Campaign

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing team@calderdalelowervalley.com

You can also contact us on 01422 252 209

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Time Out are recruiting volunteers!

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Are you passionate about the wellbeing of young people in Calderdale?

Why not join Time Out, Healthy Minds emotional wellbeing project for 10-19 year olds and make a difference to young people’s lives!


If you are 18-40 (or 40+ with a youthful outlook!), have personal experience of mental health challenges, have explored ways to maintain your own wellbeing, willing to share your own experiences as part of workshops in schools and care about young people’s mental health and wellbeing, this may be for you.

You will be given full support and training to gain the required skills and confidence to become the voice for other young people.

Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

Please note, these volunteer roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For more information or to receive an application form, please contact:


SureStart Children’s Centres recruiting now

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We are delighted to be able to advertise several vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation.

North Halifax Partnership Sure Start Children’s Centres are excited to be recruiting for qualified and unqualified early years practitioners to work in our Children’s Centres in Calderdale. A variety of day/hours are currently available.

NHP Sure Start Children’s Centres have been in Calderdale since 2014 and now have a contract in place until March 2022. They are committed to supporting communities to provide high quality learning opportunities for children and parents/carers and they are invested in developing a strong passionate staff team that work with partners to ensure the best outcomes.

Early Years Practitioner Plus

This post is designed to attract qualified and experienced practitioners that are passionate about helping children develop to their full potential. This role will have a lead area for the candidate to develop within the centre and within the wider team, such as speech and language, SEN, safeguarding.

Early Years Practitioner

This post is designed to attract newly qualified and unqualified staff, staff returning to childcare following a break and staff wanting to get into this line of work. You will be working with children and their families to support them to develop and have the best start in life.

All the posts have an attractive annual leave package including a period of closure at Christmas, additional leave for 5 years’ service, attendance rewards and 2 training days a year. There are multiple training opportunities and internal career progression routes within the different departments of the organisation.

If you would like to come and see us in action, please get in touch.

Current Early Years Vacancies – For our Early Years posts we offer a rolling recruitment programme


  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Kevin Pearce – 37 hours
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Innovations – 37 hours
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Innovations – 24 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 24 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 37 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Kevin Pearce – 32 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Elland – 25 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Wellholme – 25 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner – Wellholme – SEND Support – 12 hours Temp post
  • Early Years Practitioner – Innovations – 37 hours term time only


Other Current Vacancies with a closing date of Wednesday 17th November 2021


  • Marketing + Communications Manager – 25 hours
  • Projects Administrator – OMI – 37 hours
  • Advanced Administrator – 37 hours – Innovations
  • Advanced Administrator – 30 hours – Family Learning – Kevin Pearce
  • Receptionist/Admin Assistant – 20 hours – Kevin Pearce
  • Domestic – Wellholme – 20 hours


For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at: www.surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/jobs-2/


Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 17th November 2021


For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:


Community Transport Calderdale Out and About Trips

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Community Transport Calderdale have planned the following day trips for anyone interested from now until early in December.

Each trip costs £10 per person.

If interested and would like to book for any of these trips, please contact CTC on 01422 888 080 and ask for Rebecca or Chris.

Each trip is paid to the driver on the day.

Ogham Tree Textile Exhibition by the Piecemakers at Halifax Minster

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A unique exhibition is taking place at Halifax Minster this Autumn, displaying 21 murals on fabric, each for the 21 native trees of Great Britain that make up the Celtic Ogham Calendar.

Aside from the richly colourful tapestries, there is a map of where these 21 trees can be found around Halifax, detailed journals about each tree and even the option for visitors to make their own mark on fabric!





Some of the eyecatching tapestries hanging along the panels of Halifax Minster.


Closeups of the tapestries


And this red/yellow flower is my mark in the rag rugging!

Map where you can find the trees around Halifax and the Ogham Calendar

Samples of the tree inspired journals, containing images, fabric collage, prints and even leaves.

The 21 individually designed panels, each measuring 100 x 60cm, reflect the mythology, folklore and distinctive features of the native trees of Great Britain as depicted in the Celtic Ogham, an ancient alphabet and calendar including trees such as the Oak, Apple, Willow and Ash.

Vintage fabrics and donated materials were used to showcase a variety of traditional techniques, including embroidery, goldwork, applique, patchwork and 3D creations, utilising the individual creative and artistic skills of the Piecemakers as weavers, stitchers, embroiderers, quilters, painters and printers.

The Halifax Minster is an exceptional building and should be further explored whilst visiting the exhibition

Booklets are available to purchase, explaining the exhibition. The public are invited to participate in the heritage craft of Rag Rugging, within Covid guidelines.

The Piecemakers of Elland: www.piecemakers.co.uk

Healthy Holidays Calderdale Winter programme Launch

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The Healthy Holidays Calderdale Winter programme has been launched. This programme aims to provide free holiday schemes for children on free school meals over the December school holidays.

DfE have provided funds for a Winter programme of Healthy Holidays Calderdale during the school Christmas holidays: Saturday 18th December – Thursday 30th December 2021.

Please click here to apply: https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/Generalover1500/HealthyHolidaysCalderdale and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any queries.

There will be a suite of supporting documents available on the CFFC website shortly.

The Government’s Holiday Activity & Food Programme does not provide funding for half terms. Calderdale Council and Community Foundation for Calderdale have joined forces to support holiday schemes for the forthcoming October half term in areas of highest deprivation. This is because we know parents and children in the borough enjoyed and felt supported by the Summer holiday clubs. The October half term programme is on a smaller scale and is funded by Calderdale’s Never Hungry Again campaign.

Parents can visit CFFC – October Holidays to find a holiday scheme in their area between 25th-29th October.

Finalists for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2021 Announced 

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The Community Foundation for Calderdale and its headline sponsors BCA Leisure have announced the finalists for the Community Spirit Awards which will take place on Thursday 25th November 2021 at The Venue Barkisland to celebrate all the amazing work volunteers, charities and community groups do to make Calderdale a better place to live.

There has been a new category for people who have gone Above and Beyond during Covid-19, and attracted two new sponsors Appleyard Lees LLP and Yorkshire Payments.

To see the finalists, visit https://cffc.co.uk/finalists-for-the-calderdale-community-spirit-awards-2021-announced/


Patient and carer group highlights importance of World Stroke Day

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World Stroke Day is held on 29 October each year. This year’s campaign focuses on saving precious time, referring to the need to act F.A.S.T. in the aftermath of a stroke, as well as how that action can improve the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Stroke is the largest cause of disability in the UK and the fourth biggest killer. In West Yorkshire and Harrogate, around 3000 people a year have a stroke with two thirds of stroke survivors left with some form of physical, mental or emotional disability – often completely life changing.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has a group of patients, families and carers affected by stroke that share their experiences and help to shape the future of stroke services and this is part of the Integrated Stroke Delivery Network (ISDN) remit of work.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Stroke Delivery Network has been established, to enable services to work more closely together and share best practice, with the aim of delivering the best care possible for the people of West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Patient representatives ensure the views of people with lived experience of stroke are included in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the ISDN’s work. If you have been affected by Stroke and would like to get join you can visit the website and find out more.

On world stroke day the message from the members of the ISDN is to urge people not to ignore signs and symptoms that could be potentially life changing and life threatening.

Having a stroke or a ‘mini stroke’ (known as a Transient Ischaemic Attack where symptoms may be temporary) is a medical emergency.

Knowing the signs of a stroke is key and people need to Act F.A.S.T. if they or someone close to them experience the following:

Face – has their face drooped?

Arms – do they have arm weakness?

Speech – Is it slurred or absent?

Time – Time to dial 999 immediately!

Every second of delay, perhaps through calling a GP practice to make an appointment, may lead to further loss of brain cells and reduce the chances of survival or avoiding disability. Stroke is a medical emergency – if you spot the signs, Act F.A.S.T. and dial 999 immediately.

Nathan Stonestroke survivor and patient representative for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Stroke Delivery Network (ISDN) said “Stroke is not an ‘older persons’ illness and can impact anyone young, old, adult, child and even the fit and outwardly healthy.  Stroke does not just happen on World Stroke Day but is an all-year round condition that can strike at any time.  Make sure you know the signs and to react FAST”

Barry Rogers, stroke survivor and patient representative for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Stroke Delivery Network (ISDN) said “Being a patient representative means I’m able to share my experience and help shape service developments and improve outcomes for other stroke survivors. World Stroke Day is an event that we as patient representatives feel strongly about supporting.  If you have been affected by stroke and would like to be involved with the group my advice would be to do it! We are a friendly group and you’d be most welcome”.

Rachel Stewart, Network Manager for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Stroke Delivery Network (ISDN) said “World Stroke Day is a real opportunity to highlight Stroke and I would like to thank our panel of patient representatives for coming together on it. Working alongside our panel of patient representatives is a great way to get ongoing feedback. We’ve built a good working relationship and a better understanding of patient experiences. We’re very much looking for more people who have been affected by stroke to join especially women and people from ethnic minority communities”.

Vaccination Walk In Clinic at the Acca on October 31st

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Attention guys, gals and ghouls,

On Sunday the 31st of October there will be a walk-in vaccination clinic at the Acapulco night club in Halifax Town Centre for anyone 18+

You don’t need to book, just turn up!

The clinic will run 1pm – 4pm and will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine.

For other walk in clinics, visit calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/grabajab

Download poster here

The vaccine will be offered on a first come first served basis, while supplies last.