Grandma Remember Me? A play about dementia

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Grandma Remember Me PosterDrawing on the experiences of living with someone with dementia, Grandma Remember Me is a moving story told through a mix of puppetry, drama and storytelling that explores the importance of memories and relationships within our lives and how to keep and treasure them.

Friday 23 October 2015 – From 7.30pm
At St Johns Community Hall, Gooder Lane, Rastrick, HD6 1HF

Tickets cost £5. For further information please call 01484 719631 or email

Find out more about the play here.

Adult Brass starts with a Blast

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Elland Silver Bands new “Adult Brass” class has started with a terrific Blast!

The band held its launch event last Saturday, which had over 20 participants, along with guest the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Councillor Feman Ali and Mrs Shaheen Ali. Councillor Marilyn Greenwood was also present.

The class has been formed initially as a 6 week pilot to test out if there is any interest within the community.Adult Brass class

At the launch event, participants were invited to introduce themselves and to explain why they had come along. Brief demonstrations on the sound and pitch of instruments were given by members of the senior and youth band, before everyone was given the opportunity to have a go.

Participants then selected their instrument of choice and were given a few simple tasks to work on.

The aims of the class are really to introduce brass instrumentation and music making to a new audience, and to offer tailored tuition to a different age profile.

Enthused Programme leader, Sam Harrison said:

“I couldn’t believe how many people came along to the launch event, the response has been fantastic, and we have had further enquiries this week. Everyone seems really keen and interested in having a go and learning a new skill. I can’t wait for this week’s class, so we can start working on learning 5 notes,”

The class will be run for a further five sessions ending in an informal performance to family and friends before the course is evaluated to determine the next steps and future of the programme.

However, if the launch event is anything to go by, this could be the start of the Elland Bands fifth ensemble!

The Hills Are Alive – the magic of the musicals

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Magic of the MusicalsSt. Matthew’s, Lightcliffe will once again play host to a feast of top class music when Royal Northern College of Music graduates, Juliet Montgomery and Aiden Edwards, return to sing some of the best-loved numbers from our favourite musicals.

On Saturday 17 October – From 7.30pm

They will be supported by The Northowram Singers, and accompanied by a superb musical ensemble, led by musical director Rob Paxman.

Tickets cost £7 in advance, £8 on the door, and are available from Colin’s News, Hipperholme and the Lightcliffe Tea Rooms, Lightcliffe or by emailing

All proceeds in aid of The Friends of St. Matthew’s Churchyard.

Family Fun at Rastrick Fire Station Open Day

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WYFRSlogo_400x400Have fun at the Rastrick Fire Station open day with emergency service vehicles, stalls, childrens rides, bouncy castle, refreshments and much more.

On Sunday 11 October 2015 – From 10.30am to 3.30pm
Rastrick Fire Station, Clough Lane, Rastrick, HD6 3QH

Entry costs £1 for adults and children go FREE.

Have you got an appetite to shape food culture locally?

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If you have an appetite to shape local food culture then join in for this unique event and help kick-start a food revolution in Calderdale.

Thursday 8 October 2015 – From 9am to 2pm
At The Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, HX3 5SX

As well as hearing from leading experts and local innovators, this half day event will mostly be about working together to identify opportunities to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where we live and to think about how to turn that vision into reality.

The session will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to continue the conversation so if you would like to request an invite, contact Kerry Greenwood on or 01422 266172.

For information on previous Assemblies and partnership working in Calderdale, visit

Have you ever considered a career in teaching?

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If you are interested in becoming a primary school teacher why not go along to a FREE taster morning which will give you an overview of how the one year teacher training course for post graduate students works.

Tuesday 20 October 2015 – From 10am to 12pm
At the Greetland Academy, School Street, Greetland, Hx4 8JB

The course is based in schools and gives you both QTS and a PGCE and the morning will give you an opportunity to see teaching in a primary school and meet some of the current and past teacher trainees.

For further information and to book on to the taster session click here.

Health Connections Grants & Bursaries open to applications

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Grants up to £7,000 for single organisation bids and £25,000 for partnership bids are now available for projects contributing to the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group NHS Care Closer to Home areas and design principles within the following health priorities:

  • Cancer & Tumours
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory
  • Alcohol Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Mental Health
  • Urgent Care

Bursaries up to £3,500 are also available to assist VCS Organisations become business ready and improve their organisational development.

Application deadline is Monday 16 November 2015

FREE briefing sessions are being held to provide guidance & information on the application process as follows:

  • Wednesday 21 October – 1pm to 3pm at Brighouse Central Methodist Church
  • Friday 23 October – 1pm to 3pm at Todmorden Health Centre
  • Monday 26 October – 6pm 8pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale

For help & support with the application, and/or to book onto a briefing session, call Voluntary Action Calderdale on 01422 438729 or email

Rise of the Zombies 2015 – Halloween Walk at Shibden Park

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rise of the zombies 2015Go along to Shibden Park on Friday 30 October for an evening of spooky fun starting at 6pm.

There will be plenty of entertainment with rides and refreshments available to keep your family occupied and why not take a ride on the ghost train?

From 7.30pm you can watch the spooktacular fireworks display before venturing into the unknown for the Ghost Tour.

Don’t forget to wrap up warm, grab your torch and wear footwear suitable for muddy paths – unsuitable for buggies and prams.

Admission prices are: Adults: £4 – Under 16’s: £2 – Passport to leisure holders: £2

Due to the usage of fireworks it is asked that pets are left at home.

Open Evening at Calderdale College

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Calderdale College is hosting an interactive ‘Have a Go’ open evening on Tuesday 20 October from 4.30pm to 7.00pm at its main campus on Francis Street in Halifax, for all students considering vocational courses, higher education courses and apprenticeships.

At the Open Evening, you’ll be able to:

  • ‘Have a Go’ at your chosen courses and interests
  • Speak to Student Champions and Apprentices to find out what college life is really like
  • Advice & Guidance will be on hand to advise you on your future career path
  • Speak to tutors and students about your chosen courses
  • Student Finance will be available to discuss the funding available
  • Explore our £14 million campus and its facilities

For more information please call 01422 357357 or visit