Events

Treble Talents Summer Singing Workshop

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trebletalentsYoung singers aged between 8 to 13 years old are needed to join a fun filled workshop to discover hidden star talents.

5 day workshop only £50 per person!

From Monday 24 to Friday 28 August – 10am to 4pm

At St John the Divine, St John Street, Rastrick HD6 1HT

Friday’s workshop includes a concert at 6pm with a live CD recording

Tickets cost £50 per singer with 50% of the proceeds being donated towards St John’s Organ Fund.

Bring your own packed lunch – refreshments will be provided

To book or for further information call 07858 930889 or email caius.lee99@gmail.com

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Feast on Comedy this Autumn!

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Halifax Comedy Festival

The Victoria Theatre Autumn/Winter season opens with Award-winning Comedy Musical Avenue Q and closes with the festive family panto Cinderella.

In October take part in the newly-launched Halifax Comedy Festival, featuring big name comedians, Edinburgh Fringe highlights and a unique programme of fringe events and workshops.

As for November, we’ve got Ruby Wax, Alan Davies, Dara O’ Briain and Bill Bailey treating us to their newest tours.

If you can’t wait until then, why not grab the last few tickets to Alan Carr – Yap Yap Yap! this Sunday, Dick and Liddy’s Comedy Club next Friday, or Jon Danbury’s boutique cabaret showcase Sunday Nights @ The Vic the Sunday after that

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.

Sector Support Calderdale invites you to their Funding Fair

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Sector Support Calderdale is hosting a FREE full –day event for voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises working in Calderdale.

On Tuesday 20 October 2015, 9:30am – 4:00pm at The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YT

The day will consist of a market place of stalls and information from support organisations and funders including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale
  • Calderdale Council Small Grants
  • The Key Fund
  • SEE Ahead
  • WYCAS (West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service)
  • Charity Bank
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Lloyds TSB
  • Children In Need
  • PERS (Pay & Employment Rights Service

There will also be a series of presentations and two workshops, the workshops are free to attend and bookings for these will be taken on the day at registration.

We are also holding an open funding panel in the morning, this consists of a selection of funders sitting on a panel in the market place and will give you the opportunity to ask those all important questions.

To attend this event, please book via the Eventbrite link www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sector-support-calderdale-funding-fair-2015-tickets-17601234767

where you can book a place online. If you do not have access to the internet please call the office on 01422 345174 and you can book a place over the phone.

Please let us know if you have any specific dietary or access requirements when you book .

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day and the entire event is free of charge.

Free parking available in the main car park

If you have any further questions or would like a map/directions to the venue please call one of the team on 01422 345174

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