Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorated by Calderdale Interfaith Council

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Whilst Holocaust Memorial Day is actually Sunday 27 January, this year’s Interfaith Council event is on Thursday 31 January, 1:00pm with the theme “Torn from Home” and is being hosted by Calderdale College.

The programme organised by Calderdale Interfaith Council involves speakers including holocaust survivors. Also there will be presentations by students and others about situations where atrocities have and are taking place in other countries and continents.

Refreshments will be provided. If you can only come for part of the time, that’s absolutely fine – come for as long as you can. This annual event is always an emotional occasion – when we can remember and consider some of the terrible happenings in both past and present times.

For further information contact Calderdale Interfaith Council on

Tel: 01422 355436

The Battle of Heptonstall Community Play

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The Brutish Multitude are a voluntary group that was formed in early 2018 in the ancient village of Heptonstall West Yorkshire, to research and produce a community play based upon the 1643 English Civil War battle, the Battle of Heptonstall.

The script for The Battle of Heptonstall was written over the summer by commissioned playwright and director Michael Crowley

There will be three shows at St Thomas the Apostle Church in Heptonstall from Thursday 28th February to Saturday March 2nd and  a fourth show at Halifax Minster on March 9th. There is promotional film about the play and the battle itself here.

“I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he; and therefore truly, Sir, I think it’s clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government; and I do think that the poorest man in England is not bound in a strict sense to that government that he hath not had a voice to put himself under.

Colonel Sir Thomas Rainsborough, Leveller and MP for Droitwich, The Putney Debates 1647.

Tickets at £10 are available through Eventbrite.

Good Sense Research Food and Drink Research Panels

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Good Sense Research are organising Food and Drink Research Panels at the University Business Centre at Piece Mill in Halifax and are looking to increase the pool of people invited to take part. Every one that completes a panel receives a Love2Shop voucher in return.

The more people we have in our pool, the more panels can be run – clients are very interested in gaining the opinions of people in the North of England, having identified a difference in expectations around price, quality etc. across the country.

There has been very positive feedback from those who have taken part so far and Good Sense Research hopes that more and more people from Calderdale will want to take part.

For more information and to sign up go to


Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Ward Forum – Thursday 17 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Thursday 17 January 2019 – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start.
St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Accredited Courses at The Learning Cafe, Brighouse

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Verity from Creativity in Practice will be delivering the first Learning cafe hosted by Focus4Success for those wanting to undertake accredited courses in Mentoring, Helping Others, Awareness of Mental Health and volunteering.

The session on Wednesday 16 February, 12:00pm-2:00pm at The Room, Brighouse, at The Old Town Hall HD6 1EA will be a friendly relaxed environment where the following information will be discussed:

  • Dealing with problems in daily life
  • Healthy living
  • Managing own money
  • Preparation for work
  • Working towards goals
  • Supporting babies to play
  • Healthy eating for families
  • Job search skills
  • Interview skills
  • Preparing for your next steps

Funding eligibility requirements are:
Unemployed and in receipt of JSA, ESA or WRAG, Universal Credit or other State Benefit.


Job seeking or working 16+ hours or less a week and/or earning below £15,736.50 annual gross salary. AND:

Have lived in the UK or EU continuously for the last 3 years.

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required 3 years are eligible if they have refugee status, indefinite leave to remain or other (please enquire for more information). Or 6 months if asylum seekers.

Lunch and drinks will be provided prior to the session beginning.
Book your place by emailing or calling 01484 943022.

Have Your Say! Brighouse Ward Forum – Wednesday 16 January 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Wednesday 16 January 2019 – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start.
Mulberry Suite, Brighouse 6th Form College, Parsonage Lane, HD6 1AY.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Sculpture Season Launch – Friday 25 January 2019

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Enjoy Burns Night and celebrate the launch of the new season of Sculpture at The Piece Hall on Friday 25 January 2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Experience ‘The Blanket’ by artist David Murphy in the Courtyard.

There will be live music, food, drink, fire, and children’s activities – a free fun event for all the family.

Following that on Saturday 26 January, 10:30am-3:00pm have some family fun with the Willow Sculpture Family Workshop.

Join artist Frank Darnley in The Piece Hall Courtyard to celebrate his fantastic sculpture by contributing to a huge willow sheep artwork which will be created throughout the day. Make your own foil version to take away.

For more information visit

Find Your Voice at Halifax WomenCentre

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WomenCentre Halifax is holding a Find Your Voice workshop on Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm (term time only) starting Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Sing the music you love in a relaxing and fun space with a women’s community choir facilitated by ‘Find Your Voice’

This is a 10 week course to give encouragement and support towards a more confident you.

For further information contact Lesley Whiting, Learning Co-ordinator

23 Silver Street, Halifax, HX1 1JN  01422 386500 ext 220 or email

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 11 January 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…


  • Applications for School Places Closing on 15 January

  • Have Your Say on the Policing Budget
  • 12 Months Sports Centre Membership for the Price of 11
  • Calderdale Industrial Museum ‘Ghost Hunt’
  • Buggy Walks Restart at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre
  • Pocket Park Grants Available up to 25 January

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Local RSPCA Pet Photography Competition Now Open for Entries!

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch is searching for ‘model-esque’ pets to take part in their ‘Picture Perfect Pet’ photo competition! The competition can be entered online via Facebook and is just £1.50 per entry. All entries will be judged on ‘cuteness and all round best photo’, with 10 finalists being selected on Sunday 20 January ready for the public to decide their favourite.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator, says

“Our annual pet photo competition is a really fun way to celebrate how adorable we all think our pets are. We just love seeing all the entries and received such a variety of snaps last year; from cockatiels to reptiles! – It’s wonderful to see how much our pets mean to us. The 3 finalists decided by the public, will win a pet hamper full of goodies, so make sure you enter your pet to be in with the chance to win!”

The final date for all entries is Saturday 19 January at midnight and winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 January.

The competition will help to raise vital funds for the centre and the animals in the branches care. Last year the branch successfully found homes for 111 dogs, 281 cats and 73 small animals. For more information about the competition and the branch please visit: or search for the event on Facebook – ‘Picture Perfect Pet Photo Competition’.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.