World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan With Better Lives at No. 42

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This year, there will be a coffee morning at Better Lives @ No 42 Market Street, Halifax (opposite Tesco supermarket) on Friday 28 September, 10:00am onwards

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

People all over the UK are asked to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.

For further information call 01422 393276 or email


Lower Valley Friday Flyer 7 September – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…


  • Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk
  • Free Arts and Crafts Activities at Central Library
  • Vintage Fair at Square Chapel
  • RSPCA K9 Party in the Park
  • New Staying Well Newsletter
  • Advertise Your Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Breaking Tradition – QUEST at the Victoria Theatre

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Breaking Tradition, the UK’s leading folk and hip hop dance company, comes together with award-winning folk powerhouse ‘The Demon Barbers’ to invite families, gamers and live music & dance lovers of all ages on an unforgettable adventure on Friday 21 September, 7:00pm at the Victoria Theatre.

When Kai’s sister disappears it’s down to him to find her, but should he be looking in the real world? Or somewhere else…

QUEST ventures inside an extraordinary computer game world fusing morris, clog and sword dance with popping, locking, breaking and martial arts to the beat of new songs and traditional melodies with an electronic edge to create a rousing family show.

‘Quest is a radically eclectic show that sustains fast action with great choreography as well as being totally immersive…a totally fabulous evening’s entertainment for both young and old’.

Tickets start at £15.75 and can be purchased through the box office on 01422 351158 or online at

To find out what else is happening at the Victoria Theatre, download the latest brochure.

‘What Remains’ – Film Screening as Part of World Suicide Prevention Day

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Screened as part of World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10 September, 4:30pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre there will be a FREE film screening of ‘What Remains’.

After the death of her husband by suicide Gillian Brooks tried to make sense of the events and preserve memories for her children. So she wrote it down as a story. Now her words have inspired a film made by Gillian and her family with the help of filmmaker Geoff Brokate.

What is World Suicide Prevention day?
World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The 2017 theme was about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

Why is it important?
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.

What you can do
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as saying, ‘it’s ok to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.

How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you’ll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone’s OK and letting them know you’re listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they’re feeling.

Tickets are FREE but places are limited so please book in advance on the Square Chapel Arts Centre website.

With thanks to Calderdale Council and Verd De Gris.

Next Meeting of the Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club

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As part of the work of the Halifax RLFC Foundation, a Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club has been formed.

The aim is to meet on the first Thursday in every month at the Old Post Office pub in Winding Road, Halifax, HX1 1SJ. The time will be from 11:00am-1:30pm so the next meeting is Thursday 6 September. The theme this time of “turning the corner” is set in the late 70s. Already confirmed as guests are Mick Scott, Mick Blacker, Paul O’Hara, and Dave Busfield.

The first meeting was on the Thursday 2 August, 11:00am-1:30pm, with the one-and-only Jim Mills being the first guest and their is a short video of this at

The format will be theme-based around a guest speaker, artefacts, CDs of old matches, the Thrum Hall XIII, and a Q&A session.

The target audience is the over 50s, but people of all ages are welcome. However, as we will be on licensed premises, under 18s MUST be chaperoned.

A two-course meal will be available at the fantastic price of £3.99. Whilst not essential, you are advised to pre-book if you wish to guarantee a meal by contacting Malcolm Kielty or Chris Mitchell ( or ), leaving your name and contact details. Payment can be delayed until the day.

The numbers are limited to 50, so those booking their meal ticket will be given priority and those not buying a meal will be charged £1. If you do not pre-book, food may not be available.


Rock and Roll with the New Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge Group

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Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge is a newly-formed organisation which aims to make the town a dementia-friendly community. This can make an impact on the lives of people living with dementia in the area and it will be looking at all aspects of local life to see what can be done to make it more dementia-friendly.

They will be kicking things off on Saturday 15 September, 7:00pm at Sowerby Bridge Working Men’s Club at Bolton Brow with ‘GT and the Speedways’,  inviting local people to attend to hear more about what they want to do, how you can help us and, of course, to enjoy the music.

Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge is a newly-formed organisation which aims to make the town a dementia-friendly community. This can make an impact on the lives of people living with dementia in the area and they will be looking at all aspects of local life to see what can be done to make it more dementia-friendly.

What a way to kick things off on Saturday 15 September, 7:00pm inviting local people to attend to hear more about what they want to do, how you can help and, of course, to enjoy the music.

For more information contact June Harvey at

Help With Universal Credit from Calderdale Council

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Calderdale Council would like to remind people that they can offer support with applying for Universal Credit by visiting a Customer First office.

Important note: Complete our online self-referral form, if you have already claimed Universal Credit and you need help using the account or with budgeting.
An advisor will contact you to arrange an appointment.

The Council can offer support with;

Digital Skills

  • How to use your Universal Credit account, which will help your claim to run successfully
  • to set up an email address
  • by showing you the council’s website and other helpful sites
  • by referring you for further help through organised IT courses

Budgeting Skills

  • how to open a bank account
  • how to reduce your energy costs
  • advice on Council Tax, Council Tax Reduction, Housing and any rent arrears that you may have

Songlines at Square Chapel

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Stevie is 17. She’s peak cool, or so she thinks.

On Friday 7 September, 8:15pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre you can find a little more about Stevie.

In the middle of the wide-eyed stagger from girlhood to womanhood, Stevie is sent to live in the middle of nowhere with her Grandma. Suffolk – the home of doggers, folklore, sea cabbages and Stan. Stan is peak geek, not that he knows.

But there are secrets in the marshland, songs that will show Stevie the way.

Interwoven with beautiful live folk music from award-winning band TRILLS, Songlines is a coming of age love story in all its awkward teen glory.

A brand new play from Suffolk writer Tallulah Brown, directed by George Chilcott.

Get tickets now from the Square Chapel website.


Launch of LGBTQ Partnership for Young People at Elsie Whiteley Centre

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Barnardo’s Calderdale Positive Identities Service invites you to join our launch event on Friday 14 September 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.

The Project increases awareness of challenges LGBTQ young people may face, such as bullying and discrimination in schools, organisations, groups and communities across the authority. Positive Identities would like to explore the duty of care professionals have towards LGBTQ young people to increase levels of understanding, and make services accessible in a sustainable way by:

  • Working with young people in the community and in primary schools.
  • Supporting services and organisations to understand the importance of ensuring accessibility.
  • Training community members and multi-agency professionals.
  • Improve the quality of service.

Barnardo’s Positive Identities aims to create a CALDERDALE LGBTQ PARTNERSHIP GROUP, making Calderdale the best borough in the North for LGBTQ young people, their families and communities.

This is to:

  • Look at the work Barnardo’s and partners have done
    in Calderdale to support LGBTQ communities
  • Look at the LGBTQ Action Plan released by the
    Government Equalities Office in July 2018
  • Invite Clinical Commissioning Group EDI Lead, Kate
    Bell, to discuss the EDI equality objectives
  • Discuss our vision to make Calderdale the best borough in the North for LGBTQ young people, their families and communities.

You should attend to:

  • Take part in creating and shaping together the
    Calderdale LGBTQ Partnership Group
  • Network with other organisations and share learning
  • Improve accessibility of services for young people
    who identify as LGBTQ by accessing free training
  • Plan co-delivery of diversity days in your local area
  • Share the commitment to making Calderdale the
    best borough in the North for LGBTQ young people,
    their families and communities.

Please book your space on Eventbrite at

Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Refreshments will be provided.