Calderdale Heritage Walk: Elland Centre

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In 1086 Elland featured in Domesday book. It has a fine, old parish church and one of the oldest town centres in Calderdale. See how areas of it have evolved and developed down the centuries.

Meet Ian Philp on Sunday 8 July, 2:15pm by Elland Parish Church noticeboard, HX5 0RU.

To check if a walk has been cancelled please check Facebook

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Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

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National Neighbourhood Watch Week is back for 2018!

NNWW18 runs from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 24 June – where the national organisation will be asking members how the movement will continue to help build safer and stronger communities over the next three years and beyond.

These are exciting times for Neighbourhood Watch as they look to the future of this fantastic movement and how we can make the most positive impact on communities across England and Wales over the next three years.

The national scheme is hosting a series of six seminars in June and July to give members to help develop NW’s Strategy for the next three years.

Members of the Board of Trustees will be attending each seminar to present and facilitate the Strategy discussion and to meet NW members. The Board know how vital it is to liaise and consult with local NW members and is committed to doing this in order to build a strong Strategy with shared commitment from all stakeholders.

This will be a great opportunity to meet members of the Board, the staff team and to network with each other to see what has been happening in other areas and to have YOUR voice in the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

There will also be the launch of new Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits at these seminars.

Crime in England and Wales is changing and NW is providing new practical information and help for members to support the police in the detection and reduction of these crimes. The network of 2.3 million member households is a force to be reckoned with.

So NW are finding more practical ways to empower members to look at some of the crimes that cause such significant harm to victims and communities. A simple example of this would be that if you regularly see different people going into a nearby house or minibuses turning up this may be a sign of Human Trafficking or if you are aware of an elderly neighbour regularly getting people knocking on their door they may well be being targeted for scams.

This summer NW are going to develop a group of 100+ local NW Champions from across England and Wales at the Seminars. The Champions will then be able to share their knowledge in their local area so even more people can get the important information they need and act as a local resource to other coordinators and members. This may simply mean sharing the information contained within the toolkits, developing a local focus on one or more of the areas or running a local project if they or local coordinators want to.

Anyone – member, coordinator or Association lead – with an interest in gaining information, additional knowledge and the chance to share this within their area with other members and coordinators will be the perfect participants for the seminars.

The toolkits provide information on and cover the following areas:
• Domestic Abuse – which as we know affects all communities
• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
• Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
• Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

The closest seminars to our area are;

  • Tuesday 26 June – Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish North Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BG.  9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.
  • Wednesday 27 June – Royal Hull Hotel, Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF, 9:30am registration, seminar 10:00am–4:00pm.

More information about the seminars can be found at

Volunteer for a Day for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

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Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice are looking for volunteers for Saturday 7 July, 10:00am-4:00pm to hold a bucket collection at Tesco Brighouse.

How many hours will I work?
Whether you can donate an hour or 5 hours, you’ll be making a huge difference!

Who will show me what to do?
A Volunteer Coordinator will show you the ropes and give you all the support you need to get the most value from your time.

Do I need any skills/experience?
This role is perfect for those who are organised, self-motivated and good at speaking to people.

*Travel expenses can be paid in line with our Volunteer Expenses Policy.

If you could spare an hour or more please call 01484 637996 or email


Calderdale Heritage Walks: Outlaws and Nuns

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Over the weekend of Saturday 23, Sunday 24 June by kind permission of the owners, Margaret and David Nortcliffe will be guides on a 1½ mile walk around the private Kirklees Estate at Clifton.

The estate includes the former Nunnery site, Gate House, 15th to 18th Century farm buildings and ‘Robin Hood’s Grave’.

The walk is partly on woodland paths and strong shoes are advised.


It will not be possible to just turn up on the day.

You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725 or by post to Visitor Centre, Halifax Central Library, HX1 1QG with full payment and a reply paid envelope. Please specify the day and morning or afternoon preferences. Details and directions are sent out with the tickets. Please note that there are no buses to the estate on Sundays.

The charge for this walk is £5.00. Cheques payable to ‘Calderdale MBC’.


World Cup Day at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre

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Wellholme Park Children’s Centre is celebrating the World Cup on Saturday 16 June, 10.00am-11.30am at the Children’s Centre with a FREE event.

Come dressed in your favourite football kit and join in with lots of family fun activities including;

  • Football coaching skills
  • Creative activities
  • Football quiz
  • Facepainting
  • Refreshments

Please book your place by calling 01422 266197. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Calderdale Heritage Walk: Clifton’s Railway

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The social and industrial history of the steam-driven rope railway serving the former local coal industry. Walk some of the narrow-gauge track (by permission) to find other remains. Stout shoes needed.

Meet John Brooke on Sunday 3 June, 2:15pm in the Armytage Arms carpark, Clifton (on A 643, ½ mile north-east of Brighouse centre). HD6 4HX

To check if a walk has been cancelled please check Facebook

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Love Bread CIC Brighouse Baker Boys Project

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Through funding from Tesco ’Bags of Help’ scheme, LoveBread CIC are pleased to announce an exciting new project; Brighouse Baker Boys.

Taking place on Monday evenings in our community kitchen in Martin Street, our male bakers and volunteers will run free workshops for men (and boys aged 11 and over) to learn how to bake different breads over 5 sessions. It is open to individuals, sons, fathers and grandfathers, friends and colleagues.
The common link will be a social event for boys and men to meet with a real purpose. Brighouse Baker Boys will provide time and space for boys and men to develop bread making skills and improve health and wellbeing.

The next course is Monday 25 June – Monday 23 July, 6:00pm-8:00pm.

There is a £10 deposit required, refunded at the successful completion of the course.

Participants will benefit from,

a) Sense of achievement:

At the end of sessions, participants will have their own bread, which they will have created themselves, learning new life-long skills as they produced it.

b) Social interaction:

We will encourage them to share their product, and think about how they and the recipients will feel about sharing the food which they have produced.

c) Improved wellbeing:

Bread making is increasingly recognised for its therapeutic properties. Time, patience and focus are all important skills to develop.

d) Volunteering and employability:

There will be further opportunities for participants to become involved as volunteers with our bakery, leading to increased employability and chance to further develop skills and expertise.

On successful completion of all 5 workshops, participants will be presented with a baking kit and workshop recipe sheet and be refunded their £10 deposit.

It is anticipated that interest will be high and there are only a limited amount of places, so early application is encouraged by booking a place through Eventbrite.

Withinfields And Victoria School Reunion

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Barry Chapman and Peter Edwards would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the past reunions for Withinfields and Victoria Schools. Following the success over the last 2 years at Southowram Cricket Club with a summer venue, they are to return there for the 34th reunion on Friday 1 June, 7.30pm onwards.

To get there from Brighouse go up Southowram and turn left at the Pack Horse crossroads into Towngate and at the end of Towngate (bus terminus) head down Ashday Lane and the cricket club is well signed on the left.

From Halifax head into Southowram and at the Pack Horse crossroads go straight forward into Towngate.

The cricket club will have pie and peas available at a reasonable price but it would be appreciated if you could include in your reply if you would like some. The bar will be open and again there will be a raffle with some good prizes.

The profit from the raffle pays for postage and room hire and if you would like to donate a prize please bring it along on the night.

Barry and Peter hope you can come along and bring with you anyone else we may have failed to contact. New faces are always welcome including spouses and partners.

For more information contact Barry on 01422 256653 / 07765 307123 or Peter on 01484 985107 / 07522 450064.

FREE Fun Swim Sessions at Brighouse Pool

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Calderdale Sports Services deliver monthly fun swim sessions for disabled children & young people aged 5 – 18 years.

The sessions promote positive experiences, enable children to gain confidence in the water and assist in developing friendships.

The fun swim sessions will take place on the following dates at Brighouse Pool & Fitness Centre, Woodvale Road, Brighouse, HD6 4AX.

  • Sunday 20 May 3:00-4:00pm
  • Sunday 17 June 3:00-4:00pm
  • Sunday 15 July 3:00-4:00pm

If you are interested please let us know by contacting Debbie Greenwood who will ask you a few questions about health and ability to check whether further support is required for your child to attend the session.

Please also complete the Microsoft Office document iconFun Swim Registration and Consent Form and send to the email address below.

Please contact Debbie Greenwood, Disability Sports Development Officer for further details.
Phone: 01422 341527

Brighouse Artisan Market

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Brighouse’s ever popular food and craft markets have a new look for 2018!

The Spring and Summer markets will now be focused on just one day – a Sunday. The first of the new Artisan Markets will be on Sunday 29 April with dozens of stalls featuring locally made food and crafts exhibited by Yorkshire producers and businesses.

There’ll be around 60 stalls across the town centre on Sunday – with a particular focus on amazing food. From regular favourites like Love Bread, Temujin and Luddenden Valley Wines to new additions Gintopia, Linley Hog Roast and The Candied Peel Cake Co.

The day will include the town’s St George’s Day Parade which will take place at 3.15pm.

The Markets are run by the Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI), a voluntary group made up of the town’s retailers and businesses, who give up their time and energy to develop, organise and manage the events.

A Summer Artisan Market will be held on Sunday 19 August.