Elland

Shoppers Lunch Returns to Southgate Methodist Church

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The Shopper’s Lunch is returning after our summer break on Friday 7 September, 12:00pm.

Where else can you be served a freshly cooked 2 course meal and drink for £4.50 – bargain!

Enjoy a meal and a good chat. Meal served at 12 noon at Southgate Christian Centre, Langdale Street Elland HX5 0JL. All areas are accessible for people with disabilities.

For more information call 07772 123058.

Morrisons Introduce Quiet Hour for Those with Autism

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Morrisons Supermarkets is introducing a ‘Quieter Hour’ across all stores from this Saturday 21 July. From 9:00am until 10:00am every Saturday morning, they will attempt to make the store environment quieter and calmer for customers. For more information see po.st/QHour.

A statement from Morrisons reads;

This new initiative has been created with the support of the National Autistic Society. Many people who are autistic or those with autistic children can find shopping in a supermarket an anxious experience. Having carried out a trial earlier in the year in our Lincoln, Woking and Gainsborough stores, we identified improvements that could be made as well as the best time for the Quieter Hour to take place.

“Around 700,000 people are on the autism spectrum in the UK. This means they see, hear and feel the world differently to other people, often in a more intense way. Morrisons ‘Quieter Hour’ is a step in the right direction for autistic people who find supermarket shopping a real struggle.”
Daniel Cadey, the from the National Autistic Society

Listening to customers, we found that one in five had a friend or family member with autism* and many liked the idea of being able to shop in more comfort at 9-10am on a Saturday. Angela Gray, Morrisons Community Champion at Woking said: “I was involved in the initial trial as my son is autistic and we found that these changes made a real difference. The trial showed there is a need for a quieter shopping experience for some customers.”

During Quieter Hours, our stores will:

  • Dim the lights
  • Turn music and radio off
  • Avoid making tannoy announcements
  • Reduce movement of trolleys and baskets
  • Turn checkout beeps and other electrical noises down
  • Place a poster outside to tell customers it’s Quieter Hour

Overgate Hospice – Midnight Walk 2018

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Overgate Hospice‘s flagship event, the Midnight Walk, invites supporters to take on a 7 or 13 mile walk starting at, you guessed it, midnight! The routes are different each year and remain a secret until the night, and walkers are welcomed back to base with a bacon butty, refreshments and the famous Midnight Walk goody bag!

Registration for the 2018 event, taking place on Saturday 8 September and starting at Northbridge Leisure Centre in Halifax, is open now. Click here to register online or call our team on 01422 387121 or email fundraising@overgate.nhs.uk.

If you would like to advertise the event you could display this downloadable Midnight Walk Poster 2018.

 

GFB Social Action Work Opportunity (part-time, £12-£15 per hour)

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Green Future Building (GFB), a not for profit social enterprise, supplies an innovative range of nature conservation products from its Elland Bridge manufacturing workshop – with the aim of connecting young people with both nature and eco materials, whilst developing the skills and knowledge that employers look for.

After a highly-successful initial placement bringing together GFB and Halifax’s Project Challenge, an exciting opportunity has now arisen for someone flexible, reliable and with practical skills. You will work on a pilot project to extend the partnership and make a difference in the lives of more young people #Iwill.

You will be a self-starter with a hands-on background (joinery preferred); within easy reach of Elland; and able to work outdoors, motivate young people and handle safeguarding and monitoring accurately and discretely.
The role would suit someone interested in wildlife conservation, but it is not a requirement. This is part-time, flexible working to suit both the candidate, GFB and Project Challenge, with opportunities for extension subject to funding.

Enquiries to John Beaumont 07917 167779 or via greenfuturebuilding.org.uk

 See GFB’s website and social media for bird and photography hides, screens and platforms, tern rafts, sand martin banks, boxes for species of conservation concern, rain garden planters, box sluices and wetland management services.

GFB are leading suppliers of specialist conservation products designed and built to a very high standard to meet all the rigours of life in some of Britain’s wildest landscapes. They are committed to their founding principles of building with recycled and sustainable materials where and whenever possible and to social inclusion focusing on learning, training and employment creation, working with disadvantaged communities, groups and individuals.

Their ethos is “Working together to make our countryside a richer place for wildlife and people”.

Have your say! Elland Ward Forum Tuesday 17 July 2018

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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.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 17 July 2018, 6:30pm for 7:00pm start.

Venue: Willow Court, Victoria Road, Elland HX5 0PL

For more information on the meetings, see Lower Valley ForumExternal link

Additional Free Parking Welcomed in Elland

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Elland businesses have welcomed additional free parking in the town centre.

From Monday 2 July 2018, free parking will be available in Coronation Street car park, one of Elland’s main parking areas, to encourage more people to pop into town – whether it’s to have a quick coffee with friends, call into the shops and market, post a parcel or pick up a prescription.

The trial was agreed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on 11 June 2018, to help bring in more shoppers and boost business in the town after concerns were raised by local people.

Karen Bancroft from Elland Business Group and local business Keir Woodward Travel, said:

“Elland has been hit severely over the last few years with the loss of the local swimming baths, the Elland Bridge closure and finally the banks. This led to a severe drop in footfall and general consumer confidence in Elland town centre. The introduction of the free car parking at Coronation Street we hope will give the town centre a boost, which will then hopefully be supported by a much needed regeneration scheme leading up to the building of the new train station.”

Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, said:

“We’re pleased that Elland businesses have welcomed the free parking trial, which should free up another 27 spaces in a key part of the town. We hope this will bring in more customers for local shops, to address the recent decrease in the number of people visiting the town centre.”

Elland business and residents submitted a petition to the Council for more free, short-term parking in the town centre, after three recent events caused reduced footfall – the closure of Elland Bridge after the 2015 floods, the loss of all the town’s banks and the distance of Morrison’s supermarket from the town centre. These issues will be considered as part of the Council’s two-yearly review of car parking / parking charges later this year.

The Council will review the Coronation Street car park trial after six months. The pay and display machine will not be in operation throughout the trial, but all other terms and conditions of the car park, such as parking in a marked bay and displaying a disabled badge in disabled bays, still apply.

The Council is looking to develop a longer-term solution to reviving Elland’s retail economy through Elland Town Development Board. It continues to work with Elland town centre businesses and other members of the Board to promote the town and encourage people to shop there. This includes creating a new Council-funded ‘shop local’ guide, circulated earlier this year to showcase the town’s great independent business offer.

Have Your Say on Elland Station Plans!

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Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on plans for the proposed new rail station in Elland.

Have your say online about the planned station that will improve connections to and from the Calderdale town, and provide opportunities for people to park and ride.

Funded through the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, the scheme is forecast to support existing local businesses and attracting new ones, generating economic growth and jobs for Elland. The scheme will also provide better access to Elland town centre and through improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

You can use the Combined Authority’s Your Voice engagement website to have your say online and there will also be a series of a drop-in events where representatives from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Calderdale Council will be available to answer questions.

Events are being held at:

  • Thursday 28 June from 12pm – 6pm at Elland Southgate Methodist Church, HX5 0JL
  • Wednesday 4 July from 12pm – 6pm at Brighouse Civic Centre, HD6 1RW
  • Saturday 7 July from 10am – 2pm at Elland Southgate Methodist Church, HX5 0JL
  • Monday 16 July from 12pm – 6pm at Halifax Town Hall, HX1 1UJ