Christmas Carols and Services at Blackley Baptist Church

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The December events being held in December at Blackley Baptist Church are as follows;

  • Sunday 17 December, 10:30am – Advent 3
  • Monday 18 December, 1:45pm – Brooksbank School Year 7 Carols
  • Wednesday 20 December, 6pm – Carols around the village
  • Friday 22 December, 5pm – Crafts and Christingles
  • Sunday 24 December, 6pm – Carols by Candlelight (bring a torch) followed by mince pies
  • Monday 25 December, 10am – Christmas Day Service, ‘The coming of the Christchild’

Further information can be obtained from chris.allcock@hotmail.co.uk  or by phoning the church office on 01422 646843

Christmas Services at St. Mary’s and All Saints Churches in Elland

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Below are the Christmas services being held at St. Mary’s and All Saints

  • Sunday 10 December, 5pm All Saints Christmas Carol Service
  • Sunday 17 December, 6pm St. Mary’s Christmas Carol Service
  • Sunday 24 December, 4pm St. Mary’s Christingle and Crib Service
  • Sunday 24 December, 11:30pm All Saints Midnight Mass
  • Monday 25 December, 9:30am All Saints Mass of the Nativity
  • Monday 25 December, 11am St. Mary’s Christmas Eucharist

For more information email rectorofelland@btinternet.com

Elland Christmas Festival 8 December 2017

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Elland Christmas Festival is taking place on Friday 8 December from 2.30pm with carols, light switch on, market and Elland’s first Handmade Parade.

People in Elland are invited to take part in celebrations for an exciting Christmas Festival, marking 700 years since Elland was awarded a Royal Charter.

2.30pm onwards – Schools performing around the tree and lights switch on
2.30pm onwards – Christmas market
2.30pm onwards – Santa’s Grotto
5.00pm – Loyalty card draw
6.30pm – The Elland Silver Training Band will be playing Christmas Carols
6.00-6.45pm – Handmade Parade around Elland town centre

Plus much more…Christmas switch on and market will be held on Southgate in town centre.
For more information contact the Calderdale Lower Valley Team on 01422 288016.

Elland Silver Band Receive Ward Forum Grant

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Elland Silver Band are delighted to announce they have received a Ward Forum grant from Calderdale Council.

The grant will be used to fund tuition, equipment and music for our new “HIT IT” beginner percussion class, led by professional percussionist, Lauren Rosborough.

The class will be held every Thursday evening from 6 – 7pm at the bands headquarters in Dewsbury Road, Elland. Children aged 7 to 12 years are welcome to come along and join the class. The class will introduce children to a range of different percussion instruments from drum kit to glockenspiel, and will focus on basic rhythms and different drum beats. We have held three taster sessions, which have been a real hit with the children, and already they are making great progress.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren as our percussion tutor. Lauren is a former member of our senior band, and has recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Percussion players are a key part of the band, and add so much colour and interest to our performances, providing opportunities for children to learn and have fun is essential to our organisation’s development. This grant will help to subsidise our costs, so we can make the class more affordable”, Secretary, Kathleen Harrison.

If you think your child would like to come along to the class please contact our Secretary, Kathleen Harrison on ellandband@hotmail.co.uk.

Christmas Craft Fair at Southgate Methodist Church

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Southgate Methodist Church in Elland are holding a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 25 November from 10am – 2pm where you can choose from many unique gifts for Christmas and enjoy a chocolate tombola, raffle and sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes.

Gifts include bespoke woodcraft, handmade jewellery, hand crafted cushions and much more!

Admission is free but come early to get your bacon butties from 10am – 12 noon.

For more information call 01422 374562

Once Upon a Christmas Time with Mrs Molly at Field Lane Children’s Centre

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On Thursday 7 December 2017 at 10:15am until 11:45am, Field Lane Children’s Centre, Rastrick HD6 3JT will be holding a FREE Christmas activity for all the family led by Mrs Molly, including Christmas stories, activities and crafts, rhymes, poems and Christmas songs. Suitable for children aged 18 months upwards but the whole family is welcome.

Booking is essential, please follow this link below to reserve your free tickets or phone 01422 266197.

Soup and Sandwich Evening at Southgate Methodist Church

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Friday 24 November 2017 Southgate Methodist Church, Elland will be holding a FREE Soup and Sandwich evening from 6pm to 8pm.

This is open to anybody in the community (Elland & District) who are on their own (or couples who feel socially isolated) who wish to come for food, warmth, company and conversation.  The project is also open to anybody (singles or couples) who are unable to provide food for themselves.  There is absolutely no charge for the food, it is totally free we just want people to come and enjoy our hospitality and each other’s company.

For further information call 01422 374562 or email Rev Colin Sherwood.

Coming to Elland – Pudsey, Harry and Paul!

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Coming to Elland Market on Friday 17 November to support @BBCLookNorth Harry & Paul in their @BBCBig5 3 legged race?

Yes – the legendary Harry Gration and the less legendary Paul Hudson (but who always makes the weather more interesting than a chat at a bus stop) will be visiting Elland. They may not know that they are privileged  to be part of the momentous 700 celebration.

On the 24th of February 1317, John de Eland was issued a royal charter by King Edward II allowing him to hold a weekly market and two fairs annually, therefore confirming Elland’s status as a market town.

There will be have stalls selling crafts, handmade cushions & aprons, greetings cards & wrapping paper, hot sandwiches & meats and fresh fish. Come and join the fun! @Calderdalemkt

Overgate Hospice Light Up a Life Appeal 2017

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Overgate Hospice would like to invite you to be part of their Light up a Life Appeal 2017. Join together as a community to remember loved ones you may be unable to spend the festive season with, and dedicate a light on Overgate’s tree to shine in their absence.

You are welcome to join one of the services at:

  • Halifax Minster on Sunday 26 November at 2pm
  • Overgate Hospice on Sunday 3 December at 4pm
  • Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Wednesday 6 December at 6:30pm
  • Overgate Hospice on Thursday 14 December at 6:30pm

To make a dedication, visit:

FREE Lantern Making Workshops in Elland

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Handmade Parade brings artists and communities together to create parades, festivals and stunning celebrations. The parade in Elland will take place as part of the Elland Christmas Festival on Friday 8 December and will be a Lamplighter to help guide us through the darkest months of the year and to help celebrate the Christmas light switch on. It will feature lanterns made by the lovely people in Elland, in addition to giant puppets, stilt walkers and bands.

No experience needed to make a lantern and two wonderful artists will be there to teach you everything you need to know. All welcome. If you’re under 14 you need to bring an adult along.

On the day of the parade you get a chance to join in the parade and show off your lantern creations.

For more information and to see what the lantern parades look like: http://handmadeparade.co.uk/

FREE Workshops;

  • Saturday 2 December 11-1pm & 2.30-4.30pm
  • Sunday 3 December 11-1pm & 2.30-4.30pm

Croft House Community Room, Crown St, Elland HX5 0DB

The Parade will take place on Friday 8 December at  6pm

For more information contact elland.700@calderdale.gov.uk