Wednesday Bereavement Support and Social group at the Canon Winter Centre, Elland

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The Wednesday Bereavement Support and Social group at the Canon Winter Centre, All Saint’s Church, Elland HX5 0JF usually meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

This is a social group to help bereaved people and their family and friends to meet new people for friendship, support, day trips  and meals out.

More information can be obtained from Christine on 01422 371749.

Overgate Firewalk 2018

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Brand new for 2018, on Saturday 8 December, 5:00pm-8:00pm at Overgate Hospice, see Firewalkers jump out of their comfort zones and into the fire!

The fire is real. The embers are red hot. Temperatures reach over 500 degrees C.

Run by the two times Guinness World Record Holder, Scott Bell there will be a 1 hour pre-walk Seminar.

On 28 November 2006 Scott Bell set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Greatest fire walking distance’ by walking 100 meters (328 feet). Scott was totally unharmed and had no signs of any injuries.

Entry is £30 per person with a pledge to raise £150 sponsor money.

Call the Overgate team on 01422 387121 or e-mail fundraising@overgatehospice.nhs.uk


Support the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group

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Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group has ambitious plans and could use a little tractor to help them. They are working hard to make this local nature reserve a real haven for wildlife and a place for education and peaceful enjoyment for the whole local community.

As plans get bigger so do the tasks to undertake – and the tools and equipment just get heavier!

Unfortunately, they are the first to admit that they are not all youngsters so a lift with the bigger loads is definitely appreciated. The age range of our volunteers spans seven decades which forms a great blend of knowledge and experience with energy and enthusiasm and a wide range of skills. However, those with most time to give during the week tend to be people in their 60’s upwards, who are joined at the weekends by families, students and anyone else we can pull in!

They could make very good use of a small tractor to haul trailer loads rather than having to carry all our gear. There are several miles of tracks and paths around the 74 acres of the reserve – and as you can imagine in Yorkshire it’s not all flat, so just getting to a work site with all the necessary tackle is quite an effort sometimes. They could use the tractor with a trailer (already donated) for lots of jobs:

  • to get strimmers to the meadows
  • take a heavy pump and a generator to our dams and ponds
  • carry tools for path maintenance
  • cart bundles of trees for planting
  • carry all the equipment for our annual autumn cut in our huge reedbed – one of the most exhausting tasks of the year.

The group can cover the tractor’s running costs, insurance and necessary training from group funds and there is safe storage on site.

Please vote for the group – and give wildlife at Cromwell Bottom a helping hand – and you are always welcome to visit if you can!

To vote for them, visit the Aviva Community Fund website at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-659.

To find out more about the Wildlife Group visit the blog at http://cromwellbottom.blogspot.com/ or email them on cromwellbottom@gmail.com

Calderdale Staying Safe Latest Drop in Sessions 

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Have you or a family member been affected by Domestic Abuse?
Do you need some support or someone to talk to about the abuse?
Are you struggling to cope with the effects of family violence?

Calderdale Staying Safe, the Domestic Abuse Support Service has released a flyer that can be downloaded here and printed to give the latest information on how to contact them, 01422 323339 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. The leaflet also includes the out of hours number.

In an emergency, call 999 or to report an incident to the Police, please call 101.

Staying Safe has a skilled, experienced and diverse staff team who speak other languages or will make every effort to find language support through interpreters.

This is a free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
Support is also available for children 5 years and above, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
There are dedicated male and female support workers.

The latest outreach sessions are;

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX

(1st & 3rd Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

01/11/18, 15/11/18, 06/12/18, 20/12/18


Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Ovenden, HX2 8DQ

(2nd & 4th Thursday every month 10:00am-12:00pm)

08/11/18, 22/11/18, 13/12/18 (No drop in 27/12/18)


Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, HX1 4NE

                Monthly drop-in on 1st Tues of the month 9:30am–11:30am (No drop in 01/01/2019)

Download the Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer.

Elland Craft and Tap to Open in Time for Elland Bonfire

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Elland Craft & Tap, 102 Southgate are delighted to announce that they will be opening their doors Friday 2 November, 12:00pm …just in time for Elland Bonfire night!

They would be very pleased to welcome you to a bright, traditional, clean, safe and comfortable space with;

  • five hand-pulled, cellar conditioned, Craft and Cask Ales including two ales from Elland Brewery and three from other independent craft breweries on rotation
  • three further Craft Ales on Tap
  • Aspalls cider on Tap
  • a range of bottled beers
  • Budva and Freedom Four lager on Tap
  • gin, rum, whisky, wines and a few other things
  • freshly brewed coffee and free WiFi

You are welcome to order food from the local takeaway and bakery and eat it in over a pint or two. They will also be serving snacks including Yorkshire Crisps and local award winning pies.

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Elland Craft & Tap Opening Soon

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Just in time for Elland Bonfire night the Elland Craft & Tap at 102 Southgate are delighted to announce that they will be opening their doors at 12 noon on Friday 2 November.

Serving five hand-pulled, cellar conditioned, Craft and Cask Ales including two Ales from your very own Elland Brewery and three from other independent craft breweries on rotation. Plus three further Craft Ales on tap and a range of other beverages .

Freshly brewed coffee and free WiFi

Bookable meeting room (coming soon).

You are welcome to order food from the local takeaway and bakery and eat it in over a pint or two. We will also be serving snacks including Yorkshire Crisps and local award winning pies.

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Vote for Elland Silver Band Through the Aviva Community Fund

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Elland Silver Band is one of Yorkshire’s oldest brass bands and in recent years has become one of the most progressive community bands. This success is largely due to the fantastic music education programme which has tutored over 200 young musicians in the past 20 years, and a passionate team of volunteers and tutors. The programme enables the band to offer a “beginners class”, “starter band”, “training band” and “youth band”.

The band is seeking funding to further develop the tuition programme by offering a series of workshops for beginners and developing young musicians.

They would like to offer children in local primary schools free “taster sessions” to try an instrument for the first time, and learn a few basic skills. Interested children will be signposted to the “beginner class” where they will receive free use of an instrument and high quality tuition from instrumental tutors.

The band also wants to run some “intensive” training workshops for young people who already play an instrument who would benefit from working with professional instrumental tutors to help advance their skills and to inspire them to progress to the next level.

Funding will be used to cover tutors fees, room hire, equipment and sheet music.

There is already a successful youth band, training band and starter band, however, more instruments will give more opportunities. All the tutors are experienced musicians and are DBS checked. In 2019 the youth band is taking part in the European Youth Brass Band Championships in Montreux, Switzerland.

The band provides all members with expert instrumental tuition, free use of an instrument and sheet music and teaches children who are absolute beginners how to play an instrument and to read music so they can be part of the organisation.

Learning to play an instrument has lots of benefits. Children grow in confidence, and improve their communication with their peers, tutors and adults. It encourages commitment and dedication, loyalty and team work. Children make new friends, and are introduced to other more experienced young musicians as role models. The more experienced young people are fantastic role models for the younger children.

The classes also offer opportunities for more experienced young musicians to gain mentorship experience through a volunteer programme.

By voting for this project you can help a young person to;
– Learn a new skill
– Be creative
– Be part of a successful community organisation
– Make new friends
– Develop confidence
– Be part of a team
– Perform music alongside people of all ages
– Respect their peers
– Be a good citizen
– Have fun!

To vote for Elland Silver Band on the Aviva Community Fund website follow this link https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-819

All Aboard the Playbus!

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FREE events from Sure Start Children’s Centres NHP suitable for ages 0 – 8 years.


No need to book – just climb aboard!

Bus schedule:

  • Monday 29 October –  Field Lane Children’s Centre, HD6 3JT. 1pm – 2.30pm.
  • Tuesday 13 November – outside Rastrick High School in the lay-by. 4.30pm – 6pm.
  • Wednesday 28 November –  Springfield Road car park, Elland, HX5 9EN. 10am – 11.30am

For more information please phone Field Lane Children’s Centre on 01484 386 621.