Holiday at Home – Bethesda Methodist Church 2 and 3 July

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Holiday at Home at Bethesda Methodist Church, Elland on Tuesday 2 July and Wednesday 3 July,  10:00am-3:00pm each day.

For £4 each day have Fun, Fellowship and Food with

  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea and cakes
  • Sing along
  • Games
  • Quizzes
  • Crafts

To book a place call Christine on 01422 256244

This event also involves members of Southgate Methodist and is supported by Elland Staying Well.


Walk to School Week 20-24 May 2019

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Living Streets has created the greatest national Walk to School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

Each year a new five-day walking challenge is developed aimed at primary schools – the perfect activity to take part in during Walk to School Week.

This year, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Living Streets, the challenge will get to the heart of walking and how it can benefit the whole community as well as improve individual wellbeing.

This Year’s Theme and Activity

Living Streets will take pupils on a special walking journey re-tracing the steps of their greatest achievements over the course of the last 90 years.

The classrooms packs and activities are built to make the pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better: they’ll experience first hand the importance of walking to school.

Through the fun wall charts and stickers, children will work collaboratively to transform an unwelcoming and cluttered walking environment into the most walkable street imaginable.

For more information go to

Living Well Roadshow

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The Living Well Project will be holding a number of roadshows which will be looking at how people with a learning disability or autism can live well, and also sharing information about annual health checks and screening. One of the roadshows will be on Wednesday 26 June, 10:30am-2:30pm at Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Halifax, HX3 5SX. This will give local people a chance to talk about what is working well in their area, and what isn’t working so well.

They would love to hear from:

  • People with lived experience
  • Families and carers
  • Support providers
  • Commissioners
  • Social Workers
  • Community Learning Disability teams
  • Advocacy providers
  • Screening professionals from the NHS

To come along to the roadshow you will need to book your place.

Book online here:

Programme Now Available for the ‘Welland’ a Festival of Joy

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On Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June, 10:00am-4:00pm will be holding a FREE festival dedicated to health and wellbeing at Wainwright Hall, 27 Jepson Lane, Elland – a Festival of Joy.

There will be so much going on from African drumming sessions to the closing performance by Elland Silver Band that the best way to find out what’s happening is to download the programme here.

To launch the Festival, there will be party at the Song Bird Cafe on Victoria Road on Wednesday 29 May, 6:00pm. The event is free but to gauge numbers please register at Eventbrite.

‘Welland’ is Calderdale’s first festival of wellbeing, created for the town of Elland and it’s surrounding areas. Welland helps people to live well for longer by providing creative and inclusive wellbeing-related activities that celebrate and bring together our community. The very first festival happened in June 2018 and it was such a success that it will be taking place for a full weekend this year! Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019.

The festival’s theme for 2019 is ‘Move Well, Live Well’ and it explores how much better people can feel by getting active and experiencing ways to live happier, more connected lives. It also has a uniquely global flavour, as Welland is happening during an international celebration of wellness – Global Wellness Day, which is celebrated around the world every year. This year’s Global Wellness Day is on June 8th 2019.

Sam McCormick, a professional dance and movement practitioner, runs a small social enterprise, Curel CIC, which is based in Elland and focuses on bringing communities together and enhancing quality of life through movement and dance. Sam is also a qualified complementary therapist to provide massage, reflexology and aromatherapy for Elland’s community. You may also know Sam for her work with Flamingo Chicks.

For more information please contact Samantha McCormick, Festival Director, on or 07740 366365.

Memory Lane Cafe Spring Newsletter

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The Spring newsletter from Memory Lane Cafe is now available to download here

Memory Lane Cafe is a local community group established to provide support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems, and isolation. There are regular cafes in Sowerby Bridge (St. Paul’s Church) and in Halifax (Maurice Jagger Centre). They offer a varied programme of games, crafts, information, support, cakes and conversation.

The cafe is run by volunteers and the cafe team run craft sessions, play games, serve refreshments, provide information, support & chat.

Forthcoming cafe dates are;

Sowerby Bridge (1.30-4pm)

  • May 11th and 25th
  • June 8th and 22nd
  • July 13th and 27th

Halifax (2-4 pm)

  • May 1st and 15th
  • June 5th and 10th
  • July 3rd and 17th

For more information please call the Cafe Coordinator (June) on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131 or email

The newsletter has articles about Dementia Action  Day, the Looking Out for Neighbours Campaign, Artists at Memory Lane, visiting a concert at Victoria Theatre, a narrowboat trip, musical bingo and much more. To see the full newsletter download it here.

Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19 May

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – and what better time to show your support for better mental health.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, and Mind is always on hand to provide information and support for anyone that needs it. But this week is a great time to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague and have think about your own wellbeing too. You could even join one of Mind’s campaigns to help make sure no one experiences a mental health.

What are mental health problems?
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

‘I now know that if I felt there was something wrong, it’s because there was, but I didn’t understand mental health fully’.

It’s a spectrum and you should feel able to decide where and when you are on that spectrum.

The Great Get Together at Crow Wood Park – Sunday 7 July

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Just a reminder of the The Great Get Together at Crow Wood Park HX2 7JZ on Sunday 7 July, 11:00am-4:00pm.

This is the third event aimed at bringing families together to share conversations, meet local people, play games and have fun.

This year the fun day will include The Burner at Crow Wood Park 2019 – 10km Run, 2.5km Run and Summer Fayre Runs are being organised for all abilities. If you would like to take part please click on the link above.

Lots going on with:

  • Bouncy castle
  • Traditional games
  • Face painting
  • Stalls

Bring food and share in a picnic (remember to bring a picnic blanket).

Bring your friends and neighbours.

For up to date information call June on 01422 706373 or Shabir on 07866 369916.


Pushing Up Daisies – Todmorden 11-18 May 2019

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Things Left Unsaid

Many of us have Things Left Unsaid to loved (and sometimes not so loved) departed ones.

​Here are two ways Pushing Up Daisies can help you unburden your heart: –


The Last Post: A unique postal service

​Free yourself from all those things that keep you awake at night. Write a letter to the departed and either pop it in to the library or send it to our wonderful Todmorden Postmistress. She will keep it safe and unread and on Thursday 16th May (2019) they will be burnt at the Fiery Farewell concert at Todmorden’s Unitarian Church (7-9.30pm).

The Last Post
Todmorden Post office,
7 Brook Street
Todmorden, OL14 5AJ

Across the Divide Archive: The world’s first collection of letters to the dead.

Leave your thoughts and feelings to posterity as part of an ever-growing archive of final communications. You can email them here or leave them in the Pushing Up Daisies Postbox at Tod library.

XS Leisure Activity Days Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 May 2019

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XS provides a wide range of exciting activities to help children stay healthy. Try out some new sporting activities, play and help improve their skills. Each day offers a variety of the activities as shown below.

  • Registration from 8:00am-9:00am
  • Activities from 9.30am-5:00pm
  • Pick up between 5.00pm-6.00pm (or earlier if arranged)

Over the school holidays the sessions will run from Tuesday 28 May – Friday 31 May (4 day week)


Costs: £22.50 a day & £77.50 for a 4 day week

(Passport to Leisure £17.25 a day & £59.20 a week).

Numbers are limited, so in order to secure a place, booking is essential. To book a place, complete the PDF iconXS booking form (one for each child) and take it to one of our leisure facilities. A member of staff will be happy to help you. You will need to pay at time of booking.

Activities include:

  • Roller Blading / Inline Skating – Discover a new lifestyle, transfer your skills to skate parks.
  • Karate – Self-defence training by a 3rd Dan qualified instructor, no sparring done.
  • Sports Mix – A mixture of the activities above and more traditional sport.
  • Fun Swim – Bring swimming kit on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Also appropriate clothing to walk to and from Halifax Pool.
  • Rugby – Fun rugby skills for all abilities