Overgate Firewalk 2018

Posted on Updated on

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


Different Strokes Calderdale Moves to Halifax

Posted on Updated on

Click on image to enlarge

Different Strokes Calderdale is moving to Halifax. This is a UK charity providing active, self-help and mutual support to working age and younger stroke survivors.

The Calderdale group is a place for younger stroke survivors to meet other people affected by stroke  and take part in activities to aid rehabilitation.

The group will be meeting at Cafe Nero, Southgate, Halifax, 12:30pm-2:00pm on;

  • Thursday 8 November
  • Thursday 6 December
  • Thursday 10 January

For further information email or call 07434 958024.

Calderdale Forum 50+ Annual General Meeting 2018

Posted on Updated on

The 8th Annual General Meeting of Calderdale Forum 50+ to be held on Wednesday 21 November, 4:00pm at the Community Room – West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service – Halifax Fire Station, Skircoat Moor Road – Halifax HX1 3JF.

This is an open meeting and all are welcome.  The Active Calderdale initiative and its relevance for Older People will be a focus item on the day. Download Agenda (Word file)

Calderdale Forum 50+ aims to represent and promote the collective voice of people over the age of 50 in Calderdale by a process of :- Communication, Campaigning, Influencing, Encouraging and Empowering.


Calderdale Staying Safe Latest Drop in Sessions 

Posted on Updated on

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.

Stoptober… and beyond

Posted on

Image result for stoptoberQuitting smoking is easier with the right support. Find what works best for you at Stoptober or get the Stoptober app and track your progress, see how much you’re saving and get daily support. You can also check your carbon monoxide levels at one of these sessions.

You can quit at any time during the year with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale. With access to specialist advisers on the telephone or live chat you can quit through the online tool or go to face-to-face group sessions, whatever suits you best. Be inspired!

Bertie’s Top 10 Tips for a Warmer, Healthier Home

Posted on Updated on

Winter is coming…are you prepared for cold weather?

Be as snug as Bertie Bug with his top tips to keep your warm healthier and warmer for less. Financial assistance – small grants and loans – are available for boiler replacements or repairs, loft/ attic room insulation and cavity wall insulation for eligible households.

If you’ve not switched your energy supplier for 2-3 years you may be able to get a better deal and save money.

Take a look at Bertie’s top tips and please pass them on to your friends and family too.

Contact the Council’s Affordable Warmth Team for more information on 01422 392199 or email us at


Get your Presents from the Phoenix Shed!

Posted on

The Phoenix Shed Halifax can make a whole load of different sorts of things that you could give as Christmas presents.

Walking Sticks

Stick A is a Derby head in American white oak with an English chestnut shaft.  The head is reinforced with a hard steel pin.  It would suit a person about 5ft 6in, but could be made smaller and could be fitted with a rubber tip.  £35

Stick B is a Ring Stick with American white oak head and English cherry shaft. These sticks are often taken into a show ring and used to tap a bull, or cow to get them to move.  However, as it’s quite small, it would be great for a child.  Again the head is reinforced with a hard steel pin. £25

Stick C is ‘Benny the Beluga’ head in honour of the Thames Beluga Whale.  The head is English silver birch with a cotoneaster shaft from my own garden.  Again the head is reinforced with a hard steel pin and the shaft can be cut to suit the buyer. £50 represents the uniqueness of this stick.

Ring either Eddie on 07481 543881 or Chris on 07930 207537 for more details

Bird Boxes

Maybe you would like a bird box.  If one is put up during Winter, it will ensure that birds are used to it come Spring time and they may even roost in it during bad winter weather.

The Phoenix Shed standard bird box is made to an RSPD design from untreated pine.  With 22mm thick timber they offer excellent insulation.  They also have a unique and very simple way to clean them.

The front entry hole shown is 29mm, but smaller, or larger holes can be made to suit different birds. 29mm is ideal for most sparrows and tits. Half front boxes can be made to suit robins and wrens.

All of the boxes are £15.


The good news is that Phoenix Shed has just taken delivery of a new batch of Red Pine, so they are better placed to continue with garden benches and planters, ready for next season. They can make a whole load of other things as well.

However, if you want things for Christmas, best get cracking now, before it’s too late.

If you know of a man, over 55, who is not getting out enough and maybe needs a new purpose in life then he can learn new skills, or pass on what they already know.

The Shed is open to all men over 55 years, Monday and Wednesday 9:30am–4:00pm and Friday, 9:30am–12:30pm. They are located in Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden (the old Ridings School). Give either Eddie 07481 543881, or Chris 07930 207537 a ring to discuss. 

Find them on Facebook! @Phoenix Shed or come along and see what else we do.

Phoenix Shed

Give a Hog a Home – Hog Houses at the Phoenix Shed

Posted on

Would you like to give a hedgehog a home? Well the chaps at The Phoenix Shed have been doing just that and three are now safely in sheltered spots in three gardens. This is the time to get these hedgehog houses in place ready for leaf fall and give the hedgehogs time to adapt to them. The hog house is big enough not just for hibernation, but also for breeding.

The hog house is approximately 600mm long x 430mm wide and 240mm high. The timber is 30mm thick and will provide excellent insulation. It is also heat pressure treated so will last many years. The 100mm square box entrance is offset to prevent predators getting in. The Hog Houses are only £40 and local delivery is free of charge. This is far cheaper than anything you could buy that’s built to this quality. (The RSPB one is £54 + delivery)

Timber to make these houses is running low, so if you want one, you need to act quickly.

Please call Chris: 07930 207537 to place your order.

HOg House

The Shed is open to all men over 55 years, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am–4:00pm and Friday, 9:30am–12:30pm and is located in Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden (the old Ridings School).

Find out more here –

Or Like us on Facebook! @Phoenix Shed.Phoenix Shed