Adult Brass starts with a Blast

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Elland Silver Bands new “Adult Brass” class has started with a terrific Blast!

The band held its launch event last Saturday, which had over 20 participants, along with guest the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Councillor Feman Ali and Mrs Shaheen Ali. Councillor Marilyn Greenwood was also present.

The class has been formed initially as a 6 week pilot to test out if there is any interest within the community.Adult Brass class

At the launch event, participants were invited to introduce themselves and to explain why they had come along. Brief demonstrations on the sound and pitch of instruments were given by members of the senior and youth band, before everyone was given the opportunity to have a go.

Participants then selected their instrument of choice and were given a few simple tasks to work on.

The aims of the class are really to introduce brass instrumentation and music making to a new audience, and to offer tailored tuition to a different age profile.

Enthused Programme leader, Sam Harrison said:

“I couldn’t believe how many people came along to the launch event, the response has been fantastic, and we have had further enquiries this week. Everyone seems really keen and interested in having a go and learning a new skill. I can’t wait for this week’s class, so we can start working on learning 5 notes,”

The class will be run for a further five sessions ending in an informal performance to family and friends before the course is evaluated to determine the next steps and future of the programme.

However, if the launch event is anything to go by, this could be the start of the Elland Bands fifth ensemble!

The Hills Are Alive – the magic of the musicals

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Magic of the MusicalsSt. Matthew’s, Lightcliffe will once again play host to a feast of top class music when Royal Northern College of Music graduates, Juliet Montgomery and Aiden Edwards, return to sing some of the best-loved numbers from our favourite musicals.

On Saturday 17 October – From 7.30pm

They will be supported by The Northowram Singers, and accompanied by a superb musical ensemble, led by musical director Rob Paxman.

Tickets cost £7 in advance, £8 on the door, and are available from Colin’s News, Hipperholme and the Lightcliffe Tea Rooms, Lightcliffe or by emailing

All proceeds in aid of The Friends of St. Matthew’s Churchyard.

Family Fun at Rastrick Fire Station Open Day

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WYFRSlogo_400x400Have fun at the Rastrick Fire Station open day with emergency service vehicles, stalls, childrens rides, bouncy castle, refreshments and much more.

On Sunday 11 October 2015 – From 10.30am to 3.30pm
Rastrick Fire Station, Clough Lane, Rastrick, HD6 3QH

Entry costs £1 for adults and children go FREE.

Brighouse and Rastrick Community Network Group

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A new Community Networking Group has been set up on Facebook for Brighouse & Rastrick, so people can share ideas, funding information, and learn more about what other groups are doing.

So far the group has 96 members and continues to grow at a steady rate which will hopefully lead to more collaboration and sharing of good practice.

If you would like to get involved find the Brighouse and Rastrick Community Network on Facebook

Relaxation and Stress Management Group in Brighouse

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Relaxation and Stress Management Group to show you tools and techniques in order to help manage life’s challenges.

Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month – 10.30am to 11.30am
At Assembly Rooms, The Masonic Hall, Briggate, Brighouse, HD6 1EF

For further information contact Jackie on 07857 223135, email or call Ann on 07544 810258

Term time places at Elland Children’s Centre

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ellandlogoElland Children’s Centre believe that early childhood is the foundation for a child’s journey through life.

They have availability for children aged 0-5 years which include 15hrs FREE education places for 2 year olds (subject to eligibility), 3 years olds and 4 year olds.

If you are considering Elland Children’s Centre nursery to care for your child, then please call in to have a look around and meet the staff at Elland Children’s Centre, Boxhall Road, Elland, HX5 0BB

**Limited term time only places** For further information call Louise Thomas on 01422 266197 or email

Have you got an appetite to shape food culture locally?

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If you have an appetite to shape local food culture then join in for this unique event and help kick-start a food revolution in Calderdale.

Thursday 8 October 2015 – From 9am to 2pm
At The Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, HX3 5SX

As well as hearing from leading experts and local innovators, this half day event will mostly be about working together to identify opportunities to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where we live and to think about how to turn that vision into reality.

The session will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to continue the conversation so if you would like to request an invite, contact Kerry Greenwood on or 01422 266172.

For information on previous Assemblies and partnership working in Calderdale, visit

Have you ever considered a career in teaching?

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If you are interested in becoming a primary school teacher why not go along to a FREE taster morning which will give you an overview of how the one year teacher training course for post graduate students works.

Tuesday 20 October 2015 – From 10am to 12pm
At the Greetland Academy, School Street, Greetland, Hx4 8JB

The course is based in schools and gives you both QTS and a PGCE and the morning will give you an opportunity to see teaching in a primary school and meet some of the current and past teacher trainees.

For further information and to book on to the taster session click here.

Low impact strengthening exercises for active seniors

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Active Seniors EllandGet involved with LS Fitness Elland and take part in low impact strengthening exercises for active seniors at just £3.50 per session with the first session FREE.

Every Monday – From 11am to 11.45am
At The Karen Binns Stage School, Eastgate, Elland, HX5 9DQ

For further information text or call Lauren on 07840 012923 or just go along to one of the sessions.