Refugee Crisis FREE training – let’s get things clear!

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Do you want to get to grips with the refugee crisis and the impact it’s having in Calderdale? Do you know the difference between an asylum seeker and refugee, what rights they have, and what barriers they face?

Find out on Monday 10 October – 1pm to 3pm
At St. Augustine’s Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

This free session will give an overview of events, explain terminology, look at case studies, and more importantly explain what is happening on our doorstep and explore how you and your organisation can get involved.

Call 01422 345174 or email to book a place.

Enter the RSPCA Annual Photo Competition 2016

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It’s time for the RSPCA annual photo competition once again and as usual they are looking for wonderful snaps of your pets or animals in a choice of 18 different categories!

Rosettes will be awarded for 1st to 3rd plus highly commended in each class. Winners of each class will be judged to find the overall winner and will be awarded a championship rosette and special prize.

Entries should be no bigger than 7″ by 5″, taken by an amateur photographer.

Please put the class number, pet’s name (if appropriate), your name, address and tel. number on the back of each photograph.

Entry fee is just £1 and the winning photographs will be displayed at the RSPCA Halloween Fair, to be held at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Winding Road, Halifax on Saturday 29 October 2016.

Download the form here to enter, which includes the postal and all entry information.


Get up & Dance at Field Lane Primary School – 1 to 3 years

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A 3 week family learning course for parents and children to get up and dance together, using modern dance, mimes, action rhymes, musical instruments and mini cheerleading for ages 1 to 3 years.

Starts Wednesday 28 September – 3.30pm to 4.30pm
At Field Lane Primary School, Burnsall Road, Rastrick, HD6 3JT

To book a place call Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership on 01422 266197 or visit

Friends of St Matthew’s Chairman gives talk at Men United Group

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20160914_1019311Ian Philp, Chairman of the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard (Hipperholme & Lightcliffe) visited the Men United at Ovenden Park Group on Wednesday 14 September to give a talk and presentation about the continued work carried out by himself and the Friends of Group who volunteer in order to restore the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to its original state.

The group was first set up in 2012 with the aims of ensuring the churchyard is cared for in a way which makes it a place in keeping with the function of burials, with an atmosphere of respect and commemoration for the departed, a pleasant, attractive place for all visitors, a haven for wildlife and a place that values and protects local heritage.

After 3 years of hard work there are now records for 11,279 burials on the site which can be searched through at where you can also keep up to date with the latest news from the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard or make a donation to support their continued work if you wish to do so.

20160914_1019351The Men United Group were intrigued to hear about some of the people of interest buried there, particularly the chest tomb of Mary Guest whose son Lieutenant General Joshua Guest 1660 – 1747 is buried in Westminster Abbey where a monument was erected to him by his widow Sarah who is also buried near her husband in the Abbey.

Lieutenant General Joshua Guest was in Scotland in 1715 – 16, and commanded a party of dragoons which pursued and overthrew Jacobite fugitives at Perth 21 January 1716. The Lockhart Papers give a story, claimed to be direct from Guest, relating to the period of the Spanish invasion of Scotland in 1719… read more here…

Men United would like to thank Ian Philp for visiting to give such a captivating talk and the group are now planning on visiting the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to have a look around and hear some more of the history surrounding the grounds.

Join Men United every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon at Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR – Just £2 per week (First session FREE)… Find out more here…

You can also message the group on Facebook here

Minibus Day Trips with Community Transport Calderdale

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There are places still remaining on the following day trips with Community Transport Calderdale:

  • 21 September – Millstones – Those were the days
    Price for two course lunch, entertainment and transport… £28 per person
  • 7 October – Wetherby Whaler, Guisely
    Fish and Chips restaurant. Price for transport only… £6.50 per person (Meal not included)
  • 14 October – Millstones – Autumn Fling
    Price for 2 course lunch, entertainment & transport… £28 per person
  • 21 October – White Rose Centre
    Price for transport only… £6.50 per person
  • 27 October – Harrogate & Harlow Carr Gardens
    Price for transport only… £10.50 per person
  • 28 October – Blackpool Illuminations
    Price for transport only… £10.50 per person

For more details and to make reservations please call 01422 888080 or email  Transport is by a wheelchair accessible vehicle and there are local pick up points for all trips.

Adult only cooking course at Elland Children’s Centre

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A 4 week adult only cooking course, teaching the basics and how to get the best out of your shopping budget. Participants will be cooking seasonal food with autumn and Halloween themes.

Tuesday 27 September 2016 – 9.30am to 11.30am
At Elland Children’s Centre, Boxhall Road, Elland, HX5 0BB

To book a place, please call Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership on 01422 266197 or visit

Innovative Police Liaison Scheme nominated for a national HSJ Award

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The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.

The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.

The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.

This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.

The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.

Read more about the scheme at