Make Your Home Green and Energy Efficient with Government Grants

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Rural Funding Services is an established organisation set up exclusively to deal with ECO funding in Rural areas.

There is lots of Government money around to help you make your home greener and more efficient and RFS can help you unlock that money. Farms and Rural buildings can generally have Electric Storage Heaters, Electric Boiler, Solid Fuel or LPG systems. The main focus with the ECO 3 funding is to fit insulation measures to properties to make homes more efficient and in time help people save money on their bills.

RFS has people who are experts in these areas and can integrate modern insulation techniques which will save you significant amounts of money.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

The scheme began on the 1st October 2018, you actually qualify under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). Under HHCRO, obligated suppliers must provide measures which improve the ability of households to heat their homes. This includes actions that result in heating savings, such as; insulation measures.

For more information and to see if you qualify for funding, go to the RFS website, call 01642 909660 or email info@ruralfundingservices.co.uk.

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Newsletter April 2019

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Volunteering makes a world of difference

Nia started volunteering as a befriender in 2018. “I started to volunteer as I work shifts and had some spare time and being there for someone who may be lonely and in need of someone to talk to seemed like a good option. I work with infants and children so volunteering with the elderly was a good contrast”. 

Hopefully I’m there to provide some additional support when they feel alone.  Older people may have little family around, or  suffering with illness or may have lost a beloved lifelong partner which must be very challenging and difficult, so being able to help at all seemed just the right thing to do.” said Nia.

She was introduced to Ann and they hit it off from their first meeting, sharing interests and values including volunteering!

Ann is in her 80’s and is now housebound, not strong enough to go out without support.
She was – and still is – a free, caring and creative spirit who cares about other people and the environment. She has volunteered in UK and abroad and has been vegan all her adult life.

She lives in a lovely cottage which she shared with her husband who has sadly passed away. But his death, after 59 years of marriage, was devastating and she still misses him deeply.

She was visited by Age UK C&K to see if we could help her situation and after refusing a befriender at first, changed her mind “And I’m so glad I did” she said. She and Nia have lots in common – they both love gardening and animals – dogs in particular – and obviously volunteering! “She has changed my life” says Ann “I really look forward to her visits and we are so well matched it really does make a world of difference”.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender, call 01422 252 040 or 01484 535994.

You can download the full newsletter here.

Bird Boxes, Toilet Roll Holders and Garden Benches from Phoenix Shed

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The guys at the Phoenix Shed have been busy making bird boxes for this Spring and now have a small stock, just waiting for some bird friendly customers. The ‘Standard’ bird box is of a typical RSPB design, but is easier to clean. Our newest offering is a ‘Swift’ nest box. All of these are on offer at £15 each, or £24 for two. Their quality means that they will give many, many years of service, without needing to be painted, or treated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Posh Toilet Roll Holder

 

The brief was’ “I would like a sort of rustic toilet roll holder that will hang from the towel rail under the hand basin”. So here’s what was made for the lady.

 

 

 

 

Garden Benches

They now have garden benches all ready to grace your garden this summer. Made of pressure/heat treated timber and triple coated with Ronseal 5 year paint, they should give many, many years of faithful service. They are also very sturdy and competitively priced at just £125.

And next week a story about Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge and how The Phoenix Shed has worked with the local community to clean up the are in time for summer.

Opening of Refurbished Courts at Park Tennis Club

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Despite the cool weather, the tennis season is close upon us! Park Tennis Club, Bute Avenue, Brighouse HD6 2JA have been gearing up over the last month and will be officially opening their newly refurbished courts on Sunday 14 April, 10:00am-3:00pm.

New and existing members are expected to dust off their rackets and try out the Italian clay court surface, now sporting new ‘no nail’ lines. The two court club on Bute Avenue is thought to be the first tennis club in West Yorkshire to install this technology, widely used on the high profile championship courts in Europe.

The Open Day will take place from 10:00am-3:00pm with a variety of on-court activities, which visitors are welcome to join in with. Absolutely anyone is welcome, there are rackets available to borrow and light refreshments will be served.

Like many smaller sports clubs, Park Tennis Club depends on a band of willing volunteers. This spring, members have carried out major maintenance work on the courts, laying over a tonne of clay dressing, relocating the net posts, as well as installing new lines. Fencing and fence posts have been repaired, the exterior of the quaint wooden pavilion, the storage shed, and the shed housing last year’s major development (an automated watering system) have been painted.

All this ensures pleasant, modern and well maintained surroundings, and after all their hard work, members are looking forward to a successful season.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 5 April 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

Featuring:-

  • Have Your Say! Upcoming Ward Forums
  • This Weekend! Free LEGO Club for Children with Autism at Eureka!
  • This Weekend! Special Olympics Taster Session at North Bridge Leisure Centre
  • Bring ya Butties for Riding for the Disabled Brunch
  • Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers Open Day at Ravenspring Park
  • Spamalot at the Victoria Theatre
  • Friends of Shibden Park AGM
  • Steampunk Science at Eureka!

Have a great weekend!

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Greetland and Stainland Ward Forum – Thursday 18 April 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Thursday 18 April – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start. Venue to be confirmed.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Rastrick Ward Forum – Monday 15 April 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

Do you want to have your say about local issues that are important to you?

Comment on areas such as schools, roads, street cleaning and anything else that concerns you directly to your local councillor and senior council staff?

Get feedback on what difference your input has made.  Attend your local ward forum and give us your views!

Monday 15 April 2019 – 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start at The Community Hub, Rastrick High School, Field Top Road, HD6 3XB.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Have your say! Elland Ward Forum Tuesday 16 April 2019

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Open to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 16 April 2018, at 6:30pm. 

Venue: Willow Court, Victoria Road, Elland HX5 0PL

For more information on the meetings, see Lower Valley ForumExternal link