Elland Christmas Festival 8 December 2017

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Elland Christmas Festival is taking place on Friday 8 December from 2.30pm with carols, light switch on, market and Elland’s first Handmade Parade.

People in Elland are invited to take part in celebrations for an exciting Christmas Festival, marking 700 years since Elland was awarded a Royal Charter.

2.30pm onwards – Schools performing around the tree and lights switch on
2.30pm onwards – Christmas market
2.30pm onwards – Santa’s Grotto
5.00pm – Loyalty card draw
6.30pm – The Elland Silver Training Band will be playing Christmas Carols
6.00-6.45pm – Handmade Parade around Elland town centre

Plus much more…Christmas switch on and market will be held on Southgate in town centre.
For more information contact the Calderdale Lower Valley Team on 01422 288016.

A Christmas Extravaganza

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From Thursday 14 December  to  Saturday 16 December Square Chapel Arts Centre  will be presenting a Christmas Extravaganza  in the Red Brick Auditorium at 7:30pm each night.
Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions)

With a company of over 100 performers, featuring a 25 piece orchestra and children’s chorus, Halifax Musical Theatre Company present an extravagant festival of Christmas music sure to delight and entertain. Get into the festive spirit with Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’, music from Polar Express and Home Alone (Somewhere in my Memory), The Most Wonderful Time of The Year, Silver Bells, White Christmas, music by John Rutter and traditional carols for everyone. With an eclectic mix of well-known carols, seasonal songs, arrangements from Christmas movies and one or two surprises this promises to be HMTC’s most spectacular concert yet.

For more information call 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on

Winterlight at the Wharf – Sowerby Bridge

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After yet another amazing event last year, WINTERLIGHT returns to Sowerby Bridge to transform the Wharf area of the town (near to the Moorings) into an enchanted winter wonderland bursting with light and sound.

On Sunday 10 December, 5pm-8pm, this year’s street festival will feature…

The Baghdaddies
The Ski Band
Sambalifax
Whalley Range All Stars
Circus Fudge
Wild Strawberry Illuminations
The Fireman Dave
The Astronaut’s Caravan
Giant Goose Parade
Fireworks
Great Food Stalls
Mulled wine

This festival is about you so please join us in lighting up the Wharf by wearing illuminated costumes, hats, prams, jackets, umbrellas, and faces.

More details to follow…

Free event – No parking on site

The Fire and Water Project at Hollins Mill Lane is an ambitious project to deliver social, cultural and economic change to Sowerby Bridge. The aim is to create a purpose built venue to provide community training and to house arts, music and cultural events as well as providing space for other community activities.

For further information contact Winterlight through their Contact Form.

Sure Start Children’s Centres – Your Views Matter

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Our annual consultation, “your views matter”, is taking place 4 December – 15 December 2017, this is where staff will be asking all our service users to complete a brief questionnaire and give feedback on the services provided. We need this valuable feedback from families to enable us to continue to improve and change our Children’s Centre offer, keeping it fit for purpose and relevant to all our service users. This is the first time the questionnaire is available online as well, this can be accessed on our website, www.surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk, on the home page on the right hand side is a link to the questionnaire.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 1 December – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

Featuring

  • Commemoration of World AIDS Day at Square Chapel
  • Christmas concert in aid of Memory Lane Cafe and Happydays
  • Christmas tree festival at the Minster
  • New Overgate ‘Little Stars’ shop opening

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

Autism-friendly Santa’s Grotto Sessions at Eureka!

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Eureka! are holding autism-friendly Santa’s Grotto sessions from 2 December-23 December.

The autism-friendly grotto will be open for the first hour of every grotto day from 10am – 11am (when the museum is at its quietest), with 12 grotto slots available to autistic children and their families only.

So how does it work?
The Eureka! team are all trained in autism awareness, and the dedicated grotto sessions will also be tailored in a number of ways by:
– turning off any flashing festive lights
– having bookable sessions to prevent the need to queue (for general grotto sessions it’s first-come, first-served)
– adjust lighting to suit each child (some prefer dimmed lighting, some prefer the lights right up)
– turn the festive music off!
– Remove beards or any costume items that are triggers for individual children.

At the start of each 10 minute visit, an elf will discuss your child’s individual requirements, before nipping in to see Santa and make sure that everything is just as you requested.

So when’s it happening?
The grotto is open every weekend from 25 November, and daily from 16-23 December 2017.
Autism-friendly sessions will run from 10am-11am on grotto days, with bookable 10 minute slots available – book at the the Info Desk on arrival. The grotto will open to the general public at 11am.
Standard grotto charge of £3 per child applies, and includes a small gift for each child (you must also pay for admission to Eureka! or have a Eureka! Annual Pass).

Important information:
Autism-friendly timeslots cannot be booked before your visit – book and pay at the Information Desk on arrival.
What if you arrive and no more slots are available? Our staff will be flexible accommodate your needs and offer the tailored, autism-friendly elements but unfortunately we can’t offer bookable slots from 11am.

For more information call 01422 330069 or email info@eureka.org.uk

Elland Silver Band Receive Ward Forum Grant

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Elland Silver Band are delighted to announce they have received a Ward Forum grant from Calderdale Council.

The grant will be used to fund tuition, equipment and music for our new “HIT IT” beginner percussion class, led by professional percussionist, Lauren Rosborough.

The class will be held every Thursday evening from 6 – 7pm at the bands headquarters in Dewsbury Road, Elland. Children aged 7 to 12 years are welcome to come along and join the class. The class will introduce children to a range of different percussion instruments from drum kit to glockenspiel, and will focus on basic rhythms and different drum beats. We have held three taster sessions, which have been a real hit with the children, and already they are making great progress.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren as our percussion tutor. Lauren is a former member of our senior band, and has recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Percussion players are a key part of the band, and add so much colour and interest to our performances, providing opportunities for children to learn and have fun is essential to our organisation’s development. This grant will help to subsidise our costs, so we can make the class more affordable”, Secretary, Kathleen Harrison.

If you think your child would like to come along to the class please contact our Secretary, Kathleen Harrison on ellandband@hotmail.co.uk.