RSPCA Pooch Fest Comes to Stainland

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A festival of fun for our four legged friends!

 

Join RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford and  and Calderdale Council on Saturday 21 April, 11:00am-3:00pm as they celebrate our pooches and promote responsible dog ownership! There will be stalls, games, food and drink, a have-a-go-agility and of course, a fun dog show!

It’s Free Entry but donations are welcome through Eventbrite and on the day! The event will be held at Stainland Recreational Park, Stainland Road (Next to the 1885 Pub).

Go down with the family for lots of fun and wagging tails!?

See you there!

For more info or any enquiries please contact: faygibbons@rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk

Stress Awareness Month: Take Care Of Your Mental Health

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Stress. It’s a common part of life but can often leave us feeling upset, burnt out and overloaded. In a fast-paced modern world with many responsibilities it can be easy to forget to look after ourselves properly and fall prone to the effects of stress.

Stress can affect you both physically and mentally from health complaints like chronic headaches to putting a strain on your relationships with others. Whilst stress can impact your life significantly if left unchecked, there are a range of long and short-term steps you can put in place to help look after your mental health.

How much is too much? Take the quiz on the Anxiety UK website to see if you are exhibiting any of the common symptoms of stress.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, there are also ways on the website to Get Help.

Stress Awareness Month takes place every April and has since it first launched in 1992. Throughout this period of time, teams of experts aim to increase public awareness about stress. This includes highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body, and how to relieve stress.

Take 5 to Prevent Financial Fraud

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We all know about financial fraud and scams – or do we?

Think again. Most people think they wouldn’t fall for a fraudulent text or email, but criminals are more sophisticated than ever. Take the test on the Stop Fraud website to see if you can find the fraud and know when it’s time to say ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’.

Banks and other financial service providers work hard to protect their customers – in the UK in 2016, their innovative systems stopped £6.40 in every £10 of attempted fraud.

Financial fraud losses totalled £768.8 million in 2016.

Clearly, something needs to be done, and FFA UK and Her Majesty’s Government don’t believe this ‘thing’ has to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as encouraging people to take a moment to stop and think.

Many people may already know the do’s and don’t s of financial fraud – that no-one should ever contact them out of the blue to ask for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account. The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.

After all, trusting people on their word is something everyone tends to do instinctively. If someone says they’re from your bank or a trusted organisation, why wouldn’t you believe them?

Before you take their word for it though, Take Five a national awareness campaign led by FFA UK (part of UK Finance), backed by Her Majesty’s Government and delivered with and through a range of partners in the UK payments industry, financial services firms, law enforcement agencies, telecommunication providers, commercial, public and third sector, urges you to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 13 April – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

Featuring

  • Better Living Service Spring Newsletter
  • Upcoming Ward Forums
  • Have Your Say on the Libraries Review
  • Start Training for the Rough Ride Gravel Challenge
  • Staying Well Funding Opportunities

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

Staying Well – Tea, Cake and Funding Opportunities at Brighouse Methodist Church

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Find out what Staying Well can offer you – now working with individuals or groups 18+.

On Wednesday 2 May, 2:00pm-3:30pm at Brighouse Methodist Church, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake and see how new funding is available to help groups and activities in the Brighouse and Rastrick area.

There will be details of the funding and how to apply.

For more information contact Rachel on 01422 392708 or email Rachel.swaby@calderdale.gov.uk

Rastrick Ward Forum – Monday 16 April 2018

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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 16 April 2018 – 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start at The Community Hub, Rastrick High School.

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Rough Ride Gravel Challenge in Aid of Happy Days Homeless Charity

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Advance warning of a cycling challenge taking place on Saturday 14 July. Starting from the Happy Days Cycles and Cafe, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge this is a fully self supported gravel event around Huddersfield. Using tracks and quiet lanes, the route has roughly 10,000ft of climbing, 90 miles in length and is a real test. (Better start training now!)

There are no feed zones, no sign posts, you are on your own. There is a GPS track for all riders which will be sent out before the start.

The route uses high, exposed moorland, valley bottoms and everything inbetween. Suitable for gravel bikes and hardtail MTB’s. The route is roughly 50/50 road/offroad
Free tea/instant coffee at start and finish, plus a free pasta dish at the finish.

 

Suggested donation is £10 and you can register with Eventbrite.

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Greetland and Stainland Ward Forum – Thursday 19 April 2018

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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 19 April 2018 – 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start.
Norland CE School, Berry Moor Road, Norland, Sowerby Bridge HX6 3RN

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum

Better Living Service – Spring Newsletter

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The Better Living Service of Calderdale Council have produced a Spring Newsletter describing the Better Lifestyle Sessions and more.

Do you want to make a change to improve your health?
Maybe to lose weight, be more active, stop smoking or reduce your alcohol intake……..
Why not book a FREE Better Lifestyle Session with a qualified and experienced Better Living Trainer.  They will be able to  offer you the support and advice you need to take the next step to make a change.

Better Lifestyle Sessions are available at venues across Calderdale on various days and times through the week.

To book a Better Lifestyle Session ring 01422 230230 or email BLT at blt@calderdale.gov.uk

There is also a chance to start the next pre-natal mum’s class on Wednesday 18 April by calling 01422 230230 or emailing Lauren Dawtrey on lauren.dawtrey@calderdale.gov.uk

Other things in the newsletter include the #Active Schools competition, Healthy Weight groups and the national SugarSmart campaign to raise awareness of the hidden sugar in our food and drinks.