Lower Valley Friday Flyer 3 August – OUT NOW!!

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  • Advice on Coping with Hot Weather
  • Halifax Agricultural Show Coming Soon
  • Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Weekend
  • Fun Swims for Ages 14 and Under
  • Do Something in the Summer Holidays
  • Free Summer Holiday Activities at Orange Box

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Open Day and Garden Party at ROKT and Millers Bar

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Climb ROKTFACE, (Millroyd St., Brighouse HD6 1EY) the UK’s highest man-made climbing wall, for just £10 (that’s half price!) on Saturday 11 August then join the FREE summer garden party at Millers Bar where there will be live acoustic music through the day, Prosecco, Pimms, picnics and much more, perfect for all the family to enjoy!

Whether it’s climbing or spectating from the Millers newly refurbished canal-side beer garden, families and friends to enjoy the ROKT experience!

Halifax Fire Station Open Day – 25 August 2018

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Make space in your diary for the Halifax Fire Station Open Day on Saturday 25 August, 12:00pm-4:00pm on Skircoat Moor Road HX1 3JF.

With Little Freddie Mini Fire Engine, rescue and fire safety displays and other emergency services and food and drink available. Let the family get to know about the Fire Service and see the engines close up.

Charity Jigsaw Festival at St. Martin’s Church

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The first Brighouse Charity Jigsaw Festival was held in 2012. Since then some 3,000 people have visited the Festivals and purchased over 2,750 jigsaws, some making round trips of over 100 miles. The Festival is a topic of conversation around the town for weeks afterwards and is now an established annual event in the local calendar with 2018 bringing the seventh annual Festival.

This year the festival will be held on Friday 24 August – Monday 27 August, 10:00am-5:00pm (except Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm)

There will be over 1,000 made-up and boxed jigsaws, including:

  • children’s puzzles;
  • traditional scenes;
  • double-sided;
  • murder mystery;
  • crossword;
  • impossipuzzles;
  • mirror image;
  • wasgij;
  • XL pieces; and
  • 3D.

Approximately 200 assembled and upto 200 boxed jigsaws will be displayed at any one time. As soon as an assembled puzzle is sold, another will replace it.

Admission to the Festival is £2 for adults with accompanied children free. The entry programme includes £1 voucher towards the purchase of a jigsaw at the Festival. It has to be seen to be believed!

There will also be:

  • a golden jigsaw competition paying cash prizes;
  • tombola;
  • a luxury raffle; and
  • craft stalls.

Delicious food will be available: morning coffee, Yorkshire breakfast, lunch and traditional afternoon teas.

For more details, visit: Charity Jigsaw Festival.


Firefest Family Friendly Pop Festival Supporting Fire Fighters Charity

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On Saturday 18 August, 1:00pm-11:00pm the Fire fighters Charity will be holding a fantastic family friendly pop music festival featuring some of the best tribute acts in the UK! The event is in aid of Charity which celebrates its 75th Anniversary!

The event will be held at Headquarters of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Whitehall Road West, Birkenshaw BD11 2DY.

As well as the full headline of performing acts, there will also be a licensed bar selling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a specialist gin tent (provided by Ginger Whale Delicatessen in Gomersal), some small children’s rides and attractions and various catering outlets. There could well be an appearance from Little Freddy fire engine too! The whole event is aimed at families and you are encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs, blankets etc. However your own alcohol or glass bottles/containers cannot be brought in (Glass Free Zone).

Featuring top tribute act performances including tributes to Cold Play, Take That, Little Mix, David Bowie, The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, The Bee Gees and Pink!

More information is available on the FireFest Birkenshaw 2018 Facebook page and tickets are available through eventim.co.uk .

‘World Builder’ – Summer Workshop with LEGO Bricks

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On Friday 10 August, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Bricks4Kidz will be holding a workshop at Southowram Community Centre, off Law Lane HX3 9QJ using LEGO bricks.

The workshop is suitable for children 5 and above.

Bricks4Kidz are doing what they do best …. awesome building fun with LEGO bricks!

It doesn’t take much for a child to use their imagination to create new worlds and environments using LEGO bricks.

The “World Builder” workshop fuses the idea of Minecraft, alongside LEGO City and Friends, to allow the children to create buildings, communities, or the natural world around us.

The Technic LEGO builds will add something special to their creations.

Tickets are £4.90 per child and are available through Eventbrite.

All the bookable sessions will be available on www.brickworkshops.co.uk – keep checking as additional sessions will be added as they are confirmed.

RSPCA ‘Paws for a Cause’ Dog Show at Holmfirth

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Local charities RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch and Kirkwood Hospice are delighted to be collaborating on a brand new event after being chosen as Mayor of Kirklees, Gwen Lowe’s, Charities of the Year. The local RSPCA and Kirkwood Hospice, along with the Mayor, are introducing ‘Paws for a Cause’, a charity dog show raising funds for both charities to Sands Recreation Park, Holmfirth on Saturday 18 August,12:00pm-4:00pm.

The event is brand new to the area and the two charities are hoping for success. ‘Paws for a Cause’ is proudly sponsored by Donaldson’s Vets and will include: a fun dog show, Have a Go Agility, local trade stalls, games plus food and drink for all of the Kirklees community and their canines to enjoy. All funds raised on the day will be split 50/50 to benefit both the hospice and the animal charity.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator for RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford said “This is such an exciting opportunity for both of our charities and we’re thrilled to be able to bring the event to the Holmfirth community. We can’t thank Mayor Gwen Lowe enough for all of her encouragement and support, and for choosing our local RSPCA and the Hospice to raise funds for this year. We hope that with the support of the Kirklees community we can raise vital funds for two very important local charities and what better way to support both an animal and human charity by attending a fun dog show! ‘’

‘Paws For a Cause’ is free to attend, suitable for all ages and is sure to be wags of fun, so we really hope you can all join us for the first event of it’s kind in the area.

Fun Swims for Ages 14 and Under

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Have fun in the pool!

These are wild and wacky sessions with giant floats.

On some occasions there will be Giant Inflatables set up for use by over 8’s (at Sowerby Bridge Pool only, the diving boards are available at Halifax Pool during this time) .

Adults must accompany children under 8 years into the pool. No adults unless accompanying children at this time.

Check out when the sessions are being held at;


Blood in Pee Campaign Launched by Public Health England

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Public Health England (PHE) has recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of ‘blood in pee’ as a symptom of bladder and kidney cancers.

The main message is: If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor. The advert will also highlight that finding cancer early makes it more treatable.

The primary target audience for the campaign is men and women over the age of 50.

Be Clear on Cancer aims to achieve earlier diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms. The campaigns encourage people with relevant symptoms to see their GP without delay.

The ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign started off as regional pilots in early 2012 and since then the national campaign has run a number of times with the last campaign in 2016.

Resources that you can display in the workplace or other public areas can be downloaded from the PHE website.

Nominate Charities and Social Enterprises for Calderdale Community Spirit Awards

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The Calderdale Community Spirit Awards highlight local excellence within the charitable and Social Enterprise sector, recognising and celebrating their recent achievements and best practice, thus raising the profile of charity and voluntary activity in Calderdale.

There are 10 award categories, details of which you can find on the at www.halifaxcommunityspiritawards.co.uk and you can nominate an organisation at http://halifaxcommunityspiritawards.co.uk/nominate/

The deadline for applications is Friday 10 August 2018. Please try and answer all the questions as accurately as possible and keep to the word count provided. All forms of charitable organisations can apply along with organisations without a charity number that is ‘not for profit’ and provides a community benefit. Organisations can nominate themselves and be nominated.

The judging panel will meet on August 16 – and their decision is final.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 27 September at The Venue Barkisland, presented by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Anna Foster. Tickets can be bought online at http://halifaxcommunityspiritawards.co.uk/buy-tickets/