Riding for the Disabled Coffee Morning

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During half term, the Calderdale Riding for the Disabled Group will be holding a coffee morning on Friday 22 February, 10:30am-12:00pm at Meadow View Stables, Cow Hill Gate Lane, Ogden HX2 9PB.

Calderdale RDA are looking for volunteers from spring in the role of sidewalkers and leaders so this would give you a chance to meet the team and look around.

Volunteer Role Description – Side Walkers and Leaders

Purpose of Role: To support the session coach and encourage the participants to have a safe and enjoyable time.

Main Activities/Tasks: Help preparing for sessions by gathering equipment, grooming kits and tack Be able to help and encourage the children whilst grooming, tacking up. Communicate the coaches’ instructions to the child in words and demonstration.

Qualities and Skills: You will need to be caring, confident, capable and use common sense.
Be reasonably fit and able to work as a team. Be able to take instructions and respond straight away.

Any experience with horses or in a caring role with people will be useful but not essential. A kind, empathetic nature with a desire to be involved is great.

Allergies or fear of horses will be a barrier to this role

Training Provision: Meet, greet and familiarisation app. 2 hours
Half hour before start of each session

Availability needed: The group runs Spring to Autumn. The exact days for 2019 tbc

For more information email contact@calderdaleRDA.co.uk

Creating a Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge

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Dementia Friends will be holding a Charity Quiz Night at Wetherspoons in Sowerby Bridge on Monday 25 February, 9:00pm. Entry is just £1 per person.

They will also be holding a coffee morning the day after, Tuesday 26 February, 10:00am-11:30am with home-made cakes and musical bingo.

If you would like more information about becoming a Dementia Friend, there will be FREE interactive demonstrations at Tesco on Friday 22 February, 10:30am and 6:30pm and also on Wednesday 27 February, 2:00pm and 6:30pm.

Eureka! Lates – British Science Week 2019

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On Thursday 7 March, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Eureka! will be holding an event to kick off British Science Week 2019 by being wowed, intrigued, and quite possibly set on fire.

Eureka! Lates are fun, adults-only evenings with demos, shows, mexican food and a BAR! All in our interactive museum, with no kids hogging the exhibits…

Light Fantastic
Don’t miss the new 20 minute show to experience lighting cackle and see sound waves set alight with flames.

Science Demos
Get involved in some truly amazing experiments including holding fire in your hands with our specialist Enablers.

Light Painting
Have a go at long exposure photography and make your own light painting.

Special guests Noisy Toys
The folk from Noisy Toys will be in the museum with their Audio Assault Buggy. Take part in the cutting edge of experimental sonic research with the Nose Test, the Bass Buzz, the Goop Test and more.

Science Experts
There will be some top brainy Academics on hand from Leeds University to talk about science ‘n’ stuff. Get your thinking caps on!

This brilliant evening will also offer a chance to check out Patternarium, a brand new exhibition in the Spark gallery created by the talented bods from IOU Theatre.

Eureka! Lates are fun, adults-only evenings set in a fun, interactive museum, oh – and remember – there’s a bar…

Roll up for an adults-only evening of tasks, trails, fun and food.

Free car parking included

Tickets are just £10 and only a limited number are available! Book now at Eventbrite.

Paediatric First Aid Course at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre

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There will be a Paediatric First Aid Course at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre over 4 weeks starting Thursday 7 March, 6:00pm-9:00pm.

4 weeks learning will lead to a Level 3 award in Paediatric First Aid, learners will gain the knowledge in dealing with first aid situations for example choking, CPR and shock.  Learners must attend the full 12 hours to gain the accreditation.

There are a limited number of places available to book your place on the Sure Start Children’s Centres website.

For further information call 01422 266197.

Half Term Hullabaloo at Eureka! Children’s Museum

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Eureka! children’s museum will be holding a Half Term Hullabaloo from Saturday 16 February to Sunday 24 February. They will be opening earlier, from 9:30am and have some extra activities.

The folk from Noisy Toys will be there all week, in fact they’re moving into the Theatre along with the Acousatron – a complex, ever-changing soundspace that you can control.

The Acousatron amplifies acoustic sounds from everyday objects, and salvaged instrument form the core of this monstrous mechanical-electromagnetic-acoustic noise-engine. Noisy by name, noisy by nature!

Also – watch out for the squirrels!

Fool’s Paradise are bringing a couple of their furry, inquisitive friends The Nutkins! These larger-than-life, cute critters will be out and about meeting visitors from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February, so hang on to your packed lunches!

Talks on Harella and Percy Shaw at Calderdale Industrial Museum

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Jean Illingworth will be giving an illustrated talk on Wednesday 6 March, 7:30pm at Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, HX1 1QG about the Harella clothing manufacturer.

In her new book, she has penned her memories of life in the Harella clothing factory and many from Huddersfield form part of it.

Based in Croft Myl in Halifax, Harella was one of the biggest fashion names in the UK during the Swinging Sixties.

Workers from Huddersfield were bussed to the factory each morning by coach to work as machinists, tailors and pressers in the factory.

But for Sowerby author Jean, the factory meant much more, as her new book It’s A Dream It’s Harella provides insight and nostalgia into what she describes her best working days.


On Friday 22 March, 3:00pm  Glenda Shaw will be giving a talk on her Great Uncle Percy Shaw who invented Cat’s Eyes.

Shaw was inventive, even at an early age, but his most famous invention was the cat’s eye for lighting the way along roads in the dark. There are several stories about how he came up with the idea. The most famous involves him driving down the difficult road (Queensbury Road, part of the A647 with a very steep drop to one side) from the Old Dolphin public house in Clayton Heights to his home in Halifax, when a cat on a fence along the edge of the road looked at the car, reflected his headlights back to him, allowing him to take corrective action and remain on the road.

For both talks, CIMA members can attend for free, it will be £3 for non-members.

For more information email info@calderdaleindustrial.co.uk.

Quiz Night and Coffee Morning for a Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge

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Charity Quiz Night followed by a Coffee Morning the day after at Wetherspoons in Sowerby Bridge.

  • Charity Quiz Night – Monday 25 February 2019 – Starts at 9pm – Entry just £1 per person
  • Coffee Morning – Tuesday 26 February 2019 – 10am to 11.30am – Home-made cakes and musical bingo

Go along and help make Sowerby Bridge Dementia Friendly

Want to know more about how dementia can affect a person or want to know how YOU can make a difference?

Become a Dementia Friend at one of the FREE interactive Dementia Friends sessions held at Tesco, Sowerby Bridge on the following dates.

  • Monday 11 February 2019 – 2pm and 6.30pm
  • Friday 22 February 2019 – 10.30am and 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 February 2019 – 2pm and 6.30pm

Call 01422 706373 to book or just turn up!

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 8 February 2019 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…


  • Memory Lane Café – Winter 2018/19 Newsletter
  • Tonight! Happy Days Homeless Charity Big Sleepout
  • Free Family Fun Swim with Lower Valley Sure Start Children’s Centres

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Latest news from the Phoenix Shed

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Work goes on a pace at the Phoenix Shed

A small team of chaps have been beavering away making huge planters for installing in Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge. The planters are to form a community garden to help with anti social parking and fly tipping.  It is hoped to be able to supply 20 of these huge planters before spring arrives.

Birds will soon be looking for nesting places

The Shed’s unique, easy clean bird boxes are available to order now.  They are very substantial boxes that should last for many, many years.  Made from 20mm thick pine, they offer birds good insulated nesting.  They are £15 each, or £24 for two and may seem dearer than those you can buy in the supermarkets, but these will last and last.

Order from Chris 07930 207537

Beauty the Rocking Horse

The Shed is temporary home to ‘Beauty’ a 28 year old rocking horse.  It was lovingly made by Pearle, but due to health problems, she could never finish it.  Shed Trustee, Chris met Pearle at a Staying Well meeting and agreed to help to finish the horse, so that it would finally be full dressed and actually ‘rock’.

The full story can be told later, when ‘Beauty’ is finished.


Calderdale Apprenticeship Event – 6 March 2019

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Want to know about apprenticeships? You can find out more at CK Careers Apprenticeship Events.

All welcome

It’s for young people and their parents

  • Find out about current apprenticeship vacancies
  • Ask about the different types of apprenticeships – Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • Meet employers and training providers
  • Talk to apprentices
  • Get individual careers guidance

Careers advisers will be available throughout the evening to answer any questions you may have

See also @ckcareers on Facebook and @ckcareers1 on Twitter


Go along on Wednesday 6 March, 4pm to 7pm, at The Shay Stadium – there will be presentations taking place throughout the evening at this event (417kb PDF)