Lower Valley Friday Flyer 17 July – OUT NOW!!

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Lower Valley LogoClick here to view this week’s Lower Valley Friday Flyer… 

The Friday Flyer is a weekly round-up of news and what’s on in the Lower Valley.

Information about ward forum meetings and other ways to have your say will also be advertised here.

We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think!

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

Have a great weekend!

Chit Chat Success!

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The Chit Chat group from Elland was recognised for its hard work on Thursday 9 July at the Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 ceremony where they picked the Supporting Older People in Calderdale award (sponsored by The Leo Group)

Chit Chat provides fun activities and friendly social interaction over a cuppa!

The night, hosted by Clare Frisby and held in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, was a well-deserved showcase for the people who make Calderdale the caring, creative and conscientious place we all know and love… read more about the awards…

Chit Chat runs every second and fourth Wednesday in the month from 1.30pm until 3.30pm at All Saints Church, Charles Street, Elland, HX5 0JF

Who’d like a FREE goody bag?

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EllandgoodybagBag yourself a 100% cotton shopping bag containing a car/window sticker, postcard and keyring!

NEW LOGOSAs well as a really useful tote these promotional goodies aim to raise awareness of the Staying Well project and to promote Elland as place that cares about the health and well-being of its communities.

If you run a local group or organisation in Elland or nearby and would like a few of these bags to give out to your members, please give us a call on 01422 392708.

Mork on Loneliness…

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Mork & Mindy: ‘In Mork We Trust’ (#1.21) (1979)
Orson: The report, Mork.
Mork: This week I discovered a terrible disease called loneliness.
Orson: Do many people on Earth suffer from this disease?
Mork: Oh yes sir, and how they suffer. One man I know suffers so much he has to take a medication called bourbon. Even that doesn’t help very much because then he can hear paint dry.
Orson: Does bedrest help?
Mork: No because I’ve heard that sleeping alone is part of the problem. You see, Orson, loneliness is a disease of the spirit. People who have it think that no one cares about them.
Orson: Do you have any idea why?
Mork: Yes sir, you can count on me. You see, when children are young, they’re told not to talk to strangers. When they go to school, they’re told not to talk to the person next to them. Finally when they’re very old, they’re told not to talk to themselves, who’s left?
Orson: Are you saying Earthlings make each other lonely?
Mork: No sir, I’m saying just the opposite. They make themselves lonely – they’re so busy looking out for number one that there’s not enough room for two.
Orson: It’s too bad everybody down there can’t get together and find a cure.
Mork: Here’s the paradox, sir, because if they did get together, they wouldn’t need one.


Whinney Hill Park Community Action Day

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Whinney Hill

Calderdale Council is holding a Community Action Day in Whinney Hill on Thursday 30 July 2015. 

The day will begin at 10am. Residents will be invited to carry out a community clean-up and bring out any household rubbish and bulky unwanted items for a one off pick up and removal FREE skips will be available for you – perfect excuse to have a good sort out!

In the afternoon there will be a number of activities available at the community centre for everyone to enjoy including:

Face painting, Sure Start Arts and Crafts, Community Garden Makers, Mobile Internet Bus, Recycling Team, Sick Of Being Skint , Employment Advisor, Working Wonders, Maltings College, Tombola, a chance to speak with the local PCSO’s, and Fire Service display.

Fishing Fun on Riley’s Pond, Brighouse

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fishSummer fun for Juniors with Brighouse Angling Association every Wednesday afternoon on Riley’s Pond from 22 July to 31 August 2015, 1pm – 4pm.

Limited places so book early to avoid disappointment on 01274 875968 or 07954 582135

Other coaching available at other times – FREE to beginners.

 Riley’s Pond, Brookfoot Fishery, Brighouse, HD6 2RW.

St Matthew’s Churchyard – can you help?

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Visitors from Salford finding a family grave from early 19C

The Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard are holding a working party for St Matthew’s Churchyard restoration project on Sunday 19 July, 2pm – 4pm.

Jobs will include clearing around graves, cutting grass and generally tidying up!… Any help will be much appreciated.

The group will provide equipment but gloves are advisable.

St Matthew’s Church, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax , HX3 8TH (opposite the Sun Inn)

Calling all workers – Elland Hub network meeting

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Elland teapotShopkeepers, plumbers, milkmen, librarians, florists, butchers, publicans, bakers…

We think the people working in Elland know the people living in Elland best and since the Staying Well in Elland project is all about linking older people with social activities in the community, we feel your knowledge is invaluable to us and we would like your ideas.

Come along to the Elland Hub network meeting on Thursday 16 July to give us your thoughts and enjoy a FREE Buffet.

From 3pm to 5pm at The Canon Winter Centre, All Saint’s Church, Charles Street, Elland, HX5 0JF.

Please let us know if you can come and if you have any special dietary needs by calling 07938 115515 or email matthew.thompson@calderdale.gov.uk

Healthy Minds Support Groups in Lower Valley

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healthy mindsHealthy Minds Support Groups are for anyone who experiences mental distress, offering a place where people are FREE to talk about their own mental health if they wish.

The following group runs Monthly in Elland

  • Lower Valley Anxiety & Depression Support Group –  2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
    St Mary’s Church, The Cross, Elland from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

For further information and details of support groups outside Lower Valley, visit www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or email Dianne@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

Money for your Group?

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The Staying Well Development Fund in Elland is now open – offering grants to organisations and community groups who want to start or develop new projects in or around Elland.

Your project or activity should support the aims and objectives of the Staying Well project in Elland.

For example we’re looking for activities or projects to:

  • Create or increase social opportunities for lonely or isolated older people in Elland
  • Address barriers to participation for older people, especially around personal care, transport
  • Provide a health or wellbeing service for lonely or isolated older people (for example befriending)
  • Increase volunteering capacity in Elland

The local Staying Well Steering Group is responsible for ensuring all activities and projects funded are based in need, are sustainable and that any unnecessary duplication is avoided.

Rachel Swaby, the Staying Well worker, and Matthew Scott Thompson are available to work alongside groups to develop their idea and promote partnership working where appropriate.

The team can also support groups with publicity and marketing, and monitoring of projects.

Apply online here… or email rachel.swaby@calderdale.gov.uk

Don’t be put off by the application form! If you’ve got a good idea for a project, ring us on 01422 392708 and we can help you.