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.

 

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 10 July – OUT NOW!!

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Lower Valley LogoClick here to view the first ever 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

Fun Swims at Brighouse Pool

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A wild and wacky time at Brighouse Pool for children 14 years and under, with giant floats available.

No adults unless accompanying children 14 years of age and under.

Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday – Friday 1.45-3pm,  Saturday and Sunday 1-2.15pm (throughout the holidays except Bank Holiday Monday

Booking not required.

Teaching Pool: Weeks 1-6 Monday to Friday 1.30-2.45pm (excluding Bank Holiday Monday) Sunday 12noon-2.45pm.  Weeks 1-4 Saturday 10am-1.15pm and 1.30-2.45pm

Cost:

  • £4.35 or £3.35 for passport leisure cardholders per session – adult
  • £3.00 or £2.75 for PTL cardholders per session – child
  • Under 3s free

Booking not required.

There’s a Bikeability level to match every ability

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Cycle training for ages 9 – 15

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Whether you’re just starting out or already have some good skills and just want to use your bike more safely and more often.

The right level of Bikeability training will help you to develop the best habits that will keep you safe whenever you cycle.

Holiday Bikeability courses are held at Halifax, Illingworth and Todmorden fire stations, where bikes and helmets are available.

Courses run over two days; Level 1 and Level 2 for children aged 9 to 14 and Level 3 for more experienced riders aged 11 to 14.

Courses are FREE of charge and children who successfully complete the course are rewarded with a badge and certificate
For details of these courses see Do Something! If you just want to book please register at Book activities and classes or telephone 01422 341527.

For further details on Bikeability cycle training email steve.pullan@calderdale.gov.uk or telephone 01422 392800.

Funding helps make homes more energy efficient

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Calderdale Council’s Home Improvement Service and Energy Action Team have received a small grant from Foundations for 2015/16 which will be used to help make homes more energy efficient and or easier to keep warm.

Warm at Home Scheme

The funding can be used towards measures such as:-

  • Draught proofing to doors/windows/ceilings/floors/flues where unwanted cold air is an issue
  • Work to enable insulation work to lofts and walls
  • Repair to a boiler or if not part cost to a replacement
  • Improvements to the controls of a central heating system i.e. fitting thermostatic radiator valves (TRV’s)
  • Improvements to the performance of the heating system (bleeding radiators, fixing leaks)
  • A contribution towards main gas connection

Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)

Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) helps older and vulnerable people live with dignity in their own homes. They do this by operating funds which enable local home improvement agencies (HIAs) to carry out repairs and improvements to people’s homes. Other funding available through Foundations:-

  • Providing small scale safety work in people’s homes with funding from the Electrical Safety Council
  • Ongoing partnership with npower Health Through Warmth, providing hardship funds for much-needed heating and insulation measures
  • Work with Gas Safe Charity to deliver work to keep people’s gas appliances safe.

If you want further information about any of the above schemes or think you may qualify then please call 01422 392479 – 01422 392471 or email heat@calderdale.gov.uk.

Staying Well with Dementia

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Click here for Dementia support and activity groups running in your area this summer and autumn including:-

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  • Living with Dementia Group
  • Singing with Us in Brighouse and Rastrick
  • Cornerstone Café
  • and more….

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Every man needs a shed of his own…

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LogoImagine a bigger version of the shed at the bottom of the garden. 

A place where you can enjoy a chat and a brew…

We are a group of men in Halifax looking for other men to join us in creating a place where we can get together to share and learn new skills.

A Men’s Shed is a place to pursue hobbies and interests in a friendly and welcoming environment.

The Phoenix Shed Halifax is aimed at men over 55 years but anyone is welcome to attend.

Find out more about our project and how you can get involved at our Launch Meeting on Wednesday 5 August 2015. BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE…

Or get in touch on 07481 543 881 or  email phoenixshed@outlook.com

And we need your ideas!  

Please complete our questionnaire and tell us how we can make the Phoenix Shed the kind of shed that would appeal to you. Click here…