Calderdale Council

International Women’s Day Festival at Victoria Theatre

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Annapurna Indian Dance are proudly celebrating International Women’s Day with a Festival at Victoria Theatre on Saturday 10 March, 12:30pm-3:00pm. 

Enjoy a variety of activities at this FREE event: Demonstrations of beautiful temple dancing, tap & contemporary dance, storytelling, music, singing and drumming.

We welcome Award Winning classical Indian Dancer, Dr. Swati Raut, who will be presenting excerpts from her innovative dance project “Half of Me” which explores the theme of Assisted Reproductive Therapy whilst drawing parallels from a storyline in the famous Indian epic “Mahabharata”​.

For more information email

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2018 (March 8) is #PressforProgress

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

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Anti-Social Behaviour & Hate Crime Event

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This discussion of Anti-Social Behaviour & Hate Crime is taking place on Wednesday 21 February, 10:00am-1:00pm at Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX.

This event is to raise awareness about what is anti-social behaviour and hate crime in Calderdale. It will give an opportunity to learn what services are being offered to reduce incidents and support victims, how we can all work more closely together to make communities feel safer will be explored, and resources available to make this happen will also be highlighted.

To reserve a place please email

There will be limited marketplace space so if you would like to reserve a stall please indicate this in the email to Jake.

This event is funded by the OPCC and supported by Calderdale Community Safety Executive.

Calderdale Becomes a Sustainable Food Borough

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The Calderdale Food Network has achieved membership of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, supporting their efforts to make local, healthy and sustainable food available to everyone. Calderdale has now become the 52nd member of Sustainable Food Cities – a network of cross-sector partnerships in towns, cities, boroughs and counties across the country that aim to make good food the easy choice for everyone. Calderdale will benefit from sharing good practice with places across the UK from Brighton to Aberdeen.

For more information, visit:

The Calderdale Food Network was established in July 2017 following a Calderdale Food Workshop in June 2017. The vision of Calderdale Food Network is: Calderdale is a good food borough where everyone, today and in the future, has equitable access to good food. The Calderdale Food Network is inclusive and open to all. Members are drawn from public, private and third sector organisations that have an interest in creating a sustainable and equitable food system.
The Calderdale Food Network is developing an action plan to identify projects it will take forward in 2018.

There are many active organisations delivering great work to promote healthy and sustainable food in Calderdale. Examples include:

  • Food for Life Calderdale: This programme is a place-based whole system approach to good food, working with schools, nurseries, the hospital, care settings and on the high street. The programme is funded by Calderdale Council and Calderdale CCG.
  • Food Systems Academy: This is an online open education resource to transform our food system, curated by Geoff Tansey.
  • Great Rock Co-op Owned and run by its suppliers and customers, open every Saturday, GRC is dedicated to providing great locally produced food to the community around Blackshawhead and the Upper Calder Valley. The produce includes meat, baked goods, eggs, cheese, vegetables, wine, beer, and a range of craft products – all reared, grown or made nearby. There is often a chance to meet the producers themselves, who play an active part in running the shop, and to find out more about how they work.
  • Holy Trinity Primary School, A Church of England Academy has been working with Food for Life for at least years and feel that children need to be fit and healthy for life. We are a Food for Life Gold School and actively promote healthy eating across school, from our in-house school meals to healthy packed lunches, from our fruit trolley to our water only policy. We grow our own food that is used in our school lunches and all children cook in our new children’s cooking kitchen. See our twitter account @HTPShalifax.
  • Incredible Edible Todmorden is about spreading kindness through volunteers planting and growing food in public spaces all over our small Pennine market town for everybody and anybody to help themselves to. We aim to build community cohesiveness by involving all comers, bringing in visitors and supporting local businesses.
  • Love Bread: LoveBread CIC is a community supported bakery and social enterprise. It is a wholesale Real Bread bakery with a workshop kitchen. They run classes for individuals, schools and community groups, and can organise corporate events and host private parties.
  • The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden – A Halifax Opportunities Trust project based in Park Ward, Central Halifax. The garden grows seasonal fruit and vegetables which are available at affordable prices to the local community. The kitchen is used to provide training and workshops around food education, cooking, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. The facilities are also available for other local organisations to hire. Facebook – The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden

Special Marriage Deals at Clay House up to 28 February

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Are you planning on getting married?

Did you know a wedding ceremony in the Calderdale Register Office is just £120, Monday–Friday.

See the Calderdale website for more details.

There are also a wide range of wedding venues in the Council, including Todmorden Town Hall and Clay House.

Between 1 October and 28 February, Clay House is available for hire at a special rate of £1,000.

Clay House is a Jacobean building, and is a fine example of seventeenth century vernacular architecture. It is within a beautiful rural park in the village of West Vale, less than three miles from Halifax. It contains a main hall, ante room and bar lounge, and the hall is hired as a whole venue.

For further details email or call 01422 288080.

Calderdale Community Grants Schemes – Deadline 1 February

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The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.

The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Thursday 1st February 2018.

The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.

The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.

There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale

To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:
• Be a voluntary, community or faith group
• Be properly constituted
• Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
• Be open and accessible to the community you serve
• Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Thursday 1st February 2018.

For further details visit the Grants pages on Festivals and Events and the Small Grants Scheme or email

Emotional Health & Wellbeing – Survey for Parents, Carers and Family Members

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Calderdale Council are consulting with parents, carers and family members to inform the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan. If you are a parent/carer or family member then please complete the anonymous survey using the link below. On average the survey takes less than 5 minutes, which I hope encourages you to fill it out.  If you wish to make any general comments about the survey or want to know more about the Local Transformation Plan, please contact  

Survey Link:

Calderdale Open Minds Website for Children and Young People

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Calderdale’s multi-agency emotional health and wellbeing taskforce are delighted to announce that a new website for children and young people is now available. The website at is intended to provide advice, information, support and signposting to young people about emotional health and wellbeing and has been developed after extensive input and consultation with young people, as well as a range of professionals.

Lots of students get support from their school when they’re going through a tough time. Young people can speak to anyone working in school about anything that’s bothering them, whether its school related or something different. In Calderdale, schools have a range of services including peer support, family support and counselling that can help.

Feeling distressed or unhappy from time to time is  normal, however if these feelings are persistent or are causing a lot of worry for a person your are concerned about then you may need to seek professional help. In Calderdale the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service will be able to help you.

For more information please contact

Have your say! Elland Ward Forum Tuesday 23 January 2018

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Calderdale Council CMBCOpen to anyone who lives, works and learns in Calderdale, ward forums are a way to get involved in your local area.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 23 January 2018, 6.30pm start

Venue: Willow Court, Victoria Road, Elland HX5 0PL

For more information on the meetings, see Lower Valley ForumExternal link

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

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Calderdale Interfaith Council in partnership with Calderdale Council is commemorating the Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 on Monday 29 January at 1pm–2pm at Crossley Heath School, Savile Park, Halifax HX3 OHG.

For 2018, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has chosen the theme, ‘The power of words’.

Crossley Heath School pupils will be participating in the commemorations by displaying artwork, reflecting on the work they have been involved with and sharing poetry.

We are pleased that Rudi Leavor (born 31 May 1926, Berlin, Germany) is a Jewish community leader from Bradford will be attending. Rudi, along with his parents and sister, left Germany for Bradford in 1937, when he was 11, all were refugees, and we hope that he will share with us some of his experiences.

Please note that this is an open invitation to attend and no RSVP is required. The access to the premises is from the main entrance at the school.
If you would like any further details, please do not hesitate in contacting Sail Suleman, Cohesion & Equality Officer on 01422 392869 or by email at

Have your say! Brighouse Ward Forum – 17 January 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.

By discussing what’s important to you, in an open meeting, the Council and its partners can plan for the future and make a difference to your neighbourhood.

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start.

Mulberry Suite, Sixth Form College, Parsonage Lane HD6 1AY

For more information on ward forum meeting see Lower Valley Forum