Christmas

easyfundraising Advent Calendar is back!

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easyfundraising is spreading some Christmas cheer to the third sector by giving away £5,000 in their Advent Calendar giveaway. To get involved, sign your organisation up to easyfundraising and you can be a part of 25 days of advent fun and create an easy and accessible fundraising option your volunteers and the local community can get behind. Every time they open the daily door, your organisation gets an entry into the big Christmas Day prize to win £5,000.

Find out more here:  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/community

Last year’s winner (Wiltshire WI) said: “This money has been a blessing for us. Like most organisations, we have suffered due to the pandemic, and the prize has enabled us to continue to bring women together, to gain new skills, and to campaign on issues close to our hearts.”

SMKD in Bradford ask you to support Secret Santa Appeal

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This year, more children than ever are going to go without a Christmas present. That is why at SMKD we support the Secret Santa Appeal. “

For any further information on the secret santa appeal, this is the link to the website. https://www.jcibradford.org.uk/secret-santa-appeal/

Please donate by the 8th of December

It is getting to that time of year again when Christmas lists are getting longer and the shopping trips seem to never end. But SMKD, a Bradford based vape company, is getting into the Christmas spirit by giving back to the community and joining JCI Bradford’s Secret Santa Appeal.

JCI is a non-profit organisation for 18 to 40 year olds. It was founded to provide opportunities for young people to create positive change. Since 1989, JCI has held the Secret Santa Appeal.

This is an annual event where various organisations act as drop off points for people to donate Christmas presents to children in poverty. The appeal is needed now more than ever with so many families struggling to make ends meet.
According to the End Child Poverty Coalition, 3.6 million children in the UK were living in poverty last year, and this is set to increase considerably with the cost of living crisis.

This means parents all over the country are having to make the tough decision between making their child smile on Christmas, and putting food on the table.

SMKD are determined to give the children of Bradford, Calderdale, and Kirklees the magical Christmas they deserve. From November 21st to December 8th they will be collecting presents, donated by customers, in their Bradford, Halifax, and Huddersfield stores. We were able to speak to the managing director of SMKD, Moe, about their decision to work with JCI Bradford. “It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Christmas. Sometimes we forget that the whole point of the holiday is to give to others, and especially to those who can not
afford the luxuries that we take for granted.”

He went on to say, “when we heard about the Secret Santa Appeal, we knew we had to do something for the kids who need a bit of hope during this difficult time.”

The JCI appeal collects thousands of presents every year. SMKD’s goal is to collect 120 gifts, just 20 per participating store. The selected stores are:

  • Bridge Street, Bradford
  • Kirkgate, Bradford
  • John Street, Bradford
  • Sticker Lane, Bradford
  • High Street, Huddersfield
  • Market Street, Halifax

To learn more about the Secret Santa Appeal, you can visit the JCI Bradford website. Or visit www.secretsantaappeal.org.uk to find out how you can help make Christmas merry again for families in need.

Please donate by the 8th of December

Santa-Gram 2022 has launched! Get involved by December 2nd

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Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ until 2nd December. If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, or if you are a school or organisation would like to get involved, contact Julie Ingham on 01422 292424 or email julie.ingham@homeinstead.co.uk

Home Instead Calderdale’s annual Santa-gram Christmas gifting scheme has launched to give older people something to smile about during the festive season and help alleviate loneliness.

The team at Home Instead Calderdale are working with seven primary schools across Halifax, Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse, one after-school club and two Calderdale knitting groups to make gifts. The children will be putting their creative talent to good use, designing Christmas cards and decorations and the older children will be writing letters to donate to older people across Calderdale.

 

Local community group, The Calder Quilters and the Knit & Natter Group at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Halifax were delighted to get involved in this year’s Christmas Santa-gram campaign, creating some much needed quilted blankets and knitted muffs for older people to help keep them warm this winter. Last year Home Instead received 1,452 Santa-grams and the team hopes to smash that record this year!

 

 

 

 

Quilts and Twiddle Muffs from Calder Quilters

Every year Home Instead receive many heart-warming comments from members of the elderly community on receiving their Santa-grams.  One such comment was: “Thank you so much for the Santa-gram I received just before Christmas. Being a pensioner living on my own with no family it brightened my day it means a lot to know that there are kind people out there who want to support ageing people in the community this winter. I hadn’t heard of Home Instead so who knows in the future you may be someone to turn to, if needed.”

Since starting the campaign two years ago during the COVID pandemic lockdown, Home Instead has delivered thousands of Santa-grams to members of the local community.

Commenting on the festive campaign, owner of Home Instead Calderdale Munaf Patel said, “A lot of older people in the community are missing out on the companionship, care, and love that many of us simply take for granted. We want to do something to help, and the campaign is a nice way to bring several different generations together.”

Calder Quilters meet fortnightly at The Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax and their Chairperson commented, “We heard about Home Instead’s Santa-gram Campaign and approached them to see how we might get involved.  As a result our members have been busy creating quilted lap blankets, backed with fleece to help elderly people stay warm this winter and a set of Twiddle Muffs which make great presents for people with dementia, who find it comforting to keep their hands and fingers occupied.”

Margaret Caulfield of the Knit & Natter Group at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, Halifax, said, “Given the worrying Cost of Living Crisis, we wanted to do something to help some of the people who will be worrying about their heating costs this winter.  We welcomed the chance to get involved with Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign and our members have been busy creating warm blankets and muffs for the elderly.”

Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ until 2nd December. If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, or if you are a school or organisation would like to get involved, contact Julie Ingham on 01422 292424 or email julie.ingham@homeinstead.co.uk

Paws for a cause with the local RSPCA and the Upper George Hotel November 26

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THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch are looking forward to their Paws for a Cause event with the Upper George Hotel & Pub in Halifax (HX1 1TT) this Saturday 26th November from 12-4pm.

Lauren Moore, Fundraising Manager said “We’ve got lots of canine-themed fun planned for the day, including a mini fun dog show, doggy artwork sessions, pass the paw-cel and more!

We’re really happy our friends at the Upper George Hotel are supporting us as we approach the festive season.

All funds raised will directly help our Animal Centre on Wade Street, so we really hope you and your four-legged friends can join us!”

Find out more about the event visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or head to the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171369803798206/

So far this year, the branch has successfully found homes for 79 dogs, 179 cats and 48 small animals.The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”

The magic of Christmas at Halifax Minster

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This Christmas the Halifax Minster brings a series of festive Carol concerts and their unique, spectacular Christmas Tree event, where the Minster will be decorated with several beautiful Christmas trees.

Click on the event’s image for further details.
The Christmas Tree Festival document includes a calendar for all Christmas Events
View calendar here

Sunday, 27 November 2022
6:30pm – 7:30pm

 Saturday 3rd December
7:00pm
Tickets £12.50 from Halifax Minster and Out of the Box Members

Friday, Saturday & Monday
10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 12noon – 4.00pm

Adults £2.00 Children FREE

Refreshments available and the Minster shop will be open.

Saturday, 10 December 2022
7:00pm – 9:15pm

Tickets £5.00 under 16 free

 

 

Events for Christmas at the Halifax Minster website
You will also find the schedule of Christmas services and more events

Join us in celebrating the (probably) most wonderful time of the year!

Comfort and Joy : An evening of Carols with local musicians supporting Healthy Minds

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We invite you to joins us for a fabulous Christmas ‘Comfort & Joy’ concert at the Halifax Minster on Saturday 10th December.All proceeds will go to Healthy Minds! We’re so lucky to be involved in this wonderful event.Everyone is welcome. This promises to be a glorious and uplifting evening of festive music and carols.

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas performed by talented local performers of all ages. The inspirational Elland Silver Youth Band will be there along with the award-winning Bradshaw School Choir.Young choristers from the Minster choir will also be making an appearance, filling the Minster with their good cheer. Supporting these young performers will be the joyful and amazing performances from other musical locals.

This heartwarming ‘Comfort & Joy’ concert is organised by Rotary Club of Halifax and they have chosen to support Healthy Minds.

Come along with the family, this is a concert for all ages.Saturday 10th December 7pm – 9.30pmTickets are £5, entry FREE for under 16 years.Tickets are available on the door or online.See accessibility information for the Minster here.

 

Get Your Tickets Here!

 

 

Staying Well with Curious motion : Carols and a mince pie December 12

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Staying Well and Curious motion invite you to join us for a little Christmas get together to get into the festive spirit!

Monday December 12 from 10am – 12pm

Southgate Methodist Church – Elland

We will be singing Christmas Carols and enjoy a mince pie (or more!) with a cuppa, discussing anything we would like to share.

For more information and to book, please contact Helen Brame
t : 07759 364917
e : Helen.Brame@calderdale.gov.uk

Southgate Methodist Church, Elland: Langdale St, Elland HX5 0JL

Square Chapel presents Carols concert with the Cube Choir December 9th

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The Cube Choir will be performing Songs of Peace and Joy of Christmas at the Square Chapel for the Arts this year.

They will sing Christmas favourite songs for everyone to enjoy and have some festive cheer.

Tickets are £12 per person or £10 for concessions.

To book, visit www.squarechapel.co.uk or call 0343 208 6016
Tickets can be bought from the Square Chapel as well.

The venue is accessible to wheel chair users.

The cafe will be open to serve refreshments.

Halifax Society for the Blind Christmas Fair November 26

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Halifax Society for the Blind will be hosting a Christmas Fair

Saturday November 26th 
from 10am to 12.30pm
at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax.

There will be stalls including a cake stall, tombola, raffle and a stall selling products from our Sight Centre.

Alongside this we are pleased to be joined by Black Cat Hampers, Knot Paper Scissors, Sulky Fox and YveJaye Crafts who will all be selling their lovely handmade Christmas gifts.

Refreshments will be available, so come along and join us!