Merry Christmas from the Friday Flyer Team!

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A Merry Christmas from us all!

What a fabulous year we had. Coming out of lockdowns, getting to grips with Covid, new variants to keep us on our toes… and still, hesitantly, slowly but surely events started again. It hasn’t been easy by any stretch. I hope that as we look back at the hardships we realise – we overcame them yet again.

We were super glad to receive events for Halloween, Bonfire and finally Christmas in its full glory!

We even joined in, following the 12 days of Christmas shopping window trail and found 7 images. Did you do better? Boast!

See our 12 Days of Christmas Shopping Window Trail success!

We hope you have a good Christmas, surrounded by your nearest and dearest.

If you find yourself alone on that day, or any other day, if you find that you need urgent help and support, please reach out to someone.

You may find the resources in the below publications useful:

We will be back with you in the New Year with updates starting on the first week of January and the Friday Flyer coming to your inbox on January the 7th.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Until then,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Magpies

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The ever creative Magpies have put together their season’s greetings message for all to enjoy. You can even catch a glimpse of their glowing festive decorations!

Click on the link below to watch our Christmas message video!

Visit the Magpies website to find more about what the Magpies do, their news and events and how you can get involved in their activities!


Santa-gram campaign brings Christmas cheer once more to Calderdale!

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Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale’s second Santa-gram campaign has been a great success, spreading Christmas cheer to elderly people across the local area.

Launched in November, Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign reached out to primary schools across Calderdale to ask school children to create a special Christmas card or letter for an elderly person this Christmas.

Most of our elderly population have experienced isolation and loneliness this year due to COVID-19, with many continuing to isolate over the Christmas period.

The home care company, which provides companionship, housekeeping and personal care to people in their own homes was overwhelmed by the result. They had seventeen local schools and one after school club sign up to the campaign, receiving 1452 Christmas cards which were all decorated, or hand drawn by children from ages four to 11.

They also received a further 389 items including bookmarks, letters, pictures, decorations and riddles, to be distributed along with their cards.

Morrison’s supermarket in Elland, Halifax and Kershaws Garden Centre in Brighouse also got involved, with customers donating presents to the campaign.

The Santa-grams were packed into envelopes and delivered along with the presents to assisted living facilities, churches and community groups including Memory Lane and Riverside Dementia Cafés, Age UK, Halifax Blind Society, the Royal British Legion and Making Space – the carer’s wellbeing service.

The company also teamed up with local pharmacies who helped to distribute the Santa-grams to their network of customers that receive home delivery of their medication.

A local resident phoned in after receiving her Santa-gram to say:

“Thank you for our lovely Christmas surprise.  It was so kind of you to take the time making them for us. I am sending you a photo of your decorations in house they are lovely.”

“Lovely Christmas card delivered by my local pharmacy.  It was beautiful and really made my day.”

Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:

“Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted.  We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”


John and Margaret Avison receiving their Santa-gram from Home Instead.


Arthur Butler, aged 100 receiving his Santa-gram from Home Instead

Santa-Grams ready to be packed

 To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the home care services they provide, including live-in care, please call 01422 292424 or visit

Don’t forget your bin this Christmas!

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It’s a time of year when we all have more waste and recycling which needs to be collected.


Waste and recycling collections will be on the usual day throughout Christmas week (December 27 to 31).

On the first week in January collections will be a day later than usual due to the Bank Holiday on Monday, January 3 (as New Year’s Day falls at weekend).

The Christmas and New Year waste collection dates are as follows:

Usual collection day:      

Monday 27 December

Tuesday 28 December

Wednesday 29 December

Thursday 30 December

Friday 31 December

Collection will be on:

Same day

Same day

Same day

Same day

Same day

New Year’s week

Usual collection day:     

Monday 3 January

Tuesday 4 January

Wednesday 5 January

Thursday 6 January

Friday 7 January

Collection will be on:      

Tuesday 4 January

Wednesday 5 January

Thursday 6 January

Friday 7 January

Saturday 8 January


Collections should be back to the usual by Monday 10th January.


For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit

Christmas deadline reminder for Friday Flyer submissions

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Before you put your feet up and enjoy a well earned mince pie with a glass of sherry, or tuck into a tub of celebrations (save me some Bounty!) we’d like to remind you of the final Friday Flyer of the year.

The Friday Flyer of this week will be out on Thursday 23rd December 2021.

The deadline for submissions of that week is

Wednesday 22nd December 2021 at 1pm

The next Friday Flyer will be circulated in the New Year on Friday 7th of January 2022.

From us all, to each and everyone of you,

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Let’s not make this the Most Wasteful Time of the Year

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As the festive season is well underway, we would like to urge you to be mindful of waste and consider the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. And maybe Rudolph 🙂

As we are all in the Christmas season rush to get everything ready for the big day, it is more important than ever to be mindful of the waste this spree is producing.

There will be cards, wrapping paper, packaging made of plastic or cardboard. Most of this can be recycled. In fact most of the day to day household waste is recyclable.

Calderdale Council runs weekly collections of household waste that can be recycled where you can dispose of glass, plastic, metal and card or paper as well as several other items such as fabrics, small electricals and food waste.

Your local Household Waste Recycling Centre can take bulkier items.
Calderdale Council’s bulky waste recycling is still a little backed up, bear with us.

For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit

Even the Christmas Tree can be recycled. Overgate run a Treecycling programme that for a small donation of £10 will collect your tree at the end of the season.

This service covers certain Halifax Postcodes so check with Overgate. The page has other recycling options for you to choose from.

For more information on the Overgate Treecycling Campaign please contact the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or email

The office of national statistics has concluded that 3 out of 4 adults in the UK are concerned about climate change and they are more likely to change their habits in order to take action. Recycling is one of the easiest actions that can be taken to reduce our negative impact on the Planet.

Three-quarters of adults in Great Britain worry about climate change – Office for National Statistics (

So let’s all do our bit and keep green, before and after Christmas!

Time Out Christmas Fun Days at the Orange Box

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The weather outside is frightful, but our festive kid’s activities are so delightful!

We are back at Orange Box on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st December with lots of fun, FREE activities!
Check out the full schedule of activities for our festive fun days, and book for individual workshops via the link:
Or find out more about individual workshops at our website:

12 Days of Christmas Shopping Window Trail: Seventh Image

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Here’s the seventh image

And due to lack of time, no hint for this one. It’s Printout, across from the turn for North Bridge Leisure Centre.




That’s it from us, we managed to get 7 out of 12. Did you do any better? Comment down below and let us know where the other images are!


The other 6 images we found are as follows:


Image 1 Location: YMCA charity shop (10 Waterhouse St, Halifax HX1 1UQ)

Hint: If you’re not getting warmer, go inside, they are bound to have a sweater, or a fleece, or a coat… or even a blanket!


Image 2 location: Halo hair salon

Hint: Don’t lose your hair, you’re not far from the first clue!


Image 3 location: Ivor Burns shoes, close to Victoria Theatre

Hint: Now that you’re all dressed up, how about you go for a classy show?


Image 4 Location: The Milk bar

Hint: Eight maids a-Milking….


Image 5 Location: Yates pub, on Silver street

Hint: If you want something stronger than milk… but watch your step!


Image 6 Location: Althams Travel Services



Hint: It’s Christmas everywhere in the world, so where would you like to go?

Grant an Animal’s Christmas Wish this December with the RSPCA

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Help Miss Pickles the Bull Dog get an Urgent Operation!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & DistrictBranch are hoping the local community will help them grant the Christmas wish of a new, loving home for all the animals in their care this December.

You can help with this fund by donating online or buying a Wish Ticket from all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.

The self-funded Animal Centre (which rehomes cats, dogs and smalls animals) hopes to raise vital funds to help cover the veterinary, training, and shelter costs that make it possible for them to find homes for the abandoned, abused and unwanted pets in their care over the Christmas period.

Peanut the ferret peeks out of a Christmas stocking! 

The Wade Street Animal Home in Halifax are also hoping they can raise enough to cover the surgery costs of one dog in particular who needs a vital operation to help her breathe.

Miss Pickles, an 8-year-old British Bull Dog, arrived in the branch’s care after her original owner could no longer cope. The Animal Care team soon discovered that Miss Pickles was suffering from grade 3 Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – a term used to describe a group of conditions we see in animals with shortened skulls (brachycephalic) which compromises their ability to breathe normally.

Miss Pickles has made her wish to Santa this Christmas 

Miss Pickles urgently needs this surgery before she can safely be rehomed – however the operation will cost the local RSPCA branch over £2500.


Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser, says “Our Christmas Wish Appeal is a special opportunity to grant an animal’s wish of finding a loving home this December. We have lots of cats, dogs, ferrets and other small animals in our care who will sadly have to spend the festive season in rescue. However, with the support of our local community we’re hoping we can raise the funds needed to support their care which will help these wonderful pets find a forever family!’’

For anyone who would like to grant a Christmas Wish for an RSPCA animal, you can donate direct via the local RSPCA’s website. Or if Miss Pickles’ story has pulled on your heart-strings, you can contribute directly towards her surgery costs to make sure this lovable girl is ready for rehoming as soon as possible.

There is also the opportunity to purchase ‘Wish tickets’ in all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.

The Wish tickets make great stocking fillers for anyone wanting to purchase a unique gift idea or for those who just want to help.

Every Wish ticket granted and sold will help the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford in their mission to care for and rehome as many animals as possible as we move into 2022.

To donate to the appeal online visit or To purchase Wish tickets, please visit any of the RSPCA charity shops across Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and in the Wade Street Animal Centre.

If you would like to donate towards Miss Pickles’ surgery costs directly visit:

So far this year the branch has successfully found homes for 89 dogs, 240 cats and 80 small animals. They hope with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible.

All donations will be gratefully received, after what has been an extremely difficult 18 months for the local RSPCA Centre.

“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.”