A Message For Christmas and the New Year from the PCC For West Yorkshire

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This past year or so will go down as a year like no other, and whilst it really is important that we don’t drop our guard at this crucial time, I hope that the upcoming Christmas and New Year period will provide some relief.

Whilst not wishing to focus solely upon the Covid-19 impact, the introduction of a vaccine is certainly good news and we can all hopefully move towards a sense of normality in the coming months. That will only happen though, if we all continue to do our bit. Let’s keep working together to reduce the rates of transmission and we will hopefully come out more quickly and stronger at the other end.

Despite all the difficulties this year, I am really proud of some of the work that we have been able to achieve together, such as the opening of a brand new state of the art Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for West Yorkshire, the Safer Communities Fund continuing to support hundreds of projects making a real difference across West Yorkshire, bringing new engagement and early intervention projects to our communities to tackle serious violence through the new West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), launching our first Victims and Witnesses Strategy – ‘Supporting People Harmed by Crime’ and many more. You can read more about these initiatives and lots more in my recently released Annual Report.

In the year ahead, the biggest new development is likely to be the devolution deal for West Yorkshire, and the election of a new ‘Metro-Mayor’. This has particular implications for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, which will become embedded within the office of the new mayor, and there is much work to do to achieve a successful transition and for some of the complexities to be overcome.

We will continue to champion community safety working closely with West Yorkshire Police and our partners, providing support for the most vulnerable and those who are victims of crime, building on the many achievements over the last eight years since being elected into this role.

I couldn’t finish this message without mentioning the truly awe inspiring work and sacrifices made by our many key workers and volunteers during 2020. The same people who will be missing time with loved ones once again over this festive period, while they work to keep us all safe. A big and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them, from the police, fire & rescue and ambulance services, to the NHS, teachers, shop workers, refuse collectors, delivery workers and all those that have been so brilliant this year.

Wishing you a safe, happy festive season and New Year.

Best wishes


Mark Burns-Williamson OBE
West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection dates

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During the holidays, your usual waste and recycling collection dates may be affected.
Remember to check your waste and recycling collections over Christmas, as they will be on different days to usual.

Please find below the holiday colletion dates for Calderdale.

Usual collection day:                                               Collection will be on:

Friday 25th December                                            Monday 28th December

Monday 28th December                                       Tuesday 29th December

Tuesday 29th December                                       Wednesday 30th December

Wednesday 30th December                                Thursday 31st December

Thursday 31st December                                      Saturday 2nd January

Friday 1st January                                                    Monday 4th January

Monday 4th January                                               Tuesday 5th January

Tuesday 5th January                                               Wednesday 6th January

Wednesday 6th January                                        Thursday 7th January

Thursday 7th January                                             Friday 8th January

Friday 8th January                                                    Saturday 9th January


Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on the 25 and 26 December and on 1 January 2021. Please check opening times and current restrictions on the Council website before you travel.

Also of interest: Tis the Season to recycle: Calderdale residents are encouraged to recycle during the festive season

Christmas Crafts weekly online sessions from Calderdale Libraries

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Join the Discover Team online every Tuesday for Christmas craft inspiration.
The sessions run every Tuesday morning from 10:30am

  • Get crafting for Christmas
  • Gill Carpenter has lots of great ideas for you to try at home.
  • Using every day materials, fun for the whole family!

To join in, please visit Calderdale Libraries Facebook

To watch this and other Discover content after the scheduled events, please visit Calderdale Libraries on YouTube

Cinderella Magic Wand Workshop at Shibden Hall this weekend

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CinderellaMeet Cinderella and Buttons in this magical costumed workshop. Help Cinderella with her chores and discover old toys before you create your own magic wand and cast a spell to send Cinderella to the ball.

Saturday 17 December – 11.15am to 1pm
At Shibden Hall, Lister’s Road, Halifax, HX3 6XG

The cost is £3.50 for adults and £7 for children – Click here to book online

Only 14 tickets left!

Focus 4 Hope Christmas Party in Brighouse this weekend

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Focus 4 Hope invites you to join them at a Christmas Dinner and Party including 3 course Christmas dinner with live entertainment and bingo.

Saturday 17 December 2016 – 1pm
At St John the Divine Church, Brighouse, HD6 1HL

This event is FREE to attend

For information or to express your interest in this event find Focus 4 Hope on Facebook

Christmas Crafts at Field Lane Children’s Centre

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Take part in Christmas Craft activities including bauble decorating, christmas cards and making fruit kebabs. Meet Mrs Claus for a FREE gift, buy reindeer food and much more.

Wednesday 14 December 2016 – 2.45pm to 3.45pm
At Field Lane Children’s Centre, Burnsall Rd, Brighouse HD6 3JT

For more Sure Start events and activities to get involved in

Let your dreams take flight with Peter Pan this Christmas

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peter-panJoin Imagine Theatre on a magical journey and fly away to Neverland in this fantastic new panto for 2016 and see if Wendy, Michael and John can help Peter Pan and the Lost Boys defeat the villainous Captain Hook!

Saturday 10 December to Monday 2 January 2017
At Victoria Theatre, Halifax – In the Main Auditorium

Ticket Prices:

  • GREEN performances: £18.95(discounts available)
  • RED performances: £15.00 (discounts available)

* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online

Assisted performances:

Schools’ ‘Side of Stage’ Signed performance – Wednesday 14 December, 10.15am

Touch Tour – Saturday 17 December, 12pm
Visually-impaired theatre-goers get direct access to the stage and the opportunity to handle props. Please reserve your place via the Box Office.

Integrated Signed Performance – 28 December, 5.30pm & 29 December, 1pm
Where a BSL interpreter is involved in the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance – Friday 30 December, 10.30am
For children or adults with special needs, including Autistic Spectrum conditions and/or learning difficulties.

Click here to book online

Carols and Christmas Tree Switch-On in Rastrick

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Watch the 2016 lighting of the Rastrick Christmas Tree with special guest the Mayor of Calderdale, carols led by Field Lane School pupils, festive music, sweets giveaway and the chance to
win one of 24 x £5 vouchers to spend in December with one of the local shops.

Wednesday 7 December 2016
By the Highfield Road Shops, Rastrick, HD6 3JA

Children have the chance to win switching on the lights.

Christmas Shopping & Pamper night at Sowood Community Centre

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Sowood Pre-School are holding a Christmas Shopping and Pamper night various stalls and beauticians offering nails and makeup on the night with bar and a raffle.

Get involved on Friday 9 December at Sowood Community Centre, Stainland Road, Sowood, Halifax, HX4 9HY

Entry costs just £1 and the doors open from 7.30pm