Sure Start Children’s Centres Newsletter Spring 2018

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The Sure Start newsletter for Spring 2018 includes details of the new baby clinics, a what’s on guide for all our Children’s Centres and how to follow each individual Centre on it’s own Facebook page.

Have you thought about getting a better deal on your energy bills? With NHP Energy Levels you could boost your energy and save money. The newsletter gives details of the drop-in sessions January to March 2018 when Ofgem and Citizens Advice will show you how to go Energy Shopping.

The newsletter also includes dates for Sure Start training courses taking place in both Lower Valley and North & East Halifax from January to March 2018.

Click here to read the newsletter online

Christmas Waste and Recycling collection dates

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Christmas and New Year Waste and Recycling Collection Dates. Collections will be a day later than usual due to bank holidays:

  • Usual collection day                               Changed collection day
  • Monday 26th December 2016                     Tuesday 27th December 2016
  • Tuesday 27th December 2016                     Wednesday 28th December 2016
  • Wednesday 28th December 2016               Thursday 29th December 2016
  • Thursday 29th December 2016                    Friday 30th December 2016
  • Friday 30th December 2016                         Saturday 31st December 2016
  • Monday 2nd January 2017                           Tuesday 3rd January 2017
  • Tuesday 3rd January 2017                            Wednesday 4th January 2017
  • Wednesday 4th January 2017                      Thursday 5th January 2017
  • Thursday 5th January 2017                           Friday 6th January 2017
  • Friday 6th January 2017                                Saturday 7th January 2017

All collections should be back to your usual collection day by Monday 9 January 2017.

Please recycle all that you can, every week.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open throughout, operating Sunday opening hours on bank holidays.

Love your local market?… Put it on the map!

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Help put your local market on the map by voting for it as Britain’s favourite market by the voting deadline on Tuesday 10 January 2017

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • Online voting will only be recorded via the Britain’s Favourite Market tab on the NABMA website at
  • There is no restriction on voting but the judges will monitor voting and they have discretion to deal with any situation where they feel the voting system is being abused.
  • No information will be provided on the individual number of votes given in respect of a particular Market.
  • No votes cast after the closing date will be counted.
  • The judges decision on the result is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the result

To add your market and vote visit


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!

Write a story, get it published and even made into a film!

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‘Screen Your Story’ is a wonderful opportunity for all young storytellers to get their book published and even have it made into a film!

This years theme is horror but it doesn’t need to be blood and gore – probably better not.

Write one of the best stories and your prize will be to see it published in a superb, fully illustrated collection ‘Stories From the Young’. You will also get the chance to work with professional film makers to make your story into a film and see your film shown at the Barnes Film Festival in September 2017.

There are 7 groups for entries:

  • Up to and including Reception
  • Years 1 and 2
  • Years 3 and 4
  • Years 5 and 6
  • Years 7 and 8
  • Year 9 and over
  • Red Letter entries for students with special educational needs

Competition ends Tuesday 28 February 2016

Click here for further information or to enter

Santa Paws is coming to Kershaws – Amended Time

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With Christmas just around the corner Santa Paws will be at Kershaws Garden Centre waiting to meet and greet your four legged friends with a gift!

Monday 19 December – 11am to 12pm
At Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Rd, Brighouse, HD6 2QD

All breeds, pups, seniors and sizes are welcome and as this is the season for giving, Kershaws are teaming up with the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch to see if customers will help animals less fortunate than their own and make a donation to give them a better life in 2017.


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

Events at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland

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The following events will be taking place at Southgate Methodist Church this month and everyone is welcome to get involved.

Sunday 18 December – 6pm  
Carols by Candlelight, followed by Coffee and Mince Pies  –  Free  – All Welcome

Saturday 24 December – 6pm  
Family Carols for All  – Free – All welcome

Thursday 29 December – 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Family Christmas Party   Games – Craft work – Food and Father Christmas!!   Free  All Welcome.  No need to book please just turn up and join in!

Friday 30 December – 6pm to 8pm  
Soup and Sandwiches.  Free event open to all who need food or need company and conversation.  All Welcome.

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

FREE festive activities at Orange Box for ages 11+

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If you know a young person aged 11 or over, then tell them to head down to Orange Box young people’s centre this Christmas holiday for some free festive activities.

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December – 2pm to 4pm and Friday 23 December – 2pm to 9pm at Orange Box Young People’s Centre, 1 Blackledge, HX1 1AF

Participants can make their own Christmas crafts, sing their favourite karaoke tunes, act out a Christmas scene, cook an alternative Christmas dinner, enter a table tennis tournament, climb to new heights in the bouldering tunnel or make Christmas party treats.

For information and a full timetable of activities visit