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

Advertise your 2017 Halloween and Bonfire events with us

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Are you holding a public Halloween or Bonfire event this year?.. Let us know and we will advertise it for you

Last year we received over 6,000 blog views in October and November as people started to look for local Halloween and Bonfire Night events to attend.

If you are holding a Halloween or Bonfire event this year and would like us to advertise for you, please email us here to have it featured in our Friday Flyer.

Note – The email subject is pre-written to ensure your event isn’t lost or overlooked!



FREE Half Term Activities for Ages 11+ at Orange Box

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FREE half term activities for ages 11+ return to Orange Box Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June between 2 pm and 4 pm. Get all arty in our arts and crafts sessions; beat your friends at table tennis; sing your favourite tunes with karaoke in the atrium; climb to new heights in our bouldering tunnel; see what you can do wearing a bumper ball in our zorbing sessions; and come help us celebrate the half term break with an end-of-week DJ party.

No need to book, just turn up (you will need to register when you arrive, if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come) For more information call 01422 433200 or email

Orange Box young people’s centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF (next to the Piece Hall)

Incredible Edible Brighouse Celebration Evening

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Get involved with the Incredible Edible Brighouse, Community Consultation, AGM & Volunteer Celebration Evening

On Tuesday 16 May 2017 – 7.30pm
At The Link, Central Methodist Church, Commercial St, Brighouse, HD6 1AQ

Incredible Edible Brighouse is a grow your own scheme run by members of the community for the community and was set up in 2013.  We aim to help plant fruit and vegetables in unloved and neglected areas in and around Brighouse, helping to retain and revitalize these green spaces. Just starting our fifth year we have worked in partnership with the Safer, Cleaner, Greener section of Calderdale Council and have “incredibled” many of the raised beds in Brighouse town centre. This year we have continued with existing projects and have some exciting new ones to introduce.

We have worked with various community groups including cubs and scouts and have received support from Grow Wild, Together Housing, Arco, Tesco & Morrisons, Calder Valley Skip Hire and Kershaw’s Garden Centre.

Could you spare an hour or two each fortnight to help us plant new plants and maintain the beds or perhaps help man the stall at one of or fundraising events or even make things for us to sell, there are lots of opportunities for volunteers with a whole variety of skills.  Are you a business that could make a donation? – we need wood to make planters, prizes for tombola’s and fundraising events.

Would you like to find out more?  Come along to our annual Community Consultation,  AGM and Volunteer Celebration Evening at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th May 2017 in The Link, Central Methodist Church, Brighouse .

If you would like to come along to one of our planting sessions we meet outside Wilko, Brighouse as below:

  • Sunday 21 May – 11am
  • Tuesday 23 May – 10.30am
  • Monday 30 May – 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 9 May – 10.30am
  • Monday 15 May – 6.30pm

For more information email us at

International market returns to Halifax next week

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The award winning International Village Market will be returning to Halifax again this year and over 40 traders from around the globe will set up stalls along Southgate, Corn Market, Russell Street and Woolshops.

Thursday 4 May to Sunday 7 May 2017.

Opening hours of the International Market are:

  • Thursday and Friday: 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 6pm
  • Sunday:  10am to 5pm

Some of the tasty flavours which will be drawing visitors in to the international event include Greek delicacies such as gyros, souvlaki, and Greek pies; a traditional German Schwenkgrill selling bratwurst and currywurst; mouth-watering French crepes and galettes; Catalan cuisine, including tapas and paella; Pofitjes, the famous Dutch mini pancakes with loads of toppings and even ostrich and kangaroo burgers.

Find out more here…

Pick up your Calderdale Events and Festivals guide

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Visitors to Calderdale this spring and summer can now start to plan their trip, with the release of the annual Calderdale Events and Festivals guide.

The colourful guide is crammed with over 30 entries of indoor and outdoor events taking place right across Calderdale, between April and September.

Calderdale Events and Festivals guide is available in Calderdale libraries, visitor centres and museums. Also keep an eye out for it in visitor attractions across West Yorkshire.

For details of events and festivals in Calderdale all year around visit

Join the Oddfellows Friendly Society Brighouse Branch

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oddfellows-fs-logoEstablished in 1810, the Oddfellows is one of the largest and oldest friendly societies in the UK, with over 310,000 members accross 132 Branches nationwide.

Oddfellows is a non-profit mutual run by members for its members, and do their best to improve the quality of people’s lives through friendship, care and charitable support.

Members have access to a compelling range of social, care and financial benefits. So whether members are going through one of life’s ups, or downs, Oddfellows can be there for them and each other.

Yearly membership costs just £10 for under 18s or Online only memberships or alternatively you can become a National Member for £30.

If you have any questions about events, getting involved in local activities or becoming a member contact Lynn E Bradbury, Secretary of the Brighouse Branch on 01484 324929 or email

The Oddfellows Hall, 2 Industrial Street, Brighouse, HD6 1TY

Celebrate the anniversary of Elland being granted a Royal Charter

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To celebrate the 700 year anniversary of Elland being granted a Royal Charter, St Mary’s Church is holding a special Celebration Weekend from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February 2017.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February – 10am to 3pm
The church will be open to visitors to look around the oldest building in Elland.

Saturday 25 February – 2pm
There will be a history talk giving a unique insight into the history of the church

Sunday 26 February – 4pm
Come along and join a special service led by the Bishop of Leeds

At The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Elland, HX5 0RU