February

Staying Well event at Waring Green Community Centre

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staying-well-logoThe Staying Well project works with individuals and communities around issues of loneliness and isolation, helping everyone become more connected and stronger. After success in pockets of Calderdale we are now moving into Brighouse and we want to hear from you!

Come along on Tuesday 28 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and learn more about how Staying Well could work alongside you and your organisation at Waring Green Community Centre, Garden Rd, Brighouse HD6 2AX

For more info contact Rachel on 01422 392708 or by email to rachel.swaby@calderdale.gov.uk

Yorkshire & the Humber Cyber Protect Conference

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This event is FREE to attend

Tuesday 28 February 2017 – 9am to 3.30pm
At Leeds Bridge Conference Centre, Rider Street, Leeds LS9 7DP

The aims and objectives of this conference is to raise cyber awareness built around the 10 steps to cyber security and guest speakers include NatWest, United States Secret Service, National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and more.

Cyber-crime is a growing threat to UK public, business and government with claims for data breaches by business being made at a rate of more than one per day as reported by the CFC.

Click here to register your place on this FREE event

Local RSPCA delighted with Valentines support

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16730632_247690772343321_2921676189263606853_nThe RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are thanking their supporters who joined in with their ‘Valentails appeal’ this year. The local branch which is entirely self funded, recently called upon the public to choose an animal at their centre to send a ‘Valentails’ card to to put a little love in their lives!

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said

“Everyone here at the centre has been truly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cards received for our Valentails appeal. Every single animal received a card and we’ve had some incredibly generous donations too, it’s been very,very heart warming. We would like to thank every individual or organisation that has donated to this appeal, without your generosity we simply couldn’t continue the work we do for so many local animals in need.”

fullsizerenderThe branch received a total of 172 Valentines cards and raised a total of £400. Local after school club ‘Harlequins’ also got involved by making their own cards and even doing a bake sale to raise funds. Calder High School and the Upperthong Brownies also made cards and kindly donated to the appeal.

The branch hopes to continue with the appeal next year due to it’s success and would like to thank everyone who supported the appeal.

To find out more about the RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield you can visit their website: www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk or to donate please Text RSPC40 £2 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/rspcahalifax.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a completely 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.

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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

Drop in sessions for creative individuals and groups

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Could you bring out someone’s inner Ginger Rogers, help discover the next Ted Hughes or inspire a budding Picasso?

VAC is looking for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest in creative activities to help deliver an exciting new project working with local residential care homes and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The project will make a difference to the lives of people in later life or those that have recently left hospital through:

  • A creative activity and entertainment programme across the venues
  • Support from volunteer befrienders
  • Access to community resources

Attend one the upcoming Molly and Bill drop in events for information:

  • Tuesday 28 February at Todmorden Fire Station, OL14 5DL – 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 1 March at VAC, Hall Street, HX1 5AY – 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 2 March at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY – 2pm to 4pm

Or to find out more call 01422 348777 or email mollyandbill@cvac.org.uk

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Orange Box gets in the carnival mood with activities for ages 11+

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february-half-term-at-orange-boxOrange Box young people’s centre will be creating a party atmosphere over half term with free Carnival activities for ages 11+.

Activities run from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February 2pm – 4pm and Friday 24 February 2pm – 9pm.

Participants can make their own Carnival masks, play Bamboo Tamboo, cook some Mardi Gras treats, take part in the Only Academy Film School, sing their favourite karaoke tunes or climb to new heights in the bouldering tunnel, all finished off with a Mardi Gras Carnival Party.

Half Term at Orange Box organiser Jamie Eagleton says,

“We came up with the Carnival idea as it is Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro on 24th February and Mardi Gras in New Orleans on 28th February, so we thought we’d create our own Carnival vibe at Orange Box to celebrate these events”

Another new addition is a Film School run by Only Academy, which will be a great opportunity to experience acting on camera and see what goes on behind the scenes. The young people will get a chance to make up characters and dialogue for a scene they will shoot in one afternoon.

And finally, they can also pop into one of the ukulele drop-in sessions running over the course of the week.

Click here for more information and a full timetable of activities.

How can we make Calderdale more active? Have your say!

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We know activity plays a huge part to promote good physical and mental health and wellbeing in people of all ages.

Last year IBM worked with the Council to identify how to encourage more active, healthy and longer lives in the borough. Their recommendations included working with local organisations and people to create even more activities, and giving residents more information about how healthy they currently are to inspire them to make healthy choices.

On the back of that partnership, a new physical activity strategy, Active Calderdale, has been developed that sets out a range of measures to help us become the most active borough in the north of England by 2021.

Now we urgently need your input to make sure the strategy is right. Join us on the journey to a more active Calderdale by giving your thoughts and feedback by Sunday 5 March.

Read the strategy and complete the survey to have your say at calderdale.gov.uk/physical-activity-strategy-2017 and you can also join the conversation on social media using #ActiveCdale

This Girl Can: Women & Girls Kayak Taster Session

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Try kayaking with Halifax Canoe Club who offer a fun, friendly and supportive team of female coaches and a nice warm swimming poolfor just £5 per person including boat and equipment hire.

Thursday 23 February – 8pm to 9pm
At Salendine Nook High School Pool, New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4GN

Whether it’s your first time in a boat, you are coming back to the sport after a time out or you just want to work on a specific skill, we can help.

To book please email: courses@halifaxcanoe.org.uk or for more events and information about the Halifax Canoe Club visit www.halifaxcanoe.org.uk

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Soup and Sandwich evening at Southgate Methodist Church

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The Soup and Sandwich evening is open to anybody in the community (Elland & District) who are on their own (or couples who feel socially isolated )  and who wish to come for food, warmth, company and conversation are very welcome.

Friday 24 February 2017 – 6pm to 8pm
At Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, HX5 0EX

The project is also open to anybody (Singles or couples) who are unable to provide food for themselves. There is absolutely no charge for the food it is totally free we just want people to come and enjoy our hospitality.

Creative writing workshop at Brighouse Library

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This creative writing workshop with local writer, teacher and library staff member, Emma Decent uses the resources of the library for inspiration, so go along and go on a creative journey with the help of maps, stories in the fiction section and more.

Friday 17 February – 10.30am to 12.30pm
At Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse, HD6 2AF

Admission is FREE but tickets must be obtained online here

For information please call Brighouse Library on 01422 288060