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Remembrance Week in Calderdale

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On Sunday 11 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and events are taking place across Calderdale to mark this important occasion.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and as such, events as part of Remembrance Week this year will have particular significance.

The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The parade will leave the Town Hall at 10:20am and the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying will be held at the Cenotaph at 10:45am prior to the service inside Halifax Minster at approximately 11:30am.

As part of special commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Calderdale Council is also taking part in the nationwide event, ‘Battle’s Over – WW1 Beacons of Light’.

The Last Post will be played outside Halifax Minster at 6:55pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at Beacon Hill at 7:00pm as part of a chain of over 1000 beacons around the country, symbolising the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Crier will give the ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ at 7:05 pm and the Minster bells will then ‘ring for peace’.

In addition, there will be a poppy exhibition in Halifax Town Hall throughout Remembrance Week.
The poppy exhibits have been made by individuals, schools and community groups  from across Calderdale and will be on display at Halifax Town Hall from 9:30am-4:30pm from Monday 5 to Friday 9 November and from 9:30am-4:30pm on Monday 12 November.

There will be Great War Poetry Readings at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm and a performance by the Hanover Girls’ Choir at the Minster on Saturday 10 November at 7pm.
The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said:

“I’m proud to be representing Calderdale during Remembrance 2018. This year events will be particularly poignant as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
I know local people will be keen to take part in services to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. The lighting of the beacon, alongside more than 1000 others across the UK, will be a moving tribute, as will the Town Hall’s poppy exhibition, which will feature hundreds of poppies made by people in Calderdale.”

To find out more about Remembrance Week and the Poppy Appeal, visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Halifax Minster Summer Festival – Senior Citizens Orchestra

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Senior Citizens Orchestra – Friday 6 July, 10:30am

This FREE event is aimed at older people, especially those who are often housebound and isolated, who may benefit from the opportunity to get out and about and enjoy listening to a melody of popular tunes played by Calderdale’s own Senior Citizens Orchestra led by Judith McLean. If you know people who would benefit from such an event like this, please bring them along. We would like to encourage Care Homes to organise transport for their residents to attend. This event is in partnership with Calderdale Council’s Staying Well Project.

Refreshments will be provided and served at the end of the performance.

Halifax Minster has been holding the Summer Festival from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 8 July with a variety of music, art, poetry and tours. The full program can be downloaded here.

West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert

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This year’s West Yorkshire Police Summer Concert will take place on Monday 18 June, 7:30pm-10:00pm at Halifax Minster.

Chief Constable, Dee Collins, is delighted to invite you to enjoy music from the West Yorkshire Police Brass Band, alongside other local performers.

The event is FREE but places are limited so to reserve a ticket please go to Eventbrite. Tickets will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis and are restricted to 4 tickets per request.

If you are unable to attend and no longer require tickets for this event could you please contact Jennifer Foster via email at jennifer.foster@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

fairandfunky Fair Trade Conference for Primary Schools

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On Friday 18 May at Halifax Minster will be the fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Primary schools.

The fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference brings together Primary Schools from across Calderdale to celebrate World Fair Trade Day. The conference will ignite enthusiasm and interest in both pupils and teachers to maintain awareness and understanding of Fairtrade and how it can be taught within busy classrooms.

Interactive workshops involving creative arts, drama, and real life stories, from fairandfunky, Fair Grounds, Fair Connections and Suma Wholefoods will take delegates on a Fairtrade Adventure around the world and discover how to take a break with Fairtrade!

The conference is supported by The Fairtrade Foundation and Eco-Schools, and will help schools progress on both the Fairtrade Schools Award and ‘Eco-Schools’ journey. During lunch delegates will be able to enjoy networking opportunity with sponsors and workshop providers and shop in the ethical marketplace. The event will close with certificate presentations from Holly Lynch MP.

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Overgate Hospice Christmas Carol Concert

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Overgate Hospice will be holding a traditional Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday 16 December, 7pm at Halifax Minster.

A wonderful evening of thrilling traditional music for all to sing, enhanced by exciting works from the famous guest band, Hammonds Saltaire Band with celebrity virtuoso cornet player Phillip McCann as well as special Carols by the Overgate Hospice Choir – a number of which involve audience participation too. Something for all the family. Early booking and arrival is advised for this perennially popular concert – one of the real highlights of the Calderdale Christmas Calendar.

Tickets: £12 can be obtained from Overgate Hospice, Elland, Harvey’s of Halifax, Shoesmiths on Commercial Street or by calling 01422 373252 or online from WeGotTickets.com(Booking Fee Applies).

Christmas Tree Festival at Halifax Minster

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Halifax Minster will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival from Friday 1 December – Monday 4 December.  Open from 10am – 4pm (except Sunday 12noon-5pm), 32 Christmas trees will adorn the Minster for this new annual event.

The trees have been sponsored and decorated by different organisations across the town for people’s enjoyment.

Entrance: Adults £2, Children FREE.

Refreshments will be available and the Minster shop will be open.

Remembrance Sunday in Calderdale

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On Sunday 12 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and Calderdale Council is working hard to make sure events in the borough act as a fitting tribute.

The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The Service of Remembrance will be held there at 10.45am prior to the service inside the Minster at approximately 11.15am.

This will be one of 20 services throughout Calderdale.

Celebrate the work of Calderdale & Kirklees Women Centre

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women centreCelebrate the importance of hearing the voices of women and acknowledging the role that women have played across the whole of society together with readings, hymns and music by the Elland Silver Youth Band.

Sunday 24 April – From 4pm
At Halifax Minster, Church Street, Halifax, HX1 1QR

Please RSVP to Carrie Burbidge by email to caroline.burbidge@womencentre.org.uk or call 01422 386504.

 

The fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Schools; ‘Stand Up For Farmers’

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fairandfunky eventBookings for the fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Schools; ‘Stand Up For Farmers!’ are now open.

Taking place on Friday 13 May from 9.15am to 2.30pm at Halifax Minster, ‘Stand Up For Farmers’ brings together Primary Schools from across Calderdale to celebrate World Fairtrade Day.

This is the first conference in Calderdale to combine Fairtrade and the arts, offering professional development for teachers and innovative learning for students including interactive workshops involving drama, musical composition, real life stories and more.

Places are limited, please book now to avoid disappointment at sophie@fairandfunky.com

Cost is £110 per school – this includes 8 pupils and 2 teachers or make the most of the Early Bird Booking Offer for £100 per school when booked before the end of Spring term.