January

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

Send some Love to local animals in need this valentines

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valentails-photo-blue-female-dogThe RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are asking supporters to pick a different kind of Valentine this year. The local branch which is entirely self funded, is calling on the public to choose an animal at their centre to send a ‘Valentails’ card to and put a little love in their lives! If the branch receives enough cards, they plan to build a Valen-Tower at the RSPCA Animal centre on Wade Street, Halifax

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator, hopes that with the support of public, the branch can have a bit of fun this February whilst raising awareness and raise vital funds, so that they can continue to help the many abandoned, abused and neglected animals in need in the Calderdale and Huddersfield area

Fay said,

“ This February we wanted to have a little fun and also show the animals that they will find love, so we really hope the public will support us in our Valentails appeal. The animals we rescue and rehabilitate here at the centre have often had unimaginable starts in life and all they need is a little bit of love, so it would be lovely to build our Valentower as high as possible and show them that their fur-ever family isn’t far away.”

“We’re calling on individuals, schools and businesses to send your chosen animal a Valentails card. We hope this will help raise awareness for the branch, and the local community will help us create something beautiful for local animals in need.”

valentails-photo-jacko-dogTo support the branch’s Valentails appeals all you need to do is visit their website: www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk and select your chosen animal from the ‘Animals For Adoption’ list. You can then post your card to: RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield, Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.

If you don’t have time to post a card but still want to show your support you can donate online via the website, 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.

Elland Ward Forum and the launch of Elland 700

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Come along and find out more about Elland 700… Celebrating the town and its history with a buffet and refreshments provided.

Tuesday 31 January 2017 – 6.30pm to 7.30pm
At Elland Cricket Club, Hullen Road, Elland, HX5 0QY

The launch will then be followed by Elland Ward Forum from 7.30 to 9pm where residents can come along and have a say on what matters to them in their area.

For further information on either of the above contact the Neighbourhood Team on 01422 288016

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 27 January 2017 – 6pm to 8pm
At Southgate Methodist Church, Langdale Street, Elland, HX5 0JL

The project is also open to anybody (Singles or couples) who are unable to provide food for themselves and the food it is totally FREE.

Training Courses with Sector Support Calderdale

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Do you want to get to grips with the refugee crisis and the impact it’s having in Calderdale? Maybe you want to learn more about setting up a not-for-profit organisation.

Sector Support Calderdale is holding a variety of training sessions from Tuesday 24 January including a Dementia Friends information session and more at the Orange Box, Halifax and Illingworth Fire Station.

Click here for a list of available training

Sector Support Calderdale training courses are now chargeable and the training costs vary from £10 to £55 – Payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque made payable to North Bank Forum –  If you would like to pay by bank transfer, please contact for details.

To reserve places or to request a booking form contact Olivia Swingler or Jake Farrar on 01422 345174 or email sectorsupport@nbforum.org.uk.

Would you like to make a difference in Brighouse?

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Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council has established a Town Board which is bringing elected representatives together to drive forward key initiatives to benefit the town.

The Board is looking to enhance its membership through appointing representatives from the local community to inform its work, bring key skills and help us to make Brighouse an even better place. The Board will meet every two months, with meetings held locally in Brighouse.

We are looking for a representative who:

  • Represents a community organisation based in Brighouse Ward
  • Has ideas, imagination and skills to help the effectiveness and impact of the Board
  • Can commit to consistently attending Board meetings
  • Is passionate about the opportunities for Brighouse

Please include your contact details and set out in no more than 300 words: why you would like to be part of the Board, and the skills, knowledge and experience you would bring.

If you would like to apply, please email mags.bryson@calderdale.gov.uk or write by 5pm on Monday 23 January 2017 to: the Neighbourhood Team, Calder House, 39-43 Southgate, Elland HX5 0BW

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wildside – Cromwell Bottom Practical Days

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Join service staff and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group to help manage this unique and diverse Local Nature Reserve with a variety of practical activities.

14 January 2017, 11 February 2017 and 11 March 2017
Meet at 9.30am – Contact Robin Dalton on 07712 867619 for further information.

To find out more about the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group visit cromwellbottom.blogspot.co.uk

Tour de Yorkshire roadshows go back on the road

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Welcome to Yorkshire has announced new dates for its popular Tour de Yorkshire roadshows which give local residents and businesses everything they need to know to make the most of this year’s race… read more…

The Halifax Roadshow takes place on Thursday 26 January – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Welcome to Yorkshire will team up with local authorities to run the shows in towns and villages along the 2017 route and information will be shared on how to get involved, build excitement and maximise the benefits of global media coverage.

Elland Bridge due to open to pedestrians and cyclists next week

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The newly rebuilt Elland Bridge is expected to be open to pedestrians and cyclists by the end of next week – a key milestone in the final stage of construction before the expected full reopening of the bridge to traffic later this month… read more…

Walkers and cyclists on the new Elland Bridge will be able to admire the stonework, which is almost complete.

The majority of the original stones from the 1811, Grade II listed bridge were saved from the floods, catalogued, kept safely in storage and are being reused on the new bridge by a specialist stonemason.