New Year

Happy New Year from the Friday Flyer team!

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Happy New Year from the Friday Flyer team!

Welcome back to the Calderdale Lower Valley blog and Friday Flyer, may we offer you our warmest wishes for health and prosperity for 2023.

If you haven’t noticed, one of the first changes that we’ve been promising is a new logo for the blogs and flyers. We wanted to emphasise our connection with North Halifax Partnership and so we altered our logo a bit. We hope you like it!

As today happens to be the first day after the holidays, the 12th night been and gone, tinsel put away (or in the process of being gathered in my case!) let’s take a moment to reflect on the past year that dashed by and perhaps a few resolutions for this present one.

I have personally seen some indications that this year will be the one where things will get fixed. Perhaps we’ve just about healed from the impact of Covid, though it keeps looming over us. 2022 was quite tumultuous, to tell the least. In the same year we celebrated Her Royal Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II platinum jubilee then mourned her loss, saw the new King Charles on the throne, not to mention three prime ministers in swift succession. War broke out much closer to home than we’d like. To say we lived through interesting times is pretty accurate and with the cost of living looming, we are looking ahead at more strikes from essential services and the threat of another beast from the East.

Not a good outset to be optimistic to be sure, however I believe we are now in a better place to make better choices.

For one thing, a little goes a long way and as I’ve seen some of my small scale efforts slowly but surely bringing results, I think it helps to keep a positive attitude in all. Steps in the right direction, however small, do make a difference.

Let’s make this our New Year’s resolution, to focus on what we can do rather on what we can’t change. And, where possible, be nice to one another. At the end of the day, we are all human beings, with feelings and problems and I’d like to think that the majority of us do not wake up scheming on making someone’s life miserable.

So let me say once more, a Happy New Year and it’s good to greet you all again.

Looking forward to receiving your news and updates and sharing them with the rest of our readers!

Christmas Holiday wishes from the Friday Flyer!

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The Lower Valley blog and Friday Flyer team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We will take a break over the Christmas period from the 16th of December to the 3rd of January.

We are looking forward to sharing your updates as well as ours, so look out for developments in the New Year!

We’d lilke to thank you for your ongoing support and for sharing your news and updates with us. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Until we speak again, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Alone this Christmas?

If you are going to spend Christmas by yourself and do not look forward to it, take a look this free or low cost activities list put together by the Staying Well Team.

Free or Low Cost activities for Christmas and New Year 2022

We hope your Christmas is magical and that it brings some comfort to your life. At any rate, don’t forget, it’s only one day.

Make the most of it, your way.

Happy New Year from the Friday Flyer Team!

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It has been a great year of working together, sharing your events and news, bringing information to your inbox every week. We look forward to continue doing so in 2022.

The blog and Friday Flyer would not be possible without you.

From all of us,



Have  a Happy New Year!

Take advantage of Calderdale Council’s Sports offer

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We all know it can be easy to over indulge at Christmas, but to get a head start on that New Year’s Resolution, why not take advantage of Calderdale Council’s December sports offer?

If you join one of the five Council sports centres this December then you pay no membership fees (just a £10 joining fee) until February 2016 – that’s 12 months membership for the price of 10.

The membership covers five sites across Calderdale; Halifax Pool, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Sowerby Bridge Pool and Fitness Centre, Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre and Todmorden Sports Centre and it also includes the use of four swimming pools, over 150 fitness classes across all the sites each week and full use of state of the art gym equipment.

What’s more, if you have a specific fitness goal, fully qualified staff are with you all the way, to provide support and expert advice.

For more information or to sign up, visit or call in to any of our fitness centres throughout December.

Don’t forget your bin collection this Christmas

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There’s so much to remember over the festive season, but Calderdale residents are being reminded about the changes to their waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period.

The Christmas and New Year waste collection dates are as follows:

Usual collection day            –            Collection will be on
Monday 21 December               –             Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December               –            Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December         –            Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December            –             Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December                  –             Thursday 24 December
Friday 1 January 2016              –             Saturday 2 January 2016

Also, remember that by recycling weekly you can win great prizes, as part of the ‘Do it Weekly’ scheme which runs until July 2016.

For more information about recycling and other handy tips visit:

Start the new year with Tea and Tech at Hamerton Close

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Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, equipment has been purchased as well as tutor support in order to help older people get online.

Launching at the end of January 2016
At Hamerton Close, Westgate, Elland, HX5 0BD

If you would like to get online and you’re interested in learning more be sure to go along in the new year and get involved.

For further information email