Tennis tasters a great success

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The tennis taster sessions at Park Tennis Club, Brighouse were described as a great success by Chair, Margaret Bottomley.

The sessions, partly funded by a grant fron Seniors Tennis GB, ran for three weeks, coinciding with Wimbledon.

New players were encouraged to get on court and take up the opportunity to brush up on skills, positioning and match play.

Aimed primarily at those not working, the club responded to interest from those unable to make daytime sessions by throwing open its adult coaching programme for this period of time too.

All who attended were given details of follow on sessions and most of the participants have indicated they intend to do so.

Pictured are a group of players who attended one of the sessions.

Terrifying tower becomes UK’s highest climbing wall

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A terrifying tower has been created as the UK’s highest man-made outdoor climbing wall prepares to open.

Higher than both the Tower of London and the Angel of the North, the towering ROKTFACE wall at ROKT climbing centre in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, will now see people climb routes up to 36m.

The climbing wall – roughly equivalent to a 12 storey building or seven double decker buses stacked on top of each other – has been grafted on to the face of a sky-scraping disused flour silo just months after climbing was finally confirmed as a sport in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Read the full press release here or to find out more about ROKT and details on pricing visit

Piece Hall to re-open its doors on Yorkshire Day

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Piece HallThe Piece Hall in Halifax will re-open its gates to the public on Tuesday 1 August 2017 after the completion of Calderdale Council’s multi-million pound transformation programme, which includes support of £7million from The National Lottery.

At 10am on Yorkshire Day the bell above the west gate will be rung to echo the first day of trading at The Piece Hall on 1 January 1779… read more…

Independent businesses from the food and drink, retail and leisure sectors, keen to be part of the Grade I listed building’s renaissance are now being encouraged to step forward – a final call to join an exciting list of tenants already signed up for the start of this exciting new chapter.

Prospective traders interested in finding out more should contact the commercial team on / 01422 525200 or visit

A fresh look at litter and fly-tipping

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Ways to reduce the amount of littering and fly-tipping in Calderdale have been discussed at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel.

At the meeting of the Panel on Thursday 20 April, members of the Litter and Fly-tipping scrutiny review group presented their report and recommendations to reduce litter and fly-tipping in the borough.

The cross-party review group has been looking closely at the issue since October last year and their findings have now been published with fifteen recommendations for Cabinet to consider… Read more…

Calderdale receives top award for disability sports

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Disability sports teamCalderdale Council has received an impressive regional accolade for its disability sports programme.

At the Disability Sport Yorkshire Annual Awards, the Council received the Outstanding Local Authority Award, recognising the exceptional and inclusive service development and support for disabled young people and adults… read more…

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, said of the award:

“I am so pleased that the great work my local Council in Calderdale have been doing to help make sport totally inclusive has been recognised at the Disability Sport Yorkshire Annual Awards. Sport changed my life and I hope that many other disabled young people can benefit in the local area through the efforts of the team.”

Young people with disabilities can now take part in sports like football, tennis, swimming, trampolining and dancing, from ages 6 to 19.

For more information about any of the sessions, please contact Calderdale Council’s Disability Sports Development Officer, Debbie Greenwood by email to or call 01422 341527.

Hundreds turn out for Elland Bridge fun day

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The sun shone as hundreds of people came together to celebrate the official reopening of Elland Bridge at the family fun day held by Calderdale Council and the Canal & River Trust on Sunday 2 April 2017.

The bridge and surrounding area were alive with activity, with market stalls, musicians, entertainers, fairground rides, vintage buses and much more. On the canal, families enjoyed free boat trips and canoe taster sessions.

Crowds gathered to see Transport Minister Andrew Jones cut a ribbon from a barge to declare the bridge, canal and towpath officially open.

Elland Bridge reopened for pedestrians and cyclists in January 2017 and for vehicles last month, after being completely destroyed and rebuilt following the Boxing Day 2015 floods.

The work to rebuild the bridge has been financed through £5.5 million from the Department for Transport flood recovery fund.

NEW! Diabetes Support Group in Elland? Starts 26th April

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Go along and join the Diabetes Support Group and exercise class started by CREW Heart Support in Elland where you can discuss different topics around your diabetes and try a different style of exercise each week ranging from gentle circuit to walking – Just £3 per session

Every Wednesday – 1pm to 2.30pm (Starting 26th April)
At Elland Golf Club, Hammerstones Road, Elland, HX5 0TA

For info visit, call Julie on 07584 901236 or email


Action against mobiles – Smartphone sanctions

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Drivers caught using mobile phones behind the wheel face stiffer penalties from 1 March. Offenders can now get six points on their licence and a fine of £200. Although Brake welcomes the points increase, a £200 fine for selfishly putting others’ lives in danger is still inadequate.

We also want to see a total ban on phone use: the risk of crashing is four times higher whether you use a hands-free or hand-held phone.

Get involved and read more about Brake’s Driven to distraction campaign.