Calderdale Heritage Walk: Cliffe Hill – The Walkers (and others)

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Calderdale Heritage Walk: Cliffe Hill - The Walkers (and others)

Sunday 15th Sep 2019 – Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by the Sun Inn on Wakefield Road (A649) in Lightcliffe, HX3 8TH

Looking at a fine residence of yester-year associated with Ann Walker and Anne Lister, which is normally out of sight within its private grounds. We’ll look at the house exterior, its grounds and immediate environs.

For further information and more walks visit

Pick up your Calderdale Events and Festivals guide

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Visitors to Calderdale this spring and summer can now start to plan their trip, with the release of the annual Calderdale Events and Festivals guide.

The colourful guide is crammed with over 30 entries of indoor and outdoor events taking place right across Calderdale, between April and September.

Calderdale Events and Festivals guide is available in Calderdale libraries, visitor centres and museums. Also keep an eye out for it in visitor attractions across West Yorkshire.

For details of events and festivals in Calderdale all year around visit

The 2017 Voice Your Choice results are in!

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vyc-resultsRastrick Big Local would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote in the Theme Vote for Rastrick Big Local, Voice Your Choice 2017 – you have once again, made a huge contribution to making Rastrick a better place.

The voting closed on 18 September 2016 and a total of 503 votes were cast… a 63.8% increase on last years theme vote.

The results are as follows:

  • Category A – Health and Well Being – 200 votes
  • Category D – Community Safety – 153 votes
  • Category B – Leisure – 112 votes
  • Category C – Work and Money – 38 votes

In the coming months we will be contacting groups and organisations to determine if they would be interested in putting forward any proposal that could be delivered to improve health and wellbeing in Rastrick and your ideas are welcome!

If you are interested in putting forward a proposal then please contact Danny Leech at Rastrick Big Local on 07544 684954 or by email to

Take the Lead at the RSPCA Big Walkies this weekend

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their second Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for pooches and their owners to show their support for their local RSPCA Centre.

Sunday 25 September at 11am
At Shibden Park, Godley Ln, Halifax, HX3 6XG

To register please visit it’s only £10 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack, T shirt and dog bandana.

All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funding branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.

FREE fishing taster session in Brighouse – 28 September

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The Canal & River Trust are celebrating National Fishing Month with a series of FREE fishing taster sessions taking place all around the country so go along and see how much fun fishing can be for all the family.

Wednesday 28 September 2016 – 1pm to 6pm
On the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Brookfoot Mills, Elland Road, Brighouse, HD6 2RW

FREE starter kit for those children who wish to attend and adult returners and novices will be made welcome.

If you are interested in FREE fishing taster sessions, click here to register online.

Enter the RSPCA Annual Photo Competition 2016

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It’s time for the RSPCA annual photo competition once again and as usual they are looking for wonderful snaps of your pets or animals in a choice of 18 different categories!

Rosettes will be awarded for 1st to 3rd plus highly commended in each class. Winners of each class will be judged to find the overall winner and will be awarded a championship rosette and special prize.

Entries should be no bigger than 7″ by 5″, taken by an amateur photographer.

Please put the class number, pet’s name (if appropriate), your name, address and tel. number on the back of each photograph.

Entry fee is just £1 and the winning photographs will be displayed at the RSPCA Halloween Fair, to be held at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Winding Road, Halifax on Saturday 29 October 2016.

Download the form here to enter, which includes the postal and all entry information.


Get up & Dance at Field Lane Primary School – 1 to 3 years

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A 3 week family learning course for parents and children to get up and dance together, using modern dance, mimes, action rhymes, musical instruments and mini cheerleading for ages 1 to 3 years.

Starts Wednesday 28 September – 3.30pm to 4.30pm
At Field Lane Primary School, Burnsall Road, Rastrick, HD6 3JT

To book a place call Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership on 01422 266197 or visit

Friends of St Matthew’s Chairman gives talk at Men United Group

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20160914_1019311Ian Philp, Chairman of the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard (Hipperholme & Lightcliffe) visited the Men United at Ovenden Park Group on Wednesday 14 September to give a talk and presentation about the continued work carried out by himself and the Friends of Group who volunteer in order to restore the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to its original state.

The group was first set up in 2012 with the aims of ensuring the churchyard is cared for in a way which makes it a place in keeping with the function of burials, with an atmosphere of respect and commemoration for the departed, a pleasant, attractive place for all visitors, a haven for wildlife and a place that values and protects local heritage.

After 3 years of hard work there are now records for 11,279 burials on the site which can be searched through at where you can also keep up to date with the latest news from the Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard or make a donation to support their continued work if you wish to do so.

20160914_1019351The Men United Group were intrigued to hear about some of the people of interest buried there, particularly the chest tomb of Mary Guest whose son Lieutenant General Joshua Guest 1660 – 1747 is buried in Westminster Abbey where a monument was erected to him by his widow Sarah who is also buried near her husband in the Abbey.

Lieutenant General Joshua Guest was in Scotland in 1715 – 16, and commanded a party of dragoons which pursued and overthrew Jacobite fugitives at Perth 21 January 1716. The Lockhart Papers give a story, claimed to be direct from Guest, relating to the period of the Spanish invasion of Scotland in 1719… read more here…

Men United would like to thank Ian Philp for visiting to give such a captivating talk and the group are now planning on visiting the graveyard at Lightcliffe Churchyard to have a look around and hear some more of the history surrounding the grounds.

Join Men United every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon at Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR – Just £2 per week (First session FREE)… Find out more here…

You can also message the group on Facebook here

Minibus Day Trips with Community Transport Calderdale

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There are places still remaining on the following day trips with Community Transport Calderdale:

  • 21 September – Millstones – Those were the days
    Price for two course lunch, entertainment and transport… £28 per person
  • 7 October – Wetherby Whaler, Guisely
    Fish and Chips restaurant. Price for transport only… £6.50 per person (Meal not included)
  • 14 October – Millstones – Autumn Fling
    Price for 2 course lunch, entertainment & transport… £28 per person
  • 21 October – White Rose Centre
    Price for transport only… £6.50 per person
  • 27 October – Harrogate & Harlow Carr Gardens
    Price for transport only… £10.50 per person
  • 28 October – Blackpool Illuminations
    Price for transport only… £10.50 per person

For more details and to make reservations please call 01422 888080 or email  Transport is by a wheelchair accessible vehicle and there are local pick up points for all trips.

Adult only cooking course at Elland Children’s Centre

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A 4 week adult only cooking course, teaching the basics and how to get the best out of your shopping budget. Participants will be cooking seasonal food with autumn and Halloween themes.

Tuesday 27 September 2016 – 9.30am to 11.30am
At Elland Children’s Centre, Boxhall Road, Elland, HX5 0BB

To book a place, please call Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership on 01422 266197 or visit