Sowerby Bridge

VSI Alliance news : Local business offering voluntary help this summer

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VSI Alliance wish to share that a local business has approached them and are interested in offering some time over the summer to support  a local charity or not for profit group.

The company wishes to help with any aspect of manual work needed, from gardening to decorating or another project if you have one in mind, ideally over the weekends in the summer.

They could prefer to donate this time to an organisation based or operating in Sowerby Bridge or the Upper Valley area.

If you would like to know more, please email Charlie at charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

GGT: The Great Get Together at Crow Wood Park July 3rd!

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It’s on! The Great Get Together at Crow Wood Park on Sunday 3rd July!

Join this family friendly free event for a fun day out, full of many activities with something for everybody!

Take part in our fundraising races, the 2.5K fun run or the 10K Burner! These events have an entry fee starting from £6. Proceedings go to Bolton Brow PFA, one of the partner organisations producing the GGT.

A wide selection of food and drink will be on offer (including a barbeque, sandwiches, cakes, cream teas, coffee, cake and ice cream). Alternatively, bring your own picnic to the park – there’s plenty of grass!

The Great Get Together movement is inspired by the Jo Cox Foundation’s aim of bringing communities together. Our event is all about encouraging people to share and enjoy a relaxed day out in one of the loveliest parks in Calderdale.

  • FREE ENTRY
  • Games for young and old, the chance to try new sports
  • A grand prize raffle
  • Cake competition
  • Music all day
  • A great range of stalls and other attractions
  • 2.5 km Fun Run – £6 entry fee
  • 10 km Burner Run – £6 entry fee
  • Lots to join in with (or simply watch and enjoy!)

For more information find us on Facebook, email crowwoodggt@yahoo.com or call Chris on 01422 706373 or 07884 966756.

Memory Lane Gets Back to full-length afternoon cafe sessions

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From the start of May 2022 we revert to our pre-COVID arrangement of  afternoon-only sessions (1.30-4pm).  These run for two and a half hours – just as we did before COVID.

Our first afternoon-only cafes (1.30 – 4pm) of 2022 will start at Boothtown (4th May) and Sowerby Bridge (14th May).

We want to make the most of this extra half hour – so we’re asking all of our members what they’d like to do.

Venue: St. Paul’s Methodist Church
Tower Hill
Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday except December when it’s 1st and 3rd Saturday

£2 including refreshments

Upcoming dates: May 14 and 28
Jun 11 and 25
Jul 9 and 23
Aug 13 and 27

For more information call June on 01422 706 373 / 07920 549 131
june@memorylanecafe.org

www.memorylanecafe.org

 

For the Boothtown sessions, click here

 

We’ve been running morning and afternoon cafes (of 2 hours each) since September 2020. We began to do this because of legal (COVID) limits on the numbers we could have in the room and we’ve continued so as to optimise space between people. We’ve been able to continue to operate these “double” cafes for the past 18 months through the efforts and dedication of our wonderful volunteer team.

Whilst COVID certainly hasn’t gone away, we are confident that we can operate safely with larger numbers in a single session. Now that winter is over we’ll focus on ventilating the room to improve air flow (also using a Carbon Dioxide monitor to measure air quality during the cafe).

We’ll continue to sanitise tables and other surfaces. Hand-sanitiser will still be provided.

We have ended the requirement for people to wear masks – but people may, of course, choose to wear them.

Thanks to all our members and volunteers for staying with us through the trials and tribulations of the past two years.

Mum2Mum Market in Sowerby Bridge

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Over 30 stalls selling excellent condition baby and children’s goods at bargain prices. Well-known brands at a fraction of high street prices.

Saturday 3 February – 1.15pm to 3.15pm at Trinity Academy, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2NW.

Everything imaginable for your little ones including:

  • Buggies & Travel Systems
  • Stairgates, Toddler Furniture
  • Home & Safety Equipment
  • Baby Carriers & Harnesses
  • Moses Baskets, Cots & Travel Cots
  • Growbags, Bed Guards
  • Sterilisers and Feeding Equipment
  • Highchair’s, Bumbos
  • Trikes, Balance Bikes, Bikes and Outdoor Toys
  • Baby Walkers, Bouncers, Jumperoo’s & Activity Centres

Join the event on Facebook for previews of sale items.

£2 entry per adult (kids are free) also the last half hour of the sale is free. Ensure you come early to bag all the best bargains. (2 4 1 voucher available on Mum2mum website)

If you would like to make some money and declutter you can book a stall here

For further information please email halifaxandhuddersfield@mum2mummarket.co.uk

Calderland – Taster Singing Workshop, Sowerby Bridge June 14

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Calderland is a huge musical vocal and visual extravaganza that will be presented in The Piece Hall courtyard at the end of September 2017.

This ambitious project is made by and with the communities of Calderdale and will tell stories of a valley and people shaped by water and performed by a large community cast who will take the audience on a musical odyssey along the Calder Valley.

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FREE Half Term Activities for Ages 11+ at Orange Box

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FREE half term activities for ages 11+ return to Orange Box Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June between 2 pm and 4 pm. Get all arty in our arts and crafts sessions; beat your friends at table tennis; sing your favourite tunes with karaoke in the atrium; climb to new heights in our bouldering tunnel; see what you can do wearing a bumper ball in our zorbing sessions; and come help us celebrate the half term break with an end-of-week DJ party.

No need to book, just turn up (you will need to register when you arrive, if you haven’t already, or you can fill out a registration form here and bring it with you when you come) For more information call 01422 433200 or email hello@orangeboxhalifax.org

Orange Box young people’s centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF (next to the Piece Hall)

Volunteer with the Halifax Street Angels

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Want to become a Street Angel and help make Halifax and Sowerby Bridge a better and safer place to have a night out? Or maybe you just want to help out behind the scenes?

Why volunteer

  • Full basic first aid training provided
  • Enjoy various social activities with a close knit team
  • make an immediate difference to the safety and well-being of the public
  • be part of a positive difference for the people of Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

If you are interested in volunteering with the Halifax Street Angels visit halifaxstreetangels.org.uk/volunteers and fill in the application form.

Please note:

Filling in the form only indicates your interest. Upon submitting the form you will be contacted by a member of the Street Angels team to discuss it further.

All volunteers will be required to provide at least two references and will be subject to a DBS check before being allowed to join.

More detailed information is in the FAQ section under the title Volunteer Information, here.

Riverside Dementia Friendly Cafe

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Get down to the Riverside Cafe at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Ripponden.

A very warm welcome is extended to people with dementia, conditions such as Parkinson’s and their carers as well as people who my be isolated or lonely and just want a cup of tea and a chat.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 pm

£2 including refreshments

New creative project launched in local residential care homes

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VAC is a local charity that provides a number of different services aimed at improving local lives.  Over the recent months, VAC has developed a range of volunteering activities including the new mystery shopper project and support for the local organisation Weekend Care.

VAC has recently launched its newest pilot project called Molly and Bill; an acronym of ‘making our lives lively and being involved in local life’. The project is working with 5 Calderdale residential care homes and the Community Place at Calderdale Royal. VAC is partnering with the venues to provide an activity programme for their residents and guests. Creative and meaningful activities will be delivered across the venues by community groups, individuals and volunteers.

Liz North, co-ordinator for Molly and Bill, said

“We are really excited to be delivering this innovative project with our partners and are looking forward to working together to provide additional meaningful activities in the venues and also supporting residents to feel more connected to their local community. We are hoping this will be of real benefit to all involved.”

To make the project a success, VAC are currently recruiting volunteers who will support the activity provision, escort guests to community resources and provide one to one befriending.

In addition, VAC are also looking for organisations and individuals who have an interest in delivering creative, meaningful and healthy activities and be part of an extensive and exciting programme for residents and guests to access.

If you are interested in being involved please come and join us at one of our market stalls taking place throughout February:

  • Todmorden market on the 9th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Sowerby Bridge market on 14th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Hebden Bridge market on the 16th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Elland market on the 17th February – 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Halifax market on the 24th February – 8.30am to 2pm

Alternatively, if you can’t make one of the stalls please email mollyandbill@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 348777 for more information.

Molly and Bill is funded by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Calderdale NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and the National Lottery.