Illingworth Gaol & Stocks Open Days

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

The Illingworth Gaol building will be open to the public on Saturday 13 September and Sunday 14 September, from 12pm to 4pm.

logo of gaolVisitors can see the double (two seater) stocks dated 1697 and the interior of the 1823 Illingworth Gaol. Hear some true stories of crimes committed and the prisoners held in the Gaol and feel what it would have been like to have been imprisoned here.

There’ll also be information on how the Trust plans to restore the Gaol together with the adjacent early Co-operative store (1863)

A variety of items will be on sale, including pictures, key rings, fridge magnets, coasters and Christmas Cards, designed by a local artist.

See more at: www.heritageopendays.org.uk

The Trustees of Illingworth Gaol and Stocks Preservation group would like to thank everyone who helped last Saturday at their stall at the Challenger’s Fun Day. Overall they raised a total profit of £262.63.

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Important! Notice to dissolve the Action for Pellon Community Group

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

On Thursday 4 September 2014 there will be an extraordinary meeting of the Action for Pellon Community Group.

Time: 6pm 

Venue: Pellon Network centre, 53 Rye Lane, Pellon, Halifax, HX2 0QB

This meeting has been called with the intention to dissolve the Action for Pellon Community Group. It will be decided by those attending where any existing monies and resources will go, usually to existing groups with similar aims and objectives.

Any Pellon resident is welcome to attend and vote on decisions.

AGENDA:

  1. Introduction
  2. Dissolving the group – Why?
  3. Vote to dissolve the group
  4. Remaining funds/debts
  5. Vote to dispose of remaining funds
  6. Remaining resources
  7. Vote to dispose of remaining resources
  8. Closing Bank Account
  9. Any other business
  10. Close

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Spring Hall in the First World War

Inside-Spring-Hall-hospitalThe First World War affected cities, towns and villages all over the country, and Calderdale is no exception. Many people who were not in active service found new ways to help the war effort, and many buildings were used for different purposes.

There are sites all over Calderdale that played a key part in World War One. Throughout the centenary period, there’ll be small displays popping up at significant sites, supplementing the extensive new exhibition ‘For King and Country’ which opened on Saturday 1 August at Bankfield Museum, Halifax.

One of the buildings which will feature a display is Spring Hall Mansion, near Halifax. Today the Mansion is known as being a magnificent setting for a wedding, civil ceremony or naming ceremony, but you might not know that during the First World War, Spring Hall was used as a convalescent and auxiliary hospital for servicemen.

Spring Hall opened as a hospital on the 1 February 1916. Initially it had 84 beds, until nearby Shaw Lodge was added and by 1 April 1917 220 beds were available. The hospital was run by Dr Shaw and his wife Mrs W. Shaw, who was in charge of administration. It was staffed by War and Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses.

Before its closure on the 28 February 1919 the hospital had treated 3619 patients. Mrs Shaw received an award from the Royal Red Cross for her work and another 20 to 30 nurses from the region were also given honours in 1919.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said:

“There are landmarks relating to the First World War all over Calderdale, some are obvious, such as the war memorials which we are carefully restoring for the centenary, but others are less clear, such as Spring Hall’s story.

“Many people living in Calderdale today will have ancestors who gave their lives for their country, or were injured in the line of duty and may even have been treated at Spring Hall. It’s a fitting tribute that stories like this one will soon be commemorated with displays, revealing the forgotten history of their contribution to the War.”

To mark the centenary, Calderdale Council has a number displays planned, which will be installed at landmark sites throughout Calderdale during centenary period. The For King and Country exhibition at Bankfield Museum in Halifax explores the region’s involvement in the war and the impact on the area, and will be open until December 2018.

For more information about the exhibition visit http://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/king-and-country or call 01422 352334. Bankfield Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and is free to attend

 

Well Aware: A Healthy Minds Recovery Course

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

Mondays, 15th September – 8th December 2014, 10.30am -1.00 pm at The Orange Box, Thomas St, Halifax, HX11AF

Well Aware is a recovery course developed and delivered by workers and volunteers with lived experience of mental distress. Is for people who wish to explore their personal attitudes and develop skills to improve and manage their wellbeing. The sessions encourage people to look at their life as a whole, and explore positive ways to address areas that cause them concern.

The course will help participants identify, challenge and change unhelpful thinking, learn new coping strategies, improve resilience, and regain control of their life. Place are limited, but attendance on the course is free.

Contact 01422 345154 and ask for Dianne, Nicola or Kath email firstname@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk

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Mentoring with Choice Volunteering…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

Are you reliable, patient and willing to help others? Would you like to be a Mentor for Choice?

The next training course will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall street, Halifax HX1 5AY on the following dates.choice

  • 16/09/2014 Introduction to Mentoring and Befriending
  • 23/09/2014 Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • 30/09/2014 Learning Disability Awareness
  • 14/10/2014 Mental Health Awareness
  • 21/10/2014 Deaf Awareness

All expenses will be paid and a light snack provided.

Contact Audrey Smith 07729154259 or email choice@cvac.org.uk for more information.

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Well Aware: A Healthy Minds Recovery Course starts this September…

Originally posted on Halifax Central Initiative:

 Well Aware: A Healthy Minds Recovery Course

10.30am -1.00 pm at The Orange Box, Thomas St, Halifax, HX1 1AF.

Mondays 15th September – 8th December 2014

Well Aware is a recovery course developed and delivered by workers and volunteers with lived experience of mental distress.

This 12 week course is for people who wish to explore their personal attitudes and develop skills to improve and manage their wellbeing. The sessions encourage people to look at their life as a whole, and explore positive ways to address areas that cause them concern.

The course will help participants identify, challenge and change unhelpful thinking, learn new coping strategies, improve resilience, and regain control of their life.

All sessions will be held in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space.

The first six weeks will look at a range of topics including:-

  •  What recovery means to me
  •  Making…

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People’s Commission – We want to hear from you!

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

People's CommissionCalderdale Council’s People’s Commission Panel is asking local people to share their experiences of using local health and social care services.

Local health services are currently being reviewed by Calderdale’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The People’s Commission will give local people an opportunity to debate what services are needed and will also collect and review evidence.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:

“We would like to hear from you.  We want to hear about you and your family’s experiences of health and social care services; which health services you think should be provided locally; which you think should be provided from hospitals; and how you think we can make social care services for older people and people with disabilities as easy to use as possible.

“If you’d like to tell us about other social care services, that’s also fine.  We want to hear about whatever people feel is…

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