World Mental Health Day – Friday 10th October 2014

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Reminder – Forum 50+ AGM

We know that we have already brought this to your attention, but we felt it was so important that a reminder was in order. The event will be similar to the Networking Events that the NST was so well known for organising – and yes, there is food involved.

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Concert at Luddendenfoot Civic Institutue

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Holy Nativity Church – Mindfulness Group

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

From Wednesday 24 September toWednesday 12 November 2014 there will be two clinical psychologists running a FREE mindfulness group at the Holy Nativity Church in Mixenden.

These groups will take place every Wednesday between the given dates from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

To find out more about the mindfulness group please click here.

Or for information on the Holy Nativity Church of Mixenden and Illingworth visit


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Get Active Outdoors and Dig It!

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

digit picThe Dig It programme is holding an open day at Pellon allotment on Tuesday 30 September which will run from 1pm to 4pm to help celebrate the harvest and let people have a look at the work they do.

Dig It is a programme of outdoor activity sessions to help you get active outdoors
and sessions include:

  • Gardening for health groups – weekly sessions take place on our Pellon allotments, including a women only session.
  • Learn how to grow your own vegetables and take home a share of seasonal produce in season.
  • Allotment maintenance group – activities include digging, weeding and construction to help keep the Pellon allotment site in good order.

Click here to see the full list of courses in the Dig It programme.

You can call 01422 397370 or email if you require any further information.

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Meet the Hairy Baldies!

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

loc authorChar March, Keith Hutson and Mandy Sutter are three highly successful local authors who describe themselves as a Slaphead Poet, Baldy Playwright and Hairy Novelist.

Expect wit, daftness, splendid writing and hair tips as they read from their work and talk about their writing process.

You can go along to Hebden Bridge Library on Thursday 6 November at 7.30pm to meet the trio for Free.

It is advised that you reserve your place in advance and you can do this by phone on 01422 288040 or email

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The Big Knit 2014


Get knitting for the Big Knit 2014

Raise money for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees by getting involved with Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit campaign 2014. You can make a difference by knitting some mini hats to help us keep older people warm in winter.

Innocent Drinks will be running their ‘Big Knit’ bobble hat project again this year. Each year the project has grown bigger and hats are sold nationwide.

Innocent Drinks bottles will be displayed in chill cabinets in Sainsbury’s stores wearing your little bobble hats to attract customers’ attention and increase sales.

And the good news is that for every bottle sold Innocent Drinks will donate 25p to Age UK to help us provide services for vulnerable older people this winter.

The deadline for the receipt of all the hats is 7th November 2014.

Knitting Pattern

Download a knitting pattern here

Whilst it is important that your hat meets the quality control requirements to fit the bottles, you can be as imaginative as you like in making your hats. Just follow the base pattern for size and make the rest up yourself.

Quality Control

It is very important that your finished hat fits the Innocent Drinks bottles as hats of the wrong size will not be used.

The quality control rules are very simple:

  • The hat must fit comfortably over the lid and lip of the Innocent Drinks bottle. Your local Age UK will have some of these for checking your hats fit before sending them on
  • The hat should have a ‘topper’. This can be a bobble, button, ribbon, bow or tassel securely sewn or glued to the top of the hat. Use any topper you like – just use your imagination – but remember to make them secure so little children can’t pull them off easily.
  • Before stitching your hat, it should roughly measure 1 ½ inches by 4 ¼ inches (4cm by 11.5 cm) which is important for it to fit the top of the bottles (see the knitting pattern)

Innocent Drinks have a very short shelf life and the hats will be manually put on to the bottles by patient Innocent workers. We need to ensure that the hats will go on easily to enable them to get them on and get them despatched quickly.

Get your hats, and yourslef, noticed!

The best hats will be featured in the window of the Choices Centre, Woolshops, Halifax and also here on the Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees website.

Where to send your finished hats

Your finished hats should be sent to the Choices Centre, 4-6 The Square, Woolshops, Halifax, HX1 1RJ, where they will be quality checked, and then forwarded to Innocent Drinks.

Each time you send in your hats you should send in a completed knitted hats form so we know who has helped us. We need these so we can be sure to thank you for your efforts, which is important to us. You can send more than one hat with your form as long as you tell us how many hats you have sent to us.

If you have already sent some hats in and need a new form because you want to do more, or want more knitting patterns because your friends want to help, then you can contact either the Choices Centre on 01422 399830 and they will send one to you.

Best Hat for Age UK Calderdale and Kiklees

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees will give a prize to the best hat they receive this year, which will be judged after this year’s closing date. Details of the prize winner will be given at a later date and published here on our website.

Can’t knit but still want to help?

If you don’t want to, or can’t knit, you might still be able to help us. This year we are also accepting donations towards the project. The money raised will be used wisely to help older people who are in need – from helping with fuel poverty to assisting us to provide our very varied but much needed services.

You can either donate through our Choices Centre at Woolshops, Halifax or by sending a cheque to Choices Centre.

Thank you very much, and happy knitting!