Creative Writing classes for Over 50’s

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Ever wanted to try your hand at poetry or have yo got a great idea for a short story?

Then this workshop could be just what you’re looking for!

Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of experience, this group welcomes anyone wanting to develop their writing skills in this fun, non-academic class.

The workshop will run at Square Chapel from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 3 February 2015
Tuesday 10 February 2015
Tuesday 24 February 2015

Tuesday 3 March 2015
Tuesday 10 March 2015
Tuesday 24 March 2015

Tuesday 14 April 2015
Tuesday 21 April 2015
Tuesday 28 April 2015

Tuesday 12 May 2015
Tuesday 19 May 2015

The cost is just £4 Per session or £2.50 concessions (limited concessions apply, please enquire when booking) and refreshments are included in the price and places limited so please contact us to check availability.

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Fruit Tree Planting at Blackshaw Head

Planting of fruit trees on the land belonging to Carol & Garry King will take place on Sunday 1st March at 10am. Anyone is welcome to come and give a hand for an hour. Children are welcome too if supervised by an adult.
You can walk to the site from the New Delight Inn (Newdy) in less than five minutes. Just go along the road next to the red telephone box at Jack Bridge, which runs along the stream uphill.
If you have not planted trees before there will be people present to show you how to do it. BEAT is covered by an insurance policy. If you do not know where the site is go to the New Delight Inn and walk from there as it will only take a few minutes to walk to the site along the stream where the red telephone box is.
If you have a spade or can borrow one please bring it along. Do not worry if you cannot bring a spade as we have spare ones. If you do not like digging you can put newspapers around the planted trees with a hessian mat on top to act as mulching. You are also welcome to bring newspapers and magazines on 1st March – even if you cannot participate in the activities.
If the site is covered by heavy snow on the day we will postpone the tree planting. If you want to check in advance email or phone 01422 846863.
After the tree planting BEAT will be providing vegan soup with bread and a drink (beer, wine, tea, coffee, hot chocolate or juice) at the New Delight as a thank you and to warm you up again. This will also give you a chance to ask questions to experienced fruit growers if you are considering planting fruit trees and bushes in your garden.
Once the community orchard provides fruit, members of the community can help themselves to fruit but only for their personal use. Surplus will be given to the food bank in Todmorden and to Great Rock Coop


New History Course in Halifax

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New creative classes for those living with dementia or having memory problems

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Ceilidh at Pellon Social & Working Men’s Club

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Please note that all proceeds from the Ceilidh will go to the St Augustines Project

Originally posted on Halifax North & East Blog:

Celeidh dancePolish your dancing shoes and go along to Pellon Social & Working Men’s Club on Saturday 14 February 2015 for the St. Augustine’s Ceilidh with the fabulous Peaceworks band from 7:30pm.

There will be Fun, Music, Raffle, Dancing, Food…and more!

The cost is just £8 for Adults, £3 Concessions or family tickets can be purchased at just £16.

Tickets and further information is available by calling 01422 352492

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Take part in the 50th Halifax Long March

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This years Long March will be be taking place on Sunday 5 April 2015 and will be a 30 mile (or optional 15 mile half marathon) walk that starts in the centre of Halifax and can take any weaving route around Calderdale before returning back.

There is no obligation to complete the entire route, other than stubborn pride, and walkers can retire early at any of the rest centres or marshal points. Anyone who does retire is provided with safe transport back to the YMCA.

If you are interested in helping a really good cause then visit on Sunday 1 February 2015 and download an application form or if you prefer the old fashioned way you can contact us by telephone and we’ll post a form out to you.

Simply call Wendy (walkers) on 01484 400931, or Dawn (helpers) on 01422 378143.

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Festival Fund deadline extended for Tour De Yorkshire

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Calderdale Council CMBCCommunity groups in Calderdale with ideas for events and festivals to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire can apply for funding to make them happen.

Calderdale’s vibrant towns and exciting activities will be in the spotlight when the new cycling event races through the borough in May 2015. To make the most of this, Calderdale Council has created a £10,000 fund to support small local events linked to the Tour de Yorkshire, to help get communities involved and boost visitor numbers.

The deadline for funding applications is Monday 2 March 2015, and the Council will let organisations know if they have been successful in mid-March and due to the short timescale the Council will particularly welcome applications from local community groups for small grants of around £500.

The Council is looking for events and festivals that involve the whole community, are safe, do not currently receive funding from Calderdale Council and…

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