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FESTIVAL: Wellbeing & Community

Don’t miss the Wellbeing & Community Festival in the Piece Hall on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April. Door open both days at 10am and there’s so much to do! See below for a full schedule of activities!

Events Schedule


SUPPORT: Bereavement Service

One of the inevitable parts of growing old is that you will face bereavement of one kind or another, whether it be friends or family.

Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service (CHIBS) was established in 1984 by a group of people who felt there was a need for bereavement support in the area.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength, obtaining charity status in 2003.  CHIBS is now working with a pool of 50 Befrienders, all whom have undergone a criminal record check (DBS), are professionally trained and receive regular supervision.

On average, the charity sees  around 150 clients per year but this is on the increase.  The range of support can range from a single phone call to a number of visits over a period of months.

Contact Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service by calling 0845 0099221

They are also looking for new volunteers to join the service either as befrienders or to help with the running of the charity e.g. admin, support etc. Appropriate training and ongoing support will be provided for all roles, commencing in April 2019. Request your application pack by calling Janet on 07921 879863 or email:
DBS checks will be carried out on all applicants.

MONEY: Avoid Bank Scams

Banking telephone Scams are on the increase. It’s always wise to know as much about potential Scams as possible, so here’s some advice on avoiding banking Scams.

Don’t throw out anything with your name, address or financial details without shredding it first. – This will protect you from ID Fraud.

If you receive an unsolicited email or phone call from what appears to be your bank or building society asking for your security details, never reveal your full password, login details or account numbers. Most banks will not approach their customers in this manner.

If you are concerned about the source of a banking call, hang up. Make sure if you call your bank to check it was them, before you make the call check for a dialling tone BEFORE dialling their number. The number will be on printed on your bank statements.

Check your statements carefully and report anything suspicious to the bank or credit company concerned.

Your bank will never come to your home address to collect you or to collect you bank cards. Some scammers will tell you that you have been a subjected to bank fraud and ask for your pin number. NEVER EVER give this number to anyone. Your bank will never ask customer for these details.

If you’re expecting a bank or credit card statement and it doesn’t arrive, tell your bank or Credit Card Company.

Don’t leave things like bills lying around for others to look at.

If you move house, always get Royal Mail to redirect your post.

Get regular copies of your credit report from a credit reference agency.

For further information please contact your Calderdale Crime Prevention Officers on 101.

DEMENTIA: Daisy’s Café

Daisy’s café is a dementia-friendly café that runs monthly in Todmorden. This year’s dates are below.

Tony Austin will provide the music at Daisy’s Café at Todmorden Health Centre on Saturday, April 6th . The café is on from 11am until 1.30pm and is run by Dementia Friendly Todmorden. Everyone is welcome and the group will be offering their usual support, advice and information for people affected by dementia along with their families and carers.

As well musical entertainment, the café will be serving soup, sandwiches, biscuits and drinks.
For more information please contact Lisa Candlin at Todmorden Fire Station on 01706 813541 or email

EVENTS: Illustrated Historical Talks

The Square Chapel is hosting a series of illustrated historical talks by David Glover, including old images of Halifax – the content of the talks are listed below.

Wednesday 3 April, 2pm

  • Some scientists, engineers and inventors Calderdale gave birth to
  • A man who made scientific instruments for King George III
  • The man who brought electric light to Halifax and helped develop the telephone
  • And, the inventor of Linoleum and Lincrusta! 

Wednesday 10 April, 2pm

  • John Crossley & Sons of Dean Clough, 1803-1982 – a slideshow
  • The story of the world’s largest carpet factory told in pictures
  • A Halifax institution and one of the town’s most respected employers


EVENT: Art Celebrating West Yorkshire

A new exhibition celebrating West Yorkshire is opening at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse on Saturday 6 April.

‘God’s Own Country’ is an exhibition of works from the collections of Calderdale Council’s Museums, celebrating West Yorkshire’s artistic talents and the region’s inspiring landscapes, history, people and architecture.

Calderdale Museums Service has a collection of over 5000 artworks. This exhibition features the collection’s finest paintings which showcase the wider region of West Yorkshire, including works by local artists, Peter Brook and Alan Chapman.

Following specialist conservation, John Atkinson Grimshaw’s atmospheric painting, entitled Briggate, Leeds (1891), will also be on display.

Many of the paintings on display show the significant changes and developments in West Yorkshire over the last two centuries, with artists documenting in their work the changing landscapes of the towns and the rapid growth of the textiles industry.

The ‘God’s Own Country’ exhibition at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, will be opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Marcus Thompson, on Saturday 6 April at 11am. The opening event will include live music and the launch of a new art trail for children.

The exhibition is part of a joint programme of complementary Yorkshire-themed exhibitions across the region, named ‘We Are West Yorkshire: a celebration of people and place’. Each of West Yorkshire’s local authority museums services is taking part (Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees, Bradford and Wakefield).

Smith Art Gallery is open Monday and Friday 10am-5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-3.30pm. The exhibition is free to visit and runs until Saturday 5 October.

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