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Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club

As part of the work of the Halifax RLFC Foundation, a Rugby League Heritage Lunch Club is being formed.

The aim is to meet on the first Thursday in every month at the Old Post Office pub in Winding Road, Halifax, HX1 1SJ. The time will be from 11:00 till 1:30. The format will be theme-based around a guest speaker, artefacts, CDs of old matches, the Thrum Hall XIII, and a Q&A session.

The first meeting will be on the 2nd of August, with the one-and-only Jim Mills being the first guest.

The target audience is the over 50s, but people of all ages are welcome. However, as we will be on licensed premises, under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

A two-course meal will be available at the fantastic price of £3.99. Whilst not essential, you are advised to pre-book if you wish to guarantee a meal by contacting Malcolm Kielty or Chris Mitchell ( or ), leaving your name and contact details. Payment can be delayed until the day. If you do not pre-book, food may not be available.

We hope you will get behind this exciting new initiative.


COMMUNITY: Volunteer Befrienders

Are you looking for a way to share your time and give something back to the community?

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are currently recruiting volunteer befrienders. Join them in helping older people love later life through personalised activities, friendship and getting out and about.

Contact Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees on 01422 252040 or email: for an application pack.


Save the date – 1 – 5 October 2018. It’s when Hebden Bridge Community Association in partnership with Staying Well and the Alzheimer’s Society present Dementia Friendly Communities Awareness Week.

The week starts with a Market Place event where you can find out what services are available for people living with dementia in the Upper Valley, there will also been workshops running alongside this for information and advice about all things dementia related.

This event is aimed at professionals, carers, people living with dementia and community groups – basically anyone who has an interest in finding out more about what is available to support people living with dementia and their cares.

Throughout the week there will be events and activities running. If you would like to promote your service or group activity as part of this event, or would like to be involved in anyway please contact Helen Doodson on 01422 392707 or to have a chat about how you can get involved.

ACCESS: Hebden Bridge Map

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) has published a map of accessible routes around Hebden Bridge Centre, showing wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces.

The routes give easy access to people with impaired vision and mobility – around 11% of the population.

The map is available to view or print out from Hebweb:

Paper copies are now available free from Hebden Bridge Library, Town Hall, Visitor Centre, Valley Medical Centre, Hebden Bridge Station and various shops and cafes.

The back of the map lists many premises which have step-free access (maximum 2.5cm rise for safe wheelchair use), hearing loops and accessible toilets. All research and mapping has been done by HBDAF members and associates, who are disabled people from the Hebden Bridge area. Some of the premises were improved by grants from the 2017 Accessible Hebden project, funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale, CFFC.

HBDAF has also been very busy this year improving access in town by giving out portable ramps thanks to a grant from CFFC.

HBDAF formed in 2016 with the aim of improving access to life in general, in the area. They can be contacted at or on 01422 844914, and we are very keen to welcome new members with any sort of disability. They meet on the third Monday of each month in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 2.30pm.

ELECTRICITY: Report and cut on 105

We’ve covered this story before, but it’s well worth repeating, especially as late summer is a time when thunderstorms can cause power outages.

There is a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

Key points to note about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they buy their electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

DOG FOULING: Reporting

Unfortunately there are still some dog owners who act irresponsibly and do not clean up after their dog. This can be a particular problem for older people, children and people with reduced mobility. Often an isolated offender can cause a considerable problem in a specific location.

You can assist Calderdale Council to combat the problem by reporting offenders to Environmental Health by going online, telephoning or emailing Customer First. It is helpful if you can provide as much information as possible such as:

– The exact location where the offence took place
– Date and time of the offence
– Type of dog
– Description of the offender or if known the name and address of the offender
– Vehicle description or if known vehicle registration details
– photographs

by e-mail to: or telephoned to 01422 288002