MUSEUM: Gentleman Jack Costumes

Currently taking place at Bankfield Museum is an exclusive exhibition of some of the costumes designed by Tom Pye for Sally Wainwright’s TV series Gentleman Jack.

The series about the life of Anne Lister, was filmed largely at her home of Shibden Hall, now managed by Calderdale Museums Service. On display at Bankfield Museum are a number of the costumes and props from the series, worn and used by actors including Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle. At Bankfield you can also see original clothing from the period of Gentleman Jack in the new Fashion Gallery on the top floor.

The costumes have been kindly loaned for display by Lookout Point Productions with assistance from designer Tom Pye.


Admission is free and more details can be found on the museum’s website.

HEALTH CONSULTATION: GP Practices to close

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for the local population. They want to consult you on their plans to change GP services by closing a number of key surgeries in Calderdale.


In 2008 the Department of Health wanted to create more GP practices in areas where they were needed. In Calderdale Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contracts were used to create Meadow Dale Group Practice and Park & Calder Community Practice. APMS contracts have the same clinical and quality standards as other GP contracts but they are different because they are run by commercial organisations, are short-term and are more expensive.

The CCG’s Plan

The CCG won’t renew the APMS contracts again and have not found anyone else to deliver GP services through a regular contract. Their APMS contracts will come to an end in March 2020 and the following practices will close:

This means registered patients will be affected by these plans. The CCG will make sure you can continue to access GP services by registering you with another practice. The CCG is planning something called a “locally managed dispersal”. This is when they register patients with a different GP practice based on your postcode. This means everyone will have a GP and you don’t have to do anything yourself. The CCG will register you and tell you which is your new GP practice.

Share Your Views

The CCG want to understand the impact the plan may have on you and your family and they have asked everyone affected to complete their survey. The closing date for the survey is 5pm on Friday 6th December 2019.

For more info on this issue, plus downloadable survey forms and details of open meetings near the affected practices can be found on the CCG’s website:

HEALTH: It’s Flu Jab Time

GPs in Calderdale are urging those most vulnerable to flu to get their free vaccination ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common. Flu is easy to catch and pass to others, and can lead to serious complications in people with long-term health conditions

People who are eligible for the NHS flu vaccine this year include:

  • Those aged 65 and over.
  • Those aged six months to 64 with a long-term health condition.
  • Children aged two-three (on 31 August 2019) via their GP practice.
  • School children in reception classes and years one, two, three, four five and six.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Health and social care workers.
  • Carers.

Children can spread the virus easily around their families and friends. This year primary school children up to year six will be given the flu vaccine at school to protect them, and any vulnerable adults they come into contact with, from the virus. For healthy children aged two and three the flu vaccine is in the form of a nasal spray, administered by a health professional.

Dr Farrukh Javid, GP at Rastrick Health Centre and Calderdale’s clinical lead for flu, wants people to be clear on why it’s important to have a flu jab:

“People most likely to be seriously affected by flu are young children and elderly people, as well as those who have chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

“You may think ‘I don’t really fit any of those categories, so it’s not important that I get a flu jab;’ however, it’s really important to understand that flu can affect anyone – even those who are usually fit and healthy.

“The flu jab is the best way to protect yourself, and members of your family against flu. Maybe you’re a carer for an unwell person, or you may have children or perhaps you go to visit older friends or relatives regularly.

“By having the jab you’re potentially shielding the virus from affecting your loved ones so even though you’re not high risk yourself, you’ve done your bit to stop it affecting someone who is.

“Flu is an unpredictable virus, and you need to get a flu jab every year to protect yourself ahead of flu season. And remember: the flu-jab CANNOT give you flu!”

Speak to your GP, pharmacist or midwife for information on the flu vaccine. You can also go to for more details on the flu vaccine and how to stay well over the winter months.

HOSPITALS: Help with planning process

Hospital managers for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital want your views on what the new plans for hospital buildings should look like.

They want to know what they should consider in relation to;

  • New buildings
  • Facilities
  • Public spaces
  • Patient access
  • Ease of movement around the hospital
  • Character – the look, feel and quality of the buildings
  • Lighting
  • External areas

Hospital managers are currently at an early stage of design and they want involve patients and carers in the design process.

You are invited to attend a workshop to help start the design for the planned expansion at Calderdale Royal Hospital.  The details are below:

Time Date Venue Register
10am – 12 noon Tues 12th November The Shay Stadium, Halifax HX1 2YT
2pm – 4pm Mon 25th November The Shay Stadium, Halifax HX1 2YT

The workshop will ask people to consider their experience of using different areas of the hospital and how they could be improved.   

If you are interested in attending a workshop please select the correct website address from the list above to register.

Contact or telephone 01422 307519 to book a place.

If you have any access needs to enable you to participate in the event, please use the contact details above.

REPORT: What Is “Good” Participation?

The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network is a voice for older people. They aim to make sure that older people can express their opinions and get their voices heard. They want older people to be given opportunities to participate and for those opportunities to be meaningful and pleasurable for participants, with areal chance to influence and make change.

They want an age-friendly Greater Manchester that continues to listen to its older citizens and is the best place for older people that it can be.

In May 2019 the GMOPN held two events in Leigh and Manchester focused on championing older people’s voices through participation. Over 50 people attended the events and took part in workshops about good and bad participation. This report collates the findings from the workshops and outlines the recommendations developed as a result.

GMOPN Participation Report (pdf file)


EVENTS: Christmas Fairs

The Christmas countdown has definitely begun, which means its almost time for our annual Christmas craft fairs, the perfect chance for Christmas gifts or a treat for yourself.

Bankfield Museum

  • The Bankfield Museum fair will be on Saturday December 7th
  • Bankfield Museum, Akroyd Park, Boothtown Road, Halifax HX3 6HG
  • Accessibility – Disabled parking is to the rear of building with access via a ramp. All of the Ground Floor is wheelchair accessible (main areas and galleries of museum). Toilets, disabled toilet and baby change are all on ground floor. Large print labels available for exhibitions. Handling boxes available for visually impaired visitors . Please contact us to discuss any requirements, staff will be glad to help.

Shibden Hall

  • The Shibden Hall fair will take place on Saturday 16th November and Sunday 17th November.
  • Shibden Hall, Lister’s Road, Halifax HX3 6XG
  • Accessibility: Due to the historic nature of the architecture of Shibden Hall there is restricted access for wheelchair users to the Ground Floor only. Disabled parking is available adjacent to the Hall (accessed off Lister’s Road). Please ring the bell on the right as you enter the courtyard for level access to the Hall. A member of staff will come and meet you and show you the way in. The historic barn is accessible to a degree, but please be aware there are uneven cobbles on the floor. The Folk Museum is not wheelchair accessible. An accessible toilet is to the right of the disabled parking area. For access advice or assistance, please contact Shibden Hall prior to your visit, staff will be happy to help Tel: 01422 352246 Email:

SUPPORT: Dementia Groups

The Halifax Carers’ Support Group

The Halifax Carers’ Support Group is Peer Support Group for people who care for someone living with dementia.

Location: Alzheimer’s Society Offices, 3rd Floor, 39 – 41 Commercial Street, Halifax HX1 1BE
Time: The THIRD Thursday of every month 1pm – 3pm

Happy Café Hebden Bridge

If you have dementia , or are caring for someone with dementia come along to your local café.

Location: Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY
Time: Every Friday of each month except for the last Friday of the Month from 10:30am—12:30 pm

For more information on either service, please contact your local Alzheimer’s Society Office in Halifax on 01422 352789 or

Cornerstone Memory Cafe, Brighouse

Cornerstone Memory Cafe is a support group for dementia sufferers and their carers run by volunteers from church in conjunction with the Alzheimers Society. If you know someone who would benefit from this outreach, the friendly drop in cafe is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 2-4pm upstairs in Brighouse Civic Hall. A warm welcome and homemade cake are guaranteed!

Daisy’s Cafe, Todmorden

A warm welcome and support are available at this cafe, the first Saturday of the month at Todmorden Health Centre –
2019 dates: 2 Nov, 7 Dec
2020 date: 4 Jan, 1 Feb, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May