Category Archives: Local News

SOCIAL: Cornerstone Memory Cafe

Cornerstone Memory Cafe is a support group for dementia sufferers and their carers run by volunteers from church in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s 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!


EVENT: Healthy Minds

Explore Wellness with Healthy Minds in Brighouse


Healthy Minds invites you to explore what wellness means to you using images, collage making and discussion.

On Thursday 10 October 2019, 11am – 1pm at Brighouse Library.

The workshop is FREE though booking is essential.

Refreshments and nibbles provided.

For further details, and/or to book your place, please call 01422 345154 or email

EVENT: History Walk

Calderdale Heritage Walk: Cliffe Hill – The Walkers (and others)

Sunday 15th Sep 2019 – Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by the Sun Inn on Wakefield Road (A649) in Lightcliffe, HX3 8TH

Looking at a fine residence of yester-year associated with Ann Walker and Anne Lister, which is normally out of sight within its private grounds. We’ll look at the house exterior, its grounds and immediate environs.

For further information and more walks visit


Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.

They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.

Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content ( This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.

The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.

Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.

WINTER: Free Home Energy Visits

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees FREE Home Energy Visits – their visits aim to reduce people’s energy bills whilst keeping them warm and well at home by offering:

  • Practical advice about keeping warm
  • Information about winter benefits
  • Advice about smarter use of energy
  • Referral to other useful services if needed
  • Installation of free energy saving devices such as draught excluders,  radiator  panels, timers and cold alarms
  • Installation of free energy saving light bulbs

And best of all, it is all FREE!

Home Visits

Age UK is working with E.ON and First Utility to provide Home Energy Visits. The aim of the visit is to deliver practical energy efficiency information and expert advice to older people. The project will enable people to change energy use behaviour and benefit from small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills whilst remaining warm and well in their own homes.

How do I get a free home visit?

To qualify for the Home Energy visit you must be :

  • Over 65 and on low income (below £16,190 p.a )and /or
  • Over 65 and living with a disability or other medical condition
  • Over 65 and living in a hard to heat property.

For more information or to book your home energy check, please contact them on 01422 252040 / 01484 535994

SURVEY: Public Services

The House of Commons Treasury Committee is holding an inquiry into regional imbalances in the UK economy and wants to know how the region you live in impacts your access to services.
Share your views on their online survey and help inform their inquiry into regional imbalances.

As well as exploring where the most significant regional imbalances exist (i.e between the South East and other regions), it will also examine how these imbalances present themselves in the UK, how these imbalances have changed in the last decade and how they are likely to change in the future.

How can you help? 
Complete their anonymous online survey and tell them about the public services in your local area. The survey will include questions about:

  • How clean and safe you feel your local area is
  • Whether your local area has good employment opportunities
  • Your access to good schools, healthcare and transport links
  • Whether you enjoy living in your local area

The results of the survey will be used to inform the Committee’s inquiry and help shape the Committee’s recommendations to the Government.

If you’d like to find out more about the inquiry, or the work of the Treasury Committee, follow them on Twitter @CommonsTreasury

EVENT: Meet Prue Leith

Bake Off season is here. For any fans of the show and a certain judge, the Arches events venue at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax is hosting ‘Meet Prue Leith CBE at The Arches for Lunch’ on Monday 21st October, 11.30am-3.30pm.

Probably best known for her roles as Judge on The Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu, Prue has had many adventures and accolades in her career making her one of the most respected voices in the Food Industry today. Guests will hear about Prue’s passion for good food, her role in food education and what the future holds, at this exclusive event.

TICKETS: £35/£50 EACH – £35 includes Entry, Arrival Drink, 3 Course Celebration Lunch & Coffee, Interview & Q&A with Prue. £50 includes all of the above, plus a signed copy of “Prue – My All Time Favourite Recipes”

The menu can be found on their website, along with booking information.

There is also a Facebook page@