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Halifax, Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Northowram and surrounding areas

Focus On

Inspiring Little Artists Children’s First Aid Halifax Schools Get Set for London 2012

Out and About

Clitheroe Castle Museum

What’s On Guide

Preview of Halifax Festival

Daily Diaries For pre-school and out of school activities

Recipes

How to Get Your Child to Eat Fish!

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Local news, features and lots more!

April/May 2012

Issue 25

For Local Parents, Carers & Kids

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page WELCOME header Contents News Young People Shape Future for Calderdale Sing Your Heart Out in Sowerby Bridge Go Green to Help Injured Firefighters

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Focus On Make a Difference – Be a Foster Carer page 6 The Benefits of Nursery and Primary School Children Learning a Second Language page 9 Little Crumbs Cookery Parties Proving a Success page 11 Sport Halifax Schools Get Set for London 2012 Interview with Rugby League star and Rugger Ratz co-founder Jode Sheriffe

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Out n About Clitheroe Castle Museum Preview of Halifax Festival What’s On

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Diary Pages Pre-school diary Out of school diary

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Scallymag. Spring is now well and truly in the air and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the Easter holidays. There’s lots of things going on across Calderdale to keep children amused throughout the Easter break. We give you a selection of fun-filled family events that are being held locally in our ever popular What’s On Guide. We also preview the Halifax Festival which will be held in July and looks set to be a fantastic week of events at venues across the town. This issue we shine the spotlight on the benefits of nursery and primary school children learning a second language, what to do if your child is choking and how to make a difference by being a foster carer. We’ve also got a whole host of children’s party and activity ideas being delivered by some fantastic local businesses. If you can, please support our advertisers. It is because of them that we are able to produce and distribute the magazine to you free of charge. If you are able to give them your custom please let them know you heard about them in The Scallymag! As always, we’re very keen to hear your feedback on the magazine and ideas you have for future features. Let us know by emailing us or contacting us via our Twitter or Facebook pages. Contact details below. From my family to yours,

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local news Local schools help charity start at home

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chools have been helping the Community Foundation for Calderdale in their appeal for warm clothes to be donated to help disadvantaged local children.

Schools asked their children, parents and staff to donate items of clothing including hats, scarves, gloves and jumpers that would ultimately be added to ‘winter warmth packs’ that families would receive if they visited one of the children’s centres in Calderdale and attended a cookery course aimed at providing nutritious inexpensive winter cooking tips.

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Bolton Brow Primary Academy School pupils collecting their donations and having some fun with head teacher Mr Longstaff! of meals and snacks which could be prepared on a tight budget in the cold winter months. Families have been delighted with the ‘Winter Warmer’ packs and parents were pleased that they had been offered some support in dealing with the cold weather at no cost to themselves.” If you would like more information about the Community Foundation For Calderdale please visit www.cffc.co.uk

Super Science Week

upils at Hipperholme Grammar School joined together for a week of experiments and learning about the exciting world of science.

The week began with a visit from Mr Andy Green who brought with him his magnificent StarDome - a six metre mobile planetarium – as an aid to teaching the children from Form 1through to Form 7 about the solar system and the life and death of stars, and to answer their questions on astronomy in general. Throughout the week childen from the junior school took part in experiments in the senior school laboratories and Year 11 and Sixth Form

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Bolton Brow Primary Academy headmaster Mr Longstaff said: “We wanted to join in the project because it impacts on us all. We are all aware of the current financial climate and we are all being affected in one way or another. Our children and families wanted to help others in a very simple yet very effective way. It was a project in which all of us could play a part.” The Community Foundation for Calderdale worked closely with Calderdale SmartMove and the Children’s Centres to distribute hundreds of packs that not only consisted of hats, scarves and gloves but also hot water bottles, quilts, bed socks, torches and hand warmers, along with food packs which contained over twenty items. Jill Webb, Children’s Services Manager, said: “Local children’s centres right across Calderdale were delighted to have been involved in this project. We ran a number of ‘Winter Warmer’ courses which gave families ideas

students spent time at the Junior School assisting their young friends to develop skills in teamwork, communication and collaboration in their science projects. Sixth Form student Gabby Capone from Halifax worked with the junior school children as part of her biology studies. She said: “The sixth

form biologists helped by assisting with the children’s knowledge and use of microscopes. We observed specimens like a cockroach head and encouraged the children’s experience of microscopes by helping them to focus on the images themselves and then drawing what they saw under the microscope. The children showed no hesitation in getting involved and made a keen and enthusiastic contribution!” Science Week is just one of a variety of projects and events in which Hipperholme Grammar junior and senior pupils work together during the school year. Other junior activities during the week included a Plastics Recycling Workshop and Animals which included a visit from a vet and a trip to a local pet shop.


local news Stan’s the Man for Sowood PreSchool Road Safety Advice

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owood Pre-School enjoyed a special visit from Stan the Lollipop Man and his puppet friends to show children how to stay safe near the road. Jo Whiteley, Pre-School Leader said ‘Stan gave our children key road saftety advice, look, listen, hold an adult’s hand near the road, stay away from roads as much as possible and always wear a seatbelt in the car.’ Stan said ‘since the programme started, the number of under-fives getting

hurt on the roadside is going down. The message is getting through, so much so that Calderdale Council is extending the number of visits.’ Sowood Pre-School are currently taking applications for April and September starts, please contact 01422 374367 (Pre-School hours only) for further information or to visit. www.sowoodpreschool.org

Pictured with Stan are: Annie Thorp, Henry Whitwam, Myca Hatzer, Henry Davis and Rose Thorp from Sowood Pre-School.

Young People Shape Future for Calderdale

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hildren and young people from across Calderdale have been showing councillors how they are getting involved in shaping their own futures.

Nearly 30 children and young people met members of the Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel at an informal meeting at the Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Halifax. Children and young people from seven organisations gave presentations to councillors on the work they are doing. Organisations involved were: • Calderdale Deaf Youth Project • 1K Voices Live UnLtd, a web-based forum currently being developed for young people in Calderdale • The Young Researchers’ Mapping Project, which is involved in developing inclusive leisure opportunities for children and young people with disabilities • West Central Halifax Inter School Council • Orange Box MY PLACE, a group of young people involved in the

development of the new Orange Box facility for young people, which is currently under construction in Halifax. • Young Inspectors, young people who inspect council facilities and make suggestions on how they can be improved for the benefit of young people • Barnardos Children in Care Council The Chair of Calderdale Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel, Coun. Colin Raistrick, said members were impressed with the way in which children and young people from across Calderdale were working to shape their own futures. “It’s really important that the Council and its partners listen to the views of young people and respond to their needs,” he said. “Members have been really impressed with the way in which young people in Calderdale are engaged in shaping their future. Many of the young people we have met are the community leaders of tomorrow, so we need to take notice of what they say and make sure that they know that they can contribute towards making a real difference.”

Sing Your Heart Out in Sowerby Bridge!

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alderdale Council’s Schools Music Service and Countryside & Woodlands team are organising the first Calderdale Big Sing.

The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 14 July at 11am in Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge. Choirs and groups of singers from across Calderdale are invited to join in by doing a five minute performance and then joining in with a big communal sing at the end. The event is open to everyone, with song sheets being provided on the day for people who fancy a sing but aren’t part of a choir. Kevin Rivett from Calderdale Council’s Music Service said: “The event will be an opportunity for people to sing their hearts out. “Calderdale’s got a great tradition of choral music and we want more people to enjoy that. Music brings people together and we’d like as many people as possible to get involved whatever their ability. “You don’t need to be able to read music just come along and bring your voice!” If you are part of a choir or singing group and are interested in joining in then please ring Caroline Bradley on 07432 683443.

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focus on: Your chance to make a difference – Be a Foster Carer

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here are over 65,000 children and young people living in care across the UK, most of them living with foster carers.

But, despite this, research carried out by leading charity ‘The Fostering Network’ suggests there is a national shortage of approximately 8,750 foster carers. This situation is reflected here in Calderdale. The number of children and young people who need foster care in our area has been increasing over the last few years. Today, there are 365 children in care in Calderdale and more foster carers are needed. Not having enough foster carers often means that children cannot be placed in the area they know. If the right foster family is not available make a living, make a difference straight away this can sometimes mean that children have to be placed with fostering agencies outside of the borough or placed temporarily with alternative carers and then moved again within a short space of time. make a living, make a difference Children who need foster care come from different backgrounds and

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from all areas across Calderdale. Sadly, many of these children will have suffered abuse or neglect. Foster carers are needed from all walks of life. Calderdale’s current foster carers come from all cultures, religious faiths, and age groups, living in all kinds of homes. Calderdale needs people to become foster carers who can make a positive difference to children’s lives. Foster carers currently receive payments that range between £10,280 and £28,836 per year based on individual circumstances and the needs of the child they care for. Fran, a Calderdale foster carer, summed up what drove her to foster children: “Knowing that we are making a difference to a child and that it will help them in later life, that they are safe and well cared for whilst they are with us,” she said. As a Calderdale foster carer, there’s a package of support that you’ll receive including contacts with existing foster carers. Could you make a difference to a child’s life? If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer please call 0845 245 6000 or visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/fostering to receive an information pack and registration of interest form.

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Clitheroe Castle Museum

Castle Hill, Clitheroe. BB7 1BA 01200 424568 www.lancashire.gov.uk/clitheroecastlemuseum

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gardens. It is all free to explore. But the main reason for the visit was the recently refurbished castle museum, housed in what was the Stewards house, adjacent to the castle keep itself. The museum was It was an unusually sunny Autumn reopened in 2009 after day when we decided to have an a £3.5m makeover and, afternoon out. Clitheroe is very easy to this year, won small get to and quite a pleasant drive, around Pendle hill. Parking in the town was a bit visitor attraction of the year for Lancashire. difficult, on a nice Saturday afternoon, The leaflet claims it is There are amazing views but eventually we found somewhere in all directions a journey through 350 and set off to the castle. from the Castle million years of history The tower structure that dominates and, indeed, the first the skyline of the town is the Norman room in the exhibition is about the each part was small enough to keep castle keep. It is quite a small structure geology of the area, including some the children’s interests without getting perched high on the hill in the middle great samples of fossils and interesting boring and there was plenty to do to of what is now a nice town park, with a demonstrations showing how the keep all ages engaged. Almost every play area, bowling greens and pleasant landscape around room had hands on activities – brass east Lancashire was rubbing, seal stamping or dressing formed. up, plus touch-screen activities. Some The exhibition then thought had gone in to the layout too as continues to lead you parents could sit and listen to extracts from room to room, from the extensive local sound archives each one being a while the children were busy with the small exhibition in activities. itself. There is local Overall I thought it was very good. Natural History, the Not too big – there are only a couple history of the castle, of hours here at most – and not too a little bit about the expensive – children are free with a Steward’s House paying adult. There is a café selling you are in and a snacks and light meals, including a history of the town of children’s menu of beans-on-toast and Clitheroe, including that sort of thing or plenty of places the famous Pendle throughout the park for a picnic. ures feat l ina orig You can still see many Witches. I found By Hazel Bregazzi p Castle Kee

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focus on: ¡Hola! Salut! It’s Child’s Play!

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CF Language Club teacher Claire Demaine is showing it’s never too early to learn a language by introducing a whole host of local pre-school children to French and Spanish. Claire delivers the classes at local nurseries and play gyms. She explained the benefits of learning a second language at such a young age: “Nursery and primary age is an ideal time for children to start to learn another language, as this is when their language learning ability is at its peak. It gives them confidence, is a great life skill and also provides a fantastic opportunity to learn a new language in a fun way. “The main emphasis of my classes is on fun. Parents who watch the classes are impressed with how it works. You really are never too young to learn a new language – in fact Swedish nurseries teach up to three languages to pre-schoolers. The languages have been learnt through stimulation and play before the children

are able to read. It’s worth pointing out that Sweden has one of the highest literacy rates in the world,” Claire said. Classes are held at The Edge Play Gym and Café in Elland and the Play Palace in Halifax (see advert for times). Claire also runs classes at private day nurseries and pre-schools in the area. She explained: “I deliver these classes to large groups of children in their nursery setting. It works really well with big groups due to the repetition of words and because children are able to learn with their friends, which makes the learning fun! “It’s also a fantastic way for nurseries to offer parents the opportunity for their child to learn a language in the familiar surroundings of their nursery.”

Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes

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Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies, piernas, pies (Head, shoulders, legs, feet) Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies, piernas, pies Ojos, orejas, boca y nariz (Eyes, ears, mouth and nose) Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies, piernas, pies

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La tete, les bras, les mains, les pieds, les mains, les pieds (The head, the arms the hands, the feet) La tete, les bras, les mains, les pieds, les mains, les pieds (The head, the arms the hands, the feet) Les yeux, le nez, la bouche et les oreilles (the eyes, the nose, the mouth and the ears) La tete, les bras, les mains, les pieds, les mains, les pieds

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Hello

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Goodbye

Hasta la vista

Au revoir

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local news ToddlerCalmTM

Classes Coming to Calderdale

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oddlerCalmTM classes will be launched in Calderdale and Huddersfield in late April 2012

The unique concept is presented through classes and literature that aims to empower parents to raise their toddler with confidence. ToddlerCalmTM teacher Andrea Wallman, a mum of two from Shelf, said: “ToddlerCalmTM helps parents to understand their toddler’s frustrations, avoid tantrums and aid restful sleep; turning tantrumming toddlers and stressed parents into calmer toddlers and happier parents! “Developed by the founder of BabyCalmTM, the workshops continue the gentle parenting philosophy, support and understanding to parents of 1-3yr olds. If you are looking for controlled crying, time out, naughty steps/ chairs and reward charts pass us by. If you are looking for a deeper understanding and empathy for your toddler then ToddlerCalmTM is for you!” ToddlerCalmTM offer a range of low priced courses and workshops including:

The Toddler Tantrum Workshop

A three hour workshop that helps you to understand why toddlers tantrum and what you can do to help them stay calm and happy. This workshop can also be taken in advance of the toddler years, learn the skills of toddler calming whilst your little one is still a baby!

The Toddler Sleep Workshop

A three hour workshop to help you to make sense of your toddler’s sleep patterns and understand frequent night waking, night terrors and early morning waking. Build confidence in your night time parenting skills.

The ToddlerCalmTM Toddler Calming Course

A four week (eight hour) course suitable for all parents of one to three year olds. Teaching parents how to understand and calm their toddlers, deal with picky eating, and cope with frequent night wakings as well as raising a happy and confident child. Three hour workshops are £30 and the four week course is £65. Gift vouchers and private sessions are available. Contact Andrea on 07711 964658 or andrea@babycalm. co.uk to register your interest and find out about local courses.

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Halifax Nursery Providing Saturday Childcare

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iddy-Winks Private Day Nursery in Halifax now provides childcare on Saturdays, from 8am-6pm.

The nursery is in an ideal town centre location in North Parade, opposite the new Broad Street development and close to Halifax bus station. Nursery manager Joanne Barraclough explained: “Our Saturday childcare service is ideal for parents who work on Saturdays or do shift work. Saturday is now just like a normal, fun day at nursery. We often take the children out on trips on Saturdays too!” The nursery, which is also open 7.30am-6pm during the week, has a baby room which can provide care for up to 10 babies, an 18months-3 years-old room and a 3 years+ room. The nursery also runs a Before and After School Club and Holiday Club and provides school pick up/drop off for Rawson School, St Joseph’s, Lee Mount, Ling Bob and Christ Church.


feature Little Crumbs Cookery Parties Proving a Success

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“By the time it came to organising parties for my youngest daughter Emily, I was running out of ideas,” she laughed. As a qualified childcare practitioner working in a pre-school Trish knows just how much children love cooking and how much they love eating what they’ve cooked and so the idea for Little Crumbs Cookery Parties emerged. Trish explained: “Basically I bring all the equipment and ingredients to you in your own home. I help the children to cook a menu and they then eat what they’ve prepared for their party tea. Not only

that, once we’re done I clean up and take all the washing up away with me – no mess, no stress. The parents love it just as much as the kids!” Although Little Crumbs Cookery Parties set out to be aimed at the preschool age range, Trish has found that the demand for her cookery parties has very quickly diversified. “I am getting a lot of requests for ‘Pizza & Pyjama Parties’ for older children where they make pizzas for supper and sweet treats for a midnight feast. Though I do draw the line at staying overnight for the actual sleepover part of the party!” Trish laughed. She also has bookings lined up for ‘JLS’ and ‘Jedward’ themed cookery parties and can gear her parties to suit any theme your child likes. Trish also runs school

holiday play dates and workshops where parents can ‘club together’ for a session and she will arrange a few hours cookery activities to keep your kids amused and busy. Trish also offers help and advice to adult cooks. “There seems to be a spate of ‘Come Dine with Me’ type parties in the area at the moment and I have been called upon to help a couple plan their menu and give them a couple of cookery lessons before the event. Far from dreading the evening they’re now really looking forward to it,” she said. But if time or baby sitters aren’t on your side and you have a special event coming up, Trish is more than happy to come into your home and do the cooking for you. “Whether it’s an intimate dinner for two or a dinner party for six or more people, I can help. You provide the good company and the good wine and I’ll provide the good food.”

Photo courtesy www.pauldenemarlor.co.uk

usy working mum Trish Wood thinks that over the years she has held almost every kind of birthday party imaginable for her four daughters.

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what’s on Gearing Up for Third Halifax Festival

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he annual Halifax Festival returns this summer and will be celebrated in various venues across the town.

The event has successfully established itself as a focal point in the local arts calendar and brings together the different areas and communities within the town for a vibrant cultural celebration embracing all art forms. The festival supports local artists, provides a platform for youth showcases and brings high profile professional artists into Halifax to create an inspirational annual event for all involved. People from Huddersfield, Manchester, Wakefield and as far as North Yorkshire attended last year with visitor figures up to 10,000! Now in its third year, the Halifax Festival’s main aims are to create a vibrant, engaging and sustainable cultural festival for Halifax. In doing so it strives to develop new audiences, offering them the opportunity for them to be inspired by the arts in their local area, and provide a platform for the celebration of artistic excellence.

This year there are 10 fabulous fun packed days of Art, Music, Dance, Literature, Theatre and Family Events from July 6th-15th. Locations include the Square Chapel, Piece Hall, Halifax Minster, Manor Heath Park, Eureka!, Dean Clough Galleries….all easily accessible for families and children! The events being held this year include The Railway Children outdoor theatre production at Eureka!, The Jorvik Viking Centre comes to the Piece Hall, The Ian Macmillan Orchestra perform, Children’s Literature Day, showcases from local groups and schools, the list goes on! There will also be specific performances for schools organised in collaboration with Square Chapel’s Open Door programme. If you would like to get involved in any way or you have a venue where events could take place (host some art, music or literature etc) or you, your business, school or nursery, would like to attend any of the events, please visit www. halifaxfestival.co.uk or contact lucy@halifaxfestival.co.uk for more information.

And some more stats for you: • In 2011 the festival attracted total audiences of around 10,000. • Direct spending by audiences totalled over £60,000 (ie. ticket sales and spending in venues) • Festival-related visitor spending in the town centre (including spending in shops, bars and restaurants) totaled almost £400,000

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what’s on

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pring is in the air and there’s a whole host of fun-filled family events being held across Calderdale and beyond in April and May.

So take some time out, put your feet up and enjoy a cuppa while you decide on your pick of events from our ever popular What’s On Guide.

Monday April 2

Easter Eggstravaganza for children aged 2-4. Easter themed session with activities including stories and crafts, 10.30-11.30am, Brighouse Library. Tickets, £2, must be purchased in advance from the library or by calling Shelley Bullas on 01422 392638. The Chris and Pui Roadshow 2012 comes to St George’s Hall, Bradford. CBeebies’s favourite double act will delight their audience with songs, sketches and lots of joining in! Tickets £10-£12.

Tuesday April 3

Sparks! Easter Holiday Fun at Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery is held on 1-2pm and 2-3pm. £2 per child. Create your own Easter baskets from recycled materials. Booking essential 01422 352334. The Wizard of Oz, Victoria Theatre, Halifax, performances at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets £18, under 16s £16, family tickets and discounts available. Bookstart Busy Babies, baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. King Cross Library, 10.3011.10am. £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information contact Ben on 01422 392620.

Wednesday April 4

Sparks! Easter Holiday Fun at Bankfield Museum, 11am-12noon and 1-2pm. £2 per child. Have a go at an Easter themed print. Booking essential 01422 352334.

Easter Eggstravaganza for children aged 2-4. Easter themed session with activities including stories and crafts, 10.30-11.30am, King Cross, Halifax. Tickets, £2, must be purchased in advance from the library or by calling Shelley Bullas on 01422 392638. Easter Fun at Shaw Park, Holywell Green, HX4 9AB. 10am and 1pm. Meet at the marquee for Easter crafts drop-in event. £2.50 per child. The Wizard of Oz, Victoria Theatre, Halifax, performances at 1pm and 4.30pm. Tickets £18, under 16s £16, family tickets and discounts available. Bookstart Busy Babies, baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. Brighouse Library, 10.3011.10am. £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information contact Ben on 01422 392620.

Thursday April 5

Sparks! Easter Holiday Fun at Shibden Hall, 1-2pm and 2-3pm. £2.50 per child. Help Flopsy to find the missing Easter eggs and create your own Easter bunny basket! Booking essential 01422 352246. Bookstart Busy Babies, baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. Central Library, Halifax, 1010.40am and 11-11.40am. £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information contact Ben on 01422 392620.

Monday April 9

Easter Duck Race, Hebden Bridge town centre. Stalls and entertainment from 10am, race at 3.15pm.

Wednesday April 11

Sparks! Easter Holiday Fun at Bankfield Museum, 11am-12noon and 1-2pm. £2 per child. Have a go at an Easter themed print. Booking essential 01422 352334.

Thursday April 12

Sparks! Easter Holiday Fun at Smith Art Gallery, 2-3pm and 3-4pm. £2 per

child. Create your own Easter finger puppet. Booking essential 01422 352334. Bookstart Busy Babies, baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. Central Library, Halifax, 1010.40am and 11-11.40am. £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information contact Ben on 01422 392620.

Thursday April 19

Bookstart Busy Babies, baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. Central Library, Halifax, 1010.40am and 11-11.40am. £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information contact Ben on 01422 392620.

Saturday April 21

St George’s Day celebrations at the Piece Hall. Try caving, climbing, dance mats, abseiling, cycling, crafts, keep fit and many more activities. 10am-4pm. Free family event.

Thursday April 26

Bookstart Busy Babies, baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. Central Library, Halifax, 1010.40am and 11-11.40am. £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further information contact Ben on 01422 392620.

Saturday April 28

Brighouse Food and Craft Market, 9am-3pm. Brighouse town centre.

Thursday May 3

Back by popular demand Science Museum Live! makes a welcome return to St George’s Hall in Bradford. Suitable for children aged 7 and above. Tickets £14.50.

Wednesday May 9

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, a magical collection of Julia Donaldson’s most popular titles brought to the stage. An absolute treat for ages 3+ and their families. Tickets £10.

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local news Children Learn While Having Fun!

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o Jingles are fun, interactive music and movement classes for babies and children from 3 months to 5 years that run in approximately 800 locations nationally.

Classes have been running across the country for over 15 years and weekly sessions introduce children to music through the use of nursery rhymes and action songs, musical instruments and movement. Classes are split into different age groups, within which age appropriate props are used to make things exciting such as wings, streamers, bubbles, a parachute, soft toys and puppets. Kerry Higginbottom, Jo Jingles co-ordinator in the Halifax area, said: “Classes provide the perfect opportunity to not only have fun with your child but also to allow your child to interact with other babies and children of a similar age. In addition, sessions promote your child’s communication, physical and social skills. They will help him or her gain confidence and develop their intellectual and emotional intelligence!” Classes run in a variety of locations around the area, for class times and venues see the Diary Pages on pages 15-19. For more information call Kerry on 01422 820425, email kerryjojingles@yahoo.co.uk visit www.jojingles.com/halifax

Sing Along with Jo Jingles! Fun Music, Singing & Movement Classes for children aged 3 months to 5 years

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Children’s Parties & Nursery Sessions also available!

For details on classes in: Halifax, Brighouse, Ripponden, Huddersfield & Honley Call Kerry on 01422 820425

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Arty Birthday Parties and Creative Play

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nspiring imaginations is at the heart of The Creation Station’s children’s creative classes and arty birthday parties.

The innovative and award winning programme gives pre-school children hands on art and craft exploration sessions, allowing them to safely experiment with a wide range of Neela. Photo © Bursteardrum materials, tools and ideas. Parties and weekly term-time classes are run at a variety of local venues by Neela Jackson. Neela was a college lecturer in art and design until the birth of her daughter when she decided she wanted a career change. There are various party packages available to suit all budgets and they can be tailored to suit a theme. Neela provides invitations, party bags and two art/craft activities in the first hour of the party, parents can opt for a third activity too. Neela said: “I aim to encourage the children’s own ideas, so that every item that is created and produced is individual. We also have optional, fun games where time/space allows. The children return home proudly with a party bag with their unique and treasured keepsakes of a really special celebration.” Neela also holds The Creation Station sessions in the function room at The Malthouse in Ripponden at 1.15pm on Tuesdays. Please contact Neela to enquire or reserve your place. For more information on The Creation Station sessions and parties call Neela on 0844 854 9092, email neela@thecreationstation.co.uk or visit www. thecreationstation.co.uk


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Humpty Dumpty PreSchool New Hope Church, Warley Road, Halifax 07952 995710

Holy Trinity Primary School Playgroup Holy Trinity Primary School, Savile Park Road, Halifax 01422 367161

Hopscotch Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge Vera - 01422 316227

Warley St Johns Under 5’s Playgroup Warley St Johns Church, Windleroyd Lane, off Burnley Rd, Warley 01422 885623/320592

Monday

9:30 - 12:00 12:30 - 3:00 +lunch club

9:00 -11:30 12:30 – 3:00

9:00 - 1:00

Tuesday

9:30 - 12:00 12:30 - 3:00 +lunch club

9:00 -11:30 12:30 – 3:00

9:00 - 1:00

Wednesday

9:30 - 12:00 12:30 - 3:00 +lunch club

9:00 -11:30 12:30 – 3:00

Thursday

9:30 - 12:00 12:30 - 3:00 +lunch club

9:00 -11:30 12:30 – 3:00

9:00 - 1:00

Friday

9:30 - 12:00 12:30 - 3:00 +lunch club

9:00 -11:30 12:30 – 3:00

9:00 - 1:00

9.00 - 11.15

9:00 - 1:00

Big Blue Frog Stead Street, Halifax 01422 363878

Play Palace Jubilee Mill, 3a West Parade Halifax 01422 353700

The Play Gym The Workshops, Upper Bonegate, Brighouse 01484 711102

Active Bodies Playgym Unit 4, Chapel Street Huddersfield 07834 047135

The Edge Play Gym Water’s Edge Childrens Nursery Park Road, Elland 01422 377222

Soft Play Areas The Funhouse, Dispensary Walk, Halifax 01422 383131

Whether you’re looking for a dance class, karate, toddler group or play gym opening times you’ll find the local information you need right here. We aim to make this list as accurate and complete as possible. But if you spot anything that is missed out or any errors please let us know so we can update our records for our next edition. Thanks! It is free to add a listing to this section – just get in touch via the contact details on page 3 – if there are any children’s activities, opening times etc that you would like to add.

Playgroups

Monday

9:30 - 3:30

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:30 - 6:00

Tuesday

9:30 - 3:30

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:30 - 6:00

Wednesday

9:30 - 3:30

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:30 - 6:00

Thursday

9:30 - 3:30

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 4:00

Closed

9:30 - 6:00

Friday

9:30 - 3:30

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:30 - 6:00

Saturday

10:00 - 2:00

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 7:00

9:30 - 12:00

10:00 - 1:00

10:00 - 4:00

Sunday

Parties Only

9:00 - 7:00

9:00 - 7:00

Parties Only

10:00 - 1:00

10:00 - 4:00

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Jo Jingles 9:45, 10:45 & 11:45 Victoria Hall, 212 Halifax Road Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge Kerry - 01422 820425

Parents & Toddler 9.00 - 11.30, 1.00 - 3.30 The Play Gym, The Workshop, Upper Bonegate, Brighouse 01484 711102

Trinity Tots 9:15 - 11:15 Holy Trinity J& I School, Swires Road, Halifax 01422 367161

Toddler Talk 2:00 - 4:00 New Road Ch Sowerby New Sowerby New Bridge 01422 31708

Action Kids Academy 10:00 - 10:45 The Playgym, Brighouse Heather - 07717 576160 Ages 18 mths - 4 yrs

Socatots 10:30 - 11:30 Play Palace, Jubilee Mill, 3a, West Parade, Halifax 07919151339 Ages walking to 2½

babyballet please phone for times babyballet Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063

Music and Action 9:15 - 11:15 St Paul’s Methodist Church Sowerby Bridge 01422 835614

Humpty Dumpty Toddler Ripponden Parent & Toddler Group Group 9:30 - 11:30 9:15 - 11:15 New Hope Church, Warley Road, The Community Centre, 5 Old Halifax Bank, Ripponden 01422 822777 07952 995710

All Saints Ch Toddler Grou 9:30 - 11:30a 2.30pm All Saints Ch Road, Skirco Wilma - 0142

Humpty Dumpty Toddler St Paul’s Methodist Toddler Group Group 9:30 - 11:30 9:15 - 11:15 New Hope Church, Warley Road, St Paul’s Methodist Church, Halifax Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831109 07952 995710

Barkisland Parent & Toddler 9:30 - 11:30 Barkisland Cricket Club, Woodfield, Barkisland Eileen - 07718 606867

Copley Parent & Toddler Group 9:30 - 11:15 Old Rishworthians Rugby Club, Copley Lane, Copley 01422 376815

Savile Park Toddlers 9:30 - 11:30 Savile Park Primary School, Moorfield Street, Halifax Call in when school is open

Warley St Jo Toddler grou 10:00 -11:30 Warley St Joh Windleroyd L Rd, Warley 01422 88562

Jo Jingles 9:45, 10:45 & 11:45 Big Blue Frog, Stead Street, Halifax Kerry - 01422 820425

Tatty Bumpkins 10.00 - 11.00 Play Palace, Jubilee Mill, 3a West Parade, Halifax Clare - 07790761702

Action Kids Academy 10:15 - 11:00 Kidzville, Greetland 10.15am - 11.00am Heather - 07717 576160 Ages 18 mths - 4 yrs

babyballet please phone for times babyballet Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063

St. Jude’s Tiddlers 9.00 – 11.00 St. Jude’s Church Hall, Free School Lane, Halifax Mary 01422 343476

Parents & Toddler 9.00 - 11.30, 1.00 - 3.30 The Play Gym, The Workshop, Upper Bonegate, Brighouse 01484 711102

Baby Cafe Breastfeeding Support 9:00 - 11:30 babyballet Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 01422 224417

Breastfeeding Peer Support Group 9:30 - 11:30 Elland Children’s Centre, Boxhall Road, Elland 01422 373133

Savile Park Toddlers 9:30 - 11:30 Savile Park Primary School, Moorfield Street, Halifax Call in when school is open

Tiny Tweeter 10:45 - 11:30 Wellholme Ch Bradford Roa 01484 71476

Socatots 9:30 - 10:30 & 10.30 - 11.30 Play Palace, Jubilee Mill, 3a, West Parade, Halifax 07919151339

babyballet Jo Jingles Tatty Bumpkins please phone for times 9:40, 10:40 & 11:40 10:30 - 11:30 babyballet Academy, 25 Square Waring Green community centre, Big Blue Frog, Stead St, Halifax Road, Halifax Garden Road, Brighouse Clare - 07790 761702 08701 430063 Kerry - 01422 820425

Just4kids play session 9:30 - 11:00 St Pauls Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, Lucy 01422 340440

CJ’s 9:30 - 12:30 The Elim centre, Ryburn street, Sowerby Bridge 01422 836441 Term Time Only

Stones Baby and Toddler group 9.30 - 11.00 Stones Methodist Church Rochdale Road, Ripponden Lindsey - 01422 834335

Warley St Johns Parent and Toddler group 10:00 -11:30 Warley St Johns Church, Windleroyd Lane, off Burnley Rd, Warley 01422 885623 / 320592

Baby Clinic 11:00 - 1:00 Station Road Bridge 08444 77891

Action Kids Academy 10:15 - 11:00, 11:15 - 12.00 Kidzville, Greetland Heather - 07717 576160 Ages 18 mths - 4 yrs

Baby Massage 1:00 - 3:00 Wellholme Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse 01484 714768

babyballet please phone for times babyballet Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063

Breastfeeding Peer Support Group 12:30 - 2:00 Information Shop for Young People, Connexions, Alexander Street, Halifax

Fun Swim 1:00 - 2:00 Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929

Field Lane Children’s Centre, Burnsall Rd, Rastrick, HD6 3JT 01484 384154

babyballet please phone for times babyballet Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063

babyballet please phone for times babyballet Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063

Aqua Tots 10:00 - 10:45 Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929

SUNDAY

FRIDAY

TUESDAY

MONDAY

Holidays)

WEDNESDAY

Socatots 9:30 - 10:30 Play Palace, Jubilee Mill, 3a, West Parade, Halifax 07919151339 Ages 2½ to school

Breastfeeding Peer Support Group 10:00 - 11:30 (closed on bank

THURSDAY

Warley St Johns Parent and Toddler group 10:00 - 11:30 Warley St Johns Church, Windleroyd Lane, off Burnley Rd, Warley 01422 885623/320592

Young Parents Group 1:00 - 3:00 Wellholme Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse 01484 714768

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Humpty Dumpty Toddler Childminders Group Group 9:30- 11:30 9:15 - 11:15 Wellholme Children’s Centre, New Hope Church, Warley Road, Bradford Road, Brighouse Halifax 01484 714768 07952 995710


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Play Services 3:30 - 5:30 New Road Childrens Centre, Sowerby New Rd School, Sowerby New Rd, Sowerby Bridge 01422 835614

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Cottonstones Mother & Toddler Group 9:30 - 11:30 St Mary’s Church. Cottonstones, hurch Hall, Godfrey Millbank, Sowerby Bridge oat Green 01422 823403 22 320097

Greetland Parent & Toddler Group 9:30 - 11:30 Greetland Community Centre, Rochdale Road, Greetland 01422 311688

Baby Club 1:00 - 3:00 Wellholme Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse 01484 714768

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Breastfeeding Peer Support Group 10:00 - 11:30 Illingworth Children’s Centre, (Whitehill School), Off Occupation Lane 01422 243633

Little Ballerina Classes 10.30 - 11.30 The Play Gym, The Workshop, Upper Bonegate, Brighouse 01484 711102

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Chatterbox Mums & Toddlers 10:00 - 11:30 St Peter’s Community Centre, St. Peter’s Avenue, Sowerby, Sowerby Bridge 01422 832747

Family Stay & Play 1:30 - 3:30 St Peter’s Community Centre, St. Peter’s Avenue, Sowerby, Sowerby Bridge 01422 835614

Well Baby Clinic 1:30 - 3:30 Singing and Storytime New Road Childrens Centre, 1:15 - 2:15 Sowerby New Rd School, Whinney Hill Community Centre, Sowerby New Rd, Sowerby 01484 714768 Bridge 01422 835614

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Breastfeeding beyond Speech and Language Drop In babyhood 11:00 - 12:00 (2nd Thu Only) 1:00 - 3.00 (every other week) Wellholme Children’s Centre, Funhouse, Dispensary Walk, Bradford Road, Brighouse Halifax 01484 714768 Charlotte 01422 250259

Young Parents Group 1:00 - 3.00 New Road Childrens Centre, Sowerby New Rd School, Sowerby New Rd, Sowerby Bridge 01422 835614

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Baby Group 1:00 - 3.00 New Road Childrens Centre, Sowerby New Rd School, Sowerby New Rd, Sowerby Bridge 01422 835614

Ducklings Swimming Lessons 4:15 - 6:15 (several sessions) Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929

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Breastfeeding Peer Support Group 1:00 - 2:30 Wellholme Children’s Centre, Bradford Road, Brighouse 01484 714768

Breastfeeding Peer Support Drop in 1:00 - 3:00pm Booth Town Children’s Centre

Fiona’s Drop In 3:30 - 5:00 Tiddle Toddle New Road Childrens Centre, 1:30 - 3:00 Sowerby New Rd School, Whinney Hill Community Centre, Sowerby New Rd, Sowerby 01484 714768 Bridge 01422 835614

NOTE:

All activities listed on these PreSchool pages will require an adult to remain with the child at all times. Some activities have limited places, some only run in term time and some may be cancelled at short notice. We always advise phoning ahead before setting out

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THURSDAY

WEDNESDAY

TUESDAY

MONDAY

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Saxon Karate club 3.45 - 4.45 Tuel Lane Infant School, Sensei Leigh Smith 07836 778821 age 4 +

Creative Dance 4.15 onwards Dance 4 All, The Old School, Carlton Terrace, Halifax 01422.884634 age 5 - 10 yrs

1st Sowerby Bridge Rainbows Swimming Lessons 5:00 - 6:00 4:00 - 6:00 Christ Church Junior School, Park Sowerby Bridge Pool Road, Sowerby Bridge Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831389 01422 831929 5 - 7 yrs

Gymnastics Club 6:00 - 8:00 Greetland Community Centre, Rochdale Road, Greetland Tim 01422 311989 5 yrs +

5th Elland (Greetland) Beavers 6:15 - 7:15 St Thomas’ Church Hall, Greetland Howard - 01422 376032 6 - 8 yrs

Rishworth Brownies 6:30 - 7:30 (term time only) St. John’s C of E Junior & Infant School, Rishworth, Sowerby Bridge 01422 824533 7 - 10 yrs

Rainbows 6.00 - 7.00 St Mary’s Church, cottonstones Rev Martine Crabtree 01422 832830 5 - 7 yrs

1st Sowerby Bridge Brownies 6:15 - 7:15 Christ Church Junior School, Park Road, Sowerby Bridge 01422 882557 7 - 10 yrs

Halifax Sport Karate - Fighting Class 6.30 - 8.00 17a Mill House Works, Mill House Lane, Halifax Matt Handley 07858 115031 5 yrs +

3rd Sowerby Rainbows 5.30 - 6:30 St Peters Church, Sowerby Rev Martine Crabtree 01422 832830 5 - 7 yrs

Gymnastics Club 6:00 - 8:00 Greetland Community Centre, Rochdale Road, Greetland Tim 01422 311989 5 yrs +

Adventure Club 4.00 - 5.30 & 5.30 - 7.00 CI Adventures, The Boiler House, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax 01422 410 727

Street Dance 4.30 onwards Dance 4 All, The Old School, Carlton Terrace, Halifax 01422.884634 age 7+ yrs

Swimming Lessons 4:00 - 7:00 (Several Sessions) Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929 5 yrs +

Saxon Karate club Under 13s and under 15s 5.00 - 6.00 Cricket Ripponden Junior & Infant School, 6:00 - 7:00 Sensei Leigh Smith Stones Cricket Club, Ripponden 07836 778821 01422 824359 age 4 +

Dance Arena Ballet & Stage School 3:45 - 9:00 (various classes) Stainland Community Centre, Stainland Road, Stainland 01422 357678 5 yrs +

Street Surfing Club 4.00 - 5.30 & 5.30 - 7.00 CI Adventures, The Boiler House, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax 01422 410 727

Swimming Lessons 4:00 - 6:00 (Several Sessions) Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929 5 yrs +

Combination Class 5.30 onwards Dance 4 All, The Old School, Carlton Terrace, Halifax 01422.884634 age 7+ yrs

Archery Club 4.00 - 5.30 & 5.30 - 7.00 CI Adventures, The Boiler House, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax 01422 410 727

Saxon Karate club 5.45 - 6.45 Action Kids Highgate Methodist Church, 5:30 - 6:15 Kidzville, Church street, Greetland Pellon Sensei Leigh Smith Heather 07717 576160 07836 778821 4 - 7 yrs age 5 +

Cheerleading 5.30 onwards Dance 4 All, The Old School, Carlton Terrace, Halifax 01422.884634 age 7+ yrs

Barrel of Monkeys Drama School 5.30-6.30 Sophie Walker 01422 881497

Swimming Lessons 4:00 - 6:30 (Several Sessions) Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929 5 yrs +

Lightcliffe Beavers 6:15 - 7:15 Brian - 01484 520122 Age 6 - 8 yrs

Junboku Karate 6.00 - 7.30 Sowerby Village Primary School Sensei Nick Broadbent 07519 075 775 All ages

Sowerby Bridge Sport Karate 6.30 - 7.30, 7.30 - 9.00 Sowerby Village Primary School, St Peter’s Avenue, Sowerby Matthew Handley - 07858 115031 Juniors, Seniors

Saxon Karate club 6.00 - 7.00 Hollywell Green Junior & Infant School, Sensei Leigh Smith 07836 778821 age 5 +

Halifax Sport Karate Beginners Class 6.30 - 7.30 17a Mill House Works, Mill House Lane, Halifax Matt Handley 07858 115031 3 yrs +

Sowerby Bridge Youth Club 7:00 - 9:30 Sowerby Bridge Youth & Community Centre, Foundry St, Sowerby Bridge 01422 839526

Junboku Karate 6.30 - 8.00 St Andrews Moores Hall, Halifax Sensei Nick Broadbent 07519 075 775 All ages

Ripponden Guides 7:00 - 8:30 Ripponden Community Centre 01422 370542 10 - 15 yrs

Brian - 01484 520122 Age 10½ +

7th Sowerby Bridge Brownies 6:00 - 7:30 St. Pauls Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge Becky - 01422 832195 7 - 10 yrs

Sowerby Bridge Sport Karate 6.30 - 7.30 Sowerby Village Primary School, St Peter’s Avenue, Sowerby Matthew Handley - 07858 115031 Juniors

Saxon Karate club 6.00 - 7.00 St Margarets Primary, Mill Bank Sensei Laraine Smith 07836 778821 age 5 +

5th Sowerby Bridge Rainbows 6:00 - 7:00 St. Pauls Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge Carol - 01422 832195 5 - 7 yrs

Boys Brigade 6:30 - 8:00 Christ Church, Wharf St, Sowerby Bridge 01422 833794

Saxon Karate club 6.00 - 7.15 Christ Church Junior School Sensei Leigh Smith 07836 778821 age 5 +

Sowerby Bridge Sport Karate 6.15 - 7.45 Sowerby Village Primary School, St Peter’s Avenue, Sowerby Matthew Handley - 07858 115031 Mixed levels

Stones Cricket Club Under 8s & Under 11s 6:30 - 8:00 Stones Cricket Club, Swiftcross, Ripponden Old Land, Ripponden David - 01422 824359

Halifax Sport Karate - Fighting Class 6.30 - 8.00 17a Mill House Works, Mill House Lane, Halifax Matt Handley 07858 115031 5 yrs +

Ballet 5.00 onwards Dance 4 All, The Old School, Carlton Terrace, Halifax 01422.884634 age 5+ yrs

Gymnastics Club 6:00 - 8:00 Greetland Community Centre, Rochdale Road, Greetland Tim 01422 311989 5 yrs +

The Imperial Crusaders Drum & Ripponden Rainbows Trumpet Corps 6:30 - 7:30 6:15 - 8:30 Ripponden Community Centre St. Pauls Methodist Church, Ripponden Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge Linda - 01422 824168 01422 833060 5 - 7 yrs 8 yrs +

Swimming Lessons 8:00 - 11:00 (Several Sessions) Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929 5 yrs +

Gymnastics Club 9:30 - 11:00, 11:00 - 12:30 Brooksbank School, Victoria Road, Elland Tim 01422 311989 5 yrs +

Fun Swim 1:00 - 2:00 Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929

Kid’s Club 5:00 - 6:00 St Peter’s church, sowerby Rev Martine Crabtree 01422 832830

Creative Dance 9.15 onwards Dance 4 All, The Old School, Carlton Terrace, Halifax 01422.884634 age 5 - 10 yrs

Boiler House Club 10.00 - 12.00 CI Adventures, The Boiler House, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax 01422 410 727

Dance Arena Ballet & Stage School 1:45 - 6:30 (various classes) Stainland Community Centre, Stainland Road, Stainland 01422 357678 5 yrs +

Freestyle Dancers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 7 - 9 yrs

Tap Dance 9.15 onwards Dance 4 All, The Old School, Carlton Terrace, Halifax 01422.884634 age 5 - 10 yrs

Halifax Sport Karate - Junior Class 12.00 - 1.00 Studio 1, Halifax Swimming Pool, Skircoat Road, Halifax Matthew Handley - 07966 939066 5 yrs +

Swimming Lessons 2:00 - 4:00 Sowerby Bridge Pool Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge 01422 831929

Mini Groovers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 4 - 6 yrs

Lightcliffe Scouts 7:15 - 9:00

Junboku Karate 6.30 - 8.00 St Annes in the Grove Church, Southowram, Halifax Sensei Nick Broadbent 07519 075 775 All ages


Brownies 7.00 - 8.00 St Mary’s Church, cottonstones Rev Martine Crabtree 01422 832830 7 - 10 yrs

First Sowerby Bridge Guides 7:30 - 9:00 Christ Church Junior School, Park Road, Sowerby Bridge 10 - 15 yrs 04122 831389

Sowerby Bridge Youth Club 7:00 - 9:30 Sowerby Bridge Youth & Community Centre, Foundry St, Sowerby Bridge 01422 839526

Mini Groovers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 4 - 6 yrs

3rd Sowerby Brownies 6.30 - 7:45 St Peters Church, Sowerby Rev Martine Crabtree 01422 832830 7 - 10 yrs

1st Ripponden, St Bartholomews Brownies 6:30 - 8:00 Ripponden Community Centre Ripponden Tracey - 01422 824359 7 - 10 yrs

Saxon Karate club 7.15 - 8.45 Warley Road Junior & Infant School, Sensei Leigh Smith 07836 778821

Halifax Sport Karate - Junior Class 6.30 - 7.30 17a Mill House Works, Mill House Lane, Halifax Matt Handley 07858 115031 5 yrs +

Junboku Karate Shotokan Karate Club 7:30 - 9:30 6.45 - 8.15 Bolton Brow Working Mens Club, Sowerby Bridge Youth & Sowerby Bridge Community Centre, Foundry St, Sowerby Bridge Sensei Alan Clarke Peter - 07880 530514 07519 075 775 All ages 7 yrs +

5th Elland (Greetland) Cubs 6:45 - 8:15 St Thomas’ Church Hall, Greetland Rose - 01422 371661 8 - 10 yrs Lightcliffe Cubs 6:45 - 8:15 Brian - 01484 520122 Age 7+ yrs

Freestyle Dancers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 7 - 9 yrs

3rd Sowerby Guides 7:45 - 9:00 St Peters Church, Sowerby Rev Martine Crabtree 01422 832830 10 yrs +

Freestyle Dancers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 7 - 9 yrs

Mini Groovers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 4 - 6 yrs

Mini Groovers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 4 - 6 yrs Freestyle Dancers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 7 - 9 yrs Halifax Sport Karate - Junior Class 6.30 - 7.30 17a Mill House Works, Mill House Lane, Halifax Matt Handley 07858 115031 5 yrs +

Sowerby Bridge Sport Karate 7.30 - 9.00 Sowerby Village Primary School, St Peter’s Avenue, Sowerby Matthew Handley - 07858 115031 Seniors

Mini Groovers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 4 - 6 yrs

Freestyle Dancers Junboku Karate Phone for times 6.30 - 8.00 Beech Hill School, Pellon, Halifax babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax Sensei Nick Broadbent 08701 430063 07519 075 775 All ages 7 - 9 yrs Junior Discos Phone for times (last Fri only) babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 6 - 10 yrs

Shotokan Karate Club 7:30 - 9:30 Sowerby Bridge Youth & Community Centre, Foundry St, Sowerby Bridge Peter - 07880 530514 7 yrs +

Freestyle Dancers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 7 - 9 yrs

SUNDAY

Juniors Karate 7:00 - 8:00 Sowerby Bridge Youth and Community Centre Foundry Street, Sowerby Bridge 01422 839526 5 yrs +

Mini Groovers Phone for times babyballet Dance Academy, 25 Square Road, Halifax 08701 430063 4 - 6 yrs

These pages are for the Out-Of-School clubs for children aged uinder 10. This is a huge subject and almost impossible to research thoroughly. That is why we need to rely on you. If your child attends any after school clubs that are open to all, even if they are currently full and have a waiting list to join, please let us know about them we so can fill our diary. All listings are FREE. Just contact us with the details by email (mel@thescallymag.co.uk) or by phone (07527 847423). We’d love to hear from you!

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Celebrate in Style at Bertie’s

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rom Christenings to birthdays, weddings to sportsman’s dinners the exquisite Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms in Elland has 30 years of experience in organising perfect events.

The combination of superb service, exemplary food and unique atmosphere make this venue, in Brook Street, one of the leading catering companies in the North of England. Bertie’s Event Co-ordinator Nicola McLoughlin said: “We have a great reputation and an enormous amount of experience in planning events and delivering a great service.”

Fabulous Weddings

Everyone loves a wedding and Bertie’s are no exception. With a fantastic reputation the team at Bertie’s has vast experience in planning, wedding management and delivering a great service. All rooms at Berties are licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships.

Private Parties

Anniversary? Birthday? Christening? All parties at Bertie’s are unique - from small intimate gatherings to large formal events.

Outside Catering

Specialising in a personal service Bertie’s outside caterers work for private clients and companies. The team at Bertie’s can arrange anything you require from a glamorous marquee with ornate furniture to set your scene, creative flower arrangements and live musicians to add atmosphere, to portable kitchens, toilet facilities and generators.

Conferences

Whoever said you can’t mix business with pleasure obviously hasn’t used Bertie’s for conferences, seminars or sales meetings! Good food in great surroundings can be vital, feeds creativity and motivates everyone.

Takeaway Buffets

Bertie’s can provide your chosen cold buffet, display it on china platters and then transport it to your premises. The team will then set out your buffet ready for you and your guests to enjoy, returning at a time to suit you to clear away.

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Go green and help injured fire fighters!

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hinking of chucking out your old clothes or shoes? Want to help raise money for injured fire fighters? Well now you can! West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to recycle their unwanted clothing to help raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Teaming up with recycling partner, Beaumonts Recycling, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is placing The Fire Fighter Charity’s bright yellow recycling clothing banks across a number of its county Fire Stations. Local fire crews are now urging residents to support the scheme by recycling their unwanted clothing, linen, handbags and shoes to help protect the environment and raise money for a good cause at the same time. The Fire Fighters Charity’s national recycling scheme is a fantastic way for members of the public to support their local fire and rescue community. Wearable items are sold to under-developed countries to help provide a much needed resource. Un-wearable items are recycled into other day-to-day products such as car insulation and wiping cloths for industry. This is a fantastic way to not only help under-developed countries, but to also raise much needed funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. Chief Executive John Parry of The Fire Fighters Charity explained: “The income generated by the textile recycling scheme is at no cost to The Fire Fighters Charity, as the costs are borne by the recycling companies that the Charity is partnered with. Such

costs include the manufacture of the textile banks, the production of recycling bags, the collection, sorting and distribution of the clothes, and additional marketing materials to promote the recycling across the UK to fire and rescue services and the general public.” West Yorkshire FRS is very keen to work with schools on this initiative by placing a clothing bank on primary school premises, helping to raise money for both the school and the Charity. Please contact Beaumonts Recycling on 01924 461401 to take part in the scheme. Station Commander Dom Furby of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We hope that by locating the banks outside our Fire Stations and Community Primary schools, it will encourage residents when they are having a bit of a clear out to think about supporting their local fire fighters and their own school by recycling their unwanted clothes as well, of course, as doing their bit for the environment. “It’s also a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the free Home Fire Safety Visit service we offer, so we can continue to help make our local communities safer.

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local news Celebration Cakes and Cupcakes with a Difference!

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ooking for a birthday cake with a difference? Why not take a look at the fantastic creations from Lightcliffe based, The Little Bun Company?

Owner Dawn Haigh said: “We are a small business that enjoys being creative. These days everyone wants cupcakes, from mini to giant size - all delicious and beautifully hand decorated. ‘Rihanna’ cake pop “Always wanting to try out something new, we are also now making cake pops - yummy moist cake encased in gorgeous tasty chocolate on a lolly pop stick! “They are totally scrumptious and the design possibilities are endless. Once you try one - you will be hooked they are so moorish.”

Prices for cupcakes and cakepops for every occassion from The Little Bun Company start from as little as £1.50. For further information call Dawn on 07739 732904 or visit the Facebook page The Little Bun Company.

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Hands Up For Cheerleading!

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ith classes for boys and girls aged 3-18 Cheervision Yorkshire ensures cheerleading is a dynamic team sport for local children of all ages.

Cheervision Yorkshire works alongside the National Curriculum to help improve motor skills and sporting ability, as well as building confidence and self-esteem. Siara Illing-Ahmed, of Cheervision Yorkshire, said: “We are a multi award winning cheer squad and our success is down to our encouraging a positive, nurturing attitude towards training. All our coaches are fully CRB checked, trained and qualified by Future Cheer and the British Cheerleading Association. Our cheerleaders compete at national competitions each year and we also perform around Yorkshire at galas and festivals. “We also have an annual in-house presentation and awards ceremony in December where our coaches get to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and achievements from cheerleaders with certificates, medals, trophies and other prizes.” Cheervision Yorkshire meets at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, on Friday evenings. For further information: siara@cheervisionyorkshire.co.uk www.cheervisionyorkshire.co.uk.


recipes How to Get Your Child to Eat Fish!

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By Trish Wood, of Little Crumbs Cookery

etting fish into your growing child’s diet is essential but can be very tricky. Fish is full of the

essential proteins, vitamins and minerals which are vital for developing strong bones and teeth as well as Omega-3 from oily fish which is beneficial for brain development. The Food Standards Agency recommends that everyone (not just children) should be eating 2 portions of fish a week and one of those portions should be an oily fish like mackerel, sardines, pilchards or fresh tuna. However anyone with young children knows that fish, especially strong tasting and smelling oily fish can be a big turn off for them and getting in 2 portions of fish a month, never mind a week, can be a huge challenge. So…what’s the secret to getting

fish into those little tummies? The best and most effective way is to introduce fish into their diets when you begin the weaning process. Flaked, boneless white fish or salmon mashed with potato and broccoli or a cheese & tomato sauce was always a big hit with my girls when they were babies and it freezes like a dream. For oily fish, puree a can of tinned sardines with low salt and sugar ketchup and spread it thinly on toast as a finger food – babies and toddlers love it! But if your child is older and you’ve missed the (fishing) boat in terms of weaning them onto fish, the other way is simple…just HIDE it! Below are a couple of very simple but effective recipes that the whole family will love and which will help you include that all important fish in your child’s diet. These freeze well so make a bigger batch

Tasty Tuna Bites

Secret Sardine & Tomato Pasta Sauce

Makes 20

Ingredients

• 200g tin tuna (preferably in spring water) • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley (or ½ teaspoon dried) • 50g wholemeal breadcrumbs • 1 teaspoon wholemeal plain flour • Freshly ground black pepper • A little olive oil for brushing

Method

• Preheat oven to 190˚C/375˚F/Gas 5 • Brush a non stick baking tray with a little oil or line with baking parchment. • Drain and mash the tuna with the egg, parsley and pepper to taste. • Add the breadcrumbs and mix well then add enough flour to bind the mixture together. • Divide the mixture into 20 mini portions shaping each portion into a ball as you go. • Space the tuna balls out on the baking tray, cover with cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for a minimum of 15 minutes or until ready to cook. • When ready to cook, brush the tuna with a little more oil and cook in the middle of the oven for 15 – 20 minutes until golden and crisp. • Remove from the oven and drain on kitchen paper. • Serve with a crisp salad and coleslaw/tomato salsa or with a baked potato and baked beans.

and stick some in the freezer for days when time is short. Remember that if your child is a ‘fish-phobe’ it is best to make this under cover of darkness so that they won’t know what’s in them but if your child is quite happy to eat fish, let them help you make them. They’re much more likely to eat if they’ve made it themselves and not only that – IT’S FUN!! PS. Remember that research has shown that a child needs to be offered and refuse a food approximately 17 times before you can safely say that they don’t like it. So don’t give up if they turn up their noses to begin with – keep going.

Serves 4

Ingredients • • • • • •

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 small tin sardines in tomato sauce 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes or passata Pinch of mixed herbs 150mls vegetable stock ( preferably reduced salt)

Method

• Heat the oil over a medium heat and gently fry the onions until soft. • Add the sardines (TIP: Sardines have quite a strong taste and smell. If making for the first time just use a quarter of a tin and gradually build up the amount each time you make it until your child/family become accustomed to the flavour.) • Mash the sardines with a fork and cook with the onions for a couple of minutes. • Add the tomatoes and herbs and stir well. • Add the stock and bring to the boil. • Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. • Cool slightly then puree to remove all the lumps • Serve with pasta, grated parmesan and raw vegetable sticks or salad.

For more information on Little Crumbs Cookery see the article on page 11.

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Calderdale Ted Hughes Writing Competitions Three fantastic competitions with

winners and runners up prizes. Judged by Kathleen Jamie, Sarah Savitt and Andrew McMillan and Louise Doughty.

Short Story Competition (1st - £300, 2nd - £100, 3rd - £50)

Elmet Poetry Competition

(1st - £300, 2nd - £100, 3rd - £50)

Ted Hughes Young Poets Competition

(1st - £100, Runners Up - £50)

Closing Date: 6 July 2012 Contact Anna on 01422 392606 or email anna.turner@calderdale.gov.uk For an entry form, send a SAE to Anna Turner, Central Library, Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN

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It’s never too early to plan your child’s future To secure your child’s place in Nursery and Reception contact us now for a Prospectus and to arrange a visit. For further information, please email info@hgsf.org.uk or call 01422 202256

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focus on: Dress to Impress at Urchin Kids

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orgeous Ripponden clothing and gift shop Urchin Kids has introduced some fabulous new ranges for Spring.

They include Scotch Shrunk for boys aged 4-14, Scotch R;belle for girls aged 4-14, Name It, Oilily and gorgeous girls’ dresses from Eliane et Lena. And to celebrate the shop is offering customers a host of discount days. There will be an Easter promotion giving 15% off all full price clothing between April 1st-17th. And there’ll be a special offer at the shop on Ripponden Gala Day, on May 7th, with 20% off! Along with the new ranges Urchin Kids also stocks No Added Sugar, I Love Gorgeous, Emile et Rose plus lots of children’s gifts.

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local news Scallymag Competition Winner Cooks Up a Treat!

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n our last edition we ran a competition in partnership with The Cooking School at Dean Clough, Halifax, for a lucky reader to win a place at their Junior Chef’s Club. The winner was eight year-old Katie Metcalf who had a wonderful time.

She said: “I was very excited when I heard that I had won a place at the Junior Chef’s club

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Birthday Fun in the Sun!

ummer is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate your child’s birthday than with a Sunshine Party at The Edge Café and Play Gym.

Sunshine Parties are the latest party package to be offered by this fantastic play gym and café in Park Road at Elland. Owner Joanne BradburyWood explained: “Alongside our indoor soft play gym we also have a fabulous, newly renovated outdoor play facility. So, as the weather hots up it’s the perfect place to enjoy a birthday party with a difference. The children can play with their friends in our outdoor playground and enjoy yummy ice-creams while their mums and dads sit back, relax and take in our lovely canal-side views.”

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in Dean Clough. I had a lovely afternoon cooking chicken kebabs and cheesy breadcrumb fishcakes with 16 other children. It was great fun! My family all loved the food I brought home (especially mum because she didn’t have to cook our tea)! I would love to go again and learn how to cook some other things.” The Junior Chef’s Club at The Cooking School is for 8-12 year-olds and runs throughout school holidays. Teens courses are also running. For more information visit www. thecookingschool.co.uk

It’s Never Too Soon To Make a Will

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aking a Will is one of those things many people know they need to do, but keep putting off, perhaps because it’s something they don’t want to think about or that they think they’ll have time to do later.

But making a Will isn’t tempting fate, it is preparing for the future and a way of protecting your loved ones. Here, Hipperholme based lawyer Valerie Holmes answers some common questions about making a Will: Q. I’m only 29 years old, am I too young to make a Will? A. You are never too young to make a Will! If you have children, a partner, a business, or even a house, it is always advisable to make a Will and not leave things to chance. Q. If I die with no Will, does my estate automatically go to my next of kin? A. Yes, which could mean it is left in trust to your children if you and your partner are not married and your partner will not be entitled to any part of your estate.

Prices for Sunshine Parties, which are held at weekends, start at only £9.50 per head and also include the use of the indoor soft play gym, a choice of ice-cream, buffet meal with juice, a party host, the private party room/exclusive use of the playground, games, invitations, party bags and even a birthday card from The Edge! Other party packages offered by The Edge include Ben 10, Peppa Pig, Pirates and Princesses themed parties. For more information call 01422 377222 or visit www. watersedgechildrensnursery. co.uk

Q. If I die and my partner survives what would happen to our children who are all under 16 years old? A. If your partner is not their natural parent, they will not have a natural right to bring up your children. Although not legally binding in a Will, you could stipulate your wishes appointing a guardian. Q. If I die and am not married to my partner, who will get the house that we jointly own? A. If it is owned as joint tenants then your “share” will automatically pass to your partner. If it is owned as tenants in common then your share will form part of your estate and pass to either your beneficiaries in your Will, or to your next of kin. If you have children then you should take legal advice on protecting their inheritance which can be incorporated into your Will. Q. Can the Government claim my estate if I don’t have a Will? A. In short, yes, if you do not have any relatives who would inherit your estate. Ensure this does not happen by making a Will. Q. I have just re-married. Do I need to update my Will? A. Yes, as marriage automatically revokes your existing Will.


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“I’m Running, Swimming, Climbing and Walking for a Children’s Charity because I Can, So Therefore I Should!”

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o doubt about it, Halifax mum Vicki Tallon is an inspiration with an unenviable calendar of gruelling challenges ahead of her.

Bryan Munslow BM Electrical to those that will never have the chance Vicki, mum to three children aged10 Station Avenue 12, 2 and 1, said: “After hearing aboutLeedsI should spend a month or so doing all those things I’ve put off, was too scared our local children’s hospice the Forget West Yorkshire to try or not even bothered to think Me Not Trust, which helps children with LS13 3QN life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses about?” and their families to get the very best And so, not one to do things by out of every minute of their lives no halves Vicki has signed up for a range matter how short, I was moved enough of endurance events in aid of the Forget to try and make a difference. Me Not Trust, as she explains: “The problem is, I don’t have rich 17th June 500m Swim for All – “an friends, or own a business, nor am I open water swim in a hopefully nice famous or have links with anyone who clean lake in Wakefield, a challenge is, so running 10k, whilst quite a feat because I can’t really swim very well at for me, isn’t that exciting for potential all (lessons booked, fear not!)” sponsors, and isn’t exactly headline 30th June Yorkshire 3 Peaks grabbing which got me thinking. – “climbing Yorkshire’s famous 3 Peaks “I’m nearly 35, generally fit and well in under 12 hours; something I have yet have done very little that could be always wanted to do but never given described as exciting or adventurous. myself reason enough to take the time Am I taking for granted the days and out and actually do it.” years I have and have had without fully 19th August (my BIRTHDAY!) 14 living them? Maybe out of sheer respect Mile Dales walk – “I entered a Jane

Tomlinson/Yorkshire Post competition and my runners up prize was free entry to any ‘For All Event‘ of my choice, as it was my birthday it HAD to be this event. I have even managed to rope in my very supportive, shift-working paramedic husband into doing this and the Three Peaks Challenge with me!” And last not least… 23rd September the Southport Beach 10K “I hope I can do the cause justice, hope you can all help, even just £2 would be amazing. “Wish me luck!”

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sports pages Halifax Family of Schools gets set for London 2012

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ing Bob Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Halifax has been awarded a grant to support the West Central Halifax Family of Schools and other schools in Calderdale to get involved in London 2012.

The grant, part of the London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’, will fund a development of curricular resources and activities, involve school staff delivering special themed assemblies based around the Olympic and Paralympic Values and culminate in an Olympic Festival at North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax. There will be opening and closing ceremonies plus competitions in

volleyball, indoor hockey and goalball (a game played by visually impaired players). The presentation of certificates and medals will be made by Paralympic GB Team Member, Hannah Cockroft. Schools across England that are engaged with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were invited to apply for a grant of up to £8,800. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) worked closely with the Department for Education, who are funding the scheme,

Change Your Lifestyle with SP Fitness Solutions

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o you want to be fitter, leaner and energised – if so Halifax based SP Fitness Solutions can make it happen.

So often the best intentions to change your lifestyle are scuppered at almost every turn – your workload, the school run, traffic jams, housework – the list never ends and it can take up time and sap your motivation. Sharon Porter, founder of SP Fitness Solutions, said: “We can get you in the best shape you’ve ever been. We’ll improve your body shape, your diet and your confidence.” SP Fitness Solutions has a range

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of innovative packages from one to one personal training, to wedding and holiday packages and group fitness programmes that include those for all the family! Sharon will be leading a circuit training session during a Health and Fitness Taster Day at Thurst House Farm Retreat, Ripponden, on May 12th. For more information about the fantastic packages available from SP Fitness Solutions visit www. spfitnesssolutions.co.uk or call Sharon Porter on 07825 706983.

called ‘Plan your 2012’. Plan your 2012 offers schools that join the London 2012 ‘Get Set network’ reward and recognition scheme the chance to share their passion for the Games, inspiring and engaging other schools and young people and building partnerships across their community. Ling Bob is a member of the ‘Get Set’ Network and is one of 174 schools who have been awarded a grant, selected from more than 580 schools who applied.


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Focus On: Rugger Ratz Co-Founder

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Jode Sheriffe

he Scallymag caught up with international Rugby League player and co-founder of Halifax based Rugger Ratz to find out a bit more about his rugby career and his thriving family sports business, which teaches rugby skills to local children. How long have you been running Rugger Ratz?

We launched Rugger Ratz in September 2010, following several successful free taster sessions we held at various locations around Halifax, over the summer school holiday that year. During the beginning of that year we worked hard to prepare ourselves, myself gaining my Level 1 RLFC coaching and first aid qualifications and my wife Joleene using the last few months of her pregnancy as a chance to go on as many Business Link courses as she could, worrying many of the instructors towards the end!

What prompted you to set up the company?

We now have two sons, but our eldest and only son at the time had tried other various sporting activities. He was only two at the time and all he wanted to do was copy his Daddy and Uncles Rikki and Jess-Jo (we all play Pro or Semi-pro rugby league). When Joleene failed to find a club that taught rugby skills to children as young as Tyreese, the idea came! With my rugby contacts, Joleene’s organisational skills and both of our passions for rugby, we decided to give it a go ourselves. I’ve always thought that rugby should be more readily available for children to encourage play from a young age, just like football. That way we might produce more home grown players.

Tell us a bit more about Rugger Ratz sessions

Rugger Ratz caters for girls and boys aged 2-5. Our classes are held at The Dance Mill, Halifax, which is a state of the art dance school with sprung wooden floors and the use of gym mats for safety and comfort. Parents are amazed how quickly very young

children have the ability to pick up and learn basic rugby skills. Ball skills are learnt and developed as the children progress. I teach them how to score tries, kick and run with the ball correctly. The only skill we do not allow is tackling each other for safety reasons, we do however own one of the new rolling tackle bags in junior size for use by our older members. They learn team as well as independent play, build confidence and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Rugger Ratz understands that rugby isn’t for everybody, that’s why we offer initial trial classes in blocks of three. This way you can come along and try us out with no commitment. Rugger Ratz also supports the Up Beat kids project by providing free classes to promote health and fitness, and our local schools by offering free PE taster classes, and out of school club activities, including bookings for sports week in June.

Can you give us some more information about your own Rugby background?

My close friend at Midgley J & I School trained with Illingworth RLFC’s under 8’s and invited me along. Me and my older brother Rikki went and we’ve been hooked ever since! I played for King Cross RLFC’s under 13’s and when I was 15 myself and a few other players were spotted by a Halifax RLFC scout. I went on to play for the Academy team, breaking into the 1st team at the age of 18. When I was 19 I experienced full time rugby by going on loan to London’s Harlequins. The experience was amazing but I missed home and my family very much. I returned to Halifax for another year, going on loan again to Rochdale Hornets in 2007. I was then approached by the Bradford Bulls where I stayed

for two exciting seasons. At the end of the first year I was awarded the Player’s player & Coaches player of the year award and asked to become captain of the Academy team during the 2009 season, which of course I accepted! At the end of 2009 I made the difficult decision to leave the Bulls and was given a contract with Featherstone Rovers. Unfortunately during the 2010 season at Featherstone I sustained a painful knee injury and ended up with two separate knee operations, making it a difficult year to perform at optimum level. Luckily the last knee operation gave me plenty of time to recover and regain fitness in time for the first ever Jamaican tour in America, of which I was approached to play in. I was very proud to represent my family’s heritage and accepted without hesitation. I remain a loyal Jamaican team player, taking part in annual tours. In 2011 I took a year out to allow my knee to fully recover and concentrate on Rugger Ratz. However I missed the game massively and despite my year out, was lucky to be accepted by Keighley Cougars, a great team with a loyal following, which is going very well.

What are your plans for Rugger Ratz in the future?

I’m very excited about the future of Rugger Ratz. I want to develop our existing classes within Halifax and build some solid links with local Amateur clubs so we can refer our keen rugby players to clubs if they wish to progress past Rugger Ratz. Further down the line I would love to open up classes in other areas and encourage other schools to teach rugby from a young age, although this is improving, other sports are still taught ahead of rugby in many places.

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local news Inspiring Little Artists

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o you have a budding Picasso, Monet or Pete McKee on your hands?

Then look no further than Halifax’s brand new The Little Artist Club to channel your little one’s creative talent through fun art courses. The courses, Funky Fine Art and Creative Cartoons, are being launched on April 21st at the Greenwood Tree Art Gallery at the Piece Hall and will be held for 7-11 year-olds. Artist Rob Greenwood, who will be leading the sessions, said: “The courses will be held in term-time and every child will get their own Little Artist Club pack which includes a sketch book and watercolours. Each child will work on one piece of art throughout the eight week course, at the end of which their piece will be framed and exhibited in the gallery, after which they can take it home.” The Greenwood Tree Art Gallery was opened by Rob and his wife Jo and has been a lifelong ambition. “We’ve both worked in corporate jobs but we always wanted to open our own art gallery as we knew it would inspire us and be fun,” explained Jo. “Rob is an artist and was getting quite 

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Rob and Jo, owners of the Greenwood Tree Art Gallery in the Piece Hall a lot of commissioned work so we decided the time was right to open our own gallery and we love the Piece Hall so it was the perfect place for us.” The couple live in Greetland with their six year-old daughter and four year-old son.

To find the Greenwood Tree Gallery enter the Piece Hall from the Woolshops side and climb the stairs to the second floor! For more information about The Little Artist Club call Jo on 07824 443977, email jo@thegreenwoodtreegallery.com or visit www.thelittleartistclub.com


focus on: What To Do If Your Child Starts to Choke by Chris O’Connor, of First Aid Brigade

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t’s a worry that every parent dreads, the moment when your children cough and start to choke. The reason

we choke is when food meant for the oesophagus (food pipe) goes down your trachea (wind pipe) by accident. Most of the time it’s no For more n big problem and we just cough o ti a rm info it back up. If it gets stuck, id A t about Firs however, we start to choke. s e

Brigade cours on 07733 contact Chris mail at 111843 or by e chris@ de. firstaidbriga co.uk

the best ways to prevent choking - Cut food into small pieces and cut foods lengthways, not across - remember, the end of a hot dog can create a perfect plug! - Don’t let children run or play whilst eating - Try to make children chew properly - teach them not to rush meal times - Make sure toys have no loose beads, play jewels, buttons etc - Always try to pick up loose coins, marbles, pen tops etc. - Always remove tops off drinks bottles such as fruit type drinks. Children tend to pull these off with their teeth and can easily swallow them.

First Aid Brigade First Aid for Parents • Child & Infant CPR • Burns • Fractures • Choking and much more

how do we deal with choking - Encourage them to cough, coughing is the most effective way to dislodge any blockage in the windpipe. - Remove anything that may be causing an obstruction in the mouth - Attempt to dislodge the blockage with 5 firm back blows, using the heal of your hand between their shoulder blades. - Let gravity help! Put your child over your knee facing downwards. - If back blows do not work, turn your child over and give up to 5 abdominal thrusts (heimlich manoeuvre) or chest thrusts on infants. - Don’t be afraid to call 999 early. Precious minutes can help save

To book a place, please email: Chris@firstaidbrigade.co.uk or call Chris on: 07733 111843

your little one’s life and ambulance crews would much rather turn up early to a child that has had the blockage freed than late to an unconscious child that is no longer breathing.

www.firstaidbrigade.co.uk

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The Scallymag (Halifax) April-May 2012  

April May 2012 edition of Halifax family magazine The Scallymag

The Scallymag (Halifax) April-May 2012  

April May 2012 edition of Halifax family magazine The Scallymag

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