Yellow Ribbon Day 2017 – working together to make our roads safer…

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On Wednesday 15th Novemeber, HCI along with our partner West Yourkhire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and road safety officer from Calderdale Coucil put on a mock car crash scene for children in park wrad to demonstrate the dangers of drivinfg, with out seatbelt, speeding and using a mobile phone whilst in chage of a vehicle. We have ran ty and Calderdale College. The college also provided students to play the victims in the car his event over a number of years and asked the children to sign a pledge and take one home to give to a driver in their household. We had over 130 pupils yesterday from, primary, secondary and Calderdale College. Students from the college also volunteered to be the crash victims with various mock injuries, that were cut from the car.

During the morning, the children were shown some road safety videos, prevention manager from West Yorkshire fire & rescue Karina Gonzalaz spoke with the children and did an interactive session about how and why we need to drive safe. The Central neighbourhood Police team were also on hand to give out information and speak about issues locally. We hope the children and young people have taken on board the important messages shown to them and we would like to thank our partners for working with us again in holding this event.

Come along next month to your festive round of Halifax Central Ward Forums…

christmas-treeYour next round of Halifax Central Ward Forum & PACT meetings are taking place in December:

  • Sowerby Bridge: Monday 4th December, 7pm start, with signing in from 6.30pm at St Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill,  Sowerby Bridge
  • Boothtown:  Tuesday 5th December, 7pm start, with signing in from 6.30pm at Boothtown Methodist Church, Beverley Place, Boothtown
  • Skircoat: Wednesday 6th December, 7pm start with signing in from 6.30pm at Heath United Reform Church, Free School Lane, Skircoat
  • Siddal Wednesday 13th December, 7pm start with signing in from 6.30pm. St Marks Church, Whitegate Road, Siddal
  • Park: TBC

Ward Forums are for anyone living or working in Calderdale, to get involved in what happens in their local area and discuss what is important to you. By working together we can talk about local issues and plan for the future. The meetings are a great place to meet your local councillors, Calderdale Council staff, police and other services we work with. The evenings start with refreshments and a chance to network and chat informally.

River Calder Clean Up

On Saturday 14 October Halifax Community wardens Jonny Cato and Zameer Akhtar joined Halifax Canoe Club and Calder Future volunteers for a community river clean up in Sowerby Bridge.

Following a week of rain we were lucky to enjoy a sunny morning picking glass and litter from the beach area and clearing all manner of rubbish from the wooded areas. As well as the danger to local wildlife this kind of rubbish can cause a real risk to canoeists and kayakers.

Finishing up with a well-earned brew and a biscuit in the club house, Jonny and Zameer had a good look at the boats and expressed an interest in the winter pool sessions now available for booking! Keep an eye out for their Calderdale Council high vis jackets sailing by!

Halifax Canoe Club winter pool sessions are available from October 2017 to March 2018 and are suitable for beginners learning to paddle and for those that would like to learn to roll. Course run on Thursday evenings between 7 and 8pm and cost £35 (both adult and junior sessions) for 5 sessions – there’s a £5 winter membership fee for non-members.

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