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Walsden, Cornholme, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot & Surrounding Areas

DAILY DIARIES

OUT & ABOUT

For Pre-school and Out-of-School Activities

Clitheroe Castle Beacon Fell Country Park

Features

Family Health

Primay School Applications Sushi Courses Truly Scrumptious Tea

Winter ‘11

Keeping Fit over Winter Look after your back while driving

Issue 35

For Local Parents, Carers & Kids

Family Matters The role of the Doula

Literacy

News from The Book Case

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e s ea e l p ak t ne o

Much, Much More!


page classified header market place Post or Email your Children’s “For Sale” adverts to us, we’ll put them on our website and print them in our next issue. We can also advertise “Wanted” items. No Trade Please Baby Annabell wardrobe. Complete with a set of metal hangers made to fit by my very clever Dad! A couple of stickers are missing but otherwise in great condition. £10.00 01706 819426 * Little Tykes plastic kitchen/foldaway ironing board with accessories £10.00 01706 818578 * Assortment of plates, pans, cups etc £3.00 01706 818578 * Plastic food, basket of plastic fruit/veg to ‘chop’, ‘packets of food’, shopping trolley £10.00 01706 818578 * Girls bike 14 ins wheel £20.00 01706 818578 * Dolls pram with carrycot, plus travel cot, high chair, papoose, changing bag-all to match -excellent condition £18.00 01706 818578 * Ikea wooden dolls cot and bedding £5.00 01706 818578 * Lots of jigsaw puzzles in vgc £2.00 each 01706 818578

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Lots of children’s books in fantastic condition - come and look! 01706 818578 * Girl’s clothes-all ages from birth to 10 years. Includes Next, Boden 01706 818578 * Boy’s clothes-all ages from birth to 6 years. Includes Next, Boden 01706 818578 * Duplo. 1 large and 1 small tub plus base for building £10.00 01706 818578 * Duplo plastic dumper truck £5.00 01706 818578 * Duplo helicopter £5.00 01706 818578 * Lots of children’s story and music CDs 50p to £1.00 01706 818578 * Girls coats. Long cream ‘Bench’ coat age 8yrs, black ‘Pineapple’ coat age 10yrs, Stone Boden jacket age 9-10yrs 01706 818578 * Travel cot £30.00 07891181103

Recaro universal car seat. Suitable 1536kg. Young style, blue velour scharz with extendable headrest £30.00 07891181103 * Selection of Fancy dress costumes: All-in-one grey tabbycat costume size 140cm (8-10 yrs) King/Prince costume with crown, cape, belt, shirt and breeches (size medium 7-10 yrs) All in perfect condition and all come from a smoke free home. £10.00 each 01706 819472 * Mamas & Papas prima papa highchair. Suitable from 4 months to 3 years. Very good condition £20.00 ono 07970 029915 * HandySitt seat. Designed to sit a child right up to the table from approx. 7 months to 4.5 years and can be adjusted to fit to almost all adult dining chairs. Excellent condition £15.00 07970 029915 * Buggyboard-Maxi. A stand-on platform that attaches to your pushchair or pram, allowing an older brother or sister to ride along. Very good condition £5.00 07970 029915

PUKY tricycle with adult push bar. From approx. 2 years. Very good condition £25.00 ono 07970 029915 * Buggy Snuggle, navy blue fleece with sheep on. Pushchair footmuff designed to be compatible with all pushchairs & strollers. Excellent condition £5.00 07970 029915 * Wooden dolls cot roughly 40cm long, with rocking base. Very well made, hardly used £40.00 07891 181103 * Dolls high chair £10.00 07891 181103 * Rosebud Dolls House (ELC) with all furniture but no family £70.00 01706 814549 * 7-in-1 Child’s games table from Argos. New condition £50.00 01706 814549

Don’t Forget:

Between issues visit our website www.thescallymag.co.uk for an up-to-date list of items For Sale


welcome page header contact us

contents Diary Pages Playgroups, Swimming, Libraries & Soft Play Pre-School Diary Out-Of-School Diary Competitions Design our next front cover Out & About Clitheroe Castle Beacon Fell Country Park Classified Adverts The place to buy and sell you baby and kids stuff Family Health Our own Health Team answer your questions Keeping fit through Winter Literacy The latest news from The Book Case Family Matters What does a Doula Do? News Scout Post details for 2011 Gallery Petite Minor Ailments Service Feature Applying for a school place FAQs Heptonstall School Improvements Sushi Tuesday Truly Scrumptious

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For competition entries, to discuss and book advertising space, ideas for future articles or just to let us know what you think of the magazine, please get in touch by any of the following means:

 Bankside House, Haugh Road, Todmorden, OL14 6BU  hazel@thescallymag.co.uk  01706 814392  www.thescallymag.co.uk The Scallymag (Todmorden & Hebden Bridge)

Editor: Hazel Bregazzi Lay-out & Design: Hazel Bregazzi Publishing: Bankside House Publishing, Todmorden Distribution: Many thanks to all schools, groups and other businesses which help with the distribution of The Scallymag® Special Thanks: To all advertisers whose contribution ensures the magazine can be distributed Free of Charge Editorial & Advertising: Hazel Bregazzi, Bankside House, OL14 6BU info@thescallymag.co.uk Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to ensure that information contained in this magazine is true, accurate and fair, the publisher cannot take any responsibility for events arising from the use of this information. Any statements or opinions given in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. © The Scallymag® 2011 Nothing may be reproduced without permission

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competition

Congratulations To: Mae Walton

aged 6, of Todmorden, who painted the wonderful picture

“Christmas is Coming”

which won the competition to appear on our front cover this time plus the £25 voucher to spend at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge. Many thanks to Bill for judging the competition this time.

www.storymagictheatre.co.uk

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Out & about

Clitheroe Castle Museum

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

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e have driven through Clitheroe many times, occasionally we have stopped and walked around the shops, but we had never visited the castle until recently.

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

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T

Hello Sushi Tuesday

hings have changed fast in the four months since Sushi Tuesday first opened up for business in Todmorden.

Jo Jingles is Here! Fun Music, Singing & Movement Classes for children aged 3 months to 5 years

Develop your child’s ���Social Skills ���Listening Skills ���Language ���Co-ordination ���Confidence ���Imagination NEW Saturday classes in Heywood Sports Village

New Baby Classes for 3-9 Months - First 4 weeks FREE!!! Visit www.jojingles.com/rossendale for details on this & more Special Offers For details on classes in: Bury, Haslingden, Rochdale, Littleborough, Todmorden & Rawtenstall Call Jo Corbett on 01706 212889 jocorbettuk@aol.com

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A huge variety of quality Wooden Toys Unusual Wooden Gifts for all ages A large selection of locally handmade products Handcrafted custom made solid wood furniture Handmade bespoke 100% solid wood kitchens

19 Burnley Rd, Todmorden, OL14 7BU www.enchantingwood.co

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01706817377

Kate

Local women Corinne Kielty and Kate Wheadon’s original concept of selling fresh sushi lunchboxes has grown to include a variety of box sizes for different appetites and main meals, platters for parties & Corinne and their increasingly popular Connoisseur Club. Now the ladies are expanding their business further with the introduction of the Sushi Tuesday Saturday School. These are monthly sushi training courses which they will start running in the New Year. “Our course offers the opportunity to have fun, learning the skills required to make sushi at home in a small, informal group setting,” says Corinne. The two hour hands-on lesson teaches the basic skills needed to: • Prepare sushi rice and vegetables • Make thin and fat sushi rolls (hosomaki & futomaki) and ISO (inside out) rolls • Create nigiri, gunkan and hand roll sushi The course also includes your sushi for lunch, drinks and a big box of your own creations to take home and show off to your family and friends. Vouchers for Sushi Tuesday Saturday School are available now priced at a special introductory price of £65.


page out &header about

Beacon Fell Country Park

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t was a warm sunny day and we all fancied a day out, to get some fresh air. Nothing too strenuous but somewhere… different.

Up a hill sounded good, but with a 6 and a 4 year old, there had to be some good motivating factors to get us all to the top in a happy mood. With trails to follow, woodwork sculptures to seek out and obviously ice cream at the end of the walk, all the essential factors were there. To be fair, Beacon Fell is not close by; say an hour away, situated in the Forest of Bowland, about 10 miles from Preston. But if you were spending the day out in the area, having lunch, going shopping or just investigating the Forest of Bowland, then it’s an excellent place to stretch your legs on a sunny afternoon. Beacon Fell Country Park consists of 271 acres of woodland, moorland and farmland. It’s one of the oldest in the country, designated as a country park in 1970. The Beacon Fell summit is 266 metres above sea level and offers magnificent views of The Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. Supposedly on a clear day it is possible to see the Isle of Man. The Park is a popular place for visitors who want to see all sorts of wildlife, from rabbits, to weasels and dragonflies, even deer. It has a network

of well-maintained footpaths through woodland catering for all levels of ability and interest. Maps of the trails around the Park can be downloaded from the Lancashire County Council website or leaflets can be obtained from the on-site Visitor centre. It’s a great idea having woodwork pieces of art spread around the Park, especially if you are walking with young children. An excellent distraction to the question, ‘Are we nearly at the top yet?’ And it’s a good game to encourage

those little legs to keep moving. Lookout for the bat, snake, deer, wolf-head bench and lizard! All the sculptures are big and easily seen, perfect for young eyes to seek out. If you are feeling more adventurous and your children are older, there are two orienteering course packs that can be purchased for a small charge from the Visitor Centre, you can even

purchase certificates for your child if they complete the course. The Bowland Visitor Centre, which is close to the car park and toilets, provides information about the fell and the Forest of Bowland, it also serves a variety of beverages, hot and cold food, light snacks, all day breakfasts, sweets and of course… ice cream. There are picnic tables dotted around should you wish to take your own food, even a barbeque area with cooking grates provided! A tarmac road runs around the park and is subject to traffic control which makes it a “one way” system. All the facilities and car parks are accessible from the circuit road and the main car parks, which are free. Be warned: please do not make the mistake my 4 year old did. Just because it has the word ‘park’ in the name it doesn’t mean there are swings, slides or roundabouts to scramble about on. This is a beautiful wildlife area, a great place for a peaceful walk in the fresh air with some very pretty scenery to enjoy. Having said that, we all enjoyed the change! By Tracey Sunderland

Photos - T Sunderland

Goosnargh, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2NL 01995 640557

Bowland Visitor Centre Winter Opening Times - (October to Easter) 10.00am - 5.00pm seven days a week

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feature little miss scrumptious

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By Chrissie Atkinson

hen my daughter Katie changed to a new primary school in September, I agreed she could have a couple of new friends over for tea. Before I knew it the “couple” had turned into eight of them!

Open Day Wednesday 1st Feb, 2012 St. John's, Cragg Vale Kindergarten 3 to 6 years School from age 6 Charity: 1090119

Phone Marilyn - 01422 885249 | www.hebdensteiner.com

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I was worried about how I was going to feed eight girls something they would all like, but one of the other mums suggested speaking to a mutual friend, Rachel, from Truly Scrumptious. So, whilst I was collecting the girls from school, Rachel came and set up my dining table with her beautiful china tea sets, napkins, flowers and paper butterflies. Before we showed the girls into the dining room, I expressed my concerns to Rachel. I was worried that they would charge into the room, eat as little and as quickly as possible and rush off again to carry on playing. Rachel assured me that this wouldn’t be the case, and it certainly wasn’t! The girls walked into the room and were mesmerised! All we could hear

were “oohs”, “aahs” and “wows”. Before our eyes they suddenly turned from noisy, squealing seven year olds into quite refined little ladies, eating their tiny heart-shaped sandwiches and miniature scones and pouring pink milk shake from a tea pot into their tea cups. Pure pleasure, I think you’ll agree, for little girls who normally get little more than a plastic tea set. They sat eating and chatting for much longer than I expected. The other mums and I commented on how much more they actually ate compared to a normal party tea, because it was all part of the fun! Katie has since repeatedly asked if we can do it again and I have promised we can do it for her birthday, though I may do it as a treat for myself and my friends before then. So, if you have a little girl (I would probably say from about 5 upwards) and would love to see something a little different from the average birthday party, I would really recommend Little Miss Scrumptious. I assure you they will love it.


family matters

The doula

By Mari Greenfield from The Hebden Doula

D

oula (pronounced “doola”) is a Greek word which originally meant “woman caregiver”. It is now used to mean an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth.

A doula will build a personal relationship with the family during pregnancy, so she can offer the right support to each individual family. Most doulas offer a birth doula service and a postnatal doula service, and families can choose whether they want just pregnancy and birth support, or just post-natal support, or both.

What does a doula do?

A doula’s role is to empower the mother. A doula believes in “mothering the mother” - helping a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new mum. This type of support also helps the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience. In practical terms this could involve: • providing access to information and antenatal research • helping a couple think through their plans for birth, and working out what care will best suit them (local hospital, different hospital, home, birth centre, independent midwife) • being a consistent, reassuring and experienced presence during labour • taking on practical tasks during labour (filling pools, helping with other children, making cuppas), leaving the mum’s partner free to be with her • debriefing with the family after the birth • offering practical post-natal support • offering emotional support to adjust to life with an increased family size. • some doulas also have qualifications in breastfeeding counselling, infant massage, and babywearing.

Who might use a doula?

Anyone. The calm that a doula can bring to the birthing room can be of benefit to any woman in labour. The practical help that a doula can bring in the early days of a new baby can be of benefit to any family. Below are some examples of how a doula might help in different sitautions:

What effect does using a doula have?

There’s lots of anecdotal evidence that using a doula has a positive effect on the whole family, but the formal research speaks for itself too. Research has shown that having a doula present at a birth: • Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours • Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50% • Decreases the need for forceps delivery by 43% • Decreases the need for pain medication • Helps fathers participate with confidence • Increases success in breast-feeding (Findings taken from “Mothering the Mother” by Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993)

How can I check if my doula is a good doula?

A good doula is the doula who is right for you. If you are considering hiring a doula, meet several doulas in your area, and spend some time interviewing them. Ask lots of questions about their training, experience and services. See if you feel you can connect with this person – if you are going to share one the most important and intimate experiences of your life with them, you need to feel connected to them. A good doula will always ask if you have met other doulas, and if not will encourage you to do so. At the moment there are no requirements for becoming a doula in the UK, anyone can call themselves a doula and practice. There are many training courses around, some of which are great. You may want to ask your doula about the courses she did, and any other relevant qualifications she has (such as breastfeeding support, baby massage and homeopathy for labour), and then look at the course content online for yourself. There is also a voluntary organisation for doulas called Doula UK (www.doula. org.uk). If your doula is a member of Doula UK it means that the training she has done will have been of a certain standard, and that she will have spent time as a trainee doula, being supervised by a very experienced doula. It also means that she has agreed to practice within certain standards which Doula UK set. Some doulas choose not to join Doula UK for a variety of reasons, or leave because they have an alternative support system, and there are many good, experienced doulas who are not members. But it is worth asking your potential doula if they are a member, and if not, checking with them why not.

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Upper Valley Family Services

Todmorden Children’s Centre Nursery

Do you need excellent quality childcare and early education for your child? Todmorden Children’s Centre nursery offers a high standard of care in a stimulating and caring enviroment in which children can develop and work towards reaching their full potential.

Free places available for ages 3-5 years Telephone 01706 548140/41 Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden OL14 7BX.

Est. 2002

Private Day Nursery Rated ‘OUTSTANDING’ by Ofsted Highest quality, purpose built facilities Wonderful countryside location 15 hrs/week of 3-4 yr old free places Sensory room & library Out of School & Holiday Club 4 – 14 years

Fantastic outdoor playing field with trampoline and traversing wall Computer suite and internet Sports hall with indoor traversing wall Extensive & varied play opportunities PS3, Wii & X-Box

Dean Hey Farm, Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd Hebden Bridge HX7 5RU Tel 01422 882010

www.thearkexperience.co.uk

Open 7am – 6.30pm

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51 weeks a year

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diary pages

T

he heart of The Scally Mag are the following indispensible diary pages.

The centre spread is always the preschool diary. All activities listed on these 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 to any activity and, for some of the courses, it is essential. All Children’s Centre services are free, with any donations gratefully received. Some sessions may be bookable.

If any details are out-of-date, inaccurate or missing, please get in touch with us using any of the methods listed on page 3. Accuracy in these matters is important to us, but we need your help!

Colden Preschool Colden School Playground, Smithy Lane, Colden, Hebden Bridge 01422 846734

Todmorden Playgroup Todmorden C of E School Playground, Burnley Rd, Todmorden 01706 812019

Rainbow Kids Hope Street Baptist Church New Road Hebden Bridge Mags - 07940 040931

Steiner Kindergarten Steiner Kindergarten St. John’s Centre Cragg Vale Marilyn - 01422 885249

Monday

9:15 - 11:45 1.00 - 3.30* ages 2 - 5

9:20 - 3:30* ages 2½ to 4

9:15 - 11:45 12:45 - 3:15* ages 2½ to 5

9:30 - 11:30 ages 2 - 4

9:45 - 1:45 ages 3 to 6

Tuesday

9:15 - 11:45 1.00 - 3.30* ages 2 - 5

9:20 - 3:30* ages 2½ to 4

9:15 - 11:45 12:45 - 3:15* ages 2½ to 5

Wednesday

9:15 - 11:45 1.00 - 3.30* ages 2 - 5

9:20 - 3:30* ages 2½ to 4

9:15 - 11:45 12:45 - 3:15* ages 2½ to 5

Thursday

9:15 - 11:45 1.00 - 3.30* ages 2 - 5

9:20 - 3:30* ages 2½ to 4

Friday

9:15 - 11:45 1.00 - 3.30* ages 2 - 5

9:20 - 3:30* ages 2½ to 4

9:45 - 1:45 ages 3 to 6

9:30 - 11:30 ages 2 - 4

The Glen House Montessori PreSchool Glen House, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge 01422 884682

Mytholmroyd Playgroup The Community Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge 01422 882226

pre-schools & playgroups

The second spread shows the many different activities available for school age children, from Chess to Dancing, Karate to Brass bands! Again, please use the contact details provided to check details before setting out.

Pre-schools and Playgroups take children from around 2½ years for up to 10 sessions per week. All children become entitled to 15 hours nursery (or pre-school or playgroup) education per term-time week (up to 38 weeks per year), free of charge, starting at the beginning of the term following their third birthday. Please call any of the groups listed for further details

9:15 - 3:15 ages 2½ to 6

9:45 - 1:45 ages 3 to 6

9:15 - 3:15 ages 2½ to 6

9:15 - 11:45 12:45 - 3:15* ages 2½ to 5

9:45 - 1:45 ages 3 to 6

9:15 - 3:15 ages 2½ to 6

9:15 - 11:45 12:45 - 3:15* ages 2½ to 5

9:45 - 1:45 ages 3 to 6

9:15 - 3:15 ages 2½ to 6

* Lunchtime supervision is also provided for children staying all day, for a small extra charge.

2:00 - 6:00

Tuesday

9:00 - 12:00 1:30 - 4:00 7:15 - 9:00

9:30 - 1:00

10:00 - 5:00

Wednesday

9:00 - 12:00 1:30 - 7:00 8:00 - 9:00

9:30 - 5:00

10:00 - 7:30

Thursday

9:00 - 12:00 1:30 - 4:00 7:00 - 8:00

9:30 - 7:30

10:00 - 1:00

Friday

9:00 - 12:00 1:30 - 7:00

9:30 - 5:00

10:00 - 7:30

2:00 - 4:30 5:00 - 7:30

Saturday

9:00 - 1:30 2:45 - 6:30

9:30 - 4:00

9:30 - 4:00

10:00 - 12:00

sunday

9:00 - 5:00

2:00 - 4:30

1:00 - 5:00

Jitterbugs Play Centre Riverside Works, Todmorden Road, Littleborough 01706 378123

2:00 - 4:30

Upsy Daisy’s Playcentre Moderna Business Park, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd 01422 881717

10:00 - 7:30

My Play Cafe 7 Central Street, Hebden Bridge 07517 539 821

9:30 - 7:30

Soft Play Pockets Snooker Club, Hollins Mill, Rochdale Road, Todmorden 01706 812297

Walsden Library Inchfield Road, Walsden 01706 815602

9:30 - 12:00 1:30 - 7:00

2:00 - 8:00

4:00 - 6:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 6:00

9:30 - 6:00

2:00 - 8:00

4:00 - 6:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 6:00

9:30 - 6:00

4:00 - 8:00

1:00 - 6:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 6:00

9:30 - 6:00

2:00 - 8:00

1:00 - 6:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 6:00

9:30 - 6:00

2:00 - 8:00

4:00 - 6:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 6:00

9:30 - 6:00

9:00 - 8:00*

11:00 - 6:00

9:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 6:00

9:30 - 6:00

9:00 - 8:00*

11:00 - 6:00

Parties Only

10:00 - 4:00

9:30 - 6:00

*Not available if a party is booked

Mytholmroyd Library Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd 01422 883933

Monday

soft play areas Soft Play at the Creche Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Todmorden Library Strand, Rochdale Road Todmorden 01706 815600

Library times

Hebden Bridge Library Cheetham Street Hebden Bridge 01422 842151

* See Diary Listing for Fun Swim times

Swim for all Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Swim

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SATURDAY

FRIDAY

THURSDAY

WEDNESDAY

TUESDAY

MONDAY

Pre-school diary

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Midgley Under 5’s 9:45 - 11:15 Midgley School, Midgley Ann - 01422 881139

Montessori Pre-School Group 10:00 - 12:00 Glen House Montessori School, Cragg vale, Hebden Bridge 01422 884682

Heptonstall Parents & Toddler Group 10:00 - 11:45 Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall Hannah-Louise 07528 626 000

Stay 10:00 Todm Todm Colle Todm 0170

TalkFirst Baby & Toddler Signing 10:00 - 11:00 Fielden Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden Susan - 01706 878781

Parent & Toddler Swimming 12:30 - 1:30 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913

Talk First (baby signing) 1:00 - 1:45 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Baby Massage 1:30 - 3:00 Valley Medical Centre, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge 01422 841218

Coun Pare 1.30 Todm Todm Colle Todm 0142

Luddendenfoot 0 to 5’s 9:15 - 11:15 Luddenden Foot Civic Centre, Station Road, Luddenden Foot Jane - 01422 885495

Lumbutts Baby & Toddlers 9:30 - 11:15 Lumbutts Methodist Church Lumbutts Helen

Mytholmroyd Toddlers 9:30 - 11:30 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Elphaborough, Mytholmroyd 01422 882226

Centre Vale Toddlers 9:30 - 11:30 The Bowling Pavillion, Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road, Todmorden Please call in for details

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9:00 - 10:00 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913

Counselling Service for Parents (by referral) 9.00 - 4.00 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01422 250081 - FREE

Creation Station - Baby Discovery 9:45 - 10:00 My Play Cafe, Central Street, Hebden Bridge Neela - 0844 854 9092

Steiner Parent & Child 10.00 - 12.00 Steiner Centre, Macpelah, Hebden Bridge Sally - 07904 052816

Creation Station - Little Explorers 10:45 - 11:00 My Play Cafe, Central Street, Hebden Bridge Neela - 0844 854 9092

Baby/postnatal Yoga 11:30 & 2:00 Blessingway, Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge Elaine - 07967 974 376

St. Josephs Toddlers 9:15 - 11:15 St Joseph’s School, Wellington Road, Todmorden 01706 812948

The Methodist Church Toddler Group 9:30 - 11:30 Scout Road, Mytholmroyd Joyce Greenwood 01422 883792

Family Stay and Play 10:00 - 11:30 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE

Bongo Bongos 10.00 - 11.00 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140

Melody Makers 10:00 - 10:40 Dodnaze Community Centre, Hirst Grove, Hebden Bridge Patricia - 01422 844037

Sure Start Baby Club 10:00 - 11:00 Jitterbugs Play Centre, Todmorden Road, Littleborough

Todm 12:30 Todm Com Road Jenn

Blackshaw Head Parents & Toddler Group 9:30 - 11:30 Blackshaw Head Chapel, Hebden Bridge Ann - 01706 810596

Creation Station - Little Explorers 9:45 - 10:45 Jitterbugs Play Centre, Todmorden Road, Littleborough Neela - 0844 854 9092

Steiner Parent & Child 10.00 - 12.00 Steiner Centre, Macpelah, Hebden Bridge Sally - 07904 052816

TalkFirst 10:30 - 11:15 Jitterbugs Play Area, Todmorden Road, Littleborough Sharon - 01706 378123

Little Bear Feet 11:30 - 12:15 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 1½ - 3 yrs

Parent & Toddler Swimming 11:45 - 12:45 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913

Preg 1:30 Bless Cent Elain

Mytholm Parent & Toddlers 9:00 - 11:00 Hebden Royd School, Church Lane, Hebden Bridge 01422 842821

Toddler Talk 9.00 - 11.00 (2nd Thu only) Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 - FREE

Luddendenfoot 0 to 5’s 9:15 - 11:15 Luddenden Foot Civic Centre, Station Road, Luddenden Foot Jane - 01422 885495

Centre Vale Toddlers 9:30 - 11:30 The Bowling Pavillion, Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road, Todmorden Please call in for details

St Michael’s Angels 9:30 - 11:00 St Michael’s Church Hall Mytholmroyd Catherine - 01422 883130

Toy Library 9:30 - 11:30 Central Methodist Church, Todmorden Pete - 07724 528027

Dodn 9.45 Dodn 54 H

Jo Jingles 9:30 - 10:15 (under 2s), 10:30 - 11:15, 11:30 - 12:15 (over 2s), 12:30 - 1:15 (over 3s), 1:30 (3 - 9 months) Todmorden Sports Centre, Jo Corbett - 01706 212889

TalkFirst 9:30 - 10:30 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE

Creation Station - Little Explorers 9:45 - 10:00 Upsy Daisy’s, Mytholmroyd Neela - 0844 854 9092

Post Natal Mum & Baby Yoga 11:00 - 12:30 Calderale Yoga Centre, 38 Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge Donna 07985 274181

Parent & Toddler Swimming 12:15 - 1:15 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913

Arts & Crafts 1:00 - 2:00 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE

FixL Train 1:30 10a T Busin Rach

Stubbings Toddler Group 9:00 - 11:00 Stubbings Infant School, School Street, Hebden Bridge, 01422 842728

Old Town Parents & Toddlers 9:00 - 11:00 Old Town Primary School, Billy Lane, Old Town Kate - 07917 793192

Luddendenfoot 0 to 5’s 9:15 - 11:15 Luddenden Foot Civic Centre, Station Road, Luddenden Foot Jane - 01422 885495

Mytholmroyd Toddlers 9:30 - 11:30 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Elphaborough, Mytholmroyd 01422 882226

Aquatots 9:30 - 10:15, 10:15 - 11.00 & 11.00 - 11.45 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Baby Stay and Play 9:30 - 11:30 Todmorden Health Centre, 01706 548140 FREE

Bong 9:30 Vario 0170 FRE

Steiner Parent & Child 10.00 - 12.00 St John’s Centre, Cragg Vale Sally - 07904 052816

Ben’s Story and Rhyme Time 10.30 - 11.15 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE

Ante-Natal Clinic 1.30 - 3.00 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden By appointment only via your midwife

Intro to Football 1:45 - 2:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Wild Things Drama Group 3:45 - 4:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Ducklings Swimming Classes 4:00 - 4:30, 5:30 - 6:00, 6:00 - 6:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Pre-S Clas 4:30 Todm Ewoo 0170

Kids Disco & Cheer 9:00 - 10:00 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 3 - 6 yrs

Pre-School Ballet & Tap 9:15 - 10:15 The Conservative Club, Rochdale Road, Todmorden Sarah Hitchon - 07929 576785

First Ballet & Tip Tap Toe 10:00 - 11:00 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 4 -5 yrs

Little Bear Feet 10:00 - 10:45 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 1½ - 3 yrs

Parent & Toddlers 9:00 - 10:30 Scout Road Primary School, Scout Road, Mytholmroyd 01422 883327

Bongo Bongos 9:00 - 10:00 (Term Time Only) Cornholme J&I School, Portsmouth, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Reflexology (by referral) 9.00 - 12.00 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140

Steiner Parent & Child 10.00 - 12.00 St John’s Centre, Cragg Vale Sally - 07904 052816

Central Street Parents & Toddler Group 9:00 - 11:00 Central Street Infants School, Hebden Bridge. Pauline - 01422 842784

Talk Group (For Families of children with additional needs) 11:00 - 1:00 2nd Sat of month The Fielden Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01422 847444 - FREE

Ducklings Swimming Classes 9:00 - 9:30, 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 4:30 - 5:00, 6:00 - 6:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Information Service (Drop-in support for Children & Families)

9:30 - 11:30 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904

Childminders Drop In (2nd Tuesday Only)

9:30 - 11:30 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE

Fun Swim 1:30 - 2:45 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Melody Movements 9:00 - 9:45 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 3 - 4 yrs

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Under 5’s Fun Swim 10:00 - 11:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Walsden Community Playgroup 1:30 - 3:00 St Peter’s Church, Walsden Catherine - 01706 818403

St Mary’s Family Service All Children Welcome 4:05 onwards St Mary’s Church, Todmorden 01706 819300

nselling Service for ents (by referral) - 5.00 morden Children’s Centre morden Community ege, Burnley Road, morden 22 250081 - FREE

Tatty Bumpkins 4:00 - 5:00 Zion Housing Co-op Studio, Hebden Bridge Clare - 07790 761702

Kids Disco & Cheer 4:00 - 5:00 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 4 - 6 yrs

Yoga for Pregnancy 7:00 - 8:30 Todmorden Donna 07985 274181

Bumps & Babes - support

Stay & Play 10:00 - 11:30 (Term Time Only) Woodbank School, Luddendenfoot 01422 844904 FREE

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0 - 12:00 den Vale Children’s tre, Hebden Bridge 22 844904

group for multiple births

10:00 - 11:30 The Methodist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge Nicola - 01422 843129

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Activities with the white background are pay-per-session (FREE if stated), possibly with a one-off joining fee. The shaded background indicates courses with booking (and payment where applicable) usually required for a series of sessions.

Toddler Tuesday

10% off Pottery Painting plus a free coffee (excludes holidays)

Open 10:00 - 5:00 Flying Saucers, Butlers Wharf, Hebden Bridge 01422 846666

Parent & Toddler Swimming 1:30 - 2:30 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913

FixLifestyles Mums & Babies Training 3:00 - 4:00 10a Top Land Country Business Park, Cragg Vale Rachel - 07702 796236

First Ballet & Tip Tap Toe 4:00 - 5:00 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 4 - 5 yrs

Tiny Bop Pop Disco 4:45 - 5:15 Abi’s Dance Steps, Bailey’s Gym, Walsden, Todmorden Abi - 01706 816135 2 - 5 yrs

Yoga with Creche (by referral) Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 - FREE

Luddendenfoot 0 to 5’s 1:00 - 3:00 Luddenden Foot Civic Centre, Station Road, Luddenden Foot Jane - 01422 885495

Baby Stay & Play 1:30 - 3:00 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE

Baby Stay & Play with Baby Clinic 1:30 - 3:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Careers4Adults & Job Centre Plus 1.30 - 3.30 (fortnightly) Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 - FREE

Bongo Bongos 1:45 - 2:45 Term Time Only Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

gnancy Yoga & 7:30 singway, Birchcliffe tre, Hebden Bridge ne - 07967 974 376

Rhyme Rattle ‘n Roll 4.00 - 5.00 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 - FREE

Ducklings Swimming Classes 5:00 - 5:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

naze Parent & Toddlers - 11.15 naze Community Centre, Hirst Grove, Hebden Bridge

Blackshawhead Arty Toddler Group 9:45 - 12:00 Blackshawhead Chapel, Hebden Bridge Lorraine - 01422 844971

Little Angels 10:00 - 11:30 St. Michaels Church, Cornholme, Todmorden Irene - 01706 817296

Lesbian Parents Group Stay and Play 10:00 - 12:00 (3rd Thu only) Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 07704 568237 FREE

Weaning Group, 11:00 - 12:00 (1st Thu only) Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden Health Visitors - 01706 811114 FREE

Lifestyles Mums & Babies ning - 2:30, 3:00 - 4:00 Top Land Country ness Park, Cragg Vale hel - 07702 796236

Messy Play, 1:30 - 2:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Melody Movements 4:00 - 4:45 Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 3 - 4 yrs

Children’s Yoga 4:00 - 5:00 Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge Abi - 01422 844146 Ages 3 - 7

Ducklings Swimming Classes 5:00 - 5:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Feeding Friendly 10:00 - 11:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Young Parents’ Group 1.30 - 3.00 (2nd & last Fri Only) Todmorden Children’s Centre, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Messy Play 1:30 - 3:00 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE 1 - 2 yrs

Sunday Live! Creative, interactive worship for all the family 10:00 - 11:00 (2nd & 4th Sun only) Walsden Methodist Church Dave - 07801 864199

Lesbian Parents Group Sunday Socials 2:00 - 4:00 (last Sun only) Various Locations - call for more info. 07704 568237

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- 2:45 den Vale Children’s tre, Hebden Bridge anda - 01422 224156 EE

morden Family Support 0 - 2:00 alternate weeks morden Fire Station mmunity Room, Stansfield d, Todmorden ni - 01706 839787

go Bongos - 10:30 (Term Time Only) ous Locations 06 548140 EE

School Swimming sses (Level 2+) - 5:00 morden Sports Centre, od Lane, Todmorden 06 839090

The Woods (Forest School

& Outdoor Play all year round - please dress accordingly)

10:00 - 12:00 Eastwood, Todmorden Lizzie - 07772 331780

Campaigners - Eagles (ages 4-6 yrs)

5:45 - 7:15 Lumbutts Church, Lumbutts, Todmorden Les or Pat 01706 814754

SUNDAY

EP Group (For families and

Todmorden Swimming Club

- Widths

7:00 - 8:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 817559 Young Parents Group (For

parents under 25)

2.30 - 4:00 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904 FREE

Arts and Crafts Dodnaze Community Centre, 54 Hirst Grove, Hebden Bridge 01422 844904

Todmorden Swimming Club

- Widths

7:00 - 8:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 817559

Live @ 9:15 interactive, informal worship 9:15 - 10:00 (1st & 3rd Sun only) Central Methodist Church, Todmorden Ruth / Robbie - 01706 839032

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Hebden Royd Out-OfSchools Club 7:45 - 9:00, 3:00 - 6:00 Upper Rooms, St James’ Church, Hebden Royd 01422 842821 4 - 11 yrs

Girls Group (Arts, crafts,

Modern Jazz Dancing 4:00 - 7:15 4:00 - 5:30 Fielden House, Fielden Dodnaze Community Centre Square, Todmorden 54 Hirst Grove, Hebden Bridge Sarah Hitchon Jean 01422 843216 07929 576785 8 yrs + 3 + yrs

After School Swimming 4:30 - 6:15 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913 4+ yrs

Fit Kids Boot Camp 5:00 - 6:00 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Tod Harriers Junior Training 5:30 - 6:30 Todmorden High School, Ewood Land, Todmorden Eileen Miles 07738 634625 8+ yrs

The Fun Track Out of School 7:45 - 9:00 & 3:00 - 6:00 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave. Mytholmroyd 01422 882226 3-11 yrs

Swimming (level 2 and above) 4:00 - 6:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Boyz Only Street/Break Dance 4:00 - 5:00 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Football Coaching 5:00 - 6:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 8+ yrs

Woodcraft Folk (Elfin) 5:15 - 6:30 The Fielden Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden Pete 01706 818346 6+ yrs

Judo Excellence 6:00 - 7:00 Above Purdy Pine, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge Tony - 07932 081793 5 - 7 yrs

Hebden Royd Out-OfSchools Club 7:45 - 9:00, 3:00 - 6:00 Upper Rooms, St James’ Church, Hebden Royd 01422 842821 4 - 11 yrs

After School Swimming 3:30 - 6:30 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913 4+ yrs

Starter Tennis Sessions 4:00 - 5:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Land, Todmorden Adele 01422 284432 5 - 10 yrs

Ballet & Tap 4:00 - 6:30 (various classes) Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113 5+ yrs

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy 5:00 - 6:00 Central Methodist Church Hall, Union Street, Todmorden Wendy 01706 810164 5 to 11 yrs

Tod Harriers Junior Training 5:00 - 6:15 Todmorden High School, Ewood Land, Todmorden Ben Crowther 07810 501959 6+ yrs

The Fun Track Out of School 7:45 - 9:00 & 3:00 - 6:00 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave. Mytholmroyd 01422 882226 3-11 yrs

Swimming (level 2 and above) 4:00 - 7:00, Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Creative Dance 4:00 - 6:00 Dance 4 All, Castle Hill School, Halifax Road, Todmorden Penny Alexander 01422 884634 5+ yrs

Coached Mini Tennis 4:00 - 5:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden Andrew Bentham - 01706 815265 5 to 11 yrs

Swimming (beginners) 5:00 - 5:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Hebden Bridge Handball Club 5.30 - 7.00 Calder High School, Mytholmroyd Nic 01422 649291 7+ yrs

Hebden Royd Out-OfSchools Club 7:45 - 9:00, 3:00 - 6:00 Upper Rooms, St James’ Church, Hebden Royd 01422 842821 4 - 11 yrs

Dancing - Various classes 4:00 - 8:45 Fielden House, Fielden Square, Todmorden Sarah Hitchon 07929 576785 10 + yrs

Swimming (level 2 and above) 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Girls Football Development 5:00 - 6:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 8+ yrs

Beginners Cheerleading 5:15 - 5:45 Abi’s Dance Steps, Bailey’s Gyn, Walsden, Todmorden Abi - 01706 816135 5+ Yrs

GLEE Club 5:30 - 6:30 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

The Fun Track Out of School 7:45 - 9:00 & 3:00 - 6:00 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave. Mytholmroyd 01422 882226 3-11 yrs

Gymnastics Club 4:00 - 5:15 Calder High School, Brier Hey Lane, Mytholmroyd Tracey 07970 730224 Beginners

Children’s Yoga 4:00 - 5:00 Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge Abi - 01422 844146 Ages 8 - 13

7th Todmorden Rainbows 5:00 - 6:00 Roomfield Baptist Church, Todmorden Katie - 07769 151276 5 - 7 yrs

Calderdale Schools Music Service Choir 5:30 - 6:30 Riverside School, Hebden Bridge Music Service 01422 366456 5+ yrs

Dance Club 5:45 - 6:30 Abi’s Dance Steps, Bailey’s Gyn, Walsden, Todmorden Abi - 01706 816135 5+ Yrs

Hebden Royd Out-OfSchools Club 7:45 - 9:00, 3:00 - 6:00 Upper Rooms, St James’ Church, Hebden Royd 01422 842821 4 - 11 yrs

After School Swimming 3:30 - 4:30 Shade Junior & Infant School, Shade, Todmorden 01706 812913 4+ yrs

Football Training 4:00 - 5:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5 - 8 yrs

Dancing - Various classes 4:00 - 8:00 Fielden House, Fielden Square, Todmorden Sarah Hitchon 07929 576785 10 + yrs

8th/26th Calder Valley Beavers Junior Street, Disco & Cheer 5:30 - 6:30 4.30 - 6.00 (various classes) Central Methodist Church, off Todmorden Bramsche Square, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113 Dave Payne 01706 816568 6 - 8 yrs

The Fun Track Out of School 7:45 - 9:00 & 3:00 - 6:00 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave. Mytholmroyd 01422 882226 3-11 yrs

Swimming (beginners) 4:00 - 4:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Swimming (level 2 and above) 4:00 - 6:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Children’s Yoga 4:00 - 5:00 Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge Abi - 01422 844146 Ages 3 - 7

Football Training 5:00 - 6:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 8+ yrs

Hebden Royd Out-OfSchools Club 7:45 - 9:00, 3:00 - 6:00 Upper Rooms, St James’ Church, Hebden Royd 01422 842821 4 - 11 yrs

Todmorden Tennis Club 4:00 - 5:00 May - September Burnt House Lane, Hallroyd Road, Todmorden. Andrew Bentham 01706 815265 4 - 10 yrs

Swimming (level 2 and above) 5:00 - 5:30, 6:30 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Calder Valley Karate 6:00 - 7:30 The Girl’s Gym, Calder High School, Mytholmroyd Andrew Nightingale 01422 847877 8+ yrs

Todmorden Swimming Club - Widths 7:00 - 8:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 817559

The Fun Track Out of School 7:45 - 9:00 & 3:00 - 6:00 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave. Mytholmroyd 01422 882226 3-11 yrs

Dancing - Various classes 4:00 - 7:30 Fielden House, Fielden Square, Todmorden Sarah Hitchon 07929 576785 10 + yrs

Campaigners - Kids Zone 5:45 - 7:15 Lumbutts Church, Lumbutts, Todmorden Les or Pat 01706 814754 6 - 10 yrs

Todmorden Community Brass Training Band 6:30 - 7:30 The Bandroom, Wellington Road, Todmorden Maurice 01706 816588

Football Training 8:30 - 12:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Creative Dance 9:15 - 1:15 Dance 4 All, Riverside School, Hebden Bridge Penny Alexander 01422 884634 5+ yrs

Swimming (level 2 and above) 9:30 - 12:15, 4:00 - 6:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Swimming (level 1/2) 10:00 - 10:30, 12:45 - 1:15 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Calderdale Dyslexia Hebden Bridge Saints Friendship & Support Group Saturday Soccer Club 10:00 - 12:00 First Saturday of the 11:00 - 12:00 month only Luddenden Dene School, Upper Rooms, St James Dene View, Luddendenfoot. Church, Mytholm, HB Nick Farrar 01422 882378 June 01422 842190 5 - 8 yrs

Border Gymnastics 9:00 onwards Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden Paul 01706 816755 5+ yrs

Junior Badminton 9:30 - 10:30 Calder High School, Brier Hey Lane, Mytholmroyd Mary Smith 07970 734639 6 - 11 yrs

Rugby League Training 9:45 - 11:15 Littleborough Community Campus School, Calderbrook Road Carol Locket 01706 378348 7 - 9 yrs

Judo Excellence 10:00 - 11:00 Above Purdy Pine, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge Tony - 07932 081793 5 - 7 yrs

1st Colden Rainbows 10:00 - 12:00 Alternate Saturdays Colden School Portacabin, Colden, Hebden Bridge Sandra McNeill 01706 812291 5 - 7 yrs

Junior Musical Theatre 11:00 - 11:30 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Ballet & Tap 9:15 - 5:00 Fielden House, Fielden Square, Todmorden Sarah Hitchon 07929 576785 3 + yrs

Gymnastics Club 9:30 - 12:30 Burnley Road School, Mytholmroyd Tim Wild 01422 372321/07931 337487 5+ yrs

Foundation Ballet & Tap 10:00 - 11:00 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113 5 - 6 yrs

Todmorden Judo Club 10:00 - 12:30 Todmorden Cricket Club, Burnley Road, Todmorden Sean Nuttall 07812 187270 5+ yrs

Judo Excellence 11:00 - 12:00 Above Purdy Pine, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge Tony - 07932 081793 8+ yrs

Ballet & Tap 11:30 - 1:00 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

cookery etc. for girls)

6th Todmorden Rainbows 5:30 - 6:30 Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden Tammy Frankland 01706 559493 5 - 7 yrs


Swimming (Beginners) 6:30 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Luddendenfoot Boys Brigade Anchors & Juniors 6:45 - 8:00 Luddendenfoot Civic Institute, Station Road Heather - 01422 885542 5 - 11 yrs

Todmorden Swimming Club - Lengths 7:00 - 8:00, 8:00 - 9:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 817559 For strong swimmers

Todmorden Tai Kwon Do 6:30 - 7:30 Ferney Lee School, Todmorden Keith Raistrick 07789 074198 6+ yrs

Monday Club 6:30 - 8:00 Mount Zion Baptist Chapel, Slack Top, Heptonstall 7 to 11yrs, Elva Hulme 01422 842726

Judo Excellence 7:00 - 8:00 Above Purdy Pine, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge Tony - 07932 081793 8+ yrs

Hippodrome Youth Theatre 7:30 - 9:30 Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden Helen 01706 839424 10+ yrs Entry by Audition ONLY

Junior Ballroom & Latin 5:30 - 6:30 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Todmorden Community Brass - 5-Note Beginners Band 6:00 - 6:45 The Bandroom, Wellington Road, Todmorden David White 01706 815820

Swimming (level 1/2) 6:00 - 6:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

20th Pennine Calder Cubs 6:30 - 8:00 Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden Anya 01706 839871 8 to 10½ yrs

Calder Valley Fell Runners - Junior 5:45 - 6:45 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Mytholmroyd Alastair 07812 593660 8+ yrs

20th Pennine Calder Beavers 6:00 - 7:00 Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden Rowena Goldthorpe 01706 810821 6 - 8 yrs

1st Old Town Brownies 6:15 - 7:15 Hope Baptist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge Dinah Newsome 01422 843202 7 - 10 yrs

Todmorden Judo Club 7:30 - 9:00 Todmorden Cricket Club, Burnley Road, Todmorden Sean Nuttall 07812 187270 5+ yrs

Tai Kwon Do 6:00 - 7:00 Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Mytholmroyd Helen 07901833249 6 - 14 yrs

1st Walsden Brownies 6:00 - 7:15 Walsden Junior School, Walsden Donna Scholfield 01706 839042 7 - 10 yrs

18th Hebden Bridge Beavers 6:15 - 7:15 Top Floor, Salem Mill, Hebden Bridge Nicola Leese 01422 846094 6 - 8 yrs

2nd Mytholmroyd Brownies 6:30 - 8:00 Mytholmroyd Methodist Church, Scout Road, Mytholmroyd Angela Trowell 01422 885378 7 - 10 yrs

7th Todmorden Brownies 6:00 - 7:15 Roomfield Baptist Church, Todmorden Jennifer Jackson 01706 815342 7 - 10 yrs

18th Hebden Bridge Cubs 6:15 - 7:45 Top Floor, Salem Mill, Hebden Bridge Jan Bottomley 01422 846379 8 - 10½ yrs

2nd Todmorden Brownies 6:15 - 7:30 St Joseph's School, Wellington Road, Todmorden Fiona Monaghan 01706 819703 7 - 10 yrs

Todmorden Tai Kwon Do 6:30 - 7:30 Ferney Lee School, Todmorden Keith Raistrick 07789 074198 6+ yrs

1st Mytholmroyd Rainbows 5:30 - 6:30 St Michaels Church Hall, Mytholmroyd Lisa Thwaite 01422 886274 5 - 7 yrs

2nd Hebden Bridge Brownies 6:00 - 7:15 Hope Baptist Church Hall, Cheetham St. Entrance, Hebden Bridge Christine 01422 843725 7 - 10 yrs

Woodcraft Folk (Elfin & Pioneers) 6:30 - 7:45 Salem Mill (Top Floor) Salem Street, Hebden Bridge Julie 01422 846214 6+ yrs

8th/26th Calder Valley Cubs 6:30 - 7:30 Central Methodist Church, off Bramsche Square, Todmorden Dave Payne 01706 816568 8 - 10 yrs

Ballet & Tap 6.00 - 7.30 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

6th Todmorden Brownies 6:15 - 7:30 Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden Rowena Goldthorpe 01706 810821 7 - 10 yrs

1st Heptonstall Brownies 6:30 - 7:30 Heptonstall Junior School, Heptonstall Sandra McNeill 01706 812291 7 - 10 yrs

Slack Top Gaming Club 7:00 - 9:00 Last Thurs in the month Mount Zion Baptist Chapel, Slack Top, Heptonstall Wargaming etc. for age10+ yrs Jason Hulme 01422 846749

Jazz, Disco, Cheer & Street 1:00 - 2:30 (various classes) Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Hebden Bridge Saints Team Trials Please phone for times and venue details Graeme 01422 884527

Fun Swim 1:30 - 2:45 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Limbering & Gymnastic Dance 2:30 - 3:00 Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

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Hebden Bridge Chess Club 6:00 - 7:15 Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge John Kerrane 01422 842426

Todmorden Swimming Club - Widths 7:00 - 8:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 817559

Junior Hippodrome Youth Theatre Alternate Sundays 10:00 - 12:00 Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden Emma 01706 817518 8 -10 yrs Entry by Audition Mini Rugby 10:30 - 12:00 Littleborough RUFC Rakewood, Hollingworth Lake Harry Hanson 0161 624 7880 6+ yrs

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Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden – a great place for children Don‛t just take our word for it - OfSTED agree with us !!

OfSTED Inspection Dec 2009

‘Good with several outstanding features‛ ‘Every child truly matters at this school‛ ‘Early Years Foundation Stage ‘for a child this is a great place to be‛ ‘Teaching is good with examples of outstanding throughout the school‛ ‘Pupils feel safe and confident that adults will help them‛ ‘Its outstanding curriculum designed to meet the needs and raise the aspirations of all pupils‛ ‘An ‘Aladdin‛s cave‛ learning

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environment‛ ‘Pupils are considerate and respectful to each other‛ ‘The outstanding curriculum provides memorable experiences‛ ‘Outstanding use of assessment to support learning‛ ‘Provision for the promotion of community cohesion is outstanding‛ ‘Pupils value and celebrate diversity and the way the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination is outstanding‛

The school has a popular Breakfast club every morning from 7.30 (£2.50) or 8.00 (£1.50). Breakfast is included. We also have an After School Club from 3.30 – 6 p.m. Parents can opt from a choice of sessions Prices range from £3.50 - £7.50 for the full session (with tea provided) In the Foundation Stage class children aged 3 – 5 years learn through play. For nursery age children, who have an entitlement to FREE 15 hour sessions, these can be varied according to the parents needs.

The creative arts are a particular strength of the school. Children are given the opportunity to perform for a variety of audiences either individually, in small groups, as classes or whole Key Stages. Todmorden Hippodrome is used to provide a sense of occasion for the children. The school has focus weeks which have included science, maths, art and this year will incorporate model making. The school has its own allotment where the children sow, grow, cook and eat their own vegetables. We also have four chickens providing eggs for baking sessions. Parents run the Gardening Club at lunchtime and the Parent‛s Cafe which is held after school on Fridays.

COME ALONG TO OUR OPEN DAY 21st November 9.30 - 6.30p.m. AND SEE WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOUR CHILD OR RING 01706 813163 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Places available in most year groups.


feature Applying for a Primary School Place - FAQs Who needs to apply and when?

Any child who was born between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008 will need to begin school in the next academic year. They don’t legally need to start until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, but Calderdale provides places for any eligible child from the beginning of September in the academic year in which they turn five. Children who attend Infant only schools, who are currently in year 2, also need to apply for a place at a Junior school in the same way. The application forms, known as the Common Preference Forms, will become available at the end of November 2011 and the forms must be submitted by 15th January 2012.

Where do I get a form?

If your child is already attending a nursery, you will probably be given a copy of the form and the accompanying booklet when it becomes available. If not the form can be obtained from your local primary school, Halifax Central Library or will be available in full on the Calderdale Council website, www. calderdale.gov.uk. The form can also be filled in on-line if preferred.

Is the form difficult to fill in?

No. The form itself is very straight forward, with space for three schools. All will be considered equally and, only if your child is eligible to attend more than one school, will your preference (the order you placed them on the form) be taken into account.

What does “Admissions Criteria” mean?

Many schools have more applications than they have places. Therefore they must apply some rules to decide on which children are offered places. These must be clear, fair and objective but do vary from school to school. The details for each school are covered in detail in the “Information for Parents” booklet that accompanies the Common Preference Form. It may be worth reading these carefully before choosing the order for the schools you put on the form.

Everyone will receive an offer of a school place on the same day. That will be 20th April 2012

What if we are not happy with the decision?

The first thing to do is put your child name on the re-allocation list. Details will be sent out with the placement offer letter. Otherwise you have a right to appeal.

What if my application is late?

There are some admissible reasons for being late with the application form but, otherwise, you application will only be considered after all other places are allocated.

How do I choose the best school for my child? There are a number of things you should consider when making this decision: • Does your child need special attention? Are they particularly bright or have particular behaviour patterns? Will the school offer support for Special Needs? • Does your child have specific areas of interest or are they particularly keen on sport? Does your chosen school have the equipment of structure to support these interest, such as bands, choirs, sports teams, computer suites or out-of-school activities? • Do you require wrap-around care? Does your chosen school provide breakfast clubs or after-school care? How much do they cost?

When will I find out which school we have been offered?

• How big is the school? How big are the classes and what age range is taught in each class? • Does the school suit your family’s religious beliefs? How do they handle religious education? • How would your child get to school? Is there a safe walking route or are school buses available? • Does the school have an active PTA? Would you like to be involved in this side of school life? • Does your child have a preference? Would they be happier if they stayed with their friends?

What can we learn at the Open Day or Visit? Most Primary school have Open days or will be happy to arrange for you to visit. Go prepared with an idea of what you are looking for. Some suggestions are: • A happy school with high moral • A warm and welcoming atmosphere • Cheerful and friendly children (and staff) • High quality and varied work, displayed with pride • Relaxed staff • Enthusiasric children who ask, as well as answer questions • An air of concentration and hard work, but don’t expect silence • Any other resources you or your child consider important, such as a good library, computer suite, sports facilities, arts and science equipment.

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26th calder valley scout post To addresses in TODMORDEN Only Last Posting Day -16th DECEMBER Cost - 20p per card Stamps are available from all Post Box locations and from any Scouter in the Group. Please Address Envelopes Clearly Any Queries Please Telephone 01706 816568

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Post Box Locations: J&T NEWSAGENTS - PORTSMOUTH P&S WARDS - BURNLEY ROAD HARTLEY’S STORE - OAK AVENUE CRUMBLY CHEESE STALL - INDOOR MARKET TODMORDEN NEWS CENTRE ABDUL’S NEWSAGENTS – HALIFAX ROAD ERIC WRATHALL’S SHOE REPAIRERS - BRAMSCHE SQ. WALSDEN VILLAGE STORE WALSDEN LIBRARY YEW TREE COURT - WALSDEN P & S STATIONERY WATER STREET


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£1.7 million scheme has given a small village school a state-of-theart future. Heptonstall Junior, Infant and Nursery School is being transformed as part of a Government scheme to update Victorian primary schools.

A large modern extension was completed in September and a total renovation of the original 1879 building is due to be finished early next year. Head teacher Mr David Perrin said there was a tremendous sense of excitement at the school. “The new extension is a fabulous resource not only for our pupils but for the community as well. “The quality of the new building has surpassed our expectations and given us a taste of how fantastic the refurbished old school will look when it’s ready in a few months time.” The extension houses a large hall, a new foundation stage unit with its own large playground, kitchens, space for the Out of School club and a hidden surprise – a time capsule put together by pupils to be opened in 50 years time. Community groups such as Brownies and Guides also have use of the hall space in the evenings. The refurbished old school will include three modernised classrooms, a computer suite with brand new PCs, a new library and offices. A new look for the school grounds also forms part of the scheme. The foundation stage playground has been expertly designed to provide a fun, challenging outdoor learning space, and will boast

shelters, den making areas, sand and water play, a bike track, climbing frames and balance beams. It will be used all year round as an “outdoor classroom” and will form an integral part of the nursery and reception-aged children’s learning day. Foundation Stage teacher Mrs Polly Williams said she was thrilled with the new classroom and couldn’t wait for the playground to be ready. “It’s wonderful, really wonderful – bright, airy, modern and a great size. “With the outdoor space as well, it will be a foundation stage unit to match any other.” And the older children will not miss out on outside improvements. They will benefit from an all-weather sports pitch and playing fields. “We really could not wish for a better school building for the 21st century and we all feel extremely fortunate,” said Mr Perrin. “It has been lovely to witness how proud the children feel of their new school and how well they are taking care of it.” As well as the massive improvements to the building, the school has recently introduced a new modern “creative curriculum”, moving away from teaching subjects separately to a more topic-based approach. For example, for two weeks the children might study The Romans, and all their history,

geography, literacy, art and science work would have a Roman theme. Some topics last for a week and some for a fortnight, with English skills, Maths skills and RE still taught in separate sessions. Mr Perrin said the new curriculum had had a big impact on pupils’ learning. “Teaching and learning in this way means everyone can get really engrossed and I have never seen the children so enthusiastic. “They have produced some amazing work and we’ve had great feedback from parents as well.” He said topics were often complemented by visits to museums, galleries and other places of interest. And extra-curricular activities such as whole-school plays, a brass band and various clubs also formed an important part of life at Heptonstall school. “It’s a wonderful time to be at Heptonstall school and we welcome anyone who would like to come and see the improvements for themselves,” said Mr Perrin. For more information on places at Heptonstall please contact the school office on 01422 842533 or email admin@heptonstall.calderdale.sch.uk. The school also has its own website, at www.heptonstallschool.org.uk , with loads of information and photographs, as well as examples of children’s work. Photos:

Below - the new extension left - an Artist’s impression of the new school


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Keeping fit through the Winter Months! By Rachel Parkinson

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ith the prospect of darker mornings & evenings upon us and the weather ‘closing in’, together with Christmas and New Year prevalent, it’s no wonder people lose their way at this time of year and consider hibernation as a real alternative to keeping fit, healthy and active. However, here are some suggestions for how you can keep on ‘the right track’ with your own families’ health over the winter months…

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No need for GP referral! Registered with BUPA and all other health insurance providers Discount Voucher! To celebrate the opening of the new clinic, please use this voucher to take £10 off a physiotherapy assessment or get 5 x 30 minute massage sessions for £75 (normal price £100)

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We hear it time and again as an excuse for not being able to get out and be active at this time of year. You guessed it – the Great British Weather. It’s second to none. BUT…if you are well kitted out, there is no excuse. In this day and age of high tech fibres, good quality outdoor gear is readily available and doesn’t have to break the bank. That said, it can be worth spending a bit more to get decent quality lightweight waterproofs, footwear, & base-layers so you CAN get out for a walk/run and be comfortable. A couple of other good investments are a highvisibility item (it could be a hat or gloves, or a jacket) and a head torch (these are brilliant for running, and relatively inexpensive). A great idea for Christmas pressies!

Seasonal Events – Santa Dash anyone?

Embrace the Festive Season by all means! I’d hate to be considered a ‘bah humbug’, so this year I will be once again taking part in one (or more)

Santa Dash events held at a number of venues. Generally speaking these are 5k runs, with people of all ages, fitness levels and shapes & sizes taking part. The beauty of it is, we will all look the same for that one day dressed as Santa! Who can tell how fast or slow you are, and who cares anyway!

Plan Ahead – set a Spring goal…

If you set your sights on a challenge for Feb/March time, it’s a great way to keep your focus and motivation throughout Christmas and well into the New Year. It worked wonders for me to know I was going to be running the London Marathon in April, so my training had to be over the dark, wet, cold winter months. Without the training, I knew the Marathon would be virtually impossible. I committed to both, the event and the training and it worked!

Fitness/health related gifts for Christmas

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Finally, there are so many brilliant gift ideas around which encourage all ages to be active. A few of my favourites are: An ‘activity voucher’ for experiences such as zorbing, rock-climbing, coasteering; a useful piece of fitness kit, e.g a piece of high-vis clothing, or a head-torch; subscription to a fitness magazine; even a personal training session! Use your imagination! It’s got to be better than a DVD…


Literacy Recommended Christmas Reads The Oxford Treasury of Christmas Poems £9.99

‘ Twas the Night Before Christmas - Usborne sound book £12.99

This is a lovely anthology of poems for the whole Christmas season. There are traditional carols and songs, and modern poems about children’s experiences of Christmas: food and families, presents and celebrations, and the snow and ice of winter.

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One of the most magical parts of Christmas for me is the excitement leading up to the big day. This new version of the traditional and much-loved Christmas poem is illustrated by John Joven, with original music and sounds that bring the magic of Christmas Eve to life. It lets little children press the sound panel and hear the bells of Santa’s sleigh, Santa falling down the chimney and other enchanting sound effects.

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Rick Riordan (£12.99) The second title in this number one, best-selling spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snakehaired ladies who refuse to die. This title has been flying of the shelves, so if you haven’t discovered Percy Jackson, now is the time!

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Packed full of mouth-watering Christmas recipes for cakes, biscuits and treats. Recipes include chocolate orange hearts, mince pies, white chocolate brownies and spiced apple muffins. It is illustrated with step-by-step instructions and spiral-bound so book lies flat when in use. It also includes decorating and wrapping ideas to make delicious treats into wonderful Christmas giftsChristmas Picks.

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Usborne Christmas Baking book for Children £9.99

Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune

The Highway Rat

Julia Donaldson (£10.99) Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along, stealing their food until he meets his comeuppance in the form of a cunning duck. A fabulous, rollicking rhyme, in the style of the famous Alfred Noyes poem ‘The Highwayman’ from the superstar creators of }The Gruffalo.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr (£6.99) This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago and children in Hebden Bridge have certainly been enjoying it this month.

Gold Pieces

Phyllis Bentley (5.95) The classic retelling of the story of the Crag Vale Coiners is rarely out of the best-seller list, combining fascinating local history and an exciting adventure.

Collected poems for Children

Ted Hughes (£12.99) With the celebrated Ted Hughes festival this month it’s not surprising that this wonderful collection of poetry with illustrations by Raymond Briggs is in the best seller list.

Make it Wild

Julia Danks (£16.99) Make it Wild! is still selling very well. It’s by the author of Go Wild! another hugely popular book. This one features great ideas like driftwood boats, homemade kites, and ice lanterns.

Information kindly provided by;

The Book Case, 29 Market Street, Hebden Bridge 01422 845353

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Gallery Petite at Word of Mouth

f you haven’t yet discovered Word of Mouth on Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, you won’t know the delights that lie in store & all its creative potential.

Established in December 2009, Word of Mouth is not only a shop boasting an Aladdin’s Cave of craft supplies including wool, haberdashery, beads, & fabric, guaranteed to inspire & delight all those creative individuals out there, it’s become much, much more. Offering a wide range of Art & Craft Workshops, and clothing alterations & sewing machine repairs service, it now has the area’s first Children’s Art Gallery. ‘Gallery Petite’ is a community space, free to use by local Children’s Organisations, Schools & Nursery’s to fundraise through the Children’s Artwork. It has been set up to

encourage children to be creative & raise funds by selling their Artwork to other visiting children for a donation. Stubbings Infant School has held the initial exhibition & has raised around £40.00 so far. The Gallery is booked right up until the end of the year by HB Woodcraft Folk (November), Steiner School (December) & Katie Kemp (for Stubbings School exhibiting from 1st October). Exhibitions are held for a month at a time & visitors are encouraged to ‘donate to show they appreciate.’ We’ve had a fantastic response so far & look forward to showcasing more work by local children. If you would like to fund raise through Gallery Petite please contact Jinny at Word of Mouth on 01422 648299 or e-mail jinny@itswordofmouth.co.uk.

Minor Ailments Service By Eugenie Karen

Either I am very slow on the uptake or our health professionals have been keeping something very quiet. In February a new scheme was introduced to Calderdale designed to improve access and choice for people with minor ailments. It is invaluable for those of us caring for children as in many cases it means you can avoid the inconvenience of a trip to the doctor or nurse with unwell or cranky little ones. Any scheme that reduces the need for waiting around in rooms full of people coughing unhealthily has got to be applauded. As the name implies, the service

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offers help with minor ailments - if your child has a blocked nose, constipation, head lice or mouth ulcers, for example, you still need to venture out but only to visit the local chemist where the pharmacist will take a look at them and if necessary prescribe a medicine which the child gets for free. If the pharmacist feels that the child should be seen by their doctor they will refer you to your practice. So no more paying for Calpol! Why aren’t Calderdale trumpeting this excellent idea from the roof tops? You must register children for the scheme, this involves a trip to your doctors surgery where you will be

issued with an Access Card which gives examples of the sort of ailments it covers and a record is made within it of every visit. You must bring the card with you each time you use the service. Not every pharmacy is running the scheme so you will need to check with your local one. As winter closes in and the noses run freely it is reassuring to know that I won’t need to run the gauntlet of surgery waiting rooms for anything within the normal range of childhood peakiness for the sake of getting a medicine on prescription.


page header family health Physio & Therapies in Todmorden offers treatments for a wide range of family health issues. If you have any questions, queries or concerns you would like to ask an expert about please get in touch by any of the methods shown on page 3.

We have family in Devon and often drive down there. But every time we go I seem to arrive with more pain in my back and hips. Do you have any tips? Most car seats place the knees higher than hip level, tipping the pelvis backward, which flattens the low back causing the spine to be rounded. Combine this with hunched shoulders from holding the wheel and head poked forwards and we bear more resemblance to Neanderthal man/woman than Homo sapiens! The ligaments and muscles of our body (including the discs in our spinal column) can cause pain if overstretched for periods of time. Bad driving

positions do this; stretching the structures at the back of our spine, pelvis, hips and shoulders, while those at the front may tighten up. Variations between car types make it impossible to recommend a specific vehicle but here is a quick test: If you were choosing a new car, which would you choose: • A sporty little number? • An MPV? • A saloon car? Generally your body would choose the MPV. This is because a higher seat tends to discourage the poor posture described above (compare a firm upright armchair with a soft couch). But we should not blame the car alone. We do not help

They have a wide range of specialists including Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Nutritionist, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Homeopath and other Therapists to answer your questions.

ourselves. A reclined back rest, seat too near or far from the wheel, not sitting straight - all these habits can aggravate, even cause, aches and pains. To avoid problems here are some handy tips, check next time you get in your car; • Ensure the backrest is as upright as possible. Maintaining equal support up the spine to the shoulders. • Check your distance from the wheel. You should be able to easily depress the pedals, with good clearance for the knees, and should be holding the wheel with your elbows slightly bent. • If you can adjust seat height, raise it fully (ensuring you have enough head room). Alternatively, you can sit on a flat cushion or foam wedge. • Adjust any other controls you have. Lumbar (low back) support

is vital, ensure it fits the inward curve of your back at waist height. • The head restraint should be behind your head, not your neck. Try to feel your head lightly touching it as you drive to keep good neck position. • Most importantly, take a break regularly on long journeys. A five minute “leg stretch” at least every hour or two can make all the difference. Happy (and painless) motoring!

Carolyn Towndrow Physio & Therapies

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Ballet - Tap - Modern Jazz - Theatrecraft Musical Theatre - Freestyle - Street Dance Cheerleading - Rock 'N' Roll - Ballroom - Sequence Salsa - Latin - Zumba - Melody Movement Pre School Dance - Gymnastic Dance - Limbering

Tel 01706 839113

www.dcdance.co.uk www.facebook.com/dcdanceuk

DC Dance - Victoria Road - Todmorden - OL14 5LP

Music by George Stiles Book & Lyrics by Anthony Drewe This production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.

Book your tickets at www.todhip.org Tickets also available at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre in person or call them on 01706 818181 All tickets £8 on Tues opening night. £8 conc. and £10 Wed to Sat. Group Bookings call 07722 236837 for offers. £5 Student deal on Thursday – see website for info Doors open 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm


Scallymag for Todmorden & Hebden Bridge - Winter '11