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DAILY DIARIES For Pre-school and Out-of-School Activities OUT & ABOUT Singleton Maize Maze Animal Quackers Local News: New Climbing Wall, Greener Parks, Buggy Workouts Focus on: Applying for a High School Place Family Health Importance of Immunisations, Speech Therapy Plus Bloke in a Kitchen Literacy News Competitions

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Autumn ‘13

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page welcome header contact us

contents Diary Pages Playgroups, Out of school clubs, Swimming, Libraries & Soft Play Pre-School Diary Out-Of-School Diary Competitions Design our next front cover Win a Family Ticket to the Panto Out & About Singleton Maize Maze Animal Quackers News New Climbing Wall, Buggy Workouts, Greener Parks and more Family Health Importance of Immunisation Your health Q&A Literacy The latest news from The Book Case Bloke in a Kitchen Oven Pancake Focus On: High School Applications

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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:

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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® 2013 Nothing may be reproduced without permission

Congratulations To: Cara Sunderland

aged 4, of Rossendale, who drew our wonderful front cover picture

“Ballerina With Black Hair” She gets a £25 voucher to spend at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge.

Many thanks to Bill from Silly Billy’s for judging the competition this time.

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know the new law

n 1st September 2013 the regulation regarding children taking time out of school has been changed. This change may well affect you so make sure you know exactly what the changes are.

(England) Regulations 2006 used to allow Headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” (such as parents with

If you have children of school age, you may have be aware that you can ask your Headteacher’s permission for time away from school, for your child, for up to 10 days per year. But, from the beginning of this new school year, that rule has been changed meaning, if you do take your children out of school during term time, you could be fined or prosecuted. The Education (Pupil Registration)

climbing and bouldering in Todmorden

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he Climbing Skool was established when two local friends, from different backgrounds of business and climbing, got together and decided that Todmorden needed something to inspire all ages to reach new heights.

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The right venue was found and the project was born. Twelve weeks later the building was complete. The new climbing and bouldering wall location is on Vale Street, close to Todmorden fire station and within easy walking distance of both the train and bus station. There is good local parking and it is close to the town centre The wall has over 50 graded routes plus a bouldering wall for low level climbing, traverse routes and problem solving. Georgina, one of the founders said “We really do have something to suit everyone. This is a sport that anyone can try with the minimum of outlay and, best of all, it’s all indoors so rain or shine, Summer or Winter, you can still train!” “As well as being able to come in and

boulder or climb, we offer courses to suit all abilities. We can even tailor make a course to suit your requirements. We cater for one-to-one or family groups and everything in between! We can do taster sessions, birthday parties through to advanced ropework and climbing sessions, plus fitness classes. We run a range of after school clubs and Climbing Skool academy courses to help develop skills and encourage progression. We also do weekday and weekend fun climbing sessions too.” Climbing is a fantastic physical and mental workout. It teaches body and movement awareness as well as the ability to judge three dimensional space, whilst problem solving, all during a great cardio vascular workout. The advice is, don’t be put off trying climbing by thinking it’s all about physical strength; mental strength and agility along with good climbing technique is what it’s all about. “We have great plans for the Climbing Skool’s future” said Georgina, “With a friendly welcome to all visitors, we offer a fantastic facility right in the heart of the town and hope to inspire people to come and try this great sport.”

inflexible work leave, a family wedding, etc) of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers could also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances. The 2013 Amendment to this regulation removes the reference to “family holiday” and “extended leave”, as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and then Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. So don’t get caught out. You can no longer book holidays during term time.


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haron Porter has worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years and provides flexible training sessions for people of all abilities in the familiar surroundings of their home or workplace. Her expertise includes

personal training alongside working with pregnant women, new mums and children. She also specialises in diet and nutrition. Here she tells us more about her exciting new classes for new mums – Buggy 4 Fitness. If you have a baby, the odds are you’re very busy indeed and keeping fit can be difficult to fit into your schedule. Not to mention the hassle of finding childcare while you work out. However if you come and join Buggy 4 Fitness you can train to get back into shape after your new arrival and bring your baby along too. It’s a great postnatal workout which also allows you to enjoy the great outdoors and meet new friends, whilst getting back into shape. The sessions focus on a wide variety of postnatal specific exercises, included within cardio, muscle toning and pelvic floor. Mums of all fitness levels are welcome as you work at your own level, increasing as the sessions progress, to get you back into your pre-pregnancy shape. Sessions can be joined as early as 6–10 weeks after the birth.

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The many benefits of Buggy Fitness include: • Meeting new Friends • No need for childcare • Enjoying the fresh air of the great outdoors with your baby • Losing body fat • Increasing Fitness • Strengthening the muscles affected by pregnancy • Re-toning pelvic floor and reducing the risk of stress incontinence • Re-toning abdominal muscles to increase strength and support the spine and regain figure • Boosting your mood by increasing the levels of feel-good chemicals (endorphins) which help avoid or alleviate the symptoms of post-natal depression • Increasing self confidence • Correcting/regaining good posture, balance and coordination • Better quality sleep and feeling of relaxation and calm • Longer term weight loss.

“Continuing my training with SP throughout my pregnancy was the best thing I could’ve done. I felt energized throughout and breezed through the birth. Post pregnancy I’ve found it easy to shed the baby weight and, only weeks after, I’ve already got my figure back. 100% recommended!” Jodie Konyk For more information about the classes visit www.buggy4fitness.co.uk, email info@buggy4fitness.co.uk or call Sharon on 07825 706 983

Parks are now even greener

alderdale is proud to announce that seven of the parks and green spaces in the borough have been awarded Green Flag status in the Keep Britain Tidy national awards.

The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Centre Vale Park in Todmorden, Manor Heath

Park and Jungle Experience, Ogden Water Country Park, Shibden Estate, The People’s Park and Wellholme Park will all receive the prestigious award. This means they are all welcoming, safe, clean and well maintained. The Shibden Estate has more than one reason to celebrate. The Grade II registered park has also won the prestigious national Green Heritage Award for the fourth year running. Sponsored by English Heritage, the Green Heritage Award is presented to sites of special historic importance, which demonstrate best practice in care and upkeep. Calderdale Council’s Cabinet

Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for an incredible seven parks across the Calderdale. “This award recognises and highlights that people across the borough are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality, and reflects the hard work of the Safer, Cleaner, Greener team. “The green flags are now raised, encouraging people to visit and take pride in their local park.”

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news todmorden high school prepares for the future

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apid and Exciting changes are taking place at Todmorden High School.

Following its March 2013 OFSTED Inspection, where the high standard of behaviour and conduct of the pupils was recognised by the Inspection Team; all staff at the School are now united in the vision that THS will be at least a Good School at its next full inspection. Commenting on the Inspection, Mr John Townsley (National Leader of Education/Executive Principal - GORSE Academy) stated “This has been the best Whole School Staff performance that I have witnessed during an Inspection”. To achieve this rapid change, the School is focussed on delivering an eight point plan - Leadership and Management, Progress and Achievement, Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Safety, Premises Development, Governance, Attendance and Communication. To ensure the success of this plan, the School has entered into a long term strategic partnership with the GORSE Academy (a small group of Outstanding Schools in Leeds). In addition, the School has undertaken a rigorous recruitment

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campaign that will see the arrival of 9 new teaching colleagues in September 2013. This includes new teachers of Maths, English, Humanities, Performing Arts and Business. Signs of rapid improvement are already underway; with the OFSTED Inspection Team judging 69% (of the 30+ lessons Andrew Whitaker, new observed) as being Good or Head Teacher at Todmorden High Schoo Better. Attendance is now at l 92.4% and improving each half term. Over the summer Humanities staff and members of the holiday period, almost half a million Pastoral Team. pounds will be spent by the school on Commenting about the pace of building improvements, with the aim of change at THS, Headteacher Andrew improving the learning environment and Whitaker states “Our pupils are a credit experience for all pupils. to the School. They have been getting it As with all rapidly improving right for so many years. It is wonderful schools, THS isn’t stopping there. to now work amongst a united group From September 2013, Outstanding of staff who are determined to deliver colleagues from the GORSE Academy an outstanding curriculum and learning will be supporting THS teaching experience at THS. It is also great to colleagues within English, Maths and be a strategic partner of the GORSE Science to develop schemes of work Academy (a National Support/Teaching that will ensure that all pupils at the School). With this special relationship, School make outstanding rates of THS is the only Secondary School in progress. This support will continue Calderdale that is part of a National throughout the academic year and Teaching School Alliance. This will will also include additional support for ensure that all THS staff receives the students with special educational need, very best training and development”.


out & about Singleton Maize Maze

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wanted to try something completely different with my older children, rather than another park, castle, theme park or museum; something we could all enjoy together.

A maize maze is a confusing series of paths created within a field of corn that is between eight and ten feet tall. This is definitely a weather-dependant summer/autumn activity. These crop mazes typically open each year in July, but by October the maize season is coming to an end and the plants are harvested, usually for animal feed. The Maize Maze at Singleton changes every year, with a different theme and new challenges. I thought this would be just the activity to entertain my six and eight year old but, as it’s situated on a 12 acre site, I thought it would be too hard going for my four year old. I was right on both counts. So I packed up a picnic and filled the car with everything; wellies, waterproofs, sunhats, sun cream and lots of drinks. The Maize Maze is situated at Mount Farm, which was well signposted. It is a working farm which you drive through to get to the parking area. Parking is free. First of all, adjacent to the car park area, there are some free activities. Ideal to explore and keep your group entertained should the weather ‘turn’. There was an indoor and outdoor play area, pedal go-karts, a trampoline, even

a mini-maze for those who don’t want to walk far. But we had come for the main attraction so, not letting the other activities distract my explorers, we all agreed to go for it, and get lost! We paid our entrance fee and were given a flag, an option to buy a maze map (in a sealed envelope at £1) and a clue sheet. The flag is in case things get too much and you really are lost; you wave your flag and the helper, who is permanently situated at a lookout point, ‘guides’ you to freedom. I seriously recommend you buy a map or you may not emerge at the exit for a week! The clue sheet is this year’s challenge. You find ten pointers hidden in the maze, each with a question. The completed answer sheets can then be entered into a prize draw. And so the adventure begins… I carried a little rucksack full of drinks and energy snacks; my son had the map and was chief navigator and my daughter led with the flag. The walking was quite bumpy in places (it is farmland), so sensible footwear is necessary. Halfway through, when we had got six out of the ten clues, we needed a

break. We navigated our way back to the entrance and found the main play area and a number of picnic tables. I fetched our lunch and we rested our feet for a while. After lunch we ventured in to the maze again to find the final clues. We were getting the hang of it now and we actually discovered the last pointers quite easily. We emerged from the maze at the exit, victorious in our efforts. To celebrate we had a delicious homemade ice cream from the farm shop. There was time for some of the extra activities although we decided not to try the mini-maze; we had seen enough maize for one day! Food, drink and ice cream prices were reasonable and the toilets were basic but clean. Some families had chosen to split themselves up, with one parent looking after the younger ones in the play area, while the other was in the maze with the older ones. All in all it was a fantastic day out, definitely made better by the sunshine and a great way of spending quality time with the children. Go on, I dare you. Go and get lost! The Maze remains open at weekends in September with some Friday nights being special torch-light nights. The final day for this year’s maze is Friday 25th October with a Halloween Special Fright Night. More details are on the website. By Tracey Sunderland

Photos: T Sunderland

Carr Lane, Singleton, Blackpool, FY6 8LG www.singletonmaizemaze.co.uk 01995 670381

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Once again Storymagic Theatre will present a Family Friendly pantomime on 29th, 30th & 31st December at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre. For your chance to win one of two family tickets for four, to a performance of your choosing, just answer the following question and email or post your answer to: info@storymagictheatre.co.uk Woodleigh Cottage, Ewood Lane, Todmorden OL14 7DF

Who wrote the original story of The Little Mermaid? or like our page on facebook (facebook.com/ScallymagTod) and look out for the competition posted there. Closing date – Friday 25th October ‘13 Terms and conditions apply.

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out & about

animal quackers

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was looking to find an animal petting farm not too far away from the Calderdale area, when through word of mouth I came across this gem of a place, just over the hills in Bacup.

I chatted to other parents who had visited the farm, all with glowing reports so, as soon as we had a sunny weekend, we packed a picnic and headed over to see for ourselves. The farm is literally a few minutes drive from Bacup town centre. Coming from Todmorden direction on the A681, you’ll arrive in the town centre / roundabout. Continue on the A681, towards Rawtenstall, into Market Street and, almost immediately, take the right hand turn into Bankside Lane. Continue on this road and follow the signs to ‘Animal Quackers’ up to Newchurch Old Road. The road up to the farm is a short distance, but pot-holed, so please take it slowly. As soon as we arrived we received the warmest welcome and even the farmer’s young children took delight in showing my daughter some baby chicks, lambs, rabbits, geese and ducklings who were all happily lazing in the sunshine. Farmer Terry, who set up the farm several years ago, gives a regular tour as

well as helping with the animal petting and feeding sessions throughout the day. He clearly adores the animals and his infectious enthusiasm and a repartee in hilarious, corny jokes makes this a fun day out for all. Farmer Terry is a star and several other parents who’d visited the farm mentioned how great he was with the kids. A cross between Steve Irwin and Tommy Cooper! We also learnt some fascinating facts, such as a donkey in desert conditions is able to hear the bray of another donkey over 60 miles away! When Basil the Donkey breaks out in full cry, you quickly realise this is no exaggeration! For a small farm there’s a great variety of animals. Everything from Highland cattle to baby chicks. There are reindeer, sheep, Micro Pigs, Barn Owls, baby rabbits, Gloucestershire All Spot pigs, miniature ponies, ‘Ant’ & ‘Dec’ the Kid Goats, Basil the Donkey and many, many more. My 4 year old daughter loved every minute and we stayed most of the day as she kept revisiting her favourite animals (in other words, ALL of them), bottle feeding lambs, walking with a pony and merrily chatting away to the goats. There was plenty of opportunities for the children (and adults!) to stroke and interact with all kinds of animals, from soft bunnies and lambs, to much more exotic creatures. There are foot baths

as you enter, plenty of hand washing stations and frequent gentle reminders from the staff for visitors to wash their hands after petting the animals. The farm is also a unique place to hold children’s birthday parties. Contact the farm for more information. The farm also holds special events throughout the year including the ‘Farm of Terror’ days at Halloween time and egg hunts during Easter. There is a small café serving a variety refreshments and simple meals, all very reasonably priced. It may lack some of the giant ball pools, indoor play parks and gimmicks of larger farm attractions but Animal Quackers more than makes up for that with its warm welcome and Farmer Terry’s love of showing children the world of animals. You’ll remember a great day out with a huge smile on your face. We’ll definitely be regular visitors throughout the year. The farm is open every weekend and on Bank Holidays. It opens 7 days a week during the school Summer holidays. Opening times are 11.00am to 5.00pm, with the last entry at 4.00pm. By Richard Dalby

Photos: R Dalby

Huttock Top Farm, Newchurch Old Road, Bacup, OL13 8HS 01706 875492 animalquackersfarm@yahoo.co.uk www.animalquackersfarm.co.uk

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focus on: high school application process

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f your child has just entered year 6, and turns 11 during this new school year, it is time to start thinking about secondary schools.

The application process is very similar to the Primary school application process, but applications close on 31st October, much earlier than for Primary schools. There is a Common Preference Form to fill in, on which you can put up to five school choices, in order of preference. This form will be supplied by your primary school or can be filled in on-line. Once again, all choices are considered equally and, only if your child is eligible for more than one school will the preference order be taken into account.

Important Points

In the area this magazine covers, there are two comprehensive high schools, Todmorden High and Calder High. Their priority (catchment) areas are defined and do not overlap. Therefore, most children will be eligible for one school or the other depending on where they live. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put you preferred school at the top of your list, irrespective of where you live, but you should be aware of the criteria the allocation process uses should one school be over subscribed. See box for details.

Grammar schools

There are also two Grammar schools in Calderdale you may like to consider for your child. If you wish your child to be invited to take the school entrance exam then you must include one, or both of them, on your preference form. The exam usually takes place in early December. A single exam will be used to find the 310 pupils to fill the admissions for both grammar schools (155 in each).

Over-subscription criteria Places will be allocated in the community/trust secondary schools in the following order of priority: 1. Pupils who are in public care (‘Looked After’ children) or pupils who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order. 2. Pupils living within the defined priority (catchment) area who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school (excluding pupils in their final year). 3. Other pupils living within the defined priority (catchment) area. 4. Those pupils who do not qualify under Categories 1-3 who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school (excluding pupils in their final year). 5. Other children - (distance). If there is over-subscription within any category, then pupils will be admitted in the order of proximity of the pupil’s permanent home to the school. Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil’s permanent home to the closest designated school gate. Distance will be calculated using the Local Authority’s GIS system (Geographical Information System). To ensure consistency applies, all measurements will be carried out using the Local Authority’s GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from Children with statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) will always be given priority to the school which is named on the statement. Taken from Calderdale.gov.uk

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

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

Before & After School Luddenden Dene J,I & N CE School, Dene View, Luddenden Foot Andrea - 07812 905251

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The Glen House Montessori Pre- School Glen House, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge 01422 884682

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Space at The Ark The Ark Nursery, Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd 01422 882010

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

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

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The Ark Pre-School Dean Hey Farm, Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd 01422 882010

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The Fun Track Out of School Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave. Mytholmroyd 01422 882226

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received. Please phone ahead before setting out as details can change at any time. 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. If you have any new or up-dated information that should be included here, please let us know – contact details are on page 3.

Heptonstall Out of School Club Heptonstall J, I & N School, Smithwell Lane, Heptonstall 01422 843619

On this first page we have the Pre-school and Playgroups that run in our area. These usually offer free sessions for children aged 3 and over for 15 hours per week during term time. Contact them directly for more information. The Out of School Clubs listings are for older children who require care outside normal school hours or during holidays. Those

listed take all children, not just those who attend any associated school. The bottom section shows opening times for places you might like to visit regularly with your child. The centre spread is the Pre-school Diary. White background is for drop-in sessions, shaded background is for bookable activities. All sessions will require an adult to remain with the child at all times. Most activities charge a small fee; all Children’s Centre services are free, with any donations gratefully

Hebden Royd Out-Of-Schools Club Upper Rooms, St James’ Church, Hebden Royd 01422 842821

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Mytholmroyd Library Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd 01422 883933

Walsden Library Inchfield Road, Walsden 01706 815602

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

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

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

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

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Todmorden Library Strand, Rochdale Road Todmorden 01706 815600

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Hebden Bridge Library Cheetham Street Hebden Bridge 01422 842151

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

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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 call 01706 548140 for details FREE

Old Town Playgroup 9:00 - 11:00 Old Town Primary School, Billy Lane, Old Town 01422 842859

Midgley Under 5’s 9:45 - 11:15 Midgley School, Midgley Jo - 01422 881984

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

Stay & Play 10:00 - 11:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 - FREE

Under 5 10:00 - 1 Todmord Ewood L 01706 8

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

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

Caterpillar Music 10:00 - 10:45 (0 - 36 mths) 10:50 - 11:35 (18 mths - 4 yrs) Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Market St/Hebble End, Hebden Bridge Angela - 01422 844551

Baby Messy Play 10:00 - 10:45 The Star Tree Studio, 42 Victoria Street, Littleborough Neela - 07778 543233

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

Talk First (baby signing) 12:45 - 1:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Ladies F 1:45 - 2: Todmord Burnley 01706 5 Limited

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

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

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

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

Childmi 9:30 - 11 Hebden Centre, H 01422 2 FREE

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

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

Baby/postnatal Yoga 10:00 & 2:00 Blessingway, Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge Elaine - 07967 974 376

Yoga (with Creche) (by referral) 1:15 - 2:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140

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

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

Stay & Play 9:15 - 10:45 (Term Time Only) Luddenden Dene School, Luddendenfoot 01422 264688 FREE

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

Family Stay and Play 9:30 - 10:30 & 11:00 - 12:00 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 264688 FREE

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

Mum Zone 10:00 - 1:00 Queen Hotel, Rise Lane, Todmorden 01706 819917

Sure Sta 10:00 - 1 Jitterbug Todmord Littleboro

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

Art Stars 10:00 - 10:45 & 1:30 - 2:15 The Star Tree Studio, 42 Victoria Street, Littleborough Neela - 07778 543233

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

Thula Mama (Mums and Babies

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

Little Bear Feet 11:30 - 12:15 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 1½ - 3 yrs

Parent & 11:45 - 1 Shade J Shade, T 01706 8

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

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

Dodnaze Parent & Toddlers 9.45 - 11.15 Dodnaze Community Centre, 54 Hirst Grove, Hebden Bridge

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

Little An 10:00 - 1 St. Micha Cornholm Irene - 0

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 - 2:00 (3 - 9 months) Todmorden Sports Centre, Jo Corbett - 01706 212889

TalkFirst 9:30 - 10:15 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 264688 FREE

Art Stars 10:00 - 10:45 & 11:15 - 12:00 Upsy Daisy’s Play Gym Mytholmroyd Neela - 07778 543233

Jo Jingles 10:15 - 11:00 (Family Session), 11:45 - 12:15 (3-9 months) Jitterbugs Play Centre, Littleborough Jo Corbett - 01706 212889

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

Buggy 4 1:30 - 2: Calder H Bridge Sharon

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

Old Town Playgroup 9:00 - 11:00 Old Town Primary School, Billy Lane, Old Town 01422 842859

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

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

Bongo Bongos 10:00 - 11:00 (term time only) Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

The Woods (Forest School & Outdoor Play all year round - please dress accordingly)

Ben’s S 10.30 - 1 Hebden Centre, H 01422 2 FREE

Ante-Natal Clinic 9:00 - 2:00 Todmorden Children’s Centre, Burnley Road, Todmorden By appointment only via your midwife

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

Dramasaurus 2:30 - 3:15 (age 2/3) 3:40 - 4:25 (age 4/5) Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall Mel - 07554 368232

Ducklings Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Campaigners - Eagles

Todmorden Swimming Club

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

7:00 - 8:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden Deborah - 07551 266862

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

Ducklings Swimming various levels 9:00 - 1:30; 3:15 - 6:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Dads & Male Carers Event 10:00 - 12:00 (1st Sat. of month Todmorden College Hall, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140

UNEARTH – Self Discovery Through Play 11:00 – 1:00 (3rd Saturday Only) Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge Julie - 07850 4290566

Little Bear Feet 9:00 - 9:45 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 1½ - 3 yrs

Melody Movements 9:00 - 9:45 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 3 - 4 yrs

only)

Harmony Singing)

10.00 - 11.30 Central Hebden Bridge Liz Powers 01422 847702

Mini Movers Disco/Cheer 9:00 - 10:00 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113

(ages 4-6 yrs)

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

PEEP Group (For families and children with additional needs)

1:30 - 2:45 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge Amanda - 01422 399552 FREE

10:00 - 12:00 Eastwood, Todmorden Emily

- Widths

First Ballet & Tip Tap Toe 10:00 - 11:00 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113

First Ba 4:00 - 5: DC Danc Todmord Dawn - 0 Age 4 - 5


5’s Fun Swim 11:00 den Sports Centre, Lane, Todmorden 839090

Icky Sticky Kids 10.00-11.30 Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge Nichola - 07973 234928

Walsden Community Playgroup @ St Peter’s 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

Fitness :45 (term time only) den Children’s Centre, Road, Todmorden 548140 crèche FREE

Ben’s Music and Story 3:30 - 4:15 (please call for dates) Cornholme Primary School, Greenfield Terrace, Cornholme 01706 548140 - FREE

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

Ducklings Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Toddler Tuesday

inder Drop-In 1:30 (2nd and 4th Tuesday) Vale Children’s Hebden Bridge 264688

Bumps & Babes

support group for multiple births

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

allet & Tip Tap Toe :00 ce, Victoria Road, den 01706 839113 5 yrs

Ducklings Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

Pregnancy Yoga 5:00 Blessingway, Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge Elaine - 07967 974 376

art Baby Club 11:00 gs Play Centre, den Road, ough

Todmorden Family Support 12:30 - 2:00 alternate weeks Todmorden Fire Station Community Room, Stansfield Road, Todmorden Jenni - 01706 839787

Luddendenfoot 0 to 5’s 1:15 - 3:15 Luddenden Foot Civic Centre, Station Road, Luddenden Foot Sophie

& Toddler Swimming 12:45 Junior & Infant School, Todmorden 812913

Tiny Tots 4:00 - 5:00 Hebden Dance Place, Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge Miss Julie - 07581 165057

Ducklings Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

ngels 11:30 aels Church, me, Todmorden 01706 817296

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

Under 25s Group 1.30 - 3:00 Hebden Vale Children’s Centre, Hebden Bridge 01422 264688 FREE

Family Activities 1:30 - 2:30 Todmorden Children’s Centre, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 FREE

Dramasaurus 2:30 - 3:15 (age 2/3) 4:00 - 4:45 (age 4/5) Roomfield Church, halifax Road, Todmorden Mel - 07554 368232

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

Dainty Dolls 4:00 - 5:00 Hebden Dance Place, Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge Miss Julie - 07581 165057

Aquatots 11.00 - 11.45 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

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

Mature Parent’s Group 1:30 - 3:00 (1st Fri. of month only) Todmorden Children’s Centre, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140

- 07825 706983

Story and Rhyme Time 11.15 (please call for dates) Vale Children’s Hebden Bridge 264688

SUNDAY

4 Fitness :30 Holmes Park, Hebden

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

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

Family Social From 3:30 Open 10:00 - 5:00 Trades Club, Holme Street, Flying Saucers, Butlers Wharf, Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge Lucy - 07943 771739 01422 846666

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

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

- Widths

7:00 - 8:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden Deborah - 07551 266862

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

Mid-Week Movers 3:00 - 5:00 (Term Time Only) Todmorden Community College Hall, Burnley Road, Todmorden 01706 548140 - FREE

Family Social From 3:30 Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge Lucy - 07943 771739

Pregnancy Yoga 7:30 Blessingway, Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge Elaine - 07967 974 376

Melody Bear 4:00 - 4:45 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 3 - 4 yrs

Ducklings Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

NB: Shaded background indicated these events are bookable. You must call beforehand. White background shows drop-in events open to all.

Family Fun Swim 10:00 - 12:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

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MONDAY

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Boyz Break Dance 4:00 - 5:00 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Modern Jazz Dancing 4:00 - 7:15 Sarah Hitchon School of Dance, The Conservative Club, Rochdale Road, Todmorden Sarah - 07929 576785 3 + yrs

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

Mini Movers Street Crew 5:00 - 5:30 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 4 - 6 yrs

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

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

Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Move & Groove Disco/Cheer 4:00 - 5:00 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn - 01706 839113 Age 4 - 6 yrs

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

Monday Club 6:00 - 7:30 Mount Zion Baptist Chapel, Meet at Colden School 5 to 11yrs, Elva Hulme 01422 842726

Kidz Latino & Salsa 6:00 - 6:45 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

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

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

Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Boyz Tap 4:30 - 5:00 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Junior Ballroom & Latin 5:30 - 6:30 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

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

Family Social From 3:30 Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge Lucy - 07943 771739

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

Climbing Fun 4:00 - 5:30 Climbing’s Kool, Vale Street, off Stansfield Road, Todmorden Georgina 01706 819100

Tod Harriers Junior Training 5:00 - 6:30 Todmorden High School, Ewood Land, or Shepherds Rest Pub, Lumbutts Road, Todmorden Ben Crowther 07817 108921

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

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

Family Social From 3:30 Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge Lucy - 07943 771739

Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Move & Groove 4:30 - 5:30 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113 Age 4 - 7 yrs

Beginner Ballet & Tap 5:00 - 6:00 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113 Age 7 - 11 yrs

6th Todmorden Rainbows 5:00 - 6:00 St Josephs School, Wellington Road, Todmorden Tammy - 01706 813731 5 - 7 yrs

2nd Luddenden Rainbows 5.45 - 7.00 every fortnight Kershaw Youth Centre Kershaw Drive, Luddendenfoot Kay - 07814 745340 5 - 7 yrs

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

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

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

Disco Team Class 5:00 - 5:30 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Climbing’s Kool Academy 5:00 - 6:30 Climbing’s Kool, Vale Street, off Stansfield Road, Todmorden Georgina 01706 819100

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

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

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

Climbing Fun 4:30 - 6:00 Climbing’s Kool, Vale Street, off Stansfield Road, Todmorden Georgina 01706 819100

Dramasaurus 4:50 - 5:35 (age 6/7/8) 5:40 - 6:25 (age 9/10/11) 6:30 - 7:15 (age 12/13) Roomfield Church, Halifax Road, Todmorden Mel - 07554 368232

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

8th/26th Calder Valley Cubs 6:00 - 7:17 Central Methodist Church, off Bramsche Square, Todmorden Dave Payne 01706 816568 8 - 10 yrs

Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

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

Junior Street, Disco & Cheer 4.30 - 6.00 (various classes) DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Hebden Dance Place 5:00 - 6:00 Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge Miss Julie - 07581165057 6 - 8 yrs

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

Ballet & Tap 6:00 - 7:30 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy 4:00 - 7:00 Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge Wendy 01706 810164 5 to 11 yrs

Swimming various levels 4:00 - 7:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

Climbing’s Kool Academy 4:30 - 6:00 Climbing’s Kool, Vale Street, off Stansfield Road, Todmorden Georgina 01706 819100

8th/26th Calder Valley Beavers 5:30 - 6:45 Central Methodist Church, off Bramsche Square, Todmorden Dave Payne 01706 816568 6 - 8 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 Deborah - 07551 266862

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

Dramasaurus 4:30 - 5:15 (age 6/7/8) 5:20 - 6:05 (age 9/10/11) Heptonstall Social & Bowling Club, Acre Lane, Heptonstall Mel - 07554 368232

Baby Ballroom 5:00 - 5:30 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113 Age 4 - 7 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

Ballet & Tap 9:00 onwards Sarah Hitchon School of Dance, The Conservative Club, Rochdale Road, Todmorden Sarah - 07929 576785 3 + yrs

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

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

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

Swimming various levels 9:00 - 1:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs

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

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

Hebden Bridge Saints Saturday Soccer Club 11:00 - 12:00 Luddenden Dene School, Dene View, Luddendenfoot. Nick Farrar 01422 882378 5 - 8 yrs

UNEARTH – Self Discovery Through Play 11:00 – 1:00 (3rd Saturday Only) Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge Julie - 07850 4290566

20th Pennine Calder Beavers 9:00 - 12:00 (first Sat of Month) St Josephs School, Wellington Road, Todmorden Rowena Goldthorpe 01706 810821 6 - 8 yrs

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

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

Todmorden Judo Club 10:00 - 12:30 4 Whiteplatts Street, off Stansfield Road, Todmorden Sean Nuttall 07812 187270 5+ yrs

Climbing Fun 11:00 - 12:30, 2:30 - 4:00, 5:30 - 7:00 Climbing’s Kool, Vale Street, off Stansfield Road, Todmorden Georgina 01706 819100

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

Junior Dance Classes (all types)

11:00 - 3:00 DC Dance, Victoria Road, Todmorden Dawn 01706 839113

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


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

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 Deborah - 07551 266862 For strong swimmers

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

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

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 6 - 8 yrs

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

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

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

Todmorden Swimming Club - Widths 7:00 - 8:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden Deborah - 07551 266862

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

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

20th Pennine Calder Cubs 6:30 - 8:00 Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden Anya 01706 839871 8 to 10½ yrs Todmorden Judo Club 7:30 - 9:00 Todmorden Cricket Club, Burnley Road, Todmorden Sean Nuttall 07812 187270 5+ yrs

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

SUNDAY

Swimming various levels 3:15 - 6:30 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090 5+ yrs 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

Family Fun Swim 10:00 - 12:00 Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden 01706 839090

UNEARTH – Self Discovery Through Play Women Only 11:00 – 1:00 (3rd Sunday Only) Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge Julie - 07850 4290566

Climbing Fun 12:30 - 2:00 Climbing’s Kool, Vale Street, off Stansfield Road, Todmorden Georgina 01706 819100

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Upper Valley Family Services

Todmorden Children’s Centre Nursery

Are you looking for a nursery place where; “Children are well supervised and their learning supported” “Children make good progress, and are well prepared for school” “Parent/ carers are welcomed into the nursery environment” Ofsted Report, Nov. 2011

If so, Todmorden Children’s Centre Nursery is the place for you! Free places available for eligible children aged 2, 3 and 4. For more information or to book a nursery place, email: feaz.akhtar@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01706 548140/1 Todmorden Children’s Centre, Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden, OL14 7BX

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bloke page in a kitchen header Blueberry Oven Pancake By Richard Dalby

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his wonderful, easy to prepare, custardy pudding is based on a traditional Scandinavian recipe called Pannukakku

It seems every cuisine around the world has its own unique take on pancakes and this makes a nice change to the flat round ones we have with lemon and sugar. Because it’s baked in the oven and doesn’t involve butter or oil hissing and spitting in a frying pan, young children can safely help prepare it. Give it a go, what better excuse do you need to have pancakes more than just once a year? Serve with a good vanilla ice cream and warm jam for the perfect Autumnal treat.

6 large free range eggs

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350ml milk 50g caster sugar

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1 teaspoon vanilla extract Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 225g plain flour 1 level teaspoon salt 1 level teaspoon baking powder 200g blueberries 50g butter

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In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar and sugar until creamy. Stir in the grated lemon zest. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder, and stir well into egg mixture until smooth. Add the blueberries and give another quick final stir. Allow the batter to rest and thicken slightly, for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450º F / 230ºC / Gas Mark 8. When the pancake batter has rested, place butter in a large oven-proof dish. Put the dish in

the oven and allow the butter to melt, without browning. 7. Once your butter has melted, remove dish from oven, and use a pastry brush to coat surface and sides of dish evenly with the melted butter. 8. Pour your pancake batter into the hot, buttered pan and return to middle shelf of the oven. 9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. 10. Perfect served warm, with vanilla ice cream and a drizzling of warm bramble jam.

All photos: Richard Dalby

Ingredients

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page header family health

Are YOU and your child protected?

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measles outbreak in Wales is a reminder of the importance of MMR vaccination. It’s never too late to get your children (or yourself) vaccinated against this dangerous illness. If your children haven’t yet had the MMR vaccination, don’t delay. There have been over 800 confirmed cases of measles in Swansea and the outbreak shows no sign of slowing down. Measles isn’t trivial. It’s a very infectious, nasty illness which, in rare cases, can be fatal. About one in five children with measles experiences complications such as ear infections, diarrhoea and vomiting, pneumonia, meningitis, and eye disorders. One in 10 children with measles ends up in hospital. There is no treatment for measles. Vaccination is the only way of preventing it. It’s an illness that spreads very easily. In fact, it’s one of the most infectious diseases known. You can catch measles if you spend just 15 minutes with someone who has the disease. What can surprise people is that if adults get measles, they are likely to become more ill than children and for a longer period of time. Someone with measles generally has to spend five days in bed and be off work for 10 days. They are also more prone to more illnessrelated complications than children. Calderdale may be a fair distance from Wales; however, outbreaks of measles can happen anywhere at any time, so it’s important that your children are up-to-date with their MMR and other childhood vaccinations. If your child has already had two doses of MMR vaccine, you don’t need to worry. Similarly if your child had their

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first dose of MMR as a baby but they are not yet old enough to have received their second dose, this counts as them being up to date and there is no need to have the second MMR dose earlier than scheduled. However, if your child is school aged and has only had one MMR dose, or not been vaccinated at all, they really should be vaccinated as soon as possible. It’s never too late for your children (or yourself) to ‘catch up’ with MMR vaccination if they missed it earlier. Children up to the age of 18 and adults without immunity should have a catchup MMR vaccination. Babies under six months usually have some antibodies to measles already in their system, passed on from their mum at the time of birth, which may give them some protection for the first few months. But this residual immunity also interferes with their response to the MMR vaccine. So, the best approach for children under six months is to try to avoid them having any contact with measles. MMR vaccination is usually given as a first dose around the age of 13 months and then again as a ‘booster’ jab before school at age three to five. If your child has already had the vaccine it should be recorded in their medical notes and in their personal health record (the `Red

Book`). Ask your GP or Health Visitor if you’re not sure. The MMR vaccination is available to adults and children free on the NHS. To confirm you need two doses of MMR to be fully protected. The first dose of the MMR jab protects 90% of those who receive it, and the second dose tops this up to 99% protection. Almost all of the children in Wales who have caught measles were either completely unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. To arrange a vaccination call your local GP practice and make an appointment for an MMR jab. It involves two doses which can be given just a month apart to protect as quickly as possible. If you aren’t registered with a GP, find the nearest doctor’s surgery who will give your family the jabs. Remember - It’s not just children who can benefit from MMR vaccination. Adults who are unsure whether they’ve had measles or been vaccinated, particularly if they’re carers or work with children, can have the MMR vaccine on the NHS from their GP. Bear in mind that most adults born before 1970 are likely to be immune because they have probably been exposed to measles already.


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Judith Kerr

ational treasure Judith Kerr celebrates her ninetieth birthday this

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The writer and illustrator behind Mog the Forgetful Cat and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and author of the semi-autobiographical classic When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, she is one of the best selling children’s writers of all time. Publishers have celebrated her ninetieth year with some beautiful limited editions of her books, including a

Best Sellers The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been selling well over the summer, it’s great holiday reading so it’s not surprising it’s at the top of the charts. It’s closely followed by the Hunger Games trilogy, its popularity with teens

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slip-cased Tiger Who Came To Tea, and Judith Kerr’s Creatures, a detailed and lavishly illustrated retrospective that includes examples of her early drawing and sketches and photos of the original Mog. It’s a great book for adults and children to share, a fascinating insight into the art of illustration, and an amazing celebration of her life and work.

has been helped by publicity for the second film in the series. The Tiger that Came to Tea is always one of our best sellers, and another classic picture book Dear Zoo is also in the chart. Gangsta Granny is David Walliams latest title in paperback, he seems to get it just right

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Hunger Games

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Gangsta Granny

Thirty Days Has September

Dear Zoo

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Suzanne Collins

Judith Kerr

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Buster Books

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n the current financial climate, everyone needs to watch the pennies. So here is our guide to top family tips to save everyone some cash and still have a great time while doing it.

Over 180 Museums And Galleries In Britain Have Free Entry

Entertaining and educational for the whole family, covering every area of interest from Roman history to football, with everything in between. Try www. moneysavingexpert. com/deals/free-museumsand-art-galleries for a full list by geographical area.

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Did you know most TV shows that are recorded in front of a live audience, are free to get in? This includes The X Factor, The Voice, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and other game shows. Of course tickets are usually taken up very quickly but, all you need to do to ensure you hear about them when they are released, is to register with the appropriate site. www.mediacityuk.co.uk/studios/audience-and-tours has links and details about shows recorded in Salford.


family finance

p Tips to save you money Train Travel With Kids? – Get A Railcard

If you regularly travel by train with your children, look into buying a Family & Friends Railcard. They cost £30 but, with the third off most adult fares and 60% off children’s fares that they provide, you can often save the cost in one trip. They last for one year and cover the whole of Britain. To get the reduction the party must consist of one adult and at least one child aged between 5 and 16, but can be as big as four adults and four children. In fact, with the card, it is often worth borrowing a child to save you money! www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk for more information.

Turn Your Old Gadgets Into Cash

Families with kids often find the number of old, worn-out or out-of-date gadgets that accumulate, unused, in drawers grows steadily month on month. Lots of companies offer to recycle these for cash and will even send you a freepost bag to make the job even easier. Try https://tradein. asda.com/ or CeX, for an in store valuation (stores in Halifax & Burnley) http:// uk.webuy.com/

Outlet Clothing Sales

Outlet shopping has been around for a long time – big name brands selling last year’s stock at reduced prices, but many are now available online. Have a look at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/ and search for your favourite brand. Boden, Littlewoods and Sole Trader are all there, plus many more.

Vouchers

Hundreds of vouchers are available online every day and it is always worth checking out offers before you set off to spend any money. The big family attractions, such as Theme Parks and Zoos often have money off vouchers, printable online. 2-for-1 or 15% off offers are common but check whether you can use more than one voucher per entrance or which voucher would save you most money. Family-friendly restaurant chains often have vouchers running; Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Express, etc. even Little Chef if you’re planning a long road trip! Finally, it’s always worth doing a quick check before you head off shopping for any high street store vouchers. A fairly extensive website that lists many of the deals in an easy, clear way, is www. vouchercodes. co.uk .

Don’t Pay For Stuff You Don’t Use

Have a look through your latest bank statement. Are there any direct debits on there you don’t actually benefit from? The main culprits are magazine subscriptions, gym membership, tv channel subscriptions or even paying for extras packaged with your bank account such as travel insurance. If you won’t miss them, cancel them!

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family health page header 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.

My Health Visitor wants to refer my son to a Speech & Language Therapist but I’m not clear what the problem might be or how this might help. Could you tell me a bit more about this please? Speech, language and communication play a vital role in a child’s life. Without being able to talk and understand other people, a child can’t do things like: • Communicate with their families and friends and make their needs known • Play and interact with other children • Understand what people say to them • Learn effectively and achieve their full potential Most children develop communication skills from birth. A newborn baby communicates with its mother through eye contact

during feeding. In the next few weeks and months, through crying, early sounds and gestures, he starts to learn how his basic needs can be met and begins to share experiences. As they grow older, children need to learn; • to understand words, sentences and conversations. This is often called ‘receptive language’. • how to talk using words and sentences. This is often called ‘expressive language’. • to use their language socially. For example, listening as well as talking, or talking to a teacher differently than to a friend. • to say speech sounds correctly so they can be understood by others. They normally do this in a definite order. For example children begin to understand words

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

before they can say them. Next they learn how to say words, then how to put them together to make sentences. However, there is quite a variation in the speed at which they develop speech, language and communication skills. Some develop quickly, while others may take longer. Before children learn to talk they need to develop their early communication skills, such as: looking, joint attention, early play, taking turns and listening. So you can see that ‘communication’ includes lots of things that do not actually involve ‘speech’ and ‘language’ but which are essential bricks in the foundation for normal development of communication skills. Particularly with younger children, a Speech and Language Therapist will be assessing how these are developing.

What can go wrong? Speech, language and communication underpin everything we do – making our needs known, expressing our likes and dislikes, interacting with others and building relationships. We often take these skills for granted, but some children can struggle to communicate. A child with speech, language and communication needs might: • Have poor attention and/or not be able to listen to what is said to them • Have difficulty with developing pretend and imaginative play and with sharing and taking turns in play. • Not understand words that are being used, or the instructions they hear • Have speech that is difficult to understand or may have a stammer • Not talk at all in specific settings – this is called selective mutism. • Not progress beyond the use of single words to communicate. • Struggle to construct ordered sentences because of word access or grammatical difficulties. • Have difficulty knowing how to talk and listen to others in a conversation - taking turns Children may have some or many of these difficulties; they are all very different. If you feel that a child may have any of the communication difficulties I have listed above, or if a Speech & Language Therapist has been suggested by a health professional, you could phone me for a chat and I will be able to advise you on how Speech and Language Therapy might be helpful. You may also find the website www.talkingpoints.org.uk helpful for checking out what communication levels are appropriate for your child’s age. If you decide to bring your child to clinic for assessment, the first thing I will do is to help him or her feel relaxed, and to enjoy being in the clinic. After a little while most children can be encouraged to engage in something they like doing and this will help me assess their communication skills. Most of the assessment and therapy with children is done through play and fun activities and they usually look forward to coming! If you would like more information about the therapy process, please contact me at Physio & Therapies. John Andreae Speech and Language Therapist

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