RSPCA Big Walkies at Shibden Park

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their third Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for both 2 legged and 4 legged supporters to help raise funds for their local RSPCA Centre.

The 3k walk will take place in the beautiful grounds of Shibden Park, Halifax on Sunday 24 September at 11am. All sponsorship raised will go towards providing care, training and rehabilitation to the current – and future – animals looking for their forever homes in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome and there’s even more to experience on the day with fun stalls and games for the whole family and their pooches to enjoy.

This year Fay Gibbons (RSPCA Events Coordinator) will be taking on the role of lead walker along with one of the centre’s lucky pooches! Fay said “I can’t wait for the return of the Big Walkies to Shibden Park this year. We always have such fun with the local community and it’s an event that really helps us raise awareness of the amazing animal welfare work our branch does and gives us the opportunity to raise vital funds to support this work too.”

It really is a beautiful, scenic walk and it’s great to see so many excited pooches flock to Shibden Park for the best walk ever! I couldn’t help but get involved with the walk myself and I hope this will give us the opportunity to show off some of our current doggy residents looking for their forever homes. We hope to see lots of people and pooches there but if you can’t make it and still want to support us, you can donate through our justgiving page too.”

To register please visit It’s only £5 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack and Big Walkies wristband. All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funded branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.

For more information or any enquiries please contact Fay on 07399 587618 or


Ward Forum Grant Used to Install Play Train at Shibden Park

The Friends of Shibden Park have now completed the play train project which is proving to be a great success with visitors to the park both young and old, the group were successful in securing a £500 Northowram and Shelf ward forum grant, which was used for the carved seats and perimeter fencing.

After mending the footbridge the Friends of Shibden Park moved onto creating the play train next to the Mereside cafe and this was unveiled by the Mayor of Calderdale in July.

Vote for your favourite Calderdale park!

Seven parks in Calderdale are in the running for the Green Flag People’s Choice Award.

To help your favourite Calderdale park to make the UK’s top 10, simply cast your vote by visiting, select your country/region on the interactive map to find your park and click the ‘vote for this park’ button.

You can vote anytime from 1-30 September 2017. All the UK’s 1,797 award winning Green Flag Award parks are eligible and voting is simple.

Simply use the map to find to your favourite park and click the vote button. It’s really that simple. Once you’ve voted, don’t forget to encourage others to get involved too.

Friends of Roils Head – General Meeting minutes

The minutes from the Friends of Roils Head Group general meeting held on Saturday 22 July 2017 at Grace Baptist Church are now available to view online.

Click here to view the minutes from the meeting

Discussions included a possible extension to the children’s play area, the Local Plan and future priorities such as the Local Nature Reserve.

The next meeting will be held after the consultation period for The Local Plan has closed (September or early October).

Friends of Beechwood Park minutes of last meeting – 1st August

Read the minutes of the last Friends of Beechwood Park meeting held at St Andrews Church on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

The minutes include park issues and residents feedback as well as funding news and feedback from the Beechwood Big Picnic.

Read the latest minutes online here

Updates from the Friends of Roils Head (FoRH)

See below, some of the main actions and upcoming events in place since the Friends of Roils Head AGM.

Woodland Trust
Tree pack application, some great news, the FoRH have been successful in its application for a large Wildlife (420 saplings) pack. This pack will be winging its way to us in November 2017!

Litter Picking – Rye Lane Entrance, Roils Head Moor
The clean up was a success! A number of people turned up (around 8 – 10) on Friday the 7th April 2017. The volunteers litter picked until all the bags were full. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it and help out.

Changing Rooms –Demolished
These have now been demolished by the Council (March / April 2017).

Local Nature Reserve – Roils Head Moor?
K Reid contacted the Halifax Scientific Society (HSS) to see if they could help with detailed habitat mapping and a botanical survey of the moor. K Reid met and walked the moor for over an hour with Steve Blacksmith (Chair – HSS). The moor has wildlife and nature that are typical of Calderdale. Unfortunately the Society is unable to help us, there are no unusual or rare species we have come across (so far…!) and their members are busy with their own projects and areas of interest.

K Reid also attended Cromwell Bottom (Local Nature Reserve) on a Practical Day where he helped out and spoke to the people there about their group and how they do things at the reserve.

Warley Community Association – Dog Show
This has been put on hold for now. Realistically if an event does take place, then it is more than likely to be next year in 2018.

Open Spaces Society
Bernard French has applied on behalf of the FoRH to join the society. Since joining B French has been
in touch in regards to the Legal Rights – Roils Head Moor. The Open Spaces Society is Britain’s oldest
national conservation body, founded in 1865.They campaign for stronger protection for commons,
greens and paths and greater opportunities for everyone to enjoy them. Defend open spaces against
loss from development and assist local communities to safeguard their green spaces for themselves
and future generations.

The Local Plan
At the moment the timeline, on the Council website, is for the 6 week long consultation on the Draft
Local Plan to commence on the 30 June 2017 and end on the 11 August 2017. The publication of the
Local Plan for representations is January 2018.

Next General Meeting
The next General Meeting will be held as soon as we hear anything further on the Council Local Plan or at members request if they require one at any time sooner.