Friends of Beechwood Park in the final 3 for ‘Bags of Help’

Joan Tillotson, treasurer of the Friends of Beechwood Park Group recently applied to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grants scheme for funding to help pay for essential maintenance and repair work in Beechwood Park and her application has now made it into the final three.

There are 3 grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 up for grabs and it’s now down to shoppers to decide which groups get 1st 2nd or 3rd by placing a disc into a tank for their group of choice which means the Friends of Beechwood Park group are guaranteed at least £1,000 to carry out the necessary work.

So if you’re out shopping at Tesco stores and would like to support the Friends of Beechwood Park, be sure to put your green disc in their tank.

If you would like to get involved with the Friends of Beechwood Park group please contact Ward Coordinator Tony King on 01422 255402 or by email to tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

bags-of-help-friends-of-beechwood-parkPictured: Ward Coordinator Tony King who helped develop the Friends of Beechwood Park and Group Treasurer Joan Tillotson

Junior Wardens build bird boxes and feeds for National Bird Week

9Moorside Junior Wardens had a lesson in woodwork to build bird boxes and feeds as part of National Bird Week.

The wardens have each made a bird box and feeder which will be put up in Beechwood Park where the habitat of the birds will be monitored throughout the year with help from PCSO Katie Leeman West Yorkshire Police , CMBC Community Warden Ced Ockley ,Dave Pickard and CMBC North Halifax Parks Area Manger Pete Oddy and Paul Tetley.

Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative said

“This is a fantastic project that was sponsored by the Police Mutual Funds which has allowed the Junior Wardens to have a valuable input to contribute to bird conservation by creating a safe place for the North Halifax Wildlife for National Nest Box Week which takes place every year from 14-21 February, and after more than 19 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.”

4NNBW aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

Look out for the boxes and habitat in Beechwood Park!

 

 

Lee Mount Junior Wardens clean up Shroggs Park

It’s been 10 years since Lee Mount Primary School worked to create the Somewhere Over the Rainbow project in Shroggs Park, Lee Mount and following interviews there’s now a new Junior Warden’s scheme in place at the school.

The Lee Mount Junior Wardens are proud of where they live and work together to identify environmental and safety problems in order to make our neighbourhood a better place to live.

lee-mount-junior-wardens-30112016-jpg1-jpg2-jpg4-jpg5On Wednesday 30 November the Wardens joined together with Pete Oddy area manager for Calderdale Safer Cleaner Greener Team ,Pc Kim McCloskey & PCSO Trevor Lovelock West Yorkshire Police and Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative to litter pick in Shroggs Park.

lee-mount-junior-wardens-30112016The Junior Wardens have also worked on a speed initiative on Shroggs Road and Wheatley Lane to check the speeds of passing traffic along with PC McCloskey, PCSO Leeman & PCSO Foster.

The majority of vehicles checked were travelling under or at the required speed limit, however a few drivers were advised regarding the recent changes to the speed limits that came into force in the North Halifax area in October 2016.

Look out for more exciting activities including bird box and feeder making from the new Lee Mount Junior Wardens over the coming months.

Clean up produces 10 bags of rubbish at Beechwood Park

beechwood-park-clean-upA clean up of Beechwood Park took place on the morning of Wednesday 12 October as partners from West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale Council and Ovenden Initiative were joined by local residents to tackle the issue.

Just one hour walking around the park with litter picks and bags at hand was enough time to produce a shocking 10 bags full of discarded litter & waste.

We would like to thank local residents John and Richard who came along to help and took part in the much needed clean up.

Friends of Shroggs Park Group – Notes of last meeting

The Friends of Shroggs Park Group held a meeting on Tuesday 6 September 2016 where they discussed topics such as ASB in the area, feedback from local residents and the idea of the group adopting a constitution.

Click here to read the full minutes from the meeting

The next meeting will be held at St Georges House, Lee Mount Road on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 6.30pm.

Take the Lead at the RSPCA Big Walkies this weekend

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their second Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for pooches and their owners to show their support for their local RSPCA Centre.

Sunday 25 September at 11am
At Shibden Park, Godley Ln, Halifax, HX3 6XG

To register please visit www.rspca.org.uk/bigwalkies it’s only £10 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack, T shirt and dog bandana.

All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funding branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.