May Day round-up: Calderdale events and service changes over the bank holiday

Festivities: Anais Physouni, ten, Hebe Forbes, 11 and Grace Wolfenden, six, enjoy last year's May Day gala at Mill Fold park, Ripponden
Festivities: Anais Physouni, ten, Hebe Forbes, 11 and Grace Wolfenden, six, enjoy last year's May Day gala at Mill Fold park, Ripponden
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Communities across Calderdale are ready for a jam-packed weekend of May Day fun and frolics.

The festivities kicks off today as the first Northowram Scarecrow festival opens.

The event runs from 10am to 6pm and again on Sunday and Monday.

As well as a scarecrow trail around the village, there will be a police display unit at Northowram Club, plus a barbecue and bouncy castle at Robinsons farm shop, Score Hill.

There will also be cream tea at St Matthew’s Church from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday and Monday.

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Spaw Sunday celebrations organised by Cragg Vale Community Association will take place in Cragg Vale Park on Sunday May 6.

The festivities, which take place from 3pm to 5pm, include traditional well blessing and taking of spa waters, followed by a picnic, music and dancing by the Ryburn Longsword team.

Well dressing will also take place in Midgley on Sunday.

Traditional May Day dancing, green man building, folk tales and a Pace Egg play performance will take place at Shibden Hall, Halifax, from 1pm to 4pm on Monday.

The annual Ripponden gala will take place at the Mill Fold recreation ground on Monday.

Cragg Vale School’s annual May Day fete will also be held at St John’s Church on Monday.

Children will take part in traditional Maypole dancing and the main event - the duck race - will begin at 1.30pm.

The Friends of Colden School group has also organised a duck race for pupils on the Colden Water at 2pm.

It is part of a May Day event taking place in the New Delight pub car park.

On the same day, Wainhouse Tower in King Cross will also open to the public.

Visitors can climb the 403 steps of the spiral staircase and take in the fantastic views from the ornate Victorian chimney from 11am to 4pm.

The bank holiday will also mean changes and disruption to some services.

Calderdale Council has announced all waste and recycling collections will be a day later than usual during the week beginning May 7.

Household waste recycling centres will be open on bank holidays, operating Sunday opening hours.

Buses in and around Calderdale will be operating a Sunday service on Monday, but trains will be running as normal.

Public transport will operate as normal on Saturday and Sunday.

All Calderdale libraries are closed on Monday, and will reopen on their next scheduled opening day.

Bankfield Museum in Boothtown, Halifax, will be open from 10am to 5 pm on Monday and Heptonstall Museum will be open from 11am to 4pm.

Shibden Hall is open as usual but Smith Art Gallery will be closed.

The Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge pools and fitness centres, Halifax pool and Todmorden sports centre will be open from 9am to 2.30 pm

North Bridge leisure centre will be open from 9 am to 4 pm. The Ridings sports centre will be closed.

The Victoria Theatre will also be closed.

Calderdale Council’s Customer First offices across Calderdale will also be closed on Monday, as will the Contact Centre, which reopens on Tuesday at 8.45am.

Anyone needing urgent assistance before then should contact the council’s out of hours emergency helpline on 0845 1111 137.

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