Mark Burns-Williamson: We all have part to play in tackling modern slavery

WITHIN the last few days, modern slavery and the trauma suffered by victims has quite rightly made headlines.

Team members at a fire station open day

Search and rescue are proud to play their part in the community

Some of you will be aware from reading our previous articles in the Halifax Courier, that all our members, whether they are operational full team members, trainees, active supporters, dogsbodies or training casualties – everyone volunteers their time freely.

We all urgently need to electrify the railway line

Reflection? What happened to the vision of the Northern Powerhouse?

I’ve just returned from my annual leave, having spent a few weeks in South West France.

The museum is launching Eureka! Stories, a site dedicated to peoples memories

Eureka column: Celebrating 25 years of museum memories

Since Prince Charles officially opened the doors in 1992, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum has welcomed over 7 million visitors; some of them familiar faces (see last month’s column about the Eureka25), but the majority: local families, some now into their third generation.

There are many ways to explore the stunning countryside, and whether youre walking, climbing, running or cycling, the landscape is inspiring, but can also be hazardous

How to keep safe in the countryside this summer

It’s safe to say that we are blessed with some wonderful scenery around our operational area, and now the summer holidays are in full flow we hope you are making the most of the great outdoors.

Weekend Care funded by Community Foundation

Community Foundation: Making charitable giving count in the community

Legacy giving is a vital source of charity income in the UK, with 19,261 charities being named in wills during the last three years.

New trainees,  L-R: Greg, Tommy, Matt, Ross, Tom and John

Search and Rescue: New trainees were put through their paces

Some of you may recall that in January we told you about our recruitment for candidates to be considered for this year’s full team training programme.

We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us- Jo Cox

Community Foundation: Finding ways to bring the community together

Last week in a statement released on her birthday The Queen said the UK has been “resolute in the face of adversity” following recent tragedies in London and Manchester.

FAMILY COLUMN: ‘I’m a mumsy mum - and proud of it’.

FAMILY COLUMN: ‘I’m a mumsy mum - and proud of it’.

Flicking through photos in preparation for our son’s third birthday this week, I was beaming.

Square Chapel recently re-opened its doors

Reflection: Plenty of exciting things to come in Halifax

Last Week Square Chapel opened its doors for the first time to the public having completed the Cornerstone Project. The end result is very impressive and gives Halifax a quality arts venue to be much admired and sort after.

Volunteer Natalie working in the Eureka! Gift Shop with Enabler Aisha Shaffiq

Eureka column: We love volunteers!

Hands up who has volunteered for someone, something or somewhere. Yes? No? It’s surprising just how many people have.

Aachen Town Hall

Reflection: A special partnership with a city in Germany

The world seems to have gone election mad: France this month, The United Kingdom next month, and Germany in September.

Theresa May launches the Tory manifesto in Halifax.

Tom Richmond: Significance and symbolism of Theresa May launching Tory manifesto in Halifax

THE symbolism and significance of Theresa May’s decision to launch the Conservative Party manifesto in the working class mill town of Halifax should not be under-estimated as the general election finally looms.

Search and Rescue team

Search and rescue: Dogs show they are the best searchers in town

During 2015/16, police forces in England and Wales received 335,624 calls reporting someone missing, 79% of those people returned within 24 hours and 22% of the incidents were due to the person having mental health issues (source National Crime Agency). With the increased media interest and advent of social media, police appeals can go viral in seconds and reach a vast numbers of local people rapidly.

Nicky Chance-Thompson of the Piece Hall Trust

The countdown is on to the grand re-opening

When The Piece Hall re-opens on August 1, it will be the first opportunity that we have to share with everyone the truly magnificent transformation that has taken place.

Food banks help families and individuals across Calderdale

Food bank use on the rise across the country

This month local grant making charity Community Foundation for Calderdale shares concerns about increasing numbers of people using food banks.

Halifax Minster is due to undergo fabric works over the next few years

Reflection: We need to ensure people have the best experience of Halifax

This is when they look back over the year gone, and elect new Officers for the coming year.

Courtesy of Stephen Gee Collection

Share your memories of the Piece Hall

The Piece Hall is full of memories. Having stood at the heart of Halifax for almost a quarter of a millennium, it’s bound to be.

Shibden Hall, Halifax

Todmorden Antiquarians: The life of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall

Todmorden Antiquarian Chairman, Catherine Emberson, introduced Pat Osborne to talk about Anne Lister of Shibden Hall.

North Halifax Grammar School

Reflection column: It is now time to invest in children’s education

Education, Education, Education, was a mantra we heard not many years ago. A few weeks ago the Minster Council had a residential at Whalley Abbey, near Clitheroe.

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