Groups & Links

Our Society Year starts in October each year – and everyone is welcome to join, come to monthly meetings, listen to speakers, come to Aachen, attend other social events as they are organised.  If anyone wants to come and have a taster that is fine without committing themselves.  No need to speak German but there are German speakers if anyone wants practice.
The group was established in 1988. We are a self-help group. Members of all abilities come together to sew, share skills and extend their knowledge. We talk and drink tea/coffee…with the odd biscuit/cake. We meet twice a month and have day workshops throughout the year. We often give our time to make items for local charities. A warm welcome is always extended to new members.
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The Society, first established in 1985, meets at The Maurice Jagger Centre on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7.30pm and is open to both members and non-members alike. Speakers talk on a wide range of history & family history related topics, which will be of interest, not only to family historians but also those fascinated by the rich heritage of Calderdale and our country. In addition to the regular meetings, those wishing to become members also receive a monthly newsletter and a quarterly journal; this for as little as £6.00 per annum as an Internet member.
Over the years, projects run by the Society have produced over 2 million individual records, a list of which can be accessed on the CFHS website Additionally, members can use this Index to request, free of charge, full details for any entry. The Society also runs a Research Room at Brighouse Library (just 3 miles from Halifax), which is staffed by experienced volunteers, on both Tuesday afternoon & Thursday morning. Here, for a nominal fee, visitors can access the Society’s full range of databases holding all the research findings and also use the Internet, including free access to both Ancestry & FindMyPast.

Calderdale German Circle has been fostering an interest in the language and culture of the German speaking world for many years. We offer a variety of talks, other activities and events both within our group and in conjunction with other Yorkshire groups.  Members range from near beginners tonative speakers. New members are always welcome. You can attend as a guest for £5 per meeting (refundable on payment of the £20 annual membership fee).
Students under 21 are invited free of charge to any of our talks.
Due to the ongoing pandemic our meetings for the current season will be a mixture of in-person and Zoom events. Our in-person meetings will be every 2nd Wednesday of the month at our new venue,
Maurice Jagger Centre in Halifax. If you wish to join us on Zoom then please
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We are a group of women (but men are welcome!) who have an interest in textile, art and embroidery. We are of mixed abilities and there is no need for you to be able to sew to come and join us – there are no tests!  New members are always welcome.  Meeting fee for visitors is only £5.  Our meetings vary – we have talks and practical sessions – we also have lots of weekend workshops and ‘playdays’ – and plenty of cake
For further details please contact:
Wyn Ingham – Mob: 07880 238736

Meetings 1st Wednesday of the month at the Maurice Jagger Centre 7 pm.
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In Touch was founded in 2009 to promote the health and wellbeing of people over 50 years of age. These continue to be the guiding principles of the organisation which is independent, self-funded and run by dedicated volunteers. There is an annual membership fee which in 2022 is £7. This goes towards the cost of room hire. In Touch meets once a week at the Maurice Jagger Centre on Tuesday mornings.  Regular classes are held as follows:
– Tuesday 10.30 – 11.30 am Exercise – £3 per session – This is also suitable for people with some mobility problems and disabilities.
The class is run by a qualified paid tutor.  In Touch has a ‘try before you buy’ policy which means you can try the class free of charge for a taster session.
The MJC runs lunch clubs every Wednesday and Thursday with the exception of 6 weeks a year when we give our hard working volunteers a break. See the Key Dates Page for the weeks Lunches are not served. The cost of the lunch is £5 for a 3 course lunch consisting of soup, a main course, desert and tea/coffee. We run a raffle each day to raise funds which helps subsidise our excellent value for money meals. We have an experienced cook, a 5 star Hygiene rating, and shop locally to support the local businesses of Calderdale. It is not a drop in lunch club so you will need to book to get a regular slot on one of our tables. While at the Centre why not browse our Bric a Brac, Books, Clothes, Greetings Cards which are on display. All items are available for a small donation to the Charity.
Ring the Centre on 01422 364691
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Calderdale Stroke Support Group.  Meet others who’ve been affected by stroke. If you or someone you know has had a stroke, you’ll understand the impact it can have on daily life. You are not alone. Come along to your local stroke group and meet others who’ve been affected by stroke. Our meetings are entertaining as well as educational. You will be offered a warm welcome and a friendly face and the opportunity to talk to someone who understands because they have been through it too. 
We meet here at the Centre on the second Monday of every month at 2.00pm until 4.00pm (and also at the Mereside Café, Shibden Park at 10.30am on the last Wednesday of every month)
Our group is voluntary and part of the Stroke Association.
If you need further details, please contact Renny Taylor, the chair of the group on 0797 144 2870 or Catherine Scoggins, the secretary on email
We’re a local community group providing support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems, and isolation. We’ve been running regular cafes in Sowerby Bridge (at St Paul’s Methodist Church) and in Halifax (at The Maurice Jagger Centre) for the past few years. These cafes offer a varied and changing programme of music, games, information, support, cakes and conversation. We’re all volunteers and our cafe team look forward to welcoming new members – just give us a ring on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131.
For further details please ring June or Chris on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131.
Stroke Association Calderdale Communication Support Group.  Have you had a stroke? Do you have difficulties with any aspect of communication: speaking, reading, writing? Would you like to meet others who are similarly affected, gain information and improve your confidence and wellbeing?  If so, our group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm until 4.00pm.  Our activities are varied to ensure that everyone attending gains some value from them.  The sessions are free of charge and refreshments are provided.

Please contact the Stroke Association on 01484 714147 for further details or visit our website
Arthritis care has been established as the UK’s Number One Arthritis Charity, working with and on behalf of people with Arthritis.
The group meets on the 3rd Monday of every month (except July) 6.30pm to 8 pm at the Maurice Jagger Centre with an admission charge of £3. The admission includes Tea/Coffee, biscuits and a raffle ticket. Membership is open to everyone living with Arthritis and their partners, family or carers.
Versus Arthritis currently run a variety of courses for pain management. Information is available on request. 
To become a member come along to our next meeting. 
Please note the link below to a national initiative to help raise awareness on new ways to help those suffering from Arthritis.
Enjoy playing Whist? Or if you want to learn how to play, come along to our group every Tuesday afternoon 1pm to 4 pm.  £3  for 24 games plus a free raffle and a cup of tea and a biscuit. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month, whist is followed by a movie afternoon.

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DOWN 2 EARTH MEDIUMSHIPDiscover Intuitive Wisdom
Welcome to our group. We are three mediums and energy healers who want to share our knowledge and experience of psychic ability and mediumship. Through our programme you can find out and practice all sorts of things about your own intuition. Whether you are starting out as curious, already developing or ready for more advanced connections with your Guides this is the place to come. 
We are Annie Conboy (the Down 2 Earth Psychic Medium),  Gwenne Coltman (GEM & You) and Julie Ackroyd (Crystal Healer & Reiki Master). Between us we have many years experience in all things psychic and spiritual. Annie has been a spiritual and intuitive teacher since 2007. Gwenne and Julie have been practicing their intuitive abilities for the last ten years. Together we have combined our wisdom and knowledge to encourage, support and develop many other people who want to explore the connections with guides and spirit people. We believe that everyone has intuition and can use their psychic abilities to live a better life so join us on the journey. You never know what you might discover about yourself.
We meet two or three Fridays every month from 7.30pm to 9pm (doors open at 7.15pm). Each session has a theme to help you build a complete understanding of all things Spirit and psychic. You can attend all of them or drop in to the ones that grab your attention. The cost is £5 per session. We also offer a Loyalty Scheme for those who might want to attend our other workshops. Get a stamp each session you attend and benefit from priority booking.
If you would like more information or to discuss what the group offers please call Annie on 07930 282773 or email her on
HALIFAX SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND CIOWednesday 14.15 – 15.45 –First 3 Wednesdays in the month
Friendly gathering of people with sight loss,  friends and family for a social chat, information, and games, such as Bingo, Play your cards right, Quizzes and themed sessions. Contact: 01422 352383