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Published by The Grapevine Magazine, 2019-12-03 10:46:20

The Grapevine Halifax Issue 145 December 2019

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THE FREE
GRAPEVINE

HALIFAX EDITION

Issue 145 Dec ‘19
www.thegrapevinemag.co.uk

Your community magazine - connecting
local people to local businesses

Focus on Christmas shopping
Local gift inspiration

Festive celebrations in your local community

Distributed to 8,000 homes and businesses every month including
Shibden, Stump Cross, Horley Green, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Northowram, Coley, Norwood Green, Shelf

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Enjoy our loaded Christmas Gift Inspiration edition – all local
ideas to keep it simple and as stress-free as possible.
This Christmas…
Be Kind
Be Loving
Be Happy and Be Grateful
Happy Christmas and Happy 2020

The Grapevine Mag Team – we’ll see you on the other
side in January!

@thegrapevinemag

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It’s Christmas!
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It’s Christmas!

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It’s Christmas!

Shop Local this Christmas

We discuss the benefits to both businesses and communities of shopping local

It’s something we all ought to be doing more of all Shopping an investing in local businesses in turn
year round, not just in the festive season. However, creates more jobs within the local economy. It’s
Christmas can account for a third to two-thirds of an also said that local employers are more likely to pay
independent retailers annual turnover. This is a huge their employees higher wages, with wages reflecting
percentage and could be the difference between an employees loyalty and hard work, as it’s much
being a striving business or a struggling business. harder to go un-noticed in a smaller business.
We all know that larger
companies have their tax Last and most importantly,
avoidance down to a T. shopping locally is much more
Businesses like Google, rewarding and satisfying.
Amazon and Starbucks have Rather than a big, faceless
been scrutinised for paying company, employees/owners
minimal to no tax. Research are much more likely to
has shown that by spending remember you and be able
with local authorities, for to offer a more bespoke
every £1 spent, a whopping and special service. A local
63p goes back into the local entrepreneur is often fulfilling
economy, much more than a life-long dream and passion,
40p, when spent with a larger so their aim is to offer you
business. second to none customer
service with a smile.

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It’s Christmas!

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Christmas

COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAPPING throughout the store Restaurant

Christmas Menu served daily from 25th November in the NEW LOOK

Main Store: Commercial Street, Halifax, HX1 1LJ Tel: 01422 331188
The Piece Hall: The Piece Hall, Halifax, HX1 1RE Tel: 01422 414444
Shop online at harveysofhalifax.co.uk    

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ATHHEANREVEWYSSEASONThe Local Christmas EditItIt’s’sCChhrrisisttmmaass!!
Our local area has so much to offer this Christmas, so we want the next few pages to celebrate our
and brands across all departmentslocal business community and encourage you to shop local this Festive season!

Harveys of Halifax
Ted Baker Grooming Room Gift Set
£29.00
Harvey’s Gift Shop at The Piece Hall
www.harveysofhalifax.co.uk

A Gift CardOvergate
for HalifaxChristmas Badges

A choice of 4 designs – just £1 each
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w Rieker Boot Gabor Leopard Print Shop in Halifax aBndooopttions
£59.99 Shoe £95
RemonteGift Card – various amounts

www.halifaxgiftcard.com

£85

diinsdcoovuetrmhaolrifeaaxt.c: o.uk Harveys of Halifax
Emu Ankle Boot 
ndon Shoe8fax Gift Card 2019 Advert V3.indd 1 £59

www.harveysofhalifax.co.uk

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IItt’’ss CChhrriissttmmaass!!
Kershaws Garden Centre
Warmies Extra long hot water
bottle grey fur, super soft luxury
cover, providing all over warmth
£19.99
www.kershawgardencentre.co.uk

Kershaws Garden Centre
Wow Toys 6 Freddie Farm Truck 6 piece set
including motor action powered truck with
realistic engine sounds £24.99
www.kershawgardencentre.co.uk

Christie Lea
Gorgeous Hats and Gloves
Also available in blush pink, blue and
cream
Hats £25 Gloves from £20
www.christie-lea.co.uk

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IItt’s’sCChhrrisisttmmaass!!

The Gift of Afternoon Tea
Gift Vouchers available online for Holdsworth House
Hotel & Restaurant
Afternoon Tea starts from £18.95
www.holdsworthhouse.co.uk

The new LoyalFree app has launched in Brighouse
– Simply Flowers have a special opening offer of 10 FREE

wax melts when you collect 10 stamps
Download the app www.loyalfree.co.uk/download 

and start collecting.
www.simplyflowers.co.uk

Father Blissmas
BATH BLASTER BY BOMB COSMETICS
£3.00
Yorkshire Soap – shop in Hebden Bridge
and at The Piece Hall
www.yorkshiresoapco.co.uk

Fish In A Bag
NOVELTY SOAP
£6.00
Yorkshire Soap – shop in Hebden Bridge
and at The Piece Hall
www.yorkshiresoapco.co.uk

 

Olia jewellery from £12
Grab your seasonal jewellery, the perfect
stocking fillers. Timeless costume jewellery from

Moo Boutique Yorkshire
www.mooboutiqueyorkshire.co.uk

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IItt’’ss CChhrriissttmmaass!!

Solid Oak Handcrafted Coasters –
made in Halifax
2 for £12
Gin Lane, The Piece Hall

Give the gift of music (and coffee!)
Gift vouchers available in any amount

Loafers Vinyl, The Piece Hall
https://www.loafersvinyl.co.uk/

Huddersfield Town framed print –
“Terriers at The Gate” by Roger Davies
£295.00
Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse
www.harrisonlord.co.uk

Lottie Shaws 11
Christmas Gift Box of Treats

£29
www.lottieshaws.co.uk

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It’s Christmas!

The Halifax Gifting Tree
Giving a little something back locally

Thank you to all the lovely one of the 12 days of Christmas. Halifax. Each of the windows
people who have been dropping A different scene will be painted will be lovingly transformed
off Christmas presents at the on the main shop window of all by professional artist, Jenny
Halifax gifting tree over the 12 participating shops, creating Tribillon, who has already been
weekend. The elves pick them up stunning seasonal backdrops commissioned previously by the
regularly and will be making daily for shoppers and pedestrians to team at Halifax BID.
visits to collect them. . enjoy.
Together, the windows will form
All gifts go directly to Yorkshire The project has been arranged a special 12 Days of Christmas
Children’s Trust, please visit the and funded by Halifax BID, which trail, with the public invited to
tree in Halifax Borough Market to is the town-centre organisation visit them all, and perhaps even
help out. tasked with promoting take a selfie photo in front of
businesses and attracting each one. Forty-eight boxes of
Gifts can be left at the tree or more visitors and trade into environmentally-friendly LED
taken to the Elves Workshop at Christmas lights have also been
1 Old Market, opposite the top distributed to local shops, all as
of Woolshops Shopping Centre, part of the BID’s major campaign
the Elves workshop is open to decorate the town, celebrate
weekends from 10am - 4pm. Christmas, and make Halifax
centre an appealing destination
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT for residents and tourists to visit.

Wintery window makeovers will Halifax BID Manager, Chloe
help Halifax feel more festive McNeill explained, “We’re
than ever this Christmas. always looking for affordable
ways to help make Halifax extra
Twelve shops in Halifax are set to colourful and Christmassy, and
get a fun festive makeover this these beautiful illustrations
Christmas, each one playing host will certainly do that. We’re
to a colourful scene depicting hoping that the fun challenge of

visiting every window
will really appeal to
families and kids. It
will also encourage
people to explore
more of the town
centre and discover
the many sites, events
and activities we’ve
got planned for
Christmas. Ultimately,
it’s good for the local
economy and it’s
a free activity that
anyone can enjoy.”

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It’s Christmas!

The
Gifting
Tree

Christmas is the perfect
time for a bit of charity
Open from 16 Nov - 18 Dec.
our special ‘gifting tree’
will be at the Albany Arcade
in Halifax Borough Market.
Here you’ll find all you need
to give a child an important
gift this christmas.

Find out more at
halifaxchristmas.co.uk

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It’s Christmas!

Can you support your local

hospice during the season of giving?

Caring throughout Christmas

Over the next month, Overgate Then, when the festive season “Overgate Hospice has been
Hospice has a host of events is over, book us in and we can at the heart of the Calderdale
going on which will bring a recycle your Christmas Tree! community for over 35 years.
smile to your face and also help We’re here to help people with
support Calderdale’s only adult life-limiting illnesses,” said Laura
hospice. Golding, Director of Income
December is a great time to get Generation, “Our aim is to try
involved and give a little back and improve the quality of life
during the season of good will. for our patients and help them
A brand new event this month to live life to the full, to the very
is the Santa Dash – where you end. We do this by offering
will have the chance to dance, specialist palliative care, comfort
prance or run around Wellholme and support, free of charge to
Park in Brighouse in your very patients and their families.”
own Santa Suit. Our Christmas Your support this special time of
Jumper Day is always popular year will enable us to help our
with schools, community groups patients and their loved ones
and businesses – wear your have the best Christmas possible.
craziest jumper, pay £1 and do Because you care, we can.
your bit for charity. Or why not www.overgatehospice.org.uk
buy one of our Christmas Raffle
tickets and you could win some
great prizes including a cash prize
of £1,000.

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It’s Christmas!

Free Elves’ Workshop and
gift-wrap service

Back by popular demand this Christmas

A free and fun-filled Elves’ Workshop is set to once is a busy and costly time of year, so we’re thrilled
again wow Halifax kids this Christmas, while its free to offer such a wonderful and helpful seasonal
gift-wrapping service will keep parents and carers event. While the workshop enthralls and entertains
happy too. children safely, the wrapping saves people the time
The Elves’ Workshop has been specially created and expense of presenting gifts nicely. The chance
to entertain children, with actors dressed as cute of winning £100 is just the icing on the Christmas
interactive elves along with amazing animatronic cake!”
‘robot’ elves, new for this year. There will be festive Event dates: all weekends from 23.11.19 through to
background music to add to the atmosphere, Christmas Eve
and plenty of opportunities for taking selfies with Location: The former Ivanhoe’s chip shop, opposite
costumed Christmas characters. Visitors will receive Halifax Building Society at the top end of Woolshops.
a free cloth shopping bag featuring the slogan I Did you spot our fancy new bags this weekend?
Shopped in Halifax, and they will also enjoy the Anytime you interact with the Elves Workshop
chance to buy special Halifax Gift Cards, which make you can pick up one of our bags, it’s the perfect
excellent presents for people it’s hard to buy for. bag to carry your important local shopping.We are
The gift-wrapping service repeats last year’s encouraging people to STOP using plastic bags,
successful event, and will see a busy team of trained instead pick one of these free bags up and carry
elves wrapping gifts by hand. Visitors of all ages it with pride while you’re doing your shopping in
can bring as many gifts for wrapping as they like, Halifax.
and any shape or size, so it’s a great chance to have
awkward presents like scooters or bicycles wrapped
up beautifully. All the paper, sticky tape and ribbon
is provided free of charge too, so visitors can actually
save on the cost of Christmas as well as the hard
work. Each day a special ‘Golden Ticket’ worth £100
will be secretly wrapped with one of the gifts, adding
to the overall excitement.

The event is the brainchild of Halifax BID: a non-
profit partnership between the public and private
sector, designed to support local businesses and help
make Halifax a vibrant and appealing destination.
BID Manager, Chloe McNeill, explained, “Our job is
to boost the local economy by encouraging people
to use the fabulous shops and services here, but we
also work hard to ensure Halifax is a place worth
coming to, by making it safer, more exciting, and
easier to reach and explore.”

Chloe goes on to explain, “The gift-wrap service and
Elves’ Workshop went down brilliantly last year, and
we were determined to repeat it again, only this time
even bigger and better. For many people Christmas

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Elf Christmas
Gift-Wrapping
Workshop

Open everyweekend from
30 Nov - 24 Dec. There
is so much going on
from entertainment,
competitions, giveaways
and much, much more!

1 Old Market, opposite
the top of Woolshops

Find out more at
halifaxchristmas.co.uk

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Christmas Cookies
A STAR recipe!

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and ribbon for tree decs) surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.

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Lifestyle & Leisure

National Saving Certificates
and Saving Stamp Books

By Chris Helme

In March 1925, Between February 1916 when they were first
Brighouse held its first introduced and November 1924 the total number
Education Week, a sold was 704,647,158 which represented a cash
week that was aimed total of £549,327,536.
at helping the local During the 1950s, being able to buy weekly savings
residents to realise that stamps was something that I and my classmates
Brighouse schools were at Lightcliffe C of E School did. This helped and
theirs. Well, that is one encouraged us to save on a regular basis.
of the aims that the I suppose there are still many old uncashed
handbook of events said certificates and some forgotten stamp books. Tucked
at the time. A phrase I away in drawers or in those old toffee tins that many
seemed to have heard families choose to keep their old personal papers in.
quite often in more Our featured photograph illustrates what the school
recent times. savings stamp books looked like and will bring back
One of the highlighted aspects in the book is memories for those readers who also bought their
National Savings, a movement that first began weekly savings stamps at school.
some nine years earlier. The object of the savings My next quarterly Brighouse and District Heritage
movement was to encourage and create habits of Newseum local history and nostalgia magazine,
wise spending and prudent saving, to the growing issue number 7, will be available from December
generation of children that were born during and 1st.
following the First World War. Attitudes particularly www.chrishelme-brighouse.org.uk
when it came to saving money had not been
considered before the war for many reasons, Chris Helme – Local Nostalgia Magazine
including severe hardship. Chris has launched a new, local nostalgia
In 1925, there were more than 100,000 school magazine. The 5th edition is out now. You can
savings associations actively working on these aims. find his advert on page 26
These associations were a school savings club,
which enabled children to purchase National Saving
Certificates by instalments. Children had to bring
sixpence per week towards buying their sixteen-
shilling certificate.
However, for those families that found sixpence to
much no child was excluded from taking part and
could bring as little as one penny per week.
The money invested could be drawn at any time,
but for those who kept their certificates and left
their sixteen shillings in to grow could make some
interest. After ten years it could be cashed in for
the huge sum of one pound four shillings. Although,
by today’s standards these are comparatively small
amounts of money, joining the movement or savings
club these certificates became very popular.

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Health, Beauty & Wellbeing

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@tbarnesclay and Twitter @ to use this. It all looks agreeably which comes with front and rear
carwriteups upmarket. parking sensors; DAB radio; cruise
control and hill start assist.
Multi-purpose vehicles, once But it’s not all about
about as electrifying to look at appearances. Behind the latest On the road, the Grand Scenic
as a soggy satsuma, are easier Grand Scenic’s stylish body and is agile for a large motor, and
on the eye these days. You could sporty 20-inch alloy wheels, you visibility is excellent. The car stays
even say they’re desirable, have a car that offers a practical relatively free from body roll
especially the current Renault transport solution for a family of and offers a firm ride, but not an
Grand Scenic. seven. You never have to worry uncomfortable one. The five-door
about where to put stuff as there Renault is planted at speed, and
Inside the French-made machine, are loads of oddment bins to it feels secure. And so it should,
digital instruments replace the keep coins, cans of drink – and having achieved the top five-star
conventional speedo that the toys. Picnic tables in the rear safety rating from crash test
old model housed. There’s also fold-out – and feel sturdy enough body, Euro NCAP.
a prominent infotainment unit to put up with kids leaning on
in the middle of the dashboard. them and eating their lunch on.

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Motoring

The petrol version is the one making this a true seven-seater. FAST FACTS
to go for if you can. My test Furthermore, one-touch folding
model had the 1330cc 140ps seats collapse easily to give a flat (Renault Grand Scenic
unit fitted. It gives just enough floor. Oh, and this Renault is one Iconic TCe 140 - as tested)
punch to make the car a good, of the only cars in its class - if Max speed: 119
efficient commuter. Top speed not the only one - where you can 0-62 mph: 10.3 seconds
is only 119mph, but in a country activate this feature from inside Combined mpg: 40.9
besieged by safety cameras, the load area. The Grand Scenic Engine: 1330cc 4-cylinder
is a fast car even relevant also offers 596 litres of boot turbo petrol
anymore? Not really – what’s space when the five seats are Max. power (ps): 140
more significant is the 40.9mpg up. And you still have 233-litres CO2: 139 g/km
the Grand Scenic can achieve of cargo capacity when all seven Price: £24,820
with this engine. On top of that, seats are in use.
you’ve got lowish CO2 emissions
of 139g/km, meaning road tax is Pros’ n’ Cons
relatively cheap.
Practical √
As well as being transport for
parents who haven’t given up Attractive √
on what their car looks like yet,
the Grand Scenic offers a good Efficient √
seating set-up. In addition to the
usual five chairs, two more can Could be quicker X
be raised from the cargo floor -

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Garden

Best of the bunch - Witch hazel
(Hamamelis)

The scented, spidery blooms and spectacular
autumn colour make these medium-sized and large
deciduous shrubs a must for the winter gardens.
The flowers, which have twisting, ribbon-like petals,
cluster thickly on bare stems from autumn to early
spring and won’t be damaged by frost, while the
broad, oval leaves turn yellow in autumn. Witch
hazels can be grown as specimen plants in borders
or in groups, depending on the
variety. Grow H. x intermedia ‘Pallida’ as a stand-
alone specimen, with its vase-shaped habit and
golden autumn leaves, while H. x intermedia ‘Diane’,
which grows to 4m (12ft), flowers in mid to late
winter and produces bright green leaves which turn
orange, yellow or red in autumn.
Witch hazels like reasonably fertile, moist but well-
drained soil and prefer neutral to acid soil. Place
them in sun or partial shade in an open but not
exposed spot. Prune any crossing shoots in late
winter or early spring to keep a good shape.

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Business, Finance & Technology

Business Owner
Finance Q & A’s

By Debbie Story, Sleigh & Story, Brighouse

Q. I have recently started running my own business treated as a chargeable benefit on the employee.
providing training services. HMRC have advised me The exemption applies to expenditure up to a cap of
that VAT is not charged on the type of services I £500 per tax year per employee.
am providing. Does this mean that my services are
zero-rated for VAT or actually exempt? Do I need to Further information on this subject can be found in
register for VAT? HMRC’s Employment Income Manual at paragraph
A. Although both zero-rated and exempt supplies EIM21774.
result in no VAT being applied to the supply, the
consequence is very different between them and it Q. I have recently purchased three properties
is important to get it right. which I intend to rent out. I envisage that I will
Zero-rating is a rate of VAT, albeit at zero per cent. need to spend a considerable amount of time
The goods and/or services to which it applies are each year undertaking various necessary repairs.
taxable supplies. This in turn renders any supplier of Can I pay myself say, an hourly rate, for the time I
zero-rated goods and/or services liable to register spend on the properties and claim a corresponding
for VAT, where appropriate (see the GOV.uk website deduction against my rental income?
at https://www.gov.uk/vat-registration for further
information on registration). The advantage of A. Any amounts taken from the property rental
VAT registration is that VAT can be reclaimed on business will simply be viewed as a withdrawal of
costs. However, a business making solely exempt profits from the business and taxed accordingly.
supplies is not making taxable supplies, so cannot The HMRC Property Income Manual at paragraph
register for VAT. Consequently, all VAT incurred upon PIM2210 states:
expenditure becomes an additional irrecoverable
cost. Where a supply could be either zero-rated or ‘A landlord can’t deduct anything for the time they
exempt, zero-rating will take priority. spend themselves working in their own rental
Q. I am a company owner and employer. One of my business. They can deduct any wages or salaries
key employees has recently become ill and requires they pay to their spouse, civil partner or other
medical treatment. If the company pays for the relations for working in the rental business provided
treatment directly on her behalf, will the employee the amounts paid represent a proper commercial
have to pay tax on it? reward for the work done. The spouse, civil partner
A. Expenditure by employers on medical treatment or relative will be taxable on their earnings if their
for employees is generally chargeable to income income is large enough.’
tax either as a payment of earnings or as a taxable
benefit. However, an exemption from income tax Sleigh & Story Ltd, Thornhill Brigg Mills,
applies where an employer funds recommended Thornhill Beck Lane, Brighouse HD6 4AH.
medical treatment where the recommendation
itself meets certain specific requirements. This You can follow Sleigh & Story on Facebook,
means that expenses incurred by an employer to or Twitter @sleighandstory.
cover medical treatment which is recommended
to an employee for the purposes of assisting the The information contained in this article is of a general
employee to return to work after a period of nature and you are advised to obtain specific professional
absence due to injury or ill health should not be advice before you take any action.

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Staying safe in your home
this Christmas
FATRWEE TEHIATELoErYSCCOAFF
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From the Halifax Security team

with t
his flyer – expires

It’s that time of year again…the hunt for the perfect • Never put candles under shelves. 

tree (in the loft, or out in the wilderness). Will it

stand or will it fall? Will the lights work? What • Never attach decorations to lights or heaters.

happens if they don’t? Who’s got a spare extension

lead? • Never overload electrical sockets. 

It’s an exciting time for all but it’s important to • Never leave a cooker unattended - most fires start
remember to always consider the safety of you and in the kitchen.
your family during the festivities.
• Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the
You may not realise it, but the risk of fire within reach of children.
your home over the Christmas
and New Year Period Although prevention is
is greatly increased.
Candles, portable always better than a cure,
heaters, open
fires, fairy lights, ensure that your smoke,
overloaded sockets,
not to mention heat and carbon
dangling decorations
in the kitchen or around monoxide detectors
the fireplace.
are not past their
It is important to remember
that fires can start easily. To expiry date, tested and
reduce the risk of a fire over the
festive period, you should: fully functional. Always

Check that your Christmas lights remember and consider
conform to the British Standard.
your elderly mfriaeyndnsotandTEHIATELoErYSCCOAFF
• Never use lights with worn or frayed relatives who FATRWEE
cables.  E
have as many visitors over
• Turn off lights at night or when you are leaving the FÉ
house. with t
the holidays, testing their fire
• Never place candles near your Christmas tree,
decorations or furnishings.   detection will likely bbuetthweorlakhsiinstfglyer – expires
thing on their minds,

detection would likely save their life

in the event of a fire.

Many people do not realise but fire
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modern Intruder Alarm systems, these can be wired
or wireless and can be connected to your remote
monitoring or Intruder Alarm APP. allowing you to
be notified in the event of any fire activation. If you
would like any advice on the security of your home
or business, we are always here to discuss your
options.

• Put candles or incense in a purpose-made holder Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year from all of
and on a heat-resistant surface the team here at Halifax Security.

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