October newsletter

Newsletter – Oct 2015


At todays meeting we had a very informative and enjoyable talk about the New Care Act from Gary Cleland from Halton Borough Council. It was very uplifting with his funny stories.  As carers you are all entitled to an assessment as also is your cared for, to book an assessment with Halton Borough Council, please telephone 0151 511 7676 and ask for a Carers Assessment.

ALD Forum, Carers Centre – 28th October, the Halton Carers Centre are holding an Adults with Learning Disability Forum at the Stobart Stadium,  speakers being invited are  Hugh Jones Solicitor about Wills & Trust funds, Lisa Birtle-Smith talking about friendships & Relationships, Lorraine Dutton from Alzheimers Society talking about Dementia in ALDS, .  Please try and attend this event, the times will be registration from 10am to 3pm or whenever you are able to make it.

There will be stalls which will be interesting and providing information about your caring role and lunch will be provided. You do not need an invite from Halton Carers Centre for this event, so even if you live outside the borough you are still able to attend this event.

This event is being organised by HALDS/Halton Speak Out and Halton Carers Centre. I have ordered a roll up poster advertising HALDS, also T-shirts for members who have volunteered to man the HALDS stand, I will bring these with me on the day.

If you have a Webb Ivory Catalogue, could you please let me know what you want to order by end Oct to enable me to place the order.

Halton British Legion Xmas Disco – Monday 7th December, I now have the forms for the Legion xmas disco, if you would like your cared for to attend, please let me know and I will send you a form to fill in and return to Eileen Ludgate.

Theatre Shows – All the theatre shows are now booked, I am unable to take any more bookings, as all tickets are paid for and received. Could I please ask, if you are unable to make any of the shows PLEASE  let me know on the day asap, I know emergencies happen, but if you could NOT JUST NOT TURN UP, as these tickets have cost between £40 – £50 each. If you would like to attend but haven’t put your name down, I can put you on a stand by list in case of cancellations

  • Jersey Boys – Manchester Opera House – Wednesday 4th November 2015 at 7.30 performance – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.55pm
  • Mary Poppins – Manchester Palace Theatre – Wed 24th Feb 2016 at 7.30pm, coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.55pm  
  • Mamma Mia – Manchester Palace Theatre – Tues 17th May 2016 at 7.30pm coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.55pm  

Pontysyllte Aqueduct Mulled Wine Cruise, Llangollen – Sun 6th Dec – We are having a Christmas cruise followed by a Christmas meal, it is a 2 hour cruise along the aqueduct with mulled wine and mine pies, Christmas music and santa, followed by a Christmas Meal at the Bryn Howel Hotel, Llangollen.  Menus for meal selection were given out at the meeting, please let me have them back asap with your selection,  if you were not at the October meeting if you could please contact me to enable me to get your choice of menu.  Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12 noon and Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 12.15.  This trip is now fully booked – If you haven’t paid your £5 please let me have it asap

Christmas Fair – Monday 23rd November, in place of the meeting on Monday 30th November, we are going to be holding our Christmas Fair on 23rd November.  There will be a number of stalls at this event, plus lunches for all, please bring along friends and family to this event at the normal meeting time of 12/12.30.   We will also be having a Christmas Bingo at 1.30.

HALDS Christmas Party – Friday 11th December at Mencap Acorn Centre – all invited, please bring your own supper and drinks.  Entertainment will be by our very own Adam Stringer as DJ

Elgin Hotel, Blackpool – £98 per person 29th January – 2 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast and Sunday Lunch – Fancy a weekend away in Blackpool to get over the Christmas festivities.  As there are now only 17 of us going to the Elgin, we will be unable to have our own entertainment room, theme for Saturday evening is Grease/Saturday Night Fever so get out your flares and get boogying on the dance floor.  If you would like to come along please let me know.    

Monday 11th January – Trip to Rivendell Garden Centre, Widnes and lunch at Trigger Pond, Warrington – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 10am and Widnes Stobart Stadium at 10.10am.  Menus will be given out at a later date, as menus are changing at Trigger Pond in November.

HALDS Birthday Party – Friday 26th February at the Beechwood Centre, Runcorn. This will be to celebrate HALDS 6th Birthday and also be a funding raising event.   Tickets now on sale.  Please try and support this dance by selling tickets to friends and family, as without these events HALDS will run out of funding. 

The Esplanade Hotel April 15th 2016 –   Full cost  for the weekend would be £175 per person for 3 nights plus transport and £140 for 2 nights which includes dinner, bed & breakfast and evening entertainment. We have £5k towards this weekend away, Cost per head will be depending on how many people want to attend. Please let me know by end October if you want to attend this weekend away, to enable me to let members know the final price to pay, £50 per person deposits are now due.  If you weren’t at October meeting, please let me have your deposits asap.

Belle Vue Dog Racing – We are looking at going to the Dog racing at Belle Vue in May 2016, it will be a Friday evening, more details to follow, please let me know if you are interested in attending.

Narrowboat day trip – I am looking into a day trip on a narrowboat in June, further details at a later day


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