September Newsletter

I hope you all enjoyed your summer holiday break and are now ready to enjoy HALDS meetings and the wide range of social events which we have planned for 2016/17


I am pleased to announce that we have received another £10k from the BIG lottery  for 2016/17 which is to be used towards our Social events

Speakers for Meetings

Monday 26th September – Alison Gabbot from Cheshire Constabulary is coming to talk to us about keeping safe in your home and when out and about.

Monday 31st October – Warm & Healthy Homes – Are you struggling to keep your home warm?  Free home energy checks available

Monday 28th Nov – Xmas fayre


Monday    Jan –  PALS

Monday    Feb – First Aid

Monday     March

Monday     April

Monday     May 

Cellidh evening – Friday 23rd Sept – Grangeway community centre,  Doors open 7pm, with dancing 7.30 – 10.30,  we will be entertained by ‘Beer for Breakfast’ who are an Irish Band, but also play Cellidh, we will have a caller to talk you through the dances.  It will be a fun evening of music and dancing, Cost will be £6 a ticket,  bring your own supper and drinks (alcoholic allowed)  Please ask friends and family to this event, a good evening is guaranteed.

Tickets now on sale or pay on the door

I am looking for donations of raffle prizes for the Celidah evening, please bring along on the evening.  

Xmas Fair – Monday 28th November

We will invite stall holders as previous years, HALDS will have tombola to raise funds, If you have anything for the tombola stall please start to bring to HALDS meetings, we will having Holistic therapies in the small room,  I will advise prices and treatments which will be available asap,  xmas quiz and hopefully a surprise visit!!!!

We held a committee meeting on Monday 12th Sept and were it was decided that costs would change for future social events, for events under £30 cost for HALDS members will be £5 and for events £30 and over the cost will be £10, for non HALDS members it will be the full cost of  event or ticket.  This is to keep our funds up for more events to take place.  It is your responsibility to pay your monies to me by the given time, failure to pay on time, will result in your place not being booked.  Monies can be paid either at meetings, cheques sent to my home address made payable to HALDS or at the Carers Centre, 62 Church Street, Runcorn, where I am Tuesday – Friday each week.   For theatre tickets which are expensive, if you are unable to attend please let me know by 12 noon on the day, this will enable me to get a replacement from the stand by list to take your place,  if  I am not informed the full cost of the ticket will have to be paid by yourself.

It was also decided to raise further funding for HALDS that at social events will be holding a football card raffle whilst on the coach

We are sorry to have to impose the above, but in the past I have to constantly chase for monies off members or members have not let me know they are not attending an event.  This is all time consuming and also a waste of HALDS funding.

On a plus side at the meeting a whole host of social events where decided on, which I am sure you will all enjoy:  Details as follows:

Williamson Tunnels/Lunch at  The Greenhills, Liverpool  – Monday 24th October, Cost is £5 per person for HALDS members & non members, but non members to pay for their own meal at Greenhills, money to be paid by end Sept.

Potteries Tour – Monday 14th November – We will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 9.30 first visiting Wedgewood (large pottery)  where we will be having a factory tour and visit to the museum, then proceeding to Emma Bridgewater Pottery (smaller pottery) at 1.30pm for another factory tour and shop visit. – Cost will be £5 for HALDS members and £10 for guests.   If you would like to attend this potteries visit names and money will be taken at the Septembers meeting, all monies to be paid by end September.

Time back to Runcorn 4pm approx

Oliver, Brindley Theatre – Wed 16th November – If you would like to come along to watch Oliver at the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn please let me know, cost is £5 for HALDS members and £18, Need names if interested but monies to be paid by end October, 

Turkey & Tinsel –  weekend at Bond Hotel, Friday 16th December £170 per person which is now for full board accommodation including, entertainment.  Deposits have now been paid, balance due by end October.

We are looking at having a Christmas Party a date yet to be arranged, will have more details at Sept meeting


Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Thursday 12th January at Lowry Theatre, Manchester 7.30 performance, Cost £10 HALDS members, £37.50 for Non Members, Please let me know if you would like to attend, monies to be paid by end Dec.

Billy Elliott,  Wednesday 25th January, at Palace Theatre, Manchester at 7.30, Cost £10 for HALDS members and £27.50 for Non members, please let me know if you would like to attend, monies to be paid by end Dec

Members can only pick 1 theatre trip as above, but if you would like to attend both shows it will be a cost of £37.50

Old Dock  Experience/museums/lunch, Wed 15th Feb – Cost will be £5 for HALDS & Non Halds members, but non HALDS to pay for their own meal. Please let me know if you are interested, monies to be paid by end Jan

The Wiz, Brindley Theatre, 8th March, this is an upbeat version of the Wizard of Oz, Cost for HALDS members £5, Non HALDS £16, Please let me know if you are interested, monies to be paid by end Feb

St Asaph Mill – Saturday 11th March – full day event at St Asaph Mill/evening meal, please let me know if you are interested to enable me to book correct size bus.

Monday 10th April, Tour of St Georges Hall, Liverpool/lunch, Cost £5 for all, but non HALDS to pay for their own meal

12th May – Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno, full weekend event, from Friday morning till Monday morning, cost £160 per person, but we do have lottery funding to put towards this weekend away, please let me know if interested

Other events include:

May – Tour Lowry Theatre/Shopping at Lowry outlet

June – Summer evening cruise on Mersey

July – Bodelwydden Castle or Ironbride Museums

August – Emmerdale tour

More details about these at a later date but let me know if you are interested in coming along.

Euro Disney – I have not forgotten about the Euro Disney trip for May 2017, the cost for this trip as coming out over £500 per person and this was for 30 people attending, unfortunately we are unable to use £5k from the lottery funding towards this, as the funding can only be used within the UK.  So I do not think this trip will go ahead as planned

That’s another year over all ready!!! Phew 

Hope to see as many of you as possible at the Celidh evening on Friday and also at the next meeting which is Monday 26th September 12.30 Mencap Acorn Centre, Laburnum Grove, WA7 5EX