October Newsletter

At our September meeting Alison Gabbot from Cheshire Constabulary should have been coming to talk to us about keeping safe in your home and when out and about, unfortunately she was unable to make our meeting, so instead Gary stepped in who came to our July meeting.   He gave us forms to fill in for Police Alerts in your area (I have forms if you were not at the meeting and want to register) Some of the things he informed us about as follows:If you have burglar alarms make sure you use them

  • Put up security lights outside
  • Don’t leave doors unlocked whilst inside house, if you are burglared, you are not insured
  • If you see anyone suspicious hanging about, contact the police 999
  • Don’t leave car engine running to defrost your car and go inside your house, again you are not insured if stolen
  • Mark your property with marker pen with post code and surname
  • Bogus callers, if you have a caller at your home and they put a foot in your door, slam door and ring 999
  • Put chains on your door
  • Take your mobile phone to bed with you in case of emergency and you are unable to use your house phone
  • If you hear an intruder outside, unlock and lock your car, this disturbs the intruder

There are 4 grades for calling the police with response times

Grade 1 is an emergency with sirens going, i.e. for murders, offenders still on site, fight in street

Grade 2 – 1 hour response i.e. kids being a nuisance

Grade 3 – 12 hour response time i.e.  car stolen, criminal damage

Grade 4 – Logging information

999 is for emergencies only, for anything other than emergency dial 101 

Future Meetings

Our next meeting on Monday 31st October – We have a speaker coming to talk to us about Warm & Healthy Homes – They give Free home energy checks to anyone who is vulnerable to living in a cold home, they help you switch to a cheaper energy tariff, identify cost saving improvements to your home, check you are receiving the right benefits and provide advice about the most efficient way to heat your home and avoid damp and condensation.  They have grants for New boilers, Boiler repairs, Insulation, Draught proofing, new central heating systems, heating controls and radiator reflector panels.

Monday 28th Nov – Xmas fayre – We will be having a variety of stalls selling Christmas gifts, HALDS will be holding a tombola stall. We are also having holistic therapies which will include Hand & Arm Massage, Back & Shoulder Massages £3.50 for 10 minutes, Indian Head Massages or Back  & Shoulder Massage £6 for 20 minutes.  I am also looking for someone to come along and do manicures and pedicures, there will also be foot massages, more details later.  We will be having a Christmas buffett lunch with a Christmas Quiz and hopefully another event which I am trying to sort. (Watch this space)   Please come along and bring friends and family

Future events

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. Time back to Runcorn 4pm approx , money to be paid by end Sept, Sorry if not paid already I will be taking you off the list

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 for non members., 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.

Friday 2nd Dec – Mencap funding raising event (to raise money for Panto trip) War Memorial, Runcorn with entertainment by Young & Foolish, see Brenda Hayes for tickets.

Monday 5th December – Halton British Legion Xmas Disco, 7pm – 11pm. If you wish to go you need to complete a form, which you can get from either myself or Jean Fish, these need to be returned no later than Oct 14th. 

Saturday 10th December – HALDS Christmas Party at Mencap Acorn Club, Laburnum Grove, Runcorn, 7pm – Please bring own drink and food,



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.  £5 per person, money due by end Feb

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

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, deposits of £30 due end Jan, Balance end March

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 as I have reserved tickets for the shows and also to enable me to book transport.

With winter approaching, I would like to remind you about the NHS Care in the Chemist for your winter medication 

Do you know about the NHS Care at the Chemist Scheme?

The local NHS operates a minor ailments scheme that is accessible at your local Chemist/Pharmacy right on the high street. Under the scheme, you can see you local pharmacist for a private consultation, usually without an appointment, for a wide range of ailments. If you don’t pay for prescriptions, then any medication the Pharmacist prescribes is free of charge, and open to anyone who is registered with a  Doctor

So, what treatments are provided? Your local pharmacist is able to give advice and prescribe a medicine from an agreed list to ensure the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

The following conditions can currently be treated by the NHS Care at the Chemist scheme:

  • Allergies
  • Athletes foot
  • Cold sores
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Coughs, colds and sore throats
  • Cystitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ear wax
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Headache
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Minor eye infections
  • Minor skin reactions
  • Nappy rash
  • Nasel congestion
  • Oral Thrush
  • Pain or temperature
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Thrush (genital)
  • Warts and verrucas

Some treatments are not available for children – please discuss with your Pharmacist. 

Warm Home Discount Scheme

For winter 2016 to 2017, you could get £140 off your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The money isn’t paid to you – it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill between October and April.

The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

Contact your electricity provider and ask to apply for the warm home discount scheme, you need to have someone in your household on benefits i.e. DLA, PIP etc.

Eye Tests

Specsavers now offer Home Call Sight tests Tel 0800 1981134 and for Home hearing tests Tel 0800 0232949




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