January newsletter

NEWSLETTER – January 2017 

Here we are, into another year, cannot believe HALDS will be going into our 8th year in March, time has gone so fast, our group has grown considerably and its good to see we still have a high majority of the original members, (which was in fact 9)   We have had some very interesting speakers, where members have learnt a lot of information and also had some great times socially together with day trips, theatre trips and weekends away.  2017 is again going to be another action packed year for HALDS members and their families with holidays in Eurodisney, weekend in Llandudno and a range of social events all planned and booked.

Thank you for all your support over the past 12 months at HALDS activities and when we have been raising funds,  It was embarrassing (just slightly) when  I won the dolls house when it was drawn at the HALDS Christmas party, especially when I had made it known that I wanted to win it!!!!!!

The raffle for the dolls house raised £118 for HALDS funds and the Christmas Card collection tin £40.

Funding – I have applied for funding from Co-op, but we will not hear whether we are successful until April and I have also applied to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for £500, which will be reviewed at their next meeting mid January  and we should hear mid February on whether we where successful on this bid.  I also attended a funding workshop early December,  I will be putting together some bids and will let you know the outcome at Januarys meeting.

Committee members only – We will holding a committee meeting on Monday 23rd January in the small room at the Mencap Acorn Centre at 11am

If you need a copy of the Bond Hotel invoice for Direct Payments purposes please let me know and I will bring a copy along to our January meeting.

7th Birthday lunch – Instead of having a birthday party end Feb. We are going to go out for lunch on Monday 20th February to celebrate HALDS 7th birthday, venue will be decided at our committee meeting in January, but I am putting forward The Lawns restaurant in the Thornton Hotel, Leasowe Castle or The Red fox at Thornton Hough, Coach will be leaving Widnes at 11.20, Runcorn at 11.30, we will be arriving back 3.30 – 4pmish.   Please let me know asap if you would like to attend, to enable me to book correct size transport.  Cost will be £5 for HALDS members.    

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Thursday 12th January at Lowry Theatre, Manchester 7.30 performance. Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.50 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.

Billy Elliott,  Wednesday 25th January, at Palace Theatre, Manchester at 7.30.  Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.50 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.

Old Dock  Experience/museums/lunch, Wed 15th Feb – Cost will be £5 for HALDS & Non Halds members, but non HALDS members 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

Eurodisney – 11th March for 5 days, this trip is now booked and deposits paid, therefore unable to add any other members onto the trip.  For members attending Eurodisney a separate notice will be sent to you with all information about the trip. 

St Asaph Mill/Bodelwydden Castle – Originally this trip was for Saturday 11th March, due to Eurodisney trip would members mind if we changed this event to Saturday 25th March, this would then be a full day event first going to Bodelwyddan Castle then proceeding to  St Asaph Mill for shopping, please let me know if  this is okay? Cost would be £5 for HALDS members. We would be leaving Runcorn at 9.30am  and arriving home 7pmish

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 12th May till Monday 15th, cost £160 per person, but we do have lottery funding to put towards this weekend away, please let me know if interested.  If you are wanting to come along to Llandudno  weekend, could you please let me know by Januarys meeting as I need to finalise the actual cost.  Deposits are also required by January meeting of £50 per person.  Please make cheques payable to The Marlborough Hotel.

If you have any subjects you would like covering at one of HALDS meetings, please let me know and I will see if I can get a speaker.  Also if you want to advertise an event in our monthly newsletter or if you have anything you would like me to take to our meetings please let me know.

I would like to wish you all Best wishes for 2017 and hope it’s a good one for you all

Pam xx

December newsletter

Today we held our Xmas Fair which was a great success, in total we made £247.54 towards our funds.  It was a fun day with a great atmosphere, stall selling Christmas gifts, holistic therapies, Christmas quizzes and singing by children from Cavendish School followed by a visit from santa.  Many many thanks for all your support for this event and a big thank you to Jean Fish for getting the Christmas decorations up for our event.

John Llorca kindly renovated a dolls house for us to raffle to raise funding for our group, we sold tickets today at the Christmas Fair and we will also be selling raffle tickets for the house at the Christmas Party on 10th December.

There is lots going on this month,  starting on

Friday 2nd Dec – Mencap Disco with entertainment by Young & Foolish and our own DJ Adam Stringer, at The War Memorial, York Street, Runcorn.  Tickets £4, you can pay at the door. 7.45 – midnight

Monday 5th Dec – Christmas party at the Halton British Legion, free entry, please come along and join in the fun 7pm – 11pm (Widnes HALDS members can come along to this event)

Sat 10th Dec – HALDS Christmas party with our own resident DJ Adam, 7pm, free entry, but bring own drink and supper at Mencap Acorn Centre, Laburnum  Grove, Runcorn,  There will be party games and a good time will be had by all.

Friday 16th Dec – Blackpool Bond Hotel, Turkey & Tinsel weekend. Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 12noon, Widnes Stobart Stadium 12.10 then leaving on the Monday 10am for journey home

2017 

7th Birthday party – instead of having a birthday party at end Feb. We are going to go out for lunch on Monday 20th February to celebrate HALDS 7th birthday, I will let you know the venue in the January newsletter

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Thursday 12th January at Lowry Theatre, Manchester 7.30 performance,  Cost £10 HALDS members, £37.50 for Non Members, Monies to be paid by end Dec. Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station  5.50 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.  This trip is now full

Billy Elliott,  Wednesday 25th January, at Palace Theatre, Manchester at 7.30, Cost £10 for HALDS members and £27.50 for Non members, Monies to be paid by end Dec, Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station  5.50 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.   There are a few tickets still left for Billy Elliott

Old Dock  Experience/museums/lunch, Wed 15th Feb – Cost will be £5 for HALDS & Non Halds members, but non HALDS members 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

Eurodisney trip – Sat 11th March, 5 days, 4 nights £369 per person for bed & continental breakfast, price based on 2 persons sharing

Day 1 – Depart Runcorn lunch time to travel down to the Dover area, stay overnight outside Dover

Day 2 – Morning Ferry to Calais, then journey down to Eurodisney, arrive mid afternoon, rest of day to explore Disney village, have a swim etc

Days 3 & 4 – 2 day passes for Disney Parks

Day 5 – Travel home in one day

Staying in Sequoia Lodge Hotel

Relax in this cosy mountain retreat that has the authentic feel of peaceful nights spent around a flickering fireplace. Here, the Parks are only a 15 minute walk away, quicker by free shuttle Super Fun Swimming Pools, themed indoor pool plus outdoor pool.

Theme on the park will be Star Wars

£75 deposit required by 10th December, if paying by cheque please make payable to COGO Travel, balance required mid January

St Asaph Mill – Saturday 11th March – full day event at St Asaph Mill/evening meal, please let me know if you are interested

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 12th May till Monday 15th, cost £160 per person, but we do have lottery funding to put towards this weekend away, please let me know if interested.

In place of sending Christmas cards to each other, at the Christmas Party, we will be having a tin for donations 

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to you all for 2017

 

November newsletter

Octobers meeting we had Ellie Abernethy who came along from Warm and Healthy Homes (Energy Projects Plus is a registered charity, who provide free, impartial, expert advice on saving energy across Merseyside and Cheshire.  Warm and Healthy Homes is funded by the British Gas Energy Trust)  they will come into your homes and give a free energy check for anyone who is vulnerable to living in a cold home i.e. over 65s, people with disabilities etc.  Their expert advisors will help you switch to a cheaper energy tariff, identify cost saving improvements to your home and help you find funding to install them, 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.  This does not only apply to your own home but also if you cared fors are living independently, they can also have an assessment visit.

Xmas Fair – Monday 28th November  12 noon –  Our next event is our Christmas Fair, which is will be a fun, fund raising event.  have invited stall holders selling xmas gifts, HALDS will holding a raffle and also a tombola stall to raise funds, If you have anything for the tombola stall please could you drop off at my house and NOT bring along on the day of the Christmas fair, (as the goods have to have raffle tickets put on them, which is chaotic on the day)  we will also be having Holistic therapies in the small room these will be Hand & Arm Massages or Back & Shoulder Massagers £3.50 for 10 minutes or Indian Head Massages or Back & Shoulder Massages £6 for 20 minutes, you can book these on the day direct with Sarah.  We will also be having manicures, again you book these direct with Sam.   The Christmas fair will open at 12pm, we will be having a Christmas buffett, a xmas quiz and at 2pm approx children from Cavendish School will be coming along to sing Christmas songs for us, after which we will be having a visit from Santa.  Please try and attend this fun fund raising event and bring along friends and family.  I am also looking for volunteers to man the Tombola stall, sell raffle tickets etc.

Contacting me – I do not take the HALDS telephone to work or out and about with me, if you need to speak to me or to ask me something, please either send a text or leave a message and I will get back to you when I can.   If you need to know anything about trips times etc, this information is always in the newsletter or on our web site www.halds.org.

Carer Assessments from Halton Borough Council – I have brought up the waiting times when carers are contacting the HBC for an assessment at the Carers Strategy meeting, they require some examples, therefore if you have requested a carers assessment could you please let me know about any problems you may have had and also the waiting times from requesting the assessment to the actual assessment itself. Please e-mail me if you have had difficulty in accessing a Carer Assessment and advise waiting times etc. 

Social Events 

7th Birthday party – instead of having a birthday party at end Feb. We are going to go out for lunch on Monday 20th February to celebrate HALDS 7th birthday, I am looking for ideas for a hotel or restaurant about 1 hour radius of Runcorn. 

Potteries Tour – Monday 14th November – We will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 9.15 first visiting Wedgewood (large pottery) where you will browse at your leisure round  factory and the museum,  leaving 12.15pm to  proceed to Emma Bridgewater Pottery (smaller pottery) for lunch and factory tour at 1.30pm. –   Time back to Runcorn 4pm approx

Oliver, Brindley Theatre – Wed 16th November – Meet in foyer from 7pm where tickets will be handed out. 

HALDS Christmas Party – Saturday 10th  December, 7pm at Mencap Acorn Centre, Laburnum  Grove, Runcorn, all free, but please bring own food and drink.  We will be having a Christmas Raffle and entertainment will be with Adams disco.  There will be party games and a good time will be had by all. 

Turkey & Tinsel – Week-end at Bond Hotel, Friday 16th December     Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 12noon, Widnes Stobart Stadium 12.10 then leaving on the Monday 10am for journey home, this is a Christmas weekend, Friday evening will be Christmas Eve, Saturday eve Christmas Day and Sunday is Boxing day.

2017

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Thursday 12th January at Lowry Theatre, Manchester 7.30 performance,  Cost £10 HALDS members, £37.50 for Non Members, Monies to be paid by end Dec. Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station  5.50 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.  This trip is now full

Billy Elliott,  Wednesday 25th January, at Palace Theatre, Manchester at 7.30, Cost £10 for HALDS members and £27.50 for Non members, Monies to be paid by end Dec, Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station  5.50 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.   There are a few tickets still left for Billy Elliott

Old Dock  Experience/museums/lunch, Wed 15th Feb – Cost will be £5 for HALDS & Non Halds members, but non HALDS members 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

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 12th May  till Monday 15th , cost £160 per person, but we do have lottery funding to put towards this weekend away, please let me know if interested .

Other events will include:

May – Tour Lowry Theatre/Shopping at Lowry outlet

June – Summer evening cruise on Mersey

July – Bodelwydden Castle or Ironbride Museums

August – Emmerdale tour 

Monday 5th December is the Halton Legion Christmas party for Adults with learning disabilities, if you would like your cared for to come along, its not too late, please contact me and I will put your name down 

Mencap are holding a fund raising dance on Friday 2nd December, with entertainment by Young and Foolish, proceeds towards Mencaps panto visit to the Brindley theatre, please contact me if you would like tickets.

Mencap are holding a Christmas bingo on Wednesday 7th December at The Acorn Club, Laburnum Grove, Runcorn ,WA7 5EX. Door open 6pm, eyes down 7pm, Admission £3, refreshments included, There will be a tombola and a raffle