September newsletter

I hope you all enjoyed your summer holidays and feel all refreshed to start our new Autumn season and run up to Christmas.

We have a lot of social events leading up to Christmas and I hope I have covered all members tastes with meals out, parties and pantomines.

For our next meeting on Monday 25th September, Natalie Marron is coming along to give us a talk on ‘Care in the Chemist’ which I thought appropriate with the onset of winter.

October meeting – Please note the meeting in October is now on Monday 23rd and not 30th, our guest speaker for this meeting will be Shelagh Thornhill from the Bridge Building team


Mon 27th November – This year we are not holding a Christmas fair, in place PUGs ukulele band will be coming along to entertain us again, we will have a Christmas buffet for lunch and will also have a tombola stall and raffle.


To help me out, as from Septembers meeting Glenis and Eileen will be collecting monies for social events, they will issue receipts to you for any monies paid.


Don’t forget with winter coming along, now is the time to contact your Electricity supplier to register for your Warm Home Discount of £140, please ask me if you are unsure what warm home discount is all about.


Committee Members – reminder our next committee meeting is Monday 2nd October at 11am, at the Mencap Acorn Centre, Laburnum Grove, Runcorn.

Deputyship – I haven’t done anything yet about Hugh Jones coming along to an extra meeting to talk to us about deputyship, will get this sorted for those who are interested in coming along to the meeting

Man United stadium tour, Sat 9th Sept – Pick ups will be 9.30am Runcorn Old Town Bus station, then onto Widnes for 9.40pm.  Your tour is booked for 11.10am for a 1 hour tour, followed by a visit to the museum, lunch in the Red Café will is booked for 1.15pm.  You will be leaving Manchester about 3pmish.  This trip is now all booked and paid for

Emmerdale, Sat 16th Sept – Pick ups will be 8.15am at Runcorn Old Town Bus Station, then onto Widnes Stobart Stadium.   Our first tour at the Emmerdale village is at 10.30am. Our tours at the Emmerdale experience are booked for 2.10pm and 2.20pm.   We should  be leaving Leeds about 4pmish.  This trip is now all booked and paid for. 

Last of the Summer wine tour/Howarth visit – Saturday 21st October– Coach leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus  Station at 8.30 then onto Holmfirth for a Summerwine Magic tour, which is a 10 mile journey round the film locations used in the filming.  As well as getting an insight into the filming, there is a full running commentary on the history of the local area.  The tour is brought to you by Colin who for nearly 20 years was the owner of Sids Café.  After the bus tour, you will be visiting the Summer Wine Exhibition via the famous steps of Compos House.  Followed by free time to have lunch and look round the village.  As we have received a large response to this trip, there will be 2 bus tours, so 1 group will be on tour, whilst other group is looking round village, then vice versa. We will be departing Holmfirth 1.45 for journey to Howarth (Bronte country) then departing Howarth at 4pm for journey back to Runcorn, cost £10 per person – There is still places available for this trip, so please let me know if interested in coming along – Money to be paid by end September

Monday 30th October – Billy & Wally show at Brindley Theatre, cost £10 each  Money to be paid by end Sept – This trip is now booked and paid for . Show starts at 7pm so please meet in foyer 6.30 

Friday 3rd Nov – Body Shop Christmas shopping party, 7pm  – Fund raising Body Shop party with discounts on Christmas items, doors open 6.30pm,  

BBC Tour at Media City, Manchester – Monday 20th November – (Maximum 22 people) Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am for our tour at 10.30. Tour lasts 90 minutes, there will be security checks before being admitted.   After the tour we will have a couple of hours in the Lowry outlet village to enable you to look round shops and have lunch.  Leaving for home  2.30pm Money to be paid by end October, There are still places available if you would like to come along on this trip

Sleeping Beauty Rock ‘n’ Panto at Theatre Clwyd – Wed 6th December – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 5.15 for 7pm performance.  Cost £10 per person  – Money to be paid by end October

Fri 8th December – Bond Hotel, Turkey & Tinsel weekend £175 per person plus transport, we will be departing Runcorn 12 noon on the Friday, for those who have not been the Bonds Turkey & Tinsel, Friday evening is Christmas Eve, Saturday Christmas day and Sunday Boxing day, price includes Bed, Breakfast and evening meals and entertainment each evening.

HALDS Christmas party – Friday 15th December, Mencap Acorn Centre 7.30pm, there is no charge for this event, come along and have fun and enjoy yourselves 

Christmas Fayre 3 course Lunch Cruise – Tuesday 19th December  – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 11am for 12 noon cruise.  Cruise lasts approx 2 hours 30 minutes.  Please note this is a non-smoking cruise ship. Cost is £10 per person – Payment by end November

Liverpool studio tour – Saturday 20th Jan – Stadium tour/The LFC Story, their  interactive museum, which will be showcasing the Steven Gerrard Collection.  Duration of visit 90 – 120 minutes, please let me know if interested and I will book a slot – From August 2017 we will be launching our Free Flow Stadium Tour. Tours will be following free flow model with multimedia headsets to help bring the story to life, this will be a self-guided visit and therefore duration will be up to the individual group.

The tour will include all key areas that fans wish to visit such as dressing rooms, players tunnel, managerial dugout and the Kop. These will be the brand new areas of the New Main Stand. Cost is £10 per person, Money to be paid by end November

Imperial War Museum, Manchester, Monday 12th February – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along 

Friday 9th March 2018 – Weekend at Marlborough Hotel, Llandudno,  All Saints Themed Break, which includes Friday  St Davids Day, Tea/coffee and Bara Brith on arrival, 6.15pm  Sherry Drinks Reception, 6.30 Welsh Feast followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm.  Saturday is St Patricks Day which includes 6.15pm Irish Liquor Drinks reception, 6.30 Irish Dinner followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm followed by Sunday St Andrews Day which includes 8.30am Traditional Scottish Breakfast, 6.15 Guess the weight of the haggis, 6.30pm Scottish Supper followed by live entertainment and Light finger buffet at 10.30pm . Each evening you will be required to either dress fancy dress for the theme or the colours of the country. Cost is £140 per person.   Please let me know if you would like to come along to this weekend away, as rooms will be allocated as booked.  A deposit of £50 per person will be required end of September.

Wicked – 12th March 2018,  Empire Theatre, Liverpool  – This trip is now full, further details later in the year

Weavervale Museum/Lunch – Wed 11th April – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along

Yorkshire weekend – Fri 12th May or Fri 19th for 3 nights – I am looking to put together a weekend in Yorkshire with visit to Goatland (Heartbeat Aidensfield village) Whitby, Flamingo land/Pickering, Castle Howard and Eden Camp,  I am still in the process of costing this weekend away, at present I have been quoted £285 per person, which does not include entrance to day events, this is staying at the Mercure Hotel, Fairfield Manor, York.  Please let me know if interested so I have some idea of numbers

I am applying for BIG lottery funding in September and am bidding for £5k towards the Yorkshire weekend, therefore making it cheaper for members.

Chatsworth Flower show – Wed 6th June – more details at a later date, but please let me know if interested in coming along

War Horse – Lowry Theatre, Thursday 28th June – Cost £10 per person, please let me know if interested in attending, as I have to book tickets now for the show – payment by end May 2018

Eurodisney –  Nov 2018 –  Cost will be £525 approx depending on numbers for the coach, this will include the following:

Saturday 24 November 2018

Pick up Runcorn Old Town Bus Station with overnight stay at the Best Western Plus Marina Hotel with evening meal & full cooked breakfast

Sunday 25th November 2018

Travel via Eurotunnel to Calais and then on by coach to the Sequoia Lodge Hotel, Disneyland Paris for 4 night stay with breakfast included

3 day Adult Hopper Park Pass

Thursday 29th November 2018

Return via Eurotunnel to Dover for an overnight stay at the Best Western Plus Marina hotel with evening meal & full cooked breakfast.

Price is based on 2 or 3 people sharing a room and in the event of you having any single people the cost will be £735.00.

Accommodation at the Sequoia Lodge is in rooms with 2 double beds,

Please let me know if you would like to come along, a deposit of £50 is required by end September, then you can pay the balance as and when you want, I will make up payment cards for if you would like to pay in installments.

We are going with Acklams who are based in Beverley, Yorkshire





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