November newsletter

Our guest speaker for Octobers meetings was Shelagh Thornhill from Community Bridge Building Team who came along to tell us what services they have to offer your cared fors.   They can provide Voluntary work, Arts & Culture, Education, Faith & Religion, Travel Training, Leisure Activities and pathway to employment.

To access Community Bridge Building services you have to be referred through any social care team or a professional person, this can include Halton Carers Centre.              Except their social group for 18-30 year olds you can go directly into the group straight away without any referrals.

If you would like more information about the Bridge Building Services contact the team on 0151 511 8772.  I also have a few leaflets about their services.

I also have some leaflets about ‘care in the chemist’ for those who never got them last month

Funding – I have applied for funding from BIG Lottery Awards for all, Peel Ports, Knights House, Comic Relief & Howdens.  I will keep you posted on our outcome.

We have been unsuccessful with Howdens you have to be nominated by an employee.  I also meet up with Halton Borough Council last Thursday who is also helping me obtain some funding for our group for 2018.

We held a committee meeting on 2nd October and it was agreed to apply for funding from BIG lottery for trips out only and not towards a weekend away, these would consist of theatre trip, Mersey Tunnel visit, Shrewsbury River cruise, Royal court tour, Royal court variety lunch show, Canal cruise to Barn Owl, Birthday meal at the Old Hall, Frodsham.   It was agreed to leave the Yorkshire weekend, as it was thought is was a long way to go for a weekend.It was decided to invite the following speakers for next years meetings, Mal Hampton and Yvonne Smallman from Halton Speak Out, Citizen Advise Bureau and Community Care.  If you have any ideas for speakers you would like me to invite please let me know.

Friday 3rd Nov – Body Shop Christmas shopping party – Fund raising Body Shop party with discounts on Christmas items, all welcome, please invite friends and family as this is a fund raising event to boost HALDS funds.  Doors open 6.30 and party will start 7pm.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be on sale during the evening, please bring own alcoholic drinks if required.  (volunteers needed on the evening to sell raffle tickets and refreshments)

We will also hoping to hold another fun fund raising evening on Friday 12th January where we will have Rock ‘n’ roll bingo and Hoy.

Please come along and support your group, as this helps to pay towards our social events which you all enjoy coming along too

Halton Carers centre Bonfire  eve – Sunday 5th November £1.50 a ticket, Halton Carers Centre, 62 Church Street, Runcorn are opening up their back garden to enable carers to watch the fireworks on Mersey Road without being in the crowds.  Tickets are £1.50 and there will be refreshments on sale during the evening.  If you would like tickets please contact Halton Carers Centre direct on 01928 580182, admission is by ticket only

BBC Tour at Media City, Manchester – Monday 20th November – Coach will be picking up at Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am and Widnes Stobart Stadium 9.10am for our tour at 10.30. Tour lasts 90 minutes, there will be security checks before being admitted, you also need to bring photo ID.   The tour lasts about one and half hours and consists of walking outside and between various buildings. 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

Legion Christmas Disco – Monday 4th December, the deadline has now passed for application for the Legion Christmas Disco, but if you would like to attend please contact Jean Fish direct.

Sleeping Beauty Rock ‘n’ Panto at Theatre Clwyd – Wed 6th December – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 5.15pm for 7pm performance.  Cost £10 per person for HALDS members and £25 for non members – There are 2 places still available for the panto – Picks up will be Runcorn only 

Bond Hotel, Blackpool –  Turkey &  Tinsel weekend Friday 8th December cost is £175

HALDS Christmas party – Friday 15th December, Mencap Acorn Centre 7.30pm, There is no charge for this event, but tickets will be given out to enable me to know numbers. We will  be holding a raffle at this event.   Please bring your own food and drink.   Tickets now available

Christmas Fayre 3 course Lunch Cruise – Tuesday 19th December – Coach will pick up Widnes Stobart Stadium at 10.45 and  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 for HALDS members and £30 for non members–  There are still 2 places available for the cruise 

Liverpool stadium 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.   There are 61 of us going to Marlborough Hotel, I have allocated rooms, but rooms are now limited, so if you would like to attend please let me know as I will have to check with the hotel as to the availability available. If you could please let me know asap whether you are going on the coach or your own transport.  Please note parking is limited at the hotel, some people have to arrive late due to work commitments, children at school etc. so if you can go on the coach please do so.

Wicked – 12th March 2018,  Empire Theatre, Liverpool  – This trip is now full,  pick up will be Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 5.55pm.  Tickets will be given out on the coach

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

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 for HALDS members and £30 for non members.  As we have had to pay for the tickets all ready would it be possible to pay for your tickets asap, as its left us very short of funds..  Tickets are now all booked and I am unable to add any more people onto this trip

Eurodisney – 24th 2018 –  Cost is confirmed at £525 per person, deposits are now all paid. We are not now going with Acklams of Beverley, we are travelling with the company we went with this year COGO Travel, everything is all booked for us.  If you would like to pay money during the year you can do, I can give you payment cards.  Nearer the time I will be requesting travel insurance details off you and passport information, for those who went this year I have your passport information all ready so will just need travel insurance details.

Halton CCG – As from April 2017 Halton CCG have launched a new MSK CATS service.   If you suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) pain commonly known as back, joint or muscle pain, instead of contacting your GP or can now talk directly with a  CATS MSK physiotherapy practitioner about your  condition on 0151 495 5472 .

I have joined Costco in HALDS name and we are allowed 2 other members to register for free, so if you would like to shop at Costco please let me know and I will give you the relevant form to complete.

Our next meeting is Monday 27th November where we will be having a xmas buffet with entertainment by PUGs (Palacefields Ukelule Band)  

















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