March newsletter

Please accept my apologies for Marchs meeting, but I went to a funeral of a dear friend in Stoke, but I am sure Liz took good care of you all in my absence.

Unfortunately our guest speaker Laurence from PALS was also unable to make our meeting, but Trudy from the library who came to our meeting in January to talk to us about her new ideas in the Halton Libraries for Adults with learning disabilities came along as her plans are now all sorted and the new group is starting up late April.

Library Learner – Trudy told us about the 4 fun sessions which start on Wednesday 25th April 1.30 – 3pm in both Halton Lea Library and Widnes Library, first session on 25th April will be about ‘Using the Library and finding your way around’ 2nd session on 2nd May will be ‘Using the library computers, see their free magazines and comics online’ 3rd session 9th May ‘Local History. Find out about your town and what it used to look like’ and final session on 16th May ‘Stories and information books. Tell a story’ There will be drinks and biscuits at each session and plenty of activities as well.  If you would like your cared for to attend any of these sessions please contact the library direct on Halton Lea Library 0151 511 7744 and Widnes Library 0151 907 8383.

The Library Learner is open to any adult with a learning disability and their carer.  They are hoping to run the course again if this one is a success and it will be on a different day of the week, so if you can’t make this one because of the day, there will be other opportunities.   Everyone will receive a certificate at the end of the course (even if they can’t make it every week)

Trudy also brought along memory boxes and photographs of Halton as it was then and how it looks now, which I believe was thoroughly enjoyed by the members.

Lous’ evening – A big thank you to all who donated towards Lous evening, we raised £680 in total for Halton Haven, Brenda took the money to the Haven and we have received a thank you letter from them.

Sharon is partaking in the Hale Village 5 mile race on Sunday 1st March (Easter Sunday) and all proceeds are going to HALDS funds. Feel free to come along on the day to support here, starts at 9.30am and Sharon aims to finish the race in about 50 mins.  You can still sponsor her at the next meeting if you haven’t already done so.

Brendas coffee morning – Brenda is holding a coffee morning at her house, 46 Wicksten Drive, Runcorn, WA7 5UW 10am – 12 noon on Monday 16th April.  All Proceeds to HALDS funds.  There will be raffles, tombola etc.  Please feel free to bake cakes for the event.

I am also looking at holding a Soap Quiz evening, more details at the next meeting 

I have invoices from the Marlborough Hotel if required for either yourself or your cared for

Story of the Beach Boys, Sat 31st March at Brindley Theatre, Runcorn.  Tickets are now booked and paid for.  Show starts at 7.30, so please meet in the foyer at 7pm 

Miss Saigon, Wed 18th April  at Palace Theatre, Manchester £10 per person

There are still 2 tickets available for this show if you would like to come along –  Payments are still outstanding , could you please let me have money asap. Coach leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 5.15, Widnes Stobart Stadium 5.30pm

Billy & Wally Show, Thursday 19th April at Brindley Theatre, Runcorn – There are 5 tickets still available for this show if you would like to come along.  Payments are  due, could you please let me have money asap. Show starts 7pm so please meet in foyer 6.30 for your tickets 

Royal Court Variety Lunch Club /Terracotta Soldiers – Wednesday 2nd May –The Royal Court show will be at 12.30pm followed by exhibition at 2.30pm at William Brown Street Museum, we will be leaving Runcorn at 11am and leaving Liverpool to come home 4pm , Cost £10 per person – There are still 2 tickets available for these shows –  Payment due by end April .

Chatsworth RHS Flower show – Thurs 7th June, (Please note change of day, due to 6th being for RHS members only)   Cost £15 per person..   Coach would be leaving Runcorn Old Town bus station at 8.30am and returning for home 5pm. I am looking at getting a larger coach, so if you would like to come along, please let me know by end of the week.  Payment due by end May

War Horse – Lowry Theatre, Thursday 28th June – This trip is now completely full, Coach leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm

Cadburys world & Bourneville village, Sun 8h July, Full day trip to Cadburys work and Bourneville Village, please let me know if you would like to attend this trip – Cost £10 per person. Coach will be leaving Widnes stobart stadium 9am and return from Birmingham at 5pm.  Payment due by end June

Canal Cruise/Lunch Barn Owl, Monday 6th Aug – This cruise is now full, Cost £10  Payment due by end July 

Canal Cruise/Lunch Barn Owl,  Monday 13th Aug – This cruise is now full, Cost £10  Payment due by end July 

Canal Cruise/Lunch Barn Owl, Monday 20th Aug – There is 4 places available for this date, Cost £10. Payment due by end July 

Eurodisney – 24th November 2018 – Cost £525 per person, there are still places available on this trip if you would like to attend.   When making balance payments for Eurodisney, could you please either pay via BACS into COGO Travels account ( I can give you their bank details)  or a cheque made payable to COGO Travel, alternatively you can phone COGO travel direct on 01273 020 531 to pay via debit or credit card, both the latter please use our reference 011118 and let them know you are with the HALDS group, Please also let me know you have made a payment. This does not include members paying monthly, this is okay 

Marlborough Hotel Christmas Break away – Friday 21st December to Sunday 23rd December 2018,  Friday will be Christmas eve theme and Saturday Christmas day.  Cost would be £100 per person plus coach.  We would arrive Friday afternoon and cost includes Friday evening meal through to Sunday lunch.  We would then leave Llandudno Sunday afternoon for journey home.  All guests will receive a Christmas gift from Santa.  Please let me know if you would like to come along to this weekend away.  Deposits of £50 would not be due until April, then balance for end October

I have yet to arrange the following trips, these will be booked for our next meeting, Monday 30th April , so you can put your names down on the list.  

Sept – Behind the scene tour of Royal Court/ Mersey Tunnel tour

Oct – Northwich museum/lunch

Dec – Chester zoo lantern parade

Jan 2019 – Rock ‘n’ roll panto at Theatre clwyd

Our next meeting on Monday 30th April will be our AGM, where the post for Treasury will be coming up for election due to John Llorca retiring from the post.  Please let me know if interested in this position.

Meeting Monday 21st May is a week earlier due to the Bank Holiday, our speaker for this meeting is Jane from Tower House Surgery who is coming along to talk to us about carer and cared for annual medial check ups and how to get the best from your doctors when being a carer.

Meeting Monday 25th June – Laurence from PALS and meeting Monday 30th July will be Beth from Healthy Halton.


Feeling down?


Think Wellbeing can help 

Think Wellbeing in Halton offers free NHS therapy for adults aged 18 and over with common mental health problems like anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

I have leaflets to give out, if you would like a copy 

If you would like a copy of the CD showing all the photographs taken at Marlborough All Saints weekend, please let me know, cost will be £2 each.  I will only be ordering copies for orders given.

I have mentioned in the past about getting a reduction on your Council Tax.  This has also been mentioned on Martin Lewis Money Programme on TV.  For council tax benefit Carers are exempt and also People with a Learning Disability, its classed as an SMI, Severe Mental Impartment.  So if this only leaves 1 other adult in the household, you should receive 25% reduction.  If you want more details please contact me.

Deputyship – Last year, Fiona Ludkin from Hugh Jones Solicitors came and discussed Wills and Trust Funds with us and also told us about Deputyship for your cared for.  Do you want me to ask her to return for a Deputyship


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