August newsletter

NEWSLETTER August 2018

Our speaker for the July meeting should have been Emma Allen from NHS Direct who was coming along to talk to us about GP Extra.  Unfortunately she didn’t turn up, but when I got home, Emma had sent an e-mail at 9.10am that morning advising of her being unable to attend.  In her absence I informed the meeting about GP Extra and what it is all about and handed out leaflets. GP Extra is additional appointment times for routine appointments which you can attend Mon-Fri 6.30-9pm and Sat-Sun 9am – 3.30pm. There are clinics based at Heath  Road Medical Centre, 78 Heath Road Crescent, Runcorn, WA7 5TJ or Widnes Health Care Resource Centre, Oaks Place, Caldwell Rd, Widnes, WA8 7GD.  These appointments are pre-bookable and same day appointments.  For appointment please contact your own GP surgery.

Trudy Jones from Halton libraries dropped off some leaflets for HALDS advising of another Library Learners Course starting on 5th Sept at 10.30am at Widnes Library and which lasts for 4 weeks.  Week 1 – Introduction to the library, Week 2 – IT resources, look at on-line magazines, comics etc.  Week 3 – Local History, family history, find out about your area and family tree, Week 4 – Books choose your favourite.   The course is open to adults with a learning disability and their carers.

Halton Library is also hosting a North West Learn Fest: Tech meet up for adults with learning disabilities, Wed 12th Sept 1.30 – 3pm Widnes Library  and Wed 19th Sept 1.30 – 3pm Halton Lea Library.  Discover augmented reality in the library and learn what a code bug is.

For any of the above please contact Trudy Jones direct on  or Tel 0151 511 8291

As from September our NEW meeting time is 12 noon, we will have lunch, then I will go through the agenda, then we will have our speaker at 1pm, this will help carers who have to leave early from the meetings.   

Please ensure that you have completed a new registration form to comply with GDPR, otherwise from Sept you will not receive newsletter or information re HALDS.

We are holding a fund raising evening on Friday 5th October, 7.30pm – HOY and Rock ‘n’ Bingo.  We will have music from our resident DJ Adam and a raffle, tickets are now on sale 3pound each

HALDS are holding a Christmas Fair on Monday 19th November, if you know anyone who would like a stall at this event, please let me know.  HALDS will be having a tombola stall at this event, so I am looking for items for tombola stall and for a Christmas raffle.  I am also looking at putting a stall on for HALDS of gifts, i.e. hand made cushion covers, xmas items etc.  so if you have any bits of material please either let me have it or make some things to put on our stall

Funding – I applied for funding from Co-Op but unfortunately again we have been turned down from them.

Kerri and Vera hold a weekly cash bingo at Halton Brook on a Tuesday evening, proceeds of which go to a charity, they have kindly nominated HALDS for their charity next year, starting January, this could raise up to 2,000 Pounds for HALDS funds.   A big thank you for you both for thinking of HALDS for your nomination.

Social events: – We have some new social events, details of all events as follows:

Canal Cruises/Lunch Barn Owl – Mondays 6th, 13th and 20th August.  Payment is now due for these trips.  Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station only at

9am where you will travel to Warrington to board the canal boat, it is a 2 hour cruise to the Barn Owl, en route menu choices will be selected and boat crew will forward to Barn Owl, after lunch, there will be a 2 hour cruise back to Warrington. Estimated time back to Runcorn 4.30ish. – If anyone is going on the 13th or 20th cruise and would like to swop to the 6th please let me know, as 2 members are unable to attend the 6th due to last minute arrangements and would like to swop if possible.

Barnum, Brindley Theatre, Runcorn – Friday 14th Sept – Cost 10 Pound for HALDS members, 18 Pound non HALDS, please let me know if you would like a ticket for Barnum as I will be confirming ticket numbers with Brindley early August.

Northwich Weaver Hall Museum/Lunch Bowling Green – Wed 26th Sept – Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 9.50am then Runcorn  at 10am for arrival 11am where tea/coffee will be provided followed by a talk and film show about the museum, you will then have time to wander round on your own.  This is followed by lunch at 1pm next door at The Bowling Green Pub, I have menus for the meal, if you are down for the trip, could you please let me have your choice of menu by mid Sept. Cost for trip 5 Pound.  Payment due by end July due to summer holidays.  

Billy & Wally Show, Brindley Theatre, Runcorn – Thurs 4th Oct – 10 Pound HALDS members and 22 Pound Non HALDS, please let me know by mid August if you would like to come along to the show, as I will have to confirm numbers with Brindley Theatre  – Money due by end September

Terracota Soldiers – Mon 15th Oct – Cost 5pounds. We will be leaving Runcorn 9.45am after the visit to Terracota Soldiers, you will have free time in Liverpool to shop or have lunch before our journey  home at 2pm. Cost for non HALDS member 15pounds  – money due by end September

Bowling Widnes with supper – Wed 24th October 7pm – Cost 5 Pounds for HALDS members cost for Non Halds to be advised. – Payment due by end September

Eurodisney – 24th November 2018 – Cost £525 per person,    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. I AM UNABLE TO TAKE FULL BALANCE PAYMENTS IN CASH, as it will be too much money to pay into my bank account.. This does not include members paying monthly, this is okay.  ALL PAYMENTS ARE TO BE PAID BY END SEPTEMBER TO COGO. 

Mary Poppins on Ice – Sun 9th Dec – In total I have booked 98 places, due to me purchasing more tickets there are a few tickets still available for this event. Please note, no further tickets will be purchased for this show

HALDS Christmas party – Friday 14th Dec, all welcome

Chester Zoo Lantern Parade – Wed 19th December, 7.30pm – Cost 5 Pound for HALDS members, There will be no coach for this event, we will be meeting at Chester Zoo.

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 due now followed by balances end October.

Theatre Clwyd Rock’n’Roll panto Dick Whittington – Fri 11th January 2019.  Cost £10 for HALDS members.  Theatres in Clywd now have HYNT cards to enable carers to go free with their paying cared for.  Therefore if you apply for a free HYNT card (which can be used all over Wales in their theatres) the cost for 1 carer for this show will be free, you will only pay for your cared for £10.

Mencap Disco – For 16+ Every other Saturday all welcome at Laburnum Grove, Runcorn, WA7 5EX, for more details  contact Jean Fish on 077599672


The Carers Trust have a carers discount club to find out details and to register go to www.carerstrust/discountclub. where you will find discounts from holidays, meal etc.


Hope you all have a good summer break and we will be back Mon 24th September



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