Our speaker for Septembers meeting was Jane Catt from Halton Healthwatch, who came along to talk to us about Healthwatch Halton. Halton Healthwatch gather and represent the view of the public on doctors, dentist & hospitals, both good and bad. If you have had any good or bad experiences at any of the above, please contact Halton Healthwatch on 0300 777 6543 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to sign up for their monthly newsletter (e-mail only) please let me know and I will ask them to put you on their mailing list. I am going to be asking for more leaflets about Healthwatch and should have these at our next meeting
Fund Raising Evening – 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
Sharon Hearty and Andrew Telford are going to be swimming for HALDS in a sponsored swim at Kingsway Baths on a Friday – date to be confirmed
John Llorca has a LG 43” TV he no longer requires so he has donated it to HALDS to raffle, the tickets will be sold from Monday 24th Sept and will be drawn at the Christmas Fair on Monday 19th November. 1 Pound a ticket
Karen Whelan kindly purchased some football cards for HALDS to send round at the meetings, which gives HALDS 20 Pound towards the funds and the winner gets 20 Pound.
Christmas Fair – We are also 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 tombola and a Christmas Stall this event
I am looking for donations for the raffles at both events and also for our tombola stall.
If you would like to make anything for our Christmas Stall, please feel free, i.e. cushion covers, pin cushions etc.
Please support HALDS with the above fund raising events, as without the funds we cannot access all we do
Billy & Wally Show, Brindley Theatre, Runcorn – Thurs 4th Oct
Please meet 6.30 in the foyer as show starts at 7pm
Terracota Soldiers – Mon 15th Oct – We will be picking up Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 9.45am, Widnes Stobart Stadium 9.55am for our tour of Terracota Soldiers at 11am, after which you will have free time in Liverpool to shop or have lunch before our journey home at 2.30pm. Money due by end September
Bowling Widnes with supper – Wed 24th October 7pm – Cost 5 Pounds for HALDS members, 10 Pound for non HALDS – Payment due by end September
Sing A Long Greatest Showman – We are having a showing of the film Greatest Showman – Sing-along version – at the Brindley Studios on Monday 19th November at 7pm. Cost is 7 Pound per person. This is for HALDS members and their friends and family, Please let me know if you would like to attend. Money due by end October
We will be having an interval at the showing, where ice creams can be purchased, please let me know if you would like to order 2 Pound each
Eurodisney – 24th November 2018 – Well what can I say, nearly all paid up, just still need your passport number, name as it appears on passport, travel insurance company, policy number and emergency contact number for insurance company. I can then get all finalised with COGO travel. COGO travel are incorporating the cost of the Paris by Night tour in the 525, but I am still going to take the 6.50 each from people as a deposit and this will be given back to you on the coach to Paris.
Mary Poppins on Ice – Sun 9th Dec – Could you please let me know your choice of menu, selection is as follows:
Adults – Fish & Chips or Homemade Meat and Potato Pie & chips,
Children – Chicken Nuggets & chips or Homemade Meat and Potato Pie & chips
Both above are followed by Apple Pie and tea/coffee
Chester Zoo Lantern Parade – Wed 19th December, 7.30pm – Cost 10 Pound . For every person with a disability, one carer goes free, There will be no coach for this event, we will be meeting at Chester Zoo.
HALDS Christmas party – Friday 14th Dec, all welcome, no charge, no raffles, just come along and have fun
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. Cost of the coach is 15 Pound per person. 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. All Money due by end October . Due to the number of people travelling on the coach, HALDS is subsidising the coach costs with 175 Pound to help keep our cost down for the travel.
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. If you could please bring your HYNT card to the Oct meeting as I need these to enable me to book free places
Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights 140 Pound – Please let me know if you may be interested in coming along.
Last Monday we held a Committee Meeting and it was decided social events for 2019 hopefully will be as follows:
Jan – ITV Studios
Feb – Canal cruise and Meal in Chester for our Birthday celebrations (depending on funding, if not a birthday party at Laburnum Grove.
March – Philharmonic Backstage tour
April – Tramway Village (Sat) and Dog Racing
May – Birmingham Sea Life Centre/Visit city centre
June – Gardeners World Show and Coronation Street Tour
July – Llangollen Eistofodd
Aug – Shrewsbury Boat Trip (Sat)
Sept – Visit to fire station Penketh or Lymm
These all depend on funding being available, we will know more in the new year.
Speakers for future meetings will be a follows:
Oct – Beth Turton, Halton Health, this is a hands on session with blood pressures & lung testing
Nov – Xmas Fair
Jan – Laurie, Bridges
I am also going to contact Cheshire Fire & Safety. If you have any suggestions for speakers at the meetings, please let me know
Bowling sessions – Each Month, starting last Monday, HALDS are having a bowling morning – Nifty Fifties – at Widnes Bowling, the cost is 5.95 which includes 2 games bowls, bacon butty and tea/coffee. Dates for future bowling sessions are as follows: This is for both carer and cared for to attend.
Monday 8th Oct
Mon 12th Nov
Mon 10th Dec
There is no need to book, we meet at 10.20am – Come along and have some fun
Its that time of year again ‘Winter’ and flu jabs time, please note carers and people with disabilities do NOT have to pay for flu jabs, please ask your doctor for these jabs. Also don’t forget about ‘Care in the Chemist’ where you do not have to pay for routine medicines, I have some leaflets about ‘Care in the Chemist’
Grove House Practice patients – From 1st Oct 2018 Paper prescriptions can only be collected from the Grove House Practice Site. I have leaflets about this change.
GP Extra – I have some new leaflets for the GP Extra service showing the telephone number (the last ones we had didn’t have a contact telephone number on them) In Runcorn the medical centre used is Heath Road, this is for ALL doctors surgeries in Runcorn and Widnes patients go to the Health Care Resource Centre, Oaks Place, Caldwell Rd, Widnes and again this covers all practices in Widnes. The Runcorn GP Extra service now offers 2 nurses on a Tuesday & Thursday evening who can carry out all services offered at your practices i.e. ear syringing, holiday jabs, smears etc. Jane who is the ALD nurse at Tower House is also at the Heath Road Practice on a Tuesday for routine and emergency appointments. The GP Extra service is not for emergencies only, you can pre-book routine appointments of an evening and a weekend, you can also if you say live in Widnes and work in Runcorn, you can use the Runcorn Heath Road Practice and vice versa.
We have so much on between now and Christmas, I hope members do not think HALDS is overtaking their life!!!!