January 2019 newsletter

I hope you all had a good Christmas break and looking forward to 2019 and all what it has to offer you and yours.  We have social events planned for HALDS, but a lot depends on funding.  We have received £350 from Cheshire Community Foundations and a donation of £200 from Sheila Monks cousin, so we are going into 2019 with about £1,400 approx.  I have applied for funding of £10,000 from The Lottery Awards for All, but this can take up to 12 weeks.

We are having a few fund raising events to raise funds for HALDS.  Brenda Hayes has kindly offered to do a coffee morning at her house at Wicksten Drive on Monday 4th February 10am – 12 noon, which will include a raffle, bingo with tea & biscuits.

Also Sharon Hearty and Andrew are going to swim a mile (60 lengths approx) at Kingsway Baths on Friday 8th February, I will have sponsor forms at the next meeting

Kerrie & Vera hold bingo sessions on a Tuesday evening at Halton Brook Community Centre, ticket sales start at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For 2019 they are kindly donating some of the proceeds to HALDS.

Thank you to Brenda, Sharon, Andrew, Kerrie & Vera who are putting themselves out to raise funds for HALDS.  Please try and come along to the above fund raising events, or sponsor Sharon & Andrew.

We start off HALDS social events with our trip to Theatre Clwyd, details as follows:

Theatre Clwyd Rock’n’Roll panto Dick Whittington – Fri 11th January 2019.    Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.30.  Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45.

HALDS Bowling sessions – The next HALDS bowling session will be Mon 14th January, meeting at 10.20am at Widnes Bowling Centre, cost is 5.95 which includes 2 games bowls, bacon butty and tea/coffee.  We will be running the bowling sessions on the 2nd Monday of every month.  Dates for future bowling:

Mon 11th Feb

Mon 11th March

Mon 8th April

Mon 13th May

February will be our birthday celebrations, which will be discussed at our committee meeting on Monday 14th January.  It could be a meal out, but unfortunately you will have to pay for your own meal.  Details at January meeting 

Grease – Wed 27th February at Brindley Studios, this will be a showing of the film Grease in the studios with dance floor for the guys to dance along to Grease songs.  At present I do not know any costs, so will send out e-mails etc once I have more details.

Coronation street tour, Saturday 23rd March 2019 – Cost will be £15 for HALDS members, £35 for non HALDS.  Coach will be leaving 11.30 for 1pm tour.  Tour lasts approximately 80 minutes.  We will then allow time for shop/café leaving to come home 3.45ish. Please note there is no food or drink allowed on the tour, except for bottled water and only handbags (which will be checked) are allowed on site. Money to be paid by end Feb

Tramway Village, Matlock – Sat 27th April – Cost £10 – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am.

Birmingham Sea Life Centre/Shopping Birmingham city centre – Sat 18th May – £15 for HALDS members, we will be leaving Runcorn 9am and Birmingham for home about 5pm

Gardeners World Show – Thursday 13th June – Cost £15

Llangollen Eistefodd – First week in July, date to be confirmed

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140  plus coach costs

Speakers for Meetings

Mon 28th Jan – Laurie from Bridges

Mon 25th Feb – Fiona from Hugh Jones Solicitors

Committee Members – There is a committee meeting on Monday 14th January         at 1.30pm, where we will be looking at ideas for fund raising and speakers for meetings during 2019

If you would like to attend any of the social events, please let me know, this will enable me to book coaches.  (sorry but the panto in January is all booked and paid for)










December newsletter

Just a short newsletter this month, we are all very busy in HALDS at the moment, with holidays to Eurodisney & Marlborough Hotel, plus Christmas parties etc. Once Christmas is over, I will send out an end of year newsletter, with a host of new social events for 2019.

By the time we reach 2019 HALDS funds will be low, I have put in for funding from Awards for All, but this takes a few months before we hear whether we have been successful or not. In place of a meeting in November, we held our Christmas fair which raised £428.05 towards our funds and Sharon & Andrew will be completing their sponsored swim in February, date to be confirmed. I have also heard that pending meeting their criteria we have been awarded funding from Cheshire Community foundation of £350.

Just a few reminders of events for December:
Monday 3rd December – Halton British Legion Christmas disco 7pm. Only for those members who have completed forms and returned to Jean Fish
Mary Poppins on Ice – Sun 9th Dec – Departing Runcorn Old Town Bus Station only at 10am. We have 2 coaches, so on arrival at the Bus station, I will be giving out envelopes with Coach Number and your tickets. If you are unable to attend please let me know as early as possible, to enable me to try and get someone else to take your tickets.
HALDS Christmas party – Friday 14th Dec, all welcome, no charge, no raffles, just come along and have fun with Adam our resident DJ, party games etc. We will also be having our Bowling prize giving during the evening. We will also be celebrating Phillip Wakefields 18th birthday during the evening.
Chester Zoo Lantern Parade – Wed 19th December, 7.30pm. Please meet by ticket booths at 7.20pm
Marlborough Hotel Christmas Break away – Friday 21st December to Sunday 23rd December 2018. Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12noon and Runcorn Old Town Bus Station for pick up 12.10ish
Theatre Clwyd Rock’n’Roll panto Dick Whittington – Fri 11th January 2019. Cost £10 for HALDS members. This event is now fully booked up. Coach will be leaving Widnes Stobart Stadium at 5.30. Runcorn Old Town Bus station 5.45.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to you and your families for 2019