March Newsletter

For our February meeting we had 2 speakers Fiona from Hugh Jones Solicitors, who came to talk to us about Wills and Trust funds and also Wendy from Halton Libraries who told us about a Sonic Workshop they are putting on for Adults with Learning Disabilities in the libraries

Fiona talked to us about protecting vunerable people when leaving them money etc in your will and how it can affect their benefits.  She talked to us about setting up a Discresionary Trust Fund.  Fiona will be coming to Halton in April to visit HALDS members in their homes, this is to talk about the Trust Funds and setting up the fund.  At present I have 4 members names on my list, if you would like Fiona to visit you, please let me know by end of next week, to enable me to arrange the visit.  If you would like to speak to Fiona her contact telephone number is 0161 819 7444

Wendy from Halton Libraries came to tell us about a Supersonic Sounds Workshop for adults with additional needs. Date have changed for Runcorn Library and its now March 27th at 1.30 – 3pm and not Wed 13th March as previously advised. Widnes Library stays the same Wed 20th March  10.30pm – 12. Discover how to sculpt with sound and create your own piece of sonic art. You do not need any musical training to become a musician; you just have to make a noise!  .


Brendas coffee morning raised £300 in total towards HALDS funds and Sharon & Andrews sponsored swim raised  £372 for HALDS funds. Many thanks to you all for taking time out to raise funds for our group.

We have also been awarded £2,500 from Alfred Shaw Trust for carer breaks.        Alfred Shaw trust has awarded us twice in the past, so I have invited Joan Ford, Programmes Manager at Alfred Shaw Trust to our meeting in May, where she will come along to meet you all and find out more about the group.

We have also been awarded £10k from the National Lottery, which should be going into our bank within the next couple of weeks.  This is to last us until June 2020.

Sadly our Birthday party was cancelled due to lack of support, only 23 tickets had been sold.  Members who had purchased tickets had their money re-imbursed.

Kerrie & Vera are holding bingo sessions on a Tuesday evening at Halton Brook Community Centre, ticket sales start at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Part of the proceeds will be coming to HALDS. There will be an Easter Bingo with Kerrie & Vera on Tuesday 16th April at Halton Brook Community Centre  

Save your slummy for HALDS – I will keep you posted each month on the totals for Save your slummy for HALDS, at present it stands at £103.30, please keep the jars coming in and then taking an empty one home.

 £5 non refundable deposit is now being taken for any events you put your name down for, the balance is then due by end of month prior to social event taking place.

Friday 12th April, Easter Bingo – Easter Bingo with Easter Bonnet Parade, disco and raffle. Tickets  now on sale £1.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Prizes will be Easter eggs.  If you know of any shop that would donate Easter Eggs please contact them on our behalf.

Friday 19th July – HALDS Summer BBQ – Tickets £3, there will be a disco, rock ‘n’ roll bingo, HOY and bbq food for sale, doors open 5.30

AGM – Our meeting on Monday 29th April will be our AGM when our 2 year stints have come to an end, if you would like to be nominated for any of the posts of Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer or you would like to volunteer to make teas/coffees at the meetings, organise raffle prizes or take money at meetings, please let me know, or come on our committee, where you can decide on events and speakers for meetings. 

Meeting Mon 20th May – Di Armstrong, Commissioning Manager of Halton CCG Urgent Care is coming along to talk to us about the Urgent Care centres in the Borough.

Meeting June 24th – I have invited Lorna Lucas from Fire & Safety in the Home, but this is yet to be confirmed   

HALDS Bowling sessions – The next HALDS bowling session will be on Monday 11th March, the cost is £6 per person for 2 games of bowls, tea/coffee and bacon butty.  Please meet no later than 10.20 to allow time to change shoes and for me to pay and organise the lanes etc.   We will have our bowling prize giving at the Summer BBQ.

Monday 4th March – HALDS Birthday Meal – We are going to The Ring ‘O’ Bells, Farnworth, Widnes to celebrate HALDS 9th birthday.   Please meet between 12noon – 12.30 at the Ring ‘O’ Bells. The meals are all now booked, so I am unable to add any more onto the list.

Coronation street tour, Saturday 23rd March 2019 – This is now all booked and paid for.  Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at11.20 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 11.30 for 1pm tour.  Tour lasts approximately 80 minutes.  We will then allow time for shop/café leaving to come home 4pm. 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.

Tramway Village, Matlock – Sat 27th April – Cost £10 – Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus station at 9am and leaving for home from Matlock at 5pm. Your admission includes unlimited electric tram rides, entry to exhibitions, three acres of woodland park with picnic area, a woodland walk and sculpture trail.  Money to be paid by end March

Royal Court Variety Lunch Club/Meal– Wed 8th May – Cost £10, which includes coach from Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 11.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium at 12noon, Variety show and pub meal at Britannia Inn, Liverpool.  Getting back to Runcorn 6pm approx. Please let me know if interested in coming, as there are tickets still available.  Money to be paid by end April 

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 6pm.  This event will include a visit to Birmingham Sea Life Centre then a couple of hours in Birmingham city centre and time to eat.  For those who have never been the Sea Life Centre and city centre is on a canal, with plenty of eateries on the canalside. Money to be paid by end April. Carers are free on production of proof of disability on the day at the Sea Life Centre, so please bring along your PIP letters. Otherwise you will have to pay on the day.  Carers who have paid the £15 for themselves will have their money re-imbursed.

Gardeners World Live   – Thursday 13th June – All now booked and paid for. Cost £20 for HALDS members.  This is a full very interesting day at Birmingham NEC, we will be leaving Runcorn 8.30am and arriving home 8pmish. Money due by end May

Llangollen Eistefodd – Friday 5th July, Cost £10 for HALDS members, £20 for non HALDS.  Leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station at 9.30am, you will be dropped off at event field, where you will have the time to wander on your own, listen to singing, watch dancing and shop etc. Later in the afternoon, there is parade of the nations, which leaves carnival field at 4.30 and walks into Llangollen town. Well worth to see.  Leaving Llangollen 6pm for journey home.  Which will give you time to watch parade and get something to eat. Money to be paid by end June 

Marlborough Hotel – Sept 20th 2019 – 3 nights £140 plus coach costs.  This is a 3 night stay at the hotel which includes bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus entertainment on 3 evenings.  £50 per person deposit required by end March and balance end July.   When putting your name down please let me know if you will going by coach or in your own car, please note limited parking behind hotel.

Liverpool Empire – Mon 14th Oct – Les Mis, Cost £20 for HALDS members, £35 for non members, Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town Bus Station 5.45, Widnes Stobart Stadium 6pm.

Sailing on The Danny – Monday 5th August – The Daniel Adamson known as The Danny. Come and enjoy a Steamship Experience followed by lunch at The Riverside, Action Bridge. Coach will pick up Stobbart Stadium at 10am, Runcorn Old Town Bus station 10.15am. Returning for home 4pmish.  Cost £10. I will need to know numbers by end February to enable me to book the steamship.   

Quiz evening – Halton Voluntary are having a quiz on Monday 3rd June, as part of Voluntary week, if you would like partake in the quiz please let me know, this will take place at St Maries, Widnes (near Tesco)  I have 2 members at present for the team

We do have other ideas for social events, i.e. day trip to Shrewsbury with a river boat trip in September and many more.  Now we have received funding I will start arranging more social events, which will be known by the next meeting in March ,

Speakers for Meetings

Mon 25th March – Beth/Pam from Healthy Halton

Mon 29th April – AGM

Mon 20th May – Di Armstrong – Halton CCG also visit from Joan Ford

June 24th June – Lorna Lucas – Fire & Safety officer – TBC

Eurodisney – March 2020

I have been asked if HALDS would organise another Eurodisney trip, so I have enquired at Cogo Travel and have the following details:

Please see prices below, there are 2 prices based on how many people go, 30 or 40.

If you would be interested please let me know, the expiry date for this quote was 22nd Feb, but I have had it extended to end March

As before the price includes coach pick up from Runcorn on 14th March, overnight stay at Dover with Dinner and Breakfast, ferry Dover to Calais, 4 nights in Sequoia Hotel with breakfast and 3 day passes for Disney.   Returning home same route staying again at Dover with dinner and breakfast.  I have been assured by COGO that when booking an accessible room, these will be allocated by the  Sequoia Hotel on booking.

14th March to 20th March 2020

Prices for 40 Paying 

£599.00 per adult – based on 4 sharing

£639.00 per adult – based on 3 sharing

£699.00 per adult – based on 2 sharing

£479.00 per child (3-11 years) – based on sharing with 2 paying adults

£940.00 per person – single room price

Prices for 30 people

£665.00 per adult – based on 4 sharing

£699.00 per adult – based on 3 sharing

£750.00 per adult – based on 2 sharing

£499.00 per child (3-11 years) – based on sharing with 2 paying adults

£940.00 per person – single room price

Please let me know if you would be interested in coming along in March 2020 at present I have 13 people interested.

A £100 non refundable deposit will be required by end March and then if required you can pay as and when up till the end of the year.

Halton Carers Centre Forum – On Thursday 7th March, Halton Carers Centre and Halton Borough Council are holding a Forum at The Stadium, Widnes, 9.30 – 2pm. There will be multiple agencies from across the borough providing information to carers, including HALDS who are also putting on a stand.  This will be a very informative forum and its your chance to have your say on what Carers want/require in Halton.  Agenda for the day as follows:

9am –            Stall set up.

9.30am –         Attendee registration – tea & coffee

10am –           Carers, Have your say!

12noon –         Information stalls

12.45 –          Lunch and continuing to browse information stands

2pm –            Close

Lunch will be provided for all those who attend, if you wish to attend please contact Halton Carers Centre direct on 01928 580182 to book your place.

Health evening – Wednesday 24th April at 5.15pm – (To be confirmed) – This would be for your cared for and would be sessions around breast awareness and testicular examination.  Menopause, smears and men’s health issues will also be discussed and how the health team can help and who they can refer you too.   This will be at Laburnum Grove and will be in 2 separate rooms (Male & Female to save embarrassment) Please let me know if you would be interested in coming along to this event.

Sew Halton are having poppy making sessions for Runcorn Veterans Association, they are making a wall poppy hanging which will be hanging at the end of October.  If you have any red material or red wool to donate, please bring along to our meetings and I will forward onto them.  If you are interested in making the poppys yourself, I have the dates of the meetings which are on a Friday at Sew Halton, Runcorn Shopping City








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