February Newsletter

This is the first newsletter for 2020 and I would like to thank you for being there for me & my family over the past 8 months on our roller coaster of a ride, it was greatly appreciated and hope you all appreciate that at present I am still not up to organising HALDS 100 %. HALDS will keep going with help from Kerrie Ross who is going to be organising social events. At the AGM in April, we will adding more posts, these being Social Secretary and a Fund Raising group. More about this in March meeting.

We didn’t have a speaker for January meeting but I gave an overview of Lasting Power of Attorneys, DID forms etc. Please let me know if you would like any forms which we talked about or any information or if you would like to take the black folder holding all the information home to read through, just let me know.

Since the meeting I have found out that Halton Disability also will apply on line for blue badges, you need to make an appointment and take relevant information and they will complete the application for you.

I am hoping to get someone from Welfare Rights to come along to our February meeting and Michaela from Halton Carers Centre is coming along to our March meeting on Monday 30th to update us all with the carers centre.

At the meeting we held a belated raffle and with the raffle and football card we raised £114 towards our funds, Brenda was selling jewellery for HALDS and took £32 and Kerrie & Vera also sold homemade cheese pie and cakes and made £30.50 for Georgias trip to Kenya. Thank you for your contributions


Last year Kerrie & Vera held weekly bingo sessions, half of proceeds of which came to HALDS £627 also they held 2 tombolas in Runcorn Shopping City square before Christmas were a further £ 350 was raised. Many thanks to you both for all your hard work raising funds for the group

Sharon is also competing in a run at Hale Park on Sunday 12th April, all proceeds to HALDS, I have sponsor forms at our meetings, please sponsor generously

I have also applied for £1,000 from Knight Trust for carer breaks during 2020.

We held a committee meeting on Monday 13th January, were it was discussed a 3rd signatory urgently required on our bank account,   Pat Wright volunteered and was proposed and seconded to be the 3rd signatory on our bank

Bowling – The next bowling at Widnes Supabowl is Mon 10th February, meet 10.20am for 10.30am start, cost is £6 for all members, which includes 2 games bowling, cuppa and bacon butty, HALDS will pay for unders 50s extra for refreshments.

Social Events:

At present there are only 2 social events which I planned outstanding, which I am still going to organise, details as follows:

Eurodisney – 14th March – I am letting members attending know directly the details for this trip 

Phantom of the Opera – Palace Theatre, Manchester Wed 8th April 2020, Cost £10, this is now booked.   Coach will be leaving Runcorn Old Town 5.15 and Widnes Stobart Stadium 5.30pm

New Social Events

Kerrie has organised new social events, if you would like to attend, please let me know and I will ask Kerrie to put your names down, these are as follows:

Thurs 4th June – Quarry Bank Mill, this will include tour of Quarry Bank Mill, village and lunch, Cost £10, (for National Trust members cost will be confirmed, once we know the luncheon costs) – To be paid by end April

Sat 18th July, full day in Blackpool at your leisure, followed by Hot Ice show in the evening – Cost £10 – to be paid by end May

Thurs 11th September – We Will Rock You at Brindley Theatre – Cost £10 – to be paid by end July

We are also looking at attending Dunham Massey at Christmas

Social Events now have to be paid for 2 months prior to event, NO chasing will be done – DON’T PAY, NO PLACE, SIMPLY AS –  

Our constitution has been amended, for people who are on e-mails, I have e-mailed them out and asked for reply to say you have received and will adhere to the amendments in section 3. I also have hard copies, if you would like a copy, please read, then sign the sheet which I have at the meetings to say you adhere to the amendments. Failure to not sign to agree to changes, will be automatic membership closure.

Brenda is holding a coffee morning on Monday 3rd February at 10am at 46 Wicksten Drive, all proceeds for HALDS funds. All welcome

Also I am holding a coffee morning on 20th February at 10.30am at my house, 62 Betchworth Crescent, towards Georgias Kenya fund, we have managed to raise over £3,000 so far and are down to £900 to raise before 1st May. I am also holding an Easter bingo on Saturday 4th April, doors open 6.30 for eyes down 7pm, this was Lizs wish, which I am carrying out on her behalf.


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