Pellon High Five Over 50s Group AGM

The AGM for Pellon High Five Over 50s group will be held once again at Highgate Church, Stretchgate Lane, Pellon on Friday 9 March 2018 and any member of High Five may attend.

The meeting will start promptly at 2:00pm, so everyone attending should have signed in and be seated at 1:55pm. This the business part of the meeting to be ended by 2:30pm and the officers elected. Before the AGM, please think about whether you could offer to help on the Committee as some fresh ideas and new stamina is needed to take the group into the 2020’s! Some of our committee members are running out of steam now and more hands make light work.

If you’re thinking about joining, please ask Sue or Margaret for a nomination form.

After the meeting, this year a visit has been arranged by a physiotherapist who will explain ‘How best to look after our joints, muscles and our achy bits!’

All members are welcome.

Be Clear on Cancer Campaign – 22 February to 31 March 2018

In February 2018, Public Health England will be launching a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women aged 70 and over.

What is Be Clear on Cancer?

Be Clear on Cancer aims to help improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP without delay.

The key message promoted on TV will be: ‘1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it.’ The advert also reinforces the message that finding it early makes it more treatable.

A second message, promoted via other campaign materials, will be: ‘A lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer’ and that women over 70 should tell their doctor if they notice any changes to their breasts.

You can get breast cancer at any age but the older you are the more likely you are to get it. 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70 so older women need to know what their breasts normally look and feel like so they can spot any changes.
If breast cancer is found early it is more treatable.
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Staying Well ‘Dip Your Toe in the Water’ Information Event

The Warley Staying Well Steering Group held yet another successful health promotion and information event at Halifax Academy Primary School. The themed ‘Dip your Toe in the Water’ afternoon at staying positive and motivated was attended by over 70 local residents, highlights included gentle exercise with Sue Watson from High Five over 50s group and an active Tai Chi demonstration from Marsha and Dave from Tai Chi Tigers.

Other agencies who attended were West Yorkshire Police Crime Prevention, Better Living Team, Better Lives, The Phoenix Shed, SAFER Team, West Yorkshire Fire Service and Age UK.

To finish the afternoon on a ‘High Note’ were the talented Halifax Academy Singers.

The Staying Well project works one to one, with people who are isolated or lonely and these ‘Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes’ events have been successful in reaching even more people.

The Staying Well team is moving throughout the area with the view to working alongside community groups/churches to deliver fun and informative sessions to local people. For more information contact Hayley Conlon 01422 392767

Dementia Friendly Screening – ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Hebden Bridge Picture House has occasional dementia friendly screenings to provide an opportunity for people with dementia, together with friends or family, to enjoy a trip out to the cinema.

On Saturday 24 February the Picture House will be screening Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor starring in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed – filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.

Screening at 11:00am, with doors opening at 10:15am, and tickets only available to purchase on the door, for cash.
Prices: Over 60s £6, Adults £7, Under 26s £5.

Adjustments include:
• A relaxed and friendly environment in which everyone present within the Picture House will be aware of the needs of dementia sufferers.
• Lights left on low to allow people to move about without the risk of tripping, and to see where they are going.
• All Picture House facilities clearly labelled and signposted.
• Sound level a little reduced.
• No trailers, adverts or introductory music whilst waiting for the film to begin, unless they are embedded into the film.
• Customers free to sing along to songs within the film or to talk.
• Disabled access and wheelchair spaces available – up to 10 in the stalls.
• The promise of less than full capacity so you have freedom to move around should you chose to.
• Free entry for carers with valid CEA Card.

New Benchmark for The Phoenix Shed

From bench making to wood carving, the guys at The Phoenix Shed are setting new standards.

Dave has been tackling the gargantuan task of carving an elephant, for a walking stick handle. There’s some way to go yet, but the carving is beginning to look really great.

Woodbank Special School Project

The guys at the Shed are working hard to complete the Bench and Planter Project and are well on with the job. The three benches and two planters are for the Sensory Garden at the school and the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge are funding the project.
Project leader, Chris Freeman says that everything should be completed by the end of February and hopefully everything can be delivered by early March in time for, we hope, some nice Spring weather.

Meanwhile – The Saw Job

The two Johns are busy fixing a table saw that was literally found on the street. It was being thrown away, so John managed to salvage it and is busy refurbishing it for his own workshop.


And no job is too SMALL. The question was, “Can you please put my teddy into a cage?

For further information about joining The Phoenix Shed please contact Chris 07930 207537 or Eddie 07481 543881

Young at Heart Club for the Over 50s

Join the Young @ Heart Club at the Shay Stadium on Thursdays, 2pm-4pm for varied light activities in a friendly atmosphere.

The group caters to anyone over 50 who loves to have a good time and get involved in something fun with a bit of competition. This is one of the largest and most diverse groups in the area. Young @ Heart meet weekly at the Shay stadium in Halifax from 2pm each Thursday.

Activities include – New age indoor kurling, Nintendo Wii games, Board games including dominoes and backgammon, table tennis and a darts board.

They recently sent a team to the kurling regional championships in Lincolnshire where they came runner up.

Young @ Heart has a working partnership with Age UK.

For further information email Malcolm Kielty at or call 07946 510900

Active 10 – Walk 10 Brisk Minutes a Day for Better Health

Public Health England are promoting brisk walking for just 10 minutes a day.

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”.

Press Release from PHE reports that 4 out of 10 (41%) adults aged 40 to 60 in England walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace.

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!
The free Active 10 app for smartphones and tablet computers (including iPads) takes away the guesswork. It shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and how you can do more. It’s easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day.
A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood.It can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure.It’s also seriously good for your long-term health – it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%. A 10 minute walk can contribute to meeting the CMO’s physical activity guidance of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This can lead to health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%).

The severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.