Memory Lane Cafe dates for 2022 – Boothtown, Halifax

Happy New Year from everyone at Memory Lane Cafe!

Please find the dates for our cafes in 2022.

For the Sowerby Bridge Memory Lane Cafe, please click here

We deliberately haven’t listed the times of the cafes as we are still running TWO sessions on each date (11am-1pm & 2-4pm). We have been doing this for the past 16 months because, by spreading people over two sessions, it allows us to give more space between folk in these COVID times. Currently, our plan is to continue like this until at least the end of March.

We’ll review things as 2022 progresses and will then, when circumstances are right, revert to our pre-COVID arrangements (i.e. a single 2.5 hours afternoon cafe 1.30-4pm on each of the dates).

In the meantime, if you want any more information and/or to book a place please ring June (Cafe Co-ordinator) on 07920 549131 or 01422 706373.

Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale
Charity Reg No 1178595

Winter Solstice Wishes from Curious Motion

✨Winter Solstice Wishes✨

Today marks the winter solstice, where the hours of darkness are at their peak. It can be a challenging time for our bodies, minds and souls.This time of year is also the dawn of new beginnings. Slowly but surely the light will prevail, the days becoming longer and the anticipation of lighter and warmer times leading the way. It’s a time of hope, reflection and restoration.Remember that this period is all about doing what is best for you and your mental health, and that can look completely different for each person. I’ve included some ideas around this below, plus there’s info on activities to look forward to in the new year.For now though, on this dawn of light and new beginnings, I hope you can spend this time in the way you most want to. Wishing you a restorative and nourishing festive period and much love for 2022. Sam x


Huge thanks to you all for being part of our community this year. Curious Motion is now two years old, and with most of our existence being in a pandemic it’s been quite a ride! We’re so grateful to you all for continuing to be by our side and what a joy it has been to move, dance, and create together! Some wonderful memories have been made and exciting plans for 2022 are in motion. Here’s a summary of what’s to come in January – keep an eye on your inbox for more info to follow:

Rhythm & Brews

Through October and November, people of all ages from across Elland’s community joined us to explore what it means to move, sing, dance, and play together. It was joyous to say the least!Here’s how the participants told us they felt after the sessions:

“Happy, no worries!”   “A new woman”   “Loved”   “I feel cheered up”

Sessions return on 28th January and will run bi-weekly through February and March 2022. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information!

Monthly ‘Happiness Lab’ workshopsExplore what happiness means to you through a different creative activity each month. We’re kicking off with lantern making with Handmade Parade in January! Booking info coming soon.Find out more here.


Brews & Grooves

Our popular over 55s dance programme returns onTuesday 4th January in Elland.Click here to book 
For key workers in Calderdale via Calderdale Cares 4 Us.New for January: online and in-person sessions! Keep an eye on the CC4Us website for booking to open.

Sam recommends…

Some winter solstice resources for comfort and restoration: Christmas Coping Tips from Mind – some great tips to navigate this time from the mental health charity Mind.The Comfort Book by Matt Haig – a beautiful book created to provide hope in a stressful world. The Calm App – lots of wonderful meditations, sleep stories, and music.


Sending love and lightSam and the team at Curious Motion x

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Santa-gram campaign brings Christmas cheer once more to Calderdale!

Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale’s second Santa-gram campaign has been a great success, spreading Christmas cheer to elderly people across the local area.

Launched in November, Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign reached out to primary schools across Calderdale to ask school children to create a special Christmas card or letter for an elderly person this Christmas.

Most of our elderly population have experienced isolation and loneliness this year due to COVID-19, with many continuing to isolate over the Christmas period.

The home care company, which provides companionship, housekeeping and personal care to people in their own homes was overwhelmed by the result. They had seventeen local schools and one after school club sign up to the campaign, receiving 1452 Christmas cards which were all decorated, or hand drawn by children from ages four to 11.

They also received a further 389 items including bookmarks, letters, pictures, decorations and riddles, to be distributed along with their cards.

Morrison’s supermarket in Elland, Halifax and Kershaws Garden Centre in Brighouse also got involved, with customers donating presents to the campaign.

The Santa-grams were packed into envelopes and delivered along with the presents to assisted living facilities, churches and community groups including Memory Lane and Riverside Dementia Cafés, Age UK, Halifax Blind Society, the Royal British Legion and Making Space – the carer’s wellbeing service.

The company also teamed up with local pharmacies who helped to distribute the Santa-grams to their network of customers that receive home delivery of their medication.

A local resident phoned in after receiving her Santa-gram to say:

“Thank you for our lovely Christmas surprise.  It was so kind of you to take the time making them for us. I am sending you a photo of your decorations in house they are lovely.”

“Lovely Christmas card delivered by my local pharmacy.  It was beautiful and really made my day.”

Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:

“Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted.  We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”

John and Margaret Avison receiving their Santa-gram from Home Instead.

Arthur Butler, aged 100 receiving his Santa-gram from Home Instead

Santa-Grams ready to be packed

  To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the home care services they provide, including live-in care, please call 01422 292424 or visit

Home Instead launches second Santa-gram campaign to help bring some festive cheer to the elderly!

Home Instead are asking children in local primary schools to join their second Santa-gram campaign by using their creative talents to design Christmas cards for elderly people in Calderdale.

Read this on the Home Instead webpage

Deadline to send your Santa-gram is December 3rd

Last year’s campaign was a fantastic success with over 1,000 Santa-grams delivered to more than 500 older people: both those still living at home and some care home residents.

According to Age UK, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year for over 1.5 million older people, with those who have lost a loved one struggling the most.

After this most difficult of years with many clubs and church groups still cautious about meeting, this provider of home care to the elderly and the vulnerable decided to repeat their campaign to help relieve some of the loneliness felt by many elderly people across our community.

The Santa-gram campaign involves children at local primary schools creating Christmas cards, drawings, bookmarks, puzzles or writing a letter to an older person to open in the run up to Christmas to help bring a smile to their day.  The Santa-grams will be delivered to elderly people during the first two weeks of December.

Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale will be working in partnership with local community groups and charities such as Age UK, Memory Lane Dementia cafes, local care homes and assisted living facilities for the elderly to deliver the Santa-grams in time for Christmas.

Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:

Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted.  We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”

Here is one of the many comments we received last year about the campaign:

Thank you so much for arranging for these (Santa-grams) to be sent out to us. The cards are so good with lovely artwork by the children.  It has really cheered us both up.  When we opened up the surprise we both got a very warm feeling inside and it really did make us smile.  The jokes had us both laughing.”

Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ from now until 3 December   If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, contact Julie Ingham, Community Engagement Officer at Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale on 01422 292424 or email

Home Instead. To us it’s personal

Christmas Events galore at Halifax Minster

Enjoy Christmas in all its splendour at the Halifax Minster. There are Carol Services, Christmas themed events for all the family to enjoy and all the celebrations associated with this wonderful time of the year for you to enjoy.

Some of the events include:

  • Advent Quiet Day : Saturday 27th November
  • Advent Carol Service : Sunday 28th November 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Christmas Tree Festival 3rd – 6th December

For a full list of Christmas Events (and more!) please click below :

Today At The Minster

The Halifax Minister
Unit 3, Causey Hall, Dispensary Walk, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QR
T: 01422 355436

Autumn Happiness from Curious Motion

Wow, what an Autumn we’ve had so far at Curious Motion!

Classes are back in motion in Elland, including new offerings and new people! It’s been a joy to meet everyone and re-connect in-person with those of you who have been with us for a while. Recent weeks have also been very exciting, including an award nomination!

How is your Autumn feeling? Read on for ways to stay connected and keep moving through the colder months.

Much love

Sam x

November & December classes – booking open!

Our classes are back in full swing (literally!) and we have new blocks starting very soon – places are limited so book quickly!

MONDAYSMovement for Wellbeing On Zoom, 6.30pm – 7.30pm15th November until 13th December Pay as you feelA relaxed and informal session exploring a series of seated and standing exercises, focusing on overall wellbeing, stability, and relaxation. For adults of all ages.



TUESDAYSBrews & GroovesSouthgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL10am – 11.30am16th November until 14th DecemberPay as you feelA fun and informal dance session for people over 55, followed by time to chat over a brew!



THURSDAYS:Dance for WellbeingReturns this week!The Space @ Field Lane, Rastrick. HD6 3JT6pm – 7.30pm11th – 18th Nov | 2nd – 16th DecFREE for public & voluntary sector workers. Part of the Calderdale Cares 4 Us project.


FRIDAYS:Rhythm & BrewsSouthgate Church, Elland, HX5 0JL12pm – 1.30pm12th until 26th NovemberFREEJust three weeks left of our popular music and movement session! This is an accessible session for adults of all ages – come and join us!



“I highly recommend it to everyone who might want to try something new – it was just what I needed in a difficult time. You will be warmly welcomed, gently encouraged and you will leave each session feeling so much lighter!Don’t worry about your ability level, everyone is catered for.”

– Dance for Wellbeing participant

We’re a finalist!

We are over the moon to have made the finals in the Arts & Culture category of the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards! A huge thank you to everyone who nominated us and congratulations to all the finalists, we’re honoured to be on the list! We’ll find out if we’ve won on the 25th November – keep everything crossed!

Measuring happiness through creativity

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our fantastic new project:Elland’s Happiness Lab – the first measure of happiness in a small town in the UK through the arts! Running from now until summer 2022, Elland’s Happiness Lab will explore what happiness means to the people of Elland and the lower valley in Calderdale, through a programme of accessible creative activity.  There’ll be drawing, writing, dancing, singing and more! Plus, stories and experiences from the project will be documented in a very special series of films. Keep an eye out for more information to hit your inbox soon! Huge thanks to Fiona Woodhead of Fi & Becs for our lovely Happiness Lab logo and to The National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this project.

Sam recommends…

To celebrate the start of Elland’s Happiness Lab, I thought I’d share some of my own favourite happiness resources:Action for Happiness – a wealth of ideas and support to take action on happiness for yourself and the world around you. Their theme this month is ‘New Ways November’ – trying something new is great for happiness!World Happiness Report – one for those of you who like your statistics and research! The World Happiness Report is a publication by the United Nations, written by independent experts and containing articles and rankings of national happiness around the world.The Happiness Frequency – did you know that music tuned to specific frequencies can help manage anxiety, pain, sleep and more? Here’s a favourite playlist.

Hope to see you soon!Sam and the team at Curious Motion x

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Live Engagement on Older People’s Care Homes

Consultation opens on Friday 15th October, closes on Friday 26th November 2021

Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) along with other providers, and professionals are committed to working together to build sustainable and quality services to improve the quality of life of older people who live in nursing or residential care homes.

Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale CCG are working in partnership, leading on a piece of engagement that will inform our work to build a sustainable model of older people’s care home provision across Calderdale.  


It is important that we hear from residents, staff members/health and social care professionals and relatives/friends. Our aim is to gather as many views and experiences as we can so we have an understanding of what really matters to the people who live, work or have a relative/friend who lives in a Calderdale care home. 

 Please click here to take you to the survey that’s relevant for you to complete.

 If you would like to know more information about this piece of engagement please contact Joanna Marshall, Commissioning Engagement Officer at Calderdale Council