Over 50’s Luncheon Club – Dates July to September 2019

The Halifax and District Irish Society organise the “Over 50’s Luncheon Club” which takes place at The Pellon Social Club, Moor End Road, Halifax. Meetings are usually held every 2 weeks but keep an eye out for the entertainment listings to confirm this.

The Luncheon Club usually operates from 12 noon to about 3pm. (Open from 11.15am).

Live entertainment, dancing, free door entry ticket raffle, main raffle, bingo, domino card and full buffet meal; all this for only £5.00 per member.

All members are issued with a membership card. There is no annual subscription. Members are advised to have this card with them when attending any Luncheon Club meeting. Any lost cards will be replaced without charge.

Dated and numbered tickets are provided and entered into separate free door entry ticket raffle for a £10.00 prize.

Members are asked to advise the committee if bringing a guest. Guests will also pay a charge of £5.00 but they are not entered into the free door entry ticket raffle.

 

Below are the listings for July to September 2019;

  • Thursday 4 July – Dermot Doyle
  • Saturday 13 July – Entertainment with the duets (Dance Social 8:00pm-Late).
  • Thursday 18 July – Sally Glennon
  • Thursday 1 August – Pat Jordan
  • Thursday 22 August – Nicky James

For further information contact Maurice Kidney email: maurice.kidney@sky.com or call 01422 343483.

 

Next Daisy Chain Cafe at Blackburn House – Wednesday 10 July 2019

Just to remind you that the next Daisy Chain Café will be held on Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm at Blackburn House, Nursery Lane (NOT the usual place at Halifax Rugby Union Club).

On Wednesday, 14 August they will be back in their usual room at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, Halifax, HX2 8AR from 1 – 3 pm.

Working Towards a Dementia
Friendly North Halifax

For  more information contact Karen Scanlon on 0300 555 0266.

Daisy Chain Café is a new community run, monthly meeting place in Ovenden run by volunteers and partners from the North Halifax Staying Well Steering Group who are working towards a Dementia Friendly North Halifax.

Funded by the ‘North Halifax Community Fund’ Daisy Chain Café is open to anybody especially people and living with or affected by dementia. The mission of the cafe is to provide friendship, support, activities and cake!

 

 

Grand Opening of New Caremark Office

After spending many years looking after his grandparents who both suffered a stroke, Arshad Farid has launched in-home care company, Caremark Calderdale, The Clock Tower, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET. The compassionate businessman has aspirations to tackle the growing need of quality care and social isolation that is prevalent in the region. He is looking forward to bringing employment and great quality care to people living in Calderdale.

“The thing that sets us apart from other providers in the area is that we are challenging the current model for delivering care. We’re putting a brand-new system in place to meet the varying needs of our clients. Our aim is to be the carer of choice for the people of Calderdale, inspiring elderly and vulnerable members of the community to live independently, for as long as they possibly can.”

On 17th June, Arshad – known as Ash – invited the Mayor to his office for the business’ official grand opening. The buzz of the day generated much attention with members of the public and Caremark’s team enjoyed meeting some of the people they would be caring for in the coming weeks and months.

The 34-year-old has spent most of his career working in financial services until, in recent years, he opened an indoor football centre to promote sports and exercise to the local community. It was during this time that Ash became a carer for his grandparents after they both, unfortunately, suffered a stroke, deciding to sell his football centre and launch an alternative community-minded enterprise instead.

“Taking care of my grandparents was the only right thing to do, I didn’t think anything of it. It was when my friends mentioned that I was a ‘carer’ that it prompted me to start thinking about bringing a new service to the community. I wanted to make a real difference and Caremark’s proven quality of care can do just that. The people of Calderdale were so welcoming of my previous business, that I believe they will do the same for this one.”

At the end of May, Ash and his newly appointed Care Manager, Vicky Burrows, received registration from the Care Quality Commission. Caremark Calderdale, based at the Clock Tower on Shaw Lane, has already enlisted the help of local care workers, to satisfy the demand for their growing list of clients. Alongside, Vicky – who comes with 13 years or experience in the care industry – Ash is looking to bring employment to a team of office staff and care workers over the coming months.

As well as overseeing operations, Ash is keen to start fundraising in the area. As part of the official opening celebrations, the team raised over £100 for The Alzheimer’s Society annual Cupcake Day to raise awareness and help make a difference to more lives.

Pellon High Five Line Dancing with Cindy’s Silver Stompers

Pellon High Five invites you to join Cindy’s Silver Stompers Line Dancing at
Highgate Methodist Church, Stretchgate Lane, Pellon HX2 0EU every Monday, 1:30pm -2:30pm.

Usually it is £3 per class but the first class is free.

It would be useful if new members got there at 1:15pm to register.

More information can be found by calling 07960 736937, email pellonhighfive@gmail.com or visit the website at www.pellonhighfivehub.wordpress.

Please note the corrected phone number above (the last digit may be wrong if you have stored it previously).

Freephone Helpline from Cruse Bereavement Care Charity

The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Alternatively you can email helpline@cruse.org.uk.

The volunteers help you to talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and useful sources of information.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when it’s open until 8pm.

Cruse Bereavement Care has been helping bereaved people for 60 years being registered as a charity (No. 208078) in 1959.

The world was a difficult place for widows in 1959. A ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude to grief had developed across two world wars, replacing Victorian public mourning rituals and strong working class traditions. Widows also faced brutal economic hardship, and a society which didn’t prepare women to take on the roles of breadwinner or head of the family. The support which the new Cruse Clubs provided was desperately needed.

Margaret Torrie

Margaret Torrie became concerned with the plight of widows during her work as a social worker and while working with the Citizen’s Advice Service. She saw that the loss of a husband was often a major emotional, social and economic crisis, for the woman and for any children, and she decided to act. Margaret Torrie’s husband, Dr Alfred Torrie, was a psychiatrist and Quaker and served as chairman of Cruse.

In March 2017 Prince William and Prince Harry spoke out about the impact of bereavement on their lives, as they approached the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Rio Ferdinand also shared his story of bereavement in a TV documentary, and the two events lead to an increase in men calling the helpline to speak about their experiences of bereavement.

Cruse’s Life President Colin Murray Parkes has called grief the price we pay for love. We can’t hope for a world without grief, but the chatrity continues to strive to meet the vision that everyone who needs support after someone dies will be able to find the help they need.

In a changing and uncertain world Cruse will be there to help people understand their feelings, develop coping strategies, and return to everyday life, while remembering and celebrating the lives of those they have lost.

For more information about 60 years of Cruse visit https://www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/60-years-of-cruse

More locally the Calderdale Help In Bereavement Service (CHIBS) can be reached on 0845 0099 220 or 0845 0099 221.

This is a unique, free, befriending service that provides emotional support to bereaved adults living in the Calderdale area. Adult support is offered on a one-to-one basis in your own home or at a mutually agreed venue if preferred. All Befrienders are volunteers who have undergone professional training which is updated regularly. Most have suffered bereavement themselves and can empathise with the many thoughts and feelings that grief can bring. They have also undertaken an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS).

They are not a counselling service but if you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like someone to listen and help you in your loss, then please contact them. You can contact the service yourself or ask another person to do so on your behalf.

Angels Corner Dementia Friendly Cafe at St. Columba’s Church

The next Angels Corner Cafe (Dementia Friendly) will be on Sunday 16 June, 12:00pm – 2:30pm at St. Columba’s Church Hall, Highroad Well Lane, HX2 OQF.

Refreshments will be available also: £2.00.

This Cafe caters for vulnerable, isolated people and people with dementia with their carers, friends and/or families and anybody else wishing to attend. People are invited to attend by simply ‘popping in’ to relax, enjoy, have fun with different activities, listen to Music, ‘sing a long’ or chat and make new friends in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Activities include some or all of the following:
Arts, Crafts, Games, Quizzes, Word searches, Bingo. Through the various activities and informal and social environment in which new skills may be learnt, will also be catered for. The Cafe also provides a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.

The Story of Beauty the Rocking Horse

From Grandma’s redundant upright piano, ‘Beauty’ the rocking horse, was made by a lady called Pearl Howarth around 28 years ago, but was never finished.

The horse never rocked, but was fitted to a wooden frame and many children enjoyed just sitting on her back.

And then something rather magic happened!

At a Staying Well ‘Bring Your Neighbour’ event last November, Pearl was introduced to Chris Freeman from The Phoenix Shed, Halifax. “Can you make a rocking horse rock?” Pearl asked, and Chris said that he would love to take on the challenge.

So on 12 December ‘Beauty’ arrived at The Shed and work started. Well, not so much as start, but first the research as to where to source all of the necessary kit.

Then Chris struck gold and found that Yorkshire Rocking Horses were based in Hebden Bridge, with a workshop in Sowerby Bridge. The proprietor, Steve Bulcock, was more than willing to give valuable advice and supply the necessary ‘Restoration Kit’, which would be needed to complete the project.

Pear came along to The Shed to finish off the paintwork one Saturday in January and Chris then set about the restoration of some of the 28 years of wear and tear, before starting to ‘dress’ the horse.

Slowly, over the next few months, Chris was able to get The stand built up, varnished and then mount ‘Beauty’ on the stand using the special hangers and brackets, supplied by Steve.

Then finally on Monday 28th May the day had finally come to deliver ‘Beauty’. Thanks to Paul from Green Homes for the help with the move, using his van.

As you can see from the photo, ‘Beauty’ is now complete with what every good rocking horse should have, a bucket and shovel. However, due to the rarity of ‘rocking-horse-droppings, the bucket is empty!

Challenge complete!