Memory Lane Cafe Spring Newsletter

The Spring newsletter from Memory Lane Cafe is now available to download here

Memory Lane Cafe is a local community group established to provide support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems, and isolation. There are regular cafes in Sowerby Bridge (St. Paul’s Church) and in Halifax (Maurice Jagger Centre). They offer a varied programme of games, crafts, information, support, cakes and conversation.

The cafe is run by volunteers and the cafe team run craft sessions, play games, serve refreshments, provide information, support & chat.

Forthcoming cafe dates are;

Sowerby Bridge (1.30-4pm)

  • May 11th and 25th
  • June 8th and 22nd
  • July 13th and 27th

Halifax (2-4 pm)

  • May 1st and 15th
  • June 5th and 10th
  • July 3rd and 17th

For more information please call the Cafe Coordinator (June) on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131 or email

The newsletter has articles about Dementia Action  Day, the Looking Out for Neighbours Campaign, Artists at Memory Lane, visiting a concert at Victoria Theatre, a narrowboat trip, musical bingo and much more. To see the full newsletter download it here.

Sowerby Bridge Christmas Lights – with Memory Lane Café

The Sowerby Bridge Christmas lights switch on will take place outside the Village restaurant on Friday 7 December, 6:00pm. Festivities will start at 5:00pm, so join the Memory Lane Café for some mulled wine , and carols round the tree. All welcome!

Memory Lane Cafe Receives Quality for Health Award

Earlier this month, Memory Lane Cafe was presented with their Quality For Health award after successfully completing Foundation Level. Memory Lane Cafe is run by June and Chris Harvey and supported by a team of volunteers. The group was set up to support those living with dementia, other forms of memory loss or isolation in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax and the surrounding areas.

The cafes are open in Sowerby Bridge (2nd & 4th Saturday of each month between 1:30pm and 4:00pm in St. Paul’s Methodist Church) and in Halifax (1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in Maurice Jagger Centre).

Paul Mansley, Chair of Memory Lane Cafe said:

“It’s great to have an objective assessment of what we do and the benefits that we bring to our members.”

Dipika Kaushal, CEO of VAC who presented the team with the award, said:

“Seeing more and more organisations demonstrating the quality of their services through Quality For Health is fantastic. Well done to the team at Memory Lane Cafe – this award is thoroughly deserved and the importance of your services to the community is clear to see.”

To find out more about Memory Lane Cafe, please visit their website or call 07920 549131.

Memory Lane Cafe Christmas Shop in the Halifax Market Arcade

Memory Lane Cafe have a pop-up Christmas Shop again. This year the shop will be running from Monday 11 December to Saturday 16 December in the Market Arcade where the Upstairs, Downstairs Cafe used to be.

There will be hand made presents as well as lots more happening with Father Christmas, tombola, games and refreshments. See more by clicking on the poster to the right.


For more information call June on 01422 706373 / 07920 549131 or email

Square Chapel Team up with Memory Lane Cafe and Alzheimer’s Society to show ‘Still Alice’

Memory Lane Café from Sowerby Bridge and Halifax have teamed up with the Square Chapel for a special showing of the 2014 film “Still Alice”. The film stars Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin and it charts the progress of early onset dementia. There will be a wide range of support organisations with information and advice. Alzheimer’s Society will also be on hand to offer one-to-one information and support for anyone who has questions around dementia.

The film will be shown at 2pm on Tuesday 28 November in the main Red Brick auditorium. Tickets (£4) are on sale at Square Chapel or phone 01422 349422.

Representation at the display will be from 1pm until after the film has finished. There will be a second showing of the film at 11am on Wednesday 29 November. This time slot, in the smaller Copper auditorium, is Mums and baby friendly. Leaflets will continue to be displayed on the Wednesday but the display will have only minimal representation present.

Organisations are keen to use this opportunity to promote all services and activities which are available throughout Calderdale for those living with and affected by dementia. Square Chapel have kindly offered space to display leaflets and promotional material before and after both viewings.

Christmas Concert in Aid of Memory Lane Cafe and Happydays Homeless Charity

The Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge will be holding a Christmas Concert on Friday 1 December 2017 6pm-9pm at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ.

For just £5, which includes festive refreshments there will be many styles of music from jazz to ‘barbershop’. Calder Valley Voices will also be performing.

All of this to support the Memory Lane Cafe and Happydays Homeless charity.

Tickets can be obtained from June on 01422 706373, Shabir on 07866 369916 or call into the Happydays Cafe & Cycle shop on Town Hall Street HX6 2EA.

Memory Lane Cafe Coming Soon to Maurice Jagger Centre

Make sure you put Wednesday 2 August 2017 in your diary.  That’s the launch date for the Memory Lane Cafe at  the Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister Street, Winding Road Halifax.

The cafe will be open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 2pm to 4pm and for £2 there are refreshments as well as crafts and activities, music and games and just general conversation. Sometimes you just want a brew and something to do.

For further information contact June on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131 or you can email

A copy of the poster to display in your premises can be downloaded from Memory Lane Cafe Halifax 2017.

This dementia-friendly Memory Lane Cafe will be held this year on:

August 2 and 16

September 6 and 20

October 4 and 18

November 1 and 15 and December 6