Memory Lane Cafe in Sowerby Bridge

Memory Lane Café was established in early 2016 and aims to support people living with memory loss including their family, carers and friends by providing information, emotional support, as well as the opportunity to share experiences with others, and ultimately help to reduce isolation.  The café also provides an informal and social environment in which to learn new skills, enjoy activities, listen to guest speakers and make new friends.

The Memory Lane Café is a not for profit organisation and is run by volunteers.  Local funding enabled the café to launch in February 2016 and runs from 1:30 pm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (see dates below).  Entry to the café costs £2 per person.  This includes all refreshments (tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits, cakes), materials and equipment (craft materials, games, memory puzzles, reminiscence aids), and helps to provide for guest speakers / entertainers.

The cafe is open to anyone living with dementia, other memory loss, or isolation. This includes carers, family and friends and is held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ. For further information contact June Harvey on 01422 706373 or email 

Remaining dates for 2017 are:

May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, October 14 and 28, November 11 and 25 and December 9.


Get creative at the Healthy Minds art & wellbeing group

healthy mindsThese informal, relaxed sessions usually take place the last Wednesday of the month and are for anyone who would like to take time out to be creative, express themselves & meet new people.

The next session will take place on Wednesday 27 January – 1pm to 3pm
At St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

For more information contact Dianne on 01422 345154 or email

Healthy Minds Art & Wellbeing Group

For anyone interested in participating in simple arts and crafts sessions to relax, play and explore their own creativity and the next sessions take place from 1 to 3pm at St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 30th September – seasonal beauty
    A mindful walk in the woods to sketch & collect
  • Wednesday 28th October – creative collage
    composing with textiles & images
  • Wednesday 25th November – light up the dark
    seasonal paper crafts & decorating candles

For more information & to book call Dianne on 01422 345154 or email

FREE summer art sessions with Healthy Minds

These FREE art sessions are for anyone interested in relaxing, exploring their own creativity, meeting up with others and looking at how creativity can enhance our wellbeing.

All sessions will be held at St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge from 1pm to 3pm.

Wednesday 24 June – Midsummer Mandalas
Create your personal mandala or just relax & colour

Wednesday 29 July – Waterside Inspiration
A mindful walk to collect images & ideas (bring your own sketch book, notebook or camera)

Wednesday 26 August – Weaves & Webs
Jewellery & trinkets, wall-hangings & webs

For more information & to book email Dianne at or call 01422 345154.

Calderdale Women’s Inter-faith Group events

The Calderdale Women’s Inter-faith Group have a number of events and activities set to take place over the coming weeks; From hand massage to dancing and meditation, if you’re looking for something to do or want to try something new then get involved!

Circle Dancing – Saturday 6 June – 10am to 12.45pm
Held at Christ Church, Church Lane, Mount Pellon, Halifax HX2 0EF. If you would like to get involved please let Rev Madeleine Russell know on

Hand Massage – Monday 8 June – 10.30am
A demonstration of hand massage by Julia Slater before you have the chance to practice the skill yourself at 9 South View, Whitegate Top, Siddal, HX3 9JP from 10.30am

Annual Food Festival – Tuesday 9 June – 6pm
An event where people get together and and take food to share with eachother, held at St Paul’s Church close to the King Cross end of Queens Road, Halifax

Integrated Calderdale’s “Graduation Ceremony” – Thursday 11 June – 1pm
Held at the Halifax Academy and lunch will be provided so if you are able to attend email Surraya Bibi or call her on 01422 347392 to let her know.

Meditation session – Wednesday 15 July 2015 – Evening event
A meditation session ran by Anne Linehan with full details of the time and address to be given at a later date.

Calderdale Women’s Inter-faith Group – upcoming events!

Here is the latest information regarding events planned from February to June 2015 with the Calderdale Women’s Inter-faith Group.

Wednesday 11 February 2015  10am to 12noon – St Paul’s Church of England
The topic of the session will be Self Defence Techniques for Women and how to keep safe and will be run by a lady with qualifications and good experience in running this kind of training. It is for all ages and you and your friends are more than welcome.

Tuesday 10 March 2015 – 1pm to 3pm – Halifax High School
we have been kindly invited to a showcase of a project called “The Land beneath My Feet” – this is a health & well being project that the ladies of Integrated Calderdale have been involved in, with an organisation called Ver De Gris. Come along if you can – this is for everyone – men and women.

Tuesday 17 March 2015 – 10am to 12noon – St Andrew’s Methodist Church
We will be joined by 2 women from Bradford who will run a workshop called Weaving Women’s Wisdom. No skills in weaving needed! It will be a real opportunity to work in a small group, creating and talking.

April 2015
We hope to have another in our series of talks about major world faiths practised by some people in Calderdale – this time it is Hinduism – but we haven’t finalised the date just yet.

Tuesday 12 May 2015 – Morning
Marion Pollitt is going to lead us on a walk – no mountains involved – this will be a walk most of us can easily take part in. More details will be available closer to the time.

Monday 8th June 2015 – Morning
Julia Slater is going to do a demonstration of hand massage before you get the chance to practise this skill. Julia is trained and experienced in a whole range of complementary therapies – this will certainly be an interesting and relaxing morning. Further details including venue will be announced closer to the time.

Please note that unless stated otherwise, these events are for Women only.

Carol Singing at King Cross

Join carol singers at King Cross from St Paul’s church as they sing around the Christmas tree as well as something different from Sambalifax too on Friday 19 December at 4pm.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided and local company’s will be promoting business by providing food samples.

So go along and get involved in this wonderful festive event!!!

For more information contact Halifax Central Initiative 01422 365 948.