Perfect way to get out and about
Welcome to the next in the series of updates about activities supported by the Staying Well project happening locally. Café Culture is a brand new monthly afternoon event brought to you by the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Staying Well, which presents guest speakers from across the cultural spectrum for a lively discussion. The events take place at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge from 2pm for 2.30pm. They cost £5 (£3 for concessions) including delicious cakes and as much tea and coffee as you like. The next Café Culture event takes place on Thursday, September 17, where Richard Wilcocks will be talking about ‘Extraordinary Stories from the War Hospital’, the real life drama of the WW1 military hospital in Leeds. After that on October 8 we have Andrew White on ‘The AA Guide to Yorkshire; ‘Crime and Conspiracy – Real Life Stories’ on November 5; and ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Past’ on December 10. Helen Meller, Director of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, says: “The Café Culture events are a fantastic opportunity for the festival to present events year round with local speakers with local stories for local people. “We want these events to appeal to everyone and would welcome suggestions from the audience for future speakers and activities.” If you fancy going further afield the Heptonstall Village Team, with support from the Staying Well project, are run- ning some day trips to places of interest. They generally cost in the region of £20 and transport from home can be arranged if you need it. The next trip is to the Harrogate Flower Show on Friday, September 18, where there will be beautiful blooms on display, and plenty for the green fingered amongst us to brush up on. In October there will be a trip to Southport and Crosby, where you can take in the sea air and spot some Anthony Gormley sculptures on the beach. The trips are hugely enjoyable, say service users. Jill Jackson says: “I take my mum, who is a resident of Mytholm Meadows, and we have such a good time, we have not missed one yet”. Denise Crosley, of Elphin Court, says “We go as a group of four and always look forward to the day. “It is just nice to get out and mix with new people. Jane Hartmann who organises the trips makes sure they are not too far away, and that we can get back for around 4.30 on the day, and that really suits us”. So, if you fancy a bit of culture either in Hebden Bridge or a bit further afield, or any of the other activities that we have featured, for more informa- tion please contact Helen Doodson, Staying Well Project Worker on 01422 392707 or by email at email@example.com. Or better yet pop into the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge for a chat.
One of the popular Cafe Culture talks. Picture by Craig Shaw/blu planet photography