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Halifax Courier - - Staying Well - By He­len Dood­son

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 he­len.dood­son@calderdale.gov.uk. 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

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