- Coach Trips
- Conductive Education
- Singing Group
- A Pathway Through Parkinson's
This Year Events
Parkinson's Awareness Event - Coffee morning at the Town Hall, to be opened by the Mayor of Calderdale at 10.30
We would like to thank Sue Hanson and all the staff (and all our volunteers) for making this day possible.
Cakes & Refreshments, Tombola & Raffle + a Cake Stall all in a wonderful building. Please bring a friend and call for a cuppa.
Includes Fish n’ Chip Lunch in Skipton,
an hour's shopping in Watershed Mills, Settle
+ A Cake and a Cuppa in Hawes
(Tickets available from 9th March)
The Shay Dinner &
M/C: Pete Emmett & Comedian: Josh Daniels
Lunch & Entertainment
(Tickets available from 14th September)
Elim Church Festive Lunch
1pm – 5pm with Julie Dee (Singer)
(Tickets available from 14th September)
More details from Margaret Lambert (Events co-ordinator) 01422 256347
or Ian Barraclough 01422 256521
Coach Trips for 2019
The Branch run subsidised Coach Trips for Members, with Parkinson’s, & their carers.
Tickets for members (with PD) and their carers are £15 this year.
Other members and guests are welcome if seats are available, but we have to reflect the costs.
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 Coach Trip to the Hawes, via Skipton, Leaves Elim Church at 9.45am. Tickets include Fish & Chip lunch and Cake and a cuppa in Hawes, and are available from 9th March 2019.
Wednesday 11th September 2019 Coach Trip. Coach trip to Barton Grange Garden Centre. The coach leaves Elim Church at 9.45am to visit one of the country's largest garden centres. Boasting 3 cafes/restaurants + Fish & Chips available down driveway. No group bookings allowed so you will receive a voucher towards your lunch, as you exit the coach - Eat when and where you wish!
Wednesday 13th November 2019 Coach Trip to Millstones, near Harrogate. The coach leaves Elim Church at 10.30am. A festive lunch & entertainment will be included. The coach will leave approx 4.30pm and arrive in Halifax approx. 6.00pm, depending on traffic. Tickets will be available from September 2019.
This popular session of Dance for Parkinson's continues to run every Thursday from 10.30am, except for holidays (listed below in red) at Elim Church Hall. Come and join our friendly dance class. You will be warmly greeted with a smile, a hug and a cup of tea on arrival followed by a little time to say "Hello" to fellow participants. The dancing begins at 11am with some gentle seated stretches and exercises designed to relax the body and mind and prepare the class for some fun. We may then try something new and creative such as "Wheelchair Tango," a cheeky hand jive or a gentle partner dance. Natalie always encourages the class to share their own unique talents, so participants are offered the chance, if they wish, to share a song, a poem or a dance of their own choosing.
We finish at around 12 noon ask for a voluntary contribution of £4 to help cover the room hire and refreshments.
Bring a friend if you like, and remember, no previous dance experience required!
Expect to move, play and have fun.
Led by a community dance practitioner: Natalie Speake can be contacted on 07723 452673 or 01422 886929.
Holiday dates for 2019: (subject to change) March 14th, April 18th, May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th,
July 18th, September 12th, September 26th, December 26th, and January 2nd 2020
'When I Dance' Written by Eileen Kenny
In December 2016, Parkinson’s UK held a National dance competition, entitled: ‘When I Dance.’
There were different categories to enter and Natalie Speake, our own dance tutor from the Halifax branch (who runs the Dance4Fun session) decided to enter Valerie Harrison, in the Solo section.
Can you imagine the euphoria at the dance class where it was announced that Valerie’s dance had been shortlisted to the final three? We would have to wait a few days for the result…............. But it came and YES, Valerie’s Dance had indeed won the competition!
A few words from Valerie…
"I've had all day to think about the results of the competition and I keep coming back to the fact that it's a wonderful thing to be able to promote what can be achieved regardless of physical disabilities. The group has shown me that it is okay to be sad, to cry if you want to and let emotions out if that's what you want to do. I feel blessed to have discovered you all and very grateful for the acceptance, friendship and understanding that Bruce and I have experienced. If there is any way we can help or promote the work of the Thursday group, we will, as I would like to see others in my position benefit.”
…and a few words from Natalie...
"It was a real affirmation of the hard work and determination that goes into the running of a dance class for people with Parkinson's and how beneficial dance can be for people of all ages and abilities.
I've been asked by the director of the Parkinson's Dance Network UK to lead a workshop in April for other dance artists and group facilitators with two other dance artists. The national recognition for my teaching is wonderful and exciting.”
Part of Valerie's prize is to spend time in London with the amazing judges who loved Valerie and the film so much ...
Anyone wishing to see the film can do so here, https://vimeo.com/193078666
Dance4Fun is held at Elim Pentecostal Church, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY, on Thursdays from 10.30am (for refreshments and chatter)
Dance begins at 11.00am until 12 noon
Conductive Education was started by Dr Andras Peto in 1945. The Peto Institute is in Budapest, Hungary and initially taught children who have cerebral palsy, and cannot control their bodies properly, to lead more independent lives by means of Conductive Education.
Adapted to suit people living with Parkinson's and other neurological problems, such as strokes, we are fortunate to have a very good *conductor who understands all things related to PD and due to having only 6 in a group adapts the sessions to suit people's individual needs.
Eszter, graduated from the International Peto Institute in Hungary, in 2013 and is based in the North East. She brings the Conductive Education to us, in Huddersfield, on a monthly basis.
Our regulars agree that "Monthy attendance helps you live and cope with Parkinson's more easily."
Unfortunately, there are currently no places available, but if you would like further information and to be placed on the "interested" list, please contact Phil Beckett on 01484 713035.
FOR THE JOY OF SINGING GROUP
We are currently seeking a new tutor.
In the meantime, members have been invited to attend a weekly group at Highgate Methodist Church, 43 Stretchgate Lane, Pellon HX2 0EN. The "High Five Singing Group" meet every Monday from 1pm - 2.30pm. The cost is £3 per session.
On the 1st Monday of the month, their normal session will be changed to a "sing-along" for our benefit.
Anybody wanting more information, please contact Eileen (email@example.com) or Anne on 01422 253368
A Pathway Through Parkinson’s
A Self-management programme for people with Parkinson’s, partners & carers is currently not available.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7963 3924 for further details.