The 2020 ‘Armchair’ AGM


We said this year’s AGM would be a little bit different and it was! Instead of being in the same room, we were together online, to hear about BEA’s year and our aims for the future once infection rates allow us to be in-person again more often. Watch the full meeting here.

After 8 years on the Board, our Chair Stuart Quin stepped down alongside Vice-Chair Caroline Gruen. We can’t thank them enough for their work over the years. Stepping up to Chair the BEA Board, we welcome Toby Parsons and look forward to working with him.

Stuart Quin, Chairing the hybrid AGM from Bramley Lawn with attenders on zoom.

Special guests, the Lord Mayor of Leeds and BEA’s Patron Rachel Reeves MP welcomed the members, volunteers and supporters of BEA to the AGM, before official business to report back on the year just gone from a strategic, financial and operational perspective. The Lord Mayor of Leeds reminded us to stay active and stay connected and since she is such a positive person we all agreed to do exactly what she said! Rachel Reeves MP reflected that reducing social isolation – has almost never been so important – and thanked the BEA team for adapting to the pandemic to keep people together, safe and as happy as can be expected.

As is traditional at our AGM, BEA celebrates volunteers who have undertaken many years of service for local older people. Our long-service award might be a humble coffee mug, but we don’t give them out easily! BEA would like to thank the following volunteers for their many years of remarkable dedication to local older people:

Joan Lockett (26 yrs service) Jennifer Evers (26 yrs service) Joan Haigh Stanley Farrar Sally McHale

A big thank you to Fuzzy Jones, our technical trouble-shooter and problem-solver – for turning our challenging idea into a smooth-running afternoon.

Great tea dance together

Bramley Community Centre, Waterloo Lane, LS13 2JB
Sunday 10 June 2.00-4.00

Come and learn how to sequence dance this June as we throw open the doors to theEnjoying a tea dance Sunday Tea Dance. Adults of any age are welcome to this FREE event, part of the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox MP.

Get your dancing shoes on, or just come for a chat, to listen to the music, and to enjoy a special afternoon tea. Let’s get together and tackle social isolation in our community.

Please phone 0113 236 1644 to book a place.

The Great Together logo

Are you ready for the Challenge?

BEA Challenge 2018 will be at Bramley Lawn on Saturday 6 October. BEA Challenge 2018 image
BEA Challenge is a great way to show and share traditional skills and celebrate local talent, and to win with something you have made – and it’s a great fundraiser for BEA too!
BEA Challenge is open to anyone of any age.
You can enter this year’s Challenge in any of the following categories:
  1. Art (open)
  2. Cake (1 cake)
  3. Knitting (open)
  4. Cross stitch (open)
  5. Embroidery (open)
  6. Crochet
  7. Model work (craft)
  8. Flower arrangement (flowers from garden)
  9. Flower arrangement (up to £5.00 spent on shop bought flowers)
  10. Photography (any size print)
  11. Jam/marmalade
  12. Pickles/chutney
  13. Savoury pie

But, If you have a skill not mentioned please enter your item – we’ll find a judge!

Get your entry form in by August 31. But you can start making your entry now!

Reducing social isolation in Leeds

Bramley Elderly Action is delivering a pilot project funded by Leeds Time to Shine to reduce social isolation and loneliness for local olderTime To Shine Logo people. Working in a person-centred way, this project has been helping older people to address the barriers preventing them from enjoying an active life.

BEA is now looking to recruit a dynamic social worker to join our team to co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate the project for six months from May-November 2018.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of older people to become our Community Social Worker.

The post is for 35 hours per week. You can download a job description, application form and all other key information HERE.The closing date for applications is 12 Noon on Monday 26 March.

Time to Shine is funded by The Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better Project. Ageing Better aims to discover the most effective way to fight social isolation, so to inform future policymaking and funding initiatives

Preventing loneliness – West Leeds to Westminster

Preventing loneliness was put right in the spotlight on January 17, with work ranging from individual contacts and group work in West Leeds, right through to major government policy announcements in Westminster.

BEA General Manager Lee Ingham was invited by Rachel Reeves (Leeds West MP, andBill Graham and Lee Ingham outside No.10 BEA Patron) along with Bill Graham (Community Leader at New Wortley Community Association) to attend Prime Minister’s Question Time and a reception at 10 Downing Street.

The reception, hosted by the Prime Minister, came in response to the publication last month of a report – Combatting loneliness one conversation at a time –  by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. Rachel Reeves has been working on the Commission (with fellow MP Seema Kennedy) since the murder of her friend Jo Cox MP.

Lee and Bill were both in the Commons when the PM announced the appointment of a Minister for Loneliness (Tracey Crouch MP), one of the report’s recommendations.
They both then went on to the Downing Street reception to mark Jo Cox’s legacy and the important work of the Commission.

“BEA was honoured to accompany our patron (Rachel Reeves) at the 10 Downing Street reception for Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The appointment of a Minister for Loneliness should help us to continue the fight against loneliness.” Lee Ingham (General Manager, BEA)


“Great to be able to represent &  highlight the innovative work done by many organisations in West Leeds at No.10 Downing Street to tackle loneliness. We are  looking forward to being part of a conversation that highlights how community and connecting people can become a core health outcome that will benefit society as a whole.” Bill Graham (Community Leader, New Wortley Community Association)

The same morning ITV Calendar filmed BEA’s exercise class at Bramley Community Centre, and interviewed participants and BEA Activities Co-ordinator Debbie Fawthrop. The piece, shown on Calendar, highlighted the crucial role of BEA’s work in preventing loneliness, and the importance of volunteers.

Bramley Elderly Action and New Wortley Community Association are among the key organisations in helping to prevent loneliness, which can people of any age can feel, in West Leeds. BEA runs a large range of groups and services for local people aged 60+, and offers volunteeirng opportunities to people aged 18+. New Wortley Community Association provides activities and services of the whole of their local community.

Bramley Elderly Action has moved!

Bramley Elderly Action has now moved to Bramley Community Centre – Waterloo Lane, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2JB. Our phone number is still 0113 236 1644.

As well as having our office at the Centre, and running some regular activities there, we have also taken on managing Bramley Community Centre for the whole community, as a result of a community asset transfer from Leeds City Council, which was agreed in February 2017.

ley Community Centre, interior.

The centre is currently home to a number of local groups, including Bramley Historical Society and Bramley Luncheon Club. The change of management will not disrupt existing group meetings at the centre.

The move will allow residents and groups to continue making use of the centre for community activities and private events.

We want Bramley Community Centre to be:

  • central to the community
  • accessible, affordable, safe
  • thriving, friendly, creative
  • a place Bramley is proud of

BEA general manager Lee Ingham said:

Lee Ingham“Places like Bramley Community Centre are really important because they provide warm, welcoming spaces where people can get together. It’s our New Year’s resolution to revive Bramley Community Centre and enable more local people to benefit through it. It’s a brilliant building that could be used for all sorts of community initiatives and events, so if you have an idea please get in touch – let’s make 2018 a really good year in Bramley’s history.”

We are keen for local people to help the Centre make a fresh start by suggesting how the centre could be used to improve life in Bramley in the future. You can get in touch about the Centre in any of the following ways:

Phone – 0113 236 1847
Email –
Twitter – @BramleyCCentre
Facebook – BramleyCommunityCentre

Morrisons Foundation is music to our ears!  

Community social centre Bramley Lawn has received a grant from the Morrisons Foundation to support community activities. The funding will enable many moreFran Graham receives the cheque from Morrisons Community Champion Alicia Nash and store manager David Harrison people, including people with dementia, to take part in a range of fun, healthy and creative activities, by supporting activities at Bramley Lawn and by making this community venue even more accessible.

The fantastic grant will allow Bramley Lawn to:

  • put up black out blinds for community film screenings
  • integrate a hearing loop in the building so that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can take part fully in activities
  • buy 12 ukuleles and push button chord changers, enabling people who have trouble moving their fingers to play
  • produce large format printed music, to enable people with sight problems to take part
  • buy a large range of musical films for people with dementia and others using the building to sing along to.

Participant at ukulele group using a chord changerThe grant will also support the delivery of 50 weekly ukulele classes for beginners and Zumba Gold classes which anyone is welcome to attend, and help with the costs of a door-to-door transport service people and their families can trust, enabling people with dementia to get a change of scene during the week by attending Remember Thursdays activities.

Remember Thursdays, a regular day of activities to support anyone in the community affected by dementia. Remember Thursdays includes Singalong movies, on every 3rd Thursday of the month. The Morrisons grant will improve the experience for people attending and mean that people who need transport will be able to get there and take part.

Music – singing, playing and listening – is increasingly being recognised as a powerful tool in helping people with dementia, in supporting people’s health and wellbeing generally, and is a brilliant way of people getting together and decreasing social isolation. The ukelele is a fun and easy instrument to learn, and taking up a new hobby can help lift people’s mood and sense of achievement.

Fran Graham, Manager of Bramley Lawn, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted about this grant and very grateful to Morrisons Foundation. The support will make a huge difference, bringing creativity, fun and happy memories to more people in West Leeds. Come and get involved.”

Bramley Lawn ran a pilot ukulele class for 6 months, which proved very popular. Its future is now secure, and the class will now be weekly, for at least a year. The Ukelele Class ideal for beginners will be on Tuesdays 12-1pm with tutor Jessica Bowie. The Zumba Gold class is every Wednesday at 2pm. All welcome.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about any activities at Bramley Lawn, please contact Fran Graham on 0113 236 1644 or by email.

Bramley Lawn, formerly a Leeds City Council day centre, was out of use for several years, before being taken on by Bramley Elderly Action in 2014. It is now a thriving social centre for the community which hosts regular activities throughout the week, as well as being available for hire for events, parties and meetings. Through Bramley Lawn, and other initiatives, BEA aims to help make a better, more inclusive community for everybody. Bramley Lawn is managed by Bramley Elderly Action.

BEA Challenge 2017 – use your skills

Get involved in the 2017 Challenge.a chance to share skills and celebrate local talent with something you have made.

BEA Challenge is a chance to show and share traditional skills and celebrate local talent – and it’s a great fundraiser for BEA too!.

This year’s Challenge will be at Bramley Lawn (off Rossefield Approach) on Saturday 30 September 2017.

The work entered goes on display for the public to enjoy from 12.00-2.00.

Who can enter Bramley Challenge?

  • Open to anyone aged 60 or over
  • and also open to Under 60s

Bramley Challenge – categories

You can enter in any of the following categories:

  1. Art (open)
  2. Cake (1 cake)
  3. Knitting (open)
  4. Cross stitch (open)
  5. Embroidery (open)
  6. Crochet
  7. Model work (craft)
  8. Flower arrangement (flowers from garden)
  9. Flower arrangement (up to £5.00 spent on shop bought flowers)
  10. Photography (any size print)
  11. Jam/marmalade
  12. Pickles/chutney
  13. Savoury pie

If you have a skill not mentioned in our list please enter your item – we’ll find a judge!

Entering Bramley Challenge

  • You can put in up to 6 entries
  • It’s 50p per entry – money raised supports BEA’s work
  • Return your entry form by 31 August – you can use the online form below, or download and print out this leaflet and form and return it to BEA
  • Please attach your name to the back or underside of your entry
  • Let us know if you’re happy for your entries to be sold to raise money for BEA
  • All entries must be at Bramley Lawn by 9.30 on 30 September
  • The judges word is final.

Good luck to all entrants

Bramley Challenge – entry form




Are you a Co-op member? You can help BEA

Bramley Elderly Action will receive much needed funds from the Co-op Local Community Fund between now and September.

!% of the price of all purchases of Co-op branded products made by members at Swinnow Co-op, Swinnow Lane, during that period will go to local causes, including BEA. This also applies at some local Co-op funeral parlours.

Please consider becoming a Co-op member if you shop at Swinnow Co-op.

Many thanks to the Co-op.