Scoot along to a fun day in Bramley!

Bramley Lawn is inviting you to take part in a community fun day and scooter rally on Saturday 17 September (11.00-4.00).

Scooters outside Bramley Lawn

Expect a scooter obstacle course that you can attempt with a kids, scooter or mobility scooter, nerf olympics, crazy golf, mod crafts, pimp-your-scooter decorating, vintage scooter display, a pop-up café by Food Cycle, scarecrow-making, community stalls and games.

There is plenty for pedestrians or scooter fans – whether they’re original mods, mobility scooter drivers, or the younger generation on their eco-friendly foot-powered vehicles!

Fran Graham, Manager of Bramley Lawn said:

“We want to bring all generations together for a fun day inspired by the 60’s mods and all who love to scoot!”

Bring your vehicle or come on foot. Bring friendly dogs. Bring everyone. We’d love to see you. Entry £1.00.

Supporting local enterprise ‐Bramley Community Shop 

In the run-up to Christmas, Bramley Community Shop is supporting local enterprise by offering shelf-space to sell new or ‘upcycled’ products in return for a donation of time to help in the shop. It’s a great way to test out your work and reach a local market without a big outlay. We hope it will highlight creative talent in the area.

Bramley Community Shop (at Bramley Centre) is also supporting Bramley Lawn toBramley Community Shop develop an Affordable Christmas Market on Sunday 27 November (10.00-12.00). The market aims to shine a light on local talent and encourage people to share skills and shop local.

Come and buy your Christmas presents from one of our local stallholders and learn some of their tricks of the trade.

You can also make special, simple and affordable gifts yourself, with ‘upcycling’ tips from local makers and the team at Bramley Community Shop, who’ll be bringing some pre-loved treasure to use.

If you are working from home, if you make or design brilliant, affordable products or services, or if you have a skill or hobby that you’d like to share, please get in touch about a free stall. (Email Kirsty at Bramley Community Shop or Fran).

Bramley Community Shop is looking for volunteers to work in the shop for as little as two hours a week. This is particularly rewarding for anyone interested in vintage goods and clothes, or who likes meeting a lot of people. Please drop in for a chat with Kirsty, or get in touch with Maureen, our Volunteer Co-ordinator, if you would like to know more.

The proceeds from Bramley Community Shop support the work of Bramley Elderly Action – working to make later life fulfilling in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley.

West Leeds Stroke Club launches new programme

Bramley Elderly Action has published a brand new programme of activities for the West Leeds Stroke Club for August to December 2016.

The Stroke Club is a friendly fortnightly get-together for anyone in West Leeds who is recovering from a stroke. As well as taking part in a range of fun and therapeutic activities you can get information and support from people going through similar issues.

Sessions take place at Bramley Lawn (off Rossefield Approach, Bramley LS13 3RG) 10.30-12.30 on alternate Wednesdays (from August 24th) and cost just £2.00 per session.

The new programme includes gardening, music, visits to a tea room and a museum, exercise, a Christmas meal and more!

Transport is available for £2.50 return. Please book in advance.

If you would like to join or for more information please call Debbie on 0113 236 1644

Please also get in touch if you have any ideas for the next programme.

Money Buddies comes to Bramley Lawn

Bramley Elderly Action is delighted to announce that Bramley Lawn will be hosting a Money Buddy service from August 2nd.

Money Buddies are trained volunteers who offer a free, confidential, independentMoney Buddies Logo service for anyone with money problems.

A Money Buddy will not judge you. They can support you and help you learn how to deal better with money. They can support you, with a wide range of issues, for as long as you need them.

Read about one of the regular Money Buddies.

A Money Buddy will be available at Bramley Lawn every Tuesday from 2.00-3.00, to help with money problems. A Money Buddy volunteer can help you with all of the following:

  • Check what benefits you may be entitled to from the government, to maximise your income
  • Make sure you are safe, by identifying any immediate risk, and refer to a specialist if necessary
  • Deal with loan companies, including helping to write a Financial Statement to creditors
  • Plan a budget
  • Find the best energy deal
  • Switch energy providers online
  • Apply for grants to get electricity or gas arrears written off or reduced
  • Apply for Discretionary Housing Payment (if you are affected by the bedroom tax)
  • Give you money saving tips
  • Get grants towards repaying arrears in water rates
  • Report loan sharks, safely and confidentially
  • Open credit union accounts online
  • Gain and develop confidence in yourself

You are very welcome to take part in our regular Games afternoon if you are waiting to be seen by a Money Buddy.

Leeds Money Buddies is managed by Ebor Gardens Advice Centre.

What is ‘age’ to you? See us at Kirkstall festival

What does ‘Age’ mean to you?

We hope you have seen our new poster – Age is just a number – starting to appear in all sorts of places around Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley.'Age is just a number' poster

Come and find us at Kirkstall Festival on Saturday 9 July, tell us what ‘Age is…’ for you, and get a free badge. We’ve got a stall full of information, with friendly staff and volunteers, next to our neighbours OWLS.

We’re also running a Tea Dance tent at the festival, with an aaccordion player, a ukelele band, a sing-along and bingo

Come and take part, come and say hello.

Moving ceremonies mark Somme centenary

Two moving ceremonies at Bramley War Memorial brought the local community together, to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, on Friday 1st July.

The day began with an Act of Remembrance at 7.30am, the exact time the battle began 100 years ago. The Reveille was sounded by bugler Sally Clark, who also ended proceedings poignantly with the Last Post.

Somme Remembrance - BEA YouTube

A longer Service of Remembrance took place from 10.45am, again with a bugle sounding.

Readings remembering the suffering and those who died form the local communityNorah Gibson doing the reading included those from Cllr Caroline Gruen, Norah Gibson and the Reverend Paul Crabb.

Both sessions were extremely well attended. The audience included war veterans and families, of all generations, of those who died. Many Bramley Elderly Action members were present.

A total of 77 people from Bramley, Stanningley and Rodley died at the Somme. The battle lasted until November 2016.

Somme Memorial Crosses

People with family members who died at the Somme were invited to lay individual crosses at the memorial.

Several shops in the parade opposite the memorial had window displays about the occasion.

The event was organised by the Friends of a War Memorial for Bramley.

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Woman of Steel!

Bramley Elderly Action member, Betty Cole, has been officially recognised as aBetty Cole with medal
Woman of Steel!

Betty, now 93, was one of thousands of women who worked in Sheffield munitions factories during the Second World War, in what had been considered ‘men’s work’.

All the surviving ‘Women of Steel’ have been honoured with a special medal. Betty was among about 100 survivors who took part, with approximately 2,000 family, friends and public, in a ceremony to unveil a statue to the women in Sheffield city centre.

WomenOfSteelMedalBetty worked on a lathe in the small factory for three years from the age of 19. She has very good memories of her time there: “We all got on very well, and had some good times…with no men around!”

Betty was very happy about the statue, saying that what the women are wearing was exactly right.

Table-top sale: come for a butty and a bargain

Bramley Elderly Action volunteers are holding a table-top sale from 10.00-12.00 on Saturday 9 July, at Trinity Methodist Church (Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds, LS13TrinityMethodistChurch 2EP).
You can get  a bacon butty and a cuppa while seeking bargains among the stalls selling books, games, bric a brac and more. You can also try your luck at the tombola.
All proceeds will go to Bramley Elderly Action to help fund our activities supporting older people in Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley.

Remembering the Somme: Bramley War Memorial, Friday 1 July

77 service personnel from Bramley, Stanningley and Rodley died at the Battle of the Somme, 26 of them on the first day, July 1st 1916.

There will be two events at Bramley War Memorial (Bramley Park, LS13 3JZ). onSomme Remembrance Poster Friday 1st July to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle. Bramley Elderly Action is offering free transport to any BEA member who would like to take part in either of these events and who needs transport to get there.

7.25 am – Act of Remembrance and bugler
A bugler will sound the Reveille, followed by a two minute silence and then the Last Post. Please note that there will be no seating for this event.

10.45 am – Service of Remembrance and bugler
There will be a Service of Remembrance, with the creation of a Field of Remembrance with individually named crosses for each of the local service personnel who fell in The Somme and the laying of a wreath.  A bugler will sound the Last Post before an Act of Remembrance at 11.00, followed by Reveille.  We expect the service to finish by 11.15.  Anyone who had a relative who fell at the Somme may come forward to lay a wreath or cross. There will be limited seating available for those who need it.

Bramley War MemorialPlease assemble 15 minutes before each event. Please phone 0113 236 1644 if you need transport to get there, and/or if you need a seat for the Service.

In total over a million people were killed or wounded at the Battle of the Somme from July-November 1916. The British Legion has launched a special Golden Poppy Appeal for The Somme.

It’s Showtime!

Bramley Elderly Action is launching Showtime, a new programme of visits to some of the best professional live performances and film around, at a range of top venues in and around Leeds.

Showtime will be a fantastic way for local older people to go and see great shows in the company of friends, old and new friend.

Showtime is open to all BEA members. Anyone aged 60+ who lives in our area, can join BEA.


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The first run of Showtime performances include a top Summer film, comedy theatre, a Christmas concert and a pantomime.

Phone BEA (0113 236 1644) if you are interested in going to Showtime performances or in joining BEA.

You may also want to find out about the range of groups and trips run by BEA.