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.

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Bramley Elderly Action to take on management of Bramley Community Centre

We’re very pleased that a more certain future for Bramley’s Community Centre looks to be on the cards with the decision of Leeds City Council to pass management of the building to Bramley Elderly Action. We will manage it as a resource for the whole community to use.

The decision, made by the council’s Executive Board on February 8th, paves theBramley Community Centre way for BEA to encourage residents to use the resource more often for activities, social events and community celebrations for young and older. We will also move our staff to the building on Waterloo Lane.

As well as being used by BEA members for regular tea dances, exercise groups, tai chi and a craft group, the Centre also already hosts a number of community groups, including Bramley Historical Society and Bramley Luncheon Club. We are extremely keen for those groups to continue using the Centre and for others to use it too.

Our initiative has the full support of the three Bramley & Stanningley Councillors: Caroline Gruen, Julie Heselwood and Kevin Ritchie, while our own voluntary Trustees have worked hard over a long period of time to make it happen.

Stuart Quin, Chair of Bramley Elderly Action, said:

‘We’re delighted at the decision, which has massive support Stuart Quinfrom our members, volunteers and the local community. Our members remember the Community Centre in its prime – a place that connected people, and created opportunities for young and old.  There’s a lot of work ahead to restore the fortunes of this underused community resource but we’re really looking forward to working with others and being part of a bright new chapter at the Community Centre. ’

Visitors to an open day BEA held at the Centre in October 2016 showed overwhelming support for the change. They were invited to look at archive photos from Bramley History Society of how Bramley Community Centre was used in its heyday and suggest new ideas for its future.

In 2014, in another ‘asset transfer’ from Leeds City Council, we took on the management of Bramley Lawn (formerly Bramley Lawn Day Centre) which we have transformed into a vibrant community social centre. While we intend to move staff from our current office on Stanningley Road to Bramley Community Centre, we will continue to run activities for the whole community from Bramley Lawn. Together, the two centres will give much easier access for local older people to BEA staff and activities. BEA will continue to run activities and services for older people across the Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley areas.

The Council Executive Board’s decision invites BEA to take on a 25 year lease with a peppercorn rent. The Council will carry out essential repair work identified in a recent condition survey before the lease begins. It is hoped that we will take possession of the Centre later this year.

We would love to hear from local companies and individuals who may be prepared to pledge time or resources to help refurbish Bramley Community Centre later this year. This may involve painting, decorating, electrics, plumbing, plastering, gardening or other practical skills. Get in touch!

Strong local support for BEA to manage Bramley Community Centre

Bramley Elderly Action held a successful open house day at Bramley Community Centre, on Thursday 13 October.

We invited people to ‘Community at the centre’ to give us their views about ourWall of questions and comments interest in taking on the management of the centre from Leeds City Council. The day was well attended by local residents of all ages.

After going on a tour of the building, visitors were able to give their views in a number of ways, including at a series of informal question and answer sessions, and slips on which to vote ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘unsure’. There was overwhelming support for BEA taking on the management of the centre.

Comments included:

‘They would be great custodians of the building and ensure it supports and is a resource for the whole community’

‘…it would reinvigorate the community centre’

‘Great central position. A good size for a variety of events.’

BEA Manager Lee Ingham facilitates the afternoon q and a sessionSeveral visitors had good memories of using the building many years ago, either as children or in later life. Many of them, though familiar with the centre, were surprised by how big it was and welcomed the chance to go on a tour.

We received many useful questions and comments, ranging from important practical issues such as parking, to ideas of how the centre could be used. We will take all of these into account.

Bramley and Stanningley Councillors Caroline Gruen, Julie Heselwood and Kevin Ritchie, all took part in the day and all support BEA’s proposal.

Neil Charlesworth (Principal Asset Management Officer, Leeds City Council), who took part in the evening question and answer session, confirmed that Bramley Elderly Action’s proposal to take on the management of Bramley Community Centre will go to Leeds City Council’s Executive Board meeting on December 16th.

The day has reinforced for BEA our interest in managing the centre for the benefit of the whole community. We hope to hear positive news in December. We will keep our members and the wider community informed about progress.

Community at the Centre

Bramley Elderly Action (BEA) is seeking the views of local people about its interest in taking on the management of Bramley Community Centre. We are holding Community at the Centre ‘Open House’ at Bramley Community Centre, from 12.00-8.00pm on Thursday 13th October.Bramley Community Centre

We are inviting people of all ages to come along and give their views about the centre’s future. Children and young people are encouraged to come and share their ideas and ask questions too. You will be able to do a short tour of the building, ask questions and contribute in various ways.

  • Drop in – any time during the day for tours, tea and cake
  • Tours of the building – 12.30pm, then every hour at half past until 7.30pm
  • Question & answer session with Bramley Elderly Action staff, Stuart Quin (Chair of BEA Board), and Neil Charlesworth (Leeds City Council) – 7.00pm.

You are very welcome to just drop in at any time, even if you don’t want to go on a tour of the building – a member of Bramley Elderly Action staff will be available to speak to.Community at the Centre Logo

Bramley Elderly Action would like to submit a formal ‘expression of interest’ in managing the centre to Leeds City Council by the end of 2016, and is keen to listen and learn from the views of the community first.

BEA wants to enable individuals, community groups and local organisations to use it for activities and events, to ensure that it has a sustainable future and is developed for the whole community, while continuing to be used for activities by local older people, including the lunch clubs and weekly exercise class.

We also hope to move our office there, which would help to make our services even more accessible to local older people. We would continue to manage the successful Bramley Lawn social centre where we have developed a large range of innovative activities since it opened in 2014.

Stuart Quin, Chair of Bramley Elderly Action said:

“We’re really looking forward to chatting with local people on 13 October. We hope to be part of a bright future for this Centre, so that community continues to be at the heart of this space.”

Come along and give your views.

Follow the trail..find the scarecrows

The scarecrows are gathering and will be available for visiting from Monday 26Bramley scarecrow trail front cover September.

To help you find them you can download the Bramley Scarecrow Trail, which shows where all the scarecrows have agreed to stay until Bramley scarecrow trail mapthey leave the area on Sunday 9 October.

They will be very happy for you to take selfies with them and share your photos on Twitter (@bramleyelderly #bramleyscarecrows ) and other social media.

The scarecrows, which have been brought to life by local individuals, families and organisations, are staying all over Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley.

A panel of local judges will reveal the winning scarecrow at Bramley Challenge on Saturday 1 October (12.00-4.00 at Bramley Lawn). Come along and see if your favourite is a winner.

The Bramley Scarecrow Trail has been developed in partnership with Bramley Grows (a group of residents interested in making Bramley more edible and more fun), and supported by International Day of Older Persons.

 

Community committee discusses social isolation and loneliness

Bramley Elderly Action is very pleased that the next meeting of Leeds Inner West Community Committee will discuss social isolation and loneliness in Armley, Bramley, Stanningley and Kirkstall.

The meeting, at Bramley Community Centre (Waterloo Lane), is at 6.00 on Wednesday 9 March16. This is an opportunity for local people, of whatever age, to give their views on this important issue.

Social isolation and loneliness are being increasingly recognised as a serious threat to health. Research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It affects people’s physical and mental health, and independence.

The Community Committee is an opportunity for local people to get their voices heard on a range of issues, and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

Meeting about the future of Bramley Community Centre

Come and give your views about the future of Bramley Community Centre.

As a result of concerns expressed by members at our Annual General Meeting in October,Bramley Community Centre Bramley Elderly Action has organised a meeting, supported by local Councillors who offered to meet with BEA members to discuss the Centre’s future.

The Councillors – Caroline Gruen, Julie Heselwood and Kevin Ritchie – all share our members’ concerns, and would welcome the opportunity to hear people’s views in a special meeting.

The meeting will be held at 2.00 on Monday 18th January, at Bramley Community Centre on Waterloo Lane. BEA will provide transport for those who need it to get to the meeting.

You do not need to book a place at the meeting. Please feel free to invite friends, family and neighbours.

BEA uses the Centre a great deal for various groups. BEA General Manager Lee Ingham said:

“…we remain committed to working with the council to seek an effective use of this valuable community resource.”