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.

What the world needs now! Help us raise funds to prevent social isolation

Bramley Elderly Action has made a short video to raise funds to prevent loneliness and social isolation. The video features members of Bramley Elderly Action, including the BEA Singers, supporting each other.

See our video What the World Needs Now

Please donate £5.00 at bit.ly/bramleyea500, and consider making a regular donation by standing order, or think about supporting us regularly by joining our Lucky Numbers Club.

Please share the video widely on social media, and with anyone who you think may wish to support our members.

The video was fun to make for everyone  –  we used an iPhone taped to a mobility walker to do the filming, and another phone taped to a broom handle as a microphone, all at a decked out Bramley Lawn.

Outreach Worker Simon filming at Bramley Lawn

We support older people to stay healthy, indpendent and involved through a wide range of activities.

‘When I open my  curtains on a Tuesday, I know the sun is going to shine because it’s the day my befriender visits’

(BEA member)

This could be your nan or your granddad; your parents or perhaps, one day, you!

Christmas is a magical time for many. But for some it is very lonely, bringing up memories of Christmases gone by. It’s a particularly important time to think of people who may be lonely.

‘My hopes for the world and Bramley are that nobody is lonely at any of the time’

Lilly, aged 10

Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is as serious a risk to health and early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day*.

  • 17% of older people in the UK are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)
  • Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)
  • Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)

Bramley Elderly Action Patron Rachel Reeves MP will be co-chairing the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which launches in January 2017. We’re very pleased that she will be helping this vital issue reach a wider national audience.

Please donate £5.00 at bit.ly/bramleyea500, and consider making a regular donation by standing order.

For more information

*Campaign to End Loneliness Research Hub

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.

Dementia Awareness week in Bramley

Would you like to know more about dementia? Do you have concerns about yourself, your loved ones or friends.

This week is national Dementia Awareness Week.

Bramley Lawn and Bramley Community Shop (at Bramley Centre) are hosting extra activities on Thursday 19 May to raise awareness and support people with Dementia.

  • come for a cuppa with the Alzheimer’s Society at Bramley Lawn – 10.30-12.00. It’s free, and a chance to have a chat with a friendly expert who can help advise people about their own situation or that of a loved one. This is part of Bramley Lawn’s weekly Remember Thursdays.
  • at 1.30, also at Bramley Lawn, there is a dementia friendly sing-along film screening of My Fair Lady, to which anyone is welcome.
  • An Alzheimer’s Society rep will be also available at Bramley Community Shop for free advice and information, from 1.00 on Thursday.

Bramley Elderly Action’s Reminiscence Group will meet as usual at 6.30 on Thursday – this week at Rossefield Manor. Hannah, the Curator at Armley Mills will be leading the session.

This Thursday at Bramley Lawn – we have the regular Memory Morning (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Thurs of the month), and

You can also take part in one of  BEA’s Dementia Awareness Training sessions. The next dates are: Thursday 7 July (6.00), and Thursday 8 September (1.30) at Bramley Lawn. Please call Maureen Rushworth (0113 236 1644) to book your place.

New programme of sing-along movies at Bramley Lawn

After the Sound of Music and Jungle Book, Bramley Lawn is to host a series of singalong film afternoons for the old, the not so old and the very young to join in with.

The films, all starting at 1.30, are free to attend (donations welcome).

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  • Mary Poppins – Thursday 17 March
  • Singin’ in the rain – Thursday 21 April
  • My fair lady – Thursday 19 May

Please phone Bramley Elderly Action on 0113 236 1644 if you would like to book free tickets.

A grand half term at Bramley Lawn

Half term’s a great time for grandparents to get together with their grandchildren. Bramley Lawn is holding two activities during half term that give you a chance to try something new and have plenty of fun together.

Bring yourself, your grandchildren or your kids along to learn the ukelele, sing-along to the Jungle Book on our cinema screen, or fill your belly with lovely Italian treats cooked for our birthday Restaurant Night.

Ukes at the Lawn (beginners)

Tuesday 16 February, 11.00-12.00 (£2.00 per person).
After one hour, you’ll be playing a tune – and before you know it, you’re George Formby II. You can borrow a ukelele from us, bring your own, or use our button-press ukeleles designed to make it easier to change chord, and especially good if you have trouble with manual dexterity. Bring everyone, this is an all-ages, and very fun session for beginners.
Ukeleles provided but we’ll have a limited number so if you want to bring your own please do.
Please reserve a seat – email catherine.bramleylawn@gmail.com or phone 0113 236 1644

Sing-Along-Jungle Book (U)

Thursday 18 February, 1.30-3.30. (Free, donations welcome).
Forget the February rain, we’re curling up indoors with blankets and hot chocolate for a right good sing-along to the Jungle Book on our big cinema screen. With subtitles and large text song sheets so you can really sing along as these hip cats roam the jungle!
This screening is dementia friendly, and all ages are welcome – so bring the family!
Please reserve a seat – email catherine.bramleylawn@gmail.com or phone 0113 236 1644

Restaurant Night at Bramley Lawn

Saturday 21 February, from 6.00 (Pay what you decide on the night)
Oh what a night! It will be! Join us for a two-course feast, great company, shared tables and some special birthday fun. It’s a year since we started the themed restaurant nights, so we’re returning to our Italian roots to celebrate.
All ages welcome. Let us know if you’re bringing a baby so we can accommodate you.
Please book. Pay what you decide on the night. For more information Please reserve a seat – to book, or for more information, please email  catherine.bramleylawn@gmail.com  or phone 0113 236 1644.

Sing-along-a-movie at Bramley Lawn

Join in with the classic musicals!

Bramley Elderly Actions’s innovative social centre, Bramley Lawn, is screening two dementia-friendly ‘sing-along’ films, which are open to everyone.

The first two films to be screened are:

The Sound of Music
Thursday 21 January, 1.30
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Grandchild-friendly the Jungle Book 
Thursday 18 February, 1.30 (during half term)
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Please phone Bramley Elderly Action on 0113 236 1644 if you would like to book free tickets. Donations welcome.

BEA and Barca-Leeds: celebrating 20 years working in the community

Please join us in a service to celebrate 20 years of Bramley Elderly Action and Barca-Leeds working in the local community.Barca-Leeds logo

The service will be at St Peter’s Church (Hough Lane, Bramley, LS13 3JF), from 2.00-3.30 Wednesday 29th October.

It’s an opportunity to come together to celebrate our shared strong community and good neighbourliness. There will be singing, speakers and refreshments. Transport will be available for BEA members.

Barca-Leeds is an independent charity based in Bramley. It provides specialist services to children, young people, and adults in our community. They support people to overcome a broad range of health social issues, many of which stem from social deprivation.

For more information call BEA on 0113 236 1644, or drop into the BEA office, or phone Barca-Leeds on 0113 255 9582.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEA singers performance graced by royalty

Vera Ricketts who, as Vera Stoney, was Children’s Day Queen in 1939, was anVera Ricketts holding the 1939 Children's Day programme audience member as the BEA Singers performed the Children’s Day song ‘Floreat, Loidis’ at an exhibition at Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall.

Mrs Ricketts remains the longest serving Children’s Day Queen ever, as the 2nd World War broke out just weeks after she was crowned. She kept her crown and gown under her bed throughout the war.

The words to ‘Floreat, Loidis’ were kindly given to Bramley Elderly Action by Jeff Beaumont, whose 94 year old mother remembers singing the song at Children’s Day, probably in 1930 or 1931. Although it has two verses she thinks that only the first verse was sung on the actual day. There is an original copy of the sheet music in Abbey House Museum.

BEA singers performing at the Children's Day exhibitionThe BEA singers performed in the new Community Gallery, which houses an exhibition about Leeds Children’s Day, which ran from 1922 until 1963. The exhibition, produced in partnership between Bramley Elderly Action’s DSCN0013Reminiscence Group and the Bramley History Society, includes photos, paintings, objects and footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive. It will be open until the end of June.