Stanningley Road shop closing

UpBEAt has decided to close the Community shop next to the Bramley Elderly Action office on Stanningley Road from the end of March 2015. This is in response to the successful sales and higher profile of the new shop in Bramley Centre.BEA office on Stanningley Road

The shop, at Unit 23 of Bramley Shopping Centre, is open 10.00-4.00, Monday-Saturday.
As well as selling clothes, goods and bric-a-brac to raise much needed funds for BEA, the Community shop also hosts an information point for local residents. We welcome all customers at the shop.

Anybody will still be able to bring shop donations to the BEA office on Stanningley Road, when it is more convenient to do so.

Staff and trustees at BEA are very grateful to all the staff and volunteers who have worked in the Stanningley Road shop since it opened in 2008, and to all the customers who bought and donated. We hope the shop at Bramley Centre will go from strength to strength.


Christmas cinema club at Bramley Lawn

This Saturday, December 13,  the Bramley Lawn cinema opens with a social evening and film screening.

The evening will bring all ages together for a warm-hearted night of competitive Wii WinterRaymond Briggs' Father Christmas Sports, gingerbread building for urban-architecture fans, joke-telling, seasonal treats and Father Christmas – Raymond Briggs’s excellent animation about a hard-working man in need of a summer holiday.

For full details see the Bramley Lawn facebook page where you can RSVP.


Ringing the changes – celebrating 20 years work to improve lives in West Leeds

On Wednesday 29 October 2014, the bells of St Peter’s Church in Bramley will ring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of two organisations who share a birthday, and a birthplace – Barca-Leeds, who work to overcome health and social issues stemming from social deprivation, with children, young people and adults; and Bramley Elderly Action who work to improve the lives of older people in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley.

Both organisations began at St Peter’s Church 20 years ago this week and have grown and developed to provide vital services for children, adults and older people. Their work in the last 20 years has helped thousands of people to live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives – whatever their original circumstances.

A celebration service will be held at Bramley St Peter’s Church at 2.00 on 29 October – to which the public are welcome. To further celebrate the occasion, bell ringers from St Peter’s Church will ring the bells at 7.30-8.30pm – and residents in the area are encouraged to open their windows or step outside to hear the now-rare sound of church bells, marking a day celebrating the difference social, health and community workers have made to people’s lives.

Mark Law of Barca-Leeds and Lee Ingham of Bramley Elderly Action – will help bell-ringers mark the moment by learning to ring the church bells.

Bramley Lawn – Come to the Grand Opening Friday 10th October

On Fri 10th October 2014, the much anticipated Bramley Lawn will receive its Grand Opening. The space is being transformed by Bramley Elderly Action to create a welcoming environment with a programme of activities designed to make later-life a whirl of social and learning opportunities, and also to provide support for people with dementia and their carers.

Please join us for the Grand Opening from 12.30-5.00, for afternoon tea and a look around the new centre. Rachel Reeves MP will officially open Bramley Lawn at 1.00pm, setting us off on a new exciting journey. Bramley Lawn is at Rossfield, Approach, Bramley, LS13 3RG. Here’s a googlemap to help you find us.  Parking is available on site and on-street in front of Bramley Lawn and the building is fully wheelchair accessible.

Bramley Lawn is being re-modelled to offer a drop-in facility and social space that can be enjoyed by elders from across West Leeds. As well as a regular programme of activities, the space will be available for hire by local groups and organisations – for their own classes, meetings or events and for private functions. It has capacity for up to 100 people.

Bramley Lawn will re-open with an accessible garden, which we hope will continue to be developed  by a gardening club and enjoyed by anyone who visits. Bramley Lawn will initially open for three days a week –  Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – with support from two dedicated workers, offering a programme of activities which will be fully revealed at our Grand Opening.

We’re hoping that Bramley Lawn will inspire new creative ideas about ways to spend time together, have fun, learn new skills and share knowledge with each other, as well as enabling BEA Members and many others in the area to enjoy more evening and weekend socialising together.

We’re looking for volunteers to support some of the ideas we’re developing. If you are an experienced barber, a creative gardener, or a male choir leader, please get in touch (click this) – we’d love to hear from you.

Below are a few elements of the BEA programme we plan to move to Bramley Lawn. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter @bramleylawn or ‘like’ our Facebook page.


Volunteer Drop In
Drop in for a cuppa and find out about volunteering opportunities with BEA on our projects in West Leeds.
10.00-12.00, Wednesdays (from 8 October)

Stroke Club
10.00-12.00, alternate Wednesdays (from 8 October)


Singing for the Brain
Singing for the Brain will move to Bramley Lawn from 6 November.
1.30-3.30, first Thursday of each month.

We will also have additional activities on Thursdays for people with dementia with a launch date to be announced.


Fellas’ Day
Saturdays at Bramley Lawn are for the boys. Men are welcome to drop in from 10.00 for a bacon buttie, a spot of gardening and more activities to be revealed.
From 10.00, Saturdays (from 11 October)

West Leeds Walking Group
Everyone welcome (women and men), all levels accommodated, just turn up. Public transport involved. Meet at Bramley Lawn.
10.15-12.15, one Saturday a month (from 4 October)





Vote for us!

Bramley Elderly Action has been entered in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund competition to win much needed funds. Please vote for us! Lloyds Bank logo

This award would enable us to provide and maintain a dementia friendly community garden space and therapeutic gardening sessions at our new base at Bramley Lawn. We could win up to £3,000!

You can vote online. Voting closes on October 10th. Let your friends and family know.


Hearing loss clinic to be regular feature

Bramley Elderly Action will hold a regular hearing loss clinic after the success of the first one on December 16th. The next clinic will be at Bramley Community Centre, from 2.00-3.30 on Monday 24th March. BEA intends to host a clinic every three months. Hearing loss clinic with BEA craft group

The event will be an opportunity for BEA members to get free information, advice and support about their hearing aids, and about hearing loss in general, including the chance to replace batteries and tubes.

The December clinic, hosted with NHS Local Action, was really well attended. While waiting for their consultation, people were able to see members of the BEA craft group at work, and even buy some of their beautiful products. The March clinic will again take place at the same time as the craft group.

No appointment necessary, but please phone the bEA office (0113 236 1644) if you would like more information. Transport available.

Approaching 75 or over? Claim your free TV licence

TV Licensing and Independent Age are reminding anyone in Leeds celebrating their 75th birthday in the next 12 months they will be entitled to claim a free TV Licence on this landmark birthday.

Anyone aged 75 or over is eligible for a free TV Licence for their main address. There are Older couple with free TV license currently almost four million free TV Licences in force, including over 36,100 in  Leeds and with over 4.9 million adults over the age of 75 living in the UK, TV Licensing is encouraging those eligible for the concession to apply online or by phone.

The free licence will cover all the equipment in the property, meaning family or carers living in the same home will also benefit, even if they are watching on devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Anyone aged 74 or over can begin planning for the concession immediately by applying for a short-term licence which will last between one and 11 months.

Paul Williams, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “If you’re approaching 75 or have already enjoyed your 75th birthday then it’s quick and easy to apply for your free TV Licence at Alternatively you can call our customer service centre on 0300 7906073 and they will be able to help and advise on your TV Licensing needs.

“It’s also important to remember the free licence is not granted automatically so anybody who becomes eligible needs to make sure they apply by getting in touch with TV Licensing directly.”

Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said: “The fact that nearly half of older people consider the TV to be their main form of company shows just how important television can be for them. Many older people may find it difficult to get out and about due to ill health or mobility problems so the entertainment, not to mention the information provided by the TV can be a real lifeline.

“We would encourage anyone aged 75 or over to apply for their free TV licence if they haven’t already done so. With many older people living on low incomes, the free TV licence is a valuable concession and the saving made could make a real difference to an older person.”

New activities – films, skittles and games

Bramley Elderly Action is launching 3 new activities for our members.

Film show

For people with memory problems.

A fun afternoon watching a film and a chance to have a chat about your memories, perhaps where you went on holiday or where you worked.

Four shows will take place at Bramley Baths (Broad Lane, Bramley, LS13 3DF), on the 3rd Thursday of every month from June 20th:

  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th

Cost £1.00 (plus 50p for refreshments).

Gentle exercise and skittles

This new seated exercise class will take place for 6 weeks at Stanningley Court (Stanningley Road, LS28 6NB) and then move on to a different sheltered housing complex to give more people a chance to benefit.

Cost £1.00 (plus 50p for refreshments).

Games afternoon

We hope to start a regular afternoon for members to meet up and take part in games such as dominoes, whist, cards and beetle drives, starting for August. Please let us know if you are interested.

More information

Please contact BEA Activities Co-ordinator Maureen by email (see groups page) or by phone (0113 236 1644) if you would like more information about these or any of our groups. You may also want to find out about day trips and extra care trips run by BEA.