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.

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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.

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.

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.





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.

Brains of Bramley – quiz and curry

Are you the Brains of Bramley?

Come and join in a fun, fundraising evening for Bramley Elderly Action, on Thursday 10Brains of Bramley poster March. To book your tickets:
please phone 0113 236 1644
or go to Brains of Bramley on Virgin moneygiving.

Only £5.00 per person – tickets include a quiz, and a curry from Biryani Fridays…plus access to The Vault at Kirkstall Brewery, which has a very competitively priced bar and plenty of parking (please use gated entrance on Broad Lane and follow directions).

All welcome. We promise the questions won’t be too taxing, so come and join us and have some fun while supporting a great cause.

We look forward to seeing you there!

All proceeds go to Bramley Elderly Action, to support health, wellbeing and independence of local older people.

To book your tickets:
please phone 0113 236 1644
or go to Brains of Bramley on Virgin moneygiving.

7.30, Thursday 10 March
The Vault, Kirkstall Brewery (Broad Lane, Leeds, LS5 3RX)



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 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 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  or phone 0113 236 1644.