Bramley Challenge – share your skills, celebrate local talent

Get involved in the Bramley Challenge – a chance to share skills and celebrate local talent with something you have made.Edna Rose, overall winner of Bramley Challenge 2015, with her fabulous knitted cuckoo clock.

Bramley Challenge is a chance to show traditional skills and it’s a great fundraiser for BEA.

Bramley Challenge 2016 will be at Bramley Lawn (off Rossefield Approach) Saturday 1 October 2016.

The work entered goes on display for the public to enjoy from 12-3.

Who can enter Bramley Challenge?

  • Open to anyone aged 60 or over
  • Also now open to Under 60’s

Bramley Challenge – categories

You can enter in any of the following categories:

  1. Art (open)
  2. Baking (open)
  3. Knitting (open)
  4. Stitchwork (open)
  5. Beadwork (open)
  6. Poetry (open)
  7. Photography (any size prints)
  8. Jam/marmalade
  9. Pickles/chutney

If you have a skill not mentioned in our list please enter your item – we’ll find a judge!

Entering Bramley Challenge

  • You can put in up to 6 entries
  • It’s 50p per entry – money raised supports BEA’s work
  • Return your entry form by 31 August – you can use the online form below, or download and print out this leaflet and form and return it to BEA
  • Please attach your name to the back or underside of your entry
  • Let us know if you’re happy for your entries to be sold to raise money for BEA
  • All entries must be at Bramley Lawn by 9.30 on 1 October
  • The judges word is final.

Good luck to all entrants

Bramley Challenge – entry form




West Leeds Stroke Club – new programme

Bramley Elderly Action has published a programme of activities for the West Leeds Stroke Club for February to July 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, 10.30-12.30 on alternate Wednesdays (from February 10th) and cost just £2.00.

The programme includes meals, arts and crafts, singing, First Aid, quizzes and much more!

Transport is available.

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.


Volunteers needed for rewarding roles

Bramley Elderly Action is actively looking for volunteers for a variety of rewarding roles, all of which support older people in the local community to remain healthy, independent and involved.

BEA volunteers outing, 2015

We are seeking people for the following roles:

Group leaders

Group leaders work with members of a group to agree a programme, in some cases invite speakers or entertainers, set up whatever is needed and make sure everything runs smoothly. They need to be good organisers, friendly and very welcoming.

  • We are currently looking for a group leader for the Friendship group, which runs talks, activities and outings for anyone wanting friendship, who may be lonely and would like to meet people. It meets once a month, in the day time on a Wednesday. The leader would also need to spend some time on organising it between meetings.
  • We are likely to be looking for other group leaders in the near future. Please get in touch if you may be interested.


Facilitators help organise and run group sessions, ensuring that everyone in the group has the opportunity and encouragement to be involved in the session. It helps if you have some experience of working with groups.

We are currently looking for facilitators for:

  • Reminiscence group, which meets weekly on a Thursday evening, to help people remember the things and events that are important to them through speakers, memorabilia, discussions and outings. We are looking for a few volunteers to share this role. It may particularly suit people with an interest in local and social history.
  • Men’s group, which meets every other Friday morning. We needed to facilitate the sessions, help identify and provide for members’ interests and encourage the group to open up to new members.
  • Tea dance – facilitator for the Wednesday afternoon tea dance from early April, to organise dances and support and encourage members to get involved.

Group support – Bingo

 We are looking for someone to support the group leader, particularly in taking registers, collecting money and selling tickets. Bingo takes place every Thursday morning.


Volunteer drive our minibuses and play a crucial role in helping our members take part in activities.

We are currently seeking drivers:

  • for BEA, especially on Thursdays
  • for Bramley Lawn on a Saturday
  • for OWLS (Older Wiser Local Seniors, which supports older people in Headingley, Kirkstall and Hyde Park) for a Friday lunch club every two weeks. You need a full, clean driving licence take on this role.

Bus buddies

Bus buddies work with our volunteer drivers to help our members get on and off the minibus, and ensure that they have a safe, comfortable ride. We are currently looking for bus buddies during the week for both BEA and OWLS.

Kitchen helpers

We are currently seeking kitchen helpers to volunteer at Bramley Lawn during the day on Saturdays, and once a month for our vibrant Restaurant night, which includes waiting at tables.


We are seeking a volunteer to help with all sorts of administrative tasks at Bramley Lawn during the week

Dementia buddy

We are seeking a volunteer who would like to drive and offer one-to-one support (not personal care) for on Remember Thursdays, our weekly day at Bramley Lawn for people with dementia.

Please phone our volunteer co-ordinator Maureen on 0113 236 1644 if you would like to discuss any of the roles.

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
Still from the Sound of Music






Grandchild-friendly the Jungle Book 
Thursday 18 February, 1.30 (during half term)
Still from the Jungle Book





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

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.”




First class treatment for Bramley elders’ buses

Bramley Elderly Action have announced a fantastic new partnership with bus company First in Leeds. The innovative agreement will see First Bus supporting BEA in the running of its three minibuses.Lee Ingham with Liam Graham (First Bus)

First Bus, who have a major depot in Bramley, will supply fuel, clean the minibuses and will also give information and training to BEA’s volunteer drivers. The company will also look at other ways to support BEA.

Lee, Barbara and Rebecca with First Bus staffBEA run a large range of activities, groups and trips to support local older people to remain active and independent. Their minibuses play a vital role in helping members to get involved.

Lee Ingham, General Manager of Bramley Elderly Action, said:

We’re absolutely delighted to take First Bus aboard as a BEA Corporate Sponsor. They will be a great asset to us and our members on our journey. We hope this will be a model of how we can work with local businesses, through the sharing of their expertise.

Bob Dorr, Business Manager at First in Leeds said:

We’re very pleased to be able to offer the excellent knowledge and expertise of our staff to support people in the local community in a real and effective way.

Rachel Reeves, Member of Parliament for Leeds West said:

Earlier this year Bramley Elderly Action were speaking to me about the ever increasing costs of keeping their mini-buses on the road and I had the idea of getting in touch with First to see if they might be able to help. I am thrilled that this initiative has come together, it is wonderful that First, with their depot in Bramley, take their local connections so seriously.

Bramley Elderly Action are very interested in hearing from other businesses who have something to offer the local community and would like to consider becoming a BEA Corporate Sponsor.

BEA are also looking for new volunteers to be minibus drivers and escorts, who support older people on trips. This is an excellent opportunity to use or develop skills, meet people and gain enormous satisfaction from putting something into your community. As Lee Ingham said:

We’ve got fantastic support for the fuel, now we need some more drivers to use it!

Please phone BEA on 0113 236 1644 if you may be interested in being a volunteer driver or escort.

Leeds International Film Festival comes to Bramley

Bramley Elderly Action is delighted to announce that Bramley Lawn will play host to an LIFF29 logo squareevent in the prestigious Leeds International Film Festival.

Older active film-makers: Cinage at Bramley Lawn‘ (1.30-3.30, Saturday 14th November) is a screening of 10 short fictional films made by older people in Leeds (working with the Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University), Italy, Portugal and Slovenia, on the Cinage LogoEuropean Cinage project. These shorts together reveal an experienced and varied perspective on the world.

The films will last about an hour in total. Some of the film-makers will be present to discuss their experiences and answer questions, and you will be able to find out how you could get involved in learning how to make a film, and actually doing it, yourself!Northern Film School logo

Grab a coffee and a bacon buttie at the Bramley Lawn cafe before the films, and stayRichard Wilcocks being filmed for a slice of cake and a post-film discussion with some of the film-makers.

This is a free event. Any donations to Bramley Elderly Action will be welcomed.

To book your place email Transport available for over 60’s in Bramley, Stanningley & Swinnow – please call 0113 236 1644 to book, if transport will enable you to attend.

Bramley Lawn is a community social centre managed by Bramley Elderly Action, off Rossefield Approach, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3RU.

Leeds International Film Festival is the largest film festival in England outside London and is now in Its 29th year. The 2015 Festival will host around 350 films and events and is a qualifying film festival for the Oscars. In 2014 the Festival welcomed more than 40,000 visitors.

“Bramley Elderly Action gives people the opportunity to try new things”: Rachel Reeves MP at our AGM

Bramley Elderly Action held a well attended Annual General Meeting on Saturday 10 October.

The meeting, at Bramley Band Club, was attended by approximately 90 BEA members who enjoyed the food, the chance to get together with old friends and the opportunity to pick up their copy of the new BEA calendar.

Rachel Reeves MP speaking BEA's AGM 2015 (YouTube)

Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West and BEA Patron, said: “Bramley Elderly Action brings out the best in people, gives people chances and the opportunity to try new things”. She also noted that it was the anniversary of her lawnmower race (which she’d certainly never tried before!) at the opening of Bramley Lawn. (You can see the whole of Rachel Reeves’ speech.)

We are encouraging members to try something new, which has been a huge theme of Bramley Lawn, and is very much reflected in our annual report.BEA calendar 2016 front cover

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Judith Chapman, also addressed the meeting. She particularly thanked the BEA volunteers and encouraged new people to volunteer.

There was a lively question and answer session, with members interested in a range of topics, including the need for a new minibus, new volunteer drivers and escorts and concerns over the future of Bramley Community Centre.

One of the highlights of the day came when Rachel and Judith presented long-termSally and Rose receive long service awards service awards to Sally McHale and Edna Rose, who are standing down from the BEA board, having been involved from the very beginning 21 years ago.

BEA General Manager Lee Ingham was particularly pleased to acknowledge the recent fundraising efforts of a group of 19 members, supporters, volunteers and staff in raising more than £2,000 through walking the Three Peaks.

Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer for BEA, or take part in fundraising.

Great new jobs at Bramley Elderly Action and OWLS

BEA is now advertising three great new jobs.

These come as a result of an organisational restructure, which we have carried out in order to increase the effectiveness of our service and support for older people. This is a great opportunity to sue your skills to make a difference for older people in the local community.

The new jobs are:

The closing date for each of the jobs is Monday 26 October 2015. Please see full details, including job descriptions and application forms, if you are interested in applying.

Reaching the Peaks

Congratulations to every one of the 19 walkers, aged 17-66, who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge for Bramley Elderly Action on Saturday 26 September. It was a beautiful day and there was a fantastic team spirit throughout the 24 mile walk.2nd peak, Whernside


The group of volunteers, staff and supporters raised about £2,000 (with Gift AidSupport BEA contributions). It’s not too late to add to this great total, just go if you would like to donate. All money goes to help BEA in our work supporting older people in Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley to remain healthy and independent.

See our Facebook page for more photos of the Three Peaks Challenge.

A very happy ZoeGet in touch with Zoe (Volunteer Co-ordinator, Fundraising), seen below jumping for joy, if you would like to get involved in raising funds for BEA.