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!

West Leeds Stroke Club – new programme

Bramley Elderly Action has published the new programme of activities for West Leeds Stroke Club for January to June 2017.

The Stroke Club is a friendly fortnightly get-together for anyone in West Leeds recovering from a stroke. As well as taking part in a range of fun and therapeutic activities you can get invaluable information and support from people going through similar issues.

Sessions take place at Bramley Lawn (off Rossefield Approach, Bramley LS13 3RG) 10.30-12.30 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and cost just £2.00 per session.

The new programme includes games, music, food, a visits to a museum and more!

Transport is available for £2.50 return. Please book in advance.

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.

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.

 

The scarecrows are coming!

Scarecrows are coming to Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley.

The scarecrow trail will be in place from Monday September 26 to FridayScarecrows September 30.

The theme for the scarecrows is  ‘arts and culture’, so they are likely to be writers, artists, musicians, performers, sportspeople or fictional characters.

To take part in this free event you can make a scarecrow, host one, sponsor one or donate one.

Scarecrow iconJoin us for Scarecrow-making at Bramley Lawn during the Fun Day & Scooter Rally on Saturday 17 September, 11.00-5.00. Or ask at  Bramley Community Shop for rags to use to stuff your scarecrow, and see what clothes and other decorations they have in the Scarecrow dressing-up box.

If you’re not up for designing you can visit the scarecrows on the trail and choose your favourite. The scarecrows will be judged by visitors to the trail, with winners being announced at Bramley Challenge  (Bramley Lawn, 12.00-4.00 Saturday 1 October).

Call us on 0113 2361644 or email us and let us know if you are making a scarecrow.

The Scarecrow Trail is in partnership with Bramley Grows and is supported by IDOP 2016 (International Day of Older Persons).

Rhinos star opens new community shop

Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan took time off from training for England to open Bramley Elderly Action’s new Community Shop.  Jamie cut the ribbon to allow people in to shop for great bargains in clothes, DVDs and bric-a-brac. Jamie Jones-Buchanan opens the new Community Shop

The new shop, managed by upBEAt (BEA’s social enterprise arm) is vital in raising funds for BEA’s activities and services for older people in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley.