Brightlife Listings

All events listed are for people over 50 and FREE (unless stated)

Chester: Brightlife Drop-ins with Sue Downham

• 1st and 3rd Tues of every month (Centurion Pub, Vicars Cross), 2-4pm
• 2nd and 4th Tues of every month (St Mary Without-the-Walls, Handbridge) 10-12pm Call Brightlife Coordinator for Chester, Sue Downham 07715 658431

Chester: Memories at Vicars Cross Talking History Drop-in

Do you have any old photos or could you tell us some stories about the past in Vicars Cross? Then we want to hear from you!

We will scan your images whilst you’re there and we would love to record your stories.

The drop-in will run on 20th March 2018 from 2-4pm at the Centurion Pub, Vicars Cross. Call: 07715 658431 for more details.

Chester: Brightlife Drop-ins with Katherine Hussey

• 3rd Tues of every month (Lache Community Centre) 1.30-3.30pm Call Brightlife Coordinator for Lache, Katherine Hussey 07736 168342

Chester: Adult Phab Social Club

Chester Adult Phab (People Have Abilities) is a social club for people with and without disabilities.  They have 75+ members and meet the second Monday of the month in a local public house / restaurant in Chester. They are also looking for volunteers. www.chesteradult.phab.org.uk

For more details contact Lynda on 07828 571952 or email: lynda.hesketh@sky.com

Chester: Bluecoat Vision Centre

The Bluecoat Vision Centre will now be open Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-2:00pm offering a large range of low vision aids.

IT lessons also available Monday-Thursday 10:00-3:00pm. If you require any advice please drop in or phone 01244 341885.

Chester: Brighter Days

Brighter Days is a Brightlife funded project supported by Tweedsmuir Social Group to help reduce social isolation in older people in Cheshire West and Chester. The only criteria you need to be a part of the group is that individuals must live in the local area, be over 50 years of age and be socially isolated.

Contact Donna Hufton on 01244 343940 / 07827858948 for further information or email Donna.Hufton@Muir.org.uk.

Chester: Crafting the Woods at Stretton Watermill

After the success of last year’s Woollen Woods at Stretton Watermill another exhibition is planned.  This time we want to encourage a wider range of crafters to submit their creations to this fantastic event.

The mill is calling out to makers out there to create something to be part of our outdoor exhibition.  Could you crochet a ladybird, willow weave a rabbit or turn a toadstool?  We’d love to invite you to contribute a crafted ‘something’ on the theme of ‘Native Woodland Flora and Fauna’ to this fantastic site.  All sorts of materials and techniques are welcome.

Please either bring or post your creations to us by 4 May.

For more information email artswest@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or call 01606 271641.

Chester: Dee-Sign Language Choir 

Dee-Sign British Sign Language Choir are always looking for new members, so we would welcome inquiries from anyone who might like to do something different.  We particularly welcome retired people as they have more time to spare to do a bit of volunteering.  Please see our website www.deesignchoir.co.uk for further details or contact anne@deesignchoir.co.uk to see if you can get involved.

Chester: ‘Digital Buddies’ at Storyhouse every Friday

FREE digital support for anyone over 50 in the Meeting Room at Storyhouse between 10am-1pm every Friday.
From January, Digital Buddies will have two new drop-ins.

• Every Wednesday, Upton Library 2pm – 3pm

• Every Friday, Lache Library 2pm – 3pm

To find out more call Heather on 01244 311339 / 07958 611618

Chester: Football for Visually Impaired Players

Every Saturday (11am-12noon) at Goals Soccer Centre CH1 4LT. Contact: Gary Morgan on 01244 381515/ 07720 096657 gmorgan@visionsupport.org.uk or http://community@chesterfc.com

Chester: Fab Weld 50 + Welding

Fab Weld 50 + Welding and fabrication recreational courses,  the free Brightlife funded 5 week course covers basic welding and fabrication techniques. No experience of Welding and Fabrication is required, come along and meet like minded people. Times – 12pm – 2pm Mondays. Booking essential.

Based at Unit 5 Sealand Trade Park, Chester CH1 4NW. Please call The Welding Academy on 01244 311339, 07825 002 814 or email: info@theweldingacademy.com

Chester: Great Get Together Think In

With the recent announcement of the Great Get Together 2018 to be held between 22nd-24th June, here is your chance to attend this Think-in to help shape this years event at the Storyhouse Chester in Partnership with Brightlife.

At this social afternoon, you can take part in a guided tour of Storyhouse and help generate ideas of how to reach, inspire and encourage lonely people to get back involved. The session will be held on Monday 5th March between 2-5pm and we will meet in the Lobby / Garret Bar.

Contact nicola@storyhouse.com for more information. The Great get Together is a weekend of get togethers across the UK, inspired by Jo Cox. #MoreInCommon

Chester: Hoole Community Centre

’55 and Over Club’ every Wednesday, 10am start for coffee with a different activity each week followed by a 2 course lunch for £3.50. The centre can also provide transport if within the area.

There is also I.T.Buddy sessions on Monday’s 2pm-4pm, Tuesday’s 10am – 12 noon and Thursday’s 1pm – 3pm in the Library. Run by volunteers, they provide support and advice on all things tech.

For more details call 01244 342741 or email: volunteer@hoolecommunitycentre.org.uk

Chester (Hoole): English for speakers of other languages

Date: Tuesdays 9.15am – 11:15am in the Library, Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, CH2 3AP. Come along for a coffee and a chat. All welcome! Organiser: Hoole Library, 01244 342741

Chester (Lache): Free pool and darts daily at ‘The Venue’

Open Mon-Weds 9am-4pm and Thurs, Fri 9am-2pm at Hawthorn Road CH4 8HX A wide range of new facilities including a gym, café, function room, meeting rooms, free parking and wifi and a ‘Den’ (open free of charge every week day to anyone over 50). Call 01244 972546 thevenue@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Chester: Over 50s Dance Sessions

Dance is proven to be great for: Health and Fitness, Balance and Strength, Emotional and Social Wellbeing, and it’s a fun and gentle way to exercise!

No experience necessary! Starts 1st February at Vicars Cross Community Centre. Thursdays 11:30-12:30, £4 per session. Call 01606 861770 or email info@cheshiredance.org for more information.

Chester: Over Sixty’s Social Swim

Date: Every Tuesday 11am-12pm and Friday 11am-12pm at Chester City Baths
Contact: e-mail Nick Boylan nickoboylan17@gmail.com

Chester: ‘Rhapsody in Blue Lights’ charity concert

A night of song and celebration from the emergency services, supporting Mid Cheshire Mind.
“Rhapsody in Blue Lights” features the Cheshire Fire Choir, the Police Service of Northern Ireland Ladies Choir and the Countess of Chester NHS Choir and promises to be an evening of celebration, with all proceeds helping to provide vital mental health support in Cheshire.
It takes place on Saturday 21st April at 7:00pm at St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester, CH1 2DW.
Tickets cost £5 and are available from smarturl.it/RhapsodyInBlueLights.

Chester: Silver Singers – ‘A Choir for the over 50’s’

• Every Tuesday at 4pm (Blacon URF Church)
• Every Wednesday at 2pm (St. Andrew’s, Tarvin)
• Every Thursday at 2pm (Hamilton Street Methodist Church)
• Every Friday at 2pm (St. Mary’s, Handbridge)

Each session is £4. For more information on Silver Singers, email: michaelreynoldsmusic@gmail.com or call: 07786 323946.

Chester: Silver Rainbows – Social Network for LGBT people

The next ‘Tea & Tattle’ drop-in takes place at Winsford Library on 27th March again from 2:00 – 4:00.

Building on the success of the LGBT Choir workshop last year, Silver Rainbows are pleased to announce a series of four further workshops all led by Marvelous Matt Baker. February 12th, 19th and March 5th at the St. Mary’s Creative Space in Chester 7:00pm – 9:00pm and an open workshop at our LGBT History event starting at 2:00pm on the afternoon of Sunday 25th February at the Weaverham Museum.  They are looking for a name for the choir that needs to embrace both the spirit of the choir and the range of diverse members who are involved.  Please contact Colin to let him know your ideas and they can announce the new name at the open workshop at the Weaverham museum.

Thanks to Active Cheshire they are commencing their Silver Strollers programme of walks around the Cheshire Countryside.  They start with an outing to Quakers Coppice in Crewe on the afternoon of Saturday Feb 17th meeting at Bridgewater House at 1:45.  The second walk will be around Astbury Mere in Congleton on the afternoon of Sunday 8th April between 2:00pm and 4:00pm meeting at the Astbury Mere Visitor Centre Cafe at 1:45The walks are on level ground with no stiles or gates to navigate and are suitable for all regardless of ability.  Suggestions for future walks are welcome and should anyone wish to train as a Walk Leader then please contact Colin at the number below.

Stupendous Sara is one of their most enthusiastic members and has offered to run a Laughter Yoga workshop for Silver Rainbows members on the afternoon of Saturday 24th March. Additionally, the first in 2018 of the ever popular T-Dances hosted by Prince Jack Clegg will be taking place on Saturday April 24th. The venues and times for the Laughter Yoga and T-Dance are to be confirmed.

Call Silver Rainbows for further details about the range of activities taking place on 01270 653150, or email info@silverrainbows.co.uk

Chester: Social Meet-Up for 60+s

Date: Wednesdays (2.00-3.30pm) at the Salvation Army, 107 St Anne St, CH1 3HU
Contact: Margaret Ablett chrisandmargablett@gmail.com

Chester: WEA Brightlife Courses

  • Fabulous 50+ Tai Chi Class in Upton. Tai Chi is a fun exercise, with many proven physical and psychological benefits. Tai Chi can be practiced by anyone regardless of physical ability. Sessions on Thursdays (£2 per hour) 10:00am – 12:00pm at Upton-By-Chester Pavilion, Wealstone Lane, Upton, Chester, CH2 1HB
  • Fabulous 50+ Drawing and Painting Class in Hoole. Come along to this friendly Drawing and Painting class in Hoole. Learn techniques including pencil, collage, paint and water colour.
    Sessions on Mondays (£6) 10:00am – 12:30pm at Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, Hoole, Chester, CH2 3AP

Make new friends and have some fun. Just turn up on the day! For more information please contact WEA on 0151 243 5340

Chester: Walking Football event at Chester FC

Want to relive the highlights from last May or start your walking football career?

Chester FC has again agreed to host an Age UK Cheshire Walking Football event. As last year, we will use all the facilities of the Deva Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester.

The date is Wednesday 2nd May between 12.00-3.30pm, although timings are approx.

If you would like to be involved and be in an Age UK Cheshire, not so serious but good fun, Walking Football team, please contact Brian Roberts on brian.roberts@ageukcheshire.org.uk or 01606 305018.

Chester: Words for Well-being

A fortnightly creative well-being session for people who are experiencing stress in their lives, or are part of the recovery community, or those who want to pursue some self-help through creative writing, inspired by listening to poetry and stories together. Words for Well-being is led by writer and poetry practitioner Lisa Rossetti.

Thursday 4 January – Thursday 15 March 2018. £5, or pay what it’s worth at the Meeting Room, Storyhouse.

To book your place please e-mail lisa@positivelives.co.uk www.facebook.com/TheStoryCafe

Cuddington: Afternoon Tea & Cake Café

On the first Thursday of each month there is an afternoon tea & cake café in the Cuddington Village Hall from 2pm-4pm. If anyone is interested in coming along they are situated on Norley Road, Cuddington, CW82LB.

Please contact Margaret Card on m.card@live.co.uk for more details.

Ellesmere Port: Health and Wellbeing Event

The Countess of Chester Hospital and Wirral University Teaching Hospital are jointly-hosting a free Health and Wellbeing Event on Wednesday 9 May, supporting patients living with and beyond cancer.

It takes place at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall (CH65 0AZ) from 12.30 pm- 4.30 pm.

To book a place telephone 01244 364948 or email cancer.support@nhs.net  You are welcome to bring a friend, relative or carer.

Frodsham: What’s Cooking

“What’s Cooking” is a community club in which people of all ages are welcome and which will focus on the social aspects of cooking, eating and enjoying food. For more information, or if you know someone who could benefit from this service, or you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Julie Ennis on 07512 632 515 or julie.ennis@opalservices.org.uk

Frodsham “What’s Cooking?” will continue fortnightly after Easter on the following dates. Please note that there is a three week break over Easter. We restart 10th April 2.30 – 4.00

10th April – “Slow Cookers” and recipe swap (Diana)

24th April – baking inspiration (Gillian)

8th May – Try something new (Diana and Julie)

22nd May – No more boring salads (Gillian)

6th June – Dip, dip, dips (Jane)

19th June – A taste of summer (Gillian)

Frodsham: New Horizons

New Horizons is a free service, initially covering the Frodsham area, for people (over 50) who are having difficulty for whatever reason and aren’t easily able to join in with community activities without a practical and individualized support service. Our aim is to provide one-to-one volunteer “buddies” who will help members to take up new hobbies and interests or reconnect with an old pursuit they’ve not been able to enjoy of late. For more information, or if you know someone who could benefit from this service, or you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Julie Ennis on 07512 632 515 or julie.ennis@opalservices.org.uk, Julie is also in Frodsham Library every Thursday 10am-12pm if you would like to talk to her face to face.

Handbridge: Brightlife Drop-ins with Sue Downham

St Mary Without-the-Walls, Overleigh Road CH4 7HL
2nd and 4th Tues of every month 10am-12pm
Contact: Sue Downham 07715 658431

Hartford: Women in Sheds

Age UK Cheshire’s Women in Sheds project is open to women only and currently runs on a Friday (10am – 4pm) from the Hartford shed. For more information on the ‘Sheds’ projects, please contact: t:01606 884923  e:frank.hayes@ageukcheshire.org.uk

Hartford, Ellesmere Port, and Chester: Men in Sheds

Age UK Cheshire’s Men in Sheds project is for older men who may be feeling isolated due to bereavement, depression, redundancy or retirement and are looking to meet new people, enjoy a bit of camaraderie and learn and share new skills.  The sheds run in Hartford, and Ellesmere Port (Mon – Thurs, 10am-4pm), and Chester (Tues – Fri 10am-4pm) please contact: t:01606 884923  e:frank.hayes@ageukcheshire.org.uk

Hartford and District: Lip Reading Group

Are you hard of hearing and find you miss out on conversations with your friends and family? We have a solution! Come along to our fun, friendly and social classes and learn how to lipread. We have great tips on how to make communication easier and put end your feelings of isolation and help you to regain your confidence. Classes are held on Mondays and Friday mornings, in term time, at St John’s Community Centre, Hartford. Friends and family are welcome too. Please see www.readourlips.org or text 07745 640608.

Lache: Brightlife Drop-ins with Katherine Hussey

Community Centre (The Venue), Hawthorn Road CH4 8HX
3rd Tuesday of every month 1.30-3.30pm
Contact: Katherine Hussey 07736 168342

Starting April  Malpas: Brightlife Drop-ins with Katherine Hussey

The Old School Tea Room, 6-8 Church Street, Malpas SY14 8NU
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 2.30–4pm
Contact: Katherine Hussey 07736 168342

Malpas: Brightlife in Malpas

If you are over 50 and feel like life is passing you by, call Brightlife’s Social Prescribing Coordinator for Malpas; Katherine Hussey on 07736 1683420 and find out about how you could get more involved in local activities and groups.

Malpas: Friday Friends (weekly social group)

Date: Fridays (10am-12pm) at the Young Persons Centre SY14 8HT
Organiser: The group meet every Friday 10am-12pm at the Young Persons centre in Malpas. They are a friendly and welcoming social group and always want to see new members. The cost for attending the group is just £3 per session. For more information about our group, please contact; Wendy at wendy.fridayfriendsgroup@gmail.com

Malpas: FABS Exercise Class

Date: Every Wednesday at 10:45am with a cost of only £3.50 per session
Where: Malpas Young Persons Centre
Contact: Call Grace Hart on 07852 680676 for all the details.

Malpas: Wildlife Walks

Tuesday mornings 09:30hrs – 13:00hrs (unless stated otherwise). Outdoor activities particularly suitable for the Over 50’s. Cost £5. For further information or if interested please phone on 01352 750118 or 07896 830940 or email: anne.brenchley@coraxecology.co.uk

Neston: Over 50s Theatre Group

Come and join the Little Actors Theatre Company for some creative camaraderie at our friendly new theatre group. No acting experience necessary. There’s also a range of behind-the-scenes roles for people who’d prefer to stay out of the spotlight. Starts from the 16th February.
Fridays 11am-1pm. £3 per session. Neston Theatre Arts, 26-30 Brook Street, CH64 9XL.

Call 0151 336 4302, or email littleactorstheatre@outlook.com. www.littleactorstheatre.com

Northwich: Contact the Elderly Tea Party Group

A Contact group is kept small, 6 to 10 members, so that everyone can chat to everyone else. Each month on a Sunday afternoon, rain or shine, a driver will collect the members and take us for a little drive to where we are made welcome and have tea. There is a lot of talk and laughter during tea and somebody will tell us what they have been doing since our last meeting.

Contact: Freephone 0800 716 543 for more information and to join the group!

Northwich: LGBT History Month

Big Weekend – From Prejudice to Pride, commemorating LGBT History Month, is taking place over the weekend of February 23rd to 25th at the Weaverham Museum on London Road in Northwich with an exhibition of LGBT Cheshire Lives – including Alan Turing and Christopher Isherwood, a series of LGBT films and an open workshop of our LGBT Choir. On Saturday February 24th at Moss Farm in Northwich – In partnership with Cheshire Football Association – they will be staging the Lily Parr Trophy football tournament commemorating the life of one of England’s greatest football players. This is a five-a-side competition for women’s teams from across Cheshire. There will be a range of activities with activities on offer for everyone to try such as Human Table Football, a Spot Kick competition and a Walking Football taster session for those over the age of 50 who wish to continue to keep healthy and hearty.

To enter this tournament and help us celebrate the history of women’s football click here to register your team https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/womenstournament. For further information contact wendy.booth@cheshirefa.com or 01606 871166.

Northwich: Senior Moments

Senior Moments are a group that is free to attend who meet on Tuesdays in term time at 13.30 until 14.45 (unless it is a special) at Emmanuel Church, Old Hall Road, Leftwich. We welcome any one in their senior years. It is an opportunity to meet, chat, make friends and enjoy a varied programme, that offers something for everyone. Each week we have drinks, home made cakes and ‘Thought for the week’ to round off our time together.

Contact: andrew.coleclough@gmail.com for more information.

Northwich: Sparkle Cafe

Are you over 50 and have a hearing loss? Are you feeling lonely and isolated? Join us for coffee, make friends and take part in fun activities! The sessions are on every last Tuesday of every month at Kanya Cafe Bar, Northwich, CW9 5BE. Starting January 30th, 9:30-11:30am.

Please note the following date changes: during March the cafe will be on the Wednesday 14th and in April it will be on Monday 16th.

To book your place please contact Marion on mmurphy@dsnonline.co.uk or call 07785625426.

Northwich: Weaver Hall Museum Craft and Chat

Craft and Chat Last Friday of the Month 10.30-12.30 cost £3 including Tea/coffee and biscuits. Weaver Hall Museum, 162 London Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 8AB

Contact: 01606 271640 or weaverhalladmin@cheshirewest.gov.uk for more information.

Vicars Cross: Brightlife Drop-in with Sue Downham

Centurion Pub, 1 Oldfield Drive CH3 5LN
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 2-4pm
Contact: Sue Downham 07715 658431

Vicars Cross: Community Centre

  • Every Monday 1.00pm – 2.00pm Keep Fit for Over 60s
  • Every Thursday 11.30am -12.30pm Dance and Movement – Adults 50+
  • Fortnightly from Friday 13 April 1.30pm – 3.00pm Coffee Catch Up sessions for people aged 50+

Thackeray Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester CH3 5LP. For more information telephone 01244 342268 or email vxcc@greatboughtonparishcouncil.org.uk.

West Cheshire: Ladies Bird Watching Group

Wednesday Mornings: 09:30hrs – 13:00hrs (unless stated otherwise). Outdoor activities particularly suitable for the Over 50’s. Cost £5. For further information or if interested please phone on 01352 750118 or 07896 830940 or email: anne.brenchley@coraxecology.co.uk

Winsford: Brightlife Drop-in with Jackie Brown

If you’re coming along on your own or maybe feeling a bit nervous about your first visit, come along on a Tuesday between 10.30am-12.30pm and ask for Jackie Brown (Brightlife Coordinator) or Ange Hamlett-Orme (Brightlife Volunteer). They’re always happy to chat and will be able to talk to you about some of the other activities taking place in and around Winsford that you might also enjoy.

The Chatterbox Café and Brightlife Drop in is located at the ‘Chatterbox Cafe’, New Images Youth and Community Centre, Nixon Drive, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2HG. A community haven with a warm welcome, amazing food, social activities, games and friendly people. For more information please call Jackie Brown on 01606 88444 or 07736 168348.

Winsford: Compass Club (weekly social group)

Date: Mondays (10am-12pm) at the Dingle Centre in Winsford CW7 2AS
Organiser: Following the successful Community Compass model, this group is now run by local volunteers. Everyone is welcome. Call 01606 827131 for more details.

Winsford: Paradise Lodge (A musical comedy about living with dementia)

Following a highly acclaimed national tour, Brightlife is proud to present an exclusive performance of ‘Paradise Lodge’ in Winsford.

Held on Tuesday 6th March 10.30am-12pm in the Chatterbox Café Pop-Up Theatre, New Images Community Centre, Nixon Drive CW7 2HG.

Tickets are available on the door but will be limited limited. Cost £3. Please call Jackie Brown on 07736 168348 to book.

Winsford and Tilston: Share Club

The Community Compass Share Club will match you with a local volunteer who is wanting to give their time to help their community. That may be a weekly visit and delivery of free FareShare groceries, delivery of a healthy home cooked meal or a regular phone call. By signing up as a member of the Share Club you will also be invited to a monthly day out where you will meet new friends, can participate in a range of activities, enjoy a hot lunch and go home with something for your tea. Free transport is also available on request. The forthcoming dates in Winsford are: 20th January, 17th February, 17th March & 21st April 2018 (and every four weeks hereafter). Arrival time starts from 10am and finishes at 3.30pm.

To see if you qualify for the Community Compass Share Club call 01606 827131.

Winsford: The Winsford Education Partnership Staff Choir and Friends

The Winsford based choir are looking to for new recruits! They are a very friendly amateur adult choir – no auditions, you don’t need to be able to read music. They rehearse 4:30-5:30pm on Thursdays in term time at the Oaklands School. They generally meet in the staff room 15-30 minutes earlier where tea, coffee and cake are provided. Email wepchoir@gmail.com or phone 01606 551048.

Winsford: Tea and Chat

You are invited to join the group for an afternoon of games, crafts, and entertainment along with some tea and cakes. Come between 2-4pm at the United Reformed Church, Winsford, CW7 1JE. Transport can be arranged. Phone Ann 01606 557091 or Ros 01606 543982. The upcoming schedule is:

  • Monday March 19th
  • Monday April 16th
  • Monday May 21st
  • Monday June 18th
  • Monday July 16th
  • Monday August 20th
  • Monday Sept 17th
  • Monday Oct 15th

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