OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality) Activities December 2012

OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality) OPAL is a registered charity which supports the over 60’s living in Leeds 16, above the Ring Road. If you are over 60, and live in our area, you can become a full member of OPAL. OPAL membership costs £10 per year.

We have over seventy members exercising with OPAL each week: Gentle Exercise at The Stables on Wednesdays 11am—Midday; Tai Chi at Bramhope Methodist Church and at Adel Community Centre; Yoga at the Friends Meeting House on Thursdays 10am-11am.

Growing old can be fun!
Extract from OPAL Members’ Corner
‘Some Grannies sit in rocking chairs
and crocket shawls indoors.
My Granny jumps upon a horse
and rides across the moors.

And when I wish she’d sometimes stay
and tuck me up in bed,
she’s off to study yoga
and standing on her head.

She goes on day trips with her gang,
the over 60’s club.
They racket round the countryside
and end up in a pub!

I love my little Granny,
I think she’s simply great.
If that’s what growing old is like,
I simply cannot wait.’

(from a poem sent in by Anne Steele)

OPAL Men’s Group is off for a Pub Lunch at Wetherspoons, Otley on 3rd Dec. On Mon 14th January they are going to the White Cross Hotel, Guiseley, 11.30pm– 2pm.

We are looking forward to the 5th Dec trip to Tatton Park Dickensian Christmas—there is a short waiting list for this trip.

On Friday 14th Dec, 6.30-9pm, transport is available for the Banquet with Christmas Dinner and entertainment provided by the students and staff at Ralph Thoresby High School. Local Primary Schools also invite OPAL members to their Christmas productions. Cookridge Primary have invited us to join in the choir rehearsals & sing along.

Leeds Met students have invited members to a free Christmas Tea Party at the university.

Coffee Afternoons on Fridays 1.30-3.30pm at The Hub, 10 Silk Mill Drive LS16 6DX,  and the Creative Writing Group (once a month on Mondays—usually 3rd Mon of the month 2pm-3.30pm are open to everyone—you do not have to be an OPAL member or over 60! Writers meet on 17th Dec & 21st Jan at Holt Park Library.

To find out more, tel. 261 9103 or see www.opal-project.org.uk                  

Val Crompton

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