Yippee – Another Staying Well Event

Remember how we all have a wonderful time at the Staying Well event at the beginning of December?  Well, now’s your chance to have another one.

If you missed this the first time around, the good news is the Staying Well Team are holding another event on Monday, 10th April 2017.  This time, it will be held at Warley Road U R Church (New Hope) at Highroad Well, from 10.30am until 1.30pm and, once again, there’ll be a free lunch provided.

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what fun and healthy activities we at High Five offer the neighbourhood at our weekday classes, and find out how the Staying Well Team can help you to link into other social activities in the area.

One local resident who came last time said “What a fantastic afternoon I’ve had, a really lovely day out”.  So do come along for an interesting day out with a free lunch too.




Annual General Meeting 2017

Our AGM this year will be held at Highgate Church on Friday, 10th March at 2.00pm.

All High Five members are welcome

If you have any ideas you would like to be considered for an event in the future, there’ll be a Suggestion Box available on the day.  High Five Committee welcomes any member  to join them in running the Group, just ask your tutor for a nomination form prior to the AGM and bring it along with you on the day and give it to our secretary, Margaret, prior to the start of the meeting .

After the business meeting is finished, our Singing Group will once again entertain us.  We are delighted to announce that we’ve arranged for a local podiatrist, Debbie, to come and talk to us about foot health.  Tea and biscuits will be served afterwards.

Looking  forward to seeing you there …

Class Closure – Mt Tabor

As attendance has been declining due to illness and members transferring to other classes over the past months,  regretfully our Gentle Exercise Class at Mt Tabor Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoons will close with effect from 1st February 2017.

Our tutor, Sue Watson, continues to run the Tuesday morning class (10.00 til 11.00am) at Highgate Church and new members are always welcome.

“Them hear a choir sing, the music seem to come from afar”

High Fiver’s were you there? I’m talking about the Staying Well event at the new school on Springhall Lane. If you weren’t you missed treat.

Everyone was so friendly & welcoming. There was info about things you could get involved in or persuade your neighbour to try. The new school/Academy is a place worth seeing. Children sang for us & recited poems about Christmas. We were warmly welcomed by the head. Mmmmmm the food***It was a sight to behold & delicious, especially the spicy offerings.

There was chance to work with the falls prevention team or to try kurling if you haven’t already done so. Sue was there to do taster sessions of “Gentle” exercise. People were surprised that it was much more energetic & focus on prevention than they realised. Well you know Sue & all her enthusiasm!!!

We can truly say that a good time was had by all. A big thank you to the school; to Derek the caretaker who transported all the bags of equipment; to Vicky, Tony, Hayley & their teams & all the folk who contributed to the event. Oh ! and the choirs singing from afar were our own High Five singers under the inspiring baton of Tricia.

When is the next one?

Community Foundation for Calderdale

When we wanted to start 2 Pilates classes at the beginning of 2015 we needed money to pay the rent & the only equipment we had was a few donated mats. I had just finished my Pilates training & gained a level 3 CYQ & was raring to go– BUT building up new classes can be slow. We needed funding to take us through the lean months until class fees were equal to the rent bill. We applied to Community Foundation for Calderdale & they gave us all that we asked for. We were able to buy 10 better quality, thicker mats. Older backs have been so grateful for the extra cushioning. We could also make & purchase some promotional material, including 2 small banners which we display each side of the fences at our 2 venues, when it is not raining & windy. Chi balls, which we also purchased, are soft balls which can be used to enhance moves & add challenges to Pilates exercises. They are so versatile that we use them in the 2 Gentle exercise classes which I also teach. Everyone’s favourite is the gentle massage & manipulation the balls can also give, helping sciatica, aching backs, tired feet & more. They have proved very popular & are much used.

So we give CFFC a great big thank you for our grant & a cheer for all the wonderful support they give to big & small voluntary groups, helping us all to make a difference in Calderdale.