October Newsletter

Monthly Update

October 2014

The nights are drawing in so snuggle up somewhere warm with  this month’s HASSRA Leeds newsletter.  Most of our activities are open to all but HASSRA members pay less and can enter our competitions. If you do take part in any of our trips or events, please send a picture or review to  the.newsletter@hotmail.co.uk by 21st October for inclusion in the next edition. We’d love to hear from you and you could win £30 in our seasonal days out with HASSRA photo competition.

Elizabeth Letaief


News roundup

  • Thanks to everyone who helped us raise over a thousand pounds for Macmillan Cancer Care by supporting our cake sale last month and to over 150 people who came along to the Wellbeing event in the Woodpecker
  • Have your art work displayed in Quarry House by entering our Artistic Media completion. See the Newsletter for full details
  • Read about how Jackie Wood and Phil Cawser went on at the HASSRA Special event table tennis Tournament
  • Congratulations to Chris Keogh who won last month’s Dr Who quiz and Darren Fellows whose photo of a day out with HASSRA was voted favourite
  • Win two tickets to see Madness by emailing hassraleedscomps@gmail.com with the lead singer’s name by 4th December. Mark the subject “Madness” and include full contact details. If you win, please write us a short review for the Newsletter!
  • Fancy a massage? Win a free treatment with Phoenix Health and Wellbeing by answering a simple question – see the newsletter for full details
  • Wanted! A willing helper to lead the social cycling club for a few months. Contact Elizabeth.Letaief@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
  • Learn the Salsa with the Dance Club from 10th October. Contact neil.parkinson@nhs.net or susan.witty@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
  • The next Boardgame event is on 18th November. Contact martin.brown1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or stuart.wiltshire@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
  • Contact Janet.Coy@dwp.gsi.gov.uk if you’d like to join the craft club turning donated yarn into knitted and crocheted items for charity. The craft club plan to meet on Wednesdays for making sessions but you can take some yarn and use it at your leisure.
  • Joining HASSRA is easy. If you work in DWP or DH, fill in the membership form on the National HASSRA page. If you work in NHS England, any of the DH arms length bodies, my CSP or ATOS (and some other companies), fill in the new National Associate Member form, also available on the National HASSRA website. More detail is available in the newsletter and on the National HASSRA site.
  • If you’ve lost your National HASSRA membership card, fill in the membership form on the National HASSRA website to get a replacement (just mark it as a request for a replacement)



Dates for your diary

This is a list of dates for your diary and may include reference to trips and events that are happening but booking may have closed. If places are available, they will be advertised in the current edition of the newsletter:

  • NEW! Walking Club trip to Addingham and more, 18th October contact John@belbincolne.co.uk by 17th October
  • Wines of our lives, meet in Woodpecker at 5pm 24th October
  • Clay Pigeon shooting 25th October
  • NEW! Book People, Woodpecker  3rd and 4th November from 11:30
  • Best of the Night this Year, wine tasting 6th November
  • Regional mini cruise to Amsterdam with Take That, Robbie Williams, Westlife and Buble tribute acts 8th to 10th November
  • Blackpool Irish Music Trip, 16th to 17th November
  • NEW! Board game evening 18th November from 5pm
  • Valkenburg Christmas Markets and Three Countries, 20th to 25th November
  • Regional Harry Potter Studios tour ticket offer 29th November
  • Christmas Fayre, Sports Hall from 11am, 4th December
  • NEW! Deadline for entries to artistic media competition 12th December
  • NEW! Boardgame evening, first floor coffee area 5pm 13th January
  • Ski trip to Andorra, 18th to 25th January 2015
  • New Year’s trip to Hayling Island, 26th to 30th January 2015
  • NEW! Boardgame evening, first floor coffee area 5pm 24th February
  • NEW! Walking Club trip to the Lake District, 15th to 18th May (book by 31st January)
  • NEW! Angling Club trip to Menzies Stourport Manor 18th to 19th June (book by 16th January)
  • London family Fun Trip, 2nd to 6th August (book by end of November)
  • NEW! Walking Club trip to Niederau, 29th August (book by 1st January)


Regular events

  • NEW! Abs Blast classes, the Forum, Wednesdays at 12:25
  • Craft club meets on Wednesdays at 12:00. Contact Janet.coy@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
  • Christian Fellowship, Wednesdays at 12:15, contact alex.joiner@dh.gsi.gov.uk
  • Darts practice, Woodpecker, 12:30 Wednesdays. Contact Ian.Gibson@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
  • Choir meets in the Woodpecker Bar on Thursdays at 13:00, contact Elainearnott29@gmail.com
  • HASSRA Harriers meet for a run on Thursdays at 12:15
  • Guitar Lessons, Thursdays 12:00 and 13:00, contact the.newsletter@hotmail.co.uk or talk to Phil at the Forum
  • Ballroom and Latin lessons, Sports Hall, Fridays at 13:00. Contact Neil.Parkinson@nhs.net
  • Wine Club meets at 17:00 in the Woodpecker (various dates and contacts- see programme)
  • Forum Classes
  • The Book People (Woodpecker Bar) every month
  • 10% off at Fairuz restaurant
  • 15% off at the Aagrah
  • £10 off trainers and 10% discount on other goods at Up and Running, Boar Lane
  • Half price initial Wine Club session
  • Free Quarry House shuttle bus (not specific to HASSRA)
  • Cinema Vouchers: Cineworld £5.16, Vue £4.32, Showcase £4.80 (collect on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from Phil at The Forum)
  • Free entrance to Harewood House (contact The Forum)
  • Historic Houses entrance card (contact The Forum)
  • 10% discount on Northern Heights Tree Specialists services if you say you’re a HASSRA Leeds member (email info@northernheightstrees.com)
  • Wedding Photography packages from £350 at www.photothentic.co.uk. Say you’re a member of HASSRA Leeds for an extra 25% discount (limited availability)
  • 10% off plant orders from North Leeds Garden Design for HASSRA Leeds members (www.northleedsgardendesign.co.uk )
  • Up to 80% off treatments at Mod Hair Salons in Leeds contact Hannah.mills@salspa.co.uk or visit www.modsalons.co.uk
  • 10% off at Rapidoprint using code HAS814 at checkout at www.rapidoprint.co.uk
  • 15% off at Tino’s Italian restaurant, Booth’s Yard, Pudsey by showing your HASSRA membership card
  • NEW! 10% off at Neal’s Yard in the Victoria Quarter if you say you work here
  • NEW! 10% off treatments at Phoenix Health and Wellbeing if you say you’re with HASSRA Leeds
  • NEW! Free Weight Training for Fat Loss tips from Anna Ferguson (follow the link in the newsletter)

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