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December’s HASSRA Leeds Newsletter

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December’s HASSRA Leeds Newsletter is now available at:

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Hard copies will soon be available around Quarry House.

We have new trips and new member benefits for you!


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September’s Newsletter

September’s edition of the HASSRA Leeds Newsletter is now available at:
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Upcoming Guided Walks around Leeds

Meet in West Reception at 12:15 for each one.  The walks should take up to an hour.

7/8 – Walking tour exploring public art in Leeds city centre


14/8 – Guided walk around Quarry House learning interesting facts about the building and its history

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21/8 – Guided walk of historic Leeds – explore the snickleways of the city centre


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We’re all going on a (virtual) Sumer Holiday!

We’re all going on a (virtual) Sumer Holiday!

We’re going where the sun shines brightly, we’re going where the sea is blue, we’ve seen it on the movies and we’re pretending that it’s true!

Celebrate the summer with HASSRA Leeds by joining our Staycation. Sign up for your HASSRA Leeds passport and collect a stamp for every one of our qualifying activities between August and September. The person with the most stamps in their passport by the end of September will win a £100 Amazon egift voucher.

Here’s a taster of some of the free lunchtime activities, talks and interesting places that our expert panel of cruise advisors has planned for HASSRA Leeds members:

  • Holiday Reading Used Book sale 31/7/18 in the canteen (donations welcome to Elizabeth Letaief on or before the day)
  • Origami Corner Bookmarks with the Craft Club – 1/8/18 12:14 book here
  • Getting the Most out of Your Ipad – by Alex Eamonson, 20/7/18 12:00 (tbc). book here
  • Teas of the World tea tasting session at T2 Tea – 4/9/18 12:15 book here
  • Card making using Paper Folding with the Craft Club – 16/8/18 12:15 – book here

We’re also working on lots of other things including:

  • Afternoon wind down and relax classes – contact Steve at The Forum
  • A Mile Long Walking Route in Quarry House
  • A Walking tour of Historic Leeds
  • Wine tasting session
  • Cocktail master class
  • A Bingo session


How to join in

  • Register your interest by clicking here
  • Collect your Passport at the Holiday reading Book Sale on 31/7 or from Phil at the Forum or Elizabeth Letaief Ground Floor South Zone P
  • Book a place at any of the sessions above
  • Take your passport along and get it stamped at any of the sessions on our itinerary
  • Send your passport to Phill at the Forum by 30/9/18 to be in with a chance of winning

Look out for further qualifying activities in the itinerary in the August newsletter.

If you can’t use the links, email with any queries.

Thanks to: Lisa Burnell, Gillian Watering, Lynda Geraghty, Luisa Panetta, Phil Hepworth, Steve Wager, Alex Eamonson, Michelle Dyson and Pat Sames

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HASSRA Leeds Newsletter

July’s edition of the HASSRA Leeds Newsletter is now available online here:

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April Newsletter

The April edition of the HASSRA Leeds Newsletter is now available online at:

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Hard copies will arrive at Quarry House soon.



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Including – (No Compulsion but if you want to) – Wear your sporting shirt to work day – Your team’s shirt/the shirt you wear when you play sport-or just wear jeans for the day – Pay £1.00 to Sport Relief for the privilege – Collecting tins on the day in the Quarry House staff restaurant and the Forum Leisure Centre Reception (Please dress appropriately if you have meetings that day)

Free lunchtime Zumba Class at the Forum Leisure Centre – 12:00 – Retiring collection to Sport Relief – To Sign Up contact The Forum Leisure Centre Reception

Also – free Forum Leisure Centre Day – Free Swim/gym session for HASSRA Leeds members on production of their HASSRA card – All day on Friday 23rd March

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HASSRA Leeds Craft Club March Update

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Craft Club Update: March 2018
Photo City Safari: 11 and 12 April
If you want to pick up some tips on how to take interesting pictures of urban life and learn how they can be manipulated and posted on Instagram, we have just the jaunt for you! Join Stephen Thorp on our first ever city safari at lunchtime on Wednesday 11 April.
Dress for the British weather and bring a digital camera or Android phone. Stephen uses Instagram to manipulate his photos so a mobile phone with access to Instagram would be perfect. Check out Stephen’s work #thesnapper
11 April – Depart from West entrance at 12:15pm, returning just after 1:00pm.
12 April – Meet in the Restaurant at 12:15pm to see how the images can be manipulated and share what you took
All fees will be donated in full to Action for Children, a charity working with disadvantaged children in the UK.
 £1 for HASSRA Leeds Craft Club members
 £2 all others
Time to Talk Day: #frogonarock
We started our crafting fund-raising off with a successful lunchtime craft and chat, marking Time to Talk Day on 1 February.

We set up our stall alongside colleagues from DH and DWP Wellbeing teams and had a paint-a–frog table. People stopped to fill their tea and biscuit boxes, paint a pebble frogs, make an origami lily pads, taking them away in their decorated goody bags in return for a donation to MIND.

The frog theme came from a story from one of our members about something that helped her when she was in a really dark period. A friend had been ringing and texting, but she couldn’t cope with answering and switched off her phone. When the friend saw her a few days later, she said she’d been really worried and our member explained why.
The friend told her, “I’m going to give you a phrase that helped me. It might sound silly, but you’ll never use it anywhere else. If you’re okay but can’t cope with talking, just text me back ‘Frog on a rock’ and I’ll know why.”

This sparked ideas from our creative members. We went with a frog theme and got people to paint pebbles to look like frogs – the idea being that you warned your colleagues that, if they saw the frog on your desk, it meant you were just about coping with work, but couldn’t deal with talking.

The noise and giggles coming from the frog-painting table was really great. We talked to people about taking the time talk and the story behind the frogs. In return, people shared their own stories of how they coped.

We thought we might have beaten last year’s donated amount because we had a few notes. When we counted up at the end, we’d raised £94.46! We were giddy enough about that, but one of the ladies on the Wellbeing stand topped it up to £100 for us. We’ve since received another £4 – £104 in total.

So if you’re in Quarry House and see a green frog-pebble on a desk, you’ll know why!
Creating a ‘Work of Heart’ at our Crochet and Chat drop-in sessions

Elizabeth Letaief, Jan Legge and Hazel Mullinger set up our first off-site Crochet and Chat session at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm on Saturday 3 February.

Jan received lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ about her fabulous crocheted blanket and gave an impromptu lesson on making chains and double crochet. Elizabeth started making little crocheted hearts for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival’s Work of Heart Garden appeal – knitted or crocheted hearts to join among 10,000 ‘Works of Heart’ created by local knitters, community groups and celebrities.

Visitors to the Festival will be invited to place them on trees around the ‘Work of Heart’ garden in return for a donation to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, making this a living and growing display over the course of the festival.

Visit to download the knitting pattern or to download the crochet pattern to create your own ‘Work of Heart’ for the display.
Our next Crochet and Chat is on 3 March at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Barn Café from 2:30pm.
Origami Hearts
Following the success of the origami lily pads, Trish Sames, one of our new members, showed us how to make origami hearts in time for Valentine’s Day.
We started out fine, but our adult fingers needed a bit of persuasion with the tinier folds and there was lots of giggling and sighing. Folds were being described as ‘oh, you mean like an ice-cream cone’ or ‘Ah, a kipper tie!’
By the end of the session, we’d all managed something that looked like a heart and took away the instructions and more paper to have another go.
Our efforts making Twiddlemuffs continues. These intriguingly named items are to help dementia patients.

Each knitted twiddlemuff has items such as buttons and ribbons sewn on, so any help attaching these would be appreciated. If you’d like to help, please email

Here’s a link to a pattern and more information about what they are and how they help patients:
Moray Supports Refugees

Anne Brown is supporting Moray Supports Refugees (MSR), along with a group of fellow crafters on the Facebook group ‘Hookers and Clickers (do it for charity)’. They’re making knitted/crocheted items for MSR to send to the refugee camps overseas that they support:

 blankets – 36” x 36” for children and single bed size for adults
 warm items of clothing for children and adults

If you’d like to donate any items you’ve made, Anne can include items in her parcels. Anne’ is also happy to take 12” knitted/crocheted squares to join into bigger blankets. This initiative will run until mid-May. Please contact for more information.
Calendar of Events
We still have places on some of our events – if you’d like to attend, please email and we’ll get back to you.

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March Newsletter

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Exclusive Invitation for HASSRA Yorkshire and Humberside Staff Members – 75% OFF

Exclusive Invitation for HASSRA Yorkshire and Humberside Staff Members – 75% OFF

This year, the team of professional stylists at Pierre Alexandre Colour Bar Leeds would like to welcome you with this Pamper Experience. You are being invited to come and indulge yourself over 3 separate visits to the salon and sample a range of services at this exclusive spot in town


Personal Style & Colour Consultation
Skin Allergy Test
Shampoo & Conditioning
Cut & Finish


Colour Consultation
Hi/Low Lights – (up to 10 foils)

Re-Growth Colour
Shampoo & Conditioning

Follow up Style & Colour Consultation
Shampoo & Conditioning
Cut & Finish

Additionally, with each visit you can make the most of our optional UPGRADE TREATS section which includes additional great value treatments on all Colour Services for e.g: Full Head Colours, Full/Half Head Highlights, Balayage/Ombre (can be found printed on your voucher)


Toner – £5

This extensive package is normally valued over £200. This ENTIRE exclusive pamper experience can be purchased for just


This promotion is valid to new guests onlyThose valued existing clients are welcome to purchase these certificates as gifts for friends & family members instead.

Why not take advantage of the below offer: 
1 x Voucher – £39.99
2 x Vouchers – £74.99 (saving £5)
3 x Vouchers – £109.99 (saving £10)
4 x Vouchers – £124.99 (saving £15) 

How to purchase an Exclusive Pamper Experience or to enquire further:

Give our marketing representatives Megan and Elena at Salon Select a call on the numbers below. Payment can be taken over the phone and all certificates will be sent directly to you. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 Office Line: 01992 248 040 (Office: 9 am-5 ​pm Monday to Friday)
or Mobile: 07437 709 838 / 07932 636 213 (Office hours, Evenings & Weekends)



We only have a limited number of Exclusive Pamper Experiences available so don’t miss out!!

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