A group that is all heart gets into the festive spirit

The Mayor of Calderdale Coun Pat Allen with Geoff Noble and Jean Rowbuck at Heartbeat, Brighouse.
The Mayor of Calderdale Coun Pat Allen with Geoff Noble and Jean Rowbuck at Heartbeat, Brighouse.

The Heartbeat Brighouse cardiac support group continues to grow from strength to strength as it gears up for another busy festive period.

The group, which currently runs classes at the Adult Education Centre on Church Lane, was paid a visit by the Mayor of Calderdale to see what the class does and how it helps people with heart conditions.

She also presented gifts to group members Geoff Noble and Jean Rowbuck for their work.

Chairman Roger Bailey said the group is already planning ahead with events and moving premises in 2015.

“We have our annual Christmas Fair and Santa’s Grotto coming up on Saturday, November 22, between noon and 4pm.

“Over 300 attended last year and we raised over £1,400 for our funds.

“We have also been advised that Brighouse Lions are to make a donation of £300 to Heartbeat.”

Next year the group will be on the move and relocating to Brighouse Sports Club.

Specialist courses at the Brighouse Adult Learning Centre (ALC) will be lost after Calderdale Council decided not to renew its lease on the building.

At an emergency general meeting, Heartbeat’s committee was given a presentation for ten different premises and decided to move to the sports club.

Mr Bailey said the move will offer modern and spacious premises to continue the growth of the group.

“The decision was taken now rather than waiting until next year and move plans forward to move premises and not cause any stress for its members,” he said.

Admission into the Christmas Fair is 50p and includes entry into the raffle. Children under 10 can enter for free and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be games, a variety of stalls, mystery parcels, seasonal refreshments and nearly new toys, books, DVDs CDs and household items.

A visit to see Father Christmas is £3 and the price includes a present.