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Memory Lane Gets Back to full-length afternoon cafe sessions

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From the start of May 2022 we revert to our pre-COVID arrangement of  afternoon-only sessions (1.30-4pm).  These run for two and a half hours – just as we did before COVID.

Our first afternoon-only cafes (1.30 – 4pm) of 2022 will start at Boothtown (4th May) and Sowerby Bridge (14th May).

We want to make the most of this extra half hour – so we’re asking all of our members what they’d like to do.

Venue: St. Paul’s Methodist Church
Tower Hill
Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday except December when it’s 1st and 3rd Saturday

£2 including refreshments

Upcoming dates: May 14 and 28
Jun 11 and 25
Jul 9 and 23
Aug 13 and 27

For more information call June on 01422 706 373 / 07920 549 131


For the Boothtown sessions, click here


We’ve been running morning and afternoon cafes (of 2 hours each) since September 2020. We began to do this because of legal (COVID) limits on the numbers we could have in the room and we’ve continued so as to optimise space between people. We’ve been able to continue to operate these “double” cafes for the past 18 months through the efforts and dedication of our wonderful volunteer team.

Whilst COVID certainly hasn’t gone away, we are confident that we can operate safely with larger numbers in a single session. Now that winter is over we’ll focus on ventilating the room to improve air flow (also using a Carbon Dioxide monitor to measure air quality during the cafe).

We’ll continue to sanitise tables and other surfaces. Hand-sanitiser will still be provided.

We have ended the requirement for people to wear masks – but people may, of course, choose to wear them.

Thanks to all our members and volunteers for staying with us through the trials and tribulations of the past two years.

Memory Lane Cafe dates for 2022 – Sowerby Bridge

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Happy New Year from everyone at Memory Lane Cafe!


Please find the dates for our cafes in 2022.

For the Boothtown Halifax Memory Lane Cafe, please click here


We deliberately haven’t listed the times of the cafes as we are still running TWO sessions on each date (11am-1pm & 2-4pm). We have been doing this for the past 16 months because, by spreading people over two sessions, it allows us to give more space between folk in these COVID times. Currently, our plan is to continue like this until at least the end of March.

We’ll review things as 2022 progresses and will then, when circumstances are right, revert to our pre-COVID arrangements (i.e. a single 2.5 hours afternoon cafe 1.30-4pm on each of the dates).

In the meantime, if you want any more information and/or to book a place please ring June (Cafe Co-ordinator) on 07920 549131 or 01422 706373.

Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale
Charity Reg No 1178595

Memory Lane Cafes are open once again

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The Halifax and Sowerby Bridge Memory Lane cafes have been open since April and are ready to welcome you once again.

The cafes are running on the same lines as last autumn, morning and afternoon sessions on each cafe day, socially-distanced tables, and mask-wearing encouraged when moving
around the room etc.

For the time being, restrictions remain on the number of people we can have in the room so everyone needs to book ahead for each session.

Our volunteer team are really looking forward to welcoming people back.

For more information and to book please call June (our Cafe
Co-ordinator) on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131


Looking forward to welcoming you back!


The Memory Lane Cafe – Sowerby Bridge

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Sing out loud sessions at Hamerton Close

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Improve your confidence, mood and wellbeing with sing out loud sessions including social time over a cup of tea or coffee at Hamerton Close, Westgate, Elland on the following dates:

  • Thursday 18 February – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 3 March – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 17 March – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 31 March – 1.45pm to 3.30pm

Just turn up, or if you would like to know more please call Christine on 01422 328643 or Pauline on 07811 438228