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Bramley Challenge recognises local talent

14 October 2019

Bramley Elderly Action (BEA) held its annual Challenge at Bramley Community Centre, writes Mindy Goose.

The Challenge is open to anyone, from the mini-makers under 12s to the over 90s. The Challenge is a chance to show and share traditional skills and to celebrate local talent.

Cllr Caroline Gruen and Bramley’s Julie Botham. Photo: Mindy Goose

Barbara Dickson, 79, from Bramley, said the challenge started over a decade ago, after an idea she had from volunteering as the division commissioner for the Leeds West Division Guides. She said:

“The original idea started, as I had done it with guides, thinking it would give over 60’s something to do during the winter months. So it began in October to give them plenty of time to make [for the following year].”

The Challenge is now permanently at the beginning of October to coincide with Older Peoples Week, which this year was 30th September until 6th October.

Bramley and Stanningley ward councillor Caroline Gruen, who is on the board of trustees for BEA, handed out the prize certificates to winners, runners up and highly commended participants.

Winners and runners up galore at Bramley Community Centre. Photo: Mindy Goose

The other ward councillors, Kevin Ritchie and Julie Heselwood were also in attendance.

After judging had taken place, the doors to the community centre were thrown open to the general public, allowing them to see all the fantastic things that local people have created for the Challenge. A homemade lunch was on offer to purchase, with sandwiches, cake, and hot drinks. Many of the items were available to buy in an auction, to raise funds for BEA, which was held after the prize giving.

Get in touch with BEA to find out more about the challenge:

“How to get involved and how we can make next year bigger and better. We would love to hear from local groups who could join us and from anyone interested in helping plan the 2020 challenge.”

Contact BEA

Address: Bramley Community Centre, Waterloo Lane, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2JB

Telephone: 0113 236 1644

The office is staffed 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, except bank holidays.

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