Kieran, can you tell me a bit about this club you’re involved with? ANDYMANSCLUB is a great place for men, from all backgrounds, to get together and discuss problems like mental illnesses (I suffer from bi-polar) and alcoholism etc. We all get together and it becomes almost like a brotherhood.
Where do you meet? My main meeting place is the Shay Stadium in Halifax although we have meeting places in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hull (Pulse Rate Group Wincolmlee), Leigh Sports Village, S. Wales (Bridgend The Brewery Field) and one has just opened in H.M.P. Armley for the people in there. Please note that all meetings are at 7 pm on a Monday evening, everything is confidential in the room, not judgemental and no counsellors are present.
Who started the group? A professional rugby league player called Luke Ambler who has played for Halifax and represented England and Ireland.
What made Luke start the group? His brother-in-law Andrew committed suicide out-of-the-blue, having seemingly never having had a problem in his life; he left his kid and his wife behind so Luke took responsibility for them both and realised that men don’t often express their feelings and talk about their problems – they have a shield up and feel they have always got to be the ‘man’. So Luke created this safe place for men to go in order to try and stop things like this happening again.
PHIL ELLIOTT ANSWERS SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT BUDDHISM
Phil, I understand you are a Buddhist – what does this entail? Yes, I am someone who tries to understand and follow the teachings of Buddha. Some see it as a religion, others as a philosophical system, or as a psychological theory or therapy.
One characteristic of Buddhists is that they will not tell anyone that their view is incorrect, that their beliefs are wrong. No one of different religious views would be turned away from a Buddhist centre or meditation class. I see it as a profound spiritual teaching which gives great meaning to our lives, to an understanding of the nature of reality, and provides a foundation for living a good life.
A BIT ABOUT GERALD GROSVENOR, 6TH DUKE OF WESTMINSTER
Written by Andy Shaw
Gerald Grosvenor was born on the 22nd of December 1951, in Omagh, Northern Ireland and when he died (according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2016) he was worth £9.35 billion – which raises the obvious question of whether he could have done more with his money to help the poorer members of society.
Let’s take a closer look at some of his life: Gerald Grosvenor was many things including businessman, British landowner, Territorial Army general and peer.
He left Harrow Public School with only two ‘o’ levels in English and History but this did not prevent him from becoming arguably, disgustingly rich.
INTERVIEW WITH LOCAL BUSINESSWOMAN LOUISE WOODIVES
Louise, can you say a bit about yourself? I’m forty-six. I’m married to Victor and have three children – Mathew twenty-two, Charlotte fifteen and Sebastian who is thirteen. I was born and bred in Halifax and have always lived in Halifax. I originally come from the Holmfield area of Halifax and now live in Skircoat Green.
How long have you had your café and how did you come to own it? I bought it on the 25th of this year and it came about because I was a regular customer when the then owners asked me if I was interested in buying the café. I went home and had a talk with my husband and we decided we would like to buy it – the rest is history!
Did you always want to have your own business? Yes, I’ve always wanted to work for myself but was not quite sure in what line. I have however, always been interested in catering and this opportunity just came out of the blue.
How did you know you would be able to make a success of this business when you had never run a café before? Well I’ve done various jobs in the past and thought sometimes you just have to take a risk and see if it works out. I like a challenge!
We have a new competition!: a short story competition (up to 5,000 words) with prizes of £100, £50 and £25. There is also a poetry competition with a prize of £50. Entries must receive us by the 31st of December 2016 through: firstname.lastname@example.org All winning entries will appear in our magazine From The Horse’s Mouth.