A cocktail of cheer to beat January blues

Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, is hosting an event to stave off the January "Blue Monday" blues
Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, is hosting an event to stave off the January "Blue Monday" blues

With the Christmas celebrations over and the decorations stowed away from another year, it is easy to feel a bit downcast.

So one Hebden Bridge church is doing it’s best to lighten the mood by staging a special event.

Grey skies, cold weather, travelling to and from work in the dark after the Christmas and New Year holiday break and counting the cost of festive gifts and nights out are among the reasons that the early part of the new year seems to have a darker hue, say the organisers.

So Hope Chapel at New Road in the town centre, is opening its doors for a ‘Blue Monday’ event on January 19 to help people think positively at this time of year.

Organiser Ann Liston said: “Blue Monday is a special day for people to focus on doing good for each other.

“Not necessarily presents or cards, but acts of kindness.

“We are inviting people to pop in for a few minutes and find out about simple, practical and fun ways to beat the blues and for people to show others a small act of kindness.”

Events will include Circle Dancing (no experience necessary), a free mini-makeover, and live music with Jayn Hanna and special guests.

Visitors can also find out how to add their voices to local choirs looking for members and pick up top tips from the NHS health improvement team.

Ann added: “They can even collect a cocktail (non-acoholic) from the bar at the Hawaiian beach party - something you don’t often see in an old Baptist chapel!”

The event is completely free - as well as completely different! -and visitors are welcome to call in any time between 6pm and 8pm.

More details of this and other events can be found online at www.hope-baptist.org.uk