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Reminder about Upcoming Forum Events

Regular Thursday Coffee Morning at The Hub Café, Lordship Recreation Ground; 11am–1pm (This runs independently of the Forum now; a few members join in a great friendly regular group).

Informal Chat over tea/coffee & cake at DJ’s Burger and Grill Café, The Market Hall area of Wood Green Shopping City on Wednesday 27th April 2:30pm – 4pm A chance to get together and chat about issues or concerns that affect us or the borough. Everyone to order and pay the café directly. Hornsey and Tottenham/Wood Green Pensioners Groups

Feedback from HO50’s Forum’s March Meeting  

About 20 people attended our meeting on scams where we talked mostly about doorstep and phone scams.  It was quite interactive with people telling either their stories about being scammed, it’s happened to us all, or giving advice on what to do.  Remember if it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

Here are a couple of examples of doorstep scams.

Rogue traders: A cold-caller may offer you a service you don’t really need. They may claim to have noticed something about your property that needs work, like a roof, and offer to fix it for cash or an inflated price.

Bogus officials: People claim to be from your utility company as a way of gaining access to your home. Always check the ID of any official, and if they’re genuine they won’t mind waiting while you check. 

Hard luck stories: Someone may come to your door and ask you to help them out with cash, ask to use your phone or claim they’re feeling unwell. The story is fake and intended to con you out of money or gain access to your home.

Some types of phone scams

Bank scam: Someone may call claiming to be from your bank telling you there’s a problem with your card or account. They may ask for your account or card details, including your PIN number. Remember your bank will never ask for your PIN number.

Computer repair scams: A scammer may call you claiming to be from the helpdesk of an IT firm, like Microsoft. They’ll tell you that your computer has a virus and will ask you to download ‘anti-virus software’, possibly at a cost.  This turns out to be spyware, used to get your personal details.

HMRC scams: You may get a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC saying there is an issue with your tax refund or an unpaid tax bill. Again, don’t be fooled by this. HMRC would never contact you this way and would never ask you to reveal personal financial information

Pensions and investment scams:  This is a call about an ‘unmissable’ investment opportunity, or offering you the opportunity to access your pension cash earlier. Nuisance calls about pensions are now illegal. If you receive a cold call about your pension, report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113. 

You can also block or prevent some cold calls register with the Telephone Preference Service – it’s free and it allows you to opt out of any unsolicited live telesales calls. This should reduce the number of cold calls you receive but may not block scammers.  You can call 0345 070 0707 or email tps@dma.org.uk to register.

If you have been scammed, please call the police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.  They also have a website www.actionfraud.police.uk/

What did I miss during the lock down? Poem by Rajes Bala, HO50’s member

The list of my memories will be long, but some were repeated daily in my thoughts,

As at times I loved to engage with the daily show through my windows.

I cried and missed – my boys and grandkids who are out of London

Tasty meals and sweets with so much love from my relations I truly missed.

I sadly missed the walks and talks with my friends around London.

I missed the face-to-face meeting with my social group.

I missed the children’s noises and voices in the school hours in my street,

The lady in her electric chair with a hissing sound who goes daily via my road,

The old man walking slowly with his chatty grand kids to school,

The beautiful young lady with high heels passing by my house like a model in a TV ad.

The old lady next door who walks with a black coat and handbag to the shop in town

Naughty teenagers making noise on their way to school.

A handsome young man walking fast as he is going to miss the train.

I definitely missed Lynda who takes her funny looking three dogs for a walk.

I loved to see the mother who says good morning to me when she sees me in my front garden

I really missed my friends whom I loved to have over for lunch or dinner and a chat.

How can I not miss my passion of going to concerts and the cinema whenever I could?

I missed the normalcy in life as the constant fear of death and ill every day.

HALS – Haringey Adult Learning Service – UPDATE

Remember the course will start on 25th April, in the HALS suite on the second floor of the Wood Green library. Every Monday afternoon till July, 12.30 to 3. (That’s why we may change the day of the week for the monthly meetings at this time).  If you haven’t already put your name down, do give Anne a ring on 07915 477009 or e-mail info@ho50s.org.uk.

HALS need to see some documents from each person in order to enrol them. You can bring them to the first class, although if you can drop into HALS in the course of a shopping trip before then, that would save a lot of time in the first class itself.  

They want proof of four things; your name, date of birth, (for example on your pension documents, passport or driving licence), then proof of your address on a separate document, like a utility bill or tax letter. They also need your national insurance number (probably on your pension documents or something from HMRC).

Joyce and/or Anne will be on hand at each class if we can. If you have any problems about accessibility or other issues please let us know.

Sewn Together Health & Wellbeing Beauty Fair for resilience and recovery The Transmitter Room Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Way London N22 7AY

Coffin Club UK is a not-for-profit movement which provides funeral advice and information to help you take control of your end-of-life decisions.  At Coffin Club North London, you can find out everything you need to know and more about planning a funeral practically, financially and creatively, whether it be your own or somebody else’s.  Coffin Club is fun, friendly and informative with a series of talks and discussions on a variety of subjects: how to find a good funeral director with lots of ideas about how not to break the bank. Your end-of-life considerations and legal obligations; and how to create a meaningful and memorable send-off alongside a coffin decorating workshop. If you’d like to leave your family clear instructions about what to do when you die but don’t know where to start Coffin Club is the place for you.

You are welcome to attend all the sessions or only those that that especially appeal to you. All are free to attend with donations welcome on the day.  See Eventbrite  for more details and to book your place. Refreshments provided.  Tel: 07930 939 998 or email coffinclublondon@gmail.com

10th May 10.00 – 1.00 Funeral choices and budget What happens to our body when we die? Cremation, burial or leaving your body to science? What is the role of a funeral director and how do we find a good one? How much does it all cost, how to make sure we don’t break the bank and what we can do if we don’t have any money at all.

14th May 11.00 – 4.00 Ceremonies and coffins

11-.00 – 4.00 coffin painting and decorating. A coffin will be assembled and painted, an artist on hand to advise and demonstrate and we encourage you to join in. You’ll be able to see some of the coffin and shroud choices available.

2.00 – 4.00 ceremony and ritual. How to create a meaningful and personal funeral ceremony. This is an interactive session where you’ll be invited to create a ceremony together and to talk about a person close to you that has died as part of the ceremony – bring a candle, a poem, an item that reminds you of them, a message to hang on our memory tree. There’ll be people on hand to answer any questions you’ve got about organising a funeral. Refreshments served throughout the day.

24th May 10.00 – 1.00 End of life considerations

A solicitor will talk about the importance of making a will & lasting power of attorney; includes a presentation on the role of a hospice & End of Life Doula.

31st May 10.00- 1.00 Let’s talk

An open session to talk about anything that’s come up for you during our workshops, we’ll answer any questions you still have and take the space to talk about all things death and dying, life and living.

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
APRIL 16th 17th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 18th Easter Monday Bank Holiday 19th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) Nordic Walking/ Yoga (L.  Hub). Badminton, & Move it or Lose it Exercise Class, Broadwater Farm   20th Hornsey Pensioners Action Group Meeting @1:30 Hornsey parish Church 21st Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   22nd Knit & Natter 1:30-2:30pm Winkfield
23rd 24th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 25th 26th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above   HO50s  Meeting (see front page for details) 27th Informal meet up at DJ’s – see previous page for details 28th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   29th Knit & Natter (see above)
30th May 1ST Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 2nd   3rd Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above   4th 5TH Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm     6th Knit & Natter (see above)
7th 8th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 9th 10th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above   Tottenham & WG Pensioners Meeting 2-4pm Gold Room, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 11th 12th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   13th Knit & Natter (see above)
14th 15th Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 16th 17th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above   18th Hornsey Pensioners Action Group Meeting @1:30 Hornsey parish Church   19th Coffee Morning at Lordship Hub 11-1pm   20th Knit & Natter (see above)
21st 22nd Wolves Lane Garden Centre 11-3pm 23rd 24th Silverfit (10.45 for 11am start) See above) 25th 26th   27th Knit & Natter (see above)

Address:  c/o Public Voice, Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road, London, N15 4RX 

Web site: www.ho50s.org.uk/     

Email address:  info@ho50s.org.uk

Tel. 07915 477009