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Come to the Winkfield Resource Centre, Winkfield Road, N22, 2 to 4pm on Tuesday 28 November for a most important meeting – our AGM!

A chance to meet other members, discuss and make plans for our meetings over the next few months. And other activities like social gatherings and outings. What would members like to see? How can we work together to make it happen? See some ideas below – and let’s have yours too!

We will also be electing a new committee. James and Anne have been in post for a long time and need to step down after no more than a further 12 months. Some other members of the existing committee have sadly fallen sick and are unable to carry on. So we need new committee members!

If you’d like to join the committee, some ideas about roles we need to fill are below. Please consider what you could do. Ask a friend to propose you and another to second you. And please ask other people you think would be up for it to come forward for you to propose. Phone Anne or James, or message on the Whatsapp group, if you’d like to have a chat about what becoming a committee member involves.

Ideas for future meetings and activities

We have ten meetings a year (not counting December, which is our seasonal social, and August, when we have a picnic). Let’s try to plan ahead. The committee so far came up with the suggestions below. Good or not?  What else?

A Christmas social for which members are encouraged to each bring a dish or a little something to share
• ‘Issues’ discussions with relevant officials or councillors, raising issues of concern to members and getting feedback from decision-makers, holding them to account. We could plan a series of these and call for members to come together in small working groups, each to prepare for a meeting on a certain issue through developing questions and evidence
• Speaker on Age Friendly Cities (if you went to the Loneliness conference in the summer, you may remember the speaker on this. It would be good to get a dialogue between someone from Barnet Council which has done it, and Haringey Council which we would like to formally adopt the AFC agenda)
• Polly Frayne of Haringey Circle would like to come talk about loneliness, following up the summer conference
• Members presenting their writing, art or crafts
• Cost of living and energy saving
• Talks from interesting people about their lives and work
• Outings? We had a great time at the Sky Garden last year. Where else could we go?

Committee roles

We need people to help with several tasks to run the Forum well:-

• Newsletter production and mailout – we are doing a newsletter every 2 months now. Help wanted with writing articles, typing, layout, getting photocopies, and stuffing envelopes. The mailout could be a nice occasion to get together for coffee and chat too
• Support for membership admin, e.g. collecting subs especially at meetings, updating and checking records, sending out membership cards
• Social events and catering
• Fund-raising and grant applications
• Organising outings
• Representing the Forum on external bodies like the Older People’s Reference Group, NHS consultation groups, the Greater London Forum for Older People
• General meeting logistics – getting refreshment supplies, serving teas, tidying up, room booking
• Communicating with our two web site volunteers, telling them what to change and update, maybe learning a bit about how to do it

What else is coming up ?

Cinema club

On the second Tuesday of every month (7th November, 5th December, etc.) we meet for a matinee film at the over 60s club session at the Finsbury Park Picture House. Membership of the over 60s club is free to anyone of age. Tickets at around £7 include free coffee/tea and biscuits. Join us after the film for drinks and chat in the members’ room.

E-mail for a message a few days in advance when the cinema tells us what films are on and at what time.

Pub meetup for coffee, or something more or stronger

The second Wednesday of every month, starting December 13th, we’ll gather for drinks, and lunch for those who want, at the Wetherspoons at the top of Wood Green High St, near the tube. Drop in from 1.30 to 3.30 to meet and chat with other members. Coffee with free refills is good value, as well as the usual pub drinks and a wide range of dishes including vegetarian options. Look for us in the dining area at the rear.

Christmas social

We’re planning a Christmas ‘bring and share’ meal on Tuesday December 19th from 1.30 to 3.30pm. This time it will be in a sheltered housing common room at Bracknell Close, N22. This is very close to the Winkfield Centre where we often meet – just go up the hill a bit and turn left. We will put up signs to tell you where to enter the building and where then to go. Please bring a little food and/or drink to share if you can

Whatsapp group

Chat channel for members – e-mail or phone 07815 477009 to ask to join.

Haringey Supported Housing Lounge Activities – open to all
Broadway Brunch is back! The Broadway Brunch team from Jacksons Lane are beginning their new programme of ‘Cabaret’ events and social lunches in Haringey’s supportedhousing schemes. Broadway Brunch offers a feast of entertainment from globally renownedcircus performers, singers, dancers & drag queens! Open to non-residents, booking is required. Contact or telephone 07794257 914 to book.
 19th September 2-4pm at Cranley Dene Court, 152 Muswell Hill Road, N10 3JH. Cost: £2
 17th October 11.45am – 2.30pm at The Lindales, Grassmere Road, N17 0HE. Cost: £5
 21st November 2.00pm Sophia House 19 Antill Road N15 4A. Cost £2
Other activities are continuing – see below – but we have not received the autumn programme so please do check at beforehand on the contact number above.

Art Classes
Mondays 10am -12pm at Palace Gates 24 – 94 Braemar Avenue N22 7BY
2-4pm at Bedale House, 23 Boyton Road N8 7AZ
Thursdays 10am-12pm at Cranley Dene Court, Muswell Hill Road, N10 3JH
2-4pm at Brookside House, 195 Lordship Lane, N17 6LZ
Fridays 10am -12pm at Spanswick Lodge, Waldeck Road, N15 3EN
2-4pm at Sophia House, 19 Antill Road, N15 4AQ

Wellbeing Workshop (includes a light lunch)
Wednesdays 11am -1.30pm at Latimer House, 2-32 Latimer Road, N15 6NW
Fridays 11am-2pm at Bedale House, 23 Boyton Road N8 7AZ
Walk & Talk Mondays 10-12pm at Bedale House, 23 Boyton Road N8 7AZ
2-4pm at Ferry Lane Estate Office Armadale Close, N17 9RJ
Tuesdays 11-12pm at Latimer House, 2-32 Latimer Road, N15 6NW
11-12pm at Hilldene Court, 11 Alexandra Park Road, N22 2DD
Wednesdays 2-3pm at Albert Findley, Meads Road, N22 6SJ
2.30-3.30pm at William Atkinson, Beaufoy Road, N17 8AE
Fridays 11-12pm at Lowry House, 26 Pembury Road, N17 8LZ
Chair Exercise Mondays 2-3pm at Sophia House, 19 Antill Road, N15 4AQ
Fridays 1.30-2.30pm at 57-117 Summerhill Road, Summerhill Village, N15 4HR
Light Reggaectivity Wednesdays 10-11am at Coombes House, Bromley Road N17 0AR
Stretch & Tone Thursdays 12-30-1.30pm at Latimer House, 2-32 Latimer Road, N15 6NW
Craft & woodwork Social Workshop
Fridays 11-1pm at Campbell Court, Campbell Road, N17 0AU
Haringey Men’s Explorer’s Club
Fridays 1-4pm at Harmony Hall 35 Bigbury Close, N17 8JQ
October: Black History Month
October marks Black History month. Each Thursday in October, Wood Green Library will be
screening a different film themed around Black History. Come and enjoy an enlightening
experience in the comfort of the Library’s screening room!
For more information contact or call in and speak to library staff.
Start and finish times: 6.30 to 8.30pm
Bernie Grant Arts Centre – Windrush 75th Anniversary.
The Bernie Grant Arts Centre welcomes an artwork by artist Elsa James, titled ‘Ode to David
Lammy MP’, a piece inspired by an emotive speech by the Tottenham MP in 2018
responding to the Windrush scandal.
The artwork will be on display in the Art Centre’s window gallery until 30th October 2023.
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX
Wednesday 4th October
Hornsey Vale Community Centre Monthly Lunch Club & gentle exercise to music
Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, London N8 9LP
Arrive from 12.15 for prompt start at 12.30 for gentle exercise to music with Val.
Lunch served 1pm and consists of two courses followed by tea and coffee. It’s a great
opportunity to meet and chat to new people over a tasty meal.
Hornsey Vale Community Centre
Cost: £5 on the door (cash or card). Bookings are essential.
To book a place, please email or call / leave a message for Emma on
020 8348 4612, by the Wednesday of the week prior.

Generation Exchange are hosting a Pop-Up Lunch Club
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Venue: The Antwerp Arms Community Pub, 168-170 Church Lane N17 8AS
Booking required – see attached flyer for details

Seniors Coffee Morning
Lordship Community Hub, taking place every Thursday from 11.00 – 2.00pm
Lordship Hub, Lordship Rec – Off Higham Road, Tottenham, London, N17 6NU
Go along to meet new people in this lively group, have a chat and enjoy some free refreshments together.
All welcome – just drop in!
How to get there: The building is accessible by foot through nearby park entrances (nearest one Higham Road N17 6NU; the W4 stops on Higham Road close to the entrance to the park). You can also take any bus along Lordship Lane (123,243) and get off at Walthoef Avenue and follow the path through the park, over the river and you will see the Hub beyond the trees.

Call for Committee Members!
 Would you like to get more involved in the Forum and in shaping our activities?
 Do you have design/IT/admin skills that you’d like to put to use?
 Or would you like to learn these skills ‘on the job’?
 Would you like to be part of a telephone tree keeping other members up-to-date?
 Can you write for our newsletter? Staff a stall at events? Find interesting speakers?
All help, however little time you can spare, is appreciated – get in touch and tell us what you can do.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held in November so let us know if you would like to be part of our Committee and share your talents, skills and experience with us for the next year. The more help we have the more we can do to champion older voices and make Haringey an Age Friendly Borough!

Reminder – Join the Haringey Over 50s Forum WhatsApp Group
If you have a mobile phone join our WhatsApp Group to get information updates and to keep in touch with other members. It’s a useful and supportive resource for members to ask questions and hopefully receive some useful answers, tips or recommendations.
Join by using this link: or email or call our mobile number 07915 477 009 andwe will add you to the group
Please note that you will need to have a mobile phone number. Only members can join and anyone else will be deleted.

Do we need Age UK Services in Haringey?
HO50s Chair, Joyce, is working on a project with four Age UKs in neighbouring north London boroughs to ask just that question. As members will know, Haringey’s own Age UK charity closed in 2016 and since then our borough has been the only one in north London without a dedicated, specialist older people’s advice service.
The Age UKs in Barnet, Enfield Islington and Haringey have come together in a partnership to look at the potential to provide some services to Haringey residents, but they need to know from us if services are needed and what those services might be.
Please do have your say and participate in the survey and a follow-up focus groups (small discussion group). Survey forms will be available at our next HO50s meeting, or you can complete it online by following this link
The responses will be anonymous unless you indicate that you want to be included in the Prize Draw with a chance to win a £50 gift voucher, or if you want to take part in a focus group. The more responses we get the stronger our voice will be to help secure better services for Haringey’s over 50s. Please contact Joyce for more information at or telephone 07940 163986 to complete a survey form by phone.