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Newsletters come out every two months, around the 10th-12th. Members expecting postal copies will receive them within a few days afterwards. E-mails go out sooner. It’s very helpful if you can tell us your e-mail address, if you have one, so that we can save postage.

Members’ contributions to the newsletter are welcome – photos, news about events and classes you like to go to, poems or stories. Please contact info@ho50s.org.uk or leave a message on 07915 477009 to discuss what you would like to offer. We can also accept announcements from other organisations (e.g. NHS, TfL, council departments) with relevant services to offer or consultations they want to publicise. For commercial advertising, we’ll ask for a modest contribution to our costs.

To download the newsletter as a pdf with pictures, click here

For Calendar of things to do see Diary page

Latest newsletter arrangements

The newsletter is every TWO months for the time being, so after this one
the next will be in January. We would welcome help with writing
articles, researching what events and consultations to put in it,
proof-reading and envelope stuffing for the mail-out. Please get in
touch on info@ho50s.org.uk if you would be up for doing any of these
things.

Meeting Baroness Young of Hornsey

Our meeting to hear
Baroness Lola Young of
Hornsey packed out a room
at Wood Green Library with
over 45 people. Probably
the biggest Form meeting
ever! She didn’t say very
much about the House of
Lords, but told her life
history, about which she is
writing a book.

Members warmed to her memories of being left behind in Britain when her
mother returned to West Africa. She was fostered by an English family
and told us about the difficult experiences of being a Black child in 1950s
London. She was very modest about what followed – her achievements
as an actress, as a professor of cultural studies, as judge of the Man
Booker and other literary prizes, and her work as a cross- bench peer.

James’s travellers’ tales 

In October James told us about his recent journeys to West Africa and to the Canadian Arctic. He showed several dozen photos on screen, with a story about each one. If you’re curious and missed it, ask him…he modestly suggested giving up space for a picture and a report here, in favour of the important report about our toilets campaign, below. 

Campaigns and consultations 

Ticket offices

You probably heard from the media that the government asked the railway companies not to close ticket offices after all!  Our letters contributed to the thousands of protests that for once seem to have worked.

Bus services around Wood Green

TfL want to withdraw the 123 from Wood Green High Road so you would have to change buses at either end. But 91 will go along the High Road and services around Haringey Heartlands will improve. They propose to:-

 You can find out more and have your say on the proposals up to Sunday Dec. 10 in the following ways:- 

  • Visit TfL consultation website: tfl.gov.uk/haringey-heartlands
    • Email: Haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk 
    • Telephone: 020 3054 6037 (call back service) please quote ‘Haringey Heartlands’ 
    • Write to us at: FREEPOST TFL HAVE YOUR SAY (no stamp required) 
    • Come to our drop-in event at: Wood Green Central Library, 187-197A High Road, London N22 6XD on Tuesday 28 November (13:00-18:30)  

Toilets campaign

Following our successful Deputation and the campaign led by the Over-50s Forum and Age UK London, Haringey Council has set up a Toilet Strategy Working Group. We’ve met three times now, with Councillor das Neves and the Director of Public Health, Will Maimaris, (the lead officer). The lack of publicly-accessible toilets in important places (like Tottenham) and the poor condition of many of them is being taken seriously, not just here in Haringey, but in several other London boroughs. But it’s going to take a lot of work to change things. Once you’ve established a decent facility – and they don’t come cheap – you have to be able to manage and maintain it and defend it against vandalism and misuse. So the council, recognising public toilets as an essential part of a caring public service, needs encouragement and public pressure if it’s to make improvements. Although this campaign benefits everyone it’s right that older people take a lead because so many of us are affected. If you want to work with Loos for Haringey and raise issues that matter to you or to your neighbours please get involved. We’re particularly looking for support from people affected by the lack of provision at Tottenham Hale Retail Park, which members of the Over50s Forum highlighted last year. But every part of Haringey counts!

John Miles, Toilet Manifesto for London Group

Food banks are increasingly a lifeline for those hit hardest by the cost-of-living crisis, including even some in work! And even in work in the NHS! An ex-member’s son asks us to support Little Flame Cadets Food Box, a local group which you might remember – it collected for Children in Need in the Mall in Wood Green in 2015. It supports vulnerable young people with hundreds of hampers. Please phone 07719 211835 if you can help.

Subscriptions and new members

The subscription remains at £8 per year, but this doesn’t quite cost our costs, so if you can manage an extra donation as well, that would be really helpful. 

New members from now till December 31 can pay £10 up to the end of 2024. Do ask your friends to join! 

You can pay in cash at the AGM, or by post to us c/o Public Voice (address at top of page 1), or by bank transfer. 

Bank details: Coop Bank, account name: Haringey over 50s Forum (use full name). Sort code: 08 92 99.   Account number: 65525931

Any difficulties or queries – tell us by text or phone to 07915 477009.

Subscriptions now run from January to December, although if you set up a standing order to pay every year in a different month, that’s fine, please carry on but do make sure your bank knows we finally changed the account name from Haringey Forum for Older People to Haringey over 50s Forum. 

Join our  WhatsApp Group by using this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/IXwugWAZqEX5vuPOo2h8Zk . Or email info@ho50s.org.uk, or call our mobile number 07915 477009, give us your mobile and we will add you to the group.  

Interesting events coming up

New Welcome Space in Wood Green 

Every Wednesday beginning November 1st, 12-3pm

Everybody welcome, join us for a free simple lunch and good company, pop in for half an hour or stay for the whole session.

St Paul the Apostle,  Station Road,  Wood Green (N22 7SZ) 

Haringey Walks

Free weekly 45min Wellbeing Guided Walks for Haringey Residents across the borough, with 15 walks to choose from every day of the week. This includes 2 men’s walks. 

Contact Anita, the walks co-ordinator, to join, receive a newsletter or to be trained as a walks leader: phone 0797 3571 921 or 0797 111 3463.         Or e-mail get.active@haringey.gov.uk. 

Hornsey Vale Community Centre Christmas Lunch;

Wednesday 6 December from 1pm; £10 payable in advance. 

Turkey (or vegetarian option) and all the trimmings followed by Christmas pud, crackers, a few treats and a glass of wine. Plus gentle Christmassy exercise from 12.30

Booking is essential; email info@hornseyvale.org or call 020 8348 4612.

Pop-Up Lunch Club;  Antwerp Arms, 168-170 Church Lane, N17 8AS

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 1.00pm – 3.00pm

2023: 18th Oct, 1st & 15th Nov, 6th & 20th Dec 

2024: 3rd & 17th Jan, 7th & 21st Feb, 6th& 20th March, 3rd & 17th April, 1st &15th May 

We make cheap and easy to prepare meals which we cook and share together. Come along, have a chat over a cuppa, have lunch or go home with a free takeaway and recipe, so you can try and make it at home!

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY, BLACK PRESENT AND BLACK FUTURE

As we enter the final week of Black History Month celebrations, Bernie Grant Arts Centre still has comedy, dance, art and workshops for you to look forward to.

Tottenham Literature Festival 2023, from Monday 13 – Sunday 19 November,  will have a stellar line-up of authors, poets and artists including Gary Younge, Liv Little, Chloë Pierre, Kehinde Andrews, Bolu Babalola and Dr Ronx

See https://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/whats-on to learn more.

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