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In this edition:- September 2021

Below:       Future Forum Events and your membership

Page 2       Useful Information

Page 3       Lordship Hub Coffee Morning  

Page 4       Summer Picnic

Page 5       Residents & Relatives Association – update

Page 6       Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Page 7       HO50’s AGM

Page 8       Membership renewal form

Future Forum events:

  • Coffee Morning for over the 50’s – every Thursday 11:00am – 1:00pm

Lordship Hub, Lordship Recreation Ground

  • AGM – Monday 20th September2pm – 4.30pm (details on last 2 pages)

Winkfield Resource Centre, 33 Winkfield Road
Wood Green, N22 5RP Tel 020 8489 8200

Buses 243, 123, 144 and W3 all stop nearby on Lordship Lane

  • Picnic – Saturday 2nd October 11:00am – 1:00pm

The Lakeside Café (by the Boating Lake), Alexandra Palace

Your HO50’s Membership Subs may now be due

Please remember that if you receive your newsletter with an X on the envelope it means that your annual subscription is due.  It’s £5.00 for the year.

You can join at the AGM by completing the back page of this newsletter and bringing it with you.

SUPPORT& Useful Information

HO50’s WhatsApp Group We have a WhatsApp group.  This is a useful and supportive resource for members.  There are chats and conversation threads about all sorts of things.  You can interact with other members, ask questions and hopefully receive some useful answers, tips or recommendations.


You can join by using thislink or email call our mobile number 07915 477 009 and we will add you to the group.  Please note that you will need to have a mobile phone number

Radar Key

To access many public toilets around the Borough (and throughout London) you will need a Radar key. It’s for accessible toilets. The Forum now has one and you may decide in getting one for yourself.  They are about £6 and you can get them from many chemists such as Boots or the Disability Rights Fund.



The Forum is offering all itspaid upmembers a free 400ml bottle of hand sanitiser courtesy of L’Oreal and the Selby Hub.  We will try to get these to members over the next couple of months.  They will be available at the AGM on September 20 too.  Otherwise, we will endeavour to drop a bottle off to you in due course.  Because it might just be James doing it, it may take a few weeks.  If you’re not home, we’ll leave it close by with a note through your letterbox.

Please be patient with us.



Hand Sanitizer



 ‘Our first coffee morning at the Lordship Hub was a roaring success. It coincided with the end of an organised walk in the park and most of that group, wanting coffee, stayed for our session!  So we had about 15 people plus some of the Hub staff too.

We had a very wide ranging conversation and lots of ideas for future sessions, like discussing local history and our own experience of past decades, getting in touch with local artists (one of whom actually works at the Hub!), sharing tips on crosswords and Sudoku, music and various topics for talks. And of course, chatting in twos and threes which is what a lot of people come for just to get to know each other.

There will be a coffee morning run at the Lordship Hub every Thursday 11 to 1 from now on. The Forum’s one will be the third Thursday each month, and the others will be run by Reach and Connect. On 16th September, we’ll have a demonstration of jewellery making by a Forum member for those who are interested.

If you’re concerned about finding the way or walking through the park alone, though it’s actually a pretty safe place, text or voicemail the Forum number,07915 477009, the day before and we’ll try to meet you at a gate.

For access to the Hub either:

Take a bus along Lordship Lane – 123 from Turnpike Lane or 243 from Wood Green or W4 from either area will take you to the Broadwater Farm estate from which it’s a short walk (flat) or the Highams Road Gate (walk down steep hill).

Dial-a-Rides or taxis should enter the park at the only ‘car gate’ from Adams Road by the Broadwater Farm Community Centre and drive at 5mph through the park.

PICNICwe joined up withmembers from theTottenham Pensioners Group and Hornsey Pensioners Action Group fora late Summer picnic; the weather was kind to us, the conversation flowed and we agreed to arrange another one …

So Please Join us for an Early Autumn Picnic

Saturday 2nd October 2pm – 4pm

The Lakeside Café (by the Boating Lake)

Alexandra Palace

The W3 takes you pretty close coming from the Crouch End side.  It’s a bit of a walk coming from Wood Green.  If you were to take a taxi or Dial a Ride, you can get within about 50m from the cafe.  There’s a parking lot right there that’s open on Saturdays.


 Relatives and Residents Association                      –

For quality of life of older people needing care

Evening surgery: The Relatives & Residents Association helpline has extended its opening hours, to include an evening surgery, making it more accessible to people who work during the day. Relatives & Residents Association Helpline – expert advice, support and information on any care issue affecting older people in England.

0207 359 8136

9.30am-1pm Monday-Friday&6pm-8pm Thursday

Guide for care providers on visiting

Visiting and the Law: A guide for care homes during COVID-19

This maps the Government guidance on visiting across to care homes’ legal duties under the Care Act, Human Rights Act, the CQC Regs etc. It’s written to be accessible and practical for care staff with worked examples and pointer questions, but also helpful for residents/their families. If you think it would be helpful for your members, please do circulate to them (we’ll keep this updated as things progress, but that link will stay the same).

Office: 0207 359 8148


Helpline: 0207 359 8136
Website: www.relres.orgTwitter: @relresuk

Post: Unit 6, Aztec Row, 1 Berners Road, London N1 0PW

We need to End Isolation In Care

R&RA is calling for people living in care to be reconnected with their family/friends.  To get involved

Patient Participation Group (PPG) Network Meeting (3) 

Monday 27th September, 6:30pm – on Zoom

It will soon be time for PPG Network Meeting 3. Over the past year we have held two PPG Network Meetings and a PPG Conference in June. A short report of the conference can be found here.

One issue came up at all of these events, and people had a lot to say about it – getting access to your GP. We had a whole final plenary session devoted to this issue in the conference and Healthwatch Haringey has released two relevant reports:

Accessing GP services: Evaluating phone, video and face-to-face appointments in Haringey

GP Mystery Shopping Report

People wanted to continue the conversation and think about how PPGs could help so we thought we would devote a whole Network Meeting to this subject.

Patient Participation Group (PPG) Network Meeting (3) 

Monday 27th September, 6:30pm – on Zoom

Are you a member of your surgery’s PPG or would you like to find out more about PPGs and how they can help improve GP services?

This meeting is for you

Theme: How can PPGs help with accessing your GP?

Come and join the panel to talk about the changing ways that GP appointments are happening and what PPGs can do to make GP access easier


Councillor Pippa Connor, Chair of Haringey Adults and Health Scrutiny panel, Chair North Central London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Paul Mackney, PPG Member, Rutland House Surgery

Dr Sheena Patel, Medical Director, Haringey GP Federation – Federated4Health

Sharon Grant OBE, Chair, Healthwatch Haringey

There will be an opportunity to raise questions and contribute to the discussion.

Book by clicking on this link:

HO50’s AGM

 Do please attend – we need a quorum of 20 people!

This it will also be a sociable occasion, with refreshments and space to chat.

Date:          Monday 20th September 2021

Time:                   2 pm to 4.30pm

Place:        Winkfield Resource Centre, 33 Winkfield Road, N22 5RP.

Access:     Venue is fully disability-friendly building with on site parking. Buses 123, 243, W3 pass along Lordship Lane (200m up a slight incline; ask for Court House stop; turning by TESCO express).

What if I want to join in but can’t get out? 

We are trying to arrange access to this meeting by Zoom, possibly from landlines as well as mobiles and computers. If you would prefer to do this please contact us – preferably text ‘zoom AGM’ with your name to 07915 477009, or if you can’t text leave a message and say your name – clearly and slowly please.


  • A speaker from Transport for London will talk about what older people can expect from bus drivers. He will reveal what it says about this in the ‘Little Red Book’ which TfL gives to drivers. There will be a Q&A session.
  • Richard Winthrop from Carphone Warehouse will talk about the new facility they are setting up specially for our members at their counter in the Curry’s store on the Tottenham Hale Retail Park, to help us with issues about mobile phones, SIMs and tablets.

Business part of agenda:

1) Chair’s report

2) Secretary’s report

3) Treasurer’s report

4) Future plans – suggestions from officers, general discussion

5) Elections to committee… we need more people

Committee for the future; Please consider if you would like to be:-

– membership secretary

– vice-chair

– social media assistant

– fund-raising assistant

– phone rounds co-ordinator

– helper with mailout of newsletter

– rep(s) to outside organisations like Haringey Circle, Greater London Forum, Older People’s Reference Group

If you would like to discuss what’s involved in these tasks and roles please phone Anne on 07915 477009 or James on 07802 294048 or Angie on 07753 531365 (for Angie, between hours of 10.45 and 4.15 only please) before the meeting.

You’ll be able to pay your annual subscription (£8) at the door if you need to.

Only paidup members will be able to vote!  You can pay in cash, or by cheque made payable to Haringey over 50s Forum.

Please have your full 6 digit postcode and phone number(s) to hand for our records. And your e-mail address if you have one. To help us be quick on the day, if possible please complete the form at the end and bring it with you so we can check without writing them down just then.

Membership renewal…please write down the following details and hand in this slip with your money or cheque…. That will make it a lot quicker to welcome people to the AGM as voting members:-

NAME (please include title as well as first name or initial, so we know how to address you!)

Mrs/Miss/Ms/Mr ………………………………………………………….


EMAIL (IF ANY) ……………………………………………………………………………..