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December 2021: In this edition:-

Page 2                 Upcoming Forum Events

Page 3                Things to do

Page 4                Useful information

Page 5                Covid Advice

Page 6                Seasonal Greetings

Next Forum meeting Monday 24th January 20222pm – 4pm put this date in your diary.  However, please be aware that we may be forced to cancel the in person meeting should there be further Covid restrictions in place.  If this is the case we will conduct the meeting online via Zoom.  Details will be in the next newsletter.

 Winkfield Resource Centre, 33 Winkfield Road, London 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).

We’ve invited Councillor Lucia das Neves, the Cabinet Minister for Health, Social Care and Well-Being so this will be an interesting meeting.

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 if you renew before the end of the year.This will increase to £8.00 from January 2022.  If you have paid please let us know.

Forum Survey– reminder to return your questionnaire that was sent out with the November newsletter. If we still haven’t had your reply, there will be an R for reminder on your newsletter envelope. Of course filling in this form is voluntary, but it would help a lot for funding applications to have more information about our members. We’re very sorry that we forgot to put ‘Irish’ as a separate category on the question about ethnic identity. If you wish you can write ‘Irish’ under ‘other’. We have alerted the person who helped design this questionnaire to the importance of letting people say they are part of the Irish community in Haringey.

Morrisson’s Supermarket – Doorstep delivery for Vulnerable and Elderly People 0345 611 6111

 Up Coming Forum Events

Thursday Coffee Morning at The Hub Café, Lordship Recreation Ground

Thursday 16th December11am – 1pm

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. Forum member Rajes Bala will read one or two of her poems.

This week there will be Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Following on from the success of Gloria’s birthday celebrations at DJ’s Café in Wood Green Shopping City we have arranged to meet up again onTuesday 21st December 2pm – 4pmfor an informal chat over tea/coffee & cake.  Everyone to order and pay the café directly.
In the New Year

New Year Evening Meal / drink

Green Rooms, 13-27 Station Road, N22 6UW

Friday 28th January 2022 at 7pm

Contact: or call/text on  07915 477009 to reserve your place– we have reserved 12 spaces (everyone pays for themselves on the day)


New Year Forum Social

Due to all the uncertainty surrounding the new Covid variant, we took the decision to postpone the Festive Social that was planned for Tuesday 7th December.  We will rearrange this for a date in the New Year – to be confirmed. You will be able to re-book once we tell you the new date.  If you have paid in advance we’ll hang onto your payment and either put it towards the New Year event or refund it to you, whichever you prefer.

Sands Films is an exciting new idea, still at an experimental stage but well worth supporting.  For a small monthly contribution (which you can set yourself to be – either weekly, monthly or annually) they offer their subscribers two things:

·        50% discount on all Sands Film Events with a set charge.  (Most of their screenings are by donation but live events may be charged for to cover costs).

·        Exclusive access to online video recordings of events that take place at Sands Films.  Sands Films is not a regular venue and many events are presented on very short runs.  Subscribers will be able to see these events online which will enable them to be available for longer and to a much larger audience.



Sands Online Film Club 




For more information and to see their upcoming screenings:


Call: 0207 231 2209


 Haringey Adult Learning Service

-special opportunity for members to learn about computers, mobile phones and tablets coming up in the New Year. The Haringey Adult Learning Services (HALS) have offered to design some courses specially for us. They would be 3 or 4 once-a-week sessions starting in January or February. We just need to know more about what people are interested in learning – it could be whatsapp, zoom, e-mails, online shopping, getting parking vouchers or other things on the Council’s sites, lots of different things. If you’d like more information and want to tell us what you would like to learn about, please call 07915 477009 to speak to Anne or better still send a text with your name to that number and she will call you back.

there are many online courses and events listed on the Eventbrite website and many of these are free.  So if you’re looking to learn a new skill from Yoga and gentle exercise to cookery and music head over to and see if there is anything that interests you.

 Skills Exchange amongst members. Some of you may have heard of time banks, skills exchanges, or Local Exchange and Trading Systems (LETS). What do people think about setting one up for the Forum?  It’s about bartering time and tasks with each other, swapping things we can each do. For example, you do an hour’s gardening for me, I agree to cook you a cake for your grandson’s birthday.  Or you spend 4 hours knitting me a pretty winter scarf, I paint your bathroom because I’m still OK with a stepladder, but you feel scared about that although knitting is really up your street. Let us have your views about this!

Don’t forget about Hornsey Vale Community Centre (59 Mayfield Road N8 9LP)

West Haringey Seniors Exercise Group

Tuesdays 2:15-3:15pm£3.50 per class (no other additional costs)

With specialist 50+ trainer Jeff Hurrell

For more information call Lesley 07967 089078 or Ann 020 8340 8335

Unanswered Phone Messages

Apologies from Anne, your treasurer and usual phone call responder, who was in the USA looking after aged parents-in-law for 2.5 weeks. It was not possible to respond to calls and messages in this period because the phone wasn’t set up for international communications. Now she’s back you’ll get a much faster call-back on 07915 477009. But texts are always better than voice messages if you can, because voicemails are sometimes hard to hear. Again sorry for the inconvenience.

Inspiring and connecting Over 50’s in Haringey

A reminder to members that Haringey Circle offers (among many other things) a cleaning service to its members.  Forum member Elizabeth Kazeem was very pleased with the service she received.  The rates are very reasonable too. To find out more and how to become a member:  Call:020 3196 1894  email:

Covid Advice

Following reports of the new strain of coronavirus (Omicron) the UK Government has announced changes to the rules while scientists gather more information.  A number of new countries have been added to the red list for travel which will require travellers to the UK to take a PCR test and to self-isolate until they have a negative test result.  If you are planning to travel (or have friends/family who are planning to visit you from overseas) then please consult the Government guidance for up to date information.  Close contacts of people infected with the Omicron strain will be required to self-isolate; please note that this also applies to anyone who has been vaccinated.  Face coverings are also required to be worn in shops, on public transport and in other indoor settings and close contact services.

If you are planning on seeing family and or going to a busy place then it is advisable for you (and anyone else going with you) to take a rapid Lateral Flow Test before meeting up, even if you do not have any symptoms.

Lateral Flow Test kits are available in many places across the borough including Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, libraries and pharmacies.  They are free and easy to use. 

If you test positive following a lateral flow test or you have symptoms indicating you may have Covid then you should take a PCR test

PCR tests are available at the following locations:

Haringey Irish Centre Car Park, Pretoria Road, N17 8DX
Opening times: Monday to Friday – PCR Testing: 8am- 6pm
No parking available on site, so you must either arrive by foot or bike.

Stamford Hill Primary School, Berkeley Road, N15 6HD
Opening times: Monday to Friday – PCR Testing: 8am- 6pm
No parking available on site, so you must either arrive by foot or bike.

To book a test appointment:    Or Call 119 (7am – 11pm)

If you are unable to access one of the above testing sites then you can request for a home test.

And finally

 We would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful time during the coming Holiday Season, however you are celebrating it.

 May you all stay safe and healthy

We really look forward to seeing you all in 2022

Despite thechallenges many of us face, especially as we grow older, by joining together we can be the voice of the Over 50’s.  Together we can make a significant difference in ensuring services such as transport, care, leisure activities and healthcare are inclusive and meet all our needs.