December 15th 2021 Members’ Party

Read the December Newsletter by clicking here.

Ham & High article on the Pensions Triple Lock

The text of 2nd December’s Ham & High article is available by clicking here. and a scan by clicking here.

Fuel Poverty Action’s guide to your energy rights is available by clicking here.

Help us Scrap the Health and Care Bill!

See the latest NPC press release by clicking here with more information available on the NPC website at www.npcuk.org.



Meeting November 17th 2021

Don’t Be Scared of Scams:

Just Learn to be Aware

Wednesday Nov 17th, 1.30pm start

Hornsey Parish Church Hall,
Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park, Doors open from 1pm. NB Doors may be kept open so bring warm clothing.

Latest Newsletter

Click here to find the November Bulletin

Pensions

The Triple Lock is essential to uprate the State Pension, but is in danger. Click here to see the latest NPC press release.

Fuel Poverty and Excess Winter Deaths

‘Fuel Poverty Action’ say know your rights. Click here for a mini-guide to your energy rights.

On Nov. 26th pensioners protest at Excess Winter Deaths. Click here for a leaflet about the protest.

Ham & High published our column on Oct. 21st. Click here to see the text.



Meeting on October 20th 2021

Volunteers helping to protect

Haringey’s open spaces

Lucy Roots

Friends of Queen’s Wood, Ecology Liaison, www.fqw.org.uk

                 WEDNESDAY October 20 2021 at 1.30pm

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park.  Doors open from 1pm

NB All doors will be kept open so bring warm clothing.

Here is the October Bulletin.



Our 1st Live Meeting In 19 Months: Mind Over Matter – Depression?

WEDNESDAY September 15th 2021 at 1.30pm

Our speaker, expert by experience, will recount how she dealt with her own problems. Plus a discussion on local support services.

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH (Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park. Doors open from 1pm.

NB. All doors will be kept open, so bring warm clothing.)

The September bulletin has lots of news.

Hornsey Pensioners in the Ham & High

Hornsey Pensioners Action Group had a letter published in the Ham & High on September 2nd and a column printed on September 9th. https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/janet-shaprio-on-hornsey-pensioners-action-group-8296546



August 2021 bulletin

Read the August bulletin here. Take note of all the warnings. There is a video of the local flooding and our usual story page.

Health & Care Bill

The National Pensioners Convention, General Secretary, Jan Shortt has written to all MPs urging them to oppose this bill. Anyone can use her letter that can be found at www.npcuk.org to help them write to their own MP. Read more in the August bulletin.

Our column in Ham & High Broadway

Hornsey Pensioners Action Group have a regular column in Ham & High Broadway. For the one printed on July 29th, download the word file here. or use the link: https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/janet-shapiro-on-nhs-and-care-bill-8182578 

Free prescriptions consultation. DO RESPOND!

Department of Health and Social Care  Published 1 July 2021 Consultation to last 2 months. See Consultation on aligning the upper age for NHS prescription exemptions with State Pension age – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) The consultation seeks views from the public, healthcare organisations and staff on options for implementing a change in the age at which people in England become eligible for free prescriptions from the current age of 60, to 66 years of age. See the HPAG response in the August bulletin.

Haringey Over 50s Forum

Their website is at https://ho50s.org.uk A recent message is: ‘Members are again encouraged to sign this online petition to ‘Create a legal right for patients to receive timely face-to-face GP appointments’ on https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/587701. James Cowling [email protected] offers to help to access the petition or the committee can help.

National Pensioners Convention June Webinars

There were 4 webinars to replace the usual seaside convention.

Reports of these are given here and here.



July 2021 bulletin and news

The July Bulletin can be downloaded here.

A report of the first 2 webinars can be downloaded. These virtual presentations replace the usual live NPC convention at the seaside.

‘Eccentric home of intellectuals is lost after 144 years’. This is a report about the Mary Feilding Guild care Home in the Ham & High on July 1st – Writer Francis Beckett on Mary Feilding Guild closure | Hampstead Highgate Express (hamhigh.co.uk).



June 2021 bulletin

Find bulletin here. Our plans for a live meeting in June had to be cancelled, but you do have the opportunity to join with National Pensioners Convention webinars that replace the usual live Convention at Southport. Please invite members to join with you if you intend to attend.

Safeguard your NHS data. Urgent news from NPC.

Thank you to Sarah James outgoing Haringey Cabinet member for Adults and Health. Note that Sarah responded very quickly to the letter from Jan Shortt about the threat to Mary Feilding Guild Care Home.

Baroness Barran replied to Jan Shortt’s letter about Mary Feilding Care Home. However her advice is not helpful.

The National Pensioners Convention has published its horror that Mary Feilding Care Home has been closed and residents evicted.



May 2021 Bulletin announcing plan for public meeting on June 16th

Find it here

Correspondence about Mary Feilding Care Home

Find the letter from Jan Shortt to Haringey councillors here.

Find the reply from Cllr. James here.

Press release issued May 4th

More information includes a Taxicard update and Oriel invitation to help with planning the move of Moorfields from City Road.

Information on Taxicard ——— Oriel invitation

Pictures of demo against the Centene purchase of ‘The Laurels Medical Practice’ :

Laurels Demo 22APR21 – photographer Stephen Furner
Laurels Demo 22APR21 – photographer Stephen Furner


The Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections are on 6 May 2021

Make sure you vote.

To vote by proxy contact [email protected] or 0208 489 1000

https://www.londonelects.org.uk

The London Region NPC asks candidates to comment on its manifesto.



April 2021 news and bulletin

Here is your April Bulletin

Mary Feilding Care Home

Several newspaper reports alert us to the sale of Mary Feilding Care Home, Highgate, where Hetty Bower, our founding member and Britain’s oldest anti-war campaigner, died aged 108 in 2013. Some of the present residents of over 100 years old have 3 months to find a new home.

Our MP, Catherine West, asks us to sign her petition here to halt the plans.

Press Coverage:

March 18th, Ham & High Broadway, page 6

March 25th, Ham & High Broadway, page 27 ‘MP calls for review of Mary Feilding Guild care home sale’, also a letter on page 20 from Haringey councillors calling for the sale and evictions to be stopped.

April 1st, Ham & High, pages 22 & 23 “‘We are united’ Mary Feilding Guild residents protest care home close.”
On page 19 of the same edition Sue Hessel, local campaigner for informal carers, asks how secure is our tenure when moving into a care home.

April 1st, Daily Express, “Shameful… it’s profit over people”

March 11th, Ham & High Broadway, page 17, Hornsey Pensioners column on our call for a public inquiry into Covid deaths.

For more information see Upcoming Events: Keep Our NHS Public


March 2021

We regret to announce that Patsy Pillay, our joint president died in February aged 96. Here she is on the left enjoying a party with Pamela Jefferys about 4 years ago. Find her obituary on page 2 of the March Bulletin. Our Joint President, John Boshier, gives his condolences.

The film originally shown at our HPAG meeting in September 2019 is her story that can be viewed at https://youtu.be/W_r8geQJ2-4. The last 19 minutes of her activity here in Muswell Hill was shown at the HPAG meeting.

The March Bulletin is here.

Protect the NHS:

‘Under Cover of Covid’ important changes are barely announced, such as the invitation to comment upon the white paper to be debated in parliament in April.  Our group rejected the proposals that would transform the NHS, allowing Integrated Care Systems to take a major role, with increased privatisation.  Together with Haringey Keep Our NHS Public we advise councillors and MPs to argue against the proposals. Here is sample letter that you could use to write to both your MP and to councillors.

Do you want St Ann’s Road Surgery run by a US company?

Privatisation of GP Surgeries in North Central London

As reported in Islington and Camden newspapers and in the BMJ, of the takeover of 50 GP practices by a US healthcare firm in North Central London.  Operose Health is a subsidiary of the US Company Centene. Thus the American health insurance company, CENTRENE, has now taken over 49 local surgeries in 19 London boroughs, affecting over 370,000 patients. At least 6 of these surgeries are in the North Central London area. They include: In Haringey  St Ann’s Surgery; in Islington Hanley Primary Care Centre N4; Mitchison Road Surgery N1; in Camden Kings Cross Surgery, St Pancras Hospital, Somers Town Medical Centre, Brunswick Medical Centre.

The decision to hand over the running of the practices  was taken in what is considered a covert manner by the North Central Commissioning Group(CCG) without local councils being informed. This is a disgraceful, underhand way to manage our NHS. We want private health care OUT of our NHS.

What can be done

  1. Information and Petition  https://weownit.org.uk/act-now/stop-sell-49-gp-practices
  2. A public meeting is being held on 16th March at 4.00 – 5.30p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/426257558650374/ Jeremy Corbyn MP, Dr Louise Irvine, Councillor Nurullah Turan (Islington), Councillor Roger Robinson (Camden),  a Unison rep and Shirley Franklin will address the meeting. There will be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and make suggestions. 

ZOOM MEETING: Details https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87254179080
Meeting ID: 872 5417 9080
Passcode: 446892

Our column in Ham & High Broadway


February 2021

Don’t forget to register for the Connections for All webinar which takes place on Monday, 1st February (11am).

To read the full press release, get the agenda and to register for the event, please go to the NPC website

If you have any questions for the panel, you can email them to [email protected] or ask them in the Q&A section in the webinar

https://www.npcuk.org/post/connections-for-all-webinar

Here is the February bulletin

How many of us have paid their TV licence?

Documents for the AGM

Officers reports:

Overall Review, Treasurer’s report, Membership report

  The latest edition of the Campaign! bulletin is out now.

Get it on https://www.npcuk.org/post/campaign-bulletin-january-2021

The latest edition of the Women’s Network Exchange is out now.
Get it on
https://www.npcuk.org/post/women-s-network-exchange-52

NPC Webinars
Didn’t manage to catch the previous NPC webinars or just want to watch it again?

Go to the links below to watch the webinar and download the slides

Care
https://www.npcuk.org/post/uk-health-and-care-experts-call-for-national-care-service-at-npc-emergency-online-summit

Ageism, Human Rights & Hate Crime
https://www.npcuk.org/post/ageism-human-rights-hate-crime-in-the-uk



Happy New Year – January 2021

Happy New Year!

Please see our latest Bulletin here.

And this months column in the Ham & High!



Greetings December 2020

This greetings card was on the back page of the December bulletin.

Seasons Greetings, Side 1
Seasons Greetings, Side 2

Find the newsletter from Haringey Circle here.

All is not well. Check out what is happening to the NHS and to Social Care:

Under Cover of Covid

Please support the campaign for a National Care Support and Independent Living Service (NaCSILS)

London Mayor election

Demand a vice mayor for older people. Our London Region NPC manifesto.



November 2020: are we ready for lockdown?

The November Bulletin is packed with information plus a war story. Download it here.

What can we do to save the planet?

Send in whatever you pledge to do. When combined our group may win an Earthshot Prize! See the Earthshot website here.

NHS England makes progress towards a privatised NHS while we cope with the pandemic. Read more about Integrated Care Systems.



October 2020 – Hornsey Better Prepared!



September 2020: now autumn and still coping with Covid-19.

TV Tower at Alexandra
Palace where we held
our protest on July 30th.
London NPC members
at Westminster
on July 30th

Read the September bulletin here

For those who missed this seminar on Isolation and Loneliness:

Younger people suffer from loneliness more than the elderly. Guest Speaker Dr. Jenny Groarke – Lecturer in Health Psychology – Queen’s University Belfast – Tuesday 25 August 2020.

Make sure you get your copy of ‘Goodbye Cinderella’



August 2020 Bulletin

First broadcast November 2nd 1936
Hornsey Pensioners protest at the Alexandra Palace TV Tower

5.4 million people aged over 75 are now expected to pay the TV licence on August 1st or be cut off.  It costs £157.50 per year. You will receive a bill through the post. Ignore other communications – BEWARE SCAMS!

The concessionary TV licence is still available to those on Pension Credit.  If you are finding it difficult to make ends meet,  apply for pension credit now! 

According to the Government, more than three million households are eligible for pension credit, but four out of 10 fail to claim the benefit – in many cases because they don’t realise they’re entitled to it.

Find the AgeUK advice on how to apply. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/save-free-tv-for-older-people/

Click here for the AgeUK advice

How do I claim Pension Credit?

First make sure you’ve reached the qualifying age.

It only takes one phone call and you won’t have to fill in a form. Call the Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234 (textphone: 0800 169 0133). They will fill in the application for you over the phone. It’ll be quicker if you have the following details to hand: National Insurance number, Bank account details, Information about your income, savings and investments, Details of any housing costs (such as mortgage, interest payments, service charges), Partner’s details (if you have a partner)



Free TV Licence for over 75’s to end from August 1st!

How come the BBC has to foot the bill for what is a universal pensioner benefit – the over 75’s Concessionary TV licence?

A group of Hornsey Pensioners opposing the loss of the over 75’s TV licence will stand in protest outside the BBC Television Tower at Alexandra Palace from 11.00 to 11.30 on Thursday July 30th.

See the National Pensioners Convention press release and petitions to be signed. NPC urge you to sign and share the Age UK petition online at
https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/64039/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Email1

Maureen Childs appeared on ITV GMB Friday 10 July

Wake up call to Save the BBC!

The Co-operative Party says ‘Licence-fee payers should be made individual members of the BBC Trust, and treated as such, with greater say over how it is run and the service it provides.’ https://party.coop/campaign/stand-up-for-a-peoples-bbc

Defend the Beeb
see letter in Ham & High Broadway July 23rd.

July & August 2020 Bulletins – Keep Safe!

Keep us Safe Boris!
Demand what you want for the 72nd birthday of the NHS.
KEEP US SAFE BORIS!
Follow the Covid-19 Find, Test, Trace, Isolate & Support (FTTIS) as advised by Independent SAGE

Keep up with the rules for easing Lockdown.



June 2020 Bulletin

Please find information here about Hornsey Pensioners Action Group plus news from other pensioner groups.

Pay rise for health workers
A pay rise not pay cut for health workers

A pay rise not pay cut for health workers
Please sign and tell friends.
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/7392?bucket=email-blast-14_5_2020_nhspayreactivepayfreeze_mopup&submit=true&utm_campaign=14_5_2020_nhspayreactivepayfreeze_mopup&utm_medium=blast&utm_source=email

Letters sent from Jan Shortt, General Secretary NPC







April and May bulletins

Hornsey Pensioners Action Group continues to send out monthly newsletters during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Ham & High Broadway published Janet’s letter.
The film was produced by Professor Vera Atkinson, Belgrade, Serbia, a friend of one of our members. It could help you deal with lockdown.


Keep in touch: useful information March 2020

While public meetings cannot be held, Hornsey Pensioners Action Group will keep in contact with members. Comments are welcome.

‘Social distancing’ or ‘self -isolating’ can be a strain. Find help though these links.
  • A group of therapists who will provide free online support to vulnerable people from Monday: https://www.thehelphub.co.uk/
  • Advice for everyone from Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
  • local groups are listed here https//covidmutualaid.org/
Is the government doing enough? see Janet’s letter to her MP.


CANCELLED Meeting March 18th 2020

Apologies for cancellation. Note that future meetings cannot be held until Government guidelines change.

The talk was to be ‘Celebrating the NHS at 70: The Story of Our Lives’
Unfortunately Dr. Peter Mitchell, Oral History and Public Engagement Officer had to self-isolate



AGM and Meeting February 19th 2020

2020 Annual General Meeting and

“Relocation of Moorfields Eye Hospital to a new site in King’s Cross”

Oriel – creating the centre for advancing eye health  www.oriel-london.org.uk

Wednesday February 19th at 1.30pm

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH,
entrance through car park, doors open from 1pm.
Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby

Social care documents:



January 22nd 2020

The Social Care Crisis and Campaign Challenges

Gordon Peters, Chair of Haringey Over 50’s Forum

Also hopefully Judy Downey, Chair Relatives & Residents Association

Cllr. Sarah James is expected at 2.30pm

Wednesday January 22nd 2020 at 1.30pm.

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park.  Doors open at 1pm.
buses W7, W3, 144 stop nearby
See page 3 of the E notice for links to other commentaries on the Social Care Crisis.


Party December 11th 2019

Members Party, cold buffet served at 1pm, Hornsey Trio with singer Kathrin Pieren
Quizz then a free raffle, finishing with a presentation Tango

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens, through car park. Doors open from 12.45pm
Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby


Meeting November 20th 2019

Hornsey & Wood Green Parliamentary Candidates are invited at 2.40pm

I am not on-line – am I missing out?’

David Briggs

NPC Digital Inclusion/Exclusion Working Party

Zoe Douglas

Haringey Reach and Connect

This is a service offering information and support to people over 50 in Haringey

Wednesday November 20th 2019 at 1.30pm

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park
Doors open from 1pm
Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby


Meeting October 16th 2019

‘Falls: Prevention & Support’

Ronald Jabonete

Physiotherapist, Community Falls Team, Integrated Community Therapy Team ( ICTT)

WEDNESDAY October 16th 2019 1.30pm

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park

Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby



Meeting September 18th 2019

‘A celebration of Activism’

Anti-Apartheid movement: Patsy Pillay (video)

Archway Road Widening Scheme: Pamela Jefferys (video) Hetty Bechler’s involvement is credited.

Save Hornsey Central Cottage Hospital: Janet Shapiro

Keep Haringey Libraries Open: Stephanie Ramamurthy

WEDNESDAY September 18th 2019 at 1.30pm

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park, doors open from 1pm
Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby


Meeting July 17th 2019

‘What is Good Mental Health?’

Dr Uttara Mandal, Consultant Psychiatrist & Millie Curtis, Assistant Psychologist

Both from Haringey Memory Service and Mental Health Service for Older People (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Dr Mandal will explain the most common conditions in older people, whether they can be prevented and how to get help if needed

WEDNESDAY July 17th  2019, 1.30pm

at Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens, doors open at 1pm
Buses W7, W3, 144 stop nearby
See film coverage of the protests on June 21st


SAVE OUR TV LICENCE

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) is calling on local pensioner groups, trade unions, community groups, students, members of the public, MPs and councillors to make a stand. www.npcuk.org

Our group attended the protest on Friday 21 June at 12 noon outside Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA. (Nearest tube to Oxford Circus)

we protested that:
1. The BBC’s decision to means-test the TV licence for older people
2. The Government’s decision to make the BBC pay for the concession
Bring your Local banners and placards along with whistles, drums and other instruments.

The NPC is clear – if we fail to protect this concession, the government will begin looking at the winter fuel allowance and the bus pass. Local newspaper, the Ham & High covered our June 21st protest.

Oxford Circus June 21st


Meeting on June 19th 2019

‘How to cope with Hearing Loss’

Sinead Armitage, Action on Hearing Loss.

Find out about:· The support you are entitled to, · Equipment to help you hear better, Different ways to tackle tinnitus, Helpful communication tips

Time and date: WEDNESDAY June 19th  2019 at 1.30pm

Venue: Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park.  Doors open from  1pm.

Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.



NPC Pensioners Parliament 11th – 13th June 2019

Can you sponsor someone to attend the Pensioners Parliament?

Do you want to go?

Hornsey Pensioners Action group discuss important issues for the retired throughout the year, but why not attend the biggest annual gathering of pensioners from across the whole of the UK. You meet pensioners from other groups, enjoy excellent debates in which everyone’s contributions are welcomed.

Those attending can have free travel on the Blackpool trams. The programme at the magnificent Winter Gardens includes social events. The Wednesday night event is in the Empress Ballroom.

Blackpool is a seaside resort with affordable accommodation. We can advise on where to stay. But you may need financial help to attend. If you are interested do come forward.  We usually provide support for two delegates, but more could go. You could travel independently or there may be places on a coach organised by Tottenham PAG and Islington Pensioners Forum.




Meeting May 15th 2019

‘The Fairness Commission –

Come and find out how to make fairness work in Haringey’

Councillor Kaushika Amin

Time and date:       WEDNESDAY May 15th  2019 at 1.30pm

Venue:              Hornsey Parish Church Hall,

Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park. 

Doors open from  1pm.

Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.

Hornsey Pensioners submitted a response to the Fairness Commission in February:



Meeting on April 17th 2019

Loneliness and Isolation

What can be done about it?

Sue Hessel

Sue is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor who has worked with individuals and couples for nearly 40 years.

She also runs a local carers’ coffee morning.

There will be group discussions to seek solutions.

WEDNESDAY April 17th 2019 at 1.30pmat

Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park.  Doors open from  1pm.

Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.