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/

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.