Category: Previous events

January newsletter 2014

 Last HPAG Meeting, Christmas Social on 11th December  2013  

Audrey was Mistress of Ceremonies

  • Singing       All –   Wouldn’t It be Loverly
  • Reading      Ann A. – From her new book
  • Poem          Janet   – Poem, Custard the Dragon
  • Poems        Pamela-   Tom Lehrer+1
  • Duet            Janet/Clive – Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Story           Esther – Her story, now in print form
  • Poem          Ann Beach-  Readings               
  • Poem          Hetty Bechler- The Highway man
  • Story           Clive – Dylan Thomas.     
  • Poem         Sue – Pam Ayres Poem  
  • Poems         Lauritz-Champion/Samarkand
  • Singing       All-When I’m 64 and   
  • Singing       All- Jingle Bell rock    
  • Poem          Sylvia- Tea Dance                     

Entertainments, raffle, tea, good food and socialising nearly 30 members and guests attended with father bruce at tea time.001 (5)002 (5)  004 (3) 005 (3)  008 (4) 010 (3) 011 (2)

Get involved!

Would you like to join the HPAG committee? If interested you could come to a committee meeting to see what we do. Next committee meeting February 5th. Ring Ann, Pamela or Janet.

Would you like to stand for the Executive of Greater London Region National Pensioners Convention? ( GLRNPC) It meets monthly at Walkden House, 10 Melton Street NW1 2EJ near Euston station. Nominations are needed before February 13th. Janet can tell you more.

Become an Associate Member of GLR NPC, (£5 per year) and get monthly updates. The next London Regional Council meeting will take place on:- Thursday 30th January, at St Pancras Church Hall 11.00 to 3.30pm. All delegates and associate members are welcome to attend.

HPAG Campaigns continue in 2014.

Please let us know if you or your friends are concerned that the Housebound Library Service should not be lost. We want to make a convincing case to Haringey Council for the retention of this service.  See the Survey on Library Services ; Respond by Jan 22nd online or get hard copies from your local library.  Friends of local libraries meet on 16 January (12.30-2.30pm) to discuss the review of library services further.

February 1st Dignity Day: On this day the Dignity Code will be promoted by the National Pensioners Convention. HPAG’s presentation will be at Hornsey Library, to be launched by the Mayor of Haringey; other agencies that have signed the Code will attend. There will be stalls at WhittingtonHospital the week before.

People’s Inquiry on the state of health services in London following the Health & Social Care Act

On November 1st HPAG submitted aural evidence and later documented evidence.  Copies of this can be obtained form Janet.

Lobby of Parliament: Clive, Barbara and Janet attended the Rally at the House of Commons on November 27th. HPAG has sought an opportunity to meet our MP Lynne Featherstone who could not meet us on the Lobby Day. So far we have not heard when we can meet her.

Ham & High Column. So far we have had several articles published in the Ham & High.  The next one on the importance of Library services is due on January 9th. We hope that the next one may be on the difficulties faced by older people when shopping.

Loss of staff manning London Transport stations. This is currently a concern and may need action.

Other concerns.  Do let us know whether there are problems facing older people that we should campaign about.








September newsletter

We continue to meet in the autumn at the Marian Centre at Hornsey Parish Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH, formerly St. George’s Church.

Access for the Marian Centre is through the big metal gates shown on the photograph, behind the bus stop on Park Road for W7 buses towards Muswell Hill.

April 2013 001The entrance is by the steps on the right of the building, but a step free access can be found through the second wooden gates around the building.

Look out for our notices to guide you.

Bus routes nearby: W7, 144, W3. Cross safely using the zebra crossing or the crossing with traffic lights.

Meeting on July 17th ‘Let’s Talk about Bereavement’

It was unfortunate that Father Bruce, Hornsey Parish Church, was unable to speak to us. Apparently his computer had been hacked causing problems. He sent his apologies. This meant that we had more time with the other speaker, Hans Meijer, Humanistic Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist.

Hans concentrated on having an informal conversation with us so that we could raise problems that we thought important. He wanted us to feel relaxed and able to speak knowing that what we said would be in confidence.

He related a story to show how children have very strong feelings of remorse and loss, and then asked us to share stories of loss with whoever was sitting next to us.

Hans stressed how important relationships established with our mother as a child were in developing feelings of trust in other people met in later life. When coming to terms with a loss of someone who had died these early feelings of security could help.

Hans spoke about separation and how this could be accepted as one became more independent.

There was an exchange of experiences leading to a discussion as to how we dealt with the death of younger people, or deaths through accidents or suicide. In all cases we feel remorse, sometimes of guilt; not being with them can be difficult. Hans reminded us of Schindler (as of the film ‘Schindler’s List’) who looked back brooding over whether he could have saved yet one more. When the relationship with the one who died had been strained, coping with grief could be more difficult.

How can we help those recently bereaved? Denial – avoiding the reality of the situation does not help.  It is better that the hurt is acknowledged and that the grief is allowed. In any case bereavement is the price for loving each other.

The bereaved often find it comforting to pay tribute to the person who has died, and hold ceremonies that celebrate the life that has been cut short. One of us suggested that when a good-bye had not been possible a letter could be written and then burned.

Those whose parents died when they were young have particular problems; they may suffer delayed bereavement. As a child they would have no words to make sense of their loss.

For all those bereaved, the pain of grief changes as time goes on; it may not go away but is different.  The main thing is for people to feel free to talk to one another and not to hide their feelings.

Hans stayed for the social part of the meeting and people were able to ask further questions. The weather was hot, and we enjoyed our tea in the garden.

National Pensioners Convention Pensioners Janet brought photographs of past meetings. Some were of the march at Blackpool on June 18th 2013.

Reports of the proceedings of the Pensioner Parliament were handed out.  Ask if you want a copy.

A special thanks to those who helped with setting up the room and tidying up afterwards.  Such help is always welcome!


Elsie Hawkins wants the scam on her credit card publicised in the newsletter. A named policeman from Holborn police station supposedly phoned her at 8.30 on a Sunday evening to check her details as a cloned credit card had been found. The police NEVER ask for credit card details. It is important not to phone any official soon after because the phoney caller keeps the line open.

Contactless Cards. – Have you a contactless card?

Make sure that this card is not kept with your FreedomPass when checking onto a bus or tube. Money could be taken.

Our Ham & High column.  The most recent article by Ann Anderson was published on August 22nd. Did you get a copy? The next one is due on September 30th

Letters written: We have written to MP Lynne Featherstone about the threat to East Finchley Post Office, and about the switch to on-line claims for benefits and need for face to face assistance.

A letter has been sent to Joanne McCartney, Greater London Assembly about the 67 bus service to St Ann’s Hospital.


 Muswell      Hill Festival. Cherry Tree Woods      Sunday      Sept. 8th 1pm.

HPAG will have a stall to publicise      our group.  Members please come to      this event. If you can help contact Clive (07801 833584) to arrange at a      time when you could be on the stall.

The main entrance to Cherry   Tree Woods is opposite East Finchley Station.Buses: 102, 263, 234, 143, H3      stop nearby

   Looking out for one another –  Would you be prepared to join a ‘Telephone Tree’?

This would mean being given numbers of other members who have agreed, so that you could phone them or be telephoned yourself. Often members get ill or have other troubles and no one knows. In this way we may be able to help. Please let the committee know if you are willing.  You could also indicate members that should be on your list.


Esther Singer (8883 3391) informs us of this exercise class that will be added to our list of local activities.

Keep Fit for over 50’s with musical accompaniment.  United Reformed Church Hall, Tetherdown, Tuesdays 10.30 from Sept. 3rd. (£3 followed by optional refreshments to follow)

 Do members find the list of local activities useful?  Shall we send this out every 3 months?  Please let us know.

July Newsletter 2013

HPAG Outing on June 19th


Ann Anderson reports – We had 7 in all on our trip plus a younger person, my granddaughter. Though it was a good idea to meet at Wood Green for the 67 the bus journey was very congested and hot but at least we all had seats. The museum was very much appreciated: 400 years of middle class domestic scenes and the gardens lovely – a herb garden and then through the ages.

Some ate lunch in the restaurant, some under the cool shade of trees in the front garden. The toilets were downstairs and only 1 for disabled on ground floor which caused some delays. We returned on the more rapid 243 route. A pity more members could not come.

Sunday Sept. 8th Muswell Hill Festival at Cherry Tree Woods; help invited as MHPAG will have a stall.

Venue for meetings: We have booked for autumn meetings to be held at the Marian Centre.  Please let us know if you are finding difficulty in getting to this venue.

Our Ham & High column.  Clive has written the article due out on July 11th.

Jane Bradley. We regret to announce the death of one of our members, Jane Bradley.  Her funeral was on Friday 24th June. Her poetry was published under the name of Jane Fraser Esson and there are copies of her books in Haringey Library.

National Pensioners Convention Pensioners’ Parliament  Blackpool June 18th – 20th 2013

Our delegates were Audrey and Clive Evers.  There was much serious debate but also time for seaside sunshine and fun. A report will be provided for members.

Janet Shapiro was a steward and had to be busy for the Women’s Working Party (WWP).

bannerwwpAudrey & Rosie are holding the WWP banner with Clive hiding behind. Rosie McGregor is vice-chair of the WWP.

Don’t miss out!  Get your ticket for this great show!

National Pensioners Convention


10th Anniversary Celebrations

Saturday 10 August 2013, 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Camden Centre*

London, WC1H 9AU

The Banner Theatre Cabaret and guest speakers

*Opposite Dolphin pub in Bidborough St. at the back of Camden Town Hall which is in Judd St. off Euston Rd.  Nearest tube King’s Cross-St. Pancras.

Tickets £3 from Janet Shapiro

Local events 

NHS Birthday on Friday July 5th

 Public Meeting – REINSTATE THE NHS!

Find out –What is happening to our NHS? What can be done to limit the damage done by the Health & Social Care Act?

7.00 – 9.00pm, Wednesday 10th July 2013, Hornsey Parish Church, Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Dr Ron Singer, President of the Medical Practitioners Union, ex GP and active member of Keep Our NHS Public. Ron will explain what is happening and suggest what we can do.

 What is planned for St Ann’s hospital site?

The Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT) own the land. BEHMHT propose to submit an outline planning application to the London Borough of Haringey in September, after which there would be a formal consultation. Public exhibitions are being held so that local people can voice their comments. These are at:

  • ·       Community room at Wood Green Library, Thursday July 4th 2.00 – 8pm.
  • ·       Ground floor of Hornsey Library, Wednesday July 10th 2.00 – 8.00pm
  • ·       On permanent show at the Oasis Restaurant on the St Ann’s site until July 19th, apart from when removed for the above showings.

The St Ann’s Community Reference Group has concerns about the lack of an impact assessment of health needs of the borough ahead of planning application. Contact Janet for more information.


News items in late April and May

Wednesday 8th May THE SPIRIT OF 45: Directed by Ken Loach

£4 waged or £3/donations for unwaged people .Put on in association with: Haringey 38 Degrees; Defend Haringey Health Services; UNITE; Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition.

Doors open 7pm at West Green Learning Centre,  West Green Road N15

Saturday May 18th. Demonstrate to Save our Hospitals. Say No to Privatisation. Assemble 12 noon, Jubilee Gdns, Waterloo.

March to DoH and Parliament.

007A trip to Trent Park was organised for Wednesday April 24th to admire the daffodils.




On Friday 19th April the HPAG banner with Esther & Janet joined the picket of East Finchley Crown Post Office to oppose this post office being franchised.

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Please help us save it! Write to Paula Vennells, Post Office Chief Executive, 148 Old St, EC1V 9HQ.


HPAG had its third article published in the Ham & High on 18th April.  We have a copy – so ask if you missed it.

Dying Matters

Wednesday May 23rd 2012

Note date: this is 4th Wednesday of month. Arrive any time after 1.30pm for prompt start at 2pm at Hilldene Court, 11 Alexandra Park Road, N10 2DB

End of Life Care Planning – Ann Anderson and an Age UK volunteer peer educator

Tissue and whole body donation – Janet Shapiro

Future meetings:

June 27th ‘Fair Care Campaign’, Dot Gibson NPC General Secretary

July 18th topic to be announced.

No meeting in August but possibly an outing according to demand.

Contacts: Ann Anderson 020 8340 8335, Celia Bower 020 8883 6727 & Janet Shapiro 020 8883 9571 [email protected]

April 25th – A report on the Hustings for Greater London Assembly member candidates.

In spite of the very wet weather there was a very good audience to hear the candidates; we were grateful that four of these and one representative were able to come.

Audrey Evers took the chair; regretfully one of our members Marianne Bloss had died and Ann Anderson attended her funeral. Our other chair, Lauritz had another engagement.

The candidates had been given our summary manifesto and were allowed just five minutes each for their initial speech to leave as much time as possible for questions from the floor. Even so, the chair had a job to curtail the debate, with questions threatening to delay the cup of tea that many of us were gasping for. The presentations of the candidates are summarised very briefly taken in alphabetical order.

Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrat), who lives in Enfield, was known to us as an earlier speaker; she emphasized the multi-cultural character of London, the need for visible policing, the importance of adequate affordable housing provision and transport. The LibDems focus on costed plans for ‘fairer fares’; Dawn praised the work of Caroline Pidgeon on the transport committee.

Justin Hincliffe came to speak for Andrew Hemsted the Conservative candidate that lives in Barnet. Justin told us that Boris had prepared an older people’s manifesto and continued to protect the Freedom Pass, even extending its use to earlier than 9 in the morning. Justin highlighted the waste of money under Ken’s regime, with the funding of a London newspaper and Morning Star subscriptions of £10,000. (Unfortunately we did not discover the total bill for all daily newspapers to put this in perspective)

Peter Krakowiak (Green Party) had been brought up in Haringey. He declared his party to be the Social Justice party, promoting a living wage, accessible transport with concessionary travel for carers, affordable rents etc. His party promises to help owner occupiers insulate their homes; it would take measures to improve air quality and prioritise healthy transport – walking, cycling and public transport.

Joanne McCartney (Labour) is the sitting GLA member and as such well-known to our group, having taken up many of our requests for support. She began by saying that older people should be valued, appreciated for their experience and contribution to the voluntary sector; her party would listen to us. In contrast Boris met with bankers more than with other groups; he had not spoken out on the winter fuel allowance cuts or opposed the Health and Social Care Bill. Joanne outlined the measures Ken Livingstone would take to help cut energy bills, using London’s fair share of the national funding for better home insulation and setting up ‘Energy Co-ops’. Boris had neglected to take up such funding and had jeopardised road safety by reducing the number of pedestrian crossings to speed up traffic flows. Also projects to improve step-free accessibility for TfL were cut.  She challenged whether more could have been done to address the level of unclaimed benefits by older people. Joanne promised to listen to our concerns and represent our interests.

Peter Staveley (UKIP). The main thrust of Peter’s policy was to save jobs to boost the London economy.  There would be zero tolerance for gangs and knife crime. The Freedom pass would be extended to cover rail travel before 9.30 with the Mayor taking over London parking so that the first 20 minutes parking would be free – a key to boost business. He opposed the smoking ban in public places, and the Congestion Charge and expressed doubts about the fairness to long-term residents of the allocation of social housing.

A few questions were received in writing beforehand, and these were taken first.

Health questions: If elected as a GLA member, what would you do to make sure that the provisions of the recently passed Health & Social Care Bill do not lead to the commissioning of private health providers, interference by Private corporations, and the breaking up of NHS services?

Would you also lend your support for the National Pensioners Convention ‘Fair Care Campaign’ for the Creation of a National Care Service alongside the NHS; funded through general taxation and based on medical and care needs rather than ability to pay?

Some candidates doubted whether healthcare was within the remit of GLA members, but Joanne indicated Labour’s opposition to the Health & Social Care Bill and emphasised that the Mayor and GLA members could and should speak up for residents; also there would be a role for GLA members under ‘Public Health’ regulations. Peter Krakowiak agreed and mentioned that the forms that must be completed to claim benefits were over complicated.

Transport questions: If elected as a GLA member, how would you ensure that our Freedom Pass continued to cover underground and overground rail services after the present pass expires?

What would you do to make transport in London affordable to all people?

What would you do to make transport facilities more accessible to disabled people, and older people with mobility problems? (this relates to many aspects – bus stops, step-free underground, frequency of services)

Dawn’s party promises targeted fare cuts, including the one hour bus pass – to avoid repeated payments. Joanne reminded us of Ken’s pledge to reduce fares; she claimed that TfL could well afford to do this, agreeing with the questioner’s point that high fares put a heavy burden on local authorities that fund our passes. Justin doubted whether fare reduction was affordable. Peter Krakowiak (Green) said London was the most expensive city & that it was cheaper to use a car in London than public transport. Car costs had risen by 7% and fares by 24%.  All candidates said more should be done to improve accessibility. Pamela thought her question about guaranteeing the future coverage of our Freedom Pass had not been properly answered.

Another questioner asked for VAT on beer to be reduced to 5%. Peter Staveley (UKIP) supported this measure to protect the future of pubs. The last question related to threatened strikes by tube drivers that could coincide with the Olympic Games. Members thought there were related safety issues for passengers. Joanne pointed out that Boris should have initiated talks with the unions, but had not done so; Justin suggested the advisability of making such strikes illegal.

The candidates were thanked warmly and invited to stay for a cup of tea.


Dementia Café – open on the 4th Monday of each month, 2-4pm at: Carers’ Hub in Wood Green Central Library, Wood Green High Street. Alzheimer’s Society, 07946 452 913 or 020 8937 7171, [email protected]

‘Get moving’: at Jacksons Lane, Tuesday mornings, 10.15 with Jeff Hurrell (£4) at Jacksons Lane 269a Archway Rd. N6 5AA Gentle but Invigorating Exercise for Active 50+s supported by AgeUK with specialist 50+ trainer Jeff Hurrell, YMCA Hornsey Crouch End (Elmfield Avenue entrance) on Tuesdays 2-3pm. (£2.50) Call Ann Anderson 0208340 8335 or Lesley Chrysanthou 0208793 2959

North Bank, Muswell Hill Methodist Church Pages Lane, N10 1PP, (opposite Pages Hill), Fitness classes for older people, Donation per class £1.50, Tel 020 8445 5968 or contact the church office on 020 8365 2466 Hungry? Book for lunch at the Paddock Bistro, Pages Lane. Information and booking 020 8444 1050. The Paddock, Meadow Drive, Muswell Hill, N10 1PL. Email: [email protected]