June 2014 newsletter

Wednesday June 18th Kenwood house

Trip to Kenwood House

We are not having a meeting in June but are organising a trip to Kenwood House, Hampstead.

Meet at Kenwood House main entrance at 2.15pm

on Wednesday June 18th.

Note the arrangements below.
Either get there independently: The 210 bus takes you to the entrance of the park (via Finsbury Park, Stroud Green, Archway, Highgate)

Or book a place on the minibus we have hired with Audrey ( places still available).

NB  Places still available.. Total cost will be £10.

If after booking you are unable to attend please tell Audrey so that some one else can have your place.

Please tell Audrey which of the 2 pick-up points you require:

  1. Hornsey Parish Church Car park at 1.45pm or
  2. Entrance to Odeon Car Park next to Planet Organic at 2.00pm.

Telephone Audrey on 020 8347 7989 and on the day Ann on mobile 07757634405

Note: There is a lift facility at the house we can use and a toilet on the ground floor.

Also Kenwood House provides a buggy service to collect visitors from the car park to its main door.

 Next meetings: July 16th Solicitor . No August meeting

Contacts: Ann Anderson 020 8340 8335,

Pamela Jefferys 020 8444 0732 & Janet Shapiro 020 8883 9571 [email protected]

May 21st Juliet Landau-Pope

‘Clear the clutter in your home and in your head!’

Juliet belongs to a professional association of declutterers and organisers but is also a lecturer in the Open University in social sciences with a special interest in motivation.

She first took this up when helping her own parents reduce what they had in their home. Juliet does not talk of ‘junk’; she does not urge us to chuck everything away in skips. Her approach is encouraging not ruthless.

It is for us to ask – ‘Does it get in my way?’ if the answer is ‘Yes’, that’s clutter. We have things for a reason but things may outlive their purpose. We are parting from things not just throwing away junk. People have different levels of tolerance but that can change with time. People who have not moved much have more clutter.

People may embark on decluttering when dealing with a change, such as marital breakdown or bereavement. On bereavement it is better to defer decisions; they are less painful later. Juliet described how she helped one woman tackle her late husband’s wardrobe, and later the woman herself decided that a single item – a pair of his shoes –was all she needed to keep. The same woman went on to coach in decluttering herself.

People feel a duty to their belongings and don’t want them to go to waste. But there is a home for everything through recycling, charity shops and Haringey Freecycle. Vinyl records were mentioned; a local Oxfam shop Books and Music takes these and will collect.

Older people facing mortality often start to declutter in consideration for their children. Juliet advised to pace oneself, perhaps doing it for half an hour on a routine basis as the process can be exhausting and painful. Perhaps start in the bathroom.

Bills and bank documents pile up, but it is best to keep them for 7 years, with specific papers being kept longer. Juliet can recommend a reliable person who charges £6/hr to shred confidential papers.

Hoarding is a specific condition needing psychological help. Hoarding is identified when a room cannot be used because of the amount of clutter.

Good advice from Juliet – if you have something you do not use you have to ask yourself whether you might ever use it, if not why are you keeping it?

Juliet conducts coaching workshops. www.jlpcoach.com tel 078178 33319



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 Activities past and future

NPC (National Pensioners Convention) Pensioners’ Parliament at Blackpool June 17th -19th Barbara Ryan is one delegate, but we can send another member. Let us know if you want to take up this great opportunity!

Saturday June 21st 1pm- 6pm National demonstration. “No more Austerity

The People’s Assembly : Assemble 1pm at the BBC Headquarters,Portland Place ( nearest tube Oxford Circus) March to palace of Westminster.

 HPAG Ham & High column. The next one is due on June 26th to be written by Pamela Jefferys.