Legal Matters, Social Care – 13 October 2015

A public meeting with two speakers.

  • Tuesday 13 October 2015
  • 1.30 pm Refreshments for a 2.00 pm start
  • Trinity Church Centre, 15 Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 7NN (near Tally Ho)


Samantha Anastasiou, Solicitor.
Speaking about important legal matters including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Care fees.
Julia Winter, National Development Team for Inclusion.
Speaking about Adult Social Care Services in Barnet.

Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 2 (September/October 2015)

The guide for senior citizens in Barnet

• Keeping well • Keeping safe • Staying active • Making friends

For a paper copy of this newsletter, download and print BSA Newsletter 2 PDF (PDF 631kB, 4 sides A4)

Playing cards and drinking tea


  • Silver Sunday on 4th October 2015
  • Don’t let smoking set your house on fire?
  • Support for dementia carers
  • Later Life Planning Service
  • Looking after someone?
  • Advocacy in Barnet
  • Out & About in Barnet

Continue reading “Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 2 (September/October 2015)”

Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea – 4 October 2015

**** Update 21 October: a video made by Barnet TV is now available on YouTube at featuring interviews with people at the event. ****

**** Update 11 October: photos of this event are now available at ****

Barnet Seniors’ Assembly and Barnet Council invite senior residents, family and friends to a fantastic FREE event on Silver Sunday 4th October 2015. The programme, still being developed, promises to include great entertainment, opportunities to find out how to get the most out of living in Barnet and a chance to get a taste of some of the activities available in the borough.

Come along to Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, NW4 4AX from 12.30 – 4.30. This is a drop in event. A delicious afternoon tea will be provided free. To help with catering it would be useful to know if you are coming just email or call 0203 778 0151.

Silver Sunday is a national celebration of older people’s achievements. It is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK led by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation. The aim is to celebrate the value and knowledge older people contribute to our communities, while combating loneliness and isolation.

There are also other activities in Barnet primarily aimed at people aged 55+ throughout the week starting Monday 28 September 2015.

Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 1 (July/August 2015)

The guide for senior citizens in Barnet

• Keeping well • Keeping safe • Staying active • Making friends

…For mainly those people aged 55 or over

Barnet Seniors’ Assembly are delighted to launch a newsletter for those people mainly over the age of 55 in Barnet. This newsletter aims to give older people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to:

  • enjoy good health and wellbeing
  • help themselves
  • stay safe
  • maintain their independence
  • stay active
  • have fun
  • meet people

Hoping to see you out and about in Barnet!

For a paper copy of this newsletter, download and print BSA Newsletter 1 PDF (PDF 372kB, 4 sides A4)


drinks with straws

  • So what’s NHS 111?
  • Is your home at risk of fire?
  • Dementia support in Barnet
  • Community services offered
  • Barnet University of the Third Age
  • Barnet Seniors Assembly
  • Out and About in Barnet

Continue reading “Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 1 (July/August 2015)”

Summer Programme 2015 Coach Outings

Note: Pick up times may vary due to location and will be confirmed on booking. Please arrive early as coach will leave promptly. It is unlikely, but sometimes necessary to change the destination, in the event of this we will give as much notice as possible. Booking is required and payment in advance is necessary.

August — Flatford and Beth Chatto Gardens

Wednesday 12th August Day Trip

The Hay WainFlatford in Suffolk – Explore Constable Country. First we visit Flatford which lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale. This charming hamlet was the inspiration for some of John Constable’s most famous pictures, for example, the Hay Wain, you can feel as if you are actually walking through one of his paintings. The National Trust run guided tours for those that wish to take part.

Discover Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester. The coach will then take us to Beth Chatto Gardens. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them – the art of planting at it’s best.

Both venues have lunch and tea rooms. Cost £25.00 (coach £18.50 and entrance to Beth Chatto Gardens £6.50). For further details contact Margaret on 02089311987 or Sue 02084470379.

Pick up: 9.30am Sainsbury’s North Finchley and 9.45am Barnet Odeon.

September — St Albans

Thursday 17th September. Day Trip to St Albans, visit Cathedral, lovely shops and eateries.

On the way there visit Butterfly World Project: Visit the tropical butterfly house, learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and its importance for the environment. Learn what butterfly – attracting plants to grow. See designer gardens and wild flower meadows. Tea shop and gift shop on site.

On the return journey we will call in at Ayletts Gardening Centre/Nurseries, one of the best in Hertfordshire.

Total cost £15.00 (coach £10.00 and entrance to Butterfly World Project £5.00). Book with Sue or Margaret.

Pick up: to be confirmed.

October — Matinee Show Potters Bar

Thursday 1st October Matinee Show and Lunch.

12 O’clock lunch at The Old Manor, Potters Bar followed by 2pm matinee performance of Memories Are Made Of Hits. A breathtaking musical journey through the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Stunning costumes and brilliant choreography. Book with Sue or Margaret as soon as possible so that we can make necessary reservations.

Total cost in advance £23.00 including the show (coach £10.00 and show £13.00 ) 16 seats only on a first come first served basis. Lunch to be paid for individually on the day.

Pick up: to be confirmed.

December — Xmas Lunch

Xmas Lunch at the Claddagh Ring, Hendon. Date , menu and further details TBC nearer time.

N.B. We have ideas for the next 12 months but are always open to suggestions for places to visit and speakers to invite.

Assembly Report May 2015

We held our first assembly of the year on 28 May 2015.

Julia Neuberger at Barnet Seniors AssemblyRabbi Julia Neuberger gave a wide-ranging talk encouraging us, and others, to have a more positive view of ageing and older people. She encouraged us to volunteer more, and use technology to help us, and made a plea for more public toilets and benches so as not to trap people in their homes.

Barnet Seniors AssemblyDr Andrew Howe, Director of Public Health, Barnet, gave a talk showing that Barnet is doing quite well for older people, with statistics showing where more work is needed.

Mathew Kendall, Adults and Communities Director, London Borough of Barnet, is responsible for social workers and financial assessments for “care”, and gave a talk explaining what changes are on the way.

Councillor Lisa Rutter, Barnet’s Champion for Older People, talked about her Dementia Club.

There were talks and information stalls from a number of organisations:

The next assembly is planned for October.

Barnet Solicitor – 30 July 2015

A Barnet based solicitor will be speaking at our July meeting, organised jointly with Burnt Oak Pensioners Voice.

  • Thursday 30th July 2015
  • 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
  • North Road Community Centre, 230 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware HA8 0AP
  • Speaker: Solicitor with 25 years of experience and expertise in Private Client Law and Older Client Affairs
  • Tea / coffee and biscuits and raffle £1 per strip

Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Care Fees are just some of the issues that they can help you understand, so if you are concerned about any of these then join us on 30th July when one of their solicitors will answer your questions, and do their best to put your mind at rest.

Living in an Ageing Society, Hendon Town Hall – 28 May 2015

Our first main Seniors Assembly of 2015 (we have two each year) is on the theme “Living in an ageing society”.

  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Registration from 9.45 am, finish at 2.30 pm
  • Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4AX (Nearest Underground – Hendon Central; Buses 143, 183, 326)
  • Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE
  • Free light refreshments and light lunch will be provided
  • Information stalls to browse

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger is a social commentator who writes and broadcasts on a variety of social and religious issues.

Come along if you would like to find out more about:

  • Changes in care
  • Keeping healthy
  • New things to do

It will be a day of information including free refreshments and a light lunch. Other speakers include:

  • Dr Andrew Howe, Director of Public Health on Keeping Healthy
  • Mathew Kendall, London Borough Barnet on new developments in caring
  • Cllr. Lisa Rutter, Barnet’s Champion for Older People
  • plus presentations on suitable social opportunities and activities available to the over fifties
  • plus information and advice stalls.

All senior residents are welcome but are asked to contact Sue on 07975606943 or email the address on the home page if wishing to attend. Entrance free.

Keep Warm and Well – 23 March 2015

Hear about different schemes under the Winter Well project that offer advice, grants and emergency equipment mainly aimed at assisting vulnerable and elderly people in Barnet.

  • Monday 23rd March 2015
  • 1.30 pm Refreshments for 2 pm meeting
  • Trinity Church Centre, 15 Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 7NN (Near Tally Ho — map)
  • Speaker: Jessie Drysdale, Project Officer Private Sector Housing, Environmental Health, London Borough of Barnet
  • For further details email the address on the home page or just turn up

This is a public meeting, and non-members are welcome. No need to book.

Visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – 24 February 2015

If you are planning to join us on this visit please book as soon as possible, as we are trying to organise some transport.

  • Tuesday 24th February 2015
  • 11:00 am to about 3pm
  • 105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, London NW10 8LD (map)
  • Visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple
  • There is a restaurant for lunch/refreshments
  • RSVP to the email address on our home page if you would like to attend or would like more information