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

Pharmacist Talk and Library Consultation – 19 January 2015

  • Monday 19th January 2015
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • North Road Community Centre, 230 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware HA8 0AP
  • Speaker: Local pharmacist Mr Hitesh Patel on “How your Pharmacist can help you”
  • Consultation: “Have your say on Barnet’s future library service” introduced by Helen Sutherland, Commissioning Officer, London Borough of Barnet (background)

Public Meeting – End of Life Care

  • Wednesday 19th November 2014
  • 1.30pm Refreshments for a 2pm start
  • Trinity Church, 15 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 7NN near Tally Ho (map)
  • Speaker: Dr Judith Tobin, Macmillan GP Facilitator, Barnet CCG
  • “What support is available for End of Life Care?”

We are pleased to announce that Dr Judith Tobin, Macmillan GP Facilitator for Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group, will be coming to speak to us on End of Life Care. This is a public meeting, and non-members are welcome. No need to book.