Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 18 (May / June 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 18 PDF (May / June 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 622Kb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 18

  • Keep safe this summer
  • The warmer summer months that hopefully lie ahead can unfortunately increase opportunistic crime…
  • Advocacy in Barnet
  • Advocacy in Barnet (AIB) offers free, independent and confidential advocacy services to people aged 50 and over in the borough of Barnet.
  • Dementia Clubs
  • Dementia Club UK, a registered charity, is at present running seven dementia clubs in the Borough of Barnet. People that attend a Dementia Club have either just been diagnosed or are more progressed with dementia.
  • Trinity Stroke Club
  • For people who have suffered a stroke. This is a friendly supportive club which has been running successfully for many years in the heart of Finchley – at Trinity Church Centre in Nether Street.
  • Scams Awareness Service
  • A new service has been launched by Age UK Barnet to tackle the rising problem of financial scams, which are most likely to target the over 55s. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/barnet/our-services/scams-awareness/
  • Crimestoppers
  • Crimestoppers is a crime information collection operation which enables anyone with information about any crime and who wishes to remain anonymous to pass that information to the police. This is done by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • Online Watch Link
  • OWL – the Online Watch Link – helps keep communities safe, reduce crime and keep people informed of what’s going on locally. www.owl.co.uk
  • Defensive Planting
  • Nature’s way to beat the burglar. Criminals do not like climbing through prickly plants and hedges. They know that a small item of ripped clothing or blood can help the police identify them. We pick the 8 best prickly trees, shrubs, bamboo and rhubarb.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • What does the new financial year mean to me?
  • The main changes to the State Pension you need to know about for the start of the new tax and financial year.
  • Ask Bob
  • Am I more at risk if a relative has cancer?
  • Act F.A.S.T. – Stroke Awareness
  • Call 999 if you notice the signs of stroke: Face, Arms, Speech, Time.
  • Help with one-off practical tasks
  • GoodGym runners want a reason to run so as part of their runs, they stop off to help people aged 60+ with one-off household and garden tasks.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • Waitrose green tokens
  • If you shop at Waitrose in Chipping Barnet, then please choose BSA as your chosen local charity.
  • and mentions for…
  • Volunteering with Advocacy in Barnet, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 18 PDF.

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.