Watford Senior Citizens Forum

Spring 2004
From The Chair
Hello Everyone!
A Happy New Year to all. We have an exciting start to 2004, by moving our meeting place to a central Watford venue. It has been something that we have been hoping to do for a long time, to make it accessible for a lot more people.
It will be at Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Clarendon Road, Watford, so tell your friends. The meetings will still be held on the last Thursday of the month, as usual. We have some very interesting speakers booked for 2004, and a good turn out is always appreciated.

Last year, we had Mayor Dorothy Thornhill at a meeting, where she answered all of the questions put to her in a most friendly manner. Everyone said how much they had enjoyed taking part.

Claire Ward MP attended another one of our meetings, and I was told, that, once again, it was most enjoyable, useful and interesting. Everyone had a chance to put their points over. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this one, as I had only just come home from hospital that very morning after being made 'bionic' with a pacemaker !! Claire did, however, call to see me in my flat, which was a very nice surprise.

Ellie Burtenshaw, Chairman of Watford Borough Council, still comes to our meetings whenever her commitments allow, and it is always nice to see her.

Two members attended a conference, organised by the Primary Care Trust, about 'Coming Home from Hospital'They thoroughly enjoyed it, but reported that they had to work very hard !

Two other members attended the Pensioner's Parliament in Blackpool, and came back very stimulated. They even managed to speak to the Assembly!

Two members are very involved with the 'Against Bogus Callers' initiative, in conjunction with Herts Police, so we are all very active, but we always welcome more people to join in.

The website is going from strength to strength, thank to Len's hard work. Do take a look at it. You will find it at www.watfordscf.

As you can see we are a very active group, and are willing to take on any issues which affect older people.We are in a New Year, with a new venue, so let us a really get more and more things going for the good of us all. Shirley

Picture Gallery
Watford elected Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill,
enjoying our March meeting.

Information Directory
In partnership with Watford Council Community Services we have produced a Directory of activities and services of interest to the older person living in Watford and the surrounding areas. This directory is now available from our Secretary. In due course it will also be accessible from our web site. Contact details are at the end of this news letter.

Don't Get Diddled
Don't get diddled by a postal fiddle. Every day people open their post to find they have won a prize in a draw or some other competiton. While some, but not much of this mail is genuine, some of it is a dishonest trap to entice you to part with your money.

Did you Know ?
Bus Pass prices in Watford will be the same as last year. Bus Passes will be smart cards, which will have the persons photograph on the pass. Information on bus passes can be obtained from the One Stop Shop. 01923 226400. There are over 9 million pensioners in England and over a million of them live in London. Over one in three pensioner lives alone. Nearly one in three pensioners lives below the official poverty line. That it is always darkest before dawn, so if you are going to steal your neighbour's newspaper that is the time to do it.

New Bus Information Service
The new bus information service has been installed in the High Street where you can now input your journey and get a print out of options and scheduled times for the buses. This is a service provided by HCC Inter-link.

Disabled Drivers Car Park Passes
A person who is registered as a disabled driver and is the holder of an Orange/Blue badge may apply for a car park pass. Conditions apply, and is means tested. For details contact Linda Baker at The Parking Shop, 71-73 Market Street, WD18 0PS.

Equal Access Helpline
If disabled access is an issue, a problem or an obstacle for you or, someone you care for, and you need advice, help or support then call the Helpline 01923 278545 Advice on disability and sickness benefits can be given. Equal access is the principle of making all information, services and opportunities fully accessible to all people. The Council wants to make every effort to lead by example in upholding the rights of disabled people. For details ring the Helpline.

Gadget Aids
The Senior Citizens Forum is interested in any aids you have found that help you do something more easily. Have you found something that makes your life easier? Tell us, and we will tell others.

Age Concern
Did you know 50% of people aged over 75 live alone? Could you help them feel less isolated? Why not become a volunteer visitor for Age Concern Hertfordshire and make a difference to an older persons' day in your local community. Receive out of pocket expenses and on going support. If you are interested telephone Maria on 01923 256361.

Suspicious Incidents
We are Living in very unsettled times and the Police have told us that they would be grateful for any help we are able to give in the way of information. If you see anything suspicious while out and about or from your front window please give them a ring on 01923 472000. Forged 20 notes, these have reached Watford. BE AWARE when handed one. These are coloured photo-copies, if you are suspicious present them to the nearest Police Station for verification. Two of our members, in conjunction with Herts Police, are now giving safety workshops to older people to make them aware of bogus callers. If you know of any group who would like to have one of these sessions, please contact Shirley on 01923 676 108

Getting Old is for Sissies.
I'm the life and sole of the party even if it lasts until 8pm. I open childproof caps with a hammer.

People with Disabilities.
Some Gas and Electricity companies offer assistance to people with disabilities to enable them to use their equipment more easily or safely. Help from fixing raised dots on light switches to larger knobs on cookers. The advice is free but there may be a charge for some adaptations. Phone your supplier using number on the back of your bill.

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Has anyone a joke, tip, anecdote etc. to contribute. How about your favourite quick fix recipe?

What Now?

Contact Details
Shirley Sanders Chairperson: - Tel. 01923 676 108
John Grainger Secretary: -Tel. 01923 234 004
Web site:- www.watfordscf.co.uk

Next Meeting February 26th 2004 2pm to 4pm at NEW location
Baptist Church Hall Clarendon Rd.,(Beechen Grove), Watford.
We meet in the Parlour Room.
The meetings will be held on the last Thursday of every month

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