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Caring Neighbour / Silver Sunday Awards 2013

Caring Neighbour / Silver Sunday Awards 2013 

On Friday 4th October in the Council Chamber, Havering Over 50’s Forum  hosted an afternoon of Community Awards to celebrate, recognise and thank those unsung people who are involved in making a difference in the Borough. This involved the established Caring Neighbour Scheme and included Silver Sunday Awards which came at the end of Active Living Week. This Award recognises the contribution people over 50 have made in the Borough. At the end of the presentation ceremony everybody was  invited to afternoon tea with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Linda Trew, and her Consort , Mr Graham Trew, President of the Over 50’s Forum, Councillor Pam Light and VIP’s in attendance.

Winners of the Caring Neighbour Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards were :

First Place (Gold) – Gladys Felton

Gladys is 85 years old and has helped her neighbour, doing odd jobs, gardening, keeping in touch and just being there, for many years.  It would not be possible for her to live in her own home without Mrs Felton’s care, compassion and help.

Second place (Silver) – Judy Box

Judy helps all her neighbours.  She has done Shopping, Washing and Ironing for many of them. Apart from this when one neighbour went into hospital she looked after all the animals, going in to feed them twice a day. She is a good friend and very caring neighbour.

Third place (Bronze – Gordon Palmer

Gordon and his wife call on their neighbour most days, or if not he telephones to make sure everything is okay.  He also helps with Shopping, Gardening and odd jobs. A kind and trustworthy neighbour.

There were two new Awards this year and these were :

The Award for helping to safeguard money -Tony Gladman

Tony is a neighbour who is always willing to help, whether gardening, dealing with tradesman or just making a cup of tea. He never says no.

This Award was presented by Len Faram, MBE, Chairman of the Havering Community Police Consultative Group and accepted on Tony’s behalf by Sue McNally.

The Award for Just Being there – Paula Lewis

Paula  has looked out for her neighbour, a long-standing friend who, with age, has become unwell.  Apart from doing odd jobs around the house and accompanying her to hospital, she has liaised with both her family and doctor to ensure she keeps safe and well. Paula is also a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.

As Paula was unable to attend this will be presented by Mark Masters of Frank Rivett & Sons at a later date.

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The other nominees this year, who all receive a certificate, were:

Chris BealeJason Benton

Lesley Blowers

Ken Grove

Joanne Harman

Alison Harris

Julie Hicks

Katherine Hulbert

Christine JonesBrian Laws

Colleen Middleburgh

Mr & Mrs Munns

Angela Myers

Doreen Pickton

Elizabeth Preston

Joyce Ragbir

Rosalind ReynoldsMaria Ryder

Margaret Saville

Jane Shepherd

Mr. P. Wesson

Jean Wiskar

Ann Wigmore

Maria Wilkinson

Silver Sunday Awards

Certificates were presented to the following  by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Linda Trew

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David Keeley – Nominated for setting up the local Park Run at Harrow Lodge Park.

Terry Kenney – Nominated for his volunteering with MIND. Nomination has come from Vanessa Bennet CEO of Mind in conjunction with the previous CEO Christine Roffey

Michael & Alison Lyons – Two separate nominations from Kathryn Andrews and Kay Harris – both nominate the Lyons for their voluntary work to clean and clearHarrow Lodge Park and looking after the swans.

Lois Mackie – Nominated by Harold Hill Library’s manager for her volunteering work at the Library.

John Singh – Nominated by Mark Jackson at LBH for various voluntary roles.

Sansar Singh Narwal – Nominated by Parminder Singh for his voluntary work on behalf of the Asian Community and HASWA.

Jock Waters – Nominated for his volunteering. He runs the Harold Hill Old Folks Group. Nominated by Debbie Tuohy at LBH

Barry Wiseman – Nominated for his work setting up Harold Hill Running Club.

 Sponsors for the ‘Caring Neighbours’-

Pinney Talfourd Solicitors

Frank Rivett & Sons funeral directors

Age Concern Havering

Police and Community Consultative Group.

London Borough of Havering

Also supported by Queens Theatre


Positive Ageing in London is delighted to invite you to a discussion event on “Supporting Older People’s Contributions” on 17 October 2013.

Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London,  will launch a major report by the GLA on older people’s economic contribution to the capital.

The report launch will inform a discussion aiming to come up with recommendations on how to support older Londoners’ contributions in employment, in volunteering, as carers and as grandparents. With further expert guest speakers confirmed from Age UK and Centre for Policy on Ageing, the event will run from 10.00am (Registration) to 15.00pm.

For more information and to register, please see  or  email Sharon Tynan on<>  or phone 020 7820 6776. Participation is free of charge. Please feel free to pass this invitation on within your organisation/network, while participants need to register in advance.

The event is taking place in an accessible venue at Elephant and Castle, with good public transport links.

What:              Event on “Supporting Older People’s Contributions” featuring the launch of a major GLA report

When:              17 October 2013, 10.00 – 15.00

Where:            Salvation Army Community Church Hall, 1 Princess Street, London SE1 6HH

Gordon Deuchars
Policy and Campaigns Manager
Age UK London
1st Floor, 21 St Georges Road, London, SE1 6ES
Tel. 0207 820 6777<>

Healthwatch Havering needs your views and experiences on the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, including Queens and King Georges Hospitals.


The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust on October 14-17 and needs to hear from anyone who has recently used health and care services about their experience.

Please share your experiences of using the Trust, by completing the anonymous, confidential survey:

There will also be a listening event for members of the public on:
October 15th, 6.30-8.30pm, Redbridge Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD.

We welcome anyone who has received care to come along and:
* talk to us about their experiences.
* share feedback on how improvements need to be made.
* find out how the new inspections will be carried out.

Your views and experiences will help our inspectors to determine which areas to look at during the inspections.


You can turn up to the listening event without registering. However, it would be helpful to know how many people are coming and to help the Commission accommodate any special requests you may have. Please complete the online form

Alternatively, you can contact us by:
* email:  <>
* letter: CQC National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 4PA.
* telephone: 03000 616161 or by fax: 03000 616171. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 5:30pm, excluding bank holidays. Calls will be charged at the standard rate.

Finally, if you wish to share your experiences of car and would like to talk to someone, please ring the above number and ask for the Barking Inspection Team.


Freedom Pass gets local MP and Mayoral Support

freedom pass

On behalf of our members Cliff Reynolds wrote to the local politicians and the Mayor of London expressing our members concern on the future of the Freedom Pass. The following is an extract from their responses.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

“I have absolutely no plans to withdraw my support for the Freedom Pass, which is provided by London Councils. In fact, during my time as Mayor, I have made the Freedom Pass 24-hour on Transport for London (TfL) services; and I have introduced a 60+ London Oyster photocard to ensure that Londoners who are over 60 but are not eligible for the Freedom Pass can enjoy the same benefits on TfL services”

Dame Angela Watkinson, MP Hornchurch and Upminster

“I am pleased to be able to reassure you that there are no plans to discontinue the Freedom Pass, if there were, I should be the first to protest! I hope you members will continue to use and enjoy their passes.”

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park.

“I completely understand why this pass is so important to my constituents. The Freedom Pass is more than just a pass for free travel, it is a lifeline to many people. I will support that this is retained.”

Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford

“ I was not personally aware of any changes to the Freedom Pass and have not heard any news suggesting it is at risk”

Councillor Michael White, Leader of Havering Council

“As you know , Havering has supported the Freedom Pass for many years now and personally I very much support the provision of free transport for the elderly….. However I and no other serious politician can make promises about the long term future of the Freedom Pass, to do so would be to mislead you about what we can and cannot do…… All I can say is that whilst I very much support free transport for the elderly it does very much come on a list of priorities and we must allocate council funding to the areas where it is most desperately in need.”

Speakers for the Forum on October 8th 2013

We are delighted that Dr Corinna Midgley MB, BS, MRCGP, FRCP will be discussing her work as Clinical Lead for St. Frances Hospice.

Dr Midgley  trained to be a doctor at University College and then as a GP within the London based vocational (GP) training programme. She worked as a GP for several years and  retains a real passion for caring for people with complex needs. She has also been proud to develop the Consultant and Associate Specialist team to meet the increasing number of patients supported both in the hospice and at home.

In addition the Chairman, Cliff Reynolds, will be speaking about the Caring Neighbour Awards and Councillor Pam Light will be speaking about Silver Sunday.

Opening Up To Archaeology-Unearthing Havering Museum Project 7/28 November

The Museum of London and Havering Museum are running  a collaborative project planned for November/December 2013.

The “Opening Up To Archaeology-Unearthing Havering Project” project aims to encourage members of the community to take part in interactive workshops, engaging with archaeology excavated from the Borough of Havering and fostering involvement with the local community and its heritage.

The sessions are free.

If you would like to book please contact Niamh Keating by email, or at 02075669316.

There is still have availability for the afternoon sessions on the 7th & 28th November.  The maximum number of people we can accommodate is 16.

Archaeological Collections Manager (Inclusion)
Museum of London
46 Eagle Wharf Road
London N1 7ED
Tel: 020 7566 9316

Join us for an afternoon of Music Hall fun and entertainment at the Queens Theatre, Jan 16 2014

Music Hall

‘ Music Hall’ matinee Queens Theatre Hornchuch. 2-30pm performance on JAN: 16th 2014.


The forum have purchased 59 seats. Complete Rows A,B,C, !. cost discount price of £10 each
( instead of £12-50)


Considering how we all laughed all the way through last years performance. Next Jan ,us being all together we shall probably lift the roof !


Please see our Diane for tickets at the next forum on Tuesday 8th October.