Category Archives: Groups

Forum Lunch Club

October 12th       12.30pm     Lunch at Istanbul, Victoria Avenue (opposite the Waitrose car park exit)

Istanbul restaurant

Nothing too hot and spicy, and reasonably  priced.  Belly dancing & plate-smashing optional!
12 for 12.30 pm as usual.  To reserve a place contact Suzanne Marsland 01423 560384

New venue for u3a meetings.

u3aCongratulations to u3a on its 30th anniversary – unfortunately festivities were curtailed by the pandemic. Open meetings are starting again on the last Friday of the month at the Wesley Centre. On Friday October 29th the talk will be given by Richard Taylor of the Ripon Civic Society entitled ‘No Rest for the Wicked’. Coffee/tea will be served at 10.30, followed by the talk at 11.15am.

Anyone who is no longer in full-time employment is very welcome to join u3a. Please look at the website :>Harrogate for further details and membership application forms . These are also available in The Library. For any enquiries about membership please use the dedicated line 07715 429 249 .

It’s General Election time!

Laughing man imagesNow could be a good time to raise the issues of older people. We are not a minority group (see previous post).

23,200,000 of us are 50 yrs of age and over, so we could influence the outcome of the election. So let’s challenge the politicians on their policies. Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information. @hgdover50sforum

We are not a minority group

Grandparents and children


We need to use our voice to try to make things better for older people, because we are members of a large population. Just look at the figures …..



There are more people in the UK aged 60 and over, than there are under 18*

23,200,000         people, one third of the UK population, are 50 years of age and over.

3,500,000           people in the UK over the age of 65+ live alone

2,000,000           people aged 75+ live alone; of these, 1.5 million are women.

3,000,000           people aged 80 or over are living in the UK

As Emma Thompson (actress) once stated, ‘The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great, so that everyone looks forward to it’.

*(Source:  AgeUK)

New deaf cafe

Deaf cafe

Every second Thursday of the month, 2 -4pm at Harrogate Library
A chance to meet others and socialise. Everybody is welcome and a special welcome to those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a dual sensory impairment. A member of NYCC Sensory team will be at each session to offer advice and information.



A new ‘Knit & Natter’ group

Knit and natter

This group will be meeting on the last Monday of each month at St Peter’s Church, Cambridge Street, Harrogate for a social ‘Knit & Natter’ gathering knitting/crocheting for various charities in the area. The aim is to meet new people and have some fun whilst producing items for worthwhile causes including: the Homeless; premature baby unit; dementia patients and ‘Knit for Nowt’ – a Yorkshire based charity which provides support for children requiring psychiatric help. Follow this link for further details:

Support for older and ex-members of the armed forces

Ex-forces supportCommunity First Yorkshire ‘provides a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older and ex-members of the armed forces and enabling them to lead fuller lives. This service covers all of North Yorkshire and is funded by the Aged Veterans Fund at the Ministry of Defence using LIBOR funds.

Community First Yorkshire are committed to contributing to and widening the existing support available for older veterans across the County, working closely with delivery partners and other service charities to carry out this work. They offer person-centred practical, financial, and holistic support – from hardship grants to arts and crafts to befriending. Veterans will have the opportunity to try new things, revisit old interests, or benefit from new and improved connections to their community’. Please follow this link for further information.

Do you have some great sporting memories?

1966-football-cupWould you like to meet with other older sports fans to discuss your sporting memories? Monday September 19th, 1 – 3pm, sees the launch of the Harrogate Town Football Club Sporting Memories Group

Come along and enjoy sharing your memories with others. Free refreshments provided. For further details click sport-memories-invite or call Simon Pierce on 01423 813035 or email

Details also available via our ‘New Ventures & Special Events’ webpage.

An invitation to join the Silver Singers

choir singersSilver Singers a singing group for the over 60’s hosted by Catholic Care will meet on Thursday 28 July, 10.15am – 11.30am  at St Aelred’s Parish Hall, Woodlands Drive, Harrogate

A cost of £2 per person per session will be charged which includes refreshments.  No previous musical experience required! The group will meet fortnightly. Please contact Rachel Beedle on 07739 975021 or just come along and sing!

Feel like a change?

Card players laughingCrisp sunny winter mornings can inspire us to think of something new to do. Perhaps you fancy joining a group of people to share an interest and/or find company. Social connections are as important as money and health, according to a major new study. So, how do you find out what is going on in the Harrogate district? Well, of course, you can explore this website! There are links to all sorts of groups, organisations and sources of information. For example, have you ever looked at the Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service (HARCVS) events webpages? Alternatively you could always visit your local library for ideas about recreational and educational events.