Category Archives: Meetings

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

Chair of our Forum resigns from the committee

Ann with Richard WebbAt our AGM on March 28th, Ann Hill (pictured here with Richard Webb) resigned from the Forum Committee. She was one of the founder members of the Harrogate District Over 50s Forum and, for many years, she has represented the Forum at the North Yorkshire Forum for Older People (NYFOP). Ann has ensured that the Forum has provided opportunities for people to meet and discuss issues of importance to older people. Every year, she has planned and co-ordinated bi-monthly day trips to a variety of venues which have proved to be very popular, and which have also helped to generate income for the activities of the Forum. Fortunately, Ann has agreed to continue organising the day trips and information about these is available on our ‘Forum Events’ page.

We would like to thank Ann for all her hard work, which has helped to make the Forum the success it is today.

‘Benefits matter’

Benefits 3Benefits and allowances are the subject of our next Forum meeting on November 26th, details of which can be found on the ‘Forum Events’ page.

It has been reported that two thirds of those eligible do not claim the marriage allowance and grandparents are missing out on boosts to their pensions, if they are looking after grandchildren. Make sure you’re not missing out. For further information about some of the benefits and allowances to which you may be entitled, please visit the ‘Topical News’ page.

Best Foot Forward!


Best foot forward 1

Come to our next Forum meeting to get some really good advice about avoiding falls. As people get older, they are arguably more prone to accidents. Slips, trips and falls are the commonest types and are often preventable. Contributing factors include poor mobility and loss of balance. Facilitated by Gail McCracken, NYCC Falls Co-ordinator, this presentation will heighten your awareness of the risks of falls and highlight ways in which you can improve your safety. The meeting will be held in St Paul’s Meeting Room, Victoria Avenue, HG1 1EL ( opposite Harrogate Library) on July 21st 2.00 – 4.00pm.  Entrance £2 (includes refreshments and raffle ticket).

What is happening to the NHS?

NHS services


We had a an eye-opening meeting on Thursday November 26th when we found out what is happening to the NHS  and the ways in which its principles have, and are, being undermined by successive governments. Following the showing of the DVD  about the NHS -‘The Sell Off’, which exposed some of the covert strategies which suggest that the NHS is being privatised by the back door, there was a lively discussion about how patients could try to rescue the NHS.

How to explore the internet – top safety tips from the experts



‘A guide to exploring the internet safely’

This was a really interesting presentation about the internet. Peter Morris from the University of Oxford started with a brief overview of how he became involved with computers and then went on to demonstrate how the internet enhanced his daily life. Following this, Jordan Booth from Barclays Digital Eagles described their work in helping people to access the internet, together with helpful tips for staying safe on-line. Judging by the number of questions from the audience, this was a popular presentation.

Harrogate District Over 50s Forum meeting  at St Paul’s, Victoria Avenue,  HG1 1EL (opposite Harrogate library)  July 23rd     2-4pm.

Is the NHS really going to sell our medical records!

NHS scheme

NHS scheme

Members of the the Forum, and visitors, packed the meeting room today to attend a presentation on the Government’s scheme, given by Professor Justin Keen from Leeds University. He described the progress of the scheme to date, its aims, proposed benefits and some of the controversies surrounding it. Forum members were keen to hear about what would be happening to their medical records and this controversial topic certainly stimulated a lot of questions both during and after the presentation. A very informative and worthwhile meeting.

Please see the next post for further details about the project, or click here for detailed information. If you wish to opt-out of the project click  caredata_opt-out form for a form to print or alternatively click here for further advice.