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  • Quarterly

    Issue 21 5/11/11





    F R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E EF R E E: Computer courses for beginners and people just wanting to improve their skills, with the new Louth Surf IT Learn IT. Free sessions for Seniors Forum members at Cannon Street House from 2 pm - 4 pm on Friday afternoons. See page 6 for details.

    FFFF RRRR EEEE E !E !E !E ! We are offering the first sixteen people who get in touch with us, a free place on a mini bus we have arranged, primarily for those who have no transport, to go to the Age UK Lindsey Winter

    Festival on 22nd November. No charge to attend the charitys Festival, at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa, 10 am - 3 pm Details on page 2

    F R E E !F R E E !F R E E !F R E E ! We have a large number of tickets for the Market Rasen Jump Racing on 17th November. Gates open at 10.40am.

    We will send them to anyone who gets in touch. You are welcome to ask for tickets for friends and you will be in the Tattersalls Enclosure. The tickets are given courtesy of Burts Hand Fried Potato Chips who are now a sponsor with Jockey Club Racecourses.

    Tickets will be posted out on 12th November, second class.

    Walk n Natter on

    alternate Tuesday afternoons.

    Details and dates on page 5

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    Do you feel you have something to offer todays parents?

    ParentParentParentParentSTOPSTOPSTOPSTOP is a friendly drop-in group for parents and meets weekly in term time on Wednesdays from 10 am - 12 pm Debbie Yarsley coordinates the group and would welcome one or two people who have been through the parenting years and who would like to help encourage and get involved in the activities they do together. They get up to all sorts of things but with Christmas approaching this next few weeks will involve putting together gift boxes for the troops, biscuit and cake making, card making on computers, wrapping ideas, Christmas crafts, ideas and organisational tips for making family life easier, creating family memories and more. ParentParentParentParentSTOP STOP STOP STOP meet at Cannon Street House in Louth. Please ring Debbie on 07972 619138 if you would like to help.

    Fibromyalgia The Louth Branch of the Fibromyalgia Association Support Group is held at Mayfair Family Club on

    the last Thursday of every month 11 am till 2 pm. The venue for this friendly support group is on

    Birch Road (LN11 8DU). They have different things on each month;

    sometimes a speaker; sometimes quiz etc.

    Please contact Maureen for more details on 01507 608254

    The Age UK Lindsey Winter Festival is on Tuesday, 22nd November from 10 am - 3 pm at the Petwood Hotel and we are all invited! Guest Speaker is the author, Margaret Dickinson. There will be a wide selection of stalls and activities. Their Annual General Meeting takes place in the Garden Room at 10.15 am There is plenty parking at the Petwood Hotel and it is set in extensive gardens and parkland with some beautiful walks. There is a free Lunchtime Festive Roast in a Roll or a vegetarian option, but other refreshments, snacks and meals are available to purchase throughout the day.

    For a place on the minibus (see page 1) contact Marjorie Barnes, who has organised the free transport from Louth, BEFORE 13th NOVEMBER. Telephone: 602031 to book a place and for details of departure point and time.

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    New provision for elderly people With the loss of Crowtree House and its day care service, a new service and drop-in-centre has started at St Michaels Church HOUSE, 4 Mount Pleasant, Louth LN11 9DR. Called Hum Bug Activity Club it has an emphasis on enjoying activities, crafts, fun, exercise, games etc. It is run by Jane Robertshaw (mobile 07795 957424) and Joanne Blythe (mobile 07824 757433). Both have experience in activities for the elderly and in caring for people with, and without, dementia. Ring either of them for more information and a chat about whether the service would be suitable for you or the needs of a person you care for. Web site is

    Would you, or a person you care for, like to experience a free one hour drop-in session in November? We have eight vouchers to give away. Please get in touch (see back page) and we will post one or (if you wish) two to you.

    Louth and District Seniors Forum is not necessarily endorsing or recommending the above companies, products or services, and accepts no liability for services provided by them.

    Wiltshire Farm Foods and Ronnie Corbett If you enjoy watching video clips on your computer, and are receiving this electronically you may like these two clips advertising Wiltshire Farm Foods. and

    To request a brochure or to order meals from Wiltshire Farm Foods, phone their Caenby Corner premises near Gainsborough on 01427 666130.

    Only 1.00 The Market Stall, which is open on 8 New Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10.30 am and 4 pm, can deliver homemade Ready Meals to your home. There is currently a choice of nine main meals each only 1, and a choice of four sweets, again, at 1 each.

    If you order 15 worth they will deliver for free, however, for a limited period, they are offering a 5 Trial Pack with free delivery so that you can check out the quality and the delivery service. Phone 358390, or call in at 8 New Street for a range of produce including the ready meals.

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    Mature Driver Courses, for those 60 and over, are run from time to time by the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.

    These training days support mature drivers and provide up to date information, which aims to improve confidence, skills and knowledge. It starts off with a half day theory programme covering all aspects of defensive driving. There is then an opportunity to do some driving with an Approved Driving Instructor. You will be given advice on what to improve upon and how you might do that.

    In Februarys Open Voice, we quoted two members who had been on the course saying We recommend older drivers to sign up for driver training days if and when they get the opportunity

    So how can you do that?

    Phone 01522 805832 to say if you are interested and what locations would be possible for you to attend eg Louth, Horncastle etc.

    When they have enough people for a particular location they will let you know the date and details.

    If you wish to receive this newsletter in pdf format please let us know and you will be added to the email list.

    Rogue Traders Nigel Wass, a Police Community Support Officer in the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Horncastle sent an Alert around last month. We quote it here: We would like to make people aware of an increase of Rogue Traders incidents in the last week. Rogue traders call at your door and offer to do work on your home or garden that will be either unnecessary or vastly over-priced. They have no formal training to carry out the work. Some have links with distraction burglars. Dont ever go to a bank or

    cash point with a trader: legitimate traders would never do this!

    Dont allow anyone to pressure you into agreeing to have work carried out. If you ask them to leave and they dont, call the police.

    Do discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader.

    Dont agree to any work, or sign anything on the spot.

    Not Sure? Dont Open the Door..! To contact the Police use

    0300 111 0300 To get email police alerts sign up at

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    All over 50s are welcome and you just come along before 2 pm on the day of the walk or, if you prefer, you can contact Tracey for more information. Mobile Number 07825989418

    If you have any suggestions to improve the walks or any

    comments, please feed these back to Tracey. We value comments!

    This group which is led by Tracey Richardson of ELDC has only three more walks in 2011: 15th and 29th November and 13th December. Meet at the Meridian Leisure Centre at 2 pm for a walk of 4 - 5 miles or a walk of about 3 miles at a gentler pace. All meet up afterwards for a cup of tea at the Aqua

    Vita at the Leisure Centre. The 2012 walks are on alternate Tuesdays starting 10th January. Web site

    Many of you visited the Silver Surfers Day event in May held at the Trinity Centre. It was organised by a number of organisations working together to improve the quality of life for older people in our locality - part of the Districts Local Strategic Partnership. The Seniors Forum, who registered the event (which was one of 2,500 events nationwide) with Spring Online (, were delighted that the

    event was chosen for a Highly Commended Certificate in an award for the Best Event.

    Mark Egan, the Financial Capability Advisor with East Lindsey Citizens Advice Bureau, kindly collected the certificate on our

    behalf along with a cheque for 75 which we have used to put on internet sessions.

    (see page 6) Iain Duncan Smith MP and Mark Egan

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    Silver Surfers. Silver Surfers. Silver Surfers. This Autumn the Seniors Forum have been running sessions on alternate Thursday mornings for over 50s to get experience of using the internet for a whole range of activities. We have been helping one another but this has worked exceptionally