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Updated: Dec 24, 2020


December 2020

Christmas message from Chair

On behalf of the North Herts 50+ Forum, I would like to wish everyone a happy healthy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Christmas means different things to different people.

For me Christmas is a time for family, a time to reflect on the good and not so good things that have taken place during the previous 12 months. This year has been especially difficult with COVID-19 meaning many of us having spent more time alone at home.

Christmas can also be a painful and sad time for many of us, particularly for those who have suffered bereavement over the past year. This year is more important than ever to spread Christmas cheer. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, it can be easy to focus on everything we can’t do and forget the things we can do. I would encourage you all to keep in touch by phone, text or email. We will be ringing all of you. A kind word can mean so much. Since becoming Chair of NH50+, I have been so impressed by the strength and compassion of our volunteers. What an amazing group of people!

I would especially like to thank Sweenie and Berni who have worked tirelessly through the year but particularly this Christmas. Also, Sheila, Sally, Seema, Sam, Ben and Joan for the commitment and support as our committee. Special thanks to Arthur for his donation of our beautiful Christmas cards this year. And finally, to Janet Waters who has sadly had to stand down as our Chair due to poor health but who we are delighted will be staying in touch and joining our meetings on Zoom when ever she can to give support and advice. I look forward to meeting and talking to everyone of you in the New Year. Stay safe, healthy and positive. You are in our thoughts.

With Love,

Sue Ngwala


Hampers !


Christmas greetings to you all.

This Christmas is going to be one that none of us have experienced before, even those who were around during the 2nd World War.

Despite the problems, the NH50plus committee members have really pulled out the stops and contacted everyone by sending Christmas cards and other goodies where possible. The committee has and continues to work very hard to keep in contact with each member, finding time to care for you all. They deserve our thanks for their hard work, as I know they are planning to get the meetings up and running as soon as the Government allows social meetings again. Whether you are able to meet a few members of your family or bubble over the special Christmas period, do take care to keep safe. It may be tempting to give each other hugs and kisses, but do take time to think carefully, and consider the risks to yourself or any other loved ones living with you.

Have a joyful time, and remember the origin of Christmas. It was a message of Peace on Earth. May it enter your home this Christmas.

Janet Waters


More Hampers !


Message from Secretary

December 2020

Merry Christmas to you all. I hope all of you are keeping safe and well, are looking forward to Christmas and saying Goodbye to 2020.

I hope 2021 will bring us good luck and blessings, that we will soon be able to see each other, and can resume our normal lives.

You must have seen the NH50plus November Newsletter and noticed a few changes on the Committee. As Janet mentioned at our last Forum meeting before the lockdown, that she would be retiring from her (Chair) post soon, but will continue to support us as a member. Seema retired from the post of Treasurer, but both of them will be serving on our committee. A big thank you to both of you and we do want you to stay with us as your knowledge and advice is very invaluable to the NH50plus group! We are very lucky to have Cllr Sue Ngwala as our new Chair. She is looking forward to meeting you all in person, but until then she will have a chat with you over the phone.

We started our Executive meetings on Zoom (Basic) in September. I am very happy to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £250.00 from Age UK, Friends and Forums Small Grant Programme Winter 2020/21. We have used these funds to buy a Zoom (Pro) Licence, and to present eleven of our most vulnerable members who went through a very difficult period during the lockdown, with Christmas hampers.

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We are conducting our monthly Executive meetings on Zoom, and one- to -one Zoom meetings with our members. We are swinging into the festive spirit and please join our Christmas sing-a-long on Zoom on Monday 21st December at 1.30pm. From January we will be starting monthly Forum meetings at our usual time with a Speaker via Zoom. We hope to have talk on preventing ourselves from being scammed from Bernadette Merry.

On behalf of NH50plus group, I would like to express my deep gratitude to North Herts Minority Ethnic Forum for conducting various IT, Yoga and Keep fit classes on a Zoom platform. They are still running weekly. Our members have gained so much confidence, IT knowledge as well as social interaction during this difficult period from these classes.

I should not forget the North Herts District Council Community Engagement Team, Lea and Katie for updating me with North Herts Healthy Hub news and supporting our vulnerable members with their necessities through HertsHelp during the lockdown in March.

Finally, I would like to thank our dedicated Executive committee members for their hard work, time and effort, as well as all our members for your continued support.

Our lockdown experience has shown us and given us loads of lessons. Beauty of nature and the beauty of the human spirit. The name ZOOM became very popular. Meetings, chats, webinars, parties and almost everything started on zoom. Our lockdown experience has shown us and given us loads of lessons.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Take care and stay safe and looking forward to see you soon


Sweenie Gunasekera


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