16th December 2019

Hello Everyone,

Hope all of you are keeping well and almost ready for Christmas as well as New Year!!

Hope all of you have enjoyed November NH50+ Open Forum Meeting at Broadway Café with mince and Fire Safety Talk and thank you very much for attending.

We had our Christmas Lunch last week, our last event for 2019 at Broadway Carvery on 12th December, and 18 members attended and enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal. Hope to see more members next year.

I have to give you some good news for next year. There will be free IT courses for over 50’s at North Herts Ethnic Minority Forum, Whinbush Road, Hitchin. SG5 1PH

 Classes will be starting on 15th January 2020 until 6th November 2020.

Basic IT Course

Microsoft Word and Excel


Social media & Internet

Please open the attachment for details and contact NHEMF early in advance on 01462 440224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place.   

Please don’t forget to attend,

Free Winter Warmer Event on Friday 24th January 2020 at Tabor Court,

Beech Hill Letchworth, SG6 4JY. Contact HertsHelp to reserve a place on 0300 123 4044

 or visit www.healthierfuture.org.uk/events/winter

 Advice and Tips on staying healthy and well this winter plus Refreshments and a light lunch.

Our First Forum meeting  in 2020 will be on Thursday 16th January at St Faith’s Church Hall, Woolgrove Road, Hitchin. SG4 0AS

Tracey Webber from Herts County Council will be our Speaker and the Topic will be

 Connecting Lives Project and Adult Care Services (how to obtain care, support, help and advice, that we need from our Herts County Council)

You must have already heard about HertsHelp, a network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working together to support, who needs help, and funded by Herts County Council. An Advisor from HertHelp will join Tracey to give us a Talk about

HertHelp and what are the services available to our members.

On behalf of NH50+ Executive committee I would like to thank you all, for your support given all through the year to NH50+ and thank you our new members, who joined after September, and I hope that you have made new friends and enjoying topics, discussions and company at our Monthly Forum meetings.

Please open attachments 1. Christmas card designed by Pat Bell

                                               2. Free IT Classes Time Table due to start in January 2020 at NHEMF

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Kind Regards,

Sweenie Gunasekera

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I am sure all of you have enjoyed lovely summer this year, and thank you very much for attending our AGM and all of you who sent apologies. It was our 9th AGM and everyone had a great time and the Talk given by Andy Gibbs was excellent. Members, and visitors, including Guests, number went up to 43. Great news for you!!!

Our next Forum meeting will be on

Thursday 19th September at B A H C, The Old Town Hall, High Street, Baldock. SG7 6AR from 2.00 – 4.00pm The Topic - Classic Mobility – Aids to assist with Daily Living,

 by Lauren Bromfield.

 I am sure this is going to be very interesting and useful, so please try to attend with your friends.

The Executive committee remind you that annual subscriptions of £8.00 are now due for the forthcoming year. Thanks to all who have already paid up.

The Subscription is very good value, with entry to 11 meetings with refreshments, a subsidy towards the cost of Christmas Lunch, and reduced costs for the courses organised by North Herts Ethnic Minority Forum which includes IT, Spanish courses and Cookery sessions.  In the Summer, NH50+ also subsidised the transport costs of the outing to Wrest Park. Do not forget that you can attend North Herts Bus User Group NHBUG to discuss bus issues. All in all, there is a very good value for the cost of your subscription, so please pay up and continue to enjoy the social contacts and the Talks of subjects that are relevant to all of us.

Next important date of our calendar is NH50+ Christmas Lunch which all of you enjoyed so much last two years. This time it will be on Thursday 12th December at Broadway Carvery (same place) full price is £18.95 but for members with your subsidy it’s £13.95. If you are interested please reserve your place with a deposit of £10.00 and you can pay it on 19th September and you can collect menu sheet.

Basic IT course will be starting on Wednesday 18th September from 10.00 – 12 00 at NHEMF. extremely good value for money £15.00 for 5 classes with an excellent Tutor from Herts County Council (Adult Education Centre) If anyone is interested, still there is time and places. Please call myself on 01462 623515 or call NHEMF on 01462 440224.

Address: North Herts Ethnic Minority Forum, Ground Floor, Unity House, Whinbush Road, Hitchin SG5 1PH. Parking is available and if you come by bus short distance from Nightingale Road.

NH50+ work very closely with NHMEF with our IT and Spanish classes. Sor more information see their webaite at.  www.nhmef.org.uk


NH50+ Summer Outing to Wrest Park, Silsoe in Bedfordshire on 28th June 2019

Our members had a great day at Wrest Park on Friday 28th June. It was the best day of the week. It was too hot to walk around 90 Acres of beautiful Gardens.

 Garden Tour in our Golf Cart was a luxury. Our volunteer Guide Lionel made two trips around the garden. There is no better way to fully appreciate the scale, grandeur and history of Wrest Park without him.

Our comfortable Minibus was provided by Hitchin Helping Hands with a very friendly volunteer driver.

Great day to remember!!!!!  Look in our gallery for some pictures.


Next big Event in NH50+ calendar is AGM and will be held on Thursday 18th July at 2.00pm at Christchurch Hall, Bedford Road, Hitchin, SG5 1HF next to Health Centre across Waitrose with car parking facilities. If the car park is full please go to Liarage multi -storey car park in Bedford Road next to Waitrose car park with plenty of spaces and lot cheaper. Bus is the most convenient way of getting there and if you have a car please try to share with someone. We have 40 members at present and would love to see all of you.

See the events list for full details.

 You can renew your membership on that day.

I am very pleased with IT classes that we are attending at NHMEF in Hitchin and they are introducing two more classes starting 19th June – 17th July.

  1. IPad and Tablet made easy – 5 weeks - course fee £35.00

Practical advice for navigating the Internet, exploring Apps, and staying online

  1. Computer for complete beginners – 5 weeks – course fee £35.00

Introduction to ICT Basics covering security, email, Internet and Social media

Please call NHMEF 01462 440224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are interested.

Looking forward to see you all at the AGM and thank you all for attending our Forums and your contributions to the raffle.

Kind regards,

Sweenie Gunasekera

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On behalf of the NH50+ committee I am very pleased to give this good news that we have been awarded £1200.00 Grant to our Group from NHDC Area Committee. Our special thanks to Claire Morgan and Cllr Helen Oliver for their tremendous support given to us.

As you know it is not very easy to get funding these days and we have been using Comic Relief funds for the last few years.

Our March Forum will be on Thursday 21st March from 2.00 -4.00 pm at Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, and Baldock. SG7 6DH.

There will be two speakers and the Topics are

  1. Thermal Imaging to help improve heat conservation in your home by Julia Sonander
  2. Plastic Free Letchworth Project by Diane Ketcher

Our summer outing will be on Friday 28th June to Wrest Park and if you have not put your name down, you can do it on 21st March.

Classes at Minority Ethnic Forum

IT level 1 and Spanish classes are doing extremely well.

IT Level 2 will be starting on 24th April. For 5 weeks Course fee £35.00

Spanish Intermediate will be starting on 25th April. Give you details on 21st March

E- Safety Course - Introduction to ICT Basics covering security (viruses) email, the Internet, staying safe online and social media starting on 26th April. 5weeks course and fee £15.00

Willian Bowls Club would like to give us a Free Taster session and if you are interested I can arrange a date. Any Tuesdays 2.00- 4.00pm and Thursdays 6.00 – 8.00pm at Lower Green, Norton Common, Letchworth.

If you are interested joining our Executive Committee and give us some support with fresh ideas, you are very welcome. 

Looking forward to see you all on Thursday 21st March at Baldock C C and please ask your friends to join as NH50+ Group is Voice for Elderly, this is the time to meet new friends and share your thoughts and experience.

 Loneliness is a very big issue today we will try our best to tackle it.

Thank you very much for your continued support.