March 2016 Newletter, issue 2


The first edition of your newsletter was spied by not many astronomical telescopes as it streaked through the cosmos to be sucked into the black hole of a photocopier breakdown. A fanciful way of telling you that only a few copies of issue no. 1 could be found by those members lucky enough to be entertained by essential news and bad jokes. I think a few readable copies may still be found in a tray on the big table in reception. So here’s the March edition of issue no 2 for your pleasure. Chuckles are compulsory.


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How careless of us not to have publicly thanked the company – Boilers R Us – for their deeply welcome and quite unexpected donation of a new boiler for the café kitchen. It means that the dishes can once more be washed in really hot water and with no further recourse to the repeated boiling of the tea urn. Additionally, the boiler gives us water at the right temperature for the toiles. What’s not to cheer about? One of our members has had a boiler installed independently in their own house. They are reported to be greatly pleased with it. Boilers R Us may be contacted on 020 8859 5497 and at their showrooms at the address on their flyers to be found on the table in reception. This news item, we think is the least we can do to show our thanks for their generosity.


No jokes for a few minutes: I’m talking User Group. Lots of activities go on all the time at Seniors; take a look at our freely available list in reception. Yet some seem to huddle and keep their business close to their chest. If you’re not in it, you don’t get to know its successes, its plans, its fears, its grumbles, its good advice that others may wish to follow. The User Group aims to bring us together – as you’ll be reminded in the following article – and to open yourself to dialogue while taking note of the plethora of activity you may not know anything about. Every group / activity is asked to send a representative to the User Group monthly meetings (3rd Tuesday in the month at 1.30). On those occasions, your representative will make notes, contribute to discussion, report on your group’s situation and ultimately report back to your group. Many groups have already sent reps. Our aim, our expectation, is to welcome all of them. To remind you: 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm. Meetings last no more than two hours. Reps will need to stay for the whole time. The next User Group meeting is Tuesday 15th March at 1.30pm. See you there.


Newsletter – February 2016


It’s your new, all-dancing, all-revealing, eagle eyed and regularly appearing inroad into the hurly burly of Seniors’ activities.

So first, welcome to all our members and a happy New Year (belated) to you all.


The end of last year saw our Annual General Meeting at which our new slate of Trustees was chosen.

Photos of all of the 2016 Trustees are now displayed on a notice board in the sun lounge. Those that had been missing were added as soon as they had stopped laughing and composed their features.

The list is:

  1. James Dobson (Chair / Treasurer)
  2. Andrew McMurtrie (Vice Chair)
  3. Barbara Britton (Company Secretary)
  4. Christine Castro
  5. Tess Culnane
  6. Scilla Ereku
  7. William Hanlon
  8. Norma John
  9. Gwen Rose
  10. Councillor Alan Till
  11. David Warren
  12. Councillor Susan Wise

Our continuing patron remains Peggy Fitzsimmons.


Good question!

What’s not to do is shuffle around grumbling to yourself. Your trustees have been identified, should make themselves known, and you can talk to them anytime you see them.

They’ll tell you what you want to know and discuss any issues.

And if you feel you need to address your Trustees face-to-face, remember that there’s a slot at the start of each of their meetings where you can air your, and other members’ concerns. Take advantage.


Care Outlook: there’s a name to conjure with.

The chatter, the clatter of those in the know, together with the whirr of drills and the clunk of sledgehammers might have given you a clue, eh?

Our new tenants have rented the whole of our upstairs rooms as their new head office. The long term lease has now been agreed and signed and some money has changed hands (sigh here with relief).



Be prepared for some disruption and further tramping of feet by the workmen and office staff. A lot of work will be taking place down in our bit of the building with rubble and dust a common feature. Masks on!


To round off 2015, we held our Xmas dinner on December 18th in the Sun Lounge.

This time we wisely decided to allow guests room to raise their forks. Instead of the previous year’s one hundred munchers packed into two rooms, we confined ourselves to 65. This enabled drinkers to bend their elbow comfortably although losing the potential support of their adjacent diner.


Michael was in his element between courses, drawing on his encyclopaedic, esoteric cache of rare but essential facts. That’s to say he held a quiz (no prizes) between courses while the food was washed down.


A great party. In November, book your ticket for next time – fast.


We’re having a classy concert on Sunday 13th March at 4pm. Admission will be £5, all proceeds donated to Seniors.

The organiser writes: ‘the programme will include songs and arias by composers such as Puccini, Rachmaninov, Rossini, Mozart and also some lighter repertoire from West End shows.’

Ann De Renais, the leading singer and teacher will perform, with some of her students, a programme to be finalised nearer the time.


Ann and her piano accompanist Daniel Schroyens live locally (yes, we have a large and thriving community of professional musicians here in South East London) and she attaches her website and address for those who wish to contact her:

Not to be missed. It’s one for your diary.


A big, old house like ours needs maintenance almost as constantly as the Forth Bridge needs painting.


So, if you’ve got some thousands to spare, or maybe scooped the lottery, look kindly on our crumbling mansion. All donations, large and small, are welcome.

Notwithstanding our dire need for a lift, relocating the toilets, a disabled ramp to the garden, restoring the cellar, structural alterations, relocating the snooker table, creating a Members’ Room, etc, etc, we’re tackling small fry to start with. It’s all we can (barely) afford.

So await roof repairs, restoration of dried out lighting, toilet and tap repairs, loo blockage, boiler repairs and draughty door closers. Have I missed anything?


Here’s a list of likely dates for events that you’ll want to attend. They go up until the end of the year. How’s that for being prepared?

  1. Weds 2nd March: Talk by Peter Todd, Health Watch
  2. Sat 12th March: Table sale, 11 – 1pm
  3. Sun 13th March – Concert, 4pm, Tickets £5
  4. Sat 13th August: Summer Family Fun Day
  5. Weds 28th September: Open Day
  6. Sat 22nd October: Halloween Party
  7. Tues 6th December: Carol Concert
  8. Friday 16th December: Xmas dinner


Of course, none of these exciting events could take place without you. That is, not only your attendance but also your efforts in running them, playing your role as volunteers.


Sign on with Tina for your preferred event.

We will send out initial details of proposed trips within the next month.



Every member is, of course, a user of anything Seniors has to offer.

Our User Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm.

A member (or members) representing each group or class will report on what they’ve been doing: triumphs, innovations, problems and so on. You’ll hear what others are doing, and maybe learn a few tips.

We need every group / class to have a voice. Please step forward and have your say. Use the User Group handout report which you’ll be given together with your new newsletter. Yay!


New activities.

Kompletely Be (Monday afternoons) and a social group for those who are visually impaired (probably Thursday afternoons) will be starting within the next four weeks.

Look out for further information.









Meeting Seniors Lewisham

I’m not expecting to be a frequent poster on the Seniors Lewisham website, but here I’m making a first post to give other posters an idea of what posts are about.  They’re meant to be for news about what’s happening now, rather than static pages which you’ll want visitors to the site to be able to find at any time – such as how to find the building, how to contact Seniors, who the Trustees, are etc.

So my bit of news is that Perry Vale councillor, John Paschoud, knowing that I have helped with some other local websites, put me in touch with Cathy at Seniors, and last week we had a good meeting in the café, following which I set this site up as a ‘’ site, and invited Cathy and James, chair of the Trustees, to be administrators, along with me.

Since then Cathy has started putting up some static pages, but no posts yet, which is why I’m writing this now.  Cathy has also sent me some ideas for how the menu should look, and I’ve started implementing them.  I’m also going to add a link for news and updates, like this, to her menu.

Hopefully that won’t take too long, because I’ve suggested she calls me in the hour, by which time I hope it will be ready for her.