But just in time, I think. We wondered if this month’s production would make it, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed until it appears in the tray in Reception.

Meanwhile, you may keep yourself occupied by looking at our recent Poetry Competition.



No. While we’ve still got you on the hook, we’ve devised another fiendish task for you. Seniors’ 2016 Xmas Card will feature a suitable seasonal secular greeting – I suppose we can’t really call it a Xmas card, more a Seasonal Greetings Card – with designs from our Art groups.

Prizes will be awarded to the chosen one at the Xmas dinner. Closing date December 1st.



And with the heavy hint I’ve given you in the previous article, you’ll want to know more about our Xmas Dinner.

It’ll be on Friday 16 December. It’ll cost £15 a place, and we’ve got room for 65 munchers, maybe a few more. I advise you to book with Tina as soon as you can.

A concert on the previous day, Thursday 15 Dec. is also being talked about. Think about what you’d like to contribute and throw your ideas into the mix, through Tina in Reception, in good time.





A trip to our popular annual indulgence at Polhill will take place in November 17, cost £9.

Book now with Tina.



Do you want to have a bit of fun and keep healthy in mind and body? Angela Rippon is urging us to get dancing. We all remember her appearance on that Morecombe and Wise Christmas Special. But, no, there’s no high kicking and long legs are not needed. Just as well as mine are so short. Angela’s favoured form, backed by research, is

Dancing is an easy way to keep fit. It also helps our bodies and brains stay trim. And the advantage of disco dancing is that you go at your own pace. So we’ve organised our sessions for Mondays 2-3pm. It’s free for members. Come along and try out an easy way to keep totally fit. We’ll teach you some steps you can use anywhere, on any dance floor.



Tom, Dick and Harry, friends, yes, humans no! these were just a few names of my cats and dogs.

Have I a favourite? No, at least I don’t think so.

Tom and Dick were black and white cats, Harry a Yorkshire Terrier.

I love animals but particularly dogs, in fact I have only ever been without a dog for short periods. Scruffy ones, bad tempered ones, charming ones of various breeds. Some even stray dogs, I remember in particular a black almost hairless mongrel I renamed Pompi. I lived in Canterbury at the time and felt particularly lonely. A different house, strange surroundings, missing my Mum. One morning, out of the blue, this half starved, well he looked half starved, dog appeared at my back door. Of course I welcomed him in and he immediately made himself at home. He soon became part of the family. I remember clearly, although it was some 45 years ago, (doesn’t time fly?) how he would spread himself along the back of the sofa. He never did look as though he was well cared for, he appeared to be a neglected animal. I think it was part of his act to get people’s sympathy. There was something about Pompi. I knew the very first day I met him it would be a temporary friendship and after a while, when I made friends with my neighbours, I was told that Pompi had had many homes before my family arrived on the scene. At the time I lived with my children, in army quarters in Canterbury: my husband John was in the Royal West Kent Regiment en route to Gibraltar. I knew, from the beginning of our friendship, Pompi would only be in our lives for a short period, during which I must say he brought my family great happiness.

My next encounter with a family pet was a black and white stray cat named Tom. Once he jumped out of a window of a top floor flat (about 20ft high) and landed on a car roof, but that’s not the end of the story: he was a she, and one morning produced little kittens. Tom became Fluff overnight. A dear little girl, she stayed faithful for many years.

I once had a dog named Oscar who lived with my family for about 14 years.

Every morning he would come sliding down the stairs on his stomach. This particular morning I said “Hello Oscar” and whether you believe me or not he replied in a long growl, “Hello”.

Not only did I nearly collapse, I shouted at him never to say that again, it frightened me so much. However, he often said it and I became used to it.

I’m sure those of us who have pets will support my claim that although at times life does revolve around them, for instance, the high cost of injections/medical care, house training, scratching furniture, obedience training, going on holidays. Was it worth it, is it worth it?

Of course it is! The comfort and happiness animals bring to so many people cannot be calculated.

I recently read about dogs being especially trained to detect illnesses. How incredible. Not only that. What finely tuned senses the chosen dogs have, trained to be the eyes of the blind or partially sighted who rely totally on these wonderful gifted creatures.

Military dogs: another example of bravery and dedication.

Many have sacrificed their lives to protect serving soldiers and been awarded medals posthumously.

Currently Candy lives with us, a Yorkshire Terrier. We rescued her two years ago when she was three years old. Candy is a very well behaved little girl, no trouble at all, I know she loves us, as we love her. She comes everywhere with us, she is our constant companion. How lucky we are to have chosen such a dear little dog.

Tess Culnane.



Although I wasn’t able to be there, our Open Day on 28 September is reported to have been a roaring success.

Joy Swaby and her Vista Reminiscence Group came up with a joy-ful (geddit? Groan!) and well-received contribution, and Poetry Competition winners gave readings of their work. Councillor Alan Till presented prizes and praise. Our success can perhaps be gauged by the 3.5 pages of sign-ins for the event not counting those who didn’t.

You’ll have grabbed your Poetry Supplement from the Reception Desk by now, won’t you? Hot on it’s heels should come this bumper edition of the October Newsletter.





How very dare you? It’s now called table tennis in respectable society.

Yes, we’ve unearthed that lovely folding table from the back of the (dare I call it?) snooker room. It’s mobile, on wheels and, apart from a lack of net, bats and balls, available to be moved into any vacant slot for a bash-around.

Dreams of a thriving league of nimble players straining every sinew in pursuit of that oh-so-elusive white ball.

More later.



This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 1st December at 11:00am.

Be there if you know what’s good for you.





What does Seniors mean to you? Do you, as a member, attend only for your class or activity only, maybe only one day a week? Do you, as a non-member come and use Seniors only as a keep fit opportunity?

Without the existence of Seniors, none of this would be available.

Does maintenance, heating, lighting come cost free? How do we do it?

The fee for your activity goes entirely or mostly to pay your tutor. Seniors scrabbles for pennies. Do you know what Seniors desperately needs? Have you got voluntary skills that could help? Do you know of a source of money Seniors could draw on? Do you volunteer? How do you contribute? Do you read and digest the ‘What we stand for’ bit in every newsletter? Do you support our activities such as Open Days? Table sales? Use our Café? Attend our User Group? Do you care?

Are you moved by all this? Or annoyed? Are you crying yet?




Just as we read that History of Art is being dropped at A- Level by Examination Boards, we receive a leaflet headed ‘Art Through the Ages’.

It tells us that U3A (Which organises one of our Art classes) sponsors a series of illustrated talks by Di Deudney about the History of Western Art.

The talks, with lots of slides to look at, will take place at 11am on 22 November, 6 December, 13 December and not-yet-determined date in January 2017.

Let Tina know if you’re interested. We’ll ask for a £1 donation to Seniors for each session. After looking at the fascinating lecture titles, I can hardly wait. Count me in!




























Our mission is to work for the benefit of older people who live in Lewisham and surrounding areas, and especially, to provide facilities, resources and activities in interests of social welfare.


Our vision is to support and encourage creativity, learning and social projects for our members. To embark on new opportunities and to widen horizons for older people.


Our core values: We welcome and respect people who have religious beliefs and those who have none. We embrace all shades of opinion which are tolerant of others.

We abhor and reject any expression of racism, xenophobia, ageism, sexism, prejudice against disability and other forms of discrimination.


We respect diverse and differing lifestyles. Everybody who follows these precepts is welcome.















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