• Digest -May 24

                Southend & District Pensioner’s Campaign                                            

                               Digest”  –  May, 2024  

    Tips on Lovemaking for Wrinklies.

    Write your partner’s name on a pad at the side of the bed in case it slips your memory.

    Last month’s Meeting:                                             

    We enjoyed an interesting talk from Diana of Cats Protection. It was full of facts about these popular pets including their types, behaviour, and skills. The charity does great work in caring for and re-homing cats which are stray. 


    In Committee:

    We discussed the replacement of our old public address system and Margaret Haydon will seek further information on a particular package which we are interested in.

    It was agreed to increase our minimum donation to unpaid Speakers from £25 to £40. We agreed to have an afternoon tea at our future AGM Meetings. Sue Stacey reported on a SAVS Networking Brunch which she attended. and found to be useful and well supported. The next SAVS Brunch will be held on Monday, 24th. June.

    Marketing SDPC:

    If you know of any local charity or voluntary organisation who may host an indoor community networking event or an Open Day, please let us know. We would be keen to attend to advertise our Campaign and meet other campaigning groups in the area. .

    NPC London Regional Council:

    NPC Head Office has moved to Unit 2.4, 225-229 Seven Sisters Road, London. N4 2DA. Opened there on the 8th. May.

    Our Vice-Chair, Izzy Isaacs reports from the London Executive Committee that this year’s London Region Council AGM has been postponed until the June quarterly Meeting. We hope it will be able to be held in the usual way.

    Focal Point Gallery:  

     A free contemporary art gallery based in Southend on Sea offering an exciting and ambitious programme of largely free workshops, talks, outdoor film screenings and offsite projects alongside our four major exhibitions a year featuring both international and local artists. The popular workshop Contemporary Elders for those aged 60+. Contemporary Elders frees the term “elder” from the stigma of “elderly”. Workshops, guided tours and walks, promote lifelong learning and enjoyment of the arts in all their forms. Running on the penultimate Saturday of every month, 18th May, 22nd. June, 20th. July, 24th. August 2024.  Email:, or phone 01702 534108 for more information or visit the gallery.

    Refunds from Transport for London:

    If you use the London Underground and you are over-charged using a credit or debit card, you can contact TFL to obtain a refund. I was overcharged on a trip from Tower Hill to Euston Square recently, and I contacted TFL Customer Services on 0343 222 1234. I spoke to a nice young man who accepted there had been an error and refunded the difference to my card.


    Once we know who will be the new Leader of Southend Council, we can write to them asking them to agree to seek Full Council approval to elect or appoint an Older Persons Champion.

    We may also continue to campaign for an early start to the installation of a lift at Chalkwell Rail Station, as the current forecast for the work to start is in about 2 years.

    Falls Management Exercise:

    Over the past year, Jean Howes has been having difficulties with her balance and problems with an arthritic knee. Her doctor referred her to classes run by Everyone Health. She has been attending this class for a couple of months and is really finding it beneficial in improving her strength and balance. Therefor she was delighted when Sophie rang from Everyone Health to say they had spare places on the course, which is usually oversubscribed. Sophie asked if she could come along and talk to our group at our next Meeting on 15th. May. She will bring along Jean’s trainer Michael to tell us all about it, and Jean can share her experience. The courses run weekly for 24 or 36 weeks, and Sophie will bring along flyers, in case you can’t make the Meeting. If you would like to book a place, please phone 0333 005 0095, or Email

    Dates for Your Diary:

    Jazz Centre UK. Live concerts on most Saturday afternoons. 2pm till 4pm. Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend. SS2. Tickets £10-£15.

    Southend Central Museum. Victoria Avenue, Southend. The Princely Burial. A permanent exhibition.

    Southend Council Concert Series.  Monthly serious music concerts continue, but the new venue is now Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend. SS2 6ER. Friday evenings. From 8pm. Internationally acclaimed musicians. £10 per concert.

    Music in the Park: Live music from 4th May till 29th. September, 2024. Priory Park Bandstand. Various musical groups from 3pm. till 4.30pm. Bring your own chair and blanket.

    Thursday, 16th May. Performers Playground. The Ironworks, Southend High Street, SS1 1JN. From 7.30 pm.

    Friday, 17th. May.

    7pm -9.30pm. Shoebury Conservative Club. Quiz night and Raffle. In aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Hosted by Agora UK Club1 (Part of the Round Table family). 

    Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th May. Old Leigh Shanty Week-end. Strand Wharf. 11am till 7pm. Free.

    Thursday, 23rd. May. Full Annual Southend City Council Meeting: Council Leadership will be decided. Free. Also, on the Webcast.

    Sunday, 26th. May. “In Harmony”. Multicultural Street Festival. Hamlet Court Road (South). 12 noon till 4pm. Free.

    Wednesday, 5th. June. SDPC Friendship Club Lunch: The Brewer’s Fayre, Eastern Esplanade, Southend. From 12.30 pm. £ 15. For a 2 course meal.  Call Margaret on 01702 295009 or 07814 714937 to book your place.

    Saturday, 8th. June. Southend Symphony Orchestra. Concert. 7.30pm. Highlands Methodist Church, Sutherland Boulevard, Leigh on Sea, SS9 3PT. Dvorak, Smetana, Strauss, Morricone,  Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

    Conductor: John Chillingworth.

    Wednesday 19th June . SDPC Meeting: 2pm till 4pm. Illustrated Talk Grahame Mee “ Royal Society for the Protection of Birds”  Balmoral Community Centre, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff on Sea.SS0 7AU

    Southend Library Events

    Friday 17th May, 2pm – 3.30pm at The Forum

    The next in our Southend Libraries Presents series of events: local author Dr. Nancy Stevenson.

    In this fascinating talk Nancy will draw from her book ‘Beach Hut People’, taking us on a journey to learn more about the people who inhabit these ‘sheds by the sea’.
    Sharing stories collected in beach huts, Nancy will tell us about the friendly and welcoming community who have given her a sense of what it is to be a ‘beach-hutter’.

    This event includes a talk and Q+A session.

    Monday 3rd June, 12pm – 1.30pm at The Forum   Southend Libraries is pleased to welcome acclaimed Essex author Syd Moore to the Forum to discuss her new book ‘The Grand Illusion’. Many of us are aware of the Nazi’s obsession with the occult, though few may know what the British did to exploit a perceived weakness in the German chain of command. Join Syd as she discusses the background to her fascinating novel and her research of this strange chapter in history.   Thursday 6th June, 4pm – 5.30pm at The Forum     Southend Libraries is pleased to present local author John Lee. John’s book ‘A Grateful Nation Soon Forgot’ tells of the role Southend Pier played in the 2nd world war; full of facts and anecdotes, John has many a story to share and encourages the audience to share theirs too. This promises to be a moving and lively FREE event.    Tickets are FREE and must be booked in advance at: Please note tickets will become available on Monday 13th May, from The Forum reception desk and online at:    Get connected with Free Mobile Data
    The Forum is a distribution point for FREE mobile data for those who may be struggling to get online. If you or someone you know is experiencing digital exclusion and would benefit from this service, please visit The Forum on Wednesday or Thursday from 3pm – 5pm and simply ask a member of staff.   New Digital Support Sessions. Are you making the most of your IT devices? Are there features you would like to explore, but don’t know how? From this month, Southend Libraries will be offering one-to-one Digital Support Sessions for all – whatever your query, whatever your device. IT assistance tailored to your requirements will be provided by our friendly Digital Officer team, in informal 30 minute slots.  Simply ask for an appointment at your local branch and remember to bring your device with you on the day! If you would like further information, please email:

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