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+ 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.

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

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. Thank you very much for attending Open Meeting and sending your suggestions.

Our next Forum Meeting is on Thursday 21st February at St Faith’s Church Hall, Woolgrove Road, Hitchin, SG4 6DH. Our Speaker will be Adam Thaper, Hertswise Project Manager (Dementia Support in Hertfordshire) from Age UK. He will be able to give you loads of information and advice on various subjects and don’t forget to bring your questions.

I am glad to tell you Basic Spanish classes started 31st January and I had my first Spanish lesson and I enjoyed it very much. If you are still interested please email Mohammed on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01462 440224 or call myself on 01462 623515. Basic IT Course (Level 1) with Social Media will be starting on 27/02/19 for 5 weeks. Course fee is £35.00. If you are still interested please email or call, Mohammed on above email address or email myself I will pass the message.

 Advanced IT course will be starting after Easter, Social Media is not included but I will send you details later. Once you get basic IT knowledge then we can start Beginners Photoshop Editing course in the future.

I will send you another email regarding June NH50+ Day Out after February Executive meeting.  Please open the attachment for NH50+ programme and Forum Meetings.

Thank you very much for your support and strength given and I hope that you will continue to do that in 2019. You are very welcome to come to our Executive Meetings and share your thoughts and if you are interested please call me on 07812523977.

Looking forward to see you on Thursday 21st February. Gentle reminder to renew your membership if you have not done so.

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Sweenie Gunasekera