Social Programme 2017

The Committee welcomes suggestions for activities and your involvement. If you have ideas to put to the committee, you can contact, Irene Richards, on 0203 715 0946 or email: Updates to the programme are advised in the Forum newsletters and eNews

As usual we try to cater for all tastes and pockets but are always looking for ways to ensure that we cater for as many members as possible. We can only do so much and whilst we are a pretty imaginative and adventurous group most of us have busy lives: don’t forget that we are volunteers. More events will be added as we develop our programme. We welcome suggestions which you would be prepared to carry this forward with the experienced assistance of committee members. Be creative!! If you have ideas to put to the committee, you can contact me, Irene Richards, on 0203 715 0946 or, preferably, by email:  NB:  Do please note the occasional advisory warning re limited mobility – this is done when necessary to avoid you booking for a trip, etc. for which you are not able. You cannot always rely on others to help you.

A message from Sue Scott, member of the Social Committee

COFFEE CLUB  10am to 12noon, first Wednesday of each month at Trent Park Country Park Café starting 2 August.

I am proposing to start a Coffee Club at Trent Park. It is a beautiful area with plenty of outside seating and good car parking. In poor weather, the cafe is very welcoming inside. You can drop in, very informally, any time between 10 and 12 for a coffee and a chat. The park is served by buses 121, 298, 299, 307, 377 and 384. Cockfosters tube station is a 5 minute walk away. One proviso – it is a dog walkers’ paradise so there are many dogs around. You might want to bring yours!

Hope you can join me. Further details 020 8368 0861 or

Thursday 8 June. Day trip to the Suffolk coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh travelling by Davian Executive Coach. Pick-up Point:  8.30am Prompt  at Argos/Lidl, Cecil Road, Enfield. Arriving at Southwold at 11.30am. You may choose to lunch at the Pub on Southwold Green or stroll along the seafront to the Pier cafes.  We leave Southwold at 2.30pm heading to the unspoilt town of Aldeburgh famed for its association with the composer Benjamin Britten and the singer Peter Pears. Here you may explore the town and take afternoon tea in one of the seafront hotels or High Street Cafes. We leave Aldeburgh at 5pm travelling back home, expecting to be in Enfield by 7.30pm. Cost: £22 (excluding lunch and tea). To reserve your place please call Roy Barrows on 0208 360 8561 or email to  Once you have a confirmed booking please send your cheque made payable to:  Enfield Over 50s Forum (enclosing stamped address envelope for return of tickets) to Roy Barrows, 72 Broadfields Avenue, Winchmore Hill, London N21 1AH

Tuesday July 25. Cream of Leicestershire trip. As we now have a larger coach there are 5 spare places on this trip - would anyone like to join us? A gentle day tour of Leicestershire’s countryside famous for its dairy farming. We stop for lunch in Melton Mowbray, famed for its pork pies, Stilton cheese and Tuesday market. Later we drive and stop in Oakham, Rutland’s county town. On arrival at Rutland Water we board our touring boat Belle and later enjoy an included tea stop at the Harbour Café beside the largest reservoir in the Midlands and a paradise for wildlife. Cost per person is £48. For a booking form and further information contact Olivia on 020 8447 8841 or email

Thursday 29 June at 2pm. A visit to Theobalds Farmhouse Garden for a guided tour, by the owner/designer followed by tea and cake. £11 per person, parking available. The garden has recently been featured in the Guardian colour supplement and can be seen on-line.  Contact Heather Cole on 020 8363 7286 to book a place.

Wednesday 8 November at 2.30pm.  Theatre visit - 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.  This is the song and dance American dream fable of Broadway featuring many iconic songs. The tickets are for a matinee performance and cost £35 each. To book tickets please contact Jean Mittins on 01279 899069 or email

Expressions of interest for the following event are invited

Recharge at Ragdale!  Join us on a two night mid-week break early in 2018 to the best spa/hotel in England-(Leicestershire). Cost including amazing full board, delicious treatments, a huge variety of classes and phenomenal spa area is approximately £345 per person. Ladies and gents, new and old members and those unaccompanied all welcome. To express your serious interest and for further information, contact Olivia on 02084478841 or email

Celebrating at Brick Lane Music Hall

To be sure our members enjoyed fun and frivolity all in the name of good old fashioned Music Hall entertainment to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

It’s a treat just to look around the converted St Marks Church in Silvertown, which has now been recognised by The English Heritage in 2012 as a Grade 11* listed building.

Also of interest is that Vincent Hayes MBE who founded this fabulous venue 25 years ago has just as carefully restored the War Memorial in the grounds which has been awarded a Grade 11 listing, allowing it to come back into regular use with a Remembrance Sunday Service each year.

Whilst Music Hall tends to be for an audience ‘of a certain age’ the entertainers and staff are not, thereby spreading their skills to the younger and older generations, who joined in the entertainment with enthusiasm and gusto – which just adds to our enjoyment, a great family atmosphere.

Once again, your feedback says it all: ‘Had a great afternoon, good entertainment, food, and well organised.  A good laugh and forgot all our problems.’ P & A

Jacky Pearce