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October 2012 Newsletter

As part of our ongoing “LGBT faith and culture” series Opening Doors London celebrates Black History Month with a look at some of our unique and diverse Black and Minority Ethnic LGBT communities and heritage. See inside for more…


Black History Month Black History Month Frequently Asked Questions Source: www.black-history-month.co.uk/sitea/BHM_FAQ.html 1 Why was Black History Month established and what is its aim? Black History Month’s purpose is nicely encapsulated in these words spoken by the former London Mayor Ken Livingstone; “In order to enrich the cultural diversity of the Greater London area, it is imperative that Londoners know more about African influences on medieval and renaissance European music, so that accepted ideas about European music is changed. Despite the significant role that Africa and its Diaspora have played in the world civilization since the beginning of time, Africa’s contribution has been omitted or distorted in most history books.” 2 When was Black History Month set up in the UK and by whom? Akyaaba Addai Sebbo is widely regarded as the person who set up Black History Month in the UK. Addai worked with Ken Livingstone at the Greater London Council (GLC) as coordinator of Special Projects. The 1st event was held on 1st October ‘87, when the GLC hosted Dr Maulana Karenga from the US to mark the contributions of black people throughout history. Since 1987 as part of African Jubilee Year, other boroughs began to formally institute this as Black History Month. 3 What form do events take and where are they held? Initiatives take place across the UK with voluntary groups, local authorities, primary care trusts, museums and libraries often taking a lead in planning events. There is always a rich programme of events: storytelling, historical walks, theatrical productions, comedy and panel debates are a few examples, but all have history as an integral part of their purpose. Check with your local council. 4 If Black History Month derives from the US, why and when was it set up there? Carter G Woodson initiated the “Negro History Week” in 1926, which then became Black History Month. He chose February because the birthdays of the two influential figures - Abraham Lincoln, US president and Frederick Douglas - who he believed to have impacted on conditions for AfricanAmericans, fell in February. The late African-American writer, John Hernik Clarke wrote: ‘If we are to change tomorrow, we are going to have to look back with some courage, and warm our hands on the revolutionary fires of those who came before us.’ This quote was a catalyst for Addai’s plans at the GLC in 1987. 5 What are the dates for Black History Month and why October? Black History Month runs throughout the month of October which is also a period of tolerance and reconciliation in African culture. Black history is therefore a reconnection with the African source, hence the Black History Month symbol of Sankofa – learning from the past – with the benefit of hindsight. 6 Who celebrates Black History Month? Black History Month is open to participation by everyone and is ideally developed, delivered and managed as an educational and historical awareness experience by Black people – African, Asian and Caribbean heritage – and should be shared by everyone as world history. 7 Why do Black people need a history month? The Black community uses this history month as an opportunity to share with the world its vast contributions: a time to demonstrate pride in its creativity, respect for its intellectual prowess and a celebration of its cultural identity which is far too often misrepresented, when it is not being ignored entirely. 2


Opening Doors Men’s Group October groups and activities Monday 1st 4pm – 6pm

1st Monday Tower Hamlets Opening Doors East Drop in: at Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, E1 4AQ. Come join this fun mixed group, open to ALL Opening Doors members. See ad on page 12 for more details.

Wednesday 3rd 6:00 – 9:00 pm

First Wednesday of the month men’s group social: at St Margaret’s Dropin Centre, 1 Carey Place, Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 2RT (just across Vauxhall Bridge Road from Pimlico Tube). With easy access from North and South London, why not come along and meet some new friends?

Friday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. 10am – 12pm

Friday morning mixed “coffee n’ cake” club: - Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Welcome to our peer-led weekly coffee morning. Hot drinks can be purchased in the café but feel free to bring your own cakes.

Monday 8th 1pm

New South London Social (Age UK Lewisham & Southwark) - Yalding Healthy Living Centre, 95 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TY Open to all Opening Doors members. Buffet lunch provided. (See page 10 for full details).

Tuesday 9th 2:15pm

2nd Tuesday Men’s Group Walk: October’s walking group starts at 14.30 and for this walk we’re heading west to explore the river between Hammersmith and Fulham. If you would like to join the walk you can either text or leave a message for Geoff on the walking group mobile number which is 07804 329 416 or speak with Geoff at the Men’s Group evening at Henderson Court. He needs to know your name and the name of anyone else coming with you. Geoff will then confirm meeting details with you. There is room for up to 24 people so if you would like to come along please book.

Tuesday 9th 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Henderson Court Men’s Group Speaker’s Night: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) NW3 6NS. As part of our ongoing “LGBT Faith and Culture” series and to celebrate Black History Month, tonight’s guest speaker is Dr Beverley Duguid, from “UK Black Pride”. Beverley will be talking about the history of UK Black Pride as an event, the need for a clear and visible “black LGBT pride” identity and mentioning some of the other Black and Asian Minority Ethnic LGBT groups around. This meeting is an open meeting and ALL members, men and women, of Opening Doors, and friends are very welcome. John from Advice and Information will be on hand to help with any benefits etc questions you have and PS Brian McGowan, our police LGBT LO, will also be around if you have any community safety questions or concerns.

Wednesday 10th 6.30-8.30pm

2nd Wednesday Mixed Arts & Photography Group – Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont St, NW1 8HF. Come along and take part in facilitated drawing and digital photography sessions with experienced volunteers. (See page 14 for full details)

Friday 12th 7:00 pm

Opening Doors East Mixed Dinner Club - Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, London, E1 4AQ. Open to all Opening Doors London members. This month enjoy a live poetry performance from one of our members who is a published poet and experienced performer.£6 per person, pre-booking is essential on 020 8981 7124 (see full details on page 10)

Sunday 14th 12:30-2:30pm

Second Sundays – New mixed social group that explores and celebrates your history – Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, Kings Rd, SW10 0DR Join us for a discussion over lunch (£3.50) to explore what this new group has to offer (Full details on page 13) 3


Opening Doors Men’s Group October groups and activities (continued) Monday 15th 2pm – 4pm

Redbridge 3rd Monday Mixed Social Group: Age UK Redbridge 4th Floor 103 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4PU. See East London page 10

Wednesday 17th 2:30 – 4:30pm

3rd Wednesday Mixed “West London Older LGBT Support Group”: In partnership with Age UK Ealing, at the Michael Flanders Centre, Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP. Today’s topic is “School Daze A screening of the film Another Country (1984) starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. Based on the award winning play about the school life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies. And if you wish to….please bring photographs - of yourself, or of people you knew, when you were at school , or of well-known people who meant something to you at the time… or just your fond - and your not so fond - memories of your own days at school ...to share in a discussion after the screening…. Refreshments served. For more information call 020 7239 0446. thanks.

Wednesday 17th 7:00pm til late

3rd Wednesday Men’s Pub Night at the Black Cap: We’re at the Black Cap, on Camden High St, NW1 7JY for this popular peer-led men’s group pub social. Meeting upstairs from 7pm. Once again a big thanks to manager Ian and all at the Black Cap for their continued support.

Thursday 18th 6:30 – 9:00pm

Planning for Later Life Men’s Workshop: Henderson Court Resource Centre. See ad on page 15 for more details.

Tuesday 23rd 4pm – 6pm

New Newham 4th Tuesday Mixed Social Group: Newham Community Resource Centre, 200 Chargeable Lane, Plaistow E13 8DW. See ad on page 10 for details.

Friday 26th 2pm – 6pm

4th Friday Mixed Arts and Photography Group – Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Our second monthly meeting for the group for those who can make a daytime meeting. See ad on page 14 for details.

Saturday 27th 7:45pm

Tufnell Park Men’s Coffee Evening: Join us for the monthly coffee evening, as hosted by Leslie and Mike. Meeting up at Tufnell Park Tube station at 7.45 p.m. Please remember to bring cakes and nibbles with you.

Sunday 28th 12:00pm – 4pm

Last Sunday of the month mixed lunch and film club: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) . For today’s film, and in keeping with October’s celebration of Black History Month, we are showing the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Pot Luck lunch for the day (12 – 2pm), bring a lunch and maybe something to share and join in the discussion of the film. Film starts at 2pm SHARP… See ad on page 11 for more details.

Tuesday 30th 6pm – 9pm

Henderson Court Men’s Group Film Night: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) . Tonight’s film offering will be “Paris Is Burning” the 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. Many members of the ball culture community consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.

Film starts at 7pm

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Opening Doors Women’s Group October groups and activities Monday 1st 4pm – 6pm

1st Monday Tower Hamlets Opening Doors East Drop in: at Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, E1 4AQ. Come join this fun mixed group, open to ALL Opening Doors members. See ad on page 12 for more details.

Friday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. 10am – 12pm

Friday morning mixed “coffee n’ cake” club: - Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Welcome to our peer-led weekly coffee morning. Hot drinks can be purchased in the café but feel free to bring your own cakes.

Friday 5th 12.30 – 2:00pm

Women’s Lunch Club: Friends House Restaurant, 173-177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ Please look for the women’s group in the downstairs restaurant (NOT the café). (If you’re planning to attend this group for the 1st time please let Kate or Stacey know and we can arrange for someone to meet you).

Monday 8th 1pm

New South London Social (Age UK Lewisham & Southwark) - Yalding Healthy Living Centre, 95 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TY Open to all Opening Doors members. Buffet lunch will be provided. (See page 11).

Wednesday 10th 6.30-8.30pm

2nd Wednesday Mixed Arts & Photography Group – Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont St, NW1 8HF. Come along and take part in facilitated drawing and digital photography sessions with experienced volunteers. (See page 14 for full details)

Friday 12th 7:00 pm

Opening Doors East Mixed Dinner Club - Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, London, E1 4AQ. Open to all Opening Doors London members. This month enjoy a live poetry performance from one of our members who is a published poet and experienced performer.£6 per person, pre-booking is essential on 020 8981 7124 (see full details on page 10)

Sunday 14th 12:30-2:30pm

Second Sundays – New mixed social group that explores and celebrates your history – Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, Kings Rd, SW10 0DR Join us for a discussion over lunch (£3.50) to explore what this new group has to offer (Full details on page 13).

Monday 15th 2pm – 4pm

Redbridge 3rd Monday Mixed Social Group: Age UK Redbridge 4th Floor 103 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4PU. (See East London page 10)

Wednesday 17th 2:30 – 4:30pm

3rd Wednesday Mixed “West London Older LGBT Support Group”: In partnership with Age UK Ealing, at the Michael Flanders Centre, Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP. (See ad on page 11 for details).

Wednesday 17th 7pm

Women’s Meal: The Junction (Pizza/Italian) - 2a Corsica Street, Highbury, N5 1JJ. Please book for this months meal by Monday 15th - contact Stacey or Kate to be added to the booking.

Friday 19th 12:30 – 2:00pm

Women’s Lunch Club: Friends House Restaurant, 173-177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ Please look for the women’s group in the downstairs restaurant (NOT the café). (If you’re planning to attend this group for the 1st time please let Kate or Stacey know and we can arrange for someone to meet you).

Tuesday 23rd 2.30pm

Women’s Walking and Herstory: Hyde Park We are going to have another try at this. Meet Hyde Park Corner tube station exit 6. Join us to be driven around the park by buggy or to walk if you’d prefer, while learning the local herstory. It is essential that you contact Stacey or Kate by Monday 15th October as we will need to book the buggies well in advance 5


Opening Doors Women’s Group October groups and activities (continued) Tuesday 23rd 4pm – 6pm Thursday 25th 6:00 – 8:30pm

New Newham 4th Tuesday Mixed Social Group: Newham Community Resource Centre, 200 Chargeable Lane, Plaistow E13 8DW. (See ad on page 10 for details). Women’s Film Night: Tavis Meeting Room B. Age UK, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA

(film starts at 6:30)

“The Colour Purple” – 1985 Drama . The colour Purple follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life... Sunday 28th 12:00pm – 4pm

Last Sunday of the month mixed lunch and film club: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) . For today’s film, and in keeping with October’s celebration of Black History Month, we are showing the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Pot Luck lunch for the day (12 – 2pm), bring a lunch and maybe something to share and join in the discussion of the film. Film starts at 2pm SHARP… See ad on page 11 for more details.

Information Workshops

Positive Images Opening Doors London & Age UK are looking to increase the number of photographic images we have of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender women.

Our colleagues in Age UK Camden’s Information Advice & Advocacy team will be arranging two info sessions (to take place in November) for the ODL women’s group. The first will focus on money matters but the second is open for suggestions – What ‘theme’ would you like information on?

If you would be happy for your image to be used for promotional purposes and would like to take part in a fun photo shoot with a professional photographer, please contact Stacey or Kate ASAP We will arrange the day on the basis of availability of those taking part.

Please contact Stacey or Kate with your suggestions

Events Listings

Advice & Information

Please email anything you think might be of interest to other members ~ groups, discussions, music & dance, marches, exhibitions ~ anything relevant.

Tracey McDermott is available to provide the Opening Doors Women’s group with advice and support on a variety of issues including; Housing, benefits, care services etc.

Currently the list will be distributed fortnightly but will go out weekly once there is a larger volume of listings.

For more information contact Tracey on:

Send your ideas/info to Taylor at:

020 7837 3777 or

odwomen@ageukcamden.org.uk

tracey.mcdermott@ageukcamden.org.uk 6


Points of View Welcome to “Points of View” page, written for, and by, members of Opening Doors London. We want to hear from YOU, what’s important, on any particular subject that you think other members of ODL would be interested in. So send your “Points of view” to one of the ODL staff. To celebrate October’s BME LGBT focus, our viewpoint this month comes from Goh, who looks to examine the too often overlooked aspects of a very rich gay cultural Chinese history… “Many people would be surprised to discover that China not only has a rich gay tradition but also a positive one. And with the internet today, it is so easy to learn more. So why is this aspect of Chinese history not wellknown? The basic problem is language. If you don’t know Chinese, you are deprived of the best original sources and have to rely on translations. Historical/official records and texts were written in Classical Chinese, a very concise and difficult language of the literati and, aside from academics, it is not a language people would know today. The best and most comprehensive Chinese gay history book was by Hong Kong activist Sam Shasha, “The History of Homosexuality in China”, out in traditional script, which compares the traditions of homophobia in the West and the East, the changing views of homosexuality in China and the influence of the West on homophobia in China during recent times. Sam claimed that Bret Hinsch plagiarised his work in the book Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China (1990). But without an English translation of Sam’s book to make comparison, it is hard for people to judge. Hinsch’s book had poor reviews, mainly from Chinese critics, but until a better introduction to Chinese gay history s out, Hinsch still leads the field.

Book cover of “History of Homosexuality in China”

There is also a charming collection of short gay tales Cut Sleeve Anthology (Duanxiubian), compiled by A Meng, from Late Qing, the last dynasty. It comprises gay encounters, which are hard to verify. A shame a complete English translation is not available yet to help Chinese gays reclaim their heritage! Today people in the East are shocked by the decadent West, with its gay rights, permissive sex and nudism. Yet in the past, it was the other way round – western visitors to China were gobsmacked by the lifestyle of the people, judging from the accounts sent home by merchants, sailors and especially the missionaries. While Chinese society did not actively encourage homosexuality – Confucian emphasis on the family and providing offspring were priorities – gay love was celebrated in ancient times. During Zhou Dynasty (1122-256 BCE), Duke Ling of Wei State (534-493 BCE) was strolling in an orchard with his lover Mizi Xia, who tasted a peach. Finding it sweet, he offered the remaining half to his ruler. Thereafter the expression The Love of A Shared Peach came to symbolise gay love. 7


Points of View (continued) The most famous gay episode was the affair of courtier Dong Xian and teenaged Emperor Ai (6BCE - CE1), of Han Dynasty (206BCE - CE220). Legend has it that once when they were asleep together; the emperor was woken to attend an urgent matter. Not wanting to wake Dong Xian, who was lying on the emperor’s sleeve, Ai took a sword and cut off the sleeve. Thereafter, cut sleeve became a poetic term for homosexuals. In literature, there were many references to gay life. In New Songs from A Jade Terrace, an anthology of early Chinese love poetry, Anne Birrell has translated tender gay lyrics. In the play Chronicle of the Purple Hairpin by Ming playwright Tang Xianzu, who wrote the famous Peony Pavilion, it is obvious from the page boy’s conversation with his young master that they had a sexual relationship. Tang’s contemporary Li Yu (1611-79) went further, writing stories and even a play about a male mother who brought up a son. Of course, all gay references are deleted when these plays/operas are performed today – which conspire to hide or destroy the Chinese homosexual tradition, even without the language issue. The backlash against gays began during Qing (1644 – 1912), where Chinese men were forced to have pigtails as a symbol of a conquered race. The decline started with the arrival of Jesuits in 1582, unfortunately, priest Matteo Ricci became an advisor at court and, for the first time, anti-gay laws appeared. Today, the situation has improved, thanks to the Internet. There are more gay materials available. A Chinese weekly news magazine devoted a lead article on it. Do read Lilian Lee’s Farewell to My Concubine (which has at its heart a gay relationship, one between two famous male opera performers who meet as apprentices and sustain a friendship over five decade, which ends abruptly in the film – the man did not die in the translated novel. Chou Wah-Shan’s Tongzhi ( 2000) -- comrades, a term Chinese gays refer to themselves -- covers the politics of same-sex eroticism in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Hong Kong pop idol George Lam did a fantastic Cantonese film A Queer Story (1997) – Chinese title “Gay, 40” – which tackled all the main issues faced by gays, including a deceased man’s partner who cannot attend the funeral and must grieve alone. The Moustachioed One is actually straight and his huge fan base ensured the plight faced by Chinese gays was wellpublicised. Of course, such a positive gay film was banned by the Singapore Government. The fight continues….” © E C GOH (2012) 8


One minority at a time… April Guasp is Stonewall’s Senior Research Officer. Working with Stonewall’s education, health and public affairs teams and researcher, she has written several research reports on issues as diverse as gay and bisexual men’s health, lesbian, gay and bisexual people in later life, and challenges faced by black and minority ethnic gay people in accessing public services. Here, April introduces Stonewall’s new report “One Minority at a Time”, which examines the issues black gay people face whilst accessing public services… “Despite huge progress in public attitudes towards Britain's 3.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people, news stories about homophobia in the media and among politicians and church leaders show there remains a lot to be done. Sadly, for some parts of the gay community problems run deeper still. Black and minority ethnic gay people, in particular, face problems beyond straightforward homophobia, because too often our public services seem only to be able to deal with one minority at a time. New research published by Stonewall and the Runnymede Trust exposes the damage caused by services that think users are either from one minority or another. The research, based on detailed interviews with black and minority ethnic gay people, shows that many public service workers rarely consider the possibility of someone being black and gay - and most have little or no training to encourage them to do so. Black gay people's difficulties with public services include their earliest interactions with teachers and other people at school. Black gay young people find it hard to talk about their sexual orientation. Many fear rejection at home, and as there are almost no openly gay black role models on TV or in other media, they can feel utterly isolated. Perhaps the most insidious problem identified by the research is a widespread assumption among service providers that black and minority ethnic people are always heterosexual. As one participant stated: 'there's a perception, "oh, you're Indian, you can't be gay" or "you're black, you can't be gay."' When accessing healthcare, that can be a big problem for black and minority ethnic gay people. Research participants said they found it hard to be open with health workers about their sexual orientation. Others said health workers didn't recognise same-sex partners, or referred patients to culturally-specific healthcare services which might not be geared up to deal with gay people. Sometimes these experiences stop people from accessing healthcare at all. This is even more alarming in light of additional health research by Stonewall also published to accompany this report demonstrating worryingly high levels of poor mental health among black and minority ethnic gay people. Public services must think about discrimination differently. Most have had anti-racism policies and practices in place far longer than they've had policies that outlaw anti-gay bullying. Now it's time to think about how those two forms of discrimination interact, and the impact that can have. Also, public services have to work hard to make sure they serve people from all kinds of different backgrounds. Sadly, for black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay and bisexual people, that doesn't always happen. Dealing with people as though they belong to one minority at a time often means they're simply let down. Today's report is a first step towards putting that to an end.” 9


Opening Doors East London Activities Sessional worker for Opening Doors East! - Nic Humberstone nicola.humberstone@ageukcamden.org.uk or phone Kate to relay messages 020 7239 0447

Opening Doors East London Do you live, work or socialise in Newham?

Friday 12th October Dinner Club:

Opening Doors London and Age UK Newham will be hosting a Rainbow Café to hear what you would like from this new group. Please join us on:

£6 for a fantastic home cooked, 3 course meal and wonderful company. This month hear live poetry performance from one of our members who is a published poet and experienced performer.

Tuesday 23rd October 4pm to 6pm ~ drop in at any point. Thereafter the café will be on 3rd Tuesday of the month 3pm – 5pm

Booking essential. Please contact Nic or Kate:

Newham Community Resource Centre 200 Chargeable Lane Plaistow E13 8DW

020 7239 0447 kate.hancock@ageukcamden.org.uk

For more information or travel directions please contact Kate on 020 7239 0447 kate.hancock@ageukcamden.org.uk

Please see pg 12 for full details of this Month’s Tower Hamlets Opening Doors East Drop in on Monday October 1

Opening Doors East London

New! Opening Doors Group In

Redbridge Older LGBT Social Group

Waltham Forest Join us for this mixed social group

Every 3rd Monday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Next meeting 15th October

3rd Thursday of each month 3pm-5pm ELOP 56-60 Grove Road, E17 9BN

At Age UK Redbridge 4th Floor 103 Cranbrook Road Ilford, Essex, IG1 4PU

If it is your first time joining this group then contact Kate beforehand.

Next meeting Monday 15th October

020 7239 0447 kate.hancock@ageukcamden.org.uk

020 8220 6000 10


Opening Doors Members News West London Older LGBT Group

Sunday lunch and film club Open to ALL Opening Doors Members

Sunday 28th October, 12:00 4:00 pm Opening Doors London, in partnership with Age UK Ealing, presents the West London older LGBT social group, based in Ealing, and open to all Opening Doors Members.

(pot luck lunch, bring your own & something to share)

Come join is for this all time classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, a coming-of-age story of Scout Finch and her brother, Jem, in 1930's Alabama.. Film discussion afterwards.

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 2:30pm – 4:30pm Next date: Wednesday 17th October 2012 At: The Michael Flanders Centre Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP This month’s topic is “school daze remembered” with a screening of the film of the film Another Country (1984) starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. For more information please contact: Nick Maxwell on 020 7239 0446 nick.maxwell@ageukcamden.org.uk

Either come for the lunch from 12 – 2pm, or join us for the film at 2pm SHARP, or stay for the whole social. What better way to spend a Sunday but with friends oved lunch and watching a film?

Henderson Court Resource Centre 102 Fitzjohn’s Avenue (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) NW3 6NS

New Monthly group in Southwark

8th October 2012 at 1pm Yalding Healthy Living Centre, 95 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TY Come along and tell us what we can do for you as part of the LGBT community in Lewisham and Southwark. (open to all Opening Doors Members)

Buffet lunch available Afternoon screening of Before Stonewall

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Opening Doors Members News

St Anne’s Lunch Club

Friday morning coffee ‘n’ cake

Please Note!!! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the weekly Thursday lunch club at St Anne’s will no longer be running.

10:00 – 12:00 Age UK Café

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know who attends this lunch club, to ensure people don’t have a wasted journey.

Tavis House, 1- 6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA (nearest tube Euston or Russell Sq)

Opening Doors London is currently looking at potential alternatives, but this will take time, so please bear with us.

It’s been running informally for the past couple of months (thanks to Stephen for this) and has been growing in numbers.. So if you’re popping into the West End, maybe doing something cultural, then this is the ideal place to meet friends…

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on possible lunch clubs venues, please do get in touch with one of the ODL staff team. Thanks.

Bring cake, or why not bake something and bring it in to share?

Opening Doors East Drop In

Dear All,

You are invited to the Tower Hamlets Opening Doors East Drop in on Monday October 1st from 4pm to 6pm. We have a treat in store as Lindsay will talk about her mineral collection, with some examples to illustrate. Though better known as the ex-Director of Polari, Lindsay River has another life, and some of it is full of her hobbies like embroidery and collecting minerals (stones and crystals not, of course, mineral supplements!) At short notice she will talk at the Drop In about collecting minerals, and the way she uses the stones. Lindsay is not a 'New Age Crystal healer' so much as a pragmatic person who thinks having beautiful stones from the natural world around you can be both healing and exciting. She will bring some of her favourites with her, including some unusual and rare stones, and talk a little about how they are formed. We hope you will join us. The Dinner Club is Friday 12th October 7pm. As usual we need helpers; many thanks to those who have offered and to the marvellous clearing up last time! Menu will follow shortly so that you can let us know your preferences. Best wishes Nic (ODL Sessional Worker)

nicola.humberstone@ageukcamden.org.uk or phone Kate to relay messages 020 7239 0447 12


This new networking and support group will meet the Second Sunday of every month. Activities will be themed around sharing your past and uncovering the diverse history of LGBT communities. Join us for the first session and share your thoughts on how the group should develop over lunch (ÂŁ3.50) and get to know some other older LGBT people in a relaxed, safe and friendly environment.

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Arts and Photography Group

The art group is still meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the Charley Ratchford Centre, Chalk farm. 6.30-8.30 There will be a volunteer on hand to assist and other members who can offer support to those who feel they might need it. The group is open to all members of Opening Doors London from those who have never held a pencil or a brush to those who are more experienced. There is no discrimination. Working with other people is the best way for us all to improve and we need more members to come on a regular basis to ensure that the group does not close. If you came to the original meeting or have attended since then please come along and rejoin us for work, fun and sharing. We are working towards an exhibition in Tavis House in March next year and we need lots of entrants.

Miguel will be teaching still life and portrait drawing. Refreshments provided. Starting in October we will have a new volunteer, Claudia, who is a professional photographer with teaching experience. Claudia will be with us for at least 6 months and will be running a digital photography class at the Charlie Ratchford Centre each month concurrently with the Art Group. We have a second space for the Arts and Photography Group on the fourth Friday of each month. This is at Tavis House 1-6 Tavistock Square WC1H 9NA. Whilst this is not an Art Studio as we have at Charley Ratchford, it is a light and quiet space for us to continue our drawing and photography work in the company of others.

October heralds Big Draw Month. This is part of www.campaignfordrawing.com and coincides with our next Friday meeting on October 26th. So we would like as many people as possible to join us for a Drawing and Photography Party ~ anybody who would like to draw or be drawn, take photographs or be photographed ~ with clothes on of course!

For more details contact Kate or Stacey 020 7239 0400 14


Members’ News…

Starting in November on the 3rd Monday of the month, Opening Doors London are very pleased to announce our new “Outings in Art” cultural days out. An exciting programme of assisted visits and events led by volunteer Chris and ranging from World Class Museums and Galleries to cutting edge contemporary spaces. First event date: Monday, November 19th The World’s Greatest Museum of Art and Design: Victoria and Albert Museum Meet at 2.30pm inside Main Entrance [look up for spectacular glass sculpture!] Cromwell Road SW7 2RL www.vam.ac.uk/whatson Optional Extra “Hollywood Costume” V&A’s Fabulous Autumn Exhibition looking at 100 years of movie history through costume. I would advise booking in advance as this major show will be very popular. Ticket prices and time slot options are shown on website or by contacting: V&A Bookings: Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2211, Monday-Friday 0900-17:30, Textphone: +44 (0)20 7942 2002 For more information please contact Nick Maxwell on 020 7239 0446 Future outings to include London Glass Blowing Workshop, National Gallery, Wallace Collection.

Planning for Later Life Men’s group information workshop Managing your money Getting your affairs in order Date: Thursday 18 October 2012 Time: 6.30 – 9.00pm Venue: Age UK Camden Henderson Court Resource Centre 102 Fitzjohn's Ave, London NW3 6NS Contact:

020 7837 3777

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Opening Doors London Revised website, Twitter and Facebook pages When was the last time you visited the Opening Doors London website? It’s been improved, to include a Twitter feed, a summary of the regular groups and the beginnings of an online calendar of events. Visitors are also able to register to receive an email. Did we mention Twitter? It’s worth having a look at Twitter, sending tweets to us, and even following us.

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