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Westminster PLUS Essential information for Westminster’s older residents

Issue 30 – Autumn 2017

Book now! Try something new on Silver Sunday, 1 October 2017

INSIDE Free Silver Sunday events Tai Chi Open Age dance-a-thon Regent Street Cinema Lord’s tour

PLUS The secret to a good night’s sleep Westminster Tea Dance is back!

Welcome and news

Welcome and news

Become a diabetes champion There are a number of services available to help older people living with diabetes. The Paddington Development Trust encourages those interested in supporting these services to get in touch and

Welcome to our Silver Sunday edition of Westminster Plus magazine, packed with free and low-cost events and activities for you to enjoy. This year, our sixth annual Silver Sunday takes place on 1 October, and we have some fantastic activities on offer. From ballet workshops to museum tours, tai chi to classical concerts – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

involved and enjoy some of the activities this year.

All of our Silver Sunday events are made possible from the generosity of local organisations. We are extremely grateful to all of them for their continued support.

We hope you will be able to join at least one of these events and look forward to meeting you.

We are also looking forward to our Westminster Tea Dance, which this year takes place on Sunday 10 December. Applications are now open and details of how to apply are on page 21.

Silver Sunday offers a great opportunity to try something new and meet new people, so we really do hope you are able to get

Councillor Heather Acton Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health

For more information contact Paddington Development Trust on 020 3214 3113

Councillor The Lady Flight Older People’s Champion

Westminster PLUS Essential information

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On the cover: Celebrating Silver Sunday at Soho Society Tea Dance.

INSIDE Free Silver Sunday events Tai Chi Open Age dance-a-thon Regent Street Cinema Lord’s tour


The secret to a good night’s sleep Westminster Tea Dance is back!

Congratulations to David Hogarth who was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to older people in North Westminster and Maida Vale.

The first Libraries Week to take place in October The first Libraries Week is a week-long annual celebration of Britain’s muchloved libraries. The week will be encouraging people to rediscover their local library during the week 9 October – 14 October 2017. Libraries Week will replace National Libraries Day, previously held in February.

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Cabinet Support, City Hall Level 7, 5 The Strand, London, WC2N 5HR

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act as community champion. User group meetings take place every month where you can keep up-todate with the latest developments and meet NHS experts and commissioners.

Prestigious award for Westminster volunteer

Issue 30 – Autumn 2017

1 October 2017

Open Forum is your chance to get involved in local decision making at a time and a place that suits you. It offers a wider range of opportunities for you to let the council know your views including community groups and interactive discussion groups. Public meetings also take place across the City of Westminster, with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members taking part in the discussions. To register your interest visit


Silver Sunday needs you Take a look at these free and low-cost events and activities taking place on 1 October Come join in the free events and activities, make the most of your city, find out about services and have a great day out.

NEW THIS YEAR! Design Museum Horse Guards’ Service Morse code workshop British Museum Weekend Warriors Regent Street Cinema Film Screening YMCA Central Club Gym – Open Week and Social Teas Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley

Silver Sunday is a great way to meet new people. Lots of people attend events and activities on their own so don’t worry if you are coming alone. Go to as many events and activities as you like, there’s no limit. Carers of any age are welcome to come along too but please book beforehand.

Cheese and Wine Evening with the Blind Veterans Society

Event spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis so if your first choice is booked up there’s plenty to choose from.

Rat Pack at the Hippodrome

New events and activities are being confirmed all the time so check online at for the latest listings.

SANCTUARY CARE AND BUPA SILVER TEA DANCES The Lord Mayor, Cllr Ian Adams and Cllr Lady Christabel Flight will be visiting all the care homes within Westminster on Friday 29 September, before the fun begins on Sunday 1 October. Bupa and Sanctuary Care will be holding free tea dances at their care homes across the country. 4

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Afternoon Tea at Edwardian Hotels Open Age dance-a-thon

Silver Sunday Tai Chi at The Pad Rec Jane Austen book group Events and activities are donated by businesses, organisations and volunteers across the city and many of them are run by volunteers. Silver Sunday is supported by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. Please see p.14-19 for pre- and post-Silver Sunday events. 5

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Silver Sunday Listings To celebrate Silver Sunday Open Age activities, throughout Westminster will be FREE in the week running up to Silver Sunday (25 - 29 September). See for more details.

London Cycle Ride Sunday 1 October, starts at 10.30am Leisurely-paced cycle ride with Westminster Cycling Campaign from the Albert Memorial to Bishops Park, Fulham. The ride is around 2 ½ hours long with refreshments in the park. 100 spaces Philip Benstead on 07949 801 698 or philipbenstead1

Dance Aerobics Sunday 1 October, 10am Academy Sport, The Naim Dangoor Centre, 255 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ 6

Dance your way to fitness in this fun class with teacher Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE, who amongst other projects works with UK Gay rights organisation, Stonewall. Hosted by Westminster Academy Sport. 10 spaces Kate Gielgud on 020 7641 8969

Dance Aerobics

Silver Sunday at the Queen’s Gallery Sunday 1 October, 11.30am-1.30pm and 2.30-4.30pm The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA

Enjoy one of two tours and tea sessions hosted by The Queen’s Gallery and explore the highlights of the fascinating Canaletto and The Art of Venice exhibition. 40 spaces (20 per tour) 0303 123 7323

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Open Age Dance-a-thon Sunday 1 October, 11am-4.30pm Open Age QPHR Hub, New Avenues, 3-7 Third Avenue, W10 4RS Grab your dancing shoes and join us for five ‘fab-ulous’ hours of dancing with the very best instructors and fantastic music! The event includes afternoon tea, a raffle, and quiz. 200 spaces, no booking required Claire or Geoff on 07717 201 791 or email

Regents Park Health Walk CLCH

Regent’s Park Walk Sunday 1 October, 11am-12 midday, please arrive at 10.50am Clarence Gate, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 Enjoy and explore Regent’s Park at a gentle to moderate walking pace. Cafés and toilets are available in the park. You will receive a free pedometer and a fact sheet about the park. 12 spaces Marian Starrett on 020 7563 6211 or marian.

Fun Day Sunday 1 October 2017, 11am-4pm James Hill House, 196-200, Kensal Road, W10 5BS A variety of fun sessions including hand massages and nail care, gentle exercise sessions, and a raffle followed by a sumptuous finger buffet. A live band will also be performing and tea and cakes will be provided. Hosted by Octavia Housing. 50 spaces Afiya Agard or Vaniche Sweeney on 020 8354 5676   B

Octavia James Hill House

Dance for Health open workshops with English National Ballet Sunday 1 October, 11am-12 midday and 12.30-1.30pm English National Ballet, Markova House, 39 Jay Mews, SW7 2ES Workshops inspired by English National Ballet give you a chance to discover what goes on behind the scenes and insight into ENB’s Dance for Health programme for older people, an artistic dance activity that improves physical and mental health and wellbeing. 60 spaces (30 per session) Engagement team on 020 7581 1245 or engagement@ballet. B

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Silver Sunday Lords Cricket Ground

fun, interactive session. Free tea, coffee and cake provided. No booking required Claire Robinson on 020 3862 5875


Silver Sunday tour, afternoon tea and cricket match at Lord’s

NatWest ‘Friends against Scams’ advice at Lord’s

Sunday 1 October, tour and afternoon tea booking slots are available at 11am and 1.30pm (tour followed by afternoon tea). An intergenerational match will take place throughout the day and is available for all visitors to watch. Lord’s Cricket Ground, St. John’s Wood Road, NW8 8QN Enjoy afternoon tea and a tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground plus the opportunity to watch an inter-generational cricket match. A £5 booking fee is required, fully refundable on arrival. 250 spaces (125 per tour) Yvonne Muigua on 020 7616 8589 or   B

Sunday 1 October, 11am-2pm Lord’s Cricket Ground, St. John’s Wood Road, NW8 8QN Fraud awareness advice from NatWest to help you spot a scam and keep yourself safe from all types of fraud. For people attending Silver Sunday at Lord’s Cricket Ground only. Unlimited spaces, no booking required

Drop-in Design at the Design Museum Sunday 1 October, 1-4.30pm The Design Museum, Kensington High St, W8 6AG Get creative and try your hand at designing from a choice of design briefs in this

Behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Philatelic Society London Sunday 1 October, 11am-2pm The Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, W1G 6JY Come and have a look around this grand Georgian building in the centre of Marylebone, home of the Royal Philatelic Society London. The guided tour will explore highlights from the stamp collections, take in the museum and archive and offer a rare chance to see where we authenticate stamps from around the world. 12 spaces Juliet Turk on 020 7486 1044 or museumarchives@rpsl.

Guided Walk: Medicine, Mews and Mystery

Celebrations at Leonora House

Sunday 1 October, walks start at 10am, 11am, 12 midday and 1pm Meet outside St. George’s Hotel, 14-15 Langham Place, Regent Street, W1B 2QS Join a Westminster Guide for a fascinating walk around the Harley Street conservation area, discovering splendid streets, beautiful buildings and some of the memorable men and women who lived there. 100 spaces (25 per tour) medicine-mews-andmysterytickets-36364918450   B

Sunday 1 October, 12 midday-5pm Leonora House, 49 Lanark Road, Maida Vale, W9 1RA Enjoy Irish dancing, hand massages and chair exercise. After a delicious lunch, be prepared for Passport to Broadway, a musical theatre experience. Hosted by Octavia Housing. 30 spaces

Guided Walk Medicine, Mews and Mystery

 andra Ofori on 020 7286 S 9226 or sandra.ofori@ or karin.   B

Book Break Shared Reading Session Sunday 1 October, 12-2pm New Horizons Centre, Guinness Trust Estate, Cadogan Street, SW3 2PF A friendly and relaxed session to listen to books and poems read aloud. Have a turn at reading, join in the conversation, or just sit back and listen. We will share our personal reactions to the

texts and who knows where they will take us! Presented by The Reader. 10 spaces Rosie Trustram on 020 7590 8970 or rosietrustram@   B

Afternoon Tea in Eaton Sq Gardens Sunday 1 October, 2.30-5pm Eaton Square Gardens, Belgravia, SW1W Spend the afternoon in beautiful surroundings in Eaton Square Gardens. Help with transport is available for those who need it. This event is available to Open Age members, and it is donated by local resident, Marina Kaloghirou, in memory of her mother Galateia Kaloghirou, with the assistance of The Belgravia Society. 40 spaces available Claire Godwin 07530 734 489 or cgodwin @openage.   B 9

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Discover the hidden gardens of Regent’s Park Sunday 1 October, 2-3.30pm Meet at Great Portland Street station, NW1 Visit the beautiful Nash Terraces and their gardens in Regent’s Park whilst learning about the fascinating history of the park. Hosted by City of Westminster Tour Guides Association. 25 spaces Richard Cohen on 07852 141 425 or richard. B

Sunday Community Tea Sunday 1 October, 3.30-5.30pm St. Matthew’s Church, 20 Great Peter St, Westminster, SW1P 2BU Join us for traditional afternoon tea in the Trevelyan Hall at St. Matthew’s Church, with musical accompaniment. The church, Lady Chapel and church garden – a hidden gem – will all be open. 40 spaces

Free tickets to Watch ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

 mma Bourne on E 020 7222 3704 or B

RIBA: Discover architecture Sunday 1 October, 11am Reception, Ground floor, RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD Join us at the RIBA for a free tour of our current architecture exhibitions, use technology to make art and explore architecture while socialising. No previous experience required, all equipment is provided. No need to register.


Sunday 1 October, 3-5pm (including a 20 minute interval) Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA Enjoy a matinee performance of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s 1920’s murder mystery show at the Duchess Theatre. Watch the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences. 10 spaces Please email events before Friday 15 September 2017 quoting ‘Silver Sunday’ followed by your full name and how many tickets you would like (maximum of 2 per booking). Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified by Monday 18 September if you have been successful. B


The Wellesley

Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley Sunday 1 October, 3-4.30pm The Wellesley, 11 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LY Enjoy a film-themed afternoon tea in style at boutique grand hotel, The Wellesley on Knightsbridge. Dress up as your favourite film star and listen to our jazz singer and piano player perform live. Presented by Jefferson Communications. 20 spaces Leonardo Mattera on 020 7235 3535 or email Restaurant@ quoting ‘Silver Sunday’ B

Sunday afternoon with the Wallace Collection and Wigmore Hall Sunday 1 October, 12.304.30pm. Arrive by 12 midday Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN Join us in this beautiful space for tea and sandwiches before exploring the gallery, then turn pictures into music with Wigmore’s Music for Life musician Julian West and students from the Royal Academy of Music. For people with dementia and their carers. 20 spaces Kathryn Gilfoy on 020 7321 2702 or kathryn@ B

Watch ‘The Apartment’ at Regent Street Cinema Sunday 1 October, refreshments from 1pm, screening starts at 2pm Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, Marylebone, W1B 2UW

Enjoy a matinee screening of Billy Wilder’s Hollywood classic ‘The Apartment’, in Regent Street Cinema. Free tea and coffee provided. 110 spaces Book online at silver-sunday B

Jane Austen with fans, feathers, food and fun Sunday 1 October, 2-4pm Paddington Library, 45 Porchester Rd, W2 5DU Join us for a Jane Austen ‘read aloud’ book group at Paddington Library. Read aloud or just listen, flaunt a fan, raise an eyebrow or just relax and enjoy a sandwich and cuppa on us. Limited spaces 020 7641 6200 ask for Paddington Library and quote ‘Silver Sunday’ B


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Creative Afternoon Sunday 1 October, 2-4pm Ben Uri Gallery, Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, 108A Boundary Road, NW8 0RH Take part in a free art session, find out more about our gallery programmes and contribute your ideas towards the planning of future events at the Ben Uri gallery. 10 spaces Emma Hollamby on 020 7604 3991 or emmah@ B

Everything We See Could Also Be Otherwise (My Sweet Little Lamb) Sunday 1 October, 1-5pm The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, NW8 8PQ An exhibition of film, photography and archival artworks from the Kontakt Collection of Central, East and Southeast European Art. No booking required 020 7724 4300

Afternoon Tea at The Edwardian Sunday 1 October, Afternoon tea is served from 12 midday-5pm Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth hotel, 97 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LB Enjoy afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth hotel and enjoy the specially commissioned artwork for a modern interpretation of the Dutch masters. 10 afternoon teas available for 2 people each Daniel Palacios on 07970 120 620 or B

Guards Chapel and The Guards’ Museum

Sunday 1 October, 11am-2pm Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ Join the Guards Chapel Sunday Service with the Band of the Irish Guards from 11am-12 midday, followed by tea and coffee. Visit the Guards’ Museum between 12.30-2pm (please collect your complimentary tickets during tea and coffee). No booking required 020 7414 2207 or info@ or see householddivision.

The Guards Chapel and Guards’ Museum

Open Day at Jubilee Hall

Morse Code Workshop

Sunday 1 October, 12 midday Jubilee Hall, 30 The Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BE. Enjoy free access to all of our fitness facilities at Jubilee Hall, including our full range of gym equipment and Yoga and Spin classes. No booking required 020 7836 4007

Sunday 1 October, 11.30am and 2pm HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN Join us on-board the HQS Wellington and learn all about Morse Code. Free entry to the ‘Abandon Ship’ exhibition also included. Solmax Kennedy at abandonship1

Weekend Warriors Sunday 1 October, 11am-2pm The British Museum, Clore Education Centre, Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG Come to the British Museum for a chance to handle objects from the Museum’s handling collections. There will be a limited number of free tickets for the Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia special exhibition available on the day. No booking required


Free Concert: The Soho Society Connaught Opera and St. Anne’s Church in “Enlightened Tea Dance Princesses: Celebrating Sunday 1 October, 3-5pm St. Anne’s Community Hall, Women of Influence” Sunday 1 October, 3pm Penfold Community Hub, 60 Penfold Street, NW8 8PJ Enjoy a light opera celebrating historical women who changed the world. 60 spaces B

55 Dean Street, W1D 6AF Enjoy an afternoon of dancing, live music and flapper dancers. Tea and cake will be served. 60 spaces Clare Lynch or Nina Davies on 020 7439 4303 or email admin@ B



Pre- and post-Silver Sunday events St. Charles Shared Reading Group Wednesday 27 September, 10.30am-12 midday St. Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, W10 6DZ Join us for a friendly and relaxed session to listen to books and poems read aloud. Have a turn at reading, join in the conversation, or just sit back and listen. Presented by The Reader. Rosie Trustram on 020 7590 8970 or rosietrustram@ B

including Zumba Gold, Easy Cardio, Nia Dance and circuit classes! Free access to the gym equipment also available. Claire Green on 020 7343 1740 or Declan Duncan on 020 7343 1766 or Declan.duncan B

‘London Lives’ Shared Reading Group Wednesday 4 October, 2.30-4pm

Earls Court Arts Hub, 1a Nevern Place, SW5 9NR Listen, read, join in the conversation and share your thoughts. We’ll be reading poems and extracts that take us over bridges, down winding alleys, from the City to the suburbs via the circle line, read aloud and shared with you. Presented by The Reader. Rosie Trustram on 020 7590 8970 or rosietrustram@ B

Open Week at YMCA Club Central Monday 25 – Friday 30 September YMCA Club Central, 112 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NQ Enjoy a range of exercise classes and activities at Central YMCA health club 14

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Social Teas at YMCA Club Central

 my Law on 020 7769 A 8839. Please leave a voice mail and she will contact you if not available. Over 18s only, ID required.   B

Tuesday 26 September, 3.50pm, Thursday 28 September, 3pm and Friday 29 September, 1.30pm Healthy Brunch on Friday 29 September, 11.15am12.15pm YMCA Club Central, 112 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NQ Enjoy a cup of tea and a friendly chat with our Social Tea groups on Tuesday and Thursday. Or join us for a healthy brunch on Friday morning. Claire Green on 020 7343 1740 or Declan Duncan on 020 7343 1766 or Declan.duncan B

Cheese and Wine Party with Blind Veterans UK Thursday 28 September, 1-4pm Blind Veterans UK HQ, 12-14 Harcourt Street, W1H 4HD 16

The Second Half Career Art Exhibition and Sale: Celebrating Living Old Masters 2017 The Hippodrome

Join Blind Veterans UK for a celebratory cheese and wine party with dancing and entertainment. Meet our members and hear about our history. If you have a visual impairment and have been in the forces or done national service find out if we can help you! 20 spaces Sharon Scaife on 012 7339 1892 or Sharon. scaife@blindveterans.   B

Afternoon Tea and Rat Pack at The Hippodrome Thursday 28 September, 2-5pm The Matcham Room Theatre, The Hippodrome, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH Enjoy tea and sandwiches in the Matcham Room and learn about the history of one of London’s most famous venues, The Hippodrome. Followed by a fantastic Rat Pack performance and dancing. 80 spaces

Wednesday 25 October, 10am-4pm The Second Half Centre, St. Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, W10 6DZ This event is an exciting and inspirational story of transformation and rediscovery of artists who all discovered the love of their craft over 50. The Second Half Foundation has organised this event to support the work of The Second Half Centre, now run by Open Age. No booking required Jenny Marshall on 020 8962 5500 or email

Silver Sunday Tai Chi at The Pad Rec Thursday 28 September, 10.30am-12.30pm Paddington Recreation Ground, Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale W9 1PD Take part in an outdoor group Tai Chi session and discover the health benefits of this gentle martial art. Information stalls, massages and free refreshments will also be available. Beginners and all levels welcome. Hosted by Westminster Council, Open Age and Everyone Active. No booking required Nicole Fox nicolefox or Ian Bannister ibannister

Lunchtime Concert: The MacletHadjiev Duo Thursday 5 October, 1.05pm St. John’s Smith Square, Westminster, SW1P 3HA Enjoy an afternoon performance by the Maclet-Hadjiev Duo, who will be exploring both the Eastern European folk influence in 20th century music and the Baroque Counterpoint from Bach to Handel. 100 spaces Call the Box Office on 020 7222 1061 quoting ‘Silver Sunday’ or book online at B

Tai Chi


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Lunchtime Concert: The London Mozart Players

A Feast of Folk Songs – A Choral Workshop

Lunchtime Concert: Colin Walsh

Wednesday 4 October, 1.05pm St. John’s Smith Square, Westminster, SW1P 3HA Join The London Mozart Players alongside Howard Shelley for their highly anticipated Piano Explored lunchtime series. The ensemble will perform Piano Concerto in A Minor, one of today’s most recognised works for piano. 100 spaces Call the Box Office on 020 7222 1061 quoting ‘Silver Sunday’ or book online at B

Saturday 30 September, 10.30am Westminster Music Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 9UD Come along and join in some favourite folk songs from around the world, no experience necessary! Meet like-minded people and make new friends. Featuring Musical Director Ruairi Glasheen. 35 spaces 020 7641 6200 (select option three) or musiclibrary

Thursday 28 September, 1.05pm St. John’s Smith Square, Westminster, SW1P 3HA Enjoy a free afternoon performance by organist Colin Walsh in the exceptional setting of St. John’s Smith Square. 100 spaces Call the Box Office on 020 7222 1061 quoting ‘Silver Sunday’ or book online at


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A Silver Screening of ‘The 39 Steps’ Friday 6 October, 1.45pm Westminster Academy, The Naim Dangoor Centre, 255 Harrow Rd, W2 5EZ Enjoy an afternoon screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘The 39 Steps,’ followed by tea and cakes. Courtesy of Open Age. 60 spaces

 lexandra or Julie A 020 3713 8737 or akerswell@openage.

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Friendship Matinee at the Royal Albert Hall: Symphonic Queen Friday 6 October, doors open at 2.15pm for a 3pm start Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an epic afternoon as they present a tribute to great British rock band Queen. Performed by the amplified Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and rhythm section. Cost: £5 per ticket Please quote booking code: 29019 020 7589 8212 or tickets/events   B

Filipino Club Tea Dance Sunday 8 October, 2-5pm Filipino Club, Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P 1QW Enjoy cakes, sandwiches, tea and singing and dancing for everyone. Courtesy of the Filipino Club. 200 spaces, booking required for groups of five and over only. People attending on their own or with 2-4 people can just drop-in. Cora Emflorgo or

Afternoon Coffee Club at the Royal Albert Hall Tuesday 17 October, 1.30pm The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP Join us in the Elgar Room for a fascinating archive talk from our archivists, plus a live jazz piano. Tea, coffee and cake are also included in the ticket price. Cost: £5 per ticket 020 7589 8212 or tickets/events   B

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Coffee Morning (with sketching) for Art Lovers

“During my time as Mayor, I have met older Londoners from every walk of life and have seen first-hand the contribution they make to our great city. It is unacceptable for an older Londoner to feel lonely or isolated - at City Hall, I’ve made it clear that bringing communities and people of all ages and backgrounds together is a key priority. Silver Sunday is a great opportunity for Londoners to get to know their older neighbours and to celebrate the energy, character and diversity older people bring to everyday life in the capital.” Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London 20

Thursday 28 September, 10am - 12 midday Mall Galleries, The Mall, Westminster, SW1Y 5BD. Taking inspiration from our Rosa Sepple PRI exhibition, we will be drawing pictures of our youth; what we got up to when we were young, or what we wished we had done. Free drawing materials have been generously provided by Winsor & Newton. Entry to the exhibitions is free during the coffee morning. 020 7930 6844 or email info B

Mall Galleries

The Value of Design Monday 2 October, 2.30–3.30pm The Design Museum, Kensington High St, W8 6AG Join us at the Design Museum for an illustrated talk featuring a range of design stories. Free tea, coffee and cake also provided. Claire Robinson 020 3862 5875   B

Singing for the Brain Westminster Tuesday 26 September, 3.30-5pm Ark Home Healthcare, 42 Westbourne Park Road London, W2 5PH Join us for our Singing for the Brain session for people affected by dementia. 020 7561 4820 or email islington@alzheimers.   B

Westminster Tea Dance It’s nearly that time of year again. Join us on Sunday 10 December for an unforgettable afternoon. The annual Westminster Tea Dance hosted by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, has become known for its winning combination of entertainment, live music, afternoon tea and great company. Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, the event attracts over 1,000 Westminster residents. This event is a great opportunity for people who may not get out of the house very often. If you have a friend or neighbour that might like to join in, spread the word or offer to accompany them. Solo guests should not be put off into coming along. Guests have attended by themselves to meet new people and many took up the opportunity

to dance with our Volunteer Police Cadets. The Westminster Tea Dance is generously supported by Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Shaftesbury PLC, Telegraph Media Group, and Westminster City Council. If more people apply for tickets than are available, they will be entered into a ballot. We will only contact you if you have been successful in receiving a ticket. The deadline to apply is Friday 20 October and your ticket will be sent to you in mid-November.

Westminster Tea Dance

Applying for tickets Include your name, address, telephone number and dietary requirements and if you need wheelchair access. You can apply for a maximum of two tickets. If you are applying for a friend or carer please include their name and address and we will send their ticket directly to them. Visit: sirsimon tea-dance Write to: Tea Dance, 6th Floor, Westminster City Hall, 5 Strand, WC2N 5HR Tickets are reserved for Westminster residents aged 65 and over only. Guests should remember to bring their freedom pass to show on arrival. Carers must also live in Westminster.


Autumn events and activities

Autumn events and activities

Art Class Tuesdays, 10am-12 midday Covent Garden Community Centre, 42 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA Beginners and intermediate art session supported by Hampstead School of Arts Cost: £1 for materials Tel: 020 7404 7274

As the weather cools down this autumn, stay warm with these free and low-cost indoor activities. Keep on Moving Wednesdays, 2.15-3.15pm Penfold Community Hub, 60 Penfold Street, NW8 8PJ From 11 September, participate in low impact exercises classes which can be adapted to suit all levels of ability. Can be performed seated or standing. Cost: £1 Tel: 020 3815 0033


Silverfit Tuesdays fun and fitness sessions Tuesdays, meet at 10.30am for 11am start Will to Win Café, Hyde Park, South Carriage Drive, W2 2UH Meet new friends and get healthy through Nordic walking sessions and guided walks. Cost: Nordic walking £5 per session, free for guided walks Tel: 07721 419 518

Craft Classes Fridays, 1.30-3pm Penfold Community Hub, 60 Penfold Street, NW8 8PJ Join Artist Angela Brown for a new term of arts and crafts. All abilities welcome – join any time Cost: £1 020 3815 0033

Yoga sessions Tuesdays, 9.45-10.45am The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU Cost: £2 Tel: 020 7222 0303

Upperdeckers Mondays, 1-4.15pm 11 and 18 September Westminster Boating Base, 136 Grosvenor Road, SW1V 3JY A varied programme of water sports sessions for people 50 years and over on the river Thames in Pimlico. Tea and coffee provided. You must bring a full change of clothing including shoes and a towel to take part in water based activities. Cost: £5 / free for Westminster residents over 60 years old. Tel: 020 7821 7389

Age UK over 50’s drop-in Wednesdays, 2-4pm The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU Cost: Free 020 7222 0303

Autumn Workshops 14 September – 19 October Covent Garden Community Centre, 42 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA Craft Sessions in conjunction with the British Museum. Cost: Free

Osteo Blast Every Friday, 2.30-3.30pm The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU Bone Health exercise classes coordinated in partnership with Open Age, designed to improve bone health for the over 50s. Cost: £1 per session / booking required Tel: 020 8962 4537 uk/community

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Health and wellbeing Getting to the heart of a good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is a practice that many seek to conquer. As people get older, the body experiences a change in sleeping patterns and some people have great difficulties getting enough sleep to feel refreshed in the morning. The NHS refers to this lack of sleep as insomnia, a problem that affects one in three people in the UK. It is particularly prevalent in older people. The most common causes of sleep deprivation range from stress and anxiety to poor sleeping habits like long periods of napping during the day as well as certain prescriptions or over the counter medication. Noise pollution from late night bars, cafes, concerts and even sirens can also make it hard to fall asleep. 24

Why sleep matters Sleepless nights can eventually take their toll on mental and physical health. Depriving the body of sleep has been linked to depression and diabetes. It can also lead to accidents and injuries as well as affect memory, because sleep cycles usually give your brain a chance to consolidate memories.

Good sleeping habits Establishing good sleeping habits is an important first step to help regain control over sleep. Age UK provides advice to help older people manage this change in sleeping patterns. Tips include:

Health and wellbeing • establishing

“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

a preand post-sleep routine and sticking to it • making sure that your bed and bedding are comfortable and avoid cluttering your bedroom • avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the evening • not eating a heavy meal late at night • cutting out daytime naps • keeping your bedroom cool and dark • banning TV and computers from the bedroom. There are also certain calming exercises that can help with sleepless nights. Yoga has often been hailed as giving the body the rest it craves. Gentle poses,

breathing techniques and meditation can help promote restful sleep patterns. There is even a form of yoga designed to help encourage good sleep. Yoga Nidra involves lying down and being talked through a meditation as well as visualisation and breathing routes that plunges the body into a state of ‘conscious deep sleep’.

Help is at hand Westminster City Council works with a number of partners that run activities and workshops to help you with sleep. If you do have trouble sleeping, speak to your GP about the services available to help manage and improve your sleeping patterns.

Put sleepless nights to bed, once and for all For calming exercises activities and sleep workshops visit Open Age: or call 020 8962 4141 For support for any physical and mental health issues: visit To report a noise complaint in Westminster call 020 7641 2000 25

Can Tai chi help prevent falls?

Can Tai Chi help prevent falls? Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese martial art, has experienced a resurgence recently being hailed as a popular health promoting exercise. 3,000 people where the effects of Tai Chi were measured against other treatments such as physical therapy and low intensity exercise. Tai Chi was found to reduce the risk of falls by 43%.

The combination of deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements and poses has helped people aged 65 and over. Tai Chi reduces stress, improves posture, balance and general mobility, while increasing muscle strength in the legs. 26

The benefits of Tai Chi recently hit the headlines, when the Journal of American Geriatrics Society revealed that it could reduce the number of falls in both the older adult population and at-risk adults. The study analysed 10 trials of nearly

While it is generally accepted, particularly by the NHS, that more studies are required to fully understand the physical and mental benefits, tai chi can be performed and enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. Done correctly, tai chi poses flow smoothly from one to another, and can be completed with bent knees in a squat like position or while seated in a chair. Paddington Recreation Ground recently played host

Getting started with Tai Chi to a group of beginners who If you missed out on the participated in a mass tai chi summer session the session. The session was organisers will be repeating designed to promote the the event prior to Silver benefits of the art of physical Sunday on Thursday 28 health. Run by Everyone September between 10.30am Active, Westminster Sports – 12.30pm. Tai chi will start at Unit and Open Age the day 11am and will feature two 20 showcased a range of other minute sessions divided by a activities for participants over 10 minute break. There is no 50s to get involved with need to book, just come including Walking Football along and be prepared to and Tea Dancing. become Zen-ready.

1. S  peak to your GP about your suitability to attend a tai chi class 2. Watch a class or attend a free taster session before signing up to a course 3. L  earn the basics of tai chi from an instructor to make sure your style is correct and won’t cause injury 27

Battle of Waterloo Hero remembered Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Westminster school children are learning about a forgotten hero from the Battle of Waterloo. Samuel Godley may not be a household name, but the bravery displayed by this Battle of Waterloo veteran pays tribute to unknown soldiers throughout British military history, whose stories are too easily forgotten. Originally from Whitwell, Derbyshire, Godley joined the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards in 1808. Their principal duty was to protect the monarch, then King George III, but they were also called to serve in the Household Brigade against Napoleon in 1812. Godley’s service came at a particularly tumultuous time in British history, as conflict in mainland Europe was set against a backdrop of 28

economic turmoil in the lead up to the 1815 Corn Laws. Although their duties had historically been largely ceremonial, in Regency London the Life Guards were charged with policing Mayfair and Belgravia, dissuading and disbanding rioters.

During the Battle of Waterloo, the Life Guards broke the French cuirassiers’ lines and found themselves cut off from the main force. Godley was struck, lost his horse and fractured his skull, but continued to fight on regardless. A comrade in arms, Major Thomas Playford, writing afterwards said: “One man, Samuel Godley, had his horse shot and his helmet knocked off and he raved about the field of battle on foot until he met a cuirassier, whom he slew and rode off on his horse to new scenes of conflict. I saw Godley perform that daring exploit which is recorded of him by his regiment.”

Westminster Remembers

Despite suffering a fractured skull, Godley survived the battle, and continued his service in the Household Cavalry until 1826. Following his discharge, Godley earned a living in the Baker Street bazaar for six years, before passing away in 1832. Remarkably, Playford’s account of Godley is the only first-hand source we have of his feat, and his illustration the only image of the act.

Saving Samuel Godley Schoolchildren across Westminster have been learning about Samuel Godley’s story thanks to work led by Westminster City Council’s Archives Centre. The project, entitled “Saving Samuel Godley,” was awarded £82,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery Players to provide school resources, local museum visits and community talks on Godley’s life and times. The culmination of the project saw the restoration

of Godley’s grave at St John’s Wood Church cemetery. This is followed by a dramatic recreation of Godley’s life by Barrow Hill Primary School, St Saviours

Church of England Primary School and Westminster Cathedral Catholic Primary School at neighbouring Lord’s Cricket Ground.


Local listings

Local listings

There are 100s of free and low-cost activities at your local community hub or library each week.

South Westminster Open Age Computer Drop-In

Take a look at what’s on this autumn. Booking may be needed for some activities, so please call ahead to check details. North Westminster

Central Westminster

Open Age Monthly Fish N’ Chip Fridays

Open Age Fortnightly Film Festival


Fridays 12 midday-1.30pm (15 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December)

Mondays, 2-4pm

Covent Garden Community Centre, 42 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA

Queen’s Park and Harrow Road Community Hub, New Avenues, 3-7 Third Avenue, W10 4RS Enjoy a delicious Fish n’ Chip lunch and the best company in town with a growing group of diners! Cost: £5 (booking required) Tel: 07717 201 791

Queen’s Park and Harrow Road Community Hub, New Avenues, 3-7 Third Avenue, W10 4RS Take a seat and enjoy a variety of old classics and new favourites in our Fortnightly Film Festival. Includes a hot drink! Cost: £1 Tel: 07717 201 791

Thursday, 11.30am-12.30pm

If you’re over 60, come along and enjoy a social lunch before an afternoon talk that will get you thinking. Cost: Free Tel: 020 7404 7274

Choir Tuesdays, 11.30am-1.30pm Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley Street, WC2B 5LT Social singing with pianist, all levels welcome Cost: Free Tel: 020 7404 7274

Open Age Brain Boost! – Memory games and brain training. Mondays, 12 midday-1pm Starts 11 September with a break on 23 October Warwick Community Hall, 300 Harrow Road, W2 5HG Flex your brain cells and have fun. Challenge yourself and make friends over a selection of brain-training teasers, activities and fun games Cost: £1

Wednesdays 1.45-3.00pm 13 September – 13 December; half term 25 October Churchill Gardens Hub, Churchill Gardens Road SW1V 3AJ

6 week run of classes for beginner and intermediate levels Cost: £2  el: 07530 734 489 for T next available start date. Booking required.

A chance to practice your computer skills, check your emails or get some guidance Cost: Free (donations welcome) Tel: 07717 201 791

Open Age Beginners & Intermediate Computers Fridays 10am-12 midday 15 September – 20 October and 3 November – 8 December Glastonbury House, Abbots Manor Estate, Warwick Way, SW1V 4NT

Bingo and Social Club Thursdays, 2-3pm The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU A fun environment to while away the afternoon and make new friends. Cost: Free Tel: 020 7222 0303

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Ellen pictured standing with Club members

Top of the Shop Community Award Winner Ellen Bridgewater talks “Little Bingo Club” What started out as a small gathering of residents playing bingo, soon turned into a must do social event for the residents of Elgin Estate. This was thanks to local volunteer Ellen Bridgewater who was recognised at this year’s Westminster Community Awards for bringing the community together. Ellen said: “When the Elgin Estate was refurbished 30 years ago, my friend Rhoda and I thought it would be nice to have an evening Bingo group. A place where residents could socialise. When Rhoda sadly passed away some time ago, I took it over, lock, stock and barrel. “You can instantly see what Little Bingo Club means to attendees when you see the lengths some go to get here. We have some very frail residents who make the trip, and some arrive by Dial-a32

Ride. New faces come in all the time. We’ve created something really special here. A safe place, where people can come, have a laugh and make some new friends.”

seaside, which are organised by Walterton Elgin Community Homes (WECH). Ellen runs a Christmas Savings Club to help give residents some security at the most expensive time of the year.

“You can instantly see what Little Bingo Club means to attendees when you see the lengths some go to get here. ”

All money collected during bingo and the raffle, is put back into the club to pay for prizes.

Ellen Bridgewater A full-time cashier at Charing Cross Hospital, Ellen runs Little Bingo Club in her spare time. The evening features a raffle and is regularly attended by up to 30 older men and women, aged between 55 and 94. As well as Bingo, the residents enjoy trips to the

She said: “As long as we have enough to keep up the social aspect, that’ll do. You don’t have to have funding to do something like this, or to see it grow. The people who come know that it’s all theirs for the taking and they all chip in to make it what it is. I encourage everyone to come along and join in the fun.” Ellen

The Westminster Community Awards recognise volunteers for their life changing work. Congratulations to the 2017 winners, highly commended or shortlisted. This year’s winners include: Project Award: Mother Tongue Counselling Service, Wandsworth & Westminster Mind for offering support to Arabic and Farsi speaking adults across the city • Outstanding Organisation Award: Beauchamp Lodge Settlement who run the “Floating Classroom,” a barge that teaches classes to young people on the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals. • The Sir Simon Milton Award: Ellen Bridgewater for running social activities for older people • Neighbourhood

or Student Volunteer Award: Ambeya Begum for her fundraising activities and David Mears for organising musical concerts for vulnerable residents • Corporate Contribution to the Community Award: The Pacific Investment Management Company for all its support to organisations in Westminster • Inspirational Award: Alan Boyd, founder of the Holy Apostles Sports Club, which was set up to combat anti-social behaviour in the community through sports • The City for All Volunteer of the Year Award: Sheila D’Souza for her campaign to improve air quality in Westminster • Young


Get involved… volunteer

My life in Westminster Shiv Kumar, 75, moved from India to the UK in 1962 to further his studies. After landing in Bayswater he made a life-changing decision.

If you are interested in volunteering, check out these upcoming events and opportunities: It’s never too early to think about Christmas Marie Curie is looking for volunteers across London to look after collections during their Christmas campaign. Hosts are needed to greet collectors throughout the day, hand over necessary resources to them at the end of each shift.  or more information call F Team Westminster on 020 7723 1216 or email info@onewestminster.

Become a volunteer befriender Volunteer Centre Westminster is looking for volunteer befrienders who can give just one or two hours each week to spend time with an older person. This might involve conversation at home over a cup of tea or going out for walks or to the shops.

Put your gardening skills to the test The Riverside Group need volunteers to support their horticultural therapists helping individuals with a disability.  or more information call F 020 7723 1216 or email info@onewestminster.

I chose to do both. I went to India, married my wife and then we settled in London. Westminster truly felt like our home away from home. I have worked here for 49 years, 24 years manufacturing medical equipment and 15 years maintaining them at Hammersmith Hospital.

I retired at 69 but keep myself busy. I am the chairperson of The Patient Group at Health @ the Stowe where I enjoy meeting new people. I have diabetes but this has not stopped me from enjoying life in Westminster. There’s a lot of support available so I encourage everyone to get active and live for the moment.

 or more information call F 020 7723 1216 or email info@onewestminster.

ONE WESTMINSTER 2017 VOLUNTEERS’ FAIR Find out about the hundreds of Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES. volunteering roles available across For more information please email the city. The fair will take place on Nigel Barber at Tuesday 3 October, 1-3.30pm at The Stowe 34

“I was attracted to the hustle and bustle of Westminster. Bayswater was popular with students at the time and it was very different from where I grew up. It was during this time that I had to make a decision. Do I go back to India and get married or do I stay and settle in London.

“Westminster truly felt like our home away from home. ” Shiv Kumar


Westminster Plus - Autumn 2017  

Essential reading for Westminster's older residents. This issue is our Silver Sunday special, which will take place on 1st October. Take a l...

Westminster Plus - Autumn 2017  

Essential reading for Westminster's older residents. This issue is our Silver Sunday special, which will take place on 1st October. Take a l...