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The Senior Citizens Forum wishes

you a very Merry Christmas and

a Happy New Year


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SeniorCitizensForum

T E L F O R D & T H E W R E K I N

Message from the Chairperson

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas again? After a

mild autumn we are already experiencing some

very cold weather. Please see our article on pages

12 & 13 about being prepared for emergencies at

home, such as your heating breaking down.

For 2016 we are planning to hold our open forums

at different venues around the area, (see page 5),

which is what many of you asked for. On January

20th in Wellington we will welcome David Evans, Joint Senior

Responsible Officer for NHS Future Fit programme, so don’t miss your

opportunity to ask your questions about our hospitals.

By the time this edition has been printed we will hopefully have

enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Lunch at the Whitehouse Hotel to help

get us in the festive mood. I’d like to wish all our members and readers

a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year, and I

hope to see as many of you as possible at our events in 2016.

Thank you for supporting the Forum!

Sue Palmer

The Forum is a small charity supporting older people in Telford & Wrekin, helping

them to have their say and influence decision making, and to access

information about services, activities, and volunteering opportunities.

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IS THE NHS

Wellington

Methodist Centre,

New Street,

Wellington,

TF1 1LU

FUTURE

FIT?

JAN 20th 2016

10.30am - 12.30pm

On Wednesday, January 20th, we welcome back David Evans, Joint

Senior Responsible Officer for NHS Future Fit programme, to update

us on how the programme is progressing.

The Future Fit programme was implemented to improve and tackle

current challenges in acute and community hospital services in

Shropshire and is driven by a partnership between clinicians and

patients.

In October NHS leaders took the decision to delay the decision on a

preferred option for emergency services in the area, stating that the

deferral will allow more detailed work to be carried out into financial

and staffing challenges.

So the debate continues. This is your opportunity to understand the

current situation in more detail and ask the questions you want to ask.

Free entry, open to all.

Plus advice and information stands, including Telford & Wrekin

Council seeking your views on the budget cuts. (see page 12)

Refreshments available, plus our 50/50 draw

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Our Forums in 2016 will be in:

January 20th: Wellington

March: Woodside or Madeley

April: High Ercall

May: St Georges

June: Ironbridge Gorge Area

July: Newport

Sept AGM: The Place, Oakengates

Nov: Donnington

We will provide details of each event in future newsletters.

Look out for information about our March and April events in the

next edition.

Congratulations Dave on a brilliant effort!

Forum member Dave Cooke reached his goal

of 100 times up the Wrekin (making a total

of 1000 miles in all!). He wanted to walk the

same number of miles as his wife's father

who, when captured at Dunkirk during WW2,

marched 1000 miles to a POW camp on the

Russian Polish border. (Dave added a few

comfort stops for coffee and sandwiches!).

This is the level that Dave has achieved since

joining the Walkabout Wrekin group. Dave

walked Coast to Coast (200 miles) raising

funds for Severn Hospice, and this year

Hadrian’s Wall (90 miles) raising funds for Air

Ambulance.

We assure you that not all of Walkabout Wrekin’s walks are this long

and this strenuous so if you would like to join them check out the

website www.walkaboutwrekin.org.uk or ring 01952 276534 for

more details.

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SIGHT

SOUND

November 9th at Dawley Christian Centre

Shropshire Deaf & Hard

of Hearing Forum

www.shropshiredeafandh

ardofhearing.org.uk

tel: 0845 833 9585

Tom Kane, Chairman of the Shropshire

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Forum, told

members of the difficulty and isolation

faced by people who suffer from deafness

and hard of hearing. He also warned that

the number of sufferers will increase.

There is legislation protecting people at

work, but socially the prolonged use of

earpieces and spending a large amount of

time in an environment with high noise

levels could be hazardous to your hearing.

Tom introduced his hearing dog, Harley,

who helps him to know when the phone is

ringing and the alarm clock goes off.

A big thank you to Tom

and Sally Joyner

(Lip Reading & Deaf

Awareness Tutor) for

helping us to organise the

event, and also to the

organisations who

attended to give advice

and information. (Details

on the opposite page)

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Signal www.signal.org.uk

tel: 01743 364644

Sight & Hearing Loss Support Shropshire

Rural Community Council

www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/services/

individuals/sight-loss-support

tel: 01743 342168

Guide Dogs www.guidedogs.org.uk

tel: 0845 3727431

Telford Macular Group

tel: 01952 771164

West Telford VIP Group (Visually

Impaired) tel: 01952 250110

Sight Loss Shropshire

www.sightlossshropshire.org.uk

tel: 01743 210808

WATCH Alarms www.watchalarms.co.uk

tel: 01952 217151

Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin

www.healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk

tel: 01952 739540

Walkabout Wrekin

www.walkaboutwrekin.org.uk

tel: 01952 276534

Paul Booth, Wrekin Rotary,

explained that the Telford Tree

of Light was introduced 20

years ago, but is now supported

by around 5000 names. It

enables people to make a

donation to charity while

remembering their loved ones

at Christmas time. You may use

the application form link on their

website to sponsor the name of

your loved one and to make

your donation.

www.telfordtreeoflight.org.uk

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Musical

Memories

Exciting news - we are now ready

to start rolling out this service! If

you care for somebody who has

been diagnosed with dementia

and you think that listening to

music might help them, then

please contact us.

We will to talk to you about

providing a play list of music that

they used to enjoy listening to,

whether it be classical, rock or

pop. This will be provided on a

small MP3 player with headphones,

fully portable so that the

music can be listened to whenever

and wherever they want.

The equipment is yours to keep for

as long as it is needed. We will

simply ask you to agree to keep it

in good order and return it to the

Forum when no longer required.

We will also ask you to complete a

simple form a couple of months

after you have started using the

equipment to let us know if it has

made a difference to the person

that you are caring for.

To be amongst the first to give this

a try please contact Anne-Marie

on 07552 975676

Stay Well, Live Well

My name is Sharron and I’ve been

attending the monthly ‘Stay Well’

group at Bridle Court for some

time now, and have recently

started to attend a ‘Friendship’

group which is on the first Thursday

of the month.

Before I started going to these

groups I would just stay in the

house looking at my four walls all

day and every day. I felt lonely,

afraid and depressed.

I’ve met a lot of interesting

people at these groups, and I am

no longer afraid of going out of

the house on my own. I feel I

belong and that in some way I

am special.

We have started doing activities

at these groups and I’ve tried my

hand at some things I would

never have dreamt of doing,

which has given me new interest

and confidence in my abilities.

A few weeks ago I managed to

paint a sea scape scene. (See the

picture on the right). Until that

day, the only thing I was interested

in painting was my nails!!

So yes, I think that attending these

groups has been good for me

and taken me out of myself. I’m

not so shy and timid as I used to

be because I know I am liked for

the person I am.

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Environment

& Transport

Action Group

When using public

transport please be

very careful when

approaching your

stop. Recently there

was a tragic accident

when an elderly

person lost their life as

a public service bus

made an emergency

stop when approaching

a bus stop. Arriva

have the following

notice or similar, on

their buses.

Before you reach

your stop please ring

the bell and stay

seated until the bus is

stationary.

I have passed all the

letters you had sent to

me ab out the

changes made to

bus services, to the

General Manager of

Arriva Telford. I’m

afraid that he has so

far failed to respond. I

also stated in my

letter that the people

of St Matthews Road

and Celandine Way

have, for the last 4

years, been asking for

a bus service.

I suggested that the

newly introduced 5A

service could include

these streets on their

route.

A s f r o m 1 4 t h

November they have

made changes to the

No6 route cutting out

Turreff Avenue and

Donnington Parade. It

now continues past

Aldi on the way to the

town centre. The

No7A has gone and

the No7 also goes

past Aldi and around

Turreff Avenue and

Donnington Parade

on the way to

Oakengates and the

town centre.

I am still awaiting a

reply from the council

to my email asking

about the consultation

on the relocation

of the bus station. The

c o n s u l t a t i o n

c o n c e r n i n g t h e

construction of a new

footbridge with lifts at

T e l f o r d C e n t r a l

Railway Station is to

be after Christmas. I

w i l l k e e p y o u

informed.

With regard to the

traffic wardens I have

been told that there

are now PCSO’s

operating in Newport

and Wellington.

If you have any item

you would like the

Transport Environment

Action Group to

investigate for you

please write or email

Anne-Marie Davies at

the address on page

3 and she will pass

them on to me. Or

you can use our new

enquiry box on the

Forum’s website

page, found at

twseniors.org.uk/etag

I would like to take

this opportunity to

wish you all a very

Merry Christmas, and

a Happy and Healthy

New Year from ETAG.

Vic Rainsford,

Secretary,

Environment &

Transport

Action Group

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Technology ….Don’t be digitally excluded!

Everything’s getting so smart these days!

What on earth is a smart TV?

TVs have been getting bigger and better in recent years, but keeping

up with the latest developments can be a bit of a challenge.

A smart TV is a clever TV as it has integrated internet capabilities. This

means that as well as doing the job of a normal digital television, it can

do a similar job to a computer. A smart TV needs to be connected to a

broadband internet service by cable or using your home Wi-Fi.

Smartphones offer more than traditional mobile phones, as they can

connect to the internet, enabling you to send and receive emails and

use the internet and use apps (programs) that use the internet such as

news, weather and music services. They can be overly complicated

and many of their features may be more hindrance than help if all you

want to do is make calls and maybe send text messages, but the trouble

is there are very few simple feature phones available anymore, and

if you need a new one you may find that a smartphone is the only way

to go. But this needn't be bad news if you use email and the internet.

Look for a phone that’s simple to use, with a large screen and text that

can be enlarged.

Forum Computer Learning

One to one tuition -

Learn in your own home

£16 for 4 lessons

Get started using a computer or

tablet, or if you already know the

basics, get help to learn more. If you

haven’t got your own computer our

volunteer tutor will bring one along for

you to borrow.

Computer Drop in Sessions

Hartshorne Court, Burton Street,

Dawley, Wed, 10am - 12noon

Oliver Court, Ladycroft, Wellington,

Wed, 2pm - 4pm

Newport Cottage Care Centre,

Upper Bar, Wed, 12noon-1pm

We still need more tutors! Could you help someone learn to use a

computer and get online? To enquire please contact us now,

tel 07552 975676 or 07932 828333 Email: enquiries@twseniors.org.uk

Call us on 07552 975676 or 07932 828333 for more details or for a chat about

learning or tutoring.

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Strategies for Successful

Ageing - a free online course

How do you feel about ageing?

What choices are you making to stay

happy, healthy, socially-connected

and active as you age? A free fiveweek

online course, presented by

distinguished academics and

physicians at Trinity College Dublin,

looks at world-leading research in

successful ageing, which may

challenge many of the assumptions

you have about growing old.

Visit www.futurelearn.com/courses/

successful-ageing

for more information.

More Online Courses…...

Several other free online courses are

available at www.futurelearn.com/

courses

Have you ever

considered a Pen Pal?

Would you like to exchange emails

with another older person somewhere

in the world?

There are many websites where you

can register and search for a suitable

pen pal. Some sites may charge

a small fee, some are free like

www.pasttimesproject.co.uk and

www.penpalworld.com

www.telfordpublic

transport.co.uk

Visit this useful website and also Telford

Public Transport on Facebook for all

up to date local bus, coach and rail

service information. Find details of

local services operating over the

festive period.

Were you born on

26th September 1939?

If so, Outline Productions are creating a new history TV

documentary series and would love to hear from you

if you were born on that date.

Please contact their production team at

bornon@outlineproductions.co.uk

or call 0207 424 7643 to leave your details.

Unfortunately we don’t yet know the name of the programme or the

channel, or exactly what the programme will be about, but it is for

one of the major broadcasters.

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Help!..........

The winter months are always the

least convenient time for your boiler

to break down or pipes to burst.

If you have a problem…

If you think there is a water leak turn

off the water to the whole house (find

out where the mains stop tap is) and

prevent the water leaking further by

draining the water from the cold

taps. If the leak is from a single

appliance, then it can be stopped by

turning off the isolation valve located

next to the appliance.

If your heating breaks down make

sure you keep warm while waiting for

help as best as you can wearing lots

of layers and using blankets and a

hot water bottle. Use a portable

heater if you have one, or get into

bed to keep warm!

A leak in your hot water system

means you need to switch off the

gate valve which is likely to be found

in your airing cupboard if you have a

hot water cylinder. Then hot taps

need to be turned on to remove any

hot water in the system. If you have a

combi boiler, there will be lever

isolation valve located under the

boiler to stop the water entering your

system.

If your electricity goes off first check

with your neighbour to see if they still

have power. If it’s only your home

that’s out, your trip switch may have

turned itself off. If it has, try turning it

back on but if it switches off again

then one of your electrical appliances

may be faulty. Once the appliance

has been turned off your electricity

will stay on. If you have a prepayment

meter it may have run out of

credit? If it's in credit and still not

working, then call your supplier. You

may have a fault with your electrical

wiring somewhere, so call a qualified

electrician as soon as possible.

If you think there is a gas leak turn

the gas off at the meter using the

emergency control valve unless the

meter is located in the basement, get

fresh air immediately, do not smoke

or use any naked flames/flammable

gases and do not turn on/off or

operate any electrical switches or

appliances. Call the emergency

number: 0800 111 999

Beware the cowboys and

scammers

Building work horror stories also

tend to crop up during the chilliest

months. The need to get things

sorted out quickly means there are

countless tales of cowboy traders

taking advantage of older people

more likely to rush decisions to get

a job done. Tales of older people

being scammed and ending up

paying over the odds for a simple

job are enough to make the task of

getting your repair work done

very daunting.

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So what can you do to

prepare?

Get Home emergency cover -

Corgi, Surewise, Direct Line, British

Gas, the AA and many others offer

home emergency cover either as

part of your home insurance or on

a separate policy. They will

provide you with a 24 hour

emergency number to call in the

event of leaks or heating loss,

depending on your cover.

Find a reliable tradesperson -

The best way by far to choose a

reliable plumber, electrician or

builder is by word of mouth from

family and friends or you can visit

www.traderregister.org.uk/

shropshire, or tel 0345 678 9000

to find the name and

contact details of a

registered and

trusted tradesperson.

Keep emergency contact numbers

where you can find them quickly in

an emergency.

Keep a torch and spare batteries

handy in case there’s a power cut,

in preference to candles. If your

home phone relies on electricity,

consider having a mobile phone

and keep it charged.

Consider investing in a safe

portable heater in case your main

heating breaks down, but avoid

ones fuelled by liquids.

Tel:

01952

251023

Mobile:

07817

867751

Tina Whitehouse

Domestic Cleaner

Platinumdcs@outlook.com

Platinum dcs

Domestic Cleaning Services

Honest and reliable,

competitive rates

Call for a free consultation

Wrekin Special

Swimming Club

Sessions at Wellington

Civic Leisure Centre

Sundays 5.15pm - 6.15pm

The club welcomes people of all

ages with all disabilities and

special needs, such as, stroke

recovery, autism, ADHD, mental

health issues and cerebral palsy

etc. Helpers are welcome to

accompany swimmers where

needed. For more information

please contact :

Terry Lawlor, 01952 617002,

email: terrylawlor47@gmail.com

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Every year in Telford and Wrekin, it is an honour for the Council to unite

and bring people together on Holocaust Memorial Day. On 27 January

2016, three special events with the theme, ‘Don’t stand By’ will be held at

The Place Theatre in Oakengates.

All of the events will offer an opportunity to remember the millions of people

killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in

Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. We will also be taking time to honour

people and to stop and think about our actions and behaviours, and to think

about what we can do to not be bystanders to hate crime and prejudice, nor to

international threats of genocide.

All of the events are free and open to the public, please come along to learn,

remember and reflect.

Open exhibition 9am – 1pm and 3.30pm – 5.30pm

The exhibition will contain display materials on the Holocaust, other genocides

and on this year’s theme. There will also be an opportunity for people to

decorate footprints to add to bunting for the venue.

Civic Ceremony of Remembrance 2pm – 3pm

The ceremony will provide us with an opportunity to think about how we can

challenge prejudice and discrimination wherever we may see or hear it. A

memorial candle will be lit to accompany a minute’s silence.

Talk by the British Red Cross 6pm – 7pm

Unfortunately we know that anti-Semitism, racism, war and hate crime have not

gone away. Join with us to hear about the work of The British Red Cross in the

holocaust and the subsequent work of the organisation, with refugees in times

of war.

Someone once said,

‘I wondered why someone didn’t do something. Then I realised I am

somebody’

More information can be found at www.telford.gov.uk/HMD

or by calling 01952 382131

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Living Well, Our Plan

DEMENTIA SKILLS

for FAMILY CARERS

FREE for Carers

Learn the communication tools and skills to gain the confidence to

know you are providing the very best possible care for the person

experiencing dementia.

Join us for this six-session programme in 2016

Fortnightly Mondays:-Jan 04, 18, Feb 01, 15, 29 and March 14

10:00 -1:pm at The Place, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP

“ I wish I had done this 10 years ago when mum was first diagnosed. I

experienced dementia the hard way by trial and error! ” Louise,

former carer.

Book and contact: Julia Pitkin

07886 690026 julia@dementiasense.org

You’re warmly invited to

FORGET ME NOT TEA

At St Andrew’s Shifnal

We meet at St Andrew’s

Church, Church Street, Shifnal, TF11 9AJ on the

3rd Thursday of each month, at 3.00pm.

We all enjoy sharing a lovely cup of tea together -

come for a cuppa & cake!

Our songs and prayers are accessible and open to

everyone, irrespective of beliefs.

There’s no charge, just come along, a warm

welcome awaits you.

For more information, speak to Sarah Thorpe on

07982 248949.

Forget Me

Not Films

Come and join

us on the 4th

Thursday of every month to watch

an old musical and enjoy tea and

cake at St John’s Church, Saltwells

Drive, Muxton, TF2 8RJ, 10am -

12.30pm (film starts at 10.30am)

Free!

For more information contact Jo

Lefroy on 01952 604281.

Both are particularly suitable for anyone living with dementia, their family and friends.

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Adult education under threat –

act now to support the WEA!

The Department for Business

Innovation and Skills, which funds the

WEA (Workers Educational Association)

and other adult learning

institutions in England, has been

asked by the Chancellor to suggest

cuts of 25% and 40%.

Less than 6 per cent of Government

spending on education and training is

devoted to adult further education

and skills. Further cuts, on top of the

24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to

the Adult Skills Budget already

announced this year, will have a

devastating impact on a service that

is life-changing for many people.

Research has shown that adult

education improves health and

wellbeing, develops confidence and

builds better communities.

The WEA needs you – its greatest

advocates – to help. Individual letters

or emails to your local MP and the

Chancellor, plus spreading the word

on social media and signing the

petition will make a big difference

and make sure that adults are not

forgotten when cuts are being made.

Thank you for your support.

The petition can be found on

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/sae

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COURSES BEGINNING JANUARY 2016

Course Day Time Location Starts Fee

Drawing &

Painting

Drawing &

Painting

Improvers

Singing for

Fun

Mon

Tues

Tues

2—4pm

10am –

12pm

1.30pm –

3.30pm

Life Drawing Tues 7 - 9pm

Tai Chi

(existing

learners only)

Tai Chi for

Beginners

Enterprise – a

Way of Shaping

Your Life’s

Pattern

Yoga for

Wellbeing

Brighten

Your Brain

Working

with Clay

Wed 10am – 12

Wed

Thurs

Thurs

Thurs

Fri

1 – 3pm

1.30 –

3.30pm

11.15am –

1.15pm

2 – 4pm

2 – 4pm

Park Lane Centre,

Woodside

Jubilee House,

Madeley

Hartshorne Court,

Dawley

Jubilee House,

Madeley

Ketley Community

Centre

Ketley Community

Centre

Donnington

Wood Lifelong

Learning Centre

Brookside Community

Centre

Jubilee House,

Madeley

Hartshorne

Court, Dawley

11/01/16

10 weeks

12/01/16

10 weeks

12/01/16

10 weeks

12/01/16

10 weeks

13/01/16

10 weeks

13/01/16

10 weeks

14/01/16

10 weeks

14/01/16

10 weeks

14/01/16

10 weeks

15/01/16

9 weeks

ART FOR BEGINNERS Maggie

£73.50

Free if in

receipt of

benefits

£73.50

Free if in

receipt of

benefits

FREE

£83.50

Free if in

receipt of

benefits

£73.50

Free if in

receipt of

benefits

FREE to

new

learners

£73.50

Free if in

receipt of

benefits

FREE

FREE

FREE

“I joined this course after I retired and I needed to find a

new hobby to socialise. I have never done painting

before. This class has enabled me to learn new painting

techniques and try new things and also socialise with

people. All the basic painting equipment is provided so it

is very helpful especially for those of us who are on a

limited budget. This art class has made a difference to

my skills and my health and wellbeing. It gives me the

opportunity to leave the house and keep my brain active.

I would recommend this course to anyone”.

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We all have our own Christmas traditions; writing letters to Santa, putting out

mince pies and carrots on Christmas Eve and many more! Have you ever

wondered about the many different ways people celebrate at this time of year

all around the world?

In Germany, Austria and some parts of Switzerland, St Nikolaus (the saint on

whom many countries base Santa Claus) is accompanied by a scary devil-like

character as a warning to children to be good.

In France there's a similar figure called La Pere Fouettard, whilst in Italy a good

witch called La Befana delivers children's presents on January 6th using a

broomstick rather than a sleigh. But if you have been bad, expect lumps of

coal!

In the Netherlands Santa Claus is called

Sinterklaas and instead of the North Pole,

lives in sunny Spain and arrives by

steamboat with a helper called Black Peter

rather than an elf.

TRADITIONAL

CHRISTMAS?

Across Scandinavia a gnome like character - called Tomte in

Sweden and Nisse in Norway - is believed to protect barns

and brings presents too. Every Christmas the children leave a

bowl of porridge out for him.

In Greece basil is wrapped around a cross and used to sprinkle

holy water around the house to ward off mischief making

goblins called killantzaroi. It's also traditional to burn old

shoes for good luck in the following year.

Ukrainians decorate their Christmas trees with spider webs.

Legend says that a magic spider once visited a poor family at

Christmas and turned the webs into gold and silver.

Further afield in Brazil children get their presents in

their shoes rather than stockings, from Papa Noel.

Skates are the order of the day in Venezuela,

where, in the capital Caracas, roads are closed off

so that locals can blade to morning mass – they

even tie pieces of string and dangle them out of

the window so, if they oversleep, passers-by will be

able to tug on the string and wake them up!

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During the run up to Christmas in Mexico is the Festival of the Radishes when

farming folk carve the vegetables into human figures, including those from

nativity scenes.

Of course down under Christmas falls in

summer, where, tradition has it that

Father Christmas swaps his reindeer, to

give them a chance to rest after flying

all that way, for 'six white boomers' or

kangaroos. It's also traditional to enjoy

a barbecue on the beach.

Traditional Christmas Food is often very

different too. Curried goat is often on

the menu for dinner in Jamaica and Christmas is marked by the 'John Canoe'

parade, which dates back to the times of slavery, where people dress up in

wacky masks and costumes.

Czechs are taught not to eat anything on Christmas Eve until a special dinner is

served so that they can try and see a mystical 'golden pig' appear. In Greenland

the dish of the day is Kiviak, decomposed bird that has been wrapped in

sealskin and buried under a stone for several months. They also feast on

mattak, slices of raw whale skin.

While in Poland they place a piece of iron under the Christmas dinner table to

make sure everyone has strong legs. The table legs have to be strong too –

there are traditionally 12 courses, two of which are carp.

Finally in Iceland they take no chances and have 13 Santas! These Yule lads,

more troll like than our traditional Father Christmas, traditionally come down

from the mountain one by one during the days of the festive period leaving

presents or rotten

potatoes depending on

the child's behaviour.

They have strange names

so when you are

decorating your tree this

year or hanging stockings

up – just feel grateful

your gifts aren’t being left

by Door Sniffer and Meat

Hook!

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No one should have no one

Over 1 million older people haven’t

spoken to a friend, neighbour or

family member for at least a month.

No one should have no one at

Christmas and yet this year many

older people will have no one to

share it with. Will you help us

answer a call from a lonely older

person and give them muchneeded

support?

Sign the petition:

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/no-one/

campaign-for-age-uk/

Donate:

£5 could help answer a call from a

lonely person

£25 could help an Age UK

campaign

£75 could go towards vital research

Volunteer as:

a befriender - spend one or two

hours a week visiting an older

person in their own home to

provide companionship and a good

listening ear

a telephone buddy - be a friendly

voice at the end of the phone,

ringing people from the Telford

Age UK office.

in one of the many day centres -

making drinks, chatting, serving

lunch etc.

Call Age UK on 01952 201803

for more details

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The John Lewis Christmas TV advert is helping to raise awareness

for Age UK. Amid increasing hype around John Lewis’s seasonal

advert, which has come to mark the beginning of the Christmas

shopping season for many, the department store aims to use its

profile to help raise hundreds

of thousands of pounds for

Age UK.

It will also encourage staff and

customers to join up with their

local branch of the charity to

care for elderly people who

might otherwise be alone over

the holiday.

The Information Advice

and Advocacy Service for

adults in Telford with care

and support needs

We provide information and

advice on:

Access to carers’ services, welfare benefits for carers and those who

are cared for, community care, services to promote and support

independence, budgeting and paying for care, personal budgets,

support and coping strategies for dealing with long term health

conditions.

01952

459251

Mon - Fri,

9am - 5pm

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5 ways to prevent a fall

STAY ACTIVE – between 50 and 70 we lose 30% of muscle strength, but this can be

balanced by regular physical activity; 30 minutes 5 times a week is the recommendation.

Gardening, housework, cycling and walking all count. Yoga and Tai Chi classes

cut falls in the over 65’s by 26%.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE – 60 year old eyes need 3 times more light than 20 year old

eyes! You should consider swapping your lightbulbs for brighter ones: LED or

halogen bulbs are better than energy saving ones, although of course they are not as

efficient. A table lamp that is 2 feet away from where you are sitting will provide 25

times more light than a ceiling bulb.

STRENGTHEN YOUR BONES – calcium is critical, but magnesium and vitamin D are

just as important. Make sure your diet includes plenty of milk, cheese, yoghurt, leafy

green veg, pulses and beans, dried fruit and oily fish. The main source of vitamin D is

the sun between April and October. The government recommends a vitamin D

supplement (10 micrograms) for all over 65’s.

FALL PROOF YOUR HOME – tape down or remove worn/frayed carpet, tape trailing

extension leads to the skirting boards and clear away clutter especially in the hall,

landing and doorways.

ASK YOUR GP FOR A MEDICATION REVIEW – some 36% of over 75’s are on 4 or

more drugs and some – such as high blood pressure and heart medicines – are

associated with dizziness.

For a free guide please visit www.saga.co.uk/magazine/health-wellbeing/

wellbeing/falls-guide

The Community Preventing Falls through Exercise Programme is a

preventative service helping older people to recover from falls, and to prevent them

from falling again. Participants come along to our weekly one hour sessions and join a

small group exercise programme, which helps them maintain their mobility and

improve their muscular strength and in the end, helps them to maintain their

independence.

The programme is delivered by highly qualified and trained instructors who encourage

the participants to join in, but also tailor the exercises to their needs and abilities. The

sessions include a range of chair based exercises and stability standing exercises with

the use of support and also unsupported also.

Anyone can join the programme if you are at risk of falling, and it’s wheel chair

friendly too! If you would like to join or know someone who could benefit from joining

our classes please contact Jude Bailey at Fit4All to check availability in sessions

(j.bailey@fit4alljb.co.uk or 07456 505553)

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Members of the Council Cabinet and Council officers will be at the Senior Citizens

Forum event on January 20th. (see page 4) They will be able to talk to you in more

detail about the budget and the cuts that the Council is proposing to make. Please

come along and have a look at the budget display. Have your questions answered or

your views noted as part of the annual budget consultation.

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Look after your

feet this winter

One in three people over the age of

65 has foot pain, stiffness, or aching

feet. A lot of the problems derive

from poorly fitting shoes, however

obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular

disease, osteoporosis, knee, hip or

back pain can all increase the

likelihood of foot problems.

Painful or uncomfortable feet don’t

have to be a natural part of ageing,

and can be alleviated with some

regular simple care. But if you’re

having trouble looking after your

feet, you're not alone.

Age UK reports that nearly one in

three older people can’t cut their

own toenails. Problems tend to

happen if you're less mobile than

you used to be, particularly if you

have difficulty bending down and

poor eyesight can also make it

harder to look after your feet.

You're also more prone to foot

problems like corns, blisters and

foot infections in later life as the

skin becomes thinner and less

elastic.

Your feet will remain in better

condition if you have a regular foot

routine. This includes:









cutting and filing toenails and

keeping them at a comfortable

length

smoothing and moisturising dry

and rough skin

keeping your feet clean and dry

checking for cracks and breaks in

the skin and blisters

looking for signs of infection like

nail fungus or other obvious

early problems, and seeking

professional advice

wearing suitable footwear

wearing warm socks/suitable

slippers at home in winter to

keep your feet warm, warm

lined boots for outdoors, and

bed socks are a good idea for

night time

seeking treatment from a

professional chiropodist or

podiatrist

Keep your feet moving with some

daily exercise, even if it’s just

getting up and walking round your

home. If you have mobility

problems, spend a few minutes

regularly throughout the day

stretching your ankle by slowly

pointing your toes forwards and

then back.

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Foot Health Practitioner

Sharon Cotton

LLB (HONS) MCFHP MAFHP

Do you have corns, hard skin, cracked heels, thickened nails?

Or maybe your toenails need a trim?

I will be happy to visit you in the comfort of your home

for a fee of £22.50

01952 249258 or 07814 307848

Free swimming for over 50’s to end

The council says the cut to free

swimming for the over 50s in

Telford & Wrekin is needed after

the government this summer

announced further in-year cuts to

councils’ public health budgets,

which for Telford & Wrekin is

thought to be equivalent to almost

£775,000.

So far this year just over 3,000

people over 50 have taken up the

free swim offer, showing that the

number of over 50s swimming at

council pools has already gone up

by just 50% since the start of the

free swim this April.

From January, residents over 50

with a Telford Loyalty Card (TLC)

will be charged £3.65, £1.10 less

than the cost of a standard swim.

Residents over 50 in receipt of a

range of benefits may be entitled to

a Concessionary Telford Loyalty

Card that would allow them to

swim for just £1 a time.

To find out if you qualify for a

Concessionary card, please contact

your nearest leisure centre.

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12 Days of Christmas Word Search

T H C E T W E G N

I M M I W S

L E A P I N G L V E D A Y S O

F C L H R I S T M S A S S S S

T A L E E R T R A E P D R N T

S W I I D T H C H V R R A G I

S G N I R N E D L O G W N S T

N M G A U S D E L D S I A Y A

E N B D M F S D I E K N G I S

H H I E M E S R P L O N N T H

H E R E E V E U I T A O I F S

C E D G R P

I M P R P D P D H

N A S N S Y T M E U H E I F I

E F T H E G D I R T R A P E D

R G N I Y A L N S A M Y O F S

F J A N U A R G N I C N A D Y

PARTRIDGE

PEAR TREE

TURTLE DOVES

FRENCH HENS

CALLING BIRDS

GOLDEN RINGS

GEESE

LAYING

SWANS

SWIMMING

MAIDS

MILKING

LADIES

DANCING

LORDS

LEAPING

PIPERS

PIPING

DRUMMERS

DRUMMING

Here are some useful phrases for responding to Christmas

presents you would rather not have received!

Well, well, well ...

I don’t know what to say!

That’ll be really useful…. what is it?

If I hadn't put on so much weight recently it would have fitted me perfectly.

Oh, I’ve seen these in the shops.

Where did you manage to find this?

I must make sure the dog doesn’t get hold of it.

Just my luck to get this the very year I promised to give all my gifts to charity.

It’s just a shame about my allergy.

Unfortunately, I am about to enter MI5's Witness Protection programme.

You must help me eat them.

These sell well at the charity shop.

Frankly, I don't deserve this.

Really, you shouldn't have.

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