News, events and information for the over-50s

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April  2016

Please help spread the word and share this update with others. Use this link to print and display on your community noticeboard, send to your databases, post on your group’s website or tell family, friends or neighbours. Previous copies of Active Living can be found here.

Promote your Over 50s group, event or activity free of charge in the next issue, email your information to Kim Vasa. Happy reading.

Events and trips

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Free publicity for your events

You can get free publicity for your community event - just complete the online form on Havering Council’s events web page. There is no charge for this service.

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Absolute Beginners Modern Sequence Dancing

Friday 8 April, 10.30 – noon, Cranham Community Centre, Marlborough Road, Cranham, Upminster, RM14 1XN   new class starts. Email here for more details.


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Jazz Appreciation Month celebrated

at Fairkytes Live

There are two events at Fairkytes Live as part of Jazz Appreciation Month.

Jonny Hepbir and Jason Henson (pictured) are performing at Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch on Friday 8 April. Book your tickets here.

On Friday 29 April Leandra Varanda and Jonathan Preiss will be performing. Book your tickets here.

See details of other events in the Fairkytes Live programme here.

Compost Doctor

Free Composting Workshop

Saturday 9 April, 10am - noon at Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS.

Composting is not just a great way to turn garden waste into nutrient-rich compost but a third of average household rubbish can be composted too, and not just fruit and vegetable peelings. Home composting not only makes excellent food for your plants enabling you to grow healthier fruit, vegetables and flowers but allows you to recycle more at the same time. So come along to our composting workshop. Please book your place here.

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Frank Sinatra – His Way!

Sunday 10 April, 7.30pm, The Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch. Centenary Edition. Book tickets here.

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Talk on London Wildlife

Monday 11 April, 8pm - 9.45pm, Hornchurch Library, 44 South Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1TB

Talk on London Wildlife Trust with an emphasis on East London by Matthew Frith, London Wildlife Trust Conservation Director.

£2.50 donation towards the cost of hall hire. For more information email here.

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Plants for Difficult Places

Tuesday 12 April, 7.15pm, a lecture by Tim Carters for Upminster and District Horticultural Society at New Windmill Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster RM14 2QH,

Open to non-members and new members. £2 non-members. Get more details by email.

Havering Over 50’s Forum

Tuesday 12 April, 10.30am-12.30pm, Havering Town Hall Council Chamber. Havering Over 50’s Forum Annual General Meeting.

Membership costs £5 per year. There is also a £1 entry fee for each forum meeting.

More details available here.

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Events at The Old Chapel

The Old Chapel, Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster,  RM14 2QR

Wednesday 13 April, 10.30am, tea and talk on Working at the Docks by Len Taphouse. 

Sunday 17 April, 2pm - 5pm, Art Display  with several local artists displaying their work.  Free entrance.

The Old Chapel, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster.
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Day Trip to Constable Country and Chocolate Box Villages of Suffolk

Thursday 14 April leave Ardleigh House, 42 Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch RM11 2LG at 9am, return 6.30pm.

Get more information by email.

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Upminster Windmill Restoration –

Community Update

Friday 15 April, 11am - noon, Upminster Library, 26 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster RM14 2BB. 

Join the Community Engagement Officer, Gemma Smith, to learn about the history of this local icon, as well as the current restoration and the plans for the future. £1 includes refreshments

Book your place by email here. 

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Upminster Tithe Barn

Saturday 16, Sunday 17 and Saturday 30 April, 10.30am - 4pm, open days. Free entry.

More information available here.


Bark in the Park

Sunday 17 April, 11am registration, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, Havering Mind is holding a Charity Dog Walk. Get more details by email.


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Havering Interfaith Forum AGM

Thursday 21 April, 8pm, Havering Town Hall, Havering Interfaith Forum Annual General Meeting.

Everyone welcome to attend. Get more details by email.


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Charity Quiz Night One

Saturday 23 April, 7pm, St Laurence Church Main Hall, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, RM14 2BB, fun quiz in aid of The Children’s Society. Tables of eight. Tickets £6. Bring your own food and drink. Pre-booking required contact Katie Bowman 01708 640133.

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Quiz Night Two

Sunday 24 April, 6.30pm for 7pm, Crumpled Horn Pub, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, Havering Association for People with Disabilities is holding a Quiz Night. Come as a team or join a table. Ticket price £5 includes sausage and chips meal. Book your ticket here.

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Havering Singers Spring Concert

Saturday 30 April, 7.30pm, St Peter's Church, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, RM3 0QA. Book tickets online.


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Events at Havering Museum

Havering Museum, 19-21 High Street, Romford,  RM1 1JU.


Havering Museum will be closed from Monday 11 April to Saturday 23 April for refurbishment.

Reminiscence at Havering Museum

Admission £3, includes entry to the Museum and refreshments. Sessions take place from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm. Bring your photographs and memories to share or just come to listen to others. All are welcome at these friendly sessions.

Variety Club

Wednesday 6 April, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

At each event attendees will either  learn a new skill, listen to a talk or get involved in an activity which the club members have asked for. If you would like to join the Variety Club email Ellen Owen.

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Shirley Tours

Shirley organises a variety of outings, events and short breaks - there’s something for everyone and it’s all in a good cause. All profits made are distributed between two local schools, Hall Mead School and James Oglethorpe School, as well as All Saints Church, in Cranham and 1st Cranham Scout Group. More information at Shirley Tours.

Health Matters

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Become a Community Health Champion

If you are interested in promoting good health and wellbeing, are a Havering resident or work in the Borough then you can become a Community Health Champion.

The role is a voluntary one and health champions are only expected to engage with friends, neighbours, work colleagues and anyone else they come into contact with. Email for more details.

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Havering Group Diabetes UK

The Havering Group Diabetes UK meets at North Street Hall, North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1QX on the third Monday of each month at 8pm, for support, information or advice. The meeting hosts a speaker on a medical topic, everyone is welcome.

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Parkinson’s UK (Havering and District Branch)

Parkinson’s UK (Havering and District Branch) holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, from 2pm - 4pm, at Langtons House, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1XJ.  For more information email Brenda Crissell.

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Men’s walking football

Walking football is a slower paced version of the beautiful game, aimed at men who are keen to keep an active lifestyle despite their age or ability. £3 per session. Booking is required. For more information email Stuart Robinson.

  • Mondays 12noon, YMCA, Rush Green Road, Romford RM7 0PH
  • Thursdays 7pm, Abbs Cross Health and Fitness, Abbs Cross Lane, Hornchurch, RM12 4YB

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Health and Wellbeing in Havering

This monthly email update has information from Havering Council, Havering Clinical Commissioning Group and Queen's Hospital.

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General Information


Disabledgo, working on behalf of Havering Council, provides free, detailed, accessibility information covering a variety of venues such as restaurants, hotels, cafes, tourist attractions and shopping centres in Havering. 

More details available here.

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Havering Citizens Advice opening times

Havering Citizens Advice Bureau in Victoria Road, Romford has changed its opening hours and services from Friday 1 April.

More details here.

Hornchurch Library – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 2pm

Harold Hill Library – Monday, 10am - 2pm

South Hornchurch Library – alternate Tuesdays, 10am - 2pm (please ring 01708 763531 to check service)

Orchard Village Estate Office – Monday, 10am - 2pm

More information available here.

Regular events

Hall Lane Mini Golf

Adult beginner table tennis sessions

Come along and learn the basics, and refresh/improve your skills in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Equipment provided. Tuesdays, 10.30am - noon, £3, myplace, Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill, RM3 9EN. 


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Wednesday Club

Every Wednesday (during term time) 1.30pm - 3pm¸ Ardleigh House Community Association, 42 Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LG. Get more information by email.

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Sewing Class

Join us for an adults’ sewing class on Wednesday evenings, 7pm - 9pm at Elm Park Tuition Centre, 8 The Broadway, Hornchurch, RM12 4RS. Email here for more details.


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Charity Yoga

First Sunday of each month, 10.30am – noon free yoga in Raphael Park Bandstand, Main Road, Gidea Park, Romford.

Donations invited in aid of First Step Opportunity.


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Knit and Craft Club

The Four Seasons Knitting and Craft Club meets every Monday 7 - 10pm at Rush Green Community Association and Social Club, Rush Green Gardens, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0LB. If you knit, crochet, or machine knit, come along and we will make you welcome.

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Techy Teas

First Thursday of the month 10.30am -12.30pm at Upminster Library, 26 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, RM14 2BB

Come along to one of our free sessions and learn how to use the full potential of your laptop, mobile phone or tablet at one of our Techy Teas sessions. An active Havering Library card is required.

Reading groups

Love reading? Enjoy discussing books? Then come along to one of the reading groups at Romford Library, St Edwards Way, Romford, RM1 3AR.

First Tuesday of the month 2pm, Hearing Impaired Reading Group

First Thursday of month 2pm, Adult Reading Group.


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Tapestry Pub Clubs

Enjoy a good meal, a drink and a great laugh? Then come along to one of our Pub Clubs!

Pub Clubs offer the chance for local residents to meet new people in a cheerful setting, have a good laugh, and enjoy some hearty pub grub. Our clubs are held once a month from noon - 2pm on:

First Tuesday, The Bull, 74-76 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3ER

First Thursday, The Tollgate, High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6QT

Second Wednesday, The Albion, Rainham Road, Rainham, RM13 8SS

Third Tuesday, The Village, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6NA

Last Wednesday, The Golden Crane, 117 Avon Road, Cranham, Upminster, RM14 1RQ

Book your place by email. 

Cream Tea

Discovering Thames Chase

Coffee morning

Second Friday of each month, 10.30am - noon

Cream tea

Third Friday of each month, 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Book places by email.

Community market

Third Sunday of each month, 10am - 2pm. Find out more by email.

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Harold Hill Seniors Club

Social group for the over 60s, every Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm at myplace, 343 Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill, RM3 9EN . Further details available here.


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Nordic walking

This fun exercise takes place at Thames Chase Community Forest each Saturday, 10.15am - 11am. Find out more about Nordic Walking. 

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Caligraphy and crafts

Meet on Tuesday mornings at Fairkytes Arts Centre, 51 Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX.  For the over 60s.  For more details call 01708 222365.

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Social Hub

The Silver Linx Social Hub meets every Monday between 10am and 2pm at Salvation Army, High Street, Romford, RM1 1JJ.

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Sunday stroll at Rainham Marshes

Join one of our experts to discover the wonderful wildlife on the reserve. This is the perfect opportunity to improve your identification skills, meet like-minded people and walk off that Sunday lunch. Takes place every Sunday 1pm - 3.30pm. No need to book.

Meet at RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ. Admission £5 (£4 RSPB members). For more information email Rainham Marshes.

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Sunday night live….

Sunday Night Live Upminster, Costa Coffee, 34 Station Road, Upminster, RM14 2TR, second Sunday of every month 5.30pm - 7.15pm. Host: Kevin Nichols 07876 682402.

Sunday Night Live Romford, Costa Coffee, The Brewery, Romford, RM1 1AU, second Sunday of every month at 5.30pm. Host: Justin Lewis 07877 843060.

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A stitch in time

The In Stitches sewing group meets every Thursday from 10am - noon at Harold Hill Library, Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, RM3 8DJ and at Hornchurch Library, 44 North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1TB every Tuesday from 2.30pm.

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Growing Friends over 50’s club

Growing Friends, an over 50's club, is held on the first Wednesday of each month in the garden at Bedford’s Park Walled Garden, Broxhill Road, Vyner Street, Havering-atte-Bower,  RM14 1QH. More information is available by emailing Kirsty.

Tweedway 50+ Games and Social Club

Tweedway 50+ Games and Social Club meets alternate weeks on Tuesdays, 8pm - 10pm at Havering Road Methodist Church Hall, Moray Way, Rise Park, Romford, RM1 4YD. 

New members welcome, £3 per session including tea/coffee and biscuits. Games played include darts, pool, Rummikub, snooker, Scrabble, table tennis, short mat bowls and various table games. Pre-booking is required by emailing Pete McEvoy.