Wednesday, 13 November 2019


5.30 pm at Café Caritas 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
1. Election of Green Seniors’ committee 2019/20
Secretary: PETER MURRY

Acting Treasurer: MAUREEN CHILDS

2. Finances: agreed that Maureen Childs would investigate opening a bank account. All committee members to be signatories.

3. Report on Green Seniors’ activities 2018-9 including Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 16 August 2019. Minutes agreed for accuracy.

a) Maureen to update on LOPSIG
b) Positive Ageing meeting at City Hall discussed outsourcing and London Strategy for Age Friendly cities. Next meeting Toynbee Hall (nr Aldgate) 4 December 2019 1-4pm
c) TfL bus route cuts 10, RV1, not adequately signposted Maureen Childs, Erwin Schaefer to attend future meetings.
d) TV licenses, BBC to pay for licences for those aged 75+ Apparently only for those on benefits. Noted that those aged 75+ had lived through ww2.
e) Erwin Schaefer wrote article on “Are pensioners to blame for Brexit?” – A personal view by an enraged EU citizen” which appeared in Watermelon autumn 2019 see , now posted on GS blog at
f) GP Disability group co-ordinator is Paul Weaver. London Federation Disability Officer is Zi Neil, Erwin to introduce her to Maureen.
g) Maureen is now the Special Officer for Diversity at the British Computer Society
h) British Computer Society asked by House of Lords for evidence that IT can assist with well-being. Suggested that M. Childs contact Baroness Jones about this, who replied that this was not within her remit
i) . Noel Lynch to provide membership update.
j) email problems, size limits, no attachments, banning of members (?)
k) Erwin to investigate possible 5G problems.
l) LB Barnet is abolishing the public right to speak at council meetings. (?) . Noel Lynch to check.

4. Green Seniors’ constitution and aims agreed see

5 Green Seniors’ meeting a GP Autumn conference 2019 notes at

6 Future events and activities including social media
·         Maureen to pay NPC sub, to be reimbursed from GS bank account.
·         Maureen to circulate details of NPC activities
·         Maureen is on NPC digital working group. Reported that 20% of the population don’t use the internet  
b) Fundraising walk led by Roy Vickery (ex Natural History Museum, currently South London Botanical Institute) 24 November 2019, approx. 2hrs meet East Finchley tube 2pm £10/8 concessions, proceeds to Barnet GP.
6. AOB
a) GROUNDSWELL - THE GRASSROOTS BATTLE FOR THE NHS AND DEMOCRACY is a moving, inspiring David and Goliath documentary about ordinary Britons challenging the free marketeers’ annexation of the NHS and 40-year dominance of our society. A unique, wide-ranging, revelatory personal journey by filmmaker John Furse on the pulse of our times.
Filmed mostly by the director between 2015-18, using cheap domestic cameras, and edited at home with Gus Coral, this independently made documentary features powerful testimony from Professor Stephen Hawking and NHS staff, with a moving climax by dying actor Dudley Sutton.
Guest Speakers: filmmaker John Furse. Larry Sanders, the Green Party spokesperson on Health and Social Care will also be attending.
Recommended Donation: £4/person (to cover room hire)
Those interested in finding their local campaign groups:


 Date And Time
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT


The Tabernacle
34-35 Powis Square
W11 2AY

b) Wales gov’t tablet loan scheme for seniors: more info needed.
c) Maureen Childs now on the board of Age UK London

7. Date of next meeting 31 January 2020 at 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

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