Campaigning over 50s let their hair down and party

THANKS Jan Gough, centre, is presented with flowers by Jo Tattersall (left) and David Burley, from Age Concern, for organising Over 50s events at The Beacon in The Meridian Centre in Havant.  Picture: Steve Reid (114447-378)

THANKS Jan Gough, centre, is presented with flowers by Jo Tattersall (left) and David Burley, from Age Concern, for organising Over 50s events at The Beacon in The Meridian Centre in Havant. Picture: Steve Reid (114447-378)

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JUST because you’re over 50, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

More than 70 members of the Havant 50 Plus Forum enjoyed a huge Christmas party with great live music, delicious food and party games at the Beacon Centre.

The Forum is part of Age Concern Hampshire and provides vital information to older people within the community.

It is also a force to be reckoned with when it comes to campaigning for the rights of elderly people.

They are currently working flat out to raise enough money to keep the Havant Age Concern information centre open following the withdrawal of funding from Hampshire County Council earlier this year.

But members let their hair down and thanked Havant Age Concern manager Jan Gough for all her hard work organising fundraising and information events with two huge bouquets of flowers.

Mrs Gough said: ‘It was brilliant fun but for me the highlight was when our chairman, Pete Walden, came in dressed as Father Christmas on a mobility scooter decked out as a sleigh.

‘It was just hilarious. It should have been him getting the flowers because he works so hard throughout the year. He is a tireless campaigner and will help anyone.

‘It was great to see all the volunteers who work behind the scenes getting the tea together, doing the washing and drying up and laying out the tables for the meetings.

‘It was so much fun.’

On the first Tuesday of every month the Forum holds H50 – social and information coffee mornings at The Beacon Centre, in the Meridian Centre, from 10am to midday.

There are informative presentations such as what to do to prepare for the digital switch over. To donate to Age Concern Havant pop into the shop in Market Parade.

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