Havant pensioners’ group at crisis point

Jim Booth lays a wreath on The Copp Memorial on Hayling Island in 2015 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (150701-4775)

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A CAMPAIGN group for older people could be in danger of folding due to a shortage of members.

Havant Borough 50-Plus Forum has been a pressure group for the older generation for many years. But dwindling numbers means its future is in doubt.

Jim Harrison, 50-Plus Forum vice-chairman, said: ‘There is a definite possibility of the forum ceasing to exist.

‘Numbers have drastically declined over the past few months. There were only six members at the last meeting.’

He urged people to attend meetings and said they needed ‘to breathe new life’ into the forum.

Pete Walden, pictured, chairman, said: ‘Monthly meetings are held where we have guest speakers covering a wide range of topics.

‘Members of the forum attend meetings with Age Concern and NHS to give points of view from the forum and to push forward ideas for care of the elderly.

‘If we feel the council has made a mistake we will challenge them.

‘We were the first to protest about the war memorial. We were there to lead the fight to save the wall tiles in the local hospital.’

He added the group are a ‘friendly bunch’.

The next meeting takes place at The Beacon, in the Meridian Centre, next Monday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.