A big ‘HELLO’ to all our members and friends

It is almost eleven months now since our last meeting on March 4th 2020


Sadly, the ongoing health precautions mean that it is not yet possible for us to organise any activities or events for the foreseeable future.


However, life goes on, and we have been busy ‘behind the scenes’ planning, working and fund raising to enable us to keep the Forum in good health.


Whilst the AGM was cancelled we were able to elect a new Management Committee by postal vote, essential to ensure continuity.


Subsequently, we have confirmed the structure of the Events Group, a vital component of getting things moving when the time comes.


In this Newsletter we aim to bring you up to date on what we have been doing and introduce a number of new ideas which we hope will be of interest and value to our members.


20th Anniversary Shopping Bag for every member!

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations we had intended to distribute our Anniversary Shopping Bag at the AGM


As restrictions are eased we have started distribution by hand between committee members, neighbours and friends where possible. 

Don’t worry ! There is one for every member and you will receive yours as circumstances permit. If you could collect one on your travels please contact any committee member who will endeavour to arrange this.

We have, to date, distributed over 1000 Forum  

bookmarks which have proved very popular

with members during ‘lockdown’.

If you would like further copies please ring

David on 01944 758758.


We can easily pop these in the post.

Our Management Committee and Policy

The new Management Committee is a healthy mix of members, some of whom have a wealth of experience, having been involved since the Forum was founded. Newer members, joining us this year, bring welcome new skills, abilities and enthusiasm to the committee. 


We aim to continue with our fundamental policy of offering free membership to, and representing the interests of, all Ryedale residents over the age of 50. 


Registrations are now being accepted and anyone and everyone over the age of 50 who wishes to join us is welcome.


The Forum exists for the benefit of its members. 


Its aims are to promote the mental and physical health and well-being of older people in Ryedale.


We endeavour to act as a channel for communication between those providing public services and those using them, to represent our members interests.


In response to demand from our members our Events Group organise a full programme of social and healthy activities including:

Coffee Mornings

Serious Meetings

Theatre Trips

Shopping Trips

Country House Visits

Weekend Breaks

Craft Sessions

Town Walks

Country Walks


Gentle Exercise


Keep Fit

Garden Group

Lunch Club

Afternoon Tea


Museum Visits



The current pandemic has placed considerable restrictions on us all and we are aware that some of our members have been, and continue to be, isolated and stressed by these conditions.

We have been actively seeking ways in which to assist all older people in Ryedale, but particularly Forum members, with whom we have an existing contact and history.

We have been liaising with many other local charities and organisations in order to offer maximum advice and support.

To this end we have been delighted to become a member of

Ryedale Charities Together.

Ryedale Charities Together

This long established group of seven local charities deliver a diverse range of essential services to people in need within the largely rural Ryedale area.

It is our hope that, whilst many members miss the companionship we normally offer through our extensive range of social and healthy activities, they may be able to benefit from the wide range of alternative services and support offered by our new friends.


Please contact us on 01944 758758 for a leaflet and full details of the members and services provided or visit:

A hidden disability is a disability that may not be immediately obvious.

Hidden disabilities don't have physical signs and include learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include asthma, COPD, other  lung conditions and other chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes, and sleep disorders when those diseases significantly impact day-to-day life.

Living with these conditions can make daily life more demanding for many people.

They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting, and isolating. Without visible evidence of the hidden disability, it is frequently difficult for others to acknowledge the challenges faced and as a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower for people with hidden disabilities.

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they may need additional support, help or a little more time. Since its launch in 2016, it has now been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.

Ryedale Forum 50+ are a sponsor of the Sunflower Scheme in Ryedale and can supply, free of charge, Sunflower cards and lanyards for the use of members.

If you would like to know more about the scheme, or to order a card and lanyard, please contact us at: 01944 758758 or

Personal Information Record

As an organisation for the elderly we frequently hear of the difficulties which arise following the loss of a loved one and the distress this can cause at an already difficult time.

We have learned that, with a little careful planning, it is possible to save your family and friends this anguish and ensure that your affairs are dealt with in accordance with your wishes.

We have produced a booklet which enables you to record important details, known only to you, but which will greatly assist those remaining to sort out and finalise your affairs.

We suggest that, once you have entered the relevant details so far as you are able, you hand the booklet to a family member, friend or trusted advisor to hold on your behalf.

You may wish to advise close family who is holding the booklet so that it can be readily found when needed.

Copies of the booklet have been mailed to all members. Further copies are available, free, from the Admin Office.

Respite Care

Do you or a loved one need a little Extra Care?


Ryedale Forum 50+ have a long-standing relationship with Bransdale View Extra Care Retirement Village in Helmsley. We now have 20 members living in apartments in the development.

In response to demand, Respite Breaks have been introduced at Bransdale View, whether covering a carer’s holiday or illness, providing a much-needed short break, helping with early discharge from hospital, or because alterations are needed in the home.

To find out more, or for a brochure:

Call: 0345 608 4021


Tel: 0344 411 1444


Main offices are now open and are offering face-to-face sessions by appointment. The Ryedale Office at Stanley Harrison House, Norton Road, Malton, YO17 9RD is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Thursdays.


Emergency assistance, including food vouchers is available on 01748 767555.

For help with flight and holiday refunds enquiries, call 0808 223 1133.

For assistance with energy bills or keeping you home warm call Warm and Well in North Yorkshire on 01609 767555.


Advice and "Help to Claim" assistance on Universal Credit, call 0800 1448 444.

We have spoken with TV Licensing to establish the position regarding Free TV Licences for the over 75s. The information received is shown below:


In August 2020, the BBC introduced a new scheme that offers some over 75 households a free TV Licence.


You can get a free TV Licence if:

You, as the licence holder, are 75 years or older AND you, or your partner living at the same address, receive Pension Credit.

Free over 75 TV Licences are only available to households that receive Pension Credit.

Applying for a free over 75 TV Licence before you reach 75:


“If you already receive Pension Credit, you can apply for your free over 75 TV Licence when you are 74 years old. We’ll update your payments to cover you until your 75th birthday, when you’ll be covered by your free licence. We’ll confirm this in writing. To request an application form, please call 0300 790 6117 and speak to one of our advisors. If you are over 75 and don’t receive Pension Credit you must now pay for your TV Licence, even if you previously had a free one.”


Ways to Pay

  • One payment of £157.50 every 12 months by cheque, postal order or BACS

  • Pay monthly by direct debit from £13.13

  • Pay Quarterly by direct debit from £40.62

  • Use a payment card to pay weekly, fortnightly or monthly from £6.00

  • You can make payment card payments online, at any Paypoint, by phone or by text.

  • You can contact TV Licensing UK customer services on 0300 790 6071.


Beware of Licensing Scams

  • The official company will use

  • Genuine TV Licensing e-mails will always use your title and last name

  • Scammers may simply use your e-mail address, or say ‘Dear Customer’

  • Do NOT click on links or attachments

We look forward to contacting you with news that we are resuming our activities. In the meantime, stay safe and do contact us if we can help you in any way.


Contact the Forum:

Telephone: 01944 758758


Ryedale Forum 50+, Dovetail House, Wintringham, YO17 8HX

Registered Charity No: 1121417

Call us:

01944 758758

© 2020

Ryedale Forum 50+

North Yorkshire, England