We had less than 300 Members two years ago.
We had around 600 Members at our AGM in May 2015
At Riverhead, in September, we passed
our 1000 Member target.
Congratulations to all our Members for having reached this wonderful milestone. We have strength in numbers and the concerns shared by our Members are more likely to be listened to by the powers that be when we have so many people on the books. Thanks also to all the team who make up or have been part of the management committee – they have all been part of the work. A new ACHIEVEMENTS PAGE underlines what we have managed to get done already and how busy we have been at influencing senior managers in the Sevenoaks District. (Click here)
Welcome to you all, especially the new Members who have joined us.
Why have so many people joined us in the last year?
We have been out a little more in this past year, but not much more and we’ve met many people who feel that on their own, they can’t get the authorities to listen to their concerns.
We have listened and we have told decision makers what our Members tell us. The Leader of the District Council spoke at our AGM because he wanted to hear what our Members had to say.
Individuals feel that they are not as powerful as a whole group of people. We aimed for 1000 Members. We got there.
COME AND JOIN US.
LOOK FOR SOME GREAT ACHIEVEMENT NEWS ON
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS PAGE
During 2017, hits on our web site will pass half a million!
The famous “Pickmoss Step” in Otford continues to be a danger to people using wheelchairs and pushchairs. The Step is, of course, an important feature and is much prized by environmentalists and historians.
The County Council is responsible for this road and pavement through Otford but requests for help from them have fallen on deaf ears.
It is the view of some of our SDSAF members that a bit of willing creativity from our County Highways Officers would solve the problem. But someone in that department has to decide priorities and so far KCC’s Highways Department has left everything as it is.
One potential solution that would probably keep environmentalists and historians happy would be to narrow the road at the Step and put in a ‘one vehicle at a time’ solution.
This solution would improve road safety for pedestrians enormously, would preserve the Step and its immediate environment but would interrupt the traffic flow.
The County Council seems more concerned with keeping the traffic flowing or not spending money on the work. SDSAF is more concerned with the safety of older people using the path.
Check out the Info page for important information on the Bedroom Tax that may cut your benefit.
Are you on your own and would like to meet people and do a bit of woodwork or craftwork? click here for the Events page
TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT AGE UK ARE OFFERING OLDER PEOPLE IN WESTERHAM
Our partners AGE UK are offering Information and Advice Sessions every month – for details click here.
A BIG WELCOME TO ANYONE VISITING THIS WEBSITE FOR THE FIRST TIME
SDSAF is an independent organisation, and is completely non-party political. Membership is free and open to all people of 50 plus in the Sevenoaks District.
We gather information that we think might be important to people over 50 and send it to our Members via email or newsletter or on this website.
We work to create a voice for our age group wherever we need our voices to be heard. Together, when we get the chance, we will tell the authorities, whoever they may be, what our opinion is.
Our Members tell us what is important to them and we do our best to influence the decision makers in Councils, health organisations, and anyone else who needs it, so that they bear our needs in mind when they are making their decisions. It’s easy to ignore two or three people but hard to ignore the views of 1,000 and more.
STOP PRESS - Meetings being organised right now with the Chief Executive of the District Council, one of the District County Councillors, and with Councillors and officials at County Hall responsible for BUS TRANSPORT.
NEW TAX ON LIFE ASSURANCE
Big news for Swanley High Street and Swanley residents. Click here.
NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION
Whilst SDSAF campaigns locally, the National Pensioners Convention is what it says it is, a National campaigning body. See their website here http://npcuk.org/ . Individuals can join. Take a look at one of their impressive publications here.
The number of people voting in local elections can be worryingly low. A turnout of just 13%, yes just thirteen per cent, elected one recent parish councillor. 391 voters put their cross beside the first and second candidates.
GOOD NEWS ON COMMUNITY WARDENS
Sorry, it’s a bit fuzzy but notice that jewellery is supposed to be involved! It’s yours. they will steal your valuables.
Great SCAM leaflet
We have left the Christmas scam leaflet up here not because we think it’s still Christmas but because the contents are EXCELLENT ADVICE. Take a look.
Download the whole leaflet by clicking the link above – it’s a very good leaflet!
SEE BELOW FOR THE DAILY SCAMWATCH – MORE VULTURES
DO YOU KNOW WHERE
YOUR LOCAL DEFIBRILLATOR IS?
SAVE TIME: SAVE A LIFE
DART TAG/DART CHARGE
If you have a Dart Tag, you may know that the system has changed and you have to register for the new Dart Charge. Further information here.
SDSAF gets its information on scams and other illegal activities from Kent Police and from http://www.e-watch.co/index.php. If you join their email list you will get their advice and information direct to your Inbox.
It’s a good idea!
WHAT TO DO WITH SCAMMERS
Yes, I’m sure you have your own ideas on what to do with scammers but… one of the Banks has issued this advice;
COMBATING PHONE FRAUD
End the call immediately if you have any doubts about it
Refuse requests for ANY information – even your name!
Be wary of cold callers especially if they suggest you hang up and call them back
Call your Bank if you think you may have been the victim of phone fraud but use a different phone if you can
DON’T GIVE OUT YOUR PIN NUMBER – BANKS NEVER ASK YOU FOR THIS
DON’T TELL ANYONE YOUR FULL PASSWORD OR INTERNET BANKING ID
DON’T GIVE OUT PERSONAL DETAILS UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO
DON’T GIVE YOUR CARD AND PIN TO A COURIER OR ANYONE ELSE
Trading Standards warn about scams on their website
from Kent’s e-watch;
We have been informed that patients from a practice in Aylesford near Maidstone are being telephoned by someone claiming to be from a pharmacy offering to deliver medication to their home address, and requesting bank details for payment of this service.
As you are aware local pharmacies offering this service do not charge for collection and delivery services, and patients are being asked not to part with their bank details.
If any patients visiting your pharmacy make reference to this scam, please ask them to contact the police and speak with their GP practice.
If you get a flyer through your door that is headed a bit like this, it’s yet another scam.
It goes on after that in the usual scam language, you know the thing, it’s URGENT or you have to phone back WITHIN 5 DAYS or IF YOU MEET THE CRITERIA and so on. But yet again, it’s a scam. If only these people put as much energy into doing a proper job rather than breaking the law like this, the world would be a better place.
Perhaps it’s time to replace our WELCOME page with a SCAM page!
TELEPHONE SCAM? If you get a call with a recorded message about getting a new free boiler. Put the phone down, don’t reply, get on with your life! They ask you to call 0116 269 3043 – don’t bother.
AWFUL SCAM - One of our members reports a Sevenoaks Chronicle story;
The victim who is in his 70s reported that a man dressed as a police officer attended his address in Church Field at approximately 6:20pm.
The suspect claimed the man had used forged bank notes in a local shop and the ‘officer’ was there to seize any other notes that the man had.
The suspect entered the house with the man and left with £280.
Officers are now appealing for the public’s help in identifying the suspect and are urging members of the public to take caution and to not be afraid to clarify identity of any caller before allowing anyone into their home. The suspect is described as being a slim white man aged in his 50s, with black hair, glasses and approximately 5ft 7in tall. Police Constable Pat McCartan from Kent Police said: ‘If a police officer calls at your door he or she will be more than happy to provide proof of identification and will have no problem waiting while you verify who they are by calling the police control room.
“Fortunately in this case the victim was not harmed in any way, but we would very much like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information that will help us identify the person responsible.’ Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC McCartan by calling 01622 604225. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference YY/20507/14.
VERY IMPORTANT NEWS – Sevenoaks Council report that someone claiming to be from Sevenoaks’ Council Tax Team is phoning and asking for Bank details. The Council Tax Team NEVER call people in this way. Do not give any details and report the matter to the Police or report the scam to www.kent.gov.uk/tradingstandards
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Beware the Energy Saving Trust on the Phone click here
Great News on Defibrillators click here
The Every Day Ageism Project is a Good One - see News Update
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… and a special welcome to our world wide visitors, English speaking and otherwise. I hope we have been able to help you somehow. Since this website opened in February 2012, over 400,000 people across the world have read our pages.