Spring Gravesham 50+ Forum



Photograph shows the Mayor and Mayoress of Gravesham (both far right) with two Forum members (far left) and three of the guest speakers ( left to right from the two members) - Priscilla Haselhurst (Flood Risk Manager, Medway Council); Hayley Haylor, Birdwise Project, Medway Council - and their work covers the whole of the marshes from Gravesham to Allhallows - with Steve Armitstead from User Voice - an organisation co-ordinating improving

mental health services in Kent.

'Since the Gravesham 50+ Forum meeting last week, developments have been fast-moving so we have taken the decision to cancel the Summer Forum (planned for June). We hope that we will be able to proceed with our Autumn Gravesham 50+ Forum.'

At The Woodville, Gravesend, Kent, nearly 150 members of Gravesham 50+ Forum met on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 for the Spring Forum.


Mrs Liz Jeffery , Secretary to Gravesham 50+ Forum, said: 'It was excellent to see so many Gravesham 50+ Forum members attending our Spring Forum, with the AGM starting the proceedings. We were very pleased to have The Mayor - Cllr Gurdip Ram Bungar - chairing our AGM for us: a new Chair was elected, along with a Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair and members of the committee. We were also delighted to welcome the Mayoress, who attended

with her husband.'


Priscilla Haselhurst spoke about the fascinating - and topical - work on the marshes to prevent flooding; Hayley Haylor gave a very lively talk about all the birds that can be seen on the marshes, and the importance of not disturbing them. Steve Armitstead gave an informative talk about the work of User Voice to co-ordinate improving mental health services throughout Kent.


Mrs Jeffery continued: 'Unfortunately, our scheduled presentation about Sepsis had to be postponed as the speaker had been taken ill. However, Steve Reely from the North West Kent Crime Prevention Panel, stepped in to give a talk about actions Gravesham 50+ Forum members should be taking concerning the Coronavirus.'

Mrs Jeffery concluded: 'Since the Gravesham 50+ Forum meeting last week, developments have been fast-moving so we have taken the decision to cancel the Summer Forum (planned for June). We hope that we will be able to proceed with our Autumn Gravesham 50+ Forum.'


Gravesham 50+ Forum has the aims of:

  • Being a network, a forum and a platform for persons 50 years of age and over living in the Gravesham area.

  • Raising the needs, values and interests of persons 50 years of age or over living in the Gravesham area and to speak up about social, economic and community matters affecting them.


Holding meetings and forums at quarterly intervals.


For further information, please contact:

Jenny Wallace, media officer for Gravesham 50+ Forum.

Tel: 01474 822722 (home)