Dear Colleagues

This will be the final Retired Members Newsletter for 2018, which also includes your 2019 CWU Diary.



This meeting was held at the Post Office Sports and Social Club on Wednesday the 14th of November, where our guest speaker was June Parker from Age UK who covers Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.  June gave an overview on what services and assistance Age UK can provide and also brought along some interesting booklets. If you think Age UK Peterborough & Cambridgeshire can be helpful contact them on either 01372 546185 or 0300 6669860.  If you live outside this catchment area, you can ring the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 055 6122. This line is open 8am to 7pm 365 days.



This conference took place on the 3rd & 4th of November and debated the far reaching decisions on how the union will be run structurally & financially. There is little that will indirectly affect Retired Members, other than the need for Retired Members to have a voice and influence outside of the workplace, and to be able to campaign for the NHS, the unfairness of Social Care Funding and the protection of our Universal Benefits (winter fuel allowance, bus passes, free eye & prescription charges, the state pension triple lock protection and so on) These are what we have to campaign for in order to retain or improve them.



At our Retired Members meeting there was an interesting debate on membership which asked the question of membership beyond retirement, and how we might possibly involve family connections. This will involve consultation with senior CWU representatives going forward by way of a ‘rule nothing in or nothing out’ conversation. Any helpful ideas would be appreciated.








Terry Henderson our Branch lead Learning Rep has kindly provided us with two links you may find interesting. One is the revised Retired Members website link. https://rm.cwu.org/news-activity/. Thisgives information on what’s taking place with Retired Members nationally. The second,http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/safe-and-well-visit-508.aspx, is giving information on how visits can be arranged to households by the fire service, especiallyto those where vulnerable older people live.Although this link is for Cambridgeshire, those of you who live in other parts of the country can go on line and type in the local fire authority where similar schemes are being operated.



The incidents of SCAMS are becoming widespread. Online, cold calling and through the mail with the elderly being a main target. The following organisations, Which, www.which.co.uk , follow the link to consumer rights. Citizen Advice Bureau, www.citizensadvice.org.uk & follow their link. Royal Mail, email scam.mail@royalmail.com, these may be helpful. Also your banks may be running their own scam information service.



For future meetings in 2019, if there is any topic that you think would be interesting where we could invite a guest speaker, please do not hesitate to contact me, and we will try to arrange it. Not Brexit though. (Joke!!)



On behalf of all Branch Officers, Committee members, and working members of Eastern No5. They extend their best wishes to all our Retired Members a comfortable, enjoyable Xmas and New Year.

Stay warm this winter.


Kind regards




Mick Goldsmith


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