Gransnet Newsletter

21 November 2014

Books, pensions and New Year adventures

Alfie's Christmas

Celebrating Alfie's Christmas 
To celebrate 30 years of Shirley Hughes' lovely books, we're giving away a Mini Micro scooter (just like Alfie's). Post a picture of your home made decorations on the thread to enter.

christmas gift books

Best Christmas gift books
Bookworms rejoice! To guide you in your literary Christmas shopping, we've put together a list of the very best gift books of 2014 - and one lucky gransnetter will win all of them


Steve Webb MP on pension reforms
See the Minister of State for Pensions' answers to your questions on this year's reforms and what they'll mean for your pocket.

Dr Rosemary

Winter health with Dr Rosemary
From the best way to avoid a cold to keeping off winter weight and getting the right vitamins, catch up with Dr Rosemary and her advice for staying healthy all winter.

christian aid
distraction burglary

Distraction burglary Q&A
For advice on how to avoid being the victim of this type of burglary, put your questions to Commander Simon Letchford of the Metropolitan Police Service.

pork belly

Unemployed carer seeking justice
Unemployment for women over 50 has increased by 41% in the last 2.5 years. Camilla Palmer, principal solicitor for Your Employment Settlement Service discusses her steps for addressing the issues faced by unemployed women aged 50+ who are also carers.

parkdean holiday

Win a New Year's Eve break
Fancy ringing in 2015 on a beach with your family? Enter the giveaway for the chance to celebrate the festive season with seven of your favourite people at Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Wales.


Gransnetters needed!
We've been asked by the folk at Specsavers to round up 30-40 gransnetters to test them out as a hearing services provider. One tester will also win a £200 voucher. Fancy taking part?

doro phone

New phone on the horizon?
We happen to have three up for grabs right now. Hop over to our Facebook page for the chance to win one of three super smart Doro Liberto phones.

christian aid

Help Christian Aid deliver hope
Each year 40,000 newborn babies and 14,700 women die from complications during childbirth and pregnancy in Kenya - but there is a way to provide life-saving support. Will you help Christian Aid deliver hope this Christmas and make double the difference?

Help donate a better future

Susan Alderson describes the impact that sponsoring a child made, not only on her life, but on her son's as well and urges us to make room, financially, around the Christmas table for a child in need this season.

Guest blog post

In praise of the older rescue dog

Kate Bendix, ex BBC TV producer, journalist, author and animal lover, is campaigning. For the older rescue dog, that is. She explains why she chose an older dog to share her home and life with, and the benefits of a middle-aged mutt over a bouncy pup.

old dog
Guest blog post


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From the forums

This week on the forums we found ourselves browsing through our old autograph books. Not quite packed with the scrawled names of the stars of the day, but with rhymes and poems from the faces and names of yesteryear…

"My class teacher wrote:
'Your future lies before you
Like a path of untrodden snow.
Be careful how you tread,
Because every step will show'".

began MrsMopp.

"It starts when you sink in his arms
And ends with your arms in the sink" KatyK responded.

Too true we thought. And while we're on the subject of love and domestic bliss... Mrs Mopp also had a word of warning from a concerned friend:

"Take this advice from one who knows
And tie your nightie to your toes."

Also good for keeping out unexpected gusts of wind.

Join the discussion

Have your say...

Celebrities in the jungle...

The Big Issue - only for the homeless?  

I'm a Celebrity... - are you watching?

Christmas gifts - ideas for toddlers?

Education - where has all the fun gone?





In the News

Julien Blanc denied a visa to enter the UK BBC | Join the discussion

Labour MP Emily Thornberry quits Telegraph | Join the discussion

Paddington film's PG rating BBC Join the discussion

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And finally...

Janarowena on acronyms: "DIET - Did I Eat That?" 

We like that one...

Best wishes from Cari, Gigi, Lucy, Emily, Lautel and Julie.