Winter 2020-21 home Page

2021 offers promise and anticipation but an initial uphill battle.

As you will know 50plus doesn’t stop; we are continuing to keep our customers warm, watered and well powered despite the current necessary restrictions. At least there is hope on the horizon. Keep you eye on The 50plus web home page and the link to the Coronavirus information for the latest updates.

Winter comes to the Chilterns and the world turns black and white

Walking continues to be a key activity for the many who are confined to quarters for much of the time. We continue to provide some wonderful photographs of local seasonal views in this edition of the magazine, taken by friends and colleagues. For those of you who admire our wildlife there are are also photographs of some of our more interesting feathered friends and scrounging squirrels (known colloquially by some as tree rats), one of which was given it’s very own picnic table for Christmas!

One of our staff is planning to walk 80 miles of the Ridgeway in the summer in aid of local charities. It’s a well trodden unpaved path, the term originating in Anglo-Saxon times and refering to the ancient tracks that run along the high ridges of hills. They provide a more direct route than the modern roads we use today which tend to run by easier routes in valleys. The Ridgeway in England stretches 85 miles (137km) from Overton Hill near Avebury, Wiltshire, to Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring, Buckinghamshire. It has been used for over 5000 years and heralds from Saxon and Viking times and today is a public right of way.

We have updated information in our Knowledge Centre on storage heaters and include a short article in this edition of the magazine or replacing them. Although less popular in newer properties there are many instances of this type of heating in place. Although typically difficult to repair due to spares availability we have have a number of successful call outs to failed storage heaters recently. One was for a complete failed set. Such an event is rare and the the office diagnosed a failed off peak electrical supply over the phone and put the customer in touch with the  supply company’s vulnerable person line. Heating was back on within 24 hours, at no charge to the customer.

If you have any questions we are here to help. The tech guys are not always in but will call you back if you miss them.

Keep safe; you know where were are if you need us.


As many people have been continuing getting out and about on foot during the latest lockdown we once again have set out pictures taken during walks in our wonderful countryside. Thanks to Issy Runswick for many of the pictures. At the head of the page – a Chiltern sunset.

This scrounging squirrel was rewarded with its very own picnic table for Christmas
The Ridgeway – a truly ancient path
On the river – left a mallard and right: spot the egret