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Welcome to Fifty Plus Forum
Here at Fifty Plus Forum, the free forum for the over 50's, we aim to provide the Over Fifties community with a great place to meet and chat together and get help & advice too. Our forum is completely FREE and secure, so you can join like minded people in a fun and safe environment, to share your thoughts, discuss any topic and enjoy good company. We have been in operation since 2009, have over 600 regular members now and we're still growing. We pride ourselves on our Freedom of Speech policy so you can post about anything you like so long as it's not offensive.

Classified as a BIG forum by the Admin Zone Directory of Forums our members have generated over 1.6 million posts so far on over 20,000 topics ranging from Politics to Paradise, Film and TV, Computers, the Internet and Software. Photography and DIY. You name it, we've more than likely discussed it.

Come on in and meet folks like you. Chat, Debate, Discuss, ask for help and guidance, whatever you need to talk about, you'll find it here.

Simple operation
The forum is very easy to navigate and use. We have several main categories with sixty or more topic sub-categories to post in; from Health and Well being through Fun, Music, Chat, Debate and Computer problems including all manner of help topics such as DIY, Cookery, Gardening, Genealogy, Arts & Crafts, Photography and Computer help, Money Matters, not forgetting TV and Cinema discussion areas. We also have regular prize winning competitions and lots of members who are happy to help with all manner of problems in and around the home, you can post a question and it will usually be answered very quickly.

Here are some of our Members Only features:
  • Multiple discussion areas for Chatty, Serious and Debatable topics.
  • Personal Blog Area - Write about your experiences
  • Competitions - We have regular competitions with some super prizes on offer.
  • A completely private messaging system - unlike e-mail, you can send and receive safe and secure messages to/from fellow members - no spam - no viruses GUARANTEED!
  • Integrated Gallery - Show off your photos to fellow members
  • Topic bookmarking and advanced search facilities
  • No Advertising within the forum pages
  • No Dating or other matchmaking gimmicks
  • No Liking or Karma gimmicks
Membership Meetings and Outings
We have had loads of forum meets both large and mini-meets. These are organised meetings where members can come together and enjoy a real life chat amongst friends over a drink and or a meal.

Fifty Plus Forum is a private forum for the over Fifties. We value our member's privacy more than many other Social Networking forums and as such no information about our membership is used for any advertising or product promotions. No posts are visible to the general public other than our Front Page area. We take the security of personal data very strongly, unlike some other forums and social networks, so if you decide to leave us, we don't hang on to your personal details and we will never EVER sell your details for marketing purposes, that's a promise! We do encourage forum sponsorship and our members have benefited from several major company sponsors over the years.

We welcome Guests to the forum but all you can see is this page, the articles and the topics some of our members have chosen to place on our public front page area, the rest of the forum is for members only, you can join us just to read if you like, there is no obligation to post anything aside from replying to your welcome topic and posting at least once a year to maintain your account, though we would prefer it if you joined in the fun. A forum is only ever alive if members join in. One post is all it takes to see the full forum.

Joining the Forum
To join the forum, click HERE or the REGISTER button above, fill in your details, include a valid e-mail and a note about how you found us. We'll then verify your details with you. It only takes a few moments. Once you've signed up, post a reply to the Welcome message and you'll then have full access to the forum.

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Please also see the notes on the FORUM page.

Please DO NOT REGISTER FALSELY to gain access to our membership for research purposes, we'll just ban your account and remove your posts. We are more than happy to help researchers and students but only if they ask nicely first. Please use our Contact Us form and tell us about your research, we may already have a topic in progress and we are willing to include links to surveys etc.

* Hal's musings...

Soon we get to vote, to Leave the EU or to Stay. How will you vote? Come on in and join in the many discussions on this topic. We've heard arguments for and against and we have a poll running. Personally, I say lets leave. We've survived before on our own and Europe wouldn't be the Europe it is today, if it wasn't for us defending countries downtrodden by those who would create a superstate. Think of all the money we can save paying for un-elected euo politicians who move house twice a year for no good reason. Not sure the 350M a week is right but it must be close. Our NHS, Armed Forces and other services could well benefit from some of those funds. What's more, a decent protection of our borders against those wishing to live off us and pay no tax, obey our rules and commit further crimes. Lets make the UK work for us not Europe. But all this is just my musings, my thoughts and opinions, they do not represent the membership in whole or in part. Feel free to come on in and have your say, free speech is what we treasure here, providing house rules are not broken.


Sadly my recovery came to a sharp stop when one of the underlying stitches decided to try and force it's way out, opening the wound to infection and so I went back into hospital on IV antibiotics for a week. Now home am still on them by in tablet form and still feel like yeuk. Happily though I can get out and about when I have the energy and have been on a short test drive.

Spring seems to have finally arrived and the trees and bushes are now in bud or have lovely blossom showing. The sun is shining longer each day so things are looking up. I love the Spring but the Autumn golds are what I like to see the most. Avenues of golden leaves take my breath away.

So today we have the start of our St George's Day competition with a rather nice prize on offer. It'll be announced in the forum very soon.

Have you received Dave's "please don't vote to leave the EU" brochure yet? How on earth could that have cost 9,000,000 pounds to produce and distribute? A chap phoned into a TV or Radio show to say he could produce and distribute the same document for 600,000. I think a Freedom of Information enquiry is due to find out who was paid to do what. Think of how many doctors or nurses that 9M would have paid for? It's an atrocious if not scandalous waste of money. A single leaflet directing interested folk to a website would have been a better option, after all they keep trying to tell us to use less resources.


It's been a heck of a week. I had the operation which was 100% successful, recovered, walked and exercised and am now home and taking it easy. It's been tough but I can see that light at the end of the tunnel getting brighter. Only another five weeks to go and I'll hopefully be able to drive again and get back to work.

The weather has improved somewhat and spring has well and truly sprung here. The daffs and blossom are in full flow and the days are warming up nicely, making my exercise walks so much more enjoyable. Sadly I can't take the dog with me just yet as I would be unable to get down and clear up should she do a doo doo.

The Brexit debacle rolls on and now the knives are out and some heads have rolled. Have you made your mind up? We're running a poll in the forum and discussing it avidly.

A tennis star has let herself and her legions of fans and admirers down by taking performance enhancing drugs. Such a silly thing to do but for her, it seems she'll just hide away with her fortune to look after her. No apologies that I have seen can ever forgive setting the wrong example to the youngsters in the tennis world who would want to emulate her. What a waste.

Have you planned your holidays yet? some have and some are awaiting the best prices. It's a topic that gets discussed at this time of year, every year. Members recalling the highs and lows of their recent holidays and making recommendations for and against some locations. So much more real than these so called reviews posted on other sites.


So here we are on the verge of Spring. Posting on this special day, 29th February 2016 is special as it's my birthday and two days before I go in for a Hip replacement, my second. I'm looking forward to it, not because I enjoy pain but because it means that the pain I currently suffer will soon be lessened. I've suffered all my life and now it looks like I'll be able to walk through our wonderful spring countryside once more, faithful hound by my side.

It's on record that this past winter has been the warmest since records began in 1910. The daffs and other spring blossoms have been sighted for some time, weeks before they normally are. Lovely to see though. Thank goodness we didn't get the snow down south that we've had in previous years. The BBC weather forecasts however that this will not be the norm and so colder winters could well return.

In the news there has been a lot of political toing and froing about Britain remaining a member of the European Union. The referendum is now set for the 23rd June. Should we stay or should we leave. Lots of debate about that. Having worked for companies both large and small, with and without foreign ties I can say that there is a lot of business to be had with countries not currently within the EU. So coming out should not affect our international trade. The sad thing though is that Britain is not the great manufacturer it once was. Cars were once a major industrial manufacture and export (British Leyland, Rover, Land Rover and others) Now of course those name are no longer British owned. But some still built in the UK.
I remember great TV manufacturers, from my youth and early adult years as a TV engineer. Pye, Dynatron, Bush, Murphy, ITTKB and many others. All now gone, the names now placed on cheap imports. Such a shame that we no longer have a great industrial output to sell on to the world. We are a service and financial provider. Lets hope that if we do leave the EU we can sell these services and become Great Britain in our own right once more. At least we'll be able to govern and rule ourselves without foreign interference. Some EU rules and governance is worthwhile but we should adopt them freely rather than them being forced upon us by a non elected group of folk in some big office over the channel. Well, that's my thoughts anyway, yours may be totally different. Come on in and make your feelings known so we can discuss them.


Well what a Winter we've had so far? rain, rain and more rain. My sympathies go out to all folk who have suffered from flooding, especially those who have experienced it a second or even a third time. Lets hope that spring brings some better weather and at lease less rain. Hopefully everyone is making the best of yet another year. 2016, who'd have thought it eh? When I was young,, 2000 was so very futuristic with flying cars and space travel. Yet here we are, 16 years further on still burning fossil fuels and driving petrol guzzling cars. Whatever happened to the fuel cell, to solar powered vehicles and to walking to school?

I'm a tad disappointed in the future I we now live in.

Sad too at the continuation of wars and oppression by those with power over those without. In both the civilised world and the third world. I abhor those that choose to use their power over their countrymen and women to grind them down and force them to flee to other countries and feel so sad for some of those who flee then sadly loose their lives in the process.

Further sadness too at the so called Political Correctness that is propagated across many countries. Finding offence in historical events. It's history for goodness sake. Learn from it and move on, you can't apologise for something the country did in times gone by.

I also find disappointment in those being offended on behalf of others, who if asked were never offended in the first place. Do those in authority who come up with these mad complaints about offensive pictures, events etc even bother to talk to those who the feel "might" be offended by them? There are lots of things that offend me but I dare not speak out in case I'm accused of some kind of discrimination.

So there we have it folks, the first of my musings. Much of this has been discussed in the forum so join in and have your say too!.


* What's happening on the forum...


Do you enjoy reading novels?  Fancy an interesting discussion about a book you have read?  How about joining our recently formed, but now well established Book Club?

We have read several novels. We've have had some interesting discussions about our chosen novels and the characters and plots and settings.  We are light hearted in our approach and enjoy discovering other posters' reactions and thoughts.  There is no hard work involved, just a fun chat about a novel we have all read.

Come on in!

Do you enjoy photography? Then come right along in, we have dozens of threads covering a wide range of subjects. There's surely one that you could contribute to. We have birds, animals and wild life, sunrises and sunsets, a range of 'whimsy' picture threads with colours as their themes (these give you a chance of exercising those little grey cells) and a 'watery selection' of rivers, fountains etc,

So - come on in - and bring your camera with you! You might even win a prize in one of the photographic competitions that we have from time to time..."

As we're now classified as a BIG forum as our members have made nearly a million posts on all kinds of subjects and topics.

It's been said that people like to see what's in a forum before they join. Other forums that are open to the public (and search engines) offer this facility but we don't. What goes on in this forum stays in this forum, sorry, that's just the way it is.

* What our members say about Fifty Plus Forum

We thought you might like to read some of the nice things our members have said about Fifty Plus Forum over the years.

"This forum is the one I go onto most and value the most. "

"This is the most level- headed forum"

"The forum serves a useful purpose for us all, I think.   As well as a source of tips and advice from experts, it's good to chat and to blow off steam when there's no one around to scream at!"

"I don't log on as much as I used to but to know you are there is a real comfort."

"I love the layout for Fifty Plus Forum looks so lovely, fresh and bright.

"Full of admiration for this lovely new and uplifting design"

"FPF is my link to the outside world. I'd feel isolated without it"

"I love FPF and I think the mods do a great job and there's no other forum I'd rather be on."

"FPF is THE best forum as far as I'm concerned! +-+"

"I think you would have to search a long way to find a forum for older people which is as good as FPF."

"This is still the best Forum for me and I look in every day even if I dont post much.So thanks very much Hal and co >:d<"

"Still the best Forum for over 50s!! Jump in and enjoy!  ;D"

"I like it here though,best forum of the lot...imo... :OK:"

"And thanks to the mods for providing the best forum ever  :)"

"...thanks Hal for the best forum."

These testimonials have been taken from genuine posts made in the forum and have been edited / truncated to remove personal and unnecessary details only.

Some discussion topics open to the public.

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* Today I found out...

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