I've just come back to your reply because I've just discovered why I do not get notifications: Apple still has my old defunct email address !
I've tried to change it, but tells me that the old address cannot be changed !!
So I tried to set it up as an alternative address.
Then it told me that it is verified for another Apple ID !! That is not possible - unless somehow it happened when I tried to set up an iTunes account, but gave up when it got too complicated.
But more to the point, I DO NOT want an iTunes account !! So where do I go from apart from leaving the Apple communities for good