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Welcome Back

We were really sorry to have interrupted viewing the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum web page – this was due to a hacking incident – however, it’s all sorted now, and I can update you all on the Older People’s Day events:

  • The first event takes place on Tuesday 1 October 2019 – “An Outing to Enjoy the Battle Festival” – however this tour has been fully booked for some time now – sorry for any disappointment

  • The second event takes place on Friday 11 October 2019 – an afternoon screening of the delightful film “Stan & Ollie.  It takes place at the Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.  Tickets are £3 on the door, and free tea and cake will be available after the performance.

  • Finally, on Monday 14 October 2019 we take you back in time and invite you to a “Beetle Drive” – remember them?  Never played?  They’re great fun!  No skills needed.  This will be followed by musical entertainment from Ukulele Band, UKE 3A.  Admission is free.  Free tea and cake 


For further information on any of these events, please phone Kate on 01273 516207 or email us on


Best wishes 

Christine Bowman, Membership Secretary

Important Consultations

There are two fairly new consultations now live with East Sussex County Council – one regarding the subsidy on Meals In the Community and the other on Support for Working Age Adults.

The first one on Meals in the Community finishes on 6 August 2019;

The second one on Support for Working Age Adults finishes on 13 August 2019.

I do hope that some of our members feel able to “have their say” – if you follow the links below, you should find that papers copies are available if you so wish.


The links are as follows:

“Have Your Say On The Meals Subsidy Consultation” –

“Have Your Say on Support for Working Age Adults” –

Many thanks

Meridian Mature Citizens Forum AGM Thursday 17 January 2019- Agenda

The MMCF AGM is being held on Thursday 17 January 2019, and the agenda is attached herewith:


Meridian AGM January 2019


To access the document, just “click” on the words Meridian AGM January 2019 above.

If you are intending to come, and you haven’t already told our Chair, Kate, that you are coming, please contact her at: (for catering purposes).


There will be printed copies of last year’s AGM minutes available at the meeting.  Many thanks

MMCF Winter Newsletter

Good morning all – I hope you have all had a good Christmas and I trust that 2019 will be all you wish for yourselves.

I have pleasure in attaching the latest “MMCF” Newsletter, and trust you will find it interesting.  Please don’t forget our AGM which takes place on Thursday 17 January 2019 at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven BN9 9EA from 10.00am – see the Newsletter for more details.  Just click on the link below:


Meridian Newsletter – Winter 2018 FINAL lo-res


Please don’t forget to let Kate know if you are intending to come to the AGM – we have  really interesting speakers in Anne Sabine and Martin Lau talking about “Living Well with Less Pain” – I hope to see you there!


Kind regards

Mrs C M Bowman (Membership Secretary)

CTLA Shuttle Bus Service to Lewes Victoria Hospital

Please see the attached link below


CTLA Shuttle Service – Trial

Just click on the underlined words CTLA Shuttle Service Trial

CTLA have just commenced a trial Monday to Friday shuttle bus service between Newhaven/Peacehaven/Telscombe/Telscombe Cliffs (not Seaford or East Saltdean) and the Lewes Victoria Hospital, which will operate for 12 weeks from Monday 26th November.

The bus is available to pick up pre-booked passengers from the above area after 1330 and until 1400 and will then travel direct to the Lewes Victoria Hospital (no other destinations), as the bus must arrive at the hospital and drop off no later than 1430 as it will then go on to operate a school run. The return journey will call at Lewes Victoria Hospital at 1600 hours and will collect pre-booked passengers who are waiting and then depart promptly to drop off in the coastal area with a 1700 hours clock off time for the driver at The Hillcrest Centre.

No ad hoc passengers are permitted to board due to licensing restrictions. The cost is £10 Single Fare for each leg – no return fares will be issued. Because the bus has commitments around this daily run, CTLA staff will explain to passengers at the time of booking that if they are not at the agreed pick up point at the agreed time the bus cannot wait for them but will depart on time, and this is why they are not collecting return fares on the outward trip. If clients are delayed at the hospital and miss their pre-booked return trip they will be responsible for making their own arrangements home.


Please contact CTLA direct if you have any queries – telephone 01273 517332 , or via website,


IMPORTANT – BBC Consultation – Age Related TV Licence Policy Consultation

The BBC has launched a public consultation on age-related TV licence policy

They are consulting on what we should do from 2020 about free TV licences for people over 75.  The current concession for free TV licences for those aged over 75 will be coming to an end in 2020 – this is your chance to “have your say”

Please visit the website at:

There are some key documents on the above site to read, so please consider reading at least one of them before completing the on line consultation.

Best wishes

Chris Bowman, Membership Secretary