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The Meridian Forum has now been in existence for more than 10 years, and relies heavily on a “core” of committee members that give their all to enhance the lives of the “over 50s”. We have two longstanding members, Brian and Yvonne Vernon, whose lives were tragically turned round nearly 2 years ago when Brian contracted encephalitis (an acquired brain injury). Brian was in hospital for over a year, but although he is now being cared for at Chasley Trust in Eastbourne, his family want him back home, where he belongs. His wife Yvonne and his daughter Sharon, have been busily fundraising to purchase various pieces of equipment that would help Brian return to the family nest. They are seeking funds to help purchase a hoist, so PLEASE PLEASE visit Brian’s website at – it gives a real insight into Brian’s struggle and I think the whole family have been incredibly brave, and you can donate via the links on this page. Please be generous – the family are not only asking for money – they do a lot of fundraising at markets and would appreciate donations of goods to sell.


Sussex Express – Village News

There isn’t currently a Newhaven correspondent for the Village News items in the Sussex Express. If you are interested or want more information, contact Colin Jenner on 01424 856779 .

They want someone to serve as a point of contact for local organisations and groups in the Newhaven and surrounding area, who want to promote their work and events.

Please help as you could be providing a valuable service to your community.


Changes to library opening hours

From Monday 28th November libraries in East Sussex will be open less frequently, following a public consultation.

The reduction in opening hours will save around £500,000 a year from library running costs, toward an overall savings target from the service of £2 million. Most of the changes have happened when libraries are less busy. All libraries will be open on a Saturday and many will stay open until 6pm on a Thursday. Check opening times of your local library by visiting our website

When libraries are closed you can still access the e-library to renew and reserve books, update your details and download e-books. For those unable to visit a library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities, there is a home library service, where volunteers select and deliver library books to your home. For more details 

Low cost Workshops
at the Phoenix Centre Lewes

Open to everyone in the Community

Plus activities Programme

Click below to download leaflet for full information



Weekly Message from Siobhan Melia

A message from Siobhan Melia

This is my first ‘weekly message’ as the new Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. This is an important way for me to personally keep our staff, patients and partner organisations updated about the work we do. I also want it to be a way of opening up dialogue, and would love to hear from you as I get started in my new role.

Many of you will know that I have been at Sussex Community since 2013, and have been leading our approach to Partnership and Commercial Development.

I therefore know what an amazing team of people we have here and the huge potential we have. Working together with our partners we can continue to improve and build on our impressive success of the last few years.

My first priority will be to be as available as possible to our frontline staff and I am therefore spending my first few days in the role with our teams ‘on the ground’. We need to keep improving the standard of care for our patients and my approach is very much about creating the conditions for our staff to make decisions at a local level.

We have a fantastic platform to build on here. Now we can move forward together in our ambition to deliver ‘outstanding’ care for our patients.

Please watch this short video which sets out my immediate priorities.


Monthly Community Wellbeing Events in Newhaven

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), the local provider of adult community NHS services, is holding monthly Community Wellbeing Events at Newhaven Rehabilitation Centre from 3 October.

These new events have been developed to support the local vision of delivering holistic health and care to local people by bringing together health, care, voluntary organisations and local groups.

Local people are encouraged to attend these free events to meet with and find out more about local adult NHS community and voluntary services, and how to access them. Organisations including Age UK East Sussex as well as befriending groups will be available. There is no need for people to book – simply just pop in.

These events are being held at the Staff Room at Newhaven Rehabilitation Centre, Church Hill, Newhaven, BN9 9HH
Mondays 9:30am until 1pm on the following dates:

  • 3 October
  • 7 November
  • 5 December
  • 9 January 2017
  • 6 February
  • 6 March

Further information is available from the SCFT website:

For further information contact: Paul Somerville on 01273 696 011 (ext. 1520) or email: