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Ageing Well Festival (Previously Older People’s Day) 2020

During these most unprecedented times with Covid-19 still around, two things have been decided:

FIRSTLY – Older People’s Day has been re-branded this year and is to be called Ageing Well Festival

Due to the pandemic, and the uncertainties that this has brought into all our lives, Public Health England have advised that, at least for this year, there should be NO physical events due to the risks that this dreadful Coronavirus (Covid-19) presents.

Therefore, any events  should be “on-line” only.  A few ideas:

  • online training sessions to cover a range of different topics – IT, creative writing, art, crafts etc.
  • online fitness and physical health classes
  • wellbeing information and advice sessions
  • support for small businesses
  • befriending service
  • inspirational stories – we would like to hear some inspiring stories of what people did in lock down. Stories that promote older people having a great deal to offer all generations.

If you, or your organisation would like your event featured in the “on-line” brochure (there will be no physical brochure this year, please complete the attached form and return it as instructed.

Hopefully we will return to “normal” next year……  Click the link below for the form.


Keep safe and keep well…….


Christine Bowman
Membership Secretary
Meridian Mature Citizens Forum

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service – Planning for a Safer Future – Consultation

Good morning all – I do hope you are keeping “safe’n’well” and obeying the “Stay At Home” message?

I have been asked to bring to your attention the above consultation, which I hope is self explanatory.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) are asking for your help in their “Planning for a Safer Future”.  You can assist by reading the document which can be found at:

(click on the underlined words above to gain access to the document).

And by completing the “short survey”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would be very grateful for your considered responses – thank you.


Christine Bowman

Membership Secretary

Meridian Mature Citizens Forum


Important Coronavirus information – support for carers in East Sussex

Message To all Carers in East Sussex

If you are a carer, or know anyone else that is a carer, please pass this information on.  You can access the contents of the message by “clicking” on the underlined words  above (Message To all Carers in East Sussex).  This will open in a new “Word” document, with further links.

Our relevant Community Hub is Lewes – telephone number 01273 099956

Please stay safe and well

Best wishes

Christine Bowman

Membership Secretary

Coronavirus (Covid-19_)

Coronavirus Poster 2020 (1)

Please see the attached document (click Coronavirus Poster 2020 (1) above – if you or someone you know is considered high risk or is self-isolating, this kind offer from CTLA may help.  Please help spread the word to your friends and neighbours.

Keep safe’n well – please.

Best wishes to all members

Christine Bowman – Membership Secretary, Meridian Mature Citizens Forum

East Sussex Seniors Association (ESSA) Winter 2019 Newsletter

ESSA Newsletter No19 Winter 2019 PROOF 2

The latest East Sussex Seniors Association (ESSA) Newsletter is now available for you to download and view on line.  Simply click on the underlined words “ESSA Newsletter No 19 Winter 2019 PROOF 2” (above) and enjoy reading this publication.

Apologies for the lateness of getting this to you, but hope you will enjoy it regardless.

Have you ever been the victim of an online scam? Would you be willing to share your experiences in order to help others avoid the same predicament?

Increasingly everyday life takes place on the Internet and through mobile phones. Of course, it’s great to have that ongoing connection with your family and friends but there does seem to be a downside to this digital revolution. We are having to learn difficult lessons about who else we make contact with online and how we manage our financial affairs so that we can avoid being duped. The anonymous nature of the Internet makes it very easy for others to deceive us into giving away our personal details, gaining access to our computer or getting us to part with our hard-earned cash.

My name is Dr. Dave Harley and I am a lecturer and researcher from Brighton University who is interested in documenting people’s experiences of online scams in order to understand whether there are specific vulnerabilities for older Internet users. I have been involved in research looking at older people’s engagement with digital technology for over 10 years and I currently run a computer group at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven specifically supporting older people in the area. I would like to know how common your experience of online scams is, what tactics scammers used to deceive you and how you chose to deal with the situation. If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please contact me by email or telephone and I will send you the link to an online survey. If you want to know more about the study, then by all means ring me for a chat.

Name: Dr. Dave Harley


Tel: 01273 643472

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

This message is being sent to you by Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with UK Power Networks.

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at  It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail or visit