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Some Sad News

It is with much regret that I have to announce the passing of one of long standing members, Helen Livings, on Saturday 3 March 2018.

Helen was a highly valued member of many local voluntary organisations in The Havens and up to a couple of weeks before her death, was a Trustee  and Chair of C.T.L.A – one of Helen’s passions.

As well as C.T.L.A, Helen was also for many years a Trustee of Kempton House Day Centre in Peacehaven, and we mustn’t forget that she was Mayor of Peacehaven and a Peacehaven Town Councillor for many years, and very recently had agreed to take up the reins as Treasurer at Rowe Avenue Surgery Patient Participation Group.

Helen’s sudden death came as a huge shock not only to her devoted Husband, John and her family, but also to the members of the community that knew her so well, or even not so well.

John has now advised of Helen’s funeral arrangements – the funeral will take place on Thursday 29 March 2018 at 3.30pm at the Woodvale Crematorium, South Chapel, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 3QB.

The family will then return to the Telscombe Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road, Telscombe Cliffs, BN10 7ES where you will be more than welcome to attend.

John has asked that there be FAMILY FLOWERS ONLY  – any donations to Helen’s Charities (C.T.L.A. or Kempton House Day Centre)  – these donations may be made direct to: c/o Rachel Ford at the Co-op Funeral Care office in the Meridian Centre Peacehaven BN10 8BB.  There will also be a collection box at the crematorium for LIFEBOATS (Helen was rescued from a yacht in her younger sailing days).

All are welcome to attend to pay their respects to Helen – John would be delighted to see you there.

Libraries Strategy for the future of the services agreed

Libraries Strategy for the future of the service agreed

On Tuesday 6 March the County Council’s Cabinet agreed the five year Libraries Strategic Commissioning Strategy.  This follows the public consultation on a draft strategy last year.

The strategy is designed to deliver a modern and sustainable Library and Information Service for East Sussex.  It is designed to meet current and future needs for the county and to address the challenges the service faces, both in terms of less money to deliver the service but also the reducing demand for libraries across East Sussex as a whole.

Library closures

We recognise how much people value well-regarded local services.  As part of the strategy, the difficult decision has been made to close Langney, Mayfield, Ore, Pevensey Bay, Polegate, Ringmer and Willingdon Libraries after Saturday 5 May 2018.  The Mobile Library Service will also stop on this day and financial support to Northiam Village Library.

More than 86% of all East Sussex residents will be within a 20 minute journey time to a library by public transport and over 99% within a 20 minute journey by car.

Future ways to access the Library and Information Service

We will still provide a network of 17 libraries to serve East Sussex residents.  Our eLibrary enables customers to reserve and renew books to collect from a library, as well as downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.  Customers can also renew items using our automated renewal line 0345 6080195 (24 hours).

We run a free home library service for people who cannot easily use a library due to disability or frailty, or are caring for someone who cannot be left.

New library services will be available to families with young children in Shinewater and East Hastings Children’s Centres, recognising the greater needs within the communities of Langney and Ore.

For customers of the seven libraries which will close and the Mobile Library, we will shortly be providing information on the full range of alternative ways to access the East Sussex Library and Information Service, including the nearest library.

New services

The Libraries Strategy includes a number of new services, designed to serve the needs of different groups of residents better within our limited resources.

We will expand the range of materials and other resources which are available through the eLibrary.  We will offer a new Community Library Membership to rural communities.  We will increasingly promote our services beyond libraries, through outreach work with other council services and partners.

There will be new services for children and young people, including trials of term-time homework clubs for 9 to 13 year olds and study clubs for older students during exam revision periods.  We will also offer a range of new free and paid services to local schools.  All schools in East Sussex will be able to use a free Teachers’ Library Membership, to borrow materials to use in the classroom.

We will let you know about these new services in future editions of this eNewsletter and on our website.

Northiam Village Library is a community run library, which the local community will continue to provide.  We will continue to provide the library with some stock through the new Community Library Membership.  Some one-off funding will also be provided to refurbish the library.

To read more about the Libraries Strategy please visit


Please note – to access any website, please click on any text that is underlined – thank you.

HOLD THE DATE! 13 JUNE 2018 10.00am to 1.00pm

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place in June to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers – people who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without them.

Each year, Care for the Carers, along with partner services, organisations and community groups, host a range of events around the county to celebrate Carers Week and recognise the vital contribution that the estimated 65,000 carers in East Sussex make to their families and communities.


We are delighted that as part of their ongoing support for the Care for the Carers building Carer Friendly Communities and to highlight Carers Week, Meridian Senior Forum are hosting an event to celebrate Carers Week on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 from 10.00am to 1.00pm in the Main Hall of the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven BN10 8BL.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible in order to help support Care for the Carers and all carers in the area covered by the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum.




East Sussex Against Scams

Please see the attached information leaflet from the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership.

It may be a bit too late to arrange attendance at the free event at Eastbourne on 15 March 2018, but I would encourage you to give it a go if you can – very informative.

As ever, to see the actual leaflet, click on the underlined  text below:

ESASP Bulletin – March 2018 – East Sussex Against Scams


Best wishes

Christine Bowman

Membership Secretary

Meridian Mature Citizens Forum

Household Waste Recycling Site Service Consultation – Now Live – Please see message

Dear stakeholder,


I am writing to let you know that the 12-week public consultation on our Household Waste Recycling Site Service has now started and ends at midnight on 15 May. The online survey is now live on the Consultation Hub.


Links to the survey, as well as FAQs and the full Service Review, are available here on our website.


We are consulting on these proposals:


  • The introduction of charging for certain waste types that are not ‘household waste’ (i.e. rubble, soil, plasterboard, tyres and asbestos) at the Household Waste Recycling Sites
  • The possible closure of the part-time recycling sites at Forest Row and Wadhurst
  • A review of recycling site opening hours against demand for the service


We would like to hear from anyone in East Sussex with an interest in the recycling sites, particularly if they feel they would be affected by our proposals.


If you don’t feel it is appropriate for you to complete the consultation survey, but you have comments on the proposals and the consultation, please let us have your feedback by email before the consultation period ends.


After the consultation has ended, the views people share with us will be analysed and presented to East Sussex County Council’s Cabinet later this year to help the Members make a final decision on what happens to the service.


If you have any questions, please let me know.


Yours sincerely,

Rupert Clubb


Communities, Economy & Transport


01273 482200


           To access the survey, please click on the word “consultation hub” (in blue text).

Many thanks

Chris Bowman

Membership Secretary

Meridian Mature Citizens Forums

The Great British Spring Clean

Good morning all – for those of you who are interested, both Newhaven Town Council and Peacehaven Town Council are supporting the annual “Great British Spring Clean” over the weekend of 2-4 March 2018, and are asking for volunteers to join a growing army of like minded people that would like to keep our towns free of the blight that is litter.

The relevant websites are:  for Newhaven:

Burleys invites Newhaven residents to join Great British Spring Clean

and for Peacehaven,

Peacehaven Spring Clean Dates Announced

Please help if you possibly can – to access the full information, just click on the headings – “Burleys invites Newhaven residents to join Great British Spring Clean” or “Peacehaven Spring Clean Dates Announced”.


Many thanks – I know you will do it if you possibly can!

Chris Bowman – Membership Secretary 


Care For The Carers

Following a really interesting presentation yesterday at our AGM from Carole Gregory, Project Development Officer from Care For The Carers, I attach a link to the Charity’s website.

Please have a look around the site – I’m sure you will find something of interest.  Just click on the link below


With thanks from Carole

Carole Gregory | Project Development Officer

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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Survey

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are running a survey about response times, called:

Your service – our performance


I attach the link to enable you to complete the survey – to access just “click” on the underlined link below.

Any problems, please let me know

Chris Bowman, Membership Secretary, email me at

Many thanks