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


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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