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


Sussex & East Surrey Commissioning Alliance Stakeholder Updates

For your information, please see the attached files from the Sussex & East Surrey Commissioning Alliance, giving Stakeholder updates.

No other action is required on your part  – Meridian Mature Citizens Forum is just sharing this information with you – please click on each individual link which will open a PDF document.

Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance Stakeholder update – July

Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance FAQs financial situation

Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance Public Pledges

Dermatology Services-Local Views Needed


Dermatology Services – We want local views

Skin problems and issues affect all ages and we are keen to hear from people who have experienced local dermatology services, whether themselves, their children, family members, or as carers for someone who has.

The reason is that High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reviewing dermatology services as part of a joint initiative with East Surrey, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs.

We need to understand how services can continue to be delivered and improved over the next five years.

Please find attached a flyer with information about Dermatology Forum which you are invited to attend at Uckfield Civic Centre on 27th April.

Please come along and share your views.

For those people who can’t attend in person there will be the opportunity to provide feedback via a survey that will be available on the CCG website in early May.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCG at​.

To open the invitation, please “right click” on the link below (Dermatology Invitation) and select the option “open link in new tab”.

Please contact the membership secretary if you experience any problems.

Dermatology Invitation

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.