Promoting the interests and welfare of senior citizens in Wealden



We have a Thursday cafe from 10.15 until 12.00 noon in the village hall every Thursday morning. We provide coffee, various types of tea, hot chocolate, cold drinks,cakes and biscuits- and the opportunity to meet others or do a jigsaw puzzle, and/or borrow a book from our library- for a voluntary donation of between 50p and £1.00. It is for everyone not just elderly people – and we welcome visitors from outside the village. Contact David Homewood:


Anyone living in East Sussex can join online at and your library card will be posted to you. You can also visit any library and with proof of name and address get your library card straight away.
East Sussex libraries offer a variety of learning opportunities. Online bite sized tutorials can be done at home or in the library and can help with everyday digital tasks, such as sending email, browsing the internet or writing a letter. If you need assistance or get stuck using computers, the Library Service computer buddies can help. You can also join a basic IT session. Phone the libraries enquiries line 0345 60 80 196 to book a session.
Books, including large print books, are free to borrow for three weeks. If you wish to extend the loan period you can renew online at or over the phone using our automated renewals line 0345 60 80 195
Ebooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines can be downloaded free to your own computer, tablet or smartphone. Visit for more information on how to choose from over 7,000 titles, with more added weekly.
Many libraries have DVDs which can be borrowed for a week (Hire charge applies).
All libraries have resources relating to their own area and the county in general. You can find out about the people, history, culture and development of East Sussex, plus research advice and suggested reading. Just visit
For people wanting to research their family history, there is free access to both “Ancestry” and “Find My Past” websites on the library computers, plus books and eMagazines on genealogy. Some libraries also have family history volunteers who may be able to help with your research.


2019 will be the 12th year that we will celebrate Older People’s Day across East Sussex, with events held throughout September and October to mark and recognise publicly the achievements and contributions that older people make to society. As in previous years, a wide variety of events will be organised and hosted by older volunteers.

If you receive the Grey Matters newsletter in the post, you will find with it a booklet giving details of all the events that will be taking place throughout East Sussex. You are welcome to attend any of these, but please note that many of the events require advance booking. The booklet can be downloaded here

We ourselves are arranging two events, one in September and one in October. On Friday, 6th September we will be holding a cream tea at 2:30pm at Holy Cross Priory, Cross in Hand near Heathfield (TN21 0DZ). You will get a selection of sandwiches, scones (with jam and cream) and a cake bites, plus tea or coffee, for which the subsidised cost to you will be £6 per head. Holy Cross Priory is in a beautiful setting, with lovely gardens we will be able to visit if the weather is kind.

For our main event for Older People’s Day on Saturday, October 26th we have arranged a talk by Lady Crabtree entitled “Growing Old Disgracefully”, a whimsical look at growing older, showing that advancing years can be enjoyed, rather than endured. This will take place at 2pm in the Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre, and refreshments will be provided. The cost is £8 per head. Booking is essential as space is limited.

Book places by sending a cheque, made out to Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership to WSCP, 5 Rectory Field, Hartfield TN7 4JE, ring Linda on 01892 770487 or email We will do our best to arrange a lift for anyone who needs one, and we would appreciate offers of lifts from anyone with their own transport. We are sorry, but we will not be able to make refunds to anyone cancelling within two weeks of the events.


3 prizes of £50 up for grabs in a new survey

An independent 2019 consumer survey aims to find out the views of a wide range of South East customers particularly from households including people over 60 years old and/or who have a disability or health condition.

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) is carrying out the survey on behalf of South East Water. RiDC is a specialist consumer research charity that works with older and disabled people

Now is your chance to influence and improve South East Water’s services and customer information.

Plus everyone who completes the survey has the option to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 high street shopping vouchers.

The survey is available online

Print or large print surveys can be sent through the post, or if people prefer they can complete the survey over the phone. 

Please ring 020 7427 2466 or email


Calling older people in Heathfield! Are you retired/widowed/lonely or just bored? Are you in retirement but would enjoy mixing with a wider community to include activities such as crafts/cooking/gardening and contributing to the education of primary school children aged between 5 and 11?
Young at Heart is a non-residential facility that supports the nutritional, social, and activity needs of older adults in a professionally staffed group setting. They also support older people to re-visit skills and hobbies they may not have engaged with recently, and to try new activities.
The organiser, Rachel Gibson, says “I got my inspiration for Young at Heart from the documentary set in Bristol with the care home being integrated with the nursery school, having seen the enormously positive results from the meeting of two generations. I have been a carer in the community for the last 5 years and knew I could do more than help one person at a time. I was looking after the wonderful 89 year old Margaret for the last 3 years of her life until she sadly died 3 months ago. She and I planned Young at Heart together and she came up with the name. Rob Laughton helps me with the business side of Young at Heart.”
The idea behind Young at Heart is to integrate the elderly with the local primary school, All Saints and St Richard’s, 100 yards from the venue, Old Heathfield Cricket Club, which has outstanding far reaching views to the Downs. Ultimately they aim to be open Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm but for now it is open on Tuesdays until numbers grow. Age Concern are helping with transport .
They have a website which is and are also on Facebook which is Young at Heart Heathfield Community Club. If anyone would like to join they would love to hear from you! Contact Rachel 07971 032667.


The Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership Committee are very sad to report the death of our Chair, Ivy Elsey, who passed away on Friday, 27th July.
Ivy had been a member of our committee since our launch in 2005 and had been Chair for about 8 years.
She was also Vice Chair of ESSA, and chaired the ESSA Health and Community Care Theme Group.
She had been fighting bravely against illness for a number of years and will be very greatly missed.
Ivy is pictured here at our 10th Anniversary Older People’s Day event in 2015, alongside Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Sarah Stonor.


The Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership is the Older People’s Forum for Wealden, a largely rural district covering roughly half the area of East Sussex. Membership is currently around 630.

Our aims are:

  • to represent the views, needs and interests of older people

  • to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Wealden

  • to promote the positive aspects of older age

  • to organise events throughout Wealden so that older people can come together to have fun, learn new things and pick up information that might be useful to them

  • to publish a quarterly newsletter “Grey Matters” to keep members informed about issues of interest to older people, and to publicise events

Contact number: 01892 770487

WSCP exists to encourage older people to live a full and healthy life. How do you think that could be achieved? Should we organise more outings or events? Send out more newsletters? Do something completely different?

Whatever the future, a few helping hands is all we need to make a big difference to the lives of many older people.

If you think you could help, get in touch as soon as you can. Ring Linda Graham on 01892 770487 or email