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Anyone living in East Sussex can join online at eastsussex.gov.uk/jointhelibrary 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 eastsussex.gov.uk/renew 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 eastsussex.gov.uk/eBooks 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 eastsussex.gov.uk/localstudies.
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 http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/olderpeoplesday
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.ridc.org.uk
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org