Promoting the interests and welfare of senior citizens in Wealden



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 first meeting of the Crowborough Dementia Forum took place in June.
The Forum will work towards the following aims:
● To support and further promote existing social events and identifying needs for organising future events.
● To create a local directory to promote dementia friendly businesses, providers and frequent social events.
● To improve access to transport services in Crowborough for people living with dementia and carers.
To join contact:, Tel: 01323 443322


There are six places remaining on the Dementia Champions session taking place on 13th August in Uckfield. If anyone would like more information or to book on ASAP, please click on the link below:


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.

Electric Blanket Testing 2018

East Sussex Fire and Rescue service have arranged electric blanket testing sessions across East Sussex and Brighton & Hove for this Autumn.

Here is a flyer which details all the events and a poster for the Eastbourne & Wealden area for you to share and display.

Download (E.Sussex-HSV-Flyer.pdf,PDF, 588KB)

Download (Eastbourne-Wealden-Poster.pdf,PDF, 119KB)

The details for these events can also be found on this website:


If you receive your copy of Grey Matters by post you will find enclosed a booklet publicising all the events that have been arranged in September and October this year for Older People’s Day throughout East Sussex. A number of these take place in Wealden, but you are welcome to attend any that appear in the booklet (please note that advance booking is required in many cases). If you don’t receive a booklet, they will be widely available in libraries, information centres etc. (or ring us and request a copy). The booklet can also be accessed here:
We ourselves are arranging two events. The first is a social Cream Tea at 2pm on Friday, September 7th, to celebrate Older People’s Day in the Garden Suite of Deans Place Hotel Seaford Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TW. Booking is essential as numbers are limited – book your place by returning the reply slip on page 4 of Grey Matters, ring Linda Graham on 01892 770487 or email
The second event is entitled “Songs and Afternoon Tea for Seniors” and will take place on Saturday, 13th October at 2:30pm at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield, TN22 0XQ It will feature “The Pinny Sisters” singing your favourite singalong songs.
We do hope that some of our members in the south of Wealden will want to come to these events. Cost is £5 per person.

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