EVENTS FOR UK OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY 2017
Last year we marked 10 years of celebrating Older People’s Day in the UK. A booklet was issued listing all the events which would be taking place across East Sussex during September and October and copies were sent out with our August newsletter and were also available in libraries and at information centres.
We ourselves held two events:
1. Down on the farm: Friday 15 September, at Middle Farm, South Downs National Park, Firle
Some visited the working farm and all enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea in the café and a wander around the various shops and garden centre. The weather was not good but there was enough good weather to move between the various shops and garden centre without getting wet. Transport was provided by the Wealdlink bus and lifts from committee members. A good time was had by all.
2. Songs and Afternoon Tea for Seniors: Saturday 14 October, in The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre,
Forty people booked for a full afternoon tea which was provided by the Luxford Café, part of the Civic Centre site. There was a good range of sandwiches and cakes and endless tea and coffee. Entertainment was provided by the Mayfield singers who were fantastic, playing old songs chosen by our group from their book and everyone had a good singalong. Information was on hand from the Luxford Centre, a nearby charity who offer activities for over 60s and the Community Safety Team also attended. Survey forms completed showed that everyone enjoyed themselves and we had lots of wonderful comments about the friendliness of the committee and the smooth organisation of the event. Lifts were again provided by committee members.
We also held our AGM. Unfortunately our Chair, Ivy Elsey was unwell and unable to attend and Vice Chair Linda deputised. The committee were all re-elected. We said goodbye to Heather Stevens who has left the area and welcomed Linda Blackman. Our friend Brian Lethby has returned to the committee after a period away.