This forum for the over 50s was launched on 29th September 2005 with the object of promoting the interests and welfare of senior citizens in Wealden.
Now a member of ESSA (the East Sussex Seniors’ Association – see www.essaforums.org.uk), the Partnership exists to put forward a positive view of senior citizens in society and to help older people enjoy an active and independent life. It also acts as an umbrella organisation for Wealden older people’s groups, making representations to influential partner organisations in the public and private sectors and passing on information to the many senior citizens’ organisations in the towns and villages of Wealden by means of a regular newsletter, “Grey Matters“.
Membership, which is free, is open to all senior citizens living or working in Wealden, as well as any organisations and individuals of any age who have concerns connected with older people. Click here to join.
We have just published the 50th edition of “Grey Matters”! We little thought, when our first newsletter was published in 2006, that we would be producing Volume 50 14½ years later for a membership of over 600, nor did we envisage the strange world in which we would be living in 2020.
Now our news and concerns are dominated by the Coronavirus pandemic, which is affecting us in ways we could never have imagined, to the extent that when we reach the 15th anniversary of our launch in October this year, we will not be able to celebrate as we would like to.
The events that we had planned for this year have had to go on hold, and since we have already paid deposits we are very much hoping that we will be able to rearrange them for 2021. Apologies to all those who had made a provisional booking for the cream tea at Holy Cross Priory in July.
Plans for what used to be known as Older People’s Day – a large number of events celebrating older people which take place every year throughout September and October – have had to be drastically changed. This year it has been re-branded as an Ageing Well Festival, but following guidance and the advice from Public Health not to encourage any physical events due to the Covid-19 risk, particularly with an older age group, this will now be a ‘virtual’ Festival, the decision having been made that for health and safety reasons and social distancing concerns that an online celebration is the only way forward. It will be a very different Ageing Well festival from the one originally planned: however, it is important to hold something despite these challenging circumstances, and it also provides an opportunity to do something innovative. Members will receive a booklet soon, showing how to get involved. The booklet can be accessed here:
It has become clear that despite the relaxing of social distancing rules, events involving a large number of attendees from across Wealden, many aged over 70, are going to be off the agenda for now, and at the moment it seems unlikely that the events we had planned for the rest of the year will be able to go ahead, but please be assured that we will be in touch as soon as we can. In the meantime, please remember the latest COVID-19 guidance: