Hastings And St Leonards Seniors’ Forum

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HASTINGS and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum has just welcomed nine new members.

A special afternoon tea party was held to meet the new members and tell them about the forum’s variety of activities, which include special interest groups on topics ranging from health and social care to crime and safety.

Mike Rose, a founder member, commented: “It was a great success.”

Ann Lowndes, chairman of the quality of life special interest group, appealed for help in serving coffee at the forum’s free craft, hobbies and health fair to be held at the Sussex Hall, White Rock Theatre, on September 25 when Observer editor-in-chief Keith Ridley will do the opening honours at 10.30am. The event is to celebrate Older People’s Day.

Also in the pipeline is a free coffee morning when young people have been invited to give a helping hand over any problems encountered by older people with mobile phones and other new technology. This will be in October at the Friends Meeting House, South Terrace.

The forum’s recent committee meeting hit a light note when members discussed what to do with their elves costumes. The red and green costumes were worn by members when they took part in the Old Town carnival a few years ago. They don’t think they will ever wear them again so they agreed to sell them, maybe on Ebay.

Treasurer Ken Hales reported a welcome £1,250 had been received from the Clinical Commissioning Group. Members heard that all the forums covered by the group were receiving the same amount.

Mr Hales said their current account stood at £3,115 so they could put another £1,000 into Hastings and Rother Credit Union which would be doing good for local people and could be accessed quickly.

Marie Geraty said she had been dismayed about bad reports on Hastings in national media. Members echoed her sentiments and spoke up about the good aspects of the town. However, Aubrey Ingleton, chairman of the health and social care group, referred to the worrying health and poverty statistics for the town.

Chairman Pat Dunn said she was pleased that the work on the pier was taking off and members agreed that they should take one of the £100 shares in the pier.