Hastings and St Leonards Seniors Forum

HASTINGS and St Leonards Seniors Forum is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year so it’s already making plans for a super summer celebration - and the organisation’s future!

Committee member Val Batty sparked a debate on what type of event should be planned at a recent committee meeting, pointing out the forum has more than 1,000 members and was the first to be formed in East Sussex.

She questioned whether the forum wants to stay as it is or encourage more people to come out and take part, maybe forming new special interest groups.

It was decided to hold a party in August with more details to be revealed in the forum Newsletter at a later date.

Some 200 people attended the launch event 10 years ago so the forum’s hoping a good number will support the party this year.

Other events lined up include a Looking Good, Feeling Great session in May and a craft and hobbies fair in October, reported chairman Ann Lowndes.

In the meantime, the forum’s popular coffee mornings start again this month on February 25 from 10.30am to noon at the Friends Meeting House, South Terrace. It’s free and open to non-members who will be very welcome.

The committee was pleased to hear that the transport chair Paul Broadhurst had been successful in leading efforts to save three Hastings bus routes – the 7, 27 and 29 - which had been under threat of closure. The routes cover hilly areas and are vital for the elderly and those with walking difficulties.

Briefing members on health issues, Aubrey Ingleton, chairman of health and social care special interest group, said a new discharge lounge for the Conquest Hospital was under discussion.

He also reported that 34 dementia beds had been closed in the area.

The forum’s new secretary Derek Alexander said there had been an email from a TV production company looking for over 80s and 90s with driving licences.

He revealed that he’s just returned to motor cycling after a break of 22 years and that they wanted to speak to him!