Breaking news June 2022…

Age Concern Heathfield and District are delighted and honoured to announce that we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups.

Our congratulations and huge thanks to all our volunteers, past and present, whose hard work and commitment have made this award possible, and our sincere thanks to all our clients and the community who have supported us over the past 32 years.

If you are interested in joining this successful organisation, we have a number of volunteering roles available to suit the amount of time you have available. Please telephone (01435) 866960 for further information

Thank you Horam PC!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new minibus! This new addition to our fleet will provide a more luxurious ride, is equipped with heating and air conditioning throughout, and is fully accessible. We shall be using this bus for our longer journeys and trips out which we hope will make things much more comfortable for you.

The very generous donation, given to us by Horam Parish Council towards the funding of this bus, has enabled us to replace our oldest bus earlier than anticipated and training for our drivers is well underway. The new minibus will be out and about on the roads for all our trips from November onwards.

Our minibus service is available for anyone living in the TN21 postcode area to use, as long as you are over 60 years of age or are registered disabled. We operate a range of regular journeys each week to the local lunch clubs and for shopping trips to Heathfield High Street and the Co Op. We also have our popular programme of trips to different places each month- we try to provide something for everyone!

Our buses can also be booked by homes or social clubs to provide transport for their own outings.

For further information or to book a place on the bus, please telephone (01435) 866960

Country Lunches

Clients enjoyed a festive treat at Country Lunches, where they were served a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, together with a traditional Christmas pudding, custard and brandy butter dessert!

A welcome drink, music, raffle and a team of enthusiastic elves and fairies completed the day, with everyone being given gifts of homemade shortbread or mince pies to take home with them. Lots of smiley faces and full tummies!

Country Lunches is now closed for the Christmas break, but will reopen again in Wednesday 5th January 2022 and fortnightly thereafter. It is held at the Punnetts Town village hall.

Anyone wishing to come along should phone Annabel 07808 000615 or Julie 07834 782366 to book a place. Transport can also be provided by one of our fully accessible minibuses by phoning 01435 866960.

 New Summer Trips and Diary of Events!

 

We always welcome suggestions or new ideas of places you would like to visit, so please let us know if it is not on our Summer 2022 Trips Programme.

We are happy to accommodate walkers and folding wheelchairs on the minibus – please let us know when booking that you need to bring one with you. We would suggest a £5 donation for the transport for these trips – your choice of food and drink will be extra.

For more information or to book a place on any of these trips, please ring: (01435) 866960

Click here to read or download our May 2022 newsletter

Knitting Project

The latest batch of beautiful blankets have been delivered to our local nursing and care homes. In total 96 blankets and 30 fiddle muffs have now been distributed to Heffle Court, Millcroft, Oaklands Court, Holy Cross Priory and Mary St Dudwell. Well done and thank you to all our knitters!

If you would like to take part in our knitting project please phone 866960

 We’re Officially Open!

The Heathfield & District Men’s Shed (HMS) is now fully launched and is the newest  project funded and supported by Age Concern Heathfield & District. The idea of the Men’s Shed is to provide a place for men to create, converse, connect, socialise and to meet regularly, share skills and ideas and – above all else – have fun, and meet and make new friends.

We are established members of the UK Shed association (UKMSA) who now have 579 Men’s Sheds registered, of which we are one and there are a further 138 in development.

Many of the items made by members of the Men’s Shed will be available for sale at various local markets, and through our Facebook page. Wherever possible items are made from recycled materials and sourced locally. In order to cover our costs, it is imperative that we maintain sales and additionally it offers further opportunities to take on specific commissions and to increase visibility of HMS locally. We are an independent, registered charity and run entirely by  volunteers. We have a not for profit ethos.

Strong links have already been formed with other local community groups such as Brighter Heathfield, Heathfield Benefice, Union Church Heathfield, Holy Cross Priory and the Heathfield Bonfire Society. Joint projects have and will be undertaken to support each other and the good of the local community. 

Because of the idyllic location of the Heathfield and District Men’s Shed we will be able to offer a wide range of activities from woodwork and woodturning, to art, photography, gardening and walking. There will also be further scope for participation in some inter- generational projects with the adjacent nursery school children, which will be exciting and provide many benefits for all involved.  

In addition to our ‘Shed’ we also have the use of an adjacent wooden building which serves as an office and an area to sit and enjoy a quiet chat, relax or have something to eat and drink.

Our sessions are currently held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10.00am and finishing at 3.30pm.  Between 12.30pm and 1.30pm we stop for lunch and encourage members to bring in a packed lunch.  For those members less practical who want to enjoy the social aspect of belonging to the Shed, they are very welcome to join others for a bite to eat and a chance to catch up.  Subject to numbers attending, we might choose on a given day to close a little earlier. 

We regularly have stalls a local markets, i.e. Waldron Market (held at Holy Cross) Co Op Farmers market, Le Marche  and  the Rotary Club’s Classic Car Show again this year.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Heathfield Men’s Shed, or would like to become a member, please phone Nic on 07850 992059 or email us: or visit our website: www.ageconcernheathfield.org.uk. We are also on Facebook

Peter Brock
Acting Chairman, Heathfield Men’s Shed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

click here to view the Shed gallery
click here to read two poems written by Shedder, Keith Johnson