It is so lovely to be able to report lots of good news– we have had a very busy few months, as you will see from the articles on this website.
All our services are open and running again and as everything gradually gets back to being a little more normal, our services are getting busier and busier.
We held our AGM meeting on 21st October and I am delighted to report that the following people were re-elected:
Dawn Brock and Alan Hale – Co- Chairmen
Elizabeth Keating – Secretary
Alan Hale – Treasurer
Executive Team Members:
Ken Jarvis , Peter Brock, Annabel Williams and Julie Langdon
The hard work of our Executive Team, the Trustees and all our drivers and minibus escorts ensures that our services are run to the highest of standards and that we meet our legal requirements – a huge commitment made all the more amazing by the fact that everyone involved are all Volunteers!
As this year is drawing to an end, we can look forward to a brighter new year ahead. A very big thank you to each of you for all your unfailing support, kind words and generous donations – it makes our roles as volunteers so worthwhile.
We are always keen to try and find new and innovative ways of supporting our clients and welcome any ideas or thoughts you may have about things you would like us to do – please get in touch and let us know.
Meanwhile, as this will be the last update for this year, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
Dawn Brock and Alan Hale – Co Chairmen, Age Concern Heathfield and District
Tel: 01435 866960
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
Deputy Lieutenant’s Visit
We were delighted to have received a recent visit from Amanda Hamblin, Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex, who came, not only to thank Age Concern Heathfield for their support to the Community during the pandemic, but also to find out more about the services we provide.
We hope that the visit will raise awareness of all the good work we do and will ensure that we reach those members of the Community who need our help most.
Amanda spent the morning with us learning about how we had supported the Community during the Covid pandemic, and now that restrictions have been lifted, she was keen to understand and learn about the regular services we offer to the elderly and disabled members of our community.
Amanda was also given the honour of being allowed to enter the Men’s Shed to meet some of the Shedders and view the facilities.
We are extremely grateful for the visit and it is wonderful to know that news of our achievements has spread beyond Heathfield.
New for Spring 2022!
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 Spring 22 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 trips programme for Spring 22
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!
After a long, drawn out preparation period, punctuated by Covid lockdowns and restrictions, the Heathfield Men’s Shed was finally officially opened by Roger Daltrey on Saturday 18 September!
The sun shone and the outside shelter, mainly erected to provide cover in the event of rain, provided much needed shade. As well as the Shedders themselves and partners, guests included volunteer drivers from Age Concern, Huw Merriman MP, Amanda Hamblin (one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Sussex), Patrick Coffey, Vice Chairman of Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council, and representatives from neighbouring Sheds at Uckfield and Mayfield.
When not eating the delicious food prepared and served by a small army of willing helpers, guests could look around the facilities, watch demonstrations of wood turning by Peter Brock and Peter Coulstock, and some of the items we make for sale being worked on by Roger Dann and Peter Collyer (yes, yet another Peter!), or just make the most of an enjoyable social occasion.
Roger Daltrey was very interested in and impressed by the Shed itself and the facilities available, and spoke passionately and knowledgeably about the Men’s Shed movement and its benefits, complimenting all connected with the Heathfield Shed for bringing it to fruition – we had first talked with him about our aspirations at a Wealden Works presentation event over three years ago!
The shared site with Little Tinkers Nursery School and its surroundings offers lots of opportunities for inter generational working and Roger, who is well known for his support for local youth projects, was prompted to make an impassioned plea for more to be done to improve facilities for local young people in general, before cutting the celebratory cake and ribbon to declare the Shed officially open.
The success of the day was down to many people working tirelessly before and during the day itself to ensure that everything ran smoothly – a fitting climax to several years of effort.
We now look forward to making the most of the excellent facilities we have!
Chairman, Heathfield Men’s Shed
Since the early days of the Shed, even before we had physical premises of our own, we have produced items for sale at local markets to raise funds to support our continued operation.
We will be at Heathfield Farmers’ Market in October, November and December and look out for us at other local events during the remainder of this calendar year – it would be great to see you at any (or all!) of them:
If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting project, or are able to support us in any way, we would love to hear from you.
Last updated 24 September 2021