Exciting News!

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
Email:

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 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

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!

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!

Ken Jarvis
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.

You can contact us by email at or by phoning 01435 866960, or speak to Nic (our Membership Secretary) on 07850 992059

Last updated 24 September 2021

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