It’s time once again to celebrate life after 50 with Older People’s Day celebrations in East Sussex now in their 14th year!

Traditionally observed on 1 October each year, Older People’s Day celebrations in East Sussex bring about a month of activities designed to celebrate life as you age, encourage people to socialise and above all, have fun!

Coordinated by the East Sussex Seniors Forum this year sees the return of physical events after the pandemic forced last year’s Older People’s Day celebrations online.

In 2021, there are plenty of activities to participate in and they’re happening right across the county!

September

Health and Wellbeing Day – Hastings Older People Ethnic Group (Hope-G)
Thursday 9 September, 10.30am
Azur, Marina Pavilion, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0BU

A day of activities to enhance your wellbeing. Try taster sessions of yoga, hand massage, nail painting, foot massage, Tai Chi, chair exercises and belly dancing. A free lunch in exchange for a completed evaluation form.
Cost: Free when booked in advance. £5 on the day without booking.
(Event now passed)

How to Age Well in the 21st Century – Rother District Council
Tuesday 14 September, 3pm to 5pm information stalls and activities. 6pm
to 8.30pm presentation, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill TN40 1DP

From 3pm to 5pm meet local groups and organisation that provide a range of activities that can help people to support their own physical and mental health. From 6pm to 8.30pm an evening presentation from Dr Elena Mucci, Consultant Geriatrician and Mr Michael Jackson, Pharmacist in Cardiology
who will inspire attendees to ʻbecome your own doctorʼ so that they can lead a healthy, active, fulfilling life.
Cost: Free
(Event now passed)

A fun quiz – Sussex Housing and Care
Thursday 23 September, 10.30am to 11.30am, Zoom

Test your general knowledge with a fun, light hearted online quiz. A great way to meet new people, have a chat and play along with others as you give those mental muscles a stretch – all from the comfort of your own home. Pens and paper at the ready. Email to book and we will send you a Zoom meeting link to join the quiz. If you need help using Zoom let us know and we will help you!
Cost: Free
Email to book or call 01323 875241

Technology tutorial – Sussex Housing and Care
Monday 27 September, 10.30am to 11.30am, Zoom

Would you like to know more about social media? Ever wondered what a hashtag is and why people use it? Would you like to know more about privacy settings on Facebook? The tutorial is a one-stop shop for exploring Facebook and Whatʼs App. Weʼll give you a demonstration and answer questions. Email to book and we will send you a Zoom meeting link to join the quiz. If you need help using Zoom let us know and we will help you!
Cost: Free
Email to book or call 01323 875241

Making Information Accessible – HAIRE
Wednesday 29 September 9am to 12.30pm, Rye Creative Centre

How can we improve the ways in which isolated people find out about (and benefit from) local support, services and activities?
Cost: Free
Book online or call Teresa on 07709 169227

Reducing Loneliness – HAIRE
Wednesday 29 September 1.30 to 4.30pm, Rye Creative Centre

Most of us can feel lonely from time to time, perhaps particularly through the pandemic when being with friends and family has been more difficult. Share your ideas about how to make a difference locally.
Cost: Free
Book online or call Call Sue on 07783 847944.

Let’s Celebrate Older People’s Day 2021 – Eastbourne Seniors’ Forum
Thursday 30 September, 2pm to 4.30pm
St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4UT

Tea with a Treat. Getting together again over cake, sandwiches and tea plus listening to the popular singing couple DUALITY with familiar songs. A raffle will also take place.
Cost: £3 inclusive of tea.
Book now!

Crowborough Community Café – Wealden Dementia Action Alliance
Thursday 30 September, 2pm to 4pm
Oasis Community Church, Beacon Road, Crowborough TN6 1AS

The community café offers free tea and cake followed by an activity for you to enjoy. A relaxed café open to all. The café is dementia friendly.
Cost: Free
Email for more information or call 01323 443322 and ask for community and regeneration team

October

Outing to Battle – Meridian Mature Citizens’ Forum
Friday 1 October
First pick up 11am at Denton Corner then on to Battle

Battle is a beautiful little town with many interesting shops. Fish & Chip Lunch at the Star Inn and then on to Battle for the afternoon. Local cafes provide excellent cream teas, wander around the shops or visit historic Battle Abbey.
Cost: £15 to include lunch.
Book now!

Fairlight Friday Lunch Club – Marsham Older People’s Project
Friday 1 October, 10am to 2pm
Fairlight Village Hall, Broadway, Fairlight, East Sussex TN35 4DA

Fun and friendly lunch club held weekly. We offer entertainment, a homecooked two-course meal and light refreshments and a chance to make new friends.
Cost: £6
Email to book or call 07703 585329

Active 4 Life Information Hub – Freedom Leisure
Monday 4 October, 12 noon to 2.30pm
Hailsham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 1BA

Join us for a friendly chat over a cuppa with our health referral team, find out how we can support you to live well. We will be offering health MOTS, information on activities you could take part in at the leisure centre or signpost you to activities in the community. No booking required, turn up at any time during the event time.
Cost: Free
Email for more information or call 07717 776788

Coping with Change – HAIRE
Tuesday 5 October, 9am to 12.30pm, Robertsbridge Village Hall

Journey through life – what support, services and activities could be put in place to help plan for the future and respond to change?
Cost: Free
Book online or call Annette on 07369 221256

Making Information Accessible – HAIRE
Tuesday 5 October, 1.30 to 5pm, Robertsbridge Village Hall

How can we improve the ways in which isolated people find out about (and benefit from) local support, services and activities?
Cost: Free
Book online or call Teresa on 07709 169227

Burwash & the CWGC – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Tuesday 5 October, 10.30am and 1.30pm for approximately 1 hour each tour, St Bartholomewʼs Church, Burwash TN19 7EH

Find out about the fascinating history of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the casualties commemorated in the churchyard and the stories behind the original grave markers in the church. The tour will also include a look at the war memorial and explore the connections with the Kipling family.
Cost: Free
Email to book or call 07917 497179

Virtual craft morning – Sussex Housing and Care
Wednesday 6 October, 10.30am to 11.30am, Zoom

The art of paper craft has grown in popularity over the last few years and there is something really special about taking the extra time to create something unique and individual for the nearest and dearest in our life! Gain help and advice on stamping techniques, cutting designs, embellishing
and layering, or simply just discuss and share ideas and tips. Email to book and we will send you a Zoom meeting link to join the quiz. If you need help using Zoom let us know and we will help you!
Cost: Free
Email to book or call 01323 875241

Film Matinee: The Fishermen’s Friends – Meridian Mature Citizens’ Forum
Wednesday 6 October, 2pm to 4pm
Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH

Film followed by tea and cake in the café.
Cost: £3.50 pay on entry
Book now!

Make the Most of Now … and the Future – Lewes and District Dementia Action Alliance
alongside Foundry Healthcare
Friday 8 October, 1pm to 4pm
The Trinity Centre, St John sub Castro, Abinger Place, Lewes BN7 2QA

An informative and social afternoon at this beautiful venue. It will be an opportunity to learn more about living well in later years with health and social opportunities that are available now in the local area. Also, advice on all aspects of planning for the future with many local experts
Cost: Free, but there is a lovely community café in the venue for purchasing food and drinks.
Book now!

Virtual coffee morning – Sussex Housing and Care
Monday 11 October, 10.30am to 11.30am, Zoom

Enjoy using video calling to see other people on your screen. Have a chat and a coffee and learn about using software such as Zoom to keep in touch with friends and family from the comfort of your home.
Email to book and we will send you a Zoom meeting link to join the quiz. If you need help using Zoom let us know and we will help you!
Cost: Free
Email to book or call 01323 875241

What is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission? – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Monday 11 October, 10.30am for approximately 1 hour, online talk

Are you interested in learning more about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and our work, both in the past and the present? Find out how we care for the casualties of both world wars in this online talk given by the South East Public Engagement Coordinator, Sarah Nathaniel.
Cost: Free
Email to book or call 07917 497179

Staying Active – HAIRE
Monday 11 October 1.30 to 4.30pm, Rye Baptist Church

Bounce back from the pandemic – help us to create new ways to promote physical health for the 60 plus age group..
Cost: Free
Book online or call Call Sue on 07783 847944.

The Life and Times of Thomas Mantell: a true Lewes maverick – Lewes History Group
Monday 11 October, 7.20pm to 8.45pm, Zoom

This is one of our regular monthly talks on the history of Lewes. The talks regularly draw audiences in excess of 200.
Cost: £4. Free to members: membership details at leweshistory.org.uk
Booking: Yes. Tickets available from mid-September at
Book online or, email for more information.

Reducing Loneliness – HAIRE
Tuesday 12 October 10am to 1pm, Rye Creative Centre

Most of us can feel lonely from time to time, perhaps particularly through the pandemic when being with friends and family has been more difficult. Share your ideas about how to make a difference locally.
Cost: Free
Book online or call Call Sue on 07783 847944.

Film: Summerland – Seaford Seniors’ Forum
Thursday 14 October, 2pm to approximately 4.30pm
Seaford Community Cinema, Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford

The film Summerland is the story of an evacuee who is received unwillingly. You will recognise scenes filmed over Seaford Head.
Cost: Free but please book!
Catering: Refreshments will be available before the film with the opportunity
to meet new people.
To book contact: Lin, 01323 490958

Cuppa and a chat – Kempton House Day Centre
Friday 15 October, 10am to 12pm
Kempton House Day Centre, Peacehaven, BN10 7NJ

Come along and meet us over a cup of tea or coffee. If you’d like to stay for lunch, served between 12.30-2pm then two courses and a drink cost £7 and must be booked by 1 October.
Cost: Lunch is £7
Email to book or call 01273 585984

Tour of Ocklynge Cemetery, Eastbourne – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Wednesday 20 October, 10.30am and 1.30pm (approx. 90 mins per tour)
Ocklynge Cemetery, 3 Willingdon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1TL

There are many fascinating stories behind the casualties we commemorate from both world wars at Ocklynge Cemetery. Come along to find out more about them and the work of the Commonwealth Graves Commission. Accessible venue, but as with all cemeteries there are uneven surfaces.
Cost: Free
Book now!

Marcus Taylor: my time as a Mastermind Contestant – Friends of Lewes
Tuesday 19 October, 10.30am to 12 noon, Zoom

Marcus Taylor, history graduate and now a retired teacher, tells how it was he came (rather to his surprise and his wife’s alarm) to appear on BBC TV’s Mastermind programme 35 years ago with a special subject about which not a lot is known. Bring your own coffee!
Marcus is also the Chairman of The Friends of Lewes membership services subcommittee. If you would like to join us as a member or find out more please visit our website www.friends-of-lewes.org.uk
Cost: Free
Email for more information or call 01273 011105

Moving Sounds musical event with Foundry Healthcare Lewes Social Group
Thursday 21 October, 10.15am to 11.45am
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Hill, Ringmer BN8 5JX

Fantastic interactive music session enjoyed within the atmosphere of our very friendly weekly social group. Have fun with beautiful playing from Moving Sounds music from the 1930s through the decades and a chance to join in too. Be transported through the ages with memories from years gone by.
Cost: Free, but there is a small charge for refreshments.
Book now!

A Magical Experience with Bertie Pierce – Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership
Saturday 23 October, 1pm to 4pm
Crowborough Community Hall

An afternoon of fun, food and frivolity to celebrate Older Peopleʼs Day and a chance to socialise after months apart. Bertie Pierce will entertain with his magic show and a delicious cold, savoury buffet will be served followed by scones and cakes, with tea and coffee available throughout.
Cost: Subsidised price of £5 per head, payable in advance.
Booking: Places must be booked in advance.
To book email Linda Graham or call 01892 770487, or email Dennize Probert or call 01892 654278