Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum

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Busy members of the Quality of Life (QOL) special interest group of Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum were planning a variety of events at their recent meeting.

Red, white and blue iced cup cakes with the same patriotic colours in little flags on the tables and for the table napkins will liven up the forum’s WW1 memorabilia themed coffee morning on Tuesday, July 29, from 10am-noon at the Friends’ Meeting House, South Terrace.

On Tuesday, August 12, from 10.30am-noon the forum is linking up with Hastings Museum to run an exclusive tour of the Hastings Remembers exhibition. There will be free refreshments and musical entertainment. The museum wants anyone with memorabilia or stories from the First World War to get in touch so they can photo it or carry out a sound recording as part of the Hastings Remembers project.

The forum’s craft fair on October 1 will be their celebration of Older People’s Day. It’s being held at Azur from 10.30am-2.30pm with well-known local historian Victoria Seymour as the special guest to do the opening ceremony.

QOL chairman Ann Lowndes, who is also forum chairman, and members would love to welcome more members to help with events and take a more active role with the forum.

Maternity services, dementia action, GPs in crisis and changes in community meals were just some of the hot subjects under debate at the recent health and social care special interest group meeting. The group has a new chairman, Dr Duncan Cameron, who is to write to the Clinical Commissioning Group asking if there are grounds to be concerned over the GPs in Crisis issue.

Dr Cameron said the decision to retain birthing services at the three current sites, which of course includes Hastings, was ‘very encouraging indeed’.

Members favoured more efforts being made to recruit young people into nursing in this country. It was feared that nurses from abroad would train here and then go to the States.

Certificates should be given to people for non academic training in care, members thought.