Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum

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Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum members have been sorry to hear that their Newsletter editor Leon Tuppen has had to resign for health reasons.

The forum committee at its meeting on August 27 agreed that a letter of thanks should be sent to Leon for his work for the forum over the years.

Leon had brought a lively touch to the Newsletter, featuring issues of concern to older people such as problems in getting a doctor’s appointment.

Members were told that vice-chairman Paul Broadhurst had stepped in offering to edit the Newsletter, which goes out to the close on 1,000 members of the organisation.

The mail-out is quite a costly affair so the forum may e mail the Newsletter to members with email addresses, as well as sending it by post to them, to see what the feedback is. Some 250 members have given their email addresses to the forum.The Newsletter is also available on the forum’s website.

The committee was pleased to hear that there had been many complimentary letters and phone calls following the forum’s 10th anniversary party at Azur on August 6. Val Batty, who led the organising team for the event, thanked those who had helped.

Paul Broadhurst, in his role as chairman of the transport committee, said they had already gathered 60 signatures on a petition against possible cuts in bus services which are to be considered by the county council. He told members that MP Amber Rudd was opposed to the changes. The consultation period ends on September 28.

Coming up fast on the forum programme is an event to celebrate Older People’s Day, a craft and hobbies fair to be held at Azur, Marina, on October 1.

There is also a special coffee morning for new members on October 14 at the Salvation Army hall.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is to speak at the annual general meeting on October 17 at the White Rock Hotel, Hastings.