CTLA: (Community Transport Charity) have become members of the national Campaign to End Loneliness. The Campaign to End Loneliness is a network of organisations and people working together through community action to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels. Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. 17 percent of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11 percent are in contact less than once a month. As the only provider of accessible community transport covering the Lewes District, CTLA combats isolation and loneliness by providing door to door transport, a social travel club, healthcare transport and group support for other charities and groups such as the Scouts and Guides and many more. Membership is free for all services. To find out more about the services of CTLA, visit www.ctla.org.uk or call 01273 517332.
OPEN CHURCH: On August Bank Holiday weekend St Laurence Church will be open from noon until 5pm on Sunday and from 11am until 5pm on Monday. There awaits a warm welcome to all who visit this ancient church.
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS: We will be holding our annual Harvest Supper on Friday September 30 in the Village Club, Telscombe Village. For more information please call Margaret on 01273 586398. Our Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday October 2 at 11am.
On Saturday August 13 St Laurence Church, Telscombe Village, hosted a Hot Potato Lunch at Stud Farm in the village to raise funds for the charity WaterAid, believing that all people everywhere should have access to clean, safe water. A total of 26 friends, including the Mayor of Telscombe, sat down to a fantastic lunch raising in excess of £300 for such a worthwhile cause. We thank Nina Armour for her hospitality.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: Drop in advice surgery on the last Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Civic Centre. Advice can also be gained via their website www.citizensadvice.org.uk. Adviceline 03444 111 444.
EVENING OF MEDIUMSHIP: On the first Friday of each month, next meeting September 2, 6.45pm for 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. Dorothy Young and guest mediums. Ticket price £7, entry on the door available. Contact Dawn 07951 947709.
BINGO EVENING: On Friday September 2, 6.45pm for 7pm start at the Civic Centre. Eight games played for £4, plus an additional Snowball (50p per single ticket) and Flyer game (£1 a sheet). Free cup of tea/coffee at half-time break. Proceeds to Mayor of Telscombe’s charity fund.
COUNCIL MEETINGS: There will be a Planning and Highways meeting on Wednesday, 7.30pm at the Civic Cenre. If there is insufficient business, meetings may be cancelled. Please therefore telephone the Civic Centre on 01273 589777 to ensure that the meeting is being held. Meetings are open to members of the public who are able to ask questions for a 15 minute period at the start of each meeting. Meetings are held in Telscombe Civic Centre, unless otherwise stated.
FOOTNOTES: Now I am a patient soul. I queue quietly to be served, I wait patiently in doctor’s waiting rooms, whilst those in front of me dither and fuss over appointment dates, etc. But my patience was sorely tried this week, when trying to contact the council on the phone. When the reception phone is finally answered, I ask to be put through to Garden Waste dept. There is then an alarming series of clicks, buzzes and other odd noises and then there is the regular ringing sound, which goes on for some minutes before I discover I have been put back to reception. This merry-go-round went on for some ten minutes or so before I gave up and took to e-mailing a caustic message to their customer services. In fairness I then received a telephone call within the hour apologising and explaining that the phone system was being replaced, because of the amount of complaints they were receiving. Very nice young man, who sorted out my problem about delivery of their new garden waste bin, and the afore-mentioned bin was delivered the following day. Ah, the miracle of the internet. How did we get on before computers? Sat and put up with it all, I suppose. The bin is splendid and the kind man who comes to do my garden for me, was delighted as well. Although early afternoon, I have the light on writing this and the sky outside looks sullen and overcast. However the forecast is good for next week, so enjoy whatever sun we get and go safely.
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