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Hastings and St Leonards Seniors' Forum

Events and More

Local Government Consultations

Date added: 17th October 2017

To see any consultations being conducted by Hastings Borough Council click here

East Sussex County Council have various consultations running - for details click here

The Isabel Blackman Centre

Date added: 31st March 2017

The Isabel Blackman Centre offer services including Health and Wellbeing Activities, Support coping with Dementia, physical or learning disability, support with long-term conditions and Personal Care. For further details click here

New Men's Group

Date added: 27th November 2017

A new men's group has been started by Oasis at Broomgrove Community Centre.

The group is for men living in the Ore Valley Area, and meets on Monday's from 11.45 am to 1.45 pm.

The purpose of the group, we have been told, is for men to have some time together sharing skills, hobbies, socialising, and having the opportunity for trips out and guest speakers.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Graham Hodgson, director, 1066 Community on 07399 609329

East Sussex Interactive Bus Map

Date added: 2nd November 2017

For Interactive Bus Map showing list of routes and links to timetables click here

University of the Third Age (U3A)

Date added: 15th September 2017

What is the U3A?

U3A (University of the Third Age) is a UK movement of retired and semi-retired people who come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.

U3A has a ‘university’ of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other but there are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward.

It's all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of different subjects - from art to zoology and everything in between.

Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1,000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally - plus we’re growing every day.

You can link to their National website or the Hastings & Rother one.


Date added: 11th October 2017

(report by Ann Fergy)

THE PRIZE WINNING Hastings Pier location proved a fantastic success for the Seniors' Forum's Health and Hobbies Fair on October 4.
Well over 300 people flooded to this lively, free event, held especially to celebrate Older People's Day, making it the best ever in most members' views!

People strolled along the pier in the sunshine to enjoy the fair, which was opened by Mayor Judy Rogers who then enjoyed visiting the wide range of fascinating stalls, beautiful craft displays and health information stands.

The mayor was greeted and thanked by forum chair Paul Broadhurst and vice chair Ann Lowndes, who was also main organiser supported by fellow members of the forum's Quality of Life committee. Ann said: “I'm delighted so many people enjoyed the fair and found the venue so accessible. It was fortunate that the sun was shining so there was a good attendance to visit the lovely stalls.”

As well as all the visitors on foot, people with mobility scooters were delighted to be able to buzz along the pier to the fair and visitors also included several dog owners pleased to be able to bring their pets.
Everyone was able to have a sit down to enjoy a free tea or coffee, with forum president Pam Brown among those having a chat with visitors and members.

A major attraction was the amazing tombola organised by Pam Webb aided by Vilna Lee, - so many prizes, so little time! - while the quality of life stall manned by Beryl Mynett and stocked with attractive items made by members was a great success.

It was a busy time for hardworking Joyce Thatcher who signed the visitors in at the entrance, with a helping hand from Paul and membership secretary Roger Sweetman.

Roger gave out 25 application forms, sent out another 15 and also signed up six new members on the spot! “It was good to see so many people with smiles on their face enjoying the event,” said Roger.


Date added: 29th November 2016

For dates of meetings of the Forum in 2017 Click here


Date added: 31st March 2017

If you have a Twitter account you can get updates about Stagecoach bus services here


Date added: 2nd November 2017

FirstStop Advice is an independent, free service providing advice and information for older people, their families and carers about housing and care options in later life

FirstStop's Advisors are available to discuss your own circumstances and offer guidance on the options available for meeting your care needs. They are experts in all aspects of accommodation, care and support for older people. They can also help you get the most out of this website and explain anything you find unclear or difficult. The Advice Line is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. So why not call now on 0800 377 7070.

For more information go to their website at

Caring for somebody with dementia?

Date added: 20th November 2017

Can you help us to find out more about caring for somebody with dementia?

Are you a family carer for someone who has been diagnosed with dementia?

The C-DEMQOL Team are carrying out a study that aims to help them to understand how caring for someone with dementia affects the wellbeing of carers.

If you are interested more information is available here.


Date added: 10th October 2017

If you are aware of any events which you think may be of interest to our members please email details to

Coffee Mornings (Free) at the Friends Meeting House, South Terrace, Hastings 10.30-12:00

  • 30 January
  • 27 February

    MEETINGS IN 2018

    Date added: 25th November 2017

    For dates of meetings of the Forum in 2018 Click here