Information and Networking

The recent meeting of member groups made the decision to close the Lewes Town Partnership. The reasoning for this is set out in the Report of the AGM of the Lewes Town Partnership 16th October attached here.  The Board appreciates that informaiton sharing and networking were valued by the members so it was felt that it is important to let people know some other places to find out what is going on, share news/ resources or meet others for networking.


Sue Dunkley is the Locality Link Worker for Lewes and the villages which aims to join up the public sector and the voluntary and community sector. She is part of the wider Connecting 4 You programme and Communities of Practice in High Weald, Lewes and the Havens Clinical Commissioning Group area. Contact Sue at

She writes:

“The Lewes and the Havens Community Network is run jointly by the Locality Link Workers from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) and 3VA to bring together the public sector (Social Workers, GPs, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Housing, Community Nurses etc) with voluntary and community sector groups and services.  They are free quarterly meetings which will alternate between Lewes and the Havens and will have a central theme for each meeting.  For example, our first meeting had a Question Time style panel allowing participants to ask questions of senior managers in Adult Social Care, Mental Health Services, the CCG, a Lewes GP and an information session about the proposed Lewes Health Hub.  They are an ideal opportunity to learn about other local community groups and make connections with different services.   ESCC will be capturing the main themes of the meetings which will help to identify priorities for the community and may spark new projects.  Our next meeting will be held in Lewes in January.

If you feel this Network could be a replacement for the Lewes Town Partnership for your organisation or service then please register your interest with Sue Dunkley, Locality Link Worker, Lewes Tel: 07720 040810.  You will then be added to the Community Network database and will be sent details of the next meeting in due course.  Members are free to attend as many or as few meetings as they wish.”

Lee Shepherd provides one to one support on funding and running a group on Tuesdays and Thurdsdays in Southover House and also some Saturday mornings at the House of Friendship. Networking meetings are held four times a year, twice in Lewes twice in Newhaven. The next one being 23 January at the Linklater Pavilion.  Lunch is provided and there are speakers and a chance for discussions and information sharing. Contact Lee by email at

Sharing News

In Lewes we are lucky to have the bi-monthly Lewes News which goes into all homes in the town. Email any news to Fran Whittle by the deadline set out in the previous issue

Transition Town Lewes have an online newsletter with 900 signed up to receive it. A steering group approve items for the newsletter that fit the criteria or TTL ethos. They are not a campaigning group but a “doing” group of like-minded individuals. They look at well-being in the broadest sense including food growing, energy, transport, development.  Apply to join by emailing the website.

Other newsletters exist such as that produced by Chris Smith for travelling and transport issues Travel Log Lewes

The Stay Lewes website c/o the Tourist Information Centre  has space for a lot of local events. Also there is poster space and the option to book to use of one of the windows for displaying information. Drop a poster in to 187 High St, Lewes BN7 2DE – Tel 01273 483 448

Another place to advertise is the uk site where you can add your own information direct.

To receive information on public health or similar ask to be added to the mailing list of Barbara Pratt, Specialist Health Improvement Team, Public Health East Sussex She can also send your information or news out widely to groups across East Sussex.

A lot of people now use Twitter to communicate and adding  #Lewes often gets it picked up and retweeted to help spread the word.

The email newsletter produced by 3VA goes out every week or so and is a way of getting local news out across the three localities of Lewes district, Wealden and Eastbourne. Send items to Scott Roedersheimer at



Lewes Town Partnership AGM


Notice has been given of the Annual General Meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Monday 16 October 2017 at the Phoenix Centre, 26 Malling Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2RD

The meeting will consist of the usual AGM business but will also include a special resolution that the Board wishes to put to the membership. After some consideration it has put forward the following:

For the members to approve the proposal of the Directors to pursue the winding up the organisation

The Chair will present the thinking of the Board and how they came to this conclusion and invite members to discuss and vote on the proposal.The meeting will be followed by

  1. A presentation and celebration of the 15 years of the Lewes Town Partnership since its creation in 2003; its people, achievements, lessons and challenges.
  2. Lewes 2020 – how do the people and communities of Lewes raise issues and effect meaningful change in a digital age?

If members are not able to attend the meeting they are asked to make their views known by appointing the Chair, or another member, as their proxy.

The form is here to download Proxy form for special resolution Please print off a copy and sign it after making a note of your view in the box provided. It can be emailed back.

To check if you are listed as a member please see the Members 2017 list here.

If you have any questions please e-mail

Older People’s Day 2017

Wave Leisure are planning an Active Lifestyle Event to celebrate Older People’s day at the Leisure Centre on Monday 11th September – 9:00am – 12:00pm.

 This event will be marketplace style events,  in which older people will be able to attend, visit stalls and pick up discount cards that will allow them access to particular sessions across all sites during the months of September and October.

Expressions of interest by local groups who would like to be involved need to be received by Monday 28th August. Contact Luke Greenwood on

Sunday October 1st is officially Older People’s Day 2017, an International Day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society.

ESCC have worked in partnership with seniors’ forums, the voluntary sector, community groups and other statutory organisations to put together and support a programme of fun activities and information fairs.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Older People’s Day in East Sussex, with events taking place across the county throughout September and October.

You can download a copy of the booklet here, or pick up a copy from your nearest library

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OPD 2017 Events Programme.pdf (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 1198k)

Disability issues in East Sussex

East Sussex Disability Association has sadly closed and many people have wondered how issues can now be raised and discussed between the different community and self-help groups of disabled people. One way is to attend the forthcoming East Sussex Disability Summit being run by organisation Possability People based in Brighton. This group also provides a wide range of information and advice across East Sussex Brighton and Hove.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 10:00 – 14:30
The View Hotel Grand Parade Eastbourne BN21 4DN
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Please join us to find out what we can do together to support disabled people in East Sussex. Meet, connect, make change.
Booking telephone number: 01273 89 40 40 which also their help line number
Booking email address:

Lewes’ future – have your say

A lot of work has gone into the draft Neighbourhood Plan for Lewes which is now available to view and feedback is invited .

The Pre-Submission Draft of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan is open for a six-week public consultation. This consultation period begins on Monday 8th May and ends on Wednesday 21st June 2017

There will be a drop-in event presenting the draft plan at the Town Hall on 25th May from 1.00pm until 10.00pm and on the 26th May from 9.30am until 1.00pm. Please come along to this event where you can find out more about the plan and ask any questions you may have.

There will be a slideshow presentation at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th May. This presentation will explain more about the plan and be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Responses can be made on paper or via the online form here

The whole documents, together with the research and other considerations that fed into it, can be viewed online or downloaded via the website here, note some of the files are large so may take a bit of time to download.

New member profile

The Lewes Group of Parkinson’s UK was formed in 2016 by local members of the existing Mid Sussex Branch of the national charity to provide friendship and support to people living with Parkinson’s in the Lewes area, their friends, families and carers. They meet regularly and, recognising that appropriate exercise is the primary self help therapy for people living with the condition, have established, from the start of 2017, weekly exercise classes in the town for people with Parkinson’s, led by a specialist physiotherapist.

Contact Clare Carroll  Email: Telephone: 07518 053655

Community Drop-in Event Saturday 18 March

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Mayor of Lewes Dr Graham Mayhew  did the rounds at the recent community event where he found out about a range of different agencies in the town.

He spent over an hour chatting to people about their valuable work in helping build a rich and supportive community. A steady stream of members of the public called in to chat to people and pick up leaflets. Free cake (courtesy of Tesco’s) and refreshments were available .

Over a dozen local projects were represented including… Community Transport Lewes Area, Lewes Area Access Group, ESCC Locality Link Worker, Wave Leisure with a range of community based sporting and healthy living initiatives; Recovery Partners peer support for people experiencing mental health problems;  Now! charity; Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society; Tenants of Lewes District Council; East Sussex Winter Home Check Service (with advice and goodies to give away); Local Food Banks; East Sussex Credit Union and Lewes for a Living Wage.

A range of volunteering opportunities were on display for those looking for ideas of how to offer their time and Lee Shepherd from the East Sussex Volunteer Centre was on hand to talk with people as they passed by.

The Lewes Town Partnership is grateful to the House of Friendship committee who helped out on the day and made their light and cheerful premises available for the event.

Also to the volunteers of the Lewes News who helped to collate, stuff and deliver the colourful flyers about the event to all the households in the town in time for the weekend.

For a pdf version with photos please see this Write up after the event

All in It Together … with FREE cake


Are we all equally affected by the current social and economic environment? Lewes is seen as a wealthy town; politically and socially active and caring but without obvious aspects of poverty or deprivation. The town partnership however is aware that there are some people who may need help. The aim of the drop-in event on Saturday March 18th 10am – 1pm at the House of Friendship is for people to drop by, have a free cup of coffee and cake and find out about the wealth of self help and other support in place around the town.

A Community Swap Shop pin board will be in place for people who may have ideas for new projects, or can offer their time or help to others. East Sussex Volunteer Centre will have someone on hand to talk to; look out for Lee Shepherd.

Tables will be arranged under the following themes:

  • Transport/ Getting About
  • Leisure/ Health
  • Housing/ Help with Heating/ Financial Help
  • Wellbeing and Volunteering

For more information drop a line to Lewes Town Hall,  High Street, Lewes BN7 2QS attention of Lewes Town Partnership or email

Are you getting the correct benefits?

Free, confidential, quality assured, expert benefits advice is available locally….
there are various options:

Call CAB Advice line 03444 111 444. Telephone advice times Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 09.30 – 16.00

Call Lewes District Information Hub 01273 51737

Drop in to the Lewes Citizens Advice Bureau, The Barn, 3 North Ct, Lewes BN7 2AR. Drop in service and appointments Monday, Tuesday, Thursday   09.30 – 15.00

For all people registered with a GP in the High Weald Lewes Havens CCG area a referral can be made by a third party for someone to get advice from the High Weald, Lewes & Havens CCG Benefits Advisor.

Download and email the high-weald-lewes-havens-referral-form- to: or post it to: HARC, Renaissance House, London Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6AN

There are other sources of help and advice see