House manager: voluntary role vacancy

The House of Friendship have asked us to post this about a vacancy for a voluntary House Manager.

Located in central Lewes, next door to Flint Owl Bakery, the House of Friendship provides a warm and welcoming place for the older residents of Lewes to meet socially, to enjoy lunch and to take part in various activities – snooker, gentle exercises, singing, social club and many more.

We are looking for a person to handle the day-to-day running of the busy House of Friendship which has over 200 members. The House is a registered charity and overall responsibility for the House, its finances and future direction rests with an Executive Committee of whom there are four trustees. The House Manager will report to the Chairman of the Trustees.

Our volunteers include receptionists and organisers of the range of activities on offer and we employ a small group of staff including a cook, kitchen assistants and a cleaner. Lunches, served each weekday, are affordable and highly regarded by members and visitors. On occasion, we hire rooms to other organisations and, along with our own activities, there is usually something happening in the House throughout the week

The House Manager’s main role is to ensure the smooth running of the operation on a daily basis. The main focus will be one of co-ordination to ensure that activities run effectively, the House is secure and safe for members and other users and retains an attractive and inviting appearance at all times.

If you’re active, well organised and with 7 hours to spare each week, we would like to hear from you. Please email Heather Hicks, the Chairman, at heatherhicks49@gmail.com or telephone 01273 473505.

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Learn how social media can work for you and your organisation

We’re planning to hold a three-hour session during February or early March for LTP members on how to get on top of social media, aimed at total and near beginners. It will be run by social media trainer Mina O’Brian and will cover using social media as a marketing tool, creating and optimising profiles on Twitter and Facebook and an introduction to other types of social media such as Google+.

We’re looking at hiring the premises in Lewes for a morning session (10-1) either on a weekday or a Saturday morning, for a maximum of twelve people. There will be a nominal £5 charge as a contribution towards expenses. This is a great bargain and we expect demand to be high!

If you are interested in attending, please let us know so we can gauge interest, via lewestownpartnership@mail.com and indicate if you have a preference between a weekday morning or a Saturday morning.

Town Hall is stage for Holocaust Memorial Day event

HMD imageDon’t miss the event on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), Wednesday 27 January 7pm-10pm, when words, images and music will variously pay tribute to victims of the Holocaust and other genocides of recent times. The theme ‘don’t stand by’ explores some of the stories about those who made a difference and helped those in plight escape from the peril. It includes live klezma music, an account by the son of a Kindertransport survivor (whose memorabilia are on display at Lewes Library all this month), an interview with a woman who survived and then escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and was hidden and sheltered by Polish peasants throughout the war, poetry readings and contributions from Priory School students. Admission is free. It is being organised by the Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day Group.

Connected to the event is the window display during 16-30 January on the theme The Refugees’ Gift, with photos and stories by Bill Knight of modern-day refugees displayed in shop windows throughout Lewes. The Lewes Tourist Information Centre has a leaflet giving details of locations.

Please note that the We Won’t Stand By HMD event for young people, scheduled for 21 January at St John sub Castro has been cancelled.

Free advice on keeping warm this winter

East Sussex County Council offer a free winter home check service, available all year round. It includes:

  • an assessment of your home to identify how to keep warm
  • small works such as improving insulation or repairing boilers
  • emergency temporary heating
  • advice on getting help to pay for heating.

Installation of replacement boilers, central heating systems or home insulation is also possible subject to eligibility and limited availability.

This service is provided by Osborne Energy. Phone free on 0800 085 1674 to arrange a visit.

Lewes Footpaths Group joins LTP

Our newest member, the Lewes Footpaths Group was formed in 1964 as a sub-committee of the Friends of Lewes with the initial aim of keeping open the rights of way around Lewes.  Gradually there was a call for “ordinary” walks and initially a programme of half-day walks was arranged every three weeks on a Sunday morning.  In many cases public transport was used to reach the starting point.  In 1970 it was agreed that the Footpaths Group should be a club independent of the Friends of Lewes.

Destinations have included most parts of England and Wales as well as the Channel Islands, France and Majorca.  Mid-week walks shorter walks of about 3 miles are arranged.

From an early date about three general meetings per year have been held for members usually with an outside speaker and social events, such as the New Year lunch and a summer event have become part of the annual programme. The group has published a number of walking books with suggested routes for walks in and around the town

Membership has remained fairly constant for the last 40 years although the proportion of ladies is now higher than in the past.  For many it provides an opportunity to visit and enjoy the countryside with friends without having to worry about transport of the fear of getting lost.

Contact: Janet Goodall GoodallJangood@aol.com

Tourism: how Lewes welcomes its visitors

The Lewes Town Partnership AGM event brought up some lively and salient discussion on tourism.

Positive aspects included: festivals, trips out, events, independent traders, history, architecture, local knowledge, high quality/cultural, high standard accommodation, independent spirit, personalities/historical; good for learning about culture, environment, heritage; community involvement; tourist info centre.

Areas for improvement included: Christmas shopping/decorations/atmosphere,  signposting around town, accessibility for disabled visitors (including to hotel rooms and disabled-access WCs in restaurants), difficulty of reaching major sites such as Charleston without public transport, lack of signposted cycle routes through town linking up NCR90, parking, lack of use of the river, car parking, not having a one-stop shop for promoting events at our numerous venues.

We made a summary for the Neighbourhood Plan so that some of the points raised can be taken on board. There was a lot of interest in promoting the run-up Christmas as an event in Lewes – for example having a Christmas market and making more of the shopping opportunities in town.

Phoenix Talking Post

The Phoenix Talking Post joined Lewes Town Partnership last autumn. It is a free weekly talking news and magazine service for the blind and partially sighted. Its focus is on local news and is issued on USB memory sticks.

‘We even provide a free media player if necessary. The service is a lifeline for people in the Lewes area who may be unable to read a newspaper for whatever reason.
We recognise that the lack of sight can lead to people becoming isolated in their own homes. The Phoenix Talking Post can offer listeners the opportunity to still feel involved in the community that they live in by hearing about key local issues.

Our volunteers help edit the weekly selections, narrate the items, record and promote our service from our base at the Phoenix Centre, 26 Malling Street, Lewes, East Sussex. BN7 2RD.

If you can help our charity with a donation; help with production or if you know of someone who might like to receive the service then get in touch. Email talkphoenix@hotmail.com or call 01273 474967 or 07816 203784.’