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


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