Activities and Events

Events

Members of Lewes House of Friendship attended a Garden Party in June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the House. Over 70 guests came, and enjoyed meeting up with old friends, making new ones - and sharing a lovely afternoon tea. Have a look in the Gallery for pictures from the party.

Regular Activities

MONDAYS 2:00 - 3:00 pm The Friendship Choir

The Friendship Choir is back! All welcome – no auditions. If you enjoy singing, please come and join us. The dates for the remainder of 2022 are:

No choir on Monday 26th September, but do come at 2pm on the Mondays below:

  • October: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (at 1.30 pm) and 31st

  • November: 7th, 14th and 28th

  • December: 5th, 12th and 19th

Payment was due on 5th September - either £35 for the first seven sessions, or £70 for all sessions up to the end of December. You can pay in cash or by cheque. Please speak to Debbie if you're joining later.

TUESDAYS 10:30 - 12 noon Craft Group

Craft Group. This group meets in the Lounge – bring some knitting, crochet, tapestry or other craft. Enjoy a chat and maybe learn new skills.

WEDNESDAYS 10:30 - 12 noon Ukulele Group

Ukulele Group resumed on 7th September. 10:30 - 11:30 am for beginners, and 11:00 - 12:00 pm for intermediates. The dates for the remainder of 2022 are:

  • Term 1: 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th September; 12th and 19th October

  • Term 2: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November; 7th and 14th December

Payment of £42 for the first term is due on 7th September. You can pay in cash or by cheque.

WEDNESDAYS 10:30 - 12 noon East Sussex Hearing Support Team

We have a new monthly group run by the East Sussex Hearing Support Team on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. They will be offering advice, support and information for anyone with a hearing loss, including advice on the maintenance of hearing aids. Do come and meet others who are hard of hearing. The next meeting will be on Weds 19th October.

WEDNESDAYS 1:00 - 2.00 pm Unity Singers

The Unity Singers are also back! The dates for the remainder of 2022 are:

  • Term 1: 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th September; 12th and 19th October

  • Term 2: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November; 7th and 14th December

Payment of £48 for the first term is due on 7th September. You can pay in cash or by cheque. Zoomers pay as and when they can make it - still £5.

THURSDAYS 10:30 - 11:30 am Extend - Movement and Music Class

Extend - Music and Movement Class with Ffion Wilkes. This group is meeting in the Lounge – come and improve your fitness now that life has opened up again! Gentle exercises to music. £4 per session. Again, do come for a taster.

THURSDAYS 2:00 -3:00 pm Qi Gong

We were sorry to say goodbye to Barbara Bond, our previous teacher who has moved away from Lewes. However, we are delighted that Jo Galway will be starting the weekly Qi Gong class on Thursday 6th October.

We will be following The Willow Qi gong - postural exercises and gentle movements to boost physical and mental health. We will also go through Exercises for Life which gently open, soften and relax all parts of the body to improve balance, flexibility and strength.

The cost will be £40 for 6 classes, and Jo will take payment either by BACS in advance before lessons commence or cash at the first lesson.

Please contact Rosie at leweshouseoffriendship@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the class. Visit Jo’s website to find out more about Jo.

FRIDAYS 10:30 - 12 noon 'Be Smart' Workshop

Struggling with your smart phone, tablet or laptop? If you also have some hearing impairment, do contact the Technical Team from East Sussex Hearing Support in Eastbourne. They run a course entitled “Be Smart” to help older people make full use of their smart phone or tablet. They have just started a new course on the first Friday of each month. For more information, and to book your place, please call them on 01323 722505, or text 07950 855 580 or email techteam@eshrc.org. The next meeting will be on Friday 7th October- but please book your place beforehand at the number above.

Coffee Mornings

We hold occasional coffee mornings on Fridays. Thank you to those who came to support the Red Cross appeal for the people of Ukraine on 8 April; we raised over £250 - a record!

Other Services

Footcare Service

Age UK East Sussex have now handed over their Footcare services to Glynis Henderson, a trained podiatrist. Glynis continues to provide the same service, making all the appointments as usual. She offers appointments on Tuesdays. Please contact her on 07717 167544 for details.

Room Hire

If you would like to hire one of our rooms, please download and complete our booking form and then email it to us. You may prefer to give us a ring or just call in one morning.
With the start of the Autumn term our lounge is booked on most days now, but as you see below, we also have a large room upstairs available to hire, along with the smaller Meeting Room.

The Old Snooker Room on the first floor is now available to hire. As the room was being used less and less for snooker, the Committee decided that it would be better to redecorate and furnish the room so that it can be used for a range of purposes. The snooker table has gone to a new home in Swansea and the redecoration is complete. We have kept some of the snooker paintings as a reminder of the room's past use. The final game of snooker was played in July and the winner was presented with a packet of Lewes House of Friendship biscuits.

Information and Advice Service

Age UK East Sussex is usually able to provide information and advice on a wide range of subjects of importance to people in later life including welfare benefits and money, social care and health, housing options and local services. For advice, please telephone Age UK East Sussex on 01273 476704.