Older People’s Day celebration

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Older people in Hastings and Rother still have time to take part in events being held across the area to mark a day which celebrates their contribution to society.

A two month programme of activities is running across East Sussex under the theme ‘Full of Life’, in conjunction with Older People’s Day, on Thursday, October 1.

The programme, backed by East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Seniors’ Association, features events organised by seniors’ forums, the voluntary sector, community groups and housing providers.

It includes fitness activities for all levels, lifestyle shows, history talks, craft and hobbies, music, films, poetry and social gatherings.

Kate Davies, chair of the East Sussex Seniors’ Association, said: “We’re really pleased with the levels of participation in the events held so far, and this year we have more of a focus on activities which run throughout the year, so if people find something they like they can keep doing it.”

Events still to come include over-50s aerobics with Active Hastings, a craft and hobbies fair in St Leonards, a film show of Calamity Jane at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, a country walk in Rye and special discount offers with Bexhill and Rye leisure centres.

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council lead member for adult social care, said: “Older People’s Day is about celebrating the role of older people and breaking down negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.

“We have already enjoyed many interesting events as part of these celebrations and there are a range of really varied, fun activities still on offer at locations across East Sussex in the coming weeks. Many of these are free, all provide a welcoming environment and a chance to meet new people.”

The full programme of events is available at East Sussex libraries or can be downloaded at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/olderpeoplesday

The booklet includes details of all events and contact details, along with details of how to get to the venue and what help is available with transport. There is a charge for some events.

Information about Older People’s Day is available online at www.olderpeoplesday.co.uk or for information about seniors forums visit www.essaforums.org.uk or call June Pratley on 01273 335467.