Digest -June 2024

Digest -June 2024

            Southend & District Pensioner’s Campaign                                            

                           “Digest” – June 2024  

Last month’s Meeting:   

We enjoyed an interesting talk from the Southend Library Service. Some time ago, they left the Essex- wide service, so you can now visit your local Southend library and ask for a new card. Borrowing books is free for 3 weeks, and you can renew them online if you are able. They offer various services such as story-telling sessions for children and coffee mornings for isolated and lonely residents. Several Members had questions which were answered directly. As promised, Sophie and the trainer, Michael spoke to us about the Everyone Health Falls Management course that he runs in Leigh. He stressed the danger of losing balance and falling, and several of our Members were interested in joining. 

In Committee:

In the June committee last week, we decided to purchase a new public address system after Margaret had sought further information about the package we were interested in.  The cost will be £253 with free delivery. We also agreed that our Meeting in August will be given over to our Members to discuss any particular issues they wanted to raise.  


The Committee has agreed that after the General Election, we shall write to the new Southend Council Leader to ask the question about the Councillor electing or appointing an Older Person’s Champion. If no answer arrives, we shall again arrange for one of our Members to attend a Full Council Meeting to ask the question in person.  

Thank you to Jill Allen King for this message from the Southend Bus User’s Group.  

 Revenue Protection Officers 

From Monday 17th June 2024, bus companies will be introducing Revenue Protection Officers on board our buses in Essex. 

Revenue protection officers will be regularly riding on First Bus   network to ensure everyone is travelling with a valid/ correctly 
issued ticket. Any tickets purchased from the driver must be retained throughout the journey, and any tickets on our First Bus 
App must be valid and ready to show. 

You must also be ready to show any ID associated with your travel ticket, for example your student ID or First Photo ID pass. 
If you’re unable to show a valid ticket to travel or the required ID for your ticket our Revenue Protection Officers will issue a 
standard fare charge of £50

 Marketing SDPC:

If you know of any local charity or voluntary organisation who may host an indoor community networking event or an Open Day, please let us know. We would be keen to attend to advertise our Campaign and meet other campaigning groups in the area.

Independent Age:

This National Charity produce various helpful leaflets which SDPC have a stock of on our leaflet table.  These up to date guides provide useful advice on various topics such as Benefits for Carers, Attendance Allowance, Scam wise, Council Tax etc. Please help yourself to these guides for yourself or family and friends who may need them.

Dates for Your Diary:

Southend Library Events

Tuesday 25th June Author John Holmes MBE TV and Radio Broadcaster gives a talk about his full and fascinating life from pupil at Westcliff High for Boys to presenter and producer for the BBC. FREE tickets from the Forum.

Community Police Events.

Wed 26th June, 2-3pm Southchurch Hall Museum, Park Lane, Southend.

Fri 28th June, 2-3pm, Blenheim Park School, School Way, Leigh on Sea.

Sat 29th June, 11-12pm Oakwood Park, 564 Rayleigh Rd. Leigh On Sea.

Dementia Friends are running a series of FREE 45 minute weekly walks. On Wednesdays between 3-4 pm at Priory Park Visitors Centre. On 26th June, 3rd July, 10th July, 17th July Book your place at museum@southend.gov.uk

Men’s Health Day 27th June 5-8pm at Ironworks, 90, High Street, Southend.  Featuring various Health Services.

Jazz Centre UK. Live concerts on most Saturday afternoons. 2pm till 4pm. Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend. SS2. Tickets £10-£15.

Southend Central Museum. Victoria Avenue, Southend. The Princely Burial. A permanent exhibition.

Southend Council Concert Series.  Monthly serious music concerts continue, but the new venue is now Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, and Southend. SS2 6ER. Friday evenings. From 8pm. internationally acclaimed musicians. £10 per concert.

Music in the Park: Live music from 4th May till 29th. September, 2024. Priory Park Bandstand. Various musical groups from 3pm. till 4.30pm. Bring your own chair and blanket.

Wednesday, 3rd July. SDPC Friendship Club Lunch: The Brewer’s Fayre, Eastern Esplanade, Southend. From 12.30 pm. £ 15. For a 2 course meal.  Call Jean on 01702 341047 to book your place.

Saturday, 13th. July. Summer Concert by the Southend Bach Choir. West Leigh Baptist Church, London Road Leigh on Sea. Near Waitrose. 7pm.  English Music by Charles Stanford, Bob Chilcott and Sir John Rutter. (Your Editor will be singing Bass). Car park available.  

Wednesday 17th July. SDPC Meeting: 2pm till 4pm. Michael Holland “ Flames across Essex, agricultural unrest in C18th England”  Balmoral Community Centre, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff on Sea.SS0 7AU

Trust Links. Wednesday, 24th. July. Summer Fayre. Shoeburyness. 12 noon till 3pm.  

Editor Bob Howes 01702 341047 howes01702@outlook.com