Digest October 2023

Digest October 2023


                                     “Digest “- October 2023


“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count-it’s the life in your years!!

Abraham Lincoln

In Committee Jean   met with Garda, a Marketing and Design Company,  together with Roger Savage, Deputy CEO of SAVS to establish a Marketing Strategy for SDPC, the aim being to create a higher profile and expand SDPC membership to the recently retired.  Jodie Bennett will be working on the strategy with Roger and Jean.  Jodie will present her ideas to our next Committee Meeting on the 8th November.

We still await replies from the Southend City Council Leader following our letters to him regarding the need for an Older Person’s Champion, and for news of the future City Travel Centre. We decided to ask our questions at Full Council Meetings, as this will ensure that we receive answers. The September accounts showed a balance of £3,028. 68. Issy reported that Motions to the NPC London Council AGM in March, 2024 should be in by the first week in March

 Last Month’s MeetingWe had interesting talks from Lee Bagnall of “Folks Like Us”, Chiquitta of “Community Builders” and Sara  who works with people who suffer from COPD. They are part-funded by the National Lottery, and have a hub within the SAVS building in Alexander Street, Southend. They also have a hub in West Road, Shoebury. They attract local people, 55 yrs. and over, who are lonely and isolated, but are able to travel on their own. Activities include a choir, knitting, craft, a beach hut, an allotment in Norwich Avenue. They provide hot meals in the winter. “Community Builders” work in Shoebury, Victoria and Milton Wards and hope to expand to other areas in due course.

Slipper Swap Project.  Southend City Council are offering older residents the chance to collect brand new slippers designed to reduce the risk of tripping, slipping and falling. They have secure fastenings and robust soles. The events are being held as follows between 10am and noon.

Tuesday, 7th.  November      Kent Elms Library. Friday, 10th.   November     Havens Hub, Westcliff. Tuesday, 14th. November     Leigh Library.Tuesday, 21st. November     Shoeburyness Library.

Tuesday, 28th. November    The Forum, Southend.

Campaigning.  We have re-started campaigning and marketing, and we attended the Community Market Place at The Southend Tennis and Leisure Centre on Saturday, 30th. September from 10am till noon. Thank you to Jim Folwell, Marion Mitchell and Leigh Town Cllr. Alan Hart for joining us. We made some useful contacts from the Southend Library Service, Yoga 4 You and The Garon Park Community Co. including St. Luke’s Community Hub. It was poorly advertised, but it was worth going for the connections we made.

Chair Yoga Classes A class for adults who have difficulty with floor work Please contact Yoga4all on Tel: 01702 475700 or email: contact@yoga4all.co • www.yoga4all.co A gentle form of yoga practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. SHOEBURYNESS Wednesday 2-2.45pm – Cost £5 St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness, SS3 8UL LEIGH-ON-SEA Thursday 10-10.45am – Cost £6 Bradfordbury Court, Eastwood Old Road, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4SW CANVEY ISLAND Friday 9.30-10.15 – Cost £5 The War Memorial Hall, Canvey Island, SS8 7RB WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA Fridays 12-12.45pm – Cost £5 Balmoral Community Centre, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7AU Book and pay online: https://www.yoga4all.co/bookonline Chair Yoga Classes

The Library Did you know you can visit the library for 1-1 assistance in using your IT devices? Our friendly Digital Officer team are available to provide advice and guidance to help you make the most of your tablet or laptop in our Tablet Taster Sessions.

Choose between our drop-in session at The Forum held every Tuesday from 10.30 – 11.30am, or our bookable session at Westcliff Library held on alternate Mondays from 10.30 – 11.30am. Bring your device with you and we’ll do our best to help!

For more information, or to book your place on our next session at Westcliff Library, please email: digitalofficers@southend.gov.uk

Thank you to Mr, Ali for this information from the Library Service

 Dates for Your Diary:

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

Southend Central Museum. Victoria Avenue, Southend. Free. A stunning display of recent finds from the “London” wreck is now on show permanently from Wednesday to Sunday each week, from 11am till 5pm.

Southend Council Concert Series. Monthly serious music concerts continue at Plaza Centre, 600 Southchurch Road, Southend. SS1 2PT.  Friday evenings. From 8pm. International professional music musicians. £10 per person.

Seafront Fireworks. Every Saturday from 30th September to 18th November. From 8 pm till 8.15pm

Focal Point Gallery. The Forum, Southend, SS1 1ND. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Exhibition:  “Storm Warning“  What does climate change mean for coastal communities? 4th October till 6th January, 2024.

Thursday, 19th. October.  Full Southend City Council  Meeting from 6.30 pm.

 Tuesday, 31st. October.  Age Concern (Southend). HavensHub, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff. A Session for visitors to explore the site and see what services they offer. 11am till 12 noon. Economic lunches available.

Wednesday, 1st, November.  SDPC  Lunch: From 12.30pm. Harvester, “The Shore House” Shoeburyness.  £15 for two courses. Please ring Jean to book a place on 01702. 341047.

 Sunday, 5th. November.  Southend Choral Society. Concert at Kings Road URC, 91, Crowstone Road, Westcliff. From 3.30pm. Music by Puccini, Vivaldi and more.

SDPC MeetingWednesday, 15th November LSE update on Housing and Social Care Project.  From 2pm to 4pm.

Annie Riley at Variety Lunches.  Monday, 27th November, 2023. “Jingle Bell Rock”.  At Chalkwell Park Rooms, London road, Westcliff on Sea. SS0 8NB. All tickets £20 each including two-course meal, Tea/Coffee and a show! Please contact Margaret Haydon on 01702. 295008 or 07814  714937 to express your interest. Margaret has already ordered 20 tickets for her other group. Why not join them

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