Hugh’s News!

A light-hearted look at the goings on at   The Seaford 60+ Club

December 2017


The Season’s Greetings to you all!

(I am sorry but I have struggled a bit in getting this edition onto the website, and have not yet found a way to download the pictures I used in the email and paper copies. I will try to find out how to do that in the next few days.)

Believe it or not it is already three months since the last (and first) newsletter, and the feedback I have been given has been most encouraging, so I am really grateful for that.

I am also grateful that when I asked various people if they would mind writing a few words about a particular activity that they have attended, they all said yes, and so you have a variety of reporters to read, not just me this time! A big thank you to all of them.

With one exception (thanks Roger!), there has been a lack of spontaneous correspondence containing material for possible inclusion. “But what do you want me to send?” I hear you ask. My answer is “Anything that you think might be of interest”. Write a poem, complain!, make a suggestion, paint a picture, send a photo of your activity, describe your activity - anything at all will be most welcome. I would love this to become more than just a report of what has happened and what is going to happen (although I will always try to continue to include that). Hugh


What’s Been Fixed?                                                                              Page 1

The servery lighting has been installed, providing a cosy warm ambiance around the serving area and there is a plaque up on the wall to acknowledge that the funds needed were provided in Maurice Read's memory. These lights are extremely frugal and economical to run, each pendant being just 5 watts LED (lasting some 25,000 hours of use).

There is also a new water heater in the kitchen, which I have been asked to stress does not need adjustment. Apparently we have members who like to tinker – often with less than desirable results! Hands off the water heater, or someone may be after your blood! Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons!

On the subject of the kitchen we have had an inspection by the Environmental Health Authorities, and came through with flying colours. There is no mandatory action at all required, but a suggestion was that it would be good to have a separate hand washing facility within the kitchen. The best way of achieving this is being considered by the committee, watch this space, they usually take action very quickly. Power and speed be hands and feet!

In the first main area of the club, switches have been put onto each pair of ceiling lights, so that those not required at any given time can be switched off, in an attempt to save unnecessary wastage of electricity.

The heating system has also had another overhaul, and will hopefully be working perfectly for the foreseeable future (is that another flying pig I see?), and in the interest of maintaining a comfortable temperature the individual fans on each heater may be turned on or off. Would members on leaving (and Bridge players like myself in the evening) try to remember to please leave the switches as they found them on arrival.

 WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING?                                                                  Page 1

Craft Coffee Morning and Fair    


My Wednesday afternoon Craft Group had a coffee morning and Fair in October in aid of Breast Cancer Support - with a stall full of presents, a Cake Stall and Raffle with some prizes kindly donated by local businesses. A member and her daughter rented two tables with more knits and cards.

We had a really enjoyable time – members had worked really hard to make it a success for which I give them a very big “Thank you”. We made £241.00 and the support group were delighted to receive it.

By Cindy Newbatt

(The new leader of the group is Jean Foley)

Christmas Concert

On the 9th of December the 60+ Choir treated us to an excellent concert of seasonal songs.

Our respected Chairman Bob kicked off proceedings with an interesting impression of an Easy-jet trolley dolly, (taking glasses of water to the choir), followed by a short introduction. Then the twenty-two fine singers, with occasional augmentation from their accompanist and musical director Nigel, gave us a wide variety of songs, and even a poem backed with some interesting improvised sounds. We had folk songs, wassail songs, popular songs and of course carols, with which the audience were invited to sing along.

Several of the songs were sung in a very impressive four-part harmony, and “All Around my Hat”, “The Rose”, the “Coventry Carol” and “Do You See What I See?” (with echoes!) were four that I thought were performed particularly well, and which I enjoyed the most. Some members of the choir have apparently been pleading with Nigel to lower the key for some of the songs, and while the high notes were always reached, the songs in a more comfortable key, for me made for the best listening. I found the whole programme most entertaining, and Nigel’s introductions and explanations between songs were interesting and set a lovely warm and friendly tone to the whole proceedings. The choir practises on Wednesday mornings at around 10.30, and are always very happy to welcome new members – you don’t have to be a Charlotte Church or an Edith Piaf!

Hot drinks and mince pies were served afterwards by the usual hard-working volunteers. Well done to Nigel and the choir for a very entertaining concert – I will certainly be back next year!   Hugh


 CHRISTMAS DINNER No 1 Tuesday December 12th 2017          Page 2                                            

Thirty members attended the first Christmas lunch, starting with mulled wine, turkey with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pud or trifle, then mince pies, shortbread biscuits, tea, coffee and truffles.

The “Pop Up Singers” came along to entertain members for an hour, with Christmas songs and music, with our members joining in.

Roger gave a general vote of thanks to all who had helped in making the event a success. Slowly, about 3.30pm folk dispersed.

By Sheila Barnard


CHRISTMAS DINNER No 2- Wednesday 13 December 2017

The annual Christmas meal was held on the above date. While waiting, the band were rehearsing and the room was full of laughter. To start with we were all given mulled wine. The meal was served by the catering staff and helped by Sheila, a club member. We received a good hot three course traditional meal which was enjoyed by us all. This was followed by more treats of mince pies, coffee, truffles, cheese and biscuits and also given a chocolate lollypop as a gift. All this for a small price of £10 - well worth it. After the tables were cleared, the band, George and the Georgettes + 1 started to entertain us. Considering they had only been together for eighteen months they were very professional and made the whole occasion a resounding success. Thanks to the catering staff for their hard work. Praise to Pia for the part she played on this lovely occasion.

Summary by Jean and Tony

  CHRISTMAS DINNER No 2 -  December 13th 2017

Almost 30 members attended the second event and having heard of the revelry and excitement of the previous day and with the band tuning up we were looking forward to something special.

The scene was set by the arrival of the Mulled Wine (just a small one please!) and soon we were served with our food as previously described - all most enjoyable.

Bob thanked everyone who had been involved in arranging the events including Kath, Sheila ("give me your money") Barnard and Pia Prince who had devised the Program and found the entertainment.

Not forgetting Chrissie and her team who had worked so hard in the kitchen.

Following lunch we were entertained by a band - George and the Georgettes Plus One - who performed a variety of songs going back over a number of years.  Not only did people recognise the tunes but several were inspired to take to the dance floor - Ken Willey finishes his physio sessions soon !!

The festive atmosphere continued into the afternoon and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the addition of entertainment.

  Table Tennis                                                                                    Page 5

Table Tennis is played on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Find the day and the group that suits you and start playing, new members are always welcome. The standard of play may vary but we enjoy ourselves and of course have a break for tea, coffee and a biscuit. One thing leads to another and before you know where you are you may find yourself going out for a Christmas lunch or enjoying an evening meal in a local hostelry. We do try to support each other and do more than just meet for a game of table tennis.


One Saturday morning last April we had a FUN tournament involving players from all groups. We played four rounds of doubles with a different partner each time. Tea, coffee and biscuits kept us going through the morning. When play finished the tables were pushed together, covered and set for twenty-seven portions of fish and chips ordered from a local supplier. This was much enjoyed. Medals and prizes were handed out, something for everyone. The morning was a success because so many people were willing to help with serving, washing up, donating prizes and those who couldn’t play for various reasons helped with the scoring. Following many requests there could be another such event in April 2018. Watch this space.

By Margaret Parkinson

 MEMBERSHIP and ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP                                Page 8

We are always looking to maintain and increase our membership and typically this tends to be 150 + at the beginning of our year rising to 180 + by the end of September. Currently we have 158 members.

Normally people need to be 60 to qualify for membership but where a member has a spouse or partner who is under 60 they may join as an Associate Member which entitles them to all benefits of standard membership except for the right to vote. The current rate of subscription is payable.

Anyone who wishes to use this opportunity should contact Sheila Barnard.

The Answer to the Unasked Question

It appears that last month’s puzzle was too much of a puzzler, and unfortunately no group managed to solve it without a clue. Once I had put a clue on the notice board I am happy to say that two groups quickly came up with the correct response - first the Tuesday Keep Fit Ladies, and shortly afterwards the Monday Table Tennis Group.

 I had thought that the three short passages I had quoted, (without putting them in quotation marks), stood out as too poetic to be my own words, but I was wrong - you over-estimated me! The quotes were “not to look to good, nor talk too wise”, “to fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run” and “to hear the truth you’ve spoken twisted by knaves”. You will by now all have recognised that these are words from the poem which was once voted the “Favourite Poem of Britain”, by Rudyard Kipling, and so the answer to last month’s unasked question was “If”.

So 10 points go to The Fit Tuesday Ladies, and 7 points to the Monday TT Group.

I know that Trevor had isolated one of the quotes last month as a possible clue, but sadly didn’t notice the rest. The 4 points for third place and the single points for any correct answer therefore go unclaimed this time. I feel a league table coming on!

This Edition’s Puzzle

This time there are actually two answers to the unasked question, so get your heads together. Should you spell them out, one answer would have eight letters and the other four letters. My only other comment (not a clue) would be that I am very partial to a ruddy young kipper! Email your answers to me at post haste, along with your contributions to the next newsletter!


The Discussion Group

This is a relatively new Activity. It is chaired by Barbara Chamberlain. As a smallish group we have informal discussions on a variety of topics and, of course, there are no arguments as everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The sessions are to be enjoyed and we always have a break in the middle. They are held once a month in the Quiet Room on the last Thursday of the month from 2 until 4 pm. The photo illustrates our Christmas celebrations and from left to right we have Marlene, Ian, Barbara, Jean and Roger.

On this day there were several members who were either unwell or away. However, we would like to have more 60+ club participants and Barbara can be contacted on 01323 891728 for a chat and for more details if you’re at all interested.

By Roger Bullock

Retirement more stressful than working for 20 per cent by Vicky Shaw

Nearly one in five people who retired in the last 10 years is more stressed now than when they worked, research suggests.

Rather than later life being a golden opportunity to relax, 18 per cent of those who have retired in the past decade say they are more stressed, a survey from Prudential found. One in 7 (13%) says their health has suffered since giving up work. Newly retied women were more likely to report feeling more stressed, at 23%, compared with 13% of men.

Missing former work colleagues was the biggest retirement letdown, with more than a third (35%) saying they miss the social interaction of work. One in five feels they have lost some of their identity since their work ended.

But many pensioners also cited financial issues: 29% miss having their pay packet, while 12% complain their adult children still expect cash subsidies from the “bank of mum and dad”.

But Prudential also found some evidence that the prospects for retirees are improving. While the proportion of people having generous final-salary pensions to retire on is decreasing, the likelihood of people retiring with only the state pension is also declining – from 23% of those retiring in 2008 to 14% this year.


 Telling the elderly to take it easy ‘a mistake that costs UK billions’.

By Paul Gallagher (health correspondent).

 “Encouraging older people to take it easy is damaging their health and costing the UK billions in social care, according to experts in ageing.

Keeping fit and active staves off the need for extra support – but pensioners are often mistakenly told they should rest. Oxford University and the Centre for Ageing Better said exercise can reverse physical decline by as much as a decade.

They argue that the effects of ageing are often confused with loss of fitness, but it is loss of fitness that increases the chance of needing social care. Those in their seventies with below-average ability who improve by 25 per cent – measured by how long it takes to get out of a chair – could get to the average speed of people in their sixties, they said.

Meanwhile, a recent collection of studies has shown improvements in older people’s “up and go” times when they took up exercise ranging from walking to weight training – with the benefits increasing the more they did.

The researchers, writing in the British Medical Journal, called for a change in how people view getting older, with exercise becoming the norm. They said: “Ensuring that as many people as possible maintain the ability to manage vital activities of daily living requires a cultural change so that it becomes normal to expect people of all ages to be active.

“The prevailing attitude that exercise is for young people while older people should be encouraged to relax needs to be challenged.”

The total cost of social care, including local authority, self-funding and informal care, is more than £100bn a year, but exercise could cut this bill, they said.”

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