Please find a selection of news below.

The Travelling Tea Trays have arrived!

The Travelling Tea Trays have arrived!TTT LOGO On Friday August 24th the first Hadlow Down ‘Travelling Tea Tray’ initiative had its first coffee morning. The sun shone, and at The Corner Cottage, Wilderness Lane nine members of our community sat in the garden drinking tea, eating fabulous biscuits and cakes, chatting and laughing. It was a lovely, friendly atmosphere where conversation never stopped, and I felt that I too had made new friends. Hadlow Down Tea Trays 2The ‘Travelling Tea Trays’ is an exciting new initiative by local charity ENGAge, and the aim is to bring older people in the community together for conversation and friendship combatting isolation and loneliness, so prevalent in rural areas. The coffee mornings could be in your own home, local café or even a garden centre (transport can be provided). If you think you might be interested in hosting a coffee morning please call Julia Cuppini, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for ENGAge on 07768 998926 or phone me, Roberta Smyth on 01825 830009.

September 7th, 2018

Celebrating our volunteers

Celebrating our volunteersLocal charity Engage, which runs the TN22 Club, TN22 Plus club and the Travelling Tea Trays celebrated National Volunteers Week in June. The charity couldn't function without the fantastic support of its Volunteer team and in recognition of this a tea party was held at the Grove Cafe, Blackboys on 27th June 2018. This was an opportunity for the staff team and the Volunteers to get together over a delicious cream tea following which, Roberta Smyth, Chair of the Engage Board of Trustees, handed out Certificates of Recognition, thanking the volunteers for their commitment and contribution to the charity.  Their volunteering makes a big difference to members, clients and carers and they really are a great bunch of folk! If you would like more information about volunteering opportunities, please contact Julia Cuppini on 07768 998926 or email 20180627_174117 (002) 20180627_174351 (002) 20180627_174101 (002)20180627_174340 (002)  

July 20th, 2018

An outing to Firle Place on a hot summer’s day!

An outing to Firle Place on a hot summer’s day!Local charity Engage Wealden, who run the TN22 Club and TN22 Plus Club treated their members to a fantastic day out on Friday 6th July 2018 when they took them on a visit to Firle Place, a grand stately home near Lewes that has been in the hands of the Gage family for over 500 years.  The outing was very popular, with 28 members, carers and volunteers enjoying the trip and whilst the weather was very hot it didn't spoil the day. Firle Place opened their doors just to Engage, TN22 Clubs, which made it extra special. The outing started with tea and coffee and then a tour of the house for over an hour which was brought to life with interesting anecdotes and historical references delivered by the well-informed guide.  Then a delicious lunch of assorted sandwiches, home-made cakes, scones with jam and cream was enjoyed by all followed by some relaxation time in the shade on the terrace overlooking the beautiful vista.  Before returning home, everyone had a short walk round the gardens which were at their very best, and commented on what a lovely day out it had been. 20180706_135535 (002) 20180706_113238 (002) 20180706_142204 (002)20180706_142031 (002)20180706_140020 (002)    

July 12th, 2018

A NEW Club for Blackboys & surrounding area

A NEW Club for Blackboys & surrounding areaA tasty twist for Blackboys and the surrounding area as the TN22 Club expands The highly successful TN22 Club run by local charity, Engage South East, in partnership with CESI, is expanding with the launch of a new lunch club for seniors at The Space in Blackboys. Opening on Tuesday 26th April, the club will have the same high standards as its sister club in Hadlow Down but with a more intimate, home from home atmosphere and members will enjoy lunch in the award-winning Grove Café which is situated next door. The Club aims to provide an opportunity for those who are retired or perhaps live alone from Blackboys, Waldron, Halland, Cross in Hand, East Hoathly and the surrounding villages to meet and to get involved with activities such as crafts, games and charity projects or simply to sit and chat with other folk in a warm and friendly environment. Members will also get the chance to stroll in the beautiful surrounding countryside which is on the edge of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just a few steps away from the Space. Thanks to funding from Lottery Awards for All and a band of amazing volunteers, the charity has been able to subsidise the cost, and charges are just £7 a session which includes all activities and a two-course locally sourced and freshly prepared lunch. Starting at 10.30am and ending at 1.30pm, members are welcome to come on their own and make new friends or to come in a group.  Where possible, transport is available to and from the Club for a small fee. Said Rachel Lewis, Chief Executive of Engage South East, “The ethos behind the TN22 clubs is that both members and volunteers feel like part of a big family and that is certainly what we hope to replicate in Blackboys.  Our clubs aim to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people and have gone from strength to strength so we are thrilled to be offering another place for people to come together socially in this beautiful part of East Sussex.” TN22 Clubs would not be able to operate without the support of volunteers who help to run the clubs for the benefit of the community. If you can spare a few hours once a fortnight to chat with members and to help with activities - perhaps you have a talent you can share - or to help with transport, please get in touch with Suzanne on 01435 661054. If you are interested in attending or finding out more about the new TN22 Club at Blackboys please telephone Suzanne for an informal chat on 01435 661054. Download our leaflet here

March 29th, 2016