Police warn of bank card scam on elderly
Police in East Sussex are asking people to be aware of a bank card scam
in which the latest victim was a 90 year old visually impaired woman
Detect Sergeant Tony Webb from East
Sussex CID said: "The modus operandi is as follows: The fraudster
will make a phone call to an elderly person, referring to them by
their name and asks them if their new bank card has arrived.
When the victim replies that they haven't received a new card the
fraudster says that they will arrange to have one delivered. A
male delivers the new card shortly afterwards and they take the
victim's old bank card and ask for the PIN as well, claiming they
will destroy/deactivate the card. However, the new card that is handed
over to the unsuspecting victim is just a top up bank card with no money
"Please do not ever reveal your PIN
number to anyone who asks you for it. Banks do not operate in this
way when sending out new cards to customers. If you have an elderly
family member or elderly neighbours please make sure they are aware of
this recent fraudulent tactic concerning bank cards and of course it's
important to call the police immediately if you have been the victim of
a similar fraudulent act."
Be Aware of Distraction Burglaries
Sussex Police are urging local residents to be vigilant after a
series of distraction burglaries across the County. Several reports
have been made involving bogus officials knocking on doors and
claiming there is an emergency which they need to be let into the house
for. Once inside valuables have been stolen before the
culprits have fled. Thieves are specifically targeting elderly or
vulnerable residents and will work both alone and in pairs.
Police are advising anyone who has an
unexpected caller to their door not to let them in unless they can prove
they are genuine. Genuine officials will not mind waiting outside until
a call is made to verify their visit.
Tips to remember are:
1. LOCK – Keep your front and back
doors locked, even when at home.
2. STOP– Before you answer the
door, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Look through the
spy-hole or the window to see who it is.
3.CHAIN – If you decide to open
the door, put the door chain or bar on first. Keep the chain or bar on
while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.
4. CHECK– Check their details
and identity before you let them into your home. If it is someone
claiming to be an official, ask for and carefully check their identity
card and make a telephone call if necessary.
If you are in any doubt about a
suspicious caller in your area then call Sussex Police on 101.
Three events held by
LDSF in celebration of Older People’s Day 2012
We held a very
successful (sold out) main event celebrating Older People’s Day in
Lewes on 18 October with speakers on “NHS services offered by
pharmacies” and a Fair Trading Officer on security in and outside the
home, including doorstep selling, cold calls, inviting offers in letters
and emails. Anything to help peace of mind, especially for those who live
alone. Followed by Qs & As. Afternoon tea was interrupted by the drawing
of the raffle with many great prizes, all kindly donated by locals to whom
we say ‘many thanks’, then time to talk with representatives from the Red
Cross, Parity Trust, STEPS and the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. The
chatter and laughter testified to the success of the afternoon in bringing
The East Sussex
Record Office and the Libraries worked hard on a project collecting
the stories of people from diverse cultural backgrounds in Eastbourne,
Hastings and Lewes. The resultant exhibition of “Shared Journeys” was
launched as part of the Older People’s Day celebrations and we all came
together to celebrate this and Black History Month at Lewes Library on 6
On 12 November, our
third celebratory event, an enjoyable Coffee Morning in Ringmer village
Hall with a therapist demonstrating types of massage and
representatives from Age UK East Sussex, with information about their
“Home from Hospital Service – Helping people in later life to remain
independent in their own homes”; an NHS Health Promotion Specialist on
“Handling Alcohol as you get Older”, and a Police pcso with a variety of
items for safety and security.
We discussed possible
ways to combat loneliness, had new members join us and set up a fledgling
‘email chat’ group for elderly LDSF members with internet access, possibly
lonely or housebound, who might enjoy an informal ‘email chat’
Again, our thanks to
all those who contributed items for the raffle
JGP – 27.11.12
Newsletter Autumn 2012
MP supports call for new bus shelter
(Sussex Express, Friday 3 August 2012, p. 2)
A REQUEST for a bus shelter outside Waitrose in Lewes should be
approved by East Sussex County Council, said the town's MP Norman
The MP has written to the county council after meeting representatives of
Lewes District Seniors' Forum to support their request for a bus
shelter at Eastgate Street.
The bus stop outside Waitrose is well used by residents travelling into
town from throughout the district and beyond, as well as [by]
residents of Lewes using the town centre and the supermarket
While some seating is available outside the supermarket, the benches are
not covered and provide no protection from the elements.
Norman said: "I am more than happy to support the request made by Lewes
District Seniors' Forum to erect a bus shelter outside Waitrose in
"This is a very popular bus stop, but where seating near the stop is
available, it is not protected from the elements.
"I think that the erection of a bus shelter at this location is a
sensible request and I am hopeful that the county council will
respond to the Lewes Seniors positively."
held a successful coffee morning on Friday 22 June 2012
at the Cliffe Hall in Lewes, attracting over 40 members. Norman
Baker MP dropped in and gave an impromptu talk on the history of
the Lewes Bus Station and the current uneasy situation regarding it. To see the
petition promoted by Cllr Stephen Catlin,
the events page or
The Sussex Express has been carrying stories about the station in recent
As this was
National Falls Prevention Week, the main speaker was Ellen Cranton
who gave a lively talk demonstrating her ideas as she went along. She was
very keen that as we get older we should keep as fit as possible, given
the inevitable general decline as our body parts age. Her advice was very
practical and delivered in an amusing way.
A variety of
gadgets was displayed that are available to summon help should the owner
have a fall or need to get help quickly – the most well known being the
red button on a necklace.
from the Sussex
Express Parish Pump (Rodmell & Southease), Friday 11 May 2012:
VISIT: I did... manage to get a day
off to go with friends on the Lewes District Seniors' Forum (LDSF)
visit to the Festival Theatre in Chichester to see Penelope Keith
in The Way of the World, which was rather like a Brian Rix Medieval
farce.... It was... a great day out and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch in
the Cloisters and a walk around the town. All in all it was very
successful and I would like to thank all the organisers. As it was
heavily subsidised at £15 per head I don't suppose we can expect a lot
of outings like this, but we'd like more even if it means paying a
little more. Thank you so much LDSF.
Newsletter Spring 2012
Newsletter Autumn 2011
to see Home Safety publicity,
2011 Annual General Meeting on 13 April in the Cliffe Community
Hall in Lewes. The Forum chair, Jean Gaston-Parry, reported
on the Forum's events and the Management Committee's actions during
the previous year.
David Glen, Elizabeth
Newton-Price and Hazel Sargent were elected to the Commitee,
joining Keith Baker, Jean Gaston-Parry, Richard Kemp, Ann Johns,
Wendy Johnson, Ann Thomas and John Wingate. Arnold Goldman
resigned, remaining as the Forum webmaster. The
Committee now has 9 members out of a possible 12. It will be
electing its officers and other post-holders at its next meeting, at
1030am on 27 April in the Phoenix Centre. Members were
invited to attend this or any meeting of the Committee and if they
subsequently wished, be co-opted to it.
After the AGM,
Outreach and Learning Officer,
East Sussex Record Office introduced the ESRO schools project,
If it wasn’t for the War,
to which LDSF members had contributed. The members shared their
experience of the project.
LDSF members (l. to r.) Roger Murray, Arthur Chapman
speaking to Queen's Park Primary schoolchildren
about their experiences of WWII
Record Office worked with Queen’s Park Primary School in Brighton and three LDSF members exploring
the impact of the War on people’s
lives, beliefs and perceptions. Photos and documents used
in the project were exhibited and there was oral history recorded by the school.
See the website for the project at
Newsletter Spring 2011 with
Key Tips (also included in
hardcopy Newsletter) with tips on Lasting Power of Attorney
held a coffee morning in the Southover
Church Chapter House for representatives of minority groups
on 8 December 2010.
from l.: Mebrak Ghebreweldi
(co-organiser), Ann Thomas,
Shashi Rawal (LDSF member) and
Jean Gaston-Parry (LDSF chair and co-organiser)
celebrated National Older People's Day 2010
on 21 October 2010 at the Cliffe Hall, Lewes. Forum member
Baroness Andrews of Southover, Chairman of English Heritage,
spoke about English Heritage and Older People. The talk and a
question-and-answer session were followed by refreshments.
Newsletter Autumn 2010
(also included in hardcopy Newsletter)
with tips on
Keeping Warm in Winter
held a coffee morning at Ringmer Village
Hall on 24 June 2010. About 20 local residents attended and
met seven members of the Forum Committee. Ellen Cranton, the NHS Falls
Prevention Trainer spoke. Various leaflets and brochures were taken.
held its 2010 Annual General Meeting on
15 April in the Cliffe Community Hall in Lewes. Some 45 people attended.
David Glen, who had resigned from the Committee during the year, was
thanked for the work he had done in helping to found the Forum and
acting as its first chairman. Ann Johns, Wendy Johnson, Richard Kemp, Ann
Thomas and John Wingate were elected to the Forum Management Committee,
joining Keith Baker, Jean Gaston-Parry, Arnold Goldman and Elizabeth
After the Forum business - including a revised Constitution - was concluded,
officers from East Sussex County Council Adult Social Care spoke and
answered questions about the new ways in which care is funded and advice
provided both for those whose care is funded and those who pay for their
held a coffee morning
at the Cliffe Hall in Lewes on 18 February 2010. Despite the rain
throughout the morning, over 30 people attended and it was felt to be a
had a stall at the Lewes Farmers'
Market in most months to February 2010, recruiting new members,
discussing issues with members and others and following them up.
June Pratley (ESCC) asks us to publicise
carbon monoxide poisoning
The NHS Trust in Devon has alerted local authorities to a recent report
following a coroner’s court verdict after the death of an elderly man
through carbon monoxide poisoning.
I know that many of you provide information through your newsletters, at
coffee mornings and other events and hence can offer numerous
opportunities to get information out to older people about the dangers
of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to prevent it.
You may find the following links
AgeUK provide some information and
a ‘home safety checker’ leaflet on their website
Other useful information may be
found on the Health and Safety Executive website
and on the Headway website
held a coffee morning in
Plumpton on 19 November 2009.
celebrated national Older People's Day
on 22 October 2009: at the
Cliffe Community Hall in Lewes. Prof. Dorothy Sheridan,
Development Director of the Mass
University of Sussex spoke about
Life on the Home Front,
using archive material. After questions and answers, the full house of
eighty persons who attended had an opportunity to
remember, speak and
hear about the War years and their aftermath. The event concluded
with tea &
held a coffee morning in
Ringmer on 23 April 2009. Points made by those who attended have
been passed on to the Chairman of Ringmer Parish Council, among
2009 Annual General Meeting was held at the Cliffe Community Hall, Lewes, on
Thursday 26 March 2009.
Jean Gaston-Parry was elected
to the Forum chair,
Dr Arnold Goldman was elected vice-chairman.
Keith Baker and David Glen (the outgoing chairman) were
also elected to the Forum committee, joining Elizabeth Newton-Price.
There were presentations from the police service and the fire
service. They were much appreciated and many questions and
comments were put to them. [Subsequently, Wendy Johnson, Richard
Kemp and John Wingate have joined the committee as
co-opted members, bringing its number to eight.]
On 18 March 2009, the
The Pyramid Theatre
a play about
heart disease and stroke in the Main Hall at Meridian Centre,
followed by refreshments. The event was sponsored by
Citizens' Forum. Read the press release by
Sussex Express published
chairman David Glen's letter (Friday
6 March 2009) about age discrimination, drawing attention to the House of
Commons Early Day Motion 458:
EQUALITY BILL AND AGE DISCRIMINATION
That this House notes the
Government's manifesto commitment to bring in a single comprehensive
Equality Bill within the lifetime of this Parliament; welcomes the
Government's commitment to banning age discrimination in the
provision of goods, facilities and services as part of this Bill;
urges all hon. Members to support this Bill; recognises that health
and social care is one of the key areas in which older people face
unfair discrimination; is concerned that this discrimination has a
major impact on their quality of life and, in extreme circumstances, can
deny them potentially life-saving treatment; understands that the
Government intends to introduce provisions on age discrimination in
health and social care by secondary legislation; and is concerned
that the provision for this and detailed guidance should be brought
forward as soon as possible after Second Reading of the Bill and not be
subject to a lengthy delay before enactment.
The Forum had asked Norman Baker MP
to sign Early Day Motion 458, which he did. (There were 147
signatories as of 9 March 2009.)
had a stall at the Lewes Farmers'
Market in February and March 2009.
petition to make
buses freely available to seniors at 9am (instead of 9.30am),
signed by 150 people and presented to Lewes District Council in December
2008 - was successful. David Glen,
chairman, said, "This is important
because it allows older people to use earlier buses to get to hospital and
doctors' appointments. See
www.directgov.uk/buspass for information about free bus passes.
The Winter 2008/09
Newsletter was sent to members.
held a coffee morning in
Cooksbridge on 2 December 2008.
The Autumn 2008 Forum Newsletter
sent to members with the ESCC Forward from 50 handbook.
representatives attended the
October Help the Aged South East
Speaking Up for Our Age AGM in London.
(with Forum members from Seaford)
about pensions on 22 October, in support of the National
was in discussions about the development of
the Phoenix Centre in Lewes.
is participating in the
AgeWell project in four residential homes in Ringmer.
petition over bus times - to get the hour at which bus passes are valid moved back to
9am - click here
for the result.
has had a successful networking at the
"Bonkers" Peacehaven event in September.
members are actively involved
with the ESCC Adult Social Care Independence First (POPP) initiative,
currently on its Reference Group and with the
Navigator Service and the MAST programme (Memory Assessment
Support Team) projects.
Lewes District and town meetings and groups
they report back to the Forum committee -
items are put forward to other meetings and are publicised in the