Lewes

Local Community Page

This page is provided so members can add information which may not be directly related to the work of Lewes u3a but could be of value to members. To post an item contact the secretary

1. HEALTH

December 2021 UPDATE ON COVID SYMPTOMS

Government guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health and social care settings, other non-clinical settings,and the general public may be found at Government Covid Guidance– essential reading, the list is frequently updated frequently

NHS COVID Pass

An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status. You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.

You can get a digital NHS COVID Pass through the NHS App or NHS website, using NHS login. You can also download your NHS COVID Pass as a PDF or get it sent you in an email.

If you cannot apply digitally using the NHS App or online service, you can ask for an NHS COVID Pass letter to be sent to you in the post by logging in at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/

A Covid Forum has been set up by Tom Crossett and as part of this a weekly "gatepost" is published giving the latest Covid19 statistics for Lewes. To access the latest information select the latest Trends and Prevalence data on the right

Information on arrangements for GP Health care in Lewes is given here Lewes health care information

The lastest Government Covid advice may be found here UK Government Covid19 Advice

2. FREE SUPPORT ON ESSENTIAL COMPUTER SKILLS

East Sussex libraries run a scheme called IT for You in which they offer free 1 to 1 support on essential computer skills at Lewes Library 3 days a week. Participants can learn to use email and the internet, stay safe online, search and apply for work, download and use the NHS app, keep in touch with friends and family online, discover Microsoft Office, social media and more all with the help of their very own volunteer!

IT for You uses dual control computers and hygiene screens so, the sessions are contactless.

It's easy to book a place - just call 01323 463759. They have lots of spaces available and more information is available at IT for You.

3. EVENTS

3.1 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY LECTURES

Sussex University runs a full programme of Sussex Lectures which can be viewed at Sussex Lectures. Anyone is welcome to book places.

3.2 LEWES LITERARY SOCIETY

The Society runs an annual programme of talks and readings by distinguished speakers from many areas of literary endeavour – novelists, poets, playwrights, biographers, historians, literary critics and travel writers, as well as illustrators and cartoonists. Session are open to all and as well as conversations with authors with short readings from their work, we have lively Q&A sessions to which you can contribute. These are presently held on Zoom but tickets need to be bought to gain access to the Zoom code to join the meeting. These are typically £4.95.

Details of future meetings in the 2022/23 Season may be found at Lewes Literary Society.

4. LEWES CAMERA CLUB

The Lewes Camera Club is a small and friendly club of photographers, based in Lewes, East Sussex. The Club always welcomes new members, whether you are new to photography or have years of experience. If you are interested please contact Ian Graham at ian.graham29@btinternet.com, who runs the Tonbridge Wells u3a photography group. More information many be found at http://www.lewescameraclub.co.uk/.

5 SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT AND TOURISM IN LEWES

Travel Log lewes run a web site (http://www.travelloglewes.co.uk) which gives information about sustainable transport and tourism in Lewes, the surrounding area and the world. This includes information about boats, buses, trains, cycling and walking as well as sustainable holidays and tourism, how to get rights of way on the map, and some of the history associated with our local paths and bridleways.

6. COMMUNITY NOTICES

Help design a Life Transition App

Over the last two years, the Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe (HAIRE) project – delivered by East Sussex County Council and Rother Voluntary Action and funded by the EU’s Interreg 2 Seas programme – has carried out in-depth research with older people. A key finding to emerge is that as we age most of us do not adequately acknowledge or prepare for ‘life transitions’ that shape our later lives. Life transitions include retirement, moving house, becoming less mobile or developing a long-term condition, becoming a carer, and experiencing a bereavement. This can leave us without the knowledge, skills, confidence, connections and other resources we need to navigate a transition as well as possible.

To address this challenge, East Sussex County Council are working with Leeds University to develop a digital ‘life transitions app’ to help people think about and take positive action for the wellbeing now and in the future.

We now have exciting opportunities for people to get involved in helping to design this app, as well as related volunteer opportunities to help support people through life transitions. If you are interested in taking part in this project, contact either Sue Dunkley who is the Project Support Officer on 07783 847944 or by email at Sue.Dunkley@eastsussex.gov.uk, alternatively Steve Broome who is the Project Manager on 07566 765966 or by email at Steve.broome@eastsussex.gov.uk

The Davy Notebooks Project

The Davy Notebooks Project (wp.lancs.ac.uk/davynotebooks) is currently doing some exciting research with the help of the public. The project has an international community of over 1400 volunteer transcribers who are currently transcribing, using the people-powered research platform Zooniverse, Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) handwritten notebooks (around 70 in all), many of which have never been transcribed before. Davy was the leading chemist of the early nineteenth century, but also a poet, moving in the same circles as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. His notebooks contain not only chemical notes and poetry, but also material encompassing philosophy, medicine, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and more. Anyone interested in any of these topics, or science or history more generally, will surely find the much of the material we're making freely available - in most cases for the first time - stimulating.

The project's Zooniverse page is at Davy project zooniverse project page

Contributing transcriptions to the project is entirely free, both interesting and rewarding, and no prior experience is necessary - full guidance on the transcription process is on the Zooniverse page, and the project team is on hand through the Talk forum feature to answer any queries.

If you have any questions, please just send an email to Davy Notebooks and a member of the project team will respond. Further promotional materials (e.g. newsletter item text, images) can be provided if wished.

The Lewes House Garden Project is seeking donations of plants for either planting in the garden or for house plants for cheering homes of isolated folk. If any u3a members would like to make a donation, please contact Paula Robson via her email: prr201465@gmail.com and she will be happy to collect plants