There is a charity art exhibition (local artists) at St Mary in the Castle Hastings 14 - 17 February, with the ‘sale’ of the art on the final afternoon between 1pm & 5pm. Refreshments will be available and ALL monies raised will go to Bluebell Ridge. 



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Westfield  Surgery’s Patient Involvement Group - New Members Needed!


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The doctors’ surgeries in Westfield and Sedlescombe have started a new initiative called the Patient Involvement Group. This group meets every six weeks and has the aim of working with both surgery staff and patients to develop and improve the service offered. We welcome new members and if you would like to be part of this group, please contact Keith Newman, the Practice Manager.


The “P.I.G.” doesn’t deal with specific individual complaints. (For information how to make a suggestion or a complaint to the surgeries go to the website or contact practice managers Keith Newman or Georgina Cook.) Its purpose is to provide a community and patient perspective so that doctors and staff can try to make their service as good as it can be.


Summary of the Minutes of the Last Meeting

The last meeting was on the 9th of January and we talked about the following issues and topics:

•The wording and layout of the new Practice Brochure (coming out soon!) and the revised website.

•A support meeting for patient participation groups

•The new electronic booking screens in our surgeries - the advantages and future potential of these.

•The “Virtual” P.I.G. which enables patients to contribute to the discussion of the group without actually attending meetings. We discussed using email or an online service such as “Google Groups” or “Hangouts”. We welcomed our first virtual member. N. B. We would like to have members who are representative of all the social and age groups in the villages.

•Networking and good practice

•The policies and structure of our P.I.G. A “Purpose” statement has been written and revised.

•Meeting with other surgeries in the local federation and arranging for one of the doctors to attend some of our meetings.

•The patient Questionnaire which is in circulation at present. Its aim is to have a better understanding of the opinions of patients and their ideas for developments. (Pick one up from the surgery or download it from the website).

•The Practice Manager, Mr Newman, spoke about the big problems that pharmacies are having in getting hold of medicines and the delays for patients that seem now inevitable.


The next P.I.G. meeting will take place in February at the Westfield Surgery. If any readers would like to bring any topics or issues to our attention please send your ideas to Keith Newman who can also tell you the date and time of the meeting. Remember, we are looking for more volunteers to be part of this friendly group. If you think that you might like to help, contact us via Keith Newman at Westfield Surgery.

As you may be aware Westfield Parish Council purchased the red telephone box on Churchfield last year. The Council are now asking residents what they would like to see the telephone box used for.

We would be very grateful if you could spare a minute to complete this very simple on-line survey.

Your response will be completely anonymous (unless you provide your e-mail address).

A previous suggestion for the box had been to use it for a defrib machine. There is already a machine outside Londis, and the Bowls Club are currently making provision for one, which will be accessible to all, so the PC have not shortlisted this as an option at this stage.

I would be grateful if you would share this with all your friends and family in Westfield, so that we can get as many responses as possible.

Many thanks

On Monday 18th December, a drinks reception was held by the Chairman of Rother District Council, Cllr Mrs Barnes at Bexhill Town Hall in honour of Mrs Joan Downing BEM, recognising her 43 years of service as a Councillor for Westfield Parish Council. Joan was driven there and back in the comfort of a classic Rolls Royce. She was delighted to hear tributes from a number of councillors and to receive a presentation from Cllr Mrs Barnes. The celebratory evening concluded with a meal at The New Inn, Westfield, attended by current and former councillors and clerks.

During her time as Councillor, Joan worked with enthusiasm and determination to address her community’s needs, enriching village life. In 1993 she established community meals for the elderly and disabled, cooking 60+ hot meals in her kitchen each month, transporting and serving food. Joan was an active member of the steering committee for the Parish Action Plan (published in 2006) achieving a new children’s playground, the establishment of a community drop-in centre, and a youth club, verge bulb planting and the now well established twice-yearly community litter picks. In 2014 Joan was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of her dedication to her local community. Although, at the age of 97, Joan has now stepped down as parish councillor, she continues to play an active role in village life, and still attends all council meetings.

Thank you Joan for all you have done for the PC over the years!

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