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Lifelines News - Friday 24th April 2020

Hairball Awareness Day     vs     Active Dog Month
 Tough call, you decide

Hi <<First Name>>,
Well, week 5 and we all seem to be coping okay. What's your secret to keeping it together?

Is it that regular exercising you've always wanted to do? Maybe catching up on all those books you wanted to read. Or pets to keep you company (and clean up after). The shops are full of stock again, but low on flour. So are you all home baking bread, cakes and fancy pastries!? 

Well if you get tired of your own company - or your pets - then take a look at our group activities that you can join. It really is easy to do and we're happy to support you to get connected. You can even bring your pets along.

Lockdown Recipes

During one of our befriending calls, a member shared a quick and easy recipe using basic ingredients and a handy microwave.

Susan's Microwave
Syrup Sponge Pudding

  • 2 tablespoons syrup (or jam)
  • 2 oz flour
  • 2 oz butter
  • 2 oz sugar
  • 1 egg
  1. Put 2 tablespoons of syrup in a microwave proof bowl
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, butter and eggs together
  3. Pour mixture into the microwave bowl, over the syrup
  4. Place bowl in microwave and cook for 4 minutes
  5. Eat
Apparently it's best eaten as soon as it's made, but be very careful not to burn your tongue on the syrup.   
The sponge is very pale when cooked, but tastes delicious - especially with custard!

Recipe by Susan Wallace

Thanks, Susan!

We've included a picture above that we found on the interweb, but we'd love see one made by one of our readers. So quick, check your kitchen cupboards, make some tasty deliciousness, and remember to take a photo before you finish it all. And then send it to us.

Stay Active - Part 3 of 6

We know you get excited waiting for these, so let's get to it people!
Don't forget to follow it with large slice of cake and a hot cuppa :)

Activity Calendar

Join in the fun on zoom or phone.
All activities are free.
Training and support provided.
To book call 01273 688 117 or email
This week's Coffee Morning theme is Quick & Easy Recipes to make
We've got a couple more singing classes starting, a reminiscence group and still hoping for a crossword club - so keep checking.
Out & About
(it's okay if you're shopping or exercising)
Hello from me, Arlie, one of the Lifelines volunteer managers!

It's been a pretty busy month and although I don't have a garden, I'm grateful for the sun being out and the longer days. I've been fortunate enough to be able to go out for daily walks and have been inspired by the beautiful blue skies and some of the street art I've seen.

I'm not a professional photographer in any sense of the word but perhaps I will be by the time lockdown is over!

Here's some photos I took last week:
A poster on London Road - Community is Kindness.
A very Brighton bit of street art!
Famous lyrics from Fatboy Slim, a DJ based in Portslade. The words struck me as we are currently very much in a 'right here, right now' situation. I also love the song!
One word: BLUE!

Sue's Quick Quiz

Last week's answer: It was Po, a very long Italian river, but they were all weird little kids tv characters. Po was the red one.

Okay, yes, we all watched it.

This week's question:

What did a chandler originally make?

Was it:

  • Rope
  • Linen
  • Candles
  • Shoes


Question courtesy of one of our Big Quiz hosts, Sue.

Dancing Emails

We love positive news, especially at the moment. We can't get together for dance classes, so our Woodingdean dance tutor, Julie, has started sending  emails to keep in touch with the her class.

A really nice way to keep in touch and talk, not just about dance. One of the many ways people are connecting and reaching out. What a star.

Lockdown Life

We can all relate to Harriet.
It's not always easy remembering what's important in life.

New Volunteer Roles

Thank you everyone that got in touch. We're at full capacity at the moment, but we will let you know when we can take on more volunteers.
Stay safe, home, and connected.

Catch you next week!

Will, Karen & Arlie.
The LifeLines Team
01273 688 117
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