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LifeLines News - Friday 17th April 2020

Haiku Poetry Day

Haiku poetry,
or bat appreciation.
The former I think.
Hi <<First Name>>,
We hope you're safe and coping well. In fact, let's shoot for the stars and hope you're all coping fantastically well!

Our 4th week of lockdown and spring is most definitely in the air, along with a lot of birds, busy bees and a variety of insects. Nature is blossoming and no doubt making the most of our absence. It's nice to see.

We've been busy too, adding a activitites to our weekly calendar, including one from our Pilates volounteer John, who many of you will already know.

John has brought his exercise class online every weekday, so you can start your day the Pilates way :).
What's The Big Quiz?

If you like quizzes (and who doesn't), then you should try The Big Quiz on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We asked our volunteer, Terri, what she made of it.
"This is a really great activity to take part in, with questions covering a range of topics. Karen said it really shows how random people's range of knowledge is. I handn't realised how bad I am at identifying people, places and art!  I am not a visual person. However, I do very well on the music round and to my shame exceedingly well on Film and TV questions.
The points don't matter, we're all learning something, and most importantly we're having a laugh at the same time. It's as much about catching up with people as testing our knowledge in a fun way. I really look forward to my Tuesday and Thursday morning fix.

From me, and all the people who join the quiz, a big THANK YOU to Sue and Colin for making it such fun for us all. If you haven't tried it yet, you really should join us."

Well there you have it, a funny and enjoyable way to start your day. If you're day starts around 11am...

Stay Active - Part 2 of 6

Another simple exercise to help you stay healthy, especially important when we're spending a lot of time sitting down looking at screens,
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.
Training and support provided.
Booking required, contact details below.
Chair Based Pilates

Lifelines regular, John, is bringing his gentle exercises classes online. Designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles to counteract the problems of a more sedentary lifestyle.

Weekdays @ 10:30 am (30 mins) - with John

John is a fully insured Pilates teacher with additional qualifications and experience in teaching older adults and those with health needs that make them anxious about exercise.
Beginners Bridge

No need to be shy, if you want to learn Bridge, now’s the time. Lifelines Volunteers Stewart, John & Shelagh will take newbies through steps on what to do via videos and skype calls. Give it a go.

Monday @ Midday to 1pm (1 hour)
The Big Quiz

A fun, light-hearted, quiz with a range of topics.
Have a pad and pen ready.

Tuesdays @ 11am
(1 hour) - with Sue
Thursdays @ 11am (1 hour) - with Colin
Coffee Morning

You may have to make your own coffee, but join us for the chat and gossip.

Fridays @ 11am (1 hour) - with Theresa
Sing Well with Lifelines

Have fun belting out classic songs along with Annie, in the comfort of your own home. You can mute your mic and just enjoy the singing, though you may want to keep your windows closed!

Fridays @ 2pm (1 hour) - with Annie
Currently working on a crossword club and some more exercise groups.
Activity Calendar
All of our activities are free. To book a spot just contact us on 01273 688 117 or

Sue's Quick Quiz

Last week's answer: There are 5 rings in the Olympics logo, and here's a photo to prove it.

This week's question:
What is the longest river in Italy?

Is it:

  • Po
  • Laa-Laa
  • Dipsy
  • Tinky Winky

And no peeking...

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

Isolation Tips for the 70+

We know many of our members are over 70, yes, you wouldn't believe it.

Well the lovely people at the Sussex Health and Care Partnership have put together this pack with helpful tips and advice for staying safe whilst isolating.

Let us know if you would like a copy sent to you by post.
Morrison's have set up Morrison's Doorstep Delivery, an emergency contact centre for the most vulnerable and elderly who cannot shop online. Payment over the phone or contactless and orders delivered the next day. Open from 8 am to 4pm.

Call 0345 611 6111 and pick option 5

New Volunteer Roles

These are our current available volunteering roles:
  • Phone Tree (Befrienders)
  • Shopping Service
  • Activity Organisers
If you are interested in any of these roles then please contact us at or leave your name and number on 01273 688 117
Hope you enjoyed this week's news, and maybe even found something to do.

Catch you next week!

Will, Karen & Arlie.
The LifeLines Team
01273 688 117
Please send in contributions, photos, requests or suggestions.
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