Upcoming Events


Saturday 7th September 2019, 12-4.30pm, Haywards Heath Town Day
We will be having a stand at Haywards Heath Town Day, Victoria Park. Please come along and say hello.

Tuesday 10th September 2019, 10am-12pm – Coffee Morning, East Grinstead

Come along to our event at St. Swithuns Church Hall, East Grinstead. Hot drinks and cakes will be served, and information stands will be available to browse. We have East Grinstead Age UK, East Grinstead Library Services, and Mill View Care Home coming. Try Paracise™ if you wish, as well as hearing a talk from your local Paracise™ instructor. Paracise™ offers an entry point to the millions of people who would benefit physically and mentally from lower intensity exercise. Ideal for those who find regular fitness classes too demanding, or who haven’t exercised for a long time, or who are coming back from injury. It may be accessible to those with a wide range of health conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, bad backs etc. Please book your place on 01444 242760 by Friday 6th September. Also, if you are interested in having an information stand at the event, please contact as above.

FREE ONE TO ONE I.T. sessions from September 2019

From September 9th 2019; Ardingly College IT help Monday Afternoons

Having problems with your phone, laptop or iPad?  Then why not come along to our free one to one I.T. sessions on Monday afternoons 4.20 – 5.20pm at Ardingly College.

The venue will return to the College’s Lower Library on 9th September. There will be signage and some reserved parking. The sessions will run until 13th October and re-start on 4th November until Monday 9th December.

No need to book, just turn up. For further information ring 01444 242760, or e-mail Nicola8@msopc.org.uk.

Tuesday 10th September; Hurstpierpoint College IT 

2.30-3.30pm. Any questions you like, big or small, from turning on your device, to using Skype or looking things up. Bring your laptop, iPad or any other devices you have questions about. The college also has PCs to use if needed.

Free minibus on Trinity Road picks up at 2.20pm for anyone who wishes to use it, and drops you back after the session. Free to over 60’s, and includes tea and biscuits after the session. Closed for half term on 22nd and 29th October. Last one of the term 10th December (to be confirmed). Free parking at the college, use the College Lane entrance, go to reception and someone will take you to the correct place. For enquiries, please phone 01444 242760 or e-mail Nicola8@msocp.org.uk, preferably a few days before the session.

Chailey Repair Café 14th September, 12th October, 9th November, 14th December

Bring your clothing, electrical items, IT devices, bicycles, furniture and household objects to be repaired free of charge;

Chailey Repair Cafe PRESS RELEASE August 2019

Chailey Repair Cafe poster 2019 v2

Next film at the Ashenground Centre, Haywards Heath; Fisherman’s Friend, Saturday 14th September 2019 at 7pm


Saturday 28th September 2019 10am-3pm. Rotary Fit for Life Showcase, East Grinstead

MSOPC will be having a stand at the East Grinstead Rotary Fit for Life Showcase at Sackville School, Lewes Road, East Grinstead. Come along and see us. Free entry with 40 health and wellbeing stalls, live shows and demonstrations.

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – MacMillan Coffee Morning, Lindfield

10-12pm, King Edward Hall Library Room, Lindfield. A coffee morning run by MSOPC to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. No need to book, come along on the day and enjoy hot drinks and cakes for a donation of your choice

3 Mid Sussex Towns – 3 Silver Sunday Coffee Mornings 2019

No need to book, just come along – free for over 60’s;

  • Burgess HillSaturday 5th October 2019, 10-12pm, Upstairs in the Council Offices on Church Walk. Our Elisabeth Willett coffee morning to celebrate the life of our dear friend and MSOPC committee member.
  • Haywards HeathThursday 10th October 2019, 10-12pm, on ‘the green’, Orchards Shopping Centre. We will have a marquee, entertainment from singer Tania Rodd and tea and coffee kindly sponsored by the Orchards.
  • East GrinsteadThursday 17th October 2019, 10.30-12.30pm, upstairs in East Grinstead Library.

Saturday, December 7th 2019 MSOPC Christmas Tea, King Edward Hall, Lindfield, 2-4pm. Places must be booked on 01444 242760 or e-mail Nicola8@msopc.org.uk

VE Day 75 Weekend Celebrations 2020

On Friday, the 8th of May 2020, our country will be celebrating 75 years since V E Day. The celebrations will continue for the whole weekend.

MSOPC, with the British Legion in Lindfield, are planning celebrations. On Friday, the 8th of May we will gather at 2pm at the King Edward Hall in Lindfield until 4:30pm, where we will raise a toast at 3pm to celebrate 75 years since Winston Churchill declared World War 2 over. There will be an afternoon tea and entertainment, including singing duo ‘Anything Goes’.

We are also at the planning stage to celebrate on Saturday as well as a service at church on the Sunday. SSAFA – The Armed Forces charity, are suggesting the following:

  • The playing of ‘The Battle’s Over’
  • The nation toasts the heroes of WW2
  • The cry for peace around the world
  • Street parties in pubs & other venues
  • Services of commemoration and celebration in churches including the reading of the Tribute to the millions and the playing of ‘The Last Post’.

Please keep the weekend free so you can join us.


Free one to one IT help at the Spire Café, St John’s Church Burgess Hill.

Thursday Mornings.

The team continues to help people every Thursday Morning 11.00 -1.00pm. Bring your phone, Laptop or iPad no need to book just come along and help is on hand.


MSOPC has a Facebook page!


Please ‘like’ us and help spread the word about all the good work that we do


Upcoming activities around Mid Sussex

St Swithun’s Church Coffee Morning

St Swithun’s Church ‘Nearly Spring’ Coffee Morning
Monday 27 Febuary 2017

As part of MSOPC’s ‘helping combat loneliness and isolation’, a coffee morning was held at St Swithun’s Church, East Grinstead. Where coffee, tea and home made cakes were served by MSOPC volunteers, who also offered support and information and how to access activities, via its information network, designed to help reduce loneliness, together with other benefits and organisations, that attendees could access.
Barbara Baldwin

For photographs of the event please refer to  Past Events on this website

Sally Anne’s Memory Lane Cafe – Dementia


The Sally Anne’s Café is for people with dementia and their Carers.
Your invited to an introduction to the Café at a Coffee Morning
on Thursday 2 March 2017 between 10.45 and 12.15 at
Salvation Army Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 8DX
For details click on blue text below
Sally Annes Cafe Introduction


The café will start on Thursday 6 April 17 and will be open 10.45 to 12.15
It will then continue the first Thursday of every month.
There will be a small charge of £1.00 / session, (carers free)
For details click on blue text below
Sally Annes Cafe Start

Obituary to Elizabeth Willett

MSOPC is very sad to share the news that Elisabeth Willett died on 1 February 2017 after having had a fall on Christmas Eve.
Elisabeth achieved so much and will be sorely missed by MSOPC and its supporters. She was a founder member of the organisation which was formed in 2004 and played a very active role.  As its Secretary until April 2016 she kept MSOPC running smoothly producing the Committee Minutes and Agendas and wrote to Councillors and MPs on behalf of MSOPC putting forward the views of local people.  Together with a friend of hers in the business, she applied successfully for much of the funding that enabled MSOPC to provide its information network and hold public events, the last of which was the MSOPC Christmas Party on 10 December 2016 which she attended.  She was the Editor of the MSOPC newsletter and each article that we submitted was tweaked to make sure the spelling and grammar was Hansard perfect!  Even though she stood down as MSOPC Secretary, Elisabeth never stopped working to improve the situation for older people and supporting MSOPC in its efforts to do so.
On behalf of everyone associated with MSOPC we would like to say how sorry we are to loose Elisabeth and send our heartfelt condolences to Elisabeth’s family.  Rest in peace Elisabeth and thank you for all you did.

Bus User Survey on proposed changes to West Sussex routes 2017

It is proposed to make changes to the West Sussex subsidised local bus service in 2017. This is due to falling passenger numbers on some routes. The objective of the survey is to assess the impact of the changes on the travelling public.

Please click on the blue line below for details.
Proposed changes to bus routes
A link to the survey is included in the above ldocument

Responses to
Jo Kenworthy
Information Officer, Transport Bureau
Residents’ Services, Highways and Transport
West Sussex County Council

MSOPC’s Winter Programme of Events

We’ve got a varied and interesting programme of events coming up this Autumn.  Here’s what’s coming up in February and March 2017

Mobile phone/Computer help drop in events: at

The Spire  Cafe at St John’s Church Burgess Hill
One to One help

Sessions every Thursday 11am – 1pm

Ardingly College
Term-time on Mondays 4.30 – 5.30pm
Starting again from 24 April 2017.
Ardingly College IT drop in 2017



Drop in Events 

Find out how to change your energy tariff or provider,  improve your energy efficiency and keep warm and well.

Heat for Health Conference: Affordable Warmth for Everyone in Mid Sussex

Monday 27 March 2017 at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

9.30am – 14.30pm (Includes an information market place, workshops and lunch.)

Do you work (as a professional, or as a volunteer) with Mid Sussex people aged 65+ or families with children under 5?

Does your organisation or company provide social healthcare or energy services to Mid Sussex households?

Would you like to know about what help is available from April 2017 if you are living in a cold home?

If so, you may like to book yourself a place (and/or an information stand) at the free Conference.

Please ring 07460 088989 or email katja@msopc.org.uk to do so.

Any MSOPC enquiries contact the answerphone 01444 242760
Or email trustee@msopc.org.uk