Hastings & Area Support Group

The committee welcomes you to the events in this programme for 2017.

Please note! This year sees a new seaside venue in The White Rock Hotel, as Spire can no-longer accommodate us.

Our Group`s 2016 (15th Birthday) highlights were; the Hastings Half Marathon, well attended and interesting meetings, pressing forward with the Hydro-Pool sessions at the Conquest, together with supporting the NHS Commissioners Service, with the help of NOS, to set-up a Fracture Liaison Service in East Sussex. This all culminated in our 15th Birthday Party at Sussex Coast College, with special guests NOS CEO Clare Severgnini, the Mayor of Hastings Judy Rogers and BBC South East Today co-anchor Polly Evans. We are very grateful to Polly, for supporting our group and NOS with generous Twitter and Facebook coverage and also agreeing to be our Local Ambassador.

Your committee continues to retain good relationships with the Health Trust commissioners for services related to Osteoporosis, Falls and Fracture Prevention, with a DEXA scan facility for our area looking to be on the cards. Our wish for 2017 is a permanent Consultant Rheumatologist to be appointed to the still vacant post at The Conquest!

Finally, we are delighted to introduce our new team member, Liz.

With best wishes and looking forward to seeing you all,

Margit, Janet, Sally & Liz              


All Welcome National Osteoporosis Society Members £2, Visitors £3 per meeting. 

More information

For more information on this support group, please contact 07856 677370 or email: nos.hastings@yahoo.co.uk

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 Patron: Right Honourable Amber Rudd

(MP for Hastings & Rye)

 Local Ambassador: Polly Evans

(BBC South East Today)


Chair: Margit Gentles

Secretary: Janet Turner

Treasurer: Sally Henderson

Fundraising/Publicity: Liz Jeffries

Medical Advisor: Dr Edward Henderson

Rheumatology Specialist Nurse: Elly Fielder

Programme 2017

Monday 3rd April
Diet and Osteoporosis
Lesley Houston, Senior Dietician
Place: The White Rock Hotel, St. Leonards-on-Sea

Friday 7th April
Awareness Day
Place: Sainsbury’s
John Macadam Way, St. Leonards on Sea
Time: 10 am - 4pm

Monday 15th May 
The Foot & Osteoporosis
Naomi Creasey, Podiatrist/Chiropodist
Place: The White Rock Hotel
Time: 2.30pm

Monday 10th July
Supporting Bone Health
The role of exercise in Osteoporosis
Dr Carol McCrum, Consultant Physiotherapist
Place: The White Rock Hotel, St Leonards-on Sea
Time: 2.30pm

Monday 18th September
Osteoporosis: “Your Questions Answered” Speaker, TBA
Place:White Rock Hotel, Hastings

NB: A short Group Update will be given before the talk
There will be a Bring & Buy Table.

Monday 23rd October
Fracture Liaison Service Update
Carole Crathern, Service Manager,Out of Hospital Clinical Unit
Place: The White Rock Hotel, St. Leonards on Sea
Time: 2.30pm

Friday 1st December
Christmas Lunch
Place: TBA
Time: 12.30 for 1pm
Cost: TBA
NB: Christmas Raffle

 Booking Essential as places are limited for all meetings

 Raffle Prizes are always welcome at meetings


Group Activities

Warming up for the Hastings Half Marathon On the 30th January 2016 Hastings & Area Osteoporosis support group were warming up for the Hastings Half Marathon which will take place on the 20th March 2016. Congratulations to runners Anton Zetterholm and John O'Toole who were presented with #LACEUPFORBONES laces.

Gill Tapp, Hastings & Area Group member won first prize in the Grand 15th Birthday Raffle, for a tour of the BBC South East Today Studios.

Janet Turner (secretary) accompanied Gill Tapp to the studios (Tunbridge Wells) and was met by Polly Evans, Co presenter of the South East Today News Programme. She showed Gill and Janet around the studios, taking in the cutting room, make-up, newsroom and studio. A quick stop at Radio Kent was also included. Then it was off to meet the stars of the show, Polly Evans and co presenter Rob Smith, together with weather girl Rachel Mackley, who gave them a good insight of the workings of the programme. The two Hastings members also spoke to Natalie Graham (reporter for the programme). After a cup of tea, it was off to the gallery to watch how the live show is put together.

Gill Tapp said "it is the best Raffle Prize I have ever won!!" It was a truly super day not to have missed!! 

Hastings Area Support Group: Asda

The Hastings and Area Support Group, was one of the “Nominate a Cause” charities for ASDA who would ask their customers to choose between three charities during the months of May & June.  You can imagine how thrilled the Group were when Janet Turner, Group Secretary attended the presentation at the end of the month to be told that they were in fact “The Chosen Charity” and presented with a cheque for £200.

Christmas Lunch 2017

Hastings Support group enjoying their Christmas lunch

A message from the Committee

The committee welcomes you to our 15th year of learning and companionship. We hope this programme will provide you with enjoyable and informative events. Thank you to all members and visitors who attend and contribute to our meetings.  The 2015 Strawberry tea was a particular delight, with a large attendance  and the Hydro Pool session was so greatly appreciated by participants and trainers that there is realistic hope  of regular sessions being set up for people with Osteoporosis in need of gentler exercise than  sweating it out in a Gym! 

Throughout 2016, your committee will continue to perform a triad of functions on behalf of people at risk of or with Osteoporosis: Fundraising to support NOS work nationally and in our area, Awareness raising of Osteoporosis prevention and management in our locality and Advocacy for service development within East Sussex Health Trust. We receive great advice and support from the NOS, especially through our Regional Development Manager, Stella Scrivener. We also have a champion for our cause at the Conquest - Rheumatology Nurse Specialist, Elly Fielder. We are fortunate that Amber Rudd, now a Right Hon. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is kindly continuing to be our patron.

We have good relationships with the Community Care Group and East Sussex Health Trust commissioning managers for services related to Osteoporosis and hope to see progress with the services of Falls and Fracture Prevention, Fracture Liaison and DEXA scan facility for our area.  Healthwatch, Better Together and other patient advocacy groups are also being approached in the hope that this will help push not only for the right working environment to attract a Consultant Rheumatologist, to the still vacant post at The Conquest, but to support more coordinated and shared Osteoporosis care.    With best wishes and looking forward to seeing you all again, Margit, Janet, Sally & Barbara                


Diet & Osteoporosis talk given by Lesley Houston on the 3rd of April

Lesley showing members what foods are rich in calcium and the amount we require each day.

The group’s first meeting of the year was held at its new venue, The White Rock Hotel. Members were treated to a very informative talk on “Diet & Osteoporosis” given by Lesley Houston, Senior Dietician.

Members quote; “Lesley is an excellent Speaker and certainly clarified various things I have queried before”.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, which was round off with tea & biscuits.  

Hydro Session – April 2017

Memebers enjoying a taster session at the local Hydro pool

 After nearly two years of planning the end is near for regular Hydro Pool session for Hastings members.