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*** Temporary Office Closure ***
Sorry but we are unable to be in the office due to the COVID restrictions at present and will be working from home. Therefore the office will be closed until further notice. If you would like to contact the MAYFACS team, please either ring 01435 873888 and leave a message. Alternatively, email:
Please bear with us during these strange times but we will get back to you.
Best wishes, Shirley, Freya & Clare
What an amazing village we live in! We would like to say a huge thank you for all your help and input into making this Special Christmas drop a wonderful one. MAYFACS worked closely with Mayfield Bonfire Society and many volunteers worked behind the scenes to get this together and had a part to play in making it happen. From the organisers to the bakers, the distributers, the CD computer techs, the performers and the makers and artists and video and photographers.
It really was a joint effort and we couldn't have done it without you. The smiles and feedback from the recipients makes it all worth while and has but a great big cheer on their faces at this time of year when its not always a happy one. Here are a few photos of our production line .......look out for more photos in the next edition of the Newsletter.
We are still offering help to those who are needing to self-isolate. So if you need assistance with shopping, prescriptions and support during, please call us on
Please note the helpline won't be picked up at weekends.
Co-op Local Good Causes
Exciting news ...... MAYFACS is one of the Co-op's local good causes from now until 23 October 2021!! Specifically, the money raised is to go towards our new venture, the MAYFACS SHED.
So, please can you choose MAYFACS as your local good cause and pass this on to your friends and colleagues.
I’m already a member and have an on-line account
Click “See your local causes”, Sign-In, Choose MAYFACS
I’m already a member but don’t have an on-line account
Click “Become a member” Follow instructions on-line
If you don't have a computer or if you need help just let us know .... 873888.
How it works ...........
When you buy selected Co-op products and services from the Co-op, 2p for every £1 you spend goes into your Co-op Membership account. They give the same amount to support community organisations and local causes. Our local Co-op has selected 3 local causes, of which MAYFACS is one. If you don't select a cause, your donation will be split 3 ways so ......PLEASE CHOOSE MAYFACS.
Even if you don't normally shop at the Co-op, please would you consider getting a Co-op card and choosing us, just in case you pop in to one this year.
KEY UPDATE: check out:
Services tab - MAYFACS Shed page for Newsletters and photos.
We are really chuffed at how far the shed is progressing and we are indebted to all the wonderful volunteers who are doing the renovations.
Spearheading this project is Ian Bruce. His enthusiasm and commitment is amazing! We are really pleased to say he has now joined the MAYFACS team with the fancy title “MAYFACS Shed Development Lead”. Ian’s role will be to finish coordinating the renovations and then get the shed up and running when Covid rules allow us to open. Watch this space for more news. To get in touch about the shed please email Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAYFACS Hardship Fund
With the current economic climate we anticipate that now and in the coming weeks some people may be struggling to manage to pay for food and other bills, such as utilities, rent etc. with funds running out, or have no income coming in. We would like to offer some small financial support where possible through the MAYFACS Hardship Fund, in conjunction with the Mayfield Trust.
If you are in financial difficulty please email email@example.com or ring 01435 873888, leave a message and we will contact you. Any help will depend on availability of funds and each case will be considered on an individual basis and in strict confidence.
January Films ... POSTPONED due to current lockdown restrictions.
Changes to our usual activities:
Matinee Films - POSTPONED due to Lockdown restrictions.
***Tea and Chat - Wednesdays
As with previous Lockdowns these will run fortnightly via Zoom at 2.30pm. The next one will be 13th January, followed by 27th Jan, 10th Feb & 24th Feb. Freya will send the zoom link nearer the time, please get in touch to register your interest.
***Tuesday Afternoon Club
These won't be running during Lockdown, however, you are all very welcome to join the fortnightly Wednesday Tea & Chat zoom call and / or the weekly Monday Yarners zoom. More the merrier, we will be running quizzes and a group chat. Freya will send the zoom link nearer the time, please get in touch to register your interest.
Yarners - via Zoom weekly every Monday. Please note time change from 2.30pm - 3.30pm during this second lockdown. Anyone is welcome to join for quizzes and chat ..... more the merrier.
Community Cars- now called Community Transport, please call 01435 873888if you need a lift to a medical appointment.
Our amazing volunteers have supported us by helping those in self-isolation with shopping, prescription collection, delivering local ready meals or just making a friendly phone call. We have managed to support over 150 people. Thank so much for your assistance, we couldn't have done this without you.
Some of the residents of Mayfield and Five Ashes have sent in some lovely quotations after receiving help from us or volunteers:
"You are doing a fantastic job and we are so lucky to have you."
"We think what you’re doing for the village is amazing."
"I just wanted to say thank you for all you’re doing – it’s wonderful."
"We’re so thankful to you all. You’re just wonderful."
If you find yourself self-isolating and need our help you can:
Call 01435 873888, this is an answerphone so please leave -
What you need help with
Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. If you do not have the cash, do not worry, our volunteer will be reimbursed by MAYFACS in the interim and we will keep a record of what you owe. We urge you on NO ACCOUNT to give a bank or credit card to a volunteer and ask them to get cash for you. Our volunteers will not take a card from you.
Volunteers will leave items on your doorstep and ring your doorbell and wait, from a distance, until you have collected your items.
To avoid confusion, if you have rung MAYFACS, please do not then duplicate by asking a neighbour.
When requesting groceries please consider making a list which will cover your essentials for the week. This will help to minimise a volunteer going out twice in one week to collect items for you.
If you've requested one of our face masks, information/advice can be found in this pdf
Useful information about deliveries and advice
St Dunstan's Pharmacy: Prescriptions are currently taking 2 - 3 working days to process so please allow for this when putting in a prescription. Opening hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 - 1:00 then 2:00 - 5:30 and Saturday 9:00 - 1:00.
Podiatrist: Katy will give telephone advice if needed - 01435 873848
Osteopath: Mayfield Osteopaths are available for advice - 01435 873051.
Financial Help: Mayfield Trust may be able to provide one off help to those with very limited funds - call Charles Marshall on 01825 830820.
Pet help: Cosy Pet Lodge will look after a person's dog (Free of Charge) if they get coronavirus - call 01435 872566.
Takeaways and deliveries - takeaway meals, fresh fruit and veg, other groceries or pet food, we have got details here in this pdf.
Our wonderful Yarners group have created this amazing array of clothes over lockdown for the Queen Mother's Clothing Guild. There are hats, gloves, blankets, cardigans, jumpers and baby booties and knitted toys. They will be distributed around the country to numerous charities, helping premature babies, the homeless and women's refugees to name a few.
MAYFACS relies on the kind donations of individuals as one of our sources of income. This money helps our charity to carry out its important work. Thank you so much to all of you who have generously donated to our cause, we truly appreciate it.
If you haven't donated, and would like to, you can do it in one of two ways:
Either make a BACS transfer to our bank account
Account Name MAYFACS
Account No 00029924
Bank Sort Code 40-52-40 (CAF Bank)
or make out a cheque made out to MAYFACS and posted to our Treasurer
Five Ashes, Mayfield
If you are able to Gift Aid your donation MAYFACS, as a registered charity, can claim back tax paid on your donation. Please complete the Gift Aid form below and send or scan to our Treasurer as detailed above.
For further information call 01435 873888 and leave a message and we will contact you.
or alternatively go to our just giving page.
If you are able to contribute anything to our Community Support Fund on our Just Giving page we would be most grateful. Please go to www.justgiving.com/mayfacs
Other help available
If you’re in financial hardship and you need essential household items like
White goods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines
Small appliances such as microwaves and toasters
Miscellaneous essential household items such as utensil packs
Go to the Now!charity website for more information
If you want to find out whether you’re eligible for benefits the citizens advice page is a good place to start to find an answer
The Crowborough Food Bank and Uckfield Food Bank.
For a referral contact Citizens Advice
Tel 0300 330 9022 (Adviceline)
Text ADVICE with name and postcode to 81400
Email contact via eastsussexcab.co.uk
Heathfield Food Bank
We also have some links to online sing along sessions with Dementia Support East Sussex. The charity provides music and movement sessions for those living with dementia and the elderly.
Care for the Carers: Carers Voices Conference 2020
Please ‘click’ on the link below to find out more about the 2020 – Carers Voices Conference.
Music for the Memory wish to announce that they have a brand new website address at: www.musicforthememory.net
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