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Making friends

On 9 May 2011 at 12:13pm J and J wrote:
I have recently moved to (near) Lewes with my very very bright and (previously) very socialised five year old son. I am hoping to befriend likeminded educated parents/families in the area and forge new friendships for us both.
Can anyone recommend where I should start?
Many thanks
J and J
On 9 May 2011 at 1:15pm Matt wrote:
There's an active Twitter community in Lewes, always happy to meet new people and many with kids around that age.
Best place to start is to follow @vivalewes and maybe introduce yourself to everyone via them.
On 9 May 2011 at 6:22pm Super rich wrote:
How about letting him go outside and kick a ball around?
On 9 May 2011 at 7:02pm Grunge wrote:
Webbo what happened to the post I just sent?
On 9 May 2011 at 7:04pm Grunge wrote:
Yes, I see that one got through all right.
What I said in my previous post was that it rather depends on where he chooses to kick a ball around. There are plenty of residential areas which are sick and tired of the thump thump thump of ball hitting house walls or fences when the boys concerned are quite old enough to go to a nearby recreation area.
On 9 May 2011 at 9:26pm Zebedee wrote:
Twitter: For people who can't shut up, even when they're alone.

Thanks to Arthur Smith
On 9 May 2011 at 11:21pm Dave wrote:
What is an active twitter community?
On 10 May 2011 at 7:33am MC wrote:
Huh? www.twitter.com. Maintain a search on the #Lewes tag or just follow the user lewesretweet. You do end up with a bit of stuff about Lewes in the States (and endless boring promotional posts about the local Lewes UK football team, the Rooks) but if you can put up with this and the built-in Twitter limitations it can be useful. At least it's not mostly anonymous.
On 10 May 2011 at 9:30am Brixtonbelle wrote:
Unless you are planning not to educate him, he'll start to make loads of friends at his school and I'm sure you will find like-minded parents there as well. There are numerous clubs and societies to get involved in in Lewes, and of course the bonfire societies, plenty of sports clubs, library etc, so loads to do and very easy to meet people. I wouldn't recommend twitter for 5 year old though !!!!
On 10 May 2011 at 11:24am TDA wrote:
Slightly off-topic perhaps, but on the subject of kids playing outside, here is an interesting BBC report from last week about the very same subject: yyy.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13325891
Basically it says cars and perverts have stopped parents allowing children to go out and play - hence we have become strangers to our neighbours and society is worse for it. Traffic wins.
On 10 May 2011 at 12:53pm Matt wrote:
Haha, not suggesting twitter for the kid!
Obviously there are lots of places one could go to meet new people and make friends in Lewes, it's a very friendly place (at least in my experience). Certainly some excellent suggestions on this thread so far, and as BrixtonBelle said, it's almost inevitable that both of you will meet new people once your son starts at a school.
There's some really good things you can go to at the Leisure Centre - Little Ninjas is good, martial arts for kiddies. Also I think there's some sort of kids' club at the Castle that might be fun.
Why not go down to the Grange on a sunny day and take a picnic - I'm sure he'll make some friends in no time.

[Slightly off-topic and in answer to Dave: Lewes' twitter 'community' is active in that we all know each other, some well, some not-so-well, and chat about things going on locally as well as nationally, internationally and in our own lives. Many of us know each other in real life too, whether because we already did before joining twitter, or through making a connection online. If you're interested then do sign up and say hi to me at @mrmzholland and even think about coming along to one of the regular '#lewestweetup' events(yes, i agree it's a silly name! - it's just another word for meeting up in the pub to have a pint and a chat) and putting some faces to names]
On 10 May 2011 at 8:54pm MC wrote:
TDA. As we perceive life outside to be less comfortable we take refuge in electronic communication and physical isolation. And the kids love it. As they would. Most children have little idea what is good for them. That bit is up to the adults.
On 10 May 2011 at 10:50pm TDA wrote:
Indeed MC. Luckily my kids have the choice and get to play outside on the street with their old friends, and sometimes make new ones, which is easier outdoors - we're fortunate enough to live on a cul-de-sac, and the neighbouring adults don't mind the noise too much. It's harder to make friends when you're in your bedroom with your nose stuck in Nintendo DS.
There's a bloke up our road with a spotless £50,000 car, and when he parks near us I don't let the boys play football or go anywhere near it on their bikes. Bit of a shame all round really.

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Lewes at night

I recently ran into a bit of a dilemma at my shop and thought my experience might be helpful for anyone in a similar situation.... more
I like BONFIRE NIGHT, and of course all the out-meetings which go on around this time - and the loud bang at the crack of dawn!