While the Barn is closed because of the current virus restrictions, some of the Barn’s regular tutors are running online wellbeing activities to help you keep fit and active. Check them out here:

Sadie Southgate runs regular Paracise low impact exercise classes. For lots of free video sessions that you can take part in at home visit

Vinyasa Yoga Flow. Cristina Gris offers two weekly 60 minutes gentle vinyasa yoga flow sessions, with some meditation at the beginning and at the end of each class. Monday Morning, 10.30 - 11.30pm; Thursday Afternoon, 2.30 - 3.30pm. Full information: and follow the “Events” link

Sabine Dahn offers 4 live-streamed yoga classes every week. The particular focus during this time will be on developing stability, both in our bodies and our minds. Mondays: 10.30am -12pm;
Tuedays: 7.30pm-8.45pm; Wednesdays: 11.30am-12.45pm; Wednesdays: 7pm-8.30pm. Email to contact her

Rachel Young runs online yoga classes you can follow at home, live, in real-time. Each class helps you feel relaxed, strong and mentally well. To check the schedule please click this link:

Maud Lott’s 60min Pilates class runs at 8pm every Tuesdays, suitable for all level. All you need is a mat and an internet connection. Email Maud: for more information, first class half price £4.

Barbara Walman is running online Pilates classes. Email to contact her

Musical Midsummer – Westdene’s annual celebration of local musical talent -  is on hold but not abandoned for this year
The event was originally scheduled for Sunday June 21st and it seems likely that this will be too early for restrictions to be fully lifted.
We have not yet postponed but have contacted all the musicians to consider possible dates in July, August and September.
Whenever it is held you can be assured of a lovely afternoon of music, celebration and socialising with the community
More about Musical Midsummer here


Support can come in many forms, and we each need this at different times. Feeling part of our community is essential for us all, where we can join forces with one another, even within the confines of isolation.

Friends of Westdene Green (The Barn) is working with neighbours to respond to the needs emerging in their streets such as

  • Picking up food or prescriptions, posting and collecting mail from local shops
  • Help with using technology to contact friends or family
  • Having a regular telephone call with a neighbour to say hello and find out how you are

We have found over 120 local residents who are willing to look out for their neighbours. Some streets still need covering or only have one Street Rep.

If you would like to sign up or need support, please see our website where there is lots of information or leave us a message on 01273 921 585 

New planting on Westdene Green!
Due to general neglect and age of some of the trees and shrubs on the Green, our local green spaces group TWEACK designed a series of new planting along with public consultation at the Barn in January, to replenish and rejuvenate the Green in the longer term.
Friends of Westdene Green contributed £1,000 and our local councillors have promised some extra funding too.  
TWEACK along with the City Parks Ranger and volunteers planted birches, alder, crab-apple, and shrubs just in time before the Covid crisis. The beautiful spring sunshine has brought this mountain-ash sapling into fresh-green life.  Thanks to everyone involved!

Read more about FoWDG's partnership with TWEACK here
I got involved with Friends of Westdene Green’s Street-by-Street Support when I read the letter which popped through my door a few weeks’ ago.  I don’t do much for the community, but felt this was a really worthwhile initiative and I was keen to get involved.  We have a great team of Street Reps already on Redhill Drive, and there was no coverage on two nearby streets, Gableson Avenue and Whitethorn Drive, so I offered my services!  My son, Jacob and I delivered nearly 50 letters to these two roads offering support and also asking whether anyone wanted to become a Street Rep themselves! As a result, I found out that Gableson Avenue already have their own support group set up which is brilliant news and I’ve not, as yet, had any requests from support from Whitethorn – but folk know where I am if they need any help. 
My fellow Street reps in Redhill Drive now number 7 and we have a WhatsApp group which allows us to report back all our activities and also to discuss any issues which arise.  Some of the reps have been shopping for elderly neighbours, including a lady with dementia, and one street rep is having regular social phone calls with a lady who lives alone. So we’re hopefully making this challenging time a bit less challenging for our neighbours.
Jocelyn Owen, Street Rep for Redhill Drive and Whitethorn Drive
Read more stories from local Street Reps here
Street Reps Delivery!
​​Connection throughout Isolation
Westdene Barn has been a hub of community enterprise since locals wrestled it back into public use. With help to start up from Sussex Community Foundation last year, we run a once a month ‘Get Together to Eat Together’ lunch. What I love most about our community lunch is that it’s really about companionship. Our word company comes from the Latin ‘con-panis’ (with bread) expressing the deep significance of sharing a meal together. Whilst the focus has been on social isolation, in an area with large numbers of elderly folk, the lunch club is open to everyone and for the benefit of all.
Read more from Charlotte Hastings, Therapy Kitchen here
Click on the map to see where Street-by-Street Reps are and where still needs covering
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