Each Springtime and each Autumn, from time immemorial, the Rotary Club of Eastbourne has taken elderly people, mostly those who were ‘shut-in’, for an afternoon ride around the Eastbourne area ending up with a cream tea.
The chosen tea house, for many, many years was Gibbys, just to the North of Jevington, situated in a delightful valley between the Downs - just to the West of Eastbourne. Its tea room and gardens were always a picture of loveliness with beautiful gardens and flowers. A very relaxing destination with wonderful, specially made, scones for the occasion.
In recent years cost has dictated that more commercially viable destinations have had to be chosen. But the spirit of the outing still remains, that people who are less fortunate have an afternoon devoted to them and entertained, quite royally.
Numbers vary from year to year but on average 30 people are collected from their place of residence and returned at the end of the afternoon full of cream tea and happy memories of the beautiful countryside around Eastbourne.