PUBLIC INFORMATION DAY: Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue was the venue for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council’s Public Information Day. It attracted a lot of stall holders from various organisations and many visitors. The winning photographs in the parish’s photographic competition were on display. They were as follows:- The overall winner was Jennie MacFadyen who won a certificate and a £20 voucher. The winner of the seasonal garden section was Jennie MacFadyen who won a certificate and £10 voucher. The winner of the historical section was Roger Blackwell who won a certificate and £10 voucher. The winner of the country view was Carol Huggett who won a certificate and £10 voucher. The joint winners of the under 16’s were Lea Ducat aged eight and Florence Baldwin aged six. Both received certificates and £10 vouchers. The certificates were presented by chairman of the parish council Cllr John Pritchett and Cllr Christina Lynn.
BADGERS: I’ll give more details about the various stalls at the information day next week but I thought I would just mention that Carol Hudson was in there representing Willingdon and Polegate St John Ambulance cadets and badgers. Both groups meet at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street Willingdon on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm. Children can be become a badger from the age of five and they then progress to the cadets. Many of the badgers have now gone up to the cadets and Carol is keen for more badgers to replace them. If you would like to know more, please contact her on 01323 502726 or carol_hudson@Icloud.com .
CHARITY EVENT: Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Janet Coles’ two chosen charities for her year in office are Eastbourne RNLI and the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide a supported residential centre for people with a learning disability. The project co-ordinator of JPK is Jill Parker - a Willingdon resident. The next event for the Mayor’s chosen charities is a talk entitled ‘The Story of Eastbourne Lifeboats’ with cheese and wine. This event will take place at Eastbourne Town Hall. It starts at 7.30pm to-night Friday September 25. Tickets are £12 and can be obtained from the Lifeboat Museum or from Semantics, glass engravers in Grove Road Eastbourne or you can purchase them at the door.
ANITA HATCH: who runs Anita’s Beauty Works in Church Street Willingdon is taking part in ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan’. She has some amazing beauty treatments on offer, and £5 from any treatment costing over £10 will be donated to the charity. You can choose from a back, neck and shoulder massage for £14, a green tea facial for £18, eye dermalift which is a lifting and firming treatment for £13 or a file and paint for only £5 or combine it with an anti-aging hand treatment for £15. The coffee morning is to-day Friday September 25 between 9am and 12pm at Anita’s Beauty Works. Anita has been selling raffle tickets with some excellent prizes to be won and the raffle will be drawn towards the end of the coffee morning. There is also a lucky dip with money raised from the raffle and lucky dip also going to the charity. Ring Anita on 01323 503530 if you would like to make an appointment for some beauty treatment and do buy some raffle tickets for this worthy cause.
CHARITY QUIZ: Steve White will be the quiz master at a charity quiz night for ‘Action Medical Research for Children for Life’ to-day Friday September 25 at Trinity Church Hall. It is at 7pm for 7.15pm. Teams can be made up of up to six people. There will also be a variety of delicious rolls to choose from with various fillings included in the price of £7.50p but do take your own drinks and glasses. For tickets please contact Fran Pritchett on 01323 485415.
THE WHEATSHEAF: in Church Street Willingdon will be showing many of the World Cup Rugby matches on the big screen particularly the England matches, and as England is hosting the Springboks, all the South African games.
WANNOCK ARTISTS: will be meeting at Wannock Village Hall to-day Friday September 25 between 7pm and 9pm and will be welcoming Richard Mainwaring-Baines for an assessment and critique evening of members’ work. This will be the last time that Richard will be visiting Wannock as he is retiring this year. It is hoped that many members and visitors will come this evening to show their support. As usual refreshments will be available. The visitors’ fee is £4.
WILLINGDON NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: is a group of local residents and councillors who meet quarterly in St Mary’s Church Hall to discuss issues which affect local people relating to crime, vandalism and unsociable behaviour. There is also usually a police presence. The panel then selects up to three priorities to be targeted. The group met recently and the issues chosen were vandalism in the Triangle area, dog fouling generally, and illegal and inconsiderate parking at Willingdon Primary School. The panel would welcome more members to join them. If this could be you, please ring the chairman Keith Bowman on 01323 506282.
MORRIS DANCING: The Long Man Morris Men practice their steps in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon during the winter months ready for the next ‘dancing out’ season. Their weekly practices will re-start at 8pm to-night Friday September 25. If you are interested in joining the Morris Dancers, helping to keep this ancient tradition alive, then please contact the bagman John Wardle on 01323 840877 or email him at email@example.com .
TEA & CAKE: St Andrew’s Church Jevington will be providing tea and homemade cake to visitors and ramblers on Saturday September 26 from 11am to 4pm. Refreshments are free but a donation towards the maintenance and renovation of this lovely ancient church in the heart of the Downs would be appreciated.
ATOMIC HOTSHOTS: will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at 8.30pm on Saturday September 26. The Jazz Caverners will be there from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday September 27.
MEETING: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday September 28 at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.
OPEN MORNINGS: Willingdon Community School in Broad Road Willingdon will be holding open mornings at 9am on Tuesday September 29, 9am on Tuesday October 13, and 9am on Wednesday October 14. These are for the 2016 intake. Please contact the school on 01323 485254 to make an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternative arrangements should be made direct with the school. There is also an open evening on Wednesday October 7 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB: will be meeting at 2pm on Friday October 2 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a demonstration by Jean Plaskett entitled ‘floral imagination’. For further information please contact Alison Pullinger on 01323 645527.
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