INFORMATION DAY: The public information day on Saturday September 19 at Trinity Church Hall was well attended. Jennie MacFadyen, having already cooked a meal for Trinity Diners the day before, was once again in the kitchen with a group of helpers providing delicious hot soup and rolls. Stalls included Willingdon branch of the Royal British Legion. Contact Val Godwin on 01323 503684 for more information. Wealden Citizens Advice also had a table. They currently have centres in Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield. CAB no longer has outreach sessions at Willingdon Library on alternate Wednesday mornings but this could hopefully change once a new parish council office has been built at the Triangle where the public toilets are currently situated. Volunteers will always be needed in various capacities. Ring 01825 762 807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form or further information. Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders were there. They are all volunteers but have been trained by the Ambulance Service, and following a 999 call, they may well be the First Responders to the call out. It is a charity and relies on donations in order that volunteers can be equipped with the necessary equipment, such as a defibrillator. Visit www.eastbourneresponders.com for more information. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was also represented. They have trained volunteers who can visit people in their own home if they are over 80 or have a health problem or disability that concerns them. The volunteers are trained to converse with the recipient about health and well-being needs and can often suggest referrals to appropriate sources of help. Ring 01323 462 437 or visit www.healthandwellbeingproject.org Abbeyfield South Downs, supported housing in Eastbourne, Hove, Heathfield and St Leonards, is a charity providing sheltered accommodation for older people. Ring 01435 866539 or visit www.abbeyfield.com/south-downs for further information. Other stands included Freedom Leisure in Hailsham encouraging us all to keep fit. Ring 01323 846755 or visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk
Emma Vieira director of community relations for Sunrise Senior Living was there. Emma arranges a lot of events, not only for the residents, but for the whole community. On October 11 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm the Salvation Army will be going to Sunrise at 6 Upper Kings Drive to play and give a brief talk and everyone is invited. Ring Emma on 01323 525000.
Wiltshire Farm Foods were publicising their delicious meals which can be popped into the microwave or cooked from frozen. Very reasonably priced and delivered to your home, they are ideal for the housebound. Ring 01323 760008 or email email@example.com for further information or request a full colour brochure by ringing 0800 066 3366. Willingdon WI also had a stand at the Public Information Day and as well as their regular monthly meetings at Willingdon Memorial Hall, they also have lots of outings and different sections within the WI. The craft section is particularly popular. There were other organisations present which I will try and cover in future weeks but in Willingdon there is hopefully no reason for anyone to feel isolated or lonely.
FLOWER CLUB: Willingdon Flower Club will be meeting at 2pm today, Friday, 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.
FIFTH AVENUE: Will be entertaining customers at The British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday. Leigh Baker will be providing the music on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm. Also at The British Queen is the community coffee morning which takes place on the second Thursday of the month so the next one will be on October 8.
MESSY CHURCH: Is held on the first Saturday of the month except August and December and is intended for children and their guardians. The next one will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, in Willingdon Memorial Hall and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the bible themed craft activities, followed by family worship and singing in St Mary’s Church Willingdon from 4.30pm to 4.50pm and then back to the hall for something to eat. There is no charge for Messy Church and there is no need to book in advance, just go along in the time you have available. To find out more please ring Fr Kevin Agnew or Mrs Kate Agnew on 01323 502079. If you are one of the volunteers or would like to volunteer please sign the sheet at the back of the church.
ST ANDREWS CHURCH: Jevington will be having their harvest thanksgiving service at 11.15am on Sunday. It will be followed by a bring-and-share harvest lunch.
HARVEST APPEAL: Non-perishable goods will be collected for the diocesan’s harvest appeal at St Mary’s Church Willingdon on Sunday to be distributed to those less fortunate than ourselves. Services are at 8am, 9.45am and 11.30am.
MOTHERS’ UNION: This group will be meeting at 2pm on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall when coxswain Maggi Pratt will be giving an illustrated talk on Bees and Honey.
WILLINGDON WI: The WI will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday at Willingdon Memorial Hall for the annual meeting, financial statement and election of committee and president.
THE GROWERS’ GROUP: Will be meeting at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday at the Red Lion when Bernie will be leading a discussion on harvesting tips and recipes.
JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI: Will be meeting at 2pm on Thursday at Trinity Church Hall when Helen Chiasson will be giving a talk on Lewes Priory. For further information please ring Rose on 01323 849562 or visit the club’s website at www.jevingtonwi.co.uk .
A DINNER DANCE: Is to be held in aid of the JPK Sussex Project, which aims to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability. The dinner dance is being organised by Karen Hurst, assisted by Jean and Ian Brown, and will take place from 7pm for 7.30pm until midnight on Saturday October 10 at The Afton Hotel in Eastbourne. There will be a three-course dinner with coffee and mints with music provided by QED. A raffle and auction will also be held. Tables seat ten people so you could have a group booking or order an individual ticket. Tickets are £25 each. You can contact JPK Sussex Project co-ordinator Jill Parker MBE on 01323 760260. Cheques should be made out to Jill at 7 Wannock Avenue Willingdon Eastbourne BN20 9RP. Alternatively ring Karen on 07944 867463.
TRIANGLE LACE CLUB: Members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday October 10. This is an active friendly club promoting all forms of bobbin lace. All lace makers of any age are welcome. There is a trade stand with lace supplies and equipment and guidance on the art of lace making can be given. The cost including refreshments, raffle and insurance is £5. For further information, please contact Rowena Gausden on 01323 484165.
ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting from 7.30pm to 10pm on Saturday October 10 at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their AGM. Dr Boris Artamomov will also be giving a talk entitled ‘the observer’s point of view’.
POLEGATE WINDMILL: Will be meeting from 2pm to 5pm each Sunday until the last Sunday in October. On Sunday October 11 there will also be the annual talk by Peter Hill. Admission for the talk is free and tours of the mill can still be taken.
OPEN MORNINGS: Willingdon Community School in Broad Road Willingdon are currently holding open mornings for the 2016 intake. The first one was on September 29. They will also be held at 9am on Tuesday October 13 and 9am on Wednesday October 14. 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.
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