Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting at 7.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their Christmas lecture.

ATOMIC HOTSHOTS: Will be providing the entertainment at the British Queen at 8.30pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CAROL SERVICE: St Andrew’s Church in Jevington will be having a carol service at 5pm on Sunday at 5pm. Please take a torch. There will be no morning service at St Andrew’s Church that day.

CAROLS: At 6pm on Tuesday members of St Mary’s Church Willingdon will be singing carols at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper Kings Drive and at 8pm that day they will be singing at the Red Lion in Wish Hill.

PANTOMIME: Tickets will be on sale on Sunday in the church hall after the 9.45am service for the Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. The performance dates are January 28, 29, and 30, with a matinee on the Saturday. Prices are £6 for adults and £3 for children up to the age of 16 years. There will also be half price tickets for the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday December 27. After December 13, please ring 01323 504901 for ticket availability.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH: Anji who runs a hairdressing salon at 29a Church Street Willingdon has now completely re-vamped her salon, allowing for a separate beautiful new clinic for Dr Lindsay Ford to undertake facial aesthetic treatments, anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to provide a natural younger look. Lindsay’s clients will receive complete privacy. It has taken a lot of imagination to change the salon, but it all looks great, and the hair salon, with its white walls, large mirrors, flowers, and a new welcoming and seating area still leaves plenty of room for both Anji’s and Lindsay’s clients. On Sunday December 13 from 1pm to 4pm there will be an official launch with ‘bubbles and nibbles’ to which everyone is welcome. Check out Lindsay’s website at www.drlindsayford.co.uk or call her on 07856 624293 for more information or a free consultation.

LACE CLUB: Triangle Lace Club members will be meeting at Trinity Church Hall from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. 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.

KATH DAY: is a supporter of the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide supported living accommodation for adults with a learning disability. Kath has arranged a bag packing day at ESK Wholesale. It is on Sunday and in order to raise as much money as possible for the charity, Kath would like help to man the five check outs and help with the packing. Customers usually appreciate the help. If you could spare an hour or two, please contact her on 01323 460258 or email dayc3@sky.com .

CONCENTUS CHORALE: The retiring collections from the two Concentus Christmas concerts are donated to the JPK Sussex Project as they also like to support this charity. The concerts are at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, at St Leonards Church in Seaford and at 4pm on Saturday December 19 at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne. Tickets are £10 each and are available from Evelyn on 01323 643358.

THE GLEN CHORALE: If you missed the Glen Chorale’s Christmas concert on December 7, it will be repeated at 2.30pm on Monday at Wannock Village Hall. It is called Walking in a Winter Wonderland. The musical director is Ansy Boothroyd and the accompanist is David Alexander. Tickets to include refreshments are £6 each and can be obtained by ringing 01323 502113 or you can purchase them at the door. There will be a retiring collection for the Demelza Children’s Hospice.

WILLINGDON PROBUS CLUB: Will be meeting at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday at the Red Lion. There will be a Christmas quiz given by John Haydon.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall is on Friday December 18 at noon. It will be a special Christmas lunch and booking is essential. Please ring Jennie on 01323 484189.

NATIVITY: The Church Street Nativity begins at 6pm on Friday December 18 in St Mary’s Church Willingdon. The nativity story is re-enacted as Mary and Joseph and the crowds flock out of the church and make their way to Bethlehem whilst Fr Kevin recounts the bible story and carols are sung along the way. They stop at the shepherd’s field and proceed to the Wheatsheaf Inn where the landlord Martin Hughes tells Mary and Joseph that there is ‘no room at the inn’ and directs them to the stable across the road where baby Jesus is wrapped up warmly in a manger. Meanwhile the three kings have followed the star and have come with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. If you would like to take part, please put your name on the sheet at the back of the church. It is a lovely custom, attracting hundreds of people each year, and dressing the part as one of the main characters, or a king, shepherd, angel or even a donkey or lamb is all part of the enjoyment.

CANDLELIT CONCERT: Composer and guitarist Richard Durrant will be performing in a candlelit Christmas guitar concert with singer Amy Kakoura at 7.30pm on Friday December 18 at St Mary and St Peter’s Church in Wilmington. Richard will also be playing the ukulele – a Fairytale of New York. These concerts have become a much loved part of Christmas for audiences throughout the UK. Visit www.richard-durrant.com to learn more. Tickets are £16 or £14 concessions. Contact 01323 870149.

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