DOWN YOUR WAY (August 14th) - Hampden Park

HAVE you a pond in your garden, or maybe thinking of putting one in? If so, you will gain great benefit from joining the Eastbourne and District Pond Club, which meets every third Friday of the month in St Mary’s Church Hall in Decoy Drive at 7.30pm. The next meeting is Friday, August 17, and you can join in the evening for free, and if you decide to become a member, the subscription at the moment is half-price. Ring Stephen on 01323 483660, or email Brian on pondey@sky.com

THIS is your last chance to show off your lovely dogs! The annual Hampden Park Dog Show is this Saturday, (August 18), on the rugby fields behind the cafe in the park. Registration at 10am and judging at 11.30am and 1pm depending upon which class your dog has been entered into. In addition to the show rings, there are a variety of stalls and, for the first time, there will be Terrier Racing and a demonstration by the Husky team. Refreshments will be available. For more details call Andrea on 01323 724012.

EVEN if you are not entering your dog into any of the show classes, why not take him or her along anyway, and reap the benefit of a free health check, from representatives of the animal welfare charity, Peoples’ Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). They will be on hand 10am-5pm to give your furry friend a full ‘doggy MOT’. They will check its weight, body shape, teeth, eyes, coat and general fitness. Also, for a very low charge, nail clipping and microchipping will be available.

CALLING all four to 12-year-olds, who may still have the odd school holiday date free. On Thursday, August 23, at the Hampden Park Sports Centre in Brodrick Road, there is a giant disco and games. Hosted by Disc Jockey ‘Big G’, it will be from 1pm-3pm. To be sure of your place, ring 01323 509859.

THE Summer quarterly newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch members is being delivered now. Anyone not yet enjoying their free membership is missing out on several advantages, including this informative and interesting newsletter delivered free to your door by volunteers. There are currently over 2,500 members, in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees alone, and overall membership in the town as a whole is well over 12,000. Find out more from Philip on 01323 509196?

ARE YOU one of those very clever people who make wonderful crafts, and would like the chance to ‘ply your wares’? Now is the opportunity to book a table at the Hampden Park Community Centre in Brodrick Road for their Christmas Craft Fair. That may sound a long way off, but the organiser is keen to offer the facilities to as many different forms of arts and crafts as possible. Book your place now, as the intention is no type of craft is duplicated. It is on Saturday, December 1 - to book call Margaret after 6pm on 07810 755787 or email lydmar2@hotmail.co.UK

RESIDENTS of Lindfield Road will know only too well that one of their bus shelters has been missing for some time after it was damaged. These shelters are a great blessing on windy and rainy days, and readers from that part of Hampden Park will be pleased to hear that, after months of negotiation with the local authorities, expenditure has been agreed to replace it, and I am assured it will be in place again soon.

THE school summer holidays are speeding by, and soon lots of parents and children will be using the footbridge from Brodrick Road, across the railway lines, to Percival Road. Users will be pleased to hear excessive undergrowth there has been partly cleared, and further work is expected shortly. In addition the County Council is arranging for the replacement of light bulbs where necessary, so everyone using this vital pedestrian link between the two parts of Hampden Park will have a safer and more pleasant route to use.