DOWN YOUR WAY (August 14th) - Roselands

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A CREATIVE workshop for children, inspired by the 350th anniversary of Mr Punch’s first performance in the UK, is being held at the Redoubt Fortress in Royal Parade today (Tuesday) 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm. Children can make their own Punch and Judy puppets, try their hand at some traditional Victorian pastimes, and watch a live Punch and Judy Show. Tickets cost £5. All under-eights must be accompanied by an adult. If you are unable to go today, the workshop is repeated on Tuesday August 21. For details call 410300.

ITALY’S National Celebration Day – Ferragosto -- the Feast of the Assumption, will be celebrated by the Pudding and Wine Club tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon for 12.30pm, with a lunch featuring Italian food served with Italian wines. Guest speaker Jonathan Farrar, of Orion Wines, will describe each wine before every course and Head Chef Michael Titherington will speak about the dishes being served. Club lunches are held at the Langham Hotel and are open to all - booked on 731451.

ST AGNES Church Social Group, which meets on Wednesday afternoons, is currently taking a summer break and will resume in September.

THERE is a whist drive in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church on Thursday, August 16, starting at 2pm. The cost is £2.50 per person. If you would like to join in, ring Gladys on 720885 or just go along to St Augustine’s Hall on Thursday.

ESK Gardening Club meets on Thursday, August 16, when Simon Hurt will be guest speaker. Simon is responsible for council planting around Eastbourne and will be revealing how it is done and why particular plants are used. Meetings are at the Garden Centre in Courtlands Road between 5.30pm-8pm. The club is free to join and meets every Thursday evening in the summer. To join, call 722922, visit www.eskplants.co.uk for an online application form, or speak to a staff member at the ESK garden centre.

THE 75th Eastbourne Ladies Open Bowls Tournament, sponsored by the Langham Hotel, is currently taking place at the Royal Sovereign Bowls Club and Parade Bowls Club every day this week with bowlers competing for the Ladies’ Singles, Ladies’ Pairs and Mixed Pairs trophies. For details, call Keith on 648145. Spectators are very welcome. The final is on Saturday August 18.

THE FRIENDS of Princes Park have a Fun Day on Saturday, August 18, 11am-4pm. There will be a variety of stalls, Punch and Judy, pony rides, plus refreshments.

THEFT from gardens is a growing problem. A recent national survey found 1.6m people have had items stolen from their gardens within the last two years with £90m worth of items stolen, such as tools, garden furniture, ornaments, benches, edging tiles and plants. My own garden in Whitley Road joined the statistics recently when a tree was taken between July 30 -August 1, so thieves are at work in this area too.

Four years ago I planted two conifer trees either side of a path in the front garden, which were growing well and amazingly at identical heights. Today there is only one. I just hope they are enjoying my tree in their own garden.

Sussex Police report an increase in drive-by theft from gardens this month, where people have had hedge cutters, lawnmowers and strimmers stolen while working in their gardens. Police advise gardeners not to leave equipment unattended and to look out for any suspicious cars patrolling their area. Suspicious vehicles can be reported by calling 101, or immediate theft on 999.