Down Your Way: Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees

ON FRIDAY, March 2, 10am-noon, the Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees (Eastbourne Homes) Panel will hold its monthly meeting in the Hampden Park Community Centre in Brodrick Road. The committee welcome all residents to go and talk to them about any concerns they may have regarding the road or area in which they live, so do go along and be assured of a warm welcome.

ON SATURDAY, March 3, local ward councillors welcome you to their monthly ‘meet your councillors coffee morning’, 10am to noon, also at the Hampden Park Community Centre in Brodrick Road. They are keen to help people solve any issues and if any readers have not yet met them, it is sometimes nice to fit a face to a name, so don’t be afraid to join them for coffee and a chat.

THE Wednesday Friendship Hour at the Broadway United Church (off Lindfield Road) starts again after their winter break, on March 7 at 2.15pm. This is held in the church hall and includes tea and biscuits, and a series of interesting talks starting with speaker Deacon Jon Miller, and on the following week, March 14, the talk will be Living in the Manse with Reverend Peter and Deacon Anne Howard. New members and visitors are always welcome.

HOW many residents remember the name of Patrick Lindfield? He was born and brought up in Sackville Road, Hampden Park, with his mum, dad and sisters. He then went on to join the Royal Navy at the age of 15. He fondly remembers playing football for Park Royal on Saturdays and Sundays.

His parents ran the pub in the 1960s, then called the Lottbridge Arms. He moved some years ago and now lives in Hastings, and recently revisited our lovely park for the first time for 30 years.

He sent me a letter asking that thanks and praise be given to The Friends of the Hampden Park, who support the Eastbourne Council workmen and said that park’s transformation was a delight to see.

I have told him that for a very modest sum he can become a member of The Friends, and readers can find an application form in their quarterly newsletter, or by visiting www.friendsofthehampdenpark.co.uk If anyone would like to be remembered to Patrick by all means get in touch with me (details at the top of this column) .

READERS of last week’s column may recall the paragraph about humps in the road causing some residents problems, and one in particular in Hampden Park which was badly damaged. I am pleased to report that soon after the Highways Department was informed, an Inspector was sent to the site and the hump with the missing plate, leaving a large bolt sticking up into the road, has now been repaired.

MANY readers regularly contact me complaining about the sorry state of the pavements by the group of shops in Queens Parade.

Apparently that area of pavement is privately owned, but one of your local councillors has now managed to arrange for one shop to agree to renovate its frontage, making that part of the area much safer. Also arrangements are under way for the Community Payback team to clear the car park front.

RESIDENTS have voiced concerns about the empty former convenience store unit in Brassey Parade which many feel is an eyesore. Representatives of Eastbourne Borough Council are to liaise with their Empty Property Department to follow up a council initiative to display art work in empty premises.

ON Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22 there will be an exhibition of art at the Outdoor Hampden Park Bowling Club. It is part of the Eastbourne Arts and Cultural Festival 2012 and will consist of more than 200 paintings and wood carvings. The paintings will be displayed inside the bowls club and around the rinks. It will be held 10am to 4.30pm and tea and coffee will be served all day. So do make a note of this, as it should be a most interesting exhibition and the exhibits will be for sale.

PAM ROLLISON, Tel: 01323 507665, jprollison@btinternet.com