Down Your Way: Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees

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SPECIAL Parents, run by Rachel Moran, whose usual meetings are held at the Willingdon Trees Children’s Centre in Maywood Avenue, has asked me to tell readers about a free taster session for all parents of children with additional needs and/or disability.

This important event is on Friday, March 9, at the Uckfield Civic Centre. 10am-2.30pm, free lunch included, and parents are invited to arrive from 9.30am for tea and coffee. To book a free place ring 0345 60 80 192. For details about the Special Parents Group, ring Rachel on 07522 847742.

MANY readers will be aware of the stalwart work done by the Hampden Park Neighbourhood Panel, which meets at the Railway Club. A great many community problems are solved by the Panel, and they always welcome suggestions for ways to improve or enhance our village.

The next meeting is at 10am on Tuesday, March 13, and representative of local groups, as well as residents are welcome to attend. If anyone would like a specific point or suggestion raised they should email hamchairman@eastbournenp.org so it can be considered for inclusion.

MOST find the Jurassic Coast a fascinating subject, and there will be some beautiful pictures, with a commentary to go with them, on March 21 at the Wednesday friendship hour at the Broadway United Church off Lindfield Road, starting 2.15pm. It includes tea and biscuits, so go along and be sure of a warm welcome.

HAVE all Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees readers with a front garden, started to plan the layout in readiness for the front competition being organised by the committee of Hampden Park in Bloom? If not, now is the time to start, as entry forms are available at the beginning of April, with judging in late July and the beginning of August. For more details call their Chairman, Olive Woodall on 01323 505740.

WHILE it is a lovely idea to have beautiful front gardens, no-one wants the area to be blighted by rubbish, and reports have come through of another case of fly-tipping in Hampden Park.

If you see anyone leaving items of rubbish please get as many details as possible if you actually witness it being done, and do not hesitate to ring the council enforcement team on 415924, who will arrange for the items to be removed, and speak to the perpetrators if they are known.

CALLING all mums with babies and toddlers - it can sometimes be only too easy to feel a bit left out of community events, particularly in these financially restrictive times.

But now you have your very own Talk and Toddler mornings on Tuesdays, 9.30am-11am, at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre in Maywood Avenue.

Coffee is free, and so are suitable refreshments for the ‘little ones’. It is an ideal chance for mums to chat, while the kiddies play and make new friends. The mornings are run by three lovely ladies, Christine, Pat and Sharon, who will provide any advice mums might feel they need.

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