Down Your Way: Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees - March 14

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CALLING Strictly Come Dancing fans - there is a tea dance on Saturday, March 17, at the St Peter’s Community Hall in The Hydneye, 2pm-4pm. It is spearheaded by members of the Wright School of Dancing, and if you do not have a partner, you can still go along and enjoy the afternoon. As it is St Patrick’s Day, the theme will be Irish music. A modest entry fee includes tea and cakes - details from Rosemary on 01323 507573.

ON Saturday, March 24, at the same venue, St Peter’s has a Spring fair, from 2pm-4pm which will include a homemade cake stall, bric-a-brac and book stalls, a tombola and raffle.There will be plenty of refreshments - please support this important fundraising event to help with the cost of replacing the lead roofing recently stolen.

THERE are loads of new events at the Hampden Park Sports Centre in Brodrick Road. Starting on Tuesday March 20, the five-a-side league spring season begins, 7.30pm-10pm and a ten-week session. Also on Tuesdays there is circuit training 5.55pm-6.55pm for adults over 16 years of age - beginners welcome.

For parents looking ahead to the Easter Holidays, there are play schemes from Monday, April 2, to Thursday April 5, then again from Tuesday, April 10 to Friday, April 13.

The morning session runs 9.15am-12.30pm and the afternoons 1pm-3pm. In the morning there will be a variety of hobbies and sports, and something different each afternoon, so there will be lots of variety for all children between four and 12 years old.

There is a special party day on Thursday, April 5, with a disco and an Easter egg Hunt. For more details of these events and to book ring Matt and his team on 509859.

TALKING of Easter, the Broadway Church Wednesday Friendship Hour (in the Church Hall off Lindfield Road) starts at 2.15pm.

On March 28 Reverend Philip Osbourne will give an interesting talk entitled Looking at Easter.

New members and visitors are always assured of a warm welcome.

A REMINDER to members of the Special Parents Group which meets at the childrens centre in Maywood Avenue. The next parents night out is on Saturday, April 21 - book a place by Friday, March 30 - at the Happy Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Pevensey. Cheques at £10 per person (made out to Special Parents) should be sent to Kirsty Norton, c/o Rachel Moran, 178 Croxden Way Eastbourne BN22 0UL.

WHAT a pleasure to have our very own authoress living in Hampden Park. Elizabeth Wright has just had her autobiography published on e books for Kindles. Entitled From Fancy Pants to Getting There, the first three chapters can be read for free on Amazon’s website. I have read this hilarious and entertaining account of her life and would highly recommend it!

HAMPDEN Park village has lost another shop. For more than 20 years owner Peter Sparks was on hand for everything for the handyman, which his shop was aptly named. Whether for key-cutting, shears sharpening, and so many other DIY accessories Peter would always come up with the goods. But unfortunately due to an unacceptable rent rise, he has been forced to move to new premises in Hailsham. Hailsham’s gain is very much Hampden Park’s loss, and we wish him well in his new venture.

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