Down Your Way: Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees - March 30

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THE school Easter Holidays are almost here, so don’t forget to book a place for your sons and daughters to enjoy the activities going on at the Hampden Park Sports Centre in Brodrick Road. From Monday, April 2 to Thursday, April 5, there will be sports, crafts and games for four-to-twelve year olds each morning, 9.15am-12.30pm, and different activities from 1pm to 3pm.

They won’t want to miss the special Easter disco on the afternoon of Thursday April 5, which will also include an Easter egg hunt.

The daily activities will resume again after the Easter Bank Holiday, from Tuesday, April 10, until Friday, April 13. To book a place ring Matt and his team on 509859.

MANY readers feel it is kind to feed wild animals, and in principle this is very laudable. But several readers in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees have contacted me to report people in their roads are feeding the seagulls and this is causing several problems.

Apart from the birds congregating in large numbers and sometimes appearing rather intimidating, they make a mess and generally create an unpleasant atmosphere for some residents.

Apparently several people have contacted the Borough Council Enforcement Department for advice, but it is not actually an offence. But I have been asked to point out that perhaps anyone intending to feed these creatures, approach their neighbours out of consideration and ensure they do not annoy other people in the street.

TWO dates for your diaries - the first is Friday, April 6, when the Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees (Eastbourne Homes) Neighbourhood Panel hosts their monthly meeting in the Hampden Park Community Centre in Brodrick Road, 10am-noon. The Panel is very active in helping local residents and organizations and they welcome members of the public to attend these meetings.

ON Saturday, April 6, also at the Hampden Park Community Centre in Brodrick Road, your local councillors invite you to join them for coffee and a chat. They will be on hand, 10am-noon, to offer advice on any local issues you have.

NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch now has around 12,000 members in Eastbourne, and it is very fast-growing in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees. Membership to this voluntary organization is free, and the benefits are many.

Apart from an interesting and informative quarterly newsletter delivered to your door, their co-ordinators are a wealth of local information, as they liaise very closely with the Sussex Police and many other agencies in the town.

If you would like to know more about this vibrant group call 509196.

PAM ROLLISON

Tel: 01323 507665

jprollison@btinternet.com