DOWN YOUR WAY (July 24th): Hampden Park

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GREAT news for all four to 12 year olds now the summer school vacation has arrived! There are heaps going on, especially for you, at the Hampden Park Sports Centre in Brodrick Road.

On weekdays from 9.15am-12.30pm there is a bouncy castle and a variety of games and arts and crafts-type activities for the four to seven year olds, and football, dodgeball and various similar sporting things to choose from, for the eight to 12 year olds.

Each afternoon, Mondays to Fridays, 1pm-3pm, there are different events each afternoon, including performing arts.

These weekday activities will be ongoing throughout the summer holidays, so don’t delay, book today, by calling 509859.

AT the same venue on Wednesdays, 3.30pm-5pm, there is a roller disco, and as a date for your diary, DJ Big G will host a disco and games on Thursday, August 23, 1pm-3pm, for all four to 12 year olds.

MANY Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees residents enjoy the pleasure of visiting the Princess Diana Gardens near the station in the village. On Saturday, July 28, the Gardens open 11am-5pm as part of the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Open Gardens visiting days.

As well as admiring the garden, visitors have the chance to purchase plants, and browse through the book stall. Refreshments will be available, and all donations will be going to the hospice.

OLIVE Woodall has reported that the Hampden Park in Bloom judging went extremely well and one of the judges even took some photos, which is apparently unusual.

Their comments about the standard of blooms and the general look of the area were very encouraging, so Olive is hopeful Hampden Park in Bloom may be in line for a certificate again this year,. The results are not revealed until September.

THE Sussex Dance Group will entertain local residents and visitors at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre in Maywood Avenue, both at the beginning of August, and again later in the month. On Thursday, August 2, and Friday, August 3, at 7.30pm, and again 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, August 4, they will give their version of Through the Looking Glass and tickets are already selling fast.

On Monday August 13 West End star Claire Brazier will lead an all-day professional workshop entitled We Will Rock You. This will be from 10am till 4pm and the cost for the day will include lunch.

For all these events, ring Lisa Innes, the Principal of the Sussex Dance Group, on 503588 or go on to their web site www.sussexdance.net

AS ALREADY mentioned in this column, our local Hampden Park Sainsburys’ chosen charity for this year - voted for by shoppers and staff - is Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders.

On Saturday, August 11, 11am- 4pm there is a tombola, and representatives of the responders will do CPR demonstrations and talking to the public about the voluntary service they provide to the public.

LOCK up your bicycles! That’s is the advice of our local police community support officers.

Although crime is encouragingly low in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees, there have been several incidents of bicycles being stolen. So please padlock them to something secure in your shed or garage and when using them around the town, make use of the many cycle parking bays available and take your chain and padlock with you.

You can also have them specially marked by the police. This service is entirely free and you can find out more by asking at the desk of the Grove Road Police Station, or from your community support officer.