Down Your Way: Langney and Shinewater - April 4

THE ART and Craft Exhibition and Flower Festival Committee of St Richard’s Church in Etchingham Road is having a coffee morning and nearly new Sale on Friday April 13 between 10am and 11:30am to raise funds.

There will be a raffle with lots of prizes, so go along and see if you can win a prize or pick up a bargain!

VOLUNTEERS are needed for Langney Community Centre. Do you have any ideas for the facility in Etchingham Road?

After months and months and months of work, it’s finally getting to a situation where things are happening.

But more needs to be done. The community payback scheme and students from Sussex Downs College have been involved with decorating and maintenance in recent times.

Other people have also been working in a variety of ways. LCC wants to hear from you on your thoughts though! Send me an email via the details above if you can help with ideas of any form and I will pass them on to the relevant people.

DON’T forget your monthly intake of caffeine is this week at St Barnabas Church in Kingfisher Drive (near Langney Shopping Centre).

The coffee morning takes place on Saturday April 7 from 10am to 12noon and offers scrumptious cakes along with greetings cards and bric-a-brac for sale.

Sunday Service is also available...on a Sunday! The service is between 10.30 and 11.30am. Call 01323 725287 for church secretary Annette.

YOUR report is on the way from this month’s Langney Area Panel meeting. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest goings on next week.

The Panel meets on the last Thursday of every month at Langney Resource Centre in Etchingham Road and all are welcome to come along to chat about issues and events in your district.

It’s casual chat and tea from 5pm-6pm and then from 6pm to 8pm is the time for the meeting and discussions.

ON THURSDAY (April 5) Eastbourne Borough FC Fans hold their own forum at 8.30pm.

The meeting takes place in Priory Lane. Our local Blue Square South team also have their own events to attend to when they go head to head with Welling United on Saturday from 3pm at home and Chelmsford City away on Bank Holiday Monday from 3pm.

IT’S BACK! It’s been a while, but the egg-normous Bank Holiday Market for Langney Shopping Centre returns next Monday! (April 9).

If you’ve not had egg’nough of your Easter treats yet, then head down and I’m sure you’ll be able to hunt out some left over ones for ‘cheep’!

There’s always plenty to buy at the market including magazines, clothes, food, fishing gear, toys, ex catalogue goods, bric-a-brac, in fact, tell me something they don’t sell! And don’t miss out on the burger vans. Yum!

I WAS asked to make you lot aware of this new charity appeal.

However, I had to decline at first as it was regarding Uganda and this column doesn’t cover that distance.

But then I was informed that it does involve students from Bishop Bell School in Priory Road so I thought that qualified!

Skate 4000 is a skating club and its members will be travelling 4000 miles to Kabubbu in Uganda when they visit in July.

The village has 400 orphans, which is supported by Sussex-based charity, the Quicken Trust.

The team, including 25 students from Bishop Bell are aiming to raise funds for supporting projects taking place in Kabubbu.

Some of the excellent work that this money goes towards is for schooling more than 1000 children, providing an AIDS centre and maternity clinic, providing clean water for more than 400 homes from nine boreholes and much, much more.

You can get involved by sponsoring a skater, taking part as a sponsored skater yourself and raising funds or just being there on Saturday (April 7) on Eastbourne seafront to support the skaters.

Visit www.quickentrust.com for more information or e-mail contactus@quickentrust.com .

I DON’T often whine (in this column- I’m like Victor Meldrew’s son outside of it!) so you know when I do, that it’s probably worth mentioning.

But I have to bring to attention this issue, as being green is making me blue!

For the umpteenth time of reporting, there is a problem of recycling in the area. I know other residents have experienced similar issues as this has come up in meetings which I’ve attended. And it seems daft, as in these meetings, the council have expressed concern themselves that we’re “not green enough”.

How can we be ‘green’ when our boxes of the same colour are taken away every fortnight to empty and not put back?

I for one consider the environment and in the process make my home a plastic palace until recycling day comes. So if those at the top of the recycling revolution in Eastbourne wonder why people aren’t paying attention to efforts of the movement, look no further.

The answer is simple - just put the box back where it came from after emptying, and I and others will happily join in.

SHINEWATER Community Centre has become a busy and vibrant place to be as of late.

They host more than 50 sporting sessions for just £2.50 a time and these include dadminton on a Tuesday from 9am to 12:30pm and Friday from 9 in the morning until 1pm.

Table Tennis takes place on a Monday afternoon starting at two o’clock, ending at 5:30pm.

And Short Mat Bowls runs on Tuesdays from 2 to 4pm. The team from the centre will happily lend equipment if required and refreshments are available from vending machines.

If you need some childcare this Easter, Ofsted registered care is available in the Shinewater Play scheme for ages five and up.

The scheme runs from 8:30am until 5:30pm. Sporting Activities for children are available too. Just choose your activity!

There’s badminton for over fives on Thursday evenings from 6pm- contact Mr Paine on Eastbourne 768089 for this one.

If they fancy showing off their moves, a whole variety of dance classes are run by Shining Stars Dance Academy. Ring Karen on 07980986672. Euro 2012 is around the corner and I’m sure Stuart Pearce (or Harry Redknapp!) will need some subs!

The centre runs Football Fun for only £2 a session from 4pm for ages five-plus.

Table Tennis for over 10s runs on Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm for £2 and gymnastics is for the five and overs with all abilities on Saturday mornings.

To get in touch with the Shinewater Community Centre for further information or to book any classes or rooms, please call 768614. ART and Craft Exhibition and Flower Festival Committee of St Richard’s Church in Etchingham Road is having a coffee morning and nearly new Sale on Friday April 13 between 10am and 11:30am to raise funds. There will be a raffle with lots of prizes, so go along and see if you can win a prize or pick up a bargain!

STEVE HOPPER

Tel: 07799 262639

stevehopper@dvdpromotions.co.uk