Down Your Way: Roselands and Seaside

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ERE is a coffee morning at Christ Church, Seaside, on Wednesday (March 7) from 9.30am, when there will some stalls and a small raffle. Free computer training for senior citizens is also available to anyone wanting to learn the basics. A short service in the Memorial Chapel follows the coffee morning at 11.30am.

SEASIDE Neighbourhood Panel has a public meeting on Wednesday (March 7) in St Agnes church hall, Whitley Road, starting at 7pm. All residents with concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour in this area are encouraged to attend.

THE Friendship Club for senior citizens meets Thursday (March 8) in the lounge of Duke Bernard Court, Latimer Road, 2.15pm to 3.45pm, for a chat over tea or take part in quizzes and games. A weekly subscription of 50p covers the cost of refreshments. More details from Hazel or Dick on 722450.

THERE is a Whist Drive in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church on Thursday (March 8) starting 2.15pm. The cost is £2.50 per person, more details from Gladys on 720885.

THE RNLI, local branch, meets on Friday March 9, when Simon Hurt will speak about Eastbourne’s parks and gardens. Meetings are in the West Dean Suite of the Langham Hotel, 10am for 10.30am, and admission of £1 includes a raffle ticket. Tea and coffee will be available. Non members are welcome - further details from Derek Legg on 735970.

THERE is a race night in aid of Eastbourne Rangers Football Club at the Arlington Arms in Seaside on Friday, March 10. The first of nine races begins at 7.30pm. Tote tickets can be purchased on the night for £1, or you can become a jockey or owner in advance. For more information, call 724365.

THE Friends of Princes Park hold a General Meeting in the clubroom of the Royal Sovereign Bowls Club at 7pm on Tuesday, March 13. Anyone interested in the future of Princes Park is welcome to attend.

Friends of Princes Park member Phil Gardner will give an illustrated talk about Eastbourne in the 1960s on Saturday, March 17, in the parish hall of Christ the King, Princes Road, 3pm-5pm.

Doors open at 2pm and there will be a short break for tea/coffee and biscuits during the afternoon.

Entry is £2.50, which includes refreshments. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Princes Park funds.

A ST PATRICK’S Day will be celebrated at the Arlington Arms on Saturday March 17. Young local singer Chloe Paige will sing a collection of folk and Irish ballads. Irish Lamb stew will be on the menu and there will be lots of Guinness Hats to give away. Details on 724365.

A FAMILY Mass for Mothering Sunday will be held at Christ Church on Sunday, March 18, starting at 10.30am.

A MOTHERING Sunday lunch will be available at the Langham Hotel on Sunday, March 18, 12.30pm-2pm, with entertainment by singer Paul Turner, a glass of bubbly on arrival and a gift for your mother or grandmother. A special Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea will be served 3pm-5pm, with champagne, finger sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes, plus a Mother’s Day gift. To book, call 731451.

TO COMMEMORATE the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, Philip Littlejohn will speak at two events in Eastbourne. Philip’s grandfather, Alexander Littlejohn, was a First Class steward on the Titanic and survived the sinking through being asked to man lifeboat number 13.

Philip has written a book called Waiting For Orders about the Titanic’s tragic voyage and his grandfather’s experiences, with many original photographs.

He will speak at a Literary Lunch on Tuesday, March 20, at the Langham Hotel and also at the Ladies’ Lunch Club, also at the Langham, on Wednesday, March 21, when the menu will recreate dishes passengers ate on board the Titanic, served with identical wines. To book for either, call 731451.

STATIONS of the Cross will be followed every Friday throughout Lent at Christ Church, starting 6pm.

DEMOLITION work has begun on the former Bedfordwell depot site, between the railway line and the Gorringe Road allotments, where a major new development has received planning permission. 154 properties will be built on the site by Places For People, including 47 units of low cost housing, made up of 50 houses, 40 one-bedroom and 64 two-bedroom flats. The Victorian Pump House, a landmark in the area, has been granted a change of use and will be turned into apartments. Vehicular and pedestrian access to the new estate will be from Bedfordwell Road at the junction with Upper Avenue, adjacent to Whitley Bridge

PAUL JAMES, Tel: 01323 722338, roselands_seaside@o2.co.uk