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IF YOU are aged between 17 and 65 and in good health you could donate a pint of blood at the Kings Centre, Edison Road on Thursday, February 30, 2pm-4.30pm and 5.30pm-8pm.

For various reasons many regular donors are no longer able to give blood, which is causing considerable concern as stocks are lower than usual at this time of year. Your donation could make the difference between life and death for some unfortunate person. You can pre-book an appointment for a convenient time - 0300 1232323.

EVERY Wednesday, until Easter, a series of Lent Lunchtime services will be held in the Upperton United Reformed Church, Upperton Road at 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend. These half hour services are based on the theme “People of the Passion” and will be led by the Minister and Associate Ministers.

THE annual Women’s World Day of Prayer Service is being held in Our Lady of Ransom Roman Catholic Church on Friday, March 2, at 2.15pm. The service has been prepared by Christian Women from Malaysia on the theme Let Justice Prevail, echoing the present day concerns of women being unjustly discriminated against in education and employment. The mayor, councillor Carolyn Heaps, will attend and the speaker will be Major Linda Squirrel of the Salvation Army. Everyone is invited, not just the ladies.

ALSO on Friday, May 2, at 8 pm in the Underground Theatre, beneath the Library, the wildly funny Duo, Grant Baynham and Hilary Spencer will give an evening of rich comedy entitled Make ‘em Laugh. The bar and coffee bar will open from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 available via the box office, Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, on 0845 6801926 or at the door.

On Saturday, May 3, Ron Turner will play background guitar music at the coffee morning, 10am-midday. Entry is free.

On Sunday, May 4, Frederica Mossone, harp, will present a programme of Chamber Music at 2.45pm. This performance was cancelled at the beginning of February because of the snow. Tickets £9 available at the door.

ON TUESDAY March 6 at 2.30pm Miss Holly Jones will talk about the National Trust Property, the Alfriston Clergy House, to the Friendship Hour in the Central Methodist Church Hall, Langney Road.A welcoming cup of tea is served from 2pm and the meetings are open to all.

ALSO on Tuesday, March 6, Gillian Wood will talk on the theme Around the British Isles to the Ladies Guild in St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Blackwater Road at 2.30pm.

AGE Concern in Junction Road is seeking extra volunteers willing to help older people remain independent in their homes. The charity runs a scheme called Home from Hospital Befriending Group and would like your support. There are regular meetings for training, with out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed. For more details contact the community services manager on 749854.

AN EXCITING new project operates at The Seaside Centre, Seaside. On Mondays, 10am-1pm, assistance may be given with form filling, etc. Call 412412 if unable to attend in person.

On Tuesdays, 10am--noon there is a drop-in for parental advice. In the afternoon counselling can be provided by appointment, 01892 538288.

On Wednesday, representatives from People Matter can offer advice, guidance and practical help for active job seekers, call 431289.

On Thursdays there is benefit and general advice as well as sign posting by YMCA sponsored associates 10am–1pm. From 2pm a member of the New Hope Baptist Church will be available.

On Fridays, for those living rough or in bedsits, there is continuing education during the morning (call 436465 for details).

Free English language lessons for all nationalities are held on Saturdays. This is a YMCA sponsored project, supported by the Churches Together for Eastbourne.

PETER BARKER, Tel: 01323 737853