Down Your Way: Town Centre

ON Saturday, March 10, a tea chat shop is being held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Place from 2.30pm. Admission is free.

THE UNDER Ground Theatre, Grove Road hosts a coffee morning on Saturday, March 10, 10am–noon. Entertainment is by folk group Black Strap Molasses - entry free.

On Sunday, March 11, at 2.45pm pianist Aleksander Szram performs a concert of works by Schumann, Alkan and Ireland. Tickets, £9, available at the coffee morning, on the door or at the Tourist Information Centre.

ON Sunday, March 11, The Music and Arts Festival Gala Concert takes place in the Winter Garden Floral Hall at 3pm. This is an opportunity to be entertained by the best of the performers over the two week festival. Tickets, £6, from the theatre box office.

ON Tuesday, March 13, David and Eleanor Robins will put on a cheese tasting afternoon for the Friendship Hour in The Central Methodist Church Hall, Langney Road, from 2.30pm. Everyone welcome.

THE Devonshire Children’s Centre, Seaside hosts a session for children aged between 18 months to two-and-a-half years old on Mondays 9.30am-10.30am. From 1pm-3pm there is a health drop-in and play when parents with small babies can speak to the health visitor.

On Tuesdays, 12.30-2pm, there is a drop-in session for parents under 21. On Wednesdays, 10am–11.30am, there is a club for babies under 18 months and an Thursdays, 1pm–2pm, a pop-in and play for the under fives.On Fridays from 10.45am there is a fun session. Further details contact 01323 464180.

THE local branch of the Samaritans has an informal information session at The Haven, 13, Bolton Road, on Saturday, March 17, at 10am due to the high demand of calls they receive. If you are a good listener, are non-judgemental and have some spare time, you may be interested in volunteering for this rewarding service.

THE EASTBOURNE Blind Society advises that Debenhams in Terminus Road is now offering a tailored shopping service for blind and partially sighted customers. The store’s personal shoppers have been trained to describe differences in look as well as different fastening methods. When visiting the store ask for Hazel or Ruth.

IF YOU are aged 65 or over STEPS, administered by Eastbourne Homes, can assist you to stay independent in your own home. They can support you to claim benefits you are entitled to, liaise with landlords, change utility suppliers, obtain specialist debt advice and provide a list of activities in your area. For more information on STEPS call the County Council on 436414.

EASTBOURNE Borough Council has submitted the Core Strategy and Town Centre Area Action Plan to the Secretary of State for examination. Copies of the plan can be viewed at 1 Grove Road, Central Library Grove Road, or the Town Hall. If you require further information contact the Planning Policy Team on 01323 415255 or planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk

PETER BARKER, Tel: 01323 737853