Down Your Way: Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

RICHARD Morgan, who lives in Willingdon Village, hopes to mark his 70th year with a sponsored cycle ride around 12 cathedrals in South East England.

Canon Martin Onions, vicar of Willingdon Church will match Richard mile for mile on an exercise bike in church. The distance is about 500 miles, and Richard hopes to complete it in 21 days.

The church is trying to raise £50,000 to complete the purchase of a house in the Willingdon Trees area, to place a parish worker to serve the church in the community around Willingdon Trees. To date £90,000 has been raised and Richard’s cycle ride will hopefully add a further £20,000 plus Gift Aid.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Richard, could either sponsor him for each cathedral visited, or donate for each mile covered or each day spent cycling. If enough pledges are forthcoming, it is intended to start the cycle ride on Sunday May 27.

A5 leaflets including pledge and sponsorship forms are available from church and other outlets. Alternatively ring the parish office on 501763.

WHIST drives are held every Tuesday at 2pm at Willingdon Memorial Hall. The cost is £2.50 to include a raffle. All are welcome.

STREET meeting: PCSO Ali Beaden will be in Swinburn Avenue at 11am on Wednesday, February 22, and at Clement Lane at 1pm if there is anything you would like to discuss with her, relating to her role.

FRUGAL lunch: There is a frugal lunch in aid of Christian Aid at noon on Ash Wednesday February 22 in St Mary’s Church Hall Willingdon. Admission is free but donations on the door and raffle prizes would be gratefully received.

THE 3 MMMs (Mrs Miss and Ms) meet at St Mary’s Church Hall at 8pm on Wednesday February 22 when Peter Lord will talk on Raystede Animal Centre.

TRIANGLE Ladies Club meetg at 2.15pm on Thursday February 23 at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue Willingdon, when Mr Leslie O’Shea will give a talk entitled Boyhood Memories in the 1930’s. The competition is a holiday souvenir. New members would be made very welcome.

BUTTS Brow WI meet on Thursday February 23 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Mrs J Kinnison-Bourke will talk about Lost Ancestors.

WANNOCK artists meet at 7pm on Friday, February 24, at Wannock Hall. Jackie Hurwood will be demonstrating a landscape with figures in watercolour.

COUNCIL meetings: There is a planning meeting at 7pm on Monday February 27 at Willingdon Primary School in Rapsons Road followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm. For further information ring the parish office on 489603 or 489104.

TRAIDCRAFT’S Big Brew Fortnight is from February 27 until March 11. The Traidcraft stall is available in St Mary’s Church Hall on the first Sunday of the month, after the 9.45am service. The next is March 4.

JAN GUTHRIE

Tel: 01323 501315