Down Your Way: Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

SPORT Relief Mile: Doreen Giller is once again organising an annual ‘Sport Relief Mile.’ It will take place in Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground on Sunday, March 20, at 2pm and has the support of Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council.

WAGS (Walkers of all Generations) are being encouraged to take part. Sponsor forms available from the parish council office in Gorringe Valley Road. Alternatively ring Doreen on 01323 501610. Previous years’ events at the recreation ground have been very successful and Doreen hopes that with all the publicity given for Sport Relief on television, this year will be even better. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be provided by Willingdon WI. Do support this event.

TREE PLANTING: Celebrations in Willingdon for the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen began with two tree planting ceremonies. On February 6 - the anniversary of the accession - parish council chairman John Pritchett planted a fine horse chestnut sapling in the plantation on Foulride Green – by the A2270.

Since the Queen was abroad on that date, the proclamation took place two days later. This was the day chosen for the second planting which took place in Jubilee Gardens (set up for the Silver Jubilee). Following some sterling spadework by Grant and Nathan from Southern Land Services, parish tree warden Christine Page with Cllr Ray Ingram, Cllr Colin Woods and a few friends planted an English walnut tree. This planting was also in memory of Harry Page, father of the tree warden, who had originally inspired her love of trees, and whose birthday was also on February 8.

THE WHEATSHEAF: On Saturday, March 3, Alfie Noakes will provide the entertainment from 8.30pm at the Wheatsheaf. The Wheatsheaf quiz is on Tuesday, March 6 ,and starts at 8.30pm.

DAY OF PRAYER: This year’s annual church service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer is on Friday, March 2. The service has been written by the Christian Women of Malaysia under the title of ‘Let justice prevail’. It will be held at 10.30am at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. Refreshments will be available afterwards. There is also a service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer at 2.30pm at St John’s Church Polegate. The speaker will be Deacon Ann Howard. Everyone is welcome to both these events.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will meet at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 3, at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. Doors open at 7pm. The speaker is Dr Helen Walker and her subject is ‘Infrared Astronomy – seeing the invisible’.

TRAIDCRAFT ‘Big Brew Fortnight’ is from February 27 to March 11.The Traidcraft stall is available in St Mary’s Church Hall on the first Sunday of the month following the 9.45am service. The next stall will be set up on March 4.

MEETING: Willingdon Neighbourhood Watch meets at 2.30pm on Monday, March 5 in the vestry at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon.

COMMUNITY MARKET: Don’t forget Willingdon Community Market every Wednesday, 10am to 1pm in Trinity Church Hall Coppice Avenue. Stalls include fruit and vegetables, plants, hand crafts, farm eggs, jams, chutneys and pickles, cakes and quiches, jewellery, wood crafts and bird food.

IT’S RHYMETIME at Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue for babies and toddlers, from 10.40am to 11am on Thursday, March 8.

JEVINGTON & FILCHING WI will meet at 2pm on Thursday March 8 in Trinity Church Hall Coppice Avenue. The speaker is Dr Joanna Shawcross and her subject is ‘Hospital in Africa’. The exhibition is ‘My favourite badge’

RED LION on tour: From 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, March 8, Alan Grindle will be cooking one of his special recipes as part of the monthly Red Lion on Tour. This month the recipe is from Norway. It is advisable to book. Tel 502062.

WILLINGDON WI will meet at 2.15pm on Thursday, March 8, at Willingdon Memorial Hall Church Street. The speaker is Mr N Sadler and his subject is entitled ‘A policeman’s lot can be quite an interesting one’.

STREET meetings: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at the junction of Wannock Avenue and Hazel Grove at 10am on Thursday, March 8, and at the Paragon (near number 1) at noon. Do go along and meet her particularly if there is anything you would like to discuss. She can also be contacted by ringing 101 ext 69304 or on her mobile 07787 685755.

JAN GUTHRIE, Tel: 01323 501315