Down Your Way: Willingdon, Wannock & Jevington

THE MUSIC recital on November 26, directed by St Mary’s Church organist Michael Stumbles was described by Bp David Wilcox as ‘one of the best ever’. It was the first time I have been to one of Michael’s concerts, but it certainly won’t be the last.

THE BP Garage at the end of Coopers Hill, Willingdon, opened to the public on November 28. The forecourt looks much as before but the M & S Simply Food shop is ‘simply excellent’ and sells a wide variety of items including some hot take-away food. I popped in for some milk and a newspaper and came away with a free hessian bag in which to carry them.

THE CHRISTMAS Bazaar at St John’s Church Hall on November 17 raised £400 towards the upkeep of Polegate Windmill.

GRAHAM MORRIS, chef at the British Queen at Willingdon Triangle, is getting his team together to join him for his sponsored New Year’s Day swim at 11am from the beach by the bandstand.

This is Graham’s 31st annual swim and this year he has chosen to support Wilmington Stroke Unit at the DGH.

Hoping to take part are Rob and Angela Cain, Sam Guppy, Steve Marshall and Liam Bentley. They will be in safe hands as Graham used to be a life guard.

TRINITY: There will be a Christmas service attended by the local uniformed organisations at 6pm today (Tuesday) at Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue Willingdon. Everyone is welcome.

THE MOTHERS’ Union has an advent carol service and enrolment at 2pm in St Mary’s Church Willingdon followed by teas and mince pies in the church hall.

PARTY TIME: Jevington and Filching WI has its Christmas party at Wannock Hall from 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

BODY SHOP: Trudy will bring Body Shop products along to the British Queen at 7.30pm on Wednesday December 5. More details on 075405 43267.

WILLINGDON Flower Club mets at 1.45pm on Friday December 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall when Julie Brownlee gives a demonstration entitled ‘Christmas’. The competition is ‘a Christmas Pantomime’.

IT’S OPEN MIC night at The Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village from 8pm on Wednesday December 5. On Saturday December 8 Alex Gold will provid the entertainment.

STREET MEETING: PCSO Ali Beadon will be at Went Hill Gardens at 11am on Thursday December 6. Do go along and meet her. PCSO Ali Beadon can also be contacted by ringing 101 extension 68233 or on her mobile 07787 685 755.

A DICKENSIAN Spectacular celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens takes place at 10am on Saturday December 8 at Trinity Church Coppice Avenue. Come and enjoy a miscellany of festive music, drama and dance presented by The Downland Singers, St Andrew’s Drama Group and Coppice Dance in the presence of ‘Queen Victoria’.

There will also be an opportunity to browse a while in ‘ye olde curiosity shoppe’ and if you would really like to enter into the spirit of the occasion, Victorian dress would be welcome. Programmes priced at £3 to include seasonal refreshments are available at the door.

PANTOMIME tickets for Willingdon Church Players ‘Babes in the Wood’ are available in the church hall after the 9.45am service (about 10.45am) on Sunday December 9. The pantomime will be staged at Willingdon Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on January 24, 25 and 26, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

THE CHRISTINGLE service at St Mary’s Church Willingdon is at 11.30am on Sunday December 9. If you would like to help to make the Christingles in the church hall, do come early. The service, open to everyone, raises money for the Children’s Society.

JEVINGTON Church has a family service at 11.15am on Sunday December 9 when parishioners are asked to bring toys and gifts for those less fortunate.

IF YOU missed the Glen Chorale’s Christmas concert on Monday December 3, there is a chance to see the repeat performance at Wannock Hall at 2.30pm on Monday December 10. The choir, under the direction of Robin Moray, will sing a variety of Christmas music, both traditional and new as well as carols for audience participation. Tickets, including refreshments are £5 and aavailable from Vi Robinson on 767209. The Glen Chorale will also be singing at various private functions during the Christmas period.

CAROL EVENING: Do make a note of this community event organised by Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council for Thursday December 13 at Willingdon Triangle between 6pm and 9pm. More details next week.