DYW: Hampden Park - January 12, 2011

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APOLOGIES to readers that there was no column last week...why do computers go down at the most inconvenient times? However, all is now well.

As observant local residents will have noticed, the signal box at Hampden Park Station has not yet been repainted, contrary to their comments reported here before Christmas.

However, it is not their fault, they are victims of the recent awful weather. But the good news is Network Rail have now informed us the stairs and platform to the signal box have been repainted, and the windows replaced, and the remaining painting has been re-scheduled for April.

NOT only should we have colourful bluebells around the Rugby Club area of Hampden Park later this spring, we shall now have new crocus dells around the memorial.

The Eastbourne Sovereign Rotary Club offered The Friends of the Hampden Park hundreds of crocus bulbs, the first of which were planted just before Christmas.

The Rotary President, Brian Hampson helped with the honours, aided by Sandy Boyce-Sharpe, from the Friends, David Henry, from Eastbourne Borough Council Parks and Gardens Department, and some chaps from Wyevale, the council contractors. They hope to have lots of beds to enhance our lovely memorial.

DURING these dreary January days, do you dream of flying off to somewhere exotic?

Well you could have a good chance of doing that - for free - if you support the Rugby Club’s Grand Raffle. Or maybe a cash windfall of £10,000 is more to your liking?

This is all organised by the Rugby Football Union Draw Society, the tickets are just £1 each, of which 90p goes directly to the Hampden Park Rugby Club. What a great way to support them, and you never know - YOU could be a winner of these, or some of the other wonderful prizes on offer. So pick your tickets up now, from the Rugby Club bar.

ANOTHER way of brightening up your day could be to invite your friends and neighbours to a coffee morning - and raise some funds for a worthwhile cause at the same time.

Paws for Coffee is in aid of Hearing Dogs for deaf people, and the local fundraising organiser, Sue Pellow, can be found on 01323 508932. She will be pleased to send you an information pack, which gives recipes and ideas.

We have a working dog locally, who is completing his final training, and Sue will be letting me know more about this shortly.

A LOT of local residents use the footbridge from Brodrick Road.

There have been ongoing problems there for some while, including objects being thrown on to the lines.

Your local neighbourhood panel is working hard to get improvements to this bridge, so if you would like to know more, why not go along to their next meeting, on Tuesday January 18, at 10am in the Railway Club, Station Approach, and hear what is being done about this, and other priorities in and around the village, including youth facilities, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour.

A DATE for your diary, later in the month: on January 28 at 7 pm you can meet your local Policing Team in Brassey Parade, to discuss any concerns or issues you may have in your area. They will be supported by representatives of Neighbourhood Watch, and local councillors.