ST JOHN Ambulance Retirement Fellowship meets at St John Headquarters, Bourne Street, tomorrow (Thursday) at 2.15pm. New members will be made very welcome, whether retired or ex-members of St John or anyone interested in the work of St John Ambulance. For full details telephone Joan on 506885.
THE WALSINGHAM Cell at Christ Church next meets on Monday, February 7, when there will be a Mass for Our Lady of Walsingham. The service begins at 6.15pm in the memorial chapel, and further details about Cell membership and the annual pilgrimage to Walsingham can be obtained by calling Freda on 731217. This year’s pilgrimage is planned for September 16-18.
A ROYAL visit to Eastbourne will take place this month when the Queen’s double Jeannette Charles will be speaking at two lunches on Tuesday, February 8 (ladies only) and Wednesday, February 9 (ladies with gentlemen). Jeannette is currently celebrating four decades as the most famous lookalike in the world and will be interviewed at the lunches by Paul James about her life and work, and some of her extraordinary experiences as Her Majesty. The lunch is at the Langham Hotel in Royal Parade at noon for 12.30pm and costs £17.50. Book on 731451 as soon as possible.
ANDERIDA Writers meet on Tuesday, February 8, at 7.30pm in the West Dean Suite of the Langham Hotel. This will be a critique session where members can take along their work to be read out. There will also be a mini-workshop and those who would like to take part are asked to prepare in advance the first sentence or paragraph of a potential book, article, short story or poem that would instantly grab a commissioning editor’s or a publisher’s attention.
Anderida Writers is a friendly group of local authors who share an interest in all forms of creative writing. The membership includes published and aspiring writers, and the aim is to help members develop their craft through constructive criticism and encouragement. The group also produces a monthly newsletter. Membership costs £25 a year, or you can go along for a taster session at £3. More details from the membership secretary on 503952.
THE HISTORY of Eastbourne Lifeboats will be the subject when Paul Metcalfe speaks to members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute on Friday, February 11. Meetings are held at the Fishermen’s Club in Royal Parade at 10.30am for 11am, and non-members are welcome to attend at the cost of £1, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits. For details of membership or the work of the RNLI, call Derek Legg on 735970.
THE NEXT social and fundraising event at Christ Church and St Philip’s is an evening of comedy, reminiscences and song, when Lady Crabtree will be joined by mezzo soprano Dame Margot Hamilton, Countess of Richborough, in Dowagers Reunited, as the two society ladies get together for the first time in over 40 years.
The light-hearted entertainment begins at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 26, at St Philip’s Hall, opposite Whitley Road fire station. Tickets cost £7, which includes interval food, and can be booked now by calling Meg on 487229.
EASTBOURNE Friendship Centre meets twice a month at the Langham Hotel, Royal Parade, for afternoon tea with an invited speaker, and for morning coffee. The group also meets once a month for Sunday lunch at a variety of local venues. The group was established in 1990 and is now entirely independent. New members aged 50 and over are always welcome. For more details call the secretary on 646115.
THE FRIENDSHIP Club for senior citizens meets every Thursday in the lounge of Duke Bernard Court, Latimer Road, from 2.15pm to 3.45pm. Members meet on a social basis to chat over a cup of tea, or take part in quizzes or games. The weekly subscription is 50p to cover the cost of refreshments. More details can be obtained by calling Hazel or Dick on 722450.
THE ROSELANDS Slimming World Group meets in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church, for anyone wishing to lose weight after the excesses of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 5.30pm and 7.30pm, full details from Carol on 07523 214353.