DYW: Town Centre - December 22, 2010

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DO YOU enjoy reading but cannot get to the library or the books are too heavy to carry home? The East Sussex Library Service offers a free home library service to those unable to get to the library due to disability, frailty or caring for someone who cannot be left.

If you would like to receive this service contact the Equal Access Service Manager on 01273 335383. If you could help to deliver a packet/box of books to those unable to visit the library to choose for themselves, please contact the library on 434206.

DO YOU wonder what happens to the items you donate to charity shops? St. Wilfrid’s Hospice tells us teams of volunteers carefully sort through over one million items every year in their seven shops, stretching from Eastbourne and Polegate to Hailsham and Uckfield.

The clean, good-quality, saleable items are then labelled, steam ironed or cleaned and week-coded, before being offered for sale on the shop-floor. Stock only remains on the shop floor for a few weeks, before being reduced or moved to another store, thereby ensuring that stock remains fresh.

Items left are sold on to textile merchants or recycling companies, thus helping to increase income.

When many charities are struggling to increase income, St Wilfrid’s Hospice shops expect to raise a staggering £6,000 in this financial year, as against £5,200 the previous year. If you are unable to deliver items directly to the furniture shop in Langney Road or to Terminus Road, call 432180 to arrange collection.

AT THE time of preparing this column, our town centre shops are not aware of when they will be reopening after Christmas Day, but in all probability on Boxing Day, December 26. to hold their post-Christmas sale.

Stagecoach Buses advises it will be running a normal service on Christmas Eve but will withdraw services early evening so that staff can get home to join their families.

There will be no service on Christmas or Boxing Day, and on December 27 and 28 they will be providing a Sunday service. There will not be any buses running on New Year’s Day but a Sunday service operates on January 2/3.

THE CENTRAL Library will be closed from Friday, December 24 until December 29. It will close on 5pm on New Year’s Eve and reopen as usual on January 3 at 9.30am.

ON CHRISTMAS Day and Boxing Day local bands will be providing entertainment at the Bandstand from 10am with fun for all the family. There will also be entertainment on New Year’s morning. For details call 410611.

GET THOSE dancing shoes out for a Boxing Day Tea Dance in the Winter Garden Floral Hall 2pm–5pm. Admission price £7 includes tea and biscuits.

MAKE your Christmas complete by attending a Christmas service in one of our town centre churches.

The Salvation Army and Songsters will be playing at the Pier Head at 10pm and then processing to the Citadel in Langney Road for Carol’s at Night at 11.15pm.

On Christmas morning the band will play carols in the foyer at 10.30am prior to a family service at 11am.

At the Central Methodist Church, Pevensey Road, a Christmas Day service will be held at 10.30am, with a united service at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve at the Broadway United Church, Hampden Park.

THE NEW Hope Baptist Church, which meets in the Methodist Church Hall will hold a Christmas Day Service at 10 am but no service on Sunday, December 26.

AT HOLY Trinity Church, Trinity Trees, a crib service is being held at 4pm Christmas Eve with a midnight communion service at 11.15pm. On Christmas Day the family service at 10.20am will be taken by Rev. Marc Lloyd. This will be his final service here as he has been appointed Rector of Warburton Church.

AT UPPERTON United Reformed Church, A Christmas Eve family service is taking place at 6pm and the Christmas Day Service is at 10.30 am.

AT ST. Andrew’s URC, Blackwater Road, a Carols by Candlelight Service will be at 11.30pm – bring your own candle and holder. Christmas Day Service will commence at 11am, with a family service on Boxing Day at 10.30am.

ALL SOUL’S Church are having a Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve, with a communion service at 11pm. The preacher at the Christmas Day family service at 10.30am will be their new vicar, who was inducted by the Bishop of Lewes last Friday.

A VERY Happy Christmas to all readers and I hope you have a successful 2011. I am taking a short break until the New Year and will be pleased to receive details of events, programmes etc. preferably three weeks prior to the event, in order to publicise a week in advance. Thank you.