DYW: Willingdon - December 15, 2010

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WIN A car courtesy of local charity the JPK Project. The charity, which aims to provide residential accommodation in a caring community alongside meaningful day-time activities for people with a learning disability, has once again been successful with its application to be one beneficiary of the annual Win a Car Charity Draw held in the Arndale Centre during the period coming up to Christmas. JPK will be there today (Wednesday) so if you are going into Eastbourne for Christmas shopping, do support the charity by buying some raffle tickets.

ACOUSTIC music will be the entertainment at The Red Lion in Willingdon Village from 8pm tomorrow (Thursday).

COMMUNITY evening: Some shops at Willingdon Triangle will open tomorrow (Thursday) evening, when the Willingdon Residents Association has once more organised the annual carol evening for the whole community. It is now being run by the parish council, but councillor John Pritchett is the main organiser and is the chairman of both the residents association and parish council. He is grateful to the ‘super local businesses’ which have helped sponsor the event.

The evening starts at 6pm. Father Christmas will be in his grotto in Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue, where there will also be children’s craft activities, quizzes and games. The Kingfisher Scout Band will march along to the Triangle and there will be community carol singing. It is a good idea to take a torch or lantern.

Hot food, from Brains the Butchers will be available and there will also be mulled wine and mince pies. Some of the local charities will be having raffles and tombolas.

By 8.30pm, everything starts to wind down, but before going home, why not pop into the British Queen for a basket meal?

BUTTS Brown WI members meetat 2.15pm tomorrow (Thursday) at Willingdon Memorial Hall for their Christmas Miscellany.

NATIVITY: Meet at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 6pm on Friday, December 17, and if you can dress up as one of the characters in the bible story, so much the better.

The group will make its way along Church Street, stopping off to pick up the wise men (from Anji’s hairdressing salon). The shepherds will be in their field (the garden at Flint House) and will then join the others. Fr Martin recounts the story of the nativity as they go along.

Finally they all arrive at ‘the inn’ - or to be more precise The Wheatsheaf. The inn keeper, Martin Hughes, says there is no room at the inn and directs the weary travellers to the ‘stable’ opposite, which is the ideal setting, decked out with straw and a manger for the baby.

By 8pm they will all be singing carols and with any luck may be allowed into ‘the inn’ itself, where the Long Man Morris Men will also be joining them.

CONCENTUS: Following their Christmas concert on December 11 at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford, Concentus Chorale will repeat the concert at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne at 7.30pm on Saturday December 18. Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 at the door. There will be a retiring collection for the JPK Project.

LONE Star Liners have a line dance social, 7.15pm-10.30pm on Saturday ,December 18, at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. Admission is £4 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 504463.

DUNCAN, formerly with the local band Lacadaisy, now plays with a five piece western/swing band Gadzooks. A highly entertaining evening is guaranteed at The Wheatsheaf in Willingdon Village on Saturday December 18.

MEMBERS of St Wilfrid’s Church in Broad Road will lead carol singing at Willingdon Triangle at 10.30am on Saturday December 18, so do go along and join in. On Sunday December 19 there will be a family service at 10am at St Wilfrid’s Church and at 6.30pm that evening, it will be ‘carols by candlelight’.

DR FRISBY will be playing keyboard and leading the carol singing at 8pm on Sunday December 19 at The Eight Bells in Jevington.

THE Christmas raffle takes place at 8pm on Saturday December 18 at The British Queen at Willingdon Triangle. This will be followed by Howling Blues. On Sunday December 19, 1pm-3pm, Jazz Caverners play at The British Queen.

CAROLS will be sung at St Andrews Church in Jevington from 4pm on Sunday, December 19.

THE CAROL SERVICE at St Mary’s Church Willingdon will be at 6.30pm on Sunday, December 19.

MEMBERS of St Mary’s Church Willingdon will be singing carols at Sunrise Senior Living at 6.30pm on Tuesday December 21 and this will be followed by carol singing at The Red Lion in Willingdon Village. Do join them at either or both of these venues.