DYW: Willingdon - December 29, 2010

NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM: This is a reminder that Graham Morris, who works at the British Queen at Willingdon Triangle, and friend Kevin Edwards are organising a sponsored swim on New Year’s Day at 11am by the bandstand.

Graham, who used to be a lifeguard, has been doing these swims every year since he was 18, apart from one year when his leg was in plaster. He is now 47.

The British Queen regulars, who are also swimming are Steve Marshall, Andy Ellis, Jo Guppy and Dan Brewer.

The charity to benefit is Lark in the Park which helps under privileged and disabled children.

If you would like to sponsor them, you can do this at the British Queen or alternatively turn up to watch them on New Year’s Day and put a few coins in the collection buckets.

THE WHEATSHEAF: On New Year’s Eve at the Wheatsheaf, you can see in the New Year with a wonderful mix of original motown, northern soul and dance music.

THE EIGHT BELLS will be open on New Years Eve from 11am to 1am with meals served from noon to 3pm and from 6pm to 9pm.

The entertainment at 9pm that evening will be cover music with the Stray Dogs.

On New Year’s Day, the Eight Bells will be open from 12 noon to 7pm with meals served from 12 noon to 3pm.

Three Desperate Women will be entertaining customers at the Eight Bells from 4pm to 6pm on New Year’s Day.

RED LION: On Thursday, January 6, from 7pm to 9pm, Alan Grindle will be cooking one of his special recipes at his pub in Willingdon Village as part of the monthly ‘Red Lion on tour’. The country will be Scotland. Bookings for these popular events are essential. Ring 502062.

PANTOMIME tickets are now available for Willingdon Church Players’ pantomime Treasure Island.

The performances are at 7.30pm on Thursday, January 27, Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29. There is also a matinee on the Saturday.

The tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for children. Ring Roger or Lesley Etwell on 504901.

WIN A CAR: The JPK Project, the aim of which is to provide residential accommodation in a caring community for people with a learning disability, alongside meaningful day time activities, was one of the beneficiaries in the annual ‘Win a Car Charity Draw’ held in the Arndale Centre during the period coming up to Christmas.

Their day was December 15 when volunteers were there to sell raffle tickets for the charity. Project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker was delighted that the charity has now benefited to the tune of £450.