DYW: Willingdon - January 5, 2011

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APOLOGIES: Due to being generally stressed over the Christmas period, the awful weather, family commitments, including going away for a week, I didn’t manage to get to all the local events that I usually like to attend and write about.

What was really annoying, was having made the effort of writing a long column for December 22, I then forgot to email it to the paper before going away – so my apologies.

BOXING Day swim: The report of the Boxing Day swim organised by Willingdon Football Club mentions that the swimmers were very lucky with the sunny weather.

However some of the veterans of the Dons thought that it was the coldest sea temperature of the 24 swims which have so far taken place.

It was the club secretary Brian Kensett’s 15th Boxing Day swim and club stalwart Geoff Gray’s 10th swim.

Geoff is the club treasurer. The Dons footballers were joined in the sea by members of the Eastbourne Alzheimer’s branch, students from Park College, and well-known local swimmer Peter Snashall, as well as staff from the Cumberland Hotel.

Thirty-two swimmers braved the icy waters, almost equally the 34 swimmers who took part in the previous year’s sponsored event.

Huge crowds watched the swim from the promenade and bandstand.

The Dons are now making plans for a bigger event to celebrate the 25th anniversary on Boxing Day 2011.

The sponsored swim was in aid of the Eastbourne branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

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.

WILLINGDON Flower Club: The next meeting of the Willingdon Flower Club takes place at 1.45pm on Friday January 7 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street.

Barbara Harris, who judged the Edith Pierce cup competition in July, will be there to offer more good advice.

Enquiries about the club are welcomed and can be made to the club chairman Patricia Wright on 470953.

EASTBOURNE Astronomical Society will be meeting at 7.30pm on Saturday January 8 in Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street.

It is a members’ evening with two 20 minute talks by members: The early years of the EAS by Keith Brackenborough and Two new observatories constructed by Norman Walker.

FAMILY Eucharist: This special family Eucharist will take place at 11.30am on Sunday January 9 at St Mary’s Church Willingdon to celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Jesus.

There will be a Traidcraft stall in the church hall following the 9.45am service, which finishes about 11am.

COUNCIL meeting: There will be a planning meeting at 7.30pm on Monday January 10 at Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council office in Gorringe Valley Road.

Meetings are open to the public. For further information please ring 489603 or 489104.

THE 3 Ms (Miss, Ms, and Mrs) will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday January 12 in St Mary’s Church Hall when Tony Smith will be giving a talk entitled ‘Brownbread Horse Rescue’.

CONCENTUS Chorale: Following their very successful Christmas concert on December 11 at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford, Concentus Chorale should have been repeating it at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne on Saturday December 18.

However the weather was so bad and the ground so treacherous, that it had to be postponed.

The concert will now take place on Saturday January 15 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 at the door. There will be a retiring collection for the JPK Project.