It’s always sad when pubs close and are knocked down (even more so when churches are bulldozed to the ground) so let’s hope people start supporting the last service club in Eastbourne, the Royal Air Forces Association Club in Wish Road. Representatives there say they want to see it go from strength to strength and I hope they do. With the demise of the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Pevensey Road and the neighbouring British Legion, the Royal Engineers club in Latimer Road and more recently the Royal Naval Club in Beach Road, the RAFA Club is open to everyone with a darts club, a bingo night, dances, a bar and serves food several days a week which I am informed by those in the know is first class.
It’s been many years since I set foot in the Eastbourne Heritage Centre, at the seafront end of Carlisle Road, but I went there last Friday to meet four Eastbournians who were evacuated as young children from Eastbourne to Radlett at the start of the Second World War: Sheila Cowling, her sister Molly Matthews, Peter Fuller and Kitty Moppett. You can read their stories in Looking Back this week and it’s also worth pointing out the centre is well worth a visit not only for the Frontline exhibition on how the town survived the fierce Nazi bombing campaign in the Second World War, but lots of history on the town as it has evolved from Victorian times.
Eastbourne midwife Gina Moulding is one of the nicest people I know. A real character, she has delivered hundreds of babies and then in later years delivered their children. So it’s no surprise that although she is “retiring” she will be going back as a community midwife on a part- time basis. The health service needs more Ginas.
Very sad to see the Odyssey fish and chip shop in Langney Road on fire with smoke billowing from the building on Tuesday afternoon. But knowing the Photiou family, they will soon be back on their feet and it will be business as usual at the popular eatery.