Community news and events from Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington.
TELEPHONE MAST – Following pressure from the public, local councillors and Rev Martin Onions, vicar of St Mary's Church, Willingdon, the planning application to install a 12-metre high telegraph pole in Willingdon Road, adjacent to 33 Ruskin Road, Eastbourne, was turned down at a planning meeting on January 8. An e-mail has just been received by me from parish councillor Richard Broady giving the reasons as follows: "That the proposed installation, by reason of its height, scale and design, would be an incongruous and alien feature in the street scene and would be seriously detrimental to the visual amenities of the area and nearby residents, and would therefore conflict with Policy US9 in the Eastbourne Borough Plan 2001-2011". So that is excellent news.
THAI VILLAGE – A new Thai restaurant will be opening in Church Street, Willingdon, within the next few months and will be called Thai Village. It has no connection with Home and Away, which recently closed there, and will be run by Steve Wakeford and his wife Toy. They will be bringing in a Thai chef.
Toy, who also comes from Thailand, has been in this country for 23 years. Eight and a half years ago Toy and Steve decided to start their own business and took over one of the units in the Enterprise Centre in the centre of Eastbourne. They called it The Yummy Noodle Bar and it soon became so popular that they expanded it into a further half unit. It will continue along the same lines, even when the restaurant in Willingdon is open.
Steve and Toy have already taken over the lease to 29c Church Street – for which they have a drinks' licence. They are currently waiting for planning permission (change of use) to knock down part of the wall into the next shop, before progressing further. The whole space will then be completely gutted and a new kitchen fitted. It is intended to decorate the restaurant on 'a classical design'. It will initially be open every lunchtime and evening except Mondays. The restaurant should make a welcome addition to Willingdon Village.
BEACHY HEAD CHAPLAINCY – While most of us were enjoying Christmas and the New Year, volunteers from the Beachy Head Chaplaincy were patrolling the Downs at the notorious beauty spot in search of those in distress who may have been contemplating taking their own lives.
The volunteers, working in pairs, are there each evening from 6.45pm to midnight. They also patrol during the daytime – or will be on call.
The old Wish Hill Methodist Church in Willingdon is used as the administrative centre for the charity, where calls are received 24 hours a day and where clients who need aftercare are given help and counselling.
But every Tuesday morning from 10.30am-12noon there is a coffee morning when anyone can pop in for a hot drink and a chat and find out more about the charity.
The team would love to meet you. Although volunteers are always needed for patrolling the Downs, and for counselling and for the administrative duties, those considering undertaking this voluntary work for the Beachy Head Chaplaincy, should feel that they have a calling from God – as this is a Christian organisation. For more information or if you would like help or advice yourself, ring 504422.
PRACTICE MEETING – Willingdon Flower Club meets on the first and third Friday of the month at 2.15pm at Willingdon Memorial Hall.
The next meeting, a practice meeting, is on January 18. For further information ring Mrs Elizabeth Peel on 01323 503801.
LOCAL HISTORY – Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society will be meeting at St John's Church Hall Polegate from 7-9pm on Friday January 18.
The speaker is Michael Ockenden and his talk is entitled The Eccentric Countess of Meads . Admission for visitors is 2. Ring Margaret on 01323 484293 or June on 01323 488471.
PLAYGROUP – There is a parents, toddlers and babies playgroup which meets every Tuesday morning during term time at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue. The hours are from 9.30- 11.30am.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU – Residents can visit the Citizens Advice Bureau based at Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue on Wednesday mornings from 9.30-11.30am for free independent and confidential advice. For further information ring Hailsham CAB on 01323 842336.
COFFEE MORNINGS – Every Wednesday there is a coffee morning starting at 10.15am at St Wilfrid's Church in Broad Road, Willingdon. Coffee and biscuits are 30p.
On the first Wednesday of the month there is a special coffee morning with a bring and buy – which includes a card stall and a cake stall. Proceeds are in aid of St Wilfrid's building appeal.
THE JAZZ CAVERNERS will be playing at The British Queen from 1.30- 3.30pm on Sunday January 20.
TRIANGLE LADIES CLUB will be meeting at 2.15pm on Thursday January 24 at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue, Willingdon. The speaker is Joan Barras and her topic is 'Willingdon'. The competition is a Christmas serviette.
ALICE – Tickets are still available for Willingdon Church Players' pantomime Alice in Pantoland.
It will be staged at Willingdon Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday January 24, Friday January 25 and Saturday January 26, and there will also be a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are 5 for adults and 2 for under16s. Please ring 01323 483271.
NEWS PLEASE – Please keep me informed in good time of events taking place in Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington and I will do my best to include them, and I would also really appreciate it if secretaries of local clubs and societies would send me their programme for this year.
Thank you for the ones received so far.