Down Your Way: Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees

CALLING all Special Parents in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees! The next meeting is today (Tuesday), 10.30am-noon at the Children’s Centre, Maywood Avenue. More at

EXCELLENT news for residents who use Hampden Park railway station and maybe find parking their car difficult when they commute. Southern and Network Rail are constructing a car park on their land for approximately 25 cars. The Hampden Park Neighbourhood Panel was invited to inspect the progress recently, and has been told the work should be complete in approximately six weeks’ time.

NOW the school summer holidays are over, children and parents will no doubt be thinking of taking up a new pastime, especially with the evenings drawing in. At the Willingdon Trees Community Centre in Maywood Avenue there is something to suit all tastes, including Zumba dancing, fitness club, art classes, boxing and more. For full details of the many activities - ring Dan on 01323 504438.

FOR some time now Paula Hubens has been leading health walks on a Tuesday morning in Hampden Park. They have become so popular she is looking for new volunteer leaders - available about once a month. She is holding a training day on September 18, and assures would-be leaders no experience is needed, just a friendly nature. If you would like to help ring Paula on 07740 899559 for more details, or log on to to find out more.

EASTBOURNE District Friends of the Earth hope to launch a local Bee Action Plan as part of the National Bee Action Plan, to encourage councils to consider ‘bee friendly’ policies for its parks, gardens and public spaces. The borough council will soon adopt these policies. The first Bee Walk recently took place in Hampden Park, and others are planned. People are encouraged to learn about areas which could be improved upon or areas already good for this dwindling population of insects so vital to our planet. For more details log on to

ARE you a ‘Quiz Whizz’? If so, you will enjoy the Quiz Night coming up on October 5 at St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive. It is being organised by Friends of the Hampden Park, and doors open for registration at 7pm ready for a 7.30pm start - teams of up to four welcome. Tea and coffee will be served, but you are invited to bring your own beer or wine. To reserve your team’s place call 01323 520914.

THE local Police Community Support Officers asked me to warn residents of Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees that there have been reports of suspicious looking individuals snooping around the area, but disturbed before they could commit any offences. The PCSOs encourage readers to be extra vigilant and make absolutely sure all sheds, outhouses, garages etc are securely locked. With the darker nights looming, they ask residents to consider security lighting, and will be happy to advise anyone wanting more information. Members of Neighbourhood Watch already have the on-duty mobile telephone numbers for their PCSOs in their quarterly newsletter, but if anyone is unsure how to contact them, call me and I will be pleased to pass on their details.