Down Your Way: Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees - May 2

LADIES Who Lunch, the recent play performed at the Hampden Park Community Hall in Brodrick Road, was a resounding success, with members of the audience saying it was the best performance ever by the Under Ground Productions Amateur Theatre Company.

This year is their 10th anniversary, and in June they will be putting on a special show to celebrate this milestone.Watch this space for more details nearer the time.

HAVE you ever thought of writing your memoirs, but not too sure how to go about it? Well now is your chance to get help and advice, free.

The Street Learning Team has got together with Sussex Downs College to give four workshops to help people develop their stories, poems or memoirs. These inspiring and friendly workshops, to be run by author Kay Syrad, are from 10am-1pm on Thursdays, on May 3, 10, 17 and May 24 at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Maywood Avenue. To book a place call 436436 or visiy

LET’S hope for fine weather on Monday, May 14, when the Mayor Councillor Heaps, opens the Princess Diana Garden in Brassey Parade at 10.30am. This delightful garden has had a great deal of work over the winter, including returfing - all welcome at the opening.

THE Wednesday Friendship Hour at the Broadway Church, Lindfield Road, Hampden Park, prides itself on interesting speakers and on Wednesday, May 16, at 2.15pm, will welcome Phil Gardner, who will give an illustrated talk, with memorabilia, on Eastbourne in the 1960s. Many ‘of a certain age’ have fond memories of that era and the afternoon promises to be well worth attending. Tea and biscuits are always provided.

WE are lucky to have more than one community centre in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees, and at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre in Maywood Avenue there is something for everyone.

On Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, there is Tumble Tots, a group that has been successfully giving fun to children from six months to young school children for 20 years.

It is a brilliant way of giving toddlers a chance to learn new fun things, in complete safety, and to make new friends. For details ring Veronika on 01424 850265 - or just pop in on a Wednesday morning.

WITH hopes for a proper summer this year, many may want to shed a few pounds, and make sure the weight stays off permanently. Whether you go alone or with a friend for moral support, don’t miss the Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Club, at the same venue, on Thursdays, 9.30am-11am. For a free consultation call Jo on 441704 or email

HAVE you celebrated ‘The Big Five O’ and would welcome some advice on a variety of subjects? Age Concern Eastbourne is in attendance at the same venue on the third Tuesday of each month, 10.30am- 2pm. They have a group of experts to advise the over-fifties on a range of concerns, including benefits, housing, local concerns and disability advice. For a confidential chat with an adviser, go along, or ring Vicky on 504878.

A DATE for your diary - the Hampden Park Horticultural Society has been successfully running for many years, and always welcomes new members. In addition to interesting talks they also arrange visits to various nurseries, and have competitions too.

On Monday, June 4, they have a meeting open to visitors and prospective new members at St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive starting 7pm. There will be refreshments, including strawberries and cream, and members who have been growing potatoes will have a competition. There will also be a light-hearted quiz.

For treaders thinking of entering the Hampden Park in Bloom Front Garden Competition, membership to the Horticultural Society could be a brilliant way of exchanging ideas and perhaps learning a few new tips. For more details ring 506447.


Tel: 01323 507665