Down Your Way: Hampden Park & Willingdon Trees

Half term is almost upon us, and the Special Parents Group, who meet at the Childrens’ Centre in Maywood Avenue are arranging a variety of events for children with special needs and their families during the half term week, including swimming sessions. For more information and to book your place, ring Sharon on 07563 571213 or go to

What could be nicer than combining a visit to our lovely Park and Cafe, with a chat to a team who will be pleased to discuss any local concerns you may have. Hampden Park Conservative Action Team will be at the Lakeside Cafe in Hampden Park on Saturday 20th October from 10 AM until Noon. So do go along, have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat to this welcoming group.

There is an exciting new class beginning at the Hampden Park Sports Centre in Brodrick Road as from Thursday 1st November, from 7.30 PM till 8.30 PM. Called Body Conditioning exercises, it is a class designed for the over-sixteens, and is a fitness and strength workout using a mixture of exercises, which are great for toning abs, legs and arms. To book your place ring 01323 509859 or e mail Readers will be pleased to know that the first session is entirely free of charge.

Most ladies - and gents too, no doubt - enjoy a Fashion Show. In Hampden Park Sainsburys on Friday 2nd November there will be an exciting range of clothes being modelled by the staff, from 6 PM till 8 PM and it is all in aid of a local charity, Families for Autism. The reason Sainsburys are holding this event is because when the three finalists were chosen and asked to give a Presentation as to why their charity should be chosen by the Store for the year, Families for Autism and You Raise Me Up apparently were so impressive that the final choice of the Eastbourne Ambulance First Responders was a difficult one, as all three finalists were so good. Sainsburys donated two hundred and fifty pounds to each of the runners up, and decided to hold a fund raising day for each at some point during the year. On the same day you can also have your hair cut and styled by the Street Styling Tour, who will transform your locks for a donation to the same charity.

About this time of year many readers start thinking about getting next year’s Calendar to start marking up events in 2013. In Paperlane in Brassey Parade you can now buy The Friends of the Hampden Park 2013 Calendar, which has some really spectacular photographs all taken by members of The Friends. It would also make a beautiful Christmas gift, perhaps to someone who knows and loves the park. But please hurry, as stocks are already dwindling fast.

Do Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees readers know about the Eastbourne Seniors Forum? It is a voluntary group for the over-fifties set up to be a voice for all older people in Eastbourne, to discuss local issues and communicate with local authorities on various aspects of being an older resident in Eastbourne. They also organize various events, which helps members to socialize and therefore help to counteract the isolation felt by some older residents. They recently held an all day event at the Winter Gardens with many Stands offering advice and services to older people, which was an enormous success. There are apparently already a good number of Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees residents who are members, but if you have not yet joined, (and membership is entirely free) why not e mail Steve Thornett on to find out more?

There is encouraging news for those of you who enjoy the weekly Bingo sessions at St Peter’s Community Hall in the Hydenye. For some time now a group of youths have been annoying the Bingo players when they leave, and the Police have now advised that they will be showing a stronger presence in and around this area, and speaking to the young people concerned, to attempt to eradicate this problem.

In spite of Winter looming, Hampden Park in Bloom members are already planning for Spring. The boxes and stands in the village are being cleared ready for the planting of Spring bulbs, and the hanging baskets in the Railway Station have already been planted up with bulbs and wallflowers. The Princess Diana Garden is now closed for the Winter, and Mr Wilmshurst will be busy tending it ready for re-opening next year. The Committee are also already planning the planting for next summer, in the hopes that when the Judges come round again, they will be even more impressed than they were this year, and who knows, the Silver Gilt Award given to Hampden Park in Bloom from the July competition may become a Gold.