Down Your Way - Hampden Park & Willingdon Trees (June 13th)

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HOW many would like to try their hand at a bit of DIY, but don’t really know an undercoat from an overcoat? Now is your chance to learn for FREE at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre in Maywood Avenue. A fun but informative workshop is being run by Mears, one of the partners in the Street Learning Project, on Monday, June 18, 10am-1pm. The morning is totally free of charge so book a place now on 01323 436436.

MANY from of Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees will have seen and admired the wonderful floral displays in the village and at the Railway Station. The Hampden Park in Bloom members have worked tirelessly to create a blooming good show! This was designed particularly with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the forthcoming Olympics, in mind, and many of the colour schemes reflect this. The wonderful two-tier wooden display stand, topped with a carved crown, stood in pride of place near the Post Office, and was officially unveiled by MP Stephen Lloyd on June 1, supported by Hampden Park in Bloom members, local dignitaries and residents. Stephen Lloyd went on to unveil the tubs and hanging baskets which festoon the Railway Station.

NONE like to think about the possibility of someone having a heart attack, but thanks to the Eastbourne and District Indoor Bowling Association, whose headquarters is in Hampden Park, vital help could be at hand. They have installed a public access defibrillator, which can be used by the public when the clubhouse is open, if they suspect anyone may be showing signs of a heart attack. This facility could be a life-saver, so the advice is ring 999 first, summon an ambulance, and contact the Bowls Club on 01323 506009 for immediate assistance.

THE recent ‘Bunny Fayre’ held at the Heron Park School in Hampden Park, raised £200 for the Hampden Park Rabbit Rescue. The Rescue has been running for a decade, and currently has around 20 rabbits and five guinea pigs waiting for a ‘special’ new home. Every animal is neutered and vaccinated, and their prospective homes carefully vetted. You can find out more about their hard voluntary work by ringing 01323 507383.

RESIDENTS of Binstead Close in Hampden Park are celebrating the success of a dispute which has gone on for nearly two years and has now been resolved. For many years a small brick-built structure resided at the bottom of the Academy’s playing field, and because of its frailty, residents of Binstead Close, who overlook it, were concerned the students who regularly clambered over it were at risk.

Efforts to contact someone in authority came to nothing and the Neighbourhood Watch Street Co-ordinator for Binstead Close contacted her Ward Co-ordinators for advice and help. They in turn enlisted the support of a local councillor, and with their help and the co-operation of the Academy, the offending structure has now been demolished.