DOWN YOUR WAY (July 17th): Roselands and Seaside

ARTHRITIS care meets this morning (Tuesday) at the Blind Society Headquarters in Longstone Road at 10.30am, when there will be coffee, a speaker, and stalls of bric-a-brac, books and a raffle. For details of future meetings, call Ruth 483420.

SEVERAL roads in the Seaside area will be closed this afternoon, particularly Royal Parade, as the Olympic torch reaches Eastbourne on the latest stage of its journey.

SEASIDE Townswomen’s Guild meets tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church at 2pm. A full programme of events and speakers is held each year and new members are always welcome. For information about this friendly local branch of the Townswomen’s Guild, call Eileen on 767199.

ST AGNES Church Social Group meets in the hall, Whitley Road, tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2pm. All are welcome.

A WHIST Drive for everyone who enjoys a friendly game of cards will be held in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church on Thursday afternoon, starting at 2pm. The cost is £2.50 per person. If you would like to join the group, ring Gladys on 720885 or just go along to St Augustine’s Hall on Thursday.

ESK Gardening Club meets on Thursday evening when summer pruning will be the theme. Nick Scott Harman will let you in on the trade secrets of keeping your plants in shape and encouraging more flowers. There will also be an opportunity to get one-to-one advice from a team of gardening experts. Meetings are held at the Garden Centre in Courtlands Road, 5.30pm-8pm. The club is free to join and meets every Thursday in. To join, call 722922, visit the website www.eskplants.co.uk for an online application form, or speak to a member of the team at the ESK garden centre.

A LITERARY Lunch will be held at the Langham Hotel on Friday, July 20, when author Alan Hammond will speak about his humorous new book All’s Fair in Love and Law - sub-titled Small Town Tales of Life, Laughter and Litigation. Alan is the father of Top Gear’s Richard Hammond and was a legal executive for many years. His fictitious story is based on his own experiences and is written very much in the James Herriot style, centring on the rural solicitors’ practice of Dufty, Dufty, Popple & Dunn. The lunch is at noon for 12.30pm and places can still be booked by calling 731451.

A COFFEE morning to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex, will be held in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church on Monday, July 23, 10am-noon. The event is being organised by Lauren and Sam, children from Christ Church’s Junior Church. For all enquiries about the Coffee Morning, call 07828 842252.

FILM forum next meets in the vestry of Christ Church on Friday July 27 at 7pm when a full-length feature film will be shown, followed by a short general discussion. The cost is £2 per person. Due to licensing restrictions the title of the film cannot be advertised - details on 749653 or at website www.ccwithsp.org