DOWN YOUR WAY (July 31st): Town Centre

THE KING’S Centre is open today (Tuesday) for donations of blood. The Winter Garden will open next Tuesday (August 7) for the same. Sessions are 2pm-4.30pm and 5.30pm-8pm.

TOMORROW (August 1) Sue Davies will sing songs and arias at the lunchtime concert in All Soul’s Church, Susans Road. Next week popular soloist and local school teacher, Janice Goss-Turner, with the Rapport Youth Choir, present a ‘Box of Musical Treats’ at 1pm. Until the end of August the church opens Tuesday to Friday, 2pm to 4pm.

THE Eastbourne and South Downs Stamp Club meet on August 2 at the St. John Ambulance Brigade HQ in Bourne Street, 7.30pm, when Mr. Frank Parsons will show his collection from Switzerland and Mrs. Pam Parsons will explain her collection of ‘Mourning Covers’.

ON FRIDAY, August 3, the Eastbourne Children’s Centre will hold their own ‘Mini-Olympics’ in Princes Park, 10am-11.30am with lots of fun for the under fives and their carers. Siblings up to the age of 11 years are welcome. You are invited to take a picnic and to watch the Olympics on the big screen.

ON Tuesday, August 7 a Young Parents Group will meet in the Devonshire Children’s Centre, Seaside, from 12.30 - 2 pm.

THE president of the Eastbourne Rambling Club will lead a two-and-a-half mile stroll on August 4. Meet at Beachy Head bus stop at 10.10-am. -After that distance you can continue to stroll - to East Dean for lunch at the Hiker’s Rest or you can catch the - no. 13 or 13x bus at 43 minutes past the hour.

THIS Saturday Jenny Beckwith, together with young talent, presents a range of music from classical piano to rock guitar at the coffee morning in the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, 10am-noon.

EACH Monday, starting at 10am (not Bank Holidays) a short walk of under a mile along the seafront, is arranged - an opportunity for making new friends and of experiencing the benefits of healthy exercise.

ALSO on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 3pm Harry Pope leads a walking tour along the sea front and nearby roads. These give an opportunity for learning about unusual aspects of the town, such as air raid shelters and the home of Sandy Powell when he was performing on the pier. Meet at the Pier side of the bandstand. The walks are only cancelled if the weather is very bad, otherwise just turn up or purchase your ticket (£5) in advance from the Seafront Office or the TIC. These walks are also held on Sunday and Thursday evenings at 8pm.

AGE CONCERN, Venton Centre, Junction Road, advises that last year over £630,000 was spent on providing activities and services to over 2,000 people. Among activities they provided were Dancing, Thai Chi, and French. Hairdressing, Chiropody, Beauty Treatments, Assisted Bathing and a Shopping Mobility Service were some of the services offered. They also have a house insurance office members can use, run a coffee shop giving lunches and teas and have charity shops in Grove Road, Green Street and Hampden Park. All profits go towards funding activities at the centre. For full details of the services ring 638474.

EVERY Wednesday during August there is a Street Market at the sea end of Terminus Road from 9.30am. It is hoped this will encourage shoppers to visit the retail outlets in that area. Unfortunately, two more shops in Terminus Road are closing - the Furniture Shop next to the Arndale entrance, as well as Stead and Simpson shoe shop. Shoe Zone is moving into the premises. The Bedding Centre in Langney Road is also holding a closing down sale.

‘HOME WORKS’ funded by East Sussex County Council, offers advice and support for those at risk of losing their home or are living in unsuitable accommodation. If you are aged between 16 and 64 they may be able to help with form filling etc. Contact 01273 898700 for help.