Down Your Way: Roselands and Seaside

ST JOHN Ambulance Retirement Fellowship meets at St John Headquarters, Bourne Street, on Thursday, March 1, at 2.15pm. New members will be made very welcome, whether retired or ex-members of St John or anyone interested in the work of St John Ambulance. Full details from Joan on 506855. The fellowship meets on the first Thursday of every month.

THE Walsingham Cell will hold a Mass for Our Lady of Walsingham on Monday March 5 in the Memorial Chapel of Christ Church, starting 6.15pm. For details of cell membership and the annual pilgrimages to Walsingham, call Freda on 731217.

MINOR Prophet, Major Message is the title of the next Bible Reading Fellowship meeting, when members will be looking at the Book of Haggai. This is the 90th anniversary year of the BRF and new members are always welcome. The meeting is on Monday, March 5, 7.30pm-9pm in the vestry of Christ Church, with coffee and biscuits available from 7.15pm. As space is limited, call Fr Neville on 479359 if you want to be involved.

THE RNLI, local branch, next meets on Friday, March 9, when Simon Hurt will speak about Eastbourne’s parks and gardens. Meetings are held in the West Dean Suite of the Langham Hotel, 10am for 10.30am, and admission is £1 which includes a raffle ticket.

Tea and coffee will be available. Non members are welcome, further details from Derek Legg on 735970.

THE Territorial Army Centre in Seaside is currently looking for new recruits. Anyone interested can go along any Tuesday evening between 7pm-9pm to find out what is involved, or call 728116 for more information.

Due to restructuring of the Territorial Army, 56 Signal Squadron (V) now comes under the command of 39 Signal Regiment (V).

TO COMMEMORATE the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, Philip Littlejohn will be speaking at two events in Eastbourne.

Philip’s grandfather, Alexander Littlejohn, was a first-class steward on the Titanic and survived the sinking through being asked to man lifeboat number 13.

Philip has written a book called Waiting For Orders about the Titanic’s tragic voyage and his grandfather’s experiences, with many original photographs, and he will speak at a Literary Lunch on March 20 at the Langham Hotel.

He will also be guest speaker at the Ladies’ Lunch Club, also at the Langham, on Wednesday, March 21, when the menu will recreate dishes that passengers ate on board the Titanic, served with identical wines.

To book for either lunch, call 731451 as soon as possible.

Langham owner, Neil Kirby, has contributed substantially towards the renovation of the Titanic memorial plaque at the bandstand and will be flying the White Star Line flag outside the hotel during Philip Littlejohn’s visit.

STATIONS of the Cross will be followed every Friday throughout Lent at Christ Church, from Friday, March 2, onwards, starting 5.30pm.

PAUL JAMES, Tel: 01323 722338,