Down Your Way: Roselands and Seaside - May 23

ESK Gardening Club meets on Thursday when herb expert Jackie Long will reveal the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs, plus their care and culture.

The Gardening Club is free to join and meets every Thursday in the summer months, 5.30pm-8pm, when there are a variety of talks, demonstrations and workshops.

Experts are on hand to answer gardening queries. Members also receive a 10 per cent discount on plants throughout the year.

To join, call 722922, visit the website for an online application form, or speak to a member of the team at the ESK garden centre in Courtlands Road.

A JUBILEE Fair will be held at Christ Church, Seaside, on Saturday, May 26, 10am-2pm. Attractions include books, bottle stall, homemade cakes, tombola, crafts, new and nearly new stall, and grand raffle with cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25. Lunches will be available and a Michael Bublé style entertainer will perform.

THE CARL Greenwood Trio will perform at a Jazz Lunch at the Langham Hotel on Sunday, May 27. To book, call 731451.

THE NHS Retirement Fellowship meets on Thursday, May 31, when Olga Henderson will speak about her life. Olga was one of a group of young girls who endured appalling conditions in the Changi Internment Prison during the Second World War.

While there she helped stitch the Changi Girl Guide Quilt, which inspired other female internees to make their own quilts, many of which included stitched messages of hope for the men in the prison’s Military Hospital.

Fellowship meetings are held at the Blind Society Centre in Longstone Road at 2pm. The group is for anyone who has worked in any area of the medical profession within the NHS, and their spouse or partner - call Hazel on 483454.

SEASIDE Neighbourhood Panel held a public meeting at which residents aired their concerns to representatives from police and local council. It was agreed priorities to be tackled in the coming weeks will be:

1 Parking issues in St James’s Road, where emergency vehicles are having difficulty entering the road due to cars parked on double yellow lines

2 The problem of drivers taking incorrect action when turning into Seaside from either Beamsley Road or Whitley Road. There is no left turn into Seaside from Beamsley Road, nor is there a right turn into Seaside from Whitley Road, yet many regularly drive in the wrong direction.

3 Anti-social behaviour throughout Regency Park.

Residents also expressed concerns that anti-social behaviour in the Willowfield Road/Willowfield Square area continues to be a problem, where one in three houses are now rented to students.

Councilor Steve Wallis said the Council does try to make students aware of issues regarding being considerate neighbours.

Andy Keeffe, a community liaison housing advice officer, said Environmental Health needed to be closely involved and residents affected by noise needed to keep diaries of disturbances. He also said that students with continued anti-social behaviour can be reported to the Academic Board and possibly removed from their course. A progress report will be given at the next public meeting ( July 4).

Paul James 01323 722338