Down Your Way: Roselands & Seaside

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THE Friendship Club for senior citizens which meets in the lounge of Duke Bernard Court, Latimer Road, will have its final meeting of the year on Thursday, December 20, from 2.15pm to 3.45pm before taking a break over Christmas and New Year. Meetings will then be fortnightly in 2013, starting January 10.

Members meet on a social basis to chat over tea or take part in quizzes and games. A weekly subscription of 50p covers the cost of refreshments. More details from Hazel or Dick on 722450.

A CRIB Service for the young, and young at heart, will be held at Christ Church at 4pm on Christmas Eve. As always, children are encouraged to come dressed as characters from the Nativity story.

CAROLS will be sung at the Victoria pub, 27 Latimer Road, from 7.30pm on Christmas Eve to raise money for The Children’s Society. Members of Christ Church congregation will be helping to lead the singing.

THE Midnight Mass Service at Christ Church begins at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve. There will also be a Parish Mass at 10.30am on Christmas Day, plus a Said Mass at 8am for anyone who would like to attend a church service on Christmas Day but has family commitments later in the morning. For details of services over Christmas and New Year, visit or email

THE Arlington Arms in Seaside is taking bookings for a Motown Night on New Year’s Eve at £5 a ticket, which includes buffet and a raffle - all proceeds going to East Sussex MacMillan Cancer Care. Details from Sheila on 724365.

CONFIRMATION Classes will be starting at Christ Church in January, with the candidates being confirmed on Mothering Sunday next year. It has just been announced the Rt Rev Martin Warner, the new Bishop of Chichester, will take the service at Christ Church on March 10, which will include the Rite of Confirmation. If you are interested in being confirmed, email for details.

ACTOR Daniel Hill is guest speaker at the first Ladies’ Lunch Club meetings of 2013. Daniel is best remembered for his role of Harvey Bains, the much put-upon manager of the Bayview Retirement Home in every episode of the hit TV sitcom Waiting For God.

Daniel will speak about his career, from his early days at the Bristol Old Vic, to his latest appearances in Holby City and Midsomer Murders. His most recent part was playing Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

The lunches are at the Langham Hotel on Tuesday, January 8, and Wednesday, January 9, noon for 12.30pm, and cost £18 per person. Gentlemen are welcome to attend the second lunch. You are advised to book as soon as possible. Call 731451 or email to book or to obtain a copy of the Ladies’ Lunch Club programme for 2013.

THERE are only a few places left for An Evening with the Crooners at the Langham Hotel on Friday, January 18, when international award winning entertainer Dean Ager – who has been likened to Michael Bublé - will sing songs of the Rat Pack era at a musical cabaret dinner, including those made popular by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin. For full details and bookings, call 731451.

IF YOU have any forthcoming events in the Roselands or Seaside area, or items of local news you would like included, details can be emailed to me or posted to the address at the top of this column. Please allow at least two weeks’ notice so deadlines can be met.