Down Your Way: Willingdon

THE planning application for the JPK Project to purchase and build on the site of the Edgmont Evangelical Church in Old Town was heard by Eastbourne Borough Council planning committee on September 4. The project is to provide residential accommodation with meaningful daytime activities for people with a learning disability.

Unfortunately, the meeting was deferred at the last minute due to a legal issue concerning parking rights. Solicitors for Edgmond Church and the JPK Project state there is no substance in allegations, but the council feels it has a duty to conduct its own enquiries.

THE next local fundraising event in aid of the JPK Project is a Line Dance Social for all, including beginners, on September. It is being organised by Sue and Maggie, staunch supporters of the charity, 2pm to 6pm at Polegate Community Centre in Windsor Way, Polegate. Tickets, £5 in advance, from Sue on 844466 or £6 on the door. Refreshments and bar available.

ST MARY’S Youth Club for youngsters aged between eight and 14 is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm to 9pm, and re-starts after the summer break on September 19. Find out more from Canon Martin Onions on 502079 or Fr Michael Maine on 509528.

WILLINGDON Probus Club meets at 10.15am for 10.30am on Thursday, September 20, at the Red Lion in Willingdon for a coffee meeting.

ART TUITION: There are vacancies for the autumn term at a Thursday morning art group, 9.30am to 12.30pm at Wannock Hall. Drawing and painting tuition is given by Angela Burnap – mainly in watercolour and pastel. The autumn term starts September 20. For more information ring Angela on 842113.

POLEGATE and Willingdon Local History Society meets from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, September 21. The speaker is Chris Butler and his talk entitled ‘East Sussex under attack.’ Meetings are once a month at St John’s Church Hall, Polegate. Ring Margaret on 484293 or Cyndy on 486208 for further information.

WILLINGDON Flower Club has a practice meeting at 1.45pm on Friday, September 21, at Willingdon Memorial Hall.

TRINITY Diners meet at noon on Friday, September 21, at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue for the harvest lunch. The menu will be roast gammon, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, apple cake and custard followed by tea or coffee. Book a place with Jennie on 484189.

FUNKY DELIGHT starts at 8.30pm on Saturday, September 22, at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon. The group performs a lively mix of jazz, blues, soul and swing.

RECITAL: Fr Michael Maine gives an organ recital at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 7.30pm on Monday, September 24. Guest celebrities are Rebecca Kelly (mezzo soprano), Mike Barber (baritone) and Sue Lahache (coloratura soprano). Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for Children with Cancer.

RED LION: Following the success of the charity Race Night at the Red Lion in Willingdon on September 4, new landlords Gavin and Nikki Finnis will host a monthly quiz for good causes. Their first charity quiz is at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 20. The cost is £2 per person, £1 of which will go to the charity and the other to the winner of the quiz who can then choose the next charity to be supported.

LONE Star Liners have a line dance social, 7.15pm-10.30pm on Saturday September 22 at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street. Admission, £5 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Contact Ros on 504463.

WILLINGDON and Jevington Parish Council has a planning meeting on Monday, September, 24, at 7pm, at Willingdon Primary School in Rapsons Road - followed by a full council meeting at 7.30pm. Meetings are open to the public, call the parish office on 489603 or 489104.

ESCAPE: A youth drop-in centre in Willingdon Community School’s canteen is held every Thursday straight after school. Students can play on the PS2, play board games, watch DVD’s or do their homework on beanbags and visit the toastie bar.