A BIG THANK YOU: to the families who organized the Christmas Day lunch at the old school house, Church Street, Willingdon. 20 of us sat down to a smashing meal, nicely decorated table and party games. We all had a very good time, also made some new friends. See you next year? Maureen Copping.

POLEGATE PLODDERS: would like more folk to join their running/jogging group please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email brianwinn1@btinternet.com

THE NEW CYCLE Path: on Saturday 9 January 2016 with Catherine R. bus no. 512 9.48 am Terminus Road stand D to Ringwood Road – the first stop as you turn into Ringwood Road from St Philips Avenue. Arrive 9.55 am finish 12.00 2.5 miles, Prince’s Park café coffee stop. Stroll can be finished at Princes Park or walk back. Come if we, coffee at Catherine’s. leader at start.

WALK: on Saturday 9 January Rough Seas, smooth footage with Pat & Richard W. Meet at Little common roundabout 10 am GR 715079 bus no. 99 at 9.23 am outside Nat West Bank, Cornfield Road, finish 12 noon. 4.5 miles level walking.

WALK: on Sunday 10 January More Ups than downs. With Clarke K. meet 1015 bus 12, 12A at 9.46 am Terminus Road to Seven Sisters Visitors Park, where walk starts at 10.15 GR 519995. Dry lunch finish at 16.45 9-13 miles. Optional tea at Eastbourne Golf Course. Drop out points at 4.5 miles and 9 miles. Hilly.

COFFEE MORNING: at Polegate Community Centre, Windsor Way, Polegate, BN26 6QF please call in and look at events board. Or telephone 482434.

MEN’S SOCIETY: meeting on 11 January 2016 our speaker is Canon Michael Cole on New Year talk. All welcome at St Johns Church with tea from 2.30 pm meeting starts at 3 pm. Our meeting on 26 January our speaker is Ben Pratt on Bee keeping. More info from Clifford 486638.

WALK: on Wednesday 13 January with Bob B. Target Practice, meet at the Avenue 9 am walk starts at Satldean Lido Car par, 9.45 am GR 381021, bus no 12, 8.43 am Terminus Road, alight at Saltdean Lido. Dry lunch finish 15.45 11 miles leader at start. 7

COFFEE MORNING: on Thursday 14 January, held at the British Queen, The Triangle, Lower Willingdon. From 10 am to 12 noon, is in aid of a different charity every month. A cup of tea or coffee and cake is £1.50, raffle, bring and buy, bookstall. Come along and have a chat. Telephone 484166.

TRINITY DINERS: next meal is on Friday 15 January at 12 noon. to book your place please telephone Jennie 484189.8 Emaill secretary@trinitylep.plus.com

POLEGATE AND WILLINGDON Local History Society: meeting on Friday evening 15 January, our speaker is Alan Wenham on Eastbourne’s East End. All welcome at St Johns Church Hall, High Street, and Polegate. Doors open at 6.30 pm, meeting starts at 7pm. 86h

BOOK NOW: FOR Polegate Pantomime Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood taking place on 16-24 January 2016.Box office now open tickets available on line or call 483348. New for 2016 the family tickets only £30. For 2 adults and 2 children. Adults £10. Children and students £6. Performance taking place at Polegate Community Centre, Henty Twine Hall. 54 Windsor Way, Polegate. BN26 6QF

WALKS: on Saturday 16 January Folkington Circular with Mary B. neet at Willingdon Triangle 9.40 am bus no. 51 9.23 am Terminus Road Stand H. finish 12.30 5 miles. Leader at Start. Or Bo-Peep Circular via Norton with Liz F. walk starts at Bo-Peep Borstal car park GR 493050 finish 13.30 8.4 miles.

TRINITY COMMUNITY MARKET: is now closed for the winter, we will be back again in March. If you would like a speaker to talk about local history, or busy some of my local history books please go to my website – www.maureenschoice.co.uk or telephone me on 4859781.

WANTED: info on Miss A. E. Towers of Portsdown Manor, formerly Marshams and Danns Farm, Lower Willingdon or of any folk that worked for her, or their descendants. I am trying to find out more about this lady who dedicated a foundation stone at the Salvation Army Hall, in Old town, Eastbourne. What kind of person was she? maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk as the email in her note does not work! Or telephone 485971.

BURNS NIGHT: held on 26 January 2016 with Polegate Wine and Social Club, more details nearer the time. –

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