Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

THE JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: was formed to provide a supported living centre for people with a learning disability alongside meaningful daytime activities. Building work will shortly be commencing to get the project underway at their site in Old Town, previously owned by Edgmond Evangelical Church. As well as various grant making trusts supporting the project and more charitable trusts pledging their support, local organizations, groups and individuals have been very generous. In the last few months more fundraising events have taken place. They include a sponsored ‘flaming challenge walk’ organised by Karen Hurst, and the Golden Arrow Pulman experience organised by Chris and Peter Waring. Eastbourne Lions Club organised a sponsored swim, and an illustrated presentation of the Great War in pictures was given by Alan Hodges.The East Dean Players raffle, pudding night hosted by Maureen and John Males, and the parish council’s Christmas carol evening, where JPK had a stall were also worthwhile fundraising events. Concentus Chorale members are long-standing supporters of the project and raise much needed finance from their concerts. Then there was the bag packing day at ESK Warehouse organised by Karen Hurst; the proceeds from a concert given by the Voice Works Company of Singers, and the Arndale Centre’s Win-a-Car draw. Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Janet Coles’ chosen charity along with RNLI for her year in office was the JPK Sussex Project and so JPK has benefitted from events that have been instigated by the mayor such as the recently held quiz night and fish and chip supper, as well as those organised by others for her chosen charities. These include a coffee morning organised by the Eastbourne branch of the Halifax Building Society, and the Xmas fayre held at the Devonshire Park tennis centre. Willingdon resident and JPK Project co-ordinator Jill Parker MBE would like to thank all those who continue to support the project in any way who she says ‘all make a difference’. Check out the website www.thejpkproject.co.uk for further information.

BINGO: The Friends of Willingdon Community School in Broad Road are organising a family bingo night from 7pm to-day Friday January 29 in the school. The cost is just £1 per card but do bring your own drink and nibbles. There are large cash prizes to be won. To guarantee your place please email friends@willingdonschool.org.uk or just turn up on the night.

WANNOCK ARTISTS: meet from 7pm to 9pm on the last Friday of the month at Wannock Village Hall. To-day Friday January 29 there will be a demonstration by Richard Larkin in the style of Turner entitled ‘Scenes from the military canal’. He will be using acrylics - a popular choice which should also appeal to those who appreciate Turner’s work. The annual fee to become a member is £18. Visitors are welcome on the night at £4 which includes refreshments. For further information please visit www.wannockartists.enquiries@yahoo.co.uk .

MEETINGS: Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council will be holding an events meeting at 7pm on Monday February 1 at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road followed by an amenities meeting at 7.30pm. Please ring 01323 489603 or 01323 489104 for further information. Meetings are open to the public.

TOM FITZPATRICK and his band: will be entertaining customers at the British Queen at Willingdon Triangle from 8.30pm on Wednesday February 3.

RACE NIGHT: There will be a charity horse race night at the British Queen on Friday February 5 starting at 8pm. There are nine races which are all screened. It is preferable to book but even if you don’t ‘own’ a horse you can sponsor one – a good way to advertise your business. Food is served at half-time and donations for the charity, which is Muscular Dystrophy, can be put into the collecting box.

COMEDY NIGHT: Another event being organised by the British Queen is a comedy night on Friday March 11. It will take place in the saloon bar. Doors are open from 7.45pm for a 9pm start. Tickets are £7 each and there are a limited number which are going fast. The compere is Miles Crawford and one of the comedians will be Britain’s Got Talent finalist Danny Posthill. The other comedians will be announced shortly. The public bar will still be open during normal opening hours.

WILLINGDON FLOWER CLUB: will be meeting at 1.45pm for a 2pm start at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street on Friday February 5. Two of the members Anne and Wendy will be giving a flower demonstration and there will also be a competition in which members bring along their own flower arrangement entitled ‘a Valentine gift’. These will then be judged by the other members. There will be tea as usual and on this occasion a bingo session will be held for the rest of the afternoon. Meetings usually finish about 4.30pm. For further information please contact the chairman Margaret Lainchbury on 01323 484347 or the secretary Jasmine Gayton on 01323 844426.

A CHURCH CONCERT: is being held at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at 7.30pm on Monday February 8. The musical director is Michael Stumbles and taking part will be the church choir, soloists and instrumentalists in a wide range of varied items.

ASTRONOMY: Eastbourne Astronomical Society will be meeting at 7.30pm on Saturday February 6 at Willingdon Memorial Hall. There will be a talk entitled ‘Quantum Mechanics in the Sky’. For further information please consult the website.

STAR TREK: To commemorate 50 years since Star Trek first appeared on our television screens in 1966, Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) is presenting a special screening of the original movie version of the hit series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (now on Blu-ray), at The Pavilion, George Street, on Friday February 12 at £7.45 pm (doors open at 7.15pm).Tickets cost £7 (£5.50 concessions and children) with 10% discount for HOPS members, and are available from The Pavilion Box Office (01323 841414) or online at www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk. Fancy dress is optional. So come and have a fun evening, and don’t miss a unique opportunity to see this film on the big screen.
All proceeds go to HOPS for the upkeep of The Pavilion. For further information contact Margaret Rose on 01323 849167

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