DYW: Town Centre - December 8, 2010

THE MAYOR’S Christmas Carol Concert is in the Town Hall, Grove Road, on Friday, December 10, at 7.30pm, featuring Concentus Chorale. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the mayor’s charities, Eastbourne YMCA and Young Carers (Care for the Carers). Mulled wine and mince pies will be available after the concert. More details from the Mayor’s office on 415020.

ARE YOU a former member of the WRNS, WRENS etc? There is a local fellowship for women naval personnel in Eastbourne. Details on 502859.

YOU ARE invited to a lunchtime Christmas Carol Concert in All Soul’s Church, Susans Road, at 1pm on Wednesday, December 15. The singing will be led by members of the Eastbourne Choral Society accompanied by Mark Smith, with the Bishop of Lewis, Wallace Benn giving a talk. You can bring your own lunch to eat during the concert. Drinks and mince pies will be available.

STOCKS of blood are low at the moment and more is required to meet the demand from hospitals and ambulance service. You can donate a pint of your blood at the Kings Centre, Edison Road, on Thursday, December 16 2pm-4.30pm and 5.30pm-8pm. Whatever blood group you are, a pint of yours could make the difference between life and death this Christmas.

THE PASTORAL Action in Rest Care Homes in Eastbourne (PARCHE), which arrange for local members of the Eastbourne Churches to lead an informal act of worship in local rest homes, have a Christmas Carol and Tea event in the Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, on Friday, December 17, 2pm-4 pm. Residents from homes are welcome to attend, as well as team members. If you are a resident in a home and would like to attend, speak to your home manager.

THE EASTBOURNE Cultural Community’s Network provides support for individuals and groups to make new friends and help build strong relationships with people from other communities and cultural groups. This is an opportunity to promote your country and learn about different cultures. Contact them at Unit 4, 86a Cavendish Place or call 735772.

THE EASTBOURNE Community Bus Service is a local transport service for Eastbourne Residents, providing door to door transport on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays between 9.30am and 2.30pm. To use the service you must be registered with them. For an application form ring 01273 517332 or e-mail ctla@btconnect.com.

ON TUESDAY, December 14 both the Guild at St Andrew’ URC and the Friendship Hour, which meets in the Central Methodist Church hall, Langney Road, are having Christmas Carol Services at 2.30pm. You are welcome to attend either.

THE EAST Sussex Connexions 360 Service assists young people to make a smooth transition into adult life, providing information, guidance and support. Connexions cannot replace parental support but compliments this with specialist help and advice . There is a drop-in Centre at Eastbourne House, 22 Gildredge Road - call 745500. Young people can also talk in confidence to an advisor seven days a week 8am to 2pm on 080800 13219 or text 07766 413219.

ON SUNDAY, December 19, Deacon Anne Howard will lead the Carol Service in Central Methodist Church at 10.30am, and at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Trees, the Curate Rev. Marc Lloyd will give the address at their Carol Service at 6.30pm.

ON SATURDAY, December 18 you are invited to a Coffee Morning, arranged by the Church Choir in the Central Methodist Church Hall, Langney Road, 10am- 11.30am.

ON SUNDAY, December 19, the Salvation Army has a Carol Service at 5pm. The young people as well as the musical sections will take part.

CONGRATULATIONS to Central Methodist Church member Ruby Crew and her team of helpers, who packed nearly 90 boxes for under-privileged children in Eastern Europe. The boxes were dedicated by Rev. John Neal at a Sunday morning service prior to being taken to the Mustard Seed Relief Mission warehouse.

THE HAILSHAM-based charity, Quicken Trust, which supports a rural community north of Kampala, Uganda, has a whole list of alternative gifts if you are looking for something different to give. Contact them on 832361 for a copy of their catalogue.

ST. WILFRID’S Hospice has introduced an on-line message board for carers on their website. If you are a carer or family member of a patient and have something you would like to share with others in a similar situation, you can comment on www.stw3hospice.org/whatwedo/carersandfamilies.