DYW: Willingdon - December 22, 2010

TEARING your hair out with all the last-minute jobs to do before Christmas?

Well, if you are quick, you can still give your children a fun morning, so that you can get on with a bit more present wrapping, and rescuing the Christmas tree from the cat.

Tomorrow, December 23, at Hampden Park Sports Centre in Brodrick Road, is the last fun session for four to 12 year olds, from 9.15am till 12.30pm. With lots of games, crafts and a bouncy castle, you can book your youngster in by ringing 01323 509859.

HASN’T it been great to have our very own Christmas lights and festivities in the village this year?

It was initially the brainchild of one of the village traders, who worked hard to spearhead the lights, with help and contributions from many of the local traders, and members of the Neighbourhood Panel, whose Chair also contacted local businesses, resulting in financial contributions.

Helped by these and a donation from our own local councillors’ Devolved Ward Grant, another from Hampden Park in Bloom, and the very first donation (which was given by our MP Stephen Lloyd), the lights, and festivities last Saturday, were able to go ahead.

It is not possible to list the local businesses by name, but suffice to say welcome donations were made by many, including food outlets, a florist, a local church, a dental service, a barber’s, a newsagent and stationers, and a local supermarket.

You all know who you are, and the whole village appreciates your efforts.

I HAVE been reliably informed that the recent ‘Operation Cruella’ (a joint operation between plain clothes police officers, EBC Community Enforcement Officer and volunteers) who spent several days in Hampden Park ensuring that dog owners cleared up after their canine friends, was very successful.

Some time was also spent talking to dog owners in Tugwell Park.

So keep up the good work, you doggy walkers - being a responsible dog owner, amongst other things, means you avoid an on-the-spot fine! The operation is to be repeated again in 2011.

TWO DATES for your diary - the first being New Year’s Day, when Hampden Park Indoor Bowls Club is holding a Fun Day for members and guests.

Haven’t joined yet? Their subscriptions, both for social members and for bowls players, are extremely modest and excellent value for money, so ring 01323 506009 now, and join yourself to a friendly and very active club.

THE second date is January 7, at 7 pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive, when local dog trainer Angela Lucas will be giving a talk and demonstration on a brand new concept in dog training, which is innovative and great fun for dog and owner.

You don’t have to take Fido with you, just go along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa with this delightful lady.