DYW: Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington - January 19, 2011

DISAPPOINTING year: The JPK newsletter has recently been distributed to members, and as always makes interesting reading.

Jill Parker, Wannock resident and JPK project co-ordinator, wrote: ‘As we move into another year, I am looking back on 2010, which could be seen as a disappointing year, with no progress in obtaining vacant possession on our identified site at Ocklynge Chalk Pit’ (planning permission was granted by Eastbourne Borough Council in March 2009).

‘It might appear we are no further forward in developing our much-needed supported living centre for people with a learning disability, who are in dire need of finding a home of their own, and assisting in giving peace of mind to their parents and carers.

‘However, I can honestly say, it is not due to the lack of effort on behalf of the trustees of the JPK but due to external forces beyond our control, namely the lack of ‘in principle’ support from Adult Social Care, East Sussex County Council and the reluctance of ESCC to vacate the site.

‘However, we are delighted with the continued support of the local community and those further afield, which gives us the encouragement to battle on with our endeavours’.

Due to the fact the vacant issue has dragged on for so long, the trustees will now reluctantly be looking for other sites, without so many added complications - but rest assured - this project will go ahead, so do continue to support it in any way you can.

A NEIGHBOURHOOD panel meeting was held at St Mary’s Church Hall on January 11, chaired by Keith Bowman. Also present were PCSO Ali Beaden, Sgt Mark Ritchie, Willingdon and Jevington parish councillors Ron Cousins, Fran Pritchett and Linda Francis, and Pauline Sharpe and myself.

Neighbourhood panels were a Sussex Police initiative back in 2008 - the idea being each ward be encouraged to set up a panel of residents to try and identify the three main priorities for their particular area, so the police and panel could concentrate on these, and then suggest ways these ‘problems’ could best be tackled.

Willingdon has very little crime, although a few garages have been broken into, and residents are encouraged to fix strong locks.

At this meeting the three priorities chosen were speeding along Seven Sisters Road, potholes in the local roads, and litter in the Freshwater Square area.

Seven Sisters Road will continue to be closely monitored. ESCC will be reminded about the many potholes in Willingdon and PCSO Ali Beaden will contact the company responsible for the Freshwater Square area to suggest it could be tidied up on a regular basis - as this area is not really the responsibility of the council - being privately owned.

More residents to join the panel would be welcome, especially if they have a particular interest, such as a child at one of the local schools, or they are a teacher or governor.

The meetings will now be held every three months. The next one is on April 12. For further fetails email keith_bowman@sky.com or Alison.Beaden@sussex.pnn.police.uk

THE RED Lion Wine Club meets at 7pm on Wednesday (January 19). The wine to sample on this occasion is South American. Food including wine is £5.95 but it is essential to book. Ring 502062.

THE WHEATSHEAF is celebrating Burns Night a little early this year - on Thursday January 20 from 7pm.There will be a whisky toast, piper, address to the haggis, music and dancing. For the four-course meal, it is best to book. Call 502069.

WILLINGDON Flower Club is having a practice meeting at 1.45pm on Friday, January 21, at Willingdon Memorial Hall in Church Street.

LOCAL history: Polegate and Willingdon Local History Society meets on Friday, January 21, from 7pm to 9pm at John’s Church Hall Polegate. The speaker is John Pick and his subject is The history of Eastbourne Hippodrome. Visitors are welcome. The cost is £2.

POOL: There is a ‘killer pool’ competition at The British Queen in Willingdon Triangle from 8pm on Saturday, January 22. The winner and runner-up will both receive cash prizes. For further information ring 484166.

THE DEAN of Chichester Nicholas Frayling will be preaching at St Mary’s Church Willingdon at the 9.45am service on Sunday January 23. Also on that day the clergy from St Mary’s will lead the 5pm service at Eastbourne Hospital.

CHRISTIAN Unity: A week of prayer for Christian Unity will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday, January 23, at St John’s Church in Polegate.

MASKED ball: GI*Blues was set up by local resident Rosie Cornell (nee Herbert) who has suffered for many years from the debilitating illness - gastro intestinal pseudo obstruction, which has prevented her from having a full-time education and a career.

She spent much of her young life in and out of hospital. More awareness into this devastating disorder needs to be established as sadly some babies and young children do die from it.

Paula Kemp is the fundraiser for GI*Blues which gives support to sufferers and their families and helps bring awareness of this illness to the general public.

Paula is organising a charity masked ball at Willingdon Golf Club on Saturday, January 29, from 8pm to midnight. People are encouraged to put on their posh frocks and suits and have a good time. Masks must be worn – and no jeans please!

Tickets are £20 per person which includes a light buffet and disco. There will also be a raffle for which Paula needs donations.

Special guest will be Richard Bellars, a talented magician who was recently featured on the ITV programme Fool Us which was hosted by Jonathan Ross.

For tickets and further information please call Paula on 722895 and to learn more about this illness, visit www.giblues.ik.com