Eleven more days for Win A Car at The Beacon

There are just 11 more days for you to win a brand-new car for Christmas by taking part in this year’s Win A Car charity event at The Beacon.
Every day a different charity is selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause.
The winning ticket for a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio will be drawn on December 24 and there will also be an additional prize of an overnight stay in a King balcony room with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel in Eastbourne plus 10 winners of £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.
Now in its 19th year, this annual event has raised over £328,000 for local charities since it was started in 2000. Pictured are volunteers from Families for Autism who were in the Centre earlier this week.
The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said: “We’ve raised more than £10,600 so far! If you haven’t already bought a ticket for Win A Car then make sure you don’t miss out. We’ll be drawing the ticket on Christmas Eve and it could be you!”
Charities in the Centre for the coming week are: Shopmobility (Friday); Sussex Police Choir (Saturday); Age Concern (Sunday); Chestnut Tree House Hospice (Monday); Friends of Eastbourne Hospital (Tuesday); JPK Project (Wednesday) and Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign (Thursday).

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Jack Wills to open on Saturday

stige brand Jack Wills has announced it will open in The Beacon on Saturday (December 8).

The store will open its doors at 9am in the new 170,000 sq ft extension of The Beacon. Opening hours will be 9am till 6pm every day except Sunday when it will open 10.30am till 4.30pm.

A first for Eastbourne, the aspirational British fashion brand, whose clothing ranges from contemporary casual to more formal wear, has been a huge success story since opening its first store in Devon in 1999.

Neil Beaman, Head of Store Development for Jack Wills, said: “We are very excited to be opening in Eastbourne in the run up to Christmas. The Beacon is the perfect location for us and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to our brand-new store.”

Andrew Rice, Fund Manager for Legal & General, said: “It’s fantastic to see this dynamic brand opening in the Centre. It’s a great fit for Eastbourne!”
Jack Wills is the latest store to open in The Beacon and joins H & M, Next, FatFace, Schuh, New Look, Paperchase and Flying Tiger.

The second phase of the extension will follow in April 2019 when Cineworld, Ask, Chiquitos, Frankie & Benny’s and local jewellers W. Bruford will open for trade. Nandos is due to open in The Beacon ahead of the cinema and other restaurants.

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Win A Car for Christmas at The Beacon

Seven new charities will be in The Beacon this week for this year’s Win A Car event that runs until Christmas Eve.
Every day a different charity is selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause.
The winning ticket will be drawn on December 24 when one lucky winner will take home a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio for Christmas.
As well as the car, there will be an additional prize of an overnight stay in a King balcony room with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel in Eastbourne plus 10 winners of £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.
Now in its 19th year, this annual event has raised over £328,000 for local charities since it was started in 2000.
Eastbourne’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Kathy Ballard (pictured right) and Debbie Smith, from the Mayor’s Charities’ Committee (pictured left) were selling tickets in aid of the Mayor’s Charities earlier this week.
The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said: “There’s still plenty of time to come along and buy a ticket for this year’s Win A Car. Every charity in the Centre is a worthwhile cause and Christmas is a fantastic time to be helping them raise money.”
Charities in the Centre for the coming week are: St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Friday); Eastbourne Sea Cadet Unit (Saturday); ABC Fund (Sunday); Canine Partners (Monday); Eastbourne Responders (Tuesday); Families for Autism (Wednesday) and East Sussex Motor Neurone Disease Association (Thursday).

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Generous shoppers raise more than £12,400 for Poppy Appeal

Kind-hearted shoppers in The Beacon have raised more than £12,400 for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were in the Centre for 15 days after launching the Poppy Appeal at the end of October with a Remembrance March and salute from the combined army, RAF, Marine and Sea and Boys’ Brigade cadets.

This year, the Centre commemorated the centenary of the end of World War 1 with a series of special events including a Memorial Garden featuring 1,259 crosses to represent every person named on the Eastbourne War Memorial, who died during the conflict.

David Easton, from the Royal British Legion, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all customers of The Beacon for their amazing support this year that raised £12,400.78. Every penny raised supports our armed forces’ community past and present.”

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Santa arrives in The Beacon

Santa is visiting The Beacon every weekend until Christmas when he will be meeting children in a magical Nordic Trail.

Youngsters can take part in the trail, and see Santa, free of charge from 11am until 4pm every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.

During the first weekend, more than 450 children were welcomed to the trail by a Nordic helper who gave them a snow cape to wear to keep them snug on their winter journey. First stop on the trail was making their own Nordic wooden Christmas tree to take home and keep.

Then, they found a small gift that was left for them by Nordic elf Tomte in Christmas slippers in front of a cosy fireplace before they were invited to visit Santa in his own little Nordic nook.

Snowy Christmas trees, lanterns and woodland creatures are all part of the Nordic Trail next to River Island.

The Beacon Manager Bill Plumridge said: “Santa arrived in the Centre at the weekend and there was great excitement from everyone. Christmas is a magical time for children and our Nordic Trail really captures what this special time is all about.”

Don’t miss the Nordic Trail in The Beacon on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23

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Don’t miss the chance to Win a Car for Christmas!

There are still just over three weeks to go until the winning ticket for this year’s Win A Car will be chosen and one lucky winner will take home a brand new £7,999 Suzuki Celerio for Christmas.

Now in its 19th year, this annual event has raised over £328,000 for local charities since it was started in 2000.

Every day a different charity is in the Centre selling tickets for just £1 with every penny going directly to that charity’s worthy cause.

As well as the car, there will be an additional prize of an overnight stay in a King balcony room with dinner and breakfast at The View Hotel in Eastbourne plus 10 winners of £25 vouchers to spend in Marks & Spencer.

Volunteers from Prostate Cancer Support Organisation (pictured) were one of the charities in the Centre earlier this week.

The Beacon Centre Manager Bill Plumridge said: “There are 24 days left to buy a £1 ticket and stand a chance of winning a brand-new car, while at the same time helping one of the 48 fantastic causes that will be in the Centre every day until Christmas Eve.”

Charities in the Centre for the coming week are: Care for the Carers (Friday); Action Medical Research for Children (Saturday); British Heart Foundation (Sunday); Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards (Monday); Mayor’s Charities (Tuesday); Parkinsons UK, Eastbourne (Wednesday) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (Thursday).

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The Beacon launches with the opening of five new stores

Five new stores have opened in the first phase of Eastbourne’s £85 million extension of newly rebranded shopping centre, The Beacon.

Schuh, New Look, Flying Tiger and Paperchase are now open for business in the new mall that opened on Friday.

In addition, Premier League football club Brighton & Hove Albion has opened a temporary shop in the extension until December 23 and Jack Wills is due to open imminently. They join other new names H & M, Next and FatFace.

The opening of the mall also marked the switchover of the former Eastbourne Arndale Centre to The Beacon with the launch of a brand-new website and the changeover of all social media channels and signage.

The second phase of the extension will follow in April 2019 when Cineworld, Ask, Chiquitos, Frankie & Benny’s and local jewellers W. Bruford will open for trade. Nandos is due to open in The Beacon ahead of the cinema and other restaurants.

Throughout Friday and Saturday promotional staff gave out branded bags and cupcakes and there was entertainment from local choir Concentus.

Andrew Rice, Fund Manager at Legal & General, said: “We are delighted to deliver this first phase of the extension, on schedule, before Christmas. We would like to thank everyone for their patience as work continues into 2019.”

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Centre Manager wins Life Time Achievement Award!

The Beacon’s very own boss, Bill Plumridge, scooped the hugely-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious annual More Radio Awards Night earlier this month (November).

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Countdown is on for The Beacon launch as five new stores open

Shopfitting is being carried out on units in the new mall of the £85 million extension with owners Legal & General announcing opening dates for Schuh, New Look and Flying Tiger (Friday November 30) and Paperchase (Saturday December 1) with Jack Wills due to open early December. In addition, Premier League football club Brighton & Hove Albion will open a temporary shop in the extension from November 30 to December 23.

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Win A Car for Christmas!

Don’t miss the chance of winning a brand-new car for Christmas by taking part in this year’s Win A Car event at the The Beacon.

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Magic of Christmas comes to life with Nordic Trail

The wonder of Christmas will come to life with a magical Nordic Trail in the Beacon every weekend in December.

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Win a Car tickets now on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for The Beacon’s Win A Car charity event that has launched for its 19th year.

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Christmas is coming and it’s time for Win A Car!

The Beacon’s Christmas Win A Car event has been launched for 2018!

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Armistice centenary remembered in the Beacon

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