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If you’re travelling up to London from the 22nd December than Southeastern is urging passengers to check before they travel over the festive period as alterations to train services come into effect next week.

With thousands of visitors expected to travel to London for last minute Christmas shopping and to join in with the festive fun this New Year, the company has made changes to its timetable during the period.southeastern-CharingX1-trains

From Monday 22 December until Christmas Eve some of the company’s Charing Cross services will not stop at the station between 07:54 and 09:01 and other trains will be diverted to Blackfriars and Cannon Street. This is to accommodate work to continue the rebuild of London Bridge station as part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme.

On Christmas Eve the company’s train service will begin to shut down from 19.00, with no trains running after 22.00. There will be no Christmas Day services.

A half hourly high speed service will be provided on Boxing Day, running from Ashford International to Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St Pancras International between 08.00 and 20.00. No other services will run on that day.

An amended timetable will run from Monday 29 December until Friday 2 January, with additional services provided in the early hours of New Year’s Day to help passengers to get home after seeing in 2015.

Full details of the changes to services, including a tool to check final trains on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, are available at here.


If you’re looking to get into the Christmas Spirit and support a local charity then have a look at what St Michael’s Hospice have planned for Christmas this year.

Sharing your generosity by donating to this amazing independent charity will defiantly put you on Father Christmas’s good list.

If you didn’t know, St Michael’s Hospice offer their services to the community free of charge throughout the year and one of the ways to support the hospice is by donation.

With Christmas just around the corner why not celebrate with St Michael’s Hospice and pop along to some of their worth while events that they have going on throughout November and December.

Blacklands Winter Wonderland


Blacklands Winter Wonderland

Following last year’s spectacular Christmas light show at Helens Park Road, this year’s switch on will be on Friday 28th November at 6.30pm and as well as the switch on there will also be a fireworks display which has been put on by Renegade Pyrotechnics.

Last year Paul and Rosina Brockington raised a fantastic £2,750 for St Michael’s Hospice with people’s kind donations.

Cooden Beach Hotel Christmas Market

The Cooden Beach Hotel will be opening its doors for a Christmas Market on Saturday 29th November from 10.15am until 12.30pm with crafts and goodies for sale.

Westfield Christmas Lights

Every year the village of Westfield (just outside Hastings) go all out with their luminous variety of Christmas lights and decorations.This year the big switch on will be taking place on Thursday 4th December from 4pm onwards.

This is not too be missed, it is a brilliant way to get into the Christmas spirit and a fantastic way to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.

St Michael’s Hospice Christmas Fayre

You pop along to St Michael’s Hospice for their annual Christmas Fayre.  The Christmas Fayre will be starting at 10.15am, entrance is just 50p and includes a tea or coffee. Take the kids to see Santa in his grotto and enjoy some mince pies and a drop of mulled wine.

Lights Of Love

You may like to dedicate a star and remember a loved one at this year’s Lights Of Love.

Trees are placed across Hastings and Rother with a special Lights of Love church service held at 3pm on Sunday 7th December.All details and a list of the locations for the services are available on the St Michael’s Hospice website here.

Santa Fun Run

Alexandra Park will be hosting the Santa fun run on Sunday 14th December.  You and your family can dress up and partake in either a 2k or 5k run.  Prizes will be given out for the best costume

For more details head on over to their website here.