Hello, my name is*****
It would seem that you have been granted an opportunity to seek permission to appeal. Does it say on the papers that the appeal is to follow if permission is granted?.
Sometimes they just consider permission to appeal and if granted then the actual appeal hearing is on another day. Alternatively they list the matter for permission to appeal and the appeal to follow if permission is granted so it is all dealt with in one hearing. The reason is that the grounds for permission to appeal are often the same as the grounds of the actual appeal.
In honesty appeals are very difficult. You cannot appeal because you did not like the decision but only because the judge was wrong.
When the District Judge made his decision he would have given his reasons in a short judgement. This is what you must concentrate on for your grounds of appeal.
In short the judge must have made a mistake in law or just ignored or was wrong to attach little weight on evidence that supported your case.
In short you have to demonstrate that had the judge considered all evidence he would have made a different decision.
Quite often in the court of appeal the appeal judges state that they may have made a different decision but the appeal has failed because there was nothing wrong with the reasoning behind the decision of the judge who made the initial decision.
So you need to look at the evidence the judge had before him and consider whether he just made a mistake - possibly he did not understand it. Alternatively did he ignore any evidence that was helpful to you for no good reason.
On a pratical note if your hearing is just for permission it will just be you and the judge - being a circuit judge. If it is permission and appeal then the other side will be advised and can attend. If that is the case and you lose then the court can order you to pay their costs.
I hope this helps.