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CHILDREN’S MARKET: There is a Children’s Theme Market in the town centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am. Organised by the Town Council’s Festivities and Events Committee with Hailsham Forward and Hailsham Community College Academy Trust, it will be a great family event stalls selling a wide range of fine food, gifts, jewellery and accessories from local traders, as well as items of interest to children including toys, crafts, confectionery and much more. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, South of Saturn will be performing from 12 - 1pm and again from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Hailsham Parish Church Youth Band show from 3pm to 3.30pm. ATC 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron air cadets will provide a climbing wall in Vicarage Field. Other family activities include Camel Rodeo from 11am to 4pm and Hailsham FM Radio will also be attending the event.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Spirit who Gives Gifts. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Spirit of Holiness. Evening Prayer is at 2.45pm at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood. 6.30pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s, The Absent Glory, the child called Ichabod.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall, London Road, there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is to be advised. Healing is always available.

ARMED FORCES SERVICE: Royal British Legion, Hailsham and District Branch invites the members of the public to the service for Armed Forces Week to be held at the War Memorial, Vicarage Fields on Sunday. The service is to commence at 10.45am and two minutes silence to be held at 11am. The Mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Nigel Coltman and Councillors of Hailsham Town Council and Wealden District Council Chairperson, Councillor Barby Dashwood-Morris together with members of RAFA, Army Cadet Force and the Air Cadets are to be in attendance. Remember those men and women who have served in areas of operations and continue to do so today and given so much that we may live in peace and harmony. Your support would be very much appreciated.

HOPS OPEN GARDEN: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society will be holding its Annual Open Garden and coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday. As usual it will be at Bates Green Farm in Arlington (Adjacent to the Bluebell walk, post code BN26 6SH) in the garden of Mr and Mrs John McCutchen. Come along and see this lovely country garden between 10am and 12noon. Entrance fee is by kind donation. Also on offer will be refreshments including the usual range of homemade cakes. There will also be a raffle, books, and plants. Sorry, but no dogs please. All proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion society supporting your local independent cinema.

FREEDOM LEISURE: It’s party night tonight at Freedom Leisure Hailsham for young people. The pool red and music, flume, floats, games master and competitions will make for a great evening from 6.45pm to 8pm. Bowling is only £1.85 each per game. Tomorrow, Saturday, the fitness festival from 8am to 4pm is a fun day packed with classes all in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Book your space on 01323 846755.

STIX SUMMER MADNESS: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Sharnfold Farm, Hailsham Road from 9.30am to 9.30pm Stix Drummers are holding a whole day of entertainment, live music, drumming, belly dancers, old time funfair, craft stalls and lots more.

100 YEARS AGO: In June 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report for the then Rev Clyde-Harvey: Hailsham Cricket Club, An Appeal. No fixture list has been arranged for this season for obvious reasons, but as this is a Town Club it will be well for all subscribers and members to know how things stand. There is a debt from last season of £8 0s. 6d, due partly to the extra expense at the beginning of the season (when no one thought of war) of laying on gas and painting the Pavilion, and partly to the loss in receipts during Cricket Week owing to the outbreak of war. No one will wish to burden our hard-working secretary with this deficit, and if all who are interested do a little, it can soon be removed. Though no matches are arranged for this season it is most desirable that the ground be kept in condition, for this certain expenses, probably about £5, will have to be incurred. This in all some £12 is needed to meet all requirements.

JUNGLE JAMBOREE: You are invited to join the St Mary’s Holiday Club for a fun-packed 4 day Jungle Jamboree. There will be crafts, games, stories that Jesus told, songs and of course, the Watt Family will be there too. The cost is just £1 per day between August 25 and 28 from 9.45am to 12.30pm. Places are limited, so please book early with Lyn Gooding on 441868 or email holidayclubh@hailshamchurch.org. There is a family barbecue on Friday August 28 from 5pm to 7pm and an All Age Service Holiday Club special on Sunday August 30 at 10.30am.

CALLING ALL GOLFERS: Why not enter a team for the annual HOPS Golf Day. It is on August 28 at Willingdon golf Course. Have a great day out playing golf in a friendly atmosphere, while helping to raise money for HOPS. Just put together a team of four players at £35 per player (£140 per team). The cost includes 18 holes of Team Golf, lunch and prizes. You can also be an event sponsor for £50. Contact Tom Chapman on (01323) 842758 for details and an entry form. Don’t delay, there are only a limited number of team places available and they are going fast.

RESIDENTS FORUM: People living or working in Hailsham are being invited to attend the first meeting of Hailsham Forward’s new Residents’ Forum in early July. The aim of the meeting, which is being held at the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane at 7pm on July 7, is to launch a new discussion group for residents to ask questions and voice their views on topical local issues that are raised by, or affect, members of the community. Forum meetings will be attended by members of the Hailsham Forward Town Team and town councillors, take place quarterly and are open to all members of the public.The first meeting will be attended by Wealden District Council planning officers and look at housing developments in Hailsham, followed by a questions and answers session. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you wish to attend the first meeting please write to Mickey Caira (Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE) or email (mickey.caira@hailshamtc.gov.uk). If you will be attending and have a question for the forum, please include your question in all correspondence, so the relevant information can be gathered and made available at the meeting. Suggestions for topics of discussion at future forum meetings will be welcomed.

CHORAL CONCERT: Hailsham Choral Society’s annual Summer Concert, an afternoon of musical miscellany, is being held at Hailsham Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane on Sunday at 3pm. The summer concert this year will feature Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme and Michael Tippet’s Five Spirituals. Josik Kotz and Barbara Edwards will be sharing the conducting and the concert will be followed by tea and cake. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is £10 (£5 for under 16 year olds) and tickets are available at the Hailsham Camera Centre, from members of the choir or by calling 01323 870515. Further information about the Spring Concert can be found via the Hailsham Choral Society website at hailshamchoral.org.

HAILSHAM IN BLOOM: Hailsham faces its floral D-Day in two weeks time when South and South East in Bloom judges cast their eye over the town’s efforts. Environment Hailsham is convinced that they deserve to achieve even better results in the competition, having achieved a silver gilt award in the Large Town category of the South and South East in Bloom competition last year. Judges will convene at the Town Council Offices in Market Street on Thursday July 9 for an official presentation and meet representatives of community groups and businesses who have contributed to Environment Hailsham’s many projects undertaken this year. From there, the judges will proceed to the main tour of the town which includes stops at the town centre’s floral displays in North Street, George Street and the High Street, Dennis King Memorial Orchard and Sensory Garden which has undergone replanting works during the past year and the new plant bed which was created from scratch on the junction between Battle Road and Hawkswood Road. The judges will also have the opportunity to find out more about Environment Hailsham’s grey water harvesting at the Grovelands Barn plant nursery and the continuation of the Plot To Plate project set up two years ago next to the plant nursery to teach children about growing fresh vegetables from seed or sapling. Other stop-off points will include premises of the winners of the Best Kept Front Garden, Best Business Premises and Hailsham Heritage Award competitions. Environment Hailsham Chairman Richard Grocock said organisers are looking forward to showing off all that Hailsham has to offer. Hailsham is up against a number of other towns in the Large Town category of the South and South East in Bloom competition. The category winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brighton in September.

SUMMERHEATH HALL REFURB: Apologies for printing the wrong information about the dates the hall will be out of use. The works will actually start on July 1, whilst the Hall is in normal use and the plan is that the contractors will work around the hirers for around two and a half weeks. There will be no bookings at all in the Hall after the playgroup finish their term on Friday July 17 and the hall will reopen when they return on Monday September 7.

FISHING PERMITS: Summer is now here; and so is the onset of the fishing season. Angling enthusiasts can now enjoy the best coarse fishing and cast a line on the Town Council’s waterways with the annual start of the fishing season having taken place this month. Fishing is currently permitted on season at two Town Council managed sites: Hailsham Country Park Lake (off Gleneagles Drive) and Hempstead Pond (adjacent to Tilehurst Wood). Both fishing areas are well-stocked with fish including carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch and pike. Daily fishing permits can be obtained from MFC supplies in Station Road and yearly season tickets are available from the Town Council offices (£40 adult, £25 senior citizens, disabled and children under 16 years).

A current Environment Agency rod licence and passport photo must be produced when purchasing permits. Please contact Karen Giddings on 01323 841702 (during office hours) for all fishing permit enquiries. Regulations and conditions for fishing at the Hailsham Country Park Lake and Hempstead Pond sites are available to download from hailsham-tc.gov.uk.

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