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SPECIAL FARMERS MARKET: Master Chef winner of 2006, Peter Bayless, came along to the market on Saturday. Crowds gathered to watch Peter demonstrate his skills using produce from around the market. Even herbs from the plant stall. Peter’s wife is Greek and on the day, given its current relevance, paid homage to Greece and cooked up some lovely dishes and free tasters to distribute amongst his audience. Head of Wealden District Council, Barbie Dashwood-Morris, came along with the Wealden Regeneration Team who support Wealden’s markets and provide all sorts of advice and assistance. Visit www.hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk Enquiries to info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk or 07887 910150.

SUMMER EXHIBITION: Andrew Forrest, Tony Spencer, John turner and Graham Binks present their summer exhibition at Gallery North, Hailsham High Street which started on Saturday and runs until the beginning of September. I popped my head round the door for a sneaky unofficial preview and was amazed at the beautiful natural wood carvings and creations that were on show there. If you love wood, I would certainly recommend it and there are beautiful paintings other art and photography too.

RESIDENTS MEETING: Hailsham residents turned out for this first meeting of its kind organised by Hailsham Forward. Councillors from Hailsham Town Council, Wealden District Council and a Planning Officer were present. The first question put forward was one shared by most people, how much attention is being paid to the affects all the new housing is having without the infrastructure in place? Southern Water had stated that sewerage had reached capacity and there was a need for another reservoir, doctors were full, roads were full and so forth, and this was beginning to make life uncomfortable for residents? What were Wealden District Council and Hailsham Town Council doing to ask the government to put the money in place to improve the infrastructure before more housing is put in. Summing up the general feeling in the room, much applause followed. It was explained that the infrastructure was provided by individual bodies, the NHS, Southern Water, Education, to provide what was needed and it was a very complicated network. WDC could do nothing. It was also explained that it was very difficult to go against planning permissions submitted by developers as, although not impossible, the developers then appeal and this makes the process very complicated. Much was blamed on government policy and it would have been useful then to have had Nus Ghani, MP, present to take concerns back to Government. Many of the questions by those present followed in a similar vein and rather than people getting answers and solutions to problems they felt the town faced, most left feeling very dissatisfied and disappointed to be told what could not be done, rather than moving Hailsham Forward with a positive what could be done. Another meeting is planned for September and interim meetings are proposed between town residents to discuss the way they feel the town should be moving forward and to represent a view at the next meeting. Sadly, despite questions being submitted in advance so that the Hailsham Forward team could satisfy the answers, this did not happen and as one resident put it, again to applause, the evening had been a waste of her time. Had the meeting been promoted as an information gathering exercise rather than a Q&A session, then its audience may have felt heard and satisfied, and looked forward to coming back next time feeling that there would have been informative feedback on their thoughts and suggestions. The turnout at the next meeting may not be as good although the information shared may be better.

ST MARY’S: This is the seventh Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Spirit of Power. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, The Spirit of Power. Evening Prayer at 6.30pm Meeting Jesus, the concerned soldier.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Rosalind Costello. Healing is always available.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Friday July 24, 9am to 10am market and boot fair at the Cattle Market then to St Mary’s coffee morning until 11am. Come along and meet the local PCSO to discuss any ongoing issues and raise any concerns you may have about where you live or just come out and say hello.

ROTARY CLUB: In the lavish surroundings of the Granary Barn, Blackstock Farm, Hellingly a new president of the club was inaugurated. Robin White was handed the responsibility and presidential jewel by outgoing President Barry Funnell. Robin then invited Sam Jaquet to receive the President Elect jewel and John Lulham the Vice President’s jewel. Robin explained, with a bit of humour, to the gathering of 50 Rotarians, wives and potential new members how honoured he was to be given the post and how he would maintain the philosophy of Rotary. He and Sam are relatively young (in Rotary years) and John Lulham who is a long serving past President of the Club has said he will keep them in line. It is an exciting time for this Club, new faces, new events and much to look forward to including trips to see a class 45 destroyer, Downton Abbey, The BBC as well as many local places to visit yet still keeping in mind how to raise more funds for the local organisations and people who need them. The new President announced that his chosen charity is the Samaritans.

RACE NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, at the Hailsham Memorial Institute there promises to be a fun evening as punter, jockey or owner. From 7.30pm there will be eight races. The event is a fundraiser for Hailsham Festival FM Radio bringing you news, views and interviews, great shows and local interest information throughout the Arts Festival in September.

U3A: The choir has its Summer Concert at 2.15pm on Friday July 24 at Diplocks Hall. Booking essential via Jean 849163. The Natural History Group enjoyed a fascinating talk, by Jenny Clark, on bats. Jenny has just been awarded an MBE for her work at the Sussex Bat Hospital and brought several of her long term patients along to see and stroke. They can no longer attain full flight but are otherwise healthy. Earlier in the month the group had an interesting field trip, a birds of prey experience at Knockhatch Park and enjoyed a tour of the mews and watched breath-taking displays of flying and stooping by a Lanner falcon, a Red Kite and a Ferruginous Hawk. On July 28 for the back to school event the natural history group is inviting everyone to bring a contribution for a Nature Table. Other U3A groups include discussion, readers, strollers, dog walkers, opera enthusiasts, choir and many more. If you would like to join the University of the Third Age, contact Michael Morris on 442005.

HAILSHAM MUSEUM: The historical society is closed now until September but in the meantime you can visit the museum at Blackman’s Yard throughout the summer months on a Friday and Saturday morning between 10am and 12.30pm. This season it has themed displays about WWI (I’m sorry I previously printed WW2) and celebrates 100 years of Southdown Buses. Admission is free. Enquiries about the Society or museum to David on (01323) 440359.

100 YEARS AGO: In July 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report for the then Rev Clyde-Harvey: My dear Friends, Our daily Intercession for the soldiers and sailors and the wounded and sick and for those in anxiety concerning the War, have been more earnest than usual owing to several cases from this parish of wounded and missing and fallen. I quite believe that many pray at home and elsewhere, but when they can join the ‘great congregation,’ or ‘where two or three are met together,’ we shall be glad to see them and it will be an encouragement to others. We commence at 9.30 and cease at 9.45.

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