Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Desperate Widow. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche, Jungle Jamboree, the other brother. Followed by church picnic at the Vicarage with music and games. 6.30 Evening Prayer, Lost donkeys and the Word of God. Jungle Jamboree Holiday Club starts on Tuesday.

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

TWINNING: Did you know that Hailsham is twinned with Gournay en Bray? A grand welcome awaits you from Hailsham Twinning members and their partners from Gornay en Bray at the Summer Street Market, Vicarage Field tomorrow, Saturday. Come along between 9.30am to 4pm and take up the offer to try some French cheeses and ciders. You will also have a chance to learn more about our very active Association and even try out your French too. Membership forms will be available if you are interested in joining our group.

HAILSHAM 87.7FM RADIO: What would Hailsham gain from its own community radio? Neil Povey and Peter Willson have spearheaded Hailsham FM Radio for the last three years, broadcasting during the town’s Arts and Culture Festival during September. Due to the success of this two week stint, they believe the time has come for Hailsham and district to benefit from a full time community radio station. To embark upon this exciting project, it is important for them to get funding and a licence. They are not asking for money, but would appreciate any charity, club or community group putting together a short piece about the work they do, about two to three minutes in length, with which to address the licence application meeting. This would include the advantages a particular charity or group would gain from a community radio station. An example of this would be to create awareness by being included in announcements of their ongoing events, special promotions, meetings, fundraising ideas, and so on, and or being featured live on the station. Neil and Peter are hoping organisations will come forward to support this future groundbreaking project before September 21, the last broadcasting day for this year. Meanwhile, vital behind scenes work continues to ensure Hailsham FM’s application to Ofcom is successful. For more information about this please contact info@hailshamfm.uk or www.facebook.com/hailshamfestivalfm.

BUSINESS FORUM: On Friday October 2 at the Civic Community Hall from 6.30pm there is a new discussion group for businesses and retailers to voice their views. Ways to promote Hailsham, bring more people into the town and encourage traders to work together to boost the local economy will be discussed. As with all the other Hailsham Forward Town Team forums, it will be headed by Cllr Nick Collinson taking place on a regular basis and open to all members of the local business community. The first meeting will look at the planned changes to the town centre which are planned for early 2016 and the forthcoming Christmas events in the town. Lyoness, an international customer loyalty scheme provider, will outline the benefits for local businesses of establishing a loyalty scheme in Hailsham and surrounds benefitting local businesses by increasing local shopping and purchase of services with the offer of discounts and local residents, by way of discounts or credits. The proposed scheme would also provide a small revenue for the Hailsham Forward project to re-invest in the town. Invitations will be sent out to all known businesses in Hailsham in early September. If you wish to attend the first Hailsham Business Forum please write to Mickey Caira (Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE) or send an email to mickey.caira@hailsham-tc.gov.uk confirming your attendance.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE: Hailsham is braced for a regional line-up of exceptionally talented artists and a feast of music, dance, drama, literature and street entertainment as the town prepares to host its annual Festival of Arts and Culture in September, one of the highlights of the town’s events calendar. Attracting a cross-section of artists and performers from the South East and further afield, it offers a wide variety of exhibits and performances to suit all tastes. The 11-day series of events will take place at various locations in and around Hailsham from Thursday September 10 to Monday September 21 and is being organised for the ninth consecutive year by the Arts Festival Committee and the team at Gallery North.

There is a fantastic array of events lined up and confirmed performers announced for this year’s festival including the Cajun Dawgs and The Memphis Flyers. There will be Cossack dancing and music at Hailsham Pavilion, a Flanders & Swann music-comedy performance, barn dancing, baroque singing, jive dance workshop and open-mic event at Chapter 12 Wine Bar, as well as a music concert led by Hellingly Church Choir and other live music entertainment. The program will also feature creative workshops at The Square Youth Cafe and Gallery North, an art history talk at Hailsham Methodist Hall, literary events at Callenders Restaurant and a poetry competition, as well as a Film Competition and an awards ceremony at Hailsham Pavilion as part of the line-up. Hailsham Festival FM will be broadcasting for the duration of the festival on 87.7FM.

OPEN DAY: Ever fancied becoming a Volunteer for Wealden Citizens Advice. The service aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. If you would like to find out more about what is involved, there is an open event at the Hailsham Bureau at Southview, Western Road on Tuesday September 8 at 10am. You can find out more at 01825 762807.

ART EXHIBITION: The 15th Exhibition of South View Art Group runs from September 5 to 7 from 10am to 4pm daily at South View Western Rd, found next door to Hailsham Library above the CAB offices. For more information if required, contact Eileen on 01424 532866 ijagproctor@gmail.com.

U3A: Three members of the Poetry Group read poems at the Choir’s Summer Concert in late July, and thanks to the choir for inviting them along to a very pleasant event. The next meeting will be a look at poetry written by women. The strollers enjoyed a walk from Berwick on part of the Vanguard Way and the August walk was on part of the same path starting from Exceat Bridge beside the Cuckmere River to the Coastguard Cottages by Cuckmere Haven. The July meeting of the Family

History Group was a very interesting and informative illustrated presentation from Elizabeth Hughes, who is a Senior Archivist at the Keep (The new Sussex Records Office in Falmer). She gave a talk on the Early Poor Laws which were in force before the Union Workhouses were set up in the mid-19th century. It was quite a coincidence that the talk should take place at the Town Council offices of the Fleur de Lys which was the Parish Workhouse for Hailsham from 1762 until 1836 when the Union Workhouse, at the end of Hawks Road (now called Union Corner) was built to replace it. Inglenook in the Town Council address refers to the old Inglenook Cafe, which was formed from a part of the original Fleur de Lys building. If you would like to join the U3A and see what other groups they enjoy then visit their website at hailshamu3a.co.uk or contact the group’s coordinator on 740820.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report from the then Rev F Clyde Harvey: The Hailsham Fete, or the Church Sunday and Day School Treat is postponed to happier times, when we hope to make this great day in our Parish year a Red Letter Day, which the children shall not forget. The Registration Act is to enable to Government to organise help better. Women can greatly supply the place of men eligible and willing to serve if their place can be taken. If reminded one of olden days to see four women haying in a field at Harebeating. Why should they not relieve the men from milking? ‘Where are you going my pretty maind? Going a milking, sir,’ she said. Can’t she say that now? Or won’t she? The general opinion of Mr Blackman’s work on the south side of the church Roof is that it is a very good piece of work. The gates of the Porch of Church are removed awaiting new Oak Gates, when a suitable design has been found.

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