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FARMERS MARKET: Come along to the Farmers Market for your fresh, local, traceable produce tomorrow, Saturday, between 9am and 12.30pm. There is also a small Boot Sale at the back of the site and if you would like to try out driving a Cuckmere Bus and consider becoming a volunteer driver, bring along your usual D1 drivers license. Please support all our traders. Free on-site parking and market cafe.

BOOT SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, Cattle Market site, 9am to 12.30pm. Set up from between 7.30am and 8.30am. Pitches £5. Registered charities free. No traders or food vans. Enquiries 07887 910150. Just turn up.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday April 20 at 7.30pm in the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, there is a workshop by Angela Merryfield entitled China Grass Bouquet Holder. There is also a competition for members only, entitled Springtime. All welcome.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: Hailsham Town Council invites local residents to attend this year’s annual Town Meeting which takes place at the Civic Community Hall on Tuesday April 19. The main part of the meeting will start at 7.30pm, including a presentation and review of the past year by the Town Mayor and Chairman, Councillor Nigel Coltman. Prior to the main residents’ meeting there will be an opportunity for you to view information stands from local groups and talk to representatives of those organisations from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. At the annual town meeting, the Town Mayor will also be presenting the 2016 Hailsham Hero award in the form of a cup. This is the first in what is hoped will be an annual award to someone who has served the Hailsham community. The person was chosen by a committee made up of the Mayor, town councillors and members of the public, from nominations submitted by residents of Hailsham. The annual Town Meeting gives you the public an opportunity to put forward your views on what you like and dislike about the town as well as to put forward ideas on things that could be done to improve the town for everyone. If members of the public wish to submit a question in advance, please advise the Town Clerk in writing (Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham BN27 2AE) or email john.harrison@hailsham-tc.gov.uk by no later than Monday April 11.

OAKLEAF COURSES: Sussex Oakleaf are running free community wellbeing courses to residents within South Wealden and the surrounding areas. Decoupage: a four week course running from Tuesday April 12 to Tuesday May 3, 10am to 1pm. Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) for Mental Health: a six week course running every Thursday from April 21 until May 26, 10am to 1pm. Both courses will be held at the Old Chapel in Hailsham. Please contact us on 01323 849524 for more information or to book a place. www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society opens up the museum for the summer on Friday May 6 and will be open every Friday and Saturday until the end of September. On display are artefacts, photographs, etc., of local interest, and a special display to mark the anniversary of Hailsham’s Victoria Cross recipient, Company Sergeant Major Nelson Carter, who was killed in June 1916, 100 years ago, this year. The museum is located at Blackman’s Yard, Market Street, behind the Kemer Kebab shop/Town Council Offices. It is open from 10am to 12.30pm and admission is free. For more information, contact David Bourne at 01323 440359.

ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Hailsham Lions are delighted to announce that Collins Honda at Herstmonceux are sponsoring their 11th annual Charity Golf Day at Wellshurst Golf Club, Hellingly on Friday, May 27. First Tee Off at 10.30am. Entry fee of £40 per person includes coffee/tea on arrival, one round of golf (18 holes) and a lunch (ham, egg and chips) after the finish. Wellshurst Club members will enjoy the special rate of £26 per person. The playing format is as follows: Stapleford full handicap in teams of four with the points total of the best two cards counting towards the team prize. Teams can be mixed male, female and juniors. Entry forms can be obtained by emailing bes93@hotmail.co.uk or phoning Brian Saunders on 01825 872664. Special offer. There is a 10 percent discount on the entry fee if forms returned to Brian Saunders by May 7. Early booking is recommended!

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head. The last meeting in March was an interesting exchange of views and experiences. Everyone was enthusiastic about the current projects, a varied collection of colour work, and textured knitting but almost everyone was deviating from their pattern. This lead on to discussion about pattern sources. There are pattern books and magazines, and nowadays almost anything can be found on the internet, but if they do not always meet every criteria some creative thinking must be employed. With a bit of skill, elements can be taken from more than one pattern and put together to create a totally unique piece. Add in the great choice of yarn available and the original pattern may not even be discernible in the finished article. The meetings in April will be Tuesday April 12 and 26 at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome, no fees or obligation. Information from Su(07552229473).

HAILSHAM FM RADIO: Hailsham FM broadcasters took to the town’s shopping centre on Good Friday to join in the Easter fun. With the station’s mascot, Micky Marconi, they handed out Easter eggs to shoppers, while promoting the programmes being broadcast over the bank holiday. Young children just couldn’t resist hugging Marconi and giving him a high five as their parents were interviewed by Pat Bradley for live transmission on Simon Herbert’s show. The radio station extended their usual weekend broadcasting over Easter time and could be heard for four days instead of the usual two, when it broadcasts from 7am on Saturday through to 10pm on Sunday via their website www.hailshamfm.uk or TuneIn. Programmes are also uploaded onto Mix Cloud which can also be accessed via the website. Hailsham FM is a community station run by volunteers. It has broadcast three times in support of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture for consecutive Septembers from 2013. The station is now awaiting the outcome of an application to Ofcom to broadcast full-time in the town.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch Royal British Legion is to take place on Tuesday at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Fields at 7.30pm. All serving and ex service personnel, dependants and members of the public are cordially invited to attend. You need not have served in the Armed Forces to become a member of the Royal British Legion. There will be entertainment following the meeting, as to what Mike has in store for us, we await with abated breath. At the March meeting it was rather hectic going through the agenda, but one made it as the poppy organiser and branch chairman, Mike Weller had invited many organisations to receive certificates for the outstanding work they had done in assisting during the Poppy Appeal, in one case, Peter Appleby, a Legion member had completed 40 years. Betty Gates, Legion Member has completed 30 years. Many organisations have chalked up 25 years and the Hailsham and District Branch is most appreciative of their continued support and of course the valued support of the residents of Hailsham and surrounding villages.

CAN YOU HELP?: Hailsham Farmers Market currently have no one to put up our pitches for us. If you can help please speak to the Farmers Market Manager for details. Just the second Saturday morning of each month to put up and take down. Also do you have an old trailer about 8ft long which is working but any condition to transport the pitches off-road across the site from the storage.

HAILSHAM ARTS FESTIVAL: It’s time to leap into action if you would like to be involved in the 10th annual Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture. The festival dates will be September 8 to 18. Please visit the website where you will find forms for the Art Trail and for Event proposals. Deadlines are May 18 for event proposals, June 1 to register for the Art Trail, June 14 for booking advertising space. There will be an event on May 18 where everyone interested in participating in the festival can get together to discuss ideas, plans and publicity. Full details will follow shortly but make a note of the date in your diary now. If you have any questions, please do drop us an email to hailshamartsfestival@gmail.com or call 01323 485153.

FOOD AND CRAFT: Indoor Food and Craft Market, Sunday, April 17, 10am to 3pm at The Boship (Lions) Hotel. Free entry. Free parking.

ORGAN CLUB: All concerts are at the Charles Hunt Centre, off Vicarage Lane. Shows start at 7.30pm. Details from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411. On Wednesday John Mann, a first class organist and entertainer, will have you in stitches. All welcome.

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