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FARMERS MARKET: From 9am to 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham Farmers’ Market will be at the Cattle Market Site on Market Street with local quality traceable produce and crafts. Be prepared for Valentine’s Day by stocking up with Jill Weller’s beautiful hand-made cards. Enhance the romance with sweetness and light from The Bee People with their honey, beeswax candles and soothing hand and skin creams. Impress your Valentine with the best-quality ingredients for that intimate home-cooked (or ready-made) meal purchased from the producers at the Farmers’ Market. You can even purchase plants to grow your own sweet peas, broad beans and garden peas from the spring stock at Wallace Plants, and perhaps find a suitable gift among their hand-made wooden items. Park free on site, pick your goods from the range at our stalls, pack your shopping straight into your car, and pop in for refreshments to the Market Café. Traders: For information on taking a pitch please call 01892 852168 or email info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk.

FUN DAY: Safety in the home will come under the spotlight this half-term at Wealden’s Fun and Safety Day in Hailsham on Thursday. Among the attractions at this year’s free event are children’s entertainers, a fire engine, arts and crafts and a magician. The children learn about personal safety, the prevention of home accidents, fire prevention, food safety and community safety. Fun and Safety takes place at the Hailsham East Community Centre from 10am to 1pm.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The third print competition of the season with club members Ray Beckwith, Ted Sturgeon and Colin Chrismas judging results were as follows: Beginners - there were three entries with one to go through to the final. Out On A Limb by Judy Gozna, with restful blue tones of the sea and sky, a lamp and a pier. Intermediates - eleven entries with three going through. Sunrise by Martin Rumary. Shot into the sun, golden tones of the sand with the tide out and a groyne on the right-hand side of the picture. Scala Santa Quebec by Graham Wilkinson. Beautiful mosaic floor with arches above very softly lit. Autumn Colours by Rob Shepherd. Still life against a black background of orange leaves and red and yellow flowers. Advanced - 43 entries with seven to go through to the final. Winter Scene by Jan Cunningham. Three houses in foreground with snow on roofs, moonlight on the water and mountains in the background. Frosted Decay by Gay Biddlecombe. A decaying dead leaf full of holes covered with frost. The Walkie Talkie by Gerald Hartley. Modern architecture in monochrome with a crane in the foreground giving scale. Fiery Calla by Janet Monk. Totally abstract with vivid swirls of reds and yellows. The Apparition by Louise Pemberton. Almost monochrome image of a man in silhouette standing near the steam of an engine. Bath Time On The Ganges by Roy Morris. Three females dressed in green orange and red standing in the water with lots of spray. Red Eye Tree frog. A vivid picture of a bright green frog with red feet clinging to a branch. The evening was well attended and members enjoyed not only variation but very high quality photography.

HOPS: Edinburgh Woollen Mills present a fashion show at The Pavilion on Tuesday February 21 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Entrance is £5 to include refreshments. Clothes to be sold at 20 percent discount, plus £5 for everyone attending to spend in EWM stores.

TABLE TOP SALE: Book your table now at the Charles Hunt Centre for just £5 on Saturday February 18 between 9.30am and noon. Book on 844398.

ROTARY CLUB: Sandi White and ladies hosted an amazing talk by local British Sailing Team member Nikki Boniface. Nikki is a catamaran sailor and had just returned from the World Championships in Miami where she and her helmsman came second. She brought her silver medal with her. Jet-lag from the long flight the day before did not deter Nikki from captivating the audience with her tales of the Rio Olympics, sailing against world class opposition and also the rigorous training and demanding travelling involved. In answering the ladies’ questions, Eastbourne girl Nikki answered with such enthusiasm it was infectious. Nikki sails the Nacra 17 catamaran, a performance catamaran used for racing first designed in 2011 and which went into production in 2012. It has been the focus of Olympic multihull sailing since its conception and was specifically created to meet the criteria laid down for the new Olympic discipline, a first for Olympic sailing a mixed crewed boat. In May 2012 International Sailing Federation chose the Nacra 17 for the mixed multi hull at the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta and 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. With any sport there are funding issues and even as a member of the Great Britain Sailing Team has its financial burdens. Travel across the globe to sail in other countries does not come cheap. The boat, new for the 2016 Olympics, has to be bought and equipped. It has to be shipped to wherever the event is in the world and brought back to the HQ in Weymouth. The club was grateful that she was willing to offer such a fascinating insight into her world. Who knew that we had a local girl in the Olympics?

MINI SOCCER SCHOOL: Premier Mini Soccer School are running a football holiday day camp for 4 to 12 year olds on Wednesday from 10am to3pm on Maurice Thornton Playing Fields. The cost is £15 for the day. If you are interested please contact James on 07889 742573or Gary on 07862 261894 for all the necessary details. Premier have years of experience in football and are based in Seaford, and train over 200 children on a Saturday. Premier Mini Soccer School are a well-established non-profit soccer school who aim to provide good quality coaching to children with all levels and all abilities, to both boys and girls. All coaches are fully qualified, first aid trained and DBS checked.

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION: Local lass, Gail Turner, at the end of last year, had a bit of a mid-life crisis and put her name down for a charity place in the London Marathon 2017 to support the British Heart Foundation. ‘I hadn’t run anywhere since I was at school and really don’t know what I was thinking!” she admits, “but I got a place, so I’m determined to do it.’ So far, the training is going well and Gail is due to run the Eastbourne Half Marathon in March. It is now only 82 days to go to the London Marathon. Gail has chosen to support the British Heart Foundation in memory of her dad, because heart disease takes lives suddenly with no warning at all and it doesn’t discriminate. She is hoping to raise a total of £2500 and is well on the way and would like to thank everyone who has already donated so far, and everyone who has pledged. She has set up a just giving page, so if you can donate, any amount at all, then both she and the British Heart Foundation, would really appreciate it. You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising /gail-turner2017.

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