MOZART'S REQUIEM: Tomorrow, Saturday, evening Hailsham Choral Society will be performing this piece at All Saints Church, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Tickets from Eastbourne Tourist Office, Camera Centre, Hailsham, www.wegottickets.com and on door.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 12:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:01 pm

LIBRARY: Work to complete the building refurbishment has been ongoing since January 25. The old porch area will be demolished and a new extension built in its place, increasing floor space and creating a flexible library area for customer. There may be some noise from the building works but Tuesday Storytime sessions are unaffected. There has been no drop-box facility for out of hours returns. The library car park is sometime closed for short periods to enable vehicles to deliver large loads. This work will, however, be completed and the library will reopen with its new extension during April. The library wishes to thank user for their co-operation and apologises for any inconvenience caused.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The February meeting was a real show stopper with Kevin Gordon on top form educating the audience about the lost village of Tidemills. This long lost village was situated between Seaford and Newhaven near to Bishopstone. About 1770 a mill was built along with cottages for the workers and fishermen. The village prospered due mainly to the mill and at one time was operated by a William Catt who was a relative of Gilbert Catt who had the mill in Mill Road (Hamlins Mill) in Hailsham. As time marched on the mill became redundant but during World War One an airplane base was situated there and later a hospital for boys. Not being in an ideal situation the hospital was moved to Chailey, now known as Chailey Heritage. Around 1937 most people of the village had left. There was no electric or any type of sanitation except bucket and chuck it, contents normally going into the sea, and was deemed a squalid place unfit for human occupation. By the outbreak of World War Two the village was deserted and most that was left was destroyed by the Canadians that were camped in the area for it was thought that it could have been a good landing place for the Germans. Little remains of this lost village except for the little bit of brick wall and a few bits of concrete. If you would like a stroll it is an interesting place to visit.

The book Hailsham Through Time, produced by the society is still available. It has 96 photos of old with an up-to-date shot just showing the change in the town of Hailsham. Easter is just around the corner so could make a nice little present and is available from Maxine on 01323 843206, Richard 01323 843102 or David 01323 440359 at £13.50 (rrp £14.99).

The March meeting was about The Galapagos Islands – In the steps of Charles Darwin and presented by Graham Albon. A report will follow shortly. The next meeting is on April 13 at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm and is entitled Naval Yarns and presented by Commander Roger Paine.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: A date for your diary at the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane on Tuesday April 19. Viewing of information stands from 6.30pm followed by the main part of the meeting at 7.30pm which includes a presentation and review of the past year by the Town Mayor and Chairman, Councillor Nigel Coltman. If members of the public want to submit a question or item for the Agenda, please advise the Town Clerk in writing (Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham BN27 2AE) or email [email protected]

TRANSPORT COFFEE MORNING: The very popular Historical Transport Film Coffee Morning is on Saturday March 26 at 10am for 10.30am start at The Pavilion, George Street. Tickets are £5 on the door or in advance from the box office (841414) and includes free tea or coffee. All proceeds to HOPS. The morning is hosted by local transport historian, John Bishop. Travel back in time with a look at social history with a visit to Sam’s Garden Rly. Last Day of London’s tram, Brooklands, Surrey in the days of air, Last British trolleybuses at Bradford in 1972. Something for everybody.

ROVTE: A free training opportunity for a Level 3 Award in Education and Training at Hailsham Children’s Centre starting on Friday April 15 from 9.30am to 1.30pm. This is an accredited 15 week training course for local community members who would like to gain skills and experience through volunteering in the delivery of short courses/workshops. Qualified trainers will support volunteers, working together to plan local community events. For further info contact Emma Turner 01424 423683 ext 22 or [email protected]

PALM SUNDAY: Services at St Mary’s start 8am Holy Communion (BCP) asks What kind of a person would reject a God so good? 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups. 2.45pm Holy Communion is at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Palm Sunday – The King Comes.

BONFIRE BINGO: Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm today, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Society celebrations on October 22.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday the service is at 11am in Primrose Hall followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Rosalind Costello.

CRICKET CLUB: Waitrose Hailsham has once again provided Hailsham Cricket Club with lots of items to help prepare for the upcoming NatWest Cricket Force weekend. This continued commitment for the last seven years has helped the club to prepare for the new cricket season at both of the club’s grounds. Having strong partnerships with the local community is important for the club and everyone at Hailsham Cricket club would like to say a massive thank you for the generosity given by the Hailsham Waitrose store. If you feel you can help your local cricket club in anyway or would like to take part in the upcoming NWCF event on April 2 please get in touch with Rob Wilkinson at [email protected]

QUIZ NIGHT: The flower club is hosting a Quiz Night at Grovelands CP School, Dumbar Drive, on Saturday April 23. Doors open at 7pm, for 7.30pm start. Tickets £10 each, to include a ploughman’s supper. For Tickets contact: Christine Campbell-Dykes 01323 842222.

100 YEARS AGO: In March 1916, Rev F C Harvey reported: It is always a pleasure to me to see a good congregation at a marriage, but I want marriage to become a solemn and sacred thing, rather than a joke. The public don’t seem to think they have anyway of venting their feelings until it is all over and they can pelt the unfortunate couple with that horrible confetti, with a violence in proportion to the time they have been kept waiting by the Parson. The Church asks you to come in. Open your Prayer Books and take part by responding, and in the Psalm you can ready the alternate verses if you will.

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