FARMERS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market site, Market Street from 9am to 12.30pm you will find fresh local produce and their farmers and producers to tell you all about it. It is Fathers Day next week so make your own Fathers Day card or picture on the spinning Jenny paint machine and then pick up a gift. Lovely wood turned pens, a wooden trough for a growbag or a planter, and plants, maybe some fudge from one our two new traders or a novelty soap from Lola. Pick up something special for tea and pop it in the freezer. Cuckmere buses will be there looking for volunteer drivers. Have a go on one of their buses and see if it’s for you. Just bring your usual drivers license with you. Market café open and free on-site parking.

SECRET GARDEN: Raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, MistyAcres will again be opening its gardens on Horsebridge BN27 4DN from 11am to 5pm on Saturday June 20. Plants for sale, bric-a-brac, books, refreshments. Lovely garden with birds and rabbits and a wildlife pond to browse around with amongst chickens wandering and bees working. Entry is by suggested donation of £2 adults and U15s free.

ATC OPEN DAY: Hailsham Air Training Corps will be opening their doors between 2pm and 5pm to all curious to know what these young people get up to at the squadron. The ATC 249 Hailsham squadron hall is in Victoria Road, by the car park opposite the fire station. There will be a climbing wall, flight simulator, demonstrations, refreshments and raffle. If you are between 12 and 17 years of age and a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people then go along. You might want to join. Every year nearly 60,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country. Hailsham is one of over 1,000 squadrons across the UK, you could belong to one of them.

CRICKET: Hailsham Cricket Club is celebrating two great pieces of news. Firstly, they are delighted to have been successful in obtaining a NatWest Community Grant of £2,500 from the RBS Group which will assist them in the start-up costs for the new Roebuck Park Cricket Ground at Hellingly, provide further training for their coaches and enable them to buy more equipment for the ever growing number of juniors who are attending their weekly Wednesday coaching sessions. Although still in the early stages of hosting matches, the club have been taken aback by the generosity and level of support the club has gained at its new home. They are always looking for new members (Juniors/Seniors) and volunteers to assist the club. Contact Rob Wilkinson 07980146841 or email wilko27@hotmail.co.uk Also HCC has been granted planning permission to refurbish and extend the cricket pavilion at Western Road. The current pavilion has been there for over 100 years, and the club wants to create an improved facility that will leave a legacy for the next 100 years. The cricket club has agreed with Hailsham Town Council to take on a 50 year lease in order to be able to make the improvements. They have already raised £20k towards the £150k project and now need to raise the rest of the money needed. If anyone can help the club with this, be that from donations from businesses or individuals, time or money, the cricket club would love to hear from you. Please get in touch on 07980 146841 or should you wish to donate, the please do so via the website on www.justgiving.com/hailshamcricketclub

LONG SERVICE AWARD: Congratulations to Coral Carpenter for her 30 years of service in Girlguiding. She started her role in 1984 as an Assistant Leader at 5th Hailsham Brownies and is now a Leader with 1st Chiddingly Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, a District Mentor and a County Arts Adviser. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

BEST FRONT GARDEN: Environment Hailsham is reminding residents of Hailsham that the Best Kept Front Garden competition is open until June 17 and so there is still time to enter. The competition has been running for many years and encourages residents to present a good display to enhance their area. Prizes will be given. Application forms from the Hailsham Library or Hailsham Town Council.

SUMMERHEATH REFURB: There is a Table Top Sale being held by the Summerheath Hall Management Committee on Sunday June 21. Summerheath Hall will be closing on Monday July 13 until September 7 for refurbishment. The main hall will be closed. The rest of the hall will not.

ST MARY’S: This is the second Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), Forever this world, needing it less, loving it more. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Spirit whose lifestyle is love. There is a Holy Communion Service at Emmanuel at 2.45pm. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm.

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

BLUEBELL WALK: HOPS’ three-day stint of meeting and greeting, manning the gatehouse and supplying the refreshments at this year’s Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm, Arlington, yielded more than just a healthy profit for the Pavilion. Unbeknown to HOPS volunteers, an inspector from official tourist Board, VisitEngland, was assessing every aspect of customer service, from the welcome visitors received to the food on their plates, as part of its Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). On being told the new that the Bluebell Walk had received a 90 per cent rating on HOPS’ watch, John McCutchan, who owns Bates Green Farm, said ‘We were all impressed with how well our visitors were welcomed, fed and nurtured, this being confirmed by the VisitEngland VAQAS inspector.’ The Bluebell Walk enabled HOPS to raise an estimated £5639 and they would like to thank John & Carolyn for choosing them for the 3rd year as one of the participating charities.

2016 PANTO AUDITIONS: If you fancy being in Hailsham Theatre’s next pantomime in January 16 then come along to a read through on Thursday June 18 at Summerheath Hall at 7.30pm and or to the auditions on Monday June 22 at The Methodist Church, at 7.30pm. This is for 16 year olds plus only as there is a waiting list for any new children wishing to join, unfortunately places are limited due to the physical restrictions of the venue. The pantomime is Treasure Island and is a high octane pantomime based on the classic pirate adventure.

COFFEE MORNING: Louise Munday has registered to take part in a challenge raising money for Cats Protection. The challenge is the Zambezi River Challenge and Big Cat Project that will take place in October 2016. She will spend three days canoeing down the Zambezi River and three days working on a big cat conservation project in Zambia. The money raised will be split between the two organisations. Please go along to her coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Lounge at St Mary’s Church from 10am to noon. There will be a bring and buy cake stall and homemade cards for sale.

VOLUNTEER WEEK: During volunteer week which ran from June 1 to 7, Simon Rooksby of Computers for Charities paid tribute to their many volunteers. Hailsham based Computers for Charities, a charity itself, is one such organisation that has operated totally through the support of volunteers for 21 years. Chairman Simon Rooksby says that it is not just IT techies that volunteer, charities need the whole range of skills from admin to cleaning, whilst offering flexibility. Today as an established National charity volunteers represent a wide range of backgrounds from retired professionals, carers, unemployed, disabled and much more. Just look at what they have achieved. Over 250,000 computers donated, then despatched to charities locally and across the UK, plus 106 countries worldwide. It’s not just computers but much more. Developing courses to aid employment, hosting a food bank, annual shoebox appeal, offering work experience opportunities for local and European colleges and Job centres. Just proves how much can be achieved with such a dedicated support base. CfC marked Volunteer Week by providing a drop in cooked breakfast for volunteers and inviting local organisations and businesses to visit and meet them. For information call 01323 848588 or email: info@computersforcharities.org Website: http://www.computersforcharities.org.

SUMMER OPEN CHURCH: Historic Hailsham Parish Church will once again be opening its doors to visitors during some weekday lunchtimes over the summer months. It has been great to welcome locals, those who are passing through or who are in the area on holiday from the UK and overseas and they enjoy coming and having a look round, chatting to the welcome team or listening to occasional live background music. Bite In Cafe in the church lounge will be open on Fridays from 9.30am to noon. A warm welcome awaits.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: The 2015 Annual exhibition starts on Monday and runs until Saturday. Doors open 10am to 4pm at the Charles Hunt Centre (Age Concern Building), Vicarage Field. There will be approximately 140 prints, in both black and white and colour, of various subjects and there should be something for everyone to enjoy. Free entry, free parking nearby and refreshments available. Vote for your favourite picture and enter the raffle to win your favourite print. Prints and greeting cards for sale. Refreshments.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Go along to Dippydoodahs on Tuesday between 10am and 11am and meet your local pcso to discuss any ongoing issues you may have. On Thursday between 6pm and 8.30pm Pcsos will be at Bellbanks Road by the common pond BN27 1AB to meeting you and talk about any concerns you may have.

CHILDREN’S MARKET: There is a Children’s Theme Market in the town centre on Saturday June 27 from 9.30am. This has been brought about by the Town Council’s Festivities and Events Committee with Hailsham Forward and Hailsham Community College Academy Trust. It will be a great family event stalls selling a wide range of fine food,gifts, jewellery and accessories from local traders, as well as items of interest to children including toys, crafts, confectionery and much more. With live entertainment throughout the day, South of Saturn will be performing from 12 - 1pm and again from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Hailsham Parish Church Youth Band show from 3pm to 3.30pm. ATC 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron air cadets will provide a climbing wall in Vicarage Field. Other family activities include Camel Rodeo from 11am to 4pm and Hailsham FM Radio will also be attending the event.

WHITE HOUSE SUMMER FAIR: Saturday June 20 at White House Academy from noon to 3pm.

CATS PROTECTION: The organisation has a stall at White House school Summer Fair and a sponsored walk at Shinewater Park, Eastbourne (by Bannantynes Gym) on Sunday June 21 at 6.30pm. All welcome and bring your dogs for a walk. It’s a lovely walk which takes about an hour all flat ground and paths.

CUCKOO LINE MEMORIES: Wealden District Council celebrates 50 years of the Cuckoo Trail and a film, Memories of the Cuckoo Line (U) is being show especially on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

TABLE SALE: This is on Sunday June 21 at 10am to 1pm at Summerheath Hall. With our unpredictable British climate, unlike a car boot sale, you will be able to browse or sell whatever the weather. Raffle, tombola, cakes, refreshments. Tables available from £7.50 to £10. To book please contact Margaret 01323 844509.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday the flower club will be meeting at Hailsham Civic Hall at 7.30pm. They will be enjoying a workshop entitled Palm Leaf Manipulation by Angela and Steve Merryfield. Visitors welcome £5 entry.

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