Hailsham

ST MARY’S: This is the third Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Spirit who Produces Fruit. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups, The Spirit whose heartbeat is evangelism. Evening Prayer is at 6.30pm, The God who Speaks.

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

ARMED FORCES WEEK: A special event honouring the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces is being held by the Mayor of Hailsham, ahead of British Armed Forces Day (Saturday June 27). Taking place at the Hailsham War Memorial on Monday at 11am, the event will mark the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag by the Town Mayor in the presence of Hailsham Town Council representatives. The public is also invited to attend the flag raising ceremony and take the opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community including veterans, serving troops and their families and new recruits.

A special service to mark Armed Forces Day itself will be held at the War Memorial on Sunday June 28 at 11am. Representatives from the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association and the ATC 249 Millennium Squadron will be present. For more information on the Armed Forces Week celebrations taking place around the country, and how you can take part, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday Pam and Tony ((01825) 764937 are leading a 5 mile nice country walk with a few stiles between Maresfield and Fairwarp. If you prefer the shorter Wednesday walk then Mary (840099) is leading a stroll at Abbots Wood. If you would like to go on either, then please give the walk leaders a call in the first instance to find out the details.

OPEN GARDEN: Also a coffee morning at Bates Green Farm Arlington on Saturday June 27 from 10am to noon. Entry is by donation. Proceeds to Hailsham Old Pavilion Society.

FOTHERINGAY: Fotheringay was formed in 1970 by Sandy Denny on her departure from Fairport Convention. Trevor Lucas, Sandy’s husband to be, together with Gerry Conway, Jerry Donahue and Pat Donaldson made up the band, which sadly, after only twelve months disbanded, during sessions for a projected second album. Forty odd years on the surviving members are to reunite with some very special friends to perform a handful of live concerts and festivals to help promote the release of a limited edition Fotheringay Boxed set. The Hailsham Pavilion has been chosen for one of those shows on Sunday at 7.30pm with Fotheringay 15 - Original members, Gerry Conway, Jerry Donahue, Pat Donaldson and special guests Kathryn Roberts, P J Wright and Sally Barker. Tickets are £21.50 each and available through the Pavilion box office (01323 841414) or online.

MASTER CHEF: At the next Farmers Market on Saturday July 11, come and meet 2006 Master Chef winner Peter Bayless who will be taking produce from farmers at the market, cooking it on-site into a delicious dish and distributing free tasters to customers. There will be plenty for him to choose from, herbs from Simon, sausages and bacon from Piggy Dave, a wide range of meats from Renhurst Farm, Honey by The Bee People, poultry and other meats from Bluebell Farm, eggs from Colin, cheese from Say Cheese and plenty of fruit and vegetables to choose from Perry Court and Greenway farms. There may be scope for desserts using Meadowswell Farm or Sugar Me Happy cakes or fudge from Jane. Whatever he finds, it’s bound to be delicious. Enquiries to info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk or 07887 910150.

‘ALLO ‘ALLO: Tickets are available now. This Dicker Players production by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft directed by Ellie Hale is based on the hugely successful British television series that ran for seven seasons, this uproarious stage version of the comedy relates the adventures of hapless cafe owner, Rene, in war-torn occupied France.

You can see all of your favourite characters including Rene and his tone-deaf wife Edith, their waitresses Yvette and Mimi, Michelle of the Resistance, Leclerc the master of disguise, Crabtree the British agent, the British airmen, Colonel Von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber, randy Captain Bertorelli, General Von Schmelling, Helga and the Gestapo officer Herr Flick. (Warning: adult content). There are four performances at The Pavilion on Friday July 10, 7.30pm. Saturday 11, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 12, 2.30pm. Tickets £10, students and seniors £9, available now from Hailsham Pavilion box office, George Street, Hailsham 01323 841414 or book online: www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk (TICKETS) to find out more visit www.dickerplayers.co.uk .

TRANSPORT ACTION GROUP: A collection of people all with railway backgrounds or interests met last week to look at a range of possibilities to alleviate the weight of traffic on Hailsham’s roads with the arrival of a further 5000 to 6000 homes expected. With already congested roads during rush hours and school runs currently affecting southward heading routes splitting into three to leave the town, the loss of the High Street planned for later this year will force traffic into just two through roads. The aim of the group is to look at the possibilities of introducing and encouraging people to use buses, trains or even trams in the future and leave their cars at home.

OPEN CHURCH: St Mary’s Open church will be running on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes form noon to 2pm through June, July and all but the last week of August. The Youth Band with Chris Taylor will be performing at 3pm at Vicarage Field during the Children’s Themed Market on Saturday June 27 which is focusing on youth and children. The church building will also be open for visitors then between noon and 2pm.

HOLIDAY AT HOME: If you are retired and wanting a break, August brings the sixth year of the popular club from Monday to Wednesday, August 3 to 5, in St Mary’s Church Lounge. Between 10am and 3pm there will be various activities including gentle exercised, quizzes and puzzles, arts and crafts, Wii games, board games and jigsaws, thought for the day, daily newspapers and may include an outing. Refreshments, including a light lunch will be available. The club will cost you £6 a day or £15 for all 3 days. Contact Margaret on (01323) 846019 or Pam on 01323 844341. Flyers with information and booking forms are also available in church. Holiday at Home is for all men and women in the retired age group and offers a chance to meet new friends and have fun trying some different activities. Places are limited so it is first come, first served, so book soon. Closing date for bookings is July 19. If you would value a lift contact Janet on 847212.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: Last chance tomorrow to enjoy this fabulous exhibition of 140 prints of various subjects between 10am to 4pm at the Charles Hunt Centre (Age Concern Building). Free entry. Refreshments available and raffle.

WHITE HOUSE SUMMER FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, White House Academy, Marshfoot Lane, entrance from Freedom Leisure lower car park from noon to 3pm.

PARTY NIGHT: Friday June 26 is Party Night at Freedom Leisure Hailsham for young people. They are dying the pool red! Go along to re-launched splashdance with music, flume, floats, games master and competitions from 6.45pm to 8pm and maybe stay for a bowl after for only £1.85 each per game.

FITNESS FESTIVAL: The fitness festival is back on Saturday June 27 from 8am to 4pm. Go along to Hailsham Freedom Leisure for a fun packed day of classes. All proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation Do your bit. Call 01323 846755 to book your space.

FELIX TOKENS: Before the Cats Protection Summer Fayre at the Adoption Centre on July 4 from noon to 3pm and our Grand Raffle, they would just like to say that they have been collecting Felix tokens where they receive a cash value for cats in their care. It has just been announced that the scheme will close and their last sending of tokens will be in August, so an appeal to everyone that feeds Felix to their cats to save the tokens for us please. Bring them along to the fair or drop them into the centre in Marshfoot Lane, Hailsham.

Cats Protection has a stall at White House school Summer Fair and a sponsored walk at Shinewater Park, Eastbourne (by Bannantynes Gym) on Sun 21 June 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.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head, South Road are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7.30pm. They meet again this Tuesday.

SUSSEX OAKLEAF: Sussex Oakleaf run a drop in for young adults every Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Square youth cafe in Hailsham. The group is for young people who are experiencing and living with various mental health needs. It is a chance for young adults to feel safe, comfortable, talk about the difficult issues they are facing but also to unwind, relax and have some fun. Please feel free to come along if you are interested and if you have any questions please call or email theoldchapel@sussexoakleaf.org.uk.

TABLE SALE: This is on Sunday 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.

STIX DRUMMERS: Stix Drummers are holding their second Stix summer madness, after last year’s huge success they have decided to go bigger and better and are having a Stix Summer madness to be held on Saturday June 27 at Sharnfold Farm, Hailsham Road from 9.30am to 9.30pm. There will be lots of craft stalls, live music, drumming, belly dancers, old time funfair and lots more.

100 YEARS AGO: In June 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report for the then Rev Clyde-Harvey: We prayed for the cops on Rogation days, May 10, 11, 12 and on the morning of May 13 rain fell and continued for nearly 24 hours, till the fall reached two inches and saved the hay crops.

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