SPECIAL FARMERS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a cookery demonstration and free tasters. Come and meet 2006 Master Chef winner Peter Bayless at Hailsham Farmers Market. Peter will be taking produce from producers 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 and Sally’s jams and preserves. Whatever he finds, it is bound to be delicious. Visit www.hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk Enquiries to info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk or 07887 910150.

YOUTH ZONE: A youth club for young people in years 6 to 9 which normally meets on the second Saturday of the month between 7pm and 8.30pm at Emmanuel Church. Some meetings will be held elsewhere so make sure you ring Julie on 01323 441059 if you want to know where to meet and the times. This week they will be enjoying a barbecue at Abbots Wood. The time has come round for our second annual model show. This year it is in a bigger venue with more exhibitors as well as trade support.

MODEL EXHIBITION: As this annual event grows in popularity, the club has had to move its exhibition to a larger venue. Tomorrow, Saturday, at Hailsham Parish Church from 10am to 4pm. Admission £3 adult, concessions £2, children (5 to 16 years) 50p, under 5s free (must be accompanied by an adult), family (two adults and two children) £5. There are four model railway layouts, five scale model clubs, Eastbourne Model Power Boat Club, Scale Model Building construction demonstration, a Scalextric racing circuit (to have a go on). There is also a free figure to paint and take for children and of course the raffle. For more details visit the website at http://www.hailsham-district-scale-model-club.org.

ST MARY’S: This is the sixth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), The Spirit of Love. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, The Spirit of Wisdom. Evening Prayer at 6.30pm, Effective Leadership. There is Holy Communion at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, at 2.45pm.

THE BELLS: The restoration work is now finished after three weeks of heavy, dirty work up in the belfry at St Mary’s church and two weeks of work away at the foundry. During the last week of putting them back together again, a few minor problems were encountered and a couple of parts had to be returned to the foundry for slight adjustments to be made and this put the completion date back a week. When they were all put back together again the bell ringers tried them out, ringing all eight. They all felt they sounded much sweeter. All that is needed now is for the ringers to ring them as they are very short of regular band members. If anyone feels they would like to learn to ring or would like further information, please contact Hugh Bell on 441967 or Elizabeth on 841127.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: Hailsham Horticultural Society has its Early Summer Show tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm in Summerheath Hall. Entrance is 50p. There will be flowers, fruit and vegetables and much more. There are competitions in all classes which are open to non-members aside from flower, plant, fruit and veg categories there are sections for cooking, craft, children, photography, art. If you would like to take part or would like more information, you can pick up a schedule from Sheila on 01323 842977.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head in July will be on Tuesdays July 14 and 28 at 7.30pm. At the last meeting the group welcomed some new knitters and crocheters and much of the talk was in the ‘getting to know you’ vein. Those who had been before were continuing work on the Sanquhar gloves and all the newcomers had brought ongoing pieces. There was discussion about sources for yarn and accessories and this developed into the variations found in supposedly like-for-like weights of yarn. An example being two of the gloves, one being knitted in 4ply yarn and one in DK. The latter should have been larger, but wasn’t. If you enjoy knitting or crochet, come along to a Knit’Inn Night on the second or last Tuesday of the month and share your enthusiasm. More information from Su (07552229473).

HOLIDAY CLUB: The summer holidays are fast approaching. Give your children a summer to remember with Freedom Leisure’s fun filled holiday club. Book 10 full day sessions before July 31 and you will get the 11th free. They can take part in a number of activities including sports, games, cinema, arts and crafts. The clubs are open to children aged 6 to 12 years. Bookings are now available and spaces are limited. To book, phone 01323 846755 or email by clicking here. Terms and conditions apply.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Branch is on Tuesday at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Field. Following the meeting there will be either a slide show, talk or bingo. Members of the public need not have served in the Armed Forces to become a member, so come along and see if you like it.

In June Marge Cox was remembered and also the members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives and also those that are serving wherever that be. A letter had been received about the Waterloo Pin, which has been sent to various Legion personnel. This stated that the RBL did not recognise this and advised members not to purchase. The Poppy Appeal is now £19,328. Thank you Hailsham and District residents for the wonderful support that you have given. Following the meeting was a talk and slide presentation by the Blood Runners which was very interesting. They went away very happy with the contributions from the Branch and members. The Branch attended the Armed Forces Flag raising on June 22 by the Mayor, Cllr Nigel Coltman. Frank Berry gave the Exhortation and Steve Leonard paraded the Branch Standard. There were nine Legion members in attendance. The Armed Forces Service was held at the Hailsham War Memorial on Sunday June 28 with the service being lead by Rev Peter Clark and the Chairman Mike Weller. Civic Dignitaries were in attendance from Hailsham Town Council and Wealden District Council.

COFFEE MORNING: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held its annual Open Garden and Coffee morning recently and once Again Mr and Mrs McCutchen hosted the event at their Garden at Bates Green Farm Arlington. It was a gloriously sunny day and the flowers were in full bloom allowing visitors to enjoy the wonderful garden and who also enjoyed the various stalls on offer. One had come all the way from Australia Gill Larkin, who had immigrated to Australia in 2008 and was the first HOPS treasurer and was over on a trip to the UK. She took the opportunity of visiting the garden and catching up with many of her old HOPS colleagues and friends. The total raised was over £800. This will go towards the upkeep of the Hailsham Pavilion. HOPS would like to thank Mr & Mrs McCutchen for allowing the use of their garden and the army of HOPS volunteers that helped make the event a success.

FLOWER CLUB: At the meeting on Wednesday there is a Beetle Drive, plant stall and competition entitled Twist and Twirl which invites a contemporary exhibit to include leaf manipulation. The space allowed is 60cm wide and deep and optional height. It will be judged by Sue Macleod-Nice. The Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. Visitors are very welcome at £5 per meeting. Enquiries to Marian 01323 500469.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Bob Mann. Healing is always available.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: On Wednesday PCSOs will be in Ashford Close BN27 1AB from 6pm to 6.30pm, Lavender Close from 6.30pm to 7pm and Hastings Crescent from 7pm to 7.30pm.

On Thursday Amberstone View BN27 1JU 7pm to 7.30pm, Forest View BN27 3EU 6pm to 6.30pm. Raise any concerns you may have about where you live or just come out and say hello.

RACE NIGHT: Go along to Hailsham Memorial Institute on Friday 17 July for a fun evening as punter, jockey or owner. The evening starts and 7.30pm and there will be eight races hosted by Paul’s Race Nights. The event is a fundraiser for Hailsham Festival FM Radio.

BONFIRE BINGO: Next Friday, July 17, doors open at the Charles Hunt Centre at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Raising funds to put on another spectacular bonfire and fireworks event in the town on October 17.

COMMUNITY GRANTS: Grant application forms are available for non-profit organisations, registered charities or other agencies in Hailsham intending to request funding for new or improved facilities, activities or projects from Hailsham Town Council’s 2016 grants budget. Application forms and grant award criteria are available to download from the Town Council website (hailsham-tc.gov.uk) or by writing to the Town Clerk, Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE. The deadline for grant aid applications (2016) will be the end of December 2015.

ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME: Young people in Hailsham aged 11 to 13 years can enjoy a wide range of activities on weekday afternoons throughout the summer holiday at the Square Youth Café. A varied line-up of free and low cost activities include crafts, barbecues and cooking. There will also be outings which will be announced soon. Afternoon sessions at the Square Youth Café take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3.15pm to 5pm. The Square Youth Cafe evening sessions are also free to enter, cater for young people aged 13 to 17 and take place Monday to Friday from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. Contact Andy on 01323 841702 for details, email andy.joyes@hailsham-tc.gov.uk or visit www.squareyouthcafe.com.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The last meeting looked at the Geology of Eastbourne and Hailsham area with the aid of pictures and maps on screen, Brian Braby presented the subject in a clear, informative and enthusiastic way. Brian explained at length how the layers of rock stratum was formed millions of years ago and, over this vast period he went on to explain how the face of the earth had changed. Little streams ran down from higher ground over the centuries to make the rivers and estuaries, moving the silt and particles of rock that over the years formed layers compressed by more material on top to form limestone, green sandstone and even clay to list a few. It was this evolution that has made the landscape that we know today. David Bourne, chairman of the society, stated that this was a very interesting and different subject and along with members thanked Brian in the usual way and he in turn thanked the audience for their attentiveness stating ‘you just don’t know what’s under your feet.’ The society is closed now until September but in the meantime you can visit the museum at Blackman’s Yard, Market Street throughout the summer months on a Friday and Saturday morning between 10am and 12.30pm. This season it has themed displays about WW2 and celebrates 100 years of Southdown Buses. Admission is free. Enquiries about the society or museum to David on (01323) 440359.

100 YEARS AGO: In June 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report for the then Rev Clyde-Harvey: Regarding National Health Insurance, in accordance with the recommendations of the Select Committee on Pensions of Disabled Sailors and Soldiers, the sickness and disablement benefits payable under the National Insurance Acts have been taken into consideration in fixing the rates for total disablement, and it has been provided by the National Insurance Act, 1915, that the rate of benefits in such cases shall be reduced by 5/- a week.

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