FARMERS MARKET: The next Farmers Market is tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market Site, Market Street between 9am and 12.30pm. There will be all the usual produce as well as the Cuckmere bus. Market café and free onsite parking. Author David T Proctor will be selling signed copies of his new book Dead Men Lie which will make a great gift for birthdays or Christmas. Enquiries from new traders, customers and friends to 07887 910150.

VOTE FOR US: Hailsham Farmers Market has been nominated for Sussex Farmers Market of the year 2015/16 in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards. Only 10 markets have got through to this final stage and, in order to put us and Hailsham Market Town ‘on the map’ organisers are asking you to go along to the market tomorrow and pick up a voting card or go direct to www.sussexfoodawards.biz and vote for Hailsham Farmers Market. It takes about 15 seconds. The winner will sell an exciting and varied range of local produce and offer an experience which shoppers, producers and stallholders really enjoy.

ST MARY’S: This is the tenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) The Spirit whose heartbeat is evangelism. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, a matter of authority. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, a fickle crowd. Bell ringing practice is at 7.30pm on Monday, Meet and Pray is from noon to 1pm on Wednesday and The Bite in will be offering refreshments, light snacks and a place to chat on Friday.

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

OPEN CHURCH: On Tuesdays and Wednesday lunchtimes throughout the summer months from noon until 2pm you can visit the local parish church in Hailsham (St Mary’s) and take time to reflect and look round this beautiful, historic building. Learn more about its history as well as some interesting lesser known facts. Find out about the 1875 shipwreck victim, see the only stained glass window to survive World War II bombing, and hear about the gravestone under the piano. Free refreshments as well as colouring sheets and an activity trail for the children. Occasional live background music.

The Bite In Café is open on Fridays in the Church Lounge from 9.30am until noon when you can enjoy a good selection of homemade cakes and refreshments at great prices. If you have questions about the Christian faith there is literature available. There is also a Christianity Explored course for those wanting to know more about what it means to be a Christian or why not come along to one of the services on a Sunday at 10.30am or 6.30pm. A very warm welcome awaits you. www.hailshamchurch.org.uk. Due to other events taking place in the church building we regret that we will not be open during on August 25 and 26.

ORGAN CLUB: On Wednesday the club welcomes a multi-keyboard player who knows how to get the best out of modern technology, the superb David Harrild at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field. The club meetings on the second Wednesday of every month. There is plenty of free parking very close to the venue, which is very comfortable and has excellent acoustics. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Non-members very welcome. Just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: On Tuesday 6.30pm to 7pm PCSOs will be at Woodpecker Drive. On Wednesday from 6pm to 6.30pm they will be at Eastwell Place followed at 6.30pm to 7pm at Bramble Drive. Come along and meet the local PCSO to discuss any ongoing issues and raise any concerns you may have about where you live or just come out and say hello.

HAILSHAM TOWN FC: Support your local team at the Beaconsfield. Tomorrow, Saturday, Firsts v Chichester City - League (3pm), Sunday, U18 v Montpelier Villa, friendly (11am), Saturday August 15, Firsts v Eastbourne Utd FA CUP (3pm), Sunday August 16, U18 v Pagham, Friendly (11am), Tuesday August 25, Firsts v Newhaven, League (7.30pm), Thursday August 27, U21 v Eastbourne Town League (7.30pm).

CRICKET SUMMER CAMP: On Western Road Rec from Monday from 9am to 2pm, 5 to 14 year olds can enjoy five days of cricket fun for £80 for the week or £20 per day. Call 07980 146841 to book.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head for August meetings will be Tuesdays August 11 and 25, at 7.30pm. At the last meeting people who had started the Sanquar gloves were comparing notes and offering each other support, as the project was turning into something more complicated than envisaged. So good to be able to share difficulties and work out solutions together. Another group was having crochet lessons. It was interesting that everyone found it easier to be shown how to do something than to take instruction from a book. But once started the book was useful as a reminder of the processes involved. As this applied to both groups, one at beginner level and one more experienced, the advantages of meeting with like-minded people becomes obvious. There are no obligations to join, and no fees, if you would like to knit or crochet with others come along. Phone Su (07552229473) if you would like more information.

U3A: I spent a very enjoyable afternoon at a U3A meeting. The Civic Community Hall was the venue for about 120 people to be entertained by its members for school day reminiscences with Head Mistress (U3A Chair), Christine Walbrin leading the Assembly. Tests had been given out and were to be handed in at the back of the room afterwards. A series of slides reminded everyone of school uniforms, even down to the navy knickers! A poem delivered, infant school with sandpit and toys visited and the convent school’s stern but kind team. A parody delivered by members proved that even headmasters are reluctant to go to school sometimes. School dinners of steamed puddings and boiled-to-death cabbage brought smiles and groans. A wonderful section on art appreciation provided much amusement when the efforts of pupils were compared to Van Gogh, Picasso, Hockney and others. A book review dealt with the carefree childhood enjoyed by previous generations and compared the ‘Elf of Safety’ limitations on fun children have today. This was all followed by schoolboy howlers, more carefully chosen poems, skillfully delivered skits and further recollections were shared. School reports were written individually and all indications were that the teacher actually knew the child, compared to today’s impersonal computer generated tick boxes. Finally excitement spread around the room as playground games were recalled; hoopla, yoyos, rhymes and chants which had kept historical and folktales going for hundreds of years. Before the audience was dismissed the choir performed, with actions, the likes of Oranges and Lemons, In and Out the Sussex Bluebells and London’s Burning. It was a tremendously fun afternoon and brought lots of my own memories flooding back. Everybody that took part was thanked for their part in the entertainment which left visitors with much to talk about.

ARTS GROUPS: The four South View Art Groups are on summer recess after a very busy term during the winter and spring. Meeting up once a month during the summer is always a pleasure, enjoying Art in the Garden and Art garden parties. Now the planning is well in hand for the 15th Art Exhibition on September 5, 6, 7 from 10am to 4pm held at South View, Western Rd. The art groups meet on Monday evenings Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Eileen on 01424 532866 ijagproctor@gmail.com.

HAILSHAM FM RADIO: It’s that time of year again. Ahead of Hailsham Festival FM returning to the airwaves as part of the town’s Arts and Culture Festival in September, they are seeking local businesses to advertise their products or services on the station. There are several different packages available to interested parties based on a number of different criteria, offering something for every budget. Should businesses not wish to advertise, perhaps sponsoring a show or feature instead would be an option. Once again, there are various rates available. If anyone is interested in being part of this exciting two week entertainment activity, please contact 07730132560 in the first instance for information.

The community radio station, which is operated by volunteers, will broadcast on an FM frequency and also online via a number of different outlets.

LIONS: Lion Frances Baker very gratefully accepted £50 from ASDA Hailsham. Like all donations, the Lions will be putting the money to very good use by supporting the local community. If any local organisation or individual feel they could benefit from the Lions’ assistance, please phone 0845 833 9828 (local call) in the first instance. Meantime, the Lions would like to thank the folks of Hailsham for supporting them by collecting their little green store tokens.

CHRISTCHURCH: Members of ChristChurch in Hailsham said farewell to senior leader Andy Johnston. Since his arrival in 2006 Andy has seen the church double in size to currently about 200 adults and children who meet regularly on Sunday mornings. Andy has also overseen and led the church last year into its new premises in Ropemaker Park. Andy and his wife Janet are moving to Hedge End, Southampton where Andy will be joining the leadership team of Kings Community Church which, like ChristChurch is part of the Newfrontiers family of churches. At his final morning service six people from 11 to 75 were baptised followed in the afternoon by a farewell tea. Andy will be succeeded by new leader, Simon Fry who will be moving to Hailsham from Hedge End with his wife Anna and their four children and Simon will take up his new role from 1 September.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report for the then Rev F Clyde Harvey: My dear Friends. The intercession for the War goes on and will continue into the second year. On August 4th the King goes to St Paul’s for a solemn Service of Intercession. We shall remember this at our 9.30am Service, Wednesday 4th and shall have a Special Intercessory Service at 7 o’clock and invite you all to attend who do not go to London.

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