HAILSHAM FESTIVAL FM: The Annual Festival of Arts and Culture runs from Friday 11 through to 21 with Hailsham Festival 87.7FM Radio running throughout with music to suit all tastes, lively chat, interviews, daily updates on Festival Events as well as takeover days when you can come and take over the studio. If this is something you fancy contact Neil at info@hailshamfm.uk or visit www.facebook.com/hailshamfestivalfm. Ahead of Hailsham Festival FM returning to the airwaves, 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 87.7FM frequency and also online via a number of different outlets.

BRITISH LEGION: The next meeting of the Hailsham and District Branch is on September 8 at the Hailsham Club, Vicarage Field at 7.30pm. You do not have to have been in the Armed Forces to become a member so come along, visit the Branch first, find out what goes on and meet members. Some have been members for over 30 years. There are various ways to join. Online at www.britishlegion.org/membership, by telephone: call 0808 8028080 or by paper application at the local Branch. In July, Chairman, Mike Weller reported visiting several members who were confused by the letter from HQ on subscription changes. No increase in fees, but the method of payment. He also reported that the trip to Malaya went well. The chairman and secretary attended CAB, a brief history of the RBL was given and an outline of the welfare system of the legion and who may get these. Elizabeth Snowdon had during her last year as Hailsham Club Chairperson collected through donations etc, the sum of £2669.50 which was donated to the Royal British Legion. This was voted by the members to be placed in the Poppy Appeal. The Chairman and the members expressed their gratitude not only to Elizabeth, but also all the members of the Hailsham Club who donated. Any veteran who has received the Veteran’s Lapel Badge or has served in any of HM Forces and requires the badge or has had the badge stolen, broken or lost may apply for a replacement by going to https://www.gov.uk/apply-medal-or-veterans-badge/apply-for-veterans-badge. This page also applies to those veterans who have had a medal stolen (police crime number required) or destroyed in a fire or flood (a successful insurance claim listing individual items is required.) If anyone requires help in getting a replacement medal or veterans badge they are advised to contact the local Branch of the Royal British Legion.

On November 8, the Remembrance Service is to be held at the Hailsham War Memorial. Local Civic Dignitaries, organisations and the public are invited to attend. Full details nearer the date. The Hailsham Branch are looking for two ceramic poppies that were displayed at the Tower of London and the public could purchase, for display at this service, of course the owners would be invited to attend to ensure their poppies are safe. If anyone could help with this, please contact Mike on 01323 440749.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Doubting Prophet. 10.30am All Age Special with crèche Jesus the King over death. Evening Prayer A Lost King. Meeting point has its AGM on Monday followed by a talk from Janet Hunter entitled On Top Down Under.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Formerly the sponsored bike ride, the event returns this year on Saturday September 12 giving a unique opportunity for riders, either on bicycles (or horseback) and walkers to explore some historic churches, some of which are not normally open and at the same time enjoy the lovely Sussex countryside. Alternatively a good number of town churches can be visited without undue effort on foot with Eastbourne, Lewes and Chichester (where there are a large number of historic churches in a small area) being particularly fruitful territories. As the team of riders are now for the most part of more mature years, it would be good if some younger riders could be encouraged to take part this year in this worthwhile event. There is no set route, but riders can either go in a group or as individuals visit open or listed churches of their choice. Monies raised support the Sussex Historic Churches Trust which gives grants towards the cost of repair to all mainstream churches and chapels more than 100 years of age, something which is particularly helpful to small congregations in rural parishes. Also up to 50 percent of the monies raised come back to help fund repair works to our own church. As usual volunteers are also required to keep the church open during the day and to welcome visitors. A sign up sheet for this is available at the back of church or for further details about taking part please contact Ron Timms on (01323) 441079 or 844988.

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

CRICKET PITCH ROLLER: A piece of Hailsham’s history that was once the roller for the cricket pitch on Hailsham rec, is now displayed at the museum at Blackmans Yard (behind the kebab shop, Market Street). Those of you that are new comers to the Town, if you venture down this far to the museum, would probably find the roller in question, the most uninteresting piece of kit on the planet. But the townsfolk of old Hailsham, would have remembered this roller that was situated on a concrete pad at the bottom of the recreation field (off Western Road) near to the long gone kissing gate, and the footpath that passed Hides of Hailsham (shedbuilders etc) that came out behind Appletons BP garage into South Road. The roller needed six to eight strong men to roll the cricket pitch as it weighs nigh on two ton. The Historical Society secretary, Maxine, Treasurer Richard and Chair David Bourne in their childhood used to play on and in the roller along with many other children of the Town. Many a time whilst playing on the rec they got inside the roller to get out of the rain. Happy memories. The society is very grateful to Henry Roberts who saved the roller from being cut up for scrap. Henry said that it came from Mayfield and was originally horse drawn, with a date of approximately 1887. If anybody knows any more about the roller, the Society would be very pleased to hear from you. David Bourne 440359.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: It is now 75 years since the Battle of Britain and 70 years since Victory in Japan. So, the next meeting at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Hailsham, fits in quite well as Phil Wooller on Wednesday 9 September at 7pm for 7.30pm start, reminisces his time as a Sussex teenager during World War 2, when this part of the country was a the front line of attack. Remember these first hand accounts of what happened 70 plus years ago are fast disappearing. All are welcome at the meetings, visitors £2.50. The museum at Blackmans Yard, Market Street) behind the kebab shop, is open until the end of September from 10am to 12.30pm on Friday and Saturday, September 26 being the last day that the museum is open this year. Thank you for your support in 2015. Enquiries to David on 440359.

CAB OPEN DAY: Wealden Citizens Advice has an open event at the Hailsham Bureau at Southview, Western Road on Tuesday at 10am. You can find out more about becoming a volunteer at 01825 762807.

HORTICULTURAL SHOW: The Hailsham Horticultural Society will be holding their Late Summer Show on Saturday September 12 at Summerheath Hall, from 2 until 5pm. Admission is 50p. Following the success of the Spring Show with sweet peas and fresh produce and stunning themed flower arrangements, the late show will be just as exciting. Chrysanthemums and dahlias, flowers, fruit and vegetables. Unusually, the titles for the flower arranging competition are spices, wool, wire, wood and glass. Lots of textures there! In the handicrafts, made items, photography and a children’s section. As usual there are preserves and cookery. At the last show the café was very busy and highly recommended and it is hoped to see you there. Please see also hailshamhorticulturalsociety.blogspot.co.uk.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: If you are interesting in being involved in the Hailsham Bonfire Society and its Town celebration on Saturday October 17, then go along to the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road, on Monday where a warm welcome awaits.

CREAM TEA: At the Cats Protection Adoption Centre on Marshfoot Lane. There is a cream tea fundraising event from noon to 3pm.

HOPS: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society held its annual open morning in August at the Pavilion. Well over 100 people visited the Pavilion to have a look around and meet the staff and HOPS members. The visitors were given tours of the projection room and had the unique opportunity to look behind the scenes and have a chat with those involved with the cinema. Some of the visitors took the opportunity to join HOPS and receive the membership benefits that include 10 percent discount off cinema tickets. Tea and cakes were in plentiful supply and visitors were kept busy with the various stalls. Over £300 was raised that will go towards the ongoing upkeep of the Pavilion.

Given the recent inclement weather, expectations of a sunny charity golf day were low. However the sun gods decided to shine and the golfers were treated to a gloriously sunny day for the HOPS Annual Charity Golf day at Willingdon. 20 teams did battle over 18 holes to find this year’s winner. Some great, and not so great golf was played, with some players visiting previously uncharted parts of the course. Eventually coming out on top were ‘Sure Shank Redemption’ who managed to win by two points. A special prize donated by Fidelis Florist of St Mary’s Walk was presented to Helen Rayner who was the Leading Lady. It was a great fun day for both supporters of the Pavilion and those meeting up with old friends. In total over £1600 was raised, which will go towards the upkeep of the Hailsham Pavilion. Thanks to all the players who supported the event and in particular sponsors Simon Marden Estate Agents, SLS Fabrications, S E Trade Frames and June Bourne.

MUSIC QUIZ: This is the next Hailsham Festival 87.7FM Radio fundraising night. It’s on the evening of Saturday September 12 at 8pm in the MI Club, Western Road. £3 for adults, £2 for kids.

ART EXHIBITION: The 15th Exhibition of South View Art Group runs from September 5 to 7 from 10am to 4pm daily at South View Western Rd, found next door to Hailsham Library above the CAB offices. Enquiries to Eileen on 01424 532866 or email ijagproctor@gmail.com.

QUIZ AND CAKES: Raising money for the charity Furniture Now, Hailsham Methodist Church is hosting this event is tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. The cost is £3 per person or £5 for a couple. To book contact Carole on 325916 or email caroleshrt@gmail.com. A Harvest Festival and lunch takes place at Hailsham Methodist Church on Sunday September 20 at 10.30am. A lunch will be served in the church hall after the service. All welcome although if you are coming to the lunch please let them know for catering purposes. Email caroleshrt@gmail.com

FREESTYLE DANCE NIGHT: This is at the Civic Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

ADULT HOCKEY TASTER: Whether a beginner or returner, if you would like to join your local hockey club they are looking for new members aged 16 plus years. Go along to Hailsham Community College between 11am and noon on Sunday. Equipment is available to borrow. Sessions are £3 a time. If you miss a session just come along to the next one. Register your interest by emailing info@hailshamhockey.co.uk, visit www.hailshamhockey.co.uk follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

TEA PARTY: Go along to Woodside Nursing Home on the Polegate ByPass between 2pm and 4pm next Saturday September 12. There will be musical entertainment, afternoon tea, barbecue, cake stall, tombola, raffle with great prizes to be won. Please support your local nursing home.

U3A: At this month’s meeting on Tuesday September 22, Mr Ian Gledhill will waltz us through A Musical Biography of Johann Strauss. Tea at 2pm, programme starts at 2.30pm. If you would like to join the U3A and see what groups they enjoy then visit their website at hailshamu3a.co.uk or contact the group’s coordinator on 740820.

MEET YOUR PCSO: Police surgery with Cllr Luxford on Thursday between 10am and 11am at Dippydoodahs, High Street. Come along to meet your local PCSO and councillor to discuss any issues you may have.

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