JUMBLE SALE: There is a charity jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road. Refreshments available. For more information or to donate jumble, bring it along after noon or call Pam on 01323 844020 or Sue on 01323 840797 or email pamrobinson977@hotmail.com. In aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

BONFIRE JUMBLE: Another jumble sale at the Charles Hunt Centre in aid of the Hailsham Bonfire Society from 10am to noon.

HARVEST LUNCH: A Harvest Festival and Lunch takes place at Hailsham Methodist Church on Sunday 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 us know for catering purposes. Email caroleshrt@gmail.com

HAILSHAM CHORAL: At the end of September, Hailsham Choral Society is delighted to welcome a visiting choir from Hailsham’s twin town of Gournay-en-Bray in Haute-Normandie. Last year part of Hailsham Choral travelled to Gournay and performed in the lovely church of Saint-Hildevert (and was thrilled to get a standing ovation), and now the French choir is returning the visit. The two choirs are staging a joint concert in Hailsham Parish Church at 7.30pm on Saturday September 26 including beautiful classical works by French and English composers as well as some more light-hearted items. The concert is free with a retiring collection.

TWINNING QUIZ: There is a twinning quiz and supper eve at Charles Hunt Centre. Arrival at 6.45pm please. £7.50 per person Max of 6 per team Can come on your own and make up a team on the night. Confirmation yes or no and how many in team needed by September 26 please thanks. Pauline 01323 846539

YOUTH COUNCIL: Hailsham Youth Council is recruiting again. Get involved. That’s the message Hailsham Town Council is giving out to young people as part of its latest drive to recruit new Youth Council members. Young people aged 11 to 16 years (16 to 21 years for those with special needs) who live or go to school in Hailsham are being asked to consider joining Hailsham Youth Council. Launched in September 2009, Hailsham Youth Council works in partnership with local authorities, schools, voluntary organisations, youth clubs and other community-focused organisations. It aims to represent young people in Hailsham and surrounding villages, ensure that they have their say on what goes on in the town and give them the opportunity to influence key decisions.

The Youth Council has organised a number of outings in the past two years including a day trip to the Houses of Parliament, and has recently worked tirelessly on an active campaign to seek funding and planning permission for the construction of an outdoor gym in Hailsham. Hailsham Youth Council meets fortnightly on Friday afternoons on an informal basis at the Town Council Offices in Market Street. Members may occasionally be asked to attend formal Town Council meetings to discuss some issues or provide updates on project activities. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact Andy Joyes on 01323 841702 or send an email to andy.joyes@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.

HAILSHAM THEATRE: Further to the play’s sell out season at the National Theatre, Hailsham Theatres present a brand new production of Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious hit comedy Season’s Greetings. It’s Christmas at Belinda and Neville’s house, a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the festivities. And celebrate they do! Take one frustrated wife, and a seductive stranger, two eccentric uncles and a mechanical toy and watch the hilarity unfold in Ayckbourn’s explosive festive treat. Ticket Prices Today, Friday, 7.30pm adults £9, conc £6.50, Saturday matinee 2.30pm adults £9, conc £6.50, Saturday Meal Night (includes three course meal) 7.30pm adults £18, conc £14 available from Hailsham Pavilion on 841414, www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk or www.hailshamtheatres.co.uk.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head, will be September 22 at 7.30pm. The August meetings definitely marked the end of summer, as one of the conversations that cropped up several times was the subject of Christmas knits! As with all hand crafts, time has to be allowed for planning and execution. Some have to decide who to knit for, some to work out whose turn it is to be a recipient and others how many requests they can fulfil. One brave soul had volunteered to knit for her whole family and has already begun. The knotty problem of what to knit or crochet is still a subject for discussion and will involve the swapping of patterns and proven designs for at least the next month. Come to a meeting and exchange ideas. All are welcome. For more information phone Su (07552229473).

U3A: There is an Opera event, a showing of a film of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, a colourful tale of love and rejection, featuring Renee Fleming on Thursday 24 Sept from 1.15pm to 4.30pm at Diplocks Hall, Hailsham. Booking essential, programme and refreshments £4. Contact Jenny on 740820.

At the September meeting on Tuesday, Ian Gledhill will waltz us through a Musical Biography of Johann Strauss. Tea at 2pm programme starts at 2.30pm. If you are interested in joining U3A contact Christine on 841536, visit the website at www.hailshamu3a.co.uk or email u3apublicity@gmail.com.

HEARING BUS: This is a free service brought to Hailsham. The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care mobile unit for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing will be visiting Tesco Car Park, North Street from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Monday September 28. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel 01323 722505 (voice, text, fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk.

FARMERS MARKET: The market was a bit thin on traders this month due to some retirements and holidays. Next month the market will be back to normal with the added extra of Author David Proctor, back again for book signings given the success of his last visit in August. Sugar Me Happy individual and family cakes will also be there as well as Jane with her fabulous Fudgelicious. The Fire Fighters charity and Cuckmere Buses will also be back. We are hoping to have a new cheese seller after the retirement of Eleanor and Robin, but in the meantime they will be supplying Bluebell Farm with their cheeses until we have a new seller. We are now building up toward the Christmas Market which promises to be great and particularly focussed on children. If you would like to raise money for your charity, club or other organisation then do please book into our pre Christmas markets too. 01323 440567 or 07887 910150 or email info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CULTURE: I have done my first radio broadcast and really enjoyed myself and am really looking forward to the next on Monday from 2pm to 4pm on 87.7fm which will be a festival round up. Have you tuned in? Still to go in the Festival is the Wealden Writers, Film Awards Night, Viola and Piano concert, Art of Ethical Taxidermy talk, Hailsham Theatres’ production of Alan Ayckebourne’s Seasons Greetings runs until Saturday. Tomorrow, there is Ponyo for the children at the Pavilion and The Cossack Show Festival Finale. Go along to the Courthouse Building on the corner of Battle and London Roads for live band Folk is Not a Rude Word. On Monday starting at 4pm it’s Radio Wrap Up and you’re are all invited along. Take a look at your programme for details of these events. There are still plenty around if you haven’t got yours yet. Some of the events need advance tickets so make sure you plan ahead.

ST MARY’S: This is the fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Notorious Sinner. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Battle of Britain Sunday. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Leader who Trusted God.

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.

TOWN HOUSE COLLECTIVE: This group of artists is from across East Sussex and all have a learning disability. This is the Group’s third year on the Hailsham Festival of Art and Culture Art Trail and the Group proudly present another diverse collection of work. Go along and enjoy the inspirational at The Town House, Market Street in offices 4 and 5 between 10am and 3pm tomorrow, Saturday.

BONFIRE BINGO: This evening, Friday, at the Charles Hunt Centre. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

AUTUMN WALKS: Free autumn walks in Hailsham all throughout the autumn and winter months. The Conservation Volunteers will organise free short walks in Hailsham. There is no need to book, just turn up. The walks will take place every Thursday and set off at 10.30am from the War Memorial in the High Street. Join in, enjoy the fresh air and beat the blues. For more info contact Paula Hubens, Healthy Walks Project Officer on 07740 899559/ p.hubens@tcv.org.uk

100 YEARS AGO: In September 1915 G Hayden Evans, Acting Secretary of the Hailsham Volunteer Training Corps reported the following: In response to the Notice issued by the Parish Council a well-attended meeting was held in the Church Room on Friday, July 31. It was then decided to form a VTC in Hailsham, the resolution to that effect being carried unanimously.

The Acting Secretary reported that he had received the consent of the Authorities to use the Drill Hall for Drill purposes. (This is now part of the Sturton Place building). Forty names were given in as members of the Corps, and the first Drill took place on Saturday, August 14th, 35 men being present. Drills have been held every Thursday and Saturday since, and there is a spirit of keenness among the members which augurs well for the future of the Corps. It is just possible that some do not yet realise the need and the importance of the VTC. I am sure, if they read the pamphlets issued by Headquarters, they would soon learn that this movement is of vital importance. Every man who can possibly join is wanted, and urgently wanted. Members can be enrolled on any Drill Night, and subscription is only 3d per week. In addition to men, money is wanted for equipment. Mr Hillman, Mr Towler and Mr Palmer have kindly consented to act as Collectors. At least £50 is required. When the collectors call, please support the VTC as generously as you can. By the time this is in print, the Corps will be affiliated to one of the Sussex Battalions of the VTC.

CRICKET CLUB: HCC has started the planning for 2016 season already and if you are interested in joining for more information please get in contact with Rob Wilkinson on 07980146841 or email wilko27@hotmail.co.uk. Hailsham Cricket Club prides itself on being an inclusive, family friendly Club. We have 4 adult League teams who play on Saturdays in the East Sussex Leagues, a friendly Sunday team, a long running cricket week and 5 junior age groups to cater for cricketers of all age groups, genders and abilities. Alongside the Cricket, there an extensive social side with regular events including quiz nights, the annual horse racing night and curry evenings.

2015 has been a stellar year with the 1st XI winning division 2 and securing top flight East Sussex cricket for the first time since 1986. The 3rd XI also secured the title in division 10 as the club recorded its most successful season in recent years. Another success in 2015 was winning the Eastbourne Knockout Competition for the first time in the club’s history in the shortest format of the game. Our juniors continued to thrive in both age restricted and adult league cricket. Our U10’s won the East Sussex League and also came 3rd in the County finals hosted at Hove to finish the season in style. At Hailsham we are extremely keen on getting juniors playing cricket and we have over 100 boys and girls who train and play matches for the Club between the ages of 5 - 16. Hailsham Cricket Club has been awarded the Clubmark status under the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Their development is ensured by 14 ECB qualified coaches, this is as many if not more than any other team locally. 2015 has been a successful season off the field as well as we moved into our new ground for the 3rd and 4th XI. Roebuck Park has proven to be an awesome venue and will only improve the more we use it in the coming years. 2016 will see the installation of the new pavilion at Roebuck which will be the finishing touch to a great facility. Roebuck Park has also seen a link up between the club and Tim Van Noort’s cricket academy Skillz, which is hoped on both sides will be a huge success as we work together over the coming years.

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