JUMBLE SALE CANCELLED: Due to Hailsham Town Football Clubs progression in the FA Vase Cup they are having to postpone their jumble sale due to be held on November 21. A new date will be arranged soon. Any jumble may still be left at the club house on match days or please phone 07702849769 for collection.

WOODSIDE FAIR: Woodside Nursing Home on the A22 between Hailsham and Polegate will be having its Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm. There will be mulled wine and mince pies whilst you shop at the many stalls, tombola and raffle for your Christmas cards and gifts.

CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN: At Emmanuel Pre-school on Saturday November 21, from 1pm to 3pm at Emmanuel church hall on Hawkswood (opposite the shopping parade). There will be fun activities and they will be celebrating 25 years with some old friends.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Mark Carter from BBC Sussex Radio will be broadcasting his show from Hailsham Farmers Market on the Cattle Market site, on Saturday December 12 between 6am to 9am. The market starts trading from 9am to 12.30am but will be open for access for Mark to start his show. He will be talking on air to anyone who cares to come along to the festive event. Hopefully this will include organisers, traders, crafters, boot sellers, Lilac Sky children, parents and helpers and anyone else that gets within a few feet of the mic and including Farmer Christmas.

BOOT SALE: On the second Saturday of every month running alongside the Farmers Market. Domestic sellers only. No traders. No food vans. Set up from 7.30am. £5 a pitch. 20p entry to local charity. Free on-site parking and market café. Bookings in advance please on 07887 910150.

ST MARY’S: The Sunday next before Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP), A Child is Born. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, A Child is Born. 2.45pm Evening Prayer at Emmanuel. 6.30pm Holy Communion, Wisdom from above.

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

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON: Hailsham will officially switch on its Christmas lights tomorrow. There will be entertainment and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Peter Lambert will press the button to turn on the lights at 5.30pm. There will be carol singing by HCC students and Grovelands Community Primary School from 4.15pm which continues after the switch-on, Santa will be handing out sweets and Christmas music will be playing courtesy of Hailsham Festival FM. Whilst all this is going on Hailsham Parish Church will be open from 4.30pm to 6.30pm for free coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

RESIDENTS FORUM: Eleven questions were submitted to Hailsham Forward via the Town Council by Hailsham’s Transport Action Group (TAG). Here are a few more regarding Southern Ring or By-pass Road (A271 to A22).

Q: Some years ago the suggestion for a Southern Ring/By-pass Road was discussed at local level (Town & District Council), and possibly with ESCC Highways, but no forward planning provision protecting a route has been traced, albeit in Hailsham Town Council’s Master Plan of 2009 it is mentioned in some detail. To what extent has the potential for this Ring Road been considered, enabling southbound traffic from A271 and developments east of Battle Road, to avoid the already congested town centre? When will action be taken to lay down a possible route to at least protect the future option?

A: At present there are no proposals for a southern bypass of Hailsham to connect the A22 south of the town to the A271 east of the town. As you will be aware, Wealden have just published their draft Local Plan Review Issues and Options document for consultation. In the document they have identified that to meet their own as well as other local planning authorities’ objectively based housing need, there are plans for substantial levels of additional housing growth over and above that already allocated in their current adopted Local Plan which will be focussed in the south of the District around the Hailsham area. As a County Council, we will be working with the District Council over the next 12 months to test these development options and identify what additional county council infrastructure would be required to support that level of growth. Clearly in doing this, we will need to consider the strategic and local road infrastructure improvements that will be required to be brought as part of this potential quantum of development.

Q: Seeking clarification of whether or not a section of the Cuckoo Trail between Horsebridge and Polegate is being considered an option for partial routing of the Hailsham to Eastbourne Quality Bus Corridor. In the written reply given to the Resident’s Forum, the last paragraph, whilst indicating that a tram or train link was not being considered on grounds of not being cost effective, contained the statement ‘The measures being proposed relate to improving walking, cycling and public transport.’ Does the reference to public transport refer to use of part of the Cuckoo Trail?

A: It is not proposed to use the Cuckoo Trail for public transport- just for walking and cycling. There may be minor widening in places to achieve a 3m lane suitable for use as a shared cycle or footway.

MUSICAL FUNDRAISER: Business students of Hailsham Community College are raising money for Help for Heroes on Thursday with doors opening at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Performances by HCC students will be of contemporary and modern genres for an evening of fun and raw talent. Tickets on the door are £4. Refreshments available.

U3A: A meeting of the U3A takes place on Tuesday at the Civic Hall when there will be an illustrated talk by John Kenton Page on the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance Service. Tea at 2pm. Programme starts 2.30pm. To become a member of U3A contact Christine on 841536.

FLOWER CLUB: The October meeting gave members an opportunity to express their ingenuity and flower arranging skill in a way not previously undertaken by the Club. This was an Imposed Competition where members arrived at the Community Hall and were provided with identical buckets of flowers and foliage and asked to assemble an arrangement entitled Shades of Autumn in 60 minutes and in accordance with NAFAS rules. The arrangements were judged by Jenny Nye who gave her comments on the exhibits whilst members and visitors relaxed with well-earned coffee and biscuits.

The Competition results are as follows: Beginners/Intermediate: 1, Jane Williams; 2, Liz Jones; 3, Liz West. Advanced/Senior Advanced: 1, Doris Holt; 2, Angie Evans; 3. Marie Haward.

FILM POSTER AUCTION: A film memorabilia and poster auction was held at the Hailsham Pavilion on November 7. Cinema Manager Paul Nunney took the gavel to auction some of the posters from films shown over the past year. An audience ranging from avid collectors to families had an enjoyable morning bidding on their favourite posters. The event raised over £300 for the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society which will go towards the upkeep of the pavilion.

METHODIST CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Christmas services at Hailsham Methodist include Christmas Music on December 12, 2pm to 4pm. Come along and sing your favourite carol, refreshments available all welcome: Cristingle Christmas Eve, 5.30pm, Christmas Day Service 10am.

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