MEET SANTA AT THE PAVILION: Santa is coming to the Hailsham Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday. The Pavilion invites everyone to an open morning between 10am to noon and Santa will be one of the visitors. Come and have a look round the Pavilion and have a chat with the staff and many volunteers and see Santa. The children can chat with Santa and you can take your own pictures. There will be coffee and mince pies available, a tombola and cards and crackers and much more. Entrance is free
WHO LET THE DADS OUT: St Mary’s for Fathers and children up to 7 years old. Fun games, craft, refreshments and bacon buttie between 9.30am and 11.30am tomorrow, Saturday.
CHRISTMAS INDOOR MARKETS: The first is tomorrow from 10am to 3pm at The Boship (Lions) Hotel, Nr Hellingly. BN27 4AT. Free entry. Free parking. See Father Christmas in his grotto, meet his reindeer. Festive story corner, face painting, amazing selection of local produce and food and fantastic gifts for Christmas. Raising funds for Made for Megan. There is another event on December 6 from 10am to 3pm at the same venue. Christmas shopping made easy with great Christmas gifts! Free entry. Free parking. Full to bursting with a fantastic range of local produce and beautiful unique handmade gifts. Helping raise funds for local charities. For both events contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAWKES FARM XMAS FAIR: Noon until 3pm tomorrow, Saturday. Hawks Road. There will be real reindeer visiting and also Elsa and Olaf will be going along to meet everybody. Peter Lambert from Britain’s Got Talent will also be entertaining everybody, so it really is a Christmas Fair not to be missed.
CATS FOR CHRISTMAS: The Cats Protection Christmas fair is on Sunday from noon to 3pm at 63 Marshfoot Lane. Go along, have a great time and visit the cats too. There will be plenty of stalls with a Christmas feel, including chestnuts roasting, punch, tombola, raffle, plants, jams and chutney, mince pies, refreshments and hot soup. See the wonderful memory tree ready for your messages. Entry is 50p or a tin of cat food.
ST MARY’S: Advent Sunday. The first Sunday of Advent. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) In the Hands of an Angry God. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups (as above). 6.30pm Evening Prayer, A call to Repentance. Christmas services are as follows: Saturday December 19, 3pm A Concert of Carols and Christmas music with Wealden Brass and festive refreshments. Sunday December 20, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am nativity told in drama and carol, 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight, a service of carols and readings followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Christmas Eve, 4pm and 6pm identical Christingle Family Carol Services, 11pm Holy Communion. Christmas Day, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Christmas Family Celebration, Sunday December 27, 10.30am All Age Special.
HAILSHAM LIONS CLUB: Ever wondered what the Lions do? They are such a jolly bunch of people, whatever it is, it must be fun. Find out more about the Club and how you can join by going along to one of their monthly meetings on Tuesday December 1 and every first Tuesday of each month at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, BN27 1BG. Starts 7.30pm. New members welcome. Phone 0845 833 9828 (local) for more information.
FATSTOCK SHOW: On the Cattle Market site on Wednesday from 9am. There are 22 classes showing. The committee would like to thank all the generous contributors to last year’s Charity. With your help, £2141 was raised for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne. This year’s charity is St Peter & St James Hospice, Wivelsfield Green. The event will be followed by an annual dinner and presentation evening at Wellshurst Golf & Country Club. Pre booking required.
DECEMBER RAMBLES: All Wednesdays. December 2, Buxted Park to Highhurst Wood with Pam 01825 764937 (long), Holywell to Pier with Nobby 440624 (short); December 16, Alfriston to Windover Hill Circular with Maisie 846737 (long), Harbour stroll with Nobby 440624 (short). Ring the walk leaders if you would like to go along.
PAMPER EVENING: At Hailsham Parish Church on Thursday at 7.30pm there are treatments and Christmas treats on off and the evening includes a talk on Beauty and Brokenness. Go along and take a friend. The cost is £3 and proceeds to Hailsham Foodbank. Contact Kim on email@example.com or 842381 for further information.
CHRISTMAS CAROL EVENING: Go along to Hailsham Cattle Market site on Friday December 4 at 7.30pm for a lovely atmospheric evening of carols and Christmas songs in the auction ring and afterwards for refreshments in the market café. Tickets are £5 each from mark 01403 891367, Sally 01903 882741 or from Colin in the market café. Please dress warmly. Proceeds to the Royal Agricultural benevolent institution (RABI) and the Farmers Community Network.
CHRISTMAS MARKET: To be held in the town centre on Saturday December 5 from 10am to 4pm the event will include around 50 stalls selling Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes and many other items. There will be a programme of festive entertainment throughout the day for all the family to enjoy, including carol singing from members of Christchurch. A variety of festive refreshments will be on sale including mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and hog roast. There will also be an open-air skate rink in Vicarage Field for children and families and will be open from 10am until 4pm. There will also be balloon modelling, face painting and Santa and his sleigh (provided by Hailsham Rotary Club) will be attending the event to hand out free presents to children. Christmas music will be playing on a PA system, courtesy of Hailsham Festival FM. Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting their Open Church from 10am to 2pm at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served.
BRIDGE RACING: Scalextric digital slot-car racing for Dads and the children aged 7 years plus. The next meeting is on Saturday December 5 and the first Saturday of the month thereafter from 7pm to 9pm at Emmanuel Church Hall. £1 pp incl refreshments. Just turn up or ring Tony 849023.
CABARET: Join the Dicker Players - the group that brought you Allo Allo, for a hilarious cabaret show on for two nights only at Hailsham Pavilion, following their massive success earlier this year. There will be sketches, songs and routines, old and new. Be prepared for a great night of live entertainment and bring all of your friends. It is really, really funny (and a little bit naughty, so please leave the kids at home). The Dicker Players proudly present Classic Dicker Cabaret at the Hailsham Pavilion on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, 7.45pm. Tickets £10 from Hailsham Pavilion Box Office available now. Buy tickets online or call the Box Office on 01323 841414.
ORGAN CLUB: On December 9 the guest is a local chap with an amazing mastery of the latest digital musical instruments and he will prove it too, the multi-talented Tony White. All shows are at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, and always on the second Wednesday of each month. There is plentiful free parking very close to the venue, which is very comfortable and has excellent acoustics. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. Non-members are very welcome indeed, just turn up and pay at the door. Further information can be had from Charles Clegg on 01323 762411.
FIRE FIGHTERS: Support the Fire Service community in times of need by entering their Christmas hamper free prize draw. Just spend £5 or more at the Firefighters Charity Stall at Hailsham Farmers Market on Saturday December 12 between 9am and 12.30pm and receive a free draw ticket. Draw will take place on the day.
CAROLS IN THE PARK: Come along to Hailsham Rec on Western Road on Sunday December 13 at 4pm for a community singing event with children and popular Christmas Carols. This event is hosted by Hailsham Free Church and there will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards at 5.30pm. Meet by the chestnut trees by the children’s rec.
CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall, London Road, there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Bob Mann. Healing is always available.
METHODIST SERVICES: Christmas services at Hailsham Methodist church include Christmas Music on December 12, 2pm to 4pm. Come along and sing your favourite carols, refreshments available all welcome. Christingle on Christmas Eve, 5.30pm, Christmas Day Service 10am.
MARKET: The Festive Farmers Market is on Saturday December 12 from 9am to 12.30pm. Mark Carter from BBC Sussex will be broadcasting his show live from the Market from 6am to 9am so get there early if you want to be a part of the show. Made for Megan, a fundraising group for a local little girl who needs specialist equipment to help with her disability, will have stalls to help raise funds for this cause and a grotto in the calf pens. Farmer Christmas will be there handing out apples to all the children who come to visit and Princess Elsa will be coming along to help with facepainting. There are two hampers of fresh farmers produce up for grabs in the raffle and Hailsham Parish Church choir will be singing carols and festive songs from 10.30am. The Boot Sale will also be running alongside the market, so if you want a final declutter before Christmas or are looking for a bargain or something special, then call the Market Manager on 07887 910150 to book your car in.
All the usual marvellous fresh, local and traceable produce, crafts and gifts will be there and so much more. Order your turkey, pick up a gift basket set of honey products, planters for the garden, turned products, cards and baby knits for that new arrival. The Firefighters charity will be there with their own grand draw as well as Cuckmere Buses if your New Years resolution is to become a volunteer bus driver.
RESIDENTS FORUM: Eleven questions were submitted to Hailsham Forward via the Town Council by Hailsham’s Transport Action Group (TAG). Here is another.
Q. Can anything be done to prevent the pavements increasingly being used as cycle routes and off road car parking?
A. Enforcement of parking and cycling on pavements is currently a matter for the Police. If parking is causing an obstruction the police are able to move the vehicle. ESCC is working to provide cycling routes and facilities and is developing a walking and cycling strategy for the county. Also, improvements are planned between Hailsham and Eastbourne as part of the sustainable Transport Corridor which focuses on bus and cycling improvements.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A re-imagining of the classic fairy tale at Hailsham Parish Church on Saturday January 2 at 6.30pm. All tickets are £5. Call 01323 441868 to book. All welcome.
DEMELZA: The Friends of Demelza, Hailsham, ran a very successful Mini Christmas Market in the Quintins last Friday. They sold home made cakes, Christmas gifts and ran a Tombola and took a handsome £192 for the Demelza charity. On Saturday December 14, three of the Demelza supporters swam in the Eastbourne Lions Charity Swimathon. Considering the ages of the three swimmers added up to 218 years their 42 lengths between them was quite an achievement! They had raised sponsorship for this and will receive 70 percent of the amount they raised, with the other 30 percent going to Eastbourne Lions which should amount to approximately £200 for Demelza. On the weekend of November 28 and 29 the group will be busy packing bags for the shoppers at ESK Warehouse in Eastbourne to raise some further funds for Demelza.
HAILSHAM CHORAL: Carols For The Young At Heart by Hailsham Choral. A Christmas Concert on Thursday 17 December at 7.30pm at the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham. Adults £10, U16’s £5 includes mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets from the Camera Centre Hailsham, or www.wegottickets.com and on door. Retiring Collection in aid of Furniture Now.
NEW DRAWING CLUB: There is a taster session for this new club on Saturday December 19 at Diplocks Hall, from 9am to noon. Can Draw Ltd is run by local artist John Tyson for school children of all ages and parents are also welcome to join in. John also runs five after school clubs in the local area. You can book now by calling him on 07725 145920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The introductory price is £10.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next meeting is a Christmas Social event on Wednesday December 9 at the Methodist Hall, from 7.30pm. All welcome. Annual subscriptions are now due at £14.
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