FARMERS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a bumper market with cookery demonstrations by Peter Bayless, MasterChef Winner and Wealden’s Community Chef; plus local author Andrea Keer will be signing copies of her children’s book Wellington the Gardening Dog, which you can buy at a special price on the day. At the Farmers’ Market you can buy plants to grow your own fruit and vegetables with wooden planters to put them in; mouth-watering pies, meats, sausages and cheeses with chutney to accompany them; as well as excellent honey, handmade beeswax candles, cards and gifts and more. This is your chance to support local producers and craftspeople who provide high-quality, locally-sourced goods at the Farmers’ Market, Market Street, open 9am to 12.30pm. Free parking on-site, Market Café. Traders: For information on taking a pitch at the Market please call 01892 852168 or email info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk.

HAILSHAM BOOT FAIR: Tomorrow, Saturday, on the Cattle Market site, Market Street someone is looking for your pre-owned treasures, bring them to the Boot Fair adjacent to the Farmers’ Market. Sellers set up 7.30am to 8.30am, buyers entry from 9am to 12.30pm. (No traders and no food vans please.) Entry 20p to local charity. Free on-site parking and market cafe. Pitches £5 pay on the day.

NATIONAL CARE HOMES OPEN DAY: Friday, June 17, Ersham House is taking part in this event and encouraging local people to visit the home and take part in their Spa Day. There will be lots facials, manicures, foot spas, hand massages, freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies, healthy snacks and a warm welcome to anyone who wants to come along and meet the staff and residents.

CHILDREN’S MARKET: For the second year, Hailsham Town Council’s Children’s Market event takes place in the town centre on Saturday June 25 from 9.30am to 4pm in Vicarage Field. In addition to Hailsham Forward’s Street Market stalls there will be toys, crafts and confectionery, as well a mouth-watering hog roast and candy floss stall. There will be face painting, paint spinning, tombola and balloon modelling from 11am to 3pm, throughout the afternoon and a special appearance from Elsie The Dalek. Local schools will have stalls providing games and activities for children raising money for the schools and a joint raffle draw. Hailsham FM on-line radio station will be broadcasting the event live.

ARMED FORCES WEEK: A special event honouring the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces is being held ahead of British Armed Forces Day at the Hailsham War Memorial on Monday June 20 at 11am, the event will mark the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag. The public is invited to attend the flag raising ceremony and take the opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community including veterans, serving troops and their families and new recruits. Armed Forces Day is on June 26.

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: Are you a local based community group or charity and wish to benefit from sharing experiences and ideas with other local groups? The Hailsham Community Forum is looking to expand its membership and is open to all community groups, associations and charities in the area, to help build a better communication network and create a louder voice between them and other voluntary and statutory groups. The long term benefits of joining the Forum could be cost savings to your group, for instance more leverage with ordering leaflets, printing costs, sharing resources and more. Several groups have already benefited from the forum by taking stalls on the Hailsham Street Market. The forum, which meets monthly, currently consists of community organisations including Hailsham Active, Demelza, Flower Club, Hailsham Farmers’ Market, Hailsham Harriers, Computers For Charities, Hailsham Bonfire Society, Hailsham Lions, Hailsham Choral Society and the Now! Charity, What’s on in Hailsham editor, and the local press and community correspondent.

PLANNING TEAM VENUES: Hailsham Town Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Team are making themselves available to discuss your views on future housing development in various locations across the town throughout June. Representatives from the Neighbourhood Planning Committee and Town Council officers will be visiting different parts of Hailsham in their mobile demonstration unit to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan and enabling residents to take part in the important consultation process by completing a questionnaire. Dates are:

Today, Friday, 10am to 2pm Freedom Leisure Car Park (Vicarage Lane); tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to 2pm Tesco Car Park (North Street); Sunday, 10am to 2pm Freedom Leisure Car Park (Vicarage Lane); Monday, 10am to 2pm Hailsham Library Car Park (Western Road); Monday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Country Park Car Park (Off Gleneagles Drive); Tuesday, 10am to 2pm South Road and Station Road Car Park; Tuesday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Hailsham East Community Centre (Vega Close); Wednesday, 10am to 2pm Waitrose Car Park (Nhs Health Centre Side); Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Union Corner Hall Car Park (Hawks Road); Thursday, 10am to 2pm Waitrose Car Park (Nhs Health Centre Side); Thursday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm The Cedars (Off Milland Road); Friday June 17, 8.30am to 12.30pm Union Corner Hall Car Park (Hawks Road); Friday June 17, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Summerfields Avenue.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY: Today, Friday, Queen’s Birthday Celebration 9.30am to 4pm at Hailsham Parish Church. Free event with refreshments served all day and ploughman’s at lunchtime. Music and an exhibition throughout the day with a commemorative book for you to take away.

RAMBLERS: The short walk on Wednesday is around Sovereign Harbour T: 841995 for details, and the long walk is Rushlake Green circular via Warbleton Church. Undulating with five stiles and one short steep path. Five miles T:301406.

RED WHITE AND BLUE PARTY: Eastbourne band Coldshot will be performing with Tony Norman at the Red, White and Blue Party to celebrate the 90th birthday of our Majesty the Queen tomorrow, Saturday. Originally, Tony intended to perform with Charlie Tipler. ‘Unfortunately, Charlie will be away on tour, but I’m really excited to be teaming up with this terrific local band Coldshot’ said Tony this week. ‘We’ll be playing some rock and R&B classics, plus a brand new song written for our Queen. It’s gonna be quite a night I can tell you.’ This very special evening - a colourful street party under cover - is being held at Grovelands School. The fun begins at 7.30pm with the evening also featuring music from the decades of our Queen’s reign played by Hailsham FM DJs. There will be a cash bar, prize raffle and a British icons fancy dress competition with a prize for the winner. Advanced food tickets are sold out. However, Hailsham FM and Environment Hailsham, who are jointly promoting this evening, have released further tickets for the evening. They will be available on the night only: Adults £6, children £2.50. All monies will go towards raising much needed funds for both organisations, and both Tony Norman and Coldshot are freely supporting the evening.

VOLUNTEERS WEEK: This celebration runs until Sunday. Computers for Charities has supported awareness of volunteer week for many years. However this year having got a little bit behind (with apologies), once again CfC will host open days on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm at the charities workshop Unit 26 Station Road Industrial Estate, Station Road. Refreshments provided to highlight volunteer week and also to raise awareness of the many projects operating within Hailsham.

Simon Rooksby says in his blog: In writing I remain acutely aware of all the good works undertaken and supported by the community. However there remain many more unware of the possibilities and needs which could benefit from time or skills in the wider community. This occasion provides a poignant time to encourage further support or seek support for new initiatives or just to give acknowledgement for the stalwarts assisting with all the different activities underway in the Hailsham area. As many know our support is not just that of computers, but much wider. Hence assisting the Foodbank for a number of years, support to Gordon Road Gospel Hall and their work in Sri Lanka, Christmas shoeboxes for home and abroad and just this weekend delivering redundant play equipment donated by Hailsham Town Council to a church and community project in Northern Romania. If there is further need please let me know, and of course we will assist where possible. All are welcome.

CALAMITY JANE: Get out your Stetsons and cowboy boots, the Deadwood Stage is rolling into town as Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) presents a new sing-a-long version of the 1953 smash hit film, Calamity Jane, at the Pavilion Cinema on Saturday, June 18. Starring Doris Day as Calamity, the gun-toting tomboy who thinks she can outride and outshoot any man in Deadwood, South Dakota, and Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickok, the film boasts a score of memorable songs everyone will want to join in with including ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘Just Blew in from the Windy City’, ‘The Black Hills of Dakota’ and ‘Secret Love’. HOPS, which raises funds to support The Pavilion, is using the Wild West-themed musical to launch its new fund-raising initiative, HOPS Classic Cinema, a collection of much-loved films it hopes people will want to see again on the big screen. There will be two performances of Calamity Jane starting at 2.15pm and 7.45pm. Tickets cost £7 (£5.50 concessions and children), plus 10 percent discount for HOPS members, and are available from The Pavilion Box Office or website. So Whip-Crack-Away. For further information please contact Margaret Rose on 01323 849167 or Julie Skinner on 01323 767656.

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