Hailsham news
Hailsham news

CALAMITY JANE: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) presented a new sing-a-long version of the 1953 smash hit film, Calamity Jane, at The Pavilion Cinema in George Street tomorrow, Saturday. 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 audience, wearing cowboy hats, joined in with the memorable songs from the film such as 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, used the Wild West-themed musical to launch its new fundraising initiative, HOPS Classic Cinema, a collection of much-loved films it hopes people will want to see again on the big screen.

INDIA GALLERY: Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) are delighted to report that the launch evening for India Gallery, held at The Royal Indian Restaurant, on Wednesday June 15 raised nearly £300 for The Pavilion. Restaurant owner, Viv Samuel, welcomed guests to The Royal Indian Restaurant and supplied lots of tasty Indian nibbles. Visitors were able to view the stunning, colourful and evocative images taken by Roy and Alison Morris on their trips to India. The canvasses will remain on display at the restaurant. Thanks go to Viv, Roy and Alison for their generosity in supporting The Pavilion, our local cinema and live arts venue.

ARMED FORCES DAY: The Royal British Legion Hailsham and District Branch cordially invite members of the public and organisations of Hailsham to participate in a service at the Hailsham War Memorial, Vicarage Fields, for the Armed Forces Day Service on Sunday at 10.45am. Members of the public and local organisations are cordially invited to attend. For further details contact either: Mike Weller, branch chairman on 01323 440749 or Frank Berry, branch secretary on 01323 843880 or email: fej240berry@talktalk.net.

U3A: On Tuesday at the Civic Community Hall there will be a presentation by Ian Gledhill. This is a Summary of the previously unfinished talk on Johann Strauss and The Surprising Mr. Sousa. Tea is at 2pm. Programme starts 2.30pm. For details about joining U3A contact Christine on 841536.

FISHING PERMITS: Summer is now here and so is the onset of the fishing season. Angling enthusiasts can enjoy the best coarse fishing and cast a line on the Town Council’s waterways with the annual start of the fishing season which commenced on Wednesday June 15. Fishing is currently permitted on season at two Town Council managed sites: Hailsham Country Park Lake (off Gleneagles Drive) and Hempstead Pond (adjacent to Tilehurst Wood). Both fishing areas are well-stocked with fish including carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch and pike. Daily fishing permits can be obtained from MFC supplies in Station Road and yearly season tickets are available from the Town Council offices (£40 adult; £25 senior citizens, disabled and children under 16 years). A current Environment Agency rod licence and passport photo must be produced when purchasing permits. Please contact Karen Giddings on 01323 841702 (during office hours) for all fishing permit enquiries. Regulations and conditions for fishing at the Hailsham Country Park Lake and Hempstead Pond sites are available to download from hailsham-tc.gov.uk.

CHILDREN’S MARKET: Hailsham’s Children’s Market takes place in the town centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 4pm. It should be a great family event offering something for everyone. The market will feature items of interest to children such as toys, crafts and confectionery, as well as the usual Saturday stalls selling a range of locally sourced food, gifts and accessories. There will also be a mouth-watering hog roast to tempt visitors and a candy floss stall. Various activities will take place on the day for children including face painting, and paint spinning, from 11am to 3pm, balloon modelling throughout the afternoon and a special appearance from Elsie The Dalek. Pupils from Hailsham Academy, Grovelands and Park Mead Community Primary Schools, Hellingly Primary School and White House and Marshlands Academies will have stalls providing games and activities for children raising money for the schools and a joint raffle draw. Hailsham FM will be broadcasting the event live.

COMMUNITY GROUPS: 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 nearly 30 community organisations including Hailsham Active, Hailsham Farmers’ Market, Hailsham Harriers, Computers For Charities, Hailsham Bonfire Society, Hailsham Lions, Hailsham Choral Society and the now Charity. The group is looking for additional members who can include local community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, parent/teacher groups and residents’ associations among others to share information on developments of interest including new funding opportunities, in addition to enabling partnership working with other organisations. Another advantage for us is having a named person to approach. For new members it’s a great introduction to the town and its many facets. What’s on in Hailsham events guide is always there to note down any forthcoming events the attending organisation wish to share. The next forum meeting will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday July 7 at the Hailsham Parish Church lounge. Subsequent meetings are scheduled at the same time and venue for Wednesday August 10 and Tuesday September 6. If you are interested in attending contact Michelle Hagger at Hailsham Town Council on 01323 841702 or by email: michelle.hagger@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.

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