Hailsham news
Hailsham news

CRAFT SALE: Charles Hunt Centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. To book a table £7.50 call 01323 844398.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Last week there were three different talks given by members of the Society. The evening commenced with a talk on a semi circumnavigation trip of Antarctica sailing from Argentina to New Zealand given by Gay Biddlecombe. Gay’s enthusiasm for her subject and its history was a delight as was her pictorial account of the trip. The research huts built by Shackleton and Scott gave a good insight into the harsh living in such an environment, and the natural wildlife was a joy to see. Secondly Dr Colin Tourle who gives up a great deal of his time to work with Iasis Charity where he visits Ethiopia and also Syrian Refugee Camps in Zahle, Lebanon. He spoke of visiting the refugee camps, (there are 20 camps with about 500 people in each) where queues of people wait to see a doctor. There are a few nurses permanently on site but no permanent doctors. His photos captured the pain and anguish of many, especially the women with their children. He explained how their accommodation is built and how they find work to survive. A very thought provoking talk telling a very human story. The evening finished with a talk from Wendy and Colin Chrismas showing a variety of their photos: Still Life, Macro, Sport, Wildlife and a Miscellany. Colin and Wendy each spoke of their photos, Wendy explaining how she loved still life photography and sport and Colin showed how you could get amazing photos of wildlife without leaving your garden. Their enjoyment of travelling in their motorhome around the country also gave them the opportunity to enjoy their photographic hobby.

QUIZ NIGHT: Book your tickets now for the Hailsham and District Flower Club quiz on Saturday April 22 at Grovelands CP School, Dunbar Drive. Tickets are £10 each which includes a ploughman’s supper and tea or coffee from Christine on 01323 842222. BYO drinks and nibbles to make the evening even more fun. Teams of six per table or make new friends and join a table. A donation will be made to their chosen charity, Sussex Kidney Trust. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: Hailsham residents are invited to attend this year’s Annual Town Meeting which takes place at the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane on Thursday April 20. The main part of the meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be chaired by the Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Coltman. Prior to the main residents’ meeting there will be an opportunity for you to view information stands from local groups and talk to representatives of those organisations from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Groups attending the meeting include Wealden District Council’s Planning Team, East Sussex Highways, NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, Hailsham and District Twinning Association and Sussex Police, as well as Hailsham Forward and the Hailsham Neighbourhood Planning Team. At the Annual Town Meeting, the Mayor will also be presenting the 2017 Hailsham Hero Award, given to someone who has served and shown commitment to the Hailsham community.

FUNDRAISING HAILSHAM FM: Following a joke that spiralled out of control, Hailsham FM presenters Wayne Spicer and Dylan Hibbert signed up to walk barefoot over hot coals and broken glass in last week’s St Wilfrid’s Hospice fund raising event. With many others, Wayne and Dylan took up the challenge with some trepidation but big smiles, to raise over £500 between them for the hospice. All who took part were encouraged by a crowd of enthusiastic well-wishers, to complete the challenge safely.

FAMILY EASTER QUIZ: Wayne Spicer is also fundraising for the town’s community radio station with Environment Hailsham, hosting a Family Easter Tea Quiz on Sunday, April 2, at Summerheath Hall. The fun kicks off at 3pm and tickets (adults £6, children £3) are available in advance from Richard Grocock on 01323 842931 and include entrance to the quiz, a cake stand of goodies and a teapot full of the nation’s favourite drink, in the interval.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: This month’s interesting and informative evening was on Hellingly Hospital, presented by Helen Reeves. Helen described the meagre facilities available for mental health patients, prior to the building of the horrendously entitled East Sussex Lunatic Asylum at Hellingly.

Built at the turn of the 20th century and opened in 190 on a 400 acre site, the hospital was bought for £16,000. It was a well needed alternative to the overcrowded asylums at Haywards Heath, and Bethlem Royal, in Greater London (known by many as Bedlam). Hellingly was designed to accept up to 2000 patients. Although effective treatments had yet to be developed, in the early years the site facilities expanded to become something of a self-sufficient village, with its own arable and dairy farm, clothing store, dentist, hairdressing salon, recreational pursuits, and even a railway. Surprisingly, many of the long-term inmates were reported to be happy and contented living there. Left to fall into a shameful dilapidated condition after closure in 1994, many of the substantial original buildings have now been demolished to make way for housing development. Some remain, such as the Chapel, which, although unused (except as an NHS store), and uncared for, retains much of its architectural splendour. For more information about the Historical Society, please telephone Chairman David Bourne on 01323 440359. The next meeting is on April 12 with speaker Barry Saunders about Vintage Penny Machines which, according to some were an absolute catch-penny, a waste of space, time and money but difficult to resist. All welcome. Visitors £2.50 at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Hailsham 7pm for 7.30pm.

COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES: Thanks to an amazing EU Erasmus student, Alejandro Manchon, from IES Abastos Vocational Training School, Valencia, Spain. Alejandro and Carles received three months’ work experience with CfC last year and were great. For many years CfC has sought to plan and raise funds for a mezzanine floor to improve facilities in the workshop. Through crowd funding Alejandro raised over £2000 to start making it happen. Then bring in Lanes Construction Ltd of Hailsham to make and construct the steel work, phase 1 is finally complete. Phase 2, to build the walls and ceilings will provide more scope for the charities work and support. Thank you and well done.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: If you have any free time during the day you may like to consider helping out for an hour or two or more at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field. Whether you would like to do something in your community, enjoy having a chat or cooking, they are looking to add to their volunteer base and have a variety of roles. Pop into the centre and have a chat. Ring 01323 844398 or email achailsham@btconnect.com.

EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB: Freedom Leisure are now taking bookings for children giving them a half term to remember with its fun filled holiday club. They can take part in several activities include a trip to the cinema to see Beauty and The Beast, team games, arts and crafts and ten pin bowling. The clubs are open to children aged 6 to 12 years. To book 01323 846755.

U3A OPEN DAY: On Tuesday you can go along to the Civic Community Hall on Vicarage Lane (by the Leisure Centre) and find out about all the groups the U3A has to offer. There are over 30 groups to join and something to suit everyone from discussion to dog walking and opera to lunch clubs. Admission is free and the event starts at 2pm. Refreshments available.

EARTH HOUR: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 8.30pm, each one of us is encouraged to support WWF’s annual global celebration by switching off your lights for one hour to show you care about the future of the planet. Please take part and sign up at www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour.

HOLIDAY SHACK: Hailsham foodbank will again be running their Holiday Meals project at The Children’s Centre in Hailsham between 10.45am and 1pm on Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, Tuesday April 11 and Thursday April 13 and are looking for volunteers to chat to families, help with craft activities or games and give a hand in the kitchen. If you would like more details get in touch with Julie Coates on 07474 671350 or info@hailsham.foodbank.org.uk. It’s a really rewarding project whether you can help just for one session or all four.

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