Parish Pump Hailsham - 21 September 2012


ART GALLERY: When the Cows Come Home is a new art gallery tucked away in the old cowsheds at Berwick Court Farm. It brings together a lively mix of contemporary work by local and other artists, including paintings, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery will be holding its launch event on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm when it will be officially opened by the High Sheriff of East Sussex, David Allam.

300 CLUB met this month at the Smugglers Inn with the usual warm welcome and generous nibbles. There was a good turnout of about twenty members to witness two more lucky winners. It is the time of the year to renew membership (or join) the 300 Club. For £10 a year there is a chance each month to win £50 and also know that the profits from the membership are going towards the upkeep of the Alfriston War Memorial Hall. It is also a most enjoyable way to meet up for a drink and a chat as the draw takes place at a different village hostelry each month. To join pick up a membership form from Hicks, The Newsagents.

Bodle Street Green

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St John’s Bodle Street: 9.30am Morning Prayer. Warbleton Parish Church: 11am Holy Communion. St Giles, Dallington: 10am Communion (BCP).

3D GALA: The equipment in the village hall has been upgraded, and is now capable of showing high definition 3D films. To celebrate this their will a 3D Gala evening on Friday October 5 at 6.45pm. Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film Hugo will be shown. Sparkling wine and canapés will be served at 6.45pm, then supper will be served with the film starting at 8.15pm. Tickets are £15 and are available from Bryan on 01323 833554 or Geoff on 01323 833343. Further events are a charity soup kitchen (noon) and a race night (7pm) on October 27 and opera from Sydney Opera House (in HD) on November 24.

TEN CANOES: This is not a reaction to this summer’s weather but the title of this month’s offering from the Film Club. Doors open at 7pm in the village hall with the film starting at 7.30pm.


AUTUMN SHOW: Chiddingly Horticultural Society’s last show of the year a sunny autumn day, a good crowd and some lovely exhibits. Fewer vegetables than usual (the weather? rabbits?), but some lovely dahlias, excellent photographs and cookery, and some charming children’s drawings, competing to illustrate next year’s Schedule.

Dahlias: Small decorative: 1, John Ford (and this exhibit was best in show); 2, Holly Dann. Small cactus: 1, John Ford; 2, Holly Dann. Miniature cactus: 1, Holly Dann; 2, John Ford. Miniature Ball: 2, Holly Dann. Any other classification: 1, Holly Dann; 2, John Ford. One specimen: 1, Holly Dann; 2, John Ford. Chrysanthemums, three blooms: John Ford; three sprays, John Ford. Ornamental Grass or Sedge: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Patricia Debley; 3, John Debley. African marigolds: 1, Holly Dann. Any annual: 1, Daphne Robinson; 2, Christine Fairway; 3, John Ford. Fuschias: 1, Joan Harriot; 2, Patricia Debley; 3, Dennis Brown. Roses: 1, Dennis Brown; 2, Caroline Manning; 3, Winnow Hardy. Spray of flowers or shrub: 1, Daphne Robinson; 2, Queenie Cornford; 3, Winnow Hardy. Collection of flowers: 1, John Ford; 2, Christine Fairway; 3, Pauline Thorpe. Any other flowers, three stems: 1, Janet Gasson; 2, Dennis Brown; 3, Queenie Cornford. Pot plant (max 178mm diameter): 1, Caroline Manning (Best in Show). Pot plant (over 178mm): 1, Queenie Cornford. Orchid: 1, Dave Harrison; 2, Linda Alsop; 3, Queenie Cornford.

Fruit and Vegetables. Basket of five different vegetables: 1, John Ford; 2, William Simmonds. White potatoes: 1, William Simmonds. Leeks: 1, Dave Harrison; 2, Winnow. Hardy onions from sets: 1, Dave Harrison; 2, John Ford; 3, Winnow Hardy. Two butternut squashes: 1, Holly Dann; 2, John Ford. Vegetable marrow: 1, John Ford; 2, Phyllis Simmonds. Shallots: 1, John Ford. Tomatoes: 1, William Simmonds; 2, John Debley; 3, Linda Alsop. Cherry tomatoes: 1, Patricia Debley; 2, Roland Thorpe. Beetroot: 1, Phyllis Simmonds; 2, William Simmonds; 3, John Ford. Runner beans: 1, John Ford; 3, Linda Alsop. A pumpkin: 1, John Ford; 2, Winnow Hardy. Two other vegetables: 1, Roland Thorpe; 2, John Ford; 3, Janet Gasson. The oddest-shaped vegetable, Winnow Hardy; the largest onion, Linda Alsop; the longest bean, William Simmonds; the tastiest carrot, Phyllis Simmonds. Desert apples: 1, Sue Cornford; 2, John Debley; 3, Phyllis Simmonds. Culinary

apples: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Ann Nicholls. Any other fruit: 1, Sally Willcocks; 2, Winnow Hardy; 3, Patricia Debley.

Decorative. At The Water’s Edge: 1, Daphne Robinson; 2, Julie Biggs Wood. berries and foliage: 1, Julie Biggs; 2, Holly Dann; 3, Daphne Robinson. Diamond Jubilee: 1, Julie Biggs; 2, Holly Dann; 3, Daphne Robinson. Petite exhibit: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Daphne Robinson. Miniature, foliage only: 1, Daphne Robinson; 2, Julie Baker; 3, Julie Bigg.

Cookery. Lemon swiss roll: 1, Julie Baker; 2, Queenie Cornford; 3, Terry Fairway. Savoury scones: 1, Helen Miness; 2, Sue Cornford; 3, Georgina Carter. A focaccia loaf: 1, Georgina Carter; 2,

Dave Harrison; 3, Julie Baker. Dish of coleslaw: 1, Julie Baker; 2, Helen Miness. Winter fruit salad: 1, Julie Baker; 2, Christine Fairway. Tray Bake: 1, Sue Cornford; 2, Patricia Debley; 3, Daphne Robinson. Double-crust fruit pie: 1, Georgina Carter; 2, Julie Baker; 3, Sue Cornford. Baked apple: 1, Terry Fairway; 2, Julie Baker; 3, Daphne Robinson. Jar of jam: 1, Daphne Robinson; 2, Phyllis Simmonds; 3, Christine Fairway.

Photography. My Garden: 1, William Simmonds; 2, Holly Dann; 3, Julie Biggs. Clouds: 1, Phyllis Simmonds; 2, William Simmonds; 3, Holly Dann. A gathering: 1, Holly Dann; 2, Julie Biggs; 3, Ann Nicholls.

Art and Craft. A knitted article: 1, Patricia Debley; 2, Julie Baker. Re-cycle something: 1, Julie Baker; 2, Daphne Robinson.

Children’s Classes. Photograph of person/people or animal/s 5 years and under: 1, Georgie Lampshire; 2, Demi Harvey; 3, Jessica Emery. 8 and 9 years: 1, Pippa Harris; 2, Robyn Clark; 3,

Emily McHale. 12 years and over: 1, Zoe Cornford. Small carved pumpkin or squash 5 years and under: 1, Jessica Emery. 12 years and over: 1, Zoe Cornford.

Cup Winners: Dahlia Challenge Cup, John Ford; Chrysanthemum Challenge Cup, John Ford; Bill Baker and Ken Davis Memorial Shield, most points in vegetable classes, John Ford; A D Frost Cup for pot plant, Caroline Manning; Lilian Taylor Memorial Shield for best cookery exhibit, Georgina Carter; John Laycock Cup for largest onion, Linda Alsop. Cup winners, aggregate of all shows: Most points in horticultural classes, Dennis Brown; most points in decorative classes, Julie Biggs; most points in cookery classes, Julie Baker; most points in children’s classes, Jessica Emery; most points in photography classes, Holly Dann; most points overall during the year, Daphne Robinson.


WEALDEN Young Adults Service is an open event on Friday September 28 between 1pm to 3pm at The Square Youth Cafe and aims to provide a safe, supportive space for those aged 18 to 25 years with mental health needs. The service offers workshops, activities, information and advice sessions to improve client’s emotional and physical wellbeing.

PAVILION SOCIETY: The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) held its annual golf day in August at Willingdon Golf Club. Twenty teams of four took part in the event and the sun shone for the third year running. Golfers enjoyed the lovely course, which as usual was in excellent condition and a credit to the staff. All players enjoyed an excellent and exhausting day. The standard of play varied once again from the brilliant to the not so sublime. Players were treated to an excellent lunch back at the clubhouse and partook in the usual liquid refreshments. Prizes were presented by Hailsham Pavilion Manager, Paul Nunney, who gave one of his now legendary speeches. This year the winners were from local estate agents, Stevens and Carter. HOPS would like to thank the local companies who sponsored the event, South East Trade Frames, Fieldskill packaging, SLS Fabrications and June Bourne. The event raised over £1600 which will go towards upkeep of the pavilion.

BONFIRE JUMBLE: A jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, in the Charles Hunt Centre from 10am to 1pm is raising funds for Hailsham Bonfire Society. If any one would like to donate goods to help raise the money needed to put on the bonfire celebration on October 20, please call Lynn on 441514.

BEETLE DRIVE: Fun for all the family at the Charles Hunt Centre on Friday September 28 at 7.15pm. Hailsham and District branch of the twinning association invite you along at £5 per person (to include nibbles). Families welcome. There will be prizes and a raffle. For more information (01323) 846539.

ST MARY’S: This is the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity: 8am Sunday Holy Communion, Making Sense of Suffering. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups, Hope for the nations. 2.45pm Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Holy Communion back at St Mary’s Jesus, a new and better Adam. The Creative Craft group meet on Wednesday in the church lounge from 10am to noon followed by the Crafty Companions from 2pm to 3.30pm.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This evening, Friday, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The medium is Rev Bill Baker. £5 at the door. The Corinthian Church Service on Sunday is from 11am to noon also with medium Rev Bill Baker, followed by refreshments. All events take place at Primrose Hall.

QUIZ NIGHT: Tomorrow, Saturday, at Summerheath Hall at 7.30pm for 8pm. £5 per person includes ploughman’s. Raising money for the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service. All welcome. Bookings via Hildi on 07514 065116.

KNIT’INN NIGHTS: Th next night at The King’s Head will be Tuesday at 7.30pm. At the last night knitters were asked whether knitting their own garments was cheaper than buying ready made and, even taking the time and labour out of the equation the answer was a definite no. But there is satisfaction in knowing that you have something unique, which you have worked yourself. At Knit Nights knitters and crocheters share ideas, swap patterns, and help each other out with the problems you may come across in the course of following a new pattern. If you would like to join them get in touch with Su (07951 631749) or The King’s Head (01323 440447).

THE FOOTBALL CLUB is hosting this event at Beaconsfield, their football ground, off the Diplocks or across Western Road recreation ground. Follow the signs. Quizzers are welcome from 7pm for a general knowledge quiz, with a £50 cash prize and finger buffet on offer. Teams of up to four are welcome and it is £3 per person or £5 for 2 which includes the buffet. Come and test your knowledge and try to win the main prize or one of the spot prizes that are also on offer. There will also be the opportunity to register for the 2001 club, Hailsham Town’s monthly prize draw, which gives you the chance to win one of four cash prizes up to £100 each month and the December jackpot of £1000. For more information contact Stuart Fairway on 07831 223874 or

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Ken Scott ARPS entertained members with images designed to make the viewers look closer and think differently, changing opinions along the way. Audience participation was encouraged as was saying what problems or good points the images had as though they were judges. A red rose was among the first pictures and after a series of comments Ken asked who could see the red dolphin? Once pointed out it became obvious and no longer seemed part of the rose petals. Ken demonstrated how a white border to a monochrome picture darkened the image and a dark one seemed to bring it to life. One of his pictures was a prize winner in a monthly photographic magazine. A selection of advertising images were shown and discussed and original opinions were changed once again. Ken finished the evening with a framed picture of a couple dancing. Half of him was reflected in the glass. He felt it symbolised the fact that there was a little piece of the photographer in every picture.

Hellingly & Horsebridge

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

MOTHERS UNION: Tomorrow, Saturday, it is Hellingly MU’s turn to man the cake stall at Overseas Day which is to be held at St John’s Church, Polegate from 10am to 3pm and is hosted by Bexhill District. A service will be held at 2pm when a lively group from Tooting will be taking part.

AGM: If you are not a member Dicker Residents Association you can join at the next meeting and AGM on September 27 from 7.30pm at Dicker village hall. It is only £5 per year per household.

DOG SHOW: This event was not as well attended as previously but with the stalls and deduction of costs a healthy £100 went to Holy Trinity Church funds and another £100 to Dicker Hall funds. Thanks are offered to all the voluntary helpers.

COFFEE MORNING: On September 28 you can be a part of the biggest coffee morning in the world in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. Go along to Brook Cottage, Mill Lane from 10am. Stalls include cakes and homemade bread, produce, plants and a raffle with excellent prizes.

CAKES GALORE: Thanks to all who bought, baked, stored, transported and sold the hundreds of cakes at the Festival of Transport over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Thanks especially to Tess and Simon for organizing this mammoth task which raised a magnificent total of £1640 and a thank you also to the Eastbourne Historic Vehicles Club for their welcome to worship in the arena as well as the cake stall stand.

DISCOUNTS: Local residents in Hellingly and Horsebridge can benefit from 10 percent discount at Blackstock Farm shop at Grove Hill until March 2013. Go along, fill out a form to register and hand into the farm shop.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The new season began with a social evening with drinks and nibbles. Members were entertained by gold medal winner Bill Wisden MBE, Hon FRPS and his trusty assistant Trevor Gellard FRPS. Trevor is on three different distinction panels with the Royal Photographic Society. Bill retired from the RPS after 50 years. Despite his advancing years and ill health Bill Wisden (82) still enjoys taking photographs. He prefers to use a compact camera now as he is less conspicuous while taking candid pictures. He gave his Nikon camera and lenses to his son. Bill says he ‘sees things for what they could be, not what they are,’ and likes nothing better than combining images and totally transforming his pictures using Photoshop techniques. Bill was taken to Devils Dyke on a photographic expedition. The only inspiration he found was two dustbins. He played around with the image, darkening it and giving gleaming eyes etc. The final result looked like Darthvader from Star Wars. Garden Centres are a constant source of inspiration. One of his images was taken inside a polytunnel. The plants created a mini landscape and the white price labels sticking up appeared to be houses. When one of his friends first saw the image they commented that they did not know he had been to Italy. One of the members, Pat Broad LRPS AFIAP, was not able to attend the prize giving last season so Bill agreed to present her with the Girling Award for Landscape Prints.