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CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall, there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Mediums on this occasion are Rev Malcolm and Rev Lesleigh. Healing is always available.

HAILSHAM LIONS: The Lions meet on the first Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is therefore on Tuesday at Charles Hunt Centre at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Phone 0845 833 9828 (local).

BOOK SIGNING: At the next Farmers Market between 9am and 12.30pm on Saturday August 8, Author David T Proctor will be selling signed copies of his new book Dead Men Lie. A plumber by trade, a customer gave David the best advice ever, ‘this estimate is a joke, you should write fiction for a living.’ And thus his journey in writing began. Set in the late 1700s, Dead Men Lie tells history as it was, harsh. David reflects this harshness with humour and put simply, tells a good old fashioned yarn set in the fictional town of Stormouth. Centred around one family, it tells of good against evil, of love, mystery, intrigue and adventure. Heroine Abigail suffers at the hands of despicable men, throw in a murder or two and you would think you have everything. The reality is, this is only the start! A personalised signed book is great gift for your avid reader friends for birthday or even make a start on those Christmas presents.

GARDENING WINNERS: Environment Hailsham has chosen the winner of its Best Kept Front Garden competition. It is Mr Roy Cousens of Moore Park. With a dazzling array of plants and carefully arranged garden he was a worthy winner. He was followed closely by Mr Sid Keely of St Mary’s Avenue and in joint third, Mr and Mrs Coe of Beuzeville Ave and Mrs Mead, also of Beuzeville Avenue.
The competition is held annually by Environment Hailsham, a local charity, run by volunteers whose aim is to see the town looking brighter and more attractive. The Hailsham competition is part of the national Britain in Bloom Competition. Environment Hailsham plants and maintains all the street planters around the town centre as well as road side beds and street sign planters along Gleneagles Drive and look after the sensory garden and the rose garden adjacent to the library. The winner of the Best Allotment went to Mrs French of Clyde Park, with Mr Washbourn of Bayham road in second place. Both have allotments at Battle Road. The winner of the Common Pond Allotments were, first, Mr Robinson of Bellbanks Road and second, Ms Fowler of Compton Terrace. The Heritage Award was won by the Corn Exchange which is reputed to be Hailsham’s oldest Inn. The Best Public House display went to the White Hart of Horsebridge, and the Best Business Premises display was a communal effort won by St Mary’s Walk, followed by highly commended for Downford House, and Highcroft Veterinary practice. Anyone wanting to find out more about Environment Hailsham and its involvement in its community activities can find details on its website www.environmenthailsham.co.uk

PCSO STREET MEETINGS: There is a local police surgery on Thursday between 10am and 11am at Dippydoodahs, High Street. Come along and meet the local PCSO to discuss any ongoing issues and raise any concerns you may have about where you live or just come out and say hello.

RAMBLES: The Herstmonceux Circular which is 4.5 miles is the route for the next long walk on Wednesday with Larry and Elaine (849680). If you prefer the shorter walk, that will be with Nobby (440624) also on Wednesday from Barcombe along the river bank to the Anchor Pub meeting at South Road car park at 9.30am or Southern Water car park at 10am. If you would like to go on either walk then please ring the walk leader in the first instance for the details.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Not long now until October 17 when the next Bonfire Society celebrations for Hailsham will be taking place. If you want to be a part of the preparations and the parade then go along to their next meeting on Monday in the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road at 8pm where members will be pleased to meet you.

COMMUNITY GRANTS: Grant application forms are available for non-profit organisations, registered charities or other agencies in Hailsham intending to request funding for new or improved facilities, activities or projects from Hailsham Town Council’s 2016 grants budget. The Town Council is pleased to accept applications for grant funding from local groups and organisations in Hailsham and offer small-scale support to help them with their projects, events and other valuable work in the community. For many years, Hailsham Town Council has awarded grants to fund programs that relate to its grant criteria and considers each application fairly and openly. All grant applications will be considered by the Finance, Budget Resources Committee in early 2016 and notification of the decision on your application will be released in the spring of 2016. Application forms and grant award criteria are available to download from the Town Council website (hailsham-tc.gov.uk) or by writing to the Town Clerk, Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE. The deadline for grant aid applications (2016) will be the end of December.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Young people in Hailsham aged 11 to 13 years can enjoy a wide range of activities on weekday afternoons throughout the summer holiday at the Square Youth Café. The team has organised free and low cost activities designed to liven up the summer holidays and outings including crafts, barbecues, cooking sessions and outings. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3.15pm to 5pm. Evening sessions are also free and cater for young people aged 13 to 17 on Monday to Friday from 7.15 to 9.30pm. For further details contact Andy Joyes (Youth Project Coordinator) on 01323 841702 or email andy.joyes@hailsham-tc.gov.uk or visit www.squareyouthcafe.com.

ARTS GROUP: The four South View Art Groups are on summer recess after very busy terms during the winter and spring. Meeting up once a month during the summer is always a pleasure; enjoying art in the garden and art garden parties. Now the planning is well in hand for the group’s 15th Art Exhibition on September on 5, 6, 7, from 10am to 4pm and which will be held in at South View, Western Road (next door to Hailsham Library and above the Citizens Advice Bureau). The art groups meet on Monday evenings Tuesdays and Thursdays and always welcome new members to these small friendly groups whether new to art or returning to this absorbing hobby. Contact Eileen on 01424 532866 ijagproctor@gmail.com.

HAILSHAM TOWN FC: Support your local football team. Hailsham Town preseason friendly tomorrow, Saturday, kick off 2.30pm v Guildford City, followed at 4.30pm KO by reserves/U21s v Guildford City reserves/U21s. Half price admission. They would love to see you there.

HOLIDAY CLUB: The summer holidays are fast approaching. Give your children a summer to remember with Freedom Leisure’s fun filled holiday club. They can take part in a number of activities including sports, games, cinema, arts and crafts. The clubs are open to children aged 6 - 12 years. Bookings are now available and spaces are limited. To book, phone 01323 846755. Terms and conditions apply

OAKLANDS PUBLIC INQUIRY: This is to be heard on August 11 and 12 at 10am in the Civic Community Hall. The campaign group whose Facebook page Save Ersham Farm Keep Hailsham a Market Town states it is vitally important to attend in numbers to show the strength of local feeling. The proofs of evidence are now published and the important thing is to emphasise how damaging this development would be to the environment. This can only be done by turning up in numbers. For more information visit the Facebook page.

CHARITY TEA: There is a Strawberry Tea event for Breast Cancer Care at The Masterpiece Studio, Holmes Hill Gardens, Golden Cross, from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday. There are strawberries and cream for a donation, raffle, tombola, stalls, children’s activities, including face painting.

100 YEARS AGO: In July 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report for the then Rev Clyde-Harvey: What are we to say about the Annual Outing? The trip to Bexhill is so looked forward to by children and parents that it is hard to have to say that this year such a trip is impossible. Whatever we might wish to do, the matter is decided by the Railway Company, and at the present the Company cannot grant the usual facilities. Personally I am strongly opposed to any idea of totally depriving our members of an annual treat, even in these terrible war days. Many have brothers and relations with the Colours, and if you asked the Tommies what they thought I feel sure they would say, ‘Do all you can for the youngsters while we are away.’ With regard to our Band of Hope paid-up members that is just what I expect we shall do. At present the decision is postponed till our July meeting, and, in the meantime, I shall try to find out from among the children what their views are. Of one thing I am very sure, that even granted the usual Railway facilities many of our children would not wish to go away as usual when many of their relations and friends are at the Front.

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