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FOOD AND DRINK MARKET: The Hailsham Summer Food and Drink Market takes place in the town centre tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.30am until 4pm. Vicarage Field will take on a distinctly continental flavour when Italia in Piazza, an authentic Italian market, will set up stalls selling traditional food such as cheeses, cured meats, pasta, olive oils, vinegars and regional specialities. All produce will be imported directly from producers in Italy. The market, which is being organised by Hailsham Town Council in partnership with Hailsham Forward, will also include the usual street market stalls selling a range of locally sourced food, gifts and accessories. Hailsham FM will be broadcasting the event live. The summer market has attracted traders and visitors from across the region and is an annual highlight for Hailsham town centre. Not only will there be an excellent selection of high-quality goods, but plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

OPEN CHURCH: Historic Hailsham Parish Church will be open alongside the Italian Market in the town centre tomorrow, Saturday, to welcome visitors from 11am to 2pm. Pop in for refreshments.

PETALS GALORE: Tickets now available for Hailsham and District Flower Club’s special event on Wednesday September 21 when National Demonstrator, Susan Philips, will be the guest at their Open Meeting at the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. All welcome. Tickets £10 from Margery on 01323 845500.

DOG SHOW: Hailsham Lions’ dog show planned for September has been cancelled. It will now form part of a larger event being earmarked for next year.

COMMUNITY GROUPS: 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 next forum meeting will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 August at the Hailsham Parish Church lounge. A subsequent meeting is scheduled at the same time and venue for Tuesday 6 September. 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.

FARMERS MARKET: Hailsham Farmers’ Market will be at the Cattle Market Site just off the High Street on Saturday morning, August 13, offering top-quality produce and hand-made crafts. Park free on the site and pack your shopping straight into your car. This month Renhurst Farm will have an assortment of cuts of all types of meat for the barbecue.

BOOT SALE: On Saturday August 13 pick up a bargain or have a sort out at home and come along to this expanding all year round boot sale on the Cattle Market site, Enquiries to 01323 440567 or 07887 910150. No food vans thank you. Entry by suggestion donation of 20p to local charity. This month Hailsham Lions.

HAILSHAM LIONS: If you would like to find out more about the Hailsham Lions then go along to their monthly meeting at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field on Tuesday August 2 and the first Tuesday of every month. Start 7.30pm. New members welcome. Phone 0845 833 9828 (local).

HAILSHAM TOWN FC: Go along and support your local town at their pre-season friendly tomorrow, Saturday, against Southend Manor. Kick off 3pm at the Beacon Field (access off Diplocks Way opposite SE Tyres or top right corner of Western Road recreation ground).

WEALDEN ACTIVITY DAY: Coming up on Friday August 12 at Western Road Recreation Ground is a free day out of activities for local families. There will be arts and crafts, sports tasters, community chef and lots more. All ages welcome. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. To find out more contact 01892 602757.

PLAY SCALEXTRICS: Dads are invited to come along to Emmanuel Church Hall, Hawkswood Road, on Saturday August 6 and enjoy an evening of bridge racing fun with your age 7 years plus children from 7pm to 9pm on the first Saturday of every month. Just turn up. Enquiries Tony 849023.

ST MARY’S: This Sunday is the tenth after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) The New Creation, 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups. 6.30pm Evening Prayer, The Prayer of the King.

GIVE BLOOD: There is a blood donor session at the Civic Community Hall, next to Freedom Leisure, on Friday August 5 from 1.30pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. There are limited walk in slots so an appointment can be made by calling 0300 123 23 23. Giving blood is simple and it saves lives. When you give blood, it is collected so it can be used to treat someone else. For most people, giving blood is easy and follows simple steps which you can read through on the www.blood.co.uk website and you can also ask questions and register to be a donor on line or by ringing the number above.

100 YEARS AGO: A notice was received from the Home Office, dated 17 May 1916 at the Vicarage and handed to Churchwarden Laurence, who, on Saturday night, put the church clock forward one hour. The notice was as follows: Summer time Act, 1916. This Act comes into force on Sunday next, May 21 and provides that up to the end of September the time for all general purposes shall be one hour in advance of Greenwich mean time. In order to facilitate the introduction of the change the Home Secretary, with the concurrence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, asks incumbents to be good enough to arrange for the church clock under their charge to be put forward one hour on Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

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