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LIONS BOOKS: Yesterday, Thursday, at 10am the Lions opened their first Hailsham Lions Charity Bookshop, adjacent to Market View, Market Street. Selling a whole range of books at give-away prices, plus other items to tempt shoppers. The shop will be open each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm each day. This move follows the success of their book stall which has previously drawn in crowds at various functions during the last few years. All profits will enable them to continue helping those in need in the local area. Hailsham Lions also celebrated another first recently by becoming the first charity to produce a musical, moving advertisement which is currently being screened at The Pavilion before the main film. If anyone is interested in joining the Lions, or have books to donate, please contact them via info@hailshamlions.co.uk or phone 0845 833 9828 (local).

CATTLE MARKET CAROLS: The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and the Farmers Community Network (FCN) invite you to a Christmas Carol Evening followed by refreshments in the Market Café today, Friday, at 7.30pm. This is always an extremely popular event so get your tickets early (tickets are limited) at £5 each from Hailsham Parish Church, Mark Betson on 01403 891367, Sally Field on 01903 882741 or from Colin at the Market Café on the Cattle Market South East Marts site. Dress up warm and go along to the auction ring at Hailsham Cattle Market.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: This week was an annual competition where photos are based on a local village or town and taken between specific dates. This year the subject was Shoreham and members could enter six photos depicting their view of Shoreham. Dave Elliot LRPS, an enthusiastic, creative and award winning photographer located in Sussex judged this competition. Terry Maskell came first, Tim Creed second and Nicola Stone third. After the competition Dave gave a short lecture on using the camera on a mobile phone showing a number of creative images, explaining what can be done with a phone camera and various apps that can enhance photos. A very interesting lecture and many members will be trying out their phone cameras with renewed enthusiasm.

SANTA’S ROAD TOUR: Here is the Rotary Club sleigh tour timetable for this week. For a full timetable visit their Facebook page or pick up a copy of What’s On in Hailsham. The tour starts today, Friday, Lansdowne Dr, Lansdowne Way, Paul Close, Lansdowne Rd, Hawks farm Close, Hewlett Dr, Reef Rd, Bowline Dr, Twine Close and Weavers lane. Tomorrow, Saturday, The Stiles, Stringwalk, Bowley Rd, The Haven, Swan Rd and Archery walk. Sunday, Harebeating Dr, Hawkestown Gdns, Hawkstown View, Falcon Way, Hawkstown Cres, Farebeating Crescent, Oaktree way, Quinell Drive. Monday, Cuckmere Close, Sheppey walk, Iona Close, Shetland Close, Hawkswood Drive, Park Gates, Warwick Close, Ashley Gdns, Linden Gr, Arrow Dr, Conquest Dr, Senlac Rd. Tuesday, St Mary’s Ave, Greenacres Dr, Market Place, Observatory View, Bayham Rd. Wednesday, Tesco at Eastbourne 9am till 6pm. Thursday, Summerheath Rd (London Rd), Beuzeville Av, Green Grv, Hawkins Way, Rope walk, Summerfields Ave, Forest View, Woodpecker Drive, Sussex Close, Western Rd, Bramble Dr. Friday December 9, Tesco Hailsham.

CHURCH SERVICES: The St Mary’s Hailsham Parish Church services for the Countdown to Christmas start on Sunday December 11. A full timetable of church events will be included here next week. In the meantime you can pick up a flyer in the church.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: This is tomorrow, Saturday, in the town centre. The usual stalls will be there with some additional ones with ideas for presents, festive food and orders can be taken. To add to this extravaganza there will also be entertainment throughout the day from singers, Hailsham FM, hog roast, face painting, balloon modelling and a giant snow globe you can go inside and have your photo taken.

CHARITY FAIR: This is in the Civic Community Hall on Sunday from 11am to3pm. Crafts, cakes, light lunches, refreshments.

WEALDEN BRASS: There is a concert with the Hailsham Community College choir on Sunday at the Hailsham Pavilion. It starts at 2.30pm and tickets are £6 adults and £3 children. Book in advance, it may be a sell out as it is a very popular event.

COMMUNITY GROUPS FORUM: Local groups, clubs, organisations, societies etc get together monthly to swap ideas and exchange news about their group. All welcome. 6.30pm in St Mary’s church lounge. If you can’t make it this time, get on the list at Hailsham Town Council via Michelle Haggar.

GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR: This is at Bowes House Nursing Home, Battle Road on Wednesday from 10am.

FARMERS CHRISTMAS MARKET: Get your seasonal produce and order your seasonal fayre. Father Christmas will be there and so too will St Mary’s church choir. Free onsite parking and market café.

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