Down Your Way: Hellingly


Dave Dyer’s recent book, The Heroes of Hailsham has been selling extremely well since its launch last November with well over 500 sales. Dave has now started researching Hellingly and is seeking photographs, family and service backgrounds for the 70 brave souls who lost their lives and whose names are commemorated on both the Hellingly War Memorial and also Hellingly Church Memorial. Dave says “it is essential that the supreme sacrifices made by these local people and their part in Hellingly’s history are not forgotten and that this information is made available for future generations.”
If you can contribute any information to help with Dave’s research please send to Davley House, 18 Fairisle Close, Hailsham BN27 3HD, telephone (01323) 845107 or email him at


The local Cardiac Support Group invite all Cardiac Patients (stents, ICDs, pacemakers etc) and relevant carers to meet up and have a chat together on Thursday September 27 at 2.30pm at Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham with refreshments at no charge, on arrival.

A Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse will be in attendance for individual queries and relevant multi-lingual information leaflets and brochures available to browse through for which a small donation would be appreciated, should you wish to keep copies. There will also be a secondhand book sale and raffle.

The Hailsham, Heathfield, Herstmonceux & District Cardiac Support Group is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation with which they very pro-active and is also supported by Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Proceeds will help to support regular membership meetings, held on the fourth Thursday of every month, 2pm for 2.30pm to pm at the same venue. This will enable the group to remain actively involved with acquiring and purchasing cardiac information during the coming year.

If you intend going along an RSVP would be appreciated for catering purposes on (01323) 848967).

If you would like to know more please contact Philip on (01323) 449195 or e-mail or visit


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 and good points the images had as though the audience were judges. A red rose was among the first pictures. 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.


Trevor who many will know for holding the Hellingly Country Fair over the years at his home raising funds for MS has organised another fundraising opportunity for an evening of fun at Horam village hall on Friday October 5 at 7.30pm sharp. Entry is £5 per person, teams of 4 – 6 people, which will include food, but bring your own drinks.

There will also be a raffle and prizes for the winners, runners-up and a booby prize for the strongest team. All proceeds will go to the local physiotherapy sessions for MS, Uckfield & Heathfield Branch.

For the purposes of catering please either email Trevor at or phone on 01435 812898 to book your places. This will be a fun quiz, the questions will not be too difficult, if a bit devious, so tell your friends and relations. The more the merrier and it is for a good cause.


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).


Join in with the biggest coffee morning in the world and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care on September 28 at Brook Cottage, Hellingly from 10am. There will be stalls including cakes and homemade bread, produce and plants. There is also a raffle with excellent prizes.