BONFIRE BINGO: This evening at the Charles Hunt Centre is a bingo night in aid of Hailsham Bonfire Celebrations which will be on Saturday October 17. Not long now. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down 7.30.

ST MARY’S: This is the twelfth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups. 6.30pm Holy Communion. Evening Prayer is at Emmanuel church on Hawkswood at 2.45pm. Jungle Jamboree Holiday Club starts on Tuesday.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Terri Spain. Healing is always available.

1-2-1 READINGS: Tomorrow evening, Saturday, there will be one to one readings at The Corinthian Church and Healing Association at Primrose Hall. The cost will be £10 for 20 minutes or £15 for 30 minutes. Double bookings taken if wanted. Each person can choose the medium of their choice, then sit and have a personal reading with the medium. There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits while you wait. The event starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and healing can also be given on request.

MESSY CHURCH: Hailsham Methodist’s next Messy Church has a theme of Bible Seaside and takes place on Wednesday from 10.30am at the Methodist church on the High Street (by Callenders), Hailsham. A time to make, create, and explore. Do come along and bring a friend. The children can make various things at the different craft tables then we join together in worship with a story and a song before lunch. This is a free event. Donations towards lunch welcome. Hailsham Methodist Church has been doing some outreach in their local community by fundraising for Furniture Now, a local charity. Two events have been held - an afternoon tea, and a pamper afternoon raising £280 to date.

A further event, Quiz and Cakes, will take place on September 5, 2pm to 4pm to complete this programme. For tickets please either call Carole on 01323 325916 or email carolshrt@gmail.com.

HOPS: Go along to The Pavilion, George Street tomorrow, Saturday, for the annual HOPS open Day and Coffee Morning between 10am and noon. Visit your local cinema and live arts venue. Have a look behind the scenes and meet some of the friendly staff and volunteers. Admission is free and open to everybody. There will be refreshments available tombola, a lucky seat game and merchandise sales.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night will be on Tuesday. If you can carry your yarn based hobby with you, you are welcome to come along, for a couple of hours of conviviality, exchange of ideas and a chance to meet with others who share an interest. At the last Knit Night there was an air of triumph, in that all who began Sanquar mittens had a product to show. The sense of achievement was the greater as it was shared. One comment was, ‘’I’ve ticked so many first-time boxes with this.’’ The next meeting will be airing ideas for future challenges, any ideas received thoughtfully. The period of time allotted to the charity knit is coming to an end, so about one month left to complete as many ‘chicken jackets’ as possible, for a collection at the end of September. Meetings are the second and last Tuesday each month at 7.30pm at the Kings Head. Just turn up or for more information from Su (07552229473).

ROTARY CLUB: The Hailsham Rotary Club visited Hollingdean Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton. Members enjoyed a really fascinating insight into where all our black bin waste ends up. The facility sorts the waste and bales it to be sent to their energy producing sites around Sussex. The guided tour allowed members to see every aspect of the work the facility carries out. The facility offers guided tours to various schools and organisations and is well worth a visit. The Rotary Club of Hailsham has moved. After 20 years at the Boship Lions Hotel, Lower Dicker the Club has moved to Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly, BN27 4HF and can be contacted on 01323 848006. The group very much looks forward to a happy and productive relationship with the farm. Their first meeting at the farm was on August 11. Email robinwrwhite@aol.com.

The President, Robin White was delighted to have inducted four new members last week.

The Club has been in existence for 37 years and has not had any Lady members before. Tamsyn Milne, Tina Luff, Rosemary Barker and Joy Bowdery were warmly welcomed into the Club.

They each received a diamond encrusted Rotary brooch to show their proud membership. Welcome to the ladies. Should anyone else like to know more about the club and how they too can make a difference to their communities please contact them through membership secretary Richard Thomas 01323 847776 or on the club’s Facebook Page

ANNUAL GOLF DAY: Sorry. I forgot last week to put the date when this event is taking place. The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society Annual Golf Day is on Friday August 28 at Willingdon Golf Course. Teams of four are invited to take part at £35 per player which includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes. Contact Tom Chapman on 01323 842758 for details and entry forms. You can also be an event sponsor for £50.

FAMILY SPLASHDANCE: By special request. Book in now ready for Freedom Leisure Centre family splashdance. They are dying the pool orange. Have fun on the inflatable runway, enjoy great games, win prizes and have a floating time. £5 per person Friday August 28, noon to 1.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm. Fun for the whole family.

RESIDENTS FORUM: People living or working in Hailsham are being invited to submit topics for discussion at the next Hailsham Residents’ Forum, which takes place in October. The aim of the meeting, which is being held at the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane at 7pm on Friday October 16, is to build a forum for residents to voice their views on topical local issues that are raised by, or affect, members of the community. The October forum will be open to all members of the public and attended by forum organisers Hailsham Forward, the Town Team which aims to bring together key local stakeholders including Hailsham Town Council to review the best ways to revitalise the town. The inaugural meeting held in July was attended by nearly 70 residents and discussion took place about housing developments in Hailsham, with concerns raised over the provision of schools and doctors surgeries, local employment opportunities, town centre traffic congestion and other infrastructure issues. Suggested topics for discussion are now being welcomed for the October forum. If you wish to attend, please write to Mickey Caira (Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE) or send an email to mickey.caira@hailshamtc.gov.uk. Please include your suggested topic for discussion in all correspondence, so the relevant information can be gathered and made available at the meeting. Audio highlights of July’s residents’ forum (edited by Pat Bradley of Hailsham Festival FM) can be accessed at mixcloud.com/HailshamFestivalFM/.

U3A: At the August meeting on Tuesday at the Civic Hall there will be an illustrated talk by Brian Freeland on Women of the Raj. Tea at 2pm. Programme starts 2.30pm. The next Discussion Group’s subject is Charity Fundraising. Following the recent criticism of certain charity fundraising methods and the hounding of older vulnerable people to donate more and more, it is a subject that should be discussed, and to consider what methods are acceptable, what methods work and what methods should be stopped. You do not have to join in, you can sit and listen if you like. The Dog Friendly Walking group is meeting at Butts Brow this week. Walkers without dogs are also welcome. The Natural History group discussed future field trips at their last meeting and had presentations on butterflies and went a trip to see butterflies at Butterfly Conservation’s reserve at Park Corner Heath at Rowlands Wood near East Hoathly followed by a presentation on bees and on species we might see on our day-long field trip to the Seven Sisters Country in September. If you would like to join the U3A and see what other groups they enjoy then visit their website at hailshamu3a.co.uk or contact the group’s coordinator on 740820.

100 YEARS AGO: In August 1915 the Parish Magazine contained the following report from the then Rev F Clyde Harvey: The Quarterly Meeting of the parish council was held on July 16. It was resolved to call a meeting for July 30 to consider the advisability of forming a branch of the Volunteer Training Corps. Every village round seems to have outstripped us and formed its Corps. Corporal Stainsby REPS writes from the Dardanelles a most interesting letter. He saw the fighting and the landing in April. He is ashore, close to the firing, and has experienced bombs and airships, shell and all the rest of it. Taking the mails from ship to ship in Mudros Bay must have been exciting and dangerous.

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