HAILSHAM CHORAL: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham Choral Society is delighted to welcome a visiting choir from Hailsham’s twin town of Gournay-en-Bray in Haute-Normandie. The two choirs are staging a joint concert in Hailsham Parish Church at 7.30pm including beautiful classical works by French and English composers as well as some more light-hearted items. The concert is free with a retiring collection.

TWINNING QUIZ: Bookings and team numbers needed by 26 September for a Twinning quiz and supper eve at Charles Hunt Centre nr Waitrose on Saturday 3 October. Arrival at 6.45pm. £7.50 per person Max of 6 per team. You can come on your own and make up a team on the night. Pauline 01323 846539.

KNITTING GROUP: The next Knit’Inn Night at The King’s Head, South Road, Hailsham will be on Tuesday 29 at 7.30pm. The charity project is now complete and there will be a gathering together of all the jackets for chickens made during the last six or so months. One of the reasons this project was chosen was that each piece could be made quite quickly and therefore the production could punctuate other longer pieces of work. There was some speculation about satisfaction gained from short projects versus longer ones. There is always pleasure when looking at a completed piece, but individuals vary in the level of fulfilment experienced and it seemed to depend on the complexity as well as the number of pieces produced and the skill needed to finish them well. An interesting philosophical conclusion. For more information about Knit’Inn Nights phone Su (07552229473).

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Arrangements are in full swing for this year’s Christmas town event, in Vicarage Field and the High Street on Saturday 5 December from 9.30am to 3pm. There will be stalls selling fine food, Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, jewellery and more. Festive refreshments on sale and mouth-watering hog roast. The open-air skate rink will be in Vicarage Field. A special Christmas lights switch-on event will take place in Vicarage Field on Saturday 21 November. Hailsham entertainer and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Peter Lambert will turn on the lights in Vicarage Field at 5.30pm. Entertainment includes carol singing by local school pupils.

RAMBLERS: On Wednesday there is a long and a short walk to choose from. The 4.4 mile Friston to Birling Gap circular with Marion and David 842628. No stiles, two steepish climbs. Generally dry underfoot. The shorter walk is at Newhaven bird sanctuary with Michael and Linda 845479. This is a different walk to the last one. If you would like to go on either of these walks, ring the walk leader for details.

U3A: During August 10 members of the Natural History Group made a field trip to Rowlands Wood / Park Corner Heath, mainly to look at the butterflies but there were fewer individuals than hoped so included wild flowers, bees and bugs too.

The Strollers Group had a lovely walk along the Cuckmere River on a beautiful afternoon.

Now the Summer is nearly over maybe you fancy doing a bit of light exercise, so why not join them at the Leisure Centre on a Monday afternoon from 3 to 4 for Circuit Training, or a Wednesday morning 9.15 to 10.15am for a session in the gym. You only exercise to your own strength and you’ll feel much better for it. We have a qualified trainer with us at all times to help and show us new exercises. Old members please return. New members very welcome. Hope to see you there.

If you are interested in joining U3A contact Christine on 841536, visit the website at www.hailshamu3a.co.uk or email u3apublicity@gmail.com.

HEARING BUS: On Monday this free service is coming to Tesco Car Park, North Street from 10.30am to 3.30pm. This is a free mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. There will be demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits). The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care staff will be on hand with individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre,

Tel 01323 722505 (voice, text, fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk.

FARMERS BOOT FAIR: At its next market on Saturday 10 October there will be a car boot fair from 9am to 12.30. Setting up from 7.30am. This is for domestic sellers only, no traders or food vans. £5 per table. Booking in advance only. Entry 20p per adult. Free parking and market café.

Traders are now building up toward the Christmas Market which promises to be great and particularly focussed on children. If you would like to raise money for your charity, club or other organisation then do please book into our pre Christmas markets too. 01323 440567 or 07887 910150 or email info@hailshamfarmersmarket.co.uk.

HISTORY OF HAILSHAM: The history of Hailsham comes under the microscope with the upcoming launch of a new book delving through the town’s past - accompanied by a good selection of photographs. In October, Hailsham Historical Society will publish Hailsham Through Time, which is part of publisher Amberley’s Through Time series. The book traces the town’s history from when Hailsham was granted a Market Charter in 1252 by Henry III up to 2012, when Hailsham Market was saved from development when the freehold of the site in Market Street was purchased, ending more than a decade of uncertainty. The Hailsham Board School on Battle Road, which was built in 1878, is now Hailsham Community College and Victoria Gate now stands in the place of Austens gun shop, which burnt down in 1894. A spokesperson for Hailsham Historical Society said, “I n this volume, the members of Hailsham Historical Society provide readers with an insight into the history of the area, and show what life was like for past residents through this fascinating selection of old and modern photographs.” Hailsham Historical and Natural Society was founded in 1961. The group has published a number of articles and pamphlets on the history of the area. Visit www.hailshamhistoricalsociety.co.uk. Hailsham Through Time will be available from October 15 in paperback, priced at £14.99. The book will also be available in Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats. For more information o this book, visit the publisher’s website online at www.amberley-books.com.

BONFIRE SECRETARY: Hailsham Bonfire Society is looking for a secretary for its committee to take up post before January. If you would be interested, go along to one of their meetings on the first Monday of the month at 8pm, Hailsham Memorial Institute where someone will explain what is needed. Alternatively give Rose a ring on 01323 849562. Programmes for the celebration and bonfire night on 17 October are for sale around the town and will be every Saturday in the Town Centre and at the Farmers Market on Saturday 10 October.

ST MARY’S: This is the seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups – The persecuted church – Andrew Wilson from Release International will be there. 2.45 Evening prayer at Emmanuel Church on Hawkswood Road. 6.30pm Holy Communion – The leader who let them down.

CORINTHIAN CHURCH: his Sunday at Primrose Hall, London Road, there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Glyn Davis. Healing is always available.

REFUGEE CRISIS: This is the blog posted by Simon Rooksby of Computers for Charities. Events in Calais with the economic migrants and refugees change by the day. This weekend we witnessed road access to the camp closed off by the Gendarmerie in the latest move to tackle this long standing issue. I witnessed scores of UK, French and Belgium vans, cars and camper vans turned away by police, whilst migrants and refugees were noticeably absent from the usual free for all’s. Computers for Charities has a long history of supporting varying need. Calais issues stem back to 1994 and the opening of the channel tunnel. Sangatte has been and gone, now it’s the jungle. Recently relocated, and just a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal and some 6 miles from the channel tunnel. The camp has grown in the last few months, with makeshift structures inside and outside of the designated area. Toilets and water available but for the growing numbers becoming inadequate, nearly a thousand structures of plastic sheeting, tents and whatever can be salvaged cover a 3 acre site. All is not well within the jungle, the atmosphere has changed within the Jungle and warning signs are becoming apparent, that a flare up is not far off. Talk of human rights, demonstrations and so forth are quite evident, segregation of cultures and ethnic groups. Power struggles within and well meaning people from without have changed the dynamics not just here, but in camps across Europe potential problems are arising as the latest breed of Mafia, privateers, Traffickers, black market move in to exploit lucrative opportunities and of course the vulnerable. Economic migration is as old as the hills, but the current volume of migration remains staggering and also the distance people now travel to seek this better life. Just months ago in tandem with the relocation of the jungle, a specific centre for women and children was opened, whilst the jungle catered solely for men. The centre provides 100 places and now overflowing with women and children living on the edges of the men’s camp and total numbers now swelling into thousands.

In addition many migrants are now not wanting to live within the camps, given the issues and politics, preferring to set up isolated structures now spanning a distance of 40 miles from Calais. I met a group near the Belgium town of Veurne.

They would not tell me who was running the Jungle, but admitted that there were big problems and were very scared, preferring to take their chances on their own. Speaking to Eurotunnel staff, they report that incursions from the new systems have dramatically reduced over past weeks, but sense it’s only a temporary affair for tunnel and ferry. Meanwhile advice to any organisations seeking to support the Jungle, is not to travel directly to the Jungle or women’s centre at this time, but to contact local Calais organisations or Computers for Charities for advice and information as to how best to help. Computers for Charities 01323 848588 or visit their website at www.computersforcharities.org.

TREASURE ISLAND: Ahoy there me matey’s young and old! Get ready for an adventure on the high seas in this exciting, swashbuckling panto. Join young Jim Hawkins as he embarks on the biggest adventure of his life on board the Hispaniola. With the good captain Corker’un at the helm, and Polly the parrot never far away, will Jim find his fortune or will the Dastardly Long John Silver stand in his way? No opportunity missed to press-gang the audience right into the thick of the seafaring action! So grab your compass and follow the map to Hailsham Pavilion for the must see show of the year, Ooooo-Aaaaaarrrr! Don’t leave it too late to get the best seats for your family. Wednesday 27 January to Sunday 31.

ARTWORK FRIDAY: Artwork left on the streets of Hailsham for the public to find, take home & enjoy. Free Art Friday is not an original concept, and is now worldwide. This week’s artwork (25 September) is a beautifully painted and decorated bottle. Please like and share this page with all your Hailsham friends so they can join in the fun looking for it on Friday.

HOPS CALENDAR: Julie and Ray, HOPS Fundraisers group for Hailsham Pavilion reported that the Golf day raised over £2k. They are pushing their high quality HOPS calendar for 2016. The photos are all HQ local images by members of the Hailsham Photographic Society. £6 each or 2 for £10 from the Pavilion or the Nodding Cobbler and Camera Centre.

FOODBANK: Hailsham Food Bank will be carrying out collections of goods at both Tesco and Waitrose nearer Christmas. Visit the facebook site to keep an eye on food types needed and surplus. Currently they are in need of coffee, sugar and sponge puddings. On the facebook page and website is a 3 minute video of a day in the life of Hailsham Foodbank.

RUNNING CLUB: Hailsham Harriers have about 140 members of which 20 are juniors. They have recently had the track championship, Grovehill Mile (uphill to Blackstock Farm), Herstmonceux Castle relays which go around the grounds and outside, 10k roadrace from Hellingly village Hall which involves about 300 runners and they are now looking forward to the cross countryside season.

ENVIRONMENT HAILSHAM: Environment Hailsham were awarded the Silver Gilt at an Awards Ceremony at the Amex Stadium for SE in Bloom. They were just 20 points short of gold. They have a quiz night coming up, so watch this space, and a Barn Dance in October which all raise funds for planting next year. The 20 points were lost for lack of seating around the town and other things that, given the nature of this town, were felt to be unachievable.

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