ST MARY’S: There is a Harvest Barn Dance and bring and share supper from 6.30pm to 10pm on Saturday. Tea and coffee provided. Tickets are £6 adults and £3 children aged 5 to 15 years. This is the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity and Harvest Festival. 8am Holy Communion (BCP). 10.30am Harvest All Age Service with crèche. 6.30pm Harvest Choral evening prayer.
BRIDGE RACING: Bridge Racing is a new venture using Scalextric digital slot-car racing. A new club for dads and their children aged 7 years plus. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the year from 7pm to 9pm. All race meetings are held in the Emmanuel Church Hall, Hawkswood Road. Cost is £1 per person for the two hour session. Refreshments (tea, coffee and squash are included). If you are interested then please just come along, where you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. Or contact Tony Roberts on 01323 849023 or on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CORINTHIAN CHURCH: This Sunday at Primrose Hall there is a service at 11am followed by refreshments. The Medium on this occasion is Gail Moffit. Healing is always available. The next Clairvoyant evening is on Friday October 16 with Jytte Bauer. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. £5 on the door. The next 1-2-1 readings will be on Saturday October 17 from 10am to 2pm. You may just walk in, no booking necessary. 20 minutes £10, £30 minutes £15.
ELECTRIC BLANKET CHECK: Take your electric blanket along to Hailsham Fire Station on Tuesday October 13 for a free safety check between 10am and noon. If you are unable to make it yourself, you can contact Sandra Farmer on 01323 462178 or email email@example.com to arrange collection and delivery. Checks are vital to prevent serious accidents. Each year several blankets are found to be in a dangerous condition.
U3A: The discussion group has recently enjoyed a lively debate on Charity Fundraising and covered even more aspects of the subject than had been listed for discussion. Very worthwhile. Last month the subject was whether young brains are spoiled by premature electronics. At what age do we think children be introduced to electronic technology. We all know that if there is something we can’t understand on our computers, we ask a young person, but should children as young as 3 be playing with iPads and mobile phones? Are they going to grow up having no knowledge of outdoor games or normal conversation? Anyone is welcome to join us for just one meeting to try us out before they decide to join us permanently. A happy band, usually of about 10 to 12, and everyone joins in if they want to, but no-one is forced to, you can sit and listen if you like.
The gardens group had a good turn-out for their visit to Driftwood, Bishopstone, a private garden featured in the Yellow Book. The weather was kind and everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon.
The Book Club chose The Island by Victoria Hislop about Spinalonga, off the coast of Crete, which was a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. It aroused a great deal of interest in the disease, its history, management and eventual treatment. Beryl Derby, a friend of one of our members and author of several books about Spinalonga and one of its inmates, came to talk on the subject at the last meeting. The whole morning was very interesting and informative. Thanks to Callender’s for arranging for half his restaurant as a small lecture hall and even gave us our own coffee-making facilities. How kind is that? If you are interested in joining U3A contact Christine on 841536, visit the website at www.hailshamu3a.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOT SALE: Saturday October 10. Cattle Market site. Setting up from 7.30am. Ends at 12.30pm. This is for domestic sellers only, no traders or food vans. £5 per car. Booking in advance only please, pay on the day. Adults 20p. Free parking and market café. Book on 01323 440567 or 07887 910150 or email email@example.com. Charity stalls free. Strictly no rubbish to be left behind please. The tip is half a mile away and open until 1pm.
PCSO STREET MEETINGS: Today, Friday, Sandbanks Close 4.30pm to 5pm. Wednesday at St Wilfrid’s Close 1pm to 1.30pm. Thursday 10am to 11am Dippydoodah High street Hailsham. Meet your PCSO and discuss any concerns you have about where you live.
BUSINESS FORUM: If you operate a business within Hailsham, you are invited to a meeting of the newly formed Hailsham Business Forum today, Friday, at the Hailsham Civic Community Hall from 6.30pm. The Hailsham Business Forum, which has been set up by the Hailsham Forward Town Team to supplement the Residents’ and Community Forums established earlier this year, aims to provide a new discussion group for businesses and retailers with a common interest in a prosperous future for Hailsham to voice their views. Ways to promote Hailsham, bring more people into the town and encourage traders to work together to boost the local economy will also be encouraged at the forum. Meetings will be attended by members of the Hailsham Forward Town Team and councillors and take place on a regular basis. They are open to all members of the local business community. The first meeting will look at the town centre improvement works scheduled to take place in early 2016 and provide an update on the scheme, as well as the forthcoming Christmas events in the town. A key feature of the first meeting will be a presentation by Lyoness, an international customer loyalty scheme provider, who will outline the benefits for local businesses of establishing a loyalty scheme in Hailsham and the surrounding area. Such a scheme would provide benefits to both local businesses (by increasing local shopping and purchase of services with the offer of discounts) and local residents, by way of discounts or credits. The proposed scheme would also provide a small revenue for the Hailsham Forward project to re-invest in the town. Individual invitations will be sent out to all known businesses in Hailsham in early September. If you wish to attend the first Hailsham Business Forum please write to Mickey Caira (Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your attendance.
BONFIRE SOCIETY: This is the last meeting on Monday before the celebrations on October 17. Be sure to go along if you would like to get involved to the Hailsham Memorial Institute, Western Road from 8pm. The bonfire society is looking for a secretary before January. If you can help, please drop in and they will explain what is needed and what it involves or ring Rose on 849562.
LIONS MEETINGS: If you would like to join or find out more about the Hailsham Lions Club then go along to one of their monthly meetings this or any other first Tuesday of the month at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Enquiries to 0845 8339828 (local rate).
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The next branch meeting is on Tuesday at The Hailsham Club, Vicarage Field at 7.30pm. All welcome. No forces background necessary. From 26 October the Poppy appeal starts, they will have tables in Tesco and the Quintins and the appeal is launched officially on 24 October at the Bluebell Railway. November 8 is armed forces services day parade. There will be the 1066 Marching Band and service at 10.45am at the War Memorial. If you want to lay a wreath let Mike Weller know on 440749. There will be a short silence but no reverie. On November 11 Remembrance Day service there will be the silence and reverie.
TEA AND TALK: In recognition of World Mental Health Day Sussex Oakleaf will be hosting a Tea and Talk event at their Hailsham branch on Wednesday between 11am and 4pm. All are invited to take part in the various activities that will be taking place at the Chapel including sampling the various teas and homemade cakes that will be on sale as well as the chance to partake in some fun and games. There is no need to book, just pop in. Let’s have a natter, raise some money and help to change lives. Sussex Oakleaf is at The Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path. Enquiries to (01323) 849524 or visit www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk.
HEALTH WALK: Every Thursday 10.30am to 11.30am. Meet at Hailsham War Memorial, High Street for a one hour walk around the lanes and twittens of Hailsham and if you wish, refreshments in a café at the end. There is a front and rear walker so no one gets left behind and a first aid kit is carried, just in case. No need to book, just turn up and register.
RESIDENTS FORUM: People living or working in Hailsham are being invited to attend the next Hailsham Residents’ Forum, which takes place on Friday October 15 at the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane at 7pm. The aim is to build a forum for residents to ask questions 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. The topic selected by the public for the October forum relates to the forthcoming town centre traffic and road improvements, although questions on the town centre generally are welcomed. If you wish to attend the meeting please write to Mickey Caira (Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE) or email (email@example.com). If you will be attending and have a question for the forum, please include your question in all correspondence, so the relevant information can be gathered and made available at the meeting.
BONFIRE BINGO: The next session is on Friday October 9 at the Charles Hunt Centre, 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.
BATTLE OF THE SOMME: Commemorations in Summer 2016 will see the world remember the centenary of The Battle of the Somme, the most infamous battle of WW1 resulting in over 420,000 British casualties between 1 July and 18 November 1916. There will be an international commemorative service on 1st July at the Thiepval memorial in France, preceded by an overnight vigil the night before. The UK government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), along with the French government’s Veteran’s Ministry, has taken exclusive responsibility for the delivery of this event and thus it will not be Legion-run as it is normally. All other Legion staff, members and supporters will have to enter an online ballot should they wish to attend. Tickets will be limited to 8,000. Two thousand of these have been committed to the French. A site for registering interest in attending the Thiepval event was launched by DCMS on July 1 and the online ballot opened on 28 September. While we would prefer to receive applications online, if this is not possible you can also submit a postal entry by writing to Somme 2016, HPower Group, Stable House, St Albans Close, Windsor, Berks SL4 1UT. Forms will not be sent to you until September, and you must complete and return the form before November 18. The Legion will retain an advisory role for the Thiepval event and in helping with peripheral events in France on July 1. It will also be involved with simultaneous events in the UK, which will include an event in a prominent northern city, an event at the NMA and a whole range of smaller events in communities throughout the nation. Furthermore, the Legion will commemorate each of the 141 Days that the Somme battle raged on, both in the delivery of a daily service at the Thiepval Memorial and by facilitating community events around the UK. More information about how to get involved in the daily event at Thiepval and the UK community events will be made available in the coming months.
100 YEARS AGO: In October 1915 Rev F Clyde Harvey reports: My dear Friends. The Lighting Order has changed all our Evening Services. After consulting the church Council which was almost unanimous, we shall hold no service in Church after the appointed hour for No Lights. This means another service on Sunday, and as the supply of Clergy is limited, we must look to the Laity to help us and do their bit in Wartime. I want someone to manage the Boys’ Sunday School during the Lighting Order. To open it at 2.30, stay there during the hour and superintend, and close at 3.30. It is not a difficult matter. Then occasionally I want a layman to take the Church Room Evening Service and still more occasionally Magham Down. I should like the lessons read in the Church Room always for us. It is a time such as no one of us has seen, or probably will ever see again. Let us all rise to the call and be found wide awake, watching and doing our Christian duty. Let us realise that Brotherhood of which St Peter speaks in such a time of trial and work together, pray together, feel together, with one heart and one mind. Our Lord said to Jairus, when bad news came Fear not, only believe.
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