BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS: The time has come. Tomorrow the town will be alive with preparations for another spectacular evening of parades, remembrance, festivities, celebrations, bangs and whooshes and a magnificent finale at the fire site in recognition of the Society’s 10th anniversary and the 410th anniversary since that historic day when Guy Fawkes conspired to blow up Parliament. This year’s street collections are in support of Cancer Research UK, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, Hailsham Youth Club and Sussex Search and Rescue. Please give your support. Programmes will be on sale all around town and in the town centre, the sale of which all goes towards putting on a fabulous display next year. A full programme and parade route is in the programme. There are two parades, one at 7pm the next at 9pm. Go into Hailsham Parish Church to warm up with a nice cuppa for the hour between parades.

OPEN CHURCH: Hailsham Parish Church will be open and offering a warm welcome, hot and cold drinks, cake and a range of activities to fill the hour’s gap in between the parades on Hailsham Bonfire Night tomorrow between 8pm and 9pm. Please join them, it is an ideal opportunity to invite your friends, neighbours and family to come into the church too.

PUB GAMES NIGHT: Men at HPC are inviting all men to an evening of pub games. There will be darts, pool, cards at Hailsham Football Club on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Go along and enjoy an evening of games and fellowship with the men of Hailsham Parish Church. Invite some friends along. Only £2 per person. If you want to join up to Men and HPC then they are also looking forward to an afternoon at the Amex Stadium in November for Brighton vs MK Dons. The Men at HPC are also looking forward to the next Bond Movie and they will be arranging another great night out to watch the next thrilling instalment. Enquiries about this group to David 441868 or Stan on 846680.

FARMERS BOOT SALE: As the first of its kind, the Farmers Market combined with Boot Sale was so popular and the feedback very positive, they have decided to do the same again at the Farmers Market on 14 November. Buyers, sellers, traders, Hailsham Lions and café were all delighted with the response and support from the people of Hailsham. The footfall was tremendous and many a bargain from both the Farmers and Booters was had. If you would like a pitch please book ahead on 07887 910150. This is a domestic boot sale. No traders thank you nor food vans. If you are a trader please try the Market and Boot Fair on the same site on a Friday morning. Thank you. If you are a registered charity and would like to raise funds by managing this monthly event please also ring the number above.

ST MARY’S: This is the twentieth Sunday after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) – A Tale of Two Cities. 10.30am Holy Communion with crèche and children’s groups. 6.30pm Evening Prayer – Hear and Do!

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

METHODIST CHURCH: Hailsham Church Anniversary Sunday 18 October. Morning worship at 10.30am. This is also gift day to the church.

CLAIRVOYANT EVENING: This evening, Friday, with Jytte Bauer. Primrose Hall, 15a London Road. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. £5 on the door.

1-2-1 READINGS: Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. You may just walk in, no booking necessary. 20 minutes £10, £30 minutes £15. Primrose Hall, 15a London Road, Hailsham.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The September meeting was about the experience of A Sussex Teenager during World War II and was presented along with pictures by that Sussex teenager, Phil Wooller. Phil gave a full and accurate account of events that happened in and around his local area of Arlington, Hailsham, the South Downs and Lewes. He can remember the Canadians being billeted in the surrounding area and said that they were a friendly bunch. Also, having evacuees moving down from London into the farmhouse with no electricity, no running water and an outside loo. With not enough room in the house for all, Phil slept in a bell tent in the garden.
Air raids and dogfights were quite a common sight in the skies above the Cuckmere Valley and Phil recalls diving into a ditch as a German fighter plane opened fire on him and his mate. He could remember a spitfire crashing near to where he lived and years later had the site excavated and recovered the engine that was over twenty feet into the ground. The engine is now displayed in at the Redoubt Museum at Eastbourne. More of this fascinating account next week.

HAILSHAM THROUGH TIME: If you want to know more about the history of Hailsham by the Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society entitled Hailsham Through Time, you can pick one up in the Town Centre tomorrow in the Street Market or if the weather is not so good, then in the Quintins Centre. This book is one of many that the publisher, Amberley’s, have produced through their Through Time’s series of different towns across the country. The book was quite some time in the making because of the time that Richard Goldsmith spent in bringing the original photographs up to scratch and photographing the modern day scenes and long standing member of the Society, Alan Hibbs, whose knowledge of the town, helped out on the scripts for the photos. Without these two, the book would not have happened. Also, many thanks to all the other people that have supplied photos and information for the publication.

FLOWER CLUB: On Wednesday there is an Imposed Competition to be assembled in the hall and all components provided entitled Shades of Autumn which is to be judged by Jenny Nye. Hailsham & District Flower club meets on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7.30pm at the Civic Community hall, Vicarage Lane. Visitors welcome at £5 entry per meeting (annual subscription £28 per year).

HOPS QUIZ: This is at Summerheath Hall next Saturday 24 October at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 per person include a Ploughman’s Supper. BYO drinks. Teams of 4 – 6 players only. Please phone Paula on 841373 to book.

BEAT SCROOGE WITH A BARGAIN!: Hailsham resident actress singer Linda Francis will be supporting Nicholas Parsons in an atmospheric musical production of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol By Candlelight at The Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TL. The performances will run between 27 – 29 November at 8pm, with an extra matinee at 2pm on 29 November. Linda is playing Mrs Fezzywig and Mrs Cratchit. Nicholas Parsons is to star as Charles Dickens. The reason for announcing this musical early is easy, to beat Scrooge at his own game! There is a 25% discount on ticket prices until Saturday, 24 October. Adults £15, children £9. To take advantage of this amazing offer visit www.not-humbug.co.uk, the information hotline 07929 892839 or in person from the Underground Theatre between 10am – 4pm (on Fridays and Saturdays).

SUSSEX OAKLEAF: Sussex Oakleaf are pleased to offer two more free courses to the Autumn timetable. Christmas Arts and Crafts on Thursdays from 12 November to 17 December (6 weeks) from 10am – 12.30pm at The Old Chapel. Also Seasonal Cooking on a Budget on Fridays 4 – 18 December (3 weeks) from 10.30am – 1pm at The Square Youth Cafe, Hailsham. There are also spaces still available on Everyday Maths and Creative Writing coming shortly. Enquiries to the Old Chapel, 1 Carriers Path, Hailsham BN27 1AP (01323) 849524 www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk.

COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL: Construction work has begun on a new community sports hall, located on the recent Welbury and Woodholm Farms in north Hailsham. It will be for various sports activities, community events as well as private function hire and work on the multi-use space is scheduled for completion in August 2016. Hailsham Town Council has agreed to take responsibility of the new facility. The new sports and community building will consist of an 18m x 10m hall (18m x 19m), including space for a demountable stage and to accommodate about 180 seated audience for licensed public performances. The building will also have meeting rooms, a kitchen, store rooms, office, separate toilets, combined indoor and outdoor changing rooms, foyer and plant room. Changing facilities for larger sports teams will be isolated from the remainder of the building, enabling the hall to be used by internal and external hirers at the same time, although independent of each other. A PA system and hearing loop will be installed for use by hirers and there will be ample parking on-site.

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