BONFIRE SOCIETY: What a fantastic evening the 10th Anniversary of the Hailsham Bonfire Society celebrations was. A fabulous turnout from all the Societies, many new that hadn’t processed at Hailsham before. The public turnout was also immense and a great time was had by all at the parades and for the spectacular firework display that followed. I was honoured to have been asked to judge the visiting societies and was pleased to be able to award the overall best visiting society to the white-faced grave diggers of Vines Cross. The best dressed banner carrier was awarded to Littlehampton for the wonderful Indian head dress which she advised me she was still sewing at 4am that morning. The best male costume was given to the Zulu warrior of Lewes Borough whose mum took 8 months to make and put this outfit together and finally the best dressed lady was the Pearly Queen of Crowborough. All the costumes were marvellous, especially all the Tudor representatives from the Hailsham Bonfire Society which welcomed several new members. All the drummers and bands made a great atmosphere. If you want to be a part of the Bonfire Society and join in next year, go along to the Hailsham Memorial Institute on the first Monday of the month at 8pm, next one November 2, where they meet, and get involved. You can start raising funds for next year’s display by going along to their next Bingo Night on Friday November 13 at the Charles Hunt Centre (Waitrose car park) 7pm for 7.30pm eyes down. An update on the amount collected for local charities is forthcoming. Well done everybody, a great success. Thank you.

RESIDENTS FORUM: Hailsham Voice Chairman, Virginia Browne, attended Hailsham Forward’s Residents’ Forum on 16 October. She reported that although the forum was held on a Friday evening there was a good turnout from a cross section of the community. As well as questions previously submitted there was a lively debate on current concerns. It was unanimously voted for the Town Council to arrange future forums and secure guests from relevant council departments and of course local councillors. It was acknowledge that the Hailsham Forward Residents’ Forum is more relaxed than a council meeting and allows residents to engage with councillors.

POPPIES: The Hailsham Branch of the Royal British Legion is launching the Poppy Appeal on Monday 26 October at the Quintins and Tescos. There will be items that can be obtained besides the Poppy which is worn with pride by so many people. All donations will be gratefully received.

DINNER DANCE: HOPS Charity Dinner Dance is on Saturday November 21 at Willingdon Golf Club at 7pm for 7.30pm. There is a three-course meal with coffee and dancing. Black tie or lounge suit. Tickets £29.50 each. To book please ring Margaret on 01323 484971. Have you got your HOPS calendar yet? Local photographs throughout by the Hailsham Photographic Society. These are available from the Pavilion Theatre and Arts Venue on George Street, Hailsham. I’ve got mine.

ST MARY’S: This is the last day after Trinity. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) Sour Grapes. 10.30am Morning Service with crèche and children’s groups. 2.45pm Evening Prayer at Emmanuel. 6.30pm Holy Communion Worldly Favouritism.

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

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 warns not to let your children read this, for he and his mates found live ammunition bullets, and had great fun throwing six at a time onto a bonfire, with some near misses! Kids and health and safety had not been thought of. Phil gave just a glimpse of what he, as a Sussex teenager got up to during World War II along with many more exploits that were mentioned and admitted he was lucky to survive to tell his tales. The audience thanked him for an interesting evening of firsthand accounts that happened in the skies and locality of our area during the dark days of WWII. The meeting in November is the AGM and Members Evening.

KNITTING GROUP: Knit’Inn Nights at The King’s Head, South Road are held each second and last Tuesday of the month. The last one of October will be Tuesday at 7.30pm. The group which has a few regulars and over the years many occasional visitors has been meeting for five years this month. The talk at the meeting will be a look back over that time. A catalogue of the triumphs and disasters perhaps. New members are always welcome. There are no fees or obligations, just a group of enthusiasts who share experiences. For more information contact Su (07552 229473). Doesn’t seem that long most of the time. It’s nice to meet up with other groups too, so through the winter I’m planning on visiting some of the other groups around. One town we visited on our last excursion in the caravan had had a visit from knit bombers. Maybe something for Hailsham in the New Year?

THE LIONS: At their last business meeting the Hailsham Lions president, Keith Shonfeld MBE, presented a £542 cheque to Simon Ayres of Hailsham United Junior Football Club. The money will be used to equip the under sevens team with their very first team strip. Simon said ‘Sport is so important for our town’s youngsters and as the only football club in the town, we are often overlooked as having needs compared to other organisations. Hailsham Lions have given our under seven team a really good start in providing their first team strip rather than them relying on hand me downs.’ In their quest to support the youth of the town, the Lions have in the past made donations to the cricket club, YMCA and other organisations that specialise in young people. This latest presentation confirms that ongoing support. Contact the Hailsham Lions via info@hailsham.lions.co.uk or phone 0845 833 9828 (local).

HOPS QUIZ: This is at Summerheath Hall tomorrow, Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 per person include a Ploughman’s Supper. Bring your own drinks. Teams of four to six players only. Please phone Paula on 841373 to book.

100 YEARS AGO: In October 1915 the Rev Clyde Harvey reported on the Hailsham VTC (Volunteer Training Corps). The total strength of the Hailsham Unit of the VTC is now 46. The Unit has been provisionally affiliated to the Eastbourne Battalion, and is expected to furnish one Platoon (60 men) for the ‘B’ Company. Recruits will be heartily welcomed at the Drill Hall on any of the Drill nights. Mr and Mrs French, of Saltmarsh, have two sons serving with the colours. One leading seaman, Alfred Frederick, was one of the survivors of now historic submarine E13. Fifteen of the crew were lost. He was saved and is now interned in Denmark, where he is treated well and is very comfortable.

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