SANTA ROAD TOUR: The Hailsham Rotary Club will be accompanying Santa to the following roads from 5pm today, Friday. The Drive, Chichester Rd, Buckle Gdns, Malthouse Rd, Houghton Way, Akehurst Cl, Luscombe Ave, Mannington Rd. Saturday – Brunel Dr, Telford Lane, Trevithick Path, Hedley Way, Gournay Rd. Sunday, Gleneagles Dr (BMW), The Belfry, Turnberry Dr, St Mellion Cl, Mountain Ash Cl, St Boswells Cl, Melrose Cl, Pitreavie Dr, Dunbar Dr, Woburn Cl, Holyhead Cl, Wentworth Cl, Sunningdale Cl, St Andrew’s Cl. Monday, Harebeating Dr, Hawkstown Gdns, Hawkstown View, Harebeating Dr, Falcon Way, Hawkstown Cres, Harebeating Cres, Oak Tree Way, Quinnell Dr. Tuesday, Cacklebury Cl, Ingrams Way, Arlington Rd East, Coopers Way, Blacksmiths Copse, Millers Rise, Carpenters Way, Whittens Cl, Meadow Rd, The Holt. Wednesday, Tesco Hailsham. Thursday, Field Cl, Cuckmere Cl, Sheppey Walk, Iona Cl, Shetland Cl, Anglesey Ave, Lundy Walk, Solent Crescent. Friday, Tesco Eastbourne. The road tours around Hailsham continue daily until Sunday 23 December. Look out for the Santa Stops Here signs each night. This year Santa will be stopping at safe places in each road rather than outside every child’s house. Listen out for him as he arrives. He starts his journey each night at about 5pm and will not finish until every road and street is covered on the list that night. To see the full list, visit the Hailsham Rotary Club Facebook Page.
STREET MARKET: Enjoy the street market tomorrow, Saturday, with its vibrant atmosphere and every Saturday in the town centre. Pete Ransom will be there with his popular wooden toys. Come and buy fresh fruit and veg, home-made pastries, fabulous crafts and jewellery, plants, pet items, stylish accessories under the colourful twinkly Christmas lights and festive town atmosphere. Shop local, there is plenty of free parking nearby.
CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, Hailsham Farmers Market will not only be celebrating Christmas but also, importantly, 20 years of trading. It is open between 9am and 12.30pm at the Cattle Market Site, Market Street. You are invited to go along and help them celebrate. There will be lots to buy, see and do. Local MP, Nus Ghani, will be along to cut the anniversary cake, there will be roasted chestnuts and spiced apple juice to savour while you walk around the stalls to lovely singing from the choir of St Mary’s Hailsham Parish Church.
HAILSHAM TOWN FC: Support your local football team tomorrow, Saturday, at The Beacons Field football ground accessible across Western Road Rec (in the right hand corner) or from Diplocks signposted opposite SE Tyres. Kick off is at 3pm against Midhurst and Easebourne.
WEALDEN BRASS CONCERT: On Sunday in the Civic Community Hall (next to Freedom Leisure Centre) from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets on the door are £7, U16s £4, Family two adults and two or more children £18 (not £17 as previously printed). In aid of RAFA.
CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT: At the U3A meeting on Tuesday members will be entertaining members and visitors (£2) in the Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. Doors open 2pm for refreshments for 2.30pm start. All welcome.
JERSEY BOYS AND MORE: There is a tribute nigh at the Inn on The Park, Deanland Wood Park, Golden Cross on Tuesday. Doors open 6pm. Tickets are £15 to £25 available at https://onlineticketseller.com.
SIX BELLS FOLK AND BLUES: On Tuesday the club will have a Christmas Party with festive songs hosted by Chris Martin. All welcome between 8pm and 10pm at The Six Bells, The Street, Chiddingly. All welcome.
HUB LUNCH: The Hub Lunch for Older People is held on the second Wednesday of the month at The Ropemaker Centre, Ropemaker Park, South Road at noon. This Wednesday coffee will be followed by entertainment by musicians from Hailsham Community College followed by a pre-Christmas lunch. The cost is £5. Please book in advance on 01323 442485.
BLOOD DONOR SESSION: There is an opportunity to give blood on Friday December 14 at Wealden Civic Community Hall. Please book your session between 1.30pm and 4pm or 5pm and 7.30pm on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. New donors welcome. Please enquire on the above numbers.
DAVE COLLINS ENTERTAINS: On Friday there will be singing and entertainment at the Charles Hunt Centre with Christmas nibbles from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome.
BONFIRE BINGO: If you enjoy a game of bingo the you can help raise funds for next year’s Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular at the same time. Come along to the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field on Friday December 14 at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments.
FAVOURITE CAROLS: On Saturday December 15, Hailsham Choral perform Favourite Carols Through the Ages in Hailsham Parish Church, Vicarage Road. The conductor is Barbara Edwards and accompanist, Colin Hughes. Tickets are £12 and Un18s £6 available from the Camera Centre in Hailsham High Street, wegottickets.com and on the door. For more information visit hailshamchoral.org.
CHRISTMAS STREET MARKET: This takes place in the town centre on Saturday December 15 from 9am to 4pm. Fine food, Christmas gifts, candles, confectionery, festive refreshments including mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and hog roast. There will be live music in Vicarage Field by The Sussex Stompers, Christchurch Hailsham (carol singing), and a free concert of carols and Christmas music by Wealden Brass in Hailsham Parish Church from 2.30pm. During the day there will also be festive refreshments served at the church. Santa (invited by Hailsham Rotary Club) will be handing out free sweets to children, and Hailsham FM will be playing popular Christmas tunes throughout the event. Something for everyone.
WHAT CAN I JOIN?: Following the success of last year’s event when almost 300 people came through the door, get ready for another opportunity to find out what clubs, groups, associations and charities you can join in Hailsham. The members of the Community Groups Forum (a Hailsham Forward initiative) are behind this annual event. Various of the singing groups that meet across the town and outlying villages, will be showcasing what they do throughout the day. If you like to sing, there are plenty of opportunities to take part. This event is not a fundraiser, it is to an opportunity for many of the groups to showcase what they have to offer in the town and for you to find out what clubs you can join. It is on Saturday January 26 from 10am to 2pm in Hailsham Parish Church and lounge. Entry is free. There is a free prize drawer and refreshments. You can also find out what opportunities there may be to volunteer for various organisations. Tell all your friends and bring them along. Joining something is a great way of putting an end to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB: Ken Scott ARPS visited Hailsham Photographic Society to judge the annual Landscape Competition. Ken is probably best known for his work with mountains, landscape and light, although in recent years his styles have become more diverse from nature to abstract. In 2017 he embarked on a solo walk around the coast of Britain with his camera. Before judging Ken explained how important it was to him as to how each photo made him feel. Results were: Prints, Highly Commended, Bitterly Cold Day, Beachy Head by Liz Scott; The Road to Snowdon by Peter Stafford; 3, Lake Behinj, Slovenia by Louise Pemberton; 2, Fog Bow Tangle Creek by Pat Broad; 1, Downland Landscape by Roger Scott. For PDI’s results were, Highly Commended, Mountain Ridge by Shawn Freeborn; Light Patches, New Forest by Ray Beckwith; Harvest End by Martin Rumary; 3, All About Light by Fiona Flower; Gone Fishing by Alan Bousfield; 1, Snow on the Downs by Roy Broad. Colin Monk thanked Ken for his excellent judging and comments.
NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL: Hailsham Community College Academy Trust is very excited about their new all-through primary school opening in Hellingly (off Park Road) next September. It’s going to have the most fantastic facilities. They are currently taking applications for two Reception classes. Apply online at https://www.eastsussex .gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/ admissions/infant/
FLOWER CLUB: Penny Petrides, President of Hailsham and District Flower Club. It is with great sadness that we announce that our lovely president Penny Petrides, died on Monday November 26. Penny joined the Hailsham and District Flower club in 1965 and served as treasurer for many years. Penny was Club Chair for seventeen years and served as President from 2004 to date. Penny was always welcoming to new members, encouraging them to enter the flower competitions at the club and always saying something kind to make sure members felt at ease. At our Imposed Competition last summer Penny won first prize in her class. Penny had a wonderful sense of humour, she was encouraging and generous with her time and everything she gave to our club. We will miss her greatly.
Hailsham Flower Club Competition Results for November 21: The Hailsham Flower Club members competed in a competition titled Berry and Bright resulted in some incredible arrangements. Beginners: 1, Lizzie Williams; 2, Rose Smith; 3, Jane Ivemy. Intermediate: 1, Diana Carter; 2, Sadie Taylor. Advanced: 1, Elaine Chapman; 2nd Sarah McGinn; 3, Jane Williams. Highly Commended: Jackie Harris. Senior Advanced: 1, Marie Haward; 2, Chris Campbell-Dyke. Well done to all that took part.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: At the society’s 57th AGM held on November 7, officers and committee members due for re-election were prepared to stand again and were consequently re-elected without contest. Nominations for two vacant committee places, due to resignations, were proposed and approved. Reports were presented by the chairman, treasurer, secretary and museum curator. It was reported, and especially noted, that Society membership has further increased since last year. At the end of the meeting, and in recognition of the approaching Remembrance Day, the Chairman permitted member Frank Catt to pay tribute to a former Hailsham farmer, Fred Moss, who was charged with looking after all the horses brought together during WW1. There being little other appropriate form of equipment transportation on the battle fields, horses were used in great numbers, and ultimately eight million were destroyed overall during the conflict. After completion of formal business matters, the Chairman showed a collection of local photographs, old and new. Membership subscription forms, along with provisional copies of the meetings programme for 2019 were circulated, and readers may wish to note that the first meeting in 2019 will be on January 2 at 7pm for 7.30pm at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field. All welcome. Visitors £2.50, when Ed Tyhurst will speak about WW2 Plane Crash Sites. Enquiries to Chairman, David Bourne 01323 440359.