Hailsham In Bloom committee proposes new heritage trail

THE Hailsham In Bloom Committee has proposed that a heritage trail scheme is developed for Hailsham and nearby villages.

Committee vice-chairman Councillor John Puttick explained the proposal at a recent meeting, where members strongly supported the idea to commence working on plans in identifying buildings and locations of interest to the community, which are of historical and architectural significance.

Town councillors and community historians will come together in the coming weeks to finalise the trail’s route and make initial preparations for the Heritage Trail Guide, which will be available to members of the public next year.

Landmarks and sites of local importance to be given their due in the proposed trail include the Inglenook (Market Street), Hailsham Pavilion (George Street), Burfield Park (South Road), the Old Courthouse (High Street), St Mary’s Parish Church (High Street), The Stone (Vicarage Lane), Hailsham Cattle Market and the Old Railway Station.

Councillor Puttick said the creation of the trail could enrich the value of the town, “Hailsham In Bloom is delighted to be undertaking the creation and development of the Hailsham Heritage Trail.

“This important initiative offers a fascinating insight into the town’s rich history and tradition, presenting the wide variety of things to see and do around the town that are of historical importance, whilst encouraging visitors to spend more time in the town when they visit.”

Councillor Jeff Bentley-Astor, chairman of Hailsham In Bloom, said, “This exciting community heritage project will see a route running through the district for walkers and cyclists alike.

“We are very enthusiastic about the scheme which, once created, will not only help promote local heritage sites to visitors, but encourage people to enjoy the unique beauty of the area.”