Have your say at annual Hailsham meeting

HAILSHAM residents have the chance to make their voices heard at the town council’s annual town meeting next month (Tuesday, May 8).

Members of the public and local organisations are invited to attend the meeting and ask questions of the town’s elected councillors.

The meeting takes place at the Charles Hunt Centre in Vicarage Field on May 8, starting at 7.30pm.

Hailsham Town Council has a statutory responsibility to inform residents of the work undertaken by the council and its achievements during the past 12 months via an annual town meeting.

The meeting will include a presentation and review of the past year by the current mayor and chairman, Councillor Jeff Bentley-Astor, along with individual reports from each of the committee chairs.

Details of achievements made in the past year by individual oversight councillors will be displayed along with plans for the future. If members of the public wish to submit a question or item for the agenda, write to the town clerk at the Hailsham Town Council Offices, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE) or email john.harrison@hailsham-tc.gov.uk.

• LOWER Dicker Garden Centre has launched an apprenticeship programme. The garden centre near Hailsham is offering the scheme to people aged 16 and above.

Kathy Butler, manager of the garden centre, said, “The scheme is the first of its kind for the horticultural industry and is a great opportunity for people to gain employment, particularly during the current economic climate.”

All apprentices who successfully complete the programme will receive a work-based diploma in Horticulture. The 12-month programme includes an apprenticeship wage, which is dependent on age. To find out more, call 844834.

• BRICK Farm Lakes trout fishery in Herstmonceux is holding an open day on Sunday (April 29).

The event runs from 10am to 4pm, is open to everyone and entrance and parking are free.

With the help of the Eastbourne and District Fly Fishers’ Club, the fishery is offering free have-a-go fishing sessions where anyone can learn how to cast, and free introductory archery sessions from Aim Archery.

The day will also feature local arts and craft stands.