Hailsham News, July 2024, Issue 35

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IT was great to attend the first ‘Stand Proud’ event which was held in Hailsham recently.

Coming from an events background, I’m aware how extremely difficult these things are to organise and put together. That’s without the funding worries as nothing is cheap these days and events are incredibly expensive to put on.

So, hats off to the organisers for putting on such a good event which was full of sunshine, music and a lot of laughter. Let’s hope the event will goahead again next year and it continues to grow.

Our feet have hardly touched the ground following our launch of Eastbourne News last month! For the first edition, we printed 15,000 copies which were all distributed in the local supermarkets and all were picked up within two weeks of it hitting the shelves.

This launch not only gives another town a truly ‘hyperlocal’ free newspaper, but it brings our towns closer together as we can crosspromote events and features to show what each town has to offer.

Along with our Bexhill News, all three newspapers now reach an audience of 86,000, according to figures taken from our readers survey.

This of course, keeps us extremely busy, but we are still dedicated to reporting local news as we have reporters in each town keeping their ear to the ground.

A huge thank you goes out to our advertisers who make these newspapers possible and allow you, the reader, to read all the local happenings. Always keep us informed of any news we feel we should be covering in this newspaper by emailing editor@hailsham.news.


involving a motorbike on the A22, Hailsham Road shortly after 5am on Saturday, 15 June.

Sadly, the motorcyclist, 34-year-old Adam Standen from Hailsham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was a friend to everyone he came across. He had a good heart, a generous nature and a knack of lightening any situation. Everyone who knew Adam has a hilarious story to tell and these stories have brought

Netball Juniors begin competitive matches

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HAILSHAM Netball Club; Juniors, recently participated in its first-ever competitive league match within Eastbourne Netball League’s newly formed Junior Division.

The U12’s ‘Avengers’ team is building all the time and going from strength to strength within their group - taking on board all of the training elements and technical focus points.

Hailsham Netball Club, established in 2022, introduced the Junior Club section in November 2023, and already in just seven months, their player development has been excellent and the girls are constantly

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A spokesperson said: “Our priority is focused on player development, whilst creating a culture of inclusion, encouragement, support and above all else, fun. Our girls have fully embraced our culture with support from our wonderful parents, club coaches and committee.

We have ambitions to continue to grow our Junior Club - currently ranging from U12-U16 - with goals to create a County and Regional Level playing standard for those players wishing to progress.

We also have intentions to create an U19 playing group that can the filter into our Adult Club for those players

Junior level.”

Its Adult Club has already seen huge success in its first two years, with a Division 5 and Division 2 win and promotions in the first season; followed by a Division 1 and Division 4 win and promotion in the second season.

Both Adult and Junior Clubs are

who has over five years of Coaching experience, along with over two years of Regional Level Coaching experience.

If you’re interested in attending a free taster session, please contact the Club Director and Head Coach Kirsty Burrage at hailshamnetballclub@gmail.com.

Recreation Ground’s new outdoor gym

REPLACEMENTS to the outdoor gym equipment located on the Western Road Recreation Ground are set to be carried out this month, as part of a wider package of improvements to recreational facilities.

As a result of the outdoor gym coming to the end of its serviceable life, combined with the high usage of the equipment since its installation in 2012, plans are underway for all the items of equipment to be replaced in the coming weeks (subject to ground conditions at the time), with new equipment that is accessible to all. The existing rubber mulch surface on site will be replaced with tarmac.

The project is being funded by using the Town Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds and will future-proof the outdoor gym for the next 10-15 years.

The all-weather outdoor gym located on the Western Road Recreation Ground, which is available to use 24 hours a day, was installed by the Town Council to encourage more people in Hailsham to take up exercise in the open air and improve their health.

The proposal to install an outdoor

gym came from Hailsham Youth Council prior to being formally agreed by the Town Council in 2011.

The Youth Council organised a small working party to look at the design of the facility, carry out a community survey on the benefits of installing an outdoor gym, and seeking funding for the project — of which £10,000 was awarded by the Awards For All scheme.

The equipment is suitable for anyone over 12 years and for all abilities and currently includes an air skier, cross country skier, double rower, seated leg-press and a pushup station, modelled similar to a playground.

The Town Council also maintains the outdoor gym equipment adjacent to the Maurice Thornton Playing Field in the east of the town.

All equipment in the Town Council’s outdoor gym and children’s play areas conform to strict health and safety guidelines and regular safety checks are carried out to ensure they are not damaged by vandalism or natural wear and tear, in addition to development work to improve the quality of play areas where necessary.

Knockhatch unveils a new home for endangered Lemurs


in Hailsham recently opened a brand new, open-air enclosure dedicated to its growing family. The project, which expands the Jungle Kingdom Zoo is a testament to local collaboration.

Battle-based architects, Pump House Designs, brought the inhouse plans for the enclosure to life with computer-generated images. Inspired by these designs, Marlow Ropes, a local company with over 200 years of rope-making heritage in Hailsham, stepped in to donate climbing ropes for the lemurs to explore in their new home.

Emma Donovan from Marlow Ropes said: ”We were thrilled to support Knockhatch with this project. Working with local businesses and charities is important to us, and it’s fantastic to see our ropes, used in space and by elite sailing teams, benefitting these amazing animals.”

The open-air enclosure, now welcoming visitors, features large glass walls, allowing for close-up views of these friendly primates and a

real Cessna aeroplane. But it’s not all playtime! The sanctuary also includes a dedicated “off-view” section for the lemurs to rest and relax.

With the recent birth of twins and successful breeding already happening in their current enclosure, the team expects this trend to

continue in their spacious new home. The iconic black and white stripes of the ring-tailed lemur are sadly facing extinction due to habitat loss. Knockhatch hopes that informational displays throughout the park will inspire visitors to care about conservation efforts.

Frustration with public toilet opening delays

SINCE the installation of a brandnew toilet block in Vicarage Field in March, there’s been frustration amongst residents as they have not been open to the public for use.

A state-of-the-art pod contains two modular public conveniences and a Changing Places disabled unit and is housed on the site of the old public toilet, opposite the Health Centre. Due to ownership complications of a nearby footpath, the convenience hasn’t been able to be opened, as a mains water supply still hasn’t been completed.

A Town Council spokesperson said: “We acknowledge the importance of public conveniences availability, and the only task remaining on this very exciting journey is the connection of water to the unit, which is currently delayed due to issues relating to ownership of the footpath near the facility and linked to that, the required water supply.”

The town centre public toilet project has been a challenging one from the outset, firstly to agree a suitable location and secondly the associated management plan for the essential facilities.

soon as possible. The Town Council will work to the best of its ability to achieve this goal. However, we hope residents will remain patient and appreciate the reason for the delay in opening the facility.”

Councillor Colin Mitchell, who organised much of the logistics behind the installation told Hailsham News: “It is very frustrating that we haven’t been able to open up the unit, for reasons out of our control, after so much hard work.

Until we can overcome the ownership issue of the footpath which runs alongside the Health

this rectified as soon as physically possible.”

At the time of going to press, the toilets were being discussed at the Assets Management Committee meeting.

Milk farmer launches fundraiser appeal


A controversial planning application to build 180 homes on the land east of Battle Road was refused in April, much to the relief of the local farmer which used to land for its cows which produce diary products, which are sold across the country.

Due to the loss of the land to graze, the owner of the business Steve Hook, published a video to highlight the problem and appeal for donations to raise £50,000 for a trailer which could bring in cut grass from and residents.

The Hook and Son family has farmed the land for 250 years, employs almost 30 people and produces raw milk and dairy products.

Wealden District Council announced in May that an appeal has been lodged by the developer, but it remains hopeful it would still be able to fight the application.

To view the fundraiser page and donate, scan the QR code or log on to https://bit.ly/4cvQI7z

Wildlife charity pushed to capacity as busy summer sets in

A POPULAR charity which rescues and rehabilitates wildlife all over the county says increasing costs and animal injuries are pushing it to capacity.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) based in Whitesmith near Hailsham is already dealing with around a thousand casualties every month as a busy start to Summer has seen its rescuers taking in additional animals from across Sussex.

Due to the influx, the charity says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with demand as calls continue to come in from all corners of East Sussex, seven days a week. Funding to keep the centre operational is hard to find, according to Trevor Weeks MBE, who heads up WRAS, and has done so since its inception in 1996, although he’s been rescuing wildlife since he was 13. He

was presented with an MBE in 2012 from then HRH Prince Charles, for his services to animal welfare.

Trevor’s dream is to find some land so that WRAS can build a dedicated Wildlife Hospital which would allow them to not only save money but also allow the charity to apply for grants which would secure its future.

WRAS recently launched a ‘Vital Summer Staff Appeal’ which appeals for help to deal with the increased workload Summer has brought.

As its current property is rented, it excludes it from applying for funding due to the lack of assets, according to Trevor. He told Hailsham News: “It costs us roughly £34,000 to have the extra staff that we need over the summer six months which starts from April and goes on to the end of September.

If we don’t have these staff, then we run the risk of simply burning ourselves out and not being able to

give all the animals the care they deserve. So, these extra staff allow us to work at normal levels, maintain our mental health and keep running as much as possible. The last thing we want to do is cut back on the essential services we offer, as Wildlife just doesn’t stop getting injured. We have a continuous workload with constant phone calls and people bringing in casualties to us. There’s always a risk of us burning ourselves out, this is why we have a fantastic team on board.”

WRAS is continuing to rescue injured wildlife but desperately needs your help to carry on with its incredible work. If you can spare any cash, then please visit the appeal page to find out more and make a donation if possible. Scan the QR code or visit www.wildlifeambulance.org.

Town gears up for this year’s Festival of Arts and Culture

HAILSHAM is gearing up for a varied line-up of talented regional artists and a feast of music, dance, drama, literature and street entertainment as the town hosts the Hailsham Festival of Arts & Culture in September.

The festival, now entering its eighteenth successful year and one of the highlights of the town’s events calendar, attracts a cross-section of artists and performers from the Southeast and further afield and offers a wide variety of exhibitions and performances to suit all tastes.

The festival is rooted in Hailsham and the surrounding area and this year, organisers have announced the 2024 festival programme is now available on their website (hailshamfestival.co.uk).

The programme provides information on the wide range of events and activities including an

festival is inviting members of the community to share and showcase their creative achievements in their Virtual Art Gallery, Children’s Art Exhibition and Creative Writing Competition.

Featured entertainment includes alternative/folk opera music performer Captain of the Lost Waves, musical duo Milton Hide, a Grease Singalong, an Evening of Burlesque, theatrical performances of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III,

Murder Mystery Suppers, a unique biography of Picasso by flamenco dance company Cancion Gitana and much more.

Other highlights include the Mayor’s Concert, a free event which will include performances by the Hailsham Voices Community Pop Choir and, of course, the everpopular Nostalgia Fair on Saturday 21 September, with free entry and featuring fairground rides, live entertainment, a fancy dress competition, food, drink and more. The printed programme/brochure, which includes dates, times and full details, will be delivered to households soon. However, people are encouraged to visit the Hailsham Festival website in the meantime. Tickets are already on sale for all of the events and can be obtained at the Hailsham Pavilion box office (George Street) or online at www.

hailshampavilion.co.uk. Other events are generally available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/hailshamfestival

Tony Biggin, Hailsham Festival Chair said: “Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture represents a celebration of both professional and amateur talent, creativity and imagination centred in the market town of Hailsham and its surrounding area. The arts represent a vital component of our culture, enriching our community and creating a vibrant landscape from which we all benefit. Thank you for all your support over the years.”

Town Clerk, John Harrison said: “Hailsham and the rest of East Sussex has such an amazingly rich seam of arts and culture. There is an amazing wealth of artistic talent, and it will be an honour for us to be part of this year’s festival and invite the community to put the festival dates in their diaries.”

“Last year’s festival was nothing short of spectacular with some truly great artists, writers, photographers, poets and music performers showcasing their talent across the

Hailsham area. There was a positive atmosphere for the duration of the festival, and I was grateful to everyone for turning up and supporting the town’s festival so well.”

Mr Harrison added: “I’m sure festival organisers will surpass all expectations again this year with events and, on behalf of the Town Council, I’d like to thank those community groups and individuals in the town for all the hard work and generous support given to organising previous festivals and of course the forthcoming one.

“A huge amount of work is carried out behind the scenes by dedicated volunteers, and we are hoping that even more volunteers will get involved in this year’s festival, give their support and contribute to its success.”

Family business brews up a

garden shed, the Conway family spent years perfecting their homebrewed recipes. They experimented with unique flavours and ingredients, gradually crafting what would become our signature rums and creating The Rum Infusionist, based in Hailsham.

already being served in local pubs and clubs.

Using only the finest ingredients, each of its rums are carefully crafted to offer a distinctive and memorable tasting experience. The flagship line features five exquisite flavours, tailored to suit a variety of palates,

from sweet and fruity to rich and spicy, according to Tom.

The recent installation of state-of-the-art infusion tanks in the company’s newly acquired warehouse marks a significant milestone in their journey.

These infusion tanks are pivotal in enhancing the flavour profiles of the rums, allowing them to innovate and perfect their blends with even

This space, situated in the heart of Hailsham enhances its ability to host tasting events and distillery tours, providing a deeper, more engaging experience for its visitors.

Tom said: “Every bottle reflects our family values and dedication to quality. Whether enjoyed in a vibrant cocktail or savoured neat, each sip is infused with the love and care that defines our craft.”

The company recently held a number of launch events inviting local businesses and dignitaries to taste its latest creations.

For more information, visit www.theruminfusionist.com or call 01323 335122.

Charity brightens up town with floral displays

DESPITE several years of funding fears, a volunteer group has successfully spread more colour throughout the town for Summer.

The displays which cost Environment Hailsham almost £10,000 a year to produce, (which includes buying the flowers, watering and transportation), are totally funded by donations and grants to the charity.

Despite the withdrawal of Town Council funding a few years ago, the charity successfully secured a new grant which means their work can continue in the town.

Chairman David Harris: We were lucky to have received a grant from Hailsham Town Council for £7,000 which we are really grateful for and has meant we can continue our work.

I’d like to thank a number of people and organisations, especially Lightning Fibre, the local WI, Hailsham Lions who have all helped at a time when we’ve suffered some massive costs to replace a lot of our equipment and vehicle.

Adamant volunteers who run Environment Hailsham have battled on and managed to generate muchwelcomed donations from local businesses and individuals, to ensure the town centre is decorated with amazing floral baskets and planters.

Also, I’d like to thank our team who have put in a great deal of work — we’re a really tight, supportive team which is fantastic.”

Environment Hailsham is always looking for volunteers to help bring more colour to Hailsham. Anyone interested can email environmenthailsham@btinternet. com or call David on 07515 423492.

The Rum Infusionist team



HEALTH & WELLBEING WORKSHOP. St Augustine’s Church Hall, St Augustine’s Close, Bexhillon-Sea, TN39 3AZ. Sunday 7 July, 1pm-4pm. Join us as various organisations (like Stroke Association, One You East Sussex, Healthwatch East Sussex, South Downs Health and Care, Citizens Advice and Hastings Chinese Association) share info and resources.. Prebook your FREE space, email community@driorg. com

BEXHILL STAMP & POSTCARD CLUB. St Augustine’s Church Hall, Cooden Drive. Wednesday 26th July at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join us for a friendly and informative evening. Enjoy good company, refreshments and our breath-taking raffle. Get the full details of our forthcoming ‘Stamp Fair’ in August.

CRESCENDO CHOIR SUMMER CONCERT. Saturday 20th July 7.30pm. St. John’s Centre, Victoria Road, Bexhill TN39 3BD. We’ll be performing a variety of songs plus guests Radiant Brass and soprano, Rachel Taylor, adding to the evening’s entertainment. Interval refreshments. Free entry but charitable donations gratefully received. Further information contact lyn.stardust@gmail.com


KIDS HEALTHY MINDS SUMMER COURSE (7-11YRS). Muma Nurture Training Room, Unit 4, Beverley Business Park, 6 Finmere Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8QG. Monday 12 August, 1pm. Did you know that 50% of mental health issues start by the age of 14? We love teaching kids about first aid, but we

2.30pm - 4.30pm Horam Manor Farm. TN21 0JB

know that keeping a healthy mind is important to. Our healthy minds summer session will take place over 2 afternoons on Mon 12th & Tues 13th August. Children will attend both sessions. It is ideal for children aged 7-11 years. For more information and to book: https://sussex.minifirstaid.co.uk/classes/ classes-for-children

MEET PEPPA & GEORGE. Sharnfold Farm, Hailsham Rd, Stone Cross, Pevensey BN24 5BU. Thursday 8 August – Book Your Time Slot. Peppa Pig and her little brother George are coming to Sharnfold Farm and we can’t wait! On Thursday 8th August, join us on the farm, for a close encounter with the siblings as they make appearances throughout the day. Pre-book your tickets now to avoid disappointment! Attraction tickets are £6.45pp when you pre-book. For more information, and to book: https://thefamilyparksgroup.co.uk/events/ meet-peppa-george/

LIFE DRAWING. Old Town Community Centre, Eastbourne. EVERY Saturday 6-8pm and Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm. Want to have a creative outlet? How about giving life drawing a go? Costs £10, all abilities welcome. No tickets needed, just come along with a sketch pad, draw and chill out.

SUPER LEROC DANCE NIGHT. St Luke’s, Stone Cross, Rattle Road, Eastbourne, BN24 5EB. Third Thursday of Every Month, 7.30pm-11pm (18 July & 15 August). Everyone welcome, Free car park, great music — £8 per person. Free Buffet of HOT sausage rolls, sandwiches, cakes and tea, coffee and cordials all night. You can BYOB too. Beginners 19.35 —

20.00. Freestyle 20.00 — 23.00. £8.00. LeRoc Music you just have to dance to, by DJ Mike ‘THE’ Man playing great new and tracks you love. Come and have a great dance night.


HAILSHAM & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BIG BUSINESS BREAKFAST. Wellshurst Golf & Country Club, North Street, Hellingly, BN27 4ED. First Thursday of Every Month, 7.30am (4 July & 1 August). For our July Meeting, Committee Member Mark Hallett, will be delivering an insightful 10-minute presentation on the latest and greatest money-saving tips. August will see Emma Pearce from Pearce Marketing sharing her best advice on all things marketing, social media and newsletters! BOOK NOW: https://hailshamchamber.co.uk/ meetings-events/

BUSINESS LOCAL NETWORK FOR ENTREPRENEURS. Hailsham, Eastbourne & Battle – all 10am, £10 per person. Come and enjoy our relaxed and natural atmosphere. At BLN, we cultivate a relaxed vibe with no awkward elevator pitches. Conversations flow naturally, allowing business owners to speak freely and engage in meaningful dialogue, brainstorm and problem-solve allowing you to get to know the person behind the business. This encourages more organic referrals and builds on genuine relationships, which lead to stronger, more supportive business connections. Because Networking Shouldn’t Stop When the Networking Stops. HAILSHAM: Abbots Wood Manor, London Road, BN27 3AL, Tue 16 July. EASTBOURNE: Willingdon Park Manor, King’s Drive, BN22 0AB,

Wed 24 July. BATTLE: Crowhurst Park, Telham Lane, TN33 0SL, Fri 26 July. TO BOOK: bit.ly/BLN_ Hailsham: bit.ly/BLN-Eastbourne: bit.ly/BLN-Battle

FORTNIGHTLY POKER AT MI POKER CLUB. Hailsham Memorial Institute – HMI, Western Road, Hailsham. Tuesday 9 July, 7.15pm. MI membership/ day rates apply; £2/day. full membership £38, renewal £28. For more information go to Events –Where to be in East Sussex on Facebook (https:// www.facebook.com/groups/wheretobe/events)

NICKI & FRIENDS VARIETY SHOW. Hailsham Pavilion – Cinema & Theatre, George Street. Saturday 3 August, 7pm. Please join Nicki and friends for a dazzling evening of high-quality entertainment. Featuring a fabulous mix of music from popular local performers, covering a range of genres, a world class Elton John tribute, a spoken word element, a couple of fun mini plays, a dance or two and some comedy thrown in for good measure. There will also be a good old London singalong to look forward to. This will be an unmissable, fun packed night! In aid of NSPCC. Tickets £8 & £6 (Seniors + Students) Tickets are available via: https://hailshampavilion.co.uk/events/ nicki-and-friends-variety-show/

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New Youth Club facility enjoys fresh new approach

A NEW youth club opened its doors last month which will engage young people in Hailsham and the surrounding area.

‘The Station’ Youth Centre, based on the lower floor of Hailsham Youth Service‘s newly acquired building in Western Road (formerly Hailsham Free Church), is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of the current school term.

The announcement of the opening of The Station Youth Centre is just part of an exciting new chapter for Hailsham Youth Service, following the recent purchase of new premises by the Town Council and relocation of the youth service’s operational centre to Western Road.

The Service, which this year celebrates 25 years of effective operation in Hailsham and Hellingly, has had an impact on the lives of thousands of young people and grown from one operational base at 1 Market Square into an expanded service which operates throughout the local community.

The service, which is funded and managed by the Town Council, provides activities, support services and opportunities for young people in the local area and operates the Hellingly Youth Hub and Monday

Youth Hub sessions on weekdays, in addition to organising free and lowcost activities at various locations as

close to the town centre and recreation ground (allowing the Service to stay at the centre of the community) and

The ground-level main hall, housing

The Station Youth Centre, has been transformed into a lounge-style space

Sessions at The Station Youth Centre are free to enter and offer activities such as crafts and cooking, with light snacks and refreshments available. The opening times for the remainder of the current school term are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3.15pm5.15pm – School Years 6-8

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6.15pm8.30pm – School Years 9-12

The centre will close for the summer holidays in July and reopen in September to allow for necessary refurbishment work and upgrades to be carried out at the new building. For updates and further information on opening times, visit hailshamyouthservice. org or facebook.com/ HailshamYouthService.

“The Station Youth Centre provides a safe place to motivate, inspire and empower young people in a constructive way, building community spirit and well-being, ” said Youth Service Manager Andy Joyes. “The new centre will be a great addition to Hailsham, and I believe it will provide a safe space for many young people, but also give them a range of great opportunities just like the young people who attend the Hellingly Youth Hub, Monday Youth Hub and Friday Night Project receive.”

“Within growing communities, provision needs to be made for young people, and by running this new, much larger and inclusive centre, our hope is to encourage them to take part in the wide range of activities organised by Hailsham Youth Service if they don’t already.”

Mr Joyes added: “The relocation of our centre in Market Square to the new operational facility will completely transform the Service, making better use of space, establishing a much more welcoming environment and empowering us to provide an even wider range of activities and support to young people in Hailsham and surrounding villages.”

”I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits of the new youth centre and expansion of operations, this year itself being a very special one for Hailsham Youth Service which celebrates 25 years of dedicated operation.”

Town Clerk John Harrison commented: “By acquiring the new centre of operations for our youth service, we’re optimistic that we can now go even further in terms of meeting the needs of young people through facilitated activities and support. In short, The Station Youth Centre which opens soon will be a great addition to Hailsham Youth Service’s offering.”

“Managing the greater demand from young people to have safe places to go and something to do out of school time is important. The Station Youth Centre’s aim is to provide a space where young people can chill out and make new friends and, like our other venues, will ensure a safe and welcoming environment for them regardless of background, gender or culture.”

Do you know who the next Hailsham Hero should be?

A PRESTIGIOUS award to recognise the community’s brightest star has been launched by local media outlets Hailsham News and Hailsham FM.

The Hailsham Hero Award is a perfect way to acknowledge someone truly deserving person who has made a real difference through their generous spirit and tireless work with the Hailsham area.

It could be a local teacher. Charity worker, volunteer, fundraiser, group, campaigner or anyone who has gone the extra mile to help those in need.

Residents can now vote for the next Hailsham Hero in various categories (listed below) and the winners will be announced at a special event at the Hailsham Pavilion in October.

The Hailsham Hero Award was previously run by the town’s Mayor, and the winner was presented at the annual meeting at the Civic Hall. The

Charity of the Year —This category is to recognise a charity or local nonprofit organisation making a real difference in Hailsham.

Mayor’s Hero of the Year Award — This headline award will recognise the true Hailsham Hero for 2024 and is open to anyone who has made a huge difference to an individual, family, group, or who has had an ongoing involvement within local causes.


To put forward someone you feel should be recognised in the awards, all you need to do is visit the official website at hailshamhero.co.uk and tell us who they are, how we contact them, and why you think they should be nominated.


When the nomination process closes on Friday 31st July, the shortlisted nominees will be announced and residents in Hailsham will be able to vote for their favourite via the official website. The votes will be totalled up in early October, when the winners will be announced at the special awards evening on 19th October. Tickets to the evening awards evening will be on sale soon via the official website. The event is looking for local businesses to sponsor the above categories, if you’re interested, email info@hailshamhero.co.uk. Nominate now: hailshamhero.co.uk

Hundreds flock to celebrate first Stand Proud event

TO celebrate Pride month, a busy event was held recently to mark the occasion.

The first family-friendly event of its kind in the town took place on Saturday 22nd June at the White Hart in Horsebridge, where visitors were entertained by bands, a drag artist,

large outdoor area, which was the perfect venue for the music and entertainment.

Hundreds of visitors attended throughout the day to enjoy music from local band Supersaurus, which was followed by entertainment for the kids. They were also wowed by some close-up magic by magician Ian Hannaford.

Sussex Police attended with their Pride car, and took the opportunity to reach out and engage very successfully with the community during the afternoon.

guitarist Moss and drag artist ‘Fonda Cox’ whose set was strictly for adults. The Town Council supported the event by part-funding the project. Additional sponsors included Stevens & Carter Estate Agents, Diplocks Cafe and Hailsham Roadways. Thanks also go to raffle prize donors Pass It On (In Your Community) CIC, Co-Op Polegate, The White Hart, Ian Hannaford, Next, Dippy Doodah Cafe, Steph Stephens and Lucy Gunston. It’s hoped the event will return next year with the continued support from sponsors and the town council.


It does seem daft you can buy a car with top speed of 300mph yet bicycles are restricted to 15.5mph, but that’s another debate.

The size and type of battery are not covered by legislation other than consumer trading laws. My advice would be to always purchase from a reputable dealer. Typically, a 400Wh battery would take you 35 miles and a 750Wh 65miles.

There are good reasons to increase the power of the motor. The need for a little help as we age, carrying heavy loads, cycling into the wind or uphill arriving in a sweat exhausted are reasons enough. Cargo bikes during Covid took off with many companies expanding their delivery rounds. If 500-Watt motors are allowed it could help their businesses. Those living with disabilities who need heavier adapted bikes will be able to go further more often.

However, is there a need for the average bike to have a motor above 250-Watt? The question is how they may be misused in public spaces, while most cyclists are sensible allowing unregistered E-bikes to mix with pedestrians is not a good idea and enforcement of an 1835 law is difficult to say the least.

Meanwhile let’s be sensible, keep within the law, enjoy cycling while respecting our environment and others.

Bexhill Wheelers members


“To turn ordinary clothes into gardening clothes, simply mix with compost” — Guy Browning.

ONE of the areas of Bates Green Garden that brings me huge pleasure is the compost pile. Making and using compost is integral to the success of an organic garden. It is a straightforward process that results in dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling organic matter that will feed your soil and lead to better growth for all your plants.

We have three heaps here, one that is covered and cooking, one for herbaceous waste and one for woody waste. The woody lot is chipped and added to the herbaceous pile, and the whole pile is turned at least once. This helps to speed up the composting process to aerate the compost and prevent it from turning into a nastysmelling, soggy lump. It helps to have a tractor for a large pile, but at home, we do this ourselves instead of paying extortionate fees for a gym membership.

I have used compost bins in the past. These are great for smaller gardens, but you will need two. One bin should be cooking while you fill the other.

The final product is used in many ways - we can never make enough. The first way to utilise this black gold is for mulching. Once any area of the garden has been weeded to remove perennial

weeds, then a thick layer (7.5cms) can be put on top and raked level. This will prevent moisture from evaporating, keep the heat in (due to the colour of the compost) and prevent weeds from germinating. It also looks super smart and very professional, so you will feel a great sense of achievement. The best times of the year to do this are in the autumn to keep the summer warmth in for longer or in the spring to trap the winter rain.

Secondly, whenever we plant anything in the borders here, we prepare the soil by again removing unwanted ‘wildflowers’, digging a wider hole than

is required before placing the plant, puddling in with a mixture of water and seaweed solution, and backfilling with soil. After the area has been planted, we will mulch to keep all that water in and prevent wildflowers from taking over. Thirdly, we use our own compost as a potting mix. I don’t know about you, but we are struggling to find a good peatfree potting compost. Our seed sowing programme was pretty much a disaster this year. It may be the seed compost, light levels, and quality of seed; who knows? But as soon as we get our spindly seedlings into pots containing our home-made black gold, they rev up

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no end and romp away.

It is important to note, however, that as we are not composting vast amounts commercially, our organic matter probably contains weed seeds. For this reason, we always top off our containers with a thick layer of proprietary peatfree multi-purpose compost that has been sterilised.

Talking of weed seeds, aka wildflower seeds, our heap makes a very good weed identification area as the summer progresses. Poppies, chelidonium, and chickweed are the main weeds. It’s good to be able to recognise the seedlings.

One can make compost simply by adding organic items to your heap, but it pays to be selective. Some perennial weeds will be killed in a really large, hot heap, but do avoid pernicious plants such as celandine, alliums, buttercup, ground elder and bindweed.

These are rich in nutrients, so the way to deal with them is to mix them with grass clippings and dump the whole lot into an old compost bag. Tie it up, leave it for 6 months, and then add the resulting matter to your compost heap. Alternatively, take them to your local council green waste recycling facility,



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temperatures to kill them off.

To make top-quality compost, a good ratio of green to brown waste is important. Green waste includes grass clippings, young weeds, nettles, comfrey leaves, and soft green prunings.

Brown waste can include cardboard cereal packets, loo roll tubes, egg boxes, scrap paper, including newspaper and junk mail, chopped-up woody prunings, hedge clippings, unwanted plants, bedding from vegetarian pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs, and straw. You can also include tea leaves and coffee grounds.

I do not add food items, including eggshells, to my home compost heap as I live in a town and prefer to have slow worms rather than rats in my heap. Hair and nail clippings are good though, as is recycled beer (think about it…..).

Home composting gives you a huge feeling of satisfaction. You know exactly what is in it, and by making your own, you are avoiding environmental costs in terms of transport or industrial processing. You will end up with a free, sustainable compost that will feed your soil and, thus, the plants within. By using this product, you will increase the

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for this month’s A Matter of Taste, drawn to the charming historic pub and restaurant that beautifully encapsulates the rich heritage of its surroundings.

Upon arrival, we were immediately struck by the character and history that permeate every corner of the

like exposed wooden beams and rustic fireplaces creating a cozy and intimate setting.

This ambience is further enhanced by the friendly and efficient service provided by the staff, whose welcoming demeanour made us feel immediately at home. The combination of historic charm and modern amenities ensures a delightful experience for all who visit.

English decor featuring exposed beams and cozy fireplaces to the warm and welcoming atmosphere, The Bull Inn exudes a quaint charm that is both comforting and captivating. The ambience offers a perfect blend of history and modern comfort, making it

an appealing destination for both locals and tourists alike.

Nestled in the town known for the Battle of Hastings in 1066, The Bull Inn stands out not only for its historical significance but also for its inviting decor. The traditional English style is evident throughout, with elements

The menu at The Bull Inn boasts a tempting selection of traditional British pub food. Diners are spoilt for choice with classic options like bangers and mash, burgers, and mac and cheese, as well as a variety of modern dishes that cater to more diverse tastes. The emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients ensures that each dish is fresh and delicious, with a commitment to quality that is evident in every bite. The drink selection is equally impressive, offering a wide range of beers, ales, wines, and spirits. Many of these are local brews, adding a regional touch to the dining experience and further connecting the pub to its historic surroundings.

After much deliberation, we opted for the locally caught Battered Fish & Chips, served with peas and homemade tartare sauce (£14), and the Homemade Beef Chilli with Chorizo, served with rice, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole (£13.50). The beer batter, made with Harvey’s beer, resulted in a lighter yet

perfectly crispy coating that protected the delicate fish inside. Each bite was a testament to the care and skill that goes into the preparation of the food at The Bull Inn. The beef chilli was equally impressive, with the addition of chorizo providing a smoky depth of flavour that paired wonderfully with the creamy accompaniments.

Service at The Bull Inn was very impressive, with the staff displaying a friendly and approachable manner that greatly enhanced our overall dining experience. Their welcoming demeanour and efficient service made us feel right at home, whether stopping by for a casual meal or celebrating a special occasion. The relaxed and cozy atmosphere, combined with the attentive service, makes The Bull Inn an ideal choice for any dining experience.

In addition to its excellent food and service, The Bull Inn also hosts a variety of events and functions. From quiz nights and live music to themed evenings, there’s always something happening to engage patrons and visitors. They also cater to private functions, providing a versatile space for gatherings and celebrations. This makes The Bull Inn not just a place to eat and drink, but a community hub where people can come together to enjoy good food, good company, and good times. Tel: 01424 775171


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the first time. They are very economical, run on standard petrol, making the cost to train and fly much cheaper! After a quick tour, I decided this was the plane for me and swiftly booked my first

WITH a significant birthday approaching next year, there are moments when you simply must pursue the things you’ve always wanted to do before it’s too late and you end up regretting it.

For me, I’ve always had a love of flying since I was a kid, even more so after joining the Hailsham Air Cadets (ATC) at the age of thirteen. Within months of joining, I found myself in the back of an RAF training aircraft, hardly able to see out of the cockpit, doing aerobatics above the Kent coastline. Despite being absolutely petrified, it ignited a passion for flying.

Seeing the world from this new perspective, the smells of the engine and the freedom to be able to, within reason, go wherever you want is something you cannot replicate.

After this, I took every opportunity to fly the Chipmunk training planes from RAF Manston and was even able to take the controls of a number of Gliders whilst still being a young teenager.

The following decades saw membership of the local gliding club, numerous experience flights and time spent in the cockpit of large jet simulators based at Shoreham Airport.

above. We’re seriously lucky to live in such a stunning part of the world.

I was offered to take the controls for some careful turns, realising how sensitive the Ikarus is to manoeuvre in the sky. The freedom just to point the aircraft where you want to is just something hard to beat.

We landed an hour later with me demanding to know where to sign to start my training. I was handed a ‘first flight’ certificate, which not only made me feel 13 again, but also signified a new era in my life.

I was introduced to instructor Luke Christophides, a man with thousands of flying hours under his belt from across Europe and now works with students at FSA, as well as taking passengers on experience flights, which keeps the school busy, especially at weekends.

We had a quick briefing prior to the flight to discuss what to expect on the journey. Before, I knew it we were at the aircraft, an Ikarus C42, checking it over as it was the first flight of the day, examining the oil level, airworthiness and fuel etc — all critically important things to check before all flights.

It’s unbelievable how quickly you take to the skies in a microlight — just seconds after opening up the throttle to full power on the grass runway, we were airborne heading north, over the busy A22 and then rolling right towards Hailsham. It’s incredible how much you can see very early in the flight. At not even 1,000 feet, you can easily see as far as Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton.

Now, it’s a relatively busy place with private owners flying in and out, and it’s also the home to Flight Sport Aviation (FSA), the very company that’ll be training me over the coming months, or potentially, years.

After a short meeting, I decided I should take to the skies to see if my previous experience kicked in again and my passion was still there — it soon became evident that it was!

For the following hour, we circled the i360 in Brighton, then headed back along the coast to admire Beachy Head from the sea and from 3,000ft

But, I’ve never really had the opportunity to get stuck into lessons and achieve a licence, whether it was work or money, there’s always been something stopping me.

I’ve always known about a small airfield close to where I live, but I had never been there, or really known what actually happens there. So, it was when a friend invited me there to have a look, it forced me to make a decision which would hopefully see me flying my own aeroplane at some point in the future.

I only recently found out something which would make my decision to fly more a little easier. Around 15 years ago, I was seriously looking at starting my Private Pilots Licence (PPL), but when looking at the costs, there was little chance there would be little change from £10,000. However, I only recently discovered that there is a National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL), which is restricted to fly UK-registered aircraft only, along with a few other restrictions. On the good side, it makes it much more affordable to achieve.

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Deanland Airfield is located about five miles west of Hailsham, just south of the A22 at Golden Cross. It was planned as an Advanced Landing Ground in order to provide support for the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944, with construction started in Spring 1943, according to Wikipedia. It laid dormant for a few decades following the war, but was brought back to life in 60s by a local farmer.

The licence I will be doing is the Microlight category, otherwise known as the NPPL(M). Unknown to me, there are three categories of microlight — I always thought it was the kite-like powered hang gliders you see soaring the hilltops. I was wrong.

There’s actually the fixed-wing microlight, flex-wing microlight (as mentioned above) and Gyrocopters. A fixed-wing microlight looks and flies like a ‘normal’ small plane you see flying around. They’re smaller than a Cessna, limited to two people, and weigh just 272kg.

Although they are smaller, they have many benefits, especially when taking the licence for

The official training soon started with a subscription-based online tool which is designed to teach me everything I’ll need to know to complete the five ground examinations required to complete the course.

I’ll also need a minimum of 25 hours in the sky with an instructor, a minimum of ten hours flying solo, five hours of navigation, with three hours solo navigation and two qualifying cross-country flights. I’m only into my second hour of flying, but alongside every lesson is a classroom-based session talking about what I’ll be learning in the sky and some theory-based modules. It’s quite exhausting, but when you enjoy something so much, the time goes very quickly.

I know this isn’t going to be an easy thing to do, but 90% of it is enjoying the experience and working towards something which will open up all sorts of opportunities in the future.

In my next article, I’ll share with you the details of my first official lesson and what I’ve been learning on the ground.

Why not experience for yourself, or a loved one as a gift, what it is like to soar like a bird? An experience flight from Deanland starts from only £99, and readers of this newspaper can get £10 off by quoting ‘Newspaper Ad’ when booking on 07519 527597.

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Paul on his first lesson over the South Downs with views of the coastline from the Ikarus C42
The Ikarus C42 has a maximum take off weight of 600kg



WELL, what a few months it’s been for our esteemed editor, now well on his way to becoming the South East’s answer to Robert Maxwell. It seems Paul Gibson has done something quite extraordinary in launching Eastbourne News

For many years, or possibly even decades, the building planning department at Wealden District Council, or it may be East Sussex County Council, as they seem to refute or claim responsibilities whenever it suits them, has seemed fixated on permitting enough new housing projects to join up Bexhill, Hailsham, and Eastbourne.

Well, I’ve got news for them — Paul Gibson has beat you to it!

They’ve passed developments that have built hundreds of thousands of homes and raked in millions of additional Council Tax revenue without creating that much significant additional infrastructure; I heard of one lady in Eastbourne who needs to travel to Redhill in Surrey to find an NHS dentist.

The councils are still eying up the potential for building on more greenfield sites. In Hailsham, it is rumoured that houses are now being built with adjacent jetties to moor boats as the flood risks are so prevalent. It’ll soon be like the stage version of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld film.

Either way, Paul ’Newspaper Tycoon’ Gibson achieved it before the planners and joined us all up. It is a little-known fact that he has also just started flying lessons. Yes, this isn’t a joke.

My personal opinion is that it is the only way he can view his business empire in one day. Let’s face it: If you get in a car and drive along the Stone Cross to Hailsham road, there is a very real possibility your car will be worth £2.50 at the end of the journey, as the road surface is more flawed than Rishi Sunak’s story of him claiming he had a deprived upbringing.

It is a genuine honour and pleasure for Monksey’s Mutterings to appear in the Eastbourne News edition, as it allows my inane drivel and moaning to be consumed by a wider range of victims’ readership. This is also a bit of a ruse to get my VeryMagic business exposed to a wider audience. But don’t tell Paul, or he will start throwing eggs at me from his LearJet as he circles overhead.

So, my question to the people of Eastbourne is this: Apart from the daft parking charges in town, what really gets your blood boiling?

Let me know by commenting on the Hailsham, Bexhill or Eastbourne News Facebook page (whilst there, you may as well give us a follow!), and if it gives me the hump too, I’ll have a moan about it in the next issue.

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I am very proud that my Poetry Column is now in both Hailsham News AND Eastbourne News as well.

My poem corner last month was written before I was aware that an Eastbourne edition would be coming out at the same time. Thus, this July offering is my first joint endeavour, not that there will be any difference at all. For those readers who don’t know much about me, I will quickly introduce myself.

I am an Eastbourne-based 13 times published poet and donate all above my costs to the excellent charity Help for Heroes, and this total is currently just over the £10,000 amount. I also do many commissioned poems & entertaining gigs etc.

Each month, I choose a poem for my column with some background on it. This month, I present “Picture” from my fifth book, Life Presented in Verse (2017). It largely speaks for itself, but like many of my poems, it has a little twist or observation that may provoke thoughts or possibly resonate with readers. I think this poem suggests a morale as well.


When I contemplate a painting I always think of you, Pretty as any art work And so lovely with it too. For no Mona Lisa picture Or da Vinci at his best, Could ever create attraction That could ever pass your test.

For brush strokes can’t come alive However clever is the touch, And inner and outer beauty Will always need so much To capture all its presentation, Only fully blossomed in the flesh That no painting can fully copy Or have a scent so fresh.

Thus a living breathing person Is real beauty to behold, So however warm a painting looks, When you touch it, it feels cold.

Thus indulge any masterpiece You may have for real, As you are truly a collector

With your picture you can feel.

So when appraising your treasure Of art in human form, Don’t ever take it for granted Or believe it’s just the norm.

For you must love and cultivate

Your own Mona Lisa smile, Remembering you have it always And not for just a while.


THE Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and representing businesses in Hailsham and its surrounding areas.

With over 100 members, the Chamber offers a range of benefits including networking opportunities through their monthly breakfasts, other events and on social media.

The Chamber hosts regular events like the popular Big Business Breakfasts on the first Thursday of each month, providing a platform for local businesses to connect, collaborate, and grow. Special events, such as social gatherings and guest speaker presentations, further enrich the business community.

Actively advocating for its members, the

Chamber influences local government decisions and policies that impact businesses.

It is involved in initiatives like the Business Improvement District (BID) to enhance the local business environment.

The Chamber also supports local projects and charitable activities, reflecting its commitment to the broader community.

Members receive regular updates through newsletters and the Chamber’s website, ensuring they are informed about upcoming events and opportunities. An active social media presence helps engage both members and the community.

Led by a dedicated committee of professionals, the Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce is a vital force in growing a supportive business network and contributing to the economic vitality of the Hailsham area. If you’re a local business in the Hailsham and immediate district area and want to join a supportive group of like-minded businesses who work hard for you, then why not consider joining the Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce?

You can join via our website at hailshamchamber.co.uk or, for more information, email secretary@hailshamchamber.co.uk.


Membership enables you to network with local organisations and other Chamber members, grow contacts and develop mutually rewarding relationships.

Hailsham Active July 2024: Our manifesto

SPORT is such a wonderful way to change your mood and forget your problems.

It’s where everyone joins together to support their local/regional/ national club, or even better, when you are lucky enough to play a sport, the concentration seems to inspire decision making through parts of your brain you didn’t know existed. It’s brilliant therapy and should be prescribed on the NHS!

In terms of saving the NHS, it ticks just about every box, - exercise, friendship, mental wellbeing all in a very low-cost environment. With most of the support provided by volunteers. It’s an incredibly low-cost investment.

More recreation grounds anyone? Everyone can benefit, but sadly, not seen in any of the main manifestos. Our aims are simple, a common sense approach, where the massive benefits of grassroots sport are an integral part of the local political agenda, rather than the inconvenience they are often

perceived as. We are trying to do what we can and urge all councillors to support us, whatever their chosen politics.


Whilst we are constantly pushing for more recreation space and upgraded parks in and around Hailsham, we have come to realise one of the most beneficial projects for all is the creation of new, all-weather paths. Western Road Rec is now regarded as one of the best parks in the area. Visiting sports teams and their supporters are very impressed with the path and lights as well as the development of facilities through our local sports clubs, it sets a standard for our other parks like Hailsham Country Park, Maurice Thornton Recreation Ground (Hailsham United) and Lower Horsebridge recreation ground (Hellingly Sports club).

We (Hailsham Active) have targeted new paths that could link greenspace and parks from Coopers Field in

We have received a great boost in these plans as ESCC has agreed that the parts they are responsible for (public Byways), would get approval for upgrades (we still have to find the funds - but a plan and permission are the starting points). A number of local councillors have also expressed great encouraging. Watch this space.


Watching the recent 80th celebrations of the D Day landings I was thinking how lucky we all are for our freedom. I am sure that those who died for us would be smiling down on those that provide positive contributions to our society. There are a couple of local guys who have embraced service to our and brought about significant improvements to our wellbeing.

Norman Harris is the celebrated Hailsham Harrier whose many feats include being the eyes of a partially sighted runner for many races of significant distance and who even in the last few years is still helping people get into running with the couch to 5k opportunity. All free of charge.

Norman was also the man who brought the initial idea of the path to Western Road Rec and introduced us to Fields in Trust. (our recreation grounds are protected in perpetuity). The man who took on the challenge of designing the path at the Rec is Ralph Olsen, again a wonderful community man who used his skills and knowledge of highways to plan, draw and project manage the path at no cost to Hailsham Town Council. These are two wonderful gents, who set the standards we should all aspire to.

Thank you, guys,

the south to Horsebridge Rec in the north.

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Central to the house is a superb fitted kitchen with a sky lantern allowing light to flood into this room with door and windows overlooking and leading onto the landscaped rear garden. There are two reception rooms with a decorative brick fireplace with inset wood burner in the lounge, no doubt, making this a lovely room to snuggle up in during those drawn in winter nights. The house is also well served by three bathrooms, very well designed with one on each floor.

Outside there is a block paved driveway leading to an integral garage fronted by an electric powered roller door with parking for at least four cars and a very long rear garden, affording a favoured sunny aspect with multiple sheds, a greenhouse and raised flower beds.

Do not miss this perfect opportunity to purchase this well presented and extended home offering its own one bedroom self contained annex. Situated in this popular and desirable location and within walking distance to local shops, schools and bus links it is the perfect location to call home.

The spacious lounge and snug are positioned to the front and offer plenty of space for your soft furnishings and a feature fire place gives the room a focal point. From here access is gained into the dining room and then in turn to the modern and re fitted kitchen, here you will find ample cupboards for storage, work surfaces alongside space for all your appliances. A handy rear porch and WC complete the ground floor accommodation.

On the first floor, two double bedrooms are offered. The master bedroom is positioned to the front and provides plenty of space for your associated bedroom furniture and also boasts a walk in wardrobe. The second bedroom is to the rear and offers a pretty outlook over the rear garden.

Upon entry, the hallway provides access to the principle rooms. Positioned to the front the spacious lounge offers ample space for all your soft furnishings and a wood burning stove gives the room a real focal point. It is perfect for those chilly winter evenings!

The central dining room really is the heart of this home and is a great space to entertain your friends and family, from here access is gained into the fitted kitchen which offers ample storage, work surfaces and has space for your appliances. A conservatory is situated close by which overlooks and affords access into a good size rear garden. On the first floor, Three bedrooms are offered alongside a handy study area. These are serviced by a modern bathroom/wc which comprises of a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and wc.

RETIREMENT BUNGALOW situated within the highly sought after

There is communal parking, a site manager and beautiful communal gardens for all to enjoy. Ready to ‘move straight in’ is the best way to describe this bungalow enjoying a lovely conservatory overlooking the maintenance free secluded rear garden. The property has accommodation arranged with an entrance porch, hall, living room, modern fitted kitchen,a double bedroom and a superb shower room. Also benefiting from electric heating, double glazed windows and front & rear gardens. VENDOR SUITED.

To explore this wonderful property please take a look through our online 3D Virtual Tour before calling us for an accompanied viewing.

Stevens and Carter are pleased to bring to the market this rarely available period style house offering a wealth of character and charm located within North Hailsham.
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To keep 1 goods vehicles and 0 trailers at Hailsham Wastewater Treatment Works, Station Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2BY.

Owner or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre who believe that their use or Enjoyment of that land would be affected should make written representation to the traffic commissioner at Hillcrest house,386 Harehills Lane, Leeds LS96. Stating their reasons within 21 days of this notice.

Representation to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A guide to making representation is available from the Traffic Commissioners Office.











Football Annual Awards recognise Club’s champions

HAILSHAM Town Youth Football Club recently held its annual awards presentation evening which awarded its outstanding players.

Recognition was given to how much the youth section has grown since its inception five years ago, with now more than 120 children training and playing football every week. Thanks were also expressed to all

its dedicated coaches who give their time each week to Coach and support the children.

Trophies were presented by Mike Baker, 1st team manager, Sammy Townsend, long-standing Hailsham player and Mayor of Hailsham Paul Holbrook.

The evening saw players from U6-U13 receiving mementoes of the season, along with individuals

receiving the coveted prestigious awards given each year for Players Player, Managers Player, Spectators Player, Top Goal scorers and a few others.

This year saw a new trophy for five years loyalty and was awarded to players that have been with the club since the start.

The Winners were:

Players Player: U8 Ben Stevens; U12 Jack Dummer; U13 Harry Winter.

Spectators Player : U9 Emily Brazil (Stringers); U11 Evan Lockhart (Stringers), Henry Brown (Ropers); U12 Riley Mckay; and U13 Harry

Parkinson (Stringers) Max Harrison (Ropers); and U12 Alex Boulton. 5 Year Loyalty award: U11

Christopher Butler & Jack Le-Lievre; U12 Robin Matthews, Alex Boulton, Billy Carpenter, Jacob Kent & Albie Dunk; U13 Ollie Cole, Oscar Crosbie, Frankie Skan, Charlie Cummiskey & Leo Hawkins.

Goal keeper award : Freddie Heath

Top goal scorer: U9 Chase Kesteven( Ropers) Ralph Sands (Knots); U11 Christopher Butler . Most Assists: Dougey Perez.

5 Year loyalty Awards presented by Sammy Townsend
U6 Team
U9 Stringers team
U9 Player player
U9 Managers player
Top Goal sorer U9 Ropers and Knots Most improved U9
U11 development Spectators player
U11 Top goal scorer, U11 Most Assists
U13 Team
U13 Managers player, Players player, Spectators Player
U11 players Player

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Come along to Bowes House care home to celebrate The Big Care UK Sports Day, where we’re welcoming the local community to join us at our Olympics-themed open day. We’ll be serving a complimentary BBQ buffet lunch from 12.30pm with refreshments, along with stalls, games, photo booth and live entertainment.

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Hailsham 2nd XI clinch tense victory after rain-hit encounter at Crowhurst Park

THE 2nd XI travelled to Crowhurst Park, and despite all the rain, we were surprised at how well the ground had stood up to the overnight and early morning rain and the groundsman was convinced we would get some cricket in.

The deck looked a beauty and when a 1:30pm start was agreed Lewis won the toss and inserted the hosts. Praveen

Bhati (2/33) and Diesel Hallett (2/15) started really positively for the team and after a little roll around in the long grass for Diesel the first breakthrough came.

The hosts then had a vital partnership that moved them into a great position at drinks. Although at the halfway point of the game, Hailsham certainly felt they had the


better of the second half. Restricting Park to 224/8 due to some accurate bowling and tight fielding. Constantly chipping away at Batsman and not allowing the standards to drop at all.

Michael Tutt (1/54), Shibin Abraham (1/50) Billy Hobden (1/54) and a decent run out from Tom Hicks.

The chase started with Rob Wilkinson and Harry Chatfield having to soak up some accurate and dangerous bowling that left them 10/0 off the first 7 overs. Then the runs started flowing and by the drinks break the score was on 94/0.

The platform had been laid and with the fire in the middle order Hailsham were now feeling confident.

Wilkinson (45) and Chatfield (61) fell soon after drinks and so did a couple of

Billy Hobden’s 40 was vital and changed the momentum of the chase with some big hits clearing the boundaries. When Billy departed and Shibin Abraham for 20, there was a few nervous faces and anxious steps being taken by the watching team. It was left to Michael Tutt (12*) and Praveen Bhati (4*) to steer the side home with 8 balls to spare and not many fingernails. A vital 30 points for the team, especially with a couple of the other teams in the league not getting a full game in.

The Smokin Aces player of the match went to Harry Chatfield for his 61 at the top of the innings, that laid the foundations to the chase. A strong mention is need for Diesel who bowled 8 overs into the strong wind and was

in a hurry at Heathfield

LAST month saw local running club Heathfield Runners stage their annual flagship race, The Heathfield Midsummers 10K. Starting from Heathfield and Waldron rugby club and heading through the pretty lanes of Waldron, 254 runners from across Sussex braved the warm June temperatures to take part in this undulating 10K road race which forms part of the Sussex Grand Prix league.

First Harrier home saw Chris Doherty take second place overall in a time of 36:57 with Aislinn Darvell storming over the line in 41:06, placing first female, whilst one of Hailsham’s newest members, Alice Denning, secured second place female overall in a time of 42:51.

Graham Purdye, Aislinn Darvell, Audrey Haddon, Maria Smith, Ros Daintree and Frances Delves placed first in their respective age categories

Full results for Hailsham are as follows; Chris Doherty 36:57, Aislinn Darvell 41:06, Carl Barton 41:16, Alice Denning 42:51, Audrey Haddon 45:12, Adam Davies 45:38, Maria Smith 45:49, Graham Purdye 45:51, Mark Bassett 46:14, Mark Pope 46:41, Helen O’Sullivan 47:38, Chris Little 47:40, Ollie Paterson 47:52, Katy Reed 48:16, Tina

54:19, Victoria Little 56:34, Shaun Webster 57:02, Ros Daintree 59:31, Frances Delves 1:00:32, Sam Neame 1:01:27, Gemma Mulhern 1:01:29, Pete Daws 1:04:03, Kirstie Groves 1:04:18, Louisa Geer 1:05:04, Cathy Gilling 1:05:17, Darren Gillett 1:18:58, Maria Stanford 1:20:29, Roberto Proietti 1:24:27 and Anne Brandenburg 1:31:07.

their annual Club Tournament recently where three finals were completed as well as a semi-final.

Ladies’ first team captain, Georgia Lee, played her teammate Hayley Allender. In a close first set, Hayley was the winner by a tie-break 7-6, but Georgia came back to win the second set 6-2. The title was decided on a championship tie-break, Georgia winning 10-8.

In the men’s singles final, nine-time champion Johan Jooste was playing Adam Beaney. In a reversal of fortunes, Adam became champion with a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win.

On Sunday, in the men’s doubles semi-final, Simon Underwood and Adam Beaney took on Tim Fellows and Manny Galitzine. Tim and Manny went down 2-6, 0-6, meaning

Walter and Jose

in the final.

In the mixed doubles final it was Adam Beaney again, partnered with Georgia Lee, who took on two times champions Sam Noakes and Johan Jooste. After Sam and Johan took the first set 6-1, it became clear that Adam was injured, and the pair were forced to concede. Sam and Johan took their third title, (her 8th and his 4th overall!).

Another date for the diary is the Hailsham Tennis Club Open Day, which, as usual, will take place on the mid-Sunday of Wimbledon - 7th July — from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.

Come along and try your hand at tennis— rackets and balls will be supplied. The club is behind the cricket pavilion on the Western Road Recreation Ground.

Mixed runners up Adam Beany and Georgia Lee Mixed winners Sam Noakes and Johan Jooste
Hayley Allender and Georgia Lee Adam Beaney and Johan Jooste

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