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Welcome to Issue 19 of The Wealden Eye...

Moving forward

June/July Contents 4 It’s Goodbye From Him… 5 Your Local Pharmacist - NHS changes

Dear Reader,

‘And now, the end is here, and so I face the final curtain’… What am I crooning on about?… Turn to page 4 for some exciting news about your Wealden Eye magazine… This issue, as usual, has most of your regular features and also a couple of new ones. It continues to promote some of the incredibly diverse ranges of local businesses that we are so fortunate to have around our fantastic market town. I would like to draw your attention particularly to the update brought to us by our local MP, Charles Hendry on page 6, regarding the worrying situation that exists at the DGH. We have an amazing hospital right on our doorstep and I would urge each and every one of you to do what you can to make your feelings known on the matter. Our hospital simply MUST NOT be downgraded. On that note, I’m going to sign off and wish you all a wonderful Summer! Thank you for your continued support for The Wealden Eye.

6 Word From Westminster 8 Music File 6 - Back in Time 1958 10

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12 Experience Holidays - USA 14 Hillier - Latest tips for your garden 17 Sussex Police - Update 18 East Sussex 1 Space 22 Welcome2wellness - advice 24 The Buildworks - Mobility Adaptations 27 Puzzle Page 28 Hailsham Heritage Trail - Part 8 35 Linda Francis 39 Domestic Fencing 42 Arlington Arts Festival 44 Business Directory 46 Puzzle Solutions Page

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Get to know your pharmacist

Moving on…

And it’s goodbye from him… I

can’t believe that I’m well into my 3rd year of owning and publishing The Wealden Eye… It only seems like yesterday that I was suddenly thrust into the position of editor and the steep learning curve that went with producing a magazine with absolutely no previous experience! But it’s been a lot of fun and I’ve met some great local people and had the privilege of helping to promote some fantastic local organisations. The magazine has not only doubled it’s circulation but has also doubled in size during this time, apart from this particular issue which I have had to restrict to 48 pages… purely due to a lack of time, which has led me to make a very important decision about my role in the magazine. The Wealden Eye has always been a “labour of love” for me. Whilst being a profitable publication, it has always had to play second fiddle, as it were, to my main occupation. Many a long evening has been spent, writing, planning, proof reading etc etc in order for the magazine to develop into what I hope you all feel is a great local resource. The magazine is now firmly established and I think, ready to expand into new areas – which all takes time – which I don’t feel I can give any longer, whilst I’m juggling a very busy job around the fun and games of my lovely young family! So I’m delighted to say that by the time you are reading our next issue, a new owner/editor will be at the helm, ready to lead The Wealden Eye into it’s next phase! Charlotte Collinson-O’Toole is bursting full of energy, ideas and visions for the development of the magazine and I can’t wait to watch how it develops over the coming months and years!

So I’m handing on the baton, knowing that the magazine is in very safe and capable hands for the future and I’m confident that it will become an even better resource for both reader and advertiser alike. Finally, I would like to thank all of our writers, contributors and advertisers for their support over the last few years, because The Wealden Eye wouldn’t be what it is today without all of you! All the best,

o l l e h s ’ t i …but from me! 4

Changes to the NHS by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham


big change in the NHS occurred in April when East Sussex Downs & Weald Primary Care Trust became defunct and Clinical Commissioning Groups took over the running of the NHS. In Hailsham, our health service budget is now run by Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Only time will tell whether this will be an improvement on the Primary Care Trusts, Primary

Care Groups, Family Health Services Authority and the old Family Practitioner Committee that all went before it. It is good to see local GPs involved in making decisions about local priorities but I think that many local healthcare workers, as well as patients, do not know who their local CCG is. I hope that as the CCG becomes established that locally elected representatives, patient groups and other local

Victoria Small.

healthcare professionals will also be invited to become more closely involved in the CCG. It would be good to see the CCG engaging with all sectors of community healthcare, eg dentists, opticians, nurses and pharmacists etc so as to utilise some of our experience and skills for patient benefit. Meanwhile, I wish our CCG good luck in its task ahead! WE

Charlotte Collinson-O’Toole

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A Word from Westminster

Our collective effort I

n difficult times, people rightly expect

their politicians, both local and

national, to work together. Hailsham is working to revitalise its town centre, supporting local businesses, and bringing more visitors to the area. This is inevitably a long-term project but the process is greatly assisted by the spirit of cooperation between all the local Councils, the local Chamber of Commerce and all of us who are committed to seeing this programme succeed. It is also why all the local MPs are working increasingly closely with the Chambers of Commerce to deliver wider benefits across the County. We also need to work together to get the best outcome from our local health services. The Eastbourne District General Hospital recently made the temporary decision to downgrade its Maternity and Paediatric services on safety grounds, as they could not ensure the continued provision of permanent midwives and Doctors for their patients. Our collective effort is needed to understand how we got into a situation where this could happen and to ensure that the decision is only a temporary one. It must not lead to the long-term closure of the facilities and we must all work to secure the introduction of these services as soon as possible. WE Charles Hendry.


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Music File 6


Back in Time


ow – the cobwebs are being dusted off for this rather long journey back in time, but looking down the top ten for these two months in 1958, many of the artists (and songs) remain relevant today.

Some are now etched in music’s history – The Platters, Perry Como, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald, are just a few. Anyway, sob singer Connie Francis (Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) sat at the top of the June 1958 chart with “Who’s Sorry Now”, marking the start of a brief but amazingly


successful chart career for the American/Italian songstress. By the time the year ended, she’d enjoyed another four hits. Pat Boone’s “It’s Too Soon To Know” was being held off the top spot and, he in turn, was preventing Elias and his Zig Zag Jive Flutes’ “Tom Hank” climbing higher. Who? I hear you ask. Well, I checked, and it seems the group was headed by Jack Lerole, a South African penny whistle player and singer, and leading contributor in the kwela style of music during the fifties. “Tom Hank” was probably a play on the word ‘tomahawk’ based on the 1927 melody by Herbert Farjeon (“I’ve danced with a man, who’s danced with a girl, who’s danced with the Prince of Wales”) and used as the theme tune for the tv programme The Killing Stones. Look, I don’t make this stuff up you know, but too much information don’t you think? Hah, let’s move on because all isn’t lost. Elvis Presley is on the rise with “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck”, one of six hits this year. He’s joined by fellow Americans, The Everly Brothers, with one of their most compelling singles “All I Have To Do Is Dream”.

Lonnie Donegan Phil and Dom, with their specialised country influenced rock ‘n’ roll, replaced Connie Francis to claim the top spot, where they stayed for two months. They were being chased by Max Bygraves’ singalong favourite “Tulips From Amsterdam”, “Book Of Love” from The Mudlarks, and the tv cast of The Army Game performing the programme’s title tune. Thankfully, rock ‘n’ roll was on the move courtesy of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and Elvis’ “Hard Headed Woman”, with home ground acts hot on their heels like Lonnie Donegan, Marty Wilde and Tommy Steele. Lonnie died in 2002, but the other two are still performing. See what I mean about being relevant today! WE SHARON DAVIS

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great difference. Walk the children to school, it is good for them as well as you. If you are using the bus or tube, then get off a stop before your destination, and then walk the rest of the way. Thirdly, eat less, and eat healthily. Try to reduce the quantity of food consumed, and cut out the ready meals and junk food from your diet. Add fresh fruit and vegetables to your shopping list, and try to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Finally, to boost your efforts, think of adding some gym work. Attend classes,

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which can be fun, or work to a programme in the gym. By taking these small steps, results will come. A weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week is achievable, by simply eating sensibly and upping your physical activity. WE For more help or information, please call Martin Tel: 01323 848525 Mobile: 07950 812172 or Dave Tel: 01323 846384 Mobile: 07584 354547 SOUTHDOWN PERSONAL TRAINING The Versatile Gym 19 Station Road Hailsham BN27 2BY

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Experience Holidays

by Jackie Appleton

Music, Music, Music… I

f you are anything like me, it doesn’t take long to get your foot tapping to the beat of a catchy tune and on a recent trip to the States, foot tapping took on a whole new meaning. And what a journey we had, starting with the Jazz capital of the world – the wonderful New Orleans, through to Memphis and Nashville – the homes of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country Music respectively! New Orleans, the scene of devastation following Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, has worked hard at its recovery. The vibrant French Quarter positively throbs to the sound of music


virtually 24 hours a day, Jackson Square is the scene of many a street artist and the little streets all around are full of cafes, restaurants, artisan shops and pretty buildings. Peak around a corner and you’ll find an attractive courtyard or an intricate wrought iron balcony and when you are ready for a little something to eat, be sure to track down some good Creole or Cajun cooking, complete with grits, jambalayas and corn bread. For those not keen on driving, take the train to Memphis, but if you like the

idea of getting behind the wheel of the car, you won’t be disappointed. Out across the Bayou and the scene changes. Sugar cane plantations become the order of the day and it is here that you can stay at a ‘Gone with the Wind’ style property, or at the very least, visit and take a tour of these stately mansions. You’ll be whisked back to a world not so long ago, and learn about both the elegance and the more grisly topics of slavery and civil war. Drive further north, roughly following the lower Mississippi, to the pretty little town of Natchez and its near neighbour Vicksburg – the sight of a famous battle in the civil war and turning point in the outcome. If you have seen ‘Lincoln’, the scenarios here will be familiar. Back to the music, and route 61 (The Blues Trail) takes you north to the city of Memphis, just over the border into the state of Tennessee. Famous of course as the home of Elvis Presley, but also for the Sun Studio, the place that many famous names made their first recordings. Amongst them, the million dollar quartet of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins who famously joined together at Sun Studio for a jamming session one day. Unknown to the musicians, the owner, Sam Phillips, recorded this and is now one of very few recordings where Elvis is playing the piano himself. Add in a visit to the Rock and Soul Museum, Stax and of course

to Graceland. You don’t need to be an Elvis fan to be impressed by his home. I was surprised at the humility of the house, it really is presented very well indeed and even my husband (not an Elvis fan) enjoyed it. From here, dip southeast to the tiny town of Tupelo. This is the birthplace of the King himself in a modest little two room house at the wrong end of town. Following the historic Natchez Trace Parkway brings you to Nashville – the home of Country Music. As with New Orleans and Memphis, there is music everywhere in Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Fame is well worth a visit, as is the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Take in also a tour to RCA Studio B –

responsible for so many popular recordings and of course Elvis pops up here too. The story goes that Sam Phillips (of Sun Studio) was struggling for cash and

knowing the he could not fulfill the potential of the lad from Tupelo, sold the contract to RCA. The money received helped Sam out and set Elvis on the road to super-stardom. The Steinway grand piano heard on many tracks recorded here is still there and visitors can sit and tinkle the ivories at the end of the tour. The Deep South is not on everyone’s agenda, but my advice is to get it on the wish list – its an extraordinary place to visit! WE Call us on 01323 446550 for further information. Jackie Appleton – Experience Holidays

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uchsias and geraniums are sometimes overlooked by more recent introductions. These classic summer favourites give masses of colour and deserve a place in every garden.

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They won’t survive outside all winter and will die off when winter comes unless you have a frost free greenhouse to overwinter them in. Geraniums Geraniums love the opposite conditions to fuchsias. They thrive in bright sunny spots and need much less watering. Trailing geraniums are the ones we see abroad, tumbling brightly over pots and troughs. Bush geraniums have a rather handsome shape and are equally happy whether you use them on their own in containers and in the border, or as focal points in a mixed planting. They often have quite pretty marking on the leaves making them good looking even before they flower. Again geraniums are usually treated as an annual plant, dying off when the hard frosts arrive in winter but like fuchsias, if you do have suitable conditions they could be kept alive over winter.


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ailsham Photographic Society are holding their Print Exhibition from Monday 17th June to Saturday 22nd June. Doors open 10am 4pm daily throughout the event. Entry is free and light refreshments will be available.

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ver the last few months, Wealden Police have been working with many residents regarding rural crimes. There has been an increase in the theft of domestic heating oil with a large number of these particular crimes reported. A large scale operation was put into effect over a number of nigh time periods. We had great success in locating one van being used in the theft of heating oil, which resulted in the arrest of a number of people a couple of days later. Our local Police Community Support Officers are always on hand to offer advice to any residents who may have concerns over this type of criminality. Our community messaging system is going from strength to strength with many residents

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joining up. The system allows us to send messages of importance and interest direct to your email address. Local officers also send out monthly local newsletters, discussing in detail what has been happening in particular areas. If you would like to join community messaging you can speak to your local PCSO who will take details. Sussex Police’s Operation Sunshine is in full swing now (although we can’t guarantee any). The operation is designed to make residents aware of the possible threat of summertime burglaries. Burglars use the summer months to access vulnerable properties where windows and doors have been left open due to the warm weather. We are urging all

residents to ensure they lock doors and windows if leaving your property, even for just a short time. If you are in the rear of your home never leave front doors and windows open, it only takes a few seconds to become a victim of crime. Finally we would like to urge all residents to call us if they see anything deemed suspicious. Please call us directly on 101. Don’t forget though that in an emergency its 999. WE

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The result is a directory that is easy and intuitive to use, that is easily accessible and using plain language without jargon or unnecessary acronyms. East Sussex 1Space is working closely with Children’s Services and Public Health to bring care, support and wellbeing services for all ages and needs into one place. Services and groups can register on the directory for free and be part of a growing community delivering services to meet the needs of local people. So if you want to find out what’s available in your community and throughout the County, or if you are a group or service provider, look to East Sussex 1Space first. From traditional to innovative, from large organisations to small local groups, East Sussex 1Space is the place to be found.

Every week new services are signing up – discover what’s out there for you, your family and friends. WE

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• Less exercise, due to time, energy or opportunity World Health Organisation statistics: • 70% of premature deaths are due to: • Heart disease • Certain cancers • Stroke • Diabetes • 50% of those deaths are diet related or due to poor nutrition • 70% of all Doctor’s visits are estimated to be diet related “Magic” Tanita Scales These scales help me, your wellness coach, analyse your weight, body fat, internal or visceral fat, hydration level, muscle mass, body type and also metabolic


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coming up with bespoke solutions to make everyday life just that little bit easier… this could be from the very simple fitting of handrails right through to a major refurbishment of a property… or from the widening of a narrow doorway to allow wheelchair access or to the creation of a wetroom environment for more comfortable showering. We will firstly, however, take the time to listen to your situation, to fully understand the likely progression of your condition, to ensure that the right solution is provided not just for now… but also for the future. With this in mind we are 24

always happy to work closely with your Occupational Therapist if you have one appointed to you. A practical solution also means something you can be proud of too – take a look at some of our kitchens and bathrooms, after all, this is your home! If you think that we could be of help to you, please feel free to checkout our website and then click the link to our page for loads more photos of our work and also plenty of recent feedback from our customers. You can also telephone us for any advice or to arrange a free, without obligation consultation. We will always be pleased to help wherever we can. WE

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Wordsearch - Plants & Flowers Word List Almond Blossom Amaryllis Aster Azalea Begonia Bluebell


Busy Lizzie Buttercup Camellia Carnation Cherry Blossom Chrysanthemum

Cornflower Cosmos Crocus Daffodil Dahlia Daisy

Dandelion Delphinium Edelweiss Foxglove Gentian

Chapel (6) Biological building block (4) Colonist (7) Head of a monastery (5) Likely (8) Racket sport (6) Musical composition (8) Sells meat (7) Agile (6) Society (6) Heavens (5) Deep resonant sound (4)

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Historical Hailsham - Part 8

The Railway I

n 1801 the population of Hailsham was 897 and by 1891 this had risen to 3369. This increase was due very largely to two factors. The development of the rope making business, and the arrival of the railway. The development of the railway in Hailsham followed an Act of Parliament in 1846 which permitted the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway to build a branch line from Polegate to Hailsham. The new line cost £30,000 and work went well bar one accident in August 1847 when a 15-year-old boy slipped on a rail while emptying one of the muck wagons and severely injured his arm, which had to be amputated at the scene by a local doctor.

Hailsham Railway station c1874.

The railway opened on 14 May 1849 which was proclaimed a holiday. There was much rejoicing and banners were hung in the streets and festivities held on the nearby Common. A dinner was provided for everyone with local traders supplying the food and barrels of ale. With so much ale about it was thought proper to separate the sexes, men and boys ate in a large tent on the Common and women and girls in the school room. The directors of the train company laid on a free ride to Eastbourne for children and those less well-off. At 4.30pm a public dinner was held in The Crown Hotel where Dr Cunningham GP,


The entrance to the railway station of the “Down” side to Eastbourne from Station Road c1903. One of the wagons of Coal Merchants, White & Beeny.

took the chair. However the festivities were marred by the death of John Hield who was killed while standing on the step of a railway carriage which necessitated in Dr Cunningham being called away. The festivities continued into the evening ending at 10.00 pm! The line was extended northwards to Eridge in 1880 at a cost of £155,000 and soon became known as the ‘Cuckoo Line.’ An additional platform was built with both platforms being connected by a subway and bridge over the line was constructed opposite the Free Church. During the work many of the navvies lodged at the Black Horse Beer House. This property, now known as Bridge House, is located in London Road. In 1892 a stationmaster’s house was completed at a cost of £275. This building also still exists today as a private house in Station Road. A

Hailsham Station and approach road c1869.

signal box was erected beside the line opposite the Common Pond. In 1894 the Parish Council asked the railway company to erect a bridge across the line at Eastwell Place. The company responded positively and the bridge was built - in 1914! The arrival of the railway opened up increased opportunities for both travel

Looking along the line towards Eastbourne from the bridge c1919. The station masters house is on the left.

and trade. The Victorian writer, George Bradshaw includes Hailsham, albeit briefly, in his Railway Guide and Handbook. From 1886 mail was moved by train. Cattle were brought in for the weekly markets. Arthur Pettigrew in “My memories of Hailsham,” writes, “the railway was a very busy place… as kids we helped to drive them (the cattle) to the market for half a penny.” In 1890, two local businessmen established White and Beeny, Coal Merchants with their yard

at the station. Their trucks and publicity proudly stated, “We supply by road or rail,” adding, “special attention given to all orders large or small.” From 1870 Stricklands, the corn merchants had their granary in the goods yard which was later incorporated into the egg packing station. Another writer recalls the arrival of the circus by train in the late 1950’s when elephants and camels that were off loaded and then walked up the street! Also present within the station was the ubiquitous W H Smith’s. As travel developed use of the train between Hailsham and Eastbourne became more commonplace, and in April 1901 the Parish Council asked the railway company to provide a train leaving Eastbourne at about 10.00pm. This service commenced in July of the same year. Writing in the parish magazine, April 1902, the Vicar noted, “that it was now possible to travel from Victoria to Hailsham in just 2 hours.” Like today the railways were keen to attract customers through the use of

The station exit on the “Up” side leading into South Road (c1905), is now the exit from the car park

by Paul Endersby

special deals. In December 1904 the company made available cheap return tickets to Eastbourne every Friday. This offer was time limited until the end of April the following year. In 1960 an off peak day return to Eastbourne was 2/9 (13p) and to Victoria 17/9 (89p). The town had a train named after it, one of a class of 50 locomotives nicknamed ‘Terriers’ because they were small in size and considered to be tenacious in character. The ‘Hailsham’was scrapped in 1903 but several other ‘Terriers’s’ can be seen on historic railways including the Bluebell Railway and the Kent & East Sussex. The country’s railways were nationalised in 1948 and in 1963 Dr Richard Beeching’s controversial

Hailsham Station and approach road c1869.

report recommended the closure of many lines and stations, including the Cuckoo Line. A 1965 survey revealed only 250 passengers a day were using the line, of which just 23 were season ticket holders. As a result the section north

Hailsham signal box c1902. The box was sited at the top of the bank along Station Road opposite the Common Pond.

of Hailsham was closed to passenger traffic in 1965, although a weekly freight service continued until April 1968 when the bridge at Horsebridge was damaged by a road vehicle. With the whole line due for closure, the damaged bridge was never repaired. The last train left on 9 September 1968 to the sound of detonators on the line and the singing of Auld Lang Syne by a large crowd. After 119 years of railway operation into Hailsham, the line was gone. WE

Hailsham Heritage Centre re-opens


n 3 May the mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Jo Bentley, opened the Hailsham Heritage Centre for the 2013 season. This small museum contains a wide range of items from the town’s past, including a period kitchen plus farming and wartime artefacts. In addition there are items from local homes and factories on show together with other local memorabilia of historical interest. New this year is a display of Dicker Pottery. However perhaps the most interesting feature of the museum is a large collection of photographs, which give a vivid picture of life in Hailsham in years past.

The Heritage Centre is located in Blackmans Yard, behind Fleur de Lys (the town council offices). It is open every Friday and Saturday, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, May to September. Admission is FREE.

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Linda Francis

Waiting in the wings… he’s not a lady to court publicity S but it’s about time she enjoyed some of the spotlight following her involvement as co-director of The Ropemaker Theatre Company, and author of the recent highly entertaining evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at Hailsham’s Callenders Restaurant. Not only did she write the murder mystery play, but appeared in it alongside John Wilders - and five unsuspecting diners! Yes, Linda Francis is quite an underrated lady. Alongside these talents, she is also an accomplished vocalist and is currently performing with Peter Willson under the name Suite Semi Grand. Born in Pimlico, London, Linda joined her local amateur dramatics society as a 16 year old. She was later recommended for drama school, and studied at the East 15 Acting School before studying at The

Drama Studio. From here she went straight into film and television extra work. Her first movie appearance was in “Superman”, while her television credits included parts in “Eastenders”, “Minder” and “The Bill” among other programmes. From here she became a touring actress where one of her notable appearances was in “The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole”, which led to weekly rep in Chesterfield, covering dramas, farces and musicals. All the while, Linda pursued a singing career with pop/rock groups during the seventies, switching to orchestras a decade later. During the nineties, she relocated to Sussex, turning her back on the entertainment business to raise a family. Then, as they say, the pull of the greasepaint was too overpowering – she returned to the entertainment world by setting up

two companies; one for community theatre, the other devoted to murder mystery. Moving to Hailsham, Linda joined Peter Willson’s jazz choir, and met John Wilders in 2009 to perform in a couple of his productions. Following this he asked her to assist in forming The Ropemaker Theatre Company. And there you have it – a tiny insight into one of our local celebrities. Hah, when I asked her what was her most scary thing to date, she replied “Waiting in the wings for my first entrance during a weekly rep season. For a split second I couldn’t remember which play I was doing! I had to look at my costume to remind myself!” WE SHARON DAVIS

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here is a lot of confusion about who is responsible for maintaining fencing etc between adjoining properties. The following information will help.

Domestic Fencing Fact and Fiction

Fiction: It is the owner to the left of a boundary who is responsible for maintaining fences, walls etc.

George Street Hailsham BN27 1AE

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Fact: The title deeds show who is responsible for maintaining the boundary to a property

Fiction: If the posts of a fence face your way you are the owner of the fence.

Fiction: A property owner has an obligation to erect a fence or other barrier around their property.

Fact: Though it is usual to erect a fence with the smooth side facing your neighbours, this is not compulsory. But if you erect a fence, you are generally considered its owner.

Fact: Generally, there is no obligation to erect a barrier unless you need to keep pets from straying, or there is a clause in the deeds stipulating it.

Fiction: If the fence you own becomes damaged, you are obliged to repair or replace it.

Fact: You are only obliged to repair or maintain a fence if the deeds specify it, but if it becomes dangerous or causes damage, you could face claims for compensation if you don’t. Regardless of the law, it is good practice to work with your neighbours not against them, so if your fence needs fixing, just do it, or get someone in who can. WE



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Arts Festival The second Arlington Arts Festival will take place from 15th to 23rd with events and activities to interest all ages and abilities.


he first Arlington Arts Festival was held in 2011 as a response to the revival of a cultural 'twinning' by the village's 'twin' of Ponches Estruval in the Picardy region of france.

Berwick Church. Founder of Arlington Arts Group, Josie Tipler said "members of our group were invited in 2010 to participate in the Arts Festival in Ponches and received such a warm welcome, being housed and fed by the locals, welcomed by the mayor of Dompierre and invited as guests to the festival dinner, that we felt we needed to do something special in return. We have an annual art show which has expanded over the years to include a craft show plus several concerts of local talent had been organised my father in the village church, so we


expanded on these and included other events in the neighbouring five parishes of Berwick, Alciston, Selmeston and Wilmington which had become a newly formed United Benefice with Arlington. The festival was a huge success and our french guests exhibited art and crafts and their musicians performed in a concert. They enjoyed themselves so much that they have invited our musicians, The Cajun Dawgs, to perform at their Arts Festival this year!' This year the Arlington Arts Festival kicks off, literally, with live music by The Cajun Dawgs on 15th June, the Wilmington Art Group have an exhibition on 15th and 16th, there is the chance for everyone to get fit at Family Zumba on 16th, on 17th and 18th there are Art

3 Falls Window by Josie Tipler. Workshops, on 19th local resident Phil Wooller talks about Bygone Arlington, artists can hand in their entries into the 'Paint me a Bluebell' competition on 20th, on 21st we have two fantastic Arts Workshops for schools, the annual Arlington Art Show opens and there are guided tours of Berwick and Arlington churches, on 22nd and 23rd June the Arlington Art & Craft Show opens which includes an 'Open Mic' stage for budding performers, sideshows, craft demonstrations and an Authors' Book Fair. WE

Cajun Dagws photo by Chris Pilkington

Full details of all events are in the festival Programme, available at local venues including The Old Oak Inn at Caneheath, Arlington, and are on the website:


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Hellingly Playgroup, Tracy on 07776 180711 Summerfields Nursery, Summerheath Road, Hailsham, Call Val on 01323 449057/845542,,

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Domestic Repairs Butchers Ashmore Farm, Butchers of Distinction Hellingly, East Sussex, BN27 4HH Tel: 01435 812108

Carpets BRT Carpets Ltd, Barry Ticehurst, Tel:01323 848230 Mob: 07974773119 Hailsham Carpet warehouse Unit 7, Crown Close, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3JX Tel: 01323 849489 Email: Luke Boorer Carpets Tel: 07946449378 RGS Flooring Tel: 07834392444 Email:

Pet Care Coopers Croft Luxury Boarding Cattery, New Road (A271), Herstmonceux, East Sussex, BN27 1PX, Tel: 01323 832762, Highlands Kennels Coggers Cross, Horam, East Sussex, TN21 0LG Tel: 01435 813659 Email: Paw Paws Dog Walking Contact: Charlotte Tel: 01323 841505 Mob: 07854335291

Childcare and Activities Emmanuel Pre-school, Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, BN27 1UG Tel: 07796 901197

A-Z Domestic Repairs Tel: 01323 845771 Mob: 07760 206908

Eating Out Callenders 80-82 High Street, Hailsham Tel: 01323 842400 Chapter 12 Wine bar 12 high Street, Hailsham, BN27 1JB Tel: 01323 351898 John’s Fish & Chips, 66 High Street, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 847 552

Fireplaces and Woodburners Sussex Fireplace Gallery, Units B2 & B3 Chaucer Business Park Dittons Road, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 6JF, Tel: 01323 488 848

Flowers Pollen Nation, 3 Station Approach, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8LG Tel: 01435 863431

Gardening and Tree Services BC Tree Services,, Tel: 01323 870026 or 24 hours 07917 404150 Coopers Croft Garden Centre, New Road (A271), Herstmonceux, East Sussex, BN27 1PX, Tel: 01323 831681, Ed’s Garden Maintenance, Tel: 01323 800375 or 07540 455814, Hillier Garden Centre, Hailsham Road, Stone Cross, Pevensey, BN24 5BS Tel: 01323 763240,


Hailsham Bowling Club Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX Tel: 01323 849810 or 01323 840595

Kamson Pharmacies 12 Carew Court, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1UL Tel: 01323 449484

Hellingly Bowls Club Horsebridge Recreation Ground, BN27 4DL Tel Jean & Gerry: 01323 440516 or Tel Trevor: 01323 842937 or Tel Brian: 01323 844820 Southdown Personal Training c/o The Versatile Gym and Dance Studio 19 Station Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 2BH Tel: 01323 848525 Mob: 07960 009469 Email: Summerheath School of Dance Contact: Valerie Spring Tel: 01323 840400

Electric-Wise. 3, Cortlandt, George St, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1AE. Tel: 01323 446646/07825 640484 Email:

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Michael Klek Electrical Installations and Maintenance Tel: 01580 200718, Mob: 07545 455191 Email:

John Kimble Graphic Design, Tel: 01323 848004, Mob: 07940260315,,

Estate Agents

Barbers & Hairdressers

Simon Marden Estate Agents 3 Market Square, Hailsham BN27 1AQ Tel: 01323 847446 Lettings: Tel: 01323 841441

Bad Barnet 14b George Street, Hailsham East Sussex Tel: 01323 840408

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Hailsham Chiropractic and Podiatry Clinic 1 North Street, Hailsham, BN27 1DA Chiropractic: Tel: 01323 441857 Podiatrist: Tel: 01323 841000

AB Mobility Tel: 01323 849736 Email:

CPB Electrical Services Tel: 01323 500859 Mob: 07533 742948

Equestrian Hailsham Feeds, Unit 4a, Croft Works, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3JF, Tel: 01323 449429 The Voucher Project Mob: 07956258160

The Build Works 01323 401227 or 01273 311349

Freedom Leisure Hailsham Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX, Tel: 01323 846755

Mays Terracotta Sussex Grange, Clayhill, Lewes BN85RU Tal: 01273 814165 Email:


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Masterpiece, The MasterPiece Studio, Unit 3 Holmes Hill, Whitesmith, (A22 Golden Cross) BN8 6JA, Tel: 01825 872225

Interior Design Creative Curtains, 9 North Street Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1DQ, Tel: 01323 844 555

Roland Dunn Residential Lettings and Block Management, 13 Station Road, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 848499


Plumbing and Heating Cost Effective Heating Tel: 01323 760303

Printing & Signage Footprint Printers Unit 8, Apex Business Park, Diplocks Way, Hailsham East Sussex, BN27 3JU Tel: 01323 449658

Property Services Andrew Midwinter Kitchen & Bathroom Installations Tel: 01323 354045 Mob: 07725465791 Email: Daniells Harrison Chartered Surveyors 1 Cortlandt, George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE Tel: 01323 446636 Email: South East Trade Frames Classic Collection Tel: 01323 847234 Sussex Grange (A26) Uckfield Road, Clayhill, Near Lewes, BN8 5RU encompassing: Mays Terracotta Tel: 01273 814165 PN Supplies Paving Supplies Tel: 01825 749560 SG Home Interiors Tel: 01273 813332 Continued…

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MFC Outdoor Store Ladies & Mens Outdoor, Country & Work Clothing Station Road, Hailsham Tel: 01323 846883 Seaside Road, Eastbourne Tel: 01323 721367

Experience Holidays 1 Town House Garden, Market Street, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 446550, www.experience LJ Edwards Coach Holidays Tel: 01323 440622

Skips Paul’s Mini Skips Tel: 07951 623764

Taxis Hail-a-Cab Tel: 01323 849888


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Vehicle Sales and Servicing Autocraft Automotive Services Attwood Farm, Bodle Street Green, Hailsham BN27 4RA Tel: 01323 833811 Mob: 078877 65234 Email:

David Ames , Wall and Floor Tiling Contractor, 5 Green Fields, Hempstead Lane, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 844851, 07780 835710,

Collins Honda, A271, Herstmonceux BN27 4JU Tel: 01323 832211, Fax: 01323 833488,

The Stone and Tile Gallery Unit 2, Crown Close, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, BN27 3JX Tel: 01323 849025

Hastings Van Centre Tel: 01424 813388 Mob: 07817 265864

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Web Design Demoncheese Designs Mob: 07775 862107 Worldwide Webdesign First Floor, 8 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4PN Tel: 01323 739376

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The Wealden Eye Magazine Issue 19 Published June 2013

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