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HAILSHAM CRICKET CLUB 8 EXPERIENCE HOLIDAYS 14 A WORD FROM WESTMINSTER 20 WINTER RECIPES 38 Visit the interactive website at for your full community and business directory


Lime Cross Nursery


Chapter 12 Events Guide



Chalvington Group


Hailsham Cricket Club


Hailsham Memorial Institute




Control Fitness


Take a Break Puzzles


Back in Time


Star Plant


his autumn has been a beautiful one but as ever the seasons are changing and it’s beginning to get pretty chilly again. I hope you are all keeping warm!

A few things worth mentioning – I would like to congratulate the Hailsham Bonfire Society for another fantastic bonfire night with a fabulous procession through the town and an awesome fireworks display. If you didn’t make out this year then be sure to get there next time for a brilliant night. Another fantastic event in the town has been the Christmas light switch on, it always makes the town look so lovely and makes the dark evenings a little bit more bearable.

Hellingly RFC


A Word from Westminster


Hailsham Town Council


Sussex Fire Place Gallery


Chapter 12 Wine Tasting


Cuckmere Buses


Historic Hailsham


Winter Recipes


Sussex Fireplace Gallery


Dawson Hart


Multi Skills Workshop


Thank you for reading

Puzzle Solutions


Charlotte & Jarred

The Dental Barn


It’s hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner and at this time especially I urge you to shop locally for gifts. The High Street is back open for the festive season and we have a few new businesses open in Hailsham, so make sure you come into town and support them in their opening months. On a personal note, after spending a lovely hot month in Australia and Isabelle meeting her Aussie family we are looking forward to celebrating her first Christmas this year. As always I hope you have a great couple of months.

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Lime Cross Nursery, Herstmonceux


AT LIME CROSS NURSERY Join us for a magical Christmas Market this year at Lime Cross Nursery on Saturday the 3rd of December from 10am- 6pm.


We have a whole host of magical activities and fun things in store for you! Children are invited to meet the Ice Princess and the Magical Unicorn Farm, where they can feed the unicorn and enjoy rainbow cakes and treats followed by a visit to our Father Christmas Grotto, where the whole family can come and meet Father Christmas in his very own grotto and receive an individually named present. Then if that’s not enough excitement there will be face painting and magic tricks. Christmas Craft Market with many stalls selling decorations,

festive presents and a eclectic mix of wares to purchase. Festive natural wreath Making Workshop - please express interest by private messaging us to book you place in the workshop - will sell out fast! Wine Tasting with local wine producers. Live vintage singers, bands and carol singers. Spectacular Home Grown Christmas Trees. In the Garden: Perfect Pittosporums Pittosporum is a genus of evergreen foliage shrubs and small trees. Our home-grown pittosporums are great for adding form and structure to any garden setting while the ground is still warm enough to plant them, allowing time for them to establish a strong root system before their spring growth. Pittosporums are suitable for all soil types and locations, including coastal. Stems may be used in flower arranging as the dense nature of the leaves makes it a good filler in any arrangement; ideal added to your Christmas foliage table arrangements or door wreath!

Christmas is fast approaching so look no further than Lime Cross for your British grown Christmas trees and quality seasonal plants. We have a great choice of gifts, books, fine wine and produce, arts and crafts, natural decorations and more. Homegrown Sustainable Christmas Conifers As well as high quality, English grown traditional Christmas Trees, we have a large range of homegrown conifer alternatives. Choose a charming conifer for life, not just for Christmas. Keep inside for no more than 3-4 weeks and then either plant into the ground outside of keep in one of our stylish containers. Pop in to get some expert advice. (pic of conifers by the lake)

Tom Thumb

STAFF CHRISTMAS WISH LIST: Vicky: Aprons by local artists, 100% cotton £20 ‘I love being in the kitchen at Christmas and I know my family are going to find these aprons adorable and hilarious!’ choose some beautiful gift wrap and a card from the same artist!

Oscar: ‘Nextinction by Ralph Steadman’ £30. ‘incredible book of paintings by of birds living on the edge of oblivion, as well as some inventions from his own imagination. These are the 192 Critically Endangered birds on the IUCN Red List, species such as the Giant Ibis, the Kakapo, the Sumatran Ground-cuckoo and the iconic Spoon-billed Sandpiper- NEARLY-EXTINCT BOIDS’.

CHRISTMAS POP-UP DINING EVENTS Christmas Bollywood Night Scandinavian Christmas Night Casino Royale Christmas Night

Friday 2nd December @7pm Friday 9th December @7pm Friday 16th December @7pm


We currently stock nine home-grown varieties: Elizabeth (variegated with pink edged leaves) Brockhill Compact (green) Tom Thumb (purple) Garnetti and Silver Queen (variegated) Golden King and Gold Star (green) Golf Ball (dwarf, round, green) Warnham Gold (yellow, gold)



Homegrown Sustainable Christmas Conifers.

Sat 24th Dec (Christmas Eve) Sun 25th Dec (Christmas Day) Mon 26th Dec Tues 27th Dec Wed 28th Dec Thurs 29th Dec Fri 30th Dec Sat 31st Dec Sun 1st Jan (New Year’s Day) Mon 2nd Jan Tues 3rd Jan

8.30 – 4pm CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 9am – 4pm 9am – 4pm 9am – 4pm 9am – 4pm CLOSED CLOSED 8.30 – 5pm

We would like to wish all our customers and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank all our regulars for their continued support through 2016.

Uuni 2S Wood Fired Oven with Stone baking board £199.00.

Helen: Uuni 2S Wood Fired Oven with Stone baking board £199.00. I love the Uuni 2S, it is so easy to assemble and use and makes such delicious, light pizza, as good as you would find in Napoli! ‘it is the definitive tool for your garden or outdoor kitchen. It’s designed specifically to take the cost, bulk and hassle out of using a real woodfired oven’. Available at Lime Cross Nursery this Christmas, pop in to ask one of our members of the team for more information.

Your local garden nursery OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: Nursery & Shop 8.30am – 5pm Olives Café 9am – 4pm Visit our website for seasonal offers and events and to sign up to our mailing list. Follow us on Twitter @Limetate and Instagram @LCNTATE Facebook limecrossnurserypage Extensive parking, good wheelchair access. Dogs on leads also welcome.

For more info call

01323 833229

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Hailsham Memorial Institute

Hailsham Cricket Club

Your Local Premier Family Social Club Membership types include Full, Senior Citizen, Junior (16) Sports and Family New members always welcome!




ailsham Cricket Club are delighted to announce the confirmation of their junior indoor training at Hailsham Community College (BN27 1DT). This will start on Wednesday 11th January and will run through till the end of March, before we head outside to our home ground at Western Road (BN27 3DN). The sessions cost £2.50 and are open to new and existing members of all ages and abilities (Boys and Girls). We have 14 ECB qualified coaches who will be planning and leading fun and interactive sessions that will develop the junior’s skill level and enjoyment for the game. For the first time in 2017 we will be

running an U19 team, this is a great way of developing our Sussex Junior Cricket Festival champions further through junior sessions. School year 5 and under – 17:00 / 18:00 School years 6 to 9 – 18:00 / 19:00 School years 10 to 13 – 19:00 / 20:00 The senior winter training sessions have been booked and will be running again at Hailsham Community College (BN27 1DT) on a Thursday evening’s from 18:30 / 20:30. These sessions include the use of

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR ALL UP TO DATE INFORMATION. For more information on way to join the club either as a playing or non-playing member please contact Rob Wilkinson 07980146841 E-mail: – You can also find Hailsham Cricket Club on social media Facebook: – Search Hailsham Cricket Club Twitter: – Follow @Hailshamcc Instagram: – Hailshamcc Website: –


the club’s two bowling machines and are a great way to work on technique and skills before the new season starts in April. The sessions will cost £3 and we hope to see as many senior members at some point over the nine week booking. Everyone at the club is extremely excited about the start of the 2017 season and lots of plans are in place to make changes to the facilities and equipment over the winter. 2016 was a great year for the club and this was celebrated in fine style at Wellshurst Golf Club on Saturday 12th November at the annual dinner and presentation night. Lots of individual and teams awards were handed out and the whole evening was a huge success.

Every Monday – Knit And Natter Group 2.00 – 4.00 (Knitting For Charity) Hailsham League darts Cardwell darts Every Tuesday – Indoor Market, 9.00am – 1.00pm Poker league, Harvey darts Every Wednesday – Whist Club starts 2.00pm Ladies darts, Super league darts Every Thursday – League snooker. Afternoon Bingo starting at 2pm and alternate Thursday evenings: 8th December, 5th & 19th January, 2nd,16th February & 2nd, 16th & 30th March,Christmas Special 22nd December Every Friday – Club league darts Every Sunday Lunchtime – Members Card Draw & Meat Raffle Every Sunday Evening – Quiz 8.00pm Darts is played on – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday’s Snooker – Tuesday and Thursday Evening Bingo – Alternate Thursday Evenings 8.00 – 10.00

in g Even m en t a t e r in E n te g h o u t th u o r h ! t yea r • Big Screen Sports from Sky and BT Sport • Afternoon and Evening bingo • Snooker - Darts Poker - Quiz • Hot food available BIG breakfasts on Saturday

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CONTACT INFORMATION: Western Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3DN Phone: 01323 840459 Twitter - @HMIclub

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Private functions catered for – Weddings, Christenings, Birthday Parties, Baby showers, Retirement parties, wakes, function room available for meetings / training with full facilities Home cooked dishes and hot food available daily. Breakfast freshly cooked to order on Tuesday / Friday / Saturdays £5.00

FIND US on Facebook HMI EVENTS DECEMBER 2016 – MARCH 2017 Sport: All major sports shown on big screen including England matches For your information: Bingo – Afternoon Christmas Bonanza – Thursday 15th December 2.00pm start Bingo – Evening Christmas Bonanza – Thursday 22nd December 8.00 start Family Fun day for Members & their families – Saturday 10th December 12.00 – 4.00 Disco – Saturday 10th December starting 8.00pm Darts Turkey Knockout – Thursday 15th December 8.00pm Members Grand Christmas Draw – Friday 16th December 8.30pm – Top prize £500.00 cash Wear a Christmas jumper for charity – Friday 16th December Bumper lunchtime Christmas Raffle – Sunday 18th December Christmas Eve from 5.30pm – Family Carols – with Robin & Ruby Thomas including sing a longs New Years Eve – Live Entertainment with “Back to the Eighties”

Snooker’s Stuart Bingham live at the Club Saturday 7th January – Cockney Night including Fish & Chip van in the car park from 8.30pm Saturday 14th January – Live Entertainment with “Stray Dogs” from 8.30pm Saturday 11th February – Live Entertainment with “Beagles” from 8.30pm Saturday 11th March – Snooker’s Jimmy White & John Virgo live at the Club Tuesday 14th March –

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Take a break... Sudoku How to play Sudoku It s simple! Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. You don’t need to be a genius. These puzzles use logic alone. Watch out! Sudoku is highly addictive.

Quick Crossword

Across 1 4 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 18 21 23 25 26 27 28


Individual, human (6) Fortuitous, blessed (5) Alert, attentive (5) Trap, tangle (7) Young tree (7) Scram, vamoose (4) Devour, ingest (3) Song of praise (4) Bow, curve (4) Leaf-based beverage (3) 3D shape (4) Domestic help (7) Story, justification (7) Spine, prickle (5) Molten, liquefied (5) Admired, cherished (6)

Down 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 13 16 17 19 20 22 24

Answers on page 38

Festive Word Search Angels Bells Bethlehem Candles Carols


Cheer Chimney Christ Church December

Applaud, appreciate (6) recoat, reattach (7) Compliant, law-abiding (8) Mislay, misplace (4) Teach, explain (5) Cowardly (6) Fend-off, equivocate (5) Accomplished, brilliant (8) Directness, honesty (7) Sweet pastry (6) Keen, sharp (5) Cut-back, sheared (6) Rasher, pancetta (5) Active, engaged (4)

Decorations Elf Feast Gifts Goodwill

Greetings Holly Ivy Jesus Joy

Love Manger Peace Rudolph Santa

Saviour Sleigh Snow Star Sweets

Toys Tree Wise Men Wreaths

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Experience Holidays


hile all the news of the Pound is doom and gloom it has held its value pretty well against the South African Rand. This is one good reason to think about heading this way for next year. That is not the only reason though – take in to consideration the friendly, helpful people, the amazing scenery, the wildlife and sea life, great food and wine and the ease of getting there. It is a vast country with a huge diversity of places to see, but for now we are looking at Cape Town and the Garden Route as this gives a wonderful introduction to the first time visitor to South Africa and is a popular return destination for many of our clients. Getting there has become more competitive as more airlines now fly to Cape Town but British Airways are the only one that flies direct. You should spend at least 3 nights here and possibly more as there is so much to do. Favourite trips include the fernicular to the top of Table Mountain, boat trip to Robben Island (where Mandela was locked up for years), spending time at the waterfront V&A complex, swim at Camp’s Bay and take a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. The latter gives you a chance to see stunning scenery as you pass the 12 Apostles, look out at the point where the South Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean and see the Jackass penguins at Boulder Bay. Finish the trip by watching the sun set while in Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens. The next part of your trip takes you to the Winelands with its rich land ideal for market gardening and famously good for vineyards. Consider 2 or 3 days here at different lodges, vineyards or B&Bs and enjoy the fruits of this land and the mountain scenery that frames the farms and vineyards. From here head to the coast and time at Hermanus and, at the right time of the year, see the Southern Right whales that migrate here. You can see them well from the cliff tops and even closer if you


take a boat in to the Bay. For the truly adventurous you could think about a shark cave dive while here. Next comes Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma National Park which protects indigenous forest and the beautiful fynbos. This also a great place for walking and for those that want an adrenalin rush, you can zip trail through the trees or take a white water speedboat up the Wild River. On to Jeffreys Bay with its long sandy beach and mild climate and perhaps time for some relaxation. From here head for one of the Game Reserves around Port Elizabeth – there is plenty of choice. Spend 2 or 3 nights here searching out the Big 5 and all the other wonderful animals and birds to be found here. Fly back home from Port Elizabeth. It is a fact that the best, small accommodation on this trip fills up quickly, so if we have whetted your appetite for the Garden Route get in touch soon.

Experience Holidays, 6 Cortlandt 18 George Street Hailsham East Sussex BN27 1AE Tel 01323 446550 Email:

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Music File 23


1955/56 H

old tight – we’re zooming back to the mid-fifties when Teddy boys, with their liberal application of Brylcreem to their plastered-back quiffs of hair, drape jackets, drainpipe trousers and ‘brothel creeper’ shoes, basked in the glory of the new craze known as “rock-‘n’-roll”. Led by the unlikely looking American singer Bill Haley and his runaway number one single “Rock Around The Clock”, he was a much-needed stab of excitement into the slowly decaying music scene of 1955 which appeared to be dominated by balladeers – predictable songs from predictable acts. B-o-r-i-ng! So with the Teds paying homage to Mr Haley, who also enjoyed “See


You Later Alligator”, “Rockin’ Through The Rye” and “Saints Rock And Roll” during 1956, Elvis Presley slowly made his presence felt, and his arrival probably overshadowed Lonnie Donegan with his new musical trend – skiffle. Although he was throughand-through British, Lonnie pinched most of his ideas from American music. This one-time traditional jazzman went on to enjoy an incredible eight year run of hits, kicking off with “Rock Island Line”. Even I’m not old enough to remember that! And Elvis? He didn’t do too badly either because from May ’56 his “Heartbreak Hotel” soared to number two, followed by six charting titles during the year, including the rockers “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog”, before changing the pace with the ballad “Love Me Tender”. Despite the growing popularity of rock ‘n’ roll, climbing up the December ‘55 chart were Irish-born Ruby Murray’s “I’ll Come When You Call”, Jimmy Young’s “The Man From Laramie” and Frankie Laine’s “Hawk Eye”, among others. So a little variety there but it wouldn’t last. With “Rock Around The Clock” sitting at the top of the January ‘66 chart, The Four Aces’, an American all-white traditional pop quartet, were patiently waiting with ”Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”. To date, the guys had racked up million selling titles like “Three Coins In A Fountain” and “Mr Sandman”. Joining them in the chart climb were Londoner Max Bygraves with “Meet

Me On The Corner”. Comedian, singer, actor and variety performer, Max went on to appear twenty times on the Royal Variety Shows and to host the television programme “Family Fortunes”. Trinidadian pianist Winifrid Atwell’s “Let’s Have A Ding-Dong” was also playing the waiting game. A huge success in the UK and Australia in particular, this popular entertainer with the big smile, was loved for her boogie woogie and ragtime tunes during the fifties. Guess what? I do remember her! Sharon Davis “Soul and Motown Show”: 6pm – 8pm every Saturday on Hailsham FM

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Hellingly mini rugby


Marler. star Joe England


ellingly mini rugby, aka Hellingly Hornets, was relaunched in 2012 and is Hailshams best kept secret for team sport. They train and play on Sunday mornings between 10am-12 at Horsebridge recreation grounds. The club is affiliated with the RFU and promotes the core values of Rugby union. teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline & sportsmanship. Rugby is a unique sport that is suitable for all and at Hellingly rugby club everyone is made to feel welcome within the community oriented club. Hellingly mini and junior rugby are actively recruiting new players to join our existing squads, our age range is from 5-14 years old, each age group is trained by RFU THIS PAGE IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY

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qualified coaches, and the teams regularly take part in rugby festivals and friendly fixtures both home and away. Our fees are just £2 per week for a two hour session or just £50 per year. Taster sessions are free and you can enjoy a coffee and bacon roll in the warm clubhouse whilst your child burns off energy and has some fun. Mini Rugby is taught incrementally. From 5 to 8 years old players are taught tag rugby, a Velcro belt is worn with removable tags. This is non contact and teaches evasion and ball skills. The contact element of the sport is introduced slowly from the age of 9 as recommended by the RFU and their age grade rugby rules of play. Why not go along and give this exciting, fun sport a try. You can either turn up on Sunday morning between 10am and 12 at Horsebridge rec. BN27 4DJ and try a free session – or contact Steve for more information on Tel: 01323 371169 Mob: 07962 209391 Email:

U10 winners.

U8 winners.

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1st Team 17/12 Horsham 2 (H) 14:00 07/01 Uckfield (A) 14:00 14/01 Brighton 2 (A) 14:00 28/01 Burgess Hill (H) 14:00 2nd Team 10/12 Heathfield & Waldron 3 (H) 14:00 17/12 BSMS (Medics) (A) 13:30 14/01 Eastbourne 3 (H) 14:00 21/01 East Grinstead 2 (H) 14:00 28/01 Seaford 2 (H) 14:00

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A Word From Westminster

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY “The representative system is one of the hallmarks of British democracy.” Nus Ghani, MP.


emocratic representation is a two-way process. Those who are elected, or seeking election, must listen to what the voters have to say. Those who are represented must in turn listen to what the politicians have to say in order to decide whether to put their trust in them. It is something like running a small business. Businesses will struggle to run a profit unless they listen to the demands of their customers; MPs will struggle to be effective unless they listen to their constituents. That is why I carry out visits, hold advice surgeries, promote the local area and campaign for


initiatives which will bring greater prosperity. Surveys are also an important part of the system. At some point during the next few years an envelope may come through your letterbox door from me, asking for your opinions about a particular topic – it may be broadband, mobile phone reception or transport, for example. Some of you may already have received one. It is easy to be sceptical about surveys – they are another thing to add to the todo list, and there does not seem to be any immediate benefit for the person receiving

it. But I would urge you, if one does drop on to your doormat, to consider filling it out. It helps me enormously to understand your views and priorities, which in turn helps me represent you better. The representative system is one of the hallmarks of British democracy. We have exported it to countless countries around the world, and societies across the globe still look to us as the formative example of representative democracy. We must nurture it by maintaining the close links and dialogue between the representatives and the represented – so please, if you do get a survey, do consider filling it in!

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Get to know your pharmacist

ORDER NOW! by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham


his winter, don’t forget to order your repeat prescriptions in good time if you need them before Christmas. We are only closed on the bank holidays but remember we be closed from Christmas Eve afternoon until we open again on Wednesday 28th December. If your prescriptions can wait, it is often easier to order them after Christmas but ideally please order them at least a week before you need your

Victoria Small.

medicines. It is worth ensuring that you have a stock of painkillers, indigestion tablets and some diarrhoea treatment in the house. I am always happy to advise what is worth keeping in stock in your medicines cupboard. Whilst we and your surgery are closed, please remember that advice is available by telephoning 111 or looking at

May I wish everyone a joyful Christmas and a healthy New Year!


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Historic Hailsham Photographs Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society

The schools PART 3

for the Flower Show and the Friday Club Day. Another cause of absences was illness and disease. There were many occasions when large numbers of pupils were absent due to outbreaks of scarlet fever, diphtheria, measles or rubella, sometimes resulting in the closure of the school for several weeks. Deaths through these outbreaks were not unknown. In 1901 seven children died due to diphtheria. These closures badly affected exam results. Some parents were taken to court for failing to send their children to school. However the magistrates often failed to back the Board. In 1887 Mr Towler recorded, “when cases of irregular attendance have come before them their sympathy has been with the parents and with the Board who are endeavouring to maintain the educational status of children in the district.” However over the years attendance did however improve. In 1908 when Mr Towler recorded that, “the glorious fifth (of November), 198 boys out of 214 were present… .20 years ago it would have been impossible to open the school.” When the school was built the Board had economised on the original estimates, which unsurprisingly had negative consequences. In 1889, Dr Fussell, the local Medical Officer of Health, had to visit to inspect the well and the cisterns because the water was unfit for drinking as it contained “worms and animal matter.” One “economy” made during the building of the school was to cut out the proposed moveable partitions. In 1892 the boy’s school was basically one large room. The Inspectors report for that year criticised the ventilation. The room was cold and draughty. The Inspector suggested a partition or curtain across the school room. However this created a new problem. The new partition was too dark! Nothing was done


he 1870 Education Act established a system of locally elected ‘school boards’ to build and manage schools. However it took until 1875 before the Hailsham School Board was established. Over the next three years a piece of land was purchased and plans drawn up. The view was that boys and girls over the age of ten should be kept separate and thus the plan was to provide two buildings, each capable of holding 150 pupils, with accommodation for the headmaster in the middle. The next step was to engage a headmaster and headmistress. After receiving 123 applications the Board appointed Charles & Charlotte Towler to the headship of the two schools. Salaries were £125 and £105 pa respectively. The school was opened on 30 September 1878. Despite this brand new building Mr Towler recorded on 30 November 1878 that lessons could not be continued because it was too dark. However by 2 December the school had been supplied with a lamp! Classes were large and were made larger in the event of

sickness. On14 November 1879 the Assistant Master was away ill resulting in Mr Towler having to teach some 80 boys on his own! On another occasion Mr Towler and the assistant master were teaching 155 boys between them. Until 1891 education was not free and the question of funding the school was an ongoing issue. The Board charged 3d per week for the first two children of agricultural labourers with the rest free. Children of mechanics and others were to be charged 3d each for the first three children. However there were difficulties in collecting the fees which was addressed by the Board in June 1883 when they agreed that, “The weekly fees of every child must be paid before receiving instruction.” Pupils who did not pay were sent home. Mr Towler later recorded that, “The teachers received much abuse for sending children home, but the parents cannot fail to see the error in abusing teachers for doing their duty in carrying out the orders of the Board.” Another source of income was a

Hailsham Boys School late 1880’s. Mr Towler on the extreme left.


Hailsham School.

government grant which was dependent on the performance of the pupils at the annual inspection. The greater the number of passes the higher the grant. Attendance levels were also a factor in determining the grant. The third and largest source of funding was the rates. Unsurprisingly Board members were keen to keep costs down something which candidates for the Board stressed in their election publicity. Attendance was an issue almost from the outset. There were many causes of absenteeism. In particular harvest and hop picking (hopping). As early as 26 October 1878, just 3? weeks after the school opened, Mr Towler recorded that one third of the boys were absent. Because Hailsham was primarily a farming community school holidays were fixed around harvest when 4 weeks was the allotted holiday period. Other causes of absences were the weather. Many children had to walk some distance on unmade roads which was a particular problem following heavy storms as the drainage system couldn’t cope with the excess water. Whenever there was a large fete there were large absences. One such was the occasion when the Band of Hope outing took place resulting in about 200 children being absent. As a result the whole school was given a holiday! In August 1884 holidays were given on two separate days

by Paul Endersby

An early picture of Hailsham School.

about this for years! It was no surprise therefore when in 1896 the Inspector was still expressing concern about the insufficient light and its negative effect on the boy’s eyes. In his report he threatened to cut out the Grant unless things improved. Action soon followed! In 1894 Mr Towler complained that there were 50 children too many in the school, which was confirmed by the Inspector’s report who again threatened to have the Grant cut. As a result a new classroom was built at a cost of £210 together with other alterations to the existing building. Complaints about lighting and overcrowding continued and in 1903 the Inspector was still urging that more accommodation be provided. The rooms were untidy because there were insufficient cupboards for books and apparatus. The building also needed repainting. In 1904 there were complaints about a shortage of desks and rain coming in through the windows, so much so that lessons had to be abandoned. Despite the many difficulties the actual work done by the children showed progress over the years. Initially the curriculum covered little more than the basic elementary subjects, the 3 R’s. But as the years went on other subjects were added including geography, history, gardening and music.

In 1903 the school came under county council control, following the 1902 Education Act. Attendance improved as the penalty for missing school was increased to £1.00 and children could not leave school until they were 14 unless they had an Attendance Certificate. To get this certificate they had to attend 175 times (175 days) in each year for 5 years between the ages of 5 and 13. It is worth noting that prior to these regulations being introduced less than 20% of the Hailsham children would have qualified for the Attendance certificate. To be continued…

Charles Towler first headmaster, Hailsham Boys School.

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A taste of Winter


AVOCADO BAKED EGGS PREPARATION TIME: 10MINS COOKING TIME: 15MINS Ingredients 2 small eggs 1 avocado, halved and pitted 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, or to taste Fresh or dried parsley to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped


Method Preheat oven to 220 degrees centigrade / Gas Mark 7. Crack the eggs carefully into a bowl so the yolks stay intact. Place the avocado halves in a baking dish. (Note - if you rest them along the edge it prevents them from tipping over). Gently spoon 1 egg yolk into the avocado hole. Continue spooning egg white into the hole until full. Do the

same with the remaining avocado half. Season each filled avocado with chives, parsley, sea salt and pepper. Gently place baking dish in the preheated oven and bake until eggs are cooked, which takes about 15 minutes. They are delicious topped with chopped bacon which has been fried until crisp. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

ROASTING THE CAULIFLOWER IMPARTS A LOVELY SWEETNESS TO THE DISH AND THE MUSTARD MEANS YOU NEED LESS CHEESE SO IT’S BETTER FOR THAT POSTCHRISTMAS WAISTLINE! Ingredients 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets Salt and freshly ground black pepper For the sauce 20g/¾oz unsalted butter 20g/¾oz plain flour Grated nutmeg to taste 250ml/9fl oz skimmed milk 40g/1½oz mature cheddar, finely grated 2 tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard 15g/½oz parmesan, or similar hard cheese, finely grated

Method Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas 6. Place the cauliflower florets into an ovenproof dish and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender and starting to brown. Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan, then adding the flour and cooking for 1-2 minutes, or until a light golden colour. Gradually add the milk until smooth, and then cook over a gentle heat for 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until

thickened. Add the grated nutmeg. Reduce the heat then add the mustard and cheddar cheese. Put the roasted cauliflower into the sauce and mix so that all the florets are coated. Pour the cheese and cauliflower mixture back into the roasting dish, sprinkle over the parmesan and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is golden-brown and the sauce is bubbling. Serve as a supper dish with a green salad. ENJOY!

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The Wealden Eye Magazine Issue 37  

The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/12/2016 - Issue 37

The Wealden Eye Magazine Issue 37  

The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/12/2016 - Issue 37