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August/September Contents 5 Your Local Pharmacist 6 Word From County Hall 10

Hillier - Latest tips for your garden

12 Sussex Police - Update

Welcome to Issue 20 of The W ealden Eye…

13 East Sussex Fire & Rescue


ello and welcome to this summer’s

ideas or would like to let us know your

issue of The Wealden Eye. My name

thoughts on the magazine then we would love

is Charlotte and I am your new editor. I

to hear them. You can find us on Facebook,

November issue are filling up fast! We are

hope to carry on the great work of David

Twitter and our website,

now thinking ahead to advertising for

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Ames and would like to thank him for all which we can use

Christmas! It will be with us before you know!

30 Puzzle Page

his help whilst I have been learning the

to promote local events free of charge.

31 Music File 7 - Back in Time 1985


22 Pet Advice 24 Chapter 12 Latest Events 26 Celebrating the Good Olde Days

32 Hailsham Heritage Trail - Part 9 34 Summer Recipe 35 Southdown Personal Training

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exciting news on how we will be using

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bring a new dimension to the magazine with

community within Hailsham.

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In this issue we have your usual favourite

information about many things that are

allows your advert to become interactive, this makes the advert work harder for you and

feedback to make sure we are providing you

to be a helping hand for local business, at the

generates a much greater interest for the

with a good mixture of interest, information

moment we have a distribution level of 7000

reader. Give me a call to find out more. I hope

about local companies and services and

but in the future we would like to increase this

you enjoy the rest of the summer and I am

things to keep you amused. If you have any

and cover a larger local area in order for you

looking forward to getting to know our

to have more to read about and to give you a

readers and

wider range of contributors which will mean

contributors over the

lots more interesting content for you.

coming months.

Editor: Charlotte Collinson-O’Toole

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Get to know your pharmacist

Blocked a Runny Noses by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham


locked or runny noses are common problems that many people present to me in the pharmacy. It is always worthwhile asking what treatment is best for you. In the summer, the cause of a runny nose is often hayfever but, of course, any allergy can cause a clear watery secretion. I can easily treat this with over the counter antihistamines. The older style ones often cause drowsiness but tend to be better at drying up secretions. The newer one-a-day ones only rarely cause drowsiness and are very effective at treating


allergies. They are also very good value for money- we sell a month’s supply of cetirizine tablets for only £1.99. Another way to treat a runny nose, caused by an allergy, is with a steroid spray. These nasal sprays are very effective at preventing the streaming, clear nasal-discharge from starting. They often give some immediate benefit but after a few days of use become even more effective. I can only sell them to adults over 18 years old. If the mucous is coloured then it is likely to be a cold that is the cause. Steroid sprays are not

Victoria Small. suitable but decongestant sprays or drops tend to work very well at treating a blocked nose. These decongestants should not be used for more than a few days or they can make the problem worse. Other types of decongestants can be taken in the form of tablets or lemon drinks. These can sometimes cause problems for some people taking certain other medicines eg some medicines for depression or blood pressure. Always ask to speak to me if you are not sure which is the best treatment for you. WE

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A Word from County Hall

Funding Social Care – some ideas to meet the challenge


he Challenge for your council – the Government needs to make savings, which means that Councils’ need to make savings, TV and newspapers are commenting on council budget reductions as councillors and professional officers search for the best way to provide care support services for an increasing number of elderly and disabled people with less money available. The Challenge is that for residents requiring care in later life or the needs or mental health or living with disability challenges, this does not automatically mean an encounter with a social worker. Many people go through life managing their own care support, but it is also true that people who pay for their own care face rising care costs and household bills, all to be met from less disposable income. Same Challenge, different perspective… East Sussex County Council have thought about this, because assessing and helping self-funders to make choices about their care is good for individuals and can save money for the taxpayer. It is perhaps little known that local authorities have a legal duty to assess potential self-funding care users. In East Sussex we offer a complete free and confidential assessment of care needs coupled with a proper screening of personal finances, not to pry, but to ensure that we recommend an appropriate and affordable care support plan making best use of the money available to provide care for the long term. To discuss your needs please call Social Care Direct on: 0345 60 80 191 I would recommend individual assessment to shape

a personal care plan for a self-funding resident or carer, but I also recognise that, for some, this could be “a step too far” so we have developed East Sussex 1Space, an online self-service library of care and support services which can be found at: From personal care to getting odd jobs done, East Sussex 1Space will help residents find solutions from Independent care support businesses, care facilities and voluntary organisations around the county that offer help to live independently, safely and in good health. …and there’s more at The Support with Confidence scheme will help you find a range of care and support services you can trust – from people and organisations that have been vetted and approved by Trading Standards and Adult Social Care on grounds of quality, safety, and training. For those who prefer a printed directory pick up a copy from your local library. Whether someone is funding care for themselves or the Council is funding their needs, the common aim is to offer residents not just care, but the right solution for their needs. I am proud of the choices we offer. I hope residents will find them helpful. WE

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Hillier Garden Centre, Eastbourne

Gold-winning Garden Centre

Rhododendron ‘Fireball’.


illier Nurseries, the most successful exhibitor in the 100-year history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, won a 68th consecutive Chelsea Gold medal this year. The Hillier exhibit was a series of garden scenes, featuring stunning garden pools and fountains, a modern garden pavilion, and crocodile sculptures emerging from the undergrowth, all set amidst rich, lush, dramatic, inspirational planting.

There were over 3,000 plants in the Hiller exhibit and hundreds of hours went into designing and building it. Twelve massive lorries delivered the plants to London along with 30 tonnes of building materials to create the paths, walls and other hard landscaping features. After a year of planning, the garden was on show for just a week before being dismantled in just 24 hours; now we’re onto planning for 2014! The traffic is terrible, the show site is cramped and everything is more expensive in London. It seems odd having such a big horticultural show in the city. So why do the best growers and nurserymen in Britain all do Chelsea? It is simply the most prestigious horticultural show in the world. As Wimbledon is to tennis, Chelsea is to gardening.

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Crocodiles by Juakali.

Eddie Blackett’s water sculpture in granite.

The pathway by organicstone, composed of random large paviours in dark grey slate, guided the 180,000 visitors through the exhibit, allowing them to enjoy an abundance of planting – Rhododendron

Gold medal glory So what were the components that helped Hillier achieve its 68th consecutive Chelsea Gold? Two key aspects of this year’s design were the glorious glass and copper water sculptures by Mehrdad Tafreshi of Quist, which realised the vision of a cascade of crystals rising from Aqua Corona pools by Sui Generis, and the Sydney outdoor room from M&M Timber. Spectators were able to relax sitting around the sleek chiminea and enjoy a chilled glass of bubbly whilst enjoying the frothy pink and grey planting.

The glorious glass and copper water sculptures by Mehrdad Tafreshi of Quist.

‘Fireball’ a wonderful deciduous azalea for bright bold colour, Cornus kousa one of the flowering dogwoods with its large creamy white bracts and Heuchera ‘Plum Royale’ with its rich burgundy mixes, were just some of the planting highlights. Eddie Blackett’s water sculpture in granite sat amongst a soft glade of frothy lime foliage with the dwarf lilac Syringa ‘Red Pixie’ and the vibrant young leaves of Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ in the foreground. Crocodiles by Juakali added an element of surprise as they emerged from beneath the massive leaves of Gunnera manicata and the twisted stems of the willow Salix x sepulcharis ‘Erythroflexuosa’. If you weren’t able to attend Chelsea this year, then why not make it a date in your diary for next!

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Sussex Police Wealden District

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ealden District suffers with thefts from people’s outbuildings and sheds. The Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team take this matter very seriously and they put a lot of work in behind the scenes to identify and catch the culprits. During early July we made 4 separate arrests one of which was a suspect from Dorset. When these arrests are made we often recover property which we believe to be linked to crime but frustratingly often we are unable to trace the original owner. In order to assist us in our investigations Wealden NPT do operate a free property marking scheme called ‘Operation Creosote’ which focuses on this type of theft. We have explored and used a number of ways of marking property and at the moment we are using metallic marker pens to mark property with the postcode which is then coated with an acrylic lacquer. This equipment is financed by the Safer Wealden Partnership and is a quick, easy and fairly permanent method that costs less than 2 pence per item. Your local PCSO has access to this marking equipment and you only need to contact them to make an appointment. The main challenge we

face is that Wealden has over 60,000 households and we would like to get to all of them. I’m asking that you help us to help you by arranging a marking session for your area. This could be as simple as getting a few neighbours together or maybe a few streets before you contact your local officer. In this way they can have the best impact on their visit and get as much covered in the time available. Recent local surveys have identified that Wealden communities are concerned about burglary and that they would like the Police to concentrate on it as a priority. Please help us to beat this crime, keep you and your property safe and make Wealden a difficult place for criminals to be. WE Jamie Harwood Neighbourhood Engagement Officer

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A word of warning to shops, businesses and households… T

his September marks the anniversary of a devastating fire in Uckfield High Street which saw four shops damaged by a huge blaze. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind all Wealden residents to remain vigilant to prevent such a fire from happening again in any of the towns and villages across the district. The Uckfield fire started after waste being stored at the rear of one of the shops was set on fire. The two teenagers responsible were sentenced earlier this year (July) for starting the fire which caused more than £1million of damage. Fire crews from Uckfield were faced with a rapidly developing fire which had already taken hold and was affecting a number of shops and flats. The crews worked extremely hard to contain the fire to one block, which after some decisive action by crews was achieved. Wealden fire resources were quickly deployed within the High Street to offer reassurance and critical fire safety advice to residents and business owners and their employees and now assist with fire safety advice across the district. In order to prevent possible recurrences of this type of incident East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

would like to remind all property occupiers of the importance of storing refuse in a safe manner. This should be away from buildings where possible and the use of lockable commercial bins should be considered. Station Manager Nick Oliver-Taylor tells the Wealden Eye that the fire destroyed shops and threatened residential accommodation: “It is very clear that the fire in Uckfield had a dramatic effect on the owners and employees of the businesses that were destroyed. As well the wider implications for the economy of the area in general.” “In addition, a word to those that might be tempted to start fires in piles of rubbish and waste I would remind them that arson is a criminal offence which, on conviction, carries a significant custodial and financial penalty especially when it endangers people’s lives.” Charlotte Collinson O’Toole comments that this is a timely reminder to the residents across the region that type of incident could have a devastating impact on homes, shops and businesses and that all residents should be vigilant. WE

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Pet Advice


o you know what you are feeding your pet? There is mounting evidence that processed pet food is causing many, now common, ailments in our pets. From skin allergies and blocked anal glands to behaviour problems A growing number of people are now switching to feeding their dogs as nature intended and nature intended that much like their cousin, the wolf, the canine species is perfectly engineered to catch prey and eat it. In the wild a dog does not take its prey to the nearest restaurant and ask for it to be lightly sautĂŠed! If a dog catches a rabbit it will eat most of the animal including bone, muscle, organs and stomach contents. At Wealden Walkies we have been feeding our dogs on a raw natural diet for many years, have seen the benefits. If simple rules are followed and good hygiene standards are practiced there is very little chance that this way of feeding could cause any problems. Processed pet food whether it is kibble or a tinned variety has many things added to it that are not naturally occurring in the canine or feline diet and of course it is cooked this process destroys many of the nutrients and therefore vitamins and minerals need to be added back in artificially. Most holistic vets recommend this method of


feeding, but the veterinary profession is still divided, however, most vets stock brands of commercial pet food. If you would like to switch your dog (or cat) to a natural diet do your homework first. There are now some companies in the UK who supply a complete raw meat, vegetable and bone mince along with raw meaty bones which is definitely more convenient than trying to make a balanced diet up each day yourself, but be warned the cheaper products have things like rice, maize and potato added as a filler none of these occur naturally in the dog or cats diet. If you would like to find out more about BARF (biologically appropriate RAW food) there will be an information evening at Arlington Village Hall on the 23rd of September. There will be speakers from Honeys Real Dog food a charity raffle with the prize being a Honeys Hamper (for pets!). WE Contact Wealden Walkies for details.

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The Ropemaker Theatre Company

Celebrating The Good Olde Days

Ropemaker Theatre Company are also looking for speciality acts – jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats…

Hailsham Pavilion



here’s no business like show business” sang Ethel Merman, and that is exactly what Hailsham’s own Ropemaker Theatre Company is planning to bring to the Pavilion Theatre on Saturday 9th November. The theatre company’s aim is to present affordable productions to the community and so has announced its plan to stage ‘Celebrating The Good Olde Days’. This evening will be extra special because it’s not only for the community but by the community. Those of us of a certain age, will remember the television series ‘The Good Old Days’ featuring a host of variety acts, encouraged by the MC, who stood on a podium with gavel in hand, spouting extraordinarily long words. Well, this is what is being planned! Chapter 12 wine bar have been holding a series of Showcase evenings where local talent has been wowing the judges. The winners will join in the fun on 9th November. In addition Ropemaker Theatre Company are also looking for speciality acts – jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, acrobats (although securing a tightrope across the Pavilion ceiling might prove tricky!), snake charmers and, well, you get the message, to appear on the evening. Some acts have already been booked, but there’s plenty of room for more. Auditions will be held on 7th September, so if you are interested or know anyone who can ‘do a turn’ then don’t hesitate! Please contact the Hailsham Pavilion on 01323 841414 or you can go online at, or leave a message on the company’s Facebook Page: RopemakerTheatre Hailsham. Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased for the evening from the Hailsham Pavilion direct. WE SHARON DAVIS

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Experience Holidays

Southern Africa I

t may seem a bit crazy to be thinking about holidays in the middle of winter just as the summer is getting going. But there are very good reasons to be planning and booking your holiday to winter sun and adventure in Southern Africa. So what are the reasons for going to Southern Africa? Apart from the chance to leave some of our winter behind, there is something for most interests. The obvious one is the stunning and varied wildlife that shares the land with a wealth of tribes and nations. There is a real moment of

For those who are looking for excitement, challenges or something complete new…

excitement when you see your first lion/elephant/ leopard in its natural habitat. For bird lovers, this part of the world has so much to offer and if you time it right you can be on a migration route at the right moment. If your interest is archaeology or history then there is so much to see and do going back to the dawn of man. The subject comes alive when you are handling a hand axe fashioned 20,000 years ago or as you walk the battlefield of Isandlwana or walk along the only street in the world that was home to 2 Nobel Peace Prize holders – in Soweto.

– now is the time to book! If you like your food and wine then a trip down south could be just what you need. The fresh food really does only travel a short distance. Many of the lodges and small hotels/B&Bs encourage the local community to grow their requirement thus ensuring that the benefits of tourism spread locally. Some of worlds best wines come from this region and the vineyards are very welcoming. Just decide who will be driving afterwards as they will be pleased to let you try their wares. For those who are looking for excitement, challenges or something complete new, then think about cage diving with great white sharks, horse riding through the veldt, zip trailing through the forest or quad biking over some of the biggest sand dunes in the world. But the real gem of the area is the people that you will meet. They are friendly, welcoming and truly pleased to see you. If you are interested in other people’s cultures and ways of life, then you are spoilt for choice. Meeting the San or Himba people who have made very few concessions to modern life is enthralling. At the other end of the scale, the cities of the region are as modern as you would want with as many shopping and eating experiences as most other places in the world. Currency – the rate of the pound against the Rand is its highest level for months. Flights – booking your flights around now often gives you the best rates. Airlines raise their prices as the flights fill up. The down side to this is that you will have to pay for them in full as soon as you book them. Booking the accommodation/safari that you want – it may seem strange but some of the best places to go have limited availability. One of the reasons that they are special is their remoteness and the small size of the lodge/camp and, because they are popular, they fill quickly.


This is particularly the case for something extraordinary such as a walking or horseback safari or a destination that is well of the beaten track. Weather – this part of the world is in its summer and the temperatures are high especially in the deserts, but it is also the time of the rains, which can be very heavy and disruptive to transport and communications. It is always worth checking with an expert to ensure that you are not in the country of your choice at the wrong time of the year! WE

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Music File 7

Back in Time



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hen Martha and the Vandellas first recorded ”Dancing In The Street” in 1964, they could never have imagined that it would be covered by two of the best loved music icons 21 years later. The television exposure of the dreadful plight of starving children which shocked our nation and touched Bob Geldof so much that he organised our top singers of the day to record the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” from which all sales proceeds went towards sending aid towards the victims of the famine in Ethiopia.

The public supported this by purchasing the single by the thousands. However Bob took his mission one step further with the help of promoter Harvey Goldsmith, they started planning a concert to be held at Wembley Stadium on 13th July 1985. They pulled on the best in British music to help out, and before a crowd of 72,000 people, and an estimated 1.9 billion worldwide, the biggest music concert ever known was staged! With artists like Queen, The Who, Status Quo, Sting, Phil Collins, Brian Ferry, Dire Straits, Elton John, and Paul McCartney, the message travelled across the globe. But this wasn’t the end of it, because once the London gala closed, it was followed by an equally impressive concert at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. Here another mouth-watering list entertained the world – Billy Ocean, The Four Tops, Bryan Adams, Tina Turner, Madonna and so on... Notably, Phil Collins appeared in Philadelphia after having hopped a plane straight from his Wembley appearance. Anyway, back to “Dancing In The Street” performed

by David Bowie and Mick Jagger. The original plan was for them to perform it live via satellite link up, but this had to be abandoned due to the halfsecond delay in transmission. Filming a video was the only answer. So, Mick flew to London to meet up with David and they recorded the song in four hours at the Abbey Raod Studios, then headed for London Docklands to shoot the video. Thirteen hours later, the video was ready, and was played during the Wembley gala. This version of “Dancing In The Street” stayed at the top of the UK chart for four weeks. Live Aid was the most ambitious international satellite television venture at the time, it raised an estimated £150 million to help with famine relief. WE SHARON DAVIS


Photographs: Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society

Historical Hailsham - Part 9

The Rope Makers

Burfields Part 1

Burfields 1900.


n the last edition of the Wealden Eye we looked at the development of the railway as one of the two factors which led to a large increase in the town’s population during the 19th century. In this and the next issue we will be considering the other factor, the rope making industry. From the period 1807 to the 1980’s there were two rope making firms in Hailsham. Rope was critical to the military during the 18th and 19th centuries when the backbone of the empire depended on sail power to keep it together. The development of rope making in the town, which has been described as, “the life blood of Hailsham for 200 years,” began in 1807 when Thomas

Hand spinning.


Burfield, (1785 -1866), a journeyman saddler and collar maker opened a saddlery business in the High Street, which by all accounts was very successful. Burfield then moved into the rope making business starting with a ”rope walk” on the land behind his shop. The term rope walk comes from the spinning process used in rope manufacture, where by the “Twine Spinner” would walk down a straight path letting out about 40 lbs of hemp which was tied round his waist paying it out with his left hand whilst he walked backwards. A wisp of hemp was fastened to a wheel which was then turned by a wheelboy or spinner boy turning the wheel. At one time there were 8 rope walks in Hailsham, each about 75 yards long. Their locations included South Road, the rear of The Crown Inn, Mill Road and Summerheath Road. Spinners were paid piece work rates and therefore had a precarious income as work had to stop when it rained. Some products were made by outworkers who took them to Burfield’s warehouse in the High Street. Describing the success of the business one writer said that, “by hard work and sound methods he

were made in Hailsham! Louis Salzman, who in 1901 wrote, “The History of the Parish of Hailsham”, noted that, “at present almost the only fact that the guide books can find to say of Hailsham,” is that this factory (Burfields), has the privilege of making the ropes with which criminals are hanged at Lewes, a source of income only slightly less precarious than the manufacture of smoked glasses through which to watch solar eclipses.” The success of the rope making industry was reflected in the 1881 census which recorded that Thomas Burfield employed 110 persons. In many respects it became a family industry with several generations of the same family working for the company. Many of the workers lived in the cottages in and around South Road. The first electric light was installed on the chimney at Burfields new factory in South Road in the early 1880’s. Thomas Burfield died in 1866. He was held in high respect for he was able to provide work for many during periods of extended of widespread unemployment. Charles Robertson comments that, “he (Burfield) made life more secure for

Thomas Burfield 1811-1874. (Thomas Burfield) built up a good business which enjoyed a first class reputation for the quality of its products and the integrity of its principal.” During the 1800’s a wide range of rope related goods were manufactured, including Hop Pockets for the brewing industry, cloths, twine, mill sails, whip cord, bell pulling ropes, coal sacks, flour bags and ropes for the navy, wagon covers, ropes for hoisting mill stones, halters, clothes lines, doormats, and horses nose bags. All the official hangman’s ropes used in Britain and in the colonies

Burfield’s rope walk in South Road around 1900.

by Paul Endersby

many people in and around Hailsham.” Thomas Burfield was followed by his son, also Thomas who was a keen cricketer and it is reputed that he once hit W G Grace to the boundary at Hastings and later missed getting him out by dropping an easy catch! Thomas Burfield (Jnr) developed the business still further and amassed a considerable fortune. He died in 1874 and was remembered by his employees as a benevolent old gentleman, though stern, who insisted that the boys who worked for him also attended

Supervisors at Burfields outside the matting and saddler sheds in South Road. school in the evenings. The respect he had earned was reflected on the day of his funeral when huge numbers of people formed ranks in long columns and followed the coffin through the town. Many shops closed to show their respect. Ernest Baker writing in 1924 recalls his childhood memories of the event. Looking out of the window of his parents’ home in the High Street he says, “I had never seen such a big procession before. If my memory serves me aright the men four and six abreast, who walked behind the carriages, stretched after the carriages were out of sight in George Street from the Market Square to the Crown Hotel.” Following the death of Thomas Burfield (Jnr) business declined.

The writers of “The Stringwalk” record that, “Thomas Burfield had built up a thriving business following on from his father’s beginnings… He

View from the church tower with Burfields rope walk lower right. had been able to afford to educate his sons but they did not have the same interest in the business as their father and grandfather and by the end of the century Burfields had declined considerably.” This was also reflected by Salzman who writing about Burfields in 1901 referred to the string and twine factory as, “the chief industry of the town and formerly, in the time of its founder, the late Mr Burfield, of greater importance than at present.” Ultimately a group of Hailsham business men took over the management of the business and succeeded in large measure in restoring the prosperity that the company had previously enjoyed. Ultimately the factory covered some 14 acres of ground with a further 12 acres for the sports field. The business continued through the 20th century and in 1953 Burfields was taken over by Hawkins & Tipson which ultimately traded under the name of Marlow Ropes. One particular setback was a large fire on 27 May 1975 which destroyed large areas of the factory. So large was the blaze that a third of the East Sussex Fire Brigade attended. Today, Marlow’s has a brand new purpose built factory and warehouse and continues to manufacture ropes on the same site as Thomas Burfield over 200 years ago. WE

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ho doesn’t love a bit of berry picking in the summer? It’s a great afternoon out and so good to bring all that luscious fruit home, ready for a recipe, or just for munching. We are very lucky to live in this area with fruit picking farms a plenty. Roulade 150g good quality plain chocolate (70%, you can get it from most supermarkets) 4 eggs – separated 130gms light soft brown sugar 2 level tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 tsp hot instant coffee (1tsp coffee granules/powder 1tbsp hot water) Filling 150ml (1/4 pt) double cream 15 ml (1 level tbsp) icing sugar 150ml (1/4 pt) Greek style yoghurt 1tsp Rose Water (available from good supermarkets) 225g fresh berries (raspberries work best, but I used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries in this one, feel free to use whatever you have!) Decoration Fresh berries, fresh mint Method

Line with baking parchment a 23 x 33cm (9 x 13”) swiss roll tin or grease and line with greaseproof paper. I have found it’s worth investing in a roll of baking parchment, saves the need to grease everything too. Melt the chocolate, either in a microwave (10 secs or so at a time, stirring well in between to stop the chocolate burning in the middle, or melt your chocolate in a bowl over some simmering water, but make sure your bowl is a snug fit, don’t let the steam get in to the chocolate, water and chocolate don’t mix well). Leave to cool slightly. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until very thick and pale. Beat in the chocolate. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold carefully in


Summer is here! to the chocolate mixture with the cooca powder. Pour the mixture in to your prepared tin and spread evenly.

At last, summer has arrived…

Bake in the oven at 180º (I did mine at 160º but as I’ve mentioned before, my oven is a bit fierce!), gas mark 4 for about 15 – 20 mins, until well risen, nice and firm to the touch. Whilst the roulade is baking lay a large piece of baking parchment or greaseproof paper out on your worktop and sprinkle liberally with caster sugar. When the roulade is cooked turn it out upside on to the sprinkled baking parchment and carefully peel off the lining paper. Lay a damp tea towel over the roulade to cool. To prepare your filling, whip the cream and icing sugar together until it forms soft peaks. Gently fold in your Greek yoghurt and rose water. When the roulade is cool, carefully cut a score with a sharp knife at the left hand narrow end of your roulade so that it will be easier to roll up. Spread your cream filling over the roulade, then sprinkle with the fruit. Starting from the narrow end that you scored and taking the parchment underneath with your fingers, tightly roll your roulade up with the parchment, using the parchment to help you roll. When it is rolled up, transfer to your serving dish and decorate with more fresh fruit and sprigs of fresh mint. Sprinkle with more icing sugar if you want to. WE

Recipe courtesy of Sylvias Kitchen


re you making the most of the good weather? We have waited a long time for some long warm evenings, and now they are here it would be a shame to waste them. With the school summer holidays approaching, it may be a good time to re-examine your exercise routines, get ready for the beach, and take the opportunity to do a little toning. Make the most of the warm evenings, by taking a good walk, light jog, or maybe a bike ride in the countryside. If you have children, include them in your outdoor activities. If they see their parents involved in exercise, they can be encouraged to join in, and not waste their time sitting in front of the computer, or the TV, when the benefits of the fresh air can be enjoyed. Even exercise classes with air conditioned studios can offer a release from the stifling hot evenings experienced at home. The warm temperatures can also help us with our eating requirements, as this weather encourages us to eat lesser quantities of food. So a good time to watch the calories, try something

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different and maybe start a new eating plan. There are plenty of different fresh fruit and vegetables available at this time of year, so why not make the most of them. Fresh salads or roasted vegetables make a nutritious accompaniment to any barbecue. Before we know it, Autumn will be upon us, so don’t let the opportunity of enjoying our summer go to waste. WE For more help or information, please call SOUTHDOWN PERSONAL TRAINING Lower Ground Floor Hairlines Studio 39 High Street Polegate East Sussex. Tel:01323 848525 Mobile:07950812172

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Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture

7th – 15th September 2013 The seventh annual Hailsham Arts Festival will take place this September and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Over a nine day period the town will be filled with a festival atmosphere of colour and excitement which offers something for most tastes and all ages…

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Highlights include: • Festival opening with drumming displays, busking and face painting followed by musical performance in St Mary’s Church • Americana Day at the Boship Lyons Hotel including American vehicles, barbeque, dance workshops and live music • Children’s workshops

• Umbrella decorating workshops with Radiator Arts. You’ll get the chance to be creative and then show off your work as part of the Umbrella Parade. The Festival Guide – the essential tool for getting the most out of the Festival

• Film Club at Hailsham Pavilion • Decorated Umbrella Parade • Arts Quiz at Chapter 12 Wine Bar • Beauty of Baroque opera in the stunning Hellingly Church * Sausage and Mash Supper in aid of Demelza Children’s Hospice • Murder Mystery Evening at Callendars Restaurant • Ballet Nimba, authentic African drumming, dance and acrobatics • Art trail, ever-popular and displaying art by local artists. Although most of the fun takes place during September there are also some great opportunities to get involved during the build-up. These include • Talent Showcase at Chapter 12 – can you sing, dance, juggle, do magic tricks, tell a story or do anything else artistic? If the answer is ‘yes’ then you could win £150 and use of a BMW for a weekend (courtesy of Chandlers BMW) • 3 Minute Wonder film competition. Submit your film for the chance to see it shown on the screen in the Hailsham Pavilion. The winner will win exciting prizes including £100 in cash.

Talent Showcase at Chapter 12

If you haven’t already picked up your copy of the Festival Guide then make sure you grab one soon; they’re available in shops and outlets around the town centre. You can also see all the latest information online at our website. Many of the events will be free or low cost and the key to getting the most out of the programme is to plan in advance and get hold of your tickets sooner rather than later. WE For more information visit or email

3 Minute Wonder film competition


/HailshamArtsFestival Some events will have limited places and tickets will be available during August and September. Keep in touch with us via the website, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest details and information about how to book.

Arts Quiz at Chapter 12 Wine Bar Sausage and Mash


Murder Mystery Evening at Callendars


Hailsham Street Market

Watch out this August for a new and exciting addition to Hailsham town centre.


he Hailsham street market, delivered by a joint partnership between the Town Council and Hailsham Forward will operate on a regular basis and offer a range of quality goods from foods to fashion and lots more inbetween. Paul Soane, Manager of Waitrose and Chair of Hailsham Forward said “This is an exciting development for the town centre. We’re looking forward to welcoming some really good quality traders to the market, whose products will complement those already on sale in local outlets. We believe the market will be a great attraction offering quality and affordable items and bringing more visitors into Hailsham on a regular basis.” The first market takes place on 24th August and then regularly on the third Saturday of each month. In addition there will be regular markets on the second and fourth Thursdays. The markets will be located in Vicarage Field and will run from 9am to 3pm. Organisers say care is being taken to ensure they in no way compete with the established Farmers Market and Friday Market. If there is something you want to see at the market or are interested in having a stall yourself, get in touch with Hailsham Forward by email to WE Find out more at 40

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Mobility Adaptations “David and his team were great to work with in taking my ideas and turning them into a reality. The whole Build Works team did an outstanding job. David’s attention to detail was great. He spent the time to make sure that the finished job met our expectation.”


oes this sound like what you would like in a building company? Well, did you know that we also have years of experience in providing mobility adaptations to our customers homes? Illness and disability might come in many forms. Some illnesses and disabilities have to be faced from birth; others are developed during a person’s lifetime and can have a major impact on how they have to face the practical aspects of everyday life. At The Build Works, we take a great pride in helping people in these situations, by looking at their individual situations and

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 42

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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idelis Floral Art (Fidelis means faithful & loyal in Latin) is an exciting and relatively new addition to Hailsham which opened in December 2013 and can be found in 3b St Marys Walk. Sally has been involved in floristry for a number of years both working freelance as well as within a number of florists, gaining valuable experience along the way before opening Fidelis Floral Art.

catches your eye as you walk through St Marys Walk, and there is free parking close by”. We also stock a range of gift ideas from silk flowers through to garden accessories and our stock regularly changes, so you’ll always find something different on offer.” WE Fidelis Floral Art also offers workshops. If you would like more information on the workshops of any other of our services then please feel free to contact us on: 01323 848899

Sally is now a highly qualified florist who has gained her foundation degree in floristry and is soon hoping to complete her Masters. While Fidelis Floral Art specialises in weddings, events and sympathy tributes they can create beautiful bouquets for every day enjoyment and Sally offers an entirely bespoke service that focusses on the love and passion she has for flowers, especially roses. Sally says “At Fidelis we are friendly and welcome you, offering first class customer service at all times. We also offer free delivery in Hailsham and the surrounding area.” “Outside the shop we have a lovely display of seasonal plants complete with descriptions, and books inside to refer to. The colourful display

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Lusted Design Architectural Design Service 54 Ingrams Way, Hailsham, BN27 3NP Tel: 01323 843235 Mob: 07951 279022

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

Fidelis Floral Art 3b St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham East Sussex, BN27 1AF Tel: 01323 848899

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

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

The Butterfly Room Hair Design 10 Carew Court, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, BN27 1UL Tel: 01323843621

Interior Design

The Build Works 01323 401227 or 01273 311349

Gardening and Tree Services

Attractions Eating Out Arlington Bluebell Walk, Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road Arlington, Nr Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6SH Tel: 01323 485151 Email: Hailsham Farmers Market Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AG Tel: 01323 449478 Mob: 07828 152897 Email: philbrooks290@hotmail

Callenders 80-82 High Street, Hailsham Tel: 01323 842400 Chapter 12 Wine bar 12 High Street, Hailsham, BN27 1BJ Tel: 01323 351898 John’s Fish & Chips, 66 High Street, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 847552

Childcare and Activities Electricians Emmanuel Pre-school, Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, BN27 1UG Tel: 07796 901197 Hellingly Playgroup Contact: Tracy 07776 180711 Summerfields Nursery, Summerheath Road, Hailsham, Call Val on 01323 449057/845542,, Community Services Getting Help in East Sussex Email:


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CPB Electrical Services Tel: 01323 500859 Mob: 07533 742948 Electric-Wise. 3, Cortlandt, George St, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE Tel: 01323 446646 Mob: 07825 640484 Email: Fireplaces and Woodburners Sussex Fireplace Gallery, Units B2 & B3 Chaucer Business Park Dittons Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6JF Tel: 01323 488848

BC Tree Services,, Tel: 01323 870026 24 hour line: 07917 404150 Coopers Croft Garden Centre, New Road (A271), Herstmonceux, East Sussex, BN27 1PX Tel: 01323 831681, Ed’s Garden Maintenance, Tel: 01323 800375 Mob: 07540 455814,


Creative Curtains, 9 North Street Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1DQ Tel: 01323 844555 Letting Agents

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


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Paw Paws Dog Walking Contact: Charlotte Tel: 01323 841505 Mob: 07854 335291 Wealden Walkies Contact: Lesley Tel:07706 915716 Pharmacies

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

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


Plumbing and Heating

AB Mobility Tel: 01323 849736 Email:

Cost Effective Heating Tel: 01323 760303

Health and Fitness Hillier Garden Centre, Hailsham Road, Stone Cross, Pevensey, BN24 5BS Tel: 01323 763240 Mays Terracotta Sussex Grange, Clayhill, Lewes, BN8 5RU Tal: 01273 814165 Email: Graphic Design and Artwork Apatitedesign The Voucher Project Mob: 07956258160 John Kimble Graphic Design Tel: 01323 848004 Mob: 07940260315

Freedom Leisure Hailsham Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX, Tel: 01323 846755 Hailsham Bowling Club Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX Tel: 01323 849810 / 01323 840595 Hellingly Bowls Club Horsebridge Recreation Ground, BN27 4DL Tel Jean & Gerry: 01323 440516 Tel Trevor: 01323 842937 or Tel Brian: 01323 844820 Southdown Personal Training Lower Ground Floor Hairlines Studio 39 High Street, Polegate, East Sussex. Tel:01323 848525 Mobile:07950812172

Printing & Signage The Build Works 01323 401227 or 01273 311349 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:

Footprint Printers Unit 8, Apex Business Park, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3JU Tel: 01323 449658 Email: Property Services Andrew Midwinter Kitchen & Bathroom Installations Tel: 01323 354045 Mob: 07725465791 Email: Continued…

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Business Directory Daniells Harrison Chartered Surveyors 1 Cortlandt, George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE Tel: 01323 446636 Email:

Taxis Hail-a-Cab Tel: 01323 849888 Tiling

South East Trade Frames Classic Collection Tel: 01323 847234

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

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

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

Hailsham Carpet Warehouse Unit 7, Crown Close, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3JX Tel: 01323 849489 Email: Shops Waitrose Vicarage Field, Hailsham, BN27 1BE Tel: 01323 846708 Skips Paul’s Mini Skips Tel: 07951 623764

Experience Holidays 1 Town House Garden, Market Street, Hailsham Tel: 01323 446550, www.experience LJ Edwards Coach Holidays Tel: 01323 440622 Vehicle Sales and Servicing Autocraft Automotive Services Attwood Farm, Bodle Street Green, Hailsham, BN27 4RA Tel: 01323 833811 Mob: 07887 765234 Email:

Collins Honda, Herstmonceux Service Station, Herstmonceux, BN27 4JU Tel: 01323 832211 Fax: 01323 833488 Hastings Van Centre Tel: 01424 813388 Mob: 07817 265864 SE Tyres Wealden Diplocks Way, Hailsham, BN27 3JF Tel: 01323 840261 Solo ABC Mobile Car Repairs Tel: 0800 8488617 Mob: 07584 598617 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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