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his year has started with some exciting times for our magazine. We have increased our print run to 10,000 copies from 6,500. We can now cover an even wider area for our advertisers and we are now based in the heart of town in the Town House. This means we will really feel a part of the business community of Hailsham! We feel very lucky to be based in one of the towns historic buildings. The Town House was built in the 1700’s and really is a credit to Hailsham’s history – there really is so much history in our town to make us proud to live and work here. Looking to the future of Hailsham, there is an event on February 9th which I would really encourage you all to attend. The Neighbourhood Plan team from Hailsham Town Council have organised a ‘drop-in’ session to gather the public’s opinion on what they would like to see in Hailsham. The meeting will explain more about the neighbourhood planning process – including recent achievements – and explore how the Town Council and local residents can take it forward successfully. It starts at 6.45pm at the Hailsham East Centre in Vega Close. Everyone is welcome, including children, and they will be using some exciting new technology to research and collate peoples opinions, so make sure you have your say!

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Café Events POP-UP VALENTINE’S DINNER AT OLIVE’S CAFE, 11TH FEBRUARY Save the date! Join us with your lucky date or a group of friends, for three delicious courses of fusion cooking, with amuse bouche, cocktails and paired boutique wines. Check our website for the menu.

Join Keely and Helen for an evening of wine, laughter, food and fun. Sample delicious organic and biodynamic wines and discover more about production methods and food and wine matching in a fun and informal environment. £20.00 per person, includes generous pouring of six wines and canapés to match. Email to book a place SHROVE TUESDAY AT LIME CROSS NURSERY - 28TH FEBRUARY Everybody loves a pancake! Come along to Olive’s Café, where Dan and the team with flip you a pancake or two. Choose from a delicious menu of sweet, savoury and fun animal shaped pancake for children.

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WINE CLUB STARTS THURSDAY FEBURARY 23RD AT 7PM Sign up to our monthly wine club at Lime Cross Nursery. Enjoy a monthly wine tasting where you will discover new wines and learn more about wine, vineyard visits and monthly discounts on wine. Free to join, email:

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Valentine’s day treat.

SAVE THE DATE MOTHER’S DAY SUNDAY 26TH MARCH Celebrate Mothers Day here at Lime Cross Nursery Stroll around the display gardens, browse the shop and plant area and enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon Champagne tea at Olive’s Café.

Lime Cross Nursery Green Card Pop into the nursery to pick up one of our new loyalty cards. The Green Card replaces the former yellow Garden Card. The Green Card is an electronic plastic card that allows you to accumulate credit every time you make a purchase!

Abies Nordmannia Golden Spreader. Here at Lime Cross Nursery, we are famous for grafting and propagating conifers, we produce hundreds of different varieties every year, some of which we have discovered here. These are our top 5 conifers: Abies Nordmannia Golden Spreader £22.99 ‘Golden Spreader’ is a slowgrowing evergreen conifer that produces a small shrub of spreading, bushy growth, which is wider than it is tall. Foliage bright golden/yellow, particularly in winter.

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Two course lunch menu TBC soon. Email: to receive the e mail/ book a table. Menu TBC very soon! Calling all veggies, vegans, and celiacs! We (Dan and Keely) are both vegetarians, and we appreciate the hardship when ordering at restaurants and cafes sometimes… .but at Olive’s Café we cater for all – if you have any specific dietary requirements, and want to know if we can rustle something up – just call us! We have an eclectic specials board, and Kate (our resident scone and cake baker, yum!) makes delicious gluten free and vegan cakes and slices that are available every day. Do you have any favourites you wish to see at Olive’s? Email Olive’s Café Sunday roasts! On Sundays, we all like a roast lunch. At Olive’s we will be taking away the pressure of cooking on those glorious lazy Sundays by providing veggie and meat roasts with all the trimmings! We alternate between some fine beef, local lamb, chicken and the veggies can expect some exceptional creations from Dan! All roasts are served with sides of seasonal veggies – all vegetables and herbs to be fully grown at Lime Cross Nursery very soon!

Abies Koreana Icebreaker. Abies Koreana Icebreaker £22.99 Stunning twirls of blue and green twisted, whimsical foliage! We just love this conifer. Juniperus Communis Goldschatz £22.99 Stunning bright ground cover conifer with golden/yellow foliage.

PLANT GROUP OF THE MONTH Conifers It’s not all doom and gloom in the garden in February. Sure, there are not many leaves on the trees and it’s cold and muddy and not much fun. But there is one plant group that has the power to supersede the elements: the mighty conifer. In all its evergreen glory, it boasts a thousand shades of rich green textures and bizarre shapes.

Juniperus communis Goldschatz.

Your local garden nursery Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’. Cryptomeria Japonica ‘Elegans’ £39.00 The Japanese Cedar or Japanese Red Cedar is a delightful conifer tree that boasts blue/green foliage in the spring that turns fresh green throughout the summer, before turning burgundy/purple and rusty shade of red in the autumn and winter.

Pinus strobus Sea Urchin.

Pinus Strobus Sea Urchin £22.99 This adorable slow grower is reminiscent of its name sake, it will do well in a container or in amongst Apines in a rockery

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.

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Get to know your pharmacist

GOODBYE AND THANK YOU! by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham

Victoria and Andrew.


t was with great sadness that I had to say goodbye to my colleagues, customers and patients at Kamsons Pharmacy in December. I have had five wonderful years of working in Hailsham and loved every minute of it. I married another Kamsons pharmacist, Andrew, back home in Ireland and we have taken the difficult decision to move back there to settle. May I thank everyone for all of the kindness that you have shown me over the years and I know that you will show Chris, the new pharmacist manager, the same generous welcome. Here’s a few pictures from the wedding.


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he junior winter training sessions have started with a bang in January. We welcomed 24 new members to the club on the 11th January and haven’t looked back since then. The juniors have been working extremely hard on their skills and tactics. For the first time we are offering a new U19 team in 2017 and are pleased to see some of our older junior players committing to the club and their cricket development. We are really pleased to see so many junior girls joining and having fun whilst playing cricket, this is something we want to

HCC 1. push further over the coming months. In November we put four new volunteers through their level 1 coaching course and this has allowed us to increase numbers and brought fresh/creative ideas to the sessions. Always looking for new members of all ages and abilities to join your local community club. 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

he 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 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 existing members as well as new players of all ages and cricketing ability. The club is putting final touches to the social calendar for the 2017 season with some exciting events already booked in. In February we have the annual 10 pin bowling tournament and a junior coach’s dinner and drinks at Ribs & Co. In April we have the clubs annual Cricket Force event on the weekend of 1st/2nd April to prepare the grounds and a horse race fundraiser evening at the clubs HQ the HMI club on the 8th April.

For more information please contact Rob Wilkinson

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Membership types include Full, Senior Citizen, Junior (16) Sports and Family New members always welcome! CLUB IS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS INCLUDING BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS, WEDDINGS, CHRISTENINGS, WAKES, CATERING IS AVAILABLE.

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 every Thursday afternoon 2.00 – 4.00 Evening bingo – Thursday evening from 8.00 on 2nd & 16th February, 2nd, 16th & 30th March, 13th & 27th April, 11th May. 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 CONTACT INFORMATION: Western Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3DN Phone: 01323 840459 Twitter - @HMIclub

Prob one o ably CHEA PEST f the venu drinking Hails es in ham! Private functions catered for – Venue with fully licenced bar and catering available for private functions including birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, wakes, baby showers, children’s parties. 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 FEBRUARY – MARCH 2017 Sport: All major sporting events shown on big screen LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Saturday 11th February – Stray Dogs Saturday 11th March – Beagles Saturday 1st April – Lady Gaga Tribute Saturday 8th April – Race Nite Saturday 20th May – Legacy Sunday April 23rd – Celebrate St. Georges Day – Live entertainment – Hot food available Tuesday 14th March Live – Snooker legend Jimmy White & John Virgo – tickets available for non members £20.00

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t’s true that we are all living longer but it’s also true that we are not all living life to it’s full potential because of health related issues. As the environment becomes more polluted and toxic, as food becomes more processed and nutrient depleted and as stress levels rise with the demands of our working environments and hectic lifestyles, people are facing more and more health issues. For these reasons now, more than ever before, it’s important to keep our bodies as fit and healthy as possible. Helen Prosper is a health professional who really cares about people and their wellbeing and has worked in the Health and Wellness profession for over 25 years. Over recent years the scientific understanding behind disease and illnesses has developed enormously and new natural solutions that support the body to heal and repair are being discovered and formulated. One such company that is at the cutting edge of research, formulating, trialing and manufacturing natural supplements is


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Experience Holidays



fter a flight between Heathrow and Salt Lake City, and a short connecting hop, we arrived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Over the start of our adventure through Wyoming and Montana, and the coming two weeks we truly found out that, wow, was it worth the travelling to get there. These two US States are the land of stunning national parks, ranches, cowboys, traditional towns and beautiful scenery. We started our road trip in Jackson, a great little town with plenty for the adventurous, or a place to relax following your travels to get here. White water rafting along the Snake River was the order of the day for us and great fun was had by all. Our drive headed towards Grand Teton National Park, where en-route we couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we came across a moose, just grazing away in the trees by the roadside. Grand Teton National Park has the picture postcard backdrop of mountains and meadows, with plenty of wildlife thrown in, so well worth a visit. Yellowstone National Park had been on my ‘must see’ list for many years, and was every bit as wonderful as I had expected. Two nights at Old Faithful, watching the Geyser erupt several times, plus exploring the lower loop road of the park and the bubbling pools, clear springs, steaming water and huge lakes was our mission from this part of Yellowstone. Boardwalks allow you to view the hot


water springs and mud pools from a safe distance, and the wildlife encountered is wonderful – Bison, Elk and plenty of deer. All of this, as well as the scenic boat cruises, horse trail rides, wildlife watching, cycle rentals means there are a number of ways to enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty. Next on our list was the cowboy town of Cody – Buffalo Bill’s Centre of the West whiled away a rainy morning, and the Cody Nite Rodeo made for a fun evening. A slight diversion along the incredible Bear Tooth Highway to the north east of Yellowstone, brought us back into the park but not before a 20 degree C drop in temperature at the highest peak of the road. This road is closed to traffic due to snow and inclement weather until around late May/June each year but is great to do if you are able to. Passing the Lamar Valley – a good wildlife watching spot known for its wolves, Mammoth Hot Springs in the north of Yellowstone National Park was our destination, and with another two night stay here we could explore the upper loop of the park. On our day long drive around this area, we encountered four bears – a cinnamon colour black bear (we thought we’d discovered a grizzly bear but it was not to be), and three black bears – all of which stopped traffic, and with the park rangers taking control we saw them as up close as we could get whilst staying safe. Our travels took us out of the north entrance of Yellowstone and into Montana, where the scenery turned to miles and miles of ranchland. We continued further north and on to Glacier National Park. Our two nights to the east of the park were perfect for exploring places such as Two Medicine, and Running Eagle Falls. Glacier is a hiker’s paradise, with walks of all lengths on offer that take you into the wilderness and solitude of the park. Our mission here was to drive the Going to the Sun Road – at such a high elevation that the full 50 mile length

of the road through Glacier National Park is open each year for quite a short season. This year it opened in June, but it has been known to be closed until early July. At Logan’s Pass (the highest point at 6646ft) we walked on the remains of the snow to Hidden Lake Lookout – with grizzly bears in the distance - you’ll need to pack your sturdy shoes and layers of clothing even in the summer! Our two nights to the west of Glacier national park, and the final nights of our road trip, were spent in Whitefish. A great little town with plenty of shops, restaurants, and adventure. Our final day was spent amongst the trees taking to the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain resort! Kalispell airport (Glacier Park Airport) is a short drive away and was the start of our two flight journey home.

A FEW TIPS – • Make sure you allow plenty of time to explore Yellowstone National Park. It really is huge and has plenty to offer. Plenty of scenic drives are great, and if you want to take on some of the fantastic hikes and walks, or a wildlife tour (of which there are many) then spend a little longer.

• Wildlife roams in all parts of the National Parks so you should be prepared for the odd bear crossing the road, or a group of bison staring at you as you pass them! Signs throughout the park give you information on how to be safe around the wildlife, particularly if you are taking to the hiking trails which can take you into the more remote areas. • If you have a little longer, Waterton National Park in British Columbia twins very nicely with Glacier National Park. Many hire car companies will allow you to drive your hire car between the two – providing you drop it off back within the country you started. There are nearby border crossings that allow this.

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Music File 24


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rom the fifties last time, fasten your seat belts as we’re galloping into the eighties; the decade that opened the doors for a pot pourie of musical genres. Some lasted, others, well, simply disappeared. It seems tragically ironic that dominating the UK singles chart in February 1987 was “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” from Aretha Franklin and George Michael, the fourth Anglo-American duettists to hit the top. This Grammy award winning song, fulfilled George’s ambition to record with the Queen of Soul, which, as it turned out, was her only UK chart topper. The duet was George’s third consecutive number one since Wham split up (“Careless Whisper” and “A Different Corner”) and was the first he hadn’t written himself. Taking the credit were Dennis Morgan and Simon Climie, the latter unknown at the time but who went on to have success in 1988 as Climie Fisher.


Patiently sitting below the top spot were Wham’s backing singers, Pepsi and Shirlie, with their debut “Heartache”. Although their career suffered the yo-yo effect, the ladies are still working today. Actually, their fame has spread outside the recording studios, for instance, if you caught one of the many re-runs of “Only Fools and Horses” over the Christmas period (and yes, I was addicted even though I know most of the episodes inside out) you’ll have heard their names mentioned. I’ll remind you, Del had a box of self inflatable dolls, one black, one white, but they had faulty valves. I’ll say no more, but needless to say the usual Trotter mayhem followed. Luverly jubbly! One of the landmark records in the history of house music peaked at number three, namely Steve “Silk” Hurley’s “Jack Your Body”. Interestingly (I think) this was the first UK chart topper to achieve the majority of its sales in the 12” disc format, and, unsurprisingly, was the only number one since the birth of BBC Radio 1 in September 1967 not to be played prior to its reaching the top. I wonder why! Anyway, Ben E King replaced Aretha and George with an evergreen soul classic “Stand By Me”. Said to be inspired by the Sam Cooke composition “Stand By Me Father”, there has been over four hundred recorded versions, and by 2012 it was estimated its composer royalties topped £17 million, the sixth highest earning song at the time. Half was paid to Ben E King, the other to Leiber and Stoller. First released in 1960, its re-issue in 1986 was thanks to the film of the same name,

which had the knock on effect of renewing interest in the singer’s career. Not that he was short of a bob or two by all accounts. Soul man, Percy Sledge replaced Ben E King with the soul anthem “When a Man Loves a Woman” first issued during 1966. However, in 1987, thanks to a Levi jeans advertisement using the song as its musical backdrop, Mr Sledge was rewarded with a re-issued song that took him to the pole position. Then, as different as chalk and cheese, the Australian rock group, Mental as Anything hit number three with “Live It Up”, their first successful outing that charted across Europe. Then, oops, nothing! Oh well, that’s the ever-changing music business – here today, gone tomorrow. Sharon Davis “Soul and Motown Show”: 6pm – 8pm every Saturday on Hailsham FM

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A Word From Westminster


NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan Meeting.


s I write this, I have just come from a meeting with Sussex MPs and senior leaders of local NHS services, including hospitals and Clinical Commissioning Groups. Approximately 23% of central government spending goes on the NHS, so we must make sure that money is spent effectively and in a way that guarantees us the best healthcare services possible. The local NHS is currently in the midst of finalising details of its Sustainability and Transformation Plan, a five-year programme which sets out how models of care and efficiency will be improved, and how


health and care services can be better integrated. In Sussex, our NHS faces a number of challenges specific to the geographic and demographic realities of the county. We struggle to recruit to the NHS workforce because of the high cost of living; we have immense social care pressures because of the high average age of our population in comparison to the rest of the country; and our rural landscape, as beautiful as it is, means that services are spread out and joining them up in a convenient way for the entire population, with transport and data sharing concerns in mind, is difficult.

We also have to make sure that our NHS services are designed to prevent and support, as well as to treat, and that service provision responds to the growth of local areas. As a strong supporter of the need for local needs to be met at local clinical centres, I am strongly advocating that Hailsham should benefit from additional local health infrastructure. I am confident that, with proper planning, consultation with local people, and a realistic sense of what is possible and what is not, the NHS in Wealden can be better than ever, and that greater integration of services can make it better together too.

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nature he was quite able to use discipline when required including use of the cane. However discipline seems to have been an ongoing problem. In 1879 Albert Boniface was punished for using bad language to the assistant master. His excuse was that, “the men in the spinning walks commonly use the same language.” There are many entries in the log book blaming the difficulties of discipline on excessively high temperatures and overcrowded classrooms. On one occasion Mr Towler punished several boys for misconduct on the streets. He did this out of kindness as it was the only thing that could save them from the hands of the police. However he was reluctant to use the cane and on 4 August 1882 he noted the, “pleasant way the school is progressing,” adding that he is, “delighted when a week passes without caning.” Mr Towler’s concern for his pupils was again shown in 1884 when he was preparing seven boys for County scholarships which lead to a Grammar School education. He was concerned that poor children would be unable to benefit from the scholarships due to the cost of travelling and boarding at Brighton. Mr Towler retired in 1911 on medical advice. In his last entry in the log book dated 31 January 1911 he wrote, “today the headmaster terminates his duties.” The retirement ceremony for Mr & Mrs Towler was attended by the whole school, some 400 staff and scholars and some of the school managers. They were presented with an illuminated address and a drawing room clock from the scholars and teachers. Mr Towler thanked them all and said that

Charles Towler first headmaster, Hailsham Boys School.


n the last edition we looked at the early years of Hailsham Board Schools from their opening in September 1878 through to the early part of the 20th century. Throughout this period the heads of the two schools were Charles & Charlotte Towler. From the surviving records we can learn much about Charles Towler who worked tirelessly on behalf of the boys and staff. Mr & Mrs Towler had two children, Olivia born 1876 and Jessie born 1874. In addition they adopted Leopold,(known as Lee) Brassey , born 1885 who added the surname Towler. At the time of his appointment in Hailsham Charles Towler was 27 years of age. During his years at the school Mr Towler faced many difficulties and problems. These included poor attendance; lack of support by the magistrates when parents were brought to court because their children had failed to attend school; flooded roads which


prevented children from attending; problems with the building many of which were a direct result of the “economies” made by the Board especially at the time when the school was being built. Prolonged absences due to outbreaks of illness and disease. Some boys attended on afternoons only as they were employed in the two rope factories in the town. Mr Towler consistently stressed that this affected the examination results on which some of the school’s income and much of its prestige depended. Despite all the difficulties Mr Towler made every effort to increase attendance. In 1883 he offered prizes for regular attendance. By 1893 attendances exceeded 80% for the first time and by 1902 it reached 85% and by 1906 the figure had risen to 90%. A further indicator of the improvement came in 1908 when Mr Towler recorded that on, “the glorious fifth (of November), 198 boys out of 214 were present….20 years ago it would have been impossible to open the school.” A further difficulty in the early years was the failure of some parents to pay the fees. The issue was addressed by the Board on 30 June 1883 when they resolved that, “The weekly fees of every child must be paid before receiving instruction.” However on 6 July five boys failed to comply and four were sent home. The fees for the fifth boy were paid by Mr Towler as he lived 3 miles from the school. Mr Towler 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.” On 15 July Mr Towler lent fees to three boys who, “live miles away,” as they came without them (fees). On another occasion he lent money for fees to John Lusted, “as his mother states she is penniless at present.” Mr Towler regularly recorded his concerns for individual children and he visited boys who were absent through sickness and not just to check they were really sick. In 1890 Thomas Hemming started work as a part-time factory boy. Within an hour his right arm was severed by a machine. Great care was taken to assist him in learning to write with his left hand. In March 1899 Mr Towler wrote, “this week has been the saddest since the school opened. One has gone from us. On 18 March, Stanley Hills died of peritonitis.” Mr Towler described Stanley as, “the one ray of light in the parish.” On the afternoon of his funeral the school was closed and the whole staff attended. On one occasion Mr Towler noticed a boy looking ill and, “much underfed.” He asked the boy if had had dinner that day and was told, “no sir, but mother is going to bake tomorrow so I shall have some then.” Mr Towler recorded, “the boy did not go home hungry.” On another occasion a parent wrote to Mr Towler asking him if would, “be so kind as to give my children some food as my husband is out of work. I have not got anything in the house; a neighbour gave us a piece of bread yesterday.” The request was granted. At Christmas Mr Towler gave each boy a gift. Despite Mr Towler’s kindly

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he and his wife had loved the work they had been engaged in. He then went to use the occasion by giving the pupils a short address on the value of time and the need for early rising and punctuality! By the time of his retirement the school had doubled in size. Staffing numbers had also increased and the curriculum expanded. The writers of “The Stringtown” record that, “During his 32 years in Hailsham, the headmaster laid the foundations of a locally accepted elementary system and made inroads into the higher reaches of secondary education. He fought against the apathy of some local parents, penny pinching by the school Board, and the sheer novelty of a compulsory system of education. His tireless labours are reflected in the school logbooks. Mr Towler was very much responsible to the Board for the yearly results and had to consult them about major changes to the curriculum content. His grief at having to explain failures to them is very noticeable. Mr Towler

probably retired at the right time for as The Stringtown writers noted, “What was good enough for 1878 was no longer adequate for the more demanding educational world of 1900.” As well as being headmaster of the school Mr Towler an active member of the Parish Church where he was a churchwarden. He continued in this role until March 1917. The Vicar wrote, “Mr Towler has discharged his office of Churchwarden with zeal, accuracy and constant attention.” However he continued to devote himself to the church. He administered the Freewill Offering and he wrote to every new member of the church and followed this up by visiting them and explaining the purpose of the fund and persuaded them to join. Mr Towler died in January 1921 after a long illness. His funeral service was held on 15 January, Messrs Bingham, Press, Burgess and George Green, all pupils at the school when it opened, were the bearers.

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Brighton 21 – Hellingly 41

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MOM Cosham scores 3 tries in a critical win away from home.


n a wet and cold afternoon, Hellingly arrived to face Brighton RFC in a game they knew was crucial to their season long objective of securing a top 2 place. The year of 2017 did not start as the team would have liked, losing to Uckfield the previous week but Captain David Sands dismissed the negativity and saw Brighton as an opportunity to get back to winning ways and load the pressure on the teams above, not allowing them to rest on their laurels. 0-7 up inside a minute, there is no doubt that Hellingly felt there was a potential cricket score imminent, but Brighton put any such thoughts to bed as they took the game by the scruff of the neck and placed Hellingly under all sorts of pressure. Hellingly soon found they were trailing, with the game looking as if it could slip away, until Sam Cosham intercepted a high ball and ran half the length of the field to score. Shortly before halftime, a


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similar try was scored by Hellingly’s number 8 who hanging on the wing, looking for his time to shine, received a somewhat aimless kick with no defensive line in front of him. With David Sands guiding him to run forward, Grey could run into the corner unopposed. The second half saw Hellingly score an additional 3 tries and a drop kick from the returning Matthew Sands. It is just as well he was successful, as he had been discussing his intention to go for the drop kick no less than 20 seconds before he did, whilst nattering “I’ve got this, this is my time”. Today’s game was extremely competitive and Brighton provided a challenge that will be much appreciated in preparation for the next home game to Burgess Hill. Some fantastic tries were scored, including a 40 metre try by the 17-year-old Toby Streeter but a special recognition must go to Sam Cosham, who despite running away before buying the jug at the end of the game scored 3 wonderful tries and is this week’s Man of the match. David Sands following the game said: “I have just heard that the Saxons beat Eastbourne at Home, so winning here today against Brighton has been a really proud day for me at this club. It was not always easy and we obviously have a lot to work on but putting two winning sides out today, despite the unavailability’s faced this week

is a credit to the depth this club is beginning to create. We have given ourselves an opportunity this week and remain on course to achieve something special. We just have to keep our focus, train hard and keep our eyes on the prize.”

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A taste of Winter

CASHEW CHICKEN Celebrate 2017 in style with this tasty dish. Ingredients For the chicken 450g boneless chicken breasts, skinned 1 egg white 1 tsp salt 2 tsp corn flour 310ml groundnut (or peanut) oil or water 2 tsp groundnut (or peanut) oil 55g cashew nuts 1 tbsp shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry 1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp spring onions, finely chopped, for garnish For the vegetables 225g bean sprouts 1 red pepper 1 green pepper Red or green chilli 225g water chestnuts, peeled if fresh, rinsed if canned 2 tbsp groundnut oil 1½ tbsp garlic, finely chopped 2 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped 6 spring onions, shredded 1 tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper 2 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp dark soy sauce 2 tsp whole yellow bean sauce 2 tbsp shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry 5 tbsp chicken stock or water


Method Cut the chicken into 1cm cubes. Mix with the egg white, salt and corn flour in a small bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Heat a wok or large frying pan until very hot. Add the oil and when it is very hot and slightly smoking remove the wok from the heat. Immediately add the chicken, stirring vigorously to prevent it from sticking. The chicken will turn white after a couple of minutes. Drain off the excess oil and reserve the chicken on a plate Wipe the wok or pan clean with kitchen roll. Heat it until it is very hot, add 2 tbsp oil and the cashew nuts and stir-fry them for 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients. Return the chicken to the wok and stirfry the mixture for another 2 minutes. Reserve the chicken to

a plate again. Make the vegetables: trim the bean sprouts at both ends. Chop the peppers into bit-size pieces and finely shred the chillies and the water chestnuts. Heat a wok or large frying pan until it is very hot. Add the oil and when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the garlic, ginger and spring onions and stir fry for 15 seconds. Then add the bean sprouts, shredded chilli, peppers and shredded water chestnuts and stir fry for about 1 minute. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry for about 3 minutes until it is well mixed and heated through. Return the chicken to the pan for a final stir. Serve at once with some steamed rice, garnished with spring onions.

FUDGE Make this as a treat for your Valentine. Pop it in a pretty box with a big bow and they will be yours forever… as long as you don’t eat it all first! A cooking thermometer is ideal but if you don’t have one use the method below. Ingredients 100g butter 550g light muscovado sugar /or Demerara for a lighter flavour. 200g golden syrup 350ml double cream 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼-½ tsp sea salt flakes Method Line a tin about 23 x 23cm / 9inches x 9 inches with greaseproof paper. Melt the butter, sugar, syrup and cream in a medium-sized, high-sided heavy-based pan. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Bring to a simmer (without stirring) over a medium-low heat and cook, stirring only occasionally until it reaches 116C, stirring more regularly after it reaches 100C and turning down the heat if it begins to catch. Take off the heat and beat in the vanilla and salt with a wooden spoon, then continue beating until the fudge has thickened and lost its shine. Add any ingredients such as raisins, chopped nuts, or chocolate chips at this point.

Pour into the tin and leave to set. Once it’s firmed up a little, after about an hour, slice into squares and leave to cool completely. Best kept refrigerated. If you don’t have a cooking thermometer. Have a bowl of iced water and a metal spoon ready next to the cooker. As the mixture begins to simmer beat it more regularly then periodically take ¼ -½ tsp of the fudge mixture and plunge the coated spoon into the bowl of iced water. Then (still under the water) use your fingers to roll the mixture into a little ball. When it forms a soft, pliable ball it’s ready to take off the heat and continue with the recipe. 37

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