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EVENTS I DIRECTORY I SHOPPING I ISSUE 27

COMPLIMENTARY

A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 5

WHAT’S ON IN HAILSHAM 10 BACK IN TIME 14 PROPERTY GUIDE - ROSS & CO 32 BUSINESS FOCUS - TOWN & COUNTRY TREE SERVICES 34

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WEALDEN EYE ISSUE 27 CONTENTS

Your local pharmacist

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Hart Reade

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Tango Classes

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What’s On

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Back in Time

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Floral Art

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Spring Recipe

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Take a Break Crossword

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GM Associates

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Business Focus Olivia B

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Bluebell Walk

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Chapter 12 Events Guide

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Crossword Solutions

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Historic Hailsham

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Conservatives Association

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Property Guide Ross & Co

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Business Focus Town & Country Tree Services

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Crown Wealth Finance

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Business Directory

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Neva Consultants

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Wealden Eye request form

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THE WEALDEN EYE Hawkland House, Hawkswood Road Hailsham BN27 1UU.....................Tel: 01323 846040 Editor: Charlotte Collinson-O’Toole

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Welcome to the Spring Edition of The Wealden Eye… With the night’s drawing out and the warmer weather on the way it really does feel like a positive time of year, and it is a lovely time to be in and around Hailsham and to see the efforts of Environment Hailsham (formerly Hailsham in Bloom) coming to fruition! We have had several new shops recently, and one in particular to mention is Olivia B that is providing a new edge to shopping in Hailsham, located in the lovely St Marys Walk, they offer a friendly service and a vast array of lingerie needs. It is nice to know that a shop like this is within Hailsham to reduce our need to go to the bigger towns! You can read more in our business focus section.

Get to know your pharmacist

Look after your feet by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham

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’ve had quite a few patients come to see me in the last few weeks to show me their feet. They have asked me to have a look to see if they have a verruca. Normally these are small, flat white patches which often have a black dot in the centre. A verruca is the name given to a wart on the sole of a foot. Verrucae will generally go away by themselves but it can take an awful long time and you will not be popular if you spread the virus around your family and the local swimming pool! There are a number of effective treatments that we sell which will work by either burning or

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freezing off the verruca. Before applying a treatment, I normally recommend to soak the foot in warm water to soften the skin, then to file the verruca with an emery board. Customers are quite surprised that one of the first questions I ask is if they are diabetic. This is because diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in the feet and applying verruca, corn and callous treatments could cause damage which cannot be felt by a diabetic. I also recommend patience as some of the treatments can take a good few weeks to work. Please feel free to call in and show me your feet!

There are several other new shops that have come to Hailsham in the past few months and as always I urge you to take a look and support our local traders. We also have our latest ‘What’s On’ guide, which is there to tell you everything you need to know about forthcoming events in the town. Next issue we will be featuring some of the forthcoming events that are planned for the summer… The town centre is due for a ‘makeover’ this year also, and if you haven’t yet seen the planned works, we’ll be featuring some more detail in our next issue also. Don’t forget if there is a feature of item you’d like us to write about please get in touch. As always, thank for reading,

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jkimble@btconnect.com .........................01323 848004 We have taken care to ensure that the information in this magazine is correct. The publisher, contributors or the Wealden Eye can not take responsibility for loss or damage resulting from errors or omissions. The Wealden Eye does not endorse the accuracy of the advertisements or the quality of the products/services being advertised. Information provided by businesses and community organisations are provided directly by their own representatives; please direct any queries or comments regarding content directly to the organisation, The Wealden Eye accepts no responsibility for error or omissions. ©2015: No part of this magazine may be reproduced in part or whole without express permission of the editor.

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Pop History

Mighty Real: Sharon Davis Remembers Sylvester

Sylvester with Sharon Davis close friends…

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he’s better known for her books about the Motown artists - Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Marvin Gaye – plus the book “Motown:The History” which fans have praised as the record company bible. She also wrote “A Girl Called Dusty: An Intimate Portrait

Of Dusty Springfield” who, the author confirmed, introduced her to the music that hailed from Detroit, Michigan. But for her new book, Sharon Davis, who lives in Hailsham, has turned her writing pen to remember the disco icon Sylvester with whom she worked during and after the build up to his biggest global hit “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”. Record company reports and schedules accompanied by exclusive and personal visuals have brought alive the time they shared in 1978. As his publicist, Sharon worked day and night with the singer who would be a star; sharing the moment and living the dream.

Writing frankly about the singer’s unpredictability and stubbornness, his love to shock, and his caring nature for others, Sharon also shares the personal side to the friendship that developed between them, and which lasted until his death from AIDs in 1988. “Mighty Real:Sharon Davis Remembers Sylvester” is published by Bank House Books & Media, and is available from amazon.co.uk. The book can also be purchased from the publishers direct at BHB&M, PO Box 3, New Romney, TN29 9WJ. Cheques for £12.50 (which includes p+p) payable to D. Randle.

HAILSHAM LIONS COUNTRY FAYRE BROAD FARM, HELLINGLY Sunday June 14th 2015 Single Pitch 6m x 6m: £25 Double Pitch – 6m x 12m: £45 Charity Pitch 6m x 6m: £10

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What’s On - April/May

What’s On - April/May April 2015 Wednesday the 1st: Hailsham Ramblers (Long Walk) - Meet at the Cuckoo Trail Car Park off South Road, Hailsham at 9:15 for a 9:30 Start, Call Secretary Jill Davies on 01323 843530 - Seaford - Norton Circular. Undulating, Some Stiles. Distance 5 Miles, Petrol Cost £3.30. (Short Walk) Herstmonceux Castle and Grounds, Petrol Cost £1.50, Call for more details. Uckfield FREE Fun and Safety Event, all day - Uckfield Fire Station, Bell Farm Road, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1BA Thursday the 2nd: Herstmonceux Community Rock and Jazz Community Choir - 7:30pm, Herstmonceux Village Hall in Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux, Members enjoy learning to sing modern songs for pleasure and also public performance. Members also meet new people, have fun and improve their emotional wellbeing by singing with others, Call Graham Millett on 01323 832547 or email Rosmillett@aol.com for more info. Saturday the 4th: Hailsham street market – 9:30am – 3:00pm, Vicarage field. Enjoy the street markets vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE!

Hailsham Lions Club - 7:30pm, Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, BN27 1BG, 01323 844398, meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Hailsham Art Group - 7:00pm till 9:00pm - Gallery North, 70 High Street, Hailsham - Come along and be inspired by the work of the latest exhibition, All dates subject to change so book in advance on 01323 485153 for Josie, you will be for working on your own projects with an artist present (£5). Wednesday the 8th: Hailsham Historical & Natural History Society meeting – 7:30pm, Methodist church hall, high street, Hailsham, This month is on Sussex canals presented by Nick Kelly, annual membership is £14.00 (visitors £2.50), see the website for information on joining. The Hailsham Organ Club with Andrew Nix - Doors at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start, The Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, Hailsham BN27 1BG, The door charge for members is £3.50, Non-members are very welcome too, from 7.15pm onwards, and can pay £5.50 at the door. Thursday the 9th:

Monday the 6th:

Herstmonceux Community Rock and Jazz Community Choir - 7:30pm, Herstmonceux Village Hall in Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux, Members enjoy learning to sing modern songs for pleasure and also public performance. Members also meet new people, have fun and improve their emotional wellbeing by singing with others, Call Graham Millett on 01323 832547 or email Rosmillett@aol.com for more info.

Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm).

Hailsham street market – 9:30am – 3:00pm, Vicarage field. Enjoy the street markets vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE!

Hailsham Bonfire Society Meeting - The Hailsham Memorial Institute - 8:00pm, come along to one of our meetings on the first Monday of every month, Please let the staff know that you have come to the bonfire meeting.

Saturday the 11th:

Sunday the 5th: Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night.

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Tuesday the 7th:

Hailsham farmers market – 9:00am – 12:30pm, Hailsham Cattle Market Site, Market Street. Buy local produce straight from local farms ask your farmer any question regarding their

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produce. Meat, chicken, sausages, bacon, all fresh and ready for your freezer. Eggs, cheese, homemade cakes, honey, bread, jam, milk and crafts. Market café. Onsite parking. Sunday the 12th: Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night. Monday the 13th:

wellbeing by singing with others, Call Graham Millett on 01323 832547 or email Rosmillett@aol.com for more info. Wine Tasting Evening - Chapter 12 Wine & Cocktail Bar, High Street, Hailsham - 7:30pm - 9:30pm - Our monthly wine tasting event, hosted by David Elford from Crimson Gold. David holds qualifications from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and each month facilitates the opportunity to taste and discuss some of our stunning wines as well as guest and specially selected wines from around the world.

Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm).

Hailsham bonfire society Bingo! – Charles hunt centre (Waitrose Car park), Hailsham, 7pm, 3rd Friday of every month, refreshments 50p.

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Saturday the 18th:

Hailsham Art Group - 7:00pm till 9:00pm - Gallery North, 70 High Street, Hailsham, All dates subject to change so book in advance on 01323 485153 for Josie, you will be for working on your own projects with an artist present (£5).

Hailsham street market – 9:30am – 3:00pm, Vicarage field. Enjoy the street markets vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE!

Wednesday the 15th: Hailsham Ramblers (Long Walk) - Meet at the Cuckoo Trail Car Park off South Road, Hailsham at 9:15 for a 9:30 Start, Call Secretary Jill Davies on 01323 843530. Magham down Circular. Undulating, Some Stiles. Distance 4.5 Miles, Petrol Cost 70p. (Short Walk) Polegate - Loom Mill & Return, Walk Starts From Polegate Library. Petrol Cost £1.20. Hailsham and district flower club – 7:30pm, Hailsham civic community hall, vicarage lane, Hailsham, Do you love buying or receiving flowers and wish you could do more with them? We have professional demonstrators, speakers and workshops throughout the year. If you would like to know more, why not contact the club chairman, Margery Luffingham, who will be happy to give you more information (01323 845500) Thursday the 16th: Herstmonceux Community Rock and Jazz Community Choir - 7:30pm, Herstmonceux Village Hall in Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux - Members enjoy learning to sing modern songs for pleasure and also public performance. Members also meet new people, have fun and improve their emotional

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The Fureys – Hailsham old pavilion, 7:30pm, Tickets are £21.50 each and available through the Pavilion box office (01323 841414) or online. The Fureys, have been on the road for over thirty years and are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Sunday the 19th: Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night. Monday the 20th: Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm). Hailsham and District U3A Natural History Group, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Diplocks Hall, Hailsham - This group encourages members to do research on aspects of the natural world - wildlife, plants, conservation, weather, etc. and report back to the group.

Tuesday the 21st: Hailsham Art Group - 7:00pm till 9:00pm - Gallery North, 70 High Street, Hailsham, All dates subject to change so book in advance on 01323 485153 for Josie, Come along for our monthly demonstration (£8). Wednesday the 22nd: Hailsham & District Bird Club - C/o Union corner hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND, Meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 8pm, call 01323 840113 for more info. A Social History of England and Fairs, All the Fun of the Fair by Roger Harris - Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club Presentation - 7pm - The Hailsham Pavilion, This wonderful speaker will portray a vivid history of the funfair as part of England’s social fabric. Not to be missed!, Tickets are £5 each and available through the Pavilion box office (01323 841414) Thursday the 23rd: Wealden Walks - “Uckfield - A Market Town Through the Years” - 10:00AM, Distance 1? Miles - Time 1 Hour, Meet Outside Uckfield Library, Junction of High Street and Library Way, Tel. 01323 443126, A Walk Looking at the rise of uckfield from a clearing in the Wealden forest to a busy and selfcontained market town. Stroll down puddingcake lane and enjoy a Lads’ night out with Edward the first. Wealden Walks - “Rocks Park - A Hidden Lake Through the Tunnel” 1:30PM, Distance 1 Mile, Time 1 Hour, Meet West Park Nature Reserve, Junction of Ellis Way and Batchelor Way, off B2102, Uckfield Link Road, The streatfeild family’s former landscaped gardens and lake to the west of uckfield now form a delightful, if compact and bijou, pair of country parks. Stroll down the rock-lined tracks and enjoy a Lads’ day out with the Mesolithic hunters. Wealden Walks - “Ridgewood Avoiding Poverty through the Brickfields” - 3:30PM, Distance 1 mile, Duration 1 Hour, Meet outside Brickmakers Arms Public House, New Road, Off Eastbourne Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield. Please Park in road, not pub car park. A walk looking at the poorer end of Uckfield. Working in the clay quarries and brickworks was hard but at least it avoided the terror of the union

workhouse just across the road. Stroll down the track of the narrow gauge railway and endure a Lads’ day out with the road diggers. Herstmonceux Community Rock and Jazz Community Choir - 7:30pm, Herstmonceux Village Hall in Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux, Members enjoy learning to sing modern songs for pleasure and also public performance. Members also meet new people, have fun and improve their emotional wellbeing by singing with others, Call Graham Millett on 01323 832547 or email Rosmillett@aol.com for more info. Saturday the 25th: Hailsham street market – 9:30am – 3:00pm, Vicarage field. Enjoy the street markets vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE! Spring Swing - The Observatory science centre, Herstmonceux, BN27 1RN, 7:30 Midnight, Maximum number: 100, Entry fee £40, the evening will begin with Prosecco (or a soft drink) and canapes. The band will play their first set and there will be ample space for dancing! Before the second set you will be served a delicious supper. Sunday the 26th: Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night. Monday the 27th: Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm). Tuesday the 28th: Hailsham Art Group - 7:00pm till 9:00pm - Gallery North, 70 High Street, Hailsham, All dates subject to change so book in advance on 01323 485153 for Josie, you will be for working on your own projects with an artist present (£5). Wednesday the 29th: Hailsham Ramblers (Long Walk) - Meet at the Cuckoo Trail Car Park off South Road, Hailsham at 9:15 for a 9:30 Start, continued…

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What’s On - April/May

What’s On - April/May Call Secretary Jill Davies on 01323 843530, Cowbeech Circular, Mostly Flat, Distance 4.5 Miles, Petrol Cost 70p. (Short Walk) Bexhill Seafront & Parks. Bexhill Sailing Club for 10:00, Petrol Cost £2.20. Thursday the 30th: Herstmonceux Community Rock and Jazz Community Choir - 7:30pm, Herstmonceux Village Hall in Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux, Members enjoy learning to sing modern songs for pleasure and also public performance. Members also meet new people, have fun and improve their emotional wellbeing by singing with others, Call Graham Millett on 01323 832547 or email Rosmillett@aol.com for more info. Business Networking - Chapter 12 Wine & Cocktail Bar, High Street, Hailsham -

May 2015 Saturday the 2nd: Hailsham Street Market, 9.30am-3pm, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, Enjoy the street market and its vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE! Free parking. Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes - 7:30pm - The Hailsham Pavilion - Albert Lee is a musician’s musician with an impeccable pedigree achieved over many years of touring and recording with amongst others, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton get your tickets quickly as the show is sure to sell out early! Tickets are £21.50 each and available through the Pavilion box office (01323 841414). Sunday the 3rd: Spring garden and Leisure Show - The south of England showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday fun – plants and shrubs galore, entertainment and hands-on activities for kids and adults alike, Under 16s (accompanied by a paying adult) go FREE, Buy online for discounts on gate prices and come on whichever day you choose. Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night.

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Monday the 4th:

Friday the 8th:

Spring garden and Leisure Show, The south of England showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday fun – plants and shrubs galore, entertainment and hands-on activities for kids and adults alike, Under 16s (accompanied by a paying adult) go FREE, Buy online for discounts on gate prices and come on whichever day you choose.

Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm).

Hailsham Bonfire Society Meeting The Hailsham Memorial Institute 8:00pm, come along to one of our meetings on the first Monday of every month, Please let the staff know that you have come to the bonfire meeting. Arlington Stadium Banger Racing 1:30pm - Arlington Road West, Hailsham, BN27 3RE - National Bangers Big Vans, 1300cc Stock Cars English Championship, Ladies Bangers Challenge Series Round 1, It’s best to arrive an hour early to get parked and to your seat before the first race at the advertised time. Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm). Tuesday the 5th: Hailsham Art Group - 7:00pm till 9:00pm - Gallery North, 70 High Street, Hailsham, All dates subject to change so book in advance on 01323 485153 for Josie, you will be for working on your own projects with an artist present (£5). HAILSHAM LIONS CLUB - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm - Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, BN27 1BG - call 01323 844398 for more information. Thursday the 7th: Hailsham Street Market - 9.30am3pm, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, Enjoy the street market and its vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE! Free parking.

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Saturday the 9th: Hailsham Farmers market 9am-12.30pm | Cattle Market Site, Market Street, Hailsham Offering a wide variety of stalls and local produce including: Meat, Game, Fruit and Vegetables, Plants, Pasta, Ready Prepared Meals, Bread and Cakes, Cheese, Wine, Eggs, Honey, Wax Products and more. Sunday the 10th: Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night. Monday the 11th: Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm). Tuesday the 12th: Hailsham Art Group - 7:00pm till 9:00pm - Gallery North, 70 High Street, Hailsham, All dates subject to change so book in advance on 01323 485153 for Josie, you will be for working on your own projects with an artist present (£5). Wednesday the 13th Hailsham Historical & Natural History Society Talk, 7.30pm, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Hailsham. Bygones in Your Attic: Presentation by Joanne Wilkins. New members welcome. Annual subscription £14 (visitors £2.50 per meeting). Arlington Stadium Banger Racing 7:30pm - Arlington Road West, Hailsham, BN27 3RE - Bangers Track Championship Round 1, Junior Rods Challenge Series Round 5, Rookie Rods, It’s best to arrive an hour early to get parked and to your seat before the first race at the advertised time. Friday the 15th: Hailsham bonfire society Bingo! – Charles hunt centre (Waitrose Car park), Hailsham, 7pm, 3rd Friday of every month, refreshments 50p.

Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm). Saturday the 16th: Hailsham Street Market - 9.30am-3pm Vicarage Field, Hailsham, Enjoy the street market and its vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE! Free parking. Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band - 7:30pm - The Hailsham Pavilion - born William Francis Washington in December 1943 in Evansville, Indiana, is one of the all-time great soul singers and along with the Ram Jam Band will once again get everyone at the Pavilion in party mood! Tickets are £20.00 each and available through the Pavilion box office (01323 841414) Museums at Night ‘Twisted Murder’, The Observatory science centre, Herstmonceux, BN27 1RN, 7:30pm till Midnight, £40 per person, Book soon as places are limited The evening will begin with a glass of Prosecco (soft drink available) and an introduction to the evening before a delicious supper is served. You will then begin to solve the murder as you make your way through the whole of the Centre including the domes, finding clues. You will reconvene over dessert to find out the culprit. Sunday the 17th: Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night. Monday the 18th: Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm - Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm). Hailsham and District U3A Natural History Group, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Diplocks Hall, Hailsham - This group encourages members to do research on aspects of the natural world - wildlife, plants, conservation, weather, etc. and report back to the group.

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Tuesday the 26th:

Arlington Stadium Banger Racing 7:30pm - Arlington Road West, Hailsham, BN27 3RE - £100 Banger Ramp Rollover, Bangers Track Championship Round 2, Stock Rods Polleysport / Yokohama Tyres Series Round 6, It’s best to arrive an hour early to get parked and to your seat before the first race at the advertised time.

Hailsham Art Group - 7:00pm till 9:00pm - Gallery North, 70 High Street, Hailsham - Come along and be inspired by the work of the latest exhibition, All dates subject to change so book in advance on 01323 485153 for Josie, you will be for working on your own projects with an artist present (£5).

Friday the 22nd: Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm).

Wednesday the 27th: Hailsham & District Bird Club - c/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND, 8PM start, we Aim to promote the breeding of all birds British and foreign and to keep the species going both locally and nationally. Some currently endangered in the wild. We Provide members with information on all birds, call 01323 840113 for more info.

Hailsham Street Market - 9.30am3pm - Vicarage Field, Hailsham, Enjoy the street market and its vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE! Free parking.

“Car Power” Half Day Workshops - The Observatory science centre, Herstmonceux, BN27 1RN, 10:30am 1pm and 2pm - 4:30pm, £10.75 per child for the workshop only, 6-9 years MORNING ONLY; 10-13 years AFTERNOON ONLY - Faster, faster! But how? Design and build your own model car and try different ways to make it move; gravity, balloons batteries! Which one is the best? (Booking Essential)

Sunday the 24th:

Thursday the 28th:

Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non - members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night.

“Space Junk Challenge” The Observatory science centre, Herstmonceux, BN27 1RN, 10:30am 1pm and 2pm - 4:30pm, £10.75 per child for the workshop only, 6-9 years, How crafty creative can you be? Join in to make, paint your own space creation which will be combined to make a giant space size montage. (Booking Essential)

Saturday the 23rd:

Monday the 25th: Arlington Stadium Banger Racing 2:00pm - Arlington Road West, Hailsham, BN27 3RE - National Bangers 4-a-side Teams Micro Madness, Lightning Rods Polleysport / Yokohama Tyres Series Round 6, It’s best to arrive an hour early to get parked and to your seat before the first race at the advertised time. Hailsham Bridge Club - C/o Union Corner Hall, Hawks Road, Hailsham, BN27 2ND - 6:45pm for 7:00pm Call 01435 864448 for more information, Meets on Monday evenings (6.45pm for 7pm) and Friday afternoons (1.45pm for 2pm).

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Saturday the 30th: Hailsham Street Market - 9.30am-3pm Vicarage Field, Hailsham, Enjoy the street market and its vibrant atmosphere! Fresh fruit and veg, homemade pies, smoked fish, fabulous crafts and jewellery, garden plants, pet items, stylish accessories AND MORE! Free parking. Sunday the 31st: Sunday Night Quiz - The Hailsham memorial institute, 8:30 - 11:30, Non members call 01323 840459 for more information, Get a team together and exercise your brain Every Sunday night.

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Back in Time APRIL/MAY

1973 rom the nineties last time, let’s F return to the flamboyant seventies, the mix-and-match decade. October’s number one single was really off-beam but proved the power of television could shift records. The theme tune to the series “Van Der Valk” starring Barry Foster as a Dutch detective (remember his mop of blonde curly hair?) sat at the top of the chart for four weeks. Yup, you’ve got it – “Eye Level” by The Simon Park Orchestra. Apparently the tune was loosely based around a Dutch/German nursery rhyme which in itself was swiped from parts of Mozart’s “Le Nozze Di Figaro”. Nothing is sacred is it, but there’s more: when lyrics were

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added to the hit instrumental, Matt Monro recorded it under the new title “And You Smiled”. However, the month wasn’t totally lost to Simon Park because nipping at his heels was Sweet with “The Ballroom Blitz”. The song was inspired by a real life incident at a group gig in Kilmarnock, Scotland, when they were driven off stage by an unexpected barrage of bottles thrown by the audience. The glam rock group,with lead vocalist Brian Connolly heading up guitarists Steve Priest and Andy Scott, and Mick Turner on drums, enjoyed a huge fan following who, not only supported them by buying their music, but copied their dress style of sequin studded, brightly coloured cat suits, silver heeled boots and shoulder length shiny hair. As weird as it now sounds, “The Ballroom Blitz” was actually re-recorded by others, like, The Les Humphries Singers in 1975, later on by The Damned and The Rezillos. Sweet’s incredible chart run began with their debut hit “Funny Funny” in 1971. Titles like “Block Buster” and “Teenage Rampage” are bound to bring back memories to those of us who were guilty of sticking glitter on our faces and tinsel in our hair. Don’t know about the heeled boots though as I stand at 5ft 10ins! There’s always one song that sticks out like a sore thumb isn’t there, and this one’s no exception. Sat behind “Eye Level” was the unlikely but also memorable “Monster Mash”. This version by Bobby “Boris” Pickett And The Crypt Kickers was the most popular - and still is today by all

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Barry Foster accounts. Co-written by Bobby, it was a spoof on the dance crazes at the time, like the Twist and Mashed Potato, and featured Bobby’s impersonations of horror movie stars like Boris Karloff. Ideal music for Halloween I’m thinking! Now on to someone prettier. Replacing Simon Park at the top of the chart was one of the decade’s teen heroes: David Cassidy. Well, he was extremely good looking, was clean cut and, well, all-over-nice. He played Keith in the successful television series “The Partridge Family” and with them recorded a rack of albums before branching out to become a teenager’s dream. “Cherish” was his debut single in 1971, followed by “Could It Be Forever” and “How Can I Be Sure”, his first UK chart topper. The double-headed “Daydreamer/Puppy Love” was his second in November 1973. David’s star continued to rise and he was a regular chart name until 1998. Go on, how many of you ladies of a certain age had posters of him hanging on your bedroom wall? You know I didn’t because I had Cliff wearing his string vest in a pose from “Summer Holiday”! Sharon Davis Soulmusic.com

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idelis Floral Art is an exciting shop to have in Hailsham which opened in December 2013 and can be found in 3b St Marys Walk. Sally has been doing Floristry for a number of years as a freelance florist, also working in a number of florists gaining valuable experience along the way before opening Fidelis Floral Art. The meaning of the word ‘Fidelis’ is faithful & loyal in Latin. Sally is a highly qualified florist who has gained her foundation degree in floristry and soon hopes to complete her Masters. Fidelis Floral Art specialises in weddings, events and sympathy tributes but can create beautiful bouquets for every day enjoyment. Sally offers a bespoke service, with a love and passion 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 catches your eye as you walk through St Marys Walk which also offers free parking. We stock a range of gift ideas, silk flowers and garden accessories, which change on a regular basis, so you may always find something different.” 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 sales@fidelisfloralart.co.uk Look out in the next issue of The Wealden Eye for The Floral Feature for useful floristry tips!

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Spring Recipe

Bramley Apple Cake with Rhubarb & Vanilla Mascarpone

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ou know me well enough by now to know that I really love using what’s in season wherever I can – so for this Spring I’ve opted for our fantastic Bramley apples, complemented by vibrant forced rhubarb. These two sharp flavours marry perfectly in this moist sweet and dense sponge and the soft filling reminds me of rhubarb fool. If you like more sharpness you can always add more rhubarb but for me, (and I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth believe it or not!) this just about hits the spot – a tang of apple and rhubarb with the soft sweetness of the mascarpone and vanilla filling.

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Recipe Sponge Cake 225gms soft salted butter (or margarine) 225gms light soft brown sugar 3 medium eggs 225gms SR flour 2 tsp baking powder 2tsp vanilla essence 400gms peeled, cored and grated Bramley apples White sugar nibs and diced apple to finish Filling 400gms rhubarb 100gms caster sugar 1 x 250gm tub of Mascarpone 1 good tsp vanilla bean paste 1tbsp caster sugar

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Method Pre-heat your oven to 180ºc/350ºF/GasMark4. Rinse the rhubarb then trim and cut into 1” chunks and place in a shallow glass or china oven proof dish. Sprinkle on the 100gms of caster sugar and cover with foil (do not let the foil touch the rhubarb, the two don’t get along too well!) The secret to ensuring that your rhubarb remains that brilliant pink and does not turn in to a green stringy slush is to roast it in this way for 30 mins until it is just soft and only just has a hint of brown – then it’s done, it will be in a gorgeous pool of bright pink syrup where the sugar has dissolved in the juices – perfect for brushing on your sponges later. Leave to cool, then drain, reserving the cooking syrup. Line two 8” sandwich tins with baking parchment and set to one side. Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and vanilla essence together in your mixing bowl and beat until nicely creamed and blended,

for a couple of minutes. Add the grated apple and mix well then divide between your two lined tins. Top one of the batter mixes in the tin with the small diced apple and sugar nibs (if you can’t get white sugar nibs, a sprinkling of Demerara sugar works just as well, to give it that crunchy top – this will be the top of your cake). Bake both cakes in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, checking after 30

minutes. They should be nice and golden brown when you remove them from the oven, with an inserted skewer coming out cleanly and the sides just shrinking away from the tin. Leave in their tins on a cooling rack until completely cool. Whilst your sponges are cooling make your filling. Tip the mascarpone into a bowl and add the caster sugar, vanilla bean paste and 2/3rd of the roasted rhubarb. Mix well with a spoon until you have a lovely pink filling. Place the bottom sponge on to your serving plate, brush lightly with a small amount of rhubarb syrup. Spread your mascarpone filling over the entire sponge then dot the remaining pieces of roasted rhubarb over the filling and

push them down in the filling. Place the cake top on to the filling so that the diced apple and sugar topping is on the top of the cake. Dust with icing sugar. This is a deliciously moist and dense cake, that needs nothing else served with it apart from a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee. It also makes a great dessert with it’s puddingy and moist nature from the grated apple sponges. This cake will keep refridgerated for several days (if it’s not all eaten straight away that is). Liz x

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The Great Outdoors!

Dates Set For The Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

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he Arlington Bluebell Walk team will open their enchanted ancient oak wood, one of the most beautiful bluebell displays in the UK, to the public on April 9 to May 10. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening event at 10am on April 9 when Hailsham Town Crier Geoff Rowe will formally open the gates and all who attend will be offered a glass of hedgerow cordial to toast the opening. The Arlington Bluebell Walk, which takes in three working farms, has been delighting countryside lovers and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Sussex charities since it first opened in 1972. There are seven different walks to try in the 23-acre Bluebell wood, including the gravelled Blue Walk, which gives access to everyone including mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. Mobility scooters are also available to borrow free of charge. Fifteen charities will take part in this year’s event, fundraising for their different causes by providing food and drink to walkers. The Arlington Bluebell Walk has raised more than £750,000, at today’s value, for over 60 local charities since the attraction opened to the public 43 years ago. Two new charities are involved this year, including Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance who are sponsored by several local Lions Clubs as part of their project to raise £250,000 for a Night Flying project for the Air Ambulance; and the JPK Sussex Project, raising the capital costs for a building in Eastbourne for people with learning disabilities to live, when their parent carers are no longer able to care for them. John McCutchan, Farmer at Bates Green Farm near Hailsham, who created the walks and looks after the wood, said: “Bluebells signify that spring has well and truly arrived and warmer weather is on its way. A woodland walk among a carpet of bluebells is an experience to delight all the senses – from the scent of the native bluebell to the crunch underfoot of old autumn leaves and birdsong up above. The Arlington Bluebell Walk has walks and activities which allow people of all ages and physical abilities to experience this stunning natural phenomenon.”

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The fleeting beauty of the spring bluebells has inspired writers, such as the Bronte sisters, and artists for generations. Photographers are encouraged to capture the sea of blue in the annual Arlington Bluebell Walk Photographic Competition. One of the winning entries will be featured on the front of the 2016 attraction leaflet and the winning entries from 2015 will be on display. There is also a children’s quiz with prizes awarded by the National Farmers Union. The quizzes are based on the different colour coded walks. Visitors can also learn more about dairy farming and get up close to farm animals with pens of pigs, angora goats, sheep and baby chicks. At neighbouring Parkwood Farm, the milking of the large herd can be seen from a special viewing gallery every afternoon between 3pm and 5pm. The Bluebell Farm Shop which is normally open Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30pm to 5pm will be open every day the Bluebell Walk is open from 11.00am and is the main outlet for the beef, lamb and chicken reared by John McCutchan’s son in law Michael Vine at Bates Green Farm. The Farm Shop is a foodies’ paradise, stocked with a tastebud-tantalising selection of ingredients for a spectacular dish prepared with the minimum of food miles. Farmer’s wife Philippa Vine is a professional cook and food writer and has a passion for locally sourced quality ingredients. Quality essentials such as olive and flavoured oils, vinegars, spices, herbs, coffee, rice, pasta, pulses, flour and local free-range eggs are also available. Arlington Bluebell Walk Thursday 9th April – Sunday 10th May 2015 Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6SH (Signs off A22 and A27) Open 10am daily Close: 5pm daily Adults £5.00. children £2.00 or family of up to 6 is £12.00. Seniors £4.50 Dogs welcome on leads

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Historic Hailsham

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The Parish Magazine and the First World War – Part 1

man availeth much in its working” Mr Harvey introduced an “Intercession for the War,” which took place every Wednesday at 9.30am. However this weekly prayer meeting soon became a daily event. Mr Harvey continually emphasised the need for everyone to get behind the war effort in whatever way was possible. He also stressed the need for right responses and behaviour. In one letter he reported that 600 Artillery were coming to the town for two or three weeks. “Let us show them ‘hospitality, without grudging:’ kindness, without spoiling; and friendliness, without being silly. The first will generate respect, the second disgust.” In March 1916 Mr Harvey wrote, “the fearful guns of the Germans are trying their best to smash the French line in Verdun, and masses of their best troops are surging forward to break through. They are also making an attack in Champagne. It is their desperate, and let us hope, last effort. Think of those brave French in the frost and snow! Be stirred to do your best! Young men, go forward! Old men and old women, pray without ceasing! use your tremendous spiritual force. And other women do your best nursing, caring for, relieving those who need it.“ In February 1917, Mr Harvey wrote, “Everyone thinks there will be heavy fighting and awful carnage this spring by land and sea. It is terrible to think of the havoc which the new weapons of destruction will cause. We must do our part.

Anyone interested in the social history of Hailsham will find the Parish Magazine of previous years a fascinating source of information. Whilst focussing largely on church matters, it also reflected life in broader terms and by so doing it gives us an interesting insight as to how the town responded during the First World War, which doubtless reflected the national mood.

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hroughout the war, the Vicar of Hailsham was the Rev. Francis Clyde Harvey who was vicar from 1872 to 1922, having succeeded his father the Rev George Gayton Harvey who had been vicar for the previous 25 years. Mr Harvey and his wife, Ellen had 10 children. During his 50 years as vicar Mr Harvey played a leading role in the life of the community serving on a wide range of committees and councils, usually as chairman, including being chairman of the Parish Council from 1898 to 1919. The monthly magazine always began

Rev. Clyde Harvey with Mrs Harvey and seven of their children.

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with the Vicar’s Parish Letter in which he commented on issues relating both to the church and local/national events. He displayed an unwavering support for the Allied cause and the rightness of the War and in particular support for those in the armed forces. He stressed the need for everyone to do their patriotic duty in defence of the country and the Empire. The letter was followed by “Notes & Comments” also largely written by Mr Harvey and were brief snippets of information covering a whole range of issues. In the letter for August 1914 the vicar referred to the war and saw it as an answer to prayers for peace in Ireland and the prevention of a civil war. The outbreak of war meant that differences were set aside as opposing views combined against a common enemy. “Today there is only one subject talked about from Palace to cottage, the War. England’s destiny.” In January 1915 Mr Harvey wrote, “We are reaching the stage in the War when

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endurance will come into play. The novelty, the excitement, is giving place to a grim settling down to its stern realities, and circumstances, ups and downs, are influencing us less than they did. We are setting our teeth and doing the job; and we mean to finish it, if it costs us very much more; thus endurance

Mrs Harvey with some of her children and Nurse Jenner.

is the characteristic of the nation today and will be more and more, till the end comes. Difficulties have to be faced in every walk of life owing to the War. Let each take up his burden and bear it without murmuring or criticising or faultfinding.” Mr Harvey stressed the need for people to pray regularly. “Let us continue in our prayers believing that the fervent prayer of a justified

‘God will shorten those days for the Elect’s sake.’ our Lord said; then let us pray privately and publicly! Also let us who have given our sons to fight, our daughters to nurse or work for the wounded and in many other ways for our Country, let us give her all the financial help we can by taking some good part in this new War Loan. “He then encouraged everyone to attend a forthcoming War Loan meeting and, “be enthusiastic. The ‘wet blanket’ who stays away is such a dreadful person, save us from such.” In November 1917 Mr Harvey wrote, “our brave troops saved the British Empire from the greatest peril it has ever been in. Had the German Army, of which there were 600,000, and some say 1 million men succeeded in forcing their way through they would have held the coast of Northern France and been

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able, with submarines, to dominate the Channel. Against that huge host, we at one time, had less than 100,000 men and never more than 150,000. One officer, who was through it all, told me that his part of the line had seven to one against them. British Army never won a more glorious victory.” As the War was nearing its end Mr Harvey began his letter for August 1918, “The Crown Prince’s Army is in full retreat all along the Marne and will not stop, I expect, till it gets to the Aisne. He went on say the German authorities were frightened to tell their people the truth. He suggests several reasons for this. He concludes, “it is again the Divine Hand saying, ‘hitherto and no further,’ Let us humble ourselves beneath the mighty hand of God and He will in due time exalt us’ – perhaps the ‘due time ‘ is cominganyhow let us recognise the Hand.” In his final letter for 1918, Mr Harvey asked if the War had been all loss and no gain? He then quoted from Shakespeare, “Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears …continued

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yet a precious jewel in his head.” He continued, “What is the jewel in this Prussian Toad? We have learned, I hope, what a blessing is our ’Daily Bread’ and how terrible to go without it. The spring of 1917 found us very near that terror.” He went on to acknowledge what a blessing our security is, “our luxury for years and years in our island home. “He referred to the particular threat to London and the South East and the misery learned from coldness due to

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lack of fires and many things which had previously been taken for granted. He suggested that people should remember these things when praying, “’give us this day our daily bread and deliver us from evil.’ “If thanks go up to God then the war has not been in vain.” Whilst it is easy to be critical of Mr Harvey’s style and views, he was a man of his time, and who is to say none of us would have responded differently? And in the midst of all this Mr & Mrs Harvey suffered their own losses. On 25 September 1915 Capt. (Adjutant) Richard Harvey, aged 24, of the Black Watch, one of Mr Harvey’s sons was killed from wounds received in the great advance on Loos. In the following month he opened his Parish Letter, “A year and eight months ago my family received an extraordinary burst of sympathy from the Parish; (Mr & Mrs Harvey’s daughter, Edith Clyde Harvey, died in February 1914), once again, on perhaps a wider platform, that sympathy has been drawn out and shown deeply, more deeply than I can express. We have been wonderfully kept up through the trial and I have no doubt it was owing to your prayers. May these, ascending from many hearts glorify God; and may the young life given so willingly,

lead others to come forward in defence of the Old Country they love so well, and put an end to the German blight which is trying to fasten itself all over the world. In this Cemetery lies the sister who gave her life to nurse the sick poor; in a little Cemetery in North France lies her brother who died charging and driving back his country’s enemies. I believe you are proud of both - they belonged to Hailsham.” Sadly Mr Harvey and his wife suffered a further loss a year later when another of their sons, Acting Captain Rollo D’Aubigne Harvey of the Royal Sussex Regiment, was killed at Ginch on the Somme on 9 September 1916, aged 31. Mr Harvey began his monthly Parish Letter, “May I take this opportunity of thanking you all for you kind expression of sympathy with my family in its great loss. We are by no means the only ones, even in this parish, who are feeling what it costs to keep the Germans out of England.” He then turned to other routine parish matters. However before ending his letter Mr Harvey returned to the subject of the war. He noted that England was doing better in the war and that the Germans are, “clearly dominated on the Somme.” He concluded, “Has England learned her lesson yet? Has the nation’s heart turned back to God. That is our prayer.”

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n the main there are two different types of estate agents; the Corporates who are targeted to within an inch of their life and the Independent. Now there is a third option, a Fully Independent High Street estate agent - Ross & Co! You may ask what is different about Ross & Co, surely all agents are much the same. Not so, because at Ross & Co we pride ourselves on a more personalised approach to the buying and selling process. We do not have daily targets; we are not tied in with any financial institutions, solicitors, conveyancers, contractors, energy performance assessors or any other such body or person. Other agents will probably consider this gross stupidity as there are so many willing organisations that do pay for agent referrals because there is good money to be made for both sides!

At Ross & Co we will not compromise our position. We believe by remaining fully independent we retain control and can be sure that anybody we may recommend are those who work in the best interest of our clients. You are not a target, you are not a pound note sign and you do have an identity. If service matters to you and you want consistency, relationships built on trust, transparency and honesty then use the third option, use Ross & Co! We are now at 30 High Street, Hailsham (between Subway and Domino’s pizza) and 7 The Triangle, Willingdon (the old Coopers Bungalow centre). Pop in and see us or call us on 01323 841814 or 482700. We are happy to help.

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Saturday April 18th at 13.30pm, Hellingly Recreation Ground, Horsebridge Please come and see for yourself what a pleasant and addictive game bowls is. We will be thrilled to welcome all interested people. bowlers or not. We also have senior members who will be on hand to teach you how to play this wonderful game. We play friendly matches at home and away against other clubs in and around Sussex and also Horam League matches. So there is always opportunity to play or just to come down and watch on a sunny afternoon. We are a very friendly club and have many social and fund raising activitIes throughout the bowls season and in the closed season as well. We try to include everyone in our activities. SO GO ON GIVE US A TRY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED AND WANT MORE DETAILS

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“I will forever be a perfectionist when it comes to the care of trees and their environment. I believe this shows in the work that we undertake.”

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Royal Forestry Society Certificate in Arboriculture. He was even privileged enough to be asked back to Plumpton College some years later. This time teaching the Foundation degree students one day a week. A chance to share his knowledge and passion with likeminded individuals. Sam said. “I will forever be a perfectionist when it comes to the care of trees and their environment. I believe this shows in the work that we undertake.” Within 5 years of trading, Town and Country Tree Services have grown from strength to strength. Gaining a large customer base within the domestic and commercial sectors. Whether it be

Since an early age, Sam was always drawn to the mystery and grandeur of those huge living organisms known as trees.

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ailsham Bowling Club is on the lookout for new members, whether young or old, beginners or experienced bowlers. We play informal roll-ups, club drives, internal and external competitions and league games as well as friendly matches at home and away. Would you enjoy regular gentle excercise? Like social events throughout the year? Like to meet with new people? Want to play in a competitive game?... Why not give bowls a try? Our Club is in a delightful setting with free car parking. We are a happy and friendly club and also enjoy a good social calendar. The 2015 season will run from Saturday 18th April until the end of September.

We are holding our OPEN DAY on Saturday 25th April – 10.00am to 1.00pm Come and have a go! Come and meet us at the green, behind the Leisure Centre, access from bottom long term car park. Flat shoes or trainers please!

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How Retirement Will L ook in 2015 On 21 July 2014, the government released their response to the ‘Freedom and Choice in Pensions’ consultation, effectively giving the go-ahead for the sweeping pension changes that were proposed as part of the 2014 Budget in March. These changes could radically alter your plans for retirement.

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or over, you will be able to draw money from it as you see fit. You can receive a tax free cash sum of up to 25% of the amount you take, then you will have the freedom to access some or all of the remaining fund as income, taxable at your marginal rate of income tax. So if you want to access all of the money from your pension, you will be able to take it as a lump sum. As tempting as it sounds to get hold of your money when you want it, in practice, the tax treatment may discourage you from extracting large sums in a single year. So unless you really need the extra income, you may want to withdraw your pension savings at a slower rate that is more taxefficient. Although the new pension freedoms mean you will no longer be compelled to buy an annuity, if you are looking to secure a guaranteed income for the rest of your life, an annuity will still be an appropriate option for you, especially as it’s impossible to tell how long you will live. Changes to how much you can contribute From April 2015, if you are drawing an income from your pension (after taking tax free cash) and wish to make contributions to a defined contribution scheme, you can continue to do so, but the amount on which you can receive tax relief (the ‘Annual Allowance’) will be cut from £40,000 to £10,000 a year. This could be via employer or personal contributions. The £10,000 Annual Allowance will be introduced for those already in ‘flexible drawdown’. This provides a potential advantage as the existing rules prohibit tax-relievable contributions if you are already taking income from Flexible Drawdown.

In some circumstances the Annual Allowance will not apply, but the rules can be complex. For example, you will be able to take income from a maximum of three smaller personal pension pots, or an unlimited number of smaller occupational pension pots (in both cases, worth less than £10,000), without being subject to the Annual Allowance restriction. Similarly, if you enter Capped Drawdown before April 2015 and take income within your income limit after this date, the Annual Allowance will remain at £40,000 a year in these cases.

onwards. As part of the new reforms, the government intends to abolish the 55% tax charge for money inherited from pension funds, regardless of the age of death. It has also extended the same generosity to money in drawdown, if the death of the holder occurs before age 75. For deaths after age 75, the tax rate for money inherited from drawdown will reduce to 45%. The new rules are effective from April 2015 but importantly, it is the date the claim is settled rather than the date of death, which determines if the money is paid at the new rates.

Transferring defined benefit schemes Transfers from private sector defined benefit to defined contribution schemes will continue to be allowed. The government is also consulting further on allowing full or partial withdrawals direct from private sector defined benefit schemes, to remove the need to transfer out to a defined contribution scheme before taking benefits. If you are a member of a defined benefit scheme that is already in payment and you wish to transfer out, this will continue to be prohibited. Transfers from unfunded public service defined benefit schemes will not be allowed. Transfers from funded public service defined benefit to defined contribution schemes will be permitted.

Guidance or advice? From April 2015, the government will introduce a new right to impartial financial guidance at the point of retirement, for anyone with a defined contribution pension scheme. The guidance will be delivered through the Pensions Advisory Service and the Citizens Advice Bureau. But it’s important to understand that what will be on offer is just guidance – not advice - so while guidance will explain the impact of these new rules and let you know what you could do, it won’t tell you what you should do. Advice, therefore, remains essential.

Taxation on death to be reviewed The tax position on death under the current rules is that lump sum payments from any money remaining in drawdown is subject to a death tax charge of 55%. The same tax rate also applies to any remaining pension fund not being used to provide benefits, if the death occurs from age 75

To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact Matthew Sellens of Crown Wealth Consultants on 01323 442353 or email msellens@sjpp.co.uk. The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time and are dependent on individual circumstances.

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Business Directory Attractions Arlington Bluebell Walk, Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road Arlington, Nr Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6SH Tel: 01323 485151 Email: bluebellwalk@dsl.pipex.com www.bluebellwalk.co.uk Hailsham Farmers Market Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AG Tel: 01323 449478, Mob: 07828 152897 Email: philbrooks290@hotmail Careers/Education Moore Language Solutions Tel: 01323 441222 Tel: 07414501933 MooreLanguagesSolution@gmail.com www.MooreLanguagesSolutions.com Pat Flowers 1-1 Support Tel: 01323 844690, Mob:07519 761499 email: patricia.flowers@which.net www.patflowers.co.uk Childcare and Activities Emmanuel Pre-school, Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, BN27 1UG Tel: 07796 901197 www.emmanuelpreschool.co.uk Hellingly Playgroup Contact: Tracy 07776 180711 Lullaby Baby Gifts Tel: 07590 628725 Email: sales@lullabybabygifts.co.uk www.lullabybabygifts.co.uk Summerfields Nursery, Summerheath Road, Hailsham, Call Val on 01323 449057/845542, val.elsbury@btinternet.com, www.summerfieldsnursery.org.uk

John’s Fish & Chips, 66 High Street, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 847552 The Cottage A22, Polegate Road, Tel: 01323 440134 Electricians CPB Electrical Services Tel: 01323 500859, Mob: 07533 742948 Finance

Insurance & Legal

Bad Barnet 14b George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex Tel: 01323 840408, badbarnet@btconnect.com www.bad-barnet.com

GM Associates 15 Garfield Road, Hailsham, BN27 2BB Tel: 01323 888013

The Butterfly Room Hair Design 10 Carew Court, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, BN27 1UL Tel: 01323843621 Health Hailsham Chiropractic and Podiatry Clinic 1 North Street, Hailsham, BN27 1DA Chiropractic: Tel: 01323 441857 Podiatrist: Tel: 01323 841000 www.sussexchiropractor.co.uk

Fireplaces and Woodburners

Health and Fitness

Sussex Fireplace Gallery Units B2 & B3, Chaucer Business Park, Dittons Road, Polegate BN26 6JF Tel: 01323 488848 www.sussexfireplacegallery.com

Freedom Leisure Hailsham Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX, Tel: 01323 846755 www.freedom-leisure.co.uk

Florists Fidelis Floral Art 3b St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AF Tel: 01323 848899 sales@fidelisfloralart.co.uk Gardening and Tree Services Larrita Plants opp. Hail-A-Cab, Amberstone Tel: 01323 847675 Town & Country Tree Services Tel: 01323 441038 Mob: 07812910957 E townandcountrytrees@hotmail.co.uk

Eating Out

Apatitedesign Apatitedesign@gmail.com The Voucher Project Mob: 07956258160 John Kimble Graphic Design Magazines, Signs, Leaflets, Design and Artwork Specialist Tel: 01323 848004, jkimble@btconnect.com www.johnkimblegraphicdesign.com

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Hart Reade Solicitors Old Manor House, Market Street, Hailsham BN27 2AE Tel: 01323 841481 www.hartreade.co.uk Quality Solicitors Barwells 2 Market Square, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1AG, Tel: 01323 814010 www.qualitysolicitors.com/barwells

Home Alone Pet Services. Our services include dog walking, puppy sitting, cat feeding, small animal care, vet transport and other services to suit individual needs. We cover Herstmonceux, Hailsham, Heathfield, Horam and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Tel: 07463 150015 www.homealone-petservices.co.uk Paw Paws Dog Walking Contact: Charlotte Tel: 01323 841505 Mob: 07854 335291 Bingley & Marge Contact: Lesley Tel:07706 915716 Email: bingleyandmarge@wealdenwalkies.co.uk www.bingleyandmarge.co.uk

Interior Design and Curtains Pharmacies

Saint Mary’s Clinic 5b Saint Mary's Walk, Hailsham BN27 1AF Tel: 01323 846004

Graphic Design and Artwork

Chapter 12 Wine bar 12 High Street, Hailsham, BN27 1BJ Tel: 01323 351898 www.chapter12winebar.co.uk info@chapter12winebar.co.uk

Hairdressers & Barbers

Crown Wealth Consultants 8 George Street, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 442353 Email: msellens@sjpp.co.uk www.crownwealth.co.uk.

The Build Works 01323 401227 or 01273 311349 www.thebuildworks.co.uk

Callenders 80-82 High Street, Hailsham Tel: 01323 842400

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The Homely Maid 2 High Street, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1BY Tel: 01323 844812

Hailsham Bowling Club Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX Tel: 01323 849810 / 01323 840595 www.hailshambowlingclub.co.uk Hellingly Bowls Club Horsebridge Recreation Ground, BN27 4DL Tel Jean & Gerry: 01323 440516 Tel Trevor: 01323 842937 or Tel Brian: 01323 844820 Willingdon Golf Club Southdown Road, Willingdon, East Sussex, Tel; 01323 410981 Email: Secretary@willingdongolfclub.co.uk www.willingdongolfclub.co.uk Hobbies/Past times Argentine Tango Classes E gotango@sky.com www.gotango.co.uk Masterpiece, The MasterPiece Studio, Unit 3, Holmes Hill, Whitesmith, (A22 Golden Cross) BN8 6JA Tel: 01825 872225 www.masterpiecestudio.co.uk Semi Grand Pianos T (01323) 833770 www.semigrand.com

Jenny Hook, 6 The Granary, Rural Business Centre, Broad Farm, North Street, Hellingly BN27 4DV Tel: 01323 846439, Mob: 07969 738997 www.jennyhookcurtains.co.uk Letting Agents Roland Dunn Residential Lettings and Block Management, 13 Station Road, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 848499 Email: roland@rolanddunn.co.uk www.rolanddunn.co.uk Ross & Co 7 The Triangle, Willingdon BN20 9PJ Tel: 01323 482700 30 High Street, Hailsham BN27 1BB Tel: 01323 841814 Mobility AB Mobility Tel: 01323 849736, Email: sales@abmobility.co.uk www.abmobility.co.uk The Build Works 01323 401227 or 01273 311349 www.thebuildworks.co.uk Pet Care Hailsham Pet Supplies 3 The Mews Shops, 3A George Street, Hailsham BN27 1AD Tel: 01323 844205 Highlands Kennels Coggers Cross, Horam, East Sussex, TN21 0LG Tel: 01435 813659 Email: info@highlandskennels.co.uk www.highlandskennels.co.uk

Kamson Pharmacies 12 Carew Court, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1UL Tel: 01323 449484 Plumbing and Heating Nutra Plumbing & Heating Ltd Unit 10, The Martlets, Diplocks way, Hailsham East Sussex BN27 3JF Tel: 01323 449448 www.nutra-uk.com Printing & Signage Footprint Printers Unit 8, Apex Business Park, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3JU Tel: 01323 449658 Email: info@footprint.uk.net www.footprint.uk.net Property Services Andrew Midwinter Kitchen & Bathroom Installations Tel: 01323 354045 Mob: 07725465791 Email: andymidwinter@aol.com www.hillgatekitchens.co.uk Daniells Harrison Chartered Surveyors, 1 Cortlandt, George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE Tel: 01323 446636 Email: ma@dhcs.co.uk Renaissance Originals 3a, St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham, BN27 1AF Tel: 01323 845558 E-mail: romanrenaissance@aol.com Facebook: Renaissance Originals Twitter: @RomaRenaissance Hailsham Carpet Warehouse Unit 7, Crown Close, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3JX Tel: 01323 849489 Email: hailshamcarpets@btconnect.com www.hailshamcarpet-warehouse.co.uk

Shops & Fashion Olivia B 4a St Marys Walk, Hailsham BN27 3DF Tel: 07775303790 Waitrose, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, BN27 1BE Tel: 01323 846708 Skips Haulaway Ltd 01323 441396 www.haulaway.co.uk Paul’s Mini Skips, Tel: 07951 623764 Taxis Hail-a-Cab, Tel: 01323 849888 Travel LJ Edwards Coach Holidays Tel: 01323 440622 www.ljedwards.co.uk Vehicle Leasing, Sales and Servicing Neva Consultants Neva House, Piltdown, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3XL Tel: 01825 720900 www.neva-consultants.com SE Tyres Wealden Diplocks Way, Hailsham, BN27 3JF Tel: 01323 840261 sales@setyres.com Solo ABC Mobile Car Repairs Tel: 0800 8488617 Mob: 07584 598617 dave@soloabc.co.uk www.soloabc.co.uk Web Design Worldwide Webdesign First Floor, 8 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4PN Tel: 01323 739376 www.worldwidewebdesign.co.uk Youth Club The Friday Night Project Tel: Andy Joyes 01323 841702 www.squareyouthcafe.com or www.hailshamyc.org for more information. If you are interested in being part of our business directory then please contact: Charlotte Collinson-O’Toole The Wealden Eye Tel: 07834785748 Email: charlotte@thewealdeneye.co.uk

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