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THE WEALDEN EYE Hawkland House, Hawkswood Road Hailsham BN27 1UU.....................Tel: 01323 846040 Editor: Charlotte Collinson-O’Toole Advertising: Jarred O’Toole Artwork & Design: John Kimble Graphic Design .........................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. ©2016: No part of this magazine may be reproduced in part or whole without express permission of the editor.


Welcome to issue 33 of The Wealden Eye… Hello and thank you for picking up a copy of this spring issue! This feels like such a positive time of year when we have so much to look forward to in the coming months. The evenings have drawn out, the temperature has risen (slightly!) and even the birds feel like having a bit of a sing song in the morning! It really has started event season now so here are a few that are in the local area: Indoor Food and Craft Market at the Boship (Lions) Hotel. 10am to 3pm - Sunday 17th April & Sunday 15th May. They have a great selection of local produce and gifts. They help raise funds for local charities too. The Society of Eastbourne Artists is holding a three day art exhibition Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd of May at the Lansdowne Hotel, BN21 4EE. Opening times 10 to 6, Monday 10 to 4.Monies raised will go to Mencap & Eastbourne Blind Society. Sussex Wildlife Trust for the Eastbourne/ Wealden Area has two dates for your diary: Thursday 21st April and Thursday 19th May Both events start at 7.30pm at the Main Hall of the Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1UE If you require further information on these events then go to our website or facebook page and see our event listings. As you can see things are looking busy for the next couple of months! Make sure you check out page 47 which gives you details on the BIG Wealden Switch! This is an exciting opportunity to reduce your monthly bills so for more information take a look. I hope that you all have a fantastic spring and I look forward to writing in our June/July issue! As always thank you for reading, Best wishes, Charlotte X

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IN YOUR GARDEN growers, including dwarf Night Sky and early flowering Praecox, medium Mardi Gras, as well as large varieties like the pretty Cherry Cheesecake. This is a beautiful plant which boasts frilled pink, white and cerise flowers. Smaller varieties will reach 2 - 3 feet in height when mature, and larger plants will reach up to 6 feet in height after about 10 years. Many varieties Conifer Bijoux- hand grafted & can be grown in tubs and propagated conifers in clay pots made containers – just remember to in Champagne. keep your rhododendrons happy with our 3 for 2 offers on Plants ericaceous compost and you’ll reap pril at Lime Cross is full of the rewards when they flower in May! colourful planted containers and The revolutionary Inkarho hanging baskets, bedding plants, rhododendron is a lime tolerant and traditional English roses and variety developed in Germany. This perennials. variety can be grown in Get your kitchen many soil types, garden off to a flying including chalky soil, start with young fruit and provided there is a vegetable plants, tomato sufficient depth of top seedlings and culinary soil. However, these herbs which are now need plenty of feed to readily available. keep their foliage healthy Cottage garden plants and our friendly staff will are just £10 for three, so be able to advise you on get yours in early to Handmade lead bird how best to care for your houses. enjoy summer flowering new plants. results. Also new in stock, is a Rhododendrons are our featured stunning range of Olives, Buxus and plant this issue. We have wonderful Bay Trees of various shapes and sizes. varieties from premium British Look no further if its azaleas you’re planting. Deciduous varieties, including scented Luteum and Irene Koster are an absolute delight. We also have Japanese evergreen azaleas which are the perfect choice for an oriental style garden. Shopping at Lime Cross Nursery With a new season in your garden, why not treat yourself to some new hand tools from the Darlac range. Darlac offer a range of superb horticultural equipment and are one Corten Steel- 60cm £55.00. of the UK’s leading suppliers of



Large Trotting Horse Statue £1,160.00. 1.8m Wooden Hot Tub with internal heater £2,800.00. quality garden implements, specialising in unusual and lightweight tools which are great value for money and are recommended by the team at Lime Cross Nursery. We have added new lines to our growing emporium of eclectic gifts and produce. Pop in and browse our local arts and crafts range, which includes some fantastic handmade lead bird houses. Visit us online, where you can purchase anything from a wood-fired hot tub to incredible cast iron statues. Jules and Oscar at Olives Café We are launching a new menu at the Café in line with the arrival of our new chefs Jules and Oscar. This will consist of many of the old favourites as well as some Sussex Filet Steak. exciting new dishes that are made using home grown and local ingredients wherever possible. Come and try one of our delicious mezze boards; a combination of local

Oscar preparing oysters. meats and cheeses with artisan bread, matched with a glass of wine imported direct from the producer. We will be running a series of events throughout the spring and summer, including Argentinian barbecues, Sunday jazz brunches and pop-up evening dining. Visit our website to join up to our mailing list, or better still pay us a visit! Children’s Events The Muddy Bunch morning at Lime Cross will entertain all keen young gardeners! On Thursday 7th April, from 10.30am – 12.15pm, local children’s author Andrea Keer will help the kids decorate a flower pot, plant up some seeds and design seed packs and plant labels with characters

Polly the bee and Flo the ladybird. Children can have their face painted and you can even get your copy of Andrea’s delightful book ‘Wellington the Gardening Dog’ personally signed. Numbers may be limited and charges apply. Shows We have a stand at The Heathfield Show, on the 28th of May, and we will be showcasing our home grown conifers, trees and shrubs. We will also be selling a range of wines imported direct from the producer alongside delicious complimentary canapes served by our chefs Jules & Oscar.

Join us at GROW London on Hampstead Heath 24th-26th of June. GROW London brings together the worlds of horticulture and contemporary design like no other event in the UK. It will be bursting with ideas on how to transform your outside space. Pop in to the nursery to pick up a complimentary ticket (available from May).

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

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Hailsham Cricket Club LOOKING FORWARD ndoor training is now Iforward finished and we are looking to resuming outdoor training sessions at The Recreation Ground on Western Road. Training The indoor sessions were a massive success for the club, the juniors have 18 new members across age groups 5-16. We also welcomed 5 new coaches and assistants to the club, their input was integral in allowing us to expand and offer a high standard of in-depth coaching. Juniors Our junior training sessions switch back to the usual Wednesday night slot and will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, starting on Wednesday April 6.

The new pavileon, close to completion!

The club is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2016 season and we are very optimistic as all four Saturday teams are in a strong position.

Seniors The seniors also had an intake of players with 9 new members coming along to training and

signing up to the club. Our attention now turns to outdoor training with the seniors training on Tuesday nights between 6pm and 8pm and Wednesday nights from 7.30pm until the light fades, with the first session will on April 5.


New members New members are always welcome at Hailsham and we are always looking for new additions in a number of different roles; players, officials, tea ladies and groundsman. We are extremely excited by the new pavilion that is close to completion at Roebuck Park. This has been a long term project and will be the finishing touch to a stunning new cricket ground. The club is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2016 season and we are very optimistic as all four Saturday teams are in a strong position. The club is committed to continued progress and to build on a number of successful years both on and off the pitch. The juniors are also looking to take the next step after a successful 2015 season and hopefully they shall carry that form into the senior matches they play.

For more information on way to join the club either as a playing or non-playing member please contact Rob Wilkinson 07980146841 You can also find Hailsham Cricket Club on social media Facebook – Search Hailsham Cricket Club Twitter – Follow @Hailshamcc Instagram – Hailshamcc Website –


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HMI EVENTS APRIL-JULY 2016 Saturday 2nd April Race Night

Saturday 4th June Live entertainment with Ultimate Robbie (Robbie Williams Tribute)

Saturday 9th April Sunday 12th June Grand National shown on big screen with sweepstakes on all races Celebrating the Queens 90th birthday with a hog roast, live Saturday 30th April entertainment in the car park – Live Entertainment with fun for all the family. “Back to the 80’s” Sport: All England games in the Satuday 21st May 2016 Euro shown on the big Live FA Cup final on the big screen screen in June Friday 29th July Ladies Night: 2 male strippers & drag queen

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

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Experience Holidays


A Beautiful Gift



his is a destination with so much to offer; beautiful scenery, historic sites that go back more than 5,000 years, wildlife on land and sea, excellent food, and a variety of great hotels and guest houses. It is one of those places that could be combined with other destinations, such as the Maldives or India, but in truth, spending two or three weeks here is a fantastic experience The historic and cultural attractions include the World Heritage listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the ruined ancient capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and the Dambulla Cave Temples. The evidence of the ancient cultures is complimented by the architectural evidence of more recent times, such as the complete Dutch Fort at Galle and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kandy. You can also enjoy the extensive range of wildlife found in the many National Parks, they contain strong numbers of elephant, water buffalo, bears, deer, crocs and leopards. Indeed the highest densities of leopards in the world are to be found in the Yala National Park. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see Blue and Sperm whales as they migrate past the island. The country also grows some of the world’s best teas and a visit to a tea factory, or better still, a stay at one, is well worthwhile. The scenery is stunning and varies as you travel around the


island – from tropical beach to lush mountain peaks with views for miles. Sri Lanka remains a great value destination with easy access, and it is about 11 hours flying time away. There is a diverse range of interesting, beautifully located properties on offer that will ensure a memorable holiday. The food is absolutely phenomenal and you will be tempted by the fresh local produce cooked in a variety of ways, from authentic Sri Lankan curries to refined European cuisine. The usual mode of transport is by car, although a journey on a train is an experience you will talk about long after the holiday is over. The island is a great winter destination, but going in our summer is also an excellent time to be there. Further details are just a call or email away.


he days are getting longer, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Flowers are at their brightest and best during spring, with nature providing a vibrant colour palette that can be brought indoors to brighten up any room and welcome the garden back into your home. Our gorgeous flowers will make a beautiful gift to brighten anyone's day, no matter what the occasion. BOUQUET TIPS Hand Tied Bouquet Bare stems that can be placed into a vase. Cut 1cm off the bottom of all the stems. make sure the vase is clean before filling it with water & flower food.

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Aqua bouquet Stems that are enclosed in a water bubble. Your bouquet can be left in its aqua pack for up to 48hrs. After this the water will need to be changed, so snip the base of the water bag over the sink to release the water. Remove the lower packaging. Also the top packaging if desired. Fill a vase with tepid water, add the flower food following the instructions on the packet, cut approx 5cm from the end of the stems, for best results cut stems at an angle. Stand in the vase. REMEMBER - Keep flowers in a cool draught free area, out of direct sunlight or near a heater. Remove any faded blooms or foliage as soon as possible. Change water in the vase twice a week.

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Then come and play for our team


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Rugby 1st Team Report:

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fter a slow start to the season, Hellingly Saxons have gone from strength to strength with several new players coming to the club and old players returning from injury. The Saxons have had some hard fought wins at home against Crowborough, Heathfield and Seaford, as well as several notable near misses. With the end of the season drawing near, The Saxons need to continue their good run of form to maintain a good league position. Hellingly Saxons are always happy to welcome new players of all abilities and experience to the club. To find out about training and matches please contact captain Jon Cooley on 07921 811607.

he New Year has brought with it a change in fortunes for the first XV squad who have now strung together 6 wins on the trot, the only blot on their copy book being a narrow loss to Seaford in their last outing. This run has seen them complete the double over sides such as Crawley, Brighton II, Crowborough II and Chichester III. A steely resolve has seen the squad record some very narrow victories. It is these tight games in which the side has failed to heave themselves over the finish line in the last couple of seasons. The squad is now starting to reap the rewards of a new playing style and a lot of hard work, so a place in the top four is now the target for the end of the season.


“A steely resolve has seen the squad record some very narrow victories.�

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A Word From Westminster


Nus Ghani, MP


’m privileged, as an MP, to be able to vote on pieces of legislation in the House of Commons, and those of us lucky enough to sit on the green benches are granted that right by your votes at an election. For some issues though, it’s right and proper that the whole country gets to vote, not just the 650 MPs in Parliament. The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, promised and delivered by the Conservative Government and happening in under four months, is your chance to offer your view on this


crucial issue. Every registered individual can vote, and everyone’s vote is equal, whether they have been elected to Parliament or not. We are all our own representatives in this vote, which is democracy in action at its very best, and I hope you will engage with the arguments put forward on both sides when making up your mind. On other things I do have the honour of representing you, and I’m keen to make sure that I’m doing that in the best way possible. So this month I launched a survey for

pub landlords in Wealden. Pubs are a social hub at the heart of a community, as well as a big part of the local economy, and I want to ensure that rural pubs in our villages and towns are represented in Parliament the way they deserve to be. The pub trade faces its own challenges, as most industries do, and in Wealden we have unfortunately lost a couple of our pubs during recent years. I’m hopeful that Wealden’s landlords will respond with lots of suggestions for how I can fight their corner in Parliament, so that our rural pubs are allowed to thrive long into the future.

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Get to know your pharmacist

PHARMACY CUTS by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham


he Department of Health has announced that it will be reducing funding for pharmacies by 12%, starting this October. The Minister responsible for pharmacy, Alistair Burt MP, said that he expects to see up to 3000 local community pharmacies close. All of us within the profession are shocked by this announcement. At a time when NHS England are encouraging patients to speak to their pharmacists, before troubling Accident and Emergency departments or their GP, about minor ailments, it is difficult to understand why the Government would allow so many to close. Local pharmacies are an accessible source of advice, without appointment, from a qualified


Victoria Small.

pharmacist. This service is used frequently by the community, especially by the elderly and young parents. We provide many services free of charge, including; prescription ordering, collection and free delivery, and helping customers and patients who may have run out of medication, need advice, want to know how to access a service or who just need reassurance. Please write to Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, to show your support for your local pharmacy. You can find out more at

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Health & Relaxation



ast year on March 23rd 2015 we opened the Well Being Centre in two beautiful yurts, at Glynleigh Organic Farm, near Hilliers Garden Centre in Stone Cross. The Well Being Centre is an environmentally friendly and holistic health centre for complementary and transformative healing work, in all its many forms, on the edge of Pevensey marshes. The centre was officially opened by Andrew Durling of Eastbourne Green Party and Friends of the Earth. It all began with a 14ft yurt at Playgroup Music Festival in 2011! A few years later as a proud owner of the same yurt, made beautifully by the Yurtshop in Battle, I was looking for a semi permanent place to locate it, during the warmer months of the year, to practice Shiatsu, the holistic Japanese bodywork therapy, Acupressure Massage and Qigong. Fortuitously, at our next bookclub meeting, an old friend Jon Ross had been invited to join us. Jon and Becky Ross own Glynleigh Organic Farm and he said he may be able to help me out! In exchange for a days work a month on the farm I could put up the yurt from time to time to do treatments. What a wonderful place to work, surrounded by the beauty, fresh air and natural sounds of the countryside. My clients found their treatments more deeply relaxing and restorative than usual. Jon and Becky were most interested in the work I was doing and loved the yurt. After many discussions, cups of tea and a whole range

AT GLYNLEIGH ORGANIC FARM, STONE CROSS of delicious homemade cakes and biscuits the idea of a Well Being Centre in yurts was born. We use solar power to generate our electricity and heating is mainly woodburners sourced with wood from the farm and our neighbours. We hold weekly classes in the big 24ft yurt of a whole variety of different yogas; Kundalini, Hot Asthanga , Dru , Animal, Bikram and Restorative Yoga as well as Qigong and Meditation. In the smaller yurt we offer a wide range of different therapies such as Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Massage (Deep Tissue, Acupressure, No Hands) Reiki, Counselling and Wellbeing coaching. There are monthly workshops of Kundalini Yoga, Sound Baths with the amazing Soundlove, deeply relaxing and restorative Qigong and Meditation sessions as well as Shiatsu clinics where Shiatsu and Acupressure massage is available for a donation. There is parking available, shared lifts encouraged, and a bus route passes close by. There are now also ecological compost toilets all housed in a brand new stunning green roofed building. We have our Open Day this year on Sunday, 15th May with a mixture of tasters, demonstrations, talks and delicious homemade refreshments. We look forward to welcoming you to the Well Being Centre which opened on Monday, 21st March this year, take a look at our website: and our Facebook page for more information for this year’s programme.

MONTHLY EVENTS Kundalini Yoga Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm 16th April, 14th May, 18th June

MONDAY 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Sound Bath with Soundlove

Train Strong Movement Therapy Yoga

Sunday 11.00am – 1.00pm 17th April, 19th June

Jan Styles - Pre-Book only £10 or £35 for 4 07764477531 (Matt Strong)

The Shiatsu Clinic Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm 26th March, 23rd April, 28th May, 25th June

Qigong, Meditation & the Magic of the Breath Saturday 3.30pm – 5.30pm 26th March, 9th April, 28th May, 25th June

WORKSHOPS Animal Yoga Teacher Training Sat/Sun 2nd/3rd April 9.00am – 5.00pm

Stress Buster Day Sun 10th April 10.00am – 4.00pm

Mindfulness & Movement in the Spring Sun 24th April 10.00am – 4.30pm

Love Yourself, Heal Your Life Workshop Sat 30th April / Sun 1st May 9.00am – 5.00pm

The Sound of Yoga Sat 21st May 10.00am – 4.30pm

I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me Sun 22nd May 10.00am – 4.30pm

Ash-Ram:Ashtanga & Bikram Sun 5th June 10.00am – 6.00pm

Yoga, Meditation & Restorative Sound Bath Retreat Sat 11th June 10.00am – 4.30pm

Qigong and Meditation Day Retreat Sun 12th June 10.00am – 4.30pm



TUESDAY 9.45am – 10.45am

Dru Yoga Jan Styles - £8.00 drop-in 07852992150 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Qigong and Meditation Nick Neter - £7.00 drop-in or £35 for 6 07773061309 THURSDAY 10.00am – 11.00am

Yoga in the Yurt Eva Kristova - £7.00 drop-in or £35 for 6 07780535134 FRIDAY 11.00am – 12.00pm

Qigong and Meditation Nick Neter - £7.00 drop-in or £35 for 6 07773061309

Contact Nick Neter MRSS, DipQT B’Sc Hons The Well Being Centre, Glynleigh Farm, Hailsham Rd, Stone Cross, BN24 5BS Tel.07773061309 website. email.

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29 Photographs Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society

Historic Hailsham

Hailsham in the mid -19th century H

ailsham is expanding fast and now has a population of over 20,000. However 165 years ago it was all very different. The 1851 census revealed that the population of the town was 1825, double the number in 1801. Despite this Hailsham was still just a village. However during the mid-century years there were a number of developments which reflected and contributed to the growth of the town. In 1846 Hailsham National School was built and paid for with voluntary contributions plus a small grant from parliament. Hailsham’s National School like other National schools was free, having been founded by the “National Society for the education of the Poor according to the principles of the Church of England.” Unsurprisingly these schools had a strong church influence which didn’t please some families with dissenting denominations. Hailsham’s new school was built on a site at the end of Garfield Road with a playground at the rear in what is now part of South Road. In 1849 the railway arrived in the town. Initially it was just a shuttle service between Hailsham

& Polegate. Later, in 1880, the line was extended through to Heathfield. One outcome of this extension was that the school was demolished. Although the ropemakers, Burfields and Greens employed many people, Hailsham was still largely an agricultural community and the fortnightly market was one of the busiest in the county. However it was not all good news. Strangers were attracted to the town and with two new beer houses there was some disruption and hard drinking. This was of concern to the townsfolk and a special meeting of the Vestry (the predecessor to the Parish Council) was held during 1846. The meeting sent a letter to Captain Mackay, Head of the Sussex constabulary requesting that Inspector Dawes of Horsebridge be sent to Hailsham to control and quieten, “the congregating of many disorderly persons which is frequently a great annoyance to the inhabitants.” The meeting nominated Thomas White, grocer and Thomas Burfield to, “wait on Capt. Mackay should he feel

No. 41 The High Street in 1847.


The Willows, home of Dr Cunningham and later Dr. Billings. disposed to reply.” To get a clearer picture of life in Hailsham during this mid-century period I am devoting the rest of this article to an account published in the Parish Magazine in June 1893 written by Charles Underwood Jenner, who lived in Hailsham for many years and worked initially as the employee and later owner of a pharmacy, now Paydens and later purchased Breads the printers which was managed by his son Eustace Underwood Jenner In his article Mr Jenner recalled what Hailsham was like in 1846/7. He begins by stating that Hailsham was, “pretty much as it had been for many years and there were few, if any new patches on the old material. Starting from the Market Square and passing The Crown Inn (now the Corn Exchange) we should come to the shop now occupied by Mrs Birch, and at that time in the occupation of Mr Stephen Breads, Printer. This was then almost the last house at that end of the town.” (This property still exists and is the premises occupied by Haywards Carpets). Jenner continued. “where Belle Vue Terrace (the area from the entrance to the Quintins along to the Salvation Army charity shop), now stands were gardens only, and abutting on to the road and horse pond with stables at the rear,

known as ‘The Carriers’ in the occupation of Mr James Hoad’s father, who until that time, nearly, had carried goods to and from London by road. Passing on, one came to one house only on that side till reaching the Grenadier Inn, then a wayside Public, well out of the town and headquarters of the travelling fraternity, such as tinkers, scissor grinders, beggars and tramps of all kinds. The next house on that side was a cottage, still standing in the rear of Wellington Terrace.” (Wellington Terrace is the row of properties from number 1 London Road). “When the barracks were occupied by about 500 men this cottage was used as the Officer’s mess room. (This property still exists and is located in Gratten Place in Eastwell Place). “Turning to come into the town again the first building on the opposite side of the road was a windmill which long stood on a knoll at the rear of the present Magistrates Room, (The Old Court House) and was afterwards (1869) removed to Harebeating (Lane), where it is still doing good service, and next to the Millers cottage at the rear of and now forming a portion of St Wilfrid’s. Passing on to the High Street

Charles Underwood Jenner on the left at his shop in the High Street. there was no other building till one reached Dr Billing’s house, then Dr Cunningham’s with the exception of a cottage surrounded by high hedges and still standing in the rear of Alexandra Terrace.” (The Doctors house was The Willows and is now the premises of Costa’s. Alexandra Terrace is the row of shops, formerly houses, from the Oasis Dental Surgery to Rajdutt Indian restaurant. It was named after Princess Alexandra, later

Hailsham High Street with Alexandra Terrace on the right.

Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII). “Starting again from the (Market) Square and passing the George Inn, that house was almost the last house on that side of the road. ‘Courtlands’ had long stood where it still stands and Downford had been recently built. With the exception of the National School and an old tollgate there were no buildings till you got well past the factory (Burfields) and into Cacklebury. The houses on the left hand side of the road, Victoria Road, the pretty little Deer Paddock and clock tower (now the site of the Police Station), the houses leading to and about the Railway Station, Cobden Place, Devonshire Place and the railway station and buildings around it have all been erected since the date mentioned. In North Street, then known as Back Lane (a veritable lane almost impassable in winter) , there were a few cottages , which are still standing but nothing more, with the exception of the house in which Miss Sinnock lived until recently. At the rear of the Terminus Hotel (now Neptune’s) was a small cottage still standing I think, and in front of it were the stocks, and I remember to

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Summerfields. have seen a man in them, secured by the legs as punishment for some petty crime. This was I think the last occasion on which the stocks were used in the Parish, and it is narrated that the official who had been sent from Lewes to see the sentence duly carried out, being anxious to catch the conveyance and get away home said to the prisoner

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‘it wants but a quarter of an hour of the time and I shall let you out I think,’ but the prisoner , much to the officers surprise replied, ‘Squire Darby said I be to be here two hours, and I’m g’wine to be here two hours, so you’ll have to wait.’ ” In 1850 Hailsham Common still existed (it was enclosed in 1855). Jenner states that the Common was bounded by Cacklebury, Diplocks Farm, Courtlands, the Common Pond, Ersham and Sandbanks. He then moves on to Summerfields (now the site of Sussex Close/Sussex Avenue), which at that time was occupied by the, “celebrated fox hunting Squire, King Sampson and a cottage near lodged his no less well known huntsman Press.” Jenner concluded his article by describing

one part of the Common. “In passing to Sandbanks or Cacklebury you crossed just a breezy bit of Common as you will find at places still in Sussex and Surrey, open to all the winds of heaven, sprinkled with furze bushes, and covered with grass well cropped by the flocks of sheep and geese that strolled about unmolested. It is from these geese perhaps that Cacklebury got its name; at all events in those days they were quite an institution, and as darkness fell could be seen crossing the common in all directions, in solemn procession, bowing and cackling all the way.” Jenner subsequently purchased a house called The Acacias, now the premises of Taylor Engley and The Spectacle Showroom. He was active in many aspects of the town including the Parish Church where he was church warden. He died in 1928 aged 97.

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A taste of Spring

SODA BREAD Makes 2 loaves Ingredients 500g plain white flour 10g salt 4 tsp baking powder 300ml buttermilk Flour for dusting Method Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas mark 6. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the liquid slowly while mixing to make a dough. Knead briefly, divide into two and shape into rough rounds. Pat to flatten until about 2-3 inches / 5-8 cm thick. Cut a


deep cross in the top of the loaf (cut almost all the way through but not quite) and stab lightly all over. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Allow to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes and eat warm with butter. Variations Thinned yoghurt or half milk to water works instead of buttermilk if you don’t have any. Experiment with flour mixtures. Spelt flour and rye flour make tasty additions. Add a couple of large handfuls

of dried fruit to the mix. Raisins and sultanas, or chopped dates work very well. Try a half-and-half mixture of plain and wholemeal flour and add a spoon of black treacle to the mix. It makes a denser, sweeter soda bread which is great with cheese. Or using half plain and half wholemeal flour, add a couple of handfuls of chopped walnuts and a couple of tablespoons of honey. Try switching the buttermilk for beer (works best with wholemeal flour) The variations are endless. Enjoy.

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BANANA & WALNUT LOAF Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 60-70 minutes Ingredients 225g plain flour 2 level tsp baking powder 80g softened or spreadable butter 1 large egg (beaten) 110g caster sugar 4 medium bananas (peeled) 50g walnuts (chopped) Zest 1 lemon Demerara sugar for sprinkling

Method Preheat oven to 180C / gas 4. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin. Mash three bananas to a pulp and chop the fourth. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a separate bowl. Add the butter, egg and caster sugar. Using a mixer mix everything together for a minute or two. Add the mashed and chopped bananas and briefly whisk them into the mixture. Fold in the chopped walnuts and

lemon zest. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Sprinkle with Demerara sugar. Place in the pre-heated oven so that the top of the tin is in the centre. Bake for 60-70 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes then turn out on to a cooling rack. This cake is good served warm with crème fraiche, cold, or even toasted. 37


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Happy Birthday!




woman who lives at residential dementia care home in Hailsham has turned 100 years old. Daisy Hollick currently lives at Quinnell House, in the quiet residential area of Quinnell Drive. It is a warm, welcoming and buzzing place full of lovely residents and happy workers. Daisy was born in Fulham, London, and spent most of her life in this area of the country, until she moved to Hailsham in August 2008 when she started living at Quinnell House. Daisy lived with her grandparents when she was growing up and helped out on their stall at Fulham Market. She finished school and found work in a launderette, she then got married and had two children. Unfortunately they are no longer with us. Daisy is a very humble lady, if you sit down with a cup of tea and some biccys and have a chat with her she will be more than content. This is what Daisy had to say when we met with her. WE: Hi Daisy! Thank you for having a cuppa with us this

morning, we hear you have had a big birthday recently? Daisy: Yes, I’m 100 now! WE: Wow! How does it feel to be 100? Daisy: I feel no different, I carry on living each day on how I feel, I am always happy and enjoy life as much as I can. WE: I bet you have a few stories and memories to tell? Daisy: We all have stories and memories. My memory isn’t what it was so I can’t think of one. WE: Do you have a favourite type of music? Daisy: I love cockney music, I used to sing all of the songs when I was a little girl. WE: Any particular song? Daisy: (Singing) Daisy Daisy, Give me your answer do, I’m half crazy… (Daisy Continued to sing and other residents joined in until we had a full choir)

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WE: That was brilliant - thanks for the rendition! Daisy, did you enjoy your party that the home threw for you? I hear there was lots of cake, tea, music and even dancing? Daisy: We had a great time, laughing and listening. It was a lovely day. WE: That’s good to know - what have you got planned for the rest of the day? Daisy: We are waiting for lunch now, we have left over cold meat and roast potatoes with bubble and squeak on a Monday! Always have since I was a little girl, and I’m not changing now! WE: YUM! Thanks for having us Daisy, we hope to see you again soon! Daisy: You will, and I shall be sitting here, see you again! Congratulations to Daisy from all of us at the Wealden Eye, best wishes and take care. We would also like to say a massive thank you to the wonderful team of staff at Quinnell House for making her day so special.

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Music File 19

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t’s with some trepidation that we venture into the naughty nineties this time because I’m well out of my comfort zone. Sitting at the top of the UK singles chart was a German pop group, Snap, with “The Power” taken from their “World Power” album. You might remember this thanks to its catchy hookline “I’ve got the power”. Or maybe not! Incidentally, this single opens with an enigmatic Russian line – “the American company Transceptor Technology has started production of the Personal Companion computer”. Thought that’d be of interest – hehe.


Let’s move on to more familiar ground. Proving yet again that The Beatles’ music never dies, lodged at number three, behind the B52s’ “Love Shack”, was Candy Flip’s version of “Strawberry Fields Forever”. This British electronic dance band was so named from ‘candyflipping’, the slang term for taking LSD and ecstasy at the same time, apparently. Anyway, this was the band’s only top ten British hit; I wonder why! Elsewhere in the top ten, was Madonna’s former chart-topper, the upbeat dance/pop track “Vogue” which, more or less defined dance music for this decade. You may remember this from the single’s sleeve where the singer is dressed in, erm, black stockings and suspenders. Just below her were Erasure’s heavily synthesized “Blue Savannah”, American alternative rock group They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse In Your Soul”, and chirpy, chippy Jason Donovan’s “Hang On To Your Love”. This was one of five top ten singles taken from his second album “Between The Lines” produced by the often criticised, but unquestionably innovative, Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Whatever anyone might have thought about this trio, they certainly made an indelible mark during the late 1980s/early 1990s, earning the accolade of being the most successful composing/producing partnership of all time. Check this out - they scored over one hundred top forty UK hits, sold in excess of forty million records, and earned around £60 million on the way! Jason, alongside the likes of Mel & Kim, Sinitta, Rick Astley and Kylie Minogue had a lot to be grateful for. So this guy Jason from “Neighbours” - where his character Scott Robinson enjoyed a romantic relationship with Charlene Mitchell, played by the aforementioned Miss Minogue - certainly proved he had staying power in the music business. Not only did he excel as a teen idol singer, but also a film and stage actor. A man of many talents who’s still going strong. Yay! Sharon Davis

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LAWN TENNIS CLUB Anyone for tennis? Tennis is great fun and good exercise – and it’s more accessible than you think!

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ailsham Lawn Tennis Club is a friendly, social Club where you can meet new friends as well as improve your fitness or just have a good game of tennis! We play on four all-weather courts throughout the year (under floodlights in the winter evenings) behind the cricket pavilion at the Western Road Recreation Ground.

Junior coaching. Coaching is available for adults and children in a structured programme, as well as cardio-tennis for fitness. The Club is affiliated to the LTA and has been awarded the LTA’s Club Mark. There are regular Club tennis

French visit. sessions all week to suit different levels and availability, the session times are available on our website. Courts are free for members to play their own games as well, and the Club runs regular internal tournaments and fun days, as well as running teams in various Sussex Leagues. The Men’s Team has been experiencing great success recently, and continues to move up the divisions. The Club also hosts regular social events, including meals, quizzes and dances.

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We have a strong link to Hailsham’s twin town in France, Gournay-en-Bray, with a reciprocal visit once a year which has been going on for many years. Annual membership can work out at less than £15 a month for individuals, and even less for partners and families.


ealden District Council has partnered up with iChoosr to help residents save money on their energy bills. Register online or over the telephone to see how much money you could save! Participation is completely free and you are under no obligation to switch. Joining the Big Wealden Switch is as easy as 1,2,3 ...

1. Register online by going to or by calling the Council on 01323 443322. You will need your annual fuel statement or recent energy bills to complete the process. 2. The collective bargaining power of lots of people like you is used by IChoosr to get energy companies to try and under-bid one another to provide you with the cheapest tariff.

3. I-Choosr will then contact you by email or letter detailing your personal offer. Remember to check your emails after the auction! If you like the offer you can accept and switch to your new supplier which is a fixed price contract for twelve months. As long as you are the bill payer you can take part, regardless of tenancy or meter type. The auction will be held on the 22-May-2016. You can use one email address to register up to five households. Why not help a relative or friend out? On average switchers tend to save £200-£300.

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The Wealden Eye Issue 33  

The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/04/2016 - Issue 33

The Wealden Eye Issue 33  

The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/04/2016 - Issue 33