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WEALDEN EYE February/March Contents 5 Your Local Pharmacist 6 A Word from Westminster 8 Renaissance Originals - Furniture

12 Police Update 13 A New Eye on Hailsham 14 Experience Holidays - Cruising 18 World Animal Friends - Fundraiser 20 Puzzle Page 22 Recipe - Parsnip Cake 24 Hailsham Heritage Trail - Part 11 26 Health & Nutrition 28 Puzzle Solutions 29 Chapter 12 - Diary of Events 32 Bingley and Marge 34 Hillier - Catering for Insects 37 Fidelis Floral Art 38 Music File 10 - Back in Time 1963 39 Butterfly Room - Special Offers 40 Crown Wealth Consultants - ISA’s 43 FNP - Friday Night Project 44 Business Directory 47 CFC - Computers for Charities The Wealden Eye, Hawkland House, Hawkswood Road Hailsham BN27 1UU.....................Tel: 01323 846040 Editor: Charlotte Collinson-O’Toole Mag 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. ©2014: No part of this magazine may be reproduced in part or whole without express permission of the editor.


Welcome to Iss ue 23 of The Wealden E ye… A

belated Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a fantastic festive period. Now, though we can look forward to spring and the lighter evenings that have already started to make an appearance and we can start to take a look forward to what our town has to offer throughout the next year. We now have a market that will run every Saturday! The Hailsham Street Market has become such a success and so the move has been made to ensure we always have a market on a Saturday. The Farmers Market takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month and then the 1st, 3rd, 4th Saturdays will see the town busy with Hailsham Street Market There is proof that the town is starting to see the results of the revitalisation programme that the Town and District Councils and Hailsham Forward have started to deliver. We understand that fewer than 10% of the independently owned units in town are vacant now and most of them are actually under offer! This is certainly what Hailsham needs and I hope it helps existing business owners so they can continue to thrive here. In January we saw the opening of Renaissance Originals in St Mary’s Walk. I went to the open day to see what they had to offer and I could barely tear myself away! Not only are they a local stockist for the eco-friendly range of Autentico Chalk Paints, waxes and specialist brushes. They also stock a range of shabby chic and retro furniture, signs, home accessories and gifts.

Hailsham Forward has a clear plan of the projects they are getting involved in since the stakeholder meeting at the end of January. These include more work on developing the business aspect of the town as well getting a clearer program for developing sports, education and environmental aspects. I feel very excited we have an action plan for the town and can’t wait to see the results of the work they are doing. On a community group level I’m aware that Hailsham Twinning Society, Hailsham Bonfire Society and Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture are all looking for new members and supporters so if you are looking for something new to do in 2014 then please let us know and we’ll be happy to introduce you! If you run or

are involved with a community group, club or association then please do get in touch and let us know what you are planning for 2014. Finally, our brand new website is due to go live soon, with a new section for promoting businesses and community events – so again if you have something you are interested to promote please let us know. Thank you for reading Charlotte x

Cover: Water Week Artists. Enjoy me, then pass me on so others can enjoy me and then recycle me! I am 100% recyclable Hailsham High Street.

(right:)St Mary’s Walk.

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Get to know your pharmacist

Itchy and Scratchy? by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham


ecently, I have had a number of worried customers ask to speak to me in my pharmacy’s consultation room about their itchy bottoms. A common cause of anal itching is threadworms. The signs of having threadworms are an itchy anus (bottom) and tiny white specks on your stools. Although it can sound alarming it is something that is easily treated.


It is also something that is easily caught, particularly by school children who can then pass it onto their family and school friends. If someone has it, then everyone in their household should be treated. For adults and children over two years of age, we sell chewable tablets that will get rid of the worms. To help treat (and to avoid catching) worms it is important to teach children to

Victoria Small. wash their hands thoroughly after using the lavatory and before eating. Nails should be cut short because the worms can live there and be passed to the mouth when eating. Please don’t be embarrassed to come in and ask to speak to me in my private consultation room about this or any other minor health concerns that you may have.

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A Word from Westminster

Working So Hard Together


am delighted to see that Wealden has headed into 2014 in good shape. We have seen a fall in unemployment and an increase in apprenticeships – a good sign for our local economy. Statistics from the National Apprenticeships Service recently confirmed that apprenticeships within Wealden have more than doubled between 2010 and 2013, from 350 to 740. Unemployment has also fallen to 634, 200 less than the end of 2012. This is an extremely positive sign for Sussex, a county made up primarily of small business. It is even more important for areas such as Hailsham, where the local business community and councils are working so hard together to improve the High Street and to support local businesses, which are vital for a sustainable town centre.

Charles Hendry.


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Business Focus



Renaissance Originals are now open at 3a, St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham, BN27 1AF. We are your local stockist for the eco-friendly range of Autentico Chalk Paints, waxes and specialist brushes.



e also stock a range of shabby chic and retro furniture, signs, home accessories and gifts. Our Director, Pete Davies was born in Lampeter, West Wales and worked for over 25 years in North Wales and Chester where he offered a complete design service to homes, restaurants and hotels. During that time, he gained a reputation for unique artistry in ceiling design, specialist paint effects and decorative mouldings installation, from the simplest to the most highly ornate. In 2002, Pete started working with Italian ‘Spatula Stuhhi’. Created by Giorgio Graesan, this a luxurious marble finish product used predominantly on walls and ceilings. Pete attended training courses in Milan as well as assisting in the delivery of specialist training seminars in this country. For the past year, since moving to North Hailsham, Pete has used Autentico Vintage Chalk Paints to upcycle furniture, giving each piece a distinctly individual and decorative style. Examples of Pete’s work can be seen on our

Facebook page, Renaissance Originals, and in our shop. We offer creative workshops using Autentico products, teaching people of all ages how

to breathe new life into old, new or boring furniture. Course participants will be shown “shabby chic” and basic painting techniques and encouraged to bring their own small piece of wooden furniture. For example an item such as a mirror, small cabinet, shelf, small chair or a wooden box – anything small to start with that needs a revamp and will then complement your other furniture and home. Each course lasts approximately 3 hours and will be very ’hands

on’ and productive, giving people the confidence to go on to larger and more challenging pieces to unleash their creative streak! Workshop numbers are limited to three people per workshop to ensure each person receives individual attention and the opportunity to learn. They take place on Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 5pm. Dates planned for 2014 so far are: 13th February, 27th February, 13th March and 27th March.

For more information on products or to book a place on one of our workshops, please ring: 01323 845558 or e-mail: Find us on Facebook: Renaissance Originals or follow us on Twitter: @RomaRenaissance

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Sussex Police Wealden District

The People of Hailsham…

Residents and the Police Working Together W

e hope that everyone had a quiet and enjoyable festive period. Although it is a new year, we are still seeing the same crimes being reported to us. We are still seeing chainsaws and similar items being stolen from sheds, garages and outbuildings. Remember, if you have any items like these then they need to be protected. We are still offering free property marking across Wealden, but we would always advise you to secure items or take them inside. If you store these items in a van overnight we would advise you to take extra precautions in securing these items either within your van or removing them to a more adequate place. A member of the public recently phoned us after they noticed 3 males acting suspiciously in Crowborough. These males had been breaking into sheds and garages in the local area. We strongly believe that these males have been extremely active in the Crowborough area, and due to the vigilance of a member of the public officers were able attend the scene and make a number of arrests. This is a great example of residents and the police working together to reduce crime. If you see any suspicious activity please call us immediately on 101. Across Wealden we have been urging victims of domestic abuse to report it to us at the earliest opportunity. Domestic abuse can be physical and sexual violence, financial, psychological or emotional abuse. Our campaign is aimed at letting people know that we can help. If you are currently suffering from domestic abuse you can call us on 101 or 999. There are also a number of help lines that you can contact for advice and assistance. Don’t forget your local Police officers are on social media. You can search for us on Twitter or “like” Sussex Police Wealden District on Facebook.

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A New Eye on Hailsham WE: G’day Jarred! So what brought you to Hailsham? JOT: I met an English girl from Eastbourne who was travelling through Australia and I kept in touch with her via Facebook. When I was on my world trip I needed a place to stay and she introduced me to you… WE: How long have you lived in Hailsham?

Jarred O’Toole

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As a completely new feature in The Wealden Eye, we will be interviewing a variety of people who have recently moved to and settled in Hailsham. In the first of the series and as the inspiration for this idea I have looked to my husband for his opinion…

JOT: I arrived in the UK on the 15th of November 2011 and moved to Hailsham just before Christmas that year. WE: What are the things you like best and like least about Hailsham in comparison to where you grew up? JOT: The thing I noticed straight away when arriving in England was that it takes a lot longer to get from A to B because of the volume of traffic and the size of the roads. This is quite strange for me because we’re a bit more spread out in Australia! The main part of Hailsham I enjoy is the community spirit, the Festival of Arts and Culture and the

Hailsham Street Market are great for the town and they are things that I am not used to! These and other events have brought a lot of new activity in the town and it has steadily got busier since I came here. It must have been very quiet in the town without these things going on! Another thing is that I have never seen anything like Bonfire night until I came to Hailsham so it was a great new experience for me! WE: What has been your favourite moment in England so far? JOT: 14th March 2013 I got married to you, it was the best day of my life! I didn’t expect to come here and get married! My family are coming over this March which will be great to show them around all of the places of interest locally. Whilst I’ve made my home in Hailsham, I am still an Australian and of course my loyalties are with my country, particularly, in the area of sport! I must say I was probably one of the few people in Hailsham that enjoyed the cricket this winter!

If you’ve recently arrived in Hailsham and would be interested to give your views, opinions and story about your time here then please get in touch with me – Charlotte Collinson O’Toole, or 07834 785748

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Experience Holidays


his is one of those holidays that everyone seems to have strong opinions about – whether they have been or not. The first thing to say is that there are cruises to suit all types of interests, numbers of travellers per ship, hands on experiences, luxury all the way and at all levels of prices. There really is likely to be a cruise that will meet your aspirations.

It is a great holiday, as relaxing or active as you want and you will be well looked after from the moment you arrive to the time you disembark. Some will be luxurious while others will be tougher going – such as a cruise to Antarctica! As there is so much to choice in the market, and the world, it helps to have in your mind the following: • Where in the world you want cruise and therefore are you happy to include a flight • How long you want to be away • The type of experience you want on and off the ship • The number of people that you want to share your cruise with Cruise locations There are cruises that cover most parts of the globe and indeed ones that take you all the way round in 180 days. The ports that you visit will often help decide your choice. If you are

Cruising Bare foot luxury or stylish cruising and everything in between is possible.


interested in ancient Rome or Carthage then the cruises in the Mediterranean will be tempting. If you want to learn about the East, then a river cruise up the Mekong or Irrawaddy will certainly meet your interests. There are some very popular destinations, such as Alaska or cruises to see the Northern Lights and these need booking well in advance, particularly if you are looking for a small ship adventure. Ships of all sizes The smaller the ship the greater flexibility for getting in to fiords, following a pod of whales and getting in to harbours that the larger ships cannot begin to think of sailing in to visit. There are even small ships that gently nudge up to the shore so that you can walk down on to the sands! However as a rule of thumb the smaller the ship the bigger the cost. The advantages that the larger ships have is that they carry a variety of entertainment, dining experiences, sporting amenities and all the facilities that you would find in a small town or resort. Their destinations are well established and their ports of call geared to meet the cruising fraternity. If getting involved in the actual sailing of the ship is of interest to you, then this can be arranged. With the help of the experienced crew you could be heading up the mast (safely attached) and a view second to none. Experiences from cultural to flying over volcanoes Cruising may come in all sizes and it also comes with most interests being catered for. Whether it is exploring the ruins of the ancient world around the Mediterranean or meeting the remote tribes of Papua New Guinea; it is all there to be found. You could sit back and make the most of the facilities around you or be kayaking, diving or trekking in to the jungle. It is all about your

priorities, finding out who provides what and whether it is within your budget. Your trip really could have you in a helicopter flying over a volcano as part of your cruise experience. On board experiences Here the variety is as great as the options already covered under the above headings. All cruise companies aim to ensure their clients have the best experience while with them. They obviously cannot control the elements and rough seas may make life a bit uncomfortable. But it is true to say that cruise ships of today have modern aids to ensure your cruise is as smooth as possible. Bare foot luxury or stylish cruising and everything in between is possible. Talk to someone that has been or knows what the options are and they should match what is on offer with your aims. Cruising is a wonderful holiday which is growing in popularity. The industry continues to offer more destinations, a huge variety of types of ships and experiences and good value for money. Set your priorities for your own trip and then contact someone who can give you advice and ideas to best meet your requirements.

If you want to discuss your activities for your next trip, just get in touch or call in to our office in Hailsham. Contact details are: Tel: 01323 446550 Email:

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World Animal Friends - Fundraiser

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World Animal Friends are having a family shopping day on Saturday 15th March 10.30am to 4pm at Herstmonceux Village Hall, Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux BN27 4JX. (Left:) Luiza a 19 year old independant rescuer who has helped take care of dogs and cats thrown onto the streets.


e can probably all recall a story of going on holiday and seeing a stray cat or dog and wanting to help, maybe even giving the animal food while you enjoy a holiday. Well local Cowbeech not for profit charity World Animal Friends helps animals in need abroad. WAF help selected shelters and rescuers abroad by raising much needed funds for shelter, food, necessary vet treatment and assist with Trap and Neuter campaigns.


The day will have over 20 local businesses selling jewellery, arts and crafts, toys, beauty treats, home interiors, pet items, baby and children’s clothes, toys and more!… plus WAF have their own nearly new sale and tombola. Animal Extraveganza will be taking centre stage with their exotic animals, great for kids and adults alike. Kids can also get their face painted. Refreshments, cakes and snacks will also be available. It’s Free to enter, and with Mother’s Day at the end of March a perfect opportunity to get a lovely gift for someone special. Find out more on Facebook by searching for World Animal Friends Fair.

8th February & 8th March 2nd Saturday Every Month. 9am to 12.30pm

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Parsnip Cake with Grapefruit Marmalade & Mascarpone Filling Method


was keen after the indulgences of Christmas to not only give you all a recipe with some fruit and veg element but also a recipe that included seasonal ingredients. One of the loveliest cakes I’ve tasted is a parsnip cake that one of my best friends whips up to a treat. Well, I’ve created my own version of it here, I don’t know about you but I don’t like my cakes too sweet, so for this recipe I’ve introduced the grapefruit element to give it some zing. As with carrot cake (and other cakes with

vegetables) it’s a beautifully moist cake and the mascarpone filling makes it quite indulgent – this could be a bit of a “love or hate” cake but please give it a go yourself see what you think! For the cake: 250gms Self Raising Flour 1tsp Ground Cinnamon 1tsp Ground Nutmeg 2tsp Baking Powder 175gms Unsalted Butter 250gms Demerara Sugar 3 x eggs 1tsp Vanilla Essence


250gms Parsnip, peeled and grated 1 x eating apple, peeled, cored and grated Zest of 1 x Grapefruit Juice of ½ x Grapefruit For the Grapefruit Sugar Syrup: Juice of 1/2 x Grapefruit 100gms Soft Light Brown Sugar For the Filling & Topping: 250gms Mascarpone Cheese 2tsps Grapefruit Marmalade 4tsps Icing Sugar Zest of 1 x Grapefruit

Heat the oven to 170º fan (180ºgas) . Grease and line two 8” (20cm) sandwich cake tins with baking parchment. Sieve the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder together in to a large bowl. Melt the butter and Demerara sugar together until smooth, then leave to cool slightly before adding the three eggs and vanilla essence. When the wet mix is fully blended stir it in to the flour mix until smooth. Add the grated parsnip, apple and grapefruit zest. Finally add the juice of ½ a grapefruit to produce quite a wet batter. Pour evenly in to the two tins and bake for approx 25 – 30 mins. While the cake is baking make your sugar syrup, filling and topping. Grate the zest of one grapefruit in to the cream cheese and add the grapefruit marmalade and icing sugar. Stir gently until mixed, but do not over stir or the cheese will become too runny. To make the sugar syrup, juice the

‘One of the loveliest cakes I’ve tasted is a parsnip cake’ remaining half a grapefruit and add to the 100gms of light soft brown sugar, keep stirring periodically whilst the cake is baking so that all the sugar is dissolved. When the cake is cooked (it should spring back when pressed lightly, or check that when skewered the skewer comes out clean, no sticky bits) place on a cooling rack and pierce immediately all over, then brush just over half of the sugar syrup over the sponges whilst they are hot. Leave to cool.

When the sponges are cool place one on your serving plate, brush over some more of the sugar syrup the fill with half of the mascarpone filling. Place the other sponge on top (it won’t need more sugar syrup, don’t worry if you have a bit left) then cover with the remaining mascarpone icing. Dust with icing sugar and serve. This cake is best stored in a cool place due to the cheese frosting – if it lasts long enough to store! Enjoy. Liz x


Photographs Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society; No 249 Squadron.

Historical Hailsham - Part 11

Arrows, Bells and a Hero

Percy Burton.


e continue our tour round historic Hailsham focusing on the area around the Common Pond. The pond can be approached from Market Square by walking down Stoney Lane which remains a quaint and interesting part of the town and retains much of its originality and history. However there have clearly been some changes. Florence Farrant in her memory of Hailsham written in 1951, describes a woman who was a, “weird and thin creature who had a craving for opium. She lived in the last hovel down Stoney Lane.” The walk to the Pond has a couple of interesting features. The first is the flint wall on the left-hand side. This was the perimeter wall of the Poor House, now Fleur de Lys. All the cobblestones were brought from the beaches at Langney and Pevensey in hand carts pulled by inmates of the workhouse. Writing in Hailsham and its Environs, Charles Robertson refers to this works as,

Bellbanks Road 1902. Note the gas lamp


Final flight – Burton/Liensberger.

“a heavy and unpopular task that on occasion led to violence.” The second point of interest is the heritage style lamps which light the path. The Common Pond is one of the three remaining areas which originally comprised Hailsham Common. The other two are the small triangle of land located at the top of Ersham Road with the junction with South Road, and the recreation ground. The commons were largely enclosed in 1855, but the pond area was retained by the Lord of the Manor, Lord Sackville of The Mount, as a carp pond. Just prior to this in 1852 The Vestry asked the then owner of the Pond, Lord De la Warr, to give the pond for the use of the Parish, which he refused. However the Parish Council returned to the issue in 1921 Robertson says that, “at this time there was a serious unemployment problem and the aim of the council was to provide employment by improving the pond and making the area into a ‘pleasure ground’.” It was finally bought by the council with the help of private subscribers from

Lord Sackville in 1922 for £300. Originally the Common Pond was a dammed up stream and the present retaining wall was built around 1936 using reclaimed bricks from outdated sewers at Laughton Lodge and Hellingly Hospitals. In years past the pond has frozen over in winter sufficient to allow skating, although not without its incidents. Florence Farrant, wrote,

Belmont Terrace in Bellbanks Road, 1902.

“I only remember silly things like Mrs Edmund Strickland’s ‘drawers’ coming off while skating on the Common Pond during the ‘big freeze’ of 1906.” In October 1923 the Parish Council resolved that if there were enough ice on the Pond in the coming winter to allow skating then a charge of 6d (2½p) a day would be made. Arthur Pettigrew, who was born in 1914, also recorded his memories of the

town in 1991 in a paper entitled, “My Memories of Hailsham,” ”what great times we had playing and fishing in the pond. It had no wall around it and we caught eels, carp (up to 10lbs) roach and tench.” The Common pond is situated in Bellbanks Road, so called as it was in this area that a bell foundry was located. In 1663 five bells were cast for Hailsham Church by John Hodson. Each bell carried the inscription “John Hodson made mee.” Bells for other churches in the surrounding villages were later cast at the Bellbanks site. The Common Pond is adjacent to the area of the town known as The Butts, so called as it was the place where men went to practise with the longbow. These areas designated for archery training during the medieval period of the Middle Ages were called “the butts”, which derived from the Anglo French word ‘bouter’ meaning to expel. The Butts were usually located on the margins of villages or towns on common land. The first Medieval Archery Law was passed in 1252 requiring all Englishmen between the ages of 15 to 60 years old, to equip themselves with a bow and arrows. The second archery Law of 1363 made it obligatory for all Englishmen to practise their skills with the longbow every Sunday. Not surprisingly the Archery Law led to some accidents when people were hit by ‘loose’ arrows! However such accidents were by law not considered a crime, including fatalities! Just a short distance from the Common Pond is Burton Walk. This short path connects the top of Station Road with Lindfield Drive and is named after a South African pilot, Percy Burton. Percy was educated in Cape Town and subsequently at Christchurch College, Oxford, where he joined the Oxford University Air Squadron. Burton was called up in October 1939 as a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and posted to No 249 Squadron at Church Fenton, in

by Paul Endersby

The remains of Liensberger Bf110. You can clearly see the damage to the tail fin where Burton rammed the aircraft.

North Yorkshire. On 27 September 1940, 249 Squadron engaged a formation of Messerschmitts. An account of the incident appears on 249 Squadron’s website, “Latching on to the 110, 21 year old Percy Burton found himself in hot pursuit of none other than Gruppe Kommandeur Horst Liensberger. Their chase, a full throttle, forty mile duel to the death, all took place at tree top height or below. Witnesses stood in awe of their brilliant

The Common Pond, date unknown.

airmanship, as both pilots lifted their planes to clear houses, sliding through valleys and jinking around hills and homes. All the while they traded fire, swaying the branches of passing elms and sending empty cartridge cases clattering off the roads. Somewhere north of Hailsham, Burton’s guns fell silent. People in the town saw them flash over the rooftops, skim the gas works and pass each side of St Mary’s spire,

before flying on to a neighbouring meadow. There, slightly above and behind, Burton suddenly banked and dived, ramming the tail of the 110. Both aircraft leapt for a moment, hung at 200 feet, then Liensberger hurtled to the ground like a stone. Burton, who had fought so hard and flown so well, veered down to die against a massive oak.” Later a letter from Fighter Command to the Hailsham Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Chief stated that Burton was to be recommended for a posthumous gallantry award although most people who were witness to the event were convinced that Burton would receive the Victoria Cross for his unselfish sacrifice. But it was not to be, as Burton was only to receive a Mention-in-Despatches. However Hailsham never forgot Percy Burton, and thus this short road near the site of the crash bears the eponymous title “Burton Walk” in memory of a gallant fighter pilot.

Stoney Lane with Candle Cottages behind the children.

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Health Advice

It’s Health and Nutrition… … And a Question of Digestion


belated ‘Happy New Year’ to you all. The first month is now over, but how many resolutions are still going strong or have already been consigned to the Gill Kemp dustbin of good intentions? If starting a new weight management plan is the goal for this year, let’s begin by looking at digestion. Why? Weight management begins with digestive health; your digestive system is one of the most essential components of your entire body. Most people will have experienced digestive issues at some point in their lives as many modern diets lack the sufficient nutrition – such as fibre – for good digestive health. Fibre is essential for intestinal health and weight management but most people only eat half the recommended daily dietary fibre intake; opting for fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods can help increase this. Did you know…? • Digestive health can affect other areas of our health – immunity, energy and weight – in ways we might never have imagined, so it’s important to understand the link between digestive health and wellness.


• The small intestine is where the majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place. • The health of your digestive system can affect your immune system. • In our everyday lives, our bodies may be exposed to toxins, therefore maintaining good digestive health can help eliminate them from our systems. Supporting your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins enhances your weight management efforts. Improve your body’s nutrient absorption and healthy elimination and you’ll see how your wellbeing improves overall – and don’t forget to keep drinking plenty of water as it’s still an important part of your daily routine at this time of year!

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Nectar and pollen sources for early insects

Helleborus ‘Candy Love’.


ast summer was a good one for bees and butterflies in our gardens. What can you plant to make sure those early season flying insects are catered for? Warm days in spring see insects on the wing in search of food; will they find it in your garden? Plan for a continuous supply of nectar and pollinating insects should keep visiting your garden right through the season. This is particularly important if you

want them to be around to pollinate your apples, aubergines and runner beans later in the season. Some of the early flowering bulbs such as crocus, muscari, galanthus and fritillaria are favourite destinations. Although it’s far too late to buy bulbs you can buy pots ready to plant for instant effect. These are a great way of presenting ready meals to those early flying insects. Pulmonarias, the lungworts, produce clusters of blue, pink or white flowers anytime from late winter. These are good plants to tuck in under trees and shrubs in semi-shade and are ideal under deciduous hedges. As these places are often home to bumble bees, planting pulmonarias puts food on their doorsteps. Pulmonarias will fit into gardens of any size and

Erica x darleyensis.


Pulmonaria saccharata. they are useful for a long season of interest because of their attractive foliage. For me the real herald of spring is the common primrose, Primula vulgaris. The delicately scented pale yellow flowers shine out whether it is tucked into a border, naturalised in rough grass, or grown in pots. There are of course countless varieties in an array of colours. The cream selections of the wild primrose are particularly good. Look out for Primula ‘Heritage’ with clotted cream flowers produced in great profusion over several weeks. For a sunny spot at the front of a bed or border, or for the scree or rock garden, few early

flowering plants surpass the Pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris. Its deep mauve anemone flowers are gently nodding and filled with golden stamens. The stems and young leaves are covered with silver down. Bumble bees love to muzzle their way into the bellshaped flowers in search of nectar, emerging bristly and golden with pollen. Many hellebore varieties now feature in our spring gardens from the earliest Helleborus niger to some Helleborus x hybridus which can still be in flower in early summer. Large heads of open flowers will be appreciated by pollinators as the pollen ripens. Berberis and mahonias have small bell-shaped flowers in clusters or long racemes. Nearly all are good sources of nectar and will attract bees and pollinators. Mahonia japonica flowers in late winter and early spring. Its flowers are wonderfully lily-of-the-valley scented. After a few years mahonias can become rather sparse and leggy in habit. They

Primula vulgaris.

Erysmium with bee. are easily rejuvenated by hard pruning, cutting back to just above any whorl of leaves. Mahonia japonica is a good choice for a shady garden and seems to succeed well under trees. Of course any early blossom is popular with the bees, but not all gardens have room for a prunus or malus tree. The lovely dwarf cherry, Prunus incisa ‘Kojo no Mai’ is a good compromise that will fit into any garden. This charming shrub, with its zig-zag twigs and tiny green leaves, produces a mass of single blossoms in early spring. It is lovely in a pot or in the open ground and can be selectively pruned to control size and shape in summer if necessary. It has the added bonus of splendid autumn leaf colour. All heathers are good bee friendly subjects. The winter flowering heathers, Erica

carnea and Erica x darleyensis are particularly useful sources of early nectar from mid-winter through to mid spring. In small gardens they fit into narrow borders or can be grown in pots. Keep them bushy and in good condition by clipping over with shears as the flowers fade. They are good for cutting too; brought indoors you will find that some varieties are delightfully scented.

For useful gardening tips Follow Hillier Garden Centre Eastbourne on Twitter @HillierPevensey, call us on 01323 763240 or visit us in store today. You’ll find us on the Hailsham Road, Stone Cross, East Sussex, BN24 5BS.

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flower materials and how to condition and care for them. A workshop is 2-3 hours in duration and will include a demonstration, help and guidance to allow you to feel confident to create a beautiful floral design to take home and enjoy. All materials are provided. We include seasonal designs in our workshops so if there is something you would like guidance on then let us know. Small numbers are held in the shop and can be held on certain afternoons and early evenings. Mothers Day workshops will be coming soon. If you would like to have some Mum and daughter time to do a workshop together or you would like to make her something special these workshops make an excellent present. Gift vouchers are available. Call us on 01323 848899 3b St Marys Walk Hailsham

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his was the year for British artists and to a certain extent The Beatles led the way for The Rolling Stones, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Freddie and the Dreamers and more. Yes, magical names indeed, responsible for a new type of music that was both youthful and fun. However, more about these guys in future editions. Cliff Richard and The Shadows, together or not, were also chart regulars: indeed Cliff’s “Next Time” saw in 1963, but within a month two ex Shadows Jet Harris and Tony Meehan had replaced him with “Diamonds”, while the group they left sat at number four with “Dance On!”. Apparently, following a series of disagreements with The Shadows, Jet signed as a soloist to Decca Records, before hooking up with the group’s ex-drummer Tony who had


planned to pursue arranger/producer ambitions. Anyway, together these guys held off the Americans – Elvis Presley’s “Return To Sender”, Del Shannon’s “Little Town Flirt” and Chris Montez’ “Some Kinda Fun”. However, slowly climbing the chart was a home-based country and western trio that would spawn one of this country’s greatest female singers – Dusty Springfield. With her brother Tom and Mike Hurst, Dusty’s voice soared like a bird in The Springfields’ “Island Of Dreams” which had just entered the top twenty. Little did she know what the future held eh? “Diamonds” didn’t stay long at the top, as in March Frank Ifield replaced them with “Wayward Wind”, a song that doesn’t instantly spring to mind I’m afraid. Born in Coventry, Frank moved with his parents to Dural, near Sydney, where he listened to hillbilly music while milking cows! No, I’m not making this up! He learned how to yodel – as you do – and as a 19-year-old was a recording star in Australia. Then, during 1959, he returned to the UK where his first record was another I don’t remember called “Lucky Devil” in 1960. Two years later, though, he topped the UK chart for a whopping seven weeks with “I Remember You” which I do remember, and everyone seemed to fall in love with him and his falsetto voice. Yup, his future was assured. Actually, it’s worth noting I think, that during 2012, the man himself joined

Butterfly Room Dusty Springfield Paul Hazell on the “World Of Country” show aired on Uckfield FM, when he discussed his career in some detail. Back in 1963 though, hot on the yodeller’s heels were The Beatles, eager to dominate the chart with “Please Please Me”, but that unstoppable Cliff Richard was not too far behind with “Summer Holiday”, the title song from his musical film. The story was based around Cliff and his pals, who were London Transport bus mechanics, and drove a double decker bus, converted into a holiday caravan type thing, across Europe. Their adventures were great fun for the time, with the film repeating the runaway success of his previous “The Young Ones”. Ah, how I recall Cliff’s iconic short sleeved white string vest – now that’s a picture to play havoc with the imagination! In fact, back in the day, I was the proud owner of a huge yellow “Summer Holiday” poster showing the singer wearing said item, and for months it graced my bedroom wall. So I think I’ll leave you with this vision of loveliness! SHARON DAVIS Author of “Mighty Real: Sharon Davis Remembers Sylvester” – available from or

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Make the right ISA choice Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) remain an important building block in helping create capital and income for the future and since their launch in 1999, when they replaced Personal Equity Plans (PEPs) and Tax-Exempt Special Savings Accounts (TESSAs), the popular personal finance vehicle has gone some way to address the shortcomings in the UK’s savings culture.



nd without doubt, ISAs have proved a success story, with more than £443 billion invested over the last 15 years, of which a record £57 billion was subscribed in the last tax year (source: HMRC, September 2013). The opportunity to invest in a tax-efficient way has made ISAs the cornerstone of many investment strategies; both savers and investors are understandably enticed by the ability to achieve tax-free interest and no further tax on income or capital gains. There are two types of ISA: Cash ISAs are savings accounts where the interest is paid taxfree, and Stocks and Shares ISAs which, as the name suggests, allow investment into a wider range of stock market and other financial instruments. However, there are restrictions on how much can be invested in each type. The full annual allowance of £11,520 (2013/14) can be invested in a Stocks and Shares ISA, but only half - £5,760 - can be saved in a Cash ISA (although the balance of the allowance can still be invested in a Stocks and Shares version). An inflationlinked increase will see the allowance rise to £11,880 in the new tax year. An individual or couple who invested the full ISA allowance each year could by now have sheltered funds of £124,080 and £248,160 respectively from any further tax liability, according to HMRC. But there is a sting in the tail. The squeeze on savers from record-low interest rates is also being felt by those with Cash ISAs. Figures from the

Bank of England in December showed that the average Cash ISA deposit rate is just 0.67%. The reality is that the tax benefits provided by ISAs are best maximised by investing for the long term in assets capable of achieving capital growth and rising income. The likelihood is that interest rates will remain low for a number of years to come and, regrettably, savers cannot even be sure that their Cash ISA account is achieving a better rate than a standard deposit account. Against that backdrop, whilst cash is certainly the right home for money that might be needed in the short term, ISA allowances might be better utilised by investing in a diversified portfolio of assets that have the scope to deliver higher levels of income and long-term capital gains and, in doing so, make the most of the tax freedom on returns. Of course, investors need to bear in mind that the value of a Stocks and Shares ISA may fall as well as rise and it does not provide the security of capital associated with a Cash ISA. As well as considering the best use of this and future years’ ISA allowances, those who have already built up significant ISA funds might be able to improve the income and capital returns on offer. All too often, people do not review their ISA portfolio strategy frequently enough. How are the investment managers performing? Is the asset mix, geographic spread or fund choice still right for them? Can they improve the incomegenerating potential of their ISA portfolio? Are they happy with the service they’re receiving? A thorough review of an ISA portfolio by an experienced wealth manager can ensure that it is

appropriately structured and diversified to help achieve immediate or future financial goals. ISAs should be a fundamental element of financial planning, but it is also important to consider them in the context of an overall investment strategy and to ensure that an ISA portfolio can be adjusted easily to cater for changing needs. As a final thought, parents, grandparents, and indeed anyone who might want to help a child build capital for his or her future, should not overlook Junior ISAs, which were introduced in November 2011 to give under-18s a similar taxefficient savings opportunity. The limit for investment in this tax year is £3,600; but given the future financial challenges faced by the children of today, any help will provide them with a valued head start. Remember that the favourable tax treatment given to ISAs is subject to changes in legislation and may not necessarily be maintained in future. To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax, produced by St James’s Place Wealth Management contact Matthew Sellens of Crown Wealth Consultants on 01323 442353, by email at or visit Alternatively please visit our offices at 8 George Street, Hailsham.

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Opportunities and activities for young people in Hailsham


We will be starting our 2014 season of bowls on

Saturday April 19th at 13.30pm which is also our opening day. 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 a qualified coach 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 Sussex 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

Telephone: 01323 440516 (Jean & Gerry) 01323 842937 (Trevor) 01323 844820 (Brian)


Activities For Young People A Priority For 2014


ailsham Town Council’s youth services continue to go from strength to strength, providing a range of opportunities and activities for young people in Hailsham between the ages of 12-17. Young people in Hailsham will have access to a wide range of outings and activities throughout the year. The Friday Night Project (FNP), which is funded by the Safer Wealden Partnership and Hailsham Town Council, works in partnership with other organisations such as Targeted Youth Support (TYS) and Hailsham Community College

to help create alternative recreational activities for young people on Friday evenings and will continue to be a feature on their social events calendar this spring and summer. A variety of unique and carefully planned activities for young people have been planned for the FNP, including wind surfing and sailing at Spray Water Sports in Eastbourne, ten-pin bowling at Freedom Leisure Centre, snowboarding and dry-slope skiing at Knockhatch Centre, LaserQuest at the David Lloyd Centre, ice skating at the

Guildford Spectrum and roller discos at Roller World. “Leisure activities organised by the Town Council and its partners offer young people the chance to take part in a diverse range of recreational activities” said Andy Joyes, Youth Project Coordinator at Hailsham Town Council. “The Friday Night Project in particular is a good example of partnership in the community working at its best and I’d like to express my thanks to all project partners, in addition to the Safer Wealden Partnership for their generous funding from the very beginning.” All young people in Hailsham and surrounding areas are welcome to attend outings organised by the Town Council’s youth project team. For further details, including bookings and programmes, contact Andy Joyes on 01323 841702. Alternatively, visit or for more information.

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Business Directory Architectural Design Consultants Lusted Design Architectural Design Service 54 Ingrams Way, Hailsham, BN27 3NP Tel: 01323 843235 Mob: 07951 279022 Attractions Arlington Bluebell Walk, Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road Arlington, Nr Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6SH Tel: 01323 485151 Email: Hailsham Farmers Market Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AG Tel: 01323 449478 Mob: 07828 152897 Email: philbrooks290@hotmail Childcare and Activities Emmanuel Pre-school, Emmanuel Church, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham, BN27 1UG Tel: 07796 901197 Hellingly Playgroup Contact: Tracy 07776 180711 Lullaby Baby Gifts Tel: 07590 628725 Email: Summerfields Nursery, Summerheath Road, Hailsham, Call Val on 01323 449057/845542,, Community Services Getting Help in East Sussex Email: Domestic Repairs A-Z Domestic Repairs Tel: 01323 845771 Mob: 07760 206908


Directory continued overleaf The Build Works 01323 401227 or 01273 311349 Eating Out Callenders 80-82 High Street, Hailsham Tel: 01323 842400 Chapter 12 Wine bar 12 High Street, Hailsham, BN27 1BJ Tel: 01323 351898 John’s Fish & Chips, 66 High Street, Hailsham, Tel: 01323 847552 Splendid Blends 5a Saint Mary's Walk, Hailsham BN27 1AF Tel: 01323 840081 Electricians CPB Electrical Services Tel: 01323 500859 Mob: 07533 742948 Electric-Wise. 3, Cortlandt, George St, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE Tel: 01323 446646 Mob: 07825 640484 Email: Finance Crown Wealth Consultants 8 George Street, Hailsham Tel: 01323 442353 Email: Fireplaces and Woodburners Sussex Fireplace Gallery, Units B2 & B3 Chaucer Business Park Dittons Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6JF Tel: 01323 488848 Florists Fidelis Floral Art 3b St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham East Sussex, BN27 1AF Tel: 01323 848899

Gardening and Tree Services BC Tree Services,, Tel: 01323 870026 24 hour line: 07917 404150 Coopers Croft Garden Centre, New Road (A271), Herstmonceux, East Sussex, BN27 1PX Tel: 01323 831681, Ed’s Garden Maintenance, Tel: 01323 800375 Mob: 07540 455814, Hillier Garden Centre, Hailsham Road, Stone Cross, Pevensey, BN24 5BS Tel: 01323 763240 Mays Terracotta Sussex Grange, Clayhill, Lewes, BN8 5RU Tal: 01273 814165 Email: Graphic Design and Artwork Apatitedesign The Voucher Project Mob: 07956258160 John Kimble Graphic Design Tel: 01323 848004 Mob: 07940260315 Barbers & Hairdressers Bad Barnet 14b George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex Tel: 01323 840408 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

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

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Interior Design and Curtains Creative Curtains, 9 North Street Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1DQ Tel: 01323 844555

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

Jenny Hook, 6 The Granary, Rural Business Centre, Broad Farm, North Street, Hellingly BN27 4DV Tel: 01323 846439 Mob: 07969 738997

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

The Build Works 01323 401227 or 01273 311349

South View Arts Group South View Western Road, Hailsham BN27 3DN Tel: 01424 532866 Email:

Hailsham Pet Supplies 3 The Mews Shops, 3A George Street, Hailsham BN27 1AD Tel: 01323 844205

Crawford Davis The Insurance Specialists Tel: 01273 414262

Plumbing and Heating Cost Effective Heating Tel: 01323 760303 Printing & Signage

AB Mobility Tel: 01323 849736 Email:

Coopers Croft Luxury Boarding Cattery, New Road (A271), Herstmonceux, East Sussex, BN27 1PX Tel: 01323 832762,

A Legal Helping Hand St Mary’s Vicarage Road, Hailsham BN27 1BL Tel: 01323 840147 email:

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


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

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Pet Care

Highlands Kennels Coggers Cross, Horam, East Sussex, TN21 0LG Tel: 01435 813659 Email: Paw Paws Dog Walking Contact: Charlotte Tel: 01323 841505 Mob: 07854 335291 Bingley & Marge Contact: Lesley Tel:07706 915716 Email:

Footprint Printers Unit 8, Apex Business Park, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3JU Tel: 01323 449658 Email: Property Services Andrew Midwinter Kitchen & Bathroom Installations Tel: 01323 354045 Mob: 07725465791 Email: Daniells Harrison Chartered Surveyors, 1 Cortlandt, George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE Tel: 01323 446636 Email: Renaissance Originals 3a, St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham, BN27 1AF Tel: 01323 845558 E-mail: Facebook: Renaissance Originals Twitter: @RomaRenaissance South East Trade Frames Classic Collection Tel: 01323 847234 Continued…

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Sussex Grange (A26) Uckfield Road, Clayhill, Near Lewes, BN8 5RU encompassing: Mays Terracotta Tel: 01273 814165 PN Supplies Paving Supplies Tel: 01825 749560 SG Home Interiors Tel: 01273 813332

Experience Holidays 1 Town House Garden, Market Street, Hailsham Tel: 01323 446550, www.experience

Hailsham Carpet Warehouse Unit 7, Crown Close, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3JX Tel: 01323 849489 Email: Shops Waitrose, Vicarage Field, Hailsham, BN27 1BE Tel: 01323 846708

LJ Edwards Coach Holidays Tel: 01323 440622

Haulaway Ltd 01323 441396 Paul’s Mini Skips, Tel: 07951 623764 Taxis Hail-a-Cab, Tel: 01323 849888 Tiling David Ames, Wall and Floor Tiling Contractor, 5 Green Fields, Hempstead Lane, Hailsham Tel: 01323 844851 Mob: 07780 835710, The Stone and Tile Gallery Unit 2, Crown Close, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, BN27 3JX Tel: 01323 849025

SE Tyres Wealden Diplocks Way, Hailsham, BN27 3JF Tel: 01323 840261 Solo ABC Mobile Car Repairs Tel: 0800 8488617 Mob: 07584 598617

Vehicle Leasing, Sales and Servicing

Web Design

Autocraft Automotive Services Attwood Farm, Bodle Street Green, Hailsham, BN27 4RA Tel: 01323 833811 Mob: 07887 765234 Email:

Demoncheese Designs Mob: 07775 862107

Skips Collins Honda, Herstmonceux Service Station, Herstmonceux, BN27 4JU Tel: 01323 832211 Fax: 01323 833488 Hastings Van Centre Tel: 01424 813388 Mob: 07817 265864 Neva Consultants Neva House, Piltdown, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3XL Tel: 01825 720900

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Worldwide Webdesign First Floor, 8 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4PN Tel: 01323 739376 Youth Club The Friday Night Project Tel: Andy Joyes 01323 841702 or 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:

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reparations began early in October collecting shoebox gifts, packing and decorating shoeboxes as well as filled shoeboxes being sent in to the charity from people all over the UK. This year Glynn and Caroline kindly volunteered to help drive and deliver over 500 shoebox gifts as well as warm clothing, blankets medical supplies to people in need in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. We were also able to give giftbags to local people in Hailsham through the local foodbank. A safe journey completed, 3,500 miles covered and all the gifts delivered. Thank you to all of you who helped to pack the gifts and who kindly donated items for us to give.

1. Adorable child with a well received scarf!


2. Good Shepherd church. 3. Caroline and Glyn, wonderful volunteers. 4. Romanian children. 5. Bulgaria - elderly people’s home.



6. Decorating shoeboxes. 7. Singing together.



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