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TAKE A BREAK PUZZLES 12 A WORD FROM NUS 20 HISTORIC HAILSHAM 30 BACK IN TIME 44 Visit the interactive website at for your full community and business directory


Lime Cross Nursery




Chapter 12 Events Guide Dawson Hart

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Chalvington Group


Take a Break Puzzles


Experience Holidays


Fidelis Flowers


Star Plant


A Word from Westminster


Kamson Pharmacy


Now Charity


Gallery North


Capter 12 Wine Tasting


Historic Hailsham


SLE Electrical


Swish Carpet Cleaning Service


Summer Recipes


s many of you may know the refurbishment works to Hailsham High Street have begun! This is so exciting for Hailsham and I personally cannot wait to see the end product! Please remember in this time while the works are happening that the High Street traders are still open for business! If there is a time to support your local shops it really is now and with the lovely weather we are having it’s a nice walk from the many free car parks Hailsham has to offer. Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture is on its way with another jam packed schedule. It is running from the 8th to the 18th of September this year. Take a look at to check out what is going on! Hailsham FM will still be broadcasting this year, make sure you take a look at page 37 for more information. Lastly I would like to introduce my husband as co-editor for The Wealden Eye. Jarred and I will be co-editors of the magazine from now on. Jarred has taken a very active role within the magazine for some time and I feel it is only fair that you all know his face too! We welcomed our beautiful daughter Isabelle to the world at the beginning of June so our summer has been a very busy one! Lovely walks on the Cuckoo Trail and exploring this great town we live in.

Puzzle Solutions


Wellshurst Golf Club


Back in Time


Petersons Estates


I wish you all a great couple of months, Thank you for reading,

Book Review


Charlotte and Jarred.

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.


The Wealden Eye Team! Cover photo: © Marie Stone Photography. Enjoy me, then pass me on so others can enjoy me and then recycle me! I am 100% recyclable

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Lime Cross Nursery, Herstmonceux


Gingo biloba Marikens, 15 years old £350


es, we do have fabulous underwear! At least, we have a ginkgo tree amusingly named ‘fabulous underwear’, along with a further 20 different varieties of ginkgo biloba. Ginkgo trees have both male and female plants. The female fruit is edible but when it ripens has an unpleasant smell, so male clones are preferred. Ginkgo has long been cultivated in China with some trees believed to be over 1,500 years old. An extract of ginkgo leaf has been studied as possible treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, with mixed results. Ginkgo adapts well to the urban environment, tolerating pollution and confined soil spaces. Extreme examples of the ginkgo’s tenacity

may be seen in Hiroshima, Japan, where six trees growing between 1-2km from the 1945 atom bomb explosion were among the few living things in the area to survive the blast! Ginkgoes come in all shapes and sizes, with one to suit every garden. Lime Cross Nursery have the largest selection to be found anywhere. Most of these plants are available now although some will become available in the autumn – just pop in and ask! Michaela Vardanis is an award winning leader in the world of sustainable landscape design. Join her free workshops. August 7th – Bulbs & Autumn Borders September 4th – Autumn Tree & Shrub Planting No need to book - just turn up! For further information please ring 01323 833229 or visit

Wild swimming.

Alfresco yoga.


WELL BEING IN THE WILD AT LIME CROSS NURSERY We have launched a well-being concept at Lime Cross Nursery, called Well Being in the Wild (WWW). By ‘wild’, we mean outside in the elements, all activities will

Alfresco Tai Chi.

take place down by our lake, which irrigates the plants that we grow. And in our ancient woodland. The focus is on the joy of doing wellbeing activities outside and relaxing in a beautiful environment.

Nursery, where you can also relax, enjoy wild swimming, our hot tub by the lake and a mini head massage. In the early evening we will provide a light supper & glass of prosecco whilst you sit by the fire pits and learn about your Moon sign. Also includes a delicious lunch, light supper with prosecco and cake. £120.00 per person. For full schedule see e mail Alfresco Tai Chi Tai Chi every Wednesday 8:30-9:30 Alfresco Yoga Friday 9:30-10:30. E mail

Lake & Woodland Wellbeing Saturday 20 August 10.00am-6.00pm The Five Elements: a day of yoga, meditation & relaxation by the lakeside and in ancient woodlands, tai chi and wild swimming and wood-fired hot tub. Delicious lunch and prosecco and cake to wrap the day up with. £90.00 per person. Lakeside, Woodland, Sun & Moon Saturday 3rd September 10.00am -9.00pm This very special wellbeing day will include yoga, meditation & relaxation and a Joy of Movement class, with an emphasis on our sun & lunar energies. Sessions will take place by the lakeside and in the ancient woodlands at Lime Cross

Tapas on Friday night.


Edible flower ice cubes.

you are surrounded by plants or if the weather allows sit outside in the glorious gardens. Choose from the menu of summer sharing platters and weekly changing world tapas, created by Jules, Oscar & Shu, matched with a glass of our exclusive wines imported direct from the producer in the south west of France. World Tapas Specials Sample Menu Honey Glazed Ribs £ £5.50 Patatas Bravas with Smokey Tomato Sauce £4.75 Tortilla with Manchego Cheese £5.75 Prawn Duplings with Chilli Oil & Kimchi Salad £6.50 Panang Curry with Coconut Rice £6.50 Green Papaya Salad with King Prawns £6.95 Pork Gyoza with Japanese Dipping Sauce £5.00 Acapulco Fish Tacos £6.95 Artisan Bread & Oil £3.95

RHS Garden Wisley Come and visit our stand at Wisley, at their spectacular late summer show in the stunning surroundings of RHS Garden Wisley. This is a sixday floral extravaganza - 6 - 11 September 2016 featuring 55 nurseries and 21 trade stands. World Tapas on Fridays Relax and wander around the garden centre out of hours. Then return to the candlelit café where

Wine of the Month Happy Days Rosé available exclusively through Lime Cross Nursery, has certainly brought out the summer for us. Provence style rosé made in the Roussillon. Round, ripe berry fruit and lively acidity. £10.99/ bottle or £59.35 for 6 .Happy Day rosé was gold medalist in the World 2014 rosé competition. Zhuzh up your summer G & T Make some edible flower ice cubes and add frozen blueberries.

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.

Chefs Jules, Oscar & Shu

For more info call

01323 833229

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Hailsham Memorial Institute

Hailsham Cricket Club

Hailsham Cricket Club under 9s.


e have recently passed the halfway stage of the season at the club and we are all eagerly anticipating the rest of the season with an eye on silverware. The four senior teams are performing well in there leagues with some stand out performances helping them achieve success. The 1st XI who are in division 1 of the East Sussex league for the first time in 30 years are sitting in mid table. Without performing exceptionally well this season with the bat we have been very competitive and looked dangerous with the ball.

The 2nd XI are again mid table in division 4 and have continued the recent tradition of bringing through the next bunch of talented youngsters. With Stan Garbett, Henry Crocombe and Ollie McDonald all playing and hugely impressing. The 3rd XI are in a tight battle for the division 9 title and have picked up form and momentum after a slow start to the season. With a great mix of experience and youth the team are hopeful that with hard work and consistency that they can be in the mix come September. The 4th XI are continuing to offer our youngest juniors (12&13) year olds their first taste of senior cricket. Well led by Kevin Hallett the team is improving on a weekly basis and is a great place to learn and develop your skills in the game. Our 20/20 team successfully defended the

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR ALL UP TO DATE INFORMATION. For more information on way to join the club either as a playing or non-playing member please contact Rob Wilkinson 07980146841 E-mail: – You can also find Hailsham Cricket Club on social media Facebook: – Search Hailsham Cricket Club Twitter: – Follow @Hailshamcc Instagram: – Hailshamcc Website: –


The Premier Local Social Club New Members Always Welcome! Club is available for private functions including birthday celebrations, weddings, christenings, wakes, catering is available.

EB KO Champs Eastbourne Knockout competition with a comfortable defeat of Laughton CC in the final at the beginning of July. Our junior section at the club has had a very strong 2016, despite the awful weather conditions which has meant a lot of rescheduled games we are flying. We have the U9, U11, U14 and U16 all with great chances of winning there leagues for East Sussex. With a strong finish in the last couple of games this could be a season to remember for the young boys and girls. In 2016 we welcomed 29 new junior members to the club, this included 9 girls which is fantastic and part of our drive to increase participation rates for girls within the town. Hailsham Summer Cricket Camp runs from the 8th-12th August at the recreation ground and is available for boys and girls aged 5-14. No previous experience is required to join the week as we will offer to separate groups for different abilities, led by ECB level 1 and 2 coaches. £80 for the whole week or £20 for single days, for more information please get in contact.

Every Monday – Knit And Natter Group 2.00 – 4.00 (Knitting For Charity) Hailsham League darts Cardwell darts Every Tuesday – Indoor Market, 9.00am – 1.00pm Poker league, Harvey darts Every Wednesday – Ladies darts, Super league darts Every Thursday – Bingo afternoon starting at 2pm and alternate Thursday evenings – 4th august, 18th august, 1stSeptember, 15thSeptember and 29th September. Every Friday – Club league darts Every Sunday Lunchtime – Members Card Draw & Meat Raffle Every Sunday Evening – Quiz 8.00pm Darts is played on – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday’s Snooker – Tuesday and Thursday Evening Bingo – Alternate Thursday Evenings 8.00 – 10.00

g E v e n in e n t m n i a t E n te r g h o u t th r o u a r ! th e y e • Big Screen Sports from Sky and BT Sport • Afternoon and Evening bingo • Snooker - Darts Poker - Quiz • Hot food available BIG breakfasts on Saturday CONTACT INFORMATION: Western Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3DN Phone: 01323 840459 Twitter - @HMIclub

Proba one o bly f th CHEAP EST dr e venue inking s Hailsh in am! Private functions catered for – Weddings, Christenings, Birthday Parties, Baby showers, Retirement parties, wakes, function room available for meetings / training with full facilities Home cooked dishes and hot food available daily. Breakfast freshly cooked to order on Tuesday / Friday / Saturdays £5.00

FIND US on Facebook HMI EVENTS AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2016 Sport: All the new season football fixtures shown on the big screen starting with Sunday 7th August – Community Shield k.o. 15.15 For your information: Lots of private parties booked during August, September & November – booking now being taken for Christmas 2016 and next year. Thursday Afternoon Bingo from 2pm: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August AND 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th September AND ALSO Thursday Evening Bingo on 4th, 18th August AND 1st 15th, 29th September from 8pm Friday 26th August – Disco Saturday 17th September Frank Sinatra Tribute Friday 30th September MacMillan Coffee Morning Saturday 15th October 4 Blind Nuns.

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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.

Quick Crossword

Across 1 3 9 10 11 14 16 17 18 21 22 23 24


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Answers on page 40 Green shield bug Honey bee Hornet Hoverflies Lacewing

Ladybird Magpie moth Pond skater Wasp Water boatman

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Experience Holidays



s specialist travel organiser for trips to Canada, one of our favourite spots is Atlantic Canada, located on the east coast. This region combines the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. This is a fabulous setting for your self drive adventure, with the added bonus that you are not far from home – just a 6 hour direct flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia from London, or shorter still to St Johns, Newfoundland. Driving in Canada is always a pleasure when compared to what we are used to here. Renowned for some of the friendliest people you could wish to meet, with the mix of music, history, food and scenery you truly could not wish for more on your holiday. Looking at each of the Provinces, these are some of their highlights. In Newfoundland you will find stunning the Gros Morne National Park with its extraordinary geology and remote location – perfect for getting back to nature and stretching your legs along its pathways. Tiny towns and villages are the spots to watch whales and huge icebergs float by as you enjoy the fruits of the sea. Rugged coasts and historic features make this beautiful island a place for a different kind of holiday. For the truly adventurous then consider Labrador where the elements rule year round and you are well off the tourist map. Here you can take the working ferries that supply the remote communities. Nova Scotia is home to the small city of Halifax which has a BIG reputation in the music world. Hardly a month goes by without a different kind of music featuring in the city. Outside of the city one of the interests is about following the Cabot Trail that takes you the top of the Province. A drive through Cape Breton Highlands National Park will have you stopping for walks and hikes along the way to explore the Park. The historic Louisbourg Fortress was once one of the busiest harbours in North America and today you see the reconstructed 18th Century fortified French town come to life with actors and locals recreating the past city. Take to the ocean to watch whales, dolphins and a host of sea birds. Some of the highest tides in the world are seen on the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. Plan your travels in


time to see both high and low tides, and walk on the sea bed at the Hopewell Rocks (when the tide is out!). Fundy National Park is a wonderful scenic drive that makes the most of this huge bay and has you stopping in fishing communities along the way. Rivers run through New Brunswick in every direction – some perfect for fly fishing. Indeed arguably some of the world’s best sport fishing is to be found here - a challenge for those of you that love your fishing. Prince Edward Island and the tiny town of Charlottetown is a fantastic addition. Wonderful bicycle trails, 90 beautiful beaches, rolling hills and farmlands. PEI (as it is known) is also famous for being the home of Anne of Green Gables’ and their museums for you to learn more about Lucy Montgomery. PEI is a location that Canadian families head towards as there is something for everyone and the warm sea and 50 lighthouses ensure you will spend some of your time on the coast. Good food, wine, exciting locations, a variety of exhilarating activities and friendly interesting people are just a phone call or email away.


Experience Holidays, 6 Cortlandt 18 George Street Hailsham East Sussex BN27 1AE For more information on New Zealand, suggested itineraries or for a quotation, call us on 01323 446550, email us at or see our website:

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Empathy and Understanding A

florist’s year is full of many occasions. The joy and happiness that surrounds weddings, birthdays, births and thank you’s. Also offering empathy and understanding at the loss of a friend or loved one. At this sensitive time, it is vital that your choice of flowers are chosen and arranged with care. At Fidelis we ensure your choice of sympathy flowers meets all of your high expectations and arrives on time with your heart felt wishes.

Fidelis is going to be giving more of a personal service, which includes a home service for weddings and funerals. My time will be more flexible and dedicated to you. In such times of sadness, coming to your home may be more preferable than going to a shop. We will also be offering a flower care service, to ensure flowers are always fresh at your loved ones grave at regular intervals, anniversaries or special dates. Can we help? Please call.

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Then come and play for our team For more information visit or find us on Pitchero


o far the off season for Hellingly RFC has been a successful one. We have welcomed a number of new sponsors to the club who are helping the club move towards their goal of being able to put drainage down under the first team pitch. So a big thank you to all at RJ Cortel, Pizza Bella, Topsail Insurance, Rix & Kay, Stitch Witch, Andrew Smith Roofing & Building, Littlewood Fencing, Haulaway, PASS Consultants and Pro-Eco. The players are working hard in pre season to ensure that the club is as successful on the pitch as they have been off it this year. We train on a Tuesday and a Thursday from 7.00pm at the Horsebridge recreation ground. If you are interested in trying rugby or getting back into rugby please come down and have a run around. Players of all abilities are welcome.


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The mini and junior rugby teams are gearing up for another fun packed competitive season with our Thursday night family summer touch rugby, this is an excellent way to try rugby and encourage new players to start. We start at 7.00 pm and play for an hour, all ages are welcome from 550 with the aim ofimproving general fitness, ball skills, spacial awareness, learning basic rugby skills and above all having fun and the best bit all summer sessions are free. The Juniors are looking forward to playing a 40minute exhibition match at Hellingly rugby clubs family fun day on September the 10th on the same day the men's first and second teams play their league fixtures.

THANK YOU! The club would also like to thank the following companies for committing to support the club in the new 2016/17 season; R.J CORTEL, PIZZA BELLA, TOPSAIL INSURANCE, RIX & KAY SOLICITORS, STITCH WITCH, ANDREW J SMITH ROOFING AND BUILDING, PASS CONSULTANTS, PRO-ECO, M.J HARRIS CARPENTRY AND HAULAWAY.

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A Word From Westminster


Age Champion Nus with Paul Scully.


ne of the most uplifting things about Parliament is the amount of cross-party work that goes on, very often unseen. And a lot of that work happens through All-Party Parliamentary Groups, or APPGs. An APPG is an informal grouping of MPs and members of the House of Lords, from all parties, who have an interest in or concern about a particular issue. They are set up to promote cross-party discussion and campaigning, on a huge range of issues including home education, fuel poverty, epilepsy and the Commonwealth.


I write this during the week in which the most recent APPG to be set up, on Southern Rail, had its first meeting, a brilliant forum through which local MPs from all parties can come together and discuss what we can do to help bring about improvements to the abysmal service that passengers are currently experiencing. I am particularly thrilled to be the Chair of the APPGs for Ageing and Older People, and Eye Health and Visual Impairment, and this week I hosted an “Age Champions� event at Parliament for the Ageing APPG. It allowed MPs

from across the political spectrum to come together and hear about the challenges facing the elderly from campaigners and older people, and was a very worthwhile example of the benefits of an APPG to policy discussion and understanding. We may more often be shown arguing with each other or voicing disagreement, but MPs from different parties are colleagues who, at the end of the day, seek the best for their constituents and the country. It is hugely positive that we are able to put our disagreements aside and work together on issues of such importance.

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Get to know your pharmacist

GET YOU FREE NHS FLU VACCINE AT YOUR LOCAL PHARMACY by Victoria Small Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Road, Hailsham


t may still be summer but with the children going back to school, autumn and winter are fast approaching. If you are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine then rather than having to go to your GP surgery, you can have it done at Kamsons Pharmacy from early September. It is often more convenient for many people to call in at the pharmacy. The NHS has asked community pharmacists to offer free flu vaccinations to everyone over 65 and to adults in the other at risk groups such as those with diabetes, severe asthma, heart failure, unpaid carers and pregnant women.


Victoria Small.

Normally I will be able to vaccinate you straight away, although if I am busy you may have a wait a short while. You may wish to phone first to make sure that I am working. Not everyone is eligible for a free NHS vaccine but it is still recommended for most people to have to protect against flu. We are also offering a private vaccination service for ÂŁ10. If you have any other questions about this service, then please feel free to call in and ask to speak to me. I look forward to vaccinating you against flu this autumn.

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Art Exhibition


A diverse collection of paintings, prints, cards, photography, pottery, sculpture and wood turning.


ix rooms displaying work by professional and emerging artists in changing exhibitions and current work by the gallery's resident artists and photographers. Resident artists include: Andrew Forrest, Graham Binks, Tony Spencer, Chris Liddiard, Una Curthoys, Jennifer Bisset, Jeremy Bear, Marie Stone, Liz Scott, Roger Scott, Michael Thorne The gallery is situated on the corner of the High Street and Vicarage lane and is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am 4pm

UP AND COMING EXHIBITIONS A complimentary exhibition of Abstract paintings and three dimensional natural forms by: Bob Sparks – Painter Tony Spencer – Painter John Turner – Sculptor/Turner 8th September – 30th October (private view 10th September)

70 High Street Hailsham BN271AX Tel: 01323 846938


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29 Photographs Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society

Historic Hailsham

The schools PART 1 I

n Hailsham we currently have Common. This school was paid several junior schools and a form by voluntary contributions. single secondary school. In 1846 the Hailsham National Education is free and (Mixed) School was built on land compulsory. However this was at the end of Garfield Road and not always the case. sponsored by the National Society Prior to the 19th century, there formed in 1811 whose purpose were very few schools. Most of was to, “promote the education of those that existed were run by the the Poor in the principles of the church. The first Established Church.” As recorded school in such they had a strong Hailsham was in church influence which Vicarage Road in the did not always go down small building at the well with families from end of Vicarage dissenting religions. At cottages. This room the time of the opening could hold a maximum of the National school of two pupils! This was education was not followed in 1814 by a compulsory and larger school and the therefore some children Rev. Francis Clyde first schoolmaster was never went to school Harvey Francis Howlett. Up to and others attended Vicar of Hailsham 1827 the vestry of the irregularly, often 1872-1922 church was used as a because their parents could school with the churchyard as a not afford the fees. Even some of playground. However the Vestry those who did attend left by the was described as, “a poor, age of seven either to go to work, miserable, cold, dingy place.” Mr or in the case of girls, to help in Howlett died in 1831 aged 80 and the family home. his life is recorded by a painted According to C U Jenner in My board in the churchyard. Reminiscences, “the school was a The Vestry school room was very close and stuffy building with closed in 1827 when a “Free no classrooms or divisions.These School” was built in the south of were made by the drawing of the town on the edge of the heavy curtains across the room.”

Hailsham Infants School junction of the High Street and North Street


The National School, North Street. Date unknown.

Some improvements were made in the early 1870’s. These included the appointment of a new headmaster, a Mr Seabrook who Jenner described as, “an energetic man and a great musician.” Meanwhile as Hailsham grew further premises were required and in 1862 a school for infants was erected at the junction of High Street and North Street (now the premises of Prezzo). With the extension of the railway in 1880 from Hailsham to Heathfield and beyond, the original National School was demolished and the pupils were transferred to the school in North Street which was enlarged in the same year. An additional factor leading to the enlargement was that also in 1880 education became compulsory for children up to the age of 10. However it was not free until 1891. The school was called Hailsham National Infants School and later Hailsham Infants Church of England School. The Vicar was a regular visitor and took classes in religious education. He and other teachers were obviously very successful in their task as reflected in an inspection report dated December 1906. The Diocesan Inspector wrote, “I was much pleased with the work of the school which was throughout most satisfactory. The children answered well and readily and it was evident that they were taught with great care and kindness so that they take a great interest in their work.” The report concludes by congratulating the head mistress

by Paul Endersby

summer holidays and her staff on, “the were adjusted from good work they are mid-August until late doing.” The progress September and even made in the school was then some children also reflected in the did not return on annual government time as the harvest inspection reports. had not been Attendance at the completed. school was variable due Attendance was to various factors Harry White also affected by the including epidemics e.g. weather as some diphtheria, measles and children had long distances to scarlet fever. In 1873 many pupils travel on bad roads. There was caught measles at a time when the also the issue of parent apathy as school was due an inspection. In many parents could not see the the event the inspector postponed point of education particularly at a the visit! Measles in those days time when it was voluntary and not free. Discipline was firm and, “if somebody did anything really wrong it was a rap across the knuckles with a ruler. I well remember Miss Foster who had a hazelnut stick and drew it across the shoulders,” Arthur Pettigrew, “My memories of Hailsham.” Although the town continued to Hailsham’s first school for two pupils. grow the state provision for education remained largely could be fatal and in fact one five unaltered for the next 50 years or year old died during this outbreak. so. Some younger children Inspections were very important attended the new secondary board because the government grant school opened in 1878 in Battle was related to how well the Road whilst others attended one of children performed and the the many small schools run progress made. There was an privately in the town. outbreak of diphtheria in 1881 There was however some possibly due to the poor condition improvement in 1934 with juniors of the outside privies which were going to the new Hailsham County very damp. Junior School in Grovelands Road. Harvest time and hop picking Notwithstanding this overcrowding also meant that some children did was a continuing problem in the not attend school as everybody village school and in 1939 the was needed to help with the school managers were reminded harvest. To take account of this the that the infant’s school was built for the children of parents who lived in Hailsham. Five years later in a letter dated 10 May 1944 parents of children who lived outside the parish were asked to transfer their children to other schools to make room for children in Hailsham who were waiting Memorial to Francis Howlett admission. Hailsham’s first school master.

Hailsham Infants school 1922.

With further growth in the population following the end of the Second World War more schools were added or enlarged. Pressure on the village school continued into the 1960’s and was eventually relieved by the building of White House school in 1964. The site for the new school was formerly the location of a house named Hardwyck, which was given to the County Council by the then owner

Hardwyck, North Street original site of White House School.

Mr Harry White a local businessman and it was in recognition of this gift that the school was subsequently named White House. The school was relocated to Marshfoot Lane as part of the Tesco’s development. Grovelands was relocated to a new building in Dunbar Drive in 1996. Prior to this Hawkes Farm School was opened in 1970 to meet the needs of children moving into the newly erected homes on the Lansdowne and Hawkswood development. Marshlands was opened in 1970 again to meet the expansion of the town, this time in the Town Farm area.

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A taste of Summer

QUICHE LORRAINE Preparation time: 30-40 mins including chill time. Cooking time: 25-30 minutes Ingredients 4 eggs 175g / 6oz streaky bacon 1 onion (finely chopped) 125g / 4.5oz hard cheese (Gruyere is nice but cheddar is fine) 250ml / 9fl oz single cream Salt and pepper Pastry 175g / 6oz plain flour 85g / 3oz hard block butter (chilled) Pinch salt 2-3 tbsp water


Method Make the pastry: put the flour into a bowl, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then add the salt and enough water to make a firm dough. Roll it out and line a 20cm / 8 inch loose-bottomed flan tin. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes While the pastry is chilling preheat oven to 220C / gas 7. Prick the pastry case all over with a fork then line it with greaseproof paper. Use baking beans or lentils to weight it down. Bake for ten minutes. Remove the greaseproof paper and bake for another 5-10 minutes until pale golden brown.

Reduce the oven temperature to 180C. Chop the bacon into small pieces and fry in a pan until crisp and golden. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and pop it into the pastry case. Then fry the onion in the bacon fat until that too is golden and add it to the pastry case. Top with the grated cheese. Beat the eggs, cream, salt and pepper together lightly, then pour into the pastry case. Bake for 25-30 minutes until just set. Take care not to overcook the quiche or it will develop a rubbery texture, full of little holes.

CORN BREAD Serves: 4-6 (1 loaf) Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 30-35 minutes Ingredients Vegetable oil (for greasing) 175g / 6oz plain flour 1 tsp salt 4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp caster sugar 280g / 10oz polenta 115g / 4oz butter (softened) 4 eggs 250ml / 9floz milk 3 tbsp double cream

Method Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas mark 6. Brush a 20cm / 8inch square cake tin with oil. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together into a bowl. Add the sugar and polenta and mix together. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl. Stir into the polenta mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared in and smooth the surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. To check it’s done insert a cocktail stick into the centre of the loaf and check to see whether it comes out clean. If it doesn’t then the loaf needs a few more minutes. When cooked, remove from the oven. Leave to cool slightly for ten minutes but serve warm for best results.

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Music File 21

Back in Time AUGUST

1984 N

ot only is this year responsible for a plethora of musical styles but it was, of course, the title of George Orwell’s book which probably was one of the most influential of the 20th century. Anyway, let’s now concentrate on the musical note rather than the written word. It’s very rare for an act to hold down two chart positions in the top five but this month Frankie Goes To Hollywood did just that. Fronted by the flamboyant Holly Johnson, this Liverpool group debuted with “Relax” which was instantly banned by the BBC for its lyrical content, thus ensuring increased sales which led to it topping the singles chart for five


consecutive weeks. The group first publicly announced the song was about motivation but later conceded the subject was rather more controversial. Needless to say, it went on to become the 7th best selling UK single of all time. However, didn’t really want to dwell on this song but rather their second single “Two Tribes” perched at the top this month, with “Relax” at number three. “Two Tribes” wasn’t, as was indicated, related to the Cold War but rather represented two warring adversaries, like cowboys and Indians. Whatever, its driving beat, pounding bass and guitar riff inspired by American funk/R&B guaranteed the song would be as relevant today as it was in 1984. Neil, from the tv sitcom “The Young Ones” sat below “Two Tribes”, with Prince’s haunting “When Doves Cry” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It” from the now solo Tina Turner, lifted from her 5th album “Private Dancer” not far behind. Quietly making his presence known was George Michael, set on replacing “Two Tribes”, with his sombre, midtempo ballad “Careless Whisper”. This was his first solo outing since Wham and the start of a whirlwind career that would elevate him into superstardom before sadly crashing in a mayhem of public disgrace and drug related incidents. He’s set to rise again – one day.

Meanwhile, the remaining top twenty offered a pot pourie of sounds, ranging from soul man Jeffrey Osborne with his awesome “On The Wings Of Love”, gravelly-voiced Rod Stewart’s “Some Guys Have All The Luck”, smooth songstress Alison Moyet and “Love Resurrection”, with Motown’s Stevie Wonder making huge strides with his future chart topper “I Just Called To Say I Love You”. Music certainly wasn’t boring was it?! Sharon Davis “Soul and Motown Show”: 6pm – 8pm every Saturday on Hailsham FM

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Book Review

LOOSE ENDS Twenty Word Stories by Barbara Hibbart


ave you ever been desperately trying to complete a task, feeling weary and in need of a lift? Or perhaps you just need a break and some ‘time out’? You may need a twenty-word story! Loose Ends is a collection of short stories which each consist of twenty words or in some cases - even less. Each story is complete in its own right. However they provide an opportunity for you to take them at face value or develop the ideas to create a longer story. You may find that this process is thought provoking, uplifting or may put you into a more positive frame of mind. Once you‘ve read the stories why not have a go at writing your own story. At the end of the book there are details of how to enter a competition for the best twenty-word story. The prize of a bottle of champagne, will be awarded to the best story and delivered in time for Christmas. Why not take a break, relax and enjoy a twenty-word story. You never know where it will take you!


Loose Ends is now available from: Amazon ISBN 978 1532922879 £7.99 Kindle ASIN B01ICBF5Z8 £3.99 E:

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The Wealden Eye Issue 35  

The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/08/2016 - Issue 35

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The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/08/2016 - Issue 35