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Welcome to the Spring issue of The Wealden Eye. It still seems that Winter is wanting to stick around for just a little longer with the snow and frosts we have been experiencing of late, we hope you all kept safe in this time. We have our fingers crossed that it warms up soon so the stunning bluebells start to pop up at the Arlington Bluebell Walk. This year marks the 46th year John and the team have organised this great charity event and by the 13th of May would have raised over £1,000,000 for 73 local charities. Well done to everyone who has supported and volunteered over the years. You can find out more information at www.bluebellwalk. You might remember last issue we spoke about Hailsham FM moving into their new premises in The Old Stable Block and were waiting to get their full time FM radio frequency?! Well they have it, from May onwards you will be able to tune into 95.9 FM and listen to your very own community radio station for Hailsham and surrounding areas. Congratulations everybody at Hailsham FM. As always keep an eye out for some great upcoming events advertised throughout this issue and have a fantastic couple of months Thank you for reading, The Wealden Eye Team

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Plant Workshop Series: APRIL 7TH 2PM - 4PM ‘Create a Handy Herb Container’

There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own herbs for cooking. Why not join us to learn about growing herbs in containers and how to make the most of them all season long. Create a herb container to take home filled with your favourite herbs. £20.00 per person, includes tea/ coffee and cake to finish at Olive’s Café. MAY 5TH 2PM - 4PM ‘Create a Colourful Container of Bulbs for Summer’

This is just the thing to jazz up your patio this summer and once you have the basic knowledge of bulb


container planting that you’ll learn at this workshop you can go ahead and create many more in the future (just imagine how impressed your neighbours will be!). £20.00 per person, includes tea/ coffee and cake to finish at Olive’s Café.

S U N D A Y MORNING LIDO BY THE LAKE Starting April 8th, every Sunday morning through to September 30th, 10 am until midday.

We are exhibiting at ‘The Ascot Spring Garden Show’ FRIDAY 13TH - SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2018 High-quality boutique event showcasing Britain’s finest established and emerging horticultural talent that has been created with the gardening enthusiast in mind. Visit: for more information and to book a ticket.

Wellbeing in the Wild Events Wellbeing in the Wild is an opportunity to enjoy classes taught by local professionals and therapists in a beautiful, outside setting. Combine the serenity (and occasional wildness) of nature with the health-giving benefits of yoga, Pilates, tai chi, swimming or meditation. This is a view without a room; it is not a luxury spa or retreat and facilities are basic. However, if you long to get back to nature and feel the grass beneath your feet, kick off your shoes and join one of our classes or workshops.

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Relax by the Lake with the Sunday morning paper and feel liberated and invigorated by plunging into the crystal-clear waters of our spring fed lake. This lake irrigates the plants that we grow and is exceptionally clean, hosting a clan of fresh water mussels on its banks. Swim in a safe controlled environment where you feel at one with nature (life guard on site). We serve hot pastries and coffee/ tea by the lake. £7.50 per person or £150.00 for a season ticket which permits you to all sessions. Purchase your ticket online at product/lido-by-the-lake/ or in-store, booking essential due to popular demand, only ticket holders may access the lake area due to space restrictions, you must be over 18 to swim due to insurance reasons and no alcohol consumed. LAKESIDE HATHA YOGA WITH KATE Every Friday morning from 9:3010:30 starting May 4th, £7.00 per person, no need to book, just drop in! Meet at the Lime Cross shop at 9:15.

APRIL-MAY Take part in a dynamic, hour long hatha yoga class on the decked lakeside area surrounded by nature and the calming sounds of the water.

This class is energising and dynamic yet totally accessible to all levels. Kate will offer alternative postures to accommodate all. TAI CHI WITH LYNNE Join this friendly, gentle yet challenging class every Wednesday morning all year round with Lynne, who has been teaching for 20 years. You don’t need to bring anything, just wrap up warm if it’s chilly as this class will always be outside (unless it’s raining, in which case the class will be in the barn by the lake). Meet at the entrance at 8:25. No need to book, this is a drop-in session. £6.00 YOGA & WILD SWIMMING Friday Evenings 6:00-8:00 pm & Saturday Sunrise Yoga & Wild Swimming 8:00 am- 10:00 am

The session is suitable for all levels, teachers Gemma Newton Smith & Kate Gregory will tap into the group’s ability and offer alternative moves for different strengths. Then finish the session on a deep relaxation with the sky and swallows for company. Invigorate yourself by plunging into the beautiful soothing lake feeling empowered and liberated. Warm up in the wood fired hot tub, then maybe jump back into the lake! This kind of hot and cold-water submersion is great for your circulation and feels amazing. It is essential to have a fairly good level of fitness to attend and to be a capable swimmer, however there will be a qualified lifeguard on duty throughout all swimming sessions. Please let us know if you are a nervous swimmer so that we can be mindful to support you. £20.00 per person, Friday evening sessions starting May 4th and Saturday morning May 5th. Visit to book online.

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01323 833229 RETREAT DAYS Visit www.wellbeinginthewild. com to find out more about full day retreats at Lime Cross Nursery, which include yoga & Pilates with Tansy Blaik Kelly of Turning Tide Pilates , wild swimming, woodland walks, delicious lunch, optional massage, ending the day with sparkling wine in the wood fired hot tub. We also host a schedule of well being related workshops and events so please check the website for more information.



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Dry Skin By Chandhi Yadev Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Rd, Hailsham Chandhi Yadev

Dry skin is a common complaint that we often get presented with in the pharmacy. It’s always worth asking for advice because there can be a variety of causes ranging from eczema, allergic dermatitis or even an infection. If it is a dry skin condition then a moisturiser will help. The main issue with these is that often they are not applied frequently enough. For very dry skin, a moisturising

cream or ointment may need to be applied generously over four or five times a day. Once the skin becomes dry, then it is more likely to become flaky, itchy, irritated and infected. Ointments have a greater oil base than creams so are generally thicker but greasier although they can keep the moisture in for longer. Some creams are ambiphilic so have ointment like properties but

with the smoothness of creams. Often patients may need a cream for daytime and an ointment at night. The final choice of moisturiser will generally depend on personal preference. However, it is always worth asking for advice and I am always happy to help you choose a suitable moisturiser or advise when alternatives may be beneficial.




Hailsham Cricket Club coaches and admin team who work extremely hard for the sake of the juniors and the club.

U11 front foot drive

Junior cricket 2018 winter training has been a huge success at Hailsham Community College, as we welcomed over 25 new boys and girls to the club. We also had five new coaches/volunteers commit to helping develop and guide the juniors through their own personal improvements. The sessions have been jam packed with fun and exciting new drills that test and challenge the juniors as they develop. We are now all really excited for the new junior season and the first round of games start on the 7th May. This season Hailsham is proud to be running the following teams, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 14’s, Under 16’s and Under 19’s. This takes a massive team effort from all the

For the first time ever we have a girl’s only team who are participating in the Sussex U11 league. A massive thanks to Definitions Hair & Beauty Salon for sponsoring the girl’s new shirts. This has long been an ambitions of the club and we are super excited to see it take shape.

have enjoyed the challenge of the sessions. We are hoping that 2018 will be a successful season on the pitch with all four teams looking to blend experience and youth to bring success to the club. We are always looking for new players of all ages and abilities to join the club and enjoy the best sport in the world!!

New Pavilion New girls kit

Senior Cricket Senior training has been a great success in 2018 with more members training on a regular basis and we have welcomed six new players to the club. With a stronger focus on development and coaching through the likes of Paul, Scott and Varun the players

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ALL UP TO DATE INFORMATION For more information on ways to join the club either a playing or non-playing member please contact: Rob Wilkinson: 07980 146841 Email: You can also find Hailsham Cricket club on Social Media - Hailsham Cricket Club - @Hailshamcc - Hailshamcc

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By the time you are reading this it is hoped that the building work will have started on the new cricket pavilion at the Western Road Recreation Ground. This is the start of the transformation of the pavilion into a modern facility that will be perfect for the cricket club and the local community. Before the league season starts the plan is to have the extension on the side of the pavilion, then the work will stop whilst the season is in full flow. As soon as the season stops the builders will be back in to gut the building and complete the transformation. Everyone at the club is so excited to see the start of the works and what the final building will look like.dedicated girls changing facility, new kitchen, showers and toilets, a disabled changing area and a larger, more flexible space for the club and other future users of the pavilion.




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Good Friday – Children’s Easter workshop 12 - 4pm plus tombola Easter Sunday Day – Raffle raising money for Shelter, Colouring competition & Easter Bonnet competition Evening – Adult entertainment with drag artist Fonda Cox Sat 7th April – Entertainment with 4Blind Nuns Tues 10th April – Poker Thurs 12th April – Evening bingo Fri 13th April – Horse race night - raising money for Hailsham Cricket Club junior section Sat 14th April – Afternoon of racing including the Grand National Thurs 26th April – Evening bingo Sat 28th April – Live entertainment with Inner Soul Band Sun 29th April – Celebrating spring time with live entertainment Robin and Ruby For information on upcoming events, Check out our NEW website: LS RENEWA R YEARLY EMBE OM DEC DUE FR NG TERM NEW LO OW ALSO LS N RENEWA ILABLE AVA R MORE ASK FO SE PLEA DETAILS




We’ve made real progress towards real gender equality Nus Ghani, MP

Earlier this month, we celebrated a momentous anniversary in the history of British society. 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of some women being given the right to vote for the first time. Since then we have come far. We now have 208 female MPs in Parliament, we have had two female Prime Ministers and, in January, I was proud to become the first female Muslim to speak on behalf of the Government in the House of Commons. Bit by bit, our political system has become more reflective of the nation I am

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proud to represent. Of course, there is still a lot more to do. 100 years on from women getting the vote, women candidates and female MPs still face abuse and threats for standing for public office. This should not deter girls and women considering entering politics, and I continue to champion and mentor women and girls from Wealden, not just in politics but in all walks of life. Later in the year, I am hosting an event in Wealden to celebrate the

local suffragettes and suffragists who have contributed so much to the fabric of our society, changing the lives of women across East Sussex. Those who fought to establish the right for women to be able to vote and run for office did so in the face of extreme adversity and resistance. Their perseverance and courage is to be admired, and a hundred years later the suffragettes are still inspiring young girls across the country.

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Quick Crossword Across 7. Take away from (8) 8. Grows old (4) 9. Small dash between words (6) 10. Mystery, conundrum (6) 11. Disappoint, fail to satisfy (3,4) 13. Toy bear (5) 15. Coniferous tree (5) 17. Ill-prepared, off guard (7) 19. In danger (2, 4) 21. Enclosed by (6) 23. Type of sound system (2-2) 24. Had faith in (6, 2)


Down 1. Compulsory task (4) 2. Inscribed in metal (6) 3. Beautiful nocturnal bird (4, 3) 4. Cease (4) 5. Blind with light (6) 6. Quiet and sheltered from view (8) 12. Uses mains power or a battery (8) 14. Clever-clogs (4-3) 16. Sour, astringent (6) 18. Respect and admiration (6) 20. Stone edge to a path (4) 22. Chemical symbol is Fe (4)

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TREE SURGERY ARBORICULTURE CONSULTANCY SPRING TREE CARE TIPS • Check over your trees for any damage that may have occurred over the winter months. • Check mulch to see if additional material needs to be added. Ideally the mulch should be 3-4 inches deep. • Pests and diseases become more active during the spring months. Check your trees and shrubs regularly for any signs of pest activity. • If the spring weather is particularly dry, it is a good idea to water your trees and shrubs when necessary. Water uptake is critical during leaf and shoot development. • Avoid using herbicides beneath trees that warn against such use on the label. The same herbicides that kill dandelions can affect trees if they are not applied properly. • Fertilise your trees and shrubs as part of your normal annual program. • Weed beds, cut back perennials and trim Autumn flowering shrubs as appropriate.

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East African Safari We are all familiar with wildlife footage on our TV that brings the magic of the scenery and the flora and fauna of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to us. How often

The wildlife is varied and stunning, but add in the Rift Valley, volcanoes (dead and alive), Mount Kilimanjaro(the world’s largest free standing mountain), soda lakes that attract millions of flamingos and the whole variety of landscapes from savannah to rain forest and you have it all. Trying to see too much can lead to a rushed itinerary and a poorer experience.

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Lion in Masai Mara

have you said that you would love to go on safari after watching one of these programmes? So what is holding you back from starting to plan such a holiday? Well the answer is to talk to a company that can give you the answers to your queries. There is no point in being in the Masai Mara, Kenya to see the wildebeest and zebra when they are all in the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Dhows sailing past Stone Town, Zanzibar

The people are very welcoming and colourful. With over 50 tribes in Kenya alone you can imagine how interesting the people you meet along the way will be.

One thing that a safari is not is a relaxing holiday. You will be on the move much of the time and on the game drives you will be alert to what is coming around the next corner. So consider finishing your holiday with a few days on the coast. The sand is silver, the Indian Ocean warm, the sealife stunning and the hotels and lodges varied enough to suit all tastes and budgets. It is a great way to finish an experience second to none. Put off your planning no longer! Decide what it is that you particularly want to see, where you would like to go and then talk to someone who knows the country. Call 01323 446550 or email info@experience holidays. to start your safari!

Zebra at waterhole in Tsavo, Kenya

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We’re moving on a decade this time to visit the one time Queen of Pop, Madonna, who not only produced some of the most exciting music of this era, but who also was known for courting controversy on several levels, including pushing the boundaries in the lyrical content of her material. And her chart topper in April was no exception. Titled “Like A Prayer”, the rock/ pop single’s lyrics were liturgical, telling the story of a passionate young girl in love with God. The Vatican not only condemned it but also the accompanying video, while Pepsi Cola who used the song in their commercials, dropped their sponsorship as complaints from religious groups made their heavy presence felt. I must say, when I first saw the video, my deep intake of breath could be heard across Hailsham and beyond. “Too Many Broken Hearts” waited patiently to knock Madonna off the pole position. Two years before releasing this single, teen idol Jason Donovan was a household name thanks to the television soap “Neighbours” and this daily exposure stood him in good stead for a singing career. He’d previously enjoyed a number one single with “Especially For You”, his duet with fellow “Neighbours” star Kylie Minogue. Both singles were written and produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman (SAW), reputedly one of the most successful songwriting/ producing partnerships of all time. They scored over one hundred UK top forty hits, sold forty million records, and earned a cool £60 million. The top ten listing this month was a sweetshop of diverse sounds ranging from Donna Summer’s disco hit “This Time It’s For Real”, again from SAW, competing


1989 against yet another of their compositions “I’d Rather Jack” from the British duo, the Reynolds Girls’, and the American rock band, Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Paradise City”, which wasn’t! Just outside the top twenty and waiting to make its mighty presence felt was “I Want It All” from the much loved Queen. Concentrating on social upheaval and rebellion, this single was different from their previous releases in more ways than one because the promotional video showed Freddie Mercury, with a full beard instead of his cheeky moustache, performing with all the energy he could muster to disguise his rapidly deteriorating illness from the public. Two years later he died, never having performed the song live on stage. In May The Bangles were enjoying their number one love song “Eternal Flame”, following its similar American success, which elevated them to the third all-time female group to score multiple chart topping singles, following The Supremes with twelve and The Shirelles, two. Then came Kylie and SAW with the chirpy singalong “Hand On Your Heart”, so typical of the British trio’s productions. This single was her third to enter the chart at number two. However, her stay at the top was shortlived and for a very good reason, when a charity single was hastily conceived and released to raise funds for the survivors and families of the catastrophic Hillsborough disaster at

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Sheffield’s football stadium where ninety-six fans were crushed to death, with hundreds more injured. Titled “Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey”, and featuring artists like Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden among others, it was produced by – you’ve guessed it – SAW. Also with their sights on the top spot were Simply Red’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, Mick Hucknall’s take on Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ original Philadelphia classic. Not far behind though were Transvision Vamp’s sixth single “Baby I Don’t Care”; Natalie Cole’s soulfully moving ballad “Miss You Like Crazy”, and the Birmingham-based group, Five Young Cannibals with a retrosoul styled “Good Thing”. By the way, they took their name from the 1960 film “All The Fine Young Cannibals” starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, which had nothing to do with Stock, Aitken and Waterman! Sharon Davis “Soul and Motown Show”: 6pm – 8pm every Saturday on Hailsham FM

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Spring has Sprung! Spring is here at last, and I have a recommendation for an unusual informal red to herald in the season, and also a suggestion for something to try if, by any chance, you have any chocolate left over from Easter! Maree D’ione Nero di Troia 2015, from Orion Wines – Maree d’ione is Italian for “from the south”, and this is made from 100% organically grown Nero di Troia grapes from sun baked Puglia in the heel of southern Italy. Nero di Troia is an ancient variety – seldom seen outside the region. The name attests to Greek origins – Troy – and according to legend, Diomedes founded the town of Troia in Puglia after the siege of Troy – of course this is Greek mythology – but there is certainly a town called Troia in Puglia. After de - stemming, the grapes are not crushed, allowing them to remain intact reduces damage to the skins and optimizes colour extraction. Fe r m e n t a t i o n takes place for approximately 10 days with a combination of pump overs, and a two-step process known as “rack and return” where fermenting wine juice is separated

from the grape solids by racking it off and then returning it to the fermenting vat to re-soak the solids. Racking aerates the wine and softens the astringent tannins. So these two processes are carried out in the early stages of fermentation in order to achieve soft extraction of aromas and gentle tannins. After a final racking the wine goes through a malolactic fermentation, then 20% is aged for 6 months in American oak barriques. Luminous red with purple reflections in colour, displaying aromas of dark fresh plums, exotic cinnamon spice and tobacco on the palate. Firm, yet gentle tannins with the oak ageing add complexity to a long, lingering finish. This full bodied, fine textured wine is good with typical Italian pizza and pasta dishes. Now for the chocolate! Organic certified Domaine Pouderoux Maury Grande Reserve is just the wine to try with this. Maury, which got its AOC in 1936, is situated in the south of France, in the Roussillon region - an enclave within the lager Rivesaltes appellation – both are known for their production of Vin Doux Naturels – sweet red or white wines made by the mutage method, whereby neutral grape spirit is added to stop the fermentation, leaving a high degree of natural sugars in the wine. Made by Robert Pouderoux, whose family have been vignerons since 1826 – Robert is 6th generation. Made from 100% Grenache Noir, which is considered the best grape for Red Maury - indeed it

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must contain a minimum of 75% Grenache Noir. The grapes are grown on black schist soils, and hand harvested from 30 to 50 year old vines. Following a long maceration and mutage, it’s aged for 6 years – 1 in glass outside in large round glass bottles called Bonbonnes - this is a an ancient traditional style of winemaking for deliberate oxidation, followed by 5 in oak. There is no fining or filtration. Beautiful mahogany colour with garnet reflections, this decadently sweet, rich wine has flavours of dried figs and prunes, and a long spicy, plummy finish. A superb pairing with chocolate and chocolate desserts which are difficult to wine match. You need to match sweetness with sweetness, so the wine should be slightly sweeter than the chocolate – if the chocolate is sweeter than the wine, it will make the wine taste even drier than it actually is – the darker the chocolate the less sweet it is, and the less sweet the wine needs to be. This is good with soft blue cheeses too – they actually say Stilton on their web site, and they also suggest it as an aperitif – the French have a long tradition of serving sweet fortified wines as aperitifs – so if you have no left over Easter chocolate, all is not lost!

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Hellingly RFC secured a piece of rugby history since our last issue by securing the Harvey’s of Sussex Division 1 title with four games to spare. The team has shown great unity and ability over the season so far and teams have struggled to deal with their quick attack and resolute defence. An indicator of how far the team has come is holding a

The Loonies now have three games left of the season with Uckfield away and at home and then finishing off on the 7th April away to Burgess Hill. If the team can secure these three victories they will set another piece of history and complete the season with a 100% record for the season. These moments, these achievements are something that will add to the already great history of the club. This year has seen the development of some excellent young talent coming through with players coming through such as Jack Cowell, George Honeyball and scrum half Giles Hook playing between the 1st and 2nd XV. These young players are showing the depth and versatility the club has developed and with the current coaching team in place will only develop further. The club is looking forward to testing itself next year in LSE Div 3 and these players will undoubtedly be a big part of this, looking to establish themselves. The Saxons have also had a great season so far following promotion last year to Sussex Div 2. The Saxons have built

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At Groombridge why not alight and pay a visit to the famous Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest as well as the historic village too. Joint tickets for the Spa Valley Railway and Groombridge Place can be purchased from our stations. Alternatively stay on board to enjoy the glorious views and alight at

countryside, is lucky to have a destination at every station.You can board our classic and beautifully restored 1960’s heritage trains from the National Rail network at Eridge, some even include our award winning bar car, ‘Kate’. The station itself is also the location of a wonderful public house, The Huntsman! From Eridge you can take a journey to Royal Tunbridge Wells stopping off on route at Groombridge or High Rocks.

access the High Weald countryside and its vast network of woodland footpaths. Arriving at Royal Tunbridge Wells you can disembark from the train and visit the Victorian engine shed, gift shop and buffet car. Furthermore, you can take a relaxed walk into the Spa town and visit the world famous Pantiles and High Street.

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Fresh New Start For Local Charity Community mediation services set to bloom in 2018 Disputes of any kind, whether at work or at home, can be stressful, time-consuming and costly. Mediation can offer a quick, effective and inexpensive solution. Local charity, Mediation Plus, started 2018 on a high. Last year the charity, which is based in Hailsham, recruited and trained 19 volunteer mediators, supported over 60 individuals and 35 families with a range of neighbourhood disputes and relationship conflict issues. Service Manager, Joan Eades, has ambitious plans to develop the service in 2018 and beyond. “I first joined Mediation Plus back in 2011. Over the years we have secured funding from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Children in Need and The Big Lottery Fund. We now have a strong team of trained and accredited volunteer mediators, who handle a range of disputes.”

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Mediation Plus has recently updated its website where people can find out about the services on offer, make a referral and find out about recruitment and training opportunities. They deal with disputes between neighbours, family issues and, through their ‘Time 2 Talk’ service, can also help children and young people who are having problems at home.

offices in Southview, Hailsham followed soon after by a training programme for new volunteers.

Last year, with funding from Awards for All (part of the Big Lottery Fund), they were able to expand the Time2Talk service into The Havens area, having trained 11 new volunteers covering Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford.

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They will be running further volunteer recruitment and training events throughout 2018, starting in the Spring. There will be an open day at the Mediation Plus

“Everyone can benefit from good listening and questioning skills. Our training is accredited with Open College Network and can open up opportunities for anyone interested in improving communication and managing conflict.”

Our vision is of a society where people deal with conflict through communication, cooperation and agreement. Our purpose is to help people resolve the conflict they are experiencing and equip them with the skills they need to deal effectively with disputes in the future. We exist to provide high quality mediation services, train others to mediate and promote the benefits of mediation.

Newly trained community mediators covering The Havens area, with their trainers from Mediation Plus

Anyone interested in finding our more about mediation or training in mediation skills should contact the Mediation Plus team on 01323 442781 or email them at info@mediation-plus. Visit our website www. for details of forthcoming open days and training events.

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The Home Guard On Friday 10 May 1940, the Germans had started their attack on Belgium and the Netherlands using soldiers dropped by parachutes. British troops on mainland Europe were pushed back to the Channel ports and many people feared that the Germans would soon invade Britain. As a result on the evening

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of Tuesday 14 May, the government made an urgent appeal on the radio to all men aged between 17 and 65. They wanted all men not serving in the armed forces to become part time soldiers. Within 24 hours of the broadcast a quarter of a million men had volunteered. By the end of July this number had risen to over one million. To protect Britain a new part time force was to be set up, the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV). In Hailsham there was an immediate and positive response with many going straight to the Police Station as requested in the broadcast.

The problem was the police knew nothing about the broadcast and refused to even take the names of the early arrivals. The relevant forms had apparently not arrived so the volunteers were asked to go home and return next day. However the situation seems to have clarified and at a meeting held later in May and the 20th (Hailsham) Battalion Home Guard was formed. The unit was named “B” Battalion LDV and was one of 24 such units formed in Sussex. Lt. Col. R H Johnson was appointed Commanding Officer and platoon commanders were selected who were then given the names of the men in their area who had reported to the police station and told to contact and enrol them and commence immediate training. Each volunteer was issued with a rifle and 10 rounds of ammunition and a khaki cap and white armband. These were passed on from man to man as they assumed night duty. Wherever possible the Night Observation Posts (OP) were linked by a runner to the nearest Searchlight Post. In the event of an attack the plan was for the OP to call for assistance from Searchlight Post Mobile Column, which consisted of 4-6 men in a taxi. However, despite these plans the log book records that on the majority of nights there was, “nothing to report.” There were two basic night duties. One was keeping watch from the top of the church tower which gave a fine view over the Pevensey Levels. The other, as already mentioned, was to protect the telephone exchange and Post Office in

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North Street from possible acts of sabotage. Sentries were posted outside and anyone coming to post a letter had to hand it to the sentry for inspection to ensure it did not contain explosives. Other than the 10 rounds of ammunition the Battalion were loaned a limited number of other weapons, e.g. shot guns and .22 rifles. The only other weapons were homemade “Molotov cocktails!” Additionally some of the more creative and enthusiastic members of the Battalion designed and made

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their own weapons. These included the “Molotov slinger”, which in the event turned out to be of very little use primarily due to the time it took to load it! By November 1940 some additional supplies and equipment had been provide including steel helmets and respirators plus 36 automatic rifles. Also during November “Mobile Sections” were formed composed of nine men on bicycles. At Christmas the War Office signed a contract for 5,000,000 suits of serge battledress. When the Hailsham Battalion received theirs is not recorded. The administrative work of the new battalion was undertaken by Miss N Knowles although she only had

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a typewriter and a few enrolment forms as equipment. Miss Knowles operated from no. 1 London Road which was empty at the time and served as the Home Guard HQ for a time. It was also conveniently close to The Grenadier which acted as the unofficial meeting place for the new force. Later meetings took place in the newly completed Drill Hall in London Road. During 1941 much routine work was undertaken e.g. preparing, scrapping and re-preparing defence schemes. The reconnaissance of local road blocks was another feature of the Battalions work. There was some short lived excitement on 28 January 1941 when two German E-boats were seen steaming along the Sussex coast and opened fire on the troops working on the beaches. In August 1941, Lt. Col. Johnson retired and was replaced by his deputy, Lt. Col F G Crompton. The Battalion took part in the Home Guard Group Shoot held at The Crumbles, Eastbourne when in both 1942 and 1943 they won the Abergavenny Challenge Cup. On 16 June 1943 the Battalion celebrated its third birthday with a ceremonial parade and weapon

training demonstration in the town. Although many people today have an image of the Home Guard taken from the popular TV programme “Dad’s Army,” that is considered by many as rather unfair. It is evident that all the men gave up a lot of their time for no pay beyond basic expenses. For more than four years the 20th Battalion was ready, day and night, for action should they be required. Many of the men put in a full weeks work with weekend training with the Home Guard plus fire duty on some evenings. However there were a number of incidents which brought some amusement at the time. One recollection by Major Batten referred to the very first parade when the members were asked to tie a white handkerchief around their left arms. The Major pointed out that was a certain way to be shot! On another occasion Major Batten’s section were testing the recently issued Tommy guns. These guns had a locking system which operated once you pulled the trigger halfway down and the gun would continue firing. Apparently the first man in his section to use

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the gun locked the mechanism by mistake. He then turned round with it still firing to ask what to do. Major Batten added, “he would have shot the whole platoon if somebody had not pushed the gun down!” Another incident concerned the use of the homemade “Molotov cocktails.” The Home Guard used the school field in Battle Road to try out these “weapons” with a couple of sheets of corrugated iron used to represent a tank. However although the corrugated iron was not fixed very securely, most of the bottles bounced off without even breaking. Writing later about the exercise, the officer commanding at the time a Capt. Baker, wrote “but we did a lot of damage to the grass! The Battalion continued as an operational unit until December 1944 when it was disbanded. In a farewell message to both the men who served and the women who supported them the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col Crompton referred to, “the wonderful spirit and loyalty,” within the Battalion. “No call has come to the Battalion which has not been promptly answered.” He went on to refer to the men’s devotion, efficiency and the, “long arduous hours which have been put in, “with members often coming on parade straight from work without, “bite or sup.” “The ladies of the Battalion have shown the same wonderful spirit and disregard of time and personal convenience whenever asked to undertake a duty.”

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Natural Steps to Balance Hormones Hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin are extremely important chemical messengers that affect many aspects of your overall health. The entire endocrine system works together to control the level of hormones circulating throughout your body, and if one or more is even slightly imbalanced it can cause widespread, major health problems. • Infertility and irregular periods • Weight gain or weight loss • Depression and anxiety • Fatigue & Insomnia • Low libido • Changes in appetite • Digestive issues • Hair loss & hair thinning

Some specific problems associated with some of the most common hormonal imbalances include: • Estrogen dominance:

endometriosis, changes in sleep patterns, changes in weight and appetite • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): infertility, weight gain, acne, abnormal hair growth • Low estrogen: low sex drive, reproductive problems • Hypothyroidism: slowed metabolism, weight gain, fatigue, anxiety • Hyperthyroidism & Grave Disease: anxiety, thinning hair, weight loss, IBS, trouble sleeping, irregular heartbeats • Diabetes: weight gain, nerve damage (neuropathy), higher risk for vision loss, fatigue • Adrenal Fatigue: fatigue,

muscle aches and pains, anxiety and depression, trouble sleeping, brain fog

Swap Carbs for Healthy Fats

Eating a variety of foods Omega 3 is key to keeping your hormones in check. Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, including saturated fat and cholesterol. My four favorite sources of anti-inflammatory, healthy fats include: coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter and wild-caught salmon. Steer clear from oils high in omega 6 Fats such as, sunflower and canola and load up on rich sources of natural omega-3’s instead (wild fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and grass-fed animal products).

Supplement to Fill Nutritional Voids

It’s sometimes necessary to supplement in order to fill nutritional voids that can be leading to a hormone imbalance. Here are the top supplements that I recommend for your hormones: • Evening primrose oil: Contains

omega-6 fatty acids, such as LA and GLA, that support overall hormonal function. • Vitamin D: Acts like a hormone inside the body and has important implications for keeping inflammation levels low. People who live in dark areas often suffer from seasonal depression and other health problems unless they supplement with vitamin D.

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• Probiotics: Can aid in repairing

your gut lining, which in turn can balance your hormones. When undigested food particles, like gluten for example, leak through your gut into your bloodstream, it causes disease-causing inflammation that impacts the entire body especially glands like the thyroid that is very susceptible to heightened inflammation.

Beware of Medications and Birth Control

Are you aware of your medication’s side effects? Some can disrupt your hormone balance, leading to side effects like fatigue, appetite changes, altered sleeping patterns, sadness and even depression. Some medications that can mess with your hormone balance include corticosteroids, stimulants, statins and dopamine agonists. Talk to your doctor about the side effects and research natural alternatives whenever possible.

Get More Sleep

Unless you get 7–8 hours of sleep every night, you’re doing your body no favours. A lack of sleep or disturbing your natural circadian rhythm can be one of the worst habits contributing to a hormone imbalance. Your hormones work on a schedule!. Sleep helps keep stress hormones balanced, builds energy and allows the body to recover properly.



EDAMAME DIP WITH SPICED PITTA CHIPS & CRUDTÉS Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 5 mins INGREDIENTS Pitta Chips

• 4 Wholegrain pitta breads • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 tsp. ground cumin • 1 tsp. garlic powder • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Edamame Dip

• 400g shelled edamame beans (found in frozen counter) • 200 silken tofu or fat-free yogurt • 2 tbps. Olive oil • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 20g bunch mint, chopped • 1 tsp. ground cumin • Black pepper


• 2 carrots cut in sticks

• 2 stalks cut into sticks • ¼ cucumber cut in sticks


Preheat oven to 180 C/160 C fan/gas 4 Slice the pitta breads into bite-size wedges, mix oil and spices together in a bowl and toss the pitta wedges in the mixture to coat. Spread the pitta on to a large baking sheet, bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until crisp. Steam or blanch the beans for 4-5 minutes and then run under cold water and drain. Tip beans and the rest of ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.

Serves: 8 as a snack “ THIS DIP CONTAINS SOYA PROTEIN THAT IS RICH IN ISOFLAVONES THAT HELPS SUPPORT ESTROGEN FLUCTUATIONS. “ If you would like to contact me to discuss your own individual Nutritional Needs please don’t hesitate. Keep Well. Annie Gill BA Hons, dip NT CNM, BANT, CNHC

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Serve with pitta chips and crudités.

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