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Our parting comment from last issue was that “we hope you have a great couple of sunny months” well hasn’t that been the truth, and there’s more to come. Hopefully everyone is keeping themselves safe when they are out and about in the sun. We would like to wish the Hailsham Foodbank all the best in their new premises in the Market Square in the Hailsham town centre which was officially opened by the town’s Mayor back in June. “The Foodbank in Hailsham does an amazing job in reaching out to those in need, and the real heroes are the volunteers who give so much of their time week in week out providing emergency help to around 1,000 people a year” added Councillor Coltman. There were a few local events over the last couple of months which have been very well supported by the local community, so be sure you check out the upcoming events for the rest of the summer in the town and surrounding area. If you don’t listen to Hailsham FM already then make sure you dust off the old radio at home and set the car radio preset to 95.9 FM to get all the details with their very own local events guide.





As always keep an eye out for some great upcoming events advertised throughout this issue and have a fantastic couple of months.



Charlotte, Jarred and Isabelle The Wealden Eye Team

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Holiday home ownership at Beauport Holiday Park 2018 & 2019


A fabulous park with an 11½ month season for owners*... What more can you ask for?

Well you could ask for holiday homes from £14,995 - we’ll give you that. You could ask for your holiday home to be set in over 500 acres of woodland and landscaped grounds - you can have that too. In fact Beauport Holiday Park has everything you could possibly want to create a brand new lifestyle in your home away from home.



Facilities include:

• Heated outdoor pool and paddling area • Beauport Country Club • Children’s play area • Gym

To discover more about park life please call

• Launderette • Sky TV in the bar • Free Wi-Fi internet access in the clubhouse • 24 hour assistance available •


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News from the Nursery RHS Gold!


out finest home grown specimens. Air Plant Workshop with Helen & Vicky, Saturday 25th August 2:00-4:00 pm £20.00 Book a ticket online at www. online shop- events & workshops. Air plants (Tillandsia spp.) are from Mexico and South America. They are so-named because they use their short, wiry roots to attach themselves to branches, cliff-faces, even electricity and telephone lines, rather than rooting in soil.

We’re immensely proud to announce that our stand at Hampton Court Flower Show was awarded a Gold medal – congratulations to Vicky, Helen, the Lime Cross Growing Team and everyone who helped prepare the plants for display at this prestigious show. RHS Wisley Lime Cross Nursery will be exhibiting at The RHS Wisley Flower Show which takes place from 4 - 9 September 2018. Enjoy this late summer show, featuring spectacular displays, outstanding shopping from quality nurseries and trade stands, the National Dahlia Society Show, NAFAS floral displays, expert advice and much more.

Following our gold medal at Hampton Court and our 5-star award at Wisley last year we hope to do well with our stand and will be bringing a range of


Join Helen & Vicky for this workshop discovering this fascinating plant group, get creative and make your own air plant garden to take home and learn how to care for it. Finish the afternoon with tea/ coffee and delicious cake in the café and

take part in an optional fun quiz with a prize for the winner. Sri Lankan Art Exhibition by the Lake ÖÖD House Viewing Saturday August 4th 1pm-6 pm Come and discover the beautiful ÖÖD house and view some stunning Sri Lankan art. The ÖÖD House is a super stylish modular building, clad in mirrored glass making a tiny sleek home that blends into its surroundings and offers all the living essentials built into a compact 18-square-meter footprint. Lime Cross Nursery is proud to host the very first show building in the UK, the buildings are sold and distributed through Round Wood of Mayfield. We are opening the building for viewings and a representative from Round Wood will be there to answer your questions. In addition to this we will be show casing a range of art work by accomplished Sri Lankan artists. This is a free event.


Wellbeing in the wild -2018 ‘AT A GLANCE’ SCHEDULE This is not a concise schedule, please visit: for more information and booking. P

Yoga & Wild Swimming 6:00 – 8:00 pm, £20- book online/in store. Or rsvp 07775350604/email helen@ £7.00 for yoga, £7.50 for swimming, £13.00 for Swimming & Hot tub. EVERY SATURDAY until the end of September

WEDNESDAY: Tai Chi – every Wednesday 8:30- 9:30 am, £6- drop in session. THURSDAY: Thursday Drop in Wild Swimming Session with Vicky & Helen 8:00-10:00 am 1:45- 2:45 pm Gentle Hatha Yoga with Safia or Camila £7.00- drop in session.

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Sunrise Yoga & Wild Swimming with Gemma - 8:00 – 10:00 am, £20 £20 for yoga, swimming & hot tubbook online/ in store. Or rsvp 07775350604/email helen@ £7.00 for yoga, £7.50 for swimming, £13.00 for Swimming & Hot tub. EVERY SATURDAY Lido by the Lake – 10:00 – 12:00 pm, £7.50 Pre-booking essential - limited numbers - please purchase tickets in advance online - On the day walk if space permits will be charged at £10 per person. No alcohol to be consumed, food and drink available from our café, you must be over 18 to swim. EVERY SUNDAY Sunday Morning Yoga with Gemma 8:45 – 9:45 pm, £7- drop in session. Sunday Lido by the Lake - 10:00– 12:00 pm, £7.50

FRIDAY: Hatha Yoga - 10:00– 11:00 am, £6.00 drop in session.


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lease note that dates and times are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change, so please double check schedule on website when coming to drop in sessions. We will always contact you if a booked event is cancelled due to weather etc. MONDAY: Intense Yoga Circuits with Gemma 6:15 – 7:15pm £7.00

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Extensive parking, good wheelchair access. Dogs on leads also welcome

For more info call

01323 833229 On the day walk if space permits will be charged at £10 per person. No alcohol to be consumed, food and drink available from our café, you must be over 18 to swim. WELLBEING RETREAT DAYS - Summer 2018 Pilates Retreat Day Saturday 25th August - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, £110.00 pp Pilates Brunch Retreat Saturday September 15th, 10:45 am- 3:00 pm £65.00 pp

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Insect bites and stings By Chandhi Yadev Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Chandhi Yadev

It’s been a lovely warm summer but one downside has been the amount of people coming into the pharmacy with various insect bites. If you’re not sure what to do with a bite, then I’m very happy for you to come into the pharmacy and show it to me. In most cases, an antihistamine tablet will reduce the redness and itchiness. Normally a non-drowsy tablet is preferable for most people but those tablets with the side effect of

drowsiness have the advantage that they can be taken more often and can help you sleep if the itchiness is intense. For those over ten years old, when the insect bite is away from the face or the genitals, then hydrocortisone cream can be used as well or instead of an antihistamine to help reduce the inflammation and the itch. A thin smear twice a day is sufficient.

sell a few different Jungle Formula products that are an effective insect repellent. It is certainly worth considering particularly if you react badly to insect bites. Few medicines are suitable for everyone so please come in and ask me for advice if you’re not sure how to treat your insect bites.

Prevention is better than cure and we



A DESTINATION AT EVERY STATION! Royal Tunbridge Wells, High Rocks, Groombridge & Eridge A fun packed day out with steam, heritage diesel, exploration, excitement & enjoyment in the glorious High Weald!

The Spa Valley Railway operates wonderfully restored steam and heritage diesel trains every weekend from the beginning of February to the end of October. We also operate on Thursdays from June to the beginning of September with additional Tuesday & Wednesday services in August.

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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A wonderful day out for everyone!

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California – the Golden State

From the Big Sur to Death Valley, Santa Monica Beach to Yosemite Falls, the “Golden State”, California, offering something for everyone; the longest coastline, the tallest and largest trees, active volcanoes, lush and tropical landscapes, deserts and snow-capped mountains, superb vibrant gateway cities…With excellent road and rail links it is relatively easy to get around. San Francisco We would suggest a minimum of 3 nights in this fantastic city. Take a city tour, ride the cable care, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown. If you have an extra day, take a tour out to view the Redwoods at Muir Woods and the pretty town of Sausalito or spend a day in the Napa Valley. Carmel/Monterey Pick up your hire car and head down the California coast. This classic road trip is from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the old coastal road, the Cabrillo Highway, is not be rushed and there are several great places to stop off along the way, including the laid back town of Half Moon Bay (site of the infamous Mavericks Wave) and the Ano Nuevo Seal Rookery. The picturesque village of Carmel or the bustling town of Monterey are ideal bases for exploring the Monterey peninsular

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San Simeon South of Carmel, Highway 101 passes though the spectacular Big Sur area before dropping down to San Simeon. Stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony for an amazing photo opportunity. In San Simeon visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Santa Barbara Continue South, moving down the coast to the delightful and vibrant town of Santa Barbara. Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks Head inland to the Sierra Nevada Mountains which form the backbone of California. Take an overnight stop in the often-overlooked Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Here you will find yourself in the company of giants: sequoias and mountains. The Park is home to both the world’s largest tree, the mighty General Sherman Tree, and the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney. Yosemite Continue north to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. Spectacular waterfalls, dramatic granite peaks and domes, hiking to suit all levels, alpine

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meadows, crystal clear lakes… Lake Tahoe ontinue up the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Lake Tahoe area. In winter this area offers exceptional winter sports. In the summer months the warm dry weather makes it the perfect location for hiking, cycling, canoeing and sailing. Napa Valley or San Mateo Coast

Begin to wend your way back towards San Francisco. Round off your holiday with a couple of nights in the California Wine region of the Napa Valley or perhaps some relaxation on the San Mateo coast All photographs courtesy California Travel and Tourism Commission

Multi-Skills Workshop Courses, tuition and workshop facilities for everyone Courses in the following subjects Start in September

Woodwork Beginners & Intermediates Woodwork Club - DIY for beginners Welding and Fabrication Hand crafted Jewellery making Metalwork for all abilities Pewter Casting - Wood Routing Wood Turning - Engineering Workshop Art Metalwork - Furniture Restoration Stained Glass work - Driftwood Art Card Making - Wood Carving Children’s courses Open Day, tool and craft sales

Saturday 8th September 2018, 9:00 – 13:00

Courses start in the week beginning 17th September

Individual tuition and half day sessions available in the above on demand

For more details, days, timing and cost call the workshop or visit the website. ** Independent use of the workshop from £10 / hour **

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Then come and play for our team

Rugby’s back!

For more information visit

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The new season is upon us with our pre-season kicking off back in July. We have been training every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Hellingly Rec and the numbers are looking very promising. This time of year has been rather hot but the boys have been putting in a massive effort focussing on fitness and rugby related skills. This year has seen Ben Wood signed as the 1st XV coach for the season, Ben helped out with the coaching staff last season and was fundamental in the promotion to London 3. Ben is a local boy from Newick and has played and coached at a high level in Lon-

don, so comes with a huge wealth of experience and knowledge. We may even see the boots back on with Ben if needed which will be great to see. The playing fields are looking really good after a lot of investment made by the club last year with over £40,000 spent on draining and reseeding. In the past, there had been many games unplayable due to the fields being unsafe so the work that has been done should stop that this season and promote running rugby on a fast track.

The club has also improved the outside viewing area of the club house with a large wooden deck being built recently which means the club will be able to provide more food options on game day to go along with the refurbished bar area offering a wide range of drinks. Members and Non-members are encouraged to come down and experience this for TUES & THUR S, 7pm - 8.30pm themselves. The first home game will be on the 8th of September with the 1st xv playing Old Dunstonians. The Junior section of the club will start training and playing in September, with more details from the club’s website and Facebook pages.

If you want to get back into playing rugby or give it a go for the first time, everyone is welcome to this great club. So pop down to the Rec on a Tuesday or Thursday from 7:00pm. Yours in Rugby.

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CONTACT DETAILS Director of Rugby

Dave Sands

07482 733590 Mini & Youth

John Tutty

07837 105683


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A quick return visit to the eighties where, this year, Madonna reigned as queen, having already notched up a series of million-plus selling singles. However, in August 1986 she dominated the UK singles chart with “Papa Don’t Preach” lifted from her third studio album “True Blue”. Not without controversy, of course, women’s organisations and family planning clinics criticised her for encouraging teenage pregnancy, while others, who opposed abortion considered the song to be pro-life. As if that wasn’t enough, Madonna crossed swords with Pope John Paul II who, having been told of the song’s content, urged Italian fans to boycott her concerts. “Papa Don’t Preach” kicked off Chris De Burgh’s “The Lady In Red” from the top. It was a non-controversial single by comparison, as he wrote it for his wife Diane, with lyrics dripping in ‘niceness’. Considered to be his signature tune that irritated so many people, including me, it was said to have reduced Diana, Princess of Wales, to tears. What remains unclear though – were they tears of joy? Still, all was due to be saved because Rod Stewart, that cheeky, loveable, raspyvoiced singer, who has provided a much-welcomed musical backdrop to our lives – and also many tabloid headlines – was storming up the chart with the title track from his 14th studio album “Every Beat Of My Heart”. Not far behind him was Simon C o w e l l ’s

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1986 and Fanfare Records’ first signing, Sinitta, with the highly infectious, hi-energy track “So Macho” which began its chart success as a popular nightclub single. Rising behind her – Haywoode’s “Roses” which, since its original release, has been successfully re-issued and re-mixed several times; rock group, The Smiths with “Panic”, penned by Morrissey and Johnny Marr; the re-released “Shout” from Lulu, and the indomitable Lionel Richie and “Dancing On The Ceiling”, a song he obviously included in his recent awesome concert at Hove’s County Cricket Ground which was a total sell out! Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner’s “I Want To Wake Up With You” surprisingly sat at the top of the chart in September, holding off the extremely popular Communards with “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, previously recorded by Thelma Houston, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, who battled it out for chart placings in 1977. The latter won, but Thelma got the last laugh as she won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female. Anyway, the Communards, formed by Jimmy Somerville during 1985 after he left his previous outfit, Bronski Beat, also enjoyed huge success with their version of Gloria Gaynor/Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye”. Still in the dance mood, Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have To” was on the climb. The UK record title was abbreviated for some puritanical reason, while the rest of the world used its full title “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”. Really! This likeable American R&B vocalist

intended the song to reflect sexual modesty in the (then) climate of an AIDS pandemic. Once again, critics sharpened their pencils. That was soon yesterday’s news when the most unlikely of artists was on the ascent – Angie Watts aka Anita Dobson, wife of Queen’s Brian May. Her “Anyone Can Fall In Love”, based on the theme music from the BBC’s long running soap Eastenders, where she played the alcoholic wife of (the late) Leslie Grantham, better known as Den Watts, later hit the top five. Behind her, and starting a chart climb, were the likes of ex-lead singer of Galaxy, Phil Fearon with “I Can Prove It”; Eurythmics’ “Thorn In My Side”; the five piece siblings group from Romford who based themselves on Motown’s Jackson 5, Five Star and “Rain Or Shine”; and the Scottish rock band Big Country’s “One Great Thing”. Nothing boring here aye? Sharon Davis “Soul and Motown Show”: 6pm – 8pm every Saturday on Hailsham 95.9 FM

AIRBOURNE AT THE OCEAN SUITE ON EASTBOURNE PIER Exclusive seating, reserve your table and avoid the crowds. With the 360 degree views of Eastbourne available, the Ocean Suite on Eastbourne Pier is an amazing place to sit back, relax and enjoy the Displays, with it’s fabulous panoramic view of the entire seafront and display area. Thursday 16th August Just want to watch some of the flying displays? Our terrace will be open in the afternoon to watch the displays for £5.00 per person

Friday 17th August Prosecco reception, Four course corporate luncheon with tea or coffee, half a bottle of wine per person, programme of the Airshow and a cash bar will be available to purchase other drinks

£49.50 per person for a table under 10 people £45.00 per person for a table over 10 people

Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th August Enjoy the Airshow with all the family with our terrace BBQ and your own table within The Ocean Suite on Eastbourne Pier and cash bar for your drink purchases.

Saturday 18th August £25.00 per adult £15.00 per child (under 12 years) Sunday 19th August £20.00 per adult £10.00 per child (under 12 years) Tickets are available via; Email; Telephone; 01323 748710 Alternatively, you can go to the Sweet Shop on the Eastbourne Pier to purchase your tickets. Pre booking is essential and full pre payment is required at time of booking, all tickets are non amendable and non refundable

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The Wealden countryside is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. From the rolling hills of the South Downs to the charm of the Ashdown Forest, we are lucky to be surrounded by a diverse and vibrant environment. Ensuring we pass on a clean and sustainable Wealden to the next generation has been a priority of mine since I was first elected. My postbag is regularly full of residents’ concerns on the environment, and it’s something which consistently comes up in my advice surgeries and when visiting Wealden schools. Recent moves across the country to reduce carbon emissions, create new woodlands and habitats, and protect Britain’s bees and pollinators are all very welcome. Proposals for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles will

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help to keep litter off our streets, making us a world leader in recycling plastics which all too often end up in the ocean. Locally, I’ve campaigned on keeping the recycling centres at Wadhurst and Forest Row open, community assets that are incredibly important to my constituents. I’ll continue to lobby to keep the recycling centres open, for the benefit of East Sussex residents and the Ashdown Forest. Littering is a terrible blight on the health of our countryside, and it’s great to see Wealden District Council prosecuting and fining people for fly-tipping in the Ashdown Forest. Fly-tipping has many untold consequences, not only dirtying the environment but also causing problems for our farmers and food producers who make up the vibrant

rural Wealden economy. I recently welcomed the launch of a new rural crime reporting hotline by the National Farmers Union and CrimeStoppers. Rural crime, which can include fly-tipping, livestock worrying or machinery theft is on the rise, and I have been working with our farmers, local councils, the Government and the NFU to combat problems arising from rural crime. The hotline is 0800 783 0137, or at www.ruralcrimereportingline. uk, and I would encourage anyone to use the it if they are at all suspicious of any potential rural crime, helping to rid this blight on our countryside, passing on a clean and sustainable environment to our children.

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Walking with Alpine winemakers One of the great pleasures of working in the wine trade is the occasional encounter with the winemakers - the source of it all. In the twenty years we have been in the business the passion and expertise - not to mention the detailed dedication to pleasure - on display at many of the wineries we visit has never failed to inspire us. Such a winemaker, the “Les Crêtes” estate, can be found in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta. This is the country’s most North-Western region, in winemaking terms a region of extraordinary quality, yet strangely little-known. Les Crêtes work with international varieties such as Chardonnay but also with regional grapes going by evocative names such as Petite Arvine, Petit Rouge, Cornalin and Fumin. The carefullytended vineyards curve neatly around the base of snow-capped peaks. They make great photos and better wines!

Geographically, historically and viticulturally speaking between Burgundy and Piemonte, this is a region of multiple influences. (Even the signposts are in Italian and French). The reds are soft and fruity; the whites range from mineral to spicy, racy and expressive. Take Les Crêtes’ Petite Arvine: this is a fascinating floral. appley, spicy wine with a fabulous mineral finish. The red Fumin is soft, and warming. At over £20 they aren’t cheap but they are utterly delicious and worth the extra. Moving up the valley one arrives at Europe’s highest vineyards, a collection of hectares reaching up to 1200m around the town of Morgex. Winemaking here is a difficult pursuit and only the Prié Blanc grape grows. Cave

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Mont Blanc’s experimental winery on the flanks of Mont Blanc make superb, dry sparklers, a delicious mineral white and a sumptuous, bittersweet Ice Wine. Cuculo in Heathfield sells all these wines. James MacNay also organises tasting and walking itineraries to the region. More information in-store, at, or call 01435 862596

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HOME SWEET HOME Buying a property should be exciting. Not exhausting. All too often, the prospect of dealing with the ‘conveyancing bit’ of moving home can be a little bit daunting. At QualitySolicitors Barwells, we believe it can be better than that. We think the whole process should be made as straightforward and painless as possible. You should be kept right up to date with what’s going on, in everyday language, rather than ‘lawyerspeak’. In fact we don’t just think it, we do it.

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The Methodist Church Methodism came to Hailsham when, in 1860, the central Home Missions Department of the Methodist church designated Eastbourne as a Mission Station. The church there grew rapidly and with an evangelistic zeal members soon began to look beyond the town to neighbouring towns and this included Hailsham.

The new church opened in early 1869 and very quickly a Sunday school was provided which attracted over 50 children, and by February Mr Railton reported that, “here in Hailsham we have a flourishing Sunday School and we have started a Clothing Club for the children as well as a Juvenile Home & Foreign Missionary Association.”


Later reports made reference to the new church. One dated 6 April 1869, stated, “our new chapel at Hailsham is attended by increased congregations in which there is manifested attentive and devout hearing. We have seen some soundly converted to God,” and in August 1869, “our cause grows at Hailsham. Several Open Air services have been held and the Word has been eagerly received by the villagers.”

Meetings were initially held in a private home and later in a room in The Grenadier. However the church outgrew these facilities so members considered the option of having their own building. Overseeing the development was the Rev. Lancelot Railton from Eastbourne. The new church was built by Caleb Crisford who quoted £400, although the final amount was £607! In accepting Mr Crisford’s quote, Mr Railton wrote “I cannot but express an earnest hope that the work will be carried out without injury to any of your workmen, with every advantage of fair weather.” The foundation stone was laid on 9 September 1868 by Rev W Lamplough of Blackheath. A later addition was the small porch and minister’s vestry. This was confirmed in further correspondence between Mr Crisford and Mr Railton. In a letter dated 4 December 1868, Mr Crisford quoted £40 for the work, which he hoped to complete by the end of January, weather permitting.

Throughout the first ten years, the congregation became established with a strong membership of loyal workers in both Church and the Sunday School. The church attracted a wide range of members including those in the higher income bracket as well as local traders and shopkeepers which helped to ensure financial stability. Despite increasing congregations, there remained the problem of attracting preachers together with providing pastoral oversight. As a result application was made to as early as

Winners Hailsham Carnival 1975

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1871 for a “hired local preacher” to take charge of the Church. This was agreed provided the Church undertook to pay a stipend of £40 per annum. However after what has been described as “some fruitless enquiries” the matter was dropped. The situation was partially resolved 1878 when the Rev. T B Jeffries came to Hailsham as the first of a series of young men who gave a year or two prior to entering theological college. Although it is said that Methodism was born in song, this information doesn’t seem to have reached the early Methodists in Hailsham! It seems the congregation was strongly conservative in its taste of hymns and a complaint was made in June 1878 regarding the un-cooperative attitude of the Hailsham friends towards the use of the new hymn book. One facility which the new church lacked in the early days was an organ. However in 1893, Miss Strickland, one of the Trustees, persuaded her colleagues to purchase a second hand pipe organ that could be blown by water power. However the water pressure from the mains was insufficient to do the job. As a result considerable and expensive structural modifications had to be made. During the late 1880s/early 1890’s the church engaged in a wide range

by Paul Endersby

Photographs Hailsham Historical and Natural History

of evangelistic activities and during what was a busy period in the life of the church. Sundays included two preaching services, two prayer meetings, two Sunday school sessions, and an adult prayer meeting. In addition there were three week night class meetings, a Wednesday evening prayer meeting and a Thursday evening service. In 1898 another application was made for Hailsham to have its own minister. This was supported by a document containing the signatures of twenty members guaranteeing an annual stipend of £80 plus the provision of a house. The offer was accepted and that year a minister was appointed to live in Hailsham. However after six years the minister was transferred to Eastbourne.

improved following the appointment in 1908 of the Rev. Frank Hart who reinstated the weekly prayer meeting and started a Sisterhood which he insisted should be non-denominational. With the outbreak of the First World War many young men joined the army which clearly depleted the effectiveness of the congregation. Sadly ten young men did not return and their names are recorded on the tablet on the wall of the church. In 1918 the church reached its Golden Jubilee. It is perhaps worth noting that during these first fifty years the church in Hailsham had had some thirty different ministers none of whom stayed for more than three years and some for less than one. Additionally many of the ministers were Eastbourne based and had responsibility for other churches. This meant that the continuity and stability of the Society depended largely on local leadership for both pastoral and practical support. Throughout much of the life of the church there has been regular investigation and discussion into enlarging the premises and even seeking an alternative site. This was first raised in 1872 and again in 1912. In 1934 further consideration was again given to acquiring some of the adjacent land but this too was unsuccessful.

Rev. Frank Hart 1908/09

For the next two years the church was led by a retired minister and thereafter there was a succession of young men. Around 1905 the wealthier members of the congregation, transferred their membership, to the Parish Church or the newly opened Congregational Church (now The Free Church), in Western Road, where the membership had the advantage that they were “masters in their own house” and could appoint their own minister without reference to outside authority. The loss of some members had a negative effect although the situation

The interior of the church pre 1965

the need for improved premises became even more pressing. The outcome was that in 1965 the whole premises were given a complete makeover. So substantial were the works that the members vacated the premises for four months and Sunday Services were held at Hailsham School, Battle Road. The changes included the provision of a new organ following which a number of recitals given by visiting guest organists including Dr William Lloyd Webber, father of Andrew and Julian Lloyd Webber.


With the commencement of the Second World War the church again suffered a loss of members. In addition the premises were used as a WVS canteen and a store. The outcome was that they were in a very poor state as people began to return from the Forces. However Hailsham was growing and so was the church. The question of enlargement was on the agenda again, but with a familiar outcome although in 1957 some additional rooms were added.

Shortly after this, in 1968 the church celebrated its centenary. At the same time the church had, at long last, a locally based minister. In the 1970’s the church successfully entered the Hailsham Carnival winning the prize for the best overall entry on four consecutive years. In more recent years the church has seen growth and some decline. However is has continued to provide a range of services and activities for members as well as the wider town community.

Shortly after these building works the membership passed the 100 mark and

A much fuller history of the church will be available later this year.

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Ageing Beautifully How do you naturally slow the ageing process? Most people want to look and feel young, driving experts to find silver bullet anti-ageing formulas. While there isn’t a special formula that magically erases the wrinkles away, incorporating certain anti-ageing foods into your diet is the best way to help bring you closer to that goal.

eliminating or reducing them in your diet can keep you healthier and reduce the signs of ageing. Slowing down the ageing process and delaying the onset of age-related conditions may be possible by blocking pathways that lead to inflammation.

Delicious and nutritious foods will help slow the effects of ageing in every part of your body, from your skin to your brain, heart and joints. These antiageing foods are high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. Top 8 Anti-Ageing Foods

1. Lower risk of heart disease 2. Skin protection 3. Support cognitive function 4. Aids bone health 5. Vision protection 6. Improved gut health

1. Blueberries 2. Dark Chocolate 3. Nuts 4. Figs 5. Salmon 6. Maca Root 7. Avocado 8. Turmeric How do Anti-Ageing Foods Slow Ageing? Ageing is manifested by decreasing status of health and increasing chances to acquire age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes and other conditions. Inflammation is the body’s the natural immune response that is meant to protect your health. Without a certain degree of inflammation, your health would be at risk from invading bacteria, fungi and viruses. Foods such as refined carbohydrates, sugary foods and red meat can cause inflammation in your body, so

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Benefits of Anti-Ageing Foods

The Blue Zone Interesting research has identified 5 locations in the world where a vast majority of their population live past their 100th birthday. People here live full, healthy, long lives with little or no medical intervention. These locations are referred to as ‘The Blue Zones’.

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changes to your diet, exercise routine, attitude and outlook on the world, researchers concluded that anyone can increase their chances of getting back that extra decade of a healthy, happy life. Main Principles to follow 1. Learn to Appreciate Whole, Real Foods, especially Plants 2. Avoid Processed, Packaged Foods 3. Set Up Your Environment for Healthy-Living Success 4. Maintain a Healthy Weight by Getting to Know Your Body’s True Hunger Signals 5. Exercise often but make it enjoyable 6. Establish a Healthy Support System to Reduce Stress 7. Spend More Time with Family and in Nature

Where Are the World’s Blue Zones? The five blue zones where researchers discovered the longest-living people on earth include: •Sardinia, Italy •Ikaria, Greece •Okinawa, Japan •Nicoya, Costa Rica •Loma Linda, California When diets are high in processed foods and schedules are packed with responsibilities that leave little time for exercising or relaxing, you might never reach your potential maximum life span and could be shortening your life by as much as a decade. By making

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can support your ageing process I am running an “Age Wonderfully’ workshop on the 23/9/18. Details bellow: FOOD & MOOD – AGE WONDERFULLY! with Annie Gill Sun Date: Sep 23 2018 From: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM This workshop focuses on how we can optimise our eating and moving habits to support our healthy ageing process. For more information visit: workshops/



INGREDIENTS •1 stick of lemongrass •6 cm piece of ginger •½ a bunch of fresh coriander (15g) •500 g salmon fillets, skin off, pinboned, from sustainable sources •4 teaspoons chilli jam

METHOD Smash the lemongrass against your work surface and remove the tough outer layer. Peel the ginger, then very finely chop with the inside of the lemongrass and most of the coriander, stalks and all, reserving a few nice leaves in a bowl of cold water. Chop the salmon into 1cm chunks

over the mixture on your board, then push half the salmon to one side. Chop the rest until super-fine, almost like a purée, then mix the chunkier bits back through it and season with sea salt and black pepper. Divide into 4, then shape and squash into 2cm-thick patties. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook the patties for 2 minutes on each side, or until nicely golden.

Serves: 4

If you would like to contact me to discuss your own individual Nutritional Needs please don’t hesitate. Keep Well. Annie Gill

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Spoon the chilli jam over the fishcakes, add a splash of water to the pan, turn the heat off, and jiggle to coat. Serve sprinkled with the drained coriander. Recipe sourced from Jamie Oliver ‘5 Ingredients’

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Valuation Day! Some antiques and collectables valuation events will be happening soon in the area. The experts of Lockdales Auctioneers will be providing free valuations on Monday 13th August at Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3DR between 11.00am-3.00pm and on Tuesday 14th August at The Holbrook Tythe Barn, Pondtail Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 5JF between 11.00am3.00pm   Valuing: Coins, jewellery, watches, stamps, banknotes, medals & militaria, antiques, clocks, pens, gold, silver,

pre-1900 documents/books & maps, cigarette-cards, postcards, pre-1960 sporting programmes & tickets, vintage toys & comics, scientific instruments, swords, bayonets and de-activated antique firearms. No appointment necessary at this event. You will have the option to consign goods to auction (subject to terms), or accept a cash offer if you wish.   We recently broke the British record for a Rolex Submariner watch at auction. On 11th October 2017 we sold a c.1964 example with orange numerals for nearly £280,000

including premium. This achievement was reported in the national media. The owner consigned the watch to auction at one of our events in the east of England. Many other star items have turned up at our events and we look forward to meeting the public in Sussex Any questions please call Lockdales Auctioneers 01473 627110, email or see our website 

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