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Good news! The warm weather looks like it’s here to stay?! Fingers crossed! We hope you have had a great couple of months. Quite hard to believe that we are half way through the year already which means that our baby girl turns one soon! On Saturday 24th of June from 9am till 4pm in the town centre, we hope all of you will be celebrating Hailsham Day! This day has been created to celebrate the new look of the town. There will be market stalls offering a range of locally sourced foods, gifts, crafts, accessories and more! There will be lots of entertainment for everyone including a tea cup childrens ride which has been proudly sponsored by one of our great advertisers, Barwells Solicitors, a sensory tent, family activities and much more. The Town Council in partnership with Hailsham Forward has organised this fantastic event – so a huge thank you to them. There is also another great event hosted by one of our advertisers, ‘Soundscape’ at The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux, which will be on Saturday the 1st of July from 7pm. Evocative cinematic music like you’ve never heard before… For more info check out their website As mentioned in our last issue, the Hailsham Chamber of Commerce Pop Up Shop is up and running and proving popular with several different types of business occupying the shop thus far - new and old - trying out a High Street shop front. We wish those involved the best of luck with their ventures and hope to see some of them permanently in the town. If you are interested in using the pop up shop then please see the website for more details: We hope you have a great couple of months with some lovely summer weather. Thank you for reading, Charlotte, Jarred & Belle The Wealden Eye Team!

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Wild Swimming at Lime Cross Nursery We have a schedule of wild swimming events taking place this summer, all advertised on our website.

These are a combination of wild swimming and yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and just straight swimming, followed by a hot tub session. All of


the swimming sessions take place in our glorious spring fed lake, which irrigates the plants that we grow. As well as being enormous fun and great for fitness, wild swimming is also very good for you. In addition to invigoration it turns out there is so much more happening to your body. It soothes your muscle aches, will relieve depression and can boost the immune system too! Scientists at NASA have even been researching the benefits and they have shown that “over a 12-week period, repeated cold swimming leads to substantial bodily changes known as ‘cold adaptation’. This brings down blood pressure and cholesterol, reduces fat disposition, inhibits blood clotting and increases fertility and libido in both men and women”. Take the plunge and visit for dates! The Mindful Art Of Wildswimming by Tessa Wardley The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming explores how swimming in rivers, lakes, and seas is the very epitome of conscious living. Zen-seeker Tessa Wardley reconnects the physical and spiritual cycles of life to the changing seasons and flow of wild waters worldwide and leads the reader on to a mindful journey through the natural world. With expert insight and personal anecdote, she shares a sparkling clarity on why our relationship with open water is so fundamental to pure wellbeing, and reveals how wild swimming can be the ultimate Zen meditation.

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Hanging Basket Demonstration Saturday June 3rd @ 3-4pm

Join Lime Cross Nursery co-owner Vicky Tate for an enthralling, hands on hanging basket demonstration.

Vicky will run through the fundamentals and offer plenty of invaluable tips along the way. Enjoy a glass of fizz to celebrate at the end! £30.00, which includes a stunning hanging basket to take home with you. There has been a recent explosion of interest in urban and indoor gardening as individuals are once again bringing houseplants into their homes. With social media highlighting houseplant benefits, the younger generation are increasingly keen to add life, colour and a connection to nature amongst all the technology which dominates many of our lives. Air-purifying plants are a popular choice and researchers have found that many common houseplants can help absorb the toxins that are emitted from everyday items, including office equipment. These include ferns, peace lily, mother-in-law’s tongue, gerbera, dragon tree and spider plants to name a few. We offer a carefully selected choice of houseplants ranging in price from just £3.99 to £35 so come and browse in the shop today!

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We are offering a simple, but homemade, delicious picnic menu made with homegrown and locally sourced ingredients where possible, where you can add a selection of local wine and beer with us when you come to collect your picnic basket. Our picnics are £10 per person (excluding alcohol) and include admission to the lakeside. Please email, we need at least 48 hours’ notice for bookings and space is limited by the lake so some slots will not be available. Visit https://www. for the picnic menus and for more information.

Pizza Nights every Friday @ 6-9pm It’s all very simple, come along from 6pm (till 9pm) for a relaxed, informal evening of some delicious

Your Local Garden Nursery OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: Nursery & Shop 8.30am-5pm Olive’s Cafe 9am-4pm Visit our Website woodfired pizzas, tasty beers, ciders and wines and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings! Please drop us a line and let us know how many of you are coming and at what time. email or call 01323 833229

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Lime Cross Nursery is taking part in the NGS Open Gardens Scheme on the 2nd July this year. Five gardens will open as part of the Herstmonceux Parish Trail. Cowbeech House has an exciting range of water features in the garden that dates back to 1731. 2 Acres is on the same site as Lime Cross Nursery who are making their café and WC available to trail visitors. 2 Acres has mature trees and

a large pond with fish. A short ½m stroll or drive into Windmill Hill brings you to 1 Elm Cottages, a stunning cottage garden packed full of edible and flowering plants you cannot afford to miss; particularly impressive as this space was transformed from wasteland into the garden that it is today. The Allotments comprise of 54 allotments growing a huge variety of traditional and unusual crops.

The National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50 million so far. Garden owners across the country open their beautiful gardens to the public, sharing their passion and raising impressive amounts of money through entry fees, teas and slices of cake. Beneficiary charities include The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and other guest charities.



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Getting to know your Local Pharmacist By Chris Trinh Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Rd, Hailsham It’s been a busy time in our pharmacy recently and I have enjoyed meeting many of you who have called in. We have been busy updating our health promotion material as we have become a Healthy Living Pharmacy whereby we aim to proactively promote good health.

The Be Clear on Cancer- respiratory booklets are now available and are worth picking up. They emphasise that if you’ve had a cough for 3 weeks or more, or get out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, to tell your doctor. Getting out of breath could be a sign of heart or lung disease, in-

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cluding cancer. A persistent cough could be a sign of lung disease, including cancer. Finding it early makes it more treatable, so don’t ignore it, tell your doctor. Always ask to see me if you wish to have advice before self-medicating for a cough. I am always willing to have a chat and will refer you to your doctor if necessary.




Hailsham Cricket Club It is to be led by a Sussex CCC coach and will start on the 10th May 5:30-6:30, for more details please get in touch with the club. in 2016 we are hoping for another successful season and hope to see lots of the local community cheering on the teams at the Recreation Ground or Roebuck Park.

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The weather may not be amazing outside at the moment but the boys and girls are working hard and putting in a great shift at training to improve their game.

Hailsham Cricket Club are raising money to help pay for the extension and improvement of our cricket pavilion. The building is now over 100 years old and is no longer fit for purpose. The plans

The junior season starts in early May and the six junior teams will be looking to get off to a flyer of a start in the league and cup competitions. We are always looking for new boys and girls of all ages (4-19) and abilities to come and join the club and be part of a forward thinking, community based family club. The first session is free to make sure you enjoy and want to continue at the club.

The senior season has started strongly for the club with the first XI progressing in the pre-season Intersport cup competition.

Hailsham Cricket Club has teamed up with Sussex Women’s County Cricket Club to offer 8 weeks FREE cricket training at the recreation ground.

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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: Hailshamcc@outlook. com You can also find Hailsham Cricket club on Social Media - Hailsham Cricket Club - @Hailshamcc - Hailshamcc

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will see an extension on the side of the pavilion and a redesign of the whole of the ground floor. This will enable new changing rooms, a separate changing area for girls, improvements to areas for spectators and families and will ensure the pavilion is accessible to those with disabilities. If you are interested, please donate via the following link: fundraising/HailshamCricketPavilion




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Driving For Disabled Heron’s Ghyll Jan Curd “I blame Prince Philip”, so said my mother when, following a devastating stroke, my father took up carriage driving as a new hobby. He joined the Heron’s Ghyll Driving for Disabled group based here in East Sussex and who meet once a week at Burchetts Farm, Whitesmith. Riding for the Disabled was founded in 1975, with Heron’s Ghyll being formed in 1985 from a need for those with disabilities who found horse riding impossible and is run entirely by volunteers. There are now many such groups, nationally and internationally catering for a diverse range of ages and needs. Heron’s Ghyll members come from all over the county to experience being around and participate in events with horses and ponies. Typically, activities include picnic and pleasure drives on local estates such as Firle, competitions that test their newly learned driving skills and other equestrian related challenges. Three of the ponies are funded by the group but are stabled with volunteers who have the necessary room and where they also undertake the exercise and care required to keep them fit and well. Owners who loan a pony to the group receive travel expenses. Each horse or pony undergoes

Lorraine Mercer, MBE being presented to Prince Philip at Windsor Park in 2011

rigorous vetting and regular checks for suitability, strength and character whilst the volunteers and particularly the companion drivers, also have to meet the required standard of training. The group also has specially adapted carriages and a hydraulic lift to assist drivers in wheel chairs and whilst they may be wheelchair bound, are in no way bound by their wheelchair. Fund raising, sponsorship and occasional event support by the local Oaks Carriage Driving Club enables the drivers to hone their skills and they soon find that with improved co-ordination, muscle power and balance, independent

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decision making is achieved with their increased confidence. Indeed several members progress to compete at national and international level coming home with podium wins. Group chair, Karen Tritton, herself a wheelchair user, leads the Heron’s Ghyll group forward, encouraging all the members to participate at as many events as possible. Considering Prince Philip, at 96, can still be seen driving Her Majesty’s ponies through Windsor Park on a regular basis, this is obviously an activity that keeps on giving.


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Climb aboard the time machine to land at the decade that was destined to change music and a whole lot more. It was a wonderfully inventive period and 1963 gave rise to many great achievements, none more so than The Beatles who, with their third single, enjoyed their first number one with “From Me To You”. Something I didn’t realise until researching 1963, a cover version by Del Shannon was an American hit this year, the very first Lennon/McCartney composition to make the US chart. A short lived achievement of course because The Beatles took over, the British invasion of America began, and Beatlemania ruled the world. Very few other acts got a look in, let alone the record sales notched up by our very own mop tops. Meanwhile, one of Lennon/ McCartney’s compositions was swiped from their first album “Please Please Me”, when Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas released “Do You Want To Know A Secret?” In June ‘63, the song sat just below “From Me To You”, but failed to knock it from the top spot. Hah, that was left to fellow Liverpudlians Gerry and the Pacemakers with their second single “I Like It” (not penned by the two Beatles, rather Mitch Murray). Gerry is still working today, and proof could be seen when he and his group performed at Eastbourne’s Hippodrome Theatre last month! Anyway, June’s top ten was a sweetshop of music genres – “Deck Of Cards” from American tv and radio personality, Wink Martindale. Let me tell you, after a couple of listens, you wanted to

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1964. Five years earlier, another major artist also tragically died far too soon in the same circumstances, and like Jim Reeves, his music lived on. Yes, I’m talking about Buddy Holly whose “Bo Diddley”, first recorded by him in 1956, was finally issued in 1963 to become one of his biggest selling sides. Later in the year, another Liverpudlian, Cilla Black competed against Dusty Springfield, who had just embarked upon a solo career from The Springfields, and together they held their beehives high, as they battled against American heavyweights like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys and Little Stevie Wonder. All’s fair in love and music! Sharon Davis “Soul and Motown Show”: 6pm – 8pm every Saturday on Hailsham FM

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Hailsham’s Unique Art Gallery A diverse collection of paintings, prints, cards, photography, pottery, sculpture and wood turning

Saturday 10th June - Saturday 22nd July

Six 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, Irene Runayker and Geoff Pitman.


Saturday 10th June 12 - 4pm A fascinating selection of paintings and photography celebrating portraiture, identity and the figure. In a variety of mediums, working from life and memory.


Nicola King, Lindy Dunbar, Lorraine Harrison, David Turner and Hugh Ford The exhibition also includes work by the Gallery North resident artists

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS Pop up Art Cafe & Meet the Artists Saturday July 8th 10.30am - 1.00pm

The gallery is situated on the corner of the High Street and Vicarage lane and is open Tuesday Saturday 10am - 4pm

Scapes - Land & Sea 29th July - 9th Sept Hailsham Festival of Arts Exhibition 14th Sept - 21st Oct Winter 2017 28th Oct - 23rd Dec

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Science based events and activities for everyone! With over 100 interactive exhibits set among the domes of a former world famous observatory, we have something to offer for all ages. Open daily during the school summer holidays. Please visit the website for full details of all our summer events and activities including daily science shows plus a fun and inspiring range of children’s workshops.

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BBQ Season Arrives So, it’s time to dust off those sun loungers and fire up the Bar-BQue because summer is on the horizon and you will want some fitting wines to welcome in the season! First up is an intriguing white from the Veneto region of north-east Italy. Zenato Villa Flora Trebbiano Di Lugana has a delicate floral bouquet, but is rich, with plenty of lovely fresh fruit and depth of flavour. Sergio Zenato established his estate in 1960 near Lak Garda, and saw potential in the native Trebbiano di Lugana variety.

with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 tablespoon walnut oil, then pour over a simple green salad sprinkled with chopped toasted walnuts – you can substitute lemon juice, hazelnut oil and toasted hazelnuts if you wish, then sit back and enjoy with a glass of this compelling wine! Next we have an absolute favourite of mine - a heroic red to pair with red meats cooked al fresco –

Trebbiano is one of the most widely planted grapes in Italy, and its name is appended with the region where it grows. Known as Ugni Blanc in France – important for Cognac and Armagnac distilling. The grapes for this wine were grown on calcareous clay soils which are rich in mineral salts – gentle pressing before fermentation in stainless steel. It makes a good aperitif, but is also perfect with seafood, fish and white meats – for an accompanying salad, try this quick and easy dressing – whisk the juice of a lime

a palate of lush, ripe, dark berry fruit with nuances of wild herbs and liquorice. Primitivo is a fascinating grape – genetically equivalent to California’s Zinfandel - capitalise the flavours by using plenty of aromatic herbs in your marinades.

Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria. The winery was established in 1989 in the heart of the Salento region of Puglia in the heel of southern Italy. Produced from 40 year old vines, it spends six months in French oak.

Oh, and by the way – this fabulous wine also pairs well with mature cheeses. I can almost smell the charcoal!

This rich full-bodied wine shows layers of spice, smoke and earthy aromas on the nose, leading to


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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.

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Western Canada - Summer Just as you are thinking about packing for your summer holidays, it may seem strange that we should be recommending that you think about next year’s summer break. But this is a destination that is very popular (we know from the number of you that we book) and it is one of those places that the best destinations have limited accommodation and availability.

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Here is a suggested itinerary that should see you visiting the key areas of this amazingly beautiful and exciting part of the world. Start your holiday in Vancouver, an attractive and vibrant city. Spend a few days exploring the lovely compact city - with Robson Street your central point for shopping and restaurants, Stanley Park for a little of the outdoors, and the waterfront to watch float planes come and go. Collect your car, leaving the city via the Lions Gate Bridge as you

Lake Louise

Wells Gray Provincial Park is your next destination and you will stay close to the park entrance. This beautiful park, boasts stunning mountain scenery, deep canyons and spectacular waterfalls (including Helmcken Falls).

scenic drives in North America, The Icefields Parkway. Stop enroute at one of the largest ice fields south of the Arctic Circle, the Columbia Icefield to take a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier in the Ice Explorer.

Travelling the Yellowhead Highway passing Mount Robson as you drive, you’ll cross into the province of Alberta.

Continue on to Banff, and explore Banff National Park. Experience a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, a visit to Bow Falls and Johnston Canyon, a scenic drive to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, and more.

Jasper is a great town in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and your base. Explore Jasper National Park, visit Maligne Canyon and take rafting trip on the Athabasca River. Maligne Lake

End your holiday with a flight out of Calgary airport.

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Horsebridge Mill took its power supply from the river Cuckmere which passes under the mill.

A view of the mill in 1915

Many residents of Hailsham and in particular those in north Hailsham, including Horsebridge and Hellingly, are familiar with Horsebridge Mill which today stands abandoned and derelict. Despite this sad ending it is apparent that there has been a mill at Horsebridge for many centuries. The first records are dated 1260 when Richard de Herstbridge pledged to pay a yearly rental of six shillings to William Lungivere for the mill and land at Hurstbridge. In May 1600 the property was sold to William Borrowdale, a citizen and merchant tailor from London. Several properties were included in this sale including “the water mill in Hellingligh called Horstbridge Mill.” There was a further sale in 1630 to Anthony Cruttenden and his son and heir, also Anthony. The younger Anthony sold the mill to John Mepham of Ninfield in 1713. Further evidence for the existence of the mill is included in the Hellingly Parish Register which records a drowning in Horsebridge Mill in 1634. Later in 1792 a scheme was prepared to construct a canal from the river Ouse near Beddingham to Horsebridge Mill to open the area for trading but the project was abandoned. The mill itself

Through the years the mill seems to have been dogged by several fires. There was certainly one in 1884 which was reported in the Sussex Advertiser dated 30 September of that year. Following this fire the mill was put up for sale by auction fixed for 21 October 1884, at which time it seems no attempt had been made to repair the damage caused by the fire. The sale details stated that, ”the

leave the reconstruction to younger hands and opportunity is this given to and energetic man to fit up a new building with modern machinery under his own superintendence. It is unclear as to who purchased the mill but in 1906 there was major change in the method of producing flour at the mill. The owners The Horsebridge Roller Milling Company removed the traditional machinery and installed a new system which could be driven by either water or steam. However the owners would only use the

Aerial picture of Horsebridge Mill taken in 1947

property comprises the remains of the well-constructed mill lately burnt out including the walls loose fallen bricks, the large waterwheel, nearly intact shaft and large cog wheel in mill, a new 20hp boiler undamaged the boiler house and shaft in nearly perfect state.” The sale details went on to state that, ”the mill has recently been destroyed by fire and the owners and occupiers being men in advanced years, are not practical millers, are desirous to

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expensive steam engine if the water level of the Cuckmere was low or increased production was required. There was a further serious fire on Sunday 2 January. However there seems to be some confusion as whether this January 1908 or January 1910! Either way the mill was badly damaged. Apparently two young men who were passing saw smoke coming from windows on the second floor. They quickly

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found the manager, a Mr Rankin, who lived close by and raised the alarm. A message was sent to the Hailsham Fire Brigade and a telephone call was made to the Eastbourne Brigade in Grove Road. In the meantime, employees of the mill made strenuous efforts to contain the fire using a small hose connected to a fire hydrant. A rocket was fired at Hailsham at 12.55pm and in seven minutes the brigade was on its way to the mill. Using the plentiful supply of water from the Cuckmere the firefighters were able to send a powerful jet of water through the windows. However, due to the dense volume of smoke it was impossible to enter the building. The fire continued to spread at what was described as, “an alarming rate,“ at which point the Eastbourne Brigade arrived. Again there is some confusion in the records regarding the length of time it took for them to arrive from Eastbourne which vary from 25 to 57 minutes! The Eastbourne brigade brought their horse drawn pump. This was already steamed up and ready to pump because during the journey, which was at break neck speed, the stoker was stood on the rear step, hanging on with one hand and stoking the fire with the other to raise steam for the pumping! They apparently came from Eastbourne along the Stone Cross Road as this is more level and therefore quicker for the horses.

lads unharnessed them and walked them up and down the road to cool them off and prevent them from getting a chill. Despite the best efforts of the two brigades the fire had taken such a hold that it was impossible to save much of the building. The firemen did however manage to save some parts of the mill. The Eastbourne Brigade left at about 5.00pm but the Hailsham men remained throughout the night. The mill was then rebuilt as a large roller mill grinding corn from England and also Canada and Romania still under the ownership of Roller Milling Company until 1922 when James McDougall took over the running of the business. He was the grandson of Alexander McDougall a miller who founded the famous baking company. James went on to become chairman of McDougalls.

Horsebridge Mill

The mill continued to operate using water from the Cuckmere and the old waterwheel was completely overhauled in 1939. This continued until 1945 after which the mill relied on electricity as its power source. The last owners were Rank Ltd and the mill continued working until 1969. Although the mill ceased to operate and the building was largely abandoned other buildings on the site remained in use and the last owner is listed as the Mill Precision Engineers, who occupied the newer buildings opposite.

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A Word from the President The 2016/17 season has now drawn to a close with the 1st team finishing fourth in Sussex One and The Saxons finishing 2nd in Sussex Four, securing promotion to Sussex 3 for next year. The final months of the season saw some fantastic rugby with another sponsor and VP day held at Hellingly encouraging all players, sponsors and local members of the public to attend. Further support was evident when The Saxons were involved in a semi-final for the Sussex Bowl, in which they narrowly lost to East Grinstead. A congratulations must go to James Grey, Matthew Sands and David Sands who represented Sussex in their victory against Surrey. The break has been well deserved but the 2017/18 preseason will be commencing on the 8th of July, every Tuesday and Thursday. A tough season is ahead for both teams, however both shall be setting lofty goals with the 1st team hoping for a top two position to secure a promotion to the unknown land of London South East Three. The Saxons will be looking to cement themselves as a mid-top table player in Sussex Three, and both teams are looking to have a good run in their respective cups next season - Hellingly shall be hoping for some silverware. The Hellingly Hornets mini and

junior rugby teams have had a fantastic season. The minis entered many festivals and friendly fixtures, our players got plenty of rugby match time and experience and all age groups have developed a great team spirit inspired by their coaches in a warm and welcoming environment - making Hellingly mini rugby the best place to learn the game. The juniors played their first ‘waterfall’ league after moving from the minis. This new league structure ensures that matches are played against even opposition and gives the ideal platform to learn. Our juniors went from strength to strength and play with an enviable maturity, skill and flair. Hellingly RFC also launched our new mini minis squad, this is a rugby based session aimed at getting 3-6 year olds active on Sunday mornings, the one hour sessions are very popular and an asset to our community rugby club. It has been a privilege to be involved with Hellingly Rugby Club this season. There has been some amazing performances from the 1st XV, Saxons, juniors and minis, with each section growing in confidence and ability. But for me the biggest development has been off the field, with an amazing team behind the scenes delivering fantastic support for all levels. It is here where the hard work is done, whether it is coaching, arranging fixtures/referees or main-

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taining the clubhouse or the ground (thanks to Kevin Loveland of Hellingly Cricket club). Let’s not forget the fact Hellingly Sports club is a shared facility – rugby, cricket, bowls and now American Flag football – exciting times – come along and find out, you will be made very welcome. We are already looking forward to next season, why don’t you join us?

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CHOCOLATE FONDANT TART Preparation time: 45 mins + chilling time Cooking time: 30 mins INGREDIENTS Pastry • 100g/3½oz plain flour • 50g/1¾oz icing sugar • 50g/1¾oz chilled butter, diced • Yolk from 1 large egg • 1 tbsp water Filling 100g/3½oz butter 150g/5½oz dark chocolate (70%) 150g/5½oz golden caster sugar 75g/3oz plain flour 6 medium eggs To serve Icing sugar Strawberries or raspberries Cream

METHOD For the pastry Place the flour & icing sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk & water & mix quickly to form a firm dough. Wrap in cling film & put in the fridge for 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 200C/ Gas 6 (180C fan). Dust the work surface with flour & roll out the pastry to form a circle about 5cm larger than your flan tin. Line the tin with the pastry & place in the fridge for 15 minutes. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork then line the pastry case with greaseproof paper & fill with baking

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Serves: 6-8

beans (you can also use lentils or dried beans). Bake the pastry for 10 minutes, until lightly golden-brown. Then remove the paper & beans & cook for a further 5-7 minutes, until golden-brown & dried out. For the filling Melt the butter over a low heat, then add the chocolate & stir until combined. Remove from the heat & beat in the sugar & flour, then the eggs, one at a time. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pastry case & bake for 10-12 minutes, until just set around the edges. You can serve it warm with raspberries or strawberries, or allow it to cool and dust with icing sugar.


MARVELLOUS MOCHA Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 0 mins Serves: 2 INGREDIENTS • 120ml milk • 1 tsp instant espresso powder • 4 tbsps good quality chocolate syrup • 6 tbsp caramel sauce, plus more for garnish if required • 300g good quality vanilla ice cream • 4 tbsp Coffee liqueur (optional) Fresh whipped cream • Chocolate-covered espresso beans to garnish

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Herstmonceux Masonic Hall Celebrating 300 Years of Masonry On June 24 2017 The United Grand Lodge of England celebrates 300 years of Masonry, its tercentenary.

Locally, the Michelham Priory Lodge is having an

OPEN DAY on June 24th

in the Masonic Hall in Hailsham Road. This Masonic Hall is the home centre for local Freemasons. You are cordially invited to visit us on that day between

Masons in Sussex who have raised nearly £2,500,000 in seven years to help children, societies and individuals in need, but we need your help to continue with this. From the Masonic Hall in Herstmonceux, the members of Michelham Priory Lodge support local charities and good causes; including a craft centre for the blind and partially sighted, and the local scout group. This year we have also donated £1,000 to the village Health Centre, in aid of a new ECG machine.

10am and 4pm.

In addition to our meetings at the Masonic Hall, we regularly hold social events which are open to our friends and family. This has included summer BBQs, wine tasting, horse racing and meals out to name but a few.

The men and women who use this building, and similar buildings across the country and the world, raise millions of pounds for worthy causes, locally, nationally and internationally.

Freemasonry has an inclusive membership including all trades and professions, retirees and royalty. We welcome new members without prejudice, accepting anyone with a social awareness and keenness to help others.

Annually, the Freemasons support thousands of people in need, giving grants totaling nearly £8 million. They are the largest provider of funds after the National Lottery. There are approximately six thousand

Freemasonry means different things to those that join. For some it’s about making new friends. For others its about being able to make a worthwhile contribution to family and society. For most, it is an enjoyable hobby.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. In England Freemasonry can trace its roots back centuries with the formation of several Lodges. In 1813 they came together to form the United Grand Lodge of England as it is today. You can learn more about Freemasonry by visiting http/ If you wish to learn more about Freemasonry in general, or Michelham Priory Lodge in particular, you can contact us at the addresses below or come and meet us by arrangement.

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