Latest issue is out today…

The June/July issue of The Wealden Eye magazine is out today. Packed with your favourite local news and features!

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If you can’t find a copy, just let us know or take a look at the magazine online


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Improve your digital skills!

Digital High Street Skills Poster advert (3)

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Still time to visit the Firle Garden Show!

The Firle Garden Show at Firle Place enters it’s final day today opening from 9.00am through to 5.00pm, with over 150 businesses providing an abundance of plants and goodies for your home and garden.

We went along yesterday, and thoroughly enjoyed a few hours  looking around the stalls, and sampling the produce!

Here are a few pics from our visit

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The Garden Show at Firle Place starts this Friday!

The Garden Show at Firle Place
Firle, Nr Lewes BN8 6LP

22 – 24 April 2016

10am – 5pm Daily

ART, Design, Your Garden & You!

It is the 9th year of The Garden Show in Spring at Firle Place – The perfect time and place to plot and plan for the garden year. be inspired to enhance home and  lifestyle: specialist growers guiding one to the right plant for your garden and the right place in the garden for that plant. Plenty of garden related goods, artisan designs, Weald Crafts, homeware products, garden furniture, sundries, fashion accessories, the most delicious country foods and wine tasting with Giraffe & Hobbit.

Firle Arts & Craft Market will again be held in the beautiful Old Georgian Riding School showcasing local art and design work. There is The Fabulous Flower Festival and ‘Herbal & Healthy’ refreshments in St Peters Church (rumour has it there will even be sheep and lambs in the Church!). Peter Owen-Jones, Firle’s parish priest, author and television presenter (aka Peter the Pirate!) along with his team are planning a ‘Fantastical Pirate Treasure Hunt’ for younger visitors in the church yard (Sunday afternoon).

Plant Doctors, Steve & Val Bradley, will be back by popular request to help solve varied gardening problems to get your garden growing and whilst they are on their lunch break various exhibitors will be using their tent to chat about plants, planting, pest control and other aspects of gardening – a great opportunity for Questions & Answers.

Firle House will be open having had 4 years of major renovations and the recently restored and fascinating Firle Place Herb Garden will give visitors a chance to see how my lady’s garden is growing. Although still a work in progress, the garden continues to develop with a number of projects planned for the future. Lady Gage, with a long interest in the medical uses of herbs, began work on the design and structure of the garden three years ago and now produces Firle ‘tisanes’ teas and medicinal bath soaks.

There are plenty of activities on site to keep all the family occupied daily: Eastbourne Studio Pottery workshops (New for 2016); the ‘Great Garden Show Tombola’; all ‘The Fun of the Fair’ and The Jazz Trio will be wandering the gardens delighting all with their evocative music whilst Huxley Birds of Prey thrill the crowds as they soar to the skies. Weekend children’s entertainment will bring smiles as they have faces painted, learn to juggle with the jester, relax with the storyteller and the puppet shows. The Mish Mash Morris Dancers will be leaping around on Saturday to thrill the crowds with their dramatic (and noisy!) dancing and on Sunday Lewes Vox Community Choir will be in full voice in the Church All this and so much more. (If you can’t make this show – the next one is at Stansted Park, Hants 10 – 12 June and after that we are at Loseley Park 22 – 24 July)

A great day out for the whole family. Life is good in your Garden!

Adults £7, Seniors £5, Child £3 (4yrs and under FOC), Family £18 (2 A & 4 C),

Groups £4 (advance booking only 20+) Firle House Free Flow Tours: £4 (normally £8.50)

No dogs allowed in the showground but welcome on the walks on leads – 01243 538456

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Mobile Phone Coverage and Internet Speed Survey

Not spots and endless buffering? Is that your experience of mobile phone and internet communications in Wealden?

As one of the most rural districts in the South East, Wealden District Council is asking residents and businesses about their day-to-day experience of mobile phone connections and broadband services. (Survey link )

“Good mobile phone links and internet connections are as important as roads and railways in today’s interconnected world,” said Councillor Nick Collinson, Cabinet member with responsibility for Community Leadership and Communications. “Poor local networks in some parts of the District may be holding back business and abandoning people in silent frustration while people living elsewhere are making the most of an era of unprecedented mobile connectivity.”

The ‘not spot’ – a location where there is still no mobile phone connection – is common in parts of Wealden, and data published in a digital inclusion report by the Council has revealed a wide range of different broadband speeds across the District: some parts averaging broadband speeds of less than 5 Megabytes per second while others are enjoying connection speeds of  more than 15Mb/sec. Low average connection speeds make it very difficult to create live video links with customers, work on large online files and enjoy film and music streaming.

“Some members of our community are being left behind by poor connectivity in rural areas. More and more public services are being delivered online so this is an important issue for the Council,” added Councillor Collinson. “What we need now is more information to argue the case for improvements.”

Ensuring that all members of the community have the connections and the skills to access digital technology will become increasingly important with the continuing digital roll out of many government services including Universal Credit which will be administered online.

Click on to take part in the survey. It includes questions about your mobile phone reception and internet access at fixed locations in the Wealden area including your home, your place of work/business or your school/college where appropriate.  Print copies of the survey are also available at Wealden District Council’s Hailsham offices in Vicarage Lane.

The information provided will be used alongside other data to help map mobile phone and broadband coverage in the Wealden area and establish where there are potential gaps.

Last week Wealden MP Nus Ghani drew attention to the fact that 5.7 million people across Britain still cannot access the internet at the Ofcom required 10 Megabits per second in a cross-party report by Members of Parliament called Broadbad. She highlighted problems experienced in Wealden by local head teachers, farmers and small businesses accessing online forms.

The Council hopes to use the information provided by residents, schools and businesses to campaign for better connectivity across Wealden.

The survey will close on 18 April 2016.

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Do you run a business in the Hailsham area?

If so, Hailsham Town Council are interested to hear from you about your experiences in finding staff for your business and what you think are the essential skills prospective employees are missing. Please follow this link to take part in this short survey.


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Christmas Extravaganza!

Santa will be visiting Knockhatch Adventure Park between the 19th (Saturday) and 23rd December (Monday). A great way to get the kids excited for Christmas, plus you’ll get to see all the other great parts of the park!

Santa & His Sleigh are Coming to Town and he’s making lots of stops!

19th December (Saturday) he’ll be visiting  Harebeating Drive

21st December (Monday) Santa’s last stop before Christmas is Bowley Road

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Christmas at the Priory is also back for the weekend. Featuring its usual lovely stalls, music and Santa! Santa will be visiting during Hot Chocolate Story Time, there’ll be festive food and more, so come visit on the 19th (Saturday) and 20th (Sunday) it’ll be loads of fun!

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Have a Perfect End Of The Week

Hailsham Health Walk will be on the 17th (Thursday), no more than hour walk around Hailsham and along the cuckoo trail. Accessible to push chairs and mobility scooters, it caters to everyone and is sure to be enjoyable.

Santa & His Sleigh are Coming to Town and he’s making lots of stops!

17th December (Thursday) he’ll be at Anglesey Avenue

18th December (Friday) Santa’s at Tesco Eastbourne

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Seasonal Cooking on A Budget is back on the 18th (Friday), aimed a ladies and gentleman who would like to cook seasonal dishes but need a little help. It’s brilliant for prep for the Christmas weekend and the course is free.


If you didn’t think Christmas shopping was scary enough, Michelham Priory is having a ghost walk on the 18th (Friday)! Hosted by Sussex Darkside it’ll be a Christmas Special at one of the most haunted buildings in the UK.

The last Street Market before Christmas is on the 19th (Saturday). With fresh food and veg, accessories and more, it’s the perfect place to pop into if you aren’t quite prepared for Christmas just yet!


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Week End Wonderland

Prepare for the big festive meal by visiting Hailsham’s Farmers Market on the 12th (Saturday). There’ll be stalls full of fresh meat, veg and fruit, dairy products, honey, bread, cakes, eggs, jams, pickles, pies and so much more! Please Click Here for the event details.


Christmas has arrived at Michelham Priory. Christmas at the Priory will include festive food, music and activities for all ages, and the Christmas shop will be having a sale. It’ll be the best way to get everybody into the Christmas spirit. The event will span across two days, 12th (Saturday) and 13th (Sunday). Please Click Here for the event details.

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Santa & His Sleigh are Coming to Town and he’s making lots of stops!

13th December (Sunday) Santa will be at Anglesey Avenue

15th December (Tuesday) he’s visiting Tesco Eastbourne

16th December (Wednesday) he’s at Tesco Hailsham

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If a Christmas fair didn’t get you into the spirit, then how about some carolling? Christmas Carols in the Park, a community carol concert will be on the 13th (Sunday). Bring along your best singing voice and a chair for some Christmas Carol fun! Please Click Here for the event details.

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Put the Pizzazz Back Into The Week

As the end of the working week approaches everyone needs a bit of pizzazz put back in them, to make it through.

Hailsham Street Market on the 10th (Thursday) will provide you with wonderful stalls from fresh veg and fruit to homemade bread and jam. They’ll be clothing and jewellery stalls and more! Perfect for browsing and buying! Please Click Here to view event details.


Santa & His Sleigh are Coming to Town and he’s making lots of stops!

10th December (Thursday) Santa will be riding round Summerheath Road & Western Road

11th December (Friday) he’ll be visiting Tesco Hailsham

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Hailsham Health Walk is also on the 10th (Thursday). Organised by the Conservation Volunteers the walk is around the cuckoo trail is accessible to mobility scooter and push chairs. A chance to socialise and enjoy the walk. Please Click Here to view event details.

Seasonal Cooking on a Budget is on the 11th (Friday). It’s a free cooking course hosted by the South Wealden Community Wellbeing Service. Its goal is to create seasonal dishes on a budget! Please Click Here to view event details.


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