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Following a government-commissioned report compiled by television’s ‘Queen of Shops’ Mary Portas, Hailsham Town Council and the local Chamber of Commerce took the decision in September 2012 to form a Town Team (Hailsham Forward), which was set up to take a closer look at ways to revitalise the town’s High Street and surrounding urban environment, increase footfall and spend within the town.[27]

At the local level, Hailsham is represented by Hailsham Town Council. The councillors are elected from four wards: Hailsham Central and North Ward (7 seats); Hailsham East Ward (3 seats); Hailsham South and West Ward (10 seats) and Upper Horsebridge Ward (4 seats).

One event in the town's calendar is its celebration of Guy Fawkes Night, held in October. The average attendance of 3,000+ people descend upon the town centre to witness the event, organised by the Hailsham Bonfire Society.[41] Additional town festivities include annual market events and various Christmas markets.

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She lived at Herstmonceux near Hailsham until her death in July 1994, aged 66.

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Following many years of service, Hailsham Pavilion closed as a cinema in 1965. It served as a bingo hall until 1987, before being purchased by Wealden District Council using a Compulsory Purchase Order, after its owners fell into receivership. By 1999, the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (H.O.P.S.) had raised enough money to restore the old cinema and signed a 31-year lease at a peppercorn rent. In 2012 the film The Moo Man had its first ever screening at the Pavilion.

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Our cheese counter is packed witha variety of European and British cheeses, including rarer British varieties.

Waitrose is committed to providing an outstanding assortment of cheese and exceptional service. Nearly every branch has a cheese specialist, selected for his or her passion and enthusiasm for cheese. They receive training from cheese experts and gain a British Cheese Guild Qualification. Waitrose is currently training about 50 cheese specialists a year.

Formerly Quintin Hogg, he lived at the seventeenth century Carter's Corner House in Hailsham.

The town has one secondary comprehensive school, Hailsham Community College, located in Battle Road, which achieved a specialist status of sports college. In 2006, Hailsham Community College was awarded the prestigious Sportsmark standard for its work in Physical Education and within the wider community. In June 2007 it gained the Healthy Schools Gold standard, in recognition of its work to support the health and wellbeing of the students.

She spent the final part of her life living in Ersham House, Hailsham.

Within the main shopping area in Hailsham, as indicated in the Hailsham & Hellingly Masterplan,[26] the Council aims to improve the quality of shopping facilities.

Nigel Coltman was elected Town Mayor/Chairman in May 2015 and Amanda O'Rawe is the Deputy Town Mayor/Vice-Chairman.

Hailsham also benefits from a yearly radio station, Hailsham Festival FM, which broadcasts in September to promote the Hailsham Festival of Arts & Culture.

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Hailsham Forward's key actions for the next five years include a pedestrian-friendly High Street, parking time restrictions, the creation of loading bays in the town centre, traffic wardens, a review of business rates and shop rents, improvements to shop frontages and signage, and the attraction and retention of a broader diversity of retail outlets (independent national/chain) to fill empty retail units in the town centre.[28]

Our excellent relationship with parents/carers is at the heart of all we do, and we firmly believe that effective communication between home and college is the key to success.  We welcome the opportunity to show visitors around, so please do get in touch if you would like to know more about life at Hailsham Community College.  I hope to meet you soon.

The next level of government is the East Sussex County Council with responsibility for Education, Libraries, Social Services, Civil Registration, Trading Standards and Transport. For these elections Hailsham is combined with Herstmonceux to return two seats.[14]

Preparations are being made for this year’s big festive treat – the Hailsham Christmas Extravaganza! The event will feature 70+ stalls selling festive refreshments, gifts, decorations, cards  and many other items and there will be a full programme of festive entertainment throughout the day for all the family to enjoy. View ADVERT.

On an irregular course eastwards, sometimes following the A271 and sometimes to the north of it, until Amberstone where it completes its delineation by a final straight mile along the line of the road to Carter's Corner Place.

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Established in 1998, Hailsham Farmers' Market operates on the second Saturday of each month in the Cattle Market, Market Street, from 9.00am to 12.30pm. Local food producers and crafters offer a variety of goods.

This includes the areas, which under the Wealden Parishes Order 1991, were transferred to Hailsham being a large area of Hellingly Parish (the residential areas around Anglesey Avenue, Upper Horsebridge and Lansdowne Drive) along with several smaller areas to the east, south and west (transferred from Arlington, Hellingly and Pevensey Parishes). A further area of Hellingly Parish (between the A22 and Anglesey Avenue) was transferred to Hailsham under the Wealden Parishes Order 1993.


Henry III granted the town a Market Charter in 1252.[6] Originally, the market was held in the High Street and in Market Square, only moving to its present location in 1868. Sheep and cattle were driven from miles around along the various ancient droves until the arrival of the railway station and motor lorries. Today, the weekly livestock markets, together with the monthly farmers’ market continue whilst stall markets are held weekly in the town centre on Saturdays or Thursdays.

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There was some activity in this part of Sussex during the baronial wars and in the armed rivalry between Matilda and Stephen.[citation needed]

The upper right shows a sheaf of corn, crook and rake, to illustrate the agricultural and rural connections from which Hailsham derived its status as a market town. The lower right shows a mill, possibly the last surviving mill - Hamlin's Mill in Mill Road.

Little is known of the town of Hailsham before the 1086 Domesday Book, but evidence of a Roman road from Leap Cross across the Common, indicates some occupation prior to this.[citation needed]

Hailsham town councillors have agreed to support plans for improved infrastructure, including roads, schools and healthcare provision, in light of proposed future new housing developments and will work with Wealden District council to develop an “Area Action Plan” to ensure the required infrastructure in advance of any development.[29]

Hailsham is served by five NHS doctors’ practices, one health centre, one physiotherapy unit and four NHS dental practices. Hospitals serving this area are located in Eastbourne, Hastings, Uckfield and Crowborough, and are managed by the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Many parts of Hailsham have been lost to redevelopment prior to preservation orders being introduced.[4] The town retains a number of buildings which display evidence of antiquity. The houses are mainly Victorian in character with more modern residential developments around the original town centre.

Hailsham has an art gallery, Gallery North in North Street. Since the Gallery North project began in November 2004, they have showcased the work of over 200 artists, organised art workshops, courses and events (including the formation and promotion of Hailsham’s first Arts Festival).

Hailsham has a variety of local and national shops, restaurants and several supermarkets. The main shopping area has developed along the High Street and George Street. A parade of units at St Mary's Walk made a contribution to retail facilities in Hailsham.