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Bohemia Village Voice No. 53. November 2007

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Horntye’s apartments plan unveiled

Local residents showed their opposition to the proposed new ASDA at Silverhill at a lively meeting on 26th September, held in St. Matthew’s Church Hall. Increased parking problems and traffic congestion, together with the effect on local shops, were major concerns. Matthew Lock, lead member of Regeneration & Planning, and Tim Cookson, Borough Planning Officer, spoke to an audience of about fifty, including the two councillors for Silverhill, Bruce Dowling and Stephen Springthorpe. The purpose of the (cont. p 5)

Horntye Park – yellow line shows approximate area of development

Horntye Park Sports Complex held a public consultation in their Lord Cornwallis suite on 28th29th of September, presenting detailed plans of the proposed new housing developments. It is understood that there will be two linked blocks of apartments of six storeys, plus a

further block of social housing for firemen. Horntye trustees and management team, together with representatives of London and South-East Equity Development, were on hand to talk to the public and answer questions. However, they were keen to stress that the plans are not yet finalised.

The Plans

Brian Clifford, communications consultant for London and South-East Equity, said, “All decisions are yet to be taken.” He told the Voice that feedback from local people will be discussed at a series of meetings on the 19th, 22nd and 23rd of October. Over a hundred and fifty people came to see the plans during the two days.

l Two new 6-storey blocks proposed?

l Blocks to have grass roofs for butterflies?

l Bowling Centre to move from Falaise to Horntye?

l Register Office to move to Horntye?

l Waste water from flats to water cricket pitch?

l Block for keyworkers? l Apartments to be ecofriendly?

Horntye say the residential development is necessary to safeguard the future of the (cont. p 8)


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Clarence Road barrier

Editorial Last month the residents of St Paul’s Road spoke up. The authorities listened. We have three pages of letters from the Police, the YMCA, St Paul’s School, Cllr Andrew Cartwright and the Bohemia Area Assn (p15). Also in this issue, the resi-

dents of Cornfield Terrace have their say (p6). We also report on Horntye Park’s proposed apartment blocks (p1) and the meeting about ASDA’s planned supermarket (p1). A bit heavy? Well, there’s always the new strippers at the Wheatsheaf (p9).

November in Bohemia Thur 1st (until Sun 18th). Hastings Museum. Yes Yes Y’all Our Call, Your Response: Artist led exhibition 0845 274 1052 Thur 1st Wheatsheaf. Karaoke competition. Thur 1st YMCA. Annual General Meeting, open to all. 7.30pm Fri 2nd Wheatsheaf. Girls’ night in (strippers). Sat 3rd Wheatsheaf. Blokes’ night in (strippers). Sat 3rd The Rooms. Children’s piano concert. 3 pm. 713 555 Sat 3rd The Rooms. Katdog & Friends. 713 555 Sat 3rd Hastings Museum. Turn on to Turner: Creative activities inspired by Turner’s “Fishmarket” 0845 274 1052. Sat 3rd Park Road Church. Christmas Bazaar. 10.00am Sun 4th The Rooms. Bohemia Village Fayre 2008. Open meeting, all welcome. 6.30pm. 07814 659 729. Wed 7th Hastings Museum. Take one picture: Creative learning inspired by Turner’s “Fishmarket” 0845 274 1052. Thur 8th Wheatsheaf. Open mic night.

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Fri 9th Wheatsheaf. Midnight Shift. Sat 10th The Rooms. The Rufus Stone Band. 713 555 Sat 10th Wheatsheaf. Disco. Thur 15th YMCA. Bohemia Area Association meeting, 7 pm 445086. Thur 15th Wheatsheaf. Karaoke disco competition. Fri 16th Wheatsheaf. Mascara R&B/Soul. Sat 17th The Rooms. Hastings Against War benefit gig. Liane Carroll. 12 noon-11 pm. 713 555 Sat 17th Wheatsheaf. Disco. Thur 22nd Wheatsheaf. Open mic night. Sat 24th St Peter’s Church. Christmas Bazaar. St Peter’s Rd. 10 am – 1 pm. 445606. Sat 24th Streatfield House .Christmas Fair. Cornfield Terrace. 10 am – 1.30 pm Sat 24th St Matthew’s Church Hall. Quiz Night. (proceeds to Surviving Christmas) 7.30 pm 425 863. Sat 24th The Rooms. Dub-fishfunk with Red Diesel. 713 555 Thur 29th Wheatsheaf. Karaoke competition and disco.

Bohemia Village Voice Published and edited by John Humphries at 79, Bohemia Road, Bohemia Village, Sussex, TN37 6RJ. Tel: 01424 430460. Email: Assistant editor: Susan King. Consultant editor: Julian Beecroft. Proofreader: Nick Pryde. First published May 2006. © John Humphries. Circulation: 6,000 (unaudited) copies delivered to homes and businesses in and around Bohemia and distributed via shops and other outlets. Advertising sales: Sue King. Deadline is 7th of the month preceding publication, e.g. 7th Jan for Feb issue. Subscriptions for copies by post: one year (12 issues) £6 (UK), £12 (Europe), £24 (USA, Canada), £36 (Australia, Japan). Photographs: copies of photographs, size A4: £10 including post & packing. Printed by Fastprint & Design, St Leonards, Sussex

used for illegal activities, all of which require use of a vehicle, and a barrier would prevent this. ESCC say they won’t permit a barrier b e c a u s e Clarence Andrew Cartwright (L) & Trevor Webb presenting petition to ESCC’s Bob Lacey (R) Road is a right of way. Cllr Andrew Cartwright and Cllr Trevor Webb However, the road is of recently presented a peti- such a bad quality that no tion for a road barrier one uses it except for resiacross Clarence Road on dents, and those who want behalf of local residents to to break the law” A deciEast Sussex County sion will be made on Council. The barrier is to December 17 at County prevent vehicles going Hall. The lead petitioner is north of the access to Andy Holmes, vice-chair of Alexandra Park. Residents the Bohemia Area Assn will be able to use a key. who will be able to speak Andrew said “This stretch in support of the petition as of unmade road is being will Trevor Webb.

Richard off to Uganda L o c a l own money. accountant In order to do Richard Smart this they need is devoting his to be educatskills to fighted in the area ing poverty in of finance Uganda, and management, has just retand one has urned from a to look at two-month trip ways of during which investing in he has been Richard Smart off to Africa Uganda to be educating the able to create Africans in finance man- businesses that are profagement and budgeting. itable and self-sustaining, Richard told the Voice that so that people can enjoy he has been doing this for regular employment and several years now, and is look forward to a healthier looking forward to going future.” out again in the New Year. He added, “I thought it He said, “We see a lot of poverty in Africa and many people give generously to the Africans, but what the Africans need is to become self-reliant by being able to earn their

might be good for the local area to know how our skills and talents are being used in the developing world. I believe we, in Bohemia, have a lot of talents and a lot to offer.”

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Local pair scoop six Master Bakers’ prizes A local baker’s walked away with six prizes in this year’s Kent Association of Master Bakers Competition. Michael and Claire Hitchings of London Road’s Little Mill Bakery entered nine sections of the prestigious competition with their different types of breads and won six out of nine. They plan to enter again next year, and hope in addition that their new trainee, Emily Bilsby, will enter the trainee section. Michael is no stranger to baking competitions, and had entered them before when working for the oldestablished family firm of H. B. Burbidge & Son in Andover, where he was the bakery manager. It was after a major fallout with the owner of Burbidge’s that Michael,

who has been baking for 17 years, decided to set up in business for himself. “The owner turned round and said ‘It’s my name over the door’. It was those words which gave me the idea.” The couple looked around several areas of the country for a bakery business, including North Wales and the Isle of Wight, before finally deciding on St. Leonards. “It’s the right location, it’s got everything we want, and we haven’t looked back since.” They took over the business as a going concern in April 2006, and as soon as they moved in, started baking at 11.30 pm that very night. Michael and Claire believe firmly in supporting the local community. They are very much involved with

Michael and Claire with selection of prizes and wheatsheaf

Christchurch Primary School and Christchurch Cubs and Scouts, providing food free of charge for barbecues etc. They presented a loaf of bread baked in the shape of a

wheatsheaf to the school for Harvest Festival. They also support St. Michael’s Hospice by supplying cakes for many Hospice events.

Co-op’s bright new store Lots of customers at 7am

Bohemia’s Alldays, sorry, Co-op, gets a top to bottom refit

Alldays in Bohemia Road was closed for nine days at the beginning of October to be refitted in Co-op style.The Co-op has owned Alldays since 2002, when it bought up over six hundred Alldays convenience stores nationwide. It is the Co-op’s policy to upgrade their stores once every five years, and the Co-op in Silverhill was

refitted in September. To get the former Alldays done in so short a time, Concorde Interiors, one of four companies who do all the Co-op’s refits, employed thirty workmen. Peter Holland, of the Bohemia Area Association said ‘It’s the biggest single investment in Bohemia’s shops for ten years.’

A21 Café’s Erkan

Erkan Koksal, better known as Eric, took over the A21 café as a going concern in January 2005. Before that, he had run a café in Battersea, London, for three years. Erkan came to Britain from Turkey thirteen years ago and at first worked in kitchens before deciding to start his own business. “I’ve been called Eric since

I first came to this country because people have difficulty in pronouncing my real name!” The café opens at 7 am, and Erkan says that he has plenty of customers at that time, particularly as parking is easier then. Currently the café is undergoing both exterior and interior redecoration, including the kitchen.

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Accountants get Bike Shop Boy hurt at St Paul’s Local accountants Sellens French have bought the building housing Hastings Cycles. The bike shop, located at the corner of Newgate Road and Bohemia Road, had failed to reach its reserve price of £150,000 at the Clive Emson September auction, held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Accountancy firm partner, John French, said “We

made an offer after the auction of £140,000 which was accepted. We’ve told Nick Alff [owner of the Hastings Cycles business] that we’re in no hurry to see him go. In the short term, we’ll probably do up the maisonette above the shop and let it out, but eventually we’ll be using the premises as offices for ourselves, we are always running out of space.”

ASDA (from page 1)

several topics and that 90% of local people are against ASDA. He fears that the coming of ASDA could mean the destruction of the local community. Bruce Dowling said that talking to Silverhill residents, he has found that the majority are opposed to it, and that there is widespread concern over the impact ASDA will have on local shops.

meeting, organised by the St. Matthew’s Gardens Res-idents Association, was to get information out to residents so they can build their case. Tim Cookson described what the Planning Committee has to take into consideration when dealing with planning applications. ASDA still have not applied for planning permission, so there is time for objectors to have their say. Giving tips on how to write letters opposing the scheme, Matthew Lock warned objectors, “Don’t do it from the heart – do it with reference to the official document; the Hastings Local Plan. The planning officers will make their decision with a cool head, based on hard facts.” He pointed out that if they received ten petitions saying “We don’t want ASDA”, they would only look at one, but if there was, for example, one petition on traffic, one petition on local shops and one on the immediate physical impact of the building, these petitions would all have to be looked at separately.

Several Silverhill shops have set up petitions. At the time of writing, SRN News had about 240 signatures against ASDA, the Co-op had about 150, and P.A. Fisher, the butcher, had over 80. All this casts grave doubt over ASDA’s claims that over 73% of local people are in favour of the scheme, claims which are viewed with scepticism by objectors.

The meeting grew very heated over the subjects of traffic congestion and parking. Tim Cookson said that ASDA will have done research into traffic as it exists at the moment, and they will use computers to simulate the effect with the extra traffic which will be generated. “The County Council will be quizzing Councillor Stephen ASDA, and will be looking Springthorpe said that he at how the traffic structure has leafleted Silverhill on may change.”

A boy suffered minor injuries when a car reversed into a gate post outside St Paul’s School in Horntye Road at 8.45 am on Wednesday 10th October. Two ambulances and four police cars

attended the accident. This highlights the concerns about traffic chaos voiced by local residents in last month’s St Paul’s Road article, several of whom said, “It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Pharmacist Stan leaves Blooms

Well-known local pharmacist Stan Steadman (pictured) of Bloom’s Pharmacy left Bohemia for a new home in the East Midlands at the end of October. Stan told the Voice that he won’t be

retiring from pharmacy but will find part-time work in the Mansfield area. Stan has lived locally for twentyfour years, moving to Robertsbridge from London in 1983. Born in Wales, he went to university in London, working in Boots before running his own business in Herstmonceux and Robertsbridge. Stan says he has enjoyed working in Bohemia, especially getting to know customers who have lived in Bohemia all their lives.

Village Fayre 2008 needs you!!

Kat (centre) with friends at this year’s Bohemia Village Fayre

Kat & Jules of Purplefurball are busy organising next year’s Bohemia Village Fayre. They are holding their first public meeting at The Rooms on Sunday November 4th at 6.30. We want to see anyone who wants to get involved on whatever level – fundraisers, performers (yes we do want the organ guy from last month!) stall holders however you would like to

be involved – we would like to get you involved. And on top of this, we will be looking for sponsors – local businesses who can sponsor the event. We need to raise about £6000 to cover all bases. Anyone with ideas or enthusiasm or loads of spare money! can either come along on Sunday or e-mail us at 078146 59729

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at the top of the street putting several new engines into their car with the result that “oil flows down the road and gets tramped into the house.”

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Community centre 77% say that the area needs a community centre.

Continuing our street surveys of opinion, this month we highlight Cornfield Terrace. We included a questionnaire to help analyse figures, of which only 13 were returned. Bohemia 92% of those residents who responded like living in Bohemia, and 84% said it was a friendly neighbourhood. Brian and Ilona Clear, who had just moved in, had already found people to be very friendly and said there is “a nice feeling that we live in a definite community – Bohemia.” Mr Baister said that when he moved in 12 years ago, “there were still some of the old people left, but now many houses are let to tenants, who don’t keep it so nice.” R. Harrison said that the area had gone downhill in the last five years, with noisy neighbours and lots of vandalism to cars, the latter

Architecture 77% want architectural features of especially in the last six Bohemia to be preserved. months. “We’ve had Street cleaning 46% are enough, we’re going!” she satisfied with the standard told us. No-one stated def- of street cleaning, 38% initely that it was not a said they didn’t know, and 15% said they were not friendly neighbourhood. Shopping 92% of people satisfied. Brian and Ilona shop in Bohemia at least Clear were pleased with the decision not to issue once a week. wheelie bins to Cornfield Post office 61% want the Terrace because “It would post office back. have been chaos; this Red phone box 46% street is too narrow. support the idea of a tradi- Behind is a rabbit-warren tional red phone box in of where people live; two Bohemia. separate families living in ASDA 46% are looking one house, and people forward to the opening of would be putting their rubASDA, 46% don’t have any bish in other people’s strong feelings one way or bins.” Mr Baister said that the other, and 7% said they he picks up litter from the street himself. don’t want it. Churches a never regularly of Bohemia’s despite there church at the road.

full 100% attend one churches, being a top of the

Complaints There was a complaint about residents

St Peter’s Church Hall (left) with Streatfield House behind

side your front door!” Street bobbies 84% like to see street bobbies patrolling the area. Two days after we collected the completed questionnaires, four youths were seen walking down Cornfield Terrace trying to light fires under parked cars, one of which suffered some minor damage. The police arrested one youth. Mr Baister said there had been yobs running along the tops of the walls opposite, and a lot of noise, and that he had tried putting window boxes out but gave up because youths kept tipping them out. Street lighting 84% were satisfied by the level of street lighting.

Parking Sarah Smith said, “Parking is atrocious, because a lot of the houses are flats. I would rather pay, say £200, to park outside my own house.” Another resident said that parking can be very hard during the day, due to peoDogs 84% definitely ple who drive in to work . agreed with our suggestion Village Voice 100% said regularly read that people who let their they dogs foul pavements Bohemia Village Voice, should be put in the stocks, though perhaps those who in fact one person ticked filled in our questionnaire “yes” three times, adding, would do. New residents “Especially when it’s out(continued next page)

Lower end of Cornfield Terrace

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Brian and Ilona Clear said they had never seen anything quite like it before and added “Good on you for collecting all this data!” Speed bumps Mr Adams, who has lived in Cornfield Terrace for 50 years, showed Voice staff the road humps immediately outside his house. On the downhill side was a large area scratched and scraped by the bottoms of innumerable cars. He told us that cars speed down the hill and “bottom on the road going over the bumps”, making a terrible noise. He was therefore

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dubious about the efficiency of speed bumps and would rather see a speed restriction instead. “It’s dangerous because families come out of the gates on the other side of the street, and there’s no pavement there.” He also mentioned the danger caused by skateboarders using the hill, “like a built-in amusement park!” Buses 54% are satisfied with bus transport in Bohemia, 30%, presumably car owners, didn’t know, and one firmly ticked “no”, adding “not after today!”

Surviving Christmas The Surviving Christmas project continues to do an excellent job providing needy people with good food and good cheer they otherwise would not have had at the festive season. The 2006 appeal raised £30,000, of which 93% was spent directly on a three day “Open Christmas” held at the YMCA, where lonely and less fortunate people enjoyed Christmas in warm and friendly surroundings with good food and a clothing store, plus food vouchers for over 3,000 people in Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill, and 450 food hampers.

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Boy Ashore by Bert Northwood Remembering, and now too old to go afloat, he plies his shuttle, as he breathes, unthinkingly; under his rhythmic hands the orange twine grows to a trammel net. Beyond the waiting boats the shingle-shifting waves thunder and hiss perpetually; Eternity is measured in their shades. He faces East, his old, long-sighted eyes fixed on a wavering speck away at sea. He shows no sign – he has at least an hour before that diesel-engined lugger from Rye Bay, making the shelter of the Harbour Arm, will turn aside, line up her stem and surge full power ashore, clean-beaching at her berth.

20% (£5,500) to make this possible.

Cable and hauling-hook, already placed by him,

Your donations of either money or goods will help the project reach its target and provide an enjoyable Christmas for the less fortunate. Cheques should be made payable to “Surviving Christmas” and sent to the address below. Also welcome are donations of non-perishable food, toiletries, toys and good quality second-hand and new clothing.

So it was in the days when he returned from sea,

The SC committee and helpers are all volunteers. New faces are very welcome. An introductory meeting for volunteers takes place at the YMCA The value of the food on Wednesday 5th vouchers (£5) has rem- December at 7pm. ained static for a decade, and every year the number For more information of requests for them about Surviving Christmas, increases. The Surviving which is a local charity Christmas 2007 project entirely funded by the local aims to raise enough funds community, contact Judith to give an extra £5 food Wycherley, the chairman, voucher to each home. on 424550. Or write to Although this is only a Surviving Christmas, PO small amount per house- Box 290, Hastings, Sussex hold, the funds raised will TN34 9DT. have to be increased by

await her landing. either to flaunt a hard-won silvery catch or sometimes count the notches in his belt and starve awhile. The lugger sailors then begged friendly winds their help to haul the trawl. Ashore, a nodding, plodding horse stepped daintily, for all its massive bulk, the capstan cable o’er, marking a hard-packed circle on the pebbled Stade as inch by steady inch the weary boat dragged to its mark a length beyond high tide. Those circles still remain, but now when he puts trammel net aside, lays shuttle by, it’s he will work the winch, lay on the power, haul up the boat – and ratify the homing. Now he is ‘Boy Ashore’ .... Herbert (‘Bert’) Northwood won an award for this poem in the Sussex Poet of the Year Competition, 1988. Bert was a local councillor, a well-known and well-loved resident of Bohemia and he started the Bohemia Area Residents’ Association and the ‘Bohemian’ news magazine. Our grateful thanks to Peter Powell and Clive Linklater of Bookman’s Halt for bringing this poem to our attention. ‘Boy Ashore’ – ‘utterly convincing, getting into the very heart and mind, the very soul of the subject, an outstanding poem’ (competition adjudicator).

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Horntye Park (from page 1)

the apartment blocks, and Horntye, which currently the final choice was the costs £1,000 a day to run. landfill site made when the “We provide a service to cricket pitch was dug out. the community, but it is not This was considered to be sustainable as we are at the least environmentally the moment,” said Kevin damaging option. London Miller, general manager. & South East Equity “Summerfields keeps Development have given going with a council sub- much thought to the envisidy, but Horntye gets no ronmental aspects of the funding, so the whole point proposals. Peter Nightis to make ourselves viable ingale, Development Dirfor the future.” If the ector, said he thinks they scheme goes ahead, the can get the housing to be money from building the the highest-rated ecoapartments and from the houses in the south-east. service charges will not They will feature grass only contribute towards roofs, sown with a variety running costs, but will also of native local grasses, enable the venue to which will insulate the expand its facilities for buildings and provide an sporting events, confer- area for local butterflies ences and weddings. As a and other insects. The registered charity all the grass will absorb the rain capital raised from the so it does not run off the development must be roofs all at once, and this used, “to provide sport and water, together with the recreation facilities and grey water from the housopportunities for the peo- ing, will be used to water ple of Hastings”, and not the cricket pitch, saving a great deal of expense. for other purposes. Vice chairman Jeremy Bunday said that the Cricket Ground is county standard, but county matches are quite expensive to stage, and they are hoping to get county cricket again after a break of four or five years. The scheme includes extending the Sports Complex itself, bringing the Indoor Bowling Centre across from Falaise, and having offices above the proposed extension such as the Registrer Office, which has to find new premises in the not too distant future. Incorporated in the plans is a block providing social housing for firemen by the side of the fire station. The trustees and management considered several parcels of Horntye’s land as a site for

Later, he said, “We are very encouraged by the support for the Horntye development proposals that we displayed for public consultation. We are analysing the ideas ands views that were put to us. First indications are that local residents positively support the proposals to maintain sports and recreational facilities for the people of Hastings, by building apartments and increasing other facilities within the sports complex grounds. Horntye is a registered charity and creating new income is vital for its survival and long term development.” Not everyone is in favour though. Some local residents are concerned about the height of the apartment blocks, especially as viewed from Bohemia

Horntye Park – plans on view in late September

Horntye Park manager Kevin Miller contemplates the impact of the new skyline (outlined on the windows)

Road. A resident of Bayeux Court said he was “absolutely aghast at the proposals, which are directly opposite and overlooking us.” He objected to the size, height, and number of apartments, and the new pathway planned from Bohemia Road opposite Lidl’s. “It means lots of activity, more litter and more noise.” Cllr Richard Stevens expressed concern over the vulnerability of pedestrians using the pathway, and also that there is no designated play area

included in the plans. He told the Voice, “A development of this size is going to have a significant impact on the area and on local services. It needs improvement in the details.” “As regards the fire station housing, there has been a lot of discussion as to whether a fire station is needed here as well as on the Ridge. This housing seems to indicate that the Bohemia fire station is secure.” Kevin Miller said, “We hope to apply for planning permission before Christmas.”

What do you think of the Horntye plans? Contact the Voice at 79, Bohemia Road or Kevin Miller at Horntye Park Sports Complex, Bohemia Road, TN34 1EX. Tel: 716666.

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Pub to provide childrens’ corner – and strippers Emma Kinsella, new manager at the Wheatsheaf, is planning to host a wide range of events to promote it as a family-orientated, community pub, with something to attract everybody. Emma took over the Wheatsheaf in midSeptember, and one of the first things she did was to host a big, all-day party to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice. Richard Leach, who ran the party, had his legs waxed and raised £105. Live music was provided by Mascara, a new up and coming girl band who have just played at Brighton’s Theatre Royal’s 200th anniversary. Emma is hoping that two planned strippers nights, one for girls and one for blokes (on separate

nights!) will bring in plenty of custom. There will also be folk music on Sunday afternoons and poker nights on Wednesdays. To encourage a family atmosphere in the pub, Emma plans to have a children’s corner with toys and games, and is investing in a new coffee machine serving a variety of nonalcoholic drinks, which she hopes will especially appeal to shoppers walking back from Lidls. The Wheatsheaf’s owner, Joe Rytlewski, runs the Kings’ Head in Battle, and last year he won South and South-East in Bloom and Battle in Bloom. This has inspired Emma to do something similar with the Wheatsheaf. She is hoping to beautify the outside of the premises with hanging

Student lawyer Emma will beautify the Wheatsheaf

baskets filled with flowers, and also to get the fairy lights back into working order. Emma grew up in Bexhill, where she attended St. Richard’s School, and moved to Bohemia last year. Before taking on

the management of the Wheatsheaf, she was doing one-to-one caring for elderly ladies in their own homes. Now as well as her busy new life as a publican, she is studying for a law degree.

British Army relies on Bohemia’s Outdoorsman world. They were able to satisfy an emergency request from the marines in Afghanistan who needed some equipment in a hurry, and the Outdoorsman shipped it directly out to them. Alan Marchant started up the shop thirty years ago, “because I have always been interested in the countryside.” He is the definitive outdoorsman, proficient in all the traditional skills, such as ferreting, and is also a shotgun Outdoorsman’s Alan with co-director Myles expert. He is currently writOne of the oldest estab- tools to one of the game- ing a book on hunting lished shops in Bohemia, keepers from whom Ray small game. the Outdoorsman, con- Mears buys rabbits for his As well as stocking an School of extremely wide range of tributes its part to bushcraft Woodland equipment, Alan and coand survival expert Ray Wilderness Bushcraft. Mear’s wilderness cours- They supply equipment to director Myles Evans run es. The Outdoorsman sells the police and the British courses in shooting and everything that one might army, as well as to many invent new shooting-relatneed for any type of out- bushcraft experts, and ed products. door activity, and supplies send products all over the “For air rifles, rifles and

shotguns we beat anyone in the country,” says Alan. The Outdoorsman has one of England’s biggest websites for everything for the outdoors from a tentpeg to sniper rifles, and also has an auction site on which people can buy and sell their own outdoor products. Myles has been at the Outdoorsman for three years, and is primarily responsible for information technology and new technology such as highend optics and night vision equipment. He is also an expert with rifles, and gives tuition. Thanks to the help of new technology such as the internet and stock control management systems, the business is expanding rapidly, and aims to franchise in the not too distant future.

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Please write to Bohemia Village Voice (address on p3). Please note that letters may be abridged to fit.

Hemmings Water Dear Sir, you may like to know that Fredrick Hemmings of Hemmings Mineral Water Works started with a pub, the New Inn, Alfred Street, St Leonards (1876-1884) where he also produced mineral water. Something of a tempestuous and stormy character, he was obviously very successful before moving to his new factory in Bohemia in 1884. David and Lynda Russell, St Leonards.

Pop music research Dear Sir, I had fantastic feedback from your article about me [Voice 43, Dec 2006]. I am a local historian, researching a book about the history of popular music in Hastings from 1957 to the present day. I would like to interview anyone who has memories that they would like recorded in print: anyone who went to the Pier, the Witch Doctor Club, later known as the Cobweb, anyone who played in jazz bands in the 50s and 60s, mods and punks from the 70s and 80s and ravers who went to the all-nighters on the pier in the early 90s. I’d also like to speak to promoters who organised gigs or bands that played at the Falaise Hall, Carlisle, Aquarius Club, the Caves, Chatsworth Hotel, Rumours, etc. I would especially like to hear from anyone with photos, flyers, tickets or posters that I can scan

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and return. My interviews are very informal, over a cup of tea or maybe a pint. It is often the small details that help me form a picture of growing up in Hastings and watching live music. Please contact me on 01424 446404 or email

fame because of the extraordinary beauty and purity of her voice. Every concert hall she sang at was sold out. When her ship arrived in New York in 1850 it was met by 40,000 people, all trying to catch a glimpse of her! She married Otto Goldscmidt in Jim Proudfoot, St Pauls Rd 1852, had three children, and died in Malvern.

Jenny Lind Dear Sir, as the author of Notable Women of Victorian Hastings, I am responding to Ms Thompson’s letter in September’s issue. Unfortunately, I cannot find a shred of evidence that Jenny Lind ever lived in Hastings. The nearest I can place her, in documentary rather than anecdotal terms, is in Brighton in 1881, where the Census tells us she was staying in lodgings at 12, Marine Parade with her son, a solicitor. Perhaps 11, Edward Road was one of the many places she stayed between her retirement in 1870 and her death in 1887, and I for one would be fascinated to see evidence of this. My personal feeling is that if she ever stayed in our town it would be in a very grand building, and probably on the seafront. Ms Thompson’s wish to have more ladies of our town honoured is about to be granted. In my forthcoming “Notable Sussex Women” I feature forty ladies from our area, of which twentyone are in St Leonards. For your readers’ information, Jenny Lind was born in Sweden in 1820. She was a coloratura soprano who gained worldwide

Helena Wojtczak, St Leonards.

St Peter’s Church Dear Sir, after a lot of recent soul searching, I was inspired by your entry on St Peter’s Church (Issue 51, Sept 2007). Having not attended mass for a number of years I felt uneasy as I approached the door but was soon at ease by the warm welcome I received inside the church. Unsure of what to expect from a place of worship that I had never attended I was pleasantly surprised by the healthy, diverse congregation and the substantially loved and beautifully presented church. My thanks to Fr Alex for a thought provoking sermon and to the Village Voice for my introduction to St Peter’s. I. B., St Leonards.

132 Bohemia Road Dear Sir, I was born (1940) at 132 Bohemia Road which I understand was originally an ale house (this could explain my love of the electric soup). I would much appreciate it if anyone could tell me about the history of the building e.g. when it was built, what it was called as an ale

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house, who lived there before us, etc. I also believe it was renumbered 132 at some time, but what number did it have before 132? In 1945 we moved to 25 Salisbury Road. This year, I took a nostalgic trip along to Salisbury Road and as luck would have it, met the very nice family who currently live there and we shared our experiences of the house. I have many happy memories of the district, not least the old St Paul’s school (presided over by Mr Gray) and of the Park Road Boys Brigade. I would be very grateful to hear from anyone who can help me re 132 Bohemia Road or, simply from anyone who wishes to exchange memories of life in the 40s and 50s along Bohemia Road. Cyril Pelluet.

Twin Bins Dear Sir, I wonder if anyone knows if the twin-bin proposals would mean some residents breaking the terms of the long leases of their properties. I believe many such leases specifically prohibit lessees putting their rubbish outside the property. By complying with the Council’s instructions, might residents risk forfeiture of their leases? Louise Chatterton, Sedlescombe Road South

The Bohemians Dear Sir, inspired by last month’s Thirty Years Ago ariticle on local poetry group, The Bohemians, I would like to ask if anyone would be interested in reform- (Continued on page 15)

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Fancy a Bentley or a Porsche? – no problem When Kevin Freed, proprietor and director of Imperial Motors in London Road, founded the company in 2000, it fulfilled a lifelong dream. He had already been in partnership in the motor trade at the same premises since 1993. Having had a franchise for a main dealer, his desire to start up on his own was a natural progression.

their eightyear-old child, and then ten or twelve years later, that child, now grown up, comes here to buy their own car.” A few years ago, he sold a car to Spike Milligan’s wife. “She was a very nice lady, recently widowed.”

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Dorothy and Keith Wood show indomitable spirit

Keith and Dorothy Wood

Dorothy and Keith Wood have been established in their Bohemia Road newsagents and convenience store for almost a

him premises in the Hastings area. So Dorothy looked around and found the present shop, which had been closed for several years and was in a very bad state. At that point it was just a tiny shop, but after three years the greengrocer’s next door closed when owners Vic and Jean Watson retired. Dorothy and Keith bought it and knocked the walls down to enlarge their own premises. Kath Vaness, who worked for Watson’s for 25 years, now works for Wood’s one morning a week while Dorothy gets her hair done!

quarter of a century. Keith previously had a shop in The expansion was in London, but after being 1986, and just after that a attacked, asked his mother man came into the shop Dorothy if she could find every morning, and when Dorothy said, “Can I help

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you?” he would reply “No, I’m just looking.” On the fourth morning he said, “I know you’re on your own – get round there and open the till!” He was caught in Newgate Road and sentenced to ten years, but was let out on parole after only three. Both Dorothy and Keith have been attacked several times since, but they still carry on and refuse to let it defeat them. The worst time was when someone poured petrol over Dorothy and threatened to set her on fire. “The people next door were very kind,” she said. “Michael Foster’s wife was going by and saw the police car. She phoned Michael, who took me into the office and made me a cup of tea.”

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ing it? I am a published poet and am keen to get a local poetry group up and running. Would anyone interested please contact me on 443412, thanks. Martin Woodfine Silverstone Court

St Paul’s Road From The Wheatsheaf

Dear Sir, regarding your article The Voice of St. Paul’s Road, I object to the remark about Friday and Saturday nights being rowdy until 1 a.m. since the Wheatsheaf extended its opening hours. In fact we have shut at midnight for the past three months. It’s a family pub, and last Sunday we had a big party for charity which raised £105. Rowdy kids going up and down the road aren’t necessarily from the Wheatsheaf. Kids often sit on the benches outside long after closing time, but they don’t come from the pub. It also implies that we serve under-age drinkers, but we don’t. The remark about the Wheatsheaf was put immediately after the comment blaming youths leaving pubs for vandalism and noise. I’m really annoyed at the implication.

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longer acceptable to beat the evil out of them or send them up chimneys or down mines. Why buy a house near schools or youth clubs if you do not enjoy watching children develop? Providing the children do not enter your home or garden they have every right to be on the pavement. You may own your property but pathways and roads are for public use. The police frequently patrol this area day and night. I know this as the blue flashing lights shine through into my lounge. They have always responded when I have had the occasion to call them to move on a gang of children drinking. But then I do not call them about trivial matters. I have found that if you treat children with respect they will respond to requests to quieten down. I would suggest getting good double glazing so you can enjoy a quiet night indoors. Open your heart and be happy. Gloria Denovan, Bohemia From Bohemia Area Assn

Dear Sir, many thanks for the copy of your report. We shall be inviting each resident of St Paul’s Road personally to the next meeting of the BAA so that they can Emma Kinsella, manager, continue their dialogue with councillors and comThe Wheatsheaf. mittee members alike. From Gloria Denovan

Dear Sir, I enjoyed reading the highlights of the survey conducted in St Paul’s Road. Lovely Victorian houses but what a shame that the residents cannot shrug off Victorian attitudes towards children. We have adapted and come a long way since the time when children were seen but not heard. It is no

Peter Holland & Andy Holmes, Bohemia Area Association From The YMCA

Dear Sir, during the past few years we have had to refocus the work we undertake in our [YMCA] building. This mainly now takes the form of youth work and providing specialist facilities and training for young

people who are struggling to develop the skills required to succeed in an advanced technological society. We still do however provide first class sports, such as our Gyros Gymnastics Club, Judo Club and family skate sessions. We also offer afterschool provision for children and in addition house a top class nursery run by Jigsaw. To provide safety and security for all of our centre users we had the car park, which was dangerously worn, resurfaced and restructured and added security cameras to cover the grounds. This remodelling also allowed us to provide access for disabled patrons. These works alone cost in excess of £30,000. The fencing was added as part of our need to maintain safe access and egress of cars and for the protection of centre users. Some local residents used to use the car park for parking at night, when away on holiday or for long term storage of cars prior to selling them. None of those residents asked permission nor offered to contribute to maintaining or repairing the car park. Their actions reduced the available space for paying customers and at times left us to pay to have unclaimed or non-running old cars removed. Not one resident has come in and asked about how much we would charge for overnight parking or if this could be offered. It may be something we can look into. The days of free parking anywhere are gone. Most residential roads in the town now have major parking problems as houses have

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been redeveloped into flats and families often run two or more cars each. In fact, other than at the planning stage, when half a dozen residents expressed dismay at the loss of free parking, we have received no direct complaints at all about parking, noise, youngsters, broken windows or late leavers. We work closely with Hastings Safer Partnership and the Police in dealing with any perceived problem behaviour by youngsters in the Bohemia area. We run Youth Clubs and skate sessions to give the young people somewhere to go. Most of this is offered for free. This does not mean there is no cost attached, we have two unpaid volunteers working tirelessly to raise the funds to pay for these. The YMCA Board and staff are currently very busy continuing with refurbishment of the building and will shortly have an Internet Café open for use. Two of our young people have also recently secured £29,000 of funds to upgrade the toilets and showers. This Christmas we will once more open our doors to the charity Surviving Christmas so that people less fortunate than us can have a festive season with a decent meal and a few small gifts. We would welcome any positive suggestions as to how we can engage with the local community and become more inclusive for them. There are spaces on our Board of 9 volunteers for people with the requisite skills; there are opportunities for volunteering to work with the children or young people and for any(continued next page)

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not receiving sufficient attention. Whilst it is often frustrating, working as opposition councillors, nonetheless we have been able to improve the situation slightly through advocating use of Government “Neighbourhood Renewal” funding to train staff at Hastings Borough Council to deal more effectively with the contractor.

one interested in helping us raise funds to run projects for children and young people. We would like to reinstate our Senior Citizens Lunch Club one day too. Should any local residents feel they can help in any way we will welcome them. Everyone is also welcome to attend our AGM which takes place on 1st November at Local shops & roads – although the Councils 7.30pm. don’t provide the local Karen Manning and I shops they do provide would be delighted to meet most of the structure in regularly with the local reswhich businesses can idents group to discuss all operate. In particular, it is these issues face to face. crucial that the streets are In fact we give the looked after. Traders are Bohemia Area Association understandably reluctant free use of a room in which to invest their money in to hold their meetings opening a shop if they feel although we have yet to be that the streets are not invited to attend or send a being looked after. In this representative. respect the local highways It is our hope that by work- authority (East Sussex ing together with Bohemia County Council) has residents and by forging a served the residents of deeper understanding the Bohemia very badly for YMCA can become the many years. Bohemia heart of Bohemia and not needs better pavements, just another NIMBY. better road crossings, betJudith Monk, Chairman, ter traffic-flow and better parking. All of these would Hastings & Rother YMCA encourage more traders to the area and more people From Andrew Cartwright to shop locally. Hastings Dear Sir, regarding your Borough Council acts as article on St Paul’s Road, an agent for the County Street cleaning – the con- Council, and, since being tractor is responsible for re-elected in May I have keeping each street clean pressed for action on to a specific standard. numerous issues. Your Hastings Borough Council county councillor Cllr monitors the contractor to Trevor Webb, is also ensure that the streets are actively pressing for being kept clean. Together improvements. On 8th with my colleagues I have October we will be prebeen pressing the Council senting a petition on one to take firm action to deal particular issue at County with the problem of dirty Hall in Lewes. Most of the streets. We discovered new street lights in this that the Council was so area were paid for by the preoccupied with introduc- Government’s “Neighing the “Twin Bin” scheme bourhood Renewal” fundthat street cleansing was ing which had to be used to

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make up for under-investment by E.S.C.C.. Last week I raised this issue (at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth) with Government ministers, who, whilst sympathetic, are concerned about the possible cost of such a move.

bers of the B.A.A. as “stalwarts”. Over the years the B.A.A. has worked steadily on improving the area and I hope more residents and traders will join them.

Police & street wardens – a few years ago neither of these teams even existed. Since they were created they have done a great deal of work for the community. Both are very active and regularly seen on the main streets. The street wardens concentrate on “environmental crime” such as fly-tipping whilst the Neighbourhood Police concentrate on crime and anti-social behaviour. If anyone has a complaint or any issue that they would like to raise then I would be happy to hear from them.

Dear Sir, I have read with interest your St Paul’s Road doorstep opinion. I note that there is not a mention of PCSOs being in and around the area. As the Neighbourhood Specialist Officer for both Central St Leonards and Gensing Ward I am responsible for beat plans for my assigned PCSOs. Schools play a vital part in our community. Although parking would appear to be terrible at nearly every school site within our Borough, even the new schools appear to be lacking in thought for parents dropping children off. The bottleneck at St Paul’s is probably one of the worst due to its location.

Youth facilities – my belief is that for many years children and youths were undervalued in our society. Over the last ten years or so there has been major investment in facilities including school facilities and multi-use games areas. Having said that, more investment is required and I was very heartened to learn that the Government intends to impose a duty on local authorities (in our case East Sussex County Council) to provide youth facilities. At present E.S.C.C. has the power to provide facilities but a duty will compel it to take action. Although this does not guarantee a good quality service it is a step forward.

Cllr Andrew Cartwright

From Sussex Police

Society has changed over the years and parents do not allow their children to walk to school alone or with a friend nowadays. This is a great shame. I wonder if the issuing of parking tickets will resolve the problem? As an officer of 18 years service I can say that when tackling this issue you can be giving a ticket to a motorist only to be met with the comments ‘haven’t you got anything better to do and what about those other vehicles’ I will continue to ask my PCSOs to patrol the area when possible.

I do believe that there may well be a potential Bohemia Area Assn – I answer in a loop so that strongly agree with the res(continued next page) ident who describes mem-

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For those people who have access to the internet have a browse through the Sussex Police website [] there you will find your local officers. Each of us has an email address and In relation to the problem will try to answer any quesof vandals which has been tion you have. highlighted, patrols are carried out by PCSOs as I John Hearn (PC CH345), myself have walk around Sussex Police. St Pauls. There has been an increase of significant From St Paul’s School expenditure at one of Dear Sir, as headteacher Bohemia Road’s largest of St Paul’s school I am store as the result of public responding to your survey response. A better, more of St Paul’s Road. There is up to date CCTV system. no doubt that access to the A number of youths have school is extremely diffibeen identified in the area cult, especially bearing in as using unacceptable mind that we have 630 behaviour. These youths pupils at the school and 75 will be challenged and staff. The school was dealt with either by way of founded in 1870 and was prosecution or in conjunc- originally situated on the tion with the Safer YMCA site, so it has been Hastings Partnership will in this vicinity for a long be considered as being time. It is unfortunate that subject of an Anti-social in the 1960’s it was rebuilt Behaviour Order. Where on a site with access at the youths/children are from a end of a cul-de-sac. I share residence that belongs to a the residents concerns, housing association they frustration and anger at the can be dealt with in certain lack of consideration from cases for breaching their a minority of our parents tenancy agreements which who persist in obstruction, puts the onus back onto double parking and total the parents to take respon- disregard for residents, sibility for their children. pedestrians and other I was rather taken back by users of the road. As a comments that there school we regularly send should be more things for out letters to parents and children to do! What about have involved our local the Oval, Summerfield’s, Police Community Support Horntye and YMCA – all of Officer to speak individualwhich have clubs. There ly to some offenders. In are also scouts, guides, addition traffic wardens army cadets, even police patrol the area at peak cadets. Many volunteers school times. On a daily give up their time to assist basis there is an avoidable children but because they accident waiting to happen are often not supported and I hope that a child does not have to be hurt they end up closing. before common sense preBoth I and my fellow vails. However, having PCSOs will continue to being in post since serve the local community January I must say that I to the best of our abilities.

children can be dropped off coming off of Amherst Road and handicap parking this I believe is being pushed by the headmistress of St Pauls.

have not had one request from a local resident to speak to me about parking, nor have I personally spoken on the phone to anyone. It is a fantasy that the school is not concerned about the parking problems and we would very much like to be part of the solution. I would be only too willing to “get together in a neutral environment and discuss things nonaggressively” but I have not yet been approached! If anyone has an easy answer let’s hear about it. There is a limit to what the school can do on its own, as St Paul’s Road is a public highway. I can only ask parents to be vigilant, not actually enforce it. If parents then choose to double park it is the responsibility of traffic wardens to do something about it … I can’t book them! In fact, the school itself is often forced to use mobile bollards outside the gate (still on our premises) to prevent drivers parking across our emergency access. Contrary to your article, staff do park in the school car park daily. If anyone was to come and look they would see that it is full with staff cars throughout the day, many of them double parked as there is no more space. Many staff do have to park in local roads as our car park is full to overflowing and there is no way it was ever built to accommodate approx. 50 cars at any given time of day. However, as a school we already have some plans to improve the situation. Primarily, I would like to use part of the bottom end of our field off Amherst Road to build a staff car park. This would mean that all staff cars would be

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off-road and therefore alleviate parking problems in St Paul’s road. However, at the current point in time we have no capital funds to do this. Maybe there is a local company who might be willing to sponsor this or to provide labour at cost? We have also introduced cycling proficiency for older pupils to encourage some of them to cycle to school rather than come in cars. A grant has been obtained to purchase some cycle storage. We are also aiming to start a “walking bus” which means that parents can park further out from the school (or not at all) and a group of children are accompanied together walking to the school premises. In fact, we have a comprehensive Travel Plan document which residents might like to see which demonstrates our commitment to improving the area. We would love to see the school as the centre of the community and that includes local residents. Please do not tar “the school” with the same brush as the relatively few irresponsible parents who have no consideration for others. We are much more than that. Our families come from your community and the vast majority are wonderful people with lovely children. We want to get on and give these children an enjoyable education that prepares them for the future. So anything that can be done about the parking, let’s all work together to see what we can do. We can then get on with our real task – education!! Mrs P A Lock, Headteacher, St Paul’s School

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21 YEARS AGO ...

Bohemia Beat – by W.P.C. Bayliss BB79 I have now been the Area Beat Constable for Bohemia and Silverhill for the last ten months, and I can say with hand on heart that I have enjoyed my work – or the greater part of it. Being an Area Constable involves understanding the problems and the needs peculiar to that area. Bohemia does have problems, the most important possibly being parking at peak hours in Bohemia Road itself. No-one knows the valuable minutes lost by the Fire Brigade, Ambulance and Police as they are held up in the daily traffic jam in Bohemia Road. Usually this hold-up is caused by one parked vehicle whose driver is seemingly unaware of the parking regulations and cannot be found. Bohemia Road is the main route out of town for the emergency services – so please try to remember that you cannot park to load or unload from 8.30am to 9.30am and 4.45pm to 6.00pm. I have also received complaints about the parking of vehicles in Horntye Road when the school finishes at St Paul’s. A more sensible approach by parents when they pick up their children would ease the congestion and danger to our younger pedestrians. I will, however, be keeping an eye on the situation. During March and April quite a few vehicles were taken from the area around Salisbury Road. Leaflets were left on vehicles in that area warning the owners to take more care when securing their cars. All the vehicles stolen were later found abandoned and returned to their owners, and although the spate seems to have died down, I would still remind car owners to be vigilant. I’m glad to see that this area is forming a Neighbourhood Watch, which should help to cut the number of crimes in Bohemia. To be really successful the scheme does need 100% committment and I hope to see stickers appearing in all your windows. I understand from your contact co-ordinator, Bert Northwood, that volunteers are still required. If you have even a little time to spare, please help to fight crime.I have been aware over the last few months that some shopkeepers have been placing boards, signs and goods for sale on the public pavement; this constitutes an ‘Obstruction’ and is an offence. I have advised shopkeepers of their liabilities regarding possible Police prosecution and civil damages. If any resident feels that these articles are an obstruction to them then please would they contact me at the Police Station. Lastly, on a final note, if anyone needs advice or help

on non-urgent matters then please ring me on Hastings 425000 and I will be pleased to deal with any queries for you W.P.C.BAYLISS BB79

[From Bohemia June 1986, edited by Bert Northwood, journal of the Bohemia Area Residents’ Association. Kindly loaned by Vic Watson]. Next month: “Personalities” by Bert Northwood, from the same issue.

Dreams by Doug Harcourt This entry came seventh in our ultra-short story competition earlier this year. The judges’ comments included ‘a real story’, ‘well written’, ‘touching’, and ‘nice style’. Robbie was eleven, fat waiting. We can't miss the and lonely. parade.' Jibes, bullying and disap- Robbie, still tongue-tied, proval were his constant lifted his own hand. companions. Life for him And woke up. in Hastings was not a For a moment, he lay beach. still, the memory of the So, he escaped to wild dream remaining strong. places, particularly to the Then tears filled his eyes shaded banks of the Old and the injustice of the Roar Gill. Here, he would world to small, fat boys sit, daydreaming, believ- threatened to overwhelm ing himself the only per- him. But many mornings son in the world, silently were like this and he surwishing it could be so. vived. Often he fantasised over Emma, a girl from his He breakfasted alone, class and pretty as a pic- his mood sombre. The doorbell rang and he ture. walked ponderously to This day, he followed the see who visited on this path to where a small Bank Holiday Monday. waterfall splashed onto the rocky stream bed. As He opened the door and he approached, he was there stood Emma. startled to see a slight fig- 'Hi Robbie,' she said ure by the water. She shyly. 'Do you want to turned and Robbie come to the parade with me?' blushed. Robbie grinned, hope rising. Could dreams really She smiled and he tried to speak, but was struck come true? dumb. Remembering previous fantasies, he NEXT MONTH blushed deeper. The Only Explanation It was Emma.

'Hi Robbie,' she said, lifting a hand, 'I've been

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St Peter’s Church Chapel Park Road/St. Peter’s Road, Bohemia

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Our Mission Statement Our aim in our worship of God and in our service to the community is to be a visible and effective sign of Christ’s work. We are a friendly church and we welcome newcomers. Baptisms, weddings and funerals contact Fr Alex We would like to thank St Paul’s Church of England Primary School KS2 for their ‘Harvest Gifts’ that were given to the ‘Sea View Project’ in Southwater Road. They were very pleased to receive this generosity from the school and from St Peter’s Church. We had a splendid Harvest Supper of Steak & Kidney pie, Vegetables, an Apple & Sultana desert followed by a Cheese Board, Coffee and after dinner mints all washed down with good wine. Through a generous donation we were able to raise £146.53 towards Church funds. Thank you to all who helped to make this a successful evening!

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Nature Notes –

by Penny Royal

Walking through Alexandra Park at dusk, I was pleased to see a bat flitting about in the bosky shadows underneath an oak by the Swannery. These graceful little creatures were an integral part of the dusk forty years ago, a companionable sight as they wheeled and circled close above our heads. It was a shock to learn recently that bats have declined by 90% since then. I guessed this was a pipistrelle, both from its size and the way it flew, twisting and turning, seemingly erratic. All bat species have different flight patterns, and this helps identify them in the field. Talking to Jenny Clark of the Sussex Bat Hospital, I discovered that bats are very sensitive to human emotions. There is nothing a poorly bat likes better than to snuggle up to a warm, friendly, relaxed body! But to safeguard our remaining bats, those who handle them must have a licence. Jenny says that in today’s frenetic world it is very difficult to find people who are calm and relaxed enough to warrant being given one.

Puzzle Corner

Puzzle 53 This painted- which one? Prize for the over and easy-to-miss 1932 Rights-of-Way notice still sits outside a wellknown Tower Road establishment. Do you know

winning entry is a £10 token generously donated by Empress Art of Tower Road. Closing date: 7th Nov. Our address is on p3.

stare down at customers from a shelf at Dominic’s Barber Shoppe in Bohemia Road. A £10 token from Empress Art has been despatched to this month’s winner, Mrs J The strange glass heads Leyland of St John’s Road.

Answer to puzzle 52

Panagram Which three, six-letter words, all anagrams of each other, mean 1) church tables, 2) of the stars, 3) of the bones of the ankle and heel (answers at bottom of page 22.)

November 2007

Bohemia Village Directory A free listing for all businesses and organisations in Bohemia. 1066 Enterprise Business advice, support, training, Tel: 205500. Summerfields Business Centre, Horntye Park, Bohemia Rd. 1066 Typesetting Tel: 441390. 11 Cloudesley Road. A21 Café For lunch and breakfast. 433375. Erkan & Fatma.

A21 Café Eat-in or takeaway 7 days a week Lunch or Breakfast Specials every day Tel: 433375 96 Bohemia Road A & M Glaziers Traditional glass & glazing merchants. Tel: 717161. 235 London Road. AIR TAN & NAILS Manicurists. Tel: 461200. Air Tan & Nails, 241 London Road, TN37 6LU. ALEXANDER School of speech and drama. For children. Jean Alexander, Tel: 424843. ALEXANDER Technique helps with postural & breathing problems. One to one teaching. Tel: 465838 ALLDAYS – see under ‘Co-op’ ANTHONY’S Furniture Secondhand furniture. Anthony. Tel: 200650. 269 London Road. APPLIANCE MASTER New & used washing machines, fridges, etc. Tel: 424282. 74 Bohemia Rd. AQUA TRIDENT Window cleaning 427988. Home and office. Boh Rd ARKO Property Management of blocks of flats. Tel: 439786. 123 Bohemia Road. ARTEMIS Nursery. Chapel Park Road. 0-5 yrs. Emma: 461188. AUTOPOINT Hastings Services for all makes. 718700. 221 London Rd. AUTOTEC Servicing, MOT and repairs. Tel: 07802 648374. 30b St Peter’s Rd. BADMINTON Clubs at Horntye Park: Tues 440820. Wed 722640. Thur 432916. At Summerfields: 781777. BARCO Brickwork Domestic & commercial work. 0800 169 6995. 26 Salisbury Road. BARTLETT Arts Paintings and prints on canvas, people, pets. Tel: 721566. 45/7 Bohemia Rd. BASE Pizza Pizzas, pastas and tortilla wraps, salads. Free delivery after 5pm. 201120. 99 Bohemia Rd. BATTLE Electronic Services Specialist commercial microwave engineers. Tel: 447799. Fax: 447070. 52 Bohemia Road.

BEST KEBAB YE Turkish and British takeaway. Free deliveries for orders over £7. Yasmin. Tel: 719889. 69 Bohemia Road. BET BET BET 24/7 Indie bookmaker. Tel. 444044. 43 Bohemia Road. BIZFIZZ Government-funded business counselling service for new businesses. Clive Gross, Tel: 205509 & 07771 645263. BLOOM’S Pharmacy Mr Stan Steadman, pharmacist. Tel: 421072 and 200255. 55–57 Bohemia Road. BODY, Richard Solicitors who take on criminal defence cases funded by legal aid. Tel: 201301. 66 Bohemia Road. BOHEMIA AREA ASSN Residents’ and traders’ association for Bohemia. Peter Holland: 445086. 21 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RA. BOHEMIA CONSERVATIVE CLUB Billiards, darts, shove ha’penny, cribbage. Mon, Tue and Sat from 6.30pm. Vic Chalcraft (439827). K Page (436416). R Harris (854779). Upper South Road. BOHEMIA COUNSELLING Offers humanistic, person-centred counselling and psychology. Tel: 722923. 133A Bohemia Road. BOHEMIA LIGHTING Lamps and bulbs, including specialist items. The premises also house Security First. Tel: 427550. 71 Bohemia Road. BOHEMIA MOTORS Car repairs and servicing of all makes and models. Mon–Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 421205. Upper South Road. BOND, Vivienne Lib Dem councillor for Gensing ward and Deputy Mayor. Tel: 720096 and 781035. 13 Aldborough Road. BOOKMAN’S HALT Books bought. Clive Linklater. Tel: 421413. 127 Bohemia Road. BRACEY & BROWN Decorators, general building, maintenance. Tel: 713434. Mob: 07790 983491. 3 Cornfield Terrace. BRECKLAND Mobility Mechanical aids for the elderly and disabled. Tel: 438300 and 0800 783 8205. Mob: 07780 995413. 35 Tower Road. BRITISH RED CROSS Medical loan office. Tel: 425342. 38 Newgate Rd. BUCHAN, Stewart Illustrator. Tel: 435922. Mr Stewart Buchan, 77 Amherst Road, TN34 1TX. CAFÉ 67 Tel: 423291. 67, Bohemia Road, St Leonards. CAKE BOX Wide range of bread and confectionery. Tel: 420872. 49 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RE. CAPITAL COSTING Services Tel: 444461. 9-15, Sedlescombe Road North, Silverhill.

November 2007 CARTWRIGHT, Andrew Labour councillor for Gensing ward. Freepost SEA 9848. St Leonards, TN37 6BR. Tel 203231 or 717140.

CASSIDY’S Car Mechanics Tel: 201128 and 07706 916969. Unit 1, Salisbury Yard, Salisbury Road. CHEAP & CHEERFUL Discount. 65 Bohemia Rd. 07739 707 570. CHRISTCHURCH Primary School Mrs Anne Hannay, head. Tel: 422953. 34 Woodland Vale Road. COMMUNITY Info Centre Report incidents of dog fouling, noise nuisance, dumped cars, litter and rubbish dumping, etc. Tel: 438291. 16 Silchester Road, St Leonards. CO-OP SUPERMARKET (previously Alldays). Wines and spirits, cigarettes, newspapers, groceries and lottery tickets. Tel: 423875. 45–7 Bohemia Road. CO-OP FUNERALCARE Support, care and reassurance to families 24/7. Tel: 444325. 233 London Rd. COUNTRY KITCHENS Hand-built kitchen-unit manufacturer. Tel: 438148. 35B Tower Road. COUNTY COURT Civil cases for debt, damages, repossession, bankruptcy, divorce, Children’s Act cases and domestic violence. Tel: 435128. Law Courts, Horntye Park, Bohemia Road. COYLE, Bryan Accountant. Tel: 438191. 14 Barnfield Close.. CROWN TAXIS Small local family firm offering a good honest personal service. Sun–Wed: 8am to 12 midnight, Thu–Sat: 8am to 3am. 4seater saloon cars. Up to 200 miles, incl London airports. 855855 and 07900 333829 CURRY HUT Takeaway curry food. Tel: 200451. The Curry Hut, 51 Bohemia Road. DELIGHT EXPRESS Fast-food takeaway. Contact: Ali. Tel: 435328. 87 Bohemia Road. DENTAL SURGERY Drs Badrbeigi & Katterman. Tel: 433666. Emergencies: 850792. 56 Chapel Park Road. DESTINATION MX Major makes of new and used moto-cross bikes. Tel: 439767. 18B Tower Road. DOMINIC’S Barber Shoppe Gents’ hairdressers. Tel: 712252. 119 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RL. DRIPPING SPRING CAMRA awardwinning pub. Managers: Robin & Joan. Tel: 434055. Tower Road. EDEN Crystal Healing & reflexology, readings and advice. Evenings. Emma Langley. 07756 434960. Flat 2, 42 Church Road. EMPRESS ART Undertakes all types of picture framing, including mounting, dry-mounting and conservation framing. Prints and greetings cards, as well as vintage photographs of Hastings and original watercolours by local artists. Mr Colin Green. Tel: 442000. 3/4 Tower Rd.

Bohemia Village Voice No. 53 ESCC Hastings: 0845 274 1066. General: 01273 747 154. Street lighting: 0845 60 80 193. Trading standards: 01323 418200. Social care (adults): 0845 60 80 191. Social care (children and families): 01424 775599. Education: 01273 481000. ESCC Children’s Services. Tel: 720702. Fax: 428277. Tower Building, Lower South Rd, T EVERSFIELD Food & Gifts Tel: 437961. 257 London Road. EXPRESS CLEAN Completer interior & exterior cleaning service. 01424 436283 & 07971 673623 FAIRYTALE PHOTOS 420588. 68/70, Sedlescombe Road South. FIRE BRIGADES Union Administration office. Tel: 447700. Fire Station, Bohemia Road. FIRE STATION Open 24/7, 365 days a year. Tel: 01323 462166. Bohemia Road. FLICKERS Ladies’ and gents’ hairdressing. Peter Feist. Tel: 439621. 16 Tower Road. FLOWER SHOP Fresh flowers, bouquets, wreaths, artificial flowers. Sue. Tel: 423377. 429464. 46 Bohemia Road. FOSTER, Michael MP for Hastings and Rye. Tel: 460070. Michael Foster, DL, MP, 84 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RN. FRYDAYS Traditional fish & chips. Tel: 461391. 53 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RE. GABLES Day Nursery 67 Sedlescombe Road South. Tel 426426 & at 11 St Matthews Gardens, tel 426101. GARAGE on the Green Retail car sales. 718080. The Green. GARAGE on the Green Vehicle repairs and servicing, all makes catered for. Tel: 425599. 12 Tower Road West, TN38 0RG. GARDENER Lady gardener Nicola. £7 per hour. Tel: 443748. Mobile: 07940 374 756. GEORGE STONE Main building contractor. Refurbishment, alteration, renovation & extensions. Tel: 436166. 10 Tower Rd West. GL SANCTUARY Health & beauty salon. Pamper parties. Bridal, teen & other packages. Tel: 721890 & 07791 899904. 72 Bohemia Rd. GOOCH Uphostery Recovering antique and modern furniture. W/shop: 200301. 717129. GORDON BUSBRIDGE Quality bedding, carpets, curtains and fitted furniture. Tel: 420368. 289/97 London Road. HASSAN Pet Supplies Tel: 421358. 105 Bohemia Road. HASTINGS BADGER Protection Society Dedicated park in Church Rd. Tel: 439168; 431188. 304, Bexhill Road, St Leonards.

HASTINGS CYCLES Cycle repair & sale. Tel: 446886. 75 Bohemia Road. HASTINGS LOCKSMITHS and key-cutting, safes, door furniture. Tel: 432882. 59 Bohemia Rd. HASTINGS MUSEUM & Art Gallery. 0845 2741052. St John’s Place, Bohemia Road. HASTINGS POLICE Station Sussex Police. Open 7 days a week 8am to midnight. Tel: dial 999 in an emergency. Non-urgent: 0845 60 70 999. To give information anonymously: 0800 555 111. Bohemia Rd. See also ‘Street Bobby’ HBC ESTATES Tel: 451641. HBC Estates Division, Horntye Park, Bohemia Road, TN34 1UT. HERCULES Post Office Post office counter, groceries and lottery. Tel: 712272.

Hercules (Premier) Post Office Groceries – Lottery Off-licence

Tel: 712272 45 Springfield Road HIGH SPIRITS Newsagents, confectioners, tobacconists & offlicence. Paypoint for TV licences, water, gas and electricity bills, phonecards, bus & train tickets. Tel: 460996. 255 London Road. HKS Kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, studies. Tel: 443464. 138 London Rd. HORNTYE PARK Sports Centre Banqueting, conferences, meeting rooms, wedding receptions, parties. 7 days a week, from 8.30am to 11.00pm. Tel: 716666. Bohemia Road. HYPNOPSYCHOTHERAPY James Caspian. For positive change and achieving goals. Tel: 714647 and 07939 542632. IMPERIAL Motor Company Car sales. Tel: 442200.

Imperial Motor Company INDEPENDENT Church Minister: Edward Preston, 63, Bohemia Road. 435849. KARINA’S Wool Shop Tel: 712226. 131, Bohemia Road.

Karina’s Wool Shop Stockist of Sirdar & Stylecraft wools, as well as cottons, needles and knitted baby clothes. Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 9am to 5pm, Wed, Sat: 9am to 1pm. Tel: 712226. 131 Bohemia Road

Page 21 KC COMPUTERS Computers & accessories, sales and service. Kim Callow. Tel: 203799, 714713 and 08717 500202. 261 London Road. KÖTTING, Leesa Installation artist. Tel: 447303. 15 Tower Road West. LABOUR Party Hastings & Rye Labour Party. Tel: 424125. 84 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RN. LEEVES, Simon Plumbing & heating engineer. Corgi registered. Tel: 444362. & 07940 791116. 11 Aldborough Road. LIDL Supermarket Tel: 0870 444 1234. LITTLE FROG Interiors Murals & wall hangings for children’s bedrooms, name plaques. Tel: 0845 428 0259 & 07855 869 471. LITTLE MILL Bakery. Tel: 421474. 265 London Road.

FOR ALL YOUR BAKING NEEDS M. HALL Motor Services Vehicle repairs. Malcolm Hall. Tel: 07773 216363. Shornden Works, Upper Clarence Road. MAGISTRATES’ Court Tel: 437644. The Law Courts, Bohemia Road. MASQUERADE Fancy Dress for adults and children, face paints, wigs, accessories. Tel: 720733. 77 Bohemia Road. MICK’S Keycutting Dry cleaning, handbags, watch batteries, watch straps, shoe repairs. Mick Triggs. Tel: 201775. 253 London Road.

Mick’s for keys & shoe repairs MUNDAY’S Newsagents confectioners, tobacconists, greetings cards, newspaper delivery. Credit Union: meets here on Mondays, 9 to 10am. 437233. 54 Bohemia Rd. MUSIC GYM Facility for people with profound disabilities, involving music, movement and images. Tel: 444322. NATWEST Bank Silverhill branch. Tel: 0845 610 1234. 142 London Road. NICE Chinese Food take-away. 30 Tower Rd. Telephone orders welcome. Open for seven days per week 435279 Newman’s Cleaners Clothes cleaning. Tel: 465006. 62 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RQ.

Page 22 NORTH STAR Inn Public house. Food served. Tel: 436576. Clarence Road, TN37 6SD. OPERA South East Local pro-am company performing two operas a year. 443316. 111 Bohemia Rd. OUTDOORSMAN Outdoor kit, nature watching, work, trekking, military, security, shooting, hunting, survival, camping. 9–5.30pm. Alan. Tel: 429343. 122 Bohemia Road. PARK LANE Group Residential lettings & property development. R.B. Beswick, managing director. Residential letting enquiries: 0870 752 2540. New homes: 08707 522542. 141–5 Bohemia Rd. PARK ROAD Methodist Church. Services: Sunday at 10.15am and 6.30pm. Rev’d Marion Proud, tel: 422350. Church, tel: 443030. Upper Park Rd. Park Road Under 5s Church Hall, Park Rd Church. 443030. PARSONS, Bob Builders. Brickwork, roofing, plastering, painting & decorating. Tel: 200135. Mobile: 07979 502842. 14, Bohemia Road. PAVILLION Decorating Services Property maintenance, general building, painting & decorating. 0808 1559546, Tel/Fax: 432255, Mob: 07764 850755. 136 Bohemia Rd. PIZZA HUT Delivery and takeaway in Hastings & St Leonards. Tel: 728866. Fax: 422806. 172A Bohemia Rd. POST OFFICES Bohemia Post Office closed in 2004. See ‘Hercules’ and ‘Silverhill’ POs. PRESTON, Edward Writer on local history, minister of religion and lecturer. Tel: 435849. 63 Bohemia Road. See ‘Independent Church’. REGISTER OFFICE For births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and celebratory services. Tel: 721722. Horntye Park, Bohemia Road. RESTO CLASSICS Original Ersatzteile. Upper Clarence Rd. RODMELL, (Nicola) School of dance & performing arts. Ballet, tap, modern, jazz, singing, speech and drama. Tel: 445278. White Lodge, 347/49 London Road. ROSEANNA & BRYAN’S Gifts and bespoke greetings cards. Tel: 715392. 130 London Road. SCOTT JAMES Windows, doors & conservatories. Tel: 431422 & 435229. 64 Bohemia Rd. SECURITY FIRST Intruder-alarms, servicing, and CCTV. Locks, safes, fire alarms, key-cutting. 427550. 07973 322697. 71 Bohemia Road. SELL IT on Ebay Second-hand items sold on eBay for customers, £1–2 listing fee per item. Yvonne Aziz, 91 Bohemia Road. Mon–Sat, 10am–8.30pm, Sun 12–7.30pm. Tel: 429491. 05602 962526. SELLENS FRENCH Tel: 446488. 93 Bohemia Road, TN37 6RJ.

Bohemia Village Voice No. 53 S.H.TACKLE Angling supplies. Live bait. Tel: 431583. 58 Bohemia Road. SHELL Service Station Petrol, diesel, logs, coal, newspapers, offlicence, grocery. Tel: 728950 or 0800 731 8888. Bohemia Road. SIAM Property Developers and lettings. 76, Bohemia Rd. SILVER RIVER Chinese takeaway food. Tel: 433439. 56 Bohemia Rd. SILVERHILL Post Office Sedlescombe Road North, Silverhill. SLIMMING WORLD Meets Park Road Methodist Church Hall, Weds 5:30 and 7pm. (Denise 440293). Also at Concordia Hall, Church Rd on Mons at 7pm (Teresa 465170). SMART, Richard Accountant, 120 Bohemia Road. 422297. SOUTH-EAST Entertainment Entertainment for any occasion. Small birthday parties, Stag and hen nights, weddings, concerts. Tel: 446691. 2B Tower Road West. d j s w @ h o t m a i l . c o . u k ST JOHN Ambulance First-aid cover at public events. Patient transfers. Tel: 421105. ST MARY Star of the Sea RC Primary School Mrs Jane Smith, head. Tel: 427801. Magdalen Rd. ST MATTHEW’S Church St Matthew’s Road, Silverhill. Sunday services at 10.30am (with children’s activities) and 6.30pm. Rev’d Mike Coe. 430262. ST PAUL’S C of E Primary School Office: Mon–Fri: 8.30am to 4pm. Mrs Pat Lock. Tel: 424530. Horntye Road, TN37 6RT. ST PETER’S Church Rev’d Alex Brown. Tel: 445606 and 446606. Mob: 07759 311375. Address (church): St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road. Vicarage: St Peter’s Vicarage, 10 Blomfield Road. ST THOMAS’ Church 31c Magdalen Road. 420815 STEVENS Richard Lib Dem leader on HBC. Tel: 781026. Address (for correspondence): The Town Hall, Queen’s Road, Hastings. Home: 11 Bayeux Court, TN37 6RZ. STREATFIELD HOUSE Residential home in Cornfield Terrace for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities. Tel: 439103. STREET BOBBY To contact our local street bobby Andy Hubbard direct, call 0845 60 70 999 and dial extension 21185. This takes you straight through to Andy. SUCHART, Thittichai Web design and development. iNetVendor software, for trading securely online. Tel: 715235. 3 Upper Park Road. s u c h a r t @ i n e t v e n d o r. c o m .

SUMMERFIELDS Guest House. Luxury en-suite rooms, family suite, disabled suite, open all year. Tel: 718142. Bohemia Road. SUMMERFIELDS Sports Centre Swimming. Squash. Badminton. Tel: 781777. Bohemia Road. SUSSEX AMBULANCE SERVICE Ambulance Station, Bohemia Road. T & D AUTO Repairs MOT repairs, welding, servicing. Tel: 07885 719769. Upper Clarence Rd. TALAY THAI Thai restaurant. Open 7 days a week, 6–11pm. Tel: 721852. 249 London Road. THAYRE, Chris. Swimming pools. Tel: 439831. Shornden Passage, Upper Park Road. TILE DESIGN Ceramic wall and floor tiles, suspended-ceiling specialists. Tiling fixing. Mon–Fri: 9am to 5pm, Sat: 9am to 3.30pm. 446613. Mob: 07973 176554. 2 Upper Pk Rd. TOP GUN Makes specialist sportswear. Tel: 719734 and 719707. 2 Shornden Passage, Upper Park Road. TOWER HOTEL Public house. Tower Road. Tel: 721773. TOWER HOUSE 1066 26-28 Tower Road West. Tel: 427217 TOWER LAUNDERETTE Tel: 447889. 140 London Road. TRAVELODGE Hotel open 24/7, 365 days per year. Central reservations: 0870 085 0950. Hotel: 0870 191 1810. Bohemia Road. TRAVIS PERKINS Builder’s merchants, timber merchants Tel: 424300. Springfield Valley Road, TW SAR SALES Low-mileage, lowownership cars. Tel: 719888. 17 Tower Road. TYRELL, Allena. Artist. Tel: 718727. Bohemia Studios, 9 Horntye Road. ULTRA SAFE Fire extinguishers, fire-sprinklers. Tel: 719563. 263 London Road, TN37 6NB. VISUAL MAGIC DVD & game rental & sales. 7 days a week, 2pm-10pm. Tel: 445578. 81–3 Bohemia Road. WAVES Ladies’ & gents’ hairdressers. Tue, Thu, Fri: 8.30 to 5pm, Wed: 8.30 to 4pm, Sat: 8.30 to 1pm, closed Mondays. Tel: 426872. 73 Bohemia Road. WBM INSURANCE Business insurance, plus home, private, car and travel, insurance. Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm, Sat: 9am to 12 noon. George Ware, Steve Mann. Tel: 434675. Fax: 716420. 78 Bohemia Rd.

November 2007 WEBB, Trevor. County Councillor for Central St Leonards & Gensing ward. 07876 036931. WELCH, Matthew. Artist. Tel. 443804.194 London Rd. WELFORD, Peter. Electrical engineers and contractors. 6, St Paul’s Road. 713611. WHEATSHEAF Public house. Duncan, manager. 172 Bohemia Road. Emma Kinsella, manager. WILHAMS Insulation Acoustic & fire-protection products Tel: 717171. 117 Bohemia Road. sales@wilhams i n s u l a t i o n . c o . u k WINDOW CLEANER 752853.

Window & Conservatory Cleaning 01424 436283 07971 673623 WOODS Newsagents Newspaper deliveries, tobacco, confectionery, greengrocer’s. Open 7 days a week. 5am to 6pm. Dorothy & Keith Wood.


Newsagents Tel: 443340. 86–88 Bohemia Road YMCA Sports Centre & youth club. Roller skating, badminton court, after-school clubs, activity clubs, chess, senior-citizens’ sports, judo, roller disco. 429677. St Paul’s Rd. com

Yoga St Leonards & Hastings Courses & classes for all levels

Nicky Smith

07930 442639

Panagram – answers 1. ALTARS 2. ASTRAL 3. TARSAL

November 2007

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When you need to escape your battles Christmas at Tower House is always a traditional affair with a welcoming drink, a crackling fire and a feast you will never forget. So, for something truly personal, tailored just for you, come stay or recommend family and friends to stay at Tower House. Open all year.

26-28 Tower Road West St Leonards-On-Sea Hastings, East Sussex, TN38 0RG

AnyTIME - AnyPLACE - AnyWHERE Rubbish Clearance l Cleaning Service REGISTERED WASTE CARRIERS 07971 806463 l 01424 716307


Estab 1982

Wall & floor tile Specialists

tel: 01424 427 217

Visit our superb showroom displaying the most comprehensive range of tiles in this area



Specialist Commercial Insurance

Insurance Services Bohemia House 78, Bohemia Road St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN37 6RN Tel: (01424) 434675 Fax: (01424) 716420 E-mail:

Terracotta floors Ceramic Wall Tiles Quarry Tiles Chinese Slates Suspended Ceilings

2 Upper Park Road St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN37 6SJ

HOLDEN ROOFING CONTRACTORS Gavin Holden All work guaranteed Fully insured Free estimates & advice

01424 715223 07967 360398

Gooch Upholstery Specialists in re-covering antique and modern furniture A.M. Gooch Upholstery 35C Tower Road, Bohemia Village Tel: Workshop: 200301. Home: 717129. Mobile: 07803 899682.

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Crest House Charming Residential Care Home Crest House Care Home has been privately owned and managed by mother and daughter team Jo and Lisa since 1987. Our philosophy at Crest House is to create an environment in which residents feel at home. We offer care, comfort, respect and dignity within an environment that is safe and believes in family values and individual choice. l Single & double rooms – all rooms with en-suite facilities l Passenger lift to all floors l External wheelchair access l Two Victorian conservatories l Short-term (respite) care l Visiting chiropodist, optician & hairdresser l Arranged activities and entertainment

Contact Jo Crawford or Lisa Willard on: 01424 436229 St Matthew’s Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0TN

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Your local neighbourhood care home Telephone in all rooms Short-term care available Dedicated and trained staff Under same management since 1987 Home cooked excellent meals Special diets accommodated Preferred provider to East Sussex Social Services

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