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Bohemia Village Voice News magazine for Bohemia, Gensing, & Silverhill. Circulation: 10,000

No. 72. November 2009

Bacchus statue to adorn Bohemia Walled Garden (p 26)

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Editorial Some shops close, others open, some move and a few disappear for ever. Masquerade has gone (p21), but Bohemian Hair (p20) and Hastings Signs (p19) have arrived. Dominic’s Barber Shoppe has moved to Silverhill (p28) and Silverhill Computers to St Leonards (p9). A block of three shops in Bohemia Road are going to auction, all with planning consent for conversion to dwellings (p6). It’s hard to believe that Bohemia was once St Leonard’s premier shopping centre (p25). Our next issue is: Feb 1st 2010. We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. John, Sue, Pam, Alan, Sheila and Julian

Events in Bohemia NOVEMBER Sun 1 (to Sun 6 Dec). Hastings Museum, Bohemia Rd. Indian Summer exhibition. 0845 274 1052. Sun 1 Alexandra Park. Ranger walk. 1–3.30pm. 451111. Thr 5 The Lawn Tennis Club Fireworks 7pm £5. 430221. Sat 7 Hastings Museum, Indian Summer gallery talk.11am. Sat 7 Hastings Museum, Discover Indian Summer. Children’s creative activities. 1.30–3.30pm. 0845 274 1052. Sun 8 Summerfield’s Woods. Conservation 1-3pm. 447910. Mon 9 Summerfield’s Woods. Conservation 10-noon. 447910. Sat 14 Hastings Museum, Bohemia Rd. Victorian architecture & Orientalism (talk). 11–4pm. 0845 274 1052. Sat 21 Hastings Museum, Chris Hutchinson 7.45pm. Sun 22 Alexandra Park. Conservation task. 9am-1pm. 451050. Sat 28 Hastings Museum Screen printing workshop. 11-4pm. 0845 274 1052 DECEMBER Sat 5 Streatfeild House, Cornfield Terr. Xmas Fair. 10-1pm. Sat 5 Hastings Museum, Christmas cards. Children’s w’shop Fri 11 Summerfield’s Woods. Conservation. 1-3pm. 447910. Sat 12 Summerfield’s Woods. Conservation 10-12. 447910. Sun 13 Alexandra Park. Conservation task. 9am-1pm. 451050 Sat 19 St. John’s Church, Brittany Rd. Hastings Philharmonic Choir Concert. 7.30pm. 422344 & 431442. Sat 19 (to 14th Mar). Hastings Museum, Bohemia Rd. Jake & Dinos Chapman. Art exhibition. 0845 274 1052 Mon 28 (to 5th Jan). Horntye Park Sports Complex, Bohemia Rd. 85th Hastings International Chess Congress. 716666.

Bohemia Village Voice 79, Bohemia Road, Bohemia, Sussex, England TN37 6RJ. Tel: 01424 430460. Editor & publisher: John Humphries. Assistant editor: Susan King. Proofreader: Sheila Shepheard. Consultant editor: Julian Beecroft. Website manager: Alan Jeffries. Our thanks to Cllr Andrew Cartwright for use of material from his monthly reports, marked [AC]. First published 2006. © John Humphries. Circulation: 10,000 (unaudited). Published every Publishing schedule for 2010 two months. Copies hand delivered in No Issue Pub date Cut off and around Bohemia, Gensing and Silverhill and distributed via shops 73 Feb/Mar Feb 1st Jan 1st and other outlets. Advertising sales: 74 Apr/May Apr 1st Mar 1st Sue King. Deadline is 1st of the month preceding publication, e.g. 1st 75 Jun/Jul Jun 1st May 1st Jan for Feb/Mar issue. Subscriptions: 76 Aug/Sep Aug 1st Jul 1st for copies by post for one year (6 77 Oct/Nov Oct 1st Sep 1st issues) £6 (UK). Printed in England.

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

Sunday Eucharist 10am Fr Alex and St Peter’s At the time of writing we are still awaiting news of developments regarding the charges faced by Fr. Alex. However, Fr. Alex has decided formally to retire from his priestly ministry and that retirement took effect at the end of August. Whilst that will raise questions in the minds of many, the future of the church at St. Peter’s is being considered by the Diocese in conjunction with the parochial church council. We all send Fr Alex our best wishes and remember him in our prayers. In the meantime, Sunday services continue principally under the guidance of Fr. David Fentiman with assistance from clergy from the parish of Christ Church St. Leonard’s. Philip Jones, Archdeacon of Lewes & Hastings

Sunday Services I would like to emphasise that St Peter’s remains open for services (Sundays at 10am.) and that people can contact me if they have questions on 01424 425172. Rev. Chris Key, Rural Dean of Hastings and St Leonard's

Christmas  December 20 – 3pm Carol Service  December 24 – 4pm Crib Service  December 24 – 11.00pm Midnight Communion  December 25 – No service at St. Peter’s but all will be warmly welcomed at Christ Church St. Leonard’s at 10.15 a.m. “FOR ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND ALL THINGS EXIST THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM. TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR EVER! AMEN” (Romans Chapter 11, verse 36)


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Angela busy – selling elephant droppings! Is there really a market for elephant droppings? Apparently yes! When the charity that Angela van Aalst worked for until last September lost its funding, she found herself made redundant. She realised that the work opportunities in her field were few and far between. By chance she heard of a couple of importers who traded only in Fair Trade goods, dealing directly with families and small communities in Nepal, India, Indonesia and Africa, where the inhabitants made jewellery and decorative items for the home. After checking out the authenticity of these companies Angela decided to start her own business selling through gift fairs and Home Party Plan. Since April this year she has been travelling around events in Sussex showing the items produced by the artisans. She’s had stalls at St Paul’s School Summer Fete and Markwick Terrace Dog Show. She has several home parties booked in the area, the next being in Amherst Road. "It's always difficult to get yourself known," she said, "but bit by bit people are returning again and again and the diary for home parties is gradually starting to fill, particularly with Christmas not far away." Apart from the ethnic style jewellery she sells there are some interesting and ingenious items such as small cars and motor-

Angela with Fair Trade stand

bikes crafted from old tin cans, purses made from rolled-up crisp packets stitched together, key ring animals from old paper, tinted and plaited and a collection of hand carved wooden items. What about the elephant droppings? “Some of the table coasters I sell are made from elephant dung, and no, they don't smell!” Angela van Aalst: [Our thanks to Colin Green for help with this item]

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The Wills and Trusts Specialists

November 2009

Three shops to auction

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Shops under the hammer (L-R) no 107, 111 and 113

Refurbished PCs Note new address: 6-8 London Road St Leonards-on-Sea Tel: 01424 717717 If your budget won’t stretch to a new computer system, you can get a perfectly good refurbished one instead. Silverhill Computers specialise in Pentium 3 and 4-class PCs that are internet-ready, virus free and come complete with word processor and spreadsheet programs, as well as some fun ones; games, music and text2speech! Prices really do start from £85. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.00 to 5.30pm

Three Bohemia Road shops with maisonettes above go to auction this month. The properties are 107, 111 and 113 Bohemia Road. The Magdalen & Lasher charity are the vendors. On Nov 3rd at Brighton, Clive Emson is selling the three properties as one lot initially, with a total guide price of £220-250k. If not sold, they will be offered individually, with a guide price of £75-85k each. Planning permission has been granted for the buildings to be converted on the ground floor to create a total of three single family dwellings each of three storeys. In each case the work will involve removing the existing shopfront and fascia, fitting a new timber-panelled entrance door with glazed fanlight over, fitting two new upvc sliding sash windows to ground floor and building a ‘soldier’ [i.e. upright] brick course at first floor level.  Info: Clive Emson tel: 01622 630033.

In short Chapel Park Centre – is offering a wide range of courses to anyone 19 years or older. There is a wide range of computer courses: a 10-week class for complete beginners, another 10-week class for those with some knowledge; specialised 5-week classes for those who’d like to learn about Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Excel; a class for buying and selling on e-Bay; a 7-week course in Photoshop, and even one for computer maintenance and safety. French and Spanish language courses are offered, plus guitar lessons for beginners and one called ‘Art for All’. Ann Reid, Chapel Park Community Centre, St Leonards Baptist Church, Chapel Park Road. Tel: 714095. Pembroke Court – Cllr Kim Forward is trying to bring about an improvement in the waste storage at this block of flats in Woodland Vale Road. If you would like to be involved or for further info: [AC]

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In short Bohemia Village Nytes At Azur, Marina Pavilion, Marina, St Leonards. Beachfront venue hosting 6 nights of festi music. Bands: Red Diesel, Pog, Lovebush, Trenchfoot (in Jan), Flat Stanley, joined by DJ Ballhead, (funk/ska), Bongo Dan, (dub/reggae) and drum and bass. Authentic festi decor and a REAL festi vibe – brought to you by the organisers of Bohemia Village Fayre: Purplefurball. Profits to go to financing the Bohemia Village Fayre 2010. October 2nd (all Fridays) Nov 6th, 27th Nov, 29th Jan, 26th Feb, 2nd April. 11pm-4am. Contact: 07681 465 9729. Wheelchair accessible venue. £5 entrance fee. Consultation – local councillor Andew Cartwright wants to consult you ... about consultation. He is currently chairing a ‘Scrutiny Review of Consultation’ for the Council. He says "Many residents have complained to me about the way in which the Council consults about such things as the communal bins.” If you have any thoughts on how consultation with us can be improved, please let him know. Andrew: tel: 203231. Neighbourhood Watch – Mark Rendall, Sussex Police’s Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) manager says that the email messaging service run by Lucy Parfett has ceased. It will be replaced in November by a new ‘more focused’ messaging service. Everyone currently on the NHW database will be contacted so that they may update their details with their postcodes etc. Further info: Mark Rendall, Force Neighbourhood Watch Manager, tel: 0845 60 70 999, extension 40111. Or 01273 404868. Andrew Cartwright – as part of his campaign for re-election in 2010, Andrew has opened a group on Facebook "Andrew Cartwright for Gensing Ward". The first debate is about ‘how local residents and traders can be empowered so that they can shape the future of their community or neighbourhood’. Fireworks The Green Lawn Tennis Club in Tower Road West holds its annual fireworks display on Guy Fawkes night, the 5th November at 7pm. Entrance is £5. There is a bar, a raffle and food. Info: 430221. Counsellor Jenny Chantry Dip. MBACP Counsellor. 07708 232 450 Alleyways – a progress report has been issued by Council officers who are looking at ways of inexpensively creating a new surface for local alleyways. Officers believe that with specialist help this could be done by volunteers. Some money has been identified to start this. A community clean-up of alleyways is being proposed for the end of October. [AC] TRADITIONAL CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE FACIAL REVITALISATION ACUPUNCTURE BOWEN TECHNIQUE • HOMEOPATHY COLON HYDROTHERAPY SHIATSU & FACIAL REJUVANCE MASSAGE • LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE • INDIAN HEAD DEEP TISSUE • SPORTS • THAI YOGA MASSAGE AROMATHERAPY • HYPNOTHERAPY REFLEXOLOGY • IRIDOLOGY • REIKI RELATE COUNSELLOR • OSTEOPATHY BABY MASSAGE • ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND SKIN CARE NUTRITIONAL ADVICE & CONSULTATIONS TESTING FOR FOOD INTOLERANCE • CANDIDA • IBS Day, Evening & Weekend Appointments Old Brewery Yard, High Street, Battle TN33 0AF (under the arch by NatWest)

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Newgate Road’s car scrappage day A number of cars in Bohemia were badly damaged on Monday 5th October. At least five vehicles in Newgate Road were affected. Brian Hughes, whose car was parked outside the Red Cross Hall, said “My own car is a red Ford Fiesta, and, according to the insurance brokers, will be written off as it’s a 1997 model.” Police were on the scene before the incident took place. By great coincidence a police car had collided with a Belisha beacon at the pedestrian crossing in Bohemia Road by Newgate Road. The police were thus on the scene to witness the incident taking place. Vehicles damaged included a Toyota

Vauxhall van – side hit

Previa people carrier (nicknamed ‘Sherman’ by Kristi Shanahan of Newgate Road who uses it to drive her parents around), a Vauxhall van, a Fiat car, a Ford Fiesta car, and another Ford car. All were parked between the Red Cross Hall and Bohemia Rd.  It is understood that David Lee Douglas has pleaded guilty to four charges: 1. using a vehicle without a licence. 2. failing to provide a specimen for analysis. 3. driving whilst disqualified. 4. resisting or obstructing a constable. The case was adjourned to 26th October at Hastings Magistrates Court for the defendant to be sentenced. [Our thanks to Brian Hughes and Kristi Shanahan for help with this item.]

Ford Fiesta – wing hit

Blue Toyota mpv – front damage

Grey Fiat car – side hit

Ford Fiesta – write off

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Tuesdays 10am & 12 noon Holy Redeemer Church Hall, Upper Church Road, Hollington. Tel: Denise 440293.

Wednesdays 5.30 & 7pm Park Road Methodist Church Hall, Upper Park Road, Bohemia Village. Tel: Denise 440293.

Thursdays 5.30pm St Luke’s Church Hall, Alma Terrace, Silverhill. Tel: Denise 440293.

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Paul sells computer firm ... to study alcohol After 5 years trading at the top end of London Road, Silverhill Computers is moving away from Silverhill to new premises at the bottom end of the road. With the move comes a change of ownership but under the same trading name. Proprietor Paul Ashton, who established the business selling refurbished computers in 2004 is retiring, while Stephen Lloyd has come down from Daventry, Northants, to take over the business. Former economics researcher Paul intends to spend time writing, reading and researching. “I’ve enjoyed running my own business supplying refurbished computers to local people but carrying computers and CRT monitors around all day at my age is taking its toll on my body. I need to take things a bit easier now.” What will he do now? “Apart from some serious decluttering at home, top of my ‘things to do’ list,” said teetotaller Paul, “is to write about the costs and benefits of the use and abuse of alcohol – a subject I had previously intended to study in depth when I was working at Liverpool University but never found the time to get very far with.” Steve Lloyd meanwhile is looking forward to developing the business in the newly-refurbished premis-

Paul Ashton (left), retiring, and new owner Steve Lloyd

es at 6-8 London Road. “Any further down the road and I’d be on the beach!”, he joked. Steve has several years experience of building computers and fault-finding for retailers in Daventry but has long wanted his own shop. “Silverhill Computers has a good name in the neighbourhood so I hope that customers of Paul’s both old and new will trek down the road that little bit further for the same dedicated standard of care. Plus I intend to add more services — building computers to order and offering repairs and upgrades to a greater number of people.”

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Diane Haberstroh writes from Bohemia, New York

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THANKSGIVING IS A BIG FAMILY GATHERING day with lots of food, about a month before Christmas. I doubt that the Pilgrims would approve of the day being the massive pig-out festival it is. I make the turkey, stuffing, cranberries, string beans and rice or potatoes. I also do a few pies for dessert. These usually include an apple, pumpkin, and nontraditional chocolate pudding pie. The day after Thanksgiving is known as "Black Friday," which is the biggest shopping day of the season. It’s when the stores go into "the black" and turn a profit. Merchants offer one-day big sales and open doors at 5am. Some people camp out all night long. We live in an area where the population is ethnically more mixed. There are a lot of Italians on Long Island and for them Christmas Eve is celebrated with a dinner consisting of seven different types of fish. The fish markets in the area are very busy the days leading up to Christmas Eve. I married into a German family and I used to bake a gingerbread house and the kids would decorate it. We would also make tons of cookies that might include spritz, cardamon, Viennese crescents, snickerdoodles and lots of jamfilled cookies. Christmas music was German. Many schools and offices celebrate the Jewish Chanukah. During December, most of the malls have Santa centers in them where you can have your child's picture taken with Santa, which was something my mother did with me every year (picture). The weekend before Christmas is usually when we get our Christmas tree. We purchase a real tree from the local Episcopal Church that sells them as a fundraiser. I love at the end of the evening sitting by the tree and having a cordial right before bed. We had our big dinner either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. My mother liked to have a ham at Christmas. At the end of the meal, my parents, who never drank during the year, would each have a glass of Drambuie, from a bottle they must have had for many years. The day after Christmas is an ordinary day here. Most of us go right back to work and Diane in 1968, with that's just fine with me! shopping mall Santa

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In short Gensing Gardens – as part of the annual open spaces tree health survey, a number of tree removals were required at Gensing Gardens. Eight trees were structurally unsound, diseased or dead. Over the past 2 years the Council has planted over 40 native oak species in the Gardens, reducing the impact of the unavoidable tree losses that have taken place over the years. [AC] St Peter’s Rainbows and Brownies have had to find new premises due to changes at St Peter’s church hall. The Brownies have used the hall since before World War Two. Both groups now meet at Park Road Methodist Church on Tuesdays. Contacts: Rainbows 445117. Brownies 441051. Asda – Hastings Council’s Planning Committee has granted permission to Asda to build a supermarket in Silverhill. The application received cross-party support (6 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 abstention). [AC] Tower Road – local councillors have been pressing for a run-down building in Tower Road to be dealt with by the council’s "Grotbusters" team. It is understood that the building concerned now has a new owner and the Planning Enforcement team wrote to him in September saying that they "expect urgent progress". [AC]

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Horntye Park – the Council has a received a planning application for the building of ‘twelve 2-bed, four 1-bed appartments and a 132 sq metre training room for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’. The proposed building will occupy the southern part of the existing coach park and adjacent land at at Horntye Park Sports Complex, Bohemia Road. The previous application to build a block of flats at Horntye Park was opposed by many residents. Kevin Miller, general manager of Horntye, said, “We hope it’s getting a bit closer. The design panel had a look at it and wanted a few changes. It’s now the same design with less density and more pleasing to the eye. We’ve taken note of the public consultation and also the design panel. That’s what’s taken so long.” Local councillor Andrew Cartwright has asked for this application to be decided by the Planning Committee rather than officers. This means that the decision will be made in public. For more details please see HS/FA/09/00311 or contact HBC Planning Dept. Messages of objection and support can be made to the Planning Dept. or online. London Road crossing – a London Road resident has stepped forward to lead a petition for the provision of a pedestrian crossing over London Road, near Anglesea Terrace. It is hoped that door-knocking to see how other residents feel about this issue and collect signatures will now take place. [AC].

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St Paul’s lightning strike St Paul's School, Horntye Road, has been busy over the summer repairing the damage to the electrics and phone lines following the lightning strike in July (writes Alison Day of St Paul’s). Fortunately, the lightning struck at 7.10am when only a few staff and no children were on the premises. Teachers reported that they felt the building shake and thought that the main site had been hit when sparks shot from the sockets. Other staff soon arrived to hear a constant piercing alarm and it quickly became clear that the school would have to be closed, at least for the day. Staff manned the gates letting parents know that the school would be closed and advised them to listen for further information on the local radio as the school phones lines were down. Despite conductors on both buildings, the lightning struck the side of the Performing Arts Centre [see picture], a separate building, leaving only a dull black mark! However, it damaged all the earths, and every electrical connection had to be checked for safety. It was a very difficult time for communication due to the suddenness of the strike, phone lines being severely affected and there being no electricity. The office staff stoically answered a constant barrage of calls from worried parents who understandably wanted

Where the lightning struck: pointed out by pupils (L-R) Gloria Blurton, Jodie Pfundstein, Hayden Ackerley, Charlie Mulvanny and Nick Duly

up-to-date information on the progress of the repairs. This put a great strain on the phone lines in and out of school with emergency calls having priority. During the four-day closure, eight electricians were employed. They continued to work over the weekend to ensure that the school could open on the following Monday. Unfortunately, the phone lines continued to be intermittent until the second week of the Autumn term, causing continued disruption to school life.


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Award for Bohemia sock-puppet film-makers BOHEMIAN FILM-MAKING DUO The Golden Age scooped a ‘highly commended’ award at the recent Hastings 5-day Film Challenge for their film Looking Good, a St. Leonards-based film noir featuring sock puppets [below]. The Golden Age team is Sarah Janes and Thaddeus Skews [pictured, right] and they won the best film award last year for their film For Biddenfew. The overall winner this year was A Touch of Pink by Trevor Anderson – an amazingly slick production, featuring fabulous special effects that included blowing up the De La Warr pavilion. Prizes also went to the films: The Secret Life of Milk (highly commended), Alice Turner in Pot Luck (best acting), Kuribagiwashi (best look), Checkbook Charlie (people’s choice - picked from a hat) and Poodle Flu (best laugh). The competition, co-ordinated by Phil Smith is one of the highlights of the Coastal Currents arts festival and the Electric Palace Cinema’s concurrent Shot by The Sea film festival. Competitors have to pick the title and genre out of a hat, and script, shoot and edit a three-minute film in 5 days. Anyone can enter. Film-making experience is most definitely not required and Phil and his team even set up a special edit clinic at the universi-

Thad & Sarah – win film-making award

ty this year. This year’s award ceremony was held at Venuu in George Street and it was packed with the film-making teams and paying film fans. A record 26 applicants returned films this year and the standard was higher than ever. There was an incredible mixture of styles and approaches on display and it was obvious some enormous effort was expended by all over the 5 tense days of the competition. Further info:

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Letters  Please write to the Village Voice (address, p 3). Letters may be abridged to fit. Jade plant stolen

Monkey puzzle

Dear Sir, a beautiful and valuable plant was stolen from my front garden. I will offer a generous reward to anyone who can provide information which leads to the safe recovery of this plant. On Tuesday the 8th September, I noticed that the large potted jade plant (also known as a money plant), at the front of our house was stolen. It measures about 85cm in height. The photo shows a smaller version of this plant for identification. The person(s) who took this plant knew of its value as one is unlikely to find a jade plant of this size for sale in garden centres. It is an indoor house plant which I put outdoors each summer. I am offering a generous reward to anyone who can provide any information at all that may lead to the safe recovery of this plant. Please e-mail me at or drop a note through the letterbox, or just call at the house. Thank you.

Dear Sir, with reference to the Voice, May 2009, I quite clearly remember the monkey puzzle tree in Bohemia Road. It was at no. 19 where Colonel and Mrs Rowlerson lived. The tree is so-called because it is looks so hard to climb. It was discovered in 1780 by Don Francisco Dendariarena in the Andes.

Mike Guye, 42 Salisbury Road, Bohemia.

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Sea Cadets Dear Sir, I am asking if, among your readers, there are any ex-members of Hastings Sea Cadets? In 2007 some old members got together and formed the TS Hastings Association with the object of supporting the corps financially. As it is an entirely selfsupporting unit there is no help from the Royal Navy these days. It is important that help to keep this wonderful youth organisation is forthcoming, so we are inviting old members to join the association and give their support. Please contact: Chris Lewis, Firecrest Gorse, Thorn Way, Fairlight, TN35 4BQ or

Kidney Research scam Dear Sir, a leaflet [picture] apparently from Kidney Research UK was recently put through my door. It said that unwanted goods, such as clothing of any type, etc were ‘urgently needed’. I cleared out a lot of dresses, suits and other clothes I can, unfortunately, no longer fit into! I packed up the clothes using my own bags and left them outside on the specified day. They were not collected then or later. I phoned Kidney Research and learned that the ‘appeal’ was a scam! They are not dropping leaflets here. They are distributed by unscrupulous people who sell at boot fairs and the like. P Kentli, Ghyllside Drive.

£2,000 gas bill help Dear Sir, in June 2009 I helped a lady on Income Support who was in a crisis. I discovered that each week she had to pay £15 for gas and £15 for electricity. This was far too high and had to be reduced but she was on a key meter and she needed electricity and gas to survive. Her husband had left her and the bills had fallen into arrears. I phoned the gas suppliers and said that it was too much to have to

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pay £30 a week for elec and gas because she had other bills to pay (water rates, phone bills etc), as well as food, and that she could not sustain herself and could this amount be reduced. I added that if the lady does not eat and ends up in hospital because of ill health, what good is she to anyone when none of the arrears will ever get paid – she needs to eat and live a basic healthy life. I helped her complete an application form to EDF Energy Trust*. Some weeks elapsed before I got a reply. They said that they had made a decision to grant her an award of over £2,000 to clear her arrears. Now she is no longer having to pay £30 a week for gas and elec and can budget properly and enjoy a better healthier standard of living. What a joy to see someone now being able to have a basic standard of living thanks to an award being made to clear her elec and gas arrears. Richard Smart, debt counsellor, 120 Bohemia Road.

*The EDF Energy Trust helps customers of EDF Energy who are struggling with their gas and/or electricity debts by means of an award or grant to clear those debts. The aim of the Trust is to give customers a fresh start and enable them to keep up to date with current bills. EDF Energy Trust, Freepost, PO Box 42, Peterborough PE3 8XH. Enquiries: 01733 421060. Fax: 01733 421020.

Jupiter Dear Sir, over the last few weeks the planet Jupiter has been the brightest object in the sky, after the moon. I have a 30x birdwatching telescope and when I looked at this planet with it, I was delighted to see four of its moons – despite a lot of light pollution in St Peter’s Road. It was a thrilling moment. I even managed to get a picture [above] by simply holding my digital camera up to the eyepiece. Mrs Jo Hunter, St Peter’s Road.

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Hastings Borough Council at Aquila House and reported everything I’d done. A week later, I was disappointed to see that nothing had yet been done and that the metal door was still sitting where I’d left it a week previously. Two weeks later (i.e. today), I noted that the door has disappeared and the pillar is filling up with leaves (picture). I realised that my original message had gone awry and that it was time to put my report in writing to the chief executive of HBC. I have therefore written today asking for an explanation of the lack of any observable response. Lewis Nicholls, Queen’s Road. (Tues 13th Oct).


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Council’s ‘lack of observable response’ Dear Sir, I regularly visit Bohemia. On Tuesday 29th September I saw evidence of vandalism to a pavement-mounted electrical service pillar. It is located outside St Peter’s Church at the junction of Bohemia Road and Chapel Park Road. The pillar’s metal door was missing, exposing the electrical wiring. I searched the church grounds, found the missing door and placed it out of sight behind the pillar. I then phoned EDF to report what I’d done but they told me to contact my local council. Next I telephoned

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Hastings Signs

Cheerful news

Dave Vicarey opened his new business, Hastings Signs, 259 London Road at the beginning of September. It’s very much a family firm, owned by Dave [pictured] and his father Eddie, and assisted by Dave’s younger brother, Steven Vicarey. Dave, who grew up in Hastings, said, “I was doing sign-making for a company in Bromley for three years. Then I decided to make a go of it on my own and return to Hastings. So far it’s doing really well.” He initially wanted to be an architect, but then decided that the length of training required would necessitate too much time sitting at a desk “That’s not me. I’m very much a hands-on person. I like going out and about doing this type of work and seeing the job through from design to installation.” He continued, “We offer top quality sign solutions to suit our customers’ every need, from supplying vinyl lettering to full vehicle graphics, from window displays to shop fascias. We provide all the answers to raising the profiles of our customers’ businesses.” Dave has recently designed and installed the shop fascia of Focus, a new estate agents starting up in Silverhill.

Despite announcing closure, Alison and Paul Ansell have decided to keep their shop, Cheap and Cheerful, open after all. The couple had decided to close due to falling sales attributed to the economic climate, lack of parking, gasworks in the weeks up to Christmas, shoplifting, and competition from shops which have opened since Cheap and Cheerful started two years ago, including the proposed Asda. After their closing down sale in October, Alison (pictured) had second thoughts. “So many people have been really nice and said they’d miss us. I’ve been saying, ‘Do come in to support us now we’re staying open – the profits on things under £1 are so small that you’ve got to sell a lot.” She is altering the name to ‘Cheap & Cheerful Discount Store’. The couple also opened a kiosk, Munchies, at Rock-a-Nore, last summer. ‘It did well, but is only seasonal’.  Cheap & Cheerful: tel: 443264.

 Hastings Signs, 259 London Road. Tel: 429292.

Gardeners’ Questions by Dave Kent Questions to ‘The Voice’: address p 3.

Q. My mobility scooter is missing. I weigh 34 stone and cannot get around without it. Can you help? Anita Harris (Mr). A. Dave : I suspect that you may have engulfed your scooter. There was a recent case where a postmortem on a very large person unearthed 2 mobility scooters and 6 dining chairs. You could try undressing, bending forward and asking someone if they can see any sign of a rear suspension or front basket. Failing this, make an urgent appointment with your GP as the motor may still be running and he may hear it with his stethoscope. If there is still no sign, go down to the beach and enlist the help of the lunatics with metal detectors. If they can’t find it then you should ask your GP to arrange an urgent postmortem as this could save you from being prosecuted for making a fraudulent insurance claim.

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New hair salon opens

Street bobby’s report

A new hairdressers’ has come to Bohemia Road. Lorraine Edwards [pictured] opened her salon, ‘Bohemian Hair’, at the beginning of October. Lorraine is sole proprietor, and this is her first venture. A local girl, she has lived in Silverhill all her life, and trained at Hastings College, where she got her NVQ2 in hairdressing. She worked for Eclipse, in Bohemia Road, for a while, before starting out with her own business. “I’ve gone for a contemporary look to the salon.” she said. “It’s quite welcoming. I’m happy to have people just talking about their hair – just nice and happy.” She said, “I specialise in Matrix and GHD straighteners.” Lorraine was pleased with the amount of bookings made by customers coming in on her first day. “I will be doing a loyalty card system, and a special percentage off for Christmas.” The salon is at 52 Bohemia Road, next to Mundays.

Andy Hubbard (pictured) is our local street bobby, (police community support officer, PCSO).

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 SALISBURY ROAD – September saw many issues in the Salisbury Road area from minor nuisance behaviour to physical violence on a pupil at St Paul’s School on the first day back. I hand delivered nearly 200 letters in the Salisbury Rd area asking for help and information to identify the youths responsible and establishing how many other residents have been experiencing problems. I have received a very positive response. Thank you to all residents who replied.  TAKE CARE – in regards to the change in the seasons may I please take this opportunity to pass on some advice to you all. As nights draw in please take care when out and about. Stay in well-lit areas if walking and let someone know where you are and what time you will be arriving. In respect of cars, park in a well-lit area and remove all items from view. If you go out at night please try to remember to leave a light on or a radio. The slightest doubt that some one may be in will deter the opportunist burglar!  GENSING PANEL – the newly established Gensing panel meeting that started off full of promise has taken a bit of a battering due to falling numbers attending. We started off with nearly thirty people and now we are at about 8 to 10. The panel is not for the police, it is for the residents of Gensing to have their say and make changes for the community. Please come along to the next panel meeting. I look forward to seeing you there. Thank you.

PCSO Andy Hubbard Tel: 07787


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Joe Joe’s – chicken & ribs takeaway shop opened in September at 87 Bohemia Road. Prices range from lunchtime offers at £1.99 (11am-3pm) to ‘Joe Joe’s’ Bucket’ at £9.99. Tel: 203344. Noise nuisance – a Bohemia resident, Mr Castro, was found guilty at Hastings Magistrates Court of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice. Magistrates heard evidence from Council officers that they heard loud music amounting to a statutory nuisance and that the resident had previously been convicted of a similar offence. They fined him £1000 plus Council's costs of £443. A council spokesman said "We will continue to take a strong line with those who make their neighbours’ lives a misery by playing loud music." [AC]

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Summerfields Estate

Local author Heather Grief is writing a new History of the Summerfields Estate as a fundraiser for the Bohemia Walled Garden Association (BWGA). Records go back to Domesday Book, when it was part of the manor of Crotteslegh (various spellings exist). Around 1800, the farm up the drive just north of the Police Station changed its name to Bohemia Farm, probably because it had an increasing trade in cream teas, served outside or 'gipsy' style, to the visitors taking walks up the footpath that Wastel Brisco got diverted in 1837. In 1824, the farmhouse was replaced by a fine mansion – the elevation [above] is from the plans – where wealthy families stayed for a break. Brisco bought it in 1831, and soon acquired other land in the area, to form a gentleman's estate. He built the walled garden, which the BWGA want to preserve and bring back into use. From 1903 to 1966, Summer Fields Preparatory School used the house and grounds. Then Hastings Council bought the estate with the intention of turning it into a civic centre. Unfortunately, they neglected the grounds and demolished the house in 1973. Heather would like more information, especially:  any photos of the house or estate from the 19th Cent.  photos of the walled garden any time before 1990.  people's memories of Summer Fields School, whether as pupils or staff.  any other memories of the estate, especially if anyone worked as a gardener, or has a relative or ancestor who did, and they have some information.  people who have records about the estate that are not available at the Museum or Library.  Heather Grief, 64 Tower Road West, Tel: 444277.

In short Southwater Area Residents Assn – SARA says that its membership ‘has been decreasing over the years’ and unless new members are willing to join the committee, the organisation ‘will have to be dissolved’. Info: Rita Monk, 25, Woodland Vale Road.

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Seagulls’ friend A new national organisation based in Bohemia is protecting the rights of the endangered gulls, including the herring gull. A rare species, there are only 220,000 resident herring gulls in Great Britain. They are locally common in Hastings, but this gives a false impression of the numbers of the species as a whole. “To put this in context, there are four million puffins.” says the organisation’s founder, Tim McKenzie. “Herring gull numbers have halved in the last ten years.” Since founding National Gull Rescue (logo pictured) this year, Tim and his colleagues have found that, though much maligned “by the vociferous minority”, the majority of people like herring gulls. “We’ve got supporters everywhere. Someone donated £500 last night.” Herring gulls are on the Red List of endangered species, and are now fully protected. There is a penalty of six months in prison or a £20,000 fine for anyone found guilty of harming a gull.  National Gull Rescue & Protection 07765 114599

In short Tesco for Bohemia? – rumour has it that supermarket giant Tesco is planning a Tesco Express outlet for Bohemia. Our informant is quite confident of his information but would not reveal his source. Speculation about where the new store might be situated centres around the existing minimarkets, Co-op Food and Costcutters. Spokesmen for both stores denied all knowledge of possible takeovers. The Co-op Food store has seen a number of owners over the past few years: Mary’s Food Market, Alldays and now the Co-op. St Peter’s Parents & Toddlers– parents and children were told by St Peter’s Church that they could no longer use St Peter’s church hall for their weekly meetings. The group, which has been running for thirty years, heard in September that they had to go, due to the change of use of the hall. Group organiser, Rosemary Noble, said, ”I’ve tried to find alternative accommodation but places are either in use on a Friday, have no suitable storage space, or the rent is too high. Parents and children met to distribute the toys amongst themselves, the rest going to St Michael’s Hospice.” The group is currently meeting at Clambers. Rosemary: 445117.

Masquerade – the fancy dress shop on the corner of Newgate and Bohemia Roads closed for business in September. Owner Sarah Givertz of Rye said falling sales was the main reason. Staff made redundant were Irene Cooper and Lizz Francis.

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The Pubs of Hastings & St Leonards – reviewed by Alan Jeffries ost books on pubs tend to be of the ‘Good … Guide’ and will list beers, food and number of bars. David Russell’s new book does none of this but instead describes our local pubs in their historic and social context and he does it in a very readable way. There is a multitude of well-researched facts and anecdotes here, which bring to life the chosen pubs. We are told Author David Russell about items as diverse as the Nag’s Head’s part in the St Leonard’s bonfire society, the FILO once sold draught milk(!) and the Palace Bars (now the Pig in Paradise) using electricity in 1894 from dynamos installed in caves behind the building. A couple of minor gripes – there is no general index and the book clearly has dates up to 2009 but the title would suggest otherwise. What better than to support the furtherance of public houses in today’s society, by visiting one of the open premises from David’s book and reading the relevant


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chapter whilst partaking of refreshments there?  The Pubs of Hastings & St Leonards 1800-2000 by David Russell has just been published. Illustrated by James Gray and Jean Hope. 232 pages. ISBN 0 9562917 07. Copies are available from Bohemia Village Voice office, 79, Bohemia Road, TN37 6RJ. Price: £10.99 or direct from the publishers at tel: 01424 200227.

Pubs in Bohemia David has included three Bohemia pubs in his book: the Wheatsheaf, the Dripping Spring and the North Star. He has kindly given permission for the Voice to publish extracts in future issues about these three pubs plus several more not included in the book: The Tower Hotel, the Prince of Wales (now the Labour Party HQ), The Bohemia Arms (now Siam Property), The Hearts of Oak, The British Workman (the first 'temperance pub' to be opened in the South of England) and Bernie Thurloe's Off-Licence (now home of local historian Edward Preston at 63 Bohemia Road).

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Shops, hospital and services in Bohemia A century ago Bohemia had a bustling shopping centre – by local historian Edward Preston

he community which had become established in Upper Bohemia developed as one of the most successful shopping centres in St Leonards, with a range of shops covering almost every conceivable service. In more recent times, although the range of shops has declined, there being no longer a butcher or candlestick maker, most essential services remain, and Bookman’s Halt, among others, still attracts customers from far afield. The attractiveness of Upper Bohemia as a shopping centre will hopefully be maintained, for two shops, numbers 77 and 79, having fine fronts and interesting interiors were awarded listed building status in 2004, and no. 79 has been refurbished [as the offices of the Village Voice].


In recent times, Bohemia proper has become home to the central police station, to the law courts, the register office, the fire station, the ambulance station and now has a garage and supermarket, and the cricket ground at Horntye Park. One other service, which sadly has been lost to the locality, was that of the Buchanan Hospital. This had originated in 1881 at no. 24, Southwater Road, as the Buchanan Cottage Hospital for treating severe cases referred from the Eye Department of the St Leonard’s Homeopathic Dispensary. Then in 1884, on land given by Mr C. C. Eversfield, the Buchanan moved and became a General and Eye Hospital. Gradually developing and expanding, it was not until the middle of the 20th century that the Buchanan became the maternity hospital for the town. [Photos by courtesy of Joyce Letchford] Note: in our February issue Edward will be looking at our pavements!

Bohemia Road, looking north,1974

Butler’s, corner of Salisbury Rd, 1971

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Walled Garden project gets help from the gods THE BOHEMIA WALLED GARDEN project is getting under way as it grabs the imagination of local organisations and individuals. Grants, donations, and other help are moving the project forward, though reams of paperwork are preventing things from progressing as fast as they could. Sue Thomson of the Bohemia Wallled Garden Association (BWGA) said, “After joining the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers we applied for two grants for “green” groups. We succeeded in being awarded £120 from the Chestnut Fund towards our insurance with Zurich, to insure volunteer workers. This was topped up with money received from our donations appeal. We were also awarded £350 for tools which arrived at the end of September. They will be used for clearance and gardening: loppers, saws, sickle, billhook, spades, forks, secateurs, trowels, etc.”

Bacchus statue, with its acrylic cerulean blue colouring, destined for Bohemia Walled Garden

Bohemia Walled Garden Association

Donations and correspondence may be sent to the BWGA c/o Bohemia Village Voice, 79, Bohemia Road, St Leonards, TN37 6RJ.

Sue approached local building supplies merchants Travis Perkins for a dented or damaged wheelbarrow that would be considered unsaleable. “I was told that they could not offer me one like that ... but instead they gave our group a brand-new, perfect one!” She continued, “Through Hastings Voluntary Action we received a £500 grant from Hastings Council available to small groups working for the benefit of the community. This will be used to buy ten panels of security fencing, to secure the site where the walls are damaged and need rebuilding. Currently, the brambles and some old wire fencing are acting as a barrier. This of course will be removed as part of the restoration process. “We have received two very generous donations from local residents, (for £100 and £50), who wish us well with the restoration work. We’ve also been offered a large statue of Bacchus, the god of wine & vines [left], which we hope to accept when the garden is cleared and laid out.

“Over the last two months we have had meetings with other potential funders and on our open day we met on site and had discussions with other partners who may be able to assist with building and construction. Unfortunately, we are still not able to invite volunteers into the walled garden to help with the clearance. We have supplied the Council with the proof of our insurance and copies of our Method Statement and Risk Assessment documents. Now we are considering a contract that the HBC’s legal department has sent to us, which will probably require a degree of consultation and negotiation.” Once HBC has approved all the documentation, the BWGA will be able to send out an invitation for volunteers to meet at the garden to get started with the practical work. Sue said, “At last we will be able to make a practical difference to the neglected state of the walled garden!”  Heather Grief’s forthcoming History of the Summerfields Estate will include a detailed treatment of the walled garden, with descriptions of its construction and use, dated with reference to old maps. Proceeds will go to the BWGA.  Trish Audis of St Mary’s Star-of -the-Sea School in Magdalen Road, which lies a few minutes walk from the walled garden, said ‘We’d love to get our children involved with the project.”

Bacchus Members of the Bohemia Walled Garden Association were delighted when they were given an 8ft statue of Bacchus*. “We would love to give the ‘Blue Bacchus’ a home in the walled garden”, said Sue Thomson of the BWGA. “We can’t place it at the moment as the site is too insecure and the statue would only be an invitation for vandals.” Local donator of the piece of art, Brian Wallace, has assured the BWGA that it will be stored in a safe place until it can be given a good home. *Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and intoxication, known as Bacchus to the Romans.

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Mabel Stringfellow Goodbye to Mabel, aged 85 – Roger Sweetman remembers his ‘eccentric friend’. first met Mabel Stringfellow soon after I became a member of the Stables Theatre and often joined her for a ploughman's lunch in the bar there on a Saturday. Mabel was Secretary of the Stables Trust (1984-2000) and she asked me if I would become her minute secretary at management meetings as this would enable her to take a full part in proceedings. I found myself saying yes – it was difficult to say no to Mabel. One of her duties was the Stable Newsletter and she always ensured an interesting edition which was out on time. Mabel was usually brightly dressed and often wore a hat and usually a smile, and when the theatre stopped their lunches she became a welcome regular at the First In Last Out in the High Street.


After stepping down as secretary, Mabel still remained an avid supporter of the theatre and had been a patron of the Phoenix Theatre Musical Group for many years. She always jumped at an offer to visit the theatre and I enjoyed several trips to Lewes’ Little Theatre with her. A visit to the theatre with Mabel could be an intense experience as one felt she was there on the stage with the performers, sometimes even responding to the utterances and the actions of the actors. She always smiled when I spoke of her as an eccentric friend and we enjoyed much laughter together even during her last few

weeks in the hospice. Mabel loved people and to know her was to like her. She greatly valued the friends she made. Her interests were varied. A lover of birds she was a member of the RSPB, she was also interested in the countryside and looked forward to her visits to the South of England Show. A volunteer with the Friends of the Conquest, I have been served by Mabel on several occasions when she was working in the hospital shop. I knew little of her working life so I am indebted to others for this information. Mabel was deeply involved with public service, as secretary to the chief executive of the community health council and later in a similar capacity to the Governors of St Leonards C of E Primary School. In later years she worked in a secretarial capacity for Gladys Stewart and particularly with Gladys' work with MS. I will miss seeing her around and propping up the Stables bar after a performance with Mabel enjoying her favourite tipple, Famous Grouse. Mabel brought a little joy into many people’s lives. Roger Sweetman  Mabel died in June 2009. A service was held at St Augustine’s Chapel on Friday 3 July with a eulogy by Margaret Ross and tributes by Gladys Stewart, and by Chris Lacey, former chair of the Stables Theatre.

In short Bohemia to copy Folkestone? – a trip was recently arranged to visit Folkestone to see how the town is bringing disused shops back into use. Following the trip the Bohemia Area Association has formed a sub-committee to look at whether a similar idea might work in Bohemia. Info: BAA, tel: 445086. [AC] Inner Earth Electrics – of Sedlescombe Gdns, offers portable appliance testing. Other services include inspection for domestic and commercial customers. Tel: Terry, 722891 & 07891 787145. Credit Crunch Lunch – available at Summerfields Leisure Centre in Bohemia Road. Toasties and sandwich menu from £1.80. Bag of crisps; sandwich or toastie and a drink £3. Info: 0845 337 4040. Free swimming – for the over 60s, at any rate. Increasing numbers of elderly residents are taking advantage of free swimming sessions at Summerfields Leisure Centre in Bohemia Road. There must be forms to fill in? No – just turn up with some proof of age, such as driver’s licence or pass-

port and join any public swimming sessions – simple. Alternatively, you can buy a year’s pass for £2 which is ‘swiped’ each time you attend. The pool is open for adult use as follows: Mon: 6.15am to 6.00pm Tue: 6.15am to 8.30pm Wed: 6.15am to 8.30pm Thur: 6.15am to 6.00pm Fri: 6.15am to 6.00pm Sat: 10.30am to 2.30pm Sun: 9.30am to 7.00pm

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For further info: Summerfields: 0845 337 4040. Christmas Concert – will be held at Hastings Museum in Bohemia Road on Friday 11 December at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine and a mince pie. Info: 0845 274 1052. Dominic's Barber Shoppe – on 1st October the business relocated from Bohemia Road to 52 Sedlescombe Rd North, opposite St Luke's Church and the Welcome Stranger pub. Tel: 712252.

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Puzzle Corner Picture puzzle Calling all keen-eyed observers: somewhere in central Bohemia there’s a large building with an ornate and very colourful front, a little of which is shown here – but where is it? A £10 gift token, kindly donated by Empress Art of Tower Road will be awarded to the winner. Closing date 1st December 2009. Our address is on page 3.

Last month’s puzzle The flotilla of colourful ships are to be seen on the inside of the boundary wall at Christchurch School, Woodland Vale Road. A £10 Empress Art gift token has been sent to the winner, Bethany Bray, age 10, from Springfield Road, herself a pupil at Christchurch School. Well done Bethany.



Which four, different, 6-let- 2 ter words, all anagrams of 3 each other, mean: 1) becomes free from 4 obscurity or darkness, 2) people who fasten shoes, etc, 3) the white outer covering of the eyeball, 4) climber? [Answers on page 31]

Nine dots puzzle Can you draw four straight lines passing through all nine dots in the figure shown without lifting your pencil from the paper? [Answer on p 31]

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Bohemia Village Voice No. 72

November 2009

A free listing for all businesses, advertisers and organisations in and around Bohemia & Silverhill. 1066 ENTERPRISE 205500. 1066 HOMES Builders 211321 1066 TYPESETTING 441390. A21 CAFE Bohemia Rd 433375. A&M Glaziers 235 Lond R. 717161. A1 ROOFING Daniel Brown 07882 379 478 or 01424 718149. AFRICAN VARIETIES 91 Bohem. Road. 718459 & 07927 954719. AGE CONCERN Advice 775721 AL-ANON Provides help for families and friends of problem drinkers. Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne. Tel: 02074 030 888 ALEXANDER SCHOOL 424843. ALEXANDER TECH’QUE 465838. AMONGST Other Things 719679 ANDERSON, K J Paint & dec 446972 ANDREW’S LANDSCAPES 429338 ANIMALS AT HOME 07886 644649 APOLLO TRAVEL S’hill 429255 AQUA TRIDENT Boh Rd. 427988. ARKO Property management. 123 Bohemia Road. 439786. AROMATHERAPY Manami. 446265 & 07961 377585. ARTEMIS Nursery Chap Pk R. 461188. ASTEC Computing S’hill. 460721. AUSTIN Electricals 08454 198 720 AUTOPOINT 221 Lond R. 718700. AUTOTEC Servicing, MOT, repairs. 30b St Peter’s Rd. 07802 648374. BADMINTON Clubs at Horntye Park: Tues 440820. Wed 722640. Thur 432916. Summerf’lds: 781777. BAKER, Mike Maths tuition. 717053 BAR DIVA Sed Rd N, S’hill BARCLAYS Bank S’hill 0845 7555555 BARCO Brickwork 0800 169 6995. BARCROFT TOURS 200201 BARROW, Steve. Carpenter 716039 BARTLETT Arts 45 Boh R 721566. BASE PIZZA 99 Boh. Rd. 201120. BATTLE HEALTHY LIVING 773373 BEDTIME Frames & mattresses. 134 London Rd. 440034 & 715650. BEST KEBAB Ye 69 Boh R 719889. BET BET BET 43 Boh R. 444044. BEXHILL COLLEGE 215 746 BIZFIZZ 205509. 07771 645263. BLOOM’S PHARMACY 55 Boh R. 421072. 200255. BODY, (Richard) Solicitors. 66 Boh Rd. 201301. BODY WISDOM – see under ‘Yoga’ BOHEMIA AREA ASSOC 445086. BOHEMIA COUNS’ING 722923. BOHEMIA LIGHTING 427550. BOHEMIA VILLAGE FAYRE Sat 18 July 1-10pm Free. 07849 093154 BOHEMIA VILLAGE VOICE 79, Bohemia Road. 01424 430460.  BOHEMIA WALLED GARDEN Assoc. BOHEMIAN HAIR 52 Boh R 444567

BOOKMAN’S HALT 127 Boh R 421413  BP SERVICE STN see ‘Silverhill’ BRACEY & BROWN Tel: 854084. BRECKLAND MOBILITY 35 Tower Road. 438300 & 0800 783 8205. Mob: 07780 995413. BRITISH RED CROSS Medical loan office. 38 Newgate Rd. 425342. BUCHAN, Stewart. 435922. BUDDIES Pizzas 87 Boh R. 203344 CAFÉ 67 67, Boh. Rd, 423291  CAKE BOX 49 Boh.Rd 420872.  CAPITAL DEBT 0845 302 6408 CAPITAL LEGAL SERVICES 9-15, Sedlescombe Rd N, S’hill . 444461. CARTWRIGHT, Andrew 203231. 717140 CASA LIFELINE alarms. 776640 CHANTRY, Jenny Counsellor 07708 232450 CHAPEL PARK CENTRE 714095 CHEAP & CHEERFUL Discount store. 65 Bohemia Rd. 443264.  CHRISTCHURCH School 422953. CLARKE, Peter Carpenter 440685 CLARENCE Pub. Silverhill. CLIPPERS Sed Rd N S’hill 444500 COLEMAN Construction 714885 COLLECTIVE Legal Solns 465267. CONCORDIA HALL 07964 065474. CONNECTION Pizza S’hill 442004 COMMUNITY INFO CENTRE 16 Silchester Road, St L. 438291.  CO-OPERATIVE FOOD 45 Bohemia Road. 01424 423875.  CO-OPERATIVE FOOD 9-15, Sedlescombe R N, S’hill. 432767  CO-OP FUNERAL 233 Lon R 444325. COPY CATS 59, Boh. Rd 423328 COSTCUTTER 68 Bohemia Rd  COUNTRYMAN DECOR 201849 CREATE RECORDS 461045 CREST HOUSE Care home. St Matthew’s Road. Tel: 436229 CROWN TAXIS Family firm 855855. CRYSTAL HEALING 07940 181 215. CURRY HUT 51 Boh Rd. 200451. DANNY’S DISCOUNT Silverhill. DBM Property Services 442380 DENTISTS 56 Chap Pk R. 433666. DESTINATION MX 18B Tower Rd. 439767. DOCTORS – see ‘Sedlescombe House’ and ‘Silver Springs’. DOGG PA HIRE . 07814 659729 DOGGIE REHAB 07878 739467 DOMINIC’S Barber Shoppe 52 Sed Rd N, opp Welcome Stranger. 712252. DRIPPING SPRING Robin & Joan. Camra pub. Tower Rd. 436222.  EASY BUILDERS 72 Boh R 721890 EAT CAFE Warr Sq Station  ECLIPSE 73 Boh R. 44 44 22.  EDDIE Disco. 07761 544 250. EHREN FRANCIS 07917 305621

ELSINORE GARAGE 44 00 55 EMPRESS ART Picture framing, prints, greetings cards, watercolours by local artists. Colin Green. 3/4 Tower Road. Tel 442000.  ESCC Children’s Services. Tower Bldg, Lower South Rd. 720702. EXPRESS CLEAN Cleaning service. 01424 436282 & 07971 673623 FAIRYTALE PHOTOS 68/70, Sedlescombe Rd South. 420588. FALAISE FITNESS Falaise Rd  FAMILY HISTORY FAIR 437493 FASTPRINT Gensing Rd 440204 FIRE BRIGADES’ UNION 447700. FISHER, P.A. Butcher. S’hill 444022 FITZGRAHAM Solicitors 446666 FLICKERS Ladies’ & gents’ hairdressing. 16 Tower Rd. 439621. FLOORBORED Wood floors 201172 FLOWER SHOP 46 Bohemia Rd. Sharon. 423377. 429464. FLUDES CARPETLAND 445991 FORWARD, Cllr Kim. Tel: 781066. FOSTER, Michael MP Hastings & Rye. 84 Boh. Road. 01424 460070.

FREWYN (Duncan) 01797 252 268 FRYDAY’S Traditional fish & chips. 53 Boh Rd. Tel 01424 461391.  GABLES Day nursery. 426426. GARAGE on the GREEN Car sales: 718080. Repairs: 425599. GARDEN CLEARANCE 203991 Brushcutting 1A Edward R. GENSING WRITERS’ GROUP 438291 GENSING RESIDENTS’ ASSN, 9 North Street, St Leonards. 715764. GEORGE STONE Building contractor. 10 Tower Rd West. 436166. GOOCH UPHOLSTERY Recovering furniture. 200301. 717129. GOOD DAY 429 575. GORDON BUSBRIDGE Lounge, dining, 289 London Rd. 420368. GRIEF, Heather History talks. Bayeaux Tapestry, Bohemia. 444277 GROOVE TEST Funk parties. Marquee hire, DJs 07814 659729 HARVEY’S HOBS Lon R 721922 HASCOR CONSTRUCTION 211321 HASTINGS BADGER Soc. 439168. HASTINGS COUNTY COURT 710280. HASTINGS FILM CHALLENGE

HASTINGS FURNITURE SERVICE Dorset Pl 441112 HASTINGS MUSEUM John’s Place, Bohemia Road. 0845 274 1052. HASTINGS POLICE Station. 0845 60 70 999. To speak anonymously: 0800 555 111. Street bobby: to contact our local PCSO Andy Hubbard (pictured) direct, call 07787 685793. Constable for Gensing ward: Nick Marriott, 0845 60 70 999 (ext 16226). HASTINGS SIGNS 259 Lon R 429292 HBC ESTATES Horntye Pk, 451641. HERCULES Newsagent, groceries & lottery. Springf’d Rd. 712272  HIGH SPIRITS Newsagents, confect, Paypoint. 255 Lond R. 460996. HILLCREST GARAGE MoTs, repairs, Tower Rd West. 422157 HKS KITCHENS 138 London Rd. 443464. HOLDEN ROOFING Work g’teed. 01424 715223 & 07967 360398. HOPE, (Maurice) Complete building service. 222002 & 0792 758 4488. HORNTYE PARK Sports Centre. Banqueting, meeting rooms, wedding receptions, parties. Boh. Road. 716666.  HYPNOSIS & PSYCHOTHERAPY James Caspian. Positive change 714647 & 07939 542632. IMAGEN GALLERY 447518 IMPERIAL MOTOR Co 442200. INDEPENDENT CHURCH Edward Preston, 63, Bohemia Rd. 435849. INFORMATION CENTRE Queen’s Sq, Hastings. 0845 274 1001  IN TOUCH 464 888 INNER EARTH Electrics 722891 INSIDE OUT Theatre company. 12, Woodland Vale Rd. 438200 JOE JOE’S Chicken & ribs 203344 JOE WHITE Television S’hill 423577 KARINA’S Wools 131 Boh R. 712226

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

Tel: 712226 131 Bohemia Road KAT LEE RYAN Songwriter, singer. 07814 659729. KC COMPUTERS Computers & accessories, sales & service. 261 London R. 714713 & 08717 500202. KNIGHT Accountants 0845 302 6408 KÖTTING, Leesa. Artist 447303.

Bohemia Village Directory November 2009 LABOUR PARTY (Hastings & Rye) 424125. 84 Bohemia Road. LADY GARDENER £8/hr 447893 LEEVES, Simon. Plumbing & heating. Corgi reg. 11 Aldborough Rd. 444362. & 07940 791116. LEGENDS Guitar shop. 48, Boh Rd. 07731 340312 10.30-6 Mon-Sun LEONARD & SONS 719005 LIDL Supermarket 0870 444 1234. LITTLE FROG Murals & wall hangings. 0845 428 0259. 422133 LITTLE MILL BAKERY 265 London Road. Telephone: 421474. LITTLE SHOP 85 Boh R 07931 134489 LLOYDS Pharmacy S’hill 421132 LLOYDS TSB S’hill 0845 300 0000 LONGLEY Publications. 714423. M. HALL Motors 07773 216363 MAGIC WOK 45 Sed R N. 435710 MAGISTRATES’ COURT The Law Courts, Bohemia Road. 437644. MARTEL Colour prints. 205491. MARTIN’S NEWSAGENT Silverhill MASQUERADE Closed Sept 2009 MATHS Tuition Jane Hickman 435051 MATHS Tuition Mike Baker 717053. McWilliams, John Plast’ing 465085 MERCER & Son Funerals. 421805. MICK’S Keycutting. Handbags, shoe repairs, etc. 253 Lon R. 201775. MISTY’S Bric-a-brac. 75 Boh Rd  MONAGHAN, Samantha 426387. MR PIZZA Sed Rd N, S’hill. 202070 MUNDAY’S Newsagents, sweets, tobacco. 437233. 54 Boh Rd.  MUSIC GYM For those with profound disabilities. 444322. NATWEST BANK Silverhill branch. 142 London Rd. 0845 610 1234. NEIGHB’HOOD Watch 01273 404868. NEPTUNE Computing 07769 645423 NEWMAN’S CLEANERS Clothes cleaning. 62 Boh Rd. 465006. 

NOBLE GARDENS 715898 NORTH STAR INN Real ales. Clarence Road 436576.  NRB CARPENTRY 443 428 & 07968 019661 OCCASIONAL Gardening Company. 712086 & 07847 556 151. OPERA SOUTH EAST 111 Bohemia Road. Tel: 443316. ORGANIC HOME Kings Rd 436404 ORIENTAL RUGS ONLINE 78 Norman Rd OUTDOORSMAN Outdoor kit, nature watching, work, trekking, military, security, shooting, hunting, survival, camping. 122 Boh Rd. 429343. PARK LANE GROUP Residential letting. 141 Boh Rd. 0870 752 2540. PARK ROAD CHURCH Suns: 10.15 & 6.30. Coffee Shop: 10–12, Tues. 422350. Under 5s: 443030. PARSONS, (Bob) Brickwork, roofing, plastering, painting. 14, Boh. Rd. 07979 502842, 200135. PAT-A-CAKE Bakery. S’hill. 424454 PAUL’S Garden services 443264 PAVILLION Decorating 08081 559546

Bohemia Village Voice No. 72 PETER’S Fish bar S’hill. 433806. PHYSIOTHERAPY Margaret Blurton 07519 039969. PIANO TEACHER Kat Lee 20 yrs exp. 203 991 & 07814 659729. PIZZA GO-GO Silverhill. 718071 PIZZA HUT 728866. Fax: 422806. 172A Boh. Rd. PORTOBELLO Furniture. Anthony. 269 Lon Rd. 200650. S’hill 440927 POST OFFICE Sedlescombe Rd North, Silverhill. 435902.  PRESTON, Edward. Local historian, minister of religion & lecturer. 63 Bohemia Rd. 435849. PROSPER Home loans S’hill 712333 PURPLEFURBALL Bands, duos, events, kids arts. Tel. 203991 REGISTER OFFICE Births, deaths, marriages. 721722. Horntye Park. REIKI Indian head m’age. 201849. RESTO CLASSICS V W specialists. Clarence Rd. Philip Shaw. 445020 RE-DEC Decorating servs 425725

RE-DEC Decorating Services Richard Morris, painter & decorator 47 Cornfield Terrace, Bohemia

Tel: 425725 Mob: 07748 373 061 RIG OUT Baby accessories. S’hill RLS Ceramic tiling. 07531 507465 RODMELL, (Nicola) School of dance 07814 680933. St Paul’s School. ROSEANNA & BRYAN’S Bespoke cards. 429796 & 07762 060921.

ROSEMARY CONLEY Lisa: 756763 SADIE Dog walking 07884 111656. SALSA LOCO Tuition 214746 SCOTT JAMES Windows. 64 Bohemia Rd. 431422 & 435229. SEAGULL Rescue 07765 114 599 SECURITY FIRST Intruder & fire alarms, locks, safes, keys. 427550. 07973 322697. 71 Bohemia Rd. SEDLESCOMBE HOUSE Surgery. Dr Kaliniecki & Dr Lewis. 720574. SELLENS FRENCH Accountants. 93 Bohemia Road. 01424 446488. S.H. TACKLE Angling supplies. Live bait. 58 Bohemia Rd. 431583. SHELL SERVICE STN Bohemia Road. Tel: 01424 728950.  SILVER RIVER Chinese takeaway food. 56 Bohemia Rd. 433439. SILVER SPRINGS Medical practice, Beaufort Rd, Silverhill. Drs Cameron, Young, Schneider, Rae & Fmialowski. 422300. 428766. SILVERHILL BISTRO Cantonese restaurant 3 Sedlesc. Rd N. 718889 SILVERHILL CHIROPODY 425025 SILVERHILL CLUB 435368 SILVERHILL Computers 6-8 Lon Rd, St Leonards. 717717. SILVERHILL MODELS 431133 SILVERHILL SERVICE STATION (BP) Sed Rd N, Silverhill 438636.  SLIMMING WORLD - meetngs in Hastings and St Leonards MonThurs. Denise: 440293, Teresa: 465170 SLM Van Centre 755966 SMART, Richard 120 Boh Rd 422297

SOUTH-EAST ENTERTAINMENT 2B Tow Rd West. SRG Solar power 0900 988 6570 SOUTHWATER CENTRE Stainsby Street, (Warrior Sq Stn). Tel:461414 ST JOHN AMBULANCE 421105. ST LEONARDS Business Association ST LEONARDS FLORISTS 426477 ST LEONARDS WARR SQ Stn  ST LUKE’S Church, Silverhill. Sun: 10.30am. Rev Andrew Birch 447003. ST MARY Primary School. Jane Smith, head. Magdalen Rd. 427801. ST MATTHEW’S Church Sun services 10.30am, 6.30pm. Rev Mike Coe. Tel: 430262 & 425863 ST MATTHEW’S RESIDENTS’ Assn. Gaby Hill, chair. 434653. ST PAUL’S SCHOOL Primary. Karen Bye, acting head. Horntye Road. Tel: 424530. ST PETER’S CHURCH St Peter’s Road. Rev Chris Key: 425172. Parent & toddler Group: Rosemary: 445117. Rainbows: 445117. Brownies: 441051  ST THOMAS’ CHURCH Rev Ian Byrnes, 31c Magdalen Rd. 420815 STEVENS Richard LibDem 781026. STOP SMOKING NHS drop in clinics. 0800 917 8896. STREATFEILD HOUSE Residential home in Cornfield Terrace. 439103. STRICKLANDS 35 Sed R N. 423348 SUMMERFIELDS GUEST HOUSE Lux en-suite rooms, family suite. Open all year. 718142. Bohemia Rd. SUMMERFIELDS Sports Centre Boh Road. 0845 337 4040.  SUSSEX AMBULANCE SERVICE. Ambulance Station, Bohemia Rd. SUSSEX BIN CLEANING 751477 SUSSEX & KENT Home Improvements. 08000 833 467 SYCAMORE Computers 443377. T & D AUTO REPAIRS Clarence Road. 07885 719769. TALAY THAI Restaurant. 249 London Road. Mrs N. Barnes. 721852. TENNESSEE Fried Chicken. 43, Sed Rd N, Silverhill. 717575. THAYRE, Chris. Swimming pools. Shornden Passage. 439831. THE GREEN Lawn Tennis Club 430221 THE HAIRDRESSERS S’hill 446586

Page 31 TOWER HOUSE 1066 Guest accomm. 26 Tower Rd W. 427217  TOWER LAUNDERETTE 447889. TRACEY’S Barbers 07527 844 374 TRAVELODGE Hotel Open 24/7, 365 d/y. 0870 085 0950. 0870 191 1810.  TRAVIS Perkins Springfield Vall. 424300. TW CAR SALES 17 Tower Road. 719888. TWANA’S Car Mechanics, Salisbury Yard. 07931 134489. TYRE SHOP Upp S Rd 07983 919576 TYRELL, Allena. Artist. 718727. UPPER CUT Hair. S’hill 713477 VALE H’ware, Vale R, S’hill 436950 VAN AALST FairTrade VISUAL MAGIC 81 Boh R. 445578.  WASHTEC Recon domestic appliances. 74 Bohemia Road. 444784. WBM INSURANCE Business, home, private, car & travel insurance. 434675. 78 Bohemia Rd. WEBB, Trevor. County Cllr for Cent St L & Gensing. 07876 036931. WEBSITE DESIGN Alan Jeffries 236493 WEIGHTWATCHERS 07801 701 823 WELCH, Matthew. Artist. 443804. WELCOME STRANGER Pub. S’hill. WELFORD, (Peter). Electrical engineer & contractor. 6, St Paul’s Rd. 713611. WHEATSHEAF Public house. 172 Bohemia Road. 01424 432803  YESTERDAY STUDIO Your memories on DVD. Tony Wade: 443229. YMCA Sports centre & youth club. Roller skating, badminton, afterschool & activity clubs, chess, etc St Paul’s Rd. 429677. YOGA & natural therapies. 07930 442 639.

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Puzzle Corner answers THE ROOMS 33 West’n R 713555  TIFFINTIME 10 Sed Rd N. 432629 TILE DESIGN Wall & floor tiles, 2 Upp Pk R. 446613, 07973 176554. TOP GUN Specialist sportswear. 2 Shornden Passage. 719734, 719707. TOTE SPORT Sed Rd N, Silverhill. TOWER HOTEL Pub 721773.

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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  Single & double rooms  Your local neighbourhood care home – all rooms with en-suite facilities  Telephone in all rooms  Passenger lift to all floors  Short-term care available  External wheelchair access  Dedicated and trained staff  Two Victorian conservatories  Under same management since 1987  Short-term (respite) care  Home cooked excellent meals  Visiting chiropodist, optician & hairdresser  Special diets accommodated  Arranged activities and entertainment  Preferred provider  A good quality outcome for all awarded by to East Sussex Social Services

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

Bohemia Village Voice 72 (Nov 2009)  

Bohemia Village Voice 72 (Nov 2009)