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Bohemia Village Voice No. 75 June/July 2010 News magazine for Bohemia, Silverhill, Gensing, & Central St Leonards. Circulation: 15,000

A Scandal in Bohemia


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Editorial Hello from your new friendly local editor, Sarah Janes. I hope you enjoy our June/July issue; it has been a pleasure putting it together and getting to know the many faces that are involved with this wonderful news magazine. We have much to look forward to in the coming months, especially The Bohemia Village Fayre which is set for July 31st. We have some wonderfully creative, clever and interesting people living in Bohemia, as you will see in our new feature 'The Bohemians' – J.J. Waller's photographic gallery of portraits. The subject of Bernard McGinley's article 'A Scandal in Bohemia' is over – (and ugly) – development, as the war to save the convent on Magdalen Road from a massive housing scheme rages on. As always, we love to receive your news and views, so keep sending us your stories, letters and ideas and we'll keep printing them. We've tried to make it even easier to keep up-to-date by starting a Facebook page – search for 'Bohemia Village Voice' – and improving our new website www.bohemiavillage.com – many thanks to Alan Jeffries for this! The ever-increasing popularity of our magazine means we are now printing 15,000 (count 'em) copies each issue! Wishing all our readers a very happy June and July. Sarah Janes, editor. Our next issue is: August 1st 2010

Events in Bohemia JUNE Weds Crafty Elves Playgroup 9.30 - 11.30 at Silverdale Childrens' Centre FREE weekly event Thurs Surestart Playgroup 1 - 2.30 at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery FREE weekly event Tues 1 'Dream Journeys' with Ed Boxall. Book making for children 7+ £5 Booking essential. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Sat 19 Outside In, Pallant House touring expo of Outsider/Marginalized artists from the South of England. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. FREE Runs till 12th Sept. JULY: Sat 31 BOHEMIA VILLAGE FAYRE - The most exciting date on the Bohemia Calendar - Now featuring 'The Bohemia Club' tent! For a more comprehensive and updated list of events see our website - www.bohemiavillage.com Bohemia Village Voice 79, Bohemia Road, Bohemia, Sussex, England, TN37 6RJ. Tel: 01424 430460. Email: editor@bohemiavillage.com Website: www.bohemiavillage.com Publisher: John Humphries. Editor: Sarah Janes. Proofreader: Sheila Shepheard. Consultant editor: Julian Beecroft. Website manager: Alan Jeffries. Advertising sales: Sarah Janes. Accounts: Pam Brown. First published 2006. © John Humphries. Circulation: 15,000 (unaudited). Published every two months. Copies hand delivered in and around Bohemia, Gensing, Silverhill and Central St Leonards and distributed via shops and other outlets. Deadline: 1st of the month preceding publication, e.g. 1st Jan for Feb/Mar issue. Subscriptions: by post for one year (6 issues) £6 (UK). Printed in England.

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In short Car vandalism spurs extra police patrols – there has been a spate of car vandalism in the Bohemia area. The damage includes attempts to gain entry, broken wing mirrors and scratches across bodywork. Hastings Police Station and PCSO Andy Hubbard are aware of the situation and Bohemia will be subject to increased high visibility patrols and monitored by CCTV. If you see anything or have any information please contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999. www.sussex.police.uk Clarence Road crack den – cracked! – Police seized hundreds of pounds worth of drugs and arrested three people (a 32 year old woman, an 18 year old man and a 16 year old boy) at an address on Clarence Road on Wednesday April 28th. They found 32 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin and a substantial amount of money. The two males who are from London have been remanded in custody and the female, who is local, has been bailed whilst forensic investigations are carried out. PC Simon Varden of Hastings Police said: "This is another example of public information given to the police resulting in a positive outcome." Bohemia Village Fayre – Our favourite local festival is scheduled for the 31st of July this year and organiser Kat Lee-Ryan is planning to make it the

most brilliant one yet. Subject to permission there could be a dance tent as well as the traditional live band stage. Food, crafts, art are also planned and there will be a presence from those campaigning against over-development on the convent site on Magdalen Road. If you'd like a stall or have got an idea, Kat would love to hear from you - Kat Lee-Ryan 07814 659 729. The Haven has Guam mud – Teresa at The Haven has a host of new treatments available including the famous Guam seaweed mud wrap which is used to treat cellulite. The full service includes an all-over exfoliating massage and dry brush, followed by the seaweed mud application which is then covered in cling film. You are then tucked up in blankets and left to transform from a lumpy caterpillar into a beautiful and hopefully cellulite-free butterfly. Once mud-free, the treatment ends with an all over moisturising massage. The Haven: 435355.

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Bohemia Book Fayre

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Held 20th March 2010 – report by Paul Rummery

Firstly the numbers. We made a total of £807.80. A fantastic result. Last year’s total was slightly higher but that was helped by five books alone making us £200. We did not have that luxury this year so it makes our total even more of an achievement. When you think that paperbacks were 30p and hardbacks £1 then I estimate we sold in the region of 1500 books. We are donating the money as follows: l £150 to St Peters Church to purchase six tables (to enable us to carry on the Book Fayre). l £500 has gone to St Michael's Hospice. l £160 to The Pulse School of Dance – many thanks go out to Marc Hall who runs the Dance School whose hospitality and help in the run up to, and during the event contributed to its success. Quite a few of the Pulse members attended and bought books. I would like to thank all the people who worked very hard setting it up the night before, serving on the day

and then finally clearing it all up and stacking the books away for next year. Further thanks are also due to the generous people who donated books to us. I am always surprised by the sheer quantity and quality of the books we get given in just the few weeks before the event and this is largely down to the Village Voice: I collected books from as far as Ore to Glyne Gap and they all read about it in the magazine. [PR]

Dogs hanging from trees in Alexandra Park In Alexandra Park damage to trees and items of park furniture has been caused by people hanging their dogs from them by their jaws. The misguided owners of the dogs which are, for the most part, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staff crossbreeds, think this is some form of training. The poor dogs are often taunted and abused or hung from such a height that they are afraid to fall. Obviously after receiving abusive treatment like this from their owners, these dogs can become rather aggressive and it is a sad fact that many of them end up in animal rescue centres or are simply dumped because their owners are unable to cope with them. Two park benches (below, left) were repaired near the Clarence Road entrance after they were shredded by claws and teeth. Trees next to Harmer's Pond (below, right) have also been badly damaged. Martin Jenks in the Parks and Open Spaces Department at Hastings Borough Council stated this is a problem across Hastings and St. Leonards, and also said that it is the reason why many swings have been removed from childrens' playgrounds, as the swing seats were also used in this way. o If you witness this activity you can call the RSPCA's Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999.

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Bohemian in Thai hospital Gus Golding (pictured), son of Bohemian business man, Mark Golding (who had the Organic Home on King's Road) is still in hospital in Thailand after becoming extremely ill whilst on holiday with his girlfriend Natalie Evans. His holiday insurance company Europ Assistance will not pay out and Gus is stuck on Koh Samui with what doctors believe to be Churg Strauss vasculitis, a disease of the blood which damages the lungs. Gus is receiving treatment, but there is likely to be an enormous bill. His family have set up a Facebook page (Search: Help for Gus) and a bank account for donations towards his treatment. Latest news from Mark is that Gus is out of a coma, breathing unaided and eating which is a fantastic improvement. Best wishes to Gus and his family from everyone here.

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June 2010 100 YEARS AGO

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Bohemia Observer 1910 –

HASTINGS BOROUGH BENCH

RUNAWAY HORSE.

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED A passing tramcar was the cause of a serious accident

yesterday

(Friday)

afternoon,

at

St.

Leonards. A fine but restive horse was drawing a four-wheeled dog cart along Bohemia-road, when a tram-car frightened the animal, which shied violently and bolted. It went at a tremendous pace down Chapel Park-road, kicking furiously. The driver, Mr. Edwards, one of the best drivers in Hastings, tried pluckily, but without avail, to control the horse. He endeavoured to turn it in the direction

of

De

Cham-road.

Opposite

Dr.

Ballingall's house, the horse got its hind foot over the shaft, and the driver was thrown with great force, and must have been dragged some distance along the ground, judging from the fact that the heel of his boot was torn off. The horse broke free from the harness, and continued its career down Chapel Park-road. It was unable to turn down St. John's-road, and crashed into the iron palings which surround the basement area of 16, St. John's-road. So great was the force of the collision that the palings were wrenched clean out, and the animal crashed into the area, smashing several flower-pots, which stood on the window ledge, and breaking the window. It lay bleeding upon broken glass and the remains of flower-pots, and breathing hard. Edwards had suffered serious injury. His left leg was grazed and the knee dislocated, whilst one side of his face was bruised and bleeding. He was dazed, but, on the whole had a fortunate escape. Dr. Ballingal was quickly in attendance, and bandaged the wounded man. He was conveyed away from the scene of the accident on a stretcher, in a four-wheeler. Meanwhile some men from Skinner's stables had arrived on the scene. The horse continually lashed out, but a man held its head down, and eventually it struggled to its feet. Its left side was found to be much cut; it was not, however, very seriously injured otherwise. Eventually it struggled out of the area without further mishap. The dog-cart was considerably knocked about. [From Hastings & St Leonards Observer, 1910]

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Vintage hairstyling You can now re-live the glory days of Bohemia with a Louise Brooks bob or a Blousey Brown finger wave from the stylists at Bohemian Hair. Starting at £20, they now offer a Vintage Hair-Styling Service. Up-dos on quotation. Call 01424 444 567

Pulse School of Movement On Sunday April 18th, Team Pulse took part in the Lions District ‘It's A Special Knockout’ at the Heathfield Leisure Centre, gaining a respectable 96 points and winning The Best Joker Design Competition. A great day was had by all. (Thanks to Mark Hall for photo and details)

Sveiki Atvyke! Or - 'Welcome!' to the new Baltic Food Shop on Bohemia Road. Owners Aurimas Gudaitis and Evaldas Vilkevicius are from Šilute and Marijampole in Lithuania and stock a wide range of traditional food from the Baltic regions including many Lithuanian specialities. John and I have already sampled many of their wares and we can Aurimas Gudaitis thoroughly recommend the delicious Lithuanian bread, gherkins, curd cheese and ham. Aurimas has contributed a lovely recipe (see page 27) for one of his favourites summertime Lithuanian dishes – Šaltibaršciai, a cold beet soup, a little like a creamy borscht. We wish them every luck with their new business venture. www.bohemiavillage.com


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Elizabeth Preston

June 2010

A ‘douce’ and well loved lady – remembered by Bill Third

ith great regret we report the passing away on May 5th of Elizabeth Preston, née White, much loved wife, mother, grandmother and mother in law of Edward, Kathleen, Samuel and Reg and dearly beloved sister of Thomas. Elizabeth, who lived for more than 36 years in Bohemia, was well known for her good works and was a valued school governor of Christchurch Church of England primary school for 12 years until 1995. A kindly, understanding person she was recognised as having the 'wisdom of words' a spiritual gift which helped people in many difficult situations. Elizabeth was a 'douce' or gentle lady as they would say in her native Scotland, despite being a descendant of Rob Roy MacGregor the legendary highland hero. So what brought her to St Leonards? In her native Kilmarnock, Elizabeth worked as a young woman in communications at Prestwick airport, where she came into teleprinter contact with an RAF national serviceman in London called Edward Preston. This led to pen friendship, several exchange visits in 1959-60 and marriage in 1961. The couple set up home in Edward's native Chiswick where he worked in local government for many years, and where Elizabeth gave birth to daughter Kathleen in 1966. The family moved to St.Leonards in 1973, when

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Edward gave up his work in local government. This gave him more time to concentrate on his abiding interest in history, Charles Dickens, and his work as a lay preacher. On April 6th 1974 Elizabeth opened the 'Oliver Twist Tearooms' on Bohemia Road Elizabeth Preston and ran it for seven years. As with so many things in their lives, this was a joint effort with Edward helping out in many ways. Elizabeth supported Edward in his work as secretary of the International Dickens Fellowship, his work as a local historian and his preaching at the Independent Church in Albany Road. Elizabeth and Edward were a very close and loving couple. She was a devoted mother to Kathleen and grandmother to Samuel and will be sorely missed by her husband, family and many friends throughout the community, of which she was so very much a part. Bill Third

Outside In 19 June – 12 September 2010 In partnership with Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to present…Outside In, an exhibition showcasing the work of prize-winning outsider and marginalised artists. Since the early 20th Century, the terms Art Brut or Outsider Art have been employed to describe individuals who produce art from the edges of society. Typically having little or no contact with the institutions of the mainstream art world, they rarely receive any formal recognition, despite the often highly personal and idiosyncratic characteristics of their artwork. Outside In is a groundbreaking project which was set up by Pallant House Gallery in 2006 in an effort to invite debate on the often overlooked subject of outsider art by providing a platform for artists who are marginalised due to health, disability or because their work does not fit a prescribed norm. A spokesperson for Outside In said: 'The goal of the project is to create a level playing field that enables access to the art world for all who create, however intuitively or unknowingly, and no matter how obscure. The challenge we are embracing is to reconsider how we define who is and is not an artist and what is and is not artwork in order to change attitudes in the mainstream art world…' The response to the first exhibition in 2007 was overwhelmingly positive. This exhibition was first open to artists just living in Sussex but has been widened to encompass the whole of the South of England. By 2011 the aim is to make the project national to create a much-needed platform for work in this field to be seen and valued. For further information please go to www.outsidein.org.uk Hastings Museum & Art Gallery Open daily Mon to Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 11am -5pm Shop, Parking, Disabled Access, Accessible toilet, lift Admission Free www.hmag.org.uk or telephone: 01424 451052 Cardboard Self by James Lake. Copyright the artist

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In short A Manifesto for Bohemia Here at the Voice we are in the process of putting together a 'Manifesto for Bohemia' and welcome contributions. How can we improve our area and what makes it special? We'd like your contributions and plan to print it in the next issue. Welcome back to Andrew The Voice is pleased to welcome back Andrew Cartwright as Labour Councillor for the Gensing ward. Andrew is a hardworking and conscientious representative for our area, and obviously popular too with 46.6% of the vote! Contact details in Directory. New Head at St. Paul's School Richard White takes over as Head of St. Paul's School on Horntye Road, which is now linked with St. Matthews (formerly linked with St. Peter's). Fresh Fruit and Vegetables in Bohemia? The Bridge Bag Scheme which runs from The Bridge Community Centre in Ore is planning a Bohemian pickup point for their bags of local and organic fruit and vegetables. Tanya Vice, (picture) who heads up the scheme, needs just 5 people to sign up to start the ball rolling. Email bridgeboxscheme@yahoo.co.uk or call The Bridge on 01424 433 611. Art for Empty Shops Although Bohemia Road has seen much improvement over the last few months (and unfortunately the loss of some antique shop signs in the process), HBC's Grotbusters team still has much work to do. There has been some speculation that Bohemia's empty shops could be filled with art for the forthcoming Coastal Currents Festival. This is a work in process but enquiries should be directed to organizers Lorna Crabbe and Sarah Yates at creativecoastmail@gmail.com

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Bohemia Village Voice No. 75 June 2010 From “The Pubs of Hastings & St Leonards” by kind permission of David Russell.

The North Star The North Star was built in the late 1860s by Joseph Wisden previously a guard on the South Coast Railway. He was granted a licence in 1871 and the pub opened with a new barmaid, Mary Jane Bell from Belfast, at £18 a year. She refused Wisden's offer of marriage and a present of a hat, after which he treated her badly and tried to recover the fare from Belfast. In court she said she wanted to leave the North Star because 'he has criticised everything I have done since I arrived'. She must have been popular as several customers turned up to support her. The case went against the landlord and she was awarded two guineas. Wisden was hissed as he left the courtroom and the North Star lost a number of customers and a good barmaid. Before the Newgate Estate was built there were complaints 'of the hawkers and others who congregate around the North Star and the fairs that takes place there with a general turmoil of rough music, roundabouts, shooting galleries, coconut throwing, brawling and shouting by a lot of worthless vagabonds'. The Bohemia Bonfire Boys met here in the 1880s. On November 5th they paraded around Bohemia and into town to join the main procession before returning to burn the guy. The processions started at

the North Star and everyone wore fancy costume dressed up as navy, army, police, highwaymen, crusaders, clowns or demons. They were led by a Brass Band and the merriment went on into the night. The previous pub sign showed only the pub name under the ubiquitous Watney's Red Barrel. The current sign dates from the 1990s and shows a steam locomotive built by George Stephenson in the 1830s. At one point the engine was shipped to New Orleans but they could not afford the asking price and it was duly returned to England. o David is interested in any Hastings & St Leonards’ pub memories and photographs. David Russell: 200227.

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Bohemia’s bravest boy

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Puzzle Corner Picture puzzle What might this strange looking object be, and where is it to be found in Bohemia? A £10 gift token, kindly donated by Empress Art of Tower Road will be awarded to the winner. Closing date 1st July 2010. Our address is on page 3.

Last month’s puzzle The Gee’s shop sign was exposed during the recent conversion of no 86 Bohmeia Road. A £10 Empress Art gift token has been sent to the winner, Mrs Beryl Miles of Upper Park Road. Well done, Beryl! Foam sweet foam – Kieran at Fire Station

Six year old Kieran Browning of Bohemia Road had a fantastic day with Blue Watch at our local fire station on 4th of May. Young Kieran had just undergone six weeks of radiotherapy treatment for a rare and inoperable type of brain tumour (brain stem glioma), but he still managed to dress in full fire kit and help test the foam and even take charge of the appliance as officer in charge. Whilst in hospital Kieran's parents asked him what he would like to do. His first word was "firemen". After asking whether this is what Kieran wanted to be, he replied - "No, I want to see the firemen". It was his school friend, whose dad works on Blue Watch, that started the ball rolling and after the long weeks of radiotherapy, a date was arranged for Kieran to spend an afternoon at the Bohemia Road Fire Station with his family; mum, dad and 3 year old brother Jayden. Kieran had a wonderful time and left with a great big smile on his face, loads of photos and some very happy memories. Kieran's family are understandably extremely proud of him and he is an incredibly brave little boy. He has amazed everyone with his positive attitude and complete lack of moaning! Blue Watch were delighted to have him at the fire station and we join them and indeed the whole of Bohemia in wishing him and his family the very best for their future. Young Kieran sets a brilliant example to all of us. May we all try to make the most out of every single precious moment of our lives and those of the Kieran with hose people that we love.

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Diane Haberstroh writes from Bohemia, New York

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SPECIES ..................... NO OF BIRDS

Canada Goose ......................25 Sharp-shinned Hawk ................2 Cooper's Hawk ........................2 Red-tailed Hawk ......................1 Herring Gull ..............................7 Mourning Dove ....................106 Eastern Screech-Owl................1 Red-bellied Woodpecker ..........5 Downy Woodpecker................14 Northern Flicker ........................1 Blue Jay..................................20 Black-capped Chickadee........23 Red-breasted Nuthatch ............2 Brown Creeper ........................1 Carolina Wren ..........................5 Golden-crowned Kinglet ..........1 European Starling ................126 Song Sparrow ........................12 White-throated Sparrow..........19 Dark-eyed Junco ....................80 Northern Cardinal ..................16 Red-winged Blackbird ..........185 Common Grackle..................925 Brown-headed Cowbird ..........95 House Finch ..........................14 American Goldfinch ................66 House Sparrow ......................39


June 2010

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Guerrilla gardener Chris

Bohemia's favourite guerrilla gardener Chris Tomlinson (above) was busy all winter beautifying neglected corners of Bohemia. Now that the flowers and trees are in blossom we can begin to see the fruits of his labour. If you receive this issue in time for the 26th May you may be able to attend his talk at the Friends Meeting House - 5 South Terrace in Hastings town centre, where he will joined by one of the gardeners responsible for the wonderful community garden on Lewes Road in Brighton. The talk starts at 7pm.

Bohemian photographer

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The Bohemians Photographer JJ Waller has been working in St Leonards since the summer of 2007. Better known for his commissioned portraits of top comedians like Paul Merton, Julian Clary and Reginald D Hunter his work in St Leonards has become an important documentation of a town experiencing significant changes. He regularly visits from his base in nearby Brighton and he and his camera have become a familiar sight on the streets of both Central St Leonards and Bohemia. “I have developed a great liking and respect towards this town and have made many friends here. I particularly like the architecture, the amazing light and of course the very friendly people.” Eventually JJ intends to publish his work as a book incorporating interviews with local residents, shopkeepers and artists. In the book will be a series of portraits of people living and working in Bohemia. “The Bohemians project has been an exciting collaboration with the Village Voice who have made introductions to nearly 25 people. I never really know who I’m going to meet when I ring the bell. It’s kind of people to agree to participate and invite me into their homes. It’s great that some of these portraits will get their very first showing in the Voice. I find a high degree of optimism and feeling for Bohemia and I hope that positivity is reflected in these portraits.” o You can see JJ Waller’s work at his website

The University of www.jjwaller.com If you would like to participate in The Bohemians portrait project or can recommend someone Brighton's Media who you think we should approach, please contact the Enterprise Centre Village Voice or email JJ Waller at office@jjwaller.com had an open day on the 22nd of April. The Bohemians – no. 1 Henry Baines The main attraction Wigmaker Henry, with wife Anne, lives in was the viewing of a ‘Henry’s House’ in St Peter’s Road. His vintage documentary film looks have landed him some interesting work as called Isolation an extra in such films as Harry Potter and which tells the story Scrooge. He claims to be the ‘oldest cowboy on of Bohemia-based the ranch’. Photo: pages 16/17. photographer Stuart Griffiths (pictured) Christchurch who is an ex-paraOUTDOOR KIT FOR THE OUTDOORS MAN trooper and began his career in the army. Stuart's Everything you need for the beautiful and moving images of those affected by London Road, St. outdoor life! war - especially former soldiers - have been featured Nature watching, work, trekking, Leonards on Sea in The Guardian and Independent and now form a military, security, shooting, huntSaturday 12th June ing, survival, camping, paintlarge part of this new documentary, directed by Luke 10am – 2pm balling, wargames, navigating Seomore and Joseph Bull. The Media Enterprise and more! Various stalls: Global mail order supplies – Centre offers training, facilities hire and networking Refreshments – Plants 30,000 products! opportunities for those working in the media indusBric-a-Brac 122 Bohemia Road tries in Hastings and St. Leonards. More information Games & Raffles St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6RP on the services, courses and events they offer can Tel: 01424 429343 Church Tours sales@outdoorsman.co.uk be found on their website: Organ Playing WWW.OUTDOORSMAN.CO.UK www.brighton.ac.uk/mediaenterprise . www.bohemiavillage.com

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Allingham, an Irish poet. We did not know then that it was called ‘The Fairies’. We did not believe in fairies anyway and wanted to climb trees.

Born in Bohemia

Dear Sir, I was born in Bohemia Road in 1918, over a music shop owned by Tyldsey – they sold pianos, etc. We later moved to five doors from the Wheatsheaf, in the good old days when beer was 4d a pint in old money, and Woodbines were five for tuppence. I was also in St Peter’s choir in the days of Bishop Andrews, who showed us lantern slides in his vicarage in Cornfield Terrace, all about his life in China. The vicar then was Rev Tarrant. In your mag a few weeks ago he was not mentioned, but with Bishop Andrews you named a man called Stapley. As I recall, Stapley was a sidesman and ran a shoe shop, near the Bohemia Post Office. There must be some oldies in Bohemia like me, who remember Rev Tarrant. He was well-liked and the ladies loved him; my mother thought he was great and and gave a good sermon. I have many happy memories of Bohemia Road. D T Necklen, Marline Road, St Leonards.

Summerfields Wood Dear Sir, as small trespassers we once chanted this verse as we ran around in Summerfields Wood. It is from a poem written in Victorian times by William

Up the airy mountain, down the rushy glen, We daren’t go a-hunting, for fear of little men. Sorry, no nuns in this one! Pamela Haines, Beaufort Court, Silverhill.

Merrick House Dear Sir, David Russell's article on Merrick House as a Temperance Pub is interesting, though in a way not surprising as in the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds, temperance was a big thing. Many churches were involved, running such childrens' groups as "The Band of Hope" where children had to sign the pledge to join, also the Salvation Army fought the battle against the demon drink. It must have been world wide as you had prohibition in America, and St. Matthews Church had the Temperance Queen of New Zealand in the early 1920's. What would these campaigners have made of today? As for Merrick House, after being a Police station it became a print shop, printing souvenir handkerchiefs and the like. The proprietor was a Mr. Jack Leighton, a highly thought-of councillor. Vic Chalcraft, Aldborough Road.

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The Great Escape TWO OF BOHEMIA’S MOST POPULAR LADIES are leaving us as Stephanie Sargent and Maria Williams (pictured) took early retirement from NatWest on May 28th. Stephanie has been at the Silverhill branch for about 10 years, and Maria has done 15 years in two stints. 'We're like a little community bank, that's the way we like to look at it. We get to know our customers and you build up a personal relationship over the years. It's always sad when one of our customers dies.' Maria, who is originally from Fulham, started working at NatWest in Holborn Circus in 1971, but moved to Hastings for affordable housing. Steph, who is Hastings born and bred, started at the National Provincial bank in Robertson Street in 1968 at the age of 16. 'When they merged with the Westminster bank, I moved to Havelock Road where I met Maria in 1972.' The two colleagues have seen the radical changes that have taken place in banking at first hand, from hand-written ledger entries to today's almost entirely automated operations. Did they think that anything had been lost in the process? 'People don't start at the bottom in the way they used to. All the standing orders and vouchers used to be processed in the "machine room" at the branch. This is all done centrally now. Sometimes you feel there is a loss of understanding between debit and credit because of this.' Fortunately even digital banking still needs a human interface and for many of us Maria and Stephanie have been that welcome human face. Always immaculately turned out and well coiffed, they are pleasant and efficient. But they do have the humour and the bit of restrained edge you need to deal with all kinds of people on a daily basis. One of the ladies, not to mention any names, has a particularly wicked brand of underlying humour. Stephanie on the other hand is more of a world improver in her initial approach to any situation, perhaps because of having grown up as a child of parents who were community leaders in Hollington, prominent in table tennis, a sport she practises herself to this day. Stephanie and Maria have helped raise up to £1000 between them in their top season over 10 years of support for Children In Need at Silverhill. So what would be on the agenda once they took early retirement? 'We will be ladies who lunch, frequently, with lots of gardening thrown in.' they say The girls celebrated 'The Great Escape' with a farewell party on May 22nd at the Hastings & St. Leonard's Angling Association clubhouse when customers, colleagues and friends came along for a chat, a sing and a dance.

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The Silverhill branch will stay open and looks set to become even busier with the new ASDA opening, says Stephanie. It will be left in the good hands of Janet, counter manager at Hastings, Debbie and Jenny. 'I've got them all well trained in customer abuse,' says Maria with a grin.

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A Scandal in Bohemia Planning and All Souls Convent – a personal view by Bernard McGinley s a building, the curious templelike building at the top of Cornfield Terrace is compromised neither by its commercial role, nor by the ornateness of the St Peter's complex alongside. Initially built as stables for the Wheatsheaf and subsequently a home to a succession of businesses reflecting many decades, it remains simple, versatile and effective. But achievement can be unlearnt. The string of buildings in lower Bohemia, between the village and the Museum, is a persistent disappointment, being little but a succession of brick boxes:

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Bohemia Mansion

so remorselessly dull and lacking in merit. There is plenty of admirable modern architecture: technologically innovative, imaginative, efficient, well executed, beautiful – but not in Hastings. The lack of n the filling station, n the YMCA, good design in building here since, say, 1945 gets n Lidl supermarket, n the fire station, n the police station, n the magistrates' court, steadily more noticeable. Is that misfortune or is n the register office nearby, n St Mary's school, there another explanation? n the ambulance station, n the swimming pool. Despite the millions of public money spent on n Summerfields Business Centre (which has all the gravitas of a Portakabin), regeneration in Hastings, there is little to show for it. n the newish housing at the top of De Cham Road, The new college on Station Plaza is a bloated and This necklace of mediocrity is a form of evidence. blocky homage to the Peter Jones department store The buildings seem all to vie with one another for in Chelsea – but without the elegance. In failing to lack of distinction, and Hastings Council approved achieve anything worthwhile, the Council and its them all. The Council advisers also syscould have required tematically abuse other designs, or what is already have kept the site held. Hastings' largely as it was, standing as one of when Magdalen the finest Victorian Terrace and townscapes in the Bohemia House country is steadily made the townbeing eroded, by scape. Before there demolition and illwas the YMCA, there judged infill. were St Paul's In Bohemia, the Schools. Bohemia Farm gave way to Farm preceded the the House, and ambulance station. later the Mansion. Urban flux suggests Eventually there that there has to be were extensions change: the change and Summer Fields however need not be Summerfield’s Estate - today school. In World www.bohemiavillage.com


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War II the Town Hall relocated there, but in 1972 it was demolished. The fine pine and iron staircase was taken into Council protective custody – they soon lost it. The Councillors may protest that it was not they but their predecessors that took these decisions, but the cumulative record is not good, and in law it makes no difference. (This is the same Council that demolished without notice the seafront arch between Hastings and St Leonards one night in 1895.) Now they are to decide on the future of All Souls Convent, Magdalen Road – but what is on offer is not preservation, but destruction. When the nuns ran it, the Convent was frequently adapted and redefined. Something comparable would be more in the spirit of the history of the site. CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, could provide reputable advice about, say, tenure and ecohousing possibilities. Other local authorities treat these matters better. All of the Convent site is within a Conservation Area. That should mean a presumption against development – not its salivating opposite. Planning decisions affecting a Conservation Area should be taken mindful of whether they enhance or preserve the Conservation Area as a whole. Covering the Convent's playing fields with blocks of flats, houses and parking spaces for many hundreds of people, in order to save a 'Pugin' chapel, does not obviously do this. Why not save the open spaces instead, in accordance with the Hastings Local Plan? The Council is clear about this : Trees, gardens, spaces between buildings and other open spaces (and particularly parks and gardens in conservation areas) which contribute to the character of the area should not be lost. (1)

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Monty Hammond and the Hammond Fun Fair lent condition. The track Monty Hammond has (built by 'Supercar' of been in the fairs business Coventry) was originally all his life. "I can rememoperated by Botton Bros ber minding a Lucky Dip of Great Yarmouth and stall when I was just six was a regular at Olympia years old. I'm 63 now". for the annual Bertram When asked what the Mills Circus and indoor total value of the whole of fair each Christmas in the his fair was, Monty said "I 1960's. It was here that in own nearly all of the 1967 the famous model equipment at this fair and Twiggy was phoit’s worth about £1.8miltographed on the track by lion, but I'd give it all to the Press Association, an have my wife back" Kay image which was one of Hammond, also 63, died 40 of their iconic images in 2008. Monty is a third displayed last year at St. generation fair-man. "I Pancras for the joint was born to be a show140th anniversary of the man," he says. Monty has station and PA. The two sons, Monty Junior dodgem cars are only (40) and Charles, (34) seven years old. The best and a daughter, Tina (41). dodgem cars come from "I've also got five grandMonty Hammond, third generation showman a firm called Barbieri in sons and one granddaughter. One of my grandsons is also called Italy; they cost about £4,000 each. They are still Monty". It is usual practice in the fairground commu- serviced by the successors to Supercar now in nity for names to be passed on through the genera- Warwick. The track can extend to 80 feet, but is usutions. "My grandfather, Alf Hammond, started the fair ally operated at 40 feet. business. He had to use horses to move all the PREDATOR equipment around. Later came steam engines. One of the exhibits is the 'Waveswinger' – also from Today, we use articulated lorries." Barbieri. It is one of the most popular rides in the DODGEMS country and one of only two in the UK, the other The fair was well attended when the Village Voice being in a park in Scotland; it's only five years old. called – in June last year. "That's because we offer Another machine on the fairground is the Predator. superb value for money" said Monty. "For a child This is a renaming – after the Hollywood film and ('child' is someone under 1.2m), the cost is just £5.99 with appropriate artwork from Welsh artist Chris to go on as many rides as they like all day". Gadd – of the Orbiter. This too is one of only two of St Michael's Hospice is helped by the fair. "We dis- its type travelling, though there are several similar. It was conceived and built tribute 60,000 flyers around the town includby Richard Wools, in ing shops and schools. Canterbury. Co-incidenThe Hospice gets 20p for tally, Richard and the Wools family used to every flyer returned to us operate the funfair here at the fair". Monty calls it the 'theme park' system: on the Oval in Hastings "We've been doing it 5 among their run of fairs years now." across the region, before Bottons became "The dodgems are the involved. A Welsh artist, family favourite; anyone Chris Gadd has created can enjoy them. The original designs for some track and framework on of the exhibits – all our dodgems is 55 years signed by him. old, and it's still in excelMonty Hammond (far right) in South Korea

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HONG KONG

Monty has taken his fair all over country and all over the world, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Dubai, Malaysia and Korea. "In the 90s we spent three winters in Hong Kong travelling around to eight different venues. And in 1996/7 we went to Mainland China. I had a partner who'd lived in Hong Kong a long time and he helped us get into China. We took all our equipment to Hong Kong first and then across the border to China. It took 36 hours just to cross that border! We were there for six weeks and made a good profit. The Chinese people were fascinated by our fair – they had nothing like it then, although they do now. We had to build a fence round the fair to keep the majority of people out and only let in those who had any money to spend. They had to pay to get in. They then paid to go on the rides, but in the local currency, RMBs, which was worthless outside China. We had to go to the Triads to convert the RMBs into Hong Kong dollars!"

The Predator

KOREA

"In 2002/3, we took the fair to Dubai; we were in a place called Creek Park for 3 months; it wasn't very good; we lost money there. No alcohol was allowed of course, but we managed to get a drop." "In 2006/7 we went to South Korea, to a place called Busan. They got in touch with us and invited us over there. They were supposed to pay our travelling expenses there and back, but that never happened." How on earth do you move a whole fair to the East? "That's easy – all the rides can be packed up onto trailers and you just roll them onto a ship and roll them off again at the other end. The floors of many rides fold up to form the sides of a trailer. Once we've put all our stuff on the ship, we fly out a few days before it's due to land and we're there when it arrives. Simple.” Monty's also taken the fair to Malaysia – in Kuala Lumpur. "Everything is roll-on roll-off; it's so simple". GATWICK

Where does Monty buy his rides from? "Well, we actually make some of them ourselves. We've got a site at Copthorne near Gatwick where we assemble them. We've built 80 'Twister' rides over the past 24 years and we've sold them all over, including the US, Ireland, Scandinavia. They retail at about £200k". "At my depot, I've got a Kiddies Gallopers, a machine made 120 years ago by a firm called Halsteads. We don't take it out any more, but it's in good working order. I last used it a few years ago at Claridges Hotel in London in aid of Cancer Research. I intend to let my grandchildren have a ride on it." [Monty Hammond interviewed June 2009].

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THIS YEAR’S FAIR What’s planned for this year? Fair spokesman Des FitzGerald said “The line-up will be pretty much as last year except that the rides etc. will probably be enclosed on the Oval with a single entrance and entry by wristband – there will be concessions for parents of kids who themselves aren't going on the rides. This is to maintain the family atmosphere and prevent groups (not interested in the fair) using the event as a gathering place. This has worked wonders in many parts of London, Kent and Sussex, where the safe family atmosphere has prevailed and kids cannot go missing so easilly!” The funfair will be held at The Oval, Bohemia Road, from Fri 11 June to Sat 26 June; open weekends from 1pm to 10pm and on weekdays from 4pm to 10pm. Entry by wristband £7.99 (1 metre tall or over) £5.99 (under 1 metre) Includes all moving rides except reverse bungee; max 6 dodgems rides per wristband; Not valid on ghost train, inflatables or sideshows.

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Syllabub

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Šaltibaršciai

This very delicious and easy to make dessert is of great historical import to Bohemia, being one of the chief draws to the area and at least partly responsible for the name Bohemia itself. Follow either of the recipes below for instant transportation to the glory days of Olde Bohemia! You hawk, you hunt, you lie upon pallets, You eat, you drink (the Lord knows how!); We sit upon hillocks, and pick up our sallets, And drink up a syllabub under a cow." v A SYLLABUB UNDER A COW, the traditional technique: having put a bottle of red or white wine, ale or cyder, into a China bowl, sweeten it with sugar, and grate in some nutmeg. Then hold it under the cow, and milk into it until it has a fine froth on the top. Strew over it a handful of currants cleaned, washed, and picked, and plumped before the fire. v THE SLIGHTLY MORE MODERN MRS. BEETON, has a different approach:Ingredients l 900ml (1½ pints) Milk l 600ml (1 pint) Sherry or White Wine l ½ Grated Nutmeg; l Sugar, to taste Preparation 1. Put the wine into a bowl, with the grated nutmeg and plenty of caster sugar add the milk and whisk. 2. Clotted cream may be laid on the top, with ground cinnamon or nutmeg and sugar. 3. A little brandy may be added to the wine before the milk is put in. In some counties, cider is substituted for the wine. When this is used, brandy must always be added. 4. Warm milk may be poured on from a spouted jug or teapot, but it must be held very high. Sufficient for 5/6 persons. Seasonable at any time.

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Walled Garden progress report by Bob Hart & Sue Thomson

The Bohemia Walled Garden Association has been fortunate in receiving a generous donation from The Grey Owl Society. This is to help us in our horticultural activities and our general aim of creating a community garden within Summerfields Wood. We received a cheque for £200, with a very supportive letter from Betty Taylor. Betty, the Secretary of The Grey Owl Society, expressed the group's eagerness to "support a scheme that is preserving an open space so close to the town centre". They are well aware of the value of green spaces and the invigorating and inspiring effect they can have. Grey Owl himself (pictured) benefited from a site very like Summerfields Wood, spending hours exploring the natural environment of The Bohemia Walled Garden Assn St. Helens Wood. It is c/o Bohemia Village Voice, especially satisfying to 79, Bohemia Road, have formed a link with St Leonards, TN37 6RJ 07719 716264 another local society, one bohemiawga@yahoo.co.uk whose interests are in the www.bohemiawga.weebly.com

Martha’s Chapel

care and preservation of natural sites. Although we are creating a garden and not preserving nature as found, we are mindful of the natural setting within which we work and hope to work in harmony with our surroundings. New Summerfields book Local historian Heather Grief has recently published a new book. Bohemia Farm to Summerfields Estate: a History was put together as a fundraiser for the Bohemia Walled Garden Association and is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of Bohemia. With concise language and a wealth of maps, illustrations and photos it makes clear how this land has been developed over the years and informs walks through the area today. The book is available to buy from the Voice office for £5.50 (£1 of which goes towards the BWGA).

– an ultra-short story by Andrew Jackson

artha was devoted to her husband Jack, aircraft pilot and minister of the Houston branch of the Church of the Credulous Brethren. After four short, blissfully happy years of marriage, God 'called' Martha to him and she died after just ten days. Her deathbed promise was to get in touch with Jack somehow. She kept her word. She told him she'd built a church in the sky: 'Martha's Chapel' and invited everyone to come and pray there. A month later, a happy and excited band of true believers packed into Jack's private jet for the journey of a lifetime. They were off to Europe to see Le Crazy Horse show in Paris with a special stopover at Martha's Chapel. At 35,000 ft, about mid-way across the Atlantic ocean, they could all see the brilliant white stone chapel through the portside windows. Jack brought the plane to a halt, cut the engines and opened the door. Everyone except co-pilot Chuck Johnson,

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streamed out of the plane and across the short path to the chapel door. It was truly beautiful inside and soon everyone was kneeling down listening to minister Jack's moving words of thanks for God's miracle. When six-year-old Isobel woke up she was horrified to see her ma and pa and all their friends kneeling in mid-air with their hands clasped and their eyes closed. She looked down and saw nothing but clear air all the way down to the ocean blue. She screamed and tried to 'run' back to the plane, but there was nothing on which to run. She plummeted down, arms flailing, followed quickly by every single one of the Credulous Brethren. Chuck watched in horror as his friends fell to Earth. He restarted the plane and found himself wondering how he was going to explain the loss of all 27 passengers. Reprinted, from local author Andrew Jackson’s collection of ultra-short stories, Al Capone. Copies, £1.95, from Bohemia Village Voice at 79, Bohemia Road.

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A free listing for all businesses, advertisers and organisations in Bohemia, Gensing, Silverhill & Central St Leonards 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. 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 2010 Kat Lee Ryan: 07849 093154 katdogleeryan@yahoo.com BOHEMIA VILLAGE NYTES At Pig in Paradise. Info: 07849 093154 BOHEMIA VILLAGE VOICE 79, Bohemia Road. 01424 430460. g BOHEMIA WALLED GARDEN Assoc. bohemiawga@yahoo.co.uk BOHEMIAN HAIR 52 Boh R 444567 BOOKMAN’S HALT 127 Boh R 421413 g BP SERVICE STN see ‘Silverhill’g

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 g CAKE BOX 49 Boh.Rd 420872. g CAPITAL DEBT 0845 302 6408 CAPITAL LEGAL SERVICES 9-15, Sedlescombe Rd N, S’hill . 444461. CARTWRIGHT, Andrew 203231. 717140 cllr.andrew.cartwright@hastings.gov.uk

CASA LIFELINE alarms. 776640 CHANTRY, Jenny Counsellor 07708 232450 CHAPEL PARK CENTRE 714095 CHRISTCHURCH School 422953. CLARKE, Peter Carpenter 440685 CLARENCE Pub. Silverhill. CLIPPERS Sed Rd N S’hill 444500 COLEMAN Construction 714885 COLLECTIVE Legal Solns 465267. COLLINS, Kit Gardener 457817 COMMUNITY INFO CENTRE 16 Silchester Road, St L. 438291. g CONCORDIA HALL 07964 065474. CONNECTION PIZZA S’hill. 442004 CONSERVATIVE PARTY 383 Battle Road. Tel: 850828 CO-OPERATIVE FOOD 45 Bohemia Road. 01424 423875. g CO-OPERATIVE FOOD 9-15, Sedlescombe R N, S’hill. 432767 g CO-OP FUNERAL 233 Lon R 444325.

ELSINORE GARAGE 44 00 55 www.elsinoregarage.co.uk EMBASSY English school 464820 EMPRESS ART Picture framing, prints, greetings cards, watercolours by local artists. Colin Green. 3/4 Tower Road. Tel 442000. g 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 g 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. Cllr.kim.forward@hastings.gov.uk Tel: 781066. FOSTER, Michael. 84 Boh. Road. 01424 460070.

COPY CATS 59, Boh. Rd 423328 COSTCUTTER 68 Bohemia Rd g 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. www.destmx@aol.com 439767. DIANA MERCAVO. Independent Herbalife distributor. 07795 074 338. 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. g EASY BUILDERS 72 Boh R 721890 EAT CAFE Warr Sq Station g ECLIPSE 73 Boh R. 44 44 22. g EDDIE Disco. 07761 544 250. EHREN FRANCIS www.ehrenfrancis.co.uk 07917 305621

FREWYN (Duncan) 01797 252 268 FRYDAY’S Traditional fish & chips. 53 Boh Rd. Tel 01424 461391. g GABLES Day nursery. 426426. GARAGE on the GREEN Car sales: 718080. Repairs: 425599. GARDEN CLEARANCE 203991 GAY HELPLINE 7-9pm Wed 444777 GENSING WRITERS’ GROUP 438291 GENSING RESIDENTS 715764 GEORGE STONE Building contractor. 10 Tower Rd West. 436166. GOOCH UPHOLSTERY Recovering furniture. 200301. 717129. GOOD DAY greetings cards 429 575 GORDON BUSBRIDGE Lounge, dining, 289 London Rd. 420368. GRIEF, Heather History talks. Bayeaux Tapestry, Bohemia. 444277 GRAEME medium 07854 304461 GRAND HOTEL 428510. www.grandhotelhastings.co.uk 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.

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HASTINGS FILM CHALLENGE hastingsfilmchallenge.com HASTINGS FURNITURE SERVICE Dorset Pl www.hfs.org.uk 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. HENEKE, Martin studio 717783 HERCULES Newsagent, groceries & lottery. Springf’d Rd. 712272 g HIGH SPIRITS Newsagents, confect, Paypoint. 255 Lond R. 460996. HILLCREST GARAGE MoTs, repairs, Tower Rd West. 422157 HKS KITCHENS 138 London Rd. hastings@hks-uk.com 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. www.horntyepark.org g HYPNOSIS & PSYCHOTHERAPY James Caspian. Positive change 714647 & 07939 542632. IMAGEN GALLERY 447518 IMPERIAL MOTOR Co 442200. www.imperialmotorcompany.com INDEPENDENT CHURCH Edward Preston, 63, Bohemia Rd. 435849. INFORMATION CENTRE Queen’s Sq, Hastings. 0845 274 1001 g 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.

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NOBLE GARDENS 715898 NORTH STAR INN Real ales. Clarence Road 436576. g NRB CARPENTRY 443 428 & 07968 019661 OCCASIONAL Gardening Company. 712086 & 07847 556 151. OPERA SOUTH EAST Tel: 443316. ORIENTAL RUGS ONLINE 78 Norman Rd justin@juskat.plus.com OUTDOORSMAN Work, trekking, military, security, shooting, hunting, survival, camping. 122 Boh Rd. www.outdoors-man.co.uk 429343.

PARK LANE GROUP Residential letting. 141 Bohemia Rd. Tel 448980. PARK ROAD CHURCH Suns: 10.15 & 6.30. Tel: 422350. Under 5s: 443030. Parent & toddler Group & Rainbows: Rosemary: 445117. Brownies: 441051. PARSONS, Bob Brickwork, roofing, plastering, painting. 14, Bohemia. Road. 07979 502842 & 200135. PAT-A-CAKE Bakery. S’hill. 424454 PAVILLION Decorating 08081 559546 PEPPERS’ PET FOOD. Upper Park Rd. Tel: 431595 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. www.pizzahut.co.uk 172A Boh. Rd. PORTOBELLO Furniture. Anthony. 269 Lon Rd. 200650. S’hill 440927 POST OFFICE Sedlescombe Rd North, Silverhill. 435902. g 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 Services Richard Morris, painter & decorator 47 Cornfield Terrace, Bohemia

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www.re-decoratingservices.co.uk RLS Ceramic tiling. 07531 507465 RODMELL, (Nicola) School of dance 07814 680933. St Paul’s School. ROSEMARY CONLEY Marie 236316 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. g SILVER RIVER Chinese takeaway food. 56 Bohemia Rd. 433439. SILVER SPRINGS Medical practice, Beaufort Rd, Silverhill. Drs Cameron, Young, Schneider, Rae & Fmialowski. 422300. 428766. SILVERDALE CHILDREN’s Centre Sedlescombe Rd North 460112 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. g SLIMMING WORLD - meetngs in Hastings and St Leonards MonThurs. Denise: 440293, Teresa: 465170 www.slimmingworld.com SLM Van Centre www.slm.co.uk 755966 SMART, Richard 120 Boh Rd 422297. SOUTH-EAST ENTERTAINMENT 2B Tow Rd West. www.seents.co.uk SOUTHWATER CENTRE Stainsby Street, (Warrior Sq Stn). Tel:461414 SRG Solar power 0900 988 6570 ST JOHN AMBULANCE 421105. ST LEONARDS Business Association info@sba-online.co.uk ST LEONARDS FLORISTS 426477 ST LEONARDS WARR SQ Stn g 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 mike@stmatts.co.uk www.stmatts.co.uk ST MATTHEW’S RESIDENTS’ Assn. Gaby Hill, chair. 434653. ST PAUL’S SCHOOL Primary. Richard White, head. Horntye Road. Tel: 424530. ST PETER’S CHURCH St Peter’s Road Enquiries: Rev Chris Key: tel: 425172. 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. gillclusker@hotmail.com STRICKLANDS 35 Sed R N. 423348 SUMMERFIELDS GUEST HOUSE Lux en-suite rooms, family suite. Open all year. 718142. Bohemia Rd. liz.summerfields@btinternet.com www.summerfieldshouse.co.uk SUMMERFIELDS Sports Centre Boh Road. 0845 337 4040. g SUSSEX AMBULANCE SERVICE. Ambulance Station, Bohemia Rd. SUSSEX BIN CLEANING 751477 SUSSEX & KENT Home Improvements. 08000 833 467 SWIFT CARS Saloons, etc 422 884 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 TIFFINTIME 10 Sed Rd N. 432629 TILE DESIGN Wall & floor tiles, 2 Upp Pk R. 446613, 07973 176554. tiledesign.contracts@virgin.net www.tiledesigncontracts.co.uk TOP GUN Specialist sportswear. 2 Shornden Passage. 719734, 719707. www.topgunclothing.co.uk TOTE SPORT Sed Rd N, Silverhill. TOWER HOTEL Pub 721773. TOWER HOUSE 1066 Guest accomm. 28 Tower Rd W. 427217 www.towerhouse1066.com g TOWER LAUNDERETTE 447889. TRACEY’S Barbers 07527 844 374 TRAVELODGE Hotel Open 24/7, 365 d/y. 0870 085 0950. 0870 191 1810. www.travelodge.co.uk g TRAVIS Perkins Springfield Vall. 424300. TW CAR SALES 17 Tower Road. www.twcarsales.com 719888. TWANA’S CAR MECHANICS Salisbury Yard. 07773 875269. 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 www.vaft.co.uk VAUXHALL TEC @ M Hall 437205 VISUAL MAGIC 81 Boh R. 445578. www.visual-magic.biz g WASHTEC Recon domestic appliances. 74 Bohemia Road. 444784. WBM INSURANCE Business, home, private, car & travel insurance. 434675. 78 Bohemia Rd. info@wbminsurance.com www.wbminsurance.co.uk WEBB, Trevor. County Cllr for Cent St L & Gensing. 07876 036931. cllr.trevor.webb@hastings.gov.uk 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. peterwelford@tiscali.co.uk 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. hastingsymca@hastingsymca.plus.com 429677. YOGA & natural therapies. 07930 442 639. www.bodywisdom.org.uk

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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 believe 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 l A good quality outcome for all awarded by the Care Quality Commission

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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

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


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