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Very St Leonards-on-Sea is produced by Cath Tajima Powell, Creative and Heritage Projects (firstname.lastname@example.org), designed by Erica Smith (wordsmithdesign.co.uk) and supported by Hastings Borough Council and St Leonards Town Team.
“Very St Leonards-on-Sea” is a description of our unique seaside lifestyle. We warmly welcome visitors and residents to explore the town and make the most of all the great things to do, eat and buy that are on offer. Our seafront has a new beach café, a series of play spots along its two-mile promenade and a car-free cycle path that you can ride as far as Bexhill. Pack a picnic and a towel to enjoy some beach life and a roomy shopping bag to roam our chain free independent shopping streets. When you get peckish there are many great eateries to chose from that will suit all tastes and pockets. “Very St Leonards-on-Sea” is about being inspired, being creative and having fun being
part of a friendly and diverse community. Meet our ‘spirit of St Leonards’ and cover girl, Alice Turner. She is an artist who has recently exhibited in Berlin and Liverpool, a ‘zine’ writer, a puppeteer with Theatre Rotto, plays in a band called Love Fingers and is a member of the radical feminist group; The Activettes. COVER CREDITS: Alice is wearing a cup and saucer hat by Francis Fifi, top by Kate Bramwell Cole, and vintage skirt by Xanadu. The stylist is Bev Francis. Other items are a scooter from Gedges World of Motorcycling, a flask and a bag from Shop, a chair from The Kula, a baby lamp from Kate Bramwell-Cole and an iced bun from Oak Bakery.
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A world of flavours on our door step… Most world cuisines are well represented in St Leonards-on-Sea and frequented by a happy mix of diners: tourists discovering our lovely seaside promenade and pavement cafes; local creatives and freelancers planning projects and networking over plates, cups and glasses; shoppers looking for refreshment, and spice lovers searching for authentic tastes. Here are some tasting notes. Starting with spice, Mamma Putt’s African Caribbean Restaurant, Kings Road, is well named after the African roadside chefs who ‘put out’ big hearted home-style
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cooking. Cinnamon Spice on Kings Road and Tandoori Ghor, Grand Parade are two out of seven local Indian restaurants. Try out their exceptionally good value banquet nights. Try Chinese at the Lotus on Grand Parade or at Chinese Town on London Road, a firm favourite for a tasty bowl of noodles. Next is a medley of Mediterranean style eateries. Kassa on Grand Parade serves authentic Persian food. Head to Pasta Pasta for Italian food nearby, or to Azur at Marina for its wonderful terrace. Pizzarelli opposite has wood fired oven pizzas for delivery; just
Located on St Leonards seafront with a reputation for serving honest, freshly cooked food with imagination and fresh ingredients that we like to call ‘realfood’ – for example: BLACK PUDDING & SCRAMBLED EGGS SLOW-ROASTED CHERRY TOMATOES & POACHED EGGS RAW BEE POLLEN & YOGHURT WHOLEMEAL MUESLI, YOGHURT & WARM BERRIES STILTON, WALNUT AND ORANGE SALAD MOZZARELLA AND PESTO MELT FRESHLY SQUEEZED JUICES AND SMOOTHIES WINES, BEERS AND CIDERS GREAT COFFEE AND A BIG SELECTION OF TEAS! VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE BREAD & CAKES & SOYA MILK
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take one to the beach. Try Armenian dishes and Georgian wines at Relax Café, Marine Court or authentic kebabs, lamb stews and rice dishes at Oskar, Norman Road. Returning to home grown and special blends, Love Café on Norman Road is summed up by a regular: “Lovely staff, lovely food, lovely environment…it must be love!” Child friendly and cheerful, the crepes are divine. Little Larder opposite serves big hearty portions in a dinky little space. One London Road is a comfy café serving Deb’s tasty eats. New kid on the block is Moose’s Kitchen on Kings Road, offering vegan and seasonal dishes. Smiths Real Food, Grand Parade, has sea views and an extensive menu. Try out his new posh burgers or classic breakfast items; eggs benedict, kippers and black pudding. Find the newly opened beach café on the seafront, Warrior Square. Next to the play area, it’s perfect for family stopovers. Treat yourself to fresh fish at St Clements, Mercatoria, or finally, try the stylish food served at the Victorian-meets-contemporarybeach-chic at Pier Nine, Eversfield Place. Finishing off with sweet things, Michala’s Cute Cakes in Shop, Norman Road has a new selection daily. Chocolate salted caramel, rhubarb and champagne are to be enjoyed in this what has been called “the best cake shop in Sussex”. For late nights try the hugely popular St Leonard on London Road; the Horse and Groom or its newly opened venue in the old garage next door, Mercatoria, or Miki’s bar (left) in Marine Court.
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Mamma Putt’s African Caribbean Restaurant Homestyle cooking, delicious cuisine Jerk Chicken, Goat Curry, Rice and Peas, Ackee and Salt Fish, Oxtail stew, Yams, Okro, Egusi Soup, Patties and more. Takeaway and Eat in, groups welcome, vegetarian options Private parties catered for 23 Kings Road TN37 6DU www.mammaputts.co.uk Tel: 07400 384 443 Find us on Facebook: Mamaputt’s Kitchen and Lounge Serving healthy home-cooked meals made with LOVE
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A world of flavours on our door step… They say spending £10 locally with an independent shop means that up to £50 goes back into the local economy by means of money circulating round. This helps local jobs and will make our town thrive. While you might not want to give up the convenience of doing a big shop at a supermarket, you could cultivate a happy habit of shopping within walking distance at least once a week. Be a bit of a tourist in your own town and explore what’s on offer; you might be pleasantly surprised. Remember going out to buy fresh bread early in the morning? Oak Bakery on London Road has fresh baguettes, sourdough loaves, the best buttery flaky croissants around and plenty of well-priced bakery goods to enjoy all day. Plenty on Grand Parade is the grand dame of ‘shop local’, stocking local cheeses, local award winning bread, Sussex wines, and all manner of chutneys, preserves and speciality foods. We have three local greengrocers. Newly opened Four Seasons is a welcome addition to Kings Road. St Leonards Grocery on London Road is a difficult shop to walk past with its farm fresh produce, good variety and great presentation, plus they also do an online veg box delivery service. Green Park on Western Road has a range of more exotic vegetables such as mooli, okra, drumsticks, taro, sweet potato, Scotch bonnet chillies and
plantain, plus Indian ingredients. Stand out Eastern European supermarkets are Moscvichka on Silchester Road and Ruzannaâ€™s Speciality Store on Marina. Both stock a good range of rye breads that are dark and fragrant with caraway seeds. They also have a fantastic range of deli goods such as sausages, hams and cheeses galore and eastern European beers. My favourite are the displays of pickles, stuffed tomatoes, sweet peppers, forest mushrooms; joy in jars. I wish I had a larder with shelves to display them all. Ruzanna also offers a salad bar and fresh homemade pies such as spinach and cheese, mushroom. Her shop is perfectly located for an impromptu beach picnic.
St Leonards will soon have a regular market selling local food together with all kinds of good things! Check our Very St Leonards-on-Sea Facebook page for updates â€“ and bag one of our local shoppers at the market or from a local shop!
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EAT like an ancient
A short walk along the beach westwards to Bulverhythe, there are the remains of an ancient forest lying half revealed amongst the sands, quite literally the sands of time. Giant trunks and broken branches, denuded root balls and patches of a spongy matrix made up of tiny leaf fragments and forest floor debris, all blackened by age. These are only revealed by moon-pulled spring tides; sometimes there is a lot to see and at other times, the sand has moved across and it’s all but disappeared from view. These forest remains date back 7000 years, an auspicious era in our human calendar; ice sheets had melted and Bulverhythe forest sank below the seas. But take yourself across the waters and across Europe to the mighty rivers of the Tigris and the Euphrates. This area, 7000 years ago, was a place termed by historians ‘the cradle of civilization’ and ‘the fertile crescent’ – the fabled
land of Mesopotamia. This is the land and this is the period that probably represents the most dynamic of human development. Tribes settled and invented farming. They then invented irrigation and metal tools; they invented houses and towns and civic society; they invented counting and writing, and even invented record keeping and taxes! And so it all began, slowly and inevitably spreading across the globe and to our shores. We can take our next history tour but keep our feet dry! Follow the London Road, but before you reach the sea, this time go east down Norman Road and step into Gizem Nur supermarket. A recent wave of human immigration has
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arrived at our shores from what was ancient Mesopotamia – now Iraq, Kurdistan and Turkey, bringing with them a fascinating continuation of the first invented foods. My interest was particularly caught by the variety of packets of humble bulgur. This is thought to be the earliest way that wheat was processed and stored for the winter meaning it could be traded. The precious grains were simply boiled and crushed and left in the sun to dry. It had two great advantages; bulgur did not attract mould, plus the whole grain was retained so keeping its nutrition. From such simple milestones grew our modern society. In Gizem Nur, we can find here many grades of bulgur; the finest grade is good for salads and tabouli, whilst the coarser grains are good for mixing with meat to make kofta and healthy burgers, or used in pilafs, stews, and even added to bread mixes. Modern day analysis reveals that compared to white rice, bulgur has more protein, more fibre, a lower glycemic index, plus has a raft of B vitamins
and essential minerals. Finally, per serving, it’s cheaper! On nearby shelves there are dates and honey and all manner of nuts and seeds. Packs of spices seem more appealing without having been diverted through factories and sealed in silly sized glass pots, whilst precious saffron comes in packs with beautiful Arabic script. Brightly coloured vegetables and immense bunches of nutritious flat parsley are neither seasonal nor local, but temptingly exotic. Thursdays at Gizem Nur is delivery day for flat breads which are our earliest form of baking and still made in exactly the same way, stretched dough baked against the side of a clay oven. And to try more of this authentic, ancient cuisine, go next door to Oskar’s Middle Eastern Restaurant. We can buy all these foods from the sterile shelves of a supermarket chain or pay top dollar at a ‘health’ food store, but that is to lose the adventure and the story that these ingredients hold. The modern world is awash with geopolitical labels and warmongering. However, embedded somewhere in our DNA – or maybe in our shared memory – or in our appetite for exploration, we simply yearn to eat like an ancient.
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St Leonards really is a surprising little town where anything might happen, demonstrated most vividly in the music scene. Initially, it may not appear too obvious that St Leonards is home to some internationally acclaimed musicians, producers and artists, but as a town shaped by its creative and enthusiastic inhabitants, the most unlikely things often blossom in quite unexpected places. These are the magical ingredients that make St Leonards such a dynamic and vibrant place to live and work. The Roomz is one of the longest established venues in the area and offers an incredibly broad range of entertainment thanks to manager David Francis, who is a committed host to his legion of regulars. Expect to experience everything and anything on any given night, from Wednesday’s Open Mic session, which has cult status, to perhaps a socialist rapper from Mexico City, to free jazz, art-house punk feminists, or world music, local rock bands and a lot more besides. Gigs at The Roomz are normally free though a donation might be asked for, in keeping with David’s egalitarian spirit. Soundscape is a recording studio and rehearsal room downstairs. Check out The Roomz website for rates and technical details. theroomz.org.uk The Contemporary Music School has been a labour of love for Peter, Dave and Maria Price.
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They provide lessons designed to accommodate any standard of musician from beginner to advanced. Lessons are available in all areas of music, from vocal tuition through to music production. Tuition is carried out in their excellent modern facilities including, guitar, piano, drums and brass instruments. makingmusicians.com/ Youth project, The Respond Academy, is an awe-inspiring institution, set up by the inimitable Pablo and JC McFee, both of whom provide a wonderful environment where the young people of St Leonards can thrive. The Academy provides all sorts of creative tools, helping often very complex and vulnerable young people to discover their creative passion and potential, and so develop new skill sets. Using industry connections, perseverance and dedication, they have created fantastic links between professional artists and their students, regularly winning national awards and accolades for their excellent projects: respondacademy.com. Record producer, musician, composer and teacher; the multi-talented Darren Morris has his home in the heart of St Leonards. Darren has been a session musician and programmer with Massive Attack, Little Boots and The Maccabees. He’s produced albums for Horse Meat Disco, Ashley Beedle and Nadia Ksaiba and is currently working with Toby Warren and his St Leonardsbased record label Gensing Farm. Current signings at Gensing include mythical Unicorn Dad vs. Robot Dad (above) and dark, Eurotrashy pop-child sensations Elf and Stacy. As well as mixing and mastering records, Darren also teaches piano, music technology and production at his studio at home. darrenmorrismusic.co.uk soundcloud.com/gensingfarm
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Until 10 August Rock Icons at Lucy Bell Gallery, Norman Road. Another world class exhibition in St Leonards. This show includes photographs of great rock stars by great photographers including Brian Duffy, Gered Mankowitz and Sheila Rock. Fri 2 August 8pm–1am Sarah Lee Trust Charity Fundraiser at the Masonic Hall East Ascent. A night of summer fun, featuring the Chalkwell Ladies Drum and Bass League, Black Elvis, Jiggery Pokery, Bingo with Timberlina & Pink Minx. Tickets: £10 from One Cafe and Our Big Day.
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Sun 4 August 2–5pm A Garden Full of Family Delights. A free, great family day out celebrating many faiths – one community, at St Leonards Gardens, focussing on local talent, fashion, music, food and art: hastingsinterfaith.org Mon 5–Fri 9 August Hastings and St Leonard’s Sailing Club ‘Sea Week’. Includes racing and a chance to find out more about local sailing, training and membership: hastingssc.org Sun 11 August St Leonards’ Kave Gallery curates an evening of entertainment at the Herstmonceux Observatory. An earthly celebration of all things cosmic including Ashley
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Fri 6 to Sun 8 September A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream presented by the Mercatoria Company. A strolling performance of Shakespeareâ€™s play set in the enchanting St Leonards Garden, Maze Hill, enjoyable for all ages. Bring a picnic and arrive early: mercatoriacompany.co.uk Fri 27 September to Sat 5 October AfriKĂ Ba. An annual Festival of African & Caribbean heritage arts, music, performance, family events, storytelling and discussions including virtuoso kora player Sona Jobarteh (right). Events at Mama Putts, 23 Kings Road and other venues: afrikaba.co.uk Wed 23 October to Mon 4 November Photo hub group interim show features the work of a collective of local photographers at the Hastings Arts Forum, Marina: photohubgroup.blogspot.com
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Thurs 31 October Halloween at Markwick Gardens, Markwick Terrace. Early evening fun with witches and goblins, children-friendly fireworks and a roaring bonfire. Come dressed up. Hot food available. Sat 16 November Hastings Philharmonic Choir with conductor Marcio Da Silva presents Monteverdi Vespers in the spectacular setting of Christchurch, Silchester Road: hastingsphilchoir.org.uk
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Sat 30 November Christchurch, Silchester Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. Battle Choral Society, a thriving choir of over 100 voices presents Rossini’s Messe Solennelle & Vivaldi’s Gloria in the glorious setting of a high Victorian style church: battlechoral.btck.co.uk Wed 4 to Tues 17 December Christmas Craft Fair at Hastings Arts Forum, Marina. A stunning Christmas event, beautiful gifts, handmade items and brilliant ideas, all locally made plus festive cheer aplenty: hastingsartsforum.co.uk Tues 31 December New Year Eve party places… Outrageous Decadence at the Assembly Rooms, East Ascent: outrageousdecadence. co.uk; Azur at Marina New Year Gala Party: azurmarinapavilion.com; Relax, Marina for Armenian style party night: caferelax.co.uk
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The Green Lawn Tennis Club, Tower Road West. Offers a programme of tennis coaching for juniors and extensive member facilities with acrylic and hard courts plus floodlighting for extended play and a cosy clubhouse for aprĂ¨s tennis. Shiatsu College, Grand Parade. Classes in Tai Chi, Qigong, Shiatsu and Yoga plus training courses and tutorials: Shiatsucollege.com St Leonards Film Society, â€˜cinema in the heart of the communityâ€™. An
Wednesday there is a cycle workshop 6–8pm with access to tools, spares and advice to help keep your bike on the road or build your own bike from scratch. Also hosts paint recycling: labyrinthonsea.org
The Shiatsu College has been established for 25 years, offering unparalleled training in Shiatsu, energy work, Qigong and associated studies We provide: O Tai Chi / Qigong classes / Yoga classes O Accredited Shiatsu Practitioner Course O Shiatsu tutorials, treatments and workshops O Seated Acupressure courses and treatments O Accredited Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology O Qigong Teacher Training O CPD for bodyworkers
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excellent selection of offbeat and great films at discounted prices; kids cinema club at the Magnet, Christchurch, London Road, and grown up cinema at Hastings Arts Forum, Marina: stleonardsfilmsoc.co.uk Burtons’ St Leonards Society. Guided walks of St Leonards Gardens and the surrounding Georgian architecture. burtonsstleonardssociety. co.uk The Labyrinth, Warrior Square (by the beach steps). A useful and exciting space for community activity with a focus on the environment, cycling and the arts. Every
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St Leonards-on-Sea Seafront, play spots and cycle path. Take the family to enjoy the new series of play and exercise equipment from Warrior Square to Seaside Road or hire a bike from High Tide Cycles, Marina and ride the car free seaside path to Bexhill: hightidecycles.co.uk
We provide training for a complete novice all the way through to a Full Licence! The first step is the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) which is £90. We can then provide training with the bike from as little as £250! So, the costs to get riding, with test fees included, can be as low as £461.50. 10 Silchester Road TN38 0JB Tel: 01424 423520 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hastings is the full time home and central hub of 1066 Wing Chun Schools
Specialising in Wing Chun Kung Fu we are the martial arts family for your family
WE RUN CLASSES IN HASTINGS, BEXHILL, BATTLE AND RYE At our Hastings HQ in St Leonards we have Little Dragons, Junior and Teenage classes for kids from 4 years old as well as adult classes and one-to-one sessions and early morning fighter fitness sessions We also run our very own unique women’s self defence classes called W.A.S.P. Women’s Advanced Self Protection
www. 1066wingchunschools.org 26 Grand Parade, St Leonards-on-Sea Tel: 07851 725359 Facebook: 1066Wing Chun Schools Twitter: @1066WingChun
Who’s Wearing What boutique
The new independent boutique in the heart of St Leonards on Sea
Easy-to-wear affordable fashion that can be worn day to night and season to season
Sizes available from 8 to 24 Labels include Two Danes, Ochre, Eva Tralala Margit Brandt, Carmakoma Aura Blanc Footwear Open Mon–Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 11am to 4pm 34 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN37 6AN
01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk
Fashion Finding phenomenal fashion in St Leonardson-Sea has stepped up with the opening of Who’s Wearing What at 34 London Road. This rather understated elegant boutique has become a runway success. Jan reveals their simple strategy when scouring each season’s fashion fairs in Paris and Milan, “We buy clothes with simple flattering lines. Our customers style them to suit their own taste”. Soft cottons, high quality wools, dense linens and shimmering silks are in a range of seductive colours. For youthful, fresh and charming styles, traipse over to Holly’s fashion stand in Shop on Norman Road. Vintage inspired cotton print dresses, satchels and French sweaters plus ‘cute as a button’ accessories.
Parade! … Talking of buttons and all things sewn, stroll up the hill to Kate Bramwell Cole’s shop where you can buy her collaged one off pieces. It is just a hop and a skip from there to enter the rather extraordinary world of vintage haberdashery at Wayward, 68 Norman Road. Dive in to spools, braids, trims and bolts of fabric. You never imagined you needed so much!
Vintage and glamour galore is a saunter away at Xanadu also on Norman Road and don’t forget the warehouse- sized, stuffed to the rafters Stuff on Sea on Grand Parade for retro style.
A fabulous shop, full to the brim with unique clothes, accessories, vintage collectables and curios. Catering to elegant folk and film productions… capes, stoles, smalls, headwear, plus fours, tweeds, cravats. 37 Norman Road TN38 0ED Open 10am–4.30pm (Wed–Sat) Tel: 07751 861850
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Wander and meander from seafront to station for many accessories and jewellery, hot spots include Rokzâ€™ chunky mineral necklaces at the Kula, Burton Gallery pearls and fossils and Peridotâ€™s delightfully old-fashioned shop and excellent service. Head up for hats and bags by checking out local designers online and make a beeline for their exhibitions, workshops and special sale events: Caroline Morris, main photo shown above; Francis Fifi, pictured bottom right; and left, St Leonards accessories. www.stleonardsonline.com
A Mile of Style The stately slope of Norman Road is style central in St Leonards-on-Sea, with a number of unique and fascinating shops that are well worth a visit. Sideshow, near the top of the road, specialises in statement furniture that will start a lively conversation: fragments from fairgrounds, vintage neon lighting, curios and kitsch packed together with lovely things. ‘Glamorous vintage’ is how owner Christine’s sums up The Kula nearby. She has a passion for chairs, especially 1950s cocktail chairs sourced during regular trips to Europe and reupholstered in contemporary fabrics. Flashy mirrors, sidetables, chrome and glass lighting, all in bold shapes, make great accent pieces for a room.
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Wayward vintage haberdashery carries a huge selection of bolts of vintage furnishing fabrics: heavy linens, ticking, hand loomed cottons and retro prints. Shop (top photo), is a fresh take on a department store. Fashion, kitchenware, furniture, stationery, bags, toiletries, baskets, thick woollen rugs, toys and vintage items, the stock changes regularly, plus it has the biggest and best tea and cakes in Sussex, courtesy of Michalaâ€™s Cute Cakes. Patrick Robbinsâ€™ shop is a treasure trove of fine antiques whilst Hastings Antique Centre is a reliable place for good quality furniture, mirrors, chandeliers and ephemera. Further down on the seafront is Marina. Here, the new shop 1066 Woodworks stocks
furniture, chests and bespoke items made from recycled wood. Check out the Burton Gallery for interesting twentieth century design classics. Then there is Kings Road, a happy hunting ground with junk shops, charity shops and 25
Made to measure recycled wood furniture “…giving a new lease of life to beautiful, old wood” Artworks from the local artistic community – clocks, photographs etc.
For a distinctive coastal and rustic look… 1 Marina, St Leonards-on-Sea Tel: 01424 716171 Mob: 07843 791161
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Wicker/Basketware & Gifts
Exquisite rattan & wood furniture, handicrafts and novelty items from South East Asia
Purveyor of cushions that are Naughty but Nice, and bespoke bunting for decoration, occasions & gifts
BITS ‘N’ BITS
25 Jameson Crescent, St Leonards-on sea, TN38 9JA Tel: 01424 436237 www.lakamaria.co.uk
Garden Shop Offering simple, nostalgic charm
45b London Road www.thepinkminx.co.uk Tel: 01424 721120
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antique shops with the best of the bunch being Top Drawer. A stand out space is 20 Kings Road described as “an ever changing environment that showcases not just the product but the process that goes into its creation”. Alongside art, you can find Memphis style lighting, coat stands, light shades and stools made from raw wood, and extraordinary tooled leather covered forms by Bombarock. St Leonards is packed with artists and designers working in all media; visit during Coastal Currents Visual Arts Festival 21 Sept to 6 Oct and follow the trail of open studios to explore what’s new, and grab a bargain from old stock, seconds and sample sales. Finally, adorn your nest with flowers ordered from Kari Flowers – some grown in her St Leonards’ garden, visit La Collina on Norman Road stocked weekly with fresh flowers from Holland, or Bobo’s on London Road and be inspired by Marcie’s charming sense of style.
FINDING & MAKING ART in St Leonards-on-Sea Resist by Beccy McCray
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The SPACE, on St Johns Road is a disused enclosure alongside the railway, and the new home for a series of artistsâ€™ temporary projects running for the next two years. Find out more at: www.christinegist.wordpress.com Gill Gallery, 55 Kings Road, has regular exhibitions and a wide range of cards, prints and a picture framing service. Claremont Studios, at 48 Kings Road, is an artistrun studio and exhibition space with an international ethos. Its most recent project â€˜Ici et Laâ€™ invites artists from six major European ports to create new interventions in both Dunkirk and St Leonards-on-Sea: www.claremontstudios.org
Kave Gallery, 8 Kings Road, is a little bit of Brooklyn that has floated across the Atlantic to embed itself firmly into Kings Road hipsterville. Zany exhibitions and creative happenings at a constant rate, plus an expanding variety of books, cards and local zines to enjoy: www.thekavegallery.co.uk 20 Kings Road showcases the work of nine local and international artists, from Maika Cramptonâ€™s elaborate paper couture, to Georgina Brett Chinneryâ€™s exclusive leather-worked objects, to Oska Lappinâ€™s brooding woodcuts inspired by Adriatic legends: www.20kingsroad.com
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Art in Shop Windows is a Hastings Borough Council, Dyer Commercial and SoCo project to brighten up empty shops, featuring blow up photos of local artists’ work. Look out for Roz Cran’s watchful ‘Hide’ on London Road (above), a reference to the infamous ‘Hastings Rarities Affair’ and a place to observe not birds but humans. Baker Mamonova, at 58 Norman Road, is an expanding gallery specialising in 20th century Russian oil paintings. The gallery has recently exhibited a new collection of hand painted posters, inspired by the Kukryniksy group who rose to prominence in the USSR in the 1930s and 1940s: www.easthillgallery.com Lucy Bell Gallery, at 46 Norman Road is dedicated to Fine Art photography, and hosts talks, workshops and portfolio reviews. Visit her gallery on Norman Road to see timeless shots by iconic British photographers such as Brian Duffy and Ken Russell: www.lucy-bell.com Burton Gallery, on the seafront at 5 Marine Court has a selection of paintings, artists’ prints, original book illustrations, studio glass and ceramics, 20th century furniture and design: www.theburtongallery.co.uk Hastings Arts Forum, at 36 Marina is a popular artist run organisation with bi-weekly shows, artist cards, films, book readings and auctions: www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk
The Muse at Harold Mews is the live/work/learn studio of artist Alex Leadbeater who runs amazing workshops. Facebook: The Muse on Sea. The Making Place (right), on Silchester Road is a unique style open studio run by Luiza Machado. For facilities, materials and advice for your creative projects, contact her at email@example.com. Electro Studios in Seaside Road has 8 studios, a print workshop, darkroom and gallery, with nine resident artists: www.electrostudios.co.uk Silverhill Darkroom, 2 Sedlescombe Rd South is a newly opened community space offering facilities and training to develop traditional photographic skills: silverhilldarkroom.co.uk
THE SILVERHILL DARKROOM Silverhill Studios, St Leonards On Sea
Take a time trip
A weekend escape should mean leaving behind the humdrum and the stresses of daily life, going from jaded to refreshed and re-energised Two out of the ordinary places to stay which do just that are St Benedict B&B, Pevensey Road and Marine Court Apartment in Marine Court Building, Marina. Between them, they represent the two eras that define St Leonards-on-Sea; firstly the Georgian/Victorian seaside resort developed for wealthy families, consumptives, and ex-colonials looking to restore vim and vigour; secondly, the Roaring Thirties which is best represented by Marine Court Building, an apartment block and hotel that was a prototype for living glamorously, based on life aboard a luxury cruise liner. St Benedict is a late Victorian property in a conservation area. It has been meticulously restored from flats back to a home using its 1880 floor plan. More than that, owners Paul and Stephen have brought a flair, wit and considerable taste in re-creating the rooms in high Victorian style. Whilst in most hands, this interior
style would end up oppressive, here the result is simply magnificent and wonderfully comfortable. Hand printed wallpapers, cut crystal, polished silver, deep rich colours and plenty of gold details plus an outstanding garden also make this a great place to book for special events such as anniversary parties. St Benedict is a perfect base for a leisurely perambulation to take in a variety of nearby architectural styles from Georgian villas to Scottish baronial to neogothic piles set amongst gardens. The Burtonsâ€™ St Leonards Society has a small museum and guided tours: burtonsstleonardssociety.co.uk. Alternatively, take a morning constitutional along the promenade.
Built in 1930s, the form of Marine Court Building closely copies the Cunard Liner Queen Mary which represented the fastest, most luxurious ship of its age. At the eastern end, the ‘prow’ is shaped to imitate a ship’s bridge while the upper stories and balconies are stepped back like a ship superstructure. Flats were generally compact like cabins since it was expected that residents would eat and lounge and promenade in other parts of the building. A tunnel led under the road straight to the beach. The ‘waterline’ was marked by a canopy with shops below coloured black. Balconies imitated promenade decking and the whole was adorned with giant flag poles. For many years, the building has slowly languished and deteriorated. Author Iain Sinclair was inspired to write psycho-geographic novel ‘Dining on Stones’ which explored the topography and psychosis of places as dominating the narrative. Take time to find and absorb traces from a past era of ideas and ghosts. Today the prow of the ship, what was the ballroom, now houses a local technology company, Beamings, which somehow seems nicely appropriate. Rent Marine Court Apartment to recapture the flavour of the times. Its generous space contains many original and restored details such as the bathroom and kitchen décor, even door handles. This is a great place to have a beach-based break, kick back and watch the sunsets. Explore the whole 1930s seafront development which was spearheaded by Borough engineer Sidney Little, nicknamed ‘The Concrete King’. His intention was to sweep away the fusty
Victoriana and replace it with scientific modern materials and methods, and above all, lots of concrete. Trailblazing at the time, a double deck promenade was built with shelters and walls decorated with panels of mosaiced recycled glass; look out for sun traps and a sun lounge, now Azur. He also designed a one thousand foot underground car park with parking for 200 cars that was the earliest in the country, and finally, an Olympic sized Lido, now demolished, which marked the western end of the pleasure parade.
A studio apartment with many original 1930s features, including original door handles, heating panel, kitchen (with ’50s additions), and bath room. It has been restored with modern adaptations to give a quirky, boutique atmosphere. The South facing windows look directly onto the sea and promenade.
St Benedict B&B 81 Pevensey Road St Leonards on Sea TN38 0LR Book direct on 01424 434973 www.victorian-bed-and-breakfast.com
HASTINGS INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS FESTIVAL Fri 6 & Sat 7 September 2013 St Mary in the Castle www.composersfestival.com
A showcase and celebration of the best in new accessible classical music
21 September - 6 October
With the theme of Hastings Live and named one of the best art festivals in the UK, donâ€™t miss this exciting series of performances and live events in addition to the usual mix of exhibitions, open studios and events www.coastalcurrents.org.uk @coastalcurrents #ccfest2013 Coastal Currents is managed by Creative Coast and home live art on behalf of Hastings Borough Council