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It’s time to get Buzzing! Local event listings • Educational advice • Childcare feature • Reading corner • Reader giveaways • Olympic events • Active kids •

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Rye • Hastings • St Leonards • Battle Bexhill • Pevensey • Eastbourne To advertise with us call Debby on 01424 429139

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THE HONEY HONEY SHOW

The Honey Honey Show is the world’s first ABBA concert for kids of all ages and the most fun your family will have this summer. Imagine a pop-concert, a pantomime and a cinema visit all in one incredible show! The world’s most famous ABBA performers join Benny Bear with a full live band on stage for singing, dancing and crazy fun. For all you Dancing Queens young and old, come and enjoy all the songs from the hit movie Mamma Mia! If you’re looking for a fantastic show for the whole family, you’ve just found it. 2.30PM TICKETS Adults £13.00, Children £10.50 FAMILY TICKET £42.00 (2 adults, 2 children) GROUPS 8+ £1.00 off per ticket

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THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK Join Plop, the baby barn owl as he journeys into the nighttime world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures. Based on the bestselling children’s classic by Jill Tomlinson, this gentle reassuring tale is brought to life with an irresistible blend of live music, puppetry and storytelling. Written especially for small people aged 3-7 and grownups who still sleep with the lights on. Come fly with us – it’s going to be a hoot! 2PM TICKETS Adults £12.00, Children £10.00 FAMILY TICKET £40.00 (2 adults, 2 children)

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ast Sussex certainly will be buzzing this summer, no sooner have we packed away the bunting from celebrating the Queens Jubilee than the Olympic torch arrives to give us another reason to cheer and wave flags about in the streets! As well as the Olympic flame, we’ve got aerobatic displays, extreme sports, pirate gatherings, music festivals and carnivals to look forward to! East Sussex is certainly the place to be this summer. We hope you will find the summer edition of the Family Buzz enjoyable, informative and useful. We’re hugely grateful to all of the fantastic local businesses who have supported us. Please remember to mention the magazine if we’ve helped you find an event, activity or business, but most of all, enjoy the summer ! The Family Buzz would like to thank the Hastings Printing Company for the excellent service they have provided, enabling us to bring you a great magazine. www.hastings-print.co.uk

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04. What's On July 06. Pirate Day 08. What's On July/August 11. Advice for Expectant Dads 12. Child Care 18. What's On August 21. Active Kids 26. The Reading Corner 28. Ask Alison Contact us: Tel - 01424 429 139 Sales - debby@familybuzz.co.uk Editorial & listings - jason@familybuzz.co.uk www.familybuzz.co.uk facebook.com/FamilyBuzzMagazine Twitter - @FamilyBuzzMag

No part of this magazine, including advertisements, may be reproduced in part or in whole, without explicit permission from the editor. The opinions expressed within the magazine are not necessarily those of the publishers but those of the individual contributors. The greatest of care is taken to ensure that all information published in this magazine is correct at the time of going to print. Readers should be aware that the Publishers cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions or inaccuracies. Please check details of all events with the organisers before attending.

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What’s on - July What the Butler Saw 1st May-21st October. Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent. Special exhibition offering glimpse of life in a bygone era. www.leeds-castle.com

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Tales for Toddlers 2nd July, 10.30am to 12noon De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill. Free, fun-filled session of stories, rhymes, songs, games and art activities for pre-school children. Hastings Beer & Music Festival 6th-7th July, Alexandra Park, Hastings. Family fun afternoon 125pm Sat 7th. www.hbmf.co.uk 999 Emergency Services Display 7th & 8th July, 10.30am to 5pm Western Lawns, Eastbourne Seafront. Demonstrations from each of the emergency services.

Appledore Vintage & Classic Car Rally 15th July, 10.30am - 5pm Appledore Recreation Ground, The Street, Appledore, Kent. Vintage and classic cars, helicopter rides, dog shows & refreshment stalls. Tel 07775 712955

Shrimping & Rockpooling at Pett Level 25th July, 10.30 - 11.30am Pett Level Village. Investigate shallow water & Rockpools at low tide. £2 per child, booking essential, contact Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on : 01797 227784

Japanese Day 15th July, 11am to 4pm Chiddingstone Castle, Kent Demonstrations of Archery, sword arts, calligraphy and more. www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Pirates at Pebsham 25th July 11am to 2pm Meet at the Cafe on Bulverhythe Beach, Hastings. Meet some friendly pirates on the beach, art & craft activities. Free drop in event suitable for children 3-12yrs

St Leonards Festival 17th July, 11am to 8pm Warrior Square, St Leonards. Wide variety of entertainment including street theatre & music. Red Arrows Display Hastings Old Town. 22nd July, 5pm to 7pm The Red Arrows return to Hastings for a terrific display.

Busy Bees Crafts 13th July, 10.45 to 11.30am Hastings Childrens Library, Robertson Passage, Hastings. Arts & Crafts session for ages 2-5 Tel 0345 6080196

A Day out with Thomas 21st to 23rd July Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Meet everyone’s favourite steam locomotive at the Kent & East Sussex Railway. www.kesr.org.uk

Crime, Punishment & Medieval Surgery 14th & 15th July, 10.30am to 4pm Bodiam Castle, Bodiam. Gory talks and demonstrations on medieval surgery & the fate of criminals www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/

Summer Holiday Fun 21st July - 3rd September Penshurst Place, Tonbridge, Kent Spring back to the 1950’s and try your hand at games from the era. www.penshurstplace.com

Eastbourne Extreme 14th & 15th July One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK ! www.visiteastbourne.com/extreme Glynde Food & English Wine Festival 14th & 15th July, 10am to 5pm Glynde Place, Glynde, E Sussex 2 days, 8 great chefs, 18 English wine makers, 1 fabulous setting www.glyndefoodfestival.co.uk Race for Life 15th July, 11am Alexandra Park, Hastings. Charity fun run to help beat cancer. www.raceforlife.cancerresearch.org

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Bumble Bee Nearly New Sale 21st July, 10am - 12pm Willingdon Community School, Broad Road, Lower Willingdon, Eastbourne. Buy quality 2nd hand bargains for your bumps, babies and beyond, free entry for buyers. Tel Sarah : 07769975079 Hastings Town and Country Show Alexandra Park, Hastings 21st - 22nd July, 10am to 5pm See advertisement on p17. www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/hastings/ Punch & Judy Shows 24th July then every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30pm to 2pm until 30th August. Wish Tower Slopes, 68 Grove Rd Eastbourne. Free Event

Party in the Polegrove 27th July from 6.30pm Polegrove Recreation Grounds, Brockley Rd, Bexhill. Live music, carnival fair and firework display at 10.15pm, part of Bexhill Carnival week. To book tickets call 01424 220217 www.bexhillcarnival.co.uk Medieval Games 27th July - 12th August Leeds Castle, Kent A variety of demonstrations and displays from the middle ages. www.leeds-castle.com Hastings Old Town Carnival Week 28th July - 5th August Throughout Hastings Old Town For full programme of events, see: www.oldtowncarnivalweek.co.uk Bexhill Carnival Parade 28th July, 1pm to 5pm Turkey Road to Polegrove, Bexhill. The finale of Bexhill Carnival week. Trade stands and carnival fair in Polegrove park from 12.30pm www.bexhillcarnival.co.uk Knights Tournament 28th & 29th July Battle Abbey, Battle. Marvel at medieval knights as they take on the ultimate tournament. www.english-heritage.org.uk Lammas Festival 28th & 29th July, 11am to 4pm Western Lawns, Eastbourne A pageant of morris dancing, carnival giants and live music. www.lammasfest.org.

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follow the On May 19th the Olympic torch began its journey in Cornwall and since then it has been carried through the UK, as far north as Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and then heading southwards. As this magazine goes to press it’ll be making its way through Birmingham and will arrive in Eastbourne on the 17th of July. Below you’ll find details of where you can see the Olympic torch as it passes through the county.

Olympic Torch Relay Route Tuesday 17th July Eastbourne Start 15:18 Kings Drive (Junction with Kings Ave) • Lewes Road • Bedfordwell Road • Upper Avenue • Cavendish Place • Ashford Road • Susans Road • Seaside Road • Cavendish Place • Marine Parade • Royal Parade • 15:54 to 16:14 break • 16:14 Royal Parade • Princes Road • Pevensey Bay Road • Leaves Eastbourne at Monarch Gardens Pevensey Bay Start 16:41 A259 Eastbourne Rd (by sign for Pevensey Village) • A259 Sea Road • A259 Wallsend Road Bexhill on Sea Start 17.08 Cooden Sea Road • Birk Dale • Westcourt Drive • Cooden Drive • Richmond Road • West Parade • Marina • Sea Road • Magdalen Road • Dorset Road • Leaves Bexhill at Links Drive St Leonards on Sea Start 17:57 A259 Bexhill Rd (Opposite Bridgeway) • A259 Grosvenor Crescent • A259 Marina

Hastings Start 18:20 Eversfield Place • A259 Grand Parade • A259 White Rock Road • Robertson St • Harold Place • A259 Denmark Place • A259 Breeds Place • A259 Pelham Place • A259 Marine Parade Evening Celebration - The Stade

Wednesday 18th July Hastings Start 08:17 East Hill Funicular Railway • Rock-a-Nore Road • Fishing Yard • Rock-a-Nore Road • A259 Bourne Road • A259 Old London Road • A259 Rye Road Leaves Hastings at the A259 Junction with Martineau Lane. Rye Start 09:44 A259 New Winchelsea road from Rye Town sign. • A268 Wish St • Wish Yard • The Mint • High St • A68 Cinque Ports St • A268 Fishmarket Road • A259 New Road to A259 Guldeford Road All details correct at the time of going to press, for full details of the Olympic Torch Relay Route, visit : www.london2012.com

Olympic Events Eastbourne

Torch Relay Celebration Party 17th July 11am - 5pm, Princes Park A full day of sporting action, music, fun, games, plus live coverage of the torch bearers progress on a giant screen! Free Event. Olympic Community Live Site 27th July until 12th August, 10am to 10pm, Princes Park From the opening ceremony on the 27th July until the closing ceremony on 12th August, Princes park hosts a giant TV screen featuring all the Olympic action live each day. Super Saturday BBQ on the 4th August, Fun fair 9th to 12th August and a fireworks display to coincide with the closing ceremony. Further details can be found at : www.visiteastbourne.com

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17th to 22nd July To celebrate the arrival of the torch, events will be held at Grosvenor Gardens, Warrior Square and the (all ticket) evening event at the Stade. For those not lucky enough to have tickets for the Stade event, a giant screen will be relaying the action live at Pelham Place car park. Once the torch has departed for Dover via Rye the fun continues with a number of Olympic-themed events, culminating in Pirate Day on the 22nd followed by the Red Arrows roaring into town. Further details of all planned events will be available at : www.visit1066country.com

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Hastings Pirate Day 2012 Sunday 22nd July, 1 p m Hastings Sea front www.hastingspirateday.org.uk

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vast me hearties! On the 22nd July, thousands of Buccaneers, Cut-throats, Scurvy Sea-Dogs, Corsairs and other assorted nautical Brigands will be descending upon Hastings to take back the Guinness world record for “Largest Gathering of Pirates”. On the day there will be live music, stunt action sword fighting displays, cannons, muskets, hog roasts, a pirate market, jugglers, massed pirate drums, a pirate wedding and much more! In order to take part, you must wear : A Pirate Hat or Bandana, Pirate style trousers or skirt, shirt and a “Pirate Accessory” (An eye patch, hook, sword, pistol, flag or Parrot) At 1pm the assembled pirates will gather on the beach and (hopefully) the world record will be broken! The event will have a truly spectacular finale when the Red Arrows fly in to turn the sky red!

FREE, Pirate-themed children’s workshops Thursday 19th July 4pm to 7pm Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings

Get into the spirit of Pirate Day in the main mall at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre. Come and join in the fun!

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Thursday 19th July 4 - 7pm

FREE children’s workshops in Priory Meadow - getting ready!

Sunday 22nd July – PIRATE DAY 2012! 10.30am

Live music in Priory Meadow from the ‘Tolka Polka Ceilidh Band’

11.30am

Pirate Wedding Reception – on stage at Priory Meadow

12pm

‘The Pyrates’ band play live on stage at Priory Meadow

12.45pm

Follow the drums to Pelham Beach by St Mary in the Castle

1pm

World record attempt on the beach with entertainment throughout the afternoon

2.30pm

‘The Sex Pirates’ play live on stage at Priory Meadow

3.15pm

More live music in Priory Meadow from ‘The Pyrates’

4pm

Swashbuckling and pirate stunt action on stage at Priory Meadow

4.30pm

More live music from ‘Tolka Polka Ceilidh Band’ at Priory Meadow

5.30pm

The sky’s the limit! Full display over Hastings sea front by the fabulous Red Arrows

All day activities going on throughout the town to include: • Andy Knight on stage plus hog roast and real ale at Priory Meadow • Blackbeard’s Bazaar at The Stade open space, Old Town • See Hastings Pirate Day website for more information on the day’s activities elsewhere in the Town, including the grand ‘Drum Off’ on The Stade, Old Town events and sea shanties on the beach. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir programme for the day and official Pirate Day 2012 T-shirts from the PIRATE DAY CENTRE in Priory Meadow (formerly the NEXT shop) – open on Saturdays.

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What’s on - July/August Hastings Beach Concert 28th & 29th July, 12pm to 3pm Behind East Hastings Angling Club, Nr the Stade, Hastings Old Town. Local bands perform in aid of the Hastings RNLI Classic Car Parade 29th July, 9am to 5pm De La Warr Parade, Bexhill A parade and display of classic cars along the beautiful seafront at Bexhill Pond Dipping at Castle Water 30th July, 2pm - 4pm Rye Harbour Nature Reserve A walk through the reserve to Castle Water to find wildlife lurking among the reeds. £2 per child, booking essential, contact Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on : 01797 227784 Play in the Park 1st & 15th August Alexandra Park, Hastings Free fun for children including arts, craft and messy activities!

Minibeasts 1st August, 1.30pm Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Hunt for minibeasts hiding from view. £2 per child, booking essential, contact Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on : 01797 227784 1066 Battle Tactics for Kids 1st to 3rd August, 10am to 5pm Battle Abbey, Battle. Learn the skills of a Norman or Saxon soldier. www.english-heritage.org.uk Hastings Old Town Carnival Procession 4th August, 5pm to 8pm Rock a Nore Car Park, Hastings Spectacular procession through the picturesque streets of Hastings Old Town. 1940’s Weekend 4th & 5th August, 10.30am to 4pm Bodiam Castle, Bodiam. Encampments, displays and tea dancing. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/

Annual Rye Raft Race and Fete River Rother & The Salts, New Road, Rye 5th August, 12pm to 5pm Many stalls, rides, BBQ & Live music plus the lively raft race. Free event, charity donations welcomed. Airbourne - Eastbourne Airshow 9th-12th August, 10am to 6pm The worlds biggest, free seafront airshow! www.eastbourneairshow.com Our Seas - Seven Sisters 11th August, 10.30am to 4pm Meet at the Pump Barn by the visitors centre, Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, Seaford. Loads of activities for the whole family to enjoy, suitable for children aged 5-12, children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. £2.50 on the door to cover materials. Bexhill Model Railway Exhibition 11th August, 10am to 5pm St Peters Community Centre, Church St, Old Town, Bexhill. Railway layouts, sales stands, refreshments. Tel : 01424 220979

Enjoy a fun day out with Thomas at the Kent & East Sussex Railway ! Families are invited to come along to The Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden between Saturday 21 July and Monday 23 July 2012 to meet everyone’s favourite ™’ Enjoy a great ‘Day Out with Thomas steam locomotive Thomas at the Kent & East Sussex Railway, the Tank Engine. Thomas will be making Tenterden exclusive appearances at Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Tenterden station with some Monday 23rd July 2012 of his friends including Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Pre-booking strongly advised. Tickets from £10.50. Controller. Tickets cost £13.50 per adult and £10.50 per child and include a one hour ten minute train ride to Northiam Station behind one of the Railway’s engines, the chance to enjoy “Thomas & Friends” station scenarios as well as a daily fun packed programme of children’s events with Uncle Myles and Charlie the Clown. There will be a giant television screen playing Thomas DVD’s for children to watch. Families can also enjoy face painting, roundabout rides, skittles, In Partnership with hoopla, a bouncy castle, and colouring activities. There will be regular Annie & Clarabel rides at the station behind Thomas, a free sticker for every child and an A5 size Junior Engineer’s Certificate which is available from www.thomasandfriends.com Mrs Kindley. Children can also help to fill an engine’s Book Online at www.kesr.org.uk or Tel 01580 765155 boiler with water. For full details, visit www.kesr.org.uk Day Out With Thomas™. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™. Based on The Railway Series by Reverend W. Awdry © 2012 Gullane (Thomas) Limited

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Calling all bumps, babies, toddlers, parents and parents to be!

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fter a successful show last year, with over 1,000 visitors in attendance, the Sussex Baby & Toddler Show is coming back to Eastbourne! The organisers are delighted to confirm that the next show will be held on Saturday 6th October, from 10am to 4pm, at the Kings Centre in Eastbourne. The Sovereign Centre has confirmed they will be sponsoring the show once again. Please visit their stand at the show for more information about the range of activities they have to offer for your little ones, from swimming lessons to birthday parties! The Family Buzz Magazine is proud to be the official Media Partner for The Sussex Baby and Toddler Shows which are held annually in Hastings and Eastbourne. We will be attending the show with the September issue of the magazine so make sure you stop by our stand and say hello!

show. We are hoping for even more exhibitors and lots of activities for the little ones. We will have some of your children’s favourite characters visiting the show and a dedicated play area and bouncy castle for the little ones to enjoy.’ Bringing everything under one roof from preconception to the pre-school market, you can rest assured you will find everything you need for your young family. From nursery equipment and clothing to expert advice from midwives and breast feeding support groups. It’s a great opportunity if you’re looking for all those essentials with fantastic show offers and finding out about classes and activities for you and your babies to attend in the local area.

Organiser, Teresa Gillam says, ‘We are delighted to return back to Eastbourne. We had a great response from the show and many of the exhibitors have already booked up for this year! We had fantastic support, including NCT who helped get the message out there about the

Saturday 6th October 10am - 4pm The Kings Centre, Eastbourne For shopping & fantastic show offers

Over 40 exhibitors

everything from pre-conception to pre-school

Free expert advice & Free activites Meet your favourite characters!

FREE GOODIE BAGS*

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The Sussex Baby & Toddler Show in full swing! One of the aims for The Sussex Baby and Toddler Shows is to raise awareness for the Children’s Charity Tree of Hope. They offer HOPE to the families of Sick UK Children who need Specialist Medical Surgery, Treatment and Therapy in order to free them from suffering, giving a better Quality to their young lives. They will be raising funds on the day by holding a raffle. If you would like to exhibit at the show, please contact Teresa Gillam on 07931 239929 or e-mail Teresa@sussexbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk Tickets will be available on the door, priced at £3 per adult or you can pre-book online for just £2 per adult. Children are admitted free of charge. To find out more or book online, please visit: www.sussexbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk.

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Why music and sensory experiences are great for babies and toddlers Baby and toddler music and sensory groups Calm Farm's music and sensory groups provide many different exciting experiences for babies and toddlers of all abilities in those important first years. Lead by our highly experienced team, these groups are designed to promote all areas of your child's development, inline with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Every Tuesday 2—3pm £5.50 per session (Includes snacks) Beautiful instruments Wonderful music Makaton Hundreds of bubbles Light shows Under the sea fun Parashoot games Colourful puppets Singing

1st session £2

Please call or email to book your place Southwater Community Centre 2 Stainsby Street St Leonards On Sea TN37 6LA (Opposite St Leonards Warrior Square station)

www.calmfarm.org.uk 01424 730859

Jumping Beans At Jumping Beans our pre-school classes exercise body and mind in a stimulating and exciting atmosphere. Gentle exercises can make a big difference to a child’s physical and mental development from as early as three months old. We help babies and small children develop strength and coordination, confidence and imagination. We know the importance of social interaction, praise, encouragement and fun! Using a huge range of brightly coloured play equipment, action songs, baby yoga and massage, sensory activities and lots of enthusiasm, we encourage little ones to make the most of their growing abilities. Please phone 01580 213476 or 01424 882684 for details of your nearest class and to book a FREE trial session, visit our website - www.gojumpingbeans.co.uk EE L FR RIA T

Creative, physical  fitness classes

www.gojumpingbeans.co.uk A unique mixture of exercise, stimulation, yoga, imaginative play and FUN! Huge range of fabulous equipment plus friendly, enthusiastic class leaders & helpers. Classes for babies from three months, walking to 3 years and up-to-5’s!! Sessions held in Sedlescombe, Pembury, Goudhurst and Smarden. Plus energetic and imaginative Dynamites parties for 1-11 year olds

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Why music and sensory experiences are great for babies and toddlers. Babies and young children just love music and exploring new things and often it is through music that they communicate for the first time, whether it’s through gesture, smiling or action. During the first 2 years of a baby’s life they learn using their sensory motor skills which is why a local community interest company in Bexhill-on-Sea called Calm Farm have developed a wonderful group which assists in this process. They create different lighting displays with exciting hand held objects that light up, musical experiences throughout with a wide variety of beautiful instruments. There are mixed music and movement activities to support physical development with the use of tactile objects, colourful props and so much more. These groups are designed to promote all areas of a child’s development which is in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Calm Farm team is so committed to enhancing and supporting child development that they are always developing new, exciting and unique activities and designing props to do just that. Debbie Cheeseman is the group leader for the sensory group and is a qualified nursery nurse. She has over ten years of experience of working with early year’s children and their families. Her caring and easy going nature means she is well liked by all the children and families who attend Calm Farm music and sensory groups. ‘Faye enjoys singing and dancing and loves the sensory session especially the stars. I feel Faye’s sharing skills have improved greatly since attending Calm Farm, as she has to wait for her turn when rolling the ball! I think the mirror game is Faye’s favourite closely followed by the tickle game. When we turn out the lights, listen to the lovely music and play with the flashing toys I feel a sense of calm and closeness to Faye. Thanks to you both for making Calm Farm so rewarding’ (And thank you for the biscuits, my treat of the week!) Evelyn and Faye xxx Mum from musical sensory group Calm Farm was established in 2007 by Rachel Streeter and has recently changed to a Community Interest Company providing a wide range of services for children, young people, parents and carers, including services for additional learning needs. Some of the services include counselling, health and wellbeing workshops and targeted youth work, music, sensory and singing groups. For more information on Calm Farm and a full list of services please go to: www.calmfarm.org.uk or ring 01424 730859.

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Men - Advice for expectant dads. Long gone is the old image of expectant dads wearily trudging the well worn corridors of the maternity wards; waiting for a head to pop round from behind the closed door, with the long awaited news. Perceptions of a father’s role have changed, and men are more involved in the pregnancy, birth, and upbringing of a child. From the moment you hear those two precious words, ‘I’m pregnant’, life changes. It is hard to appreciate just how much life changes until you actually become a dad, and as the saying goes ‘proper preparation prevents poor performance’. It can be physically challenging for the new dad to support a woman though pregnancy and child birth, to care for a new baby, and to raise a toddler. Being unprepared may ultimately culminate in back ache or pain, and a visit to the osteopath. Following these top ten tips for proper preparation may help you avoid some of the common complaints that could lead you, your partner or baby needing a visit to the osteopath. Buying equipment - When shopping for changing tables and push chairs, make sure that they are the right height so you don’t have to bend when using them. Look out for push chairs with adjustable handle height. Some handles are angled so your wrists are in a neutral position, putting less strain on your wrists. Pushing a fully laden push chair can be physically demanding, so test drive them before buying. When buying a sling, make sure it is comfortable, try before you buy, or ask a friend if you can try out theirs. If you have a bad back, neck or shoulders, avoid slings that only sit over one shoulder. A back pack or front soft sling will spread the weight more evenly.

Hastings | Battle | Hawkhurst

For your baby or toddler: advice, assessment and treatment using a gentle and effective approach. For you: aches and pains during pregnancy and after the birth. www.janejeater.co.uk info@janejeater.co.uk find me on facebook and twitter

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Battle: 077892 24002 Hawkhurst: 01580 753526 Hastings: 01424 442520 Mobile: 07789 224002

Award Winning Development Classes for babies from birth to 13 months

Baby Signing

Puppet Shows

Light Shows

Brain Games

For more info and to book your FREE taster session, please contact: Christelle Laumiere - 07799 050374 E-mail: eastbourne@babysensory.co.uk www.babysensory.com

Looking after mum - Back ache and pain, and painful conditions such as pubic symphasis dysfunction can be debilitating during pregnancy, and can spoil what should be a precious time. A simple foot massage or back massage can really ease an aching body. Be prepared to offer a massage, using long, deep, slow strokes to iron away aches and pains. If you don’t think you’re up to the job, there are lots of qualified pregnancy massage practitioners who are. If the symptoms persist visit the GP, midwife or an osteopath. Similarly, a massage during labour can be wonderful. Again, use long, deep, slow strokes from the base of the spine, up the back, to the shoulders. If the baby is born by caesarean section, or if mum has had lots of stitches, be prepared to do more housework, shopping etc., especially if there’s an older sibling, as mum won’t be able to. If mum is breastfeeding, give her lots of encouragement, make sure she has pillow for comfort and support, and plenty of water to drink. Looking after yourself - You’re more likely to hurt or strain your back when you’re tired. Take your time to do things carefully, and don’t cut corners. It may be quicker to lift the baby straight out of the cot, but constant bending will eventually lead to strain. Always remember to lower the side of the cot so you don’t have to bend as far. Tips for baby - Make sure baby has plenty of tummy time and isn’t always lying on their back. The bones in a new-borns head are still quite soft and malleable, and can flatten if subjected to constant pressure. Tummy time could be lying on a play mat, lying face down across your lap, or being carried over your shoulder. If you notice your baby only turns its head to one side or only likes to feed from one side, seek advice as it may be caused by a tight muscle in their neck (torticollis). This can be assessed and treated by an osteopath or physiotherapist. It is important to get the right type of push chair for the age of your baby. New babies need back support and to lay flat on a firm base. They should not be sitting in a push chair until they are 6 months old. Babies must not spend too much time in a car seat, approximately 90 minutes a day maximum. Enjoy this special time, and remember ‘ proper preparation prevents poor performance.’ Jane Jeater is a registered osteopath. To find out more about Jane Jeater or osteopathy visit: www.janejeater.co.uk

Baby Sensory Classes in Eastbourne

Multiple Award Winning Baby Sensory is the only programme that offers a complete approach to learning and development for babies from birth to 13 months. Our programme is recognised by health professionals and approved by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to be an invaluable extension of post-natal care. Each class includes a discovery playtime during which you and your baby can make new friends and enjoy our exploratory play area. Come along and experience fibre optic light shows, massage, bubbles, bells, musical fun, baby signing, puppet shows, amazing light balls and so much more! Book your free trial session now - call Christelle on 07799 050 374. For more info, visit: www.babysensory.com

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Childcare Rising stars is a charity commitee led pre school that has been in the community of Seaside Eastbourne since 1972 and has always enjoyed a very good reputation. On 9th May 2010 we heard the devastating news that the church hall was on fire at 12:30 am, a suspected arson attack on a church building. By the early hours we knew we had lost everything, all of our toys, garden equipment, our statutory paperwork and worst of all, our happy memories of the children, parents and staff members old and new. In response to the devastation, the staff, parents and local community were amazing, rallying together to help us keep the pre-school open. There were many small fund-raising events and toy donations which helped us get back on our feet again. Within a month we managed to reopen temporary premises at Christ church hall about half a mile up the road, to whom we are very thankful. We open 37 weeks a year, term time only, 5 days a week and offer various sessions to suit working and non working parents/carers which ensures that we are offering opportunities to all children in the local community to come and join our lively, fun, and reputable pre-school. We rely heavily on parental support to remain open, with fundraising events regularly over the year to buy new equipment for the children. We work closely with all the primary and junior schools in the area and teachers always comment on how well prepared the rising stars children are, ready for transition to their first year at school. We are regulated by OFSTED and we received a GOOD when we had our last report in 2010. You can read more at www.ofsted.gov.uk using reference number EY413322. When the children come to us they are continually stimulated with new resources, fun games and creative activities which will arouse their curiosity to learn. We encourage children to use their imaginative skills to enable them to reach their full potential as they work towards growing into independent, sociable, happy children. We have fun every minute of our session, turning cardboard boxes and bottle tops into castles and cars, measuring ingredients for cooking cakes and making healthy snacks, dressing up , playing in the garden, jumping through tyres and hoops as well as going on bug hunts! In September 2012 we are going back home which is now a lovely light and airy new building with fantastic facilities. We have spaces available but we are filling up quickly. Please ring Louise on: 07773 874629 for more information or email: risingstarspre-school@hotmail.co.uk

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Rising Stars Pre-School Christchurch, Seaside, Eastbourne www.risingstarspre-school.co.uk

Moving back to St Andrews Hall, Seaside from Sept

Established 30 years ago we have a reputation as a professional, safe, caring pre-school for children of diverse social and cultural backgrounds. We are open Mon - Fri from 9.15am - 3.15pm 9.15 - 1.15 and 12.15 - 3.15 sessions available. We welcome children ages 2½ to 5 years. We feed both Roselands and St Andrew’s Infant Schools Open Morning - Last Wed of month 10am - 12pm For more information or to come along and meet us please call Louise on 07773 874629

Little Acorns is based in Eastbourne within short walking distance from the local train station and the sea front. Little Acorns was established in 2008 and has a proven track record of delivering quality affordable childcare. In 2011 the nursery expanded its baby-room and is now registered to cater for 20 under 2’s. This has meant that we have been able to take on three new staff. The outside play area has been developed and an awning is in place. This allows us to use the outside space in all weathers. Please ring 01323 731843 for an appointment to come and visit us.

0 - 5 years Opening hours 7:30am - 6:00pm Mon - Fri Tel: 01323 731843 A place for your child to grow!

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Childcare

Rye Pre-School Playgroup Tel No. (01797) 226992

Places Available

Registered charity no. 802873

Bigger • Brighter • Better Full Day Care. Open 50 weeks, 8am - 5pm for more information, contact Lisa Parker on :

01797 226992

www.ryeplaygroup.org.uk

RAINBOW PLAYGROUP 07715 685984

Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu & Fri 9am - 3pm OFSTED Registered Ore Centre, 455 Old London Road, Hastings, TN35 5BH Registered charity number 1034010

Rye Pre-School Playgroup opens from 8am-5pm, 50 weeks of the year. Rye Pre-School Playgroup provides a friendly and stimulating environment for children between the age of 2 to 5 years. All staff are qualified, caring and experienced, which allows us to provide a high quality of care to all children. We accept childcare funding. We have a large outside area which all children have access to. Please contact Lisa on 01797 226992 or by email for more information.

First established in 1976. Rainbow Playgroup is OFSTED approved and is available to any child from the ages of 2-5 years, with places available for children with special needs, other nationalities and religions. We pride ourselves on understanding the development of each child and tailor our teaching and learning techniques to bring out the child’s full potential. We currently have 6 full time experienced staff who regularly attend training. All are CRB checked. We provide a happy and relaxed environment that enables children to learn through play and challenge. Creator : DragonArt dragonartz.wordpress.com

Blacklands Playgroup

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For Children 2-5 years of age

Flexible dates and times Ofsted registered Government Funding Childcare Vouchers accepted Elim Church, Elphinstone Ave, Hastings, TN34 2DJ

Contact Sharon on :07939

635799

Blacklands Playgroup – Our aim here at Blacklands Playgroup is to provide a secure and caring, safe and happy environment in which your child will learn and develop through play and a stimulating environment. Praise and encouragement are very important in helping children to Succeed; we take children from the ages 2-5. We are Ofsted Registered, accept government funding and also take part in the Co-operative Employee Benefits Childcare Voucher Scheme. We understand that parents need flexibility when it comes to childcare and hours. We offer very flexible dates and times. We welcome parent’s visits and look forward to meeting you here at Blacklands. Please call Sharon Reeve (owner) to book an appointment: 07939 635799

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We are open; 48 Weeks a Year, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm 38 place Ofsted Registered nursery Located at Hastings Town Childrens Centre, Waterworks Road www.fsncharity.co.uk Registered Charity Number: 208446

Greenways Nursery is situated within Hastings Town Children’s Centre. The nursery is Ofsted registered for 38 children, aged 3mths to 5yrs, open Monday – Friday, 48 weeks of the year between 8am and 6 pm. Children are encouraged to learn and develop through play and exploration in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The nursery is fully accessible to all with ramp access to the main building, offering a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Children who are 3 years old before 31st August 2012 will be eligible for their 15 hours FREE EYEE funded places and can be accommodated from Sept 2012. Please call 01424 438660 to arrange a visit.

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Childcare

Bear’s House Nursery & Pre-School

Warm environment, caring staff & local to you!

Mini Moo's Preschool We are a small, friendly preschool offering full time and sessional care for children 2-5 years of age.

Bear’s House offers your child: FULL DAY CARE For Babies & Children (up to 5 yrs) MONDAY - FRIDAY * 7:30am - 6pm

HOLIDAY CLUB (3-8yrs)

Available for all children aged 3-8 years outside of term-time

HOME-COOKED NUTRITIOUS MEALS *Including daily hot lunches with dietary requirements catered for

All children in receipt of EYE grant will get their full entitlement with flexible hours Call now to book remaining places

Telephone: 01424 465856 email: bearshouse@hotmail.co.uk 11 Holmesdale Gardens, Hastings TN34 1LY

As parents ourselves, we created Bear’s House Nursery to fulfill and exceed all that we felt was required to care for our own children’s physical, emotional and educational needs, we think that we have succeeded. If you are looking for a place that cares more, stop the endless search because we are what you are looking for. During our 9 years providing care we have become renowned for the dedication, care and love given to your children in our care. Open early enough for you to see your child off and get to work on time and open long enough for you to collect them after work. You wont have to worry about a hot meal as we provide a nutritionally balanced, daily cooked meal. Give us a call and come and see the nursery for yourself!

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Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm SPACES AVAILABLE Tel 01424 751060 www.minimoospreschool.co.uk Your children are precious and we at Mini Moo’s Preschool recognise that parents are the first and most important educators of their children. We see ourselves as partners with you in providing the best possible care and education for your child. Children need to feel a sense of security and belonging when they are away from their parents therefore our main aim is to provide a safe, stimulating and homely environment for the children in our care. Artemis Nursery is open from 8am to 6pm offering both full and half day sessions for children from 3months to 5 years. Situated in St Leonards and Hastings, both nurseries are conveniently located for Warrior Square and Hastings railway stations and hold secure buggy parks to the front of the premises for those parents that would prefer to walk their children to nursery.

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Childcare At Artemis we are passionate about ensuring children in our care are happy and have exciting opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and enjoyment of learning. Our staff understand that children are motivated differently and use resources inventively to capture children’s imaginations and promote a love of learning. We have a very strong relationship with our parents and are now offering home visits to help aid transitioning children from home to nursery. Our nurseries have both received the coveted accolade of ‘OUTSTANDING’ by Ofsted. Inspectors reported that at Artemis, ‘Children flourish in the inspiring and inclusive nursery environment. They are happy, confident and make excellent progress in all areas of their development’.(Hastings, Ofsted 2011) Open Days: Artemis will be holding open days at Calvert Road on the 31st August and Chapel Park Road on the 1st September from 9am till 12. Please come along and meet our friendly teams who can answer any questions you may have. www.artemisnursery.co.uk artemischildcare@btconnect.com

Carousel Nursery Hastings

Carousel Nursery has recently achieved “Outstanding” in its second Nursery. Both nurseries have now been awarded OFSTED’s Outstanding in all areas. In addition it is now the only nursery in Hastings to have achieved the East Sussex Quality Award. Both settings are linked to Children’s Centres and offer a variety of value added services like gym club and regular outings to the local woods. OFSTED reported that Carousel’s excellent education standards “ensures all children flourish and progress”. The staff at Carousel are extremely aware of the need to recognise and support the uniqueness of every child .OFSTED summarised Carousel as “all in all, it is a very happy place where children are supported by warm and caring staff to reach their full potential” (OFSTED 2011) If you would like to look around any of the Carousel nurseries please contact Amber on 01424 854725 and we will be very happy to meet with you.

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The only nursery in Hastings to have the East Sussex Quality Award OUTSTANDING Ofsted rating 2010/2011 Open all year round from 8am-6pm Breakfast club from 7.30am Holiday play scheme FREE nursery places for all eligible 3yr olds and some 2yr olds Photos by Rosewood Photographic, St Leonards on Sea

For further details please call: 01424 854725 Find us at East Hastings Children’s Centre, 46-48 Chiltern Drive, Hastings TN34 3PZ

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Kent & East Sussex

Railway

Tenterden · Northiam · Bodiam

Steam along to the K&ESR for the best value-for-money day out this summer! FoR juSt £1* your kids can enjoy England’s finest rural light railway... all day! Visit our website to download your voucher, and for timetable and fare information.

The K&ESR... it’s where kids let off steam! *Offer is valid 4 July to 2 September 2012 inclusive, except for ‘A Day Out with Thomas™’ 21 to 23 July and ‘1960s Weekend’ 4 and 5 August. Limited to 2 child tickets with each adult or senior All-day Rover Ticket purchased on production of a valid voucher. Valid for children between 3 to 15 years inclusive. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or on Special Event days as detailed above.

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Whitesmith,  Nr  Lewes,  BN8  JD   Tel:  01825  872912   www.blackberry-­‐farm.co.uk  

Thursday 26th July

Whatever   The  *me  of   year  there   is  always   something   new!  

The US Drifters Play at this years Bexhill Carnival! The US Drifters are one

Boot sale, 6pm in Polegrove of the most impressive Park - Pram Race at 7pm from tribute bands on the circuit the West Station.

and they are bringing their immaculate presentation back Party in the Polegrove from of the Drifters catalogue to the 2012 6.30pm A lively evening of Bexhill Carnival. entertainment featuring the US Drifters, a Stevie Wonder The outstanding vocals and tribute and the 6T’s. Leisure excellently choreographed Carnival Fair and a fantastic movements will take you fireworks display at 10.15pm back in time with ‘Saturday £5 for Adults, under 16’s £2 night at the movies’, ‘Under Family ticket £12 the Boardwalk’, ‘Come (2 Adults, 2 under 16’s) on over to my place’ and ‘Kissing in the back row’. Carnival Procession leaves Ultra slick vocal harmonies from this fabulous fourTurkey Rd in Sidley at 1pm piece will deliver hit after Events, trade stands and Carnival Fair in Polegrove Park hit with faultless precision. from 12.30pm. Make sure you ‘Come Admission just £1 per person! on over’ to the Bexhill Carnival on the 27th July Tel: 01424 220217 www.bexhillcarnival.co.uk for this fantastic show!

Friday 27th July

BLACKBERRY FARM Awarded 3rd Place in the Annual National Farm Attraction Network Awards for 2011. Blackberry Farm is a fun filled family day out which has appeal for the whole family. Daily activities include animal encounters, pony rides, tractor rides and much, much more! The extensive outdoor play area caters for children of all ages and the indoor soft play area includes sensory and interactive activities. The farm also hosts birthday parties, school tours and two clubs, our Pony Club, which is a great introduction to pony riding and care and our Young Farmers club educates children about farming and allows children the opportunity to participate in our daily animal care routines. New for 2012 is our Go-Cart circuit. Designed for both adults and children with a passenger seat at the back, even very young visitors can enjoy the fun!

Saturday 28th July

A wonderful event for all the family including the

The

Swords of Chivalry fighting knights and medieval

HASTINGS Town & Country

traditional and rural demonstrations. Marquees with arts, crafts, lifestyle and food stands. Traditional Punch & Judy Show, bouncy castles, fairground (charges apply) and Small Animal

10:00am - 5pm each day admission: £5 concessions £4 children age 5-16 £2 Family: £12 (2 adults + 2 children) Pre-booking discounts available at oakleighfairs.co.uk/hastings

OAK LE I G H

supporting

Racing, Rustic Furniture, Whittling, Trugs, Besom looming, pole-lathing as well as many other

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July

Hastings TN34 2LD

Show, Birds of prey and falconry displays, Terrier broom-making, wood-turning, basket making,

Show

Alexandra Park

re-enactment village, Working Dogs, The Goat

Displays with TOTALLYAlive! to keep your little ones engaged while you sit back enjoying a well earned cuppa or perhaps something a little more bracing and ponder how well Towser, Fido and Pongo might do on Sunday in The Companion Dog Show proceeds from which all go to Marie Curie Cancer Care and which is open to all dogs and their companions too ...of course!

there’s masses to see and do supported by our chums at the

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What’s on - August Grand Medieval Weekend 11th & 12th August, 10.30am Bodiam Castle, Bodiam. Bodiam Castle’s biggest and most impressive event of the year. Jousting knights, living history encampments and much more! www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/ Rockpool Ramble 14th August, 2pm - 4pm Birling Gap, East Dean, Eastbourne Join the wardens to hunt the rockpools at Birling Gap. Booking advisable on: 01323 423197, £3 per child. Olympic Themed Workshops 15th August. Discovery Science Centre, Herstmonceux. 01323 832731 10.30am to 1pm for 6-9 yr olds, 2pm to 4.30pm 9+ years. £9.50 per child www.the-observatory.org Learn about litter. 15th August, 10.30am - 12.30pm The Green opposite Hastings Garden Centre, Bexhill Rd, Hastings. A fun family event with a serious message. Arts & crafts activities

with recycled materials. For more info contact Kim Richards 07585 901360 High School Musical 2 16th - 18th August White Rock Theatre, Hastings Action-packed, high energy musical extravaganza. www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk Mallydams Wood Annual Open Day 18th August, 10.30am to 4pm Mallydams Wood, Fairlight A fun day out for all the family with a wide variety of activities in the woodland. Tel 0300 1230723 Princes Park Fund Raising Day 18th August, 11am to 4pm Princes Park, Eastbourne Entertainment, craft stalls, pony rides, bouncy castles and more. www.princesparkeastbourne.org.uk Eight Foot Square Performance Day 18th August, 1pm to 9pm Stade Open Space, Hastings The people of Hastings & St Leonards take their chance to perform in an 8x8 space!

WIN Tickets to see :

Inspired by the multi-million selling albums Dreamboats and Petticoats one, two, three, four and five, the smash hit musical direct from the West End comes to the White Rock Theatre, Hastings 17-22 September for just one week only! For your chance to win two tickets to the opening night of this spectacular show on Monday September 17th, at

Eat @ Ours Family Film Screening 18th August, 7.30pm to 11pm Alexandra Park, Hastings. Open air cinema with Barbeque, bar and pop up cafe! Tickets £4 www.eathastings.co.uk Emergency Services and Military Vehicle Show 18th & 19th August. Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, Halland, Lewes. 01825 840573 www.bentley.org.uk Castaway in the Wilderness Wood 19th August, 10.30am to 1.30pm Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down Join an expedition deep into the woods & build shelters from woodland materials. £13.50 per child. 01825 830509 www.wildernesswood.co.uk Treasure Trail 22nd August, 10am to 1pm Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Follow the map and clues to find hidden treasure. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve : 01797 227784

7.30pm, all you have to do is simply answer the following question: Finish the title of the hit song: "Bobby’s ____" Is it: A) B) C)

Wife Girl Shoes

To enter, just email your answer & contact details to: win@familybuzz.co.uk The deadline for entries is 15/08/12. We will select one correct answer at random to receive a pair of tickets to attend the show on September 17th. Good luck!

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75 minutes of fun tenpin bowling A choice of food and drinks Free Game Voucher for all and a special gift for the birthday child No hassle for parents! Book for 10 Children or more and the Birthday Child

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BATTLE ZONE On a windy day back in June, I was invited along to try out the “Battle Zone” at Clambers Play Centre in Hastings. Battle Zone is an outdoor combat game played with guns that fire infrared beams, it’s like playing paintball but without getting hit by painful pellets. I joined in with an open game which pits you against whoever has turned up on the day. The group we played with was very mixed, a fairly even split between boys and girls, with the kids ranging in age from 8 to early teens plus a couple of dads joining in with the fun. The first thing I noticed about the Battle Zone was the huge amount of effort that’s been put into making the play area authentic and interesting. There are bridges, tunnels, bunkers, command posts and even an old Land Rover to hide in! We were split into two teams and given some very impressive, metal guns, the kind used by the British Army during training exercises. The guns are attached to a headband with three small red receptors which enemy soldiers will have to target to take you out of the game. Players are briefed on how to use the equipment, what happens when you get shot, how to “re-spawn” back into the game if you’re killed, tips on how to survive and some safety rules. The most important rule being “no running”. Banning running makes the game much safer as there’s far less chance of falling over or getting hurt colliding with someone charging the other way, failure to comply with this rule means a game marshal will “Penalty kill” you and put you out of the game! The enthusiasm and professionalism shown by the staff

really plays a huge part in the whole experience. The fact that everyone working there seems to love what they do adds to the atmosphere, the adrenaline starts kicking in before you’ve even fired a shot. During your 1 or 2 hour session, you and your team are given a variety of different missions to complete, and during the missions the marshals shout advice, hints and warnings to help the games flow.

Each mission had a specific goal, getting an object to a certain point in enemy territory, retrieving “data” from the enemy camp or protecting a certain member of the team from enemy fire. The missions gave the game a real competitive edge, much more fun than just aimlessly shooting each other. As there are no paintballs whizzing about, parents not joining in can take photos of their kids playing and watch the fun close up too.

Sneaking through the bushes, ducking from enemy fire, trying to outflank the other team, it’s hard to see how anyone could fail to have fun here. The hour session I played (Won two missions, lost two missions...) seemed to go by in about 5 minutes and at the end, everyone had a smile on their face and no one wanted the game to end. All in all this was a fantastic little adventure that guarantees active, energetic fun for all ages from 6 upwards. Mums & dads shouldn’t sit on the sidelines either, everyone can have fun here. A great venue for anything from a quick hour’s fun to a full on birthday party! I can’t wait to go back - Jason You can plan your visit or find out more at : www.battlezonelive.co.uk Facebook.com/Battlezone.live

01424 423778

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What’s on - August Honey Honey 23rd August, 2.30pm White Rock Theatre, Hastings The worlds first ABBA concert for kids of all ages! www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark 25th August, 2pm White Rock Theatre, Hastings Join Plop the baby Barn Owl as he journeys into a night time world of adventure, based on the classic childrens book by Jill Tomlinson. www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk Sportsbourne 25th August, 11am to 3pm The Sports Ground, Hampden Park, Eastbourne. A FREE community project started to bring together a number of different sports on one day and encourage local young people and families to try out something new! www.sportsbourne.com England’s Medieval Festival 25th to 27th August, 10am to 6pm Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham. Over 1,000 knights, bowmen and men at arms lay siege to the castle. www.englandsmedievalfestival.com Hellingly Festival of Transport 25th to 27th August Broad Farm, Hellingly. Over 1,500 exhibits, huge variety of vehicles on display, military & commercial vehicles, motor cycles, steam engines, models & crafts. www.ehvc.co.uk Firle Place International Horse Trials 26th August, 9am to 5pm Firle Place, Firle, Lewes. Fun for all the family, including one of the biggest dog shows in Sussex. £10 per car. www.firleplaceevent.co.uk Treasure Trail 27th & 31st August, 11am to 4pm Bodiam Castle, Bodiam. Someone has hidden the castle treasure, can you track it down ? www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/ Summer day @ the Park 1st September, 11am to 5pm Alexandra Park, Hastings Annual summer spectacular with craft market, live music, childrens entertainment funfair and much more! www.eathastings.co.uk

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The Underwater Studio After a fantastic first year The Underwater Studio is looking forward to expanding and being in the water as much as possible with some more adorable little, and big kids. Prices are still amazingly low with 40% off prints and fantastic packages. They even offer you a completely FREE reshoot if you are not happy with your images or if your little one will not "play ball". Visit www.theunderwaterstudio.net Tel: 07894 221547

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Water Babies runs fun, innovative baby swimming classes across East Sussex. Our fully qualified instructors are world class and could have trained as private pilots – three times over – in the time it takes them to qualify with us. With a multi-award winning programme which teaches vital water confidence and safety skills from birth, our overall aim is to teach you to teach your baby to swim. So we’ll always explain why we’re doing everything, as well as carefully demonstrate exactly what to do. Water Babies classes run in Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne. For further details please call 01424 892568, email holdon@waterbabies.co.uk or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk

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Active Kids We all want our children to be active, fit and healthy and the summer months with longer days and (hopefully) warmer weather provide a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Over the next few pages of the magazine you'll be able to read information about dozens of local companies and organisations offering activities and classes to keep children on the go. With plenty of indoor activities too, there's something to do whatever the weather.

Swim with Mr Peter’s Swimming School The ultimate, fast track swim experience for children in Eastbourne Run by Peter Voros (MPhil) - Hungarian Swimming Coach

Different pool venues to suit your child’s needs Parents & babies/Toddlers Small classes for beginners, we do not compromise class sizes for profit Junior, senior and super squad (max 8) Safe, encouraging and friendly atmosphere

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Come and see what all the fun’s about

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We’re having a ball! Little Kickers and Little Rugby are fun filled football and rugby programmes executed in a friendly, pressure free environment. We run football and rugby classes for girls and boys aged 18 months to 7 years all over the country and the world. Our classes, that are conducted by qualified FA coaches, teach the children invaluable life skills such as listening, sharing, taking turns and teamwork. Much emphasis is put on simple learning concepts such as colours and numbers and helping the children concentrate on basic balance, agility and coordination. Little Kickers and Little Rugby recognise that every child is an individual and feel they develop best with

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children of their own age hence the classes are broken down into four age groups. If your child would like to have a go at a fun Little Kickers or Little Rugby class ring Bev on 01323 749640 for a free trial class. Classes are held throughout the East Sussex area. www.littlekickers.co.uk & www.littlerugby.co.uk

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in a safe, fun environment promoting teamwork, cooperation and artistic development

Ask about our Beginner Specials - 3 Disciplines/week for only £8.00

Expert and unrivalled tuition in Ballet, Tap, Street, Jazz, Modern Dance, Drama, Singing, Mime, Public Speaking, Musical Theatre, Pilates & Adult Classes

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John & Vanessa Pohlhammer, Principals - West End, Film and TV Performers/Directors/Choreographers. Teaching Qualifications: LAMDA, ISTD, BTDA, RBS, Full Member RAD, MRBS, AISTD, IDTA, LLAM & Guildhall

Haywood Way Hastings TN35 4PL Our programme of gymnastics offers activities for babies through to our Elite gymnasts. We start with daily drop in play sessions through to structured classes with qualified coaches.

• Tumblegym (open play) • Activities for under 5’s • Structured classes for General & Elite gymnasts • Birthday parties

01424 444615 www.summerfields-gymnastics.com emma@summerfields-gymnastics.com

Training the talent of Hastings since 1968! The Hastings Stage Studio offers well-rounded, professional training for all ages. At their state of the art, centrally located premises in Hastings, they have created a safe, fun, and positive environment promoting teamwork, personal development and mutual respect. Students as young as 2 years old are immediately engaged by the school’s fun, friendly atmosphere, leaving parents astonished by the improvements in coordination and the enthusiasm shown by their children. The musical skills, rhythm, communication and artistic expression involved make a dramatic contribution to each child’s development as they prepare for the challenges of school and any future career. Students of all ages can do as much or as little as they choose, from one class per week to a full curriculum. Highly qualified teachers with a vast array of professional experience from the West End, TV and film, train students in all styles of dance, exciting dramatic performances, solo and 6-part harmony singing. Optional exams with the major London academies can count towards GCSE requirements for older children and the professional quality of The Hastings Stage Studio’s many performing opportunities is unsurpassed. This Summer, the talented pupils of The Hastings Stage Studio will be delivering an Olympic-themed performance of high energy dancing and singing at the Hastings Olympic Village, Pelham Place at 7.30pm on July the 17th. On the 22nd July they will be performing as part of the Pirate Day celebrations at Priory Meadow at 11.30am and at 1.30pm on the beach, immediately before the world record attempt. To find out more about The Hastings Stage Studio, call Vanessa on 01424 850028.

Summer Gymnastic Camps Summerfields Gymnastics Club has been established in Hastings for over 30 years. We have over 200 members, with classes from Babygym, Parent & Toddler, Pre-School, General Gymnastics and Elites. The gym has recently undergone a refit and now boasts a new 22 metre tumble track in addition to a sprung floor and all the equipment required to help our gymnasts achieve in their sport. We offer childrens parties, both catered or self catered and our latest venture is to offer Teddy Bear Picnic parties for age 3 and under. This summer, we will be running Gymnastic Camps throughout August. Each one costs £15 and consists of 2 hours each day on a Thursday and Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am. For more information, telephone 01424 444615

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Not just a sport, it’s a way of life! Hastings Kickboxing Academy (HKA) is the longest established and most qualified kick boxing academy in Hastings, training at the fully equipped, 5,000sq. ft. gym at William Parker Sports College. With over 20 years experience Carl Denne successfully runs Hastings Kickboxing Academy, helping members gain confidence, develop their fitness and achieve success in grading and competitions. We spoke to Carl recently about his work helping local young people deal with bullying: At HKA it is my personal aim to help crack down on bullying, and in particular working with youngsters and teens. It can be very difficult to stop the bullies from doing what they do, as it normally stems from their home life and own insecurities. So, at HKA, we work from a different angle, not to just try and fight, but to build your self confidence and help you learn new skills both mentally and physically. This can be enough to give you the upper hand on the people who like to throw their weight around. Being heavily bullied myself all the way through school I found my younger years very hard to deal with, and, as there was not much support from the school, I had to learn the hard way which meant, to be truthful, talking my way out of most scenarios. Although I understand it’s not always possible in all situations, the best and hardest thing to do is simply to walk away. This should always be your first and favoured option. We will also teach you at HKA is that you can and should

be able to stand up for yourself whenever you need to. This is your right and not their’s to take away. As a rule, if you’re being pushed around physically then just by standing strong with confidence it is normally enough to make a bully think twice as they prey on the weak. As for psychological bullying, this can often be worse and I believe it can be harder to deal with. The first step is to be strong within yourself and become a mentally stronger person than them. Training at HKA is aimed at making it as enjoyable as possible for everyone who comes along, whatever level you are at. By training with us you will help feed your self confidence, becoming stronger and fitter both mentally and physically. You’ll learn new skills and meet some great people who could be there for the same reasons as you. It is important to remember you’re not alone, tell your friends and be STRONG. HKA is always here for you and there is a great family culture between members, we don’t let bullies train at the gym and if we hear of it going on it is dealt with as soon as possible. This year alone we have worked with a group of SEN children at The St Leonards Academy, run full day classes at the Hastings Academy also Rye College and William Parker Sports College. Run 4 six week courses for the PFA totally free to the community, HKA also work with a small number of autistic, ADHD and children with anger management problems. Carl Denne. So for help with any problems no matter large or small, please get in contact today with Instructor Carl Denne on 07949 221946 or visit: www.hastings-kickboxing.co.uk

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Great Family Fun! Are you looking for new ways to keep your kids entertained? The Sovereign Centre has a packed timetable full of fun kid’s activities! Sovey Tumblers are soft play sessions for children aged 5 and under. Children enjoy bouncy castle, soft play, games and a free swim in the Fun Pool! Available Wednesdays and Fridays from 09:30-12:00, and Saturday from 09:00-11:00. Junior Gym sessions for ages 11-15 are available Monday 17:45-18:45, Friday 17:45-18:45 and Sunday 11:15-12:15 and for ages 8-11 Sunday 12:15-13:15. Kids can experience the gym under the supervision of a qualified fitness instructor. Active Kidz fully supervised Holiday Club for ages 8 – 12 runs every school holiday. Kids enjoy multi sports, games, competitions, the giant inflatable pirate ship and swimming in the Fun Pool with its waves and flume. Half and full days sessions are available. H20 Pool Party runs every Friday night throughout the year. With a live DJ, flume races, pool volleyball and dance competitions, big waves and prizes to be won! For more information on opening times or activities contact the Sovereign Centre reception on : 0845 2671200 or visit: www.eastbourneleisurecentres.com/sovereign_centre

Autism Sussex Autism Sussex is an independent, not for profit organisation and registered charity, whose aim is to provide a range of opportunities for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum conditions and/or Asperger syndrome.

For Children and Young People TEENZ GROUP Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm.

Social Group for 13+ Aspergers. £5 a session. The group focuses on improving social and communication skills, making new friends and having fun. Teenz chose the activities, Animation, Cookery, Music, Art, Xbox Tournaments, Wii, Bowling, Cinema, Mini-Golf.

SATURDAY CLUBS 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 9.30am-12.30pm. (3-8 Yr olds), 1.30pm-4.30pm. (9-12 Yr olds) An exciting new club for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. £5 a session, booking essential.

The club provides a wide range of structured and fun activities including; Music, Cookery, Art, Interactive Games and Sensory Sessions.

ACTIVE SATURDAYS First Saturday of each month - Venue & prices dependant on activity.

A group for 10-19 year olds with Aspergers. Active Saturdays takes place on the first Saturday of each month, providing activities to suit a wide range of interests and abilities. By accessing a variety of facilities within the community, the group will allow participants to build confidence, develop social skills and increase independence.

ROCK AND POP WORKSHOP Saturdays, £5 per session. 1.30pm-3.30pm Pop Music Group. 3.30pm-5.30pm Rock Music Group.

Calling all wannabe drummers, singers, guitarists, bassists and keyboard players! Autism Sussex are running a rock and pop workshop for 12-24 year olds. Come and be part of a live band playing a variety of songs, including; rock classics, old favourites, pop hits and modern chart toppers. Write your own original music, record and produce your own CD! No experience necessary, all abilities welcome, come along and join in the jam!

NEW AFTER SCHOOL CLUB Wednesdays, 4pm-5.30pm. £5 per session.

Autism Sussex are setting up a new After School club for children aged 9-13 with Aspergers and High Functioning ASC. The group will focus on learning social skills and improving communication methods. The Club will allow children to make new friends and have fun, all in a relaxed and informal setting. Each week there will be different activities including; Film Nights, Wii and Xbox Tournaments, Pool and Football Table leagues, Photography, Cookery, Art, Textiles, Sewing and Music.

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Reading Corner

This month we have a FANTASTIC READER GIVEAWAY! We've got a set of three fantastic childrens books to giveaway to one lucky reader. We're giving away a copy of "Mrs MacCready was ever so greedy" by Julie Fulton, The Dog Detectives, by Fin & Zou and "The Fearsome Beastie" by Sussex author Giles Paley-Phillips! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is come and like us on Facebook at: facebook.com/Familybuzzmagazine. Take a look at our cover picture at the top of the page and answer this question: "What colour balloon is the bee holding" ? Email your answer, along with an address to send the prize, should you win, to: "win@familybuzz.co.uk" BEFORE August 15th 2012. Easy! The three books we're offering come highly reccommended as we've had them reviewed by our childrens book expert, Jessica. Jessica is 8 years old and spends every spare moment reading, her favourite books are the Harry Potter Series. Here's her opinion of each of the three books : "Mrs MacCready was ever so greedy" was enjoyable to read and also had really fun and colourful pictures in it too. I liked looking at the drawings on each of the pages. When I read the descriptions of all the food she ate it made my mouth water. I thought the "Dog Detectives" book was also very enjoyable and I will probably want to read it lots of times. My favourite of the three books was "The Fearsome Beastie". I liked the humour in the story, but it is also quite exciting too. My favourite character in the book was the Gran. I can imagine that small children might find it a bit scary but in a fun way. My sister who is 5 took "The Fearsome Beastie" into school and her teacher read it to the class. All of the year one children enjoyed it and thought it was a very good book.

So, three fantastic books to keep the kids amused and enthralled, all available FREE to one lucky reader! The three books are each published by Maverick and are available from Waterstones bookstores or online from amazon To find out more about these titles, and others available from Maverick, visit: www.maverickbooks.co.uk

There’s the adventure of a lifetime coming to libraries this summer – it’s called Story Lab! Children aged from 4 to 11 can join in the fun with Will, Rani, Evie, Lex and Aesop the cat as they set off in search of missing items from the Story Lab. The challenge is to read any six of the great books in the library. There’s a Story Lab model and stickers to keep track of the fun and a fantastic medal for those who finish. There’s also a set of great Munglers Trumps cards to collect along the way. Story Lab is a fun way to encourage children to love books and become confident readers. Winning a medal gives them a great sense of achievement too. Story Lab runs in all East Sussex libraries from 14th July to 8th September and there will be lots of great FREE events to look out for in libraries, like Superhero workshops, Mungler Trumps tournaments, craft sessions and magic shows. For further information go to www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/childrenslibrary/whatson/summer.htm or call 03456 080196

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ARE YOUR CHILDREN PROTECTED?

Have you appointed guardians and trustees? Estate Management needs informed input. Don't leave it to chance

PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN NOW ! For peace of mind contact David on: 01424 854561 or 07967 159376 for a free, no obligation consultation in your own home. www.clshastings.co.uk Who am I? I am the little one with pigtails and a baseball cap. Or I am the freckled one who climbs trees and who carries frogs in his pocket. I am the one with the skinned knees and dirty elbows and torn clothes and scuffed shoes to match. I am the one with tears in my eyes or with a smile on my face. I am the one that has the gift to make you laugh or cry. I am the fragile one who needs you to protect and guide me all of my life and I am the one who asks for so much from you. So who am I.....? I am your child.... The First Aid @ Home Foundation set up by Eastbourne Medical Training Services has joined with Collective Legal Solutions and we are working together with parents to help protect our children’s health and our children’s future. The First Aid @ Home foundation is a parents membership forum which delivers continued First Aid training skills to mums and dads throughout the year for the one off charge of £25 per year. During the training forums you will meet with other parents

and you will have the opportunity to discuss individual child and infant related injuries and illnesses as well as discuss the above with trained medical professionals. Each visit to the forum you will also receive up to date medical information as well as refresh your practical CPR and choking skills. For more information visit: www.eastbournemedicaltrainingservices.co.uk or contact John on: 07730 160698 or 01323 760014. Collective Legal Solutions will offer you professional legal alternatives to ensure that your child’s/children’s future/s will be assured even if something should happen to you. Properly written wills and powers of attorney can save thousands of pounds and a great deal of hassle. Ensure that guardians have been named to avoid the authorities having to search for the right ones, who may not be your preferred ones, and ensure that the appropriate financial safeguards have been put in place for your children. Book your free, no obligation consultation now by ringing David on: 01424 854561 or 07967 159376. For further information visit www.clshastings.co.uk.

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Ask Alison...

Alison Waterhouse has worked with children with Additional Educational Needs for the past 22 years in both mainstream and the private sector. Initially, she trained as a Special Needs Teacher and has worked in a variety of schools and educational settings. Alison now works as an Independent Educational Consultant for Special Educational Needs and Emotional Well being in both the Independent sector and mainstream. She is involved in staff training for Young Minds and Releasing Potential and she has an Educational Psychotherapy practice. For more information, please visit www.alisonwaterhouse.co.uk. In her regular “question and answer” page she’ll be using her experience to help readers & their children with educational concerns or problems. If there’s something you’d like to ask Alison, email your question to : alison@familybuzz.co.uk Dear Alison My daughter is in Year 6 and is due to move to secondary school in September. I am dreading this. She attends a small primary school and most of her friends are going to another school. The ones who are going to her secondary school are not her close friends. I am really worried that she will struggle with the move and that she wont want to go. Transition to secondary school can be very difficult for some children however there are lots of ways you can support your daughter. The first thing is that she will pick up on your anxieties so the main job for you is for you to keep calm and positive. Talk to her about what she is thinking and feeling and listen to her answers as she may not be as anxious as you expect. If she has any questions or worries try to help her think about how she can answer them or solve them herself. As a parent it is sometimes difficult to listen and not solve the problems ourselves however it is really important to get young people to do this for themselves. It reinforces the ‘they can do it’ thinking and helps them feel positive about themselves for the future. Find out from her school when the taster days are – most secondary schools have a well rehearsed transition programme for children. This often includes children visiting their new school and staff visiting them and answering their questions. The majority of primary schools also support transitions with work and question and answer sessions which will start in her final term. Remember that transition isn’t just the period before the move but the period after as well and this is where you can really help. This can mean making sure you are at home when she gets there on the first few days, ensure she has the space and time to do homework without any added stresses of family life, setting up systems to ensure that she has all the books she needs for each day and that she has a routine for checking – this could be her timetable on the fridge and packing her school bag the night before. If she has any fears just listen and support her in solving them. ‘What could you do?’ ‘How could we help you solve this?’ are both good phrases to practice and use. As to friends, remind her of how well she has done and then support her getting to know new people. The days of inviting

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other children back to tea may be over however helping her to go out and do things in a different way are now exciting options. You might have a couple of friends back after school and then take them to the cinema, or help her to arrange meeting with people at the local shopping centre on a Saturday. You can have a coffee or do your own shopping and then bring her home. Dear Alison My son is in Year 8 and has just been diagnosed as dyslexic. I have no idea what this means or what support he needs from us at home or from school. What should I do? Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects reading, writing and learning in different ways for different children. About 10% of the population have this disability with 4% described as severe. People with dyslexia think and learn differently from other non dyslexics and they often feel as if their mind is ‘wired differently’. Dyslexic people find it particularly difficult to learn to read, write and/or spell, even though their abilities in other areas are often average or above. They are often very creative and tend to have an interesting profile of things they are good at and those they find difficult. There is no cure for dyslexia but with the right teaching and support, dyslexics can overcome the difficulties classroom learning causes, and achieve great things. Have a look at the British Dyslexia website: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk This is a really good web site and explains all about dyslexia and how you as a parent can support your child at home. It also explains what and how your son can be helped at school. The school must have noticed that your son was having difficulties and therefore by doing the test wanted to support him. In school children with Special Educational Needs are supported by the Special Needs Coordinator – SENCO. You would find it very useful to talk to them as they will explain how they will be supporting your son and how his difficulties are impacting on his learning in the classroom. This will also help you in understanding what help to give at home. Dear Alison My son is in Year 7 and for the past year he has been bullied by some older

children in school. I have spoken to his form tutor on numerous occasions and he seems unable to do anything. Last term I had a meeting with the Deputy Head and he has suggested doing some restorative justice with my son and the other three boys. They have made my sons life a misery and each day it is really hard to get him to go to school. I really don’t see how him talking to the other boys will make a difference, I just want the other boys punished and for them to leave him alone. What a very difficult time both you and your son seem to have had over the past year, I also understand your anger. Our children are incredibly precious and the thought of someone hurting them physically or emotionally is very hard to manage. Sadly young people can be incredibly cruel to each other. I am glad that you have been able to talk to his form tutor and that you have now spoken to the Deputy Head. Restorative Practice has been used in schools for a while now and has proved to be a very positive way of dealing with issues between young people. It is based on four principals: Respect – for everyone by listening to other opinions and learning to value them. Responsibility- taking responsibility for your own actions. Repair – developing the skills within a school/ community so that its individual members have the necessary skills to identify solutions that repair harm and ensure behaviours are not repeated. Re-integration - working through a structured, supportive process that aims to solve a problem. It can be a very powerful way of supporting young people dealing with a variety of issues including bullying. It is something I have used in a range of schools and have been impressed by the effects and outcomes it has delivered. From your point of view it shows that the school is taking the matter seriously and that a Senior Member of staff will be not only dealing with the situation but will be monitoring what happens. From your sons point of view it means that his voice is heard and that he is involved in the outcome – a very powerful aspect for a young person who has been the victim of bullying. You might find it useful to talk to the Deputy Head a bit more and for them to explain the process, give you the dates when the work will be done and understand what will happen if the work is not successful.

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What is Educational Psychotherapy?

Local school children take an artistic journey

For parents whose children are struggling at school, stuck in their learning, anxious or depressed, who have stopped thriving or are acting out, life can become overwhelming, full of worry and confusion as they try to find help for their children. Educational Psychotherapy is a powerful approach to addressing these issues. It is a way of meeting the child’s individual learning needs, which in turn positively affects their ability to cope within the classroom.

This year, pupils of Cavendish School, Eastbourne submitted artwork for display in the Towner gallery’s 2012 Schools Art Exhibition. The students created their work based on their thoughts and feelings of the local area, focusing on journeys and maps, with the over arching theme of this years project being “local and cultural pride”. Two of the artists involved take us through the creative process below :

Educational Psychotherapy is a way of working with children which combines teaching with therapeutic exploration of the emotional factors triggered by learning. It is recommended for children and young people who have become ‘stuck’ due to complex emotional barriers to learning and development. Barriers to learning and development may manifest themselves as: • Poor attitudes to learning based on attachment patterns, • Failure to learn, • Withdrawal, • Difficult behaviour, • Difficulty with social interactions and friendships, • Violence or aggressive outbursts, • Physical symptoms, • Anxiety, • Difficulties with transitions, • Restlessness and an inability to focus, • An inability to make good use of the learning environment or the teacher. Educational Psychotherapy produces real benefits in children’s emotional well being and their capacity to learn and engage with schools. By helping children and young people overcome these emotional barriers to learning, their self esteem, resilience and skills for learning are strengthened and engagement, positive relationships and sense of well being are promoted. For more information, contact Alison on: 01580 881 271 or alison@alisonwaterhouse.co.uk

Educational Psychotherapist Qualified Teacher and S.E.N.C.O

Is your child struggling at school? Are they ‘stuck’ in their learning? Behaviour causing concern? Educational Psychotherapy is a specialised educational and therapeutic intervention recommended for children and young people with complex emotional barriers to learning and social development. Phone: 01580 881 271 E-mail: alison@alisonwaterhouse.co.uk www.alisonwaterhouse.co.uk

This is Cavendish - Journeys Every day we take journeys and every day we see hear and feel amazing things we take for granted. For example, when we walk to school we never think deeply about what we are seeing. If we took time to stop and take in everything we could appreciate the sounds of the wind whistling through the trees or the sun raising from the horizon. Our Art work is all about these journeys we take every day in our community. To draw or paint the sea you have to take a journey to the beach. To paint the sky, you have to travel, taking a journey to an interesting viewpoint to capture the moment. We have thought about these journeys we take every day, and transformed our travellingthe journeys into Art. First we drew out our journeys as lines and curves, then we went on blindfolded j o u r n e y s recording sensations and the route we were taking. After this we transferred the blindfolded journeys into text on paper. We then took the sensations text and created a circle of words. We swapped around all our journeys and enlarged them onto a giant roll of paper. We then placed our circles of words in the gaps and down the central section of the roll of paper. This is how we created our Art work. We really enjoyed making the piece of Art for it symbolises the fantastic journeys we take in our lives every day. It also in a way sums up Art- for every Art piece there is an emotional or physical journey and story behind it. This project has taught us to appreciate our community, and the world around us through ART. Felix Morrison and Joshua Hooper Year 8 The Cavendish Art Showcase An Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and textiles. Gildredge Manor, Manor Gardens, Old Town Eastbourne. Thurs July 5th-Saturday 7th July 11am-5pm daily and until 8pm on Friday.

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A WARM AND HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU

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Summer Day @ The Park Saturday September 1st, 11am to 5pm Alexandra Park, Hastings Admission FREE! Our annual summer spectacular with craft market, live music, childrens entertainment, competitions, funfair, pop-up cafes and so much more! www.spanglefish.com/day@thepark www.eathastings.co.uk

We hope you've enjoyed the magazine, many thanks once again to all of our advertisers for their support! Our next magazine will cover September and October and will be available from the 3rd September, the artwork deadline for this edition will be the 17th August. We'll be featuring Education, Private Tuition, New Term Activities, Half-term and Halloween fun! We're also the official Media Partner of the Sussex Baby & Toddler Show in Eastbourne on the 6th October. You can find out about the many local businesses attending the show in our next issue. You can stay up to date with what's going on locally by joining us on Facebook & Twitter. Like the cool kids below, enjoy the summer!

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Eat @ Cafes shaping up for summer! Hastings’ family-friendly chain is gearing up for a fabulous summer of family fun. Eat @ the Stade in Hastings Old Town will be the ideal spot to soak up the atmosphere at one of the many events taking place on the Open Space this year, including the fantastic Stade Saturdays, the arrival of the Olympic Torch on 17th July, and the mayhem that is Pirate Day on 22nd July! Eat @ the Park Café is also looking forward to a thrilling summer with the season’s events including Sunday afternoon bandstand music and the return of the ever-popular playdays on 1st and 15th August. Open all year round, seven days a week, both branches are ideal for anything from a quick snack to a big family

get-together. We have high chairs, toys and books for younger customers, dedicated children’s menus and a wide variety of choice from healthy and tasty salads to hearty filling favourites and decadent home made cakes. And at Eat @ the Stade, new for summer 2012, we have Kellys delicious scooped Cornish ice cream available from our kiosk (open weather permitting). For more information, visit www.eathastings. co.uk, email info@eathastings.co.uk, check us out on facebook – eat @ hastings, follow us on Twitter - @ eathastings - or call Louise on 07763 119143. You can also join our email list so you’ll always be in the know. Why not join up at our website today?

Fully licensed cafe with Outdoor Games and programme of events on the Open Space

Breakfasts, great meals, home made cakes and much more!

Drop by and check out our new cafe and new menu open 10am Mon-Fri, 9am Weekends T: 01424 447116

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