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Goldentimes January/February 2013

Your guide to active living in EAST SUSSEX for the over 50's

Fantastic competition Win tickets to see "La Boheme"

Event listings

Find out what’s on and where to go in the local area

New Year fitness focus

Advice from therapists and health & fitness experts

Winter gardening tips

Expert advice from Lime Cross Nursery

Weeding your wardrobe Fashion advice from Michele Duke

Food & drink

All the best places to wine and dine locally

Dancing & dating


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appy New Year from everyone at Golden Times, we hope all of you had a wonderful time over the festive period. For our first issue of 2013, Golden Times has grown to 40 pages, allowing us to include some great new features including a short story sent in by one of our readers and some psychic advice from Eastbourne clairvoyant, Eve Peacock. As well as adding in new features, Lime Cross Nursery return with winter gardening tips and Michele Duke is back with more fashion advice! At the bottom of this page you'll find details of this months competition, offering a chance to win tickets to see the fabulous 'La Boheme' at the White Rock Theatre. Last months competition to win a flight in a Virgin hot air Balloon was won by Mrs M Young of Eastbourne, congratulations to her. Until next time, enjoy the magazine -



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Frank's Column January Events Local Clubs & Associations Fashion Tips Tricia's Column Gardening Advice Short Story Ask Eve February Events Food & Drink

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COMPETITION - Win tickets to see "La Boheme" Puccini’s La Bohème is a passionate story of love at first sight. Set in 19th century Paris, it tells a story of love between Mimi and Rodolfo and their friends. The young, struggling artists face the hardships of relationships and life. They soon realise that love cannot conquer all. La Boheme is one of the world’s most loved operas, a classic story that never ceases to captivate its audience. The Grand Opera of Belarus will be coming to The White Rock Theatre, Hastings to perform La Bohème on Friday 22nd February 2013. Golden Times is delighted to be able to offer our readers the chance to win tickets to see this unforgettable performance. To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is answer the following question: In which city is "La Bohème" set ? Send your answers on a postcard to : Golden Times Magazine, 78 Elphinstone Rd, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2BS The closing date for entries is Friday 1st February, good luck to all entrants! To be absolutely sure of catching the show, you can book your tickets at or telephone the box office on 01424 462288

Frank’s Column Memories of Tonga I suppose I first became aware of the existence of The Kingdom of Tonga when, as a young soldier, I lined the route for the Coronation procession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. (The 2nd I might add) Taking part in the procession was a rather large coloured lady sitting in an open carriage, and showing the biggest smile I have ever seen. The newspapers were full of pictures for days afterwards of this lady with the enormous smile, and that was how I learned she was The Queen of Tonga. This information must have registered somewhere in the mess of grey matter floating around in my skull, and consequently, when I planned my itinerary, I decided to include Tonga as one of my stops. I’m still not sure what kind of island paradise my imagination conjured up for me but I soon found out that my imagination could suffer as many glitches as my laptop!!! When I arrived in Tonga I found the arrivals hall to be quite similar in size, and construction as a nissen hut! That should have given me a clue but as it was 03:00hrs I suppose I could be forgiven for being more dozy than usual. Another clue to things being different here was the fact that the 'Duty Free' shop was positioned in an area after we cleared customs… Yes, you read that right! After clearing customs, then topping up on some cheap scotch, I strolled outside into the warm and humid night air to grab a taxi to

my hotel. There were taxi’s in abundance so I did a deal with a driver to take me the 20 miles to my hotel, and off we went. It wasn’t until I had settled into the back seat of the taxi that I spotted the large crack running the width of the windscreen. When I mentioned this kind of casually to the driver he gave me a warm smile, and assured me that most of the taxi’s on the island had this problem as the only shade they could get during the day was under coconut palms, and the falling coconuts were the cause of the problem.. I got plenty of proof of this when I saw the local police cars… They all looked like they belonged on a banger track!! Halfway to the hotel the driver said he was running short on petrol and would I mind if he stopped to borrow some off his brother? Bearing in mind it was around 04:00hrs it didn’t seem to bother the brother at all. It was probably a nightly occurance. Well I finally arrived at my hotel, booked in and crashed out for the next 8 hours. I won’t bore you with any more details at the moment, but I will conclude this story in the next issue, so until my next column watch how you go, stay healthy, and enjoy living.


Walking for Health - Your local weekly walk diary

Walking is a fantastic way to stay fit and these, FREE, regular, organised, local walks are a great way to get out and meet new people while enjoying some fresh air! EAST SUSSEX HEALTH WALKS :


MONDAYS: Hastings Old Town: Meet at 2pm opposite the Jenny Lind pub, High Street. Rye: Starting at 10am at Gibbets Marsh car park.

MONDAYS: Eastbourne: Seafront walk starting at 10am at the Lifeboat Museum. Under 1 mile.

TUESDAYS: St. Leonards Sea front: Starting at 11am, meet inside WRVS centre, South Street. Robertsbridge: Starting at 9.30am, outside the Youth Centre, The Grove. Hampden Park: 11.30am outside Lakeside tea chalet. WEDNESDAYS: Alexandra Park: 12 noon at the Cafe in the park. Glyne Gap: 11am outside Tesco, Ravenside retail park. THURSDAYS: Hastings Town Centre: Starting at 2pm outside United Reformed Church, Robertson Street. FRIDAYS: Battle: 10am opposite Battle Abbey on The Green. Church Wood: Starting at 10.30am at Church in the Wood car park, Church Wood Drive, Hollington. Bexhill: 11am, in the foyer of the De La Warr Pavilion Contact Paula Hubens - 07740 899 559


WEDNESDAYS: Hampden Park: Starting at 10am, at the Lakeside Tea Chalet, 1 mile walk. THURSDAYS: Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne: Starting at 10am outside Bright Ideas. Three mile circular walk finishing at a cafe. Contact Christine Moakes - 01323 638474 MONDAYS: Pevensey Bay: at 9.45am outside Pevensey Bay library. Suitable for older walkers. Contact Louise Clarke – 01892 602881 FURTHER INFORMATION:

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Event Listings - January Sleeping Beauty Daily to 13th January, 2pm and 7pm Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 1066 Jazz Club Gigs 4th January & every Friday 7.30pm. Azur at Marina Pavilion, Hastings. Licensed bar, large dancefloor. Tel 01424 753784 Tea Dance – Arthur Easton Centre, St Michael’s Hospice, 10th January, 2.30 - 5pm 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea. Tickets £3.00 (including refreshments). All proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice. Winter Exhibition 10th Jan to 28th February, 10am to 5pm Saffron Gallery High St, Battle. Showcasing new work by resident artists Stargazing Live 11th Jan 6.30pm to 11pm The Observatory, Herstmonceux, Hailsham. Gaze at the night sky using some of the country’s largest telescopes. Senior Citizen tickets just £6.25 Exhibition and Sale of Paintings 12th & 13th January, 10am to 4pm Eastbourne Town Hall, Eastbourne. Free entry, proceeds to the Lark in the Park charitable trust. Tel: 01323 415034 Rye Arts and Crafts Fair 12th January 11am to 5pm Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye. Tel: 01424 812550 YouNique Wellbeing Studios’ Open Morning 12th January 10.00 - 12.30 pm Complementary therapies and exercise class tasters. Please see for more information or phone 01424 217630 11 Windmill Drive, Bexhill TN39 4DG Sugar Dandies’ New Year Tea Dance 12th January, 3pm De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. The award winning Sugar Dandies lead dancers and non-dancers alike to trip the light fantastic, £10 inc. tea and cake. Winter Lecture - The icing on the cake 12th January 2.30pm to 5pm New Hall, Rectory Lane, Winchelsea. The Winchelsea Gardening society’s winter lecture which includes a visit to the gardens.


Expert's Talk: Doctor Christopher Morton 12th January, 2pm Towner Gallery, Eastbourne Expert interpretation of the folklore and photography exhibition. £5/£4 concessions inc. hot cider or cup of tea. Tel: 01323 434670

Stem Session 19 Jan, 11.45am - 1.45pm The Body Junction, 3 Sutherland Ave, Bexhill An introduction to the Alexander Technique including walking. £20 per person. 01424 465838

Open Stage Night 17th Jan from 7.30pm Under Ground Theatre, Grove Rd, Eastbourne. 01323 732778 Come and show off your talent, musical or otherwise.

Blue Bayou ‘little bit country, little bit rock ‘n roll’ ‘The Wheatsheaf’, Little Common Roundabout, 22nd January 8.00 pm. Free entry/ meals available 01424 84 2004 to book.

Stargazing Evening 18th Jan 5pm to 8pm. Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham. Tel 01323 844224 Part of the BBC's "Stargazing live", event, Astronomy talk by the Eastbourne Astronomical Society. Adults £2.50 A Christmas Carol 19th January 2.30pm and 7.30pm. White Rock Theatre, Hastings. A musical adaptation of the much loved Dickens classic. Star Party at Eastbourne Redoubt 19th Jan 5pm to 8pm. Royal Parade, Eastbourne. View some of the wonders of the Universe from the Gun Platform and marvel at illustrated talks from experts. Tel: 01323 410300

Tea Dance – Arthur Easton Centre, St Michael’s Hospice, Thursday 24th January, 2.30 - 5pm 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea. Tickets £3.00 (including refreshments). All proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice. Brass Band Concert 25th January Beckley Village Hall, East Sussex. Rye and District Lions club hold their 7th Brass band Concert on Burns Night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets £6.50 Tel: 0845 8332825 Let’s Hang On - The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 25th January 8pm. White Rock Theatre, Hastings. One of the most popular and electrifying shows to hit the stage.

Battle Farmers Market 19th January 9am to 1pm. Abbey Green, Battle. Fresh, local produce. Tel: 01797 222875

Guided Meditation Workshop at YouNique Wellbeing Studios 26th January 10.30 - 1.00 pm - learn how to lead a happier, healthier life £15 01424 217630 - 11 Windmill Drive, Bexhill TN39 4DG

Stem Session 19 Jan, 2-4pm Leaf Hall, 51 Seaside Road, Eastbourne. An introduction to the Alexander Technique including walking. £20 per person. 01424 465838

One Night in Vienna 26th January 7.30pm Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Dancers whirl in graceful unison with billowing gowns and distinctive elegance. Music, song and dance. Box office: 01323 412000

Coffee, Cake & Conversation. Saturday 19th January, 10.30am Bullet Cafe, 38 Robertson St, Hastings. Find out more about this popular local social group for women. Call Michèle on 07801 621310 for more details

A Winter Ramble around Pett Level 27th January 10.30am. Meet at the Roadside Pool, Pett Level. Rye Harbour nature reserve guided walk to observe wintering birds on the levels and reed beds. Tel 01797 227784

Whist Drive - The Arthur Easton Centre, St Michael’s Hospice. 20th January, 2.30pm 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea. Entrance £2.50 (includes refreshments). All proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice.

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Local Clubs & Associations 1066 Cycle Club Tel: 01424 775592 1066 Tai Chi Tel: Stuart Innes 01424 863991 Anderida Writers, Eastbourne Tel: Tony Flood 01323 471726 or Elizabeth Wright 01323 503952 Age Concern Social Club (Battle) Tel : Ruby Kiley 01424 773536 Age Concern Eastbourne William & Patricia Venton Centre Tel : 01323 638474 Bexhill Club of Past Rotarians Meets at 2pm on 1st Wed of each month, Northern Hotel, Sea Rd, Bexhill. Bexhill Over 55 Club 45 Eversley Rd. Bexhill Tel : 01424 212911 Bexhill Rotary Club 01424 843929

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By the end of the course, students have created a minimum of eight pieces of their very own original art they can enjoy forever, from misty mountain tops to stunning seaside vistas. What better way to enjoy the spring months and participate in something you will look forward to every week EXHIBITION The final day of the art class will be the preparation for an exhibition held in our local venue later that day, featuring the work created over the three-and-a-half month part time course. YOUNG AT HEART This course is a brilliant way to learn new skills you will be able to enjoy forever. It is also a great way of meeting new friends and to have a fun experience you will always remember and cherish! It is open to all adults of all ages LIMITED PLACES To maintain a high standard to our classes and the tuition you will receive, classes are kept to small numbers - so places available are limited! We recommend that if you are For more information on interested, you book now.

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Better Breathing means Better Health Throughout our lives breathing is probably the most important activity affecting our health but is largely ignored by medicine unless we have asthma or other respiratory conditions. It is presumed that we all breathe normally, but the truth seems to be that we don’t! Most of us breathe too much or hyperventilate. Over-breathing or hyperventilating can make us breathless, worsen asthma, disturb our sleep with sleep apnoea, raise our blood pressure, cause panic or anxiety attacks and many more health problems. All these problems are rarely associated with hyperventilation and are treated with drugs to

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suppress or ameliorate the symptoms. Question: “Do you hyperventilate?” Check your breathing now with the Buteyko Control Pause test: Sit quietly at rest for a minute. After a normal out-breath, hold your breath and count the number of seconds before you want to breathe again. How did you do? Over 45 seconds is good, 45-35 is fair, 35-25 is over-breathing, 25-15 is hyperventilating & less than 15 seconds is serious hyperventilation. The Buteyko Method would teach you how to normalise your breathing in just a few weeks. Tel: 0800 781 2354

The Body Junction opened in June 2006 offering 11 Pilates classes and Physiotherapy with Peter Butcher as part of Bexhill Physiotherapy Clinic. It is a friendly but professional centre that works together to help clients feel better. Also offering various therapies including massage, reflexology, acupuncture and nutrition advice. There is Disabled access and plenty of free parking. Due to demand, the classes have steadily grown along with The Body Junctions excellent reputation and there are now 25 classes each week, plus yoga and meditation classes. There are classes from Beginners to Advanced, special back classes, Ball classes, Remedial, and even a circuit class. Regular Induction Classes are held to introduce new clients to Pilates. The classes are small to allow individual correction. Charlotte, who has been teaching Pilates in Bexhill since 1998 now employs 5 other teachers, with a maximum of 11 clients in each class. There is a lovely studio, fully equipped with mats, bands and balls. Call for more info on 01424 215300 On the Physiotherapy side, there are now three Physio’s here; Peter Butcher MMACP, MCSP, Grad, Dip, Phys, Rebecca Lunn MCSP, Bsc (hons) and Tracey Butcher MCSP, Grad, Dip, Phys. Each physiotherapist is registered with the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and continually develops their clinical skills to enhance and improve their delivery of treatment. Peter Butcher also offers acupuncture. For more information visit the website at:

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Your health comes first Are you waiting for a treatment or operation? Perhaps you are concerned about how your friend or family member will be affected by waiting too long for a hip or knee replacement? The good news is that you don’t have to put life on hold, whatever the treatment is. You can take control and speed things up with outstanding service and affordable private healthcare from the Michelham Private Patients Unit.

It’s simple. Just discuss your needs with your GP and they will refer you to the right Consultant. A package of care is designed for you and a hospital visit can become a more hotel-like experience. The tranquil Michelham Unit is a hidden oasis within the Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Complementary therapies and health consultations It’s not all about surgical procedures and treatments at Michelham. You can also visit us to enjoy a range of therapies and consultations, from independent experts, that offer deep relaxation, advice and an array of health benefits. Everyone is welcome. Simply give us a call to book your appointment. Prices start from £12.50 per session.

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Every second is precious. More so the older we get. At the Michelham private hospital unit at Eastbourne DGH you receive five star speed and service with added benefits: On–site emergency services for peace of mind

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Osteopathy provides gentle effective treatment for: Back pain and ache | Sports injuries | Arthritic Pain | Joint Pain | Muscle Tension | Nerve Pain | Circulatory Problems | Headaches

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Jane Jeater and Deborah Hollands use a variety of osteopathic techniques, predominantly structural as well as cranial osteopathy. Every treatment is tailored to the needs of the individual patient.

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Introducing our NEW clinic at the Old Courthouse in Battle now offering extended opening times, open five days a week. For enquiries or to book an appointment please call 01424 774466 or email Recognised by all major medical insurers

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Osteopathy is a holistic, manual therapy that relieves pain, restores mobility and focuses on total body health. Osteopathy provides effective treatment for acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems for people of all ages. Osteopathy provides gentle effective treatment for: Back pain and ache Arthritic Pain – Joint Pain Muscle Tension – Nerve Pain Circulatory Problems Jane Jeater and Deborah Hollands use a variety of osteopathic techniques, predominantly structural as well as cranial osteopathy. Every treatment is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Introducing our NEW clinic at the Old Courthouse in Battle now offering extended opening times, open five days a week.

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Would you like to try acupuncture but are either afraid of needles or simply do not like invasive treatments? Su Jok Acu utilises magnets, electro device & light stimulation, or, short micro needles. • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Marilyn has been involved in complementary health for over 20 years as a therapist and qualified lecturer. She currently practices Su Jok Acu therapy from the Michelham Unit at the Eastbourne District General Hospital, and also runs a practice from her home in East Grinstead. Su Jok Acu is a method of treatment carried out on the hands and/or feet. Extensive clinical trials backed up by MRI scans have been carried out in hospitals throughout Russia over the past 25 years, which proves the efficacy of this therapy. Relief from acute painful conditions is often felt from the very first session. Su Jok Acu therapy has benefited many people throughout Russia, Asia and Europe but is relatively new to the UK. Originally the treatment was only carried out with small micro needles, however, it was discovered that magnets, light stimulation, electro stimulation, etc. applied to points on the hands/ feet are equally as effective as needling, enabling people with needle phobia to be treated.

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with the Alexander Technique Plan your future Wellbeing..... Just as you plan your finances, your health and wellbeing also needs a plan. For 2013 focus on continuing to be able to do the things you enjoy such as dancing or walking. The Alexander Technique will improve your balance and coordination, help with pain management, tension and stress, and will contribute to the quality of life you deserve and desire. Call Liz Jeffries and discover how you can plan your wellbeing 01424 465838 Alexander Technique will move you forward!

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Moving forward for your wellbeing! If you are planning for your future, the first thing we all think about are our finances. We don’t realise that we can plan for our health too. Now is a good time to assess your wellbeing and plan how to get the best quality of life for the future. If your life involves being active, then you will want to include this in your plan to enable you to remain fit and mobile for as long as possible. Alexander Technique lessons can help you do this. The Alexander Technique can help with ease of movement, balance and co-ordination. If you are a keen walker or love dancing then using the Alexander Technique in your daily life now will help prevent the onset of aches and pains to give you the freedom to continue activities long into the future. Liz Jeffries teaches the Alexander Technique in a one-to-one lesson or group sessions.There are various local venues so call for details 01424 465838 or email

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Golden Times Review Having heard about Simon Roll's seated exercise DVD and all the positive reviews it's received from satisfied customers, we decided to take a look for ourselves and see what all the fuss was about. The DVD offers a chance for seniors who are still keen to keep active to enjoy a challenging and fun workout that will help keep them healthy and active. Simon has several years experience in delivering exercise classes to seniors and his coaching is positive, informative and never patronising. Throughout the session the exercises are easy to follow and their benefits are clearly explained. The up-beat background music helps to give the class a fun and sprightly feel. As good as Simon is, we felt that the real stars of the show were his two ladies, Beth and Joan. They take on the exercises with such enthusiasm and gusto that's enough to inspire anyone to stay 'Alive & Active' You can get your copy of the Alive & Active DVD from Amazon or you can find out more about this unique, seated exercise programme, along with lots of information about staying healthy later in life at: To advertise with us call Debby on: 01424 429139


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5 Minutes with... Debi Arnold

At the start of a new year, many people feel the urge to commit to a healthier, more active lifestyle. With that in mind, we decided to have a chat with local fitness guru Debi Arnold who told us how she helps her clients get healthier, happier and more mobile : Golden Times - “We’ve seen some amazing testimonials on your website ( – what do you offer that is different to joining a gym for instance?” Debi Arnold - Most people who want to join a gym, have done so already. For those that haven’t – there hasn’t been much choice up until now. I always wanted personal training or personal weight loss to be affordable and loaded with results. I offer one to one ‘personalised’ sessions from just £10, making it extremely affordable and in the comfort of a nice warm studio. Not forgetting the sea view from The Beach Pad – I’m never sure if my clients come for the advice or the view and sea air!

Debi Arnold -The body is designed to move, lean, bend, rotate, stretch, balance – and over the years our muscles get weaker, and our bones feel fragile. Lovely simple exercise incorporating those movements, with support if needed, can reverse any degeneration giving you back a body that can do all the above with ease. Golden Times - I’ve heard you specialise in the overweight or those suffering with bad backs? Debi Arnold - I’ve had to become an expert in these areas as so many of my clients were struggling on a daily basis with both or either problem. We had to tackle those problems before building on a nice strong ‘scaffolding’ for greater movement, health and well being. I even teach people how to cook cheap gorgeous healthy food – if they need it.

Golden Times - You’ve mentioned one of your clients is 70! Debi Arnold - Yes and she isn’t the oldest either…My favourite comment from our lovely 70 year old – was “I used to feel like a walrus in bed – and now I don’t” It still makes me laugh. Golden Times - Why should our readers come and have a free chat with you? Debi Arnold - I’ve turned people’s lives around, being able to move freely again, skip up the stairs, play with the grandchildren on the floor, drag the wheelie-bin out, not to mention looking 10 years younger. Golden Times - How does it work?

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Golden Times - What should our readers

Debi Arnold - Their first session is free – so they can try it out - with nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain. They can call or email and I’ll be happy to have a chat – even if they have never exercised before – I can help turn their life around and make it a much more healthy and flexible one! Debi can be contacted directly on 0777 564 6274 or via an enquiry form at

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Tricia’s Column


ello and a Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you've all had a great Christmas and recovered well from any New Years Eve celebrations! I had a very busy Christmas as usual, trying to spend some time with each of my seven grandchildren. Three of the younger ones came with me to see the fantastic "Peter Pan" panto at the White Rock Theatre on Christmas Eve, a real family treat that was, the kids really getting into the spirit of things. Pantomimes are still showing during early January at theatres in Eastbourne and Hastings so if you've not had a chance to take in some corny jokes and outrageous costumes there's still time to book! Once we've finally polished off the last of the leftover turkey and packed away the tinsel for another year, January seems to get everyone thinking about adopting a healthier lifestyle for the new year. Though it has to be said, all too often, New Years resolutions are things that go in one year and out the other! Despite starting the year full of good intentions, being more healthy can be a bit of a drag. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for exercise, especially long walks, particularly if they are taken by my husband when he's getting on my nerves! A bit of exercise is always more agreeable if you're having fun while you're exercising, so a

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night out dancing is always a great way to get fit. On the page opposite you can see details of the 1066 Jazz club which sounds like a great way to Jive, Quickstep or Foxtrot a few pounds off! There are also 'Zumba Gold' classes on page 16 which are always great fun. If you, or a friend or relative are a little less mobile but would still like to stay active, have a look at page 17 for our review of the fantastic "Alive & Active" seated fitness video. To be honest, it makes me tired even writing about all these calorie-burning activities. I'd be quite happy if my main daily activity was getting up off my sun lounger and having a dip in a tropical sea at this time of year! Reading Frank's column about his travels around the warmer parts of the globe always has me thinking about booking a holiday to escape the winter weather. I always console myself with the thought that February is a short month and by the time I write my next column the daffodils will be sprouting and spring will be on it's way once more. Until next time then, have fun enjoy whatever you're doing and don't be too hard on yourselves if those resolutions get broken long before the Valentines Day chocolates arrive !



New Beginnings Singles Social Group for 50+ Would you like to make new friends ? Join us at our weekly bar night, meals, walks, trips and other fun events. Only ÂŁ35 p.a. to change your life. Why not come and join this friendly group?

Tel Alex or Sallie : 01424 814227/814938 Saturday 2nd March 2013 11am - 4pm Sussex Coast College Hastings

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New Beginnings The New Beginnings social group for unattached people of 50+ has been established for over 7 years. The club has a weekly bar night at a well known Hastings Hotel. In addition, there is a monthly programme of events arranged by members for members of the club. A typical programme may include pub and restaurant meals, dances and discos, walks, ten pin bowling and trips to places of interest. The club is now looking to recruit new members, particularly men, to replace those who have left after forming relationships. Contact Alex (01424 814227) or Sallie (01424 814938) for more information.

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1066 Jazz Club

The 1066 Jazz Club is probably the best jazz club in the UK, it certainly has one of the best possible venues. It meets every Friday at Azur, The Marina Pavilion, on the St Leonards sea front. There is a good sized dance floor, licensed bar and special menu for the club, with food served to your table. Prices are very reasonable. A good example is a generous plateful of fish and chips for £6.90 or a chargrilled Rump Steak for £12.50 while a bottle of wine costs £10.00. The club features a different band every week, and presents the UK’s best and most popular bands playing traditional jazz in the style of Chris Barber or Acker Bilk and the floor is usually filled with dancers. There are many different styles of dancing here, Jive, Le Roc, Quick Step and Foxtrot, Lindy Hop, Balboa and the infamous Night Club Shuffle. There are usually two or three sessions of the Charleston Stroll, a formation dance in which anyone can join. Friday February 15th will be a Mardi Gras party night with every one invited to dress up in masks, feathers and carnival costumes. Don’t miss this one !

Selection of Tapas from £5.00

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Quality Family Run Home Care Service Introducing a NEW innovative Home Care Service providing Quality Home Care combined with access to our comprehensive activities and minibus outings programme.

Support & companionship, just when you need it Affordable sheltered accommodation, with meals provided, is available in:

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Abbeyfield South Downs Ltd offers a balance of privacy and support in its houses across East Sussex. Older people enjoy independence without the everyday cares of managing and maintaining a home. Meals are provided and volunteers support house managers enabling residents to enjoy a comfortable, fulfilling life.

To find out more call us now on 01323 733280 Registered office: Beamsley House, 47 Silverdale Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7AT

Registered charity no: 216799

Coast Home Care is an associate company of Coast Care Homes Ltd, serving Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne and surrounding areas, and is a leading specialist provider of residential care for the elderly. Approved providers to East Sussex County Council

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Local home care company wins Gold Staff at Prime Care Community Services Limited (“Prime Care”) are celebrating becoming the first homecare organisation in the UK to achieve Investors in People (“IiP”) accreditation at Gold level. From its office in Eastbourne, Prime Care provides care and support to older people, and adults with a disability or illness, to remain as independent as possible in their own homes – and to get out and about and participate in the community - in and around the Eastbourne area. Prime Care met 128 evidence requirements in addition to the 37 demanded by the Core Standard, demonstrating that Prime Care effectively sets and communicates its business and social objectives, invests in and develops its staff, and so continues to improve its performance. The IiP Assessment team said “…Staff have an absolute commitment to the provision of quality care and support” and noted “The overwhelming commitment to deliver the best quality care and support for service users is impressive”. Nicki Allen, Managing Director of Prime Care said: “We look forward to building on this tremendous success by working closely with the Investors in People team, our staff, and our partners and commissioners as we continue our improvement and deliver a flexible, topclass service working with the people of Sussex”.

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If you, or a family member or friend would like help in their own home, contact Amanda Richardson, Prime Care’s local Manager on 01323 645592 or via for advice or a noobligation visit to discuss your requirements.

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Bring a new look into your garden this year with a visit to Lime Cross Nursery for inspiration - your local family run nursery offering quality, choice and cheerful expertise. You'll be sure of a warm welcome in our delightful shop, full of appealing and practical gardening gifts, and enjoy a seasonal homemade lunch or afternoon tea in our friendly cafe.

Try for yourself! Bring in this advert to receive a free standard Tea or Coffee with your food order. (Valid until 28th February)

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Lime Cross Nursery, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 4RS Tel: 01323 833229,,

LIME CROSS NURSERY ~ JOLLY SERIOUS ABOUT GARDENING Happy new gardening year - let’s hope it will be a far less waterlogged one! If you had a real Christmas tree, remember to be environmentally friendly and recycle it with your local authority – details in your local paper or online. Throughout the winter months, keep your bird-table topped up with a good supply of fat, seed, nuts, grain and fresh water which will provide visiting wild birds with nutrients and energy they need to survive the long, cold months. During the winter months, planting of bare rooted plants is OK but always make sure the ground is in planting condition ie, not waterlogged or frozen. Bare root hedging is a cost effective way of creating a hedge. Choose from natives such as Beech, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hornbeam or Hazel along with trees and shrubs for instant structure and definition. Protect your plants from snow damage; if snowfall is heavy the weight of it on your plants can cause branches and stems to break or split. Just knock or shake the snow off to lighten the load. Mahonias are a good winter plant which looks particularly good when companion-planted with hellebores, snowdrops and winter honeysuckle as well


as Black Grass (Ophiopogon). Winter flowering heathers (Ericas) can bring a splash of colour to the garden, and are a good ground cover plant. These will happily thrive in any soil type. Winter provides the natural resting period for your garden so now is the perfect time for you to begin planning ahead for warmer days outside. Use the time to be inspired; look for new or second-hand gardening books, sit by the fire and let yourself be transported into your very own fantasy garden! Start thinking about your veg plot and maybe plan a herb garden or window box which could provide an interesting focal point in your garden, patio or window sill, as well as being invaluable in the kitchen. Towards the end of February, seed potatoes will start appearing in your local nursery along with onion sets and shallots, rhubarb, asparagus crowns and a vast range of vegetable and herb seeds to get you underway. Order plants at this time from Lime Cross Nursery to get ahead, especially early perennials. Summer flowering bulbs such as dahlia and gladioli, crinum and freesia will be on sale too. Just ask your nursery team for their expert advice.

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'Grooming Marvellous by Mandy' is a mobile dog grooming service established earlier this year. Mandy prides herself on the level of care that she provides to her canine clients and the professional, friendly rapport built with their owners. Quality of service is uppermost in her priorities and Mandy will only use the best products available on the market. The comprehensive service includes a Warm Water Hydrobath, Hand Scissoring, Clipping, Nail Clipping, Flea Treatments and Ear Cleaning. Your dog will be groomed on a one to one basis and not surrounded by other dogs, which will create less stress and anxiety for your pet. This is all carried out in Mandy's purpose built grooming unit.

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Mandy, will carry out all of the grooming at your door and at a time of your choosing. This can include weekends and evenings. Mandy is confident in grooming all breeds and sizes of dogs.' Please call 07593 246809 for more details. A Kennels and Cattery with a difference Specialising in first time boarders, Whitelands Kennels & Cattery offers your loved pet a holiday home of their very own. Set within 12 acres of secure natural open space, with open fields surrounded by 60 acres of indigenous woodland. Whitelands can be found in Westfield, East Sussex, just off the A21 on the A28 to Tenterden, just 10 minutes north of the Historic town of Hastings.

DOGGYPOOPS A new local friendly dog waste cleaning and removal service. Do you dislike picking up your dog’s poop? Embarrassed about the mess in your garden? Dog faeces contain many parasites that can stay in your soil for years. Anyone, especially children can become infected. We use professional disinfectant, effective against Canine Parvovirus and other parasites. We can provide pet waste station services for boot sales, dog shows, pet friendly pubs etc. Stuck for a gift idea? Why not consider a DOGGYPOOPS GIFT VOUCHER? Have a safe and clean garden, Don’t get stressed, we pick up the mess!

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Don't move - improve. I think that most people would be in agreement when I say that we could all benefit from some additional living space at home. A larger lounge for that corner sofa, one extra bedroom so that children no longer have to share and in general more free flowing living space to prevent us from feeling hemmed in when we return home from work and at the weekends. If you are fortunate enough to own your own home then now is definitely an ideal time to consider improving and expanding your living space. This may range from internal alterations, through to an extension, loft conversion, the conversion of an existing cellar or even the creation of a new one. Yes, you can have a cellar put in to create additional space! An ideal solution if your home has no space for an extension. With property prices currently levelled off and the cost of moving at an all-time high the days of renovating and selling for a quick profit are a dim and distant memory and don’t look as though they will be returning in the immediate future. However, with interest rates at a historical low, and with the knowledge that property prices do eventually rise, as proven throughout the markets history, we would be wise to capitalise on this combination of circumstances by creating a more modern, spacious and up to date home that we can personally benefit from until such time as the property market awakens from its slumber. You may have an idea of what you want to achieve but the first step is always, always, always to seek professional advice. Look for a company that belongs to reputable organisations and can give you fully comprehensive advice, if possible from concept through to completion. Ideally one that’s able to guide you on such things as how to maximise your properties potential with the budget you have available and is what you want realistic. Secondly, will your project require the benefit of planning permission or listed building consent from the local authority? If it does and you don’t obtain it you could find yourself enjoying a trip to the local law court. Thirdly does any work that you intend carrying out need the intervention of a structural engineer and submission of a building regulations application. Most important this one, after all you wouldn’t want your beautiful extension to end up looking like the fairgrounds “Crooked House”. Last but not least expect the unexpected. No matter how well you plan your project, building never has been and never can be an exact science. There are variables, you will almost certainly change your mind and the odd item may be delivered later than planned but embrace the experience and revel in your achievement because when completed you should have something quite unique that just made your life a whole lot better and, best of all, you just made your home worth a lot more money.


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Revealing the stars' secrets by James Curtis Bachelors pop group star Dec Cluskey says that local author Tony Flood's new book 'My Life with the Stars Best, Ali and the Panties' is rocking the show business and sports worlds. Flood, who like Cluskey lives in Eastbourne, includes in the book a host of revelations and amusing anecdotes about celebrities he interviewed as a Fleet Street journalist and Sky Television executive. This has resulted in rave reviews from actresses Shirley Anne Field, June Whitfield, Susie Amy and singing icon Cluskey. Dec Cluskey declares: "This book's revelations about big names in sport and show business is wowing celebrities and the public alike.” The Bachelors icon, who also tells how his ego was dented by Bruce Forsyth, says: “Tony Flood's book is rocking quite a few people, and if you want to know the 'ins' and 'outs' of showbiz, sport, films and politics this is the one! My Life With the Stars is full of revelations about Joan Collins, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Peter Sellars, George Best, Muhammad Ali and a host of others" So why does the book have the sub-title 'Best, Ali and the Panties'? Flood, who worked as Controller of Information at Sky Television, says: "Meeting Muhammad Ali and George Best brought me into contact with two glamorous ladies who were offering to have sex with them! “One was so desperate that she gave me her G-string, tied around her room key, to pass on to Best while he was chatting to me in a VIP area.

Creative Writing Corner Last year we received a short story from one of our readers which we enjoyed reading so we thought we'd publish it here so you can all enjoy it too! Receiving the story also got us thinking that there may well be many readers out there with literary talents, so we're hoping to make a short story a regular Golden Times feature. So, if you have written something you think other readers would enjoy, please send it in and we'll print as many as we can. We're looking for stories around 400-500 words long similar to the one below. You can either email your story to or post it to us at 78 Elphinstone Road, Hastings, E Sussex, TN34 2BS. R

The Purple Hat by Rebecca Best

Dotty pulled a white, silk handkerchief from her pocket showering the cool, stone floor with tiny lilac coloured sweets and dabbed at the steady stream of tears. She sat with her friend Eadie at the back of the church. An acquaintance from their nursing home had died - the most generous act she had performed in her whole life as Eadie had pointed out behind a lace gloved hand sending Dotty into another bout of poorly suppressed mirth. "My she was a sour old cow-bag!" Eadie marvelled admiringly. "Can you remember the purple hat?" Dotty feared she would wet herself in the house of God and ineffectually swiped at her friends shoulder running her toes against the stone under her pew and crushing the little


“She told me seductively 'Give this to George – tell him it's from the blonde he smiled at.' In the case of Ali, a gorgeous brunette had given a security guard an envelope for the World Heavyweight Champion which contained a nude picture of her dangling her panties on her forefinger. It had her phone number on the back.” Our readers can obtain a SIGNED COPY of 'My Life With The Stars' at the specially reduced price of £5.99 – a discount of £3 – plus postage and packing of £1.66 by sending a cheque for £7.65, made payable to 'Sportsworld Communications', to: Book Offer, 24 Brisbane Quay, Eastbourne, BN23 5PD. Full details are available on : Or copies are available at £8.99 (paperback) and £5.03 (ebook) from Amazon where Tony and his wife Heather's other books are also available in both paperback and ebook versions. Signed copies of these fantasy adventure books are also available at discounted prices through the website : Tony's fantasy adventure book, "The Secret Potion" has been hailed by actress June Whitfield as ideal for Harry Potter fans, while Heather's children's books "Mousey Mousey and the Witches' Spells", "Mousey Mousey and the Witches' Revenge" and "Giant Sticker Monster" have been compared to Julia Donaldson and Beatrix Potter. sweets releasing the smell of violets. The purple hat had been a hideous tea cosy affair both unflattering to the wearer and displeasing to the eye of the beholder yet the deceased had worn it out of spite to aesthetics. Summer had passed in a blaze of insincere naughtiness and nature, exhausted by all the frivolity, prepared to rest. It was time for the hat to come out once more to make children cry and small dogs bark. After fervid rummaging in an untidy wardrobe it was discovered by the grumpy owner that the hat had a family of mice nesting in it. Absolutely livid that something should be attracted to the purple hat, she had flown into a rage and stomped about for the rest of the day being extra awful and, as rudeness was her well practised forte, this additional objectionable behaviour passed her into laughable parody. When it had become common knowledge around the retirement home what had made her so angry, Eadie had confessed to a helplessly giggling Dotty that she had fashioned a mouse-sized hole in the hat box and had been sneaking in seeds, cheese and even a few tulip bulbs she had stolen from the gardener. She had even packed the purple hat with hay and cotton wool. Back in church, the life-long friends were practically purple themselves with contorted merriment. When the other inhabitants of the home filed out after the service they walked past the apparently weeping and hysterical women impressed and surprised that the passing had caused such passion.

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Telling the story of your life Have your children or friends been nagging you to write down your life story? Have you tried, but given up on this seemingly impossible task? Perhaps you don't even know where to begin? From bitter experience we know that if a life story is not preserved, a person's experiences, personality and memories can be lost forever. That is why we at Red Letter Books offer a service to help you produce a life story book, either for yourselves or for your family and friends. We record your story through a series of interviews and transcribe your words so we can edit them into a cohesive narrative. You have full control over what is included in your final story and also what photographs and other memorabilia you would like inserted within the text. We design and layout your book, including front and back covers, and deal with the printers. All you have to do is tell us your story! The process usually takes between 3-6 months and costs from £3,000 upwards, depending on the length of your story (payment is in installments). Please feel free to call us to discuss a project on 01825 723940

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A partnership between the South East Lions Clubs and the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will help to save even more lives, at night, in 2013. In launching their public appeal, Lions Clubs in the South East have pledged to raise £250,000 over the next 10 years which will help the charity to achieve its aim of night flying. The funds will be a significant contribution towards the additional £1 million a year needed to allow the Air Ambulance to extend its operations. Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance said ‘Lions clubs have been long term supporters of the Air Ambulance for many years. This is a major step forward in forging a path to operating by night and potentially saving many more lives each year’. The Air Ambulance currently operates two helicopters with two crews working from 7am – 7pm. But early next year the charity will replace one of its aircraft with a newer helicopter with night flying capabilities which will allow the charity to operate after dark from the charity’s Redhill base. The 70 Lions Clubs across the South East and South London have been raising funds and providing services and facilities to their local communities for 50 years including helping to make a difference to the needy and to those experiencing less fortunate circumstances. Members of the Clubs come from varied backgrounds and professions using their skills and initiatives to improve the quality of life and the community.

Rye Lions President, Malcolm McDonough, presents a cheque to Rye Pre-school Playgroup

LIONS AID RYE PLAYGROUP At their existing premises in Ferry Road, Rye Preschool Playgroup at present take children from 2 to 5 years old from 8am to 5pm 50 weeks of the year. They are opening another unit at Tilling Green Community Centre next January to cater for toddlers below 2 years old. The Playgroup is raising funds to equip the new centre and approached Rye and District Lions Club to see if they could help. Rye Lions were pleased to donate £250 towards this appeal. This follows an earlier donation the Lions made for new equipment two years ago. Rye Pre-School Playgroup has vacancies for children at both centres and any parents interested should contact Lisa Parker on 01797 226992. Rye Lions have been pleased to welcome new members recently and hope to recruit more in the New Year. Any adult in Rye or nearby villages interested in having fun raising money for those less fortunate and enjoying social events should ring 01797 252382 or look at their website at

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to us in dreams and I feel he is just trying to show you that he is there protecting you from the Spirit World or Heaven if you like. Have a chat with him every now and then either in your head or even out loud especially if you need help with anything. In this way you can build up the communication and connection with him.

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Dear Eve After loads of tests and visits to the doctor and even the hospital I have finally been diagnosed with "irritable bowel syndrome" but they are saying that there isn't a way to treat it. I feel fed up. How did I get it and will I have it forever? Thank you, Lucy from Battle near Hastings In your longer letter you say you don't have so much pain with it now but can feel bloated and uncomfortable. From my cards it does seem you have always had a sensitive stomach and as a Cancerian female the digestive system can be vulnerable. The good news is I think you can keep it under control with your diet. Why don't you see a Naturopath who can find out what foods are aggravating this condition?. A Herbalist can also be very useful for this condition. Clairvoyantly I feel your body doesn't handle white flour, white sugar and high caffeine drinks. Remember stress does play a part with irritable bowel syndrome so try to learn how to relax more .

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Coffee Morning 7th February 10 to 11.30am The Parkhurst Hall, Parkhurst Road, Bexhill. 80p entry provides tea or coffee and biscuits. Raffle, book and bric-a-brac tables Tel: Bexhill Museum 01424 787950 Paul Daniels - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow 9th February 7.30pm. Battle Memorial Hall, Battle. The most watched TV magician of the last 20 years Tel 01424 772044

Bodiams grounds and castle with our muddy boots trail. £2 plus normal castle admission. Diabetes UK Hastings & Rother Voluntary Group 23rd February 10.30 am - 12.00 - A morning of free information and workshops designed to support the wellbeing of people with diabetes and their family and friends, to be held at YouNique Wellbeing Studios 11 Windmill Drive, Bexhill TN39 4DG. 01424 217630

Tiaras & Treasures 10th, 17th & 24th Feb 9am to 2pm. International Lawn Tennis Centre, Eastbourne. An opportunity to sell your merchandise or browse the stalls for a bargain Tel: 01323 415313

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Starlight Express Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 26th February to 9th March. One of the best loved, longest running musicals in theatrical history comes to Eastbourne. Tel: 01323 412000

Star Party at Eastbourne Redoubt 16th Feb 6pm to 9pm. Royal Parade, Eastbourne. View some of the wonders of the Universe from the Gun Platform and marvel at illustrated talks from experts. Tel: 01323 410300 Battle Farmers Market 16th February 9am to 1pm. Abbey Green, Battle. Fresh, local produce. Tel: 01797 222875 Muddy boots trail 18th – 24th February, 11:00 – 16:00 Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge. Come and have an adventure exploring

Hens Dancing Dinner Thursday 27th February Join the lively Hens Dancing ladies for dinner at a popular local restaurant in Bexhill. New members are always welcome. Call Michèle on 07801 621310 for more details

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01797 226211 The Lodge at Winchelsea is located on the A259 between Rye and Hastings, just down the hill from Winchelsea Town. Designed as a traditional Sussex barn, a recent refurbishment means The Lodge boasts a contemporary restaurant & bar and 28 comfortable en-suite bedrooms. The restaurant is open 7 days a week serving a wide range of delicious dishes, including snacks, light bites and a full evening menu plus an excellent carvery every Sunday. The menu changes to reflect the seasons and offers dishes for all tastes and budgets. The current winter menu features some warming dishes such as confit duck legs, mushroom and mozzarella wellington & whole baked camembert, we also serve classic liver and bacon for only £7.50. Guests can also relax in the elegant Lounge Bar, with its light &


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hites Seafood and Steak Bar is the perfect venue for an intimate Valentine's Day meal with that special someone. Our family run restaurant is set in a Grade II listed building on George Street, the heart of Hasting's historic Old Town. Booking slots fill up very quickly, so call us on 01424 719846 and speak to either Tammy, Ellie or Alex who will be pleased to assist you.

Relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by as you make your selection from the wide range of dishes on offer. We are proud to boast that as many

of our ingredients as possible are sourced locally and our delicious specials board is regularly updated with seasonal dishes. Our top quality, British beef steaks are chargrilled to your preference to give them the mouthwatering flavour we are so well known for. Take a look at our website to view our wonderful seafood platters, the best in Hastings, as well as our everyday main menu. We also have a Light Lunch Menu, offering one course for £8.50pp or two courses for £12.50pp. Outside the restaurant is additional seating protected by large awnings. This offers the perfect spot to enjoy a kilo of Moules Mariniere and a glass of Pinot or two while taking in the hustle and bustle of George Street. Families are warmly welcomed; high chairs and a separate children’s menu are available for our younger guests. Bon appetit! Alex and Ellie

Salmon en CroÛte This great looking fish supper can be prepared ahead and baked when required. Easy to prepare but guaranteed to deliver that "wow factor" it's perfect for dinner parties or special occasions. Simple, tasty and eye catching, serve with asparagus and a glass of chilled Chardonnay.

Ingredients Serves 4 150g Mascarpone Cheese 1bag watercress, spinach and rocket, about 120g 500g shortcrust pastry Around 500g skinless salmon fillet 1 egg, beaten

Preparation Method Heat the oven to 200C (180C for fan ovens) Put the mascarpone, watercress, spinach and rocket into a food processor and blend into a creamy, green purée. Season to taste. Roll the pastry out into a sheet large enough to wrap your salmon completely. The pastry should be a little thinner than a £1 coin. Lay the pastry on a buttered

or oiled baking sheet and place the salmon in the middle. If the tail end is thin, tuck it under, then spoon on half of the purée. Next fold the pastry over into a neat parcel, trim the edge of the join neatly and make sure there are no thick lumps of pastry as these won't cook thoroughly. Make three neat cuts in the pastry to allow steam to escape and make decorations with the pastry off cuts if you wish. Brush the beaten egg over the pastry to glaze. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and brown. To test whether the filling is cooked, push a sharp knife into the filling, wait for 3 seconds then test it against the inside of your wrist; if the knife is hot, the salmon is cooked. Serve with the remaining cream sauce and enjoy!

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01424 421363

THE WHEATSHEAF Discover Little Common’s best kept secret and visit this iconic, family run restaurant for a delicious home cooked meal in comfortable and relaxed

surroundings. Lunches served Tuesday to Sunday 12.00pm to 230pm, Evening menu from 6pm till 9.00pm .

Booking recommended to avoid disappointment.

For Bookings Tel: 01424 842004

2 Barnhorn Road, Little Common TN39 4LR

January Lunch time Special Offer

Roast of the Day only - £4.95 Normal Price £5.95

Valid only Tuesday to Friday Lunch, throughout January. Limited to one voucher per person Bring this voucher

Lunch Menu

All £5.95 with a complimentary house red or white wine, house bottled beer or soft drink Two Egg Omelette with your choice of cheese, ham, mushrooms & spinach, served with chips or salad Homemade Lasagne served with chips or salad Fresh Pizza prepared & cooked in house, choose any two of these toppings: Ham, Mushroom, Hoi Sin Pork, Brie, Spinach, Chorizo, Onion or Peppers Soup of the day served with Cheesy Garlic Bread Cheese Burger topped with onion relish, served with chips & coleslaw Falafel Cheese Burger served with chips & coleslaw Chicken, Salad & Pesto Wrap served with chips Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli in a cream & mushroom sauce Fish Pie topped with cheesy mash, served with salad Ham, Egg & Chips

Roast Dinners available from the kitchen

Just £6.95 Weekdays and £9.45 Sundays

Our famous Carvery is available everyday and includes three succulent meats, slowly roasted to perfection, accompanied by a selection of steamed vegetables.


Find us online at

Our Famous Carvery Just


Monday to Friday lunchtimes only. Bring this voucher.


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Golden Times January 2013  

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