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Goldentimes November/December 2012


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ello again and welcome to the Winter 2012 edition of Golden Times which means the magazine has now been running for a whole year! We're hugely grateful to all the supportive and positive comments we've received since we started and it's been great to meet so many of our readers at Seniors Forum events this Autumn. In 2013 we'll keep trying to improve the magazine so if you think there's a way to make it better please let us know. Of course, without the support of our advertisers there wouldn't be a magazine, so don't forget to mention us if you use one of their services. On behalf of everyone at Golden Times I'd like to wish all of our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year, enjoy the magazine!



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Frank’s Column At the end of my last column I told you about the first night at my hotel on Fiji, and how a massive storm struck the area during the small hours of the morning. The storm abated around sunrise and, along with the other guests, I wandered around the hotel's gardens viewing the extent of the havoc that had been wreaked in just a few hours. What, the previous evening, had been an area of manicured lawns,tropical flowers, and shrubs was now a scene of devastation. It was a fairly sombre bunch of guests who wandered back to the hotel for breakfast, but while we ate, and conversed in muted tones a miracle began to unfold. Down the narrow road leading to the hotel reception area a whole crowd of locals, carrying a mixed variety of what appeared to be gardening tools, started making their way on to the garden area and began sorting things out. These wonderful people were, apparently, family members of the people who worked in the hotel, and had responded willingly to a call for help. When I continued on my travels 2 weeks later the place was almost back to normal. I had a number of lovely walks through the countryside surrounding the hotel, but after a few days I decided to venture a little further afield. I asked the receptionist if she could rustle up a taxi to take me into the nearest town, and with her usual dazzling smile she said,"No Problem". When the taxi arrived it turned out to be what sounded like a steam driven Lada, and by a coincidence the driver just happened

to be her cousin who was taking a load of fruit and veg to town in the back of the car!! Ah well, nothing ventured - nothing gained so off I went. We rattled along quite happily for a few miles, and then the driver said that as he hadn't been along this route for a long time would I mind if he just popped in to say hello to his aunt. What could I say?? This guy was about 6'-4"and 20 stone so I smiled, and said,"No Problem". Anyway when we got to aunties he left me sitting in the taxi and off he went. He was only gone a few minutes when, looking severely chastised, he came scuttling back down the path, and invited me inside to meet auntie. She turned out to be a lovely lady who made me very welcome, and produced some fine coffee, and cake. While I was there she never stopped berating her nephew for leaving me outside. I bet he wished he hadn't bothered!! When my time on Fiji was up I felt quite sad when I had to start saying goodbye to so many lovely people that I had the good fortune to get to know. Fijians are, by their nature, a warm and welcoming people, and I really loved my stay there. Finally I grabbed my backpack,and made my way to the airport to catch my 'plane to Tonga 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: Hampden Park: Starting at 10am, at the Lakeside Tea Chalet, 1 mile walk.

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: Eastbourne: Seafront walk starting at 10am at the Lifeboat Museum. Under 1 mile. 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 - November Therapy Open Day 7th November 2-7pm Michelham Private Patients Unit, Eastbourne District General Hospital Range of free taster complementary therapy and health consultation sessions.Tel: 01323 413892 Rememberance at the Redoubt 9th November 10.30am-1pm Redoubt fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne. Drama performances and readings to mark Remembrance Weekend. Tel: 01323 410300 Robertsbridge Craft & Gift Fair 10th November, 10am to 1pm The Robertsbridge Club, Station Rd, Robertsbridge. Local craft and gift stalls raising funds for the Robertsbridge Club Childrens Christmas Party. Tel 01580 881884 Rye Fawkes 10th November, 7.30-9.30pm The Rye Bonfire Society host their celebrations with a procession, fancy dress, dragon and burning boat, Fireworks at 9pm. Christmas Fair 10th & 11th November 10.30am-4pm Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham. Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Stalls, Christmas music in a beautiful setting. T:01323 844224 Christmas Fair 11th November, 10am-2pm The Sackville Hotel, Bexhill. Crafts, gifts & vintage finds. Free Event. Tel 01424 892240 Table Sale 16th November, 10am-12 noon Concordia Hall, Church Rd, St Leonards. Turn your unwanted goods into cash. Large table £8, small table £6 Tel Theresa on 01424 851606

St Michael’s Hospice Barn Dance 16th November, 7pm Arthur Easton Centre, 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards. Dance the night away with music from the fabulous fiddlers of the “flat cap” tickets £6 all proceeds to St Michaels Hospice. Advance bookings only: 01424 713991/456396 Sport & Scandal at Sheffield Park 16th November, from 6.30pm Sheffield Park, TN22 3QX. Evening talk by well known cricket Historian Roger Packham with light supper & refreshments. £15 To Book call 01825 790231 Battle Farmers Market 17th November, 9am-1pm Abbey Green, Battle. A lively mix of stalls offering local produce Tel 01797 222875 Robertsbridge Bonfire Night 17th November, from 7pm Station Road, Robertsbridge. Torchlit procession from 7pm, firework display at 8.30pm Tel 01580 880639

Cuckmere Haven Walk 20th November, 10am-12noon Meet at the Golden Galleon pub by Exceat Bridge. Looking for wintering birds at Cuckmere Haven. Email : Bexhill Rotary Club Guest Evening 20th November 7pm Cooden Beach Golf Club, Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill. For potential new Rotarians or anyone interested in Rotary. Tel Roger Heyes: 01424 214666 or Afternoon Bingo 21st November, 2-4pm Arthur Easton Centre, 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards. £3 for 6 books with ten games. All proceeds to St Michaels Hospice. 01424 456396 Christmas Coffee morning 23rd November 10am-12noon Peterhouse Day Centre, Church St Bexhill-on-sea. Christmas coffee morning and sale, home made arts and crafts, cakes, jams, sweets and pickles. Charity Jazz Concert 23rd November, 7pm The Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne. The Pete Wilson Quartet play traditional and modern jazz, proceeds go to the Demelza Hospice Care for children.Tickets £10

What the Dickens 17th November, 7pm Battle Memorial Hall, 81 High St, Battle. The misadventures of Charles Dickens, comedy theatre for all the family. Hen's Dancing 1066 Fashion Show 17th November 6pm Fancy an evening of fun fashion and food ? Start at the Italian Trattoria in Bexhill then on to the De La Warr Pavillion for the Front Row Vintage Fashion Show . Tel: 07801 621310

Senior Citizens Party 23rd November 2pm St Augustine’s Church Hall, Bexhill. Organised by Rotary Bexhill, for more information, contact Geoff Longmire on: 01424 842900 or Hastings Herring Fair 23rd-25th November The Stade open space, Hastings. Celebrate the abundance of this seasonal, local fish with tasters, activities, entertainment and events.


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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 Bexhill Royal Air Forces Association Tel: 01424 220114 Bexhill Royal British Legion bexhillroyalbritishlegionclub. 01424 212215 Bexhill Sailing Club Tel: 01424 212906 Cooden Beach Sports & Social Club Tel: 01424 844810 Cuckmere Valley Petanque Club Sundays & Wednesdays Tel: 01323 469340

Eastbourne Seniors Forum Tel: 01323 479846 East Sussex Townswomen's Guild Tel: 01424 753108 or 01424 213207 Hastings & Rother University of the Third Age Tel : Julie Windus 01424 752681 Hastings & St Leonards Angling Association Tel: 01424 431923 Hastings & St Leonards Royal Air Forces Association Tel: 01424 430250 Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club Tel: 01424 420656 Hastings & St Leonards Seniors Forum 01424 432295 Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) Tel Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 Lions Club of Hastings Tel: 01424 435564 Little Common Bridge Club Social rubber, Thu afternoon 01424 844101 Old Hastings Club 39a High St, Hastings. 01424 43194 Rother Seniors Forum 01424 870801

Diabetes UK, Hastings & Rother Voluntary Group Tel: 07974 356653

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WRVS: Russel Centre, Eastbourne. Tel: 01323 412279 Isabel Blackman Centre, Winding Street, Hastings. Tel: 01424 446428 Isabel Blackman Club, South Street, St Leonards. Tel: 01424 426090

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Event Listings - November Eastbourne Artists Open Houses 24th & 25 November Throughout Eastbourne. Many of the towns artists and makers open their homes and studios to the public this Christmas. Paintings, drawings, prints, cards, photographs, ceramics, jewellery and much more. For more details visit: A Tudor Christmas 24th & 25th November 10.30am-4pm Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas with activities, food demonstrations and entertainment Great Dixter Christmas Fair 24th & 25th November, 10am-4pm Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye Local stallholders, artisans and artists selling a wide ranging array of products which make thoughtful gifts. £5 entrance fee. Tel: 01797 252878 ext. 3

Communitywise Food & Craft Market 24th November, 10am-12.30pm Communitywise, Ocklynge Rd, Eastbourne. Local fresh produce, craft and gift items. Tel: 01323 722924

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St Michael’s Hospice Tea Dance 29th November, 7pm Arthur Easton Centre, 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards. Tickets £3 inc. refreshments, all proceeds to St Michaels Hospice.

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“When I needed rapid treatment, Benenden Hospital really delivered for us.” “I saw my GP and I was quickly referred there. It’s just down the road, really convenient. ” After a thorough, no fuss consultation with a top specialist my operation was organised in no time. No painful hanging around.” “The team that cared for me were outstanding – so professional. They told me exactly what was happening and they made me really feel at home. The facilities were amazing too. So clean, bright and modern. I felt like I was in the safest hands every step of the way. I’m back on my feet much quicker than I anticipated – thanks to them!” Benenden Hospital specialises in hip and knee replacement, varicose vein removal, cataracts and many other treatments. So, don’t let medical issues slow your life down, talk to your GP and ask for a referral today.

We specialise in

 Varicose veins  Cataracts  Hip replacements  Knee * Some services are not included as part of Benenden Healthcare Society membership so, after seeing their GP members must contact the Society to ensure that the help that they need is available before making any arrangements with the Hospital.

Benenden Hospital’s services and treatments are open to Benenden Healthcare Society members, NHS Choice, private and self funded patients.* Take a look at the website to see exactly what Benenden Hospital can do for you or call us to book a consultation.

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Hands-on-Health Therapy Centre

Would you like to try acupuncture but are either afraid of needles or simply do not like invasive treatments? Want FAST, lasting natural relief from pain and discomfort from the very 1st session? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Su Jok Acu Therapy the NO needle alternative. Relief from 1st session or don't pay!!! Contact Marilyn on: 07961 157609 email:

Appointments available Michelham Unit, Eastbourne District General Hospital from November 2012

What is Su Jok Acu Therapy? It’s a system devised by a Korean scientist/philosopher that utilises the hands and feet as treatment areas for the whole body, but not to be confused with reflexology. Su Jok Acu Therapy is extremely fast acting for all complaints and conditions often giving up to 70-80% relief from the very first session. If a client presents with e.g. knee problems, an area on the middle finger is treated which will cause a wave of energy to pass to the pain area in the knee procuring fast relief from pain and discomfort. How is the Therapy Carried Out? The area on the hand or foot that relates to the area in the body that is either painful or malfunctioning is palpated with a probe. Through this examination, pain spots known as Ah Shi points, indicate the exact acu treatment area. Another method of Su Jok Acu Therapy is energy flow therapy which works in the same way as acupuncture but treatment is applied again to the hands or feet only, never the body. For needle phobics or people who simply do not like invasive therapies, we are able to offer a NO NEEDLE option that utilises magnets, an electro device or light stimulation. This method of treatment is safe for children. Learn to Help Yourself Naturally Workshops Additional to running my therapy practice, I am a fully qualified lecturer and offer one day workshops to people who would like to learn how to help themselves naturally for everyday complaints. Details can be found on our website

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INNOVATION TO OPTIMISE YOUR HEALTH All classes £5 To book, Phone Deb on:

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St Augustine’s Church Hall, Bexhill Mondays 10.30am & 11.20am Battle Memorial Hall, Battle Tuesdays at 11.15am Fridays at 11.15am Sedlescombe Village Hall Thursdays at 6.15pm Manor Barn, Old Town, Bexhill Thursdays at 9.30am

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What better way to show you care for your older loved ones this Christmas than by giving them a gift that will add bounce to their day and enhance their independence? The Alive & Active seated exercise DVD is the safe way to exercise and improve your strength, flexibility and endurance. It's packed with upbeat, well known songs to get you motivated, tonnes of helpful tips and advice with friendly banter. This DVD can be enjoyed not only by seniors but anyone who lacks the confidence to exercise alone. Simon’s lively class on DVD comes from 5 years of providing fun classes for seniors and now his winning formula can be enjoyed by anyone. No one is too old or too young to enjoy his workout as the exercises can be adapted to suit varying abilities. Now receiving 5* reviews on Amazon! “My mother has since tried it and loves it. She sings along with the music and finds all the routines fun and inspiring”.....” She seems to have a new lease of life because of it.”


Take time out for you At Michelham it’s not all surgical procedures. You can also enjoy a range of therapies and consultations that offer deep relaxation, advice and an array of health benefits.

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Event Listings - December Young Enterprise Trade Fair 1st December 10am - 5pm. Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings. Young Entrepreneurs from local schools and colleges sell their products. Contact 07920 763651 Indoor Christmas Fair 1st December The Ship, Sea Road, Winchelsea Beach. Gifts and food, all indoors. Tel 01797 226767 Hastings Old Town Christmas Market 1st December, 11am-4pm Blue Reef Aquarium, Rock-a-nore Road. Festive stalls, mince pies & carols Tel 01424 718776 Mini-Craft Fair at Fishermans Green 1st & 2nd December Ride N Joy, The Kiosk, Fishermans Green, Royal Parade, Eastbourne. Wide variety of stalls and products, tombola, teas, cakes and more. Tel 01323 726428

Santa Fun Run & Walk 2nd December Harbour Reach beaches, Prince William Parade, Eastbourne. 3 mile run or walk in aid of Myasthenia Gravis Association. Tel Steve Saunders 01273 581087

Battle Christmas Gala Night 6th December, 5-9pm Late night shopping with fancy dress and festive window displays. Seasonal enter tainment, free parking at the Abbey car park. Tel: 01424 775169

Sussex Harmony 2nd December, 6pm Christchurch Methodist Church, Bexhill. An Advent Carol service presented as it would have been 200 years ago. Workshop 3-5pm, all welcome. Tel 01424 216456

Hen's Dancing 1066 Christmas Supper Club 6th December 7.30pm. Italian Way Restaurant, Hastings. Ladies, join our supper club to meet new friends and enjoy an evening of good food and delightful company. Tel: 07801 621310

Christmas Fair 2nd December, 10am-2pm The Sackville Hotel, Bexhill. Crafts, gifts & vintage finds. Free Event. Tel 01424 892240 Eastbourne Christmas Magic 6th, 13th & 20th Dec 4-8pm Eastbourne Town Centre. Festive fun & games for all the family. Tel 0871 6630031

Enterprise Gift Fair 1st December, 10am-4pm Enterprise Shopping Centre, Eastbourne. 35 festive stalls, everything you need for Christmas, gift wrapping service. Eastbourne Artists Open Houses 1st & 2nd December Throughout Eastbourne. Many of the towns artists and makers open their homes and studios to the public this Christmas. Paintings, drawings, prints, cards, photographs, ceramics, jewellery and much more. For more details visit: Santas Specials at the Kent & East Sussex Railway 1st to 24th December, 10am-5pm Station Road, Tenterden. Meet Santa on a Steam Train ! For more information, see the advert on page 19 or visit:


Hastings Traditional Christmas Market From 6th December Town Centre & the Priory Meadow shopping centre, Hastings. Starting on the 6th & continuing throughout December, festive, light strewn huts will sell seasonal merchandise. Ghost Walk 7th December, 7pm. Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham. Dare you walk at night around the priory that launched the "most haunted" TV show ? T:01323 844224 Christmas Bazaar 7th December, 10am-2pm The Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne. Live music, gift and clothes stalls. Little Chelsea Christmas 7th December 4-9pm Eastbourne Town Centre. Traditional evening street event with singing, entertainment and market. Tel 01323 734645

Christmas with the Salvation Army 6th December, 7pm Royal Hippodrome, 112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Share the true meaning of Christmas with Carols old and new. Box Office: 01323 412000

Christmas Spectacular 8th December 9am-5.30pm Throughout Rye A day filled with activities and fun, the Christmas lights will be switched on giving the town a magical feel. Fun fair & ferris wheel in the town.

LITTLEDOWN CHRISTMAS TREE FARM Main road, A28, Westfield, Nr Hastings, E Sussex. 01424 753413 or 07734 210508

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Nordman and Fraser fir 6ft from £22 - Only a grower can do this !

OFFICIAL SUPPLIER TO 10 DOWNING STREET AND THE BBC The Bakers of Westfield have lived in the village for over 200 years and five generations have farmed the land where we now grow our trees. As times have changed our family and our farm have changed with them but what has never changed is the hard work and dedication we have put into our crop. Little Down Farm is a proud member of the British Christmas Tree Association and an even prouder winner of the Champion Grower 2009 competition to find the “Best British Christmas Tree Grower”, a title that speaks for itself! Little Down Farm Christmas trees are simply the best! Large, clean, floodlit yard with improved parking and access. Find and even harvest your tree yourself! Don't compromise by going to your DIY garden centre or farm shop, come direct to us for freshness, quality and service second to none!

Don't miss your chance to meet our live Reindeer ! free admission to see reindeer when purchasing a tree

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Tricia’s Column


elcome to my first anniversary column ! It really doesn't seem like a whole year since we launched Golden Times, but it was November 2011 that it hit the shelves. To celebrate a year in print we've teamed up with Virgin Balloons to offer a wonderful reader competition, you can find out about on page 5. You can win an amazing balloon flight which would make a fantastic day out. I'll definitely be entering because I'd love the chance to see the countryside from the tranquility of a balloon.

Throughout the magazine we've collected the usual wide range of local events so you can see if anything takes your fancy, but if you're looking after your grandchildren in the festive season, don't forget to look out for the Family Buzz (pictured). The Family Buzz contains details of all the grottos, fairs and bazaars where you can take the children to meet Santa. He certainly gets about a lot for someone who was ancient when I was a little girl. He must make millions of toys every year and judging by the mess in my spare room, my grandchildren must own at least half of them! Maybe one of the little darlings will get me a Carr Taylor vineyard tour for Christmas so I can E! pick out a few bottles to relax me after they've FRE worn me out looking after them!

It feels as though I've barely unpacked after my summer holidays and already we're looking forward to Christmas! It seems to come around quicker and start earlier every year! As I have seven grandchildren to think of this year I suppose the earlier I start my Christmas shopping the better! Christmas also brings the pantomimes to town and there are loads on offer in the local area again this year. You'll find details of a couple of them on the opposite page and another on the back page of this magazine. We always make Christmas Eve our family Panto night. It really makes a great start to Christmas, the kids are excited and it's great for the adults to have an excuse to get dressed up and go out of the house. We all come back feeling just that little bit more "christmassy".


As much as I love the wonderful family time we have at Christmas, I'm not a fan of the cold, I think my ideal Christmas dinner would be munching on a turkey sandwich lying on a sun-lounger on a tropical beach! Still before you know it I'll be writing my spring column and the days will be getting longer once again.









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Michelham Priory Christmas Fair

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Turning on the Lights & Fireworks

10th & 11th November 2012 10.30am to 4.00pm Adults £4.00, Children £2.50 Park and ride from Arlington Stadium Over 100 stalls, children’s activities, Santa’s grotto and Christmas entertainment

November 29


Arrival of Santa & His Reindeer

December 6

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop


19th November £45. Advance booking essential

Real Ice Rink & Festive Christmas Market (open throughout December)

A Tudor Christmas

24th & 25th November Usual admissions apply Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas with archery, food demonstrations, living history and traditional entertainment. Suitable for all the family. For more information or to book please contact: Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS

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Santa Specials

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 to 24. Early booking advised for this popular event! Telephone 01580 765155 or visit

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The Hastings Stage Studio presents their Hilarious Pantomime

DickandWhittington at the Phoenix Arts Centre

Written, directed & choreographed by John & Vanessa Pohlhammer



Featuring songs by:

Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Thursday 6th & Friday 7th at 7pm Matt Munro, Disney, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th at 2pm & 7pm Queen, and more

"Book early - it's so good you'll want to see it twice!�

Tickets: 07934 338954

Dick Whittington is the Cat's Meow! Nothing cheers up the winter doldrums like a fantastic Pantomime with all the trimmings. For a great family outing that will have everyone howling with laughter, you can't beat The Hastings Stage Studio's production of Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Phoenix Arts Centre, December 6th - 9th. Back by popular demand, here's what critics had to say about the show in 2009: "Epic...a magical mix with the perfect balance of great songs, dance and humour...Who needs to import half-forgotten soap actors when you have this sort of quality right here...The quick-fire script cracks along at an amazing pace fitting in an incredible number of jokes and quips – none of them tired or stale... And, of course you still need a cast with the raw talent to pull it off -- the Stage Studio had it in spades... Spellbinding stuff!" -Hastings Observer, Dec 2009 This highly original production is not only hilarious and full of great singing and dancing, but excellent value, too, with Discounts for Children, OAP's, Families of 4 and Group Bookings. Ring the Box Office now on 07934 338954 for an unforgettable family treat. You can find fun photos and all the details at To find out more about The Hastings Stage Studio, call Vanessa on 07973 625429

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How would you like a toned, svelte silhouette ? We all know the only way to recreate the firm body of our youth is to spend 50% of our time in the gym, and the other half starving ourselves! Or is it? Over 90% of my clients complain about their bodies. Regardless of size or shape, they want more muscle tone and a way to eliminate unsightly bulges. I tell them the secret to achieving a smooth, strong-looking body, with no bulges, no muffin-top, no "back boobs" with zero (well, very little,) pain. I promise them they will look slimmer, have better posture and feel more glamorous. And it can be done in minutes. This miracle? Shapewear. Since the 1800s women have pushed, pulled and pummelled their bodies into corsets, cinches Michele helps a client and girdles. And, lets' be honest, create the perfect not just women! Men have the same layered look. issues with loss of muscle tone and the desire to keep their figure looking sleek. But Shapewear has come a long way since the days of "Gone with the Wind", when girls were laced into corsets that almost broke their ribs and possibly caused lifelong internal injuries. Today, you can apply the latest engineering technology to your sagging bottom and spreading tummy with the minimum of discomfort. Lightweight, breathable fabrics make wearing

Shapewear comfor table and even enjoyable. Yes, it may be a bit of a struggle the first time you wriggle into it, but you will see visible differences immediately. Dresses will flow across your body, trousers will sit on the waist with no overhanging rolls, panty-line and bra-bulges are things of the past. Figure-flattering garments are available for almost every part of the body and for every shape and size. It's not just for Gok Wan's collection those who are overweight. And it's not for Simply Be just for women. Shapewear for men has always been rather "under the counter" until now, but M&S have launched a new range for men which is flying off the shelf. In a new twist, designers are now making Shapewear sexy. No longer do you need to peel off your underwear before slipping into something "more comfortable". You can redefine your figure whilst wearing the most gorgeous lingerie. (For woman, at least. It might take a little longer to put pizzazz into mens long-johns!) Not sure where to get started. My advice is to start simple. A full length Shapewear slip is a great base. You can buy them on the high street, or get a much better range online. A Style Advisor can help you choose the right pieces to enhance your body and show you how to achieve the look you want. Want to find out more? I'm Michele Duke, a Style Advisor with a gorgeous collection of exclusive French clothes for women. Visit my Studio for the ultimate in Personal Shopping. The first 5 people to call me quoting "Golden Times" will receive a free 45 minute style consultation. See my website or call me on 07801 621310 to make your appointment

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CHRISTM S CRAFT FAIR - SAT 17th and SUN 18th NOV, 10am - 4pm, FREE ENTRY Supporting local artists and craftspeople with unique, handmade items for sale plus Christmas gifts and decorations, seasonal plants and a whole lot more!




FESTIVE FLORAL ART - THU 22nd & FRI 23rd NOV, 7.30pm Charity fund raising event for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (Reg. Charity No. 1095197). Demonstration by local florist Kevin Loveland showcasing flower arranging for Christmas and the festive season. Tickets £9.50 to include light refreshments. LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, 5pm - 8.30pm Thursday evenings from 29th November. Our Christmas shop will be brimming with a wide range of seasonal goods and gifts plus the all important Christmas tree!





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Lime Cross Nursery - Jolly Serious About Gardening With the onset of chilly autumnal evenings, now is the perfect time to think about planning the garden and seeking inspiration from your local nursery, garden centre or visitor garden to see some amazing colours. In particular, Liquidambar, ornamental cherries, Nyssa and Mountain Ash, which are favourites of ours at Lime Cross. There are plenty of jobs to be getting on with in the garden this autumn – that is, if your garden isn’t too soggy underfoot! Autumn is a really great time to get planting. Put in your spring bulbs; Crocus, Narcissus, Fritillaria, Bluebell and Tulip in pots or borders, or naturalise in and around your garden for an informal effect. The soil is still warm enough for them to develop a good root system. In the fruit garden, now is the ideal time to plant your fruit trees, fruit bushes, vines and nut trees. With so many varieties to choose from, and excellent for culinary use, which tree will you plant this autumn? If you already have fruit trees in your garden, pick the last of your apples and pears before the frosts set in and start winter pruning. Begin by cutting out any unproductive branches and dead wood. Cut back hard any new vertical whippy stems by at least a half which will help maintain the shape of the tree. Finish by cutting back new side shoots to about three leaf joints. However, always best not to prune any of the plum family (that includes cherries) as this can aid the spread of silver leaf disease.


Harvest your winter vegetables; parsnips (best after a frost), red cabbage, leeks and early brussels sprouts and protect any remaining brassicas from hungry pigeons with netting to avoid losing your Christmas veggies! Pick your remaining outdoor and glasshouse tomatoes, compost the stems and reuse your grow bags and containers for winter salad. Radish, lambs lettuce, rocket and other salad leaves are ideal. Green tomatoes make amazing chutney! Rake your lawn clear of fallen leaves; discard any fir and pine needles as these do not decay thoroughly. Create your own leaf mould - the best leaves include beech and oak which can be stored in an exposed area so the rain can aid decomposition. Protect tender plants from imminent frosts with bubble wrap, hessian, straw or fleece, and overwinter dahlias, lilies etc. Feed the birds! Don’t forget our feathered friends – they will be grateful for any tasty treats you put out which will boost their energy levels for the winter. Finally, the very real risk of roast hedgehog. These increasingly rare mammals are now finding places to hibernate for the winter and piles of material stacked up for Bonfire Night are ideal. So please, for the sake of the endangered hedgehog, build bonfires at the very last minute. Any hibernating hedgehogs need to be rehoused in a sheltered, dry, covered area of the garden.

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The “Good Life” With Eastbourne Seniors Forum

Esther Rantzen presents award to Wealden Seniors

The “Good Life” event, which was held in the Congress Suite and Theatre Foyer throughout the day on Tuesday October 2, was opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson. In addition to a full programme of dancing, displays, talks and demonstrations, there were some forty display stands from a range of organisations supporting and serving older citizens. Demonstrations included tap dance routines by ladies from U3A Central and the Willingdon School of Dancing, and belly dancing from the “Bohemian Belles” dancing troupe (pictured). Fred from the ESK gardening department gave a helpful talk on grafting, and other talks included mobility, eating for one, and recording memories. Amongst the services and support on offer were the Police Community Support, Fire Brigade, legal matters, health and care in your own home, wheelchairs , hearing, Trading standards, insurance, Museum service, Neighbourhood Watch, bowling, disability access and many others. Chairman Steve Thornett said “Our Forum is set up to provide our members with signposting to where they can access help and support and to provide them with a platform to express their concerns and judging by the response we received, we achieved our aims today”. To find out more, contact SteveThornett – 01323-479846

On 27 September, The Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership received a Highly Commended Award at the Digital Unite’s Spring Online campaign Awards Ceremony. More than 2,000 events were held nationwide in April 2012 and, for the second year running, the Wealden Seniors’ event was chosen as one of the finalists for the Best Event Award. This year there were 6 finalists, amongst them the DVLA and 3 major Housing Associations. Events Organiser for Wealden Seniors, Carol Hodge, said “We were the only voluntary organisations amongst the finalists, and our event was the only one organised by Silver Surfers for Silver Surfers. We were also the smallest organisation by far, so we are extremely proud to have been highly commended.” She added “The award also recognises the huge contribution from the staff and students of Heathfield Community College who worked with us to help around 20 older people learn how to use Skype, Facebook and Twitter.” Jackie Jackson and Carol Hodge are pictured receiving their award from Esther Rantzen, who was guest of honour at the ceremony. To find out more, visit:

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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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Event Listings - December Christmas Praise 9th December, 6pm Christchurch Methodist Church, Bexhill. The Christchurch singers present “Christmas Praise” collection for charity, free event. Tel 01424 216456 Christmas Tea Dance 11th December, 2pm White Rock Theatre, Hastings. A glittering tea dance in the Sussex Hall. Tel 01424 462288 A Christmas Carol 14th - 29th December Stables Theatre, Hastings. A presentation of Dickens' best loved work. Tel 01424 423221 Battle Farmers Market 15th December, 9am-1pm Abbey Green, Battle. A lively mix of stalls offering local produce. Tel 01797 222875

Christmas Fayre 15th December 2pm Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Rd. Christmas Concert 15th December, 7pm Battle Memorial Hall, 81 High St, Battle. Concert with Battle Town Band. Choir Singing 15th December The Ship, Sea Road, Winchelsea Beach Adult choir singing in the bar, seasonal songs with a few nautical numbers. Tel 01797 226767 Christmas at the Musicals 21st December, 8pm White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Celebrate Christmas and the magic that is the musical!. Tel 01424 462288

Please remember to mention Golden Times when attending an event or using a service we've helped you to find!

Free Boxing Day Concert 26th December, 11am to 12.30pm Eastbourne Bandstand, Eastbourne Seafront. Popular and longstanding FREE Boxing day dance concert. Tel 01323 410611 Boxing Day Tea Dances 26th December, 2-5pm Winter Gardens, Compton St, Eastbourne. Dance off the Christmas excess at the Winter Gardens, £7 inc tea & biscuit. Tel: 01323 412000 Pantomime - Robin Hood 27th December, 2.30pm Battle Memorial Hall, 81 High St, Battle. Suitable for all the family. Free New Years Day Concert 1st January, 11am to 12.30pm Eastbourne Bandstand, Eastbourne Seafront. Start 2013 with a FREE concert. Tel 01323 410611

Advice for seasonal shoppers East Sussex Trading Standards are urging people to know their legal rights around purchases and presents this Christmas. So before you make your list and check it twice, please read our shopper's guide:

Your Rights to a Refund If anything you buy – from gifts to a new set of fairy lights – turns out not to be of satisfactory quality, fit for their purpose or as described, you have a right to return them and get your money back. You should tell the shop that you want to return the goods; while there is no set time limit, the quicker you report the problem, the easier it will be to get a refund. If you cannot return the item within a reasonable time then you may have to accept a repair or replacement instead. You may also have to provide proof of purchase so keep all your receipts safe. If you simply change your mind or the present is an unwanted gift then the retailer does not have to offer you a refund, an exchange or even a credit note.  The good news is that most stores choose to provide a 'goodwill' returns policy, so it is always worth checking with them before buying.

Shopping from Home Buying online is one way of avoiding the Christmas crowds. Anyone buying mail order or online should make sure the trader gives clear information before ordering. This includes their name and address, written information about the goods, postage and other charges and a minimum seven-day 'cooling-off' period when the buyer can cancel their order without reason


and get their money back. Remember though that this doesn’t apply in some situations, for example if the goods were personalized for you, were perishable, or are not in the same condition as when they were delivered.

Amazing Bargains Beware of bargains or unrealistically low prices as the goods you receive may be fake or badly made, or you may never receive them. Take extra precautions when buying online, at auction sites, car boot sales and from overseas traders, double-check these offers and research the companies and products where possible. Among the most common fakes are designer labelled clothes, watches, perfumes and cosmetics, alcohol, DVD’s, computer games, and DIY tools – many of the items that will feature on Christmas lists this December.

Credit Card Protection When buying presents over £100 pay on your credit card for added security. The Consumer Credit Act makes the credit card company and the trader jointly responsible if things go wrong. So if the trader goes bust before you receive the goods or the contract is broken, you can make the same claim against the credit provider that you would have brought against the trader. But note this protection only applies to purchases made by credit cards, not charge cards or debit cards. And remember, these consumer rights are not just for Christmas. For more information or advice please contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 040506

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WHITES Christmas SEAFOOD & STEAK BAR 44-45 George St, Old Town, Hastings 01424 719846


et in a grade II listed building in the beautiful and historic Hastings Old Town, Whites Seafood and Steak Bar is a family run restaurant offering a warm welcome and excellent service. Whether enjoying a welcome lunchtime break from Christmas shopping to a romantic evening meal, Whites is the perfect venue. 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

Menu 2012 Starters

• (v)Butternut squash and sage soup served with homemade foccacia bread. • Smoked Mackerel coarse pate with oatcakes and salad. • Whites traditional smoked salmon and tiger prawn cocktail, on a bed of baby gem salad with french bread. • 3 English oysters, served on crushed ice, with a shallot and red wine vinegar. • Hot Sussex crab gratin, with salad and toasted french bread. • Local game terrine, with mustard fruits and french bread.


sourced locally and our delicious specials board is regularly updated with seasonal dishes. For full details of our menu and to find our more about Whites, you can visit us online at: From the middle of November until Christmas eve, we will be offering our 2012 Christmas menu, full details of which can be found to the right. Our dedicated team have put together a menu that offers a wide range of quality food at an excellent price. We can accommodate small or large parties, but

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. By popular demand, Whites now serves our fantastic roast dinners alongside our light lunch and standard menu. Roast dinners are available on Sundays between midday and 4pm. A choice of starters followed by roast beef, belly pork or chicken along with all the homemade trimmings and our very own, rich gravy, then indulge yourself with something from our dessert board. £10.99 for one course, £14.99 for two courses or £17.99 for the full three courses. Bon appetit! Alex and Ellie

• Whites Traditional old fashioned Christmas roast. Choose from either crown of turkey or belly of pork with crackling, served with home roasted potatoes, honey roasted seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, pigs in blankets, chestnut stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry jelly or apple sauce and our very own, rich, port gravy. • (v) Vegetarian Christmas dinner, wild mushroom, walnut and cherry nut roast served with all the vegetarian trimmings as above. • Half a local braised pheasant on a white bean and bacon cassoulet. • Fresh haddock rarebit, with leek crushed potatoes, wilted spinach and roasted tomatoes. • Moules a la creme, 1 kilo of fresh English mussels in our own white wine, cream and garlic sauce served with a basket of bread. • Local venison, bacon and cranberry pudding, with roasted parsnip mash, seasonal vegetables and gravy. • Whole roasted seabass stuffed with Mediterranean cous-cous with salsa verde, crushed new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


• Traditional Christmas Pudding served with brandy butter and cream. • White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake with vanilla ice cream. • Pear, sultana and cinnamon crumble served with fresh double cream. • Chocolate fudge brownie with a hot chocolate sauce and fresh double cream • Selection of English cheeses with biscuits, chutney, grapes and celery (extra £2.50 supplement) Tea, coffee and mints.



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The White Hart

The Green, Catsfield, E Sussex

01424 892650

Charlie and Mel welcome you to this traditional Country Inn & Restaurant


Restaurant on the Beach ● Pevensey Bay


● Traditional Home Cooked Food ● ● Food Served on Sunday to 3pm ● ● Sunday Roast £8.95 ● ● Large Garden ● ● Cask Real Ales ● ● 60 Single Malt Whiskies ● ● Blackboard Specials ● ● Quiz Nights on Tuesdays ●

Holiday Let - Bed and Breakfast

A warm welcome to The Moorings. The atmosphere here is relaxed and comfortable with its spacious, yet intimate design, caters for romantic dining for two, an evening shared with family and friends through to larger celebrations and occasions. January

Seasonal u ce De mber Men


from 26th November 3 courses £15.00

1.1.2013 3 courses £7.00

Please book on 01323 741511

Roast Dinners available from the kitchen

Just £6.95 Weekdays and £9.45 Sundays

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the menu.


Don't forget to book now for Christmas Day Lunch

available. Book Limited seatingdisappointment! early to avoid


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Our Famous Carvery



Monday to Friday lunchtimes only. Bring this voucher.

REAL ALE *Fresh local food served all day.

Bar * Restaurant * Function Rooms Open 10am - 10pm Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm - Sun Food Service Mon-Sat 11am - 2.30pm & 6pm-8.30pm Sun 11am - 2.30pm Bookings being taken for Christmas Day, Christmas Parties & New Years Eve Christmas Day - £65 per person New Years Eve - £25 per person

Special Christmas music Sunday Lunches on 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd Dec.

The Muddy Duck

Wheatsheaf Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant, Bar and Function Room

Festive Menu 3 Courses £16.95

Main Street, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6LP

T: 01797 253540 Food Served 12-3pm and 6-9pm Mon-Fri 12-9pm Sat, 12-4pm Sundays

OAP Specials Weekday Lunchtimes The Muddy Duck Christmas Party Menu- £25 per person First Course Roasted Parsnip and White Onion Soup (V) Smoked Chicken & Crispy Pancetta Salad Poached hens egg and black pudding Prawn Cocktail shredded baby gem, cucumber & avocado Second Course Slow Cooked Free Range Bronze Turkey Traditionally Garnished Roasted Free Range Ewhurst Pork Buttered Mash & Seasonal Vegetables Goats Cheese, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Rocket Tagliatelle (V) Salmon en Croute with buttered new potatoes and seasonal veg Puddings Traditional Christmas pudding Brandy Cream & Winter Berry Compote Homemade Chocolate fondant served with milk chocolate ice-cream and white chocolate sauce Selection of Local & British Cheeses oat biscuits, grapes & apple and sultana chutney

2 Barnhorn Road, Little Common, Bexhill TN39 4LR Wheatsheaf

Starters Carrot & Ginger Soup Duck Pate with Cumberland Sauce Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Salad Mushroom & Stilton Tart with Cranberry Sauce

Main Course Roast Turkey

(Served with traditional accompaniments & Cranberry Relish)

Wild Mushroom, Apricot & Walnut Filo Parcel with Port & Berry Sauce Salmon Steak with White Wine and Saffron Sauce Beef Bourguignon

Special Offer—10% off Festive Menu With this Advertisement—Bookings Only

Dessert Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce Vanilla Cheesecake Sticky Toffee Pavlova Cheese & Biscuits Coffee/Tea & Mints

For Bookings Tel: 01424 842004

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New Beginnings

Enduring friendship is one of life's great gifts OUR SOCIAL EVENTS...... For people looking for friendship, fun, good times and maybe more....We arrange lunches, dinners, theatre & cinema trips, walks, and a variety of other activities. We provide safe and interesting social settings, professionally organised so that all you have to do is ENJOY yourself!!

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 £35 p.a. to change your life.


Why not come and join this friendly group?

OUR CONTACT SERVICE...... A personalised and caring way to meet others for friendship and long term relationships.

Tel Alex or Sallie : 01424 814227/814938

Find out more 01424 445665

Today many people approach their mature years being single. This may be through career choice, separation/ divorce or the death of a partner. These years can be sad and lonely or fun and exhilarating. EVENTUALITIES enables people to build, extend and enjoy a social life with people with similar values. Bernard Brown who runs EVENTUALITIES says; “We help people fulfil their aspirations. A super variety of social events, recently a trip to France and an evening Curling ( for two people they became a couple!), provide really safe happy occasions. We help people to meet a partner for a long term relationship in a caring way. Our skill is to organise safe happy occasions free from personal conflict.” For more information contact Eventualities, as a special Golden Times offer there is a free 3 month trial membership for social events.

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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If you’re considering using an online dating service you are not alone. In 2006 there were 2.6 million people in the UK using online dating services. This is predicted to reach a whopping 6 million in 2012! With such a huge number of people involved, you can be sure there are a broad selection of people online and that there are many potential matches for you. There are estimated to be around 15 million single people in the UK and the number of them choosing online dating to meet someone new grows year after year. A survey conducted in 2010 revealed that 80% of people questioned had either found


love on the Internet or knew someone who had. Golden Times magazine has teamed up with White Label dating, the UK’s leading online dating provider to bring you “Golden Times Dating”. Our service is a safe, confidential and enjoyable way to meet genuine, mature single people from the comfort of your own home. You can set the pace, get to know someone online, and only arrange to speak on the telephone or meet in person when the time is right for you. Signing up is FREE, so why not give it a try today? Just visit our website: and click on the “Dating” tab at the top of the page. Your perfect match may already be online!

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