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Goldentimes May/June 2014

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

Relationship advice

Food & drink

New Technology Column

Ask Eve

Regular column from Julia Meanwell IT advice from Silver Training

All the best places to wine and dine locally Advice from our resident clairvoyant

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With Michele Duke


Fashion Tips

What’s on and where to go in East Sussex


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elcome to the May/June edition of Golden Times, as ever we're back to bring you another magazine packed with local information. Once again for 2014 we're media sponsors to the Sussex Over 50s show which is held at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne on the 10th and 11th of May. It's always fantastic for us to meet some of the readers at these events and we're looking forward to meeting even more of you this time round so make sure you come along to the show and say "hello". It was lovely to hear from some of the lucky winners of the "Buddy" competition in the last issue. They all had a fantastic night out at the White Rock Theatre. The Golden Times team managed to catch the show ourselves and it really was a superb nights entertainment. I hope you'll all enjoy this issue which is packed with some great events as the summer approaches!

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Sussex women are being urged to join forces and show cancer who’s boss by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2014 which is now open for entries. Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life events will take place across Sussex In June and July 2014. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k and 10k events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research. Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the South East. Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer. All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group. Helen Curtis, Cancer Research UK’s Events Manager, said: “We’re calling on Sussex’s mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls to join our formidable army and take on cancer at this year’s Race for Life. Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease. There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. To enter Race for Life today go to or call 0845 600 6050. Race for Life Sussex event dates: Horsham 8 June 5km & 10km, Hastings 15 June 5km & 10km, Eastbourne 22 June 5km, Worthing 22 June 5km, Crawley 18 June 5km, Brighton 5 July and 6 July 5km & 10km

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CanCER! East sussEx is Coming to gEt you

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Frank’s Travels

Having decided to terminate my stay in New Zealand I set off from my last overnight stop outside Hamilton, and headed north for Auckland airport. I felt a twinge of regret to be leaving this lovely friendly country but my itchy feet had kicked in so it really was time to move on.

evening. Naturally we in the army found a way round this but I did feel sorry for the civilians. Apparently it was all down to church influence in the State parliament, but what I did notice was that there were a lot of early evening drunks around the town!!

At the airport I checked at the Air New Zealand information desk for details of the next flight to London, and found there was a seat available on a flight via Singapore the following day. As I had an "Open" ticket I arranged a 3 day stopover in Singapore as I hadn't been there since I finished a 3 year tour of duty during the Malayan Emergency in the 50's. Feeling quite excited at the prospect of spending a few days in,"Singers" I took myself off to arrange yet another overnight at a local motel, and get rid of my hire car... Roll on tomorrow!!

As our 'plane progressed steadily in the direction of Singapore I noticed on my little TV screen that our flight path would be taking us over parts of Borneo. Once again my memory bank kicked in and took me back to the time when, as a section corporal I found myself 300 miles up the Baram river in Sarawak where we spent a rather hectic 4 months on what was called OPMACC which apparently meant,"Operation Military Aid to the Civil Community". I can tell you now it was anything but civil!!

I arrived at the airport the following morning well hyped up, and ready to roll. I checked departures and was well pleased to find that my flight was on time. By the time we took off my brain had gone into overdrive as I tried to recall my memories of the area that I was flying over. Heading north I knew that somewhere, 36,000 feet below lay Australia, where I had the luxury of spending 4 months with the Australian army just outside a place called Casula. Believe it or not the nearest decent sized town was called Liverpool, but unlike Liverpool(UK) the pubs in New South Wales at that time shut at 18:00 hours... Yep, that's right... 6 o'clock in the

The up-side of this little jaunt was that at the end of it we returned to a base in Singapore where, after our Sgt Major welcomed us back then told us to get a haircut, we got a 2 week leave pass and 4 months back pay, all in hard cash. WooHoo shares in Tiger brewery were about to go through the roof. In my next column I will enlighten you about my trip down memory lane in Singers. I have really fond memories of the place because that was where I met the young lady who became my wife, so until the next time stay healthy, watch how you go and enjoy living. Frank

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, Udimore Road. Sidley: Meet at 11am on Sidley Green. Ticehurst: Meet at 10.30am Pickford Lane car park. TUESDAYS: St. Leonards: Meet at 11am, inside the WRVS centre, South Street. Robertsbridge: Meet 9.30am, outside the Youth Centre, The Grove. Hampden Park, Eastbourne: 10.30am outside Lakeside tea chalet, Hampden Park Drive. WEDNESDAYS: Alexandra Park: 12 noon at the Cafe in the park. Ashdown House: 1pm meet outside E-floor reception, Sedlescombe Road North.

Eastbourne Shinewater: Meet at 10.30am outside the Co-Op on Milfoil Drive. Contact Paula Hubens - 07740 899 559

EASTBOURNE AGE CONCERN, WALKING FOR WELLNESS: MONDAYS: Eastbourne: Seafront walk starting at 10am at the Lifeboat Museum opposite Carlisle Road. WEDNESDAYS: Hampden Park: Starting at 10am, at the Lakeside Tea Chalet. THURSDAYS: Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne: Starting at 10am outside Bright Ideas in Sovereign Harbour. Three mile circular walk finishing at a cafe. Contact Christine Moakes - 01323 638474

THURSDAYS: Hastings Town Centre: Starting at 2pm outside United Reformed Church, Robertson Street.

MONDAYS: Pevensey Bay: at 9.45am outside Pevensey Bay library. Suitable for older walkers.

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.

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Eastbourne’s Tea Dances 13th May, 2pm Winter Garden, Compton St., Eastbourne. An afternoon of music with Chris Mannion, bring your dancing shoes. £6 including tea and biscuit. St Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens 13th May 10.30am – 4pm. There are several simply stunning gardens opening in Winchelsea, Cleveland House, Cleveland Place, Tanners Plat, 1 Strand Plat, The Well House and The Armoury. Entrance £5. Homemade refreshments, stalls, plants books, bric a brac and other gifts. Free Parking. For more information call – Sally 01424 456369. All proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice. Friends of Eastbourne Hospital Open Gardens Throughout Sussex, 14th May to 23rd July, to raise funds to provide equipment to enhance the Acute Stroke Unit. All gardens open whatever the weather and have a variety of stalls, where you can buy cakes, plants, cards and other goodies. Morning coffee and afternoon teas are served. For more details, visit: or telephone 01323 438236 A Clean Sweep 16th and 17th May Little Common and Bexhill Players present ‘ A Clean Sweep’. A comedy suitable for all the family. Are you free? Come and have a laugh at H&H department store where things are a little topsy-turvy. Box Office 01424 222801. Castle Water Wildlife Walk 17th May, 1pm to 4pm Rye Harbour, meet at Brede Lock A circular walk looking

at wildlife in the fields around Camber Castle and visting the bird hide. Approx 2.5 miles, no booking necessary, donations appreciated.

Painters and Friends are holding a Spring Exhibition. Paintings and cards will be for sale, all original work from local artists. Free entry, refreshments available.

Cancer Research UK coffee morning 17th May 10 a.m. - 12 Noon Little Common Community centre, Shepherds Close. Admission:50p

A Good Night with Kent Chamber Choir 17th May, 7.30pm. St Saviours Church, South Street, Eastbourne. Kent Chamber Choir return to Eastbourne to raise money for St Saviours Church funds. Tickets £10 available in advance from Rebecca Moate on 07834 600563 or in person by visiting the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, Cornfield Rd.

Sedlescombe Village Spring Fayre. 17th May, 12:30 – 4:00pm Sedlescombe Village Green & Pub grounds. Various traditional stalls and refreshments also a Maypole and fortune teller. Many stalls with cakes, gifts bric a brac, crafts, tombola, refreshments and more! 1940’s Weekend at Kent & East Sussex Railway. 17th & 18th May, 10am to 5.30pm Tenterden Station, Tenterden, Kent. Experience the forties lifestyle as the Railway turns the clock back to wartime Britain. Enjoy flying displays by iconic wartime planes, singing by Lady Ella, and dancing from the foot-tapping Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers. Spring Exhibition 17th-26th May 10am-5pm Afton Hotel, 2 Cavendish Place, Eastbourne. Eastbourne Pleasure

Outing to Eltham Palace & Gardens, South East London. 20th May Bexhill and District Probus Club visit this medieval royal palace. Guided tour of approx 1.5 hrs of the house, £27 per head (£19 for English heritage members). Pickups from Manor Barn Bexhill and The Wheatsheaf Little Common. Further details from Chris Tel 01424 848157 Beer & Cider by the Sea 23rd to 25th May. Western Lawns, Eastbourne. A three day food and drink festival with over 100 real ales, ciders and perries on offer. To book your ticket, call:01323 412000

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Cooden Beach Sports & Social Club Tel: 01424 844810 Cooden Millennium Afternoon Townswomen's Guild Meet 1st Wed of the Month Tel: 01424 844831 Cuckmere Valley Petanque Club Sundays & Wednesdays Tel: 01323 469340 Diabetes UK, Hastings & Rother Voluntary Group Tel: 07974 356653 Eastbourne AM Rotary Club Eastbourne Angling Club Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group 01323 504893 Eastbourne Lions Club

Eastbourne & District Trade Union Club 48 Seaside, 01323 727703 East Sussex Townswomen's Guild Tel: 01424 753108 or 01424 213207 Friends of the Eastbourne Hospital Tel: 01323 417400 ext 4698 eastbourne The Green Lawn Tennis Club. 68-70 Tower Rd West, St Leonards. Tennis for all ages. or Phillip on 01424 422025 Hailsham & District University of the Third Age contact: www.hailshamu3a. Hastings & St. Leonards Ladies Miniature Golf Club Tues pm. White Rock Gdns. Rita 01424 433178. Betty 01424 422381.

Hastings & Rother University of the 3rd 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 Seniors Forum 01424 432295 Hastings WW Social Club Meet at EHSAA on the stade Thu eves 8pm, Eunice Britten, Secretary - 01424 428694 Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) Tel Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 Lions Club of Hastings Tel: 01424 435564

Little Common Bridge Club Thu afternoon 01424 216746 Little Common Horticultural Society Meets 2nd Friday Each month. Visit: Little Common Morning Townswomens Guild 4th Thurs each month Tel 01424 843163 Little Common Probus Club Meets 2nd Thursday each month. 01424 892428

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Event Listings Coastal Plants at Rye Harbour 24th May, 10.30am to 12.30pm Rye Harbour car park. Approx 2 mile walk looking at shingle and saltmarsh plants and keeping an eye out for coastal birds. No booking necessary, donations appreciated. Sculpture in Particular 24th to 31st May, 11am to 5pm Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Nr Wadhurst, E Sussex. The gardens provide the perfect setting for sculpture, featuring the work of many eminent sculptors. Annual Festival of Flowers 24th to 26th May, 10am to 4.30pm Christchurch Methodist Church, Springfield Road, Bexhill. Refreshments, lunches, stalls, competitions, stunning displays. Battle Medieval Fayre 25th-26th May, 10am-5pm Battle Abbey Green, Battle. Medieval madness comes to Battle with juggling, jesting and general tomfoolery. Parade along the High St. at 1pm on the 26th. King Johns Nursery Vintage Fair 25th May, 11am to 5pm King Johns Nursery, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, E Sussex. All that’s old and characterful, pretty or perfectly formed. Stalls of beautiful things by some of the best spotters of such things in Kent & Sussex. Free entry to fair, nursery and cafe. £4 entry to garden for charity. Bexhill Horse & Dog Show 26th May, from 12.30pm. The Polgrove, Bexhill on Sea.


All proceeds from the dog show to St Michael’s Hospice. Hastings & Rother Gay Helpline Over 50’s Meet 29th May 2.30pm to 4.30pm Southwater Area Community Centre Stainsby Street, St. Leonards on Sea. (Opposite Warrior Square Station) Tel 07941 014 013 Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival 31st May, 4pm (road closures in effect from 2.30pm) This years theme is “Rio by the sea” with live music and entertainment throughout the day it’s sure to be a wonderful event. Eastbourne Cycling Festival June 1st Western Lawns, Eastbourne. A variety of races and displays as well as trade stands. Battle Scarecrow Festival 1st to 19th June Throughout Battle. Explore the streets to discover a variety of scarecrows sponsored by local businesses. Glorious Gardens Week 1st-8th June Penshurst Place & Gardens, Tonbridge, Kent. Master Class in floristry, Professional photography workshop, Garden tour with Lady De L’Isle, Thespians in the grounds, Historic performance of Elizabethan play, Head Gardner’s tours Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 7th June, Hastings. In commemoration of the

70th anniversary of the D Day landings there will be a full display by the Battle of Britain memorial flight over the skies of Hastings.

Refreshments, raffle, sales table. Visitors welcome £5 Tel: 01435 810452 Optional competition: Portrait of Spring.

Motorcycles, Meanders and Mayhem 8th June, 9am to 3pm. Western Lawns, Eastbourne. I n c o r p o ra t i n g C l a s s i c M o t o rc y c l e Ru n a n d t h e Ro t a r y C l u b o f Eastbourne Fun Walk and Fun Day. Funfair rides, entertainment, stalls.

'Second Saturday Stands’ 14th June, 10am - 3pm St. Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea. Free Entry. A series of m o n t h l y a r t s, c ra f t s and gifts fairs. Parking, Wheelchair friendly access and toilet facilities, Refreshments including light lunches Promoted by Cantelupe Community Association Information: cantelupe@ or telephone 01424-213498

Harbour Walk 8th June, 12 noon. Sovereign Harbour Marina, Eastbourne 5km sponsored walk around the Marina. Participants encouraged to bring their dogs. £10 for entrants, free to spectators. D-Day 70th Anniversary Concert 8th June, 3pm. Congress Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne Recreating the music of the 1940’s with the Paul Davis Big Band. A wonderful afternoon of live music. Roses, Raspberries and Radishes 10th to 21st June, 11am – 5pm Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst. Admission £9.50 A Celebration of Flowers and Fruits of the Garden. Over 90 varieties of rose in the gardens; rose talks with gardeners and potted roses on sale; kitchen garden inspired menu in café. or call 01580 200888 for more information. A floral demonstration ‘Where Dreams Begin’ 12th June, 7.30pm Heathfield Community, Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield. Presented by the Horam & Horsfield Flower Club.

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Annual Cream Tea and Summer Fair 14th June 1.30-4pm East Dean and Friston Village Hall, Gilberts Drive. Cream teas, entertainment and a variety of stalls. Aegon International Tennis 14th to 21st June, 10am to 9pm. Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne. 40th anniversary year of this world class tennis tournament. Tel 0844 581 3015

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Retirement Nowadays a better word for Retirement might be Indulgent Leisure or Experimental Times. Retirement still has the connotation of enforced leisure, winding down and no longer contributing to a useful life but that simply isn’t true. Retirees are more active mentally and physically than they have ever been. It’s an opportunity for doing all those things that you’ve always dreamed of and talked about ‘when I’m retired I will do ….’ It is a time of opening up horizons, entering uncharted territories, stretching yourself into an exciting new phase of life. And then, just as everything is going swimmingly, some people can hit a wobble. By gaining a new life, they have lost their former, familiar one. They no longer have a title (except for exGeography Teacher, ex-Council Worker, ex-Nurse), a team around them or a company they work for, consequently, there can be a loss of confidence and, effectively, a kind of bereavement for the loss of status, and identity. So what do I do now? What do I really want to do? We’ve all been through different phases during our lives when we feel we are at a crossroads or feeling stuck. It is just we don’t

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expect it when we are entering a new exciting period. But that is just when it can happen. Just as going through adolescence, to college, a career brings in new experiences so does retirement. Life changes and we change with it. The skills we had as teenagers are not the same as the ones we have now. And as for identity, you are the same person, you have huge experience, life skills and knowledge but you haven’t been retired before. Things are different and whenever you step out of one familiar existence into a new life you are learning new things, extending yourself and that can be quite scary. But also exhilarating. The fact that you are feeling a little uncomfortable means that you are experimenting and growing. Not satisfied with retiring to the fireplace, you are showing curiosity, innovation and adventure – and slowly you will see yourself in a slightly different light. Your confidence is still there, it might have gone into hiding, but it will be back.

Think how you will feel when you have achieved something new. Surprise your friends and family and remember that time when you were confident, you could do anything. And you still can.

Research conducted with older people about what they regret most in life is not what they have done, it is what they didn’t do. And the fact that they didn’t take enough risks.

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small steps are sometimes better than a big leap. Test out the new ground, how can your skills be put to different tasks, what is it you always dreamed of doing? Try things out, if it doesn’t work out what have you lost? You either know it is something you want to do, or you don’t.

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Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture combines facial acupuncture and massage as a rejuvenating facial treatment. Treatments help to soften facial lines, reduce puffiness, lighten dark circles under eyes, improve complexion, tighten sagging jowls and give a lift to facial muscles. A course results in a more youthful radiant appearance, giving a lift not only to the facial tone, but also to the person's sense of wellbeing and general vitality. Traditional Acupuncture is a powerful pain relief, it is also effective in improving most other functions of the body such as digestion, breathing, hormonal balance and also the mind and emotions. A great health "MOT" ! Julia has fourteen years of experience working with acupuncture, and brings a caring and gentle approach to her work. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Clinics in Battle and Brighton.

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The Body Junction, set up almost 8 years ago, is a friendly Professional centre offering Pilates and incorporating Bexhill Physiotherapy Clinic. It is situated opposite Collington station. We offer Pilates mat work classes and Private Reformer sessions, classes from Beginners to advanced, special back classes (with a Physiotherapist), Ball and Remedial classes. Regular Induction Classes are held to introduce new clients to Pilates. The classes are small (11 max in each class) to allow individual correction. Visit our website for next Induction classes and for Timetable of other classes. NEW BEGINNER Classes on Fridays at 11.30am Special back care class Thursdays 2pm YOGA (Hatha) Mixed Level, Beginners Welcome, Friday’s 6.20pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 75 mins - £7 per class or £36 for 6 sessions. Demand for mat Pilates has grown, but many people do not realise that Joseph Pilates also designed amazing equipment, we offer one to one sessions using the Reformer and half trapeze. Call for more info or to book on 01424 215300. On the Physiotherapy side, there are now 3 Physio’s here; Peter Butcher, Rebecca Lunn and Tracey Butcher. Each is registered with the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and they continually develop their clinical skills to enhance and improve their delivery of treatment. Peter Butcher also offers acupuncture. For more information visit the website at: or call 01424 224164. Testimonial; “Pilates classes have helped me enormously. I will continue for as long as I am able!”

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I'm writing this article at midnight before I leave for a lovely long holiday in a few hours time. My husband is sleeping soundly but I am still at my desk, with my case open on the floor and clothes and shoes scattered around. This holiday has been booked for months, but still, here I am, with a to-do list which will take me well into the small hours. It never seems to matter how long I have to prepare for something, I always end up rushing at the last minute. It's just in my nature. I run a social group for women which I love and I will spend hours - sometimes days, planning and organising an event and I'll tell myself to allow plenty of time to prepare so I can relax and enjoy it. The day will come and I'll find I haven't printed off the member lists, the printer isn't working, I can't find my car keys, I've got urgent phone calls to make..... the list goes on. I end up rushing out the door at the last minute and arriving, hopefully, just a few minutes before the first guest. The one saving grace is that I rarely have to spend any time wondering what to wear. My wardrobe is now so "weeded" I only have clothes that I love to wear and I know exactly what I have and how to wear it. I can grab a pair of trousers, a top, and a jacket, add a scarf, earrings and necklace and be dressed in 5 minutes. I know exactly which shoes work with which outfits so that's no problem either. A quick dab

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of make-up and I'm out the door. The reason I can perform this little miracle is because I practice. On days when I have nothing better to do, I'll spend hours going through my wardrobe, trying on clothes, adding in new items, chucking out bits that are past their best, identifying gaps that need filling on my next shopping trip and keeping myself fully up-to-speed on the whole "what to wear" front. You can try this too. Making up new combinations that suit your mood or the season are a great way to extend your wardrobe and you can always find new ways to mix and match your separates. A new scarf will make your jackets look very different and new shoes can change your entire perception. Practice will make you, if not perfect, at least a lot more prepared for those last minute wardrobe decisions. You could even take some photos and stick them inside your wardrobe door to remind you. I know that I can finish my packing in record time so I'm not at all worried about that. It's the stack of emails to be answered that will keep me awake tonight! - Michèle Want to find out more? I'm Michèle Duke, an Independent Style Advisor with a gorgeous collection of French Fashions for women. Visit my new Studio in St Leonards for the ultimate in Personal Shopping. The first 5 people to call me quoting "Golden Times" will receive a FREE 45minute Style Consultation. See my website or call me on 07801 621310 for more information.

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Event Listings Carnaby Street 14th June, 7.30pm. Congress Theatre, Compton St, Eastbourne. 30 Classic hits from the 60’s performed by an amazing 6 piece band lead by an array of fantastic singers. Hastings & Rother Gay Helpline Over 50’s Meet 16th June 2.30-4.30pm Southwater Area Community Centre Stainsby Street, St. Leonards on Sea. (Opp Warrior Sq Stn) Tel 07941 014 013 Hailsham Photographic Society 2014 Exhibition. 16th-21st June, 10am-4pm Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field, Hailsham. Admission free, refreshments available. Outing to Quex House & Park & Powell

Cotton Museum near Birchington. 17th June Bexhill & District Probus Club visit this interesting Regency/ Victorian country residence, walled garden and explorers’ museum. £24 per head. Pickups from Manor Barn Bexhill, and The Wheatsheaf Little Common. For details Tel Chris on: 01424 848157. Fish Festival Stade Open Space, Hastings. 21st and 22nd June. New for 2014, a summer fish fair featuring seasonal sea food and great local entertainment. Free entry. Cross in Hand Art Club Art exhibition & sale 21st June, 11am-4.30pm. Lucas Hall, Waldron, E Sussex. Free admission, free refreshments. Tel. 01435 868884

Music for Midsummer’s Eve June 21st at 7pm Christchurch Methodist Church, Springfield Road, Bexhill. The Christchurch Singers and guest artistes present another of their popular concerts of music old and new. Admission free, with a collection for charity. Tel. Chris Cox 01424 220524 Eastbourne Armed Forces Day 28th June, 10am to 5pm Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum, Royal Parade, Eastbourne. Events showing support for the men & women of the Armed Forces community. Living history performances, music, dance. Lark in the Park Fun Day 28th & 29th June Princes Park, Eastbourne. Great fun for everyone of all ages whilst raising money for the Lark in the Park charity.

Charity Open Garden May 21st 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

World War 1 Event at Kent & East Sussex Railway. 28th-29th June, 10am-5.30pm Tenterden Station, Tenterden, Kent. Living history spectacular featuring over 50 living historians in appropriate military and civilian costume. To book, visit: Summer Plant, Garden & Produce Fair 29th June, 10am to 5pm Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst. Admission price of £8 (usually £9.50) includes entry to the gardens and the fair. www. or call 01580 200888. Lily Time Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst. July & August, 11am to 5pm Over 40 varieties of lilies, some highly perfumed, cafe with terrace, sculpture & art exhibitions. www.pashleymanorgardens. com or call 01580 200888

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To find out more call 01424 213433 Capping The Cost of Care – Latest Proposals In 2013 the Government announced key changes relating to the cost of care which come into effect from April 2016. 1. Introducing a lifetime Cap on Care Costs set at £72,000. The headline was welcomed but as always the devil is in the detail. This ‘cap’ does not include ‘hotel costs’ (i.e. bed and board) if living in a care home. 2. Capping ‘Hotel Costs’ in Care Homes The Government have indicated that they will limit ‘hotel costs’ to £12,000 pa for everyone. 3. Increase the upper level of the means test for those entering residential care to £118,500. As from April 2016 anyone with assets of between £14,250 and £118,500 whose need for care reaches an appropriate threshold will be entitled to some financial support on a sliding scale. We see that these three measures may offer some future cost savings but in many cases a high proportion of care costs will remain with those requiring care. The one thing that remains clear is that the subject of later life care and the funding of this care remains a complex area requiring professional advice and guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any advice or if you would like a copy of our Care Fees Planning Handbook.

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Tricia’s Column

hat a difference a couple of months can make! When I sat down to write my last column, the trees and hedgerows were all looking fairly bare and drab, now it's a riot of colour. As the daffodils and snowdrops fade, the bluebells and blossom take centre stage. Seems like every thicket of trees I pass has a blue carpet at the moment and there's the wonderful smell of wild garlic in the air. Since my last column, I've been spending rather a lot of time at the theatre. As I write, it occurs to me that before I moved down to Sussex, I hardly ever took the time to take in a show but nowadays I seem to be there every other week. Theatres seem to be more of an intrinsic part of the local community in seaside towns than they are elsewhere. We were lucky enough to catch "Buddy" at the White Rock Theatre, and it really was a fantastic evening. The musical talent of the cast would be impressive enough if they just stood there and performed, but the fact that they can keep singing and playing while leaping from one side of the stage to another makes it even more remarkable.

You could forgive the audience for being worn out just watching, but towards the end of the show there were plenty of people more than old enough to know better who were up and dancing in the aisles! If you've not taken a trip to your local theatre lately, I would recommend you try it sometime soon. There's a wide range of entertainment on offer all over the county, everything from rock'n'roll to classical to comedy and drama. A good night out can make you feel years younger. Have a look on pages 34 and 35 for some inspiration and a competition to win tickets to see the very amusing "Jethro" show. As well as "Buddy" I also got to watch two of my grandchildren take to the stage as their Youth Theatre group put on a West End Experience show. The whole place was packed with excited parents and grandparents cheering and clapping every move! That's about it from me, I shall return in July with my next column, until then, have fun!


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The 2014 Heathfield & District Agricultural Show Every year the Show evolves and this year we are excited to say that we are re-introducing our Poultry section. There will not only be a display of rare poultry breeds but also the much loved Sussex birds. The Country Ways area will be full of local artisans demonstrating their skills including a wheel wright, spinner, bee keeper and blacksmiths. With the WI marquee returning for its second year and the Farmers’ Market selling all local produce and the Made in the Weald craft fair there will a huge demonstration of the produce of our beautiful Wealden countryside. The main ring attraction will once more be a show stopping event. With skill and high risk precision movements, visitors will be in awe of the skills being displayed by Jason Smythe’s Adrenalin Tour in the main ring. The whole Show is designed to be informative and create a day out in the countryside that will inform, interest and entertain. There is something for everyone. We live in a beautiful part of England and we can be justly proud of the products and produce of our region. The High Weald, in particular, is well known for the diversity of its landscape, crafts, food stuffs and expertise that has been built up over the past centuries and passed from generation to generation. A day at the Heathfield Show will provide you with an insight into all the area has to offer. Entrance tickets can be purchased in advance, at reduced prices – see our website for details www. or phone the Show Secretary on 01435 864587.

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Old St Helen's Church Some of you will already be aware of the work that was undertaken last year by Sussex Heritage Trust to stabilise and re-instate the ruins of Old St Helen’s Church. The project was completed in 2013 whereupon it was handed back to Hastings Borough Council to be looked after by the Amenities and Leisure team and the Ranger Service. The church is one of the oldest buildings in Hastings. It was built in the late 11th century and added to in each successive century until finally it was partly demolished and left as a ‘romantic ruin’ by the Victorians. The remains, which include the tower, the north wall of the nave and the north and east wall of the chancel, together with the graveyard and some remnants of the parkland that was previously part of Ore Place, comprise a gloriously beautiful and peaceful spot for anyone to visit. It has open access all year round and full Open Days twice a year when experts are available to provide guided tours. the Friends of Old St Helen's also holding mini Open Days on the second Saturday of each month (10:00 14:00 April to October) when the tower will be open. Wildlife was an important consideration of the project and considerable effort was made to ensure that the ruins and the substantial nearby badger sett could happily co-exist. Bird boxes and bat boxes were also installed. The site is mown in some places to facilitate access but the overall aim is for a natural environment and accordingly the graveyard is being managed to encourage wild flowers. There are four excellent interpretation boards covering the standing remains, the archaeology, the graveyard and the wildlife and there is a lot of information on the web-site A Friends group has been established to help look after and promote the site and to manage the Open Days. If you would like to join the group please contact Andy Lee (01424 752032

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Council chairman chooses Abbeyfield South Downs as his charity of the year Abbeyfield South Downs has been chosen by Wealden District Council chairman Cllr Dr Brian Redman as his charity of the year. Cllr Redman will be holding a civic reception in June to recognise the efforts of charities and volunteers in the district and has decided that funds raised through a raffle will go to the organisation which works to combat loneliness among older people. A similar reception bringing together dignitaries from across East Sussex is held by Wealden every two years. One of the highlights is the raffle with prizes provided by organisations, including suppliers, associated with the council. “Everybody chips in and buys raffle tickets and I am able to give the proceeds to my chosen charity,” said Cllr Redman. “The amount raised is usually between £500 and £750.” Cllr Redman has been associated with Abbeyfield South Downs for about ten years starting when his wife Dr Deveda Redman, a GP in Heathfield at the time, became medical director for the charity. The organisation was expanding its presence at Holdenhurst in Mill Road, Heathfield, and one of the things Cllr Redman was involved in was setting up a day centre in the building. “It is on the basis of my knowledge of Abbeyfield, both locally and further afield, that I decided this was the organisation I would like to help,” said Cllr Redman. Mr Malcolm Paris deputy chairman of Abbeyfield South Downs said the charity appreciated the support of the council chairman. “It is charitable donations along with a lot of hard work by our staff and an army of volunteers that make it possible for us to offer a sociable lifestyle for older people as residents at our houses in Hove, Eastbourne, Heathfield and St Leonardson-Sea.”

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Eve Peacock is an internationally renowned Clairvoyant Tarot Reader and Palmist and has appeared many times on TV inc. ITV's "This Morning" Eve is opening her new shop "Psychic Visions" on the 2nd June in the Labyrinth Shopping Parade, 7 Mark Lane, Eastbourne where she will be available for private consultations. £5 off with copy of Golden Times. Tel 01323 643220 / 07807637784 Dear Eve As my husband and I don't drive as much anymore we downsized recently to a small 2nd hand car. The problem is the car has never felt right to me. Every time I get into it I feel uncomfortable and in just a few months has also had quite a few problems, starting with a tyre blowing ( thankfully at the rear) while I was driving and only after having the car for 6 weeks. My son thinks its funny and calls the car Christine after that horror film, but I'm nervous. Can cars be haunted? Agnes, age 62 Eastbourne. Dear Agnes Well it is more unusual but yes a car can have residue energy from a previous owner or experience just like a house does. This reminds me of a car I actually owned once and I feel your intuition is accurate in that something doesn't feel right with it. As I tune in it seems to me that the car is about 10 years old and also had a serious accident about 3 years back. I would say it doesn't drive the same on a practical level but also the trauma has somehow changed the energy. This is an interesting problem as I know people will struggle with the concept of an inanimate object having an energy but all you can go by is how you feel and you are never going to enjoy driving this car unless you feel safe and secure in it. I would "cleanse" it like I would a house that had negativity with it and use a sage smudge stick. With the car I owned, I put a large piece of smoky quartz for protection, in the glove compartment and that seemed to do the

trick. If it never feels ok to you Agnes even after these methods, I wouldn't feel guilty about letting this car go. Thank you for this intriguing letter. Dear Eve I have just started going to the Spiritualist Church as it gives me comfort since I lost my husband 3 years ago. I received a message from what appeared to be my grandfather who I actually remember quite well. Some things sounded like him but he also sounded a bit angry as if he was telling me off. I've been a bit upset since. Joanne, Hastings Dear Joanne Your letter is really interesting. I think sometimes in the Spiritualist Church there can be confusion who a message might actually be for, even with the most experienced Mediums. Also you cannot control who will come through, as I imagine you were hoping for a message from your husband. My Nan is my Spirit Guide and she often comes through saying I'm not eating properly etc. But if I received a message through another clairvoyant/medium from her, where she was overly critical or attacking me I would question the interpretation. Saying that, I don't think people pass over and immediately become little cherubs or wise old souls. I think their general personality remains the same but there is usually an overwhelming feeling of love from your Guides. When I tune in clairvoyantly I feel that your Grandad is concerned about a friendship around you and is worried you may get hurt. Take the message as advice which you can decide to follow or not as the case may be. If you have a problem for Eve please email evepeacockpsychic@ with a photo and your d.o.b. Your full name and photo will not appear in the column. Please make your question short and concise. Problems can only be answered on this page.

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She felt his hand tighten about the small of her neck the other grabbed sharply her hair. ‘You make one move, one sound and I will crack your neck’. His whispered words flowed across her face floating through the beer sodden fumes. She didn’t move but her mind reached back to the pub speed dating ad. The evening talking to different men, getting phone numbers, later on meeting some of the contacts. Some she hadn’t liked but she had thought she liked this one. His blonde hair, tailored suit, perhaps too much after shave but still very presentable and softly spoken, she felt she could go a little further with this one. ‘Now stand up, do nothing quickly, slowly get up and bring your back to me’. Perhaps she thought it was something about her that had brought this change. Perhaps the obligatory ‘come up for a cup of coffee’ was too eagerly seized upon perhaps she had liked him too much, laughed with him too much. She wasn’t sure; she had always had trouble understanding male body language, male signals. Her father had been her only real experience. The convent hadn’t done much to teach her about the male psyche even less to be aware that some men didn’t want love they wanted control. Her dad had just wanted love. She had always done what he had asked of her. She had gone where he had taken her, acted on his fantasies. ‘Move your back into me and slowly bend down’. She braced herself, tucked her foot tightly into her stiletto and drove


the heel of the shoe fiercely into and through the man’s shoe. The spasm of pain rose through his whole being, his frame screamed. His automatic response was to relax his grip and as he did she took his hand from her throat and spinning him round drove it into the small of his back. The arm cracked and he collapsed to the ground. He had no idea which part of his body his useful arm should tend as, prostrate, he shook and cried. She had seen some of the children cry that way when she was young in the Aikido class that her dad used to coach. She had attended for him, she had won cups for him, she had been happy to see him happy, to see his failures, his dreams, his imaginings find redemption and fruition in her. That had always pleased her and she was pleased now that his lectures about self-defence had actually, as he always argued, served a purpose. She closed the door behind her, she hailed a cab, she looked at the list of dating contacts she still had not met; perhaps I could be happy with one of those. There was a chance of course, but no certainty.

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Jethro, the world’s funniest Cornishman will be bringing his unique brand of irrepressible and irresistible West Country wit to the White Rock Theatre in Hastings on the 19th of June. The Legend at Large tour, which opened to a sell out crowd at the Bristol Hippodrome in January, will see some of Jethro’s classic stories from his long and successful career alongside new material, which is sure to have audiences in fits of laughter. The world’s funniest Cornishman will be taking audiences through his mischievous repertoire of adult humour as he tells tales of his mate Denzel and other renowned friends, which make for an unforgettable night!! Jethro is one of the most well-known and loved comedians and you’re guaranteed a night of unforgettable comedy. You can WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS to see Jethro at the White Rock Theatre, simply by answering the following question: The Cornish national dish is known as a Cornish a - Pixie b - Pasty c - Patsy Send your answer on a postcard to "Jethro competition, 78 Elphinstone Rd, Hastings, E Sussex, TN34 2BS or email your answer to Closing date for entries is the 31st of May. For more details on the show or to book tickets, please visit :


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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. We hope to welcome you to Whites soon, please contact us if there is anything we can do to make your visit even more enjoyable.

Here at Whites we are very proud of our newly refitted open kitchen, which has been awarded the highest rating for food hygiene by the food standards agency.

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