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PERFECT PANCAKES! Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, takes place this year on 21st February. It’s the last day before Lent, which is a period of fasting that begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s therefore traditionally associated with releasing high spirits and eating up foods which contained eggs, butter and sugar before the fasting began. So everybody knows how to make pancakes, right? If not, try this! Ingredients for approximately 8 pancakes • 110g plain flour • 250ml of milk • A little oil • pinch of salt MAKE THE BATTER 1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Then make a well in the middle of the flour and break the eggs into it. 2. Whisk in the eggs. 3. Gradually add the liquid as you whisk until the batter is smooth and there are no lumps of flour left around the bowl.
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In answer to that question, Ruby Julez is a new singer-songwriter, emerging right here in Tunbridge Wells. At a young age, she decided that the only thing she wanted to do was to create her own music – and now she’s achieved it! Fresh from her new concept album comes the single Open Me Up, a surreal, cinematic type of sound that, once heard, just won’t let you go! The album itslef, Princess of the Asylum, is about life, emotions and the crazy things that people do. And it deals with different mindstates and mental health – an issue that is still a taboo subject for many. Curious? Then check out Ruby Julez on YouTube and on Twitter... and watch out for gigs coming soon! Open Me Up on YouTube http:// youtu.be/ IsF0Q8_Qm-c Follow Ruby Julez on twitter.com/ RubyJulez ONLINE
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Saint Valentine's Day 14th February is named after an early Christian saint and was first celebrated in the 5th century. It became associated with love in the Middle Ages, due to one of Chaucer's poems...
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Wear your heart on your sleeve In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They then wore them in a heart on their sleeve – hence the expression.
Love, and a cough, cannot be hid. George Herbert
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Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. Rose Franken
There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. Friedrich Nietzsche
FAMOUS LOVERS Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Taylor was married eight times to seven hubands, including Richard Burton twice! Antony & Cleopatra The famous queen of Egypt was a lover both to Julius Caesar and his successor Mark Antony. She had children with both men. Napoleon & Jospehine She had always been known as Rose but Napoleon decided he didn't like it, so he decided to call her Josephine!
Catch up with the exploits of our curmudgeonly residents to see if they are still disgusted! by: mark smith
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directory ARTS, MUSIC & THEATRE ASSEMBLY HALL Theatre and entertainment, including music and dance, for all the family address: Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2LU telephone: 01892 530613 website: www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
TRINITY THEATRE Theatre and arts centre with a wide range of events and great café address: Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1JP telephone: 01892 678678 website: www.trinitytheatre.net
business services van rouge EXPRESS couriers Friendly, efficient and reliable courier service, delivery in the UK and Europe address: 9 High Street, Frant, Kent, TN3 9DT. telephone: 07860 597107
cafÉs and eating out
TUNBRIDGE WELLS BAR & GRILL
Stylish restuarant and cocktail bar address: 84 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 IYB telephone: 01892 522963 website: www.therestaurantbarandgrill. co.uk/tunbridge.html
events h-van showmobile Classic Citroen H-Van for hire, for all your events and special occasions telephone: 07860 597107 or 01892 752210 website: www.hvanshowmobile.co.uk
Food A. FULLER BUTCHERS Traditional family butcher with quality meat products and friendly service address: 5 Nelson Road, Hawkenbury, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5AW telephone: 01892 526563 website: www. fuller-butcher.co.uk
ARRAY OF CAKES
Café and Italian deli, with a wide range of authentic produce address: 1 Chapel Place, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1YQ telephone: 01892 510554 website: www.artebianca.co.uk
THE BEACON Pub and restaurant with stunning views in a quiet backwater of Tunbridge Wells address: Tea Garden Lane, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JH telephone: 01892 524252 website: www.the-beacon.co.uk
Coffee house, lunches and home-made cakes, complete with friendly service address: 120 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2QZ telephone: 01892 541638 website: www.camdenperk.co.uk
THE GREY LADY
Music lounge with Mediterranean style menu for lunch and dinner address: 70-72, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW telephone: 01892 544700 website: www.thegreylady.co.uk
SMITH & WESTERN Wild West themed bar, diner and grill, serving American favourites for all the family address: Linden Park Road, Tunbridge
Wells, TN2 5QL telephone: 01892 550750 website: www.smith-western.co.uk
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Scrumptious cupcakes and cookies delivered to your door. Order on-line or by phone telephone: 07768 098072 website: www.arrayofcakes.com
Locally sourced meats and wild game ata friendly local butchers. address: 15 Chapel Place, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1YQ telephone: 01892 823561 website: www.arrayofcakes.com
HAIR & FASHION ECO Long established hair studio in the High Street address: 52a High Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1XF telephone: 01892 543484
Men's barbers for all haircutting and styling address: 10 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2PT telephone: 01892 533336 website: www.fargstunbridgewells.co.uk
Friendly hairdressing salon and beauty room address: 26 London Road, Southborough, Kent TN4 0QB telephone: 01892 530195
on-trend styles for all occasions address: 48 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9NY telephone: 01892 511651
HEALTH & FITNESS AXA PPP Healthcare For great deals on health insurance website: www.axappphealthcare.co.uk
HEART Licensed provider of the HeartMath System to relieve stress and anxiety problems address: The Salt Cave, 10 Vale Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1BP telephone: 01892 512818 website: www.coherentheart.co.uk
Online community and forum for alternative health practitioners, wellbeing workshops and festivals telephone: 01273 380504 website: www.starcommunities.com
Complementary therapist and reflexologist telephone: 07940 533103 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home FLOWERS@COLONNADE Providing flowers for every occasion, floristry workshops, plus a delightful café in-store. address: 10 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1ND telephone: 01892 549919 website: www.flowersatcolonnade.co.uk
GARDENER & COOK Stylish homewear and gifts, new and vintage, for home and garden address: 38 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TN telephone: 01892 525941 website: www. gardenerandcook.co.uk
MOTORING AUTO BAVARIA Fully trained technicians are ready to solve any motoring problems for all major brands address: 1 North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3DH telephone: 01892 522242 website: www.auto-bavaria.com
PEMBURY AUTO CENTRE Fully trained technicians are ready to solve any motoring problems for all major brands address: 1 North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3DH telephone: 01892 522242 website: www.auto-bavaria.com
TRAVEL LUX* ISLAND RESORTS Luxury holidays in the Indian Ocean, with a choice of five unique resorts website: www.auto-bavaria.com
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Leapfrog Learn & Groove baby activity •station, from 6 months. vgc. £40 high chair, turns into chair and •tableWooden for craft/play £15. Stylish wooden cot in antique pine, Mamas •& Papas, drop side, teething rails, vgc. £40 cot with carry case, Mamas & Papas, •vgc.Travel £30 stairgate with carry case, expands to •fit,Travel vgc. £10 •Baby Bjorn papoose, nearly new. £20 & Ted pushchair, red/black, well-used •butPhilservicable. Includes footmuff in good condition and twin seat. £30 phone: Lisa, Heathfield, on 07970 591 043
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Red and yellow - suit boy or girl. With pushalong handle for parent and tipper at back. vgc. £30. Heathfield phone: Antony on 07970 591043
Men's medium size. Worn once. In perfect condition. £30 phone: Dan, Tun Wells, on 07584 320080
SONY TV and DVD player Widescreen TV, 8 years old, plus separate DVD. All good working order. £40 for both. Heathfield. phone: Antony on 07970 591043
december winners! Congratulations goes to: Anne Forster of Tunbridge Wells and Sophis Phillips of Ashford.
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Kelly Holmes supporting hospice in the weald Dame Kelly Holmes, sporting hero and local girl, is due to attend Hospice in the Weald’s charity fundraising dinner on February 24th. Kelly is one of the charity’s patrons and we managed to catch up with her to find out a little bit more about her role and what she’s doing in 2012: the year of the London Olympics!
STAYGO: You carried the Olympic Torch across London in 2008, on its way to Beijing. Who are the torch bearers this time around? DAME KELLY: There are about 6,000 people carrying the torch and a lot of those were people put forward by their local communities. In 2008, I was lucky enough to hold the torch and that opportunity felt amazing. This time around, it’s wonderful that it will be people from all walks of life, young, old, male, female – everyone can feel part of it. STAYGO: The Olympic Torch is going to travel through Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough on July 17th. Will you be there on the day?
STAYGO: 2012 and the London Olympics are finally here and it’s going to be a very busy year for you! What will be your role during the actual event?
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DAME KELLY: I am a Team GB Ambassador, which means I am one of the mentors to the team and can go into the village and talk to the team. I am also a Global Ambassador for British Telecom and I talk about what technology has been put in place for the Olympics.
DAME KELLY: I don’t know yet but I’m sure it will be a fun occasion! Continued on page 3…
Beacon Fringe… Helen Goldwyn in A FUNNY STAGE
24th February Helen Goldwyn, comic singer/ songwriter extraordinaire takes us on a rip-roaring musical journey through life and love in the world of showbiz.
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aking place on 24th February at Hever Castle, the Hospice in the Weald's Torchlight ate dinner Weald's corpor Dinner follows in the Hospice in the 2011 successful footsteps of last year’s corporate dinner, which managed to raise £20,000. The dinner is an important event for the hospice and you can still take part. Tables of ten are available for £600 (or individuals at £65). The hospice needs to raise £5 million every year, so take part and help raise much needed funds. For details, contact HEVER CASTLE Rachel Holweger on 01892 This magnificent 13th century 820536 or rachel.holweger@ moated castle is set in, awardhospiceintheweald.org.uk winning gardens and is the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, ill-fated second wife of Henry VIII. It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. From 1557 onwards the Castle was owned by a number of families until, in 1903, William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake. dor Village d Tu
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equally it’s about taking one day at a time, adapting and getting people around you who make life easier.
STAYGO: And after the Olympics are all over, do you have any plans to relax? DAME KELLY: I am really looking forward to the Olympics, it is a great event and great energy, but they don’t really shape my life now that I’m not competing in them, so I don’t have set plans for after the event. STAYGO: You also do a lot of work for local charities. For instance, on February 24th you’re attending Hospice in the Weald’s Torchlight Dinner at Hever Castle, as a special guest. What are you particularly looking forward to about the event? DAME KELLY: I have been involved with Hospice in the Weald for many years and it is a charity close to my heart. My Coach Dave Arnold died at the Hospice two years to the day that I won my 1500m gold medal in Athens, so I will always support it. I always believe in helping others and I think what Hospice in the Weald does to help patients and their families get through what could be the worst time of their life is unbelievable. All of their fundraising events are fantastic and this one is about rewarding hard work, entertaining and in a great location. It is a chance to thank supporters of the Hospice. STAYGO: You’re well-known as an inspirational figure, after overcoming difficulties and injury to gain huge success. What is it about sporting heroes do you think people find inspiring? DAME KELLY: You know when a sports person has won or lost, you can see the emotion and tunbridge wells edition
STAYGO: When you’re not in the limelight, how do you get away from it all? DAME KELLY: I just do normal things – cycling, climbing, watching films, holidays and I have six alpacas.
passion on their faces. People can relate to them as in sport you can immediately see when it’s gone right or wrong. Sport as a whole inspires people, as there is a buzz when someone achieves and people connect with that emotion. STAYGO: If you could give one piece of advice to a youngster who has sporting ambitions, what would it be? DAME KELLY: If you have the opportunity, try lots of sports and you will find you stick at the one you’re best at and don’t be worried or scared to try. Take the best and worst and don’t give up. STAYGO: Did you find it an easy transition from being an athlete to a well-known personality who’s always in demand? DAME KELLY: It was a strange transition and part of the reason I set up my charity was that it gives lots of retired sports people help with what they will do. When I won my gold medals I was known in Kent and then everyone in Britain knew my name and I had people tooting at me or waving out of windows. It was weird but
STAYGO: You grew up in Hildenborough and are celebrated as one of our local heroes. Do you still live in Kent and what do you particularly like about this area? DAME KELLY: I do still live in Kent, it is an amazing county. It is a tourist’s heaven with old towns, coast, great National Trust sites and beautiful countryside. STAYGO: And finally, your ‘Double-Gold’ victory in the 2004 Athens Olympics is an iconic moment in British sporting history. Apart from your own performances, what’s your top iconic Olympic moment? DAME KELLY: There are loads; there are moments from when I was young that inspired me. I remember all the media attention Zola Budd and Mary Decker got at the 1984 Olympics and they were women – I was very interested in it. The hype, controversy, tears and celebrations are all inspirational moments. STAYGO: Dame Kelly, thanks for talking to us – and enjoy the Torchlight Dinner!
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Band. They are without doubt, one of the best bands on the scene. Lead singer Jez Harley is a captivating vocalist and frontman." Find more information about the sessions and the music at www. trinitytheatre.net/Whats-On/1087-/ The-Local-amp-Live-Sessions Doors 7pm | Music from 8pm | £10 | Box office 01892 678678 | Online at www.trinitytheatre. net | Further details at www. localandlive.org
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PAUL SAYS... 2012 is well under way and February offers a fantastic array of musical entertainment right here on your doorstep! The Local & Live Sessions 25th February, Trinity Theatre www.trinitytheatre.net • The popular Local & Live Sessions showcase the very best local groups ahead of the main festival in August. The February event sees Burning
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Shapes and The Good Ship Band take centre stage with The Paul Dunton Orchestra warming up proceedings at 8pm. Paul says, “Burning Shapes and The Good Ship Band are two bands that are both absolutely at the top of their game. Both are superb live acts and are writing songs of real quality. Burning Shapes can be described as sounding like Fleet Foxes got into a jam session with Kasabian and Paul Weller, however to cut a long story short... ‘absolutely brilliant’ is how I would describe them! Whereas The Good Ship Band draw influence from classic songwriting greats, such as Bruce Springstein, Simon & Garfunkel and the Dave Matthews
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RTWSO: Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert | £10, £14, £17 & £19.50; children & students £1 Wednesday 8th February American Anthems: The Spectacular Rock Musical Star Guest: John Parr (St Elmo’s Fire) | £19, £21
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The Sensational 60s experience £21, £23 Friday 10th February Fairport Convention | £18, £20 Wednesday 22nd February The Dolly Parton Story | £15, £16.50 Thursday 23rd February SOLD OUT | Joan Baez Tuesday 28th February Paul Carrack | £28.50
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Trinity Theatre www.trinitytheatre.net Saturday 4th February Keep It Cash | £12, £14 Monday 13th February TBC Götterdammerung | £15 Saturday 25th February The Local & Live Sessions | £10
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Paul Dunton & Guests: music by candlelight Wednesday & Sunday evenings The Grey Lady Music Lounge www.paulduntonandguests.com Door open 7pm | Music from 7.40pm | £5 Wednesday 1st February Dylan Brown, Bea Everett, Logan Wilson Sunday 5th February Kirsti Robinson Band, Arcelia, Mike Orson (last UK gig) Wednesday 8th February Miller & Nodwell, Monica and the Explosion, Chris Pope, David Migden and The Dirty Words (full band) Sunday 12th February Lauren Bransby, Mairi Neeves, Laveer Wednesday 15th February Big Fish Little Fish, Aaron David Frith, The Last Drones Sunday 19th February Orchidaceae, Fred Clark, Leandri, Son of Kirk Wednesday 22nd February Alice Rose, Annaca Sunday 26th February Jono Harrison, Ant & Fie, Worry Dolls, Dan Clews Band Wednesday 29th February Zoe May & Chris Sergeant, Billy Jupp, The standard Lamps, The Soundcasters
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The Forum www.twforum.co.uk Thursday 2nd February Man Overboard, The Story So Far, Save Your Breath, Loose Cannons | £7 Saturday 4th February Revoker, Fearless Vampire Killers, Ugly Love, Vier + more | £6 Thursday 9th February Burlesque Fever | £5 Saturday 11th February Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff) | £10 Friday 17th February Hyro Da Hero, Marmozets, Astroid Boys | £8.50 Saturday 18th February Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller), Virgin Soldiers | £10 Sunday 19th February Scholars, Pharaohs, Island Cassettes, Fish Tank | £5 Friday 24th February Turbogeist, Flags, Eddie Falco, Purr | £6 Saturday 25th February King Charles| £7
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celebrate... it's valentine's day love is all around! re you looking for that special place to take your loved one this Valentine's evening? Do you have delicious food, a glass of fizz and the perfect romantic setting in mind? We have a few suggestions...
DINNER... AND MUSIC AT THE GREY LADY There's a choice of venues in one location at the Grey Lady in The Pantiles. The downstairs restaurant, La Casa Vecchia, offers a 3-course meal at £50 per couple, while upstairs at The Grey Lady Music Lounge, you can dine while you listen to guitarist Ian Batty, for £60 per couple. 70 - 72, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW 01892 544700 www.thegreylady.co.uk A DATE AT THE BEACON
Tucked away down Tea Garden Lane, the Beacon is a hidden treasure. If you visit during daylight hours, you can stroll in the wonderful grounds and gaze at some of the most stunning views
The Beacon Hotel in Tea Garden Lane
in the area. However, on Valentine's night, you'll probably want to cosyup inside – and you'll be glad that you did. Built in the 19th century, the Beacon has the feel of an old country house: warm, welcoming and relaxing, and the food is a real treat. The 3-course Valentine's dinner includes a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival and costs £30 per person. And if you want to truly relax, then why not stay the night? There's a choice of two double rooms, both tastefully decorated in an elegant style, and with beautiful ensuite bathrooms, at £115 per room. The Beacon, Tea Garden Lane, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JH 01892 524 252 www.the-beacon.co.uk heavenly hever It was where Henry VIII met Anne Boleyn – but don't let that put you off! Hever Castle is a beautifully romantic 13th century manor house, and you can enjoy its delights this
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Valentine's evening by booking in for a special dinner at £60 per person. The dinner includes a champage reception, a 3-course meal, coffee and hand-made truffles, plus half a bottle of wine. And for £120 per room, you can stay the night here, too. Hever Castle, Hever, Kent, TN8 7NG 01732 861700 www.hevercastle.co.uk love the curlew If your Valentine is a foodie, then where better to take him or her than to a Michelin-star restaurant? At the Curlew, Bodiam, there's a special 5-course dinner for £65 per head, so you can fall in love both with the food and each other at the same time! The Valentine's dinner is served both on Saturday 11th and Tuesday 14th. The Curlew, Junction Road, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UY 01580 861394 www.thecurlewrestaurant.co.uk tunbridge wells edition
Gardener & Cook home is where the heart is Gardener & Cook's remit is to sell 'decorative and useful objects for the house and garden' both new and vintage. And alongside that, there's some beautiful, heart-warming gifts available for your loved one this Valentine's, including pictures, heart-shaped cushions and, of course, Valentine's cards... www.gardenerandcookstores.co.uk
great gift ideas…
Valentine's picture £16
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Stuff & Good Sense
Vintage coffee set £60
old romance Vintage crockery is highly collectible these days, so why not give a gift of roses that will last a lifetime. This Alfred Meakin
pottery coffee set from Stuff & Good Sense will melt the heart of any old romantic. www.stuffandgoodsense.co.uk
Beautiful objects for Home and Garden • Scandinavian ceramics, glassware and textiles • British bird-boxes, garden tools and furniture • Garden urns and statuary
the classic gift And you can always say it with flowers. Quality single roses start from £5 and a dozen red roses from £45. Or stick to a classic bouquet from £30. Available from Flowers at Colonnade in Monson Road. www.flowersatcolonnade.co.uk
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• Giftware including books, stationery, candles and toiletries • New and vintage
Ideal Christmas gifts for friends and family... Or perhaps for yourself! 38 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TN • 01892 525941 33a Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2AT 01273 477049 www.gardenerandcookstores.co.uk
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by Zac Thraves
he 14th February is, of course, Valentine’s Day, but romance does not have to last for just one day. Let February be, from this day forward, forever remembered in Tunbridge Wells as Romance Month. To celebrate, I have compiled a list of films, books and what’s on around our area with the theme of ‘love’. ROMANCE IN THEATRE and film First of all let’s start with Trinity Theatre. On 7th February Wuthering Heights blows in to the cinema. This is the latest adaptation of the classic book and has a modern rawness that echoes the harsh Yorkshire Moors. This movie received a very favourable critical response when released last year and is well worth a look. Where better to take your other half than to a film to that has as much power and passion as Emily Brontë’s stunning story. You can also catch Romantics Anonymous on Valentine’s Day itself; watch sparks fly between the boss of a chocolate factory and the gifted confectioner he hires, but will they be able to overcome the shyness that is threatening to obstruct the path of true amour? What better way
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to celebrate (or console yourself!) on Valentine’s Day, than with this frothy, funny and utterly charming French romantic comedy. Then the Oast Theatre in Hildenborough is producing Alan Ayckbourn’s smart marital comedy How The Other Half Loves from 25th February. This has a great cast and promises to be another success for the Oast. VALENTINE’S movie gifts... For all of those males out there who may be struggling with gifts for her this Valentine’s, then let me offer to you a little support. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a movie or a book (OK, flowers, chocolates, underwear or dinner does too, but this is an arts column!). If you’re looking for a movie to cosy-up to on the sofa, then do consider those opposite... Wuthering Heights
Before Sunrise This is a perfect movie, following Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy getting to know one another during one night in Vienna. Titanic Yes, Leo and Kate. Tissues at the ready, and you can’t escape it. It is being re-released in the cinemas in 3D later this year. Moulin Rouge The costumes, the songs, the heartbreak of it all. Brilliantly loud and featuring Kylie as the Absinthe Fairy. Brief Encounter This classic David Lean movie is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. City Lights If The Artist has left you with a taste for silent movies, then this early Chaplin movie is really rather moving, as the Tramp falls in love with a blind girl and pretends he is a millionaire. Phantom of the Opera This lavish show was turned into an equally stunning movie and nothing says ‘love’ more than a psycho wearing a mask! The Secretary If you prefer your love stories to be slightly stranger, this is a wonderfully hip and eccentric tale of two lonely hearts finally meeting their dreams. Odd, sexy and very good fun. City Lights
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nother very romantic gift idea is a special book for your loved one. You would do no wrong buying a book of romantic poetry, but if want something a little heavier, more Rioja than rosé, then think about the following: Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë; Dracula by Bram Stoker; Ariel by Sylvia Plath or The Power Book by Jeannette Winterson. PIRATES VS FAIRIES Available now from Amazon is my brand-new children’s short novel Pirates Vs Fairies. Set in a magical land where pirates are at an uneasy peace with fairies, pirate captain Capden Den is thrust into a swashbuckling adventure when he rescues two fairies from their drifting boat. On his way to helping them, he dodges evil pirate Dave, steals a boat and comes face to face with a fearsome T-Rex. This is a fun, romantic adventure for boys and girls and is available as an e-book for Kindle. I hope you enjoy it, I wrote it for my children, Alicia and Lucas.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR...
in Tunbridge Wells! by Katie Smith
hristmas is a distant twinkling memory, resolutions came and went and we are still wrapped up in layers upon layers of knitwear. So what’s to celebrate? Millions of people are busy preparing themselves for China’s most prominent and longest festival – Chinese New Year. This is a time for families and loved ones to come together and celebrate happiness, wellbeing and longevity. Chinese New Year doesn’t have a set date because months in China are determined by lunar activity. The first dark moon of this year appears on 23rd January, which is when the festivities will begin. During the celebrations, each day has its own unique meaning, tradition and special events. New Year then ends on the 15th day of celebrations when the first full moon appears. Lantern festivals are often held on this day to celebrate the end of this long holiday. Painted lanterns are lit to represent love and promote positive relationships. EMBRACING THE CELEBRATION On 4th February, Tunbridge Wells will once again embrace this celebration, with the theme 'Tooth and Claw'. Creative events will take place during the day, including a family fun day held at the Museum between 11am-4pm. Why not drop by and hunt down the dragons that are hiding in the tunbridge wells edition
library and museum, and discover their teeth and claws that are also waiting to be found?
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JOIN THE lantern parade The celebration then culminates with the popular lantern parade, which starts outside the library at 5.30pm. In fact, throughout January many residents and children of Tunbridge Wells attended workshops where they created their own Chinese lanterns made from willow and decorated with tissue paper. They will see now their designs brighten up a dull February afternoon as people join in the parade and celebrate a tradition that has spread across the globe. Music is an important aspect of any festival and the town’s celebrations will certainly not disappoint. The Bloco Fogo Samba band will lead the way with its addictive beat, and you too can contribute to the lively atmosphere, as Trinity Theatre is providing workshops during the afternoon to make shaker instruments. All this celebrating needs to be rewarded with a refreshment or two, so why not indulge in the barbecue when the parade comes to an end at St Barnabas School in Quarry Road. This festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. So let’s cure the winter blues and join in Chinese New Year to wish peace and happiness for the whole community.
THE CHINESE ZODIAC The Chinese zodiac has a 12-year cycle. An animal marks each year and their characteristics represent what the year will bring. 2012 is the year of the dragon, a creature that is considered to be powerful, wise and superior. People born in the year of the dragon are said to be passionate, self assured and short tempered, among many other things. The five elements that overlap the animals are metal, water, wood, fire and earth. This year is water, which cools the dragon and allows it to take a step back and let others in. Therefore 2012 is said to bring success and happiness. This mythological creature will certainly make an appearance during the parade in Tunbridge Wells – and right across the world! 2012: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016: 2017: 2018: 2019: 2020: 2021: 2022: 2023:
dragon snake horse sheep monkey rooster dog pig rat ox tiger rabbit
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e has proposed! You’re getting married! How are you going to create your ultimate day? You’re looking for something traditional, something different, something modern and something fresh. Where do you possibly start? Help is at hand... Wedding Week at Glow, Bluewater, is a brand-new show which offers you all of this and more. Taking place from the 9th to the 12th of February, this is a hands-on wedding experience, where the bride and guests can immerse themselves in the perfect day. It’s the perfect destination for inspiration and ideas – and, in fact, a fabulous day out. HUNDREDS OF IDEAS Wedding Week is a new event from Clarion, the UK’s largest independent event organiser. It's taking place at Glow, the brandnew event space at Bluewater. Whether it’s a fairytale wedding or a modern cutting edge affair, brides will discover amazing dresses, décor, photography,
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favours, floral displays and much more from hundreds of ideas provided by a eek g at Wedding W aphy, exhibitin whole range Magno Photogr of different exhibitors. Plus, you can receive practical wedding delights from cakes to advice from wedding experts, cocktails and everything instylists, designers, event planners between. Visit the entertainment and budget gurus. stage to view great performance options and be entertained by the WHAT’S ON show’s quirky, cool cabaret. Then, Events at Wedding Week include a once you’ve ticked off everything selection of wedding workshops to on your list, take time out and help you build the comprehensive relax in the Honeymoon Hideout plan for your big day, with support to discuss your ultimate getaway from the wealth of specialist plans with honeymoon travel expertise all under one roof. experts. You can also view Wedding Week’s stunning style showcases, BE THERE FIRST! watch models strut the catwalk If this is all too tempting, why not and experience a high-glamour get there as soon as possible and fashion show. You can even try on attend the Gala opening evening? the latest trends in bridal wear so You can celebrate by sipping a you can achieve up-to-the-minute glass of chilled champagne at bridal chic, no matter what your the catwalk bar, whilst enjoying style. Taste an array of potential extended fashion shows. Be the tunbridge wells edition
first to browse all those little touches you have been dreaming of, as well as taking home an exclusive goody bag. Plus, guests at the Wedding Week can enjoy the added benefit of over 300 stores and 50 bars and restaurants that are already at Bluewater, so this really is the perfect day out for any bride-to-be and her entourage!
he perfect wedding starts with the perfect invitation... but how do you find the exact thing you want? Don’t worry, it can be arranged! Charlie Loves Lucy is a new wedding stationery design service, which aims to create exquisite stationery that’s packed with personality. As well as providing a bespoke service, there are also complete stationery suites from which you can choose desired items. Wording and colours can all be adapted to suit you – and
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don't miss out Book your early bird tickets now for £10 instead of standard price £12. Tickets and more info available online at www. weddingweekatbluewater. com plus regular wedding
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your wedding – perfectly! Catch up with Charlie Loves Lucy at the Wedding Week at Bluewater or visit www.charlieloveslucy.com In association with Charlie Loves Lucy, we’ve got a pair of tickets to the Wedding Week at Bluewater to give away. To enter the free draw, just send your contact details to editor@staygo. co.uk. And we wish you the perfect wedding!
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what's on this month february...
elcome to our StayGo February listings page: our pick of music, theatre and events for your enjoyment. Don't forget, if you have any dates that you'd like to see entered, then email them to firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY 3rd
• Dave Stradwick's Sussex Jazz Kings at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club, Masonic Centre, St Johns Road. £11.50 | www.twjazzclub.co.uk
SATURDAY 4TH Celebrating Gabrieli at King Charles church from The English Cornet and Sackbutt Ensemble and the Temenos Chamber Choir Director: Charles Vignoles | www.kcmtw.org/concerts.html Chinese New Year celebrations organised by Tunbridge Wells Arts Partnership. Family 'make a shaker' workshop at Trinity Theatre from 3-5pm. Fun activities from 11am-4pm at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery. Lantern Parade starts from there at 5.30pm. 01892 554171 | www. tunbridgewellsmuseum.org.uk
• Shakespeare 4 Kidz presents
Romeo and Juliet at The Assembly Hall Theatre. £10, £16.50 | 01892 530613 | www. assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
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MONDAY 6TH AND TUESDAY 21st Il Trittico from the Royal Opera House at the Odeon Cinema. 0871 22 440 7 | www.odeon. co.uk
• Talk presented by TW Civic
Society at the Town Hall: The Architecture of Decimus Burton. £2 for visitors | www.thecivicsociety.org saturday 11th Showaddywaddy at the High Rocks Inn £15 | 01892 515532 | www.highrocks.co.uk Speed dating at Trinity Theatre £20 | 01892 678678 | www. trinitytheatre.net Singles pre-Valentine's drinks party at Woods Restaurant in The Pantiles. 01892 614411 | www. woodsrestaurant.co.uk
• Gazastock Nights concert at the
Royal Victoria Hall, Southborough. Proceeds go to Hospice in the Weald. £10 | Tickets online at www.wegottickets.com/ event/152318 wednesday 22nd
• Evening talk at Tunbridge Wells
Museum and Art Gallery: Birds of the High Weald. Please book in advance. £5 | 01892 554171 | www.tunbridgewellsmuseum.org FRIDAY 24TH Helen Goldwyn, a comic singersongwriter appears at The Beacon in A Funny Stage, a riproaring tour through the world of showbiz. £10 | 01892 524252 | www.the-beacon.co.uk
tuesday 14th David Peduzzi art exhibition opens at Trinity Theatre. Inspired by open spaces and the flight of birds. 01892 678678 | www. trinitytheatre.net Valentine's evening at The Grey Lady music lounge with Ian Batty playing solo guitar. £60 per couple | 01892 544700 | www.thegreylady.co.uk Romantics Anonymous film at Trinity Theatre. 01892 678678 | www.trinitytheatre.net Tivoli Cafe band play a Valentine's concert at the E M Forster Theatre at Tonbridge School £12.50 | 01732 304241 | www.tonbridge-school.co.uk
•Sense & Sensibility by the
Civic Way, 9am-2pm. www2.tunbridgewells.gov.uk sunday 26TH Chapterhouse Theatre Company at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. From £8.50 | 01424 462 288 | www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk Lunch with Dr Carol Williams and the Welte Organ at Salomons £25 | 01892 507630 | www. salomonsconferences.org.uk
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•Bateman's Big Spring Clean. A tour of the house plus coffee and cake. Booking essential. £10 | 0844 249 1895 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ batemans
tuesday 28th to saturday 3rd march Trinity Theatre presents an adaptation of Wilkie Collins'mystery novel The Woman in White. Considered to be one of the first real detective stories, it tells of a man who marries for money... and the spooky events that then unfold. This skilful production is both gripping and hugely entertaining. From £7.50 | Bookings: 01892 678 678 | www.trinitytheatre.net
• Cranford by the Chapterhouse
Theatre Company at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. From £8.50 | 01424 462 288 | www. whiterocktheatre.org.uk Practical Conservation Task – Rides and Glade, with Kent High Weald Partnership. 10am–3pm, Cinderhill Woods, Matfield 01580 212972 | www.khwp.org.uk
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keeping 'em busy... outdoor antics in the school hols! Kids can be a lot like puppies – they need exercise! So we've picked a few activities that will tick that box and keep everybody happy over the February school holidays. high jinks in the high weald The Kent High Weald Partnership is an organisation based in Tunbridge Wells that is committed to conservation and environmental education and which also provides free family events. On Tuesday 14th, join in from 10am-12.30pm at Lamberhurst Down for the 'Build a Beast a Home' event. Or, on Thursday 16th, at the Barnetts Wood Local Nature Reserve there's a track and field event. Booking is essential for both these events, so to book or for more information, call 01580 212972 or visit www.khwp. org.uk
WOODKIDS AT WILDERNESS WOOD At Wildnerness Wood near Hadlow Down, there's a range of activities throughout the holiday, from learning how to build a fire to recreating the wonderful children's story We're Going on a Bear Hunt. For more information call 01825 830509 visit www. wildernesswood.co.uk treasure hunting at penshurst place & gardens Penshurst Place is opening for the February school holiday with a treasure hunt around the adventure playground. Every day from Saturday 11th to Sunday 19th. From 10.30am, normal garden admissions apply. Call 01892 870307 or visit www. penshurstplace.com
feed the birds with kent wildlife trust Many garden birds need support througout the winter. Join Kent Wildlife Trust to learn how to make a bird feeder and find out what birds like to eat. This event takes place on Tuesday 14th at Tyland Barn Visitor Centre; on Wednesday 15th at Sevenoaks Visitor Centre and on Friday 17th at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre. £2 suggested donation. To book call 01622 662012. Visit www. kentwildlifetrust.org.uk February 2012 / going out
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Happy 57th Birthday John Travolta
Saturday 15th February www.trinitytheatre.net
SINGLES pre-valentine's drinks party Saturday 11th February
Adventures of tin tin
Saturday 4th February at King Charles the Martyr
Shakespeare 4 Kidz 6th - 8th February www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
GABRIELI CENTENARY CELEBRATION
Romeo & Juliet
Happy 34th Birthday Shakira
you dat r own es!
beacon Happy 23rd Birthday Rihanna
beacon fringe A FUNNY STAGE
Comedy Night Wednesday 29th February www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
Friday 24th February www.the-beacon.co.uk
FEBRUARY 2012 Time to get in the 'mood' Valentineâ€™s Day is coming soon! Start practising your fake hand-writing for those secret Valentine cards...
MARCH 2012 spring into action Get redy for those lighter, brighter days... (gosh, Justin Bieber is now officially an adult!)
RUSSELL KANE Happy 18th Manscaping Birthday Friday 2nd March Justin Bieber www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
SHERLOCK HOLMES A game of shadows Wednesday 7th February www.trinitytheatre.net
beacon STEVE TURNER Beacon Folk Club
Monday 12th March www.the-beacon.co.uk
Final UK Tour, Sat 17th March www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
Happy 79th Birthday Micheal Caine
ST PATRICKS DAY
clOCKS GO FORWARD 1HR
beacon Happy 37th Birthday Scott Mills
beacon fringe Murder Mystery Dinner Friday 30th March www.the-beacon.co.uk
Shoes for kids, mums and school 48 St. Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9NY â€˘ 01892 511651
LUXURY HOLIDAYS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN Which is the best kind of tropical island holiday? One where you lie on the same spot of the beach every day, read a couple of paperbacks, barely leave your lounger and pay exorbitant prices for imported water? Or one where you come back feeling re-energised, reinspired and re-ignited? For those who tick the second box, LUX* Island Resorts could have the perfect destination for you. LUX* was launched in December 2011 by CEO Paul Jones, a passionate hotelier and travel industry expert, and his management team. They recognised that luxury itself had undergone a sea change: no longer synonymous with excess and bling, true luxury has become simpler, fresher and more individual. They saw an opportunity to create something truly unique and so after 12 months of painstaking preparation and rehearsal, LUX* was born. ISLAND LIGHT It was agreed that rather than offering the standard sun, sea and sand 5-star vacation, LUX* Island Resorts would be defined by a radically reconceptualised experience. The manifestation of this change is Island Light, the signature concept that runs at all LUX* Island Resorts. Adopting a name that is Latin for ‘light’, tunbridge wells edition
the new brand is dedicated to staging a lighter, brighter and less complicated holiday experience. Jones compares the concept to a musical production, where each resort is a theatre and its staff is the cast, producing a showstopping performance every day. At its core is the commitment to doing the ordinary extraordinarily. Freshly-roasted organic coffee, retro-styled ice-cream parlours, on-the-beach film screenings, popup restaurants, integrated wellness & spa programmes, honesty bars and libraries of cool magazines are individually tempting, but it is the cumulative impact of these and a whole raft of other carefully choreographed Island Light experiences – underpinned by truly incredible service – that adds up to an exhilarating change of direction.
relaxed and more individual luxury will have wide appeal: “I have spent 35 years designing, building, operating and managing resorts in exotic destinations around the world,” says Jones, “and this project has presented me with an opportunity to contribute all that knowledge and insight. Island Light is the summation of many different ingredients which, when experienced as a whole, are a very powerful alternative to the usual island resort holiday. LUX* has determined its purpose as ‘Helping People Celebrate Life’ and that is what every member of our team is committed to.” The Mauritius Coast
SIMPLE, RELAXED LUXURY Paul Jones is confident that this
new brand of simpler, more
THE FIVE LUX* RESORTS • LUX* Le Morne, Mauritius LUX* Island Resorts is a collection • LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius of premium hotels in the Indian • LUX* Maldives Ocean, where guests can celebrate • LUX* Ile de la Réunion island life and enjoy light living. For more information on each The five resorts are: individual resort, please visit www.luxislandresorts.com • LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius
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celebrating the bicentenary of...
ne of our most celebrated British authors, Charles Dickens has a long association with Kent, and February 7th 2012 is the 200th anniversary of his birth. So what's happening to celebrate his bicentenary?
simon callow at trinity theatre On Saturday 18th February, Simon Callow will be reading excerpts from his new book Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World. This is a a rare and exciting chance to see one of our great actors in the intimate surroundings of a small theatre. Simon will bring to life a wealth of Dickens' characters, as well as discussing how his new book explores the sheer breadth of Dickens' writing. He says "When you find a writer that you love, it's like finding a best friend. Dickens never ceases to delight me. There's something in him which chimes with me: the energy; the scope; the generosity; the endless inventiveness of it." For any Dickens fan, this experience is not to be missed. ÂŁ15 | 01892 678678 | www.trinitytheatre.net tunbridge wells edition
a new tale of mr micawber Mr Micawber Down Under, is a new book by local actor and author David Barry, published in time to celebrate the bicentenary. David has been a Tunbridge Wells resident for 28 years and this David Copperfield spin-off has been a labour of love for him that has now come to fruition. The plot tells of how the everoptimistic Mr Micawber bids a fond farewell to David Copperfield and takes his family to Australia, confident their lives will change for the better. However, more than florid language and optimism is needed to survive in this brash new world that is Melbourne in 1855, as Micawber's life becomes ever more complicated and a mystery ensues... Mr Micawber Down Under can be purchased at ÂŁ18.99 from Robert Hale Books or from Amazon. www.halebooks.com www.amazon.co.uk
Bleak House at Broadstairs
bleak house at broadstairs At the height of his fame, Dickens had a seaside residence at Broadstairs in Kent, where he holidayed with his family during the summer. It was here, at Bleak House, that he wrote some of his works, including David Copperfield. Bleak House is now an exclusive hotel. However, Dickens' private study is still maintained as it was during his lifetime, with his writing desk overlooking the delightful bay. To celebrate its connection with the great author, Broadstairs is home to the Dickens House Museum and it holds a festival every summer. No doubt this year's event will be extra special... www.broadstairsdickens festival.co.uk
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