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On Saturday 17th September, Tunbridge Wells man Brian Bissell takes the stage at the Assembly Hall Theatre for his one-man show: I’m Still Standing! Brian is a well-known local character, who is starring in his fifth charity fundraiser show in the last six years. He is perhaps most famously remembered for his show at the Assembly Hall Theatre in 2007 when he flew onto the stage dressed as Superman! With this new show, he’s raising funds for TS Brilliant Sea Cadets and their band will feature as part of the performance. It’s essentially a variety show with Brian doing his own brand of comedy. It includes some fantastic singers and dancers and an unbelievably talented illusionist. Here, Brian tells all...

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BRIAN SAYS: “My theatrical journey began in my early teens when I walked the boards of the Liverpool Playhouse. I was in a three-week production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and in my juvenile role as a page boy I was required to dress up as a wife to Sly, a drunkard, for whom the play was being performed by a travelling company of players. My lines were in the introduction scene and I watched the Taming of the Shrew 23 times. By the end of the run I knew most of everyone’s lines – a feat I was never to repeat! Instead of going to RADA, which I had been recommended to do by Willard Stoker, the Playhouse producer at the time, I went to a merchant navy cadet school in Anglesey and subsequently entered the Continued on page 5…

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PAUL SAYS… September offers a feast of fantastic live entertainment from all your favourite local Venues.

TRINITY THEATRE Thursday 8th September Curtain Call, £12/£10 Saturday 17th September West End Story, £10 Sunday 18th September God Rot Tunbridge Wells film, as part of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival, £7.50/£6 Saturday 24th September The Jackie Generation (prices range £6 - £12) Friday 30th September Craig Ogden £18/£15 (Tunbridge Wells Music Festival)

JAZZ ON THE PANTILES! Thursday 1st September Over The Edge

Sunday 18th September Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, £18/£15 19th - 24th September Dreamboats & Petticoats Mon 7.30pm: £20.50 Tue - Thu 7.30pm: £27.50, £23.00, £19.50RV Wed matinée: £19.50, £16.50, £14.50RV Sat matinée: £27.50, £23.00, £19.50RV Fri & Sat 7.30pm: £30.50, £26.00, £20.50RV

Billy Jupp, Paul Dunton Ensemble, Kyla Stroud, The Standard Lamps Wednesday 21st September Drifting Embers, Adam & The Previous People, Annaca, Dan Clews Sunday 25th September Nick Wilson, Zoe Konez, Virgin Soldiers Wednesday 28th September When Colours Collide, Paul Dunton Ensemble, Frances Yonge & The Freeze, The Last Drones

PAUL DUNTON & GUESTS AT THE GREY LADY MUSIC LOUNGE Local music by candlelight Doors 7.15pm, entry £5 Music from 8pm Sunday 4th September Guy Osborn, Paul Cheese, Freddy Green, Sarah Lille Wednesday 7th September Trevor John, Zoe Deighton Smythe, Dorey The Wise, Burning Shapes Sunday 11th September Kirsty Robinson, Sean de Burca, The Naming Of things, The Good Ship Band Wednesday 14th September Freudian Slippz, Chris Pope, Ant & Fie, The Alex Beharrell Band Sunday 18th September

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dates for the diary! Saturday 1st October The Local & Live Sessions at Trinity Theatre with Origami Dinosaur and Goldie Reed Thursday 6th October Paul Dunton & Guests at The Music Room at PizzaExpress Maidstone with Paul Dunton Ensemble, Lucy Baxter, Bella McKendree, The Soundcasters. Advanced Booking only 08456027017 Wednesday 12th October Fred Clark Album Launch at Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone. Support from Kirsty Macleod & Paul Dunton Ensemble. Tickets £5 on the door

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Merchant Navy as a navigating apprentice with Royal Mail Lines. I made a number of voyages to the West Indies, South America and the West Coast of the USA and Canada. It was whilst on one of those voyages to Los Angeles that I paid a visit to downtown Hollywood and Beverley Hills, the home of the stars. I was given tickets to see Jack Benny's show recorded at the CBS Studios and my love of theatre and entertainment was rekindled. When I finally left the Merchant Navy, as a deck officer with Cunard Line, I moved to Royal Tunbridge Wells and discovered within days Tommy Steele filming Half A Sixpence on The Pantiles – I’d seen the show on Broadway 18 months before. I felt immediately at home and knew Tunbridge Wells was a place I could enjoy and become theatrical once again, becoming a member of many of our local theatrical societies.

CHARITY FUNDRAISING Having been a stalwart supporter of local amateur theatre for over 30 years I decided in 2005 to produce my own An Audience With show at Trinity Theatre and was able to have Ken Dodd feature on film along with a filmed interview with Richard Briers. In 2006 I followed with another one-man show. This time I was delighted to welcome on stage with me the late Danny La Rue,



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then a Tunbridge Wells resident, who gave a magnificent performance and assisted majorly with fundraising. In October 2007 I went to the Assembly Hall Theatre and produced a variety show and managed a Superman spoof, flying onto the stage – and on film over the theatre – with a voice-over by legendary Tom Baker! 2008 saw me return to Trinity Theatre with a show titled Brian Bissell - The Vegas Years! when our very own Rat Pack was featured and great fun was had by one and all. After that show I decided to take a break – I thought the public needed it – but at the end of last year public demand prevailed and I booked the Assembly Hall Theatre once again for my I’m Still Standing! show on Saturday 17th September. Of course I will be featuring some of our own special local talent including singers and dancers and amazing illusionist Jamie Povey (who is still only 19) whom Rowan Atkinson called “Brilliant! Highly recommended!” This forthcoming show I am producing in aid of TS Brilliant Sea Cadets and Marine Detachment, having been a member of their Unit Management for over a year. Their nationally award winning band will feature in the show and it brings together my naval history and love of the theatre. I am also planning another flying sequence – even more spectacular than the last one – along with my own particular brand of comedy routines! I look forward very much to welcoming you at the show! Elton John performed the song ‘I’m Still Standing’. But in what year was it first released? a) 1973 b) 1983 c) 1993

TS Brilliant TUNBRIDGE WELLS SEA CADETS In 2010, TS Brilliant based in Albion Road, entered the Sea Cadets National Band Competition in Plymouth and won. And on 20th August this year they did it again, winning the 2011 competition! And not only that, Ordinary Cadet L. Roberts was awarded Best Drum Major. This is a huge achievement as it only the second time that she has led the whole band on parade, the first being the Royal British Legion Parade through Tunbridge Wells a few weeks ago. Now that truly is something to be proud of!

Email your answer to The first correct entry out of the bag after the closing date of Sunday 11th September wins tickets to Brian’s fantastic fundraising show!

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eptember is the month it all starts up again in provincial theatres and in Tunbridge Wells it is no exaggeration. This month we have a fantastic array of entertainment, from local to professional.SUMMER

THEATRE THE ASSEMBLY HALL First up, we have an award-winning production of The Pitmen Painters, which runs from 5th to 10th September at The Assembly Hall and is touring nationwide. Originally produced by Newcastle’s acclaimed Live Theatre, it received huge critical acclaim and won the Evening Standard award for Best New Play. It tells the story of a group of miners who decide to start painting and is a humorous, moving and timely look at art, class and politics. “I’m Still Standing,” roars Brian Bissell, and he certainly still is with yet another of his truly original and inimitable evenings of memories and stories. Brian is a true Tunbridge Wells stalwart; he probably won’t remember but I know him through my uncle, Tony Armstrong (I was the quiet one in the corner!). Read more about him and his performance on Saturday 17th September, on the cover. Pitmen Painters

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TRINITY THEATRE Lee Hurst brings his stand-up to the town for an evening of excellently dry humour on 22nd September. A former panellist on They Think It’s All Over (where did that show go?), Lee has built up a

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huge reputation as an innovative and impressive stand-up comedian. The performance is really two shows in one. The first half will see Lee in his element doing his new stand-up show and then in the second half he presents his unique game show MAN v WOMAN. Terence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life, comes to The Trinity on 20th September. Starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, this is a slow burner generally about what it says – life. This movie was huge at The Cannes

TRIC IVAL Over the last year the Electric ELEC RN FEST Lantern Festival has split its time E LANT between commissioning new work, The Electric Lantern Festival, or ‘ELF’ as it has come to be known, is a nine-day arts festival for the south east. Taking place in Tunbridge Wells at the start of September, the festival will be an annual event to showcase the work of artists and performers in Kent and Sussex in general and Tunbridge Wells in particular. The festival opens on Saturday 3rd September and runs until the 11th, covering film, art, photography, sculpture, music, drama, comedy, literature and even puppetry. Events will be taking place at venues including the Civic Centre, Trinity Theatre, The Pantiles, Camden Road, and the Salomons Centre.

as well as providing venues for original works and productions so they can reach new audiences. This very courageous movement held a competition earlier in the year looking for film scripts to be made into short local films. Now the filming is over, it is time for the premieres and screenings will be held at various points across the town.

WHAT’S ON THE PROGRAMME In line with its aims of getting people involved, ELF kicks off with the ‘Splat Mob’ – a community art project being hosted by the Tunbridge Wells Library and Museum. From midday on 3rd September, anyone can show up and let their inner artist loose by contributing to a giant canvas. Throughout the following week, which will have exhibitions of art, sculpture and

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Film Festival earlier in the year and is being seen as an early Oscar contender: judge this interesting director’s work for yourself. Dick Barton: Special Agent promises an evening in a similar vein to the hugely popular The 39 Steps in the West End. KATAPULT PRODUCTIONS (Equity Members working for Kent) present a Spoof Radio production of EPISODE I in Phil Willmott’s critically acclaimed and hugely successful series of musical comedies. 16th September at 8pm.

photography at venues around the town, there will be more live performances and events. Highlights from the week include two comedy gigs to tickle your funny bone in the form of a live sketch show and a comedy night headlined by Bob Slayer, whose anarchic act went down a storm at the Edinburgh Fringe. For the more literary there is the Nose in a Book Night being put on by CREATE, and a tour of Salomons’ famous Welte Organ. Three days of film follows over the second weekend including screenings of Venus and the Sun from a Tunbridge Wells writer and producer, and featuring Keeley Hazell in her first leading role, Medb Film’s The Calling starring Emily Beecham and Brenda Blethyn, and Africa United by Debs Gardner-Pattison described as the ‘feel-good film of the year’. Also on that weekend is Baba Yaga, a family-friendly puppet show about a terrifying witch who eats children, an X Factor-style short story competition being judged by

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professional authors including Sarah Salway, and stage play Beyond Redemption by local playwright Hilary Mackelden. Sunday night will also see the premiere of a collection of short films shot over the summer especially for the festival and brought together into the Tunbridge Wells Movie. Finally, there will be an art market on the Pantiles for the whole of the second weekend where you can pick up an original work of art to enjoy at home.

The festival has been careful to programme a series of events that will provide something for all tastes and persuasions. It promises to be a huge event and I hope that it gets fantastic support. I am honoured to be having a script of my own involved in the festival and look forward to seeing the final production.

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n 16th September, Tunbridge Wells will be the venue for a very special event indeed. Cantabile, the world-renowned singing group will be performing at King Charles the Martyr, as part of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival, which runs throughout the autumn. We caught up with Mike Steffan of Cantabile, while they were on a tour of Canada.

STAYGO: For those who haven’t seen you perform, can you tell us a little bit about what you do? MIKE: We’re essentially just four guys singing mainly a cappella – that is, unaccompanied – although our concert in Tunbridge Wells will be special in that we will have a pianist playing with us for a number of songs, including a number from our latest CD, Songs of Cricket. We’re delighted that we’ll have with us the artist who joined us on the album, Chris Hatt,

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Musical Director of Billy Elliot – the Musical, in the West End. We sing a very wide range of music, from Renaissance through to Jazz, with one unifying element (we hope!): FUN.

STAYGO: How does the comedy come into your performance? MIKE: Well, we do sing some categorically funny, jokey absurd musical items (where we pretend to be musical instruments, for instance, or parody a well-known song), and there are some wacky moments scripted between songs — but time and again what people seem to be amused by is the particular chemistry and interaction of our four very different personalities. STAYGO: You travel all over the world. Have you got a favourite country to travel in? MIKE: That’s a great question. Perhaps an indication of what keeps this so fresh for us is that we tend to enjoy wherever we are at any particular moment. At the moment, for instance, we’re in Canada, which has been enormously welcoming to us for almost ten years. For this part of the tour we’re staying in an amazing lakeside hunting lodge and the weather is perfect, so this feels pretty unbeatable — but then next week we’ll be singing outside the town hall of a village near Tarragona on the Costa Brava, a place we’ve been to

twice before and which I know we’ll be enchanted by once again.

STAYGO: Does any one particular performance or event stand out for you in your career so far? MIKE: Wow! You’re putting me on the spot. There are many, but pretty high on the list I would have to include our brief appearance in the rôle of the Embassy Officials in a concert performance of the Tim Rice/ABBA musical Chess, produced by Hugh Wooldridge. This took place on two nights at a packed Royal Albert Hall; our part included acting alongside the star principals, Josh Groban and Idina Menzel. The performance was released by Warner Brothers on CD and DVD, so it also happens to be a performance we can enjoy revisiting! STAYGO: As you say, you’re currently on a tour of Canada. How’s it going over there? MIKE: Very well, thank you; a tour takes us to a mixture of places old and new, including idyllic Prince Edward Island, where we’ve been before — and here, Val d’Or, where we last sang when the temperature was minus 40 degrees Celcius! The majority of concerts here are in Quebec, so we present our concerts in French. STAYGO: You last came to King Charles the Martyr in Tunbridge Wells in 2006. Are you looking forward to coming back? MIKE: Very much so. For all our touring overseas, there’s nothing like a home crowd to understand fully where we’re coming from. The cricket album is perhaps a great example: whether one is a fan of cricket or not, there’s a lot in the songs that is peculiarly English. I was surprised to realise what a vast amount of music has been inspired by this sport; our CD includes folk-songs,

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an early 19th century piece by Gustav Holst’s great-grandfather, right up to comedy numbers by Richard Stilgoe and TV theme-tunes.

STAYGO: What’s it like performing in a small space such as King Charles the Martyr, compared to the bigger venues? MIKE: That’s easy (thanks!): we love it. We thrive on being in close proximity to the audience, unmiked. And of course King Charles the Martyr has an especially lovely acoustic, which makes singing all the more pleasurable (for us, at least...)! STAYGO: You’ll be performing your show ‘The Best of British’. What kinds of music does that include? MIKE: Quite a mix, including some ‘pure’ choral singing through to the Beatles and classic British comedy songs. Amongst the cricket items we have something of a gem in the shape of the opening number from a little-known Tim Rice / Andrew Lloyd Webber collaboration entitled – surprisingly enough – Cricket. I think it is precisely by having variety in our choice of music that highlights the finest qualities in each genre; we find that juxtaposing some jazz, for instance, with a piece of early music brings out what’s special in each style. STAYGO: And when you’re not singing, what are your favourite types of music to listen to? MIKE: We do play music CDs when together on tour, but on a long car-journey, as for instance we had yesterday – 8 hours – we’ve taken to listening to audiobooks! Yesterday TUNBRIDGE WELLS edition

was an old transfer of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre performing The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan – who, coincidentally, became Governer-General of Canada!

STAYGO: Can you tell us a bit more about Songs of Cricket? MIKE: Cantabile member Mark happened upon a volume of and about the music of cricket called Rhyme and Season by former BBC radio producer, David Rayvern Allen. We had worked with David, so we called him. This led to his devising a series of shows that were put on in the hallowed Long Room at Lord’s, in the course of which we found we had ample material to make the CD. We were thrilled that Richard Stilgoe agreed to guest on the CD, as well as Eliza Lumley, Tim Rice and even Rory Bremner, who incarnated a number of further guest voices!

STAYGO: What are your plans for 2012?

MIKE: We have various new recordings planned, including a CD based around a concert we gave earlier this year at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris of mainly 19th century music. For that we will team up again with our old friend, the renowned classical accompanist Malcolm Martineau. We’re also planning to record repertoire by Mischa Spoliansky, an extraordinary composer whose output encompasses Berlin cabaret from the inter-war years through to scores he wrote in London for MGM films. We’re very pleased, too, to be able to promise that within a number of weeks we hope to make available a much greater number of songs downloadable from the Internet via iTunes, etc. As to other projects in 2012: one of the highlights to which we’re looking forward is our first tour of Estonia, after which we sing for the first time in St. Petersburg. STAYGO: Thank you, Mike and Cantabile!

For details on how to book tickets to see this amazing quartet, visit the King Charles the Martyr website For more information on the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival go to www. September 2011 / going out



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here are some great charity events on this month, so why not get out and support one of these worthy causes... and have a little fun at the same time!

SOUL FEATHERS... Back in our February issue, we reported on the publication of a new poetry anthology, Soul Feathers, brought together by local resident Annie Morgan and sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Well, here's another chance to get involved. Local actor Louise Jameson will be reading from the book at a charity night on 24th September at Woods in The Pantiles. Tickets are £20 including

a fork buffet and glass of fizz or soft drink, with a pay bar and raffle. Contact: Annie Morgan on 01892 517667 or

… AND COFFEE FOR MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT Also in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, many venues in Tunbridge Wells are taking part in a national event 'The World's Biggest Coffee


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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories and town halls to parish churches. Tunbridge Wells and

the Town Hall in Tunbridge Wells Pembury Old Church the Opera House the old World War II air raid shelter at St Matthew's School in Southborough Trinity Theatre Woodbury Park Cemetery and many more...


Plus there are various historical walks at points around the town, including Historic Shops of Tunbridge Wells and Historic Spa Town Walk. This year, Heritage Open Days takes place on Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September. For opening times and



Morning' on Friday 30th September. Anyone can hold a coffee morning and a percentage of the sales go to the charity. Java Bean in the High Street and Soup-urb in Monson Road are taking part, but anyone can join in either at home or at their local playgroup, community centre, or other venue. For more information, visit or ring 0845 602 1246

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CINEMA AT SCOTNEY Gather with friends and family for an alfreso picnic and big screen cinema experience set against the beautiful backdrop of Scotney Castle. Films include Mamma Mia (Friday 16th) Disney's Tangled (Saturday 17th) and Gosford Park (Sunday 18th). Tickets are £12 per adult, £10 per child (12 and under) or £40 per family (2 adults and 2 children). Booking is essential, so call the National Trust booking line on 0844 249 1895.


An art exhibition and auction, entitled Lyrical Journeys and organised in aid of Hospice in the Weald, is taking place on Friday 7th October, at the Brew House Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. It is being hosted by pop icon sculptor Guy Portelli, and local celebrities are lining up to create their own ‘secret scribble’ for the fundraising event. Based on an idea first created by the Royal College of Art, Hospice in the Weald has invited a string of personalities from the media, film, television, music and the arts to create their own original piece of

THE BEACON FRINGE The Beacon is the perfect setting for a relaxing drink, followed by an hour's show, followed by another drink! Louise Jameson's TLC Productions brings theatre and comedy to the Beacon on the last Friday of every month for the bargain price of £10 (£8 concessions). On Friday 30th September, The Jolly Folly of Polly the Scottish Trolley Dolly sees Polly once again flying the flag for flight attendants the world over. This 15-minute marvel is followed by Madam Butterfly's Child, which is Madam Butterfly told from the point of view of the Second Japanese Villager from the left! This sweet show is the story of the underdog, a man seeking a purpose in his mundane life while the great tragedy of

art based on their favourite song. An impressive line-up of stars are working on their canvases, including Neil Buchanan of Art Attack Fame, Roger Daltry of The Who and Ian Hislop of Private Eye. The Hospice is still welcoming any last minute offers to create a canvas and any interested artists or celebrities can contact organiser Philippa James on 01892 820527 or philippa.james@

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WALKING AT KNOLE Keen walkers can take advantage of organised walks from Knole in Sevenoaks. On the 2nd September, there is a 9-mile round walk to Ightham Mote, stopping for a leisurely lunch. And then on the first Wednesday of each month, there is a long, mid-morning walk around the park at Knole, finishing for lunch at the Brewhouse Tearoom. All tickets for the walks are £1. Knole is also open free of charge on Saturday 10th September as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme. Call 01732 462100 for more information.

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elcome to Staying In & Going Out magazine. In this issue, we get down to business with our usual mix of diary dates, features and great competitions. Plus there's a chance to win two tickets to Brian Bissell's I'm Still Standing show at the Assembly Hall Theatre on September 17th. Turn to page 5 of Going Out...

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Cocktails just never go out of style, so if you want to add a touch of sparkle to a party or get-together, we asked Tunbridge Wells Bar & Grill to recommend an easy, cool cocktail recipe to get your party properly started!

mango & chilli mojito YOU WILL NEED  750ml golden rum  25ml mango purée  12.5ml sugar syrup  half a teaspoon of dried chilli flakes  25ml of fresh lime juice  8-10 mint leaves  topped with a splash of soda

NOW DO THIS... 1. Add all the ingredients into a tall

glass and half fill with crushed ice. Then mix thoroughly, taking care not to break up the mint leaves. 2. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add a splash of soda and gently mix again, ensuring that all the ingredients are spread evenly throughout the drink. 3. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

 Decide what you like: is there a colour

signature cocktails If you feel creative, you could make your own signature cocktail. Theme your drink according to the occasion, especially if you're planning a wedding or an important birthday bash. Here are a few ideas:  Think up a memorable name for your cocktail that celebrates your event: perhaps the place where you met, if you're having a wedding. TUNBRIDGE WELLS edition

or flavour that reflects your event? Are you going to go pink or blue, sweet or sour, sparkling or still?  Stay simple: too many different flavours can ruin a cocktail. Therefore stick to the basics; most cocktails contain a liquor base (such as gin or vodka), a liqueur (such as curaçao or Tia Maria) and a mixer (such as juice or soda).

YOUR LOCAL BAR If you need more inspiration, you can always go and check out the menu at your local cocktail bar! Tunbridge Wells Bar & Grill offer a mouth-watering selection from champagne cocktails to the non-alcoholic. A couple of the most popular requests at the bar include the classic Bramble (Hayman’s gin, fresh lemon & crème de mure) and Mashtini (Finlandia vodka, fraise & strawberries with champagne). Yummy.

2011 marks the 90th birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh, surely our most famous local literary hero. In 1921, he was bought as a 1st birthday present for his son by A. A. Milne, who lived in Hartfield. The adventures of the boy and his bear are world famous, while the real Pooh now resides in New York Public Library. Read all about him in a new book, The Life and Times of the Real Winnie-the-Pooh, by former Hartfield resident Shirley Harrison. £18.99.

PUCK OF POOK'S HILL This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Rudyard Kipling, who lived at Bateman’s near Burwash. While Kipling was a prolific author and journalist, he is best known for his stories for children – especially The Book Less Jungle Book. well-known but with a local setting are his books of short stories, Puck of Pook’s Hill and Rewards and Fairies told to Fairies, two fictitious children living in the Weald. If you want to know more, check out The Kipling Society at

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A warm and friendly atmosphere awaits you at the HAIR WORKSHOP. Our experienced staff are always on hand to give you that personal touch.

26 London Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells 01892 530195


with Victoria Conway

WHAT IS INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE? Indian Head Massage has its origins in the ancient holistic system of medicine known as Ayurveda. The techniques have evolved from a rich tradition of family grooming practised in India for over 1000 years. Indian head massage can be seen today performed at street corners, markets, barbers, the beach and homes. The word ‘shampoo’ comes from the Hindi word champna, which means to knead and massage the scalp and hair. Indian head massage is a very effective treatment in reducing stress, tension, aiding relaxation and restoring balance to the body’s natural systems. By detoxifying and eliminating waste products from the body, this in turn provides relief from a wide range of common complaints. Massage techniques repeatedly used in varying combinations reduce

muscle tension and encourage the removal of toxins whilst working on pressure points; in effect helping relieve nervous tension that activates stress points. By helping to rebalance the body, Indian head massage provides effective rejuvenation to both the mind and body, eliciting a feeling of well-being. The treatment is seen as a great natural non-invasive treatment and has numerous physical and psychological benefits:

 reducing tension and increasing   

flexibility in tense or overworked muscles and helping to prevent stress induced muscle spasms increasing circulation of blood and lymphatic systems, improving delivery of nutrients and speeding up waste removal decreasing heart rate and lowering blood pressure clearing the mind and revitalising mental capacity, improving alertness, concentration and productivity stimulating the release of

endorphins, which reduce pain and elevate the mood, lifting feelings of depression and releasing anxiety providing relief from disorders such as: earache, tinnitus, eye strain, tension headaches, insomnia, stress and associated disorders, sinusitis, hair loss, dandruff

WHAT TO EXPECT… An Indian head massage is typically a seated massage, which includes the shoulders, neck, head and usually face. A treatment lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour, including a consultation with the therapist to check overall general health, fitness levels and lifestyle regimes. Traditionally oils such as coconut oil, almond oil or aromatherapy oils are used which nourish the scalp and hair, promote hair growth and to add to the healing benefits of the massage. To find a qualified therapist near you contact organisations such as the Complementary Medical Association at or the Federation of Holistic Therapists www. for information and location details. Always check that the therapist has relevant insurance and certificates before receiving the treatment.

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I have been practising as a complementary therapist for several years now. My interests first began with reiki and Indian head massage, and I then went on to study reflexology at the Central London College of Reflexology at Covent Garden. If you have any therapies that you'd like to see featured in the magazine, please contact me at




any dealers prefer to use the term 'preowned' nowadays, rather than 'used car', but the facts are just the same – you're buying a car that has already been driven around. So how do you know if it's worth the price you want to pay? Only you know how much you want to spend and what kind of car you need, but here are a few tips that might help you to avoid pitfalls along the way... NUMBER



Pre-owned cars are valued depending on make, model, year and condition. As well as judging selling prices from dealers and the local ads, the best place to go for a price is





You may chat to friends about the kind of car you want, or you may know someone 'in the business'. But to get a wider opinion, it's worth checking some reviews about what's hot and what's not. For instance, there are certain faults with some makes and models, depending on the year of manufacture, so it's good to factor that in when you're considering your options. For reliable reviews, go to Parkers Guide again or check Autocar online.


You might want to get the car checked out before you commit. Both the AA and the RAC do pre-sale checks for a reasonable fee. You can use the results to negotiate on price.,



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Parkers Guide. There is a handy 'What's it Worth?' link on the home page to give you an instant guide price. www.


And when you've finally got the car, if there are any niggles that come up, it's best to get them sorted. Pop into your local service centre and make sure that you're driving a car that's as safe and reliable as it can be.

IS IT LEGAL? Once you've found your car and agreed to buy it, how do you know that the seller is legally entitled to sell it? If you're worried or just want peace of mind, you can make sure that any outstanding finance or claim on the car by an insurance company has been cleared by checking the HPI website. This company has been checking the histories of cars since 1938 and for a smallish fee of £20.50, you can run an instant check by entering the car's registration number.




■ Local independent motoring centre ■ Saab and Honda specialists ■ All makes and models catered for ■ MOTs, repairs and servicing

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■ Friendly service at affordable prices KENT TN2 4NG

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Make sure that each different colour pencil appears once in every row, column and 6x6 grid. Get an adult to help you cut out your answer and send it to the address below with your name, address and age. The first correct entry pulled out of the bag after the closing date wins a £10 Toys R Us voucher! NAME:

StayGo Kids Stuff, 2nd Floor, Lee House, 109 Hammersmith Road, London, W14 0QH.

Unscramble the letters to find things you learn at school!





Closing date 30th September 2011. The first correct entry out of the bag wins! You must be 12 or under to enter. See website for full terms and conditions

word mix ups…










IT’S A JOKE... Q: How did the football pitch end up as a triangle? A: Somebody took a corner! Q: What's a runner's favourite school subject? A: Jog-raphy! Q: Why was the basket ball court slippy? A: The players dribbled all over it!

TACKLE THIS! tackle this! Which line leads the boy to his football?

1. 2. 3.

Check the website for competition winners and answers!

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Closing date: 30th September 2011. See website for answers.











1. An oriental garment, a tunic with long sleeves worn in the eastern Mediterranean (6) 4. A beautiful and innocent child – an angel (6) 8. French and German affirmatives – a board used in seances (5) 9. Ancient city with hanging gardens (7) 10. Mythical animal which accompanies the lion on royal coat of arms (7) 11. What pays for the Government (5) 12. Surrendered, or presented (9) 17. In the nature of a three dimensional square (5) 19. Makes indebted, confers a favour on someone (7) 21. Distance within which one can be heard (7) 22. Self esteem, or a group of lions (5) 23. Bacon, Hamlet, pastry, for instance (6) 24. Hymn of praise – may be national (6)DOWN

1. Flower – a (usually) purple bulb appearing in 10 11 Spring (6) 2. Small magical beings who some believe live at the bottom of the garden (7) 12 13 14 3. Scene of battle in Texas (5) 16 5. The natural environment 15 in which an animal lives. A furniture shop. (7) 17 18 19 20 6. Take it easy (5) 7. Send into exile (6) 9. A huge Indian rat, or a type of Australian 21 22 marsupial (9) 13. Roman god of wine (7) 14. Most common British shark (7) 23 24 15. A long letter or list or piece of writing (6) 16. Regard, respect, good opinion (6) NAME: ................................................................................................................................. 18. Romantic poet (5) TELEPHONE: ................................................................................................................... 20.A flower – demanded ................................................................................................................................................ by Monty Python's highwayman (5) ADDRESS: ..........................................................................................................................

Check the website for competition winners and answers! HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY POOH "Oh bear!" said Christopher Robin. "How I do love you!" "So do I," said Pooh.

So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.










£10 M&S VOUCHER Complete our crossword, cut it out and send it in to: StayGo Competition, 2nd Floor, Lee House, 109 Hammersmith Road, London W14 0QH First correct entry out of the bag wins! See website for details.

quoteunquote “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling “When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” François de la Rochefoucauld

SEPTEMBER FACTS... Autumn officially starts on September 1st! In Latin, septem means "seven"; September was in fact the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC, hence the name... Send in your facts & jokes to

Join in the exploits of our curmudgeonly residents to find out what they’re up to this month!


Wells, old boy I'm fed up to the back teeth...

... with gangs of school kids roaming the streets, Tunbridge?

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Disgusting! What a scruffy lot, not like in our day...

Wouldn't be seen dead looking like that!



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:

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:

EATING OUT 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:

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BAR & GRILL Stylish restuarant and cocktail bar address: 84 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 IYB telephone: 01892 522963 website: www.therestaurantbarandgrill.

EVENTS H-VAN SHOWMOBILE Classic Citroën H-Van for hire, for all your events and special occasions telephone: 01892 752210 or 07860 597107 website:

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:


Friendly hairdressing salon and beauty room address: 26 London Road, Southborough, Kent TN4 0QB telephone: 01892 530195


Footwear for mums and kids with a range of on-trend styles for all occasions address: 48 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9NY telephone: 01892 511651

HEALTH & FITNESS BROADWATER CLINIC Laser Lipo clinic plus a whole range of beauty treatments address: 6 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1DT telephone: 01892 510100 website:


Complementary therapist and reflexologist telephone: 07940 533103 email:

HOME & HOBBIES 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:

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.

PEMBURY AUTO CENTRE Repairs and servicing for all makes and models, with professional and friendly service address: Woodgate Corner, Pembury, Kent, TN2 4NG telephone: 01892 824646 website: www.

© 2011 The Exclusive Edge Ltd. All rights reserved. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions relating to advertising or editorial. The publisher reserves the right to change prizes offered. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, phtocopying or otherwise without the prior permission of the publisher. See website for Competition Entry Terms and Conditions. CREDITS: GOING OUT: p3



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