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Kicking off a whole NEW gameplan bY sArAH bond Apart from almost making the grade as a footballer with Queen’s Park Rangers, being made redundant 20 years ago was the best thing that ever happened to sales rep Dave Luckhurst. CoACH And Courses “I decided to do something I enjoy,” says Dave, who lives in Wadhurst. “In my youth I had a real chance to play for QPR, but a knee injury put paid to that. So I played in the Kent League and other local leagues, and then I turned to coaching. “I gained qualifications in football, rugby, cricket, basketball, athletics, handball and trigolf. I can cover the whole PE curriculum." After 15 years teaching sport in schools, the next best thing Dave ever did was to start his own out-of-school sporting initiative – Kiddy Kix – which has really taken off.

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eAster legs This Easter, Kiddy Kix is running a special football course for 4-8 year olds at Uplands Sports Centre in Wadhurst from 10-13 April (10am-2pm). It’s just one of several Spring courses listed on their website (below). Kiddy Kix’s pre-school courses are among their most successful. “The youngest pupil I ever had was 20 months,” laughs Dave (which leads us to wonder if David Beckham was also doing both kinds of dribbling from the moment he could walk). “There’s a lot of interest in preschool coaching, for both boys and girls,” says Dave. “With boys in particular, parents seem keen on them having good interaction with other boys at an early age. Kiddy Kix gives them the chance to develop social as well as sporting skills. "Some have never kicked a football before and now we are starting to have minitournaments. on tHe bAll “If I am having fun, then the kids are having fun. And they are all equally important, whatever their ability," he says. We all know football, rugby and cricket are popular, but handball is the UK's fastest growing sport. Luckily, Mr Luckhurst picked up the ball on this one back in 2003.

fun e h t n i n Joi He ran his own club, and once put a player forward for the England Handball trials. Now everyone can have a go at handball at The Skinners’ School gym in Tunbridge Wells on Wednesdays from 5.306.30pm. Again as luck would have it, a new 15-week course starts on 18 April. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner – you can quickly build up your skills. “Handball is easy,” promises Dave. "You move the ball like a basketball. It’s water polo without the water,” he laughs. Watch a video at www. kiddykix.co.uk Because so many parents envy their kids' classes, Dave has now dreamed up Big Kix – a weekend workout for adults for just £2.50 an hour. Join in the 'green fitness' in the playing fields at Uplands, Wadhurst, on Sundays, from 9.3010.30am. It's a lot more fun than the gym!

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Collection boxes existed from the start with income rising from £1 18s 10d in 1928 to £169 in 1978. 'Works appeals' were regular contributors in the early years, too. Fundraising events were spasmodic and generally modest, but the period from 1928 to 1978 included golf competitions, jumble sales, home coffee mornings, 'American teas', bridge drives etc. Notable events were Weybridge Male Voice Choir in both 1969 and 1970 and Golf Dinner Dances in 1976 and 1977. Sales of souvenirs show modest contributions from 1955 but then dwindled to zero after 1967. on tHe uP Total annual income from 1928 to 1978 first exceeded £100 in 1938. Mind you, £100 in 1938 is the equivalent of £4,250 today! From then things really started to get going and income in 1981 was all but £7k rising to £15k in 1988. By then both souvenir sales and Shoreline were making healthy contributions. As a thank you for all this hard work, Honorary Secretary/ Souvenir Secretary Jan and PR/ Collections Organiser Joan have been awarded the RNLI's Bronze Award 'in recognition of their

A Lifeboat fundraising day in the 1930s

devotion to the Tunbridge Wells Branch', so it's a great honour not only for us, but for the branch as well. The presentation will be at the Lifeboat College at Poole in June this year.

did You know? The RNLI receives no government help and for that reason, as a branch, we are dedicated to raising as much money as we can. The main sources of income are voluntary contributions and legacies, and we are extremely grateful to the people of Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area for their generosity when we have our various collections and events in and around the area. We will be hard pushed to beat the 2011 total in future years, but there is no doubt in any of our minds that we will definitely give it our very best shot!

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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

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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

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everend Peter OwenJones is an Anglican vicar in the parishes of Glynde, West Firle and Beddingham, near Lewes, and is also an author and BBC presenter. He recently spoke at the Winter Wellbeing Festival in Tunbridge Wells and we caught up with him to find out more. STAYGO: Your parishes occupy a beautiful spot nestled in the South Downs. What do you find inspiring about the area?

but also Ashdown Forest and the Weald.

STAYGO: You've worked in advertising and done all sorts of other jobs. Did you always have a calling to become a vicar? PETER: I always had a calling since I was a little boy but it took a while for me to resolve that and find my way. I wasn’t the usual priest material! STAYGO: How did you happen to enter into TV presenting?

PETER: I find it inspiring in all ways. I think it’s one of the most vivid landscapes in Europe. We’re so lucky here: we have a lot that we take for granted, not only the South Downs,

PETER: The BBC was looking for a presenter and I’d written a couple of books. The director saw what I’d written and came to see me, and so it all started from there. I found it quite surreal to find myself on TV at first. You have to make

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it look effortless and be relaxed in front of the camera, and luckily that’s something I can do. STAYGO: In the 2009 series, Around the World in 80 Faiths, you encountered everything from urban witches in the USA to Aboriginal dreaming in Australia. Was it possible to draw common threads? PETER: Yes, there are definitely common threads. All cultures have a yearning for the divine and the need to answer common questions about the miracle of life and this extraordinary planet of ours that is floating around the Sun. How we choose to answer those huge questions depends on different cultural perspectives and different religious experiences. STAYGO: In the 2010 series How to Live a Simple Life, you tried to live without money for a few months in your village, Firle. How how hard was that? PETER: It was very hard. Our society is predicated on the exchange of goods and services for money and we are not fluent in any other system. When living without money, you begin to understand that it’s not necessarily a freedom to be able to buy anything you want. We are living an unsustainable life and that a growing economy year on year is not achievable. STAYGO: Did the experience help you to focus less on money and consumerism in the longterm?

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PETER: Yes, I weaned myself off money! I now try to live on as little as possible. Our understanding of a successful life is based on how much money someone has made. But this can be at the expense of the environment and other people. We need to find a different model of a successful life, based on an individual’s capacity for love rather than to make money. STAYGO: Easter will soon be here – an important event in the Christian calendar. Do you think that people have lost sight of this, in the rush of consumerism? PETER: I absolutely love the festivals of Christmas and Easter but we have to be real about our economic system. These festivals have become commercial opportunities and we need to generate new ideas about what’s sacred for our future. STAYGO: To strike another chord, though, many people find Easter an inspiring time, as it marks Christ's rebirth and also the coming of spring. How do you personally celebrate Easter? PETER: We all go up to Firle Beacon and have a sunrise service; it’s wonderful up there although it’s often misty! Then we return

to the church and have a huge celebration there and explore what Easter is all about. Celebrating both indoors and outdoors helps us to recognise both the incredible story of the Resurrection and also the rebirth of the natural world. STAYGO: And what's your favourite time of year? PETER: I love autumn. Living without money brought me closer to the seasons, as I worked on the land in return for meals. We live at such an extraordinary pace and so much is demanded of us nowadays, but autumn provides three months in which we can rest, read and sleep. We can journey inwards to ourselves. It’s a gift, so we should go with it and not complain about the cold and wet! STAYGO: And if there were one aspect of human life and spirituality that you'd like to explore in another book or TV programme, what would it be? PETER: Our relationship with the environment and the religious and spiritual ideas that surround that relationship. We are entering a time in which the greatest movement of spirit is to do with the environment – and that’s very exciting.

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THE PAUL DUNTON

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PAUL SAYS... April is jam-packed with fantastic live music... roll on spring! PAUL'S GIG OF THE MONTH: THE LOCAL & LIVE SESSIONS April 28th at Trinity Theatre The Standard Lamps, The Violet Jive & The Paul Dunton Orchestra The next Local & Live concert takes place on Saturday 28th April and features popular local groups The Standard Lamps and The Violet Jive. Support comes Paul Dunton's 20-piece orchestra. Paul says, “Both bands are superb live acts and are writing songs



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of real quality. Their collective musicianship is truly mind-blowing and they are both thoroughly entertaining to watch. Steve Spall (The Violet Jive) and Mike Wilton (The Standard Lamps) are regarded by many as two of the best electric guitarists and front men to have ever played the local scene.” HEADLINE ACT: 10PM THE STANDARD LAMPS Formed in 2009 by Mike Wilton, The Standard Lamps believe that it's about time that we took things back to basics. During the last two years, Mike has been experimenting with various musicians to produce The Standard Lamps, which currently consists of James Livett on bass and Robin O’Keeffe (Origami Dinosaur) on drums. Playing countless gigs in the south east, The Standard Lamps have been pleasing audiences since early 2010. Their music can be described as a mixture of melodic tunes with a raw blues edge, and with their first EP Portland finished in August 2010, they are now recording their debut album set for release at The Local & Live Sessions on 28th April!

www.myspace.com/ thestandardlampsband MAIN SUPPORT: 9PM THE VIOLET JIVE The band was formed by musical 'mixologist' Steve 'Spallington' Spall (guitar/vocals), as a platform for his outside the box yet melody friendly, intoxicating creations. The dynamic trio features Dr. B'Ching (Paul Beeching) on the 'cupboard of love' aka double bass, and rhythmic rebel Matt Wilson on drums, completing the voluptuous love triangle of sound alongside Spallington's mesmerising vocal shades and highly revered 'filthy spy-esque' swing/alternative guitar prowess! Influences include 50s swing, alternative rock, trip-hop, Latin, exotica, blues, hip-hop, rockabilly, salsa, countless movie scores, Tiki culture, film noir... strange but deliciously intoxicating! www.thevioletjive.co.uk Tickets £10, available from The Trinity Theatre | Box Office 01892 678 678 | www.trinitytheatre.net | Concert enquiries email paul@pauldunton.co.uk

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Peppa Pig 'live' on stage!

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eppa Pig is one of the most popular children’s characters of the current moment and it has successfully made the leap from our TV screens to the theatre. The live show is coming soon to the Assembly Hall Theatre and we asked consultant, Nigel Plaskitt, all about the show and his own amazing career in TV and theatre.

STAYGO: You’re currently working as consultant and assistant director for the live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt. Was Peppa an easy character to bring to life? NIGEL: Yes, very easy, due to both Richard Lewis’s script and the fantastic writing in the original TV show. The style of the live show reflects the TV show faithfully and I think that’s one of its successes. Creating the puppets, though, was a little more difficult. STAYGO: The animations are quirky and flat in style. How has that been translated into the actual puppets?

scale. Body suits are quite large and very young children sometimes find them a little too big and scary. STAYGO: Peppa Pig is hugely popular right now. What do you think is particularly appealing about the characters? NIGEL: I think it’s several things, including the kids’ voices plus the fact that they are pigs and they sometimes make rude noises, such as ‘Oink!’ They have their moments, but they are never really naughty and there’s always a resolution at the end of each episode. The TV show is very well thought-out and it’s also slightly off the wall. For that reason the characters also appeal to grownups, so parents enjoy watching along with their kids. STAYGO: You’ve worked as an actor and puppet performer in many famous TV and stage shows. How did you get to become a ‘puppeteer’? NIGEL: I was an actor first and I was asked to perform the character voice for Hartley Hare in the

children’s show Pipkins, back in the 70s. I was then asked to actually work the puppet too, so I said ‘yes’ as actors always do! We did that show for nine years and it was very successful. We filmed it at Elstree Studios, and then The Muppets moved into the studio next door. I made friends there too, and it all went from there... STAYGO: You’ve had a fascinating career, from creating Hartley Hare to performing in Spitting Image and also The Muppets films. Is there a particular career highlight that stands out for you? NIGEL: I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in iconic TV and theatre and it’s hard to draw one out above the others, as each job is special at the time that you are doing it. In Spitting Image, John Major was one of my favourites and I’m also enjoying the monkey in the PG Tips advert that I'm doing right now. STAYGO: You’ve also recently been involved with the UK tour of Avenue Q, the highly-successful musical. What is your role when a show is on tour?

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NIGEL: The creator Paul Jomain did a terrific job. He managed to take the flat cartoon characters and recreate them in 3D in a way that children will instantly recognise and identify with. The original animators loved it when they saw the puppets, so we knew we had a great starting point. We decided to use puppets instead of actors in body suits mainly because of the

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NIGEL: I worked as the puppet coach for Avenue Q, so I don’t actually go on tour but I spend all the rehearsal period with the cast and I go and see the shows from time to time to see how things are working out. I really enjoy theatre, as it makes such a change from TV. You get an instant rapport with your audience and that’s very rewarding. When I started out in TV in the 70s, it was like working in a vacuum with no audience interaction at all, but I have recently started to receive emails from Pipkins fans, so that’s been rather nice – thanks to social media! But Avenue Q is a great show – it’s coming to the Theatre Royal in Brighton in June, so I’d recommend it. It’s very funny! STAYGO: And finally, what’s your all-time favourite children’s TV character (apart from Peppa Pig, of course!)? NIGEL: I’m going to be a little bit narcissitic and say Hartley Hare [in Hartley’s voice] "because that’s the kind of thing he would say"!

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eppa Pig fans will not want to miss this! Not only have we got To win this amazing prize, all family tickets to see you have to do is answer this Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt, at question and email the answer the Assembly Hall Theatre but to competitions@staygo.co.uk one lucky family will win a VIP by the closing date of April 16th. first prize to meet Peppa after the performance on Saturday 21st What’s the name of Peppa April at 10am! One runner-up will Pig’s little brother? also win a family ticket each to see same show. PPthe Treasure Hunt A5 4 Venues_Layout 1 08/08/2011 16:33 Page 1 Peppa Pig’s Treasure In this new theatre production Hunt runs at the Assembly Peppa Pig and her friends set off Hall Theatre on Friday 20th on a treasure hunt. Peppa, her and Saturday 21st of April. For brother George and friend Danny further information on the Dog get up to fun and games on show please go to a day out on Grandad Dog's boat. www.peppapiglive.com There are clues aplenty as Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra A family ticket is for 4 people, help them find their treasure as minimum 1 adult. No cash they all enjoy a day of adventure. alternatives, accommodation or travel are provided in this Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt competition. The tickets are nonfeatures true-to-life puppets, transferable. Peppa Pig’s Treasure perfect sing-along songs and a Hunt is produced by Fiery Angel new story that will charm and and Limelight Productions. Peppa Pig © Astley Baker Davies Ltd / E1 delight all her fans. Entertainment Ltd 2003. Full sail! Ahoy!

STAYGO: Nigel, it’s been wonderful to speak to you. Thank you – and good luck with Peppa Pig.

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e start off with Opera By Definition – a local production company that is celebrating a 10th anniversary gala at Trinity Theatre this month. This wonderful company has staged opera at Trinity before, as well as productions at the Assembly Hall Theatre, the Opera House and Hotel du Vin. This year it presents a gala evening of arias from a selection of popular operas, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute. If you’ve never seen opera before, or have been put off by the inverted snobbery, then this would be a great opportunity to give the artform a try. The performance is on 14th April and tickets are £35 which includes a reception and, of course, a glass of sparkling. Opera by Definition also holds auditions for aspiring opera singers. For more information please visit www. operabydefinition.co.uk

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Left: Carmen by French painter Henri-Lucien Doucet Above: Finchcocks

OPERA FOR BEGINNERS... It would be fair to say that opera does have a reputation of being exclusive rather than inclusive, but don’t let this put you off; operas offer performances of high emotion and wonderful drama. If you fancy a taste of opera then here are some that I would recommend as a starting point:  The Magic Flute by Mozart: a beautiful fairy story  Carmen by Bizet: full of passion and you’ll probably know the music  Madam Butterfly by Puccini: a tale of a doomed love affair in Japan  La Bohème by Puccini: a tragic love story with powerful music  The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart: regarded by some as the greatest comic opera. These are widely regarded as the most popular operas and are regularly performed around the country; you may be able to catch one or more of these during the summer when companies come together to perform outdoor opera. Keep a check on these pages in the next few coming months.

SHAKESPEARE AT FINCHCOCKS William Shakespeare and St George both share a day of celebration on the 23rd April. To mark the 23rd (which is both Shakespeare's birth and death day), Finchcocks in Goudhurst is hosting a Shakespeare in Music afternoon on the 21st. Finchcocks is a music museum boasting a huge collection of pianos and Jean Phillips will be presenting an afternoon that includes a lecture and a tour of the museum at 2pm, with the concert starting at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £20.00, please check website for details at www.finchcocks.co.uk

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theatre in April... NEW AT TWODS Our local operatic and dramatic society, TWODS, will be presenting their new production this month. Starting on Tuesday 24th April and running until the Saturday 28th, 42nd Street is a fast-paced and delightful musical that has Broadway written all over it, telling the story of a theatre producer who attempts to stage a musical during the great depression in 1930s USA. TWODS regularly produces high-standard shows and the company can do this kind of thing in their sleep, so expect laughs, belted-out numbers and many smiles on leaving the theatre. TWODS perform at the Assembly Hall Theatre, tickets available at the box office or via the website. AND FINALLY... A small mention to The Oast, which is performing Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van from 21st April. This play is based on real

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aster is a time of year to re-energise – it’s getting lighter and brighter, and it’s an opportunity for families get together and people to take a bit of time out. So here’s our special Easter round-up of things to do around town...

THE NATIONAL TRUST AT EASTER We’re extremely lucky in this area to have so many wonderful National Trust properties. Many of them are re-opening after the winter break, and the gardens are starting to bloom for spring, so now is a great time to get out and explore. Of course, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without an Easter Egg hunt – and there are plenty to choose from. From 6th to 9th April, there’s a Cadbury’s Easter egg trail at Scotney Castle. It’s £2 to join in and there’s lots of family activities including face painting, egg and spoon races, drawing competitions and space hoppers. From 11am to 4pm.

Sissinghurst Castle is running its new Easter Trail from Monday 2nd to Sunday 15th April and children will be able to follow the clues, answer the questions and complete the challenges across the picturesque estate by the lakes and through the woods, also leading to a Cadbury chocolate egg prize! The trail will run from 11am to 4pm and will cost £2 per trail. Then on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th April, children visiting Sissinghurst Castle will also be treated to the ever-popular face painting where they can transform into their favourite character for free. Visitors can enjoy seeing lambs on the estate too! Smallhythe Place will be running its Easter trail from Monday 2nd to Friday 13th April through the pretty orchards, filled with swathes of gold and cream narcissi and a fantastic display of snake's head fritillary: the perfect small environment for small people!

The trail will run from 11am to 4pm at £1.50 per trail. www.nationaltrust.org.uk EASTER BUNNY AT THE PANTILES Easter marks the start of the summer calendar of events at The Pantiles. From Good Friday through to Easter Monday, there’s a family fun event, where numbered eggs are hidden around The Pantiles. Track them down and fill in your answers on the clue sheet. There’s also a colouring competition and a few extra surprises as well! Clue sheets available form the Shiraz café in The Corn Exchange or from the Easter bunny himself! www.pantilestraders.co.uk DROP IN TO BEDGBURY FOREST At Bedgebury Forest and Pinetum, from Tuesday 3rd through to Thursday 5th of April, families can follow a self-guiding Easter Egg trail. The trail leads back to the classroom, where they can make an Easter card to take home and enjoy a sweet treat. £3 per child. www.forestry.gov.uk/ bedgebury Please note, for all these events, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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his spring, Hartfield in East Sussex is preparing to host its own community theatre production and first ever Children’s Book Festival. Hartfield is an area well-known as the home of A.A. Milne and the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Lesser known are its other literary connections to W.B Yeats, Ezra Pound and Christopher Fry, all of whom have been residents of the village. Using this heritage, a team of professional theatre-makers is moving to the village from 1st April and inviting anyone who’d like to take part to get in touch. Stage managers, set designers,

GET IN TOUCH The programme of events, including the community play and lead-in Children’s Book Festival Storyfest, is being funded by Arts Council England and through the generosity of other local trusts, foundations and individual givers. If you’d like to find out about ways of sponsoring the project, please contact Liz on 07891 661100

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OPEN TO ALL A group of local people has been researching and planning these events for the past two years in partnership with Claque Theatre, a professional production company based in Tunbridge Wells. “What makes this play special is the fact it is open to anyone and has been written specifically for and about Hartfield” says Claque’s Company Manager, Liz Carter. “No matter what your skills, experience, age or where you live, everyone is invited to take part. It’s a really good opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and have lots of fun”. The Hartfield play follows a long tradition of community plays produced by Claque Theatre in local towns and villages including The Vanishing Elephant in Tunbridge

Wells in 2009. Jon Oram has been writing a promenade play for Hartfield that spans three time periods in the twentieth century from 1913 to the Great Storm of 1987. “Hartfield is synonymous with A.A. Milne but it is much more than the world of Winnie-the-Pooh” says playwright Jon Oram. “Hartfield’s true story is inexorably linked to the history of agricultural England from early feudalism through the battles of commoners’ rights to the influx of ‘townies’ to the countryside. In search of fresh stories, I discovered that the poets William Butler Yeats and Ezra Pound rented a cottage in Coleman’s Hatch for three consecutive winters between 1913 and 1917. I also started seeking out local characters to mould the play around and became interested in the events around the building of Holy Trinity in Coleman’s Hatch. I hope the play I’ve written bears resonance for Ashdown Forest people today”.

or go to www.claquetheatre.com/ support Storyfest is on the weekend of 12th-13th May on the Town Croft. For details of attending children’s authors, please go to: www.storyfest.co.uk The community play runs for twelve performances from 25th June – 7th July in St Mary’s Church. For tickets, please call the box office on 07714 249232 or visit: www.hartfieldplay.co.uk

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what's on this month APRIL...

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elcome to our StayGo April 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 editor@staygo.co.ukSU NDAY SUNDAY 1ST Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra with Guy Johnston at the Assembly Hall Theatre | £10, £14, £17 & £19.50 | Children & students £1 | www.assemblyhalltheatre. co.uk 15TH MONDAY 2ND An evening with Curtis Stigers, internationally famed singer-songwriter. £22.50 | www.assemblyhalltheatre. co.uk Colonade Flower School, Easter demonstration, 6.45 - 8.00pm. Join Chelsea awardwinning owner Sharon Wood NDSF and Emma Bouch ICSF for a truly inspiring evening of demonstrations for spring and Easter time | £15 | www. flowersatcolonnade.co.uk







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Jim Davidson: The Legend at

the Assembly Hall Theatre | £20 www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk FRIDAY 6TH Lee Nelson Live at the Assembly Hall Theatre | £22.50 www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk



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FRIDAY 6TH TO MONDAY 9TH Bodiam Castle’s Dragon’s Lair Easter weekend. Hosted by professional entertainers from Alchemy Entertainments, featuring story-telling sessions expertly bringing to life ancient tales about fierce, fire-breathing dragons. Dragon Quest Trail taking place between 11am and 4pm. No booking required |£2 per child plus normal castle admission | www. nationaltrust.org.uk/ bodiamcastle





SATURDAY 14TH AND SUNDAY 15TH Children can treat grandparents to a nostalgic day out for free on the Kent & East Sussex Railway during a special grandparents’ weekend. Every child rover ticket purchased (costing £10) entitles a grandparent to travel for free. Every ticket includes a return train ride from Tenterden station on one of the steam or diesel trains | www.kesr.org.uk

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 The Scott Hamilton Quartet

at the Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club, Masonic Centre, St Johns Road | £14 | www.twjazzclub. co.uk SATURDAY 14TH Knole Singers Concert at St Barnabus Church, 7.30pm, featuring works by Mozart, Tallis, Bruckner and Fauré. All proceeds to Build Africa | £7.50 for adults, £5 for students/ seniors and £2.50 for under 18s | Can be purchased on the door | For advance booking contact Rebecca Hawley 01892 506037, Eleanor Black 01892 506353 or Piers Woods 01892 506280. Farmers' Market, Civic Way, 9am-2pm. | www2. tunbridgewells.gov.uk





SUNDAY 15TH Vintage tea dance in aid of Friends of Chernobyl's Children. 3pm to 6pm in High Hurstwood Village Hall near Crowborough. Afternoon tea, sandwiches and cupcakes, served on vintage crockery. Dance teachers are demonstrating moves from a by-gone era... Adults £10 | Children £7.50 | Tickets from 01444 892149 or 01892 669567 | www. foccmidsussex.co.uk Kent Chorus perform Handel's Messiah in their spring concert at Trinity Theatre | Adults £14 | Under 18s £6 | www. trinitytheatre.net





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SUNDAY 15TH Beacon Wedding Fair at the Beacon Hotel. Everything you need to make the perfect wedding day will be on display, including an opportunity to taste house wines and the resident DJ on hand to discuss music ideas. Wedding information packs available for you to take away | www.the-beacon.co.uk

TUESDAY 17TH Trinity Theatre presents the Royal Opera House Live: Rigoletto. | £15 | www. trinitytheatre.net 15TH



FRIDAY 20TH RNLI Tunbridge Wells Branch get-together and annual meeting at 5 Forest Way, Tunbridge Wells, 7.30pm. RNLI souvenirs for sale and refreshments. Everyone welcome | Contact: Joan 01892 539551 or cjay13@hotmail.co.uk



SATURDAY 21ST Showaddywaddy: Greatest Hits Tour at the Assembly Hall Theatre | £18 | www. assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk 1



MONDAY 23RD Les Sullivan at the Beacon Folk Club, Beacon Hotel. Details to follow via www.the-beacon.co.uk.



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GREAT EXPECTATIONS ... AT SMALLHYTHE PLACE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY SUNDAY 22ND APRIL Hotbuckle explode onto the Barn Theatre stage with this new, innovative adaptation of Great Expectations, one of Dickens’s greatest novels, and now a new play written and directed by Adrian Preater. On Sunday 22nd April, audiences at Smallhythe Place are in for a real treat with all the comedy, mystery, violent melodrama, suspense and poignancy of the original novel. With the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth in 2012, this electrifying, exhilarating and moving production is a mustsee. It tells of Pip’s journey from boyhood to manhood as he seeks to discover who he is and find his place in an inhospitable world. It is a story of love and loss, of guilt and shame, of fear and courage and has some of the most vivid and memorable characters in all of English literature. ELLEN TERRY AND SMALLHYTHE PLACE Smallhythe Place near Tenterden is the quintessential English cottage and was once the home of renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry. It's now owned by the National Trust and includes the theatre situated in the old barn – a fitting venue for theatre-lovers and which makes a wonderfully atmospheric theatrical experience. Inside the house itself you can see a fabulous costume exhibition, including Ellen

Terry's famous beetle-wing dress. You can also enjoy the cottage grounds, including the rose garden, orchard, nuttery and, of course, the Barn Theatre. ABOUT HOTBUCKLE Hotbuckle Productions Community Interest Company is a professional theatre company created by actors Adrian Preater and Gemma Aston. Hotbuckle's purpose is to bring excellent theatrical productions to the general public at an affordable price. Appearances in Gosford Park and Enigma were notable career highs before Adrian founded Hotbuckle Productions with his wife Gemma. “…these creative, versatile and visionary actors excel, delighting the audience... this production is a clever and novel re-birth of a famous classic that does not fail to grip you through its contemporary approach.” The Public Reviews Tickets cost £12. To book, please call 0844 2491895.

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introductory courses on freediving. There’s also a chance to try out the innovative technique of fluo-diving. LUX* Maldives partners with Eurodivers during the festival to launch this night-diving activity, which uses fluorescent light to gain new insights into how creatures communicate under water. In fact, there’s a packed ensemble of water activities stretched over one whole week for anyone who loves being in the water – or even just for curious guests who want to try something different. And set amidst an impressive variety of dive sites, pristine waters and abundant marine life, who can resist?

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