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Timbertech Southern Ltd - The Decking & Log Cabin Specialists


ased in Hailsham, we are decking specialists in both timber and plastic composite, supplying domestic and commercial customers in Sussex, Kent and the surrounding areas. We also supply and install custom built log cabins to suit your requirements. Established for over 27 years, we are a family business focusing on quality and customer satisfaction. Our summerhouses and cabins are imported from high quality European suppliers, including Bertsch HolzBau. Each cabin is made to measure, and

finished to your exact requirements. Our tradesmen are prompt and efficient, and we always aim to keep disruption to a minimum as we work. We always leave the premises clean and tidy and the end of each job. We can construct or install the following: Summerhouses, Log cabins, Verandas, Decking, Pergolas, And more‌ Using Millboard high quality decking, we can install low maintenance plastic composite decking with a wood appearance for great durability.

TimberTech Southern Ltd hold full public liability insurance and all work is guaranteed. We also offer a wide range of cabins designed and installed by Paul Henry. This is a unique range of log cabins suitable for home office, leisure or even extra living space. For further information about TimberTech Southern Ltd, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help. Tel: 07967 364 411 Email:


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Contents House and Home Battle Feature Food & Drink Wedding Services GQ Men Of The Year review Entertainment & Leisure Garden Services Pet Services Health & Beauty Senior Care Wild Bird Care

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What’s On November 2019 28th October. - 1st November - Adventure Boyz

At HAILSHAM PAVILION CINEMA. Don’t miss locally shot family movie ‘Adventure Boyz’, (Rated 9 out of 10 on IMDB!) Featuring Arlington Speedway Stadium, Herstmonceux Castle and many more! TIMES: Wednesday 30th October– 2.15 PM, Thursday 31st October 2.15 PM, Friday 1st November 2.15 PM, Book now: events/adventure-boyz/ Rated PG (All ages welcome and girls too of course!) See: (See facing page)

1st - 3rd November - The Fertility Show

At Olympia, London. Celebrating its 11th year, this live event provides the opportunity for you to meet with a range of fertility experts, clinics, doctors and like-minded patients in a safe and discreet environment. Fri: 4:30pm - 7:30pm, Sat: 10am - 6pm, Sun: 10am - 5pm.

Friday 1st November - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. 01323 802020.

Friday 1st November - Luther Vandross Celebration

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. Fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band. 01424 62288.

Friday 1st - 3rd November - Kent Christmas Fair

At The Kent Event Centre, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF. From 9am daily. Featuring talented makers and designers from all over the UK, together with small individual firms producing top quality products, all under one roof.

Domestic Abuse sometimes but not always leaves bruises

One of the most awful situations we can find ourselves in is living with an abuser in a relationship that is supposed to be a loving one. Abusers can be hard to recognise initially. In Parliament recently, Rosie Duffield MP explained how they win our hearts; “It starts slowly, a few emotional knocks, alternated with romantic gushes and promises of everlasting love, so you are left reeling, confused, spinning around, in an everchanging but always hyper-alert state, not knowing what mood or message awaits you.” Home-Start East Sussex understands that even after breaking free, victim-survivors can suffer from: • Post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts • Depression/anxiety • Low self-esteem • Suicidal thoughts • Alcohol/drug abuse • A lack of trust in own judgement regarding new relationships and parenting ability. That’s why Home-Start East Sussex has developed the Lotus Domestic Abuse Recovery Programme, a 6-weekly group for women who are now safe but have historically experienced domestic abuse. The groups are run in safe community locations. Our aim is to support women to understand their experience and develop their confidence so they can feel safe in future relationships. For more information, please contact us via our website -5-

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Friday 1st November - Don Quixote

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. After sell-out performances last year, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back for its annual UK tour with spellbinding, lavish, full-production touring ballet. 01323 412000.

Friday 1st November - John Robins: Hot Shame

Sat. 2nd - November - Swan Lake

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.7.30pm. After sell-out performances last year, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back for its annual UK tour with spellbinding, lavish, full-production touring ballet. From £30. 01323 412000.

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. Join John Robins for his new stand-up show following the critically lauded, sell-out smash, “The Darkness Of Robins”. 01892 678678.

Friday 1st November - Russel Kane

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane Full Price £24.75. 01892 530613.

Sat. 2nd - 3rd November - Fireworks Spectacular

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU. Annual fireworks display. Family £40. 01622 763936.

Sat. 2nd - November - London Philharmonic Orchestra

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7.30pm. From £8. Film music was never just about Hollywood – and from Lawrence of Arabia to James Bond, Brief Encounter to Four Weddings and a Funeral, British cinema has created its own legends. 01273 709709.

Sat. 2nd - November - Spooky Magic Show

At The White Rock Theatre, Sussex Studio, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 2pm. Join Magic Mr Steve and his faithful friend Rufus the dog as they discover the magical mysteries in a haunted attic. 01424 62288.

Sat. 2nd - November - Lost In Music

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. Get ready to recreate the Magical 70’s and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco! 01424 62288.

Struggling with Christmas gift ideas? East Bay

Campers offer vouchers for our services whether that’s a repair, upgrade or deep clean to your loved ones camper. It’s also good time to book in your habitation check for your camper / motorhome. This 3 hour check includes all services

Sat. 2nd - November - Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular

At Leeds Castle, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RG. 25,000 starbursts will fill the sky over the majestic Castle, which comes towards the end of its 900th anniversary year with the biggest firework display in the South East of England. Arrive from 2pm onwards. 5.30pm start. 01622 765400.

Sat. 2nd - November - Clothing Sale

At the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst. Organised by Wadhurst Dramatic Club - CLOTHING SALE. Costumes, Vintage, Good quality used clothing and accessories. 2pm—4pm.

Saturday 2nd Nov. - Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra

At Christ Church, St Leonards at 7pm. See page 3 for details.

Saturday 2nd Nov. - Battle Bonfire

At Battle high street. 7.45pm – A maroon will signal the departure of the procession from Market Road and proceed down the High Street and Lower Lake to the Station Approach. See page 18.

are functioning correctly, window / door seals, electrical test, gas leak test, sterilisation of the water system and a Winter drain down if required. This will highlight any faults or issues that can be fixed before the new season starts. Contact us to find out more.


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Sun. 3rd Nov. - Whitney - Queen of the Night

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 0844 871 7615.

Sun.y 3rd Nov. - Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou

At The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints Street, Hastings. Hastings. Chilled acoustic with glorious harmonies. See page 29. 01424 438791.

Sun. 3rd Nov. - RTWSO: Amy Harman

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 3pm. From £27. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite. Weber: Bassoon Concerto. Schumann: Symphony No 3 (Rhenish). 01892 530613.

Sun. 3rd Nov. - The Three Billy Goats Gruff

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 2.30pm. Family fun show! 01892 678678.

Sun. 3rd Nov. - London Philharmonic Orchestra

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. Film music maestro Anthony Weeden introduces a century of great British film scores. £15 - £30 01323 412000.

Sun. 3rd Nov. - The Music of Carole King

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. The UK’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, we tell the story of the music of Carole King. 01424 62288.

Sun. 3rd Nov. - Pop Divas Live

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 01323 802020. 6pm. Get ready for the best songs from all your favourite female stars in one fabulous fun-packed show.

Sun. 3rd Nov. - Christopher Cross

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 7.45pm. Grammy Award winning and Oscar Award winning singer/songwriter, Christopher Cross, will perform at DLWP. 01424 229111.

Sun. 3rd Nov. - Austentatious

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7.30pm. Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Each show is entirely unique as the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. 01273 709709.


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Monday 4th Nov. - Kevin Bloody Wilson

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. £32.25. 01892 530613.

Monday 4th - 9th Nov. The Girl On The Train

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment. Mon - Sat 7.45pm. Wed, Thu, Sat 2.30pm. From £22. 01323 412000.

Mon. 4th - 10th Nov. Spirit Of Christmas

At Olympia Grand, London. The Spirit of Christmas Fair returns presenting an unrivalled collection of 900 independent boutique retailers and designermakers. Pick up the most extraordinary items from jewellery, fashion and soft furnishings to gift your loved one’s this year. Mon - Sun: 10am – 6pm. Thurs: 10am -9pm (LATE NIGHT).

Tues. 5th Nov National Landlord Investment Show

At Olympia. 8.30am-5pm. A must-attend event if you are a landlord, investor or developer looking for expert property advice.

Tues. 5th - 10th Nov Winter Art & Antiques Fair

At Olympia. London. An exciting showcase of the UK’s top dealers, selling beautiful and desirable objects with exceptional craftsmanship.

Tues. 5th Nov - ROH Live: Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III

Mon. 4th - 9th Nov. - The Lady Vanishes

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.15pm. Live Transmission 01892 678678.

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. devilishly fun stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes by The Thriller Theatre Company. Mon - Sat at 19:45. Thurs and Sat at 14:30 and 19:45 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 5th Nov. - Kevin Bloody Wilson

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. 01424 62288.

We are a well-established, HETAS registered company with over 40 years’ experience in the trade, selling and installing a wide range of stoves, range cookers, chimney linings, stove and cooker spares and maintenance products as well as selling a large range of the best quality cookware.

Ripley Forge and Fireplaces Ltd, a family run business , has been part of the Robertsbridge community for over 70 years. They have an extensive showroom where you can see a vast range of traditional and contemporary woodburning and multifuel stoves. Their extensive yard and showroom houses a multitude of firebacks, baskets and dogs, as well as a plethora of fireplace accessories and unusual gifts. They offer free out of hours site surveys and installation carried out by Hetas registered experienced fitters. Gates, fencing, general ironwork made to your specification. Ripleys are experienced and skilled Blacksmiths who can offer a bespoke service whether you are looking for fireplace accessories, gates, fencing, traditional ironwork, garden furniture, a barbecue or an unusual garden sculpture, they can manufacture it for you. They are open from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4.30pm, go and have a look, they are more than just a specialist fireplace shop.

We sell and install only genuine, leading brands of woodburning stoves and multifuel stoves including Hwam, Esse, Clearview, Charnwood, Woodwarm, Stovax, Jotul, Yeoman, Franco Belge and many more. You can view, in detail, most makes and models of stoves and range cookers we currently sell from our showroom based in Heathfield, East Sussex. For more information about Stoves & Range Cookers, or to arrange your FREE visit & quotation, call the showroom on 01435 86 86 86. - 10 -

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Tues. 5th Nov. - Marina

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR. 6.30pm. Having recently scored her third UK Top 5 album with ‘LOVE + FEAR’, 01273 290131.

Tues. 5th Nov. - An Evening With a-ha

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. For the first half of the concert, they will play new and old, familiar and less-familiar songs. Then the second half will see them play the ten songs from their seminal 1985 debut album Hunting High And Low in its entirety. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 6th Nov. - Jack Savoretti

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE 01273 709709 7pm. Jack Savoretti comes to Brighton Dome as part of a UK tour with his new album Singing To Strangers.

Wed. 6th Nov. - The Music of the Night

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Hit songs from the most sensational shows of our time. Join a host of West End stars for a dazzling evening of glitz and glamour! 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 6th Nov. - NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7pm. Recording ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. 01892 678678.

Wed. 6th Nov. - A-ha play hunting high and low live

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR. 01273 290131. See Tues. 5th above for details.

Thurs. 7th - 10th Nov. - The Luxury Travel Fair

At Olympia West, London. Condé Nast Traveller presents The Luxury Traveller Fair, your one stop shop for all things luxury travel. This is the UK’s only event for the discerning and well-travelled, showcasing a hand-picked collection of travel experiences.

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Thurs. 7th - Happy Mondays

Thurs. 7th - WWE Live

Fri. 8th - Walk Like A Man

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE 01273 709709. 7pm. The Happy Mondays’ classic line-up of front man Shaun Ryder, Bez, Rowetta, Gary Whelan, Paul Ryder, Mark Day and Dan Broad will perform timeless hits.

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR. 7.30pm. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, in a fun, lively and exciting environment. 01273 290131.

Thurs. 7th - One Night Of Queen

At The indigo at the O2, Docklands, London. The The Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019 tour . Support from Heaven 17. 0844 856 0202.

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 8pm. £20.00. 01424 229111.

Fri. 8th - The Simon & Garfunkel Story

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Tribute Show. Capturing the excitement, energy and charisma that have made Rod a true rock icon, including those infamous moves and all the hits 01323 412000.

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. 01892 530613.

Friday 8th - Squeeze

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. this 50th anniversary celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits 01892 530613.

Friday 8th - Griff Rhys Jones: All Over The Place

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. Griff is back and once again all over the place touring the UK this autumn with his brand new full-length stand-up show. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 7th - I Wanna Be Yours

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got. I Wanna Be Yours is the debut play from Zia Ahmed. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 7th - Snow White A Vienna Festival Ballet

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. World class choreography propels this timeless fairytale and answers the question; who is the fairest one of all? 01424 62288.

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. The Ultimate celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 01424 62288.

Fri. 8th - Count Arthur Strong

Fri. 8th - Some Guys Have All The Luck

Fri. 8th - Autumn Fair

At The PowderMills Hotel (Cloisters), Powdermills Lane, Battle, East Sussex. 10am3pm. Various craft and food stands. Entry by donation. In aid of Cancer Research UK.

Fri. 8th & 9th - Autumn Quilt Festival

At The Kent Event Centre, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF. 10am-4pm. e stunning quilt displays from well-known quilters and textile artists, as well as a variety of exhibitors selling patchwork & quilting supplies for all your crafty needs.

Fri. 8th - Lee Mead - My Story

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 7.30pm. Just Lee, a grand piano, and a pianist showcasing the exquisite poignancy of his voice. A dream that became a reality, this is his story! 01323 802020.

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elcome to Antique and vintage rugs and carpets. Our main goal is to always achieve a high level of customer satisfaction with the rugs, carpets and services that we

provide. We sell all sorts of Oriental rugs from Early Persian nomadic to Caucasian from Chinese to Afghan and many in between. We stock carpet and Kilim cushions perfect for decorating your home. Our stock is constantly changing and all the items we sell have been professionally washed, repaired if and where necessary, and finally moth-proofed. Our items range in date from the late C19th to the 1980’s but all are hand knotted, individual and consequently each one is unique. We offer a complete professional repair and washing service and are happy to give advice when required.

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Sat. 9th - Lord Mayor’s Show

Celebrate the new Lord Mayor as the spectacular procession winds its way between Bank and Aldwych for The Lord Mayor’s Show.

Sat. 9th - Russell Kane The Fast and the Curious

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 8pm. 01424 62288.

Sat. 9th - The Spirit Of Jazz

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. Three exceptional bands – one exciting evening. From London’s Southbank, Last Summer’s Tealights, featuring a unique line up of marimba, cello, saxophone bass, and percussion performing haunting, original music. 01892 678678. The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor. Every year since, the newly elected Lord Mayor has travelled from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown. Join in the free celebrations which mix modern festivities with traditional pageantry, as more than 500,000 people line the route to watch the colourful parade travel across the City of London. This incredible threemile-long procession is formed of around 140 performances, 6,000 people, the Lord Mayor’s Coach and two giant wicker figures.

Sat. 9th - 10th - Commando Series

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Pick your experience, from the toughest level ‘Treat Me Like a Commando,’ to the more supportive ‘Just Get Me Round’ and ‘We Are Family’. There are different level obstacles and the event is open to everyone from 8 years of age (under 11s must be accompanied by an adult). 01732 865224.

Sat. 9th - 10th Antiques & Collectors Fair

At The Kent Event Centre, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF. The Detling Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fairs takes place four times a year and features everything from rustic country chic to retro style.

an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour. A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. 01273 709709.

Saturday 9th An Audience With Simon Reeve

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £27. The show features the world-famous BBC travel presenter and adventurer recount tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. 01323 412000.

Sat. 9th - Rye Bonfire & Fireworks

At 19:50 A loud maroon signals the start of the procession from Mason Road, Tilling Green Estate. 20:30 – The Chairing down of Rye Fawkes 2019. 20:45 – The Bonfire Lit by Rye Fawkes 2019. 21:00 – Grand Fireworks Display.

Sat. 9th - Swinging at the Cotton Club

At The Hailsham Pavillion. An action packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club, New York’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. 01323 841414.

Sat. 9th - The George Michael Story

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 7.30pm. £20. The only touring show to perform George Michael’s hits in chronological order. 01323 802020.

Sat. 9th - London Conchard

At Vinehall School Theatre, Robertsbridge. Works Saint-Saens, Respighi, Reicha, Poulenc and Mozart . Tickets/Details 01580 883092.

Sat. 9th - Josh Widdicombe

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 8pm. £21. The guy everyone can do

Sun. 10th - Norwegian Blues

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm. Known for embracing the history of blues and elevating it, they use their creativity, skills and passion to explore all sides of the genre. 0207 589 8212.

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their way back up the High Street where they will turn and re-torch at the roundabout. Making its way back down the High Street, the procession will return to the Abbey Green where the bonfire will be lit to the traditional cry and the firework display will commence.

6:00am – A maroon signals the start of Bonfire day. 10.00am – The Church Bells will signal the arrival of ‘The Oldest Guy in the World’ on the Abbey Green accompanied by Saxon Warriors and children’s procession. The information and souvenir stalls open. 10.30am – Judging of the Children’s Guy and Fancy Dress Competition on the Abbey Green by BBB President. 6.00pm – Roads close. 7.45pm – A maroon will signal the departure of the procession from Market Road and proceed down the High Street and Lower Lake to the Station Approach.

Battel Bonfire Boyes are famous for their pyrotechnic display! However, due to the fact that the event takes place on the public highway, there is no dedicated viewing area for the event and the area around the Abbey Green (where the bonfire is) gets very crowded and uncomfortable for viewing the fireworks.

Turning at Station Approach and returning to the Abbey Green BBB will enter the Abbey Gatehouse to keep the traditional involvement of Battle Abbey within the celebrations. Having turned within the Abbey, BBB and visiting societies will make

This will allow you to get a great view of the aerial firework display without any of the discomfort of trying to view from the High Street.


We advise not to gather in this area but to move to the top of the High Street and view the display from the comfort of the car park in Market Road.

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Saturday 30th November Battle Christmas Lights Switch On



Father Christmas Comes to Battle. At 1.50pm a parade with music escorts Father Christmas’s sleigh down the High Street to his Grotto at Memorial Hall. Father Christmas will see children in his Grotto from 2:15 till 4:45 and there are also refreshments, entertainment and popular charity market in the hall and children’s rides on the Abbey Green. At 5pm The Battle Christmas Lights are switched on by Father Christmas. Free parking is available all day in the town’s Rother District Council car parks and the Battle Abbey car park.

ool is an all-natural fibre grown on sheep. Sheep are part of the natural carbon cycle, consuming organic carbon stored in pasture which has converted CO2 from the atmosphere into organic compounds via photosynthesis (underpins most life on earth), and converting it to wool. So, when you purchase a wool garment, you are purchasing carbon stored from the atmosphere 1-2 years earlier. By comparison, the carbon in major synthetic clothing fibres e.g. polyester, acrylic, is extracted from fossil fuels (carbon stored millions of years ago). The loss of fibres from synthetic textiles during washing, and their persistence in aquatic ecosystems, is an area of major concern. Wool’s natural properties support less frequent, lower impact washing and its fibres do not accumulate in the environment but breakdown naturally into harmless compounds. If ingested, they are unlikely to persist and cause harm in organisms because wool is essentially protein. Due to wool fibre’s durability, wool garments are inherently suitable for re-use and recycling. Mechanical recycling of wool knitwear yields fibres of sufficient length to be carded and re-spun into yarns of pure wool or blends for converting back into knitwear (closed loop recycling – the ideal recycling path). The average life of a wool garment is 2-10 years depending on use, compared to 2-3 years for a typical cotton or synthetic garment. Finally, at the end of its life, wool easily decomposes, releasing its valuable nutrients into the soil in a relatively short period, unlike synthetics. Tests show that in ideal conditions, wool products are almost completely degraded after 6 months in the ground whilst synthetic clothing can take 30-40 years contributing to the ever-increasing piles of landfill waste. In the UK alone, around 350,000 tonnes of used clothing go to landfill every year. Wool is the obvious choice for anyone concerned about the health of our planet.

Paula Williams, Founder of BRITISH design BRITISH made, 64 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AG, helping you to buy British. What you buy here will not have arrived from far flung places or travelled thousands of miles by air and sea. We use 100% renewable electricity, every drop made from British sun, wind and rain. We aim to re-use or recycle at least 90% supplier packaging to reduce landfill. We seek out and promote products that are made with sustainable or recycled materials.

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Sun. 10th Nov. Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 2.45pm. For BPO’s opening concert of the 2019/20 season they welcome the “Violin Operator” Christian Garrick and friends from the Christian Garrick Quartet and the Budapest Café Orchestra. 01273 709709.

Sun. 10th Nov- Beloved Clara – A Tale of Love and Loss

Wells. 2.30pm. Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale. 01892 678678.

Sun. 10th Nov. - Haydn’s Creation

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 3pm. From the dark and mysterious depiction of chaos at the opening, to the dazzling creation of light – one of the greatest moments in all of music. 01892 530613.

Tuesday 12th Nov. - John Mayall

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 01424 229111. For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues”. Doors 7pm.

Tuesday 12th Nov. - Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited

Sun. 10th Nov. Hawkwind 50th Anniversary UK Tour

At St Mary in the Castle, Pelham Crescent, Hastings TN34 3AF. 3pm. Part of the Hastings International Piano fundraiser. Award-winning British actors Lesley Sharp and Sir Simon Russell Beale with pianist Lucy Parham. See P.45

Sun. 10th Nov. - Johnny Campbell Giant of the Northern Folk Scene

At The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints’ St, Hastings TN34 3BJ. 01424 438791. See page 29.

Sun. 10th - 17th Nov. - Nitto ATP Finals

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. The yearend climax to the men’s professional tennis season, featuring only the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the season. 0844 856 0202.

Sun. 10th Nov. - Rumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Destiny

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 0844 871 7615. The legendary pioneers of space rock will be performing across the UK in celebration of half a century of their musical journey so far.

Sun. 10th Nov. Natalie Roberts Performing Arts

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 6.30pm. A showcase for all the family featuring songs from Waitress, Hamilton, Made in Dagenham, school or rock and many more! Full Price £13. 01323 802020.

Monday 11th Nov. - Ben Elton

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The Godfather of modern stand-up returns! Ben Elton is back on the road with an all new stand-up show. £31.50. 01323 412000.

Monday 11th Nov. - Sarah Brightman

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The world’s most successful and best-selling soprano, Sarah Brightman, returns to London for the first time in fifteen years, for one night only. 0207 589 8212.

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7.30pm. For the first time ever, the irrepressible former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. 01273 709709.

Tuesday 12th - 13th Nov. Music for Youth Proms

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm. The culmination of Music for Youth’s annual season of events, the Proms sees up to one thousand musicians take the remarkable Royal Albert Hall stage each night. presented by YolanDa Brown, the UK’s premier female saxophonist. 0207 589 8212.

Now Serving Breakfast 8:00-11:30am Wednesday- Saturday

Friday Pizza Night

5:00-9:00pm every week, freshly handmade and baked in our wood fired pizza oven. Delicious traditionally cooked pizza from £5.00 Come along to our monthly quiz and supper night only £6.50 Why not try our range of homemade gourmet burgers from £6.00 Including our famous Mighty Cross NOW TAKING CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS

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ust outside of Battle and Hastings, you will find the very pretty village of Robertsbridge where sitting in pride of place at the top of the High Street, is The George Inn, an 18th Century original Coaching Inn. Family run by John, Jane, with their children and their friendly team, The George is passionate about supporting local suppliers, serving delicious home cooked food, drinks, and looking after their customers. Their menus are now available from midday to 9pm on Tuesdays through to Saturdays, with fabulous Sunday roasts and handmade pies served on Sundays, also served through till 7pm, along with daily specials on the chalkboards. And with Christmas just around the corner, The George is a perfect place to celebrate with friends, work colleagues and loved ones so why not give them a call?

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Wed. 13th Nov. - Christmas Wine Tasting

At Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER. 020 7734 8040. 6.45pm - 8.45pm. £65. Featuring no fewer than nine Fortnum’s producers from across the wine-growing map and with 49 fantastic bottles to sample. www.

Thurs. 14th Nov. - Paul Smith

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 8pm. Paul Smith returns with his second national stand up tour show. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 14th Nov. - Robertsbridge Jazz Club: - Tomasso Quintet

Tue. 12th - 16th Nov. - Blood Brothers

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 01424 62288. Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End.

Wed. 13th Nov. - Ocean Wisdom

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE 01273 709709. 7pm. £18. Ocean Wisdom has certainly cemented himself as

one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the UK Rap scene.

Wed. 13th - 17th Nov. Country Living Fair

At The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH. From 10am daily. Late night Thursday. From the practicalities of sourcing one of kind gifts, the latest trends in home interiors to inspiration for your festive feast, the Fair offers it all under one roof.

At Robertsbridge Village Hall, 8pm - 10.30pm. Tickets are £10 on the door or in advance from Judges Bakery, Robertsbridge. Information at 01580 880274 or facebook.

Thurs. 14th Nov. The Masque of the Red Death

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. Prince Prospero and a handful of his nobility shut themselves away in a heavily fortified castle, to escape the terrible plague that is sweeping their land. 01892 678678.

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he Plough Inn at Crowhurst, Nr Battle definitely has a community feel. This traditional village pub has open fires and a layout which offers seperate cozy areas, perfect for slowly sipping a drink with your favorite people. Owners Phil and Paul have great experience in the trade having previously run their own venue in Brighton and are now looking to establish themselves in a less frantic area of Sussex. They offer a wide selection of drafts beers, outstanding food and a local friendly atmosphere. With our dinner reservation made, Paul welcomed us and having enquired about our prefered tastes, reccommended a bottle of Turtle Bay, New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc. We were pleased with both the extensive menu and the wide range of specials. There

was even a seperate blackboard pie menu! Phil was very efficient, attentive and helpful, especially helping us choose from the menu as we were certainly spoiled for choice. The cuisines are varied, with many corners of the world represented. From Romney Marsh, Lambs Liver, served with mash, Saute Potatoes and crispy bacon to homemade chicken Korma with spiced rice, Poppadoms, Naan bread and Mango Chutney. There was a vegetarian Thai Red Curry with lemon and spring onion rice and a hot and cold sharing Mezza platter. For our starter we selected homemade potted chicken liver pate, served with spiced onion and tomato chutney and bread. The spicyness of the chutney perfectly complimented the smoothness of the pate and Paul was happy to provide

extra toast if we required more. For our other starter we chose Saute Wild Mushrooms with Cream, Thyme and Garlic served on a toasted herb croute, deliciously creamy and amazingly tasty. For the main course we selected homemade baked Bass Fishcakes with poached egg along with Chicken, Leek and Ham pie served with fresh vegetables and chips. There was a range of tempting desserts and we both selected the homemade Apple and Blackberry Crumble, choosing one with custard and one with ice cream. An ideal and warming dessert for the season. All dishes were beautifully presented and tasted just as good. We will definitely be back and recommend to others. What’s On Editor.

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Thurs. 14th Nov. - Hever Christmas Fair

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. 01732 865224. Hever Castle is proud to host the Hever Christmas Fair for which all proceeds go to Hever Primary School and St. Peter’s Church, Hever. Open for just one day, at the fair you will find gifts, gadgets, textiles and decorations. 10.30am-3.30pm.

Thurs. 14th - 17th Nov. - EODS: Westside Story

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Bernstein’s classic musical West Side Story is back in Eastbourne for the first time in over a decade. Eves 7.45pm. Thurs & Sat Mats 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 14th - Nov. - Psychic Sally – 10 Years and Counting

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 01323 802020. Following her gripping appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, with a triumphant Sally reaching the final five, the nation’s favourite Psychic and forerunner in the Psychic world is back on tour with her all new show 10 Years and Counting.

Thurs. 14th - Nov. - Snarky Puppy

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Blending sophisticated composition, harmony and improvisation, the band’s unique approach to exploratory jazz, funk and rock has earned them three Grammy® Awards. 0207 589 8212.

Friday 15th - 17th - Nov. - The Language Show

At Olympia West, London. Enjoy three days packed with a large range of exhibitors, educational seminars, taster classes and cultural performances. What’s more, the show is free entry for all. 10am - 6pm. (5pm Sun).

Friday 15th Nov. - 5th January. - SKATE Tunbridge Wells

At Claverley Grounds, Mountfield Gardens, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1SJ. New this year - Parent & Toddler Sessions plus, Bavarian Curling - hilarious fun for you and your mates. With pop-up restaurants and bars, Santa’s grotto, live music a full programme of activities (to be confirmed) - there’s so much to do at the ice rink this Christmas.

Friday 15th Nov. The London African Gospel Choir perform Paul Simon’s Graceland

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 8pm. The London African Gospel Choir have received extremely positive testimony from not only the public but also internationally renowned artists including Annie Lennox of Eurythmics and Paul Simon himself. 01273 709709

Friday 15th - 16th Nov. Jools Holland

CALLENDERS - HIGH STREET HAILSHAM A quick visit for lunch to Callenders of Hailsham yesterday led to us booking in for our family Christmas get together. The menu of all traditional festive local produce is amazing. As we sat under the fabulous stained glass window and just relaxed, it was the polite and friendly service that convinced us that this was the place for us. Our neighbours had their wedding anniversary party here and everything was wonderful. Menus start from under ten pounds for two courses and all wines and beers are sensibly priced too. Top quality, award winning modern British food and service, we can’t wait to go back. What would you have?...Prawns to start, or maybe the Curried Parsnip Soup, followed by pork loin filtet stuffed with apple and apricot or maybe roast Half Duck, with a glass of Malbec or Pinot, and the Light and Zingy Lemon Cheese cake to finish. I really can’t wait. You should check out all their menus on the web and give them a call. You really should book your table today.

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns to the Hall with his sensational Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for two nights of blues. 0207 589 8212.

Friday 15th Nov. - One Night In Dublin

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £24. Multi-AwardWinning Irish Band The Wild Murphys perform songs by The Dubliners, The Fureys, The Pogues, Van Morrison, The Dropkick Murphys, Daniel O’donnell and many more. 01323 412000.

Friday 15th - 17th Nov. - The Kent Festival

At The Kent Event Centre, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF. With some off the best tribute bands the UK has to offer, including: Ultimate Coldplay, Beyonce, Wannabe Spice Girls- The Wannabe Show, Black Magic, The Little Mix Show, UK’s Number 1 Pink Tribute Act, The Kopycat Killers, Madness tribute, AC/DC tribute and many more to be announced.

Friday 15th Nov. - Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 0844 871 7615.

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Fri. 15th Nov. - Joking Apart by Alan Ayckbourn

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. £13.50. Joking Apart is set in Richard and Anthea’s garden over 12 years on bonfire night, a summer tennis party, Boxing Day and their daughter Debbie’s 18th birthday. 01424 423221.

sad memories and stories. In part two, Lenny will be interviewed by Jon Canter, for further insights into his life and career.

Sat. 16th Nov. - The Rat Pack

At The Civic Centre, Uckfield. 7.30pm. As seen on Strictly and voted the No.1 tribute band. See main ad on page 44.

Fri. 15th Nov. - G2 Definitive Genesis

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. G2 pay tribute to a vintage period in Genesis’ long and colourful history with songs from the four-man “Seconds Out” era (1975-78), and earlier Gabriel years. 01892 678678.

Sat. 16th Nov. - Tegan and Sara

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 7.30pm. £25.50. Tribute show. 01323 802020.

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 7pm. £30.90. a multi-dimensional show unlike anything they have ever done. Reliving stories from their new memoir High School, performing songs from their new album Hey, I’m Just Like You along with T&S classics, and combing through archive video footage from their teenage years. 0844 871 7615.

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 01892 530613. 7.30pm. Lenny will take the audience through a jam session of funny and

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £26. Get ready to recreate the Magical 70’s and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco! 01323 412000.

Fri. 15th Nov. - You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees

Fri. 15th Nov. An Evening With Lenny Henry

Winter is an exciting time for us at the Stag. Our Christmas festivities include our famous Christmas Eve sing-a-round followed by Boxing Day fun and games and a New Year’s Eve party, complete with pass the parcel. The first weekend in January is all about Hastings’ only authentic Wassail, with an apple tree

Sat. 16th Nov. - Lost In Music

blessing in the Stag garden at the heart of a weekend of apple-icious events. Later in the New Year we will have more of our “Audience With ...” series of live interviews with outstanding local musicians, which we also stream to our Facebook page. Add in our Supper Club Fridays with set menu by candlelight and live acoustic

Sat. 16th Nov. - Tenors Un Limited

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 7.30pm. £22. Let Scott, Paul and Jem take you on a journey through some of the best loved songs of the last century

at. 16th Nov. - Trinity Comedy Club

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. November line up: Mike Gunn · Fin Taylor · James Redmond. 01892 678678.

Sat. 16th Nov. - James Acaster

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7.30pm. ‘This is stand-up of the highest, most playful order’ The Guardian. 01273 709709.

Sat. 16th - 24th Nov. The November Art & Gift Show

20 Artists and makers will be showing their work for sale at The Powdermills Hotel, Powdermills Lane, Battle TN33 0SP daily from 10am till 4pm. Come and see the art and gifts, perhaps do some Christmas shopping in this stunning location. Enjoy refreshments and perhaps a walk in the stunning grounds of the hotel. 07850 388877. See page 18. Events continue on P.46

music in November and February, and a host of brilliant live bands, and you have a cornucopia of seasonal entertainment. Check us out on Facebook for dates and times. We hope you can drop by. We love running the Stag! Nicole & Nick.

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he Dulcettes vintage vocal duo recently performed at one of the regular Rye Spice Company tastings. Owner Robbie was celebrating his birthday and there was a huge turn out of friends and visitors who came along to wish him well. Of course being a tasting event there were all sorts of tempting food and spices to sample including spicy Pumpkin soup and other Halloween inspired treats. Look out out for the next tasting which is on Sat. 23rd & Sun. 24th Nov. (See adjacent ad.)

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Visit Westfield Village throughout December from 6pm every day to enjoy a spectacular display of Christmas lights


ach year, the residents of Westfield Village in East Sussex put on an amazing display of Christmas lights to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.

Please look out for the volunteer collectors who brave the cold, and make a donation, big or small, to acknowledge the hard voluntary work of the residents and to support the Hospice. Visit with the whole family to get in the festive spirit!

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GQ MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS The GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019, now in its 22nd year, is an opportunity to celebrate the men and women who shape the world’s cultural landscape: whether that’s in parliament, fashion houses, Hollywood or sports stadiums across the globe. These are 2019’s very worthy winners, including Stormzy, Greta Thunberg, Richard Madden and plenty more. All pictures by What’s On Magazine Editor’s Special Award: David Beckham For his ongoing projects in fashion, football and philanthropy, we commend the player who changed the game for everyone. Beats By Dr Dre Band: The 1975 With a No1 album and major festival slots, Matty Healy and co proved the four-piece are as relevant as ever. Lifetime Achievement: Iggy Pop Still releasing records and riding roughshod on the raw facts of life, the grizzled Godfather Of Punk marks a full half-century of hip-swinging, stagediving, endless rock’n’roll. Designer Of The Year: Kim Jones One collection: that’s all it took for Dior’s menswear artistic director to make his mark on the maison. Writer Of The Year: James Ellroy This year, crime fiction fans of the world rejoiced. The genre’s OG was back with a new and audacious LA thriller.

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Vero Breakthrough Music Act: Dave This year, one clear voice cut through in British rap. It was a statement of intent, taking on politics, youth violence and mental health.

Live Act Of The Year: George Ezra Whether it’s sold-out arenas or festival crowds that go all the way back, this year’s performer par excellence commands one hell of an audience.

Actress Of The Year: Nicole Kidman Yes, her career-best turn as domestic abuse survivor Celeste in HBO’s Big Little Lies earned more praise and awards, but crucially it also moved forward the conversation that #MeToo began. For that, and a stellar career that spans four decades, we salute the queen of quiet intensity.

Hugo Boss Standout Performance: Andrew Scott The man behind Fleabag’s “hot priest” achieved a rare feat this year: inspiring a 162 per cent spike in searches for religious porn.

Actor Of The Year: Taron Egerton In Rocketman, 29-year-old Taron Egerton soared into Oscar prominence with his stunning turn playing Sir Elton John. Icon: Kylie Minogue This summer, 14 years after ill health forced her to cancel a headline performance at Glastonbury, the Princess Of Pop realised a monumental moment she’d thought would never happen.

Hugo Boss Most Stylish Man: Richard Madden As Bodyguard’s impeccably kempt Budd and Elton’s lover/manager in Rocketman, the actor behind the year’s most divergently style-strong screen performances carries himself with a clearcut mien of his own. Politician Of The Year: Rory Stewart In the last Tory leadership race, two men stood out. Both went to Eton. Both went to Oxford.

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Brooklyn Beckham, Victoria Beckham and David Beckham

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Maddox Gallery Artist: Ai Weiwei Since being allowed to leave China in 2015, Ai Weiwei has been based in Berlin, travelling the world as a kind of nomadic art terrorist, his extraordinary, complex work abutting his blunt and often caustic political proclamations. Game Changer Of The Year: Greta Thunberg From her school strike last August to a boat voyage across the Atlantic to address the UN, this year one voice proved louder than the rest. Sportsmen Of The Year: England One Day Cricket Team In July, England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in history, thanks to the most intensely dramatic sporting finale in memory. Haig Club Solo Artist: Stormzy After blazing a trail to the top of the charts and his historic sermon in grime from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, the British rapper earns his GQ crown for taking the message of those who came before to music’s highest platform. Inspiration Of The Year: Lionesses This summer, English footballers shattered World Cup viewing records, inspired generations old and new and became the pride of a nation. Legend: Ian McKellen On provincial boards, West End bills and Hollywood blockbusters, over 55 years Ian McKellen became stagecraft’s first among equals.

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Kylie Minogue

Sam Smith

Elle Fanning


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Sir Tom Jones

Charlotte de Carle

Gary Kemp and Lauren Kemp

Maya Jama

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Rita Ora

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Camilla Kerslake and Chris Robshaw

Oliver Cheshire

Emma Willis

Susanna Reid

Aisling Bea

Raye - Rachel Keen

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Sam Fender

Taron Egerton

Sir Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell

Debbie Harry

Winnie Harlow

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Vick Hope

Charli XCX

Adwoa Aboah

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Entertainment & Leisure

The Rat Pack Christmas Show

Christmas Gift Shopping

The star-studded cast of The Rat Pack Christmas show has achieved many accolades and awards after appearances worldwide, including seasons in The West End, A Royal Command Performance and numerous TV shows including BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The show, which was also voted the number 1 Tribute Show, makes its first appearance at the Civic Centre Uckfield. Together the singers amaze audiences with their recreation of the music of Sinatra, Martin and Davis, in a fabulous show which brings the style and excitement of the Las Vegas heyday to vivid life. Now on their 21st Anniversary Tour, they are joined in this lavish production by Special Guest – Charley Toulan as the iconic Marilyn Monroe. Featuring Including all the great hits – My Way, Mr Bojangles, New York New York, Amore ¬¬- and seasonal classics such as Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow and White Christmas. This special Christmas show is guaranteed to bring back festive memories for all the family!

Thursday 21 November every day until Sunday 1 December, 10am - 4pm Pashley Manor’s Gift Shop will be open for 11 days in winter for Christmas shopping. As usual the shop will be packed with a wide selection of high quality gifts and cards, as well as special Christmas stock for the festive season. If you are looking for present ideas, or something for yourself or your home, do come and visit. Gift ideas include of gorgeous handbags, beautiful scarves, luxurious hand creams, divine scented candles, interesting books and decorative kitchenware as well as festive baubles, napkins, wreaths, wrapping paper and much, much more. Parking is free, easy and convenient and we will welcome you with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. So, for a relaxed version of Christmas shopping, and for gifts not seen on the high street, visit the Christmas Shop at Pashley. (No entry charge – Gift Shop open but please note gardens and Café not open at this time)

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Sat. 16th Nov. - Traditional Irish Music

Monday 18th- 19th Nov. - Marillion

At The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints’ St, Hastings TN34 3BJ. 01424 438791. 1pm - 6pm Hastings Fleadh Venue - Traditional Irish music sessions all afternoon. See page 29.

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Marillion will be playing songs spanning their 14 albums with frontman Steve Hogarth, as 2019 celebrates 30 years of him joining the band. 0207 589 8212.

Procession sets off from Station Road, ending at the recreation ground where the enormous bonfire will be set lit, followed by the firework spectacular.

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. 01892 530613.

Sat. 16th Nov. Robertsbridge Bonfire Night

Sat. 16th November - Table Top Sale

At The Pop-In Centre (near Body Shop), Hastings. 1.30-4.30pm. FREE ENTRY! Come along and grab a bargain at our table top sale. Christmas decorations, clothes, records, books, toys, DVDs and more! Refreshments will be available.

Sat. 16th November - Glenn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple live

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 01424 229111. 7pm. £28.50.

Sat. 16th Nov.- Christmas Craft Fair

At The Llama Park, Wych Cross RH18 5JN. 10am-5pm. Free entry. See page 49.

Sunday 17th Nov. - Musical Storytelling

At The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints’ St, Hastings TN34 3BJ. 5pm M G Boulter - One of the countries finest musical storytellers.

Sunday 17th Nov. - La Belle Helene

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 4pm. A collaboration with Opera della Luna. Live opera, fully staged, sung in English. From £24. 01323 412000.

Monday 18th Nov. - Psychic Sally Monday 18th - 23rd Nov. Ten Times Table

Tuesday 19th - 24th Nov. Peter Pan Goes Wrong

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 0844 871 7615. he members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. Eve & Mat shows.

Tuesday 19th - Nov. - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Charity Preview Night

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Evenings 7:45pm. Wednesday & Saturday matinee 2:30pm Ten Times Table is the inaugural production of THE Classic Comedy Theatre Company, produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind: THE Agatha Christie. From £19. 01323 412000.

Monday 18th -Nov. - Freya Ridings

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7pm. The success story of 2018 with her breakthrough platinum-selling hit Lost Without You. 01273 709709.

Mon. 18 Nov. - The Inventors of Christmas

At the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA, 2.00 p.m.. Everyone knows the ingredients of a traditional Christmas: gathering round the Christmas tree, pulling crackers, eating Christmas pudding. These are the festive celebrations with which most of us grew up but where did they start? Who introduced them? Lecture by Alan Read, run by The Arts Society Rother Valley. Visitors welcome (suggested donation £7). Enquiries: Jenny 01424 421344

At Hyde Park, London 5pm -10pm. For one night only, wristbands will grant the bearer unlimited access to the rides, attractions and fun of the fair for an all-inclusive cost, which will support the vital work of The Royal Parks. Adults (18+ yrs) £75 / Youths (2-15 yrs) £55.

Tuesday 19th - Nov. - Ben Fogle

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7.30pm. The much-loved TV adventurer will recount, with warmth and honesty, his thrilling tales. If you like Ben’s TV shows then you’ll love this personal and intimate evening 01273 709709.

A Festival Of Christmas Past This year sees the Rye Christmas Festival turn 5! For five years now, Rye has been host to this most magnificent event organised by local volunteers. This year is set to be better than ever and sees the return of the original theme, Dickensian, a Victorian Christmas. One that suits Rye and it’s cobbled streets and olde worlde appearance to a t. On Saturday 7th December the streets will be alive with musicians, entertainers, games, fair rides and much more. Pantomimes, grottos and story-telling can be found in places of shelter from the cold. Take a ride around the town on a horse and cart where a high street closed to cars is sure to bring with it a sense of times gone by. A vibrant and magical procession will walk the streets later in the day and a sing-a-long carol concert at St Mary’s Church will be a finale full of Christmas spirit and good cheer. This year, to cater to growing demand, the committee have organised certain things to run on the Sunday as well. This includes the grotto, pantomime, Elf Training Academy and Craft workshops. Please see facebook page and website for up to date information. | @ryechristmasfestival

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Southern Cross Travel celebrates 15 years in Rye!


his year marks a celebration of 15 years since Southern Cross Travel opened their Rye shop at 77a The Mint. As Rye’s only independent travel agency, the team at Southern Cross Travel have spent those years creating bespoke holidays for all types of travellers, as well as building friendships and relationships with new and existing customers. The trips and destinations we have booked since opening are diverse and varied; from a large group hiking the Inca Trail to a couple relaxing on the beach in the Caribbean; from a city break in Rome to a personalised tour of Japan for a family of 3; from a luxury rail journey across Australia to a 6 week self-drive holiday around New Zealand with hotels and sightseeing included. Each holiday we plan is so interesting and exciting for us – we love a challenge! As well as planning fantastic holidays, all our clients receive full aftercare from us – prior to, and during, their travels. We have been on hand to help when driving licenses required for car hire in Australia have been left behind in the UK, family have needed to be flown out in emergency health situations, and passports have been lost on fishing trips in Alaska (!). We offer a personal service, caring for each of our clients as an individual and we are always at the end of the phone to offer help and advice (even in the early hours on our emergency phone). Southern Cross Travel was established in Sydney, Australia in 1984 by Penny and Trevor Bones, who have a long involvement with travel to, and within Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. As specialists in tailor-made itineraries, we thrive on the opportunity to create a holiday that suits each individuals’ interests, ensuring you have a holiday which is designed around you, and not pulled straight out of a brochure. We use our combined knowledge of destinations - with Specialists in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa - and years of experience to create the perfect holiday. In light of the recent sad collapse of Thomas Cook, there is really no better time to be booking your holidays with a travel agent for maximum protection and peace of mind. As members of the Travel Trust Association, Southern Cross Travel provides 100% financial protection on all our bookings. All our package holidays and flight only bookings include ATOL protection.

If you are yet to book your holiday for this year or next, we will be delighted to arrange this, whether long-haul, short-haul, cruise, beach or city break anywhere in the world. We do hope you will pop in and see us to say hello and run your next holiday idea past us. Feel free to visit us in our Rye office at 77a The Mint, or at The Old Library in on Wadhurst High Street. Alternatively, you can call us – 01797 229200 (Rye) or 01892 783896 (Wadhurst) – visit our website – – or email us on

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Wed. 20th Nov. - 42nd Street: The Musical

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. A “glorious” (Daily Express) and “utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz” (The Times). Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes. 01892 678678.

Show Christmas & Eat & Drink Festival

At Olympia, London. From hand crafted gifts and hanging decorations to hampers for the foodies, find festive favourites or discover something new by exploring the show sections

Wed. 20th Nov. - The Stylistics

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 7.30pm. £35. A Night of Back to Back Hits! 01323 802020.

21st Nov - Stewart Francis Into the Punset

- Homes, Gifts, Decorations & Pet. Celebrity chefs and expert demonstrations will also be on hand to offer inspiration on how to get your home Christmas-ready, and with carol singers, festive feasting and plenty to do with the kids, this is a great day out for all and the perfect start to the festive season.

Wed. 20th & 21st Nov. Christmas Craft Fair

At The East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield TN22 5ES. 10am-4pm. See page 49.

Wed. 20th Nov - 5th Dec. - Snow Patrol

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 8pm. the band will play re-imagined versions of tracks from their catalogue, as well as new songs from their forthcoming Reworked album. 0207 589 8212.

At Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF. Kick off the festive season in style as Tobacco Dock is transformed into the ultimate foodie wonderland! We’re talking festive tipples, dishes to die for and all the shopping you need to get sorted in time for Christmas… www. At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 8pm. 01424 62288

Wed. 20th Nov. - Shakespears Sister

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE 01273 709709. Siobhan and Marcella were reunited in 2018 and decided to write some music together for the first time in over 25 years. The result is a new single All The Queen’s Horses, the album Singles Party featuring all the band’s singles and a UK tour.

Thurs. 21st - 24th Nov Taste: The Festive Edition

Wed. 20th Nov - McFly

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. With seven UK number-one singles, five topten albums, six sell-out tours and ten million records sold worldwide, McFly are one of the most significant British pop acts of the twentyfirst century. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 20th - 24th Nov. - Ideal Home

Thurs. 21st Nov - Steeleye Span

At St Mary in the Castle, Pelham Crescent, Hastings TN34 3AF. 7.30pm. Seats £26.50 from 01323 841414

Thurs. 21st Nov - Primal Scream

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. (Returns Only) 01273 709709.

Thurs. 21st - 24th Nov Classical Spectacular

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 0207 589 8212. 3pm & 7.30pm. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multicoloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture.

Thurs. 21st Nov THE SELECTER 40th Anniversary

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 01424 229111. 7pm. £25. Their 40th Anniversary Tour with Special Guest and DJ Rhoda Dakar.

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Christmas at Herstmonceux Castle If you’re looking for somewhere a little different this year for your festive gathering then why not join us in December for lunch, afternoon tea or a party night with 3-course dinner included. The setting for each is the stunning castle ballroom which will be adorned with traditional Christmas decorations. Two of the lunches will feature a choir while the other two will have light background music. The afternoon tea also includes a castle tour and for the party night there will a DJ to get everyone dancing! Please visit the website for full details:

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Garden Services Thurs. 21st Nov - Othello

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 01892 678678. 7.30pm. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons relocate Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of jealousy and deception to a jazz-age setting, with live music and intense drama.

Friday 22nd Nov - The Australian Pink Floyd

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR. 6.30pm. ALL THAT YOU LOVE WORLD TOUR. “Setting the gold standard” – The Times. 01273 290131.

Friday 22nd Nov - 5th Jan. - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

At Hyde Park, London. The UK’s number one Christmas destination runs for 6 weeks from Friday 22nd November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020 and will host an array of new attractions and entertainment, as well as the return of many visitor favourites.

Friday 22nd Nov - Ardal O’ Hanlon

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 8pm. Star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted and My Hero continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. 01273 709709.

Friday 22nd Nov - Ed Byrne

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. brand-new masterclass in observational comedy. 01892 530613.

Friday 22nd Nov - The Adult Panto: Peter Panties!

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 01323 802020. 8pm. The Market Theatre Company return to corrupt another traditional pantomime classic beyond recognition.

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We’re not out of the woods yet . . . Danson Tree Care Ltd, is encouraging home-owners and businesses to get any worrying trees checked by a professional, as the stormy weather approaches. Following the stormy weather, a substantial Corsican pine had begun to list dangerously in our garden. With NO access, Nick had to chop the tree up and carry everything through the hallway – he did so cleanly and quickly. We have recommended Nick in the past and would obviously do so again. Mr & Mrs Brooker, Old Town, Hastings. Call us to arrange an informal site visit and no obligation quote.

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Friday 22nd Nov - Andy Parsons: Healing the Nation

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. ‘Coruscating live performer specialising in lacerating topical gags’ THE INDEPENDENT. 01892 678678.

Friday 22nd Nov - The Elton Show

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £25. C.J. Marvin performs brilliantly as Elton John wearing the outrageous colourful costumes and playing live piano, capturing the essence of Elton John and together with his live band and backing singers! 01323 412000.

Sat. 23rd - Nov. - A Christmas Tasting

award-winning English acoustic roots/folk duo.

Sat. 23rd Nov - Tomboogie & Tbad Presents Showstoppers

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 5pm & 8.30pm. The stand-up stage has been Hannah’s home for more than a decade 01273 709709.

At Rye Spice, Rye Harbour Road, Rye. 12-3pm. Turkey Curry & Christmas treats - See P. 30

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. With hits from Saturday Night Fever to Sweet Charity there really is something for everyone in this high energy MUSICAL SPECTACULAR! 01424 62288.

Sat. 23rd - 24th Nov - Christmas On The Home Front – WWII Experience

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU. £6.95. 01622 763936.

Sat. 23rd - 25th Nov. Jack Whitehall:

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. Awardwinning comedian, actor and writer Jack Whitehall has announced his biggest UK and Ireland arena tour ever for 2019. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 23rd - 24th Nov. Christmas Fair

Friday 22nd - 23rd Nov Weald Crafts Christmas Fair

At Cooden Beach, 10am-5pm. Exhibition and sale of genuine crafts by people living in the weald. See page 49.

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH. 01797 252878. 10am-4pm. Local traders, purveyors of fine goods, artisans and artists will be selling their wares in Great Dixter’s Medieval halls, Great Barn, gardens and outbuildings.

Sat. 23rd - Nov. - Show Of Hands

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 01424 229111. 7pm. from £13. The multi-

It is all change in 2020 for septic tank regulations – not a topic at the top of your ‘must read’ list, but if you live in a rural property, it might need to be. There is new legislation which will be enforced by the Environment Agency from the 1st January 2020. You may need to swap your septic tank for a sewage treatment plant. Tom’s Groundworks are experienced at installing these and will provide you with a free written quote and talk you through the legislation.

Sat. 23rd - Nov. - Hannah Gadsby


At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 7.30pm. new costumes, routines, jokes, and songs. Presenting a fabulous evening of hysterical comedy, amazing vocal impersonations, and jawdropping, costumes. 01323 802020.

Sat. 23rd, 24th Nov. Early Bird Santa Specials

At the Spa Valley Railway, Eridge Station, A26 between Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells. With A visit from Santa on board the train with a present for every child. Face Painting at Eridge. 01892 537715.

23rd, 24th Nov. - Hastings Herring Fair

Celebrating the Silver Darlings of the sea, Hastings Herring Fair will combine food stalls and cookery demonstrations with live music, and local beers, wines and ciders – all inside a marquee on the Stade (adjacent to the fishing beach and the Hastings Contemporary art gallery).

This is a job that will not be best left until the winter months. You can find us on the My Builder website at who verify all our references and insurance cover. We have the experience of running large scale projects such as new builds and extensions down to retaining walls, patios, driveways and bespoke garden walls. We can carry out demolition work and have our own crusher to turn rubble into a useful aggregate for reuse on site or elsewhere.

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An Introduction to Resin Bound surfacing When it used to come to re-surfacing your driveway the first thought was always Tarmac or Block paving. Both systems can look tired quite quickly. Have you heard of or seen the surface ‘Resin Bound’? It is a smart new way to revitalise your driveway, path or patio and is a striking improvement on other older surfaces like block paving. Enviro-Tech Resin Systems Ltd is a local family run business, which have been installing ‘Resin Bound’ for over 10 years and have been asked to install in many prestigious places over the years, including The Royal Botanical Gardens @ Kew. Both Owners of EnviroTech have been in the Resin industry for over 20 years and their knowledge on the subject is second to none.

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Sat. 23rd Nov. - Respect

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. 01892 530613. Respect: The Aretha Franklin Songbook is an amazing live concert that pays tribute to the Queen of Soul!

Sunday 24th Nov. Ballet Theatre UK: The Wizard of Oz

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 7pm. £18. The Wizard of Oz is a two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. 01323 802020.

3BJ. Powerful, personal acoustic show from this amazing singer/songwriter. See page 29.

Sunday 24th Nov. - Snow Patrol

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR. 6.30pm. On this tour, Snow Patrol will play reimagined versions of tracks from their catalog, as well as new songs from their Reworked album. From £50.15. 01273 290131

Sunday 24th Nov. Witney Queen Of The Night

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breathtaking performance in the spirit of Whitney 01323 412000.

Sunday 24th Nov. - Russell Kane

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 8pm. £21. Russell’s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life 01273 709709.

Sunday 24th Nov. Live Music with Mike Delpeche

At The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints’ St, Hastings TN34

Battle Trees Improving the view of your garden is, undoubtedly, one of the pleasures of enjoying your outdoor living space. We provide professional, reliable and cost effective tree care and garden maintenance solutions to suit all budgets. Previous work includes complex tree

Sun. 24th November Harmony One Choir Concert

At St Clement’s Church, High Street, Old Town

surgery and landscape garden site clearance. With over 15 years tree surgery experience, our knowledge of tree surgery and management is second to none. Working with residential and commercial clients in the local area, we are committed to ensuring our customers trees are managed responsibly and

Hastings, TN34 3ES. 5.30pm. Come and enjoy a concert of beautiful choral music inspired by the natural elements. Acclaimed local choir Harmony One, with a reputation for soaring melodies and strong harmonies, will be performing music by living composers conducted by Debbie Warren. They will be joined by violinist Nuri Köseoglu and pianist Helen Ridout. Tickets £10 (children under 16 free) from Tourist Information t: 01424 451111, Association of Carers charity shop in Queens Road, or on the door. This is a fund raising concert in aid of Association of Carers.

Sun. 24th November Santa’s Christmas Countdown

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 2.30pm. The show where every child gets a present from Santa! 01892 678678.

Sun. 24th November Gigspanner Big Band

At The Hailsham Pavillion. Seats £22.50 from 01323 841414. (Now we are Six). Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Sacha Trochet, Hannah Martin, Phillip Henry & John Spiers.

safely. We take great pride in getting the job done whilst preserving the health and well being of the trees and their surrounding environment. We appraise every Tree on its own merit and base our pruning recommendations based upon the tree’s condition, the tree type, the tree size, and of course our clients requirement.

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arden Gems will be hosting a Christmas Fayre on the weekend of December 14th/15th. There will be market stalls, carol singing, real Christmas trees for sale and a free Santa’s Grotto on both days. To book a slot for your child to see

Santa Claus please contact Garden Gems on 01797 360533. Homemade Cadbury hot chocolate will be available to purchase at Beryls CafĂŠ, and Mulled Cider will be on offer at Salts Farm Shop, both are situated right next door to Garden Gems at Salts Farm.

Late night shopping will also take place at Garden Gems on Saturday December 7th, from 5pm until 8pm when there will be a 15% discount on everything in-store. Salts Farm has ample free parking and is easily accessible from the A259 opposite the Camber turning.

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Pet Services

Tuesday 26th November NT Live: Fleabag

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. See the hilarious, award-winning, onewoman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag. 01892 678678.

Tuesday 26th November - The World of Hans Zimmer

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Delivering an intense and unforgettable concert experience, it delves into the phenomenal career of a true icon in modern music like never been seen before. Hans’ soundtrack conductor Gavin Greenawa 0844 856 0202.

Tuesday 26th - 30th November - Sixties Gold 2019

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £36. Re-live the magic of the 1960s with five chart-topping acts from that memorable decade, who between them scored over 50 UK hits. 01323 412000.

Tuesday 26th - 27th November - Tim Minchin

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7.30pm. Awardwinning comedian, actor and composer, will return to the stage for his first UK tour dates since 2011. 01273 709709.

Tuesday 26th - November - Hawkwind

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. English space rock band Hawkwind will perform a once in a lifetime 50th Anniversary concert 0207 589 8212.

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• Moved into the area and looking at classes to make new friends? • Are you looking to strengthen your core muscles or improve your posture? • Do you feel the need for ‘me time’ and an opportunity to relax and enjoy a therapy? • Have you injured yourself and think treatment would be beneficial? We often hold workshops in Meditation, Pelvic Floor, Garuda Pilates, Ballet barre and Posture. We regularly have taster sessions and offer Physiotherapy plus a variety of massage & complementary therapies. Please like us on www.facebook. com/TheBodyJunction to hear about our special offers and taster days.

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Wed. 27th - November - The Lumineers

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. After the triumph of their UK and US No.1 record, The Lumineers are back with their third studio album, ‘III’. This year, the band will tour across the US and Europe. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 27th - November - Beyond the Barricade - 20th Anniversary Tour

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 0844 871 7615. 7.45pm. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Beyond the Barricade. The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Misérables.

Wed. 27th - November The Business Show autumn 2019

At Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, London. E16 1XL. The show attracts over 20,000 visitors from all over the world who are looking for new & innovative products and services, which will help them to maintain, grow & develop as a business.

Thurs. 28th November - 1st December Champions Tennis

Thurs. 28th & 29th November Liam Gallagher

Fri. 29th Nov. - Floyd in the Flesh

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. Liam Gallagher has announced details of a major UK tour. The 11-date schedule includes a huge show at The O2. 6.30pm. 0844 856 0202.

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. This incredible, 8-piece, fully live tribute to the one and only Pink Floyd deliver on every level. 01892 678678.

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. Actor John O’Connor delightfully recreates Dickens’ famous performance of his best loved ghost story. 01892 678678.

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. Live band Electric Dreams perform over two dozen chart topping anthems for the ultimate throwback decade -80s Live! 0844 871 7615

Thurs. 28th Nov. - A Christmas Carol

Thurs. 28th Nov. - The Stylistics

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 7pm. The Stylistics are known instantly for their many numerous classics and Grammy nominated hits. 0844 856 0202.

Fri. 29th Nov. - YolanDa Brown 10 Year Anniversary World Tour

Fri. 29th Nov. - 80’s Live

Fri. 29th Nov. The Big Bexhill Lights Switch On

At Devonshire Road and Square, Bexhill On Sea. From 5pm. Carol singing, Christmas show, Illuminated procession led by 1066 Pipers, the big switch on by Santa and lots more. See P.45.

At Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY. 6pm. Double MOBO Award winner, YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK and a broadcaster working across Radio and TV. 020 8365 2121.

Fri. 29th Nov. - Rock For Heros

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. Grand Slam Champions, former World No.1s and national icons will return to the Hall once again for a dazzling display of high quality tennis and entertainment. 0207 589 8212.

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 01323 802020. 7.30pm. £20. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, fundraising in support of Help for Heroes.

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7pm. £7. Get ready for an exciting evening of dance from these talented children. 01323 412000.

At The Old Chapel Alfriston. Seats £19.50 from 01323 841414. A feast of harp and guitar featuring Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman who deliver a breath-taking blend of

Thurs. 28th November - Bourne School Presents Return of the Legends

traditional Irish music, and festive favourites.

Fri. 29th Nov. - Celtic Christmas Strings

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Senior Care

Sat. 30th Nov. - One Night of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 7.30pm. Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance. 0844 871 7615.

Sat. 30th Nov. - Poppinghole Christmas Fair

At Poppinghole Farm Spa, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge TN32 5BN. £1 entry. 10am - 4pm. Proceeds to The MS Society. See page 49.

Sat. 30th Nov. The Sara Lee Trust annual Christmas Fair

At The Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2SA. 13:00 - 17:00. There will be lots to see and do to get you into the festive spirit. We will have a variety of stalls selling handmade gifts, unique stocking fillers, fabulous decorations and much more. There will also be live music, a festive fashion show and you can even meet the big man himself, Father Christmas.

Sat. 30th Nov. - Christmas Comedy Club

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. Food £6.30pm. Line up - Dave Fulton · Sophie Willian · Maisie Adam. 01892 678678.

Sat. 30th Nov. - 24th Dec. - Santa Specials

At The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, E. Sussex TN22 3QL. Enjoy a journey through the Sussex countryside in all its winter splendour. Santa and his elves will be on board with a present and chocolate treat for all the children. 01825 720 800.

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Peasmarsh Place Residential Care - maintaining your independence.


s we all get older, we seek to maintain our independence for as long as possible, but sometimes need extra help with the day to day tasks that let us enjoy life to the full. Moving to a care home setting can be a daunting yet sometimes necessary big step. Peasmarsh Place Nr Rye, makes that step as easy as possible by providing luxurious rooms in a period Manor House setting surrounded by


glorious gardens and with staff to meet your every need. Tea on the terrace and meals in our well appointed dining room are a part of every day life. Your safety and well-being are the key outcomes for our trained and qualified staff team, who truly are the most caring professionals we know. Our Chef ensures that everyone has wonderful home cooked meals, whilst there is always an interesting activity or discussion going on to keep you

lan Gannon and his family have been working in and around the funeral industry locally for some years. Alan saw an opportunity to start his own independent family run funeral directors in the local area, after seeing the amount of families who struggled to meet the ever rising costs of a funeral (currently averaging approximately £4469 in the South East). Alan says “ Its not about how much you spend on a funeral, its about the people who are involved” Alan prides himself on being the only person you will be dealing with at every stage of the arrangement, and contactable whenever you need him “Some families need more time than others, having my own funeral directors means I can give as much time, and care to each family as required” For Alan the importance of being able to deliver a funeral at an affordable cost without compromising on quality or professionalism is key “I have created a funeral package which is affordable to everyone, however if you wish to add to it you can”

entertained. Our Home Manager is there to ensure that you have everything that you need and our trained team of experts will help you to manage your medications and check on your overall health. Rated as ‘Good’ by the CQC we are here for you on a 24/7 basis. We also offer day care and respite break services. Come and visit us soon to find out more. See our full advert on the back page of this magazine for details

Alan Gannon & Sons also offer direct Cremations Direct cremations have always been around but are now increasing in popularity due to its simplicity and cost. This is aided with celebrities such as david bowie and author Anita Brooker opting for this. A direct cremation is where a deceased is transported from the mortuary directly to the crematorium within a few days following the death. It is a minimalist option, whereby there are no attendance, procession, or ceremony. A direct cremation should not be considered a ‘Cheap Funeral’, simply it removes the constraints and stress of making prompt formal decisions. This then allows families to arrange more fitting memorial service or reception at a time, and place more suited for all to attend, if desired. Alan Gannon & Sons believe in compassion, a personal service and putting families first. Alan says “I’m in a position of trust when families are at their most vulnerable. Something I hold with high regard, I cannot let them down”.

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Birds of a feather... Heads up.... All from the garden except the Osprey. I know I am biassed, even boring but aren’t our birds just beautiful? When all around you appears to be going to pot it is such a relief to just see what nature has to offer. Allan .....

Feathers Wild Bird Care

Blue Tit

Sat. 30th Nov. - The Chemical Brothers

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. This concert follows the release of their hugely acclaimed ninth album No Geography - this is their biggest ever UK headline show, stopping at The O2. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 30th Nov. The Four Seasons by Candlelight

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. The verve and virtuosity of the 18th century is brought to life in this enchanting concert staged in an elegant candle-lit setting with an evocative programme crowned by Vivaldi’s sublime masterpiece. From £19.50. 01323 412000.


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Sat. 30th Nov. - Day at Night – A Musical Tribute to Doris Day

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. 2.30pm. Starring Lynda Radford and Brad Pepper with the James Gutteridge and his band. Featuring singers and a live band, this show pays tribute to the Hollywood Legend 01323 802020.

Sat. 30th Nov. Battle Christmas Lights Switch On

Father Christmas Comes to Battle. 1.50pm Parade with music escorts Father Christmas’s sleigh down the High Street to his Grotto at Memorial Hall. Father Christmas sees children in his Grotto from 2:15 till 4:45 and

Sat. 30th Nov. Castalian String Quartet

At Vinehall School Theatre, Robertsbridge. Works by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak. Tickets / details on 01580 883092.

there are also refreshments, entertainment and popular charity market in the hall and children’s rides on the Abbey Green 5pm Lights switched on by Father Christmas Free parking all day in the town’s Rother District Council car parks and the Battle Abbey car park. See page 19.

Sat. 30th Nov. - Hundred Watt Club An Evening of Burlesque & Vaudeville

At St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3AF. 7.15-10pm. The Hundred Watt Club are back in town! A glittering line-up of neo-burlesque, circus, vaudeville and comedy. Come let your hair down and indulge in a heady evening of decadent, vintage inspired entertainment. £16. 01424 715880.

Sat. 30th Nov. London Mozart Players by the sea

At Opus Theatre, 24-25 Cambridge Rd, Hastings, United Kingdom, TN34 1DJ. Packed with rousing classical favourites from Greig, Mozart and Haydn, the first concert is also a showcase of young talent as dazzling pianist and BBC Young Musician winner (2018) Lauren Zhang, and gifted local flautist Daisy Noton. 0208 6861996.

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Sat. 30th Nov. - Josh Widdicombe

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 8pm. The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour. £20.00 01424 229111.

At Robertsbridge Village, E. Sussex. Late night shopping. Torchlight procession from 6pm. Live music in The George Inn. See page 23.

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ituated in Peasmarsh Village, close to the harbour town of Rye in East Sussex, Peasmarsh Place is the former Country House of the Devonport Family, and now provides a luxurious residential care setting for Older People who need care and support away from home. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with well maintained grounds, yet with today’s levels of internal style and decorating, the house is warm and inviting in appearance. Peasmarsh Place provides stunning views across the Sussex countryside. Afternoon tea is served in our lovely lounge and on the terrace; meals can be taken in our dining room or in your own room.

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Our highly trained and experienced carers, led by our expert care management team are on hand 24/7 to ensure that all of your personal care needs are met. Supplemented with input from the local district nurse team, you can be assured that you or your loved ones can live safely and happily with the specialist and caring help that you need.

We also offer Day Care services that ensure that families can leave their loved ones for short breaks, respite stays or single days, assured in the knowledge that all of their needs will be met by our team. We would be pleased to show you around our wonderful facilities - please contact us to arrange a suitable date and time.

Our Chef is experienced and applauded for her tasty and delicious meals, whilst our housekeeping team ensure that your home is cleaned to the highest standards. A range of social activities is available to ensure that both mind and body remain stimulated.

Telephone: 01797 230555 Web: Peasmarsh Place is Registered and Regulated by The Care Quality Commission and is rated as GOOD through a recent inspection process.

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What's On Magazine November 2019  

What's On in Kent and East Sussex plus major London exhibitions and trade fairs. Celebrity features, restaurant guide and social events.

What's On Magazine November 2019  

What's On in Kent and East Sussex plus major London exhibitions and trade fairs. Celebrity features, restaurant guide and social events.


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