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WHAT’S ON April 2014

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What’s On April 2014 Until Sun. 30th March - Ideal Home Exhibition

At Earls Court, London. From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, from fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest gadgets, plus fashion, beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show. http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/

Throughout April and May - Art Exhibition

At the Stables Art Gallery, The Bourne, Hastings. Vibrant and intriguing images in oil from Ron Veness.

Tues. 1st April - City Rocks

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.45pm. Lily Allen, Brian May and Kerry Ellis, The Feeling, Maverick Sabre and Sophie Ellis Bextor performing to celebrate the 275th Birthday of Coram the UK’s oldest childrens charity. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 1st & 2nd April - Justin Timberlake

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. (also on 10th June). 6.30pm. The 20/20 Experience, has been critically well received and is the year’s best selling album with over 3.5 million sold to date worldwide. 0844 856 0202

Tues. 1st - 5th April - Eternal Love

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. following a triumphant season at Shakespeare’s Globe, audiences outside of London now get the chance to revel in this funny, passionate and legendary love story. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 1st & 2nd April - RHS Great London Plant Fair

At the RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycote Street, Westminster, London. A celebration of Spring with an emphasis on plant sales and the feel of an upmarket plant fair featuring nurseries and trade stands. RHS members free, public £5.00.

Tues. 1st & 2nd April - Miranda Hart

At the Brighton Centre. 7pm. Tickets £27.50 and £82.00. The award winning Queen of Comedy is on stage doing stand-up for the first time since her hit series ‘Miranda. Expect silliness, attempts at song and dance, secrets shared and simply - such fun! 01273 290131.

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April 2014 House and Home P.2 - 23

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Food and Drink P. 24 - 33 Gig Guide P.30 Wedding Services P.34 - 37 Antiques & Collectables P.38 & 39 Fashion, Leisure and Gifts P.40 - 46 Bexhill on Sea P.47 - 49 Nursing and Care P.50 - 52 Health, Fitness and Beauty P.53 - 57 Garden Services P.58 - 64 P.60

Pets and Wildlife P.65 - 67 P. 51

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Tues. 1st - 21st April - Easter Lambing Fun and Frolics

At the Rare Breeds Centre, Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3RJ. All the usual fun on the farm with lots of lambs. The Easter bunny returns over the Easter weekend with an egg hunt and Easter show. Open 10.30am - 5.30pm. 01233 861493.

Until 26th April - Two Into One

At the Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU. Written and directed by the master of farce Ray Cooney . All George Pigden has to do is book a hotel room for MP Richard Willey to meet his mistress. But the bumbling aide makes a series of disastrous mistakes, and extreme complications ensue… 0207 3781713.

Tues. 1st - 5th April - Morecambe

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves. 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. £14.50. Starring Bob Golding as comedy icon Eric Morecambe. See main advertisement on page 41.

Wed. 2nd April - The Curious Beer Club

A periodical quite celebration of craft brewing, featuring guest brewers and their beer, fine home made edible accompaniments and tastings lead by the Hop blenders themselves. Meeting on the first Wednesday of every month at the Dolphin, South Street, Eastbourne. Facebook. com/CuriousBeerClub

Wed. 3rd - 5th April - BATS presents The Taming of the Shrew

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. To celebrate the author’s 450th birthday, Bexhill Amateur Theatrical Society are mounting this epic, lavish and colourful production, set in the sophisticated style of Gatsby’s 1920’s. Glittering period costumes, singers and dancers, will help make this a rare and different theatre experience. Tickets £5 to £12. 01424 229111.

Wed. 2nd April - Kidnapped

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. This gripping, fast paced adventure story is packed full of physical storytelling and imagination. This highly imaginative re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story is perfect for young and old audiences alike. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 3rd April - Purple Zeppelin

Wed. 3rd April The Four Tops & The Temptations

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The band are genuine admirers of both Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and with the accent firmly on entertainment, this show promises to be a night not to be missed. £19.50. 01323 412000.

At the O2 Arena, Docklands, London. Timeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Temptations will be back in the UK in 2014 to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history. Special guests joining the bill for these memorable shows will be The Platters and Freda Payne. 0844 856 0202.

Thurs. 3rd April - Rolvenden Farmers Market

At St. Mary’s Church, Rolvenden from 10am - 12 noon. 20 - 30 stalls with a selection of produce.

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Thurs. 3rd April - Alison Moyet

Fri. 4th April - Brede Farmers Market

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Her new show celebrating the critical acclaim of her top five album ‘The Minutes’. 0207 589 8212.

At Brede Village Hall every Friday at 10am - 12 noon.

Fri. 4th & 5th April - Peter Pan

Thurs. 3rd April - Boy George Live in Concert

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Fri. 7pm. Sat. 11am and 2.30pm. Comedy legend Bobby Davro as Smee. Dani Harmer ‘Tracy Beaker & Strictly Come Dancing’ as Wendy. Lloyd Warbey ‘Disney’s Art Attack’ as Peter Pan. 01424 462288.

At the Indigo2, Docklands, London. 7pm. New UK tour. 0844 856 0202.

Fri. 4th April - Lee Hurst (Comedy)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!!! In his new tour, stand up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up. 01892 678678.

Sat. 5th April Toyah and Her Band

Fri. 4th April - Back Street Boys

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. From Punk princess to high priestess - expect a dynamic performance from Toyah, the charismatic award-winning rock legend, who comes to celebrate her thirty year songbook. Seats. £19.50 and £22.50 available on the door.

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. For the first time in 10 years all five Backstreet Boys are back together and will perform at The O2 on Friday 4 April 2014 as part of their In A World Like This tour.0844 856 0202.

Fri. 4th - 12th April One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. Funny, sad, exciting, testing, inspiring, joyous and traumatic, its everything a play should be. A Stables Theatre Production. 01424 423221.

Fri. 4th April - Stars of ITV’s X Factor

Sat. 5th April - Herstmonceux Village Market

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. 01424 715880.

At Sundial car park, Herstmonceux from 10am onwards. A variety of stalls serving locally produced goods. First Saturday of every month.

Fri. 4th April - Celebrating Jon Lord

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. A tribute to the Late Jon Lord featuring performances from Deep Purple, Paul Weller, Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman and more. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 5th & 6th April Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. A small but special plant fair for all plant lovers. From 11am - 4pm.

Fri. 4th & 5th April - Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Pyramid

Sat. 5th April - Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl Live in Concert

At the Asembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Friday. 11am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm Sat. With hilarious physical comedy, popular tunes and special effects, the whole family will enjoy this new episode live on stage. Zoinks! 01892 530613.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present the UK premier of this swashbuckling film and live music event. Watch the adventures of Captain Jack and his motley crew unfold in this hi-tech thrilling adventure on the big screen, while the live Royal Philharmonic Orchestra simultaneously perform the electrifying score of the sensational blockbuster, 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 4th April - Bexhill Farmers Market

At Devonshire Square, Bexhill on Sea. 8.30am - 2pm. Stalls selling a variety of food and craft products.

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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, two of which are alight making it a warm and welcoming environment. Stoves on display include Stovax, Franco Belge, Portway, Villager, Nordpeis, Bronpi, Dovre, Yeoman, Charnwood and many more. 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. Their forge offers a bespoke service for gates, fencing and general ironwork. 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.

Sat. 5th - 21st April Easter Fun at Groombridge Place

At Groombridge Place, near Tunbridge Wells including games, puppet show, egg hunt, pig races and many more attractions. 01892 861444.

Sat. 5th - 21st April - Easter at Hever

At Hever Castle and Gardens near Edenbridge, Kent. Featuring the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, craft workshop, Easter activities, longbow archery display and an opportunity to explore the castle and gardens.

Sat. 5th - 21st April - Easter Fun at Sissinghurst

At Sissinghurst Castle, Tenterden Road, Cranbrook from 11am - 4.30pm. Alice in Wonderland theme with giant fun and games and from Friday 18th - 21st an Easter egg trail. (£2.50 per person). Normal admission.

Sat. 5th April - Backstage Tours

At Smallhythe Place, Rye Road, Tenterden at 2.30pm - 3.30pm. See the recent backstage refurbishments. 01580 762334.

Sat. 5th April - Stacey Kent

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, brings her new album, The Changing Lights, to Trinity. The Changing Lights places Kent’s love for Brazilian music centre-stage, featuring Bossa Nova classics like How Insensitive alongside originals by the songwriting team of Jim Tomlinson and acclaimed novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro. £18 to £22. 01892 678678.

Sat. 5th & 6th April - Gary Barlow

At The 02 Arena, Docklands, London. His gig will tie in with the release of his first solo album, Since I Saw You Last, in 14 years. With Take That Gary has released eight number one albums, which have collectively sold more than 30 million copies. He has also been party to 15 number one singles, sold seven million concert tickets, and been the proud recipient of six Ivor Novello Awards. 0844 856 0202.

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Sat. 5th & 6th April Wilderness First Aid

At Pestalozzi International Village, Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe. Training run by Andy Sullivan from ELST (Emergency Life Support Team). This two day (16 hour) Outdoor First Aid course adheres to standard 3 of the Institute of Outdoor Learning - Outdoor First Aid Training Framework. 01424 870444

Sat. 5th April - Heritage Transport Show

At the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. Vintage vehicles including cars, tractors, commercials, motorcycles and stationary engines. www.kenteventcentre.co.uk

Sat. 5th - 21st April Easter Quest

At Leeds Castle and Gardens, near Maidstone in Kent. Family activities and a nature trail through the grounds with clues to collect an Easter egg reward.

Sat. 5th - 21st April Spring Into Easter

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent. Newborn piglets, lambs, goats, calves, ducks, donkey rides, quad bikes, water zorbing, tractor rides. 10am - 6pm.

Sat. 5th - 21st April Paint Works

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free entry. During the Easter holidays The DLWP invites YOU to be the artist and explore your creative side. Gallery 2 will transform into an Artists’ Studio which will be a space for events for all ages. Between events, you will be able to drop in and enjoy free painting activities led by Paint Works artist-in-residence Bern O’Donoghue with the help of our studio assistants. 01424 229111.

Sat. 5th April 1066 Cycle Club

TBC for the 5th or 6th. Ride from Berwick on small country lanes. Please contact Gabrielle for further details on 07908 858 233.

Sat. 5th April Lift the Lid

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 1pm. Free entry. Come and explore the painting process as a family with Bern O’Donoghue in our creative drop in sessions. Surprise yourself with what you can achieve using unusual tools and techniques.

Sat. 5th April Henrietta The Hippos Funhouse

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 10.30am. £4 if prebooked. The show lasts one hour plus interval and is aimed at children between 3 – 10 years of age. 01323 412000.

Sat. 5th April The Grimethorpe Colliery Band

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The real stars of the hit movie “BRASSED OFF”, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band are in constant demand throughout the world for concert appearances. 01323 412000.

Sat. 5th April Jimeoin -Yes Yes Whatever?

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £16.50. ‘Inspired… Comedy so deceptively bright it almost blinds you… Not so much stand-up comedian, more stand-up David Attenborough… This is comedy of the highest order.’ London Evening Standard. 01323 412000.

Sat. 5th & 6th April United Makeup Artists Expo

At the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street,

Islington, London. The only UK professional makeup artist show, open 9am - 5pm Sat. 10am 5pm Sun. supported and attended by some of the best Makeup Stars of the Industry e.g. Lois Burwell, Greg Cannom, Wally Sneiderman. Tickets £55 to £65. www.umae.co.uk

Sat. 5th April Reiki Awareness Day

At King Charles the Martyr Hall, 3 Warwick Place, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TA, 10am - 4pm. Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience a 30 min Reiki taster treatment for £10 by qualified local Reiki Practitioners. Pre-book by calling Sharon 07713 160485 or come along on the day.

Sat. 5th April Robertsbridge Village Market

At the Village Hall, Station Road, Robertsbridge from 10am - 12.30pm. 01580 882204.

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Sat. 5th April - Hailsham Street Market

At Town Centre, Hailsham, Vicarage Field. Every Saturday in the month except Farmers Market day on 12th April when it will be held on the Thursday 10th. See page 46.

Sat. 5th April - See The Steam Giants

At Brede Waterworks, on the A28, 6 miles north of Hastings. Open 10am - 4pm. Free entry. The huge steam pumping engines have been restored and are in motion again. 01323 897310. Free parking.

Sat. 5th April - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market At the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells from 9am - 2pm.

Sat. 5th & 6th April - Dirty Dozen Races

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a 12k obstacle race with 20 military style obstacles and the ‘Dirty Half Dozen’ is a 6k obstacle race with 15 military style obstacles the course and obstacles are designed by ex-British Special Forces. The military style obstacles are strategically combined with challenging terrain to test agility, strength and endurance. 01622 872068.

Sat. 5th - 21st April - Easter at Penshurst Place

At Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst near Tonbridge. 10.30am to dusk. Easter carrier pigeon egg trail, create your own carrier pigeon or soldier on it, three shows of storytelling on Easter Sunday 20th and 21st from 2pm.

Sat. 5th April - Food and Craft Market

At Battle Memorial Hall, High Street, Battle from 11am - 3pm. (also on Saturday 19th April).

Sun. 6th April - Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Tickets from £13. Transmitted live onto the big screen from Broadway. Starring Orlando Bloom(Pirates of the Caribbean,The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award nomineeCondola Rashad, this dazzling new production ofRomeo and Julietis a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. 01892 678678.

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Made By Landlords 1. Not investing in kitchens and bathrooms - It costs relatively little to tile a bathroom and provide clean and new worktops in kitchens. Kitchens and bathrooms are a major “turnoff” on viewings. 2. Installing light cream coloured carpets - They look modern, but stain quickly – Darker shades are much more serviceable. 3. Not reviewing rent regularly, particularly when the same tenant stays in the property. Allowing rent levels to fall behind market rate can significantly impact your property. 4. Not Carrying out credit checks on tenants- The most credit worthy looking tenant may have CCJs and a record of exploiting unwary landlords. 5. Not putting up a “to let” board- As a result no-one passing and no one locally knows it’s available to let. If you have any questions about letting your property, or would like free, no obligation advice please call us on 01424 751805.

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Sun. 6th April - The Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra - Lisa Milne At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm. Haydn - Symphony No 1 Strauss - Four Last Songs. Mahler - Symphony No 4. The acclaimed Scottish soprano, Lisa Milne, appears in operas and performs with orchestras all over the world. Her radiant tone will be well suited to the rich Romanticism contained in the ravishing Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, an undisputed master for the female voice. Tickets £13 to £22. 01892 530613.

Sun. 6th April - Albert Sessions: The 1975

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. The Manchester based band make their Royal Albert Hall debut as part of the Hall’s Albert Sessions Initiative. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 6th April - ‘Showtime!’ Audition

At the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst. Performers of all ages are invited to audition for Wadhurst Dramatic Clubs, October 2014 Production ‘Showtime!’. Ring Paul on 07736 794824 for information.

Sun. 6th April - Beatles Day

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings from 12 noon. Beatles Day 15 features over 10 hours of music from The Beatles’ back catalogue, performed live by 350 musicians. With entry wristband, you can come and go as you please throughout the day. Tickets £10. 01424 462288.

Sun. 6th - 8th April - The London Bridal Show

At Olympia Central, London. Trade show. The London Bridal Show will offer bridal retailers and buyers the opportunity to browse and buy from over 200 collections from 150 of the finest bridal manufactueres & designers from around the world. www.thelondonbridalshow.co.uk

Sun. 6th April - The Snow Maiden and Other Traditional Tales

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. Cat’s Grin conjures up the extraordinary stories of Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin, not to mention the remarkably silly tale of Lazy John and his Knit-Wit Mum! 01892 678678.

Sun. 6th April - Hastings Winkle Club AGM

At The Fisherman’s Institute, All Saint Street, Hastings at 10.30am.

Mon. 7th April - Nursery Propagation Day

At Great Dixter, Dixter Lane, Northiam from 10am - 4.30pm. Study day with nursery Manager Michael Morphy. You will be taken through each stage from making your own compost, to taking cuttings, sowing seeds, splitting perennials and looking after potted plants. Places are limited to 12. Price: £125 per person Contact Perry Rodriguez on tel: 01797 252878 ext. 3.

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Mon. 7th - 17th April - Easter Fun Half Term

At Bewl Water, Bewl Bridge Lane, Lamberhurst, Kent. Lots of activites* for the whole family, every day from 10am. Enjoy a relaxing trip on the Swallow Boat around the reservoir. Waterside Restaurant open every day from 10am serving drinks, snacks, lunches and dinners. Kids entertainment and games with the Bewl Water Entertainment team. Kids Fishing, Model Boats, Various Inflatables, Hydroballs, Paddle Boats and Mini Golf. *activities will be available weather permitting Admission £4 per person - Children ages 4 and under go FREE.

Mon. 7th - 12th April Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. A sensational brand new exciting production with colourful costumes, fabulous sets, special effects and sassy high energy performances. This breath-taking production is guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a tune on your lips. It’s toe-tapping good! Directed and Choreographed by US award winning Patti Colombo. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 8th - 12th April - In Praise of Love

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. An almost unbearably moving story of veiled emotions running deep, In Praise of Love is based on the true life situation of Rex Harrison’s wife, Kay Kendall. Tickets £14.50 to £20.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 8th - 19th April - Singin’ in the Rain

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Evenings 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm (No performances on Sunday 13th April) Starring stage and screen leading man Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss R.F. Simpson, Coronation Street favourite Vicky Binns as starlet Lina Lamont, James Leece as Don Lockwood, and Amy Ellen Richardson as Kathy Selden. This production uses 12,000 litres of water at every performance! Tickets £26 - £40. Tel: 01323 412000.

Tues. 8th April - Johnny Mathis

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Universally renowned as one of the greatest male vocalists, Johnny Mathis will be performing hits from his vast back catalogue. 0844 856 0202.

The Rise of the Ratters Remote Access Tools or RAT has been used in the computer industry for years to enable engineers to repair computers remotely. However, recently there has been increased activity of RAT being used maliciously. The Ratter (as they call themselves) installs a program on your computer, be it through a dodgy website; exploit in your computer or from a seemingly innocuous email link. Once your computer is infected, they control everything on your computer. They have access to all your files and photos and even more alarmingly, they can watch you on your webcam. They can alter your files, encrypt them and extort you for money to fix them; they can message you; install whatever they want and even delete your antivirus and firewall without your knowledge. They even log what keys you press and can take snapshots of your screen so your online banking is at risk. Most Ratters prey on young girls which they sell as “slaves” on computer forums, these are innocent computer users that have had their computers infested by these people. Each Ratter may have several hundred infected computers under their control. With the advent Microsoft ending support for Windows XP, the bugs and exploits are not being fixed, so more people are becoming victims of this horrible trade. Whilst Ratting is not limited to Windows XP, the fact Microsoft have washed their hands of that operating system makes those who use it increasingly at risk of infection.

Tues. 8th & 9th April Flower Arranging Workshop

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. 10.30am - 2.30pm. £40. Expert tuition and advice from the Castle florist. Tickets must be booked on line. http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

Tues. 8th - 10th April - The London Book Fair

At Earls Court 1 and 2 London. Trade show. The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. The event takes place every spring and is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. www.londonbookfair.co.uk

Tues. 8th April - Big Art Club - Paint Box

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10am for ages 8 - 12 years. Creative fun as things get messy with materials and bend the rules by which you paint. Gallery 2 will be turned into a studio where you can explore painting techniques with artist Bern O’Donoghue. £70 01424 229111.

Wed. 9th & 10th April - Grimm Pickings

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Eves: 7pm. Thurs. Mat. 2pm. A musical retelling of four of the 200 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Devised by ESSPA’s James and Teena Symonds, this all singing, all dancing show will be a magical evening for the whole family – from 3 year olds to Granny and Grandpa. There are fairies and animals, dwarves and giants, Kings and Queens, princes and princesses. With a live orchestra, fabulous sets and costumes. Special rates for families and concessions. Tickets £8 to £13.50. 01424 229111.

Wed. 9th April - A Hastings Lady in America

A talk ‘Across the Herring Pond’ - Maria Coussens for the Hastings and Rother Family History Society at Ore Community Centre, Old London Road, Hastings at 7.30pm. £1. 07709 235308.

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My Sparkling New Patio from ‘Algae Blaster’! When you are spending time and money this spring getting your garden looking great, don’t forget where you are going to be spending most of your time relaxing...on your patio! Algae blaster can return your patio to it’s former glory. I was amazed how much grime and algae was deposited on my patio and couldn’t believe how good it looked afterwards. Algae Blaster has the professional equipment which removes much more than a normal pressure washer so don’t try it yourself, give the Algae Blaster a call for a free competitive quote. If you are thinking of selling your house it’s easy to overlook the obvious. A spotless patio or decking area makes all the difference when showing potential buyers your property...... Anna...What’s On editor - 17 017_April017.indd 1

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen The Ideal Home Show 2014, opened its doors to members of the public on 14th March. Crowds gathered in anticipation outside Earls Court and watched Celebrity Ambassadors, George Clarke, Melinda Messenger, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Diarmuid Gavin and Martin Lewis officially cut the ribbon to declare the show open.

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eld over 17 days, the Ideal Home Show 2014 is the largest consumer home show in the events calendar packed to the rafters Ideal Interiors sponsored by Thomas Sanderson, Ideal Home Improvements sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, Ideal Gardens sponsored by Hydropool, Ideal Technology sponsored by Virgin Media, Ideal Food & Housewares sponsored by Regina, Ideal shopping and a pampering Ideal Woman section sponsored by Lexus.

There is still time to head down to the show which continues until 30th March to check out some of these amazing show highlights, including:

As the doors were unlocked, visitors rushed to the ‘Ideal Village’, visiting the famous full scale show homes on display which includes The Prince’s House, The Multi-Generation Home styled by House Beautiful and the Quiet Treehouse sponsored by John Lewis and Quiet Mark. As opening day progressed, hundreds of guests continued to stream through the doors armed with their measuring tapes and colour palettes, taking advantage of the huge range of shopping and expert advice opportunities.

- the Smart Home Technology area, powered by Virgin Media is bigger and better than ever. Visitors were able to sample some of the market’s leading domestic technology, new gadgets and energy efficient designs

- the Super theatre hosting live demonstrations and advice from all of the show’s celebrity ambassadors, TV and industry experts - the Food and Drink theatre, offering visitors a wealth of tips and tipples.

- the Ideal Advice Centre which has industry experts on hand to answer those all important questions - the Gregg Wallace Restaurant. - Gregg’s infamous restaurant returns for another year

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What’s On Magazine met up with Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen for this exclusive interview. Are you finding there are any particular colour trends this year? There seems to be a much more neutral stance but it is definately a year for colour. People are much more interested in colour. One of the good barometers of that is that if you look at things like advertisements on the television and you see the way advertising agencies create a sense of the generic household. At the moment it’s a very colourful household. It is a good measure of the way people feel about themselves and their property. There is definately a confidence and a sense of spring cleaning in the economy and in the housing market as well. This is expressed in energetic and colourful decorating. Do you find it easy explaining design principles to the average person? I see my job at the show as trying to help people refine their own sense of style. I don’t want to impose something on them, I am much more interested in their self expression. Designers who have their own look and want everyone to copy it tend to be very insecure people. There are of course better ways of doing anything and through my experience I would like to be able to share those lessons and help people to achieve their own style successfully. The Apartment.... It’s official Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has become one of the UK’s most successful exports! Asia has taken his particular brand of Brit Quip Humor and paper cut sharp judgement to heart following the phenomenal success of The Apartment on Star, Star World and Fox TV. Fusing the energy of Changing Rooms with the Search for a Star excitement of X Factor. The Apartment challenges a bevy of glamorous team mates to decorate luxury homes all in the hope that LLB approves of their colour schemes, curtain choices and scatter cushions. And if he doesn’t, well he’s certainly never backward in coming forward and his off the cuff bone dry comments have become famous throughout the Far East. The show culminates in the lucky team being given the keys to a $500,000 apartment thereby generating a rent free, mortgage free line of luxury glamour. Audiences love it. Series One of The Apartment Style Edition regularly picked up 120 million fans per programme in Asia and a further 60 million across the Middle East region making Laurence one of the most recognised faces

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in these territories. The Apartment Season Two Design Your Destiny airs in October 2013. For more information visit: www. theapartmenttv.com Your Asia show, The Apartment has obviously been very successful, are you filming another series? Yes and it is actually been taken up in South America as well. I was in Phuket last weekend just finalising the sponsor deals. There is so much happening internationally. The House of Lawrence which is my own branded products has had a very successful launch in China with over 40 stores stocking them and we are going into the Middle East and Mexico very shortly, so it’s all beginning to happen. Do you have to spend quite a lot of time out there filming and promoting? Yes I do, but both of my girls are away from home now, Cecile is at University in London and Hermione is about to do her GCSE Pure A Levels at Marlborough so we don’t have a family at home anymore which means that both Jackie and myself can actually do a lot more travelling. Are you still guess presenting on Classic FM? Yes, that is going really well and we are stabilising at over a million listeners for the lunchtime show. Will you be going to Chelsea Flower Show this year? Yes, and I am launching a new rose with Peter Beales Roses who have taken the plunge and have decided to name a rose after me. I always thought it would be more like a suggestive gourd or stinkwort but no. Who is the gardener in your house? My wife Jackie is very much the gardener. I am kind of a Louis IVth Gardener who just points and says ‘Lets take the top off that hill and flood that village’ but she is the one that actually nurtures growing things. The house we have in the Cotswold now has a very traditional garden but one of the reasons we are moving from it, is that it has two and a half acres of very high maintenance gardens. They are beautiful of course, but now it is just us and we want to travel more, it is just too much. You are very hands on when you are instructing your projects for the shows, are you like that at home? It depends what it is, I will do bits and

pieces but I think DIY has changed a lot in the last twenty years, so that the ‘D’ in DIY now stands for Design It Yourself and I think it is more important that people now focus on finding the right kind of trades to be able to do the work for them. I am not impractical. Any other projects coming up - perhaps an autobiography? My agent wants me to do one of those but no, not at the moment. I have got a great programme coming up on Saturday night BBC2 which is a documentary I have been making for the last ten years on the restoration of Klenethly House in Wales. I have just filmed a DIY SOS with Nick Knowles and I am about to do a big series for Radio 4 on colour which is rather bizaare for a radio show. How is the commercial arm of your business developing? We are doing less designing for large companies and more products. We are into our fifth collection with Littlewoods for home accessories which is going really well. We have now got The House of Lawrence which is our international collection which Jackie is very much taking charge with so that is the dominant force in what we are doing at the moment. I take a lot of pride in the fact that we are a very British brand expanding all over the world. The House of Laurence is the key to unlocking a very British world of design style and living. The collection celebrates the quirky individuality and old school chic that makes British homes such fabulously fun places. The House of Laurence is also about the very seductive concepts of everyday luxury and design democracy, proudly named “Glam Britannia” and “A Pinch of Posh” by Laurence himself. This is an excitingly eclectic new look in international house design. Author of “Debrett’s Wedding Guide – the planning and etiquette of a modern wedding” and former professional wedding organiser, Jackie Llewellyn Bowen has, together with Laurence, designed a glamorous range of weddings in paradise for Beachcomber Hotels. They fell in love with the Beachcomber Hotels and Mauritius on a family holiday and in fact Laurence and Jackie renewed their vows, to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in 2009 at Dinarobin!

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With their combined flair of design and understanding of the wedding market Laurence and Jackie are the perfect couple to add something a little extra special to weddings in paradise. Gazebo designed by Laurence LlewelynBowenLaurence has designed an exclusive new gazebo which clients can choose for their wedding day. The gazebo has been designed to be as flexible as possible and rather than be in a fixed location can be setup anywhere within the resort. The simple but stylish design has been created to make the most out of the stunning Beachcomber wedding locations whilst still making sure that the bride and groom remain the main focus of the wedding ceremony. To cater for all tastes and budgets there are two styles of Laurence and Jackie LlewelynBowen Wedding in Paradise packages. They are currently available at Dinarobin Hotel Golf and Spa, Paradis Hotel and Golf Club, Shandrani Resort and Spa in Mauritius, and Le Victoria, Le Mauricia, Le Cannonier in

Mauritius and St Anne Resort and Spa in the Seychelles.

Laurence’s cutlery hugely popular. See www.arthurprice.com

See for yourself at www.llbweddings.com

MUGS Cheeky irreverent colourful but always incredibly stylish Laurence creates a new mugnificent design collection every year. Beautifully boxed the finest quality bone china mugs are now highly collected. Jubilee. For the Queens coronation Laurence created a pair of commemorative mugs which have his stylish wit written all over them.

Do you get involved in the wedding planning sector of your business? Yes and that is doing very well and in fact it’s our 25th Wedding Anniversary this year so we will be making a lot of noise about weddings and matrimony and how it can work very well.

Thank You Lawrence The LLB collections Arthur Price Cutlery Laurence’s cutlery designs for Arthur Price have become design classics since their launch in 2000. Arthur Price of England’s commitment to craftsmanship and quality coupled with Llewelyn-Bowen flair continue to make

Let them Eat Cake This fabulously neo vintage teatime collection has quickly become a design classic. Taken from the LLB archive originals the exquisite quality fine bone china is always a pretty witty colourful statement. Iflorist With such a keen eye for interior detail it’s no surprise to discover Laurence’s passion for the traditional finishing touch in any room – flowers. In conjunction with internet florist iflorist LLB’s easy going panache has been put to very effective use in the design of a series of ravishingly beautiful bouquets. Exquisitively packaged to Laurence’s designs his flowers arrive direct to the doorstep. Visit www.iflorist.co.uk for the latest collections. Brintons - Fine Carpets Influenced by some of his favourite art movements, Laurence has created a collection of four truly inspirational 80 per cent wool, 20 per cent nylon woven Axminster’s which look at home in the most stylish interior. Laurence has also picked out some of his favourite Bell Twist colours so that you can easily extend schemes with complementary plain carpets. visit www.brintons.net for latest collections.

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Danielle Laurence often says that one of the most important ‘Colours’ on the home design colour palette is in fact smell. Which is why he’s created 3 sensationally sensual fragrances for Danielle. Glamarzzi is rich Mediterranean with an evening whiff of fruit, Corsage oozes Edwardian floral opulence whilst Louche is as original, cheeky and multilayered as LLB himself. The eye catching packaging has been used as the basis for a collection of stunning toiletry bags and make up purses.

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Food & Drink

Wed. 9th - 12th April London Marathon Exhibition

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Whether you are running in the race or not the exhibition is an opportunity that’s too good to miss for anyone interested in running and fitness. The largest collection of running brands, retailers, international races and fitness services you will find under one roof. www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com Michel Roux Jnr. will once again be one of the many celebrities taking part in this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 13th April.

Wed. 9th April The Manic Street Preachers

At the Brighton Centre. 6pm. £29.50. With support from Scritti Politti. “Bradfield still covers miles onstage, moving in response to Sean Moore’s tireless drumming; Wire still pogos with his bass like a teenager in from of his bedroom mirror” NME. 01273 290131.

Thurs. 10th April - Think Success

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. From 8am. Each meeting is an opportunity to meet 30+ other local businesswomen from around Kent and Sussex. We have an inspiring female speaker and there’s an opportunity to network with everyone before breakfast. £10.

Thurs. 10th April - Tap Factory

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Tap Factory is where ‘Stomp meets Tap Dogs!’ and the rhythm never stops. This tremendously visual, and highly exciting show, features the world’s best Tap Dancers and international musicians. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 10th April - Ceiliúradh

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8.30pm. A special evening of music, spoken word and dance on the historic occasion of the first state visit by the President of Ireland to the UK. 0207 589 8212.

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Thurs. 10th April - Josh Widdicombe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The last twelve months have been incredible for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee 2011 Josh Widdicombe, with the hit Channel 4 show The Last Leg being commissioned for two series after its success during the Paralympics Games. £14. Tel: 01892 678678.

Thurs. 10th April - Zambian Cultural Evening

At Pestalozzi International Village, Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe. 6.30pm. Enjoy informative displays, exciting performances and tasty regional food. Entry: £5 or £2 for under-12s (entry includes a plate of delicious Zambian food!) For more information, call 01424 870444.

Thurs. 10th - 12th April - Cake International

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. You will find over 80 exhibitors offering cutting-edge cake decorating and baking supplies; Competition Classes for all ages and abilities; Demonstration Theatres; a series of informative workshops and much more! www.cakeinternational.co.uk

Thurs. 10th - 21st April - Moscow State Circus

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date, PARK GORKOGO. Set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter ‘PARK GORKOGO’ (Gorky Park) is the perfect back drop for what is; undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth. 020 8365 2121.

Fri. 11th April - 51 Shades of Maggie

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Starring Dannielle Malone (Kelly Saunders in both Hollyoaks and Hollyoaks Later), this best-selling send-up of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of loveable Maggie Muff and her search for love. 01424 462288.

Fri. 11th April - Juan Martin

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Flamenco Fire and Soul. A celebrated virtuoso of the flamenco guitar who has been voted into the top three guitarists in the world by US magazine ‘Guitar Player’,Juan Martn played in the Spanish film ‘Donde tu estes’. 01892 678678.

The White Horse Pub & Dining, Hurst Green 01580 860 235 www.thewhitehorsehurstgreen.com

MEET, EAT AND DRINK Open Friday Night from 6pm. Saturday Lunchtime & Evening and Sunday Lunch.

Two for One Offer Every Friday Night

Open Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday for Lunch & Dinner

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Every Last Friday Every Last Friday is a monthly festival of music and the arts providing a forum for local musicians, artists and dramatists to showcase their talents in a variety of venues around the historical 1066 town of Battle on every last Friday of the month. Starting on Friday 25th of April you are invited to enjoy live music and art in our restaurants and pubs from 6pm till 9pm Come and hear upwards of six different singers and musicians performing in four venues around the town centre. All of the venues will host all six musicians throughout the evening, so it’s your choice whether you stay in one place or follow a favourite performer to all four venues. The restaurants will also feature their own art exhibits so you can browse while listening to your favourite acts. This event will continue on Every Last Friday of the month throughout the year and we hope to include comedy and drama performances in pubs, restaurants, retail outlets and on the Abbey Green and in Old Ladies Court. All venues will have Food and drink specials and a prize draw to help raise money for our adopted charities. We would like to hear from anyone interested in being part of this fantastic new festival as a performer, exhibitor or venue. You can contact the team via the inbox at www.facebook.com/ everylastfriday or follow us and get the latest information and updates about the performers and venues hot of the press.

The Venues for 25th April Mrs Burtons Restaurant and Tearoom. 2 High Street Battle. Nobles Restaurant. 17 High Street Battle. The Bull Inn. 27 High Street Battle. The Kings Head. 37 Mount Street Battle At 9pm you will have the choice of heading to the Senlac Inn for a big band finale, getting involved in the singing yourself with Karaoke at The Bull Inn or following the acts that have performed throughout the evening back to Ye Olde Kings Head for a live jam session.

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Moroccan Night at The Bull Inn, Battle

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he Bull Inn is now part of local dining folklore and, as ever, offers it’s visitors the regular chance to indulge in delectable feasts from around the world. High quality, enormously authentic and, most of all, fun, these evenings come alive with warmth and charm. Service throughout is always timely, smiles broad and dishes explained and presented with real pride and passion, so that even on a busy night, it can quickly feel that yours is the only table.

The staff have a good knowledge of each dish and are happy to recommend a dish to suit your own taste. A regular menu is also available on these nights for those who like their food more traditional. We enjoyed the slowly roasted lamb tagine, marinated in Moroccan spices and served with traditional rice. The whole dish was packed full of flavour and the tender lamb worked incredibly well with the apricot, raisins and spices, delivering an authentic Arabian experience. Providing the perfect accompaniment

to your meal The Bull Inn hosts an assortment of talented local bands, singers and musicians and are proud to be one of the main 4 venues to host ELF. (see facing page) Successfully delivering a taste of excellance in the heart of East Sussex, The Bull Inn is a stimulating blend of exciting food and talented entertainment, topped off with an intimate and friendly atmosphere that goes down well with both locals and those from further afield.

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The Rye Bakery is a family run business and has been established for over 100 years. The present owner has been running The Rye Bakery for nearly 25 years. The bakery has a staff of 44 and make regular wholesale deliveries to over 90 regular customers. Trade enquiries are always welcome. Please call in to The Rye Bakery where you will find only the finest Artisan breads and pastries made everyday as well as coffee, tea and sandwiches to eat in or takeaway.

Fri. 11th - 13th April - The Chocolate Festival

Hope Cottage Farm Shop and Tearoom - Ninfield’s best kept secret! Offering a wide choice of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus lots, lots more. Sit in the comfort of the cosy tearoom and sample the homemade cakes and pastries. Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast or a delightful High Tea at £12.00 per person. Book a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party! Tearoom open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3.30pm Sunday. We also provide Gluten Free High Teas at £13.50 per person. You will find a superb selection of quality local produce to include tasty preserves and dressings. Gluten free products. Quality meat, game, poultry and free range eggs. Browse their selection of locally made cards, crafts and jewellery. Gift vouchers available and gift hampers are made to order. They also stock a wide range of horse and pet feed .

At the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London. 1pm - 8pm Friday. 10am - 8pm Sat. and 10am - 3pm Sun. General admission £5. VIP and tasting tickets available. Discover the best and newest artisan chocolates and indulge yourself in all things chocolatey. www.festivalchocolate.co.uk

Fri. 11th & 12th April - Back to Broadway

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Back to Broadway is a show that is a celebration of all that is best about Musical Theatre, from the heartbreaking beauty and power of Memory, Music of the Night and Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, to the feel good energy of Summer Nights and Footloose. £17. 01323 412000.

Fri. 11th April - Fair Trade (Talk)

A talk for The Little Common Horticultural Society at Little Common Community Centre at 7.15pm with Jack Doherty who will be explaining the objectives and implementation of the Fair Trade policy to help smaller growers overseas. Visitors welcome £1.

Fri. 11th April - Sissinghurst Farmers Market

At Sissinghurst Castle Garden, near Cranbrook from 10.30am - 3.30pm. Also held on 25th April.

Fri. 11th & 12th April Property Investor and Home Buyer Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The UK’s largest - and longest running - exhibition of UK & International property. Over 2 days, a large audience of investors, homebuyers, landlords and property trade professionals gather to create the UK’s largest residential property investment, business & networking event. www.propertyinvestor.co.uk

Fri. 11th April - 31st Oct. Great Charts Great War Exhibition

At Goddinton House, Goddinton Lane, near Ashford, Kent. The death and glory of local heroes of Great Chart remembered by a new exhibition at Goddinton House running until October.

Sat. 12th & 13th April - Artists Spring Exhibition

The Society of Eastbourne Artists will be holding their Spring Exhibition at queen Alexandra Cottage Homes, 557 Seaside, Eastbourne, BN23 6NE. Stephen Lloyd MP will open the exhibition on Saturday at 11am. Refreshments available, free entry. Proceeds will go to the home. For more details find us on facebook or at www.sea-eastbourne.com

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A Charming Dining Venue Serving Authentic Greek Meze

very Saturday, new owners Neil and Maria Smallwood at The Royal Oak, Whatlington offer a little slice of Hellenic heaven in the form of beautifully authentic Greek Meze in the heart of 1066 country. The cosy family atmosphere certainly rubs off on the customers, and ensures that everyone feels warmly welcome. The menu is very comprehensive and boasts a long list of mezes catering to all palates, from the most delicate to the most adventurous. All dishes are freshly prepared on these premises and a good tip is to skip lunch during the day to prepare for the amazing 13 - 16 courses of the meze. From Tzatziki and beautifully cooked Souvlaki, to grilled Halloumi cheese, they all taste so delicious that you have to be

sparing with the hot pita bread so there is room for the last course of succulent Soutzoukakia Smyrna - spicy beef meatballs cooked in tomato and garlic sauce. This is all helped along with a tasty Greek salad, generously coated in olive oil and dressing. With a delightful dessert of Baklava with Greek Yoghurt, Honey and Nuts you complete your meal with triumphant satisfaction. Of course you can’t fully complete a meal like this without indulging in the local firewater and an Ouzo or two is just the ticket. With Its genial informality and friendly atmosphere, The Royal Oak offers the perfect eating and drinking solution for after work get-togethers and families who like to dine at a mediterranean pace with relaxed company and friendly conversation.

With a strong focus on quality and a passionate approach from owners who take pride in their business, this restaurant is the real Mediterranean deal. From Monday to Friday and Sunday lunchtime The Royal Oak offers traditional English Pub dishes freshly prepared with local ingredients.

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Gig Guide The Six Bells Chiddingly Tel: 01825 872227 Sat. 29th March - Primitive Instinct Sun. 30th March - Lunchtime Savannah. Tues. 1st April - Folk & Blues Club Fri. 4th April - Pearl Handle Revolver Sat. 5th April - Fixer. Sun. 6th April - (Lunchtime) Assorted Nuts Fri. 11th April - Snake Bite. Sat. 12th April - English Rouges Sun. 13th April - (Lunchtime) Assorted Nuts Tues. 15th April - Folk & Blues Club. Fri. 18th - Uginks Sat. 19th April - Talisman. Sun. 20th April - (Lunchtime) Savannah Friday 25th April - Far Cry. Sat. 26th April - Stone Cold Sober Sun. 27th April - (Lunchtime) Savannah. Tues. 29th April - Folk & Blues Blues with Bottle Club The Anchor, London Rd. Sevenoaks TN13 1AS 01732 454898 http://www.blueswithbottleclub.co.uk Wednesday 2 April 9pm - Roger Hubbard, legendary singer/ songwriter/ guitarist, http://www.rogerhubbard.co.uk Friday 4 April 9pm - Nicky ‘The Voice’ Moore (vocals) and Danny Kyle (award-winning guitarist, singer/songwriter) performing their original material and traditional blues, http://www.nickymoore.com/ , free at the Cross Keys, St Johns Rd. Tunbridge Wells (01892 536516) Friday 11 April 9pm - Rosco Levee (guitar, vocals) and Nigel Feist (harp, vocals) blues duo, http://www.roscolevee.com/ £6 on the door, The Beacon, Tea Garden Lane, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN3 9JH (01892 524252 - to book table for supper) Wednesday 16 April 9pm - Jem Turpin trio - blues with feelin’ Saturday 26 April 8pm - Eddie Martin band - iconic British blues with Eddie Martin (guitar, harp, vocals) John Paul Gard (keyboard) and Andy

Sutor (drums) http://www.eddiemartin.com/. Tickets £12 from box office 01732 450175 or online http://www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/ Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ Wednesday 30 April - Gren Bartley duo, stunning young singer/ songwriter/bluesman, http://www.grenbartley.com/ , free at the Blues with Bottle Club. The Grey Lady - Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells. 01892 544700 Fri. 4th April - Funkin Function. Sat. 5th April - Mary Pearce & Friends Fri. 11th April - Volaire Trio. Sat. 12th April - Over The Edge Sat. 19th April - Groove Agents The Bull Inn, 27 High St, Battle. 01424 775171 16th and 30th -April - Acoustic jammin 23rd April - Food theme special night with British favourites a la Patrick and live music by Theresa Pallister - easy listening swing Enjoy dinner & jazz to celebrate St George’s Day Karaoke every Friday The Royal British Legion, London Road, Bexhill Tel. 01424 435844 First Monday every month - Members and guests always welcome. Creole Jazz plus talented guests from 8pm - 10.30pm. Great traditional jazz, fabulous beer and good company. 1066 Jazz Club - jazz@1066jazzclub.co.uk EVERY FRIDAY AT AZUR, MARINA PAVILION, ST LEONARDS ON SEA.

8pm -11pm. Doors 7.30 pm. Members £8 and Guests £10 Stu. £5.00 Licensed Bar. Large Dance Floor. Special Jazz Club Menu Available. For Further Information phone 01424 753784.or visit our website Friday 4th Colin Kingswell’s Jazz Bandits Friday 11th Goff Dubber’s Dixieland Express Friday 18th Bob Dwyer’s Bix and Pieces Friday 25th Mahogany Hall Stompers Friday 2nd May Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers

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We were over in Hailsham last week doing the weekly shop and decided to pop into Callenders for a spot of lunch. And why not? A two course lunch is only £6.50. “You’d pay that for a sandwich in some places”, the Mrs laughed. Callenders has become a firm favourite for us over the last four years, for lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect place for an evening out with friends. All the food is locally grown or produced and you can really taste the freshness. The pan seared liver and bacon is truly special, this is top quality bistro style cooking, prepared and plated with the minimum of fuss. The slow roast pork belly is amazing and the roast duck is a particular favourite of mine. The chips are a fine example of how good simple cooking can be, maris pipers, hand cut and cooked three times, golden, crispy and fluffy in the middle. With this kind of attention to detail they deserve to be famous.

Garners Groceries: The New Service in Eastbourne. Of all the regular weekly tasks, grocery shopping probably requires the biggest investment of your time and energy. Consider how having your groceries delivered could help you and save you money. Along with the obvious saving of time and fuel, there are other less obvious savings such as not being tempted by any unnecessary spurof-the-moment purchases. Established Eastbourne business Garners is now offering free delivery Monday to Friday (over £20 spend) of all your groceries in the Eastbourne and District area. Select from a free catalogue and either telephone or email your order for a prompt and friendly service. From every day essentials to store cupboard fillers you will find everything you need. Call now for your free Garners Groceries catalogue 01323 465511.

Sat. 12th April - Miss Kent 2014

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. The Hop Farm is delighted to be hosting the Miss Kent 2014 competition. The winner will then compete in the Miss England 2014 final. Miss Kent 2014 Heat Organiser: Fiona Topping. missKentengland@gmail.com

Sat. 12th & 13th April - The Kent International Antiques and Collectors Fair

At the Kent County Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. In the John Hendry and Kent Pavilions as well as outside pitches.

Sat. 12th April - Ensemble Les Nations Reunies

At Finchcocks, Riseden, near Goudhurst, Kent. £15. A programme celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. The concert will feature some of his incredible innovative music for flute and continuo, with solo music for harpsichord. Booking essential. 01580 211702.

Sat. 12th April - Headcorn Farmers Market

At the New Village Hall, Headcorn from 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Sat. 12th April - Hailsham Farmers Market

At the Cattle Market site, Market Street, Hailsham. 9am - 12.30pm.

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Sat. 12th April - Highbury Hall Craft Market

performers in magic. £20. 01424 462288.

Sat. 12th April - T. Wells Farmers Market

At Highbury Hall Highbury Lane Tenterden Kent TN30 6LE. 10am - 4pm. Ceramics, sculpture, paintings, needlecraft, jewellery, knitting, cards, decoupage, upcycled furniture and wooden toys. 07956 295076.

Outside the Town Hall, Civic Way, Tunbridge Wells from 9am - 2pm.

At Stonegate Village Hall from 10am - 12 noon.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Come for breakfast at the Trinity Theatre and enjoy free musical entertainment from Malcolm Head and Joanne Louise Parker. 10.30am - 12 noon. No booking required.

Sat. 12th April - Stonegate Farmers Market Sat. 12th April - Craftyno.3 Easter Fair

At State Hall, Station Road, Heathfield from 9.30am - 2.30pm. Unique and handmade gifts, crafts, art and produce. Free entry. Free parking. Refreshments available. 01435 813335.

Sat. 12th April - Fay Heild & The Hurricane Party

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. The elite of the English folk music including the core members of Bellowhead are set to blow you away. Seats £18.50. 01323 841414.

Sat. 12th & 13th April Science Museum Live The Energy Show

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Sat. 7pm. Sun. 2pm and 7pm. Methane bubbles are set alight to make fireballs, hydrogen balloons explode and rockets are fired into the audience. Stand back and cover your ears – theatre just got dangerously exciting! Adults £15, child £12. 01892 530613.

Sat. 12th April - Book Fair

At Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook. 11am - 5pm. A diverse range of subjects old and new. Booking not required. Free event, normal admission charges apply.

Sat. 12th April - Champions of Magic

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Audiences will witness mastery of card manipulation, death defying stunts, mind boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions from some of the foremost

Sat. 12th April - Breakfast at Trinity’s

Sat. 12th April - Sherlock Holmes

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. How can one show with just four actors possibly contain so much action and adventure? Elementary, my dear! The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put dynamic detective duo Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish cases yet in this delightfully inventive and hilarious show for all ages featuring live music, audience interaction and more mystery than you can shake a magnifying glass at.£12 to £26. 01892 678678.

Sun. 13th April The London Marathon

The main, event begins at 08:55 on Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath, with the men’s and women’s Virgin Money London. Wheelchair Marathon and, five minutes later, the elite para-athletes in the IPC. Athletics Marathon World Cup at 09:00. The elite women’s Virgin Money London Marathon starts at 09:15 followed by the elite men, the UK Athletics and England Athletics Championships for men and women and the mass start at 10:00. http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/

Sun. 13th April - The Dyamond Dance Show

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.00pm start. A spectacular production of dance, song and drama! Filled with talented performances in street dance, ballet dance, break dance, tap dance and jazz dance to name a few. £12 to £15. 01424 229111.

Sun. 13th April - Stand Up for Labour

At St. Mary in the Castle, seafront, Hastings. A live comedy featuring Arthur Smith and Christian Reilly. 01424 715880.

The White Hart, Catsfield A traditional village Bar & Restaurant The White Hart restaurant is now re-open and is well known for it’s traditional home cooked food, you will find an amazing atmosphere whenever you visit. Monday is Curry Night - offering Curry and a Pint for just £5.00. Tuesday is quiz night. Of course there is the ever popular Sunday roast, great value at £8.95. Friday is Pizza Night - A Pizza and a Pint (or glass of house Wine) for £5.00. The White Hart is one of the few pubs in the area which is dog friendly, and makes an ideal stopping off point when you are out enjoying the Sussex countryside. If your planning a night out with friends, discover the new facilities at The White Hart. Accommodation is also available with a self contained Holiday let situated adjacent to the Inn.

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The Kings Head Inn is a 17th century coaching inn situated at the top of Rye Hill , on the outskirts of this picturesque town which is one of the most visited places in the whole of the south of England. Owned and run by the Tindall family, Steve, Lisa, James and Lucy and the team extend a warm and personal welcome. This atmospheric inn retains character and charm whilst blending the old with the new after extensive refurbishment, completed end Feb 2014. The Inn features open fireplaces, comfortable accommodation, and a very warm welcome. Dogs are allowed in the Bar and Patio area. You will find complimentary car parking onsite with a patio garden to the rear. Special requirements can always be catered for and children are most welcome. Guests staying at the Inn can relax in one of the nine newly refurbished bedrooms, each uniquely designed and based within a short walk of the beautiful and historic town of Rye.

Sun. 13th - 21st April - Godinton Spring Week

At Godinton House, Godinton Lane, near Ashford, Kent. A week of activities for families to enjoy. House now open Friday to Sunday.

Mon. 14th April - Lee Evans

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Join record-breaking Lee Evans for these very special shows where he will be trying out brand new material for his forthcoming MONSTERS Arena Tour. 01892 678678.

Mon. 14th April - DLWP Film Club

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10am for 12 - 18 years. Film Club returns for a seventh year at the De La Warr Pavilion with an action packed four days of film-making for young people with award winning film maker Nick Pilton. No experience is necessary, just a passion for making films. £85. 01424 229111.

Mon. 14th April - Illegal Eagles

Sun. 13th & 14th April Natural and Organic Products Europe

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. (TRADE SHOW). Good for your customers, great for your business – Natural & Organic Products Europe is your No.1 opportunity of the year to find the most comprehensive choice of the very latest natural, organic, Fairtrade, sustainable, ethical, free-from and eco-friendly natural beauty, cosmetics and skincare products in the UK. www.naturalproducts.co.uk

Sun. 13th April An Intimate Evening with Mike McGear

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne, 7.30pm. Former member of the Scaffold and brother of Paul McCartney, Mike takes you through his family album with stories of Liverpool life from childhood to entering showbiz. Tickets £17.50 on 01323 841414.

Sun. 13th April - Jungle Book

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm for ages 4+. Image Musical Theatre. Set in the vibrant tropical jungle of India and adapted from the original Rudyard Kipling story, this production dramatises the journey to maturity of Mowgli the man cub. 01892 678678.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Garreth’s ability to capture the emotion of the Don Henley vocal delivery has ensured that critical and audience acclaim has been unanimously positive. This tight-knit unit has been thrilling audiences nation-wide ever since and looks forward once again to shows in Europe, Middle and Far East. Tickets £24.50. 01892 530613.

Mon. 14th - 19th April - Buddy

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is feel great! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. 0844 871 7615.

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Wedding Services I

t was a beautiful spring day as crowds of visitors flocked to Swallows Oast in Ticehurst to view the venues facilities and talk to a range of specialist wedding providers.

Originally biult in the 1830’s, Swallows Oast is situated at Gibbs Reed Farm, East Sussex and has been well known as a banqueting hall since 1995. Swallows Oast has ample room to comfortably seat 100 guests downstairs and 30 upstairs for a meal prepared by their resident chef Russell Webb of Capers Catering. Russell will always ensure he creates a menu to suit your personal taste. Another popular catering option throughout the summer months is a barbecue or spit roast, these can either be served as a main course or a buffet style evening feature. Swallows Pavilion holds a full licence to perform a civil ceremony for those looking for an outside wedding. Telephone: 01580 200638 markvidal@swallowsoast.co.uk

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Getting it right on the day... Without the worry Getting married is one of the most exciting, enjoyable and on occasion stressful events in one’s life. I guess we can assume that as your reading this. Yourself, Son or daughter are about to embark on this life changing event! So congratulations. There are many many things to organise on the day. So let us take care of one of them for you. Here is what we can do for you.... Our wine packages represent tremendous value for money and make it easy for you to cost your expenditure. A wine package means that if you wish you can cap the amount you spend on wine during your event. Each package includes. One glass of sparkling wine or bucks fizz per person on arrival. Half a bottle of wine per person during dinner. This is almost always enough. One glass of fizz person to toast the happy couple. Should there be a need to purchase more wine on the day then you have two options. You can inform your guests that they are welcome to purchase extra wine; they will get a discounted price. Or you can pay for any extra after the event. This gives you complete control of your spending. You also have the option of creating your own wine list from our cellars and choosing a Sale or Return option. All of the wines we offer are imported direct from the people who produce them. People who we have personal contact with. This way we ensure we can offer the highest quality at the best price. If you wish we can arrange a personal tasting for you in our tasting lounge at The Weald Wine Cellars in Hawkhurst. We have over 25 years in the wine business plus a background in catering and hotel management so our team know their way round important catering events! We work closely with Jubilee Hire the Wealds leading catering and event Hire Company. And we are also the preferred wine supplier for ‘The Swallows Oast’ one of the region’s leading Wedding Venues. Other local clients of note are Benenden Girls School and St Ronnas prep school. Contact Kevin on 01580 753487 kvgriffin@aol.com

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ocal business woman Maureen Fuller’s 50 years in the retail trade in Hastings, East Sussex and still going strong at Mr Geddes-Muir, 172 Queens Road, Hastings, East Sussex.

Maureen started working in the retail trade in 1963. Her first job was in Plummer Roddis now known as Debenhams where she worked for over 30 years. Mr Geddes-Muir a local independent

formal hire business has one of the largest ranges of formal hire on the south coast from DJs to prom suits, frock coats and morning tails. They have sizes to suit all, with over 25 modern or ancient highland tartans to choose from. On the ground floor they have a wonderful collection of prom dresses and evening wear in sizes 6-18 and stock over 200 different dresses to hire or buy. Maureen wishes to take the opportunity to thank all of her loyal customers and staff who have made it possible. She puts her success down to old fashioned customer care and one to one service from her team of excellent staff. To celebrate 20 years in the formal hire business Geddes-Muir are offering all groom and best men half price suits for this coming wedding season. Please call in to see them where you’ll find their friendly staff waiting to help you. No appointments needed.

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As a cheese maker I’m able to offer you a service where all of your wishes can be met for your special day. At Bespoke Cheese you can choose the shape of your cheeses, cylindrical, square, little hearts, all of which are made especially for you. Would you like to have your cheese matured for a little longer, giving a stronger flavour, muslin bound or rinded, given your preference I can advise you of the best options available. Your cheeses will be made from the wonderful raw milks of free range, grass fed animals, you can choose from cows, ewes or goats milk. I can also provide you with a totally stress free service, by delivering and dressing your Bespoke Cheese cake with flowers to match the bouquet.

Mon. 14th - 17th April Russell Howard - Wonderbox

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 8pm. Russell Howard brings his trademark brand of upbeat and razor-sharp comedy to the Hall for four nights as part of his first tour for three years. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 15th April - Hop Factor

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 6pm. Led by a brilliant professional cast, Pop Factor takes you on a high energy ride of singing and dancing! 01424 462288.

Lace & Favour is the perfect solution for the busy bride to be

offering a one-stop shop for all things wedding. Their comprehensive website offers everything from shoes to tiaras, veils, bags, jewellery and more including wedding favours, gifts and decorations. Lace & Favour have recently opened their first wedding boutique situated in Crowborough, East Sussex, which is crammed full of shoes and their best selling tiaras and accessories. Wedding shoes are a firm favourite here and you will find lots to try in all the latest styles by Rainbow Club and Paradox London. The most recent addition of reasonably priced bridesmaids dresses can be viewed on line and tried in store for size before ordering in the colour of your choice. Shoes and bags can be dyed to match perfectly, in adults and children’s styles too. Visit www.laceandfavour.com today.

Tues. 15th April - 12 Years A Slave

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Cert. 15. 2pm and 8pm. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by Michael Fassbender’s malevolent slave owner) and unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles both to stay alive, and to retain his dignity. 01892 678678.

Tues. 15th April - Family Art Workshop

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10am and 2pm. 10am -12pm and 2pm – 4pm, Max. 20 people per session. Join one of the exhibiting artists, Alessandro Raho in a fun workshop for parents and children age 5+. Tickets £2. 01424 229111.

Tues. 15th & 16th April Creative Coats of Arms Workshop

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent for children aged 5 - 12 years. Workshops £3 per child from 11.30am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 2pm. Must be booked on line and not included in the price of admission.

Tues. 15th April - 1066 Cycle Club Meeting

At Battle Club (next to Yesterday’s World) at 7.30pm. Call 07713 297691 for details of membership.

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Antiques & Collectables

Wed. 16th April - Workshop with Gary Wragg

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10am -4pm in Gallery 2 Exhibiting artist Gary Wragg’s workshop day will encourage you to experiment with mark-making by drawing or painting on large sheets of paper with charcoal, pastel and colour. 01424 229111.

Wed. 16th April - Leeds Castle Run Club

At Leeds Castle and Gardens, near Maidstone, Kent. (also on 23rd and 30th April). Suitable for all ages and abilities. The castle estate will be closed to visitors in the evening and traffic free to allow runners to take in the scenery. Meet 7pm. £5 per person on the night.

Wed. 16th April - Sherlock Holmes

Tues. 15th April - Spring Photo Walks

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Capture the Castle grounds and Spring flowers with your own equipment and professional guidance from Robert Canis. Workshop for all ages and abilities (3 hours). £40 per person. Must be prebooked on line. http://www.leeds-castle.com

Wed. 16th April - RSC Encore: Richard II

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Screening at 7.30pm. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role of the fastest selling show in the RSC’s history. David is joined in the Company by Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke. 01892 678678.

Wed. 16th April - Exclusive Laser Hair Removal and Skin Treatment Clinic Open Evening At St. Mary’s Clinic, 5 St. Mary’s Walk, Hailsham at 5pm - 9pm. See main advertisement on page 54 for full details.

Wed. 16th April - Late Night Jazz

At the Royal Albert Hall, London from 9.45pm in the Elgar Room with Julia Biel. A uniquely sharp perspective on contemporary life and love. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 16th April - Suggs: My Life Story

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £26. I’ve just turned 50, the kids have left home, and my cat just died. In Suggs: My Life Story the Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force playing to rave reviews. Tel: 01892 530613.

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put dynamic detective duo Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish cases yet in this delightfully inventive and hilarious show for all ages featuring live music, audience interaction and more mystery than you can shake a magnifying glass at. 01323 412000.

Wed. 16th April - Elbow

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Mercury Music Prize winners elbow announce their return to The O2 as part of their first live shows in over a year. The band are currently working on their sixth studio album in Salford. 0844 856 0202.

Thurs. 17th April The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Experience a stunning, virtuoso delivery of the greatest story ever told as Jesus’ followers first heard it - in a darkness illuminated purely by candlelight and the Word! Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 17th April The Change in the Role of Women

At Battle Memorial Hall, High Street, Battle at 7.30pm. A talk by Elizabeth Chapman for the Battle and District Historical Society. All welcome. Non members £4 at the door.

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Painting workshops from Halcyon Days Annie Sloan has developed her paint and techniques over the last 25 years. It is stated as ‘The Best Paint in The World’ by many of it’s users It has a wonderful soft, matt finish that is ideal for furniture. There are many exciting colours that can be mixed to achieve the hue that you favour. Here is the ‘biggy’: IT REQUIRES NO PRIMING, NO RUBBING DOWN AND it can be used on almost anything, old waxed pine, on metal and varnished wood. It is fantastic for walls as it allows the wall to breathe (can be waxed after for luxurious finish). It can be used on floors (concrete or wood) and then finished with Annie Sloan’s water based floor varnish). You can also apply it outside on walls, wood, metal, plastic or terracotta. Just leave to cure (harden) before exposing to the rain. We run paint courses at our home in New Romney where you can learn to upcycle furniture and other items. We will teach you paint effects that will revamp and embellish your furniture,You will gain the confidence to colour combine (and to be daring!) you will learn that you cannot ‘mess up’ just enjoy. THE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP will inspire you to transform rooms, renew kitchens or just recycle a piece of furniture. You will learn how to use CHALK PAINT® and achieve a wonderful finish, a one coloured aged look, a two coloured aged look and a crackled paint finish.

Call us for dates and details of our classes.

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Fashion, Leisure & Gifts SPRING has sprung! To celebrate this great time of year we have lots of lovely colourful new stock. It can still be a bit chilly out of the sun but with layering SO fashionable you can look good AND feel warm at the same time! We have stunning summer dresses which look great over jeans or leggings, just add a little cardi and you are ready to go – day or night. Colours for the season vary from ice cream pastels of mint, peach & strawberry sorbet through to stronger coral, beautiful blues & even touches of fluorescent brights. Prints are particularly strong this summer on tops, dresses & trousers! If you’re nervous of wearing print simply add a gorgeous scarf to a simple outfit - it’s a cheap way of bringing your look up to date. Maxi dresses are still popular and the skirt makes a welcome reappearance this season. Going away for Easter? We have lots of key items to give your holiday wardrobe a fresh new look. Talking of EASTER, why not give a gift that lasts longer than chocolate – we have plenty of gorgeous things to choose from; jewellery, luxury bath products plus of course clothing & gift vouchers. At HALO we are always pleased to see you and give as much or as little help as you like when making your selection.

Freediving - the sport of Apnea .... Diving on one breath of air. Most divers and swimmers will have practiced Freediving at some time. Everytime you go underwater whilst holding your breath, you are freediving. There are many different reasons why people freedive. For some, it is the freedom to explore the underwater realm without bulky scuba equipment. For others, it is exploring their potential for breathold (apnea) and depth. Individuals interested in freediving are strongly encouraged to undertake a course with a qualified instructor and to never freedive alone. Many diving enthusiasts had the opportunity to meeet the Freediving 200 team at The Dive Show, Excel London. The show ran alongside The Bike Show, The Triathalon Show and The Adventure Travel Show. Freediving 2000 is proactive freediving school and club based in Uckfield, East Sussex. We run SSI freediving courses & React Right Medic first Aid O2 & AED courses. Whether you are a beginner or expert, together we can work out the best training route for you. We can help you have a safe and successful freediving experience every time. The Freediving 2000 team at Owner, Karen Parrott strives to The Dive Show, Excel London. make Freediving 2000 not only safe but a fun way to learn to freedive. We take pride in every service we provide and have unrivalled ‘personal’ aftercare. Our highly experienced team are here to pass on a great deal of knowledge and expertise to students and club memebers. Freediving 2000 also offers a wide range of quality freediving equipment at very competitive prices.

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OLIVIER AWARD WINNING WEST END PLAY OF THE MAN WHO BROUGHT US SUNSHINE

MORECAMBE Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 April

This un-missable brand new production of Tim Whitnall’s Olivier Award Winning West End play Morecambe, starring Bob Golding as comedy icon Eric Morecambe, is at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from 1 to 5 April. 2014 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Eric’s passing, this hugely acclaimed play that celebrates the life of the man who played all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order, embarks on a major national tour and heads to Eastbourne for one week only. On the night of 28 May 1984 the best-loved comedian this country has ever produced died suddenly from a heart attack. Four years previously on Christmas Day 1977 The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special attracted 28million viewers, half the entire population of the UK at the time. In the thirty years since Eric’s untimely death his popularity hasn’t waned. With numerous tribute programmes, TV re-runs and DVD releases his work as one half of Britain’s most popular double-act ever, has been kept alive and introduced to a whole new generation. From Morecambe Pier to ‘Andre Preview’, from the last days of musichall to Glenda Jackson, Morecambe offers a moving and gloriously funny portrait of the affectionate lad with the funny bones, the bighearted perfectionist, the born entertainer. This new production of BAFTA award winning writer Tim Whitnall’s hit show once again stars Bob Golding who was nominated for an Olivier Award for his extraordinary portrayal of the man who brought us sunshine. Eric’s son Gary Morecambe says: “Bob is a family friend, and never fails to astonish us with his knowledge and understanding of my father, Eric Morecambe. On stage, his performance captures the spirit of Eric and cleverly delivers the important bits of his story in a whistle-stop tour of his life that is quite astonishing to behold.” Morecambe is at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from 1 to 5 April, with nightly performances at 7.45pm and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets priced from £14.50, to book call the box office on 01323 412000 or www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk

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Bowler Crab Productions: Spring has arrived and with it the glorious sun is shining at Half House Farm. Bowler Crab’s spring production of Romeo & Juliet will be performed as the first of three in our 2014 Shakespeare Season. What better way to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday (23rd April) than to come and see one of his most romantic plays? The Tragedy tells the renowned tale of the lovers Romeo & Juliet, whose warring families are the source of their isolation from one another; but can the two survive without their one true love? Tickets for all three productions are £12.50 each or you can now purchase a Season Pass for just £30 online! Tickets for Romeo & Juliet are available now at www.bowler-crab.com and are now available at Hastings and Rye Tourist Information Centres. So come and join us in the sun here at the Sixteenth Century Half House Farm as Bowler Crab gives you: Theatre, with a Pinch of Class!

Thurs. 17th April - The Sooty Show

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 11am and 2.30pm. Special guest stars include legendary Sooty favourites Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake. There’s also a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show - so don’t forget to bring your camera. A spectacular mix of magic , music and mess- guaranteed giggles for Sooty Fans old and new! £12. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 17th April - Comedy and Cabaret

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 9.30pm in the Elgar Room. Join Chap-Hop superstar Mr B for beats, rhymes and manners. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 18th April - Battle Marbles Matches

On the Abbey Green, Battle. A traditional competition dating back to 1945 with local teams of 5 players to win both the marbles and fancy dress competition. Starts 10am, Easter Bonnet competition at 11.30am. Call 01424 775169 to register your child in the competition.

Fri. 18th April - Comedy Club

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. Michael Fabbri slips effortlessly between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness to make for a refreshingly eclectic and brilliantly funny act. 01323 412000.

Fri. 18th April - Julie Madly Deeply

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of showbiz around the globe. This charming yet cheeky cabaret takes an engaging look at her fame and fandom, through the eyes and voice of award-winning singer, West End actress and Fascinating Aïda star Sarah-Louise Young, who has been named by TimeOut as one of London’s Top Ten cabaret performers. Tickets £14.50 to £20.50. 01323 412000.

Fri. 18th - 21st April - Easter Adventure Quest

At Battle Abbey and Battle Field from 10am - 5pm. Meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Battle Abbey. £8 adult, £7.20 concession, £4.80 child. £20.80 family. English Heritage Members free.

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EASTER ARTISAN SHOW UNLOCKS HIDDEN GEM.... Artisans at the Abbey, Battle Abbey, School and Grounds 18 – 21 April 2014 Open daily 10am – 5pm FREE Park & Ride from/to The PowderMills Hotel. English Heritage admission charges apply.

Behind the mighty oak gates in the centre of Battle lies the beautiful partial ruins and grounds of the Abbey and the outstanding Battle Abbey School. For the first time this Easter Bank Holiday visitors to the English Heritage site will also have unprecedented access to the magnificent Abbots Hall and glorious Grade 1* listed Library as the school plays host to the inaugural Artisans at the Abbey fair. The event will showcase fine handmade goods and original design from jewellery, ceramics, clothing, art and local specialist food and wine suppliers. Outside there will also be plenty to see, with experts demonstrating a variety of Heritage and Traditional crafts, including wood turners, forgers and sculptors.

Exhibitor Focus: SUGAR RUSH BAKING COMPANY Fabulous food feast

Sugar Rush Baking Company is a small friendly team of bakers based in an exclusive baking parlour in Hastings. They supply novelty cakes, cupcakes, cookies, biscuits and a variety of puddings and sweet treats to corporate clients, independent businesses and private clients. They bake with passion, attention and love!

Exhibitor Focus: ROMNEY MARSH WOOL Raising the Baaa!.....

Award winning Romney Marsh Wools have been farming sheep for over 130 years. They have superb breeding flock of around 1,000 Romney ewes, which are reared for both meat and wool production. Romney Marsh wools produce a premium range of products from the fleeces, including throws, cushions, scarves etc and a gorgeous range of toiletries from the lanolin.

Daily Events to be held in the Dining room at Battle Abbey School Storytelling - 11am daily by author Susanna Moores Foody Matters - 4pm daily - bring your culinary queries to the panel. Whether your problem is a deflated sponge or a tasteless tagine, they will be there to help.

Fantastic Fashion - Dapper – Gentlemen’s boutique and Bespoke tailor will be with us throughout the weekend. Proprietor Dan, will be holding scheduled ‘Attire’ surgeries focused on Men’s styling and grooming. See events board daily for further information and follow us on twitter. www.artisansattheabbey.co.uk Twitter @artisansbattle

Exhibitor Focus: PURE Fine Art Simply the best... PURE Arts Group works to discover, mentor and support talented contemporary artists. They will be presenting a selected exhibition titled “Campus Acies Sculptura” in the Grade 1* listed Library and beyond. This showcase will provide visitors with a visual feast for the eyes and an opportunity to see and buy artwork by some of the leading contemporary artists in the field of ceramics, sculpture & 3D. Selectors: Antony Penrose & Gavin Roweth Curator: Martin Everett MA PhD

Artist Focus: Angela Conner FRBS

Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, Angela uses her experience of over 40 years to create large unusual kinetic sculptures influenced by natural forces of our environment. Her work is in private and public collections worldwide including M.O.M.A, New York and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

www.pureartsgroup.co.uk ARTISANS AT THE ABBEY - PARK & RIDE Take the stress out of parking when you visit the Artisans at the Abbey event at Battle Abbey this Easter by taking advantage of the complimentary park & ride facility. Battle Abbey school will be operating a FREE shuttle bus service to and from the event everyday over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from two park & ride locations. It’s easy to use. Simply park your car and wait for the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will be in operation between 11am and 6pm everyday 18 – 21 April.

Park & Ride locations

Battle railway station. Pay and Display parking charges will apply. The PowderMills Hotel. Powdermill Lane, Battle. Free parking all day everyday.

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FLEET GALLERY Fleet Gallery is currently exhibiting work by local artist Amanda Nicol. Her work is a reflection of the local environment, especially Hastings Country Park, where she tries to capture a sense of place and how it feels to her. Amanda trained as a Conservator and Restorer of oil paintings and has worked in several London studios specialising in Old Master Paintings.

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Fri. 18th - 21st April - Artisans at the Abbey

Fri. 18th April - Messiah on Good Friday

At Battle Abbey School and Grounds. Open daily 10am - 5pm. Showcasing fine handmade goods and original design. From jewellery, ceramics, clothing, art and local specialist food and wine suppliers. See main advertisement and feature on page 43.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 2.30pm. The Royal Choral Society presents its renowned Good Friday performance of Handel’s Messiah. 0207 589 8212.

At Leeds Castle and Gardens, Maidstone, Kent. Just puppets will perform a slapstick childrens production. Suitable for ages 4 - 10 years. Have a go at hobby horse jousting, childrens mini battles and knights training. Normal admission applies.

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Backed by world class musicians, Unforgettable is a tasteful, authentic tribute to the musical icons of the 1950’s and 60’s. With four superb leading artists delivering first class vocals and harmonies. £19. 01323 412000.

At Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, Kent. Admission £4 per person, under 4’s free. Easter Scavenger Hunt, Make and Take and Colouring Tent. Meet the baby chickens and ducks. Kids Entertainment and Games with The Bewl Water Entertainment Team. Kids Fishing, Model Boats, Various Inflatables, Hydroballs, Paddle Boats and mini golf. Swallow Boat rides.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2pm and 5pm. A musical adventure which will have you exploring magical kingdoms, meeting wonderful characters and singing along by the end. YOU decide where the story is set, what happens next and who the characters are. An improvised musical adventure for kids of all ages - and adults who act like kids! Everything is made up on the spot entirely from audience suggestions. £9 to £10. 01424 229111.

Fri. 18th April - Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Through to Motown

Fri. 18th - 21st April - Easter Weekend Fun

Fri. 18th April Join Bertie Beaver for Easter Fun

Fri. 18th April - The Fantastical Story Factory

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A ‘Round the World’ holiday with Southern Cross Travel

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whilst you are abroad. The travel team at Southern Cross Travel offer a personal, specialist service, using over 40 years of personal travel experience and knowledge, to make your travel dreams come true! Contact us today to discuss your Round the World holiday. We have offices in Rye (77a The Mint, opposite The Old Bell) or Wadhurst (The Old Library, High Street) and will be delighted to make an appointment to start planning your holiday!

Round the World holidays offer an opportunity to explore diverse landscapes, meet different people, explore alternative cultures and revel in new experiences. For a 2 month trip, head East to Asia, stopping in bustling Bangkok to see the marvellous temples and barter in the wonderful markets, followed by a visit to serene Singapore, home to the famous Raffles Hotel with its fascinating history. From here, travel ‘Down Under’ to Australia for contrasting landscapes, cosmopolitan cities, the desert outback, tropical rainforest and world class beaches. Continue South to New Zealand, exploring the Maori culture and geothermal activity of the North Island, and the stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife and majestic Fjords of the South Island. Now it is time to fly onto Fiji – perfect for exploring the coral reefs and experiencing the laid back South Pacific lifestyle. Onto Los Angeles, the international gateway to California, to indulge in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, fantastic theme parks and coastal beach life. Drive North along the Pacific Highway, stopping in Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Barbara before arriving into the stunning city of San Francisco. Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Island, visit the infamous prison of Alcatraz and dine on the city’s famous Clam Chowder at Pier 39 before returning home to the UK.

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Sat. 19th April - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market On the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells at 9am - 2pm.

Sat. 19th April - West End Experience

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Participants of the White Rock Easter Project, showcase scenes from the following West End Show: Legally Blonde, The Lion King, West Side Story and Hairspray.

Sat. 19th April - The Only Way Is Downton

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Direct from a West End season comes this first national tour of Luke Kempner’s tour-de-force impressions comedy, in an extended version featuring exclusive new material. ‘A fine impressionist, giving a splendid display of Downtonry.’ Stephen Fry. £14.50 to £20.50. 01323 412000.

Sat. 19th April - It’s Murder on the Home Front

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. If you like ‘Allo, ‘Allo!, then you’ll love It’s Murder on the Home Front. It’s a frenetic, laugh out loud, roller coaster of a who done it set at the height of World War II. £19. 01323 412000.

Sat. 19th April - Eastbourne Easter Dance Day

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. Once again, top class 10 Dance Champions will be demonstrating during the afternoon and evening sessions and providing a Latin Workshop. In addition to the excellent recorded music in all 3 ballrooms there will also be a visit from a popular keyboard recording artist. Coffee Dance 10.15am-12.30pm Tea Dance 2pm-4.30pm Gala Evening 7.30pm-11.15pm. 01323 412000.

Sat. 19th April - Sarah Millican - Homebird

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. On this, her third national tour, you will learn what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in in posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear. Join her for some hilarious domestic bliss. 01892 530613.

Sat. 19th April - John Cooper Clarke

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet. John is as relevant now as he was in the 70s; His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. £17.50 to £19. 01424 229111.

Sat. 19th April - James Blunt

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Sold out - return tickets only. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 19th April - Vintage Toy Fair

At Lock Meadow, Market Hall, Barker Road, Maidstone. See page 41.

Sun. 20th & 21st April - Easter Story Telling

At Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, Kent at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm with skilled storytellers Aardvark Productions.

Sun. 20th April - Ellen Kent’s La Boheme

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring international soloists with the full Moldovan National Opera and Moldovan National Philharmonic. La bohème is one of the most romantic operas ever written. Tickets from £17.90. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 20th April - Bellowhead

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Since their formation in 2004, the blistering 11-piece band, fusing folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music, have placed themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 20th April - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinema at the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. 01892 678678.

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Little Chicks is owned and managed by local residents Sheila Wilson and her family. The shop is situated on the main Cranbrook Road opposite Peter Buswell and offers clothes for the new-born to 12 years old. Little Chicks now stock School Uniforms along with a good selection of affordable Spring and Summer Wear. Having another much needed and exciting shop at the top of the Cranbrook Road means Hawkhurst High Street has now been soundly extended past the colonnade. Come in and welcome her to the shop, located at the junction between Cranbrook Road and Ockley Road.

Hailsham Street Market A Resounding Success… The Hailsham Street Market is back for 2014. The market has proven to be a feast for the eyes and senses and has delighted many shoppers in Hailsham since its launch in August last year. With especially designed green and white striped stalls the market offers a colourful and attractive display that comes to life with its vibrant atmosphere and fantastic products on offer. The Street Market is one of Hailsham Forward’s main initiatives which takes place every Saturday except the Farmers’ Market Saturday (2nd) when it will be held instead on the Thursday, between 9.30am and 3pm.

Over 25 stalls set up pitch in Vicarage Field, selling local quality produce including deliciously fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, traditionally smoked fish and cheese, bread, Greek food, sausages and pies, jewellery, crafts and baby gifts, children’s’ books, natural beauty products, home decor, garden plants, as well as irresistible home-made preserves and cakes. The market traders include a number of local producers already selling in other local markets, including the Hailsham Farmers’ Market which takes place every 2nd Saturday at the Livestock Market Site in Market Street. Hailsham Forward is confident that the market will continue to attract shoppers from neighbouring towns and villages for many years to come. By supporting local producers, growers, suppliers and offering them the opportunity to sell locally – street markets are an ideal way of showcasing the diverse range of products available in Hailsham. Full details of the market traders and market dates can be found by following us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ HailshamStreetMarket Twitter: @HailshamStreetM So come down to Vicarage Field for a delightful shopping experience and support independent trade.

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Bexhill On Sea

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Mon. 21st April - The Feast of St. George

Bexhill’s Anglo Continental Market Sat & Sun 17/18 May Bexhill 100 Motoring Club is pleased and proud to announce that it has taken over the running of this unique event. Now in it’s 16th year the Bexhill Anglo Continental Market is very popular both with shoppers and traders. Devonshire Road is closed to traffic and for two weekends a year (May & September) becomes the venue for a real Continental Street Market. Around 50 traders at the market bring the taste and smells of the Continent to Bexhill. We have genuine French traders and many local traders and crafts people including soft furnishings, home made cakes, handbags, cheeses, shoes, scarves, crockery, basketwork and much more. Also, as in previous years, a few classic cars will be on display. Make a day of it. Enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafes, come and visit the De La Warr Pavilion or Bexhill Museum, or just have a leisurely stroll around the market, shops and seafront. Bexhill welcomes visitors - you can park for free all day on our seafront and for a couple of hours in most of our town centre roads.

Come and celebrate St George’s Day in Trafalgar Square on bank holiday Monday 21 April from noon to 6pm, with a feast of traditional English fare and free fun for everyone! The Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a national day of feasting. There’ll also be an English farmer’s market, with around 20 stalls selling mouth-watering treats like hog roast, homemade pies, cakes and freshly squeezed lemonade - all can be enjoyed in a splendid banqueting area seating 250 people between Trafalgar Square’s iconic fountains.

Mon. 21st April - The Webb Sisters

At the Royal Albert Hall, London in the Elgar Room at 7.45pm. Dynamic performers with expressive voices and plangent harmonies. Multi instrumentalists and songwriters. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 22nd - 26th April - Classic Ghosts

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. “Everything about Middle Ground’s double bill is classic. The best of Gothic ghoul-school writers, imaginative staging and a gifted cast... expect to be shocked in your seat, and at the end of The Signalman to feel your spine tingle.” 01323 412000.

If you are a trader and want to take space, please telephone Lynn on 01424 215584 or email bexhill100@bexhill100mc.co.uk

Sun. 20th April - Lighthouse Keepers Cat

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. Delightfully funny production for ages 3+. 01892 678678.

Mon. 21st April - Alice in Wonderland

Cinema at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Cert. U. £4. The original Disney film. 01424 229111.

Mon. 21st April Imagining the Future of Medicine

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 2pm. Dara Ó Briain hosts a spectacular and provocative programme of talks, featuring worldrenowned speakers and stunning artistic performances. Special guest Jay Walker, Curator of TEDMED and the Library of the History of Human Imagination. 0207 589 8212.

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BEXHILL IN BLOOM LAUNCH Saturday 5th April 2014 11.00am to 3.00pm Bagnall Room,CARING COMMUNITY, Sackville Road, Bexhill To be opened by Bexhill Town Mayor and Lord Brett McLean Refreshments and light lunches served Stalls, Quiz, Children’s Seed Planting, Raffle; entertainment. Bexhill in Bloom Competition Categories Hotel or Guest House, Retail Premises, Licensed Premises, Overall Area, Community Effort, Eco Garden, Private Garden, Containers, Garden Flat, Good Garden Design, Special Awards. Prizes sponsored by: ESK Gardening Club, Eastbourne New this year: Best Wildlife Garden (4 Categories) Large, Small, Public and Community. Prizes sponsored by Wildlife Trust

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Open Garden in Turkey Road Sat 10 May Youth Judging Mon 23 June Youth Awards 3.00pm Fri 11 July Bexhill in Bloom Closing Date 30 June SSE in Bloom National Judges visit Bexhill 7–18 July Bexhill in Bloom Judging Mon 28 July Bexhill In Bloom Awards 5.00pm Fri 19 Sept Held in Bagnall Room, CARING COMMUNITY, Sackville Road. Bexhill in Bloom also supports Bexhill Hospital Garden Party, Sussex Day, Bexhill Carnival, Bexhill 100.

Our Edwardian Residence, owned and managed by The Sims Family for over 55 years, comprises of: The Northern Hotel – a Quality in Tourism 3 Star Small Hotel & our Richmond Retirement Suites. The Retirement Accommodation is located within the same building as the Hotel allowing our Retirement Residents to enjoy the same high quality services as the hotel guests. This is a unique enterprise providing a very high standard of accommodation and services, allowing you to maintain your independent lifestyle with the comforts, warmth and security of a family home - yet without the chores of cooking and household management. With several charming lounges to enjoy, delicious restaurant meals, plus all the amenities of Bexhill on your doorstep we feel we are able to offer you the “best of both worlds”; a friendly and homely atmosphere combined with quality accommodation and cuisine. We look forward to showing you around.

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Nursing & Care

Why write a will? If you have not written a will - The Government will decide, through the courts, who should benefit from your life time’s work, who should inherit and who should bring up your children. If you have written a will - You decide who you want to handle your affairs these are known as Executors and Trustees If you have children you decide on whom you want to bring up your children and you can leave instructions on Education and Religious upbringing. These are known as Guardians. You decide who should benefit from the will and at what age. You can also decide on who you do not want to inherit from the will. For more information please contact Matthew Lock Tel: 01424 200272. Mobile 07900 732418 E Mail matthew@lockandgurney.co.uk www.lockandgurney.co.uk

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Bathe in Safety is a small family run business covering Sussex and Kent, supplying and installing top quality mobility bathrooms for the past 15 years. We pride ourselves on our knowledge, expertise, customer service and price. The knowledge and experience we have gained over the years is invaluable and whether it’s a walk in shower, bath or a wetroom that you require, Bathe in Safety will help you every step of the way from design to completion, creating your perfect bathroom. For further information, advice or a free no obligation quotation, please feel free to call us.

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Country Pursuits Mobility doesn’t have to be grey!

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fter weeks of rain, the first really glorious day of the Spring greeted the first Wealden Mobility OffRoad Mobility Scooter Demonstration Day. The rolling hills of Brightling Park provided the setting and the inevitable mud provided the challenge. Specialist off road scooters are designed to cope with most things that nature can throw at them and so the challenge was accepted. From Lincolnshire came the Overlander 4 from TerrainHopper. With direct drive 4x4 capability and an independent suspension, the Overlander is a full blown ‘go anywhere’ machine. As driven by one of the attendees, it was more than happy taking on the softest of soft ground for an “up to its axles” half mile spin around Brightling Park! It coped admirably with the mud and even crossed fallen trees with ease. If you are looking for a machine that will take you to all parts of your estate, up steep slopes and through valleys and streams then look no further. At the end of the session, the guys from TerrainHopper even had us climbing up, and down, a steep flight of steps safely and always in control. The two versions on display, one bright yellow and the other in orange, had a wide range of accessories including a winch and included the latest LED lighting systems making them stand out in all conditions. The main rival to the Overlander is the Horizon Mayan. This formidable machine is the world’s only 3 phase AC powered off road scooter with a terrific top speed of 15 mph. The high torque is invaluable for off road work where the Mayan can plough through the muddiest and roughest of conditions without any loss of power. Having a narrower chassis than the TerrainHopper, it is a machine that can equally be used on the pavements of Heathfield, where its speed is restricted, as well as the muddiest parts of Brightling Park. The Mayan can be fully specified and, like the TerrainHopper, has a wide range of seating and controller options. On the day, everyone (including the What’s On editor) was free to have a go on each of the scooters and really get the feel of them. One attendee, Mr Hayes, told us that he “never had so much fun” as he sped off on the Mayan along a muddy path and off into the distance. Even Gardie and Di Grissell were seen speeding off, presumably to explore parts of the estate that they hadn’t seen for weeks. Between the lovely weather, refreshments and good company the day was a resounding success. Anybody interested in the machines or wishing to see them at future events should call Wealden Mobility on 01435 864155.

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Dementia care‌. in St Leonards Following an extensive refurbishment programme Lauriston has just opened a new space for people with dementia in our welcoming and impressive care home. Members of our staff team are specially trained in dementia care to deliver the appropriate type of attention and support to each individual in our home. We provide a number of opportunities for people with dementia to harness their happy memories and sense of self. Through music, creative activities, a reminiscence area with photographs and various personal possessions, we open up alternative ways for people with dementia to communicate and express themselves. Each of our residents has a beautiful private room all of which are en suite. Our wide range of food is freshly cooked by our own in house chef, and we are proud of our

landscaped gardens and patio areas, tea bars and lounges and welcoming other communal areas for people to meet friends and family. If someone you love has dementia, contact Helena Barrow, our Home Manager, who will be able to help you find out more about how we can help‌and care. Lauriston, 40 The Green, St Leonards on Sea, E Sussex TN38 0SY Tel: 01424 447544 home.leo@mha.org.uk

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Health, Fitness & Beauty

Trim Feet Podiatry offer complete professional treatment, offering appointment times to suit everyone. Feet are one of the most active parts in the human body, they go everywhere with you and take part in everything from shopping to sporting activities, therefore at Trim Feet Podiatry we believe that your foot care should not only be seen as a treatment but a lifestyle choice, maintaining general foot health and preventing future mobility and joint problems.

Tues. 22nd - 26th April - TWODS Presents Oliver

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Developed by two skin care experts with a combination of over 60 years of experience working with thousands of salons and therapists, Katherine Daniels is the preferred choice for many top beauty therapists. Celebrity Make-Up Artist, Mary Greenwell Loves KD! Mary Greenwell is one of the world’s most sought after and influential make-up artists. From creating new trends on the catwalk to winning numerous beauty awards, Mary continues to be at the top of her game. Her star-studded client list includes Uma Thurman, Kiera Knightly, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Hurley and Kate Moss to name a few…

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Eves: 7.30pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. 01892 530613.

Tues. 22nd - 26th April - The Buddy Holly Story

Wed. 23rd April - 5th May - Tulip Festival

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs every written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Raining in my Heart and many many more. 01424 462288.

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst. Open 11am - 5pm. See main advertisement on cover and feature on page 62.

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm. A tribute to our Armed Forces of yesterday, today and tomorrow. With all the great songs and music of the 1940’s. £13.50. 01323 412000.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. This sensational production follows George Formby’s rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain’s biggest stars. Featuring many of Formby’s classic hits brilliantly performed live by Ewan Wardrop. From £12. 01892 678678.

Tues. 22nd April - Bless ‘em All

Tues. 22nd April - Gary Barlow

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. A very special night of music in aid of music charity Nordoff Robbins. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 23rd April - Yanni

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8pm. The legendary composer and performer. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 23rd April - There’s Magic in the Music

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne.

Thurs. 24th April - Formby

Thurs. 24th - 26th April - McBusted

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd have announced that they will join forces with James Bourne and Matt Willis to form supergroup McBusted for a full UK arena tour. 0844 8560202.

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Fri. 25th April - Watercolour Class Starts

At St. Martha’s Church Hall, Little Common, Bexhill. Mixed ability classes, beginners welcome. Ten week course, morning/afternoon. Please contact Di on 075 283 502 78.

Fri. 25th April - Showaddywaddy

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. ‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to the title for the best part of 40 years. £19.50. They have sold more than 20 million records. 01323 412000.

Fri. 25th April Every Last Friday: Music

At venues throughout Battle town. Enjoy live music and art in Battle’s restaurants and pubs from 6pm - 9pm. Upwards of six different musicians and singers performing in four venues around the town. See page 26 for full details.

Fri. 25th April Sissinghurst Farmers Mkt

At Sissinghurst Castle Garden, near Cranbrook. 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Fri. 25th April - Have A Go at English Ceilidh

At St. Mary in the Castle, seafront, Hastings. 01424 715880.

Fri. 25th April - Roddy Woombie

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Doors 7pm, £12 adv. Limited tickets. 16+. Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter & performer. £12. 01424 229111.

Fri. 25th April - Chas and Dave

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8pm. The legendary duo mark 50 years since they first met and bring their unique brand of London based music to London’s iconic venue. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 25th April Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Acts: Sara Pascoe | Dan Evans | 3rd act TBC. Let yourself go with Trinity’s regular Comedy Cafs, bringing you the best of live stand-up comedy. 01892 678678.

Fri. 25th - 27th April The Baby and Toddler Show

At Glow, Bluewater (Upper Hall). Fri. 9.30am - 4.30pm. Sat. 9.30am - 5pm. Sun. 10am - 5pm. Top brands, practical advice and amazing shopping. www.babyandtoddlershow.co.uk

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Nuria advises those unwell not to dose themselves with pills and potions which even if natural could be unsuitable or detrimental if taken without the advise of a qualified practitioner who has the knowledge to assess if these remedies can be safely taken with drugs prescribed by their GP. Therefore, the first consultation should be thorough, and may suffice to advise on a particular health problem.

Sat. 26th April - Cranbrook Farmers Market

At the Vestry Hall, High Street, Cranbrook from 9am - 12 noon.

Sat. 26th April The Glorious 1930’s Castle House Party

New Stylist Luke joins Spencer Hairdressing Luke previously owed his own salon near Henley and worked and trained as a London Stylist. He is Toni and Guy trained, working 11 years for them as a Style Director. Luke also worked for the prestigious Stephen Way in Bond Street. Stephen himself remarked ‘I love your personality’. With all this experience, Luke knows how to bring out the best in your hair and his specialities include colour, texturising, precision cuts and creative design. You will be pampered and preened in his expert hands, ensuring you leave the salon with hair to suit your lifestyle, looking and feeling beautiful.

Fri. 25th - 27th April - Sundance London

At the 02 Docklands, London. presenting the first screenings of films fresh from Sundance Film Festival. In addition to a weekend of back to back screenings of films with their directors present for Q and As, are music events tied into the music documentary programme, panel events and a festival Hub with a daily programme of talks, music and parties. Tickets and more info visit www.sundance-london.com

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Step back to the 1930s and experience an evening of glamour at Leeds Castle. Residential guests will arrive in style to the castle front door chauffeured in a 1937 Rolls Royce motor car. A delicious afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and home baked cakes will then be taken in the Dining Room. £99 pp. Call 01622 767855 for enquires or to book.

Sat. 26th April - Music Mania

At Olympia Central, London. From Garbage to Glam Rock, Hard Fi to Rock ‘n’ Roll and Jazz to Hip Hop, you can find just about any type of music to browse and buy at your pleasure all under one roof!

Sat. 26th April - Local and Live Sessions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm The Paul Dunton Orchestra, 9pm Arcelia, 10pm - David Mumford + Band. 01892 678678.

Sat. 26th April - Prom Praise

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. an exciting partnership of classical and contemporary musicians. This year’s concert will include all the elements familiar to the seasoned Prom Praise-goer, with the All Souls Orchestra at full strength. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 26th April - Wine Tasting Event

At St. Michael’s, St. Leonards on Sea. 7pm. Tickets £25 which includes all wines, blind tastings with prizes, cheeses and pâtés! A fun and informative evening for wine lovers. Booking essential 01424 420 710.

Sat. 26th April - Pavilion Tours

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free event at 12 noon. Discover the fascinating stories behind this Grade One Listed building with a tour by one of the DLWP team.

Sat. 26th April - Artists’ Panel discussion

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2.30pm. This panel will explore the role of critical thinking and conversation in the solitary environment of a painter’s studio and ask what can be additionally gained by a painter rather than a professional critic, writing about paining. £5. 01424 229111.

Sat. 26th April - Hastings Philharmonic Choir

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. Cherubini Requiem and Brahms Violin Concerto. 01424 715880.

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Sat. 26th April - Eastbourne Farmers Market

At Ocklynge Road, Old Town, Eastbourne from 10am - 12.30pm.

Sat. 26th April - T. Wells Farmers Market

On Civic Way, outside the Town Hall, T. Wells from 9am - 2pm.

Sat. 26th April - Comedy and Cabaret

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8pm. In the Elgar Room. Multi BAFTA award winning stand up and platinum selling R&B artist Alex Horne is back with a show full of observations, impressions and lies. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 26th & 27th April Toy and Rail Collectors Fair

At The Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes Station. 10am - 4pm. Railway artefacts, model railway equipment and many other goods.

Sat. 26th & 27th April - Big Bug Hunt Weekend

At Bewl Water, Bewl Bridge Lane, Lamberhurst, Kent. Open from 10am. Collect a Jar and Net and join in the hunt. Childrens Activities and Entertainment. Kids Rides and Inflatables. Childrens Fishing. Make and Take and Colouring. Mini Golf and Model Boats. Swallow Boat Rides Enjoy the food from the Restaurant. Bike Hire for all ages. Admission ÂŁ4 per person (Aged 4 and under go FREE)

Sat. 26th April Classical Coffee Mornings - Yuki Ito

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 11am. Cellist Yuki Ito celebrates the 150th anniversary of Strauss. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 26th April - Goudhurst 10k Run

Starts at Risebridge Health and Sports Club, Risebridge Farm, Peasley Lane, Goudhurst from 10.30am. A rural undulating route out and back, multi terrain surface with winners prizes and finish line goodies. See www.nice-work.org.uk Entries ÂŁ15.

The Harbour Orthodontic and Cosmedical Centre

comprises a talented team who are caring, friendly, honest and professional. We are a specialist dental practice and aim to provide the very best treatment available in our state-of-the-art centre with cutting edge technology and dedicated staff. We were established in 2001 and since then have created fantastic new smiles with our wide range of services from orthodontics and implants to tooth whitening and facial aesthetics. The practice provides a complete range of specialist dental services and takes great pride in using advanced materials and modern techniques. Our aim is to be the first choice for both patients and dentists seeking orthodontic care, high quality implantology, oral surgery, general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in Eastbourne and the surrounding area. And even if you have an uncontrollable fear of dentists, we can provide your dental care under sedation. Based in the beautiful harbour complex of Eastbourne, the dental practice is well positioned with ample parking nearby. Come to see us for a FREE consultation, so we can discuss all the options opened to you to improve your most precious business card: your smile !!

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Garden Services

Spring is in the air . . . It’s official . . . Spring is just around the corner. If you would like your garden looking its best, Danson Tree Care is the name to trust. As a family-run business, we pride ourselves on being reliable and affordable. “We have used Nick Danson for all of our tree surgery and husbandry and his work has always been fast, efficient and, best of all, clean. Our trees are all benefitting from his considerate and caring work.” Graham How, Hastings. Call us to arrange a no obligation quote or search Danson Tree Care on Facebook for more information.

Sun. 27th April - A Gala for St. George

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 3pm. Celebrate England’s national day as Brian Blessed presents a selection of favourite English songs, poems and readings. A host of English favourites including WE’LL MEET AGAIN, 633 SQUADRON, THERE’LL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND, JERUSALEM, DAMBUSTERS, RULE BRITANNIA!, LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY. Anthony Inglis conductor, Claire Moore soprano. Royal Choral Society. Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. 0207 589 8212.

John and Bernie of JB Mower Services worked in the workshop at Cutting Edges Mower Services in Marley Lane. When Cutting Edges closed their Marley Lane shop, John and Bernie, with help from Derek and Dor who were their employers at Cutting Edges, started JB Mower Services at Kent Street Nurseries to carry on servicing and repairs to all kinds of mowers and garden machinery. They don’t have a showroom but can supply most types of new machines to order.

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Sun. 27th April - Bluebell and Wildflower Walks

At Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook, Kent. 10am - 4.30pm. £12.50. Come and see the beautiful woodland on a guided walk with the Ranger team finishing with a free cream tea in the restaurant. 10am 2.30pm or 2pm - 4.30pm. Booking essential on 08442 491 895.

Sun. 27th April - Castle Cycle Challenge

This annual cycle ride is a must for all enthusiastic cyclists. 25 or 40 mile bike rides, superbly organised by the Rotary Club of St Leonards. Start anytime from 8.30am and choose either the 25 or 40 miles (to Pevensey or Herstmonceux Castles) route. All routes are well marshalled and signposted. It’s just a minimum donation of £10 to enter on line and £12 on the day, Children under 16 - £3.00 in advance and £5.00 on the day. All proceeds go to St Michael’s Hospice and the RNLI. Register on line at www.stleonardsrotary.org/registration

Sun. 27th & 28th April - Bentley’s Architectural Salvage, Vintage and Antique Fair

At the Hop Farm, Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. A huge antiques, vintage and architectural fair. Open from 8am to the public. Fine Antiques - Collectables - Vintage - Retro - Fine Arts - Coins - Clocks - Militaria. For more details visit www.bentleysfairs.co.uk see page 38.

Sun. 27th April The London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3. Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin. Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral). Timothy Redmond conductor. Matthew Trusler violin. £13 to £29. 01323 412000.

Sun. 27th April - Backstage Theatre Tour & Talk

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. Former Fleet Street journalist and Sky Television executive Tony Flood gives some sizzling revelations and amusing laugh-out-loud anecdotes about Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Joan Collins, George Best, Muhammad Ali, The Beatles, Dudley Moore, Patsy Kensit and a host of other stars he has interviewed. Theatre Tour: 3pm Talk starts: 3.45pm. Ticket Prices: £7.50 01323 412000.

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Gucci is pleased to announce its participation in the Chelsea Flower Show, 2014

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ince the Gucci Flora motif debuted in 1966 in homage to actress Grace Kelly, following a visit by the then Princess Grace of Monaco with her husband Prince Ranier to the Gucci Milan boutique, it has become one of the most well-loved and recognisable icons of the Italian House. This May, Gucci will be bringing Flora to life, literally, in an innovative, contemporary way in the ‘Fresh Garden’ category at the Chelsea Flower Show. The original design was commissioned by Rodolfo Gucci, one of founder Guccio Gucci’s sons, who wanted to present Princess Grace with a special gift. He commissioned artist Vittorio Accornero to create a floral pattern for an original silk scarf as a symbolic bouquet. Flora’s delicate and whimsical composition of flowers, fruits and insects, drawn with naturalistic precision in thirty-seven colours, is dedicated to the four seasons. Award-winning garden designer Sarah Eberle will take the design as inspiration for the Gucci Flora Garden, which will be a horticultural realisation of the famous illustration. The project embodies the Royal Horticultural Society’s dedication to advancing gardening techniques, and showcases expertise and excellence in horticulture. The values of traditional skill, innovation and environmental responsibility are perfectly synonymous with Gucci’s own House philosophy. Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini says, ‘When I first joined Gucci, I immediately asked to see the archive, and it was there that I rediscovered the Flora pattern. I remember chic women – my mother and grandmother among them – wearing Flora scarves in the Seventies, and I’ve always been fascinated by the story behind the design and how it was created for Princess Grace. That is why Flora was the very first iconic design motif from Gucci’s storied past that I decided to revive and reinterpret, and since then I have used it on bags, dresses, scarves (of course) and as the inspiration for a series of fragrances. I am so excited by the prospect of finally seeing Flora as a real garden at the Chelsea Flower Show; there is something truly magical about this project.’ To celebrate the Flora Garden, Gucci will introduce two exclusive Lady Lock handbags designed by Frida Giannini. An evolution of the House’s famous use of bamboo cane characterises the shape of the Lady Lock, which features a bamboo top-handle with elegantly elongated lines. This has been heated and bent into a semi-circle using the method Gucci’s Florentine artisans first employed in 1947 when they were pushed to invent clever solutions to wartime rationing of materials. The design has a luggage-style opening, with a placket that unlocks at the top of the bag. It will be available in two sizes – small and medium – in the Flora canvas. The two Lady Lock handbag styles will be available exclusively at Gucci’s Sloane Street boutique from May 2014. - 60 -

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Cutting Garden snippets April… and the Spring bulbs are in full flow. ‘Apricot Emperor’ are amongst the first Tulips for us, closely followed by deep maroon ‘Havran’ and cerise ‘Dolls Minuet’. Fabulous mixed with wallflowers in fiery orange and deep red, with a touch of acid green Euphorbia… in the garden or in a vase. Gorgeous scented Narcissi also feature in April, including the delicate little bells of ‘Silver Chimes’, and the taller ‘Geranium’ and ‘Actaea’. Add Ivory wallflowers, Cerinthe and perhaps purple Anemones for an eye-catching contrast! As the weather warms, hardy seedlings of Ammi, Larkspur, Cornflower and Calendula can be planted outside. These will start to flower later than the over-wintered plants that are already romping away outside, so giving a succession of flowers to cut. Half-hardy annuals can be started this month. Sow seeds in a greenhouse or on a windowsill… Cosmos, Amaranthus and Zinnias are all easy, and excellent for cutting.

Happy growing and cutting! Sussex Cutting Garden

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SPRING AT PASHLEY MANOR GARDENS ‘One of the finest gardens in England’ the award winning gardens at Pashley are open from Tuesday 1st April onwards. Whenever you visit there is something to delight the senses - from bluebells and tulips, to roses and lilies, then dahlias and asters. In addition to the usual Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and special event days the gardens, café and gift shop will now be open on Fridays too (except Good Friday 18th April when they will be closed for the day). As well as coming to see the beautiful gardens you should ‘allow time

to sample the fabulous homemade food and warm hospitality at arguably the best garden café in the county, much of which is sourced from the abundant kitchen garden’

(Leigh Clapp in ‘Sussex Life’).

Special events include the 20th Anniversary of the Tulip Festival - a spectacular display of over 25,000 tulips in the gardens and 2,000 cut tulips in vases with representatives from Bloms Bulbs on site to answer questions and take bulb orders. This event is very popular with one visitor writing ‘every feature of the visit, garden, tulips,

statues, reception, catering facilities, organisation and welcome were first class’.

Sun. 27th April An Awe-Inspiring Choral Masterpiece

A great presentation of the power and drama of Verdi’s Requiem by Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at 7.30pm in St. Saviour’s Church, South Street, Eastbourne. Featuring Alison Pearce, Susan Legg, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks, Jozik Kotz and the Eastbourne College Choral Society. Tickets £14 in advance from Box Office 01323 452255 or £15 on the door.

Sun. 27th April - Appledore Antique Market

A brand new monthly antique market situated just outside Appledore. Trading starts at 7am with up to 70 pitches available. Parking, cafe and toilet facilities. See main advertisement on page 39.

Mon 28th April - 1st May - Hotelympia

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Trade show. The UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality exhibition and new product launch pad for catering equipment, design, technology, tableware, food & drink. Bold new layout and new dates for 2014, including new co-located sustainability event, Waste Works. www.hotelympia.com

Mon. 28th - 30th April - Rick Wakeman: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Nicholls bros is a local family run business trading for 50 years in the driveway, construction and surfacing industry. We specialize in all driveway finishes, red & black macadam, concrete, block paving or we can brighten up dull and tired old driveways with our hot tar and gravel bonded surface dressing, for a fraction of the cost of a new driveway. Our complete design service includes all necessary preparation, drainage and edging works. Commercial and agricultural areas, such as car parks and farm tracks are also catered for. For a free - no obligation quotation Phone 01424 838350 E:mail nichollsbros@gmail.com

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Rick Wakeman with The Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra and choir plus the English Rock Ensemble will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wakeman’s concept album Journey To The Centre Of The Earth with a state of the art, dramatic, live arena presentation of this epochal, classical-rock crossover work, based on the novel by Jules Verne. 0207 589 8212.

Mon 28th April - Classic FM Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Classic FM Live returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a fantastic evening of classical favourites, accompanied by amazing lights and fireworks. David Garrett, Hayley Westenra, Andreas Ottensamer and Joseph Moog all feature in a fantastic evening of classical favourites.. 0207 589 8212.

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Hawkhurst Fish Farm - Hastings Road, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN184RT With over 30 years combined experience in constructing and maintaining lakes and ponds, installing stunning water features and other landscaping services, Aquascapers is one of your leading, local experts! Based on the Kent/East Sussex border, all works are completed by the four HFF construction teams with specialist equipment. From initial designs and planning to the finished product, their prestige quality and expertise can be demonstrated at Hawkhurst Fish

Farm itself. Upon request we are also more than happy to show you examples of our work in the local area. Some of the services Aquascapers can offer are: Lake and Pond Advice, Design, Construction and Maintenance, Establishment of Nature Reserves, Desilting, Liner Replacement, Pond and Lake Edging, Bank Stabilisation, Lake and pond Cleaning, Installation of Water Features including Jetties, Waterfalls, Bridges etc. Landscaping Services and Ponds.

Tues. 29th April - 23rd May - David Baddiel Fame: Not the Musical

At the Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU. Mon. - Sat. 8pm. Sat. Mat. on 17th May 3.30pm. Following a smash hit sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, David comes to the chocolate factory for just four weeks only. 0207 378 1713.

Tues. 29th - 30th April The Service Desk & IT Support Show

At Brompton Hall, Earls Court. London. The UK’s leading IT Service Management and Support event. www.servicedeskshow.com

Tues. 29th April - Joe Brown

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £25.50 Premier Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Joe Brown goes from strength to strength as his contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum. 01892 530613

Tues. 29th April - 3rd May - The Accrington Pals

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. An amateur production by Trinity Theatre Club. A story of love, loss, liberation and bravery - Lest we forget. 01892 678678.

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Pets and Wildlife

FollyFoot are very well stocked suppliers of quality saddlery, horse and small animal feeds, bedding and supplies, situated on Diplocks Way, Hailsham. Free local delivery is available on all products from their massive range - ask for details. Their customer service team have a wealth of experience in riding, horse ownership and various disciplines. This means that when you call in you will be served by someone with firsthand knowledge of the products, and who understands your needs.

Tues. 29th April - 3rd May She Stoops to Conquer

Everything at The Tack Room is personally selected to reflect the very best quality available, at a price you can afford. They also provide superior customer service in helping you select the items you require. Whether you are an advanced rider entering high level competitions or a novice on a budget, The Tack Room can provide all your needs and will also source custom items if required. New changes at the shop will include a range of pet / animal feeds and accessories along with an improved Equestrian stock capacity giving customers the greatest service and flexability.

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. “This is a focused, subtle, resourceful and coherent production that shows intelligence and integrity throughout..” Plays International Magazine. Mayhem and confusion ensue in this classic comedy by Oliver Goldsmith and the mistakes and misunderstandings that culminate creates a heart-warming and hilarious evening. Tickets £14.50 to £20.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 29th April - Eastbourne’s Tea Dance

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne from 2pm - 5pm in the Floral Hall. 01323 412000.

Wed. 30th April Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip and Support

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7pm. Live music returns to the Winter Garden as Eastbourne Goes Live is launched in association with Melting Vinyl. Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip! The acclaimed duo will be playing on Wednesday 30th April at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne, a Victorian ice rink that is living a second life as a dynamic new music venue. £12 in advance. £14 on the door. 01323 412000.

End of April - Mid May - (Weather Dependent) Bluebell Walk

At Pashley Manor Gardens, near Ticehurst. Admission depends on day visited but normally £9.50. Thousands of Bluebells in the woodland area for visitors to walk through.

Wed. 30th April - Tip Toe Through the Bluebells

At Rusthall, Grange, Apsley Street, Rusthall TN4 8PA. A five mile walk around Speldhurst with Upton Downs and spring flowers. 10am - 3pm. Dress for the weather, bring a drink & packed lunch. www.khwp.org.uk

Wed. 30th April - Cinderella

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present their new Spring Ballet for the 2014 season - the classic tale of Cinderella one of the best-known rags-to-riches fairy tales of all time. 01424 462288.

Whitelands Kennels & Cattery are fully licenced. Their Cattery is a tranquil oasis, built to provide the best for your cat. Each detached house has a double view, is fully furnished and heated with its own patio, measuring 12 ft x 6ft. Patio furniture is provided. Their Kennels for dogs are friendly light and airy. Hours of free play equals happy healthy dogs. Fully heated and totally secure holidays for your dog gives you peace of mind. Vaccinated pets only. Viewing 7 days a week at 10.00am - 10.30am. Arrival and departure times are Mon. to Sat. 9am - 12 noon and 4.30pm - 5pm. Sun. and B/Holidays from 10am - 12 noon.

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Birds of a Feather

I spent some time out with my camera this month. Tho’ the weather was still a bit dodgy there were some glorious night skies and sunsets. Bodiam Castle is a great place for sky shots and as I pass that way home from the shop I get good opportunities to whip my Lumix out. Also (if I am lucky) the resident Barn Owl shows itself, to glimpse this magnificent bird quartering the fields alongside the river must be one of the most rewarding sights in nature. On one evening it spent a good ten minutes doing it’s stuff by Male Sparrowhawk

the road and up towards the castle, the views through my trusty binoculars made me a very contented old man. We have had a lot more Goldfinches in the nature area than normal over the past few weeks, these super little birds really do brighten up a dull day, they love both the sunflower hearts and the niger seeds. Even tho’ we have 9/10 feeders dotted around the shop and nature area they still find the time and energy to squabble over any particular feeder perch.

We do get regular visits from Mr & Mrs Sparrowhawk, very rarely do they manage to get their lunch as they are normally spotted long before they make an appearance. This young chap stayed long enough for me to get a quick photo...

Allan ..... feathers wild bird care. www.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk

Goldfinch

Barn Owl (taken at Feathers)

Sunset over the Rother at Bodiam

Thurs. 1st May - Fairport Convention

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. Co-founded way back in 1967 by Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings, Fairport Convention is undoubtedly the most celebrated folk-rock band of all time. Seats £19.50 and £22.50 and only from 01323 841414.

Thurs. 1st May - NT Live - King Lear

Thurs. 1st May - Roberta Flack

At the 02 Indigo2, Docklands, London. 7pm. GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. 0844 856 0202,

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. A live screening from the National Theatre. Tickets £6 to £12. 01424 229111.

The Mucky Pet Company offers a complete range of professional pet grooming and spa services for all in a safe and welcoming environment. We are continually looking to upgrade our skills by attending Seminars, Workshops and Trade Shows throughout the year. At Mucky Pet we work in compliance with the animal welfare act and we view your pets welbeing as priority at all times. It’s not just our job, it’s our vocation.

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