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February 2013

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What’s On February 2013 Until 9th March. - Merrily We Roll Along At Menier Chocolate Factory, 52 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU. Tues. - Sat. 8pm. Sat. and Sun. 3.30pm. Starring Damian Humbley and Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers. Triple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman makes her professional directorial debut at the Chocolate Factory. Box Office 0207 378 1713.

1st - 28th Feb. - Anne Kelly- Featured Artist

At Alter Ego Gallery, 30 Abbey Court, Off Battle High Street. Renowned textile artist Anne Kelly is February’s Featured Artist and her wall hanging textiles include the four Wise Old Birds above. Anne’s work is collected internationally and held at the Museum of Canada yet despite her success, her original work starts at just £34.50. 01424 777766

Fri. 1st Feb. - Guinness World Records Officially Amazing Science Live

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7pm. Guinness World Records arrives on stage with its officially amazing, record-breaking, science mad, all new live show. Unleash your inner skills, understand the world we live in, and see if you too can be a record breaker! 01424 462288.

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Fri. 1st - 9th Feb. - Calendar Girls

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. A Stables Theatre production. 01424 423221.

Fri. 1st Feb. - Jenny Eclair

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. £17.50 01424 229111.

Fri. 1st Feb. - Brede Farmers Market

At Brede Village Hall from 10am - 12 noon. 01424 882281.

Fri. 1st Feb. - 30th March - ShowTime

Exhibition at the Stables Theatre Art Gallery, The Bourne, Hastings. John Lipsham’s paintings depict all manner of images from showgirls to still life and sailors to shipwrights. 01424 423221.

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Fri. 1st - 8th Feb. - Talk and Taste

At Market Fisheries, Simmons Quay, Rock Channel, Rye, TN31 7HJ. A talk on Rye Bay Scallops with shucking/cutting demonstrations and tastings. 01797 225175.

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Thurs. 31st Jan. - 3rd Feb. Destinations The Holiday and Travel Show

At Earls Court 1, London. Get a flavour for different cultures and countries at the four Taste the World zones where you can try complimentary samples of world food and drink throughout the day. The Meet the Experts Theatres will play host to travel personalities, celebrities and experts allowing you to get the best advice in an intimate setting. www.destinationsshow.com

Fri. 1st Feb. - Fairport Convention

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm, 01892 530613.

Thurs. 14 Feb. 2013 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - KOOZA

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. Set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills and chills, it tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world, through contortionists, trapeze-artists, and the breathtaking ‘Wheel of Death’. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 2nd Feb. - See The Steam Giants

At Brede Waterworks on the A28, six miles north of Hastings. Entrance top of Brede Hill. The huge steam pumping engines have been restored and are in motion again. Free parking, refreshments available. Free entry. Tel: 01323 897310.

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February’s ‘Featured Artist’ – Anne Kelly

Alter Ego Gallery in Battle is a treasure trove of affordable art by local & regional artists. Renowned textile artist Anne Kelly is February’s Featured Artist and her wall hanging textiles include the four Wise Old Birds above. Anne’s work is collected internationally and held at the Museum of Canada yet despite her success, her original work starts at just £34.50. Other work at Alter Ego includes local landscapes by Herstmonceaux artist Anna Wilson-Patterson & Hastings artist Richard Swann’s oils of the Sussex Downs. Battle’s Celia Allen’s ceramics are collected world-wide & there’s also Pett’s Sarah Masters’ collages of fish & animals. Framed drawings by Lamberhurst’s Jane Gray starting at just £25, and books include Battle in Pictures, Single to Brighton by Battle’s Lilian Forshaw & Udimore’s Brenda Hartill’s new book on collage. Phew! A feast of local creativity awaits you.

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February 2013 House and Home P. 2 - 23 Fuel & Fire P.12 - 14 Garden Services P.18 - 21 Rye Bay Scallop Week P.22 - 24 Food and Drink P.25 - 36 Jayne Torvill Interview P.28 - 31 Gig Guide P.34

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Sat. 2nd Feb. - Recycled At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 2.30pm and 7.15pm. The Pupils of Rye Dance Centre present a show celebrating over 30 years of the school with Joanne Fletcher as Principal. The show will include new routines along with memorable dances from the past. 01424 462288.

Sat. 2nd - 9th Feb. - The Art of Gardening

A symposium at Great Dixter, Northiam, TN31 6PH. (3 places left) and a rare opportunity to learn and practice traditional techniques in the Great Dixter Gardens. 01797 252878.

Sat. 2nd & 3rd Feb. - Strictly Come Dancing Live

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Lisa Riley, Dani Harmer and Michael Vaughan are the first celebrity contestants to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Live Tour. With over 1.5 MILLION tickets sold over the past five years, the hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing UK arena tour returns. 0844 8560202.

Sat. 2nd Feb. - Robertsbridge Village Market

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

Sat. 2nd Feb. - Uckfield Farmers Market

At Luxford car park from 9am - 1pm. 01892 664064.

Sat. 2nd Feb. - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market

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At the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells from 9am - 2pm. TN2 5TN.

Sun. 3rd Feb. - Around the World in 80 Days

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 2.30pm. For ages 4+. In Jules Verne’s 1873 classic, Phileas Fogg accepts a bet that he can travel around the world in just 80 days – by boat, by train.... even by elephant. Accompanied by manservant, Passepartout, and a ticking pocket watch, Fogg faces fortune and catastrophe in the far flung corners of the globe. Someone is out to stop him....! Cats Grin Theatre Company return with their colourful and energetic tellings of classic stories. £6.00. 01892 678678.

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Sun. 3rd Feb. - Lift the Lid

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Sundays, 1-4pm, Free. Come and join in on our free creative sessions for families. With artist Sharon Haward you will explore and create wonderful pieces of work in response to the exhibition Cycles of Radical Will. 01424 229111.

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Sun. 3rd Feb. - Room 237 (Cinema)

transform audience suggestions in to an all-singing, all-dancing show on the spot! This incredible comedy troupe never fails to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies. The Showstoppers have played sell-out seasons in London’s West End, and have been a must-see staple of the Edinburgh Fringe for five years – as well as delighting audiences on tour around the world. Recently the group recorded their first BBC Radio Four series to great acclaim. Comedy in the Elgar Room. 0207 589 8212.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Cert 15. 8pm. Subliminal messages, conspiracy theories, continuity errors, signs, symbols, clues and allusions… Five ‘The Shining’ obsessives expound their – sometimes bizarre, always engrossing - theories about Kubrick’s horror masterpiece in this brilliantly imaginative investigation, which will make you think, laugh and have you rushing back to re-watch the movie quicker than you can say RedRum. 01892 678678.

Mon. 4th - 9th Feb. The Rise & Fall of Little Voice

Sun. 3rd Feb. - Record and CD Fair

At the Brighton Centre from 9.30am. Entrance £2.00. (£5.00 entry at 8.30am). Vinyl CD’s, DVD, music books, mags and memorabilia.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. The Olivier Award-winning comedy, written and directed by Jim Cartwright. Starring Beverley Callard as Mari Hoff, Ray Quinn as Billy, and introducing Jess Robinson as Little Voice. In this heart-warming northern fairytale, shy Little Voice spends most of her time immersed in her late Father’s record collection and perfecting her astonishing impersonations, much to the dismay of her fun loving, out of control mother Mari. 01892 678678.

Sun. 3rd Feb. - The Sapphires (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 5pm. £8.00. It’s 1968, and a trio of Aboriginal singing sisters are desperate to spread their wings. Encouraged by their drunken Irish manager (Chris O’Dowd), they head off to a war zone. It’s a baptism of fire, but this lovable Australian feelgood musical comedy skims over the downers in favour of gentle laughs, romance and infectious soul numbers. 01892 678678.

Mon. 4th Feb. - Paloma Faith

Mon. 4th Feb. The Circus of Horrors

At the Brighton Centre at 6.30pm. Tickets £19.50. Doors 6.30pm. Paloma’s incredible second album ‘Fall To Grace’ reached No.2 in the UK albums chart when it was released in May 2012. The album was beaten to the No.1 spot by Gary Barlow’s Diamond Jubilee record, by only 5000 copies! Support act at 8pm, Paloma Faith 9pm. 01273 290131.

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. 17 years after its conception at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival the show has gone on to tour the world. The new sensation, which stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is packed with new shocks that will take you on a whirlwind journey featuring the most bizarre, unbelievable & unique performers in the world. £16 to £26. 0844 871 7677.

Tues. 5th & 6th Feb. The Business Travel Show

At Earls Court 2, London. Trade Show for those in the business travel sector. The Business Travel Show offers a unique environment where you can use a combination of supplier meetings, educational sessions and peer-to-peer networking to help with your daily challenges. www. businesstravelshow.com

Mon. 4th Feb. - The Showstoppers

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. a brand new musical comedy every Monday night in February as The Showstoppers spontaneously

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Tues. 5th & 6th Feb. The Event Production Show At Olympia Grand Hall, London. The Event Production Show is the annual meeting place for everyone involved in selling and sourcing products and services which make fantastic events - whatever their size or nature. 200 of the industry’s leading suppliers including temporary structures, audio visual, graphics, barriers, ticketing, security, power, set design, special effects, waste management and many more. Tues: 10am-5:30pm Weds: 10am-5pm. www.eventproductionshow.co.uk

Tues. 5th Feb. The Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm. Tickets: £11, £15, £18 & £20. Children & students £1. Roderick Dunk - conductor. Leonard Elschenbroich - cello. Wagner - Overture, Die Meistersinger. Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No 1. Dvořák - Symphony No 6. 01892 530613.

Tues. 5th Feb. - Ellen Kent’s Tosca

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring the celebrated international soprano Elena Dee, this traditional production is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain. Tickets £5.00 to £39.50. Tel: 0844 8717677.

Tues. 5th - 23rd Feb. - Emma Troy

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Emma Troy explores the hazy areas of memory and longing using collage and printmaking to reinterpret familiar and iconographic images and ‘borrowed’ text. Re-imagined butterfly specimens, deer skulls, peacocks and trees are created from old magazines and newspapers and embellished with gold and silver leafed song lyrics. 01892 678678.

Tues. 5th Feb. - Amour (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 11am, 2pm and 6pm. French film and uncomprising and unmissable reflection on dimentia. Oscar nominated. Tel: 01892 678678.

Wed. 6th Feb. - Rye Farmers Market

Every Wednesday at Strand Quay, Rye from 10am - 12 noon.

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Tile Design have been established since 1982 and they have a superb showoom displaying an excellent range of Porcelain, Terracotta, Limestone, Travatine plus a large range of Ceramic wall & floor tiles. The showroom is always fully stocked. They cater for domestic as well as industrial clients. Estimates are free and contracting work as well as a full fixing service is available. All major credit cards accepted. You will find easy parking just outside and they are open from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am-3.30pm Saturday.

Wed. 6th Feb. - The Wonder of Birds

At Hyde Park, The LookOut ISIS Education Centre, London. 7pm - 8.30pm. A specialist nature walk in association with the London Natural History Society’s London Bird Club. Author of Frontiers in Birding, Martin Garner invites you to join him for a talk entitled ‘Rareities and surprises in London and Beyond’. Free event.

Wed. 6th Feb. - Gambit (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Colin Firth takes revenge on his abusive boss (Alan Rickman) by conning him with a fake painting. 8pm. 01892 678678.

Wed. 6th Feb. - Ellen Kent’s Carmen

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. Directed by Ellen Kent, this traditionally staged, dazzling new production set in Seville and reflecting a Goya painting, with fountains, flowers, orange trees and even a rescue donkey, guarantees an evening of passion and romance. Starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova, whose portrayal of Carmen has won rapturous reviews. Tickets £5 to £39.50. 0844 8717677.

Bourne Locks & Ironmongery: Recently opened in Hailsham, this family run business has almost 10 years experience in the industry. You will find a well stocked shop offering all types of locks and Ironmongery, from door handles to bolts and catches. All full service is offered to both the general public and trade, all from stock at competetitive prices. They offer an excellent key cutting service, cutting all types of keys from cylinder keys to mortice keys and also vehicle keys. Their in house workshop allows them to reassemble locks and repair them, even supplying a Keying alike service which allows all your locks to work from the same key. Please call in or view their online catalogue with prices.

Thurs. 7th & 8th Feb. - The X Factor Live

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 7.30 and 9.00pm. The top seven finalists performing on the tour are James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, Rylan Clark, Christopher Maloney and groups Union J and District3. The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the biggest selling arena tours in the UK for the last eight years, with more than 2 million people seeing the live show. 0844 8560202.

Thurs. 7th Feb. - Hastings Farmers Market

Every Thurs. at Wellington Place & Queens Road, Hastings at 10am - 3pm.

Thurs. 7th Feb. - BIG CHEER for Amaze 3!

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.45pm. Multitalented Phill Jupitus is the headline act, best known for TV’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, he’s also a brilliant stand up comic, a great DJ and even a musical theatre star! He’ll be joined by Angela Barnes, Radio 2 New Comedy Award winner; John Moloney, Best Live Stand-up at the British Comedy Awards; prolific comic, writer and actor Ray Peacock; and Raymond and Mr Timpkins. Tickets £20.50. 0844 871 7677.

Thurs. 7th Feb. - Tea Dance

At St. Michael’s Hospice, Arthur Easton Centre, 25 Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards on Sea from 2.30pm - 5pm. £3.00 includes refreshments.

Fri. 8th Feb. - Farm Boy

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7pm. Michael Morpurgo’s sequel to Warhorse presented by New Perspectives Theatre Co. This magical tale of the bonds linking grandfather to grandson has once more been brought to life by New Perspectives Theatre Company in their delightful touring show combining drama, storytelling and original music. 01892 678678.

Fri. 8th Feb. - Ghost Walk

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, nr Hailsham from 7pm - 8.30pm. The venue that launched the Most Haunted T.V. show. Presented with a little humour from Sussex’s paranomal entertainment company, Sussex Darkside. Adults £15, child £10. 07956 307 684.

Fri. 8th Feb. - Beyond the Barricade

At the Theatre Royal, Brigthon. 7.45pm. Recreating original West End and Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, including songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and many more hit musical productions, climaxing with a spectacular finale from Les Miserables. Tickets £16 to £20. 0844 8717677.

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Fri. 8th Feb. - Tosca At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring the celebrated international soprano Elena Dee, this traditional production is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain. Tickets ÂŁ20 to ÂŁ32. Tel: 01323 412000.

Fri. 8th Feb. - Chemistry of Soil and Plants

At the Little Common Community Centre, Shepherds Close at 7.15pm. A lecture by Ed Walker for the Little Common Horticultural Society. Visitors always welcome.

Sat. 9th & 10th Feb. Longbow Archery in the Park

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.

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Chimneys (Individual fires & stoves) have been supplying and fitting stove and fire place equipment for over 40 years. During this time they have built up a wealth of experience in all aspects of the heating industry, from the building or modification of fireplaces to the lining or building of chimneys and fitting of stoves. In addition they specialise in the supply and fitting of range cookers fuelled by wood, m/f, oil, or gas. With their wealth of experience and expertise you would expect a good and professional job with a minimum of fuss and this is what you get. The advice they give is always straightforward, practical and most importantly, dependable.

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SOLAR PV INSTALLATIONS Ecofurb are offering a free management & monitoring system* *With every 4kw (and above) system ordered during February 2013. Prices start from just £4,990 According to most predictions the price of gas & Electric will remain high over the next 20 years, so reducing our dependency on these fuel sources is clearly the sensible thing to do and will save you money.

Calling all Land owners, Farmers, and Businesses Have you got any large fields that are not being put to good use? Perhaps a large barn or out building roof that could earn you a very lucrative income for the next 20 years!!

Solar is still one of the best and safest investments You can still receive between 10 - 25% returns on investment for both domestic and commercial Solar PV installations. If you don’t want to use your own money Ecofurb are working with several specialist finance houses to fund renewable projects. This includes Solar PV, Biomass, Ground Source, and Community Projects.

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Wood-fuelled heating systems, also called biomass systems, burn wood pellets, chips or logs to power central heating and hot water boilers. As wood is essentially stored solar energy, heating with wood is in harmony with the environment. *Tariff income ranges for Biomass Boilers range from 5.2 - 8.7p/KWh

An air source heat pump (ASHP) is a heating and cooling system that uses outside air as its heat source and heat sink. *Tariff income ranges for Air Source Heat Pumps range from 6.9 - 11.5p/KWh

Ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). *Tariff income ranges for Ground Source Heat Pumps range from 12.5 - 17.3p/KWh

*Payments for householders over 7 years for each KWh of heat produced for the expected lifetime of renewable technology and based on deemed heat and usage. Tariff levels set to provide a better return for householders living off the gas grid.

Ecofurb can make you self sufficient with heat and power by combining Green energy systems.

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Sat. 9th Feb. - The Magpie At Ightham Mote, Ivyhatch Lane, near Sevenoaks at 4.30pm. An atmospheric one woman performance in the Great Hall. Watch ladies close to Henry VIII rise and fall & listen to their private thoughts, hopes and fears. Warm clothing advised. Drink on arrivalfollowed by a 2-course supper in the Mote Restaurant. Booking Essential 01732 810378

Sat. 9th Feb. - Plan B

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Over the past few months, Ben Drew has barely stopped. He released iLL Manors - the movie, filmed a BBC3 documentary, toured the UK and also appeared at a selection of festivals including BBC’s Hackney One Big Weekend. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Fat Tuesday

At various restaurants and bars in the Old Town, Hastings including Black Pearl (page 33). Bringing together food and music with 20 great acts around ten venues in the Old Town.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Wine and Wisdom Quiz Night

At High Halden Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Tables of six receive a platter of cheeses and pate plus two bottles of wine. A minimum donation of £10 per head is suggested. Bookings on 01233 850341.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Carmen

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova, whose portrayals of Carmen have won

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rapturous reviews, and featuring the full Chisinau National Philharmonic orchestra and chorus. Carmen features some of the most evocative and bestloved melodies in opera, including perhaps the best-known baritone aria of all; The Toreador’s Song. Tickets £20 to £32. 01323 412000.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Sing-a-long a Grease

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.45pm. The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free goody bag during the film and suggest some appropriate heckles and accompanying actions. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Tickets £13.50 - £15.50. 0844 871 7677.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Ringing Demo

At Feathers Wild Birdcare, Parsonage Farm, Salehurst. advertisement on page 55 for full details.

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Sat. 9th Feb. - Sonnet In a Day

At the Corn Exchange, Brighton. 11am. Olivier-award-winning playwright, lyricist and poet Stephen Clark reveals the power and beauty of the sonnet; perfectly formed presents that have been given for centuries. For ages 18+ £15.00. 01273 709709.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Britten Sinfonia At Lunch

At the Corn Exchange, Brighton. 1pm. Resident chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia returns with an hour-long lunchtime concert pairing chamber masterworks with new works co-commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall. £12.00. 01273 709709.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Angela Barnes, Andy Robinson and third act to be confirmed. 01892 678678.

Sat. 9th & 10th Feb. Down Under Live and Canada Live

Archway Builders are a family run building company based in Burwash, East Sussex and have been established since 2005. They are extremely proud of their reputation as a reliable and successful company with a highly skilled work force. They provide a complete building service and work closely with architects surveyors and structural engineers so they can also offer full design, planning and building regulation service. Their many satisfied customers can testify to the companies highest quality standards to include complete new builds, extensions, conversions, alterations, renovations, all the way through to your completed project. Call Archway Builders for a a free no obligation quotation.

At the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington. N1 0QH. This is the UK’s BIGGEST dedicated event for Australia, Canada & New Zealand, featuring the best emigration seminar around – a whole day of invaluable help and advice. Our emigration expo features specialist exhibitors, experts on every aspect of the emigration process. If a job downunder is what you are searching for, then you’ll find a host of opportunities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, including state sponsored jobs, and both skilled and trades positions. http://www. downunderlive.co.uk/

Sat. 9th Feb. - Hailsham Farmers Market

At the Hailsham Cattle Market site, Market Street, Hailsham from 9am 12.30pm. 01323 449478.

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Sussex Stone’s Hailsham showroom is a one stop shop for all your natural stone requirements.

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s well as kitchen display’s Sussex Stone have bathroom displays, fire surrounds and lots of Natural Stone tiles on view. Their natural stone selection includes Granite, Marble, Limestone as well as man made materials such as Quartz and Corian. Sussex Stone offers a free consultation service, free site visit and free quotation, you really will be spoilt for choice. We have so many materials, colours and textures there is certain to be something that is suited to both your taste and your budget. Come and visit us and be surprised at the choice and great value we can offer.

Sussex Stone can also supply sanitary ware from a range of well known manufacturers such as Franke, Kaldewei, Hudson Reed and Roca. We offer glass splash backs made to measure and back painted to any RAL colour, stone bowls, stone shower trays and all tiling accessories such as adhesive and grout, we also have a wide range of cleaning and sealing products.

Our staff can advise you on the whole process from consultation through to aftercare. We pride ourselves on our work and take time to ensure the smallest details are covered. We can also help you find reliable local tradesmen such as plumbers/ electricians and tilers who we can recommend with confidence, they understand our work ethic and have been chosen because of the high standard of work they produce.

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Ideas to Inspire from Karen Jackson Having qualified from the Chelsea School of Art, where she won the annual design competition, Karen Jackson has worked for two leading Interior Design companies in Holland Park and Belgravia, before moving on to run her own Interior Design business in 2003. Karen approaches each project with passion and enthusiasm, whether a full-scale refurbishment or a simple design of softfurnishings. Her sympathetic use of colour and texture are the hallmarks of her work, and her aim is to create comfortable, inviting and stylish interiors that are effortlessly elegant rather than ‘designed’. Karen is able to source from a large range of suppliers for an extensive selection of often unusual materials and one-of-akind pieces to match even the most ambitious vision. Karen works closely with her clients to source the right scheme, be it traditional or contemporary design, or a complementary blend of both. The loyalty of clients who return to the company, is a testament to the friendly, personal and professional service that Karen Jackson Interiors provides. Initial meetings with Karen are free, during which you can get to know one another and discuss the project, whereupon itemised estimates for the required works will follow, so you can see precisely what is involved.

Sat. 9th - 15th Feb. - Gallery Interaction At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea from 1pm - 4pm. Radical Riders with Sheridan Quigley. Which British icons would you like to see riding a motorbike? Participants can either draw the motorbike and its rider from scratch (images of bikes available as source material), or use preprepared pictures of a bike with an outline of the position of the rider. Tel: 01424 229111. Free event.

Sat. 9th Feb. - T. Wells Farmers Market

Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Chinatown. Highlights include acrobatics, martial arts, magic, the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, troupes of visiting artists from China, plus singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. The event is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association and supported by Mayor of London. Find out more: www.thelondonchinatown.org.uk

Sun. 10th Feb. - Antiques, Collectors and Twentieth Century Art Deco Fair

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. N22 7AY. Attracting dealers and collectors from around the globe. 0208 3652121.

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

Sat. 9th Feb. - Paul Daniels

At Battle Memorial Hall, High Street, Battle at 7.30pm. The most watched t.v. magician of the last 20 years with Debbie Magee. Tickets £15 from Battle Post Office, on the door or on line at www.battlememorial.hall. ticketsource.co.uk

Sat. 9th Feb. - Flea and Collectors Market

At Headcorn Methodist Church Hall from 10am - 3pm. Free entry.

Sun. 10th Feb. - Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra

At exciting afternoon’s music by five highly accomplished soloists in the final of Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloist Competition. 2.00pm in the Birley Centre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4EF (close to the Congress Theatre). Tickets £8 on the door only. www.eso.org.uk or 07780 993801.

Sat. 9th Feb. - Matt Pound and Lt Leek

Sun. 10th - 12th Feb. - Pure London

Free music event at the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tuck into a Trinity breakfast and enjoy a musical entertainment.

At Olympia Grand and National Halls. Trade show bringing together an eclectic mix of contemporary, directional and premium womenswear, young fashion, footwear and accessory brands, all under one roof. Offers buyers an overview of the marketplace. www.purelondon.com

Sat. 9th Feb. - It Was 50 Years Ago Today

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. The UK’s number one Beatles Tribute Band, The Fab Beatles will perform the entire album as the first half of the show. Followed by a selection from further albums. Tickets £18.50. 01323 841414.

Sun. 10th Feb. - Umbrella Parade

At the Old Town, Hastings. 11am - 3pm. Traditional New Orleans, Umbrella Parade. Great fun. Free to join in. Bring a parasol.

Sun. 10th Feb. Artists from Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Sun. 10th Feb. - Chinese New Year

12:00 to 18:00 Come and welcome in the Year of the Snake at London’s fantastic, free celebrations for Chinese New Year, the largest outside of Asia. The fun starts with a colourful parade of floats and Chinese mythological creatures which leave Duncannon Street at 10am, turning into Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. From noon until 6pm there’ll be a packed afternoon of entertainment in

At Vinehall School, Theatre, Robertsbridge. Songs by Schubert, Brahms, Weber, Schumann. Tickets details on 01580 883092.

Sun. 10th Feb.- In The Mood For Love (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. An achingly romantic film tracing a hesitant love affair between two cuckolded neighbours. 01892 678678.

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Sun. 10th Feb. - Tonbridge Farmers Market At Sovereign Way, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 Valentines special.

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9.30am - 1.30pm.

Sun. 10th Feb. - America Ground Barbecue

At America Ground, Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA. A barbecue and gig on the Hastings America ground. Inside the print works there will be Red Jackson, a rootsy trio playing rhythm and blues, rockabilly and funky jazz. Tickets £5.00. Collections on behalf of St. Michael’s Hospice.

Mon. 11th Feb. - The Soldiers

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Tickets: £22.50. Join Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi as they showcase tracks from the new album. Audiences can expect the usual humour and camaraderie. 01892 530613.

Mon. 11th Feb. - Plan B

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road at 6.30pm. Doors 7pm. Support till 9pm. Plan B 9pm till 10.30pm. 01273 290131.

Tues. 12th Feb. - Tosca

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Set against the backdrop of Rome with spectacular sets and costumes, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain. Tosca brings the grandeur of Rome to the stage, directed as a dark, gothic melodrama inspired by Sarah Bernhardt. Starring the critically acclaimed soprano Maria Tonina. Tickets £24 to £35. 01892 530613.

Tues. 12th Feb. - The Shining

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 2pm and 7.30pm. Stanley Kubricks masterpiece of modern horror returns to the big screen in an extended version. 01892 678678.

Wed. 13th Feb. - The Rock a Nore Story

At Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road, Hastings. TN35 5BH. 7.30pm. Admission £1.00. Talk by Ken Brooks. 07709 235308.

Wed. 13th - 16th Feb. - Rambert Dance Co. Labyrinth of Love Tour

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. Britain’s favourite dance company, returns to Brighton etc this spring with four spectacular works featuring world-class dancers, visually compelling theatre and inspiring live music by the Rambert Orchestra. £11 to £28. Tel: 0844 871 7677.

Wed. 13th Feb. Trouble with the Curve (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Clint Eastwood and Aimee Adams learn how much they have in common on a road trip. 01892 678678.

Wed. 13th Feb. - Illusions

At Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. 7.30pm £12.00. Two couples at the end of their lives look back at their relationships to face some home truths in this darkly comic play from the acclaimed Actors Touring Company. Illusions is the perfect Valentine’s exploration of the nature of true love from Russia’s foremost contemporary playwright Ivan Viripaev in his English language debut. 01273 709709.

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. - 18 -

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Kwik-Lawn Turf are proud of the reputation that we have been able to build up over the years. Our second generation family run business has been established for over 26 years and is generally considered to be one of the leading turf providers in the country. We recognise the importance of building good relationships and we strive to supply you, the customer, with the highest quality service every time. Here at KwikLawn we offer an efficient and professional service and we supply our customers with the best quality turf every time. We lay turf across a large proportion of East Sussex.

Star Plant is an independent surfacing contractor specialising in hand laid Hot Tar and Chippings. From a small one car driveway to large commercial car parks no job is too big or small. Whether the job is in Gloucester, Dover or Scotland if we can offer a good value competitive price without compromising our high standards and attention to detail we are happy to go anywhere. We are proud to be a Trading standards approved business and a part of the Buy with Confidence scheme. For a free no obligation quote call 01825 840390 or email info@starplant.co.uk

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2013 RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW HIGHLIGHTS Gardening is at its most fashionable at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments. Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 May 2013 A catwalk of colour and creativity, the brightest new ideas, the latest trends and the pinnacle of design make this show the one the world wants to see. Over 500 exhibitors from all around the world, including 15 Show Gardens, eight Artisan Gardens and 11 Fresh Gardens. There are around 150 exhibits in the Great Pavilion, predominantly from nurseries and florists, and almost 250 trade stands across the site. Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, which will be exhibiting for the first time in 2013 with B&Q. Chris Beardshaw who will be designing the ‘Arthritis Research UK Garden’ which reflects the personal journey and emotions of someone with arthritis. Following his gold medal win for the ‘Discover Jordan Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012, Paul Hervey-Brookes has designed ‘BrandAlley’ - a garden of contrasts, reflecting the two faces of people’s lives: public and private.

Continued expansion at Skinners Sheds! Skinners Sheds new 1.5 acre Head Office Show site is now open at Ninfield Road, Bexhill. The site represents a million pound investment by the company in the new premises including the latest machinery and new staff. Skinners Sheds employs over 90 people and plans continued expansion in 2012. Skinners Sheds philosophy is demonstrating its commitment to tackling the complex issue of timber procurement. All sources of timber are from well managed, legal and non-controversial sources which carry recognised and acceptable certifications to produce strong and dependable building that will last up to 30 years. In choosing to buy a timber building from Skinners Sheds, you will have the peace of mind that comes from dealing with a

company that has over 30 years experience, and in that time, they have been able to find the best timber suppliers and wholesalers, who, together with their fully qualified staff, have helped gain a reputation for craftsmanship and fine quality that is second to none.

preservative in a vacuum pressure timber impregnation plant which protects your building from insect attack and decay. Skinners Sheds have buildings in gardens that are over 30 years old - what value for money!

Skinners Sheds pride themselves in being able to offer customers the benefit of product knowledge and expertise to tailor-make their buildings with those extra touches of detail and care which customers value and have come to expect when purchasing an outdoor building. Over the years they have grown on their reputation through hard work and customer loyalty, add to this the excellent service and value for money and you can see why people insist on a Skinners Shed building. All of their timber is pressure treated which means that it is impregnated with a wood

They have over 100,000 customers and any size can be made to order from your specification and design. Trade enquiries are always welcome. Skinners Sheds has grown over the last 30 years into the largest timber building manufacturer in the South of England. They offer all products direct from their factory with free local delivery and free erection. There is a Skinners Sheds site near you!

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Rye Bay Scallop Week Saturday 2nd - Sunday 10th February 2013

It’s Shucking Time Again! Celebrate the Scallop If you’ve never watched a scallop race then you could be in for a real treat as the ancient Cinque Ports town of Rye, East Sussex heads towards its 11th Rye Bay Scallop week. The hilarious What a Load of Scallops race sees teams running around the town with barrow loads of shells, competing for the acclaimed Scallop Trophy. This is just one of the dozens of quirky events organised to celebrate the delicious shellfish for which Rye is justifiably renowned. A host of scallop-themed events are planned for the festival which runs from 2nd to 10th February 2013. Details of cookery schools, shucking demonstrations, tastings, quizzes and themed music nights are all featured on the website. www.scallop.org.uk

Many thousands of scallops will be served in the restaurants of Rye during the festival in a variety of exciting ways. Webbe’s seared scallops with caramelised apple, black pudding and cider sauce is a great favourite and international themed scallop dishes will feature at The Ship Inn’s, Scallops of the World Unite evening. Once, medieval Rye reserved its wonderful fresh mackerel, sole and whiting for the King and the royal court but now its domestic fishing fleet at Simmons Quay at the easterly entrance to the town is proud to land fish daily for Rye and its visitors. Scallops are one of the main “catches” at this time of year and the season is short but they are at their absolute succulent best in February. Celebrate the scallop by visiting Rye during the festival and try them for yourself.

Just one of the many exciting events taking place through the Rye Bay Scallop Week is Russell Drew’s Talk and Taste at Market Fisheries. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to ‘shuck’ or ‘cut’ a scallop or removing it from the shell. Russell appeared on the Hairy Bikers Sussex cookery programme demonstrating the cutting art and is very knowledgeable on all things fishy. Russell says, ‘This will be an educational session so that people can learn and ask questions about fishing in the bay, harvesting the scallops, the sustainability of local fish and I’ll also be teaching some filleting techniques’. Russell’s Talk and Taste sessions will take place on Saturday 2nd and 9th February from 10am till 12 noon. Cont. Page 24

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Pondering about what to do with your black beams? Then Back From Black Beam Renovation specialists may have the answer! The company has invented a mess free process which offers an innovative alternative to sandblasting, mechanical or chemical stripping. There is no mess, dust or damage to the beams or surrounding dÊcor. With this unique system, they work for the most part in furnished houses. They have renovated beams in many lovely homes throughout the UK and France as shown on their website. Why not make an appointment to visit the Back From Black Beam Renovation show home in RYE, East Sussex. If you are interested in a free quote, don’t hesitate to send photographs of the rooms with room dimensions at quote@beam-renovation.co.uk

Do you need help to get your accounts in order? Here at Gibbons Mannington & Phipps we have a wealth of up to date knowledge covering all aspects. If you are looking for straight forward advice in a complex financial world, give us a call or send us an email. We can help. Gibbons Mannington & Phipps is a full service firm of Chartered Accountants. We have three offices in East Sussex and Kent offering accounts, taxation and business advisory and support services to a wide range of businesses and individuals. Our offices are in Bexhill, Rye, and Tenterden so we are locally on hand to help. Visit our website at www.gmpaccountants.co.uk to download factsheets or give us a call or visit one of our friendly offices. At Gibbons Mannington & Phipps, we provide a cost-effective, high value solution to meet your accounting needs. We work hard to get to know you in order to deliver timely, individual advice on how to improve your business and personal wealth. The firm is committed to offering a pleasant experience in dealing with all manner of accounts and tax queries. If you have a financial query relating to anything from the new RTI legislation for payroll and how it may affect your business to corporation tax please contact us.

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Also on Saturday 9th February there will be special Cooking Demos from 12 noon at The Mermaid Inn and from 12 noon to 2pm at Market Fisheries care of The Beach Bistro. ‘Scallops don’t get much fresher than this, literally hours from being plucked from the sea in front of us, eating them this fresh is a revelation, and I can’t wait to demonstrate a few really easy dishes for people to try at home.’ Says Trevor Hambley, Chef at The Beach Bistro at the Gallivant Hotel. Trevor will be delivering a scallop-themed cookery school right in the heart of the fishing port. Trevor has been working in partnership with Russell since he came to the Gallivant two years ago. His ‘boat-to-plate’ cookery school takes groups of people to Market Fisheries to see how they land the fish and to meet Russell and his team. Both Sunday the 3rd and 10th will see another unusual themed demonstration. Scallops and Sabrage at The Rye Lodge. That’s the art of decapitating a bottle of champagne followed enjoying a glass of bubbly and a dish of scallops served with a champagne cream sauce.

101 Things to do with a Scallop The Rye Bay Scallop is a versatile shellfish and is incredibly easy and quick to cook. Local restaurants are busy preparing a terrific range of scallop dishes in readiness for the Rye Bay Scallop Week and some of the chefs have been kind enough to share some of their most popular recipes.

Anthony Bailey Catering offers you and your guests a wonderful, unique array of delicious, fresh, authentic and healthy fare including special dietary requirements. Anthony has many years experience in the catering trade and formally managed The Riverside Haven Restaurant in Rye. In his early career he worked for the Royal Navy which included service on the Royal Yacht. The company has more recently provided catering for the film production company ‘Aquafilms’ and can provide all your outside catering needs corporate catering, meetings, conferences, classes, company retreats, BBQ’s, picnics, special events and occasions, public and private engagements, receptions, celebration of life and memorial observances, social functions, family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. They offer a popular, diverse variety of delightfully delectable dishes and have an enthusiastic commitment to quality, taste, professionalism, and polish.

Wed. 13th Feb. - Carmen At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £35, £30, £24 Opera & Ballet International presents an Ellen Kent Production. Bizet CARMEN. THE MOST SEDUCTIVE OPERA EVER WRITTEN Carmen, inspired by the paintings of Goya, replicates the dramatic Seville bull ring and features fountains, flowers, date palms and a rescue donkey. Starring the beautiful internatiojnal mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova. Sung in French with English surtitles. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 14th Feb. - Valentines Ball

At the Corn Exchange, Brighton. 8pm. £14.00. Couples £25. A perennial favourite for star-crossed lovers (or just good friends) of all ages and genders, offering an unforgettable evening of classic ballroom dance. Waltz ‘til you wilt or simply sit back and enjoy the 10-piece Berkeley Square Society Band. 01273 709709.

Look out for “Scallop Top”, a cream stout brewed specially for Rye Bay Scallop Week by the Old Dairy Brewery. Pan-fried scallops shout out for a beer with a bit of attitude, particularly one that’s darker in colour. As part of this year’s Scallop Week, the Old Dairy Brewery has created a dry stout, similar to its Silver Top, just less sweet. A good body, hints of liquorice and molasses are balanced with a plain chocolate bitterness and notes of roast coffee, which give Scallop Top a wealth of flavours to create a remarkable match to this esteemed shell fish. See the scallop.org.uk website for full details of the above and the many other special events that will be running through the scallop week. The use of fresh scallops is weather permitting.

unusual to do this Valentine’s night? Love and lust are in the air as we join forces with Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to throw a hearty party. Live music, DJs, objects of desire, DIY Valentine cards, performances and a hunt for hidden love stories – how can you resist? £5. 01273 709709.

Thurs. 14th Feb. - Roy Chubby Brown

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 14th - 16th Feb. Hastings Contemporary Youth Dance Theatre

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. Contemporary dance is an art form that uses movement to express feelings and ideas. These are well portrayed in works from different starting points. Adults £12.50. 01424 423221.

Fri. 15th Feb. - Little Mix

Thurs. 14th & 16th Feb. - Valentines Specials

At the Brighton Centre at 6.30pm. Part of their 18 venue tour across the U.K. Tickets £19.50 to £29.50. 01273 290131.

Thurs. 14th Feb. - Love Late

At the Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome. 9pm. Stuart Bowden brings The Beast to life – a poignant and playful tale of love, accompanied by a live musical soundscape using a ukulele and a loop pedal. 01273 709709.

On the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. A full afternoon tea on the lounge cart train service. Also evening dining on 14th. 01825 720800. At the Cafe Bar, Brighton Dome. 7pm. Are you looking for something

Fri. 15th Feb. - The Beast

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Food & Drink

Fri. 15th & 16th Feb. - Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carol 2013 At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 7.30pm. be amused and amazed as the all-male divas of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (or “The Trocks” to their friends) return to the UK following their last sell-out visit. With one foot in farce and the other in classical ballet, their dedicated tootsies shoe-horned into size 10 pink satin pointe-shoes the Trocks return with a fabulous new programme. £12.50 to £27.50. 01273 709709.

Fri. 15th Feb. - Quiz Night

At Ryer Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye at 5.30pm. Tickets £7.50 includes supper. BYO alcohol. Teams of up to six. 01797 223810.

A quick visit to Hailsham’s High Street will reveal many new businesses as the town experiences some recent economic growth, one of which is the brilliant Callenders Restaurant. Located at the upper end of the High Street, in the location many will remember as Pellings bicycle shop, Callenders is a modern, fully licensed British Restaurant, which has been serving the best of British food for almost two years. Described by Diner’s choice as “A TRUE JEWEL OF A RESTAURANT” Callenders uses locally sourced and grown produce, and all meals and desserts are made from scratch. Chef Killian has true passion for everything he does and is set to make his mark on Sussex having already won awards for his food. A visit to Callenders is certainly not to be missed, and now with this voucher it is truly excellent value. Callenders is open every day serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals.

Fri. 15th Feb. - Puppetry of the Penis

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. 01424 462288.

Fri. 15th Feb. - Richard Durrant

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. The English guitarist Richard Durrant is a world class virtuoso with an imaginative flair for presentation and a warm and easy rapport that has endeared him to audiences in the UK, Europe and South America. A new show packed full of stories and music from a lifetime of playing the guitar. Tickets £14.00. 01892 678678.

Fri. 15th - 17th Feb. - MCN Motorcycle Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Open 9am 5pm. Discover a show unlike any other bike show you’ve been to before. It’s a multi stage, multi event and multi star-studded show that promises to pack the entire world of motorcycling into one massive weekend. Be inspired by the five brand new exciting zones; Sports and performance, Knowledge, Adventure, Custom and the Classics zone. Discounts for early booking. http://www.excel-london.co.uk/whats-on/the-carole-nash-mcnmotorcycle-show-2013/

Fri. 15th & 16th Feb. - Harry Hill

Fri. 15th Feb. - Lovesong At the Studio Theatre, The Dome, Brighton. 7pm. Featuring his own music and lyrics, this unmissable one-man show is performed by soul legend Omar - founder of nu-classic British soul, who again joins forces with award-winning writer and director, Ché Walker. Tickets £9.00. 01273 709709.

Fri. 15th Feb. - Murder, Mystery Evening

On the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Staton, on the Golden Arrow Pullman. Details on 01825 720800.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells with his new show ‘Sausage Time’. Tickets: £30. Joined by showband ‘The Harry’s’, there’s a section exclusively for Tongans, a chance to catch up on Harry’s Nan’s latest ailments, the legendary Stouffer the Cat and a debut solo stand-up spot by Gary, Harry’s son from his first marriage and recognisable for his role as Alan Sugar in Harry Hill’s TV Burp.

Sat. 16th - 24th Feb. - Krafty Kites

A fun activity for the whole family. Come to Sheffield Park and Garden Nr Uckfield and have a go at making your own unique kite! Then try your hand at launching and flying you very own bright and breezy ‘designer’ kites! Booking Not Needed

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Sat. 16th - 24th Feb. - Norman & Saxon Quest

At the 1066 Battlefield and Abbey, Battle, E. Sussex. 10am - 3pm. Children armed with a trail sheet can hunt for miniature Norman and Saxon soldiers hidden around the Abbey grounds. Every youngster who finds all the characters receives a small prize. Normal admission applies. 0870 3331181.

Sat. 16th & 17th Feb. The Listed Property Show

At Olympia 2, London. The Listed Property Show provides owners of listed buildings with access to the products and services of over 150 specialist suppliers. Run by The Listed Property Owners Club, the event will provide practical advice, ideas and inspiration for current and prospective owners of period properties. Entry to the show is free when applied for in advance; get your free invitation from www.lpoc.co.uk or via email info@lpoc. co.uk. Alternatively ring 01795 844939.

Sat. 16th Feb. - Source - New Music

At The Studio Theatre, The Dome, Brighton showcasing the best of local talent. 01273 709709.

Sat. 16th Feb. - Handbag

At the Corn Exchange, Brighton. Performances from 4.30pm - 7pm. Every half an hour. Tickets £4.00. ‘A witty and wistful performance that, in a few delirious moments, succinctly makes the point that no woman needs a man when she has got her handbag in tow’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian. 01273 709709.

Sat. 16th Feb. - Love Fest 2013

At the Phoenix Arts Centre, Parkstone Road, Hastings. A Valentines weekend of music. Line up The Blues Brothers and Soul Xpress, Cushty and Vinyl Tap. Tickets from Hastings Information Centre. £14.00.

Sat. 16th Feb. - Stonegate Farmers Market

At the Village Hall, Stonegate, TN5 7EG. 10am - 12 noon.

Sat. 16th & 17th Feb. - Cosmetic Trade Show

At the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington. The very best UK and international speakers discussing the latest topics and demonstrating up to date techniques. www.cosmeticnewsuk.com/expo-2013

February: Valentines Day Dine in style in Lotus Enjoy our signature dishes and a fine selection of wine to ensure you have an enchanting evening with your loved one.

March: Mother’s Day Our Sunday sampler £12.95 Per adult £6.95 Per child under the age of 10. With a huge selection of 80 dishes to choose from it’s always a popular choice for Mothers Day.

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

MEET, EAT AND DRINK

FEBRUARY SPECIAL OFFER

TWO MAIN COURSES FOR ONE Available Monday to Friday evening in FEBRUARY (excluding Jazz Night) from the a La Carte menu, main course only. Offer excludes Beef Fillet. To qualify for this offer you must prebook your table in advance and mention this offer, you must order a minimum of 2 courses per person. (main course with starter or dessert). The cheaper Main Course is Free.

Set Lunch Menu

£10 for 2 Courses Available Mon. to Sat. lunch - Choice of 3 starters and 3 mains

JAZZ NIGHT

FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY The White Horse caters for large parties. Food served lunchtime and evening 7 days a week, Sunday till 4pm.

Why not join us for a drink? We offer a great selection of Beers, Ales and Wine by the glass

New Bar Menu Ciabatta Sandwiches All served with French Fries & Salad at £7.95 - Grilled Chicken with Mustard Mayo - Parma Ham, Brie & Roasted Pepper - Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato - Grilled Sausage with Onion Marmalade - Ham, Cheese, Tomato

Bar Food s Sausages & Mash with Onion Gravy £9.50 s Fish & Chips £11.95 (Harveys battered Cod), Mushy Peas & Tartare Sauce s Homemade Burger £9.50 Chedder Cheese and Fries (Add Bacon for £1.00) s Ham & Cheese Ploughmans £8.00 s Tapas Board £7.50 - Humous, Olives, Chorizo, Parma Ham, Peppers and Pitta Bread. s Warm Chicken & Bacon Salad £12.00 s Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake £7.95 with Salad

Real Food for Smaller People - £5.95 Grilled Sausage, with Fries & Peas Kids Fish and Chips with Peas Grilled Chicken Strips, with Fries & Peas Cheesy Penne Pasta Bake

Desserts s Chocolate Orange Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream s Cinnamon Creme Brulee with Baked Apple and Raisins s Maple and Walnut Cheesecake s Sticky Toffee Pudding s Selection of Homemade Ice Creams and Sorbets s The White Horse Cheeseboard A full A La Carte Menu is also available.

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Jayne Torvill with Michael Zanazine and Brianne Delcourt

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Jayne Torvill Once again sparkling in Dancing On Ice

A host of stars have once again donned their skates and are being put through their paces by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in the new series of Dancing On Ice. Jayne Torvill was introduced to skating at the age of 8 during a school trip to Nottingham, and she’s hardly stopped since. She began skating with Christopher Dean in 1975 and the pair entered their first Winter Olympics in 1980 at Lake Placid in the USA, finishing fifth. Their greatest moment came at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Performing the now legendary Bolero routine on Valentines Day of that year, the pair stunned a British TV audience of over 24 million, earning full marks from all nine judges and a gold medal. No dancing pair had ever received full marks in a skating competition before, and it is a record that remains intact to the present day. Jayne lives near Heathfield, Sussex with her husband Phil and their two children.

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hat’s On Magazine met up with Jayne Torvill to take about the new series.

Jayne, when did you start training for the new series? All of our celebrities have been trained since the beginning of October. They worked with a local coach wherever they are based and then they were given their partners in late November. In early December Chris and I started choreographing their routines ready for the first show. At that time we had met all the celebrities and assessed their abilities and we have given them a one on one training session. We then re-assess them in December. Do you ever get people who you think will never be able to do it? Yes, we have had some people like that but sometimes we are pleasantly surprised by how they do after that. Do you find it hard to keep really fit?

When I stopped in 1998 it was hard to have the same motivation to exercise. I put on weight which wasn’t good for my small 5ft 1in frame. It wasn’t until I knew I was going to be on TV regularly on Dancing On Ice when it began in 2006 that I got the push that I needed. Are you a fan of other reality shows, do you like Strickly? Yes I do but I have to say that skating is a lot more difficult and dangerous and more chances of injury. For the celebrities doing it there is a lot more commitment required for a longer period of time. It’s a lot more physically demanding for them. Are the celebrities surprised by the amount of work they have to put in? Yes, from day one when they step on the ice a lot of them say ‘This is really hard and you make it look so easy’. When it is done property it looks beautiful and graceful but when it is done badly it is not very attractive.

What did you think about the line up of contestants this year? We had a great line up and I was really excited about the contestants this season. We have some really big names and people that are really strong skaters. How much of your time is spent on the show once it’s running? Once the series starts it goes on air on a Sunday and then on the Monday and Tuesday Chris and I usually have 12 hour days choreographing the routines for the coming week, because if we don’t do that then there is no show the next week. That’s quite a lot of pressure so usually we take Wednesdays off and then we are back in the studio Thursday and Friday working with our celebrities or working on routines that we have got coming up, as obviously we have to do our own training as well. We also choose all of the music for everybody. How much do you get to work with Chris during the rest of the year?

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Jayne Torvill with What’s On Editor

After the series and the tour Chris usually goes home because he still lives in America so he will spend time there. We both try and stay in shape working with trainers and at the gym but when we come back together we train every day ourselves. What other projects are you involved in? When I am not doing anything else I try to spend as much time as I can at home as I have young children but I do various charity projects. I find it difficult to say no to things. I cannot just sit and read a book, I wish I could but I just feel guilty and think I should be working. One of your professional skaters (Mark Henretty ) had a really hard fall the other week, do you have to expect pain in your profession? When I was competing in the early 80’s, we had a fall and I fractured my shoulder blade. It took me more than a year to recover and I had intensive physio sessions every day. I had to be heavily strapped up when

I competed a few months later. I think a skaters expectation of pain is probably higher than most people’s. My skating partner Chris Dean has an incredibly high pain threshold. Can you tell us some more about that incredible gold dress which you wore to open Dancing on Ice 2013? The skirt was dreamt up by DOI costume designer Stephen Adnitt and made by Rita Best. She used 100 metres of gold lamé and about 150 metres of ribbon to create the amazinf dress. She worked for around 36 hours to finish the skirt, which was 9 metres long and 24 metres around the bottom and apparently it gave her major problem finding a space big enough to cut it! It’s fair to say Jayne was the envy of most of the ladies in the audiences as she gracefully glided into the arms of Matt Evers, Shayne Ward and Matt Lapinskas during the opening sequence. She certainly started the proceedings in style.

You can now re-live all the drama and excitement of the 2012 Dancing on Ice live tour--the breath-taking routines, the daredevil moves and the spectacular costumes--all from the comfort of your own home. Jayne launched ‘Torvill & Dean’s Dancing On Ice Live Tour 2012’ DVD at London’s Ideal Home Show at Christmas. The DVD is now available nationwide priced at £19.99. Jayne, can you tell us about the DVD. It feels funny because its from the tour earlier in the year and we have already started training on new celebrities for the series in the new year. It was a really good tour in 2012 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We obviously hope that on the date it is being filmed that everyone skates well. We filmed two shows over the course of a day and then we picked the best one for the DVD.

Thank You Jayne

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New Books for February Paul Hollywood’s Bread by Paul Hollywood Released on 14 February 2013. Paul Hollywood is Britain’s favourite master baker. His new book is all about bread - how to make it and how to use it. But while it’s all very well making a lovely loaf of bread, can you guarantee that it won’t be wasted? You know those times when you have a lovely crusty loaf, fresh from the oven, and you have a horrible feeling that after the initial excitement is over, half of it’s going to get pushed aside and not eaten...? Well, maybe it’s time to bring bread back into mealtimes for real. Not only does Paul teach you exactly how to make a variety of breads, but for each one there is a spin-off recipe that shows you how to make a fantastic meal of it. The book has six chapters, each with five bread recipes - plus the spin-off recipes for main courses. Not only are Paul’s recipes delicious but they are also foolproof, with comprehensive step-by-step photographs. Try your hand at a basic white bloomer, which can be come a savoury picnic loaf; stilton and bacon rolls, which are excellent served with celery soup; fluffy crumpets, which become the base for eggs Benedict; spinach doss, which is a natural pairing with chickpea masala; ciabatta, which the Italians have traditionally used as a base for tomatoey panzanella; pizza bases, which can become home-made fig, Parma ham and Gorgonzola pizzas; or white chocolate and raspberry bread, which makes for the best summer pudding you’ve ever tasted.

The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries Released on 28 Feb 2013 Who doesn’t love a curry? Whether it’s a take-away korma at your kitchen table or a lamb biryani at your local Indian restaurant, a curry is everyone’s favourite Friday night supper. But curry is so much more. A proper curry can be an exquisitely fragrant dish, with delicate flavours that surprise and titillate your taste buds, and the Hairy Bikers, bestselling authors and BBC presenters, are here to show you how to make the most delicious, authentic curries you’ve ever tasted in your own kitchen. In this book, Si and Dave have put together loads of brand-new recipes from around the world from simple dishes for a quick midweek taste treat to fantastic feasts for a weekend celebration. Their recipes are the real deal, using great techniques and secrets they’ve discovered on their travels in Asia as well as years of cooking curries themselves. You’ll find all the recipes and tips you need to make some mouth-watering meals, with everything from starters to pickles and chutneys. This is the one-stop shop for the best curries you’ve ever tasted - fresh, full of flavour and fantastic. These are curries for the 21st century.

Rachel’s Irish Family Food: A collection of Rachel’s best-loved family recipes. by Rachel Allen. Released on 28th February 2013 Rachel Allen, Ireland’s best-loved cook, shares with you a collection of family favourites and triedand-tested Irish classics chosen from her previous bestselling books. Also includes 30 brand new recipes. ‘This is a cookbook I have always wanted to write. It’s a collection of my very best family recipes, seriously comforting and nourishing food, all inspired by both traditional and modern Irish cooking.’ Rachel’s Irish Family Food contains 120 recipes that offer the best in both traditional and modern Irish cooking, from new twists on old classics to tried-and-tested recipes which are sure to become firm family favourites in your home. Quick and simple dinners, big family feasts, sweet treats and celebration food; this is family cooking at its best. From homemade pork sausages with colcannon, chicken casserole with cheesy herb dumplings and Irish stew, to easy-to-cook seafood and traditional fish pie, as well as simple sweet and savoury breads and desserts such as porter cake and fruit crumbles. From the plentiful Irish countryside to Rachel’s table and now to yours, Rachel’s Irish Family Food is full of hearty, comforting Irish classics.

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ocated in the heart of Read the latest Black Pearl reviews on tripadvisor the Historic Old Town of Hastings, Black Pearl offers “EXCELLENT FOOD” - 5/5 Reviewed 6 January 2013 quality cuisine in a charming excellent meal, portions good, full of flavour, cooked to my liking, would recommend to friends, will also return very soon. atmosphere. The ground floor wine bar has an “Beautifully prepared fish, excellent desserts and very good service” informal and vibrant atmosphere, 5/5 Reviewed 1 December 2012 whilst the tastefully decorated & This restaurant is far better than the ranking would suggest. Just look at the number of 5/5 reviews cozy first floor dining rooms offer this year. The food was really well prepared with lovely fish (Sea Bream for both of us). I also really an intimate hideaway that’s perfect enjoyed the desserts (my date and walnut tart and some of my wife’s apple and pear crumble). The service was also excellent, as ever, and we are looking forward to going back again. for indulgent dining. The menus and the daily specials include a varied selection of dishes which cater for fish and meat lovers as well as vegetarians. Come and see the new fresh look in our Wine Bar. We have recently refurbished our ground floor Wine Bar and we are increasing our range of wines to include more diversity than ever before with a good selection of white, red and rose wines offered by the glass, including champagne. All menus, vouchers and offers can be found on the Black Pearl website. If you haven’t visited Black Pearl yet, why not treat yourself to an evening at Black Pearl. You may be pleasantly surprised...

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Gig Guide

Friday 8th Feb - The Tar Babies. Saturday 9th Feb - The Chillbillies Thursday 14th Feb - Valentines - BigEasy Acoustic Friday 15th Feb - I love 80’s Plus. Saturday 16th Feb - Over The Edge Friday 22nd Feb - Live Salsa Saturday 23th Feb - HARD LINES1066 Jazz Club - Hastings Trad’ Jazz Every Friday At Azur, The Marina Pavilion, St. Leonards on Sea. Every Friday night 8pm to 11pm.

The White Horse, Hurst Green. 01580 860235 Saturday 9th February - DJ Party Night Friday 22nd February - Jazz Night

www.1066jazzclub.co.uk Tel: 01424 754138.

Friday 1 February - Mahogany Hall Stompers Friday 8 February - Excelsior Vintage Jazzband Friday 15 February - Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers Friday 22 Feb. - New Orleans Heat. Friday 1 March - Savannah Jazzband

The Bull Inn, 27 High St, Battle. 01424 775171 6th & 20th Feb. Jammin Night Everyone welcome Sunday 10th Feb. Chinese New Year (from 5.00pm) freshly cooked Chinese Cuisine - set menu phone for details Victoria Howarth Jazz Quintet Wednesday feb 7th Asian food night Table bookings being taken for Valentines Night usual menu with valentine specials Black Pearl. 9 George Street, Hastings, E. Sussex TN34 3EG 1st of Feb: Cut The Mustard - Popular Covers 8th of Feb: Jiggery Pokery - Fiddler, Guitar, Accordion. Playing Irish, Folk and a bit of everything else! 15th of Feb: Soul X Press - Almost Unplugged. Keyboard, Sax, Bass. Soul Classics and Mowtown 22nd Feb: Sam Wills - Keyboard. Popular Covers Gig Listing for Rizen - www.rizen.co.uk Saturday 23rd February, 2013 The Hollington Oak, St Leonards. Jazz @ The Grey Lady Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells. 01892 544700 Every last Sunday in the month. Lunchtime from 12.30pm to 2pm The Broadway Band and Guests hosted by Martin Nicholls A swinging tribute to the great American songwriters and lyricists bring your requests. Entry £5. Enjoy the best of live music. Friday 1st Feb - Betts & The Boys. Sat. 2nd Feb - HEADS SOUTH Sun. 3rd Feb - Sun. Jazz Lunch. Thursday 7th Feb - Skeptics In The Pub

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. Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club - At the Masonic Centre, St. Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9UY 8.00pm FRIDAY 1st March 2013 - DENNIS ARMSTRONG’S GREAT NORTHERN JAZZ BANDb Tickets £13.00 The Six Bells Chiddingly Tel: 01825 872227 Fri. 1st Feb. - Big Blue. Sat. 2nd Feb. - Blown Gasket Sun. 3rd Feb - Lunchtime Savannah. Tues. 5th Feb. - Folk and Blues Fri. 8th Feb. - Lost Boys. Sat. 9th Feb. - Stone Free Sun. 10th Feb. - Lunchtime Assorted Nuts. Fri. 15th Feb. - Trailer Trash Sat. 16th Feb. - Freaky. Sun. 17th Feb. - Lunchtime Assorted Nuts Tues. 19th Feb. - Folk and Blues Night. Fri. 22nd Feb. - Big Kahuna Sat. 23rd Feb. - Black Sheep. Sun. 24th Feb. - Lunchtime Savannah Fri. 1st March - Far Cry. Sat. 2nd March - The Splitters Sun. 3rd March - Lunchtime Savannah

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Sat. 16th Feb. - Francesca Martinez (Comedy) At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Fresh from winning a Fringe Media Network Award at the Edinburgh Festival, wobbly* comedian, Francesca Martinez, brings her hit show to Tunbridge Wells, with support from ‘Blisteringly funny’ Jen Brister. £14.00 01892 678678.

From Sat. 16th Feb Penshurst Place and Gardens Open

At Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, Kent. House and grounds now open for the season.

Sat. 16th Feb. - Think Floyd

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Tribute show. This extraordinary show, dubbed The Definitive Pink Floyd Experience, is renowned for its stunning celebration of one of the world’s greatest musical phenomena. Tickets £20. 01424 462288.

Sat. 16th Feb. - The UK Wedding Shows

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Everything that a couple could need is here under one roof at this dedicated exhibition, with stunning fashion shows to watch, and a free goody bag for all visitors. There will be a full range of wedding industry professionals attending this event, offering products and services for every element of a wedding. www. theukweddingshows.co.uk

Sat. 16th Feb. - Kids for a Quid

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, TN22 3QL. Special half term offer. 01825 720800.

Sat. 16th - 24th Feb. - Snow Drop Trail

At Hever Castle and Gardens, near Edenbridge, Kent. The first sign that Spring is just around the corner. Young visitors can also visit the workshop centre which has interactive storytelling and workshops with the Lady of the Wild Woods. 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Sat. 16th & 17th Feb. Great Dixter Open Weekend

At Great Dixter, Northiam. The garden will be open 10am - 4pm. Giving visitors the chance to see the gardens structural side along with winter flowering shrubs and bulbs. 01797 252878.

A Happy New Year From Cooden Cellars Cooden Cellars bring you the world in a glass. We source fantastic wines from all over the world that offer great value for money. We are passionate about great wines from small, boutique & artisanal producers. We taste everything before we stock it to ensure excellent quality across our entire range.

NEW FRIDAY TASTINGS AT BATTLE We will be offering monthly themed tastings at our Battle shop on the last Friday of every month between 5.30 7.00pm. Come and taste 6 wines from £10 in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Each month will have a different theme and is suitable for people with all levels of wine knowledge, from zero upwards! (Over 18s only)

Join our Wine Club! Receive regular deliveries of specially selected Wine Club cases together with other offers and features. Being a Wine Club member is a great way to sample a diverse range of wines selected by us for your enjoyment and at specially discounted rates, delivered to your home every quarter, free of charge. We’ve designed cases at different levels to suit all budgets. Other membership benefits include special discounts and up to date news on wines and events.

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Sat. 16th Feb. - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market On the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells from 9am - 2pm. 07902 215942.

Sat. 16th Feb. - Battle Farmers Market

On The Abbey Green, Battle from 9am - 1pm.

Sun. 17th Feb. - Auditions for ‘Confusions’

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Sarah Evans, sevans@stabl.es Auditions Sunday 17 February at 6.30 pm. Playing 9–17 August 2013

Sun. 17th Feb. - Bennewitz Quartet

At the Corn Exchange, Brighton. 11am. Mozart String Quartet in B flat K.458 The Hunt. Dvorák Cypresses for String Quartet. Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor From my Life. Rooted in the Czech musical milieu, Bennewitz Quartet aims to present new perspectives of well-known compositions. 01273 709709.

Sun. 17th Feb. - Stuck (Childrens Show)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 2.30pm. Presented by the Big Wooden Horse Theatre Co. a tale about a little boy in a very sticky situation featuring original music and audience participation. 01892 678678.

Sun. 17th Feb. - The Hunt (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 5pm and 8pm. An electrifying Danish drama about a Kindergarten teacher accused of wrong doing. 01892 678678.

Sun. 17th Feb. - Brighton Half Marathon

At Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1TB at 9am. 13.1 mile road course. Medal, spot prizes, winners prizes,. goody bag. Minimum age 17. See www.brightonhalfmarathon.com

Sun. 17th Feb. - Tenterden 5 Mile Run

Starts from Wittersham Village Hall, the Street, Wittersham TN30 7EA. 10.30am. 5 mile road run with winners prizes and finishing line goodies. See www.nice-work.org.uk

Sun. 17th Feb. - Antique and Collectors Fair

At the Lions Bowship Farm Hotel, A22 Lower Dicker, Hailsham. 10am 4pm. 01323 736600.

Sun. 17th Feb. - Mind, Body, Spirit Hastings

At Horntye Park Complex, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1EX. 10am - 4pm. Adults £2. Come and visit a range of stands and people offering: shiatsu, homeopathy, spiritual healing, relfexology, tarot readings, free meditation throughout the day and much more! find us on facebook:- Mind, Body and Spirit Hastings or email: mindbodyspirithastings@hotmaiil.co.uk

Sun. 17th Feb. - Pam Ann: Around the World

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 8pm. Pam Ann is the brand new face of London Heathrow Sky Team’s Terminal 4 and is touching down in her favourite terminals across the UK. Direct from sell-out tours in Europe, USA and Australia. Glamorous, hilarious and outrageous, Pucci-clad Pam has toured with Cher, crewed private jets for Elton John and even Madonna is a huge fan. Tickets £20 to £26. 0844 8717677.

Sun. 17th Feb. - Boogie Nights

At the Brighton Centre at 6.30pm. The Osmonds and Gareth Gates feature in this 70’s musical concert which also features Louisa Laytton, Andy Abraham, Chico and Shane Ritchie Junior. 01273 290131. £29.50 to £35.50.

Mon. 18th Feb. - Yamato Drummers

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.45pm. Yamato are master performers. They take the ancient art of taiko drumming and bring it bang up-to-date in an exhilarating display of expertise and athleticism that has thrilled audiences worldwide. 0844 8717677.

Mon. 18th - 24th Feb. - Circus Skills Showcase

At Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent. Perfect your juggling and other circus skills in a fun packed showcase this half term. Local performers Simon Chainey and his assistant Chris, as seen on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘Take Me Out’, will be showcasing their circus skills with hourly family shows from 11am. With lots of audience participation and friendly competition between themselves, the instructors will demonstrate how traditional circus toys should be used. The shows will be followed by a hands on workshop, where children and adults can learn skills including juggling, hula hoops, plate spinning, diablo and object balancing. 01622 735616

Mon. 18th Feb. - The Hobbit (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 2pm and 7pm. The first epic prequel to the Lord of the Rings Triology. 01892 678678.

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Fashion, Leisure & Entertainment

There’s nothing like a spot of colour to brighten your mood & put a spring in your step & HALO’S new season collection certainly delivers! Whether you like bright vibrant shades of fiery red, coral & cobalt blue or prefer softer ice cream shades of mint, cream, peach or lemon, you will be spoilt for choice. Spots, stripes and Art Deco style prints feature strongly this Spring & are a welcome change from the darker tones we all tend to wear in Winter. As ever the friendly staff at HALO are on hand to help & often encourage customers to try a style or colour they hadn’t considered, usually with great results. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a fashion rut & a new season is the perfect time to try out a different look. With VALENTINES DAY this month HALO is full of gorgeous gifts ranging from delicious smelling bath bombs through to really unusual & affordable jewellery. The stunning new dresses from “LITTLE MISTRESS” are just perfect if you are lucky enough to be going out on a romantic date. Don’t forget HALO offer a wish list service for Valentines Day & Birthdays as well as Christmas!

Fidelis Floral Art is a new and exciting addition to Hailsham. Owner, Sally is a qualified, experienced, creative florist who is friendly, enjoys meeting people and working to the highest standards in the art of Floristry, specialising in Weddings and events. Sally is always happy to discuss with customers and clients offering advice and guidance to help choose the perfect flowers and design to suit any occasion. Only the freshest flowers and foliages make up a Fidelis Floral Art design.

Mon. 18th Feb. - The Enormous Turnip At the Corn Exchange, Brighton. 1pm and 3.30pm. This re-potted version of the world-famous children’s story is brought larger-than-life in this halfterm treat with a miraculous mix of eccentric puppetry, live music and unswerving energy. Tickets £8.00. 01273 709709.

Tues. 19th - 21st Feb. - Big Art Club

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Using a fantastic material called modroc (plaster of paris bandage) as well as host of other materials, you will develop lots of modelling skills while learning how to turn your ideas into reality. This course is for young people age 8-12 years. Details on 01424 229111

Tues. 19th Feb. - Calexico

At the Corn Exchange, Brighton. 8pm. Following career-best reviews for new album Algiers, Calexico make a greatly anticipated stop off at Brighton. £16.00 01273 709709.

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Paloma Faith & Blondie performing at Bedgebury

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he captivating Paloma Faith is the latest act to announce that she will be performing at Bedgebury this summer on Friday 21st June 2013. Pop legends Blondie will also be performing at Bedgebury on Saturday 22nd June 2013. (supported by special guest act The Lightning Seeds). Both acts appear as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert series. (see ad on front cover) Commenting on her Forest Live dates and her Brit nominations, Paloma Faith said, “I’m really excited about these shows. It’s going to be a great experience so I hope you will be able to join me on my woodland adventure this summer. I am delighted to have been nominated for these Brit awards. I don’t expect to win, but it’s so wonderful to be acknowledged for contributing something to British music. I am very proud to be British and so happy to do something I love.”; Released in 2009, debut album, ‘Do You Want the Truth, or Something Beautiful?’ introduced Paloma Faith and a glossy ensemble of retro-referencing soul and sassy pop songs. From the brass-blasted stomp of ‘Stone Cold Sober’ to the quirky ‘Upside Down’, and the epic sweep of her biggest chart hit ‘New York’, the record went on to sell over half a million copies. Faith’s 2012 sophomore album, ‘Fall To Grace’, continues to build upon the success of her debut release. A collection of compositions in a new contemporary realm, chart success has already been assured with singles ‘Picking Up the Pieces’, ‘30 Minute Love Affair’, ‘Just Be’ and her enchanting cover of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Her achievements have been recognised by the music industry with Brit Award nominations. Her platinum selling album ‘Fall To Grace’ is up for Best Album, and she has also been nominated for Best British Female.

Tues. 19th Feb. - Organ Concert At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London in the Great Hall. An opportunity to experience an organ concert by David Houlder (Leeds Minister) who will delight with a selection of concert pieces on the Grand Willis Organ. 0208 356 2121.

Tues. 19th & 20th Feb. RHS London Plant and Design Show

At the RHS Horticultural Halls. Elverton Street, London SW1P 2PE The gardening year in London kicks off with the RHS London Plant & Design Show. The show will centre around an interactive feature focusing on six garden themes from conifers and woodland to kitchen gardens and house plants, has been designed to celebrate the launch of the new RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) list and the new RHS hardiness ratings. Specialist growers from across Britain will be selling an array of the best

Blondie will be supported by special guest act The Lightning Seeds. The concert is part of Blondie ‘s very special tour of the nation ’s woodlands next summer, performing their hits on the Forestry Commission ’s annual concert series Forest Live. Blondie emerged from New York ’s celebrated new wave scene, producing innovative music with their rock/ disco, reggae and hiphop influenced songs. Fronted by pop icon Deborah Harry, their ground-breaking material brought them a stash of hit singles such as ‘Denis ’, ‘(I ’m Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear ’, ‘Picture This ’, ‘Dreaming ’, ‘Union City Blue ’ and ‘Rapture ’. Few acts can match their 20 year span of No 1 ’s from ‘Heart Of Glass ’, ‘Sunday Girl ’, ‘Atomic ’, ‘Call Me ’ and ‘The Tide Is High ’ to ‘Maria ’. Their singles success complemented by 40 million+ album sales that include classic recordings like ‘Plastic Letters ’, ‘Parallel Lines ’ and ‘Eat to The Beat ’ has ensured worldwide superstar status for this pioneering band. Special guest each evening will be The Lightning Seeds, performing an acoustic set of their perfect pop songs like ‘Pure ’, ‘Lucky You ’ and ‘Change ’. Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission, bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forests for both people and wildlife. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere. Tickets £36.00 (subject to booking fee) are on sale from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music

spring plants, many of which are not available in garden centres. These include rare and collectable plants like snowdrops, hellebores and early spring bulbs, as well as new plants and unusual cultivars. Open Tuesday 19 Feb 10am-7pm, and Wednesday Feb 20 10am-5pm.

Tues. 19th Feb. - Childrens Workshop A Hearty Workout

At the Observatory Science Centre, Wartling Road, Herstmonceux. Children can learn about the heart, check out their pulse and make their own stethoscope. Just some of the fun activities before relaxing to make heart warming chocolates for a belated Valentines treat. £9.95 per child for workshop only. Booking essential. Ages 6 plus years. 01323 832731.

Tues. 19th & 20th Feb. - International Antique & Collectors Fair At the South of England Centre, Ardingly, W. Sussex. 01636 702326.

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Contact Louisa Sheridan “to the world you may be someone, but to someone you may be the world”

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Wed. 20th Feb. - Royal Opera House Live Eugene Onegin At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7.15pm. When Tatyana is introduced to the dashing, unconventional Onegin, she believes that he is the hero of her dreams. But he carelessly rejects her – with tragic consequences. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera is based on Alexander Pushkin’s verse drama of the same name. It provided Tchaikovsky with an opportunity to present everyday and authentic experiences on the stage, in contrast to the epic narratives that characterized much European opera of the time. Eugene Onegin quickly became a firm favourite with Russian audiences. Within a decade of its 1879 premiere it had been performed over one hundred times in St Petersburg. 01892 678678.

Wed. 20th Feb. - The Brit Awards 2013

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 2013 will see The BRITs build on the changes that have been implemented over the last two years to deliver a show like never before. In 2011 The BRITs moved home to The O2, signalling an exciting new chapter for Britain’s most prestigious music awards ceremony. Since then, a number of initiatives have seen the Awards re-energized, with the BRITs Committee continuing to review every aspect to ensure the event is the best celebration of the incredible calibre of British music. James Corden returns as host for the third consecutive year. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 20th Feb. - Childrens Workshop Curious About Chemistry

At the Observatory Science Centre, Wartling Road, Herstmonceux. 10.30am - 1pm. For 6 - 9 years and 2pm - 4.30pm for 9+ years. £9.95 per child for workshop only. An opportunity to try some exciting chemistry experiments. 01323 832731. Booking essential.

Wed. 20th Feb. - Zambian Cultural Evening

At Pestalozzi Village, Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe. TN33 OUF. Pestalozzi’s Zambian students share their culture, stories, performances and food. Free admission. Donations greatly appreciated.

Thurs. 21st Feb. - Silver Surfers Day

At Hailsham Community College, Battle Road, Hailsham from 1.30pm and 2.45pm. If you are over 50 and would like some help to download and use Skype, facebook or twitter come and join us. Tel: 01825 762934.

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THRILLING SEASON OF ENTERTAINMENT AT EASTBOURNE THIS SPRING!

Some of the hottest live theatre shows in the UK are heading to the Eastbourne Theatres this year and the spring season kicks off with some of the biggest musicals, dance extravaganzas, comedy and drama the South Coast has ever seen! Highlights at the Congress Theatre include the fast moving Andrew Lloyd Webber mega musical, Starlight Express (26 February – 9 March), the sizzling chemistry of Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace is played out in the stunning Midnight Tango (13 – 16 March), and there are laughs aplenty from our favourite girls Tracey, Sharon and the irrepressible Dorian in the new stage version of BBC sitcom, Birds of a Feather (19 – 23 March), starring original cast members, Linda Robson, Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph. Other treats at the town’s largest theatre include: The Blues Brothers Approved (10 – 13 April), the original and still the best Blues Brothers which comes to Eastbourne direct from a smash hit US tour. The Old Vic presents one of the greatest British comedies ever written, Noises Off (16 – 20 April) the multi-award winning backstage comedy, and the music of the worlds greatest entertainer is celebrated in West End smash-hit Thriller Live (13 – 18 May) which brings the sensational sound and dancing of Michael and the Jackson 5 back to the stage. The Devonshire Park continues to present quality dramas, with the return of the National Theatre’s stunning The Pitmen Painters (29 April – 4 May), classy comedy with an inventive production of Charley’s Aunt (9 – 13 April) from Creative Cow, Agatha Christie’s Go Back for Murder (22 – 27 April) presented by the Agatha Christie Theatre Company and John Godber’s brand new comedy Losing the Plot (4 – 6 April). Plus The Watermill’s production of Some Like it Hotter sees the return of the Pay What You Can Scheme. This fantasy comedy reunites the cast of Some Like it Hot in a way you never expected to see, packed with musical numbers and sassy comedy it’s one not to be missed. All of this plus a spectacular season of one night shows including the return of Ellen Kent’s fantastic operas Tosca and Carmen, Boogie Nights – The 70s Musical In Concert, That’ll Be The Day, The Showstoppers, Blonde Poison and many more, ensure that this season is bursting to the brim, full of quality entertainment – only the best from Eastbourne Theatres. For further information on these shows and more call box office on 01323 412000 or go to www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk for the latest brochure. For offers and exclusive behind the scenes access see EBTheatres on Facebook and Twitter. - 41 -

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Little Acorns Day Nursery offer quality care for children aged 0 – 5 years and the aim of the Nursery is to provide a loving and safe environment for the children in our care. We treat children as individuals and supply a wide range of activities to encourage their development, which will enable them to attain their potential with the help and guidance of our highly qualified staff. We offer flexible sessions to suit parents’ requirements. Subject to availability, we are able to register children hourly for the times required between 7.30am and 6.00pm from Monday to Friday. We are open 49 weeks of the year. We close for Bank/ Public Holidays, the period between Christmas and the New Year and for two weeks in the Summer (Last week in July & First week in August). Our nursery is set up as an open plan area, allowing children to have access to clearly labelled resources, this encourages children to move around freely, starting to make their own choices and decisions about their play. We offer a range of resources, including sand and water, rest and sleep areas, musical instruments, books, puzzles, mark making, heuristic play, small world and imaginary play equipment, secure outside play area and access to our local environment and community. We have two classrooms; ‘Acorns’ an exciting, stimulating and caring environment for those aged 0-2 years and ‘Little Oaks’ a fun filled room with access to a messy area encouraging independence and confidence and preparing your child for school. Now registered for 2 year olds who are eligible for the 15 hours government funding. We have recently had our OFSTED inspection and achieved ‘Good’ in all areas which we are delighted with. Please contact us for more information.

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Special offer book 4 morning or afternoon sessions and get the fifth one free’ new registrations only. Thurs. 21st Feb. - Boogie Nights: The 70’s Musical In Concert

Fri. 22nd & 23rd Feb. - The Franchise Show

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The Osmonds, Gareth Gates, Louisa Lytton, Andy Abraham, Chico & Shane Richie Jnr. The West End’s original and favourite 70’s musical is back on the road for over 50 gangbusting dates in 2013. Now, a remixed concert version sees the original characters in a packed hit-fest that promises 70 songs from the 70’s, that allows video images on a giant back drop to enhance an amazing array of live music and all star cast on the concert stage for one night only. Tickets £29.50 to £35.50. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 21st Feb. The Great St. Michael’s Hospice Pub Quiz

At a pub near you in Hastings and in Rother. £2.50 per head. Prizes for winning team at each pub. Call Becky on 01424 456380 for details.

Thurs. 21st Feb. - 3rd March - Carmen

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Following its highly acclaimed seasons in 2002, 2005 and 2009, this spectacular in-the-round production returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a strictly limited season of just 14 performances. David Freeman director. 0207 5898212.

Thurs. 21st Feb. - Tea Dance

At the Arthur Easton Centre, St. Michael’s Hospice, 25 Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards on Sea from 2.30pm - 5pm. Tickets £3.00 includes refreshments. All proceeds to St. Michael’s Hospice.

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. If you have ever dreamt of owning your own business,The Franchise Show is for you. Starting your own business can be a daunting prospect but doing it with a proven brand name behind you, coupled with full back office support for marketing and book keeping, it can suddenly look a lot more attractive. www.thefranchiseshow.co.uk

Fri. 22nd Feb. The Golden Pathway Annual and Aladdin

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7pm. Presented by Moira House Girls School. The evening begins with the Senior School production of “The Golden Pathway Annual” – a short and funny play set in post-war Britain, chronicling the lives of working class couple, George and Enid Peters, and their hopes and aspirations for their only son, Michael. Followed by “Aladdin” from the Middle School. Only recently released by Disney, this is a stage version of the celebrated animation, featuring all the great songs. £10. 01323 412000.

Fri. 22nd Feb. - La Boheme

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. For the last 15 years the theatre has visited more than 30 countries around the world This season Grand Opera of Belarus brings to you Puccini’s La Boheme. This tragic story is one of operas favourite and is performed for a large, live orchestra. Tickets £27 to £30. 01424 462288.

If your old Camcorder or video no longer works, The Camera Centre Hailsham can transfer your tapes to DVD (formats including VHS, SVHS, Sony Betamax, 8mm , Hi-8, Digital 8, Mini DV). Only £20 for the first hour and £15 for the second hour. Extra copies just £5. Discount for a quantity of tapes transferred at the same time. Please note we can only transfer “Home Movies” not recordings from T.V. or feature films because of copyright.

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Wedding Services

Bespoke Cheeses: 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. 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….

“Why use a Toastmaster?” The answer is very simple, no matter how much you`ve planned for that perfect day anything can go wrong at any time ruining the entire event and the memory of a specaial occasion for everymore. Thats whwere Mike Ramsden comes in, he specialises in taking the worry and the uncertainty out of your day because Mike is a highly skilled and a totally professional Toastmaster of much repute. Hi job is to take the worry out of your day leaving you and the parents of the happy couple free to just get on and enjoy the day to the full ensuring that it is a day to remember for the rest of your lives. Mike works for you from the moment you confirm the booking. He is available to help you with any queries or problems whenever you need to call himThis is the sort of personal dedicated service that makes sure that all you have to do is to relax, enjoy the day and leave everything to him.

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As a wedding photographer I am dedicated in putting my clients first, and with three years experience of photographing weddings my passion and creativity has provided some of the highest standards of photographing an wedding event. Packages start at £350. I also produce a professional photo book from the day. Please feel free to contact me on any hiring advice.

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T&S Events Wedding Showcase: Our wedding showcase set on the idylic grounds of Leeford Place is sure to fill you with ideas and inspiration for your big day. There will be a huge variety of exhibitors for you to meet, so what ever you may need you will be sure to find it at a T&S Event - even if you havent thought of it yourself!

John Lewis of Dream Wedding Creations has 22 years experience and a Passion for Weddings, Celebrations and Sugarcraft. Let Dream Wedding Creations create a Cake for your Special Day. They are based in Hailsham, East Sussex but will consider Wedding and celebration cake commissions anywhere in the U.K. John has won gold, silver and bronze awards for his work in sugarcraft with commissions from Celebraties including the Nolan Sisters and Mark King of Level 42, he has also provided cakes for West-End Show opening nights including Grease. Dream Wedding Creations offers Quality, Individuality and 1st Class Customer Service. John is available to demonstrate and teach Sugarcraft world wide.

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Antiques & Collectables

Cabinets and Units with WiFi available to rent Competitive rates. No Hidden extras. Come and check out the newest and most exciting place in St. Leonards. Kings Road Antiques, 45 - 46 Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN37 6DY. Tel: 01424 721 803 www.kingsroadantiques.com

an extensive workshop programme and the biggest gathering of genealogy experts under one roof, you’ll be able to learn how to research your family history and find out more about your ancestors. www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com

Fri. 22nd Feb. - Richard Thompson At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 7.30pm. Tickets £22.50 and £26. Richard Thompson is one of this country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, His songs have been covered by everyone from R.E.M to Elvis Costello. 01273 709709.

Fri. 22nd - 24th Feb. - The Baby Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The Baby Show is the UK’s biggest & best pregnancy and parenting event, offering unique shopping opportunities and a great day out for you and your family. See all the top brands, plus get specialist advice from both product and parenting experts. www.thebabyshow.co.uk/excel/

Fri. 22nd - 24th Feb. The National Wedding Show

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. With over 40 leading bridal boutiques and 250 experts covering wedding dresses; flowers; cakes; stationery; cars and honeymoons to name but a few, the National Wedding Show has everything you need to plan your big day all under one roof. www. nationalweddingshow.co.uk

Fri. 22nd Feb. - Bloc Party

At Earls Court 1, London. Bloc Party, the ever popular British indie band. This will be the bands biggest gig to date as they perform at the 19,000 capacity venue. Ticket Hotline: 08709039033

Fri. 22nd Feb. - Great Expectations (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Scene stealing turns from Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes at 2pm and 7pm. 01892 678678.

Fri. 22nd Feb. - Family Film: Wall-E

At the De La Warr Paviliion, Bexhill on Sea. 11am. WALL-E is a computeranimated romantic science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. 01424 229111.

Fri. 22nd & 23rd Feb. - The Back Pain Show

At Olympia 2, London. The UK’s only one-stop shop for people living with back pain and the health professionals that treat them. Bringing together new products, top experts and the very latest techniques and innovations, 2013 is going to be the biggest and best edition ever. Furthermore, you can even attend the show for FREE - visit www. backpainshow.co.uk/go/eco to access free tickets.

Fri. 22nd - 24th Feb. - Model World 2013

At the Brighton Centre from 10am. Now in its 35th year the show encompasses railways, boats, cars, aeroplanes, robots and lots of other attractions for all ages. Tickets £5.50 to £8.50. 01237 290131.

Sat. 23rd and 24th Feb. London Super Comic Convention

At Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook. 11.30am - 3pm.

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. London Super Comic Convention brings the US comic convention experience to London. meet all your favorite creators! We’ll have dozens of artists and writers from the U.K., U.S. and Europe. www.londonsupercomicconvention.com

At Olympia National Hall, London. Following on from the fantastically successful television series Who Do You Think You Are?, this live event allows you to discover your own family history. With over 120 exhibitors,

At the Observatory Science Centre, Wartling Road, Herstmonceux. See the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country’s largest telescopes. 01323 832731. Booking essential.

Fri. 22nd Feb. - Sissinghurst Farmers Market Fri. 22nd - 24th Feb. Who Do You Think You Are Live

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Science Centre Open Evening

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Health, Fitness & Beauty

Freddy Jacquin BSc (Hons) is a world renowned clinical hypnotherapist, for the past 17 years he has been helping his clients eliminate psychological blocks that prevent them from achieving their physical goals. He has helped more than 20,000 smokers quit the habit. He is so sure that he can help anyone who wants to quit the habit, quit, that he offers a money back guarantee. Utilising the power of HYPNOSIS he can create in the mind of his clients the physical effects of a gastric band operation without the trauma of surgery. The client after hypnosis is physically unable to eat more than a small amount of food at each meal. He created a method of hypnosis to eliminate bad

habits, snacking, emotional eating and eating through boredom. The results can be astonishing. One client lost 5 stone in weight in just 10 months. He uses his method of hypnosis to help his clients overcome eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems and other clients regain self esteem and confidence. He has the knowledge and understanding that enables him to help others eliminate, limiting beliefs and negative thoughts that are holding them back. Visit his websites; www.freddyjacquin.net www.l-possibilities (limitless possibilities) Follow Freddy on Twitter

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Maidstone Vintage Toy Fair

Sat. 23rd & 24th Feb. Great Dixter Open Weekend

At Lock Meadow Market Hall, Barker Road, Maidstone ME16 8HR. 9am - 3pm. Admission £2.00. 01732 840787. See page 39.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Antiques & Collectors Fair

At Great Dixter Northiam. Giving the visitors a chance to see the gardens more structural side with winter flowering shrubs and bulbs. 01797 252878.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - An Evening of Poetry

At the Kent Events Centre, Detling, near Maidstone.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Crowborough Farmers Market

At Pine Grove car park, Crowborough from 9am - 1pm. 01892 664064.

Sat. 23rd Feb. Free Guided Tour of Biddenden Vineyard

At Biddenden Vineyard, Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden. Arrive 9.45am for coffee. Tour begins 10am followed by a chance to taste wines, ciders and apple juice. Free of charge. Pre booking is essential. 01580 291726.

Sat. 23rd & 24th Feb. Build It Live and Build It Tour Show

At Bluewater, Glow, upper and lower halls. 10am - 5pm. Whether you are planning a dream home, creating more space for the family or just wanting to maximise the potential of your current house, you should visit this show. The tool show is a new hands on event for professionals and diy’s who use power and hand tools.

In the Theatre Bar of the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. you are challenged to propose a poem which asks the listener to imagine standing on the edge—commanding a view over an open landscape, perhaps looking back on the past or into the future, perhaps also recording a recent personal experience. 01424 423221.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Breakfast at Trinity’s

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Tuck into a breakfast with free entertainment from Otti Albeitz and The Standard Lamps. 10.30am - 12.30pm. 01892 678678.

Sat. 23rd & 24th Feb. - One Direction

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London.(also 1st - 5th April). Currently making waves in the USA by entering the US iTunes Top 10, the band are about to embark on a tour of America with boy band Big Time Rush. 0844 8560202.

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Valentine’s Day Is Not Always a Bed Of Roses Valentine’s Day sits smugly in the middle of February and means something to most of us, single or coupled, younger or more mature. I’ll share with you a few ideas that often come up in my work as a couple’s counsellor, but remember – they can also work between family members or close friends. I not You, try to communicate from the position of ‘I’ rather than ‘you’. This might mean saying something like ‘I need to feel more heard’ instead of ‘You never listen’. Feelings sometimes lie, remembering this can help defuse unpleasant feelings before they overwhelm you. For example, just because someone is terrified of spiders doesn’t mean that they are in real danger. This sometimes holds true in relationships, just because you’re feeling criticized and unloved doesn’t always mean it’s true. Try to identify the need behind the feeling and share this

need with your partner, such as to be understood, to be comforted etc. Talk when things seem fine, discussing problems constructively as they are actually happening is really tough. The arguments will be familiar to both of you as old patterns tend to come back to haunt us, especially when we are drained or stressed. Put some time aside to discuss regular areas of difficulty when you are feeling warm and kind towards each other. © Robert Goodman, goodmancounselling.co.uk Note from What’s On: Many thanks to Robert for last months article ‘Had Yourself a Merry Little Christmas......’ Counselling is a process of understanding and moving forward. It can help people gain insight into themselves, their relationships and their personal patterns – to work through what is or isn’t helpful. The counsellor is able to see and understand more because he or she is separate from the client and is trained to help recognise, unravel and work through issues with the client. It’s a special relationship where the content is confidential and the focus always remains on the client. It’s a process of acceptance, empowerment, adjustment and transformation. Robert has particular expertise in helping clients with anxiety and performance related issues, low self-esteem and abuse. He also has special interest and knowledge in depression and stress, self-care, post traumatic distress, LGBT and relationships. Robert has a private practice in St. Leonards alongside his work as a therapist with CalmFarm in Bexhill and Mankind in Brighton where he works as a registered Sexual Assault Referral Centre counsellor. Visit www.goodmancounselling.co.uk for details and session rates.

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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.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Gallery Tour At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Saturdays, 2pm - 23 Feb, 16 Mar, 27 Apr, 18 May, 22 June. Join Curator David Rhodes in a free tour of the exhibition. Free entry. 01424 229111.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Cranbrook Farmers Market

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

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Elvis Tribute Night

At Bannatyne Spa Hotel, Battle Road, St. Leonards on Sea at 7pm Tickets £25 includes two course dinner. All proceeds to St. Michael’s Hospice. 01424 456369.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Local and Live Sessions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. With Freddie Green and band, Matt Pound and Lieutenant Leek and the Paul Dunton Orchestra. 01892 678678.

Sat. 23rd Feb. - Jumble Sale

and of course some seriously big savings. If you’re looking to expand or sharpen your client offering you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find that could have a big impact on your profits. www.professionalbeauty.co.uk

Sun. 24th Feb. - Welte Organ Concert

At Solomons, Broomhill Road, near Tonbridge, Kent. Concert with Gordon Stewart with two course carvery at 1pm. Performance at 2.30pm. £25 adults, £12.50 child. Concert only £8.00. Gordon has delighted audiences throughout the UK, the USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Tel: 01892 507630

Sun. 24th Feb. - Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

At Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre Fusion, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9TX 10am. 2013. The race is one of the most popular in the South of England attracting 2700 entrants and sells out every year. Famed for the challenging and scenic route, meticulous organisation, value for money and friendly marshals, it was voted the Number 2 Half Marathon in the UK http://www.twharriers.org.uk

Sun. 24th Feb. Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble

At Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Voted the top Flamenco guitarist in the world, Juan performs his own compositions and supported by a line up of the finest musicians and flamenco dancers from Spain. Tickets £21.50. 01323 841414.

Sun. 24th Feb. - Track Trek

At the Village Hall, Crowhurst. 9.30am. Please help us with our local collection by calling 01424 774102.

Sun. 24th Feb. - The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 2.30pm mat. 6pm eve. We go North on a journey of adventure and discovery, to battle the fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked uncle, Nogbad the BadAdults £12.50. Under 18 £7.50. 01424 423221.

Sun. 24th & 25th Feb. - Professional Beauty

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Trade Show for beauty professionals. Open 10am - 6pm (5pm Monday). Professional Beauty London has everything from starter kits to specialist business advice

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. TN22 3Ql. Participate in the Northern extension Track Trek a sponsored walk over the extension trackbed to help raise the money still required to complete work on the extension to East Grinstead. 01825 720800.

Sun. 24th Feb. - Anton and Erin go to Hollywood

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. New for 2013, the UK’s favourite dancing duo Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are back with a dazzling new show in a salute to the Golden Years of the MGM musicals. Sassy tunes, sensational choreography and sparkling costumes conjure up all the fizz and razzmatazz of glamorous Hollywood at its best. Tickets £31 and £37. 01323 412000.

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Nursing & Care

An Independent Lifestyle with the comforts, warmth and security of a family home. Approximately half of The Northern Hotels rooms are available for residential accommodation. Some of these are very attractive suites with separate bedroom, bathroom, lounge and utility room. The family and staff have many years of experience providing a caring and considerate approach to those seeking to retain their independence, without the chores of cooking and household management. With several delightful communal rooms also to enjoy and a superb location close to town centre and seafront, we feel we are able to offer the ‘best of both worlds’: a friendly and homely atmosphere combined with the quality of accommodation and cuisine you’d expect from one of Bexhill’s premiere hotels.

Tues. 26th Feb. - T. Wells Farmers Market Outside the Town Hall, Civic Way, Tunbridge Wells. 9am - 2pm. Around 40 stalls in this FARMA certified market. 01892 554244.

Tues. 26th & 27th Feb. Recruitment Agency Expo

At Olympia Conference Centre, London. Brings the UK recruitment industry together, delivering practical tips and support for recruitment business leaders via seminars led by industry experts, training workshops and key industry suppliers exhibiting. www.recruitmentagencyexpo.com

Tues. 26th Feb. - 2nd March - Maurice’s Jubilee

Mon. 25th Feb. - The Australian Pink Floyd Show At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. The Australian Pink Floyd Show are much more than a tribute to the great music of Pink Floyd, and were described by The Times as “the gold standard”. The band attempt to capture and convey the spirit as well as the sound, and slavish attention is lavished upon their jaw-dropping visuals and effects. From £34.75 0844 8560202.

Mon. 25th Feb. - Great Dixters Gardening Year

At Great Dixter, Dixter Lane, Northiam. 10.30am - 3.30pm. Friend of Christopher Lloyd and Trustee, Kemal Mehdi will lead the study day. 01797 252878.

Tues. 26th Feb. - Broadcast Video Expo

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. BVE provides an unmissable blend of innovation, product showcasing and expertise for broadcast, post, content delivery and video professionals, including over 300 exhibitors and a comprehensive seminar programme and keynote conference. The new section, is designed for those who are planning a production, currently have a project underway or have finished and are looking for advice on what to do next. www.bvexpo.com

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat Mats: 2.30pm. The critically acclaimed smash hit of Edinburgh 2012, Maurice’s Jubilee is the hilariously funny and poignant take on timeless themes, the exploration of one man’s enduring commitment to a dream. And an eternal love triangle, fallen on hard times. Tickets £10 to £35. 0844 871 7677.

Tues. 26th Feb. - Funny Money

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm and 8pm. By Ray Cooney. Directed by Mike Tilbury. It’s Henry Perkins’ birthday and this year he’s had a really special present - a million pounds in used banknotes in a briefcase he picked up in error on the tube train home from work. Endless comings and goings, brilliant one-liners and great visual gags – all the comedic ingredients expected from the Master of Farce, Ray Cooney. So what would you do? Tickets £12.50. 01892 678678.

Tues. 26th Feb. - David Minton Exhibition

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Continues until 9th March. In David Minton’s drawings and paintings flowers die, birds fall to earth, the work arrives; the making of the images is a cradling of loss. These works are small instances of tension created from the impossibility of description, the incompleteness of experience, the wish for resolution. Free Entry.

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Tues. 26th Feb. - The CEW (UK) Beauty Awards At Olympia 2, London. 6.30pm - 8pm. Voted by the CEW(UK) Members, the industry professionals and experts in the field of beauty. These awards are now firmly established as one of the most coveted beauty awards in the industry. The unique Product Demonstration Evening followed by the Awards Luncheon are highlights of the beauty industry’s calendar. www. cewuk.co.uk

Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime - with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes. Wednesday - Saturday & Monday 4 March 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm (No show on Sunday 3 March) Tickets £16.50 to £39.50. 01323 412000.

At the Brighton Centre. Doors 6.30pm. DJ 6.45pm Sway 7.15pm. Benga 8.15pm. Example 9.15pm. Ends 10.45pm. Tickets £25.00. Live fans should prepare for a huge show, with killer Example production and a succession of monster hits from ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’ and ‘Kickstarts’ to last year’s No.1 smash hits ‘Stay Awake’ and the massive ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me’ as well as the recently released ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ feature with Calvin Harris, ‘Say Nothing’ and more brand new tunes. 01273 290131.

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Wed. 8pm. Thurs. 5pm and 8pm. Chinese artistes perform a remarkable display of human juggling, the amazing legendary ‘Bicycle Act’, the superb swinging poles, the sensational contortionist and the dynamic hoop divers with their amazing acrobatics, the first UK appearance of the formidable Shaolin Master known only as “The One” are just some of the sensational performers featured. in this thrilling family show. Tickets £18.00 to £26.00 Child £15.00. 01424 462288.

Tues. 26th Feb. - Example

Wed. 27th Feb. - 1st March UCAS Higher Education Convention

At Olympia National Hall, London. The conventions bring together universities and colleges within the UCAS scheme to inform and guide prospective university and college students. The events play a vital part in helping applicants decide about what and where to study within higher education. Prospectuses are available from most of the stands at the conventions. Exhibitors also include further education colleges, Connexions, GAP Year organisations, student support services, professional bodies, student travel firms, student finance and lots more, depending on the event. The convention has an extensive seminar programme some topics include ‘Student Finance’, ‘Taking a Gap Year’, and ‘Applying through UCAS’. Open 9.30am - 2.30pm daily. www.ucasevents.com

Wed. 27th Feb. - 9th March - Starlight Express

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Starlight Express is one of the best loved, longest running and most unique musicals in theatrical history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Rock-On-Roller skating sensation Starlight Express explodes back onto the stage with a new production for 2013, destined to take the UK by electrifying storm.

Wed. 27th & 28th Feb. - Chinese State Circus

Thurs. 28th Feb. - Otis Gibbs

Upstairs at the Lamb at Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Singer/songwriter from Nashville Tennessee often compared to Woody Guthrie, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen and other American Blue, songwriters. Tickets £16.50 from 01323 841414 only.

Fri. 1st - 3rd March - Girls Aloud

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Following months of speculation, the UK’s greatest girl band today announced their return with a new single, a new album and a tour across the UK which will feature two nights at The O2 in London. 0844 8560202.

Fri. 1st March - Photographic Colour Show

At Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX. An audio visual extravaganza from the Hailsham Photographic Society. Stunning digital images set to music in sequences lasting approx. 5 minutes. Fri. 7.30pm, Sat. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £5.00 each. 01323 845569.

Fri. 1st March - The Irish House Party

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. £19.50. 01892 530613. Dublin’s Number 1 award-winning music and dance show offers the warmest of welcomes to the finest house party in town.

Local home care company wins Gold Staff at Prime Care Community Services Limited (“Prime Care”) are celebrating becoming the first home-care organisation in the UK to achieve Investors in People (“IiP”) accreditation at Gold level. From its office in Eastbourne, Prime Care provides care and support to older people, and adults with a disability or illness, to remain as independent as possible in their own homes – and to get out and about and participate in the community - in and around the Eastbourne area. Prime Care met 128 evidence requirements in addition to the 37 demanded by the Core Standard, demonstrating that Prime Care effectively sets and communicates its business and social objectives, invests in and develops its staff, and so continues to improve its performance. The IiP Assessment team said “…Staff have an absolute commitment to the provision of quality care and support” and noted “The overwhelming commitment to deliver the best quality care and support for service users is impressive”. Nicki Allen, Managing Director of Prime Care said: “We look forward to building on this tremendous success by working closely with the Investors in People team, our staff, and our partners and commissioners as we continue our improvement and deliver a flexible, topclass service working with the people of Sussex”. If you, or a family member or friend would like help in their own home, contact Amanda Richardson, Prime Care’s local Manager on 01323 645592 or via eastbourne@primecare.uk.com for advice or a no-obligation visit to discuss your requirements. www.primecare.uk.com

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PETERHOUSE

- A dynamic & energetic living environment

Newly opened in the Summer of 2008 the new Peterhouse Day Care Centre is attached to the well established residential care and independent living centre run by NABS - The National Advertising Benevolent Society. Those using the Day Care facilities do not need to have any connections with the industry to use the extensive facilities on offer which also provides support for both clients and their families. We were shown around the well equipped centre and the Care Manager explained ‘we are introducing new activities all the time and although we have our own employees which include two support workers and a support coordinator, we are always looking for volunteers to help out as well, even

a few hours a week makes all the difference. We have had lots of good comments from our visitors which makes it all the more rewarding for our staff.’ A two course hot lunch is included each day and there is also a luncheon club where both visitors and their families can come along together at a cost of £5.50 per person. The Day Centre is used for a variety of respite needs whether it’s half a day a week or several days at a time which can be linked to an overnight stay at Peterhouse, something quite unique which is difficult to find elsewhere. The kitchen is always a hive of activity with lots of baking and food preparation always on the menu. Those wishing for a more relaxing break can take advantage of the recent therapeutic treatments on offer including reflexology and chiropody. From Sheltered Flats to Full Nursing Care Peterhouse comprises 34 single and double Sheltered Flatss, alongside a Registered Care Home, ‘The East Wing’, which offers Residential, Nursing and Social Care to 36 people. Self-caring residents in the Peterhouse Flats benefit from the numerous advantages of sheltered living: including a minibus service to the big supermarkets’ regular visits to Eastbourne; Hastings and places of interest; a restaurant; a bar; a library; satellite television’ a hairdresser; and in-house entertainment of all kinds. Experienced help is always at hand and extra support can be organised, if required.

Telephone the Manager at Peterhouse on 01424 730809

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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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Pets, Equestrian & Wildlife

Birds of a Feather Good News - Bad News Bad..............

Scientists estimate the number of nesting birds has plummeted from 210 million in 1966 to around 166 million today, a loss of some 44 million. Farmland bird species are now less than half what they were in 1970, the Turtle Dove, which in 1966 was widespread with around 140,000 breeding pairs has been decimated. Today there are thought to be just 14,000 nesting pairs. The Wren, still the UK’s most numerous bird has gone down an average of 835 per day since 2000. The population of Starlings recorded during the last winter by the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch show the population has fallen by almost a third in the last ten years and 80% since 1979.

Two important things to do this month. ONE - Make sure your nest boxes are reasonably clean in readiness for new tenants, if you need to replace any now is a good time to do it as it is “National Nest box week” this month and you should be able to find some good deals around. TWO - Please make sure your garden feeders are clean and full, over the the next few weeks, many birds will be in for breakfast, lunch and tea. Bramblings, Redpolls and Siskins are three super birds to look out for.

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

Good............

There have been winners as well as losers. The chaffinch has increased at a rate of 150 individuals a day over the period. The Collared Dove, only started nesting in the UK back in 1955, we has seen its numbers explode to around 1 million pairs.

Fri. 1st - 3rd March - Art 13 London

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. Art13 London is the capital’s first modern and contemporary art fair to present a truly international perspective, reflecting London’s position as the world’s global city. The first edition will showcase over 120 leading galleries from 30 different countries and here you’ll find over a thousand paintings, photography, prints, sculpture and multi-media from established artists to some of the most exciting emerging artists just waiting to be discovered. Open 11am - 6pm. (5pm Sun.). www.artfairslondon.com

Fri. 1st March - Andy Parsons (Comedy)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. Tickets £14 to £15. “It’s great to welcome sharp, topical comedy on to the live circuit - and Parsons remains one of its most skilful exponents” The Guardian. Age restriction: 16 and over only. 01424 229111.

Sat. 2nd - 3rd March - RYA Dinghy Show

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London in the Great Hall. The world’s only show dedicated to dinghy sailing and dinghy classes. Running for over sixty years, the event is heralded as a celebration of the new season and gives dinghy sailors across the country a chance to see what is new in the dinghy world, to buy new kit, and hone their skills ready for the year to come.. Open 10am - 6pm. Sat. (5pm Sun). http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/rya-dinghy-show/

Sat. 2nd March - Mad March Airs

At St. Mark’s Church, Little Common, near Bexhill, TN39 4BZ. A concert of classical music performed by Carmen Lasok (soprano) and Robert Aldwinckle (piano and organ). Tickets £10 from Anne on 01424 842002.

Sat. 2nd Mar. - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham. 7.30pm. Front man of best act live band Bellowhead, Jon Boden comes to the Pavilion with friends and fellow Bellowhead band members for what promises to be an extraordinary show. Seats £19.50. 01323 8414414.

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. Whitelands Kennels & Cattery only accept fully vaccinated pets. 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. Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am - 12 noon.

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