What's on magazine may 2014

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WHAT’S ON May 2014

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NOW YEARS RESOLUTION: FIND A NEW LOVER! It is nearly the New Year 2014 and you find yourself on your own looking for a new lover – what do you do? You could go to the local pub, night club or singles night. It is not easy, especially if you have not been on the dating scene for quite a while. Why not try online dating, but which web site do you choose? Well, there is a new website is now available to help you choose, www.DreamDateFinder.com . Here you will find dating sites categorised along with information to help you make a good choice. There is even free dating advice. Why not give it a go today!

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The Harbour Orthodontic and Cosmedical Centre

comprises a talented team who are caring, friendly, honest and professional. We are a specialist dental practice and aim to provide the very best treatment available in our state-of-the-art centre with cutting edge technology and dedicated staff. We were established in 2001 and since then have created fantastic new smiles with our wide range of services from orthodontics and implants to tooth whitening and facial aesthetics. The practice provides a complete range of specialist dental services and takes great pride in using advanced materials and modern techniques. Our aim is to be the first choice for both patients and dentists seeking orthodontic care, high quality implantology, oral surgery, general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in Eastbourne and the surrounding area. And even if you have an uncontrollable fear of dentists, we can provide your dental care under sedation. Based in the beautiful harbour complex of Eastbourne, the dental practice is well positioned with ample parking nearby. Come to see us for a FREE consultation, so we can discuss all the options opened to you to improve your most precious business card: your smile !! -3003_May003.indd 1

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Contents PO Box 76, BATTLE, E. Sussex, TN33 0WA. Tel. 01424 870363 www.whats-on-magazine.com info@whats-on-magazine.com

May 2014 House and Home P.2 - 39

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Heathfield Feature P.18 & 19 Nursing and Care P.20 - 22 Health, Fitness and Beauty P.23 - 25 Jimmy Doherty Interview P.26 - 29 Food and Drink P.30 - 37 Gig Guide P.32 Battle Feature P.35 - 37 Hawhhurst Feature P.38 & 39 Garden & Leisure P.40 - 45

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Fashion and Leisure P.46 - 57 Travel P.2 & 53 Antiques & Collectables P.58 - 61 Wedding Services P.62 - 64 Pets, Wildlife and Equestrian P.65 - 67

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What’s On May 2014 Until 23rd May - David Baddiel Fame: Not the Musical

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

Until 24th May - Art Exhibition

At Fleet Gallery, 53 Norman Road, St. Leonards on Sea. See page 7.

Fri. 2nd - 5th May - Jack in the Green Festival

At Hastings Old Town, throughout the day. Morris and other traditional dance. Street entertainment, music, singing, May Queen and lots more attractions. See http://www.hastingsjack.co.uk/

Fri. 2nd May - Mehfil-e-Sartaaj

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8pm. Satinder Sartaaj performs in what promises to be one of the most anticipated live music events on the Asian music calendar. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 2nd - 31st May - Lady Boys of Bangkok

At the Victoria Gardens, Brighton. Feel the temperature soar as the stars burn up the stage in ‘Red Hot Kisses’ their brand new show for 2014. Tickets from £10 to £34. http://www.ladyboysofbangkok.co.uk/

Fri. 2nd May - Abba Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. One of the best UK tribute shows with firework finale 01323 410611.

Fri. 2nd May - 28 Days of Rock Heaven

Radio Station ‘Hastings Rock’ playing rock music for 28 days. Supporting St. Michael’s Hospice. www.hastingsrock.co.uk/

Sat. 3rd May - Henrietta The Hippo

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. With a Wizards and Witches theme in the Fun House. 01323 412000.

Sat. 3rd May - Grand Spring Fair

At St. Michael’s Hospice, Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards on Sea. 10.15am - 12.30pm. Entrance 50p. Various stalls and refreshments.

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FLEET GALLERY

NEW EXHIBITION 26th APRIL - 24th MAY

New landscapes by Amanda Nicol and paintings from the 1930’s by Frank Griffith

Modern and Contemporary Art & Sculpture 53 Norman Road | St Leonards on Sea | East Sussex | TN38 0EG | T: 01424 200220 Mobile: 0783 7784683

www.fleet-gallery.com

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Fleet Gallery recently launched it’s new exhibition of landscapes by Amanda Nicol and paintings by Frank Griffith. Art lovers guests gathered at The Fleet Gallery in Norman Road, St Leonards to be the first to see this very special exhibition which runs until 24th May. Amanda Nicol trained in the conservation and restoration of oil paintings in Hastings. She worked in Restorers’ studios in London specialising in Old Masters working on many important paintings notably from the Dutch and Flemish schools. An early childhood spent in the Scottish countryside, a passion for ecology and the environment and a simple love of place is reflected in her work. Frank Griffith (1889 - 1979) born in Wales. He studied under Walter Sickert at Rowlandson House in London as part of the Fitzroy Street Group. The Fitzroy group was an organisation created to promote and support artists. Established in 1907 by Walter Sickert and merged with the Camden Town group to form the London group.

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Stone and Wood Floors Nestled in the heart of Kent, Natural Image has been supplying durable stone and wood floors in the U.K. for the past twenty years. A family run business, their comprehensive knowledge, stock and contact base can solve most of your flooring requirements. Why not visit them in their new showroom or telephone for free advice and samples of their best selling products. A quick look on their website www. stoneandwoodfloors.co.uk will inspire you to install a wood or stone floor in your property and increase its value (ask any Estate Agent). Give them a call today on 01580 895489 and see how they can help you transform the look of your most valuable asset.

Sat. 3rd May - Lou Fellingham Live

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 9.30pm. Known and loved for her distinctive voice and heart for people to be strengthened and encouraged through music and song. ÂŁ8. 01323 412000.

Sat. 3rd - 5th May - Medieval Games

At Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge. With games and music showing how life was never dull in the castle. 01580 830196.

Sat. 3rd May - Have-a-go Longbow

At Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent. Learn to shoot like the archers of Agincourt. A taste of tradition with a full hour of tuition. 01892 893868.

Sat. 3rd - 11th May - Grand Designs Live

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, and based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series, the show offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home. 10am-6pm. 0203 225 5200

Sat. 3rd & 4th May - MagniďŹ cent Motors

At Eastbourne seafront, Western Lawns from 10am. More than 600 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, commercial and military vehicles on display and cavalcade.

Sat. 3rd May - See the Steam Giants

At Brede Waterworks, entrance top of Brede Hill, 6 miles north of Hastings on the A28. Also open on Bank Holiday Mon. 5th May. See the huge steam pumping engines restored and in motion again. (free).

So many of us are concerned about the amount of money we are spending on our utility bills every month, many are also alarmed at the effects of CO2 on our weather. But you can make a difference! A voltage optimisation device controls the level of watts of electricity, reducing your monthly bills and prolonging the life of appliances. Led lightbulbs are low energy and last longer than the average bulb. Finally you can generate your own electricity with solar panels, a government scheme which can give you cashback, help with finances and a generated income for 20 years. Talk to us for details Watts Up Solar Ltd 01580 848148

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Sat. 3rd May - Rich Hall

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. £16. “Now is the time to grab this chance to see the great man at work” – 01424 229111.

Sat. 3rd May - Billy Pearce UK Tour

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. A National treasure, and without doubt one of Britain’s most talented and best loved comedians. £18.50. 01323 412000.

Sat. 3rd & 4th May - Pitstop Motorbike Event

At Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, Kent. Including auto jumble for bikes, caravans, cars and boats. 07828 772475.

Sat. 3rd & 4th May - My First Ballet: Coppelia

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 11am, 2pm and 5pm on Sat. 11am and 3pm on Sun. (workshop at 1pm). The My First Ballet series brings young audiences their first taste of ballet. 01892 530613.

Sat. 3rd May - Robertsbridge Village Market

At Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road, Robertsbridge from 10am.

Sat. 3rd May - The Fureys and Davey Arthur

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. 01424 462288.

Sun. 4th & 5th May Science Museum Live - The Energy Show

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Sun. at 6pm. Mon. 1.30pm and 6pm. Produced by Science Museum in London, this show is suitable for everyone aged 7+. Tickets £10 to £15. 01424 229111.

Sun. 4th - 6th May The Spring Garden and Leisure Show

At the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex. Ad. £10. Ch. £5. S.C. £8. Family £25. 01444 892700.

Sun. 4th May - The Rays of Sunshine Concert

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 6pm. Olly Murrs, Pixie Lott, Eliza Doolittle and others take to the stage to support the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity. 0207 589 8212.

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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Sun. 4th May - Vaisakhi Festival London

In Trafalgar Square, London. 12 noon to 6pm. This Sikh cultural festival, symbolising the start of the harvest season and the beginning of the Sikh New Year. Free event hosting a strong line-up of main stage performances featuring classical, banghra and popular music. The event will also offer a variety of tasty vegetarian (no eggs) traditional food and drink, story-telling, turban dressing and a range of other festive children’s activities, including arts and crafts, facepainting etc.

Mon. 5th May - Auto Jumble

At Glyne Gap Field. Bexhill. 8am - 3pm. Bikes, Cars, Boats and Boot Sale. See advertisement on page 57 for further details

Mon. 5th May - Hildenborough 10 Road Race

Tues. 6th May - Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. US Weekly declared it “the year’s most titillating pop explosion”. 0844 8560202.

Tues. 6th & 7th May - There’s Magic in the Music

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8.15pm. A new jam packed Summer Season show full of variety. A magical look at the music through the ages of variety intertwined with stand up and sketch style comedy. Starring a professional and local cast. £16.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 6th -10th May Fiddler on the Roof

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Starring Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky in the iconic 70s TV series Starsky & Hutch) in the lead role of Tevye. Directed and Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. Evenings 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £18 to £33.50. Filled to the brim with classic songs. 01323 412000.

Wed. 7th May - Gravity (cinema)

Mon. 5th May - Free Family May Day Event

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. £5. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) when disaster strikes. 01424 229111.

Mon. 5th May Fabulous Fascinators

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton 6.30pm. The original line up of The Seekers have reunited for their 50th Anniversary Farewell Golden Jubilee Tour for one last time! Tickets £40 to £60. 01273 290131.

At Hildenborough Sports Hall, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, TN11 9HY. 2pm. Multiple laps. Evening telephone: 01732 832948 At Barrack Hall Park, Bexhill Old Town, TN40 2AP. 10.45am - 4pm. Traditional rides & games, Maypole, childrens entertainment, fun for all.

At World of Sewing, Camden Road, T. Wells, 10am - 4pm. Renowned milliner Caroline Morris teaches the techniques involved in making a spectacular fascinator suitable for any occasion from Ascot to weddings. 01424 893912 to book or thesewingschool@virginmedia.com

Tues. 6th - 10th May - The Pirates of Penzance

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Performed by The Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Evenings 7.45pm Wednesday & Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £10 to £15. 01323 412000.

Wed. 7th May - The Seekers

Wed. 7th May - Rye Farmers Market

Every Wednesday at Strand Quay, Rye from 10am - 1pm.

Wed. 7th - 10th May - A Vicar of Dibley Christmas - The Second Coming At the Community Centre, Polegate. Evenings at 7.45pm. Sat. Mat. 2.45pm. Performed by the Polegate Community Assoc. Drama Group. 01323 483348 or on line www.polegatedramagroup.co.uk

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Ecofurb nominated for prestigious award The REA holds its 9th annual awards on Thursday, 12th June 2014. The Awards held at the Savoy are the most prestigious event for UK renewable energy industry, recognising and celebrating the achievements of companies and individuals who have done something amazing in renewables over the past year. Ecofurb has been nominated in the Installer catagory - For a company that has excelled in the installation of renewable energy equipment

SOLAR PV IS STILL A LUCRATIVE INVESTMENT You can still receive between 10 - 12% return on domestic

systems and up to 25% return on a commercial PV installation.

Ask us about the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) Whole home energy management systems supplied by ecofurb can dramatically reduce your energy consumption! We can design, supply and install Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps and Biomass Boilers.

Please enquire about ecofurbs energy storage and energy management systems

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Wed. 7th May - Curious Beer Club

Thurs. 8th May - YES

Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the Dolphin, South Street, Eastbourne. Guest brewery, craft beer tasting, Q&A, culinary accompaniments. Sussex craft brewing is booming. The Curious Beer Club celebrates this, bringing the cream of Sussex’ brewing crop to The Dolphin Pub in South St, Eastbourne, for monthly tasting events. 1st WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. Brewers bring their beer, their stories and their knowledge. We lay on some fantastic food and the occasional surprise. Together we nurture a cordial, perhaps even jovial, atmosphere. Members are not experts, not necessarily. Nor are the organisers. They are enthusiasts with a keenness to investigate and sample the best, most unusual and newest brewing the region has to offer. www.curiousbeerclub.co.uk

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Prog. Rock Luminaries, Yes will perform three of their most popular albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going For the One in their entirety. 0207 589 8212.

On the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne with the Eastbourne Silver Band. 8pm. A truly iconic tradition that is celebrated every Wednesday evening, consisting of a culmination of concert music ending triumphantly with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture accompanied by a spectacular Firework display. Licensed Bar Available. Doors and bar open at 7:30pm, Concerts start at 8:00pm, Concerts finish at approximately 10:00pm Advance tickets are available from the Seafront Office, online or over the phone (01323 410611). In advance: Adult: £7.50, Child: £3.75, On the night: Adult: £9.00, Child: £4.75 01323 410611.

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. National Treasure, and without doubt one of the Britain’s most talented and best loved comedians. 01424 462288.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. Delayed live transmission from the National Theatre shown on Trinity’s big screen. By William Shakespeare Running time: 210mins with an interval. 01892 678678.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Karl will be conducting the very best of his most popular works. 0207 589 8212.

At Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road from 8pm - 10.30pm £8 on the door. Ted Beament Trio and Mike Hext (Trombone). Great jazz on second Thursday of each month. www. robertsbridgejazzclub.com or 01580 880274.

At St. Thomas’ Church, Winchelsea at 7pm. Miranda is well known as the third member of Show of Hands. 01797 224446.

At St. Mary’s Church, Rolvenden. 10am - 12 noon.

At Devonshire Square, Bexhill. Every Friday 8.30am - 2pm.

Wed. 7th May - 1812 Firework Concert

Wed. 7th May - NT Live: King Lear

Thurs. 8th May - Robertsbridge Jazz Club

Thurs. 8th May - Rolvenden Farmers Market

Thurs. 8th May - Hal Cruttenden

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Hal’s comedy is simultaneously warm and catty, straight and camp - it’s a lovely mix that has made him a regular guest on John Bishops’s Only Joking (Sky1). 01892 678678.

Thurs. 8th - 10th May - Cheek by Jowls ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.30pm. Sat. Mat. 2.30pm. Even after nearly 400 years, few plays are as controversial as this dark and violent Jacobean tragedy; and few are as intense. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 8th May - Billy Pearce

Fri. 9th May - Queen Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. with Freddie & The Mercurys. Get ready to see Queen rock again on stage in the form of one of the best tribute bands around today. 01323 410611.

Fri. 9th May - Sissinghurst Farmers Market

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

Fri. 9th May Karl Jenkins: 70th Birthday Concert Fri. 9th May Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston

Fri. 9th May - Brede Farmers Market

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

Fri. 9th May - Bexhill Farmers Market

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Heathfield The 2014 Heathfield & District Agricultural Show Better than ever before! Saturday 24th May at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex. Every year the Show evolves and this year we are excited to say that we are re-introducing our Poultry section. There will not only be a display of rare poultry breeds but also the much loved Sussex birds. The Country Ways area will be full of local artisans demonstrating their skills including a wheel wright, spinner, bee keeper and blacksmiths. With the WI marquee returning for its second year and the Farmers’ Market selling all local produce and the Made in the Weald craft fair there will a huge demonstration of the produce of of our beautiful Wealden countryside. The main ring attraction will once more be a show stopping event. With skill and high risk precision movements, visitors will be in awe of the skills being displayed by Jason Smythe’s Adrenalin Tour in the main ring. The Sheep Show, with its amusing commentary by New Zealander Richard Savory, will tell you all you want to know about sheep as only a Kiwi can. Look out for his mobile show trailer on the Showgorund. The Cattle, Sheep, Pig and Horse competitions will take place throughout the day. To get the most out of your day and see the livestock being paraded in front of the judges visit the livestock showing rings in the morning and horse rings in the afternoon. If you want to ‘get up close’ to the livestock a visit to the Education Area is a must. Here you will find farmyard animals and their young a together in their own enclosure. It is hoped that this area, organised by Tottingworth Farms, will help give a better understanding of the life cycle of our farm animals and how they play such a vital part in our lives. A day at the Heathfield Show will provide you with an insight into all the area has to offer. Entrance tickets can be purchased in advance, at up to 15% off gate prices – see our website for details www.heathfieldshow.org or phone the Show Secretary on 01435 864587.

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

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Nursing & Care

Lennox Lodge has a uniquely sunny feel to it being mainly south facing. The home itself is situated on the highest point for several miles. We are close to shops and public transport. A recent modernisation programme has seen 8 new en-suite bedrooms added as well as a passenger lift to all floors. There are two large lounges, two conservatories and one dining room which provide a varied choice of communal areas. Most bedrooms are with en-suite facilities. A twenty-four hour nurse call system is installed to enable the residents to call staff day or night. There are a variety of communal bathing facilities, including a walk in shower, riser bath as well as standard baths and showers. Emphasis is placed on high quality catering with special diets catered for together with individual preferences and taste. Our aim is to provide residents with a comfortable and happy home and ensure they are treated as individuals maintaining dignity respect and privacy. Services within the home include hairdressing, chiropody, dentistry and religious services. Lennox Lodge has a strong foundation of dedicated staff some of whom have worked at Lennox for many years.

Our Edwardian Residence, owned and managed by The Sims Family for over 55 years, comprises of: The Northern Hotel – a Quality in Tourism 3 Star Small Hotel & our Richmond Retirement Suites. The Retirement Accommodation is located within the same building as the Hotel allowing our Retirement Residents to enjoy the same high quality services as the hotel guests. This is a unique enterprise providing a very high standard of accommodation and services, allowing you to maintain your independent lifestyle with the comforts, warmth and security of a family home - yet without the chores of cooking and household management. We look forward to showing you around.

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

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Country Pursuits Mobility doesn’t have to be grey!

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

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

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

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Health, Fitness & Beauty

Are you....... Constantly buying the wrong products? Fighting a problem skin? Or even the signs of ageing? Are your current products at home improving your skin or just maintaining it? Or do you simply need help and advice? Join me for my Skincare Advice Day...

We are offering a full consultation, skin analysis and prescription along with a mini facial to everyone who would like to join us. Simply book your hour appointment with a £20 deposit which is fully redeemable on the day against your purchase of two or more products or a course of treatments booked. Thursday 5th June 2014 - To avoid disappointment book your place today!

NEW AT SALON 15 - Silicone Micro Ring Hair Extensions

(also known as micro bead or micro loop extensions) These hair extensions last for 4 months and are perfect if you’re looking for a more long-term solution to lengthen your hair without any damage. Made from 100% human hair, these top quality hair extensions can be styled however you wish be that curly or straight! These hair extensions are quick and easy to apply and can be colour matched to your hair. Strand by strand, a micro loop extension is applied to a similar sized piece of your own hair around 1cm away from the scalp. Tiny, silicone lined aluminium rings hold the extensions securely in place, without the need for any harsh glues or chemicals. Salon15 is the only Salon in Rye providing this service and offer free consultations. Call in to discuss your individual style.

Fri. 9th May - Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues orchestra

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. featuring GILSON LAVIS. with special guests MELANIE C & MARC ALMOND and guest vocalists Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall. Support act Galia Arad. £36.50. 01892 530613.

Fri. 9th May - The Big Chris Barber Band

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Chris Barber leads his 10-piece band, with its 7-strong front line, playing a wide selection of his favourite music. Tickets £20. 01424 462288.

Fri. 9th May - Wuthering Heights

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. By Emily Bront | adapted by Helen Tennison. Produced by The Rosemary Branch Theatre & Tennison’s Quirk. The classic love story of Cathy and Heathcliff set against the wilderness of the Yorkshire Moors. 01892 678678.

Sat. 10th May - Bewl Water Marathon

At Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. 9am. The Bewl marathon starts near the Bewl water reservoir dam wall,and the route for the marathon is a picturesque and circular 2 lap route around the reservoir trail,it takes in some spectacular views of the surrounding Kent countryside. http://www.hermesrunning.com

Sat. 10th May - Tchaikovsky Gala

At The Royal Albert Hall, London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring an explosive indoor firework finale. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 10th & 11th May - Southern at War

At The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. Turn back the clock to the days of World War II with re-enactors, military vehicles, displays and concert parties.

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Sat. 10th May - Mayfield Book Fair

At The Memorial Hall, Mayfield from 9am - 3pm. Free admission. Refreshments available. 01892 852021.

Sat. 10th & 11th May The Anti Ageing Health and Beauty Show

At Olympia National Hall, London. Showcasing the latest treatments and products, The Anti-Ageing Health & Beauty Show offers advice to help you look your best whatever your age. Enjoy treatments from world leading beauticians and cosmetic doctors, sample new products and hear celebrity speakers. http://anti-ageingshow.com/

Sat. 10th May - Hailsham Farmers Market

At Hailsham Cattle Market site, Market Street, Hailsham from 9am 12.30pm. 01323 833359.

Sat. 10th May - Stonegate Farmers Market

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

Sat. 10th May - Handmade With Love

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. featuring beautiful handmade crafts designed and created by hand-picked, talented local makers and artisans. For event info call Stephanie on 018932 528071

Sat. 10th May WW1 Centenary Commemoration Concert

At All Saints, Church, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. By the Aanna Colls singers and chamber orchestra supporting Help For Heroes. £15. 01323 833706. www.aannacollssinger.co.uk

Sat. 10th May - An Evening at the Opera

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. With the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society Orchestra and Chorus, featuring the soloists soprano, Simona Mihai, and tenor Luis Gomez. Tickets £10 to £22. 01892 530613.

Sat. 10th May - Eliza and Martin Carthy

At The Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Father and daughter from the first family of folk music come together for a one off performance. £19.50. 01323 841414.

Sat. 10th May - Square Piano Day

At Finchcocks Musical Museum, Riseden, near Goudhurst from 10.30am. Lectures, presentations and exhibitions, dinner 6.30pm, concert at 8pm. Day £50, concert £10. Booking essential. 01580 211702.

Sat. 10th May - First Time Buyer Home Show

At The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London. Exhibitors include property developers, housing associations, solicitors, financial advisors, mortgage consultants and interior experts. To register and book your ticket online - www.ftbhomeshow.com/ register-here.html

Sat. 10th May - Barbara Dickson

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

Sat. 10th May - Headcorn Farmers Market

At New Village Hall off High Street, Headcorn. 9.30am - 12.30pm.

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Open Evening at Saint Mary’s Clinic

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aint Mary’s Clinic recently hosted an open evening showcasing their amazing new cosmeceutical facial product range, created by medical professionals to give you real results. The evening also featured demonstrations of their fabulous new treatments including skin peeling and derma rolling. Guests enjoyed champagne and canapes and had the chance to speak to the clinic’s aesthetic therapists about the new treatments. There was also an opportunity to win some fabulous new products in a prize draw. Another new product showcased during the evening was Skinade, this offers a different approach to skin care that works from the inside out. The unique ‘Patent pending’ formulation of Skinade has been designed to deliver essential nutrients in a liquid formation promoting high absorption and bioavailability. As we grow older, the collagen matrix can become depleted and damaged through various environmental and aged related biochemical changes that cause wrinkles, fine lines, dry, blemished or thinning skin. Skin creams are only able to target the external layer but Skinade works from within on both the inner and outer layers to help both collagen formulation and skin function. I have been trying out the Skinade drink for the last week. The drink is pleasant to take and has natural flavours of peach and mangosteen. While it was too early to gauge the full effect, I have noticed that my skin seems softer and more hydrated, I also seem to have more energy. I am looking forward to soon reporting the loss of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s On Editor .....

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Jimmy Doherty Jimmy is one of the UK’s best known farmers. His journey started over 10 years ago when he took on a leasehold of a 100 acre farm just outside Ipswich which was followed in a BBC2 series called ‘Jimmy’s Farm’. Jimmy hasn’t looked back since and ‘Jimmy’s Farm’ now has an award winning restaurant, a nature trail, a butterfly house and holds numerous science and food festivals throughout the year. His recent TV credits include ‘Food Unwrapped’, ‘Human Swarm’, ‘Easter Egg’s Live’, ‘The Secret Millions’ and ‘Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club’ on Channel 4.

University where he researched for a Doctorate in Entomology, set up an insect laboratory and taught Animal Ecology and Animal Philosophy to undergraduate students.

Jimmy’s other TV credits include two series of the hit show ‘Jimmy’s Food Factory’ and ’Jimmy and the Wild Honey Hunters’ both for BBC1, ‘Jimmy’s Global Harvest’ for BBC2 and ‘Crop to Shop – Jimmy’s Supermarket Secrets’ for BBC1.

Jimmy has written three books and has a number of free range food products called ‘Jimmy’s Farmers Range’ including a range of chicken on sale at Ocado and a range of turkeys. Last year his turkey won ‘Best Christmas Premium Product’ at the ‘British Turkey Awards 2012’.

Jimmy has always been passionate about nature and farming. By the time he was 16, he was the youngest ever Assistant Entomologist at the Mole Hall Wildlife Park in Walden. After gaining a degree in Zoology, Jimmy worked at the Entomology Department at London’s Natural History Museum before moving on to Coventry

Jimmy and Michaela were married on Saturday, 22 August 2009. The reception was held at their farm in Suffolk. They have two daughters named Molly Rose and Cora Mae.

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What’s On Magazine spoke exclusively to Jimmy as he films his new series of Food Unwrapped which comes out in June. Jimmy, we originally saw you take over and start your own pig farm from scratch. That has obviously grown enormously now so perhaps people are unaware of how much now goes on at the farm. Yes it has been 10 years, we still have the pigs and we also produce 8 to 10,000 turkeys a year, we have cattle and sheep plus another thing I am really keen on is the educational side of things. We have our ‘park farm’ where people can come around and see the animals and learn about them with our educational programmes. Our farmshop has increased the butchery side of things and we have recently opened a restaurant on the farm which is proving to be very popular. We have a great team of about 30 full time workers and I am doing things like working with the head chef on the new menu and I have also recently built a tropical butterfly house because I love the ecology side of farming. I spend a lot of time planting

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vegetable seeds in the vegetable garden which is another favourite of mine. When I am on my filming trips around the world I pick up unusual varieties of plant seed and bring them back to try, we recently had some sweetcorn and maize from Mexico and Chilli’s which I picked up in India. It’s not without it’s problems though, last year I spent a whole day sewing Pumpkin and giant Sunflower seeds only to find a day later that a mouse had got into the greenhouse overnight and eaten the whole lot. What is your wife Michaela’s role at the farm? She is basically my boss and runs the place when I am not there. She over sees the restaurant and the wholesale deals that we do plus the day to day running of the farm. She obviously also has our two children to look after as well. Do you ever worry about it getting too big? I think we have got to a nice size now, so we have regular meetings and think tank groups to find out what our visitors like to see and what they are looking for. Families

are obviously looking for activities for the children so we are always looking at that but also the sort of food they like to eat as well. For us it’s building something sustainable and it is very interesting that we have a lot of farmers come to us and say they would like to do something similar. That has lead us to think about setting up some satellite farms based on ours, may be in the West country or perhaps the Midlands. What proportion of your time is spent filming compared to being at the farm? It depends on the season but probably about 60% of my time is spent at the farm and the rest of the time filming. Of course sometimes I am actually filming at the farm which is perfect. Are you working exclusively for Channel 4 now? Yes I was with the BBC for a few years but I have been with Channel 4 for about four years now, so everything that we do is for their programming. How much input do you get into the type of programmes you film? It’s a mixture really, there are occasions

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when I can pitch a programme to them that I particularly want to do or it might be an idea that is grown from the production company. Either way I like to have a lot of input to help tell the story. The subject matter usually tends to be science, natural history or food production and I have an interest in all those subjects, particularly the food science area of it. I like to farm in a very particular way, it’s all free range and traditional farming techniques. I try not to stamp my opinion onto anything we do but just show the subject clearly so that people can make an informed decision as to whether they agree with a particular production technique. You once said the filming wasn’t very glamorous, is that still the case? Yes, it’s still in and out of airports and hotels and lots of hours in mini buses, people often assume it’s a glamorous thing to do but there is a lot of hard work involved. The good thing about it, is that you do get to dip into people’s lives and specialties. You can be in a factory which just makes curry powder one minute and the next minute you can be talking to a world expert on fungi, or standing in a field with a group of Indian rice growers. It’s looking through these windows into peoples lives that I really enjoy and I think it is a real priviledge. What have you got coming up this year? We have got a new series of Food

Unwrapped which I am filming now and is due to be broadcast in June and July. This has been a really interesting programme to make and it looks behind the doors of how our day to day food is made. I have also got a programme coming out about global diets. Again this should be coming out around July time. The programme focuses on who has the best and worse diets around the world. Are you still having your live music festival at the farm? We started with a live music event called ‘Harvest at Jimmy’s but that has now developed into a number of different events which we hold at the farm. We have a comedy night once a month and a science and nature festival. Our biggest event is the Sausage and Beer Festival which is from the 26th & 27th July. We have sausage makers from around the country with beer producers and of course our hilarious sausage eating competition. We then have bands playing during the evening - Dodgy is playing on the Saturday 26th with Matt Cardle on the Sunday. This month (May) we have a Food & Drink Feast (May 24 - 26) and another popular event later in July is our Theatre in the Forest which begins on 15th July. You have written three books so far, do you have any plans for any more perhaps an autobiography?

I think I will wait a few years before the autobiography but ,yes, I am very interested in writing more books and especially in the childrens book sector. I would like to develop a connection between childrens education and the food production stuff, so that children from an early age become associated with how food is actually produced. Do you enjoy the ornamental side of growing? Yes, I am also interested in that side, in fact I have just been down to visit the seed bank at Kew Gardens and I spend a lot of time planting seeds. I am hooked on growing radishes at the moment and I am astounded by how quickly they grow. I am always trying to get a multi use out of a plant, so for example with the radishes I am not only interested in the radish bulb but also the leaves which I can use for salads.

Thank You Jimmy You can find out more about Jimmy at

www.jimmysfarm.com Twitter: @jimmysfarm Facebook: Jimmys-Farm Jimmy’s Farm is situated at Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AR

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Food & Drink Sat. 10th & 11th May - Explore Your Camera

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10-4pm. £75 (book both days for £140). Suitable for complete beginners. If you’ve been using your camera in Auto and you’re ready to unlock its true potential you’ll love this workshop. 01424 229111.

Sat. 10th May - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market Outside the Town Hall, Civic Way from 9am - 2pm. Approx. 40 stalls.

Sat. 10th May - Art Through Creative Writing

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. No previous knowledge of either art or writing is necessary to enjoy these workshops. To Book: 01273 735353 or https://www.newwritingsouth.com/events?item=157

Sat. 10th May - Arts and Crafts Fair

At Homewood School, Ashford Road, Tenterden from 9am. Around 50 stalls. 01580 764222.

Sat. 10th May - Plant Market

At Seddlescombe Village Hall from 10.30am - 12.30pm. Well established plants at bargain prices including perennials, bedding, fuschias, shrubs, vegetables etc. Cake stall and refreshments available.

Sat. 10th May - The Simon and Garfunkel Story

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne 7.30pm. Featuring all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘The Sound Of Silence’ and many more, this is a show not to be missed! £19. 01323 412000.

Sat. 10th May - Abseil for St. Michael’s Hospice

Drop 128ft down the side of Ocean House for St Michael’s Hospice. Enjoy this exhilarating experience, full training given on the day, open to anyone over 16. £10 to register and £100 sponsorship required. Call Marcia on 01424 456381 or email fundraising@stmichaelshospice.com

Sat. 10th May - Aronowitz Ensemble Concert

At Vinehall School Theatre, Robertsbridge, Guy Johnston (Cello) and Friends perform works by Schubert Dohnanyi and Tchaikovsky. 01580 883092.

Sat. 10th May - Early Bird Walk

Sat. 10th May - Elvis Presley on Stage

At Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook, Kent at 6am to 11am. £12.50. Includes breakfast. Guided walk with the Ranger. Booking essential. 0844 2491895.

At the Brighton Centre, 6.30pm. Using the latest technology, Elvis performs via state-of-the art video screens singing lead vocals backed by a live band, singers and an orchestra. If you’ve never seen Elvis Presley live in concert - this is the closest you’ll ever get! £29 to £32. 01273 290131.

Sun. 11th May - Appledore Antique Market

At the Old Goods Yard next to Appledore Train Station TN26 2DF. See main advertisement on page 61.

Sun. 11th May - Charity Fun Run

At Isfield, Recreation Ground, registration opens 9am. Run starts 10am. Ad. £10. Ch. £5. 1k, 5k and 10k. Refreshments available. Medal awarded for all participants. www.littlehorstedfunrun.co.uk

Sun. 11th May The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair

At the Brighton Centre. 11am. £2. Vintage, eclectic, festival, whimsical, kitsch, camp, eccentric. 01273 290131.

Sun. 11th May - Wind in the Willows

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. Grahame’s unforgettable assembly of animals and humans are lovingly re-created with the Cat’s Grin trademarks of simplicity, wit and style. 01892 678678.

Sun. 11th May - Carly Bryant in Concert

At the Sinden Theatre, Homewood School, Tenterden at 8pm. Rock, folk and blues.

Sun. 11th May - Mozart’s Requiem

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7pm. One thousand plus singers from the Really Big Chorus perform. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 11th May - John Richardson; Nidiot

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. Away from his live stand up, British Comedy Award 2013. Nominee, Jon is best known as team captain on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’. £19.50. 01424 229111

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A food-focused pub with a menu that ranges from classic British to Greek Meze

he Royal Oak is a magnificent pub serving up great food and good beers. New owners Neil and Maria Smallwood are fast creating an enviable reputation with all those Whatlington locals lucky enough to have it on their doorstep, With Its genial informality and friendly atmosphere, this village Inn offers the perfect eating and drinking solution for after work get-togethers, couples and family groups and caters for all seasons with a large garden area to the rear giving alfresco dining option when the sun shines. This is a new concept trying something a little different from the usual village pub, with a more vibrant menu including Greek Meze every Saturday (pictured

below) that shows off the flair of the kitchen, and introduces new flavours to the adventurous diner. Delicious food, friendly staff and full of character, The Royal Oak is a very welcome addition to the ever-evolving East Sussex scene and is well worth a visit.

Upcoming Events at the Royal Oak: Elvis Tribute Night - Friday 9th May

with local Elvis impersonator. Now taking bookings.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be

shown live on the Tuesday 6th May (first semi-final), Thursday 8th May (second semi-final) and Saturday 10th May (final) at 8pm. Bring your friends and take part in

a Eurovision Sweepstake with a prize of a Meal for 4 for the winning team.

Pub Quiz - Every Thursday night at 8pm. Irish Music Session - Held on every last Friday of the month starting at around 8pm. The Greek Meze nights continue every Saturday.

The Royal Oak are also now offering Meze options for function bookings of more than 15 people on any day of the week. Their function room, the original barn, has been converted to a stunning venue for any kind of celebration and various catering options are available. This is an ideal choice for any kind of party, hen/stag nights, christenings, weddings, or any other get together.

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Gig Guide

The Grey Lady - Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells. 01892 544700 Fri. 2nd May - Project 5. Sat. 3rd May - Soul Avenue. Fri. 9th May - Hospice of Hope Evening with Live Music from Lesley Alexander and the Robert Reid Trio. Sat. 10th May - Heads South. Fri. 16th May - The Chillbillies Sat. 17th May - Glide. Fri. 23rd May - The Violet Jive Sat. 24th May - David Ital and Friends. Fri. 30th May - Salsa Carmina.

The Six Bells Chiddingly Tel: 01825 872227 Friday 2nd May - The Big Kahuna. Sat. 3rd May - Trailer Trash Sun. 4th May - Lunchtime Jazz with Assorted Nuts Fri. 9th May - The Scarlettos. Sat. 10th May - Foul Play Sun. 11th May - Lunchtime Jazz with Assorted Nuts Tues. 13th May - Folk and Blues Club. Fri. 16th May - Supersaurus. Sat. 17th May - South of Saturn Sun. 18th May - Lunchtime Jazz With Savananah Fri. 23rd May - Pearly Cubes. Sat. 24th May - Replicate Radio Sun. 25th May - Beer and Music Festival 12 noon to 12pm Bands inside and outside. Tues. 27th May - Folk and Blues Fri. 30th May - Smokin’ Joe. Sat. 31st May - Sea Monkeys Sun. 1st June - Lunchtime Jazz with Assorted Nuts

The Bull Inn, 27 High St, Battle. 01424 775171 Wed. 14th May - Acoustic Jammin. All welcome, Sun. 25th May - Live band with Devils Queen at 6.00pm, Wed. 28th May - Food theme Burger Night with live music -check website for details. Karaoke every Friday night. Fri. 30th May - ELF Club.

Blues with Bottle Club The Anchor, London Rd. Sevenoaks TN13 1AS 01732 454898 http://www.blueswithbottleclub.co.uk Friday 2 May 8.30 - Nigel Bagge, Eddie Armer and Mike Piggott The Cross Keys, 236 St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells , TN4 9XD free Wednesday 7 May 9pm - Jim Crawford (The Anchor, London Rd. Sevenoaks TN13 1AS (01732 454898) - free Wednesday 21 May 9pm - Dave Peabody & Bob Hall The Anchor, London Rd. Sevenoaks TN13 1AS (01732 454898) - free! Friday 23 May 9pm - Bob Hall’s Last Chance Saloon with Bob Hall, Dave Peabody & Hilary Blythe £6 on the door. The Beacon, Tea Garden Lane, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9JH (01892 524252) Saturday 31 May 8pm - Gren Bartley and the Brave Sons of Elijah Perry - talented blues band, £12 box office 01732 450175 or online http://www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/ , Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre, London Rd. Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ.

The Royal British Legion, London Road, Bexhill Tel. 01424 435844 First Monday every month - Members and guests always welcome. Creole Jazz plus talented guests from 8pm - 10.30pm. Great traditional jazz, fabulous beer and good company. 1066 Jazz Club - jazz@1066jazzclub.co.uk EVERY FRIDAY AT AZUR, MARINA PAVILION, ST LEONARDS ON SEA.

8pm -11pm. Doors 7.30 pm. Members £8 and Guests £10 Stu. £5.00 For Further Information phone 01424 753784.or visit our website Friday 2nd May -Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers Friday 13th May - Jeremy Huggett’s Harlem Five, 40’s Night Friday 16th May - John Maddock’s Jazzmen Friday 23rd May - Gambit Jazzmen Friday 30th May Amy Robert’s with guest Jeff Barnhart from the USA The Royal Oak, Woodmans Green, Whatlington, nr Battle. 01424 870492 Fri. 9th May - Elvis Tribute Night. Tues. 6th May Other live music events during May, see page 31.

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Sun. 11th May - The Westenders

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. This thrilling gala concert is an unmissable evening celebrating Les Misérables and the world’s most popular musicals. Tickets £18. 01892 530613.

Tues. 13th - 19th May - Juilo Iglesias

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. One of the world’s most captivating performers returns for the first time in 10 years. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 13th May - The Robert Cray Band

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Good-time, uptown, low-down blues. He’s won five Grammy’s and been nominated for 11 more. £29.50. 01892 530613.

Wed. 14th - 17th May - Spirit of Summer Fair

At Olympia Grand, London. Spirit of Summer Fair, in association with House & Garden, is the season’s leading event for stylish living presenting an exciting collection of boutiques offering unique and stunning designs for your home and summer wardrobe. http://www.spiritofsummerfair.co.uk/

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

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

Thurs. 15th May - Phil and Nigel McIntrye presents Suggs My Life Story

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Join Suggs on an emotional roller coaster through the ups and downs of an astonishing 30 year career. Musical accompaniment and uncalled interjection from Deano his loyal pianist come man-servant. 01323 412000

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

Wed. 14th May - Jeff Beck

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. The electric guitarist returns to the Hall and is joined by a full band. 7.30pm. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 15th May - Tori Amos

At The Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. One of the most accomplished and respected artists returns following the release of her new album ‘Unrepentent Geraldines’. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 15th May - Grumpy Old Women

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Tickets: £20. Return of The Grumpy Old Women:Fifty Shades Of Beige. Come and bask in an orgy of fury and big laughs in this glorious live version of the hit TV show. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 15th May - Blood Wedding

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Theatrical Niche breathe fresh fire into Lorca’s famed tragedy with a unique blend of puppetry, mask work and movement illustrating this revered Spanish work. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 15th May - Peregrines in Sussex

At Victoria Baptist Church, Elden Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Illustrated talk. £3. 01323 506540.

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Battle

the Heart of 1066 Country...

Battle Medieval Fair 25th and 26th May

Medieval Madness is coming to Battle again - the costumes are being dusted down; the maypole has been woken from its yearly hibernation ready for 2 days of merrie maypoling; the exhibitors, entertainers and good weather have all been booked! The entertainment is a mix of juggling, jesting, and general tomfoolery. There will be talks by Hands on History and an opportunity to see and try on mediaeval amour and weaponry. Battle’s very own Knights of the Realm will be strutting their stuff with boo-ing and cheering to encourage them in their chivalrous endeavours. On Monday the May Queen and Dancers from Battle and Langton School will lead the parade down the High Street at 1 pm accompanied by the Section 5 Drummers. After the crowning of the May Queen at about 1.30 the children will demonstrate how maypoling should be done! 1066 Falconry will be there and 1066 Lacemakers will be demonstrating the delicate art of lacemaking. Our potters will be offering an opportunity for young ones to try throwing a pot, and there will be games and facepainting for the young and the young at heart. All this plus stalls offering tempting trinkets and foods! There is no admission charge and all monies raised go directly to help fund the event which is organised by volunteers from the Battle Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by many local businesses and individuals.

Aurelie & Rose are celebrating their six month anniversary this month with a huge range of new accessories for Spring/Summer. Situated right by the famous Battle Abbey, their beamed boutique is crammed with gorgeous jewellery, scarves, bags and purses as well as unusual cards, candles and bath and beauty products, much with a ‘vintage’ feel. Looking for a present? Aurelie & Rose can make up gift baskets to your specification. They also sell Buttonbag and Crafty Kit Company craft kits – ideal for children’s birthdays. The shop stocks beads and components to allow you to make your own jewellery and holds bespoke bead parties for children and adults. You can also order party kits and party bags for guests to make their own pieces at your party venue. Aurelie & Rose is open every day and will be right in the middle of events during the Battle Medieval Fayre on 24-25 May.

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Every Last Friday I

n last months issue we told you about the opening night of Every Last Friday or ELF as it’s been dubbed and we’re pleased to report that it was a huge success with six acts playing in four venues and a fantastic finale in Ye Olde Kings Head. ELF is a monthly festival of music and the arts providing a forum for local musicians, artists, dramatists and comedians to showcase their talents in a variety of venues around the historical 1066 town of Battle on every last Friday of the month. Don’t worry if you missed the first one, this month is going to be even bigger and better, come and hear even more singers and musicians performing in upwards of five venues around the town centre. Some of the venues will have an art exhibit and host at least six musicians at some point during the evening, so you can stay in one place or move around your favourite venues. This event will continue on Every Last Friday of the month throughout the year and we hope to include comedy and drama performances in pubs, restaurants, retail outlets and on the Abbey Green and in Old Ladies Court. Many of the venues will have Food and drink specials and a prize draw to help raise money for our adopted charities, Demelza and Oxjam. We would like to hear from anyone interested in being part of this fantastic new festival, as a performer, an exhibitor or a venue. You can contact the team via the inbox at www.facebook.com/ everylastfriday or you can just follow us and get information and updates about the performers and venues.

The Venues for 30th May Mrs Burtons Restaurant and Tearoom. 2 High Street Battle. Nobles Restaurant. 17 High Street Battle. The Bull Inn. 27 High Street Battle. The Kings Head. 37 Mount Street Battle The Abbey Hotel, 84 High Street, Battle After 10pm the performers will gather in The Kings Head for a major jamming session or you can try out your vocal cords at Karaoke in The Bull Inn.

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Thurs. 15th & 16th May The Business Show and Business StartUp

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. This free to attend event offers business owners opportunities, advice and information that will impact ongoing business growth within a challenging economy. Open from 10am daily. www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk http://www.bstartup.com

Thurs. 15th May Moira House Girls School Present Joseph

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7pm. £12. 01323 412000.

Fri. 16th - 24th May - Taking Steps

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. By Alan Ayckbourn. Come on a journey to a place where innocence triumphs and greed gets its come-uppance. 01424 423221.

Fri. 16th May Channel 4’s Comedy Gala

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Join Adam Hills, Aisling Bea, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Paul Chowdhry, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh and many more. 0844 8560202.

Fri. 16th May - 12 Years A Slave (Cinema)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. £5. Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States. 01424 229111.

Fri. 16th May - Boris Grebenshikov

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Russian Rock icon returns with his band to mark his 60th birthday. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 16th May - Elvis Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne with Elvis Legacy and the Memphis Flash Band. 01323 410611.

Fri. 16th & 17th May - The Alzheimer’s Show

At Olympia Central, London. http://alzheimersshow.co.uk/

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Hawkhurst

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n the oldest part of Hawkhurst stands The parish church of St Laurence. This area is to the south end of the village and is known as the Moor, which is the older part of Hawkhurst . It is likely that a church has stood on this site since 1100, or even earlier when Hawkhurst belonged to the Abbot of Wye. After the Battle of Hastings William the Conqueror gave the village to the Abbot of Battle. From the cross roads in the village centre carry on down to the Moor, which is on the Hurst Green road. This area near the church is the old village green, and is surrounded mostly by old Kent weatherboard shops and houses. The Great East Window of the Church was built about 1350 and has been described as one of the finest pieces of architecture in the country. Most of the rest of the church dates from around 1450, when the nave was lengthened and raised, the aisles, porches and tower added, and it took on its present appearance. Hawkhurst’s history is dominated by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers who terrorised the village and the surrounding area between 1735 and 1749. The first reference to this gang was in 1735, as the ‘Holkhourst Genge’. They were the most notorious of the Kent gangs, and were feared for miles around their home base in the village of Hawkhurst . Their headquarters was the ‘Oak and Ivy Inn’, which is still a thriving public house in the village. The Hawkhurst Gang ranged the full length of the South Coast, and

Crossroads of the Weald...

were perfectly situated for working the Marshes which began a few miles away at Newenden. It has been said that when needed for a smuggling run, 500 mounted and armed men could be assembled within the hour. They were also only 13 miles from Rye , another favourite haunt of the gang. It was quite common for them to be seen at the Mermaid Inn, where they would sit and drink with a loaded pistol on the table. They looked after their own, but were totally ruthless with anyone who interfered or crossed their path. In 1944 a German flying bomb fell in the churchyard, and caused considerable damage, and the church was put out of action until 1957. Part of the flying bomb can be seen on the south side at the back of the church. Standing at the cross roads in the village centre Hawkhurst has a pretty white boarded ‘Colonade’ of shops making the village centre and is now also seeing an interesting selection of shops opening up on the Cranbrook Road.

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

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Ruffles Hair and Beauty in Hawkhurst now offers Solarium Sun Bed treatments provided by the advanced German manufactures KBL Megasun. Sunbeds by megaSun in particular are regarded as the trendsetters when it comes to technical innovations. The bed emits a well-balanced light with a spectrum of UVA and UVB, using CPItechnology for a consistent light tube performance, allowing for a skinfriendly and at the same time relaxing tanning experience.

Little Chicks is situated on the main Cranbrook Road opposite Peter Buswell and offers clothes for the new-born to 12 years old. Little Chicks now stock School Uniforms along with a good selection of affordable Spring and Summer Wear. Having another much needed and exciting shop at the top of the Cranbrook Road means Hawkhurst High Street has now been soundly extended past the colonnade. Come in and browse, and you will be surprised what you can find in your local area. - 39 -

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Garden & Leisure Fri. 16th May - Roy Orbison and Friends

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Barry Steele presents his all live, spectacular, multi media tribute to The Big O, featuring classic Orbison hits from the 60s right through to the late 80s. £19. 01323 412000.

Fri. 16th May - Tormenta Flamenca

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. With lightning footwork, driving rhythms of the guitar, haunting song and explosive energy of the dancers they create a flamenco performance, connecting with the audience in a way that is intimate and unique. 01892 678678.

Fri. 16th & 17th May - Pirate Gran

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Friday 4.30pm Saturday 11am & 2pm. An absolute treat for seafaring children aged 3+ and their shipmates of all ages. £11. 01323 412000.

Fri. 16th May - Museum’s At Night

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. A special introduction to the stunning new gatehouse exhibition and talk from the head gardener. Evening runs 6.30pm - 8.30pm. £7. Must be pre booked on line.

Sat. 17th May - Brahms: A German Requiem

At Christchurch, Silchester Road, St. Leonards at 7.30pm. Performed by the Battle Choral Society. See main advertisement on page 49.

Sat. 17th & 18th May Bexhill Anglo Continental Market

At Devonshire Road, Bexhill on Sea. See page 52 for full details.

Sat. 17th & 18th May - 40’s Weekend

At the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden and Ashford Stations. Experience 40’s lifestyle with iconic wartime displays from the Hurricane and Spitfire and other. Vintage attractions.

Sat. 17th May - ATW Orpheus Male Voice Choir

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir is back for another fabulous evening of spirituals, jazz, hymns, show, and popular music. 01892 678678.

Sat. 17th & 18th May - Edwardian Weekend

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. Traditional summer garden party and fair with Edwardian locomotives.

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

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Sat. 17th May Rodgers & Hammerstein Song Book

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 3pm. This incredible concertstyle show stars four of the most accomplished West End Performers in a spellbinding afternoon of music. 01424 462288.

Sat. 17th May - Belinda Carlisle

At the Indigo2, Docklands, London. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 17th - 26th May - Spring Art Exhibition

Eastbourne Pleasure Painters and Friends are holding a Spring Art Exhibition at the Afton Hotel, 2 Cavendish Place (opposite the pier). Paintings and cards will be for sale, all original work from local artists. 10 to 5, free entry, refreshments available. 01323 767963 for details.

Sat. 17th May - 27th July - Otto Dix

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free entry. A major and rare loan of 19 prints from the Department of Prints & Drawings at the British Museum as a stand-alone display. 01424 229111.

Sat. 17th May - Kent Chamber Choir

At St. Saviours Church, South Street, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. ÂŁ10 on the door or from 07834 600563. A broad selection of music.

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SPRING INTO SUMMER AT PASHLEY MANOR GARDENS ‘One of the finest gardens in England’ the award winning gardens at Pashley are open until the end of September from Tuesday to Saturday and on Special Event Days. Whenever you visit there is something to delight the senses - from bluebells and tulips, to roses and lilies, then dahlias and asters. As well as coming to see the beautiful gardens you should ‘allow time to sample the fabulous homemade food and warm hospitality at arguably the best garden café in the county, much of which is sourced from the abundant kitchen garden’ (Leigh Clapp in ‘Sussex Life’).

Sat. 17th May - The Carpenter Story

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Widely regarded as the first ever Tribute show back in its 1989 incarnation, with sell out shows including the London Palladium. 01323 412000.

Sat. 17th May - Guy Davis - One of the great Bluesmen from the USA

Upstairs at the Lamb, Eastbourne. After a lifetime dedicated to reviving the traditions, you can clearly hear those who have influenced him… Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal... Seats £17.50 and only from 01323 841414.

Sat. 17th May - Sedlescombe Spring Fayre

Special events include the Tulip Festival - a spectacular display of thousands of tulips in the gardens and cut tulips in vases with representatives from Bloms Bulbs on site to answer questions and take bulb orders. This is followed by an indoor sculpture exhibition for eight days at the end of May; which complements the sculpture exhibition in the gardens that runs from April to September. See www.pashleymanorgardens.com or call 01580 200888 for more information.

With Maypole and fortune teller, stalls with cakes, gifts, bric-a-brac, crafts, tombola, refreshments and much more. Venue: Sedlescombe Village Green and Pub grounds. 12.30pm - 4pm.

Sat. 17th & 18th May - London Pet Show

At Earls Court 1, London. www.londonpetshow.co.uk

Sat. 17th May - In Spirit

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm and 7pm. Sarah Jane School of Dance will perform their annual show again this year to raise money for hospice in the Weald. 01892 678678.

Don’t just take our word for it … “Following the storms of early 2014, a substantial Corsican Pine had begun to list dangerously in our garden, threatening a deep pond and a boundary fence. Nick Danson quickly came to pronounce judgment (“That’s got to come out”), and advise on talking to the local tree officer. As soon as we were given the go-ahead, Nick rearranged his schedule and was on site the next day. With NO access to our garden, Nick had to chop the tree up and carry everything through the hallway – he did so cleanly and quickly. We have recommended Nick in the past and would obviously do so again.” Mr & Mrs Brooker, Old Town, Hastings.

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Cutting Garden snippets May… a busy time in the garden, as the days

lengthen further, and grow warmer. Half-hardies can go out once the risk of frost has passed. We grow lots of Cosmos – this year we are growing the shorter ‘Antiquity’, in shades of pink, plus the usual tall white, for mountains of lovely flowers for jam jars and vases. Also Amaranthus, especially bright green, giving us lovely velvety tassels, plus Zinnias and Antirrhinums, These are planted in between the bulbs, now that they are finished, so making good use of the ground. It pays to weed and mulch the soil first, and water- in the module raised seedlings.

More annuals are planted out to give a succession of flowers to cut… Ammi, Dill, Orlaya, Cornflowers, and also some of the shorter Sunflowers bred for cutting. Our Ranunculus are proving to be a real success. Masses of flowers from just a little corm planted in the polytunnel beds. They last well as a cut flower, and come in a lovely range of colours.

Happy growing and cutting! Sussex Cutting Garden. See our advertisement on P.62

A London Garden Square Designed for RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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ward-winning developer London Square is sponsoring a garden at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – with a design for a very special garden square by Gold Medal winner Jo Thompson. Jo Thompson will be designing the corner of a garden square, with beautiful trees, a place to sit and art to admire, with a mix of tradition and contemporary elements. The London Square garden will feature a sculpture that is also a seat – a piece of art with tendrils that turn and twist through the garden. Flowing, organic sweeps of fine steel rise out of the planting to make a structure that becomes a bench. White standard roses – a rare sight in Chelsea gardens – will be part of a colour palette of green and white, with hints of pale apricot irises linking with a cream coloured marbled sculpture by Frederic Chevarin. Splashes of

cream will also come from the chalky white bark of three majestic silver birches (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii). The design for the fresh garden at RHS Chelsea was inspired by London Square’s exclusive new square of magnificent townhouses in Fulham – reflecting the tradition of the capital’s most coveted architectural style. Wellington Square in Chelsea provided the template for the architects of London Square Fulham – and Jo Thompson captures a triglyph detail from Wellington Square on the steps in the Chelsea garden. Jo Thompson, who has also been commissioned by London Square to design the garden of the new show home at London Square Fulham, said: “I grew up in Italy and squares are very much a feature of Italian life, as they are in London – communal and convivial spaces for people to meet, ex-

change gossip and watch the world go by. I used to live near Eccleston Square in Pimlico, which is known for its roses and is considered to be one of the capital’s most beautiful garden squares. Squares have been part of London life for centuries. They can transport you to another place and yet be metres from a busy road and the beating heart of a city. I have tried to capture this in our Chelsea garden.” Rebecca Littler, Sales Director, London Square, said: “We are so excited to be working with Jo Thompson on creating a design for a London square, to capture the sense of tranquillity and community embodied in this much admired architectural design.”

The Chelsea Flower Show will take place from Mon. 19th May – Sat. 24th May. http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events

Chelsea visitor Victoria Penleton

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Fashion & Leisure

SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY and with a couple of Bank Holidays May is always a month to look forward to. Whether you are planning a trip away or enjoying what the UK has to offer, you are sure to need a few new items to liven up your Summer wardrobe. With several deliveries each week HALO always has lots of exciting new stock to tempt you with. Maxi dresses and skirts remain on trend and offer an ideal solution to those not keen to bare winter white legs just yet. Our best selling LINDON crop trousers are back in for Summer with some lovely new colour choices. These really are fabulously flattering and can be dressed up with a heel for the office or down with flip flops for the beach. So come in for a look next time you are in Heathfield as in addition to the gorgeous clothing we also have FIORELLI handbags, jewellery, gifts and footwear. You can be assured of a warm welcome and the friendly staff are always on hand to offer as much or as little help as you may need.

ODYL in Cranbrook is a fashion boutique stocking a variety of exclusive women’s fashion brands in Kent. We offer a personal service and free stylist advice to all our clients. We stock casual seperates, dresses, handbags and PritiNYC nail varnish to compliment our collections. We hand pick our pieces, choosing the best that our brands have to offer and have new stock arriving each week. We have a variety of Bombshell by Katya Wildman dresses, which are incredibly popular and worn by Nigella Lawson, who famously purchased 12 dresses from the brand in one visit! We have worked with our brands for many years and can order individual pieces for any occasion. Come and discover our exclusive Danish women’s wear brands and our dresses by Ingenue London, loved by the London A list and all priced under £100. For more information call Gemma on 07973 391548 or email Gemma@odyl.co.uk www.odyl.co.uk

Sun. 18th May Primavera Chamber Ensemble Concert

At Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham. Presenting Carnival of the Animals in the Castle Ballroom. 01323 834479.

Sun. 18th May - Charity Ride and Walk

At Normanhurst Estate, Catsfield. 9:30 AM. Riders and walkers may leave between 9:30am -12:00pm. Entry Fees: Riders £15 in advance, £20 on the day, Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £50 in advance, Walkers. £5 in adv. All proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice. 01424 838302

Sun. 18th May - Verdi’s Requiem

At the Royal Albert Hall, London.7.30pm. The Vivace Chorus return to present a performance of this most loved of Requiems. 0207 589 8212.

Benjamin Brown Vintage adore vintage clothing offering you exquisite styles to stand out from the crowd. A vintage garment offers timeless appeal and a level of craftsmanship which is rarely found in affordable contemporary clothing. If you cannot find an original vintage dress in your size, Benjamin Brown Vintage can create vintage reproductions based on the best designs of the past. Where possible we try to use vintage fabrics, combined with sewing techniques and hand finishing to make our garments as authentic as possible. And each one is handmade in the UK with love… exclusively for you!

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Sun. 18th May - Billy Ocean

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £30, £27 Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. 01892530613.

Sun. 18th May - Wardsbrook Concerts 2014

At Wardsbrook Farm, Wardsbrook Road, Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7DR an annual summer festival of song in a beautiful setting. 11.00 am coffee, 11.30am start, 1pm lunch. www.wardsbrookconcerts.org.uk

Sun. 18th May - Supercar Siege

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Hundreds of iconic historic and classic cars on the Castle lawns plus military marching band and new British motorsport section. Many other attractions.

Mon. 19th - 24th May - The Mousetrap

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. The legendary, record-breaking, Box Office smash hit thriller celebrates 60th anniversary. 01424 462288.

Mon. 19th & 20th May - Architectural Salvage Antiques Collectables and Vintage Fair

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. 7am 4pm. Entry £3. See main advertisement on page 58.

Mon. 19th May - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Cinema at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2.15pm. £5.

Mon. 19th May - Peaches Christ Superstar

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 8pm. An unlikely scenario: the whole of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar performed by one woman accompanied by a single piano. 0844 871 7615.

THE GLASS WORKSHOP BEXHILL & SOUTH EAST OPEN STUDIOS Come and see my glass on display as part South East Open Studios I am open to the Public from 12 noon – 5pm on: Friday 6th, 13th, 20th JUNE. Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st JUNE Sunday 8th, 15th, 22nd JUNE. 42 Holliers Hill, Bexhill on Sea. TN40 2DD

Tues. 20th - 31st May - CATS

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

Tues. 20th May - Toumani and Sidiki

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 8pm. Acclaimed as Africa’s finest instrumentalist and the winner of two Grammy Awards, Diabaté now teams up with his 22 year-old son Sidiki. 0844 8717615.

Tues. 20th & 21st May - Rodrogo Y Gabriela

The Six String Sorcerers return to Europe to perform at the Hall for the first time. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 20th - 24th May - Chelsea Flower Show

In the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea Embankment, London. See feature on pages 43 and 45. www.rhs.org.uk

Tues. 20th May - Brian Conley

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

South East Open Studios (SEOS) Friday 6 – Sunday 22 June 2014 This June, 300 artists are confirmed to take part in one of the largest Open Studio events in England. With venues across Kent, East Sussex and the Surrey borders the South East Open Studios creates an opportunity to see behind the scenes of an artist’s workspace and meet the artist in an informal atmosphere. Now in its 18th year the South East Open Studios takes place every summer, with the next event from Friday 6th to Sunday 22ndJune. Whether you’re a professional artist or just curious, the event offers a unique insight into various art practices. Paul Williams, Chairman of the South East Open Studios said “SEOS is the most extensive Open Studio event in the South East. For 17 days in June, Artists and Makers across Kent and East Sussex, open their doors to the public every year, creating a once-a-year unmissable opportunity.” With free demonstrations, a chance to ask questions, time to buy original pieces and learn more about your community. What’s more - entry into all the venues is free offering a great day out for all ages, interests and budgets. A free guide book with all the listings is available from May and viewable on the website. Trail maps are also available to help you easily plan your route and create an enjoyable summer’s day. Please visit www.seos-art.org for more information.

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Tues. 20th & 21st May There’s Magic in the Music

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8.15pm. A new jam packed Summer Season show full of variety. A magical look at the music through the ages of variety intertwined with stand up and sketch style comedy. Tickets £16.50. 01323 412000.

Wed. 21st May - Billy Pearce

At the Solo comedian of the year, and Best television comedy newcomer at the London Palladium. 7.30pm. £18.50. 01892 530613.

Wed. 21st May - The Trip to Italy plus Satellite Q&A With Rob Bryden and Steve Coogan

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8.15pm. Reprising the formula of director Michael Winterbottom’s hit BBC TV series The Trip, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel the length of Italy reviewing toothsome restaurants. £8 - £10. 01424 229111

Wed. 21st May - 1812 Firework Concert

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. With the Crawley Millennium Band. 01323 4120611.

Thurs. 22nd May - Django á La Creole

At Frant Church, High Street, Frant, TN3 9DX at 8pm. A brilliant quartet featuring New Orleans Clarinet Maestro Evan Christopher. Guitarist Don Vappie, Dave Kelbie and Paris-based Sebastian Girardot, bass. Tickets £15. 01892 750665.

Thurs. 22nd - 24th May London International Antiquarium Book Fair

At Olympia National Hall, London. The works on display at the fair cover a vast range of collectors’ interests: rare books from the genesis of European printing in the 15th century through to today. www.olympiabookfair.com

Thurs. 22nd May - NT Encore: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. Encore transmission from The National Theatre, London. Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas. 01892 678678

Thurs. 22nd & 23rd May Bugle Boy - The Hit New Glenn Miller

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. Evenings 8pm Friday matinee 2.30pm. Ticket Prices: Evenings £19.50 Friday matinee £15 all tickets Prices inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 22nd May - Michael Bolton in Concert

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Michael returns for a very special performance to celebrate the release of his new album ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 23rd & 24th May - Duwayne

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm . Sat. Mat 2.30pm. A play by Gail Louw Directed by Tony Milner. He survived Stephen Lawrence’s killers.Can he survive the Metropolitan Police? 01323 412000.

Fri. 23rd May - Seasick Steve

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Returning for a special one off performance with proceeds from the show donated to The Dogs Trust Charity. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 23rd - 25th May - Beer and Cider By the Sea

Eastbourne’s seafront Western Lawns plays host to the south coast’s food and drink festival in May 2014, as ‘Beer and Cider by the Sea’ kicks off a three day extravaganza to tantalise the taste buds. Friday 5.30pm - 10.30pm Saturday Day Session 10.30am - 3.30pm Saturday Evening 5.30pm - 10.30pm Sunday 11am - 4pm. Ticket Prices: Friday & Saturday Evening £7 Saturday Daytime £6 Sunday £5. 01323 412000

Fri. 23rd May - Dirty Dancing Tribute Show

At Eastbourne Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 01323 410611.

Fri. 23rd - 25th May - MCM Comic Con

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Britain’s biggest festival of popular culture showcasing the finest in films, video games, comics, sci-fi and anime. www. mcmcomiccon.com/london

Fri. 23rd May - Bookends: Simon and Garfunkel

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Moving and powerful live performance and multimedia show that takes a chronological journey through the friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel. 01892 678678.

SENLAC CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND CRAFT FAYRE Bodiam Sunday 15th June 2014 Once again Father’s Day is being celebrated with the best Classic Car Show in the area. For over 20 years the Rotary Club of Senlac has worked hard to put on a show that year on year has expanded to include an impressive array of cars, commercial and military vehicles as well as dozens of craft and charity stalls, children’s’ rides and day long entertainment. A show for the whole family, food outlets include the traditional and very popular BBQ as well as the equally popular tea and cake stall together with the ‘Senlac Arms’ fully licensed bar. The show last year was the biggest ever and well over £6000 was given to local and Rotary charities. The 300 or so vehicles formed the centrepiece of a great show topped off by the appearance on schedule, of a sole Spitfire which enthralled the large crowd as it looped and circled the show ground. The very sound of that Merlin engine was sufficient to bring back a whole range of memories for many show goers. What makes this show different? It is all about families, all about our shared history and all about a celebration of Dad! It also all about co-operation; each year we are stunned by the support from local Bodiam people, from local businesses from the classic car show fraternity and from the generous crowds who come to have a fun day and in so doing help to add to the £100,000 total which the show has raised for charity. From 10.00 am until 5.00pm the showground is the place to be. Further information and entry details from 01424 754560

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1914 - 2014

Conscious of the anniversary Battle Choral Society opens its Spring proramme singing ‘For The Fallen’. Words written by Laurence Binyon which have subsequently become synonymous with Remembrance, were almost uknown when Sir Edward Elgar set them to music in his ‘Spirit of England’ in 1916. While its twenty other verses are now rarely heard, this one is time honoured. They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old....At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. George Butterworth’s orchestral idyll ‘The Banks of Green Willow’ was composed in 1913. Butterworth later enlisted and died on the Somme. He was posthumously awarded the Military Cross Like many thousands of others his body was never found and the work became an anthem for uknown soldiers. At the heart of the concert is ‘A German Requiem’ begun by Brahms in 1861, taken up in 1865 on the death of his mother, and heard complete for the first time in 1869. It is not a conventional liturgical Requiem, Brahms rather set Bibilical texts to music for choir and orchestra, with soprano and baritone soloists. We welcome back Emily Steventon and Terrence Aychare to sing with us again for this magnificient work and which Brahms preferred to call... A Requiem for all Humanity The ninety voices of Battle Choral Society will be accompanied by an orchestra of forty professional musicians and conducted by their Director of Music John Langridge. Tickets are £15 each and available from Raggs Boutique, 20 High Stret, Battle. Little Larder, 39 Norman Road, St. Leonards on Sea by phoning 01424 870862 or 845219 or online www.battlechoral.co.uk A coach will depart from the Market Square, Battle promptly at 6.30pm. There is no charge but seats must be reserved by phoning 01424 775730 This concert is dedicated to THE FALLEN OF ALL NATIONS 1914 - 1918

Traction Engine Rally Sat 31st May and 1st June In 1966 Claude and Joyce Jessett held their first steam rally and every year since then this famous two day event has provided a fantastic family atmosphere, filled with sights and sounds that delight the senses. With a huge crosssection of exhibit types, from stationary engines to some of the largest traction engines ever made there is definitely something to interest the whole family. The highlight of each day will surely be watching engine drivers and their steersmen compete in the ‘Judge the Width’ competition. Don’t forget to have a ride on “The Great Bush Railway” visit the organ museum and then why not have a wander around the stalls selling all manner of items including clothes, tools, autojumble, bric-a-brac, plants and collectables. Pause for a while and enjoy a pint of Harveys beer along with hot or cold food - you could even bring a picnic. This year, as in all previous years, the rally is held in aid of Cancer Research UK. For more information please visit the website at www.tinkerspark.com

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D-DAY CONCERT The Paul Davis Big Band returns to the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne for the 12th consecutive year with a special concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, recreating the best of music from the 40’s including Glenn Miller favourites and tributes to Anne Shelton and Vera Lynn. The band’s special guest is Dennis Lotis, now at the age of 89, is making this his final appearance. He arrived in this country from South Africa in the early 50’s and in a matter of weeks was performing with the great Ted Heath Orchestra at the Palladium and his wish is to play his final concert with Paul’s band with two of the original Ted Heath musicians, Ronnie Hughes and Bill Geldard. Joining Dennis with vocals is the ever popular Jacquie Toye of London’s West End fame. This is Dennis’ 4th appearance with The Paul Davis Big Band at The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, but he has been associated with Paul Davis for over 40 years. The concert is on Sunday 8th June 2014 at 3pm at the Congress Theatre Eastbourne. Tickets £14-50 & £12-50. Available from the Box Office 01323-412000

Sussex Rocks is a family owned organisation whose aim is to bring together youngsters from the ages of 10 – 18 for a week of music making and fun. It is open to guitarists, bass guitarists, drummers, vocalists, and keyboard players in the main but other musicians are most welcome. Last year we had an amazing young sax player and a violinist. We understand that there are many youngsters out there who all have their individual weekly music lessons but many of them never get the opportunity to perform with other musicians as part of a live band. This is such an important aspect of learning any instrument as being with others not only gives confidence but greatly improves their playing as they bounce ideas between each other and learn to make group decisions. We find the advantage of having the 10-18 age range is that the younger members get really inspired by the older members who themselves are more than willing to give a helping hand or a word of advice. This makes for a great atmosphere throughout the week. Our expert tutors are there to guide you in all aspects of your playing and there is always an opportunity to try an instrument you have not previously played. In fact last year one of our acoustic guitarists was playing bass by the end of the week. Participants will perform in small groups and play the music they want to play and if they are interested they can write and perform their own music. We cover all styles of music from rock, pop, folk, blues, electric and acoustic. Throughout the week we offer several masterclasses in various techniques and students can choose to participate in all or just those which interest them. Details of these can been seen on our webiste www.sussexrocks.org.uk. We always have a fantastic end of week gig for family and friends so that the youngsters can show off their skills. The cost is £150 for the whole week

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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Bowler Crab’s recent version of this star-crossed lovers tale is a rich visual feast. The team at Half House Farm led by Stephen J John have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence. This production captured the thrill and excitement of being young and in love and the audience is carried along by a young couples adolescent self-belief and stung by the sense of loss at the tragedy’s end. Every member of the cast makes the most of their moments of performance, combining their Shakespearean skills with an obvious understanding of their characters and their contexts. This context is masterly manifested once again by Andy Godfrey in his portrayl of Capulet. Alexander Hunt and Imogen Amey-Haworth are a believely committed pair of lovers, while the production’s laughs come from Ben Cassan’s manic Mercutio, who comes equipped with a rugged humour and perfect timing. Director Stephen J John keeps the set minimal and costumes simple, in tune with traditional Elizabethan theatrical practice. This has the effect of focusing the attention on the actual diaogue and unstoppable chain reaction that will lead to passion, defiance, murder, suicide and the greatest love story ever told....... What’s On Magazine

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Bexhill’s Anglo Continental Market - Sat & Sun 17/18 May

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exhill 100 Motoring Club is pleased and proud to announce that it has taken over the running of this unique event. Now in it’s 16th year the Bexhill Anglo Continental Market is very popular both with shoppers and traders. Devonshire Road is closed to traffic and for two weekends a year (May & September) becomes the venue for a real Continental Street Market. Around 50 traders at the market bring the taste and smells of the Continent to Bexhill. We have genuine French traders and many local traders and crafts people including soft furnishings, home made cakes, handbags, cheeses, shoes, scarves, crockery, basketwork and much more. Also, as in previous years, a few classic cars will be on display. Make a day of it. Enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafes, come and visit the De La Warr Pavilion or Bexhill Museum, or just have a leisurely stroll around the market, shops and seafront. Bexhill welcomes visitors - you can park for free all day on our seafront and for a couple of hours in most of our town centre roads. If you are a trader and want to take space, please telephone Lynn on 01424 215584 or email bexhill100@bexhill100mc.co.uk

Fri. 23rd - 26th May - Mind, Body, Spirit London

At Earls Court 1, London. Self-development, self-empowerment, yoga, meditation and wellbeing. 10.30am - 7pm. (5pm on 26th). www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk

established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. £14 - £24. 01424 229111.

Sat. 24th May Heathfield and District Agricultural Show

Fri. 23rd - 26th May - Elderflower Fields Festival

At Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield from 8am - 5pm. See main advertisement and feature on page 18.

Sat. 24th May - Imogen Cooper

At the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. ME14 3JF. This show features over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale. The features of the show are the floral marquees with their stunning floral displays. www.kentgardenshow.com

A new venue in the Ashdown Forest and designed for families with kids in mind. See www.elderflowerfields.co.uk At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has

Sat. 24th - 26th May - The Kent Garden Show

BEXHILL CHORAL SOCIETY ARE BACK AT THE DE LA WARR PAVILION WITH MORE “GREAT CHORAL CLASSICS” De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Saturday, 14th June, 7.30 p.m. Following the success of their 60th Anniversary concert in 2012, Bexhill Choral Society are performing another concert of favourite choral works, this time part of the Bexhill Festival of Music. As always, BCS are under the baton of Kenneth Roberts, their Director of Music, with the Sussex Concert Orchestra and soprano soloist, Claire Williamson, who makes a very welcome return to Bexhill. The concert includes Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” and “Let the Bright Seraphim”, Parry’s “Blest Pair of Sirens”, Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”, Mozart’s “Lacrymosa” and “Dies Irae” from his Requiem, Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” and works by Stanford and Holst. Also included are three opera choruses: Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus”” and “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” and Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus”. The concert finishes with a lively arrangement by Kenneth Roberts of favourite American Spirituals.

Ticket prices: £15, £12 and £10, Students & Children £5 From De La Warr Pavilion Box Office, 01424 229111 or www.dlwp.com Booking fees apply For further details about BCS, please go to www.bexhillchoral.org.uk - 52 -

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New Zealand – Land of the Long White Cloud

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s specialists in tailor-made holidays, Southern Cross Travel is THE independent travel agency for your dream holiday to New Zealand. Our experts have travelled both islands extensively, and have first-hand experience of the top driving routes, will lead you to the most stunning views, and of course, recommend the best places for food and wine. Start your holiday in comfort, travelling in Premium Economy or Business Class, and arriving into Auckland feeling refreshed and ready to explore. Take a sailing trip on the Harbour, before picking up your hire car and driving north to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Travel south to the Coromandel Peninsula, dipping your toes into the thermal sands of Hot Water Beach, before exploring geothermal Rotorua and taking in a Maori cultural show. Continue onto the Art Deco town of Napier and the famous wineries of Hawkes Bay. Visit the eclectic capital city, Wellington, before catching the Interislander ferry to the South Island – voted the world’s most scenic ferry journey!

Pass, finishing your holiday back in Christchurch. If you have more time on your hands, you might like to consider a stop on your way home in Australia, Asia or the United States – the perfect end to the perfect holiday! New Zealand is the ideal destination for all travellers – it is easy to self-drive, or join an escorted tour so you can sit back and enjoy the view! However long you wish to be away for, Southern Cross Travel will tailor-make your dream itinerary to suit your exact requirements. Contact us today to discuss your New Zealand holiday on 01892 783896 (Wadhurst) or 01797 229200 (Rye) or email newzealand@ southerncrosstravel.co.uk

Drive to Nelson, the sunniest place in New Zealand, for stunning views, wines, and a water taxi and walk through the Abel Tasman National Park. Now onto Kaikoura for a spot of whale watching and then Christchurch, the capital of the South Island. Take a leisurely stroll through the Botanical Gardens and a punt on the River Avon. Travel West to Mount Cook for a helicopter ride, then down to Te Anau for your cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound. Onto Queenstown for a ride on the steamship, TS Earnslaw, fantastic views of the Remarkable mountains, and perhaps a speed boat ride through the canyon, a bungee jump or even a sky dive! Follow the coastline up to stunning Franz Josef, and take the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to hike on the glacier. Board the scenic Tranz Alpine train through Arthurs

Sat. 24th May - 1st June - Squire School

At Battle Abbey, Battle. 10am - 5pm. A fun challenge for kids. A Knighthood awaits the brave and noble who complete a series of tasks set by the King. Ad. £8. £7.20 conc. £4.80 child - £20.80 family.

Sat. 24th - 26th May - Childrens Circus Skills

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Have-a-go sessions running daily on the Pavilion Lawn. Normal admission applies.

Sat. 24th May - 1st June - Edwardian Life

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Meet characters from the Edwardian era with activities for children and traditional games.

Sat. 24th - 31st May - Sculpture in Particular

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, TN5 7HE. £9.50. As well as sculpture in the gardens there is a display and sale of smaller sculpture in the front hall of the house. 01580 200888.

Sat. 24th - 28th May - Gladiator Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Regular Scots gladiator is presented live in concert as Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s Sweeping Score is brought to life by a live orchestra. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 24th May - Bugle Boy

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £24, Concessions £21. Bugle Boy, traces the life of legendary music icon Glenn Miller as he searches tirelessly for over twenty years, with the constant support and love of his wife Helen, for a unique band sound, up to his mysterious disappearance. 01892 530613.

Sat. 24th May - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The best of live stand-up comedy with three stand up acts and compere. Tables on the stage so you can get up close and personal to some of the very best acts 01892 678678.

Come and be amazed with what YOUR body can actually do – we promise if you have never tried freediving before you will be surprised! Freediving 2000 freediving school and club is based in Uckfield, East Sussex and runs SSI freediving courses & React Right Medic first Aid O2 & AED courses. Whether you are a beginner or expert, together we can work out the best training route for you. We can help you have a safe and successful freediving experience every time. Owner, Karen Parrott strives to make Freediving 2000 not only safe but a fun way to learn to freedive.

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BIGGEST SELLING SHOWS AT EASTBOURNE THEATRES THIS SUMMER ANNOUNCED! The Summer at Eastbourne Theatres is officially launched.

Speaking of juggernaut shows, tickets have been flying out for the legendary Spirit of the Dance (19 – 23 Aug), an award-winning Irish dance sensation, bursting with raw energy. The Devonshire Park Theatre audiences are clamouring for tickets to see comedy, Last of the Duty Free (23 – 28 Jun), which reunites cast members from the original hit TV show. The laughs continue with West End hit, The Play That Goes Wrong (30 Jun – 5 Jul), described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off it is sure to be a riot.

Musical fans have been snapping up tickets for Fiddler on the Roof (6 – 10 May) starring Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky of Starsky and Hutch fame) and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s seminal CATS (20 – 31 May). Other popular titles include Rock Around The Clock (12 – 16 Aug) which is sure to shake rattle and roll the Congress with an affectionate celebration of the American jukebox of the 1950’s. Rock ’n’ Roll musicals continue with new show; Dreamboats and Miniskirts (25 – 30 Aug) sequel to the smash-hit juggernaut Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Of course summer at the Devonshire Park wouldn’t be the same without a selection of thrillers; there are plenty of titles including Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced (16 – 21 June) part of the Dead Funny Season and starring Eastbourne favourite Louise Jameson and Double Death (29 Jul – 23 Aug) with Brian Capron and Andrew Paul (The Bill). Younger theatre-goers will love the stage adaptation of Geraldine Durrant’s Pirate Gran (16 – 17 May), a magical swashbuckling story. CBeebies super-star Justin Fletcher brings his new show Justin Live (20 Sept) to the Congress Theatre, if you’ve never heard of him then just ask a 3 year old! With comedy from Jon Richardson (20 Sept) and one night celebrity concerts with Chas and Dave (17 Jul) and An Evening with Des O’Connor (20 Jul), which has attracted international bookings with one eager fan even calling from California to book seats! This is just a selection of the shows that are heading to Eastbourne this summer. To ensure you get the best tickets to the shows that you want to see visit www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk for a full list of productions or to download the brochure, alternatively call the box office on 01323 412000. For behind-the-scenes access and news of the latest shows to go on-sale find EBTheatres on Facebook and Twitter.

Sat. 24th May - Bupa Westminster Mile

At the Mall, St. James’ Park London. First race 9.30am, last race 2.25pm. Held on the most iconic mile in the world, finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. http://www.bupawestminstermile.co.uk/

Sat. 24th - 26th May - Bank Holiday Fun

At Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. Kids Rides, Mini Golf, Kids Fishing, Face Painting, and family games like Tug of War and Swallow Boat trips. Sand Pit for kids, Spacehooper Pit, Model Boats, Playgrounds, Colouring Tent, Kids Paddle Boats, Family Games, Cryptic Trail around site, Hydroballs, Inflatable assault course, Under 5 Ball Pit, Under 5 Bouncy castle, Giant slide, Inflatables. ADMISSION £4 per person

Sun. 25th May - Bupa 10k

At St. James’ Park, London. 10am. A clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London. http://www.london10000.co.uk

Sun. 25th May - Theo’s Crazy Circus

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. The UK`s funniest Mouse returns with his new circus show packed with more Magic, Laughter and Music for all the family. 01892 678678.

Sun. 25th May - Mark Eitzel

Sat. 24th May - Judy Garland Talk

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Mark Eitzel has released over 15 albums of original material with his band American Music Club and as a solo artist. The Guardian has called him “America’s Greatest Living Lyricist”£12 to £14. 01424 229111.

Sat. 24th & 25th May - McBusted

At the Old Goods Yard, next to Appledore Train Station, TN26 2DF. See main advertisement on page 61.

At Smallhythe Place, Rye Road, Tenterden. 2pm - 4.30pm. A talk by Gary Horrocks including an exclusive video. 01580 762334. At the Brighton Centre. 7pm. Busted and McFly - the ultimate super group and special guests. Support will be HOLLYWOOD ENDING, E OF E, and YOUNG BRANDO. £39.50. 01273 290131.

Sun. 25th & 26th May - Battle Medieval Fair

On the Abbey Green, Battle from 1pm. See main feature on page 35.

Sun. 25th May - Appledore Antique Market

Sun. 25th & 26th May - West Kent Country Show

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. 10am 5pm. Entry £7.50. Jousting, working dogs, terrier racing, birds of prey, medieval re-enactmnents, arts and crafts, gift marquees, fully catered and licensed bar, sheep show and lots more attractions. 01622 872068.

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Bexhill Toy Shop is focused on toys and gifts that offer proven play value, quality - the most fun – the most learning. Many of the Toys have won awards Internationally. Our favourite brands have been selected for their superior quality, play value and detail that has made them the leading manufacturers in their individual categories. Created with parents in mind, Bexhill Toy Shop helps you make the most of your children’s playtime and makes your own shopping experience fun. You can also shop online at www.bexhilltoyshop.co.uk

Sun. 25th & 26th May - The Hilarious History

At Leeds Castle and Gardens, near Maidstone, Kent. An interactive outdoor theatre event enabling children to re-enact the legends of Heroes, heroines and hoods. Normal admission applies.

Sun. 25th May - Street Styles 2014

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 5pm. If you like street dance this is a show not to be missed! Doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets £10 Children (under 16): £8 Under 3’s free! 01323 412000.

Sun. 25th May - Honor Blackman as Herself

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 3pm. She shares anecdotes concerning family, friends and colleagues, the difficulties filming nude scenes both hilarious and otherwise and the necessity to rebuff producers eager to make her a star. 6pm. 01323 412000.

Sun. 25th May - Feathers and Flights

At Herstmonceux Castle near Hailsham. Birds of Prey and Archery Day at Herstmonceux. www.herstmonceux-castle.com 01323 834479.

Sun. 25th May - Shreya Ghoshal

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. The Bollywood star, hailed as the Queen Bee of Playback returns. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 25th May - Little Mix

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. The band, who recently released their second album, have had two number singles and a platinum selling debut album in the UK. 0844 8560202. Give your child a head start in life. Help them Hatch - come along for a free taster session and see for yourself! Netmums ranked Hatch Drama number 1 in their ‘Pick of the Best Afterschool Classes in East Sussex’. “Laura is such an amazingly talented teacher. Any student that attends Laura’s classes will benefit in more ways than they can possibly imagine. Her classes are thoroughly enjoyable for any age and ability. I would have no hesitation in recommending Laura as she is a wonderful teacher with the ability to develop each child to their full potential.” Faye Dalee - Founder of Urban Youth Dance Co

Mon. 26th May - Albert Hammond

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Albert achieved early success as an artist with his song It Never Rains In Southern California, and he has since built a multi-faceted career as an artist, songwriter and producer in both English-speaking and Latin markets. 01892 530613.

Mon. 26th May - BBC Big Band & Claire Martin

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Multi award-winning jazz vocalist, Claire Martin OBE, joins the internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band for a celebration of the legendary leading ladies of Big Band, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and their contemporaries. £18.50 to £20.50. 01424 229111.

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Sevenoaks Summer Festival 2014 Sevenoaks Summer Festival will run for 16 days from 21 June until 6 July, featuring more than 100 events in 30 different venues.

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he professional acts coming to Sevenoaks are Fascinating Aida, Chas ‘n’ Dave & Jez Lowe at the STAG; and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Snake Davis and opera star Sir Willard White in Sevenoak’s Pamoja Hall, while The Ship Theatre is host to an innovative series of three classical concerts by Young Professionals. In addition, community groups’ events of all types will be held in venues throughout and around Sevenoaks and some of these also feature professional artists, EG the soloists with The Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra, popular singer Elaine Delmar at The WOODMAN and renowned Gospel choir leader Ken Burton at The STAG Theatre. Festival Fair on Saturday 21 June launches The Festival, with plenty going on throughout the day in Bligh’s Meadow, The Shambles and The Vine Gardens. The STAG Theatre has a supply of brochures and provides the Festival Box Office on 01732 450175 and online at www.stagsevenoaks. co.uk. More information about The Festival at www.sevenoaksfetival.org.uk

Mon. 26th May - See The Steam Giants

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

Mon. 26th May - Barry Manilow

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, brings his high-energy, hit-packed concert to the 02 for one night only. 0844 8560202.

Mon. 26th May - Horse and Dog Show

At The Polgrove, Bexhill on Sea. 12.30pm. Spring Bank Holiday Horse & Dog Show. Companion Dog Show entries please contact Miss P Dyer on tel 01424 730594. Horse show entries. 01424 892336.

Guy Boyling Celebrant:

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.

Did you know the legal cost of getting married / having a civil ceremony in a registrar’s office without the trimmings is around £50 and takes 10 minutes. Venues have to pay for the licence to marry people on their premises, Registrars have to be paid when they attend venues away from the office, and these additional costs are passed on to you in one way or another. Once you are legally married, you can have your Marriage Celebration, (Full Ceremony) where you want, when you want, wear what you want, include religion if you wish, and have the music you want. Guy Boyling will design marriage celebrations and ceremonies to highlight the most important people concerned - the two of you.

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Tues. 27th - 31st May - Jesus Christ Superstar

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, performed by the Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society. 01323 412000.

Tues. 27th May - Sally Morgan

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Psychic Sally is on the road again with her latest show. 01892 530613.

Tues. 27th May - The Wolf on Wall Street

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. £5.. with the FBI watching him like a hawk, how long will Belfort and Azoff be able to maintain their elaborate wealth and luxurious lifestyles? 01424 229111.

Tues. 27th May - The Knights of Royal England

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Jousting tournaments at Leeds Castle running until 1st June. Spectacular action, medieval weaponry, fights and horses.

Tues. 27th - 31st May Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London at 6.30pm. PRISM has already been certified Gold (100,000 sales) in the UK and globally the album is a smash shooting to No. 1 on iTunes charts. 0844 856 0202.

Tues. 27th May - 14th June The Life of the Party

At the Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London. A celebration of the songs of Andrew Lippa. A spectacular evening with one of Broadway’s most renowned composers. 0207 378 1713.

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Louisa Sheridan, the Agency’s owner (pictured), has ten years’ experience in Personnel, Recruitment and Counselling. She is a true professional believing in a service of quality, not quantity. If you are single, separated, divorced or widowed and would like a more traditional and personal approach to finding a new partner, then put your faith in Louisa and take control of your future. Many of our clients meet their ideal partner within four introductions.

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

www.yourstrulyintroductions.co.uk email: Louisa@yourstrulyintroductions.co.uk “I became a widower in 2003 and thought my life was over – Louisa proved me wrong.” R.B. – East Grinstead, West Sussex “Very professional with genuine care for her clients. Thank you for bringing us together.” P.S. & S.G. - Ashford, Kent “An excellent service in an age of mediocrity.” C.R. & P.M. – Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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Antiques & Collectables

Tues. 27th - 31st May Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee

Tues. 27th May - The Jungle Book

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. In the first play ever written by Agatha Christie we are introduced to a character who went onto become the most famous detective of all time and the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times. Starring Lisa Goddard. Gary Mavers and Ben Nealon. 0844 871 7615.

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 2pm. Dramatises the journey to maturity of Mowgli the man cub. Adults £10.50. Child £9.50.

Tues. 27th May - Big Art Club

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10am - 4pm. £70. In this new and exciting course for young people aged 10–14 years you will research and learn new techniques in graffiti stencilling. 01424 229111.

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Wed. 28th May - 1st June Horrible Histories, Barmy Britain

Thurs. 29th May - Bhutanese Cultural Evening

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Evening and matinee performances. We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new show Barmy Britain with all new amazing 3D effects! 01892 530613.

Wed. 28th May - The Big Paint Fun Day

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 11-2pm – FREE. Come and join Bexhill Children’s Centre and the De La Warr Pavilion for some fun time on the west lawns. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 29th May - 14th June In the Night Garden Live

At the 02 Arena Docklands, London. Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka are all beautifully brought to life using full size costumes, magical puppets, enchanting music and breathtaking projections. 0844 8560202.

Thu. 29th May - Unexpected Opera: Opera Naked

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Opera Naked is ‘operatic cabaret’: a unique mix of great music, revealing honesty and playful comedy. Why do some people want to sing opera, and what does it take to do it? Discover the naked truth with four professional singers whose lives are laid bare by our comic compere. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 29th May - The Pet Shop Boys

At Pestalozzi, Ladybird Lane, Seddlescombe. £5. 6.30pm. Informative displays, exciting performances, tasty regional food. 01424 870444.

Fri. 30th May - Every Last Friday

At venues throughout Battle. Enjoy live music in Battle’s restaurants and pubs from 6pm - 9pm. Upwards of six different musicians and singers in four venues around the town. See page 36.

Fri. 30th May - Thankful Village

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. A story of hope, humour and humanity, about the men who went away, and the women left behind, and the eccentric twists and turns of daily life that led to their reuniting, for better or for worse, in the winter of 1918. 01892 678678.

Fri. 30th May - The Horne Selection

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. £10.50 to £12.50. The first band to ever host Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two) will be rolling into town with a barnstorming show, providing top-notch family friendly musical mayhem. 01424 229111.

Fri. 30th May - Olly Murrs Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Tristan Drew presents the number one Olly Murrs Tribute Show. 01323 410611.

Sat. 31st May - 1st June - Traction Engine Rally

At Hadlow Down, TN22 4HS. One of the South of England’s oldest rallies now in its 49th year. See page 49.

Sat. 31st May - Big Burn

At the Brighton Centre with their Electric World Tour. 01273 290131.

Thurs. 29th May - The Blues Band

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. For all musical festival lovers and fitness fans, Big Burn is a new mass participation fitness event offering festival atmosphere with 1,500 people working out together.

Thur. 29th - 31st May - Star Trek Live in Concert

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Pink Floyd Tribute. 01424 462288.

At St. Mary in the Castle at 7.30pm. Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness, Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher, Rob Townsend. A good time is guaranteed for all. Tickets £19.50 and £22.50. 01323 841414. At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Star Trek – Live in Concert celebrates the extraordinary collaboration between film and music as Michael Giacchino’s score is brought to life on stage by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 31st May - Think Floyd

Sat. 31st May - Coarse Fishing Day

At Normanhurst Estate, Catsfield. 8am - 4pm. Only £20 for a day’s fishing – greatprizes for heaviest bag, refreshments available. Call Marcia on 01424 456381. Charity event for St. Michael’s Hospice.

CHALK PAINT ™ Is available at: HALCYON DAYS, RYE, 3 THE WAREHOUSE, THE STRAND, RYE. TN31 7DB (IN THE CAR PARK) This wonderful chalk paint is a dead flat, matt, water-based emulsion that can be used on furniture, wood, metal, floors, terracotta and much, much more. ON WALLS that are freshly plastered and on lime plastered walls in old houses with damp issues. ‘THE BIGGY’ There is no need to sand or prime, just paint directly over lacquer, wax, gloss paint, formica etc. Wonderful for revamping your kitchen and perfect for distressing and antiquing paint effects It is extremely low in VOC’S (volatile organic compounds) therefore environmentally friendly Halcyon Days, Rye stock THE CHALK PAINT as well everything else you need to revamp / recycle / upcycle /embellish your project and can advise you through the process. Gift vouchers available from £5 We offer introductory courses to teach you to use Annie Sloan’s CHALK PAINT to its full potential. The courses are held in New Romney. All you need are your play clothes, arrive at 10am, learn some wonderful techniques, gain some useful information, have fun, a light lunch and finish about 1pm leaving with your work examples, useful notes and inspiration. Halcyon Days sells antiques, collectibles, furniture (painted and unpainted) and the most beautiful, UNIQUE JEWELLERY OF SILVER AND GEM STONES. DUST FREE FLOOR SANDING. We are able to advise you about floor sanding, we can sand your floors, panelling, stairs etc. We can either ‘finish’ your floors for you or advise and provide the products for you to ‘finish’ yourself. We use state of the art machines that incur very little dust. Please telephone Dawn to book onto our course 079 686 25130 Check out our website: www.halcyon-days-rye.co.uk For your local stockist and more information on CHALK PAINT™: WWW.ANNIESLOAN.COM

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Wedding Services

Lace & Favour is a one stop solution for every wedding or special occasion offering a massive choice of shoes and accessories to complete your day perfectly. What began as a cottage industry making favours and hair accessories for family and friends has grown in the last 10 years to become one of the largest on-line retailers specialising in all things wedding. By far the biggest seller is now bridal shoes, and you will find all the popular brands at their boutique including Benjamin Adams, Paradox and Rainbow Club. Trends this season are most definitely ‘vintage’ reflecting in the sales of lace shoes, veils and bohemian style accessories. Due to popular demand Lace & Favour are soon to add to their collection of adults and children’s bridesmaids dresses, introducing a range of styles from the gorgeous Romantica Collection. Their new boutique situated in Crowborough is packed full of their best-selling lines to enable you to try before you buy, or you can order on line 24/7 at www.laceandfavour.com. A shoe dying service is available, with 10 FREE colours to choose from and bags are also dyed FREE when ordered with the shoes! Call shop for details – 01892 667571.

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EH Warford has been an independent family run jewellers for over 40 years. Their shop in Bexhill on Sea has gained an excellent reputation for customer service and high standards of British Craftsmanship. With their onsite workshop they are able to make and design bespoke items of jewellery to meet your requirements and budget. All jewellery repairs are completed on the premises. EH Warford offer a large selection of gorgeous wedding and engagement rings including gold, platinum, palladium and titanium. You are more than welcome to visit their stunning high street shop to discuss your specific requirements in detail. Home visits can also be arranged by appointment.

Guy Boyling Toastmaster: The proposal of toasts is only a small part of the modern duties of the Toastmaster. One of the reasons for the rise in the popularity of Toastmasters is that in today’s society he has been increasingly required to adopt some of the role traditionally performed by the Best Man. An experienced Toastmaster ensures the event runs smoothly and on time. On the day he is effectively the Project Manager and Coordinator, expert in protocol, etiquette, the correct procedures, and timing. Immaculately dressed in white tie and red tail-coat, the Toastmaster adds Colour, Tradition, and Dignity to any function, formal or informal, making your special event a most memorable experience for everyone.

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If you are fan of magicians and highly professional sleight of hand artists, then be dazzled, baffled and entertained by the amazing Lewis Fuller. Lewis is one of the most exciting new talents in magic today, an incredible talent, who has made a big name for himself in the magic industry. He has appeared on television, in newspapers, online blogs and numerous celebrity events. Lewis can entertain guests in large venues such as concert halls, or in small locations such as company dinners. Lewis’s close-up magic leaves audiences spellbound and most importantly laughing with joy....... Jonathan Ross - “Oh my god! The devil is in this child”

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

Sat. 31st May - Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival

Procession starts at Fisherman’s Green, 4pm and proceeds along the seafront West to the Western Lawns. 300 entrants and 1,500 people taking part.

Sat. 31st May - 1st June Motorhome and Caravan Show

At Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. Admission £5 in advance / £7 on the gates (accompanied under 14’s free) Gates open 9am – 5pm Weekend camping £45 in advance / £55 on the gate (includes evening entertainment on Friday & Saturday).

Sat. 31st May - Paolo Nutini

At the Brighton Centre. 6pm. The Sunday Times Culture said, “What’s he been doing (for the past five years)? Writing the best songs of his career”. £29.50. 01273 290131.

Sun. 1st June - Eastbourne Cycling Festival

Third year for this very popular event based on the Western Lawns. The free event offers the chance for cyclists to take part in a variety of events, from time trials to road races, as well as browse trade stands on the seafront.

Lock & Gurney - At the time of planning your wedding which will be the happiest day of your lives the last thing you are thinking about is writing your will. When you both say I do you become one but not if one of you die’s! In this case members of your blood line are entitled to claim on your will which might mean having to sell the house to pay the costs. The only way to protect each other is by making a will. You may also be planning to have children and you will want to say who you want to bring up your children not leaving it to social services. For more information please contact Matthew Lock Tel: 01424 200272. Mobile 07900 732418 E Mail matthew@lockandgurney.co.uk www.lockandgurney.co.uk - 64 -

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Pets, Wildlife, Equestrian

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

The 15th annual Scurry of East Sussex At The Glebe, Etchingham Road, Burwash Congratulations to Charlie Marshall who was the Winner of The ESRM Scurry 2014. He and many other brave competitors took on the fantastic course at The Glebe at Burwash. Organisers thanked Mr George Arthur for making his land available and the super team who help set up and run this event.

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

Each Rehabilitation/training program is bespoke to individual requirements and may cover some or all of the following:

h Separation Anxiety, h Dealing with Chewing, h Bite-inhibition, h Indoor fouling, h Anxiety, h Aggression, h Introducing to other animals in the home, h Capturing attention, h Recall (returning to the guardian), h Teaching basic commands, i.e. sit, stay, h Walking calmly on the lead with distractions, h Food manners, h Jumping up, h Car travel, h Control at doorways, h Games such as ‘Seek & Retrieve’, And much more…

Birds of a Feather

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pring, always a nice time in natures calendar. The beautiful songs of the early birds with the wonderful colours that suddenly appear from nowhere to blanket the sunlit forest floor, you just can’t beat a gentle stroll through a British wood to ease your mind and relax your body. A landscape of Bluebells as far as the eye can see somehow eliminates the troubles of the world bringing you into a contented peace with the planet.

For our garden birds this can also be a very stressful time, needing to find a mate then searching for the right accommodation is just the start of a very busy month or two. A huge amount of effort goes into rearing a family, apart from building a nest which in itself is a colossal task, they have to protect themselves and young from their many predators, continually hunt for food which can depend on weather conditions, then...in some cases, do it all again.

Sadly only about 25% of eggs laid actually make it to reach their first year, happily tho’, most garden birds lay enough eggs to sustain the numbers. Finishing on a happy “me- me” note....... I saw some great sunsets while away in Africa...

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

Blue Tit

Pied Wagtail

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