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WHAT’S ON December 2016


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What’s On December 2016


Fri. 18th Nov. - 2nd Jan. - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, with an array of new attractions and entertainment. Returning on 18th November 2016 for 6-weeks of festivefuelled fun, visitors will be able to experience the UK’s no.1 Christmas destination with FREE entry onto the site, and the return of much-loved attractions that have become a tradition for Londoners, visitors and tourists alike. Tickets are on sale now for the main attractions from the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland website.

House and Home P.2 - 31 Fuel and Fire P.18 - 20 Battle Christmas P.22 - 25 Heathfield Christmas P.26 - 29 Bexhill Christmas P.30 & 31 Collars and Coats Feature P.32 - 37 Pet Services P.38 & 39 Food and Drink P.40 - 49 Fashion and Leisure P.50 - 55

Fri. 25th Nov. - 4th March 2017 - She Loves Me

Antiques and Collectables P.56 & 57

At The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU Tue - Sat, 8pm. Sat & Sun, 3:30pm. This wonderful love story has been the basis for the films The Shop around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail. 020 7378 1713.

Garden and Building Services P.58 - 60 Nursing and Care P.61 Health, Beauty and Weddings P>62 - 65

Thurs. 1st Dec. & 2nd Dec. The Nutcracker & Sleeping Beauty

Wild Bird Care P.66 & 67

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At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. - Nutcracker, Fri. Sleeping Beauty. Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians. 01323 412000.

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Thurs. 1st Dec - Live Jazz

At the Grapevine, Rye with Allain Du Sel and Ellie Laine. See page 43.

Thurs. 1st Dec. - Islands in the Stream

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Celebrating the queen and king of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Stacked with country music’s greatest hits. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 1st Dec. - The Christmas Show

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At the Sinden Theatre, Homewood School, Tenterden at 7pm with Bowjangles. Music, song, dance and comedy. Bowjangles use every style and genre of music in this hilarious and energetic show. Tickets £10.

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Thurs. 1st Dec. - Chas and Dave - The Full Story Live

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. CHAS & DAVE know how to give an audience a good time, performing all the hits that made this Cockney duo famous. ’GERTCH’ ‘SIDEBOARD SONG’, ‘RABBIT’, ‘AINT NO PLEASING YOU’, ’MARGATE’ etc. £29.50. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 1st Dec. - Sussex Jazz Kings

At the Azur Bistro, St. Leonards on Sea from 8pm - 11pm. See page 54.

Thurs. 1st Dec. - Stephen K. Amos: World Famous

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. The globe-trotting laughter master returns with his new tour. In the last twelve months, Stephen has performed his unique brand of feel-good comedy all over the world. 01892 678678.

Fri. 2nd Dec. - Bexhill Lights Switch On

At Bexhill on Sea, Western Road and Devonshire Road, Fun starts at 4pm with Christmas market and childrens rides plus music and entertainment with lots of other attractions. Switch on 6pm.

Fri. 2nd Dec. - Rich Hall Live

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. Ages 14+ . 01892 678678.

Fri. 2nd - 7th Dec. - The December Art Show

At: Powdermills Hotel, Powdermills Lane, Battle TN33 0SP. From 10am till 6pm each day An exciting and varied selection of affordable Art & Sculpture. Five talented Artists will be displaying their work for sale. Various mediums, sizes and styles including sculpture and ceramics. Gifts and cards will also be for sale.

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Fri. 2nd - 24th Dec. - Amongst the Stars

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Herringbone Arts, the team behind last year’s sell out hit A Winter’s Trail, return with a magical tale set around Theatre Royal Brighton for young children and adults to share. 0844 871 7615.

Fri. 2nd Dec. - Peter Knights Gigspanner

At Winchelsea Parish Church, St Thomas St. Winchelsea. Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner. 01797 224446.

Fri. 2nd Dec. - Sleeping Beauty (Ballet)

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £26, £30, £32, £34. Presented by Russian State Ballet & Opera House. Every child’s favourite fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse. 01323 412000.

Fri. 2nd Dec. - Live Jazz - Robert Reid Duo

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. See page 42.

Fri. 2nd Dec. - Hot Chocolate and Heat Wave

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Hit makers Hot Chocolate perform a spectacular soul and disco night performing all their timeless classics. Starring new lead singer Kennie Simon. Since Kennie has been with the band, he has enjoyed great reviews from all who enjoy his ‘cool’ performance, which captures the true sound of Hot Chocolate. Support comes from Heatwave. 01424 462288.

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Sat. 3rd Dec. - Christmas Craft Fair

At St Stephens Church, Down Road, Bexhill TN39 4DH. Christmas Craft Fair 11am1.30pm raising funds for Special Kids Bexhill Charity (reg 1160545). Special Kids Bexhill supports families with children and young adults who have special needs. Free entrance.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - A Christmas Carol

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Christmas Carol was the first public performance Charles Dickens gave of his own work. He enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience! European Arts Company is faithfully recreating Dickens’ virtuoso performance of his best-loved story. 01892 678678.

Sat. 3rd & 4th Dec. The Christmas Market

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. annual Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle. Discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink and meet the reindeer and our birds of prey. In the centre of the market, enjoy our nostalgic fairground attractions, children’s rides and a daily programme of live musical entertainment. Take a ride on the Victorian carousel and the high flying ‘chair-o-planes’ or take a leisurely trip on the big wheel for a spectacular view of the Castle. Small additional charges apply for the rides. The Christmas Market is open 10am to 5pm. 01622 765400.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Arts, Crafts, Gifts and Produce Fair

At St. Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhillon-Sea TN40 1JG. (Between Railway Station and Seafront) 10am - 3pm. FREE ENTRANCE. Visitor parking. Refreshments served all day. Disabled facilities. 01424 316759 / 07971 797599

Sat. 3rd Dec. David Bowie Sound and Vision

At Hailsham Pavilion. A tribute and live show celebrating David Bowie in sound

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and vision. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues and join Spyboy and DavidLive to celebrate the life of arguably the greatest rock star ever, David Bowie. Seats £20.00 from 01323 841414.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Beauty Con Festival

At Olympia West, London. 12pm - 6pm. This show will welcome some of the world’s most influential content creators and celebrities and is the perfect opportunity for you to meet your online idols. Beautycon creates a community for brands and fans to come together and talk about what matters; beauty, fashion, style and staying true to yourself.

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The best selection in the South... 25,000 trees available out of our plantations 6 varieties direct from our plantation at Westfield. Freshly dug, potted, cut including non-needle drop varieties. Delivery service available. Large, clean floodlit yard with improved parking and access. Tree stands available. Pot grown trees 3-4ft, dug or cut from 2-30ft. Find and even harvest your tree yourself! We will cut and handle your tree and offer a free netting and trimming service. Suppliers to Barn Conversions, large period properties and country houses. Don’t compromise by going to your DIY garden centre or farmshop. Go direct to us for freshness, quality and service second to none.

Free Gift with every tree...... Choose from Sack of Potatoes, Logs or Holly Wreath. Fir Wreath available.* * Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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 Noble Fir  Nordman Fir  Norway Spruce  Serbian  Blue Spruce  Scots Pine  Fraser Fir Nordman & Fraser Fir 6ft from £25.00 ... While stocks last! OFFICIAL SUPPLIER TO 10 DOWNING STREET AND THE BBC The Bakers of Westfield have lived in the village for over 200 years and five generations have farmed the land where we now plant our trees. As times have changed our family and our farm have changed with them but what has never changed is the hard work and dedication we have put into our crop. Little Down Farm is a proud member of the British Christmas Tree Association and even prouder winner of the Champion Grower 2009 competition to find the ‘Best British Christmas Tree Grower’, a title that speaks for itself! Little Down Farm Christmas trees are simply the best! Run by the Baker Westfield since 1875

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Sat. 3rd Dec. - Madness

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 6.30pm. (also Matinee performance added) The new tour will see the band showcase new tracks from their forthcoming album as well as playing all the hits and fan favourites. From £39.05. 01273 290131.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Brodsky Quartet

At Chaplin Theatre, Vinehall School, Robertsbridge. Works by Wolf, Puccini, Shostakovich, Brahms. Tickets/details on 01580 883092.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Eastbourne Choral Society Concert

At All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Bach: Christmas Oratorio. £12.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Bexhill Santa Dash

The De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill’s seafront will again be the setting for this sponsored event. So get into the festive spirit, whilst raising vital funds for your chosen good causes. You can run, jog, walk, push prams, walk the dog or use a wheelchair on the flat user friendly promenade. This year there will be awards for the best decorated pram, wheelchair and dog.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - King Lear

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Heathfield Family Fun Day

At St. Johns Centre, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. Presented by Bowler Crab. Tickets £15. 07801 893115. See page 53.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Hailsham Christmas Extravaganza

At St Michael and All Angels, Glassenbury Drive, Bexhill, 11th Christmas tree Festival – with craft stalls, jewellery, refreshments and more. For opening times.

Sat. 3rd & 4th Dec. - Santa Specials

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. Also on 10th, 17th and 25th. See page 43 for further details.

At Station Road and High Street, Heathfield from 1pm - 5pm. Christmas lights switched on at 4.30pm. See page 26. At High Street and Vicarage Field, Hailsham from 9am - 4pm. Hog roast, market stalls, festive entertainment, Santa snow globe and lots more attractions. See main ad. page 50. At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, Station. Santa Special trains depart Sheffield Park station (East Grinstead on the 23rd) for a ten mile round trip to the beautifully restored Horsted Keynes station with special Dickensian themed activities for you to enjoy. Santa himself will be on board your train where he will present every child with a special Christmas gift and a festive treat. Adults won’t be left out as Santa’s little helpers will be pleased to serve you with a free mince pie and the option to purchase drinks. 01825 720800. Also 10th, 11th, 17th 18th, 23rd & 24th.

Sat. 3rd - 9th Dec. - Christmas Tree Festival

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Live Jazz - Mick Bolton

Sat. 3rd & 4th Dec. - Meet Santa at Kent Life

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent. Jump on a tractor sleigh ride to his magical grotto and take home a fantastic gift. Also on 10th and 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th - 24th.

Sat. 3rd Dec. - Swan Lake

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £26, £30, £32, £34. Presented by Russian State Ballet & Opera House. The perfect romantic ballet of all time performed to Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. Swan Lake is arguably one of the most loved and challenging ballets, not least thanks to Tchaikovsky’s instantly recognisable and timeless score, but also the great ‘Pas de Deux’,’ Pas de Quatre’ and iconic ‘Danse des Petits Cygnes’. 01323 412000.

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Sat. 3rd & 4th Dec. Tudor Christmas

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas with food, archery, crafts and entertainment. 01323 844224.

Sat. 3rd - 23rd Dec. A Magical Christmas

At the Rare Breeds Centre, Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, near Ashford, Kent. Santa sessions 10.30am, 11.15am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.15pm and 3pm. Booking essential. Christmas themed attractions including Peter Pan Pantomime at 12 noon, 1pm and 2.15pm. 01233 861508.

Sat. 3rd Dec. The Gentleman’s Grooming Show

At Tobacco Dock, London. Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping, London, E1W 2SF. North Dock 1, 2, 3. 10am-5pm. Do you like to look good? Feel good? Smell good? Then come along to London’s Tobacco Dock for The Gentleman’s Grooming Show on Saturday 3rd December 2016. You’ll get a complimentary glass of whiskey, and some key advice on how to keep yourself well-groomed all through 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sun. 4th Dec. - Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra

Sea, TN38 0BU. 9am-5pm. Beautiful seafront location. Christmas gift ideas including vintage and jewellery. Disabled access, easy parking. Licensed bar & refreshments. Stalls available. All enquiries to 07828 187100 (2017 Fairs in March, June, September & December).

Sun. 4th Dec. - The 1066 Christmas Market & Antiques & Collector Fair

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Presented by the Broadway Players bringing you this Dickens classic. 01323 731294.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm. OPERA GALA: Musical highlights, arias and ensembles. Soloists: SUSANA GASPAR, JEAN RIGBY, JUNG SOO YUN, RICHARD MORRISON Conductor: RODERICK DUNK. 01892 530613.

At the Azur, Marina Pavilion, St.Leonards-On-

Sun. 4th Dec. - A Christmas Carol

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s a charity we continually look for ways to improve our services to the community. AS SUCH WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS, SO IF YOU CAN HELP OUT, YOU WILL BE HELPING US TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. Battle Area Community Transport was formed in 1999 to provide services to rural communities around Battle. Our routes include: Ashburnham, Mountfield, Netherfield, Robertsbridge, Sedlescombe, Westfield, Burwash, Hurst Green, Etchingham, Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate. We are a registered non-profit making charity who rely on the generosity of local people and organisations to maintain our valuable services. Our services are: • We run Timetabled Bus Services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to and from Battle and the surrounding areas with stops

Sun. 4th Dec. - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 1.30pm and 4pm. From APL Theatre, the creators of sellout 2015 UK tour of ‘The Snow Queen’, comes this festive new adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ timeless story. wA magical and thrilling adventure for the whole family. 01424 462288.

Sun. 4th Dec. - Russell Kane

At The Concert Hall, Brighton. 01273 709709. ‘One of the quickest, most stimulating stand-ups in the land’ .....The Times.

Sun. 4th Dec. - These are a Few of My Favourite Songs: with Dame Judi Dench

at Sainsbury’s and other local amenities. Our current October 2016 timetable is available at various locations and on our buses. • We also run Flexible Services to Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Ashford and Tenterden. Seats on these, must be pre-booked with our office. • Our buses are available for private hire at a competitive rate for local organisations, clubs, schools and societies. Bus passes can be used on all our service and flexible routes. BACT serves the communities surrounding Battle and is available for all to enjoy. Contact Peter on 01424 772001 Mon-Fri 9am-12 noon, who will be happy to help. Battle Area Community Transport, Unit 8, Rutherford Business Park, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0TY. E-mail

Mon. 5th - 24th Dec. - Santa Specials

At the Kent and East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Station. 10.30am - 5pm. Meet Santa as you take a magical steam train journey on one of Kent’s best loved attractions. Refreshments and a present for every child.

Mon. 5th - 18th Dec. - Red Hot Chili Peppers

At The 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Red Hot Chili Peppers are to return in December for their first UK tour in five years in support of their 11th studio album, The Getaway. 0844 8560202.

At The Royal Albert Hall, London at 3pm. This talk will be the second in a pair of fundraising ‘in conversation’ events in the Elgar Room celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Theatrical Guild. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 4th Dec. - Mike Hatchard - Jazz A Trois

At The Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. £15 includes mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas cocktail. 3pm - 5pm. See page 43.

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Mon. 5th Dec. - Christmas with the Dad Pack

At The Opera House (Weatherspoons), Tunbridge Wells at 7.45pm. Christmas 2016 just got better! Following the fantastic reception they received last year at the Opera House, The Dad Pack return with a Christmas show packed with Music, Magic and Variety! 01892 530613.

Mon. 5th -12th Dec. - Great Big Christmas Sing

At The Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Specially composed for East Sussex children this unique Christmas story will be performed by children from primary schools across the county. £6. 01323 412000.

media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 6th Dec. - Michael Ball and Alfie Boe

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7.30pm. Two of the greatest voices in the world, the nation’s leading musical theatre star, Michael Ball and the nation’s favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, today announce that they are joining forces for the first time, to record a brand new album as well as take to the stage for a unique UK headline Tour. From £55.75. 01323 290131.

Tues. 6th Dec. - Christmas with the Overtones

At The Concert Hall Brighton at 7pm. The Overtones have firmly established themselves as the number 1 vocal harmony group 01273 709709.

Tues. 6th Dec. - Russell Brand Exposed

At The Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. What is real? Who are we? What is the solution? And where did this baby come from? In Russell Brand EXPOSED the controversial comic explores these themes along with

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Tues. 6th Dec. - Christmas with the Stars

Thurs. 8th Dec. - Biffy Clyro

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. A starry night of brass bands and harmonious choirs, classic carols and sing-along favourites, alongside some of TV’s top stars – all to beat blood cancer. Led by Radio 2’s ‘Listen to the Band’ presenter, Frank Renton, accompanied his very own Concert Brass and the spectacular West End Chorus. 0207 5898212

At The tour comes off the back of Biffy Clyro’s seventh studio album “Ellipsis”, which shot straight to #1 in the UK, while their growing international success also saw the album top the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. 0844 8560202.

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Some Guys Have All The Luck is a brand new theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singersongwriter and performer right down to the last detail. 01424 462288.

A very special, intimate solo concert with the legendary Keyboard player and composer Rick Wakeman in the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church, Rye. Rick will be joining us after his extensive sell out American tour this October and November and he has prepared a very special and intimate programme for this unique performance on the acoustic piano. 07931 755 967.

Wed. 7th Dec. -Some Guys Have All The Luck

Thurs. 8th - 23rd Dec. - Christmas Comedy Clubs

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. In the Café Bar. Buffet 6 – 8pm, Comedy 8 – 10pm . Back by popular demand! Top acts from the comedy club circuit promise plenty of laughs for your office or staff party, Christmas ‘do’ or group of friends. Ticket price £35 includes a two course seasonal buffet meal and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 8th Dec. - Robertsbridge Jazz Club with Sue Rivers with the Ted Beament Trio and Guest Mike Hext

Thurs. 8th Dec. - Bubbles & Buble at Christmas

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Mark Daniels as Ultimate Bublé performs the biggest hits of Michael Bublé in this stunning live tribute show featuring his full band. The show’s big band sound, along with Mark’s mesmerising likeness to the modern day Canadian crooner, will appeal to fans of traditional big band music and Michael Bublé alike. 01424 462288

Thurs. 8th Dec. - An Audience with Rick Wakeman

Thurs. 8th-9th Dec. - Ross Noble

At the Concert Hall, Brighton at 8pm Everybody’s favourite randomist is back. As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it’s time to let it all out. £26.00. 01273 709709.

Thurs. 8th Dec. - Battle Gala Night

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

With traders in fancy dress, choirs and bands all around town, games, competitions and more, you’re guaranteed a magical evening at Battle’s popular annual gala night!

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Three top stand up comics and compere. 01892 678678.

At the Azur, Marina Pavilion, St. Leonards on Sea. www.1066jazzclub. com See page 54.

Thurs. 8th - 10th Dec. - Comedy Cafe

Thurs. 8th Dec. - New Orleans Echoes With Penny Payne

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Thurs. 8th Dec. - A Christmas Night At The Opera

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. With London Festival Opera. A Christmas Night at the Opera features some of the greatest arias and ensembles from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach and Gilbert & Sullivan. The artists appear in sumptuous period evening dress recreating the atmosphere and grandeur of past times. Accompaniment will be a select chamber ensemble. From £20. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 8th Dec. - Ghost Walk

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. 8pm. You will be guided around the theatre in the dark hearing stories about famous ghosts who have haunted stages across the UK. 01323 731294.

Thurs. 8th Dec. - The Chicago Blues Brothers

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. The legendary Chicago Blues Brothers are back on their brand new Jailbreak Tour! Celebrating over 30 years of the Blues Brothers phenomenon, this non-stop revue is packed with over 2 hours of the very best Blues, Motown & Soul music. Tickets from £15. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 8th Dec. - John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 3pm and 7.30pm. A firm Yuletide favourite, simply not to be missed. Featuring sing-along carols and a delightful array of festive works, John Rutter conducts the much-loved Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir in this symphonic Christmas event that will begin the festive period with joy and jubilation. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 9th Dec. - Thank You For The Music

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. The world’s favourite ABBA and Bee Gees concert show is coming to town with an all-new, sequinspangled production. Including a fabulous celebration of Robin Gibb’s chart-busting career. 0844 871 7615.

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Fri. 9th Dec. - Richard Ashcroft

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. A celebration of his finest songs with an orchestra conducted by Will Malone. Richard Ashcroft Recently released his new album These People. 0844 8560202.

Fri. 9th - 11th Dec. - Good Food Festive Fair

At Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. Tickets include entry to Hampton Court Palace and the BBC Good Food Festive Fayre. Be inspired by seasonal recipe demos in the Tudor Kitchen. Browse, sample and shop from a range of exhibitors. Festive entertainment - Join the Polka Dots in the atmospheric grounds of the palace.

Fri. 9th Dec. - The Human League

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm. Special Guests: Blancmange & Ekkoes. 01273 290131.

Fri. 9th - 12th Dec. - Beauty and the Beast - Panto on Ice

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. Alexandra Palace Amateur productions present Beauty & the Beast - Panto on Ice. The magical story of love, friendship and adventure. Watch your favourite Beauty and the Beast characters come alive and entertain all ages to an assortment of music, old and new. 020 8365 2121.

Fri. 9th & 10th Dec. - The Spirit Show

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. the UK’s first premium spirits tasting event covering all spirit categories whisky, rum, gin and vodka as well as more unusual spirits and liqueurs. Tickets for the show start at just £40 and include- Unlimited tastings, A meal at the Street Food village, Limited edition Spirit Show tasting glass, Free download of the Showguide App. an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends during the festive period and purchase special spirits gifts for your loved ones. Ticket Prices: £40-£65. Friday - Session 1: 12:00-16:00 Session 2: 17:00-21:00. Saturday 12:00-17:00.

Fri. 9th Dec. - London Community Gospel Choir with special guest Mica Paris

At St Mary’s Church, Rye. This concert is guaranteed to get your toes moving while taking in the wonderful atmosphere on this very special night. Expect to hear Christmas Classics. 07931 755 967.

Fri. 9th - 11th Dec. Pokémon European Continental Championships

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Battle against other trainers in the TCG or VGC tournaments or side events. Meet the professors, come watch the live stream, catch a picture with Pikachu and many more!

Fri. 9th & 10th Dec. - A Kylie Christmas

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 8pm start. A Kylie Christmas will feature a host of Christmas classics as well as some of Kylie’s biggest hits. Kylie will be joined on stage by a full orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in a perfect start to the festive season. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 9th Dec. - 15th Jan. - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Denise Black leads the cast in the role of despicable Wicked Queen, Denise is known to millions for her role in Emmerdale as glamourous grandmother Joanie. a show jampacked with of all the essential pantomime ingredients. 01323 412000.

Fri. 9th Dec. - Sean Lock

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. ‘He just lets the brilliance of his material dominate the room’ - The Guardian. 01424 462288.

Fri. 9th Dec. - The London Swing Orchestra

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Witty and stylish, Graham Dalby leads you through the captivating story of the birth of Jazz and Swing. Featuring great hits from Ragtime, The Roaring Twenties and into the Swing Era. Timeless 20th Century popular music. 01323 412000

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Fuel & Fire Services An Introduction to Wood Stoves


ood-burning stoves are great for home heating but also provide an attractive feature in any home. These cast-iron stoves have been popular around the world for hundreds of years, providing aesthetic beauty and practical warmth wherever they are used. There are a number of advantages to wood stoves. Carbon dioxide (CO2) contributes to climate change, so anything that can be done to help reduce the amount of CO2

in the atmosphere can help us to tackle climate change. Burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil releases their stored carbon into the air as CO2. These resources took millions of years to create, but we are burning them up within a few centuries – and at a far faster rate than the global carbon cycle can cope with. In contrast burning wood is largely carbon neutral, with the CO2 absorbed as young trees grow, compensating for that

released by burning. Trees planted for wood fuel can provide a never-ending supply of wood – as long as trees are replanted as they are felled, the whole process is renewable. The carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by burning wood will be locked up again and stored by the new trees grown for the next crop. The only increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide would come from transport and

Ripley Forge and Fireplaces Ltd, a family run business , has been part of the Robertsbridge community for over 70 years. They have an extensive showroom where you can see a vast range of traditional and contemporary woodburning and multifuel stoves. Their extensive yard and showroom houses a multitude of firebacks, baskets and dogs, as well as a plethora of fireplace accessories and unusual gifts. They offer free out of hours site surveys and installation carried out by Hetas registered experienced fitters.

Forest stoves offer a complete and expert installation service. Once we have discussed your ideas we will organise a free site survey this will enable us to prepare a quote specific to you as all installations are individual. Every stove we install is fitted and commisioned by our HETAS engineers to meet current regulations. We only supply and fit quality products from a wide range of leading manufactures including Jotul and Scan from Norway, and British made stoves from Arada, Villager and Merlin, many other make’s also available. Products avalible from forest stoves include wood & multifuel stoves, fireplace surrounds, hearths & beams. See our website for our latest offers or give us a call on 01580 472372.

Gates, fencing, general ironwork made to your specification. Ripleys are experienced and skilled Blacksmiths who can offer a bespoke service whether you are looking for fireplace accessories, gates, fencing, traditional ironwork, garden furniture, a barbecue or an unusual garden sculpture, they can manufacture it for you. They are open from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4.30pm, go and have a look, they are more than just a specialist fireplace shop.

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processing. It is therefore one of the most climate-friendly forms of heat available to us. Wood stoves are like small fireplaces. They are inexpensive and can be built into a home or added later. They look great, are safe, can effectively heat an entire house, and are ecologically responsible. There are countless designs for wood furnaces. Many of them are small, free standing structures with long, iron legs and elaborately designed bodies, featuring engravings and ornamentation. The wood stoves have a pipe that can either go through the ceiling or through a wall to expel smoke. A well-placed wood stove can heat an entire home, especially if located centrally within the house.

Wood is relatively inexpensive, easy to find, and can be replenished, unlike many other fuels. There are a myriad of wood types to choose from, all of which have their own burning qualities and properties. Ash is considered by many to be one of best woods for burning, it produces a steady flame and good heat output. It can be burnt when green but like all woods, it burns best when dry. Beech burns very much like ash, but does not burn well when green. Hawthorn is a good traditional firewood that has a slow burn with good heat output. Yew is a good burning wood as it has a slow burn, and produces a very good heat output.

Kristel Fireplaces have been installing stoves and fireplaces in Kent and Sussex for 35 years. We are a family run business and pride ourselves on high quality workmanship and personal service and advice from the initial survey right through to installations. We have a wide selection of Woodburning Stoves and Multifuel Stoves, Fireplaces, Gas and Electric Fires on display in our showroom and are stockists of most leading makes. Installations are carried out by HETAS approved installers and we also do a supply only service and offer free home surveys and estimates during the day, or if it is more convenient in the evenings. We carry in stock Flue Pipes, Chimney Liners, Pots, Cowls and fireside accessories.

Apple is a very good wood that bums slow and steady when dry, it has small flame size, and does not produce sparking or spitting.

Woodstock Fires are a well-established, HETAS registered company with over 40 years’ experience in the trade, selling and installing a wide range of stoves, range cookers, chimney linings, stove and cooker spares and maintenance products as well as selling a large range of the best quality cookware. We sell and install only genuine, leading brands of woodburning stoves and multifuel stoves. We also stock a variety of top quality cookware including brands. Woodstock Fires pride themselves on the level of service offered to their customers. As well as private individual, these also include domestic builders, architects, landlords and local authorities.

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Fri. 9th Dec. - Mon. 2nd Jan Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. TV & Panto legend Su Pollard starts as the Wicked Queen. Su, who has appeared in 37 pantomimes, says ‘I just so enjoy the tradition of it. I love the he corny jokes, the fabulous costumes, the way that the audience can join in and that there is always a happy ending with everybody going home having had a marvellous time. 01892 530613.

Sat. 10th Dec. - Madness - Can’t Touch Us Now

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. The band has been locked up in the studio finishing their new album ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’. The new tour will see the band showcase new tracks from their forthcoming album, as well playing all the hits and fan favourites. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 10th Dec. - Concentus Sings Christmas

At St. Leonards Church, Church Street, Seaford at 4pm. Tickets £10. Under 16’s £5. 01323 643356. From Newberry Tully Est. Agents, 53 Church Street, Seaford. or on the door.

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Sat. 10th Dec. - Rye Christmas Festival The Rye Christmas Festival is back! The same team who brought

back the spirit of Christmas to Rye last year are set to repeat the day of fun and festivities again on Saturday December 10th, 10am till late. The town will be full of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas with an abundance of activities, features and events. Spread throughout the town over the course of the day, every corner you turn will uncover something to do for all ages, abilities and budgets. The festival this year is based on the theme ‘Tales of Old’ and inspiration from Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm will be evident throughout town from street performers, artists, storytelling, procession, grottos, markets, music, fairground rides and more. Most events are on a drop-in basis but any bookable events such as the grotto will be announced via the Rye Christmas Facebook page www.

For information please visit Sat. 10th Dec. - King Lear

At Battle Memorial Hall, High Street, Battle at 7.30pm. Performed by Bowler Crab Productions. See main advertisement on page 53.

Sat. 10th Dec. - Bowie Experience

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.45pm. A spectacular concert featuring all of David Bowie’s hits - celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon. An unforgettable journey of sound and vision. 0844 871 7615

From 10th Dec - 12th March 2017 The New Line: Works from the Jobbing Printing Collection

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. Europe in the 1930s underwent enormous social, political and technological change. To

capture some of these changes through contemporary commercial print, Philip James at the V&A’s National Art Library developed the ‘Jobbing Printing Collection’. Free Entry. 01424 229111.

Sat. 10th Dec. - Abba Reunion

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. The Abba Reunion tribute Show is the creation of an Award Winning West End Director, Producer and Choreographer. Starring the original ‘Frida’ from the London West End cast! 01323 412000.

Sat. 10th & 11th Dec. - Father Christmas at Bodiam

Father Christmas will be paying a visit to Bodiam Castle during December. See little faces light up as they meet the jolly man himself against the backdrop of the glittering castle, with a gift. Tickets £7 (18 months - 15 yrs) or £4 (under 18 months), normal admission applies. Booking essential on 0844 249 1895.

Sat. 10th Dec. - Ne-Yo

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7pm. BRINGING LATEST ALBUM ‘NON FICTION’ TO ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND with support from Diamond Platnumz. With three #1 records, over 10 million albums sold worldwide and three Grammy Awards to his name as well as having collaborated with Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Celine Dion and many more, NE-YO is one of the biggest global stars in music. 01273 290131.

Sat. 10th & 11th Dec. - The Christmas Experience

At Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. Meet Father Christmas and his many Elves in their glittering grotto where every child receives a Christmas gift. Children £8. Ad. £3. 01892 890000. Also 17th & 18th, 23rd & 24th.

Sun. 11th Dec. - Status Quo

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Leon Cave will plug in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to the nation’s venues for the last time. 0844 856 0202.

Blount Aerials have been established since 1971 and have been trading in Eastbourne and the surrounding area ever since. We are a small family run business that cover not only domestic properties but communal systems too. We recognise that no two scenarios are the same and aim to provide the highest level of service to all of our customers. Whether you’re looking for a repair or a complete new installation our experienced engineers will listen to your needs and fully explain the options available to you. We are members of the Confederation of Aerial Industries and have been since 1978 with our membership number of 003! Prior to the digital switchover we gained our CAI plus membership, this was created to set a higher standard; reinforcing the professionalism of our engineers with added checks and more stringent standards. This status means that all of our engineers are CRB checked and fully insured, together with the added peace of mind that we comply to all of the industry recognised standards. All of the installations we complete are covered by a 12 month guarantee, alongside this the CAI are able to provide a double guarantee for single household installations for its members clients. We feel this gives our customers the peace of mind they need together with the knowledge that the workmanship carried out will be of the highest standard possible. Although we have moved premises in the last year, the engineers that visit you in your home are the same, with the Head Engineer, Ian Whitehorn now being a Director of the company. Before this Ian had been working for Blount Aerials for 10 years proving himself to be an exemplary worker. Our core values will never change and we will always aim to provide our customers, past, present and future with the best possible service no matter how big or small their requirements.

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Battle Christmas Lights Switch On Saturday 26th November

ather Christmas Comes to Battle high street at 1.45pm on Saturday 26th November. He will sleigh down the High Street to his Grotto at Memorial Hall with the Christmas parade and band as escort. Children can visit Santa in his Grotto from 2:15 till 4:45 and there are also refreshments, entertainment and popular charity market in the hall and children’s rides on the Abbey Green. A 5pm the towns Christmas Lights will be switched on by Father Christmas.

If you are looking for something different this Christmas, then look no further! BRITISH design BRITISH made is fast becoming a destination shop in Battle’s High Street, not just because it supports and celebrates over 250 talented local and national niche British designer manufacturers and plays British music every day, it is also guilt free shopping at its best. With its low carbon footprint - what you buy here will not have travelled thousands of miles, the company uses 100% renewable electricity, recycles/re-uses its supplier packaging to minimise landfill, many items are made from sustainable or recycled materials - and no overseas sweatshops, no child labour and no unregulated wages, it is not costing the earth, and still manages to have plenty of choice under £20. Trip Advisor reviews include, ‘a real gem of a shop’, ‘always a friendly welcome’, ‘packed with things which you won’t find in the run of the mill gift shops’. 8 DECEMBER 10.00 – 21.00 - Special British Gin and Vodka tasting throughout. Wheelchair, pushchair and dog friendly, a dedicated children’s activity area and customer loyalty scheme. @loveBritishmade British design British made

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Thursday 8th December is Battle Christmas Gala Night!

Battle Mowers Ltd offers a range of New and Secondhand Mowers with a choice of cylinder and rotary in either electric or petrol or ride on Tractors. They also offer a range of Shredders, Log Splitters, Chainsaws, Brush Cutters and Hedge Cutters. They are a Direct Hayter Dealer and they are a Briggs and Stratton Authorised Service Centre. Battle Mowers offer a servicing and cylinder/bottom blade sharpening service to all major cylinder mowers. They have a workshop that can give the back up and expertise required to any gardener.

Battle Gala Night gives you an ideal opportunity to buy gorgeous gifts for all and its a great night out, full of entertainment. As an added incentive to visit the town, there is free parking on 26th November, 10th December and the 17th December in Rother (Mount Street) and Abbey Car Parks. Battle Christmas Gala Night sees the shops open ‘til late and the traders compete for the best fancy dress and best decorated windows. There will be seasonal entertainment on the Abbey Green and carols and music from the Battle Abbey School Choir, Battle and Langton School Choir and other musical entertainment. St Mary’s Church will be open for the evening to give visitors an opportunity to enjoy their Christmas Tree Festival.

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Fancy something silly to start off Battle’s lights on weekend? Don’t forget the ELF Dash on Friday 25th November. The event will be held in Market Square at 7pm and involves a Children’s dash around Market Square followed by adults dash down the high street. £2 entry includes ELF hat with a prize for the best dressed ELF! After the event you can enjoy ELF night with bands playing in venues throughout the town.

At Battle Healthy Living Clinic, we have a variety of Natural Therapies. Acupuncture for pain and discomfort is very successful and Deep Tissue and Thai Yoga Massage improve flexibility and range of movement. People with Anxiety and many ongoing problems benefit greatly from Counselling and Psychotherapy. Food and Environmental Intolerance Testing is very popular for Children as well as Adults with varying problems. I am really excited to bring Breast & Body Screening to this area. DTI, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging is a gentle non-toxic way of taking an image which shows a heat map. The surface temperature of tissue can show earliest signs of changes, which shows an image of the breast, or any other body parts, in different colours. The therapist, Rosa Hughes of Medscans, will compare any differences from one screening to another. This will allow simple lifestyle changes, to help prevent further developments. The Screenings are every 3 months, next is December 13th and March 14th.

BARBAROSA: We are an independent ladies boutique, set in the heart of the historic town of Battle in Sussex. We pride our selves on great customer service with the ability to offer a second to none experience when you visit the shop. You are welcome to browse around or we are happy to help you if you wish. We sell a wide range of smart casual wear, with accessories to match your outfit. Prices range from £39 for a top, upwards. Its a great place to find something different and a little bit special. - 25 025_December025.indd 1

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Heathfield Christmas


hristmas in Heathfield starts on Saturday 3rd December with the Heathfield Family Fun Day.

From 1-5pm there will be stalls in the Tesco Express car Park in Station Road, selling all kinds of Christmas treats, with entertainment from local children singing traditional carols. The Christmas lights will be switched on in the High Street at 4.30pm and there is also a window competition around the theme of ‘a Christmas Song’. This event has always been a great success and brings large crowds into the centre of the town and signals the start of the Christmas shopping season in Heathfield. Ladies Craft Evening - At Kings Church, State Hall, Heathfield, TN21 8LD. 7.30pm. Indulge in a variety of Christmas crafts, from wreath making to card making, with free mince pies and mulled wine. (There will be a small charge, per craft, to cover materials).

Wanted on Voyage is a family owned travel store in Heathfield, East Sussex, stocking a wide range of innovative travel products from Thule, LifeVenture, Trunki,Vango and Eastpak. For many people packing is the most stressful part of any trip, journey or holiday. Squeezing all the “essentials” into the car, the cabin luggage, or the back pack only to find that when all the room is gone there are still things to pack. At Wanted on Voyage we offer you the opportunity to look, touch and compare the products you need to make travel easier. Whether you are travelling the world living out of a backpack, flying shorthaul or longhaul, taking the car on holiday packed to the rafters, or just taking your bike for a ride in the country. New in store is the Jurni, a ride-on suitcase for adults from the makers of Trunki.

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Pictured (L to R) Bob Hawes, Bob Tipping, Fergus Marco, Fiona Hawes & Olivia Watts

RFM Coachworks

The independent specialists for prestige car restoration. Our equipment comprises of a Jig Bracket Alignment System, two and four post ramps, and a State of the Art Nova Verta Spraybooth/lowbake oven for high quality refinishing of paintwork to manufacturers original specifications. All our paint schemes are water based and environmentally friendly, however we retain Solvent based paints for use with classic and prestige car restorations to ensure a perfect finish. See our website Gallery to view a selection of the vehicles we have repaired and resprayed from start to finish. We can also service your vehicle and prepare it ready for its annual MOT check complete with Diagnostics. We have Courtesy Cars and a FREE local collection and delivery service. Precision such as this takes time, knowledge, and many years of experience, using highly technical methods to restore exclusive cars to former beauty. RFM personnel are expected to achieve consistent perfection and are regarded almost as artists in their field. So whether you have a brand new Aston Martin, a top of the range 4x4 or own a classic vintage motor car, RFM can offer you the consummate service – beyond compare.

Sun. 11th Dec. - The Snow Queen

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Quantum Theatre present their unique take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale – a family production aimed at all ages. Productions at 2pm and 4.30pm (show lasts 1hr 40mins with interval). Tickets available on line Book Tickets or at Michelham Priory’s Gate House. Advance booking advised. Adults – £12.00. Child – £6.00. Family (2adults & 2children) – £32.00. Ticket includes entry to Michelham Priory. 01323 844224.

Sun. 11th Dec. - Sing-a-Long A Frozen

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 3.30pm. A full screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along during the film. Introduced by a live host who will guide you through this interactive screening by showing you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some dance moves with the help of the Singalonga Princesses. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 11th Dec. - Jimmy Carr

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea at 8pm. Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. 01424 229111.

Sun. 11th Dec. - Sing-a-long a Grease

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. The brand new sing along screening of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia NewtonJohn brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music. 0844 8717615.

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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 01424 838350


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Bexhill Christmas Christmas Late Night Shopping & Shining Lights Big Switch on take 2 2nd of December 2016


un starts at 4pm and continues untill 8pm with a Christmas Market, Children’s rides in Western Road, plus Music and entertainment in Devonshire road with other attraction’s around the town. Devonshire Road will be closed off to all traffic between 5pm and 9pm as the celebrations get underway. Western Road will also be closed off for a Christmas market. The event is organised by Shining Lights who are a local group from the community formed together to bring back the magic of Christmas to Bexhill. Last year they managed to bring 8-10,000 people into the town for the big switch on event. The group rely heavily on donations in order for this to continue. So if you are passionate about this Christmas event and what it does for the local trade then they would be very grateful of any donations even if it’s just £1 it all helps. See Shining lights on Facebook or donate at

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Records & Retro: Situated in the seaside town of Bexhill-onSea, Records and Retro specialises in buying and selling vinyl LP’s and Singles. We also sell music related retro items including record decks, speakers, T-Shirts, posters and a plethora of other items. Please feel free to visit us to see the full range. We would love to see you! If you have a vinyl collection or old record deck gathering dust in your attic or taking up valuable space in your house, then please contact Ken. He will be able to discuss your collection with you and let you know what it might be worth. If you are a vinyl collector, then please come and visit us at the shop or contact us. The chances are we might have just what you are looking for. Seasons greetings to all!!

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Collars & Coats 2016 Stars Light Up the Red Carpet for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball


he world’s most famous animal rescue, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, once again wowed the world with the return of its star-studded Collars & Coats Gala Ball at the iconic Battersea Evolution in London. Celebrating its eighth successful year, the high-profile event is a highlight of the autumn social calendar, and is consistently regarded as one of the most unique and eagerly anticipated charity events. The annual charity extravaganza saw a host of UK and international stars take to the red carpet for this worthwhile cause to raise vital funds for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s work in rescuing and re-homing abandoned dogs. This year’s star line-up, from the world of TV, music, film, sport and fashion, included: Battersea Ambassadors Dame Jacqueline Wilson and David Gandy, and friends of the Home, Craig Revel Horwood, Dr Christian Jessen, Guy Henry, Danielle Bux, Hilary Alexander, Charles Worthington, Harry Hill and Leah Weller, and the iconic music group Sister Sledge. Guests and stars were welcomed by the popular ‘Battersea Doggie Guard Of Honour’ – a red-carpet parade of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s pooches.

Britain’s Got Talent gymnastics troupe Spellbound opened the glittering event with a breath-taking performance. Battersea ambassadors and supporters including David Gandy, Dr Christian Jessen, Craig Revel Horwood, Guy Henry, and Dame Jacqueline Wilson united on stage to highlight the work and achievements of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Other highlights of this year’s event included a spectacular performance by headline act Sister Sledge who brought their legendary R’n’B and disco hits to the dance floor. They performed their knockout hits ‘We Are Family’, ‘Lost In Music’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ and ‘Rise’ and Shine, as well as performing their new single Woman are the Music of the World which has become an anthem for women and girl empowerment, the fabulous trio of Debbie, Kim, and Joni Sledge led the dazzling line up of entertainment. High profile guests and celebrities also enjoyed the opportunity to bid for an array of money can’t buy experiences at the event’s exclusive auction. Speaking about the return of the gala, Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive said: “The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is a truly unique

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event, celebrating our animals and raising money to care for the 8,000 dogs and cats that come through our gates, abandoned and terrified each year. Once again, we’re thrilled that so many supporters and friends of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home gave so generously of their time to make the event so successful.’’ The Headline Sponsor of this year’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball was Vitabiotics SuperDog. SuperDog is committed to maintaining health and vitality in dogs, and is from the pet division of pioneering British company Vitabiotics. The Gala’s Champagne Reception was exclusively sponsored by Medivet the Vet with almost 30 years’ experience. Medivet is passionate about providing amazing client and patient care throughout their 141 practices. It costs Battersea over £10m to care for its dogs and cats every year, and with no government funding, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping to increase awareness of the important work the charity does each and every day of the year to offer a second chance in life to thousands of animals. Last year over 8,000 dogs and cats needed Battersea’s care and attention to help find them the best possible new homes. For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations, please visit www.battersea. org.ukor call 0207 627 7883. About Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.

Layla Romic, Jackie St Clair & Kim Frickleton.

• Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. • Battersea cares for an average of 300 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time. • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0870 890 0000.

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• For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea. Dr Christian Jessen said: It’s such a good night and it’s such as an important cause. It’s a very important event to raise funds for the dogs and cats at the Home. I really like to do something for creatures who need us and who, let’s face it, we don’t always treat so well in all parts of the world. Hilary Alexander said: I think it’s fantastic. I love the red carpet and the dogs in the guard of honour. It brings home how cruel people can be. A lot of the dogs here are strays or have come in because they were brought for Christmas and then people couldn’t be bothered to care for them.

Jilly Johnson with husband Ashley Brodin

Leah Weller

Dame Jacqueline Wilson said: I am very proud to be an Ambassador. I come every year. It’s a delightful occasion, the highlight of the year. It’s such an important night. We’re here all united. We all come from such different backgrounds but what we all have in common is that we are all here for the dogs and cats. Debbie, Kim, and Joni Sledge said: We were delighted and honoured to headline the Collars & Coats Gala Ball. Battersea Dogs & Cats Homes’ work in transforming the lives of abandoned dogs is incredible. We feel privileged to collaborate with an organization, which has committed to providing care, love and respect for vulnerable animals for over 150 years. These are three principles we have lived by throughout our life and careers and strived to defend though our music.

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Pet Services

The Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare was established in 1976. A cornerstone of the Trust’s founding policy then, as now, was to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. Our Animal Rescue Centre in Hadlow Down, nr Uckfield in East Sussex, provides a base for the animal rescue and re-homing work. Over the years, the Rescue Centre has also become a permanent home to many animals that it is not possible or desirable to re-home. Funds are raised with the generous support of individual donations, legacies, local fund raising, animal sponsors and our charity shops in Uckfield, Hailsham and Heathfield. We receive no Local Authority, Government or Lottery funding. Please look out for our Christmas Food Appeal boxes, where any donation left for the animals in our care is much appreciated.

Holistic Veterinary Care

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Food & Drink Mon. 12th Dec. - PechaKucha Night 20×20

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. £5. Join us for a series of succinct and stimulating insights by designers, artists, curators, makers, activists and entrepreneurs. Doors: 6.30pm. Start: 7pm. 01424 229111.

Mon. 12th Dec. - BBC Music Awards

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Hosted by Fern Cotton and Claudia Winkleman at 7pm - 10pm. Tickets are on sale now. Get ready for performances from Robbie Williams, Craig David, Michael Bublé, Emeli Sande, Kaiser Chiefs, Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson and The 1975.

Sun. 11th Dec. - Farm Nativity

Mon. 12th - 24th Dec. - Once Upon a Castle

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent. Experience the live nativity scenes using our very own farmyard animals. Working together with Maidstone Family Church we will take you on a journey through our grounds to discover the nativity story scenes, also join in with the traditional Christmas caroling as you are walking around. Admission tickets include all day entry to Kent Life, and the nativity starts at 3pm. Adult £7.95 Child (3-15) £6.50. 01622 763936

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Daily activities including Father Christmas Grotto, interactive story (Jack and the Beanstalk) workshop, vintage fairground. Ad. £16.50. Ch. £9.30.

Mon. 12th Dec. - Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 12.20pm - 3.30pm. Great Dixter gardener Michael Wachter will take you on an afternoon’s exploration of the borders to examine the plants that are looking good and give you an insight into the work that makes this happen. Includes light refreshments. Price: £45 per person. 01797 254048.

The White Hart, Catsfield A traditional village Bar & Restaurant The White Hart is well known for it’s traditional home cooked food and amazing atmosphere whenever you visit. It is one of the few pubs in the area which has a dog friendly bar, and makes an ideal stopping off point when you are out enjoying the Sussex countryside. If you are planning a night out with friends, discover the new facilities at The White Hart.

Food Served

Mon. 6pm- 9pm Tues. - Sat. 12 - 2pm and 6pm - 9pm Sun. 12 noon - 3pm

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Mon. 12th Dec. - Santa Saves Christmas

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 1pm and 4pm. £10. Join Fairy Flossy and Pompom the Penguin as they meet Father Christmas himself at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas! Plus every child will receive a present from Father Christmas in our special meet, greet and treat. 01892 530613.

Tues. 13th - 19th Dec. The London International Horse Show

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. With FEI World CupTM competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving, you are guaranteed to witness top class sport which will keep you on the edge of your seat. This year Olympia Horse Show’s displays will include two world-class performances; the world renowned Portuguese Lusitanos will demonstrate the strength and beauty of 16 Lusitano Stallions ridden by some of Portugal’s top riders. Horse whisperer and trainer Santi Serra will then showcase the bond between man, horse and dog in his heartwarming display for all the family.

Tues. 13th Dec. - Status Quo

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 6.30pm. The Last Night of the Electrics Tour with special guest REO Speedwagon. 01273 290131.

Tues. 13th Dec. - 7th Jan. - David Walliams ‘The First Hippo on The Moon’

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. From Number One bestselling picture book authors, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this explosively funny space adventure for the whole family. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . BLAST OFF! Brought to life on stage by “Les Petits”, the highly acclaimed Theatre company responsible for “Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs”. 01323 731214.

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six brothers decide that they want to get married too. 2pm film starts £3.50 includes refreshments. 01424 229111.

Tues. 13th - 31st Dec. - Sunday Afternoon

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves. 7.45pm. Mats. 2.30pm. Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon is an irresistible musical with slick theatricality and ingenious storytelling at its heart. It tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom. 0844 8717615.

Wed. 14th Dec. Johnny Spice Swing Orchestra Christmas Ball

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Get “In the Mood” for Christmas with Eastbourne’s popular Swing Orchestra. £16 dancing only. £28 dancing and buffet. 01323 412000.

Wed. 14th Dec. - Ian Shaw and Claire Martin

Concert at St. Mary’s Church, Rye. Perfect Christmas jazz experience. 07931 755 967.

Wed. 14th Dec. - Primal Scream

At the Concert Hall Brighton. 7pm. £28.50. Primal Scream release their new single Feeling Like A Demon Again. 01273 709709.

Wed. 14th Dec. - Placebo

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Plus support from Minor Victories. 01273 290131.

Tues. 13th - 23rd Dec. Toad of Toad Hall

Wed. 14th Dec. - Christmas Classics

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne Hastings at 7.30pm. Also Sun. Mat 3pm. A great family show for Christmas. A Stables Theatre production directed by Michael Boakes. Ad. £13. Under 18’s and groups £10. 01424 423221.

Tues. 13th Dec. - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. A traditional concert of seasonal classics and glorious Christmas carols is performed by the celebrated Royal Choral Society and the resplendent Fanfare Trumpeters of the Coldstream Guards. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 14th Dec. - A Celebration of David Bowie

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Following his critically acclaimed headlining appearance at Glastonbury Festival 2016 performing to over 20,000 people, Charles Hazlewood brings his mesmerising project celebrating the life of David Bowie out on tour this December. £26.50. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 15th Dec. - Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza Starring the Osmonds

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. A dazzling holiday extravaganza with special guests Charlie Green and Steve Hewlett. 01323 731294.

A Friendly Country Inn for Drinking and Dining The Ostrich, Station Road, Robertsbridge, E. Sussex TN32 5DG Tel: 01580 881737 Open: 12 noon - 11pm


very village deserves a good neighbourhood pub which brings together the local community, but few match The Ostrich, which offers simple, well-executed dishes at sensible prices in a friendly and traditional setting. Their autumn menu is now in full swing and roasts are back by popular demand.


: Booking is still advised for their Sunday Roast priced at just £8.50. SERVED 12-4pm. Situated a stone’s throw from the mainline station of Robertsbridge and within easy reach of Bateman’s, Great Dixter, Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle, The Ostrich offers a range of facilities including: bed and breakfast accommodation, free function room hire, a large car park and a unique tropical garden! It also serves a selection of French, Spanish and Italian wines available by the glass or bottle, real ales and bar snacks. Tony & Rosemary Robins welcome all visitors to their Victorian freehouse. Live Music Jam Nights: Held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm. Open to all musicians. Strange instruments very welcome. (No Electric) The Ostrich also hosts Dementia Supper Clubs SE - 44 044_December044.indd 1

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A quick visit for lunch to Callenders of Hailsham yesterday led to us booking in for our family get together. The menu of all traditional festive local produce is amazing. As we sat under the fabulous stained glass window and just relaxed, it was the polite and friendly service that convinced us that this was the place for us. Our neighbours had their wedding anniversary do here and everything was wonderful. Menus start from under ten pounds for two courses and all wines and beers are sensibly priced too. Top quality, award winning modern British food and service, we can’t wait to go back. I think I shall have Prawns to start, or maybe the Smoked Duck, followed by a Steamed Venison Pudding, with a glass of Rioja, and the Light and Zingy Lemon Crème Brule to finish. I really can’t wait. Check out all their menus on the web and give them a call. You really should book your table today.

ancy putting on the Ritz this Christmas? Throughout December The Chocolate Lounge on Hastings seafront (opposite the skate park) is offering a fabulous Festive Tea worthy of the finest London hotel. This is no ordinary afternoon tea but a luxurious menu of seasonal finger sandwiches, cranberry topped pie, filo parcels, mince pies and a show-stopping Edible Snow Scene and festive drinks. Take a break from Christmas shopping and relax with friends in the comfortable surroundings with a hot drink (excellent coffee, a range of teas and the most decadently luxurious hot chocolate!) and, if you can’t manage the Festive Tea, treat yourself to a light snack or freshly baked cake or savoury from the kitchen. Christmas parties can be pre-booked with Becky on 01424 722404. The Chocolate Lounge, 27-31 White Rock, open 7 days a week, 9.30am to 8.00pm. Admission: over 18s only.

Thurs. 15th Dec. - Golden Eagle Jazz Band

At the Azur, Marina Pavilion, St. Leonards. Christmas party of the 1066 Jazz Club. See main advertisement on page 54.

Thurs. 15th & 19th Dec. - Messiah

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The power and the glory of 500 voices in monumental harmony. Sung by four superb soloists and massed choir combining the renowned Goldsmiths Choral Union, English Concert Chorus and Highgate Choral Society. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 15th Dec. - Back to Bacharach

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. 10 Amazing Musicians, 3 West End Vocalists, 1 Great Performance. Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century. £21. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 15th Dec. - The John Mann Christmas Show

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm. A host of the worlds most popular music played on the Organ and Grand Piano. Adding to the music is John’s great flair for comedy, his sketches of music hall stars are renowned. £10. 01323 412000.

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Christmas Menu Available From 1st to 24th December Two Course £16 Three Courses £20


Homemade Chicken Liver & Brandy Pate With Courgette Relish & Warm Toast Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Soup Baked Camembert Garlic Mushrooms with Pancetta

Main Course

Traditional Roast Turkey served With all the trimmings Local Venison in Red Wine With Jerusalem Artichoke Puree Baked Cod with a Herb Crust & White Wine Cream Sauce Mushroom & Nut Wellington


Christmas Pudding with Custard Dark Chocolate & Orange Parfait With a Fruit Coulis Winterberry Pavlova Chocolate & Salted Praline Sundae Selection Of Local Cheese & Biscuits Coffee & Mince Pie

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Thurs. 15th Dec. -Tom Chaplin

Concert at St. Mary’s Church, Rye. The perfect Christmas experience. 07931 755967.

Fri. 16th - 31st Dec. - Peter Pan

Thurs. 15th Dec. - No Mans Land (NT Live)

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Eve and Mat. performances. Boyband sensation Jaymi Hensley takes on the high-flying title role in East Sussex’s must-see pirate adventure Peter Pan! eaturing magnificent scenery, beautiful costumes, an abundance of comedy and stunning flying sequences. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 15th Dec. - 2nd Jan. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7.30pm. David Brent is the character created and made world famous by Ricky Gervais as part of his ground breaking, award winning BBC2 comedy ‘The Office’. Tickets from £33.45. 01273 290131.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. £14. 01424 229111.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Evening and matinee performances. This lush production features a live orchestra, transformations and all the classic moments - the pumpkin, the glass slipper, and the masked ball! Discover some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including In My Own Little Corner , Impossible and Ten Minutes Ago in this hilarious and romantic musical for anyone who’s ever had a dream. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 15th Dec. - ROH Cinema: The Nutcracker

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Recorded Live Transmission. The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker , created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 15th & 16th Dec. - The 1975

Fri. 16th Dec. - David Brent and Foregone Conclusion

Fri. 16th Dec. - Kings College Choir

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The worldrenowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge makes a welcome return with a magnificent concert of heavenly charm. With a wonderful selection of sublime carols from the angelic voices of the chapel choristers, and carols for all. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 16th Dec. - Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. The show will form part of a series of concerts that will be toured worldwide, with expanded visuals and a brand new set list including songs that have never been played live. 0844 856 0202.

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings at 7.30pm. A unique celebratory show, Carols at Christmas. A Christmas party to remember. £21.50 and £24.50 from 01323 841414.

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. With the ever popular British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra presenting wonderful Viennese, Strauss and Christmas music. 01323 412000.

At St. Saviours Church, South Street, Eastbourne. 4pm. Tickets £10. Under 16’s £5. Box Office 01323 643358 or Semantics, 33 Grove Road, Eastbourne or Tourist Information Centre.

Fri. 16th Dec. - Viennesse Strauss Christmas Gala

Sat. 17th Dec. - Concentus Sings Christmas

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Sat. 17th Dec. - Fat Boy Slim

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Fatboy Slim has a reputation for innovative shows around the world from beaches to boxing rings, swimming pools to stadiums. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 17th Dec. - St. Agnes Fountain Celebrate the Season

At Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. David Hughes and Fairport Conventions Chris Lesley together with Chris While and Julie Matthews bring festive joy. £22.50. 01323 841414.

Sat. 17th Dec. - That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. 01323 412000.

Sat. 17th & 18th Dec. - Christmas at the Priory

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Festive fun for all the family. Crafts, a trail & more. A variety of Christmas Workshops for adults and children. Please keep checking this page for workshops and timings. 01323 844224.

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Fashion & Leisure HALO is looking forward to helping you celebrate Christmas in style. They stock a wonderful selection of party dresses in lots of gorgeous styles and colours. The friendly helpful staff are always happy to assist; suggest alternate styles you maybe hadn’t noticed, offer advice on accessories or simply hand that additional size into the changing room! HALO’s choice of handbags & purses is excellent and they have lots of gorgeous new winter colour-ways of their amazing 3 in 1 reversible bag. When it comes to Christmas presents they have wonderfully original items at surprisingly low prices with stocking fillers from as little as £1.50! Scarves & luxury bath products always make great presents as one size fits all. HALO offer a WISH LIST scheme whereby they keep a record of which items you like and can guide your friends and relatives towards them. Surprises are lovely but there’s nothing like getting what you hoped for at Christmas! So before you drive to a big shopping centre why not make a start locally and support your local independents? The Heathfield Family Fun Day is Saturday 3rd December 1pm-5pm with market stalls, choirs, Santa’s grotto and much more! HALO would like to wish all their customers a very happy Christmas & New Year and for those last minute shoppers out there they will be open late a couple of Thursdays in December and until 3.30pm on Christmas Eve.

Sat. 17th & 18th Dec. - The Christmas Market

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. 10am - 5pm. Gifts, toys, food and drink, reindeer, birds of prey, fairground rides and live music. 01622 765400.

Sat. 17th & 18th Dec. - Meet Santa

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent. Jump on a tractor sleigh ride to his magical grotto and take home a fantastic gift.

Sat. 17th and 25th Dec. - Mick Bolton Jazz

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 7pm. See main ad. page 43.

Sat. 17th Dec. - Jools Holland

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Harvey Goldsmith by arrangement with One Fifteen presents JOOLS HOLLAND and his RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA with Special Guest Vocalists Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson from The Selecter, Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall & Beth Rowley. From £41.25. 01273 290131.

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Sat. 17th Dec. - The Eleventh Christmas Pudding Dash

At Pestalozzi International Village, Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe. 5 mile course or 2 mile fun run/walk.

Sat. 17th & 18th Dec. - RHS London Christmas Show

At RHS Lawrence Hall, Elverton Street, Westminster, London from 10am - 5pm. This event is the perfect place to complete any last-minute Christmas shopping for interesting plants and sundries which will make perfect presents for gardeners. Join us for this festive celebration, combining local, independent food producers, artisan craftsmen and specialist nurseries.

Sat. 17th & 18th and 22nd Dec. - Victorian Christmas Trains

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. Trains depart at 5.30pm from Sheffield Park arriving back at 7.15pm. 22nd December trains depart Sheffield Park at 10.45am, 12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Enjoy a very special journey between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes stations in one of our Victorian carriages. You will be at Horsted Keynes Station for approximately 1 hours and 20 minutes where the station sparkles with the bright lights of the Fairground stalls and the sounds of the vintage organ. Father Christmas will be in his log cabin for children to visit and receive a free gift. There are also the Victorian Fairground games to play, the model railway to visit and lots of different photo opportunities amongst the Victorian dressed ladies & gentlemen. 01825 720800.

Sat. 17th & 18th Dec. - The Christmas Experience

At Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. Meet Father Christmas and his Elves in their glittering grotto where every child receives a Christmas gift. Ch. £8. Ad. £3. 01892 890000.

Sat. 17th Dec. - Arts, Crafts, Gifts and Produce Fair

At St. Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JG. (Between Railway Station and Seafront) 10am - 3pm. FREE ENTRANCE. Visitor parking. Refreshments served all day. Disabled facilities. 01424 316759 / 07971 797599.

Sun. 18th Dec. - Sunday Lunchtime Jazz With Red Hot & Blue At Azur, Marina Pavilion, St. Leonards on Sea with the 1066 Jazz Club. See main ad. on page 54.

Sun. 18th Dec. - Amongst the Stars

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 1.30pm. 3pm and 4.30pm. Herringbone Arts, the team behind last year’s sell out hit A Winter’s Trail, return with a magical tale set around Theatre Royal Brighton for young children and adults to share. 0844 871 7615.

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A TALE OF MADNESS & MAJESTY What better time than this to portray a narcissistic head of state in a story rich with political maneuvering. From the tempestuous beginnings when Lear divides his kingdom between his daughters, there is a sense of imminent rage, which eventually erupts into an orgy of bloodshed before the action finally yields to the wastelands of pathos at the end. This is truly Bowler Crabs greatest production yet, full of standout performances. Paddy Cooper makes an excellent and totally believable Lear, playing the character with true grandeur and majesty. Notable for both her performance and versatility is Leanne Clark as Lear’s trusty and uncommonly wise Fool, also playing Cordelia, but every cast member deserves to be congratulated in this triumph of a production from Stephen John’s Bowler Crab Productions!

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1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday nights and presents

a different live jazz band every week. The music inspires dancing, and many styles can be seen here - anything goes! Our “Brolly Parade” takes place during the second number of the band’s second set, and provides a colourful spectacle said by visiting bands to be one of the best in the country. 1-Dec. Sussex Jazz Kings 8-Dec. New Orleans Echoes with Penny Payne 15-Dec. Golden Eagle Jazz Band (Christmas Party. Ticket only) 18th Dec. Sunday Lunch time Jazz with Red Hot & Blue

Give Eastbourne Samaritans a lift this Christmas Eastbourne Samaritans are asking local residents and businesses to ‘give them a lift’ this Christmas by helping them fund a new mobility access lift for their Eastbourne base. Many people don’t know that Eastbourne Samaritans is an independent charity. Based in Bolton Road in the town centre, the charity has to raise all the funds needed to support its often life-saving work and to run its operations. A vital part of its work is providing a base that those in distress or feeling suicidal can drop into. Open 10.30am till 10.30pm every day of the year, ‘The Haven’ in Bolton Road is ideally located but as an older three-storey building it can be a real challenge for some visitors and volunteers to access. The charity has worked up exciting plans to install a much needed mobility access lift in its Bolton Road base to ensure that everyone who needs its services, and everyone who wants to volunteer, can access and get around the building. Over the past few years Eastbourne Samaritans have already raised £100,000 towards this vital project and now need the support of local residents and businesses to raise the final £25,000. If you are able to support Eastbourne Samaritans, every single donation will count. They have set up a Just Giving campaign which allows residents and businesses to give online, but they would also like to hear from local businesses who would like to become corporate sponsors for this project. To support this appeal online go to: https://www.justgiving. com/campaigns/charity/samaritans-eastbournedistrict/lift or if you would like to make a donation by cheque please make it out to Eastbourne Samaritans and send it to The Samaritans of Eastbourne and District, 13 Bolton Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3JT . You can also contact the Eastbourne and District branch by email at

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Sun. 18th Dec. - The Bootleg Beatles

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7.30pm. Justifiably recognised as the world’s premier Beatles Tribute show, The Bootleg Beatles continue to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. From £31.80. 01273 290131.

Sun. 18th Dec. - Southern Youth Ballet The Tales of Beatrix Potter

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 5pm. This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter and to celebrate this occasion Southern Youth Ballet are performing a full-length ballet involving all of your favourite Beatrix Potter characters accompanied by our full professional orchestra. From £11.50. 01323 412000.

Sun. 18th Dec. - Christmas Carols and Mince Pies

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings in the Sussex Studio from 2pm. Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas Carols with our selection of yuletide treats. Ticket price includes festive delights and tea. 01424 462288.

Sun. 18th Dec. - Christmas Polyphony

At All Saints Chapel, Meads, Eastbourne at 7.45pm. A concert of carols and seasonal songs with Polyphony Voices in Harmony. Acappella and accompanied by piano, flute and accordion. £5.50 from Bonners Music or £6.50 at the door. Interval bar.

Sun. 18th & 19th Dec. - Jingle Bell Christmas

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. It’s high-kicks for Christmas as the Jingle Belle Dancers join the London Concert Orchestra, Capital Voices and West End stars for all your favourite Christmas hits. Laura Tebbutt & Tim Howar star soloists. Plus sensational high-kicks from the Jingle Belle Dancers. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 20th Dec. - Richard Durrant: Candlelit Christmas Concert

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Musical midwinter charm from the UK’s favourite barefoot, stand-up, un-classical guitarist - a world class virtuoso, compelling storyteller and genial host. Renaissance, Christian, pagan and folk music plus Durrant’s own tunes make these concerts a much loved part of Christmas for audiences. Amongst wintry solos Richard is joined by his guests; Amy Kakoura, a singer with Greek Irish roots. An indescribably stunning voice and Nick Pynn, a composer & multi-instrumentalist. One of Britain’s greatest folk fiddlers. 01892 678678.

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Antiques & Collectables

Tues. 20th - 22nd Dec. - Vanilla Ice on Ice

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. American rapper Vanilla Ice will be performing at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink in a concert like no other this December. Tickets on sale now - please note the show is for 30 minutes.

Wed. 21st - 30th Dec. - Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all! Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, with special appearances by beloved Disney Princesses and characters from all-time favourites

like Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King. This unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime. Experience the Full Story – Live on Ice! 0844 8560202.

Wed. 21st Dec. - Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 1.45pm. Starts 2.30pm. A superb show of seasonal fun presented by the nation’s favourite ballroom couple, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag. Lance Ellington guest singer. Capital Voices. Southend Boys’ Choir. Southend Girls’ Choir. Richard Balcombe conductor. London Concert Orchestra. 0207 589 8212.

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Garden & Building Services

Phoenix Gardening offers a friendly, reliable, all year round gardening service. A member of the Gardeners Guild, Neil is professionally trained to RHS Level 3 and is a registered waste licence holder. Experienced with extensive plant knowledge, is happy to offer a free, no obligation quotation upon request with competitive hourly or per job rates. As well as gardening in all weathers, Neil can do small handyman jobs. Based in the Hastings area, Neil is happy to travel to areas such as Bexhill, Eastbourne, Tenterden, Sandhurst, Battle, Sedlescombe, Fairlight and Rodmell. Call Neil on 07958 408 667 or 01424 434724.

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Vince Cottingham Vince Cottingham is a general builder, landscape gardener and property maintenance company, established in 1996 with years of experience helping customers to make the right decisions and execute them efficiently and professionally. Based in Sussex we have extensive experience in landscaping works, from small projects to complete garden design and construction. The success of the business has been built on recommendations - ensuring clients receive excellent trustworthy service, good workmanship and reliability. We also undertake general building projects that include extensions, refurbishments, new kitchens and joinery works. We are experienced in all types of property maintenance for homes of all shapes and sizes, including listed and conservation. See Back Cover

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BEXHILL Design & Build Established for over 35 years, we are a family run building & maintenance contractor servicing a wide range of clients including home owners/landlords, businesses and Local Authorities in the Bexhill and surrounding areas. We have a wealth of experience & knowledge to pass on and our clients value our reliable, friendly & professional service. We are Trading Standards Approved as well as being long standing members of Checkatrade and pride ourselves on providing a first class local service with quality workmanship. So if you’re looking to build, extend, renovate or repair and if you’re looking for a quality tradesman you can trust then please contact us.

See our main advertisement on the back cover.

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Nursing & Care

What’s On Magazine Read online on your tablet or mobile device 01424 870363

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Health, Beauty & Weddings Wed. 21st Dec. Father Christmas at Bodiam Castle

At Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge from 10am - 3pm. Pre booking advised. 0844 249 1895.

Fri. 23rd Dec. - Santa Specials

At the Bluebell Railway, East Grinstead Station. 01825 720806. Meet Father Christmas on the steam train with gifts for the children.

Fri. 23rd & 24th Dec. The Christmas Experience

At Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. Meet Father Christmas and his many Elves in their glittering grotto where every child receives a special Christmas gift. Ad. ÂŁ3. Ch. ÂŁ8.

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Held on 23rd October The Herstmonceux Castle Wedding Fayre brought together the areas finest wedding professionals all under one roof. With around 50 exhibitors ranging from bridal wear to wedding cakes, wedding invitations to photographers, there were a range of professonals who showcased their skills and services at this one day show. The Herstmonceux Castle Wedding Fayre is an amazing, inspirational must-visit for all brides-to-be, the perfect place for ensuring that you get those big and small details just right. Watch this space for the 2017 Fayre!

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le t s a C x re u e nc Fay o tm ing s r d e d e H W

Cooden Beach Hotel

Jodie’s Botox & Fillers Sprinkle cakes

PowderMills Hotel

Chris Anderson

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Birds of a feather.. W hat a glorious month for astounding colours in our gardens. While taking photographs of my avian visitors the background colours seem almost painted in. A very good time to get out to see some of the incredible sights nature has to offer.

Blue Tit

Allan.......... Feathers Wild Bird Care. Starling

Great Tit


Blue Tit

Collared Dove

Mon. 26th Dec. - 2nd Jan. - The Winter Trail

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Throw on your hats and scarves, pull on your wellies and walk off the Christmas pudding. Bring the whole family on a special Beatrix Potter™ themed trail across the Castle estate. Tel: 01622 765400.

Mon. 26th Dec. - Eastbourne’s Boxing Day Tea Dance

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 2pm - 5pm. £8. Three hours of ballroom magic (including a well-deserved tea break!) will pass by in a whirlwind with a varied programme of live music, including some festive favourites, in the company of Chris Mannion. 01323 412000.

Tues. 27th - 30th Dec. - Christmas Spectacular

Sat. 31st Dec. - Jazz With Earl Okin

At the Grapevine Rye, Conduit Hill, Rye. See main ad. on page 43.

Sat. 31st Dec. - London’s Final Countdown

At The London Eye, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 7PB. Tickets: £10 per ticket - first release sold out, final release 2 December. Come and celebrate a night you’ll never forget at the London New Year’s Eve Fireworks display. If you want to be there on the night, you must have a ticket. The first batch of tickets has now sold out. There will be a second and final release of tickets on 2 December. Remember, only buy through the official ticket provider See Tickets.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London 2.30pm and 7pm. Keep your Christmas spirits high with wonderful music, thrilling lights, sensational lasers and dazzling indoor fireworks. Claire Rutter soprano, Peter Auty tenor, The Jingle Belle Dancers. Ekaterina Bulgutova & Yuri Kudriavtsev star ballet principals. Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 28th and 29th Dec. - ET In Concert

At the Royal Albert Hall London, 2pm and 7pm. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score, performed live and in full by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen! 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 30th Dec. - Jazz With Dom Pipkin

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. See main ad. on page 43.

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Whats on magazine december 2016  

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

Whats on magazine december 2016  

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