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WHAT’S ON MAY 2017

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What’s On May 2017

Contents

Sat. 29th & 30th April - Classic Car Extravanganza

House and Home P.2 - 21 Fuel & Fire Services P.10 Bexhill Feature P.12 & 13 Art, Antique & Collectables P.14 - 17 Heathfield Feature P.18 - 21 Fashion and Leisure P.22 - 33 John Craven Interview P.34 - 38 Battle Feature P.39 - 41 Food and Drink P.42 - 51 Garden Services P.52 - 58 Animal and Pets P.59 Health and Beauty P.60 & 61 Wedding Services P.62 & 63 Nursing and Care P.64 & 65 Wild Bird Care P.66 & 67

On the Western Lawns and Wish Tower Slopes, Eastbourne. More than 600 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses and much more to display. Live music throughout the weekend.

Sat. 29th April - 7th May - Grand Designs Live

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Open from 10am daily. A unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home as well as many products never seen before. Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event is packed with over 500 exhibitors, across seven different sections. http://www.granddesignslive.com/excel

Sun. 30th April & 1st May - Spring Garden & Leisure Show

At the South of England Centre, Ardingly, W. Sussex. 9am - 5pm. Ad. £10, S.C. £8. 01444 892700.

Mon. 1st - 6th May - Fracked

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Alistair Beaton’s provocative new comedy takes us to an idyllic English village threatened by an energy company intent on drilling for shale gas. Anne Reid plays Elizabeth, a retired academic who finds herself transformed from obedient citizen to angry protestor. While her increasingly grumpy husband (James Bolam) longs for the quiet life, Elizabeth soars to fame via social media. 0844 871 7615.

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28th April-1st May Jack in the Green May Day Festival

At Hastings Old Town. The four day event has been described as ‘thee celebration of Morris dancing and traditional merriment, centering on the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green and culminating in a wild costumed parade - one of the most bizarre in Britain. The parade begins at 9.45am on the Bank holiday Monday setting off from the Fisherman’s Huts in Rock-aNore Road in the Old Town, and finishes on the West Hill, where you will have an opportunity to see traditional folk dancers and music throughout the afternoon. www. hastingsjitg.co.uk

Until 30th May Selfie to Self-Expression

At Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY. This is the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and celebrates the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity. The show also highlights the emerging role of the mobile phone as an artistic medium www.saatchigallery.com

Tues. 2nd & 3rd May A Right Royal Variety

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. (also on 9th and 10th, 16th and 17th and 23rd and 24th). 8.15pm. With musical delights, exciting dance numbers and laugh out loud comedy – as well as savvy sketches and some audience participation – this show has something for everyone. £16.50 / Concession – £15 / Child – £8 / Family – £40 01323 802020.

Tues. 2nd - 6th May -Buddy

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. A cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. 01424 462288.

Tues. 2nd - 7th May Hastings Folk Fest

Music across eleven venues throughout the town. See www.hastingsfolkfest.org

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Wed. 3rd May - Jools Holland

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. With his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. featuring GILSON LAVIS. with special guest CHRIS DIFFORD and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER & LOUISE MARSHALL. 01892 530613.

Wed. 3rd May - 1812 Firework Concert

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. truly iconic tradition that is celebrated every Wednesday evening, consisting of a culmination of concert music ending triumphantly with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture accompanied by a spectacular Firework display. 01323 410611.

Wed. 3rd - 6th May - The Mikado

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. & Sat Mat. 2.30pm. Presented by Eastbourne Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Can Three LittleMaids save the day or will Nanki end up on Ko-Ko’s “Little List”! 01323 412000.

Thurs. 4th May - The Country Superstars Experience

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. 8pm. £24. Featuring the Tennessee All Stars Band. This truly unique show is hosted by Sarah Jayne who has been performing as Dolly Parton for over 25 years and is Europe’s Leading Tribute to the Queen of Country. 01323 802020.

Thurs. 4th May - 8th July - Lettice and Lovage

At the Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU Felicity Kendall and Maureen Lipman re-unite with director Trevor Nunn for the first major revival of Peter Shaffer’s awardwinning comedy Lettice & Lovage. 020 7378 1713.

Thurs. 4th May - Showstopper

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook, Kent at 7.45pm. An ingenius blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity with a critically acclaimed West End Run at London’s Apollo Theatre. 01580 711856.

Thurs. 4th May - Metamorphosis

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Waking to find himself transformed into a dung beetle one morning, Gregor must now seriously consider his options. One of the most resonantly strange stories ever brought to stage, this highly acclaimed adaptation by Steven Berkoff plunges into the extremity of Kafka’s dark humour, and reveals a tremulous human heart. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 4th May - Magic at the Musicals

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Ruthie Henshall, the show, complete with a 60 piece orchestra, is set to wow audiences with leading cast member performances from the most celebrated shows. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 4th May - Queen Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. With a dynamic stage show that fully emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man backed up by superbly crafted harmonies and intricate guitar work, Mercury faithfully and accurately recreate the distinctive Queen experience. 01323 410611.

Fri. 5th May - 3rd June The Lady Boys of Bangkok

At the Saibai Pavilion, Victoria Gardens, Grand Parade, Brighton BN1 1UG. The Lady Boys of Bangkok fast became the countries favourite touring cabaret show since their debut at Edinburgh Fringe back in 1998 – since then our intimate and warm venue, the Sabai Pavilion, has become an annual staple for many cities. Hotter….sexier…. funnier than ever – the country’s number one touring cabaret show – The Lady Boys of Bangkok return with a bang in 2017 with their lavish new production – WHO RUNS THE WORLD! Tel: 0871 705 0705.

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Continental Day Trips

6th May - De Panne/Brugge Day Trip 16th May- Adinkerke Day Trip 23rd May- Adinkerke Day Trip 28th May- Oostende/De Panne Day Trip

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Continental Weekends 12th May – Amsterdam Weekend 2 ngts 20th May - Brugge Weekend 2 ngt Central Hotel 27th May - Paris Weekend 2 ngt Inc: Tour of city

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UK Day Trips 20th May - Romford Market Adult £17.50, Seniors £15.50, Child £15.50. 31st May – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Tour Adult £26.50, Seniors £24.50, Child £24.50.

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Fri. 5th - 13th May - My Mother Says I Never Would

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. This interesting and unusual play is about four women and their ordinary and extraordinary lives. Through addressing complicated emotional and social issues relevant to us all, it examines the relationship between four women and their mothers and children across the years of the last century, during huge social change. Eves. 7.30pm. Sun Mat 3pm. Ad. £13. 01424 423221

Fri. 5th - 7th May - A Place in the Sun Live

At Olympia National hall, London. 10am-5pm. The UK’s largest overseas property event and takes place at Olympia London. The official exhibition of the Channel 4 TV show is the perfect place to help guide you through the buying process and find your ideal property abroad. Featuring over 150 exhibitors from around the world ready to showcase their collection of beautiful overseas homes. www. aplaceinthesun.com/exhibitions

the diverse sectors of northern Cyprus, along with its natural, historical and cultural wealth. Among the exhibitors will be hotels and resorts, tour operators, universities, private hospitals, industrialists, and construction companies that are providing services in the northern part of Cyprus. Visit our website http://northcyprusfestival.com/ for more information.

Fri. 5th May - The Milliners Tea Party

Fortnum & Mason invites you to join them in the Boardroom of our Piccadilly home for an exclusive Afternoon Tea event hosted by milliners Noel Stewart, Edwina Ibbotson and Rachel Trevor-Morgan. During the afternoon, each talented hat-maker will discuss and demonstrate their work, before offering visitors an exclusive chance to buy. Places are limited to just 20 guests. Tickets cost £60 per person, inclusive of Afternoon Tea. To book, please contact our Private Dining team on 020 7734 8040 (Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm).

Fri. 5th - 7th May - Albert Sessions: Michael Kiwanuka

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Since topping the BBC Sound of 2012 list, he has garnered huge critical acclaim, two Mercury Prize nominations, and comparisons to great artists including Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers and Otis Redding. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 5th - 7th May - Live Jazz

At The Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex. 8pm. Three top Jazz musicians over 3 evenings. Free Entry. See main advert on page 47.

Fri. 5th May - Champions Of Rock

Fri. 5th - 6th May - Festival Of North Cyprus

At The Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. the first ever festival organised in London which will bring the northern Cyprus’ culture and trade to life. When you visit the festival, you will encounter

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £22. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary Hyde Park concert, for one night only the authoritative Queen concert show combines with the world’s No1 Meat Loaf production in the critically-acclaimed spectacular guaranteed to rock your world. 01323 412000.

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orest Property Management & Lettings are a unique company offering a modern twist on the traditional property management and rental industry. Forest Property Management & Lettings is an independent agent focussing solely on Property Lettings and Management, covering East and West Sussex along with Kent. The family owned agency delivers an exceptional level of customer service that encompasses great relationships with their business clients and builds an unbeatable reputation.

Sat. 6th May - Fairport Convention

At St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. 7.30pm. Big birthday celebrations for possibly the greatest folk-rock band of all time and recent recipients of the coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award. Seats £20.50 and £23.50 from 01323 841414.

Sat. 6th May – Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists

At The Chaplin Theatre, Vinehall School, Robertsbridge. Works by Schubert and Tchaikovsky. Ticket/details 01580 883092.

Key to this is to ensure they deliver their services to clients with the highest level of professionalism. The client will always engage with the directors (Nick and Kristy) when negotiating the letting of their property and thereafter for the management of that property.

Westminster Morris Men and Morris Dance teams from across England will join the annual Day of Dance. This free event will see teams of Morris Men dancing in Westminster’s streets and Trafalgar Square all afternoon. From 2-5pm, you can come and see them perform. 2-6pm. http://westminstermorris.org

Whilst expertise is critical to a successful business it is important for clients to feel that the agent they have chosen will be “looking after their property as if it were their own”. A credible reputation is built solely on the personal experience of the client.

Sat. 6th May – Westminster Morris Men, Day of Dance

Sat. 6th May – Elvis Presley Tribute

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. The ‘Young a Elvis years’ show is packed with all your favourite hits from the early Sun Records such as ‘That’s All Right’ ‘shake Rattle n roll’ through the 50s with hits like ‘Hound Dog’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Don’t be Cruel’ we then transport you to Hollywood featuring hits from ELVIS’ movies including Jailhouse Rock, GI Blues, Viva Las Vegas and many more. 01323 410611.

Sat. 6th -7th May – The National Pet Show

At Excel, 1 Western gateway, Ryal Victoria Dock, London. 9:30am - 5pm. Aside from the hundreds of animals on display, you’ll be able to receive free pet care advice, watch live animal performances from acts such as Britain’s Got Talent’s Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard, llisten to talks from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, the Supervet from Channel 4 and watch SuperDogs Live presented by TV host Michaela Strachan! Get 20% off tickets - quote EXCEL20* www.thenationalpetshow.com

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Fuel & Fire Services

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.

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.

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.

Sat. 6th May – Royal Rumble - Round 2

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. Rusthall and Tunbridge Wells ABC Presents The Royal Rumble - Round 2 Tunbridge Wells VS The Rest. An Evening of Boxing. From £10 01892 530613.

Sat. 6th May – Plant Market

Sedlescombe & District Garden Society are holding their Plant Market in the Village Hall 10.30 till 12.30. This is always a very popular event with lots of bargains and a good variety of plants.

Sat. 6th May – Film Music Gala

At The Royal Albert Hall, London at 3pm. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra bring their Film Music Gala back in 2017 for two performances! Don’t miss the RPO’s rousing film music celebration: a spectacular concert for movie fans of all ages, promising a wide assortment of timeless film scores and your all-time Hollywood blockbuster soundtracks.

This Gala is sure to delight film fans, along with those who simply want to relive some of the most iconic film music moments of all time. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 6th May – The Supersonic 70’s Show

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 8pm. ‘The Supersonic 70s’ are a 6 piece ‘100% live’ band, with both male & female lead vocals featuring the incredible Janey Bombshell, one of the finest female singers in the UK. Janey adds some real ‘Agnetha glamour’ alongside co-lead vocalist Mark Keen, the singing sensation with the moves to match! £16.50 - £19.50. 01323 802020

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Bexhill Feature

Sat. 6th May – Handel’s Messiah

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 7.30pm. Bexhill Choral Society is bringing Handel’s Messiah, the best loved and most exciting of all oratorios. Through its quasi-operatic drama of recitatives, arias and choruses, Messiah constantly shows Handel’s brilliant ability to express religious sentiments in the most memorable music. £12 - £16. 01424 229111.

Sun. 7th May – Kent Show - British Driving Society

At The Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring Nr. Paddock Wood. 11am- 5pm. The British Driving Society (BDS) was formed in 1957 and is the National organisation for a range of carriage driving activities. The aim of the Society is to support and encourage people interested in carriage driving. Call Us 01622 872068.

Sun. 7th May – The Fureys

The Sinden Theatre, Homewood School, Ashford Road, Tenterden. For over 39 years Ireland’s legends, the Fureys have been selling out concerts worldwide. A great night of Irish Music, Songs and stories. All tickets £18.50. 01580 763 826.

Sun. 7th May – Mozart’s Requiem

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm. Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most popular of all choral works, with an intriguing history to add mystery to the music: Mozart, already a sick man, had illusions that he was writing the Requiem for himself! As many as 2,000 singers from The Really Big Chorus will perform this astonishingly powerful piece, full of fervour and passion. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 7th May – Crowning The May Queen

At Alexandra Park, Hastings. The Crowning and Maypole dancing will start at 2pm - there will be music, Morris storytelling, face painting and Punch and Judy. The traditional Garland Competition is open to individuals and groups, and you are invited to bring along all manner of Garland to show.

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ow in its second year, the 1066 Cycling Festival is a FREE two day festival celebrating everything cycling. The festival will run over the weekend of 17 and 18 June at two venues in Hastings and Bexhill. Organised by Hastings Borough Council in partnership with East Sussex County Council’s Active Hastings team and Active Rother at Rother District Council, the event will showcase some fantastic cycling events, demonstrations and family fun activities. On both days visitors can see Savage Skills Stunt team, LaDinamo Funky bike band play along Hastings’ seafront, Rollapaluza, have a go balance and adapted bikes provide by ESCC, bike decorating with Treasure Tots, have your bike MOT’d by Handsome Bicycles, try the Freedom Leisure Challenge and take part in the treasure hunt. Pav Bryan Cycle Coaching and Nutritional Fit will also be on hand. On Saturday 17 June, the festival runs from 11am to 3pm at the Stade Open Space, Hastings. At The Source Park there will be 15 minute demos at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm and adapted and balance bikes will be in The Multi Use Games Area (near crazy golf ). Bike Bomb races will take place from 7pm in Bottle Alley (next to the Pier) and for keen cyclists, Handsome Bicycles have organised Hastings first Sportive – Historic Half Hundred; a 50 mile ride taking in the best of views of 1066 country. There will also be learn to ride taster sessions provided by CycleSafe, plus local rides. The fun continues on Sunday 18 June at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill from 11am to 3pm with events including The Brompton Challenge, Cycle Jumble sale, Molton Bike display, BBQ provide by Bexhill Lions club and local rides; Bexhill/Hastings Greenway Circular cycle ride led by 1066 Cycle club, Local Modern Vintage ride around Bexhill led by Classic Cycle Club and 1066 Coastal Cultural Trail Ride led by Bexhill Wheeler. For more information and to view the full festival programme visit www.visit1066country.com/cyclingfestival or call Eugenie on 01424 451051

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Art, Antiques, Collectables

Sun. 7th May – Wedding Show

At Folkington Manor, South Downs National Park, Folkington BN26 5SD. 11am - 3pm. See main advertisement on page 63.

Sun. 7th May – Shakespeare For Juniors

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 2.30pm. A wonderful way to introduce children to the magic of Shakespeare. Three stories, three actors, 30 characters in 70 minutes. With audience participation. Suitable for 5yrs+. 01892 678678.

Sun. 7th May – RTWCS - Bach Mass in B Minor

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 3:00pm. Rebecca Miller directs the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and the glorious Southbank Sinfonia in one of the towering masterpieces of Western music, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor. 01892 530613.

Mon. 8th May – La Boheme - An Ellen Kent production

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. PUCCINI LA BOHÈME Introducing the Russian soprano Alyona Kistenyova* as Mimi and starring Olga Perrier*, the French Soprano as Musetta. Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features beautiful sets and costumes. 01424 462288.

8 May - 3 July - 8 WEEK (MBSR/MBCT) Mindfulness Course Mondays 10-12am. At Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, TN17 3HA. This experiential and instructive course will be taught one day a week in groups of 12 or less. MBCT/MBSR is clinically proven to help people manage the stress of physical and emotional difficulties but you don’t have to have specific difficulties to take the course. (Bank Holiday 29 May excluded). And an all day session on a Sunday in July TBC. Contact: Enya Onah 07593959039 enyaerine@gmail.com Facebook: Mindfulness Cranbrook @taketheoneseat

Mon. 8th May – Music Is For Life

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 1500 young performers from the London Borough of Merton present another astonishing Music is for Life event at the Royal Albert Hall. This year, our talented young singers and instrumentalists explore the power of communication and creativity through music and text with an array of imaginative performances. 0207 589 8212. www.mmf.org.uk

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Firle Place Antiques Fair Returns for Spring 2017 Following it’s launch success in 2016, Firle Place hosts its second annual Antiques Fair, 2nd - 4th June. With hundreds of visitors from across the south of England and plenty of art and antiques expected to be changing hands during its three days, organiser Caroline Penman from Uckfield is full of anticipation for this year’s return event. We’ve come forward in the calendar to early June,’ says Caroline, ‘‘to slot comfortably beween the Garden Fair and the Vintage Fairs in Firle Park, and once again our specialist dealers will be presenting a superb display of art, antiques and collectors’ pieces with prices to suit every pocket.’ The fair takes place in the historic setting of the 18th century Riding School with exhibitors showing their stock in room-set displays. Going on sale will be fine art, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, glass, sculpture and all kinds of rare and interesting collectables. All exhibits will be vetted for quality and authenticity, and all will be accurately labelled. Admission: £3.50. Times: 10.30am-5pm daily. Car Parking: Free in Firle Place Park. Cafe: For refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Appraisal Service: Visitors can also take advantage of an appraisal service provided by experts well-known from their TV appearances: Mark Stacey, Henry Nicholls and Ben Cooper. These will take place in the afternoon with a charge of £3.00 being donated to the British Heart Foundation.

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Mon. 8th - 9th May – Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore

singer-songwriter Laura Mvula will discuss the victories and challenges of female soul, jazz and rock musicians who broke down social and cultural barriers during the sixties. Music from these revolutionary artists will be played on vinyl on the CAS audiophile hi-fi, featuring Audio Note UK and Klipschorns. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 8th - 13th May – The Play That Goes Wrong

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. two televised nights of mayhem at The O2. Fans will be able to see all their favourite WWE Superstars under one roof on 8th May for Raw and 9th May for Smackdown. WWE LIVE is unique blend of sport and entertainment, combining in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, in a fun, lively and exciting environment, WWE Live is the ultimate in family entertainment. 0844 856 0202.

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore are at the seaside. ‘They have a towel, an inflatable ball, a picnic and three contrasting temperaments’ (Time Out) in this ‘stupidly lovely show… that offers a child’s eye view of the world and all its mysteries’ (The Guardian). 0844 871 7615. 8th - 4.30pm & 6.30pm. 9th - 2.30 & 4.30pm. At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves 7.45pm, Wed & sat Mats 2.30pm. Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi awardwinning West End smash hit comedy! The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! 01323 412000.

Mon. 8th - 9th May – WWE Raw & WWE Smackdown

Mon. 8th May – Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: May

At Great Dixter, Nprthiam, East Sussex. 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. £45.00. 01797 252878.

Tues. 9th - 10th May – The AI Summit

At The Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. The AI Summit was the first conference & exhibition in the world dedicated to the impact of AI in the business world. Two years on, we retain our market-leading position by offering a unique experience of unrivalled knowledge, highlevel networking and memorable moments... Join us for an insightful, engaging and rewarding event experience that opens up the intelligent world of opportunities! The Expo will be open to the public on 9th-10th May from 09.00-18.00. Ticket Prices: Starting from £399.

Tues. 9th - May – Dean Friedman

Mon. 8th May – Laura Mvula presents the Women of 60s Soul

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. An audiophile listening experience, hosted by Colleen Murphy. As part of the Hall’s Summer of Love: Revisited series, Classic Album Sundays’ Colleen Murphy and

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Woman of Mine and more. Friedman performs songs from throughout his three decade career, including familiar hits and fan favorites. 01424 462288.

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Tues. 9th - May – Brassed Off Live

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm. British classic Brassed Off comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a special screening with live accompaniment by the brass band that inspired the story. Relive a piece of cinema history as the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and members of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform the score live at the iconic venue at the film’s heart, alongside the film on the big screen. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 9th - 10th May – Ricky Gervais

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7.30pm. HUMANITY. Considered one of the most influential British comedians since Charlie Chaplin, (received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy 2016 BAFTA/LA) Ricky Gervais is returning to stage with his first stand-up tour in seven years: Humanity. 01273 290131.

Wed. 10th Ruby Wax - Frazzled

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. A GUIDE TO MINDFULNESS A forum for discussion. Ruby Wax is a much loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning. She has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. This event is a follow up to her sell out touring show, and best-selling book, Sane New World, which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. 01892 5306163.

Wed. 10th - 11th May – Ricky Gervais

At Excel, London. The UK’s largest cross-sector event bringing together the physical activity sector, academia, healthcare, policy makers, local authorities and performance experts to focus on an increasingly important and complex societal challenge: tackling physical inactivity. With over 150 exhibitors & 200 speakers, Elevate 2017 is an unrivalled

opportunity to learn more about how physical activity, health and performance connect. Register for free tickets now. Please note Elevate is for professionals only. http://www.elevatearena.com

Wed. 10th May – ABBAphonic

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Celebrating ABBA’s greatest hits in all their show-stopping glory, West End stars Abbie Osmon and Emma Kershaw will perform an amazing line-up of the Swedish pop group’s timeless classics in the RPO’s popular show, ABBAphonic. With the amplified Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a spectacular light show and sensational backing singers, ABBA’s hit songs will be performed with the RPO’s signature symphonic twist! 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 10th May – Celtic Tenors

At The Winter Garden, Eastbiourne. 7.30pm. £22. It has been said that they do to Irish tenor singing what River Dance has done to Irish dance – bringing it to the 21st Century. Sixteen years on and seven top-selling album releases later, the trio are now internationally recognised as the only tenor group with a truly global following. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 11th - 18th May – This Earth ll (Exhibition)

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. Free Entry. 10am – 5pm The seen environment, which is taken for granted and enjoyed practically and visually, faces increasing challenges from a variety of factors. Visually satisfying mountains, lowlands and uplands, and coastal scenes along with examples of flora and fauna are displayed on the Studio walls. Examples of the built environment and means of transport are also featured. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 11th - 12th May – John Mayer

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. GRAMMY Award®-winning singer songwriter JOHN MAYER has announced dates for his Search for Everything World Tour and will perform at The O2. Each concert on the tour will be comprised of full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer Trio sets of music. 0844 856 0202.

FLEET GALLERY 20th Century British Art | 20th Century Designer Furniture

Handmade Rugs & Carpets 53 Norman Road | St Leonards on Sea | East Sussex | TN38 0EG Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm www.fleet-gallery.com patrick@fleet-gallery.com T: 01424 200220 Mobile: 0783 7784683 - 17 -

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Heathfield Feature

Show launches new web page and on line entry system for 2017 Show

Saturday 27th May

At Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex. Tickets for the Heathfield & District Agricultural Show - one of the South East’s most popular annual event – have gone on sale. The 70th Show will be held on 27 May at Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield and tickets can be purchased online or from local outlets. Show Chairman, Graham Mosey, said the Show will be a giant celebration of farming, food and country life. “We will be showcasing award-winning livestock, the finest food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant. If you love your local countryside, you’ll love a day out at the Show!” Main ring entertainment includes the monster truck show Big Pete and the Grim Reaper. “Additionally we have launched a brand new website to coincide

with offering tickets for sale,” said Graham. “It is our first fully-responsive website which takes into account touch and slide technologies to give people viewing the site from tablets and smart phones as good an experience as those using computers.” The new site provides information for the Show’s broad audience including exhibitors, competitors and sponsors to visitors and children. The Show continues to offer free entry for children when accompanied by an adult on Saturday, 27 May. Advance tickets offer attractive savings and can be purchased online www.heathfieldshow.org or from local outlets.

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RFM Coachworks SEE US AT THE HEATHFIELD SHOW Saturday 27th May at Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS 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.

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Thurs. 11th May – Steve Knightley

At The Old Chapel, Alfriston. 7.30pm. The songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands who on Easter Sunday packed London’s Royal Albert Hall to the rafters. Seats £18.50 from 01323 841414.

Thurs. 11th May – Robertsbridge Jazz Club Mike Hext Quintet

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. www.robertsbridgejazzclub.com

Thurs. 11th May – NT Live: Obsession

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On sea. 7pm. £12-£14. Written by William Shakespeare. Jude Law stars in this new stage adaptation, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre. Directed by Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) Starring Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley). This new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film will be broadcast live on to the big screen in our auditorium. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 11th May – Love In Idleness

Following a sold out run at the Chocolate Factory, Terence Rattigan’s brilliant comedy Love in Idleness transfers to the Apollo Theatre, London for 50 performances only. This brand new production marks Trevor Nunn ‘s exciting return to Rattigan’s work, following the huge success of Flare Path. Love in Idleness stars the Olivier Award winning Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Hedda Gabler and Nurse Jackie), Anthony Head (Six Degrees of Separation, Merlin and Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Edward Bluemel (The Halcyon). Tue - Sat - 7:30pm Tue, Thu & Sat - 2:00pm.

Thurs. 11th May – NT Live: Obsession

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7pm. Live Transmission. See details above. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 11th May – Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 1.30pm & 7pm. We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage featuring all your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past! 01424 468822.

Thurs. 11th - 14th May – Driftwood

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves 7.30pm. Sat & sun Mats 2pm. Sensational Australian circus group Casus elevates circus to a form of silent theatre in which momentum alternates with stillness, strength with fragility, emotion with humour. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 11th May – Reginald D Hunter

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 8:00pm. Reginald returns to the Assembly Hall with his highly anticipated brand new show following a hugely successful year performing across Europe. £23. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 11th - 14th May – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ in Concert

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 nichollsbros@gmail.com

At The Royal albert Hall, London. 2pm & 7pm. This breathtaking, hotlyanticipated show will see the movie screened in high definition and in full on a 40-foot screen, as John Williams’ immortal score is played live on stage by a world-class orchestra and chorus. It will play for five performances only at the iconic London venue, bringing the movie’s beloved, Oscar-nominated music front and centre to create a new and unforgettable experience for Harry Potter fans. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 12th May - Live Jazz

At The Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex. 8pm. Three top Jazz musicians over 3 evenings. Free Entry. Se main adverti on page 47.

Fri. 12th May - Alke Quartet

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. 1pm. Dynamic and young and one of the most exciting chamber music ensembles around today. 0844 871 7615.

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Fashion & Leisure SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY & with a couple of Bank Holidays; May is always a month to look forward to. Whether you are planning a trip away or enjoying what the UK has to offer, you are sure to need a few new items to liven up your Summer wardrobe. With several deliveries each week HALO always has lots of exciting new stock to tempt you. Maxi dresses remain on trend & offer an ideal solution to those not keen to bare winter white legs just yet. Another big look this year is the maxi shirt. These are really versatile as they can be worn alone as a dress or layered over jeans or trousers; almost like a lightweight coat. Spots have made a come back & floral prints, whether it be on a dress, top or trousers. Infact ICHI has included a FREE matching floral bag with some of their trousers! On the footwear front there are fabulously comfortable options with many styles featuring a sporty white sole with memory foam foot-bed. In addition to flip flops, loafers, trainer styles & sandals there is even a beautiful summer ankle boot by DOLCIS. So next time you are in the Heathfield area, be sure to pay Halo a visit. In addition to clothing & footwear they also have lots of lovely gifts as well as fashion & handmade silver jewellery. You can be assured of a warm welcome & the friendly staff is always on hand to offer as much or as little help as you may need.

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Fri. 12th May - Verve Tour 2017

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. VERVE presents an exhilarating programme of four distinct dance works choreographed by international artists James Cousins, Carlos Pons Guerra, Leila McMillan and Matthias Sperling. Performed by a company of eleven dancers trained at some of the world’s leading conservatoires, the work is physically daring and thought provoking. 01892 678678.

Fri. 12th - 14th May - Spin Cycling Festival

At Olympia West, London. Discover the perfect mix of bikes, art, inspiration, fashion, innovation and music at Spin – The Cycling Festival. See over 150 of the most forwardthinking cycling brands present must-have products, kit and ideas for seasoned velophiles, beginners, or the simply curious. Whether you’re a road cyclist, weekend warrior, super commuter, single speeder, art lover or coffee aficionado, you’ll find an event that is jam-packed with the best brands, bikes, and the ultimate experience of cycling culture. www. thecyclingfestival.com

Fri. 12th - May - Rolling Stones Tribute

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ - They look like them!!, They perform and present like them!! All the charisma and energy that made the rolling Stones “The greatest Rock Band In The World”. 01323 410611.

Sat 12th - May - One Night Of Queen

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7:30pm. Performed by GARY MULLEN AND THE WORKS. In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. Tickets: £20.00 01892 530613.

Sat. 13th - 14th May - Branch Line Weekend

At The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. 2 day event where 5 of our SE&CR locomotives take centre stage alongside LNWR Coal Tank visiting from its base at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. All engines will be running passenger trains throughout the day scheduled to an intensive timetable. 01825 720800

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Sat. 13th - 21st May - 1066 Walking Festival

This walking festival for 1066 Country will feature walks to suit all ages and abilities over the 1066 area. The 1066 Walking Festival will show just how much fun walking can be alongside the healthy aspects. Over the festival there will be long and short walks to suit all tastes and fitness levels. Many of these will be free of charge, or by donation request. www.visit1066country.com/whats-on/1066-walking-festival

Sat. 13th May - The Vamps

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. Since The Vamps burst onto the scene in 2013 – debuting at Numbers Two, Three and Two with their first three singles (Can We Dance, Wild Heart, Last Night) – the four talented young musicians have barely stopped. 0844 8560202.

Sat. 13th May - The Bowie Experience

At The Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £23.50. Bowie Experience is 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 through Bowie’s golden years from Space Oddity through to Let’s Dance. 01323 412000.

Sat. 13th May Eurovision Party

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Eurovision Song Contest Party. We’ll be showing the whole song contest across two big screens. Abba Girls will entertain you during the voting intermission. Dressing up is positively encouraged. Doors and bar open at 6:00pm, Screens start at 7:00pm. Concerts finish 11:00pm. 01323 410611. Eastbourne’s Phoenix choir are excited to be hosting a very special event, which will be welcomed by choral singers across the region. On September 9, England’s best-known choral composer, John Rutter, will lead a “choral singing day” at Willingdon Community School. These events are a lot of fun: John shares his experience and wisdom to inspire amateurs and extend their enjoyment of choral singing. Meanwhile, for its summer concert on June 10th, Phoenix will present some of the most beautiful pieces by living composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Philip Stopford with Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass being the main focus.

Sat. 13th May - Maximo Park

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 7pm. £20. Hook-laden melodies and sense of urgency with off-kilter rock, soulful grooves and pop sensibilities. 01424 229111.

Sat. 13th May - Daphne’s Fight

At The Pavillion, George St, Hailsham. 7.30pm. Their first concert for twenty one years with all five original members, Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold, Chris While, Julie Matthews, and Christine Collister. Seats £20.00 from 01323 841414.

Sat. 13th May - King of Pop

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. This incredible production stars the world’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi who is joined by Jackson’s original lead guitarist. 01424 462288.

Sat. 13th May - The Illegal Eagles

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7:30pm. Often acclaimed as the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles return to the stage in 2017, this time celebrating their own incredible 20 years of UK and international touring! £25. 01892 530613.

Sat 13th May - Novel Writing Course

At Hever Castle, Nr Edenbridge, Kent. With critically acclaimed author Mark Oldfield. Ideal for anyone wanting to write quality fiction, the day covers a variety of techniques and approaches to help aspiring writers develop storylines, structure and plan their book, write effective synopses and of course edit. £120. 01732 865224

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The idea of a new professional orchestra in Hastings might seem insane in this time of austerity but that would be to ignore the enthusiasm and expertise which Marcio da Silva has brought to the South-East over the last few years. Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra is the first professional orchestra resident in Hastings for over half a century and his belief in the viability of the project has already proved itself in a range of fine performances. Having opened the season last November with Beethoven’s Choral Symphony at the White Rock, on 20th May they return to St Mary-in-the-Castle to perform his Choral Fantasy, and Egmont Overture. The major work in the programme will, however, be Brahms’ Second Symphony, a sublime and substantial romantic work which will draw on all the resources of the orchestra. Marcio said, ‘I’m pleased that we have been offered a residency at St Mary-in-the-Castle which will give us a permanent base and we can look to ensuring the right conditions are regularly available so that we don’t have to move staging everytime we hold an event. Some events will be streamed to attract a wider audience, and there will be a new inter-active web-site to keep supporters in regular touch with us and plans as they evolve.’

Don’t miss the Rudes!

The very popular Rude Mechanical Theatre will be touring the region again this summer with a brand new play, The Commercial Traveller, set in 1924 London. Funny and romantic it demonstrates the gritty determination to overcome an apparently unassailable problem through absolute love. Details - www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Sat 13th May - Help to Buy Home Show

At The Hop Farm Country Park,s Beltring Nr Paddock Wood. 10.30 3.00pm. New home information from a range of providers. Independent financial and legal advice, New homes show. 01622 872068.

Sun. 14th May 2017 BBL Basketball Play-off Finals

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. The men in red are back! With their distinctive scarlett jackets and beautiful harmonies, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir, and their guests the Bennett Soul Band, have a fabulous evening lined up for you. 01892 678678.

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. Scheduled is an incredible double line-up of play-offs. Both the BBL and the WBBL seasons will again be concluded under the bright lights at The O2. Event timings: Doors: 12:00 // WBBL Play-Off Final: 13:00 // Hoops Aid: 14:45 // BBL Final: 16:00. 0844 856 0202.

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone Kent ME14 3AU. Make the most of your day and join in with our other activities across the site, including Story Time and Cuddle Corner. Don’t forget to hop on our fun farm ride and visit Dotty’s Tea Rooms for a yummy treat. 01622 763936

At The Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF. 9.30am. Challenge yourself to complete the marathon distance over 105.5 laps of the 400m running track at Eastbourne Sports Park. info@weruntheyrunirun.co.uk

Sat 13th May - Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice

Sun. 14th May - See Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol

Sun. 14th May - The Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon

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Sun. 14th May - Starfish Races

Full Marathon - Half Marathon - 10k relay - Junior events The Starfish Marathon takes place along Bexhill seafront. The course is a mainly flat lapped course of 10.5k, which is completed 4 times to complete the full marathon, 2 times to complete the Half Marathon and in teams of 4 people to complete a Marathon as a joint effort. http://www.starfishraces.co.uk/

Sun. 14th May The First Hippo On The Moon

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 2.30pm. From Number One bestselling children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of three years and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 01892 678678.

Sun. 14th May - Archway Choirs

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 4.30pm. £8 - £12.50. A wonderful programme of old and modern classics with original arrangements by MD Jane Reeves, accompanied by the Archway House Band led by Andy Drudy and with a special guest – The acclaimed Sue Richardson on trumpet. 01323 802020.

Sun. 14th May - Kensington Doll Show

At Pillar Hall, Olympia, London. Perfect for collectors and dealers, browse and buy a fantastic range of antique dolls. From 18th century wooden dolls, wax dolls and favourites from the 1950’s and 60’s you are sure to find a hidden gem. 10am-4pm. 01262 677775.

Sun. 14th May - The Andrews Sisters UK

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 3pm. the UK’s only celebration of the Andrews Sisters backed by a full big band (the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK) re-creates the fabulous close harmony sound and feel of those swinging days. 16050. 01892 530613.

Sun. 14th May - The John Mann Music Show

At The Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 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. 01323 412000.

Sun. 14th - 16th May - Pulse (Trade Show)

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. Breaking the boundaries of design and innovation, Pulse is the UK’s ultimate boutique trade event for inspiring new gifts, modern living and fashion accessories. Presenting over 500 expertly curated exhibitors, including designer-makers, unseen and established UK and international brands, Pulse is the perfect retail event if you are a buyer with an impeccable taste for the cuttingedge… www.pulse-london.com

Mon. 15th - Vivo Piano Trio

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. 1pm. The Trio performs one of the masterpieces of the trio repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s mighty Piano Trio. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 15th - 20th - A Judgement in Stone

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Evenings at 7.30pm. Wed & Sat matiness at 2.30pm. Bill Kenwright presents The Classic Theatre Company RUTH RENDELL: A JUDGEMENT IN STONE. Adapted for the stage by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard. 01892 530613.

Mon. 15 May 2017 – The history of the Royal Academy: People, Places, Pictures.

At the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA, 2.30 p.m. From its beginnings in Somerset House to its move to Burlington House, a grand London House in Piccadilly, the Academy remains an independent institution and offers substantial exhibitions and teaching rooms. Lecture run byThe Arts Society Rother Valley. Visitors welcome (entrance £7). Enquiries: Kay 01424 775257

52nd Annual Traction Engine Rally Sat 3rd and Sun 4th June 2017 Since the late 1800’s Claude Jessett’s family lived in Hadlow Down and after Claude married Joyce nearly sixty years ago they spent all their married life in the family home at Tinkers Park. Claude had an interest in all things mechanical and acquired his first traction engine during the Second World War. The engine remains part of the collection, and played no small part in inspiring Claude and Joyce to hold their first steam rally in 1966. Since then there has been an unbroken line in annual Steam Rallies, each one providing a chance to see a fascinating range of exhibits, from the smallest stationary engine driving a water pump, to a huge traction engine designed for ploughing fields. With steam rollers, tractors, cars and motorbikes being just some of the exhibits on show this year’s rally promises to be a wonderful occasion for adults and children alike. The famous Jessett collection of mechanical musical instruments will be in operation, as will the “Great Bush Railway”. Pause to watch the steam engine events while enjoying some hot or cold food along with a pint of Harveys from the beer tent. The Harris family’s traditional fairground has been involved since the first rally and their rides are sure to be a hit with everyone. Then it’s on to the stalls, with all manner of items for sale, from autojumble and tools to books and plants. Right from the start the rally has been in aid of Cancer Research UK and this year is no exception. For more information please visit www.tinkerspark.com

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Tues. 16th May - Cinema Expanded The Sensual Nature of Sound

Mon. 15th - 20th May - Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. In recent years the baritone Benjamin Appl and the pianist James Baillieu have forged careers that have placed them in the front rank of young artists. They have also developed an artistic partnership that Festival audiences have seen blossoming since 2014. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 15th May - Meadow Gardening

At Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex. 10am - 4.30pm. Discover the secrets of meadow gardening using the marvelous Great Dixter meadows as an example. You will be taken through the process of creating your own meadow and maintaining it. 01797 252878.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. An explorative evening of independent film and music. FILM: THE SENSUAL NATURE OF SOUND Directed by Michael Blackwood featuring Laurie Anderson, Tania Leon, Meredith Monk and Pauline Oliveros. From £6.50. 01424 229111.

Tues. 16th May - Annie

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm and 7.30pm. Presented by Moira House Girls School. From £8. 01323 412000.

Tues. 16th May - Soul II Souls’ Jazzie B

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. As part of Summer of Love: Revisited, Classic Album Sundays’ Colleen Murphy and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B discuss how black musicians and producers inspired new musical genres, and became entrepreneurs in the face of racial adversity. 0207 589 8212.

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Tues. 16th May - Songs For The End of the World

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 8pm. Musician and theatre maker Dom Coyote and his hi-octane multi-instrumentalist band The Bloodmoneys obliterate the line between epic theatre and raucous gig. 0844 8717615.

Tues. 16th & 17th May - VR World

At Olympia Central, London. Now in its 2nd year, VR World is a two day conference and exhibition focused on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality and its impact beyond gaming. With 4 in-depth event tracks and over 150 leading speakers, no other European event covers the market in as much detail. www.vrworldevent.com

Wed. 17th - 20th May - Our Man in Havana

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Thrillingly adapted for the stage by Clive Francis, this uproarious farce is filleted to perfection from Graham Greene’s hilarious, subversive and ever popular novel. 01323 412000.

Wed. 17th May - Adam Ant

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. 80s hero Adam Ant will make his Royal Albert Hall debut in 2017 following his hugely successful Kings of the Wild Frontier tour in 2016. Anthems: The Singles Tour will showcase Adam’s impressive back catalogue of material, including hit singles, B-sides and personal favourites. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 17th & 18th May Business Start Up And The Business Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The Business Startup Show is Europe’s most relevant and beneficial B2B exhibition for any entrepreneur looking to start and grow their business. The Business Show is Europe’s largest business exhibition for anyone looking to start or grow their business. http://bstartup.com http://www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk/

Wed. 17th May - Jeremy Hardy

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. 8pm. Jeremy Hardy has been doing comedy since 1984. And, without a lottery win, he probably has at least another 33 years to go. 0844 8717615.

Wed. 17th May - RSC: Julius Caesar

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm, Recorded Live Transmission

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. 01892 678678.

Wed. 17th May - Tyler Hay

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 1pm. The fearless virtuosity of Tyler Hay has propelled him to the top of his class: last year he won the Gold Medal at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he recently completed his studies, and he has already made his Wigmore Hall debut. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 18th May - NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live at the DLWP Auditorium. From £12.00. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 18th May - Adam Ant

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7:30pm. ANTHEMS THE SINGLES TOUR with support from GLAM SKANKS. Following the hugely successful Kings of the Wild Frontier tour earlier this year, which saw Adam play his classic and now iconic album to over 30,000 fans in sold out venues across the UK, Adam Ant has announced ANTHEMS The Singles Tour. From £36.25. 01273 290131.

Thurs. 18th May - Artists Critique Group

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. The De La Warr Pavilion Artists’ Crit Group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 6-8pm in the DLWP Studio. The meetings are informal, friendly and offer visual artists an opportunity to share their work and ideas in a mutually supportive setting. 01424 229111.

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Thursday 1st June 2017 The Temperance Seven – Diamond Anniversary Tour at The 1066 Jazz Club Doors open at 19.15 for our celebration with The Temperance Seven who are on their 60th anniversary Tour, still playing lively jazz music from the 1920s. £15 (members £10) Bar, dance floor, parking nearby. all welcome. Pay on the door. 1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday evenings throughout the year at the Azur on the Hastings/St Leonards seafront. We have a different live band each week who play from 8-11 pm (doors open 7.15) and you will always receive a warm welcome. There is ample parking nearby in a car park (charges apply till 9pm) or in some of the streets opposite the Azur. We hold a number of themed party evenings which are very popular. Later, in the summer and autumn, we dress in appropriate style for 1940’s and 1920’s nights as well as ‘crazy days of summer’. We round off the year with our Christmas Party in December. Full details at www.1066jazzclub.co.uk

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FIFTY GOOD REASONS TO BOOK! Summer Season Launched at Devonshire Park Theatre and Winter Garden. Eastbourne Theatres summer season is packed with 50 shows to tempt you; from big hit musicals, to chilling ghost stories and some truly great British comedies. The new season brochure is now available which features the full list of shows and can be viewed online.

East Sussex based project manager Matt Willmott of Holmes Project Management Ltd has been selected by Grand Designs Live, to join their team of experts at the Grand Design Live Show at Excel, London

The hilarious summer show One Man Two Guvnors (29 June – 22 July) makes its Eastbourne debut at the Devonshire Park. This National Theatre classic made James Cordon a superstar; it smashed the West End and stormed Broadway. Described as ‘The funniest show on the planet’ it will be produced by the Eastbourne Theatre production team. Audiences will be treated to a sumptuous adaptation of this frenetic comedy which is based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carol Goldoni and packed with original music by Grant Olding.

Holmes Project Management provide professional project management services in Sussex and surrounding areas for individuals and homeowners undertaking restorations, renovations, large extentions or new house building projects and who would like help in achieving the desired outcome. If you are attending Grand Designs Live you can book an appointment with Matt on the Grand Designs Website. www.granddesignslive.com/excel/whats-on/ask-anexpert/project-management/232-matt-willmott For more information please visit their website at www.holmesprojectmanagement.co.uk Or contact them direct to discuss your project requirements. matt@holmesprojectmanagement.co.uk Office 01892 710655 / Mob. 07902 915575

Another fantastically funny comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner (23 – 27 May) heads to Eastbourne; a head-spinning and side-splitting evening of confused calamity awaits! The farcical plot veers from ludicrous to hilarious in equal measure. The cast includes Sara Crowe (EastEnders, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and back by popular demand Damian Williams and Ben Roddy. To book these shows or for a season brochure call 01323 412000 or see eastbournetheatres.co.uk (See facing Page)

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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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John Craven John Craven was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire and started his journalistic career as a junior reporter on the Harrogate Advertiser. Still investigating controversial issues affecting our countryside after 40 years in television, John has been awarded an OBE for services to rural and children’s broadcasting.

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ohn first hit our TV screens in his psychedelic shirts and jumpers presenting a children’s talk show called Search, in which enthusiastic youngsters aired their views. Then, in 1972, he made television history presenting the first BBC news programme specially made for children – John Craven’s Newsround. John helped to shape the show. Wearing informal clothes and sitting in front of his desk, he explained the news clearly and simply enough for a 9-year-old to understand. John’s easy, straight-talking style led to him becoming part of the team presenting Multi-Coloured Swap Shop

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in the mid-1970s, along with Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin and Maggie Philbin; and later, to Saturday Superstore with Mike Read. In 1989, just days after announcing his departure from Newsround, John made the move away from children’s TV and began to present Countryfile, tackling rural and farming stories from Foot and Mouth disease to the ban on foxhunting. What’s On Magazine met up with John to hear about his long and perhaps lesser known association with Panda’s.

John, can you tell us about how your love of Panda’s came about? I have been going to China and looking at Panda’s for some time now. It all started in my Newsround days. The programme started back in 1972 and because it was aimed at children we had to be very careful with the type of content we presented to them. Wildlife and Conservation were high on the list and for me, Panda’s are a symbol of conservation. We did many stories on Newsround about Panda’s and we even did an April Fools story on them. We made a huge white egg with black spots on it and put it in a Panda cage pretending it was going to take a year to hatch.

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Of course the Panda became the symbol of the world Wildlife Fund For Nature and at the inaugural meeting when people were getting this organisation together, Sir Peter Scott, the Great Naturalist was on the Board at the meeting. Not being very good at long meetings he was doodling and when it came to the subject of what was going to be the symbol of the WWF the person sitting next to Sir Peter said I think Sir Peter has just created it. In the late 70’s and early 80’s there was a crisis in China because the Arrow Bamboo which was the Pandas main food source had started to flower and after it does this it withers and dies. Around 200 Pandas starved to death and so a big rescue operation has mounted and Newsround was invited by the Chinese Goverment to film the rescue operation and we were the first Western television company to be allowed to film at the Panda reserve. In those days there were about 1300 Pandas in the wild and only a handful in captivity. The wild ones were not only facing threats from starvation but also from poachers and farming practices which gradually have been encroaching their land. The authorities set up 67 protected zones all

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around Panda country. What is the current state of Panda conservation? Well, the results of that have been that numbers of wild Panda’s have now increased to around 1800 Pandas in the wild and that is a 17% increase on the last survey. It’s still not enough, but it is sufficient that the conservation for nature has taken the Panda off of their list of endangered species. Pandas are now classed as ‘vulnerable’. Have you returned to China since your early visits? More recently I have been going to China with Wendy Wu Tours to show travellers around the Panda breeding centre. Tourism is absolutely vital because the money that is earned is spent helping to provide some amazingly successful research work that has lead to a boom in captively bred Panda’s. A couple of years ago I had the great honour of being presented with a scroll which made me the UK’s official ambassador for Panda tourism. I think I maybe the world’s only Panda Ambassador.

What have you most enjoyed there? Obviously one of the biggest things that tourists visit in China is the Great Wall. It’s an amazing spectacle which runs for about 6,000 miles. I have been to the very furthest Western end of the Wall and it just comes to a complete stop in an open dessert. Another one for the tick list are the Terracotta Warriors which are a fantastic sight, they were discovered by accident in 1974 by a group of farmers who were digging a well. They came across this great chamber with life sized figures in it. With all the excavation that has now taken place, over 6,000 Warriors have been discovered and the excavations still haven’t finished. All the Warriors were guarding the tomb off of the first Emperor of China who was responsible for the Great Wall. I originally went there in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher, China was beginning to open up the country in the aftermath of the cultural revolution and Wham had just performed a concert as the first Western pop group to perform in China. At that stage it was just a hole that you could look down and see a handful of Warriors. Now it’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world.

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Another place a lot of people visit is Chengdu in the Szechuan Province of China. It is a big city with about 15 million people living there. It makes around half the world’s laptop chips and two thirds of all the worlds Ipads. It also has the largest free standing building in the world which includes a half mile long beach complete with artificial waves. Most people however visit the city for a completely different reason. They go there to see the main research centre for giant Panda breeding. The centre was set up to prevent the Panda going the way of the Dodo, and so far they have done a pretty good job of that. There have been lots of babies born at the centre and at other centres around the country. Just in case they ever do die out in the wild there will be more than enough in captivitiy to keep the species going. Ideally some of these babies born at the centre will be able to be released back into the wild when they are older. It has been tried but without much success so there is a lot of research still to be done in this area. What’s The Connection with Wendy Wu Travel? Wendy Wu really is very passionate about making sure that everybody who travels

with her has a fantastic experience, she takes great interest in every aspect of the business and she came with me to have a look at the baby Pandas. Since the Research work started there have been over 300 successful births. In the early days many of them were fathered by Pan Pan who sadly died a few months ago. He was 31 when he died which is very old for a Panda, they don’t live anything like that time in the wild. Visitors to the centre can pay a fee to pick up a Panda and have their photo taken with a young Panda. You can also help as a volunteer cleaning out Panda enclosures. A lot of these hands on experiences had to be curtailed due to an outbreak of Canine Distemper which Pandas are susceptible to, but there is still one Centre you can go to with Wendy Wu Travel where it is still safe to do this. Have you learnt a lot about baby Panda’s? Yes I have seen and learnt an amazing amount. Panda cubs are born pink and are about the size of a mouse. They are a thousand times smaller than their mothers and are covered in short white hair. Their eyes are tighly shut and they cry very loudly. Their black patches start to appear around one years old followed

by black hair a few weeks later. The eyes fully open after about 60 days. After about 80 days they can stand and in four months they run about and climb on their mums back to play. After nine months they follow their mother and can climb trees. When a mother has twins in the wild she will let the second one die because she just cannot cope with handling two babies which is why Panda numbers are so small. That doesn’t happen in captivity, after the twins are born the mother is distracted and the breeding team pop in, take one of the babies out and put it into an incubator. It stays there for a couple of weeks and then the team distract the mother again, rub the baby in the smells of its mother and put it back into the cage, removing the other one to go into the incubator. This goes on for three or four months and it means the centre gets two Panda’s and the mother never realises. Once they don’t need her milk she is quite happy for both of them to be around. Of course their main diet is bamboo but once in captivity they also love to eat carrots. Bamboo has hardly any nourishment so Panda’s have to spend 14 hours a day eating around 14 kilograms of

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bamboo just to give them enough energy to keep going. For the rest of the time, they just sleep. What other threats do the Panda’s face? Although its numbers are slightly up at the moment, scientists are now worried about global warming and the impact that might have on the bamboo forests on the high mountains. They think it could lead to up to 30% of the bamboo being killed off. There are also outspoken critics of the Panda Breeding programme, people who think that the money would be better spent on wider conservation projects and on protecting species which have a better chance of eventual survival. When I take visitors to see the Pandas and they get their first sight of them, they say its a moment they will never forget. What would future generations think of this generation if we allow this animal to become extinct. I don’t think we can

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let that happen and tourism is a very important way of helping to prevent it.

Thank You John About Wendy Wu Tours Wendy Wu Tours really know Asia; every vibrant, fascinating and incredibly rich corner of it. That’s why they are the UK’s leading specialist tour operator to China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Since Wendy’s first tour departed in 1994, they have been perfecting and diversifying their range of tours to capture the very essence of the destination, so you’re not just admiring the top sights but truly discovering them - their award-winning national escorts and their unparalleled knowledge are an integral part of this. Your journey begins from that very first enquiry. You can trust that they are dedicated to expertly guiding you through your Asian adventure, wherever

you choose to explore. The growth and success of the business have been propelled by the founder, Wendy Wu herself. Wendy was born in Tibet and grew up in China. After completing her studies, she decided to go to Australia where she began working for American Express, sending her very first group tour to China in 1994. Realising that her expertise and business acumen combined with a relatively untapped market were the perfect match for success in this field, Wendy set up her own company in Australia in 1998. Following great success, Wendy Wu opened offices in the UK in 2004 and in the US in 2010. They are going from strength to strength, delivering unique travel experiences to an expanding range of destinations.

www.wendywutours.co.uk

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Battle Medieval Fayre

28th & 29th May

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attle Medieval Fayre is a two-day family event held on 28 May - 29 May 2017 and is based upon the old idea of a Fayre – somewhere to meet your friends, entertain your family, amuse your children, eat, drink and buy good things! The Fayre offers stalls, games and entertainment throughout both days. The entertainment is a mix of juggling, jesting, and general tomfoolery. There will be talks by Hands on History and an opportunity to see and try on mediaeval amour and weaponry. Battle’s very own Knights of the Realm will be strutting their stuff with boo-ing and cheering to encourage them in their chivalrous endeavours. In addition 1066 Falconry will be there and 1066 Lacemakers will be demonstrating the delicate art of lacemaking. There will be potters offering an opportunity for young ones to try throwing a pot, and games and facepainting for the young. Entry is Free. At 1pm on Monday the May Queen and her entourage (accompanied by the Section 5 Drummers) will process down Battle High Street. After the crowning of the May Queen at about 1.30 the children will demonstrate how maypoling should be done. - 39 -

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Battle Medieval Fayre MEDIEVAL WOOLLY CONNECTIONS

Primitive man clothed himself in woolly sheepskins from sheep killed for food, giving him protection from the elements. Later, sheep were milked and by 1900 BC, wool was spun and woven in Britain. By the start of the Medieval Period, having been encouraged to grow their developing woollen industry by the Romans following their invasion in 55 BC, Britons were spinning fleeces and weaving fine cloth. The Saxon invasions in the 5th century nearly destroyed the industry, but by the 8th Britons were exporting to the Continent. Post Norman Conquest the industry expanded further, so by the 12th century clothmaking was extensive in southern and eastern England. Production peaked in the 13th century then declined due to political strife. Flemish Weavers settled here in the 14th during the Spanish invasion bringing prosperity to the wool trade. Black Death decimated the population so arable farming became difficult and less labour intensive sheep farming increased. Raw wool exports grew as did the manufacture of wool fabrics so England became a major exporter of woollen cloth towards the end of the Medieval Period. Today, wool is an amazingly versatile all-natural, renewable fibre used extensively in British manufacturing – whether it be woven into lambswool ties by Lad in Yorkshire, felted (pressed non-woven mat of wool fibres) into hats by Christys’ in Oxfordshire, or recycled into wool picnic rugs and throws by Tweedmill in Flintshire. Lanolin is the naturally occurring fat in wool and is used to make soaps by Paula Bull in Wadhurst, and various wools are used to make some of our woolly gifts, like Sir Randolph and Lady Eleanora by Katie Smerke in Burwash and a huge tea cosy made here in Battle by Claire Bate. Paula Williams, Founder of BRITISH design BRITISH made, 64 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AG, helping you to buy British.

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Food & Drink Thurs. 18th - 20th May - The Ladykillers

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. THE LADYKILLERS tells the classic black comedy tale of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing… From £13.50. 01323 802020.

Thurs. 18th May - An Evening With Alison Weir

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Alison talks about the second in her series of novels about the Six Wives of Henry VIII. 01732 865224

Thurs. 18th May - Camouflage and Trickery

At Sussex Wildlife Trust Eastbourne Regional Group, Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne 7.30pm - Illustrated Talk “Camouflage & Trickery in The Animal Kingdom” by Ray Hale. Visitors welcome. £2.00 for members, £3.00 for visitors. 01424 777291

Thurs. 18th May - Some Enchanted Evening

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Don’t miss out on this spectacular show, as a cast of the industries most talented professionals perform favourites from Broadway and West-End musicals. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 18th & 19th May - The Beach Boys

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 8pm. With a torrent of hit singles to their name, and tens of millions of album sales, The Beach Boys changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been the band’s debt. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 18th May - Out of the Blue Battle 10K

The race offers the rare opportunity to run in the unique setting of Ashburnham Place, near Battle. The multi-terrain route will take in some of the 220 acre grounds which are rich in wildlife. 01797 22995.

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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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Fri. 19th May - Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton at 1pm. Selected from the acclaimed Glyndebourne chorus, the singers will perform a recital programme including operatic excerpts from across the repertoire. 0844 871 7615.

Fri. 19th May - An Evening With Picador Poetry

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 8pm. The Picador Poetry list is 20 years old. Since its inception, its mission has been simply to publish the best work from across the art form.0844 871 7615.

Fri. 19th - 21st May - Live Jazz

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex at 8pm. 3 top jazz musicians over 3 evenings. Free entry. See main ad. on page 47.

Fri. 19th May - Observatory Science Centre Open Evening

At the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, E. Sussex. Are you interested in the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country’s largest telescopes? Well here is your opportunity! 01323 832731.

Fri. 19th May - 1st July - On The Town

Fri. 19th & 20th May - Boutique and Artisan Shopping Fair

At the East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield, TN22 5ES. 10am - 4pm. A fabulous shopping experience with over 50 boutique owners and artisan makers. See page 23 for details.

Fri. 19th May - Bob Marley Tribute

At Regents Park Open Air Theatre. NW1 4NU. Eves. 7.45pm, Sat. mat. 2.30pm. Danny Mac, Fred Haig and Jeremy Taylor play Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - roles made famous on film by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin - and Siena Kelly, Lizzy Connolly and Miriam-Teak Lee take the roles of Ivy, Hildy and Claire. The cast also features Maggie Steed as Madame Dilly and Naoko Mori as Lucy Schmeeler. Incredible Bernstein score. 0844 375 3460

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. Trenchtown Experience authentically performs all of the great man’s legendary songs. 01323 410611.

Fri. 19th May - Lance Ellington

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Apart from recording and performing under his own name, his regular appearances on the BBC’s live series ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ have endeared him to millions of UK dance and music fans. £19. 01323 412000.

NEW SEASON MENU Main Courses Beer Battered Cod Chips & Peas £9.75 Scampi Chips & Peas £9.00 Beef & Ale Pie New Potatoes Seasonal Vegetables £9.25 Cottage Pie Seasonal Vegetables £8.50 Beef Lasagne and Salad £8.50 Chicken Tikka Masala Rice & Poppadum £8.50 Sausage and Mash with Onion Gravy £8.50 Burger & Fries £8.00 add Cheese £1 Macaroni Cheese & Salad £7.50 gluten free available Gammon Steak Chips and peas With Egg or Pineapple £9.25 Ham Egg Chips & Peas £8.50 Childrens Menu Sausage Mash Beans or Peas £5.95 Fish Chips & Peas £ 6.25 Chicken Nuggets Chips Beans or Peas £ 5.50 Burger and Fries £5.95 Macaroni Cheese £ 5.25 Gluten Free Available Ham Egg Chips & Peas £5.25

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Fri. 19th May - Brian Conley

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm Brian will perform brandnew comedy, sketches and songs, alongside some of his best-known and loved retrospective material from the screen and onstage. £25.50. 01424 462288.

Sat. 20th May - The Supremes Tribute

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. 01323 410611.

Sat. 20th May - Meow Meow

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 5pm and 8pm. A fantastical song cycle on a half-remembered misreported history of Brighton’s Theatre Royal. Actress, singer, dancer, Meow Meow is a cabaret diva of the highest order. 0844 871 7615.

Sat. 20th & 21st May - Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp) At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 8pm. Legendary songwriter and singer, Hodgson helped define a generation of progressive rock as the composer and voice of most of the band’s universally enduring anthems. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 20th & 21st May Bexhill’s Anglo Continental Street Market

See main advertisement and feature on page 12.

Sat. 20th May - 8th July - Glyndebourne

At Glyndebourne, E. Sussex. Concerts, talks and events beginning with Francesco Cavalli - Hipermestra. Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU. Box Office: +44(0)1273 815000. www.glyndebourne.com

Sat. 20th & 21st May - Castle Connections

At Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, E. Sussex. 11am – 4pm. Fun and educational activities for all the family. See page 5 for full details.

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Sat. 20th May - Hastings Philharmonic

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings at 7pm. Symphony N.2 J Brahms Choral Fantasy, Egmont Overture L Van Beethoven. See page 25.

Sat. 20th May - The Aanna Colls Singers Spring Concert

At Herstmonceux Castle, Nr Hailsham, E. Sussex. Ballroom. Tel. 01323 834479.

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Sat. 20th May - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. 3 Top stand up comedians and compere. 01892 678678. Sat. 20th May - 3rd Sept. - Safari: An Exhibition As Expedition At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free entry. Simon Patterson manipulates these mechanisms, shifting our perceptions as a result. Safari combines works from the last twenty-five years of Patterson’s career with two new commissions. 01424 229111.

Sat. 20th May - Afternoon Tea with Live Opera

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea of sandwiches, sweet treats and homemade scones in the elegant surroundings of the Hall’s Verdi restaurant, whilst experiencing a live performance from British Soprano Alexandra Stenson, one of the UK’s most promising soprano talents. 3pm. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 20th May - The Chicago Blues Brothers

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Over 40 hits performed live on stage in the concert that never finished. Infectious, dazzling, riotous, exuberant and spirited, the legacy of Jake and Elwood has been jump-started for a new generation with an energy that’s impossible to resist. £23.50. 01323 412000.

Sun. 21st May - Shakespearean Theatre - The Merry Wives of Windsor

At East Dean Village Hall. 2.45pm. Originating from the Bard’s home county, The Festival Players Theatre Company, bring you this hilarious and colourful comedy in an all-male, fast paced, costumed production – a summer feast of farce!. Seats £13.50 & £16.50 from 01323 841414.

Sun. 21st May - Rich Hall’s Hoedown

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 8pm. Join Rich Hall and his virtuoso musical mates for a frankly gratuitous mash-up of the very best of music and comedy, featuring his regular band of talented yet chronically unemployable urchins. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 21st May - 2nd July The Swinging Sixties: Bus and Hall Tour Experience

Starts from the Royal Albert Hall at 12 noon. Take a trip back in time to experience a flavour of the sights and sounds of the 60s – hop aboard the Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus before enjoying taking lunch and experiencing the Sixties at the Hall Tour at the Royal Albert Hall. This unique and immersive experience will introduce you to some of the 60s most iconic venues and locations. Around 3 hours. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 21st May - Aesop’s Fables

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. Using humorous and colourful characterisation, Cat’s Grin brings to life many of Aesop’s wise and foolish creatures. With their simple morals, based on universal truths, these tales have formed an essential part of childhood lore for over 2000 years. 01892 678678.

Sun. 21st May - London Symphony Orchestra

At Trafalgar Square, London. 6.30pm. - 8.15pm. Come and see the London Symphony Orchestra play a programme of Rachmaninov in London’s Trafalgar Square. Conducted by Valery Gergiev, this is the sixth concert in the Orchestra’s annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics series. Get there early to secure your spot!

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Sun. 21st May - IACF Antiques and Collectors Fair

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. Enjoy the Antiques and Vintage pop up fair at Ally Pally with lots of hidden gems to be found! The fair is full of hand picked, quality, vintage traders who offer a wide range of genuine vintage and antique goods. 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Mon. 22nd May - Cruise Job Fair

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington.

Mon. 22nd - 25th May - Eric Clapton

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Over 50 years since making his debut at the Royal Albert Hall, Eric Clapton returns for three shows. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 22nd May - Reduced Shakespeare Company

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. £19.50. Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage. 01323 412000.

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

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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. Food served daily 12-3pm and 6-9pm. Their spring menu is now in full swing and roasts are back by popular demand.

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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 - 48 -

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Tues. 23rd - 24th May - Cafe Culture Show (Trade)

At the Olympia West, London. Now in its 12th year, the show has become a must-visit for start-ups to one-shop independents, and from five-outlet entrepreneurs to major coffee shop chains. Visit over 200 exhibitors, thousands of brand new products and over 30 masterclasses, plus features such as the Independent Coffee Roaster’s Village, Cupping Zone and Artisan Food Market all under one roof. www. caffecultureshow.com

Tues. 23rd May - The Johnny Cash Road Show

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The UK’s No1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/ songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! £22. 01323 412000.

Tues. 23rd May - IL Volo

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Award-winning pop opera group IL VOLO is one of the biggest names in the classical-crossover genre, with a sound that combines traditional opera, pop, and classical symphonic music. Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschett and Gianluca Ginoble were discovered by renowned manager Michel Torpedine, who is regarded worldwide as the man who discovered the great Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 23rd - 27th May - Tristan and Yseult

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At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves. 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. This is the original tale of forbidden desires, broken hearts and the agony of choosing one human being over another. Seen through the eyes of the ‘Unloved’, Tristan & Yseult blends comedy, live music, grand passion and tender truths in an irresistible night of love. 0844 871 7615.

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Tues. 23rd - 27th May - Rent

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. This exhilarating landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess. 01892 530613.

Tues. 23rd May - 4th June - A Picture A Day Exhibition by Agatha O’Neill

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. In January 2016 Agatha started drawing a picture a day and posting her artworks on Instagram. She gained a considerable following, allowing her a new dynamic audience. Her illustrations and paintings are inspired by contemporary fashion and magazines, using collage techniques, inks and spray paint to create bold lines and fun colourful prints. 01892 678678.

Tues. 23rd - 27th May - Don’t Dress For Dinner

Holland will bring you the greatest boogie-woogie party in town. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 25th & 26th May - Arina Grande

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 7pm. Within less than a year, Ariana Grande captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut “Yours Truly” and also with its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.” 0844 8560202.

Thurs. 25th May - Flamenco Fever

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.45pm. Juan Martin returns to the UK with two great new artists direct from Spain. 01580 711856.

Fri. 26th - 28th May - Live Jazz

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex at 8pm. Three top jazz musicians perform over 3 evenings. Free entry. See main. ad page 47.

Fri. 26th May - Hacienda Classical

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. A side-splitting comedy of gastronomic proportions. Written by Marc Camoletti this superb comedy of confusion stars the Olivier Award winning Sara Crowe (EastEnders, Four Weddings and a Funeral), with the brilliant farceurs Damian Williams (Birds Of A Feather, Being Tommy Cooper) and Ben Roddy (Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie, Boeing Boeing). Evenings 7.45pm. Wed & Sat Matinee 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Moving into its second year, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, the DJs who shaped the Haçienda sound, return to the Royal Albert Hall with a new inspirational night. 0207 589 8212.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Tickets £25, £35. 01424 229111. Sold out - returns only.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Lisa Marini at 12 noon and John Crawford at 8pm. Enjoy great food, drink and free live music in the Hall’s Verdi – Italian Kitchen the perfect place to wind down, laugh and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 26th May - Stacey Kent

At St Mary’s Church, Church Square, Rye, TN31 7HF. 8pm. Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mould of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honours and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales approaching 2 million, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-selling albums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career. £34. https://ryejazz.com

Wed. 24th & 25th May - Keane frontman, Tom Chaplin Wed. 24th May -Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Jools Holland will be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career as well as songs taken from his new duets album ‘Sirens Of Song’, released November 2014. With a catalogue that reaches through decades a night with Jools

Fri. 26th May - Free Friday Music - Lisa Marini & John Crawford

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Fri. 26th May - The Killers Tribute

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. “The Killerz” are one of only a few tribute acts to “The Killers” in the world and prides itself on its overall likeness to the chart topping band. The music, the look, and the energy the band creates makes you feel like you are watching the real thing. 01323 410611.

Fri. 26th May - Mozart & Salieri + A Night In Vienna

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. The opera follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned his rival and fellow composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over his talent. Russian composer Nikolai RimskyKorsakov (1844-1908) used the short story Mozart & Salieri by Alexander Pushkin as libretto, which also inspired Peter Shaffer’s famous stage play and film Amadeus . 01892 678678.

Fri. 26th May - Psychic Audience Evening

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent, with Marcus Cinganelli. 01622 763936

Park Farm Butchers, Hawkhurst, Kent have been announced as South East Joint Champions and National Finalists in the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through small hard-working businesses. They are now in their twelfth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. This year the awards received over 7,500 nominations, meaning these finalists truly are the best of the best. Nominated by the public, the Awards recognise and honour those who routinely go the extra mile for their community. Judge James Somerville-Meikle commented: “Park Farm has championed local produce since before it was popular to do so and is well placed, having a farm and a shop. It goes the extra mile to ensure that customers get the best possible level of quality and service. Andy’s dedication to local produce and people was really impressive. As we walked around the chiller he knew exactly where all the meat had from, if it had not come from his own farm, and knew all of the farmers he sourced from personally. The business has put people through apprenticeships, provided meat to the local Cranbrook Rugby Club, and helped young farmers starting out. The model of a local butcher shop.”

We booked our table for fathers’ day at Callenders Restaurant in Hailsham today. We were in Hailsham doing the shopping and popped in for some lunch. When we saw the Fathers’ day menu we booked it immediately. Almost everyone loves a roast on a Sunday, and for those who don’t, there’s a whole selection of fabulous specials. I love the fresh salads, served with a portion of saute potatoes and a cool glass of pinot, perfect. If dad fancies something special there’s a great choice of steaks, fresh fish and wild local game, with a pint or two of good beer. Of course the kids love the home-made pure beef burger, topped with bacon and melted cheese and served with Callenders’ fab triple cooked, hand cut chips. And with a good vegetarian and vegan choice and a gluten free selection too, I’d say there’s something for everyone.

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Garden Services Sculpture inspiration for the garden and home at Pashley Pashley Manor is proud to host an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at their award winning gardens in Sussex at the Sculpture in Particular event from late May to early June. The garden’s sweeping vistas, formal walled gardens and winding woodland paths create the perfect landscape for sculpture, with some pieces providing focal points while others are tantalisingly glimpsed amidst trees and flowers. There is sculpture on display all season from April to September but during the eight days of the Sculpture in Particular event this is complemented by the exhibition of smaller pieces in the house.

Fri. 26th - 28th May - MCM London Comic Con

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway Royal Victoria Dock, London. A huge celebration of modern pop culture where you can take part in eSports competitions, explore a Comic Village packed with artists and writers, enjoy colourful costumes in the Cosplay Masquerade and meet special guests from the worlds of TV and film. Don’t forget - KIDS GO FREE! www.mcmcomiccon.com

A peek inside the wood panelled hall of the sixteenth century house, which is not usually open to the public, reveals a display and sale featuring interior pieces as well as several that would be perfect in smaller gardens – an interesting collection for visitors to enjoy viewing, or perhaps even invest in a piece. There is also an exhibition of floral and botanical art in the Garden Room café - visitors can enjoy cakes, scones and light lunches in this charming setting, and a selection of floral and botanical prints and cards on sale in the Gift Shop.

Fri. 26th May - Alice in Wonderland

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7pm. A family pantomime performed by pulse studios panto group. 01424 462288.

Fri. 26th May - Michael Jackson

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. Danny Oliver the UK’s number 1 tribute act brings his amazing show to the Hippodrome stage. 01323 802020.

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Sat. 27th & 28th May - World RX Of Great Britain

At Lydden Hill Race Circuit. Featuring a celebration of 50 years of Rallycross at Lydden plus the Group B Races. See page 29.

Sat. 27th May - Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival

On Eastbourne seafront at 2pm. This year’s theme Our Community - Our World.

Sat. 27th May - Sigma Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Their show promises something special, as the duo (plus band and some very special guests) will showcase exclusive material from their forthcoming new album, alongside their extensive run of hits. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 27th May - 4th June - Edwardian Lfe

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. From 11.30am. May Half Term Family Fun. Go back in time to the early 20th century this May half term and enjoy a fascinating glimpse of the Edwardian era just before the First World War when the Astors were in residence. Children can take part in an Edwardian school where old fashioned PE sessions will take place and the ‘three Rs’ of reading, writing and arithmetic are taught each day in an old fashioned classroom. 01732 865224.

Sat 27th May - 3rd June - Sculpture in Particular

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst. , 10am to 5pm. Admission £10.00 Display and sale of garden and indoor sculpture. Café, Gift Shop and Plant Sales. See www.pashleymanorgardens.com or call 01580 200888 for more information.

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e are a busy family run business with a very skilled team and are self-sufficient with our own range of plant and machinery including concrete crushers, diggers, dumpers and we are able to cope with all spoil arising from work carried out. We are confident to manage all sizes and types of projects. In the last year, we have been involved in carrying out reduce level dig, groundworks, foundations, drainage and brickwork for new builds and we have carried out block

Sat 27th - 29th May - 29th Festival of Flowers

At Christchurch Methodist Church, Springfield Road, Bexhill TN40 2BX. 10am - 4.30pm Sat. and Mon. 2pm - 4.30pm Sun. Lunches Sat. and Mon. teas, coffees, cream teas, plants, bric-a-brac, books, games, stunning displays, music everyday. Free admission.

Sat. 27th May - MT Encore - Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. Imelda Staunton is at her magnificent best. A first-rate revival of an astonishing pl The Guardian. 01892 678678.

Sat. 27th - 29th May - Model Railway Exhibition

At Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road, Robertsbridge from 10am 5pm. 12 layouts, sales, stands and refreshments. £3.50. Accompanied children free. Return next day free with previous ticket. Free parking.

Sat. 27th May - The Wizard of Oz

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Matinee performance - Doors 1.30pm, stage 2pm. Evening performance Doors 6pm, stage 6.30pm The Diana Freedman’s School of Dance and Performing Arts presents the musical classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’ containing all the much loved songs from the Oscar winning movie score and more!

and beam work for house extensions. Some of our more specialist work has involved constructing a concrete raft for a house foundation on a seaside site and building foundations with piling to allow for the conservation of trees growing in close proximity to the build. We can work to technical drawings and ensure we are compliant with the local council building control staff. Contact us for a free site visit and written quote.

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Make the most of your garden with Sussex Ponds and Gardens Whether you want to create a wildlife haven or a formal paved area with static or moving water, Sussex Ponds and Gardens can create the garden of your dreams! With over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of pond construction and hard landscaping they will follow your specifications to deliver you the garden of your dreams. Sussex Ponds and Gardens have established a great reputation and you are guaranteed a personal, reliable and professional service.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 23 – 27 May 2017

National Initiative Launched for a Community to win RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden For the first time a national initiative has been launched on BBC One’s The One Show, where gardening communities anywhere in the UK could be in with a chance to win an RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden. The scheme will see the plants and other elements of the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett, live on in a public space to be loved and enjoyed by a local community. The initiative is part of the RHS’ Greening Grey Britain Campaign to turn grey, unloved spaces into green, planted up places, for the nation’s health, happiness and for the environment and wildlife. The RHS is calling on community groups across the UK to enter for the chance to transform a plot of up to 250 square metres that can be accessed by the public. Schools, hospitals, hospices, gardening groups, allotments, medical centres and resident groups can all apply. The judges, award-winning designer Nigel

Dunnett, One Show Presenter Christine Walkden and RHS Chief Horticulturist Guy Barter, will be looking for imagination and zest for making a difference by planting up a garden, with plenty of benefit for residents, the general environment and local wildlife.

more in our towns and cities to meet the overwhelming challenges of climatechange and increasing urbanization. Indeed, garden spaces are no longer a decorative ‘nice-to-have’, but are a core and essential element in the toolkit to create healthy cities and livable places.

Guy said: “We want to see how this garden will bring people together to build and maintain a fabulous planting for the benefit of all. We would like maximum inclusivity so submissions should show how they will involve as many people as possible.

“The RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden demonstrates and celebrates the multiple benefits of plants and gardens in even the smallest of areas. It’s fantastic that this Garden will live on after RHS Chelsea to benefit a community. We want to help make the winning plot an important and appreciated part of the local environment.”

“If you live in an urban neighbourhood, a community group might want to turn an area of closely mown grass into a garden that will provide more resources for wildlife. Or Parents may come together to make an area of a school’s grounds into a garden – there are numerous opportunities.” Nigel added: “Gardens, nature, plants and horticulture have never been needed

A contractor will prepare the site for the Garden to be relocated after the end of RHS Chelsea Flower Show in early June. Nigel, Guy and a team from the RHS will garden with local residents to create the new community garden. To enter visit www.rhs.org.uk/ GGBcompetition or email GGBchelsea@ rhs.org.uk

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Tree CARE is what we’re about . . . Danson Tree Care Ltd is passionate about wildlife and takes its’ environmental policy seriously, working alongside ecologists, where necessary. Nick Danson, owner of Danson Tree Care Ltd explains: “Trees still need to be maintained throughout the Spring and Summer, but with the right procedures in place, you can rest assured that your trees and any wildlife are in the right hands. We carry out a site-specific risk assessment for each job, which involves a generic environmental and wildlife assessment. We also give toolbox talks to all workers regarding bats, badgers, foxes, birds etc. prior to any works.”

Sat. 27th & 28th May - Heroes and Villains

At Olympia Grand, London. Have the opportunity to personally meet your favourite celebrities with exclusive panels and celebrity photo ops. Confirmed guests include Stephen Amell (Arrow and TMNT), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), and Drew Powell (Gotham). Immerse yourself into the world of superheroes & villains and learn what it takes to be a superhero by participating in obstacles, games of skill, and maybe even gain a superpower too. Plus, get insight into your favourite shows, learning how they are created from the creators and talent behind them. www.heroesfanfest.com/london

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 23 – 27 May 2017

The 2016 Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street by Chris Beardshaw. Gold.

Chris Beardshaw Returns to his Nurseryman Roots for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 For this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chris Beardshaw has returned to his roots as a nurseryman, and is taking the unusual step of personally growing and nurturing over 2000 herbaceous plants, which will play a starring role in The Morgan Stanley Garden. Chris began his horticultural career at 11 years old, working at weekends at a nursery in Worcestershire where he learnt to propagate plants and inspire customers. It was here that his real passion for plants began. And now after 35 years in the horticultural, and garden design industry, Chris is enjoying being back in the glasshouse and getting upclose and personal with the many thousands of stunning plants, he will soon be planting in the Morgan Stanley Garden on Main Avenue. Chris, who created his first RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden in 1998 and has gone on to win 11 RHS Gold Medals, said, “There is something magical about being able to handle, nurture and encourage our plants in a refined environment with a very specific goal – that of bringing the plants to as close

to perfection as possible in time for the show. In doing so I am getting to know the plant material intimately, not just the difference between the species, but every plant in every pot becomes familiar and as a consequence I can already build up a picture of how the plant will play a role in the finished garden.”

and the structures of nature. The path leads out to a third zone which contrasts the woodland with a sun soaked terrace at the front of the garden. The area is richly planted with abundant jewel like perennials, such as Iris, Geraniums, Echiums, Agapanthus and specimen herbs.

The Morgan Stanley Garden features two distinct planting areas and unusually for Chelsea, the public will be able to view the garden from three sides, with each perspective providing a contrasting planting style. A sinuous path leads from a naturalistic woodland which features a collection of specimen trees which are underplanted with an array of woodland perennial species such as Hostas’, Geranium, Brunnera and Ferns, to provide a verdant tapestry of foliage textures.

Chris concluded, “Like most designers for shows we usually prepare our designs and select our plants from commercial nurseries, who then grow them on for us. We will visit them regularly to check on progress but the next time we see them is when they are delivered to Chelsea. It’s then straight off the trollies and onto the show garden for planting. But this year we decided to do things differently. Looking after the plants is obviously very time consuming when we are so busy with everything else. And is quite challenging as we have to work with the changing weather conditions - holding back some species, while coaxing on others. But for me the planting is the aspect of any show garden creation I love the most and this year will be even more special and rewarding.”

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Sat. 27th May - Sneaker Con

At Olympia West, London. The premiere event for sneaker connoisseurs, sports fans, fashionistas and influencers makes its London debut. Showcasing thousands of the world’s most coveted sneakers; buy, sell, trade and show off the latest footwear. You will be spoilt for choice in the vendor market where over 100 retailers will display innovative brands, giving you the chance to get your hands on the most sought after footwear in the game. www. sneakercon.com/london

Sat. 27th - 29th May - Biddenden Flower Festival 2017

All Saints Biddenden Church, High Street Biddenden TN27 8DE. “BOOKS IN BLOOM” Join us in our beautiful 12th Century Church and enjoy stunning floral displays depicting favourite books and poems. Refreshments and musical interludes. The tower is open daily and Morris Men will be visiting at 3.45pm on Saturday. Free admission. “Songs of Praise” service Sunday 6pm. jeannetteoatway@btinternet.com

Sat. 27th May The Heathfield Show

The 70th Show will be held on 27 May at Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield and tickets can be purchased online or from local outlets. www. heathfieldshow.org

Sat. 27th - 29th May - The Kent Garden Show

At the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. This show features over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale. The features of the show are the floral marquees with their stunning floral displays including medal winners from Chelsea ‘’’ http://www. kentgardenshow.com/

Sat. 27th May - Stars from the Commitments

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. The nine piece Dublin Based have continued to spread the word of Dublin Soul and receiving rave reviews from fans, music critics and promoters world-wide. 01424 462288.

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Health & Beauty

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eflexology is a natural holistic therapy. It is based on the principals that your feet and also your hands are complete maps of your entire body. Our feet and hands have reflex points that correspond to every organ and system of our bodies. A reflexologist will apply certain pressures very similar to acupressure to these points he or she will also use massage techniques to simulate the reflex points and by doing this it will bring about a response to the relating area in the body. The key word for reflexology is balancing, it brings your body back into balance. Reflexology can be used to treat a wide range of conditions from back pain to digestive disorders or even anxiety. Anyone can receive reflexology, this ancient therapy has been around for at least three thousand years and continues to help people all around the world. I recently visited Keily at Tranquil Healing Therapies for a reflexology treatment. Keily used her hands to apply pressure to the feet and explained to me how she can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body. I found the treatment to be very relaxing and Keily was very professional in her approach. Her relaxing treatment room is an ideal place to experience this, it has easy parking right outside and a comfortable homely feel. Keily is very friendly and I would recommend her to anyone.

Do you want a different life? Do you need to feel happier, without anxiety, fears, pain, or destructive behaviours? Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective therapy used to address issues that many face in life. Hypnosis places us in to a trance state for therapeutic purposes where you can relax your thoughts and your conscious mind and thus access your subconscious mind. It makes it easier to express your real emotions and open your hidden thoughts. Whilst in this place it allows you to have a twoway conversation between your therapist and your subconscious mind, which is the part of your mind that is holding on to the addiction, fear, anxiety, pain or phobia. One issue affecting so many people is Anxiety. Anxiety is a word we use for some types of fear that are usually to do with the thought of a threat or something going wrong. There are plenty of triggers for fear in everyday life, and you can’t always work out exactly why you are frightened or how likely you are to be harmed. Even if you can see how out of proportion a fear is, the emotional part of your brain keeps sending danger signals to your body. Under hypnosis I use regression to take you back to scenes in your past which have left fears in your subconscious mind which are the reasons for your anxiety now. By reviewing these scenes from your past it lets you understand why you feel or behave as you do now. Hypnotherapy gets to the ‘root of the problem’ which other therapies often do not. Hypnotherapy releases people from dark places, destructive habits of action, anxieties and pain. It will transform your life and put you back in control of your thoughts and your actions. www.cliffburrhypnotherapy.com Cliff Burr 07768 122221

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Sat. 27th May - Streets of Battle

At Battle Abbey Green, Battle. Streets of Battle 2017 will bring top quality street arts to Battle on the last Saturday of March, April and May. Look out for odd, intriguing and hilarious performances around town all for FREE!

Sat. 27th May - Frank Sinatra Tribute

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. 01323 410611.

Sat. 27th & 28th May - Iron Maiden

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6pm. Iron Maiden ‘The Book of Souls’ Tour. ‘The Book of Souls’ is Iron Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart entry to date, debuting at the #1 spot in over 40 countries around the globe. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 27th & 28th May StrEATlife Street Food Craft Beer Festival

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. 12 noon to 10pm. STREATLIFE is the new name for Alexandra Palace’s legendary Street Food & Craft Beer festival. The festival takes place over four summer weekends on the dates listed above. Featuring over 30 of London’s top street food vendors, craft beer bars, cocktails, Pimms and all sorts of tasty treats. Saturdays feature eclectic bands and on Sundays the DJs take over. We’ll also have live street art and graffiti for you to sit back and watch.

Sat. 27th May - Peter Whiteheads - Icons of the Hall

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 1.30pm. Rare film captured by Peter Whitehead at legendary Hall performances by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Julie Felix between 1966 – 1970 will be screened, all of which offer a fascinating insight into this incredible era of cultural history. Featuring a live performance from Julie Felix. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 27th May - Spanish Tasting

At the Rye Spice Company, Rye Harbour Road, Rye. 12pm - 3pm. See main advertisement on page 46 for details.

Sat. 27th May - Gig For Life

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. A new music event in aid of Cancer Research UK. Gig For Life is a one day concert filled with top acts and performances including Headliners 10cc Maverick Sabre, with Toploader, Los Pacaminos Featuring Paul Young Plus support from The Standard Lamps Steffan James Arcelia. 01622 872068.

Sat. 27th May - Sarah Jane Morris and Liane Carroll

At St Mary’s Church, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF. Sarah Jane will be performing with the award winning Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione, who will be playing songs from their new collaborative album Compared To What. Liane will be opening the concert with a solo performance, with a stunning and eclectic programme, all of which will be presented in her own unique and captivating style. https://ryejazz.com/

Sat. 27th May - Martini Encounter

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. A cacophony of song, ukuleles, spoon playing and gin. Enter the jaded and threadbare world of Binkie, Maud, Poodle and Colin aka The Martini Encounter. £14 to £15. 01323 802020.

Sun. 28th May - Paul Rodgers

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The singer-songwriter is best known for his time as vocalist of Free, Bad Company and The Firm, and has more recently toured and recorded with Queen. Named “The Voice” by his fans, Rodgers was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at number 55 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 28th May - Shakin Stevens

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 8pm. Shakin Stevens is to embark on his biggest ever UK tour visiting 33 towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017. The announcement comes just days after Shaky, as he is known to millions, released his critically acclaimed 12th studio album Echoes Of Our Times. £24. 01424 462288.

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Wedding Services

Sun. 28th May - The Guilty Feminist

At the Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton 7.30pm. Comedian Deborah Frances-White records a live episode of her hit podcast The Guilty Feminist, the show in which she explores her noble goals as a 21st century feminist and the hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them. She is joined by guest co-host Jessica Fostekew 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 28th - 29th May - Battle Medieval Fayre

Battle Medieval Fayre is a two-day family event based upon the old idea of a Fayre – somewhere to meet your friends, entertain your family, amuse your children, eat, drink and buy good things! The Fayre offers stalls, games and entertainment throughout both days. See page 40.

Sun. 28th May - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 1pm & 3pm. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories. 01424 229111.

Sun. 28th May – Chelsea Fringe comes to Hastings!

Mini Chelsea in Alexandra Park, organised by Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group. 11am-4.30pm: Stalls in marquees hosted by local gardening clubs and nurseries selling plants, seeking volunteers and presenting future plans. Author Travis Elborough signing and selling his book, A Walk in the Park, priced £10.99. Free entry to marquees. 11am-4pm: Plant sale in greenhouse. 2-3pm: Walk and talk by park ranger about park’s development. Cream teas in park café. Rides on miniature railway. Music at bandstand by Chelsea Set. More details, www.chelseafringe.com and www.greenhousealexpark.com

Sun. 28th May - Sarah and Ducks Big Top Birthday

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 1pm. join Sarah & Duck live on stage. It’s an experience that will be sure to live on in the hearts and memories of children and adults alike. Adult – £15 / Child – £12. 01323 802020.

Mon. 29th May - Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm. A brand new show featuring the voices of CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher & Nicole Davis as Pongo the Pig and Molly-Moo the Cow. From the team who brought you Marty MacDonald’s Farm! 01892 530613.

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Nursing & Care

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ur team of highly trained, dedicated and understanding staff provide person centred care with our residents’ dignity and wellbeing as their overriding concern – but it is much more than just a job for our staff, as they work in partnership with both our residents and important others. We know that choosing the right home to take care of someone is one of the most difficult decisions you may ever have to make. We understand the emotional dilemmas and anxieties created for all concerned in these situations, and we can provide guidance and advice based on many years of experience.   We will do everything we can to help and support you throughout

the whole process of selecting the most appropriate home and making sure you and your relative settle in as quickly and comfortably as possible. Our dedicated Team delights in doing everything they can to maintain our residents health and well-being. We also encourage the residents to follow their interests by enabling them to maintain their independence and to live well with their dementia. We aim to support our residents to pursue their hobbies, recreational activities and interests, alongside organising a variety of activities. Due to our recent refurbishment programme we now have vacancies.

***NEWS FLASH*** Titleworth are opening a state of the art 60 bed new build care home in Ringmer near Lewes, opening in Early Summer 2017. ‘Parris Lawn’ will offer accommodation to clients with Residential, Nursing & Dementia care needs. NOW RECRUITING FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS Please Email us - jobs@titleworth.com If you want to find out more about this or any of our Homes please visit our website www.titleworth.com or www.galleoncare.com or call Chris Turnbull, Head of Clinical Services on 07738 729814 or Roy Carley, Business Manager on 07738 729806 or email info@titleworth.com

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Birds of a feather.. The Osprey.....one of my favourite birds..... I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time watching a pair of these enigmatic, iconic birds of prey sea fishing just a few yards away. .......... Feathers Wild Bird Care www.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk www.feathersoptics.co.uk

Mon. 29th May - The Stars in the Round

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 6pm. ‘The Stars’ in the Round brings together the UK’s best amateur performing arts troupes for a 360° dance show in the Royal Albert Hall. The producers, Mardi Gras, are renowned as the original and the best at creating thrilling events for young dancers to showcase their talent. 0207 589 8212.

recording equipment and the tools to make all your sound effects, guiding you through the process of creating an audio adventure. 01892 678678.

Tues. 30th May - 4th June - Wonderland

Tues. 30th May - Seu Jorge

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat Mats 2.30pm. Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 30th May - Remembering Fred

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to be joined by Grammy Award-winning American choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, who has been taking the classical music world by storm, for a resplendent evening of spinetingling music. 0207 589 8212.

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Seu Jorge is one of Brazil’s most talented and acclaimed artists. Jorge first came to international attention as one of the leads in the film City of God, and then as the enigmatic David Bowie-singing sailor in Wes Anderson’s 2004 movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 31st May - The Music of Eric Whitacre

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Strictly stars Aljaz & Janette pay tribute to Fred Astaire in a spectacular new theatre show. Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. 01892 530613.

Wed. 31st May Remembering Fred with Aljaz and Janette

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. The Strictly stars Aljaz & Janette pay tribute to Fred Astaire in this spectacular new theatre show. The show, which promises to be a magical evening of top hat, white tie and wonderful tales, is backed by a full supporting cast of dancers, a live band and sensational singers.

Wed. 31st May - Kiss

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, london. KISS are one of the most iconic and influential rock acts of all time. The band have released 44 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 31st May The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tues. 30th & 31st May - Beneath the Branches

At The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. For ages 5 to 7 years (30th) and 8-12 yrs (31st) Make enchanted journeys, stories and drawings. 10am – 12.30pm. Inspired by the exhibition in the First Floor Gallery, My Back To Nature by artist George Shaw. Workshop is led by artist Anna Atkinson. 01424 229111.

Tues. 30th May - Pirate Radio

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 10am – 4pm • Ages 11-16 • £50. Join our swashbuckling audio adventure! We provide a script, microphones,

At The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. Symphonic Summer - an evening of outstanding classics from your favourite composers. Sussex-based conductor Brian Wright leads the Orchestra. 01424 229111

2nd - 4th June - Firle Place Antiques Fair

Held in the Georgian Riding School, Forle Place near Lewes, 10.30am5pm. Fine Art, Antiques, Decorative accessories. All vetted for authenticity. TV expert Appraisals after 2pm daily . Tours of the House. Licenced refreshments. www.penman-fairs.co.uk

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Whats on magazine may 2017  

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

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