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APRIL 2016 House and Home P.2 -27 Senior Living P.19 - 21 Bexhill Feature P.22 - 24 Battle Feature P.26 & 27 Antiques and Art P.28 - 31 and 37 Lisa Maxwell Interview P.32 - 36 Leisure P.38 - 45 Animal and Pet Services P.42 Food and Drink P.46 - 51 Garden Services P52 - 57 Health, Beauty and Fitness P.58 & 59 Wedding Services P.60 - 65 Wildbird Care P.66 & 67 What’s On Magazine is Trading Standards Approved. We are the only publication to be audited by East Sussex Trading Standards to comply with their Buy With Confidence Scheme. All content is © Copyright. Full terms and conditions on our website at http://www.whats-on-magazine.com/terms-conditions/

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What’s On April 2016 Fri. 25th March - 10th April - Alice in Wonderland

At Groombridge Place, near Tonbridge, Kent. A troupe of 15 professional actors in full costume takes over for 17 days. From the moment you walk through the gate you will find yourself embraced by the characters of Lewis Carroll’s novel.

Tues. 29th March - Sat. 2nd April - End Of The Rainbow

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves. 7.45, Thurs Mat. 2.30pm. Join Judy as she makes her explosive London come back at the height of the swinging sixties. This fiercely funny and emotionally charged play finds the once-glittering star sparring with her new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her own demons. Filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice. Staring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland. 0844 871 7615 See page 32.

Fri. 1st April - Buddy Holly and the Cricketers

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with Buddy! £18.50. 01892 530613.

Fri. 1st & 2nd April - The Secret Garden

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Sat. mat. 2pm. The East Sussex School of Performing Arts return to the De La Warr Pavilion and burst onto the stage with this wonderful musical (winner of the 1991 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical). £9.50 to £14.50. 01424 229111.

Fri. 1st April - Back To The 70’s - Dinner, Dance, Cabaret

At the Pelham, Holliers Hill, Bexhill on Sea at 7pm - 11.30pm. Grand buffet, live entertainment, dancing and free taxi home. See page 23.

Until 3rd April - The Ideal Home Show

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. The UK’s biggest home event packed with ideas, advice and products. Interiors, home improvements, food, housewares, fashion and beauty, garden and shopping. 0844 858 6763.

With seven dedicated show areas catering to every need and taste, this is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From Interiors to Home Improvements, Food & Housewares, and Fashion & Beauty to Gardens and Shopping the enhanced sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof. Plus see exclusive show offers, new product launches and items you won’t find on the high street.

Looking for top tips? Join the famous faces, chefs and experts as they share their knowledge and skills through thousands of demonstrations and workshops. And for even more inspiration, don’t miss spectacular features including fully built Show Homes and Gardens, inspirational Room Sets, the relaxing Restaurant and Champagne Bar, as well as many interactive Theatres.


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s a charity we continually look for ways to improve our services to the community. AS SUCH WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS, SO IF YOU CAN HELP OUT, YOU WILL BE HELPING US TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. Battle Area Community Transport was formed in 1999 to provide services to rural communities around Battle. Our routes include: Ashburnham, Mountfield, Netherfield, Robertsbridge, Sedlescombe, Westfield, Burwash, Hurst Green, Etchingham, Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate. We are a registered non-profit making charity who rely on the generosity of local people and organisations to maintain our valuable services. Our services are: • We run Timetabled Bus Services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to and from Battle and the surrounding areas with stops at Sainsburys and other local amenities. Our revised April 2016 timetable will be available at various locations and on our buses.

• We also run Flexible Services to Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Ashford and Tenterden. Seats on these must be pre-booked with our office. • Our buses are available for private hire at a competitive rate for schools, clubs, societies and individuals. Bus passes can be used on all our service and flexible routes. BACT serves the communities surrounding Battle and is available for all to enjoy. Contact Peter on 01424 772001 Mon-Fri 9am -12 noon, who will be happy to help. Battle Area Community Transport, Unit 8, Rutherford Business Park, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0TY. E-mail bactoffice@tiscali.co.uk www.bact-online.co.uk

Fri. 1st & 2nd April - The Railway Children

Show Championships (think Irish dance meets musical theatre), where our World Championship level show teams of all ages and from all over the world will be competing for the WIDA World Show Champion title in front of a panel of world-renowned judges. £20. 01273 290131.

Fri. 1st April - Easter Holiday Kids Crafty Sessions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 10am - 4pm | 10yrs+. One jam-packed day of fun and laughter. Professional comedians and writers Sarah and Lizzie Daykin invite you to a day of improvising, character work and sketch writing. Build your confidence in performing and develop your creativity in a welcoming environment. Sisters Sarah and Lizzie form acclaimed double act ‘Toby’. 01892 678678

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. This new production captures all the excitement and emotion of Nesbit’s subtle critique of the English class system and aims to bring the delights of this literary classic to yet another generation. £15.50 to £18.50. 01323 412000. At Stleonarts, 16 Silchester Road, St. Leonards on Sea. 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 2pm - 3pm. This event will also run on Tues. 5th April from 1pm - 3pm & 3.30pm - 5.30pm, Wed. 6th April 1pm - 3pm & 3.30pm 5.30pm and Fri. 8th April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm & 2pm - 3pm. See page 39 for details.

Fri. 1st April - Irish Dance Spectacular

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 8pm. The World Irish Dance Association (WIDA) proudly presents ‘Irish Dance Spectacular’; an evening of modern and traditional Irish dance encompassing our World

Fri. 1st April - Comedy Masterclass

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Fri. 1st April - Dreamboys 2016

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 8pm. £24.50 to £27.50. Perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. 01424 462288.

Fri. 1st April - Hawkwind

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. E.M. Forster’s dystopian vision of the future is brought to life in classic Hawkwind style through a spectacular array of music, lights, dance and visual effects. £24.75. 01323 412000.

Fri. 1st, 6th, 8th and 14th April - Kinetic Circus Workshops

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent. Come in and join the show! Kinetic Circus Workshops will be taking place in Brundle’s Big Top throughout the day. Why not come along, have a go and learn some new skills! All ages and abilities are welcome, have a go at juggling, hula hooping, diablo, plate spinning and much, much more! Show Times:11am and 2pm. Workshop Times: 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.45pm. 01622 763936.

Sat. 2nd April - Pursued By Bear (Drama)

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings at 3pm. An afternoon of enthusiastic performances from this marvellous group of young students. Ad. £13. 01424 423221.

Sat. 2nd April - Jewellery Making (Chain Maille)

At Stleonarts, 16 Silchester Road, St. Leonards on Sea. 11am - 3pm. See main advertisement on page 39.

Sat. 2nd April - Heritage Transport Show

At the Kent Showground, near Maidstone, Kent. Ad. £7 in advance, £10 gate. Under 14’s free. Approx. 500 vehicles including motorbikes, cars, tractors, commercials, 100 buses and bus related trade stands. Vintage bus rides and lots more attractions.

Stagecoach -Training for life! Stagecoach theatre School Hastings first opened in the year 2000 and for the past 16 years has gone from strength to strength offering high quality performing arts training to young people aged four to eighteen on Saturdays. There is also a summer workshop in August. Stagecoach strive to realize the potential of every child, stretching their imagination and fuelling their creativity through drama, dance and singing classes. During their time at Stagecoach, students grow in confidence and self-esteem. They develop lifelong skills, helping them to flourish at school, home and in social situations. For three hours each week , Main School students (6-18) are divided by age into small groups and work on various performance skills. Each term has a different focus. Our Early Stages (4-6) work for ninety -minutes each week over three thirty minute sessions of acting, singing and dancing. The classes help young children make friends, have fun and learn the key performance skills. All of our teachers are experienced and of course, security checked. Lessons are structured and educational yet fun and dynamic and delivered in a safe, secure environment. At Stagecoach we believe that the experience of performing gives children a sense of belonging, wellbeing and confidence. So, as you can see although our teacher’s are highly skilled and know their subjects there’s so much more to Stagecoach than singing, dancing and acting! We believe in the power of imagination and creativity! Our small class sizes ensure every child receives the attention they deserve. For more information about Stagecoach www.stagecoach.co.uk/hastings -7007_April007.indd 1

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rett Tyres began trading back in 1971 and moved to Bexhill in 1987. With over 45 years of experience within the motor industry, we welcome customers from all around Bexhill and the surrounding areas, with no task being too large or small for us to complete. Our business has expanded steadily with repeat and new business due to recommendations through word of mouth. As well as our tyre and mechanical service bays, we also provide Air-Con servicing. We have a professional, helpful staff, and all the technology that you need to keep your tyres in the best possible shape. Our staff are all hand-picked and highly trained, with each having many years experience within the industry. Come on in to see us, we’ll be happy to help you! We will find exactly what you need, and we provide tyres for any make of passenger vehicle and light truck and we also sell and fit 4x4 tyres. We have brand name tyres and also offer a budget range. Whether recreational, work, or normal everyday use, we will supply the best tyres for your lifestyle. As well as our many retail customers, we also work with a variety of local businesses and have recently increased our fitting bays to create even more service space. As a family run business we like to think both our staff and customer’s past and present as family too, and are happy to give independent advice and guidance with competitive rates.

Sat. 2nd & 3rd April - The Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 11am-4pm. A small but special Plant Fair, for plantsmen and plant lovers. The House and Gardens will open for the season. £8.50. 01797 254048.

Sat. 2nd April - In Context: Derek Jarman’s Garden

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2pm. Free but booking essential, suggested donation £3. 2pm, Gallery 1. Two close friends of the late director Derek Jarman - photographer Howard Sooley and artist Peter Fillingham - will share their experience of working with Jarman on his celebrated garden in Dungeness. 01424 229111.

Sat. 2nd April - Live Music: Rich Lawn

At the Lemon Tree, 54 Western Road, Bexhill on Sea. See p.25.

Sat. 2nd April - West End Experience

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7pm. 01424 462288.

Sat. 2nd April - Son Yambu

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Formed in 2011, Son Yambu feature a new generation of Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997. 01892 678678.

Sat. 2nd & 16th April - Murder on the Wealden Pullman

At the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden Station. Step back in time and enjoy the beauty of the Rother Valley in historic train cars. Find the clues and identify the killer. 7.30pm departure. From £92.50 pp. 01580 765155.

Sun. 3rd April The Songs of Hollywood

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Liza Pulman (of Fascinating Aida) brings you an evening of some of the greatest songs from the silver screen. Her glorious voice, charming personality and quirky comedic skills make her a unique entertainer. £22. 01323 412000.

Sun. 3rd - 15th April - Muse

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Muse’s tours have been described by the international press as “epic”, “amazing” “ambitious” and this show will be no exception. The band has just completed a spectacular European festival run this summer which saw some of the best reviews of their career. 0844 856 0202.


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Sun. 3rd April The Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 3:00pm. COPLAND: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F. BERNSTEIN: On the Waterfront Suite. GERSHWIN: An American in Paris. Soloist: Freddy Kempf. Conductor: Roderick Dunk. Our last concert of the season is an all-American spectacular infused with jazz and dance rhythms that are guaranteed to get the feet tapping! 01892 530613.

Sun. 3rd April - Beatles Day

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings from 12 noon to 11pm. 350 performers playing Beatles songs in their own style for up to 20 minutes each across three stages. The popular Beatles Day shop will be open and there will be an exhibition of original Beatles art and memorabilia from the Fab Four’s career. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support. See page 41 for further details.

spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. £17 to £31.50. Monday - Friday 7.30pm Saturday 4pm & 8pm. 01323 412000.

Mon. 4th - 9th April - Heartbeat

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. For the first time ever ITV’s popular Sunday evening 60s police drama, Heartbeat, comes to the stage starring members of the TV cast. Heartbeat ran for 18 years from 1992 to 2010 with audiences regularly exceeding 10 million viewers and was constantly in the top five TV programmes across all the channels. Evenings 7.45pm Wed. & Sat. matinee 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

Mon. 4th April - Gregory Porter

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Gregory Porter continues to perform to sell out audiences across the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim with his Grammy Award-winning selling album Liquid Spirit, - certified gold in the UK. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 5th, 7th & 12th April - Sublime Science

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent at 12pm and 2pm. Sublime Science has that “something different”, making your experience absolutely unforgettable. The entertainment is the perfect mix of spectacular Science Experiments and Hands on Activities.

Tues. 5th April - The Sessions

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 8pm. A live restaging of the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios set in a state-of-the-art reproduction of the iconic Abbey Road Studio 2. 01273 290131.

Tues. 5th April - Music’s Not Dead

Sun. 3rd April - Hole Park Cross Duathlon

At Hole Park, Rolvenden, Tenterden, TN17 4JB 9.45am. With three different events to choose from Hole Park Cross Duathlons will be held within the picturesque award-winning gardens and grounds of Hole Park with views of the Weald of Kent and as fair reaching as Hastings. http://www.trispiritevents.com

Mon. 4th - 9th April - Thriller Live

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 7th year, Thriller Live is a

At The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Featuring The Ben Watt Band with Bernard Butler. £17. 7.30pm. 01424 229111.

Tues. 5th - 9th April - Jackie The Musical

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. Starring Janet Dibley (The Two of Us, EastEnders, Fat Friends), Olivier Award nominee Graham Bickley (Ragtime, Bread) and Nicholas Bailey (EastEnders, The Archers), Jackie The Musical is accompanied by a pulsating sound track of classic 70’s hits. Jackie the Musical is recommended for ages 12+. 0844 871 7615.

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Tues. 5th & 6th April - Unruly Sculpture Short Course

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. From 10.30am. Join artist Hermione Allsopp for a short sculpture course inspired by the Toncio Lemos Auad exhibition. For 8-12 years. £50. 01424 229111.

Tues. 5th April - Classic FM Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Singer and Classic FM presenter Aled Jones will perform favourites from his brand new album, star cellist Steven Isserlis will be thesoloist for the famous Elgar Cello Concerto, and Jaime Martin will conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in this, their 125th anniversary year. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 6th April - Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. The group - which has been touring the globe in different forms, guises and combinations since 1997 - has taken to the road one final time with a series of concerts celebrating the Orquesta’s journey as ambassadors for Cuban music. 0844 8560202.

Wed. 6th April - Mister Maker

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings from 1.30pm and 4pm. Come and join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker, for his first ever live theatre tour! Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast, and not forgetting, The Shapes! 01424 462288.

Wed. 6th - 9th April - Repunzel Rocks

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Starring the hilarious Tom Swift as ‘Joey the Jester’ and pantomime favourites, Ant Payne and Robert Pearce. Rapunzel has all the best traditions of a fairytale, but with a new twist and written especially for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t miss this spectacular production full of magic, original rock and roll songs, dance routines, inspirational sets, fantastic costumes, lots and lots of laughter and enchantment that will thrill the child in all of us. 01892 678678.

Wed. 6th April - Tap Factory

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Ad. £22. A breathtaking show in the genre of Stomp, Tap Dogs and Blue Man Group World on Stage and UAU International are extremely proud to be returning this world class production to the UK direct from America. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 7th April - Banff Film Festival

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7pm. Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces. 01892 530613.

Recently Opened Lettings Agent Employs Local Talent for Design and Mural Projects. The Property Pad, a new lettings agent located on Havelock Road, Hastings is literally the new face on the street after commissioning local artist, Aaron Hosannah to paint a large mural featuring the face of a beautiful, 1950’s inspired pin-up girl on one wall of their premises. The mural, which also features the company’s recognizable blue Fiat 500 has a background of yellow chevrons matching the firm’s branding. The Property Pad, which specialises in Residential Lettings & Student Accommodation also put its money where its mouth is by hiring a recent graduate from The University of Brighton’s Hastings campus - Rhys Cox. Rhys produced the logo, branding and eye catching “For Rent” boards that may have already been spotted around Hastings, St Leonards-on-Sea and the surrounding areas. The Property Pad have clearly pushed the boundaries with the design aspects of the office as well as with their company branding – it doesn’t stop there though. The company has a really fresh, innovative feel about it which goes beyond the inspiring decor. They have managed to create a bold and almost playful feel, balanced perfectly with a professional, polished image but shying away from the typically staid and often stale style traditionally used by most agencies. Company Director, Gemma Dearman is committed to providing the highest level of service to each and every client. With many years’ experience managing some of the largest Student Accommodation buildings in the area, she knows exactly what it takes to successfully manage property. Her “hands on” management style, ability to ensure that each and every Tenancy runs as smoothly as possible as well as a fresh, vibrant approach to the somewhat stagnant lettings industry truly sets The Property Pad apart. All that and a fantastic mural too, this new face on the street is definitely one to watch.

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Thurs. 7th April - Roy Chubby Brown

Thurs. 7th April - Knights and Dragons

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

Thurs. 7th - 9th April - Mountbatten Festival of Music

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The Mountbatten Festival of Music returns, featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines performing over three nights at the Royal Albert Hall. These concerts display the outstanding versatility of some of the world’s finest military musicians and are given the “West End” treatment with spectacular lighting effects. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 7th & 8th April - 5 Seconds of Summer

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. The biggest breakthrough band of 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer, have announced that they will be setting off on another UK and Ireland tour. ‘Sounds Live Feels Live’ tour follows the overwhelming demand for the 2015 ‘Rock Out With Your Socks Out’ tour which took the band all over the world performing for over a million fans across three continents. 0844 8560202.

At Lewes Castle, East Sussex. 10.30am - 12 noon. Fun for 4 - 8 year olds. Stories about Castle Knights, armour to try on and lots of things to make including a dragon mask. £5 per child. Adult free. 01273 486290.

Thurs. 7th April - Unruly Sculpture Short Course

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10.30am. For 13 - 17 year olds. Join artist Hermione Allsopp for a short sculpture course inspired by the Toncio Lemos Auad exhibition. £50. 01424 229111.

Fri. 8th April - 5 Seconds of Summer

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. See 02 event (left) for details. 01273 290131.

Fri. 8th & 9th April - Wedding Showcase

At the Cooden Beach Hotel, Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea. Fri. 5.30pm - 7.30pm and Saturday 10am - 3pm. See page 61.

Fri. 8th April - Kate Tempest: In Conversation

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Talking about her debut novel ‘The Bricks that Built the Houses’. This extraordinarily talented, award winning poet and rapper has enthralled audiences with her vibrant performances. Now Kate Tempest has written an electrifying and brilliant first novel. £10. 01424 229111.

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.

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Now that spring is upon us remember to fit your Chimneys with Cowls and Caps early to avoid unwelcome visitors to your pots. Nests can cause blockages and fires and they can’t be disturbed until the birds have flown! So don’t get caught out, plan ahead and cap them off before it’s too late. For further information or advice give either Guy or Carl a call on the details above to discuss.

Fri. 8th April - Tosca

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. An explosion of love and treachery. £31 to £36. 01892 530613.

Fri. 8th April - Tropicana Nights

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8.30pm. The ultimate 80’s party night. 01424 462288.

Sat. 9th April - The Royal Rumble

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Rusthall and Tunbridge Wells ABC presents The first boxing show since 1988 It’s a Royal Rumble 01892 530613.

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The Ideal Home Show


sponsored by Zoopla is now open!

elebrity ambassadors, George Clarke, Laurence LLewelynBowen, Katie Piper, Suzi Perry, Martin Lewis and Gregg Wallace opened the 2016 show to packed crowds!

The Ideal Home Show is at Olympia, London until 3rd April, so plently of time to come on down to the show and be inspired! There’s so much to see and do at the show including visiting our 3 impressive Show Homes, relaxing and having a bite to eat at the Gregg Wallace Restuarant or the Grand Hall Tea Rooms sponsored by Plumbs, and shopping for the latest products from hundreds of top exhibitors. Good News for Spirit Lovers! If you’re a fan of a good drink the Ideal Food & Drink Theatre will be just the place for you. They have confirmed a whole host of drink sessions with top mixologists and experts from across the country. Companies such as Thinking Drinkers, OneSour, Frenchy Mingo and The London Cocktail Club are all taking centre stag on the Food 7 Drink theatre to share various knowledge on your alcohols. From corner-store bought ingredients to making the most of what you have, making cocktails will never have seemed so easy. You may just want to grab yourselves a seat, afterall there may well be a tasting! It’s a fun filled day perfect for the whole family!

Equilibrium building Solutions LTD We at EBS feel that trust, honesty quality and reliability are what every customer is looking for, when they instruct a contractor to carry out any building works. We have a large recommendation base of satisfied customers, who pass on our details time and time again, references are available on request. With a strong belief that a company is only as good as the people working there, Equilibrium Building Solutions have a professional and qualified team, who receive ongoing training and development. All employees are handpicked for their willingness to assist in the advancement and growth of the company, as well as the pride they take in every aspect of their work.

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Sat. 9th April - Vaisakhi 2016

At City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. Come and celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi with an afternoon of indoor and outdoor activities at City Hall. A celebration of Sikh tradition, heritage and culture, the event programme will include shabad kirtan (spiritual music), langar (food), turban tying, folk dance, martial arts, children’s activities, and much more!

Sat. 9th April - Sweet Peas

At Goddinton House and Gardens, Goddinton Lane, near Ashford. Join the head gardener for a coffee and morning of sweet pea advice. £25.

Sat. 9th April - Vinyl Fascinators

Workshop at StLeonarts, 16 Silchester Road, St. Leonards on Sea from 1pm - 4pm. See main ad on page 39.

Sat. 9th April - Martin Vs Joshua - Championship Boxing

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 5pm. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring on April 9,” said Joshua. “I feel fit and ready to take on whoever I need to continue my journey to the top. 0844 8560202.

Sat. 9th & 10th April - Marriage of Figaro

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. 7pm on Saturday and 5pm Sunday. See main advertisement on page 40.

Sat. 9th April - Cabaret – Live Burlesque Show

Under Ground Theatre, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL Venue opens at 7pm. Comedian and Compere Jim Grant presents and evening of Burlesque, Pole Dancing, Belly Dancing, Comedy and more. Tickets : £10. TEL : 0843 289 1980.

Sat. 9th April - Blake

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. For fans of IL Divo, Collabro & G4, don’t miss out on the original Brit-Awardwinning vocal group BLAKE , back on tour in the UK with a highly anticipated new show. Mixing pop, classical & musicals in one thrilling night, linked together with hilarious banter and beautiful video projections, this is entertainment at its finest. 01424 462288.

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Sat. 9th & 10th April - Crafting Ally Pally

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. 10am - 5pm. (4pm on the 10th). Crafting at Ally Pally will be returning to Alexandra Palace 9th & 10th April 2016 for another weekend of crafting heaven. Tickets are now on sale. Don’t forget to order your tickets in advance as they are cheaper than on the day.

Sun. 10th April - Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street at 7.30pm. Martin Taylor, the award winning jazz guitarist takes the stage with Martin Simpson who is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world. Seats £20.00 from 01323 841414.

Sun. 10th April - Tell Me On A Sunday

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. Following her acclaimed performance in the Watermill Theatre’s 2014 production of Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger now steps into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 10th April - Wedding Fayre

At Stanhill Court Hotel, Surrey. See main advertisement on page 65.

Sun. 10th April - Michael Bolton

At the Concert Hall, Brighton at 7.30pm. Tickets £27 to £61. Following a sold out tour last year, Grammy Award winning Michael Bolton will return to the UK in April 2016 to perform his greatest hits and for the very first time a selection of songs from his new album celebrating music from the movies. 01273 709709.

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Senior Living Sun. 10th April - Bolshoi: Don Quixote

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 4pm. Choreographed by Alexei Fadeyechev (after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky). Live Transmission. Cervantes’ hero Don Quixote sets off with his loyal squire Sancho Panza on a journey full of adventures, in search of his perfect woman. Along the way he meets Kitri, who he thinks might be his ideal love. 01892 678678.

Mon. 11th - 16th April - Chicago

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. mats 2.30pm. The international award winning Broadway and West End musical, Chicago, comes to the Congress Theatre for one week only starring West End and Eastenders actor John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Dancing on Ice winner and Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart, and X Factor winner and real life prison warden Sam Bailey as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton!! 01323 412000.

Mon. 11th - 13th April - The Birthday Party

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Wed. mat 2.30pm. Presented by London Classic Theatre. By turns, cryptic thriller and macabre comedy, The Birthday Party was Harold Pinter’s first major work and is among the most unusual and absorbing of his plays. Evenings £15.50 £18 £20. Matinee £16 all seats 01323 412000.

Tues. 12th - 14th April - The London Book Fair

At Olympia Grand and National Hall, London. The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV film and digital channels. Celebrating it’s 45th anniversary. 3 days of knowledge, creativity and innovation. It is impossible not to be fascinated and inspired following your visit. www.londonbookfair.co.uk

Tues. 12th - 17th April - New Beginnings Exhibition

At Murmurations Gallery, Parkhurst Road, Bexhill. The Inaugural Exhibition from Bexhill Artists Workshop (BAW) which will showcase signature art from the 50 or so members of the group both professional and amateur. 01424 539466.

Tues. 12th - 16th April Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Using actors and 3D special effects, these two world premieres are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. 0844 871 7615.

Why write a will?

If you have not written a will

The Government will decide, through the courts, who should benefit from your life time’s work, who should inherit and who should bring up your children.

If you have written a will

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

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Wed. 13th & 14th April Variety Spectacular of Southern Dance

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 7.30pm. The professional team of John & Vanessa Pohlhammer have created an original show-stopping production for 2016. Stunning costumes complement this fast-moving, exuberant variety show with something for everyone. 01424 462288.

Wed. 13th - 16th April - ‘Allo ‘Allo

At East Dean Village Hall at 7.30pm. Presented by East Dean Players. Box Office 01323 432149 or email edpboxoffice@gmail.com or at East Dean Village Hall Mon. - Fri. 10am - 11.30am. Sat. 10am - 12pm. £8.00.

Wed. 13th & 14th April - Peppa Pigs Surprise

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets. Wed: 1pm & 4pm, Thu: 10am & 1pm. Tickets: Child from £12, Adult from £14. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 14th April - The Frank Holder Quintet At Robertsbridge Jazz Club

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

Thurs. 14th April - The Birthday Party

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. But when an impromptu, seemingly innocent birthday party abruptly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, there are horrifying repercussions. By turns, cryptic thriller and macabre comedy, The Birthday Party was Harold Pinter’s first major work and is among the most unusual plays. 01892 678678.

Fri. 15th April - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Leave behind the woes of the working week with Trinity’s monthly comedy night, where they showcase some of the country’s best comedians, from more established acts to the latest in emerging talent. 01892 678678.

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Fri. 15th - 23rd April Romeo and Juliet

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. Sun. Mat. 3pm. Some of the Stables Theatre’s best-regarded actors appear alongside a number of new, younger ones in our telling of Romeo and Juliet, commemorating Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago. 01424 423221.

Fri. 15th April - Tell Me On A Sunday

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Following her acclaimed performance in the Watermill Theatre’s 2014 production of Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger now steps into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY. 01892 530613.

Fri. 15th & 16th April The Property Investor and Home Buying Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Over 2 days, a large audience of investors, homebuyers, landlords and other residential property professionals gather to create, under one roof, the UK’s largest residential property investment, business & networking event. 10am-6pm. (Fri. 5pm). http://www.propertyinvestor.co.uk


ur Homes 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

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Fri. 15th April - Hell Fire Comedy

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. A hilarious night of comedy with Paul McCaffrey, Elf Lyons and John Gordillo. 01424 462288.

Sat. 16th April - Purple Zeppelin

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. As featured in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff ”, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. In a “full on” show with costume changes, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically THE BEST BITS, ALL OF THE TIME, as Purple Zeppelin take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. 01424 462288.

Sat. 16th April - Stacey Kent

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, returns to Tunbridge Wells with a brand new concert, featuring music from her latest album TENDERLY. Her first album of standards since her breakthrough album of 2003. Tel: 01892 678678.

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 Activities Team delights in doing everything they can to help our residents follow their interests and encourage our residents to maintain their independence and enjoy life to the full, we support them in pursuing their hobbies, recreational activities and interests, arranging a host of activities including entertainers, games, DVD’s, outings, and in the Summer, weather permitting, Barbeques in our attractive gardens, and cream teas

in our vintage Tea Room. Our homes also subscribe to the innovative RemindMeCare tool whereby we can stimulate memories through a personalised library of the images, sounds and music that shaped a past life. Based on Life Story work and proven to engage both the individual and groups. It also encourages communication to achieve connections between individuals, across cultures and generations. The system learns through activities and stores the outcomes, becoming customised to each person. The result is better care, happier clients and carers – and above all – fun!

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Bexhill Roaring 20’s

Returns on Saturday 23 July 2016


ust a few of the wonderful dancers that entertained on the main stage last year. This year a group of Charleston dancers from New York are making the journey to the UK to be part of our great event. The exciting routine for all to learn for the World Record attempt at this year’s Roaring 20s can be found on the Roaring 20’s Facebook page. Obviously rules to be observed, the most important is GREAT FUN!!

Just a few of the attractions planned so far.... Debonnaire Dancers, Air Displays, Royal British Legion Romford award winning Marching Band, Charleston dancers, 18 Piece Swing-shift Big Band – Swing Orchestra, 20s Stuntmen – Prohibition, Helenswood Acadamy, Savoy Kicks, East Sussex School of Performing Arts, 20’s Singer Fiona Harrison, Vintage Vehicles along the sea front, East Sussex Vintage Motor Cycle Club, Bexhill Classic Cycle Group, Red Hot & Blue, Themed 20s Market, Train on the Prom, Donkey Rides, Vintage Fun Fair, Silhouette cuttings, Bristol M1C Monoplane Simulator.

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Angry Whelk Seafood is a newly established fish and seafood shop in Bexhill-On-Sea. Our aim is to provide high quality fresh fish and seafood to our customers at a competitive price. Our fishmonger visits the market twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays so if there is something you require that’s not already on the counter let us know by Monday or Thursday and we will endeavour to source it for you. Can’t see what you want in the counter? No problem... we will endeavour to source whatever you require from anchovies to eels and exotics to live crabs and lobsters. We specialise in seafood platters made to order with any kind of seafood or fresh fish that you require. Prices range from £20 for a small, £30 for a compartment platter, to £80 and over for a large platter dependent on the seafood or fish required.

THE LEMON TREE Whether you love generous meals or light snacks and treats, the Lemon Tree in Western Road Bexhill has a menu to suit every taste and occasion. The staff are very attentive and are always looking after the customers. Recommended for informal drinking and dining of all sorts, the ambience is warm and friendly. With a great wine and beer selection and the changing specials on the menu, there is always something a little different on offer. The Lemon Tree is now open all day Sunday and features regular live music, showcasing some of the best performers in the country.

Bexhill’s Anglo Continental Market Sat & Sun 14/15 May 2016

Now in it’s 17th year the Bexhill Anglo Continental Market is very popular both with shoppers and traders. Devonshire Road is closed to traffic and for two weekends a year (May & September) becomes the venue for a real Continental Street Market. Around 50 traders at the market bring the taste and smells of the Continent to Bexhill. We have genuine French traders and many local traders and crafts people including soft furnishings, home made cakes, handbags, cheeses, shoes, scarves, crockery, basketwork and much more. Also, as in previous years, some classic cars will be on display. Make a day of it. Enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafes, come and visit the De La Warr Pavilion or Bexhill Museum, or just have a leisurely stroll around the market, shops and seafront. Bexhill welcomes visitors - you can park for free all day on our seafront and for a couple of hours in most of our town centre roads. If you are a trader and want to take space, please telephone Lynn on 01424 215584 or email bexhill100@bexhill100mc.co.uk for further information

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Fun, Free

Street Theatre Festival

Streets Of Battle


he Streets of Battle is a brand new, fun, free street theatre festival, running in Battle on the last Saturday of the month in March, April and May 2016. 12noon-4pm. A FREE gig by ‘Blair and Friends’ launchs the ‘Streets of Battle’ on Friday 25th March at Battle Memorial Hall. The Festival then officially begins on Saturday 26th March with street entertainment featuring Circo Rum Ba Ba, Talking Birds, Samba Reggae Dende nation, and Zoe Fountain.

Battle Mowers Ltd offers a range of New and Second-hand Mowers with a choice of cylinder and rotary in either electric or petrol or ride on Tractors. They also offer a range of Shredders, Log Splitters, Chainsaws, Brush Cutters and Hedge Cutters. They are a Direct Hayter Dealer and they are a Briggs and Stratton Authorised Service Centre. Battle Mowers offer a servicing and cylinder/bottom blade sharpening service to all major cylinder mowers. They have a workshop that can give the back up and expertise required to any gardener. On Saturday 30th April, Citizen Squid comes to town performed by Puppets with Guts. A giant squid will crawl into Battle. What is it doing? And, more importantly, what will Battle do with it?


on’t forget Battle Marble on Friday 25th March. Local teams compete in this traditional annual competition dating back to 1945. Local pubs and clubs enter teams of 5 players and compete to win both the marbles and the fancy dress competition. Approximately 20 teams are expected to take part with ‘flick-off’ at 10am. Teams cannot be entered on the day; but there is an “all-comers board” for spectators of all ages. The children’s Easter Bonnet competition is at 11.30. Please note that if you have children who want to enter the competition we must know beforehand so that an Easter Egg prize can be organized for every child taking part. Please call 01424 775169 or email Marbles@battlechamber.org to register your child in the competition and we will mail a form to you. - 26 -

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Green & Elliott Optometrists. The Practice provides eye examinations and sight tests using the latest in ophthalmic technology. We offer a full range of dispensing services including fashion frames and up to date lenses, all at affordable prices. The Practice is an independent partnership and your appointment will be with an owner of the practice who is highly experienced and fully qualified to advise on all aspects of vision care including management of eye conditions, specialised computer spectacles, general purpose multifocals and contact lenses. The practice provides an inclusive aftercare scheme. We give additional time and assistance at no further charge when changed prescriptions need modification or adjustment.

Emmaus helps lift people out of homelessness by offering a home and work in our shops and recycling business. Part of a worldwide secular movement and one of 28 Communities in the UK, Emmaus Hastings & Rother aims to be financially self-supporting by restoring and reselling donated furniture and household goods. Proceeds from our shops fund training in new skills to help people move on from homelessness, as well as supporting the Community. You can help by donating furniture, bric-a-brac, clothing, and household items to our social enterprise, and by visiting our main shop and cafe in Whitworth Road, St. Leonards, and our shop in Battle High Street. We offer a collection and delivery service, and also do house clearances.

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Antiques & Art Kings Road Antiques Celebrates 4 Years in Business Kings Road has always been an exciting place for shopping but more recently the area seems to be attracting more and more people. Kings Road has never lost its reputation as a trendy destination but yet, more recently its influence has grown. Kings Road is home to a mixture of unique shops and brands and offers a buzzing atmosphere. One of our favourite shops is Kings Road Antiques which recently featured on T.V.’s Antiques Road Trip. It’s owner, Charles Stewart is now celebrating 4 years of trading. “ People are shopping more often in Kings Road and spending more money. We want it not just to be a retail destination but a sociable space,” says Charles. True to the area’s flamboyant style, Kings Road embodies the nature of St Leonards and Hastings. See facing page. Sat. 16th April From Austin Texas, The Hot Club of Cowtown

At The Pavillion, George St, Hailsham. The Hot Club of Cowtown are set to give you glimpses into Romany music and culture that captures the sophistication and sizzle of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France. Seats £20.00 from 01323 841414.

Sat. 16th April - Fergus Garrett Gardening Talk

At Hastings and St. Leonards Priory Cricket Club, off Bohemia Road, Hastings at 2pm. Talk on succession planting and extending the seasons by head gardener Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter, Northiam to raise funds for Alexandra Park, Green House Project. Tickets £7 each from the Cafe In The Park or Hastings Tourist Information Office. 01424 451111. www.greenhousealexpark.com

Sat. 16th April Funky Lampshade Covering Workshop

At Stleonarts, 16 Silchester Road, St. Leonards on Sea from 9.30am 12.30pm. See main ad. on page 39.

Sat. 16th April - A Night of Dirty Dancing

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. £22.50. Recast and re-scripted for 2016, it’s all down to Kellerman’s end of season show. Revel in the moments you loved, the memories you made and music that’s resonated throughout the years: She’s Like The Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and, of course, the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. Don’t be the one sitting in the corner. Immerse yourself in the timeless, theatrical treat. Take a trip back to the summer of ’63, relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the ultimate coming of age romance. 01892 530613.

Sat. 16th & 17th April - Cake International Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. 10am - 5pm. The world’s largest cake decorating show is making its debut at Alexandra Palace this spring. The perfect place for baking fans to stock up on supplies and marvel at the extraordinary creations on display.

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Sat. 16th April - Sean Lock - Keep It Light

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. ‘Lock at his best… gloriously intelligent, deliciously unlikely and hilariously funny’The Times. Age Suitability: 14+ . SOLD OUT - RETURNS ONLY 01424 229111.

Sat. 16th April - The Wedding Fair at ExCeL

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The show brings you the finest collection of over 150 hand-picked wedding specialists from the South East, so you can try, buy, book and hire all you need for your perfect day. • 1000s of Wedding Dresses • Prosecco Bar • Entertainment Stage • Beautiful Catwalk Shows • • VIP Lounge • Inspired Bakes Gallery • Vintage Village • Benefit Makeup Masterclasses • • Reception Cocktail Crafting • Creative Brides DIY Workshops. 10am5pm 020 3627 3254.

Sat. 16th April - Live Music - Our Way

At The Lemon Tree, 54 Western Road, Bexhill on Sea. See page 25.

and continues beyond the grave. The title role offers the great challenge of the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an innocent girl, to a spirit who saves her lover from death. 01892 678678.

Sun. 17th April - The All Star Stand Up Tour

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. £20. Featuring double Sony Award winner and star of Mock The Week Gary Delaney, top comedy trickster and star of BBC 1’s The Magicians Pete Firman, Kiwi compere Jarred Christmas and unbeaten legend, Never Mind The Buzzcocks team captain and one of C4’s ‘100 Greatest Stand-Ups in the World’ Sean Hughes. 01892 530613.

Sun. 17th April Menopause The Musical

Sat. 16th April - Maidstone and Vintage Toy Fair

At Lock Meadow, Market Hall, Barker Road, Maidstone from 9am - 3pm. £2. 01622 298159. See page 39.

Sat. 16th - 24th April - Eastbourne Spring Artists Open Houses and Studios

Various venues across Eastbourne during both weekends. Studios and galleries for two weeks. Lynn Knight talks about her book, The Buttonbox at the Birley Centre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne on the 16th at 2.30pm. £3. from Tourist Information. www.eastbourneartists.co.uk

Sat. 16th April - Heffle Cuckoo Fair

At Cade Street, Old Heathfield from 11am. Entertainment, stalls, fun dog show, free entry. Proceeds to Demelza Hospice. Park and ride.

Sun. 17th April ROH Cinema: Giselle

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm. Choreographed by Marius Petipa (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot). Recorded Live Transmission. Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. Don’t miss the hysterically funny and uplifting Menopause the Musical as it heads out on a UK-wide tour, packed full of sharp one-liners about memory loss and hot flushes and backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of comic parodies of pop classics. This all-singing, all-dancing comedy is set in a department store where four women with apparently nothing in common meet, by chance, at a lingerie sale. The show features an all-star cast including Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Linda Nolan (The Nolans) and Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty).

Sun. 17th & 18th April Natural & Organic Products Europe

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Join over 10,000 trade buyers for two days of product sourcing and business advice across three education theatres. Natural & Organic Products Europe is made up of three distinct areas – The Natural Food Show, Natural Beauty & Spa Show and Natural Health & Living – meaning in just one visit, you can source all you need for your healthy business! www.naturalproducts.co.uk



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Lisa Maxwell Lisa is an actress, best known for her role as DCI Sam Nixon in ITV’s Bafta-winning The Bill, and as a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women. She is now playing the role of Judy Garland in Peter Quilter’s ‘End Of The Rainbow’


t’s 1968 and Judy Garland, a once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback. But off stage, holed up in her hotel room, Judy is battling with her young new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive addictions. Will she be able to conquer her demons and reclaim her crown as one of history’s great musical icons? Featuring Garland’s most memorable songs The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and of course Somewhere Over The Rainbow, End of the Rainbow is a fiercely funny and emotionally charged musical play filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice. What’s On Magazine went along to her gala performance, spoke to Lisa for this exclusive interview, and pictured just some of the many friends who came to support her.

Lisa, can you tell us about the play It’s set during the six-weeks that Judy Garland performed at The Talk of the Town and she arrives very optimistic. She’s with husband-to-be number five and she’s free, can earn a living again and it’s all looking good. Her favourite pianist is also here to support her, but the old demons are slowly coming back to haunt her. She sadly can’t perform without the help of some

chemicals. It’s so sad. But, also really funny, too. I really want to get the message out there that it’s not a musical or a review. It’s one of those rare shows which actually encompasses everything. It’s a brilliantly written play with an award winning script from Peter Quilter and because of the nature of the story, it also features some of the most beautiful songs ever written. It’s an informative story about the life of a real person who had a very difficult life at times but is a very funny person, which is one of the ways she coped with the addiction and the demons. So you have a play that is incredibly moving, incredibly funny plus because it is all set against her six week run at The Talk of The Town you get to see her performing as well. She sadly died shortly after the time that the play is set in (1968) but, what should be a very dark play turns out to be black comedy at times, and actually mainstream comedy as well. Some of her one liners were so quick and hilarious. You very rarely get to play tragedy and comedy at such close proximity How much did you research Judy Garland before you took the role on? I went into quite a lot of research. I knew I was doing this about seven months before we started rehearsal so the first thing I did was to get an amazing vocal coach to give me the vocal stamina, not only to be able to sing every night but also to be able to sing in the style of Judy Garland. We listened to lots of her songs and the versions that we particularly liked and took those traits to use. I exercised my voice every day for those seven months, which enabled me to change my voice to sound like Judy Garland.

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There was also a lot of emotional preparation. I read everything I could get my hands on and watched every YouTube clip and every interview with her as well as all her films. It would be very easy to say ‘I am not going to do an impression, I am just going to follow the script’ or alternatively ‘I am going to try and be Judy Garland, so the people watching the play feel like they are watching Judy Garland’. I thought that if it were me I would choose the second option. If I came to see this play, I would want to be reminded of the woman that the play was about. So I have tried to give the audience Judy Garland but there will also be aspects about her which the audience will not recognise because this follows her off stage character as well as her on stage one. We’ve had some amazing reviews so I think we are getting away with it well. There are only three of us in the play and I am never off stage. It is an absolute honour to have the opportunity to do a piece of theatre like this as an actor but also, it’s the most terrifying and demanding thing I have ever done. The singing is the thing that I am least stressed about because I have been trained to sing. Judy was a technically well trained singer - she was actually trained in Opera so I had to follow the same sort of training. This means my voice is strong and I am not worried about losing my singing voice as I perform eight shows a week. The thing that could potentially go with me, is my speaking voice (weirdly enough), because you don’t support it as you do when you are singing. When I am screaming and beating up husband number five on stage, I have to be very careful that I don’t get too carried away. Is it still as scary now that you have been performing in the role for a few weeks? I am enjoying it now. There is so much fun to be had with it. I haven’t toured for years, but even though it is hard to be on tour it just feels like the best fun in the world, and I cannot wait for each night to share this play with the audience.

Kate Thornton

You have had lots of your friends come along to see you perform such as Kate Thornton, Carol Vorderman and Carol McGiffin. Does that make you more nervous knowing that they are out there in the audience? No, it is more enjoyable, all my girlfriends always rock up to support me and it is more fun when they do. At the end of the day they are my mates and will always love everything, and get behind everything I do. Carol McGiffin paid me the biggest complement, she said ‘Oh, babes, I wasn’t bored once’. So that will do for me. Jackie Brambles & Carol McGiffin

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Do you think the pressures that Judy Garland was under during her acting career are still there today? Yes I think those pressures are still there, I don’t think her story is any different to Amy Winehouses’. You get people who try and engineer you into a certain world and actually you become so famous that you don’t know what is genuine and what isn’t. You have to perform because you are the bread winner for everybody and if you don’t perform you are letting everybody down. That kind of pressure will always happen to performers. Judy was given drugs by her mother at the age of 12 and forced to take them when she was a teenager. All Judy Garland wanted was the love of one man. I get the impression from studying her that she would have been happy just leading a quiet life but had gone down the road of performing so far that she couldn’t turn back. She didn’t feel validated unless an audience were showing her appreciation because that was the only love that she understood. They often say it is the star who changes when they become famous but it is usually the people around them who change. It is good to tell the story of a real star because we don’t seem to have that level of star any more. Back then fame was a product of being super talented but today people can be famous for just being famous. With the show being so well received already, will you now be able to pick and choose your roles in the future? You never know in this business, I have been doing this long enough to know that there are no guarantees. All you can do as a performer is to be the best you can be in the role that you are playing. I was determined to make this work because it just wasn’t an option to do it badly. It was such a success for others in the beginning when it went to Broadway, that I wasn’t about to bring out a touring version that was anything less than right up there with the original.

Carol Vorderman

Thank You Lisa www.endoftherainbowtour.co.uk Facebook EndOfTheRainbow Twitter @RainbowOnTour Tuesday 29 March - Saturday 2 April 2016 - BRIGHTON Theatre Royal Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 May 2016 RICHMOND THEATRE Anna Townsend Gary Wilmot as Anyhony and Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland

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nd of the Rainbow first premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2005, before playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006. It returned to the UK in 2010 in a new production at Northampton Royal & Derngate, transferring to the West End the same year where it ran for 6 months and received four Olivier Award nominations. A Broadway run followed in 2012, where it received three Tony Award nominations. It is written by Peter Quilter, whose plays have been presented in over 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. For End of the Rainbow, Peter received an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play. Other plays include Glorious!, which opened at the West End’s Duchess Theatre in 2005 starring Maureen Lipman, where it was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Gary Wilmot as Anyhony and Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland

Sam Attwater as Mickey

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Leisure SPRING has sprung! To celebrate this great time of year we have lots of lovely colourful new stock. It can still be a bit chilly out of the sun but with clever layering you can look good AND feel warm at the same time! The friendly helpful staff are always on hand if you need a little guidance or just to bring that additional size to you in the changing room. We have lots of lovely summer day dresses to choose from plus a great selection of smarter dresses suitable for weddings or special occasions. Colours for the season vary from cream & white through to strong corals, beautiful blues & versatile khaki. Culottes will be a big look this summer and this trend is following through to Autumn/Winter. For those of you too young to remember them first time round – take it from me they are so comfortable, give them a go! Maxi skirts, maxi dresses, jumpsuits and playsuits all feature this summer so there really is something for everyone. The new season footwear from DOLCIS is also starting to arrive; floral pumps, wedges & jewel trimmed sandals are now in stock. We are holding our traditional EASTER BLUE X EVENT on Good Friday & Easter Saturday when we will be slashing a generous 20% off EVERYTHING!! This is the ideal opportunity to treat yourself to something new from our gorgeous new Spring styles. Happy Easter everyone.

Sun. 17th April - The Brighton Marathon

Brighton, BN1 2RT from 9.15am. The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK’s favourite 26.2-milers. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year. www.brightonmarathon.co.uk

Sun. 17th April - The London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. The LPO is joined by classical guitar superstar, Miloš, who will transport you to 1950s Spain with Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un gentilhombre – based on six Spanish folk dances. From £13. 01323 412000.

Mon. 18th April - Lulu

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. As well as performing songs from some of her musical heroes, such as soul legends, Ray Charles and Otis Redding, she will also be taking us on a musical journey recalling personal anecdotes, song writing experiences, and other entertaining stories. £35. 01892 530613.

Mon. 18th April - Desert Island Portraits

Come and be led on a miscellany of delights through portraits from the Renaissance to the 20th century. This will include stories of good people, bad people, a pirate, a horse …. and more. A Rother Valley DFAS event at the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA at 2.30. Visitors welcome. Enquiries Kay 01424 775257.

Mon. 18th & 19th April WWE Roar and SmackDown

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 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 8560202.

Little Sew and Sew: Our exciting new shop is already busy supplying amazing Fabrics, Haberdashery and Sewing accessories to a growing number of dressmakers and sewing enthusiasts. Our adult & children’s workshop classes are now running with something for everyone. Learn to sew something pretty and fabulous or perfect your sewing skills with something a bit more tricky. Whatever your experience, you’ll see that sewing is fun and relaxing. Learn from scratch, improve your skills or perhaps start a personal project. With easy parking right outside Little Sew and Sew is well worth a visit.

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St LeonArts Gallery & Makery

Our list of courses includes, drawing, painting, jewellery making basics, chain maille, precious metal clay, pearl-knotting, vintage jewellery up-cycling, experimental textiles (hand and machine stitch) children’s after school and holiday classes, teens fashion (on request) lampshade covering, tote bag making, cushion making. We also offer jewellery repairs and a clinic. Children’s/teens and adults making parties. 1 to 1 tuition available. April dates.... Kids Easter Holiday Crafty Sessions - Friday 1st. April, Tuesday 5th. April, Wednesday 6th. April, Friday 8th. April. Jewellery - making Chain maille - Saturday 2nd. April Vinyl fascinators. - Saturday 9th. April Funky lampshade covering workshop - Saturday 16th. April Tote bag making workshop - Saturday 16th. April. Learn to use a sewing machine - Saturday 23rd. April Make your own necklace or bracelet - Sat. 23rd. April Taster Day- Experimental textiles - Saturday 30th. April

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Mon. 18th April - Behind The Scenes at Great Dixter

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Great Dixter gardener Rachael Dodd 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. £45. 01797 254048.

Tues. 19th - 23rd April The Last Tango

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. mat. 2.30pm. Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever theatre tour. 01323 412000.

Tues. 19th - 23rd April - Swap

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.30pm. Wed. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. Brian Flowers and his wife Susan arrive at their house swapping summer vacation in Spain, only to discover they’ve unknowingly traded houses with a British gangster. Dead bodies all start piling up in this hilarious farce by Ian Ogilvy. 01323 412000.

Tues. 19th April - Dementia Friends

At Highbeech Dementia Centre, 124 Dorset Road, Bexhill on Sea TN400 2HT. 10am - 11.30am and 2pm - 3.30pm. Giving people an understanding of dimentia and the small things that you can do to make a difference. www.dementiafriends.org.uk 07738 729806.

Now in its 17th year BEATLES DAY has become one of the biggest musical charity events in the Hastings calender.

This all day event at the WHITE ROCK THEATRE on Sunday April 3rd celebrates the 10th year at this wonderful venue. ALL proceeds go to MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT! With 500 performers taking part a splendid time is guaranteed for all! 95 acts are taking part in a tribute to the music of the most iconic act in popular music. The concert starts at mid day on three seperate stages as the show begins. With music of all styles there is something for everyone. Tickets - Adults £12.50 children under 14 £7.50 family ticket £30 (2 adults and up to 3 children under 14). www.hastingsbeatlesday.org.uk WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE SHOW !

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Animal & Pet Services

A RABBIT IS FOR LIFE, NOT JUST FOR EASTER! Rabbits are a popular pet; unfortunately also one of the most neglected, often left without company, with a poor diet, living in cramped conditions. Highly intelligent and social animals, they live in large numbers in the wild; this need for companionship has not changed through their domestication. If seeing cute bunny pictures makes you feel you would like one as a pet, please consider very carefully whether you can cater properly for their long term care. Contact a rescue centre like The Kit Wilson Trust, where you will be given the correct information and can have the pleasure of caring for a rabbit that has not had the best start in life. It is important to neuter your rabbit; unwanted litters have little chance of finding good homes.

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Vintage Posters! Empress Coaches have recently produced two “vintage”style prints and are delighted to be partnering with St Michael’s Hospice to raise funds for the ongoing rebuilding work. The perfect gift idea for the home or in the workplace, these limited run of prints are priced at just £10 each plus £3.50 p&p. A donation of £4 per print will go directly to St Michael’s Hospice. Drawn on inspiration from the company’s days of excursions from the town, renowned artist Bradley Hutchings was commissioned to design two periods of the golden age of coach travel – one from the 1930s, the other from the 1950s. The highly colourful A3 prints feature Empress’s first coach a 1929 Dennis 20 seater near to Hastings Pier with founder Harry Philips depicted riding his Motorcycle into the shot! For the second image, Empress’s legendary Bedford OB Plaxton 29 seater which Harry bought new in 1950 and was sold in 1972 can be found waiting on the seafront near to Pelham Crescent. Prints can be purchased direct by calling 01424 430621 or email info@empresscoaches.com Empress Coaches Ltd 10/11 St Margaret’s Road, St Leonards on Sea TN37 6EH or from Empress Art, 3 Tower Road, St Leonards on Sea TN37 6JE. 01424 442000

Tues. 19th -23rd April - Of Mice and Men

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. Set in America during the Great Depression, this classic play tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant farm workers, who go in search of new beginnings. Tel: 0844 8717615.

Tues. 19th April - Pasha Kovalev - It’s All About You

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

Tues. 19th April - Gregory Porter

At the Concert Hall, Brighton at 7.30pm. Tickets from £32. ‘The Next Great Male Jazz Singer’ - NPR Music. 01273 709709.

Wed. 20th April - Saba Douglas Hamilton

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Join Saba DouglasHamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family. £17.50. 01892 530613.

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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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Wed. 20th - 26th April - Jeff Lynne’s ELO

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO is set to not only deliver ‘Alone In The Universe’, the first new ELO music in 15 years on November 13th, but also head out on a 10 date UK tour. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 20th - 23rd April - London Marathon Expo

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Running Health and Fitness Expo & Packet Pick Up for Participants who are registered in the Marathon. www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

Thurs. 21st April - Wild Scotland

At Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Wildlife photographer and lecturer Gordon Small at the Sussex Wildlife Trust. £3 visitors, £2 members. 01323 506540.

Thurs. 21st April - Soul Legends

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. It’s all aboard the soul train for the show of the year, embarking from soul’s heady Sixties origins...steaming, non-stop, through to the present day...via everyone’s favourite 70s and 80s dance classics. From £19.50. 01892 530613.

Fri. 22nd April - Julian Clary

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Julian Clary, national trinket, author, TV and radio star is coming.… The Joy of Mincing is Julian Clary’s celebration of 30 years as a comedian. There is so much to tell you including the true and heart stopping account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life. 01892 530613.

Fri. 22nd April - Comedy Club

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne at 8pm. 01323 412000.

Fri. 22nd April - Tulip Festival

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, E. Sussex. 11am - 5pm. £10.50, 30,000 tulips plus cafe, shop and plant sales. See front page and p.54.

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Food & Drink

The Lazy Bakery is going full time! From mid-April I will no longer be juggling two jobs but baking full time. Friday and Saturday breads will still be available to order but additionally through the week at Farmer’s Markets and Farm Shops in the Rye area. Please check website each Monday for that week’s schedule.

Sat. 23rd April - Eastbourne’s Got Talent

Fri. 22nd - 24th April - The Garden Show In Spring

At Firle Place, Firle, near Lewes from 10am - 5pm. Art, design, your garden and you. Special offer for What’s On readers. See page 3.

Fri. 22nd & 23rd April - Verdi’s Macbeth

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. With it’s devastating mix of murder, witchcraft and political intrigue, Verdi’s opera of this masterpiece has thrilled audiences for over a century. 01424 462288.

Fri. 22nd April - The Blues Band Featuring Paul Jones

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne. 7pm. The show without any judges – just fantastic acts – ‘Eastbourne’s Got Talent’ is being staged to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support helping people living with Cancer in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas. There will also be a guest appearance by a West End Star. Tickets are only £6 and can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre, Eastbourne. from www.wegottickets.com/talent (+ 60p fee) or on door.

Sat. 23rd April - Reunion Dog Walk

At Seven Sisters Country Park, Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex. £5 per dog. Organised by Give A Dog A Home - other dogs welcome with profits going to this charity. Leisurely flat half hour stroll on grass and paths to the coast and back. Cafe, parking, toilets, ice creams and refreshments for the dogs. www.giveadogahome.org.uk See page 5.

Sat. 23rd April - St. George’s Day Concert

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings at 7.30pm. Ex Manfred Mann members, Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness are joined by slide guitarist Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher on bass guitar and Rob Townsend on drums. A good time is guaranteed for all at this beautiful sea-front venue. Seats £20.50 and £23.50 from 01323 841414.

At St. Nicholas Church, Pevensey at 7pm. With Harvey’s Brass. 10 piece ensemble. £10. Contact g.stephens45@btinternet.com

Sat. 23rd April - The Feast of St. George

At Olympia West, London. 11am - 8pm. With more than 300 projects exhibited by over 80 developers you will be able to look at a spectrum of properties, investment options, financing sources, Vaastu consultations, legal advice and more. www.indianpropertyshow.com

At Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. 12 noon to 6pm. Come and celebrate St George’s Day, with its special Shakespearean theme, plus a feast of English food, live music and free fun for everyone. There’ll be cookery demos from celebrity chefs, stalls selling mouth-watering treats, a beautiful banqueting area and a host of indoor and outdoor family games. The event this year will mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, so expect plenty of activities to celebrate his life and legacy.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Newton Faulkner has announced details of his new studio album. Human Love is Newton’s fifth album. £21.50. 01424 229111.

At All Saints Church, All Saint Street, Hastings TN34 3BP. 12 - 3pm. Preloved, chic/designer labels/vintage men and women/house and garden/textiles/studio clearance and refreshments available.

Fri. 22nd April Live Music with Accustica

At The Lemon Tree, 54 Western Road, Bexhill on Sea. See page 24.

Sat. 23rd & 24th April - The Indian Property Show

Sat. 23rd April - Live Music - Newton Faulkner

Sat. 23rd April - Posh Jumble and Vintage Sale

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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

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


very village deserves a good neighbourhood pub which brings together the local community, but few match The Ostrich, which offers simple, well-executed dishes at sensible prices in a friendly and traditional setting. Their winter menu is in full swing and proving popular. Booking is still advised for their Sunday Roast priced at just £7.50. 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. The Ostrich also hosts Dementia Supper Clubs SE

The Ostrich hosts one of 8 Dementia Supper Clubs covering East Sussex, offering an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to get together informally, share experiences and increase their support network. (See Facing Page) For information about the supper clubs please call 01323 432340

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Sat. 23rd April - Learn to Use A Sewing Machine

At Stleonarts, 16 Silchester Road, St. Leonards on Sea. 12 noon to 2pm. See page 39 for details.

Sat. 23rd April - Julian Clary

At the Concert Hall, Brighton at 8pm. The Joy of Mincing is Julian Clary’s celebration of 30 years as a comedian. Come and witness a masterclass. Tickets £20 to £23. 01273 709709.

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

Sat. 23rd April - Local and Live Sessions

What’s On Magazine

Sat. 23rd April - RWCS - A Sea Symphony

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At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Live music. 01892 678678. At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Julie Cooper (Soprano) and Andrew Mayor (Baritone) conducted by Rebecca Miller. From £10.


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Sun. 24th April - Wedding Fair

At the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Organised by Emperical Events. See main advertisement on page 65.

Sun. 24th April - Celebrating Shakespeare

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings at 7.30pm. In this special anniversary year celebrating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, three actors – Peter Mould, Susannah Mayor and Ian Klemen – present Celebrating Shakespeare: a romp with the bard, a fun evening of all things bardic: speeches, jokes and anecdotes, with Shakespeare’s songs set to original music composed and performed by Steve Rivington. Ad. £13. 01424 423221.

Sun. 24th April - The London Marathon

Spectators Guide available to download on the main Marathon website. https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/

Sun. 24th April - The Harlem Globe Trotters

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6pm. Create lasting family memories with the Harlem Globetrotters. Hilarious antics & amazing basketball skills will entertain the whole family. 0844 856 0202.

Sun. 24th & 25th April Professional Hairdresser Live (Trade)

At Olympia National Hall, London. With iconic hairdressers, spectacular shows and fantastic stands, Professional Hairdresser Live is an inspiration for salon owners, managers, stylists and colourists. The show is specifically designed for all those seriously involved in the art of hairdressing and who have a real need to see all the latest in hair care, colour, styling products and accessories. www. prohairlive.co.uk

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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The Introduction Agency For People Living In Kent, Sussex and Surrey Tel: 01892 667750 Disappointed with internet dating? Don’t leave your happiness to chance! *Personal Interview with Louisa *Confidentiality *Hand Picked Selections *Thorough Personal Profiles *High Success Rate *Client Rapport and Feedback *Refunds Policy

You will be pleasantly surprised by our competitive fees!

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

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

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

Myself and herself were off to the cinema in Hailsham last week and decided to go for something to eat first. Our friends recommended Callenders Restaurant at the top of the High street. They regularly go there after their weekly shop. So we parked up and popped in, convenient, and no parking charges in town, great! You should go too. A fabulous welcome, and great food. A fantastic char grilled steak, and beautifully fresh fish. A wonderful selection of salads. Amazing home-made desserts and great wines. After the cinema I said I couldn’t wait for the sequel, the film was o.k, but I’d love another excuse to go to Callenders. “Well then it’s a good job I booked us in for Sunday lunch” she said, “their prices are so reasonable you don’t need an excuse to go.”

Mon. 25th April - Explosions In The Sky

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Explosions In The Sky’s incendiary and emotional live performances are the stuff of legend. Their last London show was at a sold-out Brixton Academy in early 2012, and the Roundhouse the year before that. Following successful excursions into the world of film soundtracks the American post-rock band now return to London. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 25th April - Good Planting

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 10am - 4.30pm. Study day. Learn how to combine plants using colour, shape, texture, repetition and balance. The aim is to bring you closer to designing your borders and associating plants with ease. Includes slides and talks in the Great Hall, plus sessions in the garden. Price: £100 per person. 01797 252878.#

Mon. 25th - 30th April - The Father

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. The Father is the winner of France’s highest theatrical honour, the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, and Christopher Hampton’s crisp and witty translation, has dazzled audiences and critics alike. It has received an unprecedented ten five star reviews from major national newspaper critics. 0844 871 7615.

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Garden Services

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

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

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Chelsea 2016 Breakthrough horticultural science and technology features in key educational area of the Great Pavilion • Impact of nutrition, cultivation, locality and more highlighted by nine pivotal exhibits • Coventry University demonstrates the benefits of gardening on our health At this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show (24 – 28 May), sponsored by M&G Investments, the Discovery Zone, an area of the Great Pavilion dedicated to science and education, will investigate the way in which our health, happiness and community is impacted by horticulture and the world around us. From the importance of beans and pulses to the best plants with which to surround yourself, as well as tips on how to get as much as possible from your garden, the Discovery Zone offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of scientific exhibits, including a special display by Coventry University on how to transform your

garden into a ‘green gym’. More beans please! Due to the increased demand on food resources by an ever-growing global population, the United Nations (UN) has designated 2016 the ‘International Year of the Pulse’. Building on this demand, Capel Manor College has created ‘Beans, Beans’ to highlight the importance of this particular legume. Split into three sections, from a ‘rustic green wall’ to a ‘bistro garden’, the exhibit explains the reliance on pulses in some of the world’s poorest populations, as well as the capacity for increased pulse growth in the developed world, offering an alternative source of protein.

Preview Gesundheit… Love gardening but hate sniffling and sneezing your way through the hedgerows? Worry no more as ‘The Low Allergy Garden’ by the Royal College of Pathologists features a garden full of flowering plants, trees and shrubs not associated with respiratory allergies in humans. Experts will also be on hand to provide guidance on which plants to use in gardens frequented by respiratory allergy sufferers. Tickets are now available on 20 – 24 July: www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows

Putting your best foot forward Coventry University’s ‘Healthy Gardens, Healthy Gardeners’ exhibit highlights the physical impact of gardening on the body, proving that – if done correctly – this undervalued form of exercise can offer greenfingered enthusiasts an extremely beneficial work-out. Featuring a motion-capture suit performing typical gardening activities, Coventry University will highlight all of the vital statistics involved in using your own ‘green gym’, demonstrating the benefits of horticulture as the means to an improved and healthy lifestyle.

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Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst Friday 22 April every day until Saturday 7 May, 11am - 5pm In late spring 30,000 tulips, from palest pink to nearly black to brightest red, create dazzling mantles of colour in every flower bed, pot and border at Pashley. With over 100 varieties of tulip on show visitors can enjoy colour themed displays of demure lily flowered and romantic peony flowered blooms, the exotic plumage of parrot tulips, exquisite fringed tulips with edges that seem feathered with frost, the bold, fresh, green stripes of the viridiflora varieties, the cheerful abundance of multi-flowered styles and, of course, the elegantly curved classic tulip shape in many hues. Complemented by forget-me-nots, pansies, bellis and newly emerging perennials, the sheer volume and fantastic colour of the tulip display is mesmerising to the first time and returning visitor alike. The Tulip Festival was initiated to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the tulip’s arrival in Europe from Persia and, now in its twentysecond year, has become an extremely popular annual event held in association with Bloms Bulbs, winners of 64 Chelsea Gold Medals. Representatives from Bloms Bulbs will be on site throughout the festival with a display of 2,000 cut tulips and to offer advice and take bulb orders for delivery in the autumn.

Mon. 25th - 27th April - Lotty’s War

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Eves: 7.30pm. Wed. mat 2.30pm. A mesmerising story of passion, courage and sacrifice, Lotty’s War is a thriller set in the WWII enemy occupied Channel Islands. Based on a true story, this critically acclaimed play is ‘a must see show!’ 01424 462288. See main advertisement on page 44.

Tues. 26th April - Eastbourne’s Tea Dance

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne from 2pm- 5pm. £5.95. 01323 412000.

Tues. 26th - 30th April - A Murder Is Announced

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves 7.45pm. Wed & Sat Mat. 2.30pm. Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present a lavish new production of a classic Miss Marple mystery starring Judy Cornwell as Miss Marple. 01323 412000.

Tues. 26th - 30th April - TWODS - Carousel

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Eves: 7.30pm. Wed. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. Voted best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, and with some of the most powerful music ever written. 01892 530613.

Tues. 26th - 30th April - God of Carnage

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Eves: 8pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 3pm. Christopher Hampton’s translation of Yasmin Reza’s sharp-edged comedy premiered at the Gielgud Theatre, London in March 2008. 01892 678678.

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Things are happening at Horam Manor Farm this year.

John and Bernie of JB Mower Services worked in the workshop at Cutting Edges Mower Services in Marley Lane. John and Bernie of JB Mower Services have now been at Kent Street Nurseries for nearly 5 years now and offer servicing and repairs to all kinds of mowers and garden machinery. They don’t have a showroom but can supply most types of new machines to order. You will find easy parking on site.

Hidden behind Horam’s housing development site for the first few months of 2016, Lakeside Café, Horam Manor Fishery, Horam Manor Riding Stables and the newly converted Cartlodge have been quite cut off. Now however the Farm venue, with its own small rural museum and stunning Nature Walks, is staging a grand re-opening on Sunday May 1st and Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd. If you haven’t visited before, this is the time. There are some surprises in store for regular visitors too. Loyal customers of May’s Terracotta pots, plants, statues and garden ornaments were dismayed to see the closing down signs at the old site at Clayhill. Now May and Ernie will re-open their unique collection of pots and ornaments from around the world at Horam Manor Farm. Come and see the magnificent display on May 1st and 2nd, and then join in the action at the Farm. There will be craft demonstrations at the Cartlodge, with Punch and Judy, bouncy castle and pony rides to amuse the younger visitors. Browse the stalls, visit craftsmen in their Open Workshops, view vintage agricultural machinery and then relax by the Great Pond, explore the nature trails or enjoy a meal at the Café.

Wed. 27th April - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.15pm. Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis host the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the annual ceremony that celebrates and rewards the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. 0207 589 8212. www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

Wed. 27th April - Dalloway

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. This adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories, offers a compellingly feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War. Dalloway is written and directed by Elton Townend Jones and performed by Rebecca Vaughan. Ad. £13.00. 01424 42322

Wed. 27th April Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Their first European tour in nearly two years playing their biggest shows on the continent to date. Downtown continues to climb the Billboard and radio charts on the rise to quickly become the duo’s 3rd Top 5 hit. 0844 8560202.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness Heart Research UK’s weekly Healthy Tip –

Put a spring in your step Spring is upon us and we’re finally leaving the long winter nights behind. Running and jogging provide a great cardiovascular workout, helping you to build fitness, burn calories and shed that spare tyre as well as boosting your mood. It will also help keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels healthy and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Don’t forget - you don’t have to run a marathon to see the benefits for your heart and your body. Pace yourself • Start small with a walk round the block, running for small sections at a time and walking in between. Pick up the pace and distance gradually. • Once you’ve mastered a small loop, you can try doing it twice or adding sections: 100 yards, will soon become a kilometre, then a mile. Try using a phone app to log your progress.

E9 a healthy alternative to sugar filled energy drinks. As our days get busier and we make ever more demands on ourselves it is all too easy to end up feeling exhausted. Far too often, people reach for unhealthy energy drinks or caffeine to supplement their diminishing energy levels. Such choices provide little to no nutritional value and load the body with unnecessary amounts of sugar /caffeine which further stresses the body and often results in the ‘sudden crash.’ With its unique Pina Colada flavor, E9 replenishes your system and delivers long lasting energy derived from healthy sources. It is a sugar free mixture containing energizing ingredients such as L-arginine, a potent blend of amino acids, a unique combination of B-vitamins, and natural caffeine from guarana and other herbal extracts. Together these ingredients contribute to the reduction of mental and physical tiredness and fatigue leaving you feeling strong, alert and energized at the end of the day. Helen Prosper 07545 227 272 www.prosperwithsynergy.co.uk See main advert on front page.

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Running time and place • Think about where you would like to run. It may be a small circuit around your local park, a nice jog along a nearby canal or river or around your neighbourhood. • Think about when to best fit a run in your day: early morning, lunchtimes, home from work or later in the evening – it’s important to find what works best for you. Running style • A hand held water bottle will help you keep hydrated, especially as the weather gets warmer and you work up more of a sweat. Aim high • Set yourself an end goal. Heart Research UK has a whole host of events to help you do so; from ‘My Run, My Way’ where you choose the place and distance, to the iconic ‘Vitality London 10K’. You could even take on the world’s biggest half marathon in the Great North Run later this year. Find out more here: http://heartresearch.org.uk/events So get into gear and bring out the runner in you this spring. Clock up those miles slowly but surely and get on the road to a healthier heart, body and soul. #runforit

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Kung Fu Schools Hastings is a family run Wing Chun martial arts school run by John Tomlin, head instructor and his children’s assistant instructor Samantha Hallam. They offer training to men, women and children and their classes run three times a week; Tuesday and Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Children’s training starts from the age of 4 they welcome adults of all abilities. Wing Chun is a chinese martial art and a very sophisticated self defense technique. John and Sam encourage their students to have fun and enjoy their training. They build up confidence whilst maintaining the respect and discipline this technique requires, which also helps in everyday life. The classes are for the whole family so begin your four week trial and why not train together!

Thurs. 28th April - Michael Bolton

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. This brand new tour follows the concept of music and movies. As well as performing his greatest hits, which have seen him sell 60 million records worldwide, he will be performing songs from the soundtracks of iconic films. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 28th April - Jools Holland

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Sold out - returns only.

Thurs. 28th April - Heidi Vogel

At the Royal Albert Hall, London from 9.45pm. sensational music in the sultry setting of the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Having appeared at the Hall twice as lead singer of The Cinematic Orchestra, London-born Heidi Vogel is back with her unique vocal blend of jazz, soul, Latin and funk and three-piece band: Ivo Neame (piano), Shane Forbes (drums) and Dario di Lecce (double bass). 0207 589 8212.

Introducing the Italian Diego dalla Palma Professional skincare. The quality of these products is guaranteed by RVB SKINLAB where all the research & testing of the products are done (No tests are carried out on animals). Diego dalla Palma Professional say “A rose is a Rose” & “Be the Best Possible You”. Their idea is to help manage changes in the skin & skin blemishes. The result is 51+3 HYALU COMPLEX™ - a formula at the base of all professional & home treatments - with a multiple biorevitalising action. It restores vital elements, combats imperfections, rebalances & intensely regenerates the skin - 59 -

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Wedding Services

Lorrimer Photographic is run by a very enthusiastic and friendly professional photographer, trained in wedding photography and with 24 years experience in this type of photography. Our aim is to provide a friendly and efficient, high quality service that caters to each couple’s individual needs and tastes. Your wedding photographs are the main memento after the day is over and we discuss and agree in detail each couples requirements before their big day. This is to ensure that the images that we capture on the wedding day are exactly to the couples requirements. We can also help with the planning of the wedding day and will often visit the wedding and reception venues with the couple before hand. Lorrimer Photographic carry full professional insurance for wedding photography.

Fri. 29th April - UB40

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue. 6.30pm. UB40’s three founding members will be making a triumphant return to UK shores. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 29th April - 2nd May - Jack in The Green Festival

At Old Town, Hastings. festival of Morris and other traditional dance with visiting teams from all over England and Europe. Procession on Bank Holiday Monday with music, dance, singing and street entertainment and the traditional crowning of the May Queen. 01424 451111. http://www.hastingsjack.co.uk

Fri. 29th April - Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. The event has been created in response to local employers, who are keen to actively recruit new staff, or offer apprenticeships and training opportunities. You will be able to talk to employers about live vacancies and apprenticeships on the day. 10am - 3pm. 01424 229111.

Fri. 29th April - The Emily Portman Trio

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. £14.00. Emily Portman is the 2013 holder of the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song; an accolade which reflects her power to lure listeners into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld, conjuring a dark and brooding realm. 01424 229111.

Fri. 29th April - Be: Fit London For Women

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. Health and Fitness Festival for Women. Free fitness classes back to back all weekend with London’s top studios, cook with your favourite nutritionists, inspirational talks and more. Plus shopping village with over 100 health, fitness and nutrition brands. Ticket Prices: £30-£90.

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A glamorous Wedding Fair & Showcase at The Cooden Beach Hotel - Directly On The Beach

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A Wedding Fair at Swallows Oast


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

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

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

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Wild Bird Care

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pril is a crossover month for migration, as the first Summer migrants arrive back to the UK while many of the Winter migrants are still here. Look out for flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares on farmland as they feed up before their long journey to Scandinavia, or

Fri. 29th April - Roger Hodgson

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8pm. Roger Hodgson, the legendary songwriter and singer, formerly of Supertramp, returns for another magical evening. 0207 5898212.

Fri. 29th April - 1066 Rotary Choirs Competition

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7pm. 01424 462288.

Sat. 30th April - 4th Sept. - Willem Sandberg

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. In Gallery 1. Free entry. Willem Sandberg was a Dutch graphic designer and director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from 1945-63. 01424 229111.

Sat. 30th April - 4th Sept. - BAW @ DLWP

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. In The Studio. Bexhill Artists’ Workspace are pleased to be presenting their new exhibition in the studio over the Spring Bank Holiday. An exhibition of mainly twodimensional work, new to the gallery from Bexhill Artists’ Workshop (BAW). Come and view - artwork and cards available to purchase. Free entry. 01424 539466.

Sat. 30th April - 8th May - Grand Designs Live

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Whether you’re looking to revamp your kitchen or bathroom, create a beautiful garden, or even build a new ecohouse, help is at hand at this year’s Grand Designs Live. Plus, you can see your favourite TV celebrities, including Kevin McCloud and Charlie Luxton, live on stage throughout the show. www.granddesignslive.com

Sat. 30th April - Experimental Textiles

At Stleonarts, 16 Silchester Road, St. Leonards on Sea. 11am - 5pm. (Time TBC). See main advertisement on page 39.

consider a visit to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to spot their summer arrivals freshly back from Africa. Allan.......... Feathers Wild Bird www.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk shop.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk


Sat. 30th April - 2nd May - Chilli Tasting Event

At the Rye Spice Co. Rye Harbour Road, TN31 7TE. A selection of chillies to taste including the world’s hottest. See main ad. on page 46.

Sat. 30th April An Audience With Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8.15pm. The Strictly Come Dancing favourites will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow you. The pro-pairing are best known for their high intensity performances on the hit BBC show. £24 to £26. 01424 462288.

Sat. 30th April - Crafts and Talents Day

At Christchurch, Methodist Church, Springfield Road, Bexhill. 10am 4pm. Free admission. Refreshments available.

Sat. 30th April Goodwood Opening Racing and Artistan Food Festival

At Goodwood, West Sussex. The new season at Goodwood jumps from the starting stalls with a fusion of fabulous artisan food and high class racing to indulge the senses. Opening Saturday features an artisan food festival alongside an established seven-race card which includes the Listed Betfred Daisy Warwick Fillies Stakes and Class 1 Betfred Conqueror Stakes. www.goodwood.com

Sat. 30th April - A Gala For St. George

At The Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Celebrate England’s national day with a selection of favourite English songs, poems and readings, presented by Kevin Whately. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 1st May - Dixie Chicks

At The 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 0844 856 0202.

Sun. 1st & 2nd May - Spring Garden and Leisure Show

At The South of England Centre, Ardingly, W. Sussex from 9am - 5pm.

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