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WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2015

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What’s On November 2015 Sun. 1st Nov. - RHS London Frost Fair

At RHS Lindley Hall, London SW1P 2QW from 10am - 4pm. Nurseries, stalls, talks and a live reindeer with a winter market theme and the chance to buy a variety of goods at this festive show. www.rhs.org.uk

Sun. 1st Nov. - Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm. HAYDN: Symphony No 103 (‘The Drumroll’). HAYDN: Violin Concerto in C major. PÄRT: Fratres SIBELIUS: Symphony No 3. Soloist: Thomas Gould. Conductor: George Vass. 01892 678678.

Mon. 2nd - 8th Nov. - Olympia Art and Antiques Fair

Sun. 1st Nov. - Horrible Histories Live

At Olympia National Hall, London. Celebrating its 25th year, Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair comes to life each November with an exceptional range of over 30,000 pieces from 120 hand picked dealers you are sure to find high quality antiques to whet all appetites.

Until 14th Nov. - Dinner with Saddam

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 6.30pm. Show 7.30pm. Part of his UK nationwide tour. 01273 290131.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2pm and 4pm. £12 to £14. Barmy Britain Part 3. This brand new show is bursting with colourful characters from the past. 01424 229111. At the Meniere Chocolate Factory. 53 Southwark Street, London. SE1 1RU. 8pm. Political and personal issues are top of the menu, but behind the kitchen door something else far more sinister is cooking… This is the world premiere of Anthony Horowitz ’s new comedy. Stars Stephen Berkoff. Box Office 020 7378 1713.

Sun. 1st Nov. - Broadway Beats

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. Zoe Pennington Dance Studios return to the Congress Theatre to present Broadway Beats, a collection of dances from all genres performed by their students aged from 2 to Adults. £13.50. 01323 412000.

Sun. 1st Nov. - Diversity

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7pm. The exclusive tour for 2015. Diversity have travelled the length of the country performing for their legion of devoted fans. 01273 290131.

Mon. 2nd Nov. - Will Young

Mon. 2nd Nov. - Monty Don

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Hear Monty speak about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world, what really happens behind the scenes when filming, about how he made his own organic garden from a bare field. 01892 530613.

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Mon. 2nd Nov. - The Godfather Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Francis Ford Coppola’s timeless masterpiece The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino and winner of three Academy Awards, will be shown on the big screen whilst Nino Rota’s immortal score is performed simultaneously by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Justin Freer. 0207 589 8212.

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Contents

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NOVEMBER 2015 House and Home P.2 - 15 Art, Vintage and Antique P.16 - 19 Fashion and Leisure P.20 - 30 Food and Drink P.31 - 45 Westfield Feature P.42 - 45 Cindy Crawford Interview P.44 - 48 Health, Fitness and Beauty P.52 - 56 Health Care and Senior Living P.57 - 59 Wedding Services P.60 & 61 Garden and Building Services P.62 - 65 Pets and Wildlife 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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Mon. 2nd - 7th Nov. - Priscilla Queen of the Dessert Tour

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. mat 2.30pm. Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship. 0844 871 7677.

Mon. 2nd - 8th Nov. - Spirit of Christmas Fair

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. Spirit of Christmas Fair is perfectly tailored for you to uncover extraordinary gifts of style, design and elegance, with an exciting new collection of independent boutiques, all hand-picked by our expert team and approved by House & Garden. www. spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk

Tues. 3rd Nov. - Go West and Nik Kershaw

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. With very special guest T’PAU Three critically acclaimed stars of the 80s come together for a major UK Tour. £29.50. 01892 530613.

Mon. 2nd November - Eric Knowles Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow 1900

At the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, TN34 2SA (opposite the Conquest Hospital) at 2.30. Eric Knowles, an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ expert, will be He is giving a lecture on ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow 1900’. This is sponsored by NADFAS. Tickets are £5.00 and can be obtained from Kay on 01424 775257.

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Tues. 3rd Nov. - Charles Aznavour

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. The French chanson star is considered to be one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time and enjoyed major success in the UK with his No.1 single She, which featured in the blockbuster film Notting Hill. 0207 589 8212.

At The Jazz House at Pure in Newton Road, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. Accompanied by Georgina Jackson on vocals and trumpet, this evening will have your toes tapping, and maybe even lindy hopping the night away. Led by the extraordinarily versatile Pete Long, the list of artists that Pete has played with is endless... £12. 01892 530613.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Hallucinating Angels with Kneecap Media present Bexhill-in-Love. 4.00 pm and 7.15 pm (Free booking essential. Hallucinating Angels is an artists collective - work includes participatory live performance residencies. 01424 229111.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Performed by a 100-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, experience the drama, romance, glamour and heart-pounding action which justly sums up ‘The Golden Age of Hollywood’. 0207 589 8212.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. £6. Age suitabilty: 12A. A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. 01424 229111.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Rumpus Theatre Company presents a spine-chilling new play THE HAUNTED DOLLS’ HOUSE. Based on the brilliantly creepy ghost story by the master of the genre M R James. 01892 678678.

Wed. 4th Nov. - Golden Age of Hollywood

Tues. 3rd Nov. - Bexhill in Love

Thurs. 5th Nov. - The Haunted Dolls House

Tues. 3rd Nov. - Jurassic World

Tues. 3rd Nov. - The Only Way is Downton

Thurs. 5th - 8th Nov. - The Luxury Travel Fair

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Downton Abbey as you’ve never seen it before! Direct from a West End run and American tour, Luke Kempner’s tour-de-force impressions comedy returns to the UK, in an updated version featuring new material. £18. 01323 412000.

At Olympia West Hall, London. See a hand-picked definitive collection of the finest and most unique holiday and high-end travel experiences from all corners of the globe, enabling you to engage with the experts and discover the latest travel trends from our leading brands. www. luxurytravelfair.com

Thurs. 5th - 14th Nov. - The Circus of Horrors Extreme

Wed. 4th Nov. - Phoenix Rising

At the Quadrant Entertainment Area at the 02 Docklands, London. Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and to this date it is the only circus to reach the finals. 0844 8560202.

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30 & 7.45pm. First performed as part of the International D.H.Lawrence Centenary Festival in September 1985, Phoenix Rising marks the 130th anniversary of Lawrence’s birth with Paul Slack reprising his critically acclaimed performance as D.H.Lawrence. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 5th Nov. - HMS Pinafore

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 2.30pm. HMS Pinafore is one of the most popular and well-known of the G&S operas and overflows with Gilbert’s wittiest characters and Sullivan’s most memorable music. 01424 462288.

Wed. 4th Nov. - Nina Conti

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Nina will create a new show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face. With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 5th Nov. - Leroy Jones Quintet

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. A rare opportunity to see legendary New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones joined by Ian Shaw (‘Our finest jazz singer’ - Time Out) £21. 01892 530613.

Wed. 4th Nov. - Pete Long Plays Benny Goodman

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Fri. 6th Nov. - Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Bookends are back on tour with their moving and powerful live performance and multimedia show. 01892 678678.

Fri. 6th Nov. - The Joliet Blues Band

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.45pm. High Energy, 11 piece show band in this two hour show. £10. 01580 711856.

Fri. 6th Nov. - Flanders and Swann

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Fresh from headlining at the International Flanders and Swann Festival, they embark on this - the largest ever Flanders and Swann tour. £18.00 01323 412000.

Fri. 6th Nov. - The Staves

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Just one listen to Blood I Bled EP will tell you The Staves have changed since their debut album was released in 2012. £16. 01424 229111.

Fri. 6th Nov. - The Gondoliers

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Marco and Guiseppe, the handsome Palmieri brothers, lead a charmed life as gondoliers in sunny Venice. 01424 462288.

Fri. 6th Nov. - Jimeoin

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. 8:00pm. Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters. £18.50. 01892 530613.

Sat. 7th Nov. - Rob Beckett (Comedy)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Beckett’s back with a brand-new hour of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! 01892 678678.

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Sat. 7th Nov. - Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm and 7.45pm. This new solo performance shows Quentin both in his beloved Chelsea flat as the 1970s dawned, and in his final years in his adopted New York, with the new millennium beckoning. £18. 01323 412000.

Sat. 7th Nov. - Steve Backshall’s Wild World

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 1.30 & 6.30pm. Wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall takes us on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his novels The Falcon Chronicles. 01892 530613.

Sat. 7th Nov. - Festival of Remembrance

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 2pm. This annual Festival commemorates and honours all those who have lost their lives in conflicts, and is both a moving and enjoyable experience. 0207 5898212

Sat. 7th - 28th Nov. - ‘6’ - Art Exhibition

At Fleet Gallery, 53 Norman Road, St. Leonards. See page 17.

Sat. 7th & 8th Nov. - Contemporary Craft Show

At Hierstpierpoint College, Chalkers Lane, BN6 9JS. Organised by the Sussex Guild. See main ad on page 24.

Sat. 7th Nov. - See The Steam Giants

At Brede Waterworks from 10am - 4pm. The huge steam pumping engines have been restored and are in motion again. Free entry. Refreshments available. 01323 897310.

Sat. 7th Nov. - Penshurst Vintage Christmas Fair

At Penshurst Village Hall, Penshurst, Kent. From kitchenalia and household to fashion and accessories. £2. 10am - 4pm.

Sat. 7th Nov. - Drawn to the Page

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Artist and writer, Wendy Ann Greenhalgh, will be running a two-year creative writing programme for writers of all levels, starting this autumn at Jerwood Gallery Hastings, De La Warr Pavilion and Towner Eatbourne. 01424 229111.

Sat. 7th Nov. - WAHACA Day of the Dead Festival

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At Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF “A Festival Blending... Music, Film, Street Art, Culture & Food... Bringing modern Mexico to Life.” http://www.wahaca.co.uk/dotd/

Sat. 7th Nov. - Josh Widdicombe

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. “This Devonian observationalist has embedded himself among the comedy elite” The Guardian. 01424 229111.

Sat. 7th Nov. - Eddi Reader

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. From fairground attraction, a solo career and three Brit Awards.... as the number one hit single says..... Perfect. £23.50. 01323 841414.

Sat. 7th Nov. - The Mikado

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. The famous melodies include “Three Little Maids from School”, “A Wandering Minstrel”, “Tit Willow” and many more. 01424 462288.

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Art, Vintage & Antique

Sun. 8th Nov. - Bolshoi: Jewels

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. Recorded Live. George Balanchine’s opulent triptych of choreography was inspired by a visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue. 01892 678678.

Sun. 8th Nov. - Tom Jones and Van Morrison

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Part of the Blues Fest London shows. www.theo2.co.uk 0844 8560202.

Sun. 8th Nov. - Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7.30pm. 01273 290131.

Mon. 9th Nov. - St. Petersburg Classic Ballet - Giselle

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. 0844 8717677.

Sat. 7th & 8th Nov. - The Fertility Show

At Olympia Central, London. Whether you’ve just started trying for a baby or want to know more about IVF treatments, this show is for you. www.fertilityshow.co.uk

Sat. 7th Nov. - Battle Bonfire and Fireworks

At Battle, East Sussex. 7:15-7:30pm - Guy and high street procession. 7:45pm - A Maroon is launched signalling the start of the procession. 9pm - The Bonfire is lit on the Abbey Green. 9:30pm - The Fireworks are started, followed by the Effigy.

Sat. 7th Nov. - Dunorlan Fireworks

Royal Tunbridge Wells Annual Fireworks Display will be held at Dunorlan Park on Saturday November 7th. Gates will open at 5.30pm. The fireworks will start at 7pm. Ad. £6. Ch. £4.

Sun. 8th Nov. - Leeds Castle Fireworks

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. The biggest firework display in the South East of England. Set to music from the movies. Ad. £19. Ch. £12.50. Starts 5.30pm. Tickets on 01622 880008.

Sun. 8th Nov. - Everything Everything

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. This much anticipated return sees this Manchester-based four-piece bring experimentation and ambition back to pop music, alongside heavy doses of wit and intelligence. £17.50. 01424 229111.

Sun. 8th Nov. Emma Johnson and the Engegard String Quartet

At Frant Church, near Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9DX at 7.30pm. Tickets £18. 01892 750665. Winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 1984, now with an international career.

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Mon. 9th Nov. - Donovan

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Donovan is a legendary folk-rock-pop poet who remains an important part of popular culture since his career began in 1965. ÂŁ27.50. 01892 530613.

Mon. 9th - 15th Nov. - Hastings Storytelling Festival

At a range of venues across Hastings and St. Leonards. See www. hastingsstoryfest.org.uk

Tues. 10th Nov. - The Nutcracker

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House present The Nutcracker, the eternal seasonal favourite with music by Tchaikovsky, featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large, live orchestra of over 30 musicians. 01892 530613

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La Petite Brocante is owned and run by George Gauntlett. Located in the parade of The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, you will find an eclectic blend of both rare antiques and decorative objects. George has been dealing in fine antiques for over 30 years and has established lasting and personal relationships with some of the finest and most trusted antique sources. In addition, buying trips to France and elsewhere every two weeks allow a unique perspective on the antiques market with an eye towards pieces that have become increasingly difficult for the average collector to find.

At La Petite Brocante, you will find compelling pieces including highly decorative and stylish vintage accessories from the early 20th century that mix well with antiques or modern interiors. Whether you are on the look out for something specific, or just a casual browser, have a look around, let the inspiration do its share of work and who knows, it might be your lucky day. Find La Petite Brocante on facebook at www.facebook. com/grandhotelshops. They are rapidly becoming one of Eastbournes top purveyors of fine Antiques & Decorative Arts.

Tues. 10th Nov. - Glitz, Blitz and 70’s Hitz

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Three of the greatest, most exuberant, live bands of the seventies. Featuring Sweet, Mud 2 and The Rubettes (featuring Alan Williams). 01323 412000.

Tues. 10th - 14th Nov. - You are Never Too Old

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Starring Diane Keen & Graham Cole. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

Tues. 10th Nov. - Festive Flower Designs

At The Woodland Enterprise Centre, A21 Flimwell, TN5 7PR. 10am - 12 noon. ÂŁ25. Create designs for your Christmas table. Advance booking only. events@gardening4disabledtrust.org.uk

Tues. 10th & 11th Nov. - St. Petersburg Classic Ballet

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton with the Nutcracker. Eves 7.30pm. Wed Mat 2.30pm. The Nutcracker is a delightful tale, and the perfect introduction to ballet, as Clara is whisked away on a fairytale adventure by her Nutcracker prince. 0844 871 7677.

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Fashion & Leisure The Vintage Christmas Fair at Middle Farm, is back on the 28th & 29th of November 2015

A weekend of Christmas shopping & fun, set in a lovely traditional atmosphere at Middle farm, East Sussex. This event will feature a unique selection of Decorative Antique & Vintage home-wares , French linens & interiors, Artisan gifts and produce, all in all a truly amazing collection of hand picked goodies. Great swing jazz & dancing will be preforming both days, mulled wine artisan beers served inside our boutique winter bar. The great Hay & Play-barn will be open, some magical entertainment for the children. A weekend of vintage fun & shopping for all, big and small. Our Vintage double decker busses will be running from Lewes to Middle farm all weekend please find more details and ticket information on our website www.firleandcountry.co.uk When: Sat. & Sun. the 28th & 29th of November 2015. Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Where: Middle Farm - Firle - East Sussex BN8 6LJ Contact : firlevintage@gmail.com Ticket price, £5 - Children under 3 FREE

NOVEMBER with its cold mornings and dark nights, gives you the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some lovely warm winter clothing from the fabulous selection available at HALO. Jumper dresses make a welcome return which effortlessly combine fashion and cosiness, just add patterned or coloured opaque tights from HALO’s extensive range & some boots from our largest ever footwear selection & you have your outfit sorted. New party wear is now in store. There are particularly stunning dresses from PAPERDOLLS & B.YOUNG whilst ICHI & YUMI have outstanding separates if you prefer the flexibility these offer. The latest collection of ZANDRA RHODES handbags, makeup bags & purses has been received and these are gorgeous. Whilst retaining the designer’s unmistakeable look, they truly are suitable for everyday use! The hugely popular TED BAKER giftware range has been expanded. Famous for their stunning prints there is a great selection including pencil cases, notebooks, pens, card holders, jewellery rolls, manicure sets & a fabulous gift wrap book for the person who has everything! Save yourself the hassle of a trip into town & make a local start on your shopping this year – there really is something for everyone this Christmas at HALO!

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SOAP STAR JESSIE WALLACE LAUNCHES THE WHITE ROCK THEATRE’S MAGICAL PANTOMIME!

essie Wallace, who will be making her pantomime debut playing the role of The Fairy Godmother in the White Rock Theatre’s pantomime, Cinderella this year, made an early visit to Hastings to take part in a press launch on Wed 7 October at the Bannatyne Spa Hotel. Jessie was joined for photographs in the beautiful grounds of the hotel by fellow cast members Daisy Steere who will play Cinderella and Ben McMillan who will play Prince

Charming. They were welcomed to the town by Hastings Mayor, Cllr Bruce Dowling. Adding extra magic to the proceedings was the arrival of two stunning white Gelderlander horses pulling a spectacular Cinderella carriage, complete with coachmen supplied by Drayhorse Shires, Kent. Also in attendance at the launch were the Mayor of Hastings; Councillor Bruce Dowling and pantomime sponsors Shades Tiles R Us. For the past 15 years Jessie has become a national treasure thanks to her performance as Kat Slater in the popular BBC soap EastEnders, winning numerous awards and legions of fans. Jessie’s other television credits include ITV’s The Bill and Wild at Heart and her critically acclaimed leading role in Miss Marie Lloyd Queen of the Music Hall for BBC Four. In 2008 she also took part in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing. No stranger to the stage, Jessie has appeared in the West End productions of Rent and Haunted as well as the 25th anniversary production of Stepping Out in the role of Sylvia. Most recently Jessie returned to the stage playing Lil in the Theatre Royal Stratford East’s musical production of Fings Ain’t Wot they Used T’be directed by Terry Johnson. Executive producer of Cinderella, Daryl Back, said “We are delighted Jessie will be joining the cast of our spectacular pantomime Cinderella in Hastings. Jessie is such a popular face on television we’re thrilled she’ll be joining us in pantoland and giving audiences at the White

Rock her take on The Fairy Godmother.” The White Rock Theatre’s General Manager, Lorna Hollister, added “Each year we’ve seen the White Rock’s pantomime become more and more successful. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Jessie Wallace to the Theatre, and know that she will be very popular with the Hastings audience.” Cinderella is produced by One From the Heart in association with HQ Theatres, the partnership behind the recent White Rock Theatre pantomime successes including Dick Whittington starring Sheila Read in 2013 and Aladdin starring Louie Spence in 2014. Cinderella runs from Friday 11 December to Sunday 27 December 2015. For tickets and more information visit whiterocktheatre.org. uk or call the box office on 01424 462 288,

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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

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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Wed. 11th Nov. - Baxter and Blofeld

At the White Rock Theatre, Sussex Hall at 7.30pm. Bastions of the beloved Test Match Special with over 80 years in the commentary box and touring the world with the programme between them, Henry and Peter have some tales to tell. 01424 462288.

Wed. 11th & 12th Nov. - Country Lifestyle Luxury Christmas Gift Fair

At the Ashburnham Place, Battle TN33 9NF. 10am-4pm. 50 Christmas Gift Exhibitors. From Country Chic, Food & Drink, to Vintage, Home and Boutique. “a lovely friendly fair with so many beautiful products” www.countrylifestylefairs.co.uk

Wed. 11th Nov. - A Year at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

At New Hall, Rectory Lane, Winchelsea TN36 4AB. 2.30pm. Dr Barry Yates will give an illustrated talk about the work of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. £4. 01797 222629.

Wed. 11th Nov. - Al Murray The Pub Landlord

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Join this icon on his twice extended sell-out tour, One Man, One Guvnor. £25.50 01892 530613.

Wed. 11th - 15th Nov. - Country Living Christmas Fair

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. Hundreds of artisan designers and makers plus regional food, talks and lots more attractions. Tickets £13 to £59.50. www.countrylivingfair.com/xmas/

Thurs. 12th Nov. - Cultural Quiz Night & International Supper

At Pestalozzi International Study Centre, Sedlescombe. Max. 6 people per team, £10 pp. 01424 8704444. Booking essential.

Thurs. 12th Nov. - ROH Cinema: Carmen | Viscera | Afternoon Of A Faun | Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.15pm. Live Transmission. Feast your eyes and ears with a series of short ballets, featuring dancing and choreography by Carlos Acosta, as part of a Royal Ballet quadruple bill. 01892 678678.

The Sussex Guild Hurstpierpoint Contemporary Craft Show If you are looking for that special Christmas present come along to the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Hurstpierpoint College on the 7th & 8th of November. Meet the region’s finest craftspeople who will be showing their unique, well-designed and beautiful crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, printmaking, textiles and woodwork. Although there will be a great variety of crafts displayed, the hallmark of all Guild work remains the same: skill, imagination, and quality. We know our work will not disappoint and will give pleasure for many years. Admission to the event is £2 (students and children free) with readmission throughout the weekend; times: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. Light lunches, sandwiches and cakes will be available in the Music Room. There is ample free parking at the College. Christmas shopping is always an enjoyable experience at a Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show. For more information visit the Sussex Guild the Guild Shop & Gallery, Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP (tel: 01273 479565). Also see our website www.thesussexguild.co.uk

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The Glass Workshop Bexhill has been running Fused glass workshops for nearly 3 years. Their fun & creative workshops include Glass Fusing taster days, Xmas decoration workshops, Jewellery workshops, 4 & 6 week courses and follow on project days. They also make and sell their own Fused Glass, from cards and decorations for as little as £3, to large fused glass art pieces and cast glass sculptures, which can be viewed by appointment, at Bexhill Farmers market or at The Corner Shop Gallery in Mount Street Battle. They also have a studio, Gite and camping in South West France, where courses will be running from next summer, or you can go and just stay in the beautiful Charante Maritime. For more information about workshops in Bexhill or holidays in France please email rachelhoath@me.com

Three times Lord Mayor of London, Dick Whittington, returns to London’s Guildhall! Dartford’s Magical Pantomime Adventure is set to be the cat’s whiskers! Shane Richie, who plays the role of Dick Whittington in The Orchard Theatre’s pantomime this year, took part in a medieval press launch on Wed 23 September at Guildhall, City of London. Shane posed for photos with the statue of the historic figure himself, Dick Whittington, outside the Guildhall Art Gallery. Shane was also joined by Mayor of Dartford,

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Ian Armitt, who met him in The Great Hall, handing over his Mayor’s livery collar. Dick Whittington is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer which has established a reputation for staging large-scale productions packed with special effects and lots of laugh-out-loud comedy for all the family.

Chris Glover, Theatre Director said: “Our panto is now one of the biggest and most popular in the South East with 95% attendance for each of the last two years. We are excited that Shane Richie will be joining us this year and are confident that it will become another record-breaking production for Dartford!”

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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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DVORAK - Stabat Mater

CHRISTMAS EVENTS AT MICHELHAM PRIORY November and December

A rare opportunity to hear one of the great works in the choral repertoire. The Stabat Mater is a mediaeval poem meditating on the suffering of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she stands at the foot of the Cross. The fact that all three of Dvorak’s children died while he was setting these words to music adds even greater poignancy to them. Despite this terrible tragedy, Dvorak’s music betrays no hint of self pity, and although intensely moving is also very beautiful and uplifting. The Society are delighted to welcome 4 soloists from the Royal Academy arranged through the Josephine Baker Trust. ST JOHNS CHURCH - Pevensey Road, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0RD SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2015. 7pm for 8pm. Complimentary drinks etc. before the concert. Concert to commence at 8 pm. TICKETS £15 Available from RAGGS BOUTIQUE , 20 High Street Battle THE LITTLE LARDER, 39 Normans Road, St Leonards on Sea. Or by Telephone: 01424 221872/845219 Or www.battlechoral.co.uk COACH: please phone 01424 775730 to reserve a seat FORTHCOMING CONCERTS HANDEL – MESSIAH Saturday 9th April 2016 FAURE Requiem SCHUBERT - Stabat Mater Sat. 26th November 2016

With a programme of seasonal events from early November through to 20 December, Michelham Priory is the ideal place to begin Yuletide fun and preparations. Traditional three-course Christmas lunches are served on selected days each week from early November till 20 December. Book yours early via cafemich@sussexpast.co.uk or ring 01323 849141 to secure your table! Original gift ideas abound at the Christmas Gift and Craft Fair (14-15 November), where you’ll find over a hundred stalls with treasure for young or old – not forgetting the Priory’s own Gift Shop too. As only disabled parking can be offered that weekend, there will be a free Park & Ride bus service from Arlington Stadium. Celebrate Christmas in the style of Henry VIII at the Tudor Christmas weekend (5-6 Dec), and enjoy entertainment and festivities with enticing seasonal food and drink. The following two weekends (12-13 and 19-20 December) continue the Christmas theme with more modern traditions including fun activities for children. Hot Chocolate Storytime (extra cost) includes a visit to Father Christmas and a present. Be sure of a Merry Christmas at Michelham Priory! Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, BN27 3QS 01323 844224 More info on www.sussexpast.co.uk

Thurs. 12th Nov. - Robertsbridge Jazz Club

At the Villge Hall, Robertsbridge from 8pm - 10.30pm. With the art Theman Quartet. £10 on the door or £8 in advance. Tickets available from Judges Bakery, Robertsbridge. www.robertsbridgejazzclub.com Info at 01580 880274 or facebook.

Thurs. 12th Nov. - Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

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

Fri. 13th Nov. - All Star 60’s

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Five iconic 60s bands come together to perform all their hits in one sensational concert. £28.50. 01323 412000.

Fri. 13th Nov. - Comedy Club

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

Fri. 13th & 14th Nov. - Skills London 2015

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. A two day interactive and inspiring jobs and careers event, with over 200 organisations exhibiting. www.skillslondon2015.co.uk

Fri. 13th - 15th Nov. - Doctor Who Festival

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Talks and theatre shows with the current cast and crew, along with exclusive access to the people who make it happen, giving you the chance to get inside the adventure. 9.30am - 6pm. doctorwho@smelondon.co.uk

Fri. 13th Nov. - Fishermans Friends of Port Isaac

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings at 7.30pm. The band have attracted a huge following with album sales reaching gold status and performing at festivals all over the country. £19.50. 01323 841414.

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Feast Of Delights Rye Creative Centre’s annual designers and makers Christmas event transforms the Gallery space into a food hall and the Theatre into an arts and crafts extravaganza, with thirty stallholders presenting their wonderful wares: artisan food and drinks & exquisite handmade arts and crafts - textiles, ceramics, jewellery, photography, printing, glassware and more! Live musicians will entertain you and our Scrummylicious café will be serving delicious sweet and savoury home baking and refreshments. Resident artists will be running a Children’s Creative Area to occupy the little ones whilst you shop!* See http://ryecreativecentre.co.uk/events/ for our full list of stall holders. Special thanks to Feast of Delights sponsors Kings Head Inn and Tibbs Farm, both of Rye. FREE ENTRY but donations welcome. * Young children must be accompanied by an adult. www.ryecreativecentre.co.uk Twitter: RyeCreativeCtre. Facebook: Rye Creative Centre

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ENGLAND’S ONLY CURLING RINK OPENS FOR THE NEW SEASON

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ave YOU tried curling yet? England’s one and only ice rink, dedicated to this unique Olympic sport, is now open for its 13th season at Fenton’s Rink, just 3 miles from the centre of Tunbridge Wells. The rink has become a very popular destination for a day or evening out with a difference – with everyone able to join in the fun of trying something completely different. Most of our visitors are beginners, so we make sure there are experienced coaches on hand to guide you through this simple game – easy to play, but difficult to master!! Whilst the game is played on ice, it does NOT involve skates! We provide non-slip shoes that enable beginners to gain confidence on the ice while learning to play. It’s not all about beginners at Fenton’s Rink, though. Over the years, we have seen the development of really talented players – and we were delighted last season when our young Junior Ladies team, all from around Tunbridge Wells, won the European Challenge and played in the World Championships – a first for England! Many local schools take part in our annual English Schools Championships – so we are developing the game, not just for fun but as a serious sport too! So whether you want to come along for a game with some friends, book for a special occasion, like birthdays, anniversaries, stag or hen parties – or want to know more about taking up the sport, just contact us – we have something for everyone.

Fri. 13th Nov. - Noises Off

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings at 7.30pm. Ad. £12.50.A Stables Theatre Production. A door slamming, axe wielding, trouser dropping line up of laughs. 01424 423221.

Fri. 13th Nov. - Whitney - Queen of the Night

Fri. 13th Nov. - The Elvis Years

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Celebrate Elvis’ 80th birthday year with this outstanding concert production of the West End musical Jailhouse Rock featuring original star Mario Kombou and his incredible band. 01424 462288.

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. 0844 871 7677.

Fri. 13th Nov. - Tartuffe (Dirty Dog)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Theatrical Niche’s hysterical adaptation of Moliere’s famous comedy. 01892 678678.

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Fri. 13th - 15th Nov. - Sexpo UK

At Olympia National Hall, London. Sexpo UK, the world’s largest sexual health and lifestyle event takes place at Olympia National. A fun and vibrant atmosphere, the UK’s best retailers will showcase their newest, most imaginative products and accessories. www.sexpo.co.uk

Fri. 13th - 15th Nov. - BBC Good Food Show London

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. Don’t miss highlight of the show, the Supertheatre where you can watch the best celebrity chefs in the business cooking delicious dishes. Get tips for tasty seasonal food and plenty of culinary inspiration in this entertaining show whilist hearing from the likes of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Michel Roux Jr., James Martin and Tom Kerridge live. www.bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com

Fri. 13th Nov. - An Evening with Noel Fielding

Sat. 14th Nov. - David Walliams and Quentin Blake

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 2pm. Q&A by Hastings Storytelling Festival Patron, Sir Quentin Blake. Following his appearance, David will sign copies of his books on sale at the event. 01424 462288.

Sat. 14th Nov. - Slade Featuring Dave Hill and Don Powell

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings 7.30pm. £22.50. Chart topping ‘70s glam rockers touring with original members Dave Hill and Don Powell. 01424 462288.

Sat. 14th Nov. - Jenny Eclair

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Jenny Éclair’s Guide To Being A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane). 01892 678678.

Sat. 14th Nov. - Rory McLeod

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Expect a magical mix of Noel’s unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding’s best known TV characters. £25. 01892 530613.

At the Old Chapel, Alfriston at 7.30pm. A rare performance from this one man soul band, poet, singer, songwriter, storyteller and modern day travelling troubadour. £16.50. 01323 841414.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.15pm. Please note that there are currently no tickets available via the Hall’s Box Office. Please visit www. eabf.org.uk for ticketing information.

Procession through the town to the salts where a large bonfire will be lit and fireworks to follow.

Fri. 13th Nov. - The Royal Variety Performance

Sat. 14th Nov. - Rye Bonfire and Fireworks

Hailsham Street Market & Hailsham Christmas Lights Saturday 21st November 2015 Market - 9.30am-3.00pm Lights Switched on 5.30pm The Christmas Light Switch on is preceded with carol singing and music from Hailsham Festival FM, with Father Christmas in attendance. This all starts at 4.30pm with the lights going on at 5.30pm. Local resident Peter Lambert from Britain’s Got Talent will be turning the lights on. Hailsham’s Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 5th December 9.30am to 4.00pm – There will be a skating rink, Father Christmas, Hailsham Festival Radio, carol singing and 50 market stalls.

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Sat. 14th Nov. - The 2015 Lord Mayors Show

Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25 and the new Lord Mayor alights at HMS President ten minutes later. 11:00: Lord Mayor’s Procession - This is a procesison unlike any other in the world: over 7000 participants, 20 bands, 150 horses, hundreds of other carriages, carts, coaches and other vehicles including vintage cars, steam buses, tanks, tractors, ambulances, fire engines, unicycles, steamrollers, giant robots, helicopters, ships, penny farthings, beds and bathtubs. 17:15: Lord Mayor’s Fireworks in the river between Blackfriars and Waterloo. https://lordmayorsshow.london/

Sat. 14th Nov. - One Man Breaking Bad

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. LA actor Miles Allen smacks the senses with his super-charged, hilariously accurate renditions of all the iconic characters. £18.50. 01892 530613.

Sat. 14th Nov. - Last Night a D.J Saved My Life

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Starring David Hasselhoff. A DJ Dad, a wild child daughter and a trip to the party island of Ibiza with a pulsating dance track from the 80’s and 90’s. ‘The Hoff ’, iconic star of Baywatch and Knight Rider, plays an extrovert, party going, DJ and night club owner in Ibiza. 01323 412000.

Sat. 14th Nov. - Hannah Peel (Music)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. In the Café Bar 7.30pm. £9.50. 01424 229111.

Sat. 14th & 15th Nov. - Christmas Gift and Craft Fair

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham. 10.30am - 4pm. See main ad. on page 27.

Sat. 14th Nov. - Hastings Philharmonic Choir

At St Clement’s Church, Hastings Old Town at 7pm. Vivaldi Gloria Magnificant Four Seasons. Ozcan Ulucan - Violin. Tickets £15/£13 (concs) £3 (under 17). www.hastingsphilchoir.org.uk

Sun. 15th Nov. - Improve your Improv Course

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 10am - 4pm | Ages: 12+ Never be caught on the spot again with our 3-day course to improve your improvisation skills - skills necessary for all aspiring actors. 01892 678678.

Sun. 15th Nov. - The Importance of Being Earnest

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 6pm. Cinema. Don’t miss celebrated actor and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece. 01892 678678.

Sun. 15th Nov. - London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. Mozart Overture, The Marriage of FigaroProkofiev Violin Concerto No. 2Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ Gad Kadosh conductor Kristīne Balanas violin. From £13. 01323 412000.

Sun. 15th - 22nd Nov. - ATP World Tour Finals

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Global superstars including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will battle it out throughout the year, across 60 tournaments and four gruelling Grand Slams, in order to qualify for this prestigious season-ending showdown - where only the world’s best eight singles players and double teams will compete. www.theo2.co.uk 0844 8560202.

Sun. 15th Nov. - Pam Ann: Queen of the Sky

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 8pm. Pam Ann’s caustic wit knows no boundaries so fasten your seat belts and prepare for take-off. Hilarious, often shocking and totally politically incorrect. 0844 871 7677.

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Book your work/group or family and friends Christmas Party at De La Warr Pavilion. Have a laugh with us this Christmas with an amazing evening of comedy from some of the country’s funniest touring acts, and a spectacular host MC. We are offering a fantastic night out for your office/group Christmas party with food and comedy all packaged up in one evening for only £32 per person. We welcome groups of all sizes who will be seated together on cabaret-style tables, in the Pavilion Café Bar. Our Café Bar seats 100 at tables, cabaret-style. Places are limited so book now online or to find out more call 01424 229111 Christmas 2 Course Buffet Menu - Mains: Beef bourguignon. Spicy Moroccan chicken. Tuscan bean casserole with gnocchi V. Served with Buttered new potatoes. Wild rice. Salad leaves. Bread basket. Desserts: Christmas pudding with rum sauce. Lemon posset with berry compote.

Sun. 15th Nov. - Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. Mozart’s renowned Requiem together with movements from Mozart’s Symphony no 39 and Beethoven’s Concert aria and scene ‘Ah Perfido’ for soprano and orchestra. 01892 530613.

Sun. 15th Nov. - Finchcocks Winter Fair

At Finchcocks, Riseden, near Goudhurst at 10.30am - 4.30pm. Craft, gifts, art and musicalia. £5 adults, £2 child.

Sun. 15th Nov. - Dance Proms

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 5pm. Hundreds of young dancers perform in this exciting and celebratory show, hosted by Matt Flint and featuring guest performances including a pas de deux danced by members of the Royal Ballet, and Dance World Cup Gold Medallist Paul Irmatov. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 16th Nov. - The Waterboys

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. “People should expect the unexpected from The Waterboys,” says Mike Scott. It’s a mission statement which has inspired three decades of compelling musical shape-shifting. From £26.50. 01424 229111.

Mon. 16th Nov. - John Wilson and his Orchestra

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. John Wilson returns to the Royal Albert Hall with his Orchestra with a sensational new show celebrating the genius of George Gershwin. The show will feature some of the composer’s greatest hits. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 16th - 21st Nov. - The Last Tango

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever show. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 17th Nov. - Brit Floyd

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 8pm. The world’s greatest Pink Floyd show tribute. 01273 290131.

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

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very village deserves a good neighbourhood pub which brings together the local community, but few match The Ostrich, which offers simple, well-executed dishes at sensible prices in a friendly and traditional setting. Their Autumn/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. For information about the supper clubs please call 01323 432340

Great British food and style meet at

Mrs Burtons 2 High Street, Battle, E. Sussex. TN33 0AE T: 01424 774204 www.mrsburtons.co.uk mrsburtons1066@gmail.com

Full Breakfast Menu 9am-12 noon. Full Lunch Menu 12.00-2.30pm. High Teas from 2.30pm

Evening Menu - Fri. & Sat. evenings (Booking Essential)

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NOW TAKING CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS FOR PARTIES OF UP TO 30 PEOPLE

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Our Christmas Menu is now available on request or online.

ELF: Live Music Night Fri. 27th November

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rs Burton’s Restaurant and Tea Rooms in Battle, near Hastings is situated right next door to Battle Abbey at the Heart of 1066 country.

The menu offers everything you need for a delicious full English breakfast, lunch or afternoon treat. From Burgers, Omlettes, Soups and Jacket Potatoes to Ploughmans, Salads, Cream Teas and Toasted Teacakes and our range of Home made cakes. A wide selection of Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegetarian options are also available. Our Traditional High Teas start at £29.95 for Two with unlimited tea or coffee. Why not make it an extra special treat with a bottle of Sparkling wine from our wine list or a jug of Sangria, Bucks Fizz or Pimms. Pre Christmas Menu available from the 28th of November for Parties of up-to 30 persons Lunchtime between 12noon and 2.30pm and the following evenings between 6pm & 8.30pm. Sat 28th Fri 4th Sat 5th Fri 11th

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

Wild Boar Week Saturday 24th October - Sunday 1st November 2015 There are an astounding 28 establishments putting Wild Boar and other game dishes on their menus for this year’s Wild Boar Week! New to Wild Boar Week is Chef Kyle Tatner who will be found serving delicious street food in various places during the week including Olde Worlde Wines, The Butter Market at the Town Hall, the Farmers’ Market on Strand Quay and the Halloween Ball with the Rockitmen at The Milligan Theatre. There are already a host of great bands and musicians booked to perform during the week. For more information, visit wildboar.org.uk

Tues. 17th & 18th Nov. - Miracle on 34th Street

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. One of the most popular films of all time comes to the stage in this dazzling new production of Miracle on 34th Street The Musical. Kris Kringle takes on the non believers in an all singing, all dancing, all snowing adaptation of this festive favourite. 01892 530613.

Tues. 17th Nov. - Jimmy Carr

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. With his brand new stand up show, Funny Business. £27. 01323 412000.

Wed. 18th Nov. - Old Time Music Hall

Brian Bissell presents for your FELICITOUSNESS and PROPENSITY a wondrous and entertaining Old Time Music Hall and Variety show, at the Opera House, Tunbridge Wells! 01892 530613.

Wed. 18th Nov. - A Christmas Carol

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm. In his one-man show Clive Francis, a patron of the Friends of the Devonshire Park, will bring the story to life in his heartwarming account of this classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens. 01323 412000.

Wed. 18th Nov. Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Original Fleetwood Mac guitarist, Rick Vito, will join Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s leading Fleetwood Mac tribute show. 01323 412000.

Wed. 18th Nov. - Kacey Musgraves

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Grammy awardwinning country music star Kacey Musgraves will make her Royal Albert Hall debut. Kacey Musgraves will be performing much-loved material from her established songbook. 0207 5898212.

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Thurs. 19th Nov. - Sing-a-long-a-Grease

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Enjoy the classic film and join in the sing-a-long. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 19th - 22nd Nov. - Taste of London Winter

At Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, London E1W 2SF The festive edition of Taste promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Watch culinary heroes including Tom Kerridge, Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti, Tom Aikens and José Pizarro, get cooking in the AEG Let’s Taste Live Cooking kitchen and browse the Christmas market to find the perfect foodie gift! http://london.tastefestivals.com/

Thurs. 19th Nov. - Go West and Nik Kershaw

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. With Special Guest T’Pau. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 19th - 21st Nov. - It’s A Wonderful Life

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Sat. mat. 2.30pm. The iconic story of idealist George Bailey, whose dreams may be dashed by small-town scandal and big business. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 19th Nov. - Classical Spectacular

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 3pm, & 7.30pm. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multicoloured laser displays and 1812 Overture finale. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 19th - 21st Nov. - Alan Carr

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. £31. 01273 709709.

Thurs. 19th - 21st Nov. - Simply Christmas

At excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 10am - 5pm. A range of Christmas gifts and festive food and drink will be on offer, along with many crafting demonstrations, workshops and advice and tips on getting everything all wrapped up for Christmas!

Thurs. 19th Nov. - Ballet on Broadway

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. The Ballet Virtuoso Company presents professional principal dancers from the award-winning English Youth Ballet, who appear throughout the UK in EYB’s full-length classical ballets. 01892 678678.

THIS NOVEMBER FOR ONE EVENING ONLY, THE WORLD OF WINE COMES TO TICEHURST! Building on the resounding success of last year’s Bordeaux dinner. We are delighted to announce our 2015 Wine event. As last year the venue will be the outstanding Swallows Oast in Ticehurst. Its historic status and architecture make it the perfect venue. Being one of the South east’s top banqueting venues means that they are able to produce great food on site. We are bringing in a dozen plus very talented small wine producers to present they’re superb wines. Wines from France & Italy and as far away as Chilli, Argentina and the Lebanon! Also Port and a special OLIVE Oil tasting from Tuscany! In addition to launch our range of Craft beers we are bringing in from Antwerp the award winning Michael Nasser who will present some of his best artisan beers! There really will be something for everybody. The event will start a 7pm and will be a very relaxed affair. You will be able to wander at will and taste as many wines as you wish chatting with the producers who will be presenting them. A hot supper will be served about 9pm. This will be an excellent evening out so please bring as many friends and family as you wish. But please note that this is a TICKET ONLY event. Tickets are £35 per head payable in advance. The price includes unlimited tastings and supper. Please phone to book tickets on 01580753487. Email kvgriffin@ aol.com. http://www.thewealdwinecellars.com/portfolio-tastingsaturday-28th-of-november-2015.html

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Fri. 20th Nov. - Beardyman

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The world-class multi awardwinning musician and comedian transcends mere mimicry to produce studio quality compositions faster than most could imagine them. 01892 678678.

Fri. 20th Nov. - Paul Weller

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 6.30pm. 01273 290131.

Fri. 20th Nov. - Steeleye Span

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Steeleye Span’s not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. £20.50. 01892 530613.

Fri. 20th Nov. - Hastings Christmas Lights Switch On

At Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, 6.30pm. With members of the cast of this year’s pantomime Peter Pan plus late night shopping till 8pm.

Fri. 20th Nov. - 5th March 2016 - Funny Girl

At the Meniere Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU.. FUNNY GIRL returns to the London stage for the first time since its 1966 premiere. The Broadway smash is revived with Olivier and BAFTA award winner Sheridan Smith playing Fanny Brice. 0207 378 1713.

Fri. 20th Nov. - Tell Me You Love Me

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings in the Sussex Hall at 8pm. BitterSweet Theatre creates work that challenges audiences into looking hard at emotional, uncomfortable and sensitive issues. 01424 462288.

Sat. 21st Nov. - Dante Quartet and Friends

At Vinehall School, Robertsbridge, TN32 5JL. 7.30pm. Programme Schubert and Brahms. www.vinehallschool.com 01580 883092.

Sat. 21st Nov. - Robertsbridge Bonfire Night

The last bonfire of the season sets off from Station Road to the Recreation Ground followed by bonfire and firework spectacular.

Sat. 21st & 22nd Nov. - London Drum Show

At Olympia Conference Centre, London. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s best drummers, as well as testing hundreds of pieces of kit and accessories from big name brands such as D’Addario, Korg and Dixon. www. londondrumshow.com

Sat. 21st Nov. - Christmas Fair

At Little Common Community Centre, Shepherds Close, 10.30am 12.30pm. £1. Various stalls. Raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Sat. 21st Nov. - The Stylistics

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 7pm. The Stylistics with their charisma, style and harmony, evolved into one of the best-selling soul groups ever. The Philadelphia group recorded a remarkable 10 straight-top ten hits during the early 1970s inc. the Grammy nominated hit YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW. 0844 8560202.

Sat. 21st Nov. - Front Row Fashion Show

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. Regular tickets £15.00 Regular tickets + Aftershow party £18.00. Featuring Sigue Sigue Sputnik. An annual South Coast fashion/performance art event promoting sustainable ‘compassion’ fashion by showcasing young innovative designers and their collections created from vintage, second hand, re-worked and recycled garments. 01424 229111

Sat. 21st Nov. - MT Live of Mice and Men

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. National Theatre. Recorded Live Transmission. The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas. 01892 678678.

Sat. 21st Nov. - Soul Legends

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Brand-new, live on stage, coming to you direct from the USA… it’s the music of soul legends. Talented singers and musicians, jawdropping choreography and costumes. £22.00 01424 462288.

Sat. 21st Nov. - Toyah

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham. 7.30pm. £21.50. A unique opportunity to see the punk Princess performing classic hits and stories from her colourful 35 year career. 01323 841414.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll at Route 1066 Route 1066 recently hosted another of their popular music nights. Pete, Mark and Dave from The Memphis Flyers entertained a packed house playing 50,s rockabilly and hillbilly together with 50’s rock n roll. As always there were some amazing bikes, trikes, custom hot rods and cruisers attending with everyone enjoying the delicious food and drinks served by the friendly team at Route 1066.

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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.

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The Hurst Green Shop and Cafe is an award winning shop, with onsite parking, situated between the village playground and the Village Hall, just off the A21. This stunning shop and café is the result of four years of planning to convert a former Church building into a thriving hub offering convenience shopping for groceries as well as ‘speciality’ shopping with a range of products from local suppliers. This uniquely designed building also provides a delightful meeting point for socialising or relaxing with fine coffees and a pastry with a backdrop of art by local artists. The shop is staffed by volunteers and uses many local producers with seasonal product changes.

Sat. 21st & Sun. 22nd Nov. - Feast of Delights Designers and Makers Christmas Fair

At Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, TN31 7LS. 10am - 4pm. The event transforms the gallery into a food hall and the theatre into an arts and crafts extravaganza. See page 28 for details. 01797 229797.

Hope Cottage Farm Shop and Tearoom - Ninfield’s best kept secret!

Sat. 21st Nov. Hailsham Christmas Street Market and Christmas Lights Switch On

FARM SHOP Offering a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables and quality local produce. We stock Gluten Free products, meat, game, poultry, free range eggs and savoury pies and puddings, jams and preserves. Gift vouchers available. We also have a wide range of horse and pet feeds and supplements. TEAROOM Sit in the comfort of our cosy tearoom and sample the homemade cakes and pastries. Try our delicious breakfast or a delightful Cream Tea at £4.50 or High Tea at £12.00 per person. Tearoom open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3.30pm Sunday. High Tea and Cream Tea Gift vouchers available. We also provide Gluten Free High Teas at £13.50 per person. GIFT HAMPERS Create a delicious hamper full of treats for someone special. Gift hampers made to order.

At High Street, Hailsham, Market 9.30am - 3pm. Lights switched on 5.30pm. See feature on page 30.

Sat. 21st Nov. - Art Exhibition and Sale

At The Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall, Eastbourne from 11am. Refreshments available. Free entry. 01323 767963.

Sun. 22nd Nov. - Mignon

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. One of the UK’s most touching and eloquent operatic artists, mezzo Victoria Simmonds, plays Mignon. Dazzling young coloratura soprano Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson plays her feisty rival Philine. Sung in English. 01323 412000.

Sun. 22nd Nov. - Family Giggles Show

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 2pm. Join Double Trouble for a jam packed performance filled with slapstick crazy comedy, juggling, unicycling, balloon modelling and the odd custard pie. 01580 711856.

Sun. 22nd Nov. - Brightons Gay Mens Chorus

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. From £11.90. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 22nd Nov. - Fashion and Vintage Fair

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 11am4pm. £2.00. Showcasing over 25 exclusive stalls selling handmade, vintage, designer, pre-loved & customized clothes & accessories in a day of fashion & entertainment incl. a custom car display, live music, best dressed competition, refreshment & a small fashion show. 01424 229111.

Sun. 22nd Nov. - The Singing Wringing Tree

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Suitable for all audiences, deaf and hearing, our latest production showcases Krazy Kat’s mastery of visual storytelling and bristles with creativity, humour and ingenuity. 2.30pm. 01892 678678.

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

Tues. 24th Nov. - NT Encore: Hamlet

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm and 7pm. Recording from the National Theatre Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. 01892 678678.

Tues. 24th & 25th Nov. - Sleep 2015

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. Europe’s exhibition and conference for the global hotel design, development and architectural community. http://www.thesleepevent.com/

Tues. 24th - 28th Nov. - TWODS Sunset Boulevard

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Wed. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. A magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. £14. 01892 530613.

Wed. 25th Nov. - Katherine Ryan: Kathbum

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. She’s already starred on Live At The Apollo, QI, and The Jonathan Ross Show, and now the razor sharp Katherine Ryan is preparing to rock up in Tunbridge Wells with her hotly anticipated new show. 01892 678678.

Wed. 25th Nov. A brief Musical History of Christmas

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7pm. £18.50 includes buffet. Historical musicians Blast From The Past present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas. Period costume optional. 01424 423221.

Wed. 25th & 26th Nov. - Music From The Heart

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. 400 East Sussex Music Service students from Hastings & Rother Area Music Centre present two celebration concerts. £7 to £11. 01424 229111.

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Westfield Village

nown as Westewelle in the Domesday survey, Westfield, East Sussex is one of the largest villages in the area with a population of around 2,750. The village lies five miles (8 km) north of Hastings. A prominent sight when entering the village from the south is the church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Its many features include extensive buttressing, a 12th-century porch and a 14th-century font with an elaborate 17th-century cover. Above the door to the tower there is carved a Royal Coat of Arms with the list of vicars since 1250 set below. Looking towards the nave there is a Norman arch with squint windows to the side, cut through the 32 inches of stone. Another feature at the road entrance is the lychgate, with its four carved angels; this was added in 1887. The history of Westfield has been extensively researched by a resident of Westfield descended from a family who appear in the records from 1552.

On November 5th 1908, Westfield’s last windmill was burnt down. As it was the evening of the village Bonfire Societies torch light procession, naturally the Bonfire Boys fell under suspicion. However , nothing was ever proved and so the culprits were never found. Visit Westfield village for an spectacular display of Christmas lights throughout December. The residents of Westfield will be, once again decorating their houses this year to raise money for the St Michaels Hospice. This display is incredible and great for all the family. Keep an eye on St Michael’s Facebook page for information such about the big switch on, nearer the time. Last year Westfield residents raised an amazing £8,400 and are hoping to beat that total this year.

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The Beauty Room in Westfield was established in 2003. We are a small, friendly but professional salon offering an extensive range of Beauty Treatments of a high standard. All of our Therapists are fully Qualified and experieced and reguarly attend Refresher Training courses to update on all treatments and products. Whatever treatments you choose you can be sure your visit will be both relaxing and enjoyable.

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Made By Landlords 1. Not investing in kitchens and bathrooms - It costs relatively little to tile a bathroom and provide clean and new worktops in kitchens. Kitchens and bathrooms are a major “turnoff” on viewings. 2. Installing light cream coloured carpets - They look modern, but stain quickly – Darker shades are much more serviceable. 3. Not reviewing rent regularly, particularly when the same tenant stays in the property. Allowing rent levels to fall behind market rate can significantly impact your property. 4. Not Carrying out credit checks on tenants- The most credit worthy looking tenant may have CCJs and a record of exploiting unwary landlords. 5. Not putting up a “to let” board- As a result no-one passing and no one locally knows it’s available to let.

Wed. 25th - 29th Nov. - Ideal Home Show Christmas

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. With over 650 brands across 7 sections including; Interiors & Furnishings, Food & Drink, Home Improvements & Outdoor Living, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets, Gifts and Christmas Decorations, this is the biggest home show at Christmas! www.idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk

If you have any questions about letting your property, or would like free, no obligation advice please call us on 01424 751805.

Wed. 25th - 28th Nov. - Mr Poppers Penguins

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 10.30am. Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. One day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep, out of which waddles a penguin! 0844 8717615.

Pd Tree & Gardening services is a well established gardening firm with a friendly and reliable team of gardeners. We pride ourselves on our efficient and cost effective work. We can manage your garden with regular maintenance so that you can just enjoy the beauty of your garden with none of the hassle. We also specialise in garden fencing, tree Surgery, garden and site clearance and hedge and grass cutting. Please call today for a free visit and quote from Pd tree and Gardening Services - ‘Branching out to meet your evey garden need’

New Leaf Landscaping Ltd can transform your old garden into a garden you will love. Whether you want a court yard sanctuary or a practical outside space, where you can entertain your friends, we can do it for you. New Leaf Landscaping Ltd can design your garden right down the last daffodil or create a broad outline to work from. We can also build your new garden, from brick walls and BBQ areas to pergolas, new lawns and the planting of new beds and borders. New Leaf Landscaping Ltd is here to help, so please call for a free consultation.

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LITTLEDOWN

CHRISTMAS TREE FARM Main Road, A28, Westfield, Nr Hastings, E. Sussex. TN35 4QE Tel 01424 753413 07734 210508

www.littledownfarmchristmastrees.co.uk Christmas is coming soon and it isn’t the same without a real British Christmas tree. There’s nothing the same as coming home on a cold winters night opening the front door to the aroma of a real Christmas tree. This tradition has been going on for hundreds of years, and brings back happy memories and excitement for children and of course adults. We all love the experience of choosing a tree and of course deciding how big, or how small you want your tree. Of course you need a large selection and Little Down Christmas Tree Farm has a full range to choose from. Not only trees from 2ft - 45ft, but also 6 different varieties with different characteristics. Little Down Farm has been voted one of the best places to choose your Christmas tree in the United Kingdom and has been crowned Champion Tree Grower by the British Christmas Trees Growers Association. Under licence from the BCTGA Little Down Farm has to follow strict growing and marketing practices. So choosing a tree from us you are guaranteed to have a British grown tree of the highest quality. You won’t find that at most retailers! Little Down Farm credentials include ‘official supplier to the BBC’, 10 Downing Street, London and other high profile businesses.

For the last 20 years they have been working hard to produce trees that are second to none. In the last 12 months there has been a lot of ploughing, cultivating fencing, planting, pruning and shaping trees ready for you this Christmas. This season don’t compromise by going to a normal retailer who has no control on the freshness of your Christmas tree. If you had trouble with your sight you would go to an optician. If you had problems with your teeth, you would go to a dentist. A Christmas tree really is no different, ‘you should go to a Christmas tree grower specialist!

There are six different varieties to choose from and they are available until Christmas Eve, after which Santa has to use them.

We look forward to seeing you. As What’s On Magazine went to print Little Down Farm had been put forward as a finalist in the UK Champion Tree Grower competition.

Come to a grower where you can see the trees growing in the wild, trees which have been managed, grown and carefully harvested. All trees harvested are replaced in the Spring. Of course when you choose your tree, you will get help if you need it, together with professional advice. Your tree will be netted and if you have a stand we will trim the bottom to fit your stand - free of charge of course. We can also supply a wooden stand free of charge (for trees up to 7.5ft). We have a fleet of 4x4 vehicles on the farm so we can deliver your tree even if the weather gets difficult. Come and choose your tree from us 2ft 45ft, cut, pot grown, (not potted).

Jon Baker at 10 Downing Street

We will accept any money off coupons from any Christmas Tree Farm within a 15 mile radius.* *Terms and conditions apply.

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Archers Of Westfield: We have been supplying Westfield and the surrounding area with prime quality meat from our current premises for 80 years, and from the village even longer. It has always been our policy to sell the best quality meat we can, prepare it to the highest possible standards, and present it to the public with the best service possible. The vast majority of our meat comes from within a 30-40 mile radius of Westfield via local farmers and wholesalers. The two nearest abattoirs to Westfield are Tottingworth Farms Ltd, who produce good quality beef from their own farm, as well as beef, free range pork and local lamb from surounding farms, as does Ken Ballard Ltd based in Marden, Kent. We have also been sourcing pure pedigree Sussex cattle from David Etches at Marlpitts Farm, just a mile or so from the shop, overlooking the Brede valley.

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Cindy Crawford Cindy Crawford was the cornerstone of the golden age of the supermodel in the 1990s. She blazed a trail during that decade, seamlessly moving between the runway to unconventional outlets, such as cutting-edge MTV, Super Bowl commercials, and even Playboy magazine. In her latest book ‘Becoming’ International supermodel Cindy Crawford chronicles her life and career, sharing stories and lessons learned, and features her most memorable images.

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n the eve of her fiftieth birthday, Cindy looks back, photo shoot by photo shoot, on a remarkable career and various life lessons she absorbed. She discusses her earliest modeling years and learning how to become less self-conscious in front of a camera; trusting her own instincts about creating positive messages about a healthy and strong body image that she knew would reach women of all ages; her feelings about becoming a wife and a mother; and her thoughts about turning fifty and what she would tell her younger self if she had the chance. The photographs span her entire career, beginning from the mid 1980s, and feature unpublished images from her personal archive in addition to images by every top name in fashion photography, including Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon, among others. A beautifully illustrated series of stories, “Becoming” is a smart and engaging book that sheds light into the life and work of an extraordinary woman.”

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What’s On Magazine met up with Cindy Crawford to find out more about her new book. Can you tell us how the book came about? I never really imagined doing a book like this. A couple of years ago I was having lunch with two women who I had worked with for a long time. We used to meet up once a year and look ahead, discussing future plans. I was 47 at the time and somehow over the course of that lunch the idea came to me of 50 iconic images for each of my 50 years. I didn’t just want to do a coffee table book of pictures because my career has been so much more than just pictures. I had planned to do 50 essays as well talking about my life. Once planning for the book had got under way that format went completely out of the window and we ended up using a lot more than 50 images. I think we got down to about 150 images and even then I had to leave out some favourites. I choose the images which helped move the story along and those which made a point or had a big impact.

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I think in modern life we are sometimes so busy looking forward that we forget to look back. There is a great television programme called ‘Masterclass’ which makes you look at yourself and ask yourself questions so that at the end, you learn a lot about yourself and this has very much been the experience I have had. Its lessons like learning to say no, taking chances, owning your brand and, while I learnt these specifically in the fashion industry they are lessons that can be applied to anyone. I have dedicated this book to my kids and I hope I have managed to pass on many of these lessons to them. What do your children think about your fame? Well I am just their mum, by the time I had children I wasn’t on the cover of a magazine every month. As they got older they see people like Kanye West wearing a T-Shirt with my name on it and suddenly I became cool in their eyes. I also did a Taylor Swift video and that gave me great credibility with my kids. A career is more than just a product of the work, its the journey and the lessons you learn on the way which can sometimes be hard. Where did you originally grow up? I grew up in the middle of the United States in a small town near Illinois called DeKalb. My father was an electrician and my parents got married very young. It was a typical small town upbringing and I would play outside and have barbecues. My brother died when I was 10 and that was the first thing that happened in my childhood that was a life changer for me. Its the first time I saw that there is not always a happy ending in life and there are no guarantees. When I was in High School a local photographer asked to take my picture for a local paper and that was the first seed that started my career in fashion. I was insecure about a lot of things and I write about this in the book. One of those things was my beauty mark. My sisters said to me that if it is on this side (pointing to left) its an ugly mark, only if its on the other side its a beauty mark. So I definitely got teased as a kid but that little thing that was my achilles heel became my trademark and I think that’s a great lesson for young people to embrace their individuality, because you never know, that one thing may be the thing that people remember you for. Has the modelling always been a glamorous experience? No, in the early days I used to do shoots for fashion which involved just the product so your head wouldn’t even be in the picture. Even in the pictures that showed my face for local department stores we had to do our own hair and makeup, modelling was just a job that I did, it wasn’t who I am.

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When I finally got to New York and people were doing my makeup for me, it was like being Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Of course I learned important lessons in those early days which are so important now. I learned to be professional, to show up on time, do your job and be a team player. Each photographer who I have worked with over the years has taught me something different and I talk about many of them in the book. My first mentor was a Chicago photographer called ‘Victor Skrebneski’ and he taught me that when you are modelling it’s not all about you, it’s all about whatever you are selling, so whether it’s an item of clothing or a watch you have to know how to make people want that item and translate the story of what your are portraying. How did the transition to being a Supermodel come about? You have to move to one of the fashion Capitals for that to happen, so I moved to New York and while I was actually quite old to be starting on that road at 20, I already had some good shots to show clients. Fate took a hand in that a very popular model of the time had moved out of the modelling business due to drug problems and I looked very much like her, so I instantly was able to get in with many of the top photographers as they were searching for a similar look. Shortly after I got to New York I did a photo shoot for Vogue in St. Barts, and because of that shoot I got to work with the photographer Richard Avedon on a Vogue cover. He is one of the great photographers of his time, but posing for him is a very slow process because he used very large cameras which were slow to operate. He taught me to look away between each exposure and when you look back at the camera have a thought, even if its ‘buy me, I’m 3 Dollars,’ because 3 dollars was the cover cost of Vogue at the time. I use that technique to this day and that would be my biggest tip for anyone who is modelling apart from the obvious..... Be on time, be professional, have a good attitude. I think the Supermodels came about because, all of a sudden, photographers were taking pictures of groups of popular models together rather than individually. Herb Ritts had taken a photograph which is now a famous image of 5 models together, one of which was me, for Rolling Stone magazine.

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We need to clear a plantation ready for spring planting, so we are offering some of our trees at

TRADE PRICES

That’s a better reason than ever to buy your Christmas Tree from

LITTLEDOWN

CHRISTMAS TREE FARM Find us in the centre of Westfield Village by the Doctors Surgery Main Road, A28, Westfield, Nr Hastings, E. Sussex. TN35 4QE Tel 01424 753413 07734 210508

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Peter Lindbergh, another photographer was asked to find the face of the 90’s for British Vogue, and he said that he didn’t want to pick one face so he choose me, Christine Brinkley, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Tatjana Patitz. The picture celebrated the differences between us rather than trying to make us look all the same and that image formed the basis of the George Michael Freedom 90 Video which was just a great song and was played all the time on MTV. That all lead up to my Supermodel moment which was a Versace show in 1991, when the George Michael song was playing as Linda, Christine, Naomi and I all walked out at the end of the show skipping to the song, that was definitely a moment for me. Fashion was so ‘Front and centre’ at the time and being a famous model was like being a rock star. Music and fashion were merging together.

my phone and the camera is facing me and I look down and think ‘Oh my God that’s frightening’, but 10 years from now I will be longing for my 50 year old self, so its all about celebrating the past, but also being able to embrace the future.

What do you think of the current Supermodels? I think they are all super exciting and I am a little bit envious because they have the platform of social media that my generation didn’t have. They are not only able to do great shoots with great photographers but they can also take control of their image a little bit more, and project their personality which I think is a great advantage, and of course a great responsibility. They are their own PR agents now.

How do you think you can give confidence to teenagers growing up today who are worried about the way they look? The one thing I learned was to complement the behaviour of my children rather than their looks, it is important that you see the efforts they have made rather than any esteem about how they look. Having said that, it is still hard for them as we live in a very visual world. Most of us remember when we were that age and things were not hugely different even then. Both of my children are in High School now and my husband and I realise how brutal it can be. I think just being there and drying their tears and explaining to them that perhaps the reason a person is being mean to them is probably because that person is insecure in themselves.

How did you move into other business projects? I never knew anything about business but I was a good student and I just paid attention. If there was an advertising agent on set, I was always listening to what was being said and I was always open to learn anything new. I had been exercising regularly with a trainer in my mid 20’s and women would come up to me in the street asking me how I kept fit. Jane Fonda has done some very successful fitness videos for the generation before me so I thought how do I share this access to fitness for someone my age. We developed a fitness video which was really successful and this gave me the confidence to take other chances in business. Whatever the latest thing is, its all about sharing an idea with others and many of the other business ideas I have completed are based around sharing my experiences.

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What’s the future for you now? Well I am not walking down the runway anymore or taking my portfolio around to photographers, but I am still doing pictures and publicity. I have been working with Omega Watches for 20 years and they have let me grow with them. I started just modelling their watches but over the years they have got me involved with other projects and I even went to the Olympics with them. Last year my daughter went to Peru on a philanthropic trip with them where they are providing eye surgery for developing nations.

Thank You Cindy Becoming By Cindy Crawford is now available published by Rizzoli.

What’s the secret to your fitness now? The secret is that there is no secret, its all about getting enough sleep, eating well, drinking water and exercising. I don’t love going down the gym but I love how it makes me feel afterwards. I work out 3 times a week and cycle with my husband and enjoy lots of walking which my grandmother swears by. I don’t judge myself by a 25 year old’s standards, sometimes I accidentally turn on

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Health & Fitness & Beauty

Fri. 27th & 28th Nov. - Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guest KT Tunstall

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns to the Hall with his sensational Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for two nights of jazz and blues. 0207 589 8212. www.joolsholland.com

Thurs. 26th Nov. - Peter Knights Gigspanner

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings at 8pm. £14. Legendary fiddle player and formerly of Steeleye Span, Peter has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner. 01424 423221.

Thurs. 26th Nov. - Simple Minds

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Following the acclaim of their 16th album BIG MUSIC and current tour, Simple Minds will play at The O2. 0844 8560202.

Thurs. 26th Nov. Hever Christmas Fair

At Hever Castle and Gardens, near Edenbridge, Kent. Gifts, gadgets, textiles, decorations and lots more attractions.

Thurs. 26th Nov. - Macbeth

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. It’s a story of murder and betrayal. It’s a story of supernatural sorcery. And it’s a story that’s going to be retold as you’ve never seen it before... Part alternative rock band, part thespian... wholly charming The Times. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 26th Nov. - Winter Wonderland and Santas Grotto

At Bluewater, Kent. The famous Winter Wonderland opens with a 6,000 square foot ice rink, 40 metre snow slide, traditional rides, amusements and games plus Santas Grotto. www.bluewater.co.uk

Fri. 27th - 29th Nov. - A Christmas Carol by Candlelight

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne. Nicholas Parsons plays Charles Dickens in this traditional yuletide production. 07929 892839 or www.not-humbug.co.uk

Fri. 27th Nov. - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells at 8pm. 01892 678678.

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Mannell & Savell wish Truffle continued success in their new premises! Mannell & Savell, who were main contractors on the re-fit, are a small company based in Hastings & St Leonards on Sea, and were pleased to be able to work with Truffle on the construction of their new premises at 48 Marina, St Leonards. Mannell & Savell have a shopfitting background and pride ourselves in attention to detail, completing your works to a high standard. Most of our work is carried out within our customers homes so having a clean & tidy attitude to our work is extremely important to us. We are able to undertake all aspects of work from very small jobs around the house to complete renovations. With over 25 years of experience we can help guide you through the process from design to completion. We have a trusted reputation within our existing client base with a high percentage re-booking for more work.

Fri. 27th- 29th Nov. - Hyper Japan

At Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1 W 2SF. The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and entertainment, bringing the best of both traditional and contemporary Japan to tens of thousands of visitors since 2010. This year our Christmas Market will offer plenty of festive shopping opportunities at dozens of stalls and booths hailing from both Japan and the UK. www.hyperjapan.co.uk

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Truffles New Home For Hair & Beauty is Now Open As you may already know, Truffle & Truffle Beauty have expanded and relocated. The two teams from Rye and Norman Road, St Leonards have joined forces and moved to the coast! The new salon is situated at 48 Marina, St Leonards and the opening was celebrated with a grand launch party on Saturday 17th October. Guests enjoyed Borough Wines and delicious homemade cakes by Betty while they explored the new premises.

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Feeling Good Matters Scarlets Beauty Rooms, Eastbourne recently celebrated their 4th Anniversary at Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Guests enjoyed nibbles and bubbly and had the opportunity to benefit from treatment special offers on the day. Scarlets offers the very best in essential beauty treatments and aim to offer their clients the highest quality of treatments

in calming and relaxing surroundings. In their new modern and unique salon they offer treatments to suit your individual requirements.

Achieve celebrity results at an inexpensive cost.

Scarlets dedicated and experienced team of therapists are on hand to ensure every visit is a memorable one. For an appointment please call 01323 325973

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Health Care & Senior Living

Centra Prime Care *We are recruiting* AWARD WINNING HOME CARE PROVIDER

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AWARD WINNING HOME CARE PROVIDER Centra Prime Care are now actively looking to recruit in many areas across East and West Sussex due the high demand for our award winning home care. At Centra Prime Care our aim is the improve the lives of those we support by providing them with choice, empowerment and control over the service they receive, which includes supporting people with: s Medication s Personal care s Companionship s Socialisation s Managing their home ... And much more! We are looking for people to join our team who share our person centred values and want to make a difference to people in our community, particular individuals who are vulnerable or receiving palliative care, so if you have these values, regardless of experience, we want to hear from you. Centra Prime Care currently hold the Gold Rated investors in people standard, this acknowledges our unique approach to developing our staff throughout the organisation and at all levels, with this comes the opportunity for promotions to role such as Key Worker, Senior Carer and Supervisor. We value each and every member of our team and offer: s Competitive rates of pay s Mileage s Paid training – Including NVQ’s s Regular supervision and support s Continued professional development. Sounds interesting, want to find out more? If you have a can do attitude, are keen to work flexibly over seven days a week , we’d love to hear from you, we’re a friendly bunch!! See main advert for contact details.

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Male Personal Assistant Highly trained with 30 years experience in care. Professional and friendly with a good sense of humour. Support with your daily living and social activities when you need it. Domestic duties, maintaining your home, shopping trips, meeting friends, companionship, driving, gardening, pets etc. Hours available now for immediate start in East Sussex and Kent border areas. To arrange free initial face to face consultation call Dave on – Home: 01424 427030 (answerphone) Mobile: 07599992193 - 57 -

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haseley overlooks the seafront near Holywell Beach, Eastbourne and our terrace and gardens have wonderful views out to sea and Beachy Head. Communal areas include a large dining room an outdoor terrace, sun lounge, bar, art room, IT suite, television lounge, therapy kitchen and plenty of space for social events and activities. All of our bedrooms are large enough for powered wheelchairs and they are fitted with overhead hoists and profiling beds with pressure relieving mattresses if required. All floors are accessible by lift. Our large dining room has adaptions available for those with specific needs around nutrition, more fantastic sea views and lovely home cooked meals. Some residents choose to eat in their own rooms or in the CasBAR, our bistro area with outside decking to enjoy Eastbourne’s

high levels of sunshine. We promote an optimal level of function to enhance independence, prevent secondary complications associated with long term conditions and aim to improve our guests quality of life, this includes complex postural/seating assessments, cognitive assessments, customised splinting, functional electrical stimulation and daily living assessments. Our Activate Therapy Gym has a wide range of disabled accessible equipment, including ceiling tract hoists, parallel bars, powered standing frames, tilt tables, plinths, power - assisted bikes, cross trainers, multi-gym and weights equipment. The team at the gym can assist with arranging a programme of exercise specific to you. We also have a therapy kitchen featuring

adjustable height surfaces and induction hob so that we can arrange assessments and offer advice. Outings include visits to popular tourist attractions or day trips to London. Activities can be sedate and relaxing, such as yoga, flower arranging or a visit from Pet Pals. There are also more demanding activities such as gardening, karaoke, boccia, the camera club or a lively discussion group. We want to make sure that we support and enable development independence and wellbeing. Whether your goal is to increase your independence or further your abilities, we will build an individual plan of care that is right for you. ‘Care at Chaseley is good as it is 24/7. We are all involved in our personal care plans from physio to how we like our personal care’. Paula

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Wedding Services

Sat. 28th Nov. - 23rd Dec. Father Christmas at The Hop Farm

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. Full details at www.thehopfarm.co.uk/events

Sat. 28th & 29th Nov. - Great Dixter Christmas Fair

At Great Dixter, Dixter Lane, Northiam, Kent. 10am - 4pm. Entry £5. Local traders, fine foods, artisans and artists in the medieval halls, Great Barn, gardens and outbuildings. Under 16’s free.

Sat. 28th Nov. - Dvroak - Stabat Mater

At St. Johns Church, Pevensey Road, St. Leonards, 7pm for 8pm. £15. 01424 221872. See main advertisement & feature on page 27. www.battlechoral.co.uk

Sat. 28th Nov. - Tenterden Christmas Lights

Fri. 27th Nov. - Christmas Gothic

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings at 7.30pm. Adults £12.50. Enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season. From the creators of Female Gothic. 01424 423221.

Fri. 27th - 29th Nov. - Clarkson, Hammond and May Live

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Some of the world’s most breathtaking supercars, stupendous stunts and three middle aged men. It can only mean one thing; the stage is set for Clarkson, Hammond & May Live. http://www.clarksonhammondandmaylive.com

Sat. 28th & 29th Nov. - Christmas Around The World

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Discover how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas, follow the Christmas trail and visit Santa.

Lights are switched on outside the Town Hall from 4.30pm with a candlelight procession from St. Mildreds Church to the Rotary Club Christmas tree in front of the Town Hall.

Sat. 28th Nov. The Wailers performing LEGEND in it’s entirety

At the Indigo at the 02, Docklands, London. Formed in 1969 together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 28th Nov. - Wine Portfolio Tasting

At Swallows Oast, Ticehurst from 7pm. Tickets £35 includes two course hot supper. See main advertisement and feature on page 36.

Sat. 28th & 29th Nov. - Simply Red

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Doors open 6.30pm. Simply Red: Reformed! Celebrating their 30th year. 01273 290131.

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Garden & Building Services

Caring about you and your trees

Nick Danson has been a professional tree surgeon for over 20 years. NPTC qualified and fully insured, Danson Tree Care Ltd. is the name to trust. “We have used Danson Tree Care on a couple of occasions and wouldn’t go anywhere else now. Nick Danson and his team always do a great job and always leave our garden tidier than they found it!” Joanne Thomas, Bexhill. As a family-run business, we pride ourselves on being reliable, hardworking and honourable in all that we do. Call us to arrange a no obligation quote or search Danson Tree Care on Facebook for more information.

Battle Mowers Ltd offers a range of New and Secondhand Mowers with a choice of cylinder and rotary in either electric or petrol or ride on Tractors. They also offer a range of Shredders, Log Splitters, Chainsaws, Brush Cutters and Hedge Cutters. They are a Direct Hayter Dealer and they are a Briggs and Stratton Authorised Service Centre. Battle Mowers offer a servicing and cylinder/bottom blade sharpening service to all major cylinder mowers. They have a workshop that can give the back up and expertise required to any gardener. - 62 -

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

Phoenix Gardening offers a friendly & reliable all year round gardening service and is available for regular or one off jobs. Neil has good experience and plant knowledge and is happy to offer a no obligation quotation upon request. Call Neil on 07958 408667.

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Sat. 28th Nov. - Battle Christmas Lights Switch On

Father Christmas arrives at 1.45pm - parade down the high street. In his grotto from 2.15pm - 4.45pm and there are also refreshments, entertainment and popular charity market in the hall and children’s rides on the Abbey Green. 5pm Lights switched on.

Sat. 28th Nov. - Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. £24. ‘ABSURDIST ONELINE MASTERPIECES’ . The Times. 01424 229111.

Sat. 28th Nov. - Christmas Gothic

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.45pm. £10. Haunting tales of the festive season by Candlelight. 01580 711856.

Sat. 28th & 29th Nov. - Vintage Christmas Fair

At Middle Farm, Firle, East Sussex. 9.30am - 4.30pm. £5. Great

swing jazz & dancing will be preforming both days, mulled wine artisan beers served inside our boutique winter bar.

See main advertisement and feature on page 20.

Sat. 28th Nov. - 23rd Dec. - Father Christmas in Narnia

At Penshurst Place, Penshurst, near Tonbridge. 9.30am - 5pm. Travel through the fantasy woodland guided by Mr Tumnus before meeting Santa. Tickets £12. 01892 870307.

Sun. 29th Nov. - The Nutcracker

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House Presents . The Nutcracker – an Eternal Seasonal Favourite Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky. Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians. 01424 462288.

Sun. 29th Nov. - Spike’s All Star - SAS Band

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Iconic singers performing their greatest hits Musicians from some of the world’s biggest bands The Ultimate All-Star Band Don’t miss the Best Rock and Soul Party in Town! 01892 530613.

Sun. 29th Nov. - Messiah from Scratch

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm. With over 3,000 singers surrounding the audience, this is the most adrenaline-filled performance you will ever hear and not to be missed. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 29th Nov. - A Christmas Carol

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. This succinct, yet poignant and wittily-crafted version of Charles Dickens’ story is performed with usual Cat’s Grin energy, style and lots of audience participation. Suitable for 4yrs+ 01892 678678.

Mon. 30th Nov. - Great Big Christmas Sing

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 5.30 & 7.30pm. Specially composed for East Sussex children this unique Christmas story will be performed by children from primary schools across the county. Pupils will be joined by one of East Sussex Music’s flagship Youth Ensembles. 01424 462288.

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Pets & Wildlife

Birds of a Feather

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lot of customers have commented on how many Goldfinches are visiting their garden feeders.

Generally at this time of year the numbers of these super looking birds increases. Squabbling over the feeders with lots of swearing and flight duels is par for the course, it wasn’t many years ago when this chirpy little Finch was regarded as a rare garden visitor. Sunflower hearts are their favourite, they will stay on the feeder munching their messy Juvenile

way through the seeds until knocked off by a hungrier bird. You may still notice a few juveniles, they lack the red face but have the bright yellow wing flash. Allan.......... Feathers Wild Bird Care www.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk shop.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk

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Mon. 30th Nov. - 12th Dec. - Hairspray The Musical

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.45pm. Hairspray is back, with a brand new production of the smash hit musical comedy. 0844 8717615.

Tues. 1st & 2nd Dec. - Madonna

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history. Following the release of her Rebel Heart album in March, the multi-Grammy® winner, Madonna, brings The “Rebel Heart” Tour to The O2. 0844 856 0202

Animal lover Liz Varney from Catastrophes Cat Rescue has spent more than 40 years rescuing and rehoming cats in need. Liz has rescued thousands of cats over many years and offers refuge to 200 at any one time at Catastrophes Cat Rescue, which she runs from her home with partner Alan Knight, who also runs the charity International Animal Rescue. Many of the cats have been abandoned or ill-treated and some become homeless because of a change in people’s circumstances. The rescue’s aim is to help any cat regardless of age, temperament or behavioural problems, whether wild or tame.

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