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Littledown Christmas Tree Farm Main Road, A28, Westfield, Nr Hastings TN35 4SL

Tel 01424 753413 / 07734 210508

www.littledownfarmchristmastrees.co.uk 8.00am - 8.00pm 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE

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What’s On December 2015 Until 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.

Until Sat. 5th Dec. - Jersey Boys

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. This smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier award for Best New Musical and continues to play at the Piccadilly Theatre, London. 01323 412000.

Tues. 1st Dec. - The Great Big Christmas Sing

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 5.30pm. Specially composed for 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 229111.

Tues. 1st & 2nd Dec. - Madonna

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Following the release of her Rebel Heart album in March, the multi-Grammy® winner, Madonna, brings The “Rebel Heart” Tour to The O2. 0844 8560202.

28th Nov. - Until 23rd Dec. Father Christmas at the Hop Farm

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. Santa and his magical workshop and Grotto. Lots of kids activities. £15 per child and £2 per adult. 01622 872068.

Tues. 1st - 5th Dec. - Pashley Christmas Gift Shop

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst. Open between 10am - 4pm with ideal Christmas presents for the whole family.

Join Us to celebrate our 80th Anniversary - Saturday 12 December 2015 At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea from 10am-5pm FREE - Everyone welcome! Please come in 1930s’ costume and be part of re-creating the day the Pavilion first opened its doors to the public On Saturday 12 December 2015 we invite you to help re-create the excitement of the opening and join us for a fantastic, fun and FREE all-day party inside this international architectural icon which became affectionately known as ‘The People’s Palace’. The day itself will be re-created with the help of the London String Trio and Sultry Sax, rumba dancing by Debonnaire Entertainment, 1930s characters re-created by members of Hastings Stage Studio, vintage cars and bikes courtesy Bexhill 100, Bexhill Classic Cycle Group and East Sussex Vintage Motor Cycle Group and Punch and Judy for the children.

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In the afternoon, there will be speeches from various dignatories and very special guests – to be announced. Jazz-age cocktails will be served along with a menu especially created for the day. There will also be a firework display as it gets dark to help us celebrate into the evening where you are invited to take part in our 80th Anniversary Tea Dance with the Ragroof Players and Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. Tickets for the Tea Dance can be bought here For up to date information and a schedule of the day visit www.dlwp.com/80th- anniversary #DLWP80

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As Christmas and the Party Season approaches be sure to visit our store to check out our great range of products to make your event a success. Need to hire a Santa? No problem, we have various styles to choose from, plus Santa’s Helpers and a wide range of other Christmas themed costumes. We also have packet Christmas costumes to buy, plus Santa hats, wigs, beards, and accessories.New Year! Visit our website to view our hire costume range or give us a call. Again we have costumes and fancy dress accessories to buy as well as party hats, balloons, party poppers etc etc. Why not come and join us for a complimentary glass of wine and a gift for the kids at The Horam Festive Fun “Panto” Shopping Night on 3rd December from 5.30 - 8pm with lots going on.

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

DECEMBER 2015 House and Home P.2 - 23 Art, Vintage and Antique P.18 - 23 Collars and Coats Exclusive Pictures P.24 - 29 Pets and Wildlife and Animal Welfare P.30 - 32 Food and Drink P.33 - 43 Westfield Feature P.44 - 47 Fashion and Leisure P.48 - 57 Health, Beauty & Fitness P.58 & 59 Garden Services P.60 - 62 Senior Living P.63 - 65 Wedding Services P.66 - 69 Wild Bird Care P.70 & 71 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 Š Copyright. Full terms and conditions on our website at http://www.whats-on-magazine.com/terms-conditions/


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CHRISTMAS TREE FARM Main Road, A28, Westfield, Nr Hastings, E. Sussex. TN35 4SL Tel 01424 753413 07734 210508 www.littledownfarmchristmastrees.co.uk OPEN FROM 28TH NOV.: 8.00am - 8.00pm 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE

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

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

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

We accept Credit & Debit Cards

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We are Members of the British Christmas Tree Grower Association Championship Christmas Tree Grower 2009

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Tues. 1st Dec. - Only Men Aloud

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. one of the UK’s foremost vocal ensembles, hot from the release of their latest album ‘On The Road’ when they’ll perform a whole selection box of music ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to rock and pop classics. Delivered with their trademark whit, exquisite voices and musical panache. 01424 462288.

Until 24th Dec. - Winter Wonderland and Santas Grotto

At Bluewater, Kent. Enjoy a fun-packed day out for all the family with our 6,000 square foot real Ice Rink, a fantastic 40-metre Snow Slide, a magical Christmas 4D Cinema and stacks of traditional rides, amusements and games… all indoors in the warmth of Glow, Bluewater. In addition we present our beautiful Santa’s Grotto. Open from 26th November right up until 24th December… bring your little ones along to experience the magic of a trip to meet Santa Claus himself this Christmas.

Home-Start East Sussex Becoming a family is the best feeling in the world but also challenges many parents - so much so, that they might need a little extra help. Home-Start believes that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them achieve their full potential. We train and support volunteers to help struggling families. Volunteering - This is the story of why Jane, one of our volunteers joined our team. “I heard about the support that HomeStart provides and really wished I had known about them when my children were younger as I really needed help myself. I was a bit nervous but I made some good friends on the training course and the first family I was matched with were lovely, I would often take the two toddlers out to give the mum a break, play games at home or just talk through Mum’s worries. As a bonus the experience has helped me to get back in to work.”

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Wed. 2nd Dec. - Carmen

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. Unforgettable arias, the march of Toreodors – this dazzling production features Bizet’s unforgettable melodies including The Toreodor’s Song. 01424 462288. Sung in French with English subtitles.

Wed. 2nd - 6th Dec. - Christmas Around the World

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. 10.30am - 4pm. For a fun-filled Christmas family day out, discover how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas and the history behind their traditions. Travel across the continents uncovering Christmas practices and rituals from various cultures. 01732 865224. Also from the 9th - 24th Dec.

Wed. 2nd Dec. -The Big Christmas Sing

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: Adult £6, Child £3. Performed by local schools. 01892 530613.

for a dazzling display of high quality tennis and entertainment. Doors: 11:00am, 12:15pm, 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 2nd Dec. - Bexhill Primary’s Christmas Concert

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Bexhill Primary Schools present a Christmas vocal extravaganza. £5. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 3rd Dec. - Bill Bailey

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7pm. Consistently funny and dazzlingly quick. 0844 847 1515.

Thurs. 3rd Dec. - That’ll Be The Day Christmas

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy! £25. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 3rd Dec. - 3rd Jan. - Christmas in Trafalgar Square

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Duran Duran is one of the most culturally influential and commercially successful bands of all time, topping the charts around the world over the past three decades. 0844 8471515.

At Trafalgar Square, London. Since 1947, each year a Christmas tree has been given to the people of London from the people of Norway in gratitude for Britain’s support for Norway during World War II. The lighting of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree takes place on 3 December from 6pm. The tree will be lit by the Mayor of Westminster, Norwegian Ambassador and governing Mayor of Oslo.

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. Grand Slam Champions, former World Number 1s and national icons return to the Royal Albert Hall

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Starring Les McKeown. A fantastic night of fun and nostalgia. 01424 462288.

Wed. 2nd Dec. - Roberto Pla and his Latin Sextet

At The Jazz House at Pure in Newton Road, Tunbridge Wells. at 8pm. The tables will be put away for the evening so you can get up and dance to the rhythms. Columbian percussion king Roberto Pla is one of the founding fathers of the UK salsa scene. £12 in adv. 01892 530613.

Wed. 2nd Dec. - Duran Duran

Wed. 2nd - 6th Dec. - Champions Tennis

Thurs. 3rd Dec. - Bay City Rollers

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Thurs. 3rd Dec. - Westfield Christmas Lights Switch On

At the New Inn, Westfield. 5.30pm. Once again the residents of Westfield have decorated around 30 of their houses with wonderful decorations and fantastic Christmas lights. Westfield is raising funds for St Michaels Hospice and their displays have raised over £35,000 in the past years. The lights will be on until 11pm. See page 44.

Thurs. 3rd Dec. - Itsarap

At at Pure, 2 - 6 Newton Road, Tunbridge Wells. The Finest in Hip Hop, Trap and Grime. Plus guest MCs. 8pm. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 3rd - 18th Dec. - Christmas Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. foyer will be transformed into an intimate and atmospheric laughter lounge hosting the best comedians on the circuit. Dates: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 17th & 18th. 01892 678678.

English rockers have released four studio albums since 1996, as well as each being involved in an abundance of solo work and special projects. 0844 8560202.

Fri. 4th - 6th Dec. BBC Good Food Festive Fayre

At Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. 10am-4.30pm. Tickets include entry to Hampton Court Palace and the BBC Good Food Festive Fayre. Stock up the pantry for Christmas from exhibitors including The Hebridean Food Company and Christmas liquors from Portobello Gin. Plus, pick up hints and tips on how to impress your friends and family this holiday season from chefs in The Winter Kitchen. This will be hosted in the beautifully atmospheric Tudor Kitchen complete with roaring open fire. www.bbcgoodfoodfestivefayre.com

Thurs. 3rd & 4th Dec. The Business Show/Business Start Up

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. Europe’s biggest business exhibition returns to Olympia Grand, packed with seminars, live features and world-class speakers. www. greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk

Thurs. 3rd Dec. - Deep Purple

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Between them, the

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

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

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

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Fri. 4th Dec. - Bexhill Christmas Lights Switch On

At Devonshire Road, Bexhill on Sea at 5pm. Devonshire Road will be closed to traffic from 5pm - 9pm and there will be a Christmas Market in Western Road.

Fri. 4th Dec. - Robertsbridge Christmas Capers

At High Street and Station Road, Robertsbridge at 6pm - 9pm. Shops open late plus carols, street theatre, Father Christmas Grotto and musical entertainment.

Fri. 4th - 13th Dec. - London Chess Classic

At Olympia Conference Centre, London. The biggest chess tournament ever held in Britain will see ten of the world’s strongest chess players competing live on stage in the decisive leg of the inaugral Grand Chess Tour. www. londonchessclassic.com

Fri. 4th Dec. - Go West, T’Pau, Nik Kershaw

At the Indigo at the 02, Docklands, London. 7pm. 0844 8560202.

Fri. 4th Dec. - Waterloo The Best of Abba

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

Fri. 4th - 6th Dec. - The Chocolate Festival

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. A chance for chocoholics to not only discover the best and newest artisan chocolates, but also to indulge their senses in Britain’s first celebration of its kind. This year, for the first time, the festivals will include the following new elements*: • The Cocoa Spa: Luxurious cocoa butter beauty treatments. • The Chocolate Café: Sip the creamiest hot chocolate. • The Health Zone: Try delicious free-from and raw chocolate. • The Chocolate Market: Discover Britain’s top artisan chocolate companies. www.festivalchocolate.co.uk

Welcome to ARRCC’s new Shop & Furniture Warehouse • ARRCC ARTS HEALTH WELL-BEING - is a charity working with a wide spectrum of disadvantaged and disabled adults of all ages. • Our Staff and Volunteers are full of enthusiasm, however funds are always desperately needed - we need to increase public awareness, not only to enable more people to hear about ARRCC but to help source funding. • ARRCC’s Furniture Warehouse at The Rye Creative Centre, hopes to be able to raise much needed funds by selling the furniture to local people in Kent and East Sussex. We deliver and collect. • The response in Rye and the local area has been incredible. Andy McConnell of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow opened the Warehouse and is a great supporter of this local charity. • The latest project has been the opening of the New Shop at 7 Cinque Ports Street, Rye. The shop has been relocated from the Landgate site due to this property changing hands. Contact Jacky Barker 01797 229 363/ 01797 227 939 email: jackybarker@arrcc.org

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Fri. 4th Dec. - until 2nd Jan - Festive Horse drawn Rides

At Richmond Park, London from 12pm - 2.30pm. Have you always dreamt of joining Santa and his reindeers in his sleigh? This Christmas make your dreams come true and step into your very own horse drawn ‘sleigh’ for a magical ride in Richmond Park there is no better way to welcome in the festive season! This 90 minute experience begins at Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, where you’ll be met with warm refreshments. You will take your place in the four-person Landau carriage under warm blankets, embarking on a 60 minute ride through the park in all its stark winter beauty! You’ll also be treated to a unique behind-the-scenes visit of the working stables. £125 ticket admits 2 people on the tour. www.royalparks.org.uk

Sat. 5th Dec. - London Toy Soldier Show

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. A must attend show for traders, collectors and figure painters alike.

Sat. 5th- 24th Dec. - Christmas Spectacular

At Groombridge Place, near Tonbridge. Weekends from 5th and daily from 18th - 24th. Includes themed events, theatrical street theatre in the gardens, an illuminated winter trail and an opportunity to meet the Snow Queen. www.groombridgeplace.com 01892 861444.

Sat. 5th Dec. - Caro Emerald

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 6.30pm. Gorgeous and stylish, Caro blends retro jazz with sampling and modern pop to create a now signature sound. £22.50 - £45.00. 0844 847 1515.

Sat. 5th Dec. - The Magic of Motown

Sat. 5th Dec. - Tenterden Christmas Market

At High Street, Tenterden from 10am - 8pm. Street food, produce, craft stalls, fun and entertainment, rides for children, Christmas lights, Santas Grotto. Shops open late. Choirs, carols and Christmas trees.

Sat. 5th & 6th Dec. - Winter Fair

At the South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex. Ad. £5. Open 9am - 5pm. Children under 16 free. Meet the reindeers, Santas Grotto, Christmas trees, wreath making, artisan and street food, festive face painting. www.seas.org.uk/winter-fair

Sat. 5th & 6th Dec. - Tudor Christmas

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas with food, archery, crafts and traditional entertainment. Sunday includes a Sussex Folk Carol Service in the afternoon.

Sat. 5th Dec. - Christmas Craft Fayre

At Northiam Village Hall, 10am - 2pm. 30 varied and quality stalls, hot and cold refreshments. Free entry. www.northiambonfiresociety.co.uk

Sat. 5th Dec. - Family Santa Dash

At the Indigo at the 02, Docklands, London. 7pm. 0844 8560202.

Sat. 5th - 24th Dec. - Santa Steam Specials

Sat. 5th & 6th Dec. - The Christmas Market

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Seasonal gift ideas, toys, decorations, food and drink plus a nostalgic fairground, reindeer, birds of prey and a daily programme of live music. Open 10am - 5pm. Included in general admission price.

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. On 5th & 6th, 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th, 23rd and 24th. Booking on 01825 720806.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, £11. Registration 10.30am Race Start 11.30am. Entry £11 Adult (14yrs +), £6 Child (5-14yrs). Choose a distance... 2k or 5k. Come and run, jog, walk, push a pushchair, walk the dog. But most of all have fun and get sponsorship for your own charity or cause. To register visit www.bexhill-lions.org

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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Mannell & Savell wish True 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.

Sat. 5th Dec. - See The Steam Giants

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

Sat. 5th Dec. - Guided walk of Richmond Park

Join the Friends of Richmond Park for a free guided walk around Richmond Park. Everyone is welcome. Meet at Kingston Gate car park at 10:00am. Most walks finish around midday. For further information, visit the Friends of Richmond Park website or contact Honorary Secretary Richard Polson on 07721 673 137.

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Art, Vintage & Antique

Sat. 5th Dec. - Christmas Market

Lime Kiln Cottage afterwards. Bring work gloves if you have them. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. No booking necessary. 01797 227784.

At Pestalozzi Village, Sedlescombe. 10am - 3pm. 01424 8704444.

Sat. 5th & 6th Dec. - Raystede Christmas Fair

Sat. 5th & 6th Dec. - A Truly Magical Christmas

At the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, near Ashford. Find Father Christmas and his Elves in their twinkling magic grotto. Set in the heart of a beautiful 100 acre farm. Also on 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December.

At Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex BN8 5AJ. Come and enjoy the animals and find a unique Christmas gift. See main advertisement on page 30.

Sat. 5th - 24th Dec. - Santa Steam Specials

Sat. 5th Dec. - Stewart Francis: Pun Gent Tour

At The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden Station. 10.30am - 5pm. Decorated steam trains and a chance to meet Santa on the journey to Northiam Station. 01580 765155. Dates throughout December - 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

Sat. 5th Dec. - Christmas Farmers Market

At The Cooden Beach Hotel. Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea. The perfect time and place to purchase your festive gifts and goodies. Return of the popular tree of gifts. £1 entry, children are free. 01424 842281.

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. The star of ‘Mock The Week’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’, embarks on a brand new stand up tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! Age 16+ . £18.50. 01424 462288.

Sat. 5th Dec. - Christmas Market

Sat. 5th Dec. - HiFest (Hastings Illustration Festival)

At The Atrium, Station Plaza, Station Approach, Hastings TN34 1BA. Another jam-packed day of illustration fun, for all ages. Choose from a massive array of illustrative gifts from over 50 stalls. With talks, workshops, screenings, competitions and over 100 guests from the world of illustration, there is something for everyone! 07815 135084.

Sun. 6th Dec. - The World Beneath Your Feet

At Penshurst Place, Penshurst, near Tonbridge at 9.30am - 12 noon. From fruity booze, decadent cheese, local meats and festive decorations. The Christmas Market is the ideal festive stop to collect Christmas Fayre.

At The Winter Garden, Eastbourne. Eastbourne Academy of Dancing’s biennial showcase featuring a diversity of dance by talented young dancers. Times & Prices. 1pm, 6.30pm. £10. Under 16s £7.

At Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, TN31 7TU.. A clean-up of rubbish washed up along the beach by autumn storms, plus the chance to see many wintering birds. Your efforts will be rewarded with hot soup at

At the Point from 4pm onwards. Santas grotto, mince pies and barbecue, raffle, lights switched on by Mayor of Tenterden. Cllr. Pam Smith at 5pm. Donkeys from the Retreat Animal Rescue in High Halden.

Sat. 5th Dec. - Rye Festive Beach Clean

Sun. 6th Dec. - St. Michael’s Christmas Lights Switch On

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DIscover Gallery 16 at 16 Market Street, Lewes (located just behind the Needlemakers). An attractive little family run Antique and Gift shop offering good quality furniture, art and glass plus an original range of gifts alongside unique Christmas cards & wrapping paper. Gallery 16 has Thai silk and Cashmere scarves from £7.50 to £30, colourful cushions from Belgium and an extensive choice of Max Benjamin candles and diffusers from Ireland, priced between £15 to £30. (new bath/ body lotions and soaps are now on sale) and much more. If it’s something different that you are seeking for Christmas, get along to 16 Market Street and take a look.

Sun. 6th Dec. - Lights of Love 2015

At St. Michael’s Hospice, Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards on Sea. Dedicate a star and remember a loved one at this year’s Lights of Love.

Sun. 6th Dec. - Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm. NICOLAI: Christmas Overture. RODRIGO: Guitar Concerto. VIVALDI: Guitar Concerto in D major. GLAZUNOV: The Seasons. Soloist: Xuefei Yang. The international reputation of the Chinese classical guitar soloist Xuefei Yang has been steadily rising and she regularly plays to enthusiastic reviews. 01892 530613.

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FLEET GALLERY 20th Century British Paintings Mid 20th Century Designer Furniture Traditional & Contemporary Hand Knotted Rugs

New winter stock of handmade Persian & Indian Rugs now in stock 53 Norman Road | St Leonards on Sea | East Sussex | TN38 0EG

www.fleet-gallery.com patrick@fleet-gallery.com

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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.

Sun. 6th - 23rd Dec. - Reindeer Specials

At the Bluebell Railway, East Grinstead Station. Also on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th and 23rd December. Booking on 01825 720800.

Sun. 6th Dec. - Christmas Indoor Market

At the Boship Hotel, Hellingly, BN27 4AT. Free entry. A fantastic range of local produce and beautiful unique handmade gifts. Raising funds for local charities.

Sun. 6th Dec. - The Magic of Musicals at Christmas

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Starring Aled Jones. Hailed as “the musical event of the year” The Magic of the Musicals at Christmas is a spectacular concert, featuring your favourite songs from the shows and festive favourites. Sold out - returns only. 01424 229111.

Mon. 7th - 24th Dec. - Father Christmas at the Hall

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Journey through the Hall on an exclusive children’s tour of our beautiful building, take part in a workshop making cards and decorations, and meet Father Christmas in his grotto filled with gifts. Tickets are for children ages 2+. Adults go FREE.

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.

Experience lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available to purchase on the day. Starts: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm. Starts from Door 9 Porch. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 7th Dec. - DLWP & Music’s Not Dead present James Yorkston

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea in the cafe bar. 7.30pm. Crooner, pub-comber and local pop star, James Yorkston. Support Act: Elle Osborne. 01424 229111.

Mon. 7th Dec. - Behind the Scene at Great Dixter

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. Head Gardener at Tidebrook Manor and trainee under Christopher Lloyd, Edward Flint will lead this workshop held at Great Dixter House & Gardens. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales for attendees in the nursery on the day. The final lecture session of the year will focus on ferns and a favourite of Edward’s and of woodland gardeners, hellebores. £80. 01797 254048.

Mon. 7th Dec. - John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. John Rutter’s popular Christmas Celebration, conducted and presented to you by John Rutter himself and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy this classic festive favourite with numerous sing-along carols. Performances at 3pm and 7.30pm. 0207 5898212.

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Collars & Coats 2015 Stars Shine for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball “Incredible Performances from Bryan Ferry and Camilla Kerslake” This Years Theme - “Transformation” to celebrate Battersea’s ability to transform dog’s lives.


he visual spectacle that is Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s once again wowed the world last night with the return of the Collars & Coats Gala Ball at the iconic Battersea Evolution in London.

Celebrating its seventh successful year, the high-profile event is a highlight of the autumn social calendar, and is consistently regarded as one of the most unique and eagerly anticipated charity events. The annual charity extravaganza saw a host of UK and international stars take to the red carpet for this worthwhile cause to raise vital funds for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s work in rescuing and re-homing abandoned dogs. What’s On Magazine went along to join this year’s star lineup, from the world of TV, music, film, sport and fashion, which

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included: Battersea Ambassador Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Hilary Devey, Craig Revel-Horwood, Anthony Head, Nicky Clarke, Kelly Simpkin, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Dr Christian Jessen, Rosie Marcel, Sue Barker, photographer Rankin, and Debbie Sledge of the iconic music group Sister Sledge. The theme of the event this year was ‘Transformation’ to celebrate Battersea’s ability to transform dog’s lives, whilst its London site itself transforms with the construction of new facilities for its animals. Making a very welcome return was the popular ‘Battersea Doggie Guard Of Honour’ – a red-carpet parade of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s pooches. Other highlights of this year’s event included an eclectic performance by music legend and Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry as well as a performance by classical cross-over singer Camilla Kerslake.

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Camilla Kerslake

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Jordan Kiffin, Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Leigh-Anne Pinnock (Little Mix)

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attersea ambassadors and supporters including Dr Christian Jessen, Anthony Head and Dame Jacqueline Wilson united on stage to highlight the work and achievements of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. High profile guests and celebrities also enjoyed the opportunity to bid for an array of money can’t buy experiences at the event’s exclusive auction. Speaking about the return of the gala, Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive said: “The Collars & Coats Gala Ball was a truly unique event, celebrating our animals and raising money to care for the 9,000 dogs and cats that come through our gates, abandoned and terrified each year. Once again, we’re thrilled that so many supporters and friends of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home gave so generously of their time to make the event so successful.’’

Sue Barker “I love Battersea. It’s a great charity. They do so much great work helping lots of dogs and cats”. Anthony Head “I absolutely love Battersea and this is a fantastic event. It’s a wonderful atmosphere and Battersea always seems like a family every time I’m back”. This year’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball was proudly sponsored by Henry Wiltshire International, a leading estate agent in London who works across local, national and international markets delivering unrivalled customer service through the commitment of its team. With two offices in London (Nine Elms and Canary Wharf ) Henry Wiltshire International provide expert Sales, Lettings and Property Management services both locally and to their international clientele through their offices based in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Singapore. Speaking about the partnership with the Home, Kelly Gallagher, Director of Henry Wiltshire International said: ‘It was a pleasure for Henry Wiltshire International to support such a worthwhile and important event and help raise money for a fantastic cause.’ The Collars & Coats VIP area, an exclusive area for VIPs and celebrity guests was sponsored by Battersea Power Station Development Company. They said: ‘On behalf of the Battersea Power Station

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shareholders, Battersea Power Station Development Company was delighted to support our neighbour with this incredible charity event.’

Dame Jacqueline Wilson “I am so proud to be an Ambassador for Battersea. It is a lovely charity where every penny is accounted for and you can see for yourself the wonderful work they do.”

Rosie Marcel

Debbie Sledge “It’s been an absolute pleasure being a part of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual fundraiser. Their work in transforming the lives of abandoned dogs is incredible.”

Camilla Arfwedson

It costs Battersea over £10m to care for its dogs and cats every year, and with no government funding, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping to increase awareness of the important work the charity does each and every day of the year to offer a second chance in life to thousands of animals. Last year nearly 9,000 dogs and cats needed Battersea’s care and attention to help find them the best possible new homes. For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations, please visit www.battersea.org.uk

About Battersea Dogs & Cats Home:

Lizzie Cundy

· Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. · Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. · Battersea cares for an average of 300 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time. · Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. Dame Jacqueline Wilson

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Pets & Wildlife

At Raystede we are passionate about the wellbeing of all animals and are committed to giving them the best possible life. We rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary for more than 1500 animals each year. We have been caring for animals for 60 years. Raystede is free to visit almost every day of the year and very important to our work is our educational service, used by schools in East Sussex and beyond. We also offer guidance to all ages on caring for animals. Our Sanctuary, with its sizeable lakes, offers a safe haven for visiting waterfowl as well as for our chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. We also offer a lifelong home for goats, horses, ponies and donkeys. Raystede is entirely dependent on voluntary donations in order to provide the high standard of animal welfare and care that we pride ourselves on.

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A practice built on expertise and modern facilities

ounded in 2015 by Cobie Loubser, the foundations of the practice are built on Cobie’s expertise and those of his highly reputed team. Cobie himself has been practicing for over 20 years within the Eastbourne area. In 2015 he decided to create the only single vet practice in the area, bringing with him a team of specialists for any referrals, all well-renowned in their fields. To this end, we are able to treat the vast majority of conditions onsite. It was his love of animals and comfort in their companionship which led Cobie to go into veterinary medicine, and what drives him to this day. The surgery was set up with the aim of providing exceptional facilities under one roof in the heart of Eastbourne, along with the care and compassion of a team who simply love animals. We’ve invested heavily in technology to enable us to offer the very best in equipment and medicine. So whether it’s a general health check or

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something more serious, we are able to offer the best service and see them back on the road to full health. Your pet is like one of the family to you, so when they get sick you’ll want them to be in the hands of someone who cares about them as much as you do. At Cobie VetCare, Eastbourne, Sussex we understand the bond between a pet and its owner and will take every step to look after their wellbeing, as though they were our own. As the only single vet practice in the area, when you visit us, you can rest assured that you will see the same vet who will get to know and understand your animal. Your pet will be made to feel comfortable and come to trust Cobie, meaning they’ll never fear a trip to the vet. Cobie is accompanied by a team of experts, each specialising in a separate area of animal medicine, to whom your pet can be referred.

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The Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare was established in 1975. A cornerstone of the Trust’s founding policy then, as now, was to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. Our Animal Rescue Centre in Hadlow Down, nr Uckfield in East Sussex, provides a base for the animal rescue and re-homing work. Over the years, the Rescue Centre has also become a permanent home to many animals that it is not possible or desirable to re-home. Funds are raised with the generous support of individual donations, legacies, local fund raising, animal sponsors and our charity shops in Uckfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne and Heathfield. We receive no Local Authority, Government or Lottery funding. Please look out for our Christmas Food Appeal boxes, where any donation left for the animals in our care is much appreciated.

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Food & Drink Mon. 7th Dec. - Great Big Christmas Sing

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Specially composed for East Sussex children this unique Christmas story will be performed by children from primary schools across the county. Pupils will be joined by one of East Sussex Music’s flagship Youth Ensembles. £6. 01424 229111.

Tues. 8th Dec. - Christmas with the Stars

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Join us for another starry night of brass bands and harmonious choirs, classic carols and singalong favourites, alongside some of TV’s top stars – all to beat blood cancer. The annual festive extravaganza is guaranteed to be full of fun, surprises and Christmas cheer – last year we were joined by stars like surprise guest and X-Factor finalist Andrea Faustini and his mentor Mel B; Michel Roux Jnr; Patricia Hodge; Anne Reid; and almost a full ballroom of Strictly stars. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 8th Dec. - Musical Matinee Club: Carousel

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 29m. Carousel (1956) Cert. U 01424 229111.

Tues. 8th Dec. - NT Live - Jane Eyre

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Doors – 6.30pm. Start 7.00pm. Age Rating: 12A . Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Live broadcast from the National Theatre. 01424 229111. Tickets £12 to £14.

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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


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. Season greetings to everyone! 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



Our Christmas Menu is now available on request or online. Come and see us on Battle late night shopping Thursday 10th December



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. High Tea Gift vouchers available - an ideal Christmas Gift.

Our Pre Christmas Menu is now available for Parties of up-to 30 persons.

Lunchtime between 12noon and 2.30pm and the following evenings between 6pm & 8.30pm. Fri 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th & 23rd December 12noon till 8pm.

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Fizz on Foot – Christmas Gift Ideas Special Christmas Hampers

If you want to say a special thank you to your friends and family this Christmas. Fizz on Foot can make up a hamper from £50.00 upwards, including the wine and delivery. Plus, all local deliveries can be made within 48 hours. All the contents will be local wine and produce, supplied in a lovely wicker hamper, together with a greeting card and some Christmas decorations with the hamper contents. We can also create a special Christmas Party Hamper with a bottle of Sparkling wine, balloons, hats, party poppers and streamers!

Christmas Vouchers

We also have a range of Christmas vouchers available that can be offset against any of our walking and wine tasting tours or any of our Christmas Hampers. The vouchers can be for any amount you wish, starting at £25.00 upwards. They come mounted in an attractive greeting card, so they make great stocking fillers. Telephone: Fizz on Foot 01323 737271 for further information.

Tues. 8th Dec. - Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction

At the Park Lane Hotel, London. A spectacular night filled with glamour, delicious food and fundraising at the stunning Park Lane Hotel. In 2014 we had Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Dave Brailsford who gave us their dream stocking wish lists to be auctioned off live on the night. Don’t miss out on this wonderful Christmas evening and the oportunity to win some truly amazing prizes. The champagne reception will start at 6.30 followed by a three course dinner. Dress code: Black tie. Ticket information. Diamond table - Silver table for 10 guests - £2,000. Includes sumptuous fine dining with wine. For more information, get in touch by email at stockingauction@ macmillan.org.uk or call 0207 840 4800.

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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.

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14th Christmas in Hawkhurst! Yes, it’s hard to believe but this Christmas marks our 14th year serving the wine lovers of the Weald and beyond. After such a long time, it’s clear that most of our customers look forward to, and enjoy a really traditional family Christmas. They rely on us to supply them with some of the ‘tools’ to make that happen! Most people like to spend a little more at this time of year and they know that from us they can get good honest qualified advice and a totally personal service. Whether it be for personal consumption or that all important gift. Pudding wines are always in demand over the festive period and we always have a great selection. Large format bottles are also popular so we have Magnums and Jeroboams in stock as well as great Rioja with good bottle age! Port of course is a must. So we have a good range, Tawny LBV & Vintage. We can gift wrap for free and deliver locally for free. Why not phone in or email your order in advance and collect it at your convenience? We are centrally located on Moor Hill Hawkhurst and there are no parking restrictions outside the shop. You can get in and get out quickly and avoid the crowds! Please feel to phone or pop in anytime to discuss your requirements. Merry Christmas!

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Tues. 8th Dec. - Duran Duran

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran are returning to coincide with new album Paper Gods. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 9th & 10th Dec. - Mumford and Sons

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London at 6.30pm. Mumford & Sons capped off an incredible summer with a huge British return show at Reading Festival where they also announced details of a UK/Ireland arena tour for later this year. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 9th Dec. - East Dean and Friston Village Market

At East Dean Village Hall, 10am - 12.30pm. High quality local foods and crafts. Christmas gifts galore. See main ad. on page 42.

Wed. 9th - 19th Dec. - Christmas Comedy Clubs

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. In the Café Bar. 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. Age suitability: 16 years +. 6pm - 8pm. Delicious seasonal two course buffet including Christmas pudding. 8pm - 10pm. Top comedians 10pm 11pm. Music. 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 19th. 01424 229111.

Wed. 9th Dec. - Carol Concert

At Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe. 01424 8704444.

Wed. 9th Dec. - RAF in Concert

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. 75 years on from the historic battle, the bands of the Royal Air Force present an evocative and rousing evening of musical entertainment. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 10th Dec. - 3rd Jan. - Oliver

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Brought to the stage in a new production by the same team that brought you last years “A Christmas Carol” we are sure you won’t be asking for more this Christmas! Evening and matinee performances. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 10th Dec. ROH Cinema: Cavalleria Rusticana | Pagliacci

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.15pm. Live transmission from Royal Opera House. These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers Masacagni’s and Leoncavallo’s masterpieces, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto. 01892 678678.

Fri. 11th Dec. A Kylie Christmas

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 7.15pm. Kylie will make her first ever headline appearance at the Royal Albert Hall performing for one night only to celebrate the release of her new album. Kylie will be performing a host of Christmas classics together with brand new tracks and some of her classic hits. Dress your festive best! 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 11th - 23rd Dec. - Aladdin

Thurs. 10th Dec. - Battle Gala Night

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. Fantastic music, wonderful cast and superb dancers. Adults £12.50. 01424 423221.

Thurs. 10th Dec. - Robertsbridge Jazz Club

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 3 days of LEGO fuelled fun. www.brickshows.co.uk

At Battle High Street. Traders in fancy dress, choirs and bands, games, competitions and more in this magical evening in Battle. At The Village Hall, Robertsbridge 8pm - 10.30pm. Georgina Jackson with the John Horler Trio. Tickets £10 on the door or £8 in advance from Judges Bakery, Robertsbridge. www.robertsbridgejazzclub.com. Info at 01850 880274 or facebook.

Thurs. 10th Dec. - Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 6.45pm. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 11th - 13th Dec. - Brick 2015 - Built for LEGO Fans Fri. 11th Dec. - 17th Jan. - Peter Pan

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Starring Brian Capron (Coronation Street) as Captain Hook and Britains Got Talent dance sensation Twist & Pulse as Pirate Swash and Buckle. See main advertisement on page 52. 01323 412000.

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

Food Served

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

The Cross Inn Christmas Menu Starters


Sweet Pepper & Tomato Soup Duck Liver & Brandy Pate Served with Hot Toast & Christmas Chutney Baked Camembert With Redcurrant Jelly


Main Course

Traditional Roast Turkey with pigs in Blankets , Chestnut stuffing & Bread Sauce Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine Teriyaki Salmon Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle

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Christmas Pudding Baileys Cheesecake Chocolate Brownie & Ice Cream Selection Of Cheese Coffee & Mince Pie ÂŁ20 per person

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The View Hotel - Eastbourne When you stay beside the sea, isn’t it great to have a balcony, your own private little space, where you can just kick back and relax and look out at the view? Well, that’s what sets us apart. We’re the only hotel on the seafront that can offer that from every one of the rooms on the front of our hotel, it’s true! A great stay at a hotel doesn’t just come from a pretty view. Staying with us, whether it’s for a Christmas break at the seaside or a convenient place to stay while travelling on business, means that you will be well looked after and have everything you could possibly want. Put plain and simply, we want you to know that... you’re welcome. www.theviewhoteleastbourne.com Email info@theviewhoteleastbourne.com Tel: 01323 433900

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Fri. 11th Dec. - Status Quo

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7.30pm. Britain’s best loved rockers. 0844 8471515.

Fri. 11th - 27th Dec. - Cinderella

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. The famous rags-to-riches story will be brought magically to life in a sumptuous production starring Jessie Wallace. 01424 462288.

Fri. 11th - 13th Dec. - Smarden Christmas Tree Festival

At St. Michael’s Church, Smarden. Participants compete with your vote in the prestigious Best In Show Award. Enjoy live music, crafts, stalls, Christmas foods and mince pies. 11am - 6pm.

Fri. 11th Dec. - Complete Inspection

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2pm. Throughout the evening of 12th December 1935 the public were invited into the Pavilion for a “Complete Inspection of the Most Modern Entertainments Hall in England”. Heralding the 80th anniversary of the opening, our panel of experts will inspect and review the origins of the building, and the impact of Modernism. £12 to £14. 01424 229111.

Fri. 11th Dec. - 3rd Jan. - Cinderella

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Starring CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer as Cinderella, Jamie Rickers from CITV and Nickeldeon as Buttons and Louise Jameson (EastEnders, Doctor Who) as Fairy Godmother, this spectacular pantomime is perfect for the whole family! 01892 678678.

Sat. 12th Dec. - Jools Holland

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Jools Holland and his Rhythmn and Blues Orchestra herald the start of the party season. 0844 8471515.

Sat. 12th Dec. Christmas in Rye

Christmas in Rye this year is set to be a Dickensian themed celebration From dawn till dusk, with lots of great activities for both young and old it really is going to be a community event full of joy and good spirit!

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.

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Hope Cottage Farm Shop and Tearoom - Ninfield’s best kept secret! CHRISTMAS Trees, Turkeys, Gift Ideas, Hampers and Vouchers available. 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 9 to 3.30 Monday to Saturday. High Tea and Cream Tea Gift vouchers available.

Want to take a taste of East Sussex home with you?

Visit the traditional East Dean Village Market where the local stall holders will be only too happy to give you advice on how to prepare and cook your local produce or to suggest what goes best with your chutney. Find an unique gift from one of the many Craft Stalls. East Dean is noted for the quality of it’s fine locally produced products. Food is fresher and tastier, you know by name who produced your purchase and where they are from. If you appreciate local family farms, the best way to support them is to shop at a Village Market.

Sat. 12th Dec. - 80th Anniversary Party

At the De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea. 10am – 5pm. FREE – everyone welcome! Please come in 1930s costume and be part of re-creating the day the Pavilion first opened its doors to the public. The day itself will be re-created with the help of the London String Trio and Sultry Sax, rumba dancing by Debonnaire Entertainment, 1930s characters re-created by members of Hastings Stage Studio, vintage cars and bikes courtesy Bexhill 100, Bexhill Classic Cycle Group and East Sussex Vintage Motor Cycle Group and Punch & Judy for the children. See p.2.

Sat. 12th Dec. - Santa Dash Brighton

At Hove Lawns, Brighton, BN3 2FR. 10.30am. 5k fun run along the Brighton seafront dressed as Santa (costume included in price). See website for further details. Ho Ho Ho! www.santadashbrighton.co.uk

Sat. 12th - 19th Dec. - The Night Before Christmas

At the Tirnity Theatre, T, Wells. 11.30am. Childrens show. Emily stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning, while a mouse called Eddie can’t understand why only humans get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself. 01892 678678.

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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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We need to clear a plantation ready for spring planting, so we are offering our Christmas Trees at


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


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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Westfield Village

Ron has nearly 30 years experience in the profession. He is reliable, insured and comes highly recommended from his many satisfied clients. He is now taking bookings for January onwards. All What’s On areas covered.

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.

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’

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Fashion & Leisure HALO are looking forward to helping you celebrate Christmas in style. They stock a wonderful selection of party dresses in lots of gorgeous styles and colours. The friendly helpful staff are always happy to assist; suggest alternate styles you maybe hadn’t noticed, advise on accessories or simply hand that additional size into the changing room! HALO’s choice of handbags & purses is excellent and includes some stunning new styles from Zandra Rhodes. When it comes to Christmas presents they have wonderfully original items at surprisingly low prices with stocking fillers from around £1! The TED BAKER giftware range is very strong this Christmas and is a favourite with their customers. Scarves & luxury bath products always make great presents as one size fits all. HALO offer a WISH LIST whereby they keep a record of which items you like and can guide your friends and relatives towards them. Surprises are lovely but there’s nothing like getting what you hoped for at Christmas! So before you drive to a big shopping centre why not make a start locally and support independent retailers? HALO would like to wish all their customers a very happy Christmas & New Year and for those last minute shoppers out there they will be open til 3.30pm on Christmas Eve.

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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Sat. 12th & 13th Dec. - Christmas at the Priory

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Seasonal and festive food. Music and activities for all ages. Hot chocolate storytime includes a visit to Father Christmas and a gift. 01323 844224.

Sat. 12th Dec. - Disney in Concert: Alice in Wonderland

At the the Royal Albert Hall, London. Experience Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning 2010 fantasy film Alice in Wonderland on the big screen in the glorious surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, with Danny Elfman’s magical score being performed simultaneously by a live orchestra and choir. Doors: 1:45pm, 6:15pm. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 13th Dec. - Status Quo

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 7pm. Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Leon Cave will plug back in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to The O2. 0844 8560202.

Sun. 13th Dec. - Bolshoi: The Lady of the Camellias

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 6pm. Recorded Live. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score. 01892 678678.

Sun. 13th Dec. - Lorraine Bowen’s Christmas Singing Workshop and Big Festive Sing-a-long

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10.45am and 5pm. Star of Britain’s Got Talent 2015 and Bexhill’s favourite entertainer, Lorraine Bowen (aka The Crumble Lady) returns to celebrate Christmas at the Pavilion with a big Sing-along for all the family. 01424 229111.

Mon. 14th - 21st Dec. - The BT Christmas Concert

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Chris Hollins is back to present a wonderful concert of festive delights, from traditional carols to favourite hits. Let the celebrations commence! 0207 589 8212.

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ince 1926, driving down Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime for travellers, adventurers, and dreamers. It’s a route so legendary that celebrated author John Steinbeck named it The Mother Road in his novel The Grapes of Wrath. The highway that once served as a main thoroughfare from east to west still beckons travellers seeking a classic piece of Americana. The historic Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California and crosses the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Spanning a distance of more than 2,000 miles, Route 66 passes through a cross section of the USA that lets you see the country’s heart and soul. Traverse the urban streets of Chicago and St. Louis, take in the expansive Grand Canyon, experience the Southwest’s Native American communities, and hit the beach in Santa Monica without leaving the route. This well-worn, fabled road has a history worth noting. In the mid1940s, Route 66 wound through small towns across the Midwest and Southwest. It was often called the “Main Street of America” with its mom-andpop shops, cafes, motels and gas stations. In the late 1950s, the old Route 66 was bypassed as high-speed interstate highways were built. In 1984, it was decommissioned and the old route, now designated as Historic Route 66, still maintains its original charisma. Roadside attractions include a treasure trove of 1950s nostalgia from general stores to diners to quirky motels equipped with neon signs—all capturing the glory days like a weathered Polaroid snapshot. Landmarks include the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago, Illinois, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and the Mojave National Preserve in Nipton, California. On the novelty side,

you can see the “World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole” near Foyil, Oklahoma and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Ariston Café is a member of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and a popular stop for food in Litchfield, Illinois. Once you reach the California coast, the Santa Monica Pier marks the original end of the route. However, travelling to Los Angeles and Sunset Boulevard through the oldest part of the city, the Spanish colonial Olvera Street is a particularly wonderful add-on and can be incorporated into your tailor-made itinerary by Southern Cross Travel.

This Route 66 road trip is just an example of the bespoke self-drive USA holidays that THE Tailor-made Specialists at Southern Cross Travel can create for you. Our travel experts use their world-wide knowledge and over 35 years’ experience to tailor-make an itinerary to suit you as an individual! What better way to start 2016 than with a holiday in the making? Contact your friendly, local travel experts at Southern Cross Travel to discuss your holiday options over the Christmas period. Pop into either of our offices – The Old Library on Wadhurst High Street or 77a The Mint in Rye, email us on holidays@southerncrosstravel.co.uk or call the Southern Cross Travel team on 01892 783896 (Wadhurst) or 01797 229200 (Rye).

Let us turn your holiday dreams into a reality!

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ive the crowded high street the elbow this Christmas and give your loved ones the gift of memories to treasure this year - with tickets to see a show at Eastbourne Theatres. Avoid the queues, the 5p carrier bags, the endless Christmas songs on the instore music systems, the horrors of the car parks, overspending on plastic rubbish and best of all – not having to wrap it all up - by giving your loved ones something they will all genuinely love this Christmas – a trip to the theatre! Eastbourne Theatres has made it so easy for you this year; if you have a musicals fan, a drama lover, a classical music aficionado, kids who truly do not need any more toys or a comedy addict in your life we have something for them to enjoy over the forthcoming months at the Congress Theatre, Devonshire Park Theatre and Winter Garden. Ticket vouchers can be purchased in any denomination from £1 up and can be used for anything at the three

theatres within a 12 month period. Best of all you don’t even have to leave your home to buy them – simply call and we will post them out to you! Or come in to the box office and see one of the clerks who will solve your present dilemmas in one easy transaction. With forthcoming shows including the stunning musicals Blood Brothers (18 – 23 January), The Glenn Miller Story with Tommy Steele (16 – 20 February) the phenomenal Priscilla Queen of the Desert (14 – 19 March) and many more exciting shows in the pipeline it’s guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your loved ones this Christmas morning. So head to the Box Office now and start your Christmas celebrations early with a sense of self-satisfaction knowing that you are going to be King or Queen of the Christmas gifts this season! Call 01323 412000 or pop into the Congress Theatre anytime from 10am – 8pm and sort your Christmas gifts now

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Junior’s Day Nursery first opened its doors in December 2008. For the owner Denise Fuller, the story started with the search for childcare for her own daughter. Not having consciously thought of, nor seriously considered the matter of childcare before, Denise and her husband Graham were surprised at how strongly they felt about the care that should be offered to children and their parents, and how hard it was to find a nursery that met their requirements. Junior’s is a family run nursery with an experienced management team and was awarded ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted in Oct 2014. “Our ethos is simple; to be the Nursery of choice for the area” Junior’s prides itself on its large, purpose built facilities with a variety of outdoor areas, including sensory garden, large sand kitchen, tyre bank and grass and decking areas. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by orchards which we utilise frequently for our Forest School activities. Junior’s follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and central to our practice is the Key Person Approach, which ensures your child has consistent care which enhances their learning and development. Junior’s have recently opened a second Nursery in Tonbridge, opposite the train station.

Mon. 14th - 23rd Dec. - Cinderella

At the Sinden Theatre, Homewood School, Tenterden. 01580 763028. The Sinden Theatre is pleased to welcome Bigfoot Productions to Tenterden this December with their adaptation of the classic family panto “Cinderella”. This seasonal, traditional show includes all the comedy and music you would expect to help you through the story of this well known and loved young lady.

Mon. 14th - Tales For Toddlers

At the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. Choice of two sessions: 10.15 & 11.15 am. Come and join our wonderful artists for a superb session filled with making, stories, song and dance for children aged 18mths – 5yrs old. £1.00-£2.50. 01424 229111.

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Mon. 14th Dec. - Christmas Tea Dance

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 2pm. Sussex Hall. 01424 462288.

Tues. 15th Dec. - Stereophonics

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7.30pm. UK arena tour celebrating their new album ‘Keep The Village Alive’. 0844 847 1515.

Tues. 15th Dec. - The Darkness Plus Special Guests

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Blast of Our Kind will be The Darkness’ first UK tour since 2013. Those in attendance will be awestruck by the all-new material and downright delighted by the early works as The Darkness rip through their repertoire of ruddy great songs with new drummer Rufus Taylor. £25.00. 01424 229111.

Tues. 15th Dec. - Christmas Classics

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. A traditional concert of seasonal classics and much-loved carols is performed by the celebrated Royal Choral Society and the resplendent Fanfare Trumpeters of the Coldstream Guards. With festive readings by special guest Kevin Whately. 0207 5898212.

Tues. 15th Dec. - Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. This dazzling, must-see holiday extravaganza comes directly from the historic stage of Branson USA’s beautiful Andy Williams Moon River Theatre. 01323 412000.

Tues. 15th - 21st Dec. -The London International Horse Show

At the Olympia Grand Hall, London. With FEI World CupTM competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving, you are guaranteed to witness top class sport which will keep you on the edge of your seat at this blue ribbon event. The show also has an extensive shopping village with over 200 stands where you can stock up on last minute Christmas gifts from well-known brand names and not-on-the-highstreet shops. www. olympiahorseshow.com

Wed 16th Dec. - East Dean & Friston Village Market

Every Wednesday at East Dean Village Hall, every Wednesday from 10am - 12.30pm. High quality local foods and crafts. See page 42.

Wed. 16th Dec. - ROH Cinema: The Nutcracker

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.15pm. Live Transmission from the Royal Opera House. Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. 01892 678678.

The Hailsham Christmas Market Saturday 5th December - 9.30am-4.00pm 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.

Peter Lambert from Britains Got Talent Switches on the Hailsham Christmas Lights

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

Sainsburys and other local amenities. Our new January 2015 timetable is now available at various locations and on our buses. • We also run Flexible Services to Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Rye, Ashford and Tenterden. Seats on these must be prebooked with our office. • Our buses are available for private hire at a competitive rate for schools, clubs, societies and individuals. Bus passes can be used on all our service and flexible routes. BACT serves the communities surrounding Battle and is available for all to enjoy. Contact Peter on 01424 772001 Mon-Fri 9am -12 noon, who will be happy to help. Battle Area Community Transport, Unit 8, Rutherford Business Park, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0TY. E-mail bactoffice@tiscali.co.uk www.bact-online.co.uk

Thurs. 17th Dec. - Christmas Carols

Wed. 16th Dec. - Stereophonics

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London at 6.30pm. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 16th Dec. - Johnny Spice Christmas Ball

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Enjoy ballroom, swing and jive music and one of the best dance floors in the south. Dancing & Hot Buffet £26.50, Dancing only £16. 01323 412000.

Wed. 16th Dec. - Kings College Choir

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 6.45pm. a magnificent concert of heavenly charm, including: VIVALDI Gloria. HANDEL Excerpts from Messiah. CORELLI Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto. 0207 5898212.

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. Join the acclaimed City of London Choir and the magnificent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Ilona Domnich soprano. Hilary Davan Wetton conductor. Doors: 6:45pm. Starts: 7:30pm. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 17th - 19th Dec. - Simply Red

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. Natalie Imbruglia is confirmed as the support for Simply Red. Back together again; Simply Red mark their 30th anniversary with a world tour. 0844 8560202.

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

At RHS Lawrence Hall, SW1P 2QD. the perfect place to complete any last-minute Christmas shopping, allowing you to buy interesting plants and sundries which will make the best present for the avid gardener. £6 in advance. £9 on the door. www.rhs.org.uk

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Thurs. 17th Dec. - Beyond the Barricade

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. An exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live. Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity. £18 to £22. 01323 412000.

Fri. 18th Dec. - The Bootleg Beatles

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Show 7.30pm. The world’s most famous Beatles Tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. £28. 0844 8471515.

Fri. 18th & 19th Dec. - Tropicana Christmas

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings in the Sussex Hall. 8.30pm. The Ultimate 80s Party Night. Dig out those 80s fashions or come along in your Christmas party outfit to be transported back in time. Totally retro and full of your favourite 80s anthems. Ages 25+. £10. 01424 462288.

Fri. 18th Dec. - Messiah

Earthed In Fletching: Having Qualified as a psychotherapist in 2005, I quickly became aware of the restraints our hectic lives have put upon our emotional well-being. Simply put; the busier we become, the less time we have available for social interaction. Less social interaction; less empathy, less acknowledgement – MORE STRESS! Earthed in fletching, was designed to be a place to come home to. The monthly therapy groups offer nonjudgemental time for discussions and self-discovery. The regular creative groups offer a lighter approach to gain confidence and make friends. For more information; see the advert above or call – I love to hear a new voice.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 6.45pm. The power and the glory of 500 voices in monumental harmony! The majesty of the Royal Albert Hall provides the perfect setting for Handel’s choral masterpiece, sung by four superb soloists and massed choir combining the renowned: Goldsmiths Choral Union. English Concert Chorus. Highgate Choral Society. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 18th Dec. - Seth Lakeman and Support

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Westcountry folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has successfully steered English folk into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums including his current album WORD OF MOUTH. £22.50. 01424 229111.

There is something for Everyone at Multi-Skills Workshop


or three years now the Multi-Skills Workshop (MSW) has been offering courses, tuition and workshop facilities to the general public in woodwork and metalwork bases activities. The workshop was the idea of retiring school teacher David Boniface, who after thirty years of teaching children workshop based courses wanted to offer adults the opportunity to learn and be creative in a well-equipped environment. Now, with over 250 students having taken advantage of the courses, tuition and facilities on offer, ‘Students’ from all walks of life and a very wide variety of ages have undertaken projects ranging from jewellery to large pieces of furniture (such as double beds and dining tables), and varying in complexity from elements of machinery to beautiful but very simple turned wooden bowls. It is evident that the workshop experience offered by David at the MSW is greatly appreciated by all those that sign up. A comment from Andrew Humm who has been attending the MSW for two years; “Being a complete novice, the Wednesday night Woodworking Beginner’s Class suited me perfectly. I was part of a small group engaged in a simple training course that familiarised us with basic tools and techniques, starting with creating a simple jigsaw, to a more involved box making project. From then on we were free to go wherever our ideas took us, the workshop is comprehensively equipped so the only limits are your own imagination. In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere you can work at your own pace, with as much or as little help and advice as suits you. All solutions are explored, no matter how complex or outlandish a project maybe, with continued encouragement and enthusiasm from David, the Course Director.” If you are interested in finding out more visit the website, give David a call or go along to one of the open mornings.

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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

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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KJM Beauty Room is a hidden gem tucked away within a stones throw of Silverhill, ASDA and St Matthews Church in St Leonards. Owner Kim qualified in Beauty Therapy 24 years ago and during that time, also worked for several years as an NHS Community Nurse in the 1066 region. She now provides a range of Beauty treatments and complementary therapy services at her new St Leonards Beauty Room. KJM are now offering special offers on all IPL Hair Removal Treatments. Mention this advertisement when booking for a 50% price reduction. You will find free, convenient parking right outside the Beauty Room.

Fri. 18th Dec. - A Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The ever popular British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra return to Eastbourne for this annual Concert bringing a flavour of Christmas in Vienna to the Congress Theatre to get the festive season off to a flying start. £23. 01323 412000.

Fri. 18th Dec. - Alexander O’Neal

At the Indigo at the 02 Docklands, London. 7pm. 30 Years Of Soul from this legendary artist. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 19th Dec. - That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy! £22.50 to £26.50. 01323 412000.

Sat. 19th & 20th Dec. - Christmas at the Priory

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. 11am - 4pm. Festive food, music and activities for all ages. 01323 844224.

Sat. 19th - 24th Dec. -Carols By Candlelight

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Celebrate in elegant style with this exquisite concert of carols and seasonal classics staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. HANDEL Zadok the Priest, Christmas Sequence. CORELLI Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto. CULLEN Joy to the World, Angels from the Realms of Glory. MOZART Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate. VIVALDI Gloria (first movement). With readings from Dickens and the Scriptures by special guest Christopher Timothy. 0207 589 8212.

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Garden Services


Danson Tree Care Ltd, would like to wish all its customers a very Merry Christmas. “We’ve met some lovely new clients this year and feel honoured to have had a lot of repeat business, too. We hope everyone enjoys the festivities and we look forward to continuing to help our customers maintain their trees and hedges throughout 2016.” Nick Danson. “We have used Danson Tree Care on several 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. Call us to arrange a no obligation quote or search Danson Tree Care on Facebook for more information.

Sat. 19th Dec. - Christmas Pudding Dash

The 10th Annual race at Ashburnham Place, Battle, TN33 9NF. 10.30am. The race takes place in a unique setting, and is a rare opportunity to run through the grounds of Ashburnham Place - a setting of great natural beauty with over 220 acres rich in wildlife. www.nice-work.org.uk

Sun. 20th Dec. - BBC Singers Present Dylan Thomas’s A Childs Christmas in Wales

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 4pm & 7pm. A special evening of choral singing, brass music and story-telling celebrates Christmas in style. £20 to £24.50. 01424 229111.

Sun. 20th Dec. - The Nutcracker - Southern Youth Ballet

At Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 5pm. A traditional ballet in two acts accompanied by a full professional orchestra with music by Tchaikovsky. Beautifully costumed and with a magic ‘growing tree’ this is a wonderful ballet for the winter season. £11 to £17. 01323 412000.

Sun. 20th Dec. - Jingle Bell Christmas

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 3.45pm. The ultimate Christmas party begins! It’s high-kicks for Christmas as the Jingle Belles join the London Concert Orchestra, Capital Voices and West End stars for all your favourite Christmas hits. It’s jingletastic! Hit… after hit… after hit! 0207 589 8212.

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. - 60 -

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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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Senior Living Mon. 21st Dec. - It’s A Wonderful Life

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm and 7.30pm. It’s Christmas Eve and George Bailey (James Stewart), a man who has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls, is distraught over the misplacing of an $8000 loan. Cert U. 01892 678678.

Mon. 21st Dec. - Dickensian Christmas Craft Day

At the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 10am - 4pm for ages 8+. Try your hand at weaving a Christmas wreath, painting dough ornaments and sewing a Christmas stocking for someone special. 01892 678678.

Mon. 21st Dec. - The Glory of Christmas

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 6.45pm. This concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas. Bach Ave Maria. Pearsall In dulci jubilo. Handel Zadok the Priest. Adams The Holy City. Clarke Trumpet Suite. Widor Toccata. Darke In the Bleak Midwinter. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 21st - 24th Dec. - Santa at Salomons

At Salomons Estate, Broomhill Road, near Tonbridge. £5 per child. 01892 515152.

Tues. 22nd Dec. - Christmas with Aled Jones

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 2.30pm and 7:30pm. Aled Jones joins a packed stage of superb artists for a wonderful concert of music and carols. The Bach Choir. Southend Girls’ and Boys’ Choir. London Concert Orchestra. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 22nd Dec. - So This is Christmas

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Join the best yuletide party in town, full of festive cheer, glitter, magic and sparkle. Starring 90s pop star Kavana and Hollyoaks favourite Gemma Merna, and joined by a talented cast and fully live band, So This Is Christmas features two hours of seasonal classics such as White Christmas, Let It Snow, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bell Rock, Last Christmas. 01323 412000.

Wed. 23rd Dec. - East Dean and Friston Farmers Market

At East Dean Village Hall, every Wednesday from 10am - 12.30pm. High quality local foods and crafts. See page 42.

Why write a will?

If you have not written a will

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

If you have written a will

You decide who you want to handle your affairs these are known as Executors and Trustees If you have children you decide on whom you want to bring up your children and you can leave instructions on Education and Religious upbringing. These are known as Guardians. You decide who should benefit from the will and at what age. You can also decide on who you do not want to inherit from the will. For more information please contact Matthew Lock Tel: 01424 200272. Mobile 07900 732418 E Mail matthew@lockandgurney.co.uk - 63 - www.lockandgurney.co.uk

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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 Held on 25th October The Herstmonceux Castle Wedding Fayre brought together the areas finest wedding professionals for one special day.

With around 50 exhibitors ranging from bridal wear to wedding cakes, wedding invitations to photographers, there were a range of professonals who showcased their skills and services at this one day show. The Herstmonceux Castle Wedding Fayre is an amazing, inspirational must-visit for all brides-to-be, the perfect place for ensuring that you get those big and small details just right.

Made With Love By Ali

Tracie’s Get Wise, Get Healthy

Change your life.... I did, so I know you can! I lost 12 stone and went from super morbidly obese to an equally dangerous 7 stone. I’ve turned my life and some major health complications around TWICE and I hope to now give back and save others from my journey. I now help people live a healthy, active lifestyle. It’s 80% nutrition and 20% exercise so its key to get the balance right and that’s where my understanding and support comes in. As a wellness coach I am on hand to offer 1:1 training with meal plans and FREE wellness evaluations & exercise classes in East Sussex so you can strip body fat, feel more energised and train smarter, not harder! For more info, please get in touch: pinkwaterbaby76@gmail.com Find me on Facebook at Tracie’s get wise, get healthy or 07894 112036

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The Cooden Beach Hotel


icture perfect in front of the Castle, Woodside B&B & Glamping exhibited one of their spectacular Fantasy Yurts. Ideal for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events or romantic nights. Woodside have various sizes available to suit your needs and you can even buy one if you wish. Or why not come and join us at Woodside for a weekend of Glamping in our Yurts, Bell Tents or Tipi’s.

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Wedding & Corporate items from Images

Mal’s Bespoke Bouquets


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Wild Bird Care

Birds of a quiver..

Two questions I am often asked...

No1 - “How have you managed to keep your stunning good looks? and No2 - “How can we help our birds survive through freezing weather?” The answer to No1 is plastic surgery, a lazy life and lying about my age. No 2....We should remember that birds are really built for cold weather, lots of layers of feathers to help keep out the cold. In fact some of our winter garden visitors actually come from much colder climates than ours. Where they do suffer is finding enough food they need to build up their fat reserves, some of our smaller birds, like Tits, Wrens and Goldcrests, need to eat as much as 30% of their weight each day just to

Sat. 26th Dec. - Boxing Day Tea Dance

survive the nights. Garden feeders can mean the difference between life and death if natural food is not available so it is vital to keep our feeders clean and full. In very bad winters as many as 50% of our tiny birds perish so please spare a thought and a little time to create a feeding area where your birds can get easy access to a life saving nosh-up. Instead of chocolates, a pair of socks or soap on a rope why not buy your loved one a small feeder and seed as a stocking filler, easily done for under £10. I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2016. Allan.......... Feathers Wild Bird Care www.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk shop.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk

Mon. 28th - 31st Dec. - Fairy Godmother Steam Specials

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 01323 412000.

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. 01825 720800.

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Wrap up for a winter walk and blow away the cobwebs.

At Tenterden Leisure Centre, Recreation Ground Road. Tenterden’s first professional pantomime starring Chris Simmons (The Bill and Eastenders), Lucinda Rhodes (CBBC) and Rebecca Cummins. Book on line at www.tenterdenpanto.co.uk Box Office 01580 765987.

Sun. 27th Dec. - 3rd Jan. - Winter Walks & The Wishing Tree

Tues. 29th Dec. - 2nd Jan. - The Wizard of Oz

Wed. 30th Dec. - East Dean and Friston Farmers Market

At East Dean Village Hall every Wednesday. See page 42.

Thurs. 31st Dec. - New Year’s Eve

At Leeds Castle. Dinner and fireworks £120. Glass of champagne, 3 course dinner, disco and spectacular firework display. £200 includes overnight accommodation and a full English breakfast.

Thurs. 31st Dec. Thurs. 31st Dec. - London New Year’s Eve

Mon. 28th Dec. - 2nd Jan. - The Nutcracker on Ice

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. International ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars return for a third triumphant season to 4,000 square feet of ice at the Royal Albert Hall, for 12 performances only. Over the last ten years the award-winning troupe has thrilled audiences across five continents with their adrenaline-rich performances, receiving nightly standing ovations and outstanding international reviews. Starts: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm. 0207 589 8212.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and welcome 2016 with a bang at the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. This spectacular event takes place on the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Get ready for one of the most spectacular celebrations of its kind in the world. Set against the capital’s unique skyline, it really is a sight to behold. This year’s event will be ticketed again, which means you must have a ticket to come to the display. The celebrations were ticketed for the first time last year to make sure the event stays a safe and fun night for all. www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/london-nye-2015-fireworks

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Amazing Prices On Sleepers, Fence Panels & Decking Strictly whilst one off stocks last Closeboard Fence Panels 3ft x 6ft 4ft x 6ft 5ft x 6ft 6ft x 6ft

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Horse Bedding / Wood Pellets 20kg from £4.95 incl. VAT Smooth / Grooved Redwood Decking 32 x 150 x 4800mm £6.80

Prices exclude VAT. Lengths and sizes are subject to availability, whilst current stocks last.

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Tel: 01797 252293 Fax: 01797 253915

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