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What’s On March 2016 Until 6th March - Cirque du Soleil - Amaluna

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Evening and matinee performances. Cirque du Soleil returns to the Hall with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna. Amaluna has never before been seen in the UK and will mark Cirque du Soleil’s 20th year_ at the stunning, world-famous venue. A celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women, with female performers making up the majority of the cast, and all eight members of the band also women.

Tues. 1st - 5th March Annie

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Starring Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Evenings Tue, Wed, Thu & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 8pm. Wed & Sat matinee 2.30pm. Fri 4.30pm. Tickets from £28.50. 01892 530613.

Tues. 1st March - Anything Goes

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Presented by The School of Music and Performing Arts at Moira House Girls School, the show is directed by Jeremy James Taylor OBE with a fantastic live band. £8 to £12. 01323 412000.

Tues. 1st March - The Wave Pictures (Band)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. Earlier in the year The Wave Pictures (Jonny Helm, Dave Tattersall and Franic Rozycki) released Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, their critically acclaimed collaboration with Billy Childish. 01424 229111.

1st - 31st March - Hydrogen London Exhibition

At City Hall, London. Situated on the lower ground ramp and cafe areas. Exhibition about hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

Tues. 1st March - Wet Wet Wet

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Doors 6.30pm. Support acts with main show at 8.55pm. 01273 290131.

Wed. 2nd - 4th March - The Sound of Music

At the Sinden Theatre, Homewood School, Tenterden at 7pm. Performed entirely by Homewood students. Tickets £5 and £8.

Wed. 2nd & 3rd March - The Event Production Show

At Olympia National Hall, London. Over 200 exhibitors will be at the show with the latest technologies and products so if you’re looking to source new ideas, inspiration or space for your next event, you can access and compare hundreds of suppliers under one roof. www.eventproductionshow.co.uk

Wed. 2nd - 5th March Secondary Cause of Death

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves. 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Inspector Pratt arrives at Bagshot House with grim news for Colonel Craddock, but that’s just the beginning. Who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army Captain? How does the eccentric thespian, Longfellow fit in to the equation? These are just some of the characters who make Pratt’s return a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher and higher. Starring Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!), Judy Buxton (On the Up) and David Callister (The Bill). 01323 412000.

Wed. 2nd - 6th March - Gangsta Granny

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. The world premiere of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny is now an acclaimed stage show touring the country. It is being staged by the Birmingham Stage Company, the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories. 0844 871 7615.


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Wed. 2nd - 6th March - Agri-Expo


At the Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone. Agri-Expo (SE) was formed in 2011 and now attracts over 150 stands including manufacturers, machinery dealers and other companies directly involved in agriculture. Supported by South East Farmer, Agri-Expo has become one of THE must see events on the agricultural calendar. The showground is within easy reach of the M20 and M2 and will be signed on the motorways, signs will also be on the A249 as you approach Detling. The Princess Royal will also be attending the show on Wednesday 2nd. www.agri-expo.co.uk

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MARCH 2016 House and Home P.2 - 17 Battle Feature P.18 & 19 Bexhill Feature P.20 - 25 Leisure P.26 - 35 Animal and Pet Services P.36 & 37 Saba Douglas-Hamilton Interview P.38 - 43 Food and Drink P.44 - 49 Garden and Building Services P.50 - 53 Chelsea Flower Show Feature P.54 & 55 Health, Beauty & Fitness P.56 & 57 Senior Living P.58 & 59 Wedding Services P.60 - 63 Antiques and Collectables P.64 & 65 Wild Bird Care P.66 & 67

Wed. 2nd March - Hastings International Piano Competition Semi-Final

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings 1pm & 5pm. Finals will be held on Friday 4th March at 7pm and Sat. 5th March at 6pm. 01424 462288.

Wed. 2nd March - Joan Shelley (Music)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea at 7.30pm. Joan Shelley’s new album, Over And Even, was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlor on the island of Thessaloniki. The whole thing had something to do with Vashti Bunyan. That’s what Joan told me, but Joan Shelley is a poet, so she makes things up. Tickets £9 and £11. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 3rd March - NT Live - Hangmen

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. £14/ £12 Members & concessions. Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. 01424 229111.

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Thurs. 3rd March - NT Encore: As You Like It

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Recorded Live Transmission. Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over thirty years, with Rosalie Craig as Rosalind. 01892 678 678.

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

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Thurs. 3rd - 6th March The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

East Sussex. BN27 1RN As well as the hands-on interactive exhibits you can also take the opportunity to look through some of the country’s largest historic telescopes at fascinating night sky objects (weather permitting). 01323 832731.

At Olympia Central, London. From 10am daily. Late night Thursday until 7pm. London’s largest Spring craft show offers knitters, dressmakers, cross stitchers, quilters and other crafty folk the chance to stock up on supplies, browse textile galleries and take part in workshops. Nowhere else will you find so many talented makers under one roof, alongside an enormous range of supplies and opportunities to learn from the experts. www. theknittingandstitchingshow.com

Sat. 5th & 6th March - Firefly Dance School - Presents Dance Forever

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 1.30pm and 5.30pm. Dancers from two and a half years upwards present their annual dance show showcasing their talent, technique and passion in ballet, modern, tap, national, Irish, street, acro, boys only and musical theatre. All profits will be donated to Firefly’s charity, Little Hearts Matter. www.fireflydanceschool.co.uk 01892 678678.

Sat. 5th & 6th March - RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. Open 10am - 6pm. (5pm Sunday). the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting, is at the heart of British dinghy sailing with something for everyone; young or old, novice or pro, cruiser or racer. www.rya.org.uk

Fri. 4th March - Meet of The Tongue

At the Ostrich Public House, Station Road, Robertsbridge. 8pm - 10pm. £5. Storytelling and music and the spoken word held on the first Friday of every month. 01580 860528 or see Facebook.

Fri. 4th March - Tom Stade: You’re Welcome

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. A brand new comedy show from the UK’s favourite Canadian resident. Candid and alluring, join Tom as he ruminates on life’s oddities and revels in his own perpetual shortcomings. 01892 678678.

Sat. 5th March - The X Factor Live 2016 Tour

Fri. 4th March - La Voce

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 1pm and 6.30pm. Attended by over three million people, The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the past eleven years. 0844 8560202.

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The UK’s answer to ‘Il Divo’, La Voce includes some of the best classically trained voices in the world, offering a feast of classical favourites, fused with the greatest pop songs spanning generations, all delivered with style, charm and panache. Backed by their highly accomplished musicians, La Voce enthrals and entertains with their perfect combination of choreography, comedy and music. £22. 01323 412000.

Sat. 5th & 6th March - Bugs and Grubs Weekend

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU. Get up close to nature with a weekend of bug themed talks, trails and animal encounters. 01622 763936.

Sat. 5th March - Battle Craft Fair

Sat. 5th March - Spring Time Barn Dance

At the Memorial Hall, Battle High Street. As always, an array of handmade and unusual items along with a delicious choice of foods will be there.

At Grovelands School Hall, Hailsham. Starring the ever popular Spinning Jenny Band. An evening of dancing and fun with the band. Raffle and refreshments, 7pm - 11.30pm. £10. Kids go free. 01323 840382.

Sat. 5th March Open Evenings to view through historic telescopes

Sat. 5th March - Hailsham Street Market

At Vicarage Field, Hailsham from 9.30am - 3pm. See page 34.

At The Observatory Science Centre, Wartling Road, Herstmonceux,

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Sat. 5th & 6th March - Mother’s Day Weekend

Sun. 6th March - London Philharmonic Orchestra

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Spoil mum on Mother’s Day Weekend with a memorable family day out. Treat her to a delicious meal or simply enjoy quality family time together. Children can decorate a flower pot filled with pansies to give mum on her special day in a free craft workshop and join a cupcake decorating workshop. 01732 865224.

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. Medtner Piano Concerto No. 2Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3 Vladimir Jurowski conductor MarcAndré Hamelin piano LPO Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski presents an all-Russian programme including Medtner’s exuberant but rarely performed Piano Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s irrepressible Third Symphony, which whirls the listener through a series of dances. £13 to £29. 01323 412000.

Sat. 5th March - In Conversation: Tonico Lemos Auad

Sun. 6th March - Eastbourne Half-Marathon

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2pm. The London-based Brazilian artist, Tonico Lemos Auad (b.1968), makes sculptures that act as tools for processing thoughts. Often responding specifically in relation to the site and its people. Free entry. 01424 229111.

At 10:00am, Princes Park, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7LQ. http://www.eastbournehalf.co.uk

At St. Mildreds Church, Church Road, Tenterden at 7pm. Tickets £17.50. Merry Operas new production for 2016. 01580 764620 or tickets from The Three Bears, High Street, Tenterden.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 1-4pm. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE, suggested donation £1 per person. Drop in to explore the exhibitions, and test ideas and materials through fun, making activities supported by our friendly gallery staff and volunteers. 01424 229111.

Sun. 6th March - Look - Think - Make Family

Sun. 6th March - La Boheme

Sun. 6th March Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra

Sun. 6th March - Wet Wet Wet

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Westlife’s Markus Feehily and London singer songwriter Ben McKelvey are both confirmed as very special guests to Wet Wet Wet’s Big Picture Tour 2016. The legendary group have sold over 15 million records whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three No.1. 0844 8560202.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 3:00pm. MOZART: The Marriage of Figaro Overture. BRAHMS: Violin Concerto. ELGAR: Symphony No 1 Soloist: Alexandra Wood. Conductor: Roderick Dunk. Mozart’s lively and tuneful overture to his opera The Marriage of Figaro opens our March concert; in just four minutes its breakneck speed and high spirits set the pace for the sophisticated and witty opera that follows. 01892 530613.

Sun. 6th March - Ed Byrne

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 8:00pm Outside Looking in That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show! Age guideline. £19.00 Tel: 01892 530613.

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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Sun. 6th March - Antique Fair

living as distinguished, academic bachelor in Oxford. Life is comfortable and certain. But then the unexpected happens – he falls in love. 01323 412000.

Sun. 6th March - Kent Boat Jungle

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea at 6.30pm. A fast-paced, informal, fun gathering: crossing disciplines, sharing knowledge and igniting new ways of thinking! Tickets £4 to £5. A panel of inspiring speakers will show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, and present their ideas (on any subject they feel passionate about) in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds! 01424 229111.

At Reid Hall, Boreham Street, near Herstmonceux. 24 stalls. 9.30am 2pm. Trade and public welcome. Easy parking. Refreshments available. 01323 410727. At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. dinghies, sailing dinghies, kayaks, fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing tackle, trailer parts, marine electronics, rope, fenders, paint, antifoul, outboard engines, inboard engines, engine parts, marine gearboxes, fibre-glass supplies, paint brushes, solar panels, life jackets, wetsuits, gloves, lazy jacks, buoyancy aids, deck shoes, new chandlery, secondhand chandlery and nautical antiques. www.boat-jumbles.co.uk

Sun. 6th March - Natural Dye Making Workshop

At Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent. 12 noon to 4pm. Using plants and natural material from the gardens. 01892 870307.

Mon. 7th - 12th March - The Perfect Murder

At Award-winning actors Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace star together on stage for the very first time in the ingenious and critically acclaimed stage hit of Peter James’ No.1 best-selling thriller, THE PERFECT MURDER. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. 0844 871 7615

Mon. 7th - 12th March - Shadowlands

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves. 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. This touching story hailed as one of the most extraordinary love stories of our time is based on fact and follows C.S. Lewis, the famous author of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,

Tues. 8th March - PechaKucha 20x20 Night

Tues. 8th - 10th March - Ecobuild

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market, attracting over 40,000 industry professionals from across the entire supply chain. www.ecobuild.co.uk

Wed. 9th March - The Art and Craft of Gardening

At Great Dixter Gardens, Dixter Lane, Northiam. Term 1. Each day will start at 9am with an informal tutorial at the Long Border with seminars beginning at 10am. The day finishes at 4pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Course notes will be given. Price: £600 per term (3 terms). 01797 254048.

Wed. 9th - 12th March - Raiders of The Lost Ark Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 2.30 & 7pm. With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra. Raiders will be shown on the big screen at the Hall whilst the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Ludwig Wicki, simultaneously perform John Williams’ legendary score. 0207 589 8212.

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Wed. 9th March - The Hollies

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. £30. No support act is needed as The Hollies perform The Air That I Breathe, Bus Stop, Carrie Anne, Jennifer Eccles, Stop, Stop, Stop, Just One Look, Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress), He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and many more of their classic hits in a brilliant two-hour performance. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 10th March - The Jo Fooks Quintet At Robertsbridge Jazz Club

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

Thurs. 10th March The Importance of Being Earnest

Wed. 9th & 10th March - Retail Design Expo (Trade Show)

At Olympia West, London. 9.30am - 5.30pm. Retail Design Expo will be the only UK annual event where all the collaborating partners in the retail design industry will meet, buy, network, learn, be inspired and enhance their business. The event will also present exhibitors with a powerful platform for winning new clients. www.retaildesignexpo.com

Wed. 9th & 10th March - Retail Business Technology Expo

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. The leading European retail solutions event for retail and hospitality organisations. The show will co-locate with Retail Design Expo, the event devoted to every aspect of design, visual merchandising and branding of the physical store. The two shows will together present all the solutions encompassing the online and offline retail offering. www. retailbusinesstechnologyexpo.com (Trade Show).

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.45pm. “You must not laugh at me, darling, but it had always been a girlish dream of mine to love someone whose name was Ernest ...” Everybody loves Ernest. The only trouble is, he doesn’t exist. Or does he? It’s handbags at dawn as Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons treatment in this anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners. “Wonderful... The Pantaloons breathe life into such literary greats, give them a contemporary twist and fill them with energy.” (Northwich Guardian) 01580 711856.

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Thurs. 10th March - 7th May - The Truth

At the Meniere Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU. This is the English language premiere of a new version of The Truth by Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and is directed by Lindsay Posner (Abigail’s Party, Communicating Doors and Dinner With Saddam). Box Office 020 7378 1713

Fri. 11th & 12th March British and International Franchise Exhibition

At Olympia National Hall, London. Discover how to run your own business with the support of an established brand at London’s largest franchise exhibition. Join thousands of visitors who are looking to adopt one of the UK’s most successful business models by owning a franchise. With hundreds on offer, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Business sectors include food & drink, property, retail, care, finance and fitness. www. franchiseinfo.co.uk

Fri. 11th March - ELO Again (Tribute Show)

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. A Night of ELO performed by ELO Again brings back the age of Glam Rock to the 21st century and pays tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne. You will revel in ELO’s unique symphonic rock style and hear some of the most unforgettable classic rock and pop songs of our generation. Tickets £20. 01892 530613.

Fri. 11th March - Western Music in Concert

At the Royal Albert Hall, London with the 21st Century Syphony Orchestra. 7.30pm. Western movie and TV scores from the likes of John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Dimitri Tiomkin and the legendary Ennio Morricone will be performed by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, whilst original footage will be screened simultaneously on the big screen above. 0207 589 8212.

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Fri. 11th March - That’ll Be The Day

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Prepare for a nostalgia party as the rock ‘n’ roll variety show returns with another opportunity to see its 30th Anniversary Special. Featuring a fantastic line up of hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, plus more side-splitting comedy! £22.50 to £26.50. 01323 412000.

Fri. 11th March - Comedy Club

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. Jonny Awsum. “An engaging feel good songsmith...charming cheer” Sunday Times. Doors 7.30pm, Comedy 8pm £10, Students £8. 01323 412000.

Fri. 11th March - BBC Flog It At Herstmonceux Castle

At Paul Martin (pictured) with experts James Lewis, Catherine Southon and Jonathan Pratt are on hand to value your antiques and collectables (max three per person). If selected for filming you might be in with a chance of making some money by selling your items at auction a few weeks later. Further information (Castle 01323 834479) (BBC 0117 974 7839 & email flog.it@bbc.co.uk).

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

Fri. 11th March - Richard Durrant Guitar Whisperer

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. A chance to see the UK’s only stand up, barefoot, un classical guitarist. Richard Durrant’s virtuosity and spontaneity generate an electric atmosphere. With animated film, projected artwork and his own very special connection with the audience Durrant performs his new Guitar Whisperer Show. 01892 678678.

Fri. 11th - 19th March - Sylvia (Comedy)

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings at 7.30pm. Sun. mat 3pm. A look into the complexities of love and commitment. Ad. £13. Under 18’s £10. 01424 423221.

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PS Joinery is a small, efficient team of experienced, highly skilled joiners based in Cranbrook, Kent. We specialise in curved work, including curved mouldings but are proficient in all aspects of traditional and modern joinery, carrying out work for private individuals and builders to rigorous standards. We make windows, doors and staircases using responsibly sourced hardwoods and joinery grade redwood from our trusted suppliers. Best quality locally sourced oak is kiln dried on site. We pride ourselves in producing exceptional quality in both conservation and new build work and providing a competitive, well designed product which will enhance any building project.

Fri. 11th March - Peter Andre

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Doors 6.30pm. The tour will see Peter Andre backed by his live band that can effortlessly mashup swing with fresh versions of his older hits and other pop classic. It’s a show that promises to bring the authentic swingin’ sounds of the Rat Pack classics. £32.50 | £27.50. 01273 290131.

Fri. 11th - 13th March - Country to Country Festival

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. headlined by some of America’s biggest stars; Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Dwight Yoakam, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton plus Maddie and Tae, Andrew Combs and Ashley Monroe. 5:30pm Friday. 4:00pm Saturday, 3:30pm Sunday. www.c2ccountrytocountry.com 0844 8560202.

Sat. 12th March - Collabro

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Less than a year after winning Britain’s Got Talent, Collabro have announced dates for their second nationwide tour. Tickets from £19.50. 01273 290131.

Sat. 12th & 13th March Kent Big Weekend at The Hop Farm

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. In association with Visit England and Visit Kent, The Hop Farm Family Park is delighted to be taking part again in the Big Weekend. Apply for free tickets to Hop Farm attractions at www.kentbigweekend.co.uk

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Battle Marbles - Friday. 25th March L

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

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

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Great British food and style meet at

Mrs Burtons 2 High Street, Battle, E. Sussex. TN33 0AE T: 01424 774204 www.mrsburtons.co.uk Full Breakfast and Lunch menus High Tea Menu available from 2.30 - 4.30pm High Tea Parties at Mrs Burtons for up to 32 persons



ELF Music Night - Friday 25th March

The Crafty Norman was officially opened by the Mayor of Battle, Cllr Margaret Kiloh on Saturday 13th February. Guests enjoyed canápes and fizz while browsing the extensive range of craft items in the new shop. To mark it’s opening, The Crafty Norman also presented a cheque to Battle Museum.

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Bexhill Roaring 20’s

Returns on Saturday 23 July 2016


ots of exciting announcements about the Bexhill Roaring 20s 2016 to follow but some of the first news is a confirmation that Sir Malcolm Cambell’s water speed world record Bluebird K3 will be one of the star attractions of the vintage vehicles. On 1 September 1937, at Lake Maggiore on the border between Switzerland and Italy, K3 set a record of 126.32 mph,[2] breaking Gar Wood’s previous 5-year-old record.[1] The next day she improved this to 129.5 mph. Breaking the design speed of 130 would require another year, when on 17 August 1938 at Lake Hallwyl in Switzerland at 130.91 mph(210.63 km/h). The Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon made an unsuccessful but glamorous and very stylish attempt to reclaim the Charleston World Record for Australia at the begining of February this year. The previous record of 503 dancers, set in Bexhill last July was broken by 977 dancers who filled the streets of Spitalfields in East London in October 2015. The event was staged by Swing Patrol, a dance group part run by Scott Cupit, a BBC choreographer for Strictly Come Dancing. Both attempts were well publicised in all reports both in UK and abroad spreading the name and increasing awareness of Bexhill-on-Sea. There is now speculation of a possible attempt to bring the record to Bexhill at this years Roaring 20’s event on 23rd July.

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

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Mother’s Day at the De La Warr Pavilion It’s that time of year to treat your Mum to something special – so a perfect opportunity to take her for a freshly-cooked lunch overlooking the sea! At the De La Warr Pavilion we are serving a two-course lunch special for only £16.95 per person. Main dishes are: Roast leg of lamb with served with boulangerie vegetables and mint jus. Beetroot poached salmon fillet with béarnaise sauce served with new potatoes and purple sprouting broccoli Puy lentil bolognese with buttered linguine served with crispy coated halloumi and mixed herb salad Followed by a choice of desserts: Bread and butter pudding with Bailey’s ice-cream Neapolitan cheesecake with pomegranate coulis After lunch you can stroll around our free exhibitions which include a display of work by Christabel Goodwin (1886-1971) of Highwoods Pottery on the rooftop foyer. Or join in our free family craft drop-in session, Look-Think-Make, and get creative together! www.dlwp.com

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

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Sat. 12th March - Lianne La Havas

At the De La Warr Paviliion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. £17.50. Lianne La Havas has achieved an exciting career accomplishment with the news that she has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her current critically acclaimed album ‘Blood’. Lianne is currently embarking upon her biggest tour to date which concludes with her biggest headline show to date at the Brixton O2 01424 229111.

Sat. 12th March - Les Mills Live

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The creators of the workouts you know and love like BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT and BODYBALANCE bring you Les Mills Live. Join the UK’s hottest trainers and get ready to ignite the energy and push yourself to the limit. Ignite the energy inside you at the most epic fitness experience of the year. 07760177563 http://www.lesmills.com/uk/les-mills-live/

Sat. 12th March - Spring Propagation Workshop

At Goddinton House,Goddinton Lane, near Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP. 9.30am - 2.30pm. A practical session in propagation by seed and cuttings. £55 includes refreshments and light lunch. 01233 643854.

Sat. 12th March - NT Live: The Hangman

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Recorded Live Transmission. Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. 01892 678678.

Sat. 12th March - Shane Filan Right Here Tour

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Shane achieved worldwide fame with Westlife and he brings his latest tour which will feature songs from his recently released latest album Right Here and other favourites. £33.50. 01323 412000.

Sat. 12th March - The Strawbs - Acoustic Set

At the Old Chapel, Alfriston at 7.30pm. The front line of Britain’s most successful international progressive folk rock band with Dave Cousins at the heart and soul of it. £20. 01323 841414.

Sat. 12th & 13th March - London Base Guitar Show

At the Olympia Conference Centre, London. Get your hands on the best kit at show prices from top brands including AC Guitars, Elixir Strings, Spector and Vanderkley Amplification. Plus, take part in interactive masterclasses lead by some of the greats such as Billy Sheehan and Level 42’s Mark King. www.londonbaseguitarshow.com

Sun. 13th March - Moyleman - The Lewes Marathon

At Wallands CP School, Gundreda Road, Lewes, BN7 1PU. 10M. http://themoyleman.com/

Sun. 13th March - Records Fair

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 9.30am to 3.30pm. Record and CD fair. 01273 290131.

Sun. 13th March - Actiontrax Enduro Practice Event

At the Hop Farm, Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. Actiontrax Enduro Practice Events provide a legal, safe off-road riding experience for every level of motorcycle rider on specially prepared tracks in Kent throughout the year. Info at www.actiontrax.co.uk

Sun. 13th March - Bolshoi: Spartacus

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich Recorded Live Transmission. In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian soldier, is captured by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Grigorovich’s Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968, and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, alongside Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina. 01892 678678.

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Leisure HALO is bursting at the seams with beautiful new stock! The season starts off with lots of black, white & soft creams and will incorporate stronger brighter colours as the weather hots up. Geometric prints & textured fabric are strong looks this year. Whilst for the brave the fashion is to wear matching or even contrasting prints together, the majority of us will tone it down slightly & add a simple top in a plain colour. Printed trousers look great dressed down in the day with flats (or flip flops once warm) but are surprisingly dressy with the addition of heels and a strappy top. New this season are cropped wide leg culottes and jumpsuits. These can look as smart and feminine as a skirt whilst giving you the practicality of trousers. If you do prefer a dress when you go out, you’ll not be disappointed by the new styles from PAPERDOLLS. They are the “go-to” brand for a gorgeous dress whether it be a date, wedding or just about any occasion. Halo have some stunning new bags in beautiful Spring colours and many are reversible giving you the equivalent of 2 bags for the price of 1! With MOTHER’S DAY at the start of the month and EASTER at the end HALO have a wonderful selection of beautiful gifts with which to pamper your Mum & loved ones. There are new stock deliveries almost every day so there is always something new and exciting in HALO – keep up to date with it all on their FACEBOOK page.

Sun. 13th March - A Vision of Elvis

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. A Vision Of Elvis is one the world’s leading touring Elvis productions. Celebrating all the music of Elvis Presley from Sun Studio’s through to ‘68 Comeback with the finale being the Concert Years engaging audiences with an uplifting and authentic Elvis experience. 0844 8717615.

Sun. 13th March - Lydd Half Marathon

At Banks Sports Club, Dennes Lane, Lydd, TN29 9JZ. From 10am. www. nice-work.org.uk Starts and finishes outside Lydd Town Centre and is a pancake flat course. Ideal London preparation.

My name is Linda and I have a serious passion for knitting, having been shown how to knit as a small child. I always have several projects on the go ranging from socks to jumpers and all points in between. It wasn’t until I started going to knit and natter groups that I realised what a wealth of knowledge I had gained over the years. I decided that I wanted to share this knowledge, so I started doing workshops. They are always fun to do and everyone goes away happy and pleased with their creations. My workshops offer something for everyone - whether you are a complete beginner, or someone with a little more experience who wants to try something new. You can also keep up to date with what’s going on via the website or Facebook & Twitter.

Sun. 13th March - St. Patricks Day 2016

At Trafalgar Square, London. 12:00pm to 6:00pm. There’s a colourful parade too which leaves Piccadilly at midday and winds its way to Trafalgar Square. Featuring a showcase of London Irish sports clubs, dance schools, marching bands, community organisations and pageantry, come along and cheer them on!

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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Mon. 14th - 19th March - Priscilla Queen of the Dessert

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. starring West End theatre and boyband Blue’s Duncan James as Tick! Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. £15 to £36. 01323 412000.

Mon. 14th March - Tales for Toddlers

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. a superb session filled with making, stories, song and dance for children aged 18mths – 5yrs old. Kevin Graal is an inspirational storyteller, who has been helping children learn through stories for more than 30 years. Choice of two sessions: 10.15 & 11.15 am. 01424 229111.

Mon. 14th March - Circus of Horrors

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. The Circus of Horrors started it’s gruesome begging’s at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Foo Fighters and many more. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 14th - 20th March - Shakespeare Week Castle Quest

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school children a great first encounter of the works of William Shakespeare. Leeds Castle will be supporting the celebration with a Shakespeare Quest in the Castle. http://shakespeareweek.org.uk/

Mon. 14th - 19th March Exhibition of Botanical and Tribal Art by Joy Adamson

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Sussex. 11am - 3pm. (Plus Thurs. Eve 5pm - 8pm). On behalf of the Elsa Conservation Trust. 50 of Joy’s original botanical paintings. Prints also for sale. 01580 200888.

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The Rye branch of ARRCC are based at the Rye Creative Centre in New Road, Rye, East Sussex. As well as the new Tea Dances which will be held on the third Friday of the month, we offer art and crafts, music therapy, creative writing, counselling, complementary therapies, and gardening in our fully accessible vegetable garden. We organise activities off site, such as fishing, horse and carriage driving, swimming and exercise classes in a well equipped gym. ARRCC is a registered charity providing a range of support, advice and training opportunities for physically and sensory impaired adults and those suffering from dementia. We try and give disabled adults the confidence to make the most of their lives and give them access to all the opportunities available to the wider community. We aim to rebuild lives and equip our members with the skills they need to face the future with confidence and optimism. We do this by providing a holistic approach to service provision, creating opportunities to access educational, recreational and therapeutic facilities. We enable people to live independently through providing support services. We currently provide services four days a week at Rye Creative Centre and 3 days a week for the elderly at ARRCC Elders, Magdala House, Rye. We have a growing Independent Living service, and also run social enterprises in the form of ‘The Furniture Warehouse’ and ‘Pre-Loved Fashion & Homeware’, a high-end charity shop – both based in Rye. We stage a number of fundraising events throughout the year ranging from theatre shows and gigs to quiz nights and exhibitions in house at the Creative Centre, Rye in our theatre and gallery spaces as well as external fundraisers such as Open Gardens and Fashion shows. ARRCC Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS Tel: 01797 227 939 www.arrcc.org

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Tues. 15th March - 5th April - Adele

His Place Art Café

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Adele is set to embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in early 2016. This is her first tour in 4 years. Adele will play eight dates at The O2, her only London venue: 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 March and 4, 5 April 2016. 0844 856 0202.

A place for everyone to meet, relax take part in various free activities. Loyalty card available. Thursdays is senior citizen specials day. Reduced price of food and drink for all over 60’s. Mondays – 11.30 – 13.30 – Sewing club, Wednesdays – 1st and 3rd – Coffee mornings in aid of charities – 11 – 13.30, Thursdays – Games and puzzle club – 11.30 -3.30 – drop by and play table tennis, puzzles, scrabble, chess etc, Fri – Cross stich class, painting for health relaxation group, gentle exercise group, book group, Sat – 2 sat of month – 11.30 – 13.00 – Parent and Child messy club. Parents / guardians to stay and take part with the activities provided. 3,4th Sat of month - Kids café – area full of toys and activities for café customers to use. Deko craft sessions adoc during the month. Please call or check the calendar on our website to check for dates. The Friday activities do alternate. Easter Celebration service on Sun 27th March at 10.30 and 6.30pm His Place, Robertson Street, East Sussex, TN34 1HL. For more information, www.hisplaceartcafe.co.uk

Tues. 15th - 20th March Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

At Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH. Banish the winter blues and celebrate the bright new season with a visit to the Country Living Spring Fair. The Fair is about simple pleasures: things to make, talents to nurture and gifts to give. Visitors will find inspiration to bring elements of the spring countryside into the home with furnishing and accessories that are fresh and new. Meanwhile the prospect of warmer days suggests outdoor pursuits with picnics, sporting occasions and parties, so there is food and fashion for every taste. www.countrylivingfair.com/spring

Wed. 16th - 19th March - Rambert - The 3 Dancers

Mon. 14th March - Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Great Dixter gardener Rachael Dodd will take you on an afternoon’s exploration of the borders to examine the plants that are looking good and give you an insight into the work that makes this happen. Includes light refreshments. Price: £45 pp call Catherine Haydock on tel: 01797 254048

Mon. 14th March - Lianne La Havas

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 6.45pm. The last time Lianne La Havas performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust concert 2014 she enchanted the audience with her soulful vocals and nimble guitar work. www.liannelahavas.com 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 14th March - Little Mix

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. 01273 290131. They have sold over 7 million records, had two UK No.1 singles and two platinum albums ‘DNA’and ‘Salute’.

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton at 7.30pm. Thurs Mat. 1.30pm. Love, desire and betrayal are the ingredients of the shocking true story which inspired. Picasso’s masterpiece, ‘The Three Dancers’. Now Rambert springs Picasso’s painting from the canvas to the stage, as choreographer Didy Veldman brings to life his vivid Cubist imagery and the themes of ecstasy and doom that fill his work. 0844 8717615.

Wed. 16th March - Natalie Merchant

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 6.45pm. Former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant will come to the Royal Albert Hall as part of a worldwide tour in Spring 2016. 20 years ago, Merchant parted ways with her 10,000 Maniacs bandmates and released her first solo effort, 1995’s multi-platinum selling Tigerlily. Since then, both she and the album’s songs have matured and changed together, so last summer, Merchant re-recorded the 11 songs with different arrangements. 0207 589 8212

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The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Stanmer House 10am - 5pm. Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 March The Sussex Guild is delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at Stanmer House near Brighton in March. Our Contemporary Craft Show is to be held in the restored Georgian Grade 1 listed building, and in an adjacent marquee. Visitors will find a spectacular variety of work with Sussex Guild designer makers showing their unique, welldesigned and beautiful crafts all displayed in the beautiful setting of Stanmer House. This promises to be one of our most exciting shows ever, with 48 exhibitors displaying jewellery, ceramics, glass, pewter, enamel, woodturning, furniture and textiles. The textiles include batik, patchwork, embroidery, knitwear and felting. Although there will be a great variety of crafts displayed, the hallmark of all Guild work remains the same: skill, imagination, and quality. We know our work will not disappoint and will give pleasure for many years. Your admission ticket of ÂŁ3.00 allows you to return throughout the two days (accompanied children under 16 are free). For more information visit the Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery, The North Wing, Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP, Email: guildshop@thesussexguild.co.uk or Tel: 01273 479565. [The Shop & Gallery are open every day between 10am - 5pm.] www.thesussexguild.co.uk

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About Horam Manor Farm……

Once a dairy farm and home to a herd of beautiful Jersey cows, the riding stables, fishing lakes and Lakeside Café are now well established, along with the popular Horam Manor Touring Park, set among the fields, woods and ponds of the Farm. The nature trails on the Farm are a delight in spring, as the primroses, bluebells, wood anemones and common orchids provide a succession of colour unrivalled in the area. Extensive information about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the Farm is available. Visit the small museum on the site, packed full of items which tell the story of our local agricultural and domestic life in the last two centuries. Craft workshops round the traditional farmyard include a pottery, a printing room, jewellery making, willow weaving, and artist’s studio. Visit and have a try at our open events.

….and the Cartlodge

The Cartlodge makes an atmospheric venue for crafts, yoga, Pilates and T’ai Chi. We have regular art workshops for local artists and beginners. The Cartlodge is at the centre of our events programme, with craft demonstrations stalls and children’s entertainments. SEE OUR EVENTS & WORKSHOPS at www.horammanorfarm. co.uk and on Facebook

Wed. 16th March - HMF Choirs 2016

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 9.30am and 1.15pm. The annual school choirs for Hastings Music Festival 2016. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 17th - 20th March - Classical Spectacular

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 2.15pm and 6.45pm. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture – the March 2016 season promises to be bigger and more thrilling than ever. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 17th March - The Importance of Being Earnest

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons treatment. 01892 678678.

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EASTBOURNE THEATRE AUDIENCES ARE SPOILT THIS SPRING SPRING SEASON LAUNCHED at EASTBOURNE THEATRES Eastbourne Theatres new Spring 2016 season brochure has just been launched; packed with West End musicals including Willy Russell’s classic Blood Brothers (18 – 23 Jan), Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (14 – 19 Mar) and the Michael Jackson smash-hit Thriller Live (4 – 9 Apr); gripping drama with Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced (26 – 30 Apr) and comedy in Travels With My Aunt (22 – 26 Mar); plus a world premiere of the latest Alan Ayckbourn play. Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent and Flavia return with their brand new, and final ever touring show: The Last Tango (19 – 23 Apr) which is sure to turn up the heat, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag also return with Just Gotta Dance! (12 Feb) in what will be a lovely early valentines treat. The juggernaut smash-hit musical Chicago (11 – 16 Apr) makes a welcome return, with its sizzling sound and trademark style. While the Devonshire Park drama offerings include a very welcome return from the production team behind Birdsong and Flare Path this time with the West End and Broadway hit Shadowlands (7 – 12 Mar), a love story about Chronicles of Narnia author C.S Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman. There’s a new adaptation of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party (11 – 13 Apr) and the award-winning Original Theatre Company return with Invicible (10 - 14 May), written by one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts. Speaking of Alan Ayckbourn, fans are being treated to two plays including the worldpremiere of Hero’s Welcome (23 -24 Feb) his 79th play which comes to Eastbourne as part of a very select national tour of just 5 dates and a revival of one of his most popular plays Confusions (22 – 27 Feb). Younger audiences will love a visit to Horrible Histories (24 – 27 Feb), with two new shows to choose from: Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders, these brilliantly engaging productions will bring history to life - literally with 3-D Bogglevision glasses! Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale Jungle Book (17 – 21 May) has been re-imagined with street-dance and circus from the award-winning Metta Theatre, while teeny tiny theatre fans can see CBeebies favourites Chris and Pui (5 Jun) live! One night events include: a celebration of Pop’s first ladies Simply The Best Divas (13 Feb), energetic dance with Tap Factory (28 Mar) an ode to the Emerald Isle with Irelands Call (5 May), outrageously brilliant comic Julian Clary (18 May) and a salute to Motown’s greatest hits with Dancing In The Streets (14 May) plus many more - audiences are being spoilt this spring! To book for any of these shows, for a brochure or for more information call the box office on: 01323 412000 or online www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk

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Thurs. 17th & 18th March - Henry V

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. The show uses football shirts to separate the French and English armies in Shakespeare’s most patriotic History play. See previous entry for company details. 01323 412000.

Fri. 18th March - 3rd April - The Ideal Home Show

At Olympia, London. Whether you have a substantial home project or want to add those finishing touches that make a house a home, the UK’s biggest home event is packed to the brim with ideas, advice and products. With seven dedicated show areas catering to every need and taste, this is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From Interiors to Home Improvements, Food & Housewares, and Fashion & Beauty to Gardens and Shopping the enhanced sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof. Plus see exclusive show offers, new product launches and items you won’t find on the high street. BOOK NOW 0844 858 6763 www.idealhomeshow.co.uk

Fri. 18th - 20th March - MOVE IT 2016

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 10am 6.15pm. (5pm Sun). MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest annual dance event – bringing together over 20,000 dancers in a glorious celebration of all things dance. No matter what level you are - there is something for everyone from bedroom dancers through to seasoned professionals. http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/welcome

Fri. 18th - 28th March - Find Your London

Come and explore your city this spring. Find Your London celebrates London’s outdoor spaces, from gardens to parks, high streets to marketplaces. This 11 day festival features over 100 events across London. There’ll be everything from yoga in the park, cycle trails and treasure hunts, to beekeeping, an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and more besides. A great opportunity to discover new places and join in fun activities outside.

Fri. 18th March - Letz Zep

Thurs. 17th March - Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. Recognised internationally as the world’s leading Fleetwood Mac tribute show, and with the priceless golden seal of approval from founding member Mick Fleetwood, plus recent guest appearances from Fleetwood Mac’s very own legendary guitarist Rick Vito, this stunning new show takes you on an epic musical journey through changing eras and styles.

Thurs. 17th March - The Smoke That Thunders

At Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Naturalist and Wildlife Photographer Brian Gallop for the Sussex Wildlife Trust. £2 members, £3 visitors. 01323 506540.

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Letz Zep are the Official Number One tribute to Led Zeppelin, by the authoritative Ticketmaster organisation. 01892 678678.

Fri. 18th March - Think Floyd

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. With over 20 years experience recreating the legendary sound of Pink Floyd live on stage, Think Floyd embark on a sensational nationwide tour this spring. £21.50 01892 530613.

Thurs. 17th & 18th March - A Midsummer Nights Dream

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. The most talked-about new Shakespeare company in the UK, Merely Theatre has honed a style that strips the Bard back to basics - no gauche sets, frilly collars or fussy props: just the actors, the audience and the text. Now the company are stripping back something more profound: the concept of gender. 01323 412000.

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Animal & Pet Services

Fri. 18th March - New Tea Dance

At Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye. 1.30pm - 4pm. £2 pp includes, tea, coffee and cake. See page 28 for main advertisement.

Sat. 19th & 20th March - Contemporary Craft Show

At Stanmer House, Stanmer Park, Brighton. Organised by The Sussex Guild. 10am - 5pm. See main advertisement on page 31.

Sat. 19th March - Contemporary Music with a Country Twist

Cargo perform at the Cooden Tavern at the Cooden Beach Hotel, Bexhill on Sea. See main advertisement on page 45.

Sat. 19th March - The Phil Beer Band

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Best know for his multi instrumental wizardry as one half of England’s foremost acoustic duo Show of Hands. Phil performs with his own American country rock band. £20. 01323 841414.

Sat. 19th March - Purple Zeppelin

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Featured in the BBC TV documentary The Joy of the Guitar Riff, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest rock bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – together on the same bill for the very first time!!! £18. 01892 530613.

Sat. 19th March - Choral Music for Easter

At Cranbrook Church at 7.30pm. Performed by the 100 voices of Cranbrook Choral Society plus international soloists. £15 (students £7.50). www.cranbrookchoral.co.uk

Sat. 19th March - Bateman’s Cadbury Easter Trail

At Bateman’s, Burwash, TN19 7DS. Bateman’s is a great backdrop for some Easter family fun. With chocolate on their mind the kids will have great fun searching the garden for the clue as parents enjoy the swathes of daffodils by the river. Normal admission + £2.50.

Sat. 19th March - Elizabeth I and the Armada

At Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, Kent. Live demonstration by Aardvark Productions. A fun and educational day included with the normal entry ticket price. 01892 870307.

Sat. 19th March - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. 3 top stand up acts and compere. 01892 678678.

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Sat. 19th March - Schubert Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat

At All Saints Church Centre, Chapel Green, Crowborough TN6 1ED, 7.30pm. Crowborough Choral Society. accompanied by the Sussex Sinfonia, leader Christopher Phipps, and soloists Lucy Mair(soprano), Serena Kay (mezzo-soprano)and Julien Van Mallaerts (baritone) and conducted by Colin Moore. Tickets £12 from Cro’s Jewellers, High Street, Crowborough or on the door.

Sat. 19th and 20th March London Festival of Railway Modelling

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. 10am-5pm. With over 40 hand-picked layouts from around the globe on display, for all railway enthusiasts. www.world-of-railways.co.uk/shows/ All visitors who book in advance will receive a FREE Showguide and 30 minutes early entry into the exhibition.

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

Sat. 19th & 20th March Great Dixter Winter Opening Weekend

At the Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 10am - 4pm. A chance to see the structure of the garden as well as winter flowering shrubs, bulbs and hellebores… £5. 01797 252878.

Sat. 19th March - Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Tour London

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. For the first World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Tour, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation will be implementing 4 Grand Slam Tournaments outside the UAE, paying up $1.5 million in cash prizes. http://www.uaejjf.org/event/info/207

Sun. 20th March - GEMS Concert

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. the culmination of the annual Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival, featuring talented young local performers in a varied programme of music and drama. 01892 678678.

Sun. 20th March - Hastings Half Marathon

At St. Leonards on Sea, Hastings, TN38 9JJ www.hastings-half.co.uk The Route circumnavigates the Historic Town of Hastings, starting and finishing on seafront near where William the Conqurer landed in 1066

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Saba DouglasHamilton

Saba is a Kenyan conservationist, BBC TV presenter and wildlife-filmmaker. She lives in Kenya with her husband, Frank Pope, and their three young children, and currently runs the family’s luxury tented eco-lodge, Elephant Watch Camp. A 10 part BBC series – This Wild Life – was recently shown about their lives in Samburu. In April she will be travelling to the UK to present her ‘A Life with Elephants UK Tour’

Born in Kenya with lions and warthogs in her back garden, speaking Kiswahili as her first language, Saba became entranced with wildlife at an early age. Her childhood was spent between Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda while her parents studied elephant behaviour then later battled to save them from the illegal ivory trade. Immediately after graduating she worked for Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia, where she ran a community conservation project to protect the rare desert-adapted black rhino. She then joined Save the Elephants in Kenya as the first Chief Operations Officer, to help set up a research station in Samburu National Reserve that now monitors a population of over 900 free-roaming elephants. Saba served as a trustee of Save the Elephants for a decade and has lectured extensively to raise awareness about

conservation issues. With ivory trade at an all time high, the charity is focussed on stopping the killing, thwarting the traffickers and reducing demand for ivory worldwide. In 2014 she stepped down from her role as a trustee to become the Chair of the Advisory Board and Head of Special Projects. In 2000 Saba was talent-spotted by the BBC Natural History Unit and began her career as a wildlife filmmaker, hosting nine TV series including Secret Life of Elephants, Big Cat Diary and Unknown Africa, and over twenty-four wildlife documentaries. She directed two award-winning films for Animal Planet, Heart of a Lioness and Rhino Nights, which documented previously unknown behaviour for the first time.

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What’s On Magazine spoke exclusively to Saba to talk about her forthcoming UK tour. How did your business at the Elephant Camp begin? My mother built the camp in 2001 and opened in 2002. I was ‘kind of’ involved then, just helping her set it up and doing the interior decorating, but in those days I was also working as wildlife film maker, so I was always travelling away to do other things. Since I had my children I have been helping out more on the management side, and in 2014 we moved up here properly and we are now spending huge amounts of time on the business. The only thing that kept us away was trying to figure out what to do about the childrens education. Since September last year we have had a teacher here who has been home schooling the kids so we are now living at the camp ten months of the year. In

the rainy season we move back to Nairobi Is your mother still involved with the business? Yes she is still an Executive Director of the company but I am managing the camp and dealing with the day to day running of it. She lives on a farm about 7 hours drive away. I understand you have other holiday lodges around you, but how remove are you from the rest of civilisation? We are pretty remote where we are, the nearest lodge is about a 20 minute drive which is a slightly more permanent tented camp. There are two reserves, Buffalo Reserve and Samburu Reserve where we are and between them they have possibly got around eight lodges, although one got washed away in a flood. Tourism has been quite depressed for the last couple of years in Kenya for all the reasons that people are not travelling around,

mostly the underlying terrorism threat that everyone feels which of course can happen anywhere in the world, and then of course the global recession has also had an impact. We attract quite a specialist group of people who are interested in both elephants and conservation. Eco tourism is a word that gets banded around a lot and it has slightly lost its meaning, but we focus specifically on conservation tourism. When you come to us you know you are going to engage in a big way both emotionally and intellectually, as well as physically in conservation. Of course its not just about the elephants because we have so many other species living around here. We are all very passionate about it and I think it brings a whole new dimension to travelling and seeing wildlife. How many people can you accommodate at the camp? We have got six tents and a family room, so we can take fourteen people comfortably and our bookings are usually anywhere between three days and a week. Could you explain about the other things you are involved with? I am the chairman of the Advisory Board for Save The Elephants, as well as being in charge of special projects. Prior to that, I used to be a trustee of the charity and a Chief of Operations some time before that. I am managing the elephant camp and I am a director of our company Elephant Watch Safaris. I am also the chair of the Future for Nature Award which is a brilliant conservation award in the Netherlands which takes up about two weeks of my time each year. Its a fantastic spring board for young conservationists who are doing exceptional work. In terms of presenting I don’t really do that much any more. The BBC series This Wild Life was the last project which aired in September last year. I loved my period as a presenter but now I am more interested in the directing side of things and of course we are so involved with conservation, we don’t really have time to do much else. Do you have anything planned for the future regarding filming projects? We have tons of film crews coming through here all the time. I am not sure whether we will do another series but that is always a possibility. For the moment there is so much going on in Elephant World, that we are a bit overworked.

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Has your public profile helped you out with the camp? Certainly I got asked to join Future For Nature because at the time I was quite a well known wildlife presenter and it definitely helps to have a bit of a public profile to be able to get up and talk in public about conservation. I am certainly delighted that people are interested in what I have to say about conservation. Would you ever consider making and producing your own documentary? Yes I have worked as a producer and director before and have actually made two films that have won awards. Most of my time was in presenting but I loved the directing and producing aspect. I think if I went back into film making now, it would definitely be more in a directing or producing role. There are so many wonderful stories to be told from Africa that I may go back into it one day but not in the immediate future. Our children are still quite small and so I need to be around for them. Can you tell us about your forthcoming UK lecture tour? The main thrust of the tour is about trying

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to engage people with the wild world and impassion people about conservation. Obviously if people want to come out and experience it at our camp that’s a complete bonus. What I love doing is showing people the magic of these incredible animals that we share this planet with and why the natural world is so special. Which obviously is why we should be doing everything we possibly can to protect it. We are not separate from it, we are at the heart of it, and we have to protect the biosphere as its the fabric of life that we depend upon. What sort of daily problems do you encounter at the camp? This last season we have had massive amounts of rain, we are on the banks of a river so we had a lot of flash floods coming down and it was touch and go at one point just before Christmas which is when everyone is just about to arrive for the holidays. We thought we might have to evacuate the camp. We are based in the North of Kenya which is an incredible wild frontier which is inhabited mostly by nomadic pastoralists who move with the seasons but in the past two decades these people have become more settled so

there is quite a lot of local environmental degradation which means that the rain doesn’t get absorbed in the earth as it ought to, and as it use to in the old days. The consequence is that we are getting a lot more run off going into the rivers and that means we are now in a cycle of flash floods coming down. We close the camp in April and December as this is the most vulnerable time. This year we had so much rain over the Christmas period that it was quite nerve wracking trying to predict what the river was going to do, we had to have an evacuation plan in place and we were having to constantly fix roofs. We had to make sure our guests were not going to get stuck in the camp and were able to get out and see the elephants and other wildlife as well as being able to get back safely without being cut off by a flood. Of course that’s part of the adventure of being here. We often have elephants appearing in the camp, in fact we just had a big bull elephant here last night called ‘Saraya’. It is interesting trying to navigate around at night anticipating where you think he might be in the dark. He is very good at hiding in the bushes but he’s a bit feisty so he will hide there very quietly and then

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all of a sudden we will bump into each other and he will make a mock charge which is rather terrifying. That happens more to me and the staff as we are a little bit further out on the edges of the camp where he likes to lurk. Is the camp fully occupied at the moment until the April rain season? Yes, we are full at the moment and it starts to taper off in March which is actually quite nice because it is so hot. We then start packing everything up and making sure everything is out of reach of the water. In May when the rains have stopped there is an abundance of grass and its incredibly lush and green. All the elephants are in seventh heaven, they are all getting nice and fat which makes them feel very sexy and they are all mating and cavorting around. Its really an interesting to see all their social behaviour happening, and it is the best time to come out and watch elephants. How are you coping with the business side as this is your first proper business project? It has been going pretty well for the last six months. Any problems we have had have been beyond our control. We had cancellations in December because of

the attacks in Paris. These attacks make people very frightened of travelling anywhere and they become much more cautious so it is only the more adventurous people who come out. I think people are gradually realising that these attacks can happen anywhere so that’s mainly given people a more optimistic approach to their travelling. We are lucky because we are very specialised in what we offer and people who are really interested in elephants and conservation tend to be more aware of what’s going on in Africa, so they are not as frightened as other people. Do you have any plans for a book and if so would it be an autobiography or something else? I think it would be about my experiences in Africa and about the fantastic wild animals that live our here. How do you get into the mind-set of a lion? How do you get to know elephants? The stories of these individual animals and what we can learn from them are amazing and the things that you can learn from Nomadic tribesmen. I think it would be a love story about Africa.

I think the main thing is that in North Kenya there has been a massive collaborative effort between different local and county governments. This means we have managed to get the poaching level down to a pre 2008 level. Unfortunately that is not the same story in other parts of Africa and there is still a huge hurdle to get over. We are certainly not sitting back and patting ourselves on the back, but it’s a respite. We must still continue the fight one hundred percent against the illegal trade.

Thank You Saba You can see Saba on..... 12th April Camberley Theatre, Camberley 01276 707600 www.camberleytheatre.biz 20th April at The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Box Office 01892 530613 3rd May at London RGS Ondaatje Theatre & Map Room 020 7609 1800


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

Food Served

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

A 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 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. A Happy New Year 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. (See Facing Page) For information about the supper clubs please call 01323 432340

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

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POWDERMILLS HOTEL 2016 B MARCH 6th - MOTHERING SUNDAY LUNCH All Mums will receive a little gift. £26.95 pp


MARCH 17th - CHARITY COFFEE MORNING MARCH 25th - 28th - EASTER WEEKEND Special 3-night B&B Break from £100 per room, per night.

MARCH 27th - EASTER SUNDAY LUNCH 3-course Sunday Lunch in our award-winning Orangery Restaurant. £26.95 pp

APRIL 22nd - MURDER MYSTERY DINNER ‘A Death on the Ocean Waves’. £45.00 pp

MAY 7th - GOURMET ASPARAGUS DINNER Complimented by a selection of local Þne wines. £45.00 pp

POWDERMILL LANE, BATTLE, EAST SUSSEX, TN33 OSP T: 01424 775511 www.powdermillshotel.com

The PowderMills Hotel recently hosted their spring wedding showcase. Visitors had the opportunity to view the facilities of the hotel and could also discuss a range of wedding options with a selection of wedding providers offering a variety of services including cakes, photography, jewellery, dresses, floristry, entertainment, cars and much more. Located just outside the medieval town of Battle. The hotel is steeped in history going back over 400 years and is an ideal venue for a romantic country house wedding.

FESTIVE SEASON Our Pre-Christmas Menu will be served in The Orangery Restaurant 1st - 23rd December 3 course Lunch £24.50 3 course Dinner £35.50 including coffee and home-made mince pies THE ORANGERY RESTAURANT Christmas Day Lunch £89.00 Boxing Day Lunch £39.50 New Year's Eve Gala Dinner £105.00 - 47 -

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Hope Cottage Farm Shop and Tearoom - Ninfield’s best kept secret! FARM SHOP Offering a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables and quality local produce to include jams and preserves, meat, game, poultry, free range eggs and savoury pies and puddings. Gift ideas and gift vouchers available. We also have a wide range of horse and pet feeds along with a horse rug cleaning service. TEAROOM Sit in the comfort of our cosy tearoom and sample the homemade cakes and pastries. Try our delicious breakfast, a light lunch or a delightful Cream Tea at £4.50 or High Tea at £12.00 per person. Tearoom open 9am to 3.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3.30pm Sunday (Last orders 3.00pm). High Tea and Cream Tea Gift vouchers available. We also provide Gluten Free High Teas at £13.50 per person. GIFT HAMPERS made to order. Create a delicious hamper full of treats for someone special.

Sun. 20th March - Wedding Fayre

At Swallows Oast, Gibbs Reed Farm, Pashley Road, Ticehurst, TN5 7HE. 10am - 3pm. See main advert on page 63 and front page for details.

Sun. 20th March - Charity Indoor Boot Sale

At Reid Hall, Boreham Street from 9am - 12 noon. In aid of Eastbourne Rabbit Rescue. 27 stalls.

Sun. 20th March - Pasha... It’s All About You

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. After his successful UK Tour - Life Through Dance, Pasha Kovalev, the winner of “ Strictly Come Dancing” 2014, welcomes you to his exciting dance spectacular. 0844 8717615.

Sun. 20th March - Peter Andre

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London at 6.30pm. 0844 8560202.

Mon. 21st March - Youth Theatre Spring ‘16’

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Calling all creative young people! Come and mix with like-minded performers and artists who want to learn and develop their skills in the best industry on the planet! Trinity Youth Theatre is for 7-19 year olds with an interest and enthusiasm for performing.

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

You will be pleasantly surprised by our competitive fees!

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

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

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East Hastings Sea Angling Association

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

Our Sea Angling and Social Club is situated in a prime position overlooking the English Channel on the Stade in Hastings, East Sussex. Formed over one hundred years ago, we now boast a premier clubhouse with a large licensed bar, function room (available for hire), large social area with comfortable seating, access for the disabled and good food available every day. Angling members can either berth their own boat in our compound, subject to availability and boat suitability for beach launching; or can make use of one of our many club boats free of charge (supply of outboard engine required). We are also one of the only clubs in the south east holding Clubmark status, enabling us to offer qualified coaching to junior members. The club is open every day and the bar is open at noon in the summer months and 3pm until July 4th. The tea bar is open from 7am-3pm for breakfast, lunches and snacks. The clubhouse makes a great venue for parties, wedding receptions and all sorts of other special events and can be hired by members. Please contact us for full details and please mention What’s On when contacting us.

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www.whatsonmagazine.media We had our anniversary dinner at Callenders last month, and it was such a fabulous evening we can’t wait to go back. Mum and Dad loved it too. Good old style friendly service never goes out of fashion. You’ll love it there. There’s award winning food on menus to suit every taste. Gorgeous desserts, all home made, and top quality Sussex steaks cooked on the char-grill, amazing. The tradional Sunday roast is a real favourite. Book your table today, you’ll love it too. And don’t forget Mother’s day is really early this year, we’ve booked our table already, so don’t miss out, book today.

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Garden & Building Services

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

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

Tues. 22nd March - Mark Beaumont

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Africa Solo Mark has taken on numerous world records in ultra-endurance. He cycled the globe 82 days faster than the previous time, pedalled the length of the Americas and recently smashed the Cairo to Cape Town record. £14.50. 01892 530613.

Tues. 22nd - 26th March - Travels with My Aunt

Mon. 21st March - Not Tonight, Josephine

an illustrated talk exploring Josephine’s influence on and patronage of the arts by Martin Heard. A Rother Valley DFAS event at the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA at 2.30. Visitors welcome £5. Enquiries Kay 01424 775257.

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. Four actors will take on over 20 characters in this hilarious mad cap dash around the world with Henry Pulling. 01323 412000.

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is a powerful thriller about human desire. 0844 8717615.

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm International Legendary Ventriloquist Ronn Lucas performs exclusive limited UK Venues including Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre. Direct from Las Vegas & Hollywood and after performing for U.S. Presidents and his Successful UK TV Shows ‘The Ronn Lucas Show’ in the 1990’s, he’s back with Scorch The Dragon, Buffalo Billy & much more to entertain you this Easter! This rare show is produced & directed by and also stars British ventriloquist Steve Hewlett from Britain’s Got Talent Final 2013. £16.00 01323 412000.

Tues. 22nd - 26th March - The Herbal Bed

Tues. 22nd March James Martin - Plates, Mates and Automobiles

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7.30pm. fast-paced, interactive and high tech extravaganza. Packed with James’ signature cooking demonstrations, full of surprises and not to mention some very special guests, audiences across the country will be thrilled as this multi media production is brought live to the big stage. £30. 01273 290131.

Wed. 23rd March - The Ronn Lucas Show

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Star Plant has been running since 1987 and although every customer’s wants and needs are different, we tend to be asked the same questions. We thought by answering some of these on paper, it might be helpful to prospective new customers, so here goes….. What exactly is hot tar and chippings? Hot tar and chippings is a value for money surface dressing that can be laid on new or existing paths, driveways or car parks. How do you lay it? Once the surface levels are correct, we lay hot k170 bitumen (tar) onto the surface using a hand lance. We then spread the stone chippings over the surface before rolling in with our heavy roller. My existing drive is damaged and also needs extending. Is this something you can do? We are able to repair existing drives and can also create new areas. We fill in the holes with MOT Type 1 or tarmac to create a perfect surface to lay on. (Think of marzipan levelling the cake before icing is put on!) I only have a small area to be surfaced, is this a problem? Not at all. Our bespoke equipment allows us access to areas where others are unable to reach. I have a steep area which gets slippery at times, what’s the best surface for this? Although tar and chipping is our mainstay, we can also lay a resin bond surface where resin is spread on the ground and the stone is stuck to it. Once set, the loose stone is swept off creating a non-slip surface. We can use the same stone as the rest of your drive so that there is very little difference to the naked eye. I’ve no idea what it costs and don’t want to waste your time. We are more than happy to visit you and discuss your requirements before sending you a totally free no-obligation quote. Customers are often surprised at how much cheaper tar and chippings are compared to tarmac and other surfaces. There are other surfacing companies. Why makes you special? The way we surface is unique to us. We put fibre reinforcement in the bitumen to make it more durable and flexible (a bit like a carpet on a hard floor). Depending upon traffic, a new surface could last 20 years. Because we get our stone from inland quarries, you could come back to us for extra work in the future and the stone colour would be consistent. To sum up then, Star Plant is a small family business which focuses on good customer service. We will listen to you and do our utmost to ensure you love your new drive. In fact, we don’t ask for payment until you are happy!

If you would like to know more ring Paul or Maria on the numbers advertised or drop us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Wed. 23rd March - Spring Photo Walks

itself in organic cleansing elements. 01892 678678.

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Bring your own equipment, professional guidance from Robert Canis. 10.30am - 1pm and 2pm 4.30pm. £40 pp, pre booked on line. www.leeds-castle.com

Wed. 23rd March - Jason Donovan

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7pm. Ten Good Reasons and Greatest Hits Tour plus support. 01273 290131.

Wed. 23rd March - Mariah Carey

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. 0844 8560202.

Thurs. 24th March - Allo Allo

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7pm. Good Moaning friends. Occupiers. Peasants. Let us whisk you back to war-torn France for an authentic take on an 80’s classic. Hilarious entertainment and a great meal await as you are cordially invited to join Madam Edith when she “entertains” over the Camembert. £32. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 24th & 25th March - Ellie Goulding

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Thurs. and 6pm Friday. Since the release of her debut ‘Lights’ in 2010, she has sold over 20 million records, had two No.1 albums, won two BRIT Awards and had Vevo views and streams both in excess of one billion. 0844 856 0202.

Thurs. 24th March Simon Evans: In The Money

Thurs. 24th March - The Bootleg Beatles

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Formed from the original cast of London’s West End hit show Beatlemania, The Bootleg Beatles have become an institution in their own right, with their noteperfect recreation of hits from every era of the world’s most famous songbook. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 25th March - Until 17th April. - Easter Extravaganza

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AH. Awaiting the arrival of lambs, goat kids, piglets, calves and ducklings. 01622 763936.

Fri. 25th March - Tortoise and the Hare

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Bringing this much-loved Aesop’s fable to life, Tortoise & the Hare is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre. These child friendly performances last approximately 40 minutes. northernballet.com/ tortoise. Child £6, Adult £8. 01892 530613.

Fri. 25th March - Battle Marbles

On the Abbey Green, Battle from 10am. See main feature on page 18.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Host of BBC Radio 4’s Goes to Market and star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Simon Evans has been immersing himself in economics for the last couple of years, like a pig immersing

Fri. 25th - 28th March - Bo Peep Easter Steam Specials

On the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. required. 01825 720800.

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Chelsea 2016


n 80-foot carriage from the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, will form part of a 6,000sq foot plantedup station in the Great Pavilion • Horticultural showman Diarmuid Gavin is back with ‘The British Eccentrics Garden’ featuring bizarre garden gadgetry that comes to life every 15 minutes • An acoustic garden inspired by world-leading percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie will play musical notes to visitors • Horticultural inspiration from around the world, including Jordan, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Japan, Chile, Australia and more… Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is sharing some of the floral and garden highlights of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 (24–28 May), sponsored by M&G Investments. The world’s most famous gardening event will exhibit a variety of exciting, innovative and quirky designs.

Floral highlights

This year in the Great Pavilion, the jewel in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s crown, the RHS welcomes Bowdens to its central monument site. The Devon-based multiRHS Gold medal winning nursery takes the largest space at the show with a 6,000sq ft planted-up train station. Centrepiece of the exhibit will be an 80ftlong carriage from 1920s Belmond British Pullman (sister train to the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express) with liveried stewards, linen and crockery. The train stands in the middle of a timetravel journey, with plants ranging from beautiful neat hostas on Platform 1 to rare jungle ferns on Platform 2, the display takes you on a plant seeker’s journey. Millais Nurseries will this year celebrate the centenary of the Rhododendron Society, which held its first AGM at Chelsea Flower Show in 1916. Their walk through exhibit will compare large growing plants that were favoured 100 years ago, to the modern, compact varieties better suited to today’s smaller gardens. The Great Pavilion, a 12,000sq metre marquee big enough to park 500 London buses, will feature more than 100 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. Nurseries exhibiting for the first time at the show include


Tom Smith Plants, Hogarth Hostas and Love the Plot You’ve Got.

Show Garden highlights

Among the highlights this year is multiaward winning designer Cleve West’s return for RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsor M&G Investments, with a garden inspired by a memory of the ancient oak woodland on Exmoor National Park where the designer spent his teenage youth. The garden will feature approximately 30–40 tonnes of stone, sourced from a quarry in the Forest of Dean, and includes a stone and gravel path with woodland-edge planting leading to a sunken terrace and pool. Diarmuid Gavin, who won Gold with a multi-tiered garden in 2011, will present ‘The British Eccentrics Garden’ in 2016, sponsored by Harrods. Diarmuid was inspired by the inventions of some the UK’s most imaginative minds, such as the cartoonist William Heath Robinson, known for his drawings of ridiculously complicated machines that achieved simple objectives. Diarmuid has designed a beautifully gentle garden of terraces and topiary complete with octagonal folly and

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a sunken Italianate pond. As the garden of an eccentric, however, this peace is designed to be disturbed. Box balls set amid the floral drifts begin to bob up and down, conical bay trees begin to twirl, and colourful planting rises from the ground to dress the first-floor windows. A wooden shed houses contraptions created from cogs, wheels, straps and parts of old bicycles which form the garden gadgetry. This is the playground of an inventor, who loves his garden but loathes the work involved in its upkeep, and so has concocted his very own DIY scheme. Great Pavilion veteran Rosy Hardy branches out with her first Show Garden: ‘Forever Freefolk’, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. It is inspired by endangered chalk streams, which provide a rich habitat for aquatic plants, insects and wildlife, but are slowly disappearing. With only 210 left in the world, 160 of which are in England, Rosy’s garden tracks the path of a vanished chalk stream in north Hampshire as it passes through various transitional planting: from the arid stream bed through the chalk downland to the lush planting that fringes the beautiful clear waters of its source. Combining stylistic elements of the East and West, Chihori Shibayama & Yano Tea create their first Chelsea Show Garden for Watahan & Co, which aims to convey the diverse cultures of the UK and Japan. The design reflects both the manicured minimalist Zen gardens of Japan while incorporating the dense informal planting styles found in the UK. Designed for

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people living in urban areas, the garden aims to make visitors feel they can move seamlessly between two cultures united within a single landscape. Other Show Garden highlights include Chris Beardshaw’s return to Chelsea with a garden for Morgan Stanley which will be located at the heart of Great Ormond Street Hospital after the Show, James Basson with ‘The L’Occitane Garden’; Jo Thompson, who has designed ‘The Chelsea Barracks Garden’; RHS Young Designer of the Year 2010 Hugo Bugg, back with ‘Royal Bank of Canada Garden’; and Andy Sturgeon with ‘The Telegraph Garden’ which features the work of 10 different craftsman including architectural ironworks, artists, sculptors, ceramists and more.

Artisan Garden highlights

Peter Eustance of Symphonic Gardens has developed an acoustic Artisan Garden for disability charity Papworth Trust, inspired by world-famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. The garden creates an acoustic pulse inspired by Evelyn’s love of the ‘sea music’ produced by the women of the Vanuatu islands who create amazing rhythmic songs with just their hands, water and voices. Returning to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Sarah Eberle draws on international inspiration for her garden for Viking Cruises, based on the floating gardens of the silk-weaving region of the Mekong River in Cambodia. Largely made up of water, with a small deck leading to a ‘floating’ lounger styled on a traditional fishing boat, this oasis also features a cantilevered

parasol inspired by traditional fishing nets, and silk weaving provides shade.

Fresh Garden highlights

Fresh Gardens are expected to make a splash with an assortment of conceptual designs to excite and engage visitors. Tackling the controversial subject of modern-day slavery, Juliet Sargent’s Chelsea debut aims to raise awareness of the 13,000 slaves living in the UK, as well as more than 27 million worldwide. This struggle is represented by two contrasting atmospheres: empty, lifeless and black inside; colourful and open on the outside. The open doors and path represent the way to freedom for modern slaves. Also exhibiting in the Fresh category for The Marble and Granite Centre are design duo Martin Cook and Gary Breeze, who have created a garden set inside a giant 2.5m granite cube. This is a representation of a world turned inside out; a garden inside a sculpture; desolation verses life; civilisation versus nature. The huge, hollowed-out cube features a mirrored interior and open top – the interior is full of planting, invisible from the stark, ash-charred exterior other than through cracks. Other highlights in the Fresh and Artisan section include ‘The World Vision Garden’ designed by John Warland, which symbolises how unpredictable and vulnerable life is. ‘The Dye Garden’ demonstrates age-old techniques used by artists such as Rembrandt of using plants to dye fabrics in the most beautiful colours. After winning Silver-gilt at last year’s show, John Everiss returns with a garden for Meningitis Now. Tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 are now available to buy at rhs.org.uk/ flowershows.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

Kelly Millington is based in Hastings and offers high quality treatments for a wide range of conditions. She has nearly 15 years experience in helping people with back pain, headaches, low fertility, insomnia, anxiety, IBS and much more. Acupuncture is effective and safe and treatment is tailored to your individual needs. Kelly has a successful practice in London as well as Hastings and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Please call to discuss how acupuncture can help you.

Pro Argi9+ for Athletes Pro Argi9+ is a natural supplement that helps the body produce more nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is the master signalling molecule of the cardiovascular system. It has many functions including –airway relaxation for improved lung function and the dilation of blood vessels for improved circulation. By improving circulation the transport of oxygen and nutrients to cells and the removal of waste products and lactic acid from cells is speeded up. This then results in improved performance of the working muscles, faster recovery and better muscle development. Competitive athletes use Pro Argi 9+ to improve their training, performance and recovery times. Helen Prosper 07545 227 272 www.prosperwithsynergy.co.uk See main advertisement on front page.

As a mobile Personal Trainer in Eastbourne, I will travel to you to help improve your health and fitness in your own home. I am fully qualified and specialise in working with older adults. Whether you want to lose weight, get fitter, stronger, feel confident about your body, or regain health you used to have when you were younger, I can help you. - Free consultation. - Bespoke programmes to help you achieve your goals, and optimise your overall health and fitness. - Safe, creative and fun ways to get fit and stay fit. - Support, motivation and encouragement to reach your goals.

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Fri. 25th March - Legend of a Band

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £22. Drummer Gordy Marshall and keyboard player Paul Bliss come direct from performing on the Moody Blues’ 2015 nationwide tour. They are joined by current 10cc lead singer Mick Wilson, Leona Lewis and Westlife guitarist Tim Maple plus James Blunt and Joss Stone bass player Malcolm Moore. 01323 412000.

Fri. 25th March - Messiah on Good Friday

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 2.30pm. The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876. This annual concert is one of London’s great Easter traditions and the perfect way to spend Good Friday afternoon. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 25th March - Buddy Holly - A Legend Reborn

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. The UK’s number one Buddy, Marc Robinson, arrives with the fabulous Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn concert show. Marc revives classic hits like Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day and Oh Boy. Backed by a band reminiscent of the Crickets in their Fifties heyday. 01424 462288.

Fri. 25th March - 30th Oct. - Herstmonceux Castle Opens

At Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham. Open daily. See main ad. P.27.

Fri. 25th - 28th March - Easter Through the Looking Glass

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Alice in The Wonderland Trail plus The Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, March Hare and even Alice herself. Normal entry applies.

Fri. 25th - 28th March - Easter Adventure Quest

At Battle Abbey, Hight St. Battle. You’ll meet one of the abbey monks who needs your help. Will you rise to the challenge on a clue cracking quest exploring the hidden corners of Battle Abbey? Succeed in the quest and win a reward. 01424 775705

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Senior Living Heart Research UK’s weekly Healthy Tip - Healthy bodies and minds Mental health services in the UK have been under the media spotlight in recent weeks and, as poor mental health affects one in four people at some point in their lives, it’s an issue close to many people’s hearts. Mental health is closely linked with physical health, including weight, diet, blood pressure and activity levels, and living with poor mental health in the long term can also affect heart health if not properly addressed. Heart Research UK is sharing its tips for a healthy heart, body and mind.

Eat well

For many people eating habits are intertwined with feelings of boredom, sadness or reward. But eating well will help to boost energy levels, manage weight and keep your skin clear for a more confident you. - Sugary foods give an instant energy hit, followed by a ‘crash’ often accompanied by feelings of guilt. Snack instead on fruits for a sweet treat with no strings attached. - Eat three regular meals a day including lean protein sources like chicken and fish and plenty of fibre from wholegrains and pulses to keep hunger at bay and energy levels up. - Keep a clear head by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to help you stay focused and stave off the urge to snack.


Being active can be a fantastic way to relieve the symptoms of mental health problems. - Exercise releases the body’s feel-good hormones ‘endorphins’, which can help to lift your mood and put a motivated spring in your step. - As well as feeling more positive and energised, exercise can help you to shift any extra pounds and be a welcome distraction from the things that are getting you down. - Invest in yourself with just 30 minutes of physical activity each day. A brisk walk or gentle jog could help you to unwind and feel more positive and in control. - Set yourself an end goal to keep you motivated. Go to heartresearch.org.uk/events for inspiration.

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 56 - www.lockandgurney.co.uk 52 50

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Fri. 25th March - Comedy Club

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 8pm. Anthony King - “His one-liners condense an entire sketch into a single sentence” The Guardian. Joey Page - “Brilliantly inventive, imaginative and very funny” Josie Long. Suzy Bennett - “A naturally funny person - very funny indeed!” Jimmy Carr. £10.00 01323 412000.

Fri. 25th March - 10th April - Down The Rabbit Hole

At Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent. Daily from 10.30am. Trails, crafts and storytelling plus an entertaining garden trail and lots more attractions. Crafts from 12 noon, storytelling from 2pm. 01892 870307. www.penshurstplace.com

Fri. 25th March Springfest - German Bier Festival


At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. 5pm - 11pm The UK’s Largest German Bier Festival. Bavarian Beer Waitresses, Live Music, Delicious Street Food.

Fri. 25th March - 17th April - Easter Fun at the Farm

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. Enter the magical Hop Farm Family Park from 10am every day and enjoy fabulous children’s attractions and rides including bumper boats, bouncy castles, Hopper’s Animal World, magnificent animal displays and much more. Plus egg-citing Easter games for the kids. 01622 872068.

Sat. 26th March - 5th June - Richard Forster: Levittown

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Levittown is an ambitious solo exhibition of new work by the artist Richard Forster. With his rarelyseen drawings in collections at Tate and The Metropolitan Museum NY, Forster is a much sought-after artist at a crucial point in his career. Free entry. 01424 229111.

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Wedding Services A fantastic end to a wonderful day!


mpirical Events were thrilled to announce the winner of their ‘One Wedding Winner’ Prize Draw at their recent fair held at the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill. The winners were Connie Williams and Andy Goody and their wedding day is in August 2017. A huge thank you went to the wonderful businesses who donated these amazing prizes: Bustles and Bows, Naomi & Yasmin Candycakes, Jollies Wedding Cars, Emma Hellier Hair and Body Retreat, The Flower House Studio, Michael Drinkwater - The Magician and Singularis Photography. They also thanked their overall show Sponsor ‘Sussex Suit Hire’ who also donated the prize of suit and accessory hire for the groom. Empirical Events would like to thank everyone who entered the Prize Draw, everyone who shared, liked and commented. See facing page for details of upcoming wedding fairs. Sat. 26th March - In Context: Medicinal Plants

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2pm. Free but booking essential, suggested donations £3. 2pm, Gallery 1. Specialists in gardening and plants introduce their fields of expertise. Speakers include Dr. Henry Oakeley, Garden Fellow at the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians, London, talking about medicinal plants, and Dr. Sean Morrissey from Thrive, a leading UK charity using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. 01424 229111.

Sat. 26th March - Gilbert and Sullivan: HMS Pinafore

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne. 10am - 12 noon. Free entry. Highlights from the show will be sung by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society who will be performing the entire show at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre in May.

Sat. 26th March - Local and Live Sessions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Frances Yonge | 8pm - Frances Yonge is a songwriter, pianist and musical director. Mistress & The Malts | 9pm Mistress and The Malts are a five piece band from Tunbridge Wells. Phoebe Katis | 10pm - With powerful lyrics, beautifully crafted melodies, and a soaring soulful voice, Phoebe writes from the heart. 01892 678678.

Sat. 26th March - Champions of Magic

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Join 5 of the World’s top illusionists for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 16 million online views between them, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Adult £21. Child £16.50. 01892 530613.

Sat. 26th March - Jadine In Love - The World Tour

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 3-5pm.

illed as the hottest love team and the lead stars of the hit primetime series of ABS-CBN, “On The Wings Of Love”, James Reid and Nadine Lustre stage their first major concert in London.

Sat. 26th March - A Ha

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. a-ha’s Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy revealed their reunion in March 2015 along with the news of their 10th studio album ‘Cast In Steel’ - their first in six years. 0844 8560202.

Sat. 26th March - Collabro

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 6.45pm. Britain’s Got Talent champions Collabro come to the Royal Albert Hall for their first headline show at the venue to celebrate the release of Act Two, their second album. Act Two sees the band expand their musical horizons by recording some of the greatest songs that have influenced them as a band. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 26th March - More Miller Magic

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 2.30pm. The Astor Big Band and the Strictly Miller Dancers present a host of Glenn Miller No 1 Hits including In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, At Last, American Patrol, Serenade in Blue etc . Plus songs from the musicals West Side Story , Les Miserables and many more all in the unmistakable Glenn Miller Style – I Dreamed a Dream, Maria, Copacabana etc. 01424 462288.

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Save the Dates Sunday 28th February

The View Hotel, Eastbourne Sunday 13th March Sussex County Cricket Club Sunday 27th March The White Rock Theatre, Hastings Sunday 10th April Stanhill Court Hotel, Charlwood, Surrey Sunday 24th April Hastings Museum & Art Gallery Sunday 8th May East Sussex National Hotel & Spa, Uckfield Exhibitor Spaces Available Contact Empirical Events on 01424 310580 Fantastic gift bags for our visitors, complimentary drink on arrival, competitions and much more


Photo Credit: Simon Stewart Photography Dress Credit: Weddings and Special Occasions Model: Empirical Events Venue: Stanhill Court Hotel Make-up: Lisa Welch Bridal Hair: Nicola Murphy

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Antiques & Collectables

If you are the type of person who can’t pass by an antique shop without wondering what interesting treasures may lie within, you will defintately enjoy Rotherfield Antiques, Collectables and Curios. This new shop in Rotherfield High Street offers a wide selection of antique and vintage items. Partner Nigel Thomson has over 40 years experience in the antiques trade, including 9 years spent in Southern Ireland. Nigel met his business partner Chris Chapman 5 years ago through a mutual interest in classic motorcycles. Rotherfield Antiques are so much more than just another Antique shop and will also be delighted to purchase interesting items.

Sat. 26th March - Whitney: Queen Of The Night

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. This award winning production features a stellar line-up with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a powerhouse and breathtaking performance as Whitney. £19 to £23. 01323 412000.

Sun. 27th March - Liane Carroll and Pete Prescott

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings at 7.30pm. Adults £13. A multi-award-winning, internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist who is also an astonishing pianist, her sold-out concerts at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club are legendary and her latest album Seaside has garnered rave revues. 01424 423221.

Sun. 27th March - Little Mix

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

Sun. 27th March - Bexhill 100 Easter Bonnet Parade

A parade of classic cars with imaginative entries that look as though they had taken a diversion through a florist’s shop and come out with half the stock attached to the front of their cars!

Sun. 27th March - Lets Hang On

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. The music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons This award-winning production, endorsed by Frankie Valli himself, celebrates the music of one of popular music’s most successful bands of all time. £23.50. 01892 520613.

Sun. 27th March - Wedding Show

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings in the Sussex Hall from 11am. See advertisement on page 61.

Sun. 27th March - ROH Cinema: Boris Godunov

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. masterpiece. 01892 678678.

2pm. production of Musorgsky’s

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Sun. 27th March - Adam Hill’s: Clown Heart

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. Widely referred to as ‘the nicest man in comedy’, Adam Hills has fast become one of the most popular comedians in the UK. Age Suitability: 15 years +. 01424 229111.

Sun. 27th March - The Boat Race

At 3.10pm and 4.10pm. Oxford -v- Cambridge. Watched by thousands along the banks of the Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake in London, and by millions more on TV around the world.

Mon. 28th March - “The Stars” in the Round

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 6.30pm. ‘The Stars’ in the Round brings together some of the greatest amateur performing arts troupes, for a spectacular dance show in the arena of the Royal Albert Hall. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 28th March - The Railway Children

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. York Theatre Royal’s Olivier awardwinning production of Mike Kenny and Damian Cruden’s imaginative stage adaptation, is directed for the screen by International Emmy award-winning Ross MacGibbon. York Theatre Royal. Recorded Live Transmission. 01892 678678.

Mon. 28th March Tap Factory

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Tap Factory will amaze and delight the audience, using many genres of dance in a contemporary urban setting. This tremendously visual, and highly exciting show, features the world’s best Tap Dancers and international musicians as they blend the art of dance, percussion, comedy, and acrobatics to set your pulses racing. £17 to £22.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 29th - 31st March - Dealers Choice

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. mats 2.30pm. Patrick Marber’s Dealer’s Choice is an uproariously funny, meticulously crafted and wonderfully imaginative exploration of the endless power play between fathers and sons, winners and losers, made men and ambitious outsiders. £15.50 to £20. 01323 412000.

Tues. 29th March - 2nd April - End of the Rainbow

At The Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. mat 2.30pm. Join Judy as she makes her explosive London come back at the height of the swinging sixties. This fiercely funny and emotionally charged play finds the onceglittering star sparring with her new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her own demons. Filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice. 0844 8717615.


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Wild Bird Care

Birds of a feather..


arlier in February we had a talk at Feathers on “African Wild Life”. If you ever get the opportunity to go to this fabulous continent - get yer binoculars and camera packed and take in the amazing sights on offer. In my view there is nothing better than seeing real wildlife in a real habitat in real Africa. I have visited Kenya a few times without ever being disappointed, a truly magical experience. Allan.......... Feathers Wild Bird www.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk shop.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk


Tues. 29th March - Juan Diego Flórez

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 6.45pm. Recognised by the BBC as one of history’s greatest tenors, Flórez has received numerous accolades and awards, including Peru’s highest distinction, the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol. In 2012 he was appointed as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and in 2011 Juan Diego Flórez founded the Sinfonia por el Peru, an inclusive social project which runs orchestra and choir workshops for underprivileged youth. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 29th - 30th March - Dynamo

At 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Due to overwhelming public demand, master magician Dynamo has added a final 13 extra shows to his critically acclaimed UK tour, Seeing Is Believing. Dynamo will perform for the first time at The O2. Tues. 6.30pm. Wed. 2.30pm and 6.30pm. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 30th March - Swan Lake

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. One of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed. 01424 462288.

Wed. 30th March - Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 6.45pm. The tour comes following the release of the duo’s new album Wisdom, Laughter and Lines, the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed What Have We Become, which saw them return together on record for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South. 0207 589 8212.

UK, following their breakthrough debut album The Bones of What You Believe. 0207 5898212.

Fri. 1st - 10th April - London Games Festival

For ten days this spring, London will celebrate the art, culture and business of video games. The first ever London Games Festival will bring 15 big events to ten famous London locations, from Southbank to Tobacco Dock. There’ll also be a Festival Fringe featuring lots of quirky smaller events. The fun kicks off with Now Play This, three days of talks, workshops and an exhibition about games in all their forms at Somerset House (1-3 April). Then there’s Monopoly at the Square (2-3 April) when for two days, Trafalgar Square will turn into a huge outside play space with the UK’s largest ever Monopoly board. Come down, complete a lap of the board or take a selfie on the giant game. http://ukie.org.uk/event/2016/04/01/london-games-festival

Fri. 1st April - Back to the 70’s Dinner/Dance/Cabaret

At the Pelham, Bexhill on Sea. See main advertisement on page 22.

Thurs. 31st March - Janet Jackson

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Music icon, multiple GRAMMY award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist Janet Jackson today announced details of the highly anticipated European leg of her international tour. The UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR comes to The O2 on 31 March. 0844 8560202.

Wed. 30th March - How The Lion Became King of Tinga Land

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. A fun-packed performance that will transport children and their families to a high-octane adventure on the African Plain. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 31st March - Albert Sessions: Chvrches

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Doors 7.30pm. Scottish band Chvrches will make their Royal Albert Hall debut in 2016 as part of the Albert Sessions initiative. Chvrches will perform songs from their critically acclaimed second album Every Open Eye, which charted at #4 in the

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