Rebecca-Anne Boldra is inspired by the world around her, particularly architectural forms. Her designs explore the contrast between straight lines and flowing curves to aid her exploration of functionality and its effect on the concept of beauty.
Rebecca-Anne studied for her degree at the School of Jewellery part of Birmingham City University. Subsequently,in the Summer of 2011, Rebecca-Anne started a residency at the renown Bishopsland Educational Trust which is based outside Reading. Here she completed their Post-graduate development course in Jewellery and Silversmithing and became a Fellow. After Bishopland Rebecca-Anne has been an Artist in Residence at Glasgow School of Art during the past academic year.
We are back with our High Street Easter Egg Treasure Hunt! Find the 15 hidden eggs in selected High Street windows to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes in the draw! Maps will be available from and should be returned to us here at number 37 High Street. Returned maps will receive a chocolate treat and all maps will be entered into a grand prize draw on Saturday 11th April at 12 noon to win a number of prizes which are being donated by the shops in the High Street.
All proceeds to our chosen charity this year – Folly Wildlife Rescue. Situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. Each year some 3500 injured, orphaned, sick or distressed wild animals and birds are admitted to our centre where they receive expert care and veterinary treatment. Some (but very few) have fallen from nests in high winds, or are the survivors of attack or predation by other wild animals, but by far, the vast majority are the victims of human activity.
We arrived at Jamie’s last night to enjoy one of their “soft opening” evenings. The atmosphere was great, candles on the tables, music playing at the right volume – loud enough to hear but not too loud to have to shout at each other across the table. The staff seemed excited, eager and a little apprehensive at the same time. Not everything was available on the menu due to it being a soft launch; the specials, fish of the day and a couple of regular dishes. We had a nice table for four in the front section, sadly away from the open kitchen where all the action was, but it was a good sized table with plenty of elbow room. Drinks and the antipasti board were promptly brought as we took our time perusing the menu. Two of us chose the baked chestnut mushrooms, one crispy squid and courgette, and one arancini risotto balls. Good sized portions and very tasty all round. We all had different main courses and we all agreed that they were all very good. Therefore we highly recommend the chicken in mushroom sauce on a crostini, prawn linguini, vegetable rotola, and my favourite the porcini fettuccini! Only two of us managed dessert with the other two suddenly finding extra spoons to dig in and share as the chocolate arctic roll and sour cherry frangipan tart were too good to miss. I am a fan of Italian food so I was quite confident that Jamie Oliver would deliver, I was not disappointed. It’s price point is not dissimilar to most of the Italians around town making it another great choice for somewhere to eat in town. We work right opposite which will make it very hard to go home at the end of every day knowing that there’s such a good restaurant just across the road. Our many hearty congratulations to James and his team, we wish them every success. And we must also mention our charming waiter George who did a great job looking after us four ladies! Thank you and we will see you again.
Following last years successful event, this prestigious jewellers is once more working with retailers and businesses from the High Street and surrounding area to bring you a collage of wedding inspiration. No longer just a jeweller, Paynes have an amazing array of giftware in store. With ideas such as sterling silver photograph frames, fine
porcelain from the Zelli Gallery, writing instruments, pewter tankards and cufflinks, you will surely find the perfect gift for your ushers, bridesmaids and guests. There is bridal jewellery from classic cultured pearls to diamonds and moonstones, together with complimentary accessories for the groom, mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaids. You will see something old and something new, perhaps not borrowed but definitely blue.
· Here you will see exhibits from The Brew House Hotel; the perfect wedding reception venue.
Located close to the High Street, this is a contemporary and luxurious boutique style hotel set amid the
tree lined streets and 18th century architecture of the old town centre. A unique venue for the perfect
intimate and personal occasion with a lovingly created and prepared menu from a talented team of
· Capturing the beauty of your day is top wedding photographer Kerry McNair who knows how
important your wedding day is. Her experienced team of female photographers are a quiet, reassuring
presence on your big day and will capture every moment in its glory – and don’t forget that boudoir
shoot, ladies!!! AND if you purchase your engagement ring with us you will receive a free engagement
photoshoot worth £300.00.
· Brides can look out for amazing gowns hand made by Judy Mott in her studio in Sussex Mews
(behind the Pantiles). Established in 1987, Judy has a collection of gowns that are ready to wear and
made to measure in pure silk. From classic 1950’s inspired designs to contemporary dresses and with
over 70 designs to try on including corset bodices and separate skirts that are interchangeable, you are
sure to find the perfect gown.
· Grooms can make sure they look suave and sophisticated, too, by visiting Austin Reed on the High
Street. Book an appointment with the expert fitters – they’ll ensure your suit is exactly as you want it to
be. You’ll feel great in one our beautifully-crafted morning suits, tuxedos, tails, Highland wear, and
luxurious silk-lined waistcoats.
· With a diverse range of clients from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds, SW1 Hair & Beauty
can be sure to make you look your best on your very special day. The salon team is trained to the highest
possible level of client care, creativity and technical ability. With a range of services to choose from, the
team will make you feel comfortable, relaxed and help you to enjoy your wedding with confidence.
· Looking for your bridesmaid dresses? Go no further – Sue Hill have created a collection of hand
made flower girl and bridesmaid dresses, all created with the same attention to detail from 100% silk and
silk organza with hand embroidery or lace detail. All dresses are bespoke.
· The innovative team of award winning florists at Flowers@colonade will work with the bride in
creating imaginative bridal designs and arrangements, traditionally found only in London florists.
· Today’s Mother of the Bride/Groom is a modernwoman seeking that chic outfit with a sassy edge.
But knowing what suits and how to get that perfect fit can be a challenge. That’s why La Belle Femme
have a highly skilled team of advisorswho will help to find something that suits your style and shape.
They have something for everyone and every budget, including millinery from Nigel Rayment, Victoria
Ann, Richard Designs and Sarah Crozier.
· Since the 1950s ER Hickmott have been hiring out limousines for weddings – this service continues
today and on most weekends their vehicles are dressed in the white ribbons for those happy occasions.
Rolls Royce’s and stretched limousines are available for weddings and private hire. You nay even catch a
glimpse of Nellie during the event parked regally outside the shop at 37 High Street, she’s a stunning
Rolls Royce Silver Wraith with the number plate NLY1.
· Offering a personalised service that is second to none is Pour Les Femme, who have over 12 year’s
experience in the lingerie industry. Their friendly and trained staff will do everything to help you find
what you are looking for. There are specialist fitters who will measure and fit so that you always have the
perfect size for you.
· You only have to look at the range of Zelli Porcelain products and be blown away by what you
discover. Everything at Zelli Porcelain of Royal Tunbridge Wells is an exquisite work of art. Every
is handmade out of the purest porcelain. Many from over a hundred different moulds that are fettled,
glazed and fired several nail biting times. The diversity on display is simply astounding. A gift for any
· Would you like help to enhance your image, advise you on what styles and colours suit you the
best, or help in bringing your existing wardrobe up to date? Perhaps you don’t know where to start –
need a practical and stylish capsule wardrobe? Perhaps you’re not sure what is ‘age appropriate’?
Whatever your styling or image requirements are, Lynne Meek at Styling Matters would be delighted to
· The Wedding Dolls are experts at organising dream wedding days. With limited time, deadlines
lots of decisions to make, planning your wedding can be hard to manage, but don’t let if get difficult.
Their wedding website, mini workshops and wedding planning services offer lots of practical advice and
help just when you need it most. You’ll be able to pop in and meet The Wedding Dolls between 2pm and
4pm on Saturday 13th April to learn some great secrets about wedding planning and chat through any
wedding worries you have. With some free templates to pick up you’ll be able to make a great start in
creating the wedding you want with the minimum of stress and find out how to add bags of personality to
your big day. The pop-in session gives you the chance to access wedding planning expertise completely
free of charge in a relaxed, fun and friendly way. AND if you purchase a ring during the event you will
receive a free workshop place.
· And between 2pm and 4pm you will hear the booming baritone of Mr John Scholey, Tunbridge
Wells’ Town Crier. Dressed in his trademark local purple and gold jacket with tricorne hat proudly
swinging his bell and calling “Oyez oyez oyez!!!”.
This Sunday (16th September 2012) we will be exhibiting at a wedding event hosted by The Brew House Hotel. Located in Chapel Place in Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Old Schoolhouse will be host to many local exhibitors.
VENUE: THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT
DATE: SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2012
TIME: 10AM – 4PM
THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE WILL BE FILLED WITH INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS TO HELP SHAPE THE PERFECT WEDDING DAY.
THERE WILL BE AN ARRAY OF STALLS FEATURING LOCAL WEDDING BUSINESSES SHOWCASING THEIR SERVICES TO ALL THE BRIDES-TO-BE.
ENTRY IS FREE OF CHARGE AND EACH COUPLE WILL RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF BUBBLY.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BREW HOUSE WEDDING EXHIBITION, OR ARE A BUSINESS THINKING ABOUT EXHIBITING AT THE EVENT, PLEASE CALL MELISSA BROOKER, FUNCTIONS & EVENTS MANAGER, ON 01892 552593