Village Voices - Hoo & Chattenden - Issue 35
Village Voices is a free community magazine at the heart of the Hoo Peninsula, near Rochester, with editions dedicated to serving the parishes of Hoo St. Werburgh (includes all of Hoo and Chattenden), Stoke, St. Mary Hoo and the Isle of Grain. 7,000 copies of Village Voices are distributed to homes and businesses on the Hoo Peninsula.
The November Hoo Clean Up on Saturday 24th November will be the last of the year, but plenty more will be organised in 2013. Attend the last session and enjoy a special treat of mulled wine and mince pies at The Chequers pub afterwards. Spend just 90 minutes of your day helping to make Hoo look smart and tidy. Even if you haven’t been along before - join us and be part of local life! Turn to page 14 to find out more. 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All you need to do is send us a photo (as best quality as possible), some wording for your announcement, along with a cheque for £8.50 (this is the charge for a smaller greeting) to: Village Voices, c/o 17 Grandsire Gardens, Hoo, ME3 9LH. Please make cheques payable to ‘Village Voices Publishing’ and provide us with full contact details, including your name, address and telephone number. Alternatively, get in touch by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Reverend John Smith, Priest in Charge of the Parish of Hoo St. Werburgh, Churchwardens and PCC would like to thank everyone for generously making donations to the Church, following their financial appeal last month. The Rev. Smith has estimated that, so far, more than £3,000 has been raised. Donations are still welcome and can sent to the PCC Secretary, c/o The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9BB. THE MOUSE THAT ROARED Happy Birthday MOUSE on 16th Nov Love from all Your family & Tone! XXXXXXXX PS. Stop tip-toeing around! Congratulations to proud parents Del & Ellie on the birth of their new baby girl Born 17/10/12 at 6.31pm, 6lb 14oz Love and best wishes from everyone, including Dad & Jackie and godparents Chris and Vicky. 2 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! take time to remember all our service personnel, past and present, who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This edition includes an article by the Reverend John Smith (on page 22) and another by former Hundred of Hoo pupil Chloe Sands, who has written about last year’s Help for Heroes Walk to London (Young Voices column on page 11). With the weather getting colder by the day, the November Hoo Clean Up will be the last for 2012. See page 14 to find out how you can get involved. If you attend this event you’ll receive FREE mulled wine and mince pies!!! Sounds like a good reason to spend just 90 minutes of your day making our village look better! We have a big calendar of events planned for 2013, not least because we are now an official supporter of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign ‘The Big Tidy Up’ (as the photo on the right shows). Thanks to everyone for being so supportive with our Clean Up activities - community spirit is very much alive and well in our small corner of the world! This edition also includes information about damage and disruption caused by motorbikes on local footpaths and bridleways. Medway Council offer their advice to residents. Happy reading! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Welcome to November’s edition of Village Voices. We are fast approaching Christmas and producing this edition has been fun! Many of our adverts now include festive messages and artwork, so be sure to take a look at our advertisers and, whenever you can, support local businesses! The December edition deadlines on Friday 23rd November, so don’t forget to submit editorial contributions, and adverts, before that time. November is also when the nation marks Remembrance day, or Armistice day. We Telephone / Text: 07919 693 095 Email: email@example.com Postal Address: 17 Grandsire Gardens, Hoo, Rochester Kent, ME3 9LH Full time and term time child care for children aged 3 months to 11 years, open 8am to 6pm, 51 weeks of the year. Healthy snacks and lunch provided, all dietary needs catered for. Excellent facilities inside and out. Free funded sessions for 3 & 4 year olds. Please contact us to discuss your childcare requirements: 3 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Clerk to the Council Mrs Sherrie Babington c/o No 4, Birkhall Close Walderslade Chatham Kent, ME5 7QD Telephone: (01634) 868855 Hoo St. Werburgh Parish Council is made up of three Parish Council wards. Each is represented by a number of Parish Councillors: (1) Hoo East - has 5 Councillors, (2) Hoo Central - has 7 Councillors and (3) Hoo West (Chattenden) - has 3 Councillors. A map showing the whole parish area, as well as each ward, can be found in the Hoo Village Square notice board - near to Coral. Here is the list of our Parish Councillors, who are not paid, and the wards they represent: HOO EAST Councillors x5 Janice Bamber Noreen Chambers Pat Hipsey Linda Perfect Ron Sands (Vice Chair.) HOO WEST Councillor x3 Richard Andrews Kevin Bunkall Melanie Rees HOO CENTRAL Councillors x7 Harry Bhattal Dorothy Counsell Peter Flack Angela Gatfield Lionel Pearce (Chair.) Pamela Pratt Robert Tildesley Parish Council members may be contacted via the Parish Clerk (details above). Parish Council Meetings Hoo St. Werburgh Parish Council holds its meetings, usually on the first Thursday of each month, barring August, unless otherwise publicly stated. Meetings are open to the public, but there may be occasions when confidential matters have to be discussed and, as such, the press and public are requested to leave if present. The next meeting will be on Thursday 6th December, starting at 7.30pm, at the Red Cross Centre, Stoke Road, Hoo. Hoo St. Werburgh Parish Council maintain certain local amenities, such as recreation grounds (Hoo Common, Pottery Road and Fourwents / Kingshill) and allotments. Committees of the Parish Council cover Planning, Finance & General Purposes, Recreation Grounds and Allotments. Parish Council members are consulted on Medway Council Planning Applications and represent local views on numerous issues. 4 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 The Parish of Hoo St. Werburgh includes all of Hoo and Chattenden, but the area is covered by two Medway Council wards - ‘Peninsula’ (for the Hoo section) and ‘Strood Rural’ for Chattenden. Find out more about Medway Council and your elected representatives online at www.medway.gov.uk and then click the ‘Council and Democracy’ tab. PENINSULA Cllr Phil Filmer Bridgewater House Parbrook Road High Halstow ME3 8QG T: 254196 E: firstname.lastname@example.org STROOD RURAL Cllr Peter Hicks 14 High Street Upper Upnor ME2 4XG T: 715097 E: email@example.com Cllr Chris Irvine 86 St. William’s Way Rochester ME1 2PD T: 07713 615550 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Cllr Tom Mason 1 Leeds House Cypress Court Frindsbury Extra ME2 4PU T: 727301 E: email@example.com Cllr Tony Watson 17 Grandsire Gardens Hoo ME3 9LH T: 255694 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hoo-peninsula.co.uk Cllr Peter Rodberg Tamarisk Main Road Chattenden ME3 8PP T: 250269 E: email@example.com 5 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Village Voices celebrated six years in print last month. The first edition, produced in October 2006, featured a photograph of Hoo on its front cover – taken from the top of the tower at St. Werburgh Parish Church. Seeing this old edition gave us the idea of revisiting the tower to look at the views from what must be one of the tallest, certainly the oldest, buildings in Hoo. We got in touch with Mick Hollands (pictured left), who is a churchwarden, and he agreed to give us a guided tour of the tower. Construction of the church we see today was started way back in the 12th century. The spire reaches a height of somewhere in the region of 67ft, set upon a battlemented tower of 55ft. The total height is more than 120ft. After walking through the interior of the church we entered a doorway that led us up a staircase, set in the Natural and LPG for all residential properties, including Boats and Mobile Homes. Heating Repairs, Boiler Servicing and Repairs, Power Flushing, Upgrades etc. Fully Insured - All Work Guaranteed. Gas Safe Registered Engineers. north west corner of the church. Mick led the way and, as exciting as it was, the steps seemed endless! Out of breath, we eventually arrived at the top, having had a good look at where the bells are housed on the way up providing a pit stop for catching our breath. See all our Church Tower photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ HooAndChattendenVillageVoices Live Sport on TV Playing Fields and Large Car Park Fruit Machines Snooker Room Children’s Play Area Bingo Every Friday for members and guests Live Entertainment every Saturday! Snacks available behind the bar! 6 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Thanks to Mick Hollands for being a good sport and for taking time to show us around the tower - it was a wonderful experience. November and a musical concert in December. Please also read the article by the Reverend John Smith on page 22. Take a detailed look at all the If you would like to support photographs from our visit to your local parish church, Hoo St. Werburgh Parish Church see the Diary Dates section by visiting our Facebook page: on page 13, as the church is www.facebook.com/ holding a Christmas Fair in HooAndChattendenVillageVoices Seeing our village from such a grand viewing platform, of 55ft, was an exciting experience. We decided to look at the views from each side of the tower, start- Mick then took us around the ing in the direction of the main tower to look at the even more body of the village (above). stunning views of the River Medway (right), and the wider towns Although we hadn’t taken the of Medway. original photograph from the first ever edition of Village Voices, the most obvious change since that time is the number of new houses and developments built in the village. 7 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY? Good question! As a Chartered Physiotherapist I am frequently asked this, and it is really hard to answer. Most of us see the ‘Physio’ running on to the pitch, bag in hand, to attend the injured player, or if we have to stay in hospital, the physio may visit you. But otherwise we have little or no contact, until suddenly something hurts! I have been a qualified physio for over 30 years. I trained and have worked in Rehabilitation units and Hospitals in the Army and RAF. Patients have been injured on the football pitch, burned in the Falklands, blown up in Northern Ireland, shot in Iraq. Treatment has ranged from the routine sprained ankle to patients burned, paralysed or with limbs missing. The subject is vast! In essence physiotherapists will treat most injuries and medical problems, both in hospital and in an outpatient setting, i.e. a clinic. My specialism now is musculoskeletal injury. Essentially bad backs, sore necks, sprained joints, torn muscles and tendons. But there are times when you can’t solve the problem. We can’t reverse the effects of arthritis, but can help with the pain and stiffness. We can help reduce inflammation, and we advise on exercise to strengthen muscle and mobilise stiff joints. Working with a patient to advise on lifestyle, exercise and posture can help the way the problem or injury can improve as much at home as in the clinic. Once the patient has the knowledge about how to avoid further injury, my job is done. football, would I see a physio? The only thing you should ask is, ‘Is my therapist qualified to treat my injury?’ I am a ‘Chartered Physiotherapist’. This means that I have taken the exams set by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and as such I am a member of the CSP, the letters after my name are MCSP. All chartered physiotherapists have taken these exams, ensuring we all start off our professional careers with the same level of knowledge. In order to practice our profession we must also be members of the Health Professions Council (HPC), this used to be the State Registration Board. therapist a patient can be sure that they are in safe, properly qualified, correctly insured hands. Is it worth it? How much do you value your health! If you have an injury, or pain, and you are not sure if physiotherapy can help, call me. Your welfare is my business. I do not keep my patients returning every few weeks for months on end. I treat the problem, and if its not working I will find out why, and refer to the doctor or consultant. Rochester Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic was established in 1989, and has been working from St Mary’s Medical Centre in Strood since 1991. In that time we have seen 15 thousand patients and completed over 70 thousand treatment sessions. We haven’t solved everybody’s problems, but I would like to think we have helped most. Our charges are £30 per session, and each session lasts approximately 30 minutes, but they are not timed, we try not to rush! We can visit at home, but this will cost more as it takes longer, and it is not as easy to do. The clinic has good parking and we offer appointments from 9am to 7pm, and at weekends. I sincerely hope you never need to see a physio, but if you do, make sure the person you consult is properly qualified. If you have a question, ask, help may only be the cost of the call. This point is made because there are some people who describe themselves as therapists, but may People get confused about who not limit themselves to helping should treat a certain problem. If people within the scope of their I hurt my knee falling down stairs, knowledge, in other words treatwould I see a sports therapist? ing problems for which they are Or if I sprained my knee playing not qualified. As a member of the HPC and CSP, my patient has protection. The patient knows the physiotherapist has the training and knowledge to treat, and also knows the physio is insured against professional misconduct (membership of the CSP provides this insurance). As a member of the HPC a physiotherapist is required to do a minimum of 25 hours continued professional development (CPD) each year. In this way we maintain our educational standards. So by seeing a Chartered Physio- £30 per session - No Waiting Back & Neck Pain - All Sports Injuries Acupuncture - Sprains & Strains Soft Tissue & Joint Injuries Home Visits Private Health Insurance Accepted EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE Simon Pruce MCSP Rochester Physiotherapy 01634 290370 Simon Pruce MCSP HPC Chartered Physiotherapist Covering: Medway, Maidstone, Sittingbourne & Gravesend St. Mary’s Medical Centre Vicarage Road Strood ME2 4DG FREE Parking Available 8 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 9 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 it and some bores like to boast about it, but for some people it remains a highly embarrassing and “Let’s talk about you and me, emotive subject. I’m sure some let’s talk about all the good things people might read this month’s and the bad things that may be, headline and be shocked. Some let’s talk about sex” parents reading this might think People of a certain age will recog- it’s outrageous and dirty to talk about sex in a village magazine. nise these lyrics from the Salt-nHonestly! Even in 2012 a large Pepa hip-hop classic from the proportion of modern day parents early 90s. Others, of a younger persuasion, might blush and fidget still don’t like talking to their kids awkwardly in their size 7 high tops about it. Their mantra seems to be “Don’t talk about sex! It’s dirty at the very mention of the word ‘sex’. Well, this month I’m going and should be kept firmly behind closed doors. Adolescents need to to take further advice from anbe protected from it; if you talk other of Salt-n-Pepa’s Grammy award-winning songs and ‘Push It’. about it you’ll only encourage them and we’ll have a teenage Real good! baby boom on our hands”. Well, Sex is a funny subject (sometimes I’m sorry to disappoint all you quite literally). It’s meant to bring parents, but it’s a bit late to think people together, but so often the about closing the stable door beopposite happens and it pushes cause the teenage pregnancy horse people apart. It polarises opinion has already bolted. and causes conflict across all creeds and cultures. A lucky few Figures released by the Office of are very comfortable talking about National Statistics in February LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX BABY! 2010 show the teenage pregnancy rate in Medway fell by 8.7 per cent between 2007 and 2008. Sounds good eh? However, when we take a closer look at the data from the Teenage Pregnancy Unit it paints a slightly bleaker picture. Officially there were 44.2 conceptions per 1000 girls aged 15-17 in Medway in 2008 (238 conceptions in total) compared to 48.4 per 1000 in the previous year. This is a reduction of 8.7 per cent and follows three years when the rate rose. Since 1998, the year that progress is measured against nationwide figures, the teenage pregnancy rate has fallen in Medway by 4.4 per cent. Nationally, the rate fell by 3.2 per cent between 2007 and 2008; to 40.4 conceptions per 1000 girls aged 15-17. Now, I don’t know about you but I find these figures alarming and perhaps the saddest statistic of all is that over half of these teenage pregnancies end in termination. It’s only natural to talk about sex, it’s difficult not to at certain stages of life, but the one area where we don’t talk about it enough is within the family. Most teenagers think their parents are too old for sex and most adults would rather be dragged backwards through a field of stinging nettles wearing barbed wire underwear than talk to their children about it. That’s where people like me can help, or Tamsin Meredith, who run a weekly sexual health drop-in at the Hundred of Hoo School. Tamsin is an NHS sexual health nurse, whose clinics at the school, and at Mid Kent College, have been awarded the Department of Health’s prestigious You’re Welcome accreditation. The clinics are for young people (up to the age of 20) who can receive confidential advice, support and signposting to other services such as counselling, contraception and sexual health, emotional problems, diet and exercise. I recently went along to the Hundred of Hoo School with a female colleague to offer a free drop-in clinic for teenagers having difficulties coming to terms with emotional issues relating to sex and sexual health. Unfortunately, the school felt their pupils already had enough support and declined our offer. Shame that, as the emotional impact of teenage sexual behaviour can often carry on into adulthood and lead to longer term psychological and relationship difficulties. The Hoo School’s loss is Sir Thomas Aveling’s gain, as they accepted the same offer and clinics begin next term. These clinics are voluntary, discreet and confidential; clients are seen on an individual basis to reduce embarrassment. I know from experience about trying to get groups of teenagers together to have a rational debate about sex and sexual health, and how embarrassing it can feel for some. Almost every time it descends into a circle of giggles with a heavy dose of embarrassment and more than a pinch of immaturity. Is it any wonder we don’t always get it right when we can’t even face talking about it in the first place? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating under age sex in this column. Not at all, I see the dangers and fallout from that on a fairly regular basis at work. What I’m saying is that if we understand these things better we will usually know how to deal with them, and one of the best ways to understand something is to talk about it. If you have any questions, concerns or queries about sex, don’t keep them to yourself. Pop by and see Tamsin Meredith at the Hundred of Hoo School (if you’re a pupil that is), or try talking to a trusted adult. If that’s not possible, try logging on to the following website for some advice: Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org Check out our website: www.island-dance-academy.co.uk www.nhs.uk/Livewell/ Talkingaboutsex/Pages/ Whocanhelp.aspx Whatever happens, let’s keep talking about it and, as always, stay healthy! See you next month. 10 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 HELP FOR HEROES WALK TO LONDON 2011 Last year I participated in a walk. It was not just a walk to the corner shop or a walk to school. It was not just two miles down the road and it did not take just fifteen minutes out of the day. I was lucky to participate in a much more special walk. I and many others from The Hundred of Hoo School took part in a 26 mile plus walk from Gravesend to the Cenotaph in London, in aid of the Help for Heroes foundation. In preparation for the walk, I tried to raise as much money as possible for the foundation and I managed to raise £77 through friends and relatives, and an online donation website. From this, the anticipation was building; I just wanted to start the walk and do what I promised I would. However, the morning of the walk, of course, was daunting. Although I was one of the oldest to participate in the walk (in my group), I also had the smallest legs! So, walking such a long distance on a very cold British November day did not seem like such a brilliant idea, but when arriving with the others at the starting point, the excitement and reality of what I was about to do kicked in. I was thanking our heroes. With our Help for Heroes tshirts on, our hand-made signs and our red buckets in hand, we set off on our journey. During our 26 mile walk, we (students) and our teachers were amazed to see pedestrians and even passers by stopping their cars to help fill our buckets. We were even clapped and cheered many times. We stopped at various points, such as Bexley Heath high street, to set-up a stool and try that little bit more to raise extra money and once again, we was pleasantly surprised to see how giving and considerate people were. The encouragement we received from strangers, and each other, can only be described as incredible. We were ever grateful to Blackburn Rugby Club for allowing us to stay overnight before finishing the rest of our journey early the next morning. After being treated to a freshly made bacon sandwich in the morning, we were about to complete the last few hours of the journey, which seemed to be the longest and the hardest. Everyone was tired and fatigued but no one was de-motivated and, as we trekked on, Big Ben, standing tall and proud, inched closer towards us. And before we knew it, we were surrounded by many others on London Bridge. Knowing we had completed the (what seemed like) impossible journey was overwhelming. We were lucky and thankful to obtain a place quite close to the parade and Cenotaph itself and the silence which filled central London was one of the most remarkable moments of my life, to be around thousands of people but to not hear one word, one whisper, one snigger was astonishing. It seemed that even the sound of rushing cars and noisy birds had stopped. All in remembrance of our fallen heroes. Like every year, the school had prepared a reef and one student from Year 12 was given the opportunity to place the reef alongside others around the Cenotaph, fully equipped in his army uniform; another truly inspiring image. Now, people who know me closely will not be oblivious to the fact that I moan, a lot. But much to my surprise, I did not complain; no matter how much my little legs ached or how cold I was. No one did. And with each other’s help and our determination to raise money for our fallen heroes meant that The Hundred of Hoo School was able to raise just over £3,000 for the Help for Heroes foundation. Like school tradition, a new set of students will participate in the Help for Heroes walk to London this year and I would urge all of you to stop and donate as much or as little as you can if you see the students and teachers completing the walk on the 10th and 11th of November. If you do not, then please find a donation pot in your local shop or donate online to the foundation and celebrate this occasion, in the memory of our fallen heroes. www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ ways_to_donate.html BY CHLOE SANDS Media and Communications student, studying at Canterbury Christchurch University. Professional guitarist and guitar teacher offers 1 to 1 tuition. All ages and abilities welcome. Graduate of London Guitar Institute and playing experience includes The Who and Robbie Williams. Can include practical, grades & theory. Hoo St. Werburgh Primary School and Marlborough Centre PTA are appealing to the community for gifts and donations for their annual Christmas Fair, to be held at the school on Friday 7th December. Please drop any donations at the school reception: Pottery Road, Hoo. Homemade crafts, gifts and donations gratefully received. 11 Home Visits or at Home Studio in Christmas Lane, High Halstow Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 12 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! annual Christmas Fair. There’ll be a tombola and lots of other festive treats! Saturday 8th December - Craft Fair at Hoo Village Institute Free entry. Starting at 11am and finishing at 4pm. Hoo Village Institute, 25 Main Road, Hoo. Pop along and celebrate many local crafters! For enquires call 07877 467519, or check: www.facebook.com/ CraftCalendarMedwayKent Saturday 8th December - Hoo Christmas Market in Hoo Village Square Hoo Village Events Committee are holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 8th December, from 12 noon to 5pm. There’ll be a variety of stalls, festive food and drink, entertainment, Father Christmas and lots more! Pop along and have a great time. Saturday 15th December - Concert at Hoo St. Werburgh Parish Church Snowdown Colliery Brass Band present a concert, starting at 7pm. Tickets are by a minimum donation of £7 and all funds raised will go to supporting the Church. To find out more, and for tickets, contact Stuart Coombes on 251705. Got a story? 07919 693 095 EVENING OF CLAIRVOYANCE With Kim Collyer Tuesday 13th November at 7.30pm The Centre of Inner Light, Jubilee Hall, Pottery Road, Hoo Entrance: pay £4 at the door. Sunday 11th November - High Halstow Hikers Monthly Walk The November walk will feature Knowle Park and Greensands Way. December’s walk is on Sunday 16th. Find out more by contacting Mitchell Dowsett on 01634 254428 or email: email@example.com. Sunday 11th November - Craft Fair at Hoo Village Institute Free entry. Starting at 11am and finishing at 4pm. Hoo Village Institute, 25 Main Road, Hoo. Pop along and celebrate many local crafters! For enquires call 07877 467519, or check: www.facebook.com/ CraftCalendarMedwayKent Tuesday 20th November - Hoo St. Werburgh Primary School and Marlborough Centre There will be a Foundation Stage’ Open Morning from 9.30am until 11am. Is your child taking his or her first steps into school in September 2013? Come and visit staff and children and enjoy a tour of our friendly, well-resourced school. Ask any questions you may have. Complimentary refreshments available. Contact Debbie Stammers on 01634 338040 to book your place! Saturday 24th November - Clean Up in Hoo Village Square Join the last monthly litter pick of 2012, starting at The Chequers pub (in Church Street) at 9.30am, and finishing at 11am. There’ll be mulled wine and mince pies back at the pub for all the helpers! Call Michael on 07919 693 095 to find out more. Saturday 24th November - Christmas Fair at St. Werburgh Church From 11am to 3pm - come along to the Church (Church Street, Hoo) and enjoy craft stalls, a tombola, a grand draw, festive treats, refreshments and much more - a warm welcome is assured! Friday 7th December - PTA Christmas Fair at Hoo Primary School and Marlborough Centre Starting at 3.20pm, pop along to Hoo Primary School and Marlborough Centre, Pottery Road in Hoo. Please support the PTA with their PSYCHIC FAYRE Saturday 24th November 12 noon to 5pm Psychic Readings / Clairvoyance / Tarot / Crystals. Jubilee Hall, Pottery Road, Hoo Readings: £10 for 20 mins. Our advertising rates have been reduced. Our distribution has increased to 4,500. Village Voices offers great value for money! Find out how to advertise your business on Page 3. 13 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 With the weather turning colder every day, the last Hoo Clean Up of the year will be on Saturday 24th November, starting at 9.30am. this final session of the year! The Hoo Clean Up, held every month, is supported by many businesses and organisations, including Hoo St. WerMeeting at The Chequers pub burgh Parish Council, SPAR in Church Street, Hoo, it will Supermarket, MHS Homes, be ‘litter pickers to the ready’ The Chequers pub and for all those who take part in TAGGS Coffee Shop. The way our village looks should concern everyone and many residents have complained about the amount of litter dropped around the village square. Despite regular and robust cleaning carried out by Medway Council, and the Parish Council, more and more litter is dropped and left behind. Volunteers have worked hard for many months to keep our village looking smart and tidy, and a growing number of residents have joined the Clean Up sessions, although more helpers are always needed to keep up the good work – and to send out the clear message that dropping litter is wrong and costly! Even if you haven’t been able to come along and show your For fitness and fun. Weekly classes on Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9pm at the Red Cross Hall on Stoke Road, Hoo. Classes are only £5 each and are suitable for all levels. Absolute beginners are welcome. For more information, call Rosie: support previously, please join us for the last opportunity of the year to help keep Hoo tidy, on 24th November. Ending at 11am, the session will end with a special treat of mulled wine and mince pies back at the pub for all the volunteers! Join us for the last Clean Up of 2012, regardless of when you last helped. So, keep calm and clean up – your village still needs you!!! Find out more about the 2013 Clean Ups, which are run as part of the Keep Britain Tidy ‘Big Tidy Up’ campaign, by getting in touch using the contact details below. See you on Saturday 24th! For more than 15 years we have been taking people from various pick-up points in the Medway area to the continent (on the last Saturday of every month) for those wishing to take advantage of reasonably-priced alcohol, tobacco and great cuisine from France and Belgium. The coach pick-up point for the Hoo area is the bus stop next to the petrol station on Four Elms Hill (Rochester bound). The next trip will be on Saturday 17th November - call to book your place! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website: www.expresstravelmedway.co.uk 14 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Jane Pearce lives in Hoo with her family. She loves cooking for family and friends and was once based at the old Chattenden Barracks - cooking for the army, and was an award-winning civilian Chef. Ingredients: 500g of diced beef 1/2 glass of red wine 3 large carrots 1 leek 1 beef stock cube Water Gravy granules 8oz of self raising flour 4oz of vegetable suet 1 tbsp of dried mixed herbs Yet another winter warmer this month, and another family favourite in my own household. The combination of tasty cobblers and casserole will nearly always leave you wanting more, so you might have to cook a little extra - depending on how many are in your family! See you next month for something even more tasty! Standard Cooking: Prep time: 30m (the beef should marinate overnight) (7) While the casserole is cooking, you can begin making the cobblers - add in a separate mixing bowl 8oz of self-raising flour, 4oz of vegetable suet and 1 tbsp of dried mixed herbs, then mix everything together. (8) Add water, gradually, to the mixing bowl and stir until the mix turns into dough. (11) Place the baking dish in the oven to cook for 25 minutes, at 150 degrees until the cobblers are golden brown. Once the cobblers and casserole are cooked, serve with a glass of red wine! (T2, T3, T4, T5) (9) Roll the dough into a sausage shape, cut it in half. Then, cut both sec(1) Wash the diced beef in tions into four good sized cold, clean water. cobblers. Make sure the (2) Add the diced beef to a cobblers are about an inch large bowl and pour half a glass thick in depth. of red wine over the beef (T1). (10) Place the cobblers Then leave to marinate overinto a baking dish and add night in the fridge. water to the dish until the (3) Take the marinated beef depth is an inch deep, the out of the fridge and place the same thickness as the whole contents, beef and wine, cobblers. into a large casserole dish. Standard Cooking: (4) Chop the leek and carrots and mix them into the dish. (5) Take a separate bowl to mix a beef stock. Add the beef stock cube and add hot water mixing well until the consistency is as creamy as possible. (6) Add the beef stock to the casserole dish and mix well. Also, add gravy granules to thicken the casserole. Then, place the lid on the casserole dish and place in the oven for 3 to 4 hours, at 150 degrees. Cooking time: 3 to 4 hours Serves: 4 to 6 people Tips: refer to this section where you see (T) and a number (T1) Add extra red wine at this point, if you’d like to increase the alcohol level. (T2) Serve with Mulled Wine if you’d like to make your dish more festive! (T3) Any leftover cobbler dough can be frozen to use later. (T4) Add to the taste of your cobblers by adding sultanas to sweeten. (T5) You can even use your frozen cobblers for breakfast - sliced and grilled, served with egg, bacon and beans etc. 15 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Hoo is lucky to have many clubs and groups. There is something for everyone in our village! A couple of weeks ago the Village Voices team Sometimes, the group also manage popped along to meet the to use an ‘N’ gauge layout. ‘Hoo Peninsular Model Thank you to the model railway Railway Group’. group for being so friendly and On arriving at their weekly activity welcoming! night, we found a model railway all The group are keen to grow their set-up and ready to run - with a membership and would like to classic Flying Scotsman and a more attract new members. If you would modern Intercity 125 ‘in service’. like to rekindle your childhood A great combination! memories of Hornby trains, or It was great talking to Ralph maybe you just fancy helping to Smythe, and the other members, build and construct models, layouts who were busy building various and scenery, please get in touch gauges of model railway. As well with Ralph Smythe. as a ‘00’ gauge layout, equipped To find out more about the group, with both digital and analogue or to arrange a visit to one of their control, the group also boast a live activity nights, contact Ralph on steam SM32 gauge layout. They 07527 596630. hope to display this model to the public once or twice a year at local events, including the new Hoo Carnival in July 2013. ‘A Better Medway’ health improvement services are giving you the chance to win a new iPad 3, simply by telling them your health goal for 2013. You can enter in person at one of 14 high street events in Medway, or via post by picking up a pledge leaflet from a range of local venues. Full entry details can be found at www.abettermedway.co.uk/healthynewyear. For more information call the team on 0800 234 6805 or 01634 334800. Come and make your pledge at one of the following events: Gillingham Market - Monday 19 November, Monday 3 December, Saturday 22 December, Monday 7 January 2013 Chatham High Street - Tuesday 20 November, Thursday 13 December, Thursday 24 January 2013 Strood Market - Tuesday 27 November, Saturday 15 December, Thursday 15 January 2013 Rainham Town Centre - Thursday 29 November, Thursday 20 December Rochester High Street - Thursday 6 December, Thursday 10 January 2013 Do you want to quit smoking for Christmas or New Year? Come along to the NEW Stop Smoking Drop-In Clinic at the Hoo St Werburgh Practice, Bells Lane. Every Tuesday, 1pm - 2.30pm Join in the conversation online: #healthynewyear 16 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 The group of young Wildlife Explorer’s were having a good chuckle down the end of the telescope because the bird they were watching appeared to be wearing a mismatched pair of legwarmers. It was a black-tailed godwit, a large, sleek wading bird with a very long and ever so slightly upturned bill. The one standing in front of them was out on the mud just off Riverside Country Park (in Gillingham) and multicoloured bands on both of its legs were actually coloured bird rings. This was all very exciting because godwits are longdistance migrants and the rings would tell us where it had come from. We rushed back to the RSPB office to send our pictures of the bird to a scientist in Ireland who knew all about it and then eagerly waited to learn how many thousand miles this particular bird had flown. We were more than a little crest-fallen when the answer came back that it had been ringed at Kingsnorth power station, about one mile from the spot it was now standing on! That, however, is the illusion created by some birds - that they are the same ones, with us all year round. There are always godwits in the Medway, but summer birds leave for Morocco backfilled for the winter by godwits from Greenland. Many bird species migrate thousands of miles each year, normally from breeding grounds in the north down through Europe to the Mediterranean and North Africa. Water birds cannot remain where water freezes and in- sect feeders have richer pickings in warmer climates. Harsh winter weather in Eastern Europe also sporadically pushes birds westwards into the UK where, for example, we may be inundated with wood pigeons. In Hoo, the kestrels, sparrows, great and long-tailed tits you see all year round are the same little feathered friends, but just about everything else is an international departure or arrival. Your roof, washing line and TV aerial is like Terminal 3 at London airport. Come the autumn, blackbirds may move southwest, the one’s you saw in the summer could now be in Cornwall. In their stead are blackbirds from northern Germany, Poland and Scandinavia. Likewise, starlings and chaffinches are arriving from Eastern Europe. It is hard to imagine that a bird as small as a greenfinch pecking away at your feeder has just flown in from, say, Finland, and the goldfinch that was there just a few weeks before, is now in Spain, but they manage it. Most robins stay put in the UK but some will head off for southern Europe and you could well have a Russian redbreast visiting you for Christmas. Some garden birds are easily distinguishable as winter visitors. The beautiful black and yellow siskin is a small finch that breeds in Scotland and celebrates Hogmanay with us. Another finch, the brambling, with uniquely orange wing feathers, has already arrived at RSPB Northward Hill fresh in from the most northerly of European forests. If you pause a while and listen on the way back from the pub next time, you are likely to 17 hear a high-pitched call above you, these are redwing flying in from Russia using the stars to navigate. Redwings are joined by fieldfares, both are members of the thrush family and can be seen feeding in large flocks on playing fields and in gardens. The harsher the winter weather in continental Europe the more visitors we receive, lapwings move west towards Ireland replaced by birds from the Netherlands. Out on the estuary up to 300,000 ducks and waders are arriving now and move with the tidal ebb and flow; there’s no reason why you won’t see large skeins crossing Hoo as they move between the Thames and the Medway. There has been an intriguing change of bird behaviour within our own lifetime for the blackcap and chiffchaff. These small warblers migrate south and were absent from the winter garden twenty years ago. Since then increasing numbers stay put and take their chances with our weather, the survivors have the first pick of nesting sites before the rest get back from their winter break. Quite the best way to know how birds migrate is to fit small satellite tracking devices to them, and it is enormous fun to follow their progress on the associated websites. Back in September we took a call from the Scottish Wildlife Trust informing us that one of their tagged ospreys was roosting in the wood at Northward Hill. Ending rather neatly where we began, the following day the osprey stopped by Kingsnorth power station, a regular pit stop for them, crossed the Channel and headed south into France; it was last heard from on the Spanish border. Hopefully this local international flavour emphasises the value of feeding your birds. It will not only sustain them through the lean winter months, but for many, it will provide the energy they need to get back to their nesting grounds hundreds and thousands of miles away. Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Local residents are furious about stretches of the Saxon Shore Way, particularly along the Sea Wall, being damaged by motorbikes. Residents are also concerned about misuse and abuse of bridleways and public rights of way in other parts of the village. Medway Council previously installed barriers at Kingsnorth Close, and a kissing gate be- tween Vicarage Lane and the Sea Wall – two locations known for motorbike abuse. The Council also advise that there aren’t any barriers or gates that are 100% effective, but that the objective is to make it as difficult as possible for motorbikes to gain access. the new housing developments, east of Bells Lane. Residents are encouraged to report incidents of motorbikes using public rights of way to the Police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency). And residents should make sure they always get an incident number! MedMedway Council say they will way Council say that when an make further improvements at incident is reported it becomes some bridleways located near to part of the statistics for the area, and this allows the Police to plan and target resources in areas where there are higher incident numbers. If incidents are not reported to the Police, they will not be aware of the scale of the problem and will not then have the resources available to tackle it effectively. In a positive move, Medway Council’s Public Rights of Way team recently set-up a Facebook page - allowing local people to interact with their services. Residents are being encouraged to report issues, make requests and offer suggestions for improvements using this new online facility. Visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ medwaypublicrightsofway CND Shellac is the original and only power polish service, empowering you - the real women, with 14+ days of superior colour, no matter what life brings you! 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Little Saints of St. Werburgh Primary Pony Express Learn to Line Dance School Linda Eatwell on 811895 Teresa on 07761960799 Line Dancing and Keep Fit Hoo The Hundred of Hoo Nursery Linda Eatwell on 811895 Hayley on 252334 Lonestar Line Dancing Smilers Pre School Val or Ken on 256279 (Wainscott) 297658 or (Chattenden) 07817 398519 Hoo WI Maggie Vidgen on 01634 842026 Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time (Hoo Library) High Halstow Cricket Club 250640 (Colts) Malcolm Coomber on 251473 or (Adults) David Lapthorn Storytime (Hoo Library) on 250334 250640 Hoo St. Werburgh Bell Ringers GUIDING ASSOCIATION Dave Moore on 251343 1st Hoo Rainbows 254079 2nd Hoo Brownies 250897 1 Hoo Guides 251681 st High Halstow and District Gardening Club Gwen Bucknall on 250456 GEC Bowls Club Brian Trill on 220229 (Capt.) Yvonne Vidgeon on 250265 (Ladies Capt.) Reiki Healing 0844 576 3045 Hoo Peninsular Model Railway Club Ralph on 07527 596630 Multi Style Fighting Arts Adam 07773 876216 Red Cross Hall Charlie Fairclough on 250458 Hoo St. Werburgh Bell Ringers Margaret Funnell on 251285 Tai Chi Selina on 07748 184389 Slimming World (Institute) Beryl on 255323 Slimming World (Jubilee Hall) Ash on 250170 SCOUTING ASSOCIATION Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts Sally Cox on 572701 YOUTH GROUPS Island Dance Company Mandy Farrell on 07927 975540 www.island-dance-academy.co.uk / email@example.com Hoo Ju Jitsu Clun Ernie on 251838 Woodpeckers Football Club Chris Irons on 07770 794624 Football 4 All Jason on 07800 654759 Send items for inclusion to: 17 Grandsire Gardens, Hoo, ME3 9LH or text: 07919 693 095 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 19 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! can take the cyber baby home for the weekend! Contact Lindsay Hartney to find out more about this. Got a story? 07919 693 095 HOO Every Monday - the Detached Team are out and about on the streets of Hoo and Wainscott from 6pm to 9pm Every Wednesday - Youth Club in Jubilee Hall, Pottery Road, Hoo from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. For those aged 12 and over. Entry 50p. The team run Hoo Youth Club and we have just re-opened, so please pop along and tell us what you want to see happening in your club! If you want to learn about caring for a new-born baby - we run a ‘cyber-baby project’ (for those aged 13 and over). And, if you're over 15 you If you’re looking for a job, need help producing a CV, or just fancy a chat about what you’d like to do and how you’d like to do it - please get in touch with us, as we can help you! Contact Lindsay Hartney by phone on 07795 236289, or email@example.com CHATTENDEN Every Monday - Youth Club in Chattenden Community Centre, Swinton Avenue, Chattenden from 6pm to 8.30pm. Entry 50p. Contact Gemma Matten by phone on 07534 174351, or firstname.lastname@example.org Rochester based, The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice, are inviting local residents to be a part of their Lights for Love Appeal. The Appeal gives people the chance to dedicate a light on a Christmas tree in memory of loved ones who have died. Three trees will be illuminated by hundreds of tiny white lights, and each light will symbolise love for someone special. Those attending the ceremony also have the chance to write a message on a silver star to hang on the tree. The tree lighting ceremonies will take place on 30th November at Rochester Cathedral, 5.25pm, 4th December at Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital and on 6th December at Stonnes Family Centre at 6pm. The Mayor of Medway and Mayor of Swale annually attend the event to assist with the switching on of the lights. Cheryl Jones, Fundraiser Coordinator for The Friends, said: “It is always lovely to see so many supporters attend all three of our Lights for Love Ceremonies to dedicate a light for someone special. It is important to us that there are trees in Sittingbourne and Sheppey because of the distance from the Hospice in Rochester. We are especially excited about the Sittingbourne service as we have the support of Swale Community Choir this year.” For more details please contact Cheryl on 01634 831163 or email: email@example.com 20 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 No sale = No fee. 1% sole agency fees. Free market appraisals. Free floor plans on all properties. Various letting services available. Advertising from our 3 branches in prime locations. Designated lettings and property management departments. A professional, personal service from multi-site internet advertising. Experienced and dedicated locally based staff. Eye catching ‘For Sale’ boards. Hoo Peninsula Branch 4 Main Road Hoo Rochester Kent ME3 9AD Tel: 01634 256176 Snodland Branch 6 High Street Snodland Kent ME6 5DF Tel: 01634 788021 Strood Branch 122 High Street Strood Rochester Kent ME2 4TR Tel: 01634 730672 21 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 This year Remembrance Sunday will have a special poignancy for the congregation and wider community of Hoo St. Werburgh. The Reverend Andy Harding, who took these services for more than seven years has started his Chaplaincy with the Army in Afghanistan. The congregation is lighting a candle in the church each Sunday to focus our prayers for him and for all those who serve with him. I spoke to a veteran who was part of the D-Day Landings recently – Bill is now 99 years of age and very active. He can be found each year in the shopping centre in Redhill collecting large sums of money for the Poppy Appeal along with his friends from the British Legion. He was a Captain in charge of a group of soldiers in the Pioneer Core. Their role was to go onto the beaches early in the morning before the main assault to clear the mines off the sea defences so that men and vehicles could safely progress up the beach. He said that the night before he had been given the choice with another group as to which beach they would clear – one was known to be well defended and the other was thought to be an easier option. They tossed a coin and he won. The other group suffered serious losses in trying to fulfil their task whilst Bill’s group found the only defence was from a couple of young soldiers in a pill box who were terrified. When his platoon disembarked from their landing craft a number of soldiers were too enthusiastic. They ran up the beach and found themselves in a mine field. Bill shouted to them to stop where they were and a discussion ensued as to how to get them out. The Chaplain came up and said that he was willing to trust in God and to go in to save them. He went forward to where the men were and invited them to put their trust in him and that he would get them out safely. They did this and all were saved. Bill, who was later made a Lieutenant Colonel, said that from that moment on he had every admiration for chaplains! War, of all human activity, is the cruellest and most unfair of them all. Another soldier, driving through the desert in the Eighth Army witnessed a shell flying through the window of his transporter, killing his comrade and not him. He is still asking the question why him and not me. Our young soldiers patrolling in Afghanistan face this daily as they face snipers and IEDs by the roadside. We rightly honour and support our young people in uniform as in their generation they face this terrible lottery on their lives. We are right to remember each person with pride who has given their lives both in the services and as New Image Friendly family run business - established 23 years 8 Church Street, Hoo, ME3 9AH (opps. Vicarage Lane junction) civilians. It is important, however, that we also hear their cry to each succeeding generation that they should resolve disputes through common respect and diplomacy rather than war, and that each life laid down was in the name of trying to create peace, freedom and justice and a world without the necessity of war. Please remember Andy and others from the Peninsula community serving in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the services in your thoughts and prayers. You will be very welcome to attend our Remembrance Service at St. Werburgh Church on Sunday 11th November. Please note that it starts at 10.00am this year and not 10.15am as in previous years. 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This month Village Voices combine both in our look back at the history of our parish. We caught up with Hoo resident Alan Page, who has lived in the village for 34 years. began as a child when he would accompany his grandfather, who was a signalman, to work. As a result, Alan spent lots of time drawing trains and capturing other scenes of railway life. He is currently working on producing a book about the Chattenden railway, which will include many of his colourful paintings. Not many people are aware of the fact that there was once a local railway in our parish, known as the Chattenden Although Alan is and Upnor Railway. now retired, he worked for This later become Above: Alan Page, holding many years as a draughtsknown as the Lodge Hill and one of his paintings. man. His interest in drawing Upnor Railway. The line was originally laid in 1873, as part of a military training exercise. It had a mixed military use over the years and saw intensive usage during the Second World War – eventually closing in 1961. Postal Address: 17 Grandsire Gardens, Hoo, ME3 9LH Email: email@example.com Above: an old view of Four Elms Hill. We were pleased to take a sneaky peak at some of Alan’s work, which he likes to mix with elements of fiction. The finished result is remarkable! In the coming months, Village Voices will feature more from our discussions with Alan about local railways, and his paintings, so watch this space to find out more! Alan has a keen fascination with railways, and with recreating, in art form, those memorable days of steam. Portable Appliance Testing PAT Tester 15 years experience Tel: 077 250 999 57 24 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 25 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 Local residents Yola Wozniak and Tracey Spellman (pictured left) are celebrating the success of their first Craft Fair event at Hoo Village Institute - held last month (Sunday 14th October). The first Craft Fair attracted a wide selection of stallholders and there was a big turnout of local residents to show their support. Further Craft Fair events are planned for Sunday 11th November and Saturday 8th December (both from 11am to 4pm), again at the Hoo Village Institute. The December Craft Fair is taking place on the same day as Hoo Christmas Market - being staged in the Village Square. Pop along for a fabulous opportunity to purchase unusual and unique gifts. Entry is FREE. Find our more about becoming a stallholder by visiting: www.facebook.com/ craftcallendermedwaykent 26 Advertise: 07919 693 095 Village Voices - your village, your voice! Got a story? 07919 693 095 In the next, Christmas, edition of Village Voices, we will look at the many festivities being organised in and around the village. There’ll also be a report about ‘Mostly Paul’ and his epic walking trip to Land’s End. He left Hoo on 18th September and we’ll find out if he made it to Cornwall, and take a look at his photos! Parish Councillor, keen local artist and one of our regular helpers at the monthly Hoo Clean Ups, Mrs Noreen Chambers, will show us some of her paintings and explain what she loves about the local landscape. See you next month! Ray & Babs Miller, from Hoo, are the November ‘Couple of the Month’ and win a £20 gift voucher to spend at TAGGS Coffee Shop & Wine Bar. If you live in Hoo or Chattenden and would like to be in with a chance of becoming our ‘Couple of the Month’ - send Village Voices a good quality photo of you and your partner! Please post or email photos using the contact details listed on page 3. 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