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issue four

september/ october twenty-twelve

Ray Winstone britain’s favourite tough guy brings the sweeney to the big screen

golf live!

big time swingers play ball in kent

cycle trail

picturesque pedalling in perry woods

canterbury’s best eat, drink & be merry in kent’s most historic city

who’s in control?

YoU or YoUr blaDDer? Urinary incontinence is a very common problem. Around 4 out of 10 women will be affected by it at some time in their lives. But the good news is BMI The Chaucer and BMI The Somerfield Hospitals offer specialist and effective treatments to help treat incontinence. Our team of consultant gynaecologists explain the different types of incontinence problems and treatments available. it’s not surprising that many people tend to park the issue of incontinence at the back of their minds. it can be a tricky and embarrassing subject. many muddle through, believing that bladder problems just come with the territory as we get older and there’s nothing anyone can do. for most people, a normal frequency for passing urine is about 6-8 times over a full 24-hour period. at night, you shouldn’t need to get up more than once. so if you’re finding your bladder more demanding than this, please read on. incontinence affects different people in different ways. the most common types are: Stress incontinence: this is frequently caused by a weakness in the pelvic floor muscles which support the bladder outlet. this can often be as a result of childbirth. some women suffer stress leakage after their first vaginal birth. activities such as running, laughing, coughing and jumping can set the alarm bells ringing. sadly, this fear of leakage can affect all parts of your life, from exercise and fun, to dancing and sex. Urge incontinence: some people find themselves gripped by a sudden urge to pass urine, which can result in leakage before you make it to the toilet. this is because the bladder muscle is contracting too early and you have less control. this can occur at any age but it is more common in later years. Mixed incontinence: it is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.

Other symptoms. sufferers find that they are altering their normal life patterns, drinking less fluid, worrying about toilets and going more often. many people who suffer from bladder problems may

also have a prolapse (dropping) of the vagina, with or without additional prolapse of the womb (uterus), as well as leakages. other symptoms include feeling or seeing a bulge, heaviness or dragging in the vagina, vaginal looseness during sex, cystitis, difficulty in passing urine and passing a motion, which sometimes needs manual help. these are symptoms that your gp should be told about – particularly when, for most people, effective treatment is accessible.

A better future. once you’ve been to see your gp, congratulations! You’ll have made a very positive step towards a much more promising future. the first step of your treatment is a consultation. You’ll be asked a few simple questions about yourself and your lifestyle. this is usually followed by an internal vaginal examination (a bit like a smear). samples of your urine would also be taken for testing, and you will be asked to keep a diary for three days detailing your liquid intake and trips to the toilet. Depending on the results of the investigations, a tailored plan will be recommended of which might include: Focusing on your lifestyle: assessing areas like your physical activities, fluid intake, reducing caffeine and weight loss (if applicable). Surgical and physical therapies: our gynaecological Units are run by a multi-disciplinary team of consultants and health professionals who are experienced in this field. our team of consultant gynaecologists work closely with our women’s health physiotherapists, offering a wide range of surgical and therapeutic services. many also treat overactive bladder, chronic pelvic pain and male continence problems. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, your consultant will advise on the treatment that is right for you of which may include surgery or physical therapies such as bladder training, pelvic floor exercises or muscle stimulation. Drug therapies: if you have an overactive bladder, there are prescription drugs available from your gp or consultant that can help to calm it down. sometimes, they may be used together with vaginal oestrogen (female hormone), tablets or cream.

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You’ll have fast and direct access to a choice of consultant gynaecologists, with investigation tests, assessments, treatments and management of conditions at a time to suit. with our competitive fixed price packages, there are no worries about any unexpected bills. for more information on our services including self-pay prices and flexible finance options, please call 0800 092 8772 or visit www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/womens-health BMI The Chaucer Hospital, canterbury ct4 7ar BMI The Somerfield Hospital, maidstone me16 0DU bmi healthcare is the UK’s no.1 private hospital group


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ello and welcome to our September/October edition of East Kent Lifestyle.

With summer pretty much in the bag it’s almost time to pack away the summer shorts and t-shirts. We didn’t get much of a summer admittedly but as I sit here typing in late August the sun in the sky blazing away is almost making me forget the rainy misery of June. Forget the weather though – the fabulous London Olympics surely brightened up everyone’s summer with the fantastic, venues, spectacular shows and awesome performance of Team GB. Tens of thousands of us made the short trip up to East London to share in the revelry including East Kent Lifestyle’s Jaillan Yehia who took some stunning shots of proceedings to remind us all of a spectacular British games (p71). We also go out and about in Canterbury and report back the best of what they’ve got offer, from how to see the city, where to eat, where to stay and where to party! Loveable cockney rogue Ray Winstone hits the big screen this month with Nick Love’s take on the 70’s classic “The Sweeney” as we take a look back over the career of one of Britain’s best loved actors. Get into the right gear with the latest Autumn fashions from Fenwicks and also see how a personal shopping experience could be just what you need to liven up your wardrobe. As Blur hit the Winter Gardens let’s find out if the Britpop royalty have still got what it takes 21 years from the release of their debut album “Leisure” and check out the fun and frolics at the annual Margate Soul Festival. Bringing you the best that East Kent has to offer and plenty more besides we hope you enjoy the next 100 pages. Pete Nichols, Publishing Director



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FASHION LOVERS et ready for Designer Outlet Fashion Month, launching at McArthurGlen this September… For fashion lovers who adore designer labels and want to stretch their shopping budget, this is the event of the season. Celebrating the thrill of designer labels for less, September 2012 will see the launch of the UK’s first ever Designer Outlet Fashion Month at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford. During the month, three exclusive style evenings will take place from 6:30pm with style consultant Deborah Eastlake on

‘I love borrowing my boyfriend’s clothes. A few items of menswear, such as a little blazer or an oversized shirt, create a really sharp, defined effect. I’m even stealing my son’s navy school socks now, too!’ – Laura Bailey

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food and drink 58 63 66 69 69

The Forge Minnis Recipe Seafood and Eat It Food for Thought The Sun Inn

travel 72 Jaillan Travel

music 17 Margate Soul Weekend 52 Blur 53 Oz Craggs

home 28 Jackson's Fencing 30 Interiors by Papillion 35 Cosi Fireplaces 39 Qing 40 Dempsey Bedrooms



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education 93 St Lawrence College 94 Kent College

health & fitness 86 Bannatynes 90 BMI Healthcare

sport 42 Golf Live 71 Olympics

74 autumn warmers

regulars & features 10 News 12 Sustainable Living 18 Cycle Trail 20 Fabulous Finds 44 Canterbury's Best 54 Ray Winstone 64 Renee's - Breast Cancer Awareness 96 What's Occuring 25 Advertisement Feature - Netanagent



days out 15 Broadstairs 22 Powell Cotton Museum

fashion 74 82 84 89 91

Fenwicks Fashion Fashion by Deborah Eastlake Personal Shopper with Jo Harrison' s Hair Tips Amy's Beauty Tips



renee's breast cancer awareness



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201 Visited by King William III in 1696, our beautiful informal gardens are available for visitors to explore, including lawns, herbaceous borders, a shrub border, exotic trees, ponds, statues, a woodland walk, monument, wildlife pond, croquet lawn and a Victorian Walled Garden. Quex Gardens are situated within the grounds of the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens in Birchington. The world-class natural history and ethnographical collections at the Museum support the study, understanding and simple enjoyment of the zoological, cultural and ecological diversity of Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Garden only entrance £2.00 per person £1.50 concessions General admittance (Museum, Quex House and Gardens) £7.00 per adult and £5.00 concessions ....Picnickers welcome

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between the bottom of the hill and the deep blue sea psapublishing East Kent Lifestyle magazine published by PSA Publishing The Joiners Shop, Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ tel: 01707 878026 email: sales@psapublishing.co.uk www.psapublishing.co.uk

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The Coastguard pub & Restaurant isn’t hard to find. Head for the sound of the waves lapping against the white cliffs of Dover, follow the delicious aroma of local produce cooking in a busy kitchen, search out the glint of freshly-poured ale. When the English Channel is about to wet your toes, you’ll be there. Admittedly, it’s a location hard to beat. A pub with its own beach and views across to France when the weather’s clear. Couples say it’s decidedly romantic; families say it’s great fun. It’s true that when you get to us your mobile might think you’re already in France (it is only 23 miles away) but The Coastguard prides itself on being an entirely Britishorientated seaside “home from home.” We’d love to see you soon. The Coastguard – your home by the sea. 50 minutes from London 40 minutes from Calais 2 seconds from the sea

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Foodie Heaven at the Broadstairs Food Festival Once again the historic coastal town of Broadstairs will be hosting its annual celebration of food in a three day food festival to be held at Victoria Gardens and along Victoria Parade at Broadstairs Promenade from 5th-7th October. The Broadstairs Food Festival is run and managed as a community interest company (CIC), by a board of local people. The BFF is the largest festival of its kind in the south east of England. With local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers firmly at its heart, it is a showcase of the fantastic food, drink and hospitality to be found in Kent and the surrounding counties. As well as over 100 stallholders there will also be food demonstrations from prominent local food experts including the award winning Dev Biswal from The Ambrette in Margate creating glorious dishes from his native India, fresh fish and seafood dishes from The Minnis, catch of the day from Eddie Gilbert’s, and freshly cooked tapas from Albarino. This non-profit making organization has been created by local people to support the tourism economy in Broadstairs and to create interest in the wealth of excellent food available locally and throughout Kent. Plus there will be an abundance of hot and cold food, real ales and Kent wines to keep you refreshed, loads of tastings and even more opportunities to buy. For more information go to www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk

Come & enjoy fab food - Tickle your tastebuds with tantalising treats Fill your basket with goodies from over 100 stalls of local & Kent produce Watch local chefs cook up a storm in the Kitchen Theatre PLUS - dance the nights away at the Pavilion What a weekend!! OCTOBER 5th, 6th and 7th, 2012 Victoria Gardens & Prom, from 10am www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk

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LOCAL ARTISTS REQUIRED FOR TURNER EXHIBITION! This summer, Turner Contemporary is asking Kentbased artists, craftspeople and gallery visitors to help create an extraordinary newly commissioned artwork for its Sunley Gallery. From Friday 14 September to 24 March 2013, Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno’s exuberant installation Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time) will fill the dramatic double-height Sunley Gallery. This new work, Nepomuceno’s most ambitious to date, brings the energy and colour of Brazil, with its many cultures, colourful carnivals, and dramatic rainforests, into Turner Contemporary’s beautiful space overlooking Margate seafront. Inspired by traditional South American craft techniques, Nepomuceno weaves straw, strings and piles beads, and sews brightly-coloured ropes into draping coils and flower-like forms. Visitors can sit amidst the work’s many colours and textures, hearing the sounds 10

of Nepomuceno’s imaginary universe emerging from the shapes around them, or relax in a hammock looking out to sea. The work will continue to grow under the care of the Maria Nepomuceno Studio Group, volunteer artists and craftspeople who will help the artist create her work during her visit this autumn. There are a number of ways opportunities for visitors, artists and craftspeople to get involved including workshops run by Maria, and invites to local artists and craftspersons to join Maria’s Studio Group. Participants will meet Maria and learn about her work and techniques, help create elements of the commission and become caretakers of the work after Nepomuceno leaves Margate. For more information contact the gallery on; T: 01843 233000 W: www.turnercontemporary.org

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There will be screams of delight rather than fright this autumn half-term when Kent Life opens its doors for a Halloween Spooktacular, 27 to 31 October from 10am. Kent Life is a fun and safe place for youngsters to go trick or treating (between 4 and 6pm), knocking on the doors of this family-friendly attraction’s historic homes to see who’s lurking behind them. There are sweets for every child who dares to wake the residents! Join the hunt for wooden ghosts hidden around the grounds and win a yummy treat if you find them all! Kids and grown-ups are invited to turn up in costume and enter the daily fancy dress competition (at 3.30pm), youngsters can have their faces painted as an ugly witch, scary skeleton or gruesome monster. Kent Life will also be running a pumpkin carving workshop during the Halloween festivities at a small additional fee. Kent Life is open every day from 10am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 6pm weekends and school holidays, until November. Usual admission is £8.95 adults, £7.75 seniors, and £6.50 for children. Under3s go FREE. Kent Life is located next to the M20, and is just an hour from London and 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and ports. Visit www. kentlife.org.uk or call 01622 763936.

Bluewater are hosting a fabulous Wedding Fair between 21 and 23 September at the stunning new exhibition centre ‘Glow, Bluewater’. Wedding couples, family and friends can enjoy a fabulous day out with the chance to enjoy shows, entertainment and meet a variety of wedding industry experts all under one roof. There will be over 150 exhibitors showcasing all the must book essentials from bridal and menswear, to venues, honeymoons, and photographers. Also source all those extra special details that will make your wedding exquisite – including cakes, flowers, jewellery and décor. There will be bridal shows on the catwalk and Lancôme will be offering the opportunity for attendees to try some of the latest makeup techniques and products with mini make-overs and pampering facials. There will also be marital masterclasses, seminars and Q & A sessions with seasoned experts covering everything from event planning, budgeting and even flower arranging. Visit the Honeymoon Hideout where luxury travel exhibitors will be offering advice on the perfect honeymoon location. For those who enjoy an evening out there is also a ‘VIP Gala Evening’ which also entitles ticketholders to see extended catwalk shows and additional entertainment. Opening times: Friday September 21- 1pm till 5.30pm, VIP Gala Evening 5.30pm - 8pm, Saturday September 22 - 10am to 6pm, Sunday September 23 - 10am to 5pm 11

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THE PINES CALYX – CHALKING UP A HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE St. Margaret’s Bay, nestled in the White Cliffs of Dover, is one of the gems of East Kent and hidden away just 100 yards from the beach is the Pines Garden, home to one of Kent’s most unusual modern buildings – the ‘naturally inspiring’ Pines Calyx. The building showcases a fusion of historic construction techniques and 21st century technologies, winning a clutch of architectural awards since its completion in 2006. This summer the building further bolstered its environmental credentials with a range of renewable energy generation technologies leading to the this becoming the first commercial building in the UK to be a net energy exporter (supplying surplus heat and electricity to adjoining buildings). The Calyx’s design elements take their inspiration from nature’s own designs, with its rammed chalk walls, catalan vaulted ceilings, natural ventilation through an earth tube and a sophisticated ‘virtual daylight’ lighting system. 12

This month I am paying a visit to what many claim to be Britain’s most sustainable building.

So, environmentally, it certainly touches the parts that many other buildings often fail to reach whilst the close nature approach leads to a positively healthy and invigorating internal environment, perfect for the building’s many and varied uses. And what happens here? The Calyx was created by the Bay Trust as a low carbon venue from which to run its environmental educational programmes and courses (my article in the May/June issue covering the other half of the Trust’s activities at Rippledown Environmental Education Centre, three miles away in Ringwould). The building is also regularly hired out for conferences, weddings, arts events and many other celebrations. Its iconic design alongside its stunning setting, nestled into the surrounding chalk grassland, has resulted in the Calyx becoming a favourite with many trainers and event organisers alongside a growing flow of wedding couples.. VISITING THE PINES CALYX There is a nearby ‘trial dome’ (as the name suggested, where the building design was initially trialled) enabling all Pines Garden

visitors to appreciate how the building was constructed, and on regular occasions throughout the year the building’s doors are open to the general public. So now’s the time to come and discover a grand design that fully fits in with nature’s grand design! There are two Open Weekends this autumn – 13/14th Oct &17/18th Nov, and if you’re thinking about having an event of your own then on Sunday 21st October there will be team members on hand to share with you all the fun and creative uses the building and surrounding 6 acres of garden provide for private functions – from christenings right through to golden wedding parties – along with some sumptuous culinary options from the Bay Trust’s team of chefs, all passionate about making our low carbon sustainable future taste as good as it looks! For more information on the building and garden visit www.pinescalyx.co.uk and www.pinesgarden.co.uk and for the wider area visit www.firstlightecotourism.org Diane Martin diane@rippledown.com

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Often referred to as “The Jewel in Thanet’s Crown” Broadstairs has managed to escape the reputation batterings that its neighbouring towns of Margate and Ramsgate have suffered in recent years. Although both towns have enjoyed a renaissance of sorts over the past few years it is still Broadstairs which is seen as the genteel cousin of the Thanet triumvirate. The town has been compared to a Cornish fishing village and it’s not hard to see why, with its quaint 17th & 18th century fisherman’s cottages leading down to the magnificent Viking Bay Beach. The beach is just one of seven in the town and the focal point of any sunny day in Broadstairs. Famous for the frequent visits of Charles Dickens who wrote “You cannot think how delightful and fresh the place is and how good the walks”, Dickens often stayed at Bleak House and the Albion Hotel and wrote many of his best loved works whilst here including Nicholas Nickelby, David Copperfield, Barnaby Rudge and Oliver Twist. Dickens legacy is still felt and celebrated during the annual “Dickens Week Festival” in June including Victorian country

fairs, festival nights, parades and a “Dickensian Bathing Party” no less! The town centre itself is full of independent businesses, guest houses, restaurants and pubs and on a nice day one can enjoy a stroll down to the immaculate promenade, replete with a bandstand which, as a rarity in this day and age, is often packed to the rafters with punters enjoying live performances from a wide variety of talent. From brass bands to tribute bands to choral groups to folk music the bandstand is active throughout the year and in an idyllic setting just set back from the cliffs overlooking the sandy bay. There are some fine restaurants in the town from the sublime tapas at Albarino and Peens to the original (and still the best) Italian fayre at Osteria Posillipo on Albion Street to the splendidly superb seafood specials at the Tartar Frigate at the bottom of Harbour Street opposite the entrance to the main sands (see review page 66).

For those wishing to visit the town I can heartily recommend The Royal Albion Hotel or for those who like the more intimate touch it is hard to hold a candle to the home comforts and delightful breakfasts on offer at Belvidere Place B&B. Anyone wishing to cater for themselves could do a lot worse than hiring one of the numerous flint faced, stone built fishermans cottages and houses offered out for rent throughout the year. As I write this Broadstairs is in the midst of its annual, and ever popular August, “Folk Week” where thousands of locals and visitors descend upon the town for a week long celebration of folk music, dance, storytelling, theatre, events and concerts taking place all over town. The atmosphere is infectious, the alcohol plentiful and the town comes alive with good cheer, good beer and fine song! Come join us… 15

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Soul Invasion The East Kent town of Margate came alive for its tenth annual Soul Weekend this August. Crowds gathered in the streets and bars to enjoy live music from an eclectic group of DJs and live acts. The Southeast’s biggest soul music festival certainly delivered and provided an entertaining weekend for the whole family.

The Soul Weekend began ten years ago when DJ Micky B and Eli Thompson of the Westcoast Bar decided to bring their love of soul music to their community. That Carnival Sunday they set up their decks on Fort Hill and played a mix of soul motown, disco and rare grooves. Each year the demand for their soul music grew until they were presented with the opportunity to create a weekend’s worth of entertainment, which would include the Carnival. Now on the first weekend of August each year the free festival takes place. This year’s weekend kicked off on Friday night with acts including Chris Bangs, from the underground dance scene, Nick Aravis, a motown enthusiast and Max K from North Germany. DJ’s performed into the early hours of Saturday morning.

On Saturday afternoon the party continued. At the Piazza there was a live broadcast on Solar Radio with DJ James Anthony. The acts that followed included Cool Million and Westcoast Soulstars, Eli and Janine who sung covers as well as their own releases. Additional DJs performed at the Westcoast that afternoon, including Pete Colins and Jon and Messy. The second evening of music featured yet more impressive acts, like local Robbie Styles, who has been part of the festival from the start, Derrick Patterson and Jazzbod who pumped out jazz funk and fusion into the night. The final day of the weekend was marked by the carnival celebrations moving along the seafront on Sunday afternoon. An array of colours and dancing performers came through the town with their decorated floats.

The streets were lined with onlookers and children waving flags. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the warm sun put everyone in a good mood to enjoy the festivities. The atmosphere was buzzing and the acts kept coming through. Rokka began the afternoon’s music with Derrick Patterson, a well-respected dance DJ who mixed classic soul with modern dance music. The weekend was an ideal opportunity for Margate to showcase the great bars, cafes and outside spaces that it has to offer. The event took place across 7 venues in the town including The Lighthouse Bar, The Westcoast and The Britannia. The Soul Weekend was a great success for Margate and fun for all those who attended the event. Bring on next year! 17

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Discover one of Kent’s most picturesque and appealing agricultural landscapes: acres of apple, pear and cherry orchards, rolling grassland and hop gardens nestling in the chalk slopes of the North Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Garden of England. Its unique position in the landscape provides fantastic views over unspoilt countryside. This route takes you through spring meadows grazed by dairy herds, sun-drenched fields of golden corn in summer, abundant orchards in autumn and ancient woodlands in winter. Whatever the time of year, you’ll be captivated by the tranquil beauty of this hidden gem, where the undulating countryside is sprinkled with historic villages, country houses, castles and churches, oasthouses and farmsteads, surrounded by swathes of mixed woods, fields and orchards. Perry Wood is a very special ancient woodland, lying within the Selling and Chilham parishes. Designated as a Local Wildlife Site and owned by Swale Borough Council, it covers 148 acres (60 hectares) of land used mostly for recreation and leisure pursuits, wildlife conservation and scientific research. The views are stunning and offer a remarkable perspective on this part of the Kent Downs. The high spot, called The Mount, is the site of an 18th century semaphore tower used as part of a signalling chain, relaying important military messages from London to the Kent ports during the Napoleonic wars. Before the invention of the electric telegraph, passing messages this way was the fastest method of sending a long-distance message. There were chains of semaphore stations across the country – this one stands on the London to Deal line. Sadly, the original structure no longer exists, but where it once stood you'll find a wooden lookout tower known locally as The Pulpit, which at 504ft above sea level, provides spectacular views in all directions.


The route starts from the car park – known locally as The Drawing Room or Bandstand - and offers a wide range of habitats to explore, Perry Wood has jutting mounds of sand and heathland in a lovely mixed wood, with springs and streams, boggy areas, sandpits, magnificent rhododendron plantations .and chestnut coppices, folded into the rolling chalk of the Downs. Woodland paths signed by carved fingerposts open onto tracks winding through arable fields, cattle pasture and estate parkland, before travelling along hedge-lined country lanes that lead to historic villages, with the added bonus of panoramic views across some of the finest countryside in East Kent.

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Location: Perry Woods, south of Selling village, ME13 9RP Distance: 10.3 miles (16.6km) Terrain: woodland tracks, field paths, country lanes, some hills, 4 gates OS Explorer Map: 139 Parking: car park, 2 disabled spaces, at the centre of Perry Wood, suitable for horse boxes, open daily, no public toilets Refreshments and facilities: picnic area, several pubs in Selling and Badlesmere. industry, when oast-kilns were used to dry locallygrown hops.

On your way you’ll pass carved interpretive features illustrating local flora and fauna, such as the badger, fly agaric, beech, Scots pine, birch, rowan, fox, holly and ivy, sweet chestnut, owl, heather and oak. Go around the side of Windmill Hill (where a 16th century mill once stood), and you’ll come upon The Rose and Crown pub, where you can stop for refreshments before picking up the path again. From Perry Woods the route takes you along winding narrow lanes towards Shottenden, past the site of the old Shottenden Mill, an Iron Age earthworks. Lining the way are historic houses, isolated cottages and a variety of converted farm buildings, including oast-houses. Until recently, this area was at the heart of the brewing

Nearby is the picturesque hill village of Chilham, boasting a beautiful square enclosed by fine medieval houses. Visitors from around the world browse the gift shops and post office, enjoy cream teas or tuck into pub lunches in this quintessentially English village made famous in a number of feature films and period television dramas over the years. Off the square you’ll find the 15th century parish church at the centre of a pretty churchyard, believed to be the burial place of the martyr Thomas Becket, after his murder by King Henry II’s knights in Canterbury Cathedral, on 29 December, 1170. Opposite stands the grand gated entrance to Chilham Castle - a spectacular Jacobean mansion built on the site of a ruined Norman castle, surrounded by beautiful gardens that are occasionally open to the public. Bargain hunters will find nearby Bagham Antiques Barn irresistible, while thirsty travellers can tickle their taste buds testing strong home-made cider and other fresh produce at Badger's Hill Farm and Cider. 19

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East Kent Lifestyle Magazine’s hottest and most affordable buys at the moment, giving you all the reasons to treat yourself!


We featured a luxury iPad case for the lady who has everything previously so it would be rude not to alert you to the smartphone equivalent. The Desert Sand smartphone case features an exotic alligator print on the finest calfskin, which is complemented by subtle decorative stitching and a tone-on-tone lining with the graceful Montblanc star-wave emblem. A tiny Montblanc badge in feminine light gold discreetly signs the piece. Price: £155 available from www.montblanc.com


This is really something special for only the most dedicated of time keeping wrist-wear enthusiasts. Limited to only 50 pieces worldwide, this timepiece features a Montblanc automatic movement MB R 210, twin barrels offering a 72-hour power reserve, as well as a bracelet in beautiful navy blue alligator leather, folding clasp and tone-on-tone stitching. Price (wait for it) £42,600.00 20

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We love this marinating set from the Science Museum and thought you might too! This elegant marinade set is as stylish as it is unique. The glass pipette has a silicone bulb to draw liquid up out of the flask, and a silicone brush with which to apply the marinade to your food. A second glass bulb towards the top of the pipette also acts as a stopper for the top of the 36cl flask. A sophisticated addition to any modern kitchen. Price £15 available at the Science Museum or online at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/


Want to show your kids how arcade games should be played? Then get your hands on the “arcadie” – a device with old school buttons and a joystick into which you slot your iPhone and hey presto a miniature version of the 1980’s arcade machines we knew so well. Compatible with a whole host of retro games freely available on the iPhone the arcadie works by use of capacitive buttons on the inside of the cabinet, which touch the iPhone screen in different ways depending on the button presses or joystick movements.


Labelled the “iphone killer” Samsung’s latest smartphone monster bests Apple’s best selling rival in almost every department. From its lightning fast quad-core processor to its mammoth 4.8 inch AMOLED HD screen this phone is one awesome piece of kit. Running Androids latest operating system “Ice Cream Sandwich” the S3 also offers wireless charging, eye tracking and voice control along with a whole host of other outstanding features which will give Apple’s engineers sleepless nights. Free on contract from £26 per month from mobiles.co.uk

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The Powell COTTON MUSEUM THE Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex House and Gardens in Birchington is a world-class collection of 19th century natural history and ethnography from Africa and Asia, oriental fine arts, ceramics, weaponry and local archaeology. Major Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted mammals in representations of their natural habitats. The Powell-Cotton Museum natural history dioramas are outstanding examples, unique to the UK, stunning for their size, quality and imagery. Today they still excite the imagination of young and old alike. Major Powell-Cotton died in 1940 and couldn't know that his collection would one day help the Smithsonian Institution and the British Museum of Natural History - or that his trophies would help resurrect lost and endangered species. DNA collected from the Powell-Cotton Museum's quagga specimens helped confirm a relationship with the more common Cape Mountain zebra, which strongly resembles the quagga. This led to a breeding program that has helped stabilise populations of the Cape Mountain zebra. In the 1990s, genetic material was taken from the museum's


giant sable and the sable antelope skins. The DNA allowed the South African researchers to start a breeding program to save the critically endangered Giant Sable from extinction. Quex House proudly displays fascinating furniture, objet d’art and a beautiful library. The House offers an insight into a fascinating family with a passion for travel, exploration and discovery with traces of adventure in all of the rooms. There are acres of informal gardens available for visitors to explore, especially beautiful at this time of the year with autumnal colours. Lawns, herbaceous borders, a shrub border, exotic trees, ponds, statues, a woodland walk, monument, wildlife pond, croquet lawn and a Victorian Walled Garden. Our newly appointed Garden Manager Tim Hewett is pleased to launch the first ever Quex Garden Courses throughout the Winter and Spring months, details of which can be found on our website. Following a recent request for assistance to launch our 3 year Restoration Project within the gardens, a team of over 20 friendly and dedicated volunteers now assist us on a weekly basis, an effort for which we are very grateful.

Historic Museum offers half price entry to promote decision to open during Winter months. Mama Feelgood’s Boutique Café offers our guests a delicious choice of breakfasts, lunches and cream teas. Previously the Museum has been shut for 6 months through the Winter but a recent decision by the Director Karen Botha to open for an extra 4 months means that you will have the opportunity to visit this world class site when there is very little else to do in the darker and colder months. To celebrate the NEW Winter opening dates, half price entry is being offered from January to Easter. The Museum, House and Gardens Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (House open 1pm – 4pm) until 18th November 2012 15th January 2013 to 28th March 2013 the Museum and Garden are OPEN (1/2 price entry during this period) - Quex House is CLOSED. Summer Season - 29 March 2013 to 17 November 2013. For visitor and event information phone 01843 842168 or log on to www.quexmuseum.org

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Iconic Design arrives in East Kent From Milan to Margate: International Design arrives in Kent Papillon Interiors is the creation of Vicky and Tony King. Having spent many years working in both retail and design led furniture they decided to combine the two skills sets and open a design & creative led interiors shop opposite the new Turner Centre Art Gallery in Margate. Papillon represents a massive leap forward in terms of access to international design favourites from the likes of Charles & Ray

Eames, George Nelson & Verner Panton. “Papillon is already established as a web business so the natural evolution was to open up a store where people can see and feel first hand some of the finest designed elements of furniture, clocks and home accessories currently on the market,” says Tony King. “It’s proximity to the new Turner Art Gallery is an absolute bonus as many visitors who appreciate

and enjoy art are also very appreciative of good design be it one of the iconic classics or more contemporary offerings” In addition to brands such as Vitra, Alessi, Magis and Fatboy, Papillon have also branched out into offering more interesting, creative toys and children’s furniture; showing that good design is not just the preserve of Milan or London’s West end...or indeed grown ups!


High quality, spacious 2 bedroom apartments in Hawkinge from just

£124,995 ideal for the first time buyer or investor… The exciting new neighbourhood centre at Terlingham Forum offers a selection of spacious yet attractively priced two bedroom apartments on the outskirts of Folkestone. Perched on the crest of the North Downs, in the village of Hawkinge, Terlingham Forum offers the very best of apartment living.

Terlingham Forum, Defiant Close, Hawkinge, Kent CT18 7RH Ready for occupation Winter 2012/13

For more details call or visit our new sales office. Open 7 days, 10am - 5pm.

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Finding the Estate Agent Who is Right for You‌ Estate agents are a common feature of every high street across the UK, but despite their prevalence selecting the right agent to manage the sale or letting of your property can be a daunting task. If done well the process should run smoothly and successfully, but get it wrong and it quickly becomes a very stressful experience. What are the important factors you should consider? Location is obviously of prime importance. Local agents will have an in-depth knowledge of their market and can therefore provide an accurate valuation and likely prospects. Likewise, reputation and experience are key motivators and recommendations from friends and family will give a good indication of the professionalism and performance of agents. You also need to have a clear and realistic understanding of how agencies will work on your behalf. How will each agent market your property? How will they conduct viewings? How good are they at managing their relationships with prospects, surveyors, financial advisors and solicitors? In today’s buyer-driven environment, effectively marketing your property really can make all the difference. Agents have a wide range of advertising and marketing tools at their disposal and you must ensure that you are getting the best

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Ames Lodge £518,995 A 4 bedroom home with a double garage

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The Forge NOW SOLD A 3 bedroom home with garage

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Henbury Lane, Elham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6NL The homes are full of character, with high specification integrated appliances, fixtures and fittings and benefit from large gardens (up to half an acre) and underfloor heating throughout.

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Ideas For Your Garden with Jackson’s Fencing

For more info jacksons-fencing.co.uk or call 01233 750393

Wheelie Bin Store

Garden Tool Shed

Have you ever looked out at your garden and realised the only things spoiling the view are your wheelie bins? Now you can hide them away in between collection days. Our wheelie bin store is made from Jakcured softwood, tongue and groove effect boards and has an internal galvanized steel frame for extra strength. The store is designed for two wheelie bins, with two front hinged doors and two hinged lids which open upwards to allow access to the bins, whilst they are inside the store. Each lid has a chain that can be attached to the wheelie bin lid, so as the store lid is lifted it automatically raises the bin lid as well, for easy use. The store comes in kit form for easy self-assembly.

Here’s a cunning idea for keeping all your rakes and spades tidy and together in one place. The shed is designed to be tall and slim, and has a small footprint, which means it can slip into a corner in the most modest sized yard or garden with ease. Like all our timber products it is made from Jakcured softwood and has internal galvanized steel bracing for extra strength. It is clad in tongue and groove effect boards and has a galvanized padlockable latch, with your security in mind (padlock not included). The pitched roof is covered in waterproof felt. The shed comes complete with a timber base and is supplied in kit form for easy self-assembly.

SPECIFICATIONS: 1150mm high x 1500mm wide x 950mm deep.

SPECIFICATIONS: 2320mm to roof apex x 1830mm from ground to roof edge x 850mm wide x 1000mm deep.

Raised Bed with Trellis Panel kit Here’s a great idea for making a raised bed even more useful. Pictured right is our largest raised bed - 1760mm long x 920mm wide x 422mm deep. By screwing two 2.1m long slotted posts to either end, you can then slot a 1.5m high x 1.83m wide Premier Square Trellis between the posts and finish off with some simple chamfered post caps on the tops of the post, and you have a very useful and attractive free standing trellis with growing space below. It’s a great idea for a raised bed to grow veg and runners beans up. It also can be a useful way of partitioning off areas of your outdoor space and also screening areas of your garden too. All these products feature in Jacksons new Additions range - See the current Good Fencing Guide for other sizes of Jacksons Raised Beds. 28

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The finest fencing for the spaces you love At Jacksons, we believe in the importance of helping you create your ideal environment. Our family has been crafting fencing and gates of the highest quality and beauty for over three generations. Every single one of our unique products is guaranteed for 25 years, and designed around you, whatever your lifestyle. Jacksons Show Gardens are still here to inspire. . . Open all year round, with seven stunning gardens to give you the inspiration to create the garden of your dreams. Located at Jacksons Head Office based in Ashford, Kent. Visit jacksons-fencing.co.uk/showgardens for more details. Please call 0800 41 43 43 for a copy of our FREE brochure showing you the complete range of fencing, gates, decking, pergolas, agricultural and security products and much more . . . or to buy online visit jacksons-fencing.co.uk Jacksons Fencing Head Office 586 Stowting Common Ashford Kent TN25 6BN Tel 01233 750 393 Fax 01233 750 403 www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk sales@jacksons-fencing.co.uk Centres also at Bath and Chester Nationwide delivery and expert installation available 29

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As Summer slowly wanes and gives way to a more autumnal feel our thoughts turn toward our indoor environment and how we can best enjoy such pursuits as reading, listening to music or watching re run highlights of Team GB's Olympic performance. It is often remarked that Eskimos have over a 100 words for types of snow, and so it is that we have many words to reflect of state of relaxation from the more urban Chillaxing (presumably a hybrid of chilling and relaxing) through to the more traditional ‘sofa time’ or ‘lounging’. Whatever your preferred term the art of lounging is about doing it in comfort, but also doing it in style! To enhance your lounging and indeed your lounge we have come up with our top three designer lounge chairs that offer both comfort, relaxation but also will be a atalking point and a legacy item to hand down to the next generation. IDEAL FOR RELAXING IN YOUR LOUNGE OR STUDY AREA -EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR Probably the most iconic lounge chair on the planet and also one of the most comfortable. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956 the inspiration for the chair was one of the tradition of an English Club Chair combined with the warm, receptive feel of a baseball mitt. Certainly the chair is still at the forefront of design and a legacy item that often gets handed down from one generation to the next. Spot the Chair! The Eames lounge has made many TV and film appearances such as Iron Man, the remake of Tron and on TV in Frasier and the recent BBC series of True Love, based here in Kent.

IDEAL FOR THE MODERN APARTMENT – THE GRAND REPOS If you’re a top flight designer, how do you better the Eames Lounge chair? We are sure Antonio Citterio had many sleepless nights before deciding upon the Grand Repos chair as a suitable alternative. The Grand Repos captures many of the comfort aspects of the Eames Chair but adds a few more twists and accents such as the winged head section and adjustable angle seat. The carefully considered design detail along with its slightly more modern feel suggests a future design classic in the making. Perfect for: Listening to the latest Emelie Sande tracks whilst watching Team GB highlights. …. TIME TO CHILL…. The Slow Chair designed by Bourellec Brothers used both a modern theme and materials to create a very light look and feel to their lounge chair. This mix of metal frame and modern mesh allow it to sit equalyy at home in the modern conservatory, lounge area or patio. Perfect for: drinking Pimm’s during the last rays of summer, or nestling with a good read in the conservatory 30

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Kitchen showroom open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday Unit 15, Heron Business Centre, Henwood, Ashford, Kent TN24 8DH Telephone 01233 645530 Walderslade Shopping Centre, Walderslade Rd, Chatham, Kent ME5 9LR Telephone 01634 868721

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kitchens and bedrooms

We are a family company located in Broadstairs, Kent with 25 years experience in craftsman fitted quality kitchens and bedrooms. We specialise in the design and installation of contemporary and classic kitchens and bedrooms to achieve your dream living space. Our Project Management includes • Free Design and Planning Service • Complete Installation down to the last detail • Our Team of fully qualified tradesmen

See our Projects for a selection of work we have completed and read testimonials from our happy clients. If you wish to fit the kitchen or bedroom yourself we can also supply only. We select only high quality kitchen furniture, appliances and fittings from suppliers such as the German company RWK, Bosch, Franke and Perrin and Rowe with worksurfaces including granite, Corian and Silestone, and our expertise in design and installation will ensure a superb finish. See also our Hepplewhite fitted bedroom furniture range which provides excellent quality at reasonable prices.

Opening Hours: 9.30a.m. – 4.00p.m, Tuesday to Saturday Call Chris or Jo for your Free no obligation quotation on 01843 600063 or Call into our showroom: 2 Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1QQ

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ire fireplaces The season ‘of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ is now upon us, the nights are drawing in and our thoughts turn to cosy, warm fires. Nothing beats the ambience of a large open log fire crackling away on a cold winter’s night, with the wind howling and rattling the doors and windows. Unfortunately there are many downsides to such a scene. Dust and dirt, very low efficiency, draft, a glowing face but a freezing back, high fuel usage in the days of global warming, sparks and fire risk and there is also the danger of leaving a fire unattended when you retire to bed. The answer is simple and just as good to look at: open the fire up, keep the surround or just a shelf and install an efficient heating appliance. A traditional look can be achieved by keeping the stone surround, yet the stove (in this case a Burley Holywell) still looks in keeping.

Whilst in this second example we show how keeping it simple and open can make the room feel larger and lighter. For those with no suitable chimney, an insulated stainless steel chimney can often be installed either up through the house or, if against an external wall, up the outside of the building. These chimneys are usually only about 200mm (8”) diameter and can be painted if required. With an open plan room the simple tall stove look can be employed without a traditional British Chimney breast, (see picture 3) though a mock one could be constructed in plasterboard if preferred.




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Are there many advantages in using a wood or coal stove over an open fire? Well the answer to that one is a resounding YES. With rising fuel costs and the need to be eco friendly lets first look at efficiency, the amount of heat you will get to the amount of fuel you have to burn.

03 IN VERY ROUGH TERMS ONE CAN SAY;A large open fire 900mm by 900mm and above would be less then 5% efficient. i.e. 95 % of the heat would go up the chimney or you get 5p’s worth of heat for every pound you spend. A small open fire (max 450mm wide) rises to about 20% or just 20p of heat for every pound you spend. With a modern wood stove with a glass door, you immediately stop vast amounts of heat from going up the chimney as only the air required for combustion is let from the room to the stove. You start to get a sensible 80p’s worth of heat for very £ 1 you spend. The newest stove on the market from Burley Appliances (Designed in Kent with patented T3 technology) achieves an astounding 90% efficiency. Yes that really is about 18 times better than a large open fire. Wouldn’t you like to cut your fuel bill by 95%? You also get a much cleaner less polluting burn with a controlled combustion in a closed stove. Some stoves can burn wood in smokeless zones, with only a slight loss of efficiency. Always check with you local council if you are in a smokeless zone. If you are, you must either use smokeless fuel or an appliance certified to burn ordinary coal or wood, DEFRA approved.


When choosing your appliance look for large windows so you can see the flames, choose a multifuel only if you want to burn coal, air that can be brought in directly from outside so you do not need a drafty vent in the room, and from a reputable manufacturer and supplier. This is one market where British is definitely best and world beating. We export a surprising number of wood stoves to Europe, Japan and America. Finally a word of caution, there is a huge misnomer that gas appliances can be dangerous and produce deadly gas carbon monoxide, but wood or coal open fires or stoves don’t and are safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. To install a gas appliance the installer must be GasSafe registered, to install an open fire, stove, chimney or line an existing chimney the installer must be HETAS registered and better still NACE registered as well. The reason, even a well designed appliance, certified to CE standards produces around 500 times more carbon monoxide than a gas appliance, and an open fire even more. You do require a properly installed, checked and if necessary lined chimney, air ventilation, and have your chimney swept at least annually.

your perfect fireplace

showroom, 196 - 198 Canterbury Road Birchington, Kent, CT7 9AQ Tel: 01843 841922 Fax: 01843 844255

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We design, supply and install high efficiency cookers, Wood stoves & bespoke kitchens. We Design Heating , specialising in Eco friendly hybrid systems, that use wood, oil or gas and solar hot water. IN HOUSE CERAMIC ARTIST. We make hand made reproduction terracotta tiles and bespoke hand painted murals to any design.

Showroom @ 58-60 Wincheap, Canterbury, CT1 3RS. Tel 01227 787587

ECO Range Cooker Co.

New 3 oven pellet fired range cooker All British, made in Canterbury, Kent. Low Running Cost Range Cookers. Retaining the traditional style of a British cast iron range, the ECO Range Cooker Company have redesigned the concept from the ground upwards to produce cookers that have low running costs, are highly efficient and are very clean burning. On offer are 4 models:

The Oil Fired, 3 oven cooker that costs approx. ÂŁ240.00 a year to run, with bi-annual service. The Oil Fired, 2 oven cooker with condensing boiler. The Log Wood, 3 oven cooker that uses just 1.5kg of logs per hour @ 85% efficiency! Just Launched, First in the World Wood Pellet, 3 oven cooker that can cost as little as ÂŁ160.00 a year, easy to use and with a time clock to control the heating times. This cooker heats up the hot plate in 8 minutes and oven to 150C in less than 45 minutes, but is Carbon Neutral. 38



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Qing (pronounced Ching) was set up in 2007 by Anne-Marie Nixey and Mao Ping Yang. Passionate about promoting the made not mass produced from Mao Ping's hometown Beijing. Five designers and one artist showcase their work in the beautiful little shop in Margate's Old Town, where there are plenty of ideas for gifts to tempt you. Ceramics from Li, silk lighting from Chen and jewellery from Tian can all be found displayed on Yue's gorgeous furniture. As a former antique restorer you are spoiled between a part of history, or getting him to custom build your own piece! Of course not everything will fit into the showroom so peruse their website www.qingart.co.uk and you will be able to see the full range of excellent, hand built oak furniture and home furnishings they offer. Used for photoshoots, the most recent being for Graham and Brown Wallpaper and seen in BBC's Drama True Love Qing delivers all over the world and is making a name for quality and design. Qing, 7 Market Place, Margate, CT9 1EN | 01843 299055

Country Warmth Top quality fireplaces from a top quality company

Traditional to ultra modern • Established 30 years Full design & installation service througout the south east 1-3 Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Kent • 01303 240300 www.countrywarmth.com • GAS SAFE, HETAS 39

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dream bedroom by Joanne Dempsey

With the main focus in the home on the perfect kitchen and bathroom, the bedroom can be a bit of an afterthought – maybe the last room on the agenda, the room that can wait another year, the room we shut the door on. Then when we take our summer break and stay in a sleek boutique hotel or a country retreat for that well-earned vacation we expect our room to be comfortable, calm and relaxing – not to mention perfectly colour coordinated with at least a touch of class. Why not? we have paid for it after all! 40

SO MAYBE IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM YOUR BEDROOM INTO THAT LUXURY RETREAT ! Transforming a new bedroom usually starts by looking at new bedroom furniture. Here at Christopher Dempsey Fitted kitchens and Bedrooms, we specialise in fully fitted furniture by Hepplewhite. Hepplewhite furniture is designed and manufactured in the UK, a company we have dealt with as a family for more than 25 years. Their range includes many modern finishes including the very much “on trend” sleek gloss and wood combinations. We also have a fabulous range of sliding doors in many finishes including glass and timber veneers which are also proving very popular at the moment. If you are looking for something more elegant we also do a lovely range of traditional doors including a painted soft white finish with beautiful Swarovski crystal handles, so something for every taste. All doors and drawers come with soft close mechanisms, for quiet operation! Space is not an issue, we specialise in making the best use of even the most awkward shaped rooms and provide a range of ingenious solutions to give you maximum storage.

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Call into the showroom at 2 Ramsgate Road Broadstairs Kent or call us on 01843 600063. A family run business husband and wife team Joanne and Christopher Dempsey.

At the moment we are offering up to 25% off all our fitted bedroom ranges! So now would be a great time to make your dream bedroom a reality! So what about the interiors? If you prefer an enclosed wardrobe interior then full carcass is for you. All the shelves are adjustable which means you can change the layout of the interior easily if required.

not start with large inflated prices and work back and we will not stay in your home for hours to get the order

Front frame construction is ideal for difficult shapes and sloping ceilings and there are no backs, so the back wall needs to be decorated. There are also a large range of chests and dressing tables to match every range, designed to fit seamlessly into place.

Being an independent small family business means we have full control over the installation of your fitted bedroom. With many of our projects being large fitted kitchens, we have access to local tradesmen including electricians, plasterers and decorators, so we are happy to provide you with whatever you need to complete your dream bedroom.

We can also offer a large range of Fitted Office Furniture for someone looking to work from home, or for someone who just wants a special place for the computer and all those files we seem to accumulate! We offer a free design service and are happy to come to your home, talk though your requirements, and take measurements. We will then ask you to meet us back at the showroom to have coffee and to go through design and price options. Unlike some other companies in this field, we do

However, we do have regular promotions from Hepplewhite which we are happy to pass on to the customer.

So whether you just want a short run of wardrobes, or a complete transformation, we are happy to design and fit it down to the last detail. If you would like to call into our showroom, we have fitted bedroom displays and samples to look at , so we can spend time going though the many options available, and then if you would like to look into it further we can make an arrangement to call and have a look at the bedroom. 41

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Golf|Live AT LONDON GOLF CLUB, KENT Love it or hate it, the ancient game of golf in the UK is on the up, and we joined the pros and celebrities at The London Club, Kent for GOLF LIVE, in their pursuit of bringing their skills and enthusiasm for the enjoyment of the masses. You may be thinking “Golf - not my cup of tea”, but read on and you may surprise yourself or be encouraged to steer your offspring on a path to a hidden talent…



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It was Winston Churchill who famously described golf as “a good walk, spoiled…”, but maybe he would have taken a different view had he been given the opportunity of enjoying the exploits of the GOLF LIVE team of golf legends, pros, coaches and celebrities, led by former winning Ryder Cup Captain, Colin Montgomerie. The team comprised of none other than the legendary Gary Player, 9 time major winner, keen amateur golfers DJ Chris Evans and DJ Spoony, Top Pros, Alison Nicholas, Melissa Reid, Oli Fisher and many others in a celebration of one of Britain’s oldest sports. The setting is perfect for such an event. The London Club course boasts some of the most pictureresque corners of Kent’s countryside - and that’s saying something! The temporary stands and clubhouse overlooked the 1st, 10th and 18th holes with perfectly manicured greens and fairways, deep bunkers of golden sand and a magnificent lake which surprisingly featured two wallowing stone hippos peering from the surface. There are few pastimes that can claim to span the ages, but few could argue that golf achieves that feat….borne out at this event by 5 year old spectator Jaden, who beat the pros at their own game in a chipping challenge, whilst 76 year old golf legend, Gary Player effortlessly produced a hole-in-one at the 140 yard Par 3 “Nearest the Pin” challenge to the delight of the watching gallery. Such golden

moments are rare indeed, but the day just seemed to serve up special moments as if they were the norm.

legendary Gary Player, with his riotous tales from his 60 years of playing the game at the highest level.

The whole day was a joy. Sure, I like golf, but I’m no fanatic and although GOLF LIVE’S aim was to try to improve the amateur golfers’ game, it seemed to reach out to anyone with a sense of fun and spirit of having a go…and I would challenge even the fiercest golf critic not to have enjoyed the entertainment on offer, and have caught a little “golf bug”.

The day was capped off with a World Record attempt for the fastest ever round of golf. Now consider this, an average round of golf lasts 3-4 hours..the World Record, set by a group of Americans is 7 minutes 43 seconds! Our Pros here didn’t quite manage that ridiculously challenging time, but did beat the current UK record by achieving a time just a shade under 11 minutes…we won’t say how it was done but it was very clever and took an abundance of golfing skill by the team that took part....just a brilliant way to end a perfect day.

The day started with a complimentary bucks fizz, and there were excellent food and beverages available throughout the day – including the Jamie Oliver Stall serving up such culinary delights as Pork Goulash (delicious), Pork & Apple or Beef Hash sarnies and Veggie Stew - there were no cardboard hamburgers here! The entertainment kept coming, from demonstrations by 2010 World Long Driving Champion Joe Miller to free golf lessons on the driving range, chipping and putting greens. You could try out the latest golf equipment, watch coaching demos with top golf teacher Pete Cowen, stroll the course alongside the stars for a two hole Pro Am and try out the Virtual Golf challenge. We had some fun browsing round the variety of stalls which included a close up look at the famous Ryder Cup, saw an amazing impromptu tumbling routine across the 18th green by Carly Booth and an unparalleled master class from the

Golf LIVE comes to Kent but once a year in May at a cost of £20, and the kids can go free. For more details of what goes on at www.golfliveevent.com But why wait for the next Golf LIVE to try out the game? East Kent has one of the best selection of facilities of any region in the country and compared to many activities it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can get reasonably priced lessons from your local Pro to start you off and you can hit a small bucket of balls at the golf range for £2. Sound cheaper than the latest PlayStation game? Cheap second hand clubs are always available at boot sales and from the web. A good place to start would be to check out your nearest course at www.golfinginkent.co.uk and who knows? Maybe next year we’ll see you there!


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TOR Spa Retreat is an Ayurvedic (Ayurvedic being the Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India) spa that offers spa days and packages. Located in the village of Ickham, a few miles east of Canterbury TOR comprises of large rustic, barn style buildings nestled within beautiful gardens, alongside a small lake. Set in the ground of Ty Wilkinson’s family home and nestled away in the small country village, TOR spa is a true retreat from urban stress and strains. The Spa began life ten years ago when Ky’s late mother,

Kim brought masseuses and an Ayurvedic doctor over from Kerala. As well as traditional therapies, traditional foods are also on the menu with delicious vegetarian indian fayre served for lunch. As well as treatments and packages the spa boasts an oxygenated swimming pool, 95 degree hydro pool, Finnish sauna, and stone steam room. Overnight guests can enjoy views of the lake from their room and with a library and a large relaxation room replete with comfy sofas and


tranquil music to help clear your head and bliss out in style. TOR Spa Retreat, Ickham Canterbury, Kent CT3 1RD For more information contact TOR spa on 01227 728500 or visit their website at www.torsparetreat.com


Great food, great drinks, great venue, great music, great location – what more could you want for a party night of friends, frolics and fun? Slap bang in the centre of Canterbury’s pedestrianised high street sits The Cuban Bar & Restaurant. Tasty Cuban Tapas, and spot on Spanish paellas are all on the menu but the atmosphere, the extensive rum and cocktail list and the carnival atmosphere that one can create in this spacious themed venue all add up to the ideal place to go to let your hair down, strut your stuff and enjoy a big night out with your fave friends. The Cuban has something for everyone with Salsa nights, DJ Nights, Live Cuban Bands, Student nights and even lessons in cocktail mixing for any aspiring “mixologists” among you. You can enjoy a nice lunch on the terrace of a decent meal out with the family but our advice is to lock away the family, get your glad rags on and prepare to party like a you’re the star of a Bacardi advert! The Cuban, 41-43 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RY | 01227 464464 | www.thecuban.co.uk 44

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SEE THE CITY – CANTERBURY TOURIST GUIDES LTD for money. Lasting 90 minutes, they are an excellent solution for visitors with limited time or those wishing to combine some essential sight-seeing with other activities, and also for local residents keen to learn more about their world-famous city. Tours are led by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining Green and Blue Badge Guides who can respond to your questions and specific interests. Regular tours leave twice daily from the Buttermarket at 11am and 2pm from 1st April to 31st October, thereafter daily at 11am.

The most important place to see during a visit to Canterbury, however brief, is the world-famous Cathedral, and Canterbury Tourist Guides provide the ONLY tours to offer a fascinating guided walk through the historic streets AND entry to the Cathedral Precincts at no extra charge so they also offer outstanding value

Tickets are available from the Roman Museum in Butchery Lane; Canterbury Visitor Centre - in person or online at http://www.canterburyguidedtours.com/ Adults £6.50; Under 12s £4.50;

Concessions £6.00; Family ticket £20.00

For more information call CTG Ltd on 01227 759779 or email guides@canterburytouristguides.co.uk

STAY FOR THE NIGHT – CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL LODGE Again, there are no shortage of options for a decent hotel in Canterbury but in our opinion, just pipping The aBode for the top spot is the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Set inside the grounds and owned by the historic Canterbury Cathedral, the lodge offers superb hotel accommodation overlooking beautiful lawns and gardens with wonderful views of the Cathedral itself. Aside from anything else the lodge provides the perfect getaway destination for anyone visiting the city. It is a veritable oasis of calm in the centre of the City, the lodge is peaceful enough for a sound nights sleep yet literally a minute walk from the city centre. The Lodge boasts 29 stylish, modern en suite rooms with standard wireless broadband, LCD TV’s, tea & coffee making facilities. The breakfast is plentiful and in the summer the refectory terrace makes for a beautiful al fresco dining experience. Another reason we chose the Lodge is down to the exceptional customer service, the levels of attention to their guests is admirable and indeed recognised as the Lodge was recently named ‘Customer Service. The levels excellence’ business of the year at the prestigious 2012 Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The Lodge has also recently made the finals of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) for best leisure and tourism business of the year. For more information see; Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH | Tel: 01227 866206 | Website: www.canterburycathedrallodge.org 45

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n ENJOY A ROMANTIC LUNCH – CAFÉ MAURESQUE Choosing a top restaurant in Canterbury is a tough choice when you have places of the quality of Deeson’s, Café Des Amis, La Trappiste, Café Du Soleil, The Forge and Michael Caines @ The Abode all within strolling distance of one another. For a romantic lunch however there is just no beating the Andalucian Arabic charm of Café Mauresque. Café Mauresque is situated in Butchery Lane, a narrow cobbled thoroughfare joining the High Street to Burgate, close to the entrance of Canterbury Cathedral, and at the heart of Canterbury’s Café Society. Butchery Lane offers an enclave to sit, ponder and watch the world go by. Step inside Café Mauresque however and the romance turns up a notch. The décor is authentic and atmospheric, the Arabic music unobtrusive yet enchanting, the service impeccable and the menu mouth-watering.

Café Mauresque is always rated in the top couple of restaurants in the whole of Canterbury on Trip Advisor and with 200 reviews this is no flash in the pan. This is genuine excellence and the best place you’ll find to impress on a first date, a tenth date or a one hundredth date. With superb lunch time offers at just £7.95 for a main course you really ought to check this place out Café Mauresque 8 Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR | 01227 462 334 www.cafemauresque.com

You can choose to eat in the small shop front facing out to the comings and goings along the lane or go downstairs to the cavernous, sprawling restaurant where once again you’ll be surprised and delighted by the authentic furniture, lighting, mosaics and music. The quality of Mauresque’s food is not up for debate – it is simply delicious. Perfect tapas dishes, flavoursome tagines, the best pork belly you’ll find anywhere and excellent seafood, tabouleh’s, hummus and much more besides.


Present the ONLY tours which offer fascinating guided walks through historic streets AND the Cathedral Precincts for £6.50 or less. Our 90 minute tours are led by knowledgeable, entertaining Guides who can respond to your questions and specific interests. Regular tours leave the Buttermarket twice-daily at 11am and 2pm until 31/10/12 and at 11am thereafter. Tickets from Canterbury Visitor Centre and the Roman Museum or online. No pre-booking required. Visit us at: www.canterburyguidedtours.com email: guides@canterburytouristguides.co.uk

Tel: 01227 459779 Ideal for local residents and visitors alike.


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Outstanding Hospitality and Traditional Values Outstanding Hospitality and Traditional Values Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a modern and contemporary venue, Canterbury Lodge a modern and venue, offering firstCathedral class facilities forisconferences andcontemporary events, as well as offering hotel first class facilities for conferences events, as well as superb accommodation. Rooms haveand recently been superb hoteland accommodation. Rooms have recently refurbished each room enjoys amazing views of been the Cathedral. refurbished and each room enjoys amazing views of the Cathedral. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Canterbury Cathedral Lodge The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH The Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH Tel: Precincts, 01227 865350 Tel: 01227 865350 Fax: 01227 865388 Fax: 01227 865388 Email: stay@canterbury-cathedral.org Email: stay@canterbury-cathedral.org



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minutes is all it took for Blur tickets to sell out at Margate’s historic Winter Gardens when they announced the Gardens as one of the four warm – up venues for the band before they headline a concert being held at London's Hyde Park to celebrate the end of the Olympic Games in August. Dedicated fans camped out over night to get hold of tickets to see the Brit pop legends.

guitar on the stage and empty his pint of beer over it. Damon Albarn sheepishly asked if he was OK and gave him a hug, whilst the audience chanted ‘Graham!’. Luckily his mood didn’t last long and commenced into ‘Caramel’ a fan favourite from the album ‘13’ which has only been played a handful of times live. ‘Song 2’ obviously brought the house down, plastic cups went flying through the air and a mass-mosh at front of the stage enused only brought to stand still when ‘No Distance Left to Run’ followed, the crowd started to sway and the atmosphere turned electric, bringing goose bumps to the 1900 people lucky enough to get tickets for this intimate evening. The band left the stage for a short break leaving the audience tense and restless and demanding more. Blur came back on with new song ‘Under the Westway’, Damon adding "This is a new one, we don't do that many!” Closing with 'The Universal' the crowd united to sing along with Damon as he looked out to the Margate fans in appreciation. Cigarette lighters were replaced by the swaying glow of mobile phones bringing an amazing ending to such a nostalgic night. Being a lifelong Blur fan I may be slightly biased but the atmosphere at the Winter Gardens was magical. I’m sure it’s an evening that everyone who attended will remember for a long time. Blur certainly proved they hadn’t lost ‘it’ and still played perfectly together just as they did back in the day.

On 1st August the doors opened at 6pm to the waiting crowd outside the seaside venue. Support on the evening came from ‘The Bots’ a teenage two-piece from America who warmed up the crowd before the main act came onto stage. As the theatre filled and the lights went down, excitement filled the room as ‘Girls & Boys’ rang out around the 100 year old auditorium. The crowd went wild and sang along to every word bouncing in time to the music. They followed up with ‘London Loves’, ‘Coffee and TV’ and of course ‘Country House’ and ‘Park life’. Lead guitarist Graham Coxon had some slight trouble with his amp mid solo which caused him to smash his 52

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Oz Craggs WHEN YOU DECIDE TO BE IN A BAND THERE ISN’T MUCH YOU CAN BE COMPLETELY SURE OF. IT’S NICE TO DREAM OF HEADLINING GLASTONBURY BUT IN REALITY THE FIRST STOP FOR MANY OF US IS RECORDING AN ALBUM OR EP. YOU CAN EITHER DO IT YOURSELF USING YOUR PC, BORROWING EQUIPMENT AND DESPERATELY TRYING TO WORK OUT THE BEST WAY TO DO THINGS. OR YOU CAN JUST GET IT DONE PROPERLY AT A STUDIO, ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY SITS IN OUR VERY OWN FOLKESTONE! Hidden Track Studios is owned and run by Oz Craggs based in The Creative Quarter in Folkestone situated just behind The Quarterhouse itself! I’ve known Oz for a long time, he taught me to play guitar when I was about 15 and he was learning the ropes at Mark One Music in Deal, it seems like a lifetime ago when I visited him this week to learn about how he’s now his own boss. “It’s not the kind of thing that just happens overnight. I remember taking tape decks apart and making my own little machines. I managed to get my hands on some music software and used my Dad’s PC. I always wanted a studio.” The studio came about from a long four years but Oz says it was all made possible by local partnerships and schemes, telling him that it was possible and that he could

do it. The Gateway Partnership scheme provided financial support, business advice and connections all for budding entrepreneurs who simply wanted to make something of themselves. “It took over four years to get the studio. As you can imagine they needed to check the building was suitable for such loud noises. I didn’t waste any time though, I got they keys and after 6 days I had an album!” Oz has even recorded his own stuff. He is part of the band Feed The Rhino (not for the faint of heart). Their music is loud, aggressive and incredible so make sure you check them out. Their latest album The Burning Sons has just come out and Oz can proudly say that he cowrote, produced and released it. He is quick to point out there are loads more people involved!

“The thing about me is that if you come down to my studio I will become a member of your band for the duration. I will help you in any way I can and if something is poor I will tell you straight. Some people don’t like it but it works for me. I don’t care if you’re rock, pop, hip-hop or metal, I am here to help make you sound the best you can be.” It is hard to argue. As I write this Oz’s track for Hildemay is record of the week on Radio 1 and he hasn’t even mastered it yet. He produced Kent act Audioshock’s song which was also record of the week. His work appears on MTV on a regular basis and he retains weekly slots on the biggest stations around the country. For more information check out www.hiddentrackstudios.co.uk 53

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Bad boy Ray Winstone is a man loved by the nation. Famous for his gruff voice and tough guy roles, he has starred in some of the most iconic films of the last 30 years. He is now set to revolutionise 70’s series The Sweeney in his newest film of the same name, working alongside rapper/singer songwriter Plan B. Let us learn more about this gritty actor’s road to success. Ray was born in Hackney and was brought up on a council estate in Enfield. As a troublesome schoolboy his teachers considered him a bad influence to his peers and eventually he left school with just a single CSE in Drama.

often violent play was judged as unsuitable for broadcast and was not finally shown until years later. Producer Alan Clarke cast Winstone as Carlin as he liked his cocky, aggressive boxers walk.

Nevertheless, the young Winstone showed talent outside the classroom and chose to channel his energy and enthusiasm into boxing. At the age of 12 he joined Repton Amateur Boxing Club and was awarded Schoolboy Champion three times. Over the next ten years he won over 80 medals and trophies.

The young actor went on to star in numerous television shows including the cult adventure series Robin of Sherwood which aired in 1984. He also appeared in Between the Lines, Ghostbusters of East Finchley and Births, Marriages and Deaths.

When I was younger I could never see myself as being an actor as I didn’t fit the mould…

Winstone showed an early affinity to acting. His father, a greengrocer, would take him to the cinema every Wednesday afternoon where he was inspired by stars on the big screen. He cites his major influences to include John Wayne, James Cagney and Edward Robinson. Ray went on to study acting at Corona Stage Academy Hammersmith, with the financial support of his mother’s friend, who was a drama teacher. One of his first appearances was on stage in a production of Emil and the Detectives, where he played a Cockney newspaper seller.

Interestingly, Winstone made his TV debut on the very show that his latest film is based on. In the late 1970’s The Sweeney was a very popular police series, which depicted a darker side of the Flying Squad, one entangled in corruption and bribery. In the ‘Loving Arms’ episode, Ray Winstone was cast in a minor role as an unnamed thug. This time round Ray will be taking the leading role. From one brawler to another, Ray was then depicted as a young offender in the BBC play production of Scum. The hard-hitting and

Ray’s success blossomed as he began taking the limelight on the big screen. In 2000 he starred alongside Jude Law in Love, Honour and Obey, where he played the leader of a group of criminals. That same year Winstone snagged the lead role in Sexy Beast. Ray played Gal Dove, a retired thief living the life of leisure, who is dragged back to his former ways for ‘one last job’. His role in this psychological exploration of gangsters brought him great acclaim from both UK and International audiences. In 2003 Ray made a move away from his typical gangster castings, by starring in the ITV television series of Henry VIII. He played England’s most notorious monarch, Henry VIII, a role which he particularly enjoyed. The following year Winstone starred in King Arthur playing Arthur’s knight Bors. Three years later Ray took another original role in Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary’s Beowulf. In the American fantasy film, adapted from the old English poem, the great warrior Beowulf was played by Winstone. During an interview with Parkinson, Ray expressed his love for this old English fable and the way the story could make your imagination run wild. Although


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he was used to playing a lot of ‘hard’ men, he explained:

convict Magwitch. Speaking to the Telegraph, Winstone said:

“When I did the war zone…it hurt to do that, it made me think how lightly I took the other films.” Winstone’s passion for his work comes across clearly, he sees acting as a type of education and therapy for the soul.

“The role was done for me in a way, because you can’t beat the image of this big bald guy looming out of a windy graveyard by the marshes. You don’t know if he’s human, the Creature from the Black Lagoon or Frankenstein’s monster. It frightened the life out of me as a kid.”

Ray was not always optimistic about his success claiming: “When I was younger I could never see myself as being an actor as I didn’t fit the mould…I didn’t feel accepted, but I’ve met too many good people to stay like that.” Winstone believes he has been lucky to get where he has not being “the fittest or most beautiful man”. Yet it’s clear that his talent and character have shone through. Although well known for his more serious and heavy roles – in particular his role as violent drunk husband of Kathy Burke’s Valerie in Gary Oldman’s BAFTA award winning directorial debut Nil be Mouth, the star has appeared in more light-hearted productions. He had a comedy part in Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence and played the romantic lead in Fanny and Elvis. In another complete change of pace Winstone provided the voice of Mr Beaver in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. More recently, Ray started to direct and produce his own films; he set up Size 9 and Flicks production companies with his agent Michael Wiggs. Together they directed She’s Gone, where Winstone played a businessman whose daughter goes missing in Istanbul and Jerusalem where he took the role of poet William Blake. Last December Ray was cast in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Great Expectations as


Ray himself has three children with his wife Elaine Winstone, who he married in 1979. His daughter Jaime, 27, has taken after her father and is a successful actress. She has made a number of impressive appearances, including Made in Dagenham and Kidulthood. This year she was cast in the popular BBC series True Love, which was set here in East Kent in the seaside town of Margate. The future looks bright for Winstone as his latest film, The Sweeney, is set to be a raging success. In cinemas this September, the remake of the 70s classic will make an intense and thrilling watch. Ray will star as Detective Inspector Jack Regan alongside rapper Plan B (Ben Drew) as Detective Sergeant George Carter. Winstone is incredibly proud of his junior co-star: “It hits you right between the eyes, bang. Young Ben Drew is absolutely blinding. It’s a difficult film to do, because they’re such iconic characters so we had to throw John Thaw and Dennis Waterman’s characters away and start all over, make them our own. It’s working for us, I just pray to God it works for the audience.” Undoubtedly, the film will answer Winstone’s prayers and prove to be as iconic and popular as the original series was. We wish him every success for the future as he’s certainly earnt it.

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Ray Winstone and Ian McShane arriving for the premiere of "Snow White and the Huntsman" at the Empire, Leicester Square , London.


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This past July 28th marked East Kent Lifestyle’s editor’s 38th birthday, so to celebrate being notquite-40-yet we decided to take lunch at one of Canterbury’s newest and much talked about eatery, The Forge Bistro & Café. Situated about a minute’s walk from the town centre The Forge is however not the easiest place to spot so is unlikely to pick up passing trade as it might if it were actually in the town centre itself – it is tucked away on Dover street just the other side of the underpass at the top (or East) end of the high street. Given the location The Forge will have to work hard to build a reputation as a destination worth finding, and fortunately it seems to be doing just that. The Forge Bistro & Café is the brainchild of Belgian proprietor/ Chef Marleen Smet-Herman who, after years living all over the world, picking up recipes and throwing 58

dinner parties for friends and family decided that it was now or never to realise her ambition to start a place all of her own. A place where she could combine those years of foodie experience and create something unique, a veritable smorgasbord of eclectic bite sized wonderfully tasty dishes to be enjoyed by all. Marleen initially wanted to open her restaurant/café in France but after a lot of fruitless searching she decided to look this side of the pond, a decision also reached due to the fact that both her children now live and work here. Paris’s loss is evidently Canterbury’s gain as we were treated to a selection of fabulous food which would work not only in Paris or Canterbury but anywhere around the world as Marleens’s years of globe-trotting have provided her with a wonderful selection of influences to draw upon. The menu is just a simple one pager, split into “nibbles” and “Plates for 2” but offering a hugely diverse range of tempting tapas and meze style delights. We started with a “Nibble Slate”, which are great value at £12 for four nibble dishes. We enjoyed some Creole chicken

wings, polenta chips with aioli, spicy crab cakes and some Italian meatballs (we could have also opted for Greek meatballs with a minted yoghurt dip or Moroccan meatballs!). Nibbles also include falafels, blinis, frittatas and mini kebabs and at £3.50 per dish you can be sure that there will be something for everyone to enjoy in as little or as large quantities as either their stomachs or their purse strings will allow! For our follow up sharing plates we greedily tucked into some tasty mini lamb and feta burgers, a fish platter comprising lemongrass infused king prawns, more crab cakes, blinis with smoked salmon and summer vegetables. This would doubtlessly have been enough but as both myself and my partner love haloumi cheese we added a plate of haloumi with ratatouille. The food was fresh, beautifully presented and packed with flavour. I can particularly recommend the burgers – heaven in a bun! With no room for dessert (from the daily dessert specials board), instead I opted for an espresso to

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wake me up from a potential food induced bout of slumber – and boy did it knock my socks off! Possibly the strongest little black cup of coffee that’s ever passed my lips it certainly did the trick! As well as offering great food to share, The Forge is also “forging” something of a reputation for its extensive wine list and fine cocktails. Front of house manager Christina is keen to make The Forge a

destination venue. I was intrigues to learn that they hold evenings where you can come along to learn how to create your own cocktails, with a Pernod Ricard bartender on hand to teach you the tricks of the trade. The bright and airy restaurant upstairs is not just for eating and with the additional of a few stylish yet suitably comfy sofas the space also makes for a fine spot to drop in to chill and relax after a hard

day’s work to enjoy fine wines and perhaps a cheeky cocktail or two – or to pop in to read the Sunday papers or a good book in stylish surroundings. Make sure to check out The Forge Bistro & Café the next time you’re passing through Canterbury, good times for all guaranteed! 61 Dover Street Canterbury, Kent CT1 3HD | 01227 788022


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The Oak Hotel

The Pegwell Bay Hotel

The hotel is ideally located in the coastal seaside resort of Ramsgate. Situated in the only Royal Harbour in the country, the hotel enjoys spectacular marina and harbour views. Ramsgate’s award-winning, golden sandy beach is 300 metres from the hotel.

The Pegwell Bay Hotel is ideally located on the cliff top at Pegwell and enjoys stunning panoramic views over the English Channel. Boasting 42 en-suite rooms, many overlooking the sea. All rooms have LCD flat screen TV’s, WiFi, hairdryers, tea and coffee facilities.

66 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8LN T: 01843 583686 F: 01843 581606 reception@oakhotel.co.uk

81 Pegwell Road, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 0NJ T: 01843 599590 F: 01843 599591 reception@pegwellbayhotel.co.uk




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Welcome To The Country, Welcome To The Sun Inn

Open 7 days a week noon till late Modern British Menu Wednesday – Saturday 12pm- 3pm and 6pm - 9pm Traditional Sunday Roast from Noon till it’s gone! Live Music | Beer Garden

THE SUN INN | THE STREET | ST NICHOLAS-AT-WADE | KENT | CT7 0NP 01843 841233 | thesuninnwade@hotmail.co.uk

Andalucian Arabic Cuisine

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bar & restaurant

Salt Marsh Lamb Pistachio Crust & Black Olive Sauce serves 4

8 Lamb Cutlets – Larder Trimmed PISTACHIO CRUST 100g Dijon Mustard 100g Dark Brown Sugar 200g Pistachio Nuts - Crushed SPINACH 500g Fresh Spinach 100g Shallots – Chopped Finely 100g Watercress 2 Eggs 2 Egg Yolks 250g Butter POLENTA 250g Polenta 1ltr Milk 2tbls Chopped Fresh Rosemary 100g Shallot – Chopped Finely 100g Fresh Parmesan – Grated Salt & Pepper THE SAUCE 100g Carrot – Chopped Finely 100g Shallot – Chopped Finely 100ml White Wine 1 Ltr Lamb Stock 200ml Veal or Beef Stock 16 Black Olives – Stoned & Halved SPINACH (can be done the day before to save time)

POLENTA (can be done the day before to save time)

Blanch half of the Spinach and refresh in iced cold water, Arrange into an even layered square shape. Sauté the remaining Spinach in butter with the Shallots and Watercress, and allow to cool. When the mixture is cool, add the Eggs and Egg Yolks and spread it onto the Spinach Square, Roll the square into a sausage shape, wrap in cling film and steam for five minutes.

Bring the Milk up to a simmer with the Rosemary and Shallots to infuse. Whisk in the Polenta and cook until soft. Finish off the Polenta with the Grated Parmesan and a little Olive Oil. Season well with Salt & Pepper and spread onto a tray lined with cling film and allow to set. Once the Polenta has set, cut out 4 nice even shaped pieces and sauté in a little Olive Oil until golden & crispy on both sides.

SALT MARSH LAMB Season well with Salt & Pepper and seal in a hot pan with Butter & a little Olive Oil. Place the lamb on a tray and allow to cool. Mix the Dijon Mustard, with the Sugar and paint onto the Lamb. The glaze will act as the glue for the Crushed Pistachios thick and evenly. Place the Lamb in a medium hot oven for 6 – 8 minutes, then remove and let them rest


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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” - HIPPOCRATES

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so with this in mind our regular health food columnist, Renee Maguire offers her advice for an immune system boosting diet and shares her own family’s experiences with breast cancer.

n For Nicola… 2012 marks ten years since my sister, Nicola was taken from us to Cancer. She was just 30 and too young to die. Having married her childhood sweetheart, she had up until the point of cancer, lead a full life; back packed around the world, ran the London marathon, enjoyed a successful career with Boston Scientific, and had a passion for life which was both joyous and infectious in equal measure.. Stopped in her tracks two days after her 30th birthday with the diagnosis of cancer, Nicola faced her first and last battle. Once diagnosed she set to task researching up to date cures, breakthroughs and alternative treatments. Nicola believed there was more out there so searched the internet, researching foods that could help fight cancer. She discovered studies relating to a variety of foods, one of which was apricot kernels, known for their cancer fighting B17 content. Sadly 10 years ago, apricot kernels were not sold in the UK, so she never put it to the test. 64

My frustrations lie in my lack of knowledge, if I had known then what I know now, could I have saved my sister? Today apricot kernels, spirulina, raw chocolate, reshi mushrooms, aloe vera and goji berries are part of my everyday diet; I have a spoonful of kernels in my muesli. The others I add to drinks and snacks and these are all cancer fighting foods, that boost my immune system and optimise my health.

It took four years after Nicola died for me to address my food related issues. Whilst travelling in Thailand, I discovered a restaurant dedicated to serving delicious dishes that benefit the body. It was heaven for a chef, with a passion for food, to discover a way of creating mouthwatering healthy dishes – this was my life changing moment. I knew then where my career would take me. I absorbed all I could, relating to foods that heal problems such as IBS, chronic fatigue, stress, diabetes, fertility, weight control, depression and many more. In all cases there can be health advantages to be gained from a diet rich in raw nutrition.

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After Nicola passed away, a huge gap was left in my life. Of the two most important women in my life, my Mum and my sister, Nicola was gone, not there to share our fears, joy and our successes. Through my grief, I sought solace in food, my weight ballooned and I didn’t recognise that my colds, migraines, skin outbreaks, low energy and low self-esteem were all impacted by my poor diet.

After my travels, returning to catering was not an option, I began studying the art of raw cuisine, nutritional health and particularly foods to heal and cure.

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TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT RENEE AND HER WORK, GO TO WWW.RAWCHIFOOD.COM | FB | TWITTER In 2010 Raw Chi Food was launched, my company dedicated to inspiring and teaching people how to incorporate foods into their diet that increase health and vitality. The results have been extremely rewarding. Through making small changes to their diets, I have witnessed dramatic differences to clients state of mind, appearance, positivity and general outlook on life. By adding superfoods and raw foods to their diet they have addressed the food related problems that may have plagued them for many years, such as IBS, stress, chronic fatigue, depression, skin disorders, allergies to name a few. In October of 2011, almost ten years to the day that Nicola was diagnosed, I was presented with my most challenging client to date; my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. This time was different, we all understood the importance of foods to heal and support the body’s immune system. Having detected the lump early, she

sought the opinion of 3 surgeons; each measured her tumour at 18mm. For the next six weeks, until her operation, Mum embarked on a 75% raw diet including all superfoods and superherbs known to have anti-cancer properties, such as cats claw, aloe vera, reshi mushrooms, baobab fruit, goji berries and apricot kernels. During this time she felt full of health and vitality. After the surgery, the tumour was measure at 12mm. We both believe her the shrinking during this period was aided by her diet. After this my Mother underwent a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and retained a densely nutritious diet throughout both treatments. A year on and Mum is recuperating well, enjoying her life and we are confident we have beaten cancer. The happiness is bittersweet however, had Nicola not had cancer then my life would not have lead me to this career, but I see it as a tribute to Nicola, she still impacts my life each day. It was


her inspiration that played a part in Raw Chi Food and an even bigger role in my Mum’s recovery. People often ask me if I fear getting cancer, but for me, it is not about living in fear of cancer, but accepting that I have a choice. I protect myself by eating foods that impact my health in a positive way and I thank Nicola for her guidance. Nicola may have lost her fight against cancer, but for now, Mum and I fighting back for the three of us. 65

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On a slightly overcast summer's afternoon the prospect of a mouth watering lunch at one of my favourite restaurants brightened my day immeasurably. One indicator of a fine restaurant is consistency, and given that head Chef Trevor Webb has been at the helm of the Frigate since it opened as a Thorley Tavern back in 1992 you can take it as read that he is doing something right. Celebrating 20 years at the top is no mean feat so congratulations to Trevor and Thorley Taverns. Front of house is more than ably managed by Lemini Whiteley who was on hand during our lunch to talk us through the menu, the history of the restaurant, and whose warmth and passion for customer service shone through. 66

Words by Peter Nichols with John Sanson Photography: Ben Wilks

Situated at the foot of Harbour Street opposite the beautiful Viking Bay in Broadstairs, the Tartar Frigate has long been renowned as one of Kent’s finest seafood restaurants. The Frigate’s home is a three hundred year old flint building housing a popular pub downstairs serving great bar food with the restaurant upstairs affording great views of the bay and serving splendid seafood and other delicacies.

PETE’S LUNCH I knew before I sat down which starter I was going for – the scallops at the Frigate are truly to die for. They were sweet and light and wrapped in gorgeous parma ham. Served with fresh asparagus spears and all drizzed in a lemon butter sauce I could quite easily have just ordered several servings of this dish and walked away a happy punter. Unlike my dining companion who veered “off piste” with his meaty main course I vowed to keep it sea-based and opted for the Roast Turbot Fillet served with braised lettuce, pancetta, peas & cream. I am a bit of creature of habit when it comes to fish and tend to stick with either Halibut or Turbot and my generous portion or Turbot was beautifully cooked, the delicate flavour of the white flesh enhanced by the creamy sauce and tasty accompaniments. The dish also came with Trevors signature chunky home made chips and a selection of seasonal vegetables. By the time my main course was over I had rather pushed the boat out and probably eaten a little too much. Dessert was going to be a struggle! Still, trooper that I am I opted for a classic Kentish dish, gypsy tart & cream! I did ask for a “smallish” portion but I think my request fell on deaf ears as I was handed practically half a plateful! A wonderfully sweet end to a heavenly belly busting lunch!

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JOHN’S LUNCH I was faced with a daunting choice of delicious looking starters from smoked Haddock Rarebit to Salt and Pepper Squid but elected to keep it simple with a genorous slab of fresh Smoked Salmon drizzled with fresh lemon. The starter was beautifully presented with a salad garnish and coupled with a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio went down a treat quite honestly. For my main I elected to try the

Rump of Lamb. Yes I know its a seafood restaurant but the Tartar Frigate is nothing if not versatile. Served with boulanger potatoes and a rosemary Jus with seasonal vegetables. The potatoes were cooked beautifully. Boulanger potato goes well with all roast meat but in particular, roast lamb and is essentially creamy thin potato slices seasoned with either garlic, leek - or in this case rosemary. They certainly tasted great when hooked up with the

succulent and juicy lamb rump. The lamb was extremely tender and had an almost melt in the mouth texture. Delicious! The only problem I had now was making room for dessert. It was a struggle but I made it! I chose the chocolate fudge cake (nicely warmed through) and accompanied with vanilla ice cream. The fudge cake was a fitting end to a delightful meal in a truly charming restaurant.


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Food for Thought BY SAM WYDYMUS

Marmalade Madams and Marital Mishaps Having had summer in March, April showers in July and almost unheard of heat waves in August, I can’t help but wonder as to what autumn has in store for our corner in Kent, but usually it’s this time of year that’s my favourite for food. Of course there are apples, blackberries and our amazing Kentish cobnuts but Kent also once had orchards of Medlar and Quince. Back in the seventeenth century there were more recipes for quince than any other orchard fruit and both were used extensively to make elaborate sweets. Specialist forms were made which became so common that even to this day they turn up in antique shops, usually mislabelled as chocolate moulds. Similar in taste to the uber trendy Spanish Membrillo,

quince marmalade or paste was incredibly popular and considered to be an aphrodisiac , hence17th Century ladies of the night where called marmalade madams. Usually, weather permitting, the last fruit of the year to be harvested is the sloe. Astringent and unpalatable as it could possibly be in it’s raw state, add some sugar and alcohol and it transforms into what is thought to be the original mother’s ruin; Sloe Gin. The fruit of the blackthorn bush, sloes became widespread during the 16th and 17th centuries when the British countryside was carved up into smaller fields. The blackthorn was the hedgerow of choice, its thorns being very good at keeping livestock in and intruders out whilst the sloes the blackthorn produced were

an added bonus once someone worked out adding alcohol and sugar greatly improved them, the resulting liquor apparently used by country wives for ‘marital emergencies’. The mind boggles.

ABOUT SAM WYDYMUS Writer, broadcaster, champion of British cheese and real ale nut, Sam is probably best known as BBC Radio Kent’s ‘Food Historian’. As her day job, Sam is also the chef patron of The Coastguard, the award-winning pub and restaurant set on the beach in St Margaret’s Bay, Kent where she lives idyllically with her husband Nigel and their three little girls and 10 month old son.

The Sun Inn to Get £150k Facelift “The Sun Inn” at St Nicholas-at-Wade is to get a six figure facelift this September as new Landlord/Landlady partnership Joanne Harrington and Tom Holland seek to put the fine old British country pub back on the map. As well as the cosmetic improvements the pair have also shaken up the Inn’s menu and are now serving wonderful modern British dishes with a twist served from Wednesday to Saturday (and Sunday lunch of course). With locally sourced ingredients a priority and with Lee Andrews, a veteran of two of East Kent’s finest restaurants (Age & Sons in Ramsgate and La Trappiste in Canterbury) at the helm, the changes have already had a startling effect with covers already up from under 50 to around 200 per week. With a tea room, beer garden, live music and two shortly-to-be-installed log fires it’s good to see a bit of pride put back into such a glorious country pub! The revamped Sun Inn will be unveiled on 24th September – be sure to check it out! 69

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CafĂŠ du Soleil, 4-5 Pound Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BZ.


Cafe du Soleil is a modern Mediterranean restaurant, occupying the historic wool store on the banks of the river Stour in Canterbury. Drawing influences from Southern France and Italy, much of the food is cooked in a traditional wood burning oven. The menu offers two distinct dining experiences.

For a casual and very inexpensive meal, you can choose one of our superb wood fired pizzas made with the finest Italian ingredients. Alternatively, experience our healthy sun drenched cuisine offering modern interpretations of Mediterranean classics. Favourites include Chargrilled Kentish Lamb with wood-roast ratatouille and rosemary aioli or Wood-roast Local Cod with crab gratin, noodles and ginger butter sauce. We can also cater for weddings, corporate functions or parties of up to 60 in our beautiful oak beamed function room.




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LONDON 2012 By Jaillan Yehia

After 7 years of preparation, expectation and trepidation the Olympics finally took over the UK this month, sweeping up even the grumbliest of anti-sporting humbugs in a mexican wave of unprecedented excitement. Armies of cheerful volunteers materialised even if the predicted travel chaos did not - and on every street corner tourists and locals alike were ushered game wards with giant London 2012 foam fingers.

The last few weeks saw our nation discover itself anew - we fostered an evangelical sense of team GB pride, became more intimately acquainted with the 2012 ticketing website than we would have thought possible and we finally learned what handball actually entailed. We were converted to USA style basketball complete with cheerleaders and finally saw a Brit win at Wimbledon. Now addicted to victory we want to do it all over again - so roll on Glasgow's Commonwealth Games in 2014, where China and the USA won't be able to beat us to the top spot on the medal table. 71

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Fancy a bit of designer indulgence on your next resort holiday? The Seaside Palm Beach hotel overlooking Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas sand dunes is the perfect mix of upmarket resort and trendy South Beach cool, writes Jaillan Yehia.

Getting There & Staying There Thomas Cook Ultimate Style offers 7 nights at the 5 star Seaside Palm Beach in Maspalomas on a half board basis in a twin room with balcony/terrace from £946 per person. Price based on Gatwick departure, 20th September 2012 and includes direct transfers, prebookable seats, 25kg luggage allowance and in-flight meals. For more information visit www.thomascook.com, call 0844 412 5959 or visit your nearest Thomas Cook branch Fly Thomas Cook direct from Gatwick to Gran Canaria flight-only from £120.99 |For more info on the Seaside Palm Beach visit www.hotel-palm-beach.co.uk 72

I'm not sure how or why Lipton got the gig as the official tea provider to hotels worldwide, but for a serious tea drinker like me, spying the Yellow Label on holiday is bad news. So on a beach break where R & R is my only goal, its bliss to be in a resort where the small touches like proper tea along with other home comforts have been anticipated - because when you’re doing very little, a moment’s discomfort or hassle of any kind can put a serious kink in your perfect day. Such perfect days are the speciality of the Seaside Palm Beach Hotel on Gran Canaria’s southern tip, between the well-known resort of Maspalomas and the newer more upmarket Meloneras: there’s complimentary water and fruit waiting in my room, as well as pool and beach towels, so there’s no faffing about with towel etiquette before flopping on a sun lounger. I soon learn there are two ways to approach my stay: embrace laziness, allowing just a few trips to the pool bar and generous evening buffet to punctuate a day of dozing in the shade, book in hand, as the palm trees sway in the gentle breeze. Or health-kick it up with the aqua aerobics, tai chi and yoga then soothe tired muscles at the spa (voted into the Top 25 in Spain) while diligently selecting the delicious ‘light’ menu option come mealtime. Needless to say, I choose the former. Most visitors come to Gran Canaria to wind down, relax, soak up the sun and be pampered after all so I base myself at the quiet saltwater pool (one of four pools including a hot pool and a children’s pool) where adults can enjoy a child-free environment, and a member of staff passes between sun loungers, subtly poised to serve thirsty holidaymakers of varying ages and nationalities whose most arduous decision today has been which hydro-massage jet to try out next. Even if your limbs aren’t tired from time on the tennis court, the automated hot-stone-fed steam room provides the ultimate late afternoon relaxation, along with the sanarium, sauna and ice-cold plunge pool. You can also use the sun loungers in this secluded area to get an all over tan in private rather than walking the 800 metres to the nearby nudist section of the vast beach. Come morning it’s back to the buffet for a breakfast of kings: from waffles and eggs cooked-to-order to healthy alternatives served until a leisurely 11 am. You’ll need a steelier willpower than mine to avoid the tempting room of local Canarian cheeses, but hey, it wouldn’t be the perfect day without the 5th trip to the buffet now would it?


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Matthew Hirtes, author of Going Local in Gran Canaria shares his top tips for getting the most out of the island – if you can separate yourself from your sun lounger.

01. JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH Descend to the bottom of the Caldera de Bandama volcanic crater to see endemic botanic species and an abandoned farm. 02. PLAY AROUND – OF GOLF Try one of Gran Canaria’s eight world-class golf courses open year-round. 03. JOIN A FIESTA Traditional fiestas make the perfect opportunity to sample the Canaries’ very own signature brand of partying. 04. SAY HELLO TO ALOE Use the island’s native Aloe Vera to soothe your sunned skin – the island’s upmarket spas all offer treatments using the wonder plant. 05. HIKE GRAN CANARIA’S CAMINO The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old footpath linking the churches of Saint James (Santiago) in Tunte in the island’s interior and Galdár in the North West. 06. SHOP AT FEDAC Fedac is a government-sponsored selection of quality handicrafts made by traditional methods and sold for fair prices. These leather goods, ceramics and souvenirs are also sold at an evening pop-up market. 07. TUCK INTO CANARIAN CUISINE Try some authentic cuisine in the North of the island like fresh fish, croquetas paella vegetariana, and papas arrugadas. 08. TIME TRAVEL BACK TO THE STONE AGE For a taste of Flinstone-eating visit the cave houses and restaurant in Gran Canaria’s highest village, Artenara. 09. BE FULL OF BEANS Check out the world’s most northerly coffee plantation - and the only one on European soil at Los Berrazales in Agaete. 10. SURF LIKE AN AUSSIE Surf lessons are popular here – grab a surfboard at Las Canteras beach or in the resorts of Maspalomas, Meloneras or Playa Del Ingles. 73

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Phase Eight Dress RRP £110 Outlet price £77

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Wearing a skirt above the knee is perfect for shorter legs and will make you look taller with more leg on show. This on trend winter floral dress from Phase Eight is a must have for this season.

Balance your wider shoulders with a tulip dress like this one from Jaeger, add a neutral coloured cardigan to complete your look for Autumn.

Minimise your wider hips with a neutral colour, these skinny jeans from NEXT outlet are great fashion value. Finish the outfit with a detailed top like this one, once again from NEXT outlet.







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Deborah Eastlake - Personal Shopper - Designer Outlet Ashford Management Suite, Kimberley Way Ashford TN24 0SD T: 01233 895 903 | E: deborah.eastlake@mcarthurglen.com | www.ashforddesigneroutlet.com | Twitter: ashford_outlet

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A great tip for a fuller figure is to wear bold contrasting colours, the stripy top will help to create a waist as will the ¾ length sleeves. Find these great colourful jeans from GAP and the top at Phase Eight.


l Shopper With Jo Autumn range, then from GAP’s create a waist with a wide belt. This belt from Jaeger has an on trend futuristic feel and would make a great staple for your wardrobe this Autumn.


Deborah spent years living in London running a vintage clothing boutique and has sold clothes to many high profile customers including Jenny Packman, Kate Moss and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Having returned to live in her home town Deborah is now keen to share her expertise with customers at the Ashford Designer Outlet. Deborah Eastlake is a Personal Style Advisor at Ashford Designer Outlet. She has picked out a range of up to the minute outfits from the centre to suit your body shape, whatever it may be. 83

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EKL tries out the personal shopping experience at Ashford Designer Outlet. by Joanna Costello.

Approaching the infamous haremlike tents of Ashford Designer Outlet I was feeling rather anxious about my first personal shopping experience, a dedicated lone shopper I was breaking a habit of a lifetime today. In the style suite I met Deborah Eastlake, the outlet's personal shopper and was pleasantly surprised by her relaxed but very well put together attire and her warm welcome – so far so good. Deborah starts the session by asking me about my personal style and preferences and as we chat I begin to feel more like I’m chatting to a friend than anything else and really start to let my guard down. I fill in a questionnaire about my current fashion style and any body issues I may have and discuss what I kind of outfit I may be looking for. I notice some boards with beautifully clad woman on them which she informs me are to help with assessing which colours suit her clients. She then shows me various colour sets of swatches and asks me which ones I am drawn to. I am drawn immediately to the usual colours I buy and she then picks out some that she feels would suit me. I look with trepidation at some of them as they are not colours I would ever go for but as she holds them up to me face I see that my greeny hazel eyes suddenly pop out and my complexion suddenly looks more radiant. She was right and I am becoming a convert. Deborah tells me that we will peruse about three or four shops (as opposed to the 15 or so that I madly run around in when shopping alone) and that she will pick out various garments that might work and that


I should just try them. Armed now with an idea of what I am looking for and an unexpected colour pallet to base our shopping on we head off to Gap. Her eyes go straight to rails of clothing that are based on my colour pallet and she picks out five or six items. I am ushered to the changing room where I am surprised that they do, in fact, look great. Deborah is on hand with her encouraging words and even re-hangs them on their hangers (a pet hate of mine) and I find myself really starting to enjoy this. I choose a pair of mustard cropped trousers and we are off!

Next we go to Ralph Lauren and again Deborah chooses an array of items that when I try them on I am astounded that they really suit me. If I had been shopping alone I would have been to many more shops and tried half the amount of clothes on with only the woman in the next cubicle to ask if she thinks I look OK in them. Our last stop is Fred Perry and when we walk in we both head for the same top, a top that I would never have singled out before my personal shopper journey (I am learning fast). I try it on and it’s perfect - mission accomplished - except for the perfect little pair of white loafers that Deborah is waving in front of me that really complete the look I didn’t realise I wanted. I do now! I feel great as we head back to the style suite having bought a whole outfit that I am delighted with and armed with a completely different set of ideas as to what suits me and what I should be looking for. As we walk back I discuss with her the kind of

[fashion ] clients she has and I find out that they can come to her for an array of reasons. Perhaps someone newly single who has lost their confidence and needs putting back on track with their wardrobe, or someone who has lost some weight and needs some help out of the baggy tops and “cover up clothes”. Perhaps it could just be someone like myself who has been stuck in a shopping rut for to long and needs a breath of fresh air injected into her wardrobe. I was always under the impression that you needed a certain budget to gain the services of a personal shopper but this is not true. At Ashford Designer Outlet you may be going to a wedding and have the dress but need help with the accessories; or have a drop dead gorgeous skirt but can’t find that top, nothing is too small for the personal shopper experience to be worthwhile. It is quite clear that Deborah has a flare for the creative and putting clothes together but also has a way of making you feel you deserve to look great and all for free. Thank you Deborah!!




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In the past couple of years more people are getting conscious about improving their health and personal appearance. People are looking at celebrities in the media and want to replicate their body image. Others are being told by physicians they need to take care of their health to avoid future implications. This need has fuelled the opening of health clubs and gyms throughout the UK, including some new club operators joining the market place, bringing the rise of the “budget gym”.

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Premium Health Club Words by Ben Anderson – Health Club Management Specialist

The industry has now become a prospective members market. With a wider range of clubs to choose from, club operators have to compete for our membership by offering value for money and keeping members fully satisfied. Membership fees from clubs


in Kent range from £15.00 to £60.00 per month, so if you are looking to get started you need to know which operator to choose. One that will not only give you the best value for money, but also help you achieve your goals quickly.

In the past two years a few budget operators have come into the market. My first impressions were that for such a low monthly member fee these clubs would be poorly maintained, cleanliness levels below standard and machinery out of order for prolonged periods.

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programme tailored to my goals on joining, followed up by a review every eight weeks. Well decorated changing rooms and showers leading out to poolside facilities including a spa, sauna and steam room. For me, these factors gave the premier facility the leading edge, because it was somewhere I could relax as well as train and because I enjoyed the facility, it gave me that extra push to go on those days when I was feeling less motivated. So the advice I would give to anyone choosing a club, is to have a goal in mind, whether that be to lose a set amount of weight by a specific date, build your fitness levels to run the next London marathon, or drop your cholesterol to reduce the chances of developing health complications. Once your goal is determined you can choose the club that will help you develop, and which works to your strengths to enable you to achieve results in the shortest time. Enjoy swimming? - does the club offer pool facilities?

Need encouragement? – are there a variety of classes available and fitness professionals around to help? Are you a complete novice? And if so will you receive a complimentary induction and health check on joining followed by a fitness professional designing a programme tailored to your goals? Atmosphere - does the club feel right for you, are you going to be motivated to go there, are the staff friendly and welcoming. Ask yourself these questions and have a trial workout before you join to make sure the place is right for you. If the club you want is slightly out of your price range, look at your monthly budget, have one less Chinese takeaway, cut down on your cigarettes each week and have just one bottle of wine a month. Your health needs to come first. Whatever your goal is, I wish you the best of luck in achieving it, and anything worth having does not come easy.


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HAIR TIPS Sue Harrison is the founder and owner of Harrison’s Hair Team. She opened the salon at Evegate in August 1991, and has gone from a one woman band to a large team of hairstylists. Eight years ago the Sandgate salon, which now also offers a spa with two beauty therapists specialising in a wide range of treatments. Whether you would like a spray tan, eye treatment, manicure, pedicure or the luxury bodymassages, they have got the treatments to suit everybody. Putting her success down to loyal clients and a strong team of staff, Sue now employs 13 staff members and still works full time herself. She is a REDKEN educator, regularly using her wealth of experience to teach others and hers she answers some of your hair and beauty questions.


. I fancy a change, what’s the best way about changing my dark hair to blonde. Is it possible ?

Yes it is possible but the main thing to take great care with is that you don't compromise the condition. Firstly we would do strand tests to ensure that we can achieve the desired levels of lift and how your hair withstands the lightening procedure. The next step is to pre-treat your hair to get optimum condition then treat after the colour service.

. I would really like to have a tan before I go in holiday but I have seen lots of streaky orange tans on people, hos is this best prevented ?


A spray tan is only as good as the person who applies it. If your skin is prepared prior with body exfoliation and moisturiser then it’s best not to over apply the tan. Our tans dry instantly and is so natural that you can go straight out . Aftercare is also important , when you shower make sure to only pat your skin dry and moisturise to help the tan to last longer. Also available are tan extender creams and touch up cans should you need them if you can't get back in for another spray .


I am with you they are gorgeous so feminine and sexy and it's great to see after seeing so much over done straight hair. We use curl enhancing products to prepare the hair and then use round brushes to give movement in different directions, or you can curl with irons, but make sure you use heat protector so as not to damage your hairs condition.

. I am loving all the hair styles I keep seeing in magazines with soft waves and curls, how can I achieve this as all I do right now is straighten my hair with irons.


. My boyfriend has got some grey which I would like him to get covered up but he is worried it will be too obvious and what if he doesn't like it how long will it last ? Redken do a great range of colours which blend grey and slowly fade away with shampooing . Also talk to your colourist as there are lots of different ways to apply colour so that it looks natural .

We are also doing some funky perms with lots of unusual winds to create volume and movement within the hair. Why not ask your stylist to show you how to curl your hair ?


. I am seeing lots of gold around the shops and in the press can I get that look for my hair ?

Right now could not be a better time we have the most amazing iridescent range of golds in salon to help you achieve that beautiful polished expensive looking gold hair. 89

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Enhanced Patient


rehabilitation Anyone who has recently undergone oncology treatment or had lower limb surgery, like a knee replacement, knows it can be an anxious time when the physiotherapy comes to an end yet physical strength is still not back to normal. Many patients end up taking on too much activity too soon.


The orthopaedic classes are for patients who have had lower limb surgery and they are aimed at enhancing the patient’s journey from the time of surgery, to the point of full fitness improving strength to enable them to return to normal daily activities.

A pioneering new service for oncology and orthopaedic surgery patients has been developed in East Kent to help bridge the gap between physiotherapy and being able to have a normal active lifestyle. BMI The Chaucer Hospital and The King’s School Recreation Centre, both in Canterbury, are working together to deliver a comprehensive patient-centred rehabilitation service. It is run by a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists and personal trainers who use up to date research based techniques.

Physiotherapy Manager at BMI The Chaucer Hospital Ronald Talens said: “The link from a patient’s physiotherapy sessions to actually being fit enough to use a leisure centre with confidence was missing and we recognised there was an opportunity to support our patients even further. Both the advanced oncology and orthopaedic rehabilitation programmes are aimed at enhancing patients’ recovery through training sessions on exercising safely and effectively during and after treatment.”

Recent studies have shown the positive effects and importance of exercise in helping fight cancer and treatment related fatigue, distress and maintaining physical function whilst having treatments[i].

Centre Manager of The King’s School Recreation Centre Claire Reed said: “Working with BMI The Chaucer Hospital allows us to deliver a service that is not supported in such an acute way


anywhere else locally. We truly believe that what we’re doing is pioneering and delivers a pathway for people that we believe will get them fit and healthy with a strong sense of self-belief in their health and fitness levels.”

Executive Director of BMI The Chaucer Hospital Richard Coggings said: “Our patients’ experience is the number one priority for our team and this pioneering programme for patient rehabilitation extends our commitment to our patients and their short and long term recovery and health. We are looking forward to working with The King’s School Recreation Centre to deliver this service, which aims to get people back on their feet fitter and faster.” The service is available to self-pay, insured and NHS patients. All sessions are held at The King’s School Recreation Centre on St. Stephen’s Road, Canterbury. For more information, prices or to book a session, please call BMI The Chaucer Hospital on 01227 825130

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Piece of Bliss AMY’S BEAUTY TIPS

My Personal


Our resident Health and Beauty writer Amy McManus tells us why Bliss Beauty Therapy in Eastry near Sandwich will always be her personal choice for treatments large and small. polish with base coat to suit the individual nail type. The cost you ask for this hour of sumptuousness? Only £20! I am still to find better prices for this level of quality and care. Gemma adds: “In the current climate I want my clients to still be able to spend time on treating themselves. Our prices reflect this and I personally make sure that they are always the lowest in the area without scrimping on excellence. We offer complete value for money.”

Bliss Beauty Therapy is the triumph of local lass Gemma Cooper. Gemma was trained within East Kent and soon after began her career in health and beauty. Bliss was opened in September 2009 and the business has continued to thrive. Created within a grade II listed building, the location beautifully flaunts a wealth of English heritage and history. This has been mixed perfectly with the fresh modern touches Gemma and her partner Bradley have added to the establishment.

Gemma prides herself on getting to know each of her clients individually and amends each treatment to their individual preferences and requirements. She holds that: “Treatments mean so much more to people than a quick ‘in and out.’ In some cases the time spent with us can be the only moments of peace my clients get in their busy schedules. At Bliss we make sure that every second is the best it can be.” One of my personal favourites is a famous Gemma manicure. As a complete perfectionist she never leaves a spec out of place and creates beautifully painted nails that regularly last a week without chipping. Sometimes it is hard to believe that they are actually my nails, given what I usually give her to work with! This is no quick file and paint; this is a luxury treatment including hand massage, cuticle work, heated hand mitts, file and

With the business booming it seems clear that Bliss have created a clear winning formula. Offering the excellence and attention all customers deserve without sticking a preposterous price tag on it. Bliss is not just the name of this business. It is the ethos by which it operates and the mood it reflects on every one of its clientele.

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Once you have found the ‘perfect’ therapist you do not want to let them go; someone who knows exactly what pressure to use in a massage or what shape you like your eyebrows without having to ask. Most importantly, a complete perfectionist when it comes to a manicure. Therapists like this are few and far between, but I can happily say that I found mine several years ago.


Bliss Beauty Therapy are offering 15% off any treatment when quoting East Kent Lifestyle magazine. Call 01304 619212 to make an appointment 91

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Education Matters

One of my abiding memories of the Olympic Games is from when Jessica Ennis was being interviewed immediately after winning her Gold Medal. A fellow competitor went by and congratulated her with a tap on the shoulder and a few words. Straightaway she turned and said “thank-you” with what seemed genuine gratitude. It was a wonderful example and just one of the many positive messages leftover from the Games. I suspect one of the reasons that Jessica is so popular is that she lives with a spirit of gratitude both in her heart and on her lips. However, there is no doubting her competitiveness. To watch her draw herself into her own world of dedicated mental preparation before throwing the javelin was also impressive. She had long known this was not her strongest event. She had confronted that weakness with extra specialist training and then, when her opportunity came, you could see her focussing on making use of all she had learnt. Teaching students to compete or teaching children to cooperate seems

to be presented as an “either or” choice for schools at present. There is a suggestion that some schools focus on competition whereas in others, everybody has to be seen to do well so there are no losers. Consequently, of course, there can be no winners either. In the world beyond school both skills are required. We need to be able to cooperate. Schools must encourage the art of working within a team and we all need to be able to relate to other people in a positive fashion. Of course, we do not only acquire these basic human skills in school. Much more time is spent at home than at school. If such family environments do not provide experiences of cooperative living brought about by supportive relationships it is hard for schools to fill that fundamental gap. Increasingly it seems that schools are expected to modify behaviour which is caused by problems elsewhere.

Cooperation is vital for successful living as individuals and as societies. I also believe that you have to learn to compete which also means you have to learn to lose. Sometimes we reach new heights because we are encouraged and supported. At other times we have to stretch our own abilities by desiring to do better that we have done before. This may mean beating the other team or even the other person. Of course, it matters how you deal with both winning and losing and there has been much to celebrate in the way the Olympians have set such good examples in response to both experiences. I would suggest good characteristics for assessing the quality of a school might be these. Does it encourage a spirit of gratitude in its pupils which is expressed regularly and with an easy confidence? Do the pupils learn to cooperate in many different parts of school life? When they compete and win, how do they deal with the success? 93

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Forging Ahead Kent College, Canterbury has just announced exciting plans for its future development. This a perfect time for the school to be planning ahead, as it is achieving so much, in so many areas. The development will provide the school with a 600 seater Great Hall suitable for all forms of performance, plus a brand new sports facility. These additional facilities will provide the appropriate environments to match the outstanding level of performance that is evident in the school. This year the school has celebrated so much: Church School of the Year for London and South East, in recognition for its work in local and global communities. National recognition of its musicians and sports players, with choral singing, hockey and athletics being outstanding. Academically the school remains amongst the top co-educational schools in the country and its recent IB results place it in the top 10 IB schools nationally. The strong pastoral support within the school makes it the perfect environment for students from the age of three upwards to find their own talents and then to be encouraged to excel. All success is celebrated and ranges from showing a champion duck at the County Show to winning the highest accolade for any exam paper written in A-level History. Idyllic surroundings make Kent College a popular choice for both local and boarding students who enjoy the historical and cultural facilities of the beautiful City of Canterbury. The school even provides its own bus service allowing students from all over the County to benefit from the extended school day. With the high speed rail link from London we are only 50 minutes from the hub of London. For further information visit our website www.kentcollege.com 94

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Planning for the future

Open Days 2012 Nursery, Infant and Junior School Saturday 13th October 9.30am - 12.30pm Outstanding co-education for 3 to 18 year olds

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Senior School Saturday 6th October 9.00am - 12.30pm Sixth Form Evening Thursday 15th November 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Junior School • 01227 762436 • Senior School • 01227 763231

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occurring september

Saturday 1st/ 15th/ & Sunday 29th September

Seal & Wildlife Watching Boar Trips @ Ramsgate Royal Harbour Why not enjoy a one and a half hour trip to a local seal colony in a National Nature Reserve? Cruise at your leisure to see these beautiful creatures in the River Stour. You will never forget the excitement when you spot your first wild seal! Don't forget your binoculars and cameras.

Bluewater Wedding Fair

Plenty to do and see for future brides and bridesgrooms to be at this stunning Wedding extravaganza. Find the perfect dress, photographer, catering, flowers, jewellery and much more besides in this three day celebrating of impending nuptials.

Tickets £20 per person

Advance tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children aged 5 to 15), children under five free.

Boat leaves 11am on 1st, 9,30am on 15th and 10.30am on 29th

To book tickets and see opening hours go to www.weddingfairatbluewater.com

Pier Yard, Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, CT11 8LS

Friday 28th September

Thursday 6th September Antiques Roadshow @ Historic Dockyard, Chatham Got any old heirlooms gathering dust in your attic or cellar? Then why not dust them off and getting yourself down to Chatham on 6th September as BBC One’s ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow will be filming for its 35th series at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Doors open at 9.30am to 4.30pm with free entry See http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mj2y for details of the show

Friday 14th September

Coutney Pine@ Gulbeinkia Theatre, Canterbury In the live set of his new work EUROPA, jazz maestro Courtney Pine creates a powerful statement that reflects the vibrancy, innovation and spirit of the continent of his birth. Celebrating 24 years of award winning music making, Courtney performs his first all Bass Clarinet set and presents the latest chapter in the fascinating evolution of one of this country's most original musicians. Tickets £18 Show starts at 7.30pm Call 01227 769075 or book online at www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian/theatre/


Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September

Rhod Gilbert @ Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone “The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo” Welshman Rhod's stand-up rants on life's minor irritations are legendary, but this year, he's a more mellow fellow altogether. He's now so laid-back he even let someone tattoo a Battenberg on him. Will the new, chilled-out Rhod get his girl and live happily ever after, or will it be microwaved baked potato for one again? Could it be the Mr Angry of comedy as you've never seen him before. Show starts at 8pm Tickets £26 – call 0844 871 7677 or book online at https://store.ambassadortickets.com/


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Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October

Broadstairs Food Fetival @ Victoria Gardens, Broadstairs The ever popular Broadstairs Food Festival returns for its now annual three day Food Fair in Victoria Gardens and Victoria Parade. Over 100 stall holders will be presenting the best of Kent's produce: meat, drink, bakery, fruit and vegetables, confectionery and a selection of hot and cold food throughout the event event. Plus, the ever-successful Kitchen Theatre makes a welcome return. Last year saw record temperatures and record turn outs in what was the most successful Food Fair to date. Can this years match up? Open at 10.00am through to 6.00pm, Friday and Saturday with an earlier close of 5.00pm on Sunday.

Wednesday 10th October

Suggs @ Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone In Suggs: My Life Story the Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force playing to rave reviews. Is it a play? Is it stand up comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure. Then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success! Tickets: £25.50 call 0844 871 7677 or book online at https://store.ambassadortickets.com

Saturday 20th October Professor Green @ Margate Winter Gardens One of the UK's best freestylers/rappers, Professor Green (real name Stephen Manderson) made a name for himself as a battle MC from Hackney, East London, winning the prestigious freestyle night 'Jump-Off' twice in a row, which brought him to the attention of talent scouts and The Streets band member Mike Skinner. Littering his lyrics with wry pop culture references, a sharp sense of humour and honesty, Professor Green is one of the hottest acts right now in the UK. Tickets: £20 Show starts at 7.30pm Box Office: 01843 292795 / 296111

Friday October 26th – Friday November 2nd

28th October

Terrible Tales @ Canterbury Tales

On October 28 visitors to Bodiam Castle can get their walking boots on and enjoy a guided stroll around the castle grounds and local village as part of this year’s Walking Festival.

The Canterbury Tales is turning ‘Terrible’ for a one-off series of after dark performances of Chaucer’s classic tales, which promise to make audiences both laugh and shriek in pure horror! In what is a first for The Canterbury Tales, the horribly humorous performances will take place outside in the graveyard of the former church, which is now home to the award winning visitor attraction, offering a very spooky and haunted setting for this new take on Chaucer’s Tales. Entry is £5 in advance or £6 on the door Call on 01227 479227 Or visit www.canteburytales.org.uk

The Great British Walk @Bodiam Castle

Walks are free but if you wish to visit the castle, normal admission applies. Visitors can spend all day exploring the extensive castle ruins and attractive grounds. See the castle’s original wooden portcullis in the Gate House and discover the battlements and towers with their stunning views over the countryside. Walks depart from the ticket office at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ bodiamcastle or call 01580 830196


CREATE [east kent networking ]

Words by Lorna Morris

Remarkable people with remarkable stories

I’m not a big fan of networking events that have no other purpose than to sell yourself and your business to as many people as possible within the alloted time space. So when I heard about a new event being held in Canterbury that offered the opportunity to meet other local business people with the focus being on a series of enterprising talks I decided that this was an event I wanted to try out, even if there was going to be ‘notworking’ at the end (Notworking being networking without the fluff). The brainchild of Create is Jonathan Munn, a minimalist who likes to engage people and encourage change, discovery and innovation. He believes that the creatives of this world are the leaders of society and by creative he does not just mean artistic types, he includes anyone who creates so scientists, engineers, and any forward thinking person is welcomed.

The manifesto of Create is as follows: 1. Create for change, for innovation, for discovery, for you. 2. Take yourself out of your comfort zone. 3. Create the remarkable. 4. Nurture agitators. 5. Empower the community. 6. Make ideas happen. 7. Avoid rules. Avoid order. 8. Remain flexible. Embrace change. 9. Stimulate conversation. 10. Distill your story.


Create is a monthly event that happens in Canterbury at Fruitworks, above Chromos in Stour Street, and so far the three events have included a particle physicist, a beer evangelist, two poets, a bio-hacker, a digital innovator artist, a serial list maker, a barrage of entrepreneurs and one filmmaker. If you embrace change and innovation or you simply want to hear what some interesting people are getting up to in the big bad world then pop along to the next Create event. http://fruitworks.co/create Location: Fruitworks (Above Chromos, Stour St, Canterbury)

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