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Jubilee Issue

May / June 2012



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05 Diamond Jubilee



Bekesbourne Church photography by Geordie Hayward


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The Village of Bekesbourne DAY S O U T

The Great Outdoors


A Glass of Wine





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May & June Events HO M E A ND GA RDENS

A Lick of Paint LEISURE

Ile de Ré CLUBS

Local Club Listings LO CA L CO NT A CT S

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Bekesbourne Archbishops, Secret Agents and Gorillas


ekesbourne is another of the villages that is situated on the Nailbourne.

in captivity. Animals bred here are regularly returned to the wild to enhance the indigenous colonies.

In 1705, the village appeared in a story by Daniel Defoe title, A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs Veal. The story was met with interest from Queen Anne and Prince George and today survives as one of Kent’s ghost stories. Perhaps of more relevance to the modern day, the house known as the Old Palace was owned for a short time in the late 1950s by Ian and Ann Fleming and during their ownership Ian wrote at least one of the James Bond books. The Old Palace is the last remaining part of a country palace for the Archbishops of Canterbury which thrived for 100 years from the time of Thomas Cranmer until the the Civil War in the 1640s.

Chalkpit Farm is well known locally and the focus of many visits to the village by foot, bike or car. The parish church, St Peter’s, has a Norman doorway, a 13th century chancel and the first recorded example of brick mathematical tiles. It has a beautiful and tranquil churchyard. Bekesbourne was the site of an aerodrome, commissioned during World War I, and then used by Kent Flying Club until World War II, when it was used briefly and afterwards closed. The village is home to Howletts Wild Animal Park which protects many endangered species including the world’s largest breeding gorilla colony

The farm is well known for growing hops for over 50 years and has now evolved into lavender and summer flowers. A rural shopping complex has developed at the farmyard which includes a fine-food deli, a cafe, a flower shop, veterinary practice, maternity shop, and framing outlet. The village also has a freehouse pub, The Unicorn, which promotes fine ales and rural entertainment especially around St George’s day and the community benefits greatly from a station on the Dover to London railway line.

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Great Outdoors Days Out for Cycling, Running and Walking Fowlmead Country Park

in Deal is a 200-acre park, It has a two-mile Tarmac road cycling track and has continued to develop as a safe offroad site for activities and leisure pursuits such as cycling and running.

Bedgebury Pinetum and

Forest offers beautiful walks and picnics amongst the conifers. It also features family cycling, mountain-biking, Go Ape, riding, walking and adventure play.

Memorial Park in Herne Bay

has a small lake, a play area, tennis and basketball courts and cricket and football pitches.

Bewl Water in Lamberhurst is the southeast’s largest reservoir. Activities include children’s fishing. There is a playground and high adrenaline activities.

Brockhill Country Park

in Hythe was part estate that dates back to Norman times. it now offers walking and cycling routes, a lake and a play area. in Dover boasts woodlands & gardens, Ducks & Swans on the lake. A play area, tea rooms, a putting green and grass tennis courts.

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is an enchanted woodland with deer, farmyard animals donkeys, geese and swans. It has play areas and a cafe.

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Wine Getting Started with Wine


ine can be intimidating. With a seemingly endless choice of wines from different countries, produced from countless different grapes, it can often seem like an ordeal selecting the perfect wine for your dinner guests. But it’s really not that hard to break away from your tried and trusted bottle of red or white and to try something different.

The six main styles of wine are red, sparkling red, soleras, white, sparkling white and pink.

The basic process of winemaking is pretty much the same for all wines, but every wine still has its own unique flavour which results from factors such as the type of grape used and the conditions under which the grapes are fermented.

When choosing wines there are guidelines but no hard and fast rules - so really there is no bad choice! Wine choice is ultimately a matter of personal preference. The general rule though is to choose a light bodied wine with lighter meals and a full bodied wine with hearty, more robust dishes.

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes make white wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir grapes make full, rich red wines. Merlot grapes produce lighter, softer red wines.

Most red wines improve with age, sometimes for as long as ten years. Typically red wines are not distributed until about two years after they are put in the bottle. Most white wines on the other hand, do not benefit from aging, except for champagne and sweet dessert wines.

Reds are traditionally paired with beef, veal, ham, poultry, pasta, lamb and pork. For poultry, ham, pork and veal, try

a Beaujolais or a red Zinfandel For pasta, beef and lamb, try a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. White Chardonnay goes well with pork, poultry, seafood and strong cheeses. For appetisers, mild cheeses, desserts, ham, lamb, poultry and seafood, you might choose a white Zinfandel or Rose wine. Sparkling wines, such as Champagne or Spumante can also be served with mild cheeses, appetisers and desserts. A couple of other useful tips, white wine should be served chilled and red wine at room temperature. All wine should be left to stand for a short time before opening. Experimentation is the key, move away from your regular bottle and try something new. You may discover you enjoy wines made from a particular grape, or from a particular country or region.

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Apps - Short for “applications”, apps is the term used for games, To Do list managers, messaging, photography tools and the millions of other tools and toys that you can add to your phone. Apps are purchased from online

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iPhone - responsible for

kick starting the smartphone revolution, Apple’s phone features sleek designs, high resolution displays and a huge choice of apps.

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Windows Phone - a recent

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Blackberry - once the leader,

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Mount Emphraim Gardens 6th & 7th May

Spring Fair

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Pregnancy & Baby Fair

Food Bazaar

Port Lympne 1st to 31st May

Belmont House 6th & 7th May


Lydden Hill 7th May

Dover Museum 12th May

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Leeds Castle 19th & 20th May

Roman Museum 26th May - 3rd June

Pat-a-Lamb Day

Powell Cotton Museum 7th May

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June More events online

Folkestone Festival Town Centre 1st - 30th June

Diamond Jubilee

Jubilee Airshow

The Leas, Folkestone 2nd June

Jubilee Celebrations

Memorial Field, Chartham 4th June

Powell Cotton Museum 4th - 8th June

Jousting Tournament

Roar and Snoar

Leeds Castle 5th - 10th June

Bridge Village Fete Bridge School 23rd June

Jack and the Beanstalk The Hop Farm 2nd - 10th June

Diamond Jubilee

East Kent & Sussex Railway 5th June

Ladies Day

Port Lympne 9th & 10th June

Folkestone Racecourse 11th June

Peppa Pig

Days Out with Thomas

Marlowe Theatre 23rd & 24th June

RHDR 30th June - 1st July

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A Lick of Paint Give Your Home a New Lease of Life


n all over paint refresh can rapidly transform a house from mundane to inspiring! It can also help to raise property value and to sell quickly.

furniture. Complementary colours work well when adjacent rooms open to each other, perhaps using two shades of the same colour. You can go for bold contrast when crossing a barrier such as a door.

Doing it right requires serious planning, but can be worth the effort for many reasons. Develop a vision. As you tour the house, write down your thoughts on colour, keeping sunlight, windows, gloss and trim in mind.

If you’re transforming your home for yourself, live a little. Go nuts. Like a colour? Be bold. If you don’t like it, you can always paint it again. Feeling artistic? Plan a mural. It’s your home and the only person who has to like it is you, and maybe the people you live with!

Light colours work anywhere, but dark colours require rooms with lots of windows and natural light. Painting a basement room a deep blue might sound relaxing but can turn the room into a dungeon! If you’re preparing a house for sale, stick with neutral colours that can match any decor or

Carefully consider the use of gloss. Shiny gloss paints are easy to clean, but can make wall blemishes stand out. Matt paints will help disguise them, but can be difficult to clean. Generally, you’ll want glossier paints where there’s lots of steam or cooking such as baths and kitchens and in

high-traffic areas. Flatter paints are preferred for large walls and ceilings. Costs can vary greatly, depending on price and quality of the materials. If you choose a mid to upper grade paint it can increase your costs substantially. Then there are brushes, rollers, trays, tape and other materials to consider. It’s also worth remembering that when it comes to materials not all paints are equal. Some truly do cover with one coat, whereas others are less successful. Your costs will double if you have to apply more than one coat, so buying the cheaper paint could cost you more in the long run. Generally, you can go for a low cost primer and then a high quality paint. But a good paint shop, professional decorator or designer can help you decide if you’re not sure.

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Ile de Ré Family Holidays in the Ile de Ré


rance has so much to offer families it is no wonder that so many make the short hop across the channel to enjoy a summer holiday ‘en famille’.

certainly meant more visitors to the island over recent years yet it still retains its laid back atmosphere and traditional charm.

The Vendée and the Dordogne have long been favourites but if you are looking for somewhere a bit different for your family holiday, why not consider the Ile de Ré, one of France’s Atlantic Coast islands, and only 3 kms from La Rochelle. Across the island you will find whitewashed gîtes with sunbleached, green grey shutters and bursts of colour provided by the brightly coloured hollyhocks in the sunshine with bicycles propped up against the lamposts. This small island is only 14 miles long by 4 miles wide and is connected to the mainland by a bridge which was opened in 1988. This connection has

for families with the majority of routes being completely off road so you can relax with the youngsters cycling too. There are plenty of cycle hire shops across the island and most campsites and hotels also have their own stock. Many visitors bring their own and return year after year.

With a collection of 9 towns and villages dotted around the island, there is plenty to see. St Martin en Ré is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and La Flotte, another harbour town is rated one of France’s most beautiful villages. Shopping is mainly at lively local markets which are open daily during the summer although the towns do have a selection of boutiques and gift shops as well as numerous pavement cafes and restaurants around the harbours. The best way to discover the island is by bicycle and with over 60 miles of flat cycle paths, leading through pine forests, vineyards and salt flats, it is an ideal destination

The beautiful sandy beaches are a major attraction to families and one of the best ways to while away the sunny days is to visit Gros Jonc where adults and children enjoy beach games, wave jumping, sand sculpting and sand castles, kite flying and rock pooling. Many visitors drive the 8 hours from Calais or 4 hours from St Malo after an overnight crossing from Portsmouth, however flights from the UK to La Rochelle airport, conveniently located virtually next to the bridge makes this destination accessible by air also.

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