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Autumn/Winter 2011 Edition Delivered FREE to: Folkestone, Sandgate & Cheriton

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Editors Letter Welcome to the latest edition of the handbook; we hope you’re enjoying the lovely bright crisp days as much as we are! Our congratulations to the village of Elham on being voted ‘Kent Village of the Year 2011’ wonderful news and well deserved; please see inside the handbook for further details. We’ve some great news to share with you; East Kent Handbooks now incorporates The Hythe Handbook, as well as The Folkestone Handbook and The Hawkinge & Elham Valley Handbook, so we’re printing and delivering 27,000 copies every edition. For our advertisers, this is great news, as those wanting to target the local area don’t need to look anywhere else; we’ve got it covered! And as almost everyone you see featured in the handbook book their advert in continually, it’s

proof enough that if you’ve not advertised with us before, it’s a great idea to give it a try! There’s some great things going on in the local area in the lead up to Christmas, and also some fabulous places to go and eat to celebrate the coming festive season, all included within the handbook. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to comment on our new look for the last edition; we continue to love it, and as the handbooks go from strength to strength, hope you do to. Wishing everyone a very calm, happy and enjoyable lead up to Christmas.


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As Good As It Gets What are the key aspects for you when making a large purchase or selling a valuable asset? Price, quality, reliability and a service you can depend upon are probably the first things that come to mind.

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A Healthy Balance In Life? Having a balanced, stress-free, debt-free life is not easy these days, on average working more hours than anyone else in Europe! So how do we get that balance in life? Times are changing, we are texting blogging, twittering, and that’s for pleasure! Where’s the down-time? It isn’t happening folks! But just maybe… just maybe there could be a glimmer of hope… EXERCISE! I know, I know, but I really believe in “Fitness for every body” it’s my no 1 tag line! Yes I know what you’re thinking, I can’t do that! But you can! Everyone can... It just takes some commitment from you to move forward... Generally most people, who I come across during my work, want to lose fat or build muscle, and that’s good, if that’s your fitness\health goal, but let’s step back a page! If you don’t exercise yet, where do you start? Well you could get a personal fitness trainer to help and support you, or how about looking at your food; most people eat too much and don’t exercise, that is why they are fat. People think they can carry on eating like they did in their twenties – well they can’t… Unless you exercise! One of the first things I do with my clients is get them to start writing a food journal, this can really emphasise where you’re going wrong, most people eat far too many

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Recently there have been changes to the law and the type of herbal preparation available ‘over the counter’ has changed. Anyone can still go into a health shop, chemist or supermarket and buy herbal medicine products but there’s little or no information about medicinal actions or dosage. Sometimes the product is not even a whole plant medicine – its chemically

altered; it may not be the whole plant, instead only certain isolated constituents. These ‘standardised extracts’ do not always behave in the same way as the whole plant, and some (myself included) might consider them to be ‘pharmaceuticalised’ herbs. As a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) I trained for 5 years for my first class honours degree. The herbs I can prescribe remains unchanged. I use whole plant medicines obtained from specialist (mostly organic) producers

An hours consultation takes with my patients to establish which herbs are indicated, and eliminate those which may (in the specific patients case) be contraindicated or interact with their conventional prescription drugs. The end result is a safe preparation, consisting of a number of ingredients tailored to that individual, their symptoms and cause of disease. NIMH research department has the resources, skills and knowledge to interpret the published research and keep members informed. The safety record of qualified Medical Herbalists is exemplary. I see many people in my practices with varying health complaints. If you are unsure whether a herbal medicine consultation might benefit you then call for a no obligation chat! I also run regular workshops and present talks to groups. Contact me for further information. Lynda Jones BSc(Hons) MNIMH Medical Herbalist. 01303 242838


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Warm Up For Winter by Katherine Sorrell When long nights and frosty mornings make it feel as if winter is never going to end, it’s time to cosy up with a blazing fire, warm radiators or a welcoming stove. Katherine Sorrell’s ideas for overhauling your heating will help you make it through till next summer… There’s no doubt that we’re all going to be thinking carefully about how we heat our homes this coming winter - and sensible measures such as good insulation, draught excluders and thermostats will help keep both costs and CO2 emissions down. But no matter how many extra jumpers we put on, there’s bound to come a time when we can’t do without some form of home heating. And since we’ve got to pay for it, we might as well make sure that it’s as efficient and attractive as possible. First: the traditional fireplace. Many of us have one and it’s usually a focal point of a living room - despite the fact that open fires are shockingly poor heat producers, operating at around just 15-20% energy efficiency. If your fireplace as a whole is unappealing (whether or not you want to use the fire as a form of heating), you can usually update it relatively easily just by changing the surround, hearth and/or mantelpiece: altering the colours, materials and proportions really does make a world of difference. If you haven’t got a chimney, though, the good news is that you can still have a fire. Balanced flue gas fires require a gas supply and an outside wall on which to mount the fire, while powerflue (or fan flue) gas fires have the same requirements, and also need mains electricity. No outside P14

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grabbers: traditional styles have timeless appeal, while hole-inthe-wall or centrepiece versions fit wonderfully into a modern setting. And by burning wood from sustainable, local sources you’re not increasing your carbon emissions (for more information, go to Last, but not least, if you’ve got central heating, don’t forget your radiators. Are they giving off enough heat for the room? You can help prevent heat loss especially on an outside wall - by fitting tin foil (or special radiator

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reflectors) behind them to reflect the heat back in. But if they’re simply not effective enough then consider replacing them with a more powerful version, perhaps in a dramatic modern style or in a classic column shape. They’re not cheap, but they are both practical and good-looking, and will last you many long winters yet to come.

Dress your home for winter with layers of cosiness • Throw down a deep pile rug to add extra softness and a sense of warmth underfoot. • Swap sheer, pale, lightweight curtains or blinds for something heavier wool, tweed, velvet, even felt, denim or mohair.

• On sofas and armchairs, pile up cushions for a sense of cosy luxury and add a throw or two folded over the back: great for snuggling under. You could use a length of tweed edged with velvet ribbon, chunky knitting or crochet, fake fur or soft fleece. • Replace pale bed linen with sheets or a duvet cover in a deeper shade. Add quilts, eiderdowns, bedcovers, throws and blankets. • Feature walls may no longer be cutting edge, but they’re still good looking: paint one wall of a living room or bedroom in warm, boldly coloured emulsion - it’s easy enough to paint over again if you get bored with it.

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What’s On Music on a Sunday Afternoon SS Mary & Eanswythe Parish Church, Folkestone Sunday 6 November Piano! A celebration. Sunday 4 December Handel ‘Messiah’ CCCU Cantata Choir directed by Prof. Grenville Hancox. Please note that this concert lasts 2 hours and will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. TWO SPECIAL EXTRAS - please note start times: Saturday 12 November 7.30pm Lees Court Music directed by Chris Price Tickets £8 Sunday 11 December 4pm Kent College Choristers conducted by Jackie Spencer & Betteshanger Colliery Band conducted by David Cutting A programme of popular Christmas music for all the family followed by mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks. ADMISSION FREE - RETIRING COLLECTION Tickets remain at £8 per concert with children and students in full-time education admitted free. Seats may be booked in advance by calling 01303 257 248. Lympne Village Hall Christmas Fayre Saturday 26th November 2011 10am to 1pm. Many attractions including Craft Stands, Tombola, Refreshments, Face Painting, Cake Stall etc. Father Christmas to visit. Ample free parking. Why not come along and have an enjoyable time and find some Christmas present ideas? P18

Why not visit Elham; winner of ‘Kent Village of the Year 2011’? The residents of Elham are delighted to announce that ELHAM has been voted ‘Kent Village of the Year 2011’! Action with Communities in Rural Kent who run the awards, also awarded Elham as winner in the Environment category, runner up in the Social Action and Economy categories. This is a fantastic testimony to the hard work put in by so many residents in and around Elham. Amongst many this includes all those who give their time to the Parish Council (including ground maintenance, footpath and stile improvements, Speedwatch, tree management, affordable housing, highways, planning, the Little Stour River and Nailbourne Management group and much more), those who work so hard to keep our local businesses running (including our lovely pubs and soon-to-be-reopened-restaurant, village shop, bed and breakfasts, self-catering accomodation, Post Office-in-a-pub, Kent’s Elham Valley Visitor Group and Elham Farmers’ Market) everyone who puts time and huge efforts into caring for our beautiful environment (including the School recycling scheme and Gardening Club, the allotments, the ground source heat pump at the village hall, the bid for a community solar scheme, ongoing research into renewable energy), a dedicated team of volunteers at the Elham Valley Vineyard who employ adults with learning difficulties (they



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run a grounds maintenance company, garden nursery, cafe, vineyard and hold woodwork and pottery classes amongst other things), those who run activities and services for the youth of Elham (Football Club, Play for Elham, Cricket, Tennis, Elham Pre-School, Elham School, Arc Angels, Brownies & Guides and much more)... What a lot of hard work the residents of ELHAM do. WELL DONE ELHAM! What’s on at The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone Tel: 01303 222 222 YOGA Every Friday 10.30am - 11.45am. Kepels Music Room. £7 per person. ANTIQUES Antiques & Collector’s Fair. First Sunday of month 9am - 4pm / £1. ZUMBA Latin inspired dance fitness. For all ages. Monday 6pm - 7pm/ £5. BRIDGE NIGHTS Duplicate Bridge Club. Every Monday 7pm / £2.50. Visitors are welcome, except first Monday in month when there is a club competition. KFA MATURE MOVES Tuesday & Thursday. 10.30 to 11.30am / £4. Keep fit for the 50 plus. A well balanced programme of low impact movement to music. THE GRAND TOUR Monday & Friday 2pm / £7.75 per person, including Cream Tea. Allow two hours for tour. Places are limited so booking is essential.

PALM COURT PIANIST Friday 3pm - 11pm. Saturday Noon - 11pm. Sunday Noon - 6pm. JAZZ NIGHT Every Thursday 8.30pm / £5. SALSA DANCING Every Tuesday. Club dancing until late. Beginners 7pm - 8pm / £7. Improvers 8.15pm - 9.15pm / £7. JIVE Every Monday 7.30pm - 9.30pm / £5. Easy jive & swing dance classes. Including class and dance. PENSIONERS´ LUNCH Every Wednesday at Lunchtime in The Palm Court. Two courses & coffee £9. Fitness For A Fiver? Boot Camp Style! Wednesdays 6am, Music Room. Bring water, a towel and a sense of humour! For further information on any of the above activities at The Grand, please call 01303 222 222. Sing Your Heart Out for Charity Heart Research UK is calling singers, of all styles and abilities, to give voice to their favourite songs this Christmas, as part of its annual festive fundraiser, ‘Sing for your Heart,’ between 8 and 15 December. Whether you’re tone deaf or a total diva, a soloist or sing as part of group, the event will get people to give their heart and lungs a good workout, whilst raising money for pioneering research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. Singing is not only a great way to destress and have fun, it can also improve

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What’s On (Cont...) your physical health and wellbeing. Singing exercises the heart and lungs, oxygenates the blood, gives the abdominal and intercostal muscles a workout, improves posture, and releases muscle tension. It also improves breath control, which can assist asthma sufferers or people who experience panic attacks. Those who support ‘Sing for your Heart’ can sing with friends, family and colleagues, in railway stations, shopping centres or a local social venue. Anyone - from choirs, bands, schools and colleges, companies and societies of all sorts – can take part. There are no hard and fast rules, except to have fun and raise funds for national charity, Heart Research UK. After carrying out research into the benefits of singing, Professor Graham Welch from the University of London says: “When singing, major muscle groups are exercised in the upper body. It is also aerobic in that it is a form of exercise that improves the efficiency of the body’s cardiovascular system, with related benefits to overall health.” Barbara Harpham, National Director of Heart Research UK, says: “Singing is so much fun, it doesn’t matter where you perform, what size group you are or even what songs you sing, as along as everyone remembers to Sing for their Heart at least once this Christmas and help support Heart Research UK.” To request your free Sing for your Heart fundraising pack call Heart Research UK on 0113 234 7474, email or visit to download a pack. P20

You can also follow Heart Research UK on Twitter: heartresearchuk or become a fan of our Facebook page: http://www. Heart Research UK Heart Research UK is a visionary charity founded in 1967 by Mr David Watson, a working heart surgeon, who realised that patients were dying unnecessarily because of the lack of research into heart disease, especially surgical techniques. Having funded six of the first eight successful UK heart transplants the charity leads the way funding ground breaking, medical research projects into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. There is a strong emphasis on supporting clinical and surgical projects and young researchers on their first steps into research. The charity currently funds over £4.1m of research projects at 32 hospitals and universities across the UK, funding over £860,000 last year alone. In addition, over £1m has been awarded, over the last 10 years, to community-based lifestyle projects that aim to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease. HAWKINGE COMMUNITY CENTRE T: 01303 894857 E:

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Murder Mystery Night 12th Nov 8am - 10.30pm `Ewell be Sorry’. Price £10pp inc 2 course meal and licensed bar. Hawkinge Children`s Centre Various activities throughout the week. Pilates Every Monday 6.30pm to 7.30pm; Tuesday 9.20am - 10.20am, Wednesdays 6.15pm - 7.15pm. French Club Workshop Every Sat from the 18th 9.15am 12.15pm. Short Mat Bowls Every Mon & Thurs 7pm - 10pm. Mums and Tots Every Tues 9.30am - 12am. Badminton Wednesday 7pm - 9pm.

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Learning The English Language During Chet’s childhood there were no schools in her village or surrounding areas mainly due to lack of road access.

Life for Chet Kumari Phuyal began in a little village called Puranogaun Dapcha, located in Kavrepalanchok central district of Nepal.

In 2009 Chet came to join her husband in the UK, in the beginning UK life was difficult for Chet, she explains “the hindrance of not being able to speak the language was the most difficult part of adjusting to life here in the UK, being unfamiliar with the traffic system and signs made getting around impossible without my husband or a friend to guide me.” Everyday tasks like shopping was out of the question for Chet, her lack of understanding of the English language and lack of confidence to venture

out on her own almost made her a recluse. In June last year, Chet enrolled on the UK integration and skills development course with SES Tutors, co-funded by the European funding and passed her City & Guilds Entry Level 1 certificate, which enabled her to gain British Citizenship. Her confidence has soared and she can now go shopping on her own and live a more independent life. Wendy Godden Project Manager says “Since the project started in 2010 we have helped over 300 Nepalese women integrate into British life.”

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Local Clubs & Societies CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Exists to provide the advice people need for the problems they face. Our advice is free, confidential, independent and impartial, and is available to everyone regardless of race, sex, disability, sexuality or nationality. We are open for new enquiries at: 20 Church Street, Folkestone: Mon 12pm to 3.30pm, Tue to Fri 10am to 12.30pm The Old School, Church Lane New Romney: Tuesdays 10am - 12noon At all eight Children’s Centres in Shepway. Please see our website for times, venues and maps. By email from our website. By phone on: 0844 4994118. ELHAM VALLEY PETANQUE CLUB We meet on the Petanque terrain situated on the Triangle, Elham, each Sunday weather permitting, with a 10.30am start. New members are always welcome; it’s not necessary to have played petanque before and we have plenty of spare boules. FOLKESTONE CAMERA CLUB 7.45pm every Monday at St. Georges Church, Audley Road, Folkestone. www.folkestonecameraclub. or telephone Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 245399 or email: FOLKESTONE, HYTHE & DOVER WILDLIFE GROUP Contact Pauline Bateson on 01304 853503 or go to FOLKESTONE CHORAL SOCIETY Would you like to sing? We now have members drawn from as far afield as Deal, Canterbury, Ashford and the Romney Marsh. We exist to enjoy together the choral music we prepare and to share that with local residents as well as the many visitors to the P26

area. Folkestone Choral Society is the largest choir in the area and rehearsals are held each week to prepare for the 3 or 4 major concerts normally presented each year, all with professional orchestras and soloists. If you would like to come and see for yourself the benefits that singing can bring then we’d be very happy to see you. Further details: 01303 230959 FOLKESTONE & HYTHE ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY If you play a musical instrument FHOS is always pleased to see potential new members and we are happy for anyone to give the orchestra a try to see if you are interested in becoming a permanent member. Membership is only £65 a year. The orchestra meets at the Folkestone School for Girls in Coolinge Lane on Monday Evenings during the school term from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Visit us at or call John Bateson:01227 722614. FOLKESTONE DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY (FDFAS) Meet at The Tower Theatre (home of FHODS), Shorncliffe on 4th Thursday of the month, 2pm. Guests/prospective members welcome (£5). For programme details visit (See Folkestone Section) Membership info: 01303 237758 or email:

FOLKESTONE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB The Club meets every Monday evening at 7pm for 7:15pm. Visitors are welcome with partners (except 1st Monday in month when there is a club competition). Please contact: The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, CT20 2XL Tel:01303 222 222

SOUTH KENT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY Local support for all those whose lives are affected by MS. Call 08453 970543, email: or visit: branches/kent/south_east_kent Macmillan Cancer Support Offers talks to all groups and associations, FREE OF CHARGE. Its Macmillan’s Centenary year in 2011 so why not find out more about the history of the charity and how it has evolved to become what it is today. To book a talk or to find out more information please e-mail or call 01622 600050 READING BY COLOUR A Kent based children’s charity raising awareness of a perceptual dysfunction called Irlen Syndrome. This affects academic achievement and driving. Causes headaches, frustration and poor reading. Contact Reading by Colour, Great Cauldham Farm, Cauldham Lane, Capel-Le-Ferne, Kent, CT18 7HQ Call: 020 323 995 96 CHERITON SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB Meet every Wednesday (except 2nd Wed.) each month from 7.30 - 10 pm at St. Andrews Church Hall, Surrenden Road, Cheriton. Beginners tuition available. New members will be very welcome. Enjoy dancing and get exercise at the same time. For further information please phone Terry on 01303 248778 (email or Val on 01233 629815. SHEPWAY FUCHSIA & PELAGONIUM GROUP Meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Surrenden Road, Cheriton. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome.

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Useful Numbers Churches

Barham Downs Group:

Folkestone Area: All Souls Church Cheriton High Street - 01303 238509 Baha’i Faith - 01303 243907 Cheriton Baptist Church Quested Road - 01303 278717 Christ Embassy Folkestone Loveworld Conference Centre Cheriton High Street - 01303 270970 Folkestone Baptist Church Hill Road - 01303 252259 Folkestone Methodist Church 155 Sandgate Rd - 01303 252542 Harbour Community Church Harvey Street - 01303 211732 Holy Trinity Church Sandgate Road - 01303 256040 Life Church Bowles Well Gardens - 01303 240033 Our Lady Help of Christians and St Aloysius Guildhall Street - 01303 252823 South Kent Community Church Bouverie Road West - 01303 251155 St Joseph’s Church 2 Ashley Avenue - 01303 275402 St Martin’s Church Horn Street - 01303 238509 St Mary and St Eanswythe Church Priory Gardens - 01303 252947 St Peter’s Church East Cliff - 01303 254472 St. Saviour’s Church - 01303 254686 The Salvation Army Canterbury Road - 01303 251379 The Society of Friends (Quakers) Rainbow Centre 69 Sandgate Road - 01303 220459 United Reform Church Castle Hill Avenue - 01303 268621

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St John the Baptist Barham St Mary the Virgin Bishopsbourne St Giles Kingston St Margaret of Antioch Womanswold - 01227 831340

Hawkinge Baptist Church: Hawkinge Community Centre Minister: Alison Boddington - 07584 062866 Secretary: Ann Usher - 01303 891450 St Mary Magdalene Denton - 01303 840219 St Mary the Virgin Elham - 01303 840219 St Lukes Hawkinge - 01303 892369

Chemists Folkestone Area: The Central Pharmacy 104 Cheriton Road - 01303 254427 Guildhall Pharmacy 110 Guidhall Street - 01303 259414 McCardle Pharmacy 41 Canterbury Road - 01303 251511 Lloyds Pharmacy 114 Sandgate Road - 01303 254383 Paydens 38 Cheriton High Street - 01303 275625

Hawking & Elham Valley Area: Hawkinge Pharmacy 97 Canterbury Road, Hawkinge CT18 7BS - 01303 892283 Lyminge Pharmacy 21 Station Road Lyminge CT18 8HQ - 01303 862425

Doctors Surgeries Folkestone Area: Park Farm Surgery 1 Alder Road - 01303 851021 The New Surgery 128 Canterbury Road - 01303 243516

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Central Surgery 86 Cheriton Road - 01303 220707 Whitehouse Surgery 1 Cheriton High Street - 01303 275434 The Manor Clinic 31 Manor Road - 01303 851122 Guildhall Street Surgery 67-69 Guildhall Street - 01303 851411

Hawkinge & Elham Valley Area: The Elham Surgery Old Road, Elham CT4 6UH - 01303 840213 The Hawkinge Health Centre 74 Canterbury Road, Hawkinge CT18 7BP - 01303 892434 The Surgery Church Road, Lyminge CT18 7BP - 01303 862109 PALS: Patient Advice & Liaison Service - 0800 085 6606

Emergency Numbers Gas Emergency 0800 111999 Kent County Council 08458 247247 Electricity Power Loss 0800 783 88 66 Police Station 01303 850055 Water Leakline 0800 7311 933

Helplines Alcoholics Anonymous 08457 697555 Al-Anon (for families of alcoholics) 0207 4030888 Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting 01303 660747 Childline 0800 1111 Crime Prevention Advice 01303 896336 Dentaline 01634 890300 Frank (Drugs Helpline) 0800 776600 Kent Crimestoppers 0800 555111 Mental Health Helpline 0800 1070160 National Domestic Violence 0808 2000 47 Stop Smoking Service 0800 849 4444 Samaritans 01303 255 000

Hospitals Kent & Canterbury 01227 766877 Maidstone 0845 155 1000 Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone 01303 850202 William Harvey Hospital Ashford 01233 633331 NHS Direct 08 45 46 47

Taxis Folkestone Taxis 01303 252000 JJ Taxis 01303 244442

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Where do you get the most magnicent views of the English Channel at sunset? Where can you be serenaded with the sounds of our talented pianist? Where can you enjoy Kentish Wines, Cider and Ale, (or choose a wine from around the world)? And where can you enjoy a delicious, freshly-made two course meal for just £18? The Palm Court. The Grand, Folkestone. * Three courses £22.00

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No number can be repeated in any row or column. The numbers in the heavily outlined set of squares (cages) must combine in any order to produce the target number in the top corner, using only the mathematical operator specified: +, -, x or /. Numbers can be repeated within a cage, but not in the same row or column. P32

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Cryptic Crossword Across 1. False little newsman was dishonoured (6) 4. Fabric to judge and rip (8) 9. Girl who turned from riding (6) 10. Robs Rome for a hat (8) 12. Dog running at a snail (8) 13. Waddle about and hang about! (6) 15. Nobleman heard to give praise (4) 16. Lothario rescued excitedly (7) 20. Evil cast in a production (7) 21. Fashionable Foreign Office data (4) 25. Loads of headless dogs (6) 26. Lady-killer? (8) 28. Cause inn rotten bother (8) 29. Toledo could be plundered (6) 30. Lot dealt out and summed up (8) 31. First time a slip caused alarm (6)












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14. Call debts suspect (7) 17. All babes play this game! (8) 18. Entreat a worried beast (8) 19. Red icons forced to think (8) 22. Throne-shaped buzzer (6) 23. Draft I found floating freely (6) 24. Street travelled on or walked (6) 27. Maniac nearly held a skin disorder (4)

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Local Clubs & Societies (Cont…) FOLKESTONE FLOWER ARRANGERS CLUB We meet every 3rd Monday of the mounth (excluding August) at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, Folkestone at 7.15pm. Guests/prospective members very welcome. £4.50. Come and enjoy fun with flowers! All enquiries to Pearl Bingham 01303 892428 or Margaret White 01303 275362. FOLKESTONE & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY Meet on the first Wednesday in the month at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, Folkestone. 7.30 pm for 8 pm start. Visitors are welcome. For more information please contact: The Secretary Don Gregory on 01303 246682, The Chairman on 01303 252567 or visit our web site at FOLKESTONE & DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY The Society meets at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month at the United Reform Church Hall (corner of Castle Hill Avenue and Cheriton Road). We offer help with family history research, informative and interesting speakers and a friendly atmosphere. Visitors are always very welcome (a charge of £1.00 per meeting is requested, refundable on becoming a member. HAWKINGE ALLOTMENT SOCIETY (For Hawkinge residents only) The Allotments are a new facility for residents of the village that welcomes new members. There is a small waiting list for plots and a small deposit secures you a place on it. For more details contact our Chair Eileen Blythe on 01303 891173 e-mail: eileen@ P34

RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION GET MORE OUT OF WALKING Walking with your local Ramblers Group is a great way to explore your countryside, keep fit and meet good company. Ramblers walk leaders often know the best and most interesting footpaths, so you can enjoy the benefits of walking without the worries of planning a route or getting lost. The White Cliffs Group of the Ramblers Association walks on Sundays and Thursdays, distances varying from 5 to 15 miles, mostly with a pub stop for lunch.Why not try walking with us? You’d be very welcome to come on a couple of walks without any obligation to join the Ramblers Association. Our website is: For more information, please contact the Membership Secretary: Rob Riddle 01304 366716 FOLKESTONE, HYTHE & DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY CLUB Meet every Monday & Wednesday evening, excluding Bank Holidays, at the New Broomfield Hall, 29 - 37 Broomfield Road, Cheriton from approx. 7.30 until 10.30. If you are interested in model railways and would like to improve your skills or share your talents and experience, why not come along and meet us all? For further information contact our Secretary Bob Bailey on 01303 239889 or visit our web site at THE SPITFIRE CLAY PIGEON CLUB Meet every Sunday 9am for 10am start at the shooting ground, near Hawkinge. We shot sporting, skeet & down the line targets, in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Visitors & prospective members always made welcome. For more information, call Peter on 01303 893100 or Giles on 01303 259596.

FOLKESTONE BIG BAND SOCIETY Currently meet at the Odd Fellows Club, Broomfield Road, Cheriton, Folkestone on each third Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 4 pm. It is a gathering of likeminded lovers of big band music in a sociable environment. For further information please contact Tony Pettitt on 07798 773590. We currently host a Big Band programme every Sunday from 6pm to 7pm on the new Academy community radio station 105.9fm. ELHAM FOOTBALL CLUB The Gore, Park Lane, Elham, CT4 6TD Elham Football Club is a local friendly club with a great pitch, clubhouse and fantastic team spirit! JUNIOR FOOTBALL We have entered U8, U10, U12, U13 & U15 teams into the Faversham & District Friendly Junior Football Series. There are still squad places available, we are a friendly club who want to give children the opportunity to play football! Please contact us if you would like to join on 01304 840770. MEN’S FOOTBALL Our first few training sessions have been very successful and new players are always welcome. Training starts at 10.30am on Sundays. Training is taken by retired Coventry City and Dover Athletic (to name but a few) professional player Tony MacDonald. All players need shin pads and please bring a drink. This training session is for adults and players 16+. The team has been accepted into the Hythe, Folkestone and District League, First Division. Please contact Richard on 840770 for more information.

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Hedge Your Boundary

by Pippa Greenwood

leaves remain in winter. Does well in sun or part shade.


A tough and hardy deciduous tree that makes a great hedge. Great kept neatly clipped for a formal look. Although it does shed its leaves, they turn a wonderful tan-brown towards the end of autumn and a high percentage remain on the plants until new leaves appear in springtime. Native Hedging (including hawthorn, wild rose, guilder rose, blackthorn): Perfect for a more rural look with lots of wildlife. Native hedging is often available as a mixed selection of suitable plants, all the above planted randomly along the hedge line make a great mixed deciduous hedge which will provide shelter, nesting sites and nectar from the attractive flowers and food from the various hips and berries.

Yew: Marking your garden boundary with a hedge rather than a wall or fence helps to provide more gardening opportunities plus the living boundary may also be a real boon for wildlife, so if you’re thinking garden boundaries, think hedging.

Prunus laurocerasus:

If you want a garden boundary that looks good and is green in all senses of the word, then you can’t go far wrong with a hedge. Hedges are generally grown from container-grown plants (bought at any time of year, with well-established root system and living in a pot) or from ‘bare root’ plants which are perfect bought at this time of year and planted straight away. Bare root hedging is not an option available for every type of plant. Some garden centres offer it, but generally for the freshest plants and widest selection you’re better going to a hedging specialist nursery. These plants are often quite small, but great value and soon romp away, providing you with a low-cost good looking hedge.

Also known as the cherry laurel, it’s a largeleafed evergreen which forms a very good, dense hedge. It produces small, pretty white flowers, but if you clip the hedge regularly you rarely see many of them. The leaves are a light, glossy green, avoiding the sombre feeling some evergreen hedges can bring.

So which should you choose? Here are some of which I’m especially fond:

Berberis including B.darwinii:


This deciduous tree makes great classic hedging and in the autumn leaves turn an attractive bright yellow. It’s long-lived and once established makes a good hedge for roosting birds. It’s easy to keep trimmed and dense, its only downside being few P38

Perfect for a more formal hedging. It’s evergreen and its narrow dark green leaves make a great backdrop for plants within the garden. Unlike most other evergreen hedging, if it’s allowed to grow out of hand, it does respond well to being cut back quite hard. Avoid damp sites and remember that although the end result looks great, this is one of the slower growing hedging plants.

Thuja plicata:

Known as the western red cedar, the variety ‘Atrovirens’ makes a particularly good evergreen hedge. It grows reasonably rapidly and is often used when one would like some aspects of a Leyland hedge but wouldn’t want its potential to get out of hand. The foliage produces a gorgeous pineapple aroma when crushed. Another very dense and attractive hedge, deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen depending on which you choose. Berberis has plenty of spines too so is often used in ‘defensive’ planting. The flowers are small but very pretty in shades of orange and yellow. Avoid very wet soils.

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Euonymus japonica:

Prepare the ground by forking in bulky organic matter such as garden compost, bagged compost or well-rotted manure.

A great hedging plant with evergreen leaves, many with attractive variegations bringing extra colour and interest to the boundary. Avoid a wet soil and choose a sunny or partly shaded spot, making sure that the soil does not become too dry in summer.

Most hedging is best planted with each plant about 45cm (18in) apart along the row. For a denser hedge plant in two staggered rows, each row about 30-45cm apart.

Photinia x fraseri:

Don’t forget to keep the young hedge properly pruned – if left to grow it alone, it’ll rarely become good and dense.

This evergreen shrub makes an interesting hedge and if you choose a variety such as ‘Red Robin’, you can enjoy flamboyant red patches of colour throughout the hedge in the spring as new growth is wonderfully coloured. Does best in a fertile soil with plenty of sun or part shade.

Sign up for Pippa’s newsletter at and you’ll receive a free e-book on organic gardening. Her website also offers a stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card, a perfect gift where the recipient receives their chosen garden ready veg plants in the spring. Every week Pippa emails with topical hints, tips and advice.

Whichever of these fantastic options takes your fancy, don’t forget the planting basics: Plant container grown hedging plants nearly any time of year, avoiding very wet, cold or dry weather.

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