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Editors Letter Dear Neighbours,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Handbook; we’d like to wish you all a very calm, peaceful and happy new year. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to give their comments and feedback following the last edition of the handbook. It is great to know there is so much support and interest for the handbook, and for our town itself. Over the coming year, if you are involved in any local clubs, societies, events or good causes that would benefit from a mention in the handbook, please do not hesitate to get in touch. One of the things we enjoy most is the ability to use the handbook to help increase awareness of the fantastic causes and events

that people put so much work into. If we can help in any way, we would love to! We’ve had a bit of a move around with the handbook this edition, and would love to know what you think. As you’ll see below, we now have sections on your health and wellbeing, your home and garden and so much more. We’ve also grouped together the local clubs and societies pages, so why not have a look and see if you can’t find a new interest for 2012? Please do continue to get in touch with any thoughts, comments or ideas for the coming year. With kindest regards,

Tuija Foster, Editor

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Tuija Contents Health & Wellbeing

8 - 11

Recipe

14

Crossword

16

Childrens Puzzles

22

What’s On

19 - 22

Local Clubs & Societies

24 - 25

House & Home

27 - 33

Useful Numbers

34 - 35

Garden

35 - 37

Index of Advertisers

38

Deadline for the Spring Edition:

Friday 10th February 2012

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that data in this publication is accurate, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing (or not) of an advert or other information. It is the advertiser’s responsibility to ensure artwork is kept up to date and accurate. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for views expressed by contributors, or for the accuracy of claims made by advertisers. The Handbook cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in this magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this publication, including advert artwork, may be reproduced without the prior written permission of the editor. The use of this magazine for canvassing or direct marketing is strictly prohibited. P2

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The Good News Advertisement Feature New Year, New Opportunities! Welcome to the New Year! A time for celebration, starting new projects and making positive resolutions! There has been so much doom and gloom during 2011 let’s start 2012 full of hope and aspiration. Whether you are looking for a regime to get fit, a job change or new home then the beginning of the year is one of the best times to get going. If you are looking for a different career you could even become your own boss by joining a company like the Good Estate Agent where opportunities are limitless. What makes you really fulfilled?

Why not learn new skills to give yourself a greater chance of turning a personal passion into your main livelihood? A new year is a great time to take the first steps to success. Set yourself up for a great future by making the most of every opportunity that comes your way. Whatever you are doing, whoever you meet – watch out for anything that takes you closer to your dream role. Learn to market yourself! The trick is to know your subject inside out; remember that competence brings confidence leading to others having trust in you. Whatever field you are in, you must know the latest news; if it’s cooking then what interests families now?

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6th Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon 30th September 2012 where we have 12 registrations already. It is possible to enter the 2012 event online at www. runnersworld.co.uk/events or download an entry form from our website www. folkestonerotary.org.”

The organisers of the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon are pleased to report that they have now finalised the total amount of money raised by the 2011 event.

Ray Johnson, Race Director, said “This year’s event went extremely well and assistance was received with sincere thanks from members of the Folkestone Rotary Club, Hythe and Folkestone Channel Rotary Clubs. Folkestone Running Club, Folkestone Interact,

other running clubs and the local community also assisted. I would also like to thank our sponsors, in particular Independent Insurance Services, Sainsburys and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, but most importantly the runners who without their participation would have not made this event as successful. The main charity was Demelza and we were delighted to present them with a sponsorship donation for over £2,500 recently. Many runners also sent their sponsorship monies directly to Demelza.”

The event achieved £34,364 which was an increase on last year’s fundraising of £33,230. Rotary Club President Andrew Beggs said “this is a tremendous achievement and all proceeds will be supporting local and international causes. The Half Marathon event since it started in 2006 has already raised over £175,000, in addition Gift Aid would have been added as appropriate, and so the support from all of the participants, organisers and assistants is greatly appreciated. Already we are making progress with the next race that will take place on the

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Sun, Snow, and Skiing Are you ready? It’s that time of year to prepare you for the skiing season. Firstly I have to say, however fit you are altitude will affect you, especially over 2,000m, your heart rate and respiration will increase. Hopefully after a few days you will become more acclimatized.

For first - timers perhaps it might be a good idea to borrow equipment and ski suits from friends if you can, the boots I would wait till you got there and hire some, if you are going to buy, try to make sure it doubles up as street cred clothes for our cold winters.

The fitter you are the better, by that I mean cardiovascular fitness-running, cycling, rowing cross-trainer etc; this will really benefit you when you’re out there. Anyone who is reasonably fit is ready to do some dry slope skiing. Preparing yourself before you go on to the snow is so important, so get some sessions in.

Layering lighter garments allows you to discard when needed.

If you like fitness classes try Circuits, Boxercise, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), body conditioning (muscular strength and endurance), stretch (flexibility) Cross training is the best way to go, if you don’t like classes try brisk walking, jogging, interval sprinting, cycling. You really must warm up and stretch and slow down gradually, if you’re not sure about your health, check it out with your doctor first or why not employ a personal trainer to get you ready for your hols. Choosing where to go, especially for the beginner can be a headache in itself, perhaps a less pricey destination, especially if you’re not sure whether you’re going to like it - you will I promise!, ski school is essential for all new to skiing, so 1-2 days of instruction is essential. Find a resort that is prepared for the unexpected i.e. plenty of artificial snow making machines, just in case nature’s having a bad day!

Essential items include thermal long sleeve vest and long johns, roll neck jumpers and a heavier layer of fleece.

Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Hat, Goggles, Snacks (complex carbs - dried fruit, energy bars). Look after your skin. Using a high factor sun screen is essential to start with, lip screen is important too, the sun’s rays will reflect off the snow, even on a cloudy day you will get burnt, also get a decent pair of shades, don’t go too cheap here people, snow blindness is very painful and it will ruin your holiday. Always carry a hat as 20% of your body heat is lost through the head, also frostbite and hypothermia are potential hazards of cold weather, so make sure you wear gloves and a good pair of thermal socks. Don’t forget to get skiing insurance essential people. Enjoy your skiing,

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Winter Herbs

Many of us grow herbs in our garden and only use them for cooking purposes – which is great, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to know which you can safely use to help common and simple ailments? I thought I’d share some information about things that you may find useful in these cold, winter months! Please do remember that the suggestions I make are intended as guidelines only and should not substitute medical advice, if in doubt then please contact your chosen health professional. Many people wouldn’t class Allium cepa (onion) and Allium sativum (garlic) as herbs, but any plant substance that has medicinal value is classified as such by Medical Herbalists. Onion and garlic, belonging to the onion family, share some common properties useful at this time of year; both are

expectorant and antibacterial, helpful for stubborn chesty coughs. A traditional recipe for winter coughs can be made by steeping sliced onion in honey for 48 hours in the fridge. Half a dozen garlic cloves can be added for extra potency if you don’t mind the smell!! The syrup is ready to use after 24 hours but best to leave for the full 48 before you strain it into a sterile bottle. Although not strictly a herb, the honey has its own soothing action to the chest and throat and has anti bacterial action too! The syrup can be kept refrigerated for a couple of weeks and a teaspoon taken up to 6 times daily. As garlic and onion both have hypoglycaemic actions and properties to support the circulatory system, a teaspoon or so taken daily can be a good all round tonic too. Berries from the Sambucus nigra (elder) tree have been used traditionally at this time of year. Elderberries are proven to be active against the flu virus, are nutritive, have immune modulating properties and are diaphoretic (induce sweating). This can be helpful for chills and fevers. They are anti-viral, anti-oxidant and

have been used by herbalists to treat winter coughs, colds and, of course the flu! You can collect your own berries (if you are confident with identification), juice and freeze them to keep a stock at hand. Otherwise bought juice or tincture can be used. Elderberry preparations can be made more palatable (they are sometimes fairly tart!) by adding some warming spices. Heating herbs such as Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon), Eugenia caryophyllus (cloves), Eletarria cardamomum (cardamom) and Zingiber officinalis (ginger) are all useful for warming up the body to fight the effects of a winter cold. They have the added advantage of being carminative to the digestion too. Try a tasty decoction (simmered infusion) of these warming spices using fruit juice and a little elderberry – you may be surprised, it’s like a non-alcoholic mulled wine – and its good for you too! Contact me for further information. Lynda Jones BSc(Hons) MNIMH Medical Herbalist. 01303 242838 jones.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

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Poetry Corner by Joe Thomas

(Sandgate Writers)

Auntie Win she ignores and treats with disdain.

Dear Auntie Win at ninety three keeps looking across and muttering at me.

She’s cursing and swearing poor dear; I’m not her favourite nephew that’s clear.

She’s sitting as usual in her favourite place busily knitting at a phenomenal pace.

She’s a tough old lady is my Auntie Win but she’ll drown out there if I don’t let her in.

The thunderstorm and torrential rain

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Recipe Tasty stew and dumplings

Serves 4

Preheat oven at 160c / 325f / Gas Mark 3 You will need a deep casserole dish.

Ingredients For the stew 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons butter 1 chopped onion 800g stewing steak Plain flour 2 parsnips 4 carrots 1/2 butternut squash 2 tablespoons tomato puree 1/2 bottle red wine 3/4 pint of beef stock Handful chopped sage Salt and pepper

For the dumplings 225g self raising flour 110g shredded beef suet Water to bind Handful chopped parsley Pepper and salt

Method 1. Chop all the vegetables into casserole sized pieces. 2. In the casserole dish melt the butter and oil together, add the chopped onion and chopped sage and fry for 3-4 minutes. 3. Toss the steak in seasoned flour so it is well covered. 4. Add the steak and vegetables to the casserole dish and stir. 5. Add the tomatoe puree, red wine and stock and bring to boil. 6. Once boiling place the lid on and put in the oven for 3 hours stirring occasionally. 7. For the dumplings, place the flour, suet and chopped parsley in a bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper. 8. Gradually bind the mixture together with cold water a little at a time until it forms a moist dough. Divide in to 8 and roll in to balls using a little flour on your hands to stop it sticking. Put these on a plate and cover with cling film. 9. After the stew has cooked for 3 hours remove from the oven and place the dumplings on top, put the lid back on and cook for another 20 - 30 minutes and serve.

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What’s On Wed 1 Feb 2012 Keep Fit for the 50 plus Romney Marsh, Kent, 2pm to 3pm, 01303 261876 Pensioners’ Grand Lunch The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant Midweek Diners Club. Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant,Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 858 540 Salsa Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 Wednesday Steak night The New Inn (Channel Tunnel) Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, Folkestone, Kent Thu 2 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it

Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 10pm, 01303 277715 Country Karaoke Romney Marsh, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 870747 Dance Classes for ‘Tiddies and Toggies’ Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, 4pm to 6pm Karaoke with Jock & Joe The Lord Morris,17 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent, 8pm KFA MATURE MOVES - Fitness for the 50+ The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 10.30am, 01303 261876 Rock & Roll Bingo The View, 6, 7 & 8 Aspen House, West Terrace, Folkestone, Kent Zumba Class Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, 6pm

Fri 3 Feb 2012 Live DJ’s The Chambers Bar & Coffee Shop, Cheriton Place, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm The Grand Tour of The Grand! The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 2pm, 01303 222222 Yoga for All The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 10.30am to 11.45am, 01303 222222 Sun 5 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club,10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 275604 CurryOake Bar Vasa, 4-5 The E,splanade, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent, 8pm, 01303 243956

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Folkestone Sunday Market & Bootfair Folkestone, Kent Sunday Carvery Royal Norfolk Hotel, 7 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone, Kent, 1pm to 4pm, 01303 248262 Mon 6 Feb 2012 Able to lose - slimming club Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 BRIDGE NIGHTS The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Sandgate farmers’ market Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, 10am Swing & Jive classes The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, 01303 222222 Tue 7 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 9.30pm, 01303 277715 Capel le Ferne Farmers Market Capel Le Ferne Farmers Market, Village Hall, Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone, Kent, 10am to 12.30pm, 01303 255114 SALSA DANCING The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent 7pm to 8pm 8.15pm to 9.15pm, 01303 222222 Zumba Workout session Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm, 01303 221819 Wed 8 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club, 10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 275604 Keep Fit for the 50 plus Romney Marsh, Kent, 2pm to 3pm, 01303 261876

Llive music - Railway Swing Band Tower Theatre, North Road, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm, 01303 223925 Salsa Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 Thu 9 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 10pm, 01303 277715 Country Karaoke Romney Marsh, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 870747 Dance Classes for ‘Tiddies and Toggies’ Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, 4pm to 6pm Fri 10 Feb 2012 HealthWalks: from Folkestone Library Folkestone, Kent, 10.15am, 0800 8494000 Fri 10 Feb 2012 - Fri 16 Mar 2012 Intensive Colour Course with artist Catherine Farr Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, Kent, 10am Sat 11 - Tue 21 Feb 2012 Pancake Fantastic The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 3pm to 6pm, 01303 222222 Valentines The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Sun 12 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club 10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 275604 CurryOake Bar Vasa, 4-5 The Esplanade, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent, 8pm, 01303 243956

Folkestone Sunday Market & Bootfair Folkestone, Kent Sunday Carvery Royal Norfolk Hotel, 7 Sandgate High Street, Folkestone, Kent, 1pm to 4pm, 01303 248262 Valentines Wedding Fayre The Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 10.30am Mon 13 Feb 2012 Able to lose - slimming club Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 BRIDGE NIGHTS The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Dance Classes for ‘Tiddies and Toggies’ Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, 4pm Karoke & Curry night The View, 6, 7 & 8 Aspen House, West Terrace, Folkestone, Kent Swing & Jive classes The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, 01303 222222 Tue 14 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 9.30pm, 01303 277715 Tue 14 Feb 2012 Capel Le Ferne Farmers Market Village Hall, Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone, Kent, 10am to 12.30pm, 01303 255114 KFA MATURE MOVES - Fitness for the 50+ The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 10.30am, 01303 261876 National Hunt Racing Folkestone Racecourse, Stone Street, Westenhanger, Nr Hythe, Kent, 01303 266 407 Zumba Class Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, 6pm

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What’s On (Cont...) Zumba Workout session Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm, 01303 221819 Wed 15 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club, 10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 275604 Keep Fit for the 50 plus Romney Marsh, Kent, 2pm to 3pm, 01303 261876 Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant Midweek Diners Club. Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant, Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 858 540 Salsa Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 Wednesday Steak night The New Inn (Channel Tunnel) Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, Folkestone, Kent hu 16 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 10pm, 01303 277715 Country Karaoke Romney Marsh, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 870747 Dance Classes for ‘Tiddies and Toggies’ Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, 4pm to 6pm Karaoke with Jock & Joe The Lord Morris, 17 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent, 8pm KFA MATURE MOVES - Fitness for the 50+ The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 10.30am, 01303 261876 Zumba Class Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, 6pm Fri 17 Feb 2012 P20

Live DJ’s The Chambers Bar & Coffee Shop, Cheriton Place, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm Sun 19 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club, 10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 275604 Sun 19 Feb 2012 CurryOake Bar Vasa, 4-5 The Esplanade, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent, 8pm, 01303 243956 Folkestone Sunday Market & Bootfair Folkestone, Kent Mon 20 Feb 2012 Able to lose - slimming club Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 Dance Classes for ‘Tiddies and Toggies’ Sandgate, High Street, Sandgate, 4pm Karoke & Curry night The View, 6, 7 & 8 Aspen House, West Terrace, Folkestone, Kent Sandgate farmers’ market Sandgate, High Street, Sandgate, 10am Swing & Jive classes The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, 01303 222222 The Grand Tour of The Grand! The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 2pm, 01303 222222 Tue 21 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 9.30pm, 01303 277715 Capel le Ferne Farmers Market Capel Le Ferne Farmers Market, Village Hall, Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone, Kent, 10am to 12.30pm, 01303 255114

KFA MATURE MOVES - Fitness for the 50+ The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 10.30am, 01303 261876 SALSA DANCING The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 7pm to 8pm / 8.15pm to 9.15pm, 01303 222222 Zumba Class Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, 6pm Zumba Workout session Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm, 01303 221819 Wed 22 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club, 10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent 8.30pm, 01303 275604 Keep Fit for the 50 plus Romney Marsh, Kent, 2pm to 3pm, 01303 261876 Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant Midweek Diners Club. Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant, Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 858 540 Salsa Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 Wednesday Steak night The New Inn (Channel Tunnel), Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, Folkestone, Kent Thu 23 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 10pm, 01303 277715 Country Karaoke Romney Marsh, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 870747 Dance Classes for ‘Tiddies and Toggies’ Sandgate, High Street, Sandgate, 4pm to 6pm

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Jazz at The Grand The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 222222 Karaoke with Jock & Joe The Lord Morris, 17 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent, 8pm FA MATURE MOVES - Fitness for the 50+ The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 10.30am, 01303 261876 Steak Night in Keppels The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Zumba Class Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, 6pm Fri 24 Feb 2012 Funk Fever Fridays @ The Office Bar Southcliff Hotel, 22 26 The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 9pm HealthWalks: from Folkestone Library Folkestone, Kent, 10.15am, 0800 8494000 Live DJ’s The Chambers Bar & Coffee Shop Cheriton Place, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm The Grand Tour of The Grand! The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 2pm, 01303 222222 Sat 25 Feb 2012 Variety Night The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Sun 26 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club, 10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 275604 CurryOake Bar Vasa, 4-5 The Esplanade, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent, 8pm, 01303 243956

Folkestone Sunday Market & Bootfair Folkestone, Kent Pianist playing in Keppels Bar The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 12pm to 3pm, 01303 222222 Wedding Fair The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent 10am, 01303 222222 Mon 27 Feb 2012 Able to lose - slimming club Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 BRIDGE NIGHTS The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Dance Classes for ‘Tiddies and Toggies’ Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, 4pm Karoke & Curry night The View, 6, 7 & 8 Aspen House, West Terrace, Folkestone, Kent Swing & Jive classes The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, 01303 222222 The Grand Tour of The Grand! The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 2pm, 01303 222222 Tue 28 Feb 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 9.30pm, 01303 277715 Zumba Workout session Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 7.30pm, 01303 221819 Wed 29 Feb 2012 BINGO night Cheriton Oddfellows Social Club, 10 Broomfield Road, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm, 01303 275604

Wed 29 Feb 2012 Keep Fit for the 50 plus Romney Marsh, Kent, 2pm to 3pm, 01303 261876 Wed 29 Feb 2012 National Hunt Racing Folkestone Racecourse, Stone Street, Westenhanger, Nr Hythe, Kent, 01303 266 407 Wed 29 Feb 2012 Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant Midweek Diners Club. Quarterhouse Bar & Restaurant, Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 858 540 Wed 29 Feb 2012 Salsa Stripes Bar, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 221819 Wed 29 Feb 2012 Wednesday Steak night The New Inn (Channel Tunnel), Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, Folkestone, Kent Thu 1 Mar 2012 Argentine Tango - Learn to dance it Hythe, Kent, 8pm to 10pm, 01303 277715 Rock & Roll Bingo The View, 6, 7 & 8 Aspen House, West Terrace, Folkestone, Kent Steak Night in Keppels The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Zumba Class Folkestone Academy, Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, 6pm Fri 2 Mar 2012 A Magical Night The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, 01303 222222 Live DJ’s The Chambers Bar & Coffee Shop Cheriton Place, Folkestone, Kent, 8.30pm

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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 www.shepwaycab.co.uk 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. co.uk or telephone Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 245399 or email: jenny-bar@btconnect.com FOLKESTONE, HYTHE & DOVER WILDLIFE GROUP Contact Pauline Bateson on 01304 853503 or go to www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk 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 P24

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 www.fhos.co.uk 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 www.nadfaskentarea.org.uk (See Folkestone Section) Membership info: 01303 237758 or email: folkestone@nadfaskentarea.org.uk

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: sekentmssociety@hotmail.co.uk or visit: www.mssociety.org.uk/ 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 kent@macmillan.org.uk 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 admin@readingbycolour.org.uk 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 kay.holley@ntlworld.com) 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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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 www.folkestonehistory.org 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@ hawkingeallotments.org

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: www.kentramblers.org.uk For more information, please contact the Membership Secretary: Rob Riddle randmridd@gtwiz.co.uk 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 www.folkestone-mrc.com 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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Keep It In The Family If you want to keep your assets safe for your family, it is important to make sure that you have put as much protection in place as possible while you are still able to do so.

The wealthy learned many years ago that if they wanted to protect their bloodline they needed to put the correct protection in place.

During your lifetime it is essential that you have full access to and use of your assets, so that your quality of life is not jeopardised. This is particularly important during your retirement when the ability to replace capital is significantly reduced.

These same laws can protect you and your family and give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have done the very best for them. The Universal Asset Protection Trust can achieve this.

Effective planning, therefore should not involve ‘giving it all away’ or putting your own financial security at risk to benefit your future beneficiaries. It should, however, give you the peace of mind of knowing that whatever happens in the future, you or those you trust, will remain in control of your assets and that you will not lose them to the state.

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Over the centuries, they have written the laws that guarantee their wealth can pass down through the generations safe from divorce, remarriage, illness and tax.

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It should be structured in such a way that only the people you choose will be your beneficiaries and that nobody else will be able to make a claim against your estate or take the assets from them. Consider the following questions: How much of your estate would you be prepared to lose to pay for Long Term Care? Long Term Care fees in Kent range from £40,000 to £60,000 a year. Who would look after your affairs if you were no longer able to manage them? Would you be happy for you grandchildren to lose 40% of your estate in inheritance tax? How would you feel if your assets ended up in the hands of someone you had never met? What would happen to their inheritance if one of your children divorced after your death? Do you want to leave the financial security of you and your family to a roll of the dice? P26

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Child’s Play by Katherine Sorrell Decorating a child’s bedroom is all about flexibility – and with a bit of flair it’s easy to create a space that’s as practical as it is imaginative, and that doesn’t cost the earth. Simple white furnishings will last Children need stimulation – though too much brightly coloured plastic will make your eyes ache – and organisation, so that you can occasionally see the floor.

years and can be accessorised to suit your child’s age. Humphrey’s Corner cot bed, £300, and Brompton furniture, all Mothercare, 0845 330 4030; mothercare.com

But it’s flexibility that’s the most important. Unless you really want to redecorate every couple of years, keep the walls, floors and major items of furniture relatively neutral, just changing the accessories, such as rugs, cushion covers, bean bags, blinds and lampshades, as necessary. That way you’ll be able to create a room that will last right through from babyhood until your little darling leaves home.

Nurseries

The younger the child, the more ‘stuff’ they seem to have, and for a newborn storage is all-important. You could buy a set of free-standing shelves (if the shelves can be raised and lowered when necessary, so much the better) or fix some ‘floating’ shelves to the walls. Better still, if you have a period house with alcoves either side of a chimney breast, consider turning them into conceal-all built-in wardrobes. Most baby toys can be stored in colourful, soft plastic buckets, or in drawstring bags hung from the back of the door or a peg rail. Avoid buying furniture that’s very baby-specific – he or she won’t notice it and it will date very quickly. Instead, choose well-made, simple pieces that will still be useable (even if they have to be given a lick of paint) in decades to come. Arrange the room to suit you – middleP28

of-the-night visits are even less fun when you stub your toe on a sticking-out chair, and instant access to the cot/bed, storage and toys will make your life easier. As for décor, choose soft colours and ensure your lighting isn’t too glarey. Fitting a dimmer is a great idea – usually a quick and inexpensive job for a qualified electrician.

Older children

The storage theme continues as your children grow older, so increase the options (and avoid spending a fortune) by thinking laterally and visiting junk-shops for chests of drawers, blanket boxes and the like. Make sure they’re stable and don’t have any splinters; then simply sand and paint, changing any knobs and handles if necessary. For storage of small toys, felt tip pens and so on, use washedup tins (no sharp edges, mind), ice cream tubs or shoe boxes,

perhaps covered in offcuts of wallpaper for a unified look. Now’s the time to consider a raised sleeper bed – children of this age need plenty of space in which to play. Keep furniture to the edges of the room, so there’s plenty of clear floor area in the middle. And for decorative interest, how about fixing a large magnetic board to one wall, or painting a wall or a cupboard door with blackboard paint? Wall stickers are great fun, or you could hang artists’s canvas painted in bright blocks of colour, or else camouflage nets, bunting, maps or flags. String fairy lights across the ceiling, or glue lightweight plastic toys in formation across it; on wooden floorboards, meanwhile, it wouldn’t be hard to paint paw prints, a race track or a giant game of snakes and ladders.

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Child’s Play Continued... Teenagers Teenagers’ rooms need to be a combination of cosy den, chill-out zone and study area. You’ll need to provide zones for homework and hobbies, socialising and sleepovers – and good lighting in each area is essential. As well as general, overhead lighting, desk and bedside lamps, consider adding something decorative such as a colour-changing LED light or a ‘starlit’ ceiling using fibre optics. Just like anyone working from home, teenagers need a good quality swivel chair, a spacious desk, plenty of plug sockets, an internet connection and storage space for books, files and so on. This could be in the form of built-in shelving or standalone units that can be taken with you

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Older children’s bedrooms need a chill-out zone as well as somewhere to study and sleep. Bean chair and stool, £79, Found Home Store, 01227 807797; foundhomestore.co.uk. Older children’s bedrooms need a chill-out zone as well as somewhere to study and sleep. Bean chair and stool, £79, Found Home Store, 01227 807797; foundhomestore.co.uk

when you move. As for relaxing, a sofa, some bean bags or even a storage ottoman will come in handy. A well-lit dressing table (this could double up with the desk) is important, too, as is a good mirror. If you want your

teenager to be organised, add a pin board or magnetic board on the wall, an accessible laundry bin and some open-topped storage for all those bits and pieces that you’d prefer not to end up on the floor.

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Think Like A Burglar Your home is not just the place that you keep your belongings and sleep at night. It is somewhere you feel safe and secure, and where you go to take a break from the outside world. So to be the victim of burglary is to suffer more than simply loss of your property and personal effects; it’s a violation of your sanctuary. Prevention is better than cure so put these measures in place before you are caught out. Security basics It doesn’t matter how expensive your alarm system is or how strong your door locks are, if you don’t employ the most basic security measures you are just asking for trouble. As you leave the house or are preparing to go to bed, get into a routine of thinking about each room in turn and whether the windows or doors are likely to have been opened that day. Around 20% of burglaries don’t involve any force – the intruder has simply walked in the unlocked door or climbed through the window. You should extend this mental check to your car and garage too; easily overlooked because they are out of sight once you are indoors. Remember too that more break-ins happen during daylight hours, so vigilance then is every bit as important as night time.

Good locks = good security Think like a burglar Stand outside your property and imagine that you were trying to break in. Where would you start? Flowerpot on the front step? Remove that not-so-secret key that’s underneath. Downstairs loo with the window that is always left open? Buy an air freshener instead! Full height ladder stored at the side of the house? It’s like a written invitation. P32

Each of your windows should have a key locking mechanism fitted – standard with most double glazed units these days, and the key should be stored nearby but not within reach or visibility of the window itself. If you have nothing like this at the moment, and can’t afford to upgrade your windows just yet, make it a priority to have locks fitted on all the downstairs windows at least.

Doors should have a good locking system such as an automatic deadlock or a mortise deadlock. Check too that the frame is solid and the glass panel is laminated.

Be flashy – but only with your security 80% of burglaries are spur of the moment so the only thing you should be showing off is your security measures. Don’t display your worldly goods to attract the opportunists in the first place. If you have an expensive bike keep it out of sight; don’t leave mobile phones on the windowsill; and don’t leave the empty box for your flashy new flatscreen TV standing by the bin for days. The same rules apply with your car. Don’t think that robbers don’t break in just to steal a handful loose change. They do.

Tell-tale signs When you are away from home, don’t leave the curtains drawn all day – nobody does that if they are in the house. Use inexpensive timer switches for table lamps and a radio to come on when it’s becoming dark, both downstairs and upstairs. And ask a friend or neighbour to move your post each day particularly where you have an outside box or you can easily see if the post is ‘on the mat’. These are all basic measures and will go a long way to ensure that your home and property stay safe.

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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 www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk

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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MATTHEWS GARDEN SERVICE Lawn and hedge cutting, turfing, tree felling, fencing, weeding and planting, regular maintenance. Rubbish Clearance. Domestic and Commercial Work Undertaken.

01303 210967 / 07879 001065 FREE ESTIMATES Environment Agency Registered

Stephen Huxtable

Garden Services

• Private and commercial garden and grounds maintenance • Grass cutting, Hedge cutting, Garden clearance, Turfing. • High quality fencing supplied and erected

Free estimates 01303 891720

www.shgardenservices.co.uk

Jan’s Crafts Handcrafted wear for dolls and bears. Orders taken. Email: info@jans-crafts.co.uk Phone: 07950 281088

www.jans-crafts.co.uk

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

Nicki’s Garden Maintenance Hadlow Horticultural College Trained and Qualified

• • • •

General Maintenance Weeding • Digging • Pruning • Planting Lawn Mowing • Hedge Cutting • Tree work (chainsaw ) Gardening can be provided on a weekly, fortnightly or seasonal basis • All equipment supplied • Also available re-designing and planting of borders. • Small garden projects

Over 10 years experience

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07748628993 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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Winter Perfume Plants by Pippa Greenwood The winter months can be a little lacklustre in the garden, sometimes even a bit gloomy. However carefully you plant your flowerbeds and borders, the number of brightly coloured plants for winter performance is rather limited. But one of the most important ingredients in a winter garden is perfume – it’s certainly something which can transform my mood in an instant. So think scent, as there are a few really brilliant winter perfume plants and there’s a good chance that they’ll be readily available in garden centres and nurseries right now. The Witch Hazels or Hamamelis are one of my favourite winter flowerers. With their unusual oriental-looking yellow, orange or bronzy-red spidery flowers on bare branches they look stunning. But of course looks are not everything and the perfume of the witch hazels is what really makes them such an asset - sweet, spicy and wonderfully good at wafting around the garden. Various colours are available, in shades of brightest orange through to rich burgundy. Wintersweet or Chimonanthus is another recommendation. The branches are covered with creamy to yellow coloured multipetalled flowers with a seriously sweet perfume. Like the witch hazel it’s quite slow growing and doesn’t need a huge amount of space. This means it’s a perfect choice for the smaller garden, but make sure you consider carefully

where to plant it, so that you can enjoy every aspect of its display. If you like a bit of variegated foliage then try the Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’, which has classic purple-pink clusters of flowers, a very strong perfume and leaves which are typically green and leathery but with a bright yellow leaf margin. It can be a little temperamental, but after its first year a Daphne generally settles in well and you won’t regret buying it. The Viburnums may be a shrub you think of as a summer flowering plant, but go for varieties such as Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and the bright pink, trumpet-shaped flowers not only look good but also provide your garden with a sumptuous perfume. Planted in a sheltered spot, it won’t let you down. Mahonias with their holly-like leaves can be a trifle spiky but when they are in flower their brightest yellow spikes are really eyecatching and Mahonia japonica produces one of the sweetest perfumes you could wish for right from the middle

of winter to early spring. If you prefer one with more upright flowers, go for Mahonia x media ‘Charity’. Mahonias are good in part shade or full sun. Another favourite of mine is the winter flowering honeysuckles. They are not as showy as their summer flowering relations, but definitely a plant I’d hate to be without. The bare stems are covered with small whitecream flowers which produce a tremendously sweet, spicy aroma both night and day. And finally, don’t forget the Sarcococcas or winter box. With their small, pretty but inconspicuous flowers they may not instantly leap out and draw attention to themselves, but the perfume of those tiny flowers is tremendous and really strong, making them a great winter flowering shrub that I’d recommend you try. Make 2012 the year you start Growing Your Own Vegetables! 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails. For a limited time you can also order onion sets, garlic and seed potatoes, again with Pippa’s advice.

Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com select the vegetables you’d like to grow and you’ll receive garden ready vege plants PLUS every week Pippa emails you hints, tips and advice about your chosen veg. From just £39 for up to 66 garden-ready plants, 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails. For a limited time you can also order onion sets, garlic and seed potatoes, again with Pippa’s advice. P36

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Index

Help so that you can find things quickly!

Activities and Sports AK Fitness Waterbabies

Fashion and Jewellry 8 39 & 40

Cars, Driving & Taxis JJ Taxis 

6

Cleaning Services ILS Cleaning Services  Ovengleam  OvenWizards 

30 9 27

Community Information

Needles and Pins 

8

Garden Green Thumb 

37

Matthews Garden Services 

35

Quercus Tree Services 

37

Stephen Huxtable 

35

Nicki Rickets Garden Services 35 Health & Beauty Cargills Optometrists 

9

Iain Radford Electrical Contractors & Lighting Inspiring Interiors

27

PBI Building Services

29

Quercus Log Delivery

37

Tiling Services

31

Tradex Kitchens & Appliances

The Burlington

14

The Grand

23

Legal & Financial Services

24 - 25

Jan Holben NLP 

17

Estate Legacy Services 

What’s On 

19 - 22

Lynda Jones 

10

Property

Play Therapy 

19

Basepoin

3

Nicki’s Accountancy

9

Stephen Bayliss  Sureslim 

9 11

7

Hotels & Restaurants

Local Clubs & Societies

Education & Business

4

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Good Estate Agent

5

LH Property Services

6

Puzzles & Articles

Oriac House Learners Centre 23

Home & Interiors

Website Design

Children’s Page

22

Emerald Electrical Services

33

Crossword

16

Emerald Green Energy

33

Recipe

14

Fitting Creations

27

Poetry Corner 

12

Flooring Design

31

Solutions 

12

Entertainment Hawkinge Community  Centre

13 & 15

Sandgate Library Rhyme Time 19

Handyman Service

7

Useful Numbers

38 34 - 35

Puzzle Solutions Children’s Page Magic Number: 343 Secret Snails: In the Christmas Tree at the top right of the page. At the top of the Magic Puzzle. In the Toboggan. Next to the boy with the blue and yellow hat on the bottom right of the page. On the man with the blue and yellow hat at the bottom left of the page. P38

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Baby Swimming Teach your baby a core skill that can potentially save their life... Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swim school, teaching a core skill to hundreds of babies & children every week which can potentially save their life. You’ll find a Water Babies course is very different to traditional swimming lessons. For a start, because we only use warm water pools, babies can join us from birth. And while the emphasis is on having fun, our course is carefully structured, with progressive lesson plans for each week. Our unique methods will enable your baby to feel at ease swimming both above and below the water, and they’ll love the sensation of floating in such a warm, calm atmosphere. Being in warm water is great fun and babies love it. For many of our parents, their babies’ first lessons remain one of their most precious memories - a unique experience where confidence grows as happiness is shared. However, there are also many long-term benefits to be gained from taking your newborn swimming. The first year of a baby’s life is crucial in terms of their development - being the time when their brain grows more rapidly than at any other. Regular exercise plays a vital role in this, with every movement they make helping to strengthen their brain for new learning. Uniquely,

swimming provides the perfect exercise, as water allows a baby’s muscles to move freely without constraints of gravity. This is one of the reasons why our core Water Babies programme is designed specifically for babies from birth to 24-months - and why, in most cases, your baby needs to be less than one year when commencing.

Welcome to the enchanting world of baby swimming! Babies have a real affinity with water, having spent months in the womb suspended in fluid. So floating in a bathtub temperature pool will, at the beginning, actually feel much more familiar than being on dry land. However, this innate confidence can diminish as babies get older, possibly leading to fear. This is one of the main reasons why we believe in starting swimming from so early on. Throughout the weeks you’ll always be with your child in the water - creating an excellent opportunity for the two of you to interact and bond. However, don’t be put off if you yourself can’t swim as the water is always shallow enough for you to stand up in. Classes are kept small, and last half an hour, with a maximum of ten babies per session (even fewer in some hydrotherapy pools). A sense of camaraderie within the group is important

and the lessons can be very lively, with parents often staying on to socialise afterwards. Swimming from birth, without the use of flotation devices, will hopefully make your child supremely confident in water. Having said that, they still need very careful supervision around it - perhaps even more so as they’re often quite happy to jump in! Sadly, drowning is still the third largest cause of accidental death for children in the UK. Therefore a vital part of our course is the safety techniques we teach from birth. These include exercises like falling in off the side, coming to the surface, turning round and holding on to the nearest solid object. Between 2008 and 2011, we were incredibly proud to know that we could take some of the credit for having helped saved at least ten children’s lives. Amongst our brilliant young swimmers, one fell into a canal (in January); another into a flood swelled stream where he managed to swim to the side and hold onto a root. If you would like to find out more about the Waterbabies course, which is now in Hythe, please telephone 01622 622589 and mention The Handbook.

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The Folkestone Handbook - New Year 2012