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Edition 1 of 6, 2014 Delivered FREE to: Hawkinge, Capel-Le-Ferne, Densole, Denton & The Whole Of The Elham Valley

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Editors Letter for all interested in the local railway and

Hello Readers, Welcome to the latest edition of The Hawkinge and Elham Valley Handbook. We’d like to thank local resident Andy Smith for the beautiful cover photograph he has provided us with; taken in local woodland as the sun comes through the trees. Andy is a very talented photographer; please do have a look at his pictures on This edition, we hear about a new Audio Book about Hythe Resident Ken Colley (famed for his starring role as Star Wars’ Imperial Admiral), along with details of how to get hold of this so you can listen yourself. We bring you news of a great opportunity for teenagers in the local area; The Folkestone Studio School, offering an alternative approach to education, and

conservation, we include an article about The Remembrance Line and the work that is taking place surrounding this. We hope you continue to enjoy the handbook. As ever, as our local community magazine, we’re always delighted to hear of local positive news and events that we can help to spread the word about. Please do continue to get in touch with any thoughts, comments or ideas for the coming editions. With kindest regards,


Tuija Foster, Editor

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Seasonal Recipe by Hythe Brasserie


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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. P4

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An Actor’s Life - Hythe Resident Ken Colley Famed and acclaimed for his starring role as Star Wars’ Imperial Admiral Firmus Piett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Ken Colley knew from the age of six that he was already an actor. After completing his mandatory two years with the National Service during the 1950s, Ken became an Assistant Stage Manager with a weekly repertory company in Bromley. He was with them for three months after which he secured his first role in a television series called Ghost Squad. He then went on to join a group of players called “The Living Theatre

Company” where he stayed for the next eighteen months. Ken’s acting career has spanned five decades. He has appeared in countless television productions, plays, and films such as The Music Lovers, The Devils, Mahler, Lisztomania, Les Miserables, Measure for Measure, Pennies from Heaven, The Life of Brian, Monty Python, Firefox, Mussolini: The Untold Story, The Whistleblower, Casanova, The Rainbow, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, to name but a few. In An Actor’s Life – available as a digital download on – Ken sits on a comfortable leather sofa and talks candidly and, at times, humorously, about

his spellbinding and intriguing experiences of being an actor. His insightful view into the highs and lows of the profession is one which will give helpful advice to anyone who wishes to act or, indeed, anybody who is fascinated by the world of stage and screen.

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Seasonal Recipe by Hythe Brasserie

Louisiana Salmon fillet with Mango and Chilli salsa 6-8 servings This is a light dish, low in fat and easy to prepare with the added bonus of being gluten free. The salsa is made in advance and will keep for 2 days in the fridge.

For the Salmon:

For the Salsa:

• 1 x 6 oz (150g) salmon fillet per person

• I mango skinned and diced (about 1cm dice) • I Red Pepper roasted with balsamic vinegar until soft, cooled, skinned and chopped • 2 Red Chillis de-seeded and finely chopped • Teaspoon of chopped coriander (optional) • Salt and Pepper to taste Method:

Method: 3. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C. 4. Oil or butter a baking tray and place the salmon pieces on it 5. Sprinkle the salmon with salt, lemon juice and Cajun spices (as much as you like, depending how spicy you prefer it).

1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl with 1 teaspoon of sugar and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until flesh feels firm to the touch.

2. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavours to infuse.

7. Place the salmon in the centre of each place and spread the salsa around the outside, serve with some roasted sweet potatoes and fresh green salad.

Tip: We use fresh peppers and roast them but for ease at home you can use ready roasted red peppers from a jar, available in any supermarket.

To serve:

Tip: Salsa works very well with spiced chicken and if you’re vegetarian it’s great with grilled Haloumi cheese.

Fresh, Fun, a little Different Personally managed by husband and wife team Nicki and Darragh Cartmill, Hythe Brasserie offers classical cuisine with a contemporary twist. Simple, warm decor creates an intimate ambiance and is complemented by first class service without fuss to create a great dining experience.

Welcome to Hythe Brasserie… Autumn and Winter Opening: Lunch: Tues-Sat 12-2pm. Dinner: Tues-Sat 6.30-9pm. The Hythe Brasserie, Douglas Avenue, Hythe, Kent CT21 5JT Tel: 01303 267912 Email: P8

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During our summer period (2nd April to 31st October) our shop opening hours are: Tuesday - Friday 7am until 3pm and Saturday 7am until 12pm For those darker nights and yet more snow! please note that during the winter months the shop will close at 1pm Tuesday – Friday GRIGGS OF HYTHE LTD The Old Life Boat Station Buildings, The Fishermans Landing Beach, Range Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6HG

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Welcome to The White Hart, Hythe – where you’ll find something you love, for a price you like. We also hire out our downstairs dining extension for 30 - 50 people.

Great pub food available. Wood fired pizza in our own specialist pizza oven. Steak Night every Monday. The White Hart Free House & Restaurant 71 High Street Hythe Kent CT21 5AJ Tel: 01303 238304

Sunday Lunches: 12 noon until 4pm (advisable to book)

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Sparkle Windows Sparkle Windows is undergoing an exciting development for 2014, with Michael Burlace retiring after 30 years in the business. Michael has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Sparkle Windows,

and would very much like to thank past and current customers for their custom. He is proud to hand the running of the family business to son Paul Burlace. Paul can be contact on the details below, and looks forward to working with both past and future customers, and to their continued support for Sparkle Windows. New Details For Sparkle Windows Ltd Are: Paul Burlace 4 The Crescent Sandgate Folkestone CT20 3EE T: 01303 259186 M: 07826925005 E:

Installers of windows, doors and conservatories to the highest standards CONSERVATORY SPECIALIST  All base work undertaken  Planning obtained if required  70mm REHAU profile system  Pilkington K glass  BSI kitemarked frames and glass  Internally beaded for security  High security locking systems


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tting experience for a local company, circumstances presented an opportunity to launch our own business. tting products in customer’s homes and work places has put us in an enviable position nished product looks, works and feels. It has also given us invaluable insight into what customers are looking for and how to ensure the product purchased will meet these expectations. We are tting ability that we guarantee all erent shutter materials. A second survey on receipt of any order is completed within a working week in order to eliminate any margin for error before the order is placed, with an eight to ten week delivery time this additional attention to detail is vital and forms part of our quality assurance.

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Meaningful Resolutions Why making a Will should be your New Year’s Resolution! This is the time of year when many of us make meaningful resolutions to change the way that we live, usually connected with smoking, drinking and eating. These are very commendable but a far better resolution might be to spare the small amount of time it takes to make a legal Will, many of us don’t get around to this until it’s just too late. According to research conducted by, the number of people in the UK without a Will has hit 29.5 million, many of those believing that their estate will go to the right people automatically once they die. Sadly this might not be true. Unsurprisingly, the highest percentage of people without a will are in younger age

groups, with over 80% of those aged 18-34 without one, despite having young children who would need a guardian once they had gone. Every year thousands of spouses do not inherit their partners full estate, despite this being what they would have wanted. The percentage of those with Wills rises with age but a substantial amount of these still do not take full advantage of tax efficient ways of passing their estate to children and protecting that money in their future bloodline. Your Will specifies the people that you choose to manage your affairs, guardians for your children, and those people that you choose to receive gifts of money or items of special sentimental value. If you feel strongly enough you can also exclude someone from benefiting from your Will.

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So why don’t more people make a Will? The same survey saw almost 40% of people say they simply had not got around to it. Behind that might be the thought that this will be a daunting or expensive task but it really doesn’t have to be. Hopefully you have added a resolution to make a Will and now you must act! Will writing is not a regulated profession so you should make sure you deal with someone that has been properly trained and is a member of a professional body that provides support, technical advice and monitors the quality and conduct of its members. The Will writer will guide you through the process and give you options to consider before you create your legal Will and you can relax knowing that this is one resolution you completed!

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Pure Carpet Cleaning, Kent's premier lady carpet cleaner where you get more attention to detail, provides professional commercial and domestic carpet cleaning services throughout Kent providing both the highest quality and great prices. Using only the most modern carpet cleaning equipment and advanced techniques, our non-toxic and eco-friendly approach to restore cleanliness and resetting the pile of your carpets. We are able to offer professional cleaning of ALL carpets, and rugs. We aim to provide highly competitive carpet cleaning rates  for an unbeatable service, delivered at your convenience. Whether carpet cleaning is required after an accidental wine spill, for the removal of unwanted pet odours Pure Carpet Cleaning can help. Fo on o r more d e u out fo r service tails s, or r to a diff yourself how find eren muc ce w your ho ec ca to dis rpets, co an make f ntac cuss to more your req t us toda uirem y deta ents for a il or to a in rran no ge - FRE obligati o E qu otati n on.

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Local Family Run Business Covering The Whole of the Local Area Fully Insured and Certificated for all Drainage Works: • • • • •

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Why Not Fix he will do both home repairs or if people would prefer, anyone can drop things to him from between 7:30am and 9pm so as to work around you, the client. Depending on the product, he promises to repair that day if not within the hour, rather than sending your item off for a couple of weeks to be fixed elsewhere. Besides, these are trusted hands you’re leaving your item with; Andy has studied Electronics and Mechanical engineering and gained experience working for various companies, so you know you’re getting the best service for a lower price. The reason I think he’s worth recommending is his enthusiasm. Whilst speaking to him it wasn’t just that he said he enjoyed what he does, it was clear in his voice. This is a man who won’t stop until your item is fixed because he truly believes there’s life in it yet.

For someone who spends her life on her computer, phone, with hair straighteners close at hand and a million other electrical items in my home, it’s comforting to know there’s a handy man just a phone call away. Andy from Why not fix? had enough of the corporate world and decided to work for himself, something he’s always wanted to do. With his passion for fixing broken things rather than throwing them away, his business has snowballed from hair straighteners to laptops, ipods, ipads and mobiles, domestic appliances and anything else you may have that’s broken. “Things are made to break nowadays, but I begrudge throwing things away. Every appliance is a challenge and I will not be beaten by it”. This fighting talk is just what the doctor ordered in a time when replacing things are not cheap. He’s based in Hawkinge though P24

Repairs to: Mobiles Hair Staighteners: GHD/CLOUD NINE Laptops Games Consoles iPods/iPads/Tablets Dyson and other vacuums Flat Screen TVs Tumble Dryers Digital Camera Screens PAT Testing Many other items…

…if it’s broken, give me a ring… Resonable fees, with a friendly, reliable service.

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For a friendly and professional service. Tel: (Wootton) 01303 844 393

T Shirt Printing Mugs Embroidery Work Wear Any questions:

01303 766206 59 The Old High Street, Folkestone


Beautiful fabrics & haberdashery, quilting supplies, kits & handmade items.

Get Creative! One-off workshops & classes for all abilities; freehand machine embroidery, patchwork, quilting, beginner sewing, children’s sewing lessons age 8+, knitting, crochet, embroidery & felt-making. Get in touch! 01303 261329 Visit! 86 Hythe High Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5AJ - ‘Mama Said Sew’

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News from The Quarter The impact of the High Speed Rail link to London is further strengthening Folkestone as another year begins. More businesses are being sustained by Folkestone’s increased prosperity. The Old High Street and Tontine Street have more open shops and Cafes than I have ever witnessed in the nine years that I have had a gallery here. This year is set to be an exciting one for the arts scene in the town, too, as the Folkestone Triennial is just around the corner. The last Triennial was from my point of view - and completely ignoring the Folkestone Herald’s dogged insistence that the visitor numbers were not what the Creative Foundation claimed them to be - an enormous success for the town, bringing thousands of extra visitors here. I know. I saw them wandering around with their Folkestone Triennial maps over its 12 week duration and spoke to many of them. Investment in the Creative Quarter - essentially Folkestone’s old town - has been ongoing for ten years, much of it due to the work of charitable trust the Creative Foundation. Investment like this is rare and the town has been lucky to have it. Do not be part of a hard-core of small-minded local people who insist the town will never improve and would revel in its failure so they can be proved right. If you haven’t visited recently, then do. Do find out what’s going on at Arts venue the Quarterhouse, as there’s plenty of comedy, theatre and film. Do visit contemporary visual arts festival the Triennial. Do visit the book festival. Do visit the independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. There are some new additions which are real assets to the old town. Folkestone is changing - be part of it. Shane Record - artist and gallery owner at Shane Record Paintings. Shane Record Paintings 19-21 The Old High Street Folkestone CT20 1RL Tel: 01303 240452

Please come and join our friendly, informal and affordable drawing/art classes in Hythe! For further details on classes, tutoring, prices and availability, contact Jazz…

Mobile: 07834 547426 Email:

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Obsessed about coffee? Try this place - Manifest Coffee, 46 The Old High Street, Folkestone

Folkestone Singing for Health Folkestone Singing for Health is an exciting singing group for anyone who would like to enjoy singing as a means to improve and maintain health. We are a lively bunch who meet together to enjoy singing as a means to promote good health. Formed initially as part of a research project looking into the health benefits of singing for respiratory disease, we are now a self-funding choir.

Anyone is welcome with or without a specific health condition. There’s no expectation that you can sing or read music - we simply use the act and enjoyment of singing to promote lung function, mental and emotional wellbeing and general quality of life. Rehearsal information: Folkestone Methodist Church 155 Sandgate Road Folkestone CT20 2BL 11:30 - 12:30 - come early for coffee. Usual rehearsal days: Saturdays during school term-time.

For further information please call Ingrid on 01303 258786 or Pam on 01303 242652.

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As part of National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, Invisible Disabilities UK are holding a Family Fun Day and Sponsored Fun Run followed by a "bring your own" family picnic at Victoria Park, Jemmett Road, Ashford on Sunday 11th May at 1pm. Anyone can take part in the Sponsored Family Fun Run. You can dress up in fancy dress, and can walk, run, hop, skip, jump, crawl, wheel...... There will be prizes for the best fancy dress, the fastest, the most laps, the most money sponsored and most inventive mode of transport! The Fun Run will take part around Victoria Park, All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There will be a bouncy castle and plenty of stalls to browse. To get your sponsor form and to register please go to our website or telephone us on 030 30 40 10 50

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The Folkestone Studio School

The Folkestone Studio School prepares young people for careers in the Creative Industries.

We offer Creative Practice pathways in:

We offer a mix of core GCSEs and vocational qualifications, work experience and practical learning to give our students a range of progression options including: University, Employment, Business Start Up or Apprenticeships.

2. Film, TV and Media

Opening in September 2015, with entries for Year 10 and Year 12 the Folkestone Studio School is a state funded, non-selective small school (maximum 300 students) for 14-19 year olds. Students in Year 10 and 11 study a range of qualifications up to the equivalent of 9 GCSEs. In Years 12 and 13 students choose from qualifications up to the equivalent of 4 A Levels. It is a really exciting time for young people to study and train for a future working in the Creative Industries which is the fastest growing sector in the UK. With a predicted employment growth over the next 10 years of 38% (additional 874,000 jobs) in addition to the current 2.3 million people employed in a creative job the UK and over 1 million in London and the South East. P28

1. Design, Photography, Art, Communication and Web In addition to Creative Practice with the range of Design and Media careers this opens up, students also study a range of Technology and Innovation qualifications and Enterprise, Business and Management qualifications. This provides a broad range of skills and career routes including Technical, Software, Computing, Management, and Business Start-Up.

roles. The majority of student projects are developed with local and London business and community partners grounding learning in the real world with outcomes such as making a documentary film for a local television company, starting up and running a social enterprise, creating advertising with photography, video and animation for a local festival or creating augmented reality formats for publications. Students also carry out regular work experience placements in a range of local businesses.

Students learn by working in teams on projects where they are assigned professional

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Local Clubs & Societies Please note that due to the popularity of this page, we are asking you to renew your details, to ensure that all of the information we include within the handbook is correct for our readers, and that all clubs and societies listed continue to operate. If your local club or society is not listed below, and you would like it to be, please email details (a maximum of 50 words per club/ society please) to: content@eastkenthandbooks. com. In order to make sure your entry is accurate, we are not accepting details by phone for the local clubs and societies section. Below is a shortened list of current clubs and societies, with the full feature returning in the next edition.

Arthritis Aware A friendly support and social group for people with arthritis which meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month from 10am to 12pm in the United Reformed Church, Hythe. 01303 266673

Citizens Advice Bureau The Citizens Advice Service provides advice on your rights and responsibilities. The service is free, independent, confidential and impartial. Full details of opening times can be found on our website or at the drop-in centre at Hythe Bay Children’s Centre. Shepway CAB is a charity. Adviceline: 0844 499 4118

Exercise through Movement and Dance Classes Monday evenings, 7.15pm – 8.15pm, at Salvation Army Hall, Hythe. £3 per night. 01303 892946

Folkestone and District Family History Society First Thursday of the month, 7pm, at Radnor Park Community Centre, Folkestone., Contact: The Chairman Alan F. Taylor on 01303 252567.

Folkestone Flower Arranging Club Meet every 3rd Monday of month at Holy Trinity Church, Sandgate Road 7.15pm - 7.30pm. £4.50 per meeting for visitors £22 annual subscription. Demonstrations, workshops and teaching workshops. Xmas Demonstration at The Grand on 16th December. Please telephone 01303 210893 for further information. P30

Folkestone Big Band Appreciation Society Meet every 3rd Wednesday of the Month from 2 to 4 pm. A warm welcome awaits like-minded enthusiasts. Contact Tony Pettitt (Sec.) on 07798 773590 for further information.

Folkestone Decorative and Fine Arts Society (FDFAS) Third Thursday of the month, 2pm for 2.15pm, at The Tower Theatre (home of FHODS), Shorncliffe. Guests/prospective members welcome, £5.

Folkestone, Hythe and Dover Wildlife Group 01304 853503 (Pauline Bateson)

Folkestone & Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society (FHODS) The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. For show information, please visit the website or call the box office. 01303 223925 (Box Office) To hire theatre and function area for parties etc: 07711 710952 (Peter)

Friends of Oaklands Health Centre Coffee Morning First Monday of the month, 10am – 11.30am, in the Randall Davis Room (1st Floor), Oaklands Health Centre. Come and join us for a friendly chat.

Hythe and District Gardeners Association First Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm, at St Johns Ambulance Hall, Albert Lane, which runs at the side of The Hope Inn off Stade Street. £5 subscription per year. 01303 262171 / 01303 260827 / 01303 265927

Hythe and Romney Marsh Lions Club Second Monday of the month at Red Lion Pub, Hythe. Fundraising for local charities. 01303 267392 (Margaret)

Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club Marine Parade, Hythe. 01303 265178

Hythe Bay Children’s Centre (within the grounds of Hythe Bay School but open to all) Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe CT21 6HS 01303 267802

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We run a wide range of groups, courses and other services within the centre; including Adult Education, Groups for Parents and Children, Midwife & Health Visitor Surgery and Citizen’s Advice Bureau, as well as a Community Cafe on a Friday afternoon. Everyone is made welcome. For full details, visit or call The Children’s Centre on 01303 267802

Hythe Bowling Club Ladies Walk, Hythe. New members always welcome. Coaching available. Please contact the Membership Secretary. Tel.01303 269821

Hythe Book Club Third Thursday of every month, 7.30pm, at The Red Lion, Hythe. Hythe Farmers Market Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10am – 12pm, in the Methodist Chuch Hall, Church Street, Hythe. 01303 266118 / 01303 268715

Hythe Flower Club Interested in Flowers? Demonstrations, Workshops, Social Events, Friendship and Fun. Hythe Flower Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 for 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church, East Street, Hythe (except Jan when there’s no meeting). Interested? Come along to a meeting or e-mail for details. New members are very welcome. Yearly subs are £22 or £5 for visitors.

Hythe St John Ambulance Cadets Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm – 8pm, at St John Hall, Albert Lane. For aged 10 – 16 years. All new and renewing members welcome. 07813 606157 (Grahame Bredbere) 01303 269689 (St John Hall, on Wednesday evenings)

Jive/Swing Dance Classes Every Monday Southcliff Hotel, 22-26 The Leas, Folkestone 7.30-8.30pm class, 8.30-9.30 music, £5 inclusive Friendly dance class, large dance floor & great vintage music. Established in Folkestone since 2008, jive/swing dance teacher with 15 years experience teaching. Contact: 07540 080 224

Lympne WI Second Thursday in the month, 2pm, at Lympne Village Hall. Everyone welcome. 01303 230855 (Julie)

Mature Movers – Fitness for the 50 Plus Get fit with choreographed movement to music. A well balanced programme of low impact exercises (no floor work involved). Come and have fun while improving and maintaining your mobility. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30am – 11.30am, at The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone. £4 01303 261876 (Vera Neaves)

Redoubt Sailing Club At Nickolls Lake, West Hythe. Racing and free sailing (non racing) all year round. Adult and Children’s training. 01303 260512 (Rob Purvis, Membership Secretary)

Saltwood Choral Society Wednesday evenings, 7.15pm – 9pm, at Saltwood Primary School, Grange Road, Saltwood. We have a wide and varied repertoire: oratorio, anthems, the Mass, folk songs, Gilbert and Sullivan and works from modern composers. We welcome new members in all sections, and particularly tenors and basses. 01303 237992

Shepway Open Forum for Mental Health (SWOF) Gives the opportunity for people who have, or have had, mental health needs a chance to meet others, make friends and have a say in the way Mental Health Services are delivered. To find out more contact: Telephone: 01303 850856 or 07902 804733 Email:

South Kent Multiple Sclerosis Society Local support for all those whose lives are affected by MS. kent/south_east_kent 08453 970543

Umbrella Club of Hythe Are you feeling lonely or just need a chat? Then why not visit the Hythe Methodist Church Hall on Mondays from 2pm – 4pm and Thursdays from 12.20pm – 4pm. Everyone welcome.

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Useful Numbers Chemists Hythe Area:

High Street

01303 266308

Martello Drive

01303 262683

Emergency Numbers





Gas Emergency

Paydens, 31-33 High St, Hythe


Paydens, Stade St, Hythe


Kent County Council

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

Police Station

Hawkinge Pharmacy 97 Canterbury Road Hawkinge

01303 892283

Lyminge Pharmacy 21 Station Road Lyminge

01303 862425

Alcoholics Anonymous

08457 697555

Al-Anon (for families of alcoholics)

0207 4030888

Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting

01303 660747


0800 1111

Crime Prevention Advice

01303 896336


01634 890300

Electricity Power Loss Health Promotion Kent Crimestoppers

0800 783 88 66 0800 776600 01304 828700 0800 555111

Mental Health Helpline

0800 1070160

National Domestic Violence

0808 2000 247

Stop Smoking Service

0800 849 4444

Chemist Late Night Opening (Hythe)

Swan, Wild Bird & Seagull Rescue

01303 242956

The chemists don’t run a rota now, they are open as follows:

The Samaritans

01303 255000

Paydens (Stade St) until 6pm

Water Leakline

0800 7311 933

Boots until 6.30pm


Eakins until 6.30pm Doctors Surgeries Hythe Area: Oaklands

01303 235300

Sun Lane

01303 267102

Folkestone Area: Park Farm Surgery, 1 Alder Road The New Surgery 128 Canterbury Road NHS Direct

01303 851021 01303 243516

Kent & Canterbury

01227 766877

Maidstone Hospital

0845 155 1000

William Harvey Hospital

01233 633331

NHS Direct Royal Victoria

Hythe Area: Dymchurch Road

01303 267513

East Street

01303 265566

08 45 46 47 01303 850202 (minor injury A&E)

Taxis JJ Taxis

08 45 46 47





Frank (Drugs Helpline)

Hawkinge & Elham Valley Area:

0800 111999 08458 247247

01303 244442

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Medical Herbalism Demystified My name is Lynda Jones and I am a qualified, experienced healthcare professional with a first class Honours degree in Herbal Medicine. If I wasn’t a Medical Herbalist I’d be really confused about the difference between a Medical Herbalist and someone who knows lots about herbs. Many people know about the healing properties of herbs and how to use them for simple, self limiting complaints. Some GPs, pharmacists, health food shop assistants, gardeners, amateur experts, avid readers and those who have undertaken short term study all might have a sound understanding of herbs and their individual actions in the body. Most people with a knowledge of herbs can tell you that Echinacea is good for helping the immune system deal with colds, that Elderflowers are anti-catarrhal and therefore help with hayfever and the sniffles, and that Garlic has a reputation for helping just about everything!

Why the need for a Medical Herbalist? Well. I’m all for people using ‘herbal first aid’ and trying infusions and single tinctures to see if that might help. In fact, if I think that’s all that’s necessary I’m likely to suggest you try it before booking an appointment. However, herbal medicine really comes into its own for more complex, long standing and difficult conditions.

What makes a qualified Medical Herbalist different then? We study for 4 years, and have a Batchelor of Science degree. It is compulsory to undertake 150 hours supervised clinical training and be

able to assess the patient medically as well as holistically. A medical herbalist is permitted by law to ‘diagnose’ in the same way as a GP (reflecting our level of training). It’s unlikely many of us do though, as our approach to treatment is very different, and the diagnosis is not always central to us, what’s more important is how the person came to develop the illness in the first place. Nonetheless, it’s vital to have the medical knowledge, as primary health care professionals we need to be able to spot any danger signs of serious undiagnosed conditions and refer on where necessary.

What am I doing in my consultation? Firstly I’m taking your basic details, date of birth, address etc and then I ask you to talk to me about what you would like my help with. I go on to ask lots of questions about your condition and past medical history, current medication, diet, lifestyle and I review the workings of your body. I’m looking for signs that tell me how well the different organs and systems are working to see what has gone wrong, where and why so I know which areas to support to reduce the risk of the problem recurring after treatment. It could be said that herbs prescribed by a medical herbalist remind the body how it needs to work! How wonderful! Lynda Jones BSc (Hons) Medical Herbalist


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What Is Homeopathy? In the simplest terms it is another form of medicine. However unlike conventional treatment it targets the characteristics of the whole person. There are no lists of damaging side effects attributed to each medicine. It works on many different levels in that there are many Homeopathic Remedies that are associated with certain symptoms like ARNICA for bruising, but on a deeper emotional level it has been seen to alleviate shock and trauma too. Whilst many people all over the world selfprescribe to great effect especially for their children, the most effective introduction to this form of medicine is visiting a fully qualified and insured Homeopath. In a time when health budgets are being reduced it is not surprising that alternative health professionals are becoming so busy. Not only do they have more time to discuss your emotional and physical problems, they are helping you to become more pro-active in understanding your own health issues.

Wenda Holland (LCPH, MARH) has been working at The Centre for 8 years and sees a broad range of patients of all ages and who have a huge variety of emotional problems and medical conditions. No problem is beyond the scope of Homeopathy because treatment is aimed at looking at the individual not the symptoms of a named disease.

For example in 1997, a study, published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, examined the recovery period of 131 children suffering from ear infections. The conclusion was that the group treated with homeopathy recovered, on average, a day faster than the group treated with antibiotics.

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Spring - Time For a Change? Spring is in the air, which refers to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, and regrowth. Perhaps now it’s time for you to re-think your failed New Year resolutions? We all fail at our goals, targets and aspirations at some point; including me… but the most successful people get back up and try again! Fail & try again. The National Obesity Forum believes that half of adults will be obese by 2050 - could be exceeded, so let’s do something rather than nothing, move more not stay in our comfort zone. That’s the problem, we don’t get out of our comfort zones when exercising to see real changes, of course it’s not just exercise, eighty per cent of all your fat loss efforts come from good healthy eating habits – NOT DIETS! DIETS DON’T WORK! Another serious worry right now is our children and how overweight and obese some are becoming; two of the culprits are parents and technology, good healthy eating starts with us as parents, the other well…let’s call them entertainment boxes, you know the ones I mean, games you can play on your TV or computer, they’re addictive and I think lots of our kids sit for hours playing on these. No exercise and excessive process foods, leads to…. Fat. Fact! So let’s make some changes, start moving more…take a walk, get on a

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Facepaint and Feathers by Hannah O'Donnell I spent a long time thinking about how I was going to start this article because it needed to serve more than one purpose. One of the purposes was to tell you about my new ebook ‘Facepaint and Feathers’, being released on Amazon and other such sites as of the 20th December; but more importantly the other purpose is to explain why I’m selfpublishing and who helped me. ‘Bad dreams have always plagued Francesca, long before ‘the incident’. Worst of all – they always come true. But it’s illegal to be a witch in Dasia, so she must fight to keep her secret hidden. So when a man comes to take her away and offers her freedom and somewhere she’ll be accepted, she knows she has no choice but to go with him. But on her journey to this new world, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.’ ‘Facepaint and Feathers’ is a young adult fantasy novel, and my first. It’s easy to assume young people are going to university to enjoy three years away from working life, partying, drinking etc. But this assumption is wrong. Many people going to university choose their course very carefully knowing it’s a gateway into their dream career. But university isn’t the P42

instant solution; the world is filled with ‘no’s and it is up to you to battle through them. I did this by writing a personal blog for the last two years; I write about personal experiences, relationships and humorous anecdotes and it drums up about 8000 hits per post. This then led to me writing for East Kent Handbooks, interviewing my

favourite band Bullet for my Valentine and many other wonderful opportunities. I also write for my university newspaper, have a radio show and keep a journal. I’m 21 and a writing addict. I write for me. I carry pads of paper and a pencil case with me at all times, because to me writing is like an instrument I must practice every day if I

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want to be good at it and for people to enjoy my writing. It’s hard to maintain creativity and enthusiasm sometimes, especially when rejections in the writing industry are the standard. I’ve sent my book to hundreds of literary agents, having done the research, written the opening letters, appealed to them with comparisons of previous books they’ve published and I’m still being told ‘it’s not what we’re after’. But I refuse to give up, and thankfully I’m not alone. My model, Katie, is currently training to work in the claims section of MPW Insurance Brokers. Not a model by trade, but a family friend, she offered to do the shoot for me as a favour and I’m so glad she did. ‘As expected I was thrilled to be asked and was crazy excited! I enjoyed the shoot thoroughly; it was like one big pamper session!’ My brother is a good friend of Katie’s and was the one to suggest I ask her to be my model and even though modelling isn’t the career she wants to pursue, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. ‘By no means did I grow up with the dream to work in insurance. Originally, I wanted to join the police but unfortunately that was easier said than done. My dad started in insurance when he was my age so I decided to follow in his footsteps. It has a bad reputation for being mind-numbing, but I find it really interesting.’

My photographer, Eugene, is a self-confessed ‘struggling film maker’. He’s currently producing a mini-series called ‘Duel Shock’ – check that out on Facebook – with a Kickstarter campaign launching this Christmas. It’s completely Kent based production which means anyone who likes his page has a chance of being a walk-on part or a corpse (a fictional one, he promises!). Eugene is a good friend of mine and I trusted him completely with the photography. ‘It was a superb shoot, really relaxed and cosy, just make-up, model and Hannah and I. Hannah and I had talked through what she wanted and looked at some concept art and we started with this really direct Terry Richardsonesque rock’n’roll style. It had such a powerful aesthetic and I knew they were knock-out images.’ Much like Katie, Eugene fell into what he does, having always been a film buff but never having considered working in the industry; and now by the sounds of it, he can’t get enough. ‘Film-making is visual storytelling and still images are no different,’ he says, and I couldn’t agree more. My makeup artist is a friend of mine from primary school, who works in the beauty department at World Duty Free as a consultant. She specialises in make up as a qualified postgrad in Theatrical Make up and Costume from

Worcester. Just like with Eugene, I trusted her implicitly with the makeup and gave her the vaguest brief so that she could tailor the make up to the image she wanted to sell. ‘It was hard as I didn’t know what the model looked like! However it was exciting on the day meeting everyone and getting stuck in with the makeup. I love doing photographic extravagant makeup such as this!’ The final image was then put together by Juchinar, a fellow student of St Mary’s University who aspires to make her money doing anything artistic or literature related. She also created the front cover for Canterbury Festival’s Poetry Anthology this year. We’re all driven by different things, with different future aspirations. Katie and Eugene both want to run marathons and go with the flow, Casey is hoping to expand her own freelance business and I’m going to be working on something new. But the moral of this story is, no matter your age, your passion – go for it! Because ‘no’ is just a word and shouldn’t ever stop you from going for what you want. Also, don’t forget to support your local 20-something’s dreams by checking out Duel Shock’s Facebook page and ‘The Hopeless Collective’ for more information!

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Harbour Rail Link There’s always plenty of regeneration activity to report on from the Harbour area of Folkestone. The latest plans to make the news are those surrounding the harbour railway link, preserving the heritage line and reinstating railway links with the port and harbour. The Remembrance Line Association (RLA) - formed in 2008 - has the active support of over 600 members. Are you behind the plans to reinstate the harbour rail link? Many local people feel that the harbour and seafront are fast becoming the most characterful and lively areas of town. Once an eyesore, it’s now the home of award-winning buildings, desirable restaurants and quirky retail outlets. The new Seafront Development proposes 1,000 new homes and extra retail outlets in the harbour area. Transportation is one of the final pieces of the puzzle. The harbour rail project aims to preserve the heritage of the area and reconnect it with its bright future, giving visitors and locals a unique and practical link between the harbour and the town with an integrated system of trains or trams, a ferry service, a park and ride system, the Leas lifts, buses and the mainline rail service. The plans would mean easier and better access around the town for residents and visitors alike, adding to Folkestone’s character with a thoughtful and attractive feature which is as practical as it is fun to experience. So why does the RLA fear it will be stopped in its

What’s in the pipeline for the harbour rail link? The RLA has ambitious and impressive plans for the harbour, seafront and East Cliff areas of Folkestone (From

“Our campaign is seeking to place efficient “green” rail transport within the Seafront Development to improve the town’s mobility for both residents and visitors.” “We aim to provide a Tram-train service to connect with HS1 services from and to London, provide a park and ride service to reduce traffic within the town and ease long stay parking, linking these to the award winning coastal park P46

tracks as it attempts to bring the vision to life? No plans have yet been formally submitted for the project, although the swing-bridge and viaduct on the harbour arm of the track have been given Grade II listed status by English Heritage, and the area’s Station Masters House, Signal Box and Bullion Room will be protected during the redevelopments. But a closure notice issued by Network Rail, who control the mainline service, would slam the brakes on plans for the new transport system. The RLA needs the help of local people and local authorities if it is to succeed and play its part in the regeneration of Folkestone. Will you be putting your support behind the plans? Find out more about the RLA and its plans for Folkestone: and, using the Leas Water Lifts, to the town centre.” “The route will continue use of the historic Harbour Branch Railway and fit in with the Seafront Development plan....” “We still have an ambition to convince the harbour owner of the national importance of the Outer Pier within UK history and to retain the now unique platform canopies and World War I café...” “We believe that once capital investment has been secured the project can be viable and repay its stakeholders. If this can be achieved then the project could also become part of the Shorncliffe Barracks development to provide a link to mainline rail and link the communities across the town without adding increased traffic.”

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